Saturday, 13 May 2017

Does ageism exist when your a blogger

Well hello lovelies hope your all well, today's post isint my normal look I've bought a fab shampoo or look at the bling of this highlighter today's post is about a more prevelant thought.

As an avid twitter user although no I don't have thousands of followers etc, I like twitter for promoting my blog, competitions and seeing what is going on in the world I have noticed a change in the last four years.  Whereas when I started blogging I couldn't give a rats ass about my age my weight my bank balance and what bag I carry, I started blogging as a hobby and I consider it still that way.
However I have noticed that bloggers do seem to get on if they are the size 8/10 perfect hair chanel bag carrying type, this is not meant as a swipe by all means I myself have been in the size 8/10 category I just didn't have the Chanel bag or the perfect hair... But what about the talent and the personality first.  Why can't bloggers succeed because they are older a bit more lined and have a bit more junk in there trunk.

I've seen big bloggers who are a bit older and shall we say not as stereo typical looking as the run of the mill types get terrible abuse on Instagram saying some awful things.why even people even type these terrible things i will never know what gain do people have from belittling people.  Why shouldn't people who are a bit older or a bit different looking do a lovely contour look, or a nice glitter eye why not??? Or do a nice outfit post who cares if they are a size 20, everyone is beautiful and unique and what are we telling these younger girls that unless your perfect you won't succeed, why my words to that is kiss my age as the lovely Jules a fellow blogger says, she rocks the outfits posts and her positivity is refreshing... age doesn't matter we are all succesful and we all can look amazing we need to stick together and support.


Here is my kiss my age picture, sporting lashings of glitter highlighter and bronzer and I don't care....yes I'm old but I'm not growing old typically why should I.


Laura x

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Wella Oil Reflections Lumionous Shampoo

I had been sent this shampoo and conditioner a couple of months ago to try and I loved it so much I ordered the mega 1000ml size it must be a salon size as it's huge, I didn't realise it didn't come with a pump though so when the shampoo came without I just ordered that separately.  My hair is now just under the chin in a bob with purposely dark roots, it's then a while to get there so it's quite frazzled.
My hair is also very fine and flyaway to.

The shampoo is described as being able to offer a mirror like shine to dull hair, and I can say this is true, my hair is dull and bring processed to blonde doesn't shine very well at all. But that being said my work mates have commented and said my hair does look more shiny recently win win. 

Ingredient wise Camellia Oil and White Tea extract are present which help to moisture the hair from roof to tip without weighing down the hair.  Now scent wise some people have described it as floral I personally don't I think it's more of a fresh clean scent, I love the smell and thats one of the things that made me buy it, I can smell it on my hair for hours after washing it, I love that as it makes me feel clean and that my hair is clean.  


I bought the conditioner that matches the shampoo to but you know how it goes the shampoo always runs out first so I figured it would make more sense to get the large shampoo and normal sized conditioner as they will probably run out at the same time now haha.

I know Wella have a new range out now to called FUSION my beady eye is on that to, but let's see how long this takes me to use up.  Another reason I love this is my opinion is that if you have a nice haircut and you colour your hair to, you need to look after that colour, so that's another reason in my justification in buying posh products.

It may help to know I picked up this huge size for £20 which is a bargain as it's normally £40 I can't remember the site but if you scour the net you should be able to find a good deal to.


Laura x 

Sunday, 30 April 2017

Forty third birthday celebrations

Scary that in seven years il be fifty but hey live life to the full I say, so with that in mind it was rude to not organise a birthday night out well starting at 5pm ok so early evening.  You don't realise how much effort it is to get ready for a night out, pre prepping is all about the tan, the nails, the hair then on the day it's the makeup.  My early morning started with football matches for my littlest then more football through the day.  So bit of a final rush to get ready.  We decided to go out local as it's easier to get home and if you have a good drink you don't really want to be sitting in a taxi for twenty minutes feeling queasy sore feet and just dying to get in.


So this was the start hair done by my clever niece I wanted a nice clean blonde with dark roots and that's what she did, literally a hair angel so lucky the poor girl is local as I'm always pestering her I think I'm enough to put her off hair.



And here she is all ready I know she's my niece but what a gorg she is.  She's such fun as well and always has a smile on her face.








And me complete with a top I had for my birthday from a little boutique in Cardiff from my best friend... Makeup mainly Mac Charlotte Tilbury and Armani. 




So a late afternoon tea which was gorgeous washed down with copious amounts of Prosecco.

Now don't be deceived by this little ensemble. Inside this copper teapot was a cocktail which was called Cherry Bakewell and was absolutely stunning, but absolutely lethal and very strong I'm sure it was neat alcohol but really nice.  We always start off so sophisticated and it ends up a little bit messy but why not being 43 is not so bad.


Laura 



Sunday, 23 April 2017

Skinny Tan Express Mousse*

Hi guys hope you are all well, this week I'm limbering up for my birthday, it's my 43rd so no stranger to birthdays as I've had lots now as I'm climbing up the numbers, that's not to say I can't still prep like a teen for my nights out he he, well admittedly it's a lot tougher these days.  One thing I like do now before a night out is fake tan, I just feel personally a bit more body confident and happier with a bit of colour, years ago I favoured the orange shades nowadays I prefer more of a glow and a healthier natural look.  I was really kindly sent some skinnytan to me to try.  I had seen ads popping up for this on my Facebook and I had heard a little about it but hadn't actually bought any, I think the initial price may have put me off hence I'm glad I tried it now was il fill you in now.

So I was sent the Express Mousse including the Mitt, the express mousse is developed so if you are rushing to go out and need your tan in quick time then you can, you leave it for an hour and you get a medium colour leave it longer and you will get it darker.  I have to say hands down  and I kid you not this is the best smelling tan I have ever come across a fresh coconut smell which reminds me of going on holiday is what you get with this, no awful biscuit smell, no wet sticky tacky feel either on application I was more than happy with this, also I have to tell you about the mitt, this mitt is literally goals, it feels soft to the touch made with velvet and dark brown so no lovely tan stains, easy to wash and look after, this mitt is beautiful.


In my humble personal opinion the mitt is so well thought of as it's one of my gripes when you take your time to do your tan and make sure you don't have streaks and then you take the mitt of and you have tanned palms it drives me insane.  But I didn't get this using the mitt.
So back to the tan I used it for an hour and had a light soft glow, my personal preference is leaving it on over night and showering in the morning as I prefer a slightly deeper colour which lasts longer.  It was a little patchy round my ankles but I didn't exfoliate them enough so make sure you do this and moisturise your ankles first.  I got a good solid 5 days out of this tan, I also liked the fade off to, it didn't look weird it actually faded off very naturally.  

Now back to the price point it's not the cheapest tan around, however in this case I will say if you like a nice smelling tan with an excellent colour pay off then it's worth getting. 
Roll on my birthday celebrations with a nice healthy tan,

Laura


*PR sent for consideration for review

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Afternoon tea at the Hilton and Dirty Martinis

So my bestest friend in the world recently turned 40 and had not long had a baby so she didn't want a mad weekend away much to all our disappointment, I was hoping for a weekend in Ibiza or even Marbella even if I would be in bed by 10pm. So with these plans aside I arranged a night day out in our hometown of Cardiff.  I booked Afternoon Tea at the a hilton for 25 of us with prosecco and then a booth at Dirty Martini.

We all took our children to football in the morning and then had the mad dash to get home to get all ready for our day out.  We all met at the local pub then took a train into town to get to the Hilton. The manager came to introduce himself which was lovely and then we were seated until our food arrived. We were topped up with endless amounts of prosecco which trust me is hard work in the afternoon.  There were other parties present to another 40th celebration and a 30th birthday also.  I was secretly giggling there was an elderly lady in one of the parties who's prosecco had gone right to her head and she was slumped in the chair I thought it's normally me who's like that.  Anyway we had a great afternoon and such a good laugh, going back and for the toilet was a nightmare it felt about three miles away from our room but never mind eating all those sandwiches and cake the walking is probably a good thing.





So we finished up here then walked through the shopping arcades to Dirty Martini, I haven't visited Dirty Martini before and I was impressed with how smart the staff were and how smart the place was, we arrived just in time for happy hour and we made way through the cocktail menu.  So our night just got better and better and the laughs louder and longer.  We caught the last train home and literally had the best day ever.

Laura 

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

How I spend my chilled evenings

Hi guys hope your all well, today I'm actually having a bit of a chilled evening after a busy day in work, I finished early from work the sun was shining and I got loads of boring washing and cleaning done. My children were relatively calm after a mad day in school but were playing musically on there iPads so once that was done it was our family time. And I rarely get to do it but what's better than lying on the sofa with your feet up with the kids round you, well I love it anyway.  I'm really back into watching Benidorm again I thought it was slow to start but it's eventually picking up and I'm enjoying it again and yes I do find watching the tv Panasonic 4K TV is perfect for this as when I had my first flat I had the smallest little portable tv you have ever seen and I couldn't see anything on it.  So to be fair I didn't find it relaxing or get to appreciate anything I was watching as I could hardly see it plus it was so grainy I often just turned it off and lost my patience grrrrrr. So I actually feel posh now as I have defo upgraded and when I have the time I love watching travel programmes and love seeing things in the glory and colour they should be not in the past black and white god I'm so old.


I would say that family life and free time are not something that many people can find time to mix together.so I would say if you get it snatch it and do it as making memories are the best thing ever. I literally have to snatch the time now as my teenage daughter is generally in her bedroom on group chats talking to her friends, my middle boy is generally on his phone or out with his friends or doing his homework, and my littlest doesn't give me much tv time as his xbox is attached to it, what idiot what do that (me) and he's playing FIFA as he's football obsessed, but I'd rather that than kicking the football all around my house as he's been known for the last year to do that and break loads of my vases. Oh actually as we speak he's up at the tv break and kicking a tennis ball around where did that come from.

Hope you enjoyed this and your valuable free time to


Laura

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Tuesday, 21 March 2017

My lip filler experience

Hey guys  hope you are all well, and starting to enjoy the lighter nights, although tonight it's currently pouring down, so I thought I would fill you in on something I've had done, now my friends have been having Botox and things done to there faces for years and at the ripe old age of nearly 43 I've been lucky enough to not need anything like that done but recently whilst they were all having stuff done I thought I'd quite like a little filler to make my lips fuller but didn't want them to look huge.  Now my natural lips are a little wonky and quite thin on the top so I was hoping for a more fuller but natural lip.

The advice I would give is if you want something done research it first don't just jump in, the ladies that done mine are qualified nurses, I filled in paperwork including health questions, seen certification and had after care advice if you are not presented with any of these things I would think twice a cheaper offer may not be a sensible one.

So all in all my procedure took about twenty minutes where I was given a numbing block in my top lip, I am not keen on needles so I don't look. I close my eyes and think about nice things to take my mind off it all, once this is done the nurse goes ahead and injects the filler.  Now as I had explained the look I wanted she had she knew where to place the filler.  Once she was happy with this she moved on to the bottom lip and again applied the numbing block and proceeded to inject the bottom lip once the lip had numbed.



After she had finished they were swollen and they continued to be for about two days plus they do feel a bit weird like a bit rubbery but after that they do look much more normal, I don't think  they look huge well I don't think they do and I like the way they look with lipstick on, I don't wear Lipliner when they are like this as I feel they don't need anymore definition.



And this is my before and after pictures which they use on there website which I actually feel is quite nice, I know some people won't like them and that's ok.  If anyone wants to ask me anything I'm more than happy to help


Laura x