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Becky vs The World

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you are all Invited

So i recently joined in a twitter chat with the We are Thirty Plus crew, the topic of the week was perfumes. Specifically it was in collaboration with Michael Buble’s new scent, By Invitation

Now I’ve never done a perfume review, mainly because I’m not great with describing smells, well not in the way that a PR company would probably like.

However following the chat the peeps behind the chat contacted me to say I had ‘won’ a bottle of the scent and low and behold it arrived on my doorstep a few days ago

So here we go,

First impressions of the packaging – clean, crisp, classy. Just like the main man himself!

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Then to the bottle – well designed, a little quirky, cute, different. Certainly identifiable and will be kept and added to my empty collection once finished. 

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So for the big finale

The scent itself is crisp and fresh, lasted all day , as always the smell changed as the day goes on but it never faded away to nothing. I have received quite a few compliments this week and been asked a few times what perfume I’m wearing, always a good sign. It’s not fussy, overpowering or spicy.

I couldn’t tell you what the smell contains specifically but it certainly ticks all the boxes for me

Essently its the perfect perfume and I’m sure will become one of my go to scents in future

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here is my face!

so i am very much an all the gear no idea kinda gal with most things in my life.

My face is one of them. i have all the makeup and brushes a girl might need but no clue how to slap it on and make it look good.

therefore i enlisted the help of the gorgeously talented  Frankie Noone from @frankie_noone on twitter and frankienoone on the old instagram to help make me look semi human

you get me right?

so i wanted a perfectly natural day look.

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nailed it

then i wanted to be able to build it up for a subtle evening look. this is where i usually struggle, I add far to much and look like i just dived into my mums make up bag and motorboated the blush.

Ta Da

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apologies for the extreme close up and grey roots but hey thats life

 

Frankie’s studio is a work of pure joy, and she is a total babe

 

 

So here goes my attempt to look more human on a day to day basis

FYI

Make up used was mostly Chanel, MAC, Benefit and NYX

 

Y Not?

Before you berate me for the terrible grammar/ spelling I am talking about the Y Not? Festival 2016.

Now i have to admit i hadn’t heard of this festival before a friend very kindly asked me to accompany them for the weekend, and i wasn’t disappointed

Now the line up was pretty similar to that of Kendal Calling, with headliners being Editors, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Maddness, The Hives, Blossoms, etc. some pretty big bands I’m sure you agree. And how could I forget The Lancashire Hotpots

But as always some of the less well know bands on earlier on the main stages and smaller stages managed to catch my attention. Those of note for me were Circa Waves, Eliza and the Bear, Coasts and most of the Country and Western ones in the Saloon Bar.

 

Essentials

  • Tent – erm kind of a given
  • Sleeping bag (s) – double for nighttime warmth
  • Pillows – coz, well i like some comfort
  • Food/ Drinks – Free dried pastas and bottled water and of course the obligatory cider is a must for me!
  • Lanyard – i mean not only do you look super cool but also you can plan your stages
  • Sanitiser – if i need to explain why then we can’t be friends!
  • Head torch – ( see picture) – just for fun and hey see how awesome i look!

 

this is definitely one of the festival line ups i will be checking out next year

 

 

 

Life’s a ……… Beach?

So I recently spent 2 weeks in pure paradise that was Mexico, more sepcifically the Riviera Maya area. 

This is my 3rd visit to the area and it did not disappoint. And there may be serval posts to cover the trip. 

In the mean time I thought I’d share with you a few of my pool side/ beach essentials

My sun hat – a previous Mexican purchase

A cover up – Primark special

Swim suits – various outlets mostly      Tesco,Sainsburys and Debenhams

Books – plenty of them (plus those on kindle)

Suntan lotion – factor 50 all the way

Insect repellant – a must in Mexico!

iPod -obviously 

Sunglasses – no need to explain why! 


Not much use to anyone I’m sure but a little look into my world 

till next time

TTFN

Things I’m learning in my 30’s

At the beginning of the year I turned 35. Thats right, officially mid 30’s, officially an adult, a grown up. You know! 

And in the 4ish short months this year has been with us I’ve come to realise a few things. 

1) I’m not in my 20’s, now you’d think that was obvious but it’s harder to realise then you think. I’m in that weird in between age that zero clothes shops cater for, I’m constantly battling being dressing like my mum or looking like a try hard. Help!

2) find a good hairdresser, befriend them, be nice to them and they will always see you right

3) to always condition my hair, like on every wash. And also I don’t have to blow dry it every time I wash it

4) skin care regime is important in currently loving these by Elemis. I try and look after my skin as much as possible. However more often then not I do it for 3 days and then forget then before  you know it it’s the next week. Must make more of an effort 

  
5) to try and cook more from scratch. I’m not the greatest cook, not by a country mile but I try and I’m trying more. I made this dish by the Hairy Dieters at the weekend. Pretty delish if I say so myself 

  
6) to travel more. Not always to foreign lands but to explore the area I live in. Explore the country I live in. But also sometimes to those foreign lands, meet new people, try new food, see other peoples cultures and heritage

7)look after myself. This is the one thing I’ve just realised but yet to put into practice. This is the one thing I need to work on. 

Till next time, I’m just off to find out where all the other 30 something people are at 

Hair today……

So I have self diagnosed myself with hair schizophrenia. It’s got to be a real thing!

I genuinely struggle to like my hair. Ive had it in a number of styles over the years, short, mid, longish, straight, wavy etc 

Plus brown, blonde, lilac, red etc

   
    
    
    
 
And I still don’t know which I prefer 

At the moment I’m back  togrowing it again just to try that as I have been short for the past 3ish years 

Wish me luck 

Her hair……

So I’m pretty sure I have hair schizophrenia (or something equally as dramatic) basically at the grand old age of 34 I still don’t know a) how I like my hair b) what hair style suits me and c) how to actually do my hair after I leave the hairdressers. 

I was planning on having some extensions and doing the whole grey/ silver thing….. But then someone reminded me I’m nearly 35 and maybe leave that to the hipster types who rock a boho look. 

def not me

So I sent round the gallery below to various friends to gauge opinion

  
So I’ve discounted the bottom left after the harsh (but fair) reality check from friends. So top left/ right would require either extensions or perseverance to grow and the other 3 means taking the plunge and chopping it of again but actually pay attention and learn to style

Currently my look is somewhere in between (a little Borris Johnson if I’m honest) so a change is needed

Any vote or opinion greatly received

Peace 

I spy with my……. Little Box

So I recently signed up to My Little Box after seeing an Instagram post put up by a friend. And so far I haven’t been disappointed. 

So the premise is every month you receive a ‘little box’ filled with goodies. I’ve tried Birchbox in the past and although I enjoyed some of the samples there were usually a lot that I didn’t end up using. 

In my first Little Box delivery I received, amongst other things a small batik bag and travel document holder which I used a lot on my  recent holiday (Previous blog here)

And this latest delivery didn’t disappoint 

  
  
  
First up was a scarf, oh wait 2 scarves, one blue one black along with cute guide on different ways to wear, perfect since Autumn has well and truly arrived with a brrrrrr
   
 
The beauty samples this month included a red lip gloss stick, my favourite colour, BB creme which I can’t wait to try and a handy handbag sized hairspray, perfect for work bag and evening clutch. 

  
And to get in you the mood for that night disco dancing there’s some nail decals, I’ve never tried them before but definitely going to give these a go and a bottle of Cointreau with handy drink guide!

So now I’m of to try my scarf tying skills and maybe a cheeky Cointreau cocktail

Chin chin

*this post was not sponsored by any company and all opinions are my own

Sisters are doing it for themselves. …

So I got a lovely nomination today from Secrets of Beauty in the sisterhood of world bloggers

Definitely  worth checking her out. She has some amazing tips and posts and from a  pretty unique perspective

So the rules for the award are simple :

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you, linking back to their site.

2. Put the Award logo on your blog.

3. Answer the ten questions sent to you.

4. Make up ten new questions for your nominees to answer.

5. Nominate five blogs.

Questions asked :

1. Who is your Favourite singer?
Kelly Jones ( stereophonics ), have seen every tour they have done in the UK!

2. What is your Favourite beauty brand?
Got to be Elemis, ever since an amazing facial I swear by their products

3. Where is your favourite place in the world?
Anywhere besides a pool!

4. Who inspires you most in life?
People who work hard for what they want

5. What is your favourite season?
Winter, when just snuggling down indoors with layers and heating on just makes you feel at home

6. Why did you start blogging?
I thoughts it would be a fun way to talk about my life to people who might be interested. There aren’t a lot of people my age blogging and I thought it might help me connect

7. Who is your favourite blogger?
The first person I was ever aware of who was a blogger is George over at Fuller Figure Fuller Bust
I now follow her on most social platforms, she’s pretty awesome

8. How long have you been blogging?
Started in October but only really been paying it attention since the beginning of this year

9. What is your all time favourite makeup product?
Anything by Benefit

10. Do you like reading?
I love it!

So now I would like to nominate

Ruth Writes

Plus Powerful

Being Woke

Our Daly Life

Aidyl93

To follow the rules above and then answer the below

1. What is your dream job?
2. Who is your favourite singer/ band?
3. What’s your perfect night out?
4. What’s your perfect night in?
5. What’s the last thing you bought online?
6. Who is your favourite blogger?
7. Why did you start blogging?
8. Who is the last person you spoke to on the phone?
9. What inspires you?
10. What is your favourite animal and why?

Get to thinking

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