Saturday, 31 May 2014

Snippets & Snapshots | May 2014

SO, May has been a lover and hater.
Love the sunshine, and seeing various family & friends on their half term break
Hate, as that break does not exist for me, outings & snapchat app has been deleted to further my A-Level prospects. Better be worth it.
The phone has been banished most of the time, so snaps are limited BUT; I wasn't gunna let this Snippets & Snapshots pass me by, as they're a favourite of mine to concoct. & frankly, my 3rd Maths practise paper of the day can wait.


Mumma Bear Love / EOTD / Typical Eurovision 'Jesus in Drag'

 Liverpool loss devastation / 1 of many revision breaks, forever a foodie.

Thursday, 29 May 2014

Face & Outfit | Lottie's Chistening

Sunday saw the Beautiful Lottie's Christening, cue glad rags from the back of my wardrobe. To be precise, a 3 year old dress still with tag, shame on me.
Sunday 18th May 2014

Face
We weren't late, but, we wern't twiddling our fingers either. So, FOTD was done mid journey. How I managed it minus hair stuck lipgloss, unfuzzy and no silly shadow I'll never know, but that day it all fell into place!
Maybe I count as post-amaeteur now; we're past 100 posts milestone, and it's starting to show? 


My fake lash band camouflage needs work

Sunday, 25 May 2014

The 100th Post!

This is post number Uno Hundert, which is quite insane really;
I thought it would be fun to run through what these 100 entries to the internet have entailed.

As readers will know, I like to keep my post subjects varied, and this blog is not set on one particular theme - unless you count me. I've stuck to my 1st Post Mantra.
AmBlog was always a platform to express myself, & Life/style would be top choice; general thoughts, ramblings, I've found it a great place to (censored) vent! & also a great alcove to revisit days out & holidays in post form. Beauty/makeup is my passion, and where I originally started reading blogs through. Clothes and shopping are major interests too, definitely fulfill the girgly (typo that I couldn't bear to change) GIRLY cliche we all love to love.



Thursday, 22 May 2014

Life | Lottie's Christening

Last Sunday, saw the christening of Lottie Grace, aka. Mini Mcfeeters. The weather was LUSH, no other word for it; food and company was pretty sweet too.

Sunday 18th May 2014

This day was made extra special because little Lottie is a bit of a miracle. She suffers with a congenital heart defect, that no-one had foreseen or expected her to survive through. But, by the grace of god, she did, and every smile of her's is a blessing. 


Mid Church / Pooch enjoying singing along

Monday, 19 May 2014

Take Note | House of Fraser 'What's Your Red Carpet Style?' Competition

With my phone web windows constantly stagnant on past paper mark schemes, rather than my usual Blogger & Mail Online strong hold, I could be forgiven for slacking on the post front. Could also be forgiven for having a break. Blogging in that break, speaks volumes of my love for it. The love comes with perks, like makeup marvy, and competitions - luckily I've been prompted to a best of both words scenario.

Tools to make-me-up
Last night saw the return of the Baftas, and to mark the occasion, House of Fraser have done it again, with £100 worth of vouchers up for grabs. As you may notice by the title, FOTD/Face of the imaginary redcarpet is on the agenda.

Thursday, 15 May 2014

Thrift Finds | #5, April 2014

#5: Birthday Month Bits

Although I pledged to take a break on spending, some deals were too good to pass up.

Ima start with the makeup, because this find makes me particularly giddy.

< Boots bargain bucket has gone down in these parts as a hidden diamond, but the other Boots clearance section regularly disappoints me. This time, was the exception. Up in the northern parts, I found me a benefit brush - sorry, the accent's just so catchy. I know, hold the phone, benefit in the clearance - I haven't bought anything makeup wise from them, let alone brush wise. It was a lone ranger, but still pretty pricey; at £8.25 for a bitty brush, my mum thought I was mad. Brushes, particually highend, do seem to be expensive! But, since I'd managed to sharpen my current brow/angle brush, don't start - blame the revision coma, it seemed like I had to buy it! The bristles are so much softer than my original Revlon version, but the shape still stiff, so the brow powder doesn't go all soft at the edges.
Yes, I was very happy when I came back to knowledge that I had paid half price, and gained a bloody good'n of a brush.
Clothing
> Sole Charity Shop find is this simple long sleeved stripe top, originally Gap. One of those, not too exciting, but I still got excited about it finds. I mostly limit my spending to pieces I will wear over and over again, not so trend led; to find one at a drop cut price, and in good condition, makes me happy. £3.
Since I've been wearing my blue/white striped crew long-sleeved job endlessly, I now have something to alternate with, therefore keeping up cleanliness appearances, without loosing the look and comfort. I'll be honest, jogging bums and a stripe-top-hoody-combo, is the equivalent of my uniform these days.

My limbs are far from long and willowy, which I accept, but it does disappoint me that I can't seem to find a relaxed fit of jean, that doesn't give me the lower proportions of a Hefalump. Feel free to disagree, but the snug fit of skinny jeans, coupled with the sucky-in feeling, leave them my firm favourite fit. Espescially whilst comfy/flattering/loose denim bottoms remain elusive.
> I found these in an outlet me and mum stumbled upon on the way up to York, it's as if we have a homing device to these places? The shops weren't as much to my taste, but I am more than happy browsing, and did happen to find these.


I have acid wash jeans already, a nice way of adding some interest to your denim, without pattern, but blue was new? Considering I don't really wear blue, despite countless attempts from mum to share the obsession, I love them! So does Mum - I spy greedy paws.
What do you think? £20 down to £14. They fit nicely, although inevitably, double up as my socks aswell.

> Suprise. I didn't buy a knit jumper this time... ma mum did! Lots of Mumma Smith shout outs today, & here's a thankyou for this Jewel without the guilt. Well, why not stick to what you love?
£7.99 M&S. Side note, I've been <3'n M&S recently, I've found some gems in the sale and really love the new 'LIMITED' line, which is very confusing since it's not limited. Clever marketing strategy there. Sadly quite out of my price range, but boy is it pretty.
So what it's a little late? The blog can wait.

Rhymes and ramblings, aren't you lucky.

Monday, 12 May 2014

Thoughts | ME/CFS & FM Awareness

The month of May has the seal of 'M.E awareness month', and today, the 12th, is International ME/CFS & FM Awareness day. 

As regular readers will know, I have ME -
I am merely 1 of hundreds of thousands struggling with this condition.

This day is particularly poignant to me as it occurs shortly after my birthday, which this year, was my 4th suffering with the illness. Don't get me wrong, there have been vast improvements, and the idea of building my own blog just this time last year, would have been way out of reach. But, it is also a painful reminder; not being able to see friends, party, or be celebrating up in Uni where I expected to be. & that's just my birthday.


As I've said before, I try to get on with life - to not dwell, call it my coping mechanism; the reality though, is my life is all kinds of upside down, which is becoming increasingly hard to deal with. It is a crushing illness, and even now I struggle to talk about it, as it makes me so sad that my life is on hold. For someone age 16-20, hell, any age! this should not be happening - and data has proven that early diagnoses and better understanding improves recovery rate.

As someone who had never heard about the illness until I got it myself, I can sit in many of the shoes reading now - What is it? Why do you get it? How can we help? Well the first 2 I simply can't answer. Cases are so diverse, and I don't understand my set, let alone everyone elses. The pattern is a bout of illness, whether it range from flu to other's more sinsister, followed by the resounding 'ill' feeling that never goes away. Symptoms, reprocussions, low understanding are inevitable.
But knowledge is power, so I urge you, to spend a little time reading about it, starting a conversation on it, or spreading these links to get the voice known.

I know 39 followers doesn't seem a lot, but let's factor in some people I know that read that don't necessarily follow; make that a round 50. Say you wrote a status, texted a few friends, or sent an email - that could be easily 50 people. Say you all did that; that makes 5000, newly aware. Maybe I'm being a bit optimistic, but you get my drift.

There are charities, but I'm not here asking for donations, just a little understanding. A little of your time, & maybe a toast, to making the ME burden a little lighter by acknowledging this day. 
I found a lovely r.e comment 'just share, and care'.
Why not wear blue?
There are unknown/misunderstood illnesses all around us, we need to speak up about them. 

I'll be sure to do a more personal post on ME in the future, but today is about everyone. The illness, the awareness, the help needed to make ME a thing of the past.

A heartfelt thankyou for reading
Merry M.E Monday

Saturday, 10 May 2014

Life | 2 0 .

I've been up & down the country this past long weekend, more on that in the coming weeks, but pre that, was my 20th birthday -

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!


^20's celebratory Snapchat / OOTD^

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Beauty | 'Mix It Up'

Due to my recent highend makeup splurge last march, I've been keen to 'shop my stash', rather than be tempted to buying even more makeup.
My tastes change dramatically depending on the season, sometimes even day to day, and buying new products to feed that constant temptation would be way over my bank-balance's reach. Although I still love a good wander round the aisles of boots, I keep my purse at arms length, preferring to pick up some inspiration. 


After some experimentation, I stumbled on 5 ways to alter my makeup to match my fickle tastes.

Bespoke Base
Whether the colour is off, the lasting power doesn't keep up, or the finish isn't up to my standards that day, mixing foundations is a tried and tested winner. An example here is one of thin and thick consistency, matte and dewy finishes, and too warm and too light shades. I think 'The PERFECT foundation' is nothing but a mirage, because although it may work one day, your skin tone/colour/texture and tastes differ to the next. But, I've found mixing foundations makes that dream more of a reality. Ft. Rimmel 'Lasting finish', Rimmel 'Renew & Lift'.

Ch ch ch cheekbones
Highlighters are the most fickle of my lot. One month I'm all for 'you can see your reflection in my cheekbone glow'/KimK style, the next, my skin is so oily I can't touch it with a barge pole. My solution, mix the 2. You've got your shimmer, matte. and best of both (with varying intensity) right at your brushes-fibre-tips. Find myself installing this in my eyeshadow drawer too. Ft. Dior 'Amber Diamond'. L'oreal infalliable eyeshadow 'Coconut Shake'.

Matte Liner
I am not an eyeliner everyday girl, but if I do indulge in that stress building task, my current choice is it be matte. This brown liner from collection is creamy, true to colour, and very easy to use considering it's stature. Without my added eyeshadow, it can look, a little; oily. It's not glossy, and maybe it's my eyelids, but it never looks fully dried? Adding the eyeshadow atop sees to both that, and to making it last that little bit longer. I chose to top it with a cooler eyeshadow as that's more me. Ft. Collection gel liner 'brown', MUA 'Shade 19 Matte'