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Saturday, 14 October 2017

10 things you didn't know about me....

I often wonder who's the person behind a blog or I wonder who the person is who's showing me the latest must have eyeshadow palette on YouTube, so here's 10 facts for you beautiful people all about little old me. 


1. I was born in Italy, and came to England when I was 4. I feel that Italy is my home and love getting off that plane and breathing in the homeland, the food, the mother tongue, the atmosphere and the sun! 

2. I have three beautiful children. I have a 5 year old boy, a 2 year old girl and a 7 month old baby boy. My little children make my world go round, they allow me to see things in a beautiful way, to smile and feel love like no other. 

3. I have three jobs....yes three jobs!! My main job is working with vulnerable families as an outreach worker, my second is being a makeup artist and my third is being a PA for my brother in law. Something will have to give eventually as I think I will go nuts! 

4. I have a dream to travel Asia and South America, particularly Thailand. This obsession started when my friend travelled and the stories she told were incredible, the eruption of happiness that spread across her face made me feel an urge to visit these amazing places. 

5. I am scared of dogs! I know every mans best friend is certainly not mine all because I once got chased by a wild Rottweiler in France whilst screaming help in every language I knew! It terrified me and since then I can't be near a dog without feeling on edge, I am definitely a cat lady. 

6. I once swam with dolphins, my favourite animal on the planet! I had it as an amazing gift from my beautiful parents for my 21st, the luckiest girl in the world. If you guys want to do one thing on a bucket list you have to swim with dolphins, the feeling of calm and tranquility I felt was like no other.

7. I have lived with and fight mental health issues ever since I was 17. It's been a rollercoaster and certain traumas have triggered these but everyday I try my best to keep fighting it, I have a supportive network that I need to use as I am rubbish at talking about my feelings I tend to sweep it under the carpet. If you feel alone, or you feel you can't talk to anyone please do not hesitate to talk to me. You can do this!!! 

8. I sometimes visualise I am in a music video whilst driving, with my sunglasses on and some bad ass music....BeyoncĂ© to be precise, come on we all do it! 

9. I could eat sushi everyday! If I see a sushi restaurant I almost feel like it's a pregnancy craving and I need to go in, yet the sad thing is I haven't been to a sushi restaurant in years! Someone take me!! 

10. I am 5"1, yes the same height as Kylie Minogue and yes it means I am a short arse! A little borrower who could live in a matchstick box. I struggle to reach the top shelf in the supermarket and need my car seat to be right up to the steering wheel, insert the monkey emoji here! 


Tell me a fact about you in the comments below 

A xx

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Sunday, 8 October 2017

MAC Dare You Lipstick Review

I am pretty excited for the month of October, candles, pretty autumnal leaves, hot chocolate and the start of the exciting celebrations that Autumn and Winter bring so I couldn't resist adding these beautiful Halloween pumpkin lights from TKMaxx to my photos to showcase my new MAC lipstick.

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I am someone who has to have a dark lip over the autumn winter months otherwise I feel a bit naked! I had my 6 empty products to do Back to MAC and pick my 5th millionth lipstick. I decided I wanted a new deep red and was drawn to a few but in the end I picked Dare You, a Cremesheen finish. The lipstick has blue undertones which suit me the best, the consistency is creamy and my lips feel super soft whilst wearing this lipstick. The lipstick isn't as long wearing as the MAC Matte finishes but the pigmentation is good and the colour is divine, it has an almost shiny sparkly look to it, it has what appears to be tiny little bits of sparkle in it but is not obvious or chunky so that's a bonus. So if you are after a new red lipstick then look no further then MAC Dare You.
Have you tried this or have a favourite red lip?
A x
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Sunday, 1 October 2017

ASOS Wish List



Hello beautiful readers,

So its been a year, yes I repeat a year! I am sat here thinking wowzer what a break! but boy have I missed you all. Lets see what has happened in a year.....and of course take a look at my current ASOS wish list.

Moved house

Yes that dreaded sentence we moved house! It is so stressful isn't it, we needed to get a bigger house for our growing family and have now moved into a three bed house overlooking gorgeous fields. The house needs doing up and eventually an extension needs to be added onto the property to make it a better living space for us, so expect some home interior posts! 

New baby

So I had a 1 year old and 4 year old when I last posted but then had another in March this year, our little beautiful boy. We now have a 5 year old boy, 2 year old girl and a 6 month old so I will look at doing some parenting posts. Having three with 2 and a half jobs isn't easy but I wouldn't change them for the world and am so grateful and so lucky!

New business

I started doing wedding makeup a few years back but only did little bits here and there then in the last year on my matenity leave I decided to build this business up which has become a success, you can honestly put your mind to anything never give up!

So there is my little update for you all, lets hope this means I am back for good! I do want to get back into my Youtube but my confidence isn't great at the moment so not sure how that will go down, bear with me lovely people. 

Lets take a look at my every growing ASOS wish list.

First things first a good pair of jeans, these ASOS Mom jeans make me smile! Firstly they are high waisted Mom style which I love and have been wanting a pair for so long so these without doubt were saved in my wish list. I adore the cropped look and the acid wash, perfect for Autumn/Winter. 

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£35.00

I adore leopard print be it on a bag, a shirt or dress but even better is a leopard print shoe!! I love this new style shoe where the top of the shoe is pointed with a block heel, it elongates my legs, being short this helps! These are Boohoo but I found them on the ASOS site. 

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£28.00

Stop what you are doing and admire this stunning check skirt with bow detail! When I stumbled acros this River Island skirt on ASOS I couldn't stop visualising the possible outfits with this beauty. 

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These are pricey but I can't help but love them, teamed with heels or boots these would look perfect! I love the way ASOS styled these too. Throw them on with a long sleeved jumper or even a ruffle sleeve shirt. 

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£155.00


I love mustard at the moment and have found it popular on the highstreet so this scarf is perfect to add that bit of colour to any outfit. This is a brand I had not heard of before I found it one day on ASOS, I have a pair of trousers from them which are such good quality and the brand always have great pieces at affordable prices. 

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Again here is the mustard colour popping up in my wish list. This Missguided flare dress is so pretty, team it with boots, a deep purple lipstick and a leather jacket for the ultimate autumnal look. 

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£28.00




Which one is going on your wish list?

A xx


   
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Sunday, 11 September 2016

Ebay #27

Been a while but these are back!!Here are my latest Ebay finds.


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£19.99

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£14.00



£10.92

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£37.33


Which is your favourite Ebay find?

A x





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Sunday, 4 September 2016

Italian Paradise.... Outfit #3

My last look at an outfit, I forgot to take photos on my Canon but had some on my Instagram so you can always peek at that.

Another beautiful view, this time from my Aunties house, this always takes my breath away. My outfit is one I throw on at home with trainers and a leather jacket for a more relaxed look, here we were heading out for a meal so I put on my sparkly wedges to jazz the dress up. 


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Outfit

Dress: All Saints
Wedges: Next

A xx
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Sunday, 28 August 2016

Italian Paradise.....Outfit #2

The weather was incredible as you would expect, lazy days at the beach a LOT of eating we are Italian after all. This outfit was worn when we went to a restaurant my cousin works at. The outfit was photographed by my beautiful mama which explains the poses and laughter! She was fab....she made me use a Vespa as a prop!

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This is the view from the restaurant, isn't it beautiful! This island is just too beautiful, full of gorgeous beaches, stunning views, and pretty mountains.


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Outift

Choker: Boohoo
White off shoulder top: Boohoo
Jeans: Topshop
Shoes: Next

A x
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Wednesday, 24 August 2016

What To Pack In Your Summer Handbag

I don't know about you, but I do change my bag season to season and change what I have in these bags. In winter its about gloves, dark berry lipsticks and tissues! When it comes to summer I am all about bright lipsticks, refreshing body mists and sweet exotic fragrances.

One essential for my summer bag is a cooling spray, one of my favourites has to be the Vichy Thermal Spa Water Spray, it instantly cools whilst leaving your skin hydrated.

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Secondly my favourite summer lipsticks, I adore MAC lipsticks and happen to have the following in my summer bag

Girl About Town
Show Orchid
Flat Out Fabulous

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An essential we all need to be using is suncream, check whether your foundation has SPF, which is vital to reduce the ageing process. I would always have an SPF of at least 20 whilst in the uk but if the temperature gets super hot its at least 30 for me and 50 for the children. One of my favourite suncreams has to be Malibu, the scent is like a tropical paradise!





Another essential has to be a beautiful exotic fragrance to spritz as you go along your day. L'Occitane have produced a range of Eau De Toilette for both men and women that will whisk you off to the Mediterranean, with notes of Lavender, Rose, Cherry Blossom, Verbena and Peony, My favourite fragrance is Rose, I absolutely love it and this glamourous fragrance will have you smelling beautiful in a flash.

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What do you have in your summer handbag?

A xx





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