Sunday, 17 September 2017

Wet n Wild Photofocus Foundation Review

Hey lovelies, hope you're all fab today and looking forward to the cosy nights coming up.
So today, I am back with a foundation review. I think we are always searching for that perfect foundation, one that lasts well, isn't cakey and works well with other products. It's so hard to find one that is going to work with my combination oily skin.
If any of you follow me on social media you will know I have huge issues keeping foundation on my nose, but ladies and gents take a seat, I have found one that is definitely worth shouting from the rooftops.


Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Review of The Newbridge Coleraine

Hey lovelies, hope you're all well and starting to get ready for the Autumn cosy season, I know I can't wait.
So today I thought I would do a little restaurant review of The Newbridge in Coleraine. This review has been done over two visits. One for a lunch with the girls and one a dinner with the family. I wanted to try both sittings to give a broad overview.

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Skinny Tan.... was it for me?

Hey lovelies!
Hope you're all really well, and you are looking forward to getting into all things Autumn. I can't wait for cosy days,knits and lots of hot chocolate and movie nights. Not to mention all the great TV in the run up to Christmas.

So today I am back with a review of some of Skinny Tans range. The team kindly sent me a gorgeous package to try a wide range of bits and let me see what the brand has to offer but as always my opinions are my own.


Sunday, 6 August 2017

The highs and lows of three years blogging!

Hey my lovelies, I hope you are all doing amazing tonight and having a nice chilled Sunday.  Well it's crazy to think but today, three years ago I wrote my 1st blog post. Never did I think 3 years on I would still be at it.

I have to admit there have been some huge highs and lows. I have had the chance to work with some amazing brands and people, but most of all I have had the opportunity to meet the most amazing friends, who I now class as some of my closest girls.

There have been times where I have thought why do I bother, but you know what a message from a reader, a WhatsApp from one of the girls or simply looking at a photo and being proud makes it worthwhile. It's not the glam events, meetings or gorgeous perks, don't get me wrong those are wonderful and I couldn't be anymore grateful for it all, but the people I have met mean more to me than any of that.

Today, a lot of people have a real negative view of blogging and the industry. They think we are paid to basically lie about reviews and that we are scared to rock the boat with a company incase we don't get the next event invite, but I honestly believe the majority of us are doing it purely for the love of it. We all love it for different reasons, maybe it's the writing, the photography or buying that brand new release and being able to let people know your thoughts and that's what I love, we all have this passion.

In 3 years I have seen so many changes, loads of new bloggers and social media influencers becoming the new wave of advertising and I really do love it. Some bloggers feel that a blog should only be a written website but with the new ways of media and how people view media places like Instagram and quick Snapchat or Insta stories are becoming more and more popular. Things are changing and I can't wait to see what the next 3 years bring.

I can't say it's been all plain sailing. Getting over my anxiety to get in a train on my own was a huge thing and only really happened the past year, but it has been such a positive move for me. My best memory of conquering my anxiety was when the wonderful Amy from Publicity Loft invited me to Dublin for the Image Skincare Event. You all know it's a brand I adore and I was excited, but the thought of a train on my own was crazy, but you know what I grabbed it and rolled with it. We won't say much about the anxiety attack coming out of Penny's Mary Street though, gosh that place is huge, I needed another day in it.

When I think about the illnesses and the hardship in life, it's hard to see why I bother at times, but my blog gives me purpose, it focuses my mind and to be honest it gives me an excuse to shop 😂

So, what do I want for the next three years. 
Well without a doubt I want to become more technically involved in the blog and hopefully look at working with some more amazing companies, but most of all I want to continue writing and producing content on my platforms that both you and I love.
I want to nurture and grow all the amazing connections and friendships I have made and I would love to become more confident in my abilities.

There are soo many amazing girls I have met through this and companies who have supported me and I can't thank you all enough. If you pop over to my Instagram i will have a post up with some of my faves for you to enjoy.

Gosh looking back at all the pictures, I truly have some amazing people in my life. Not forgetting Mr Preener and Daddy Preener, they think it's all madness but support me everyday.

So for the next three years let's all keep growing and believing how amazing we all are.
Till next time lovelies
Ali xx

Thursday, 27 July 2017

What's around this corner?

Hey my lovelies, I hope you all are doing fab tonight and looking forward to a great weekend. This wasn't a scheduled post but sometimes there are just things we need to get out isn't there?

So, I am sitting here, fake tan on cooking, pjs on, trying to concentrate on the Inbetweeners and all I can think of is this hospital appointment tomorrow and if I am honest I am absolutely scared to bits. I am seeing the Cardiac team in Antrim tomorrow and I am soo scared my life will change from tomorrow.

A little bit of background might help me work these feelings out. My grandparents who I never met both died of heart disease and attacks, my mummy had heart failure, 9 attacks the tragically an arrest which she never came back from. Heart issues have played on my mind for years, if I am honest probably for at least 15 years. I watched my mum go through all of this and I have always wondered what if...

For a long time now I have had the odd nippy pain in my chest and always just was too scared to say anything to anyone. Scott has known for a little while now because again if I am honest they have been getting worse and I am petrified.  I always put it down to my fybromyalgia or anxiety but I was with my GP a few weeks ago and suddenly this feeling came over me that I should and actually had to tell her and she was straight on the ball. Fast forward a few weeks and I sit here wondering what tomorrow will bring.

What if it is what I have feared for so long, what if the genes have passed down, what if what I witnessed in my mum's eyes the night she passed is in my future... what If?  I look in my dad's eyes and what if that hurt will be in Scott's eyes, have I let my weight get out of control that my heart will not cope, has this been all my fault?

I think by now, it's time to find out. I buried my head for years and now that I am facing it, part of me wishes I had of just kept it all in the dark.

I don't honestly know what tomorrow will bring, but I know I will just have to face it and deal with good or bad.

I don't know why I wanted to write tonight, but sometimes writing it down makes it easier to process, I think that's what most of us love about blogging isn't it.

So, whatever is round this corner, we can all hit it face on. If you're facing something at present please know you're strong and can and will cope.

Love to you all tonight and I promise to let you all know what happens
Ali xx

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