Thursday, 20 August 2015

Ten things you didn’t know about me!



Hi my lovelies, hope you are well. Today I have a fab tag post all about ten things you don’t know about me. I was tagged by the fabulous Grainne from Tres-Belle which is an amazing blog that you should definitely go check out Tres-Belle

I love these tags as it lets you know more about me, and it gives me time to think about things outside of the norm.



So I have to answer 10 questions set by Grainne so lets get going!

Who are my top 3 bloggers at the moment?
This is such a hard one as I have found so many amazing bloggers recently from joining lots of amazing groups etc.
My first one would have to be Grace  Facesbygrace her sheer knowledge and chatty style of writing drew me in from the instant I started reading.

Next would be Sera  The Style Guide Blog This is a new blog for Sera but her style of writing has a great balance between being very personal and very informative and her blog design is gorgeous.

My last but by no means least would be Kathleen Squidgymoments she is so down to earth, and hilarious. She has a real love for her blog and that shines through.

If you could own any animal in the world what would it be?
Hands down this is easy, it would have to be a meerkat. I adore them ever since meeting and interacting with them in Africa. They have such amazing little personalities, and I love the pack and family mentality they have.

          Have you a shameful crush (celeb world)?
Yes, (I will hang my head in shame now) but it is Justin Bieber he is just so cocky and the way he dances. Oh ladies get me a glass of water I have come over all faint!! No but in all seriousness, I don’t know what it is, he has always been my guilty pleasure, at my 30th the DJ knew to play Justin quite a lot, see how I said Justin we are on first name terms!!! (in my dreams)

    Whats your favourite word?
Can I say Justin, no I am just kidding don’t worry. I think it would have to be love. I love hearing the word and I love saying the word. Love can bring up so much happiness etc and I think saying and hearing it can brighten a day up.

What really gets you mad?
There aren’t many things in life that I would say truly get me mad, but one thing that makes my blood boil is when I use my blue badge for the car park, and get out and maybe I don’t have my stick with me that day and people normally old people will say something. The other day Scott had an old woman basically argue she should have the space, now normally I would have said grand take it, but it was a day my walking was really poor and my back was bad so I thought no I am using what I am entitled to. Along with this come people using disabled spots when they are just too lazy to walk the extra few feet to the store. Its things like that would get to me without a doubt.

   Do you prefer red or green grapes?
Oooh that’s a toughie, I like red ones but I think I like green better. I don’t like when you get a bitter red one though eeeek not nice!

What’s your favourite pastime?
Again a tough one, as it varies so much. I love having lunch outside even a sandwich in a park when I am well enough. I also am loving all the old board games at the minute, just ask Scott about my obsession with Battleship. There has also been a lot of times recently I have needed and wanted to spend some alone time down at Mummys grave just to sit and be at peace. I think overall a lot of my favourite pastimes revolve around family and quality time with friends. It doesn’t have to be anything elaborate to be meaningful remember that

     What would be your dream job?
This is a question that makes me sad if I am honest. Before I took the epilepsy I wanted to be an aircraft engineer or air traffic controller, and the second I took that first seizure those dreams got shattered, needless to say I had to change unit course but now I am able to see that maybe that wasn’t my path and hopefully my blogging will take me further one day.

  If you could learn any language fluently what would it be?
I lived in Leuven for nearly a year when I was 18 and they spoke Flemish, I picked up a little conversational knowledge but it’s definitely something I wish I had of learnt more of. It’s such a unique language too

What’s the best decision you have made in your life so far?
Oh what a hard one to finish on. I could say marrying Scott but is that too cliché, you want something different and juicy don’t you. Well I think I would say it was moving to Belgium, I wouldn’t have gained the life experience I have and I wouldn’t have learnt so many skills I still use today. I would also say that learning to be at peace with the cards I have been dealt has helped me deal with illness and pain a lot better than what I used to. Yes I am ill and in pain a lot but I can still smile and realise that there is goodness to come.


So those where my 10 questions, it’s actually quite hard to think on answers. So now my questions are:
Who inspires you to blog
What is your worst purchase you regret
What is your favourite food to indulge on
What is one moment from your life that sticks out
What is your best makeup tip
What is the strangest book you have ever read
Where would you go on holiday if you could
What would you do if money where no object
What would you change if you could
What is your biggest achievement

These are the fab lovelies I would like to tag

So now all you have to do is answer the questions, link back to me and add the image at the top of the post.  If you would like to then compile 10 questions and link some bloggers.
Thanks for taking the time to take part and thanks again to the gorgeous Grainne
Ali xxxx


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Thursday, 6 August 2015

My little blog is 1 year old!!!


So my lovelies, I can’t believe I am writing this post. Passionsandpreening is 1 year old today. It started off as a passion and it has remained a passion. I have made some wonderful friends from this and I know these will be people that will continue to be in my life for a long time. Having people in my life that have the same passion as me for the latest lipstick or lifestyle issues has done wonders for me as a person.

Due to illness I don’t work and this has given me a purpose for getting up in the morning so for that I thank the blogging community. I would have never got the courage if it wasn’t for a few very special men in my life, my husband told me I could do it and Dave Lackie and Jeff Smith two amazing talented men in Canada gave me the push I needed. Dave is the Editor of a magazine and we got chatting through twitter and Jeff spurred me on with amazing chats and to this day and forever more I will be grateful to these 3 men. One friend that needs a special mention is Joanne she is like my little personal cheerleader always sharing, commenting etc, so thanks Joanne you really are amazing.

Some people blog for freebies and recognition I blog for the freedom it gives me to chat about things I love!  I wish I could say it’s all been plain sailing but trust me it hasn’t. People thinking blogging is easy that’s laughable. Getting the right lighting for pics, thinking of original content and dealing with the technical side of it was something I still struggle with, but you know what I wouldn’t change a bit of it.

So I just wanted to say onwards and upwards for my wee blog with hopefully exciting things for my second year!!

Love to each and every one of you who have helped me along the way

                                                                         Ali xxxx
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Tuesday, 4 August 2015

The Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Butter Review

Hi my lovelies hope you are all having a fab day! So before I get into todays post, I have news! I bought my own domain passionsandpreening is now a dot com, how fancy I hear you say!! Also I will be changing design and layout the next few weeks so there is change ahead for this wee blog!

Today I have a review of the Body Shop Cleansing Butter which has become a firm favourite in my routine the past few months. It was the first balm cleanser I have tried and I have to say I have been converted.  It is said to be a good cheaper alternative to the Clinique Take The Day off Balm which is pricey at £22 for 155ml of product in comparison to the £13 for 90ml for the Body Shop. The Body Shop have offers on throughout the year where you can get 30% off and if you are on o2 mobile network then you can sometimes get o2 priority moments to get the same discounts.

So what do I actually think of the cleanser?

I use this at night time, if I am wearing heavy makeup I use the cleansing oil in the same range first and follow with this, but if it is light or none at all I will just do a single cleanse with the balm. You will find out what works best for you. It is really gentle and I can rub it over my sensitive eyes with no irritation whatsoever which is a huge plus for me. Obviously everyones eyes are different and you should take care when using it to initially see how your eyes work with it and stop using on eye area if any irritation occurs. It easily melts make up off and is gentle to take off.

I take a pea size amount in my palm and it turns from solid to a lovely oil as you apply. With the balm I use my Magnitone Lucid and I feel this really works it into the skin well. I will then rinse off well using a warm muslin cloth.

One thing I would say is even if you rinse well there is still a small film feeling on your skin. This may put a lot of people off, but as I use this at night it doesn’t bother me and I feel it just gives another layer of hydration.

Overall I really like this butter cleanser, it leaves my skin clean and requires minimal effort on my part.  I think it offers great value for money and the tin will last a good while.

Have you tried this cleanser or is there anything else you would recommend?

Ali xxxx
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