Sunday, 11 March 2018

Celebrating Mothers Day without your mum

Hi lovelies, so another year comes round and it's Mothers Day, the cards,flowers and gifts are lovely to look at, but for me and many others it's tinged with utter sadness.

So when everyone else is celebrating, what do you do? I always lay a lovely flower arrangement and release some balloons for Mummy but this year I am going to start a new tradition, I am going to celebrate the day with lots of her favourite things, so I thought it would be a nice post to do, to give you some ideas if may be you or someone you love has lost their mummy.

These are just a few ideas and I would love to know what you all think.

Grab a box of her favourite chocolates or enjoy her favourite meal
My mummys favourite chocolates were either Milk Tray or Fererro Rocher, so I think this year I am going to treat myself to a little box. Maybe your mummy loved a roast dinner or a takeaway so order in and enjoy.

Enjoy her favourite movie
One movie that sticks out for me is Legally Blonde. Mummy loved this and we watched it a few times when we were in the hospital and watching that smile on her face was fantastic. So anytime I feel rubbish I always put the DVD on and instantly I feel uplifted.

Light a candle that reminds you of her
The Yankee candle clean cotton was mummys favourite and this is what I have in my bathroom, apart from it reminding me of her and her fab smelling house it's genuinely a gorgeous fresh candle. Different smells can instantly transform your mood.

Make a bouquet of her favourite flowers
We always lay an arrangement of flowers on her anniversary which is the 17th March so this year I am going to do that, but for Mothers Day I plan on getting some tulips,roses,cala lillies and gerberas and making an arrangement for the grave and also one for our house. Flowers can bring so many memories and it's a great way to remember someone.

Treat someone or some people special to your Mummy
The nurses and staff in Causeway hospital CCU ward always have always held a special place in my heart and this year I am going to treat them to some goodies. You could maybe treat an Aunt or your mum's best friend. Even treat your own best friend who helped you through a hard time when you lost your mummy.

Snuggle up with something that reminds you of her.
I have mummys dressing gown and I am not afraid to admit that I snuggle up with it sometimes when I am feeling sick or a bit down. Dad washes it for me and it has the smell of the soap powder etc that I instantly associate with her so it's definitely nice to have that.

I also wear a piece of her jewellery a lot. It was the necklace she wore on our wedding day, and I put it on, on the day of her funeral and wear it a lot now especially holidays and special occasions.

These are just a few really simple things you could do to help remember and celebrate her life. It's very easy to shut off from these days and to not want to celebrate and yes I completely did that for a few years, but now coming into her 7th anniversary I feel it's time to start honestly and truly celebrating her and everything she stood for, so on mother's day this year I will be watching Legally Blonde with a box of Milk Tray and maybe even a wee vodka and coke.

I truly hope you all find a way to celebrate and if you're lucky enough to still have your mummy with you, give her a huge hug and make sure she knows how much you love her.

I would love to hear below how you plan to spoil your Mummy

Till next time lovelies
Stay safe and keep smiling


Sunday, 4 March 2018

How to feel put together in 5 mins with minimal makeup and stress

Hey lovelies,so I hope you're all getting over the Beast from the East and getting back to some normality and not being housebound due to the crazy snow storms.

Now I know there are days that we want full on glam, contour,5 different eyeshadows, foundation and lashes but let's be honest most of the time, I want to be able to just look put together quickly and get out the door.
For me, there are days where I feel confident in my own skin and I will go out and rock no makeup,but I won't lie, having a little bit of skin coverage and even mascara and lippie does wonders for my confidence.

I think as I get older I get to know what things I need to do to feel put together and in the least time possible, and I definitely feel these are the things that I am reaching for a lot at the minute.

Obviously you can switch out these products for what you feel suits your skin etc, and whether you want to focus on certain areas. I honestly feel that we can feel that little bit nicer and put together in a few minutes, and we can take on the day with a slick of lippie.

Personally for me I need some sort of coverage on my skin as I suffer from rosacea and my skin isn't a great tone.  I picked up the It Cosmetics CC cream when we were in America and if you follow me on social media you will see I wasn't overly fussed on it the first couple of uses. I used it with a damp beauty blender and was not getting much coverage at all, and I was a bit disheartened as anyone I spoke to who used it absolutely loved it. Then I decided to try it with a dense Kabubki type brush and without a doubt it's the brush to use. Now I can use 2 pumps of the cream and dot it over the face and blend in. You can still see my skin and some freckles etc but it just evens out the tone and gives a little coverage.

I use the LMD palette from B Perfect Cosmetics as my all round face palette. I just use the shade prinny all over my lid, the bringing shade in a quick sweep over the contours of my face and peachy as a little blush. I really do think this is the perfect palette to use for a quick look. I could also use a little of the black shade for my brows if i need to, but I am trying to keep on top of the waxes and tint at the min. This was the only palette I used on holiday and that for a beauty blogger says something!

If someone asks me what is the one thing including live without in terms of make up it is always going to be the Catrice glam eyes mascara. I go to the Pennys in letterkenny to get this and it's worth the 2 hour drive to stock up! I am lucky I have pretty good lashes but this just takes them to the next level. A couple of layers of this and you look like you have falsies on and the best thing is it's only a couple of pounds. Definitely one of my best ever finds.

My eyes can get really dark and it's hard to find a concealer that doesn't sit in my little lines, but I was kindly given this Note Cosmetics concealer last year and it's fantastic. It's super full coverage and I have actually found that on good skin days I can get away with a little of this below my eyes and set with some powder and I am good to go.

We all need a slick of lippie to finish off with and since buying my first Tom Ford in Casablanca it's been hard to use anything else if I am honest. When I put it on I just feel that little bit stronger,fiercer and ready to take on the day, and if I am honest when I am bed bound some of the time to feel that strength it's flipping fab.

So there you have it, a few ideas to make you feel pulled together and on point. I would say a nice manicure and brow tint always helps matters too.

It's all about finding what makes you feel amazing, but remember guys and girls Makeup is there to just enhance us, we are all fabulous and just as amazing without out.

Till next time lovelies
Keep smiling and knowing your worth

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