Get To Know Me [Tag]

I am going through a pretty hard time currently which I don’t really want to go into yet, so the usual review of my week wasn’t great and I haven’t had time to do the post I had planned so here is a way to get to know me better…


 

1. What is your middle name?

I don’t actually have one….

2. Share you favorite subject in high school.

It was probably Business Studies which was an option I picked for GCSE but dropped at A Level. I also really enjoyed Chemistry.

3. What is your favorite drink?

Water // Coffee

4. What is your favorite song at the moment?

I listen to different music on a daily basis so I don’t have a favourite song

5. What would you (or have you) name your children?

I like the names Elsie for a girl and Henry for a boy but I have not put that much thought into it tbh.

6. Have you participated in any sports?

Yes, I have a black belt in Karate.  I also undertook ballet, tap, modern and jazz for about 12 years before starting University and most recently undertook ballet classes agin.

7. What is your favorite book?

Again, I read so many books that I don’t have an all time favourite

8. What is your favorite color?

Currently it is Mint Green but it changes regularly

9. What is your favorite animal?

Elephants

10. What is your favorite perfume?

Bella Freud GINSBERG IS GOD.  I am scared of running out so this will be on my bday/xmas list.

11. What is your favorite holiday?

In the sun! I also enjoy city breaks whatever the weather

12. On a scale from 1 – 10, rate your childhood.

10 – it was the best. I have been so lucky

13. Have you been out of the country?

Yes!

14. Do you speak any different languages?

Unfortunately not. I undertook french exchange when I was about 14 but I did not keep up learning the language, which I regret.

15. Do you have any siblings?

One sister who is only 18 months younger than me and my best friend

16. What is your favorite store?

I shop at lot at Primark, Topshop and New Look

17. What is your favorite restaurant?

Love Nandos but also cute independent places

18. Did you like school?

Not particularly, I really enjoyed the college I did my A Levels at and University.

19. Who are some of your favorite YouTubers?

SophDoesNails, Zoella, Lily Pebbles, The Anna Edit

20. What is your favorite movie?

Legally Blonde or Clueless

21. What are some of your favorite tv shows?

I enjoy the UK soaps, Orange is the New Black and casualty/Holby city

22. PC or mac?

Mac but I use a PC at work and have no complaints

23. What phone do you have?

Iphone 7 Plus

24. How tall are you?

5ft4

25. Do you have any pets?

Nope but I really want a pug

Love, Minnie x

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[Review] Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Lipsticks

You may have seen that I picked these up in my Boots haul and as they were on offer I picked up the shades Moca and Pink Bliss.  The costs of the lipsticks are £5.99 each but the offer I used was buy one get the second half price.


What they claim:

Want the London look? Rimmel introduces Stay Matte Liquid  Lip Colour, a liquid lipstick with high-intensity colour, velvety matte finish, and a long-lasting, comfortable wear.   

Boldness that stays on. Stay Matte delivers full coverage in one stroke that’s kiss-proof, touch-proof, and waterproof while also being unbelievably comfortable and lightweight. 

Rimmel London is an inner confidence that how we look is always cool, irreverent, never predictable and always evolving.


I personally feel that you need more than one coat to give a good coverage and I opt for two coats when I am using these.  They do last for ages and as a big coffee drinker when I have these on I do not notice any transfer on the coffee cup- which is great.  The first day I wore the Moca shade I think I had two coffee’s from Starbucks (oops!) and half a three course meal before the lipstick needed a slight touch up.  It had also been hours so it is long-lasting.

With all liquid lipstick, the long-lasting effect does mean that the formula is drying on the lips and this is no different.  Although, it is still comfortable to wear it is drying and I find myself applying a lip balm before and after wearing the lipstick.

The two colours I picked up are gorgeous, I am definitely more of a pinky nude and therefore, the Pink Bliss is the one I feel more comfortable wearing however, I love the Moca shade too and hopefully I will become more confident with this on.  There is a total of 14 shades to choose from so I will definitely be back in Boots to check out some of the others.  The shade ‘Plum This Show’ looks perfect for Autumn/ Winter and ‘Latte to Go’ seems slightly lighter than Moca so I may feel more comfortable with that one.

Pros 

  • Affordable (cheap anyway and then can be found on offer too)
  • Accessible – in the drugstore and on Amazon
  • Long Lasting – perfect for coffee drinkers like myself
  • Doesn’t transfer
  • Comfortable to wear
  • available in a wide range of shades

Cons 

  • Drying on the lips
  • You do need more than one coat for full coverage

 

Overall I do like this lipstick as it is great for drinking coffee, is long lasting, looks good and is not too drying on the lips.  It also comes in a wide range of shades at a very affordable price.

What are your favourite liquid lipsticks?

Love, Minnie x

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What they don’t tell you about going #dairyfree

People go dairy free for various reasons.  I have a milk allergy and have been dairy free for almost 2 years now and when I was first advised by the doctor to cut out everything containing cows milk and lactose, I thought ‘well I don’t like milk so this won’t be that difficult.’ I was so wrong ; it has been hard and it still is hard.  With an allergy if I accidentally have the smallest bit of milk, it can make me so poorly.  I have created a list of things that they don’t tell you when you become dairy free:

Milk is in everything 

Well not literally everything but almost everything, things that you wouldn’t even realise had milk in.  Examples of things that have made me ill where I didn’t realise: cooked chicken from ASDA, pre-packaged salad and baked beans.  Ok, so not all pre-packaged salads and baked beans contain milk but some do and therefore, you have to check the ingredients every time you go to eat something. It is also listed as many different things so you need to know what you are looking for.  Companies are also known to change their ingredients and sometimes they can be good at putting ‘updated recipe’ on the packaging however, this is not always the case. Therefore, you do need to check the packet every time you buy a product.

I have also found that a lot of the veggie options in stores contain milk as a substitute for another product.  I understand that Quorn do a vegan range which is perfect as most of their veggie stuff which I have looked at contains milk.  I am not 100% veggie as I do still eat meat on occasions so I cannot complain too much.  If I was a full veggie this would be very difficult.

Tablets contain milk 

I can no longer be on the pill because in the UK we do not produce or sell a contraceptive pill which does not contain milk, which I think is a disgrace.  Of course, there are other great alternatives for the pill but I still feel restricted in my options in this respect.

My consultant recently prescribed a medicine for my suspected IBS which contained milk, he later said that he knew this but wondered how much milk I can tolerate. Turns out I could not even tolerate this small amount of milk.  It makes it worse that there is not a suitable alternative he can give me.

I understand that they have to coat the medicine in something, of course they do, but surely they could manufacture alternatives, especially with something so common as the pill.

No one seems to understand what dairy is 

I cannot count the number of times that staff in restaurants have advised that a certain dish contains dairy when in fact it only contains eggs.   I personally think that staff should have better training in this regarding if they are giving advice as to what you can and cannot eat.  Often if you realise that it does only contain eggs and try to explain that this is not dairy it can be hard and uncomfortable.

It is expensive 

Dairy free foods specifically marketed as such are becoming much more common in the UK now, which is great. However, these often come as at a price increase.  It is often worth doing your research and looking at foods which is not marketed as being specifically dairy free but do not contain milk.  These are often the cheaper version of brands i.e. garlic bread which is made with oil instead of garlic butter etc.

It is hard to eat out 

I have done a whole post on tips when eating out, which you can find here.  It is hard having to ask for advice on the menu at every place you go, especially when you are in a large group of people or with people who you don’t know that well.

Your teeth and nails become weak

I have had to have so many fillings since becoming dairy free which the dentist has put down to the lack of calcium in my diet and I only have to look at my nails and they snap in two.  I have started having gel nails but if I have a gap in these then the nails still snap! I don’t think that the girl who does my nails can believe how often they snap.  It is therefore, important to find good replacements for the calcium and make sure that you include them in your diet at all times.

What are your tips for dealing with a good allergy?

Love, Minnie x

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My Evening Routine

Although it is still mid-August, I have noticed how it seems to definitely be turning to Autumn already.  I love a relaxing evening any time of year however, they definitely feel cosier as the weather cools down and the nights draw in.

I have therefore, decided to post what I usually do after work in the evening. Weekends are similar but a little different as I often have Mike with me then. My evenings during the week are ‘me’ time. I live alone in a small flat and therefore, I am free to do what I please without being interrupted.  This makes a big change from shared houses at University and when I first moved to London.

I normally arrive home at 6:30pm (I leave at 5:30pm and the time of arrival varies between 6:10pm and 7.00pm depending on the traffic.) I then like to put my dinner on as soon as possible.  I hate eating late as I don’t digest as well so I decide to crack on with dinner as soon as I am home.  Often I have it prepared in advance and while this is looking I quickly change into my comfies more often than not pajamas and take my makeup off.  I eat my dinner often have a quick desert normally, ice cream or fruit then I shower.

I then try to do some housework, I believe that if you do one job each day then the tasks become smaller.  I often put a load of washing in or do the hoovering at this time.

I always shower in the evenings rather than the mornings and I wash my hair every other day.   The shampoo I am currently using is L’Oreal Elvive Fibrology Air however, I do swap between shampoos regularly to avoid build up. Once I am out of the shower, I dry my hair as soon as I can and put my pajamas back on.  I have started drying my hair before brushing it as I read online that it is better for your hair.  I always use my Pantene Pro V dry oil repair & protect hair oil too.  This seems to be working for me and my hair feels great.

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Although I take my make up off before I shower with Micellar Water, I do the majority of my skin care once my hair is dry and I am in my pajamas.  I also brush my teeth at this time and at the moment I am also cleaning my rook piercing.

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I then like to relax whether this is on the sofa with the soaps and other TV dramas or in bed with Netflix. I light some candles and just unwind from the day until I am feeling sleepy. This doesn’t take long after a day at work, especially as my alarm is always set for 05:45am.

When I feel sleepy, I head to bed if I am chilled on the sofa or if I am already in bed I turn off Netflix and snuggled down.  I am lucky as I received a Lumie Alarm Clock for my birthday last year and I set this for the sunset mode and flick through social media or possibly watch YouTube Videos as the light dims.  It takes half an hour for the light to dim and I am usual almost asleep by the time that this happens.

What are your perfect evenings?

Love, Minnie x

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Review of My Week- Monday Motivation

This post was due to go up Sunday (yesterday) evening however, I returned to my flat and had a bad IBS (or whatever it actually is) flare up and I couldn’t do anything all evening and as it already written, I decided that it would go up today.  I hope that it isn’t too boring.


What have I been doing

Work, Work and Work… again, another full week in the office except for a couple of hours off for a hospital checkup. I was meant to get my MRI results on Thursday but this did not go to plan.  So, I took time out of my day to attend the hospital but the person who provides the report on the MRI to the doctor is actually on holiday and this means that it hasn’t been done.  I don’t know who was more shocked, me, the doctor or the receptionist when I had to re-book the appointment.  I am therefore, no further forward in this respect.

I also managed to book some time off for Menorca in October which is really exciting and I am looking forward to getting away for a few days with my family and Mike. We also booked the flights which is good and now I am starting to get excited already!! It is annoying when your partner is a teacher, it means even flights are expensive that week. We were lucky with Mexico as he was doing supply work so could fly during term time but he did potentially lose pay for those 2 weeks.

Weekend Plans 

In Norfolk again (I have no idea what happened to I am not coming back to Norfolk as much in August this may be my plan for September) because I have a hair appointment Saturday morning.  I still come back to Norfolk to get my hair done every 6 weeks because I really like the girl who does it and it is so much cheaper than both Herts and London.

It has also been 4 years since I first started dating Mike so we have decided to go for lunch which will be nice. We were looking at a picnic but the weather in the UK this week has been SO bad.  We opted for Nandos (YUM!) and then went to our favourite branch of Starbucks.  We do love spending time in all coffee shops but this one branch of Starbucks has to be our favourite, the staff are so friendly.

 

Blog & Products 

I have been using products from my boots haul see post here. I will be doing a full review of the Rimmel Liquick Lipsticks this week  I have been using both colours so far and actually really like both shades.  I am so used to pinky nudes in the past year so the Moca shade takes some getting use to but I do enjoy it when I am brave enough.

I have also been trying to be a bit more personal with my blog. At the beginning, I was very self-conscious about people I know actually starting to read it and laughing at me.  I am still not brave enough to post on my social media platforms but I have posted enough now that if you knew me personally, you could know it is my blog.  The next step is to start using a designated Instagram and Twitter account etc.

Food 

I have been eating normally this week and also veggie for most of the week.  I did opt to have meat this weekend as honestly I just really fancied it.  Unfortunately, I had to cancel a dinner date with a friend Monday because my stomach was playing up but that is life for me at the moment.  I havent been that adventurous with food for a while and tent to stick to easy meals because I am so lazy.

Goals for next week

Again, not to spend any unnecessary money…. I was fairly good this week however, I ended up buying more earings so all mine now match, Leggings, a book for Mike, makeup and wash bag in Primark and some essentials in Superdrug.  I have planned a shopping trip with my sister the first Saturday in September and I will try not to spend any unplanned money until then my list for this trip is already growing.  I have not been successful at all with taking my lunches to work with me so this is something which I really must start. My goals are therefore, the same as start week.

What are your weekly goals?

Love, Minnie x

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Rook Piercing – my experience

Following on from my general piercing post yesterday, I thought that I would share my most recent experiences with you…


You probably know, if you read my posts, that I had my rook pierced on Saturday!  I had been looking at it for a while but initially decided that I would have it done next time and I would settle for the Middle Helix this time.  However, as the day got closer I starting thinking that I should just go for it and so I did.  I read some awful things online about the pain while the piercing took place and also the healing process.  I cannot comment on the healing process as of yet, as I am still at the beginning of it but I thought I would share my experiences so far.

I had it done at a tattoo parlour local to my parents, New Image Tattoo in Wisbech.  I have never been there before but the whole experience was very good.  My boyfriend came with me and waited in the waiting room but even he said that he will consider this place for his next tattoo, he is tattoo mad! I am surprised that I didn’t walk out of the side room to see that he was actually getting a small one done.  The staff were very chatty and friendly, it was probably my best piercing experience I have had.  As someone who has no tattoos I often find these places intimidating which is part of the reason I took Mike with me and made sure that he had his tattoos on show.

There was no waiting around, the girl took me straight through to the side room and got out all of the equipment so I could see that it was all new and everything was clean.  She marked up the spot on my ear and asked that I checked it in the mirror. I was happy with it so I laid down and positioned my head facing the wall.  This was good as it meant I couldn’t see her or the needle.  It was over so quickly…. I was shocked at how little pain there was.  I was then free to check the piercing in the mirror and it looked so cute so I paid and left.

I know that everyone can tolerate different amounts of pain and I would say that mine is medium.  I have never cried having a piercing or blood test but I don’t think that I would stand the pain of a tattoo.   I honestly could not believe how this did not hurt at all.  Like there was a scratch when the needle when it but it was over extremely quickly.

It was a bit sore for about half an hour after but after that I had no problems with it at all. I didn’t sleep on it on the first night as it was sore to touch but from night 2 I have been sleeping on it for part of the night, without any trouble.  I read online I know you shouldn’t believe everything that you read that the pain may be constant for 2 or 3 days after you get it done but it has been a few days now and I can honestly say that I have had no headache or burning sensation. I also read reviews online that some people had an ear that resembles a rugby players after having it pierced however, mine barely swelled. I like the fact that you cannot really see the earing unless you are looking for it (please see the photo below)

I have been cleaning it twice a day with saline solution and I know it hasn’t been that long but so far I have had no issues with it all.  It is hard to clean because it is at a weird angle and hard to see.  I have been cleaning it with cotton wool pads and Q Tips.  I have already ordered a rose gold bar to replace the current one, I know I will be waiting a while for that though.  I am so happy that I actually got this done!

Love, Minnie x

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Piercings – what I have, what I use to have & what I want.

You may have seen in my Weekly Review that I got my rook pierced at the weekend, which I was super nervous for but so pleased I got it done.  It inspired me to do a mid-week post about all my piercings!  I love piercings and have done since I got my first set done at aged 4!

I am also planning to do a specific post about my rook piercing experience while it is still fresh in my mind.


 

Current Piercings 

Lobes x2 

I had my first set of lobes done when I was aged 4 and the second at aged 7!   I admit that I do not wear earings enough in these holes and I am making an effort at the moment to increase the wear time. This has also given me the perfect excuse to buy some new studs. I found when I was at school, I did a lot of sport so I had to take these out and never got around to putting them back in, luckily, I had them done when I was so young they’ve not healed up.

Belly Button 

I had this done when I was about 13/14 and I begged my mum for ages and when she first said yes, I actually chickened out in the tattoo place.  We had to wait ages and this just made my nerves worse.  When I did get it done, I did not feel any pain at all.  Now I am getting older I feel as if I never change the bar and never actually have the piercing on show.  If my stomach didn’t look so alien without it (to me that is as I am so used to it now) I would remove it.  I think when I eventually have kids it will be removed as soon as I know I am pregnant and not put back in.

Tragus

This was a bit of an impulse piercing and it hurt a lot less than I expected, although I have a feeling that they numbed it. I was about 17 at the time and it felt like everyone was getting this done. I still love this one, it is very fiddly to change though.

Forward helix

I had this one about four years ago and I have only just had to take it out and put it back in, I was so scared that it would heal up but luckily it didn’t and it was super easy to change.  I am looking forward to changing this to a rose gold earing to match the rest of my current ones. This didn’t actually hurt when it was being done but I did have a sharp headache for a few hours later that day.  It healed amazingly well and I am very happy with it.

Rook

My new baby!  I very nearly got the middle cartilage done instead of this but I am so glad I got it done as I had been looking at them for a while.  The actual piercing was much less painful than I was expecting and so far the healing process has been ok.  I heard that it does take up to a year to heal properly so I will keep you updated.  I have already purchased a rose gold bar to replace this one with even though I may have to wait a while before I can do this.

Retired Piercings 

Tounge

My 15-year-old self is to blame for this one.  I was still at school when I had this pierced and I loved it for so long but when it came to start thinking about my legal career I decided that I needed to appear more professional on open days and interviews so I took it out.  I am so glad that I did, it may be personal preference but I feel that they are very chavvy when I see them now. It also did some damage to my gums which I don’t think can be reversed.  I feel that I should have researched this more.

Helix

I had been desperate for this for ages and was so impatient, I actually had it done with a gun!! This has been the most painful piercing I’ve had and took the longest to heal.  I have retired this after taking it out for my MRI, so a good 10 years after having it done because when it was out I noticed how bumpy the cartilage was.  The healing process took so long for this and I would often wake up in the night with a swollen ear months and years after the piercing.  It is so easy to catch too, especially when my ears are kind big.  I do not miss having this one in at all.

Third lobes

I had my third lobe set done when I was 16/17 and again, I still did a lot of sport so they healed over pretty quickly when I forgot to put the earings back in.  I do not miss these now at all.

What I want next 

Middle Cartilage 

I almost had this done instead of my rook and then the girl suggested that I had both but I was not prepared for that!  Anyway, I have seen many pictures online of this piercing and it looks so good! I do have ears that stick out a bit so I am worried about the attention that this may draw to them or it doesn’t look as nice as the pictures but I may consider this again when my rook has healed.  I will get this done with a needle not a gun and hopefully not have the same issue I had with my helix.

What piercings do you have?

Love, Minnie x

P.S. I am aware that my earings don’t currently match, I have ordered some that do…