So… I got my first tattoo [Monday Motivation]

Eleanor Roosevelt said that you should do one thing every day that scares you and I have been trying to do this since becoming single…

This weekend was no exception and I decided that I would get my first tattoo.  It is tiny and it is on my ribs next to my boob so will only really be seen on holidays but why did I do it?

I have always thought of getting a tattoo but I knew my parents didn’t like them.  My ex boyfriend had so many tattoos and although I loved them, I didn’t want people to think that I was only getting one because he had them or that he pushed me into it.  As you will know we have been apart now a whole month and because I have been going through such a hard time I decided that I would just do it.

I managed to persuade my Mum to come with me, which I was grateful for and she actually almost physically pushed me through the door when I nearly backed out.  The tattoo place was pretty busy but one of the guys managed to fit me in before his first appointment.  He explained what he was going to do and checked that I was happy with the design and the placing and then he just did it.  He also explained how long it would take and that he did the outline thicker than the design as it can be caught on bras etc. He told me to take my bra off which was a little bit strange as I then the whole day out without a bra, but it was liberating.

I was so worried that it would hurt… that has been my biggest fear of them for so long.  I also heard that the ribs would be painful and my ribs do stick out a lot. However, I didn’t really feel a thing. This may have been because it was so small and quick but I was surprised at how little it did hurt.

I feel sorry for my friends that have received photos of my boobs over the weekend but I think that it is so cute and I cannot wait to see it when I am in a bikini on holiday.

Love Minnie x 

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ps. I am aware that the picture isn’t great but I didn’t want to reveal too much. I will get someone to take a better photo for me in the next couple of weeks.

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I am now single – and it’s ok

I was with Mike, my now ex-boyfriend for four years.  I honestly believe that we were happy for the most part however, we really did find that we wanted different things.  I have set up a whole life in Hertfordshire, I have a rented flat which I am currently trying to purchase, a job in London and I am settled.  Despite considering a move back to Norfolk, I honestly don’t believe that it would be the right thing for me.  Mike, is really trying to find out who he is.  He wants to go travelling, doesn’t want marriage or kids and isn’t into building a career where you have to work 12 hours a day.  The end of our relationship was almost predicted at some point but why did it hurt so much?

I have come out of longer relationships in the past but this breakup I found particularly difficult.  I had time off work and disppeared to Norfolk for a bit to try and recover.  It was (and still is to a degree) hard.  I find the thought of someone who you spend every moment of your time with, texting, speaking, thinking of becoming a stranger so hard. I find that when I have good news I want to tell Mike and when I am sad I want him to make everything ok.  I live alone and have done for a while but it is that time alone I am now finding the most difficult, before, he would know what I was doing and send me texts if I needed company but now it is just me and my empty flat.

I have spent the past few weeks reflecting on my life and I am stronger than I ever imagined, I managed to go back to work, spend time alone in my flat and even went on a date.  I am not broken from the relationship, I have just been knocked.  It has knocked my confiedence and I find myself questionning what was wrong with me (am I not pretty enough, am I too skinny, was I really that boring…) but in reality I am fine, I am me and I cannot change that to try in order keep a broken relationship together.

It would have been easy to have finished Uni or my TC and moved back to Norfolk to set up a life with Mike.  Maybe we would have a house by now and be settled but that was never who I was and I honestly don’t believe it is who is he.  He needs to see the world and I need to focus on my career.  As he keeps telling me ‘these things happen’ and he is right.

For now, I am going to enjoy this time in my life where I am alone. I am slowly approaching 30 and most people don’t have these years to discover who they are. I am going to work hard to make my career a success… I didn’t push myself through Uni, Law School, hundreds of TC applications to just give up now. I am going to focus on friends, friends which maybe I have neglected a bit over the past 4 years, friends who understand what it is like to be me. I am going to meet people, people with different interests than mine to grow my understanding and my mind, I am going to read to broaden my horizons and I will travel.  I may not have the same aspirations to see the world as Mike but I want to see it in my own way.

Things are hard at the moment and I cannot pretend that I don’t find myself alone crying sometimes, but I know things will get better. Mike & I didn’t work as a couple but I hope one day, we will be friends, best friends.  We have so much in common and I love him so much that I cannot imagine my whole life without him.  I am gratful for all he taught me, and it was a lot.  I would not have coped this well in this situation 4 years ago.  He made the move to London easier and encouraged every aspect of my life, for which I am forever greatful.

Love, Minnie x

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[Review] Friction Free Shaving

I am so lazy when it comes to buying razors and I always have been.  I also find them so expensive that I only buy them when really needed and use the same one until it is completely blunt.  My legs get so sensitive too so I was sure that I wasn’t doing myself any good.  I then saw an advert pop up on Facebook for Friction Free Shaving and I was interested straight away.


What they claim:

Friction Free Shaving is the first razor delivery service designed exclusively for women. We’re on a mission to make it cleaner, easier and cheaper for you to shave your legs, underarms and any other areas. You sign up and we send you a chic handle, then fresh blades every month meaning you can stay smooth for longer, all for just a few pounds a month.


This means that for the price of £9.00 per month they will deliver to your door a razor and then four replacement blades each month.  The idea is that you change your razor blade weekly.  They have a little rhyme on the packaging which says Sunday but I change mine on a Wednesday as this is when it was delivered and I was keen to give it ago.  The blades slot on to the razor really easily and there is not that struggle with getting into awkward packaging and breaking a nail.  I have been good so far as I have not been tempted to use a blade for longer than a week which means although my legs are still sensitive after shaving – they are getting better.

Pros 

  • You don’t have to go to shop to buy razors as these are delivered direct to your door
  • The packaging is good as it fits through the letterbox
  • It is better for you as you can change the blades weekly without leaving them to get dirty
  • The razor is so cute
  • You can stop or pause the subscription at any time
  • The blades are really good quality

Cons 

  • It is a monthly direct debit and as someone who is in the process of arranging a mortgage, I am trying to limit these as much as possible
  • You can pick up 4 razors for less than £9.00 per month if you are on a budget

Have you tried these yet?

Love, Minnie x 

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[First Impressions] L’Oreal Paris Miss Baby Roll Mascara

Hello!

It has been so long, I was loving blogging and then I went through some personal stuff which meant that I had to stop.  I have so many half-written posts that I will catch up on hopefully but I am now ready to fully get involved again.  At the weekend I purchase the L’Oreal Paris Miss Baby Roll Mascara, I have heard so many good reviews of it through people such as Soph Does Nails, I had to give it ago.


What it claims:

It’s time to say bye-bye to boring lashes and hello to new Miss Baby Roll Mascara, for mega volume, curl and all-day hold. Our mega curl roller brush curls lashes from the root, for an instant lash lift! The Quick Mega Volume formula volumises lashes and holds them in a curl all day.


It is only Monday but I wore it Saturday night when I went out with my family, Sunday for the whole day and I have it on this morning. It may be a bit early to see whether it reacts with my sensitive eyes but so far I have no issues.  The wand is different to what I’m use to but it is not hard to adjust accordingly.

I have noticed that it really does give instant lash lift and creates so much volume.  My lashes are naturally long anyway so I am always on the hunt for volume mascara and this is great.  It is also a great price at £7.99 in Boots. The packaging is also super cute and looks great in my makeup collection.

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I am looking forward to trying this out more and writing a full review in due course.

Have you tried it yet?

Love, Minnie x

Mexico 2017

Mike & I went to Mexico back in May and I didn’t have my blog at the time and I don’t want to try to remember all the tiny details which made the holiday so perfect so I have decided to just post some pictures and give you the main details.

  • We travelling on 1 May 2017 and stayed for 11 nights
  • We flew from London Gatwick
  • We stayed at the Grand Sirenis Riviera Maya Resort & Spa, Akumal
  • We have no complaints about the hotel at all and enjoyed our 11 nights there
  • The Hotel featured a coffee shop which became a daily afternoon activity
  • It had two ‘party’ pools and one quiet one – all were great for what you preferred that day
  • The sea was rocky but Mike loved spending hours in there. I was not so keen
  • There was a huge selection of food and you could eat somewhere at anytime of day
  • The cocktail menu was great and included in the All Inclusive
  • We flew with Thompson and it was a long 10 hour flight & it felt even longer returning even at night.

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Love, Minnie x

 

[Review]Garnier Micellar Extra-Gentle Cleansing Wipes

I stopped using wipes to take off my makeup a few years ago however, these jumped out at me when I was shopping in Superdrug recently.  I bought them on the idea that they would be used once in a while and occasionally if I am home late and feeling lazy but I have used them everyday so far almost everyday.  They have not replaced the usual Micellar Water routine for taking off my makeup but I use these before I shower in the evening to ensure that most of my makeup is removed, once I have showered I then use the Micellar Water and toner to ensure that my face is super clean before bed.


What they claim:

New Garnier Micellar Extra-Gentle Cleansing Wipes contain thin silk fibres in a thick, soft wipe.
Soaked with Micellar water, they are specially formulated for make-up removal on sensitive skin. Like a magnet, the cleansing agents capture impurities and lift away dirt from the skin. No need to rub to efficiently remove make-up.

The result: In a single step, your make-up is removed and your skin feels refreshed and soothed.


The first thing that I noticed and LOVED about these is the fact that they are really soaked in Micellar Water.  It is so obvious as soon as you open the packet.  The wipe is actually very thick too which means that it holds the water well and doesn’t break up in your hands.  You also get 25 wipes per pack and if you use daily then this is less than a months worth so can become expensive if you were to keep repurchasing.  The wipes are £3.29 from Superdrug but are currently on offer at £1.59.  They do leave your skin feeling super smooth and refreshed though.

It removes my makeup well but I wouldn’t say that it is the easiest method and I don’t wear that much makeup. It takes a good few scrubs with the wipes to get all the makeup off, especially eye makeup.  I also notice that when I use the Micellar Water after I shower it does still remove some of my makeup which is ok but it means that the wipes haven’t completely removed it all.

The packaging is very cute which may have been one of the reasons why I was drawn to it in the store however, I feel that because the product contains so much Micellar Water it actually needs to have a better seal.  I am very concerned that the product will dry up over time which means that if you don’t use it everyday then you may have to throw it away.

Have you tried these?

Love, Minnie x

 

My favourite everyday makeup

Hello my loves, today I will be sharing my everyday makeup favourites.

I am a Solicitor and therefore, work Monday to Friday in an office environment except for the occasional trip to court or days when I work from home.  I have to wear makeup and keep it professional however, I don’t like appear being too done up.  I also wake up at 5:45 each morning and I am usually at my desk before 8am so I feel that I have suddenly got into a very rehearsed routine in respect of my every day makeup.

Base 

I am currently loving the Maybelline Fit Me Matte & Poreless Foundation, which I have done a couple of posts on specifically.  I have started using a lot less of this as my skin as started to clear up and I feel that it applies much better lighter.  I then use the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer under my eyes and on my problem areas i.e. my chin where I do have the last remaining parts of my recent breakout. I then set my face with the Collection Primed & Ready Invisible Setting Powder which I have to say is probably my favourite product at the moment.

Bronzer & Highlight

I switch between a couple but for Bronzer I am currently loving the Collection Bronze Glow as this gives such a variety of shades which can be built up depending on what you have planned and is great for a subtle look while at work. I am still using the Collection Highlight in the Collection #facetheday palette which is so perfect for days in the office.

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Eyes

I only wear mascara to work and as I have long dark lashes anyway I am pretty lucky in this respect.  I am loving the Maybelline Lash Sensational Lash Multiplying Mascara at the moment for work and it can be used as either one coat or two.  I can feel this starting to run out and although I plan on re-purchasing there are other drug store ones that I am also hoping to purchase and rotate into my routine in September/October.

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Lips 

I normally wear a Mac Lipstick to work and all my Mac Lipsticks are nude-ish shades which are perfect for every day.  My newest addition to the collect is Taupe which is a muted reddish-taupe brown which I feel can look too dark when applied heavily but is great when lightly applied and built up.  I think that this will be great for Autumn, which is fast approaching.

What are your favourite everyday makeup products?

Love, Minnie x