Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Summer Nails By Rimmel London

Once the weather brightens up I crawl out from the duvet fortress I have been hibernating in all winter and start preparing for all of the summer activities. My wardrobe gets a big revamp. I pack away all of the thick jumpers and knitted dresses and replace them with my bright patterned dresses and basically anything denim. I love all of the colours spring/summer colours from the soft pastel shades to the in your face neon colours. 

And it’s not just my clothes that get a revamp. One of the things I look forward to is picking up new nail varnishes. Over winter I have more greys and dark reds, but I like to brighten it up over Summer. One brand of nail varnish I have been loving over the past few months are the Rimmel gels. I’m pretty sure I have talked about them in previous posts. They just last so long. And I am someone who always absentmindedly tries to bite my nails. So nail varnish for me doesn’t usually last too long. But the gel ones are so bloody durable, I am majorly impressed.

The three shades you can see above are some of my go-to faves over summer. I love pale blues and bright oranges. the pale purple was actually a new pick. They are called Dive Right In, Coral Queen and Purple Splash. To be honest I am not too sure about the Purple Splash shade yet, I have only worn it once so far but I’m not sure if it suited me. But I love the other two and I’ve worn them a fair few times. If you don’t know anything about the Rimmel Gel collection then you basically put on a colour which are labelled step 1 and then you put on a top coat which is labelled step 2. This second step helps it to last a bit longer.


Sunday, 28 May 2017

My Recipe For The Perfect Night In Alone

Add a spoonful of magic, a dash of fun and a sprinkle of hope…n’ah I’, just playing ya. 

As I said in my previous post I am trying to have more alcohol free weekends. Consequently I am spending more evenings at home. I would say I am somewhere between a fun loving millennial ready to hit the town and a twenty-something grandparent ready to put my feet up and fall asleep on the sofa. One side of me really enjoys getting all glammed up and going out with the girls or raving at a drum and bass night until 6 in the morning. But there’s another side that wants nothing more than to binge watch Netflix and order a large dominos.

So on the ever increasing days where I want to spend a night in, there are a few go to moves I like to pull to woo myself.

Tidy Up

Okay so this one may not sound too much fun. But if I am to relax properly then I am going to have to do it in a clean and tidy environment. My lazy option is just cleaning the room I will be spending my time in, usually the living room or bedroom. A tidy house is a tidy mind.

Lush Bath

Is there anything more relaxing than lighting up a bunch of candles, grabbing a book or magazine and climbing into a steamy hot Lush bath. I can just feel the aches and pains drifting away, leaving me in a blissful semi-comatose state. I have always been a big bath lover but these days I mostly have showers because they’re a lot quicker. So I like to treat myself to a Lush bath bomb on the rare occasion I do fill up the tub. I really need to start making more time for baths, they’re so soothing!


This is an optional step for me, I don’t always do it. But if I am feeling in one of this moods then I will give myself a little TLC. This usually includes face masks, cleansing, toning, moisturising and painting both sets of nails while copied up in my bath robe.


I cannot have a night in without switching into my favourite comfies. These may be a cute pair of pyjamas (I have a serious pyjama obsession) or that baggy old t-shirt I got 10 years ago and some unflattering but oh-so-comfotable joggers. I’ll also throw on my fluffy dressing gown if it’s a little chilly or I want to feel extra snug.

All Of The Food

What is on the table can vary depending on how healthy I am being at the time. If I am on a health kick then I will chop up some cucumber and pitta to have with some dip. If I am in an indulgent mood then I will probably order a dominos delivery (even though the closest dominos is only a 5 minute walk away!) and have some form of chocolate as a sweet treat. Sometimes I have a glass of wine or a gin as well but that’s quite rare, it’s usually just diet coke with ice. Or full fat coke if I’m feeling naughty. 

Setting The Mood

I like to pull out all the big stops for myself. The big bright light is turned off and replaced by dim twinkling fairy lights. My dad recently bought me so many tea light holders after I said I was jealous of his crazy collection. The man has so many! So now I also light up dozen or so candles. I also like to make sure I have lots of blankets nearby because I like the feeling of being wrapped up in something, even when I’m hot already.


If only I could complete a degree in binge-watching TV series, I would literally fly through it. I can so easily not move and watch 10 episodes of something in a row. There’s something so satisfying about fully immersing yourself into another world for a long stretch of time. I am also a big movie fan. I grew up in a fairly small town where there wasn’t much to do so we went to the cinema a lot! I have seen so many films and yet the to-watch list seems to keep growing.


I usually end up falling asleep on the sofa, which is fine by me. When I am that tired I’ll sleep just about anywhere. But my two ferrets have their cage in the living room and they can be noisy buggers, so I tend to wake up and stumble towards my bed. One of the best things about having a relaxing night in is you wake up the next day feeling so refreshed and ready to take on the world.

Those are the things I most often do when I plan a big night in for myself. I am really enjoying spending more time at home, it’s helping me to save money (which means more clothes) as well as helping my anxiety. What do you like to do on your nights in?


Wednesday, 24 May 2017

My Opinion On L'Oreal Clay Masks

I remember when I was younger and a face mask consisted of the 99p single use packs from Superdrug or Home Bargains. I’m not sure if they did any good but didn’t they smell good! And you felt super grown up using them. What I love about face masks these days is you get them in a fancy glass container and they actually last several uses. Sure, they can be a little more pricey but hopefully they’re actually having a more positive impact than the 99p ones. I have been using these L’Oreal clay masks for quite a few weeks now, alongside my everyday skincare products, so i thought it was time to write a post on them. 

Firstly I will talk about the Pure Clay Detox Mask. This one has a really thick and creamy texture so you don’t need to apply liberal amounts to cover your face. This is a bonus as it means it will last longer! L’Oreal have combined three clays with charcoal which is apparently known to act like a magnet to draw impurities out. The three clays are Koalin, Montmorillonite and Ghassoul and they all seem to have some properties that remove impurities. 

Within a few minute of applying I begin to feel my skin tighten as it fairly quickly dries, depending how much you whack on. I have quite sensitive skin which starts to get a little itchy after 5 minutes of use, so I never leave it on too long. To be fair I think you’re only supposed to leave it on for five minutes. My pores are quite big in my t-zone and recently they looked to clogged up, so I was really hoping this would help. My pores do appear noticeably clearer, not fully clear but a lot better. What I really like about this product is it that my skin actually feels like it has had a deep clean afterwards, rather than just being soft to the touch which even cheap face masks can accomplish. 

Okay so onto the Pure Clay Glow Mask. I am obsessed with making my skin look glowing right now. Judging by social media I am not alone in this. I actually bought these two separately, I was quite impressed with the detox mask so I went back and picked up this one too. This one has more of an exfoliating texture, more beaded. It has the same three clays as the Detox mask but is combined with red algae extract, apparently know for it’s brightening properties. The Glow mask exfoliates the skin which helps to give it a glowing texture. I do actually notice my skin looks more glowing, bright an refreshed after using it. It’s sort of like a healthy holiday glow. 

Bottom line is, I would recommend these products, they have worked as they said on my skin so I am happy with them. I’m pretty sure they have a third clay mask out. I don’t know what it’s supposed to but I will for sure be buying it and giving it a go! Have you tried any of the range? Or do you use any other clay masks?


Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Just A Bit Of Ferret Love

I wanted to share some interesting facts about ferrets, as well as some cute pictures I took recently. Who doesn’t love cute animal pictures? Now I am well aware that ferrets are a bit of an unusual choice of pet and some of you may be wondering why the hell I chose ferrets. I chose them quite simply because of one movie - Along Came Polly. Jennifer Aniston’s character had a cute chubby ferret called Rodolfo who wore a knitted jumper and I immediately fell in love. Fast forward many years and I am now a ferret mother to two cute little fur babies named Fudge & Brownie.

The upkeep of a ferret is extremely cheap. So much cheaper than most common pets like cats and dogs. We usually order a big pack of ferret nuggets and litter online for around £10 each and they last a couple of months. As I said, cheap cheap cheap. Obviously there are some starter costs such as a cage and bedding etc. I have a 3 storey cage for my boys. Ferrets are a lot bigger than hamsters so I feel like they need a bit more space. They have their bedding and toys on the top storey, their food and more toys on the middle storey and the bottom storey is dedicated purely to poop and wee. Ferrets are clean creatures by nature and like to keep their mess away from where they sleep.

So what are they like as pets? Well, they are extremely entertaining and sociable. By the way, these are not the first ferrets I have had. My first ferret was called Jay Jay and he was the most amazing first pet I could ever have hoped for (not counting family pets). I got him in my second year of university and it was me and him against the world for a long time (until I moved in with my boyfriend), so we were very close. Sadly he passed away in 2015 and after some time we ended up getting two new ferrets. Now I am telling you this story as I would like to highlight that each ferret is so very different. JayJay was my little bosom buddy, he seriously loved me so much and would give me kisses and cuddles all of the time.  He was quite a softy. My new ferrets are a lot more feisty and I’m more likely to get a bite from them than a kiss. I’m not sure if it’s because there is two of them so they are more used to biting each other or maybe it is just their different temperaments. They mostly just bite because they want to play, and sometimes it seems like they do it just for the hell of it. My point is, just like snowflakes, no two ferrets are the same. Their personalities vary so much. Even the two brothers I have now vary so much. We have little slinky Fudge who is constantly running here and there and causing endless amounts of mischief. He has a fascination for leather and is always stealing shoes or the boyfriends wallet. Meanwhile Brownie is a big old lazy lump who likes to find places to sit and stare for a while. He also really enjoys being pulled around on a towel (probably because he's gets to move with zero effort).

The name ferrets comes from the Latin furonem, which means “little thief”. Well they most certainly live up to this name. As I have said Fudge loves to steal the boyfriends wallet, he does it at least once a week and stashes it behind the television. As well as wallets they like to steal and hide shoes. I have spent so long looking for a pair of shoes before only to find one behind the armchair and one behind the television, so much fun when you need to make your tram! They are also know for being trouble makers. They just love doing what they know is wrong, which is really hard when you’re trying to teach them right from the wrong. The more you tell them off the more they do something. Sometimes I have found it is best to ignore them until they get bored and stop doing the naughty thing. Another fun fact about ferrets is they like to sleep. Like, a lot. The typical ferret seep between 14 and 18 hours a day! They have it so good. 

We have lots of different bedding for them including hammocks, pouches and blankets. Ferrets get bored easily so we mix their bedding and toys up twice a week. Also, as you may already know they can have a bit of a smell so changing their bedding regularly helps to tone this down. They also love to squeeze into tight spaces and run through tunnels. If you are thinking of getting a ferret I would recommend ferret proofing your flat/house. You may look around and think it’s OK, but it’s probably not. They get into everything! Leave nothing on the floor that doesn’t have to be there and make sure all holes are sealed up. Trust me, you have more holes in your house than you realise! I have spent many an evening trying to coax a ferret out from underneath the floorboards.

You can have them neutered. I had my first ferret neutered way back when, but our vet informed us that there is new evidence of this being harmful for the boys. So the alternative now is to have a hormone transplant injected into them, which I think has to be refreshed every two years. The benefits for this are two-fold. Firstly, it calms them way down. When they are full of testosterone they can bite a lot harder and more frequently. After the implant this reduces it to a bit of nipping. It also helps to get rid of the spraying smell. I have not owned a female ferret before so I am not entirely sure on the best options for them. What I do know from QI is that if the female ferret does not have sex in one year then she will die. This is due to the oestrogen building up to harmful levels. I mean, what a chat up line that would be! So if you have a female ferret you’ll have to either find her a special friend or get her neutered.

I am actually going to wrap up this post now. It was only supposed to be a spontaneous quick post, but as you can tell I really love ferrets so I could talk about them forever. Sorry if some of the pictures are a bit blurry but ferrets just move so much and so quickly, they're aways on a mission! I highly recommend them as a pet, as long as you are sure you can give them the attention you need. They are inquisitive, sociable, entertaining and absolutely hilarious to watch. Have you ever had any unusual pets before? I’d love to hear about them. Please comment below if you have or would like to one day. Or if you have any more questions about ferrets.

Oh, and they are absolutely fabulous sleepers! If you want to see some examples of the amazing positions they twist themselves into then check out my Instagram i created for them called FudgeBrownieFerrets


Sunday, 14 May 2017

My Alcohol Free Weekends

Let me start this post by saying I have not given up alcohol completely and nor do I want to. I don’t think I could say a final goodbye to fruity gin. However I am trying to have more alcohol free weekends. That means no fruity gins, no cold pints and consequently no cigarettes. I used to be a full time smoker but I have managed to cut down to only smoking when I drink. I know it’s not perfect but it’s taken a lot of will power to get to this point so I am extremely proud.

One of the reasons I have decided to have more alcohol free weekends is that have no willpower. If I go out for a couple of drinks after work then I will end up at Chinese karaoke singing ‘common people’ at 3am. It’s either not going out for drinks or that, there is rarely an in between. So to save myself from spending a small fortune each week I thought it best to say no a few times. Sure I have missed some good nights but my bank balance is smiling a lot more. A smiling bank balance means more shopping on ASOS. 

My main reason for cutting down on alcohol is that it was seriously messing with my anxiety. No matter if I just had a few pints at the bar or crawled into bed at 5am, the next day I was waking up a big old ball of anxiety. I would wake up extremely early for someone who was just out drinking, usually between 6am and 8am. And with big black holes in my memory my mind would go into overdrive imagining all of the horrible and embarrassing things I could have done. I’m not an angry drunk or anything, the worst thing I usually do is say something opinionated or dance like a fool. But my mind was imagining me running around town causing all sorts of mayhem. And that feeling lasts allllll day. Watching videos of animals on YouTube or binging on Gilmore Girls helps a little, but ultimately the only cure is time. 

Now more and more of my weekends are being spent alcohol free. This means lots of nights in eating pizza and watching Netflix. I am also waking up early in the morning fresh faced and ready to go, so I am actually able to make the most of my day. I have done a bit of exploring around Manchester and nearby towns. I have taken lots more blog pics and actually fitted in some blogging over the weekend. I basically have become a much more productive version of myself. 

As I said, I am not giving up drink entirely. I have a holiday coming up as well as a few nights out planned, so the GnTs will be flowing. For now I am enjoying my alcohol free weekends. More money, more productivity and less anxiety all equals a happy Laura.


Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Happy Scoops - Twitter Edition || April 2017

Twitter. A continuous stream of thoughts on just about every single topic under the sun. It’s the go to place for instant reactions on current affairs as well as being the place where the shiny happy people of Instagram share their real life darker thoughts. As with any social media platform there can be a lot of negativity. There’s people making pointed statuses, people wanting to ‘name and shame’ others and people publicly arguing….all while simultaneously preaching how we should judge no one and love everyone. Contradicting and confusing to say the least. And while it may be easy to start to view the view the world through harsh glasses after a quick scroll, there are a lot of diamonds amongst the rubble.

Scrolling through Twitter last month I noticed many positive tweets. The negative comments tend to get the most like and shares, so it can be easy to miss the positive ones. But they are there. And for the most part my Twitter feed is actually full of positivity. This can something as simple as a small bit of encouragement or offering to privately talk through DM when someone is struggling. What’s really lovely about a lot of these tweets is that they’re often from one stranger to another.

The point of this series is to try and spread a it of cheer in a less than cheerful world. There have been many times when I have almost taken to Twitter to grumble about something, or almost replied to someones rude comment. It can be hard to resist, especially with the Piers Morgans of the world. But I want my little space on the internet to be a happy space. Below are some screenshots I have taken in the past few weeks. What positive things have you seen on Twitter lately? Or in your life in general? 


Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Embroidery Dreams From Primark

Can we just talk about the embroidery trend for a minute? I don’t usually follow trends for the sake of following trends, I’ll only buy something if I genuinely like it. But I genuinely like, nay, love this trend. I think there’s something so nostalgic about embroidery. I swear when I was 6 at least 50% of my denim pieces contained some form of embroidery.

I am loving that so many of the 90s trends are coming back into fashion too. I’m talking patchwork, mesh, cami dresses, badges, basically all of the good stuff. If you were alive back in the 90s then I am sure you’re feeling all of the nostalgia too. I wanna go home and play sonic the hedgehog on the sega megadrive while sipping on some sunny d. If you weren’t then you missed a hell of a decade. Our days were spent playing in the park, deciding which Spice Girl we wanted to be, making up dance routines, listening to Dr Jones and Barbie Girl, watching SMTV live on a Saturday morning, pulling our baby teeth out chewing on wham bars, learning life lesson from Beaker and hoping desperately for our aliens to have babies (I am going to have to stop here otherwise it will turn into a post dedicated to my love of the 90’s - new blog post idea!). But hey, at least the fashion is making a re-appearance. I am one stop away from dressing like season one Fresh Prince.

I am going on holiday soon and I needed to pick up a few pieces so I made the obligatory pre-holiday trip to Primark. I was in there just looking for a few plain tops to tuck into some very outrageous yet fabulous printed shorts and trousers when suddenly my basket was full. Always the way isn’t it? Amongst the small mountain of clothes were some dreamy embroidery pieces.

I just keep on adding to my stripy top collection and I don’t see myself slowing down any time soon. There is definitely no such thing as owning too many stripy tops. I particularly love navy and white striped tops, I must have like 5 of them. The embroidery rose on this one adds a pretty and girly touch. It also really reminds me of Beauty and the Beast which is always a bonus (that film was incredible, am I right?). 

Embroidery on clothes is brilliant but embroidery on accessories is next level. There is a girl I vaguely know who has an embroidery handbag and I have been jealously eyeing it up for a while. So when I saw this  handbag in Primark I popped it straight into the shopping bag. The pastel pink shade of the actual bag is very season appropriate. I also love the pastel purple and green shades of the embroidery flowers. It’s gonna be a good way to brighten up an outfit. Same with the shoes.
I always stock up on white and black pumps from Primark each year (yeah they usually fall apart but they’re so cheap and cheerful). The embroidery is adding a little twist to this years.

So what trends from the 90s are you loving? Have you found any good embroidery pieces? 

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