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Why I don’t believe in New Years resolutions, and think you shouldn’t either

It’s the done thing isn’t it, to make a resolution and why not? After all it’s just committing to the things you want to stick to for the upcoming year.

However it’s not exactly a secret that the majority of resolutions are not kept and though for most this is of no consequence for many people it actually has really negative  impact. Think about how you decide on your resolutions, you essentially pick the things you really want, like REALLYREALLY want, sometimes it might be more important than that, perhaps there is some health reason that you need to make changes.
so you have your resolutions and then what?  ell most people start so strong but unfortunately most people by week two have either failed or are failing. I know I am not alone at being very hard on myself if I fail at anything, so in failing not only am I no better off that before the resolution but also I am now kicking myself that I didn’t manage to stick to it.

So I think that making a resolution based on the time of the year is little more than a recipe for failure, however i do think that if there is something that you really want to do then JUST DO IT!! It shouldn’t matter if it is 1st of January, 15th March or the 30th of December if it is really worth doing DO IT!

And if you really need a resolution to live by for the rest of the year, make it to be kinder to yourself as if one is kinder to themselves you can achieve great things, as loving yourself is the greatest thing you can really do. Let not look for a new you for the new year but rather a new love for the old you instead.

Until then remember…

 

Whatever happens, don’t forget to always stay fabulous.

Love Always




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Kawaii Box – May 2016

I do have to admit I really look forward to getting my Kawaii Box each month, as it is always filled with such super cute items which makes me feel a bit sqee!
My girls also look forward to me getting my Kawaii Box and can barely wait for me to open it before I have hands diving in trying to grab it out!

So here we go the contents of May’s Box;

Kawaii Box for May

Anpanman Corn Rings
Kawaii Girl Coin Purse
Animal Icon Stamp Set
Fluffy Pom Pom Keychain
Kitty Doughnut Squishy
Hello Kitty Pencil Sharpner
Pastel Bear Pen
Cute Animal Socks
Heart Shaped Silicone Braqcelets
Kasugai Chibi Vege Ramune Candy
Lucky Star Origami Papers
Sticker sheet

I automatically investigated the food, because it’s food! Unfortunately the Corn Rings contained wheat protein and being VERY allergic ruled them out, HOWEVER my husband was very willing to be a guinea pig for these and he said they were nice, similar to a pack of unflavoured Wotsits, two of my three girls also had a wee nibble and thought they were nice.
Vege Ramune Candy were wheat free and VERY helpfully labelled with what they didn’t contain. These I expected to be very hard but in fact were more like glucose sweets that melt in your mouth. They were not overly sweet and very pleasant.
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The next two things to stand out in the box were the Kawaii Girl Coin Purse and Cute Animal Socks as these are both just super cute! The purse is almost Alice in Wonderland-esque and the socks well just look how sweet they look!
Socks Purse
The Kitty Doughnut Squishy appears to be an unofficial Hello Kitty thing, it is a nice size  to use as a stress reliver. Unfortunatly the Fluffy Pom Pom Keychain smells REALLY funny, I will give this a bit of a febreeze and see how it comes out.
Squishy pom pom Squashed Squishy
The Animal Icon Stamp set contains five small stamps and a stamp pad, there is a cute  bunny stamp, a shooting star,  A  ‘ Good’ dog , A ‘Great!’ monkey? (it’s not very clear what it is to be fair) and a ‘Smile’ Apple. I’m not overly convinced I will get to use this though.

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The Hello Kitty Sharpener and Pastel Bear ‘Pen’ will be the latest additions to my new pencil case brought specifically to keep my stationary from my Kawaii Boxes, as I felt I needed something equally cute to keep my new stationary.
The only thing is the ‘Pen’ is a mechanical pencil but I like that the ‘nib’ itself is retractable and not just the lead.

Kitty Sharpner Bear 'Pen'

Finally the Bracelets, Stickers and Origami Papers, there isn’t much to say about the bracelets, they are gummy and heartshaped. Same with the stickers they are very sweet no more no less, as with every months stickers all there seems to be to say is that they are food related this month.The Origami Papers are slightly more interesting although my effort to follow the instructions and make a star was a lot more rubbish than even I could have expected.

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Whatever happens, don’t forget to always stay fabulous.

Love Always




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Disney Countdown!

For Christmas I surprised my girls with a trip to Disneyland Paris, they were thrilled and I was happy to not be keeping it a secret, which was making me go crazy.

Right now there is….

magicalkingdoms.com Ticker

We have been shopping and buying our wee Disney bits but I decided I would turn my hand to making some bits.
I went and bought the things I needed and Emma from Candy Cords (www.candy-cords.com)
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What I made has me quite proud, though we had a bit of a drama over who was having which princesses for their clips

I also made myself a little something, because of my health issues, we get a special pass and I made a lanyard to keep it on, in a waterproof case, I also made one for my camera or phone not decided which yet.

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Only Emily has seen her clips so far and she is very happy with them

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Whatever happens, don’t forget to always stay fabulous.

Love Always




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Kawaii Box, A grown ups sweet little world…

So for a little while now I’ve been ever so poorly. I have had a bad throat complete with horrible nasty ulcers and a very, very severe case of man flu, which was worse seeing that I am a woman!
So I was feeling very sorry for myself, then to make things worse, my blog went down, as there was a power cut and the servers suffered damage, then to save me from my self pity my Kawaii Box arrived whoopee!

When talk of Subscription boxes came up on a Facebook group, I thought, my husband receives his, perhaps I would like one, so when someone recommended the Kawaii Box it looked interesting to me. So I took a look at http://www.kawaiibox.com/, I liked what I saw the price was only £13.05 a month (at time of writing, the price is $18.90 USD so depends on exchange rates) and free shipping to ALL countries. So I signed up.

Kawaii Box card
Cute wee card inside

This is my first Kawaii Box so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect.
Unfortunately the box got damaged… considering the size I suspect our postie tried to force it through the door, as he often does, so I did feel slightly disappointed as I opened it, but once I opened it I felt very squidgy, in a happy good way.

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Contents of the January Kawaii Box

The contents for the January 2016 box was
Sweet Neko Purse
Soft Bear Plush
Korean Secret Pen Set
Doughnut Squishy Charm
Jewelry Deco Sticker
Dreams Come True Pen
Cupcake Eraser
Sweet Mini Bag
Tiny Bow Stickers
Nail Deco Flake set
Kracie Popin’ Cookin’ Oekaki Gummy Land DIY Kit

Sweet Neko Purse
This wee guy is super cute, he feels so soft and velvety.

Neko Purse

Soft Bear Plush
Normally my children steal anything I have which says plush, however it was not them which stole this from me, it was… THE CAT!!! We found him hiding in the bed with it!

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Soft Bear Plush

Korean Secret Pen Set
This is super cool, as someone of an age where I can no longer deny I am an adult, I still thought it was super cool… You write with the pen, and then on the other end you use the light and shine it over it to reveal what was written, it also comes with three tiny scrolls and a tiny chest to keep the scrolls!

Korean Secret Pen Set
Korean Secret Pen Set

Doughnut Squishy Charm
Cute, although mine had all it’s ‘sprinkles’ loose in its bag but it’s nothing a bit of PVA won’t fix

Doughnut Squishy Charm and Cupcake Eraser
Doughnut Squishy Charm and Cupcake Eraser

Cupcake Eraser
Well what can I say, it’s an eraser, it’s a cupcake… cupcake eraser

Jewellery Deco Sticker
Well these really are not anything I would ever use, however the wonderful ‘Engrish’ instructions made me laugh so it was worthwhile.

Dreams Come True Pen
This is just a simple sweet fine line pen, perfect for writing down those dreams you want to come true (see what I did)

Dreams Come True Pen
Dreams Come True Pen

Sweet Mini Bag
It’s a little pink bag, it just really isn’t me however my children they like it!

Tiny Bow Stickers
Loads of lovely sweet little nail stickers

Tiny Bow Stickers
Tiny Bow Stickers

Nail Deco Flake set
Lots of super cute sprinkles for your nails

Nail Deco Flake set
Nail Deco Flake set

Kracie Popin’ Cookin’ Oekaki Gummy Land DIY Kit
When I saw this I felt a little excited, you see my Alyssa has been watching videos of these being made and loves them, so the prospect of making them excited me. Unfortunately her ASD traits kicked in and because she watches them being made she told me she doesn’t want to make them with me but watch me make it… but either way if she is happy I am happy…

Kracie Popin’ Cookin’ Oekaki Gummy Land DIY Kit
Kracie Popin’ Cookin’ Oekaki Gummy Land DIY Kit

So there it is my first Kawaii Box, it won’t be my last I loved getting it, it was like getting a present in the mail. I look forward to seeing what I get next month.

This is NOT a paid review, I purchased my own Kawaii box and have received no benefit for writing this, except inclusion into a prize draw for using their hashtag and have provided nothing but my own honest opinion.
Kawaii Box is part of the Kawaii Group http://www.kawaiigroup.com/

Whatever happens, don’t forget to always stay fabulous.

Love Always




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The Thin Black Line

Nothing screams Pin-up more than that classic eye liner flick, no matter which way or style you go for what you need is a good quality eye liner. Finding that perfect eye liner however is not as easy as one might think, expensive doesn’t always mean the best quality and sometimes that cheap liner really does the trick.

With me I also have Chronic Idiopathic Urticaria and Angioedema, an auto-immune condition causing allergic reactions to everyday things and it is very random. This means I am left with teary eyes a lot of the time so my liner has to be able to stand up to a bit of a rub and a bit of water.

I have a major addiction to eye liners I own far beyond the amount any woman really needs, so I have gone through some of the high street liners to help you find the perfect one for you, with my liner addiction, there is so many liners this will be a multi-part piece.

Eyeliner #1

Max Factor Masterpeice
High Precision Liquid Eye Liner Black

Max Factor Masterpiece Eyeliner

Cost: Around £8 available from most stores
Type: Pen style with felt tip style nib
Finish: Matt

Max Factor Masterpiece Eyeliner Max Factor Masterpiece Eyeliner

This liner really seemed promising, I thought it would be an ideal one for that sleepy morning school run to just line and run. The design of the nib means you can hold it on it’s side for a thin line and then rotate slightly for a thick line, theoretically meaning that you should have a high precision pen for those retro flicks,  however I found the nib very uncomfortable it felt very dry and scratchy. The line itself was also very hard to do, it was very gappy and hard to fill in. I also had to leave it for a while and shake it up before doing the other eye as it was as if it had dried out.
The thin line looked very good once finished but even that I had to go over two to three times to get it looking complete.

Maxfactor High Precision Liquid Eye Liner Black Thin line
Thin line with the pens side. Much easier to apply than the thicker line but still needed multiple goes over.

The matt finish looked really nice but I felt it took too long to get it looking all right and I was not happy with the finish at all. However it was very long lasting and didn’t flake or smudge at all, I think if it just had a wetter nib it would be a lot better.

Max Factor High Precision Liquid Eye Liner Black thick line
The thick line took a lot more attempts to get a nice block fill.

Overall verdict: 2/5

I wouldn’t buy this again, though the longevity is good, it’s just too difficult and uncomfortable to apply.

Eyeliner#2
Make Up Gallery
Pro Liquid Eyeliner

Make Up Gallery, Pro Liquid Eyeliner

Cost: £1 Available from Poundland
Type: Pot and brush style with a brush tip
Finish: Matt

Makeup Gallery has a brush type nib

This is a bit of a gem, when someone mentioned to me how good this liner was I was dubious to say the least.
However it really is fab. The brush gives good control and you get a nice smooth line. It is easy to build up  giving a very dark yet matt finish and once it has dried it doesn’t smudge easily. If you rub it too much it will flake but it does take a bit to get it agitated.

Makeup Gallery liner goes on like a dream and gives a very nice dark, but matt finish
Makeup Gallery liner goes on like a dream and gives a very nice dark, but matt finish

Overall rating: 5/5

It stays looking fresh all day and is certainly one of my go to liners in my make up bag and at just a pound well enough said!

Eyeliner #3 Make up Revolution
Amazing Eyeliner Waterproof

Makeup Revolution Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner

Cost: £1.50 Available direct from Make up Revolution on-line or from most Superdrug stores
Type: Pot and brush style with a felt nib
Finish: Matt waterproof

The nib was slightly scratchy and looked as if it hadn't been finished properly

Make up Revolution is quickly making a name for itself amongst the make up junkies out there, something I will be covering soon, the liner applies smooth and cleanly and it lasts a long time, it is waterproof to a point but as someone with allergies the amount my eye tears did allow for a little bit of smudging.

Makeup revolution provided a nice easy flick, but was slightly uncomfortable to put on
Make up Revolution provided a nice easy flick, but was slightly uncomfortable to put on

I found the nib went too thin at the end and it was slightly scratchy, though I think mine might have been slightly defective and the rough long bit probably is meant to have been trimmed off, as the picture on the website doesn’t show it quite like that.  It coats very well and needed very little if any touching up. It also dries quickly to a nice matt finish.

Make up Revolution did look good on and wore well too
This liner really did look good on and wore well too

Overall rating: 4/5

The nib is uncomfortable to use but not very much so, it claims it is ‘waterproof’ I wouldn’t label it as such but I think for a normal wearer it probably would seem so, but if you’re overly teary then it does smudge though not as bad as some others I have worn in the past.

Eyeliner # 4 Makeup Acadamy
Matte Liquid Liner

Make Up Academy Matte Black Eyeliner

Cost: £2 Available direct from MUA online or from most Superdrug stores
Type: Pot and brush style with a felt nib
Finish: Matt

I found the handle for the brush a bit long making it slightly awkward to hold, when you bring the brush out I found sometimes it splattered on my hand because it coats the brush. It goes on very well and smoothly and dries nice and quick. Because the brush picked up so much liquid from the pot it filled out very easily, however the pot itself was so unstable I was constantly worried about it spilling.
I found when my eye teared it did cause it to flake off, but on the eye which didn’t it withstood a good few hours of wear.

Make up Academys Matte Liner
Make up Academys Matte Liner coats well but the long handle makes it harder to control

Overall Rating 2.5/5

 I found the brush just too awkward to hold comfortably and I was so worried about it spilling I found it hard to concentrate on the job at hand.
Originally I had this down as a 3 but when I came to remove it I found that it came off, of my eyes but smudged all over my face, this was so hard to get off, in the end I had to use a harsh soap to get it off. Not good when sometimes you need to do a quick change.

Out of all the eye liners featured the one I would happily use every single day was the Make up Gallery Pro Liner from Poundland. Even without the price factor it is a very high quality liner which lasts well and is easy to apply. They also sell it in a range of other colours including glitter for when you want that touch of sparkle.
I never would normally use ‘cheap’ make up because I thought if it’s only one pound then it is sure to be inferior quality , but with the good reviews it definitely was worth a punt for the price and I think that if you try it you may also be pleasantly surprised.

I would love to hear your opinions on the eye liners featured or if you have an eyeliner which I should feature in the next part please let me know in the comments.
If you know anyone who might find this helpful please share, as sharing is caring.

Whatever happens, don’t forget to always stay fabulous.

Love Always




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Winkleman effect

So as I sat doing my make up this morning I am applying my eye shadow, feeling pretty blummin’ fab knowing yeah looking good… Then comes the eye liner, you’re on a roll and channelling your inner Dita Von Teese, you know those flicks are going to be perfect, just this once they will be perfect… Yes you’re doing it, you’re so focused you can see it’s perfect…

Then you step back and look… and you look more Claudia Winkleman then Dita Von Teese… Worse is you have just five minutes before needing to be out that door for the school run so you have no choice but to just make do.

I searched the internet and blogosphere for an answer to my make up catastrophe and I found some tips for those of us who are perhaps more challenged with the eye liner brush…

In an interview with Cosmopolitan Dita Von Teese shared some of her make up tips;

C: Do you apply your own makeup? If so, how do you apply your eyeliner?

D: My tips are mostly about, ‘ok it’s not always going to be perfect, it takes a lot of practise, you have to find what’s easier for you’. Like some people like to use a really sharp pencil, I can’t use a pencil at all, I really screw it up. I use liquid liner and a small brush or a gel liner with a thin brush. I think it’s really about spending a lot of time figuring out the SHAPE, looking with the mirror in different directions, different angles to see that you’re on the right track. It’s one of those things that you have to keep practising. Even when I don’t wear my eyeliner for a little while, which happens a lot, I’ll spend the week working around the house and I don’t go out or anything. I find it becomes harder to draw, even though I’ve been drawing eyeliner for 20 years! It’s just something you have to practice all the time. Practice makes perfect and you can’t expect to be able to do it perfectly every time. You have to accept failure and accept it’s not ALWAYS perfect. – Dita Von Teese, Cosmopolitan Magazine, Nov 2011 Read More Here

So practice practice practice seems to be the advice here, but what about those of us who practice daily but still end up with an undefined blob where our perfect wingtip should be what can we do?

Payal Thaker of Your Beauty Pal shared her video solution

Payal Thaker – Find this and more at My Beauty Pal 

Another solution which I think I may be feeling partial to trying is the selotape method, this is simular to the Credit Card Method, where you use the edge of a card to draw that perfect line, well that’s what is claimed however mine still didn’t end up like that, I suspect because of having to use a hand to hold it in place. But the selotape is stuck to your face keeping both hands  free to apply those wing tips

Though Tynan Sinks over at xoJane is certainly not convinced that the sellotape method is much cop, however I think I would certainly give it a go, though watching his video I know I will use a cheap sellotape which will have less adhesive as it did look uncomfortable as he pulled it off, he also suggested sticking it to his trousers first to reduce the tack.

I would however be more than interested in your eyeliner successes and fails and please share any tips you have found that works.

Whatever happens, don’t forget to always stay fabulous.

Love Always




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Starlets and Harlots

Anyone who knows me, knows I love a bit of vintage, the style, the class and just everything.  I love a good swing dress nothing makes me feel more womanly and pretty. When I’m all dressed up I could almost pass as a lady, however anyone who knows me also would know I love the English language. I particularly think that one should always use every word which you have at your disposal. Obviously it goes without saying that some words that are not used, these are those words which are used only to severely hurt others, though one would say that when we become fearful of a word we give it power, when a word without power is nothing but letters.

Whilst I dress like a starlet, mostly, some would say I have the mouth of a harlot, though I have a… well lets call it colourful use of the English language, I am also quite straight forward with the things I say. If I think you are being a bit of a twat, I am telling you ‘You’re being a twat’ I do think life is too short and far too stressful to suffer fools easily.

So whilst I am looking fabulous and insulting everyone I meet, not really, just the twits I encounter, I do love to craft. However just under a year ago I lost my confidence, three women, decided they had a problem with me because I deleted two of them from Facebook, I was actually deleting everyone from it, but got stuck after deleting two hundred as Facebook wouldn’t let me delete any more. So they said things to the third woman and suddenly I was a bully. Laughable really, as I tried to help anyone I could especially the third woman but well people believed it…
I removed all of those people from my Facebook and my life but it shook me. I began to feel as though there was something wrong with me as a person, especially when life has not been particularly kind over the years, I have had bullies in my life since childhood, my health has been bad, my children have had issues and it makes me feel so overwhelmed.

I don’t know how to get the confidence back, but I really want to try to get there.
It is just a shame that these women, who were old enough to know better, could do so much damage. I am sure each thought it would be okay, a little bit of vengeance for deleting off Facebook, though I will never know the thirds motivation, make me feel bad and that’s that. I wonder if they would have still done it if they had of known the damage they would really do…

But now I am trying to put that behind me, look like a starlet and as for my confidence… I shall just have to fake it till I make it…
Whatever happens, don’t forget to always stay fabulous

Louisa xxx
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Whatever happens, don’t forget to always stay fabulous.

Love Always




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Summer Holiday Shame…

I want to start pointing out I love my children so much, they mean the world to me and I wouldn’t change them for the world but…

I can’t wait for them to go back to school, I see these people saying how sad they are to see their children go back to school and I feel that twinge of guilt. I love spending time with my girls, they all have their quirks and they warm my heart but summer holidays are such a nightmare!

I start the week before hand looking forward to it, making plans, thinking this year I will be one of THOSE mums, the ones who seem to be able to keep their children happy and content for the whole six weeks. Alas I yet again by the end of week three counting the days before they can go back to school.

The guilt is severe and I wonder what I am doing wrong, Why am I looking forward to them being in school? Why do I feel like I am the only person who feels like this? Am I the only person who feels like this?

My girls are upstairs playing so sweetly yet I know within minutes it will descend to chaos, I will hear the cry of ‘MUMMY!!!!’ and onwards will follow the tales of war, a war which they declared on each other 5 weeks ago, an ongoing battle from which there has been many casualties, the worst of which was the damage to my sanity. I look forward to the time of being able to tidy my house and restore some order, to heal my headache which has been pounding for 5 weeks and just to rest….

I have felt so helpless these last few weeks and too ashamed to mention to my mummy friends just how much I am looking forward to them going back to school. Worried that I shall be judged and deemed a bad mum for wanting just some moments of sanity within my day…

Alas mummy shaming is all too common within the mummy community and we know that you don’t tell your weaknesses lest thee be judged by the court of perfect mummys…

But I just can’t be the only one who feels this way, can I?

Let me know below if you too feel the way I do…

Louisa Bone xxx

Whatever happens, don’t forget to always stay fabulous.

Love Always




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