Beauty Bay Birthday Haul

Yep, this is another post that should have been up months ago… I’m a shitty blogger *shrugs* which means I can only improve, right? I’m feeling a lot more motivated currently so hopefully you should be seeing more posts soon!

Anyway, back to the actual post! For my birthday, back in February, my bf’s father and his partner gave me a £100 Beauty Bay voucher (I’m so spoilt I know but I am really truly thankful). So here’s what I bought! This obviously isn’t sponsored & I would like to note that if you ever get a Beauty Bay voucher they have an annoying system where you can’t spend it for 48 hours. SO frustrating! (especially when it means you can’t use your birthday 10% off…)

The first thing I knew I had to buy was the Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso – it really does live up to the ridiculous hype it has. If you love a shimmery peach blush, you need this.

I also decided to try a Wet Brush having heard so much about them. I think I already need another for my gym kit! This somehow manages to brush my hair without taking chunks out of it. I does work better on wet hair than dry hair (I guess the clue is in the name) so if you mainly brush your hair when it’s dry I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it. Otherwise, I really would.

I’ve been wanting the Makeup Geek blush in Secret Admirer for well over a year now, so I decided to bite the bullet and just get it. I’ve only used this once and it’s not my favourite, I found it so patchy. I do need to try it again having used translucent powder underneath to see if that helps. I’m really hoping it does because it’s a gorgeous shade.

I’ve been meaning to buy a smudger brush for my lower lash line for a while too. When I saw the Zoeva Rose Golden Smudger Brush and how cute it is, it went in the basket. I’ve been using this almost every day and it’s perfect for the lower lash line, I’d almost say it’s an essential for me now.

I haven’t used the Milani Easybrow Tinted Fiber Gel yet as I want to finish my current one first. I’m hoping it will be good though as I’d love to have a fiber brow gel that’s easy to get my hands on. This one is also cruelty free and I’m slowly trying to go cruelty free (in fact I tried to make sure this whole haul was cruelty free).

I also chose two of the Milani Amore Matte Mattallics Lip Creams in Ravin’ Matte and Matterialistic. These are completely gorgeous. The purple (Ravin’ Matte) does need a couple of layers but they don’t seem to bunch or go gross, so that’s not an issue. I really want to buy one of the lighter shades so I can wear it for every day – I just want to wear it to work!

Finally I bought the Cover FX Custom Blot Drops. At £34 I was very on the edge about buying these and so far I regret my purchase. I do need to give them another shot but when I’ve used them I found they made me oilier and I think they broke me out. So I’m waiting for my skin to be really clear and happy before I try them again. I hope I find they work because otherwise it’ll have been a massive waste of money. I also really hate the packaging, it’s just awkward and feels a lot like I’m rubbing snot over my face – gross!

I think I did pretty well with getting loads of awesome things. Especially as I already use three items daily. What would you choose from Beauty Bay? Or just in general? I’m currently trying to convince myself that I don’t need the Sugarpill Pro Palette (I really do though, don’t I?).

xo Fleur xo

What I got for my birthday!

This is so ridiculously late (my birthday was the 15th February) that I don’t even know whether I should be posting it BUT I love reading other peoples birthday present posts soooo… Here’s mine!

As with everyone, I’m not bragging! It’s just really interesting to see the different things people buy and I always find present inspiration from these posts too.

First of all was this incredible selection of makeup from my boyfriend. If you read my birthday wish list post, you’ll see quite how incredible he is ❤

It included: the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette, Sugarpill’s Mochi eyeshadow and U4EA lipstick, NYX Cosmic Metals Lip Cream in Out of This World and the BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes palette.

My colleagues bought me these makeup charts which should be pretty fun to use! Though planning my makeup in advance might be a little beyond me… It was such a thoughtful present though.

My mum got me this cute unicorn pendant! She saw it on a charm bracelet whilst on a jewellery course and knew I needed it. She also gave me the box of bath time goodies below (she did win it in a raffle where I work but we’ll forgive her this time :P).

My mum also get me some shower gel, this amazing memory stick, a candle made by some of the kids where I work and a slightly random fish… As well as the gorgeous seahorse stoppered bottle below! (perfect for decanting a cheap bubble bath into 😉 so it looks really expensive and lovely).

My boyfriends mum bought me the most wonderful bag! Mine was starting to fall apart so I was so glad to be able to bin it… This one is also the perfect shade for me and kind of makes me think of a mermaid’s tail, just me?

This necklace was given to me by my boyfriends grandparents and I love it! It’s exactly the kind of thing i’d have chosen for myself and matches some jewellery I already have perfectly.

How perfect for a blogger are these candles that spell my name? My boyfriends sister bought them for me and I’m in love. I think they’ll feature in a lot of posts and I’ll probably never burn them… I also discovered that the wax pops out quite easily so they could also be perfect for storing makeup brushes/pencils?

A hula hoop! I’ve been wanting a hula hoop for over a year – so when my mum asked what I wanted I immediately knew. This one is from Etsy and I love it!

I hope you’re all having a wonderful day! Do you love these posts as much as I do?

xo Fleur xo

Boots Haul

Last Thursday Boots did a buy £50 worth of products, get £10 worth of points deal. Soooo, I figured it would make sense to stock up on essentials and buy a few new things along the way… I didn’t really intend on spending £89.06 BUT THERE WE GO 😂

It’s all things I’d have ended up buying at some point, so it’s fine, right?

It’s not the most exciting haul but you do get to see some products I love as well as some products I’m about to try out.


First of all there was an offer on L’Oreal shampoo and conditioner. I only actually saved £1.50 but it does mean I can have the conditioner I love in both the shower and in my gym bag. I liked the shampoo but I mainly bought it for the offer, I didn’t feel like buying 3 conditioners made sense…

Next I saw this 2 week L’Oreal Colourista turquoise wash out hair dye. I have a two week break from work coming up and I haven’t dyed my hair in over a year, I need this! Plus I’m super jealous of everyone playing with this range at the moment 😍

The reason I needed to go to Boots in the first place! La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo makes my skin so much better and I can tell I ran out a month ago, my skin has been horrendous. They were also on buy one, get one half price, which was a bonus!

I’m also trying a Soap & Glory makeup remover, one of the new L’Oreal clay face washes and I got the Bioré face wash to go in my gym bag.

I bought a Soap & Glory gift set in the Boots half price sale after Christmas and am now addicted to their Righteous Butter as well as the Hand Food. They actually work and I love smelling amazing.

The last time I bought a razor was 2 years ago? (I have fine hair, little of it and rarely shave) mine still works fine but I decided it was potentially time for a new one!

I find baby wipes great to have around… um, yeah.

I still can’t believe I only bought one item of makeup and such a boring one?! I really didn’t feel inspired by anything I saw, which is pretty upsetting. Anyway, I like this brow pencil and I’m about to run out of my current one so yay.

I’m still slightly in shock that I spent so much, I know I bought a lot of products but woah!

xo Fleur xo

Happy Mother’s Day

I’m an only child in a single parent family. I haven’t seen my dad since I was 12 and whilst I tried to reconnect with him about 9 years ago I now haven’t spoken to him in about 5 years and I never intend on speaking to him again (that’s a story for another day).

My mum is brilliant, she’s been my mother and my father. By no means is she perfect and we regularly struggle but she’s my parent and I wouldn’t swap her for the world. I know I can be just as annoying and awful, just as I can be as thoughtful and wonderful. We’re human and that’s just fine.

What I don’t understand with people like me, who have been raised by their mums, is why they wouldn’t have their mum walk them down the aisle when they get married.

I had a conversation the other day and I said how the only person I’d want in a bridesmaid role is male, so that wouldn’t really work. I was immediately told that I should have him walk me down the aisle and how that would be perfect. I found that so insulting. My mum will be walking me down the aisle if/when I get married. Why would anyone else get that honour?

This then made me think. Of the time I went to a wedding and a male family friend walked the bride down the aisle instead of her mum. Of the film Mama Mia, where she invites all her potential dads and then having known them for 5 seconds asks them to walk her down the aisle? In the TV show I just started watching (Witches of East End) where she’s never met her dad, yet when she meets him the day before her wedding she asks him to have that honour.

I just don’t understand. It’s a massive middle finger to the mother and if I was in their shoes, I’d be heartbroken.

I know it’s tradition for the father to ‘give the daughter away’ BUT if the father hasn’t been there, why the fuck should they get that honour? If, devastatingly, the father isn’t around anymore, why shouldn’t that honour pass to the mother? Obviously if the bride doesn’t get on with her mother at all then sure, choose someone else. Or own it and walk alone or with bridesmaids, like a proud, confident woman breaking traditions. Why choose a man just for the sake of it.

I hate the assumption that it has to be a man. I hate that tv and film pushes the idea that it has to be the father. I hate that I’ve been asked if I’d ask my father to come and walk me, asked by people who know he was abusive. He won’t even be invited.

So this Mother’s Day, I want to shout-out to my mum and unsupported single mothers everywhere. She is my only parent, she has fought for me and with me. She is the only person I’d even consider to walk with me, the only person who deserves that honour.

xo Fleur xo

Conversations about weight #6

This is essentially a continuation of my last conversations about weight post and could easily be titled shit people say or Fleur having another rant. When I was younger, skinnier and more ignorant I had a friend that called out my diet bullshit – honestly one of the best things that ever happened to me was when she told me to fuck off when I said I felt fat after a big meal ❤ SO, when I get it wrong because I’m human – call me out.

I’m not going to lie; this is inspired by comments from my mum, some of the people I work with and a few people on Twitter. If they see this, yeah, it’s kind of shitty that I don’t feel able to call you out on this in person. Soz.

This one really gets to me “They’re always exercising but they never seem to lose weight!” Maybe, just maybe they’re not exercising to lose weight? Maybe they’re exercising because they enjoy it, or is that too radical an idea? Or maybe they have lost weight but you just didn’t notice. Maybe running is their stress relief, combined with a Chinese takeaway because their life is falling apart. Maybe you just need to stop judging people on their weight.

They’ve really let themselves go!” Or “I’m hoping she’s pregnant because otherwise she’s really let herself go…” Or  “it’s not like you to put on this weight” Or “She must be pregnant. She’s not the type of person to let herself go.” Where do you even start with that? Especially if you’re stood next to someone saying those things, when you’ve also stacked on weight 👍🏻 when someone loses or gains weight, pretty much no one except them knows why and there are SO many reasons. This post explains the reasons I put on weight. Putting on weight isn’t letting yourself go, our bodies are designed to squirrel away everything we eat. We’re programmed to try and put on weight, it’s quite literally what evolution has left us with.

Then there’s a person I know who compared their potentially anorexic friend to a Belsen survivor. I can’t even go there. I’m just going to leave it here and if you can’t work out why it’s horrendous, I’m actually unwilling to help.

How good does that Dominos look? Even 5 stone lighter I had regular Dominos #JustSaying

Also, always treating weight loss as a great thing. “Ooh, have you lost weight? Fantastic!” It might not be though? Yeah, for me and my body right now, weight loss is fantastic. The health conditions I have were severely worsening and are now improving since I started losing weight. However, there are so many people who need to put on weight to have a positive impact on their health. The constant ‘ooh weight loss yay’ comments probably aren’t helpful? Please do correct me if I’m wrong ❤

Alongside the point above the comments of “oh you’re so healthy, eating … for lunch, you’re making me feel bad” insert salad, soup etc with no carbs. Are you sure thooooo? Wouldn’t it be better if it was a balanced meal? Not just some vegetables? Your sandwich probably isn’t that bad…

The constant putting down of Slimming World and Weight Watchers. Calling it ‘Fat Fighters’. So many people I know have transformed their lives using those services. What’s SO wrong with them? Why scorn people for deciding to try to lose weight, especially if you constantly scorn fat people for being fat? Feck off. I wish there were similarly easily accessible, well promoted groups like them for people who need to gain weight (I know I haven’t seen any near me).

Finally, there is no one solution for everyone to lose/gain/maintain weight. We’re all SO different. So saying “I just exercise more/less”, “you need to eat x number of calories less/more”, “you need to cut out carbs, EVERYONE NEEDS TO CUT OUT CARBS”. Ugh *rolls eyes* you do you.

xo Fleur xo

Etsy Wish List

I may have only just done an Etsy haul but I’m already looking at more things I want to buy! *face palm* I’ve been looking at some of these things for a really long time and others are new discoveries.
Etsy Wish List

 


Unicorn Print UV Leggings
£40 – etsy.com

These look absolutely incredible! If I was still at uni and going to UV parties I would buy these without hesitation… I think they may have to be a treat once I’ve lost a little more weight. Also, they’re not even that expensive when you consider how much yoga/running leggings cost!

Unicorn Pin
£9.62 – etsy.com

How cute is this? I’ve bought things from I Love Crafty’s Etsy shop before and they’ve been amazing (in particular I love her ‘I’m really a mermaid’ necklaces). I don’t know what I’d do with a pin badge but it’s just so cute!

California Skies Ocean Wood Phone Case
Price dependent on phone model – etsy.com

I love getting new phone cases and wooden ones are just so nice to hold. I think this one looks really sleek and smart. I really like that the photo is of the ocean too.
I don’t know how I haven’t bought this already?! I mean, it’s the cutest! I’ve always loved stickers and since I started keeping a vague journal of things like which books I’ve read – I finally have something to stick them in!
Last year I got a wax melter for my birthday. I don’t love the scents you can buy in the supermarket to go in them though – I’m also left only with Christmas scented Yankee Candle melts now. This company makes ones that sound like they’d smell amazing – they’re also super affordable so I need to get on and buy some already!
Do you like shopping on Etsy? I’d love to know some of your current picks!

xo Fleur xo

Etsy Haul

I love Etsy and have done for years now. My mum has been making kiln-formed glass art and jewellery for over 30 years now; so supporting artists, craftspeople and just individuals over large companies has been a big part of my life. I’m not always as good at this as I might like to be but Etsy provides an easy way to do this. As does following some incredible people on Twitter and Instagram.

So here is a little Etsy haul, including things from some of my favourites. I’ll link to their Etsy shops too, just ya know if you fall in love with any of these too 😉

Isn’t this perfect? It made me laugh so much that I knew I had to have it up on the walls of my study. It’s created by the amazing Veronica Dearly who has all kinds of awesome items.

One of my resolutions this year was to write letters to the friends who sent me Christmas cards. I still haven’t got round to this but now I have some super cute cards to write in, hopefully I will! I also couldn’t turn down the fridge magnets and unicorn pin badge! These are from Llama Talks and I’m completely obsessed with her entire shop, you need to check it out!

If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram you’ll probably know I’ve become obsessed with the game Overwatch. When I found these adorable stickers and fridge magnets from AboutToon I had to buy them for my OH and I.

Both the print and stickers above are from Jemma from Dorkfaceshop. Again the print made me laugh so I had to buy it (and if we switched out the coffee for tea, it’s so me). The stickers were raising money for Planned Parenthood and they’re exactly how I’m feeling at the moment. I’m kind of done with being nice and that resulting in me being walked all over. So I’m going to be a super supportive, nasty woman.

Finally but potentially the most ‘me’ item… This stunning Ariel the Little Mermaid print from Tarnya from Sweet Allure Shop. I’ve wanted to buy this for ages and I’m so happy I now own it!

What are your favourite Etsy shops? I’m always looking for more gorgeous things to add to my life!

xo Fleur xo