Thursday, 29 November 2012

Tag: Christmas :)

Another Tag for you all, thanks to the lovely Chloe from Chloes Way.

found this cute picture on google.

Whats your favourite thing about Christmas?
I love spending so much time with my family over Christmas, although its not the same now without my mam these days :( I love pretty much everything about Christmas really, the songs, the lights, the cute decorations, the wonderful smelling candles that come out at this time of year, the Christmas drinks in Costa etc. And I would be lying if I didn't say I love all the presents too.

Whats you favourite makeup look for the season?
Glitter! I just love glitter at Christmas, glitter eyes and nails :D

Real tree or fake tree?
I've honestly never had a real tree but I love the look of them! When I get my own place I think I'll have to try one because they are beautiful and apparently make your house smell lovely too?! For now I have a black artificial tree in my bedroom and a fibre optic downstairs!

the tree in my room last year

Giving presents or receiving presents?
Of course I love receiving presents but I also enjoy going out buying things for people as well. I love Christmas shopping :) So probably both as much as the others.

Do you open your presents Christmas morning or evening?
Morning. We have had a tradition in my house for as long as I can remember. Me and my brother would go downstairs and open all the presents from under the tree off our parents friends and anyone else that would leave them there, Then through out the day family would visit and bring their presents to us :)

Handmade Christmas cards or bought?
Handmade are lovely but I don't have the time to make them, I just buy them when i get the chance. Think one day I will challenge myself and make them all by hand.

Whats your favourite Christmas Movie?
Honestly? I haven't really seen that many so I don't know.

christmas jumper my boyfriend bought me yesterday! isn't it adorable?!

Christmas is my favourite time of year so I really enjoyed doing this Tag. I'd love to see others so please let me know if you do it :)
Much Love Gemma xo.

Saturday, 24 November 2012

Tag: Beauty Blogger!

Once again, I got bored and searched the net for a tag. And this is what I came across!

1. Is your hair naturally curly or straight?
Its kind of straight but also wavy at the same time :/ sometimes I can leave it as it is, sometimes it needs a bit of help from my straighteners.

2. What is your natural hair color?
Some kind of light mousey brown, I honestly cant remember, I've been dying my hair for that long.

3. Do you dye it yourself or go to a salon?
I dye it myself, although I want my natural hair color back (whatever that might be!) so I've completely stopped with the hair dye.

4. How often do you wash your hair?
Every other day.

5. Do you wear the same style every day or change it?
I like to change it up as often as I can. I wear my hair up a lot for work though.

6. Do you do your own mani/pedi or go to a salon?
I cant wear nail varnish/fake nails on a daily basis because I work with food, so if I decide I want to do anything with my nails I will paint them myself for the weekend.

7. How often to you change your nail polish?
I don't often wear it, so whenever I want.

8. Do you polish your toes in the winter, too or just in the summer?
I always have painted toe nails, it makes up for the lack of polish on my fingernails!

9. How long does it take to put on your makeup?
It depends where I'm going, between 10 - 30 minutes.

10. What do you do first? Face or eyes?
Always my face.

11. Do you "collect" makeup or just buy what you need when you need it?
'Collect' I'm obsessed.

12. How often do you wear false eyelashes?
Not very often at all.

13. Do you do a full face of makeup every day?
Not every single day, again it depends where I'm going/what I'm doing.

14. Do you wear makeup when you are home alone (or with family)?

15. Will you leave the house without makeup?
No not at the moment, I'm going through a 'not stepping over the doorstep without my face on' phase.

16. How many high end products do you have?
A fair few.

17. How often do you wash your makeup brushes?
I'm very lazy when it comes to brush cleaning :/ I know I should do it more often but I just don't get round to it as often as I should do, probably a few times a month.

18. Do you plan your OOTD every night or decide when you are getting dressed?
I throw on whatever. Unless I have somewhere special to go, then I will plan.

19. How often do you change your handbag?
haven't had a new handbag for about 18 months, I need a new one asap!

20. What time do you get up & go to sleep?
I stay up til 12/1 o clock every night. I get up at 8.45 if I have work and on days off anything between 11am and 2pm :/ I like my sleep A LOT.

21. How often & when do you workout?
I go to a pole dancing class once a week ( its nothing sleazy, totally fitness related, no stilettos or intimate body parts in sight! just lots of fun, laughter, strength and fitness building and bruising!) Apart from that I don't do that much, I try to stretch as often as I can because I'm teaching myself to do the splits and sometimes I will do a few exercises at home but nothing too challenging!

22. Left-handed or Right-handed?

23. How tall are you?
I really do not know, a wild guess would be 5foot8

24. Do you speak a foreign language?
I can speak a tiny bit of French

25. How many pets do you have?
I have about 15 tropical fish, that's it.

26. How often are you on Blogger?
Everyday. I don't blog a lot (I've explained why here!) but I do read blogs on a daily basis.

27. Do you read the comments posted blogs?
I've had one blog comment so far :( No one really knows about my blog, as its not really that out there or very interesting, hopefully it will grow with time though. 

28. Do you keep a list of products to try as you see other posts?
I have a very long list of products I want to try thanks to reading blogs.

29. How did you come up with your blog name?
Its just my name :/ maybe I'll change one day who knows.

30. What kind of camera do you use for photographs?
If you've read the post I mentioned before you will know. I don't actually have a camera until Christmas  And I don't have a clue what the camera is that I'm getting. Hopefully it will be good enough to make this blog a lot more exciting and loved!

31. How often do you clean your house? (Daily, weekly, other)
Surprisingly I'm not a big cleaner. Although I do have OCD, I live with my dad so he cleans the house (I of course help as much as I can) and as for my room its very neglected :( When I have my own place, I know for a fact I'll keep it spotless. I cant stand dirty kitchens living rooms etc.

32. What is your favorite color?
Pink and Purple

33. What is your favorite beauty/fashion magazine?
The only magazine I religiously buy is Cosmopolitan. I buy other magazines when the cover/free gift attracts me to it.

34. Do you swear?
All the time :/ I have a foul mouth!

35. What are you doing with the rest of your day?
Its 11.50 at night so I'm off to watch TV in bed with my boyfriend once this is posted. Tomorrow will be a chilled out cuddly Sunday :) I cant wait!

As always I tag everyone to do this. And if you do please let me know so I can have a nosey. I love learning things about people through tags they have done :)
Much Love Gemma xo. 

Friday, 23 November 2012

Tag: 40 Beauty Questions

So out of pure boredom and lack of blog posts I went on a hunt to find a new tag to do. I stumbled across this quite lengthy tag from the wonderful Elle Fowler. Although she posted this a few years back I thought I would give it a go myself today, so here goes :)

How many times do you wash your face daily?
Twice once in the morning and again at night to take all my make up off.

What skin type do you have? (dry,oily,combo)

What is your current facial wash?
Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish.

Do you exfoliate?
Not at the moment no.

What brand do you use?
I'm looking into buying the Liz Earle Gentle Face Exfoliator.

What moisturiser do you use?
At the minute I'm using Simple Spotless Skin Anti-Blemish moisturiser, to get my skin back to normal after break outs from testing a lot of foundations and primers recently. Once I'm satisfied I'm going to try and get 2 decent moisturisers, one for morning and one for night time.

Do you have freckles?
Yes. I used to have a lot more when I was younger though.

Do you use eye cream?
No. I know how important they are though, so I'm looking for a good one (suggestions welcome!).

Do you or did you have acne prone skin?
I get quite a few spots now and again, and as a teenager I broke out a lot, but I wouldn't class it as acne.

Did you ever have to use Pro-activ?

What foundation do you use?
Currently Revlon Photoready, I change foundation A LOT trying to find the perfect one.

How about concealer?
Collection Lasting Perfection

Do you know your undertone color?
I think I have pink undertones.

What do you think of fake eyelashes?
I love them, although I don’t wear them very often

Did you know that you are supposed to change your mascara every 3 months?
Yes all make up has a shelf life. 

What brand of mascara do you use?
Currently I am using Rimmel ScandalEyes Extreme, I really want to try out Benefits They’re Real and also Clinque Bottom Lash

Sephora or MAC?
As I live in England I've got to say MAC because I've never been to Sephora :(

Do you have a MAC Pro-card?
Unfortunately not!

What makeup tools do you use in make up application?

Do you use make-up base/primer for the eyes?
I used my friends Urban Decay Primer Potion once and I loved it. Think I’ll have to buy one for myself.

For the face?
I tried out the MUA one after reading so many good reviews on it but it broke me out! And I used the new Nivea Express Hydration Primer a few days back and that seemed ok, (going to try it out a bit more, before I say anything else about it) Other than that I haven't used any others.

What is your favorite eyeshadow (color or shade)?
I literally have no idea.

Do you use pencil or liquid eyeliner?
I use a pencil everyday on the waterline. And when I put eyeliner on my lid I use a Gel liner, very rarely use liquid anymore.

How often do you poke your eyes with an eyeliner pencil?
Very rarely.

What do you think of pigment eyeshadows?
Amazing colours, but very messy application. I use pressed shadows all the time.

Do you use mineral makeup?
I've never used a mineral make up.

What is your favorite lipstick?
Right now I'm loving the Rimmel Lasting Finish Matte Lipstick by Kate Moss in shade 107

How about lipgloss?
I don’t tend to wear lipgloss very much.

What is your favorite blush to use?
I don’t actually have a favourite blush.

Do you buy your makeup on ebay?
I bought a 72 eyeshadow palette a few years backs but other than that Ive never bought any makeup off ebay.

Do you like drugstore makeup?
Yes I use a lot of drugstore makeup, because I don't have a lot of money. I do love and have quite a lot of high end makeup though and I try and buy it whenever I can.

Do you go to CCO's? (cosmetic company outlets)
No I don't know where any are?!

Did you ever consider taking make-up classes?
I did Makeup as part of my Beauty Therapy course, but I would love to learn more

Are you clumsy in putting on makeup?
Not really no, I tend to try and take my time and put effort into my make up. Unless I have work then I take about 10 minutes to apply my make up.

Name a makeup crime that you hate?
Orange Face, White Neck, need I say more?!

Do you like colorful shades of makeup (lipstick,eyeshadow) or neutral ones?
I love colours put usually stick to neutral eyeshadow or a dark smoky eye. And with lipstick it depends on what shade I fancy wearing and weather it will go with my clothes.

Which celebrity always has great make up?
I love Kim Kardashians make up, shes beautiful

If you could leave the house using just ONE make up item, what would you use?
I literally have no idea!

Could you ever leave the house without any makeup on?
I go through phases, sometimes I hardly ever wear makeup and can always leave the house without it. Right now I'm at the phase where I wont leave the house without my makeup on. I go through these phases constantly, my boyfriend finds it baffling! 

Do you think you look good even without any makeup on?
I suppose I look ok but I look MUCH better with a bit of makeup.

In your opinion, what is the BEST makeup line?
I love soooo many I cant choose.

What do you think of Makeup??
I love it! I would say its a hobby of mine, and a very good hobby at that. Its just so fun and easy and you can create some amazing things with it. 

Feel free to do this tag. And send me a link if you do!
Much Love Gemma xo.

Saturday, 10 November 2012

Tag: This or That

Seeing as its been a while since my last post and I'm sat bored at home while my Boyfriend is out playing Rugby in the pouring rain (muaahahaa, i'm lovely and warm!). I thought it was about time for another tag. This time I'm going to answer the This or That questions. Enjoy!

Q: Blush or Bronzer?

A. Blush. I like a nice flush of pink when Im wearing make up

Q: Lipstick or Lip gloss?
A: This is tricky because I use both an equal amount, I’ll have to say Lipstick

Q: Eyeliner or Mascara?
A: Eyeliner. I hardly ever leave the house without it

Q: Foundation or Concealer?
A: Foundation. I cant stand using just a concealer, its either I use both or just foundation

Q: Neutral or Colour Eyeshadow?
A: Neutral. I very rarely use colour eyeshadow

Q: Loose or Pressed Eyeshadow?
A: Pressed. so much quicker and easier to work with, but I do love the pigmentation of a loose shadow

Q: Brushes or Sponges?
A:  Brushes definitely. I cant remember the last time I used a sponge 

That was so short I'm tempted to find another one and do a second post today! We'll see, I tag anyone that reads this, and if you do it please link me. I would love to read some other peoples answers :)

Thursday, 1 November 2012

Suffering with Anxiety: My Experience!

Back at the beginning of June I was struggling to breath constantly for a few days, I felt like I was having a constant panic attack, I couldn't catch my breath, My hands were cramping up and I wasn't able to move them, I kept on going dizzy and felt like I was going to faint, My heart was racing and at some points I honestly felt like I was going to die. I shrugged it off for a day or so, thinking it was some kind of chest infection and it would soon go away, But it didn't. After being sent home from work one morning after being there for 10 minutes my boyfriend had seen enough and got me to make a doctors appointment. The next afternoon I went to see my doctor and she knew straight away that I was suffering with extreme anxiety!
I was given pills to take everyday. They stopped me having panic attacks, But they made me feel absolutely awful, I was crying for no reason within minutes of taking them, and even though I didn't feel anxious I wouldn't leave the house unless I really had to! I stayed in all day, everyday, cooped up crying whenever my boyfriend went out. I was a mess! I hated taking the pills and didn't want to rely on them. I was given a 2 month prescription and after 2 weeks I was back at my doctors asking to be took off them. My doctor said no, I was told to finish the prescription and visit her again once I had taken them all. So two months later I was back sitting in front of my doctor again. This time I was told that there was a massive difference in me, I was actually smiling for once and I was very calm. I was given another set of pills and told to take them if and when I needed them. Luckily for me another 2 months later I've only took about 4 tablets. If I feel a panic attack coming on or if I feel exceptionally anxious I'll take a tablet and with 10 minutes I'm fine again.
To this day I have no idea why I went down that  horrible depressing road 4 months back. I've suffered with panic attacks for years, but they are always triggered by something, For example my very first panic attack, I remember it like it happened yesterday, but in reality it was over 6 years ago now. I was happily asleep and started to wake up and heard something above me, (you will properly laugh at what I'm about to say now but...) it turns out it was exactly what I feared it was, there were 2 Daddy Long Legs or Crane Flies (whatever you want to call them) flying around by my window. I really can not stress to you how much they terrify me! So basically I ran out of my room screaming took my duvet and went downstairs to sleep, but on the handle of the door downstairs, there was another one of them. I started screaming and crying and had my first panic attack, it was horrible. After that I didn't really have any for years. I had them occasionally when I got overly nervous or upset! But this year they got really bad and I was having them more and more frequently for no reason what so ever. No triggers, no feeling upset or nervous, nothing! Just panic attacks that would happen randomly. Some people think its delayed grief from losing my mam, other people think that, because I am usually so strong and don't let anything get to me, I am letting out hidden feelings now that I am comfortable and happy with my new boyfriend, or maybe its because I've drifted apart from a lot people over the years! I honestly don't have a clue what the trigger was, but I am not going to dwell on it. Nor am I going to let it get to me and hold me back from doing things I love and want to do, like it did a few months back. So basically what I'm saying is, Anxiety doesn't have to take over your life, you can control it. And unlike me, I'm sure people can control it without the use of medication and instead with a lot of willpower and positive thinking. And with the right support and help around you I think anyone can get over illness's like anxiety and depression, I try my best to stay positive now and not worry about things that aren't worth worrying about. And it really does work. I think we are all strong enough to get through anything and I hope someone finds this post useful and helps them out on their path away from anxiety.
Stay strong guys.
Much Love Gemma xo.