Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Glitter Accent Nail

My nails started off as simple and plain, I did a few coats of Essie sugar daddy polish because I love it and was in a rush and it's a master at hiding imperfections if I was to smudge it in my hastiness for it to dry. I however wanted to glitz it up a little without going overboard so I just decided to add a little chunky glitter to the cuticle area of my ring fingers and I love it and think it looks really cute.

essie sugar daddy

A fresh coat of polish, some glitter and a dotting tool is all that's required, super easy to achive and it looks so darn pretty.

glitter nails, essie sugar daddy, Michelle Louise Love
Essie Sugar Daddy, Michelle Louise Love
Essie Sugar Daddy, Gold glitter, Michelle Louise Love, Nails

What do you think?

Sunday, 14 September 2014

My Next Blogging Milestone

This blog is not my first, but it is my favourite! I have settled into a rhythm with this one and enjoy writing about a few different subjects that interest me and this is such a creative outlet where I get excited at the thought of all the things I want to write about or take photo's of. Blogging has become such a passionate hobby and I have really started to immerse myself into the blogging community as well, I take part in a lot of blogger chats and really enjoy chatting to other bloggers about our hobby.

It's such a great feeling to know that if I'm alone at home, that there are lots of you lovely people to turn to and have a chat with about one of our favourite topics! I love my blog for many reasons,  but one of the biggest is the extra confidence boost it has given me, I have come a long way this past year, I battled with putting up the first photo of myself on this little blog because self confidence was such an issue for me and I sat there for hours scrutinising the photo's trying to pick one I felt happy enough with to put up for the world to see. I eventually did it, and nothing happened, but I was just elated that nobody posted any mean comments, to me that was a success!

Since then I have posted lots of pictures and some of them have received the sweetest comments and this has helped me more than you could realise, my confidence has grown and I am lot more at peace with myself.

MAC creme cup

I am eternally thankful for blogging being my hobby, but more so I am thankful for all of you wonderful people who read what I have to say and take the time to comment, and on that note I have a little thank-you gift for one of you that I will give away when I reach 100 bloglovin followers. One of my fabulous followers will be drawn at random to receive a MAC creme cup lipstick! (the brand new one obviously, not the one I wrote on the table with haha)

All you have to do is be one of my wonderful followers to be in with a chance.

Thank you to each and every one of you who takes the time to read my posts, you really do make me very happy.

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Fuss Free Healthy Snack

If you read my blog regularly, then you will know I have been trying to turn my bad eating habits around. For a year I was really good, eating lots of healthy fresh foods and keeping junk to a minimum, I was also trying to eat more mindfully so I would stop when I was full and only eat when I was hungry. I did really well and my weight stabilised and I felt good and had energy to bounce out of bed early every morning. Unfortunately I hit a wall earlier this year after Easter because we had way too much chocolate in the house and I was on a slippery slope that I couldn't get out of. I was making all the wrong food choices, eating junk and way too much of it.

I couldn't seem to snap myself out of it, I would stuff my face with so much rubbish and seem to develop this thirst for salty and sugary snacks to would just keep eating and eating, and when I didn't satisfy the feeling I would continue. When I reached this point I knew it was going to be really hard to try and turn it around.

It's happening slowly, I had to go cold turkey for a few days and be super strict on myself to try and break the cycle, now I just need to work hard on making healthy eating my habit rather than junk.

So I have been swapping bad snacks for things like celery and low fat dip, I love salad and vegetables so I just need to keep lots in the house then I won't find it so hard to be healthy and make the right choices.

Here's one of my fave snacks, Tesco beetroot, canellini bean and mint houmous with celery. The dip is so tasty and only 83 calories per 1/4 of the tub.

beetroot canellini bean and mint houmous
beetroot canellini bean and mint houmous

Doesn't that look so much better than a packet of crisps? I have had a couple of slip ups in the last week, so if you are reading this boyfriend, healthy food can be romantic too. I need your support to help me stay on track.

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Garnier Micellar Water

micellar cleansing water

I'm sorry Micellar water, I'm just not your biggest fan!

I bought this cleansing water a few weeks ago to try as I figured it would be gentle on my temperamental skin and would be a quick and fuss free way of taking my make-up off at night when I'm feeling too lazy to cleanse properly (which is most of the time!)

micellar cleansing water


I have to be completely honest about this stuff and say I really don't care either way, it sparks no real emotion towards love or hate for me. Yes it takes my make-up off so it does what it says on the tin, but I find that the next morning when I wake up my skin is incredibly oily and shiny and that doesn't happen when I use a cleanser.

Garnier Micellar water


Other than the fact that it cleans my make-up off I don't notice any other benefits to this product, it doesn't make any difference in the texture or feel of my skin (other than making it more shiny which admittedly isn't a great quality), so I have to question, what's the point in using it?

I will use up the rest of the bottle seeing as I have it, but I won't be purchasing it again. Sorry Garnier!

How have you got on with this product?

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Soap & Glory Products

I am a massive fan of soap and glory, I have blogged about their products on many occasions because I love them so much. They are wonderful and have modest price tags, and I really do welcome their products as gifts as well, so the fact their Christmas gift selection is always eagerly anticipated and gorgeous is no surprise. 

It's also pretty darn handy that they are frequently on 3 for 2 offers in Boots. I think their body wash is fab, and it lasts for ages. The 3 for 2 is currently on in Boots so I have picked up 3 of their different fragrances and that should keep me going for absolutely ages.

soap and glory


I adore the original fragrance,  but I fell head over heels in love with the fragrance rich and foamous which can only be described as warm cookies, I already have it as a body lotion so being able to wash with it as well is going to be great.

soap and glory

My collection of these little beauties continues to grow and they make my heart happy! Which one is you favourite?

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Autumn/Winter 2014 Trends

Summer has sadly slipped away a little early this year as we have been rained upon for the last few weeks and the weather has been less than desirable. I think it's safe to say that Autumn is already pretty much here for us Brits, so with that in mind shall we have a look at the trends that lay before us for the upcoming months?

Knitwear

Thankfully jumpers will be big this Autumn, this is good news for when the weather gets a little chilly and we want to wrap up warm and cosy. Now jumpers come in all shapes and sizes but this year oversized knitwear will be the most popular. I have a soft spot for jumper dresses so this trend is right up my street.

http://www.riverisland.com/women/dresses/knitted-dresses/Dark-grey-V-neck-jumper-dress-658825
This awesome jumper dress is from River Island and looks incredibly cosy doesn't it?

Pencil Skirts

Pencil skirts will be everywhere this season, they are a nod to sixties fashion which is also a key trend. They are a brilliant way to accentuate femininity, especially for the move curvy girl. If you have a small waist yet shapely hips, thighs and bum then this is a killer outfit for you that will have the boys drooling. It makes the absolute most to all the feminine traits, to keep it looking up to date try wearing with a cropped jumper.

http://www.riverisland.com/women/skirts/tube--pencil-skirts/Black-check-print-pencil-skirt-655421


Sixties

Sixties fashion trends are making a massive come back this year, so can really get your Twiggy on and embrace the era of the mods and rockers. Monochrome, tartans and check are all huge as are bold patterns and colours, have fun with it.


http://www.topshop.com/en/tsuk/product/clothing-427/skirts-449/window-pane-pelmet-skirt-3039207?bi=1&ps=200

Click on the photo's if you like the item and it will take you to the page you can purchase it from. What items are you looking forward to wearing this Autumn/Winter?

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Blogging Problems

Do you ever feel so totally overwhelmed by the endless ideas you have for your blog and all the wonderful things you would like to create? I have always had a huge imagination and been a total day dreamer, in fact life has always been far better in my head than in reality. As a child I dreamt of amazing stories and far away lands filled with mystical creatures. Now I am an adult I still dream most of the time, these days it's less about strange beings and more about things that could possibly be true in some alternate universe.

I dream big and sometimes I have so many ideas that my head could bust into a million tiny pieces, my biggest problem isn't the dreaming, it's the doing! I have real trouble implementing these dreams and ideas and making them reality. Not all of them are out of reach and totally hair brained, but I struggle to organise myself and make things happen. I wish this wasn't the case, I wish I could be braver, more of a risk taker, a do-er. I would love to be able to throw caution to the wind and take an idea and make it happen and create something sensational! But something always has to get in the way doesn't it?

Dreams, dreams come true


How can I make that less of the case? In this world filled with opportunities and excitement, how do I take something from dream to reality if I don't have the courage or skill set to do so? How can I enable myself to push the boundaries, go out and make it happen regardless of what everyone else thinks? Like following the yellow brick road, will I find someone at the emerald city to give me more courage to chase the rainbow?

I have so many big ideas for this here little blog and I would love to be able to create them so you could see what is inside my head.

Maybe one day, maybe soon I will be able to. Do you dream big, or do you make it happen?
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