Sunday, 22 January 2017

A Thank You to Spectrum Brushes...

Hey guys,

For those who watch my videos or follow me on twitter you'll know I have a major love for Spectrum Brushes. I love everything about this brand and the products I've tried.

a massive collection of spectrum brushes in all there colourful glory

Not only are they the prettiest brushes you'll ever use but they actually work! It's not just a lovely looking piece of fluff on a stick but a functional tool to create many beautiful looks.

My all time favourites are the fluffy eye blender brushes. I use them all the time and in every tutorial I film. I'm obsessed!

Upclose view of some of the spectrum brushes bombshell brushes

Now you're probably wondering why I'm waxing lyrical about this admittedly amazing brand and not explaining why I'm thanking them. Well let me ease that confusion and explain.

upclose view of the bombshell set

A few months back spectrum actually contacted me on twitter and said they'd love to send me some brushes to thank me for all my support. This honestly surprised me. I was beyond happy and totes said yes and they sent me the original face contour set which ties in with my others in that range.
To receive one brush would have been amazing but to get a set of four was beyond generous!

selection of spectrum brushes original set

I didn't want to write this post to be all 'ooh look at me getting free shit' but to show how nice it is for a brand to recognise their customers. That's it, I'm just a customer who likes a brand and they've acknowledged that love.

On a business standpoint I do not have the numbers or readership to warrant being gifted stuff in a blogger/brand working capacity so this has nothing to do with exposure. It's simply a lovely gesture.

some of the white marbleous brushes

So I'd like to say thank you to Spectrum Brushes. You make fabulous brushes, you made my day when you messaged me on twitter and I can not wait to see what else your brand brings this year. 

Want to try these bad boys out yourself? Check out them out here and go crazy!

Much Love,

Bex x 

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Hello I'm Fat...

Hey guys,

I am on a path to enlightenment and fulfilment and blah blah!

Ok scratch that deep shit. Basically I'm 29 years old and I'm finally getting my shit together.

I'm in the zone with my diet (4 stone down woohoo) I'm socisling more (I'm kinda insular and lazy. Lol) and I'm (sort of) letting go of the insecure chick who felt she has to apologise for every little thing. Ps I don't need to say sorry for x, y and z!

Look at my hair! I am a genius ;)

I'm happily single (shocking that I don't need validation off a man) and whilst I'd love my own home complete with a massive beauty room, I'm content to live with the parentals till I'm old and saggy. Well older and way more saggy, ha again with the lolz!

That being said (I'm losing track of my own point here) I wanted to hit on talking online. Now I'm not on about chatting on twitter about your latest drama or blog post. I mean chatting to a guy or girl who messages you that's not blog related.

I've recently had a few guys dm me to say hey who are not in the blogging community so it's not asking how I take my amazing photographs (that was sarcasm by the way) but to have a chat, maybe with the intentions of being romantic but who knows? Last time I dated I had blond hair and was crying about being in my twenties so it's been a while! 

I have no problem talking to people at all. My problem? frustration? pissed off anger induced rage at the world? is that due to being so bloody good at selfies (LOLZ) and getting the angle just right to hide the double chin/s and hamster cheeks I have to make a point of saying I'M FAT! 

Old photo! I don't look like this now but it gets my point across.

Why you ask? Because I get all the pretty compliments of being cute and beautiful and you're so sweet and lovely after seeing my (admittedly) fabulous profile picture but once I drop the chunky bombshell I never hear from them again! 

Is it sad that I have to get the fat shit out of the way so I can see if the dude really wants to 'get to know me' or if he just thinks I rock a red lip better than Marilyn Monroe? I know we can't help who/what we find attractive but it's just so obvious once I say I'm bigger than a size 10 that it's a 'deal breaker' in their heads.

I'm trying not to be cynical about guys and dating but when you know as soon as the 'you're beautiful' shit comes out of their mouths you'll have to burst their little romantic bubble it's really hard not to get dejected about this stuff.

This is why I don't lose sleep over being single as 9 times out of 10 my personality is way down the scale when it comes to my roly poly bits. Ah the fickleness of the male species is truely a wonder to behold 😉

Anyway I'm off to practice my pout. Pretty sure if I contour more I can look like a supermodel with cut cheekbones! Got to fool those boys somehow ;)

Much Love,

Bex X 

Ps: I've not said this to fish for compliments or worry over finding love etc etc but to show the fickleness of beauty.

Friday, 13 January 2017

Collateral Beauty

Hey guys, 

I went to see collateral beauty recently with my mum and the film inspired me to write this mini review as such.

film tickets
*see PS at the bottom. Lolz

This film was fantastic! It hits you in the heartstrings big time and I cried at many scenes. Be sure to bring tissues!

The film follows Howard (Will Smith) who in his grief at losing a loved one writes to death, time and love. But what happens when they answer? 

This isn't about the mystical wonders of the universe and the things we can't explain but about overcoming grief and finding the beauty in life again.

I highly recommend this film and whilst I haven't touched much on the story as I don't want to spoil it, I urge you to watch this film and appreciate the loved ones around you.

Don't question the unanswerable but enjoy the moments you have to the fullest. Love, laugh, cry and shout. Life is short, we need to make memories to last past this world and into the next.

Remember that Death is inevitable, Time is infinite and Love is with us in the good and the bad times. 

Much Love,

Bex X

*PS: I was unsure about using the movie image hence the rather attractive shot of my tickets. You are welcome!

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

So I've decided to vlog...

Hello beauties,

So as the title tells you I've decided to vlog weekly on my YouTube channel!

I did touch on this in my Goals for 2017 post but I thought I'd expand on it now I've uploaded my first one!!
Now I know what you're thinking 'Bex are you even entertaining?' haha. Well I don't know about that but I'm having a bloody good time giving this a go.

The main reason I want to do this is to show my weight loss and I thought it'd be cool to document the build up to the big 3 0!

After losing 4 stone (technically I'm 2lb off on paper but I know I've lost that by now!) I realised I've not really documented it properly and I haven't wrote much about it but lately I've been feeling inspired to share on here and on my channel.

My first vlog is up now and I've had such a nice response, even though I was ill through most of it which has really boosted my confidence a lot! It's definitely a learning curve with doing it in public and editing but I'm excited to see how the next 6 months go.

So I hope you stick with me as I lose the rest of this weight, jump on the exercise train and leave my twenties in style!

Much Love,

Bex X

Thursday, 5 January 2017

Goals for 2017!

Hey guys,

Happy New Year!!!!!

goals for 2017

Slightly late with this post so I'm off to a fabulous start. Lolz. I'm so ready to smash this year! I've actually set myself some personal goals which I rarely do as I lack confidence in myself and fear failure and rejection but this year I'm grabbing the bull by the horns and giving it a good old shake!

So what goals have I set?!

First up I'm back on the healthy train with a vengeance! The Christmas treats were all yummy but now I'm ready to shift the rest of my weight and hit a size I'm happy with. 
I'm going to test out recipes and will try to include posts or videos when I can. I'm also definitely upping my water intake! I've been so bad on that front and now my skin hates me! 

Next up is exercise! I'm giving this a big push this year! More walking the fur babies (my 3 dogs) and less driving if I can walk easily enough and I will be joining a gym once I feel comfortable doing so.

inspirational quotes

I'm also happy if somewhat nervous to say I'm giving vlogging a go. I'm thinking weekly vlogs as I'm kinda boring so we can see how that goes. Lol.
I'm also really excited to see how my channel grows this year with subscribers and views. I have some series ideas and I want to upload more each week so I'm hopeful people will enjoy my content.

motivational quotes

The main thing I want to embrace this year is a positive outlook! I noticed I felt so much better once I let go of the negative Nancy who mentally drags me down.
It's harder on PMDD week but I'm aware of that and consciously make an effort to think better. 

What are your goals this year? It's my 30th in June and I really want to see a difference! Who's with me? 

Much Love,

Bex X 

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Kat Von D Everlasting Lipsticks

Hello Lovelies,

Since hitting Debenhams here in the UK people have gone crazy to snap up Kat Von D's products, from her contouring palette to her famous liner!
The KVD everlasting lipstick is another cult favourite and I thought I'd share my current collection on here. I also made a lip swatch video on these which you can watch here.

On to the shades!

lip swatches of the kvd everlasting liquid lipsticks in Plath, Lovesick, Mother and double Dare
Top Row: Plath and Lovesick
Bottom Row: Mother and Double Dare

Plath: This is a very 90's brown. It's actually a new shade that releases this year. I managed to grab a mini set of the everlasting lipsticks from Sephora and this colour was included.

Lovesick: This is a lovely mauve purple. Looks so pretty and is perfect for everyday wear.

Mother: This shade is gorgeous. I'd say its a muted fuchsia. Is a darker pink but not so in your face. I love it!

Double Dare: This is my new favourite!! Its a warm terracotta. Has a slight orange vibe without being full on. Its perfect for autumn/winter.

lip swatches of the kvd everlasting liquid lipsticks in backstage bambi, LUV, susperia and melancholia
Top Row: Backstage Bambi and L.U.V
Bottom Row: Susperia and Melancholia

Backstage Bambi: Think neon pink! If you're not shy about making a statement then this is the pink for you! It's bright and full of fun!

L.U.V: This is a fabulous violet shade. It's that perfect mix of pink and purple. If you like purple but you're not ready to go full on yet then I think this will be fab to try.

Susperia: A lovely cool lilac. This is a more subtle purple, if purple can ever be called subtle. lol

Melancholia: Typical baby pink. No more no less.

lip swatches of the kvd everlasting liquid lipsticks in echo, santa sangre and roxy
Top Row: Echo and Santa Sangre
Bottom Row: Roxy

Echo: This is a bold navy blue. Its fabulous but I would recommend a liner to make sure no gaps are showing. Add a glitter lip topper on top and you'll have mermaid lips in seconds!

Santa Sangre: I LOVE this red! Its the perfect bright red! It's a staple shade that everyone needs.

Roxy: This is a bold full on purple! It's loud, it's proud and it will jazz up any look! My only issue is it's quite patchy so you'd definitely need a liner all over the lips to hide that.

So that's all my current shades of the Kat Von D everlasting liquid lipsticks. The formula is very light and once it dries down I couldn't feel it on my lips. Plus it didn't dry my lips out so yay to no prune lips!

I will be doing some liquid lipstick testing videos on my channel and I'll be looking at how they wear and the longevity etc so make sure you subscribe so you don't miss those! :D

What do you think of these shades? Want to try some yourself? Then check out Debenhams :)

Much Love,

Bex X