Five Base Products I Swear By

Wednesday, 20 June 2018




Every beauty fan knows that an amazing face of make-up starts with an amazing base. And I don't know about you, but nothing makes me feel more confident than when I've put my make up on and my skin looks flawless. (Whether or not it's flawless underneath is an entirely different matter!)

I have certain products that I swear by for a flawless finish, these never leave my make up bag, and I repurchase them time and again because I couldn't live without them!

1. EE Green Tea Primer
The key to a fabulous base is a good primer. I received this one in a Glossybox a few months back and I've been loving it ever since. It's infused with green tea (who knew it could do so many things?!) and it's as lightweight as a moisturiser but it leaves you with the perfect canvas for your make up, leaving it really smooth and refreshed.

2. The Ordinary Coverage Foundation
I talked all about this foundation in a previous post - but I'm still as obsessed. As someone with really dry skin, I was so worried that my skin would hate a full coverage foundation, but I couldn't have been more wrong. It gives a gorgeous finish, covering every little blemish and evening out skin tone without feeling like you've got too much on your face.

3. Benefit Boiing Highlighting Concealer
This has been one of my favourite concealers forever. Industrial-strength, covers dark circles like an absolute dream and is so glowy. It's the perfect concealer for if you want a dewy finish, but still need a decent amount of coverage. A little of it goes a really long way, which makes the £20 price tag a little more bearable too!

4. Rimmel London Stay Matte Pressed Powder
I've been using this powder without straying for literal years and I'll probably never really use anything else. It does exactly what it says on the tin really, it mattifies, sets, and rarely needs reapplying (which is ace because who has time for that?!)

5. Revolution Conceal & Define 
The concealer everyone has been talking about recently! I couldn't resist picking up and seeing if it was worth the hype. And it totally is. I tend to use this when I fancy something a little more matte, but it still gives amazing coverage without sticking to my dry patches.

What are your go-to base products?

Love,
Sian xo

Real Neat Blog Award

Sunday, 17 June 2018

I love being nominated for these blog awards - the posts are really fun to write, plus they give you all a little insight into the person behind the blog!

I was nominated for the Real Neat Blog Award by the lovely Holly, I've actually not heard of it before now but I was still thrilled to be nominated!

Here are the rules of the award:
1. Put the award label on your blog.
2. Answer the 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.
3. Thank the people who nominated you and link to their blogs.
4. Nominate any number of bloggers you like, include links to their blogs.
5. Let them know you nominated them (by commenting on their blog or twitter etc)


Here are my questions!

1. What made you start blogging?
I started blogging while I was at uni - I was studying Journalism and I'd been toying with the idea of starting a blog for ages. I went to my friend Fii's house for our usual cup of green tea and catch up, and I knew she blogged and asked for her help because I just didn't know where to start. She helped me to get everything set up that I needed, choose my inital blog theme and even took some first photos for me. And I fell in love with it almost instantly!

2. What's the most difficult thing you've ever had to do/overcome?
This is a difficult one... I think it's something which I don't wish to talk about on my blog, at least for the time being. It was only recent and the pain is still pretty raw on that one. A close second though, was sitting in front of my dad after four years. It didn't have the outcome I'd hoped for, and it took a hell of a lot of guts for me to even get there, but I was so glad I did it.

3. What's your favourite blog post you've done and why?
My favourite post is called Heartbreak, which I wrote just after my last relationship ended. I found it so therapeutic to write, and when I read it back just before posting, I couldn't believe those words had come out of me. It sounded so raw and real but also one of the most well-written posts I've ever done. I'm really proud of that one.

4. When was the last time you laughed uncontrollably? What happened?
Friday afternoon. Everyone in my office had got a little bit of the Fri-YAY hysteria and all of a sudden one of the lads turns round and says 'can you guys floss?' I thought he meant flossing my teeth at first, then I remembered it's that dance that all the cool kids are doing these days. He stood up and attempted it, but it looked more like a thrusting dad dance. In the end, we all had to get up and have a go at it, but we were all rubbish, and all in absolute stitches with tears rolling down our faces at the end.

5. Do you have a guilty pleasure? What is it?
I have guilty pleasures that aren't all that guilty, to be honest! Made in Chelsea, Love Island, Michael Buble, Little Mix, the list goes on!

6. What is your favourite memory from 2018 so far?
Sitting in Sheffield's Peace Gardens in the sunshine last month. It was beautiful weather, I had an iced tea in hand, and I was home. 

7. Do your friends and family read your blog?
Some do, I think. My best friend is my biggest fan, my sister reads it when she remembers, whether anyone else does I'm not really sure!

I'd like to nominate anyone who would like to do it! 

Love,
Sian xo

Family You Choose

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

To the Family You Choose,

You lot know me. I've always hated Father's Day. I stay off social media to avoid the #daddyslittlegirl posts and old photos. I scrunch my nose up at the adverts on TV and the meal offers outside restaurants. And more often than not, I spend Father's Day with you, just to distract me.

It's not that people shouldn't post on Father's Day and show their dads appreciation. It's always been a jealousy thing. I guess I feel cheated out of it.

This year though, I'm turning that on its head. And in honour of Father's Day, I'm celebrating you, some of my favourite people in the whole world. The Family I Chose.

You're a special bunch, because you didn't have to love me. There's no genetic connection that means we're forever linked. Instead, you took me on, got to know me, flaws and all, and love me anyway. And I'll always be grateful for that.

To Sarah, probably the most selfless person I've ever met. My godmother, big sister and best friend. I can genuinely say I wouldn't be the person I am without you. From teaching me silly songs and group games as a little girl, to taking me out for ice-cream to help mend a broken heart, to coming and beating down my front door when I try to go into hiding. And everything else in between. I couldn't be more grateful.


To Joe, the father figure I always needed. The man who would take on anyone who dared to try to do me wrong, makes me laugh and gives the best hugs. The man who knows exactly when he needs to bring cake, just because I've had a rubbish day. The man who will wrap me up in a big, Joe-like hug, kiss my forehead and remind me that the boy wasn't good enough for me anyway. Eloise is a lucky girl to have a dad like you.

To Eloise and Madison, my extra little sisters. How you two make me giggle! Madi, it's been so amazing to watch you grow from this little tot with brown curls and big eyes to the funny, sassy and clever girl you are now. Eloise, you have so much growing still to do but I already know I'm going to be so proud of the person you're about to become.



To Helen, one of the funniest, strongest people I know. Thank you for making me laugh until I cry, feeding me wine and for all the times we've been the ones giggling at the back of church.

To Grandma, the lady who taught me to remember my manners as a little girl, who always looks happy to see me and was always up at 2am when I was still working away on my uni essays and checked in to make sure I was okay. You're a special lady and I'm so grateful to have you.


Family isn't always necessarily about blood connections. Family are the people who stick by you through every triumph, every rough patch, every heartbreak. They're the ones who cheer you on and pick you up when you hit rock bottom. And when they do all that, because they chose you, hold on to those people. Mine are ace.

Love,
Sian xo

I'm Okay With Being 'Basic'

Sunday, 3 June 2018

I get the word 'basic' thrown at me pretty much every other day. My brother says I'm the most basic person he's ever met. Dan rolls his eyes when I get excited over rose gold items. My friends laugh and tut and shake their heads and mutter 'such a basic girl.'

But hey, why do they say I'm basic like it's a bad thing?

We live in a world which is all about fitting in, but there's also a negative connotation with not being different enough, or not being a bit edgy? 

Up until recently, I've found myself trying to justify to people why I am this way, or downplay characteristics, interests or behaviour that will make them think I'm 'basic'. But you know what? I've decided to embrace it. Yep, I'm basic.

Autumn is my favourite season. I love watching the leaves on the trees change colour. There's a slight chill in the air but it isn't too cold. It's perfect scarf weather (and I love scarves.) And there are few things that are as joyful as crunching through leaves.

I do get a bit excited when Starbucks bring back the Pumpkin Spice Lattes. They taste delicious, okay?

I love rose gold things. Especially homeware. Copper is also very pretty.

I happen to love my dragonfly tattoo on my wrist. I'll never be the kind of person who has large tattoos and I'll never even consider a sleeve, but that doesn't make it okay for heavily tattooed people to roll their eyes at me.

I love a good musical. My all time favourite is Wicked, which I could sing to you backwards.

You'll almost always find me with a cup of coffee in hand. Not because I think I look cool with a takeaway cup, but because I'm just really tired and need the caffeine.

I own a lot of Pandora jewellery, and I'm a firm believer that I'll never own too much of it.

I am the kind of person who will take a photo of their food before they tuck in if it looks especially delicious. Always thinking of the 'gram.

But, all of these things combined which apparently make me basic, doesn't make me any less intelligent, or kind, or any less myself. And if that means I'm 'typical', then so be it. Let me take joy in these little things.

Yep, I'm a basic girl. On the plus side, that makes it very easy to buy me Christmas and birthday presents!

Love,
Sian xo

May Happiness Journal

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

In all honesty, I didn't really want to sit down and write this post. The thought of writing a Happiness Journal when you've had so much happen, stuff that makes you feel devastated and exhausted and just low... I was pretty reluctant to even attempt it.

It wasn't until I sat down and thought about it that actually, there's been some really good stuff going on this month, in between all of the rubbish. And I think those things have kept me sane this month.

1. Time with my extended family.

My mum comes from a pretty big family, and we're pretty spread out all over the place. Time together is rare (weddings and christenings tend to be the main events) so it was really lovely to go out for lunch last weekend and spend some much-needed quality time together. They're a pretty funny bunch, especially my uncles, who I could sit and listen to all day when they tell stories about how mischievous they were as boys. We ended up spending the entire afternoon in a pub just chatting and laughing, which is a pretty perfect way to spend a Saturday if you ask me.

2. Snaps of Little Star at Disneyland.

My little niece went to Disneyland with her parents at the start of the month for her third birthday. At this point, I was feeling like absolute rubbish, but seeing photos come through over Whatsapp of her meeting all of the characters, running around giggling and just generally being an absolute cutie cheered me up no end. 

3. Passing my driving test.

Finally! This was my third attempt at my driving test, and I couldn't quite believe I'd passed when he handed me the certificate! I even picked up a car on Friday and the freedom I've got already is just awesome (but let's ignore the bills that go along with it...)

4. A trip to Sheffield.

A couple of weeks ago, Dan and I went on a little adventure to Sheffield so that I could go to the Liz Earle event at John Lewis. You know me by now, any excuse to go 'home' and I am there! I had a really lovely morning at the event, we had a late breakfast at one of my favourite spots and generally had a wander and some (rare) time together. (I want to move back even more now, mind you!)

5. Securing my first sponsored blog collaboration.

Earning money through your blog seems to be something of a taboo subject in the community, even though we all know that it happens. Personally though, I am more than happy to share the fact that I secured my first sponsored post this month! If I'm being honest, I never thought I'd ever get to this point, where someone would actually be willing to pay me real money to write for them. Whenever opportunities like this just give me that little bit of confidence that maybe I'm doing okay at this blogging thing!

What's made you happy this month?

Love,
Sian xo

Capturing the Little Moments With Panasonic*

Wednesday, 23 May 2018
Don't you just love capturing little moments on camera? The unposed, sans-filter, real moments. They're my favourite kind of photos. They always take me straight back to a memory, and never ever fail to make me smile.

I've teamed up with Panasonic to celebrate the launch of their Mirrorless 12-60mm Lens Camera to bring you some of my favourite photos of the 'little moments', and share the stories of why I love them so much!


I still don't know what we were giggling at. I remember this photo being taken as if it was last week. My first year of university, Christmas night out. We'd spent forever that evening getting ready, wrapping tinsel around ourselves and making sure we were just the right side of festive. We'd asked another flatmate to take photos before we headed out, already a little tipsy on cheap vodka and cranberry juice. One of us must have done something to make the others giggle, whether that was flicking her hair in an over-the-top way or joking about how utterly tacky we must look. I laughed until my stomach hurt and I had tears rolling down my face. By far one of my favourite uni memories.


My Little Star. This was taken about a week before my little niece's first birthday. She was so teeny then. We'd been out for tea, and her eyes lit up as soon as she saw the swing set. And I still find it impossible to say no to that little face. As we were swinging, her little giggle was absolutely infectious! I can't help but smile every time I see this photo, just because it pretty much sums up how much I adore the little tot.



I'd love to know what kind of camera this was taken on. I found this whilst digging through some old photos at my mum's house. This is my Nana & Grandad. Mum told me this was taken at one of their New Year's Eve parties, which they threw every year. Nana was tipsy at this point in the evening, apparently. Do you know what though? I still couldn't help but tear up a little when I found this. Decades together and seven children later, and look how in love they are! A fleeting moment, perfectly captured.

Love,
Sian xo

*This is a sponsored post, but all work is my own.

May Glossybox

Sunday, 20 May 2018


The dreamiest Glossybox ever.

Oh I do love a special edition box. When May's landed on my doorstep, I almost squealed at the pastel deliciousness of it. I'll definitely be keeping hold of this one!

Inside the box though, was five equally dreamy products which were carefully put together to help us Glossies treat ourselves to a little pamper.


First up is the Kueshi double-effect make up remover. This came in travel-size, so has been perfect for me recently as I've been backwards and forwards so much! It basically works like a micellar water, feels really light on the skin and works a treat at taking all my make up off.

I've also received a luxury jelly foot soak from gelspa - and in all honesty I haven't tried it yet just because I've been so busy and haven't had time at all! It looks lovely though, and I'll definitely report back once I've given it a whirl!

Having already tried Maria Nila products from previous Glossyboxes, I was really excited to unwrap the True Soft Shampoo & Conditioner. I have to be so picky with haircare, but I love these little duo. It does exactly what it says on the tin (or bottle), and left my hair ridiculously soft and didn't weigh it down at all. It smelled really nice and light too. I'll definitely be repurchasing this one!


I think by far my favourite product this month is the super-cute TRIFLE Cosmetics Praline Palette. It contains six shimmery shades (and I LOVE shimmers), from khaki to deep purple to beautiful neutrals. They're all very workable, easy to blend and the colour is really easily buildable. I've been absolutely loving using it for day and night looks, and it's perfect to pop in your bag and take with you when you're out and about. Plus the design is adorable.



Love,
Sian xo