Periods Made Easier with Pink Parcel*

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Is it just me who thinks once a month for a period is just far too often? 

I'm one of those unfortunate ones who really suffers with her periods - I'm often up the entire night with cramps, throwing up, lethargic and just feeling icky. 

Luckily, Pink Parcel are here to help our 'time of the month' a little bit easier. When the lovely PR team offered to send me one to try myself, I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. Anything to help me get through my period, right?


When you open up the box, it's absolutely crammed full of goodies to help you through your period. First and foremost, there are enough sanitary pads and tampons to last you your entire period, including pads which are suitable for night-time, which is perfect for a spare stockpile for those 'just in case' moments. You also get a cute little draw-string bag to keep your sanitary products in, which has been fab for me to pop into my handbag for an extra bit of discretion when I'm out and about.


My favourite aspect of the Pink Parcel was the 'For You' section - which was all packaged in a box labelled with 'things to cheer you up.' At a time when I'm generally feeling hormonal, emotional, and at times, a little bit psycho, pretty things to make me feel a little more myself couldn't be more welcome!

The products which are included change each month, but my box contained some peppermint chocolate (yes please!), fabric bracelets celebrating 100 years of women's suffrage, a face mask and a matte red liquid lipstick - because there's nothing like a fab lipstick to make me feel sassy again! It was like the ultimate self-care package, and I definitely made use of all of the products when I needed them!

I loved receiving my Pink Parcel, I honestly think it's one of my favourite subscription boxes. I love that it's a little bit unique to other boxes I've tried and is so thoughtfully put together to cheer you up during your period. I'm definitely going to be repurchasing a Pink Parcel box - for £12.99 the amount you get is so worth it!

Have you ever tried Pink Parcel?

Love,
Sian xo

*This item was gifted to me in exchange for a review, but all opinions are my own.

I've Been SkinKissed!*

Sunday, 23 September 2018

You know when you find a product that fits perfectly into your routine instantly? I love it when that happens.

I've been using serums as part of my skincare routine for a long time now. I love the extra boost they give, especially at night when my skin's feeling a little tired.

I was very kindly sent the SkinKissed Vitamin C serum recently, and I've been putting it to the test over the last few months. I can honestly say it's now a firm feature in my skincare routine!

The serum is packed full of Vitamin C, Hyaluronic Acid & collagen - the perfect combination of ingredients for healthy, glowing skin. The formula is quite thick, which I personally love in a serum but it doesn't take long for the skin to absorb it, which means it is suitable to use either morning or evening. You only need a drop or two for the whole face and neck, a little bit goes a long way with this one!

But the glow. I love a product which gives instant results, and I could see a difference in my skin right from the first use. The Vitamin C gives my skin so much nourishment and an amazing boost, especially when I'm stressed and run-down, it always shows in my skin first! I get such a glow from using the serum, which is perfect for underneath make up, especially when I'm not fancying using too much foundation.

I can definitely recommend the SkinKissed serum for anyone who has tired, dehydrated skin and wants a healthy glow.

What's your favourite skincare serum?

Love,
Sian xo

*This product has been gifted to me in exchange for a review, but all opinions are my own. 

48 Hours in London

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

The look on my sister's face on her 18th birthday when she unwrapped her 'tickets' (handmade as I hadn't had them arrive yet) was absolutely priceless, I genuinely wish I'd recorded it. The tickets were for Wicked, the West-End show that she'd wanted to see ever since being a child.

I'd planned a weekend trip to London for us, staying in Clapham and we wanted to pack as much into our trip as possible. And I thought I'd share it with you!

We arrived at our little hotel in Clapham on Friday evening, which seemed a bit far out at the time but it was a two-minute walk from the tube station, so pretty convenient really! We ditched our plans to go for a meal and drinks in favour of stocking up on snacks from the Sainsbury's Local and watching 8 Out Of 10 Cats in the room. And we had such a giggle. I was exhausted from working all week anyway, and we wanted to be fully charged for a full-on day on the Saturday.

Our first full day was a packed one. We decided to spend the day shopping, it had been so long since we'd had a good shopping trip! Oxford Street (including the Harry Potter section in Primark, of course), Regent's Street (if only for Hamley's), Caranby Street, coffee, pasta and a lot of overspending... totally worth it. We wandered the busy streets, died over the Disney Spectrum collections and somehow managed not to buy the entire Sweet Peach range in Too Faced.


Back to the hotel for a quick change and out for dinner and Wicked. We were so excited. 

After spending a small chunk of time crying at the price of prosecco in the theatre (I should have known better, it was too much for my poor Northern soul), the music started and we settled in for the show. It was my third time seeing Wicked but I still love it each and every time. I kept stealing glances at Isabelle and seeing her fall in love too, which was so lovely to see. (We might have both cried a bit. Just a bit though.)


We decided to take Sunday at a slightly slower pace, and use it to see all the usual tourist sights. We headed to Covent Garden first for the most amazing brunch (an omelette with chorizo and potato?! Yes please!) before taking a little wander around Whittard's, which is one of my favourite shops!

There's sometimes a massive assumption that when you take a trip to London everything is rushed because you have to pack everything in. But I'll be honest, we weren't really feeling that. 48 hours isn't a very long time for such a massive city, so we decided to walk towards the river, and see what we stumbled across along the way. No rush, no stress. We took it steady, explored little side streets that looked interesting, passed Leicester Square and Trafalgar Square and eventually found the River. We wandered the Embankment, stumbled across a huge second hand book sale, found cute prints for sale, had an ice cream and just took the city in. We had the best day, saw plenty, chatted and had a giggle. And did a lot of people watching!


We're already planning another trip to London, hopefully next year because we just loved spending quality time together! The next show has already been decided - we both want to see Hamilton so badly that we just need to bite the bullet and sell a kidney each to afford the tickets! It'll be worth it though.

Have you been to London? What are your favourite spots?

Love,
Sian xo

Brushes and More From Crownbrush*

Wednesday, 29 August 2018

I'm one of those people who is really bad at hoarding make up brushes. I have absolutely tonnes of them, and most of them are very much worse for wear. I've known for a long time that I need to look into replacing them, but I never actually got around to it.

Cue Crownbrush. I was approached by their PR team about collaborating and testing a few of their products. A new brand to me, AND replacing my gross old brushes? Yes please!

I was asked to choose a few products that I fancied trying out, and when I looked at the website, I was totally spoiled for choice. Little did I know that they don't only do brushes, there were palettes, foundations, the whole thing. All promising professional standard and amazing results.

I had to go for a couple of their signature brushes, of course. I selected a couple of staples, the Deluxe Large Foundation brush and the C456 Pointed Blender.


Is there anything more exciting than brand new, immaculate make-up brushes?! Both brushes were beautifully soft, sleek, and easy to use. I love the flat foundation brush for applying and blending liquid foundation, it works so well with my make up to give a flawless finish. I've been using the Pointed Blender brush for concealer, and it's so perfect for getting a precise coverage on blemishes and under-eye bags, and it works really well for blending concealer out too. I normally use a flat brush for concealer but I won't be looking back now as I find the Pointed Blender is just so much more effective!


As well as the brushes, I received the Studio Glam Eyeliner in Solid Gold. I've been wanting to pick up a gold eyeliner for absolutely ages, so I grabbed the chance! I've been using this liner to compliment my usual black winged look, either underneath my eyes or on top of the black, and I absolutely love using something a bit different! The liner is liquid, but it's so pigmented, with a beautiful finish and it lasts all day! The applicator is the perfect size to do thin lines but it's also super buildable for when you fancy something a little more extra.


Finally, I received the 35 Colour Rose Gold Eyeshadow Palette. Now I'm an absolute sucker for eyeshadow palettes anyway, but I think I unwrapped this one and instantly fell in love. It was absolutely made for me. From subtle nudes to shimmery golds to flattering browns, this palette is 35 shades of pure beauty! The colours are pretty pigmented, blend together like an absolute dream and the sheer amount means the combination possibilities are absolutely endless. I've absolutely loved playing around with this palette over the last couple of months and experimenting with different looks!

Overall, I couldn't be more impressed with Crownbrush. The brushes are absolutely stunning, and the other products are an absolute dream. And all for such reasonable prices. I'll definitely be back to purchase some more goodies soon!

Have you ever used Crownbrush?

Love,
Sian xo


*These products were gifted to me in exchange for a review, but all opinions are my own.

Life Lately

Sunday, 26 August 2018

It feels like forever since I last sat down to write. To the point where now that I'm doing it, I don't really know where to begin. I suppose just having a chat about what has been going on recently is a good place to start.

You might have noticed it's been really quiet on my blog and across all of my social media platforms. I had absolutely no intention of taking a break, and even then I only wanted to step away from the blog for a week or two at the most. Instead it's been about six weeks and I feel like I'm completely out of touch with the community and just blogging as a whole.

So, what's been going on? Well, I'm not really ready to go into too much detail just yet but let's just say that back in April, our family received some news. The earth-shattering, devastating kind of news. The kind that causes your world to shift.

I tried really hard for a long time to pretend that it didn't affect me. Or that it affected me just enough to not overwhelm. I went to work and I smiled and I chatted and I got on with my job, I came home and did my admin work and I blogged and I cried when I felt the need to but I also wiped my eyes after a few minutes, put on my big brave girl face and carried on.

The problem with that tactic though, is that it only works for so long.

And the thing is with blogging, even though I love it and it was the only thing that kept me sane for a long time, when even existing, when doing the mundane things like getting up and brushing your teeth and getting yourself out of the house for work on time is exhausting, it pretty much quashes any creativity you have.

And let's face it, we all know there's a lot more to what we do than just write posts. There's the taking photos, editing, scheduling tweets, brainstorming ideas, being active on social media. And I just didn't have the mental energy anymore.

I won't blog if it feels like a chore. Yes I have a schedule and a to-do list, but if I don't fancy it, or I need to take a day for me, I'll do exactly that. I guess that's the beauty of your blog being just a hobby.

I've missed everything about blogging so much over the last few weeks. I've missed writing, taking photos, chatting away to people online, being active on InstaStories. All of it.

So, what now? Things aren't perfect. Some days I still feel like we're in complete turmoil. But they're definitely on the up and I feel more like myself. And I am so ready to come back into blogging and working away on new content. Let's go!

Love,
Sian xo

June Happiness Journal

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Honestly, these months are going by so fast!

June's been a little stressful for me for several reasons, but a combination of little things have been getting me through.

1. Having Love Island back on my screen!
Yep, I'm one of those people who is currently glued to my screen at 9pm every night. I'm not even sorry! Love Island coming back on my screen has made me so happy (even though this season isn't a patch on the previous, if you ask me) and it's been a really good excuse to make sure I have all of my work done by 9pm so I can watch it!

2. A BBQ with the 'Family You Choose'
I've probably mentioned this kind of thing in a tonne of previous Happiness Journal posts, but time with my non-blood family is something I cherish so much. At the beginning of the month, we took advantage of the sunshine and had a little BBQ and it was so lovely to just all chill out together and eat until we napped.

3. Getting back into a blogging routine.
I've had so much going on for the last month or two that I felt like I'd fallen out of my blogging groove. I wasn't anywhere near as organised, I was missing posts left right and centre... and I was kicking myself for it, in all honesty. I had a serious case of bloggers guilt, and I really missed being active on social media and creating. In the last few weeks though, I've got myself together and I'm finally back into a routine which I'm comfortable with.

What's made you happy recently?

Love,
Sian xo

My Summer Beauty Must-Haves*

Sunday, 24 June 2018

Summer has finally arrived and I couldn't be happier about it. I love switching up my beauty routine ready for the warmer months, putting away my heavy foundations and thick eye make up in favour of lightweight formulas and anything with a glow.

I've teamed up with Clive Christian and their range of summer perfumes to share with you my summer beauty must-haves, all of which will be at the top of my stash for the foreseeable future!

I've recently learned the importance of a great self-tan, especially when I've been a staycation-er for the last few years and my chance of getting a proper tan is pretty limited! I raved about the St Tropez One-Minute Mousse when I was kindly gifted it earlier this year and I'm still just as obsessed. It's so easy to use; pop it on, wait a minute, hop in the shower and done. It fits in perfectly with your daily routine and gives a natural sun-kissed glow, with no streaks!

To finish off the sun-kissed look, I've been loving the Utan Bronze and Tone night creme. This is designed for your face and you simply pop it on overnight and it builds a gradual tan. The cream is really lightweight and the glow it gives is gorgeous!


For me, there's nothing worse than it being the height of summer, and having to wear a full-coverage foundation. You know when you feel like you can't touch your face without half of your foundation melting off? Yep, that. Whilst the sun has been out, I've absolutely sworn by the Olay & MaxFactor BB Cream, I've been using it for years and it gives me just enough coverage to cover any blemishes and even out skin tone without feeling too heavy on my face.


I haven't really been a big fan of Benefit's Hoola Bronzer until recently - I always thought that the colour was much too strong for me and it just didn't really suit. It wasn't until I mentioned it to one of the Benefit girls when I went to have my eyebrows done that she showed me a couple of little tricks to create a more natural look, including blurring out the edges with a normal powder. Since then, I've been loving it. It hasn't left my make-up bag, it's perfect for giving your face a sun-kissed look for the summer.


During the winter, I'm all about greys, deep purples and red nails. But as soon as the sun starts to come out, I love changing it up to brighter colours. Barry M and Ciate are two of my favourite nail polish brands because they're hard-wearing and chip resistant, and these are two of my perfect summer shades, pink and corals, yes please!


In the warmer weather, my already thick and flyaway hair can go a bit nuts. It's the humidity! A good hair oil is essential for me to tame my locks. I discovered the Hallelujah Hair Oil from Forest & Shore a few months ago and I have never looked back. It's been working a treat at repairing my damaged hair, with the added bonus of smoothing and taming it during the humid weather.

What are your summer essentials?

Love,
Sian xo

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