Sian, Where the Hell Have You Been?

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

It's been an awfully long time since I last sat down and wrote a post. An awfully long time indeed.

I'd love to say that coming back to blogging feels like putting on an old pair of slippers, or stepping through your front door after a long day. Like coming home, and it's easy and comfortable. And while it does feel a little like that, as I sit here in my pyjamas, with a cup of tea, tapping away in stereotypical blogger style, that's not my overwhelming feeling.

I'm scared. I'm scared of getting myself back into blogging and hating it. I'm scared of working on posts and no-one reading them. I'm scared of starting at Square One. And I'm scared of going back to the "I'm working full-time now, I have no time to spend on blogging" mentality.

And that's probably the main reason that blogging has fallen by the wayside. All of my energy has gone into my job, and by the time I've got home from a long day, writing a post has been the absolute last thing on my mind.

But after having a conversation with a couple of my colleagues the other day, chatting about our goals, who we wanted to be when we grew up, and how and why did we end up where we are. And all I could really say was "I just want to write."

And I still do. Despite growing up and having to go into the real world where the main objective is being able to pay the bills, even if the way in which you do that isn't the way you dreamed of when you were a little girl. I love my job (most of the time) and I love the people that I work with, but I have allowed the grown-up, responsible part of me take over the creative side, that loves to write more than anything else in the world.

And I can have both, can't I? Surely, it just takes practice to gets the balance right?

Something to work on, I think.

Love,
Sian xo

Life Lately

Saturday, 1 October 2016


You might or might not have noticed, but I've been off the blogging scene again recently. If I'm being completely honest, I've not even looked at my stats in about a month, I haven't attempted to sit and write a post, and I just haven't had the energy to take part in Twitter chats. It's been almost like I've just forgotten that the whole blogging part of my life has existed.

That's partly because life has just taken over. Work has been really busy, I've recently got my first full-time job and so my life is about to get even more hectic. And when I have had free time, blogging hasn't been high on my priority list.

But it's not been just about being busy. I've been busier than this before, especially during my last semester at uni, but I still managed to find time to blog.

I guess I've felt a little lost recently. Inspiration for posts has been sparse and I've been in some serious doubt about where my place is amongst the thousands and thousands of bloggers that are out there. I have absolutely no idea how I'm supposed to stand out, I feel like just another blogger writing about make-up and taking pretty pictures of her Starbucks cup.

I feel ordinary. Spectacularly ordinary. And feeling ordinary when the blogging community is so full of these beautiful, creative, colourful personalities, sucks a little bit.

I'm not even 100% sure where I'm going with this post. I'm not trying to say that I'm quitting blogging, I guess my point is that at the moment, my self-confidence is very, very low where my blog is concerned. Maybe I just need to push on.

I just feel

Ordinary.

Love,
Sian Kathrine xo

Amelia Moss Skincare

Thursday, 18 August 2016


Is it just me, or are there an awful lot of steps when it comes to skincare?

It's no longer just a question of cleanse, tone, moisturise. There's exfoliating, face masks, deep cleansers... The list goes on. Surely, you're bound to miss something out somewhere?

Well, I have been missing a step out. Until recently, I'd never ever used facial oil, just because it had never really occurred to me to do so. I didn't really consider it an important step, and if I'm being completely honest, I didn't really like the idea of using it. Surely putting oil on my face would make my skin feel gross?

When the lovely people at Amelia Moss contacted me asking if I would review one of their facial oils, I jumped at the opportunity, but at the same time I couldn't help but be a little bit concerned that my fears about facial oils would be confirmed. 

I don't think I could have been more giddy if I tried when the package came to the door! The packaging that the products came wrapped up in was just adorable, in beautiful gold paper and they'd even written my name on the boxes, which just gave it a lovely personal touch.


The bottles themselves are super simple, super sleek and super cute, just the perfect size to pop in a travel bag to take away with you, obviously perfect for this time of year!


As well as the facial oil, I was so grateful to have received a bottle of the Rose Water. This stuff is wonderful. It's a really versatile product, it can be used as a cleanser or a toner, and I've even used it just to freshen my skin halfway through the day if it's feeling a little tight and tired. It smells incredible and feels so refreshing and hydrating on the skin right from the second you apply it. 


Here we go... Onto the facial oil. I was pretty nervous about trying it, and I wasn't even really sure how to use it, to the point where I tweeted asking when I'm supposed to use it (much to the dismay of many of my friends from the blogging community. I'm telling you, the disappointment in me was real!) Eventually I managed to work out that it was best to use it between toning and moisturising... Just in case anyone else was wondering!

What I love about these facial oils is that a tiny bit goes a long way. Just a couple of drops is plenty for your face and neck and the effects are amazing. I was sent the Barbary Fig oil, which is really light on the skin and made my face feel really hydrated and nourished. After using it regularly for a couple of weeks, my skin was so much softer, but without the heaviness or stickiness that can come from some moisturisers. 

And, it turns out my concerns about the oil making my skin feel gross were completely unnecessary. Using the Barbary Fig Oil, I didn't feel like my skin was oily at all, just nourished and rejuvenated. 

A big part of what makes Amelia Moss products stand out for me is that they are all 100% organic and natural, so you know that it's full of good stuff which is perfect for sensitive skin like mine. 

Thank you Amelia Moss, you have well and truly educated me on how wonderful facial oils can be. I'll definitely make sure I never miss that part of my skincare routine again! 

To check out the full range of Amelia Moss products, have a look at their website ameliamoss.com

Have you ever tried facial oils before? What did you think?

Love,
Sian Kathrine xo

Make Up Revolution Eyeshadow Palettes

Sunday, 14 August 2016

Yes, yes, I know I'm very late to the Make Up Revolution Party. Better late than never though, right?!

When it comes to make-up, I'm usually a big believer in 'you get what you pay for'. That's why you'll usually find reviews of high-end products on my blog. But that doesn't mean I don't love the odd drugstore purchase! If I can find a product that I love at a price that won't make my bank account sob, I am all for it.

I'd heard a lot about Make Up Revolution as a brand, and I'd even bought my little sister a couple of palettes as a present but I'd never actually got around to trying out any of their products. I picked up two of their eyeshadow palettes on a whim one day, deciding that at £4 each, you can't really go wrong.


After spending a good ten minutes deliberating about which palettes I should get, I finally decided on the Essential Mattes and Redemption 1. Essential Mattes is pretty much exactly what it says on the tin, matte shadows ranging from pastel pinks to blues and purples. I absolutely love playing with these matte eyeshadows when I fancy a simple, flat colour and it's really encouraged me to try colours that are a bit different to my standard pale pink and shimmery brown!

Redemption 1 jumped out at me straight away, just because the colours are right up my street. It's got a gorgeous range of shimmery nudes, golds and browns which I've found work really well with my eye colour. The shades in this palette are so easy to combine and blend to create different looks and the pigmentation is awesome, especially for such an incredible price!

I'm well and truly a Make Up Revolution convert! I know I'll definitely be making more trips to Superdrug to get myself more palettes!

Which products should I try next? I'd love to hear your recommendations!

Love,
Sian Kathrine xo

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion

Friday, 12 August 2016

I'm halfway through a nine hour shift at work. I'm just about to come off my break, and I do a quick check of my face in the mirror before I have to face customers again.

I'm a mess. Half of my eyeliner has smudged off, my eyeshadow is creased, and I just look like half of my make-up is running down my face.

No one wants to have to re-apply their whole face halfway through the day. Cue the trip to Debenham's in search of an eyelid primer. I picked up Urban Decay's Eyeshadow Primer Potion, and the sales assistant promised me that it would completely revolutionise my life.

And it did.

I chose the Minor Sin version of the Primer Potion, just because the formula is a beautiful shimmery brown colour, which looks gorgeous on its own and under eyeshadow. 

The product itself is lovely and creamy when you apply it, and a tiny bit goes a long way (apparently one little tube should last close to a year!) AND IT WORKS. It works so well. With just a little bit of this magic stuff on my eyelids, my eye make up sticks like concrete, even after a nine hour shift with broken air conditioning. Goodbye eyeshadow creases, goodbye smudged eyeliner! I was promised that the Primer Potion would revolutionise my life, and has it delivered!

Have you ever tried this product? What's your go-to eyelid primer?

Love,
Sian Kathrine xo 

August Goals

Monday, 1 August 2016


(insert remark about how quickly the year is going and how it can be August already here)

This month is all about new beginnings for me. I've been waiting for my fresh start since January, and now that the time has finally rolled around, I couldn't be more excited! 

1. Get the new house sorted.

The big move to my new house in Lincoln starts this week (and I still haven't started packing) and I'm so eager to get settled in! The house is all painted, but my plan for this month is to get everything unpacked, rather than leaving it a month or two like I normally do) and make it feel homely!

2. Get back to salsa.

I haven't been to any salsa classes since I moved out of Sheffield, there aren't any at all in my tiny little home town and I've been getting some serious withdrawal symptoms! I've found one or two in Lincoln, so when I move I'm going to get straight back into it!

3. Start cooking more.

Now that I'm going back to living independently, mum-cooked meals are going to become a thing of the past (sob). I can cook a little bit but my repertoire goes as far as risotto and spaghetti bolognese... And that's it. Probably not the most balanced diet in the world... So this August, I'm going to try to get into the swing of cooking different meals and trying out new recipes!

4. Try YouTube.

I've been toying with the idea of starting a YouTube channel for a while now, but always brushed it off because I didn't really have the right equipment, and because I didn't really think that I was cut out for it. But, one of my housemates has a proper camera which she is willing to let me borrow, so I think maybe it's time to dabble! Even if the video doesn't actually see the light of day, I'm determined to at least have a practice run at doing a little video and see if it's something that I take to.

What do you want to achieve this month?

Love,
Sian Kathrine xo 

Dear Anxiety

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Dear Anxiety,

Remember the first day we met? I do. I remember it so vividly that it could have been yesterday. You crept into my life one day, like some kind of poisonous gas. I couldn't see you, hear you, nothing. I had no idea you were about to take hold and turn my whole world upside down.

All I wanted to do was go to my lecture. That was all. Something I'd done a million and one times before and I had no clue that today would be any different.

You took hold quickly, and your timing was impeccable. That certainly never changed. You completely took over my body and my mind. Suffocated me. Controlled me. Built up a barrier in my mind that I just couldn't get over. You sent awful thoughts racing through my brain and sent my heart racing so fast that I thought it was going to explode right out of my chest.

My first panic attack. The first of so, so many. You, Anxiety, completely took over my life. You and your buddy, Depression. Together, you warped my brain and changed me into someone that I didn't recognised. I used to be outgoing and sociable, but you changed all that. Day in, day out, I spent living in fear, with your nasty little voice in my head. Whispering. Telling me that something awful was going to happen if I even stepped outside my front door. That I wasn't worthy. That I didn't deserve my friends, my place at uni, nothing. And I listened. I listened to every disgusting word you said and I internalised it. It was engrained in my head. And that almost destroyed me. Almost.

It took a long time, but eventually with a lot of help, I began to fight back. I wasn't going to let you jeopardise everything that I'd worked so hard for. You weren't going to control my life anymore. I didn't want to believe the lies you told me. I was done with having a meltdown every time I went on a night out, or had to go into work. And day by day, I started to get a little bit stronger.

You weren't giving up that easily though, were you Anxiety? You're persistent, I'll give you that. Even now, you won't leave me alone. You keep coming back, filling my brain with irrational thoughts, making me scared of everything. You keep threatening everything.

But you know what Anxiety, I'll never let you destroy me again. No way. I am stronger than you. I am loved. I am worthy. And you are not going to control me.


Sian

Isabelle's Prom Make Up

Monday, 11 July 2016


So I blinked and all of a sudden my little sister went from a big blue eyed baby to a 15 year old heading to her prom! HOW?!

When asked me to do her make-up for her, I was so touched that she thought I was good enough to do it for her, and that she trusted me to get it right. Although, to a 15 year old, prom is the biggest night of your life so far and everything, EVERYTHING has to be perfect. No pressure, then.

Although I was terrified of messing it up, and I had to do her make up on my break from work, in a badly lit Costa... I think I did a pretty bloody good job. So I thought I'd do a little post about the make-up look I gave her and the products that I used.


I started with The Body Shop's Instaglow CC Cream in Bright Glow, which is my go-to primer for day and night. Because Isabelle has dry skin, I wanted to start off with something really hydrating, but Instaglow also gives such a beautiful, natural looking glow to the skin which looks amazing under make-up.

I decided to use Isabelle's usual foundation, which is Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue. I thought about using something a little heavier, but decided that Isabelle's got such a pretty face in the first place that I didn't want to cake her in make-up and I really wanted to let her natural beauty shine through. Complexion Rescue gives a good amount of coverage, without sitting too heavy on the skin and giving a gorgeous, dewy finish.

Being a teenager, Isabelle suffers a little bit with typical teenage skin, which obviously causes a little bit of insecurity. Luckily, I have a little pot of magic concealer in my make-up bag to banish any worries. Benefit's Erase Paste is one of my all-time favourite products, its industrial-strength formula is amazing at covering blemishes, dark circles, you name it. AND it isn't too yellow-y on pale skin! Yay!

To finish, I used a little bit of Rimless Stay Matte Pressed Powder which I knew would keep Isabelle's make-up in place all night long, followed by Avon's Illuminating Face Pearls to give her a rosy glow.

Base finished, moving on to eyes! I started by using Benefit's Goof Proof Eyebrow Pencil on Isabelle's brows. I like one-step, simple brow products and Goof Proof is perfect for quickly filling in and defining Isabelle's fair brows.

I've recently discovered Urban Decay's Eyeshadow Primer Potion, which has now become one of my must-have products (post about it is coming soon!) so I used this for Isabelle's prom as I knew it'd be perfect to stop her eyeshadow from budging all night. I wanted to use an eyeshadow that complimented her dress, so I went for Avon Eye Dimensions Palette in Sultry Smoke, with a silver base which brought out the blue in Isabelle's eyes and picked up the silver details in her dress and accessories perfectly. Because the colour of her eyeshadow was fairly strong, I applied only a thin line of Benefit They're Real! Push Up Gel Liner just to frame the eyes.

I picked up a set of Eyelure false lashes to lift Isabelle's natural lashes and really make her eyes stand out. She looked a little apprehensive when I pulled out the glue and came at her with it, but once they were on she loved them!

Going fairly natural on the lips, I popped on a little bit of Bare Minerals Marvellous Moxie Lipliner in Thrilled, coupled with Benefit Hydra-Smooth Lip Colour in Wingwoman which was just a gorgeous colour on her!


And voila, the finished product! I'm sure you'll all agree that she looks beautiful! I'm very proud of my little sister, and I'll definitely be re-creating this make-up look for my next special occasion!

Love,
Sian Kathrine xo

On Being Single

Friday, 8 July 2016



It's been six months since I, suddenly and without much warning, found myself single. And it's the longest period of time that I've been single for since I was 17.

Once I'd got over the initial shock and heartbreak of my relationship ending, I soon started to panic. Oh shit, I have to be single. I've never really done that as an adult before. How will I cope? Being out in that world on your own, without the comfort and security of a boyfriend is, to put it bluntly, terrifying.

But I didn't really have a choice. Another relationship just wasn't an option for me. I needed time to heal and restore my faith in the male population. I just had to try to muddle through.

It's been bloody hard at times. Things like sorting myself out after having a panic attack, or not having someone there to give me a cuddle or listen to me rant after a bad day. Seeing my friends going on holiday or celebrate anniversaries with their other halves has been difficult, because I've felt like I've been missing out by not having that.

But at the same time, being single has been so freeing. For the first time in a long time, I've been able to be a little bit selfish. I've made decisions about my future that are based on what is best for me, without having to consider someone else. I'm now about to move in with one of my best friends, starting a new adventure in a new city, and that wouldn't have been able to happen if I was still in a relationship.

I've learned a hell of a lot more about self-worth in recent months too. For a long time, I've always needed to be loved by someone, and I think now that was a way of self-validation, and I always felt like my sense of worth had to come from a boyfriend. But now, I've learned that self-worth can only come from me (and yes that sounds obvious but sometimes you don't necessarily know the obvious until it really slaps you in the face) and I like to think that my self-confidence is starting to grow, bit by bit.

I have so much more time for my friends, which is amazing. I can see them more often, and spend as much time with them as I want without feeling guilty that I might be prioritising them over my partner and how that might make him feel.

The last six months have been difficult at times, and being single has been a tough adjustment to make. To me, having two serious relationships fail before I'd even turned 22 meant that I was a failure, that something was intrinsically wrong with me and I was unlovable. It's taken me a long time to realise that isn't true and I just haven't met the right person yet.

And that's okay.

Even now, being single can be difficult. I'm still learning how to be single, really. I was recently on a night out and on being told by a guy that I'm hot, I laughed because I thought he was joking! I clearly haven't learned how to flirt. Hopefully when I do eventually meet someone, he'll love me despite that...

I still have a little way to go before I can get into another relationship. I need to rebuild some of my self-confidence and learn how to trust people again.

But it just goes to show that you're always stronger than you think you are in what you think will be a nightmare situation. And, as much as it surprises me to say it, I'm okay. Being single is okay. I'm actually kind of enjoying it.

I'd love to hear your experiences! Feel free to pop a comment below.

Love,
Sian Kathrine xo

Avon Perfectly Matte Lipstick

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

"Avon's Perfectly Matte Lipstick is more matte than MAC."

I bet quite a few of us raised our eyebrows in disbelief when Avon made that bold claim in their most recent TV advert. I think I may have actually laughed a little bit. I was a MAC girl through and through, and there was no way anything was ever going to change that.

Oh, how wrong I was.

I placed a little Avon order on a whim, just to see what it was like. And one of the items I picked up was the Perfectly Matte Lipstick in Mauve Matters. I'll be honest, I wasn't expecting very much from it, but seeing as it was on special offer for only £5.50, I decided that I had nothing to lose.

The packing of the lipstick was sleek, matte black and just plain gorgeous, to be honest. Mauve Matters itself is the perfect shade for the summer, giving a gorgeous pop of colour without being too overpowering.

I'm often struggle with matte lipsticks, just because they tend to dry my lips out, but this one is a lovely formula which doesn't dry out my lips at all but still gives a matte finish. But what I was most impressed with was the staying power of this lipstick. It lasts SO LONG. I put it on at 8am before I started work, only had to top it up a teensy bit after I had my lunch at around 2pm, and then it stayed perfectly in place until way after I'd come home at 7pm! I've never known a lipstick last so long... Not even MAC.

I've fallen so head over heels with this lipstick that I may have recently ordered three more shades... Sorry MAC, I still love you, but there's a new lipstick in town now!

Have you ever tried Avon's lipsticks? What are your favourite lip products?

Love,
Sian Kathrine xo

July Goals

Friday, 1 July 2016

Okay, let's give a couple of monthly goals posts a go, see if they give me motivated...

(It also seems wrong to be writing a July goals post whilst it's pouring it down outside.)

1. Keep on top of my blogging schedule.

I've been pretty slack over the last couple of weeks, I'll admit. I've missed out on posts completely (which I've now rescheduled for a later date), not stuck around very long during Twitter chats, and just generally been a bit half-arsed. But this month, I'm determined to keep on top of everything and get into a proper blogging routine!


2. Sort out my mental health.

For quite a few months now, my mental health has been taking a downwards turn. I'm finding my low periods are becoming more frequent and more intense and though I know it's probably almost entirely circumstantial, with uni deadlines and moving home, it still sucks. I'm now back on meds and I'm going to get myself back on track, by obviously taking them, and by looking after myself more, taking me-time, eating healthier and spending time with people who make me smile. Hopefully, by the end of July, I'll start feeling more like myself!


3. Smash the End of Season Sale.

Things are about to get pretty intense at work with the sale! It's my first sale in my new store and the first one as a manager so I'm determined to smash whatever comes my way and prove myself during this ridiculously busy time!


4. Get exercising.

Anything. ANYTHING. Even walking Harvey more often, just something to get me moving and feeling a little healthier. My friend wants me to be her gym buddy so by the end of the month I need to have sorted out a membership and make sure I've been at least a few times! (If anyone wants to give me a couple of nudges during July, I would be eternally grateful!)


What do you want to achieve this July?

Love,
Sian Kathrine xo


Father's Day

Sunday, 19 June 2016
Father's Day has been a pretty difficult day for me for the last few years. Whilst many of my friends post all over social media about how great their dads are, I get upset because for a while now, my dad and I haven't had a relationship at all. And while I hope that might get back on track one day, I know there will be a lot of people out there in the same boat as me, who struggle with this day because they feel like they have no-one to celebrate.

Well, not this year. This year, I'm going to celebrate all the amazing men I do have in my life and make sure I spend today letting them all know how much I love and appreciate them. Starting with this post.

Alex

Well little brother, who knew you'd turn out to be such a good guy. We still fight but ultimately, I love you to bits. You do the job that a dad should do by always having my back and looking out for me and I couldn't be more thankful for that. Thank you for always making me laugh, letting me drag you shopping and getting me hooked on First Dates. I'm so unbelievably proud of you and I hope you realise that.


Joe

No problem in life can't be solved with a Joe bear hug! Life mantra. I never thought when you and Sarah first got together that you'd turn out to be one of the most important people in my life. Thank you for being a goddaddy, father figure and an incredible friend. Thank you for loving me unconditionally and putting up with my endless meltdowns and life drama! 


Ross

You're basically one of the girls. But you still deserve a mention. You are honestly one of the best friends I could ask for and there's no way I could have got through the last six months or so without you. You never fail to make me smile, whether you're stressing about your hair, shouting HAWAY at me, or shoving tequila shots down me, and I can't wait to make more memories with you. 
P.S. We're eloping. I don't care what you or Liam say. 


Grandpa Paul

I don't think I show you appreciation enough to be honest! You've done so much for me right from when I was a tot, you wouldn't think I'm just an honorary granddaughter! Thank you for helping me move, providing me with fish and chips on more than one occasion and always humouring me and laughing at me crap jokes. I'm so grateful to have you! 

So lovely readers, I encourage you to share the love with the special guys in your life today, father or otherwise. 

Love,
Sian Kathrine xo 

Everyday Make-Up Look

Friday, 17 June 2016

I've seen quite a few of these types of posts floating around the blogosphere recently, and I thought it was about time I did one of my own! I post quite a few reviews of individual products but it's been a while since I gave you all a little insight into my beauty routine.

Any good face of make-up starts with a good base and I've recently discovered my holy grail of primers in The Body Shop Instaglow CC Cream. It comes in three beautiful shades and looks gorgeous on its own or under make-up. Even when I was poorly a couple of weeks ago with pale and sallow skin, I popped a bit of this magic CC cream on and it gave my face a healthy-looking, dewy glow. I'm so obsessed!


One of my all-time favourite foundations is MAC's Face and Body Foundation and this is the one that I tend to use day-to-day. I love that it gives all the amazing coverage that you'd expect from MAC, without any of the heaviness that I've found with foundations like Studio Fix, which are just way too much for my skin.

I usually follow with Rimmel's Wake Me Up Concealer. I'm usually really picky when it comes to drugstore make-up, but I absolutely LOVE this stuff. It's so good at zapping away the dark circles under my eyes (which has been even more of a mammoth task recently!) Next is Rimmel's Stay Matte Pressed Powder, which is equally fab and has taught me that you don't have to pay through the nose for a good powder!


To finish off my base, I love Avon's Illuminating Face Pearls. They're so perfect for summer to give a natural, rosy complexion. This is another recent discovery of mine and I don't think I'll ever find a blusher I love this much again!



For me, it's all about Benefit when it comes to eyes. I'm unashamedly continuing my long-standing love affair with the They're Real! Push Up Gel Liner. It can be a tricky product to get the hang of using but once you've mastered it, there's no going back! I love that it makes my eyes look bigger and I can FINALLY get the perfect winged eye with it!

I'm also still obsessed with Roller Lash mascara for day-to-day use. It gives such a pretty, flirty look to your lashes which I adore!


And voila! The finished look!

What are your go-to make-up products for day-to-day?

Love,
Sian Kathrine xo

I'm Coming Home

Tuesday, 14 June 2016


This time four years ago, I was making plans to move away from home and have a fresh start at university. If you'd asked me back then if I ever thought I'd move back home, I'd have laughed at you and told you not to be ridiculous.

I'm writing this post from my mum's sofa, having moved back in just over four weeks ago.

In a lot of ways, it feels very strange to have come full circle. Like you were never away, but all of a sudden you're older and living on your own seems like a whole other lifetime ago. I'm back in a small rural town, where everyone knows everyone, and I can't even go to work without seeing someone from my childhood. Which is a massive culture shock having just come from a city where I could be relatively anonymous and reinvent myself. It's like the shadow of home me is following me around.

Any friends that I had before I left for uni have moved away and got on with their own lives. So it's become pretty lonely for me, because if I have a day off and no plans, my nearest friends are an hour away. All of my spare time is spent with my family, which I have loved but sometimes you just need a break to spend time with your friends!

Then there's the actual living at home. And yes, while it is lovely to have a proper meal cooked for you every night and your clothes seem to magically appear washed and ironed, there are some days where the novelty is well and truly worn off. I love my family to pieces, but going from having a two bedroomed house all to yourself to not even having a room to call your own is a pretty big adjustment to make. In fact, the only me-time I get is when I'm in the bath. If I can get in the bathroom when I want to.

I've found it's the little things that have got to me. Things like the way my brother bangs down the stairs first thing in the morning when I'm trying to have a lie in, or always having to be aware of letting Mum know that I won't be at home for tea when my plans for the day change. Just tiny little things that make me feel like the freedom that comes with living independently is gone.

This post probably just sounds like a great big rant, but that wasn't my intention. My point simply is that after four years of being completely independent and doing your own thing, moving back home can be a really difficult transition to make.

It's not all bad, though. It's been so lovely to spend some quality time with my family, to go back to my home church and forget about being domesticated for a while. I'm just looking forward to getting back to being independent again!

Have you been through the same thing? How did you cope?

Love,
Sian Kathrine xo

Getting Back Into Blogging... Again.

Saturday, 11 June 2016

It's been 38 days since my last blog post. Although that's actually not a very long time, it seems like forever since I last sat down and wrote anything (that wasn't going towards my final portfolio).

So hi guys, I'm back! Life recently has just been unbelievably crazy. Since my last post at the beginning of May, I've moved back home, started a new job and this week I've finished my degree. So time to blog has just been absolutely non-existent. I've come dangerously close to burning out completely over the last couple of months, and something just had to give. Unfortunately that was blogging, because it was the only thing that I knew would be still here waiting for me once everything else was done.

Now that university is done, I'm throwing myself completely into blogging. I got myself a super-cute Blogger's Journal to get me organised, started planning and writing posts, and I've even ordered June's book for #GGBookClub to read which I'm super excited about!

And I can watch Netflix again, yay!

Thank you, blogging community, for never going away. I'm so excited to be back!

Love,
Sian Kathrine xo

Dear 15 Year Old Sian

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Dear 15 Year Old Sian,

You think life's tricky now? Trust me, it's about to get a lot more complicated.

Let me give you a few words of advice.

You're going to make one hell of a lot of mistakes. From thinking you can pull of blue eyeliner, to your awful taste in boys. You'll look back one day and shudder and cringe at the poor life decisions you make. But you know what, mistakes are part of growing up. Embrace it. And stay away from the hair crimpers. Seriously...

At this point, you think you have your life mapped out. Meticulously planned, right down to the last detail. Unfortunately, plans often go awry. The career path that you wanted more than anything else in the world might not turn out to be as glamorous as you first thought. And you might not be married with two kids (one of each, obviously) and a big house and a neat little lawn by the time you're thirty. Don't be afraid to go back to the drawing board. Don't beat yourself up when you come full circle and move back home after university. Don't freak out when your plan falls apart. Take a step back and let life happen. It'll all come together in the end. I hope.

Maybe think about learning how to cook? Properly cook. Believe it or not, living off toast and super noodles just isn't a thing.

Pray more. Pray every day. At least once. You think that you know better, and there'll be times where you think that God is ignoring you, or has given up on you, but He hasn't. Please, whatever you do, don't let your faith slip away. There'll come a time where it feels like it's all you have.

Hide anything you don't want your sister to get her grubby little mitts on. She gets worse at stealing your stuff as she gets older. And I know your brother seems like the spawn of Satan right now, but he actually turns out to be the only guy you can depend on. Love him, even when he's being a shit.

Boys are going to hurt you. More than once. And when that happens, it's going to be excruciatingly painful. We both know how deeply you feel, how you wear your heart on your sleeve and how willing you are to fall in love. And that's okay, but brace yourself for heartbreak. You may feel like the heartbreak will never end, but take it from me, it will. It'll take your time, but one day you'll find yourself happy again without even noticing it.

In the meantime, don't focus so much on what boys think of you. Focus on your friends. Focus on your family. Focus on working hard at school and achieving your dreams. You don't need a boy to complete you. Especially not the ones you pick. You really do have awful taste.

Oh, and listen to Mum more. Annoyingly, she's always right.

Enjoy being young, because the older you get, the messier life becomes. Every so often, it'll feel like you're going through hell and back, but you'll be okay. I promise.

Love,

22 Year Old Sian

Living On Your Own

Saturday, 9 April 2016

I've never been one of those people who was good at being on their own. The thought of evening by myself was difficult, anything more than that almost impossible.

Four months ago, I began living on my own. And despite that idea being absolutely hellish to me at the time, I'm actually okay. Happy, almost.

Don't get me wrong, it took a lot of adjustment. I spent the first few weeks bawling my eyes out at the thought of spending a full day by myself. If I didn't have plans with anyone for a day off, I'd go into a bit of a frenzy, wondering what on earth I'd do with myself, and how I was going to cope with no one else's company but my own.

What I've slowly come to realise is that actually, my own company isn't all that bad. I've had so much uni work to get done that my days off are quickly filled up, and sometimes I'm actually glad to have a bit of time to myself.

I do talk to myself a lot more, though. A LOT more.

Loneliness is still something that I experience frequently. Sometimes I think that it would be nice to have someone who's just around, to chat to or to watch Netflix with. And I just can't get the hang of cooking for one, I'm forever ending up with a mountain of food and living off bolognese for what feels like a lifetime.

But there's a strange kind of freedom that comes with living on your own. I can stumble in drunk at whatever time of the morning and not have to worry about waking anyone up. I can leave the dishes in the sink until the morning if I can't be bothered to wash up. I never have to fight over the TV remote. I have my own space, a sanctuary, that is no one else's but mine.

I've kind of amazed myself at how resilient I've been in what I thought was a nightmare situation. I guess it just goes to show that you're always stronger than you think you are. I thought I'd never be able to cope living on my own, but actually, I'm alright.

Love,
Sian Kathrine xo

Authentic: ECG 2016

Wednesday, 6 April 2016



Recently, I have been really, really tired. Emotionally tired. Like life has sapped out every little bit of energy that I had until I'm nothing more than a puddle on the ground. Like my whole being is sinking under the weight of my heavy heart.

Like anyone, I needed a bit of time away to re-centre myself. So I found myself in Scarborough. Not just to chill out and stuff my face with fish and chips (although the latter obviously happened). I was at a conference.

Now I don't tend to tell an awful lot of people this fact, and I've certainly never posted it on my blog. Probably because I'd worry about the reaction that I get. But here it goes...

I am a Christian. I first went to church at five years old, as part of a children's club, and at age 17 I was baptised. I wasn't brought up as a Christian, and in a way, I'm glad of that, because I was baptised confident in the knowledge that this was the path that I had chosen for myself.

Fast-forward five years and I'm at the ECG conference for the fourth time. But I'm in a pretty shaky place. Two years before, my whole world tipped upside down, my mental health spiralled out of control, and just as I thought I'd managed to piece everything back together, it was tipped upside down yet again. And by this point, I was just exhausted. I hadn't been to church for the best part of two years and I couldn't have even told you when the last time I prayed was. As far as I was concerned, God had given up on me. And I sat in that first worship of this year's event with a heavy heart, contemplating whether the money that I'd spent on my ticket would have been better off in my driving lesson fund.

I'll tell you what, though. There's something about singing your heart out with hundreds of other Christians that stirs something in you.

The theme of the week was Authentic, and the whole conference was packed with seminars, bible studies and talks around how we can become more authentic in our faith, our worship, and everything in between, led by inspiring, passionate and often funny speakers, who really motivated me to go out there and try to make the world a better place.

Throughout the week, I started thinking. And I realised that recently, I had been completely the opposite to Authentic. When friends asked me where I was going, I'd say I was going to Scarborough for a break. In conversations, I'd only briefly mention my faith, and quickly change the subject. Is that Authentic faith? Nope. No it isn't.

I came away from ECG this year feeling so refreshed. I've come to realise that God hasn't given up on me, maybe he's just paving the way for something else. I've also realised that for that to happen, I need to be true to my faith and be proud of it. No more hiding. No more diluting it down or making light of it.

I am a Christian. I believe in God and I am going to go out there and make this world a better place, in my own small way.

Thank you, ECG, for getting my out of my rut. Same again next year?

I'm A Little Bit Lost

Sunday, 20 March 2016



I'm one of those people who likes to plan. Always have been, probably always will be. My diary sticks by my side at all times because otherwise I have no idea what I'm doing or when I'm doing it. I plan dates with friends, I plan when I'm doing uni work down to the hour, I plan outfits a week in advance.

And I've always had a plan for my future. Ever since I was five, I've known that I wanted to write, and although the plan has varied slightly, it's always been there. I will go to university, I will move to a big city, I will write. And so far, it's worked out pretty well for me.

Recently though, as the end of university draws ever-closer, I've found myself in a panic. If anyone read my When I Grow Up post, you might know that journalism has been thrown into question for me. But since then, I've not really had any of idea what I want to do with my life. And with the dreaded "So what's your plan for after uni?" being thrown at me left right and centre, my stress levels around the subject have only increased. Especially since the only constant, decisive factor I had has gone.

It seems that as I've got older, my future has become increasingly uncertain. When I was 18, I knew that I was going to be married at 22, babies at 24 or 25, get a comfortable job at a local newspaper, and that would be that. I now know that would have been completely the wrong path for me, but I'm now 22 and at a completely loose end, and that's something that I've never ever experienced before.

In a way, it's exciting. I can go anywhere or be anything. I have nothing tying me to a person, place or job. But after a lifetime of having your future mapped out, when you all of a sudden find yourself without a plan, it's pretty daunting.

I never would have thought five years ago that I'd be in the position I'm in now, about to graduate, moving back in with my mum in the next few months, and having absolutely no idea what's going to happen next. I thought I had planned so meticulously that it would all just fall into place. But it would seem that it just doesn't work that way.

Life happens. Things change, your interests change, people come into your life that seem to change everything, and they can leave again. Sometimes you just have to scrap your plan and go back to the drawing board. And that's okay.

One thing has remained constant for me, though. Writing. I love to write. It's the only thing that I don't have to plan, I can just take a concept out of thin air and then let the words flow. It's the only thing that I've remained passionate about. What form that will take, who knows.

Yep, I'm a little bit lost right now. I have absolutely no idea what the hell I'm doing, I'm just going to muddle through as best I can and maybe somewhere along the way, I'll work it out. Maybe, for now, being a little bit lost is all right.

Love,
Sian Kathrine xo

Favourite Childhood Books

Friday, 18 March 2016




As a little 'un, I was rarely seen without a book in my hand. I vividly remember being told off at age eight by my dad for not coming to the dinner table when asked because I was so stuck into the book that I was reading. My parents spent a small fortune on a PlayStation for me (one of the retro PS1's where you played Rayman), but my brother used it way more than I did, just because I'd rather spend my time reading.

The older I've become, the less time I've had to read, between lectures and assessments and shifts at work... And sleep. I now genuinely can't wait to let go of all university-related responsibilities just because I might find the time to get into a good book or several again.

It only dawned on me how little time I've been able to spend reading when I passed a shelf in Waterstone's which basically summed up my entire childhood. That one shelf had on it pretty much every book that I adored as a child and just seeing that really uplifted me. I was transported back to being a child and spending evenings with a book and my mum, and reminded me why I fell in love with books.

So I was inspired to write a slightly different post, summing up all of my favourite childhood books and why I loved them so much.

1. The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
Kind of obvious, but definitely needs to be mentioned. I remember going with my mum and dad to buy my first Harry Potter book, aged eight, from WH Smith's whilst on holiday in Devon. Mum read it to me at bedtime every night and I was soon gripped by the magical world that the pages took me to (and of course Hermione became my idol!) I pretty much grew up with the series, making my way through every book and I even found myself queuing outside Waterstone's at midnight to be one of the first to get my hands on a copy of the Deathly Hallows. Those books will always be special to me and I know that if I ever have kids I'll be forcing them to read the whole series, whether they like it or not!

2. The Famous Five by Enid Blyton
This was one of my mum's favourite series as a child, and when she started reading it to me when I was little, it soon became one of my favourites too. The books follow the adventures of five children and their dog Timmy, usually exploring somewhere new or uncovering treasure. I absolutely loved them and it was so nice to spend a bit of quality time with my mum reading stories that we both adored.

3. The Twits by Roald Dahl
Remember in primary school when you'd all sit on the carpet and listen to your teacher read to you? Well, I was in Year 2 (so around six or seven years old) when I first heard The Twits. I re-read it countless times after that. It was just so cleverly written, incredibly funny and just so easy to read over and over again. I think it always makes for a good story when you're reading about two utterly despicable characters doing utterly despicable things to each other!

4. Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney
I don't have many memories of time with my dad in comparison to my mum as a child, but my clearest and my fondest memory would be having him read Guess How Much I Love You to me. And it's probably the simplest story in the world, a parent telling their child how much they love them, but I used to love hearing it for the millionth time, and the end line was something that stuck with our family, "love you to the moon and back", which we still actually say to each other now. We still have the tatty old copy of it sitting on the shelf at home, and if my sister ever tried to get rid of it I think I'd genuinely throw a fit!

5. Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian
I loved reading stories from WW2 when I was nearing the end of primary school, and Goodnight Mister Tom was pretty much my favourite book at the time. It's such a heart lifting story and carries with it one of the biggest lessons that I've ever learned, that family aren't necessarily the people that nature chooses for you.

6. The Lottie Project by Jacqueline Wilson
Or pretty much ANYTHING by Jacqueline Wilson. Ask any girl around my age who their favourite authors were as a child/pre-teen, I guarantee you that Jacqueline Wilson will be in their top five. She's so brilliant in the way that she creates relatable, funny characters, and tackles difficult stories in such a way that it's brought down to a child's level but is still incredibly sensitive. I don't think you can find many writers who do that. I struggle to pick out one all-time favourite book of hers, but I chose the Lottie Project because I think it's the one that I re-read the most over the years. I think it's one of the less-talked about ones too, but it's absolutely brilliant. The main character, Charlie, is so funny and down-to-earth, and the altar-ego of Lottie is the complete opposite, yet it's so easy to relate to both characters.

7. The Tales of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
One Christmas, my grandparents gave me a big box set of Beatrix Potter books, and they still sit on my bookshelf at my mum's now. Each one has a beautiful white and blue cover, and I was so careful with them when I was little that they still look pristine. I absolutely loved to read them all, from Peter Rabbit to Mrs Tiggy-Winkle to Jemima Puddleduck. They're simply but beautifully written, and I used to love reading them to my sister when she was a baby. These stories just take me right back to being a child which is why I love them!

What were your favourite childhood books?

Love,
Sian Kathrine xo

Bare Minerals Haul

Friday, 11 March 2016


There comes a time in every girl's life where she realises that she needs to change up her make-up routine. When the love affair with your current products starts to fizzle out and you just know that you need to go on the hunt for new make-up to fall for.

Well, my dear readers, for me, that time came last week.

I still love my MAC foundation, I really do. But after using it for almost two years, I decided it was time to try something different. And as I searched for a new brand, I found myself at the Bare Minerals counter in Boots.

I've heard a lot of good things about Bare Minerals, but never really thought to try it. But it really is the perfect fit for me because I've never been a fan of heavy foundations. The sales advisor I spoke to at the counter was absolutely lovely, I was having a particularly rubbish day and she did all my make-up for me to cheer me up, listened to what I wanted and didn't push me into buying at all.

The BareSkin foundation is absolutely perfect. It goes onto my skin like a dream and gives fab coverage without sitting heavily on the skin. It's become my go-to foundation for day to day wear but you can also easily build up the coverage for the evening too.

I also picked up the foundation brush to go with it, which came in a pretty gold colour (insert excited face here). It's a beautiful brush which is designed to buff your foundation onto your skin so that you have a healthy, even coverage. I ADORE this brush, my skin actually glows after using the foundation alongside the brush which is just amazing.



As a little bonus, I picked up the Marvelous Moxie lipliner in Thriller. I've never used lipliner before, but I now consider myself a convert. This is a beautiful, natural pink colour which goes on really smoothly and lasts a good few hours. I've worn it on its own and under lipstick or lipgloss and I love how it can create a few different looks. I'll definitely be adding more lipliners to the collection soon!


Bare Minerals has quickly become one of my new favourite brands. The quality of the products are just incredible and perfect for people who want a more natural finish from their make-up.

Have you ever tried Bare Minerals? Which brands are you loving lately?

Love,
Sian Kathrine xo

Lush Spring Event, Sheffield

Thursday, 10 March 2016

Lush events are hailed among bloggers as the best events ever. I've honestly never ever heard a blogger say that they were disappointed by a Lush event. Ever. So when I got the chance to go to the Lush Spring event in Sheffield, there was no way I was going to let it pass me by!

Not only was this my first Lush event, it was my first ever blogger's event. And my first one going by myself. So I was ridiculously nervous for the whole day, but it all melted away like a bath bomb as soon as I got in there!




The lovely staff had set up four little stations for us; where we could make our own bath bombs and bubble bars, play around with the new Spring range, create our own shower gels and get personalised skin consultations. I was gutted that I couldn't get around them all! But I couldn't have made my way to the bath bomb making station fast enough, and I loved making my own Butterball, which I can't wait to use.

We then spent a good half an hour chatting to the lovely Samm about the Mother's Day and Easter ranges, and taking a look at some of the products.



Samm showed us some amazing bath bombs and bubble bars, my personal favourites had to be Golden Egg (because ALL THE GLITTER), which I couldn't resist treating myself to, and the Ladybird bubble bar which was just so cute and smells of pick and mix! We had such a giggle and it was so lovely to get to know some of my fellow Sheffield bloggers.

I was giddy when I was told that there were going to be goodie bags for us at the end of the night, I think I might even have done a little happy squeal! I was expecting maybe a bath bomb and a couple of samples, but the lovely people at Lush really spoilt us! I got the Ladybird bubble bar (insert another happy squeal here), the Honey I Washed the Kids soap, the Over the Rainbow soap, the Humpty Dumpty bath bomb and the BB Seaweed face mask. They're all sitting in my basket in my bathroom and I can't wait to start working my way through them.



Thank you so much Lush Sheffield for having me, I had an amazing time! Hopefully I'll be attending more Lush events in the future!

Love,
Sian Kathrine xo

Model's Own HyperGel Polishes

Monday, 7 March 2016



I LOVE a gel manicure. Going to a salon and having someone else do my nails for me, no waiting for them to dry, and then once they're done I don't have to worry about it for another two or three weeks. I just find the whole thing really therapeutic.

However, grown up responsibilities are kicking in. I've had to tighten my belt over the last couple of months and so little luxuries like getting gel manicures every other week have had to go. Tragic, I know.

So I went on the hunt for decent quality nail polishes that would give me the same effect as gel, be hard-wearing and obviously, in beautiful shades. I popped to the Model's Own stand in Meadowhall to see what they had to offer, and was practically giddy when I saw that they had an Any 6 for £20 offer on! (Which in the long run works out an awful lot cheaper than £20 every two weeks for a gel manicure!) I was spoiled for choice when it came to shades, and in the end settled on five of the HyperGel polishes, plus a topcoat. 
Left to right: Midsummer Mauve, Cornflower Blue, Brunette Red, Grey Storm,  Cashmere Rose

The HyperGel polishes go on really smoothly and easily, and I absolutely love the shiny finish that it gives. I picked up a range of shades from nudes to bright colours, I adore the Cornflower Blue, which tends to be my go-to spring shade. But my favourite has to be Midsummer Mauve, it's the perfect nude!

Midsummer Mauve

 My only complaint about these polishes would be that they don't last quite as long as I would like. They can sometimes peel and tend to start chipping within a few days, so you have to either touch them up or re-do them completely fairly often. I was under the impression that the gel would make it last longer, but maybe I'm just too lazy to do my nails every week or so! 

Overall, I'm pretty happy with the HyperGel polishes, I think they give a really nice finish and if you want a huge array of colour choices, Model's Own should definitely be your first port of call!

Have you ever tried Model's Own polishes? Or is there another gel-effect polish that you love?

Love, 
Sian Kathrine xo

Final Year Struggles

Friday, 4 March 2016

The countdown is on. 138 days. When you say it like that, you realise that it's no time at all.

138 days until I graduate, and university will officially be over. And out into the real world I go. The last four years, and the most important experience of my life, have whizzed by in such a blur.

In the meantime though, I have 138 days of being a final year student. Which I can only describe as an experience. And not one that I'd ever necessarily wish to repeat.

How I long for those carefree days of first year, where I could spend a whole day in bed, nursing a hangover and binge-watching my Friends box set. Nowadays, it's impossible to take a break without experiencing The Guilt.

The Guilt is hands-down the worst aspect of final year life. It's the constant nagging feeling that you should be doing work. The Guilt can and will strike at any time. When you're at your job, when you're meeting a friend for coffee, even when you decide to have an early night to recharge your batteries, BAM, the Guilt.

And once the Guilt has got you, the only solution is to drop everything and start doing work. Even if you're not actually being all that productive.

That being said, procrastination becomes a skill worthy of your CV. You're forever finding new and creative ways to put off getting stuff done. I've even been known to start cleaning just so that I don't have to look at seminar reading, or write up some interview notes.

ME. CLEANING. I KNOW.

As well as all of this, your caffeine consumption skyrockets, nights out are few and far between and your sleeping pattern becomes a thing of the past.

On the plus side though, only 138 days to go!

Do any of these sound familiar to you too?!

Love,
Sian Kathrine xo

Miss Independent

Tuesday, 1 March 2016


I haven't ever been very good at the whole being by myself thing. Up until very recently, I've almost always had someone to completely lean on, someone on hand to call or hug whenever I've had a panic attack or a bad day. And if I'm being completely honest, I've probably relied on those people too much, and I'm pretty sure that reliance is what has caused those relationships to break down.

Well, no more. The walls are well and truly up. For the first time since I was 17, I'm on my own for the foreseeable future and that's something that I'm really not used to. I've always thought of myself as an independent person, but the situation that I've found myself in has shown me that actually, I'm quite the opposite.

I've found it's the little things that are the most difficult. Like finding yourself with no plans for a Sunday afternoon and wondering how you're going to cope with spending a day on your own.

Or being ill, or having a panic attack, and it suddenly dawning on you that there's no one around to look after you or calm you down, except you. Even silly things get to me, like the other day when I slipped in the shower. I whacked my head and twisted my ankle as I went down, and had a little cry just because I realised that there was no one to come running up the stairs when they heard me scream, hold an ice pack to my head or even just give me a hug. Which sounds ridiculous, I know. But it reminded me of how lonely I was.

I'm working on it though. Slowly. I'm heading into what will probably be the busiest four months ever, with a hell of a lot of uni work to do, as well as holding down a part time job and keeping up with blogging. When I've found that I had a day to myself, I've just thrown myself into planning blog posts, or getting the ball rolling on my final project. And it makes me feel so good knowing that I've spent my day being productive, rather than feeling sorry for myself. Although believe it or not, I'm starting to enjoy my own company, spending my free evenings watching TV or reading with a hot chocolate. It can be quite nice to have the time to myself, doing what I fancy doing and not having to take someone else into consideration.

Slowly, I'm becoming more and more independent. When my depression is being a bitch and I'm feeling low, I find a way to cheer myself up, by doing my nails or watching funny YouTube videos, rather than waiting for someone to do it for me. Instead of seeing a day by myself as something awful, I look at it as a chance to either get a tonne of work done, or to have a little bit of me-time.

More than anything, I think I needed to prove to myself that I can and will look after myself. That I don't need to be reliant on anyone else, and I'm taking steps to becoming stronger and happier.

I even cook for myself on a daily basis now. If that isn't independence, I don't know what is.

Love,
Sian Kathrine xo




No7 Beautiful Skin Foaming Cleanser Review

Sunday, 28 February 2016

For the last six months or so, I've been a huge fan of Benefit skincare. Since I started using it, I've finally got myself into a proper routine, which is something that I've always struggled with. Unfortunately, it isn't as kind to my bank balance. Now that I have to save for a deposit on a new place in September, and driving lessons (which I'm still too scared to book), I've been on the hunt for skincare that works just as well, and doesn't cost me quite as much!

I was scouring Boots one weekend and remembered that I had a voucher for No7 skincare buried in the bottom of my bag. For once, I decided to put it to good use and picked up the Beautiful Skin Foaming Cleanser. I've always loved foaming cleansers because they're so light on the skin so I was excited to give this one a go.

I was so impressed with this cleanser as soon as I first used it. It lathered up really nicely and a little bit goes a long way. My skin felt really refreshed after using it and it had an instant healthy glow.

AND a 150ml bottle cost £9.50, as opposed to Benefit's £17.50! Bonus!

I'll definitely be picking up this cleanser again, and I'm planning on adding more products from the No7 range to my collection, so keep an eye out for more reviews!

Have you tried No7 skincare? Or do you have another skincare brand that you think I should try? Feel free to pop any suggestions in the comments!

Love,
Sian Kathrine xo

Let's Do Brunch

Friday, 26 February 2016


So Fii and I have got ourselves into a little cycle. We arrange to meet for coffee and a catch up, and then when we turn up, we say to each other "Okay, I'm really hungry. Food?" and we end up going for brunch. I'm very much okay with this habit.

One rainy Sunday, we decided to brave the cold and head into Sheffield city centre on one of our little adventures, looking for somewhere that we hadn't been before. As we passed Bungalows and Bears and Fii dropped the bombshell that she'd never been in, I felt it was my duty as a friend to make sure that she experienced it before we graduate!

I've been to Bungalows and Bears many a time, but always for burgers, which are to die for, and two for one on a Tuesday! When I saw brunch menus on the tables, I was practically giddy.



Bungalows and Bears is one of those places that Fii and I would describe as a little bit hipster, but it pulls it off well. The whole atmosphere is just so chilled, with huge windows at the front and little booths all the way around the restaurant.

I spent forever perusing the menu trying to decide what I wanted, Fii was itching to go and order, but sometimes nothing less than a "proper breakfast" will do. When it came out, it looked insanely good!


And it tasted just as amazing too! I could probably live off the potato rosti alone!

I'm pretty sure Fii and I will be continuing to scout out the best brunch places in Sheffield over the next few months, so keep your eyes peeled for many, many more food-related posts!

Where's your favourite place for brunch?

Love,
Sian Kathrine xo