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