10 Beauty Secrets I Wish I’d Known Sooner

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I am not a beauty guru. I like to keep my makeup on the simple side, with my pretty pink lippy, medium coverage foundation and neutral eye. I’m the girl who owns more nail polishes than America, but still never paints her nails. The girl who still uses makeup wipes, and owns more notebooks than pamper products.

But over my short and sweet 17 years on this planet, I have learnt some interesting beauty hacks from blogging that will change your life.

  1. Mixing your foundation and primer on the back of your hand with a brush will change your life. It will not only make the application silkier but it will keep your foundation glued firmly to your face all day.
  2. Dry shampoo is a saviour not just for greasy hair that’s screaming WASH ME, PLEASE, WASH ME, but for flat hair too, to give it some volume and lift. I put dry shampoo on everyday to give my hair that extra poof that makes everyone eyes pop when they look at me (sight exaggeration).
  3. Never leave the house without a good lipstick or lip balm. It is the perfect little pick-me-up on a bad day that gives you extra confidence to flaunt to the world.
  4. Only use heated hair appliances when you really, REALLY need to. Otherwise your hair won’t grow as quickly and you’ll end up with dry straw-like hair with millions of split ends.
  5. Wearing a bright lipstick will always distract from tired eyes when you have spent too long partying the night before. It makes you look like you have made an effort, when realistically you have slept for 4 hours and rolled right out of bed.
  6. Washing your makeup brushes with warm water, and baby shampoo keeps the hairs soft for months. Just put the shampoo on your hand under warm water and rub in a circular motion until the water runs clear. Just note – it may take more than one wash if your makeup brushes are well used.
  7. Only apply black eyeliner to half your bottom lash line, otherwise it gives the impression that your eyes are smaller, and that’s not what we want.
  8. Leave your brows to the professionals. I have always been an over-plucker when it comes to my brows, but I honestly didn’t know what I was doing. Leave it to the professionals to create the right shape for your face. Believe me thin eyebrows only make you look older than you are.
  9. Always comb your hair from the bottom up. This will stop you from tugging on your hair and prevent split ends.
  10. A good nights sleep can save your skin. I always feel better after having a long lie in and a satisfyingly good sleep, and so does your skin. (I use this as a excuse for a lay in all the time).

These are some of the things I do on a day-to-day basis to stop myself from scarring little kids.

Georgina xx

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A Day in the Life of a Pampered Pooch

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Going on long tranquil walks was one of the reasons I decided to get a dog. There is nothing more soothing than spending the afternoon walking along fields and past streams. Last weekend my beautiful dogs and I spent the entire day exploring the fields behind my house, spending hours roaming through the long grass and cascading through the brook. Since summer is coming to a close, I thought I would make the most of the good weather while it lasted.

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Duke (left) and Bonnie (right) enjoying their walk.

I set off with my two beautiful dogs Duke and Bonnie. Duke is 3 years old (black and white), while Bonnie is only 1 year old (brown). They can be quite the handful when they want to be. Always pulling on their leads, and barking, which is how they show their excitement. Bonnie always likes to howl as you are putting her lead on, telling you to hurry up because she wants to go. Duke on the other hand is a delight to walk. They are both Tibetan Terriers, and are actually Uncle and Niece, as we are still in contact with Duke’s sister Pepper.

Luckily, when we got to the fields the sheep weren’t there, because there is nothing I hate more than going into a field with livestock, because Bonnie thinks its a good idea to chase the sheep or cows and once nearly got herself killed (but that’s another story). When the livestock are in the field I always like to use the extending leads so that they can explore the field more without having them chasing everything that moves, but since it was just us and the birds today I was able to let them off completely. Their little faces were eternally grateful.

IMG_1664After walking around the fields, we took a quick de-tour through the brook. Water isn’t really Bonnie and Dukes cup of tea, Duke has an irrational fear of getting his head under the water, and the only water Bonnie has ever been in, is the bath, so you can imagine the struggle of getting them both to cross. However, to my surprise Duke got straight into the stream and was paddling quite happily in the water. This may have been because for the most part the water was only up to his knees, but I was still very proud of my little puppy. This then encourage Bonnie to dart in, and both of them were splashing each other in the stream.

I really enjoyed this walk and so did my dogs. I think that summer walks are always the best, because the sun is shinning and you can’t help but be in a good mood. Whether you have dogs or not, walking is a fantastic way to keep fit. I have always gone on walks with my grandparents when I was younger, I loved playing in the grass and climbing the trees with my brother. Always trying to get higher and higher on each passing one. Since I have gotten dogs, I have more of an excuse to go walking through the mystical fields.

Remember to keep walking, and enjoy the good weather while it lasts.

Georgina xx

Oxford Shopping Trip with Chatty Blonde

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Taking the train is something everyone needs to get use to. Its a fast method of transport that most of the population use on a daily basis. So when Caris told me she had never used the train before, we needed to make a scheduled shopping trip. In the next academic year (September 2015) Caris is starting A-levels at a college an hour away from where she lives, this requires her to take the train. As she is a ‘train virgin’ I thought I would show her the ropes,( not that I have much experience in the ways of the railroads).IMG_2873

I had only taken the train a handful of time before, but seeing as I made it all the way to Bournemouth and back in one piece, I thought maybe I could be of use to her. That and Oxford has a fantastic shopping centre.

When we first arrived at the station, we collected our tickets from the collection booth which, took longer than I care to admit. Even thought there were instructions on the machine, which we didn’t seem notice until after. So Caris and I were just randomly pressing any buttons on the screen before realising that the machine required the payment card we used online. From then on, we were okay. IMG_2872

The station was packed with an array of people, traveling to all sorts of destinations, there were business men, elders and teenagers like myself. But despite all the chaos, we were able to safely board the train, after having a long reassurance conversation with Caris who got confused over which train was which, and was adamant that we were getting on the wrong train, even thought it had our destination on it.

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Myself looking like such a lemon on the train.

We ended up getting on the last carriage of the train, but because of the lack of seating we found ourselves walking up each carriage trying to find two seats that were even remotely close together. In the end we sat at the front of the train, in one of the luggage compartments.

After taking a 20 minute train ride sat on the hard train floor, Caris and I set off on our shopping adventure. Despite having taken the train many times before, I had never taken it to Oxford, so I was tying to create a route in my head from how much I do know of Oxford. We got there in the end, it was a surprisingly short walk, all things considered.

Upon arrival, we took advantage of the beautiful décor and made it our mission to take pictures in front of everything, just to document our time, but that may be pushing it with all the pictures. So here is a picture of me standing in front of an OX outside the train station. Funny story: The OX actual had genitals but because our blogs are PG (at a stretch) we thought we’d stand in front of them to save you the unpleasant-see of looking at it. Your welcome.

IMG_2883IMG_2885When we arrived in Oxford, we were both starving, so with my recommendation we went for a delightful lunch at itsu, which is a Japanese inspired restaurant, with counter-service and takeaway, for sushi, salads and noodle dishes. Located by Westgate Shopping Centre in Oxford. It serves the most beautiful noodle dishes for only £3.99, which I think is well worth the money for a hot dish. We both got the ‘Classic Chicken’, which is my personal favourite. Caris had never been to itsu before, but was very impressed with my recommendation.IMG_2887

Shopping, is my forte. If I do say so myself. I have always had a shopaholic nature, which most likely came from my mother who is never off those online shopping sites (much like myself). So a whole day dedicated to shopping, is a day I would most certainly enjoy. However, since I have quite the habit of overcharging my bank account, I set myself a £50 spending limit, which I rather shamingly threw under the bus.IMG_2894

Overall, we had a rather productive day. Caris even took the train back on her own, as I was taking the bus to another friends house (helping to set up for her party). She was rather shell-shocked when thrown in the deep end, but I was there to walk her through it over the phone. Very proud of her first attempt at train living. Now only hoping that she will survive taking it everyday to college next year. Good Luck my darling.

Georgina xx

Poppy Orange

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I am currently in love with this off the shoulder 70’s inspired top from Miss Selfridge. It is quickly becoming one of my wardrobe staples this summer. The orange floral print is one that could take you right into Autumn and is a definite must have for your 2015 wardrobe.

I paired it with these blue high waisted skinny jeans from New Look, and some plain black ballerina pumps from H&M.

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Photographer: Caris http://xchattyblondex.blogspot.co.uk/

Georgina xx

Goodbye Summer…

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Paddle Boarding

Thursday was my first day back at Sixth Form, its sad to think that the summer is all over with. It seemed like only yesterday I was finishing all my exams and beginning the summer holidays. This year was probably the most exciting summers I have ever had; I went on my first holiday alone, I started my blog and I did things that I would usually consider out of my comfort zone. I am very proud of how much I have grown as a person over these last few weeks.

These are just some of the things I was able to do this summer, and why they have helped me to grow as a person.

Firstly, I owe most of my adventurousness to my two best friends Georgie and Caris (x Chatty Blonde x). They have seriously helped me to grow and I have gained a sense of maturity from them. Caris inspired me to start this blog, and I couldn’t be more happy with what I have achieved. She always believed in me, reassuring me after I posted something new. She also had to deal my excitement phase, when all I would talk about is my blog; how many views I got, how many likes I received and how many new followers I gained. She has been an absolute gem and I couldn’t have done any of it without her support. Georgie has inspired me to step outside my comfort zone and to do new things, for example, festivals really aren’t my thing. I don’t live in the moment. I cannot stand at a concert and let my inhibitions take over, but she managed to break down my protective barrier and I ended up having a fantastic time. My summer wouldn’t have been the same without you two, so thank you.

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At Camp Bestival

Secondly, I am so eternally grateful for all the wonderful things I was able to do this summer. The biggest one being the holiday that Georgie and I took together. I never thought that I would be able to go on holiday without my parents, my mum is so overprotective and critical, but I was so glad she was able to loosen the reins and let her baby bird leave the nest, (for a few days). I was able to do so many things that I have never done before, and experience things that I just couldn’t with my mother always breathing down my neck. I went Paddle boarding (above), I got front row at a Clean Bandit concert (left), and got to spend the whole day at the beach. I owe all of this to Lynda, who so kindly let us stay in her house while we were in Bournemouth.

Thirdly, my blog has helped shape who I am so much this summer. I never knew how much I loved writing. I have always written stories when I was younger, and I even entered writing competitions but over these last few weeks I have fallen in love with blogging. So much so that I have written so many blog posts that they are scheduled right the way through to the start of October (3 posts a week). I have always been one of those people to enjoy the ‘do-nothing days’ while they last, which would mean spending as much time in bed as I possibly can, but having my blog it has inspired me to get out there and do so many things that I wouldn’t have normally done. I love the person I have become because of blogging, and I can’t wait to see what the future may hold for me.

Thank you to everyone who has supported me these past few weeks. I deeply appreciate it.

Georgina xx