Friday, 1 May 2015

W7 slanted buffing brush...


























Part of preparing for my long motorway drive to Bluestone was to get some practice in by driving a short distance on the motorway to Brigend. It's only about 20 minutes but for me it was enough to get me used to zooming along at speeds I'd never reached before. 

Anyway, aside from being really happy that I acoomplished something that was so huge for me, I was also really happy to discover a new beauty outlet shop. I say new, I haven't been to the Brigend Designer Outlet fora good couple of years so it might not be all that new. 

Despite Matt's look on his face when he realised where I was dragging him in to, we spent a good 30 minutes in there. Well, that's not that long, but considering the shop isn't all that big - it was enough to lap it three times. 

The shop was full of hidden gems, I just didn't need anymore makeup. Ideally I would have splurged on the W7 eyeshadow pallettes - except I have so many and lipsticks - but again I have so many already. I left with two items a white nail polish and the above brush. 

I've not seen a brush like the above much before, although I'm sure it's just me being behind the times and I've completly missed the trend! Anyway, the bottom line was, the brush wasn't that expensive, it looked soft and I figured the shape would make it good to use. (Wow, top notch beauty blogger right here!)

I pondered for a while on what to actually use the brush for because of its unusual shape. It's too awkward to use for blusher and I don't think I would have the paitence to use it for a bronzer. I settled on using it for foundation and to help buff in concealer on the contours of my face. 
I don't aply my foundation with this brush, for that I use my Real Techniques buffing brush and then buff in further with the W7 brush. I have found that as my Real Techniques brush has got older the finish it leaves me with just isn't great anymore, despite furiously cleaning and drying. 

W7 isn't a brand that I have really dabbled in much, anything I am missing out on?

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Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Bluestone



I have far too many photos that I want to share from my week in Bluestone, this post could be over 200 photos long, but before you click out of the post - here are my favourites.
If you want to see photos of the lodge that we stayed in then check out this post.


























Monday, 27 April 2015

Horseriding at Nolton Stables





























Back in November I won Employee of the Month and my treat was 2 hours horse riding on the beach in West Wales. I managed to tie the ride in with my trip to Bluestone and chose Nolton Stables as the place to go.

We headed straight there on the Monday, taking just over 2 hours to get there from Cardiff, baring in mind I drove pretty slow. Down winding lanes into the farm I could not stop smiling. I haven't been on a horse in about 10 years but it's something that I have always loved. This probably isn't a shock to you as a fair few blog posts have been dedicated to animals. 

I was paired up with Skybear a beautiful grey horse, who looked very similar to my guinea pig Rocky in colour. He was so calm and really made me relax because as much as I wanted to hop on him and gallop into the distance - it takes a while to get back into the rhythm.

I've now caught the bug again and want to ride regularly so if anyone has any stable recommendations in the South Wales area that would be much appreciated. 

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Sunday, 26 April 2015

Cardiff Dogs Home go to the beach...



























Walking dogs has never been a chore for me, I would willingly walk dogs all day everyday because I just enjoy it that much. I've never owned a dog myself (yet!) but I'd much rather trek around with a pooch than by myself any day!

A couple of weekends ago we took three of the long term dogs out for a full day at the beach. All three of them loved it and it was great to get them out and about trying to raise awareness that they need a home. 

You've probably noticed from my youtube channel that there has been no beauty videos since back in January and that's because of the dogs. My weekends are spent walking and filming videos for them to try and show people that they are just normal dogs outside their kennels. Something which I am still trying to find a balance between my blog and the dogs. 


Read more about these dogs here.





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