Wednesday, June 22, 2011

What are you grateful for today?

I live right next to a hospital in Essex and I think I've got used to hearing ambulances zooming back and forth over the past 4 months I've lived here (in the same way that I was used to hearing police sirens when I lived in North London)..
Today, while I was doing some washing up in the kitchen, I saw an air ambulance coming in to land on the helipad - this was something I hadn't seen here and I was reminded of an accident which occurred while I was still living at my mum's house.
My mum lives next to a stretch of road where a lot of accidents happen - people tend to speed along it and often lose control of their cars and bikes..
My own uncle died in the same way on his motorbike there unfortunately.
One day my mum and I saw an air ambulance landing at the side of the road and it was only then that we noticed there had been another accident and there was a lady trapped in her car.
Apparently they had spent a long time trying to free her and her injuries were so serious that she needed to be airlifted to hospital immediately.
So back to today..
I stood at my sink for a few moments, feeling sad and so so grateful.
I said a prayer for whoever needed that air ambulance, then looked around my messy kitchen; the pile of unwashed laundry that had been bothering me, listened to my son shrieking and keeping my baby daughter awake and I felt so alive.
I know it probably sounds dramatic, but it's things like this that make me realise that I am incredibly lucky.
My chidren may be challenging and I may feel tired and out of control a lot of the time..
My house may be messy and there will always be things I need to do which I haven't gotten around to doing, but in the grand scheme of things, does it really matter?
We have our health, we have a lot of love and happiness in our lives and without those things, life would be very different for us.
Don't get me wrong - I know that day to day it is hard not to complain when things don't go the way we want them to, or when life deals us a blow and it's hard to get back up and carry on.
But when I face another challenge, I will always try to remind myself of standing in my kitchen watching that air ambulance and remember how it made me feel.

What are you grateful for today?

Hugs as always,

- Nikki xo

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

A bit of retail therapy

On Sunday I popped in to town on a mission - I was determined to have a look at the new MUA (Make Up Academy) Pro line!
But when I got to Superdrug and had a look around, I realised they only had the regular products which was quite frustrating - I just assumed they'd have it..
I've since found out that my local branch aren't planning on stocking it yet, so I might have to get some online once the full range is up :)
Anyway, after that little disappointment I decided I needed cheering up so I had a look at the Sleek stand.
I've bought some of their eyeshadow palettes before and loved them, but never really paid much attention to the rest of their goodies..
The first thing to catch my eye was this Pout Polish in the colour Powder Pink -

This is definitely my colour, it's a real girly barbie bubblegum pink! ♥
It's glossy but not sticky, and from what I've heard, the Pout Polishes are moisturising too, almost like a balm.
I can't wait to try this out properly and let you know what I think of it!

Next up was the blush in Pixie Pink -

When I first saw this I thought it was gorgeous but possibly too bright for me - I'm not the most daring of people when it comes to make up these days!
But after swatching it and blending it in I decided I needed it in my life - it's summer after all :)
The consistency is lovely, really smooth and easy to blend and work with, so although it's very pigmented I'm sure with a light hand I'll make it work.

The latest eyeshadow palette Sleek have bought out is the Monaco i-Divine -

It's a mix of matt and shimmery shades inspired by the Mediterranean and it's amazing..
After my daughter was born in January I went through a phase of only wearing the most neutral of eyeshadows, since I hardly ever got the chance to do my make up and simply didn't have the time to experiment!
With colours like this I can add a bit of a colour burst to an otherwise boring eye look by using one of these shades as liner underneath the eye or lining the top lashes - and fingers crossed I'll have a bit more time for "putting my face on" once Isabella gets a bit more independent!

Next I took a wander over to the Barry M stand as it looked particularly well stocked and enticing!
I love the Dazzle Dusts and have been using them since I was at school (now that was a looong time ago, I can tell you!), so I always have a look and see if any catch my eye..
This time I picked up a basic shimmery white colour to add to my collection -

I'm thinking if I don't have time to create pretty colourful looks then at least I'll be sparkly eyed, simple as that, haha!

Which leads me on to the next product I picked up; the new Collection 2000 Glam Glitter Loose Glitter Wand in "A List" -

It's a simple product really - it has loose glitter in one end and a gel in the other, but it's very handy to have if you're a complete magpie like me and love glittery things :)
I like to do a line of glitter above my black winged eyeliner and this would be great for that purpose, as well as adding a bit of dazzle anywhere else.

I'm trying to add to my brush collection as it's pretty sparse, so while I was in Boots picking up some things for my kids I grabbed this No7 eyeshadow blend and contour brush - my mum has it and loves it, so I thought I'd give it a go too.

After that my Fiance Steve had had enough of make up and was bored senseless, so we went to do a bit of food shopping..
I always take a peep at the magazines and it seems like a lot of them are giving away free gifts at the moment - this always happens in summer but there are some really lovely things you can get your hands on at the moment - I was spoilt for choice!
I eventually decided to get Marie Claire which had a pencil eyeliner by a brand I'd never heard of, since I adore eyeliner and was in a daring mood, haha :)

The brand is Inika and it's a certified organic mineral eyeliner, which in itself is appealing.
It had a sharpener in the lid which is great as it saves you having to carry a separate one around with you, and the packaging is generally nice and simple - it looks quite classy.
The shade is "05. Graphite" and I really like it - the texture is so smooth and creamy, it doesn't tug on your skin at all when you apply it like some pencil liners do.

I'll probably do a face of the day using all of the products I have mentioned so you can see what they look like..
If you're interested in seeing that then please let me know! ♥
I think I'm also going to do small posts with a few photos summing up my day/ week and "In's and Out's" too so keep an eye out for those :)

This post has taken me two whole days to do, haha!
I miss blogging so much, I don't think I realised how much I love it until I had my daughter and my spare time disappeared.
Anyway, until next time..
Hugs as always

- Nikki xo