Screw it, final goodbyes

Hey,

So I’ve changed my mind again. What a suprise that is. I know I said I would do three posts these last two months, but honestly, I don’t want too. So here is everything I need to say.

First of, my goals. Completely smashed them! I feel so ill now though but I did it!! I kind of went overboard, stressed myself out, pushed myself too hard and made my head a little crazy to be in, but I’m back on the other side now. Just recovering from an awful chest infection cold type thing.

I created this blog in March 2015, and I can tell you, I have loved every second of it. Through all of my ups and many downs I have shared on here, I have made some incredible life long internet friends. Some, I want to meet in real life and spoil the hell out of them! 

This blog has been my little safe haven. My place where I have been able to grow and never be put down for expressing myself. Each and every one of you mean so much to me in very different ways. Some of you were my very first supporters, some of you are the ones who are bold enough to give me constructive feedback, without wanting to hurt my feelings. Some of you are my little cheerleaders, always pushing me forward, always there to motivate me when I need a kick up the ass and the ones I can cry too if I need too. And all of you, yes all 600+ of you are my family. Without you, this new beginging wouldn’t be possible.

I have had so many amazing opportunities while running this blog, I mean I worked with Clinique for god sake! Never in my life would I have thought that was possible! I have worked with other amazing brands such as propercorn ( who I am still totally obsessed with! Lightly sea salted all the way!!), Toddlebike2 (who have made my cousins playtime so much better!), Malki Dead sea minerals (the one company who has made my skin amazing!) Saint London, (who have georgeous watches ((use my discount code IMAGALAXYGIRLBLOG for 20% off!) And many more. 

I’m not going to lie, writing and uploading everyday, sometimes more than once was a struggle, I did rush some content but others on here are my pride and joy. This blog has over 30k views and that is insane! 

I have literally grown up infront of your eyes, I’ve gone from a shy little girl who was afraid of the world, to a girl who has opened herself up to the galaxy and has finally accepted who she is. (Hence why I have stuck with the galaxygirl name). 

I do love and appreciate every one of you, because lets face it, without you, I would still be that shy girl who is too afraid to stand up for what she believes in. 

This new blog and YouTube is going to the best new journey I can take. I have already had my fair share of cries and tantrams over them both, so you know that they are going to be good. If you want to join the team, be a part of the new journey I am taking, then click here to subscribe to my brand new YouTube channel, here to follow my new blog, here to follow my Twitter (leaving hints every day up until the release date!) and here to check out my Instagram. That’s all the links you need right now. 

Thank you for the best years of my life, thank you for the valuable lessons you have all taught me and thank you for being such amazing, supportive friends. Love to every one of you, I wish you all the luck for the future. Dream big and reach for those stars because you will soon reach them!

Love you all!

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November goals

Hello,

How are you? I need to address something before I carry on with my post. A few of you have noticed a name change on my social media. You are very observant. I have created a new blog. Yes, you read that right. It would be amazing if you could all head over and follow me. That new blog will have it’s first ever post on January 1st 2018! Natalie had messaged me some words of widsom and she was right, I shouldn’t delete everything, because I did work my arse off on my content. So, instead of deleting everything, I am keeping this blog. It just wont be used anymore. My new blog is www.lifelikeagalaxygirl.wordpress.com please head over and follow me. Share this on your Twitter and Instagram too! Help me reach at least 200 followers before I begin.

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Okay, so now that that is done, I want to share with you my November goals.

  • Go to bed before 3am – I have been going to sleep around 3am and then not waking up till gone 12! That’s really not healthy, so my aim to sleep at a normal time.
  • Wake up before 12pm – Obviously! Hopefully I can get my body into the routine of waking up at 8am. 
  • Lose some weight – I have been doing so well at this, then after my little wobble, I gained 2 pounds. Now, that isn’t much at all, but I need to loose it and some more too.
  • Get a minimum of 200 followers on my new blog – This blog has over 600 followers and every single one of you are amazing! But I know that realistically, not everyone will follow my new blog. But I am hoping that 200 out of 600+ still want to follow my journey.
  • Do more photography – I’m not sure when I neglected it, but I want to go out and get some new shots. I love uploading them to my photography Instagram page.

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Well, that is it. Those are my goals! I will update you on these at the end of the month. Again, here is the link to my new blog www.lifelikeagalaxygirl.wordpress.com I hope to see you all over there!

Lots of love and I will see you soon.

Alanna x

 

Let’s talk about boobs

Hey,

How are you? Today I am talking about boobs/tits/whatever you call them. If you find reading the title uncomfortable, please hang in there, this post is rather important.

Boobs, we all have them, yes I am talking about you men too. We hide them away in a bra for 12+ a day, we grope them, we pinch them, we compare them, we complain about them and we love them. You shouldn’t be ashamed of them.

We have saggy boobs, perky boobs, perfectly rounded boobs, wonky boobs, double d boobs and non exsistant boobs. You shouldn’t be ashamed of them.

One person is diagoned with breast cancer every 10 minutes.

Let that just sink in a minute. Every ten minutes, someone is being told they have cancer. Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers here in the UK, yet still not everyone is aware of it. So I am here to educate you a little more. B

The three main risk factors of breast cancer:

1. Being a woman – over 99% of new cases of breast cancer are in women.

2. Getting older – more than 80% of breast cancers occur in women over the age of 50. Most men who get breast cancer are over 60.

3. Significant family history – this isn’t common, around 5% of people diagnosed with breast cancer have inherited a faulty BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene.

Breast cancer diagnosis

1 in 8 women in the UK will develop breast cancer in their lifetime.

This Breast Cancer Awareness Month around5,000 people will be diagnosed.

Survival rates

Breast cancer survival is improving and has doubled in the last forty years in the UK.

Almost nine in 10 women survive breast cancer for five years or more.

Every year around 11,400 people die from breast cancer in the UK.

An estimated 691,000 are alive in the UK after a diagnosis of breast cancer. This is predicted to rise to 840,000 in 2020. For many the overwhelming emotional and physical effects of the disease can be long-lasting.

Breasts and men

Breast cancer in men is very rare with just 390 new cases in the UK each year, compared to nearly 55,000 new cases in women.

More than half (55%) of male breast cancer deaths in the UK are in men aged 75 and over.

A Breast Cancer Care survey found nearly three-quarters (73%) of men don’t check their breasts for signs and symptoms of breast cancer, even though the same number (73%) know that men can get the disease.

Signs and symptoms can be:

  • a change in size or shape
  • a lump or area that feels thicker than the rest of the breast
  • a change in skin texture such as puckering or dimpling (like the skin of an orange)
  • redness or rash on the skin and/or around the nipple
  • your nipple has become inverted (pulled in) or looks different (for example changed its position or shape)
  • liquid that comes from the nipple without squeezing
  • pain in your breast or your armpit that’s there all or almost all of the time
  • a swelling in your armpit or around your collarbone

Many symptoms of breast cancer, such as breast pain or a lump, may in fact be caused by normal breast changes or a benign (not cancer) breast condition. However, if you notice a change, it’s important to see your GP (local doctor) as soon as you can.

How to check

Everyone’s breasts look and feel different. Some people have lumpy breasts, or one breast larger than the other, or breasts that are different shapes. When you check your breasts, try to be aware of any changes that are different for you.

Look at and feel your breasts so you know what’s normal for you

Try to get used to looking at and feeling your breasts regularly – for instance, when you are in the bath or shower, using body lotion or getting dressed. You don’t need to feel your breasts in any special way.

Remember to check all parts of your breasts, your armpits and up to your collarbone.

Not every lump is dangerous

Most breast changes will not be cancer. However, breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK so it is important that you find out what’s causing the change.

If your GP is male and you don’t feel comfortable going to see him, you can ask if there’s a female doctor available. You can also ask for a female nurse or member of staff to be present during your examination, or you can take a friend or relative with you.

When your GP examines your breasts they may feel that there is no need for further investigation, they may ask to see you again after a short  time or they may refer you to a breast clinic. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you have breast cancer, just that further tests are needed to find out what is going on.

What is my point?

All I am asking is for you to check yourself regularly, go to your gp if you’re concerned, and go if you find any changes. If you are in a relationship, why don’t you get your partner to check? If they dont find anything then who knows what you’ll end up doing, do not be afraid to ask.

Don’t forget your boobs do change during periods, pregnancy ect, so just keep that in mind, I don’t want you thinking you’ve got cancer because your boob decided to release a little bit of milk.

Do take this seriously, as I said, every 10 minutes someone is diagnosed with this. This is not a joke, this is your own knowledge.

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Thank you for reading this post. Please do share this around and help make more people aware of not only breast cancer itself but how to check your boobs.

Don’t forget to donate to charities that are fighting to cure cancer, every little helps.

Thats all for me, thank you for your time.

Love,

Alanna x

September: My favourites

Hey,

Happy Friday. September is nearly over and I am almost back from my sort of break. I didn’t do a good job at staying away and checking up on here but I have had an amazing time doing things for just me. I have been beyond happy and I am glad that I took time away. As you saw, I did keep my blog running, I have worked too hard to just stop for a month. I hope you have enjoyed my posts , I will be spending tomorrow spamming your accounts and catching up on all of your posts.

I don’t have very many favourites this month because I haven’t really done much or used much. So I am just going to jump straight into it.

My September Favourites

P!NK: WHAT ABOUT US – I absolutely love P!nk’s new song. It literally has the best message behind the words, the song is catchy and it is sung so bloody beautifully. I have always loved P!nk, I find that she has the best hidden messages and she isn’t afraid to talk about the hard situations in life. I think her ultimate song is “Dear Mr President“. Her voice is amazing and I can’t wait to see her perform live.

SIMPLY HOME CHERRY VANILLA YANKEE CANDLE: I am already in the Christmas spirit. I am literally buzzing for winter and we have only just stepped into autumn. The fresh smell outside is what is setting me over the top, it just smells so wintery and well, fresh. I have been burning my cherry vanilla Yankee candle everyday for the past couple of weeks. It has that little Christmas smell and I love it.

CHRISTMAS PJ’S: I love these pj’s. I usually wear them when I am unwell, they are classed as my “sick” pj’s. They are the comfiest, warmest pj’s I own. I love them. The pattern is super cute and it just makes me feel cosy. They make a great photo when I am trying to be Tumblr on Snapchat by taking a picture of them, my laptop, book and hot chocolate. Honestly, you can’t get any more Tumblr then a sneaky bed pic.

LAYERING LAB – ORIRENTAL BODY MIST: I have switched my body mist up a little. I am now using my oriental body mist spray from Superdrug. I still use my SO…? Fruity spray, I just like to mix the smell up a bit and make it a tad bit fresher. Best thing about this is, it smells great on its own, so you don’t have to layer it up, you can just smell gorgeous with a little bit of mist.

VALUPAK – MULTI-VITAMINS: At the moment I am being a total health  freak. I have just gotten over a horrible cold and now I am dreading catching something else. Around this time of the year, I usually get tonsillitis about 3 times before Christmas and it isn’t just your average sore throat, it’s “Oh shit, I can’t eat or drink”. I am taking my multi-vitamins just to try and avoid catching anything. They may not work, but I am hoping that they will also build up my folic acid levels again.

That is it for my favourites, as I said, I haven’t really used much, brought much or done much to warrant favourites. Anyway, I hope that  you still enjoyed reading a very  short favourites post. Let me know in the comments what you have been loving this month. Thank you so much for reading.

Stay safe, stay happy and live life as an adventure.

Love,

Alanna x

The end of Summer


Hey,

Happy Friday. Today is officially the last day of summer, I have already said my final goodbyes to the sun and I have begun to mentally prepare myself for the amount of hot chocolate I will be consuming while laying in my comfy pj’s and my fluffy socks. As I have seen on Twitter, so many of you are absolutely buzzing. Mental! So tell me, what exactly are you hyped up about? Is it the fact that the leaves are slowly falling off the trees creating gorgeous burnt orange paths, or is it Halloween? I am not a huge fan of Halloween so I am praying that it is the leaves.

This summer has been the best summer of my life. I may not have completed the things that I so desperately wanted to but what I did do, was go on a journey and I have learnt more about myself then I thought possible. I have become such a different person and in the best way.

I was always scared to go out on my own, just  in fear my sexual assaulter was walking around, I knew deep down that he wouldn’t be but I had convinced myself that he could be. The only way I would go out on my own is if a) it wasn’t dark and b) the person I was meeting would either meet me half way or pick me up, if they wasn’t prepared to do either then it was a no go zone. I was afraid of the place that I live in, the lace that I have lived in for eighteen years. To walk to the shop, I had to force either one of my siblings to walk with me or my mum, if they wouldn’t then I wouldn’t go to the shop. I was a mess.

Now, I can freely walk around. I still get someone to walk to the shop with me but that’s only because I don’t want to have another awkward encounter with my  ex. Not only am I no longer afraid to walk around my own village, for the first time in 5 years or more, I actually went into town without having an anxiety attack. One of my best friends Saskia drove down and we headed to town. I don’t think I freaked out at all. We went and sat inside McDonalds which I was a little nervous about because I don’t know what I would have done if I saw him or his family. But everything was good, we sat in there and I was able to relax even with kids running around and screaming. We then headed the park that’s in town, another prime place that he or his family could be. I tried to not think about it, instead I took some pictures for my photography and enjoyed a catch up with Saskia. We headed back to mine after doing a school run, but I honestly can’t even begin to put into words how proud of myself I felt. I went into town, went to the school, went to drop her brother off at the hairdressers and then I had to go through the village that he lives in and stop at  a garage that I know he frequently visits. I didn’t freak out once, I kept myself calm and distracted and just focused on spending time with Saskia rather then ruining it by having an attack.

I have also made new friends and actually met them. I have always had the fear of meeting up with boys that I haven’t met before, but this time I felt confident and I knew that if I met them it wouldn’t be anything like my fears. I had met one of them last year and he was super chill and cool so seeing him again wasn’t so weird. The other boy is his best friend and I am not going to lie, he is hot as hell. Also another little secret, I fancy the pants of him! I literally get so happy when we talk, not that we do it very often anymore, but seriously, he is literally so good looking. He has the cutest smile too, and I have learnt that he has different smiles, which  are all cute obviously but yeah, I like him.

I have become a lot braver to say what is on my mind.  Usually I just bottle things up and I let people walk all over me, I would have been too scared of confrontation then to actually stand up for myself. Now, I am totally different. If you make me feel uncomfortable, I will be telling you and the reasons wh. If you are being rude, I won’t be rude back because that doesn’t make me any better, instead I will straight up ask you what your problem is and ask if there was any need to be rude. Honestly I will stand there all day and question your motives if I have to. I can’t stand rue people, there is no need for it. My old boss spoke to me on the phone last week and she asked why I quit and wanted to be honest with her, so I was and she didn’t know what to say next. I told her that the way she spoke to me was rude and that she made me feel as though I was incompetent when I am not, all she could respond was, “okay, I’ll see you on Wednesday for our meeting” and put the phone down.

Recently on Twitter I have seen a lot of bashing. People are bashing transgender and how “it’s not right”, people are still bashing gays and bisexuals too and I have written a post already on it which you can read here if you’re interested in reading my views. I do plan on writing another one if that is something you would like to see? I don’t often post controversial things, I usually stick to things that wont get much hate such as my beauty posts or DIY’s etc.. I think now is the time to step out of my comfort zone and actually  express my feelings on topics. If I can do this in person then I should be able to do this on the internet.

I have worked my absolute arse off this summer to become a confident person. My  confidence has always been low, I have never felt good about myself and I have always almost resented myself for the way I look, but that has changed. I am not one hundred percent there yet, I still have things that I absolutely hate about myself, but those are things that  I can’t personally change, if I was to change them, I would need to go through surgery and that is something that I never want to do, because I don’t want to feel as though  surgery is the only way I can be happy when in reality a strawberry milkshake from McDonalds makes me very  happy. I have done so much for my body and I am starting to notice the change. I have always been “fat”, well ever since I was 7 when I found out about my problem. Dieting has never been hard for me, eating less doesn’t bother me at all, it just didn’t work. I was doing everything right, eating less, exercising, keeping my fluids up but nothing changed. I was then put on medication because my problem was getting worse and the side effect of that is weight gain, so I have literally been fighting a loosing battle. My problem is again showing signs of becoming worse so hopefully I can get a solution when I go to the hospital on the 28th. Anyway, I am trying dieting again and this time I am cutting back on the amount of dairy I consume, I am a tea addict so this has been hard because I love a milky tea, but instead I have opted for peppermint green tea which is 1) tasty af and 2) great for weight loss. I have also been taking vitamins because I know that when my problem flares up again, my iron levels go a little crazy. I have lost a stone and a half already which I am so happy about, unfortunately on bad days my weight does go back up but as I said I am fighting a loosing battle.

I have changed my appearance a lot too. I felt as if this would boost my confidence seeing as my weight isn’t exactly something I can control. I am taking more pride in the way I look. Back when I was feeling like shit, I wouldn’t put any effort in so I would look shit too, but now, whether I like it or not, I am up and out of bed by 10am, washed, dressed and make-up done. My style of clothing has changed a lot too, I was a huge lover of things that were sizes too big because that way I could hide my  “fat” and no-one would notice. Now, I buy things in the right size and I buy things that won’t hide my “fat” but instead hug it and make it look good. I have added a lot more colour into my wardrobe, wearing black 24/7 was just adding to my gloomy mood and it just wasn’t a flattering colour. I have also been wearing skirts and dresses which is like a huge deal. I should get an award for that because never in a million years did I think I would be putting them on again. I now take the time to do my make-up. I don’t just put it on I a rush and then leave. I actually blend things in, mix colours and make my make-up centre of attention. I have absolutely nailed the dramatic look. Kind of matches my drama queen personality.

Speaking of drama, I have been the bigger person, quite literally and metaphorically. There has been on going drama since I was in year 7 and people like to hold a grudge which when you think about it, holding a grudge for that long is really sad and a tad bit pathetic but each to their own I suppose, Anyway, the girl that had the problem with me is friends with two of my friends so when they mention my name around her, she gets all defensive and has the whole story of how I am an utter bitch and how I have ruined her life ready to spill so obviously they tell me the whole story and it hasn’t changed at all, well apart from the new part that I stole her boyfriend when in fact, I wasn’t interested in him at all, to be honest, he kind of scared me a little but anyway, I finally put an end to it. I admitted that I am a bitch, because I can be, I can say things that  will melt your heart and I can say things that  will crush you, it all depends on what you’ve done. I fully admitted that our friendship ended on shitty terms but I wasn’t going to say that I ruined her life because that’s just total bullshit. She came out of the whole friendship smelling of roses and everyone thought she was an angel when in fact, most of our issues stemmed from her. I told my friends that spending so much time hating someone is just a waste, so no I don’t hate her, no I don’t dislike her, she is a part of my past so I wish her well in everything she does, but no, I do not wish to ever become her friend again and no I don’t wish to see her again. My friends then told her that I don’t have an issue with her and that its all her problem and now she has unblocked me, which I actually find quite annoying. At least she now knows how I actually feel, she can do whatever she wants with that information, I don’t care.

This summer I have spent my time doing the one thing that I love the most. Any chance I have had, my camera has been out and I have been working hard on my photography. I have made an Instagram for my photography so head over and follow it  if you’re interested in seeing my work. Due to having pictures from my blog taken and then classed as their own, I have added my name onto them so no-one can steal them. My photography use to be shit, probably worse then shit but I can’t think of a word for that. It would be blurry and not really focused on anything particular, it was if I was taking a picture for the sake of taking a picture. Now I  find things worth capturing. I came across a butterfly bush while on an adventure, I spent a good half hour or more capturing shots of them. I also have many landscape photographs. I have determined that I am more of a nature photographer then anything else. I would love to try to do a shoot though, just to see if I was any good at taking pictures of people. I wanted to go to college to study photography but when asking people on their opinion they said that it was more of a hobby then a career so I have kind of gone off that idea.

Don’t get me wrong, my summer as you have read so far has been the best and I am so thrilled that I have done everything above, but I didn’t spend everyday in a field of wild flowers loving life. I had some real deep rough days. I had days where for no reason I would feel like I should self harm. Thankfully I didn’t but I did have those constant thoughts. I had days where I would cry non stop, I felt suicidal and planned how I would die. I was a mess. I had no-one to truly open up to, I couldn’t tell my parents because they had enough going on and my friends are so judgemental on this issue. I only have one friend that truly understands why my brain is fucked but unfortunately he was away working at the time I was feeling like this so I had no where to go. I’m not telling you this to get sympathy, I am telling you because this was a huge part of my summer. By summer I don’t mean the six weeks you had off school, I mean from June, July, August and September. These feelings are a huge part of me.

Four years ago, after my assault I began to write all of my emotions out into poems, I loved writing poems because before my assault I would write them all the time and I even had a few published into books. After my assault my poems became dark and I fell out of love with writing, it was a reminder of what I had been through and I hated it. After studying creative writing at school, it inspired me to start writing again. Obviously I post a lot on my blog, but what I post on here isn’t always a true representation on who I am or what I am feeling. My creative writing teacher Miss D was so supportive. I had to write a story as part of my coursework and her feedback was always the best. It’s all thanks to her that I am continuing the story and turning it into a book. I don’t know if it will just be a book for me to put into my memory box once I have completed it or if I will make sure it gets out there for everyone else to read. I have also written a lot of poetry, I have expressed myself, my thoughts and just normal everyday situations and I have felt amazing doing it. I always feel a surge of energy whenever I do a lot of writing so I am happy that I decided to work past my inner thoughts and put pen to paper to create some amazing pieces.

This summer really has been a highlight of the year, after starting off on a very rocky path of being kicked out of school and then having no sense of direction and no motivation, I think I can safely and proudly say I pulled it out of the bag and turned things around. I am finally grabbing this year and making the most out of it, because I have learnt that it only takes one day to change everything, it takes one mistake to mess everything else up and it takes only one move to change things from good to bad. I found a quote that has stuck by me and that is “ever story has a happy ending, if you’re not happy, its not the end”, and it’s true. Only you can decide if the story is over or not, so why just settle with the average when you can make it the best. I wasn’t happy so I took that on board and did everything I could to make myself happy, and as I have already told you, it wasn’t always a smooth path, but I have ended this feeling things that I didn’t know I would be feeling. This is by no means the end though, my story still has many pages to go. Autumn is a new season, bringing new months and new leads to follow. I can’t wait to show you what I can get up to.

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That is the end of my very long post, thank you for reading and I hope your summer has been as great, if not even better then mine.

Stay safe, stay happy and live life as an adventure.

Love,

Alanna x

Homemade Pizza

Hey,
Welcome back. Tonight I am bringing you a super quick and easy homemade pizza recipe. It’s perfect for those of you who are off to Uni or those of you who can’t cook but want to at least try. 

Honestly there is no way you can mess this up. Unless you’re me and completely forget about it and come home to find it on the side burnt. Oops. 

Ingredients:

  • Tortilla wraps
  • Tomateo puree
  • Cheese
  • Pepper
  • Pepperoni

Method:

1. Cut the pepperoni and peppers up

2. Grate some cheese

3. Apply tomateo puree onto a tortilla wrap, add your cheese, pepper and peperoni.

4. Place under a grill until all cheese has melted.

And that is literally all you need to do. If you do this right your pizza should look similar to this.

Note: This image is not mine as I previously stated my pizza was burnt. It was unedible and I was unable to take a photo for this post. All rights go to the photo owner. If you own this photo and would like it removed, please email me on imagalaxygirlblog@gmail.com and I will remove immediately.

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Have you ever made pizza this way or do you make your own dough? Let me know in the comments.

Also does pineapple belong on pizza?

Thank you for reading,

Stay safe, stay happy and live life as an adventure.

Lots of love,

Alanna x

My “everyday” make up look

Hello,
Happy Tuesday. How has your day been? Are you all settled now? Have you made some new friends? 

Today I thought I would share my “everyday” make up look. By “everyday” I mean those days where I can be bothered to put make-up on. It’s a very simple and very quick look, it honestly doesn’t take any effort at all. 

This look can be amazing if you have the right lighting and you put the effort in. Recently my skin has had a major breakout so I haven’t put foundation on. It’s good to let your skin breathe. This is why in this picture, I look terrible.

But as you can see, I don’t do anything with my eyebrows, they are never a thing to work on in my make-up routine. As you can see, my spots are literally everywhere. On my eyes I have used my w7 in the buff natural nudes palette. I used the shades “dust” and “camel” together to create a light golden eye. I then used “camel” under my eyes to bring it all together.

I then applied my Maybelline the collosal go extreme mascara which makes my eye lashes almost double in length. 

As you can see, I have a nude-ish lip colour. It’s not too light and it’s not too dark, it’s one of those inbetween colours. For my lips I used my M.A.C burgandy lip pencil and my M.A.C velvet teddy lipstick.

You can’t see it very well in this picture but I then used my W7 midnight smokey shades palette to create a slight highlight. To do this I used the shade “birthday girl”. I applied this on my cheek bones and above my eye brow and blended it in which has just left a slight glitter shimmer.

That is all I do for my “everyday” make up look. I don’t put too much effort in because I don’t really care if people like what I am wearing. The good thing about my make-up is that I slay filters on snapchat.

 If you don’t have me on snapchat, you should add me (alannahollamby).

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Well that is it. See, my make-up isn’t anything fancy, infact I mostly use the inexpensive items. 

Let me know if you like this look or if you would create a similar one. Thank you for reading. Have a wonderful evening.

Stay safe, stay happy and live life as an adventure.

Love,

Alanna ♡

Christmas hacks

Hey,

Please do not freak out, but I have came to warn you that it is 97 days until Christmas. I am so not prepared this year. I have normally already made a pile of presents and all of my cards are usually already written and ready to send. This year I totally didn’t prepare and instead I have spent my time planning parties. 

It’s okay though because with only 3 wage slips left until the day I have some hacks for you.

Hack one: Amazon is your bestie

Before you show your disgust at this, just let me show you why. Amazon for one always have great prices and often do bundle deals.

  • 40 Christmas card = £3.28
  • 100 foil sticker labels = £1.79
  • Gifts for girls = £3.50 – £100+
  • Gifts for boys = £3.50 – £100+

Who is going to argue with that price? On most items you get free delivery. 

Hack two: Discounts are the best

  • Not only do I have many discounts that you can use but so does pretty much everywhere. 
  • I’d personally check out online stores first such as boots/superdrug for some extra online discounts before hitting the stores.

Hack three: Summer sales

So summer is pretty much over and everywhere is preparing for the autumn/winter range to come in, so all the summer bits will be super cheap. I love buying the summer products as gifts because summer smells are so good!

Hack four: Clothes

Buying clothes is always such a cute gift, but have you noticed that nine times out of ten they don’t wear the clothes because you either brought the wrong size or they say they love it but they actually don’t. My advice is, buy giftcards for clothing stores, or put money into a card. That way, they can buy the things they actually do like, they can also buy the right sizes. 

Hack five: Company gifts

Use companies sponsers to your advantage. Yes you have to write a post about the products, take a few snapshots and keep it advertised, but when a comany sends you more then one thing (e.g. foundations in many different shades) you can give the extra little bits away as gifts. It’s not classed as cheating because you’ve still put a lot of effort into their gift.

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And that is the end of my hacks. Are any of these actually useful? Have you been more prepared then me this year? Let me know if you’re slighly freaking out.

Thank you so much for reading.

Stay safe, stay happy and live life as an adventure.

Love,

A ♡

Book review: Twilight

Hey,
How are you? Did you enjoy my update post? If you haven’t read it, wait until after this review to go back and check it out. 

Today as you can see I am reviewing Twilight. By Twilight I mean that book where everything is literally so cringy and you’re reading about the vampires and thinking “nah this is shit“. Yes, I actually read that book.

My aim is to read all of the books I own before donating the ones I don’t like to the library or to the charity shop, that way I am doing a good deed while clearing up some junk, because I realised that when I move to America, I can’t take everything I own with me. 

I decided to start with the Twilight saga because I remember it being one of the worst books I own. And I was not wrong. I can literally recite the first page. I have read it and heard it so many times that I actually know it word for word. I knew from the very start that this was a bad sign.

Reading the first few chapters and I find that I still hate Bella Swan. She is just so stupid, fake and honestly, what does Eric see in her? What does Edward see in her? – Apart from blood obviously.  The whole situation is just weird, she says she detests Forks, but she moves there? She is 17 so technically she can live in Arizona on her own or she could have gone with her mum. If she used her common sense, this whole angry vampire attack situation just wouldn’t have happened.

Oh and don’t get me started on the whole warewolf thing. How very imaginative to put those two into the same story. Can you sense the sarcasm? Don’t get me wrong Jacob Black sounds like a real tough person but turning him into a wolf doesn’t do anything for me. 

I find that Bella puts herself into these situations and lets be honest, if any of us ended up in accident after accident, wouln’t we be called attention seekers? 

The crash was literally foreshadowed, you could tell that at some point a very expensive car would hit her old ugly truck and come out of it in the worst way. Charlie totally over reacted because 1) no Bella couldn’t have nearly died because Edward is a creepy stalker so would have saved her anyway and 2) how is ice on the road his fault? Did he magically put ice on the road and then decide to spin out of control to purposely hit Bella, somehow I don’t think thats the case. Unless we are now talking about having a wizard in this book too, I mean, anything is possible.

The love story is off from the start. Why would he make so much effort just for Bella? That’s just weird. Yes I get it, they share a class together but he also tried to move from the class, but now you’re telling me that they’re going to live happily ever after? I don’t think so. 

I just don’t think this book is the best book out there, or remotely close. Maybe I hate it so much because I am 18 and vampires are not my thing anymore (apart from Vampire diaries), but I am putting it down to it just being an awful storyline. 

I will be giving this book to a charity shop, maybe someone younger will want to re-read it? 

What is your opiniom of Twilight? Do you still love this book despite my opinion? Let me know in the comments.

Thank you for reading, I hope you have a wonderful evening and I will see you all again tomorrow.

Stay safe, stay happy and live life as an adventure.

Love,

Alanna x