Wednesday, 17 October 2018

My Driving Experience; Tests, Cars and My First 6 Months

I finally did it! On April 16th this year, I passed my driving test! 
If you have read my blog for a while you will know I have been wanting to pass my test for the longest time and it eventually happened, after all the times I nearly gave up, I am pleased I never.

Previous Tests.
I had taken and failed 3 tests before passing my 4th. My first test was the start of May 2017. I failed that one due to messing up my reverse round a corner, I caught the curb and failed. My second one was the end of that same month, I failed that for the exact same thing. I was so annoyed with myself. I then chose to go with a different instructor as I felt like I was progressing with the instructor I had. I took my third test in March of this year and failed that for clipping a roundabout 2 minutes into my test! Last but not least I took my final test in April and passed. I had to do a parallel park which when he told me that I thought I was going to fail but somehow, I managed it and passed. When he told me I didn't believe him at first.

Choosing My Car.
So for a while before passing my test I knew exactly what I wanted. I had always drove fiestas I loved them so I knew that was what I would like for myself. Before my test I was looking round and seen a car dealership near me who had the perfect one. I enquired online about it the day I passed my test and they rang me the next day. I went up and viewed it, gave it a test drive and signed the forms. I had the car a week later and 6 months later I am still in love with it. I went for a 59 plate Ford Fiesta Zetec. I opted for a 5 door as it is more practical for me and my family. 

My First 6 Months Driving
Over the last 6 months my confidence has grown so much. I drove on the motorway about 5 weeks after I passed, I drove to Glasgow which is 1 hour and a half way from where I live. It was scary on the way home as it was pitch black and very bad rain but I did it and I am still proud. I have also drove down to Blackpool a few times too. I am getting a lot more confident with parking and driving in general. I am still nervous about going through a drive-thru and have been putting it off since I passed, I should probably do it soon though! I remember at first I was terrified to go fill my car up but now it doesn't bother me so I am hoping that will happen with drive-thru's too.

That is all for my post about my driving experience! I hope you enjoyed this post.
Thanks for reading,
Keira x

Monday, 15 October 2018

A Lot To Catch You Up On

Wow... it has been a while since I sat down and done this and boy have I missed it. I took a very long break from blogging which I didn't mean to do but due to changing jobs twice and other personal reasons I haven't had the time to sit down and blog. I am now back and ready to get back at it more than ever.

So, what's been happening since I last posted? Well, I finally passed my driving test! I have been driving now for 6 months and I love it. I am going to do a post all about my driving test experience, first 6 months of driving and showing you my car in a post on Wednesday.

I have also changed jobs! I have gone from working in a supermarket cafe to working in the bakery in the same store, now I am working as a home carer. So different to what I am used to but I love it. I have been there two months now.

I am so excited to get back into blogging and have a lot of post ideas ready to get me back going.

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Friday, 2 February 2018

January Round Up

Hi everyone and happy February! We are finally in the second month of the year after what seemed to be the longest month ever!
Today I am going to be doing a recap on the last month.
I paid off 2 out of my 3 holidays this year. I can't wait for my first one in May!!
I also reached 600 twitter followers for my blog, it might not sound like a lot to many but it's a lot for me! I also reached 60 bloglovin followers.
I also booked my driving test this month! If you follow me on twitter or have read my blog before you will know that I failed my driving test twice last year and my goal is to pass it this year. Hopefully I will pass this next time.
I also got started on my medication for my PCOS that has been bothering me for a while. I finally have answers and starting my tablets! 
Not a lot else has really happened this month but I hope the rest of the year carries on like this last one did.

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Wednesday, 31 January 2018

An Open Letter To... My Late Uncle

Dear Uncle Ant, It's been 3 years today since I got home from work to be told you had gone. It was a Saturday evening. I remember it like it was yesterday. I remember how I had no internet on my phone so I couldn't check facebook on my way home from work like I normally would, that is something I so thankful for. By 5pm it was all over facebook that you had left us. I didn't get home until 6.

When my mum told me you had gone, I didn't believe her. How could I believe here? You were only 39. It was when I asked how you had died that it hit me. The answer was something nobody wants to hear. Suicide. You had taken your own life.

I remember going on to facebook and just seeing so many tributes to you. Everyone posting memories of you on facebook, it was nice to read so many messages about you on there.

The one thing I regret is on the Thursday before you left us you walked past my work and I didn't think to shout on you. If I knew then that that would of been the last time I ever seen you I would of shouted on you.

All I want to know is why? Why did you do it? I wish you knew how much you were loved and still are. We still laugh about some of the crazy things you did, thats what mad you who you were.

Your 40th birthday is a day I will never forget. We headed up to your headstone with some of your friends and we sat had a laugh and had a drink to celebrate with you. We set off lanterns into the sky to remember you. We ended up getting locked in the cemetery that night. I bet that made you laugh! 

I will always remember you and will love you forever. There is stories of you I will never ever forget. You were and still are one of the best bouncers this city ever had.


Monday, 29 January 2018

Colab Dry Shampoo; Unicorn Fragrance

Hi everyone, today I have a review on the Colab Dry Shampoo in the scent 'Unicorn Fragrance'. I am a sucker for dry shampoo and use it a lot more than I probably should. I have never tried Colab before so decided to pick this one up to give it a try.
First of all I love the scent of it! It smells so nice, different to what the Batiste ones smell like.
My hair still didn't feel any cleaner after using this dry shampoo though, I have tried it on more that one occasion and it just doesn't seem to work for my hair. My mum has tried this in the past and she loved it so I think I will be giving her this for her to use so that I don't waste it. 
As much as I wanted this to work it just really wasn't for me. When I use Batiste it looks fine and feels clean whereas using this one it doesn't make a difference to how it looks or feels.
I picked this up from Boots and it cost me £3.49
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Friday, 19 January 2018

Health Update; It's All A Waiting Game

Hi everyone, today I am giving you a health update on my suspected POS. If you haven't seen my first post I would suggest reading that here before reading this one so that it makes sense.

Since my last post I was seen at the hospital about it where they gave me another blood test and all my veins decided to collapse, my arm was bruised for 2 weeks and I nearly fainted myself. Then I had an ultrasound there as my last scan came back inconclusive. That was all done at the end of last year.

I went back to the hospital yesterday to see my consultant, I went in feeling sick not knowing what she was going to say. When I walked in she told me it looks like I probably do have POS. She has gave me tablets that I have to take for a week that should kick start my periods again, then I have to go back to my GP for them to put me on the pill again. She also told me I needed to lose weight which I don't see how she would know that as she hasn't weighed me or anything. I don't feel like I need to but I am going to try too anyway. 
Then she asked me if I was pregnant and I said no, that bit confused me as last I was told I probably can't have kids and now she says that to me. She then went on to say well I don't know if you can have kids we will just have to wait and see. 
So now all I can do is wait. Wait to see if my periods come back then in the future it will be waiting to see if I can have children.
I am still confused as she didn't say much at all yesterday apart from putting me on tablets. I was only in the room about 5 minutes with her.
Hopefully this will sort everything out though!

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Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Beauty Conspiracy Theories

Hi everyone, today I am going to be doing a post bringing together two of my favourite thins. Beauty and Conspiracy theories. Conspiracy theories are something I love reading about or watching on Youtube so I decided to do a post based on them today.

The first theory I am going to be sharing with you involves lip balm. Apparently, lip balms contain glass fibres and irritants to their products to make our lips more dry and chapped so that we use more of their products to try and get rid of the chapped lips. Do I believe this one? I can see where they are coming from but I don't think it is true.

This one is interesting, the theory surrounding travel size and testers for product is that they are better quality than the actual product you buy in store. You get a foundation sample and fall in love with how it looks, you buy the full sized product but it's not as good as you remember. This happens to a lot of us I'm sure. So is this done on purpose to make us get the full sized products? We will never know.

How many products can you use for so many different things? Using concealer for highlighting for instance. A few years ago none of these things existed but now you see them everywhere. When I first got into makeup, concealer was used just to cover blemishes, now it is used for covering blemishes, putting under your eyes, highlight. There is so many uses. The theory behind this is that if companies are showing you new ways to use their products for multiple things, people are going to use more of the products faster than they would of a few years ago. Meaning that you will run out faster and re-purchase the product. 

I love liquid lipsticks so of course I was going to mention a theory about them. Liquid lipsticks expire a lot faster than normal lipsticks, so companies are promoting liquid lipsticks as they expire faster so you are having to replace them more often. Personally I don't believe that one but I still wanted to add it.

Hope you enjoyed this different type of post today!
Thanks for reading
Monday, 15 January 2018

Stila Star-Studded Eight Liquid Lipstick Swatches

Hi everyone, today I have a post on the Stila 'Star-Studded Eight' liquid lipstick set that I picked up from Feel Unique in the boxing day sales. If you seen my Beauty Bay wish list at the end of last year, you will of seen that this was on there. When it came to me getting it they had took it off their site and I was gutted. I searched a few sites and finally found it on Feel Unique so I quickly bought it. I got it for about £36 in the sale as it is meant to be £45. 
In the set you get 8 mini liquid lipsticks, 2 are brand new shimmer liquid lipsticks which haven't launched yet.
I was so excited for this to come and to share it with you all.
I am going to review the shades seperetly in their own posts as I haven't used them yet but I have swatched them on my hand for this post and I can tell you, they were a nightmare to remove. They are also full coveraged too and I didn't have to apply much to get the swatches in this post. 
I won't use all the shades in this I don't think but there is a really good variety of colours so there really is something for everyone.

On the top row from left to right we have; Sogno, Rubino, Chianti, Aria, Patina and Perla. I don't think I will get much use out of the first three as they are not the type of colours I normally reach for but I will give them a try out for reviewing! I love the last 3 colours though, they are ones I will get a lot of use out of.

The final two shades are the two new shimmer ones. Beso Shimmer and Patina Shimmer. They are both lovely shades but out of the two I prefer Patina Shimmer.
I can't wait to try these out properly and do reviews on them all for you.

Thanks for reading

Friday, 12 January 2018

Baby Name TAG

Hi everyone, so today I am going to be doing the baby name TAG. I love watching these videos and really wanted to do one on here for you all but wasn't sure if it was something people would like but I ran a poll on twitter and more people said to do it than don't.
I am not pregnant or planning on getting pregnant any time soon but I still really wanted to do this post.

1. What is your favourite boy and girl's name from the top UK names list (2015)? Evelyn and Harry.
2. What is your least favourite boy and girl's name from the top UK names list (2015)? These are just going to be names I personally wouldn't use. Martha and Seth.
2. If you had twins, what would you name them? (G/G, B/B, B/G) Evelyn and Aurora. Harry and Alfie. Evelyn and Harry.
3. If you could change your name to anything, what would it be? I have been sat thinking about this ages now and I can't think of one!
4. You have 4 children, any gender. Their first names all have to
start with the same letter. What would their names be? Alfie, Archie, Aurora, Ava.
5. What's your favourite animal-inspired name? Wren.
6. What's your favourite colour-inspired name? Violet.
7. What are your top 3 favourite boy names? Harry, Alfie, Archie.
8. What are your top 3 favourite girl names? Evenly, Aurora, Evie-Rae.
9. What is your favourite celebrity baby name? I love the Beckhams youngest's name, Harper.
10. What is your ultimate guilty pleasure name? Aurora. I adore that name!
11. What are your most hated baby names? I don't hate any names but there is a few I wouldn't choose for myself. Which tend to be the older names that you don't see many babies called.
12. Choose a baby name based on a food/drink. Cherry.
13. Choose a baby name based on a month. April
14. Choose a baby name from a movie. I'm going to go with Aurora. It's from a Disney movie so it counts, right?
15. Choose a name that is already in your family. Lily, that was my nana's name.
Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Bagged Myself A Bargain Haul!

Hi everyone, so today I am going to be showing you the bargains I got on my trip to town today. I am so pleased with the stuff I got today most the things I wanted were in the sale for brilliant prices so I had to get them. I also picked up two new bags!

From Primark I picked up the Coffee and Orange body scrub. This is something I keep picking up and putting back down every time I'm in Primark but when I seen it was down to only £1 today I knew I had to get it. It normally costs £4. I then went to pick one of the Holler and Glow charge it masks. I then seen that they were reduced to only £1 instead of £3, so I picked up one of each. I didn't think the blue one was in the sale as it had no sticker on but it was! Everything here came to £5! I am so happy with them and can't wait to review them.

I needed a new dry shampoo and I love unicorns so picked this one up to see what it is like. It's an essential product I needed so why not get a fun design one. I am also intrigued as to what Unicorns smell like as this is a unicorn scent. This costs £3.49 which is normal price for dry shampoo.

After seeing everyone rave about the new Makeup Revolution Conceal and Define concealer I was so excited to see my local Superdrug had it in stock so I knew I had to get my hands on it. I also finally got round to getting the Soph x highlighter palette. I have been a huge fan of Soph's videos for the longest time and I had been looking out for her palettes coming in stock and I seen they had them today so I grabbed the highlighter one. I am unsure if I am going to get the eyeshadow palette as I own so many already. There will be reviews of both of these products coming soon! The concealer is £4 and the palette is £8.

River Island
I got a River Island voucher for Christmas and had been wanting to get a new bag. I seen this one on and had kept going back to check it and today they eventually had it in store. The bag costs £26 and my voucher was for £25 so I only paid £1 for the bag. Another bargain!

TK Maxx
Just before I was getting my bus home I decided to pop into TK Maxx to see what beauty products they had in at the moment. There wasn't anything that took my fancy so I decided to have a browse round the rest of the shop and I seen this bag. I instantly fell in love with it and thought it would be perfect for taking on night outs. I didn't want to check the price tag as I know how pricey some bags in there can be but when I looked I was shocked to see it was only £13!! The original price for this was £54! I am so pleased with this purchase and can't wait to start using it when I go out.

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Monday, 8 January 2018

Primark Holler and Glow Bare Faced Charcoal Face Mask; Review

Hi everyone, today I have a review on another one of the Primark Holler and Glow face masks. I reviewed one of the sheet masks here a few months ago and it is my most popular post yet! So when I picked up a few more of their face masks I knew I had to share them with you again. The first one I am sharing with you is going to be the 'Bare Faced' charcoal mask. First off I love the packaging on this mask. The whole new range of masks have these little pods with fun card round them to hold them in place. I like how in the pod you can see the face mask through it, this one looks like a silver type colour in the packaging. 

First things first, sorry for the wet hair AGAIN. It seems to be every face mask post I do my hair is wet! Okay back to the review.
I applied it with a Primark foundation brush as I find applying them with brushes is so much easier. It goes on a dark grey colour then as it dries it lightens up to the colour that it is in the picture. The mask itself tightens quiet a lot making it hard to move your face. Trust me that half smile in the picture took a lot of effort! I left the mask on for about 15 minutes, waiting for it to turn a lighter grey all over. I then removed the mask with warm water.
Afterwards my skin felt so soft and clean!
I think the Holler and Glow range may be my new favourite face mask range!

Thanks for reading

Friday, 5 January 2018

An Open Letter To...The Teachers Who Put Me Down

Dear teachers who put me down, I remember sitting in an attendance meeting with you and my dad. You asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I told you I wanted to be a midwife. You laughed and told me I had no chance in doing that. I felt gutted. 
We used to have meetings all the time because of my poor attendance, threatening me with punishment for me being ill. You didn't believe me when I was off you all thought I was skiving. I wasn't. I have Fibromyalgia. You didn't care though. You just wanted to scare me into coming school, even though I couldn't.

When it came to my GCSE's, I came in everyday in the holidays to work on stuff for performing arts. But as usual I ended up in hospital. When I came back I was told I wasn't allowed back in the lessons as I had been skiving off, despite the fact I was in hospital. I remember the day I walked into Art to be told ' You might as well give up. You won't even get a D in this lesson.' I walked out with 2 C's! 

In year 11, the year I hated the most because of what you all put me through. Ringing my mum telling her stuff about me that had nothing to do with the school or my mum. It didn't effect my school work but you turned it on me and it made me feel the lowest I felt in a long time. There was no need telling her them things but you did and it really knocked me down. I couldn't go to my lessons as I felt anxious as I was so far behind. I paid my prom deposit and it was something I was looking forward to. Something to aim for. You then gave me the money back and told me I couldn't go because I didn't go to my lessons. It really upset me seeing all my friends going to prom but I wasn't allowed to go.

Now, all I can say to you is a massive F you. I left school and went straight into college to study beauty therapy. I had a job then too. I qualified a year later as a beauty therapist and had a brilliant job in a retail store. 
I was then promoted to a team leader a few months after. I was a team leader at the age of 18! Bet none of you would of ever expected that. 

It's nearly 5 years since I left now and all I can say is thank you. Thank you for putting me down the way you did, I proved you all wrong. I will do nothing with my life ? Okay then! I am happy with how my life is now and I wouldn't change it for the world.
Maybe I don't have a career, I'm not a midwife, I'm not training to be one. But I have a job I love. A hobby that I love.

You putting me down, has made me more ambitious.

Keira Toni

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Lush Chocolate Lip Scrub; Review

Hi everyone today I have a review on the Lush Chocolate lip scrub. I have been a lover of the shop Lush for as long as I can remember. Since moving to my dads I no longer have a bath so I don't really go in there much. I was with one of my friends the other day and we popped into lush, I wasn't planning on getting anything but that was until I found something I had forgot all about, The lip scrubs. 
When I was blogging back in 2013 I was obsessed with the Lush lip scrubs, I had the popcorn and the bubblegum scrubs and I was obsessed with them!
The one I picked up the other day is the Chocolate flavoured one that has orange in it too making it taste and smell just like terry's chocolate oranges, which obviously is a bonus!
I apply a small amount of this to my lip rubbing it in to make sure its scrubbing my lips the best it can. What I love most is that once you have put it on your lips you can lick it off! Meaning you get the taste of chocolate without actually having to eat any.
My lips always feel so soft after using this as well, especially at this time of year when my lips are normally dry.
This has quickly become one of my favourite products again after re-discovering it.
You can find it instore or online at Lush and it costs £5.95.

Thanks for reading

Monday, 1 January 2018

Hello 2018.

Hi everyone and HAPPY NEW YEAR! Today I am going to be doing a post sharing with you what I hope to achieve in 2018. I hope that this year is as good if not even better than last year and I hope it is for all of you too.

Pass My Driving Test
This is something that I have been wanting to achieve for the last 3 years or so. After failing my test twice in 2017 I am set on passing it this year. My main aim for it is that if I don't pass by October I have to redo my theory test which I really don't want to do.

Stick To My Blogging Schedule
A few months ago I decided to blog on Monday Wednesday and Friday's so that it gives me time to write up posts and stuff without the pressure of having to post everyday which is what I was originally doing when I started. I hope to stick this schedule throughout 2018 hopefully without missing a single post.

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