PRODUCT REVIEW – Maybelline TattooBrow 3-Day Wear Peel-Off Brow Tint

**BEWARE: This post contains images of me without makeup on. Read at your own risk! :p**

Hey Lovelies!

Something you need to know about me – I’m blonde. Yep, under the dark hair colours, I am actually a blonde bombshell…like, Cersei Lannister blonde.

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Told you

So, as I do dye my hair darker colours, it makes sense that my eyebrows match this (or at least come close to) because, without a full box fringe to hide them, I would just look downright weird!

But there was one snag – I was spending soooo much on eyebrow pencils, and it made my makeup routine longer in the mornings – not good when you’re late and running around like a blue-arsed fly trying to do 20 things at once!

And hence my quest for a more long-lasting eyebrow solution was born…

I’ve heard of the usual suspects – eyebrow tints, semi-permanent tattooing, now even microblading, but I was scared to shell out all that money not knowing if it will work for me, or even if people would do such a drastic change of eyebrow colour, especially with tattooing and microblading. How on earth would I be able to test something out that was not too permanent?!

That is, until I watched an ad on the gogglebox that Maybelline was releasing a new product – the latest product in their eyebrow range – the three-day peel-off eyebrow tint.

My prayers have been answered.

So, after searching for ages, 1 Boots and 2 Superdrug store visits later, and some good looking around by Jay, I finally got my mitts on the shade I was looking for (they do three shades – light brown, medium brown, dark brown – I needed the darkest shade they did!)

So, after using it, here I will show you my results and the longevity of the product! On with the review…

The Packaging

On first sight, you get the box, and then inside you get one tube of the brow tint. There’s no instruction manual, as all the instructions etc you need are all on the packaging.

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IMHO, I think that’s a bit too much packaging – a box that can fit a mini Kylie Lip Kit in it for one small tube, but hey ho I guess they needed it this size for the instructions and other information.

The Application

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The product comes with its own applicator, which is a small round brush. This can be manipulated to a chisel tip for the outer brows, so not all hope lost there!

The instructions that come with it is to:

  1. Apply a thick layer of the tint to your brows
  2. Leave to set for at least 20 minutes
  3. Peel off

Three simple instructions, although there is also the potential to leave the tint on for much longer, from 20 mins to overnight, depending on how long you want the tint to last, and how dark you want the tint to develop.

As this was my first time using this, and I did not know how this would react to my skin or eyebrow hair, I left this on for around 30 minutes – 1 hour (guilty of not timing here! Bad Tiffy!)

The tint is a very thick and gloopy in consistency, so it’s very stubborn to spread across my eyebrows, and I did end up dipping a lot into the tube, so I can see this being something that runs out very quickly and/or something that will run out halfway through tinting, which isn’t great. However, knowing that it is thick and gloopy does mean that you’re not going to find it dripping halfway down your face as you’re making a cup of tea, which ensures that you get nice crisp lines when you peel it off – how sharp those lines are, are down to how you put it on.

I also do admit, it was a little hard trying to manipulate the brush, especially when I was getting to the outer corners of my brows, but with a little trial and error, all was well and I managed to achieve the chisel tip that I needed!

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Took me a while, but I got there!

Peeling off the tint was pretty easy, but there were a few little straggly bits left clinging onto my hairs, so I had to scrape my nail across my brows to get those off, but apart from that the majority of it came off in one go, so no biggie for me!

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Could have been a bit darker, but oh well!

When looking at the final result, I was quite pleased with how it turned out. I wish it had been a little darker, but I didn’t mind as this was only the first time I was using this, so a lot of fine-tuning will have to go into mastering what I want! As it was not as dark as I was anticipating, I knew that I was going to have to use my trusty eyebrow pencil to fill it in and make them the right shade of dark brown, but it would speed up my makeup routine big time as I won’t need to sit there and carefully draw them on – all I would need to do is follow the shape!

So, I’m a happy bunny so far with the results, now it was a case to see how long they would last…

The Lasting Effect

Day 1

 

Activities of the day:

  • Work
  • Makeup Removal routine (coconut oil to remove eye makeup, then micellar water to clear away the coconut oil residue and remove foundation)
  • Gym
  • Shower, including weekly skincare routine (face scrub, spot treatment, moisturiser)

So after a pretty full-on day, the tint is still there, albeit significantly lighter than the previous night, after I removed the tint. Overall, I’m pretty impressed it managed to withstand a lot of things, such as my weekly skincare routine and a heavy gym session.

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Day 2

Activities of the day:

  • Work
  • Rugby training
  • Shower
  • Makeup removal routine, and moisturiser application

This time round, the tint has definitely gone from the surrounding area of my eyebrows, so they are looking a bit on the patchy and thin side. However, the tint is still on my eyebrow hairs at this point, even if it has gone ginger!

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Day 3

Activities of the day:

  • Work
  • Darts game 
  • Makeup removal routing and moisturiser application
  • 20-minute High-Intensity Kettlebell session

So today they are starting to fade from the outer corners of my eyebrows, which means that I am now starting to rely more and more on my pencil and artistry skills to make sure that they look presentable to society.

At the end of the week, some of the tint was still in my eyebrows and is slowly fading from the outside in, so I would have given it another week for my eyebrows to go back to blonde. However, I have reapplied the tint, and I plan to leave it on overnight to get my facial caterpillars as dark as I can, and to last as long as possible.

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The Verdict

Overall, considering that I only left it on for under an hour, I can safely say that, for me, it does exactly what it says on the tube – for me, the tint is still present after a week of initially applying the tint.

The gloopy texture of the tint when applying it can take a bit of patience to get the right amount of tint on your eyebrows and applicator manipulation, but once you get these to behave how you want them to, I think that this is a great addition to my makeup bag, but it won’t ever replace my trusty pencil – the only way that’s happening is if I pursue a more permanent solution!

Have you tried this yet? What are your views? Drop me a comment and let me know!

Until next time lovelies,

Tiffy xx

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July and August

Hi lovelies!

Another month has gone by for us, and it has been nothing but go go go for me!

So, as I didn’t do a July highlights post, as I had a lot going on (find out more here for the main reason!), this is going to be a double bubble highlights post!

So, since the last time, you all know that me and Jay finally found a place that we can call our own. Now, I am happy to say that we officially moved in back in July! We picked up the keys (which was a very near-miss, but fate must have been on our side), and we started moving things in the next day (thanks dad!). Then, Jay’s dad helped us 2 days later, and the last of it was in the flat that weekend! Considering that we had quite a bit to move, it was a pleasant surprise that we managed to get things moved, and the old flat cleaned by the weekend, so we even handed the keys to the old flat in early!

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Apart from the move dominating, July also saw the first part of my training for work come to an end, and the next section start. As we are in September now, and I have very nearly completed my training, it is safe to say that the first part of training was the hardest part of the overall; it was the most physically and mentally demanding part of it, but I know that it has given me the foundations to get better at my job, and if I got through that part, I know that I will be OK when the real work starts.

Now, onto August…

August saw a lot of restart in my life, and that meant that my world has got a lot busier! First and foremost, it saw me and Jay completing the first month of living together, just us. It has taken a bit of adapting, and a lot of negotiating around boxes (not enough furniture!) but we are getting there! We’re still settling into a routine, but we very nearly have one worked out!

August was also the month that I finally took an active step into getting back into shape – which means I did the unthinkable…I joined a gym! In the past, I have always been stringent against joining gyms, as I have always thought they were expensive. Also, I always had a bit of anxiety about going to the gym as everyone is all toned and in shape…and I look like a dumpling in trainers! As moving meant that we were moving from a 3-bed flat to a 1-bed flat, it meant that we were not able to take some of the stuff that we had before – namely the home gym that Jay built up. As he could not shift the stuff (mainly because he couldn’t sell it in time and he had money left to pay off on the treadmill) we had to shift it into storage (aka mummy-in-law’s garage). We still have the kettlebells at our place, so we can still do small workouts, but that limits us for what we can do (how am I meant to get my max deadlift up?!).

So, Jay and his brother joined the gym near our place – it’s £20 per month membership, open 24 hours, and it’s a 5 minute walk from our flat (which is really convenient for us). I was still skeptical, but with pre-season looming and the start of the friendlies at the rugby club, I know I needed to get things under way.

I bought a one-day pass to see what it was like, and I can say that I was pleasantly surprised. Going in there was nothing like I thought it would be – no one was staring at me when I walked in (dressed in black leggings, and high-vis top and trainers), no one came up and criticised how I was doing something (which contributed to my anti-gym attitude) and I was left to get on with my workout! However, I wasn’t willing to fork out £20 per month, especially when at the time I didn’t know if I would use it enough to verify signing up, and the fact that I had a gym in the basement of my work building that I have access to (after I do a gym induction).So, seeing that I enjoyed it, Jay offered me a deal: he pays for my membership (where in the future I will take over the payments) if I conquer my fear of treadmills (long story short – I fell off a treadmill when I was 15, and haven’t been on one since). So I said yes. Since then, I have been to the gym at least twice a week, and I even conquered my treadmill fear! OK, I went at walking speed on an incline but it is a start!

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I did it! (sorry for the blur ha!)

August was also the start of rugby games again too! On the 26th, I travelled to Ashford for our first pre-season friendly! We lost (33-17) but I will say that I was very proud to get out there for the first time in 4 months (yep, that’s how long it’s been since I played a full-on rugby game), and I will admit I was rusty, but then when you haven’t played in 4 months who isn’t?! I managed to stay upright without any major injuries (oh hi bruises and scrum rash, it’s so nice to see you again!) I can safely say that it can only go up from there! We had another friendly on the 2nd (which we won – I’ll talk about that in the next monthly roundup) but it feels sooooooooo good to be back on the pitch! My personal goal this season – score my first try!

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And there you have it lovelies! That’s my double-bubble roundup for July and August! How was your July and August? I would love to know in the comments!

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Until next time lovelies!

Tiffy xx

Things I Didn’t Know About Moving

Hey Lovelies!

If you are reading this post, I can safely say that this is my first post published IN MY NEW FLAT!!! Yes, I am now all moved and settled (and all utilities and interwebs-related stuff resolved too!)

Now, although I have moved before (I did fly the family nest back in 2015 when I moved in with Jay), but it’s slightly different when you are moving to a completely different dwelling where everything has to be done from scratch. So, this has been a bit of a learning curve to say the least. I will say that as Jay has done this before, I did leave a lot of this to him, and took care of the organisation etc.

The amount of cleaning to be done

I know this may sound like a no-brainer, but I really did not know how much cleaning would be involved! I guess it seems like something that is expected, considering at Jay and his family have been living in the place that they were for the last 5 years, you do accumulate a lot of stuff, and there is a lot of that type of dirt that no matter what you do, or how clean you are, it still finds a way in and makes itself at home!

With the old flat, we even had to redecorate a room or two! At a couple of points I did think about if we were spending the deposit money that was going to come back! Safe to say that I will be definitely keeping on top of the cleaning and tidyness in this flat, regardless of if we are going to be there for the long haul or not!

Your house will be a cardboard jungle

Now, I knew this from the start, as I packed all my stuff into boxes when I moved from ma Creighton’s place to Jay’s but I didn’t know I had this much. Admittedly, it was mainly clothes (which I managed to condense into ___ boxes – pretty good going there!) and we did throw a lot of stuff away before we even started, but still…So. Many. Boxes!

You will get antsy

When there are multiple people buzzing around like blue-arsed flies trying to get their stuff done, it’s safe to say that you will get a bit…irritable. As somewhat of a social misfit, I get irritable around all sorts of people, and things, but I did not know that I could be so irritable that I pack and fold things with a permanent scowl and turn murderous when something is meant to be a joke (sorry Jay!)

Cancel-away!

So once you have sorted your packing and cleaning to-do list, you will probably see that you have a glorious thing on there which states something along the lines of “cancel…”. Yep, it’s time for you to cancel your utilities, internet, council tax, TV licence, water…the works! Which means you then have to sift through the pile of paperwork the length of your arm that you have rejected/not bothered/not had time to look through, to find all your various account details, then call them all, listen to them grasp at straws as a ploy to keep you (especially the internet package), only to do it all again when you move in to start it all up again! Although, you can sign up online so I guess that’s not too bad…

Cancelled it all? Better start the transfer process…

So you’ve cancelled everything? Yay! But now you have to start the address changes. So that means you have to notify a list of companies the length of your arm of your change of address, including DVLA for your licence, bank, phone company, work, pension scheme, re-do all your online delivery addresses, Student Loans Company, loyalty cards, credit cards…everything! Oh fun!

Kiss goodbye to any routine you have for about a month…

As you all know I love my workouts, and my rugby. However, as the need to find a new place set in, flat hunting and packing and cleaning, takes precedence over everything. I admit – I have lived off takeout food, sandwiches, and cereal for the last month. Safe to say that once I am settled, back on the low-carb diet I go (I even bought a new George Foreman Grill to help…and the fact that it’s my new flat hehe).

Christmas comes early…

What happens when you get a new flat? It gives you carte blanche to go and BUY STUFF!!! You have no idea how great it is going flat shopping, it’s like Christmas has come early and it almost sets it all in that you are officially moving! So far, we have a bajillion new things – knives, chopping boards, cutlery, crockery, bedding, towels…I even bought some Bansai tree seeds for me to start growing! We haven’t completely bought everything at this point, but we are pretty close…

…But not too early

So, you’ve picked up the keys, you’ve unpacked your clothes, your toiletries, your makeup, all the pretty new things that you have bought for your new place, but then you come to a screeching halt – you’ve unpacked all you can! Uh-Oh, turns out you also need new furniture! So out comes all the IKEA brochures and scouring online for the perfect shelving unit, bookcase and chest of drawers. But be careful – don’t buy all of it at once, you need to live after all…

There is no time limit on getting unpacked

At the moment, we are about 70% unpacked. So, everything that is still in boxes is stuff that needs to be put on furniture, such as books, DVDs etc. I will admit – I bought a load of stuff over that could have been thrown out as I don’t use/need it anymore, but as getting stuff packed and moved to a liiiittle bit priority they had to be put on a back burner. But never fear – once you get that furniture in, it’ll all be plain sailing from there!

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And there you have it! All the things that I didn’t know truly went into a complete relocation. I will admit – it did get hairy sometimes, but as soon as the last box was in the front door, and I knew that I was officially moved in, I knew that all the stress has been worth it.

What things have you learned when you moved house (if you have)? Drop me a comment below!

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Until next time lovelies!

Tiffy xx

Joyful June

Hey Lovelies!

Well, that’s another month that has flown by! And I must say – it really has! It only feels like yesterday that I wrote my May review (which you can find here if you haven’t read it already).

Well, there really isn’t that much to report quantity-wise, but what there is, is more quality. It’s also a big reason as to why I have been a little of radar as of late (sorry guys!)

As I don’t really want to break the big news that we have at the moment, I am going to start with the smaller things of the month…

So this month marks the first full month of me being in my dream job (no pics here I’m afraid!). Now, I am finally getting down to the nitty gritty of the ins and outs of the job, and training for my day-to-day tasks, I am really enjoying getting my teeth into the juicy stuff. I will admit – it is intense, and it is challenging, and it has dented my morale a little, but at the moment, the one thing that I have to remember is that I know that I will encounter items in live casework where I will spend days upon days working on one thing, and I have to remember what it is all for – finding the culprit of the crime; the bigger picture; making sure that the right people are held accountable and receive the consequences of their actions.

Another thing that June brought was, of course, the snap General Election. Now, I’m not going to get into politics, but I am going to highlight something that put a small light hearted light to the touch, in the form of a hashtag: #dogsatpollingstations. Yep, this little hashtag on twitter made me smile. As someone who loves animals, and after Jay showed me this was trending, seeing all the puppies (and other animals!) at polling stations did put a smile on my face, especially with all the negative press in the run up to this election. Check out coverage (and the cute animals!) here.

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Yep, the above pic is a MAC highlighter. On my lap. That’s right – I actually own a piece of high-end makeup! Since Jay has started working for Harvey Nichols, he’s become more and more exposed to the higher-end products of the retail world, and that includes makeup. Now, I am someone who follows makeup brands, and I am always saying how great it would be to own an Urban Decay palette, or MAC foundation that actually matches my skin tone (vary pale with a cool undertone, yeah it sucks being me sometimes), but then my scrimping ways stop me, as I always have a mini heart attack when I look at the price. Well, at this point, Jay has the site open on his laptop, and proceeds to ask me if I would like anything (does help he gets a discount). I know that I am starting to see the metal bottom of my highlighter in my Primark Contour kit, so what better way for me to start getting acquainted with little luxuries like that (but it still took some prodding from Jay as I was still apprehensive).

Now, on to my BIG news! I guess I can’t hold it any longer…

So, as I my closest friends and family know, me and Jay have been together for a while, and they know that we already live together, with his mother. Well, our contract for our current place is up soon, which means one thing – flathunting.

Well…

I can safely say that, after two intense weeks of all forms of life and diet and exercise out the window, I can safely say that WE HAVE A FLAT!!!! Yep, we have our own little nest for ourselves, just me and him. So, that means that we have done nothing but pack, paint, clean, sweep, and live off takeout food for the last week or so. I can safely say I am very excited to be starting the next chapter of my life with Jay, and this will definitely be the start of something big, who knows – maybe even the rest of my life! The plan is to rent for a few years, whilst we scrimp and save for the big one, a deposit on a house and finally get on the property ladder! We’re still local to where we are now, only about 15 mins walk between our current abode and our new nest, but I can safely say that the countdown has officially begun!

So there you have it! Some big things happening in Tiffy’s Wild World, and believe me, it is very all over the place at the moment!

How has your June gone? I would love to know what you have all been up to. Let me know by dropping a comment below!

Until next time Lovelies!

Tiffy xx

 

Manic May

Hi lovelies!

I know that we are already in June and I am a bit behind on the posting. Sorry – it’s been a mental month!

I will admit – there hasn’t been that much going on this month, but whatever has happened, it has been a ma-HOO-sive change!

This one is going to be a short one, so on with the highlights!

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First and foremost, I think the above encapsulates the biggest thing that has happened to me in 2017 so far, and that’s starting my new job! I will admit – although I have experience in the industry, I had no idea about what I was walking into on my first day. Thankfully, I knew a few of the people who work there before I started, so I kind of had a little bit of a safety net on the lonely front. I have just completed by third full week there, and I can safely say that I am loving it at the moment! It feels natural for me to be back in an Exam lab, and it feels like I never left – all the old processes came back to me. The only issue I have at the moment is that I was so stuck in the old ways out of habit, that I have to essentially un-learn my old ways of doing things, and re-learning the way that they want me to do things (I’ve already done this on a quantity front – I wrote 2 pages’ worth of notes for an item where the max should have been half of that…oops!)

Jay is also loving his new job, although he was struggling at the beginning, but he is happy that he finally has some regular hours and his weekends back, so he essentially has his life back! I mean, he can now play rugby again (we actually went training on Thursday together. Best. Feeling. EVER!), and it works in well as we need to start looking for our own place soon. The only thing that held him back was the glorious thing called technology. Yep – they knew he was coming had not properly sorted out his access that he needed to actually start doing stuff! But, credit to his predecessor, he did have a full week training and handover before the stabilisers came off and he was out on his own. But, the main things are that he is loving it, and quite frankly so am I, as it means we now have a social life together again!

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Another highlight of mine was finally getting to meet my new baby nephew! Alfie is now 3 months old, and there was a multitude of reasons why I have not seen him before now (he was sick, mum’s new pup, work etc), but on my stepfather’s birthday, we all rallied round his place, and I saw my sister, my beautiful niece and my little handsome nephew! I know that is a bit biased as he is my nephew, but he is gorgeous. I even got cuddles and a little smile from him too!

As well as seeing him, I also got to see my beautiful sister and my niece. Although she is technically my stepsister, I still class her as my sister and I would do anything for her; and for another thing – she looks damn good considering she had a baby only three months ago! If I look like her after I have children I will count myself as very lucky indeed!

As for my niece Mia, she is very quickly becoming a very smart young lady. She is incredibly intelligent for her age, and she is also starting to get witty and sarcasm in her little off-hand remarks! When she does this, as well as seeing her be the best big sister to Alfie, it gives me a stark reminder that she is doing just that – she is growing up. Every time when I see her and she gets more and more mature, it takes me back to when she was the same age as Alfie, when my sister, Pam, came to stay with us for a while, and I remember her face when I would hold her, sit her on my knee (she liked to be sitting upright, Alfie is the same!), look after her, hear her giggles when we would all act silly around her, and it would also remind me of times when Abel, my old pup, would sit next to her, and she would grab his face, pull his ears, climb over him, and he would sit there and let her do it. It’s a bittersweet realisation as I never ever want her to grow up, and it makes me appreciate the smaller things, and to always make memories (which is why I have a ton of pics of both Mia and Alfie on my phone!)

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And that, my lovelies, is about it really, for May anyway! June has some more things in store, which is predominantly me and Jay both settling into our jobs more, and prepping for the next big step in our lives – moving into our own flat together! We actually have started the viewings, and now we are on course to finding the perfect home!

What was your May like? Maybe more eventful than mine!

Until next time lovelies!

Tiffy xx

The Jay Coleman Appreciation Post

Hey Lovelies!

This time around I wanted to speak about someone who plays a big part in my life, albeit he is a pain in the a** sometimes. And that is my significant other, Jay.

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For those who follow my blog, you will know that Jay pretty much comes up in about 80% of my posts, somehow; but that’s because 1. I live with him, 2. I experience life with him, and 3. when something happens in my life, he is one of the first to know what has happened. In all fairness, I am where I am today partially because of him.

So, let’s get on with the bio and the embarrassing photos (sorry Jay…not! Ha!)

Jay was born on 1st April 1988 (I know – he’s destined to be a fool) in the good old South London town of…Croydon. He has lived in Croydon pretty much all his life (apart from when he went to uni) and it is also our current residence. 6ft, and approximately 17st of “Padded Muscularity” (his words – translates to very muscular but has a layer of fat covering them, hence you can’t see them unless he flexes).

I first came to know Jay when I started working for Tesco back when I was at uni, in 2012. I first crossed paths with him when I was learning to take stock of Cigarettes and process the Cigarette delivery as I had just changed department. He had locked a mutual friend into a cage and then proceeded to wind her up. However, if you speak to him, he will say that he knew of my existence on my very first day, when I was waiting outside the training room with 7/8 other people, waiting to get the corporate induction under way. To be fair, that day is a blur to me anyway as I had so much going on!

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I was actually standing just to the left of this pic…

From there, after being invited out to dinners, and just generally working closely together, as he worked Stock Control and I worked CSD (Customer Services), we eventually became friends, which was the start of various nights out and social events.

Eventually, as life went on, I started to go through issues with le bf at the time (he had a mental breakdown, been diagnosed with depression, prescribed medication – which he refused to take, and there was a wedge being driven between us). Jay was there when all this was going on – to the point where I (and the ex) was invited to a gig (ex decided he didn’t want to go last-minute, so I gave the ticket to his mate, who was also a good mate of mine at the time), and the gig had come at a really vulnerable time in my life – my grandfather had just passed away and, on top of dealing with someone who had depression and was not helping themselves, I quite frankly needed the time to myself. The gig was great, and then I stayed out all night drinking and talking, and out of the whole group we were with (there were about 10 of us) he and I were the last ones standing. He really was a friend who was there when I was at my lowest.

Anywho, fast forward a few months, I had split with the ex (after he promised me he would see me for the first time in months, then changed his mind minutes before I arrived at his door, proceeded to lose it in front of my best friend from uni, who frog-marched me to the pub, got me drunk and gave me a spoonful of reality), the ex had accused me of cheating on him with Jay, which had caused me and him to hang out more as we were going through the same thing. Soon after, he asked me out on a date! I do admit – the more I was spending time wth him, the more I was becoming attracted to him, so I said yes!

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Fast forward 1 year and 3.5 months, and I moved in with him!

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13 months after that, I joined the same rugby club he plays at.

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5 months after that, we both start new jobs.

In one month’s time, at the time of writing this, we will be looking for our first flat together!

It’s safe to say that he has been there for the most challenging parts of my life, and he has always reigned me in when I fly off the handle (he is most definitely the calmer one of the two of us). He was there to comfort me when I had to leave my jobs, when I have experienced tough times in my family life, he was the one who practically pushed me out the door to go home to my mum after my dog passed away 18 months ago, and he stayed by me when I had my own breakdown and had the patience to wait in the wings and let me do my own thing, when I really needed to.

He’s also the one who will always relentlessly challenges me when we cannot agree on a situation. I do admit, it is a mare, but in a way I appreciate it as I am as stubborn as a mule and usually with me, it is either my way or the highway. He’s also one of the first people who will always believe in me and (try) to give me confidence in everything that I do, from work, to rugby, to even picking new clothing and style. Especially on the final topic, I always (and I mean, always) push back on it, but that is down to my own issues, and not his (too much to go into, so I may save that one for another conversation), but regardless, he is resilient and he doesn’t give up on trying to make me see what he sees in me, which is a lot more than what I see in myself.

He is the one who gave me a head start on the rugby, which is a plus. He used to play when he attended uni (Phantoms RFC, Second Row) and he started playing again about a year ago, when he joined Beckenham. If it wasn’t for the fact that he started playing (and then stopped because he ended up getting knocked out in a game, then being signed off from his doctor and physiotherapist from rugby, which then co-incided with his job giving him late shift after late shift, which meant he could not play or attend training…that’s about to change!) I very highly doubt I would be playing rugby today. He initially got me interested in the sport, and I have not looked back since.

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Playing at Phantoms RFC

He has also been very supportive in me starting and keeping up this blog, as he is the one who has put things into perspective when my head is flying with so many ideas and topics to put on here. And as he has helped a lot in my life, I thought it was high time he got a post all to himself.

So, Jay, as I know you will be reading this, thank you. I know I am a pain to be around sometimes, but always know that I do appreciate everything you do, and I know I don’t show it, especially when I do throw my weight around a bit.

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I love you.

Until next time Lovelies!

Tiffy xx

 

The Most Luxurious Manicure I Ever Had

Disclaimer: I have received permission from Queen B London to use images from their Instagram page for this post. 
Hey Lovelies!
Now as you all know I’m into my general health and fitness, but I also like taking care of my looks – my hair, skin and nails are incredibly important to me, and I am willing to spend big bucks to keep them looking good and healthy.
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Pre-Manicure. They do look pretty grim.
For the last couple of years I have been looking for ways for me to care for my nails and make sure they are strong so that when they grow they don’t break. I used to be a nail biter so I’m already trying to repair years and years of damage to my nail beds.
My nails were getting more and more damaged because of what I was doing to them, so I’ve been growing them out and using nothing but cuticle oil and hand lotions (blog post coming soon on that!), and it was high time they got a pampering. Cue Queen B Luxury Nail Lounge!
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Credit: Queen B Luxury Nail Lounge
Opened in 2016 in South Croydon, they came onto my radar via Instagram where they came up as a sponsored page. After looking through the endless pics of the beautifully manicured nails of their clients (male and female!) I had to book myself in for a treatment. How could a girl not say no?!
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Credit: Queen B Luxury Nail Lounge
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Credit: Queen B Luxury Nail Lounge
So I booked myself in via their site for the Queen B Signature Manicure, with Gelish nail colour. I know from previous experience how amazing gel polishes are for keeping your nails strong and how long they last, so I had to throw that in there!
When I arrived, I walked into a small boutique which was kitted out with gorgeous vintage chairs, all painted white. The pedicure chairs are on raised platforms with stunning ceramic sinks built into the platforms – no huge leather dolphin spa chairs that you usually see here!
After meeting my manicurist, I was shown to my seat and asked to pick what colour I would like. I had no idea what I wanted until a lovely dark pastel blue caught my eye, and I fell in love! I picked my colour and went on with the treatment.
After being asked how I would like my nails (shape, length etc) they were shaped, buffed, cuticles removed, and the gel colour was applied. Everything is done by hand – the only electrical appliance used is the Lamp used to cure the Polish!
Even after just getting my nails reshaped and painted, I already felt 1000 times better, but it didn’t end there, oh no – now it was time for the massage of the Manicure! A beautiful sugar scrub was put on both hands and massaged in, as well as a hand lotion being massaged into my hands and arms. The care and precision taken in this mani is something else – the fact that they massaged my forearms was already a ma-hoo-sive plus!
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Managed to snap this before my other hand went in the wax!
Next was placing my hands in Paraffin Wax to help soften my hands. I will admit – before now, I had never seen wax even used in a mani, let alone getting it done myself! My manicurist (called Charlotte) went away and then came back with the melted wax in 2 plastic bags, and my hands were placed in the bags and then tied around my wrists, and then left to harden. Whilst the wax was cooling and hardening, it was the perfect opportunity to really get to know people, as you can’t really do anything else (apart from drink from a straw)!
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Colour: ‘Flirt in a Skating Skirt’
All in all, it was by far the best, and most luxurious, manicure I have ever had. It is most definitely a treat for all those who like to have their hands and nails looking nice week in week out; and with the beautiful decor, the amazing customer service, I can safely say that I will be back for another manicure soon!
Have you been to Queen B for a manicure/pedicure? Let me know of your experience!
Until next time Lovelies!
Tiffy xx
Update: When I was writing this, it has been over 2 weeks since I got my nails done, and the colour is still going strong!
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Two weeks later and still shiny!

The Mystery Blogger Award

Hey Lovelies!

So this is my second Blogger Award that I have been nominated for! I was nominated for this award by My Tragic Universe, check out their blog here.

Also a huge thank you to Okoto for creating this award! It’s awards like this that gives the smaller blogs more exposure!

THE RULES:

  1. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  2. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
  3. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  4. Answer the questions from the nominator
  5. Nominate 10-20 people
  6. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  7. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice
  8. Share a link to your best post(s)

THREE THINGS ABOUT MYSELF:

  1. I have no full siblings – I have 2 half-brothers, 1 half-sister, 1 step-sister and 1 step-brother, but that doesn’t matter as I count them all as my siblings.
  2. I am not a victim of the ‘CSI Effect’. I have a degree in Forensic Science and the reason behind me getting into Forensics as a career choice was my affinity for Science and the case of Jack the Ripper.
  3. I am a huge music lover. I was raised on a myriad of music types and I’m classically trained to Grade 6 level.

QUESTIONS:

  • What is the last book you fell in love with? Digital Fortress by Dan Brown. I loved his Robert Langdon series, and the next book of his I read most definitely did not disappoint – it even educated me a little on the basics of coding, encryptions and hacking!
  • What is your all time favourite song? Crazy by Patsy Cline (link here if you want to have a listen).
  • If you had a day to yourself without any responsibilities, how would you choose to spend it? Probably pampering myself and gaming – I have a lot of games to get through on my PS3 (I know – I’m so far behind!) so knowing me I would play Assassin’s Creed in a Face Mask!
  • When is the last time you learnt something new? I’m always learning, but when it was something brand new I would say last December – when I started playing Rugby
  • What is the last joke you told? Do you think it was a good one? What do you call an insect that runs away? Flea. (Bad bad bad joke but it cracks me up all the time).

MY BEST POST:

This is a relatively new blog, so I haven’t really explored all topics I can write about, but I would say my best post was focused on the advice I would give my younger self (post here if you want to read it). I found it very reflective as I realised how far I had come in my life as a whole as I was writing it.

NOMINATIONS:

I am sure that my nominations are probably duplicates as most people I follow have already been nominated for this, but these are the people whose blogs I read regularly:

  1. Life with Lil Red
  2. Her Black Mirror
  3. Brush and Needle
  4. Obsessive Compulsive Designer
  5. BeaFree
  6. Dazed Muse
  7. Life with Lizzie
  8. Sophie in Wonderland
  9. Katie’s Sanctuary
  10. Coral @ The Hula

MY QUESTIONS:

  1. What would your perfect date be?
  2. What is your favourite beauty hack?
  3. When was your favourite birthday?
  4. When was the last time you went on holiday?
  5. If you could go and live anywhere in the world, where would it be, and why?

 

Until next time Lovelies!

Tiffy xx

Au Revoir April!

Hey Lovelies!

Where on earth is this year going?! I can’t keep up!

So along with all the chocolate and Hot Cross Buns, April has had its ups and downs, but the ups definitely outweigh the downs, and I can’t wait to share them with you!

First and foremost, April started with Jay’s birthday! He’s now 29 (or one year away from 30 when I want to wind him up), so we started by having a birthday breakfast at the Breakfast Club, at Boxpark Croydon. He had the All American breakfast and I had Pancakes and Berries. His had pancakes, eggs, sausage, potatoes, and bacon with maple syrup on the side to drizzle; mine was pancakes with seasonal berries (strawberries and blueberries) with vanilla whipped cream. All I can say is that it was heaven! I had not had anything like it! It was so good, that every time I go past I am pining to go there again! Maybe when I have some time off…

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April also saw the end of the season at the Rugby Club. We lost our last game, and it was a hard one – running around in a thick t-shirt in 25 degree heat – safe to say I even warmed up in just my shorts and sports bra, and I practically bathed in the Factor 50+! Topped off with a drink at the local bar and a gorgeous meal with the girls, it was a great way to finish my first (albeit I was there for only half of it) season! I learned a lot about myself as a player, and where I need to improve for next season. I’m still training (7s season) for the fitness, if I stopped I would turn into a hippo! As training is now concentrating on cardio, I am now also getting back into my strength training to help be a better prop (and I need to get stronger as a whole anyway!).

And to add onto the rugby season, Beckenham RFC also organised an event that any member of any rugby club would love to see – a Barbarians Memorial Match. In essence, a very dear member of the club, a great man named Paul Skelly, passed away unexpectedly last year. He was the heart and soul of the club and poured all his being into making the club even better than what it is, and especially invested in women’s rugby, and helped the women’s division get the recognition that it has, and deserves to this day. If it wasn’t for him, I don’t know where I would be today in regards to rugby. The day consisted of two matches – Beckenham Women’s 1st XV (formed of current Beckenham Ladies players, ft me!) v Beckenham Women’s Baa-Baas (formed of past – and present – Beckenham Ladies players who have been, or played, at the club for many many years). One of the Baa-Baas was Paul’s own daughter, Katie, and I can say that I am honoured to have played against her on the pitch, knowing what her father did for the club that I have grown to love (we won by the way – 29-10). The second match followed the same format, but it was the 1st Men’s XV v Beckenham Baa-Baas. A very entertaining match where the 1st Men’s XV won 41-31, but the Baa-Baas gave them a run for their money! Not only was it a brilliant game to watch, but there was a Haka at the beginning too (for those who have no idea what a Haka is, go look it up! It is mesmerising to watch)!

Another little highlight of mine, which I will only mention, is that I got my first manicure in months! I went to a new nail salon, which is just situated near where I live. I’ll leave a pic of my amazing mani here, and stay tuned for a blog post on the experience, and believe me – it was definitely something different (for me anyway)!

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So Pretty *heart-eyed emoji*

The final (and the most amazing!) thing that happened in April is that I started the wheels turning for a big change in my professional life. That’s right – I handed in my notice at work as I have managed to land my dream job! I had a provisional offer back in February, but I had to pass a load of checks before the offer became final. After filling out the paperwork, I got the phone call for my start date, and handed in my notice the same day! I start this month, so now the countdown begins for me.

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You’ll notice that there’s something else on the pic above – and that Jay has a new job too! He got his offer a week before me, and he starts his new job a week before me too, so we’re both got a lot going on in May, including knuckling down and looking for our own place to live, and obviously starting a brand new adventure in our lives!

What were your April highlights? You can tell I’ve had a busy busy month! Hope your April was as amazing as mine!

Until next time Lovelies!

Tiffy xx

PS I have made my Instagram public! Catch it here! @tiffyswildworld