Video: Winter Lights at Canary Wharf

Last week we went to see the Winter Lights exhibition at Canary Wharf in London, which was an art installation comprised of over 20 different pieces that used lights, sound and water.

There's also a blog post with pictures from the event and if you like them, take a look at my Redbubble shop where you can purchase stationery, apparel and prints with my pictures.



Nivea Lip Butter in Raspberry Rose

Nivea Lip Butter in Raspberry Rose

Two of my favourite beauty items will always be hand creams and lip balms: I feel like my lips and hands need to be moisturised constantly and thus end up trying a myriad of these products, it's almost like a hobby, ha!

This time it's the turn of Nivea Lip Butter in Raspberry Rose: packaged in a little round pot, it's practical because of the size and sturdy as it's made of recyclable aluminium. Although it contains 
a bit less product than its Vaseline counterpart (3.3 grams to be exact) it still is more product than you would normally get in a 4 g tube. 

The Nivea Lip Butter in Raspberry Rose has a faint strawberry milkshake tone to it, however when applied it looks like it would leave a whitish cast on the lips but this vanishes in moments as it melts onto the lips and feels very moisturising thanks to the use of Shea Butter, Castor Seed Oil, Almond Oil and Glycerin (there's a new formula that leaves out the last 2, as well as the mineral oil and petrolatum, using Shea instead as the main ingredient, and adds avocado and jojoba oils too).

Another aspect that I really enjoy about this lip balm is the scent, it's sweet and fruity and it feels nostalgic as it reminds me of something I can't quite put my finger on. Application is not my favourite as you need to dip your finger in it (not unhygienic unless you don't wash your hands first) because it can be a bit messy and it's not ideal for on the go. 

However it's all forgiven because of the lovely scent and amazing moisturising properties - it makes my lips feel very soft and gets rid of any dry skin. I normally use it before bed and wake up to moisturised and smooth lips which is ideal.

I'd recommend this lip balm if you are looking for a smoothing and softening lip product that is affordable and smells amazing too.

Find Nivea Lip Butters at Superdrug.



Up to 50% Off RedBubble Discount Code

Up to 50% RedBubble Discount Code

RedBubble is a print on demand website where you can find thousands of different designs printed onto a variety of items such as mugs, t-shirts, stickers, cushions and notebooks, which can make perfect gifts for any person and occasion, while supporting independent artists. 

They have plenty of sale events throughout the year and this time you can get up to 50% off your order with the code YESTO2050. 

So check out my store and see if there's anything that tickles your fancy. Thanks for your support!



Valentine's Gift Ideas Under £50

Valentine's Gift Ideas Under £50 for her

Valentine's Gift Ideas Under £50 For Him

Valentine's Day is exactly 4 weeks away, so here are some ideas, all under £50 as always, to help you find something to treat that special someone - or even yourself (go on, I won't tell).



Life Lessons

What makes people think that when treating someone consistently a certain way that they do not like  to be treated they'll never grow resentful or reach breaking point and snap back?

Probably the story of my life: always letting people walk all over me, laugh at me, treat me disrespectfully. I've taken a lot of that, which is my own fault, really. But every time I get to the point where I will not allow it any more, suddenly I'm the horrible one. 

This is the way that some people like to take advantage of others they see as weak - I've felt small and scared in many situations, letting people dictate my actions or bully me - it dates all the way back from primary school, through secondary and even my high school years. 

It finally stopped in university but it wasn't for good: at one of my first jobs here in the UK I was also bullied by a colleague around 7 years younger than me. And I let them carry on with it, so it got progressively worse until I got falsely accused of something very serious at work, which is when I decided it was time to report their abuse and make it stop. 

That's what I've learned over the years: I have allowed things like that to happen out of fear of speaking up. I've always been "a good girl" that just does what she's told, afraid of what could happen if I don't, when everyone else gets away with pretty much anything you can think of - even the things I get wrongly accused of doing.

One of my general "rules" in life is to treat people the way they treat me, it's what I've done since I can remember. How I treat people I get along with (family, friends, classmates, co-workers, etc) is what I believe to be a reflection of their treatment towards me. 

Granted, I never mentioned I was perfect, however if someone thinks I have turned into a despicable version of what I used to be, they should have a think about how they treated me in the past. They might realise that they prefer me weak, quiet and submissive so they can bring me down but they need to know that I am not condoning this type of behaviour anymore.


Passionflower In Full Bloom

Passionflower In Full Bloom

I took this picture a couple of months ago (in September to be exact) of a hypnotising passionflower from the garden out the back of the house. If you are equally mesmerised by flowers as am I, take a look at the products available with this picture in my RedBubble shop (just scroll down to see the full item list).



Happy New Year!

Happy New Year 2020!

Happy New Year 2020!

May you achieve the goals you set yourself. I wish you prosperity, new meaningful friendships and that you can make a living out of the things you love doing! Not just for this year, but also this new decade and beyond.