The Christmas Tag! | Blogmas Day 18

Hello everyone welcome back! I’m currently writing this whilst dog sitting!
Today I will be doing The Christmas Tag and I got the questions from Morgan from enthusiastblog

Without further ado, here we go!

1. What is your favourite Christmas film?

My favourite Christmas film HAS to either be Elf or Muppets Christmas Carol. I absolutely love these films and I watch both of them at least 10 times each in the lead up to Christmas

2. Have you ever had a White Christmas?

Being in the UK and especially North Wales, a white Christmas is inevitable and something you can never expect to see or have. However, I have had quite a few white Christmases in my 16 years and ones I can remember spending with my family having snowball fights in our old house. In March probably about two years ago now, we didn’t have a white Christmas; instead the snow held off until March and it was at least 5- 7 inches deep and my friends and I had a ball! These days, I don’t like snow and I love not having snow! (Sorry)

3. Where do you usually spend your holiday?

At home with my family, and usually do a gift swap with my friends a few days before Christmas to really get into the Christmas mood and spirit.

4. What is your favourite Christmas song?

I love listening to all Christmas songs especially Mr Michael Buble and Mariah Carey. A song I love listening to which isn’t really meant for Christmas is ‘Home’ by Michael Buble and I think its amazing.
5. Do you open any presents on Christmas Eve?

Kind of is my answer! My brother and sister and I will receive a box from my mum and dad every year with a pair of pyjamas each, a box of chocolates, and a festive film for us all to watch and snuggle up.
6. Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer?

Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixon, Comit, Blitzen…uhm… not exactly, no.

7. What holiday traditions are you looking forward to most this year?

I love waking up on Christmas morning and coming downstairs and being greeted by firstly, my puppy, and opening the front room door and being greeted by the swarm of Christmas presents sat on the sofa for my family and I. I love watching my family’s reactions to their presents, and this year I think I have done pretty well with their presents and I think they’re going to be a happy bunch of people.

8. Is your Christmas tree real or fake?

Its fake! We definitely would have gotten a real one, but with my dog its not exactly easy because he would definitely just be chewing it 99% of the time.

9. What is your all-time favourite holiday food/sweet treat?

Yule log, Matchsticks, and biscuit and cookie collections 😉

10. Be honest: do you like giving gifts or receiving gifts better?

I definitely love giving presents, but I also love receiving them and being grateful and happy because it definitely brings my mood up if I’m feeling crappy and I just love both of them and couldn’t decide if I had to!

11. What is the best Christmas gift you’ve ever received?

Last year, I was in a pickle because I didn’t have the greatest phone (iPhone 4s) and don’t get me wrong I loved that phone and had had it for two years and used it for absolutely everything. It was my mini computer because my own computer had broke so I downloaded Microsoft Word onto that phone and that took up quite a bit of space. Because it was the year of my final GCSE’s too, I needed a new phone and a laptop but I wasn’t expecting to get both! I was absolutely over the moon and overwhelmed to high heavens but this laptop has helped me with my revision and keeping up with hobbies – such as my blogging and I absolutely adore it and I’m so so grateful.

12. What would be your dream place to visit for the holiday season?

I think definitely New York to see the Rockerfeller Tree (Morgan also mentions the same on her post.) Just to witness a Christmas in another big city would be absolutely incredible!

13. Are you a pro-present wrapper, or do you fail miserably?

Definitely fail miserably! I honestly have the worst wrapping skills in the family and I was with my friend Romy yesterday and she’s so much better at wrapping than me!

14. Most memorable Holiday moment?

I honestly don’t know! I think it has to be opening the phone and laptop last year and me crying with joy and my dad absolutely beaming!

15. What made you realise the truth about Santa?

Thankfully, I didn’t have to be told the truth. I figured it out for myself because I recognised my mum and dad’s writing and thought it was suspicious and then I have obviously grown out of believing in Santa for myself, but I still believe in him for my eight year old brother.

16. Do you make New Years resolutions? Do you stick to them?

I don’t, no. Purely because of the fact that I know I won’t be able to stick to them because I make weekly goals for myself and I can hardly stick to those!

17. What makes the holidays special for you?

I think the main special thing about the holidays for me is giving presents to others and enjoying the holiday spirit with my family and friends. I love making every Christmas as special as possible!

That is it for this post! Thank you all for reading and I’ll catch you in my next!

Until next time,

~Abi <3

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Getting Braces & My Experience | Blogmas Day 12

Hello everyone welcome back,

Today I’m going to talk you through my braces experience and what I went through to get them on.

So to start, I had a consultation in about May time where I went to see my orthodontist and discuss having my braces on. I’m going to first say I don’t like my orthodontist as he was rude to me and I just overall didn’t like him much at all from first impressions. I was told I had to have four teeth out in order to have the brace fitted because otherwise the orthodontic treatment would have no effect at all. I was very hesitant about this and it took me 6 months to actually have my teeth out eventually. The experience of having my teeth out was daunting, but I’ll come to that.

Next step was to have the mould done. This was absolutely disgusting and yes, it is as bad as people make it out to be. I’m not going to sugarcoat this, I truly found it vile. You have two gum shields full of goo pushed against your top gum first and then your bottom gum afterwards to get the shape of your teeth and mouth.They hold them there for a good 10 – 15 seconds and there will be left over goo from the mould everywhere. It’s honestly not the best thing I’ve ever experienced.

After finally getting the appointments out of the way, it was finally time for me to have my teeth out. I didn’t do this as everyone else does. I used the gas and air method which was a mask which sort of looked like a snorkel around my nose which was being filled with anaesthetic to not knock me out, but make me sort of deluded, and keep me calm more than anything. The gas and air had two effects on me the two times I had my teeth out. The first time, I found myself really giddy and laughing at myself and finding it absolutely hilarious I couldn’t feel one side of my face. The second time, I was a state and it made me quite emotional and I came out of the appointment and cried lots and lots…

The ladies in there with me were absolutely lovely and made sure I was comfortable. During getting my teeth out, there was literally what everyone said there would be – lots of tugging, pulling, shoving; and that is exactly what I felt. The needles were sort of painful has the numbing anaesthetic started to kick in but the needle itself going in was just the most discomfort I’ve ever felt.

Because I didn’t want my four teeth out coming all at once, I had it done in two separate appointments hence why the gas and air had different effects.

The after effects of the teeth coming out and the numbing wearing off was very annoying. Its horrid not being able to feel your face and having to wait for it to come back with the feeling so you can start drinking normally again. I hated having to wait so long and the second time took even longer because he seemed to use quite a few syringes of the anaesthetic.

FINALLY I got to have my brace on last week (Tuesday 6th December) and it didn’t hurt at all and only ached for a few hours on and off. The worst thing about it was probably the blocks going on because of the glue they use to stick them on tasting absolutely vile. Also having the bands put in and attached was kind of painful / uncomfortable because there was a lot of force being used for me and twisting which felt like my teeth were going to fall out.

Since having my braces on, I’ve been living off skips, weetabix and jelly and thats about it until I can eat properly again.

Thank you all for reading and I hope this post was helpful to anyone having braces put on soon!

Till next time,

~Abi

Contact me at abimoss14@gmail.com

The Daily Face | Blogmas Day 4

Hello all, welcome back!

As you can tell from the title, today I’ll be walking you through my daily makeup (or at least the makeup I wore today). I did one of these a good few months ago which you can find here!

A few of the products I have mentioned before in the previous daily face post and I love the products all the same so here we go –

P R I M E R

For primer I will always stick to the Nivea Men’s Post Shave Balm because the glycerine within the product gives an amazing base for your makeup to stick to throughout the day. I have found this primer prevents creasing around my smile lines and around my nose where I tend to gather a few spots around this time of the year. You can find it in all good shops like Tesco, Superdrug and Boots all linked if you click on the shop names. It is much cheaper in Tesco at the moment! I got mine from Superdrug but I wish I had looked at Tesco first!

F O U N D A T I O N 

For my foundation I have tried one out I had personally never heard anything about before. This is the Barry M Flawless Matte Foundation which was £5.99 from Superdrug and its honestly my third favourite foundation and formulation I have tried. A post will be coming tomorrow with reviews on my top 3 foundations! I love how the foundation blends and just the overall finish, and you certainly don’t need to use a powder with this foundation at all because of how matte it is. Mine is in the shade porcelain if you were wondering.

C O N C E A L E R

This concealer is the same as the one mentioned in the previous daily face post. I have recently been using the Mac Prolong Wear Concealer mainly because of its light and highlighting colour and it is perfect to wear at this time of year because I get ridiculously pale! I love it’s high coverage and formula. Mine is in the lightest shade I think (don’t quote me on that I’m really not sure) in NW15. This was £17.50 from the Mac store in my local Debenhams which I believe is £2 more expensive than it should be?!

As the foundation is matte, I didn’t need to use powder. I did however use a light transparent powder under my eyes to set in that concealer.

C O N T O U R & H I G H L I G H T & 

B R O W S

For my contour I used a mix of the powder from my eyebrow kit and the Maybelline Dream Sun Bronzer. This combo gives me a good sharp line for my contour. Together this comes to just above £10 for sculpting. For highlight I used the MUA Skin Shimmer which was £2-3 and it’s great. For my eyebrows I use the MUA ProBrow Eyebrow Kit which retails for £4 and there is an angled brush included. I however use my Real Techniques Brow Brush instead.

M A S C A R A

This mascara is one I never hear anyone speak about and this is the Astor Pure Seduction Codes. The wand one this mascara is great and really gives volume and length. I got mine for £4 from my local charity shop and I’ve bought it twice this year within the past 4 ish months.

E Y E L I N E R

Again, this is another product I don’t hear spoken about very often and this is the Lord and Berry Eyeliner in #111 Forever Black. This eyeliner is a little bit of a love / hate relationship because the formulation does become quite crusty almost after a while and doesn’t tend to stay as long. This retails for £15 and I got mine in a LoveMeBeauty subscription box!

That is everything for my daily makeup routine! this post was published earlier and I hadn’t even finished writing it so I do apologise for that!

Speak tomorrow for post 5!

~ Abi ♤♡

The Versatile Blogger Award | Blogmas Days 2 & 3

Welcome back everyone! I apologise for this having to be my post for Blogmas days 2 AND 3 – I honestly had no idea what to write about to interest you guys.

Recently, my lovely fellow blogger friend Rachel posted a blog about the Versatile Blogger Award and nominated me which was so kind of her! Today for Blogmas post 3 (technically 2 and 3) I am going to be doing this little tag! So –

The Rules:

  1. Thank the person that nominated you & include a link to their blog. ☑️
  2. Nominate at least 15 blogs of your choice… If you can. ☑️
  3. Link your nominees and let them know of your nomination.  ☑️
  4. Share 7 facts about yourself.  ☑️

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So as mentioned Rachel nominated myself and a few other bloggers for this award which again is so lovely of her so thank you so much Rachel! Now I personally won’t be able to come up with 15 different blogs so I’ll give you a few of my favourites –

7 Facts About Me – 

  1. I’ve been to London a few times with family and once with friends and also to Disneyland Paris  with my high school for a ‘science’ trip which really wasn’t science related at all!
  2. I’ve been watching The X Factor since 2006 when Leona Lewis won and have watched every year since then. I started watching this year and when it came to the live shows I stopped purely because of Honey G because my family and I think she seriously ruined the show but as of writing this post I’m watching the Christmas Week!
  3. The previous fact leads me on to my next fact and that is I quite happily go all out with Christmas but I’m not a maniac when it comes down to it. I love getting all festive with Costa festive drinks, festive Christmas shows, festive decorations, and fairy lights and putting my little Christmas tree up in my room! (I’ve made it snow on my blog too and that makes me very happy)
  4. In the past few years, I have seen a total of 11 different musicals and two of those being Wicked in London and Manchester. I’m quite obsessed and I’d LOVE to go and see Phantom of the Opera in London with my dad along with Les Miserables!
  5. This next fact is something I’m still shocked about, but my family and I are going to live in Australia next summer for a year or two and I’ve never been more excited to live somewhere because I’ve spent 15 years of my life in the same little town in North Wales and there’s so much more out there and this is such an amazing opportunity for myself and my family!
  6. I have been doing YouTube videos for around 3 years now but since being partnered with StyleHaul 2 years ago, I’ve calmed my videos down due to StyleHaul being such a bad network for me to be partnered to. As soon as I have my braces on and have been unlinked from StyleHaul, I will be back doing videos because its such a creative thing for me to do and links in with my college course too.
  7. And the final most obvious fact I can come up with is that I am having my braces on next week on Tuesday and its safe to say I’m quite nervous because I have feeling I know its going to cause me lots of ache having them tightened!

Thank you all so much for reading!

~Abi <3

Contact me at abimoss14@gmail.com

 

My Sudden Love for Coffee 

 

Hello friends,

In the past week I have found myself to be a sudden coffee lover. My wonderful college friends can back me up with this because I have never (I repeated never) been a coffee drinker.

I always found the smell  extremely appealing but I never liked the taste because of that odd aftertaste you get. (Just me?)

So this is probably the strangest post you’ll ever read but I’ll give you the story anyway.

So last week we had a new girl called Melissa join our class and she was lovely! Thankfully she’s come over to my ‘half’ of the class to my little friendship group and she’s settled right in.

So last week on her first or second day, we went into the Costa in the college and Mel ordered a Caramel Coffee Cooler. She didn’t like it much so I voluntarily decided to have it. I think because I’m a very frequent tea drinker, the coffee must have been a shock to my system.

If you have ever seen Over the Hedge, you’ll know the hamster on there gets very hyped off energy drinks and goes absolutely mental. This is pretty much a good comparison to how I reacted to the coffee. My legs couldn’t stop shaking and I was getting very giddy.

So.

Conclusion.

Don’t give me cold coffee. It’s currently 4.20pm and  I’m on my third cup of coffee of the day so I probably won’t sleep tonight.. ah well.
Just want to give a quick shoutout to the lovely bunch of people who have recently added me to a lovely facebook group so I can connect with different bloggers and interact with new people.

I said I was going to post this at 6pm but I’m changing my mind and I will post it as soon as I finish writing.

Thankyou all so much for reading and following my blog!

I’ll speak to you next week.

🙂

~ Abi

#DreamCareer | Journalism & Photography

Hello everyone!

Today I wanted to talk to you about my dream career which is journalism.

All throughout my childhood I’ve loved writing stories and mini reports of my day and diary entries which I still love to do today. I get to share my love for writing and journalism online with you guys all throughout my social media platforms which is honestly something just adore!

Journalism I believe is a very quietly spoken about topic in today’s media and news and general topics which disappoints me. Thankfully when I left high school, I was able to find a college in the last two weeks of summer and find a perfect course for me which included journalism.

I’ve recently taken a love for black and white photography thanks to the inspiring tutors I have as well as the incredible documentary photographers I have gotten to know and love the work of. Vivian Maier is my current favourite and her work speaks so loudly and has so much power of influence to me. I have also been loving the work of Sally Mann and Edward Burtynsky.

I want to be able to discuss my views and thoughts through not only words, but pictures too. With a high quality phone camera and a Nikon D3200 I’d like to say I have everything at the tips of my fingers. However, everything takes planning. Naturally as a photographer you take pictures of the world as it is and if you see the perfect opportunity to take a picture you do so immediately which is I think a good thing in photography.

For journalism however, it’s all different and reports take research and careful planning with interviews and all sorts of things.

If you are wanting to write about your dream career, I’d love to read your posts. After you’ve read this blog I’d love for you all to tell me your dream career and then post the link in the comment section. Let’s see what we can make of this.

Till next time,

Abi xo
Ps. I’d love for sittingintheclouds to do this! X

First Week of College | My Experience

So.

Monday 5th September was my first day at college. By college I mean the next level up from high school – not university for all you Americans. I’m studying Creative Media & Journalism at my college and so far – it’s great.

My day didn’t really go to plan at first as I got to my bus stop and the bus didn’t turn up. I was expecting it to be late but it just did not turn up therefore I panicked a bit so thankfully my dad was able to take me.

Walking into the college I was greeted by a handful of lovely people who were in the college. Making my way down to my class, there’s a Costa which I’m so happy about?.

The typical college starters are ice breakers which are what we spent the majority of our time doing over the course of Monday and Tuesday. I hate ice breakers with a passion and I find them incredibly boring and long-winded. I’m only in college for 4 days, 2 of which are short days meaning I finish at 2.15 which is an absolute life saver. I also get Fridays off which I love.

Wednesday and Thursday were when we started really getting into our coursework and making our way through it. We had different assignments to do with photography which I’m okay with because it involves research.

The whole of the first week was more to do with getting to know the people on my course and making new friends. Unfortunately last week wasn’t my best week due to just really not getting on with the people who sat around me. There are 3 people who I really do get on with now and they’re absolutely lovely.

If anyone has any questions about college and getting started, let me know! I want to blog at least 4 times a week so get ready for a post tomorrow.

Bye!!

-Abi xo

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August Favourites | 2016

Good evening everyone!

Thank you for such lovely feedback on my last post! (Click here if you’ve not already read it)

Today I want to share with you my August favourites which consist of many things.

First off, I have my handbag from Primark which I will be using for school this year. I start college this year so I’m very excited for a new start. Earlier today, I posted a video where I showed my school bag for this year, so if you’re interested you can find that here.

 

This bag was £14 and for its size, its brilliant. I can’t link you to the bag as it’s not on the website anymore.

My second favourite for this month is the Maybelline Fit Me Matte Foundation. This foundation leaves a dewy finish on the skin and almost feels like a BB cream; however, it is definitely buildable. I like to wear this foundation without powder on top as I feel if you add powder on top of this it becomes cakey and turns that horrid orange toned colour and doesn’t match the rest of your skin properly. I recommend you only use a small amount of this foundation as it gives a lovely coverage with a lovely finish. This retails for £5.99 which is definitely something I’d be willing to pay again.

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Next, I have a few favourite books.This past month I’ve managed to finish three different books and loved them all in different ways. First up, Lee Evans – The Life of Lee.

This book was so amazing and had me intrigued the whole way through. I found out so much about Lee and the life he had before he became the man he is today. Lee Evans’ book was so inspirational and heartfelt and there were moments where you can understand and truly see the man he used to be with his wife Heather especially. It was funny, it was sad and it had me locked the whole way through.

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The second book I finished was Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone. Unlike a normal fan, I have watched all of the films. However, I haven’t read all the books which is unusual. I have never managed to stick to reading them and I feel this is because all the Harry Potter books we have in our house are old and the first editions without the fancy new covers. Therefore, recently I went to the Harry Potter Studios outside London (when I visited at the start of the month), and decided to purchase a new copy of the first book.

I managed to finish this book within a week which is pretty good going for me. I got the book from the studios for normal price of £7.99

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Finally the last book I have managed to smash last month in three days may I add!; is Zoella’s Girl Online On Tour. This book is definitely my favourite kind of fiction as you read it from a first person perspective. In this case, we follow Penny and her journey with her rock star boyfriend.I love love reading books like this as I find them much easier to read if the book is from the main character perspective. How I managed to read this book in 3 days is beyond me but I really really enjoyed it. This was a gift to me from my grandparents for Christmas, and she got this in WHSmith for around £12.

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(not my picture, i just think its cute)

I haven’t had many favourites this month, but I am willing to try out new products this month, so if you have any recommendations, let me know in the comments down below. Thank you so much for reading!

~ Abi x

campfires & late nights

I decided to write a post this morning because all my frienss are still asleep. So…

It was Zara’s birthday yesterday, so rightfully we set up a fire pit, burnt the majority of her school work and had chocolate, marshmallows and strawberries by the fire. We managed to keep the fire going from 5pm to 12ish. Therefore resulting us all now to smell of smoke?

What did you do yesterday? Here are a couple of pictures from last night.

Have a fabulous day

-Abi xo

The Daily Face – 29th April

Hello everyone!

So I’ve kept these products aside so I could write this post for you! I used to do everyday makeup looks on YouTube (which can be found here)

Today I’m showing you what I wore on my face to school – and today wasn’t really the best of days for me so I decided to go simple purely because of the fact I felt as sick as a dog and was very dizzy all morning.

The first product I used was the Nivea Men’s Post Shave Balm for sensitive skin. This product is amazing, and if it wasn’t for NikkiTutorials, this product wouldn’t have even been thought about for being used as a primer.

20160429_204744I personally absolutely love this primer, and it contains glycerin, meaning your makeup is guaranteed to stay on all day. Glycerin is the main factor in a regular primer. I use my hands and use circular motions to apply this primer, and I wait till it gets tacky. Then as soon as it gets tacky, this is when I go in with concealer.

Last weekend I fell in love with a concealer and couldn’t resist buying it. This is the Mac Prolong Wear Concealer, and because I’m as pale as a ghost, I bought the lightest tone type with the lightest shade which is NW15.

20160429_204820 At first I was very optimistic but very nervous to spend so much money on a concealer, but it was definitely worth it. It’s so highlighting and really stays on all day with hardly any creasing. It made me feel a little bit better for spending £17.50!

Next on top of my spots, I did a little mixture which consisted of the Prolong Wear and the Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer. Unfortunately I took a really bad photo of it but here it is –

20160429_204850 This concealer however, is such a pain in the neck to find the right shade because the light shade was too orange on me, and even this one is really not the best tone on me. Under my eyes I find this is definitely too orange, and it just sets weird, so I prefer to use it on my spots instead. If I don’t use this, its the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer which is everyone’s number one favourite just because of how long it lasts and the fact it doesn’t sink into your pores makes life so much better.

To set all of this in place, I used my Stay Matte powder by Rimmel in the shade 001 transparent. I personally get a very shiny nose throughout the day and i have no idea why but I think my skin is an oily / dry / normal combination and sometimes it is very sensitive (but thats a blog for another day 😉 )

(The picture won’t load for the powder, I’ll try and insert it tomorrow)

Finally I applied brows and mascara using two of my all time favourite products.The mascara on the right is the dupe for the Benefit Rollerlash which is the Maybelline Lash Sensational. I prefer to use this mascara when it’s slightly dried out a little bit. The product really extends your lashes and seperates them really well!

The product I used for my brows was the MUA Pro Brow Eyebrow Kit. This is only £4 from Superdrug and I highly  recommend it, it has amazing pigmentation and the brush is actually decent!

So that was my daily face of makeup! If you have any blog posts you would like to see, pop a comment down below and let me know what some of your favourite make-up products are!

If someone today gives you grief, smile at them because it’ll drive them up the wall

Have a wonderful day

xx

-Abi