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I’ve been a hobby blogger on and off for the last 8 years and even though I started this blog back at the end of 2016, its only really been something I’ve felt proud of in the last few months. Sure you can hit the ‘About‘ page at the top to find out a little more about me, however I thought it was about time I put a face to the blog posts and introduced myself properly.

I’m known as Grace – Blossom is the middle name, in case you were wondering. I have a lot of passions and interests which is why I’ve always put my hand to blogging at some point in the last decade. Fitness, beauty, pugs, home, the countryside, flowers, gardening, cooking…You see the thing is I just somehow haven’t ever really ‘fit’ into a category! Whereas I used to see this as a negative these days I realise its so much better this way.

I’m lucky enough to say this is just another nice hobby of mine and therefore I am not restricted by any kind of blogging categories or niches. My job that I love is 100% completely unrelated to social media. Due to the fact I am self employed it does give me flexibility and freedom to have a bit more time to enjoy the things I love, for that I consider myself extremely fortunate.

When I began this blog I knew there were some seriously exciting things around the corner that I wanted to capture. Little did I know just how many BIG things were going to happen in 2017, we got the keys to our first home, Oliver begun studying for a new career and he also asked me to be his wife. So as it turns out we’ve actually got an equally manic 2018 on our hands too!

If you follow me on any of my social media platforms you may have noticed that I started Youtube earlier this year. Predominantly as another creative outlet but I’ve really enjoyed it beyond my expectations so far! Due to the fact I kind of don’t really fit in to a specific category I think the vlog style best suits me. I can be as versatile as I like with vlogs: Oliver has been helping me loads with my footage which I love as it really feels like a shared venture – with him behind the camera and me on the laptop editing I think we make a great team.

At the end of the day I’m just creating content that we can look back on in years to come and if anyone else enjoys it along the way its a bonus <3

I wont lie, I was a little bit excited when I saw the bright daffodils and tulips pop up in shops with the promise of Spring around the corner. Even before this week it had felt like a pretty long winter. Day four of the snow here in Kent and I’m starting to realise this was just a cruel temptation and Spring is still a long shot away! I’ve missed out on virtually an entire week’s worth of work – the first time this has happened due to bad weather since I’ve started this job in 2014, and its pretty annoying to say the least.

Yesterday was undoubtedly a gorgeous day. Whenever we do tend to have snow here in England, it is usually accompanied by dark grey skies shortly to be followed by black slushy conditions making it feel like its the end of the earth. Not yesterday though. There was a piercing blue sky and bright sunshine, the birds were singing gloriously and it was like nothing I’ve ever experienced in my life before. It was sort of like something you’d see on someone else’s skiing holiday pictures. Wonderful and picturesque. Glorious even. I couldn’t help but feel joyous by the scenes I was experiencing – see it in action in my latest vlog here.

Today though, what remains is ice. Perishing winds. Freezing conditions. And an endless dark sky. The novelty wears thin quickly. Its only pretty for a day until it becomes a pain in the butt!

All I can say is, Spring I’m ready for you!

Oh its been a while since the snow caused Great Britain to come to a grinding halt. Just when you think the winter is on the way out and its safe to think Spring is on the way, we get this. Temperatures as low as minus 7 and up to ten centimeters of the white stuff laying neatly on the ground here in Kent. I’ll admit that I am charmed by the initial serenity that the snow brings, the soft fluffy white specks and the quietness that surrounds the air is a little bit magical. Losing a days worth of work and the thought of treacherous roads isn’t quite so magical.

We stuck our walking boots on and wrapped up in what felt like about ten layers and left our front door early this morning like the mad pair we are. We were on the hunt for a perfect white scene with a red robin but no luck! At first the specks were a light dusting but it really began coming down at one point. I refuse to take the car out in conditions like this as I’ll openly admit driving in the bad weather scares the life out of me. So of course we did that typically British thing and had to divert to the shops for bread and milk! Now I have no excuse to succumb to a cosy day snuggled up on the sofa!

The last time we made a visit to Arundel was at the end of a June heatwave. Yesterday’s visit was endured with freezing conditions thanks to the impending arrival of The Beast from The East. Nevertheless I can confirm that I absolutely adore this little town with its surrounding streets and delights round every corner. Arundel seems to have just about everything on offer from cobbled streets to clear blue lakes to a castle on a hill. Its idyllic even on a freezing cold day you cant help but feel charmed by this place. You can see it in action in my latest video here.

First we headed to Swanbourne Lake, where we discovered a lovely clear little lake filled with ducks and swans. The sun was glistening on the water and if it wasn’t so bloody freezing it would have been a pleasant spot to sit and enjoy the view. Arundel Castle can be faintly seen in the distance behind my head in the picture above.

 

Over the last few months, I seem to have somehow accumulated rather a lot of new makeup. These weren’t all in one hit but they are still all fairly new purchases. One was a stock up after I hit pan, one was a treat with my Boots points and one too many Lisa Eldridge enabled purchases. Now I’ve had chance to test all these out pretty well I thought I’d do a mini review on all my new beauty buys. The majority of these have been huge hits but there were a few misses along the way. I should point out that these will be in no particularly order because I can’t even remember what I purchased first!

Starting with the irresistibly gorgeous Charlotte Tilbury Bronzer & Blush Glow. I truthfully couldn’t have handed my money over faster when I saw this new release especially since I hit pan ages ago on my original one. I love these palettes and I actually think that this blush and bronzer duo is more practical. As much as I LOVE the Charlotte Tilbury highlighter, I don’t think you need a huge pan of it as I’ve barely touched the surface and I used that palette daily! The bronzer is stunning and is the perfect shade for my pale complexion, it adds a sun-kissed colour without the dreaded orange twinge I tend to experience with a lot of bronzers. The blush is extremely pigmented so needs a gentle touch or a very soft brush and if you blend well it gives a lovely healthy peachy pink flush to the cheeks.

My first Lisa Eldridge enabled buy, Lancome Doll Eyes Mascara was a nice splurge courtesy of my Boots points (can you believe I had £25 worth of points?!). In terms of the type of makeup I tend to buy, it is 90% high end with the remaining 10% being mostly drugstore mascaras. However I wanted to see if there was much difference in a high end mascara – not for everyday use of course but for best occasions. So many of Lisa’s videos feature this mascara and I liked the look of it. The wand is huge! Initially I wondered if it was going to be a problem, on testing it out several times it seemed not. The size actually allows an even application on all your lashes, and you can really get in the corners to coat them thoroughly. It doesn’t clump –  thank God as that is one thing I cannot stand in a mascara. This mascara makes my lashes look long and defined, it lasts all day and I haven’t once experienced any panda eyes even at the end of the day. Love it.

A collection of ZOEVA brushes were all again sparked on by Lisa Eldridge, I opted for the rose gold editions. The Luxe Soft Crease 221, Luxe Highlight 105, Luxe Face Focus 114 are all new editions in my brush stash not to mention my first ZOEVA brushes. Instead of talking about what all these are designed for I’ll leave the link to Lisa’s video here – I could just sit and listen to her for hours. Well apparently I do, and its expensive! I will add one thing: they do not wash well. One wash and they are already considerably misshapen and fluffy which is a shame because I did like them up until that point I just don’t see these standing the test of time at all.

When the BECCA Champagne Pop fad was all the rage I wasn’t at all interested. But when I saw Lisa applying the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Liquid Highlighter I was ALL eyes. My god this is a STUNNING product I love it -the only problem is I was a bit uneducated when I ordered the shade ‘Pearl’ which is far too cool toned for my skintone. Pearl is too silvery and just doesn’t look quite right on me which is such a nuisance because otherwise I love this product! The highlight itself is so striking yet blends in very naturally due to the liquid formula. Gorgeous. One tiny thing I have found which I don’t like is the pump: it dispenses way too much which is a bit wasteful as a little goes a long way with this product.  Upon doing my research (which is what I definitely should have done in the first place) I think I need ‘Moonstone’ a gold, warmer shade which I intend to replace eventually.

And the final Lisa enabled purchase was of course Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage a product which appears heavily in her videos. Now, I had a hard time getting to grips with this concealer something I was prepared for after reading all the online reviews. The two tone pan concealer has an extremely dry formula – which you have to warm before applying. When I purchased this at the counter the lady said to swipe a few times with a brush on the back of your hand and blend the two colours to make the perfect shade, and I tried this at home with it but it still wasn’t playing ball. The formula still seemed a bit stiff and unworkable. So after much persevering I found the most effective way to warm the product is to actually take a brush and apply the product straight to my ring finger, blend a bit then apply to the face. The coverage is undeniably superb. The process is just a bit too long winded for everyday makeup application I think, although I will be saving this concealer for special occasions.

Last but not least in my new beauty buys comes the Nars Pro Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base. A product I’ve seen plenty of beauty bloggers rave about. I actually got this to test out for my wedding day, as we’re getting married in August *hopefully* we will have some warm weather and I need my makeup to LAST. First impressions of this eye primer are very good indeed. It keeps everything stuck in place just how you want it and my eye makeup is still looking as good as new come the end of the day. Pretty sure this bad boy will be in my makeup bag for the big day.

Have you bought any new beauty products recently?