Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Beauty Confessions

When it comes to beauty flaws and faults I have many . We all cut corners and pick up bad habits from time to time and I am definitely no exception. From cleaning my face to shaving my legs, here are my Beauty Confessions.

* - I hate cleaning my face. I love the feel of it being all clean and fresh but I really hate the effort of removing makeup, cleansing, toning and moisturising. I just want it gone so I can climb in to bed and get my beauty sleep.

* - I definitely don't clean my makeup brushes as often as I should. It is just another task that I will procrastinate my way out of.

* - I never finish products. If I start to come to the end of something I will put it to the back of the drawer and start using something else. I hate the thought of being without them so I just let them sit half used forever.

* - I am a spot picker. Enough said about that.

* - I peel my nail polish off. Very rarely do I use the tradition method of nail polish remover. There is something rather satisfying about peeling the polish off in one big sheet.

* - My dressing table is a disaster zone. I leave the makeup I have used that day on top of my dressing table so I can use it the following day, except then I use something different and do the same with that product, until eventually I can't fit anything else on. I then tidy it all up and start the process all over again.

* - I often only paint the nails on one hand. I will do my right hand then either get bored or tired and give up. Shamefully I will leave the one hand painted for quite a while.

* - I can't do winged eyeliner. I just can't.

* - I don't shave my legs unless someone other than my boyfriend is going to be seeing them.

Don't leave me feeling like a minger, tell me some of your Beauty Confessions below. Do we share any of the same ones?

Monday, 24 February 2014

Blogger Love Tag

My beautiful friend Fee from MakeupSavvy created a new blogger tag a few weeks ago and made me promise that I would do it over here. She need not of asked though because the tag is fab and I had a lot of fun filling it in. 

What was the first blog you ever came across? 
I first discovered Beauty Youtube videos which quickly led me on to blogs. There are two blogs I distinctly remember reading very early on, both of which are still going today.  A Little Obsessed and Amy Antoinette

Favourite beauty blog reads?
I rave about my favourite bloggers a lot on Twitter. So at the risk of sounding like a broken record - MakeupSavvyMiss Budget BeautyLaura Loves BeautyMeet The MillardsStephanie Dreams and probably a million more I have forgotten. 

Best blogging friend?
This is a total no brainer for me. It's Fee from MakeupSavvy again. When something good happens, I message Fee. When something bad happens, I message Fee. Whether I am laughing or crying I know I can message Fee and she will be there (when she isn't sleeping) to either laugh or cry with me. She is not only a great support but she is also unintentionally hilarious and spoils me rotten. 
Penny from Lillies and Love has been a total rock for me recently too.

Name a blog that enables your purchases?
Fee and Khila (Miss Budget Beauty) are devil on my shoulder when it comes to enabling. If they have it I want it. I also believe every word Gemsmaquillage says. If she thinks I need it, then I definitely need it. 

5 blogs everyone should be reading?
Just 5?

and an honorable mention for NouvelleDaily because I'm cheating and want 6.

Your favourite way to read blogs?
I nearly always click through from Twitter. 80% of the time I am on my Ipad. 

Bloggers that inspire you?
My biggest inspiration at the moment is BrightTownGirl. Her weight loss is INCREDIBLE and she looks utterly amazing. 

 Favourite blog design/look?
I love AwayWithTheFairies. It looks like it has just jumped off the shelves of a Cath Kidston shop. 
NouvelleDaily looks like it was created for a top fashion magazine. It is so modern and slick.
MissMakeupMagpie has the most awesome looking header. 

What is your favourite thing about blogging? 
I love the people who I have met, and continue to meet every day. I haven't just met bloggers, I've met friends. It is also a great excuse to buy just one more lipstick. 

Name a blogger you would most like to see write a book in the future?
I would love to see a Pixiwoo book and too be honest, I don't think I am barking too far up the wrong tree with that one. 

Monday, 17 February 2014

The Spoon Theory

For years people have been calling me lazy. I left school when I was 13 and was accused countless times of being lazy. Throughout my many jobs I was declared slow, and unmotivated. I couldn't explain to people that after less than an hour on my feet I was exhausted. 

The Spoon Theory was created by Christine Miserandino to help explain how her Lupus makes her feel day to day. However it rings true for many invisible illness sufferers and is a great way of not only explaining to others but also helping clear things up in your own head. It made me think about my day more carefully and prioritise certain things.

"My best friend and I were in the diner, talking.
 As I went to take some of my medicine with a snack as I usually did, she watched me with an awkward kind of stare, instead of continuing the conversation. She then asked me out of the blue what it felt like to have Lupus and be sick. She came to doctors with me, she saw me walk with a cane, and throw up in the bathroom. She had seen me cry in pain, what else was there to know?
She asked what it felt like, not physically, but what it felt like to be me, to be sick. 
At that moment, the spoon theory was born. I quickly grabbed every spoon on the table; hell I grabbed spoons off of the other tables. I looked at her in the eyes and said “Here you go, you have Lupus”. She looked at me slightly confused, as anyone would when they are being handed a bouquet of spoons. The cold metal spoons clanked in my hands, as I grouped them together and shoved them into her hands. 
I explained that the difference in being sick and being healthy is having to make choices or to consciously think about things when the rest of the world doesn't have to. The healthy have the luxury of a life without choices, a gift most people take for granted.
Most people start the day with unlimited amount of possibilities, and energy to do whatever they desire, especially young people. For the most part, they do not need to worry about the effects of their actions. So for my explanation, I used spoons to convey this point. I wanted something for her to actually hold, for me to then take away, since most people who get sick feel a “loss” of a life they once knew. If I was in control of taking away the spoons, then she would know what it feels like to have someone or something else, in this case Lupus, being in control.
I asked her to count her spoons. She asked why, and I explained that when you are healthy you expect to have a never-ending supply of “spoons”. But when you have to now plan your day, you need to know exactly how many “spoons” you are starting with. It doesn't guarantee that you might not lose some along the way, but at least it helps to know where you are starting. She counted out 12 spoons. She laughed and said she wanted more. I said no, I’ve wanted more “spoons” for years and haven’t found a way yet to get more. I also told her to always be conscious of how many she had, and not to drop them because she can never forget she has Lupus.
I asked her to list off the tasks of her day, including the most simple. As, she rattled off daily chores, or just fun things to do; I explained how each one would cost her a spoon. When she jumped right into getting ready for work as her first task of the morning, I cut her off and took away a spoon. Showering cost her spoon, just for washing her hair and shaving her legs. Reaching high and low that early in the morning could actually cost more than one spoon, but I figured I would give her a break; Getting dressed was worth another spoon. I stopped her and broke down every task to show her how every little detail needs to be thought about."

This just a very small, broken down part of The Spoon Theory. To read the whole thing click here. Do you know anyone with an invisible illness? I know loads of you have them yourselves, Have you found it difficult explaining your illness? What do you think of the spoon theory?

Thursday, 6 February 2014

2014 Handbag Wishlist

As a female, it is my prerogative to love handbags. Some people are shoe people, some people are clothes people, I am an everything person. Right now though, handbags are definitely tickling my pickle. I have quickly compiled a wish list of bags I want to add to my wardrobe.

Zara Office City or Mini Office City - £29.99
Zara bags are big business in the blogosphere. They are known for their sleek designer style with their affordable high street price tag. It wasn't until I spotted the Zara City bag on BeautyLoves that I realised just how beautiful these bags are. It took literally seconds before I knew I needed one of them in my life. Now the question is, which colour?

Modalu Pippa Grab Bag - £199  
The Pippa grab bag from Modalu London has been on my wish list for a couple of years now. I first saw it circling the internet, then it appeared in my local Fiorelli outlet store and let me assure you it is even more beautiful in real life. I think the Shark (pictured above) might be my favourite, but I wouldn't turn down the tan either.
The Rebecca Minkoff Clutch is definitely the must have blogger bag at the moment, with bloggers like Khila from Miss Budget Beauty, Fleur from Fleur De Force and Elle from Dreaming In Blush getting it on the action. I adore the typical black and grey colours but the peach (pictured above) and the coral are such beautiful unique shades that they have really caught my eye. 

I had never heard of this bag before until a recent trip to town. While wandering around House Of Fraser I could literally hear this bag calling to me from the other side of the shop. The closer I got, the more in love I fell. It has lips on it for goodness sake, what else could a lipstick blogger possibly want? I literally can't fault this bag, from its shining gold hardware to its buttery leather. It is just perfect.

What bags are you lusting after at the moment? Or have you got your dream bag? Have I made you add any to your list? Let me know. 

Monday, 3 February 2014

The Healthy Eating Plan - Step 1

The healthy eating plan.

I've never been good at eating properly. I have always been a mildly fussy eater. I'm also very contrary when it comes to food, something I eat every day for lunch one week will become my idea of food hell the week after. I'm sure my taste buds can't change that quickly so I'm not entirely sure of the cause for this other than boredom.
I'm not interested in food. I love to eat but have no interest in cooking or food preparation. Experimenting with different flavours isn't something I'm keen on and even if I was I wouldn't have any idea where to begin.
I look at the word diet and instantly see it as cutting out all the things I enjoy. Two weeks in and I'm hungry and depressed, counting the hours until I give up and have a chocolate binge.
Because of all these things I have decided to take a more methodical approach to healthy eating. It isn't about getting rid of all the food I enjoy eating but eating them in moderation. No one really needs to eat an entire box of chocolate fingers in one sitting do they?

Step 1 - Fruit 
Before the New Year I introduced bananas in to my diet. Fruit is an alien being in my diet. It isn't that I don't like fruit, but I just don't like it as much as a triple chocolate cookie. 
In an attempt to get more fruit in to my body I am planning on making smoothies. They are quick and easy to make and you can control exactly what goes in to them (no hidden extras or preservatives) I plan on experimenting with lots of different flavours and hopefully sharing my favourites on here.
If I have chocolates next to me I will mindlessly pick at them until I am scraping the bottom of the box within minutes. I have decided to replace my usual box of goodies with a tub of grapes which I can pick at for as long as I like without needing a calculator to add up the calories afterwards. 

Are you starting a healthy eating plan? What steps are you taking towards improving your diet? And what do you think my step 2 should be?

Thursday, 30 January 2014

30 random facts about me.

Since this is a new blog I thought I would do the "Random Facts" tag. Hopefully you will learn something new about me. Do you share any of my facts? Let me know in the comments.

1. I have lived in the same house since I was 18 months old.

2. I am a complete drama llama.

3. My childhood goal was to be able to do the splits. I did it.

4. I am painfully stubborn.

5. I adore animals, big and small.

6. But I have a phobia of fish, toads and frogs.

7. I started my own business last year.

8. I have been taking ballet lessons for nearly 23 years.

9. I'd much rather act my shoe size than my age.

10. I have an addictive personality.

11. And I am definitely addicted to chocolate.

12. I worry about everything.

13. I have 1 tattoo and 5 piercings

14. I was accepted in to the Royal Ballet as a Junior Associate but refused to go because I was cold at the audition.

15. I used to hate watching films.

16. I'm a hypochondriac 

17. I am furiously loyal. I will stand up for anyone (except myself)

18. I love making other people laugh and like to play the class clown.

19. My mum is my best friend.

20. I have a 3 year old Cavachon called Paris. She is a diva.

21. I'm left handed.

22. My Ipad mini is called Betty

23. I speak my mind, then get in trouble a lot.

24. I am a really bad loser. (Otherwise known as a 'board chucker')

25. I can't drive

26. I only like green vegetables

27. I am a perfectionist. Nothing is ever perfect.

28. I am a stickler for time keeping, I hate being late but I hate late people even more.

29. I met my boyfriend on a dating website and we have been together 18 months. 

30. I obsess over things really easily. 

Monday, 6 January 2014

About me and Actually Dolly

Actually Dolly has been created at the start of a new year with a new attitude. Although I love "The Lipstick Blog" with all my heart, I can't help but feel I have pigeon holed that blog a little and sometimes we all need somewhere to let off a little steam and talk about whatever we desire. 
You join me in the third month of my new business. I opened a shop in my town on the 29th of October and although sometimes I will write about it, I am not here to sell my products and don't intend to use the blog as a promotional tool.
 One of my first blogs was a dating blog and although it was hugely popular, it was impossible to continue once in a relationship. However one thing has come out of the relationship that I definitely feel I can blog about and that is the alien concept of growing up. I have a long way to go.
With a makeup collection larger than the average person and an entire cupboard devoted to bath products I fully intend on mentioning beauty bits regularly.
2014 is also bringing new challenges for me. I have decided enough is enough and  I will be seriously taking on the challenge of losing weight. For me, it isn't all about dropping dress sizes, I want to become healthier and in turn feel healthier. I suffer from IBS and I also want to try and learn to control that better rather than eating whatever I want and suffering the consequences later.
To go along with my weight loss mission I will also be going back to ballet on a regular basis. I stopped going to ballet religiously around 4 years ago and it has made a huge difference to my health, weight and strength. I intend on taking two classes a week but I realise we are all human and this may not always be possible. I am also hoping to take part in my dance schools bi-annual theater show and am considering auditioning for a main part. 
I have recently had a flare up of a couple of my "Chronic Illnesses" so I will be talking about those, the stigma behind them and how I cope with my relapses.

I am really excited about my new little corner of the internet and I hope you are too. As usual please feel free to leave any comments and suggestions and I hope you decide to follow me on my journey.