Life | 30 before 30 - Did I Do It?!


On the eve of my 25th birthday, I decided to set myself a little challenge. I wasn't in a very good place in my life and felt like I was in a "dead-end" job and had nothing to look forward to ect ect. The list was of goals was supposed to jump start my attitude towards life and to want to better myself by doing things I never normally thought to do.

And that's where 30 before 30 came along! I decided on 30 things that I would like to do/change in my life before I reached the milestone 30 years old! I added things that I'd always wanted to do, things that were easy and some that even back then felt they would never actually happen.

Now I will admit that a couple of things in my list has changed due to my circumstances. I never tried to make them "easier" or "more likely to happen" so I finished them sooner 

1. Visit America
2. Lose weight and keep it off 
3. Go on at least 3 holidays
4. Visit Ireland
5. Buy a new camera 
6. Go to DisneyLand
7. Get my first tattoo
8. Reach 1000 followers! 
9. Find a career I love 
10. Get my own place
11. Learn a new skill 
12. Visit three UK cities I've never been to before
13. Give blood 
14. Bake and cook more from scratch 
15. Learn how to contour!
16. Create my ideal skincare routine 
17. Find love
18. Plant fruit, veg and flowers in my garden – and keep them alive 
19. Be more spontaneous 
20. Buy a diary and actually use it
21. Learn how to save money and not spend it! 
22. Have a weekend away by the seaside 
23. Go on a road trip
24. Grow my hair to be long and still healthy
25. Go on a spa day 
26. Bit of a long run, but get married!
27. Learn photography 
28. Visit Italy
29. Learn to not compare myself to other
30. Get a promotion

The results are in and I managed to complete 19 out of the 30 things. That's 64%!

Obviously, it's not the 100% I originally wanted but since some of them in my mind were "long runs" and never going to happen, I think I did pretty good.

Obviously my biggest achievement since 2015 was finding Sean and falling in head over heels in love with him. Life is amazing now and I couldn't have asked for a better husband. 

my wedding day

Now here's to 40 before 40!

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Bourjois Shine Edition Lipstick No 23 Grenadine Review!


Summer is finally upon us and although it's not exactly as we hoped for, I've made it my mission to look on the positive side of life and find new things to make me happy.

On one of my hunts through my lipstick drawer, I found a Bourjois Shine Edition lipstick that I brought on my last trip down to Cheshire Oaks and the Beauty Outlet store and since it was a nice sunny day outside, I thought I would try and match it with this vibrant new lipstick review!

bourjois shine edition lipstick
bourjois shine edition lipstick
bourjois shine edition lipstick
bourjois shine edition lipstick
bourjois shine edition lipstick
bourjois shine edition

As you can see from the above Grenadine is a gorgeous fushia shade with a glossy and slightly shimmery finish. It's not as long lasting as I'm used to but the colour definitely makes up for it.

Unfortunately you can't get this lipstick in Superdrug/Boots anymore but I did manage to hunt it down on eBay for £6.50 - bargain!
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Life | My Wedding Regrets


If you're a follower of me on here or Instagram, then you'll have noticed that I got married last year and just last week was our first wedding anniversary! It was a perfect day from start to finish and we were so lucky that everything went smoothly. BUT over the last year whenever I've looked back at the wedding, there's always been little things in the back of my head thats said "Oh, I wish I did that differently!"

Now when I say regrets, I don't mean to Sean. I love him and that was a good decision (unless Henry Cavill is interested..) but what I do mean are all the little things that we maybe rushed or couldn't afford etc. 

1. Videographer

natalie and sean wedding.

One of the best pieces of advice I was given before the wedding was "to just enjoy it – the day goes by so quickly so just try and take it all in" and I always brushed it off but looking back, there are so many moments that I missed or just forgot because I was so busy and stressed. Looking through the pictures from our photographer was a great way to refresh my mind but I do always regret not forking out the extra cash to hire a videographer as well. There was definitely a few moments like our vows, the best man’s speech and our first dance that would have been amazing to capture. 

If you’re planning your wedding and deciding whether to hire a videographer or not, do it!

2. "Wore in" my wedding shoes

natalie and sean wedding

I brought my wedding shoes months in advance and when I initially brought them they felt so comfy and because of that, I didn't feel the need to wear them in. Big mistake! I managed to walk down the aisle and back and then the flat shoes when straight on. It was a much comfier day but I was a little miffed that I'd spent all that money on nice shoes to just wear them for half an hour max!

3. Hair and Makeup Trial

natalie and sean wedding

I did a hair trial months before the wedding and it went really well and we managed to get it done in record time so we thought that we'd be fine on the day. Fast forward to the wedding morning and it was super humid and my already stubborn hair did not want to stay in it's updo! After a lot of hair spray and grips, we did manage to get there but with 4 other bridesmaids to get ready with hair and make-up didn't exactly help the situation. If I could go back, I could definitely organise that morning a lot better.

4. Not to spend so much money on candy!

natalie and sean wedding

After a last night scrolling through Pinterest session, I was adamant that I wanted a candy bar at our wedding. I had even found a cheap "dollar store" DIY way of doing it but £100 later from a Makro visit, the cheap idea went straight out the window! We were kitted out with all kinds of gummies, candies and lollipops but there was so much left over that the whole family was still eating them months after the wedding.

5. The colour scheme

natalie wedding

The one thing I always had a problem making a decision on was our colour scheme. I very initially wanted burgundy with slight blush tones but after finding it impossible to find nice bridesmaid dresses, I ended up going with a more mulberry tone. Because this was a very late change, I'd already ordered some decorations and flower arrangements so there were a few things that didn't really match which even now, really annoys me.

6. Not worried so much!

natalie and sean wedding

Overall, the whole day went amazingly and I couldn’t have asked for anymore. I spent a lot of time on the run up to the wedding stressing about little things like “will it rain?”, “will everyone turn up?” “will I fall on my face on my face walking down the aisle?” and honestly it was all for nothing because no it didn’t, yes they did and no I didn’t. 

If you’re getting married this year or next (dependant on current events!), just enjoy it! Don’t worry about the weather or if everything will go right, the whole point of the day is to marry the love of your life and everything else doesn’t matter.

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