Why I refuse to leave the house without ANY make up on

Hey guys,

So this post is deeply personal and one I have been wanting to do for a number of months now, but, I’ve just recently plucked up the courage to actually get round to doing it so well done to Billy big bollocks over here!

It really gets to me when I see Tweets and Facebook statues of girls (especially ones I know) who claim they can’t leave the house without their make up on, then I see them out with literally NO makeup on, maybe a coating of mascara, but nothing more. And the most annoying thing – they look amazing! Literally flawless, argh!!
Attention seeker automatically dings in my head when I read a post stating my title, but I actually refuse to leave the house without make up on. And in the very very rare occasion I do leave the house face naked I feel very very uncomfortable and very itchy and irritated within myself.

This is mainly because for the best part of 2 years I have been suffering from a skin condition called rosacea, you can read about the condition here. Which I understand is incurable, but something that is completely knocked my self esteem and confidence for six. I find myself crying on a regular basis when I do see myself without any makeup on because of the harshness of the disorder, and how noticeable it is, not only to me – but to others too.

I can’t remember the exact day or month the condition started, but I know that extreme stress did nothing but make it more fierce and vicious looking. Thanks to my cheat of an ex I’m blaming this on you!

However, I do remember popping to the local shops one afternoon, in a hurry, without any makeup on and there was a child in the shop at the same time as me, with their mum. The little girl was about 3 or 4, and she looked up at me and said “What’s wrong with that girl’s face?” And I just remember hearing it and feeling sick to my stomach. I put down the item in my hand at the time, I think it was a box of teabags, left the shop and I brisk walked the two minute walk home with a solid lump in my throat, holding back the tears.

And since then I haven’t left the house without a solid layer of makeup on my face, as if I’m almost ashamed of my condition. My condition that I have absolutely no control over.

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Myself in early 2015 when I first started suffering

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Excuse my really bad eyebrows here. 2015 me was a total different me, okay!?

Okay, so from those two images you’re probably thinking my face doesn’t actually look that bad. But to me, that was the end of the world. I had always had such naturally glowy, smooth, shimmering skin and it was something I prided myself upon. So to suddenly see such a difference in my complexion, to me, it was an instant confidence knocker. And, my skin did get a lot worse as time gone by. A mixture of not knowing how to control it, an excess of alcohol and high caffeine drinks irritated my skin from the get go.
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I have now accepted that I suffer from the condition and there are certain ways I can live my life to make sure it does not flare up any worse, or irritate my skin any more than possible and that’s something I have adapted quite easily.  Due to this, I am going to do a post soon about my daily makeup routine and how I manage to cover up my condition on a daily basis.. So hold onto your hats because it will be here soon!

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9 things people do that really really really annoys me

Okay, so most of my posts are positive and encourage positivity and love, for oneself and for others. BUT, we all have days where things get on our nerves and today seems to be one of those days…

I’m very aware it is very early I’m writing this. But, today is going to be one of those days.. I can tell.

Am I being petty, or do these things annoy you, too?

1. Walk reallllyyyy reallllyyyy slow when you’re in a rush.
Such a pet hate because those slow walking people only seem to appear and pop up in front of you when you’re late, or you’re in a hurry. Arghhh!

2. Have to do one better than you.
I seen an image on Facebook saying something along the lines of “we all know one person where if you have been to Tenerife the have been to Elevenerife” and how true is that? Why can’t we all be happy for each other’s achievements instead of putting each other down with sly digs or “oooh well I’ve done that too” Piss off yeah, babe?

3. Talk down to you because you work in retail.
This is something that has only pissed me off of late. But, I have people who come in work and speak to me like I’m something on the bottom of their shoe just because I don’t quite know a policy they are referring to from a website they come across several years ago, and quite frankly I do not give a damn if a shop a few streets back have your size in stock. I’m here for the money, you are here to be a cock, stop trying to humiliate me and go away plz.

4. Let a door close in your face.
Holding a door open for someone behind you is basic manners.

5. Blow cigarette/e-cig smoke in your face.
I don’t smoke and I am very proud of it, so don’t blow your rat poison or your “oooh it’s so lovely, strawberry flavoured vape” smoke in my face either. I don’t smoke for a reason. It stinks.

6. Sitting on public transport…topless.
I don’t think I have a form of OCD, but I don’t think its pleasant to see people’s skin touching seats on busses, trains, trams, tubes, etc. General public spaces. Other people have to sit on that seat with their back touching the same item your bare back has touched. It’s personally hygiene at it’s worst and not to think about germs.

7. Chew loudly.
Haha, so I read that being annoyed by hearing somebody eating is a mental disorder, and if so then I defo have it. Chewing noises really annoys me, whether its a toddler, or a grown adult. It makes me grind my teeth!

8. Take selfies in public.
I’m not one of those arsey people who will photobomb if I see a picture being taken, but I’m slightly offended and disgusted if I am in the background. I’m no celebrity, but perhaps I don’t want my face in the background of your “Friyay” Snapchat story and I think this is a perfectly normal peeve to have. It’s not nice having to be on guard to move slightly if someone in front of you is feeling photogenic. Not today.

9. Use selfie sticks.
Are those things still around? I’m not sure, but god are they awful!

Do any of those annoy you too, or am I just being mega moany and picky? Let me know! Also, tell me of any others that annoy you! I want to know what really winds you up!

Carly x

25 essentials to take to university with you

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Massive congratulations if you have been accepted into university, and an even bigger congratulations if you are moving away for uni, you’ve got serious balls! But, before you go it’s important to make a list of all the handy things you can take with you which should help you feel more at home in no time!

1. Coat hangers
They’re a given! And most certainly important, hence why they are at the top of the list!

2. Fairy lights
They can make the worst room in the world seem more cosy!

3. A desk lamp
Just incase your room doesn’t come with one. Be sure to check first though.

4. A bin
For the exact same reason as above.

5. Photos
Stick them up around the room of your friends, family, etc. Keep those happy memories with you for your whole uni journey.

6. Blue tac
How else are you going to stick up your photos?

7. Alcohol
Nothing says making friends than turning up with a bottle!

8. Laptop
Make sure you can do all of your uni work in the comfort of your own room, annndd you can catch up on your TV shows.

9. Memory stick
Back up all that work baby, or you may live to regret it.

10. Extension cable
Because the plugs are so limited in halls. How else are you going to have your lamp, hair dryer, phone and laptop charger all plugged in at the same time?

11. Hair essentials
Hair dryer, hair straighteners, curlers, etc. You’ll need them.

12. Nail care
Nail varnish, nail varnish remover, clippers, cuticle utensils. Those little things you take for granted when you’re at home, but you wont think of packing on a typical day.

13. First aid
Plasters, bandages, painkillers, etc.

14. Towels
Hand, face and washing towels.

15. Clothes horse
Usually the heaters are poor at drying clothes, so air dry them on a practical clothes horse.

16. Condoms
If you can’t be good, be careful.

17. Cooking & eating essentials
Spatulas, pans, pots, cutlery, chopping board, casserole dish, baking tray, plates, bowls, cups, glasses, etc.

18. Laundry bag
Keep all your dirties together.

19. Loo roll

20. Bedding
Duvet, duvet cover, pillows, pillow cases and cushions.

21. Alarm clock/clock
Make sure you go to your early morning lectures! 😉

22. Stationery
Pens, pencils, pencil cases, folders, notepads, books, files.

23. Shopping bags
Don’t be conned by the shops charging 5p for a feeble carrier bag. Reuse!

25. A lock
This may come in very handy if you are living with a large bunch of people – especially those who may steal your food. Keep your items locked away!

Your fave celebs’ real names revealed

There is no major difference between ourselves and celebrities – apart from our bank balances, party invitations, and their glam squads that follow them around 24/7. But yeah, nothing majorly different. Here are 10 celebrities whose name is different to their birth name.

If you could change your name, what would you change it to?

http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/lifestyle/7800971/miley-cyrus-reveals-the-reason-behind-her-two-toned-hair1. Miley Cyrus. Real name Destiny Hope Cyrus.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/ellie-goulding-almost-drowns-after-car-crashes-through-frozen-lake-in-norway-a6834401.html2. Ellie Goulding. Real name Elena Jane Goulding.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gigi_Hadid3. Gigi Hadid. Real name Jelena Noura Hadid.

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4. Nicki Minaj. Real name Onika Tanya Maraj.

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5. Emma Stone. Real name Emily Jean Stone.

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6. Iggy Azalea. Real name Amethyst Amelia Kelly.

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7. Calvin Harris. Real name Adam Richard Wiles.

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8. Katy Perry. Real name Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson.

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9. Lorde. Real name Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O’Connor.

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10. Bruno Mars. Real name Peter Gene Hernandez.

8 things you have defo said when you are drunk AF

Alcohol has that strange hold over people, when everybody becomes best friends dancing along to some of the most embarrassing songs in the music industry. Especially if it a song that requires dance moves – and when I say requires, I mean like 5,6,7,8 the Steps classic. Now, come on, when this comes on anywhere and you are totally intoxicated you MUST get up on the dance floor and belt out your best dance moves. Yeah, it was a good idea at the time, but looking back not your most sensible decision.
Here are some things you are guaranteed to have said at some point when you are under the influence.

  1. “I fucking love you!!!!!!!!!”

    We have alllllllll been there, when you are parting ways with your friends at the end of the night, your friend gets out the taxi first and you are left hanging out the taxi window shouting this at her. Either that, or during an emotional conversation that happens in the toilets. Because the toilets is where all conversations happen, obviously.
  2. “This is MY jam/song!”

    And it is ALWAYS to Beyonce’s Crazy In Love isn’t it?

3.  “SHOTS!!!”

Never a good idea. Well we think it is at the time, until you wake up at 12pm the next day with a head feeling like you’ve got an elephant trapped inside of it.

4.  “My feet are killing! :(”

There’s something about that GIF that makes me feel a bit sick. But 9 times out you end up walking like that when A) you wear heels you cannot walk in, or B) your feet feel numb after hours wearing sky scrapers. If only you could go out wearing your slippers.

5.     “We need a picture!”

Only to look through your Snapchat story the next morning and rapidly delete all those selfies you thought was a good idea at the time. Oh, and nobody cares what you are eating at 4am.

6.     “AAAAAAAAAAAHHHHH!”

We scream at lot when we are drunk. If a good song comes on, when we start dancing, if we see someone we know or even if our friend kisses an average looking guy. Everything is exciting when you’re drunk AF. 

7.     “Do not text him!”

Trying to be that supportive friend that empowers your girls when they’re on the verge of texting their ex or that guy they have a psycho side with, but for them to only look at you and tell you its too late…

8.     “You are like my best friend”

Erm yeah, if I had a pound for every time I have said that, or had that said to me!

50 questions you’ve never been asked before (until now)

1. What is your favourite candle scent?
I absolutely love candles leading up to the Christmas period! I think the festive smells are so devine and they really get me in the festive mood. My favorite is probably spiced apple and cinnamon!

2. What female celebrity do you wish was your sister?
Caronline Flack! I love everything about her. Her hair, her style and how amazing she looks! She most certainly does not look anywhere near 37. She slays at everything (apart from presenting the X Factor that one year, awks).

3. What male celebrity do you wish was your brother?
I’d love Joey Essex to be my brother. I really want to teach him some life skills and some educational skills too. I feel like I could change him for the better. Plus, he is such a cool guy we would have some right laughs and could be ‘reem’ together.

4. How old do you think you’ll be when you get married?

I think around 26/27 is the perfect age to get married. I defo want to be in my 20’s when I tie the knot, but when I think about it.. It’s only 4 years away and that scares me a little bit. I defo want to be settled and have my life, career and a house under my belt first.

5. Do you know a hoarder?
No, not that I am aware of. But, I do get quite attached to certain items and I find things emotional when throwing away things that have memories attached to them.

6. Can you do the splits?
I used to be able too. When I was around 5 I started doing gymnastics for a couple of years until I broke my leg and I had to take time off. But now I’m scared to try the splits incase I can’t get back up.

7. How old were you when you learned to ride a bike?
Erm… 5? Not too sure.

8. How many Oceans have you swam in?
I have to admit geography is one of my weakest subjects so I had to google the different oceans. I think only 1.

9. How many countries have you visited?
Only 5, but I’ve visited two or three countries a lot of different times. I need to travel more!

10. Is anyone in your family in the army?
No, but I have members who have been in the past.

11. What would you name your daughter if you had one?
Amelia. Love love love the name!

12. What would you name your son if you had one?
Tough one, maybe Dylan or Alfie.
13. What’s the worst grade you’ve got in a test?
I think it was an E.
14. What was your favourite TV show as a kid?
Kenan and Kel.

15. What did you dress up as for Halloween when you were 8?
Probably a green witch or a cat. I was a very predictable child.

16. Have you read any of the Harry Potter, Hunger Games or Twilight series?
I’ve only read about 5 of the Harry Potter books. I know, don’t judge! I’m not really one for reading, but I did actually enjoy the Harry Potter books I did read. I should re-read them. But I bet the Hunger Games is a great series of books because the films are amazing!

17. Would you rather have an American or a British accent?
British!!!!

18. Did your Mother go to University?
No, but she is in a great job proving you don’t have to go to uni to be successful.

 19. Are your grandparents still married?
They would be if my granddad was still here. Unfortunately, he passed away in 2013 😦 </3
20. Have you ever taken Kerate lessons?
Oh hell no! That would have been one big fat disaster!


21. Do you know who Kermit the frog is?

Obviously. That meme is world wide famous!

22. What was the first amusement park you went to?
Flamingo Land!

23. What language beside your native language would you like to be fluent in?
Turkish. It seems such a complex language, but I love to hear them speak it when I’m on holiday there.
24. Do you spell the colour as grey or gray?
GREY. The right way.

25. Is your father bald?
I have not got a clue. I don’t know him.

26. Do you know any triplets?
No, I think that would be a little creepy seeing the same person three times!

27. Do you prefer Titanic or The Notebook?
Titanic! Such a touching film.

28. Have you ever had Indian food?
Yeah, but I’m not too keen. I love poppadoms though!

29. What’s the name of your favourite restaurant?
The Tavistock. Such a lovely little Italians.

30. Have you ever been to Nandos?
What kind of question is this? Of course I have. I’m British!

31. Do you belong to and warehouse stores? (Costco, Bookers etc)
Nooooo. And I’m quite proud of that.

32. What would your parents have named you if you were the opposite gender?
Cory. Ew.

33. If you have a nickname, what is it?
Carls. Not a very exciting nickname, but yeah.

34. Who is your favourite person in the world?
Thomas, my boyfriend.

35. Would you rather live in the countryside or the city?
In the city. I’ve been camping, well glamping before and it was my idea of hell. I’m not made for mud or low signal, and no wifi… WHAT!?

36. Can you whistle?

Not with my fingers, no.

37. Do you sleep with a night light?
I used to, but no. I’m a big girl now.

38. Do you eat breakfast every morning?
I wish the answer to this was yes, but unfortunately it’s no.

39. What medical conditions do you have?
I faint easily, due to low blood pressure.

40. How many times have you been to hospital?
Too many. I was really clumsy when I was younger, and I’m not much better now to be honest. I have broken my hand, my leg, split my chin open, cut my stomach, got bit by a dog, fell down stairs, and torn ligaments. You name it.. I’ve done it!

41. Have you ever seen Finding Nemo?
Yes, and I’m not a fan.

42. Where do you buy your jeans?
Newlook. Always have and I probably always will.

43. What was the last compliment you got?
“You’re so fit” via a Snapchat from Thomas.

44. Do you usually remember your dreams in the morning?

Yeah, most of the time.

45. What flavour tea do you enjoy?
A regular cup of tea. I don’t think tea should be messed or played with regarding flavours. Oh hell no.

46. How many pairs of shoes do you currently own?
I’m not going to count them. I’d be there too long. I’d take a guesstimate at maybe 60?

47. What religion will you raise your children to practice?
It does not bother me at all. But I will not enforce a religion onto a child. I’ll support them no matter what.

48. How old were you when you found out Santa wasn’t real?

I was around 10. I found out when I discovered my computer hidden away. Then I confronted and my world was broken. Christmas has not been the same since.

49. Why do you have a blog?
It’s like a hobby. I love writing about different things and collaging images of fashion together. It’s like my own world I have created full of the content I love.

50. Name 5 of your favourite albums ever
1. Bruno Mars – 24K Magic
2. Busted – Busted
3. Calvin Harris – Motion
4. Carly Rae Jepsen – E.MO.Tion
5. Paramore – Paramore

I’ve loved doing this. Why not give it a go? Remember to tag me so I can read your answers you beautiful lot!

Also a massive thank you from the beautiful Em Jane from Out of tea bags for letting me steal this from her blog! X

It’s Sandal Season!

It’s time to get those little tootsies out, give them a polish and show them off to the world because it is SANDAL SEASON! Lets lust over these little beauties together yeah? I’ve already got about 16 of these babies on my wish list 😦 if only!

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1. Mango | £49.99
2. Mango | £19.99
3. Topshop | £29
4. Topshop | £46
5. Topshop | £39
6. Topshop | £59
7. Topshop | £56
8. Topshop | £32
9. Topshop | £79
10. River Island | £48
11. River Island | £42
12. River Island |£22
13. River Island |£55
14. River Island |£35
15. River Island |£45
16. NewLook | £19.99
17. New Look | £25.99
18. New Look | £22.99
19. New Look | £25.99
20. Next | £24
21. Next | £28
22. Next | £45
23. ASOS | £55
24. ASOS | £20
25. New Look | £27.99