Hello March

Hi everyone,

Sorry for the inactivity again, but I’m back, and going to be posting more often to try and help with my mental health! I always find writing helps keep me calm, and helps with my stress, and I’ve always loved blogging so I’m hoping this will help me more.

Anyway, it’s March! I can’t believe it, this year is flying already! March is a good month! Pancake day on Tuesday which is amazing, as I love Pancakes! I could literally have them everyday!! Then we have St Patrick’s Day soon, which of course I will be celebrating with a Guinness – I love being Irish!

Then we go into April – which I don’t want to talk about – birthday month and I turn 24, nearly half way to 50! Scary times!

Anyway back to this month, I want to try and set myself some goals, I like making things for myself to try and achieve, and see what I can actually do in the time provided! So for this month my goals are:

  • Work with my CBT to help try to overcome my Depression, Stress and Anxiety! I’ve had a couple of sessions now, they do seem to help at the time, but I need them to help all the time!
  • To become happier in a work environment – don’t get me wrong, I have been happy in work in the past, but I seem to make the wrong decisions, and things affect me a lot, so I need to make the right decision for myself and stick with it.
  • Get myself a diary/pad, I’ve seen a lot I like from the happiness planner and other things, and I think this will help me a lot, as I like organisation! I’ve also seen some nice ones from TKMaxx, that Aoibh Murphy – biabelle beauty has posted on her Instagram, so I might have to have a look in there too!
  • To get back into blogging a lot more, but I want to use photos in this like a lot of other bloggers do, this is how I wanted to blog in the beginning I just find it hard! I’m trying to seek help with this!

If I think of any more, I will add them to the list!

Talk again soon,

Catherine

Xxx

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Bronzed Brunette 🍊

Hi everyone,

Sorry for the inactivity, been struggling a lot with my mental health, but I’m currently in therapy, so be prepared to see a lot more post from me!

This post is important as it’s all about my favourite thing – being tanned! So I’m going to let you in on my tanning routine and the products that I use to do this!

It is important to plan when you are going to tan, so you are prepared to do this, and have the products you need ready, and also so you are ready!

I start by having a shower, exfoliating and shaving my legs – I know you’re not supposed to do this, but I prefer it this way, and exfoliating after this will help, as exfoliates all the dead skins away for a neater application of tan!

So I use Soap and Glory exfoliating and apply to a sponge, I’ve just used this one, so excuse the gritty bits on it, but it feels so nice to use! I get the sponges from Asda, and they’re so good, you get two in a packet aswell, so it’s good priced really! The exfoliated is about £7 from boots I think, but it lasts so long, had mine since before Christmas now!

To tan, I use a tanning mitt from boots, I love this one cause it’s so thick, so you don’t need to use gloves inside, as it won’t stain your hands, I’ve used some in the past before where you need to wear gloves aswell, and your hands honestly get so sweaty! I think it’s only around £4 from Boots, and I’ve had it for a good few months now, so they’re durable!

The tan is honestly Bondi Sands. I’ve been tanning since I was about 19, and this tan has to be my fav, I started off with St Moriz, but I find it so cheap and it always turned me a green colour, so I would never use it again! This is pricey, at about £18, but it lasts a while, and I use the shade Ultra Dark, as I like being really tanned!

I love the smell of this Moisturiser, the Cocoa Vaseline one from Boots, and it was only about £2, so bargain really! I use it after every shower, to keep the skin moisturised and for my tan to last longer!

I also use the Tan Remover from Bondi Sands to remove when I start getting patchy!

So this was me before Tan

Milky sheep I know!

And this is after!

Feel so much better, it’s amazing what a good tan can do!

Hope you’ve enjoyed this, speak soon,

Catherine

Xxx

Christmas 🎄

Hi everyone,

Sorry for not posting in a while, I’ve just been struggling recently with my mental health and I’ve been trying to concentrate on that!

I’m back with a post about Christmas, and hopefully you will be reading more from me soon!

Anyway, back to Christmas! I love Christmas, spending time with family and friends, it’s such a happy time, and I love the feeling we all get from it! It’s the moments we spend together that count! And having time to spend for a few days with loved ones is so important, and makes you realise what is truly important – it’s not about the presents or any of the other things associated with Christmas, it’s the family time that counts!

Every year, we always celebrate Christmas at home, we always do Christmas dinner at our house, and I usually see my boyfriend in the morning and do our presents together! – I can’t wait for the day we have our own house, and do it all together, well most of it all – as I can’t cook great! I also love the games we play together, and all the Christmas films and programmes we watch all together!

Recently I got tagged in the lovely Yule Times’ blogmas post, which I was truly honoured by! I’ve known Ste for a while now, and this post has really helped with my views, and promotions of my blog! You can also find out more about my Christmas traditions and other Christmas info here!

Blogmas

I want 2019 to be my year, there’s so much I want to change to help it be a better year! Don’t get me wrong, so much has happened this year, some good thing, and some bad! I won’t go into too much detail about the bad thing, but I have met some of the best friends I could ever wish for, finally passed my Beauty Therapy course, and had the best holidays I could ever wish for!

You can read about my fav holidays on my blog here!

Rhodes 2018

Gran Canaria 2018👫☀️💕

Dolphins🐬💕

Here are some of my New Years resolutions:

  • To concentrate on my mental health, being happy is the most important thing to me, and this is my goal for next year.
  • To be happy in my career, and sort what I want to do in life!
  • To carry on with my blog, I have such a passion for this, and I’ve lost it these past few months, so I need to try to get this back again!
  • To be healthy, and try and achieve the body that I’ve always wanted, I can try and do this!!

Thank you for reading, and talk again soon,

Catherine

Xxx

Aloe Vera Gel, and how it’s helped me!

Hi everyone,

I’ve never done a post like this before, but I feel like this one would be a good one for me to try and accomplish! I also want to let you in on this product as well!

So recently, I’ve been struggling with hair loss from my eyebrows! So much so, that I now have bald patches at both ends of an eyebrow! I had a look online, and seen the brands such as ‘Rapidbrow’ and others, which cost an arm and a leg, for a product that in reality is only going to last a couple of weeks.

So instead of searching for brow products, I changed my search to things that help your eyebrows grow, and straight away, it said “Aloe Vera gel”. I turned to my mum at this point, and said “I can only try it really can’t I?” So I researched to where did pure aloe Vera gel, as I didn’t want one that was only 90%, I wanted the real deal! And I seen that Holland and Barrett had them, in two different sizes – a 100ml one and a 200ml one, however when I got to the store, there was only the 100ml one left! So I decided just to get that one and trial how it went!

I’ve had this gel for just over a week now, and still have so much left, as you only need a little bit, as it goes a long way. I started using a mascara wand at first to brush through my eyebrows, but now I just use it on my fingers, so that it’s like a coating! and honestly, I can really see a result, little hairs are starting to come back through my eyebrows, so I can’t wait to see the progress in a couple of weeks!

There is also another benefit guys! When I was reading about the benefits of Aloe Vera, it also said it helps with Acne and Scarring, so I have also been using the aloe Vera on my spots on my face, and I can’t believe how good my face looks honestly! I can’t wait to try it when a new spot appears, to see the benefits on this!

I haven’t tried it on scarring, as I don’t have any, but I feel that it would benefit this a lot too!

I will now post the link to the product, as I really recommend it to anyone, whether for eyebrows and eyelashes, acne or scarring!

Aloe Vera Gel

Thank you all for reading this post, and I will hopefully post more content like this soon,

Catherine

Xxx

My experiences with Lip Fillers

Hi everyone,

I know it’s been a long time since I last did a post, but I’ve just taken a short break, as I’ve had problems with my health, and I’ve been struggling for ideas, but I’ve found the perfect idea today, so I’m back with this post.

Today I went and got infills in my lip fillers. I realise that at the moment, there has been a lot of craze about fillers in general and that to most people it’s like a fashion trend. However, that is not the case for me, and I just wanted to share my experience with you all. I noticed in my smile that there was like a curvy line, which showed my teeth, which I hate, and I wanted the fillers to correct this. I have calcium deposits on my teeth, which are like spots that have been created by milk/calcium products.

This was me before lip fillers, this is from about 5 years ago, so ignore 18 year old me, but it shows the gap in my smile – I’m on the left:

I first got lip fillers at the end of may. I had 1ml, which was 0.5ml to create the outside of my lip, and 0.5 ml to fill the inside of my lip. This would not be a great difference to the lip, as there was not much product in them, but straight away I loved the difference that I had seen and I got addicted straight away! Because of my age, I was told to rebook in the next 3-4 months, as it is only semi-permanent, so it doesn’t last forever, and because I was younger, I have a faster metabolism.

This was after my first filler:

cat

I have only just gone back for my refill. She used Juvederm ultra this time, instead of Restylane, which she used the last time to create the structure of my lips, so she changed this to create more volume in my lips. She used the 1ml just into the centre of my lips this time, concentrating on my top lip to help to fill the gap. So I’m looking forward to seeing the difference.

My lips are quite swollen at the moment, but once they are settled, I will update you more on my smile.

I have had a lot of people telling me not to mess with my face, and asking me why I do this, but I am doing this for me – my confidence, that’s all that should matter, if it makes me feel confident, why should it matter? Do what you want, you are in control of yourself!

Talk again soon,

Catherine

Xxx

Gran Canaria 2018👫☀️💕

Hi everyone,

I’m sorry it’s been a while since I promised this blog post, but I’ve just been so busy with college work and exams!

As some of you may know I went to Gran Canaria, and had the most amazing time away! I just want to be back there now, it was the best holiday I’ve ever had with my love! I’ve decided I definitely want to get my Palm Tree tattoo done now after this holiday!

This year, we decided to go away for 2 weeks, as we’ve done 7 days and 10 days before, so we thought we’d be better doing 2 weeks, and it was well worth it!

Anyway, let’s get onto it!

We flew on the Monday, and started the day with a lovely breakfast at the airport. I had never tried Eggs Benedict, but really wanted too! And oh my god! They were amazing!! Would definitely recommend if you’re a foodie like me!

We booked with TUI, I have never flown with them, but so glad I did! We went on the dreamliner plane, and it was lovely! The staff were all so nice, and the plane was comfortable, and actually enjoyable! And we got to watch a film in front of us, which is amazing! So of course I watched the Greatest Showman!

We stayed in a place called Mas Palomas, in San Bartolomé Tirijana! The location was perfect, we were a short walk away from the beach, local shops and restaurants, and a place called the Yumbo Centre, which I will talk about later!

This was our hotel, Clubhotel Riu Papayas! It was such a beautiful hotel, such lovely staff and entertainment at night for all ages! And for all inclusive, the food was amazing! If you go on much All inclusive holidays, you will know how rubbish the food is, but here, the food was so lovely, and varied, and they also had two other restaurants within the hotel, a Spanish restaurant – Olé, and an Asian restaurant – Zhu!

Spanish restaurant:

Asian Restaurant:

My boyfriend has already been to Gran Canaria before, so luckily he also could tell me where is good to go, and he recommended this Sandwich place – sounds weird right? But it was actually amazing, the sandwiches were like €1, and they did a deal for a sandwich and a beer, which obviously he was impressed about! They did sweet and savoury sandwiches, which is even better!! It’s called 100 Montaditos and they have a few in different countries around Spain, so I would definitely recommend going!!

We were quite lucky, as because we were all inclusive, it gave us the option whether to stay in for food, or go out and have food!

We found a place which we fell in love with, an Irish Bar of course, thanks to me! Called Mulligan’s! We enjoyed it so much that we came here a few nights, some for food and drinks, and some for just drinks! And the portion sizes are unreal!!

The Yumbo Centre is also another place I would recommend to go! It’s a party centre, but the drag shows there are amazing and there’s lots of lovely places to eat there! Even places for coffee and ice cream!

Royal:

Wapa Tapa:

Definitely recommend this place! The staff are so lovely, just make sure you book before hand! We came here twice!!

Cafe bar:

We also went to Palomas Park, which I have already spoken about in my post here:

https://bronzedbrunettex.wordpress.com/2018/08/09/dolphins🐬💕/

One of the highlights of my holiday was booking the most romantic restaurant and doing a wine tasting menu!

Now I don’t like wine, just the occasional glass of white now and again! But the food was sensational – since being with my boyfriend, I have become more adventurous with food, and these pictures can prove this! The restaurant was called 360 and is above a hotel called Bohemia Suites and Spa!

360:

I apologise for all the pictures of food in this post! But I hope you have all enjoyed this post,

Sorry it’s late!

Talk again soon,

Catherine

Xxx

Dolphins🐬💕

Hi everyone,

As some of you know, I have spent the last 2 weeks away in Gran Canaria!

A highlight of my holiday was going to Palmitos Park! This is basically like a Zoo, you can watch shows, and see loads of animals, and I had to go because I found out there were Dolphins!!

Ever since being a baby, I have loved Dolphins, so much so that when I was little, my bedroom was like an ocean! Sea wallpaper, and matching duvet! Dolphin ornaments and wind chimes aswell! I know, a tad obsessed right! I was only a child though, to be fair!

It was the best experience of my life though! I cried the whole way through! And I even got to have a picture with a Dolphin!!

The pictures cost me €30, as I got to kiss the Dolphin aswell, but honestly, I would pay so much more, being that close to a Dolphin is honestly the best experience ever!!

I would definitely recommend coming here if you go to Gran Canaria! It is really affordable, and honestly a good day out for all ages! I will show you some of the photos and video’s I took whilst I was there!

It also had a lovely restaurant aswell, where we had some lunch! I was surprised because the portion sizes were good aswell, and the food was just beautiful!

We had the Caesar Salad!

The only thing we missed was the Tropical Birds show, but you had to sit down to watch the show, and by this point it was already like 2:30, and where you sit, the seats are open into the sun! So you can imagine how hot the seats were, as it must have been about 35 degrees atleast!!

It wasn’t a major thing though, as you could see the birds as you walked around!

This was honestly one of the best days of my life! And if I could do it again, I would do it 100x over!!

Hope you have enjoyed reading this, and look out for my blog post about my holiday in Gran Canaria coming soon!

Talk soon,

Catherine

Xxx