Sunday, 15 June 2014

MY HAIR|MAKE UP|SKINCARE|NAIL VARNISH STORAGE.

Being someone who is a little obsessed with organisation and everything having it's place I am forever swapping around the storage for my haircare and skincare items. I'm not 100% happy with how I've got everything stored at the moment, but I have a TINY room and I'm very limited with where I can put things. No matter how hard I try I think it looks a little messy and jumbled up but I have tried to section things off and keep an order to it.

I have this MALM chest of 6 drawers in white from Ikea. I love this chest of drawers, It's big enough to store A LOT of things in. I have all my make up, skincare, hair styling tools, fake tanning products, nail varnish, my clothes and pj's in this drawer. See it holds a lot!!

The first three drawers are what I'm going to show you today, as the others hold my underwear (which of course I won't show) my pj's and a few clothes. So here's where I store my things... 
In the first long drawer, so the third one. I keep all of my hair styling tools, nail varnish, samples of products I've got from events ect and my fake tanning products. I have these organiser boxes from Ikea that I am obsessed with! They're perfect at keeping things divided, organised and they look nice as well. I have one of the larger boxes which I keep my hair care products in, alongside some hair rollers and my hair dryer as well and my hair brushes. So once I've washed my hair everything I need to protect and care for my hair is in here. After it's dry my styling products such as salt spray and hair spray are in a different set of drawers.
My curling wand and my straighteners are placed in the area in front as you can see. I want to find somewhere a little more pleasing on the eye for my styling tools, I might try and see if I can get a nice big sized box and keep them out. Still working progress.

On the other side of the drawer I keep my Nail Varnish's in an old Glossybox box, and nail polish remover alongside some samples that I'm still yet to try out which I keep in the Charlotte Tilbury box. I also have a few moisturisers out which are easy to just get out before going to bed or after I've got out the shower. I love this Umberto Giannini Box, I think it's so pretty! In here I keep all of my fake tanning products as you can see below.
Now onto the top left hand side drawer, so the first drawer. This is where I keep all of my make up...

Again I use the organiser boxes I mentioned previously from Ikea to divide all of my Make Up products. I have divided them into areas you would use the products. So I have face/base products which is the top left hand side, on the top right hand side I have my eye products so all my eye shadows, mascara and eyeliners. And then on the bottom left hand side I keep all of my lip products. The bottom right hand side I have a box of cotton buds cause you never know when them eyes will get messy! I also keep eyelashes and tweezers in a little bag just tucked away in there as well.
Now onto my skincare drawer, this is the drawer I am most unhappy with! I haven't found a way of storing my skincare that I feel is easy and works yet. So this is definitely work in progress. Prepare yourself for mess...
Okay... so in here I again use the organisers from Ikea. I have in the bottom left hand side a little section for tablets and medicine type of things. I just find it really handy to have. I keep all of my perfume and deodorant in the bottom right hand side as you can see as well as a tub of multi vitamins (random).
In the big box at the top I have all my skincare just shoved in there. I really don't like it like this, I have to dig around to find my smaller pots of things and it's just so messy. I think I might go back to ikea and get smaller organisers so I can keep my cleansers separate from my moisturisers ect. I also have down the side some sunscreen and a box of nose strips.
This area on top is where things can get a little bit messy! I again am trying to find things that work for me and this is forever changing. I keep all my make up brushes in these gorgeous Cath Kidston Mugs and well you can just see the other random stuff I have on here...

Do you have any storage tips you can share?  I LOVE looking at other peoples storage and make up collections so leave links if you have done a post similar :)

With Love,
Sian xxx

Thursday, 12 June 2014

DIY BLOGGING BOOK | DIARY.

I've mentioned it before but I love stationary and organisation! Yes, I know... I'm a total nerd!! I've been try to get into a routine on my blog that I feel comfortable with and can achieve by not letting "real life" take over. I notice sometimes I'll miss a few days and I want to get out of that habit! I have tried creating a spreadsheet to try and organise my blog posts a little better but I find that when it comes to jotting ideas down I can't really do that on a spreadsheet neatly.
I made a blog post notebook before and it worked quite well. It was the perfect size to fit in my handbag and jot ideas down on the go. But I still didn't think it worked well at organising myself any better. I still keep that little notebook with me, it's where I write down all my ideas, brainstorm and then after that when I have a finished/final idea for a post, I then put it into this book and tick off what I've done and what needs to be done.

So here is how I created my new blogging book/diary.
Step one & two – Once I had chosen the paper I wanted to cover my notebook with I cut around the front and back covers leaving about an inch or so around the edges.


Step three & four – I'm not too pleased with the fact that I couldn't cover the binder/spine. I did try to but I think once the notebook is open the paper would rip in that area and get damaged. I folded along the length of the paper and stuck it besides the spine with glue. I then folded the rough edges over on the inside of the cover and glued them down. Almost like you're wrapping up a present.
Step five – repeat step three and four.

Step six – I wanted to make sure the edges were properly stuck down as they're slightly “bulky” so I popped bulldog clips on those edges whilst the glue dried.

Step seven & eight – I wanted to personalise the cover a little, just to make it more fun and appealing to use (is that really sad of me?) I saw this image in a magazine a while ago and cut it out to use in a scrapbook. I thought it would be perfect for the cover of my blogging book and I think it works really well. I had a lot of room left at the top and I wanted something on the cover that would state exactly what this book is. So I cut a speech bubble out of white printing paper.
Step nine & ten – Using a black Sharpie pen I outlined the speech bubble to make it look neater and I guess almost cartoon like.

Step eleven & twelve – I then glued the speech bubble down and wrote “blogging book” on the front. [as you can so obviously see]
Step thirteen & fourteen – I had a few cut outs from magazine of textures and clothes that I was going to put into a scrapbook. I used this one of a model (love the colours of the clothes!) and added yet another speech bubble. I just wanted to make it fun. I then covered the back with the same steps as three, four, five and six.

Step fifteen and sixteen – Now was the time to figure out how I wanted to layout my pages. I wanted enough room to write blog titles down and include tick boxes as I know ticking things off lists ect is something that works for me when organising things. There is something very satisfying about drawing a tick. I can tick off when I have taken photos for a blog post, written the post up and scheduled it. Then tick it off once it has been published.

I think I'm going to play around a little more with the layout of the pages but overall I'm really happy with my blogging book :) I've got LOADS of paper in this book so I'm thinking of adding in sections where I can brainstorm ideas or write other bits and pieces in. Is it really geeky that I get so excited by these things?

Do you have a blogging book or diary you use when keeping ontop of your blog? Do you have any tips for staying on top of it? I'd love to know how other people plan their blogs so please share you tips and tricks :)

With Love,
Sian xx

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

NOT JUST FOR YOUR WEEKLY FOOD SHOP. F&F CLOTHING WISHLIST.

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I was wondering around my local Tesco the other week and thought it'd be rude not to have a little mooch around the clothing section. I always think with clothing ranges in supermarkets, they can be a little hit and miss at times. However this time I was pleasantly surprised by Tesco, I was wondering around fighting the urge to buy a whole new wardrobe. The gym clothes were on point, even made me feel like I should go on a run – I didn't though. The Spring/Summer clothes were gorgeous, plenty of floral and pastels flowing through the shop floor. I almost felt like I was wondering around the likes of New Look and River Island (especially when looking at the swimwear).


Whenever I need new clothes I never think to look at George, F&F or TU (Sainsbury's clothing range), I always just head straight the high street or look online. I don't know why I do this, they're cheaper or if not around the same price as shops such as New Look and I have the chance to collect those Clubcard points aswell... Not to mention get a food shop in as well. Win win if you ask me! 

I pledge from this day, whenever I feel like I want some new clothes not to just look in high street shops or online retailers such as Boohoo but to also consider Supermarket's!!

With Love,
Sian xx


This post was not sponsored by F&F Clothing or anyone else.