A free rainy afternoon doesn’t come along very often but lets face it this Bank Holiday Monday was a real wash out! Not one to moan… what it did offer us was the perfect opportunity to do something productive, with results that will last long after this wet, disappointing weekend leaves us. Yes, we decided to do some DIY.

For a while now I’ve been wanting to do something with all our old pictures and I was inspired by Pinterest to create a picture wall in our living room, after seeing images like these…

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So after talking about it for weeks, we finally got down to tackling the ‘picture ledge’. We got out ‘that’ box of old pictures and collection of frames I’ve been sporadically buying from Ikea, Marks & Spencers and Zara Home. Dom (after getting back from a stag do) got out his spirit level and power drill and I went through the pictures. It was fun going down memory lane but so difficult to choose which pictures to have on display. I wanted a good mix of old and new images, black & white and colour ones.  This was the end result…

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Any day that involves a carousel, water fountains, wahaca for lunch and a stroll around the Tate Modern is not a bad one in my book. Knowing full well that the Bank Holiday Monday was going to be a complete wash out (and it was), we decided to make the most of Sunday’s warm sunny weather.

My husband was away on a stag do, so his sister and her family came down from Derbyshire to keep us (my daughters and I) company over the long weekend. Wanting to show them the sites of London, I thought I’d take them to the Southbank as it’s one of my favourite parts of town. There’s always something going on, be it a live concert, a workshop, an exhibition… or just about anything. Also from there you can see some of London’s biggest landmarks, including the London Eye, Big Ben, St Pauls and of course the Tate Modern.

At the moment they have the Festival of Love going on, with lots of vibrant stalls and street art – it was amazing. We had such a great day, here are some of the pictures we took…

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Great day!

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For the last ten years I’ve worked in the beauty industry and been surrounded by beauty products. In that time I’ve picked up a fair few ‘tricks of the trade’ and insider secrets. With this is mind I thought I’d share some of my beauty tips with you all. So sit back, get a cup of tea and indulge yourself in my top 10 beauty tips…

1) The Cheekbone Illusion
Make your cheekbones appear higher and give them more structure by apply bronzer directly underneath your cheekbone. You can also add a little highlighter to the cheekbone itself for added affect . Try it and see!

2) Dry Out Spots
You don’t need to spend money on spot creams, simply dab some toothpaste onto your spot before going to bed and by morning it will be on it’s way. Believe me this is a tried and tested trick.

3) Blot Your Skin
The easiest way to clear your skin of oil and prevent your make-up from sliding (especially during the summer months) is to use blotting papers. They’ll soak up any excess oil from the top layer of your skin – and prevent breakouts. I like these ones from Boots.

4) Don’t Fade Away
Lock in your new hair colour by using a deep-conditioning hair treatment every two weeks. This is a great two-in-one tip as you’ll obviously also benefit from super soft, well condition hair. My current favourite is this one by Kerastase.

5) Have Oily Skin? Use A Face Oil.
I know this sounds ridicules but using a face oil can help your skin produce less natural oil. Why? Using a face oil will trick your skin into thinking it doesn’t need to produce more oil. I really recommend Clarins Lotus Oil. It’s been my skin saviour for years.

6) Use Eye Cream on your Cuticles
Don’t waist money on cuticle cream, when you can double up by using a moisturising eye cream. I love a multi-purpose product and this tip works a treat! Bonus tip, keep your eye cream in the fridge, this will help reduce the appearance of dark circles and ‘bags’. You can also apply a think layer of eye cream under your eyes while soaking in the bath – as an amazing eye mask! I like Eucerin AQUAporin Active Moisturising Eye Cream

7) The Reverse Wash
If you suffer from thin hair, try the ‘reverse wash’! This means conditioning your hair first and shampooing second. Many of my old colleagues swore by this tip to increase volume.

8) Keep Your Makeup Brushes Clean
Clean your brushes using a little shampoo and warm water after every couple uses. They become a breeding ground for bacteria, which can cause breakouts and other skin conditions. Prevention is always better than a cure!

9) Seasonal Changes
Our skin needs different things depending on the time of year. So it’s important to change your beauty routine depending on the season. During the winter months your skin needs more moisture and comfort, while in the summer months you should use a lighter hydrating cream or lotion with an SPF.

10) A Body Beautiful
Immediately after stepping out of a shower or bath, apply a body lotion, cream or oil. Water and soap washes away your skin’s natural oils, so applying a moisturising product will prevent your skin from drying. Also, apply your cream or oil to slightly damp skin – not only will it be easier to rub in but it will also be more effective.

Let me know if you enjoyed reading these tips as I have plenty more up my sleeve.

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