Hayley's Blogger

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Dolcino Bloggers Event

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Dolcino Bloggers Event
On Friday 16th February at 7pm I was invited to Dolcino which is independent gelateria-cafe located in the heart of Nottingham city centre.
Local bloggers were invited to sample some of the wide variety of gelato and desserts which are on offer. I can confirm that the food tastes great and it's set at a fair price. I'm already looking forward to my next visit.
I think a strong selling point of Dolcino is that it caters to all dietary requirements such as gluten free, vegetarian and vegan. All you have to do is ask and they will customise your order.
The interior of Dolcino is retro and funky with strong teal green theme. I thought the bike on the walls added a personal and quirky touch. 
Shortly after bloggers were greeted with friendly smiles and a glass of bubbly from the staff. Francesco Arcadio (manager and founder) gave us a talk about how the family business began and his passion for making gelato.
A small group of us were shown a tour of the kitchen and how gelato is made in the cafe. We learnt how to make a amaretto, caramel syrup and Twix gelato. It was fascinating to learn the process and see how the gelato making machine works. We got to smell the industrial size tubs of amaretto and caramel syrup (which made my mouth water). I had recently shared with you on my birthday gift haul video (click here to watch) that amaretto is one of my favourite flavours and alcoholic drinks.
I had also sampled a mini unicorn sundae and blueberry waffle dessert. They both tasted delicious.
There are so many flavours of gelato to try. If you pop in for a visit then please let me know your favourite flavour in the comments below
Watch the video below.
Bunny Hugs,
Hayley
xxx

Saturday, 17 February 2018

January Favourites

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January Favourites
Hi everyone.
Welcome to my January Favourites. All make up products mentioned are cruelty free :)
Aquarius Horoscope Book
I've always been fascinated with astrology and what my horoscope birth chart indicates about my personality, relationships and career. I find it spookily accurate and I love to learn about how I can use the planetary energies to add to my strengths.
For Christmas I got gifted a Aquarius 2018 horoscope book which lets you know what's in store for the year. Everyday has a little paragraph of what to expect for that day. I really enjoy reading the book as part of my daily routine.
Gosh X-Ceptional Wear Foundation
Gosh X-Ceptional Wear is my favourite foundation it's a staple in my make up collection. This is because the shade "Porcelain" matches my skin tone perfectly. The coverage is buildable and it hides blemishes well. The liquid formula feels light on the skin and a little application goes along way. £7.99 is a good price which makes me come back to it every time.
Elf Lock Eye Primer
The eyeshadows that I like to wear are pigmented and glittery. Because my eyelids are naturally oily this causes the eyeshadow to crease and eventually slip off. I have to use a eyeshadow primer to keep everything in place. In the month of January I was browsing for a eyelid primer which was budget friendly, cruelty free and long lasting. I found one at Superdrug priced £3, which was the Elf Lock Eyelid Primer in the shade Sheen.
To achieve maximum results for long lasting eyeshadow it's best to apply the primer with the application wand provided. Then apply the eyeshadow straight away when the primer is wet.
Soap And Glory Thick & Fast Mascara
Soap and Glory's Thick & Fast Mascara is another staple in my make up collection because it makes the lashes longer and gives more volume. The formula lasts throughout out the day and I've never had any smudging with this mascara. The applicator wand has a variety of sizes of bristles to capture and cover the lashes beautifully.
Whittard Chelsea Blueberry Cheesecake Hot Chocolate
I find great comfort in curling up in bed with a nice cup of warm hot chocolate especially when the weather outside is cold and miserable. I was gifted from a friend for my birthday Whittard Chelsea Blueberry Cheesecake hot chocolate. I love everything about this product from the luxurious packaging to the flavour (it tastes sweet and delicious). I love how it turns the milk purple when you add the hot chocolate in. You can also make it with water which doesn't make it so calorific.
So there are my January favourites which I would recommend to you. Have you tried any of these products? let me know in the comments below.
Bunny Hugs,
Hayley
xx

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

30th Birthday Haul

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30th Birthday Haul

Sunday, 28 January 2018

Bumble Bizz Bloggers Workshop

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Bumble Bizz Bloggers Workshop
Saturday 27th January.
1pm-4pm at Flour Mill Studio, Beeston.
The phone app Bumble invited local bloggers to a blogging and photography master class. We used a new mode called BumbleBizz which is for professional networking. Ladies swipe right to make the first move.
Guest speakers were Holly from @ABranchOfHolly and Rhys from @RhysThePhoto.
Thanks to @JessWhoBlog for organising.
Bunny Hugs,
Hayley
xxx

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Why You Should Book In For A Cervical Smear Test

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Why You Should Book In For A Cervical Smear Test
The reason why you should book in for your cervical smear test ladies is because it could potentially save your life.
From 22nd - 28th January 2018. Jo's Trust is launching it's campaign #Smear4Smear.
Click here to be directed to the website.
#Smear4Smear is to spread awareness about the importance of having a smear test.
I want to open up and share with you my personal experience with receiving a abnormal result. 
I had my first smear test when I turned 25. I was nervous and to make me feel more at ease the nurse explained to me the procedure and drew me a little diagram on a piece of paper with a pen about what would happen.
The smear was over in less than 5 minutes and it only felt slightly uncomfortable because of the vagina spectrum. This a tool which opens up the vagina walls so that the nurse can take a swab sample of your cervix.
A couple of weeks later I got a results letter which said that my sample showed up that I had low grade abnormal cells. 
The NHS wanted to investigate further into my results so I got referred to hospital for a colposcopy appointment a few weeks later.
While I was waiting for my appointment, I was browsing through Jo's Trust website. It's jam-packed of information with everything you need to know about smear tests, abnormal results, colposcopy procedures and more.
I found that learning as much as I could through the site helped me to feel more relaxed at when I attended the colposcopy appointment.
The doctor uses a microscope to look closer at your cervix and a special liquid to highlight the abnormal cells. A small sample of tissue is taken from the cervix to see if any further treatment is required.
I received the results from the biopsy a few weeks later and the doctors decided that I didn't need any further treatment. I'm absolutely fine and have been put back onto 3 yearly smear tests.
Please book yourself in for a smear test :) it's better to know your results because if anything is found then it can be treated early.
Bunny Hugs,
Hayley
xx

Saturday, 20 January 2018

January Essentials

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January Essentials
Fancy beating the January blues? well I've decided to share with you my January Essentials to help put a smile on your face.
The products which I use in the month of January are for extra self-care because I find this month a little depressing. All I want to do is hibernate in my bed, watch movies and eat an unlimited amount of snacks.
I like to choose products which will help me get through the month by cheering myself up. I'm a fan colourful packaging and fruity scents. 
In the winter months, I am more of a bath person. I love having a nice long hot soak in the tub to relax and warm up my body from the harsh cold weather outside. However, submerging your body in hot water for too long is not great for your skin as it dries it out. I like to go for a moisturising bath soak or foam to keep my skin moisturized. Which leads to my first January Essential,
Baylis & Harding Beauticology Tropical Cocktail Bathfoam
For Christmas, I got gifted a 400ml bottle of Baylis & Harding Beauticology Tropical Cocktail Bath Foam. Baylis & Harding are cruelty-free as their products are made in the UK. I've been using this since Christmas and I like the fruity tropical scent as it reminds me of beach holidays and tropical islands.  The bath foam contains shea butter which is moisturising to the skin. The packaging has beautiful paintings of fruit which are bright and eye-catching. I'm currently enjoying using this in my bathtub. 
Dunelm's Coconut & Vanilla Scented Candle
What makes an excellent pairing with a bath? Candles
I also got gifted for Christmas a Coconut & Vanilla Scented Mason Jar Candle from Dunelm. The light scent of tropical and sweet scent adds a nice touch to my tropical paradise bubble bath experience. I like how when you have finished using the candle then you have a nice mason glass jar to drink out of. It's got 10 hours burning time so if I start using it now then I can use it to drink out of by March. For some reason, it takes me a long time to use up candles. Is anybody else the same? let me know in the comments below.
Disney's "Moana" DVD
If you need a film to watch which makes you feel good then I would definitely watch Disney's "Moana". It'a wonderful story about a young 16-year-old girl called Moana who goes on an ocean voyage with Maui. The music in the film is superb as it's catchy to sing-along to. Especially the song "You're welcome" as it will be stuck in your head for months. 

What are your January essentials? let me know in the comments below. I'm always looking for inspiration.
Bunny Hugs,
Hayley
xxx

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Sunshine Blogger Award

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Sunshine Blogger Award
Early Sunday afternoon as I was relaxing at my computer sipping a cup of green tea and staring out of my window thinking about the year ahead and what blog posts I should write. I logged onto Twitter and the lovely Kaylea from WillFlirtForFood has nominated me for the Sunshine Blogger award. The thumbnail for this post is when I visited Chilwell Allotments back in Summer 2016. They had some of the biggest and beautiful sunflowers which I have ever seen in my life. Click here to read the post.
The Sunshine Blogger award is awarded to people that are ‘inspirational through their positivity and creativity in the blogging community’. Thank you Kaylea for nominating me. I enjoyed reading your answers click here to read her blog post.
If you have been nominated by me, please follow the rules below:
  1. Say thank you in your blog post to the blogger who has nominated you, and link back to their blog.
  2. Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
  3. Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  4. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.
Here are the answers to the questions I was asked by Kaylea
1) Why did you start blogging?
In my last year studying Fashion Design at University apart of my final major project was to document each week's progress into an online blog. I received high marks and was commended for my communication and photography skills. After I graduated I decided to use this strength and start my own blog reflecting my own feelings, life and interests.
2) What is your favourite travel destination?
Disneyworld Florida (so far)
3) What is number 1 on your bucket list?
Own a cockapoo puppy
4) What would be your ‘last meal’?
Starter - Butternut squash soup with croutons and garlic bread
Main - Veggie Burger with sweet potato fries
Dessert - Chocolate brownie sundae
5) What is your favourite song?
I love all music so it's hard to pick one. I'm currently really enjoying MK "17" because it's a feel-good song which makes me look forward to the Summer months.
6) What is your favourite book?
Harry Potter series
7) You meet a genie, what are your three wishes?
Good health
Large money tree
To meet my soulmate
8) What is your proudest accomplishment?
Graduating from University
9) How would you describe yourself in three words?
Outgoing, introverted, fun
10) If you could give one piece of advice to your younger self, what would it be?
Judge people by their actions and not words because it speaks volumes about how they feel about you. Don't waste your energy on people who aren't worth your time. Self-care is everything.
11) If you won £1,000,000 on the lottery, what is the first thing you would buy?
My life and platform would have a fantastic refurbishment. I'd buy all new equipment for my YouTube channel. A new camera, ring light, sd cards,a studio to film in, go pro etc.
 I'd also travel the world and take my camera with me to share my adventures. 
Here are my nominees in no particular order:
5) KitKat
My questions to you are:
1) Why do you love blogging?
2) What is one thing you love about social media?
3) What is one thing you hate about social media?
4) What is your favourite film?
5) What are your goals for 2018?
6) Who is your favourite social influencer?
7) If you could swap bodies with anyone for a day, who would it be?
8) What is your favourite song?
9) How would you describe yourself in five words?
10) If you could give one piece of advice to your 16 younger self, what would it be?
11) If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Tag me in the tweet as I would love to hear your answers