Easy cut crease eyeshadow look for beginners

SO, I’m not about to film this for my youtube channel, mainly because I can in NO WAY compete with the hundreds of amazing tutorials on there of how to do it. I do get ALOT of questions and compliments about my makeup though, so I thought the best thing to do would be kind of like a pictorial showing how to get this easy cut crease eyeshadow look for beginners.


The best thing about this is that you can apply this method to any colours as long as you follow the 4 basic steps. I also think it is really easy for beginners as it’s just 4 steps and nothing too advanced.

To do this look you will need:

  • 2 matt shades of shadow from a similar colour palette one darker than the other. I am going to use pink and orange
  • 1 shimmer eyeshadow, I like to use a light one so I’m using light pink
  • Eyeshadow primer or concealer for the base and to cut the crease. I’m using the PLousie base in shade Rumour 01.
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Making our family bored jar

I love Pinterest and when I was browsing the other day I saw something called a bored jar. Basically you write down lots of little activities and when the kids are bored, they pick out an activity and it will help them cure their boredom! With the summer holidays coming up, I thought this would be a great idea for Maisie so I decided to give it a go and make our very own bored jar.


To make this, you only need a few little bits:

  • A Kilner Jar or similar
  • Coloured Card or paper
  • Scissors
  • A Pen

I LOVE this book of card sheets that I got from The Range, they have so many different ones in different sizes, but I chose the large Chasing Rainbows one. They are so handy to have, especially if you are into crafting, they even have iridescent paper in them!

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Something I have to get off my chest ….

So, on Father’s day I shared the above post about my Mum. To understand why I am so annoyed, we need to back peddle a bit ….

I have never met my sperm donor, I’m not calling him my Dad again ever because he is far from it. I’ve always known his name and a little bit about where he was from as my Mum has always been honest about that. So my whole life there has always been this intrigue about him and what he was like. I had tried to look for him in the past but when James proposed to me in 2011, I really wanted to find him before we got married. Trust me when I say I wish I hadn’t bothered.

So my wedding came and went in 2013 and I hadn’t found him. A few months after we were married, I found his Mum by posting on a local Facebook group and someone came forward with information. I had TO PAY to send her a Facebook message. Anyway long story short, I arranged to meet with his mum, her partner and my sperm donor. They showed up and he didn’t and ignored their attempts to contact him beforehand apparently.

After this, I decided to send him a letter, pouring my heart out and basically telling him I wasn’t after money, I just wanted a relationship with my Dad, was that too much to want? too much to ask for? I also said in this letter that if I didn’t hear from him I would never contact him again. GREAT FOR HIM, because he never replied to me.

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Sorting out my cleaning cupboard

Since moving into our house in September last year, nothing has really had it’s place. I feel like we have just been moving stuff around constantly trying to get a feel for where it goes best. Since we have decorated Maisies room, our room and redone the bathroom floor, I feel like I have been wanting to get alot more organised. The kitchen is a long way down on our to do list, so for now I decided to spend some time sorting out my cleaning cupboard.

You know what it’s like right? The cleaning cupboard is the dumping ground for anything, whether you have used it once or you use it everyday, so the first step was to sort through what we still used and get rid of the things that we have had for years and don’t need. Some of it went in the bin (except the spray bottles which I emptied and stashed at the back to use again) and some of it, like the weed killer etc got moved to the garage. We kept stuff like that under the sink before as we had no where else to store it.

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When and how to talk to your daughter about puberty

So, before you get into this post I just wanted to say that it is purely for advice purposes only drawing on my experiences with my daughter. Everyone will feel differently about this subject and that is completely fine, I just wanted to offer some advice on when and how to talk to your daughter about puberty.

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I ordered Maisie some lovely books from my friend who sells Usborne Books at Home. They deal with EVERYTHING, so you might just want to use something like this as more of a reference. I could not find much advice online and I thought this would be a great opportunity to share some ideas on when and how to talk to your daughter about puberty.

It’s not just the puberty stuff, they deal with things such as anxieties, moods and feelings and health and wellness too! I also really like how Growing up for Girls deals with really important things like sexuality, coming out and homophobic bullying.

Is she ready?

My daughter has just turned 9 years old. She has always asked me questions about my period and I have always been honest with her about what it is. Over the last few months however, she has become more interested in talking about it and when it will happen to her so I think now is the perfect time to begin the conversations about puberty.

I think when asking the question about whether your daughter is ready or not, you should consider what age she is and how much she already knows about periods etc as I think it’s really important that they understand what is going to happen wayyyyyy before it does.

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Three steps to add to your oily skincare routine now!

I’ve been getting more and more into my skincare lately. The more I research, the more I’m finding out what suits my skin and how to deal with the concerns that I have. My skin is so oily. I have spent most of my 20’s just using oil free products which weren’t giving me any hydration so often my skin would be so dry and flakey. After researching I found a few things that have really worked for me so I wanted to recommend three products to add to your oily skin routine now!

Double Cleanse

I know what you are thinking, Oil cleanser on oily skin. That’s exactly what I thought too. Until I looked into it a little deeper, but we will get to that in a minute….first came across double cleansing as part of the Korean 10 step skincare routine. Although I don’t really know much about anything else in this routine (like what even is an ampoule?) I remember thinking about it at the time and wondering if this would help me.

A double cleanse basically involves an oil cleanser first, to remove makeup, dirt and sebum from the skin. Once you have done this, you then use a water based cleanser to give your face even more of a deep clean. As someone who wears makeup everyday and has oily skin I thought this would really help me make sure my skin was as clean as it could be.

So back to that thing about using oil on oily skin… after doing some research, I actually came across this on the Simple website, which basically says that cleansing oil clings to excess oil on the skin helping lift it with ease. It also is super hydrating which I’m told in the long run is a good thing for oily skin.

Honestly, since I started doing this, my favourite part of my day is removing my makeup and getting my skin clean.

If you want to add one to your oily skincare routine, here are some of my recommendations:

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DHC Deep Cleansing Oil – £12 Look Fantastic
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Revolution Skincare Calming Cleansing Oil – £8 Revolutionbeauty.com

A Hyaluronic Acid serum

Hyaluronic Acid is a super hydrator!

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All about cloth nappies


When I tell people that we use cloth nappies, I always get one of two reactions. The first is that screwed up ewwwww that’s disgusting face. The second is “how do you have the time???” I think cloth nappies are starting to become more and more popular amongst new mums than ever before, people are really starting to think about the effects of disposable nappies on our planet and want to do their bit to help. I get so many questions from people on my social media about where to start so I thought I would use this post to talk about our cloth nappies and how we got started, as well as using it as a way to signpost you to some helpful articles and websites.

Choosing the right type of nappy for you

Cloth nappies have come a long way since the days of terry squares closed with a pin. Although these are still an option which many use, you now have all in one nappies, pocket nappies, two part nappies, all in twos and prefolds, the list is quite frankly endless. This is something only you can decide. I’m going to signpost you here to The Nappy Lady, who shares some helpful tips on advice on how to choose the right nappy for you. Just because something works for me and my child, doesn’t mean that it will work for you.

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Ten things having children taught me

Hello! Welcome back to The Plus Size of Life, today is a mixture of light hearted and also serious things having children taught me

1.There is a 2am that doesn’t involve being anywhere near a nightclub

Gone are the days of bouncing around with your girlfriends to The Spice Girls and leaving a nightclub when the sun is coming up. The first few months of being a mother are EXHAUSTING, but somehow you just get through it. 2am looks so different when you have a hungry baby hanging off your breast and bags under your eyes from lack of sleep.

2. Cbeebies has some creepy shows

This isn’t even an exaggeration. With Maisie it was In the Night Garden and the latest one being Moon and Me, which Arthur loves. Collywobble is the stuff of nightmares!! It’s not all bad though, occasionally, Tom Hardy reads the bed time story.

3. Screaming at someone is an acceptable way to ask for something

Want those grapes? Just point and scream. Maisie went through this phase and Arthur is going through it right now. It gratesssss on me so much. The worst being when we are all sat eating tea, he has the exact same as us and is pointing at my plate screaming because he wants mine like it’s something magical compared to his.

4. Crying because someone cut your toast into squares and not triangles is a genuine emotion

Anything can set your child off. ANYTHING! So just make sure you clarify exactly how it is they want something to avoid the meltdown of the century and avoid being accused of ruining it.

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