fashion lifestyle travel beauty. I am a 21 year old fashion and brand promotion with journalism student, I tend to use my blog for different posts from travel adventures I've been on to my new makeup pieces. I like to write about what interests me and what I believe you like to read
*Disclaimer: I was sent out a LivingDNA kit for review purposes. All opinions are of my own*
I have always been curious about my DNA and how it all works. I was interested in this at school but I was so bad at science that I am quite happy someone else can work all this out for me!
With Living DNA, you will find out your family ancestry which will give you an overview and as much detail as possible.
Depending on if you are male or female, you will either access your fatherline ancestry and your motherline ancestry.
What do you do?
Living DNA was so easy to use, I have always wanted to do one of these tests but also thought it would be so long winded! It was extremely simply, the kit arrived, I followed the steps inside this starting with activating your kit. Make sure you activate the kit before you send it off, otherwise they won’t know who to send the results to. Then simply make sure your mouth is clean, don’t eat for a couple of hours before and then swob inside your mouth and then send it off!
You will get an email to say your kit has arrived at the labs, then a couple of weeks later you will get another email to say your results are in!
With your Family Ancestry, Living DNA says
“our scientists have tested hundreds of thousands of sections of your autosomal DNA, which we refer to as your family ancestry. It is also referred to as your ethnic or DNA mix by some companies.
This part of your DNA is passed down from all your ancestors, and your combination of ancestors is unique to you, and makes up your personal genetic code. A typical profile provides your genetic history going back approximately 10 generations.”
Quickly, I realised how boring my genetics were though! I did know that my ancestry wouldnt be as interesting as others but I did expect to have more than just 100% Great Britain and Ireland on my Family Ancestry.
Loving that you can see how your family ancestry in global, regional and sub regions. This gives you a lot more information. For me it worked out that in sub regions i am:
30.4% South Yorkshire 13.7% Northumbria 12.6% East Anglia 10.1% North Yorkshire 7.7% Aberdeenshire 6.8% Northwest England 4.7% Central England 4.2% South Wales 3.3% Cornwall 2.5% South England 2.4% Devon 1.5% Lincolnshire
I find this so interesting as I already knew about South Yorkshire and Northumbria but the rest i wasn’t that clued up on. I think this definitely opens up conversations with your family.
What is a Haplogroup?
Another part of the LivingDNA is learning about your motherline. This is only if you are female, if you are male you will learn about your fatherline.
This details all about your Haplogroup and what the subclade means. My haplogroup is HV and the subclade was involved in early migrations across Europe during the Mesolithic and Neolithic.
In LivingDna Words: “Haplogroup HV is thought to have originated in the Near East, but some have also argued a Caucasus origin. The likely age of this haplogroups birth is around 25,000 years old, which was during the peak of the Ice Age.”
This to me is very interesting learning that the origin of my motherline was during the peak of the Ice Age. According to LivingDna a majority of Europeans descend from the HV group, which then split into H and V. H is the most predominant.
My motherliness suggests that my coverage map is made up of a number of geographic regions. This is a guide and is for information purposes.
I think it is so interesting to look at where we originate from and who we are as individuals. All of this is so complicated but yet so fascinating. I would actually love to be able to understand more of what our DNA does and how it actually defines us.
Has anyone done a DNA test before? What were your results?
So back in November I had my first tattoo! I wanted to share this post with everyone who is preparing for their first tattoo!
I had been wanting one for quite a while. A few years actually, but I just could not decide on what I wanted. I am actually quite a fussy person.
Finding the right tattoo
However, once I lost my uncle I started looking at memorial things and found this lovely rose heart tattoo. I thought this was just so pretty and simplistic.
When I first found it, I saved it on my phone and then came back to it a couple of months later. I found that if I didn’t like it a few months on then i wouldn’t bother getting it. In the past I had fallen in love with one and then two months later I hated it! However I still loved it and thought it was so pretty.
I loved the fact that this would be a great way to remember my uncle. We had roses at his funeral, but also its a very pretty tattoo.
It took quite a while to get both my parents on board. As I live with my parents I always like to respect their wishes and not take the piss. My mum grew to like it instantly. My dad on the other hand wasn’t so keen. Both my parents don’t have tattoos and they aren’t exactly impressed by them.
However, they did come to realise that I wasn’t getting just a random tattoo. That it would actually mean something to me.
Searching for a tattooist
Once that was all cleared up, I looked into different tattoo artists. As I had never had a tattoo, I didn’t really know where to start.
So I did what all 23 years old do. Looked on Facebook. Well and spoke to my friends who had tattoos. Obviously I wanted to research the place and actually like the content they created. Tattoo artists do have certain styles.
Also I didn’t exactly want to go to a tattoo parlour that wasn’t particularly clean.
That definitely put my mind at ease before I booked in for my tattoo. Hearing recommendations from other people definitely helps.
I must have stalked my tattooists facebook for months, just looking at her work. What she can do, how long it takes, as well as final results and peoples reviews.
Booking your appointment
That is what I would definitely recommend, also book your tattoo in person. I was tempted to do this online as I rarely go into my town centre. But I went in and it was really good to actually see what the place is like. See what the staff are like as well.
Also, keep in mind that some tattooists are going to be booked up a lot. I booked mine on the 13th October. I didn’t have my tattoo done until the 10th November. This was mainly because I needed a Saturday and weekends are quite busy.
Once I had booked in for my actual tattoo, I did kind of forget about it. As I had just over a month to wait I kind of got on with my life.
However, a couple of weeks before I did make sure I ordered my tattoo cream. I didn’t want to end up having my tattoo done and not have any cream to use. Most tattooists will have creams you can buy on the day but I am very fussy.
To make sure I ordered a cream which wasn’t going to be a waste, I asked one of my friends who has quite a few tattoos what cream they would recommend.
I actually still had some left due to not needing as much cream as you would think!
The day of the tattoo
On the day of your tattoo, try and not overthink. I was constantly worrying thinking I was going to miss my appointment. It was going to hurt. I wasn’t going to be able to cope with the pain, i was going to chicken out. Literally every single thought possible went through my head. I also took my mum with me, and she doesn’t really help in that sense. She kept repeating “its going to hurt yano?” as if that was going to help!
My tattooist Iwona was lovely and talked through everything she was doing. She explained why everything was being covered in plastic (to keep everything sterile). She was also very patient with drawing on the stencil, making sure I was happy with the placement.
Once the stencil was in the correct place and I was 100% happy, it was time to start the inking!
Iwona was so lovely as well, giving me chance to prepare myself just before she officially started. Even though my tattoo was only small, it took her about 20 minutes to complete it.
She kept stopping after certain parts and making sure I was okay and that the pain wasn’t too much. I describe the pain of my tattoo as when you have blood taken and they pull the needle slightly. A little bit of a scratch with a needle. This is completely different to what i was expecting to be honest.
I had my tattoo on the inside of my right ankle. A lot of people said to me that this placement would be really painful.
Once it was complete, she cleaned it properly with more sterile equipment. Put a thin layer of cream on it and then wrapped it in cling film.
She advised for me to leave the cling film on for a couple of hours. Then clean it properly again and leave the cling film off.
I got into a routine of cleaning my tattoo with mild soap every morning and evening. Then applying a thin layer of my Hustle Butter. I did this every day for a good two months. Now I apply the cream when my tattoo starts to feel dry, but I do apply it at least once a week.
My tattoo healed very well, I didn’t get the scabbing like I hear others do. I also didn’t get the itching. I was probably quite lucky with how my tattoo healed!
I hope my post helps anyone who is planning on getting their first tattoo. If I haven’t covered anything, please let me know!
*Disclaimer: I was sent out a product in exchange for a review, however all views and opinions are my own*
When I first received the pr package from Sparkle PR with this Missguided Boss Babe gift set, I had to open it up straight away!
I love the design of this bottle and it is very different to other perfume bottles that I have. It is very sleek and minimal.
I normally end up buying a perfume based on the bottle and the Missguided ones have caught my eye a lot lately, i always see them in Boots and Superdrug. Every time i see them i want to try them just because the bottle intrigues me.
So i was definitely excited to open it up. As soon as I opened it up I just fell in love with it. The smell is incredible, I find it lasts me all day and even longer!
The Missguided Boss Babe contains the following notes:
Top Notes: Bergamot, Pear, Pistachio
Middle Notes: Rose, Almond Milk, Orange Blossom and Magnolia
Base Notes: Patchouli, Amber, Tonka, Vanilla, Musk and Sandalwood
All of the notes combined create a sweet floral but heavy woody and musky scent. This is a scent that I absolutely love, i love . mixture of sweet nd musky. This is quite a peculiar taste as not many people do, especially those of a younger age.
I would wear this on a day to day basis but I think it would be amazing on a night out, especially if you’re dancing all night! This scent would definitely last all the way through.
I was and still am very excited about this perfume as i am in love with it! After trying this one, I will definitely be looking to pick up more Missguided perfumes to give them a go!
Have you tried any Missguided perfumes? Let me know your thoughts. Or why not let me know your current favourite perfume?
I was fortunate enough to receive a Misguided Boss Babe gift set, complete with what I think is supposed to be an owl pom pom? This smells incredible but I will give you a full review very soon!
I also received two butter London nail varnishes in shades royal appointment and mums the word. I don’t always paint my nails but these shades are perfect especially for the winter weather! Also, there was a butter London, lustrous liner which I haven’t tried properly yet but I did try it out on my hand and it was amazing!
In the package was also two Grether’s Pastilles, one was redcurrant, the second was blackcurrant. These are great for sore throats!
And, finally there was also a few products from Design.Me Hair including Hold Me, Puff Me and Fab Me which I definitely loved it but need to let you know in full detail what these products are like!
I still feel very lucky to have received this big package! The reviews will be coming very soon, let me know if you have tried any of these and what your thoughts are!
So if you read my 2018 roundup, you will be aware i had a lot happen in 2018! So what will 2019 have in store for me?
There are a few things I already have planned and I guess we just have to hope that the universe will be kind this year.
I currently have planned:
Westlife concert in June
Pretty Muddy in June
I am very excited to finally be going to see Westlife, I was a huge fan as a child but I never got to go and see them so when they went on sale I was adamant I was going. My mum’s still not too sure but I am sure she will love it!
I have also managed to talk my mum into doing Pretty Muddy. I have wanted to do this for quite a while but never got round to it. But there has been a big change in our lives since a family friend recently got diagnosed with cancer. It definitely changed my perspective on things and how quickly they were able to diagnose and start treatment. So of course we had to sign up and do our part. I will probably be sharing my Just Giving link closer to the time but if you would like to sponsor me for this, please let me know!
As you can see, I don’t actually have a lot set in stone for this year. I am obviously aiming to go to more hockey games. But I also want to really enjoy this year, I want to hopefully go to some new cities, maybe try travelling solo for a change.
Something I have noticed since passing my driving test is how independent I have become, I actually like my own company and want to develop that more.
I’m not sure how much travelling I will be doing as obviously the cost and I do work full time. I would love to go back to Paris and spend 3-4 days there and just explore but I know it can be quite expensive.
I would love to hear how you travel and how do you travel for cheap? I would love some tips so I can start planning!
So 2018 is now coming to an end and this year has been absolutely crazy.
I allowed myself a little bit of time off over Christmas just so I could enjoy some time with the family.
A lot has happened in 2018, some great, some heartbreaking.
I was very fortunate to have gotten a new job back in February and I have loved working there ever since. I am a marketing co-ordinator for Kew Green Hotels which is very exciting for me as every day is different. I have worked on quite a few different projects already and it has been very challenging as well as adapting my skills.
I also very surprisingly passed my driving test in April! I was over the moon that this happened as I had bought a car a couple of weeks beforehand. I have done a post all about passing my driving test and how i coped with learning to drive. This was a very difficult thing for me as i had put off driving for over 5 years.
Since passing my driving test I have driven down to Birmingham a couple of times including for work and for the Christmas market. I have also driven to Manchester and York. This has really boosted my confidence whilst driving and I would definitely recommend this to anyone who has just passed their driving test.
With my new job, I went down to Brighton for our annual gala dinner. This was very exciting as I had never been to Brighton before. I got to meet so many people within the company as well as getting to see S Club 3 live, which is something teenage me really wanted to do!
I surprised my mum with a trip to legoland for her birthday as well as staying in one of our hotels in Slough. Where they treated my mum amazing and it was great to see a smile on her face.
Surprising Mum with a trip to Legoland for her birthday!
I unfortunately lost my uncle, I am still not ready to share what happened but it still affects me every day. I don’t think I will ever truly get over it. Losing someone is never easy, however my uncle coming over from Australia did help to feel closer to the family again. I have also gotten a new relationship with my aunty, uncle and cousins which is definitely great. It will never make up for losing my uncle but it does help soothe the pain a little as I know he would be happy about this.
I went on my first girls holiday which I have documented in a travel diary. This was a great holiday with two of my oldest best friends and I already can’t wait for our next adventure.
I had another holiday with my mum and dad and spent a little bit too much in Sephora. As usual. After everything that had happened in the year, it was great to have some family time and relax a little.
I also turned 23 which is making me feel like i am getting very old! I know you have to grow up but can it just slow down please? There is so much I want to do before i get too old to do it!
I got my first tattoo, i actually got this in memory of my uncle. I have always wanted a tattoo since i turned 18. I didn’t get one because I just couldn’t decide what to get, it took me years to decide on this one. I was expecting it to be very painful as well, but the pain was just more like a slight scratch.
I also had the mad rush up to Christmas, both at work and at home. I was prepared with all presents but then there seemed to be a mad rush at the end! Does anyone else get that? Or is it just me?
I also of course got more into ice hockey and went to quite a lot of games! Which will of course go into 2019.
I will leave my round up at that, I feel it has been a very busy year with a lot going on but I will be going into 2019 with high hopes!
Until next time
If you enjoyed this post, why not check out a few of my old ones?
The one thing I always despise about going on holiday, is deciding what to travel in. I don’t know if its just me but I find it so difficult. I am always thinking am I going to be too hot? too cold? Do I need to layer up? Do I need to bring a jacket? a blanket? a pillow?
Honestly, I overpack because of all of these reasons.
However, on my trip to Ibiza I don’t think I was too bad, the girls may say otherwise!
But I did end up being extremely comfy and I wore the outfit to travel in both times as well as travelling on my second holiday to France!
I think you always need to wear something you would normally wear, as I have found if I travel in a tracksuit for instance, I am so uncomfy because this isn’t something I would normally wear on a daily basis.
I ended up travelling in a dress i picked up from Sainsburys, I thought this dress is one that could be worn in so many different situations so it was definitely worth £25!
I loved the long sleeves of this dress as they were quite baggy so it kept me cool but also kept me warm when needed.
I paired this outfit with a classic pair of white trainers and a bum bag, but i have since worn this with dolly shoes as well as red ankle boots. I love the versatility of this dress because I can change it around with so many different other pieces of clothing.
I absolutely love SkinnyDip London, I think their products are amazing due to the originality and quirkiness of them.
Obviously they aren’t the cheapest but if you have student discount, they have 10% off all year round with occasionally 20% off.
I have been writing this SkinnyDip post for quite a while but for some reason never quite got around to posting it, I am unsure why though.
Every time I go into SkinnyDip or anywhere near a SkinnyDip I end up spending or adding more to my list of things I want.
A lot of the things i have bought from SkinnyDip recently has been along the lines of their clothing range, there has been a lot of cute and quirky items, especially slogan items.
I have previously purchased a couple of their bags, this was what originally started me off from purchasing from them. They were creating bags which no one else was even comparing to. But now that trends are developing, more brands are creating similar bags to what SkinnyDip were originally.
Now they have delved into more original jewelry, phone cases alongside their clothing range.
I have included some images of the different products i have bought from SkinnyDip as i do think the variety of products is what sells SkinnyDip to people. Not only are they selling in their own stores, but they also sell their bath and body products in major stores like Boots!