Saturday, 20 September 2014

Blogging around the world...

Hi dolls!!

Long time no blog, I guess is the phrase. I can't actually believe I haven't posted since MAY...that is crazy!
I'm currently sitting in a big comfy bed, in an amazing hotel room, in Seoul (South Korea). Quite literally the other side of the world for me and no surprises it's 11pm and I can't sleep. So along with copious cups of tea, pot noodles, peanut butter M&Ms and series 3 of Gossip Girl I thought it was about time I logged back into Blogger and got things up and running again.

So where have I been for the last 4 months I hear you asking? Well here's a little recap:

As you probably remember me mentioning a few hundred times I was waiting to start training for my new cabin crew job. This was originally supposed to be early May but I had some referencing and medical problems (none actually my fault!) and I didn't end up starting until June 13th, which was also the day before my birthday.

First day was daunting but more of a meet & greet session with lots of paperwork given out, lots of information relayed and ice breaker type activities.
Being the huge football fan that I am I was so so excited when the World Cup fixtures were announced back in December last year and one of England's group games happened to be on my birthday. So months beforehand I already knew that I wanted to have a football party, get all my friends round and get in a load of beers and takeaway pizza...and that's exactly what we did! It was the first proper party me & G have had in our new house and we had such a fun night (obviously apart from the football score, England drew 1-1 with Italy which little did we know would be the highlight of the tournament for England).
Then Monday came...Cue the toughest, most stressful, emotional, hardcore, intense but amazing 6 weeks of my life! Now don't get me wrong I've experienced a tough 6-week cabin crew training course before with my previous airline and I know how hard it can be but this was something else. There were 20 people on my course in total and I genuinely have made friends for life. These 19 other humans are the only other people who know exactly what we went through, how much work we put in and how elated we were to finally make it to the end and get our wings on July 29th! They will forever be my flying family! Similarly with my last airline I am still in touch with people I trained with, I don't think you ever really forget your training group.

Now here I am nearly 2 months later typing this in South Korea wondering where the hell the time has gone. My first operational flight was on Friday August 1st to Chicago and since then I have been lucky enough to go to Basel, Vienna, Helsinki, Manchester, Miami, Capetown, Bologna, Paris and now Seoul...and I've just found out that next month I have Rio de Janeiro, Nairobi, Hamburg, Tokyo and Las Vegas to look forward to. 
I know how fortunate I am to be in this position and that thousands of people would kill for this job but is it what I thought it would be? No!
In fact maybe that's the wrong question to be asking myself, I knew exactly what the job would be and what it would entail but does it make me happy like I thought it would? No! ....and I don't know what to do about it.

Has anybody else ever experienced this feeling of wanting something so badly your whole life and then once you have it, it turns out maybe it wasn't right for you after all? I feel so awful thinking this let alone saying it. My poor family and friends have put up with years of me moaning about other jobs and I have had to borrow so much money from my parents to get by up until now, as I still haven't had a proper months wage. But I just can't shake the feeling of dread every time I have to pack a suitcase an go away again and I REALLY didn't expect to feel like this!
It's time to be honest with myself and I really am struggling. It turns out I am much more of a "home" person than I ever knew but when it's taken so much to get to where I am now I just can't give up this easy. Can I? How long is long enough to give something a go? Do you just know if a career change isn't right for you? I miss G & Marley so so much while I'm away and literally count down the time until I get to go home again. Don't get me wrong the places I am visiting are amazing and I am so so lucky to have the opportunity to travel like I do. Once I get to a destination and am out exploring and having new adventures I really do enjoy myself but when I get home again I never ever want to leave.
Each and every night before I'm due to fly off again me & G have the same conversation in bed. Me saying "I don't want to go!" And G saying "don't be silly". Even when I am so so SO excited to go somewhere for the first time, like Rio de Janeiro in a couple of weeks... I have been DYING to go there ever since I found out I got this job. Especially when there was a chance I could visit during the World Cup, but when it comes down to it I'd rather just be at home with my boys...and I'm not sure it's normal to feel like that?

Sorry this has been abit of a ranting post. I think I needed to get some of these feelings out of my system...maybe some I didn't even want to admit to myself.

I hope you are all okay and have had amazing summers. I pinky pinky promise I will be making so much more of an effort to post more regularly now. Once I stop feeling sorry for myself I will start some travel posts as well.


Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Wish wednesday....

So bit of a new one for me but being the total shop-o-holic I am there are about 1000000x things I currently want need in my life! Each Wednesday I thought it would be fun to share these bits & bobs with you & see what you think.
I'm currently out of action job wise (a little trouble between leaving my current job and starting back as Cabin Crew) so I'm very very poor and unfortunately these will have to stay on my wishlist rather than my shopping list for the time being.....although it is my birthday in 2 weeks!
I am totally besotted with these Lipsy Bethan Sandals!! RRP £65.00
 I've had my eye on these babies for a while now after seeing Michelle Keegan wear them on a night out a month or so ago. Now I'm really really wishing I'd bought them when I first saw them because this weekend she wore them again to the National Soap Awards and they seem to be sold out everywhere and have disappeared from the Lipsy website! Disappointed is a big understatement! I'm keeping an eye on my account and will definitely be snapping these up if they come back in stock in my size.
Next up you may have seen me tweet the other day that I've discovered have SO many gorgeous skort playsuits out at the moment. There really are tonnes to chose from but here are two of my favourites both RRP £20.00
Left the Kianna Cap Sleeve Cut Front Skort Playsuite and right the Kaya Long Sleeve Lace Plunge Skort Playsuit

What are you hearting over this week?
 Like my blog? Please consider following me on GFC, Google + or Bloglovin
You can find me here: Blog Lovin' | Twitter | Instagram | Google +

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Real Techniques Stippling Brush

A few weeks ago I bought my first two Real Techniques brushes - really no idea what has taken me so long either? You can read what I thought of the Expert Face Brush here but today I'm going to share my thoughts on the highly recommended Stippling Brush.
Similarly to the Expert Face Brush, the Stippling Brush can be used on the face for all types of makeup: Concealer, Foundation, Bronzer, Blusher, Powder...basically anything you can think of.
The brush is described as "the trade secret for creating air brushed, high-definition results" which lets be honest, is a pretty big claim!
Again it's made of synthetic, duo-fibre bristles that are still the softest thing my face has ever had the pleasure of being stroked with! The special thing with the Stippling Brush is that the bristles are in two layers, base bristles which can pick up and hold the product and longer, top, feathery bristles which are what give that smooth flawless finish.

Now don't shoot me for saying this but I don't love this brush....I mean I like it, I really really do like it and it definitely gives me a more flawless look than when I apply my foundation any other way but maybe I was expecting more?
I'm not sure what more exactly but this product has been SO hyped in the blogosphere I guess I was just expecting a perfect airbrushed finish and unfortunately my face is still far from perfect.
I have actually only used the brush with cheapy drugstore foundation so far so that may have something to do with it. I'm assuming the better quality foundation I use the better results I'll see so maybe I'll re-review when I open my Studio Fix Fluid (currently being saved for my new job).
I would definitely recommend this brush to all my friends. It is amazing! The idea of two levels of bristles achieving different things is genius and something I've never come across before but it really does work and enable you to achieve a much smoother finish from the comfort of your own home.
To be honest I would just keep buying Real Techniques for the softness of their brushes alone - simple things!
Do you own any Real Techniques brushes?
What do you make of the Stippling Brush? (I feel like I've been unfair!)
Did I expect too much?
 Like my blog? Please consider following me on GFC, Google + or Bloglovin
You can find me here: Blog Lovin' | Twitter | Instagram | Google +

Mr Nutcase custom iPad case

Last week I was very kindly offered the chance to try out a custom iPad case* from
Mr Nutcase are a relatively new company offering customers the chance to personalise a phone or tablet case with their own photos, text, clip art or use one of the pre-made designs from their own collection.
Unlike some companies specialising just in the more popular brands of phone, Mr Nutcase can cater for a wide selection including Apple, Blackberry, HTC, Samsung & Sony. Cases are available as Ultra Light Weight Slimline, Executive Flip Leather Style or Full Wrap Around Premium Edition and start from £14.95 which I think is really really good value. Most custom made photo collage phone cases, especially for iPhones, are much pricier than this.

Being the absolute photo hoarder that I am I obviously opted for a photo collage design but the catalogue of Mr Nutcase's own styles & prints looked fab.
When clicking through the website and designing your own case everything is very clearly laid out and simply explained. I was able to chose from a wide selection of collage layouts which was great, I hate being stuck with your standard 3 x 3 square photo layout if that isn't the look I want.
I chose a collage of 16 photos so I could get the maximum in (I definitely find it difficult to whittle my photo selection down to just a few! ha!) and used various size & shapes. I also chose an iPad rather than a phone case because a) I just so happen to have updated my iPhone case recently and b) I thought my photos would be better on a larger case but after seeing other bloggers reviews of phone cases I definitely don't think this was something I needed to worry about as even small images on smaller cases seem to come out crystal clear.

  I absolutely love my case and have already had compliments from anybody who has seen my iPad - even a random lady on the train this morning asked me where it was from! The picture quality is great, even though most of my pictures were just simple iPhone snaps and nothing special at all. The case is the perfect size and fits my iPad snuggly ensuring it definitely won't pop out & become loose in my handbag.
I was so so impressed with the whole process of ordering from Mr Nutcase. Everything was super easy, smooth and communication was brilliant. All Mr Nutcase case's are dispatched the next day so they ensure you're case is with you really quickly. I ordered late on a Tuesday and my case was here by this morning.
I'm delighted to be able to offer Sparkle Bug readers an 10% discount on any case from Mr Nutcase. Simply enter the code THANKU10 at the checkout.
Do let me know if you order anything, I'd love to see your creations!
 Like my blog? Please consider following me on GFC, Google + or Bloglovin
You can find me here: Blog Lovin' | Twitter | Instagram | Google +