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Minnies | Light in the Night

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Heyo!

Did you see the morning sky?
I am the biggest geek when anything to do with Space is mentioned. Hmm, maybe I should have gone into Astronomy?  
Mars was visible with the naked eye at around 1am Monday morning and this was my first time ever to see it! Antares & Saturn were also visible, but the clouds hid these away!


I had my seeing goggles at the ready...and my binoculars too!

It was such an exciting moment & the best part was that I saw a shooting star as well, I made my wish! But shh I can't tell else it may not come true! 

One day I would love to go to somewhere where there is a crystal clear sky with millions of stars and see our amazing night sky clearly. 


Must Have Self Tanner!

Monday, 25 April 2016

Heyo

As most will know, there is nothing more that I love than tanned skin. I love natural looking tans and have tried many, many different self- tanners to see which I prefer the best and I have shared my fair amount of horrifying self- tan experiences to the point that I look ridiculous.
 Now of course I much prefer getting a simple natural tan from sunbathing, but in the cooler months I like to feel like I still have my summer tan.




My favourite for a while now has to be the Dove Summer Glow. I sometimes like to use the 'normal to dark skin' one in summer as my skin naturally goes quite brown in even a hint of sunlight, and the 'fair to medium skin' in the other months as this suits my natural skin colour the best.
Like all tanners, it does have a slight biscuity smell to it but it I find it isn't as noticeable as other brands. I have been using this self-tanner for a good 2/3 years now until recently when they brought out their newer product. As you can see above, it is in a slightly different bottle (tube) which I think is more elegant and a lot less bulky, it's the same product but I think they have tried a bit harder to mask the smell, I barely notice it and I think it's really nice and moisturises really really well.


I have found that I mostly get on better with gradual tanners, that way I can gradually build up my tan every 2-3 days. I remember to re- apply by giving myself a schedule, so I will always apply this on the days that I wash my hair, that way I remind myself to do it. The only downside to gradual tanners (this one in particular) is that you have to guess where you are putting it as the colour doesn't come out instantly as it is just a white cream like regular moisturisers, so ensuring that you fully cover all areas and rub it in well always gives the best results with no streaks.

I never get any streaks anyway from this product! I often get a build up on my elbows and it can sometimes be noticeable around my wrists but apart from that it looks really natural! I am really impressed and will be sticking with Dove.

For Best Results!

[1] Exfoliating before applying! I ensure to fully scrub at any dry areas of my body . I prefer to use them scrunchie sponges (if you know their proper name, let me know below!).


This is the Nivea Scrunchie
[2] I apply the cream before I get into bed, with any moisturisers I don't like having that 'sticky' feeling when putting on clothes, so I prefer to apply it at night so I can throw on some loose fitting pj's. Also, I thought it may be worth mentioning that I have not had any issues with it rubbing off onto my white sheets in the night, they always remain pure white and clean. I always shower the morning after as well to wash off any excess and it stays on and doesn't go patchy which is really nice!

[3] I always choose to use my normal moisturisers between the days that I re-apply the tanner, this way it seems to last longer and it also stops my skin from going dry.



Let me know which fake/ gradual tanners you are enjoying currently.

See you soon!


Ciao x


My Blogging Journey- 100th Blog Post

Saturday, 23 April 2016

Heyo!

*CELEBRATION MUSIC*

It's my 100th blog post! I am super excited that I have come so far. Blogging has become very important to me over the past year and a half. It is the one thing I actually consider a hobby which I really enjoy doing! I love having my own space on the internet which shines my personality, it includes everything I love: beauty, sharing my thoughts, writing about my life & adventures...and most importantly, my guinea pigs who I love dearly.

I have come so far, and I am very happy that I stuck with it !

How AmeBella was created

I discovered Sprinkle of Glittler's blog after watching her on YouTube. I thought the idea of having a blog was so amazing, I read her story of how she had a boring office job and the moment she decided to start a blog of her own which eventually grew. Her words and videos always make me so incredibly happy, I wish one day I would get the opportunity to tell her this. Louise is an amazing, beautiful woman which many love! She is my blogging inspiration.
Sometimes I will sit and think carefully about what I want to do as a career in life, I often question if working with animals is still what I want to do. However, the one thing I found myself doing the most over anything else is writing on my blog. I love getting special comments on certain blog posts & I also love the days that I get more views than usual, it makes me feel really happy.
I don't have the best photo quality, or the best writing skills, but the one thing that I do have for AmeBella is dedication.


I slowly aim to advance my blog step by step. Not only have I taken my time to think of a perfect name for my blog (previously Minnie Memee- now Amebella)...I have gone through numerous designs too. Mr.T and I started off designing my own completely from scratch with a lot of hours and hard work put into it.

Then I eventually invested in my blog and found the most perfect design which I am really happy with as it suits my personality very very well, I love pastel colours so it was an easy choice to make!

I am continuously adding new things for my blog, much like recently I have added a new page called 'La Bella vita' meaning a beautiful life if you would like to now go over and read what it's about.

How far AmeBella has come

I remember when I first started my blog, I had a dream of hitting them millions of views thinking it was so easy! I have this dream of reaching many people so I can share happiness and inspire people, making them smile each and every day. But after months of writing I found that it is simply not easy to get traffic. I remember the days where 10 would be my maximum. I'm at a stage now where I don't mind if I don't get many views on a particular day, views aren't important because when I press the 'publish' button on a blog post, I can say to myself that I really enjoyed writing it. I still have much to learn but hey...maybe one day I can look back at this post and say "I've finally achieved my dream".

Hopefully you will also agree that my blog posts have improved since last year! I am always trying to engage people into what I am writing, and also relate. Writing about anxiety, panic attacks, and even fear are very delicate subjects for me to write about. They are every important topics not just for me but for many people, and if I can help just one person feel a bit better by reading my posts, then I am truly happy.

I was signed up to Adsense for a short while, maybe this was a mistake.
I never did like the ads on my blog, I thought they looked ugly.
I know that when I go on a website the one thing I hate most of all is ADVERTS!AdSense removed my account with them. For a while I was down about this as I thought it was a potential way to start a career in blogging, but on the other hand I realised that actually...By having the adverts I was sending my readers to other sites that are more successful than I am and I would like to keep my readers in AmeBella
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 I want everyone that comes on my blog to have that happy feeling you get when you receive a warm welcome hug with a smile. 

The Support

I have had the most encouragement from Mr.T, he was the only one that believed in me. He has not only helped me when I am stuck... he has just been there for me, through the times that I was sad about my blog, like when I was not confident and feeling that I was doing badly. He has also been there for me when I was happy too. 
My parents have also been very supportive and I love making them proud, I like it when my mum sits next to me when writing up new ideas for posts! They have also helped to share around my blog, it makes it more fun knowing that others are reading too, it's almost like a butterflies in the tummy moment! I like the idea of having a family like feeling on my blog, where we can all support one another and be friendly.
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What's next?

It's hard to think why my blog is so special to me. I think the main reason is because I have put so much of my time and effort into it. AmeBella is a made up world I had when I was small, I could go there during me-time and be happy when I was sad. Now AmeBella is a passion and I enjoy it so much. 
I have considered a YouTube channel before, but I want to do something a little different to what everyone else is doing, something that represents me well. Maybe you have some ideas for me?


This has been a realllllyyyyyy long blog posts guys!
Thankyou very much for reading my blogging journey, happy 100th blog post!

Ciao xxx



Queen's 90th Birthday

Thursday, 21 April 2016

Heyo

Happy Birthday to Her Royal Highness the Queen.
May her reign be long.
The queen is 90 today! Just think how long that is! That's almost a century! 
So many things have happened in the Queens life time that its simply impossible to list them all.
However a few being great grandmother, serving her people in the Army in the Second world war. Seeing the first man on the moon.

To show my patronage of this occasion I decided to make a lovely set of  crowns for the girlies!
(also a rose thrown in on the side to make the event even more majestic)


I used these rolls to make a stable crown shape, it was the right size for their heads.
Now I began to have some fun & decorate!



They stayed ever so still for the photo, they were being very elegant and proud wearing their crowns.
They stood to attention for the Queen.

How did you celebrate this special occasion?

Ciao


Minnies | Shower of Dandelions

Heyo!

So many daisies and dandelions have been growing in the garden recently!
Belle & Bambi have been absolutely LOVING it. They get so excited when they see them.
They start chatting away and it's so precious, particularly seeing Belle like this as she is often shy.

It's lovely to see them really happy over such a small thing in the world.





Having a Dream

Monday, 18 April 2016

Heyo

When I was a little girl I always had a dream catcher above my bed and I truly believed that if I dreamed hard enough that it would forever treasure my dreams and someday make the great ones come true.

Dreams are so powerful with many meanings behind them, it's a place in this world where we can imagine for ourselves. 
If we think deeply enough, dreams are so magical and amazing, it is something you create yourself not only with your minds but with your heart.
 
Dreams don't just have to be what your mind creates as you sleep either, we all have actual dreams and goals we want in life...success, fame, love. My dream has always been to make a difference, whether it is little or big. You can have a further read of this here.
You can either "dream your life or live your dream".  


All it takes it a sprinkle of belief.

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We live in this crazy, confusing world where we have factors that can often stop us such as work or even money. However, if we all take baby steps when trying to achieve our goals in life then it makes it all the more exciting. 
If you dream of flying a plane one day and as a child you made a paper plane and flew it around in the air, you are already a little step nearer than you was when you first created your dream, you're steadily getting there.
Don't sit there and think it's impossible, make it it possible.
Ignore rejection, Focus, keep working at it, smile along the way and succeed


The most perfect part of going after your dreams is that it's almost like a miracle really can come true.
Never ever let go of your dreams

Ciao 


La Bella Vita

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Heyo

I would like to introduce a new additional page (label) to my blog which I hope everyone will like!
There will be feel good posts to lighten your mood, it will include motivations, posts that will be upbeat and happy and something you can feel jolly going to. I want it to be a special tab you can click on if you are ever having a bad day or you are feeling down for whatever reason.  

I called it 'La Bella Vita' as this typically means 'A Beautiful Life' in Italian. I chose to stay with an Italian type of theme as it goes along with my little 'ciao' quote at the end of each of my blog posts!



Hopefully we can all work together, you can be apart of this by spreading nice thoughts and comments that maybe others will see too.


The beast which is fear

Saturday, 9 April 2016

Heyo

Fear is just one of the most powerful emotions and feelings we get.  We have it to avoid any physical and emotional responses to potential pain of any kind that a variety of situations and circumstances can lead us into fear and we can often take control. 
Anxiety is something in which is hard to control, unlike a natural instinct or reflex, it can be brought on by the most minor of things but you can feel like you have absolutely no control. For more about this, see my blog post I wrote last year: 'Anxiety'


Are the two alike? Maybe. Are they the same?....absolutely not.

The sweaty palms and a rapid heartbeat, the feeling of not knowing what's going to happen, making your breathing may be faster and shorter, you may shake, cry even.


Not everything in the world is full of love... unfortunately (source)

 I have written below about the worst fear that I have ever experienced if you choose to have a read. I never want the people I talk about to get away freely, unaffected, making others feel the same way that I did. 

My fearful situation
On Friday (yesterday) I got on a bus into town, the bus was empty and just me and my mum was sitting on it talking about the lovely day we had after visiting some family. When the bus stopped at the next bus stop I thought:
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surely not, there is no way they are going to let those people on".
They couldn't walk in a straight line, their speech slurred and their hands and pockets full of cans of beer. I understand that it was Friday, but it was 3:30pm in the afternoon. The bus driver allowed four drunken, loud, terrifying men onto the bus. Old leather jackets, torn jeans, missing teeth, smelling of cheap booze and not a care in the world. Their faces still haunt me even whilst writing this.
Out of all of the empty seats on the bus, they sat around closely to me and my mother. One started touching the ends of my hair instantly and I had to move closer to mum. I was terrified.
I have witnessed drunk people before but I have never had such a personal up close experience before as bad as this one. I remember just picking at my nails, my anxiety levels were slowly rising.
That's not even the worst of it, their language...how do I even start? It was vile, dirty and foul. I never want to even repeat what they said to anyone, but it included talking about indecent topics, our knickers and we got called everything. I even heard them comment on stuff about metal illness disorders which is not okay. Think of the worst possible words and swear words you can think of and that is what they were saying...no not saying, SHOUTING! At the top of their lungs, non- stop and the bus driver did nothing. Two got off and there were just two more men left, the ones sitting behind us. The drunkest out of all of the men. At this point I was shaking.


"I have to move to the front mum away from these" I whispered to my mum. So I did.
"Aww look at the sweet baby girl, you s***" They shouted at me. Now as far as I am concerned, I always dress appropriate and sensible, they these words were purely because they were drunk out of their minds. Their verbal abuse started making me cry actual tears and mum mum moved next to me. 
A lady walked on alone at the next bus stop and she was speechless, she stared at them in shock and saw me crying. I wanted to get off. "mum I'm having a panic attack!" My mum actually spoke up and said to the drunk guys "Can you please stop, you're giving my daughter a panic attack" and they gave threats to my mum which I didn't hear, my sound just blacked out I was so fearful for what may happen.  A fight, more panic attacks, pain?
 At this point I saw my mum crying and that was the most painful thing to see, I love my mum so so much and at that exact moment I was so angry I screamed: "
I want to get off!" They carried on with their language and abuse, and the bus driver just stopped the bus on a main road and opened the doors and looked at me, with an unsympathetic look, sure it was okay for him protected behind the glass door in the drivers seat... although getting off was the one thing that I wanted, it was far from anything we recognised and it was in the middle of no where and the thought of getting off there made me panic more, my mum told the bus driver to carry on a little bit longer. The men wanted to get off at the stop where the bus driver had opened the doors, FINALLY. They walking towards the door ready and the driver shut the door on them!!! Why?? They didn't deserve to be on there in the first place, why the heck did he keep them on that bus?!

They were at the front, they were near me and my mum again...just staring. We tried to avoid eye-contact and kept quiet, even if we wanted to get off we couldn't now! The next stop came and they refused to get off, the lady spoke up at last.
"
Just get off the bus, just go! Just leave! You are upsetting people, go, go!" The bus driver also finally decided to step in and told them to get off now (yeah...'now')
They didn't leave the bus in fact they came towards the lady then moved forward towards my mother, inches away from her face swearing, threatening, ready to hit. That image keeps giving me nightmares, the flashbacks make me feel sick to my stomach. My mum let out a little scream and she was so scared.
The lady stepped in and carried on shouting for him to get off the bus and he was tempted to go hit her and walk up close to her face but his mate stopped him and it took him a long while to get off the bus, the time it took felt forever.

Finally, we all got off safely at our stop and what did the bus driver say to us? "Oh sorry, I should never have let them on this bus" You don't say?
Do you know the worst part? These so called "men" were at least 50-60 years old. They were no gentleman.
How has society got this bad? Making mothers and their children and elderly women scared, feeling a crazy amount of fear.  The feeling of not being safe, the possibility of being hurt is the most scariest upset to feel. It may not sound too bad on writing, but it was a living nightmare.
My main aim for that day was to get on the bus with mum to try and learn the routes so I feel safer on buses, I wanted to feel less anxiety. But after a long day of doing just that, they ruined my confidence and it will be a while before I get on a bus again.


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What was I feeling at that time? Disgust, hatred...yes. But also a mix of both fear and anxiety.

Anxiety: No meaning- It can be triggered by anything, but you feel like it will never end but it always does at some point. This is more psychological but it is the worst, most real feeling in the world, you feel like you cannot escape and it can be hard.
Fear: Has meaning- you know the threatening situation better, but you are unsure of how it will end. This is more real. However, you will always know there is a possibility of an escape and you can eventually forget about it.

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Be aware of it  Identify it  And forget it

Much like I wrote about in my posts about Anxiety & Panic Attacks. Never let anything ever control what you do, live your life how it makes you happy.


Ciao x

Beauty: Ted Baker Makeup

Thursday, 7 April 2016

Heyo!

So taa daa! I finally got round to making a beauty blog post!
I thought we could have a little show & tell about Ted Baker make-up.

For some reason, I never see people with this make-up in their make-up bags,
(although the Ted Baker make-up bags are super cute!)
I must admit I don't always buy products that you can apply to yourself (such as creams, shower gel, make-up e.t.c) from Ted Baker, but how could I resist this time as they have such a beautiful Rose Gold collection and those who know me well know that I am completely obsessed with Rose Gold!

I got the following in a little set as a gift, I think I got it for Christmas & I now use them on a regular basis.



The blusher pallet I was surprised with, its really well pigmented. I am so used to always sticking with the same blushers (Revlon or Bourjois) but after giving these a little tester, they honestly aren't too bad! As for the trio eye-shadow compact, it has a little mirror with it so its easy to take in my handbag or where ever I go and the colours are also really pigmented! I feel that the colours do come out slightly different when applied, very golden and red and they can sometimes look a bit too sparkly on the eye, which is nice for a night out, but during the day I prefer to stick to matte colours,


Now, the thought of using eyelash curlers freaks me out! I often used to use them all the time, but I had a pair that literally went *pingggg* when I was just about to use them and they snapped!

The Rose-Gold Ted Baker ones I now feel comfortable using, they look super beautiful and work really well... good job Ted Baker!


My aim next is to buy the travel bags and luggage cases from Ted Baker for my holiday this year!
Let me know what your favourite purchase has been from Ted Baker so I could potentially try it out for myself!



Ciao



Simply love Simple.

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Heyo! Yo Yo!

Time for a bit of Tuesday Bloggin' my friends!
I'm surprised looking back through my old blog posts that I have never written about Simple before! Therefore I decided it would be nice to have a chit chat about my thoughts on their range.
I used to have a slight obsession with using the Simple Skin care range, then I thought it'd be nice to try new skincare products such as Liz Earle which I made a review about here back in January and I forgot about how much I used to use Simple! 

My absolute favourite thing to use is their hydrating moisturisers, they work really well on my skin as it always gets so dry! I always use it before bed and before applying my primers & foundation. Simple products have always been my go-to when travelling as well, their small travel sized everything is perfect. I love mini travel sized items, and what's better than simple.
They are an affordable brand and you can always guarantee that their products will make your skin happy, they have a lot of skin-loving ingredients in them so it has never upset my skin, I also really love the fact that they are always making lots of new products to use like the eye roll-ons, anyone else think they are doing really well? 


Simple has always been my first skincare range that I have used, I used to get it for my birthdays and Christmas and my mum really likes it too! Particularly the protecting moisturiser you see above with the SPF as it smells like sun cream which always reminds me of happy, summer memories.
Am I the only one that will often wear SPF even on slightly sunny days, heck even on rainy days?

The purifying cream may or may not have helped my skin growing up, I was lucky enough to never get bad acne. I would use the cream almost always after using the 'Spotless skin triple action face wash', in fact, I think I still have a tube of that somewhere in my bathroom cabinet! 


Simple is a nice cheaper alternative to other skin care brands out there and is nice for people with sensitive skin. I have never had any issues using it and it always delivers brilliant results, as for the scent, there often isn't one so if you are someone who likes a bit of fragrance in creams then perhaps Simple wouldn't be for you, but I have never been a fan of scented creams particularly on my face.
I won't have a full in depth review of Simple Skincare as it's always on the shelves anywhere you go and they are super popular! There must be lots of reviews all over the internet...I'm sure this post will somehow get lost in all the madness of you beauty blogger readers!


Ciao for now

Nature's Palette

Sunday, 3 April 2016

Heyo 

Have you ever wanted to just leave out and go on a journey somewhere different, sort off like an adventure of some kind? Well that is exactly what Mr.T and I did on Thursday afternoon.
The weather was so perfect, it was a clean and spring afternoon filled with natures best spring-time colours! So here is our story...*opens up invisible story book* 

Once Upon A Time...

I packed up a picnic basket (It was more of a plastic tub) with some little square sandwiches , bananas and even a bake-well or two. We couldn't forget about the mini eggs of course I mean Easter has just gone by ;) Any excuse for chocolate!
After we made our picnic basket we decided to go look for Mr.T's picnic blanket which has been buried all winter in a entrance room tut tut... It needed a little bit of love after being forgotten about.
We loaded up the car and got ready to go , we decided to go down a more scenic route on some back roads. which was well worth the effort... it was stunning. 


As you can see from the photo above it was a beautiful day! We drove down the country roads and through some rustic old towns along the way. We eventually reached what we thought was the first park we pulled into the stony driveway and got out to walk around. It didn't feel right though as the park I was thinking of allowed you to drive right up to the water front. we followed the path and ended up in a really scenic sanctuary, ducks were waddling about dipping in and out of the lake, they were really funny little animals! Suddenly out of nowhere someone's stray doggie came charging at the ducks and chased them all into the lake (poor duckies!) They waddled away super duper quickly!
A view of the lake with the beaten path running alongside it. Slightly cloudy at this point.
 It was a really scenic lake (and also very twinkly & sparkly!), as we followed the path alongside it there was a old quaint shed with a petite deck hanging over the water. Mr.T didn't hesitate to jump straight onto it being the oddball he is. Simply contrasting the lake where sweet bright yellow daffodils and long reeds grew.
 


As we walked around we found a deck overlooking the lake it had old time rope supporting it, it looked sturdy...but Mr.T decideed it would be even safer to jump on it to double check, even though I was already stood on!...Gee thanks!  I realized at that point that this definitely wasn't the park we were looking for! We hurried back to the car across a field (got a snazzy piggy back ride as I didn't have my wellies on and the mud was icky!) Sadly for Mr.T... his shoes got covered (not to rub it in, but mine remained clean *evil laugh*. We hurried through the town which is an old market town complete with a sweet shop and a town centre clock on the town hall down the road to the other side we finally got to the park we had been intending to go too.

  We drove in and being brave we reversed up to the water front (it was seriously a tense moment, I was just thinking "oh my goodness we are going to fall in, the car is going to sink") haha! However Mr.T managed to reverse it safely! As we took our first steps on the water park the sun came out and lit up the lake giving it a nice warm glow. Like the other lake there were quite a few ducks and geese but also a swan. We set out our picnic blanket and got out our lunch. It was delightful, we even fed the ducks some bread it took them a while to catch on that we were actually feeding them though. We had a really cute duck couple whom we named Betty and Jerry, Jerry was a lot more greedy than Betty and would race to eat the bread and not save any for her (Chivalry isn't a duck thing).

They were very well groomed he had a bright purple head and she had a green undercoat of feathers. They settled down in front of us by the waterfront after guzzling most of the bread. We had a another visitor which was Mrs Swan she graced us with her presence (even though swans are so intimidating sometimes!). To top it all off there was no wind it was literally a perfect afternoon. People picnicking all around us. We decided to walk around the water park as it also has a sand beach! 

Here's good ol' Jerry!
The somewhat sandy beach area
After walking around seeing the rest of the camp and having a nice lunch we decided to build a old world war 2 fighter made out of Styrofoam. Too our surprise it was quite entertaining! (simple things for our simple minds...particularly mine hehe) After which point we set off home as a ominous cloud was floating over threatening to rain on us. We got in the car just in time...phew!
We set off after a nice fulfilling day out.. and a fully belly!

What did you get up too on the first few days of spring? Let me know in the comments section or on Facebook !

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Minnies | Spring nails

Friday, 1 April 2016

Heyo!

I have been loving my daisy nails recently, remember ages ago I talked about that habit I had where I constantly bit my nails? I managed to stop! If you would like to know how let me know and I can potentially have a chitty chat about it at some point on my blog

There is nothing more rewarding than being able to paint my nails! 
(it's almost impossible to do with bitten, short nails!) 

They're getting there!

♥ Tweet me your nail designs @amebellaa 

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