Mum Diary #1


Being a mum is hard!!

That’s what i’ve learnt so far, it’s so incredibly hard but also incredibly worth it. In the past five weeks, i’ve learnt more about being calm and learning to wait than I have in the previous 25 years of my life.

Milo Rex is doing incredibly well, he’s got reflux which is hard to watch him struggle but we’re on the mend with the help of the NHS and some medicine. He’s growing bigger by the day and with it my sanity is decreasing. It’s a struggle some days too, not have enough hours in the day to work on the projects you want to come to life, clean the house, cook the dinner, spend time with my husband who has been slaving away at work and just cuddle with milo. However, that being said Milo makes it all worth it, and we’re at the stage now were the smiles are starting to creep in and it’s just a joy to watch.

Honestly, if it was physically possible I think my heart my burst with how much I love him. I’m writing this on one of the rare days where he wants to take his nap. He’s currently in a phase of wanting to be awake ALL OF THE TIME because he’s more alert.

Oh and he’s been swept with football fever and has been throughly enjoying the England team not suck at the world cup. That and listening to some classic songs from The beatles, Elvis, Oasis, and NSYNC (obviously.)

All in all, i’m still adjusting to being a mum but i’m now starting to get into the swing of things, so much so I’ve began writing scripts again (I know! I’m surprised too.)

I hope you’re all well. I just wanted to check in!


Update: I’m a mum.


The title says it all really. I should probably update you on what happened in the past several months, possibly almost a year (I haven’t checked, oops) but i’ve been pretty busy.

Anyone who knows me will have figured out by now that I’m now a new mum. I gave birth on Monday 28th May 5:44am to a perfect baby boy named Milo Rex. He is absolutely beautiful and is everything I could have wanted. Both Alex and I are extremely lucky and happy with our new addition to the family. I’m not sure yet if i’ll post any pictures because…well it’s the internet. So you may have to bare with me or i’ll blur his face a little, but take my word for it, he’s beautiful.

Adjusting to a knew lifestyle, as exciting as it is, can be hard and I wanted to blog about it. I’m not promising a schedule, or trying to be the next big lifestyle blogger but knowing myself, I knew I just wanted to write again. So that is what i’m doing. Writing when I want to, about what I want. I’m not limiting myself, so hopefully you guys will be okay with that. For now, i’m going to spend sometime with my newborn son who seems to want mums attention whenever he can get it.

P.S if there are any mums out there reading and want to be friends….That would be cool too.


Molly’s Game – Review


It’s been a while. I know and I could update you on the on goings on my life, but the truth is the thing that compelled me to begin writing on here again, is the fact that I’ve just watched Molly’s Game. Oh goodness, that film just cemented my love for Jessica Chastain. She is phenomenal in that move and giving an equally convincing performance is Idris Elba.
The film is adapted from the book by Molly Bloom herself and is based upon a true story. One which I had no idea took place,  of a an overachieving woman who is injured in a sporting accident decides to open up an underground poker game.

However, what really stood out on the film is telling a female story in one of the most human ways possible. It was unconceivable to many of the men in this film that, she wouldn’t sacrifice herself and was protecting others, that she wasn’t sexually involved with any of the players, nor was she apologetic for being anything but herself. She was flawed (very) but she was absolutely herself and it was so refreshing.

Told in both flashbacks and flash forwards to the current day, it plays with time but not in a way that the audience gets lost. With everything going on in the industry and much more the world, I love this film. With subtle hints of women empowerment, to be unapologetically yourself and that women will survive this mans world that seems to have been curated.

Make no mistake, this film is not advertising the fact that woman could accidentally fall into a life of the mob, the billionaire boys club, a life of crime but the opposite, but what it’s doing is giving woman the idea that we can do anything a man can do both good and bad.

If I’m honest, I loved so much about it that I believe i’ll have to watch it a second and third time just to take away even more from it. It’s one of those films that just keeps giving.

This film I think was very important in a very understated way.

Crashed Like Lightning – Adjustment Period.


So i’ve tried to type this blog out maybe, six times in the past three days and I’m sick of re-writing it. I even contemplated making a separate blog just because this didn’t seem to “fit” but decided that’s just me trying to avoid everything and decided to put it up anyway ha!

I should probably start by explaining that i’m a 20 something year old trying to find her place in this big ol’ world.Yes, cheesey and overrated I know. Sure, I sound just like one of those millennials that the news is constantly going on about. You know the ones, the kind that haven’t bought their houses yet, who are constantly spending money without earning, and feeling that they don’t have to work hard to seek the rewards. Here’s the thing, I’m not particularly sure where I’m going with this blog post, only that my fingers are typing whatever thoughts come out, so forgive me if I go onto tangents. I suppose I wanted to know if anyone else felt like this.  People will tell you that being a teenager is difficult and that the transition into adulthood is difficult but they didn’t tell you how long the adjustment period should be. So i’m sat here wondering, why I still feel like an imposter a few years into what is supposedly the “best decade of my life.”

Is it wrong to feel so empowered and have that feeling that you should be doing more? That I just haven’t found the thing i’m supposed to be doing for my whole life? Is this normal? Does that ever go away? Do you suddenly get used to it? Okay, I feel like I should clarify that I have no problem grafting to earn something, to work hard to see the rewards – it’s just logic. However, what I am struggling with is this feeling that one day you just know what you want to do for a career, because honestly, I thought I did and I don’t love it. Is that normal?

Anyway, the point to this whole thing is that the adjustment period is hard. HARD. So if any of you can make me feel relatively normal or have any tips on how to ride the wave of the adjustment period that would be great. I’m asking for a friend….

Review – Bare Minerals BarePro – Crashed Like Lightning


It’s Bank Holiday weekend here in England, so naturally I found myself among the shops on Saturday afternoon and I couldn’t help myself when I saw the new Bare Minerals BarePro liquid foundation.

I had heard so many good things about this foundation prior to this I knew I just had to try it. On paper, I generally shouldn’t like this foundation, i’m not a huge fan of full coverage nor of a matte foundation but here I am, LOVING this foundation. It’s not so matte that it makes my face feels stiff and dry, neither does it make my skin look cakey. It gave me a smooth flawless natural looking coverage. It feels like my skin.
Lately, I’ve found that my “adult skin” isn’t as…forgiving as my teenage skin. I have different colours in different areas, some places i’m more of a yellow tone and others I am red…so as you can imagine finding a foundation that ticks all of my boxes is hard, and finding a foundation I LOVE is near enough impossible. There have only been two previous foundations who have managed that yet, I feel that this is just joined that club.
Of course, whilst I was at the Bare Minerals counter I couldn’t leave with just the foundation. I paired that with the primer which made the foundation glide across my skin as it were dancing. I would recommend that if you buy the foundation, you should always go for the primer. It just makes me GLOW. So much love for this product.
Additionally, the last thing I bought was the bronzer. it blends beautifully, giving me that colour I needed to make me look healthy and give me a beautiful. However, the colour isn’t over powering which I sometimes find with bronzers and the longer you wear it, it keeps on giving. I love that it doesn’t turn into an orange tone when worn for hours on end.
I have a feeling that these will be a staple in my make up bags for months to come and I don’t imagine i’ll be looking for a new foundation for quite some time.

Have you tried any of this? Let me know what you think!

Original Writing – Luca + Jade – Valerie May Barton

Original Writing

I sat down at the table and began picking at food. I wasn’t much hungry, at least not for the substitute of food they give us. I watched everyone interacting, boys and girls, girls and boys. You’d never know that half of these people were taken without even a choice but still absent smiles were on their faces and I envied them. I wish I could ignore the voice that was telling me that this was all wrong. All of it. The bench shifted and I didn’t have to look to know who it was. Lucas sat there in his usual attire of all black I knew that because it’s what he always wore. He didn’t speak because I knew we were being watched, the seers were watching our every move from their window on the balcony. I’d broken enough rules today and didn’t feel like being punished, but that never stopped Lucas. “You know were being watched right?” he asked
“Of course and you know that if they catch us talking we’re dead.” I replied still not looking at him. Instead I was concentrating on a sign which read solders and sirens.
“I don’t see everyone else avoiding each other. The way I see it, we’re just two people having lunch.”
“We’re not just two people. We both know that Dallas and Frost will revoke any rights you and I both have. we can’t be seen together.” I tell him sternly.
“And if we’re not seen?”
“Lucas, you have to stay away from me.” I say finally looking at him to find him already staring at me. Eyes scanning my face for some truth to my thoughts.
“I can’t. You’re a siren, isn’t that your job?” he smirks, as if it was the most obvious thing in the world.
“Yes and you are trained to avoid the advances of a siren. Besides, isn’t Amelia your siren?” I retort.
“No, that got called off. One phone call to daddy and she ran of scared. You’re not scared are you?” he asks leaning in closer and I know that the seers have probably spotted us by now. I need to end his conversation and fast.
“Lucas. Stay away from me, have you got a death wish?”
“You could always stay away from me. And what happens if I can’t stay away from you Jade?” he asks with the curiosity in his eyes. I pick up my tray and lean in, he’s so close I can smell him. “We’re dead.” I answer in a whisper before quickly throwing my tray with the waste and scurrying back to my room.

Review – Harry Potter Make up Brushes – CrashedLikeLightning


I was very lucky the other day, when I came home to a parcel waiting for me on my make up table (my husband had treated me to some as a pick me up), so as I was trying them out for the first time I thought I’d give you a little review…
The first thing I noticed was the cute bag that they came in. So it makes it easy for you to take them anywhere without them getting ruined. The bag is very on theme with the colours black and silver, although the Harry Potter brushes are known as a gimmick set, the bag gives it that extra touch.
The second thing thing I noticed was that brushes themselves are heavier than I expected. Actually, I was expecting them to be plastic or a lighter material but these are metal. Again, for the price it’s better than I expected. The weight can help when you’re applying your base make up however, when you’re working on your eyes depending on how quick you are at blending or if you want to take your time, it may begin to annoy you. I didn’t mind though, as I kept feeling like I was in a transfiguration class at Hogwarts. They blend pretty well and you get five  brushes in each set. I was quite pleased that I was able to use just these sets to apply my eye make up as it gives you enough placing brushes, smudging and blending. I hate it when you get a eyeshadow brush set, yet you’re missing a smudger or a blending brush – I thought this was a set? Alas, I digress.
The brushes will never be able to compete with Mac, Real Techniques or any of the big brands however, if you’re looking for a gift these are perfect. I can see myself reaching for these when I’m wanting a quick set to pack if i’m off somewhere for the weekend, or if you want to have a play on a sunday afternoon.

I’ve used them two days on the run now and can safely say I am impressed. If you wanted to see the looks I created with them, take a look below.

In the meantime, let me know what you think! Is there anything I need to be trying at the moment? I’m on the hunt for some good new products that I can add to my staples!