The (not so) good, the bad and the ugly..

The (not so) good, the bad and the ugly..

SO today’s post is something that you don’t really see talked about on blogs a lot….. COLD SORES. These little buggers aren’t on most people hot topics but can be the bane of some people’s lives.

They aren’t pretty, not only are they something you can’t really hide, they can actually be really uncomfortable. For those of you who have never had one (lucky you) you may not be aware of what they are, what causes them or be unsure whether to believe some of the myths you may have heard.

So the common cold sore is caused by the Herpes virus (not the strain you get down there) and can be caught very easily through contact with others who have a cold sore, including on towels etc.  and pretty much anybody can get infected. The virus stays in your body and can cause the cold sore if your immune system becomes compromised, even the simplest cold can trigger them. They can also be triggered by stress and things like the weather.

Post-face ruining scab, people can experience tingling and itchiness (which is worse because touching it only helps spread it), blisters break out and when they eventually burst it scabs over. This can turn into a horrible vicious cycle of scratching of the scab only for it to scab again, until eventually your skin heals. Symptoms can range from a couple of days to an ugly couple of  weeks.

My top tips:

  • The creams you can buy aren’t a gimmick, an amazing drug called acyclovir found in most creams such as Zovirax is involved in some amazing science (my fave thing)  to help treat the outbreak however are pretty much only effective pre-scabbing stage. Other creams like toothpaste can be used during the blister as it helps to dry them out (similar to when you use it for spots)
  • Try not to let it make you feel too self-conscious! Ignorant people who may stare or ask you what is, purely because they don’t understand. Just as a person can’t help getting spots, a cold sore is only a temporary inconvenience that you can’t prevent.
  • Try not to cover it. Whacking loads of concealer on top of a cold sore can be so tempting but honestly leaving it exposed will help it heal so much better plus if you use makeup brushes or sponges with foundation/concealer you may spread the cold sore further.
  • Treating a cold sore early is vital. I’ve heard from so many people to apply a cold wet tea bag as soon as you feel a tingling (not sure why this helps) but I’ve done it before and it was a miracle. Give it a try next time!
  • Be mindful of others. As you’d expect kissing is kind of off the cards for a while, but you have to be mindful of other things like sharing straws, towels and bedding.


T x

5 festival trends for this summer

5 festival trends for this summer

Hello all! Hope everyone is well and enjoying this rare bit of English Summer. I am currently suffering from post-festival blues after having an amazing time at the Electrical Daisy Carnival in Milton Keynes last weekend and decided to do a post about the trends I saw there and I’m sure will be present at more festivals this summer!

  1. Glitter roots…. big up the girls who just CBA to keep
    I’m not quite sure who this girl on the left was but she looked pretty sick in her buns.

    up with ever-growing roots so why not just cover them in glitter? Genius

  2. Space buns…long gone are the days of bothering with brushing hair at festivals and having it in your face, everywhere I looked, cleverly, girls everywhere have simply scrunched up their hair into double space buns, why not?
  3. One pieces…. who needs uncomfortable denim shorts? just go with a simpler (and comfier, may I add) playsuit plus less clothes to pack! Or if you’re a crazy fancy dresser at festivals, a onesie works just the same.
  4. Glitter facepaint…. face paint dots are so last season. Now it’s all about highlighting the f*** out of your face with glitter.
  5. Flower headbands…. now come on, did you really thing these classics was ever going to go out of fashion? I think not.

What festivals are you all going to? Will you be braving the glitter roots?


T x



At EDC with my friends
Why I won’t be buying a Bullet Journal

Why I won’t be buying a Bullet Journal

Hi everyone, hope all is well, I’m currently procrastinating from revision but ah well. This post is about the increasingly popular Bullet Journals that are sweeping across the Blogger community. If you haven’t heard of the trend, it’s basically the idea of keeping a reaalllyyy detailed journal based on certain themes and organisational systems.

I have been delving into the world of all you Vloggers (even though I’d NEVER be confident enough to do that king of things myself, thanks to my manly voice and un-photogenic face- I’ll stick to typing) however I’ve been enjoying watching loads of your videos  and I’ve noticed the sheer amount of the Bullet Journal videos.

Now, my opinion may be completely invalid here, as a serial hoarder and unbelievably disorganised person, but I am gonna post it anyway *insert sass emoji*. I can appreciate the amount of time and effort the users have put into their journals and, honestly it’s like art with all the different titles and colours.The main reason why I haven’t included any examples of bloggers’ bullet journals is so I don’t offend anyone or devalue the work bloggers have put into their intricate planners. However, personally (without meaning to offended anyone)…. I just.don’

The different sections recommended for these journals are task lists, day by day logs,  future month planners, finance planners, goals and aspirations (and so many more) plus an in-depth key system but, to me, these just seem very unnecessary and useless.  I understand the importance of a planner ( holiday dates and to do lists are my basics) but the over-complications that this scheme presents for a simple task such as remembering to call someone ( which MUST be in a specific section and keyed with a specific symbol) just seems pointless. I don’t understand the need to write down the plan for a single day (obviously trip itineraries and stuff are exceptions- planning is good) but honestly, who needs note of what they have done in a days? If I was to keep a journey, I would just have several “Netflix and Chill” days planned for the week ahead ( such an exciting life!).

Furthermore, the prettiness and variety presented by these journals (although an adorable idea) make me people seem absolutely obsessed with making it look perfect. I’ve seen whole pages ripped out or things being stuck down to cover mistakes, as if people are ashamed to make god forbid  a spelling error and all for what? The sake of a pretty looking page? I know some people love their work etc. to look nice but this seems so unnecessary and almost obsessive to me.

Maybe I don’t understand this kind of thing as it’s something severely lacking in my  extremely disorganised life and maybe I NEED this level of organisation to help my blog take off. Hats off to anyone out there who has the time/patience for these journals but I don’t think i will be starting a bulelt journal of my own any time soon.

T x




Hello all! Now deadline season is over I can  get back to blogging a bit more!

Just before christmas my Birchbox Subscription ended and I’ve had an empty void in my heart for monthly beauty gifts. Thanks to a discount code I decided to give a new subscription with Love me Beauty. The difference with this Beauty box is that you get to choose what’s in them as opposed to most other boxes which I love, I cannot tell you how many time’s I’ve opened a box and been disappointed with pointless body lotions that get thrown in the pile.

Each month you get 60 credits (with the option of buying more) and get to choose from a  choice of beauty items and accessories, facial and body care or jewellery (which is also a nice edition to a beauty box).

For my first box I chose:

  • 12767539_10153524351104891_1246497982_n-2Front and back earrings (10 credits)
  • Eyelash curlers (20 credits)
  • Facial Oil (10 credits)
  • A bronze eyeliner (10 credits)
  • aromatherapy body wash (10 credits)


I loved the box as I knew it was things I wanted especially the earrings and the facial oil, something which I’ve never really tried. The only thing I was disappointed with was the eyeliner as it doesn’t really smudge, goodbye bronze goddess  smokey eye :(. However is a very cute substitute for a solid black eyeliner on days where I fancy something a bit different and I am confident it won’t budge all day.

A week after I ordered my box the options on the boutique changed to different options with some gorgeous liquid lipsticks, so next month I may delay my choices to see the very best stuff they have to offer.

If anybody wants to try Love Me Beauty, use the  code TAMSI577 at the checkout to get £21 worth of credits!

PS It’s my blog-iversary, thanks out there for reading for a whole year!

Which beauty box is your favourite?

T x




Hello all, welcome back to my blog! Hopefully this year I am going to start blogging some more again now that I have finally have a laptop. I have been laptop-less throughout December due you a certain milkshake incident.

This post is about Charm bracelets, more specifically Pandora. I always wanted a charm bracelet when I was younger but , embarrassingly, my wrists were always too thin for bracelets. Now, 16 years (and a few stone) later, I was blessed with a Pandora bracelet for Christmas 2014 from my boyfriend. Since, I have discovered the variety of charms available and what they can represent.

As I know all bloggers are nosey (like me) I thought I’d tell you about my charms and what they mean to me. Although it may not be the symmetrical, colour coordinated sets of charms you see in the adverts, each one has their own meaning to me.


The first charm I received, at the same time I received the bracelet, was a diamond dangly12546228_1288841397808827_1263563780_o heart. Diamonds, Hearts, expensive jewellery… he pretty much hit the nail on the head with this christmas present.




Next, just a month later, for our anniversary, Ben got me my next charm (you can surely see the trend here). As an avid tea drinker ( we are talking 6 cups a day), a teacup charm seemed very fitting and was adorable.


Next might sound a bit weird. I was going through a stage of really12562648_1288841371142163_2015542736_o wanting a tattoo. Somewhere in my mind I decided if I bought a rose charm I wouldn’t want the tattoo anymore (which was actually a pretty poor excuse to spend more money). Now, I’ve got the charm on the bracelet, and here I am with a rose tattoo.


12528748_1288841387808828_276476573_oFor my first year exams my parents bought me this our leaf clover charm when they went on holiday ( Pandora jewellery is great to buy in duty free
shops abroad!) and ever I need some luck I think of it.





As a Disney obsessive, this Minnie Mouse charm for my birthday (once again thanks to Ben) was the cutest surprise and made my bracelet a million times cuter.



12546175_1288841424475491_715188917_oOn my trip to Amsterdam with my housemates (big up Bishop’s close) I got this bicycle charm, the best souvenir without a cannabis symbol on it, from the city.






Last but not least for Christmas my parents got me this little bear, I love that it adds a bit of colour to my charm collection.



All these charms have been bought from the Official Pandora Store, as there are a few dodgy knock offs around.

I have bought bracelets as presents and I love the idea that everyone can have their own unique collection of charms with memories attached to them. Do you have any favourites of your own charms?

T x



My visit to Leeds and Leeds Haul!

My visit to Leeds and Leeds Haul!

Hi all! Hope you are all enjoying our rare nice weather! Today’s post is my first ever fashion related post so please bare with. This week I travelled up to Leeds to help my friend move from Uni halls to her new house which i super exciting and explored the wonderful city. It’s an amazing city for shopping and I loved the many food places!AmT5EYQJwtOaYXdjvggoSBJ517kvZ9VEb2oZQl6f7y9G

We visited a place called The Joint, which is a cool cafe/restaurant based in an old church and styled in a way that I can only imagine is acceptable in such a vibrant place as Leeds.

We also visited the cutest place called the Bakery, a stones throw away for the university campus, and tried THE nicest combinations of sandwich fillings known to man. I tried chicken,sweet potato and bacon and was in food heaven. If I was a student in Leeds I am sure I’d visit there everyday.

Now for shopping, as I live in small Hatfield during term time, I never experience the range of shops that Leeds have.I was loving life as I explored The Trinity shopping centre. Some of my favourite buys include:


  1. 2 cute crop tops from ARC sale – a shop in which I adoredAnPpsk3M6acYKk0UAwMHsLFlSXb06_ZHaRCFmUo16cDq
  2. A brightly patterened cut out top from New Look
  3. My first ever KIKO eyeshadow in 208 ( one matte and one shimmery purple in one due pot) – the shop had an up-to-50% sale on and i couldn’t resist! -I look forward to trying more of this brand.
  4. Some gorgeous cut-out chunky heeled boots from the Topshop sale!

I already know that I will be visiting Leeds again and my bank account is already shaking at the thought of my next trip. What is your favourite thing about the city?

T x

My Tattoo Experience

My Tattoo Experience

So it’s June! I have finally finished University and have settled back into my lonely days of reading blogs and Netflix marathons back home. As a treat to myself, I decided to get a tattoo, a small and hidden tattoo, but a tattoo nonetheless. I have been debating for a while as to whether I could commit to having something permanently on my body, but when an offer came up in my local studio I couldn’t help myself. My tattoo is of a small rose on my ankle- loosely inspired by Beauty 11289651_10153008148444891_1410179025_nand the Beast ( taking my Disney  obsession one step further). I had  a few people asking me why I had a rose and I think there seems to be expectations of deep meanings and anecdotes behind people’s tattoos eg deaths or births but I don’t mind admitting that I chose it because I wanted to.

As someone with piercings of a painful nature eg nipple piercings ( I can sense my readers cringing even thinking about the pain) I wasn’t overly worried about the pain initially, yet I found myself nervous walking towards the studio, even recruiting my friend to hold my hand during the experience. I’d love to tell you that a tattoo is painless, alas I did have a few hand-griping moments! But after a quick (and bareable) 15 minutes (of what I would describe as the pain of an epilator on really hair legs) it was done! I’ve been washing it with warm soapy water and keeping it moisturised with the baby cream bepanthan and it seems to be starting to scab (ew, I know!).

I know many people my age who start off with massive tattoos across their thighs and back, admittedly I take my hats off to them for being able to sit that long and endure the pain but personally I am glad that I have started off with a small tattoo. Although the problem now is I can see why people are so addicted!

Have you got any interesting tattoos?

T x

IT’S SUMMER…. apparently

IT’S SUMMER…. apparently

imagesThis Sunday in the UK marks the official beginning of Summer. It’s time to buy the holiday essentials before I pack for my holiday in April. Here is my wishlist of things to grab:

  1. SPF moisturizer- My favourite is the Garnier Moisture Match Illuminating Light Lotion with SPF20.! It gives my skin a slight glow and protects my skin!
  2. Hair and Scalp sun protection. One year I got a really burnt parting and every year since I am sure to protect my scalp, I also can’t stand the feeling of frizzled ( .. that’s not a word but we will go with it) hair. Boots do a small spray designed just for both of these issues and I daren’t go out without it when on holiday! Find it here
  3. Sturdy Sunglasses- Last year I went through 5 (yes, 5) pairs of sunglasses within a 2 week holiday, 3 of which my Dad sat on and broke. This year I am determined to keep them intact with a hard sunglasses case.
  4. Pumice- It’s sandal season and this only means one thing- pretty feet. I don’t have the nicest of feet so it’s nice to take an evening to treat them with a pedicure and a coat of polish.
  5. New Perfume? Well I do have to pass through duty free.. it would be rude not to.
  6. Waxing strips….Yikes. Ok it’s been spring for a while but in the UK it hasn’t exactly been “whack your legs out” weather and my legs aren’t at their prettiest. The best advice I have heard to get the smoothest pins is the shave then exfoliate your legs and then shave again!The new Wilkinson Sword hairy-legs_o_936008Snap is great for on the go !
  7. Waterproof mascara. I tend not to venture out of my flat without mascara on, for the sake of everyone else but the hassle of taking it on and off holiday is tedious.Instead, I take one waterproof with me and keep that on even if it’s not the most voluminous or lengthening. The biggest thing to remember is a makeup remover that will actually wash off waterproof mascara!
  8. New books- The ONLY time I read is by the pool on holiday. I must read 10 books in a week. This year I plan to either make my way through Game of thrones or the Divergent series.
  9. A list of cocktails to try ..I am talking slippery nipples, screaming orgasms and any other filthy cocktails I can find!

It’s 2 weeks until I fly and I am super excited … to do the pre-holiday shop that is! What are your holiday essentials?

T x

The next Clarisonic cleanser?

The next Clarisonic cleanser?

Every beauty blogger would say if they won the lottery, they would buy the (nearly £100) Clarisonic face cleanser.I decided to attempt to try the New No7  one.(yes, IMAG0396 (1)another Boots product, I should get commission for this- f.y.i I don’t 😦 )

My main issue is my pores, I have massive ones basically, on my nose and cheeks. The lovely No7 lady advised me that this would help, she said “Compare how much cleaner your teeth feel after you use an electric toothbrush, that’s how much this product will help”. £20 (with discount RRP “24.95) lighter and face toothbrush intact I had high hopes for this product.

IMAG0398 (2)The brush has two speed settings, the main difference between this and the Clarisonic brush is the fact that it is battery powered. Obviously that can be inconvenient but if this brush works for me, the £80 saving outweighs the cons!

I’ve now been using my brush for 4 weeks, alternating between three products , the perfect combination of brush and cleanser MUST exist right?

I have been impressed with this product, massively! It still hasn’t run out of battery with a use nearly everyday for 4 weeks! I am slowly seeing an affect on pores and am so pleased! I much prefer using this brush to filling a sink and splashing myself (and everything else in the process)

I was advised to change the heads in 3 months and as far as I am aware there are only one type of heads (unlike the Clarisonic) .IMAG0397But at a cheap price I am happy to continue using my cleanser.

A couple of BIG things to consider with this brush:

  • It ISN’T waterproof
  • It is very unuitable for dry skin- I used it on my forehead ( which is where  appear to experience my only dry skin patch and boyyyy was it a mistake)
  • There are 4 (yes, 4) warnings within the packaging to tell users to not put the device near the hairline- I guess in testing there was a lot of knots and tangles!

Overall I would recommend this product to anyone who asked as it can save you doller and does what it says on the packaging. Have you tried it?

T x