Bringing Back The Photo Album 

When the first digital camera was invented back in 1975 it was heavy, slow and could only record black and white images. It was never intended for commercial use. In fact It took until 1990 for the first digital camera to be commercially available.

Originally it was  slow to catch on but the digital camera was to revolutionise how we took and viewed our photographs. No longer did we have to wait for our films to be developed and printed by a professional. Our photos could be instantly viewed, the unflattering ones deleted. All that excitement and urgency to get our hands on our photos was no longer. 

Today most of us have a smartphone that can instantly capture and share moments to social media. The need to print our images seems even less. 

I don’t know about you but I have years worth of digital images stored in virtual space not being appreciated. The missed opportunities of this was only reinforced by the death of my mother this year. I had a realisation that all I had left of my Mum were memories. I wanted something tangible to help hold onto them. 

It may sound overly dramatic but this was a bit of a wake up call for me. 

I am currently working on a little project to get all my favourite pictures printed and into albums. I am very aware that this is going to end up being a costly and time consuming project. It will be worth it though.

Currently I am using the FreePrints app available for iPhone to print those images from my phone, social media and Dropbox accounts. What’s helpful is that you get 45 free prints a month, only having to pay for postage. 

The quality of the prints are great and delivery is fast. I would love to leave a link but is it is app that isn’t possible. The icon though is a white butterfly on a blue background (see screenshot below).

For photo albums I like to use ring bound scrapbooks as I can really personalise the layout of each page. I can also add newspaper cuttings and tickets from events. I feel like I am creating something special for me to look back in years from now. 

4 Handbag Essentials for a Quick lunchtime Beauty Fix 

Regardless of the level of attention I give my appearance each morning I always find come  lunchtime the proverbial polish has worn off a bit. 

I only have 30minutes for lunch, and to be quite frank, I am more interested in getting my Caffeine fix and filling my belly than fussing over my makeup. Any touch ups have to be quick and mess free. 
I am a victim to my inner vanity though so I do have some reliable products in my handbag that I can grab and be good to go in about two minutes. 

First up is this handy travel sized product by Jurlique; 

Jurlique Rosewater balancing mist – 

The Air-con at work is the devil when it comes to drying out my skin. This hydrating facial mist has a light floral fragrance and does a great job of perking up my skin throughout the day. 

I spritz myself with this prior to touching up my foundation as also it helps to avoid it looking cakey.
Talking about foundation I always keep a little compact in my bag. 

The Max Factor FaceFinity compact £10.99 is a pressed powder that provides the satin look of foundation. It is great for touch ups as it provides quick instant coverage. It is very matte so is great for neutralising that mid day shine that I always seem to get on my chin. 

Bath & Body Works Pocket Bac 

Working in retail means I come into contact with quite a few germs. Anti bacterial hand gel before I eat then is a must. It has to be Bath & Body works though as they smell amazing and don’t dry my hands out. 

Now I know we don’t have a Bath & Body works in the U.K. But loads of eBay sellers offer it for £2.50-£4. 

Dr Paw Paw multi purpose soothing balm tinted peach £6.95

This is such a handy little balm multi purpose balm. I had so many different uses. Mostly I keep on hand to add a touch of colour back in to my cheeks or to my lips but I also use the residue to smooth out the fly away ends of my hair. 

As you can see I’m a fairly low maintenance kind of girl. Add a spritz of perfume and I’m good to go. 

Why I still Love A Beauty Box

Scrolling through Twitter recently I couldn’t help but notice an increase in negative feelings towards beauty Subscription Boxes. 

A couple of years ago it seemed the likes of Glossybox and Birchbox could do no wrong. Based on their success everyone wanted a piece of the action and there are now a huge variety of boxes to choose from. If you want high end there’s Cohorted. Is French Beauty your thing? We have My Little Box. Want something to make your monthlies a bit more appealing? Pink Parcel has you covered. Has the novelty worn off though?  Am I in the minority? I still love a beauty box you see. 

To settle my curiosity I ran a little Twitter poll. 


Of the 39 people that responded 56% said that they no longer enjoyed a Beauty Subscription Box. Perhaps they are falling out of favour then! 

If you are one of those people I would love to know why this is. For now though I’m going to share my reasons for still loving a Beauty Box. 

  • I love trying out different beauty products but don’t necessarily want to purchase a full size. What if I don’t like a product? What if it isn’t right for me? I’ve either wasted my money (If I really cant use it) or I’m stuck using a product I don’t like. 
  • It means I can afford to try out those expensive Beauty products I wouldn’t usually be able to afford. You can usually make huge savings if you are savvy. This is why I love Latest In Beauty. There is the option to curate your own box from a Huge menu of products. I usually do a little bit of googling to find out the RRP of products so I get the best value for money. 

    • I’m still discovering new brands all the time. QVC’s Tili Box is particularly good for this. I am eagerly anticipating their latest Box that is launching on September 1st. 
    • I am pushed out of my comfort zone. Often those surprise boxes contain types of products or shades that I wouldn’t ever consider choosing myself. I’ve discovered some of my favourite products in this way. 
    • It’s something to look forward too. I still get excited about the anticipation of receiving my monthly box of goodies. It almost feels like receiving a present. 

    I have to admit I do tend to get bored after a while if I am subscribed to an individual subscription for too long. Each company definitely tends to favour a few brands over others. 

    There are loads of different services I haven’t tried yet so I will just switch to someone else. I have my eye on The Vegan Kind as I would like to be using more cruelty free and natural products. 

    If you love a beauty box service do share your favourite in the comments below. 

    My Sunday Photo | #2

    My daughter will probably hate me for sharing this photo. To me though it shows her happy and relaxed, laughing with her Dad. He was teasing her about how much rent she will have to pay now she has joined the world of work. (None yet she is going to be on a very modest apprentices wage FYI) 

    This photo was taken whilst out for dinner celebrating that fact. We had all just raised our glasses in a toast to her. 

    Molly started her placement for her Hairdressing apprenticeship just this week. We also collected her GCSE results meaning that those final ties with school and childhood have begun to be cut. 

    My baby is all grown up and that terrifies me. Last week saw the book shutting on one chapter of her life and another one opening. This will bring with it the independence that carving out her career and earning her own money is going to bring. 

    It signifies that she is no longer a little girl who is going to be reliant on her parents for everything. I say that Laughing, because guess who does all her ironing and makes sure she comes home to a hot meal? Mummy and Daddy! 

    Whilst I still can though I will. I can remember what a shock to the system working full time was.

    Molly wasn’t the most academic of kids. She is very creative and ambitious though. After taking part in her Schools work experience scheme she found something she  knew she would enjoy, becoming a hairdresser. I’m proud that she has gone out and found herself the opportunity to fulfill this ambition. 

    She had a few knock backs finding the right training route. The local College turned her down originally because her predictive grades weren’t strong enough. Unfazed Molly decided that an apprenticeship within a salon would be better for her. I’m 100% supportive of her decision. In the long run I think it will work out for the better. 

    Ironically she did actually achieve the grades to get onto the College course she had applied for. She is no A* student but I’m proud of her achievements so far. 

    Molly is at a very exciting and scary point in her life. Once she has finished her training there will be so many opportunities available to her. I hope she seizes everyone of them. 

    My Sunday Photo 

    I’ve seen quite a few other bloggers share a Sunday photo each week. This is usually accompanied by a little explanation of what is happening in that photo and what it means to them. I loved this idea so have decided to introduce this as a regular feature on Schoolrunbeauty.com.

    Now my first photo is not a deep and meaningful family shot. Nope it basically demonstrates what a Plank I am. 


    Yes Katy managed to set fire to the dinner this week! The downstairs of the house stank of smoke for about three days! 

    In my defence I was knackered after a very busy day at work. I didn’t want to cook! I wanted a takeaway! Listening to the Husbands reasoning on why we really should be well behaved and cook, I got on with it. This is where it went very wrong!

    Cooking pasta is piss easy. My ten year old can do it! Apparently my tired brain can’t though. I had put water on to boil, managed to switch on the wrong hob, of which I’d left a packet of pasta on. Queue the flames! Bang went my quiet five minutes to indulge in a cuppa. 

    Did I get that much wanted takeaway? Nope. We now had a mess to clean up alongside trying to get something edible on the table. I’ve spent several days since trying to scrape melted plastic of the ceramic hob. Alas I think it’s probably ruined. Bugger! 

    So moral of the story….I should shave got the Takeaway!!! 

    2017 Bucket List Update

    At the start of 2017 I created a list of the  17 things I wanted to do this year. I have actually managed to do a few things on that list. 

    It’s is crazy to me that it is the end of July and we are officially over halfway through the 2017. Where has the year gone? 

    So much has happened in such a relatively short space of time. My life now  is very different to what it was like at the start of the year. 

    Some of those things have been amazing opportunities such as going full time and being promoted at work. Other things have been very sad such as loosing my mum back in January. It has been bittersweet.

    I decided it was about time that I revisited the Bucket List and gave you a little up date on my progress. 
    London Zoo 

    Way back in April we visited London Zoo. I enjoyed seeing all the animals but also loved all the old architecture, many of which are listed buildings. The Giraffe house with its huge split doors was built in 1836. 

    Catch a Wave 

    I said I was going to embrace the sea this summer and catch a wave. Well yay for it being so warm in the run up to summer as it actually wasn’t that cold when we finally headed down to North Devon for our summer holiday. 
    I tried out both bodyboarding and Surfing. The later is much harder and I still haven’t got up off my stomach. I have the bruised and scratched knees to prove though that I did  indeed catch and ride a wave. 


    Not quite sure if I’m pulling of the surfer girl look? 


    Try Avocado on Toast 

    I’m counting this Smashed Avocado and Bacon on Sour dough toast, from Jamaica Blue in Chelmsford, as ticking something off my list. It’s not quite the super healthy blogger cliche version but this appealed to me much more. In fact I enjoyed it so much I’ve been back a couple of times. 


    Read the Harry Potter Series 

    My son and I are making good progress reading through the Harry Potter series. We  have got as far as Goblet of Fire. 

    I love this one to one time I have with my youngest. We don’t get to do it every day due to work constraints, which is why it has taken us so long. I’m sure we will have finished the series by the end of the year.

    Visit Ireland 

    Lastly I have booked my flights to visit family in Ireland this coming September. It will be a whirlwind weekend trip but I can’t wait. We are have a big girly weekend at my Aunts in a part of Ireland I have never visited before. 

    We are a little over halfway through the year. So far I have ticked off or planned for 5 items on my list. With 12 still left I’m going have to pull my finger out if I want to tick them off before the end of 2017. 

    Of course I will keep you updated when that happens.

    Nude by Nature Perfecting Concealer 

    I’m always on the look out for a good Concealer. To be quite frank when it comes to Concealer I’m hard to please. 

    I want something that provides high coverage, blends easily, doesn’t cake and  stays put, all without clogging my pores and aggravating any breakouts. Oh and I almost left out non creasing. 

    As part of Feelunique’s pick & mix service I recently tried out this Concealer from Australian brand Nude by Nature. Though it’s not perfect, it does come very close. 

    Nude by Nature produce Mineral Makeup using Australian native ingredients.The products do not contain any synthetic ingredients or preservatives, and are 100 % Cruelty Free and PETA certified 

    The combination of ingredients offer Makeup with skincare benefits. 

    Key Ingredients includes;

    Kakadu Plum – An anti-oxidant and natural source of highly concentrated Vitamin C.

    Ceramic Extract – Provides anti inflammation and hydration.

    Avocado oil – Moisturisers, repairs and protects.

    Jojoba Oil – An anti-oxidant and helps to restore skin elasticity.

    Kaolin Clay – Purifys and helps to remove toxins. 

    Shea Butter – Provides an intense hit of moisturisation. 

    The packaging is Gorgeous. It looks and feels luxury with its rose gold caps and lids. 
    I have tried this out as both an under eye and spot covering Concealer. 

    The formula is very creamy and feels hydrating. As an under eye concealer it works great. It blends well and doesn’t crease or settle in fine lines. I like to use the pointed end of a beauty blender to tap it on.    With setting spray it lasts well enough throughout a full 8 hour shift at work. 

    I found that it covered skin discolouration and imperfections well but didn’t fully cover major spots. A key pro for me though is that it didn’t aggravate or make spots any worse. 

    As Concealers go this is teetering towards the more expensive end of the spectrum with an RRp of £20. Feelunique are currently selling it with 20% off at £16 

    At this price I am definitely tempted to purchase a full size of this concealer. Fortunately for now I do have a second sample of this concealer that I am currently using. 

    Brand Focus | Exuviance Skincare

    Today I thought I would share with you one of my favourite skincare brands. US skincare brand Exuviance has been scientifically developed by renowned dermatologists Drs Van Scott and Yu. They are the creators and patent holder of the first gylcolic peel. 

    The brand offers Salon quality skincare, using clinically proven ingredients, that you can access in your own home as part of your daily skincare regime. 

    There are specific ranges available for different skincare needs including dry and sensitive skin, oily and acne prone skin and age reverse. As well as targeted treatments and makeup and skincare hybrids. 

    I sometimes find it difficult to know what skincare products are suitable for my skin type.  I have had my fair share of skincare fail horror stories. Thankfully Exuviance has this covered. The Patient Condition checklist area of Exuviance’s website is very helpful as it matches products to specific skin concerns, helping you choose the right product for you. 

    I have had the opportunity to try out a variety of products as I was gifted these at various blog events. Here’s a little run down of the products I’ve tried. 

    £35 age reverse eye contour 

    I was absolutely gutted when I ran out of this eye cream. I will most definitely be purchasing it in the future. (I’m just using up the other ones I have first).

    I was starting to see fine crows feet before using this but they have virtually disappeared. Not a bad look for someone in their mid thirties.

    Don’t expect instant overnight results, but with prolonged use and a little bit if patience you can see great results. 

    free shipping Skinoracle.com

    £23.39 gentle cleansing cream 


    This is such a lovely cleanser. Every time I use it, it feels like a treat for my skin. The milky cleanser feels super gentle yet still provides effective cleansing. 

    You can use this cleanser in two ways. Either as a classic cream makeup remover that you would massage in and tissue it off or use with water to increase the creaminess of it and achieve a deeper cleanse. 

    I use this as part of my morning skincare routine. I love that I still get a true clean feeling without stripping my skin of moisture. The knock on effect of this has been far less breakouts. (Previously I had been told by a dermatologist that dehydrated skin was the cause of my breakouts). 

    £20.89 purifying clay masque 

    This clay mask has quite a tingling feeling on the skin. I would describe it as similar to the feeling you would get if you put toothpaste on a spot but the difference is it doesn’t dry your skin out. 

    This mask really does work hard to lift and extract the dirt from you pores. Do be prepared to see the odd breakout post use. These minor pimples cleared up superfast though so are literally the dirt being lifted to the surface. Sounds gross I know, but effective! 

    I am yet to come across an Exuviance product that has disappointed me. It is truly great skincare that gets better the more you use it. 

    I would love to try out more of their products in the future. Let me know if you have tried any of Exuviance’s other products. I’m always up for recommendations.

    Enjoying Living in the Moment 

    So I’ve been a bit MIA. The last time I managed to publish anything blog related was actually the 4th June. WTF!! 

    I could come out with a whole list of half baked excuses but to be honest with you I have just been focused on living more in the moment and ultimately having fun. 

    I work damn hard at work, since my promotion it has become borderline all consuming. In a good way though, I’m not complaining, I love everything about my job. I finally feel like I know who I am, and what I want to be doing with my life. Time off though is more precious than ever. Hence my blog has taken a bit of a back seat. 

    In an effort to try and pick up on the blog again I thought I would share a bit of what I’ve been up to over the past month. It really has been busy, but fortunately really fun. 

    Hen Party no 1 

    My sister in law is getting married in August. We had the first of the Hen parties at Bar Salsa in Charring Cross. 

    Getting in the salsa spirit we all dressed up in red outfits, apart from the bide who was in white of course! We had a salsa class, ate some really tasty South American food and drank too many cocktails. 

    Bar Salsa does some great party packages, I highly recommend it as a venue for when you want a great all inclusive experience. 


    Prom Time! 

    My baby girl is no longer such a baby. I still can’t get my head around the fact she has left school and had her Prom. 

    I know I’m biased because I’m her mother but my daughter truly looked beautiful. 

    The dress was from Lipsy VIP. It fit her beautifully other than the fact we did have to have the length taken up. (She is so tiny!)



    I did her hair and makeup for her. I’m actually really proud of this creation. A hairdresser I am not! 

    Hen Party No 2

    It was time for round two of my Sister in Laws Hen Party. This time we headed to Cambridge for a spa stay and a go on the punts. 

    We stayed at the Hallmark Hotel. As hotels go it was comfortable and clean. I can’t say I was that sold on the food. Well that’s a lie, it was my pudding that had let it down. Who puts red cress on an Icecream sundae? 

    The Thalgo facial I had though was without a doubt the best facial I have experienced. I would visit again just for that! Maybe choose a different dessert? 

    Punting on the river Cam was great fun. I wish we had more time to explore Cambridge as the College Buildings are amazing. Everywhere you turn there is another little passage that needs discovering. 



    Pop Choirs ‘Magnificent’ at Electric Brixton 

    My big sister is part of Pop Choir. I’m not really sure where to begin explaining what this is. If you enjoy singing, just for the sheer joy of it then Pop Choir could be for you. I’ve left a link to the website so you can check it out of your interested. 

    Last week we went to watch Pop Choirs ‘Magnificent’ evening. It was such a fun evening and truly inspiring to see such a large group of people come together and ‘sing their hearts out’ to raise funds for some really great charities. 


    I’d love to join myself, sadly there isn’t a group in my local area yet. 

    Beer Festivals, Hawaiian themed birthday bashes and more!

    So all this has been dotted amongst cinema trips, the Cammra Beer Festival, Christenings and not forgetting my Cousin 30th birthday. That one got a bit messy…

    I don’t actually have any pictures to share of these as true to living in the moment I forgot to take any. Whoops! 

    A Thought for Today

    I’d be lying if I said this spate of terrorist attacks didn’t scare me. Then I get angry! Why should we be cowed by these nutters? I’m scared of spiders and that doesn’t stop me getting something out of my shed! 

    Carry on enjoy the amazing city that is London. After all life is too short! 

    We must honour the victims by not letting fear win. 

    We must be thankful to those that risk their lives to protect us. 

    I will still go on my planned evening out London in a couple of weeks time. If something happens then it’s my time, I will have no regrets. 

    Meanwhile I’m sharing some of my favourite photos from enjoyable visits to London. 

    Covent Garden

    London Zoo
    Tower of London

    Keep safe people and show kindness to your neighbour. Manchester proved to us recently that there was is still much kindness in this world. 

    Just because you are a busy mum it doesn't mean you can't have any me time!

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