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The Sunshine Blogger Award


Hey Guys!

So today I have been nominated for another blogger award and I'm so so grateful! I never expected anyone to actually read my blog and it honestly means the world to me when people take the time to check out my posts. 

I've been nominated by the lovely Blondie at https://blondiexblogs.wordpress.com/ please check her out if you haven't already as she is amazing!

The Sunshine Blogger Award Rules: 

1. Thank blogger(s) who nominated you in the blog post and link back to their blog.

2. Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.

3. Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.

4. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or in your blog.

The Questions Blondie Left for Me~

1) Where is your dream place to live and why?

I would love to live in York here in England. I would love to live there as I have been so many times and I just love everything about it from the old cobbled streets to the modern areas.

2) Do you have a dream pet, if so what is it and what would you call it?

I would love to get two pugs, I would love to have both a boy and a girl. I would like to call the girl Lola and the boy Rex (My boyfriend really wants to call the boy Herbert, Herby for short, I know don't ask I'm not sure why myself)

3) What is the best thing that has ever happened to you?

I would say that the best thing that has ever happened to me would be meeting my best friends and boyfriend. Cheesy I know but they mean the world to me and I have no idea what I would do without them.

4) What makes you happy?

The things that makes me happy would be spending time with my loved ones and cuddles with my dog (She is so cute).

5) What is your favourite thing to do by yourself/with others?

Hands down my favourite thing to do by myself would be blogging, I enjoy taking photos and writing up posts so much. With others it would have to be going out for food as I am such a foodie.

6) If you had the chance to buy one thing you wanted what would it be and why?

If I could buy one thing right now it would probably be a house as I really want to move out and get my own place.

7) What is your favourite quote and what does it mean to you?

I actually have two favourite quotes the first being 'Everything happens for a reason' I love this as it is something I really believe in. The second is ' Negativity isn't the way to go, Smile more and eat some chocolate' I love this as it is so positive and I just think that life is too short to be sad all the time. It is also a quote from Ed Sheeran and I love him a lot.

8) What is your favourite memory from Summer?

My favourite memory from the Summer would be going on holiday to Tenerife with my friends as I had such an amazing time.

9) When do you feel the most beautiful?

I can honestly say that I don't really see myself as beautiful, However I would probably say I am the most confident when I am all glammed up and most likely with a dark lip.

10) Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

In ten years I would love to be in my own house and possibly married to my amazing boyfriend. I would also be super happy if I could drive and had my pugs.

11) What's your favourite thing about yourself?

I would probably say my favourite thing about myself is that I am quite self-motivated. I can usually motivate myself to do the things I really want to do which is great.

My Nominees:

Shan @ https://simplyshan.co.uk/
 Marisa @  http://besosmarisa.blogspot.co.uk/
Shannon @ http://www.therealsw.com/
Ravinder @ https://ravinderkjawanda.blogspot.co.uk/
Cam @ http://cammhamm.blogspot.co.uk/p/contact-me.html
Katie @  http://www.justkatiee.com/
Lucy @ http://www.justlucyslife.co.uk/
Chloe @ chloeinpink.blogspot.co.uk/
Dena @ http://www.thedenaedit.com/
Lauren @ http://laurevep.blogspot.co.uk/
Emma @ http://emmaboughtwhat.blogspot.co.uk/

Here are my 11 Questions~

1) What was the highlight of your 2017?
2) If you could have one wish come true what would it be?
3) What do you do to cheer yourself up if your feeling down?
4)  What is one thing you love about yourself?
5) Where do you want to be in the next 10 years?
6) What are some of your goals for 2018?
7)  What is one thing you couldn't live without?
8) What is your favourite thing about blogging?
9) What is your favourite quote and why?
10) What is the best thing that has ever happened to you?
11) If you could change one thing about yourself/your life what would it be and why?

Thanks For Reading!



Makeup Brush Clensing Routine



Hey Guys!

For today's post I'm going to share with you guys how I clean my makeup brushes. Unfortunately I'm the type of girl who loves doing their makeup but hates cleaning my brushes. So this usually ends up in me putting it off for as long as possible and finding out mid makeup I have no eye shadow brushes left that aren't caked in leftover shadow. However, it is soo important to ensure you do clean your brushes regularly as they hold so much dirt and bacteria (Let’s be honest you do not want to be spreading that around your face). Therefore I am all for making cleaning my brushes as easy and as simple as possible.

I only use two products when cleaning my makeup brushes as I love to keep things simple. My go to product I use when cleaning my brushes is an anti-bacterial hand wash. Now I know what you’re thinking why a hand wash? They actually work so well at getting the dirt and excess product out of the brushes as they are obviously designed to clean, but also they have antibacterial properties which is great to wash brushes as this means it will kill any bacteria so you won’t be putting it on your face. The one I love to use is this Carex Bubblegum hand was as it leaves my brushes smelling amazing as well as being antibacterial. The second product I use is a little silicone brush cleansing tool which you can pop on your fingers and rub your brushes against it and it helps to loosen any product in your brush which makes cleaning them way easier. I also love the fact that this is made out of silicone as it is super easy to clean and it doesn't hold dirt and germs.






So what do I do: 

Step 1 ~  Gather all your brushes. (I know this seems like an obvious one but there's nothing worse than washing all you brushes and then finding a few after you have finished and put everything away)

Step 2 ~ Hold your brush under a warm tap to dampen it. (I usually run my fingers through them to remove any lose product)

Step 3 ~ Pump on that hand wash. (Or any other cleansing product you may decide to use)

Step 4 ~ Pop your silicone tool on your fingers and begin to swirl the brush on the tool. (At this point you may need to add little bits of water so the product lathers up)

Step 5 ~ Rinse! (Do this until the water starts to run clear and you think you have got rid of all the yuk)

Step 6 ~ Squeeze the bristles to remove excess water. (Make sure the handle is upright with bristles pointing down to avoid water dripping down in to the brush base and loosening the glue)

Step 7 ~ Gently pat brushes with a clean towel and then lay them out to dry. (I would recommend you let the brushes air dry as this is best for keeping your brushes soft and in the right shape)



So that's how I clean my makeup brushes a few additional tips would be to make so you wash them at a time when you don't need them as they can take 1-2 days to completely dry depending on the density of the brush, try to avoid using a hairdryer as this can dry them out and cause them to lose their shape and I personally prefer to avoid conditioning my brushes as I find that they feel amazing but they tend to pick up less product as they are so silky.

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My Current Gym Supplements - Gym Talk


Hey Guys!

So as you lovelies know one of my goals for this year is to hit up that gym more and get working out. Now I love working out but I mean it can be hella tiring and you really want to be pushing yourself and doing your absolute best in order to reach those fitness goals of yours. I feel like adding in some supplements to my fitness routine really gives me that extra boost and helps a lot with my recovery time. Now I am no expert when it comes to this topic but I thought I would share with you guys the supplements I have been using and my thoughts on them because I honestly believe that pairing these guys with my workouts and eating the right food is going to help me reach my fitness goals this year.




So the first thing I want to chat to you guys about is the Scivation Xtend BCAA's. Now BCAA stands for Branched Chain Amino Acid and without getting too scientific they contain the essential amino acids our body needs and are commonly used by athletes to help increase lean mass, reduce fatigue and help muscles repair after a workout. You can find tons of info about them online but I take mine to the gym with me and drink them throughout my workout. I personally love these amino acids in particular as they contain zero carbs, sugar and calories, so are great if you are trying to lose weight as well as gain muscle. I got mine in the fruit punch flavour and I love the taste it's quite sweet but very fruity and pleasant to drink. I really feel a difference when using these in my workouts as I feel like they give me an extra push to work that little bit harder for a little bit longer. I also feel like they do help my muscles recover as when my muscles are hella sore after a workout it doesn't last half as long as before I used this product. I also find them to keep me super hydrated whilst at the gym. Overall I would completely recommend you give the Scivation Xtend BCAA a try if you looking to improve your gym game or just want to get a hold of some BCAA's. 




Next up are the Grenade Karb Killa Protein shakes. Now I won't explain this one too much because lets be honest if you go to the gym I'm sure you will have heard about the old protein shake, They basically help to increase muscle mass and recovery but once again there will be soo much info on the web. I am not joking when I say these shakes have changed my life! I am not personally a fan of powdered protein as I can never find one I like enough to drink as I find that the consistency can be quite powdery and have such a strange taste to them. After trying millions of protein shakes I came across this in a shop one day and ever since then I actually bulk by them. They are the nicest tasting protein shake I have ever tried, They are super smooth and come in a wide range of amazing flavours (The cookies and cream is my fave). They are very low in carbs which again is great if you tend to avoid them where possible. They are also low in sugar which again is a god send if your like me and try and avoid it. They are of course high in protein and I have one of these after the gym and I honestly can not recommend them enough. 




Finally I thought I would mention these Nutritional Headquarters Fat Metabolisers. Now I can't really give you much of a review of this product as I have only just got them myself and have just started to use them so I can't say if they work. However, I wanted to include them in the post regardless as they are currently a supplement I am using. They claim to naturally increase fat oxidation and eventually reduce body fat. They also contain a bunch of vitamins. 

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2018 Goals!




Hey Guys!

So 2018 is in full swing and I'm actually probably a little late with this post, However, I've set myself a bunch of goals for this year and I thought I would share them with you guys.  

 1) Get Saving!

So my first goal for 2018 is to open up a savings account and put some of my wage in every month to generate some savings. I want to save for quite a few things including learning to drive, getting a car and potentially moving out. I have had savings before but I have never properly stuck to it. 

2) Get on Top of My Fitness Goals

This is such a clichรฉ I know but after starting to get in to the gym and my overall health in 2017 I really want to get back at the gym and really focus on getting healthy and achieving my body goals this year. I have already been hitting the gym and looking at what I'm eating and I feel so much better for it already. 

3) Learn to Drive 

This is something I have wanted to do for so long now but I've just been putting it off. So this year I really just want to bite the bullet and book some lessons and hopefully learn to drive by the end of the year. 

4) Settle in a job 

This one is a difficult one for me as I still have no idea what job I currently want to do. However I would love to find a job I love this year or even just progress in the job I have now. Overall for this goal I just want to settle in a job or make a plan for my future career so I feel a lot more stable in my career by the end of the year.

5) Be Happy

I know this one sounds so silly as of course everyone wants to be happy. I just really want to focus on what makes me happy and do more of that this year. 

6) Go Cruelty Free?

So this one is something I have been thinking of for a while now and I have decided that I am going to really make an effort to only buy products which are cruelty free. I will use up any products I already have and I am not going to throw anything a way as a lot of them were gifts and I don't want to be wasteful but starting from this year I am going to make an active effort to make sure I only buy cruelty free products. 

So that's it for my 2018 goals, I would love to know if you lovelies have set any goals to smash this year so please do share them if you have. 

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My 2017- A Look Back At Last Year



Hey Guys!

So another year has passed and 2018 is well and truly here! I thought for today's post I would have a little look back on the past year and share some of my highlights from 2017 with you, I thought this might be something people will enjoy reading but also an amazing post for me to have to look back on. Last year was a year of up and downs for me I had some really crappy times but also made some of the best memories of my life so far, so overall I have pretty mixed opinions of 2017.

So the first thing that happened in 2017 was that I joined the gym. I was so happy with my decision to do this and last year was the first year in my life where I started to get in to fitness and improving my overall health. 

 
















Then in April 2017 I actually started my blog. I had a blog previously but never took it too seriously and lost interest; however, 2017 was the year I bit the bullet bought my domain name and created Life With Bee. I still love blogging so much and hope that I can continue to grow and improve my blog in 2018 as well.



Next up I flew out to Tenerife with some of my pals and had the most amazing time. It was so nice to get away from work and the general stress of everyday life and have a little break in the sun. 



















2017 was actually a year when I realized that actually it’s ok not to be ok and I went through what was one of the hardest times for me in my life so far. I just had an overwhelming time with my emotions and I was just so unhappy for quite a while. I think it was the come down from having such an amazing time on holiday that actually made me realize how unhappy I was with work and just the way my life was at the moment, I couldn't shake the feeling that I hadn't done enough of the things I wanted to do when I left school and just felt like I had messed up and wasn't really good enough. I didn't know who to turn to with the way I was feeling as I didn't want to burden any of my friends so I mainly turned to both my amazing boyfriend and Mum. I don't know how I would have coped this year without them both. I am in a much better place now and I believe I may have just gone through a period where I just wasn't in the best place mentally. However I feel so much better now and although I still have down days I am in such a better place now.

I then slipped in to my wellies and headed to 
Leeds Festival. This once again was such an amazing experience and I was so happy I went as it was something I really wanted to do in 2017 but also I saw some really great bands play.  


I then went away to Majorca with my boyfriend and his family, we had such a lovely time and I really enjoyed this so much. 

























Then in the run up to Halloween I got to do some of the things I have always wanted to do, I went to pick my own pumpkin at the pumpkin festival at a local farm and spent a day at Alton Towers for their Scarefest event. I love Halloween so much so it was so good to do so many themed days out. I then had a Halloween party at my house which was just fab and once again I had a smashing time. 

 






Another really sad moment for me in 2017 was we actually sadly lost our family dog. He was 15 years old so he was pretty old as far as doggo's go but he got really sick and unfortunately we had to get him put to sleep. This was super sad as we had had Sandy since I was 5 years old and he was a tiny puppy so losing him took quite a hit on me and my family. 




Next up I had a really lovely time as me and my family, my boyfriend and my brother’s friend spent the weekend away down in Lincoln to see an Airshow. 



Then along came my Birthday which I honestly had such an amazing night as I went out and had some drinks in Leeds with so many awesome people. I actually made quite a few new friends this year which is always great. 



Finally Christmas, Boxing Day and New years were here which again was an amazing time considering I actually wasn't feeling too great for the most of it this year as I got sick but I still managed to have some hella good times. 



So that’s all the main things that happened in my 2017. I hope you enjoyed reading about the ups and downs of my year and I would love to know how 2017 was for you. 

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