LIFESTYLE | OUR HOME - PART 2 | MASTER BEDROOM


It’s been a really long time since I blogged and I had said that I was going to document our house process, but apparently, that didn’t go to plan. We’ve been in the house over a year now but I thought I’d start the documentation of the house up again, because I really want to look back on it, especially now we are so close to the end.
Over the last year, I’ve really learned a lot about DIY, how to get stuff done in the house, how indecisive I am, how much I love doing up a house and home decor, and I think I'm really going to struggle once this is over. I’ve had the opportunity to spend so much time and learn so much from my dad and grandad as well.
We started the renovations with the Master Bedroom because we didn't have long between getting the keys to the house and having to move in - so this seemed like a priority to have somewhere clean and tidy to stay.
Firstly picking which room was going to be the master bedroom was a struggle, there was the room over the Garage which was really long, but narrow or the bedroom which is now officially our room, however, it has a chimney stack sticking out of the wall.

  
Initially, we looked into removing the chimney stack but apparently, you need a few building regs, etc which were going to cost us just over £1,000 and then we still had to pay to remove it. Instead, we decided to move one of the internal walls back 18 inches and take some size off the small box room instead - this was such a good decision in the long run.

My Dad, Grandad, and Ry cracked on pulling the existing wall down and building the framing for the new wall. While the wall was down, it was super tempting to keep it down and have one huge room with my dressing room in the little half, but we decided to keep them separate in the end. Maybe we'll go back to this idea in the future.


Once the new wall was up, my dad cracked on plastering all the walls. We then had the challenge of picking paint colours. Over the course of the time doing up the house, I’ve definitely embraced colour more - however, these tend to be as pops and with accessories as opposed to being on the wall. I think when we come to redecorating, the house will definitely be less plain.

For the bedroom, we went with the colour white pepper from Crown paints, which is like a creamy neutral but has hues of peach in certain lights. Our bedroom is south facing, so this looks lovely as the sun is rising in the morning. We decided to keep this colour in all of the bedrooms in the house.

We also struggled to find a carpet and discovered how expensive this was. FYI, this tends to be a common theme across during us doing the house up. Throughout doing up the house, picking carpets we liked had always been tricky. We chose to go with Tapi carpets, and we continued to use them throughout the house because of their service. We chose the carpet Atlanta Grey - but I don’t think they stock this any longer.

The other thing that surprised us was the cost of blinds, there are loads of different routes to go down here, but I thought I’d share what worked for us. We couldn’t afford/didn’t want to shell out a huge amount of money on blinds, so we used an online company that we had used in our previous house called Web Blinds. They have loads of styles online and basically, you put in your window measures and it will give you a price for your chosen style. We have some quite big windows, but this way worked out affordable for us, with the bedroom blinds average around £40-50.

We haven’t really done anything different with the room, keeping the majority of the furniture from our old house until we’ve finished the DIY and can afford to replace it all the only change was upgrading from a double to a king-size bed. I want to make some changes to our room because I’m finding it really bland so I can keep you in the loop when I figure out what I want to do with it


OUR HOME - PART 2 | MASTER BEDROOM

OUR HOME - PART 2 | MASTER BEDROOM
If you guys have any ideas about what I can do with all this wall space, let me know - I’m really struggling for inspiration!
OUR HOME - PART 2 | MASTER BEDROOM

Below is a list of where we got everything from & I've tried to link them where possible as well!
Grey Cushions & Bedding - Matalan
Green Cushions & Table Lamps - B&Q
Wardrobe & Drawers - IKEA
Carpet - Tapi Carpets - Atlanta Grey

FASHION | CHRISTMAS JUMPERS 2019

Christmas Jumper Day is fast approaching (December 13th - put it in the diary), and I'm ashamed to say that I've never participated in this due to me never having owned a Christmas jumper - even though this is my favourite time of the year. 

*This post contains gifted item++s. 

I always shy away from buying a Christmas-themed jumper because normally they're far too cringe-worthy, or I can never find any that I like. However, the lovely team at IWOOT contacted me and asked if I'd like to pick out a couple of jumpers so I took a look at their range of Christmas Jumpers and I was actually amazed at how many choices there were. 

They kindly gifted me two jumpers that I picked out from the range, although I really did struggle to pick just two!

IWOOT Christmas Jumpers 2019 | The Beauty is a Beast


I opted for a Grinch Jumper because let's face it, Dr Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas undoubtedly has to be one of the best Christmas films of all time. I then chose a plain one, that didn't have too many ties to Christmas so that it could be worn all year round. 

IWOOT Christmas Jumpers 2019 | The Beauty is a Beast

IWOOT Christmas Jumpers 2019 | The Beauty is a Beast


I know they tend to be more expensive than a normal Christmas Jumper that you could pick up, but I was really impressed with the quality of the jumpers when they arrived, they fit really nicely and have a fleecy lining to keep you warm over the winter months. I'm yet to wash them, so I can't say about the quality of the printing after a wash etc, but I'm yet to hear any negative reviews for the brand or quality.

I thought I'd share with you a couple more of the Jumpers on the website that I also had my eye on because there are literally lots for generic Christmas slogans/tv shows/films/music and more - so you're bound to find something you'd love!

IWOOT Christmas Jumpers 2019 | The Beauty is a Beast


You can shop their whole range - here & you can get 30% off your Christmas Jumper using the code RACHELXMAS

Do you have your Christmas Jumper ready for this year, and where is your go-to to get one?

LIFESTYLE | OUR NEW HOME PART 1

I recently polled on Twitter whether anyone would be interested in seeing any posts around doing up our new house this year and the majority said yes, so I decided to create a little introduction post first about the actual house buying process. 

For buying our first home, we had a bit of an unlucky patch where it took us 6 months to even find a house we wanted to put an offer in for. Then, we were stuck in a very complicated purchasing situation which meant we had to wait 5 months for the house to complete and get the keys - so if you spoke to me about anything house related in that time I was probably very grumpy!


Our cute lil home

The house buying process seemed pretty complicated, but our mortgage advisor and solicitors really helped dumb down the process - including what we'd be expected to do and how much each service would cost us. We bought the house using Help to Buy ISAs which I know is closing down soon, but it's being replaced by another similar service and if you haven't got one yet, I'd really recommend it - I mean, who wouldn't want extra money to help you buy your first home?

We decided to purchase an older house, based on what criteria we were looking for. I would definitely recommend creating some 'must have', 'nice to have', 'willing to compromise' lists when purchasing a house. But also, I can't recommend booking a visit ASAP as well. We found a lot of the nice houses were selling incredibly fast and you should really book a viewing as early as possible to avoid missing out. 

By buying an older house, we knew we were going to have to do some work on the house, so it's a bit of a fixer-upper which is why I'm going to try and document as much of it as I can on my blog. 

Here are some photos of the house as it originally looks:



Open plan living room & dining room


 

Kitchen & Utility


Master Bedroom


Bedroom 2


Bedroom 3


Bedroom 4


Bathroom

Garden

So far we've had the keys nearly two months and we've made quite a bit of progress; we've had all our plumbing redone and upgraded to a combi boiler, along with full electrical rewire, which means every wall has holes in it.

The next post will be all around the master bedroom as this is the room we've decided to start doing up first so stay tuned for the next part!


Here are a couple of tips when looking to buy your first house:

- Make sure you have some additional savings from your deposit so you have spare cash to start getting things done in your house once you own it

- Be open-minded when going to view a house and see if you can picture where your things would go

- Location of the house is very important, so do your research!

- Help to Buy ISAs are your best friends.



REVIEW | CATRICE COSMETICS PRODUCTS

I really haven't placed any American makeup hauls in a while, because all my money has gone on trying to play 'adults'. Annoying, Ulta won't let you order from the UK, so it was pretty difficult to get my hands on the Catrice products, but a lovely lady from the Netherlands offered to purchase them and send them over to me. So I decided to pick up the most raved about products to give them a try.

Review | Catrice Cosmetics Products | The Beauty is a Beast

I picked up the Liquid Camouflage Concealer, the Prime and Fine Dewy Glow Fixing Spray and the Prime and Fine Smoothing Refiner. These mainly came from recommendations from various YouTubers.

Review | Catrice Cosmetics Products | The Beauty is a Beast

I really wish I had managed to pick up more products because all of these were winners and I just want to explore more of the brand, even then it's tricky to get hold of.
I found the Liquid Camouflage Concealer blended into most foundations effortlessly, offered nice coverage and barely creased on me. The only downside to the concealer is that it has a strange smell, so if you're pretty sensitive to smells, you may not like this product. Personally, I'm willing to put up the smell for how affordable the products are!

In my collection, I have a lot of setting sprays, so I didn't really know if I should be expecting much from this one. It was fairly new out when I ordered it, so I hadn't heard anyone talking about it, but I totally can back up what all the Beauty YouTubers are saying about this setting spray. Not only does it help extend the longevity of your makeup, but it gives the skin a nice glow, without looking wet and is perfect when your makeup is looking a little too matte. A few people have compared it to the Cover FX Dewy Finish Setting Spray - but I don't have this product to compare it too, but it is a fraction of the price so there's no harm in trying it out.

Lastly, hands down a holy grail product for us big pore'd gals. I had been dying to try the Tarte Timeless Smoothing Primer after Tati was raving about how well it covered up her pores before the makeup application. However, I really couldn't bring myself to pay that much for a primer. I think Tati then released a video with more affordable products she loved, and she compared this Catrice primer as a dupe for the Tarte Primer, it was definitely something I needed to try.

I couldn't even imagine my makeup routine without this pore filler now. It's so affordable and its perfect for creating a flawless base when I'm doing a more evening appropriate make-up look.  I've tried quite a few pore filling primers in the past, from the likes of L'Oreal to NYX - but I found they all seemed to 'ball' up and when I applied my foundation and it all moved around. 
I'm not sure if it's because the primer isn't in a squirty tube, and is a more consistent formula I found it doesn't budge when applying any other products over the top of it.

Have you tried any of the Catrice products? What do I need to try next?



EBAY FINDS | #7 - AUTUMN/FALL EDITION

I'm back with another eBay finds post, this time all focused around autumn/fall. After the amazing summer weather we had in the UK this year, it's started to get colder now and it's definitely feeling like autumn more and more each day. 
Now I'm 100% more of a spring/summer child than an autumn/winter one, but I do love the cosiness, blankets, hot chocolates and jumpers that come with Autumn and this is the sort of stuff I've been pining over on eBay recently. However, with a little twist I've decided to add some clothes to the post (but just be careful and make sure you read reviews as I've not actually ordered any clothes from eBay before but I know quite a few people who have!)