Tuesday, 27 June 2017

New Direction For The Kelly Diane Report

Hello everyone, for today's post, I wanted to sit down and have a little chat with you about my blog and about the direction I would like it to go in. I have run this blog, on and off for four years and I will admit that recently, its been more off than on. Over those four years, that whole blogging world has changed and expanded so much and you can now get some great opportunities arise. Having said this, it has also meant that there are a lot more bloggers than previously and standards are now extremely high. You have to have an amazing theme, great photos, fresh content and post regularly to stay in the game. 



I mentioned a while ago that I didn't feel motivated to write posts and found that I lacked inspiration. Whilst I have since gone on to write more posts, I haven't felt that I wanted to jump straight back in and blog as much as I use to. I always try to be honest with my readers, so I will admit that over the last couple of months, I have thought that maybe my blog had reached its limit and that I should close it down. But then I thought no, when I'm in the right mood, I enjoy writing posts and I love the friendships and support the blogging community offers. 

It got me thinking about what I wanted my blog to be about, because, after all, as my own personal space, I could write anything! I think this is where I have been struggling with content because there has been some things that I have wanted to write about but felt that I couldn't because it wouldn't suit the audience that I had. Then I thought why couldn't I? I know that some posts aren't going to be for everyone, but if I'm blogging about my life, why should I feel like I needed to block certain things out. 

Some of you may not be aware, but I am very much an aviation enthusiast, geek, plane spotter - whatever you want to call it. This means that a large part of my summer is taken up by going to airshows, open days and such but I've always felt that I couldn't blog about this because its not 'girly'. As much as I've tried to blog about what I take for a day out in my bag or my summer essentials (for sitting at the end of a runway I might add!) there is only so many posts I can write, because every year is the same. 














Its the same with my Instagram where I am trying to balance photos of my everyday life, make up, and aviation photos that I'm proud of taking. I was getting comments about why would I put planes on there from some people and the mick taken out of me by aviation friends for posting a photo of a lipstick - I just can't win!



I have therefore come to the decision that I can't please everyone and I know I am going to loose some of my audience who either don't agree or simply don't like the aviation part of my life but that's okay. I started my blog all those years ago as a place for me to write about anything I wanted to, about my life in general but over time, it became more about make up and skincare. Whilst I'm still going to blog about beauty related things, I actually don't wear make up about 70% of the time so I feel like I want to write about something else and that something else is me. 

I am no  longer going to think to myself, I can't blog about that. Instead, I am going to focus on the things I enjoy, so yes there will be some aviation and military content, there will be health and fitness related things and of course there will be beauty and skincare posts too because I want it to be all about my life, the good, the bad and the ugly! 

But don't worry, I'm not going to write a post all about the ins and outs of a certain plane, I just want to simply be able to say I went to this airshow, I took some photos I'm really proud of and here they are. 

My YouTube Channel will probably go the same way as well to a certain extent. I have really enjoyed vlogging over the past few months and am starting to feel confident enough to try vlogging at more public events. But I felt like I couldn't upload some vlogs because they were not beauty related and sometimes contained airshow footage. I have really enjoyed making videos for my channel but I don't really have anywhere specific that I can set up to film a sit down video and a lot of the time there are people coming and going in the house and so I am unable to film. I did start to wonder whether I should give up the whole YouTube thing as well but decided against it. I will occasionally film sit down videos mainly because I love doing monthly favourites and hauls but I think my main videos are going to be vlogging style, not only because they are easier to do, but because they are some of my favourite videos to watch. 

I hope you don't mind the change in the format of my content and hope that you will join me in this new direction on the blog. I will leave all of my links down below so make sure you are following/ subscribed to them.

Until next time

KellyDianeReportX





Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Product Review - Eylure Fleur De Force Brow Products


Hello everyone, I'm back today with a little review. I know these products have been out for quite a while now, however I really wanted to use them as much as I could before I posted my opinion. I have been testing them out over the past few months and here is what I thought. 

First of all, I wanted to say that I have been watching Fleur on YouTube and reading her blog for the last seven years and have watched her grow and learned a lot from her experiences too. So each time she has brought something out, whether it's a book or a beauty product, I have made sure I've bought some of the range. I have never been a huge fan of false eye lashes, mainly because I never really go anywhere to warrant wearing them! Having said this, however, when Fleur brought out a range with Eylure, I went to Boots straight away to buy some, trying them on as soon as I got home. I'm glad I did this because it opened my eyes to how great Eylure products are & how spending that little bit more money, can give you a long lasting and worth it product. 

Brow Tamer

This was the product I was most excited about because, when it comes to my brows, I can be really lazy in the morning. Because I have blonde hair, I chose the lightest shade possible and found that it was the perfect shade for me. Usually, I find that the blonde colour can still be a bit too dark but this wasn't the case. The brush on the colour end is smaller than usual which is great because it means I can get right into the corner, without looking like a painted doll! Setting the colour with the clear gel end couldn't be easier, especially with the larger brush. The only thing I must remember is to let the colour dry slightly first, otherwise, I end up smearing it into places I don't want it to be. My overall opinion of the tamer is that it's a great product to use for people who don't have a lot of time or energy in the morning. In terms of lasting power, I can honestly say, it is great and I would know, I've really been putting it through its paces - from the gym, to an eight hour shift at work, to drinks with friends after work, I have still had to remove it with my make up remover at the end of the day. It means I've only got to apply it once in the morning and I know it will last all day, therefore I don't even have to take it with me. 

Brow Palette


I will admit that I wasn't sure whether or not I wanted to buy the palette because I don't have the time or patience normally to apply powdered brow products, however, on this occasion, I thought I would give it a go. The packaging is a great size and easy to open (I struggle with opening palettes a lot usually) however, I was a bit disappointed that the palette didn't come with a brush. I didn't have anything suitable that I could use, so I had to go out and buy one before I could use it. Aside from this, my first impression of the actual product was that the pigmentation of the two shades was great. I personally didn't think I would use the darker one, until I swatched it and realised that it wasn't super dark. I watched Fleur's tutorial she did on her channel and realised how you could pair the two shades together to create a more natural look. Onto the thing that swayed me into buying the palette - the highlighter. It is one of the most natural looking highlighters I have found and I don't limit myself to just using it on my brows! If you are looking for a highlighter that will give you a healthy glow without the shimmer then this is for you. In terms of lasting power, it does last a relatively long time for a powder. I did have to reapply every four or so hours, which for me is doable. The only downside, like I mentioned above, is the fact that there isn't a brush with the palette because I have to carry that separately, then hunt around in my bag when I want to use it. 

Overall

For me, I prefer the tamer which doesn't suprise me, however, for an evening out I would definitely use the powder and I would love for the highlighter to be brought out in its own packaging because mine is running out already! Although both of the products are slightly higher in price than other brow products on the market - both currently retail for £12 each, they are both really long lasting and you certainly get a lot of product for your money. 

Until next time

KellyDianeReportX





Wednesday, 7 June 2017

My Top 5 Travel Essentials



Hello everyone!

Its come to that time of the year where I do a lot of travelling to various shows and days out and so I thought it would be the perfect time to share my top 5 essential products that I will always take away with me.



A new staple for me is the Bourjois City Radiance foundation. This is so easy to apply and even has SPF 30. I can apply this in the morning and know that I am covered for the day. 


I can never be without my dry shampoo, either because I haven't had a chance to wash my hair or just simply because I want to add a bit of texture to my hair. 


Of course, one of my essentials had to be a concealer and at the moment I'm loving the Rimmel Wake Me Up concealer because it leaves my skin looking bright and healthy, even if I haven't had much sleep. 


I prefer a lip balm to a lipstick or gloss when I am out at shows because it lasts longer and I don't need a mirror to apply it. Carmex is my favourite because it also contains SPF. 


I know some people don't like using face wipes, but sometimes I'm just too tired or haven't got the facilities to do a proper cleanse, so for me, the next best thing is the Simple cleansing facial wipes. They take off all of my make up and don't leave my skin feeling sore or dry. 

What is one travel essential that you can't be without?

Until next time

KellyDianeReportX

Sunday, 4 June 2017

April & May In Photo's

Hello everyone, I never got the chance to sit down & do this post for either April or May so I thought I would put the two months together. I also didn't take many different photos so hopefully this post won't be too long.




I spend a lot of April trying out new make up looks & also became very obsessed with this printed blouse!


Trixie decided that I was more comfortable to sit on than the floor. 


April was also my birthday month and I was treated to a day out at Paignton. You can check out more photo's from that day Here


Of course, I had a visit from my very own Easter Bunny. I'm not sure she was impressed though!


The end of April saw a great family day out at Abbey Hill Steam Fayre. We all have good fun although we were soaked by the end of the day. 


On to May & the main reason for the lack of blog posts - the airshow season begun!


With a mixture of flying and static displays...


I have spent the last few weeks editing all of the photo's and videos I took.


The good news is, I'm finally getting the hang of the settings on my camera!

I hope you have enjoyed this quick little post, showing you what I have been up to recently. I can't believe we are now in June and before I know it, I will be writing my June in photo's post.

Until next time

KellyDianeReportX


Saturday, 20 May 2017

Why I chose an apprenticeship over college

Hello everyone! I thought I would talk about something a bit different on my blog today and of course the title gives it away. 

When I was sixteen and just about to leave school, there was so much pressure to go to college and do a two year course but personally, I just simply couldn't face spending anymore time stuck in a classroom learning. I had had enough of schooling and wanted to be part of the adult world. I felt I was ready to get job and so started to look at options. 

One of the options open to me was to do an apprenticeship. I was very lucky that I already knew someone who worked for an apprenticeship provider and so after speaking to them, found an employer who was willing to let me work in their company, whilst learning and gaining qualifications along the way. 

I arrived for my first day of work half an hour early and shaking terribly because I was so nervous. This was such a big step and although I felt it was the next step for me, I was still unsure about what the people would be like and what I would have to do that day. Of course, being an apprentice, my first job was to make everybody drinks, which I had expected. My trainer then arrived and I had to complete three tests and go through various booklets as well as health and safety aspects. I was given more booklets to complete over the next few weeks that would be handed in when my trainer returned in a couple of weeks. Before I knew it, it was lunchtime and I was already halfway through my first day. 

After lunch, it was time to work in the shop. My first job was to make sure everything sold that morning had been topped up, which was a great training exercise for me. Not only did it help me find where everything was kept but it also gave me an insight into what types of products were sold. It meant that when I got home, I was able to fill in a large section of the booklets I had been given, straight away. I was then asked to assist customers to find the right products for them, however, I didn't actually process anything through the till for about three weeks. 

For me, I found that I really enjoyed working and didn't realise I was learning as much as I was. Every month I would complete another exam and fill in more booklets and this continued for a year. At the end of the year, I had qualifications in retail, customer service and health and safety and was offered a full time job.

Although I do feel like I missed out on the social side of college, I do think I not only learnt a lot from my job but also from the people I worked with. They were all slightly older than me and so I learnt about a lot of more grown up things too. I also found that I had more money than a lot of my friends and so was able to buy more things and go on more days out so overall I think it was the right choice for me. 

I hope you enjoyed this little post

Until next time

KellyDianeReportX

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

#GIRLBOSS Review



Okay, so I have wanted to read #GIRLBOSS for absolutely ages but, because of the hype, especially with bloggers, I found that it was still quite expensive to buy, even second hand. A few weeks ago, however, this all changed when I managed to find a couple on eBay for just £3 because the cover was slightly damaged. This didn't bother me, because, whilst it would notice in any blog photos, more than anything I just wanted to read the book and see if it was as good as everyone had made out. 

I will admit that I love a good book but I normally tend to stick to the romance/saga fiction ones rather than any self help/ my story ones so I was unsure how I would get on with #GIRLBOSS. For those of you that don't know what the book is about, its all about the founder and CEO of Nasty Gal Sophia Amoruso and follows the journey of her life from not getting on at school, setting up Nasty Gal, right up to now where she is now the owner of a multi million pound business. 

What I found when I was reading this book was that firstly I couldn't put it down. I have managed to read the whole book in under a week which I haven't done in ages. To put this into perspective, not only did I read a book within a week which might sound easy, I also worked at my full time job, wrote blog posts, hung out with friends and family and just generally got on with life. I was simply reading a little bit each morning, on my lunch break, in the bath and before I went to bed because I found it that interesting. 

The other thing I found was that this book is more than just a this is who I am and this is what I have achieved kind of book. Instead, Sophia has created this book as a tool for you to use to get the most of what you want and how to change your mindset to be the best it can be. 

The book is split down into sections, all with a different theme and a great chapter name. A few favourites of mine were shitty jobs that saved my life, money looks better in the bank than on your feet and Hocus-pocus: the power of magical thinking. Each section begins with a great illustration and quotes that will make you feel instantly connected, with more famous quotes throughout each chapter to help you put things into perspective. 

#GIRLBOSS isn't there to change everything about you. Instead it is making you think about what you really want to achieve in a day, a week, a month, even a year and it is giving you the choice of either sticking as you are or reaching that little bit further to achieve your goal. The book also makes a point that it is not about the mistakes you make, but instead how you choose to recover and learn from them. 

I highly recommend you reading this book if you haven't already because it is not just a blogger hype, it really does change your mindset. Since reading this book, I have written a list of things I want to achieve, both now and in the future and it has made me plan how I'm going to get there. I have also been able to apply what I have learnt from this book into my work, both my job and my blog to make sure I am giving it my all and getting the results too!

Do you have any recommendations of books you think I should read next? 


Until next time

KellyDianeReportX

Saturday, 13 May 2017

How I Like To Relax

No matter how busy my life can become, I have always tried to take time out for myself every evening to relax and unwind. Without this, I find that I can't sleep at night and then I am less proactive the next day. I thought I would share with you some of my favourite things that I like to do.

Have a hot bubble bath - I will admit I am the type of person that will spend an hour soaking in the bath. I don't even have to read or watch anything, I can simply spend that time thinking about my day, the goals I want to achieve or the things I want to buy.

Read a fiction book - I love reading and whilst I love self help books I can't unwind whilst reading these.Instead I like a good fiction book that I can engross myself in and forget about real life for a while. 

Watching YouTube videos - I can't relax whilst watching a movie or tv but yet I can when watching YouTube videos. I know it's strange but I think it's because I love watching vlogs and day in the life videos, that I can just listen to if I want. I don't feel like I have to concentrate on what is being said.

Have a pamper - I love getting home, taking my make up off, putting on a face mask and painting my nails. It always makes me feel so much better about myself and makes me feel more put together and ready for the next day.

Alcohol with friends - This might seem a bit odd but I love nothing more than spending the evening catching up with friends over a cocktail or three! I can talk about any problems or concerns I might have and can also have a good laugh. Laughter really is the best medicine.

Listen to music - I love nothing more than going to bed early, sticking my headphones on and listening to music. At the moment I'm loving Steps new album, I think I'm reliving my childhood!

What do you like to do to relax & unwind?

Until next time

KellyDianeReportX