Bathroom Makeover - How To Easily Update Ugly Bathroom Tiles for less than £15

Sunday, January 01, 2017

I recently moved into my first ever apartment. I knew from the first viewing that I wanted to renovate the bathroom asap however I also knew that after paying the deposit, solicitors fees and first load of bills in my new home that money would be tight and that I would need to find a way to get the look that I wanted for a lot less.

When I moved in the bathroom was tiled from floor to ceiling with large cream/taupe coloured tiles, there was also a few issues such as marks on the bath panel and tiles that aesthetically I wasn't happy with. Initially I planned to rip out all of the existing tiles and replace them with smaller white tiles which I may still do in future but for now I am very happy with the result that I achieved using this method.

Here are the before photos, you can see that the tiles are a taupe/beige colour that under certain lighting can look dirty or mucky which I really don't like. Another issue that I had with the tiles as they were was that the grouting surrounding them was a grainy beige colour to match the tiles, again, I found that it looked dirty.

I decided to try out some tile paint that I had seen in Wilko. The paint retails for £13.95 for a 750ml tub which is a really very good price. Other tile paint that I had seen was upwards of £35 per tin.

The colour that I chose was white. It does say on the tin that the paint should only need one coat but I found that only one coat left the tiles looking patchy and streaked in places. You can see in the image below the result after using just one coat applied with a large paint brush.

After letting the first coat dry I went in again for a second coat this time with a gloss roller which I found left a much smoother finish. The second coat still left patches in a few places which I just went over a third time to perfect the tiles.

Here is the final result after two full coat and a few touch ups.

I am delighted with how this DIY project turned out and can't believe that it was all done for less than £15. Even though it was a super simple paint job it has made such a difference to how the bathroom looks and made it appear so much more tidy and fresh.

I also used the paint on my bath panel. As the paint has a glossy finish it really did a fantastic job of renewing the look of the bath and I really am thrilled with the result.


KISS Blooming Lily Lashes

Monday, July 25, 2016

KISS Blooming False Lashes are available at boots and superdrug both online and in stores for £6.75 per set.

Blooming Lash is a new range of lashes from the popular False Nail/Lash Brand KISS. There are three different lash styles in the Blooming range all of which have multi-angle technology for a more natural effect. I chose the Lily style lashes which are tapered at the ends and get longer towards the outer edges for a cat eye effect.

 One of the first things I noticed about these lashes was how thin the band is in comparison to other false eyelashes I have tried. When it comes to false eyelashes the thinner the band the better as a thinner band gives a more natural, undetectable look and makes the eyelashes much more lightweight and comfortable to wear.

I find these lashes much easier to apply than any other eyelashes I have tried from the likes of Eyelure. I also found that due to the thin band and general lightweight that they are able to stay on the eyes for a really long time without lifting at the edges.

Confession time - I wore these lashes on a night out, they lasted through drinking, dancing and were still on in the morning when I woke up which is a first for me (usually there would be one stuck to my forehead/chin/wherever it lands and the other one would be lost forever, probably in the place where all the hair grips go to die) but these were still on perfectly!

For £6.75 which is just slightly more expensive than other lashes on the market I think these are still a great deal and definitely worth the price.

If looked after correctly these lashes could be worn at least five times which would be around £1.35 per wear, which isn't too bad at all in my opinion.

I would definitely recommend these lashes to anyone, I give them a rating of four out of five stars.


Travel Post - A Visit to Sorrento, Italy

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Sorrento is a coastal town in southwestern Italy, facing the Bay of Naples on the Sorrentine Peninsula. Perched atop cliffs that separate the town from its busy marinas, it’s known for sweeping views and Piazza Tasso, a cafe-lined square. 

I visited Sorrento in October of last year. The weather fluctuated during my stay massively, at the beginning of my trip there was torrential rain that seemed as if it would never end but nonetheless I bravely (or so I thought) ventured out from my resort in Sant'Agnello to visit the famous Piazza and beautiful old town.

Luckily for me the weather did warm up for the rest of my trip and I managed to visit many of the surrounding towns and cities including Pompeii and Capri Island which was possibly my favourite place I have visited.

Aside from the breathtaking views of Sorrento I couldn't possibly create a post about my trip without mentioning my favourite part of all, the food! 

Every restaurant that I ate in during my stay was spectacular and I truly believe that the Italians make some of the best food in the world,especially the ice cream which was unbelievable.

Sorrento is a beautiful, incredibly romantic town that I would recommend to couples looking to get away for a romantic long weekend, families wanting a relaxing but cultural holiday and everyone else in-between.

Sorrento was my first ever visit to Italy and I completely and utterly fell in love. The perfect setting for romance,adventures,delicious food and evenings filled with laughter, love and prosecco.


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