There’s a woman on the yard! 

Unfortunately horses and make up don’t mix.

Wearing make up to the yard just leads to smudges and smears. And by the end of the day my make up is all over the place regardless of the amount of setting spray I use.

I love make up, I love the art of it. For me it’s not about covering up my face, it’s not a mask, trust me I spend enough time at work without it on. It’s about the art, I love sitting there and spending time on me. I love trying out different looks and brands.

Today was my day off, and I went for lunch with my mum and nan. Make up time!

Primer – Lasting finish (Rimmel London)

Eyeshadow primer – Eye shadow base (Nyx)

Concealer – Super stay in the shade light light (Maybelline)

Foundation – Matte but not flat in the shade nude (Nyx)

Powder – Super stay longwear matter powder in the shade ivory (Maybelline)

Contour and highlight – Flawless chisel cheek contour cream kit (Barry M)

Bronzer – Solar powder (soap and glory)

Eye shadow – Smog and baked cowboy (Urban Decay)

Eyeliner – Master ink in matte black (Maybelline)

Mascara – Doll eye, long lash (Nyx)

Lips – Liquid suede in the shade Brooklyn Thorn (Nyx)

Setting spray – Super stay (Maybelline)

Catch ya laters

Eloiseđź’•

F*ck off, flies! 

The last couple of days have been utterly glorious in Norwich and with my horses living so close to the river the flies are already hovering. 

I’m not 100% comfortable with putting my hooved heathens in fly rugs 24/7, as flies can get caught in the rug and sent them into a frenzy, and manufactured fly sprays are either chemically or expensive. 

So I’ve done the dirty work for you and done my research to bring you some D.I.Y fly sprays! Not ALL of them are totally chemical free but I feel much happier knowing exactly what’s going on my horses skin. 

1) 

5 caps of dettol – from a 500ml size bottle
250 ml of Avon Skin so Soft and fresh (I’ve found this only come in 500ml bottles and this ingredient can be halved if flies aren’t TOO bad) 

2 teaspoons of lavander oil

2 teaspoons of citronella 

2 teaspoons of eucalyptus oil

2 teaspoons of cedar wood oil

2 teaspoons of tea tree oil

2 teaspoons of bog myrtle oil (not essential but highly recommended for maximum mosquito repelling) 

Top up to make 1 litre with either water or cold tea and pop it in an appropriate spray bottle.
Shake well before spraying and throughout spraying because the natural oils will separate from the water very quickly! 

Can be used on people as well as horses and can be used on sensitive areas like the sheath. When using on your horse spray it on twice daily so it’s leaves a dewy mist over his/her coat.
2) 
5-10 drops Peppermint Essential Oil

5-10 drops Tea Tree or Melaleuca Alternifolia Essential Oil

5-10 drops Idaho Tansy Essential Oil

5-10 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil

5-10 drops Lemongrass Essential Oil

5-10 drops Lavender Essential Oil

Drop each of the oils into a 32 oz spray bottle and mix with water! This spray is refreshing and smells lush! 

3) 

1 cup of apple cider vinegar

1 cup water

20 drops of doTERRA’s essential oil blend Terrashield

4)

leftover and dying geraniums –about 2 cups or 20 drops geranium oil

2 cloves of garlic or garlic granules

2 tablespoons neem oil-human grade

1 cup white vinegar

2 cups water

Blend for about 4 minutes, strain and put in spray bottle. Apply with a sponge around the eyes

This is cheap and easy especially if you have excess to the flowers.

Tips and tricks – especially if you want to make your own recipe 

1) There are two types of citronella oil, a natural, highly concentrated, yummy smelling oil and the highly flammable type used for tiki torches! Personally, I’d suggest using the first one! 

2) Dont be alarmed when I say this – dish soap may be your best friend when it comes to making your own fly fumigator! It acts as an emulsifier which keeps the water and oils mixed together to prevent you having to mix throughout spraying.

3) Add white vinegar or apple cider vinegar (depends on how you are with the smell) to give your horses coat a beautiful sheen. Two birds, one spray bottle. 

4) If your making you own recipe use a very very diluted mixture first. You can always add more oil. 

5) When using a new fly spray, manufactured, natural or D.I.Y don’t just cover your horse head to toes straight off. Do a patch test just incase of any reactions. 

I hope this helps! 

Send in your recipes! 

Catch ya laters,

Eloiseđź’•


Alright, I’ll admit it I’m hoarder 

Friends and family who have seen my room will know it’s a total bomb site. The only place where you can see the floor is there the door swings open and closed. 

You have to climb over things to get into my bed and my curtains haven’t been drawn in months because it’s just too much hassle to lean over the old unused fish tank….. Actually make that years. 

My room is full of pointless stuff from my childhood; clothes, boxes of bouncy balls and teddy bears… Thousands and thousands of teddy bears. 

I’ve been trying to sort my room out since my teenage years but the thought of being up to my eyeballs in pointless crap is terribly daunting. 

My tomorrow is the day. I’m ready, after all these years, to be ruthless and have a proper bedroom. 

My plan is to spend tomorrow bagging up EVERYTHING in my room. And spending the next couple of weeks sorting through a few bags a night and gradually popping things back in to my empty room as I go. I also might redecorate while my room it’s empty. I’m so excited to have a proper room for the first time in what seems like forever. A place of my own where I can do college work and just chill out. 

Have you got any tips for me when it comes to sorting out tons of stuff? 

Or even any decorating tips? 

Catch ya laterz 

Eloiseđź’•