12 Days of Natsmas: PLAN (1)

HAPPY 2 YEARS TO NATSCHATS ON WORDPRESS!!!

Hello my lovelies, and Welcome to the first day of Natsmas!!!

That’s right, I didn’t think I could hack the full 24 days of blogmas however, 12 days seems much more manageable and I even get to throw in a play on words.

So day one of Natsmas as you can see by the above title is a plan, I thought this would be a good idea so that everyone reading would be able to get excited with me about all the lovely stuff we have coming up!

If you have any further suggestion, I am open to all ideas as I do have a bit of room to move stuff around, but, for now, here is the line up for the next 11 days UNTIL XMAS!!!

2) Fave Baubles and Decorations

3) Surviving Awkward Christmas moments

4) Xmas Presents

5) Christmas Outfits (Formal and (Party)

6) Top Christmas Movies

7) Fave Christmas Food

8) Christmas Cocktails/Mocktails

9) Day in the life

10) Get ready with me: Winter Edition

11) Christmas Baking Recipe

12) Top Christmas songs 2017 (Case study ratings by a series of people from different age groups)

Phew! That’s alotta work to do, I better get cracking. The twelfth day Christmas song challenge has already taken up a lot of time and I am very excited to see the results myself, if you would like to be part of it please do let me know and I will sent you the list! There will be a few videos over on YouTube to go along with some of these Blog Posts if you fancy giving them a watch, so keep an eye out.

Also, I would just like to say sorry about the lack of Instagram posts but that is because I have had to delete Instagram for a little while, I should have it back after Natsmas tho so it will be back again for 2018!

How crazy is it that there’s less than a month left of 2017, it feels like only a few weeks ago I was welcoming it and now its over. I am scared, but also very happy to see what the new year bring as I can guarantee it will be one of the most eventful years of my young life. I will keep you updated every step of the way though!

See you tomorrow,

Xx

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Get Over It: Short story/Advice article

I know, im updating the old blog AGAIN! What has gotten into me?

Anyway I wrote a short story/advice article thingy which I though you may wish to read, I dedicate it to anyone going through heartbreak. I hope you enjoy it as I certainly do, it apparently should take you 3 WHOLE MINS to read so don’t worry about taking up too much time out of your very busy lives. Enjoy and see you soon, Xx

 

Confusion. That’s the primary source of emotion. Why? Just, why? You thought things were going so well, clearly you were wrong. It doesn’t matter how they did it. It just hurts that they did. No matter what the inspirational quotes and magazines tell you, at this moment, you do need them. Whether it’s been one date or 143, if you’re divorced, newly single or have always technically been single but wishing for more. It hurts.

Of course like any big grievance you go through the famous 5 stages: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance. Everyone becomes a love guru telling you this, but they always seem to miss out the most important question that any person who’s in pain wants to know. How long? Obviously you know from any lecture, that nothing lasts forever. But, forever is a very long time and I’d kind of like this torture to end sooner rather than later.

My story is no different. We were on our 14th date, 36th if you count the chilled days at each other’s houses (I did). We were coming to the abrupt end of a coffee break together in our lunch break. The he told me. Another girl was it? Longing to be single? Moving away? Nope. None of those Rom com excuses. Lesson one anyone learns with love is that it isn’t like the movies, obviously, that’s why this is a book. One day or another, they will dump you. Doesn’t matter if it’s a he or a she or just an it, everything ends. No use in dwelling on it though because it won’t happen just once. Even those who marry their first love are lying to themselves. That was not their first love because love comes in all forms and positions. When you’re just a baby you love your parents, for some of you fortunate few, you still do, somewhere under that shield of adulthood and independence.

Since then it’s been the latest boyband member, the one with the cheeky smile was always my fave. Or maybe you were more of a mysterious cast member type, the one in a popular TV show or soap opera where he wasn’t a bad boy, just misunderstood. They both come to an end, either through finding their own love interest or you simply came to your senses and realised their whole life that you saw, was just an act. At least you did grow out of it; some people are forever fantasizing about being the one who gets chosen out of a crowd of millions.

And then there’s the school crushes, wow, they never get old do they. If you don’t like anyone, you’re lying to yourself. There’s always that one boy that catches your eye and then makes your mouth drop (and maybe even your pants if you’re lucky enough to have a reciprocated crush – never happens). And that brings the cycle all the way back to the current situation, a break up. Hurts, yeah?

But don’t you see, you’ve loved before, and thus, you will love again. You may even be broken up with again, or maybe this time, you’ll be the one to do the dumping. Either way, everyone goes through it, heartbreak is tough but, it’s the only way to know you’ve truly loved. Knowing that you once have loved is better than never loving, so, in your own time, under your own circumstances, you will…

Get Over It.

Hello You: My Readers

Let’s not dwell on the fact that it’s been over a month because IT’S CHRISTMAS! Well… nearly

Anyway I just wanted to say:

Hi

Salut

Здравствуй

Hallo

Oi

Haigh

Привіт

Hai

cześć

I have just become aware that to many countries the website may have just translated that as hello…many, many times. But anyway if not I thought you may appreciate to know that I am tremendously grateful for the fact that I technically can claim to have viewers all over the world. In order of amount of views my analytics tell my that this blog has reached: the UK (obvs), the US, France, Russia, Germany, Portugal, Ireland, Ukraine, Indonesia and Poland! how exciting is that? What makes it even excitinger… not a word but oh well, is the fact that 62.3% of you are from a different country to my own. I find that so fascinating and so thought I would share it with you.

How crazy is it that we can reach someone thousands of miles away with the click of a button? MAD! I feel like I now have friends all over the world right now which is pretty neat. I wish I could come and visit every one of you cause I must say my audience comes from some pretty beautiful counties.

For example did you know that there are over 400 types of cheese made in France – I mean WHAT? I have never wanted to swim across the Channel as much as I do right now, that’s alotta fromage!

Also Russia holds the longest railway in the world which I love because a fun fact about me is the hereditary gene of a love for trains (from my dad). But also you have the biggest McDonalds so after all that training you may need a cheeky McFlurry!

Furthermore, Expatica tells me “German law maintains that it’s a basic human instinct to be free and therefore, prisoners have the right to escape jail.” Which I think is pretty damn beautiful, look at you and your gorgeous human rights and freedom and aww…

Recently I have actually been thinking aboyut where to go on holiday next year and well, maybe in the comments if you have any ideas you may wish to tell me. Like PLEASE I need somewhere a bit different – I dont wanna end up in Magaluf or Ibiza (even if they are beautiful Islands).

See you soon my little universal angels

Xx

Songs im lovin #3

Autumn is here once more, and you know what that means…

 

 

I’m joking, its means nothing. But today I’m going to give you an update of Songs I’m lovin!

Because I don’t know about you but i’m getting a bit bored of the same old songs being played over, and over, and over, and over again. I needs me some bangers. SO without further or do… here come the girls:

1) “Don’t pick up the phone you know he’s only calling cause he’s drunk and alone…”

JK, but this is the first song in my list – NEW RULES – DUA LIPA

I’m aware this song isn’t exactly revolutionary but its such a sassy song that you on the girls can dance to and makes me hate a boy I’ve never dated.

2) PRETTY GIRL – MAGGIE LINDERMANN (CHEAT CODES X CADE REMIX)

This again is a chart hit but its another sassy one and I had to include it because it holds such an important message. Women are allowed to be pretty as well as other things, it doesn’t stop with appearance.

3) SLEEP ON THE FLOOR – THE LUMINEERS

OMG this sooooonnnggg, I cant believe i’ve never featured it in one of these before! Its one of my all time favourites and although is a bit more on the slower side, includes the most aesthetic lifestyle ever.

4) YOU/MILK  – THE 1975

My lovely Chummy made me listen to this ages ago and I eternally grateful. You is such a true to heart song that shows your worth and milk, well… I still wanna know why its called that tbf (probably some cool indie word I dont know).

5) GLUE – FICKLE FRIENDS

So catchy and dancey, I loves it. It’s a little cheeky but in a very casual way, ugh I wish that was me. I’ve honestly never heard a more accurate representative of a drunk “couple”. (If you want more of this amaze balls band check out “Brooklyn” aswell”) WARNING: It will probably definitely get stuck in your head.

6) NEVER ENOUGH – THE HUNNA

Wow. Just wow. By the end of this song I have no doubt  you’ll be screaming the lyrics to the chorus. It reminds me of mosh pit…but that stories for another day…

7) HOMESICK – CATFISH AND THE BOTTLEMAN

ugh his voice. Again I will never understand the titles or names of any indie thing ever – sounds good though.

8) FLAT CHAMPAGNE – DAN CAPLEN FT RAY BLK

Sounds so uplifting, and if you ignore the lyrics it is. Pretty cute still, pretty much sums up any young twenty somethings life… probably.

9) WANT YOU BACK – HAIM

I will never know how to pronounce “haim” but YES they are still relevant and this song proves it with its catchy beat and chorus. You’ll be clicking/clapping in the chorus half way through because, for some reason, it reminds me of gospel music?

10) BAT OUT OF HELL – MEAT LOAF

Yeah I know, random. But this is an absolute belta that is pretty much timeless by the looks of it.

11) DOIN’ ME – MIKEY MIKE

Last but not least, his mum probably hates him. But he’s got the whole #yolo life down but he does put out a nice message, kind of.

There you go, 11 of my top tuneeessss at the mo. These will hopefully put you in a good mood, if not then i’m entirely to blame and im sorry so just get up and dance anyway.

If you want to listen to them all for free (or not if you have premium) I have created a lil Spotify playlist for ya’ll : https://open.spotify.com/user/natnats14/playlist/5bbPYDViGg541VBrwXsj8g

Arent I nice – dont answer that!

See ya’ll soon!

Xx

How to: Clean your makeup brushes…FOR FREE?!

I thought my last post wasn’t THAT long ago, I was wrong.

Anyway today I bring to you another “How to:” blog post where I explain to you how I wash my makeup brushes, wait for it… FOR FREE! IKR

I’not saying this is 100% the best, most highy sanitary way of doing it but, if its good enough for your hair, it must be good enough for your brushes…right? I bet some of you are very confused but keep reading and in these very concise steps i will explain to you how to do that thing that you’re meant to do but never end up doing. LETS GO!

STEP 1: RINCEY RINCEY

Okay so there is one slight catch, if you pay your water bill then you’ll have to pay for that stuff that comes out your tap. Either way, take that water and give your dirty ass brushes a good old rincey rincey!


STEP 2: DUNKEY DUNKEY

So, you know those free shampoo bottles you get in hotels that you never use but “steal” anyway and keep for a rainy day? Well, check the weather forecast because it’s time to dig them out (excuse the pun, I found it funny). Take off the lid (duh!) and either dip your brush in or pour it on. 


STEP 3: SWISHY SWISHY

Then, take your brush and give it a good old swish around your (hopefully) clean hands. Then your get to see all that dirt come off and feel awful that you hadn’t done it sooner. (FYI: by swish I mean push in circles around your hand, but im sure any other form of swishing does the same trick!)

STEP 4: RINCEY EY REPEATEY

Dunk into a bowl/sink of water and repeat the old swishes into the water. feel free to apply more shampoo and swishing if needs be until water is clear because then your brushes SHALL BE CLEAN!

STEP 5: ADMIREY

Admire your work, boast on twitter, chuck them at your friends because you my friend shall have the cleanest makeup alliances around. 

There you have it, i hope you enjoyed that little DIY post. If you have any more questions feel free to comment or hit me up on any of my social media platforms (pretty much enter NatsChatsTV into anything and you should see my smiling face), including Instagram which if you have come from i would like to say a very big hello to. Please do enter your Instagram name and I will try to follow you back, thank you very much.

Just a reminder, this technique is what i use, i am not a beauty technician or medical expert so if this goes horribly bad for you (somehow) then i am very sorry, maybe your shouldn’t use that shampoo in the future.

ALSO: A little extra step you can add if using cleanser which apparently makes your brushes softer, I dont tend to do this cause…well…im lazy, but do tell me if this makes any difference.

See you soon my lovelies! 

Xx

Let’s start again… again

Ok I know it's been like 5 months but what can I say, I'm a busy gal. But for a very special treat I've decided to add something new to our NatsChats world… AN INSTAGRAM PAGE!!!
I feel like a terrible parent who is buying their child gifts to make up for the fact they're never around but I have my reasons.
Not only is this a great way for you guys to keep up to date on what's going on in my world. It also gives me motivation to update the old blog aswell. So if you fancy checking it out you hav have a cheeky look at my first EVER post now on @NatsChatsTV on Instagram.

Since I recently had a bit of a shopping trip (ok splurge), I'm thinking of doing a little haul to show what I have spent all my money on 😳. Oh well, those of you who like fashion and well… being nosey, stay tuned!

See you soon (I promise)
Natalie xx

Being Single.

Holla! Happy NatsChatsTuesday Peeps! Hope the last two weeks have treated you well. I’m in an oddly good mood right now and so I though I would touch on fairly sensitive subject. This topic either boosts my confidence and makes me feel like a cool, crazy, independent woman who “don’t belong to no city, don’t belong to no man” and other times i’m crying because i’ll be forever alone and no one wants me. There is literally no in between. But why I’m still in the first category I though Id reach out to my fellow Pringles and show you it ain’t all bad. Yes, i’m going to be talking about Being Single.

I know all those empowering quotes you find on pinterest mostly just wanna make you throw up so my first rule is: DONT RELY ON WHAT OTHER PEOPLE SAY TO CHEER YOURSELF UP! This applys to all aspects of self confidence.

The next thing is so, so important. I imagine whilst scrolling through Instagram you’ve seen the phrase “whats a queen without her king”. the thing I think all of you need to realise is that a queen without a king is still a queen. In modern times a woman can rule the world without anyone “by her side”. She’ll be doing the same amount of work without any help from a man (or woman). So if you are single you’re just proving to the world that you dont need anyone, and can live perfectly well on your own (btw thats what your are doing right now – if your reading this you are living).

Now the question lots of people will be wanting to avoid once you realise the single life isnt actually bad atall is when people ask “why are you single?”. When people say this just laugh or walk away. You dont ask them why their in a relationship so they must be making some joke that wasnt as funny as they thought. One of my favourite quotes is:

Because its so much better to live your life solo, than settle down!

And my favourite point to share with you, is that the single life lets you spend time with the most amazing, gorgeous person in the round, yourself. This person should be your number one priority as your stuck with them for all eternity. So please my peeps love yourself as much as i do, you are so worth everything you want, and if it dosent work out, it clearly wasn’t worth you! I LOVE YOU!XX

Songs I’m loving #2

“IT’S NATSCHATS TUESDAY AND ITS ACTUALLY A TUESDAY!”

Remember that series of blogs I started where I would tell you my favourite songs i’m loving right now, new and old? Yeah me neither. Thats because I published the first post over a year ago!!! Jeez how time flies. Anyway here is your update of my favourite songs i’ve been listening to a hella lot recently:
“Work This Body” WALK THE MOON – this is such a dancy upbeat song that you could do some serious interpretive dancing to. It also love the cheeky french lyrics thrown in there.

“Geronimo” SHEPPARD – Catchy af (SAY GERONIMO!)

“You Da One” RIHANNA – Aww come on we all need some love in our lives

“Thirsty” Daya – OMG literally the sassiest song ive heard in so, so long. When you wanna fend off a F*ck Boy and embrase the beauty of single life. Sing this on a girls night and it is garunnteed to go down well with all your friends giving you the “OML YAAASSSS GURRRLLL” look.

“If I believe you” THE 1975 – I had a revelation (AAAAHHHHHH!)

“Castle On The Hill” Ed Sheeran – See I can be up and coming too! This song made me smile from the first time I heard it. Its so nostalgic and im sure anyone can relate to it from their childhood and old friends.

“Crazy Crazy Nights” KISS – Massive Throwback but such a good song. You literally cannot helo but sing alont no matter what age you are!

“Icarus” BASTILLE – You have to sing it passionately so I suggest maybe not listening to it in public. But when your driving in the car would be perfect (just please keep your eyes on the road).

I hope you enjoyed that little update into a big park of my life, music. If you would like to see what else im currently listening to my spotify is: https://open.spotify.com/user/natnats14. I hope to see you all next week and please do give me any suggestions from your personal music faves. Keep Jammin! Xx

Superdrug Face mask Review

Please ignore the fact I have been A-WALL for nearly a month, I am a very busy person and I will not bother you with the reasons why, just know i am very sorry and embarrassed.

But today I though i would do a cheeky review of some products even though it isn’t NatsChats Tuesday. Today i will be reviewing some of the Superdrug face masks which are normally £1 each which i will say right now is an absolute bargain. I love Superdrug as i feel like I can always trust their products plus they often have many deals and sales on which means i am always picking up my old favourite and new experimental beauty bits.

The three Superdrug Face masks were:

  •  “Superdrug Cooling Cucumber Face Mask” ideal for Sensitive Skin
  • “Superdrug Dead sea purifying Face mask” ideal for Oily and Blemish Prone Skin
  • ” Superdrug Tropical Cocktail Peel – Off Mask” ideal for all skin types.

Up first is the Cooling Cucumber. It says in the description that it refreshes and cools skin which i must say is exactly correct. I only washed this one off about 10 minutes ago but my face is still cool. Its quite an odd sensation actually, it feels like I’ve got cold slime on my face (but obviously just feels like soft skin to the touch. One problem i did find however was the fact that it made the blackheads on my nose GREEN! That has washed off now but if you didn’t wash your face properly after I am afraid you may be walking round with a small resemblance to Shrek!

Next is the dead sea drama. Don’t be put off my the menacing name, the only slightly fishy ingredient in it is Dead Sea Salt. I didn’t know salt could die but I guess you learn something new everyday! It smells wonderful but it does say its meant to stop breakouts which I’m sad to say it hasn’t. I’m still getting spots in the usual places however i will say it helped the spots i already have go away.

And last but certainly not least we have our Tropical cocktail. i am a tad biased towards this one as I definitely prefer peel – Off masks as you can literally see the gunk leaving your face (grim I know). But yeah I really enjoyed using this one as it again smelt amazing (very summery) and appeared to fully clean out my pores. Obviously my pores did not stay clean for long but it was nice while it lasted.

My perfect face mask would be one that cleaned out your pores and them shrunk them up because mine are getting pretty chunky in some places! So if you know any masks like that please do let me know. I hope you enjoyed this little review and may I say again how much i highly recommend this brand of face masks. they do not test on animals and contain a lot of natural ingredients and so I’m nearly 100% sure they are all vegan and vegetarian friendly (at least most are)!

See you soon Chums!

Xx