Mind Crafternoon

This seemed a good post to follow on from my last one about my experiences with PTSD. It’s things like this that make me want to help raise money for a charity as amazing as Mind, as they provide so much support and help to so many people.

A few Saturdays ago, I hosted a “Crafternoon” which is an official fundraiser created by Mind. It’s where you get together with friends and family, do some crafting, eat some cake and raise money for their charity. I invited about 15 people and 8 ended up coming. In hindsight, it’s probably a good thing not everyone could come as my house isn’t exactly the largest, and it might have been difficult to squeeze them all in!

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I had to think of some crafts to do and settled on pom poms and calligraphy. I had never made pom poms before so looked forward to learning a new skill. I’ve done calligraphy before but thought it was an easily organised craft, with minimal mess but which also creates some effective results. As a final touch I bought some empty keyrings which people filled with their calligraphy.

I decided to make some goody-bags, mainly for people to take their crafts home in. I bought some plain brown paper bags for a £1 and added names on myself. I also popped a few chocolates and bags of sweets in as an extra touch, again at minimal cost.

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My Mum made some scones and brought some jam and cream so we could have cream teams. She was amazing for the whole afternoon actually, getting refreshments and sorting out the kitchen so that I could focus on the crafting. Having a small group of people meant we could all enjoy what we were doing and not have to worry too much about tidying up and making space, which was great.

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Everyone had a go at all the crafts. Even my big brother who came along for support, surprised us all by actually sitting down and having a go at all the crafts. And he was actually very good! Alongside the crafting, I’d arranged a raffle which people put some extra money in for. I donated a bottle of wine, my mum donated chocolates and I managed to get some vouchers from local businesses who visited often, so there were four prizes in total. I think this really boosted the overall amount of money raised.

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In total, with all online and offline donations, we raised £106 which I was really pleased about, as it was double my initial target! To anyone thinking of hosting a similar event, organisation is key. I made sure I organised things quite far in advance which meant minimal stress, and having someone to help out setting up/clearing away after is a really useful thing as well.

I enjoyed it so much that I think I’d like to hold one at Christmas as well – just think of the glitter!

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If you would like to donate to Mind, my Just Giving page will be open for another week or so. Any donations are very much appreciated!

JustGiving Link: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/kate-hepplewhite5

Love, KH xxxx

Tag: Beauty.

I’m in Liverpool at the moment on a city break (there will be a large post up about it once I’m back!) so I needed a relatively quick and easy post to do earlier in the week to schedule. It kinda’ killed two birds with one stone as I’ve wanted to do a beauty related post for a while and so this helped with that too! So here it is: The 30 Questions Beauty Tag. Enjoy!

  1. What was your first make up item bought?

I honestly don’t remember the exact item. When I was about 10, I can remember getting make up kits for Christmas but they weren’t branded, they were the type you would buy for a girl of about 10! I can also remember buying Miss Sporty electric blue eyeshadow. (Nice!)

2. Describe your perfect mascara.

I like a mascara that adds length but with no clumpiness. For a night out I like something that will darken the lashes but everyday just adding length will do. I currently use Maybelline’s Lash Sensational.

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3. What kind of coverage do you like from a foundation?

I like a medium to full generally – as I don’t tend to go crazy on other aspects of “face make up” (contour, highlight etc) I like the base I do have to be worth its while.

4. Favourite high-end brand?

I generally don’t buy high-end. I don’t think I’ve had anything you’d classify as such!

5. What cosmetic brands have you always wanted to try but haven’t?

I used to go to a Uni with a girl who’d always get Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks and they looked fab. I’ve also heard lots about Nars and so would probably like to give them a go.

6. Favourite drug store brand?

I like Rimmel and Maybelline.

7. Do you wear fake eyelashes?

Very, very rarely. I wore them for my wedding but only because someone applied them for me! I’m just not great at applying them and generally don’t ever find myself in a situation where I want to wear them!

8. Is there any kind of make-up you can’t leave the house with?

I used to leave the house with my whole make up bag…how times have changed! Now I’ll generally just make sure I have lip balm on me, especially in cold weather. Other than that, not much!

9. What is your most cherised beauty product?

I love my Real Techniques brushes – they really do make a difference.

10. How often do you shop for make up? Do you buy as and when you need to or splurge all in one go?

I do find with make up I don’t splurge like I do with clothes. I’m not great at experimenting either and stick to what I know. I tend to run out of things at similar times so stock up as I need to.

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11. Do you have a beauty budget?

Sort of – but as I tend to stick to the same products I kinda’ know my spending.

12. Do you utilize sales and coupons when shopping?

I’m a bit of a sucker for a 3-for-2!

13. What type of product do you buy the most of?

I find myself running out of brow pencil more than anything.

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14. Is there a brand you can’t stand?

Not really – there’s plenty I don’t use but it’s not that I can’t stand them!

15. Do you avoid certain ingredients in products?

Not particularly – maybe I should become more aware?

16. Do you have a favourite place to shop for make up?

I pretty much do all my make up shopping in Boots!

17. Do you like trying new skincare products?

Until I found something that worked I would try new things quite regularly. But now I tend to stick to the same things.

18. Favourite bath and body brand?

Either Soap and Glory or Champneys are rather luxurious!

19. If you could only buy from one brand which would you choose?

Rimmel as it’s where I get my base products from.

20. Which brand do you think has the best packaging?

Soap and Glory – I love their slogans!

21. Which celebrity always has great make up?

I love natural looking make up – even though it must be layered on quite thick for TV it doesn’t look caked! People like Holly Willoughby and Rochelle Humes look really naturally pretty.

22. Do you belong to any online make up communities?

No – any recommendations?

23. Do you like multi-functional products, like lip and cheek stains?

I never use them!

24. Are you clumsy putting on make-up?

Sometimes, if I’m in a rush. I’m not very skilled either so to most it’ll probably look clumsy!

25. Do you use a make up base or a primer?

Not every day – I’ve tried a Barry M primer to reduce redness before and then an illuminating base but it’s not an everyday thing.

26. How many hair products do you use on a typical day?

I wash my hair every other day and use L’Oreal Dream Lengths shampoo and conditioner. Every other time I wash it I use a the dream lengths deep conditioning mask and before I blow dry, a serum from the same range. I have naturally wavy/frizzy hair but I have a keratin treatment every six months which keeps it smooth and sleek, even when blast dried. So other than the products mentioned above, I don’t use any others!

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27. How long is your hair?

It’s a few inches past my shoulders now – I am trying to grow it!

28. What do you apply first: concealer or foundation?

I apply concealer under eyes and on any real problem areas (blemishes or redness) but don’t blend. Then I apply foundation over the top and blend.

29. Do you ever consider taking make up classes?

Not really – it would help me know how to apply properly but there are enough tutorials on YouTube to help with that if I need it!

30. What do you love about make up?

That it can just make you feel that little bit fresher – cover up your dark circles from a lack of sleep or a nasty spot. I like that you can apply different levels of it depending on where you are going as well.

 

Love, KH xxxx

Spotify Playlists.

It’s not secret that one of my favourite things to do is – and always has been – listening to music. It suits literally every mood I can think of, can help me change a mood or help me stay in it if that’s what I need at the time.

Growing up, music was always a huge part of my life. My Dad got both me and my brother into The Beatles from the minute we were born and we also heard a broad spectrum of music growing up. He was also a DJ from when I was about 6, and he’d make me up mix tapes of all the latest tunes, whilst mixing in with lots of older stuff – he liked to educate me!

As a result, my music taste now is an eclectic mix and I love creating lots of playlists on Spotify. (You can find me under Kate Hepplewhite if you’re interested!) In this post, I thought I’d share some of my favourite playlists and why I created them. Hopefully, they’ll help you too.

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I made this playlist for the ultimate chillout – I listen to it when I want to feel relaxed, whilst reading a book or even trying to sleep.

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Remember what I said about liking all genres of music – soul is another genre I really like and these songs are perfect for belting out!

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I LOVE the Spice Girls (I was there first time round as well!!) so I had to make a playlist dedicated just to them.

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This was a real game-changer for me. When I split from a long-term relationship and I was feeling really crappy about myself, I made this playlist to keep positive, give myself some confidence and convince myself that I could indeed make it alone. Even now I’m married, and clearly not single, I add to it regularly and it’s still one of my go-to’s!

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This is a playlist I created for one I feel sad, lonely or just a bit down. It may seem counter-productive to feed your sadness but sometimes you just need to stay in your mood for a bit in order to get fully out of it.

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I made this playlist just after I met my husband – his taste in music features bands I’d heard of but generally not explored much. Not long after we met, we took a road trip back up to his flat in Leeds and I wanted some music we could both listen to and enjoy and thus, this playlist was born!

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing some of my playlists. I have many others so feel free to check me out and follow on Spotify if you like.

See you soon!

Love KH xxxxx

Sharing My Art

I was never very great at art in school: even drawing the compulsory 1cm borders around the edge of my sketchbook page, I could never get them straight! Art at school was often quite prescribed as well and the thought of copying something, or using something for inspiration was frowned upon. It kind of become something I wasn’t good at and I forgot about it for a long time.

Just under two years ago, I started doodling and tried copying a picture from a magazine. I think it was of Mrs Potts from Beauty and the Beast (random, I know!) I really enjoyed the process and it turned out surprisingly better than I thought it would be. I happened to be in town the next day and, feeling inspired, I popped into The Works and picked up a sketchpad and some pencils for next to nothing. I went home and copied a picture of Princess Belle and, again, I was really surprised. From there, a new love was born and since then I’ve been sketching and drawing lots more. It’s dropped off a little in the past few months but it’s still something I really enjoy and I’m really proud of.

I thought I’d use this blog post to share some of my favourite sketches. I love looking at other people’s drawings so let me know any recommendations in the comments! Also, if you like what you see, I have an Instagram account just for my sketches @katesketchings 🙂

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