Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Arrogant?!....no, I don't think so!

It's been a while, lets have a catch up......
We'll get another spider drama out the way 1st, you'd think I had a bloody infestation!!
I'm 1 of those people that likes to decorate my bed with an abundance of fancy cushions & bolsters & I waste 5 minutes of my life removing them from my bed every night & putting them into neat piles, then another 5 minutes of my life re-arranging them back on every morning (10 minutes per day I'll never get back, but my OCD permits me from slacking) So I'm doing my usual the other morning & this big b*stard spider runs across the cushion as I'm holding it!!! So what do I do?! I throw the f*cking thing onto my bed don't 1!! Then I start screaming because there's a big Spider on my bed as though it wasn't my fault it got there!! It was utter pandemonium after that trying to remove the damn thing!! I'm so lucky my 3 year old never witnesses any of these spider dramas I have, she's always sleeping when I come across 1 thankfully!

It's at times like these I need a man.....spider removal is the only thing I need a man for!

On that subject, 'The Previous' was back for a couple of days after he finished International Duty so after I seen him off on the Wednesday afternoon, I forgot to close the electric gates behind him....the door bell rang a few minutes later & I thought it was him coming back because he'd forgotten something (like a swift kick to the balls!!......Just joking son)
But it wasn't him, it was in fact Douglas Walker, a reporter from The Sun newspaper. Now I dislike reporters but I especially dislike this 1, reason being, he is notorious for writing nasty stories about me & you'd actually think he knew me personally, the way he portrays a story (I use the term 'story' loosely) the guy has never met me before in his entire life & knows absolutely nothing what so ever about me!
So there he is standing on my doorstep bold as brass & I suddenly realise.....there's most definitely an underlining issue here.......with people like him, it could be any number of reasons, so in future, when he decides to send me a cheeky email thinking he's a smart arse, I'll just consider the possibilities, then, I may consider posting it online & let the public decide the reasoning behind why a grown man would feel the need to behave in such a manner towards a complete stranger
My advise.......refrain in future Dougie Boy, refrain (& stay to hell away from my house!!)

Now, I remember people close to me always telling me that the press would eventually get bored & leave me alone & I'd just have to ride it out until that day.....but that day never arrived & here we are, 8 long years down the line & I'm still being harassed, negative stories are still being printed occasionally & a caricature of me is depicted within the press.

All I can say is, if you don't know me personally, refrain from being judgemental.
Just remember, a reporter writing a story does not personally know the person the story is being written about, it's hearsay, it's gossip, it's exaggeration, it's quite simply..........bullshit!
I have never associated myself with the press & it's as though this is my punishment, they've deliberately never left me alone because I always refused to speak to them! They've been known to  camp outside my house or they randomly invade my privacy turning up on my doorstep unannounced & thats acceptable behaviour in this day & age, is it?! Really?!! Ridiculous!!!
Just wait for it, as punishment for me writing this, I'll have a nasty assed story written about me......
Bothered? Me? Bothered? I'm not bothered!
Anyway, moving swiftly on.......

My 3 year old daughter, Noelle, has had problems with her eyes since birth. We noticed a severe turn in her eyes when she was a newborn & she's regularly visited Yorkhill hospital as a consequence ever since. She's needed to undergo operations unfortunately & life hasn't been easy for the wee soul. As she's got slightly older, she was diagnosed with 3 different eye problems- she's short sighted, she has a Stigmatism & also Nystagmus. She's due yet another gruelling operation but her surgeon is reluctant to operate on her again until he has attempted to rectify the current problem with her sight. The vision in her right eye is a lot worse than her left so in order to rectify this, she has been prescribed Atropine Eye Drops. Twice a week, I have the unfortunate task of inserting the Astropine drops into her left eye in order to distort the vision & allow her right eye to work subsequently, repairing the vision. Fingers crossed it works....it is not a pleasant experience for her as the drops sting her eye & she gets quite upset & it's obviously upsetting for me as her Mum, having to do that even although it is for her own benefit, she's too tiny to understand that, although, I have sat her down & explained to her thoroughly in the hope she realises I'm doing this to help her.

As a result of the distorted vision, her balance is affected & she struggles for 72 hours every week....I have to watch her every move & wrap her up in cotton wool so that she doesn't fall over or hurt herself. It's not easy doing this on my own & I'm feeling a bit emotional at the moment having to watch her suffer but I'm hoping it has the desired effect the Optometrist says it will & her next hospital appointment will bring good news.
I'm absolutely dreading the impending operation though, its awful watching your toddler be put under General Anaesthetic. She's such a happy wee girl considering though, so I'm obviously doing something right......

& on the subject of my daughters eyes, that brings me to a subject I'd like to discuss in order to set the record straight! I have every right to defend myself with regard to stories printed about me & it's time I give my side of the story, the truthful side! The truth is always far different from what the newspapers print & it's about time people realised that. I was approached by newspaper reporters & asked to comment on this subject, but the truth is, anything you say either gets exaggerated, taken out of context, blown out of proportion or used against you & its just a pointless escapade. The only way to tell your side of a story in your owns words, is by finding your own method of doing so.

So here goes, from scratch......
Noelle hadn't long since had 1 of her eye operations & we were back in Glasgow from Istanbul for her to have a follow up appointment with her surgeon at Yorkhill Hospital. We were only back for 2 days & there were loads of mundane tasks & chores to squeeze in while we were there. So, whilst driving back from her hospital appointment & heading into town, Noelle began to get upset which then lead to her being extremely distraught because I was driving the car & couldn't tend to her. At the time, because she was so tiny & couldn't communicate, we were unaware of what she could actually see & it was a possibility that the car upset her so much because the distance from the backseat to me in the front seat meant she couldn't see me properly & she was scared. If there was another adult sitting in the back with her comforting her, she was fine, but I can't do that when I'm on my own & have to drive so it was very difficult travelling in the car with her most of the time. 
I drove down Mitchell Street but Mitchell Lane had been coned off for maintenance work. It was a Friday afternoon & the street was deserted because the workmen had finished for the day so I decided to pull the car over in order to get out & tend to Noelle because she was at the stage where she was so upset & crying so much, that she was making herself sick. Now look at it from my point of view as a parent, my daughters breaking her heart crying because she wants her Mum, if I continue driving without comforting her, it will only gets worse, if she's sick & she chokes, there could be an accident if I continue driving the car without defusing the situation, so tell me, is there anyone out there that would have continued driving? Or do you all agree with me that it was safer for both myself, Noelle & other road users for me to stop in a safe place & help my distraught child? I wasn't obstructing anything, I wasn't holding up traffic or causing a danger to any other road users or pedestrians, I had stopped in a safe place, full stop! Better that than an accident surely!
So these 2 female traffic wardens come along the street & from the word go, they have an attitude with me. They were abrupt, they were disrespectful & they were attempting to antagonise me. I was focusing on Noelle so there attempts to rattle me fell on deaf ears. Basically when they told me to "MOVE" I informed them I was tending to my distraught daughter. I wasn't irate nor was I cheeky, I merely explained why I'd stopped. They then attempted to mock my voice, repeating what I'd said like 2 children in a playground. Obviously I ignored it, I was giving my child a drink of water & soothing her & I honestly didn't have an interest in anything else. This went on for a good 5 minutes or so, both of them standing behind me harassing me. There was no need, if they want to give me a ticket, give me the ticket & move on....why they felt the need to continue standing there, badgering me & harassing me, explains the reasoning why they shouldn't be working alongside member of the public in the 1st place.
The whole point in me driving along Mitchell Street was to get out the other side of Mitchell lane, park my car in Queens Street & do what I needed to do, 1 task was collect alterations from SewEasy. I've known the girls there since I've been 17 years old so its safe to say they know me. I phoned them explained the situation, explained where I was parked & told them I wouldn't be able to collect the alterations on this visit because Noelle was so upset & I had to take her home. 1 of the girls came out of the shop to see if Noelle was ok & she'd brought an item of clothing with her to tell me it needed a replacement button & hadn't been fixed yet so I said never mind its fine & she put it in my car. Now this obviously made the traffic wardens irate because they seen that as me standing about there in order to receive my alteration which was not the case, I hadn't collected the rest! They began writing the ticket (which they should have just got over & done with in the 1st place!) I'd given Noelle a cuddle & a dummy by this point & she was calming down now so it was finally time for me to move on. As I circled the car to the drivers door, 1 of the traffic wardens was standing in the middle of the road hanging in the window of a dry cleaning van speaking to the driver. The other warden was standing at my passenger door writing out the ticket. As I began to drive away, the warden writing the ticket shouted to the other 1 she hadn't got the ticket written out yet & in a fit of rage she punched her fist off of my back passenger window where Noelle's car seat was & frightened her resulting in her becoming distraught all over again! I was so angry & so upset but I put it to the back of my mind, in retrospect, I should have reported them immediately!
Time passed, as in, months elapsed.....& then out of the blue, 2 police officers turned up at my parents house claiming they couldn't get me at my address (I was in Istabul, maybe that's a legitimate explanation as to why?!!) the police officers issued a Citation. Now you have to ask yourself a question at this point.......how did they know who to issue the Citation to??? Because the car I was driving did not have a private registration plate & it did not belong to me so my name & address was not linked to the vehicle, it was a leased vehicle in a friends name because I'd sold my car & hadn't got my new 1 yet. I did ask this question, & I was told the police identified me from the CCTV footage....really? 2 split seconds the camera was on my face & no one could identify me for definite with that footage. The fact here is, the Traffic wardens knew exactly who I was & that's the reason why they were harassing me & also the reason why it was taken this far, plain & simple!
The traffic wardens were taking me to court claiming "Dangerous Driving" & "Assault with a Motorised vehicle"......lying through their teeth that I'd hit 1 of them with my car! Obviously this was an absurd accusation & I hadn't even been approached by the police for my side of the story, just an automatic Citation issued!! (not adhering to protocol) Unbelievable!! 
Then began the gruelling 2 years of back & forth to Glasgow Sherrif Court, the stress & upset involved was unreal. I was having to bring my mum & dad down south to take care of Noelle whilst her Daddy was at Training so that I could drive 4 hours back to Glasgow to attend court for something I hadn't done because I couldn't take noel with me & unsettle her routine, she was back & forth as it is for hospital appointments & wedding preparation. 
Eveytime I appeared in court, I was given a different trial date & when my lawyer requested this nonsense be thrown out of court, the Procurator Fiscal said no because it was a "High Profile" case.....who the fuck were they expecting to appear?? Fuckin Bèyonce?!! 
Finally, the inevitable happened & the trail began in May this year & after several embarrassing visits back & forth to court that resulted in me being followed by paparazzi with cameras in my face (so bloody stressful) I had to sit in the stand like a criminal & hear this Pitbull moving her wasp aside in order to spout her lies! She accused me of "Clipping her shoulder with my wing mirror".....a complete physical impossibility & the CCTV proved that, in yet, she still stood in that dock, swearing on oath & lying through her teeth, even saying at one point that I moved away at speed & ran a red light! Absolute bullshit! & again, the CCTV proved she was lying by showing me moving off slowly then stopping (because 1 of them punched the window of my car!!) then moving off again at a normal speed! I was especially angry at that lie & the security guard sitting beside me took my hand & reassured me it would be ok, he put me at ease & I was thankful to him. You can imagine the frustration I was feeling having to sit there & listen to all this knowing the truth was a completely different story & knowing the Reporter sitting behind me making notes, was going to write some shitty story that makes me look like a Villain (nothing new there then!) & all this rigmarole happening in the run up to my wedding (that didn't fuckin happen) when I should be stress free & chilled out! 
I was not called to the stand to give my side of the story & nor was the 3rd witness, because the judge had clearly heard enough & wanted to end this mockery of the justice system & because he knew this would be publicised, although he knew I was innocent, he gave me a warning saying my behaviour "could have been deemed as arrogant" so the press pounce on that & that becomes the heading for their ridiculous story. I'm sure if I would have taken the stand & given my perspective on things, the word 'arrogant' wouldn't have came into play at all as I've just explained everything, you can judge that for yourselves!
The entire nonsense trial, was caused by 2 people employed by Glasgow City Council, abusing their positions & using tax payers money to put an innocent person through trial....if that doesn't get the public angry then nothing will! You're hard earned money, that you work for, was used & abused by her to pay her court fees!!!! Absolutely disgusting!!
I want to say a special thank you to the officer appointed to sit beside me in the dock, who appeared to be extremely happy that justice had prevailed & he told me so.....genuine people stand by genuine people! So now you all know the truth & it just goes to show how dangerous it is that 2 complete strangers can attempt to sabotage your reputation & your life when you've done nothing but be a good mother to your baby....absolutely sickening!!!!!!! 
I'm obviously glad its all over & the outcome was in my favour, & rightly so, but the entire situation leaves a sour taste in my mouth as I feel those 2 bulldozers should have been charged with committing Perjury......

It has been a really stressful & exasperating few months to say the least, so 1 of my close friends took me out for a few much needed cocktails to cheer me up. I'm not a big drinker but I do enjoy the odd French Martini or a wee cheeky Pornstar once in a while.......& I think I deserve it considering!

Also, I went to the cinema with friends to see Legend, the Tom Hardy film about The Krays.....love a bit of tom Hardy, delicious specimen! It was really funny in parts too! I highly recommend!

I've had another Laser Tattoo Removal Treatment done by Caroline at Moya Wren Permanent Cosmetics & I'm starting to notice a considerable fading now thankfully so all the effort hasn't been in vain, its a painful & itchy process but I'll tolerate it to see a significant improvement & hopefully complete removal of the tattoo, fingers crossed!

I'll keep you posted on the progress!

I've also had another session of all my Laser Hair Removal & the hair is all basically gone now....its been a lengthy process but its been worth it! I'm happy with the results so a special thank you to my Beautician Justyna at Synergy MediSpa Giffnock.

I've also visited my hairdresser Karen, at 132 West Regent Street, lately to sample a new hair treatment on the market called Olaplex. Basically, its a treatment developed by 2 Scientists....a single active ingredient designed to reconnect the disulphide sulfur bonds broken by the process of permanent hair colouring & claims to strengthen & give incredible shine to colour treated hair. I have had this treatment twice now & I can honestly say I have never seen my hair this shiney before & for a blonde, my hair is in really good condition usually, but this treatment has taken it up a notch. I will be continuing to get it applied to my hair after every monthly colour treatment from now on....it really does live up to what it claims to do so I'd highly recommend to anyone that regularly colours their hair.

(My eyelashes are natural people....it's 1 of the main questions I get asked, so no, I don't have eyelash extensions)

I've had a few people contact me lately through Social media asking me to discuss my diet & exercise regime on my Blog & asking if I have any tips to give.....

I've been really dedicated to my health & fitness lifestyle again lately.
Anyone that knows me, knows I am a health & fitness fanatic & always have been & despite all the upset I've endured lately, it hasn't stopped me from looking after myself, quite the contrary, its motivated me further to eat healthily & exercise regularly to maintain my energy levels in order to take care of my daughter properly.
I would never recommend dieting, personally, I don't feel its a beneficial method of loosing weight or being healthy. My advise.....eat healthily but never deprive yourself of the things you enjoy, never deny yourself the treats you love, eat them in moderation, stops you craving & over indulgence later down the line. My eating habits have always been very structured & quite repetitive if I'm honest....I'm a creature of habit & that works for me.

*I'll kick my day off with cereal in the morning, always BranFlakes, always with semi-skimmed milk & I load the bowl up with fresh banana & strawberries & wash it down with freshly squeezed orange juice. 

*Mid-morning snack is always 2 large boiled eggs & a large bowl of tropical fresh fruit salad. 
*Lunch is always a salad, high in protein, consisting of; lettuce, cucumber, tomato, spring onion, red onion, red, green, orange & yellow peppers, beetroot, avocado, grated raw carrot & chicken....drizzled with olive oil & balsamic vinegar.

I have the same breakfast, mid-morning snack & lunch every single day & I never alter it.

My Moto is; "If It's not broke, don't fix it!" 
The only thing that differs for me from day to day is my dinner. I will eat red meat, poultry, fish, pasta, an abundance of vegetables & it always varies because of boredom.....the dishes are made by me from scratch so that I no the ingredients & I never add salt to anything, ever!

(from top Fillet Steak with corn, carrots, green beans & mash potato, 2nd, Gammon Joint, cabbage & potato crochets, lastly, Steak Pie, peas, green beans & mashed potato with chives & as you'll see, there's always a mini-version for my mini-me!)

Anyone that knows me, knows that I was a gymnast when I was younger, which calls for willpower. Everything I ate was always low cholesterol because my mum was on a low-cholesterol diet for health reasons & the whole family adopted it & I've stuck with it throughout life. I have an intolerance for greasy, fried foods & I'm not overly keen on dairy products either. I have a sweet tooth & thats my only vice.....I'll eat sweets & chocolate in moderation, quite simply because.....I enjoy it & why the hell not!

A friend of mine that I went to school with has qualified as a level 3 Personal Trainer. He's exceptionally good at what he does, he's chilled out, he's patient but he also pushes you way beyond your aspirations. He's helped me regain my motivation, my energy levels, my confidence, my ability to achieve the goals I'd set myself (& I've smashed them!!).....the list is endless & I'm truly thankful to him for the effort he's put into helping me over the last 3 months! I've noticed a remarkable difference in my physique, I was always toned, but now I'm exceptionally toned considering I've only been training again for 3 months. Don't get me wrong, I vent my frustrations at him for not having my bubble butt back yet & if I'm having an off day with low energy levels & he won't allow me to slack, I'll stop mid-exercise to Shazam something playing on his iPad just to waste a bit of time.....needless to say, he's not overly impressed when I start that shit & it's most definitely a battle of wills between us both on occasion, but the banter is definitely top quality haha!

So if anyone is looking for that extra motivation (or kick up the arse) to achieve their fitness goals, Davie Hannah is most definitely your man.....I highly recommend!

As you can see from the above picture, I'm motivated enough now to train at my own gym too & I have the capabilities to push myself further in order to achieve the desired physique.

So motivated in fact, that I use the apparatus to pose for selfies, see that now.....excellent use of facilities! I'm an absolute machine.....

I am a strong believer that you can only ever be the best version of yourself, don't aspire to be like anyone else, you'll only ever be left deflated because it's an unrealistic expectation.

You are who you are, you can't change your fundamentals & you can't miraculously change your physical structure either, you can only work with what you have.
Accept the fact that everyone is unique & embrace yourself for who & what you are.
Especially when you have a child to raise....be a good role model!

There's my Jeremy Kyle quote for the week, better than talking about plugs I suppose!

Next time I'll be discussing sexual positions & optimising orgasms......
no actually it'll be all about Make-up (my favourite subject other than sex) & a little bit of gossip!

Until next time,

Love Ya!

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Saturday, 15 August 2015

Spiders, difficult questions & dramas!

The last few weeks have been somewhat entertaining........

A friend informed me of all the Journalists online, jumping on the bandwagon writing stories about my Swarovski Crystal Louboutins, why the fascination with these shoes?! They've caused quite a stir apparently! There are supposedly several stories relating to the 'dramatic flop' of the online auction......so tell me this then, when a clothing boutique or even a department store, stocks up on items & displays them online & in-store, does every item in every size sell within a weeks time frame & if not, is the store then labelled a 'dramatic flop'??? I'll leave you to ponder that 1......

There has been no new stories in newspapers of late, thankfully.....maybe due to the fact they are currently being sued, Mmmmm, always a possibility I suppose! Can't just continuously sabotage peoples lives & reputations & expect to get away with it can you?!!


I've been enjoying delving back into my Interior Design again, I've missed it, it's therapeutic & enjoyable! I'm debating whether to begin my company again.

I'll randomly show you some of my designs past & present since this is a lifestyle blog as well as beauty, I'll share my passion for interior design.
1 of my favourite designs to date is the kitchen & family room area that I designed in the Glasgow house, its bright, airy & it flows quite seamlessly, it's a quite dramatic & alluring space in yet still manages to feel homely. It's large & open, with an abundance of kitchen worktops & a ridiculous amount of cupboards & storage. The black & white colour scheme is timeless & with lots of reflective surfaces, mirrors, metallics, chandeliers, glass wall art & clever lighting, it's aesthetically pleasing.

I took a different approach for the house down south. Again, a massive open space that combined not only the kitchen & family room but also the dining area too. I redesigned that entire section of the house & moved the kitchen from where it was originally on the build plan to where I thought more appropriate, right along the back wall of the house facing out onto the spacious garden through an entire wall of glass.

On this occasion, rather than glitz & glamour, I went for an ultra modern & minimalist look.
A mixture of black, grey & powder blue, again using clever lighting to change the mood & atmosphere & adding an array of textures like leather, fur, snakeskin & velvet makes the space both inviting & luxurious.

I'm currently in the process of installing a padded snakeskin wall into a home bar & having mirrored curtain pelmets installed, so I'll keep you updated on the progress & finished results.

Last week I visited the Cinema with a friend. If anyone hasn't seen SouthPaw yet, it's a must see! Apart from the fact Jake Gyllenhaal is absolutely dreamy & down right delicious, it's an extremely entertaining film, I'd highly recommend......& for once, me & my friend Andrea, didn't disturb anyone else in the Cinema with our usual hilarity, we were too busy bubbling! If you're feeling a bit fragile or emotional, best give it a rain check!

I've had my hands full lately with my 3 year old!!

She's at the inquisitive stage where she asks questions randomly about what I'd deem adult topics......
Her latest enquiry was regarding the growth of babies. Initially, I was unprepared for questions such as these, I wasn't expecting them for another few years yet, she is still a toddler after all!
So she says; "Mummy, where do babies actually come from?" (Actually is the word of the moment & she uses it in the correct context every time) the use of her word actually on this particular occasion is basically her saying, right don't bullshit me!!! So, I paused for thought before informing her that it's really quite simple...."Noelle, you know when Peppa Pig goes to Grandad Pig's house to help him in his garden & she plants the seeds in the soul & the seed grows into a pretty plant?"......"Yes Mummy?"......"Well, it's a similar idea with a baby, Daddy plants the seed in Mummy & the baby grows in Mummy's tummy!".......TaaaaaaDaaaaa successful answer, massive pat on the back I give myself for that 1! I amaze even myself on occasion.....! So then she says, "But Mummy, how does Daddy actually plant the seed though?" (There's that bloody word of the moment again), Mmmmmm right ok; "Well Noelle, ask your Daddy that question because he knows all about that"......."Uuuuuuh ok Mummy, I'll FaceTime him tonight & ask him all about it".......I sooooooo can't wait for this, it'll be rather amusing I should think!

Subsequently, every night has been filled with an array of questions regarding this subject.....I regularly get bombarded with "Mummy, why did my Daddy cancel the wedding?"......"Mummy, how can I have a baby brother or sister if Daddy has stolen all the seeds?".......I particularly like that 1, I can't help but laugh, but at the same time, it's really quite heartbreaking to think she's only a wee tot & her wee mind is plagued by all this & clearly upsetting her. Lot's of attention & Mummy cuddles should hopefully help!

And Daddy, stop stealing the damn seeds!! Sake!!

I had an absolute melt-down this week & my biggest *****EPIC FAIL!!!!!*****

I was cradling Noelle in a Mummy bear hug putting her to bed after running through my answers to her usual variety of difficult questioning, turned round to leave her bedroom & seen the BIGGEST fucking spider imaginable!!!!! Climbing up her wall owning the gaff!! Big bastard!! Fucking shat myself!!!! Screamed like a Banshee, ran about like a crazed lunatic, launched a welly boot at it, missed, big bugger scurried to hide behind a massive ornate mirror which subsequently fell off the wall on 1 side, I'm having palpitations, phoned my dad & had to get him to come to my house to remove the spider & fix the mirror.........So my poor Mum & Dad drive all the way to my house just to remove this spider so that me & Noelle can go to bed & sleep soundly without any dramas!
Thanks Mum & Dad....pair of Diamonds!!!!!

Moving swiftly on........

I've been cooking up a storm in the kitchen as usual, I try & vary the ingredients as much as possible so as not to bore my 3yr old, its quite the task!

Flavoured Mince, mashed potato with chives, carrots & peas was a favourite, top left. Top right was my home made Szechuan Chicken & boiled rice, bottom left was my legendary Chicken Stroganoff & I prepared my usual massive fruit salad.....well taken care of!

I've also been on the look out for new restaurants to visit in Glasgow that I've not yet tried, now that I'm back.....you're spoiled for good quality restaurants in Yorkshire, very high standard food & I do miss it. There are a few restaurants I'd probably prefer not to visit in Glasgow due to embarrassing past experiences, looking back on them now, is quite hilarious!! On 1 occasion, we were doing the whole 'couples' thing & 8 of us were all out in this restaurant (which will remain nameless) & my mental friend & her equally mental partner were behaving in their usual bonkers way with a complete disregard for anyone else round about them because their antics thrived on the shock factor......& shock they did, on numerous occasions!! Picture the scene.....classy establishment, 8 round a table, eating our dinner, regular conversation & out of nowhere, he puts his hand down her top, fiddles about in her bra, brings out 1 of her chicken fillets, chucks it up into the air, it sticks to the ceiling above our heads, we remain unfazed & carry on eating our dinner waiting for the inevitable to eventually happen as the chicken fillet gradually unsticks.......

Now as you can imagine, there were other diners in this restaurant who had witnessed this drama unfolding & I don't know what shocked them more, the fact she's getting felt up in a packed restaurant, the fact a boob enhancement is stuck to the ceiling above our heads or the fact that none of us reacted to it & just carried on eating. I do miss the madness.....crackpots!

I have been a regular visitor to 1 of my favourite Italian cafes, Arcafe in the WestEnd, family run, amazing food, love it! Nowhere better to go for lunch in my opinion.

Had a cheeky wee trip to Cup on Byres road last week too......

Strawberry & Cotton Candy flavoured Cupcakes YUM!

Regular visits to my Personal Trainer going strong & the bubble butt growing nicely you'll be happy to hear! My Glutes & Hamstrings are constantly in tatters though.....Cheers DHFitness!!

On retrospect, should have did a series of ass pics for reference, I'm sure my Personal Trainer would oblige with taking pictures of my butt for me for your viewing pleasure hahahahahahaha!

I've been practicing my hair skills this week & sampling my GHD large barrel tongs, I'm bloody fabulous at it, burnt my eyebrow & now I've got a really attractive (& noticeable) big red patch!

Utter Half-wit!

Favourite hair products lately have been Kerestase & Lanza.....amazing manageability & shine & as previously discussed, I use a hair mask once or sometimes twice a week to keep my hair in the best condition possible. Highly recommend!

Cost effective home DIY hair mask of choice lately is as follows:
Add 1 Tablespoon of Olive Oil & 1 Tablespoon of Honey to a mashed up Avocado, massage it all over your head, combing it through the lengths & ends, leave on for 20 minutes before rinsing. VOILÀ!! Shine, soft & healthy looking hair!

I have lots of pampering session planned for the coming week, so I will sample & document everything & have lots of information (& my valued opinion) to divulge to you in my next blog!

I leave you with this 1.....if you're having a bad day, think how much worse it could be.....you could be finishing up drying your hair & when winding up the cord for the hairdryer, you smack yourself on the fanny with the plug! Always feel lucky & privileged!

Until next time,

Love ya!

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Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Stress? What stress?!!

Another stressful week under my belt........I will in fact need to start investing in more belts if I don't stop loosing weight, nothing fits me anymore!! Stress is a killer!

So........my entire blog from last week was stolen & plastered across 3/4 of a page in The Sun Newspaper.......nothing more needs to be said about that- absolutely pathetic!
Pay your journalists to actually write!!!!

Anyway, moving on.........
This week has been a struggle to adapt to cooking for just me & Noelle.......I'm so used to cooking meals from scratch with fresh produce for a family & now I'm a bit lost having to reduce portion sizes significantly but still produce healthy hearty meals.....this will definitely be a work in progress & I'll just have to take on the challenge & maybe even write a "Single Mothers Guide To Healthy Eating & Lifestyle" book! Now there's an idea!!!!
So here is what I managed to produce this week:

4 hearty dinners- Roast Beef, Roast Chicken, Steak Pie & Chicken Stirfry.......I encourage my wee 1 to eat vegetables with every meal & I'm lucky she enjoys them (as long as everything is cut into tiny pieces haha!) Successful week

My poor wee angel face has been unwell this week & I'm sure other single mothers out there can relate to me when I say it's not easy looking after a violently sick toddler on your own.....to be fair to her though, despite how unwell she's been, she still manages to smile- she's such a beautiful, contented wee soul & she keeps a smile on my face & that's no easy feat these days! Unless you include my parties in the car........Noelle joins in now too (like mother, like daughter!) We can thank Dimitri Vegas And like Mike for the recent banging tunes & my dance moves are top notch!!!
High 5 Leah, you are superb!

After searching endlessly to find a nursery in Glasgow of similar calibre to the nursery Noelle attended in England (which I think I adored even more than she did, nicest people I've ever came across in my life!!) I've managed to settle her in a nursery here in Glasgow this week & she's loving it thankfully, so that's at least 1 thing ticked off the list........plus I found her a good Dance school too actually, she's a natural.......(again like Mother, like daughter & another massive high 5 for me!)
I've also found myself a new Personal Trainer & he's been tolerant or my excessive moaning about how I've lost my 'Bubble Butt' due to the fact I've not been eating healthily & exercising regularly like I normally do (I'm a self-confessed health & fitness fanatic!)........he's also adopted my terminology & is confident I will have my 'Bubble Butt' back in no time!!!! He severely put me through my paces & I was walking rather awkwardly for 3 days (so if anyone saw me, no I was not dabbling with whips, chains & gimp masks....well, not this week anyway)
So its been the week of settling back into Glasgow life! & pissy rain may I add with contempt.....

It's also been the week of Laser treatments & you could say its been a bit of a torturous week.
I began Laser hair removal a year & a half ago now & had IPL initially, which is an agonising way to remove unwanted hair permanently & I honestly don't know how I continuously went back month after month & suffered that horrendous pain! My Beautician Justyna, then began using the Xlase Plus Diode Laser & its basically a pain free way to permanent hair removal & I couldn't be any happier with the results www.xlaseplus.com
I've had full legs, underarms & full bikini area done & the fact that I no longer have to wax or shave anymore is fabulous! So lets just hope that big 70's bushes don't come back into fashion, cause then I'm screwed!
Getting my legs, underarms & Bikini lasered.......it'll be all worth it in the end!

This was also the week of returning to getting my dreaded Tattoo removal treatments done Arrrghhh!
This is what I'd label torturous pain!!
I go to a clinic owned by 1 of my closest friends, Moya Wren, to get this treatment done.
I've already had several sessions to permanently remove my tattoo on my wrist. I had decided a year & a half ago to remove it because I didn't want a visible tattoo when I was envisioning being an elegant bride on my wedding day........& so it began! Nothing to do with what the tattoo is, purely because I didn't like where it was on my body, we all make mistakes & we live & learn!
So this week I re-visited my most dreaded treatment. Even although it's pretty quick, the healing afterwards is lengthy & its sore for a week or so........blisters, scabbing, very unattractive!

I also regularly visit Moya Wren for my Semi-Permanent makeup. What people might not already know is, I've been getting Moya to Semi-Per my lips & eyebrows for nearly 13 years now.......long, long before it was as popular as it is now.
I met Moya originally, because I stupidly entrusted in a clinic to do my eyebrows initially & it was a botch job so I did my research (which I should have done in the 1st place) & came across Moya.......I booked a consultation with her & immediately she began the process of removing the previous semi-permanent eyebrows (f*cking agony!!!) in order to re-doo them properly & professionally. That's when you know someone is at the very top of their field, when they can fix someone else mistakes & I would never trust anyone else to touch my eyebrows........I was over the moon with the results & continued to visit her every 6-9 months to top them up & have done so ever since & now so does my Mum & the majority of my friends too! I'm such a trend setter! Go Leah.......Woohoo
My eyebrows are works of Art thanks to my good friend Moya Wren!

No pampering treatments unfortunately for me this week, only torture!
I haven't had any time to focus on facials or anything else due to my daughter being unwell & focusing on nursing her back to health but after I put her to bed at night, I always make time for hair treatments. I had problems with the condition of my hair after my son died & I found it very difficult to get great condition back.......I've worked really hard at it & my hairdresser Karen will vouch for me on this 1, my hair is silky soft & smooth, virtually no split ends & for a blonde, its shines like glass! That's because I've mastered how to look after it.
You could also say, I have every hair product under the sun, so, I've got the expertise through hands on experience with a variety of products & treatments.
Hair gets used to shampoo & conditioner after a time so it's important to rotate regularly & introduce new shampoos & conditioners in order to keep the hair vibrant & bouncy. If you notice your hair limp & lifeless, time to move on to another product
(or re-evalutate your eating habits......"You are what you eat" remember that) Try not to wash your hair too often in a week, you will wash out all the natural oils & that will have an adverse effect on your hair. I use a hair mask on a weekly basis, I rotate them & never continuously use the same 1. I previously touched on the fact Coconut Oil is an amazing hair mask, I use that on occasion. My 2 favourite masks (& full range of products) at the moment are Rahua & Macadamia.

My night time ritual is taking a little glass applicator of Kèrastase Densifique & carefully spreading it throughout the scalp area then gently massaging it throughout & then combing it through. Each box (pictured above in silver) contains 1 months supply & it's advised you do this treatment for 3 months to see the desired results. I've carried it on & I'm on month 4 now & loving it, I highly recommend. You will notice new hair growth & the hair manageability is completely transformed.

I get Karen to do my Great Lengths hair extensions, which I couldn't live without! I do love them but it's difficult to keep your own hair in fantastic condition when you have extensions so its crucial you work hard at it & find the correct products to work with & learn how to look after your hair.
If I'm even seen out in public & my hair looks slightly rancid, please understand I like to use various products & I regularly leave the house with healing oils in my hair, not exactly attractive, but I reap the benefits so I'm not bothered!
Silky smooth tresses! (beautiful blow-dry by Karen at Karen&Annette Hair, 132 West Regent St)

Now as you all know, this is a beauty & lifestyle blog (unless anyone wants to discuss bondage)......I know about what I'm doing in order to advise other people & every girl loves a good recommendation about beauty products, it is after all 1 of the biggest & most profitable industries in the world!
If there are any questions anyone would like to ask or anything in particular you would like included in a blog post, then please leave a comment below & I will happily oblige.

I could write quite an interesting book on the shit I know....in fact, publishers get in touch!
Until next week people......
Love ya!

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Monday, 13 July 2015

When It Finally hits.....Hard!

So the truth is out, its official, I'm no longer single........
Went out for dinner with the girls on Sunday night, had a few much needed cocktails, went to the Cinema to see Magic Mike XXL (which was shite btw, apart from the fact Channing Tatum was in it, bit of 'Man Candy'! Yum!!) & all we did was laugh the entire way through, at things completely unrelated to the film! So back to the story......there he was, just sitting there innocently, so I went in for the kill......
He doesn't say much......just the way I like it!
I can visualise the heading now; "Leah Shevlin Moves On With Puppet"....since they don't understand the concept of a 'Joke' or 'sarcasm' or 'sense of f*cking humour'! I could do with a puppet actually!

This week, I've spent my time moping about the house in a state of sheer devastation, wearing my Wedding dress (my extremely impressive wedding dress, may I add) teamed with a pair of very alluring rubber gloves (sexual) whilst doing my domestic chores & swigging on Pornstar Martini's (my ultimate favourite cocktail) as I sing Mariah Carey songs with black mascara running down my face......Mariah Carey has that affect on people I think!
On a serious note, I will have to find a place for that bloody Wedding dress at some point.....Ooooooooooooooooh I tell you what I could do, sell it on f*cking eBay!!!!!!!!
Please await the £10K listing & the shitty story is the newspaper!
Seriously though, this week has in fact been absolutely gruelling!!!!!
I left Glasgow & drove down to Hull to pack up everything that belonged to myself & Noelle from the family home we lived in there.....& a beautiful family home it was, full of fond memories & happiness. I've obviously been in shock because it took for me to walk into that house & see everything just as we'd left it, before going on holiday to Dubai, for the realisation of the current situation to actually hit me....& it hit me like a tonne of bricks! 
The part that hurt the most was seeing Noelle's beautiful playroom just as she'd left it, awaiting her happy return......it honestly broke my heart & I stood paralysed in the doorway & found myself crying for the 1st time, I am not ashamed to admit that I cried, although, it isn't actually like me to do it, very rarely do I cry (& that's the last time we'll mention crying)
So, I collected myself & got on with it! Spent that entire day, all through the night & the following day packing, then when everything was loaded up onto the removal van & on its way back to Glasgow, I set off on my tiring 4 hour drive back again without having slept for 2 days! I got home late on Thursday night, had a few hours sleep then spent Friday & Saturday unpacking everything & putting it all away.......so it's safe to say I am physically exhausted & mentally drained but it's done now & I can at least tick it off the 'To Do' list & get on with other things equally as important.
Explaining this awful situation to my 3 year old daughter is an ongoing & difficult task though & my heart breaks for her. I won't go into anymore detail about the situation as it is a private matter that should have remained a private matter instead of utter made up nonsense being plastered across the front pages of newspapers! Just to clarify, there was no massive argument that resulted in the wedding not going ahead, no argument what so ever. We have never had a volatile relationship, despite what has been insinuated.....but hey, the reporters must no better than me about my own relationship, maybe they were hiding in the wardrobes or under the beds in our hotel suite, they seem to enjoy playing hide'n'seek after all......

On the subject of newspapers.......they were at it again this week & I must honestly say, it is getting absolutely, ridiculously out of hand now to the point where I feel violated! Stalking springs to mind!!! There is no way on this earth it is justifiable for a reporter & photographer to hide outside a restaurant & await an unsuspecting family emerging after a meal, in order to take pictures of us without our prior consent, knowledge or permission & write a non-entity story about us, using quotes from an observing onlooker/stranger within the restaurant. Safe to say we won't be dining there again which is a pity because it's handy. The worst part about this pathetic article in question, is the fact that the picture printed had my daughter in it & although her face was not visible, I cannot fathom how it can possibly be deemed acceptable to take pictures of us & print them in a national newspaper when we have been extremely adamant from day 1 that our daughter should not & will not be shown in any newspaper.
As a loving & devoted parent, it is my duty to protect my innocent child. She relies on me solely to protect her from any harm & when that right is taken away from me, my daughters wellbeing is put in jeopardy & I WILL NOT condone that. I am wondering how these reporters & photographers would feel if the tables were turned & they were in fact put in a position where their families privacy was violated?????

It is safe to say that I'm not my usual laughing, joking self this week. There has been a lot of unpleasant & upsetting realisations to contend with. Life is extremely difficult at times & it takes strength & determination to overcome the stress & hurt......but if anyone can, I can!
Onwards & Upwards!
But just to fill you in on my sense of humour (just so you know for future reference) I do enjoy a right good belly laugh....what can cheer you up more than uncontrollable laughter, lets be honest!
I'm quite a fan of the program The Undateable's, not because I'm laughing at the people on the program, quite the contrary (I'm the person pretending I'm not blubbering away because I'm just so desperate for them to meet their special someone & have the happiness they crave & most definitely deserve!) I do adore the people on that program & I am most definitely the girl that if I just happened to fall in love with a guy that had Tourettes, I would have both of us rolling about laughing at his ticks rather than pretend to ignore them (honesty is the best policy after all) just like that amazing couple on the program that happened to find each other through the dating agency.....on his initial meeting with the woman that ran the agency & organised the match-making, they planned to meet in a crowded beer garden & as she approached him, he shouted "She's a squirter" at the top of his voice, every1 turned round to look at the unsuspecting woman labelled "The Squirter" as she casually sat down & introduced herself, not as a squirter funnily enough!

'The previous' also had a realisation this week..........
Oh well son......

Lets talk beauty!
So as promised, this weeks blog will be dedicated to removing acne scarring & pigmentation marks. People with skin sensitivity should shy away from Microdermabrasion, acid peels or any treatment that is too evasive & as previously mentioned, my stint with Roaccutane means I have thinned & sensitive skin so I cannot have any peels of any description. To be perfectly honest, Microdermabrasion doesn't actually work in my opinion....I've personally never heard of any success stories & any decent beautician I've spoken to on the subject, doesn't rate it much at all.
If I have a breakout which leaves behind any marking on my skin, I have to use certain methods of home remedy removal that don't involve peeling away layers of skin......& I've became quite at dab hand at it I must say! Big hit for myself.....high 5 Leah, you're unreal!

First method:
Take a tomato & a chunk of cucumber & blitz them together into a pulp.......
once you have achieved the desired consistency, apply it to the face on the scarring/pigmentation marks & leave on for 10-15 minutes. Extremely easy treatment to prepare & everyone has tomato & cucumber in the house don't they? Easy!

Second Method:
1 tea cup of water, 1/2 tea cup of oatmeal, 2 drops of lemon juice & 1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder.
Boil the water in a pot to a mild heat, add the oatmeal & lemon juice. Leave it to cool slightly before adding the cinnamon then apply to your face.
Please note, this method is slightly messy & looks quite unsightly. I do have a picture of this on my face actually, but 1 of my friends has categorically denied me from posting it.......I'll be forever on the shelf seemingly! Leave this concoction on for 20 minutes & relax while it takes effect.

Third method:
1 Teaspoon Cinnamon, 1 Teaspoon Nutmeg, 1 Teaspoon honey & 3 drops of lemon juice.
Work mixture into a paste & apply to marks for 20-30 minutes.

Now all these remedies use ingredients that are easily accessible. If you don't mind slapping it on your face & chilling out infront of the TV, then you're onto a winner!
I use all 3 of these methods & rotate them on a week to week basis.
If you have dark circles around your eyes, boil the kettle, put 2 teabags in a cup, leave the teabags in the boiling water for 5 minutes, strain all the water from them & place them in the fridge for 5 minutes to cool......place 1 over each eye & chill out like a mother f*cker while 1 of the masks above is working wonders on your face- kill 2 birds with 1 stone! Us ladies love to multi-task after all!
Use the teabag method on your eyes twice a week for maximum effect & banish those unsightly dark circles for good!

Next week I'll be discussing whips & chains, gimp masks & lubrication.....or maybe I'll just discuss hair!

Lova ya!

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Sunday, 5 July 2015

Too Strong For a Come Down

So this week was spent begging for money (I'm an Ex-Wag with an expensive habit after all...I'm an addict, a designer clothes/shoes/handbag addict) I led the high life.........Brad Pitt look-a-like Billionaire on my arm, Private Jets, 5* Holiday destinations a zillion times a year, 20 Bedroom Mansions in several countries, million carat Diamonds galore.........but now I'm back in Glasgow, rolled up in soggy newspapers living on the streets, desperate times call for desperate measures!

Was I exaggerating there?! Thought I was a journalist for a tabloid newspaper for a minute & got a bit carried away with myself, sorry about that.....

Anyway...this weeks "Exclusive" was yet another non-entity story regarding me selling items, belonging to me, on Ebay after becoming a 'Jilted Bride' (Jilted seems to be the word of choice at the moment) a varied vocabulary is not a tabloid journalists forte...let me help them out...abandoned, deserted, discarded, neglected, forsaken....but for the record (pardon the pun) I've been selling items on eBay since 2009 & even if I'm selling my Granny on eBay, what the utter F*ck does that have to do with the price of mince??!!!
On a serious note, there were innocent people massacred on a beach in Tunisia, innocent people loosing their lives in an absolute devastating atrocity & the newspapers are printing stories about me selling items on eBay! Sums them right up really.........the public should stop wasting their money buying these newspapers, put your money towards 1 of those big plastic bottles of coke money bank things & whatever change you would have spent on a newspaper, put it in there instead & save up for a designer handbag or shoes for me, I'll really appreciate your kind gesture because I'm seriously hard up at the moment as my habit has spiralled out of control! Blah, Blah, f*ckin blah........
An item that was shown particular attention, was a pair of expensive Swarovski Crystal Christian Louboutin shoes.......I infact have 2 pairs of these shoes in different heel heights (Oooooh check you!)

I'm selling the Daffodils (because a woman in 160mm Stilettos doing a hard shift in the garden with her lawnmower in tow, isn't an ideal scenario..........I've been bloody jilted remember, I need to do all the chores single-handedly now, Oh the absolute bloody outrage!) On the plus side though, I will be keeping the 120mm Pigalles adorned with Aurora Boreal Swarovski Crystals for my dominatrix routines that I regularly perform infront of my mirror, keeps me fit & agile!
The newspapers also had a go at me this week for this Blog, branding it a "Foul-mouthed Rant" hold on just 1 moment while I p*ss myself.........they obviously haven't understood the concept of a Blog yet so we'll allow them the time to adjust to modern times & equip themselves with information regarding blogging, I reiterate the plural THEM..........yes, it infact took 2 Journalists to write the story, not 1 dumb ass, but 2!
Hahahahaha I'm having a moment of uncontrollable laughter.........
(I have 1 of those laughs btw, that when I get going, it gets completely out of control & people turn round in astonishment to look at who is making the outrageous racket wondering what the utter f*ck)

Suppose we had better start talking about beauty, given the fact this is what the content of my blog should be about.......well.......that & other things, don't want you all getting bored now do we?!!
I visited my Beautician, Justyna, this week at Synergy MediSpa in Giffnock, for an Callus foot peel (gets rid of all the unsightly hard skin) & a Dermalux Treatment. I absolutely adore this little luxury! There are so many benefits to Dermalux but the major plus point for me is, I fall into a deep sleep every single time I get the treatment, I wake up slabbering & disorientated, its excellent!

(Me relaxing, or sleeping should I say, under the dermalux at my beauticians this week.....)

Now please note, Beauty regimes don't just relate to women, it's all about the metrosexual in this day & age- what appeals to us ladies, may infact also appeal to the big pussy stealing your expensive Creme De La Mer Moisturiser before he goes to bed at night.........or is that just me & the previous??? (remember that's what we agreed to call him)
I have a strict beauty regime, I believe in really looking after myself........you put the effort in, you reap the rewards. Cleanse, tone, moisturise at night then cleanse, tone, moisturise before bed and NEVER sleep in your makeup, regardless of how shit-faced you are.........you may accidentally use Canesten-Combi as a moisturiser, but hey, at least you made the effort! You'll be renamed
'Thrush Face' but it could be worse, you could be jilted (do you think maybe he caught me putting Canesten-Combi on  my face & thats why he 'Forsook' me?! Psml!)
Brand wise, I'm not here to advertise brands, I know what works best for me & I stick with it........I've done so much research over the years & tried & tested so many different brands & products until I found what ticked all the right boxes for me. I am a Creme De La Mer enthusiast............I have at 1 point, owned the entire collection, every single item - but, it doesn't all work for me so all I use now is the Toner & the original Moisturiser. If I have any dryness, then I'll bring out the trusty serum & put it on underneath the moisturiser.
There's actually a story behind how I came to stumble across the legendary serum, named The Concentrate.........after my son died in 2005, I suffered greatly with stress related break-outs & if ever I get really distraught, my face breaks out & it can be very distressing when it does, so it's a vicious circle. At 1 point, after meeting The Previous, my stress levels rocketed because of the constant press intrusion that was causing me serious upset & anxiety, as a result, I was given Roaccutane by a specialist Dermatologist & obviously, there are major side effects to taking Roaccutane. We were due to go on holiday to Las Vegas & I thought I was out of the danger zone having finished my course of medication 6 months prior to being in the sun, but unfortunately, that wasn't the case & my face got badly burned. We tried all the regular methods of helping with bad sun burn like The Previous taking great delight in slapping Natural Yoghurt on my face & taking a picture of his handy work (Sexy).........but nothing helped me, until we were informed by a Pharmacist in our Vegas hotel, about Creme De La Mer's Serum, The Concentrate. The genius that created Creme De La Mer was an Aerospace Physicist called Dr Max Huber & after being badly burned in Laboratory incident, he developed the skin care line to repair the damage done to his skin & he was successful in doing so....I can honestly hand on heart say it has been my skin life saviour on occasion.

(Me in Las Vegas in 2009 with yoghurt slapped on my dish! My eyebrows have came a long way since then hahahahahaha, cheers Moya!..........at least I'm still smiling!)

My night time products differ some what..........I absolutely swear by coconut oil. There is, without a shadow of a doubt, no better product. It's not feasible to use coconut oil during the day or with makeup, but at bedtime, slap it on & curl up comfy in bed. Sometimes, I'll mix pure vitamin E oil & Almond Oil with the coconut oil for extra replenishment & nourishment. I wake up in the morning & I'm fresh faced & happy with the results of my little concoction from the night before. Coconut oil can also be used as a hair mask & as a cuticle repair, amongst other things........its healing benefits are second to none...it removes bacteria from the skin, bacteria being the main cause of spots & blemishes- you'll notice clearer, softer skin with less visible pores & virtually no breakouts. I highly recommend investing in a jar!

Benefits & usage of Coconut Oil & other oils mentioned:

Stronger Nails

Mix 1 tsp Coconut Oil
1/3 cup Almond Oil
2 tsp Sea Salt
3 drops lemon juice
3 drops tea tree oil
All together in a bowl & soak for 5 minutes.
Finish by managing Coconut oil into cuticles.

Facial Exfoliator

Mix 1 tbsp Coconut Oil
1 tbsp raw sugar
rub over face for 2-3 minutes & rinse

Removing spots & blackheads

Mix 1 tbsp coconut oil
1 tbsp of honey
1 tsp baking soda
4 drops of lemon juice
leave on breakout for 5 minutes then rinse

For Tired Eyes

Mix 1 tbsp Coconut Oil
1 cup Green Tea (brew the tea & leave to cool)
1 tbsp Shea Butter
1 tbsp Sweet Almond Oil
3 drops Tea Tree Oil
3 drops Carrot Seed Oil
3 drops Lavender Essential Oil
1 tsp Beeswax
Coconut Oil, beeswax & shea butter together in a bowl & microwave for 30 seconds, add the rest of the oils & the green tea to the mix & stir until creamy consistency...apply to under eye

I use all of the above methods & many more, on a regular basis. They are not time consuming & they are not expensive either. I am not a regular at the Beauticians because I prefer at home pampering........I go to my own Beautician for certain treatments that I really enjoy & that are beneficial to me, but I never get facials or any treatments that I can do for myself.

In every blog, I will include luxurious treatments I receive that are provided by my qualified beautician, but I will also provide methods & treatments that can be performed in the comfort of you own home (while you prance about naked, if you like, with a strange & questionable looking consistency on you face) & with products that are reasonably priced & easily accessible, so there is something here for everyone (even the Metrosexual!)

Next week, I'll be discussing sexual appetites (just joking).......I will be discussing methods of removing facial acne scaring though & obviously, some gossip!

Stay tuned.......
Love Ya!

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