Like Love Loathe // No 001

I used to take part in a link up ages ago that has appeared to become extinct. I loved it so much that I have decided to bring the series back on my blog as a weekly round up and a way to share the good, the bad, and the ugly of the week. So, without further ado, welcome to the like, love, loathe weekly round up.


I am so fed up with winter and because of that I look for glimpses of colour and spring everywhere I go. One of the things that is making me swoon are all the beauty launches that promise an injection of colour into our otherwise quite dreary and grey days. I am currently looking forward to new releases by Shu Uemura, Bobbi Brown, Shiseido, Clarins, and Lancome.  I am also exceptionally excited about the recent launch of the Beauty and the Beast collection, but I need to find out how to get my pretty little hands on it! I am quite desperate as it’s gorgeous! One of my favourite blogger beauty babes Leah from LeahXL is having a giveaway on her IG of a nail polish/lippy duo. Check out Leah’s Instagram for the details.

Spring/Summer 2017 Beauty New Releases


I am loving that the days are just that little bit longer to make a difference to your day and personally, to my mood. I suffered quite a lot this winter with depression due to the seasons and the hope of spring as well as that extra light is making an immense difference to me. I am also loving that my significant other is having a milestone birthday this month. It’s quite exciting and even though we will now be in a different age decade I kinda like that. I’m quite looking forward to planning something special for us and as the travel aficionados we are a nice getaway is definitely in order.


They say that when it rains it pours. That doesn’t only ring true because I live in the North West of England, but because when one thing goes bad it seems to all spiral out of control. This week I am hugely loathing all things tech. Don’t get me wrong I love technology, but when it all seems to go down at once, well, that is not a good thing. Imagine dealing with an eBay purchase that has decided to become possessed within the first few days of it’s life with you? My “new to me” Blackberry Z10 decided to do just that. Ok, I can deal with the possession of it and the switching on and off at the most random of times.

Except I can’t ….

I rely on my mobile and part of me really hates that. I need it to navigate, work, and well, social media it up.

The back up option is my other half’s phone. Phew, thank goodness there’s a back up option … until there isn’t one. As if by a twist of fate we are now the family cursed by their mobile devices. There’s nothing worse that plugging in your phone to charge and realising that the charging port is gone. Kaput! Gone! No explanation in sight. So once again I revert to eBay (stupidly enough) and think that I know what I am doing when I purchase a wireless charging kit. Which only gives the illusion of charging your device wireless. After all, it is from China and only “works” if the adapter that makes your phone wireless is connected to the charging port.

Ok, two items down. I am not going to lose my patience …

Until I come home and find out that the broadband and landline are down. Now we are definitely entering the frustration zone. I have no access to the outside world whatsoever, which would not normally be so bad, except that there is a tweenager in the house who is in the middle of an “epic” Xbox game and is now huffing and puffing and bitching and moaning. Let’s just say that I turned into the evil stepmother we’ve all read about in children’s books. There comes a point where something’s gotta give. What ever happened to quality family time, and reading, and board games?

After a small family battle the dust settled and game night was in the cards for the rest of the evening.

I am happy to say to you that it all seems to have been sorted out by now. New mobile phones were in order, and all is back to what I will call the new normal in our technologically obsessed world. I suppose what really bothered me is to the see the reliance we all have on the internet. It’s ridiculous! I’ll spare you the whole “when I was a kid” spiel, but really, when I was a kid this was unheard of. My opinions on that are another story for another day, but for now, we live to see another day where we are all connected to the outside world whilst living in our own little bubbles.

What has been on your like, love, loathe list this week? Do share in the comments below.

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  • Lynne Harper

    Absolutely love this post. Reflecting is so good. I’m also lusting after the Beauty and the Beast pieces. Fingers crossed I can get some. X

  • Like you I’m so happy that the days are getting a bit longer and that it’s not completely dark when I leave for work in the morning and head home in the evening x

  • Donna

    Love this idea!!!! I’m just back from hols so I’m loving my own bed, loathing laundry!!!

  • I’m so looking forward to spring colours too! I just bought some pink sunglasses (I swear, they look cute) and I can’t wait to wear them. My phone also decided to act up last month and ended up being so bad, I just had to pick up the iPhone 7 this morning. I guess it was about time I upgraded since my last phone was the iPhone 5S, but still! I had better things to buy like some more sunglasses. Ha!

  • oh i can relate to so much on this post but i love your waiting on longer days too

  • Technology is great…when it works! It really is shocking how much we have become dependent on technology and how hopeless we feel when we are suddenly without it. I am also anxiously awaiting spring and with it, warmth and sunlight. I’m happy the days have started to get longer xx

  • Beautiful palettes. I am so glad that the days are getting lighter because like you I really struggle in winter, I can’t wait for it to get warmer as well!

  • I have a voucher for Bobbi Brown so will definitely be looking to pick up some new bit’s for spring, oh I know what you mean about technology, it all seems to go belly up at the same time! xx

  • Its funny you should mention the days because I have literally just been saying to my dad what a huge difference the lighter, slightly longer days are making to my mood. Plus, it makes taking blog photos so much easier!! xxx

  • A Beauty and the Beast makeup collection?! That sounds amazing!

  • Ali Rost

    Beautiful colors. I can’t wait for spring .. winter is the worst for me .. but it’s almost done! Yay!

  • Technology can be such a nightmare. I am also loving that it seems to be getting a bit brighter, it’s so nice to leave to come home from work and there still be some light x

  • hannah

    I love the look of those palettes you have chosen, they look amazing x

  • I also love that the days are getting longer. I’ve been waiting for this all winter as it means I can take the kids out a little after school to the park and also I can do power walks with other mums in the evening in a few more months when it stays lighter longer.

  • I love that the days seem longer now. I hate going to work & coming home in the dark. I’d love to get the beauty & the beast collection! xo

  • I am also loving the longer days and the fact it’s not as cold this week.

  • I really enjoy reading this sort of post, getting to know a blogger a bit better through their likes and dislikes. I’ll look forward to reading more over the coming weeks.

  • Angela Key Milnes

    What a good post, such a worth reading and these are all looks a nice make-up products. Glad that you share this

  • Technology can be a right pain the whatsit, all week at work I have been having WiFi issues and it has driven me insane, Give me lipsticks to deal with any day x

  • Dannii

    I am so excited for spring. It really seems like it has been a long winter here in the North West.

  • We loathe the rain too as it stops play outside. Love that the days are getting longer too 🙂

  • I normally live in the North West so I know exactly what it’s like. I’m currently at uni on the east coast though so it’s a bit different. So far it seems sunnier and I’m love the longer days too. That said, the weather has been so cold and windy lately!

  • I know how annoying it can be when your phone is down.
    You’ve showed some great products here.

  • My goodness you really have been having a technological disaster! I hope everything gets sorted soon, I know I am lost without my mobile… I do everything on it! x

  • This week I loved half term, extra time with my boy, and loathed Storm Doris, cancelled trains, terrible hair and I got a real soaking.

  • Rebecca Smith

    I’m so glad to see this, it made my day to read that you’ve decided to bring my link up back to life – I really enjoyed doing the posts but I just couldn’t keep up anymore. That being said, if you do decide to ever turn it into a link up, I may just have to participate every now and again 🙂 x