Monday, 28 September 2015

The Body Shop; Aloe Soothing Day Cream

Sadly my normal super reliable Lush moisturiser has wanted to do nothing apart from chuck itself all over whatever bags and posessions I happen to leave too close to it and the weather isn't quite right for my other Body Shop moisturiser, so I decided to go shopping for a new one. I've always had a lot of luck with Body Shop products and since I'm taking a little break from the Lush ones, I headed over there to have a look at what I could find.

I ended up going with this Aloe Soothing Day Cream. It's supposed to be ultra gentle and calming, which is something I really wanted - My skin is actually doing really good right now and has been for a fair few months, however my skin is one of those that reacts very suddenly and with a vengeance so I didn't want to risk anything angering it!

My first thoughts of this product were good. You get a good amount in the pot, it has a nice scent to it, and a nice texture. It goes on really smoothly and easily, and at first I was a little worried that actually it was going to be quite greasy, but I don't think that's the case at all.
After a few weeks of using it, I've had no problems with this product. I find it applies really nicely and absorbs well, however leaves my skin with a bit of a greasy feel at first - this isn't the case at all, it seems to just be how this product applies at first. If you like wearing foundation you'll probably find this an advantage - I rarely do, but have found that when I do it goes on SO much easier when I'm using this product compared to others.
This moisturiser cost me just £12 for a 50ml tub, and you can pay even less if you want a smaller one. Product available online, here.

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Friday, 25 September 2015

My 10 Favourite Blogs

I'm all about sharing the bloggy love, so I thought what better time than to share my top ten blogs with you? Nearly all of my choices are lifestyle ones, with a little bit of fashion thrown in. Hopefully you find some you like hidden in there!

Please note; the blogs I have featured are in no particular order! I literally ran them through a randomiser to get the order as I find it really hard to rank any of these as I love them all for completely different reasons!


1. Which Beauty Box UK? Jaina's blog is definitely the odd one out in my list of favourites as it's the only one that sticks strictly to one topic - unsurprisingly, subscription boxes! I do really love beauty boxes even though I no longer subscribe to any, and I definitely always like seeing what sort of products they're currently sending out. Jaina takes great pictures, has brilliant write ups of what she's getting, is lovely, and lets me live vicariously through her!

2. Little Miss Katy. Katy's blog is a wonderful lifestyle blog featuring all sorts of posts from her daily life to her opinions and thoughts. I think my favourite part about LMK is that it's really relatable - When Katy writes, you can pretty much hear her talking to you and really see her personality coming across and feel like you're probably reading something from a friend which is something I really love in a blog. She posts about all sorts of goings on and happy things and is always a great read when you want a bit of cheering up or to get some good ideas!

3. Dorkface Blog. I really, really love Jemma's blog. She's absolutely lovely, and writes about all sorts of varied and fun topics. We share a lot of the same interests so I'm definitely biased here, but I love reading about her kawaii goodies or the fun things she's been up to. She also posts some more serious topics such as about her anxiety which I think is great as well - you really feel like you're reading about someone who you know really well; and I wish I did because I think we'd be awesome friends, justsayin'! 

4. WishWishWish. I'm pretty sure everyone already knows who Carrie is, but I didn't think I could do a top ten without including her. Carrie's blog is a beautiful fashion focused one, filled with all sorts of perfect photos and great fashion choices. I don't have too much to say about Carrie's blog because I think the pictures speak for themselves!


5. Becky Bedbug; Becky's blog is almost certainly one you already know, as her blog has been around since basically forever, somehow manages to get an update every single day, and because she's super active on twitter chats and twitter in general. I enjoy Becky's blog because it's a proper lifestyle blog, with little anecdotes on what she's currently up to and lots of love to other blogs which always means I find something new to read through her. 

6. Sailor Jennie; Jennie's blog is one I've been following since, oof, at least three years now! Jennie's a very sweet blogger who takes the time to get to know her subscribers, which is something I really appreciate seeing. We have a lot of the same interests, so I enjoy seeing her beauty reviews and other ponderings. 

7. Forever Amber. Amber's blog is probably the most fashiony blog that I follow, and I do enjoy checking out her fashion posts as she does have some awesome taste, especially in shoes! If only I could actually wear heels... However it's her lifestyle posts that I like the most, as she takes the time to write really detailed and thought out posts that you can tell took a lot of effort. I always find myself really relating to the things that she says, and remembering things from my own experiences from what she talks about.

8. Cider With Rosie. Rosie's blog is another of the big ones that I'm sure you're already very familiar with, as CWR is a super active blog with all sorts of beautiful pictures and descriptions of what Rosie's been up to. Rosie's blog is another true lifestyle blog covering her thoughts and feelings and daily activities, although absolutely always happy! I don't tend to like reading 5 Happy Things posts but I do always like reading Rosie's as they just seem so genuine and thought out, and like you're reading something from one of your best friends.

9. Hannah Gale. Though Hannah's blog is a varied lifestyle one, the posts I most enjoy reading are her list posts. It's no surprise to me that she used to be a journalist, because her list posts remind me of all my favourite bits in magazines I used to read - though a bit more grown up, of course!

10. Rent or Chanel? Georgina's blog is a new one to me, but one that I'm already really enjoying. Georgina posts about topics that are a bit different from other blogs - for example, her recent Disney princess take over! It's very much a lifestyle blog but with some really creative ideas and some lovely pictures.

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Thursday, 17 September 2015

My Dinosaur Necklace; From Jewellerybox.co.uk!

I just had to do a little post on this adorable little dinosaur necklace I got from jewellerybox.co.uk.

I actually bought him about a month or so ago, but he's very quickly become my favourite item of jewellery and so I thought I just had to make a little post to show him off.

This tiny little 3D dino is absolutely adorable. He's really well made, very cute, and a great conversation starter! I've had nothing but compliments on him.

 If you fancy getting a little dinosaur friend of your own, check out the website! This little one cost me £21. If he's not quite to your taste but you do like the idea of having a little dinosaur buddy then do have a look - there are other dinosaurs available in the same style, as well as a few different styles as well!




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Monday, 14 September 2015

Giveaway; Win a Selection of Zoella Beauty Products!

Today I'm giving you the chance to win a selection of some of Zoella's newest range of beauty products!

It's been a while since I've done a giveaway and I really like Zoe's new range of products, so they seemed like the perfect selection to offer for one of you to win :)

The winner will receive Candy Cream softening body lotion, Fresh Fizz bath fizzer, and Foam Sweet Foam shower gel. Just enter using the rafflecopter entry below for your chance to win! Please note, unfortunately this is only open to UK addresses. The winner will be contacted by email after the contest closes and will have 72 hours to reply with their address, otherwise I'll have to assume they are no longer interested and pass it on to the next person. Good luck!

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Thursday, 10 September 2015

Book Review: Station Eleven


This month, I've been reading Station Eleven, by Emily St.John Mandel.

I immediately loved the idea of this book; a story based around the Georgia flu, a flu that within two weeks manages to wipe out 99% of the population - and of course, taking electricity, petrol, and the rest of the world we know with it.

In particular, it focuses on a group of characters who travel the remains of America together as the Travelling Symphony, who perform music and Shakespeare plays in what's left of the country. It also focuses on the character of Arthur Leander, a celebrity who died just before the Georgia flu took over, and his connection and impact on other characters.

I really liked the idea of this book as it took a different approach to your standard end of the world story. And I immediately enjoyed reading it as well - the narrative is just very different from other books of the genre and seemed much more realistic, focusing on different viewpoints to what you would normally find. I found it a very interesting read, and it is a book that gives you a lot to think about; for example, coincidentally I was sitting on an airplane reading the book as it began to describe what had happened to people who had been at an airport just as commercial air flight ceased to exist, which I found a really interesting read. From there it began to describe what people began to do to be able to live within such areas, which again I really enjoyed reading.

Towards the end I'd say that this book lost steam. It began to feel just like they were trying to tie up all the loose ends, where the rest of it had been a really well told story. I would still say that about 95% of this book was a brilliant read, and therefore I'd definitely recommend it!

Station Eleven is available via amazon, here. 
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Monday, 7 September 2015

Benefit - Some Kinda Gorgeous Foundation Review

  When coming back through duty free last month, I stumbled across Benefit's Some Kinda Gorgeous. It should probably tell you a lot about my knowledge of beauty products that I hadn't seen it before, since googling it it seems like it's actually been out for quite a while! 

Anyway, Some Kinda Gorgeous is a cream to powder foundation available in three different shades. I bought it for both of those reasons; firstly, the shade thing is a bit odd for me as products almost NEVER colour match me. No matter how hard I try, the palest shade is always completely wrong. However, this product actually perfectly colour matched me, to the extent that my friend probably thought I was mad as he watched me spolodge it on to random parts of my hands and arms to make sure that it really did match as well as I thought it did.

Secondly, the fact that it's cream to powder really appealed to me; I don't wear foundation very much at all. I don't like the feel of it and I feel no matter how hard I try to blend it, it's always super obvious to me. If I'm working a night shift so I know I'm going to be looking a bit rough (to put it mildly) by the morning or I'm going out somewhere special, then I'll wear a powder foundation. (GOSH, if you're wondering) I thought that this would probably work along those lines, though with slightly better coverage.

The product comes with one sponge...
And the product itself!


Here you go after the elusive first finger test; so you can see just how creamy it is!

Alright, that's all well and good, but how well does it work?

I found that this applies really easily. At first I was worried because it didn't look like I was getting much on the sponge at all, but actually it turned out I was getting too much on and needed to experiment for a bit to get it right. I found that for the most part it does go on really easily. A lot of the complaints I read from reading other reviews about this product were saying that it doesn't have good coverage - it IS a light product, however I felt that actually it did even out my skin tone and it did cover up my smaller red marks, and did so more than the usual powders I use. Of course, if you want lots of coverage, a liquid foundation is the way to go, but if you're like me and you don't like the feel or look of a regular foundation then you'll probably get what you want out of this product.

One complaint though; if you have even slightly dry skin, this product will really make a point out of it. This is something that really does need to be worn with moisturiser or primer underneath. I don't normally bother but with this, the second I put it onto my cheeks it would begin immediately flaking up - and I don't actually have dry skin, so if you do I imagine it would be a nightmare! If I put on moisturiser it helped so long as I did it immediately before, however I do worry about the lastability of this because of this reason if you like to keep your make up on all day. For me I only use it when I want it on for a couple of hours, as I'm the sort of person who manages to get a spot just from standing too near to makeup so I don't want to risk it!

You can buy Some Kinda Gorgeous from Benefit for £24.50, here.

Have you tried this product? What did you think?
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Thursday, 3 September 2015

This Month, I Have Mostly Been... August 2015 Edition!




Enjoying...
  Well of course, I went to Majorca! I had a great time there even if it did pretty much just rain constantly. I don't normally do city breaks or beach holidays but it just seemed like the perfect time to do it.

Eating...
  Due to the nature of my work, I now often eat out during my lunch break. So I've actually discovered all sorts of great new places to eat! None of them are the sort of place I'd recommend here as they're all very local and generally not the healthiest of things, but I have enjoyed discovering new places like my favourite new Chinese takeaway location, and where to get the best vegetable lasagne...

Watching...
  I'm still speeding through series one of Once Upon a Time and I still love it, although I'm slowing down a little bit now. I've also started watching season four of Glee! Very out of date, I know. I know I've watched season one and two though years and years ago when they first came out, and I was sure I'd watched season three but I no longer think I have. I started watching this before a night shift as I'd usually be knackered and unable to concentrate on much so I thought Glee would be nice easy viewing, but ended up actually really enjoying it.

Doing...
  I've been busy making new friends on my new work team, which means I haven't had too much time outside of the environment. And of course, there's that - started on a new work team, with a new shift pattern that destroys me a bit - but hopefully soon I'll be used to it and it won't feel so awful.

Been negative about...
  As above, my new shift pattern. It's a rotating shift pattern, so I work six days in a row in three different time periods filling a 24 hour period. It's pretty painful! I'm not adjusting very quickly at all as despite getting black out curtains and an eye mask and trying to make a bedtime routine, my body is very aware it is day time and doesn't want to sleep during it. I've been waking up consistently between 8am and 10am regardless of whether I get home from work at 3am or 7am so I'm on probably eight hours sleep total over four days at the moment.

Thinking about...
  How my friendships are going to change. At the moment they're being effected more than I thought they would, but hopefully my body will get used to the scheduling and my energy levels will be back to normal soon. I've also been thinking about booking an overnight spa stay next month, which is very much needed!
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