Friday, 9 November 2012

#148 - NOTW

 Rimmel's Lycra Pro in 431 Stormy Skies, Models Own Ibiza Mix layered ontop

This has been one of my favourite nail combos for about a month now, I've found myself removing the chipped version, only to reapply it. I just love the dark gunmetal grey/deep greyish blue background, with the vibrant eye-catching glitter packed on top.

The Rimmel varnish applies like a dream; with a top coat like this I was able to get away with just one coat, but it was opaque enought to also wear alone, drying within minutes.
Ibiza Mix, unfortunately is a little troublesome in application. For me anyway.
Only because I feel there is much more clear varnish in the bottle than is necessary, if that makes sense?
So I often find myself having to layer it on quite thickly to get a good amount of glitter, meaning it takes much longer to dry than I would like. 
But what I tend to do is apply this before bed, so when I wake up it's completely dried.





What're you wearing on your nails this week?

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

#147 - Project 10 Pan/Current Empties


I apologise for the shoddy photo quality - there's been no light 
thanks to it raining & being grey all day, best I could do!

Figured I might as well do a little update on the ol' Project 10 Pan, or my current empties as everyone's calling it nowadays.
I used the above products up throughout September & October, did pretty well I think!

Neutrogena Visibly Clear 2-in-1 wash/mask - I mentioned this in my A/W Essentials post and I love it, brilliant for oily skin. There are two backups waiting in my drawer already, so yes I would repurchase.

Beverly Hills Whitening Toothpaste - Bought this in Home Bargain for 99p to use in conjunction with the whitening strips I've been using. Does a brilliant job for the price, I've again repurchased already, would really recommend!

Pearl Drops Hollywood Smile toothpaste - again a whitening toothpaste, bought it on offer to see if it was any good, it was okay. It did whiten but not as much as I thought it would have. I would repurchase but not right now

Bioderma Sebium - A staple in my make up removal process, just makes everything so much easier & means I'm spending less time faffing about when I could be in bed! I buy these in bulk on Ebay, two 250ml bottles for £12 is a steal in my eyes! I'll continue to purchase this for a very long time.

L'Oréal Elvive Triple Resist Leave-In Treatment - despite the mouthful of a name, this is quite a good product. You spray it on your roots and work it down your hair after washing, then blow dry, It makes my hair feel stronger and nourished. I would repurchase again.

V05 Miracle Concentrate - When I first bought this I thought it was a HG item, but then I recieved other similar products, which did the same if not better. So I'd only repurchase once I ran out of my other hair oils and serums, which won't be for a long, long time!

L'Oréal Super Liner Carbon Gloss - Again, another staple in my make up routine. It's my go-to liner, I adore it. My only qualm with it is that if it gets wet at all it just rubs off. I am a contact lense wearer so I have to make sure I put my lenses in before I do my make up. Which isn't that hard, so I would obviously repurchase again, & again

Rimmel Instant Tan in Medium - Another steal from Home Bargain - girls, if you use this stuff, get it from there not Boots, saves you a few quid! I love this product, but I much prefer the waterproof version, just because if you spill a drink or it rains after applying this you look awful, streaky legs galore! So I would buy it again, just in waterproof.

Clearasil Overnight Treatment - Not much to say on this, it worked on spots and redness really well, but not different to any other spot gels or treatments. I personally prefer the Origins Super Spot Remover, so I wouldn't be in any rush to repurchase this.

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer - My HG concealer, I will never use another concealer, I am yet to find anything better, especially for the price! I'll always repurchase this bad boy.







What products have you used up lately?
Are you attempting to us up any excess products you have laying about? :)

Sunday, 28 October 2012

#147 - Lately I've been...

running errands dressed all in blue/double denim | catching up on my magazines, I adore Sophia Vergara | eating far too much Chinese food, and having to take our mains home to eat in bed at midnight | studding my new leather jacket, wasn't a fan of the studs already on it | favouring Model's Own colours for the perfect A/W nail | taking too many photos of the gorgeous sunsets we've been having, I love having a velux window :) | spending my Sunday afternoon in bed watching Studio Ghibli movies | eating too many Angel Slices, damn Sainsburys and your cheap deals | trying to also eat more healthily | lighting all my candles as it gets darker much earlier | picked up my contact lense build up at Specsavers, think they gave me enough solution... | loving 3/4 length sleeve tops, cosy tights & a flowy skirt, ala Miss Deschanel


etc:
- It's my birthday on Thursday, and I'm seriously excited. As I get older I obviously don't get as giddy, but I think it's because this will be the first time in about six months that myself and all of my friends, I mean all of them, will be gathered together. Really can't wait to go out and see everyone!

- I've been recently introduced to The XX, and I can safely say I'm a fool for only just bothering to listen to them. They're currently the band I listen to in the evening/night while I chill out. My favourite song right now is Angels, absolutely gorgeous song.
If anyone has any similar bands to recommend me, let me know! :)



What have you been upto this week? :)

Friday, 26 October 2012

#146 - Autumn/Winter Essentials


I'm definitely no expert on skin/haircare, but I thought I'd stick my two cents in on the matter anyway since Autmn has definitely arrived! There was such a nip in the air when I went out this morning, but it gives me an excuse to don my mittens & super cosy tights. 
These are just what I personally find help me get through the colder months, as my skin & hair attempt to adapt to both the freezing cold weather outside and then the suddent blasting heat inside shops, homes etc.



 
- I much prefer the lotion to the other formula in the tub; I hate having to scrape it out, getting under my nails, warm it in my hands. I feel this applies & sinks into my skin much better than any other moisturiser I've tried so far. Basically it's a brilliant thick moisturiser, perfect!

- A lovely friend gave me a sample of the Liz Earl cleanser to try, & I just did not get on wit it; whether my skin reacted badly to the ingredients or the scent, or whatever, but my skin just got worse. I persevered for three months with it, but sadly it did nothing. When I went back to this my skin cleared up right away, so I am sticking to this. Plus it's a bargain when you use those No7 vouchers, although I heard they're now for a lesser value, sucks if that's true.

- I've used the Neutrogena 2-in-1 on & off for some years now, but when I saw Sammi at Beauty Crush rave about how amazing it is & the wonders it's done for her skin by using it regularly, I decided to give it a proper go. Using it each morning & night, swapping it for Soap & Glory's Scrub Your Nose In It every Wednesday night for a more intense cleanse.
I can safely say this has become a HG item for my skin. I'm combination-oily (but more on the oily side) & this has helped get rid of & keep spots at bay, as well as mattifying my skin; it genuinely looks the best it has in over a year!

- I've used St Ives for about eight years now, my mum's always used it and she has fantastic skin. I always compare other facial scrubs to this and so far they haven't come close as far as I'm concerned.

- Not much to say about Hand Food; it really is a great hand cream, but it was honestly the first one I found. Any decent hand cream will do the trick, as long as it doesn't take too long to sink in; greasy hands are the worst.

- I got this full-sized sample of Monu in a Glossybox a while back and I adore it. It's a thick cream that sinks in so quickly, making my night-time skin routine an absolute doddle. I wake up and my skin looks plump, and healthy. I was hesistant to buy it again once it runs out, but Feelunique have it for just £16 so I may have to pick one up when this runs out, I've had this tube for about six months & it's still going strong despite me using it every night.

- The Tresemme masque & Inecto coconut treatment are absolute saviours for my hair any time of the year, but especially in the A/W. I have fine hair that tends to frizz in humid/changing temperatures so I need something that will help keep it as calm as possible.
I use both once a week to keep my hair looking remotely sleek & make it look quite healthy. Both are relatively cheap too & will last for a while depending on how often they're used.




Hopefully this has interested someone, and if anyone wants any more information on how I've gotten on with a certain product or anything at all, please comment or send me a Tweet :)

Has anyone got any products they always reach for in the colder months? :)

Monday, 22 October 2012

#145 - NOTW

Yep, I am an awful blogger, yadda yadda. Basically life got in the way, and I just didn't find the time to blog over the last month or so. But I have several posts lined up over the next couple of weeks, and a few ideas that I'll build on, see what happens. I've written up a vague "schedule" of when and what I can realistically post. It probably sounds quite lame having done that, but I am such a procrastinator, so f I don't have something like that I just won't end up doing it, and that's no fun is it?

So starting off lightly with a quick NOTW (admittedly from three weeks ago, oops) but this has fast become one of my favourite shades for A/W.


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It's a thick, creamy off white/cement/super pale green shade, opaque in two coats and dried really quickly. 
It lasted on me about four days without chipping at all, and that's with using the OPI Rapidry topcoat - my new found favourite.

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I would apologise for the state my fingers are in in that last photo, but my basket of fucks is empty I'm afraid. I prefer to let it come off itself, which it usually does by the end of the first day.

I'll be back Wednesday with a little updated photo post and some details about what I've been up to, if it's of any interest that is. I've been making cakes and watching lots of Breaking Bad! Oh my god, I love Breaking Bad. and food. Nothing much has changed really.






Sunday, 2 September 2012

#144 - week in photos








finally printed off photos from my holiday in Turkey last year! | Cocktails & nachos outfit downloaded every WWE PPV in '01 & spent this weekend watching them | my mum got mini bottles of ice tea from somewhere | day trip to Ikea! my outfit | Hope playing in children's 
tents | toffee & cinnamon ice cream (admittadly not from Ikea) | Ikea food, amazing!
got round to watching Dexter, I'm hooked | reliving the hilarity that is Green Wing
my Spiderman mug I got free at Odeon; the spider's black but goes red when it's hot
sneaky night out in Popworld


Had quite a lazy week, but somehow I've got a lot done. Spent about five hours in Ikea playing House & hunting down the mirror I've been after; we also might've gotten hot dogs & milkshake after tea for the car ride home...
I've also got a couple of job interviews and some other interesting things in the pipeline for this upcoming week. I'm also going to find a good spot to take some proper outfit photos so I can get back into the swing of doing them :)


What've you been upto lately? :)

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

#143 - NOTD

 Now I must admit I've been naughty with this post, I actually painted these nails over a month ago, even posted a photo on my Twitter I was that proud of them, but never reminded myself to pop them up on here so you can all ooh and ahh over them! (The Models Own Twitter even RT'd my photo, chuffed!)
This is the first time I had tried the old "ombre effect" on my nails (I am also well aware I'm far behind with this trend) but I still think it's too pretty not to share.

I tried my best to capture the true colours but it was really hard and awkward to get it right, but hopefully you get the jist.

For this "ombre effect" I used Essie's Tarte Deco as the base colour, allowed it to dry, then sponged on Models Own's Hedonist on the tips, blending it out to the middle of each nail. I then added Models Own Indian Ocean & Ibiza Mix to add a little more dimension to them.

Overall I'm very chuffed with how they turned out, my favourite nails to do so far. I think I can make them look better on false nails, so I may try that next; would save a lot of time painting them each time I wanna wear them!
I'm going to be experimenting with different colour tones & shades, I really wanna do a purple ombre so that'll probably be up next.


Have you tried the ombre effect on your nails? Any tips on how I can better my technique? :)

Friday, 27 July 2012

#142 - July Empties

Samy 0 Calories Fat Hair Root Lifter - this is a godsend for my thin and generally crap hair. I used to have to wash my hair every other day, and it would drive me mad! I'm so lazy so something as tedious as that would wind me right up. But I gave this a shot a few months ago and haven't looked back since.
It allows me to have the thicker, more voluminous hair I've been wishing of for years! And to only wash my hair once or twice a week is amazing, I love it. Doesn't make my hair look greasy, even after four days it still looks as good as when I first washed it (may sound gross but I am made up!) If you have an oily scalp or thin and lacklustre hair I urge you to try this out. Plus it's on a 2 for 1 offer at Superdrug right now, so you might as well!

Maybelline Express Manicure Top Coat - This is brilliant and my current favourite topcoat. It dries really fast and helps my nail colour last longer than others I've tried. This bottle isn't finished, but it's gotten to that awkward nearly empty gloopy phase, so I've already bought a new'un.

Tresemme Heat Defence spray - not much to say, it does what it's meant to, you get a lot of product for your money and it smells really nice. Have used this for about five years and will continue to do so.

Rimmel Stay Matte Translucent Pressed Powder - I dropped this and it smashed, waah :( Great powder to dust over your finished face, it keeps you looking fresh but not greasy for hours.
I need to buy another as the one I'm using as a replacement isn't as good; makes me feel abit cake-faced... again, waah.

Toni&Guy Firm Hold Hairspray - Got this from Home Bargains for my holiday and it's a decent hairspray, nothing too special but I chose it mainly for its dinky size to chuck in my bag. Do prefer the small Tresemme Lasting Hold hairspray though.

White Glo Whitening Toothpaste - Got this in a Glossybox a few months ago, only a sample size so I didnt notice much of a difference, but I'm tempted to buy the full size from Boots and give it a proper trial. I'm using the Beverly Hills whitening toothpaste right now, which I personally think works better.

Vitamin E Night Cream - Love this night cream, it's really rich but doesn't make my skin too oily, instead it feels soft and nourished. The Superdrug Vitamin E skincare line is really good, the quality is great considering how cheap it is. Will probably buy another tub once I run out of my Re-Gen cream.

John Frieda Luxurious Volume Thickening Blow Dry Lotion - Got this before I'd seen or tried out the Samy one as above; it's ok, feels like it dries my hair out which I don't like, doesn't give as much volume or make my hair much thicker than it normally feels. Doubt I'll get it again as I'm so in love with the Samy range!



What products have you used up this month? Anything worth trying out? :)

Sunday, 22 July 2012

#141 - Week in Photos

Just a few photos over the last two weeks, mainly food but what else would you expect from me!


new H&M jumper& I like my hair colour here | watching Money in The Bank, oggling Punk | sweet chili chicken & mayo, amazing! | my daily tablets :( | finally bought Battle Royale | cheeky salt & pepper chips while watching Come Dine With Me | super strong Margheritas at my aunties! | hot chocolate on the train home from work at 7am | lovely new dress from the gorgeous Katy :) | rewatching The Office US, love Dwight |  why I shouldn't be let loose in Asda! | Heather being too nice to say no to the pushy Benefit lady


Monday, 16 July 2012

#140



Yes, it's been a long, loong time since I graced you with my presence on here.
In all honesty I've gone through some personal issues this past month and just haven't felt inspired to blog or share any part of my life with you lovely lot. I hope you appreciate that I'd rather blog about something I'm interested in rather than seeing it as a chore and only blogging because I feel I have to.

I feel much better now I've had a little break, and I should be able to keeep up blogging at least twice a week; I'm going to keep putting up my Monthly Favourites & Empties posts as they seem to be the most favoured lately, but will be including more nail of the week posts, and I've moved my room around (by myself might I add - call the doctors cos these swans are sick! *flexes*) so there's more space for activities/outfit posts too, I've actually missed doing those!

This is just a quick outfit to keep you all satisfied; edited poorly on Picmonkey I might add, I do apologise in advance!
Top, Skirt - H&M | Feather necklace - SunkenRose | Aztec ring - Topshop
Silver ring - gifted | Nails - Rimmel Lycra Finish in 420 Aqua Cool


I'll be back either tomorrow or Wednesday with a Current Favourites post, along with a sneaky new purchase I made over the weekend; I splashed out and treated myself to something I've been eyeing up for months, so I'm excited to try it out!

Please link me to any of your current favourites posts or videos, I love seeing what other people can't stop using :)

Saturday, 2 June 2012

#139 - May Favourites

I think this is the earliest I've posted my favourites, go me! I have quite a few items this month but I've grouped them up to make it an easier read!

 
 Nails 

These are the three main colours I've been reaching for this month, a nice mix of pastel and more neon shades. Mermaid's Tears is a lovely sea green, it's my perfect green and is so easy to apply and dries fast.
I am yet to brave wearing Models Own Hedonist on my nails, but I may use it as an accent nail when I next use Fuzzy Peach, might be a nice combo. Ceramic Blue is a gorgeous pale blue with shots of metallic blue/purple shot through it, It's opaque in two coats and with a top coat lasts on my for about six days with minimal tip wear.
Face
Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation in Ivory | St Ives Invigorating scrub
Nivea Oil Free moisturiser | Beverly Hills whitening toothpaste

I was using the Bourjoid 123 Perfect foundation, but since the weather's perked up a little (I type this looking out my window at a dreary sky threatening to rain, ha!) I went back to this as the formula's much lighter, and it smells soo good! The colours a limited but this is the lightest shade and it's fine on me.
St Ives scrub has been an essential in my routine for at least seven years now, it's my favourite scrub ever. I use this three times a week to give my face a really good clean; I love using it after a 10hr shift in work, really makes my skin feel amazing.
This is my go-to moisturiser, not much to say but it is brilliant for oily/combination skin, I am yet to find a better one, and at such a good price.
I got this in Home Bargain for 99p! a month ago, as I'm still on the quest for whiter teeth. This really does work, I use it twice a day and it has definitely improved the colour.
 Hair
Berber Hair Oil | Pure Coconut Hair Repair | Charles Worthington No Frizz Serum

This is my favourite product from the Birthday Glossybox, it really is brilliant at conditioning my hair, stopping frizz and reducing drying time when I blowdry my hair. I got this coconut treatment again in trust Home Bargain (seriously, look there for hair products before Boots/Superdrug, they're ridiculously cheap!) and have been using it on the ends of my hair twice a week, leaving it on for ten minutes. It makes my hair softer, smoother and easier to style. The serum doesn't need much said, it does its job brlliantly, tames my flyaways and gives my hair extra shine.


 

 Misc.
Garnier Summerbody Gradual Tan in Deep | Flowerbomb by Viktor & Rolf

I really dislike using fake tans, so this is perfect for me. I apply it after every shower and it gives me a really deep but natural looking tan. A friend commented on it last week, thinking I had been abroad, back of the net! It doesn't go streaky, the smell is pleasant, and it doesn't wash off if you get your skin wet. It's currently oart of the 3 for 2 at Boots too so I'd suggest you give it a go!
This has been my favourite perfume since I bought it on the plane to Turkey last June; it's strong but not overpowering, gorgesouly and fruity/floral. Whenever I smell it, I'm instantly taken back to my holiday last year, which makes me really happy. I'm pretty bad at descrbing perfumes, but give it a whiff you won't be disappointed!



What are your favourites this month? Any posts/videos please leave me a link! :)

Thursday, 24 May 2012

#138 - NOTW


I adore this combination, and I love the formula of the Maybelline varnish; it's opaque in two coats, dried relatively fast and really does last for days without chipping. I've had this on for four days now, with a top coat and I only have a tiny bit of tip wear. I would really recommend having a look at this range if you haven't already, thye have some really lovely pastel shades in, and it's 3 for 2 in Boots at the moment!
The Ibiza Mix is a little harder to apply, purely because there's much more clear varnish than there is glitter if that makes sense? So it takes a little while to build it up. but if you have a bit of time spare it is worth it. I think next week I'll be tyring out hedonist underneath Ibiza Mix, it might tone the neon shade down a smidge?


What are you wearing on your nails atm? Are you all for pastels, or neons, or both? :)

Thursday, 17 May 2012

#137 - May Project 10 Pan


Now before I get any comments telling me I've miscounted, I knooow there's only eight items in the photo below, but in just the past few months I've used up loads of products, so I don't feel the need to choose ten each month, just however many I feel I can do.
These posts always seem to be the most popular when I peek at my stats, which I'm really glad about as it gives me a small (and sad) sense of pride doing them each month!
I know I'm very late on this one, but I completely forgot to post this earlier, it's been sat in my drafts for weeks, sorry guys!


John Frieda/Superdrug hair conditioners - I have about four of these sat in my drawers from the times I've dyed my hair at home. I do like these conditioners, they do their job very well, I just like others much better. I will use up at least two tubes though, I've nearly finished the white one so I should do it.

ELF Cream Eyeliner - Again, I really like this product, but I find liquid liners easier to use, simply because if I make a mistake with liquid, it's easy enough to amend, but it's much harder to remove and reapply this on my lid, and I don't like being too heavy-handed on my eyes. I think I'll use it up on days/nights when I can take my time applying my makeup.

Next Pink perfume - I got this in a set at Christmas and I love the smell, it's floral and fresh without being too heavy on the ol' nostrils. Again I put in the a drawer in favour of Flowerbomb and Naughty Alice, how naughty of me! It's a great Summer scent though, and I'll probably take it to Cornwall with me.

TBS Grapefruit Body Butter - I've had this a while and I do like it, it's very moisturising and sinks in relatively quickly, but the smell lingers longer than I'd like. I'll be using this before bed to nourish my legs.

S&G Flake Away - I love this scrub, but I currently have this tub which is half full, and another huge tub untouched! So I'm using it every other shower to get my body (mainly legs) beach-ready. But this scrub is bloody brilliant!

Lush Cynthia Sylvia Stout - This is a great clarifying shampoo that contains stout beer, so your hair is much more shiny and it adds weight and volume to finer hair.

Rimmel Clear Complexion powder in transparent - Nothing much to say about this, it's just what i use to set my makeup, but I realised I have two half-used, so I need to use up one because it's driving me bananas! But it does the job, think it was either £4-5 so it doesn't break the bank either.


What products are you trying to use up this month?

Monday, 14 May 2012

#136 - Current Empties


Due to deadlines and other ridiculous things that have gone on in my life over the last couple of week, I completely forgot to do an April Empties, and I've used up a couple of these over the last fortnight, so figured I might aswell just combine them into one post, much easier(lazier)

Tresemme Salon Finish Extra Hold hairspray - I bought this on a 2 for 1 thingy a few months back as I always like to keep hairspray in my bag for any sneaky little flyaways that may happen when I'm mincing about outside the house. This is probably my favourite hairspray, it was long lasting without making my hair feel crispy and wasn't sticky. I'm currently using a mini Toni & Guy hairspray from Home Bargains which is pretty good but I'll be keeping my eye out for this on an offer, snap it up again in no time!

S&G The Daily Smooth body butter - I bought this in a pack of three body butters last year, this one is my least favourite of the three. Butter Up was my favourite, it smels like orange and blueberries and was amazing at moisturising my skin and it kept it feeling smooth, so that got used up quicksmart! I still have half a tub of The Righteous Butter to use, which I do really like. I'm not keen on the smell of this, a little too perfumey for my taste, and it left my skin feeling slightly greasy.

Lee Stafford Hair Growth Treatment - I love this stuff and love how strong and healthy it makes my hair feel, but I don't use it as often as I should, purely because I hate waiting around for it to do it's thang for five minutes. But now that I've finished uni (yay!) I can justify slapping this on post-shampoo, and whacking a warm towel on top and leaving it on for about ten minutes. I also have the shampoo and conditioner from the Hair Growth line, so will be using all three in conjunction to see if it'll kick my hair into growing a bit more!

Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection concealer in Fair - Not much to add about this concealer as every blogger seems to adore it. It's bloody brilliant stuff and if you haven't already tried it, get to Boots pronto! My only gripe is that the writing comes off the tube so quickly; I've had my new tube only a week and it's all come off. It's the only negative about it so can't really complain too much though.

Aussie Luciously Light 3MM Frizz Remedy - What a mouthful of a name. What can I say, I love Aussie with all my heart, I've been using their products (namely conditioners) for years and will continue to do so. Their 3MM are amazing, this one especially is brilliant for frizzy or static-prone hair. I tend to leave it on for about ten minutes, and it smells yummy!

Bourjois 10Hr Sleep Effect foundation - Despite this having the same label trouble as the Collection 2000 concealer, it's a brilliant foundation, one I used all last Summer when my skin was lovely and clear, and when I get it back into shape I will be repurchasing this beaut.

Rimmel 25Hr Lasting Finish foundation - This was my Winter foundation a few months ago, and I love the finish it gave when using the infamous ELF Powder brush, very flawless. I do feel it oxidised slightly when on my skin, but I was very pale over Winter so I'm not focusing on that point too much. Excellent if you want a medium to heavy coverage as it's very buildable.

17 Fast Finish nail varnish in Catwalk Couture - Love this formula, one coat dried in 60 seconds, though I tend to use two coats just for utimate opacity. The colour is gorgeous, very bright turquoise, perfect for Summer. Will have to repurchase asap!


I also couldn't resist sneaking in a quick photo from today; I caved and now am amongst the many other bloggers who own the Zara messenger bag. I have it in dove grey, it's gorgeous!




If you have done an empties post/video please leave me the link, I love seeing other people's empties, is that sad? :')

Sunday, 6 May 2012

#135 - Week in Photos



Nandos lunch date with Hope - officially an Alohaian(?) - new nail varnishes I didn't need (detailed post soon!) - favourite thing to snack on - a £2 coin with Darwin & a monkey on it - new top for Heather's bday shindig on Thursday - traditional BK with Stacey - Baa Bar quiz night with Hope; too much juice - Boots purchases bought with points, win! - favourite dress atm - Jamaican chicken barm, nom! - April Glossy Box


I had a bit of a bad night last night, I came out of the station to walk to work when some horrible "men" took my hat and wouldn't give me it back unless I gave them money, and started shouting horrible, obscene things at me. So I pretty much legged it to work, but they followed me, continuing their vulgar shouting, including calling me a slut and shouting that I should go kill myself.
Got to work in tears and couldn't stop shaking, but the guys I work with are so nice and understanding they told me to go home as I wasn't fit to stay. 
My mum picked me up, we got some comfort food (in the shape of a Dominos) and I sat up in my room for the remainder fo the night, watching Jersey Shore in an attempt to take my mind off it. 
Now bear in mind I had done nothing to provoke these horrible excuses for men, they probably thought it would be funny to ruin a stranger's night and may not even remember their actions today (the football was on in pubs so there's a good chance they'd been drinking) but I doubt they'll realise they absolutely terrified and upset me to the point that I was unfit to work.
I'm not writing this so I get a pity party or anything, I just don't understand what goes through someone's head that makes them think it's a good idea to harrass someone like that.
I seriously believe in karma and they'll get what's coming to them.

But on a slightly lighter note, I start the gym tomorrow and I'm seriously excited. I'm not looking to lose weight or anything, it's hard enough for me to gain it! I simply want to get fit and healthy again, tone up my tummy and legs and get my flexibility back. The gym I've joined has loads of classes everyday, so I'm planning on going to spin classes, kick boxing and maybe the odd Zumba class.


Are you doing anything fun over the bank holiday? :)

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

#134 - mini haul

 Just a couple of little bits I picked up whilst exchanging some jeggings in Primark - has anyone else noticed that their jeggings sizes are really odd as of late? I picked up a size 8 in black and a size 6 in blue, the size 6 were bigger than the 8! It might just be my Primark with a dodgy batch, but it really annoyed me. Thankfully managed to swap both pairs for a size 10, so my legs are no longer being strangled.

(also apologies if the photos look a tad overexposed, I tried to fix it in PS but had no such luck)

I ran out of my current foundation (Rimmel Lasting Finish 25 Hr) and saw this as the perfect opportunity to try out the new Bourjois one. Boots currently have it on offer for just £6.99 so it's a steal. I have only tried it out this morning, but I really like it. It covers all red marks, the coverage is about medium but buildable, smells lovely and the colour is perfect for me, which with only five or six shades to choose from, is something I was a little weary about.

I have actually finished my first bottle of Catwalk Couture as I've worn it non-stop the last few months; as it's Fast Finish it is really quick drying, only needing one coat for it to be opaque.

I got Pink Lemonade purely because I thuoght I would be a cute pastel shade for the Summer.
I picked up a floral/Hawaiian top for just £6 as I needed another top to wear in work, this is perfect.
I saw these dresses on Emily's blog, and knew I had to get at least one. so I got two... to be honest I would have gotten three if my local Primark had had the blue one in stock, maybe next time, at £6 a pop I can afford to look slightly mental buying the same dress three times :P
They do come up a little short though, so I may go back and swap them for a size 10 if it is longer at all. Don't really fancy unkowingly flashing people in the Summer.
I spotted the spotty number (I'm so hilarious) as soon as I minced into the shop, it's my ideal Summer dress - spotty, no sleeves, mid-thigh length and the material's very light and stretchy - all for a tenner, I could not and did not want to put it back down. Jack also really likes it which is always a Brucey bonus!

I'm currently sat in my comfy pants, with a cuppa, attempting to stream a half-decent copy of The Hunger Games before I have my tea. I did go and see it the other week with Hope, it was bloody brilliant and certain scenes were exactly like I imagined when reading the book. Cannot wait for the second one to be released next year.

Monday, 23 April 2012

#133

After seeing every blogger and their dog rave about this face cleanser for the last few months, I did sort of think maybe it was just getting hyped up as Bioderma's so hard to find at a good price in the UK.
But my friend Fran informed me that she found it on Ebay for a really good price, so I went and hunted some down.
I was going to buy the original white and pink bottle, but I saw that Sammi from Beauty Crush featured the Bioderma for combination/oily skin, called Bioderma Sebium H2O. I tracked down a seller that had it for the cheapest price, but she wanted £5 for shipping, from Berkshire :| No way Jose!
I finally found a girl who was selling two of the 250ml bottles for £11, free shipping. Never have I clicked "Buy Now" so fast in my life!

They arrived within three days of purchase, safely packaged and both bottles were sealed up, as you'd expect from any good seller. I can't for the life of me find the girl's Ebay shop, it has somehow disappeared from my History, but if I do find it I will pop a link in somewhere round here!

I was sort of expecting this cleanser to be alright, nothing special, but I think I was wrong. Now I've only been using it for maybe five days now, but I use it after I wash my face both morning and night, and I can already see a huge difference in my skin.
My pores are so much smaller and less noticeable, my chin has been quite bad lately and I've had a horrible breakout, but the Bioderma seems to have shrunk and dried them out, but not left my skin feeling horrible and tight.

 It will take my a good while to get through both bottles, but I hope to see it help clear my skin completely in the long run - may seem a tad optimistic, but I'll hope for the best!
If you are looking to purchase this but haven't got any way of buying it from France (whether it be you're going there on holiday or you know someone that lives there) just search on Ebay, but click the drop down bar by the search bar to clikc "Lowest price first" that way you'll see who's selling it the cheapest and the shipping should be cheap, if not free!

 I'll definitely do an update on this after a month or so, I have high hopes for it as seen above :)


Have you tried Bioderma yet? Or do you think it's just another hyped up product?


Thursday, 12 April 2012

#132

Well this has been a long time coming; an outfit post from me in what I can only assume has been months, slap my wrist! I have today's outfit for you as I came home from Jack's a few hours ago, really liked my attire so thought I may aswell bite the bullet and show you guys :)


Link
Top - Lyzi's blog sale, Skirt - H&M, Belt - New Look, Ring - Topshop
Necklace - H&M, Various bracelets, Nails - Models Own Disco Mix

I bought this anchor top from blog sale lovely Lyzi was holding a good few months ago for a bargainous price. I already have a dress in similar material, but I saw it in top form and had to have it. Why I've only just gotten round to posting about it I really don't know, as I wear it a lot, so comfy and cute!
I'm also slightly in love with the ring and necklace I'm wearing. I love the aztec trend especially in jewellery, and I couldn't resist this stag head necklace, especially for just £3.99!
I also don't know why I look rather tanned in some photos and then whiter than white in others; I blame the blasted clouds! I know I'm not the only one who wishes is was just lovely and sunny all the time instead of being a mixed bag!

Monday, 9 April 2012

#131 - April Project 10 Pan

I know I haven't been doing any outfit posts recently, but I promise you I do still have a face!
I have just been so busy with my new(ish) job and then catching up on my beloved sleep.
I have been working as a Cocktail Waitress at an awesome Hawaiian/Tiki bar in town called Aloha. It is the definition of Tiki, and I bloody love it! It's really, really hard work but so worth it :)



S&G's The Daily Smooth - I have had this for just under a year now and have about half left. I found myself reaching for it this past week so figured I might as well finish it off! It has a lovely smell and it works really well at moisturising particularly dry skin.

S&G's hair Supply (travel size) - Let me just say I am not a fan of this product. I don't feel it nourishes my hair as much as other hair conditioners, even when I've left it on for 10 mins. It makes my hair feel greasy after washing, so I hid it for as long as I could. But with my drawers looking pretty full again I might as well just use it on days I'm not doing much and don't need my hair to look its best. So perfect for coursework days when I'm stuck at my desk going mad!

Original Source Tea Tree & Mint shampoo - I used to use this everytime I washed my hair for about three years, until I tried the Loreal Elvive Triple Resist range and have been using that every single time. But this bad boy smells amazing, so fresh and revitalising. It makes my hair feel and look so clean and I feel when I use it I have to wash my hair less often. Always a winner in my eyes!

Collection 2000 Cream Puff Lip Cream in Fairy Cake? - I'm unsure of the colour name as the label peeled off when I was removing those stupid security stickers Superdrug put on everything; I bloody hate those things, bane of my life!
But even though I love this colour and how it looks on me, I don't wear this often enough, so I'm determined to use it more this month, even though we're destined to have typical April weather.

Lush Tea Tree Water - I was recommended this by someone with similar skin to my own (combination/oily) and was an eager beaver to give it a try, but it didn't wow me. It did refine my pores and help get rid of spots quicker, so I feel if I use it up then I can make a more accurate decision on whether I like it or not.

Tresemme Naturals shampoo - Bought this last year for my holiday and only used half of it, shoved it in a drawer and left it alone. It did really well in cleaning and strengthening my hair (which is what it claims to do!) so i enjoyed using it, but I do like trying out different products.

TBS lip balm in wild cherry - This smells amazing, I love cherry scented things, which is probably what drew me into buying this pot of pointless but lovely smelling stuff. It does not do much for my lips the same way Carmex does, but it does moisturise them well enough. I have half left so I may as well use it, if only for the smell, nom!

Various Montagne Jeunesse face masks - I have about eight or nine of these hidden about in my room, as I tend to spot new ones in my local Home Bargains, buy a handful and then use one and forget about the rest. They are really good, especially for the price (they're no more than £1.50 in Home Bargain) and leave my skin lovely and smooth, so I'll be cracking out a cheeky pamper night more often during April!


What products are you trying to use up in April?
Any blog posts please leave me a link as I love reading posts like this :)

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

#130 - March Empties

Quite a fair amount of empty products from March, a few that I mentioned in my latest Project 10 Pan post, but some others I found lurking in my drawer that I wanted to use up before buying an alternative.


Sudocrem - Cannot fault this product, it's brilliant for spots, rashes, marks previous spots have left, just any general irritations your skin may have. I love they brought out this handy tube sometime last year, soo much easier than the tubs as I can have it in my bag when I'm travelling.

Lush's Mask of Magnaminty - I bought this about three months ago on the recommendation of the lovely shop assistant as I was after a mask that would help reduce the oil on my face, clear my skin up in general and sort out the dreaded pores on my nose. I love this mask, I'm going to repurchase it when I'm next out. I use it two times a week, maybe more if my skin needs it, and it deeply cleanses my skin leaving it feeling refreshed and squeaky clean, but not tight. The ground Aduki beans and Evening Primrose seeds allow for a gentle but effective exfoliation, reducing the amount of time you need to spend washing your face!
If you have oily/combination skin please try it, you won't be disappointed! And it lasts for ages as it doesn't need to be kept in the fridge.

Palmer's Cocoa Butter lip balm - A basic I picked up in one of Boot's 3 for 2 offers a while ago, but it's actually switched me from my beloved Carmex, to this sneaky sod. It's really moisturising, smells amazing and it heals and stops my lips from being chapped and horrible.

S&G's The Righteous Butter - I've already raved about this item before so I won't go on, but it's a brilliant moisturiser, really good for dry skin such as elbows, knees and heels.

Tresemme Split Remedy Hair Intense Recovery Masque - I bought this on a whim about four months ago when I was looking for a new deep treatment and spotted this was buy one get one free. Now I'm under no illusions and do not think this will repair my split ends; the only thing for that is a good chop! But this makes my hair so soft, so manageable, easier to style, and it makes my split ends less noticable which is a big plus. I tend to wash my hair and cover it in this, stick my hair turban on and leave it in for about an hour, so my hair can really soak it up. Another alternative is I coat my hair in this the night before I wash it and leave it in over night. You wash it the next day and have amazing feeling/looking hair. It's not too expensive either, worth a try!

Loreal Super Liner Carbon Gloss - I think every blogger and their cat uses this liner! But it is my favourite one yet, super black without having to layer it up, quick drying and the nib is the easiest one I've used so far. my only gripe is that it's not very water-proof, so if your eyes water in the wind or you have hayfever, this won't necessarily last long. But I think having a primer underneath helps its longevity.
I'm going to try out the S&G liquid liner next, as I love their kohl liner already!

Aussie 3MM Frizz Remedy - An old faithful, the Aussie 3MM's are something I always have in my drawer but don't always reach for, but when I do I always wonder why I leave them alone so much. It is fantastic and makes my hair really soft and lovely, makes me want to swish my hair around like one of those ridiculous TV ads!

S&G Scrub Em & Leave Em - I hate to end the post on a negative, but I do not like this scrub. I got it as part of a set at Christmas, and was looking forward to trying it out as I've been in love with S&G's Flake Away for over two years now. But this did not exfoliate my skin that well, it was hard to rinse off and it left my skin feeling sticky, like there was a thin film covering it. I'm disappointed as this is the only S&G product I've tried and disliked. But I'm happy I finished it off as I wasn't prepared to just chuck it out, I'm pretty stubborn like that.


What products have you used up this Month? Any gems I should try out for April? :)