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Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Skincare: Favourite Budget Buys

Over the last couple of months I've been really good and have actually been using what I already have, rather than buying new things. I know, it's a novel concept purely driven by the fact Jan/Feb were very tight months.

In that time I've used products that I couldn't wait to get to the end of, and found products that made me think, ah, maybe I don't need to drop £50 for a can basically filled with water to spritz on my face. Here are three of the products I've used that are budget friendly, and actually good!

Good Things Manuka Honey Creamy Cleanser - This has been the only cleanser I've been using since I left my Origins cleanser in a Travel Lodge in London back in November (sob!) It's a nice mixture of thick without being to heavy and light whilst still being moisturising. It smells lovely, which we all know is important and is a pleasure to use. A good morning and evening cleanser.

Clearasil Superfruits Refreshing Pads - Caroline Hirons recommended these so of course they're going to be good. I think they're around a fiver and they're the only acid toner I plan on using again. So cheap, so easy to use and I love that they're their own little pads. My skin looks brighter and clearer and loves using it. Twice a day is too much, but once in the evening is perfect.

Garnier Micellar Water - Stop buying Bioderma immediately. This is just the same (or I imagine so, I've never tried Bioderma) and you can get Boots Points with it. It removes every trace of make-up, is gentle on the skin, and well it's a cleansing water and I don't know what else to say about it. Just that it's cheap!

What are your budget skincare faves?

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Friday, 27 March 2015

It is a truth universally acknowledged that....

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The day you actually take time over your hair will be the day it pours down with rain and you forget your umbrella.

Doctors, Dentists and Hairdressers will all be running seriously behind schedule except for the one day you're slightly late.

The person on the street who wants you to stop for only a minute will keep you there for at least ten.

Putting your spare change in a charity collection box will make you feel 100x better about yourself.

There will always be two men in your life who will be there for you whenever; their names are Ben and Jerry.

The comfiest looking shoes are the ones that will give you a million blisters.

You often only buy magazines for the freebies.

For at least an hour after watching a YouTube video you'll narrate your life to yourself.

The one day you forget to do something at work is the day your boss (and their boss) ask to see it.

There is always one nail that takes longer to dry then others and ends up smudging all over your fingers, bed clothes and life.

As soon as you figure out what all the 'cool' lingo actually means, it won't be cool anymore.

Same goes for fashion trends, as soon as you decide you actually want a pair of flared jeans they will no longer be 'on trend'.

The one day you take your sunglasses out of your handbag will be the hottest day of the year so far and you'll be constantly squinting and cursing the extra lipstick you traded the sunglasses space for.

 On the day you leave the office early to get to an appointment there will be five cars broken down, 3 old ladies taking an hour to cross the road and an escaped deer from the local animal reservation.

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Tuesday, 24 March 2015

What do we really like, and what do others make us think we like?

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I was recently watching an episode of Gilmore Girls and Lorelai was questioning whether she truly liked certain things, or whether it was just to rebel against her mother, and that got me thinking; what do I actually like, and do I just think I should like?

I've never been one of the 'popular' people in life, I've always been the type of person who looked in from the sidelines. I remember at school how I felt the need to bring my P.E kit in a Jane Norman carrier bag as that's what everyone else was doing. Forget the fact it would've been far more practical to get an actual bag that closed (how many times did you lose your socks as they fell out the bag huh?) and I always judged what I should wear to school by what others were wearing. There were certain types of trousers, skirts, jumpers etc that people wore and of course I didn't want to stand out, be different. 

I realise now that it was stupid, but it's how it was, and to be honest, kind of how it still is. However, now I find myself questioning things, and whether I actually like them or just think I should. 

Exhibit A) Clothes - so many clothes I want are because I've seen others wearing them. When I buy clothes I try to picture other people wearing them, see if they're on trend etc. Do I actually like the clothes or do I think others will like them?

Exhibit B) Travel - I've never thought much about travelling but since I see all these other bloggers posting their luxurious holidays it makes me think about going to new and exotic places too. Though, no one has sold me on Thailand yet, and I definitely still don't want to go hostel hopping.

Exhibit C) Blog Posts - This is the trickiest one. People always say write want you would want to read, however it's so difficult to also keep originality. Or at leas I think that. There are so many bloggers whose style I admire, but do I admire them because I like their style or because so many others do?

I also find myself questioning, would I still be like this if social media didn't exist? It's so easy to see the highlights of people's lives and want to live it yourself. Yes I realise people only share what they want others to see, but it's hard not to think that people have their lives so much more perfect than my own. (Don't get me wrong I love my life, it's great and I'm extremely happy, I'm being overly dramatic.) It's easy to follow these bloggers, vloggers and celebrities and see what they get up to, what they wear, where they go etc and want to emulate it yourself, but what if we couldn't see that? 

I'm still undecided on how I feel about all this, but I think the fact I'm questioning this is the start of something. Hopefully one day I'll be able to find the balance, and when I do, well, I expect you'll get another random blog post that doesn't make sense.

Lucky you.

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Friday, 20 March 2015

17 things you learn when you work from home

 I'm now extremely lucky in the sense that I'm now able to work from home. Whilst I think my car misses all the one on one time we used to share together I'm totally loving it, so I thought I'd share some of my thoughts on what life is like when you do actually work from home.

1) You'll begin to forget the last time you washed your hair.

-2) If you don't remind yourself to go outside you can not leave the house for days.

3) Days of the week all merge into one and it's only until others are in the house too that your realise it's the weekend.

4) You feel guilty not replying to emails at 8 o'clock at night 'cause you're already in bed.

5) Your new uniform will consist of leggings that haven't been washed for a few weeks and a hoodie that's three sizes too big for you.

6) Social media becomes your new best friend as there is always someone there to interact with.

7) Getting out of bed is even more difficult in the morning as you know you could actually stay there, but you also know you really shouldn't.

8) Procrastination becomes your second job.

9) You become weirdly obsessed with your neighbours and their coming and going.

10) If you have a pet, you will find yourself having numerous conversations with them each day.

11) When you do have to leave the house (ew) you spend a lot of time doing your hair and make-up because you can't remember the last time you did it, or remember what it's like to look at your face and not see dark circles and spots with freshly washed hair.

12) You'll sit down and try to find something to watch on TV on your lunch and then find yourself having your lunch at the same time each day to keep up to date with the series.

13) You feel sad when you think you've finished all your work for the day and can go enjoy Netflix when an email pops into your inbox.

14) Shoes feel like torture as they're not cosy slippers or fluffy socks and they're not being supported by soft carpet. Damn you pavement.

15)  Your food supplies will go down a lot faster.

16) Sometimes you'll find yourself singing out loud just to hear sounds, and it'll often be something weird like the theme tune to Bob the Builder.

17) You'll never want to leave the house again.

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Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Postcard From: Paris

It's happened, I've been bitten by the Wanderlust bug. I have a list as long as my body of places I'd now like to visit, but as I've got car insurance to save for first, I thought I'd show you a few lots of my pictures from when I went to Paris at the end of November last year, and hopefully begin a new series of 'Postcard From' on my blog.

We went: Paris (22/11-25/11/14)

Our hotel was pretty nice actually. It wasn't too expensive and was just a short walk from the Arc De Triomphe and an even shorter walk from a Sephora. It was close to a metro stop, and the next stop along was a main station which meant travelling was easy. Staff were pleasant and friendly, the only thing I'd say is, don't bother having breakfast there, it's not worth the price.

We got there via the Eurostar, which was a first for me, however I can't believe how simple it was. I'd maybe look into getting a taxi to/from your hotel if you've got a lot of bags as trying to get the Metro with a tonne of bags is stressful. 

We found: 

1) There is hardly any supermarkets (that we could find), but tonnes of pharmacies. Great for stocking up on French skincare, not so great if you want some food.

2) You probably only need one 'carnet' ticket between two of you. We thought they'd be like an oyster card so asked for two and ended up with lots of Metro tickets. Just don't try to leave zone 2 with them, they won't work.

3) You can pretty much do all the main sites just by walking. On our first day we walked from the Arc De Triomphe to the Eiffel Tour, to Tour Montparnasse to Jardin du Luxemburg to Notre Dame, to the Pantheon with other sites thrown in along the way.

I really think that Paris may be one of my favourite cities, and I wouldn't hesitate to go back.

We finished our trip at the most magical place ever, but maybe I'll save that for a different post.

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Friday, 23 January 2015

Ten thoughts I have whilst running

Last July I began a whole new health and fitness journey (which you can read about here) and in October I began running. Now I've found that I actually like running and tend to go out around three times a week. Here I'd thought I'd share with you the ten thoughts that tend to circle my mind each time I head out the door.

1) Come on, you can do this. This is going to be great.

2) Wow, I must've been running for ages now, surely I'm nearly finished. Wait, it's only been 3 minutes?

3) *Going downhill* Wow, this is quite easy actually, yeah this is fun, I can run for miles.

4) *Going uphill* Oh fresh hell what is this? How does anyone do this? 

5) Just think of how toned your bum will be at the end. Yes all the flab will be gone and you'll be left looking like Kim K. Think of the booty Laura.

6) I swear that snail was behind me a minute ago...

7) You're still going faster than everyone sitting on the sofa. Oh the sofa, how I wish I was there, with cake, watching Friends. Run faster Laura, your sofa needs you.

8) I'm nearly finished, yes! So close, maybe I should speed up a bit. 

9) Wow, where has all this energy come from? I may as well try and go a bit farther.

10) PB, yes! I love running! I can do anything. I am SuperWoman.

All the endorphins. 

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