Sunday, 19 October 2014

Review: No7 Lash Impact Mascara

I've had a love affair with many mascaras in my time. I've flitted and flirted with many, and this year I decided to give the No.7 Lash Impact a try.

Why this mascara I hear you ask? Because it's in a red sparkly tube, duh! Plus it was on offer.

I was sceptical to begin with, however I've found that I actually really like it. Proof that love can happen when you least it expect it.

The brush is right up my street. Nothing fancy, no weird shape just big, fat bristles. It goes onto my lashes easily and coats every last lash.

I've found it doesn't smudge. gives me nice volume and length, and I really like it. I find that it doesn't give me clumpy spiders legs, rather accentuates what I already have.

Will I be repurchasing? Only time will tell!

Have you tried this?

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Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Lessons you learn after leaving further education

I'm now into my second year as a working person (I say person, as I definitely don't feel like an adult) and thought I'd share my thoughts (you could even call them life lessons) with you, on life after further education.

A weekend with no plans is actual bliss. Loud clubs, late nights and poorly heads VS well rested and binge watching Gilmore Girls = No competition. Plus the occasional night out you go on will either be a) more fun as you haven't done it in a while or b) a reminder you how great your life and bank balance is now you've stopped going out every week/night.

Nobody actually cares what you do/say/wear! They're too busy thinking about themselves. (To be honest, this still counts at uni too.) What counts now is how you act! If you're hard working and dedicated, no one will care if you have your hair scraped up and no make-up on.

Building up a savings is hard, but you should always try and save as much as you can each month.

Reading is actually really fun, when it's not forced.

A 10am lecture is not early. Starting work at 7am is. Speaking of which, there are two 7 o'clocks in a day, just F.Y.I.

Having lots of Facebook friends doesn't mean you have lots of friends.  Culling my friends list was the most cathartic thing I've done. A good rule of thumb is, if you don't recognise anybody in a picture, delete them.

You don't know how lucky you are with all the free time you get. One, three hour lecture a day is nothing; try an 8 hour day with an hour long commute, five days a week. However you do get a sense of pride for actually doing something with your time.

You'll realise that missing an episode of TV is not life or death! You may even find you don't have time for TV, and don't even miss it.

Your first job may not be your dream job, but take what you can! It's tough at the moment and any source of income is important. You can always apply for other things after.

There's more to life than make-up, hair, clothes and shoes! (Who knew!) 

The real world isn't that bad!

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Saturday, 11 October 2014

The perfeft night in

With the nights and mornings slowly closing in on us, this is the perfect time of year to hunker down and start getting reacquainted with our homes and beds (like I need another excuse.) Therefor today I bring you, the perfect night in.

There is no better feeling than coming home, shutting the door to the world (and the cold) knowing that you don't have step foot out of it again until the next day (or more if you're lucky!) Kicking off your heels, or footwear of choice, wiggling off your bra from under the top your wearing and undoing the button on your trousers or skirt, you can finally allow yourself to breathe.

Off to the bedroom you go to swap your constricting garments to ones that allow you to snuggle down and let things flow. The more colourful and fluffy the better.

Here's where you have a choice, do you get down and cosy in your nice warm bed, or take the food you've just brought home with you (that nice big greasy take away) back to the lounge, where you can lie freely and watch crappy TV. 
Life's full of tough decisions.

After making your choice you begin tucking in to the delicious feast you've got with you. You eat and eat and feel the warm food slowly making its way down; warming you up from the inside out.  Part way through you realise that your eyes are bigger than your belly, but you power through in a Man Vs Food fashion until you cannot move your arm to your mouth once more.

If you chose the to consume your food anywhere other than your bed you now regret this decision as the thought of moving anywhere right now is too difficult to comprehend. You either roll your way to your bed, or decide to snuggle up under a blanket where you are and wait for the food to go down a bit more.

Wherever you are you slowly drift to sleep without realising and wake up half way through which ever TV show you were watching. A quick glance for the remote sees you either turning off the TV or deciding to live with it, before turning over and falling into a peaceful slumber, ready for the next day ahead.

Oh I do love Autumn!

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Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Review: Yes to Cucumbers Sensitive Skin Calming Facial Mask

I love me a good face mask and when I noticed that the Yes To range had hit my local Boots I thought I'd give this guy a go.

This mask is a mud like consistency aimed for soothing and calming sensitive skin. For me that ticked the boxes I was looking for that day. I didn't want anything too harsh and wanted something that would calm down my spots and reduce my blemishes.

Spots wise, it's no miracle worker, though I do see them reducing slightly after using. Soothing wise I find it great. I like to take a good scoop (a bit of a negative to me as I don't really like scooping out products!) and slather it all over my face.

After a couple of laughs from family members and once I feel its dried a bit I wash it off and notice my skin is feeling a lot softer and any redness has gone down.

It's not the best mask I've ever used, but it's fairly priced and nice to use! If your budget is a bit restricted it's definitely worth giving a go.

Have you tried this? What do you think?


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Tuesday, 30 September 2014

The Lazy Girl Skincare Routine

I've become pretty lazy with my skincare routine. 

My mask a week is more like a mask a month, and I find myself drawn to my bed more than I am drawn to the sink. But I still want my skin to look presentable. (I know, I ask a lot.) So here I present to you my lazy girl skin care routine.

In the morning I want little to come between my bed and me, so I can get up and ready in about 15 minutes. I've mentioned before that I no longer wear make-up in the week, which helps, but my simple streamlined skincare also really helps.
To wash off the nights grime and get me feeling ready for the day I use the Origins Make A Difference Cleanser which I really love. I then dry my face off and then apply the Origins OverNight Mask with a drop of the B. Oil.

Most days I do try to do a full evening routine, but if I'm barely keeping my eyes open the Avene Cleanace K. This stuff rocks. It's an exfoliating and hydrating hyrbid that leaves my skin looking clearer and brighter come the morning. 
You're welcome for the extra sleep you're going to get now.

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Friday, 29 August 2014

Fiction Friday: Books I've Read This Month

Last week I headed down to Devon with my family for a lovely week of R&R. Whilst I was away I managed to get through a few books and thought I'd share them with.

Before We Met - Now I had started reading this book before I went away, and to be honest I just couldn't get into it. I found it quite slow to take off and the story line quite easy to guess (I guessed it at least.) The story follows the life of a woman called Hannah and her marriage to a man named Mark. I would say it probably falls under the thriller category, but it just didn't hook me like others.

Anna and the French Kiss - For this book I went back to the good old young adult classic. It was a really easy read and I devoured it in one afternoon. Anna is sent to boarding school in Paris and the story follows her life whilst she's living there. Expect love and friendships and a nice feel good book. 

Sleep Tight - This book was definitely my favourite of the lot I read. Again I raced through it in an afternoon as I had to know what happened. It had the same kind of suspense of 'Before I Go To Sleep'. It follows the story of a woman called Olivia alongside many other characters, who I'm lead to believe also carry on in other books. Now this book left me gasping and excited from all the twists and turns and I definitely did not guess what had happened. A very good read.

What have you read this month?