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Thursday, 30 June 2011

Operation: Get My Skin Back On Track

Hellooo.
I don't remember if I mentioned it before or not, but recently I've been having a bit of trouble with my skin. I don't usually get spots on my face luckily, and if I do it's usually one odd one every couple of months. But oh no, not recently. Over the past two months or so, I've had a collection of little spots just above the bridge on my nose - on my forehead between my eyes. They're not particularly obtrusive or big, but it's very annoying because I'm used to having good skin and no-one likes spots, do they? I put it down to exam stress and the awful eating and sleep habits that accompanied it, but it's been a week since I finished exams, and these spots show no sign of leaving my face. So I've taking action. Firstly, I'm going to start drinking much more water and eating healthier - which will be easier when I'm away because my dad's side of the family tend to eat more fruit and veg anyway. Secondly, I've thrown away my face wipes, because they were starting to smell a bit weird, and I don't want that on my face, and bought new ones. Granted, they're the same make, but they're new!  I have also bought new facial cleanser and toner for sensitive skin, to see if perhaps that's the problem. I don't really wear foundation or face make-up like that usually, so I'll make sure I don't use any for the next few weeks.

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I've chosen The Body Shop's Aloe Calming cleanser and toner, and Nivea Visage's Daily Essentials Wipes.
I only bought them today so I can't comment on whether they work, but I'll take them away with me and see if they do the job :)
Do you have any tips for getting rid of spots or preventing them? I would love to know!
xo

Monday, 27 June 2011

"Girls Who Dare To Bare"

Some of you may recognise this title, and, consequently, Integrating Alyse. She came up with the idea of posting girls who have submitted two pictures of themselves - one picture without any make-up on at all, and the second with the make-up they usually wear on.
Yesterday, I was part of it! You can see Alyse's post here.
I think it's a brilliant idea, and it shows just how make-up enhances facial features.

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Now I don't usually wear foundation etc unless I'm going out of an evening, but for the purposes of the with make-up picture I did.
I think it's a brilliant idea to bare all and show your natural face, I find that some people can end up using make-up as a mask, to hide their features as opposed to enhancing them like make-up should be used for.

If you want to be part of Girls Who Dare To Bare, Send Alyse an email at alyse@integratingalyse.com with your before/after pictures. 

PS. Thank you for all your lip balm recommendations, I bought some Blistex Relief Cream yesterday and, so far, it seems to be doing a good job, so fingers crossed!
xo

Sunday, 26 June 2011

Book Review: 'Sing You Home' - Jodi Picoult.

There are no spoilers in this novel that you won't find out by reading the book's blurb,  I don't reveal the ending to the novel, and this review mainly contains my interpretation to the characters and my feelings towards them. By reading this review, I'm pretty sure I am NOT spoiling the book.

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'Sing You Home'. A novel about a music therapist - Zoe, her lesbian partner - Vanessa, and her attempt to have control over her frozen embryo's in a trial against her now evangelical Christian ex husband - Max. This, by itself, interested me from the beginning. And as a fan of most of Jodi Picoult's work, as well being a person who is very vocal about gay rights and equality, I snapped this book up not long after it was published. Picoult's ability to create reader's sympathy for characters that could quite easily be portrayed as purely deplorable in the face of controversial situations like medical emancipation and mass school shootings ('My Sister's Keeper' and 'Nineteen Minutes', respectively) make her novels incredibly interesting to read; each time I find myself completely drawn into the stories and find some level of sympathy for almost all the characters.
'Sing You Home', however, is slightly different. Now, as Picoult has an openly gay son, I was aware that this novel may not portray the evangelical Christians as sympathetically as she often portrays her more anatagonistic characters. Even with this in mind, I was quite surprised at just how little sympathy I felt for Max and his family, and I'm sure this is not just down to my hate for homophobia.
Although this is a brilliant novel that I immensely enjoyed, it was missing the sympathy for both camps that I love about Picoult's novels, and although not integral to the book, it was quite odd to read a book of her's that was so one-sided.
If you've read it, what do you think of the novel?

Saturday, 25 June 2011

Weekend Wishlist

01. Topshop Studio Blue Suede Lattice Front Lace Up Wedges, 02. Topshop Kosy Blue Studded Slippers, 03. Topshop Hot Red Strappy Sandals, 04. ASOS Summer Midi Dress with Collar Detail, 05. Topshop Peacock Ring, 06. Topshop Moustache Ring.
 
Can you tell I went on a bit of an online Topshop frenzy? So many beautiful things, but their prices are just really overpriced for what they are.... Apart from those coral sandals. I think I'm going to buy them, they're very nice...
 
Enjoy your weekend!
xo

Friday, 24 June 2011

Lip balms and my poor lips.

Hiiiiiiiii :)
So recently, I've been suffering from super dry, cracked lips. So bad that my lips sometimes bleed. It's Summer, this should not be happening. I'm not sure what's causing it, which makes it worse. I'm slapping on lip balm to try and stop it, but oh no, nothing is helping. I shall show you the lip balms I use:

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A Strawberry Carmex sample I got in a recent magazine (which tastes awesome), Nivea Pearl and Shine Lipcare, Lypsyl, Rose Vaseline.

Now while usually these do me fine, none are currently working for me. The Lypsyl does the best job, but nothing is really stopping it.
So I have two questions:
  1.  Are any of you having the same bother?
  2. Do you have any idea about what I could use instead? 
I'm really at a loss as to what to do, I'm getting quite sick of bleeding lips :(
xo

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Freeeeeeeeeeeedom!!!

I am freeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!! That's it. My last exam (Drama and Theatre Studies) finished at 15:45, and I handed in my leaver's form. That's it. I'm no longer a college student. WAHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.
Yes, I am happy. Ridiculously so. Year 13 just wasn't fun for me, it was too stressful! I enjoyed English Literature (which is helpful, as I plan on doing a degree in it!) but there was just too much stress, and everybody wanted to leave. I do feel slightly at a loss, having no college and no job. What will I do with my summer?!
I plan to, for the next week at least, really just relax and do nothing apart from read some of the excess amount of books I've bought, watch Wimbledon (COME ON MURRAY) and eat my weight in crappy food. And after I get back from visiting family, I shall attempt to find a job! What do you have planned for the summer?

Anyway, this is becoming a bit of a mini essay, so I shall show you some new stuff I've bought over the past week:

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Barry M nail polishes in '312 Indigo', '318 Peach Melba' and '317 Blue Moon'. I've been after these three for ages but couldn't find them!

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Complicit-Nicci French, Afterwards-Rosamund Lupton, One Day-David Nicholls, Men I've Loved Before - Adele Parks.

After reading 'Sister' by Rosamund Lupton - and loving it, I couldn't wait to buy her new book! One Day is a book I've heard so much about, but not yet read. Complicit is just one I liked the look of and I like reading Adele Parks because they're easy to read!

I have about 10 other books I've bought recently, but these are the ones I've bought most recently! I don't read anything particularly highbrow, and I don't like reading snobs - those that read only the most intellectual of books and scoff at anyone who reads anything different. I read because I love it, and I will read what I want regardless of whether or not it's seen as 'highbrow'!

I bought a dress last week too, that I shall show you tomorrow (probably) :)
What have you been reading recently? And do you have any book recommendations?
xo

Friday, 17 June 2011

Harry Potter!

If you're not a Harry Potter fan, sorry!

So, at midnight, the last ever Harry Potter trailer was released. And boy, what a way to end it. The trailer is magnificent. It gave me goosebumps. It made me cry. And after watching it more times than I can count, it still makes me a bit teary.
Harry Potter has been my entire childhood. I must have read the first book when I was about 7, meaning Harry Potter has been a part of my life for over 10 years, over half my lifetime. I am completely obsessed with the films and the books, I think they're fantastic, and I get completely drawn in each time I read or watch one.
I know I'm not alone. Harry Potter is so, so successful, and so many kids have grown up with these absolutely outstanding books in their life.
I don't quite know how I will feel when I've watched the last film. No more books to look forward to*, no more films to watch. I will probably cry a lot when the end credits appear - in fact I'll probably cry throughout the entire film....

*I'm presuming there are no more books, BUT look here, she's got an announcement to make, and a little part of me is wondering if she's publishing a prequel, about the Marauders. Oh I hope so.

I only started this post to put up the trailer, I didn't mean to write a bit of an essay! So I apologise for that. But yes, watch the trailer if you haven't already! And tell me what you think, I'm interested in what other people think!!



xo

Thursday, 16 June 2011

Procrastination and magazines.

Hello! Sorry it's been almost a week (or just over? I do not know!) but as I said in my last post, exam preparation is absolutely killing me. Thank you for all the good luck wishes, they mean a lot!
I had an exam this morning (English Literature) and an exam yesterday afternoon (Sociology). I have two left, Sociology on Monday morning, and Drama Wednesday afternoon. Tricky. Revision is hard, and I'm knackered. I have no idea how either exam went, which is isn't good, I know I didn't do amazing, but we'll have to see. Anybody who did the Gothic Lit exam today, or the Beliefs in Society paper yesterday, what did you think?? I'm quite interested to see how others found it....

Anyway, because of the 2 exams in 24 hours thing, I have taken this evening/night off of revision. And instead, plan to spend it like this:
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Over the past week, I have bought the following magazines: Glamour, InStyle - purely because of the The Body Shop £5 gift card, Empire - because it's a Harry Potter GEEK and I am seriously obsessed with Harry Potter, properly obsessed, and More. I don't know why I bought More...
Anyway, I plan on relaxing all evening with them!

This is just a quick post, I now probably won't be able to post until Wednesday/Thursday time I reckon!

OH AND ALSO, I'm going away for 2 weeks in July - the 3rd-16th, and I won't have PC access, so, should I queue a few posts, and/or have a guest blogger do a post every so often? PS. If you want to do a guest post, let me know!! I don't know the etiquette for these things....

I'm stilling filling up Twitter with my ditterings, so come say hi here! :)
xo

Saturday, 11 June 2011

Apologies in advance and THANK YOU!

Hello :)
So, as I mentioned before, I have my A Level exams in the next two weeks, (more specifically, four exams over seven days, which is sod's law!) I doubt I'll be able to post much, if at all over this time as I, as per usual, left revision to the last minute and now I'm rushing around trying to complete it all. I have my first exam Wednesday, argh it's so close!

Anyway, I bought the new Glamour magazine on Thursday - I managed to bag the last one in a shop, and it was the third shop I had searched too! I was very relieved. I got 'posietint', and I've not had the chance to try it out yet, but hopefully soon I shall - and I'll review it maybe? There may be too many reviews of it around in the near future, I'm not sure. We'll see. Is there anything in particular you'd like me to review?

So yes, I bought Glamour, but I've not yet read it. This is how I'd like to have been spending today:
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And here's how I actually spent it:
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Those notes took me 9 hours over the past two days. Ridiculous!
I cannot wait for the next two weeks to be over, so I can lounge about, waking up in the late morning, wasting my days on Blogger and Tumblr.

Also: I hit 50 followers yesterday, THANK YOU! Thank you to all who comments, reads my ridiculous rambles, and follows me. I didn't expect I'd hit 50 followers so quickly, SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH <3


xo

Thursday, 9 June 2011

Nail Art.

So yesterday afternoon, whilst avoiding revision, I decided to paint my nails a little bit differently. More specifically, I decided to do a whole array of stripes. Inspired by the lovely Gem's Tuesday Tip a couple of months ago.
I already had a pinky/corally colour on, and I put a grey over the top.

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The pink is Rimmel's 60 Seconds in 'Rose Day' and the grey is Model's Own 'Grey Day'.

I can only apologise for the bad quality pictures, Blogger seems to have butchered them. Booo. I did picture my thumbs, but they came out really blurry, and I spent most of today revising so I couldn't be bothered to re-take the pictures.
What do you think? I'm quite proud of them considering I've never done anything like this before, it's relatively easy too :)

xo

Sunday, 5 June 2011

Face products.

Heeeellooo :) I thought that, today, I'd show you the products I use on my face!

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01. No7 Gentle Foaming Cleanser; 02. Simple Soothing Facial Toner; 03. Nivea Soft Moisturiser; 04. Nivea Visage Daily Essential Facial Wipes; 05. mini St. Ives Apricot Scrub.

01. I got this No7 cleanser with one of the Boots £5 off vouchers late last year, and I've still got over half the bottle left! I really like this cleanser actually, it doesn't have much of a smell to it, but the smell it does have is quite fresh, which is nice. Because it comes out foamy, it doesn't feel like it's clogging up my pores at all, brilliant. It does, however, make my face feel quite 'tight' and dry at times, I definitely need to use moisturiser with it.

02. I only got the toner recently, and haven't used it much, but I like it so far, it does the job, and removes excess dirt/make-up that my cleanser/face wipes don't. My T zone - nose especially - can get quite oily, and this toner really helps get rid of the excess oiliness.

03. Ahhh. Nivea moisturiser. I'm sure many of you have used Nivea moisturiser, and if you haven't, you should. I think it's absolutely fantastic. This is my one 'holy grail' moisturiser. I've used Nivea for as long as I can remember, my parents have used this stuff for years, and I am of the belief that - although my dad spends a lot of time in the sun (he wears Factor 50 suncream, don't worry) - his skin hasn't aged badly at all because of using this moisturiser every day. I prefer using 'Nivea Soft' - which is in the white containers - instead of the normal Nivea Crème - which is blue, as the blue one is a lot thicker, and I've got quite delicate skin, and the normal Nivea can be too heavy for it. If you have really dry skin, the blue Nivea Crème will probably work better for you, but if not, the 'Nivea Soft' will probably be best. I always make sure I have tube - or pot - lying around my room to slather on my face!

04. I know a lot of people aren't a fan of face wipes, and that they're really bad for the skin, but I happen to think they're a brilliant invention. They make taking make-up off so much easier of an evening, and I don't plan to part ways with them soon. I rarely wear foundation etc, so the troubles that come with face wipes shouldn't really apply for me - I only use them on my eyes. I usually use the No7 ones - I stock up when the Boots vouchers come around - but I ran out, and picked up these because they were on offer. They're decent. I store them in the No7 wipes container so they don't get dry and lose their cleansing abilities, and they remove my make-up quickly and easily.

05. Ahhh, the ubiquitous St. Ives Apricot Scrub. It smells lovely, it's a good exfoliator (unless you use it every day, then I reckon it'd be too harsh) and it's cheap. I love it. And it lasts ages. I only use it once a week or so, and I've had this mini tube for aaaaaaages.

I'd buy all of these products again, especially the Nivea moisturiser. But not the No7 cleanser if I didn't have a voucher. I'm just too penniless.

What are your favourite face care products?
xo

Saturday, 4 June 2011

Weekend Wishlist

(I know I usually alternate 'wishlists' and 'week in photos' but I didn't really do much last week, so there wasn't much to write about!)

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01. Eucalyptus 50's style dress - ASOS. 02. Black ruffle babydoll dress - Dorothy Perkins. 03. Cream Rose Wrap Fifties Sundress - Topshop. 04. Nars Orgasm Illuminator.

Because of the warm weather we've had recently, I've been dreaming about floaty dresses! Also, I've heard such good things about Nars Illuminator, that I'm tempted to buy it! I don't know if I can handle spending so much on one make-up product though...what do you think? Worth the money? Or is there a worthy duplicate out there?

I'm only doing a quick post because I plan on stuffing my face with salad and watching Britain's Got Talent tonight! Are you going to watch it? I reckon Ronan, Jai or Michael-with-the-orange-hoodie will nab it. Well, that's who I want to win anyway. I'm a fan of singers! Who do you want to win/think will win?
xo

PS. Both 'Star Violet Beauty' and 'Another Cardboard Cutout' are having giveaways, and both are full of decent goodies! (Check them out by clicking the relevant name.)

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