Saturday, 22 September 2012


Sometimes in life, you have to make a decision. Whether it be large or small, life changing or insignificant, decisions are inevitable.

One thing which I am currently working on is my ability to make choices. I have always been a person who enjoys taking a step back and letting my company decide what they would like. As an easy going person, I can go anywhere, eat anything, drink any wine and I will always have a good time. However, it seems that after quizzing my friends and family, my most 'frustrating' feature is my indecisiveness and the reoccurring phrase 'I don't mind'.

Now, I have taken the decision to work on this. Why should I always follow other people's lead? Let certain people dictate my life and how it pans out. It may take some work, and some self-reminding, however this is something which will be tackled. The words 'I don't mind' will not pass these lips and I will make sure of that.

Now, don't get me wrong, I will not be morphing into Cruella Deville any time soon. It has been made clear that one of my most liked and respected features is my 'niceness' and consideration for others. And, I think that is something which I would never be able to change - it's me! But, in hindsight, I do look back at times where I have been taken advantage of by people 'close' to me, and sometimes you have to take control of your own dignity and the way people treat you.

Making the decision, to make decisions. I could think of worse personality traits, and I can certainly think of people with them, so here's to confidence and strong minds!

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

The Worst Hand Cream - The Body Shop

Two weeks ago, I decided to take the plunge in purchasing a hand cream which was worth the money. It has been stuck in my mind that one of the tell tale signs of ageing is your hands, and, although I am only 23, I am keen to prevent this as much as possible before it's too late!

I'm not usually one to be lured into The Body Shop, however from previous creams and lotions I'd tried in the past, I thought I'd hit the nail on the head. With my latest paranoia of premature ageing, which is ridiculous considering my actual age, I spotted the 'Wild Rose Hand Cream' which states it 'hydrates and helps protect against the appearance of brown spots' - perfect! Alongside this, the cream has an SPF of 15 and contains rosehip oil and Community Fair Trade Brazil nut oil which all sounds very exotic and nourishing to me...

In addition to all the ingredients which sound like they would do wonders for your skin, the packaging is another factor which drew me in. I'm a huge fan of the metal, dented tube. It is so simple, yet stylishly industrial at the same time. Oh, and, of course, the pink labelling which adds a hint of femininity.

Now onto the nitty-gritty. I have been using this product for around two weeks and I have to say, my hands have never felt so dry in my life. I know I may sound rather blunt with that review, but there is no other way for me to explain. My hands just feel insanely rough and dehydrated. Rather than the feeling of silk, my hands constantly feel like they need moisture, and although I know it is the cream which is making them this way, I have to use it to banish the thirst for all of 30 seconds. It's a swings and roundabouts situation.

Tomorrow, I will be returning the trusty Boots to purchase a simple, generic hand cream which, I'm sure, will be a lot cheaper. Who ever thought of a hand cream, to make your hands even more dry! Genius.

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Current Nail Colour - Essie

As we step into the 'ember' months, it only means one thing (and no, I am not referring to the countdown to Christmas), Autumn is approaching.

I have decided to take a head start and indulge in my first Essie purchase. At £7.99, this is probably the most expensive nail varnish in my collection. But with all the continuous hype which is circulating the online beauty world, I had to give it a try. Whilst 'umming' and 'arring' at the stand, I found myself drawn to the deeper shades of the range. I think it may just be because I am all 'pasteled' out.

The colour which I opted for is in shade 'Sole Mate'. It really is the perfect, deep plum. From a distance, the nail looks black, but once you are close, it transitions into a beautiful, moody purple tone. Dark shades can sometimes look 'gothic' on those with paler skin, like myself, however the purple tones throughout the polish warm up your complexion. This can only be a bonus when entering the cooler months.

I may be one of the minority, but I am a huge Autumn fan. I love the crisp mornings and dark evenings, cosy jumpers and fallen leaves. This nail varnish to me defines this season.

Sunday, 2 September 2012

August Favourites

To conclude the month of August, I have rounded up a few of my favourite products/items to share with you.

Natural Collection Lipstick (Raspberry)
We all shy away from high street make up products, assuming the quality or finish will not compare to those high end brands. Of course, there are many out there that are not even worth the £3.00 spent, but I have to say, I couldn't be more impressed with Natural Collection lipsticks. I have two shades of lipstick from this brand, 'Cherry Red' and 'Raspberry'. The lasting power is second to none, I have gone for dinner and they are still in place and vibrant, I have worn them to work and only topped up once throughout the day, I have gone out for cocktails and not had to reapply (the list goes on...). For £1.99, you cannot fault this product, and I would actually pay a lot more. In fact, I have been more impressed with these lip products than any of my MAC items.
The shade which I haven't been able to part from this month is 'Raspberry'. This is a beautiful, deep pink with a hint of plum. I find this is wearable for any occasion, whether night or day, and it really does add warmth and colour to my face. In addition, this colour is great for summer, but it will also be beautiful for the Autumn and Winter months.

Neutrogena - Visibly Clear Oil Free Moisturiser
As someone who has an oily complexion, I have always avoided moisturising my skin on a daily basis. However I am well aware that moisturising is a key step to any successful skincare routine, especially if you want to combat premature ageing. So, I decided to try out Neutrogena, a brand that have been around since I can remember. I have heard great things about their masks and scrubs, so when I saw the oil-free moisturiser on offer in Superdrug, I saw it as a sign! I have been using the moisturiser on a daily basis after my toner before bed, and I can already see my skin looks more even and refreshed. Another high street purchase which is a must have.

Peplum Tops
When peplum tops decided to make their way onto the high street, I was truly ecstatic. Peplum is the perfect cut for someone like myself, larger hips and a minuscule waist. Finally, I have found a style which is comfortable, flattering and shows off my best bits!

Liz Earle - Cleanse and Polish
So, as an avid blog and YouTube lover, I cannot seem to escape from the name 'Liz Earle'. Of course, when this is the case, you feel that you must find out what the fuss is all about. During this month, I have been testing this product, and yes, I am a convert. Saying this, there is one slight point which does bug me (due to my laziness) and that is how time consuming it is. I do enjoy the process when I am having an early night, but when I have been out for the evening and am ready to drop as soon as I walk in the door, it does seem like the last thing I want to be faffing around with. Putting that one point aside, I don't think I will find a cleanser which makes me feel as clean and silky as Liz Earle, which means I officially have a new staple in my skincare routine. August has certainly been a positive month for my skin!

I have never been a trainer wearing female. Once I left school, I could have thrown a party for the fact I do not have to be seen in sports wear again, but oh how times have changed. I now find myself drooling over... CONVERSE! So, when you see the heading 'trainers' into my monthly favourites, don't be fooled. I am not referring to running shoes, oh no. I am referring to the ever-so cool and funky converse trainer. So, when roaming around the shops, I found a very simple and cheap pair of converse style shoes for only £5.00. I am usually one to go for the 'real thing' however I have always been dubious to buy the real thing in case I never wear them. So, what could be a better idea than to buy the cheap pair, see how much use I get out of them, and then invest? Done! These shoes have been permanently attached to my feet, which means when pay day comes around, I shall be investing in the real deal.

Lets all keep our fingers crossed for a bright and sunny September!