My life

I’m more optimistic than I thought

I’m not sure how I’ve mustered the energy to actually write anything at all at the moment. But here I am. Just as surprised as you are, if you look at the title. I’ve always tried to keep my glass half full, but at times when the hardships have been piling up, they’ve become too much to handle and it’s been easier to succumb and wallow in my misery.

Apparently not today though. I’m at yet another hotel. One that I stayed at a few weeks ago in fact. The last time I stayed here, everything in the room was broken and borderline life threatening (when the hair dryer goes out with an electric bang, you know there are some issues there). I thought I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt and see what their other rooms are like. The answer is – broken.

At other times this would’ve possibly gotten me down and annoyed. This time however I actually feel happy because so far I’ve only discovered one thing that doesn’t work – the sink doesn’t drain, so I have half a sink full of soapy hand wash water. Could be worse!

Also, The Terminator is on TV. It’s been a forever and a half since I last saw it. So that’s pretty cool. Plus I really need to get to sleep anyway.

Oh, almost forgot – I finished everything off my weekly to do list! So proud.

Raaaaaawr. I’ll be back.

G.

 

Beauty, Reviews, Unboxing

Unboxing #14

Hi all! It’s been a few days since my last post and I thought it’s about time for another beauty box unboxing. I’m going to call them something else soon as I’m not so much unboxing – it’s more of a reviewing. However I do have a whole little series thing going on here with the title. I don’t know what to do? Also, I’m sure I’ll somehow lose track one day and that’s when I’ll regret not naming these something else. Like, mentioning what I’m unboxing in the title. Or just naming them something more suitable. I’ll consider changing it in the future. All recommendation are welcome. For now however – I shall be unboxing February’s absolutely beautiful looking Lookfantastic box.

First things to pop out of the parcel were the usual monthly Elle magazine and Lookfantastic’s own beauty box magazine. I have to say I love the feeling that a lot of thought and effort has gone into this box and the little magazine. It just feels like it all works so well together. Great job. When diving further into the Runway Ready box, I found A Really Great Face Cream, Something To Help Me Get To Sleep, A Muddy Mask, Icy Magic, Metallic Magic and Something I’m Not Too Sure About And I’ll Tell You Why In A Bit.

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The Ordinary Natural Moisturising Factors + HA. I like it. It smells nice, it leaves my face super soft and I love the design of the bottle/tube/thing. I’d buy it again and that’s saying something, considering I’ve somehow accrued a small heap of face creams which will take me a while to get through. It’s infused with Hyaluronic Acid (I’m still having some trouble saying), Ceramides and Glycerin. Oh, I forgot to say that it doesn’t leave my face oily or feeling like I’ve got a ton of stuff on. Just nice and soft.

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This Works Deep Sleep Stress Less. I love This Works products. I do find that they actually work – I mean, duh, it says so in the name. This little guy (I don’t know why so many of my beauty products are ‘little guys’, they just are, ok?) smells gorgeously of Eucalyptus and Lavender to help you ‘feel at ease and without stress’. It reminds of koala bears. And what’s better to put you at ease than thinking about koala bears? Definitely recommend.

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Borghese Fango Mud Mask. I’m not going to lie, I actually forgot this came in the box, so I haven’t tried it yet. I’ve had a super busy month and haven’t had too much time to think about thorough skincare. Or pampering sessions. I feel like one of those is in order very soon. I also think I’ll need to invite my sister-in-law-to-be over and do a little girls spa day in. So if you’re reading this, let me know when you’re up for it. Clearly I’ll be providing the face masks.

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Polaar Icy Magic Roll On. It’s definitely icy. And perhaps there’s a little bit of magic in there too? To be honest, as I have super dark circles under my eyes, I’ve not seen a huge difference compared to my usual eye cream. HOWEVER, as it’s got a metal roll on applicator that’s really cold, it does actually wake me up a little. And I love the application process. It also sinks in super quick so I don’t feel like I’ve ever used too much of it.  Overall I like it.

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Model Co Eye Lites Metallic Shadow. Now, I don’t think I used it correctly haha. It says ‘use over your normal eye shadow for an iridescent diamond effect’, but I used it on its own and then grumbled because it didn’t blend. That’s a true ‘head – meet desk’ moment. Should’ve read the instructions first! It was still beautiful, just a little awkward to get to look ‘right’.  I’ll try it over some eye shadow next time.

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Myvitamins Catwalk Queen. That’s the one thing I’m not sure about in this box. As much as it pains me, I realise that not every box can be perfect and I’ve been super lucky so far as I’ve loved almost everything I’ve gotten. These vitamins are supposed to be the perfect blend of vitamins, minerals and extracts which boost the natural appearance of your hair, skin and nails. That all sounds great. There’s a big BUT however (as I’d written this sentence I realised that my fiance will probably start singing the big butt song when he reads it). They smell and taste like paint. I do just swallow them whole with water, but I can’t get over the smell of them. It’s like wet wall paint. Not sure if that’s how they’re supposed to smell or not, but I haven’t really been taking them and I don’t think I’ll be getting any more.

This concludes my unboxing/review of the February Lookfantastic box. Some really great products and my overall verdict is that I loved it and that it’s oh so worth it. Brilliant way to try out new products and brands. As I’m still fairly new to the whole beauty and makeup thing, I haven’t heard of most of these brands and I’m finding new favourites with every box I get. Can’t wait to see what March brings!

G.

My life

My mind is a fabulous(ly stupid) thing

I don’t even know where to begin with this. Or where I’m going with it. I also can’t tell you how it’s going to end. I see great things ahead with this kind of going!

Ok, so, I’ll try to make some sense of this. I like routine, having to-do lists to complete, certain patterns to follow. When some or any of these kind of components are removed from my life I’m immediately thrown off balance and lose my ability to function. It’s rather pathetic in bigger picture, but if something stops me from doing my thing when I’m supposed to be doing said thing, I just feel like I’d much rather go take a nap… I mean, a horizontal life break.

I won’t be able to cope again until my head feels like order has been restored and everything’s gone back to normal. Now, that’s one of the key points for dealing with this, I believe. What is ‘normal’? My brain – the least normal thing I’ve ever encountered (can you ‘encounter’ your brain for that matter?) – could probably give you the exact definition of what it thinks it means. However, that’s the catch – it changes all the time. And I almost never get the memo!

So one day it could be a normal part of my routine to spend the entire evening crocheting whereas the next day crocheting could feel like an absolute waste of time and make me feel miserable as I’m not ‘doing anything’.

Dear mind, if you’re reading this, then please let me know what I can do to please you so I wouldn’t have to faceplant the bed whilst wailing in misery about the unjust ways of the world. It’d be much appreciated, thanks.

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This was my rant about how I clearly have some issues I need to work on. I still love my to-do lists though. Can’t do anything about that.

(The items on my photo are from… Paperchase, I think. So if you’d like something that says ‘No probllama’, which is clearly amazing, that’s where you can get it from. Unless they’ve all sold out by now. Which they probably have, considering it says ‘No probllama’ on them. I mean, I don’t even know what this thing is and I want it. I’ll stop now.)

G.

Beauty, Reviews

My January Favourites

That’s a type of post I haven’t actually done before and I’m a bit apprehensive about writing this. I feel like maybe I use the same products all the time and there wouldn’t be any variety, if for example I decided that I wanted to make this a monthly thing. But then I remembered that this doesn’t have to be about beauty and skincare at all. So prepared to see my favourite leaves and lunch bags, among other things.

To begin with, I wanted to keep it really simple though. So I grabbed the stuff from my bathroom that I absolutely loved throughout January.

1. My number one finds in the beginning of the year were Palmer’s Coconut Oil Conditioning Shampoo & Conditioner. Something funny was going on with my hair and all the sudden my old shampoo & conditioner which were luckily just about to run out, didn’t agree with my scalp at all anymore. This made me very upset (I almost told you what happened but let’s just leave it at ‘it caused a horrid allergic reaction’. Don’t want to give you all nightmares about it.) Anyway, then I got a sample of the Palmer’s Coconut Oil shampoo and I absolutely loved it, so I went and bought the set. The shampoo smells amazingly of coconut and even though the conditioner doesn’t smell quite as nice, it still leaves my hair really soft and easily manageable (and so far no allergic reactions either). Love it!

2. It’s maybe a bit random, but it’s just something I’m really excited about. Weirdly. I think it’s a bit odd to be excited about this. Anyway – Dove Invisible Dry Roll on. Seriously, ever since I tried Dove roll ons, I’ve not bought any others. It just works so much better for me than (almost) any others I’ve ever tried. I absolutely loooooove all the different scents and they’re not sticky at all and don’t ruin my clothes either. Just the best.

3. Essence Light Up Your Face has been my go to highlighter ever since I got it in one of my beauty boxes, however since I started to use makeup more in January (I decided that since I now have so much of it, I best get using it, too!), it’s got a well deserved place on this little list. It’s a beautiful buildable shimmer, suitable for day or night. Easy to apply, too. And affordable. What more could one want?

4. I don’t think this one would come as a surprise to anyone who’s read any of my blog posts about mascaras. Too Faced Better Than Sex remained a firm favourite of mine throughout the beginning of the year. I’m not going to sing any more praises to it than I already have done, you all know how much I love it and if you don’t know it yet, well I’m sure I’ll be writing about it again soon enough.

5. Benefit Gimme Brow is a little brow tool that’s just SO easy to use that even I could do it. I think it was the first bit of brow kit that I got that wasn’t a pencil. So previously I’d only worked with brow pencils and found them somewhat difficult to get right. This however was an eyeopener. I never knew there were so many options for my eyebrows! But yeah, even though I’ve loved it for a long time now, it was still my top brow thing in January. Haha, brow thing. That’s weird. Can’t believe I’m writing about eyebrows. This is just bizarre.

6. Maybe a bit unexpectedly my Marcelle Eyeliner in Mulberry made a roaring comeback into my makeup bag. I got it from my very first beauty box and wasn’t really THAT big of a fan, but all of the sudden I realised how perfectly it suits my eye colour. So then I used it all the time in January. It’s very easy to apply as it just effortlessly glides on and it doesn’t smudge or do anything else weird either.

7. Last but not least is my Lord & Berry Maxi Matte Crayon Lipstick in Intimacy which again I want to say that is no effort to apply but I think that’d just make me sound really lazy. But I do like my makeup to be as little effort as possible. I want to enjoy it. And I’m not very good at it still so anything that can make my life easier is very welcome. Maybe that’s one of the reasons that it was my go to lip thing in the beginning of the year. Love it. Really love the colour as it’s so flattering. And it makes my lips really soft.

Right, these were my seven January favourites. There was a lot more I’d have liked to include, but I thought that’s a good starting point to see if it’s something that I’d want to share with you guys. Turns out that it is. I loved letting you know what I loved. Do I use the word ‘love’ way too much? I think I need to get my thesaurus out. Or maybe I’ll just write from the bottom of my full-sized aortic pump.

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(Chandler knows me too well.)

G.

Food, My life

We meat again…

Yes. Looks like meat’s back on the menu, boys! It just happened without much thought. Ok, some thought went into it. And a small mental breakdown. I don’t know, don’t ask me. It was weird. Anyway, what made it happen was a choice between a weird mushy chickpea burger and a spicy chicken burger. Sooooo yeah.

For those of you who have no idea what I’m on about – I left meat out of my meals for just over a week in the beginning of February. Mainly just out of interest. Partially also to see if it’d have any health benefits (I think my stomach is a bit calmer now?). And also to introduce more veggies to my menu. Because I love veggies and I’m just too lazy to bother with them. I love fruit too. Like, a lot. I’m pretty sure I have my 5 a day of fruit and veg. Mostly fruit. I really need to cut back.

My conclusion is that I still love veggies, however I’m still too lazy to bother with them much. Actually no, I love veggies even more now, not just ‘still love them’. It has been somewhat of an eye-opener. I enjoyed most of my vegetable meals very much (except for that mushy chickpea burger). Some of them more so than their meaty counterparts. For example all the vegetarian pizzas that I tried (I mean, I had to be thorough with my research, so I needed to have as many as possible), were incredibly nice and I think I’ll continue to get them instead of ones with meat.

I think that’s the biggest thing I’m taking out of this whole experience. It’s so easy to get meat wrong and if it’s of poorer quality at all it’s just not nice. Vegetable dishes however are pretty much what they say on the label. And they’re often fresh. Not that meat foods aren’t fresh. Ok, I’m getting all muddled up here now.

Moral of the story – even though I’m not a true convert, I believe I’m now more likely to get/prepare a vegetarian meal than go for a poorer quality meat alternative.

And who knows, maybe I’ll ditch meat for a while again in the future. Until then I’ll just try to keep things balanced (the five doughnuts I’ve had throughout the day were to balance the… who am I kidding, they were just delicious).

(Also, yes, I know my picture for this post features fruit not vegetables/meat, which are the main topics, but I’m staying in a hotel at the moment and that’s all I’ve got to work with without leaving my room. Plus I sneakily mentioned fruit earlier. Just for this reason. And because I love fruit.)

G.

Beauty, Reviews, Unboxing

Unboxing #13

What’s this? It’s only half way through a month and I’m already posting an unboxing/review of a beauty box from this month? The world must be ending or going mad or maybe it’s just me. Crazy stuff. Anyway, here I am with my Valentine’s Day themed Glossybox. And boy am I LOVING it. Rather accurate feeling, considering the design of their gorgeous box this month.

Drum roll, please – … anticipation grows … excitement is definitely there … and then – in my beautiful February Glossybox I got: My New Favourite Perfume, A Beautiful Illuminator, A Really Nice Face Scrub, A Hair Mask I’m Going To Try Very Soon and A Nailpolish.

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Jeanne Arthes L’Eau de Rose RRP £20. Oh. My. Goodness. This is seriously my new favourite perfume. It’s rose combined with ‘dreamy, elegant and crisp notes’. It’s just absolutely perfect for the way I feel at the moment, which is all spring/summery and so excited about my wedding in July. I will most likely be buying another bottle once I run out of this one and I’d like to thank Glossybox oh so much for including a perfume in this box. Amazing. Love it. https://www.facebook.com/jeannearthesgermany

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La Theorie Des Volcans Noir Eternae Youth Potion Face Scrub RRP £26. I really like this mask/scrub. ‘Using mineral-rich volcanic paste, this mask cleanses and purifies.’ I admit I’ve only used it once, but I can confirm that’s what it does. I definitely felt cleansed and purified afterwards without any unwanted breakouts or skin issues. Very face friendly. It’s paraben and silicone-free and 90% natural. http://latheoriedesvolcans.com/

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Garnier Ultimate Blends Honey Treasures Strength Restorer Balm RRP £4.49 (for full size). This is the only sample-sized item in my box this month. I haven’t tried it yet, but I love everything else from the Garnier Ultimate Blends series so I can’t see myself not loving this hair mask. Again it’s paraben free (this seems to be VERY important nowadays and I’m not going to argue with it) and the hydrating properties of honey should leave your hair nourished and glossy. As I have really thick and wild hair (pretty sure it’s got a life of its own most of the time, I’m just along for the ride), I love products that help me gloss it up a little and make it more manageable. I have a feeling that’s exactly what this thing is going to do for me. http://www.boots.com/

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Ciate London Paint Pot in Iced Frappe RRP £9. As far as nail polishes go, I really like Ciate products. However, as I usually do my nails with gel polish, I feel like this little beauty is a bit wasted on me. I promise to do my absolute best to use it as much as I can, but I have a box full of ones already waiting to be used. Other than that it’s a beautiful nude colour which is perfect for me, as darker tones don’t usually suit me too well and it’s easier to apply as well as the mistakes won’t be quite so noticeable (I hope). https://www.ciatelondon.com/

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MeMeMe Beat the Blues in Oyster Gold RRP £7.25. A beautiful little ‘iridescent skin illuminator’. I’ve tried it as a highlighter and it left me with a nice subtle golden glow along my cheek bones. I haven’t tried to mix it with my foundation yet for ‘all over radiance’ that it promises, but it sounds great so I’ll probably give it a go sometime soon. I love the packaging, although the fact that it’s got a nail polish type of brush confused my little head a bit and I had to re-read the description of it to make sure I knew what it was for. That’s just me being a bit slow though. https://www.mememecosmetics.com/

Overall I have to say that I think this is one of my most favourite boxes so far. A large portion of the credit for that must go to the perfume that I got as it’s just sooooooooooo nice and I love it so much. I’d love to get more perfumes to try out actually. Although I understand that scents are quite individual and it’s impossible to cater to everyone’s taste. Still, a girl can hope.

G.

Books, Challenges, My life, Reviews

My January Books

You know I love my challenges and I love books, so of course I needed to combine the two. If you’ve read my previous posts you know I set myself a reading challenge which I track on goodreads. In January I read four books. My challenge this year is to finish 30, so that’s a great start, I think. I have to say I enjoyed all four very much. Some more than others, of course.

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The first book I read this year was The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan. It was a nice feel-good book and a great read just after Xmas to keep the holiday feeling going for just that little bit longer. In general I liked the idea and the story of it, as well as most of the characters (there were a couple of characters that I didn’t understand at all. They just didn’t feel like humans to me, more like cartoon characters). There were also quite a few references in there that I didn’t understand and which therefore annoyed me a little. Overall I feel I’d give this book a 6.5/10.

The next one I read was While My Eyes Were Closed by Linda Green. I really liked this book. Like, really. It was one of the ones that I just couldn’t put down. I think I finished it during the very late hours of one night. It had some great twists and I always felt like something was happening. Loved it. 8/10!

Looking for Alaska by John Green was my third book of the month. I liked it a lot for what I think it was supposed to be. The way that the story unravelled was good and annoying at the same time. Whilst I realise that some rocks are better left unturned, I still wish I could’ve had a peek. I just like knowing. I don’t like not knowing the ‘why’ and ‘how’ of things. But that’s just me and that was the whole point of it, so I can’t fault the book for that. 7/10.

Last but not least I read Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy by Helen Fielding. I think this was one of my favourite ones from January. It was very easy to read, the story was flowing nicely, the characters reasonably lovable. I don’t think there was anything that I disliked about it. I loved the little twists and turns, the honesty of it. It made me laugh out loud and giggle quite a few times. Yeah, loved it – 8.5/10.

I’d love to know what you’ve been reading and if you’ve read any of the books that I’ve just talked about, let me know what you thought of them 🙂

G.