My life

Back to childhood

… Or you know. Trampolines. Maybe that’d be a bit less dramatic as a title. But that’d also give away what I want to write about. Like, straight away. And then there’d be no mystery left. Does there need to be mystery when it comes to trampolines? I mean, they’re pretty mysterious as is, I think. Ok, here goes. I have a declaration to make.

I don’t know how trampolines work.

I’m pretty sure there are some springs and then a bit of fairy dust and magic but as for the technicalities, I’ve got no idea. Anyway, I’ve gone quite a bit off track.

Yesterday I went trampolining. Is that a word? Well, it is now as I’ve written it down. But yes, I went trampolining and it was so much fun. It wasn’t just your any old casual hopping about either. It was Bounce Fit. Which I thought would be just some casual and fun hopping about, but in just a bit more structured way. Well, I was wrong.

Turns out Bounce Fit is like Insanity, but a lot more… well, bouncier. Hoppier. Twirlier. To sum up – it was just awesome. I couldn’t stop giggling even when I was dripping with sweat and full on purple in the face (that was from like 5 minutes in until the end by the way).

I went with my Sister-In-Law-To-Be and a short way into it we were both completely out of breath and dying a little (in my case not the least from the shame about all the pizzas I’ve eaten recently). It felt amazing though. Thoroughly pleased.

It also brought back some great memories from when I was a bit younger and could actually spend a lot of time on a trampoline doing flips and all sorts of tricks without even getting out of breath. We’ll see if I can get back to that. Maybe not doing all the flips and stuff, but just being able to jump for a bit without feeling like I’m going to pass out would be great, too!

We’ll be going again next week so I shall report back then. Will I still love it as much and is this something that I’m going to be doing every week? Hmm, at the moment I’d say I could definitely see this as a long term thing. Anyway, I shall not get ahead of myself. I’ve been once. I’ll give it a couple more goes before committing fully. Although I do already have a pair of the special socks. That’s like… the whole equipment that I need for it. Wow. I’ve just started out with a new workout and I already have the full kit. That’s pretty motivating, I think.

Anyway… I just realised I say ‘anyway’ a lot. I should probably try and control myself. Hmm. Oh, the featured image on this post is a photo I took out of the plane window when I was last coming back from Estonia. It’s not really relevant to this post, but I liked the picture.

G.

My life

When lost for words…

… Go find them.

I’m looking for my something-to-say. Have you seen it? It’s medium length, witty and punctual. Well, if found, please let me know as I’m desperate to cross paths again.

I went to Estonia to visit my family again this week. It was marvellous. I had really great quality family time, plus I had my first wedding dress fitting. It needs to be made shorter and the neckline needs some changing as well, but that’s about it. A couple of cosmetic adjustments too and poof it’ll be done. One less thing to worry about. Not that I worry tooooooo much about any of the wedding stuff. I’m trying to make it my mission not to stress about anything. True, I’ve already failed miserably a few times – usually when something fails to go my way – but overall it’s all good.

When in Estonia, I managed to catch a really bad cold. I’d forgotten what it feels like to be ill and I’m telling you, it’s not pleasant. My ears were hurting so bad on the flight back I almost cried like the little girl I am. Half a tonne of all kinds of meds in me and I’m feeling a lot better though. Mind you, I’m not just moaning about being ill – I’m actually pondering about how is it possible that I’m almost never ill in the UK? I used to be poorly all the time in Estonia but now there’s hardly ever anything wrong with me. It’s amazing.

Also, just so you know, the weather has been absolutely amazing since I’ve been back. Today we (me and my Significant Otter) spent quite a lot of time in our garden, trying to get it to resemble something that Responsible Home Owning Adults would have. Well… We’ll get there. Someday. I’m sure. And when we do I’d be happy to invite you all round for BBQ and cocktails and other Garden Things that people do. Picnics. Summer parties. Yeah… It’ll be awesome.

Anyway, I’ll get back to my evening with my GoodFood magazine that arrived today. And my diffuser. I do like diffusers. Especially with a cold. The essential oils work wonders.

G.

Books, Challenges, My life, Reviews

February books!

Yes, there’s an exclamation mark. There’s a very good reason for that by the way. In February I read the first book from a series that has become one of my all time favourites already. And apparently the books only get better as the series goes on. Can’t wait!

So, the first book I read in February was The Perks of Being a Wallflower
by Stephen Chbosky. I really enjoyed it. It was sweet, yet bold, and kept me reading almost without stopping. I think it was the perfect book to kick-start February. I gave it 8.5/10.

The second book I read is the one I was so excited about in the beginning of this post. The Final Empire (Mistborn #1) by Brandon Sanderson. Oh. My. Goodness. Do you know that feeling when you’re reading a fantasy book and it’s got magic, but it’s the ‘usual’ kind of magic and even though you love it, you feel that it’d be so great if there’d be something different and new about it? Well, this book series would cover that quite nicely. It’s a fantasy book with the kind of magic that I’ve not read or seen anywhere else. And it’s so good. The author really knows what he’s doing with the characters and the twists and the world where it all takes place. It’s just brilliant. 10/10.

Lastly I read War Horse by Michael Morpurgo. I’d already seen the film adaption of this so I was preparing to cry my eyes out, but I was pleasantly surprised to see the book was quite a bit mellower than the film. So my tissue box remained untouched and instead I enjoyed the great little read about the adventures of a horse during war time. 7/10.

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That’s 7/30 books read for my this year’s reading challenge. Going pretty well. And I’m soooooooo excited to continue with the Mistborn series. I’ll let you know what I think of the next ones from that series, but I have a feeling I’ll only have more good things to say. I have also already read some rather interesting books in March, so watch this space 😉

G.

My life

Why?

I’m in the mood to question everything (actually I’m in the mood to be stubborn, and as I didn’t know how to put this in writing, I stubbornly decided to write anyway). Will I have any answers? Hmm… We’ll see what my ramblings unearth.

The first thing I wanted to question was my existence but then I thought I’m not quite ready to take the plunge yet – what if I prove I don’t exist and therefore can’t finish this post? That’d be tragic, I’m sure. (Man, I’m overflowing with sarcasm and all kinds of crazy feelings tonight)

So what I decided to question instead was – why am I so hard on myself? If you know me, you know I always beat myself up about anything that falls below my ‘standards’ (they’re very fickle and depend on how badly I want to put myself down). But why? I’m sure I did my best, if I feel strongly enough about the subject to make myself feel bad about it. Why then am I so mean to myself? I also know I’m not alone in this, I know there are others out there… *tumbleweed* well, I’m pretty sure there are. I shall enter a cheesy quote here now. With a picture. Prepare yourselves. I got it from tinybuddha.com, there’s plenty more to go round if you want to have a look.

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Now, the ‘quote’ may be cheesy but it has a point. I think I’ll let what I’ve done today be enough and go to bed happy about what I did do, not miserable about what I didn’t do/still need to do. After all, in the big picture, does it really matter whether I go through my paperwork today or if I get it done tomorrow? There’s nothing urgent there. Just my peace of mind. But if I can find my peace of mind knowing that I’ve already done two big tasks today, then that works, right?

I can’t do it every day, I do need to push myself (or I wouldn’t get anything done), but I guess I don’t have to be mean about it. I’ll try to be nicer to myself. Also, if you’ve recognised yourself in this, I hope you’ll go a bit easier on yourself as well. Just give it a bit of thought and perhaps you’ll find that it’s something that you can do. I hope so anyway.

I think I need to go to bed now. Before I stop making any sense what so ever.

Or is it too late for that?

G.

Beauty, Reviews, Unboxing

A Very Glossy Sunday

Helloooooo! What a beautifully Glossy Sunday, don’t you think? Well, I do. What makes it so, you ask? A couple of days ago I received my March Glossybox and today I shall tell you all about it 🙂

I feel like I should explain why this post is going to be a bit different from my previous ones on the same topic. In this box there was one makeup item and four skin and hair care products. As much as I love the choice I now have when it comes to face and eye creams, I’m reluctant to open any new ones that I get that are actually sealed with foil. They’ll keep better when sealed (I hope) and I’ll be able to enjoy them for longer. So in this post I haven’t actually tried out all of the items that I got and as such it’ll be more of just me rambling a bit and less reviewing.

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Sleek Makeup, Eye & Cheek Palette, RRP £10. I wanted to start this off with my most favourite item from this box and that’s the only makeup products out of the bunch. In February I, along with other Glossybox subscribers, had a chance to choose which palette I’d like to receive, out of the four they had available. I chose the All Day Soiree and boy am I glad I did. It’s sooooooo gorgeous, the pigments are great, the colours are amazing and it’s just so pretty! In addition to the amazing colours, the box itself is also very sleek looking (no pun intended), with magnetic closure and a very decent quality mirror. Love it! http://sleekmakeup.com/uk

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oOlution, Eye Love, RRP £30. I haven’t used this enough yet to tell you whether it does what it says on the bottle. However I want to believe that it would erase my dark circles and puffiness and be a great antioxidant. It’s 100% natural and contains no palm oil. Yay, go nature! http://www.oolution.com/en/

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This Works, in transit camera close-up, RRP £30 (for full-size). I usually really love This Works products, even though I’ve only tried out their sleep range and didn’t realise they did other stuff too. Well, now I know and even though I haven’t tried it yet (it’s one of the ones that’s sealed), I’m very excited to do so once I’ve finished my current primer(s). It’s supposed to ‘balance, plump and brighten skin, leaving it photo perfect’. Sounds good to me. http://www.thisworks.com/

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Schwarzkopf Professional, BC Bonacure Oil Miracle Brazilnut Oil Pulp Treatment, RRP £3.95 (for full-size)When I first opened this little pot, I thought it was a scrub and in hindsight I guess it’d have been good to show you a picture of what it looks like as well but hey, I’ll try to do it next time. This hair mask/treatment smells amaaaaazing and I’m very excited to try it out. It’s supposed to give you smoother, shinier and more manageable hair – I mean, that sounds like exactly what I want! Plus the smell is just… yeah. http://www.schwarzkopf-professional.co.uk/skp/uk/en/home.html

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Figs & Rouge, Hydra-Activ Smart Nutrient Vital Moisture Day Cream, RRP £28 (for full-size). Again, this is one of the ones that’s sealed so I haven’t tried it, but it promises instant lightweight and long-lasting hydration. It contains hyaluronic acid and vitamins A, C and E. I’m not sure what else to say – I’ll let you know what I think of it when I open it. http://figsandrouge.com/

That’s my March Glossybox. I guess I didn’t feel too excited about it when I first opened it and saw just two full-sized products, as Glossybox usually have more than that as far as I can remember. And they all looked very much the same. However, once I’d explored a bit further, I realised it’s actually a very well composed box. Like… A book that’s got plain covers but then takes you on an amazing adventure. Still very much a great value for money and a good way to discover new brands or re-discover old favourites.

G.

Challenges, Crafts, My life

More unicorns, of course

That’d be the answer to ‘What have you been up to tonight?’. Well, kind of. But yes, I’ve been dealing with a unicorn. And Mischief. Fine, I shall talk in riddles no more. I made a cushion cover tonight. Out of an old jumper that never fit me quite right (the sleeves just felt off and weird). I have to say, it turned out quite a bit better than I expected. Here’s a quick tutorial or whatever you want to call it – me showing step by step how I did it.

1. I started off with my jumper – exhibit A. Plus some buttons, thread, scissors, a cushion, needle and measuring tape. I also used some pins but I forgot to include them in the ‘before’ picture. Oh well.

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2. Then the actual first step, which was measuring my cushion and the jumper. With some help from my loyal side kick/assistant, of course.

3. This was followed by me completely ignoring the measurements I’d just taken (once I got the cat off the jumper) and just cutting out some shapes. I’m not going to call them squares or rectangles or give them a defining name, as to do so would probably damage my reputation in the geometrics circle. Do I even have a reputation there? What is this?

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4. Anyway, now I got to use pins to try to make it all cushion shaped. I must say that it went better than I expected. That little colourful bit you can see there is my slight ‘envelope’ design. If you want to know what that is, please check out a proper tutorial.

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5. This was followed by sewing all the edges together, except for the one with the colourful bit showing. I also added buttons because why not. That’s the back of the cushion cover once I’d finished sewing (if you have a sewing machine it’ll take you about 2 minutes. It took me a bit longer as I did it by hand), and stuffed the cushion in it.

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5.2 And that’s the front of it. You have no idea how difficult it was to get a picture of it without my loyal side kick/assistant (or his shadow) blocking the cushion.

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5.3 Exhibit B.

Now that I’ve established myself as a crazy cat/unicorn lady who enjoys a night in sewing cushion covers… To be honest I wouldn’t even know where to take it from here. I think I’ve reached my limit. And probably yours. I’ll just leave it at that.

I hope you enjoyed my little tutorial/step-by-step. I think it’s the first craftsy thing I’ve done this year and it was a nice little project to kick things off with (this means that now I’ve done 1/4 of my crafts for this year’s challenge). I’m hoping to get some more waves of inspiration soon enough. Possibly something wedding themed? Any and all ideas are welcome!

G.

 

Beauty, Unboxing

Looking fantastic in March!

There, I changed it! This is actually an unboxing post in disguise. I shall be unboxing the March Lookfantastic beauty box for you here and I have to say it’s looking gooooooooood.

Without further ado – in this month’s Lookfantastic box I got A Very Shimmery Body Glow, A Nice Compact Concealer, A Whole New Class Of Luxury Serum, A Lovable Face Cream, An Amazing Hair Mask and Some Eye Masks. I tried them all out yesterday and am quite excited to tell you what I thought.

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St. Tropez, Instant Tan Gloss. It made me really shimmery. And the smell of it reminded me of something from my childhood which I can’t place but it makes me feel nice. Anyway, it’s easy to apply (even though at first it was SO scary as the product was really dark when it came out) and I loved the glossy finish. As I’m not tanned at all at the moment, it didn’t really do much to enhance anything as such, just make my skin all glowy, but I think it’ll be absolutely gooooooooorgeous once I’ve had a bit of sun in the summer. Quite pleased with this 🙂

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Pür, Minerals Disappearing Act Concealer. I tried this out on the permanent dark circles under my eyes (genetics…) and it worked. As simple as that. It was very easy to blend and even though I haven’t tried it for a full day yet, I have a feeling it’d stay put. Great stuff!

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SkinChemists, 24H Aqua Repair Facial Serum. Ladies and gents, this little thing is amazing. I honestly didn’t want to use any cream afterwards. I loved the smell of it and it left my face feeling like the smoooooothest thing ever. It contains rose water which ‘aims to maintain the skin’s balance whilst nourishing and firming the skin’ and aloe vera which ‘works to heal and rejuvenate the skin, providing hydration and improving skin texture’. My favourite item from this month’s box.

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Caudalie, Vine Active 3 in 1 Moisturiser. As far as face creams go, it does what it’s supposed to do. It had no downsides for me, and coming from Caudalie it’s everything you’d expect it to be. As an added extra it ‘contains unique anti-pollution technology that helps to keep the skin clean and clear, blocking pollution particles that cause potentially cause damage.’ Only a bonus if you ask me.

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Redken, Heatcure Treatment. Ok, I know a couple of products ago I said that a facial serum was my favourite item in this box. But here’s another one. This hair mask is … you know, I have no words. You may think that I’m just saying it, as most of my unboxings are singing praises to different products. However, if you look carefully, you’ll see there have been some items that I haven’t enjoyed quite as much, so I hope I haven’t lost my credibility and you guys will understand that I genuinely like most of the stuff I get in my boxes. ANYWAY, back to the topic. You may know I’ve recently had some issues with my hair being super dry and frizzy and just not pleasant to be around (which is a lot of unpleasantness as I can’t really walk away from it). Well, I think this could be the answer that I’ve been looking for. My hair is sooooooooooo soft and silky and amazing after using this hair mask. 10/10 would buy again!

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Starskin Eye Catcher, Smoothing Coconut Bio-Cellulose Second Skin Eye Mask. I’ve tried this eye mask before and I can’t remember being too wowed by it back then and my opinion hasn’t changed much the second time round. I just didn’t see/feel that much of a difference to be honest. Maybe it’s just me or perhaps it’s because there were just so many great products in this box that this one had a hard time standing out. I guess I’ll never know.

That’s my March Lookfantastic box revealed and reviewed. Overall I feel like it was another good one and again definitely excellent value for money and a great way to try out new products and find new favourites (I’m looking at you Redken Heatcure!).

I never know how to end these posts. So… See you next time!

G.