May has been a bit of a strange month for me, I felt like it was going to be great. I had a few days off work and I planned to blog my socks off and I did nothing.
I've written a whole 10 posts this month.
I have lots of exciting things I want to share, I've treated myself to some new things for holiday and just for the heck of it but I have had no motivation to sit and write.
It will be June in an Hour and It's the month I go on holiday so I'm hoping to get my finger out and get some posts written.
I've taken a load of photo's tonight on my phone and added things to draft posts. Tomorrow I will dump out the memory card from my camera and do the same again.
I don't want to just churn out crap posts for the sake of it but I don't want to vanish completely
I'm planning on resurrecting my blog scheduled to stick to certain posts on certain days and fingers crossed I will get some regular posts up.
I've so poorly this last week I haven't even opened my laptop and yesterday a period from hell arrived and I don't know what to do with myself. I'm hot, cold, angry, sad, hungry, queasy, tired, full of energy all at the same time.
I have also had a burst of energy reading and I've read 4 books this past week. One I hated, two I loved one confused me and I'm trying to decide what I want to read next.
If you have emailed me in the past week, basically I'm ignoring you, I have about 400 unread emails mainly junk but I think some of them need action from me.
I'm trying to think of anything else to tell you, eerrr nope I think that's it for now.
Thanks for reading and on Friday this week I will be posting a YouTube video where I speak!! eeek I'm scared, I hope you all will watch it and let me know what you think xxxx
At the end of April I did a post about my new weekly make up rotation called Weekly Beauty Basket.
You can read all about the premise in that post but after a couple of weeks I still haven't bought a basket and as my make up needs to be on the go and lives in a make up bag. I have been changing things weekly so far but a number of things have been in each week so I've decided to change fortnightly post fortnightly.
I'm not limiting myself to only using these and I am happy to switch things out as when I need to but this will be the core of my make up for the next fortnight.
|Make up for the next fortnight|
W7 In The City Natural Nudes - Eye Colour Palette, This contains 6 Matt shadows and I'm still finding my way with this. I bought it because it's nice and compact and is all matt but I feel like it's missing something.
Eyebrows - So Susan Dual Brow Powder, This stuff is amazing. It came in a beauty box last year was going to pass it on to a friend but decided to try it. I do go through phases with it as it retails at about £12 which is quite expensive in my mind but I find it stays put all day and doesn't smudge.
Maybelline Brow Drama in Medium Brown, I've spoken about this a lot and I'm still loving it.
Eye liner - Essence Long Lasting Eye Pencil in 02 Hot Chocolate. I've never really liked or got on well with twist eye pencils and always still to kajal / Khol pencils but I love this and it was so cheap. I'm tempted to buy another one already. I will be buying one in black, but I'm really liking brown eye make up atm.
Mascara - Rimmel London Kate Eye Rocket in Jet Black.... I've only had this a week and so far I don'r like it. May be I'm doing something wrong but I can't close enough to the root of my eye lash and I find it flakes quite a lot. I'm going to persevere with it for a but longer but at the moment I won't be repurchasing this one.
Lipstick - Clinique Pop in 14 Plum Pop. This was a birthday treat to myself. There are 16 colours and this one jumped out at me. It's a great every day colour. I love the colour on me and I'm determined that I won't save it for best.
Lip Gloss - Collection Lock N Hold 2 Beat Box. I have a love hate relationship with lip glosses. I have a lot of them but find I avoid them and never reach for them. I picked this one up a couple of weeks a go as my 3rd item in a 342 deal at boots. I love this stuff, it smells amazing and while it doesn't last 6 hours. The applicator is really nice as well. It hard to explain but I really like it. There is a sheen rather than glitter to it and it I keep finding myself reaching for it.
Revlon Super Lustorous 040 Nude. I don't know if this is available any more (I think it's been repackaged and renamed) I got this in a set from TK Maxx last weekend. It came with 4 lip glosses and 4 lipsticks which I split with my friend. This is really nice to wear, it isn't sparkly or shimmery but just glossy.
I do feel like I am missing some things and could live without some but I think as I start to wear make up every day more or less I think it's good for me to rotate and try and find what products I love and actually finish a make up item for once.
1. I love wearing leggins
2. I love clothes with pockets
3. I love patterns
My Local(ish) ASDA living had my perfect combination. Patterned leggins with pockets. I'm not completely sure they leggins as they are not quite as tight as leggins but they are tighter than trousers.
I wear these more as trousers than leggins and since I got them at the start of April. Life got in the way of me posting and I bloody love them.
I think I've worn they every week since I got them. Sometimes twice a week.
I'm happy enough to wear them with my t-shirt tucked in or what I have been doing is wearing them with a more casual t-shirt from forever 21+ which i wear untucked.
I think these are a size 20 or 22 (I've left them in Skipton so I can't check), while I feel like I could size down as they are bit baggy on the legs. I don't think I would have done as when I sit down and the pattern is stretched it does go pale and I wouldn't want that look on myself.
There was an added bonus when I went to pay as they had £12 on the lag but went through at £8. (love a surprise reduction)
I know this post is up months after I bought them and I haven't been to ASDA recently and I don't know if they are still available but they might have something similar.
This worked really well for me last week. I tend not to wear much make up over the weekend so on Friday night I emptied my make up bag and started to gather things for the coming week.
It was pay day weekend and I knew I was buying new things so I held off until Sunday before making my final choices.
I've picked out a lot less stuff but I still think it's too much. The joy of new make up means I want to use it all and use it all now.
Some of these are Newly bought the weekend of 25th / 26th April. I'll also note the I'm carrying over from the previous week.
Collection Lock and Load lipgloss. NEW this was my free item in a 3 for 2 deal. I couldn't find anything else I fancied. I'm not a huge fan of lip glosses but I liked the colour and smell of this one.
Seventeen - Lip Crayon. I own a huge number of these types of products. I'm trying to rotate them
NYX chubby stick - See above
NYC Applelicious - LAST WEEK. I dug these out last week as I'm going to do a Re-Haul post next week and I did like using them. Keeping one out to use.
CK lip gloss - NEW. A bargain from TJ Hughes. I wanted to use it as it's new .
Brushes (All New)
Rimmel Lasting Finisg Primer. NEW. My Laura Mercier finally ran out last week and I'd planned on buying the blue 002 rimmle primer which I love but I've decided to try the Lasting Finish
Rimmel Lasting Finish Poweder Foundation - NEW. While I love the Number 7 foundation I got last week. It was expensive. (for me at least) I wanted a budget option to use every day and fancied a change to powder. I can't remember ever using a powder foundation so we'll see how I get on.
Lord & Berry Bronzer - I didn't have much use of the giant Essence bronzer last week. I'm hoping this smaller sample size might get used.
Models Co - cream blush. I'm still not sure on cream blushes. I think I need to watch a few YouTube video's but going to give it a try.
Collection Little Mix - All about the eyes palette. NEW, I've seen so many people talk about this. I've almost bought it a few times.
Collection Liquid pen - NEW, I've never been one to use eyeliner on my eye lid, but over the past couple of weeks I feel like It would look nice. As I'm loving brown eye products I thought I'd try it.
Brown Kohl pencil from Poundland - NEW. Some good reports around about Poundlands Makeup range, I really wanted a brow pencil to replace the essence but they didn't have any.
Maybelline Brow Drama LAST WEEK. I love this stuff. It was such a good decision on my part to get the mid brown colour.
Essence Eye pencil - LAST WEEK. Same as last week. I really liked this
Essence Eye Brow Pencil - LAST WEEK. I'm so close to finishing this It will be kept in until it;s gone.
Makeup Revolution single shadow - Following on from last week I want to try more single shadow looks. I know I could use one shadow from the palette but as I rarely use my single shadows I thought I'd include it.
Maybelline Mascara - While I've been loving the collection brown mascara I fancied a change for this week.
This was a good week, I'm still finding my feet and trying not to carry too much round with me. I am going to try only changing things every fortnight (ie, doing a post fortnightly)
What I have done for the coming weeks is pulled out quite a bit and I might have bought even more stuff (why do I do it!)
I've got my on the go make up in another new make up bag which has two compartments, as I use an item I move it to the other side of the bag and means If I'm not using something I can try and remember to take it out.
I forgot to get any face of the day pictures but I have got some for next weeks post so stay tuned.
I'm sorry these posts are a bit rambling, I'm still finding my way with these post.
I finally found the Kelly Brook range in Simply Be in Bury, I'm not the biggest fan of KB but taking that aside I liked the look of some of the items so decided to give them a try.
I love the print and the V at the back and that it has pockets but for me it's a no
The next dress I tried was pink and spotty, two of my favourite things, sadly this was also a bust for me.
This dress made me feel so crap about myself, I almost cried. This seems to be more and more a feature of my recent trips to SB. The fabric is really thick but I wouldn't say it's scuba, it was uncomfortable and while it was thick it shows every lump and bump.
I normally have no issues with a bit if VBO and feel quite happy in body con dresses, there was something about this dress that I didn't like on me.
Looking at these pictures it looks a lot nice that I remember it looking in real life. I felt despite the lining it gave me more VBO than I like. I didn't like the length but I like it in these pictures.
I feel really torn about this one now. It was very thick and I think it would be very warm but I am going to keep my eye out for it being reduced.
On the Friday before Blog On at Mosi there was a meet up also organised by Laura, 30 or so bloggers came together for chats, cocktails and nibbles.
We were welcomed with a choice of cocktails, I have no idea what this was but the blueness appealed to me. It was delicious.
|Bloggers Picking some Music|
|"My own" Concoction|
We've gone through 2 tubes. I'm not sure if these are smaller than regular size tubes both are by colgate and both do the job. I don't think there is anything amazing about either of them but I would buy them again.
English Laundry. This came in a beauty box and I'm on the fence. I like it but I don't think I'd buy it as it's very expensive and the smell reminds me of Natural Collection bath pearls from the 90s. Which I do really like, I just can't justify the price at the moment.
This was in a Christmas Set and it was from TK Maxx. I did like this as well but I won't be looking to repurchase it for myself but I would buy this again as a gift as it is nice and had a couple of other things in the set which I haven;t used yet.
It won't be a shock to find a dry shampoo in my empties and I am still really liking the CoLab New York one. For me it's the best fragrance and does a really good job of sucking up oil. I don't know why but the others don't seem to work as well on me. I'd assumed they would be identical but differently scented? I should really read labels. At the moment I'm not planning on buying it again as I want to try some other brands but I would repurchase this one again.
Another hair products I've used up is a Lush shampoo bar. It's the purple one for greasy hair. I love this. I find it makes my hair feel clean and I've been washing my hair less often and I've reduced the amount of conditioner I use and now tend to use a treatment a couple of times a week and use detangler which I think it helping it not too look as greasy? We have a huge stock of liquid shapoo's in my bathroom at the moment so my plan is to try and use them up before I buy any more.
It seems strange to still be having baths in April as usually we only have hot water if we have the heating on as we have a strange heating system but it's still been so cold so yay hot water.
I'm still obsessed with bomb cosmetics bath products and I've been using a larger cupcake bath bomb that you can use 4-6 times. You drop it in the bath for a couple of mins then pick it back out. I really liked this, the only things I didn't like was how messy it was once you've taken it out of the bath. Luckily I saved the plastic bag It came in and put it back in.
I think it works as well the individual ones and I think I got 5 uses out of it. I could have squeezed one more use but forgot to fish it out the bath. I think it might be better value than the individual ones I've been using.
I'm really enjoying face masks at the moment. The sheet masks are so much better for me as they aren't as messy.
I'm planning to take a couple of these on holiday as they take up no space and they are fairly inexpensive
The Primark wipes I've talked about before and they work pretty well, I'd be happy to buy them again.
The Garnier wipes were sent to me, I signed up for the Garnier newsletter and I got an email asking me to complete a survey and be entered into a draw. I'm not sure what happened but it took me straight to the name and address page and said thank you for your feedback and I might be sent wipes and I was.
I really like these. I feel like they make my face feel really clean, not as good as a full face wash but better than other wipes. I have already repurchased another two packs as they were on offer or extra points at superdrug.
|Some of the people at the event|
If you don't know what a re-haul is I will try and explain. The idea is to go back to a previous haul and discuss the products again now a period of time has passed.
I think for my blog I can cover fashion and beauty items. It could be things like do you still own these items, how much use did you get out of the item, if it's still available would you recommend people buy them. Stuff like that.
NYC Applelicious BalmI saw these after Sera McDaid posted about them and ended up buying three out of the four shades.
- NYC Applelicious Balm Caramel Apple
- NYC Applelicious Balm Applelicious Pink
I decided three was more than enough and didn't buy NYC Applelicious Balm Blushing Golden, I did say in that post I was going to buy it but I have never got round to it. I can't find these on superdrug's website anymore but there is a picture of them but when you click through it says no products available.
- NYC Applelicious Balm Big Apple Red
I've put them in my make up bag and I'm going to see how often I reach for them.
I have to say I'm loving these again. The Big Red Apple is my favourite and I call tell my tastes have changed as I remember not liking the look of Caramel Apple but When I've worn this over the past few day I have really like it.
I purposly put these in my make up 18th - 24th April and I'm going to see how many times I read for them, I know this will be a little unfair as I'm wanting to try them again but we'll see as the week goes on how often I reach for them and if they make it two weeks running,
Sunday: Caramel apple used 3 / 4 times
Monday: Big Red Apple used 4/5 times
Tuesday: Aplelicious Pink used 3/4 times
Wednesday:Caramel apple used 3 / 4 times
Thursday: Big Red Apple used 4/5 times
Friday: Caramel apple used 3 / 4 times
I am keeping the Caramel and Big Red in rotation, the pink really isn't for me. On the second week of using these I only picked up the red one and really missed the caramel one. I think for the next few weeks at least they will be used quite a bit.