Thursday, 23 June 2016

Converting to Glossybox

If you have read my blog before you will know I love a beauty subscription. I think it is a brilliant way to test products out that you would not have necessarily tried other wise. Plus I feel like it is a little treat every month. I have had heard good things about Glossybox so I thought I would convert and give it a go. Got to say I was instantly impressed.

Firstly it arrived really quickly and I noticed straight away the box was a lot bigger than the subscription I was used to. I was also pleasantly surprised by the presentation (I am all about that presentation!) It came with a little cute parcel inside the box, tied with a ribbon.
Most of the products were full size which is great as I really feel I am getting my moneys worth.
Brands I have heard of was also a plus!

Onto the products.


Popcorn is my new favourite snack so this was an immediate winner.
Gets rid of the naughty craving without the huge sugar or calorie intake.
If you can't decide between salty or sweet have both! Winner!

Hawaiian Tropic Protective Dry Oil

This product I have yet to try but as my skin type is ridiculously pale. I am going to give this a go when I'm out and about. I have been loving the sun lately but within minutes I can feel my skin isn't enjoying it.
So I think this handy little product may do the job. I am wondering if I will be put off by it being an oil rather than a cream but I can't knock it till I've tried it.

Hairon Zero Crease Hair ties

These were everywhere last year and I did purchase some previously from a different brand. Honestly   I didn't really see the big hype at the time.
Although my hair dresser keeps shouting at me for pulling elastic bobbles out of my hair.
Having my hair up every day for work can also be really damaging to my hair so I am going to give these another try. They are also in a really cute pink colour so I think I will enjoy wearing them that bit more.

Revlon Dramatic Definition Mascara

Can we just take a minute to appreciate this product.
If you are looking for instant whoa lashes this is it, don't get me wrong I love Benefit mascaras and I have some MAC and Clinique but I am very taken with this mascara now. Only a couple of coats and your lashes are transformed into sky scrapers love it!!

Absolute New York Velvet Lippie in Lolita 

This is a lovely product, everyone is jumping on the matte vibes at the moment, myself being one of them.
This is a very quick drying light weight buttery matte lip cream, in such a gorgeous girly soft pink.
I feel it changes your look into cute and summery, I am starting to wear it all the time.

Bee Good Youth Enhancing Plump and Firm Moisturiser 

I am not sure if it makes me look younger or plumps and firms but it is very enjoyable to use.
I look like a 12 year old without makeup so younger isn't really what I am after right now anyway.
It is silky, fast drying and smells lovely without that over powering scent also it isn't greasy which my skin greatly appreciates.

Yes it is safe to say I am a total covert to Glossybox and I can't wait to see what is next.

Friday, 3 June 2016

Learning as I go along - part 1

I want to make this a regular feature not every month as I don't like the idea of being tide down to a certain type of post but maybe when I've collected a few ideas and tips I can just put them here for whoever would like to read them.

With planning a wedding, working 40 or more hours a week, living independently and saving money all these adult things that your 'supposed' to do. Can make you feel like your swimming upstream but it's ok I promise!

 I feel like I have learnt a few things recently and I wanted to share them with you. I will do a wedding themed version when I can finally say it is all finished and I can breathe again.

Here goes;

Creating your own happiness 

I know how easy it is to depend on other people, money or even just fate to make you happy when in reality it is only you that give yourself the happiness and fulfilment you are craving.

Stress levels are high at the moment due to various reasons and I felt myself procrastinating constantly about everything. Be it getting back into my art, learning more about beauty, that dream job or losing weight. In fact all of them at some point normally when I want to just go to sleep!

I have been feeling much better this week and it is all down to actually doing something about it!
I know it sounds silly but I learnt how to use a new drawing app, I've spent time in the sunshine, filled up my diary with exciting things to look forward to. Started the hunt for a yoga class and decided to finally get on that illustration course I've been putting off. Tiny things like doing one picture that I'm proud of in my case but maybe yours is setting a little doable goal for yourself  and the feeling of satisfaction when completing it for yourself and nobody else will be glorious.
My next plan is to practise water colour and start to get fit but I'm not expecting miracles baby steps guys!

Saving money 
Lets face it this one is a never ending problem for all of us.
When you get your wages and you know a massive chunk of it is going to go on bills and then whatever is left should be saved.
Yes it is always a good thing to have savings but you have to enjoy your life too, just one top you found in the sale or that pub grub you've been desperate for can make you feel so much better and  still making sure your not breaking the bank. I mean I'm not saying lets all run to the high end shops and spend hundreds of pounds. I think that little things like getting lipstick you've been after for awhile or getting your eyebrows done can make you feel brand new.

Keeping the green eyed monster at bay.

As I have mentioned in a post before I think everybody looks at other people sometimes and thinks why haven't I got what they've got? or Why can't I have her hair, body shape, look etc?

What does shock me is young girls dressing like they are 25 the fact that these girls have Kylie Jenner standard makeup at 13 is nuts! Where is the blue eyeshadow phase girls!
We have all had our learning curves and maybe the younger generation are lucky with all the technology handed to them but at the same time, I am glad I didn't have to grow up with half as much pressure as them. I mean it is an endless battle being force feed fake perfection at every corner but maybe I am just talking for myself here. I can't seem to stop myself from being nosey, I hold my hands up I am addicted to social media!
This isn't necessarily a bad thing if you can try and not end up in a spiral of self loathing.
The internet is a brilliant place to learn new skills and find new things. I think it is a case of remembering to appreciate yourself while looking at all these celebs in bikinis.
We are all human after all.

© As told by Emmi
Maira Gall