Urban Veda Natural Skincare | Soothing Facial Oil Review

Hello, I think I am in love.

Not only that, but I think the problem of cold weather dry skin has just been solved.  And this makes me VERY excited, because dry skin is a pain.

A couple of weeks ago, Urban Veda invited me to a press launch but sadly I was in school so couldn’t make it and as sad as that was, it was largely improved when they offered to send me one of their new facial oils for review! Obviously I said I’d love to try it, and filled in the questionnaire to figure out my skin type so they could send me the right oil.  The link to the questionarre is here, by the way, and I think it’s really useful to determine what you should be buying (I got the Pitta dosha skin type).

So, I was sent out the amazing Soothing Facial oil which is 100% natural, designed for sensitive skin and skin that falls into the Pitta Dosha.  This oil includes avocado oil, shatavari and organic seabuckthorn, all of which really help to nourish and hydrate your skin.  It also includes sandalwood, which I think has the most relaxing scent ever.  Urban Veda use ancient Ayurvedic properties in their skin care to truly nourish the skin.  It retails for £29.99, and there are three other facial oils each with different properties and suited to different types of skin, for example the Vata Dosha which has a radiance facial oil.  You’ll be sure to find whatever you need for your skin with these oils.  Urban Veda is also vegan friendly and against animal testing, which is always great to discover brands like this.

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As you can see, the oil is dispensed via a pipette in the bottle, which allows for a nice controlled application that ensures you don’t use too much.  The bottle is really high quality and made of glass, and the orange label is really beautiful and super fitting to this time of year.

I really love how this feels.  It’s stupidly hydrating, which I love and locks in moisture like nothing I’ve ever tried before; my Mum really loves it too!  It is quite a heavy oil so I use it at night rather than in the morning as I don’t suspect it will sit too well under makeup, however it isn’t greasy at all.  I love using heavier moisture products, but they often leave my skin feeling greasy and clogged up, which I really hate, but Urban Veda have really managed to avoid that with this facial oil.

The scent is quite discrete yet very relaxing, and I’ve found it to help de-stress me as I’m going to sleep because you can definitely smell it on the face.  It isn’t an in your face scent, which I like as I’m not big on scented skin care as I can often find it all quite overpowering.  It’s a warm and somewhat tropical scent, but it definitely doesn’t remind me of summer.  It also hasn’t irritated my skin at all, and I’ve tried it every night for a week now, which is super impressive!

My only problem would be that the pipette, while it works fine, seems a touch flimsy, however that isn’t too much of an issue as I can’t see it breaking in the near future.

Overall, this is such an amazing product, especially for those of us with drier skin in the winter time.  You can buy it here for £29.99, which is quite pricey however I do think it is very much worth it as I reckon this improves the quality of dry skin tenfold.

Soph xx

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A Week In My Life: 7th-14th October 2017

I’ve decided I might start doing one of these posts every month.  I’m not sure when I’ll post it, because currently my 14th of October slot is filled up with a post – maybe I’ll throw in an extra post this week anyway, who knows (you know whenever you’re reading this I suppose!).  Anyway, I’ve seen so many people in the blogosphere doing these sorts of ‘Behind The Blog’ posts and I always find them so interesting to read (Najida does some awesome ones that I love!) so I decided I might as well write one of my own, even though my life is inherently boring and all I do is homework and sleep – someone might find it mildly interesting? I’m hoping these posts might also help me to be less ‘bloggy Sophie’ and more ‘sophie sophie’ if you know what I mean, because while I do LOVE chatting to you all about makeup and whatnot, I truly am a pretty boring person who just procrastinates forever and ever and doesn’t get up to much other than being too sarcastic all of the time.  Anyway, it’s 10:21PM on Saturday 7th October 2017, lets see how this one goes.  Pretty mad to think this is going to take me an entire week to write!

SATURDAY 7TH OCTOBER – A DAY IN WHICH I REACHED NEW HEIGHTS OF CRAZY CAT LADY, QUIZZES AND DESK BUILDING.

Today my grandparents have been down to visit and have been for a while, but my day was mostly spent building a desk with my mum.  I say I built it, but I was probably there for moral support more so than my fine craftsmanship skills. We bought the desk online for £80, so I wasn’t expecting the best quality desk you’d ever seen (which I was fine with because the dimensions fit my room perfectly!) but I at least expected it to be the right colour!  I ordered the desk in white, but it’s literally purple, well it’s more lilac but definitely not white!  It’s also really bad quality and so wobbly, but my dad has managed to fix that and it’s now really sturdy and a nice looking desk, so mum’s going to paint it for me and then all should be well.  I’m planning on maybe doing a desk tour or maybe even a room tour post when everything is finished, so leave me a comment if you fancy that!

Other than desk building, today has been very non descript! I’ve not been that productive with homework which isn’t good because I have way too much food coursework to be procrastinating.  I’ve been mostly chilling with my family, my grandad did a quiz for us all tonight which is somewhat of a weird little fun tradition that we have; I’d like to say I won, but I probably didn’t (I did surprise everyone with my knowledge of science though, myself included.  Perhaps not paying attention in science for the past year hasn’t been that bad of a move and a token gesture of information has seeped in?).  I have been playing with my cat today too (wow, you truly have hit the epitome of sadness Sophie, well done) and got some cute pictures of her, so perhaps I’ll leave one for you all below seen as she is really cute and rather nice to look at.

First, she sleeps.  Then you give her a leaf and she’s suddenly totally awake. Weird.

SUNDAY 8TH OCTOBER – SHOPPING!

Today my grandparents left and we went shopping into Swindon, which is a town relatively local to where I live.  We needed to go to B&Q to get tiles, but whilst we were there my brother and I got really bored so I bought us hot chocolate and a cuppa and we sat in the cafe and enjoyed those.  It was my first hot chocolate of the season and it was really nice! In B&Q I also got some really cute pictures of some flowers which was nice. After, we went to homesense and dunelm but I was a bit disappointed with homesense as I’d been watching all the hauls people have been doing on YouTube but none of the autumn stuff seemed to be in my store, and all of the candles were pretty rubbish.  Anyway, afterwards we all got really hungry so decided to head to the McArthur Glen Designer Outlet and we ate at Giraffe which is one of my all time FAVE restaurants.  I shared nachos and an enchilada with my mum and it was really good, I also had the mango mama smoothie which is my favourite drink basically in the entire world. After this, I went into paperchase and because everything was slightly discounted I couldn’t resist but pick up a few of their 80p postcards because I love displaying these in my room, and then my brother showed me eight mini christmas crackers that were reduced from £6.20 to £1.75 – how can you turn them down!?  I’m thinking of doing a collective haul after I’ve been shopping next saturday (ooo spoiler for the end of the week!) so I guess I’ll include them in that.  The crackers, albeit a touch early, are adorable and I think I’m going to place them in and around my christmas tree and open them every so often.

Anyway, after that I went into the Yankee candle store, but nothing took my fancy.  I then saw Jack Wills, and everything had about £20 off, so I couldn’t resist.  I bought a really nice blue shirt and a cream jumper, they look so cosy and I really am in love!  Now it’s 7pm and I’m going to tidy around my room a bit and get ready for school tomorrow, do some homework I’ve been procrastinating all weekend and pack my bag, lay out my uniform etc.  Also, this morning mum painted my desk so it’s drying now and she’s going to do a second coat tomorrow – I’m very excited to get it all up and running!

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The super yum hot chocolate I had in the b&q cafe!

Flowers at b&q

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Giraffe, which has some of my fave food and decor in the world!

MONDAY 9TH OCTOBER – SCHOOL, SLEEPING AND SPIDERS!

Last night at about 9pm my little blog hit 500 followers!! I just want to thank everyone so much for that (leave a comment as to how I should celebrate!)

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Today I’ve been violently unproductive. At school I had physics, double English, maths and then an afternoon of PE which is some sort of horrible interform thing where forms compete against each other. We did netball, I managed to get out of playing and I think my form won (probably down to me not being in their team and exhibiting the excellence of my netball skills). Anyway, we sat outside all afternoon which was quite cold.

When I came home I was suddenly very tired, which happens to me basically all the time, so I decided to have a bath and then a short 30 minute nap. However, my alarm went off after half an hour and not surprisingly I managed to ignore it and sleep for approximately two hours. My tiredness has not stopped and it’s currently quarter to eleven so I guess I’m going to sleep soundly tonight! I also did no homework tonight, I didn’t have any due for tomorrow but ideally I’d have liked to have done some, but I didn’t.

This morning, thankfully I wasn’t in the house, my mum saw two horrible spiders within the space of an hour and had to get my dad to remove them (even though he was about to set off for work). I’m so glad I didn’t see them as I probably wouldn’t even have survived through the day I’d be that nervous, but I’m pretty much on the look out 24/7 for spiders now!

Hopefully tomorrow will be a bit more productive than today, and I’ll be less tired. Anyway, told you my life was violently boring! Thank you for 500 followers, I’ll be back tomorrow!

TUESDAY 10TH OCTOBER – REVISION AND HOMEWORK, MOSTLY!

Wow, isn’t that just a compelling title for my day; actually, it describes it pretty well. Today has been much more productive than yesterday. Not necessarily at school, but then again I am never productive at school, but at home after school I’d say I’ve done well.  I actually got home at 10 past five instead of my usual 3:35pm, because we had a history revision session after school (I’d like to say this was useful, but it was mostly just messing around and laughing over a lack of knowledge for everything we’ve learnt already) and this is a weekly thing I think, so I guess I’ll be doing it most Tuesday nights.  It did make me feel more productive though so that’s good.

When I got home I had my tea and went on my phone for a while, and ate my tea.  I had a really nice prawn pasta salad from M&S, and then after that I got to work on my French homework which was SO draining.  I then had a small existential crisis about all the work I had to do, then did my biology revision for a test on the nervous system that I have tomorrow.  I used an app called FocusNow, which is basically like an app that allows you to grow a little pumpkin whilst you’re working, and you set the time you want to work for.  If you exit the app, your pumpkin dies.  You also collect your pumpkins in a little farm! I did two 30 minute revision sessions, so I grew two pumpkins in my time, and I really enjoyed using the app.  It’s now half nine, so I’ll probably go take off my makeup and wash my face, and I might do my english homework but I also might not.  Anyway, I’ve felt quite productive tonight and I managed not to have a two-hour nap!

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That’s some of the biology revision I’d been doing, none of which really went in!

WEDNESDAY 11TH OCTOBER – TESTS AND HOMEWORK!

My biology test was quite hard, but I hope it went alright. I think quite a few people found it difficult so hopefully if I fail then I wont be the only one!!  We also had a surprise French listening test which was exactly what I was looking for on a dark and cold Wednesday morning in my hellish double french lesson – I got 24/40 (French is not a strong point) which was a C, but only one or two marks away from a B.  My weekdays are really boring, tonight I just did loads of homework, I did english and history predominantly but also did some maths revision just as general practice considering I’m basically awful at maths.  I’ve also started to think about the revision I’m going to have to do this coming October half term, because when we get back to school it’ll be all about the mocks, and the pre mock exams and all sorts, and then it’s GCSEs (which is only a bit scary (note my intense sarcasm!))

So yeah, a very boring night had by me.  Tomorrow night should be more exciting though because the new Riverdale episode is out on Netflix!!  I’m so excited to watch it, I love Riverdale!

THURSDAY 12TH OCTOBER – RIVERDALE IS FINALLY HERE!

I’ve literally waited about a year ish for this?!  I’m so happy the new episode of Riverdale has finally graced Netflix, and it was SO GOOD!  I’m really wondering who exactly tried to (SPOILERS AHEAD IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN IT!) kill Fred Andrews, and who killed/tried to kill Miss Grundy at the end.  I thought it could be Betty’s dad, but only based on the fact that the guy in the mask at the end somewhat resembled him, but I’m sure we’ll find out soon and people will come up with so many theories.  Either way, it was AMAZING and I’m so glad it’s back; my Thursday nights will be a lot better now! I also want to know who you prefer together if you watch it: Betty and Jughead or Veronica and Archie.  I really cannot decide!

Anyway, enough rambling about that.  Tonight has been mostly filled with work, surprise surprise.  I’ve finished some English work that I’ve needed to do as I didn’t manage to complete it during the lesson, and I’ve also started some French revision for next Tuesday’s writing exam.  Fun times for me! Tomorrow is the last day of this week and I’m SO happy because it has dragged way too much! Also, we break up from school on Tuesday of next week which is really good as it means I get an extra three days on my holiday.  We got our history tests back today, I did alright, I got a 6 (which is a B) but then miss remarked one of my questions as we’re allowed to query her marking so that we get more familiar with the mark scheme; it took my 16 mark question from 13/16 to 15/16 which was good.  I did struggle with time on that exam, and missed out one of the eight markers, so I think I’ll try and do that tonight in a little while.  I also need to sort all of my recent tests into the right wallets in my folders at home so that when I finally get round to revising they are all there.

We did have double PE today, which is the bane of my existence, however it worked in my favour as I spent most of the lesson with my friend in the medical room because someone had thrown a ball at the side of her face – oh the joys of dodgeball!

Anyway, that’s been my night.  Pretty boring, apart from Riverdale.

FRIDAY 13TH OCTOBER – NEARLY DYING IN FORM, BLOGGER MAIL AND A PAMPER SESSION!

Okay, maybe that’s a touch dramatic, but it is Friday 13th afterall.

There was some sort of wannabe tarantula in my form this morning, and apparently I’m the only person who has a ‘Oh my god I’m going to die’ experience whenever I see any form of spider.  I had to watch it crawl around and hide in nasty places opposite me on the floor before my form tutor noticed and removed it, but she wasn’t even scared and started to show it to people around the room before she got rid of it.  Mad.  It was like the devil had descended upon the room, I was PETRIFIED.  It literally nearly walked over my foot, I had to move myself to the other side of the classroom before miss managed to safely remove it, and everyone was laughing at me because of this severe terror I’d been put through.  Not fun.

Anyway, after my highly enjoyable spider filled day (which left me permenantly on-edge all day), I got home to some blogger mail which was such a great thing, and exactly what I needed.  I’ll be doing a review soon (Wednesday is the plan, but it could be later than that if I haven’t got time), but for those of you who follow me on instagram (@lovesophblog_ if you aren’t following, or you can just click here to go straight there!) then you’ll have seen some sneak peeks of the product – it’s fair to say that I’m really enjoying it.  Anyway, in light of it’s arrival I decided the best way to try it out would be to have a full blown pamper session for myself!  I had a bath, shaved my legs (so they’re now so soft and its GREAT) and did a hair mask.  After that, I got out and moisturised my body with the amazing body milk that I got in Augusts Betty Box and washed my face and did a face mask, and tried out the facial oil I’d been sent. A full review to come, but it was so lovely and relaxing, both me and my mum love it!

So yeah, not a productive day or evening but I did really enjoy a little bit of ‘me-time’!  I’m going to go to bed basically now because I’m up early to catch the train to Southampton to go shopping tomorrow.

SATURDAY 14TH OCTOBER – SHOPPING AND EATING OUT!

Today has been so lovely!  My mum and I went into Southampton for a really good shop, as we love the shopping centre, West Quay, that is there.  West Quay is so great and filled with all my fave shops, so it’s fair to say I did a bit of damage.  I went into Jack Wills and bought myself a shirt, and mum got me a bodywarmer and a purse (that matches my school bag!!) for christmas.  I always go out to buy my christmas presents with mum because I actually kind of hate surprises so I like to know what I’m getting! In hollister, I bought a long sleeved top with buttons on the chest in this really beautiful burgundy colour, and the most gorgeous, cosy jumper ever! If you’d like to see these in a haul/lookbook post then do tell me in the comments as I love a good haul post but feel like sometimes people can get bored of them!  I also grabbed myself a little pot vase thing in Tiger which I’m using as a pen pot and it’s really nice, and some postcards (again!) in paperchase, but they were just too cute to resist.

Mum and I had lunch out in TGI Fridays, which is definitely our favourite restaurant because we’ve always gone there to eat out basically since I was little. We always get loads of appetisiers to share because we can never decide what to get, so we got a sharing portion of chicken nachos, loaded potato skins and a side of fries.  It was so good, and I loved the decor (although I forgot to grab any pictures); I’d really reccomend TGI Fridays in Southampton, but the one near to West Quay as I think it’s a lot nicer!

Anyway, below is a picture of me.  I wore my Topshop Leigh jeans, Converse and my Jack Wills blue shirt, but I also had a cream jumper from Jack Wills to throw on incase I got too cold (which happened on multiple occasions!)

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Please try to ignore my ‘broken’ looking foot, I have some weird habit of standing like this for photos!


 

So, thats the week over! This was maybe one of the longest posts I’ve done (3141 words!) so if you’ve gotten this far I congratulate you!  How was your week?  If you’ve got a similar post to this make sure to link me to it in the comments so I can have a read!

Soph xx

What I Got For My 15th Birthday!

So, if you didn’t know, on the 8th of August 2017 I turned 15.  For the day, me, my mum and my brother went to Bristol to do some shopping and we also visited a cat cafe, which was so lovely!  All the cats were so cute, and the kittens there were absolutely gorgeous; I could’ve 100% taken them all home with me.  Judging by the picture below, I’m pretty sure that you can tell how cute all the cats were and that I was in crazy cat lady heaven!

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Anyway, in the morning I opened all of my cards and presents.  A lot of my relatives gave me money, which is great as I really love to buy myself my own bits on my birthday: I’m pretty bad a surprises, however the ones I did get this year were so amazing and totally perfect for me!

 

My Grandma got me some face masks from Superdrug, and a hair mask!  I have a massive obsession with the little face masks that come in packets; they’re really convenient and always make my skin feel super soft, so I really can’t wait to use these. I’ve been waiting to take pictures for this post before using them, so now I have I can have myself a lovely little pamper session! You can expect reviews of these, or maybe even a spa night post, I haven’t decided!

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I also got a huge surprise from my brother, which I totally didn’t expect but absolutely love and have wanted forever!  He got me the Friends box set!  This is such a great thing to get me, because now I can catch up on all the episodes and my favourite bits before I go to Friends Fest in Oxford on the 24th – I’m so excited! I’ve already watched most of season 1, and I’m so happy to be watching it again.  Have you seen Friends, it’s clearly one of my favourites!

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As you can tell in the picture above, I also bought myself a pandora ring with my birthday money!  I’ve wanted one for ages, and when I saw this I thought it was so pretty!  It was £35, and I’ve worn it every day since!

I also bought myself the Urban Decay Naked palette, and now I kind of want to collect all of them.  I can tell this will be my palette of choice over autumn and winter; it has so many gorgeous shimmery shades and some great cool toned mattes, so it’s pretty much perfect!  This was £39.50, and because it was my birthday, the lady serving me gave me some free samples which was amazing; I got the primer potion and perversion mascara, both of which I have tested and can say I really like!

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And the final thing I received from all my friends the day after my birthday.  This was such a lovely surprise, and I can’t wait to get some gorgeous pictures with it!  They got me the Instax Mini 8 polaroid camera in white, which is so pretty and looks so beautiful in my room. They also got me some fairy lights and pegs so that I could hang up some pictures I take, and some cool camera lenses to go with it!  They’re so generous and this was such a special present; thank you to all of you, if you’re reading this!

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Ok so thats everything I got for my birthday!  I still have loads of birthday money left to spend, so I’m thinking I might buy another ring or some more makeup, or save it until all the autumnal clothes come out in shops (I am really excited for autumn if you couldn’t tell!)

Also, thank you for 100 instagram followers!  Make sure you’re following me over there, im @lovesophblog_

Soph xx

Boux Avenue Haul

A haul from boux avenue featuring some very cute pyjamas and an exciting life update!

Before I get into what is the mains of the post (the very unexciting haul I’ve order online from my fave shop for pyjamas/underwear ever) I just wanted to give you a small life update.  I haven’t posted in a while and I wanted to say that I’m sorry, posts will be a touch more regular now but I’ve been pretty busy and going back to school is never fun; you know, the general excuses!  However, back on the 1st March I sat my Food Technology GCSE exam – it’s actually a VCert, which still counts as a GCSE qualification but the course isn’t the usual GCSE one.  Anyway, they way they mark it is graded by question, and they add up the grades at the end: say if all of my questions were graded merit (roughly a B) but one was a pass (C), then my grade would drop to pass – same happens if all your questions are at distinction (A-A* level) but one is a merit, pass or even a not yet achieved (a D), your grade drops to the lowest.  It is the most unfair grading system ever, but it is what it is; when I came out of the exam hall in March, like everyone else, I was sure I’d failed.  There was a question about allergens and we’d never seen anything like it before.  Anyway, we got our results back yesterday at break and I GOT A DISTINCTION!!!  I was shaking so much, I had mentally prepared myself for a pass at best because of that one bloody question, but apparently my efforts were good enough because I got the best grade you can get!  I am so over the moon and honestly it made me so happy yesterday: if I can get distinction level on all units of coursework now (ones already down as a distinction because the moderators have been in to mark them) then i can get a distinction* as my overall grade!!  So, as you can see things are going pretty well at the moment – I also got an 8 (A*) in my recent geography assesment so fingers crossed I’ve done okay in history and biology too.

Anyway, onto the main part of this post and what you’re all here for – the haul.  Recently I spied that Boux Avenue had a sale and I went to snap up some bargains, along with some non sale items too.  All of which are pyjamas because I literally live in mine so I see no harm in having an extensive wardrobe filled with them.

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I got three things overall: a pair of pyjama shorts, some longer pyjama bottoms and a set with an adorable giraffe on the front!

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Starting with the shorts.  I got them for eight pounds in the sale, though I think that usually they’re ten or twelve pounds.  They have this gorgeous pink floral design on them and the fabric has a silk look to it, though I’m sure it’s not actually silk!  They’re very glam looking and so comfortable – I love a good pair of pyjama shorts, they’re so comfy to sleep in when the weather gets warmer and Boux Avenue have some amazing ones in stock at the moment (Primark also do really cheap shorts to sleep in which are so cute, but these from Boux are pretty gorgeous!).  The quality is great, they don’t feel cheap or flimsy and the ribbon is really nicely sewn together – I know that sounds like a weird thing to say but sometimes the ribbons made out of this sort of material that is kind of silk like can look really weirdly or sloppily sewn but these arent.  I love the pattern too, it’s really girly and feminine but the dark black background makes it look more sophisticated and less HI-I-AM-A-PINK-FLOWERY-SCENE!  The ribbon is also adjustable and you can pull it tighter to make it fit nicer around the waist, which is always helpful if you’ve got a smaller waist or build in general.

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The next pair I got are these long, white polka dot pyjama bottoms.  I’m wearing them now and I can 100% honestly say they’re comfy as heck. These usually retail for £20, however I caught them in the sale at £10 – they have loads of styles so I’d really recommend checking them out!  Anyway, as some of you may know I’m pretty lanky and twig like, and with such height comes a need for long pyjama bottoms.  I’ve had some from Boux Avenue before which are more of a flannel material and they shrunk pretty easily and became three-quarter-length, not ideal for when you’re wanting long cosy pyjamas.  These are made from cotton so they’re not going to shrink in the wash, plus, they’re really long! I love long pyjama pants, and these are so cute with the polka dots.  They’re very spring themed and I love them!

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Finally, I got this set of pyjamas for £22.  They’re so comfy and that giraffe is so cute!  They’re a really soft material and have a brushed cotton type feel to them, especially the shorts; they’re so comfy.  I totally love these and they’re really cute for the spring summer time.  Now I can wear seasonal pyjamas *small bouts of excitement*!

Anyway, thats my haul over, it was pretty small but I really love everything I got.  I have a couple of questions for you guys, have you been watching the new PLL series and if so, what do you think of it?  I’m watching the latest episode and I’m loving it so far – also, Riverdale is amazing!  Any other shows I should be watching on Netflix? Also, please leave some post suggestions because I’m lacking inspiration a bit at the moment.

Soph xx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One Lovely Blog Award

My post from my nomination of the one lovely blog award & my nominees for it!

Featured image taken by me of a stream near my house.  

The lovely Alanna from imagalaxygirl nominated me (in a fashion) for the One Lovely Blog Award!  I loved the way she nominated people for this: it was so that if you were a particular like, so say you were the 20th like, and she had said that the 20th like was to be nominated , then you were nominated.  It was really creative, I just explain things atrociously so you’ll have to go check out her post to find out how she did it! Again, thank you to Alanna and I’ll get onto the rules of the award.

Rules:

  • Each nominee must THANK the person who nominated them and link their blog in the post.
  • They must include the rules and add the blog award badge as an image
  • Must add 7 facts about them.
  • Then nominate 15 people!

 

Image from Alanna’s post here

 

Seven Facts About Me:

In all honesty, there isn’t much to know about me that I don’t think you all know already, so some of these facts are a little weird and random as I’ve had a really hard timing coming up with them!

  1. I am not a very creative person.  That’s right – I may be a blogger but I am the least artistic person I know.  I used to be into writing stories a while ago, and would like to do that a little more sometimes but I always get stuck halfway through, give up and forget about it.  My dream was to be an author when I was a lot younger and first got into reading, but now I’m not at all sure what I’d like to do.  I envy people who can draw well or have a natural gift at writing narrative!
  2. I often indulge in a little retail therapy.  I love shopping, which may or may not be a little sad though I feel like many of you are in the same boat.  Ever since I was younger, one of my favourite activities was to go shopping but back then I’d just raid Disney Store and Claire’s Accessories and waste my money.  Now, I love to shop in Topshop and Hollister mainly.  I actually went shopping last weekend and did some pretty serious damage to my bank account – I consider myself on a spending ban for the rest of the month!
  3. I am really bad at falling asleep on a nighttime.  I find it so hard to fall asleep at night, and then I end up staying awake all night long and waking up in the morning feeling like pure rubbish!  I have improved slightly since I’ve started taking melatonin more often and limiting myself to the time I have on my phone before I go to bed (a quick tip for anyone like me would be to turn the brightness of your phone all the way down and turn night shift on when you’re looking at it in the dark as it is less of a strain on your eyes!)
  4. I’m doing DofE.  That’s right, lazy old me is completing my Duke of Edinburgh award!  I’m at the bronze level, and I was regretting it whilst we were on our ten mile practice walk a couple of weekends ago; the weather was horrible!  It rained the most part, and at one point we were climbing a hill which was really muddy and it started to hail and I fell down the hill! It was a great laugh and I enjoyed being with my friends but it was equally tiring and freezing.  For my physical section I’m doing walking/hiking – I’m not a sporty person so this was an option I felt was good and I can achieve easily on weekends with my family.  My skills section is gardening which is actually more fun than I’d expected and since this is the section I’m doing for 6 months it means I’ll get to enjoy my garden in the summer more.  For volunteering I’m looking to volunteer in some local charity shops and someone got back to me today and arranged a meeting on Saturday which I’m slightly nervous for but all in all everything is turning out pretty good!
  5. I still play Pokemon Go.  Yep, I’m that guy!  I got hooked when it first came out and although I don’t leave my bedroom very often (living a really fun reclusive life if any of you were wondering) to go catch pokemon, I do enjoy it whilst I’m out and about!  I’m a level sixteen now & I have caught some pretty decent pokemon – I still have a small moment of joy when I see a pikachu!  It may be sad, but I’m not giving up on it any time soon!  Do any of you still play it or am I alone in this game?
  6. One of my biggest obsessions (aside from cats!) is makeup.  Like you couldn’t have guessed this, I’m a bit of a makeup fanatic.  I have a whole dressing table drawer brimming with the stuff, and it never stops growing!  I’m thinking of maybe buying the Alex Drawers from ikea in their five set to store some of my makeup in, as I don’t think I’ll ever collect enough to fill the nine drawers but I reckon that five full drawers is pretty achievable!
  7. I would love to travel when I’m older.  The idea of continuing school after college and going on to get a more ‘professional’ job like a doctor or a vet really doesn’t appeal to me.  I haven’t actually got a single clue what I would like to do after college, but I’m 99% sure it’s not going to be university.  I’d love to travel, and I’m always so inspired by Charlotte from CHARLOTTE J.  She’s travelling solo at the moment and I would love to do something like that!  The place at the top of my list is Iceland to see the northern lights and go in the lagoons, though I’d also love to go backpacking around Europe and try to visit as many of the cities as I can.  The one place I’d really love to go is Italy, because as of this far in my fourteen years I’ve never been!

  My Nominees:

  1. Charlotte from CHARLOTTE J
  2. Harriet from Harriet Day
  3. Jess from Sunshine and Teacups
  4. Naomi from Withlovenaomi
  5. Najida from The Average Gurl
  6. Jules from Blonde’s Tea
  7. PaleGirlRambling

I only have seven nominations for this post, and of course I can understand that blog award posts become slightly tedious – do not worry, I won’t be offended if you don’t post it!

Soph xx

 

 

Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette Review

Well my God am I excited to be writing this post!  I’d been waiting just under a week for possibly the most exciting thing I ever ordered to arrive and when it did I just knew I’d love it as soon as I opened the box.  It is, if you hadn’t figured, The Too Faced Sweet Peach palette!  This was limited edition in the Summer and I had one reserved at Debenhams to buy with my birthday money, but it sold out and my reservation no longer existed, so I sat lusting over everyone else’s palettes whilst I remained peach-less, until the joyous day in December when I found out that Debenhams were in fact restocking along with the launch of the Sweet Peach Collection – and it’s there to stay!  If you want to buy this palette from Debenhams, click here – it’s £39.00 very well spent in my opinion.

Anyway, I decided that like my Chocolate Bar Palette Review, I would review yet another amazing palette brought to us on this earth by the Gods from Too Faced!  I’ve got everything; swatches, packaging and actual eye shadow photos – and don’t doubt that I’ll be creating a look or two with this palette soon! So, lets get into it I guess.

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So, as you can see, the palette doesn’t look dissimilar to the other larger ones that Too Faced have out, such as the Chocolate Bar series. It has eighteen shades in it, all to do with peaches or being very peachy toned or generally quite neutral.  I love how it incorporates pops of colour into this quite daytime, neutral palette – shades such as candied peach and just peachy are a welcomed pop of bright almost neon pink and slightly shimmery less neon pink.  The green shade, bless her heart, is really nice as it does still fit into the peach theme, without being too neutral.

As always, the shadows are amazingly easy to blend and highly pigmented.  The shimmery ones are more pigmented than the mattes but only slightly, yet they both blend really nicely and easily.  They have a professional finish to them which I think helps this palette to appeal to everyone: you definitely don’t have to be a pro makeup artist to use this – look at me, I’m not good at makeup at all and even I have still found it easy to create looks with.  You can always follow the mini beauty leaflet to tell you about how to create specific looks.

The packaging is as always very gorgeous, heavy duty and luxurious.  I especially love how soft the peachy gradient is and the peach indents on the lid.  The palette itself smells so lovely, like a really summery smoothie – it reminds me of holidays.

Onto the actual eyeshadow swatches and shades now, I’m doing it in blocks of six going downwards.  Here’s a picture of the palette inside so that you can compare the swatches to the shadows in pan.

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Okay so starting with the first section, we have the neutrals.  From bottom to top we have white peach, then nectar, then peaches n cream, then luscious, then cobbler, then georgia. Out of all these shades, luscious is undoubtedly my favourite.  It’s a gorgeous champagne-silver colour which is so shimmery and the shimmer is really thick on the lid so the colour payoff is great.  As you can see, the shades are visible under both bad lighting and no flash (rip my non-existent photography skills) or under flash, even the lighter ones such as white peach are just visible on my very pale skin, but show up great on a well primed eyelid (I like to use Benefit’s stay don’t stray, which you can find a mini review on here in my high end makeup collection post).

Onto the next six, we have the more peachy shades in the palette.  From bottom to top here we have just peachy, then candied peach, then caramelised, then bless her heart, then bellini, and finally puree.  From this section, and actually from the whole palette, similar to other lovers of this palette, my favourite shade is bellini.  This is a beautiful shade of pink shimmer which looks amazing packed onto the eyelid with a look really centralised around the more peach shades in this palette.  I also love the two shades just peachy and candied peach and they’re probably the most used shades for my transition colours on my eye!

Onto the last section, where the palette goes into darker colours which I do feel may slightly slip away from the peachy theme – nonetheless they are still really nice & I actually use these a lot, even though some of these darker shades may seem a little unwearable.  From bottom to top here we have got talk derby to me, then peach pit, then summer yum, then charmed i’m sure, then delectable and finally tempting.  This part of the palette houses my favourite matte shade in the palette, summer yum, which I often wear in my crease as it’s really nice and warm – I’m already in the mood for spring, winter is starting to annoy me, so I’m pulling out my warmer toned eyeshadows which usually consist of brighter shades, but if found this matte colour to work really nicely.  In my swatches, tempting and talk derby to me both look very similar, and whilst they are not on total opposite ends of the colour spectrum, they still do have significant differences.

So, there goes the whole palette over view.  I really love this palette, I think it’s easily  a match to the original Chocolate Bar palette, which I have and which is and will remain well loved!  The shadows in formula and pigmentation are lovely and I think this is for sure a great staple to have in your makeup collection!

Soph xx

My New Years Resolutions

Hi guys,

Quick announcement, the name of my blog has changed from I’m A Zalfie Fanatic to Love, Soph.  It may still be subject to change, but please tell me your opinions on the new blog name in the comments!

Welcome to 2017!  I’m ready for this year and I really want to make it as good for me and hopefully better than 2016.  It’s a shame I had to start off my year with History revision, but moving aside from that depressing fact, I’m here today to tell you about my resolutions for 2017.

I know, it may seem shocking that I’m serious about doing these resolutions, but I really am.  Hopefully by doing this I’ll make my 2017 a positive and more organised experience for myself.

  1. Eat Healthy: I’ve got some ideas of healthy meals, most from my pinterest, which I’d like to follow, especially for breakfast and lunch.  I’m the biggest culprit for missing breakfast, dying of starvation until lunch and then proceeding to gorge on an easy packet of crisps and chocolate bar I found in my cupboard for lunch.  I’m planning on making nice salads and wraps.  I don’t know, we’ll see how long this lasts.  As you can imagine, this has been the subject of much hilarity in my house this past week or so.
  2. Exercise: I really don’t exercise enough.  I’m not overweight but I feel like if I exercised more often I’d feel a lot healthier as person and I am looking to tone up too, especially for summer (I’m lazy so yes, it will take me half of the year to tone up).
  3. Drinking more water:  I need to quit my drinking of fizzy drinks and sugary things hopefully down to just water.  I’ve been drinking a considerably good amount today and I’m hoping for this to make me healthier and also clear up my skin!
  4. Do my homework the night I get it: I am such a procrastinator, so I’ll always leave my homework until the night before it is due, and then it ends up being really bad!  If I do it the night that I get it then the knowledge from my lessons will be fresh in my mind and I can do it better, I hope!
  5. Waking up early: and hopefully going to bed at a more sensible time than 4am too.  My body clock has honestly been ruined by my staying up too late and waking up at 3pm (don’t judge me, my bed is just so comfy).  I’m wanting to wake up by 6:30pm on weekdays because usually I’m up at 8:10am, ten minutes before I should go to school.  Waking  up earlier I hope will make me more tired and I’ll fall asleep before 1am?  We can only hope!
  6. Developing my blog:  This year will be the year that my blog flourishes!  I’m hoping to have made it to 500 by the end of 2017, if I do I will be so happy.  I want to produce quality content for you all, and my new posting schedule will be 6PM (GMT) on Wednesdays and Saturdays.  There will be lots of reviews and I have a few exciting posts coming up!  I would really like to go self hosted, but I don’t think I know enough about it or about blogging in general to do that just yet.

Now, after my resolutions I always have smaller, less important goals or achievements. This year I would like to read at least ten 19th/20th century novels, so any recommendations of your favourites are welcome!  I want to start to save money.  Finally, I want to do well in school and record all of my test results so that I can see how I improve.

I hope you’ve all had a fulfilling and busy start to the year.  Bring on 2017!

Soph xx

2016: A Round Up

Hi guys!

happy new year

Happy New Year, whether it has hit midnight for you or not, I hope you have had an amazing night surrounded by all your friends and family! I also hope that for you 2016 has been a year which you have enjoyed and achieved in.  For the world and humanity as a whole, 2016 has been a rough year, but without focusing on the negatives, you will find a lot of good in it.

I’ve decided that tonight I’m going to do a small roundup of 2016, since it has been a year for me which has been very hectic but in which I feel I have achieved a lot, both in my blogging life and outside of my blogging life.

1. I have moved across the country! If you haven’t been here for long, you may not know that in May I moved from West Yorkshire (UK) all the way down to Wiltshire. This was because of my brothers need for a specialist dyslexia school.  This move has changed me in many ways, and whilst I might not have wanted to go because of my amazing friends in Yorkshire, it has made me much more acceptable to change and I have made some wonderful friends because of it – not to mention kept my old friends who I know are there for me always. This also meant moving schools as we started or GCSE course which was one of the most stressful things ever, but I think I’ve just about managed to pull that off; I moved schools in 2015 and 2016, lets see if I do it again in 2017 (place your bets everybody!).

2. I hit 100, and then 200 followers on my blog!  This may not seem a huge deal to many of you but being in triple digits on my blog made me ecstatic – to know that loads of you read my posts makes me so happy and gives me the want to keep creating them!  Here’s to 300, right?

3. I became unanonymous!  At the start of the year, my blog was anonymous and the Sophie that you all know went by the name I’m A Zalfie Fanatic, however I am so glad I became public as I feel more true to myself and like this blog is totally mine now!  I’m actually wanting to change my name and the majority of twitter said I should when I voted on a poll, so within the next couple of days the name of my blog will be changed (follow me on twitter here to keep up with these changes) as I feel the current one is too immature and does not reflect who I am.  My URL will not be changed but my name will be, so please bear in mind it’s still me when you see a random name pop up in your reader – any suggestions please leave a comment as I’m a little bit stuck!

4. I did my first ever PR related post!  Which you can read here!  Things like this are huge steps for me in making my blog more successful and I am fully aware that blogging is not about the ‘free stuff’ and it really isn’t for me, but it does help to make a blog more popular and well known.  I may have a couple PR posts lined up for the new year, so stay tuned for that!

So, I’m sure that I’ve achieved more than four things in 2016 but these are the most prominent ones I can think of!  I wish you all a very happy new year, and I thank you all for taking your time to be here with me for this upcoming year!  I hope it brings us all joy and happiness and is considerably more enjoyable than 2016!  Happy new year!  I love you all!

Soph x