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