Coconut Oil: Your Saviour In The Colder Months

I don’t know about you, but my skin gets really dry during autumn/winter.  I’ve always had trouble with this, and also always had trouble finding a really good moisturiser to treat it.  Sure, often you really want to treat yourself with an amazing smelling body butter, but sometimes you just really need something that will work properly and get the job done.  That’s where coconut oil comes in: this is an organic moisturister which has been raved about in the beauty community for a few years now, and I’ve just recently hopped on the bandwagon and wanted to share it with you – everything from my thoughts on it and 30 uses for it! Yep, thirty!  And, there are loads more but these are just some of my favourites.

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I use the Coco Loco organic coconut oil which I believe is from Lidl (my grandma bought it for me) and it is really good and very inexpensive, which is always a plus!  I find that you really do not need much to moisturise your whole body, and while I really dislike the smell of coconut, this one isn’t strong at all so I can totally stand the scent!  It never fails to make my skin super soft and it also doesn’t feel really greasy.

Anyway, the most interesting thing about coconut oil is that it is really versatile; it can basically be used for ANYTHING!  I know lots of people use  it as a cooking oil, and the most obvious use for it here might be moisturising, but I’m going to share with you a whopping thirty ways that you can use coconut oil in your life.  And, by the way, you should totally be doing these because they’re pretty cool and not to mention very helpful!

  1. Use it on your eyelashes – before you go to sleep at night, apply coconut oil onto your eyelashes and they should grow thicker and longer if you do it every night!
  2. Massage into your cuticles – if you put coconut oil onto your cuitcles they’ll grow healthier, stronger and softer: no more painful peeling cuticles here!
  3. All over body moisturiser – a little obvious, but though’t I’d include it anyway! Rub coconut oil all over your body to make your skin stupidly soft!
  4. Body scrub – adding equal parts coconut oil and sugar together, along with some essential oils if you’d like, can make an amazing exfoliator that will remove your dead skin and make it really soft.
  5. Put it into your bath – a spoonful or two of coconut oil melted into your bath will make your bathwater feel luxuriously silky and keep your skin nice and moisturised.
  6. Hide split ends – before you get to go for a trim at the hairdressers, if your split ends are really getting on your nerves, run a little coconut oil over them and it should mask their apperance making your hair look healthier!
  7. Hair mask – overnight or for 20 minutes, coconut oil hair masks are garunteed to make your hair feel super soft and look shiny and glossy.  Simply apply to your hair evenly and wait as long as you’d like, then wash it out thoroughly and you’ll be left with shining locks!
  8. Soothe a sore throat – adding a spoonful of coconut oil to your tea when you have a sore throat will help to soothe your throat and stop it from being so painful.
  9. Take some daily – in whatever form you choose to eat coconut oil, if done so daily it has been proven to help improve sleep, concentration, and even help with weight loss.
  10. Whip it up with shea butter – if you whip the two together, you’ll get a luxurious feeling body butter: you could also add some scented essential oils for an even nicer treat!
  11. Lip balm – I don’t know about you, but my lips get really dry come autumn/winter. Maybe it’s the cold weather, but maybe it’s all those dark matte drying lipsticks I’m wearing! To combat this, I put coconut oil on as a lipbalm all the time, especially when I’m about to go to bed; then I wake up with beautifully soft lips!
  12. Shaving cream – we all know the feeling of having softly shaven legs is the best in the world, but what if you could have super soft legs by using coconut oil as a shaving cream.  Thats right, it’s totally doable and makes the newly shaven leg feeling about a million times better!
  13. Mix it with sea salt – this can help remove the dry skin on your feet, because sea salt is coarser than sugar and so it can tackle tougher skin!  You can also lather coconut oil on your feet, then sleep with socks on to have super soft feet in the morning!
  14. Use it on eczema outbreaks – I suffer from eczema quite badly in the colder weather, my skin gets dry and itchy, especially around my elbows and behind my knees.  You can use coconut oil as a natural remedy to eczema to lessen the effects and keep the area moisturised.  Plus it has antibacterial properties and can help heal wounds quicker.
  15. Use it on your elbows – a little coconut oil on your elbows can help stop them from getting dry, flaky and cracking!
  16. Tame flyaways – if you’re tying your hair back and you’ve noticed a few bits of hair flying away, you can smooth these down with a touch of coconut oil.
  17. Oil pulling – this is something really weird that I found out about the other day, but I might even try it sometime.  Basically you’re supposed to swill your mouth out with coconut oil for 10-15 minutes every day at least five times a week.  This is supposed to improve gum health, act as a mouthwash and help whiten teeth when done consistently, and it’s totally natural.
  18. Lessen your cellulite – if you’ve noticed cellulite on your skin, you can use coconut oil on it to try and lessen it’s apperance (thats only if it bothers you, because you totally do not have to try ‘get rid’ of cellulite if you don’t want to!)
  19. Resolve acne – for some people, when coconut oil has been used as a regular part of their skincare it has been known to help with acne!
  20. Under eye cream – I told you coconut oil can really do anything!  Using it under your eyes at night can help to lessen the apperance of dark circles which makes for an all round brighter complexion!

I hope you enjoyed this post – have I converted you to coconut oil or do you already use it?  Make sure to leave me a comment and tell me which tip surprised you the most! I love my coconut oil!

Soph xx

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Autumn Tag

As you all know, I really love autumn!  It’s just so cosy and I really love to be cosy.  Now that I’m on my half term break from school, which started on Wednesday 18th (quite early, but I’m not complaining!), I figured I’ve got some time for some extra blog posts and I’ve decided on doing the Autumn tag.  I’ve seen this floating around for years now, and never managed to source an official set of questions as I’ve noticed everyones vary somewhat.  So, I’ve basically compiled a list of any that I could find on google from all over the place, and I’m going to answer them for you all.

What signifies the start of autumn for you?

Honestly, as soon as my August birthday is done, I am more than ready for autumn!  What really signifies the start of it though for me is smelling everyone with their wood burning stoves on, which I find happens almost every night as I’m walking home from school.  When there are leaves on the floor and the air in the morning is really crisp, that’s when I know autumn has begun.

What is your favourite Fall scent?

Anything which has cinnamon in it.  Something that is spicy, because that always helps to get me in the mood for Christmas too!

What is your favourite Autumn colour?

I love mustards and burgundy, but also cream/oatmeal coloured knits!

What is your favourite Fall drink?

I’m not big on hot drinks to be honest, but I am partial to the odd hot chocolate. My favourite hot chocolate is the dark forest hot chocolate, which tastes like a dark forest gateaux! It also has cream, cherry sauce and a cherry on top; it’s lush.

What TV show, new or old are you looking forward to this Fall?

Well, as we all know from this post, Riverdale has come back and it  made me very excited!  My thursday evenings are now filled with Riverdale sessions, and I couldn’t be happier.  Another TV show I’m looking forward to is the second season of The Crown on Netflix which is coming out in November!

What is your favorite Fall fashion trend?

Really cosy jumpers.  I have a huge jumper and I love wearing it because it’s so warm.  Wearing jumpers is my favourite thing, and I love that I can do it in Autumn so often because the weather is perfect for it!

What is your favourite frugal Autumn activity?

As anyone who knows me will know, I’m not big on going outside and much prefer the comforts of my own home, however I do love an autumn walk, hunting for conkers and acorns and pinecones, taking pictures of all the colourful leaves and just being cosy in the cold is lovely!

Are you a bigger fan of Thanksgiving or Halloween?

In the UK, we don’t celebrate thanksgiving but I do love Halloween.  I’ve always remembered it as very special since I’ve been a little girl; the old street I used to live on was always so festive!  Everyone used to decorate their houses for the trick or treaters, and I always loved getting dressed up and wearing spooky makeup.  Now I’m 15, i don’t go trick or treating anymore (mind you, I would if I didn’t think that little kids would find it scary having me out there!!) but I still love carving pumpkins and handing out sweets!

How close do you sit to the fire before you get too hot?

Honestly, I would climb inside our fire if I could!  I’m permanently cold, so whenever the fire is on (it is now, and I’m about a metre away on the sofa and lovely and toasty) you can always find me pretty close by!

Do you make hot chocolate from scratch or from the packet?

I usually use packet hot chocolate (Cadbury is, and always will be the best) but I’ll almost always dress it up with cream on top and marshmallows if we’ve got any!

Do you make hot chocolate with milk or water?

Um, milk? I don’t understand people who make it with water: I was forced to warm myself up with watery hot chocolate one chilly morning on DofE and it was pretty rank.  I’ll always use milk, and sometimes if I’m feeling really fat, I’ll pour in some double cream too: it makes for the loveliest, creamiest hot chocolate EVER!

Do you enjoy feeling the cold air, or do you wrap up warm?

I love the fact that it is cold in autumn, but I like to protect myself from it at all costs.  I’m constantly wrapped up in millions of layers whenever I exit the house, but somehow I still manage to find myself pretty chilly!  I do love the crisp air in the morning though when I’m walking to school, it really wakes me up!

Do you go pumpkin picking?

I usually buy my pumpkins at the supermarket and I’ve never been pumpkin picking, but I would really love to!

Cold rain or dense fog?

England’s weather is very unpredictable so we never know what we’re going to get (cough cough, Ophelia and your red sun that made everyone think they were going to die for a brief moment) but I love both.  Cold rain is not something I’d opt to venture out in, but I really love sitting inside and listening to rain on the windows, but dense fog is always super spooky and cool.

How good are you at pumpkin carving?

I’d like to say I’m pretty skilled.  With the help of a stencil, I’ve been able to create a few really cool designs on pumpkins!

Favourite autumn candle?

Has to be Yankee Candles Cosy By The Fire.  It’s really nice and spicy and one of my favourite, warm scents.


That’s the end of all my questions I’ve found!  I’m not going to tag anyone, but for those of you who are reading, if you do want to do this tag then you totally should!  Leave me a link to your posts in the comments!

Soph xx

These Are A Few Of My Favourite Things

Autumn Girl tagged me to do this tag, where I make a list of all the things that make me happy and that are my favourites; whether that’s to eat, look at, hear or be around.  I loved the idea of this tag, and I think it’s great that it helps spread positivity!  I know I’ve done quite a few tags recently – well, tomorrow you’re getting an autumn tag so thats only two, but it’s still quite a lot. However, I figured why not break out a few fun and easy extra posts in and amongst my posting schedule!  I hope you all enjoy!

RAIN ON WINDOWS

This is totally one of my absolute favourite ever sounds!  It makes me feel so cosy and I still get to watch and listen to the rain whilst being warm and cosy inside!

HAVING MY ROOM LOOK TIDY

I love it so much when my room is tidy.  When my bed is made, my floor is clear and all my surfaces are clean I can light some candles and put my fairy lights on and feel so cosy.  I also find that having a tidy room helps me feel way more productive and I tend to get on with things more, which is always good!

BLOGGING

I go through phases of blogging loads (cough cough, now – only because I’m on half term though!) and not blogging much at all, but no matter what I always love blogging.  Something about the community and the response people give to your posts is so positive and uplifting, it’s a place I really love to be.

MY CATS

I think we probably all know that I’m a bit of a crazy cat lady by now, but I truly do find so much happiness in my cats!  They’re so wonderful, and even though they kind of hate each other, I love to see them together with their personalities clashing; it always makes me laugh!  What’s best though is when I get cuddles with my cats (sometimes against their will but they do love me, even if I do annoy them with my pestering!) and they’re just SO CUTE!

BEING AROUND PEOPLE

My personality is a really odd thing:  I’m very introverted in the way that I cannot be bothered to leave the house, I’m happiest in my bed and so on so forth.  However, as much as I hate being made to go out with people, I always love it when I’m there!  I’m actually a really social person and love being around people and having a laugh, I can just never find the motivation to do it.  I love being in a huge group of people because there’s always something to talk about and someone to talk to!

STATIONARY

Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve always had an extreme love for stationary.  It’s just such a nice thing to have around my room, and I sometimes grow so attached to notebooks that I find myself unable to use them – weird, I know!  I just love having pretty pens and pencils with me at all times and it’s so much fun to just be around nice things!

So, those are just a few of my favourite things in life!  I know this was a super quick post, but that’s okay!

I nominate Alanna and Najida

What are your favourite things?

Soph xx

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

Whats In My Bag? | Autumn Edition

Now the weather is getting loads colder, I’ve switched from my trusty Fjallraven Kanken bag to my favourite autumn bag.  I love having  a new bag for each season, and this one from River Island makes such a nice addition to an outfit. The colour is SO GORGEOUS and I totally love this bag!

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It’s a few years old now, so you can’t get it on River Island’s website anymore, but I absolutely adore it.  It’s a nice burgundy colour, so it isn’t too in your face but it isn’t boring either.  It’s really quite small, which I prefer because it means I’ll only bring my essentials and what I need with me instead of loads of pointless bits and bats.  It’s a bit of a satchel style, and the hardwear is gold which is something I wouldn’t usually go for but I really like it here.

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In the first front pocket, I usually keep my phone but I was taking the pictures with it.  I also keep my Jack Wills purse, it’s more of a coin purse but I prefer a small purse because it takes up less room and there’s less fuss.  I also have my Burts Bees peppermint lip balm, it’s really moisturising and I bring this everywhere.

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In the main compartment I have a card holder.  I pay for most things on my debit card, and I also keep my bus pass in here.  I also have a mascara and a compact mirror, along with a pen.  I always have a pen with me, you really never know when you’ll need one!

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In the very back zipped compartment I have some plasters and some bobbles.  I also have some chewing gum.  I’m prone to blisters very often, so plasters are a must for me. Chewing gum is always an essential too, and I can’t go a day without a bobble!

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So, thats all thats in my bag.  What are your bag essentials? Do we share any of the same things?

Soph xx

 

 

Organise Your Life | My Top Tips For Organising

I don’t know about you, but I always feel so much more productive when everything in my life is organised.  Over the years, especially having been at school, I have developed some ways to organise my life and I find them so useful!  I can be a very forgetful person, and in general I lack motivation and sometimes I find myself so unorganised!  So, I’ve been and compiled a list filled with organisational tips and ways you can make your life so much easier by organising it!

POST IT NOTES

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Post it notes are one of my favourite ways to stay organised!  I write basically all of my reminders and stuff onto post it notes and stick them all around my room.  If I have some really important homework that I know I’ll forget, I pop it on a post it note and stick it onto my wall, or on the surface of my bedside table so I’ll see it all the time!  However, boring old post it notes always look a bit obnoxious on your wall (or at least I think, the bright colours are great for revision but for day to day things they’re pretty bleh) so I always like to use Paperchase sticky notes.  They do gorgeous mini books filled with all sorts of sizes of sticky notes.  Mine are a few years old now, but you can find similar ones here!

This is my favourite book of sticky notes: you get one side with these huge ones on that are so useful for writing plans for blog posts on, or what coursework I need to complete.  The two little tab post it notes are so useful for marking books and folders, and then you have two squared floral patterned sticky notes.  The woodland animals are so adorable and I love using them!

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PLAN EVERYTHING

And buy a planner!

I use my planner for everything!  Again, it’s from paperchase (I clearly love paperchase?) and it’s so useful.  It has loads of room to write down all my homework assignments, events I have to attend and any appointments that I have.  I love the layout of it, and I don’t think I’d be able to survive without it, especially during the school months.  It’s so useful for writing down things like ‘Copy up history notes’ that I know I’d just forget otherwise and that would come to bite me on the backside later on!  I write down all of my blog posts that are scheduled to go up and it helps me stay organised.

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PRINTABLES ARE YOUR BEST FRIEND

I love using all sorts of printables to organise my life!  People are so talented online and make some gorgeous ones! A quick pinterest search can have you drowning in adorable calendars for the month, which are perfect for an at-a-glance-look for what you’re doing that month, or essay planners to help you write the perfect essay.  Not only that, but I love blog post planners so much!  Tabi from Busy Bee has an amazing blog post ideas planner, with a section for the name of the post and any info, and then another for the date it’s going up (you can find it here in her amazing blog inspiration post!) and I use this all the time, it’s actually in the picture below.  I’m a big believer in using printables to plan all sorts of things in my life!

You can find my pinterested board ‘Printables‘ which is totally dedicated to cute and useful print out sheets to help you organise your life!

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Those are my top three organisational tips!  Have you got any other tips you use to stay organised?  If so, let me know in the comments!

Soph xx

 

The Birdhouse Calligraphy: Beautiful Calligraphy, Quotes and More!

Recently, The Birdhouse Calligraphy got in touch with me asking if I could feature some of their products on my blog.  I love working with brands, and when I saw their products I completely fell in love and jumped at the opportunity.  I was sent over a gorgeous card, which I’ll be using for my Mum’s birthday (when this goes up, that will have been yesterday!)

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Not only is this card super gorgeous, it’s beautifully crafted and so relevant to me and my mum!  I totally love it!

The Birdhouse Calligraphy offers many designs on their website, all hand written in beautiful calligraphy, and they do quotes and cards.  The quotes can be framed around your house, or just used as a gift or anything really!  They’re beautiful and many are so inspiring: plus, there are lots of pieces available for animal lovers!  You can see examples of their lovely work on their instagram here or on their etsy store here.

I truly am in love with their designs, and I think that Louise is so talented.  I’ve featured some images of their other designs below, which are my absolute favourites!

Those are some of my favourite designs from the shop: they’re so pretty and would look so lovely pegged up on a photo line (I have one of these in my room, filled with pictures and postcards from paperchase: these quotes would make such a wonderful addition!). However, if you don’t find one that tickles your fancy, worry not.  You can always ask for a personalised design, they make whatever you want, which is so lovely.  Everything is hand drawn, there is no digital printing; this makes it personal, and so sentimental.  I love thoughtful brands like The Birdhouse Calligraphy – they’re so special!

Also, Louise has given me a 10% off code for my readers, which you should totally use! It’s THANKS10 !

Soph xx

Recent Empties!

I’ve never done an empties post before on my blog, but I actually really enjoy reading other peoples.  I think it’s really great to see what people have been loving (or not loving!) so much that they’ve finished the product.  So, today I’ve gathered up all my empty tubes and bottles in my bedroom and popped them into a post for you all to read my opinions on, and whether or not I’ll be buying them again!

 

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SKINCARE

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I only have three skincare bits for this whole post, which is weird as I thought I’d have more, but it seems I don’t!  I must be accidentally buying lots of face washes when I haven’t really run out of my current one!

Rituals – The Ritual Of Sakura Body Cream

I’ve finished  this product with much sadness!  I totally loved this body cream. Over the summer I’ve had really dry skin, I’ve been peeling from sunburn and  the Duke Of Edinburgh practice walk literally wrecked my feet.  However, after a little while, all of those problems were gone when I used this body cream!  It’s really moisturising and smells SO GOOD – it has a floral scent, which I’m not usually the biggest fan of, but this scent of rice milk and cherry blossom was super delicate and gave your skin just a hint of a scent.

Would I buy it again? Considering I got this in an M&S advent calendar last year and have loved it so much, I probably would buy it again.  It’s £6.00 for 70ml, which isn’t too bad considering that this is truly amazing!  I would love to check out some more of the rituals range!

Neutrogena – Oil Free Moisturiser

I love this moisturiser!  I actually have quite dry skin a lot of the time, and I find this to be really hydrating even though it is ‘oil free’!  I use this every morning and evening, and my only pet peeve is the packaging.  When you get close to the end, nothing comes out because its hidden in places it cannot be squeezed from! I always have to cut open the tube, which I’ll be doing after this post so I can get all the rest of the moisturiser out!  I also really love the packaging, it looks very modern and slick.

Would I buy it again? I’ve been using this moisturiser around two years now, and it’s never failed me yet so I will be buying this again very shortly.  I do sometimes think it might be nice to give my skin a bit of a change, but when you know something works you want to stick with it!

Neutrogena – Visibly Clear Blackhead Eliminating Daily Scrub

This scrub isn’t the worst, don’t get me wrong.  When I first started using it, I used to quite like it.  For a while, it made my skin feel really soft and did help with blackheads to some extent, but by no means did it make them vanish.  It wasn’t really all that gentle either, and my skin isn’t even super sensitive.  After a while, it just stopped working for my skin; it didn’t cause me any problems, it just didn’t do anything good.

Would I buy it again? Plain and simple, no I wouldn’t.  I’ve found a much better neutrogena scrub now that’s more gentle, makes my skin feel soft and also smells of cucumbers!

MAKEUP

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Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara 

Ahh!! I love this mascara and cannot rave about it enough! It’s the best drugstore dupe for Benefit’s Roller Lash, and makes your lashes so long! I have had this for a while now, and it lasted me a long time.  I also really love the shape of this brush, as it basically hugs your lashes so it coats them really evenly and well!  It’s well loved, as you can see by the picture: practically unrecognisable!

Would I buy it again? Considering that this mascara is one of my favourites ever, I would definitely buy it again, and also recommend it to anyone who’s looking for an affordable drugstore mascara that works!

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Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer 

This is my absolute go to concealer.  So creamy, so blendable and the coverage is completely insane.  This is with me everywhere I go; I have one in my school bag, one at home and I wear it every single day.  It lasts really well, but also runs out very fast.

Would I buy it again? It’s an absolute favourite of mine, so yes I would, I always have one in stock anyway!

Seventeen Stay Time Concealer 

Not for me.  I really don’t like this concealer.  I bought it out of desperation when I couldn’t find my usual concealer, and the only thing I liked about it was that it was pale enough.  It didn’t blend well and the coverage was really poor.

Would I buy it again?  I hated this one so much, I wouldn’t buy it even out of desperation again!

Rimmel London Wake Me Up Concealer 

Do my concealer empties ever end?  I enjoyed using this concealer.  The shade was really good, not bad coverage and stayed on for a long time.  However, it did have weird glitter particles in it which I assume were to make your face look more awake and glowy, but really they just annoyed me.

Would I buy it again? Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t totally hate this concealer but it wasn’t my favourite thing ever.  I don’t think I’d buy it again though.

Benefit Stay Don’t Stray

I really like this as an eyeshadow and concealer primer, and the fact that it’s two in one is really convenient.  Also, if i was feeling lazy, I could just put this on my eyes and look a bit more awake.  The coverage isn’t full, but it’s a good medium and really blendable, plus it does hold eyeshadow and concealer on really well!

Would I buy it again? Having found urban decay’s primer potion, I think I prefer that and I’m not sure that I’d buy this again.  There are some slightly better primers on the market than this one.  I don’t hate it, but I don’t love it enough to buy it again.

Rimmel London Stay Matte Powder

I haven’t got that much to say about this powder, other than the fact that I love it and it’s basically the only one I’ll use!  It’s really good at keeping your face oil free and matte all day, it’s perfect for wearing to school!

Would I buy it again? I use this every day, and will continue to do so forever! I would definitely buy this again!

So, that was all my empties for this post!  If you liked this post, make sure to tell me and I can do some more in the future!

Soph xx

My Top 5 Favourite Netflix TV Shows!

If you didn’t know, I’m a bit of a Netflix junkie and have watched basically everything on there (this is a HUGE understatement, but it sometimes feels like I have!).  This means that when searching for new things to watch, it can be quite difficult as you scroll through endless episodes of Pretty Little Liars and Gilmore Girls (I love PLL, but it totally got boring towards the end for me – I haven’t watched Gilmore Girls though), looking for something a bit more exciting to watch.  Thats why I’m here today to reccomend you a few of my favourite ever shows on Netflix.

And you know, you’ve just gone back to school – what better way to procrastinate than by binging TV shows none stop!

Pride and Prejudice

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No, not the film.  The 100% perfect TV series with none other than Colin Firth playing Mr Darcy.  This is, for me, the ultimate love story and I totally have watched it maybe 50 times?  Every moment just has you doing the little ‘SQUEEEE!’ happy noises because it’s just so good!  There isn’t a character I don’t like, Lizzie is so amazing, as is Jane and all the other sisters (apart from Mary who I kind of hate) and then you have their parents who are the best, Mrs Bennet makes me laugh so much.  Don’t even get me started on Mr Darcy!

Gossip Girl

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A classic which I know many people like, but it took me such a long time to get round to watching Gossip Girl, and then I couldn’t stop!  With it being the 10 year anniversary recently I figured I had to watch it again.  I love all the characters so much, and the show never gets boring because the drama is just TOO GOOD! I still have a problem with the gossip girl reveal because there are just way too many gaps in the plot for it to work!

Skins

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Skins is the ultimate British actual realistic TV programme! All the characters through all the generations were super fun and exciting, everyone is really relatable and not only that, its based in Bristol in an actual realistic place.  Each generation is not better than the first, but they’re still good!  I’d really recommend this one, but if you don’t have netflix then it’s on Channel 4 catch up!

Riverdale

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I’m super excited for Riverdale to come back with season 2 in October, but until then I’ll just have to keep rewatching the first season!  It’s a mystery based programme but it doesn’t get boring, and the actual mystery is interesting and isn’t dragged out which can happen with some things.  The plot is really good and all the actors are so good, I especially love Camilla Mendes who plays Veronica!

Orange Is The New Black

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I love this SO MUCH!  I’ve only recently started watching it but I’m about halfway through and honestly its just so good, I love all the characters (apart from Alex, you suck at the moment) and it’s just such a fun thing to watch.  It’s basically about an all women’s minimum security prison and what goes on there.  Piper is such a great character too!

Do you watch any of these shows?  Whats your favourite TV show? Let me know!

Soph xx

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Back To School Stationery Haul

A few pits I picked up for back to school!

Hey everyone!

As some of you may know, I am going into year 11 in September.  Yes, GCSE year. Only a ~bit~ nervous!  Before I go back to school every year, I like to pick up some bits of stationery to bring with me that year; sometimes its a lot, other times not so much.  This year, there isn't as much as I'd usually get, however I do have a few more bits to pick up. Since I had big end of year exams in year 10, I had bought all the folders and things that I need for my subjects in year 11, and also all my books and revision guides at the start of year 10.  So, this post basically just shows you some of the staples that I need for the year that I've bought now, and then I'll pick up a couple of extra bits I need next time I'm out shopping.  I also need to get a new school bag, and so I'll do a post all about that and what I'm keeping in it, along with everything else that will be in my pencil case!

Now thats explained, I'll move onto what I actually bought! Everything in this post is from Tesco, as their back to school stuff is amazing value and super great quality.

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The first thing I picked up was my new pencil case, and this was £3.00!  It's so cute, and it's a canvas material, super roomy and not really very structured, which I really like as I can fit more into it, and it goes into my bag easier too.  I love the pattern on it, and it's lined with a really nice hot pink fabric, which will be really easy to wipe down so that it wont get too dirty! Also, another thing I like about this is that the zip is really sturdy rubber, you can't see it in this picture, but it's strong and should last me the whole year!

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I also got some pens and pencils, pretty obvious necessities really.  My favourite pens are these ballpoint ones from Papermate in the InkJoy range; they write so smoothly and they're amazing to hold.  They were £1.50 for five. I also got these Zebra retractable ballpoint pens and they were £2.00 for ten.  These are hands down my favourite pens, they write really nicely, don't smudge (so they work great with highlighters), and have really comfortable grips on them.  I also got some Staedtler pencils, and this pack is great as you get a whole variety of widths of pencil lead (I think that's what the B's and H's and numbers mean!) – they were £1.50.

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You can't see too well in this picture, but I also got five document wallets for £1.00, which is amazing value.  They came in light blue, like a normal blue shade, navy blue, black and hot pink.  I like to keep a couple of these in my bag at a time, one for loose sheets and letters and the other to keep in any books I use for english or any revision guides, because I like to have those separate from my other bits for whatever reason!  Plus, when I have one folder for loose sheets/homework sheets it makes it really easy to keep them separate, take them home and put them in the right folders or just know where my homework is for when I finally decide to do it!

I also got some rubbers (or erasers, as I know that for some people 'rubbers' has an entirely different meaning!!) in various different sizes and colours.  I like this, because it should last me all throughout the year; I use pen most often and so I don't find myself needing a rubber that often apart from if I'm drawing diagrams in Geography or something.  This pack was only £1.00, and it's great value.

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The final thing I picked up was this pack of glue sticks for £2.50, and I really like this pack as it has smaller glue sticks which are perfect for my pencil case.  School never has enough glue in some lessons and so I figured it would be easier if I just had a mini one in my pencil case.  I don't know how good they'll be, but I guess we'll see.


Thats all the main things I've picked up for year 11, things like highlighters and a ruler I already have in my house and you'll see that in another post!

Soph xx