A Little Book Haul

A few books I bought last weekend at the Scope charity shop where I volunteer!

Most of you might not know, but I actually volunteer at a charity shop on a Saturday morning for my DofE, and whilst before this weekend I haven’t been all too interested in the actual stock they have, I have a new appreciation for the books section in charity shops.  Scope (the charity shop I work for) price all their books at £1.00, and they’re about the only section I have any interest in because charity shop clothing has never boded well for me and I never find anything I like in either the clothing or homeware departments anyway.  However, working quite closely with the book section of the shop I’ve found so many gems that I’ve wanted to buy, and this Saturday I succumbed to buying just a few!

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Now, some kind soul had donated so many of the books from the wordsworth classics range, and they were all completely brand new, never used!  I was pricing them up and found the three I really wanted, although there were many others which I will be buying next week if they aren’t gone!  I got Pride and Prejudice, which I’ve never read but I’m certain I’ll love because I adore the BBC drama of it (Mr Darcy played by Colin Firth is to die for!), I also picked up The Great Gatsby which I’ve started already and Wuthering Heights, another one I really want to read.  I can’t wait to get all these read and perhaps I’ll even do reviews on them!

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And the final book I got is Beautiful Broken Things which is by Sara Barnard.  Ive wanted to read this ever since Zoe put it  in her book club for WH Smiths, because I read We Were Liars from there and loved it.  I’m positive I’ll really enjoy this one as well!

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Have you ever read any of these books?  What is your favourite book?  What is your favourite classics book?  Make sure to leave me a comment and tell me!  I hope this has inspired you to check out your local charity shops book section, you can find some amazingly affordable books that have barely ever been touched there!

Love Soph xx

Beauty UK Review

The lovely team over at Beauty UK have sent me some products to try and review for you guys, and I’ve really loved all of them!  Some of the colours are quite out there, and not necessairly what I’d choose but it’s always really fun to experiment.  It included lots of pink shades, which are perfect for spring but as I’m more of a neutral shades sort of girl, it’s helped to push me out of my comfort zone and try new things (like the hot pink nail polish which I’m absolutely loving!).  Sorry for the constant reviews at the moment guys – I will be getting some more varied posts up soon but for now I’ve been really excited to review all these gorgeous products.

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Starting off with the product I was most excited to receive: the Ultimate Pro Contour Palette.  I’m not good at contouring at all, but I’m very excited to start practising!  This palette has a really wide range of colours, which are both contouring and highlighting ones.  The undertones are quite cool for the contour shades though the very far one has got a slight orange base, which could easily be used to bronze the face.  The shades are highly pigmented and as it is a cream formula they blend really nicely and have flawless application.  I’m sure that after I’ve used this a little more I’ll be able to contour like a very bad pro – the infographic on the back of the packaging is really helpful to let you know where to contour, bronze and highlight and provides useful information on the product.  The packaging is matte black, meaning it could be a magnet for makeup covered finger prints though it can be wiped down easily and it looks very luxury.

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Next up is another cream product.  I’ve never really ventured into the world of cream face makeup, but I’m really glad I’ve now got some products which are of that nature as they are really versatile and lovely. I was sent a cream blush to review, the Sweet Cheeks cream blush in the shade peachy cream.  This cream blush is easy to blend and has great pigmentation, the colour is perfect for spring and suits a range of skin tones. I’m really pale and it gives me a nice, healthy glow and I imagine it would look lovely in summer with a nice tan (a girl can dream!)

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I was also sent a matte lip cream, which as we all know, are huge in the beauty world and I too have latched onto the trend and purchased a few too many.  My favourite brand is NYX for matte lip creams, though the ones by Beauty UK are quite comparable.  I was sent the Lips Matter matte lip cream in the shade Mauve Your Body, and it really is great.  It dries matte almost instantly and has great pigmentation.  One thing I find with liquid lipstick/matte lip creams is that they can be sticky when dry, but this isn’t, which is always a major plus.  However, I wouldn’t say this is true to shade.  It definitely is not a mauve shade, but more of a hot pink, and I would definitely compare the shade to NYX’s soft matte lip cream in Milan (review here). Whilst it’s still a nice shade and will be lovely for summer when you really want a bold, vibrant pop of pink, it most definitely is not a mauve. The packaging is lovely and really professional looking, I especially love the white banding and writing; it’s very modern.  The applicator is a doe foot style so it fits to the natural shape of your lips nicely allowing even application.

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I was sent a lipgloss, which was a real surprise to receive as I haven’t used one in a long time!  I was never a huge lipgloss lover, I often found them sticky and annoying as my hair would get blown into it and stuck there.  However, when I opened this I was excited to try it out and maybe find a new love for lipgloss?  The lipgloss I was sent was the Glacier Gloss in Peach For The Sky.  This is not a super pigmented shade, but it does give a nice peachy gloss to the lips and is perfect for an everyday wear.  It is very moisturising and isn’t super sticky but still quite sticky and not all smooth on the lips.  The application is nice though and it glides on quite effortlessly.  I adore the packaging – the glossy black lid with the clear top to it is very luxurious and the design process seems to have been very thorough for the lipgloss and all these other products!

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The very last thing I was sent was a nail polish.  Now, I am not a nail guru in any way shape or form and my nails are not nice; they’re usually never painted and are never one length.  If I do wear nail polish I chip it within a day or smudge it; I’m really not very dainty.  However, getting this through the post has inspired me to paint my nails and while I didnt use this exact colour, I used a blue/turquoise/green from Avon, I’m really loving it and so far there’s no damage!  Anyway, onto the nail polish I was sent in the shade Pink Pop.  This is a really bold shade and could make a real statement to an outfit, which I’m all for.  The colour is highly pigmented after a couple of coats on the nail it is fully opaque.  The formula edges a little towards the gloopy side but if you give a good shake to the bottle before you use it, you should be fine.  I look forward to using this colour more and more as we edge into the spring and summer months and I think it’ll be really nice to make an outfit that bit more exciting; nail polish can really finish off a look.

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Finally, here are some swatches of the blush, matte lip and gloss in order!  As you can see, the peachy blush is very soft and delicate (on the very top) and so is the gloss (on the very bottom) but I wouldn’t say that the middle shade is very mauve, as it was described to be.  Nonetheless it is lovely and I will be wearing it lots!

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Have you ever tried some of beauty UK’s cosmetics before? Hope you enjoyed the post and leave any suggetions you have for upcoming posts below as my ideas are fast depleting!

Soph xx

February Favourites

I feel like I haven’t blogged in a while which is probably true as I have missed a week, but it was my first week back at school and I had lots of tests and quizzes (all of which I did okay on, even getting an A in Chemistry which is my weakest subject so I was so happy with that!).  I should be back into the swing of things after this week, as I sit my Food Technology GCSE on the very day you are reading this – in fact, I will have done it by the time this is posted.  I can’t wait to have it over and done with and I really hope I can achieve the merit or better still distinction I am hoping for.

Onto the actual post, I’m coming at you with a February favourites and what I’ve been loving in this month.  I’m not sure how everyone feels about favourites posts – I feel like they can end up all too common at the end of the month, every man and his dog are doing them and your readers are littered with very similar posts.  Nonetheless, they can always be interesting to see what someone has been loving! Make sure to tell me in the comments if favourites posts are something you’d like to see more often.

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So, first off I’ll start with makeup products.  There isn’t too much here but definitely some things I have really been enjoying!  First up is the NYX Lip Lingerie in the shade ruffle trim.  This is a more recent purchase which I bought in Bournemouth at the weekend, but i have been wearing it ever since and it is becoming a staple in my lip collection!  It’s a very natural colour, a dark pinky-mauve-nude and I will say one thing; it is very, very matte.  And with extremely matte things not only comes a gorgeous look but insane dryness of the lips.  I try not to use this too often just because it does in fact make my lips feel like the Sahara desert (a good lip balm is very necessary – I reviewed these ones the other week which I’ve been using and they’re great!) however I’m willing to sacrifice my lips to it because it’s so damn pretty!  The formula dries matte very fast and is very lightweight so not noticeable at all apart from if you smack your lips together, which is when it can be quite sticky.  The applicator is long and quite thin which makes it relatively hard to apply, unlike a doe foot applicator, however it is still rather easy.

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Then I have this lipstick from Jack Wills which I got for Christmas from a friend but have just recently started to use as it is a very pink-nude spring time colour and although right now the UK is not screaming spring (thanks Doris for ruining my week!), I for one cannot wait for warmer weather, which naturally I reflect in my lipstick taste!  It’s very moisturising and the colour payoff is lovely – it does tend to look bad on chapped lips so do make sure they’re treated with lip balm for a few days before you wear this.  The packaging is a matte navy with silver accents which I think is very chic and appropriate for Jack Wills.

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Last is not a lip product but actually an eyebrow gel by Pixi.  I never before realised just how crucial an eyebrow gel can be in your makeup routine until I got this in my M&S beauty calendar and have used it ever since.  I think it really polishes off a makeup look, and the copper lettering on it (although it has slightly worn off now) is absolutely gorgeous.img_3993

Next up is skincare.  I’ve recently been using the Neutrogena grapefruit face wash and not only is the bottle very aesthetically pleasing, the product is amazing!  The scent really wakes you up on a morning, but isn’t strong enough to irritate even the driest, most sensitive skin (aka mine).  It makes your skin feel very soft and super clean!  I’ve also been using the Superdrug hydrating face mask which you can see my review on here , but it has totally been my skin saviour during these freezing storms we’ve been having.

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Next up is the Garnier Micellar Water which I’ve re-purchased and been using again.  I cannot get over how amazing this product is, it’s hyped up in the beauty world for such a good reason – it hydrated your skin whilst literally removing makeup with one stroke.  It’s such a miracle product, everyone needs this in their skincare routine.

In my apparent hunt for spring, I’ve been loving fresh, fruity scents.  I’ve been using the body sprays from hollister more and more often than usual this month and one which I often use is Pallisade Beach.  This smells so fruity and tropical, very reminiscent of summer for me!  I always have one in my school bag and a couple at home and I seem to go through these like wildfire – it’s a good job that hollister have offers of 3 for 2 on them more than often.

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Last but not least is my diary. I got this for Christmas and have loved using it to help me organise my week and all the homework I have.  I think that especially for GCSE students, a diary is essential.  My school uses an online homework facility but as great as it is for accessing it anywhere and a good functioning tick list system, it never keeps me fully organised.  I love to use my diary to plan every aspect of my week, from school work to blog posts to what I’m doing at the weekend.  I’ve also included a picture of what a typical weekly spread in my diary might look like, although it’s not super artistic like some you see!

Hope you enjoyed this post – do we have any of the same favourites this month?  Sorry about the appalling pictures, it was dark when I took them and that was the only free slot of time I had to write and produce this post.  I’ll update them by the weekend when I’ve got much more free time!  Wish me luck on my GCSE, lets hope it went ok!

Soph xx

Aussie Hair Review!

Hi guys!

Today I’m here with a review on Aussie hair care products.  Before I get into this post I just want to say that I went back to school today (yesterday for you guys but whatever) and it wasn’t as painful as I thought it would be – getting up at 6:30am only took its toll half way through double geography, when I realised that it in fact is painful to get up so early!  I also have a new posting schedule: every Saturday & Wednesday at 6pm (GMT) you can expect a new blog post from me!  And I have loads planned and efficiently written in a diary so I will try my hardest not to deviate from this plan.  Also, another quick thing before I start the post properly, my two lovely friends Becca & Jaz both have blogs now!  I urge you to go follow them both – Jaz’s blog is here (she does amazing book reviews & Wattpad recommendations which you’ll all love!  And she’s generally just a pretty much wonderful human so you should just follow her because of that!!) and Becca’s blog is here (Bex’s blog is really new like yesterday new, but while she hasn’t posted much yet I happen to know of a fantastic blog post coming up soon which you’ll love and she’s a lovely person so you need to follow her for all things lovely!)


Now, actually into the post!  Today I’m reviewing some Aussie hair care.  I love Aussie’s hair care, it never fails to make my hair feel amazingly soft, lightweight and smell amazing!

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Starting with the Aussie Miracle Shine Shampoo (purchase it here).  This has Australian ginseng extract and pearl powder in it to ‘re-ignite your hairs shine’.  Okay, so I haven’t ever smelt ginseng before (how do I pronounce that? Is it like gin-sing?  I mean I don’t need to know but how?) but oh my god do I want to smell it daily.  Seriously, the smell of this shampoo is amazing.  The smell of the whole range is amazing as they all have the same ginseng scent.  It smells kind of citrus-y, kind of sweet, and really refreshing.  It has a gorgeous silky consistency and it lathers really well which I think is so important in a shampoo because you don’t want to have to use loads of product for the shampoo to actually do it’s job.  It always makes my hair feel so thick as im washing it (my hair is really thin, so this is such a new phenomenon to me!) and it makes my en suite smell so amazing! It definitely does an amazing job at making my hair shiny and swishy and gorgeous.  I’m honestly obsessed with this shampoo.

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Next up is the Aussie Miracle Shine Conditioner (purchase it here).  This stuff smells just as amazing as the shampoo, with that amazing ginseng smell which I will be shoving all over my house in all possible ginseng forms.  This makes my hair so bloody soft and shiny.  Not only soft and shiny, but I feel like it really locks in the scent so I *feel* like my hair is swishing about and smelling amazing.  I would really recommend this range to everyone who wants their hair to smell nice and look amazing!

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Lastly, I have the Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Shine Deep Treatment (purchase it here).  This is a deep treating hair mask which you put on after you shampoo, leave on for three minutes then wash out.  It is the best time saver ever. Because it takes literally three minutes for your hair to feel like you’ve just stepped out from a hairdressers, there’s no reason not to do it every time you see the bottle (I may be a little guilty of this…)!  I always use conditioner after I’ve washed this out because my hair can get really knotty so I really like to extra-soft it (wow what impeccable language) but you don’t need conditioner at all after you’ve used this because it just makes your hair so soft.  Plus, ginseng is now my life and this seriously smells so good and so strong – stronger than the shampoo & conditioner!


Overall, I would really recommend these products and if you need a boost of softness and silkiness to your hair, you must try them!

Have you ever tried anything from Aussie?  How did you like it?  Have you ever/will you be trying these?

See you on Wednesday!

Soph xx

My Favourite Nail Polishes

Hi guys!

Sorry about the fact that I’m a little sloppy on the blogging promise at current – my grandparents are over and whilst I want to blog as much as I can, I also want to spend time with them enjoying my summer holidays!  Anyway, blogging daily is really hard – how do you people come up with ideas?  My imagination does not stretch all too far, which is why my posts are so basic.  Is there anything anyone wants to see (PLEASE GIVE ME GOOD IDEAS!!!)??

Anyway, I’ve been getting into painting my nails a lot more often and whilst it sounds odd that I say this, it’s really improved the quality of my nails.  Whether this is because some weird ingredient in my nail polishes absolutely adores my nails and wants to give them good things, or because it stops me from attacking my nails when I’m bored/nervous/bored/any earthly emotion because they’re painted so pretty I do not know. What I can say though, is that my nails are longer & stronger and I am happier.

So, tonight I thought I’d bring you the nail polishes I’ve been using recently.  I really love all these colours and they are really fitting in to the theme I have recently adopted in life (see here).  Anyway, I digress.  Lets get going!

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Okay so first up is the Sinful Shine Kylie Range in shade Kreme De La Kreme (Purchase HERE).  I love this shade.  It’s coppery-bronzey and really wearable.  It suits most outfits, and it has hints of glitter throughout.  I often like to top it up with a Barry M nail polish I’m mentioning later.  I think this is the one I wear the most often.

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Next up is another Sinful Shine Kylie Range in shade Miss Chief (purchase HERE).  This shade is a really pastely pink, and I really think it suits summer very well.  The only downside which makes me wear it a little less is the fact that the consistency is quite thick and gloopy and you can peel it off very easily.  Its quite disappointing compared to the quality of the other Kylie nail varnishes.

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This is the Barry M Molten Metals in shade Copper Mine (purchase it HERE).  Firstly, the name of this caught me right away, it’s such a perfect name for the shade.  I love how the bottle lid reflects the texture of the nail polish in a way.  This shade is coppery, but on the darker side, which I like because it’s not as verging on rose gold (don’t get me wrong I LOVE rose gold).  I wear this really often, and I’ve not had it for long.

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Last is another Barry M nail polish which is quite old.  I can’t seem to find it online, in any shops or even on the Barry M website.  This is very sad because this is one of my favourite nail polishes.  It’s basically a top coat with chunky glitter in, but the glitter is gold and pink and silver but it all blends together and when the light hits it, it goes copper, rose gold, silver, gold and pink all at once.  It is stunning.  I often layer this over all the polishes mentioned here, and many others I haven’t.  It’s also perfectly okay to wear it alone on bare nails, it looks like you’ve taken a long time placing all this glitter on your nails when actually you just painted them really quickly!

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Thank you so much for reading guys!  I hope you enjoyed – what are some of your favourite nail polishes?  My birthday is coming up and I really would like to grab some new things!

As always, make sure you like, comment and follow my blog if you aren’t already! If you have any post suggestions I’m more than thankful because this posting every day gets really very draining on my backup post ideas!!

Soph xx

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Too Face Chocolate Bar Palette Review

Yes! Finally, the long awaited review I’ve been talking about since Christmas.  I’m really excited today to be doing this review today for you guys, on one of my all time favourite eye shadow palettes!  This one is the Chocolate Bar palette by Too Faced, you can buy it at Debenhams (here) for those of you who live in the UK, and for those of you who live in the US, you can get it at Sephora (here).  It’s quite an expensive palette at £39.00, but it is definetley worth it, you’ll use it ALL THE TIME. I use this palette all the time, it’s perfect for everything, from going out to general every day wear.  It has a mixture of shimmer, satin & matte shades with two highlight shades (or one base shade & one highlight), and they’re all pigmented really well.

Before we start, let me tell you this, I am showing swatches.  On my arms.  I have horrible, freckly and oddly hairy arms *feels very awkward* so if you have anything to say about them, I’d adore it if you just kept those thoughts to yourself as I do hate my arms.  I know they’re freckly and hairy & that I’m pale but you really don’t need to tell me. They’re my arms, I know them very well, I have to look at them every day so I know how freckly, hairy and pale they are.  Thanks.

So, on that joyous and awkward note, shall we begin?

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Okay so here is the packaging.  I love it, I find it really cute & it looks so perfect.  It’s designed like a chocolate bar, as you can probably tell.  It has that beautiful writing on it & yeah, that’s that.  The packaging itself is really well built, very robust & slim so you can fit it into your makeup drawer with no trouble, and it’s very good for travel.

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Here are your colours.  The two long large ones are highlight/base shades.  I use the top large one, White Chocolate – this is matte, as a base & the bottom large one, Champagne Truffle, as an inner corner and brow highlight.  Then you have your matte shades, of which there are 6: Milk Chocolate, Salted Caramel, Semi-Sweet, Strawberry Bon Bon, Cherry Cordial and Triple Fudge. Your more shimmer shades are: Gilded Ganache, Marzipan, Creme Brulee, Black Forest Truffle & Candied Violet.  The rest are more satin with a touch of shimmer shades, and they are: Hazelnut, Haute Chocolate & Ammaretto.  I think I’ve covered all the shades there.

As for the formula, all the eye shadows are nice and creamy, with high pigmentation & really easy to blend.  They last for a good while, easily for me a whole 6 hour school day (when I can refrain from rubbing my eyes, which is an annoying habit I have), but they definetley last longer.  I find mine tends to loose pigment slightly after this 6 hour mark, but not drastically and they last a really long time.

Next, swatches (MIND MY ARMS):

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These shades are (from left to right, that will be the way I say ALL the shades now) Gilded Ganache, Salted Carmel & Hazelnut.  Gilded Ganache looks more green on the eye, as if you look at the palette it is an olive toned shade (very wearable, don’t worry).  Salted Caramel is my go to transitional colour, and Hazelnut is a shade I reach to often for my lid.

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Here is White Chocolate (which you can’t see very well at all because I’m so pale), Marzipan & Creme Brulee.  White Chocolate is a really good colour for cancelling out any discolouration on your eyes, which is why I use it as a base shade.  Marzipan has to be one of my favourite shades in this palette.  You see the colour much better in person, but it is a super iridescent shade, with an almost rose gold tint, it brightens your eyes no end and I mean wow, I just love it.  I also use Creme Brulee all the time with Cherry Cordial, it looks super luxury & ugh I love it!

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Next up is Semi-Sweet, a light matte brown shade which I often use in my crease.  The colour is very build-able and easy to blend into other areas of your lid.  Then we have Haute Chocolate, a dark shimmery/satin brown.  I use this not all too often, but when I do I use it on my outer V or smudged along my lower lash line.

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Here is Milk Chocolate, Strawberry Bon Bon (which is very light, andwould show up better on non ghostly skin) and Cherry Cordial.  Milk chocolate I use often as my crease/transitional colour or even just to blend, it’s very versatile.  Strawberry Bon Bon is lovely, very pigmented after you load it onto your lid, it’s also a lovely highlight.  Cherry Cordial is a more burgundy tone in real life, and is very beautiful & another of my favourite shades.

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Here is Black Forest Truffle, Candied Violet & Champagne Truffle.  The first two are deep brown & purple shimmery colours – candied violet has LOTS of glitter.  Champagne Truffle is a lovely, creamy and intensely shimmery highlight shade.

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And last but not least we have Triple Fudge, a browny-greeny-black matte shade which is beautiful for blending throughout the crease for a heavier look, and one of my personal favourite shades, Amaretto.  Amaretto is a satin shimmer finish purple pink brown and the colour pay off is amazing.

Overall, I would rate this product an 8.5/10, because while I personally think it is amazing, I know some of you will be put off by the £40.00 price mark (although it is definitely worth it’s money).  I also love the fact that the shadows are chocolate scented, it helps to wake me up as I do my make-up and it’s not too overpowering; nobody can smell it on your eyelids when it’s on.  However some of you might find it not to your taste (don’t eat it, please, I was tempted but please refrain).

I’m off school for two weeks now, so I’ll be posting more often (I’m going for every day but lets see how that fails?)

Bye!

2015: A Year In Review

2015 has been quite the year – nothing that I would’ve expected; that’s for sure.

I’m not going to bore you with the whole ‘new year new me’ (oh no, we have all that in a separate post coming up in the new year) but be warned, I may accidentally through my stone heart let out soppy feelings of love and joy towards you all. But for now, before we start, in case I actually forget to say it throughout (which I most likely will do – sin’t it odd how you can write a post all about the year gone by and the year coming yet forget to actually wish everyone a happy new year), here is a happy new year to you all.

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In 2015, the birth of this blog happened, and so I met all of you guys!  I appreciate you all so much more than you might think, and I’m so glad I started blogging.  Anonymous blogging is weird really, and I’ll admit has probably got me less followers, not being able to have social media accounts massively like other people do to advertise their  was hard, but I’ve really learned to overcome that and appreciate you all for what you are, and how I’ve managed to get all 62 of you reading this blog.

To even think that 62 of you read this blog regularly enough to have followed me is insane 0 when I started out I never expected to have such a nice group of followers who are all so kind and lovely – I really do love you all for making my blogging experience so wonderful.  Long may it continue!

2015 saw me moving school, which was a tough change, but one I’m proud of and am so glad I did.  I’ll soon be doing a post all about this, but I want to say now, if you are having a tough time at school moving school could be the answer to your problems – sometimes a fresh slate is all we need!  I’ve met some amazing friends & people who I love so much, and even though they’re not reading this I just want to say a huge thank you to all of them.

So today I’m here with a few questions to myself, to wrap up the year and document it.  Maybe you guys might just find this interesting, I hope so, but if not, try these questions and just feel good about yourself & all you’ve accomplished!

1. How has 2015 been for you?

2015 has been everything, a complete roller-coaster.  And I totally hate roller-coasters, but this year was one I didn’t mind.  I’ve had countless happy moments, great achievements not only in my life but on my blog right here – like when I hit 50 followers & 1,500 views! Like I said above, I moved school & made new friendships, all of which I’m so proud of myself for. 2015 hasn’t actually been too hard of a year for me, just hard to adjust to.  I’m so thankful that I’ve experienced no sadness in huge waves in 2015 & I hope the exact same will happen for 2016.

2. What are your three proudest achievements?

I started a blog, which was a major step into something I had no idea about but I’m so glad I did.  I’m proud of all the amazing friendships I’ve made & the fact that my blog has got so far is so amazing & I thank you all for that!

I defeated my far of roller-coasters (partially)!  This is a super big deal for me because roller-coasters are the enemy, but it stops me from having fun when we go on school trips like the one in September to Drayton Manor.  I went on a ride the went upside down, I’m really proud of myself for doing that and hope it makes me able to have loads more fun at theme parks with my friends!

I spent 5 days (4 nights) away from home in a foreign country when I went on a school trip to Spain.  This meant me travelling alone with my friends & battling against Stanstead Airport in the early hours of the morning – obviously teachers were there but the whole trip was an independence thing so it meant us doing things by ourselves.  I ordered food on multiple occasions & the right food turned up, and I had the most fun!  I’m proud of myself for staying away from home and being independent, and not letting the fact that I was desperately ill ruin my trip!

3.  Three memories from 20115 that you never want to forget?

Going to France with my family, we had the best time!  It was so warm & pretty, the South of France is gorgeous & we went swimming in rivers – it was the best thing ever.  We also went to Pont Du Garde which is this amazing river with loads of little fish in it and you can swim about in it.  It was so fun & I had so many laughs, the weather was the hottest I’d ever experienced (45 degrees Celsius) and I loved it.

My trip to the Cinemas with my entire friendship group (apart from one) was so fun & we had he best laugh ever, and I really realised who my friends were & that I really do love them so much!

Then finally was probably Drayton manor where I properly met my best friend!

3.  What are three words to desribe 2015?

Memorable, Funny and Distinct.

4. What do you want to leave behind in 2015 & what are you bringing into 2016?

I’m leaving behind all my mistakes & worries, everything that leads to my worrying can just stay the fuck behind & anyone who is a snake can also do the same.  I’m getting rid of toxic people in my life & having only people I love & have time for, and people who have love & time for me.  If the feelings not mutual, then you really can just go away, get in the bin and don’t come back.  I really don’t need people with negative influences in my life.

Into 2016 I’m bringing lots, friends who love me & good vibes being mainly two.  Like I said before, bad vibes be gone.  I am bringing productivity (or at least what I have left of it) and good (as good as they can get) grades on my work.


So guys, those were all my questions that hopefully summed up 2015 for you and for me.  If you’re wanting to make a stab at one of these posts & would like to use those questions, feel free – infact, I urge you all to do so because it’s just really nice to have everything documented and down in one place looking lovely so you can look back on it this time next year & compare your years.  Hopefully it will bring you lots of happiness & if not, it will be a good vent to get your worries out before the new year.

I set you all one goal, aim to start 2016 on a positive note!  Last year New Years Eve brought me falling out with some friends from my old school and I can say it wasn’t pleasant going into 2015 with bad stuff bubbling away in my head, it stopped me focusing on important things & stole all my attention. Make sure that you all head into 2016 full of positivity & with love.


 

 I tried to find on the wordpress dashboard how to find all my most popular posts clubbed together or even just an overview of the year, but I couldn’t and I was too lazy to search through my blog and compile on myself.  If anyone could inform me on how to access something similar to this I’d be super duper grateful. I’d rather like to update this post with that information, if not only for myself.

Thank you all so very much for such an amazing year, I’ve loved it and I hope you all have too.

Have a happy new year xx

 

 

September Favourites!

I’ve just been peeling apples and I’ve ripped the top of my nail off.  That’s how successful my day is so far, you know, in case you wanted to know.

Anyway, today I’m here with my late September favourites, which is pretty huge for September as I’ve tried loads of bits & bats and loved loads of bits and bats.  And some of these products are ones I’ve mentioned before on this blog & have started using more this month & been loving.

Also can I just say how extremely happy I am that it is October because well Halloween, cute decorations, Lush has brought out their Halloween and Christmas stuff (of which I’ve bought 2 already) and leaves and candles and stuff.  Expect very many Autumnal wishlist style posts in the very near future.

Anyway, lets just get into this post (which will probably be too long)!

Beauty:

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Maybelline New York Lash Sensational Mascara. This mascara is so amazing, my best friend had been totally buzzing about it and she was wearing it when we went on a trip to Drayton Manor and I was like ‘OMG what mascara have you got on it is the best’ and she was like ‘Lash sensational’.  So I went.  I bought,  and I wore.  It is amazing.  My eyelashes are tiny and even if I buy like the most volumising mascara ever, they don’t even look as if they’ve got any on.  This one has changed that though, because it makes my lashes look so long & defined, if you don’t have it go get it.  It has the best staying power, you need a really good make up remover to get it off.  So I have been loving this so much.

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Rimmel London Scandal Eyes Liquid Liner.  I’m really into cat eye looks at the moment as we transition(ED – it’s officially autumn now, we transitioned) from summer into autumn.  This has been my favourite liquid eye liner to use.  It has a really great smooth application and creates a great intense black look.  I love using a cat eye because it gives a nice autumnal edge to your look.  This liner is really great for a smooth finish, and I find setting it with a touch of matte black shadow is a really great trick to keep it in place for the whole day.

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Rimmel London Master Kajal Kohl Liner.  This is the best Kohl Liner I’ve ever tried I’m my life.  I use it to line my upper & lower waterline daily.  The point looks really odd but it’s actually so good, the application is really smooth and creamy and you can actually draw a cat eye on with it although I prefer liquid liner to do that.

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W7 In The Buff Eyeshadow Palette. This is a palette I have been screaming about to anyone who will listen.  Oh My God (*imitates Janis’s accent from F.R.I.E.N.D.S*).  The colours are so good for everyday use & can be transitioned into a night look so easily.  Most of the colours are matte but some of them have a lovely iridescent shimmer to them.  I’ve used them daily, matte brown & the gold-brown colours are my favourite.  I would recommend them to anyone who is looking for a cheap eyeshadow palette of amazing quality.

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Collection Lasting Colour Lipstick Shade 21 Rosewood.  This is a really great lipstick, it’s very cheap (£2.50 now at Boots, 49p off) and it has amazing staying power.  The colour Rosewood is really natural, so perfect for school.  When teamed with a lipliner & gloss when I feel like it, it is a rarity that I will need to re-apply.  It has a beautiful application, very silky soft if that is a good way to describe a lipstick.  It is a more satin finish, which I prefer to matte, but its not bob on satin I don’t think.  But this is a great lipstick & yeah, it’s in my favourites…..

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Royal Cosmetic Connections Bronzing Pearls.  As we’re heading into Autumn I’m getting more into blushing my cheeks vs bronzing, however reminiscent of Summer, throughout September I’ve been using these bronzing pearls to give me a healthy glow.  I prefer these to a shimmery  bronzer as they are more subtle.  The colour stays on the whole day and I just really like these bronzing balls.  And they’re really cheap too!

Nail Polish:

I’ve really gotten into painting my nails in the more wintry seasons; I’m not sure why, but it feel more enthused to complete an outfit in winter and painting my nails makes it feel complete.  September found me loving these couple of shades.

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Rimmel I Heart Lasting Finish in 239 Your Majesty is a gorgeous silvery colour and is great for chipping, in the way that it really doesn’t chip.  It is a very thin colour I find so I often put on a couple of coats, and this makes it great at being even more chip proof.  It just adds that nice touch of glamour, and it also looks gorgeous as an accent finger with purple nail varnish.

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W7 Nail Polish Space Debris.  This colour is so interesting, and I really love interesting nail polish colours.  It is a pinky red shade, and dries so that you can really feel the glittery bits in it, which is what I love about it.  When your nails have texture on them they are so much more interesting.  This colour reminds me of the reddish fallen leaves at this time of year, it is super pretty & cheap, and it stays on for a really long time!  The brush is a bit hard to handle, as it is quite big but otherwise it is a great nail polish!

Clothes:

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My F.R.I.E.N.D.S T-shirt is an item I have worn so much.  Sadly I cannot link where to get it from exactly, as Primark don not have a proper website, but it was £6.00.  It is so comfy and obviously allows me to show my devotion to friends while I sit & watch it.  All night, every night.

Entertainment/Random Favourites:

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Not Without My Daughter by Betty Mahmoody.  This book is about a Mother, Betty & her daughter, Mahtob who are locked away in Iran by Moody, Betty’s husband & Mahtob’s father.  They came over from America to see Moody’s family for two weeks, however Moody has other ideas and forces the two of them to stay in Iran forever.  As Mahtob reluctantly settles in to Iranian life, Betty is searching for a way out, finding that very few people will actually help her.  They get smuggled out of the country through Turkey & make it back to America in the end.  This book is a true story & is so tense.  You really get to know the characters & for anyone who is looking for a gripping book, this is definitely it!

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This cup, I cannot remember for the life in me where I got it from or how much it cost, allows me to embrace Christmas.  Therefore, it is a favourite.  Plus it makes me drink more water as I fill it up with water and ice every night and sip away.

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This notepad was from IKEA and it was £3.99,  I can’t seem to find it on their website though.  Its so cute & excellent quality & I take it with me most places in case inspiration strikes, for anything. I have a multitude of lists in there, blog post ideas and it is the most helpful thing I have had all month!

I believe that is it for my favourites this month, so I would say this is goodbye.

Zalfie Fanatic Out♥

No7 Concealer Review & An Apology.

Hello you,

As I sit watching recorded episodes of Friends on TV, I realised that I have been neglecting my blog terribly, and you must all be very mad at me.  But, look who’s back now? ME!

Seriously though, the very sad reality that Friday is the last working day that I have left of my holidays is finally kicking in and the equally terrifying reality that I have about 50 pieces of homework that I have not done is also setting in.

I’m a failure, and I’m not proud.

I haven’t got dressed (well basically) all holiday.  I’m a shocking failure.

But, because I feel like a terrible person for my sad, neglectful habits, I am going to do a review of a product I bought recently.


Review of No7 Match Made Cconcealer

Price: £7.50 (I got mine for £4.50 as I had a voucher for £3.00 off No 7 Makeup)

No7 match made concealer

The shade I have is Warm Ivory.

I really like how the feeling of this concealer is chalky and it blends into skin tones so well.  It really covers up any imperfections, covers spots and works for all skin types.  It brightens under eye areas as well as concealing any bad bits, its basically amazing.

This concealer is my new favourite, I prefer it to the Rimmel Hide The Blemish concealer, which is saying something because I LOVED that concealer.

Also, what I love about this is that it isn’t greasy at all, and super soft.  I also find it applies really well to dry skin, wet skin, basically all skin.   I seriously recommend this to y’all because I mean, wow, Its amazing.

It also gives a great base for foundation.

You should just go buy it please.


Okay so I’ve done the review, and obvs I’, in la la la looove with it.

But now I’m alone with my Broseph (My brother, little Zoe input there) in the house because my Mama has nipped out and I’m just extremely pressurised to get off the sofa and get dressed.  What is pressurising me, you may ask?  Mother forces from a few miles away, you know, those annoying, niggling mother forces.  Not good.

I do think about getting up sometimes, but not now.  NOOOO.

Okay so I’m going to leave you all now.

Goodbye my brothers, Goodbye my friends, La la la la la, la la l ala llala.

I love you all!

Peace and goodbye!

I WILL SEE YOU ALL SOON.

ZALFIE FANATIC OUT ♥

Tuesday Review Day – Goji IPhone Docking Station

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This here is the charger and stand. At first, I thought the sucky pads were speakers, so left it like that, where it fell over many times, and made me tempted to take it back. If I could find a way to show you how you flip it around I would, but you’ll get the hang of it after 20 minutes of fumbling. The instructions aren’t too clear. The place that the little charging jack if that’s what you call it. Is that what you call it? I don’t know. Hmmm. Shut up. But yeah, the little charging thingy that goes in the charging hole, okay we will call it a jack. The little jack thingy is on a pink cubey thing and that bends forward and backwards. Try understand through the picture.

So all in all these are my ratings:

Sound quality: 8.5/10 it’s not the best, but then again this wasn’t the most expensive docking station. It gives out enough sound for me to have a one man dance party (maybe a multiple man dance party) but wouldn’t be enough for a huge house party if you have such a hectic social life. If your looking for something to blast out your fave tunes in your room, this is for you, but if not try a Bose speaker, I have one in the downstairs of my house and it is fab. But yeah, this is a reasonable sound quality.

Charging: 10/10. So far I’ve had no issues with the charging of my phone. I have an iPhone 5c which I pop on when I go to bed and it serves me right through the day with 100% charge!

Design: 10/10!!! I’m a sucker for anything pink or neon, so when I saw both combined into one I couldn’t resist! The intensity is great. They are also in blue and black

It plugs into the mains but can also use four AA batteries if you want it portable.

All in all this deserves a 9/10 as a product. You can buy it here