Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Review: Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Rendezvous

LOOK AT THAT FACE. Just look at how bloody jovial I look. Do you want to know why? REVLON KISSABLE BALM STAIN IN RENDEZVOUS-- THAT'S WHY. I've already given you the run down on a few of the other Just Bitten shades I own (here and here), but Rendezvous is the most recent and one of the most daring to find its way into my stash. I've had a bit of a thing for orange lip products since I dabbled with Revlon's Tutti-Frutti Lip Butter early last year, so after about twenty seconds of deliberation, I figured that the only thing to do was to go ahead and pick up Rendezvous, too. Click below to read more.

Monday, 29 July 2013

The Anxiety Monster



So, you know how I had never been abroad/experienced life outside of England before I went to Hong Kong earlier this year? Well, my mum has never been away either and it has come to the point where she is sick of being a travel n00b and would like ME to do something about it. There is an issue here, however, in that I am absolutely terrified of us, naive and alone, going away and finding ourselves in some sort of Taken scenario without Liam Neeson to save us. I mean, I DON'T EVEN KNOW HOW ONE GOES ABOUT BOOKING A HOLIDAY. I'm having to take deep reassuring breaths as I type this because the thought is making me queasy. 

There is a famous, philosophical saying which sometimes helps me through some of my worst anxiety attacks: fake it 'til you make it. I am one of the most anxious, tightly-wound individuals that I know, but I faked it all the way through my Teacher Training course and now I can stand in a room full of teenagers and not give a flying figurine what they think of me. See, what I'm trying to do here is type myself into feeling a little less sick and a little more positive about this potential holiday.

To tell you the truth, my anxiety is a learned behaviour and it is possible that my mum will talk herself out of the whole thing without any input from me. We'll see.

Image credit: I don't know! If you own this spot-on illustration, drop me a comment and I'll make sure you're recognised!

Sunday, 28 July 2013

Review: Avene Thermal Water Spray

Avene Thermal Water Spray 30ml -- £3.15 at Boots
Right now in England, it's the kind of hot where you can't sleep at night and you spend all day festering in your own perspiration no matter how hard you try to stay fresh.  I've never been the biggest fan of summer, but as per everything in my life, I think that's a result of my own insecurities-- but that's a whole other story. Anyway, I have been trying everything and anything that I can to stay cool; I've even taken to soaking my clothes in water WHILST WEARING THEM.

Alongside soaking my clothing, I've also been using Avene's Thermal Water Spray in an attempt to manage my suffering (don't fret-- I'm being tongue-in-cheek hyperbolic). Avene describes the product as an 'essential soothing care product' with 'comforting and refreshing action' to keep you cool and comfortable in summer or when travelling.

My boyfriend finds it hilarious that I'm paying £3.15 for a product which is, essentially, pressurised water with a few extra vitamins and minerals thrown in. Honestly, this isn't too far from the truth, but I have found that the Thermal Water Spray does actually do everything it says on the tin. I've spritzed it on razor burn and it works; I've used it to 'de-powderfy' my face after make-up application and it works; but most importantly right now, it is perfect for cooling me down in this weather. I usually spray it all over my face and body when I'm feeling a bit icky and it makes me feel instantly fresher, which I suppose is something to do with the evaporation process taking some of the heat away from my body.

So, do you need this? I don't know. I'm wondering whether you would get the same effect if you filled up a travel bottle with tap water. Maybe I'll give it a go, but something's telling me that Council Pop won't soothe the dreaded razor burn like this seems to do.

Sunday, 14 July 2013

Review: Barry M Textured Nail Paint in Ridley Road















Textured nail polish has boomed into popularity over the past few months, with Nails Inc. allowing you to commit a denim on denim on denim fashion faux pas with their 'Denim Effect' nail paint; while Ciaté, aiming for opulence and extravagance, devised textures like soft velvet and bubbly caviar.

Ridley Road by Barry M is quite tame in comparison but is still just different enough to save you a seat on the bandwagon. It's a vibrant mint green colour which pays homage to Essie Mint Candy Apple and is bound to be a popular colour for the second summer running. But is this particular polish worth the hype? Click the link below to find out more.

Saturday, 13 July 2013

Feeling a little... under the weather?

Exhibit A: My second roll of the week. Note to readers: Invest in some proper tissue; I'm currently sporting the 'Sandpaper Nostrils' look.

Picture this: It's the 8th of July and before I can even utter the phrase "I hate this heat", I realise that I'm coming down with the mother of all colds and there's nothing I can do to stop it. So here I am, sat at my desk with palms resting on a laptop that is overheating like my body, while lamenting the fact that I've got a chest full of mucus and a nose that could run itself to Tahiti and back if I let it. I've been trying ever so hard to avoid any self-pity, but I suppose this post is a testament to the fact that I've failed in all attempts at that. 

I suppose, if nothing else, I've become quite adept at making tissue plugs to stop various leakages. Hideous isn't it? 
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