Monday, 30 September 2013

Oops, I did it again...

I never thought that I would become addicted to cutting my hair, but here I am with an actual, proper, real-life bob. Ta-Dah!                                                                                                                                                                     


Saturday, 14 September 2013

What I'm Wearing

1. TOPSHOP. Pink Long Sleeve Oxford Shirt, £30.00; 2. OFFICE. Educated Loafer in Black Nubuck, £58.00;
3
. CAMBRIDGE SATCHEL COMPANY. 15" Batchel, £130.00; 4. TOPSHOP. Heart Motif Oxford Shirt, £34.00;
5. Generic black cigarette trousers
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For as a long as I can remember, my style-- or extreme lack thereof-- and sense of self have been in a state of constant flux, but for a while now I've been into very simple, clean-cut clothing. I love wearing shirts and cardigans with clean, neat lines and no fuss, so it's very exciting that this kind of look seems to be trending at the moment. I think I was one of the only kids at school who actually enjoyed wearing the full shirt-tie-blazer uniform every day, so maybe I'm channeling my teenage self by falling for something so similar...

Thursday, 12 September 2013

Review: L'Oreal EverRiche Nourishing and Flowing Conditioner and Mask Pot


Although I've never bleached or coloured my hair (though I did have it chemically relaxed when I was about 15-- big mistake),  it's naturally very curly and I use straighteners on regular basis, which means that it isn't in the best condition. I spend a lot of time feeling guilty about my hair, so I'm always looking out for new products which will make me feel slightly less horrible about what I'm doing to it. A couple of months ago I started hearing good things about the L'Oreal EverRiche hair products, so when I saw that they were 2 for £9.99 in Boots I was quick to finally give them a go.

One of the big selling points of these new L'Oreal hair products is that they are free from sulfates*, which have come under attack in recent years because they can create frizziness and damage coloured hair, amongst other things. I certainly know that there's a whole supergroup of curly-haired girls who swear by a "No Poo" shampoo regimen to maintain sleek and healthy curls, so there must be some truth to the anti-sulfates movement. I think that the lack of sulfates would probably be more noticeable in shampoos due to the lack of lather, but I didn't buy the shampoo so I'm afraid I can't comments on that part of the line!

The Conditioner: This particular conditioner is targeted towards people with dry and fine hair, which I think it quite similar to my own texture because although my hair is quite dry/coarse I think that it could be considered fine despite having LOTS of it, so this sounded perfect for me. The texture of the conditioner is creamy without being sticky, and it left my hair feeling moisturised and smooth without weighing it down. Another big plus is that I absolutely love the sweet coconut/vanilla scent of this conditioner. I would definitely purchase this again.

The Mask: Honestly, I've only used this mask once, but I feel quite disappointed by what I've seen from it so far. It feels creamier in consistency than the standard conditioner, but I didn't see or feel any major results either on application in the shower, getting out of the shower, or drying and straightening my hair. It just didn't seem to do anything at all for me. However, I am going to give it another go because it claims to 'Protect from dryness', so it may be that it works over time as opposed to giving immediate effects. We'll see.

*Sulfates, most notably, create that lather in household products and shampoos.

Sunday, 8 September 2013

Review: MeMeMe Little Angels Collection


I was around 18/19 when I really started "getting into" make up, and two of the first few products I bought alongside my trusty black kohl, were a lip tint and highlighter from MeMeMe Cosmetics; I think I originally sought after these because they appeared to be a cheaper alternative to Benfit's benetint and high beam.  I remember quite liking the products at the time and a couple of weeks ago I found myself wanting to try them out again, so I ended up buying the Little Angels Collection which contains the tint and highlighter which I'd tried before, and two others which I hadn't. And oh man... How I wish I didn't bother... 

Thursday, 5 September 2013

Review: Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara



At a Bobbi Brown event that I went to a few months ago, one of the MUAs suggested that you should avoid putting mascara on your bottom lashes because it can close the eye and, in short, doesn't do anybody any favours. I had to ignore that professional advice, however, because the very act she was warning us against was in fact an integral part of my make-up routine. Granted, I can understand why she would recommend such an omission when I think back to all of the dark 5am mornings where I've tried to apply bottom-lash mascara with a wand the size of a bumblebee and come out of the whole experience looking altogether pandalicious... but that hasn't stopped me yet.

This is where Clinique Bottom Lash comes in. This company clearly understands the mental and physical struggle* which people such as myself have when it comes to putting mascara on your bottom lashes: standard mascara wands are too big so you end up getting products all over the place, and where a non-waterproof mascara might be fine on your top lashes, it just isn't going to cut it on the bottom lids which are more susceptible to moisture. So when I discovered Clinique Bottom Lash I couldn't believe my eyes because, joy of joys, it has a miniature wand which picks up just enough product for precise application, and a smear-resisting formula. Perfect. 

Honestly, it pained me to pay £12 for 2ml of mascara, but I've got to admit that it does give a much cleaner, defined and smudge-free result in comparison to the unavoidable mess that I normally create when trying to achieve a similar look with a standard-sized mascara. I do like this product very, very much; it fulfills its claims and my needs wonderfully.

But would I but it again? Perhaps, if I had more of a disposable income. It's just too expensive to become a regular staple in my routine right now. I guess I'm just going to have to learn how to be EXTRA careful with my regular mascara wands in the future. Alas...

For more pictures of the wand and application, check out the link below!

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

The Introvert Blogger

Studies have shown that, indeed, introverts are more likely than extroverts to express intimate facts about themselves online that their family and friends would be surprised to read... They welcome the chance to communicate digitally. The same person who finds it difficult to raise his hand in a lecture hall of two hundred people might blog to two thousand, or two million, without thinking twice. Susan Cain, Quiet, p. 63.

I'm currently reading Susan Cain's Quiet and it's helping to make me feel a little less inadequate about being an introvert. My mum recently confessed that when I started training to be a teacher, she was slightly concerned about whether or not I would be able to hack it, probably as a result of my being intrinsically shy and a bit of a wallflower. I've said it before and I'll say it again: fake it 'til you make it. I owned my classroom, and my introversion didn't get in the way of that; in fact, I quickly found that I'm quite the performer when teaching and actually recited the entirety of Valerie Bloom's 'What Fe Call I'' in patois, much to the amusement of one of my year 8 classes.

Normally, however, I do spend a lot of time mentally preparing myself for situations where my typically introverted personality traits just aren't going to cut the mustard, and I do prefer quiet nights in more than your average extrovert, but Cain does a good job of reminding me that I'm not rubbish just because I'm inherently quiet.

I thought that the quotation above would be perfect for sharing in the blogosphere because I can recall a huge number of bloggers/vloggers who have 'confessed' to either introversion or problems with social anxiety (note: both are not mutually exclusive; you can be one without experiencing the other). I find it interesting that despite these traits, we are still willing to share ourselves with hundreds/thousands/millions of people online... and enjoy doing it.

Image credit: Drew at toothpastefordinner.com 
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