Monday, 7 July 2014

Oops I did It again...

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Pleaseee forgive me....

So I've been a bad blogger...again. I said last week that I was going to try and be better and get back to my regular posting schedule of Monday/Wednesday/Friday/Sunday but it just didn't happen. Monday and Wednesday weren't a problem as I started off the week full of motivation but as the week went on, the motivation went with it and for that I apologise.

I used to plan my post content far in advance and have a schedule for the month, I knew what posts were upcoming and could take photos in good time so I could edit them and be proud of the work I'd done. I'm definitely a perfectionist and if something isn't quite right I have to start all over again.

In truth I've found it quite difficult to blog for several reasons (or I guess you could call them excuses)...

I currently only have a desktop computer, I understand that this isn't a problem, a computer is a computer after all, but mine is over five years old and very slow. It's also based in the spare room, which makes me feel a little antisocial, especially when Bradley and I don't get to spend much time together because of work. At the present time, I don't have any funds for a laptop so for the immediate future this isn't going to change. Therefore, I don't blog when we are at home together.

I've been working on my portfolio...I completed my first IBMS Certificate of Achievement Portfolio at the beginning of the year and am now working towards completing my second. During times when I'm not at work I'm usually busy working on this as I would like to try and have it completed by the beginning of 2015.

Since I've started saving for my holiday I haven't really bought anything new make up wise (although I am gathering smaller items for a fashion haul post soon). Obviously I understand that blogging isn't all about what you buy and you can create fantastic post content without product reviews and hauls all the time but I've just been completely stuck for post ideas.

What do you love to see on my blog? Are there any posts you'd like me to do?

Sorry this turned into a really rambly post! Please bear with me, I will get myself sorted out soon, I promise!


Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Review | The Body Shop Instablur Primer

I try not to buy into blogger hype too much for fear that I will end up spending hundreds of pounds on products I wont use, but every now and again something comes along that catches my eye and I have to get my mitts on. 

I picked up this Instablur from The Body Shop in Southampton last weekend. I knew I wanted it and when I went in they only had two left - I took this as a good sign as usually when I want something that's been loved in the blogger world there's usually none left by the time I get there! The price is £14 which I initially thought was a bit steep for cosmetics from The Body Shop but if you compare it to L'Oreal (£12) or Benefit (£22.50) it's actually not that bad a price.

I've tried a few different primers in the past, including MUA, L'Oreal and Benefit's offerings and although they kinda do what they say on the tin, I've never been wowed by them. This however, I'm currently really loving. I dispense a pea sized amount onto my finger and then rub in into my face using my fingers. The consistency is quite thick and the formula is really silky and it definitely feels like you're applying another layer to your face. Once it's rubbed in, I apply my liquid foundation straight away. Even after the first use I noticed a difference in how my foundation applied and how much longer it lasted during the day. The Body Shop claim that this also hides blemishes and I took the ultimate test this week when I had one in quite an obvious place on my face. It worked extremely well with my concealer and foundation in hiding the beast!

I'm planning on picking up a few more tubes of this soon. The Body Shop are currently offering 40% off full priced and sale items on their website so if you don't want to pay the full £14 I'd recommend getting on there straight away!

Have you tried Instablur?
What are your thoughts?


Monday, 30 June 2014

Leaving The Mainland | Isle of Wight Day Trip

 Last weekend, we had family come to visit and the weather was glorious so we decided to take a little day trip to the Isle of Wight.

We arrived at our ferry crossing at Lymington at 8.30am and got the Wightlink ferry across to the Island. There's just something about getting on a boat that makes me think about being on holiday. I know we only crossed a small stretch of water but I instantly felt excited to be exploring a new place and that I was leaving the stresses of work over on the mainland!

We didn't know before we planned the trip but the race around the island was taking place that day, which is when thousands of little sailing boats sail all the way round the island in a little race. The scene was fantastic, although I felt a little nervous when our giant ferry had to work its way past all the little boats. I thought several times that someone was going to crash into us!

We made it safely across and our first stop was Alum Bay to see the Needles which are a group of chalk stack rocks with a little lighthouse at the end. The view from the hill down to the Needles was spectacular with all the little sailing boats. There is a little chairlift down to the bottom of the bay so we took it down and had a wander on the beach. There are also little attractions at The Needles Park, including glass blowing and sweet making demonstrations which I was completely mesmerised by!

Once we were finished at Alum Bay, we took the coastal road to our favourite pub for lunch. It's called the Wight Mouse and the pub garden overlooks the stunning landscape of the Isle of Wight. We always come back here every time we visit. If you're ever over there, make sure you pay it a visit! Even in the depths of winter when we have visited, the views are amazing!

After lunch we visited a few farms. Bradley loves Chilli's so we took a trip to the House of Chilli where they sell hundreds of products containing chilli - a word of warning - just because they sell sweets like Gummy Bears, does not mean that they do not contain chilli! We bought ourselves a little Jalapeno chilli plant which we are currently growing on our windowsill. It's just flowered and we have pollinated it, so fingers crossed we will have a few chilli's growing soon. 

We then visited my favourite place on the island, The Garlic Farm. We are quite lucky to have local markets in our area quite regularly and whenever I go I always pick up products from them but I'm always left wanting more, so this time I went armed with more money and picked up two jars of Toasted Garlic Mayo (believe me - this stuff is amazing!) BBQ Garlic Marinade and Chilli Garlic Mayo and Vampire Relish (for Bradley obviously!).

After we had stocked up, we headed to Ryde to watch the Hovercraft go back and forth from Portsmouth. I've decided that I want to have a go on one next time we go across, it looks like fun! We sat and watched the cruise ships go by that had come out of Southampton before heading back to Yarmouth for our ferry back.

I can't wait to visit again, it's a very picturesque Island and I've decided that when I'm older, I'd love to retire and live over there!

Have you visited the Isle of Wight before?