Tuesday, 27 September 2016

NEW | Viktor & Rolf Bonbon Couture*

It's my birthday today! And what better way to celebrate turning 25(!) than a new(-ish) perfume?! I was recently sent a bottle of Viktor & Rolf's new perfume launch, Bonbon Couture*. Launching earlier this month, the scent is described as, "an even more opulent, intense interpretation of Bonbon - the all-encompassing sensory experience of the fragrance is enriched, the ritual enhanced and the ceremonious pursuit of pleasure acutely heightened."
NEW Viktor & Rolf Bonbon Couture Eau de parfum
Modelled on the original packaging, the outer box is bright-pink and features a plastic seal with the V&R logo - it's these little touches that make the brand feel so high-end, in my opinion. The bottle itself is shaped like a wrapped sweet, although I admit that for quite some time, I thought it was meant to be a bow - and I know I'm not the only one! The bottle features the brand name engraved on the cap, and the little seal with the V&R logo as found on the outer packaging.
The opening notes consist of mandarin, neroli and peach, with a heart of orange blossom, sanbac jasmine and caramel. The base notes include sandalwood, patchouli, vanilla and blond tobacco; these notes combine to give a warm, rich and striking gourmand fragrance which I've fallen in love with. Just a couple of spritzes is plenty to give a noticeable scent, and it last really well on the skin - I can easily still smell it after 12-14 hours of wear, which is pretty good going! It's probably not one for the faint of heart but it truly is a gorgeous perfume and one I've been getting a lot of wear out of in the few weeks it's been sat amongst my collection.
Viktor & Rolf Bonbon Couture Eau de Parfum
"Like the touch and perfect fit of a unique couture creation of the most opulent textiles such as organza and satin duchesse, Bonbon Couture languidly cloaks the the body as a silky second skin, adhering to the codes of meticulous tailoring, structural silhouettes, and outspoken volumes that are ultimately transformational."
Viktor & Rolf Bonbon Couture
Viktor & Rolf Bonbon Couture eau de parfum is priced from £57 for 30ml, available from Selfridge's here, with prices rising to £79 for 50ml and £109 for 90ml. There's no doubt that it's an investment scent but it really is a beautiful fragrance and given how long-lasting it is, there'll be no need to re-spray throughout the day so I expect it to last fairly well.
Do you like the sound of Bonbon Couture? What's your favourite Viktor & Rolf fragrance?

xo
[*Product provided for consideration.]
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Saturday, 24 September 2016

Review | Origins Original Skin Retexturizing Mask

Well things have been a little quiet around here, haven't they!? I started the month with the best of intentions for blogging a bit more regularly, but then life happened (as it does) and somehow it's been a fortnight since I last posted... Oh well.
I received a deluxe sample of Origins's Original Skin Retexturizing Mask in my Mix & Mask Box and was pretty keen to try it - I've loved all the Origins masks I've tried in the past and, let's be honest, a pink clay mask is pretty much guaranteed to be a winner, amirite?
Origins Original Skin Retexturising Mask Review
"This powerful mask with Mediterranean Rose Clay, Canadian Willowherb and exfoliating Jojoba beads helps gently deep clean while refining skin's texture and restoring radiance.
Like the other Origins masks I've tried, Original Skin is packaged in a squeezy tube which makes it fairly easy to get the product out, and it's nice and hygienic as you're not digging in with your fingers or anything like that. As clay masks go this has a fairly thin texture, it's easy to spread across the skin and doesn't feel thick or sticky; it also has a beautiful delicate rose scent which makes it a real pleasure to use. It has a slightly grainy texture thanks to Jojoba beads which gently exfoliate the skin as you remove the mask - I tend to massage it in gently with damp fingertips before I wash it off, focussing on the more congested areas around my nose and chin.
Origins Original Skin Mask
Following the suggestion of using once or twice per week, leaving on for 10-12 minutes, I've found that Original Skin leaves my skin feeling soft and smooth. I do think it has a bit of a cleansing action as my pores look clearer, especially around my nose where I always get blackheads. I also find that it really calms any redness and leaves my skintone looking much brighter and more even - this really is a bit of an all-round gem for me!
Original Skin is recommended for all skin types and I think I'd agree with that; it works well with my oily, congestion-prone skin to balance and clear out, but it isn't at all drying or stripping, so I think it would be equally nice for normal and even drier skintypes.
Origins Original Skin Rose Clay Mask
Origins Original Skin Retexturizing Mask is priced at £24 for 100ml, available from Origins here; it's one I'd recommend to anyone looking for a nice, non-drying clay mask that will cleanse and brighten all in one. Have you tried Original Skin? What's your favourite Origins mask?

xo
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Friday, 9 September 2016

Ten Things Every Blogger Wishes They Could Do

A lot of people simply don't realise the hard work and sacrifices that go into being a blogger... It's not all PR samples, pumpkin spice lattes and red velvet macarons, you know! Here are ten (semi-serious) things that I'm pretty sure all* bloggers have wished they could do at one time or another... Please read this with your tongue firmly in your cheek, I'm not being serious!
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Throw away finished products.
Ah, the Empties post; a beauty blogger staple! But you gotta save up those empties if you want to write a post about them, which means hoarding empty shampoo bottles and foundation tubes for weeks or months. Wouldn't it be nice to finish your conditioner and just put the bottle in the recycling...?!
Well, maybe. I wouldn't know.
Use new make-up/skincare.
You know the feeling; you've just treated yourself to a new eyeshadow palette / lipstick / face mask, and you're dying to try it out. It's just begging to be swatched. But the light is no good for photos, and you cannot use it until you've taken photos of it for the blog. I've developed superhuman self-restraint when it comes to new make-up, but it still kills me... And I kind of wince when a friend buys something and immediately opens it without so much as Snapchatting it.
Eat food while it's still hot.
In a similar vein... We all know you haven't really been to Nando's unless you've Instagrammed it. But the Instagram photo has to be just right, even if that means your food is cold by the time you actually get to eat it. I guess there's something to be said for salads here... See also: forlorn cups of tea in flatlays.
Cross things out in their planner.
Or, you know, their BuJo if they're one of the cool kids. I wish I was one of the cool kids but I don't have the patience to actually set a bullet journal up. Sad times. Maybe I should just pay Gwennan to do one for me... But even then I'd never be able to change any plans or cross anything out because then it wouldn't look pretty in my Instagram photos and that's the whole point of a planner isn't it??
Blog-Photo-Props-Stationery
Buy homewares and use them as homewares.
So apparently (I didn't know this!), you can have candles and trinket dishes just to use as candles and trinket dishes. They don't have to be props in flatlays. Who knew!? Similarly, some people have notebooks and just use them as notebooks. Oh, the novelty!
Overhaul their friends' skincare routines...
"Please don't tell me you actually just use make-up wipes to wash your face? You double-cleanse as well, right?" "What do you mean, you don't see how acid can be good for your skin?!" "OH GOD NO DON'T PUT SUDOCREM ON YOUR FACE!!!!"
...and their make-up bags.
The overwhelming temptation to tell them how much better their eyeshadow will last with a primer. The desperate desire to have them introduce a highlighter into their routine. And the certain knowledge that they just don't care. Because make-up is a necessity for them, not a hobby - something you've got to do to look presentable at work, not something you do even when you're not leaving the house because it's fun. Huh.
Keep up with the blogger dramaz.
Just kidding, I hate drama, but just lately it seems like it's been one thing after another on Twitter and frankly, half of us don't know whether we're coming or going with it all.
Summer-Makeup
Just buy something.
You know, without reading six different reviews and tweeting asking for opinions. Every so often I buy something in Boots that I've never heard anything about - it always feels kind of naughty. Like, what kind of blogger buys a foundation without at least doing a Twitter poll first!?
Have a weekend without having to drop everything for "the light".
Sometimes you make plans that don't involve blog things (fool). And often, you end up altering, postponing or straight-up cancelling those plans because ohmygosh the light is perfect for photos right now and, this being Britain, that might not happen again for the rest of the month.
Must. Photograph. All. The. Things.

Is there anything you'd add to my list? What do you wish you could do? Is there anything you miss from your pre-blogging days?

xo
[*Okay, probably not all bloggers. Please don't take this post too seriously, it's only a bit of fun!]
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Wednesday, 7 September 2016

The Irresistible Me Diamond Styling Iron*

A lot of the time, I consider myself to be doing well if I remember to brush my hair - so when Irresistible Me very kindly sent me their Diamond Professional Styling Iron* to try, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to do something a bit different with my hair! They look gorgeous, and are definitely a step up from the somewhat-worse-for-wear GHDs I'd had for eight years - I love that they're bright red.
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First things first, you should note that the plug on these straighteners is a US one, but don't let that put you off, as you can pick up adaptors quite cheaply - this one on Amazon is just £1.60! Once that's sorted, it's literally a case of plugging them in and off you go. You hold down the power button for a couple of seconds to turn the straighteners on, and the temperature is then easily adjusted in 10°C increments via an 'up' and 'down' button; all the buttons are on the inside, so you won't knock them whilst using the iron. I've found it heats up to it's maximum temperature of 230°C within about  15 seconds, so there's no hanging round and waiting for them to get going when you're in a rush - I love how quick they are!
Irresistible Me Diamond Hair Styler
This is a dual voltage flat iron, which means it automatically detects the voltage input and adjusts accordingly - so your straighteners are safe to use, wherever you are! The straighteners also very cleverly adjust their temperature units based on the voltage input - so whilst here in the UK, the temperatures are displayed in °C, if you used them in the States for example you'd get °F.
Before and After Diamond Hair Styler
I've been really impressed with how good these are - I have a lot of hair and whilst it's naturally straight-ish (it's actually looking unusually wavy in the 'before' photo on the left above...), it used to take me a good 20 minutes to straighten just because of how much of it there is - whereas with the Diamond Styler, I can easily have my whole head of hair all swishy-sleek and straightened inside ten minutes. The super-smooth plates glide really easily through my hair, and if I section it into around 1" pieces, one run-through is enough - there's no going over and over the same bit, which minimises heat damage as well as saving time!
After-Diamond-Hair-Styler-Irresistible-Me
I love how quick and easy the Diamond Styling Iron is to use, and how my hair looks once I'm done. I don't straighten my hair daily and probably never will, but I have found myself reaching for these two or three times a week. The Diamond Professional Styler is priced at $149 and is currently reduced to just $104 (around £80), available here; if you're in the market for a compact, easy-to-use and high-performance styler with temperature controls, I'd definitely recommend this one! What styling tools do you use? Would you consider Irresistible Me's Diamond Styling Iron?

xo
[*Product provided for consideration. Post contains affiliate links.]
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Monday, 5 September 2016

Magazine Freebies | October 2016

I suspect the magazine freebies may be starting to peter out for the year - has anyone else noticed there seems to be more on offer in the summer months? Anyway, there are a couple of good ones in September, so let's have a little look at what you can get your hands on with your reading material...
Magazine Freebies October 2016
Marie Claire (£3.99, Britney Spears on the cover) comes with a choice of four Ciaté nail polishes, each worth £9; I went for 'Dangerous Affair' which is a gorgeous autumnal oxblood shade, but you can also pick up 'Amazing Gracie' (baby pink), 'Prima Ballerina' (greige) and 'The Gossip' (pillarbox red). There's also a 20% discount code for The White Company, a voucher for 25% off at Office, and sample sachets of Tresemmé Beauty-Full Volume Pre-Wash Conditioner & Shampoo.
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Meanwhile, InStyle (£3.99, four anniversary issue covers available) comes with one of two Neal's Yard Remedies products - choose from a 100ml tube of their Geranium & Orange Body Lotion (worth around £11) or a 30ml tube of the matching Hand Cream (worth around £6) - I've picked up the body lotion but will be going back for the hand cream as NYR's are some of my favourites! You also get a 20% NYR discount code.
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Have you spotted any other magazine freebies so far this month? Will you be grabbing any of these?

xo
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Friday, 2 September 2016

Hello September!

I can't decide how I feel about it being September; on the one hand, it should be a pretty good month (I'm seeing McFly in a couple of weeks, and it's my birthday at the end of the month!), but on the other hand, at risk of sounding like a broken record, how is it September already!? 2016 has absolutely flown past, which is probably a pretty sure sign that I'm getting old, and it kinda feels like my life is just disappearing before my eyes.
Hello-September
So... That got a little deep! On a lighter note, here are my goals for the month:
Keep up running twice a week. I suffer from asthma which is always worse in cold weather, but I'm hoping that by keeping running regularly I'll be able to keep my fitness up so hopefully it won't affect me as much as it has in the past - I know I'm fitter now than I've ever been, so hopefully I can keep that as the weather starts to cool down.
Join the gym. I haven't been going to the gym over the summer (the one I used to go to is in a holiday park, so it's horrendously busy during the school holidays!) and it's about time to re-join - I've been thinking about going somewhere else with a better weights section, but I need to price up local gyms and see what I can afford. I'd like one with a swimming pool, which will probably narrow it down!
No chocolate. I've already forgotten why I thought this was a good idea, but I've already managed five days without chocolate! I'm aiming for Christmas but I do have my birthday at the end of the month so I may have to make an exception for that...
See friends at least twice. It's always nice to catch up with the people who are important to me, and I find that including it in my monthly goals means I make it more of a priority - otherwise, I can suddenly realise that months have snuck past without me having a proper catch-up with anyone.
Finish the month at least £1000 from the bottom of my overdraft. Oh yes, I'm back on the financial goals! My new job pays much better than my old one (partially because it's full-time hours, to be fair!) so I'm hoping I should be able to make much quicker progress on paying off my overdraft now. However I do have an MOT due in September and a credit card bill due, so we'll see how I go on with this.
Have a haircut. This is well overdue, I've been putting it off for weeks because I really, really hate hairdressers but it's getting beyond a joke now. I'm thinking of going a bit shorter as I'm getting sick of my hair being so long, but I haven't really decided yet...
Brotherswater
Aside from that, I've got a few things coming up at work, like a course where I'll be starting to learn CBT which I'm mega excited about, and hopefully getting my first patient! We'll also be saying goodbye to my Gran, who sadly passed away a few days ago - at the grand old age of 92, so I can't say it was unexpected, but it still came as a bit of a shock if that makes any kind of sense.
Have you got anything exciting going on in September?! I'd love to hear what your plans and goals for the month are!

xo
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Wednesday, 31 August 2016

In Retrospect | August 2016

The last two weeks or so have been very quiet here on the blog... Basically, as predicted, it all got a bit much for me trying to keep up with working full-time, blogging and having a life, as well as some family stuff going on. Something had to give and I've ended up basically having a blog-free couple of weeks, which has been nice; I've posted pretty much every other day for over a year, so it's been weird but refreshing to do other things with my time!
In Retrospect August 2016
Posting that frequently definitely isn't sustainable for me anymore, so I'm going to be playing around with my blogging schedule over the next few weeks, and trying to figure out what works for me in terms of posting regularly without losing out on quality, and still being able to do other things in life - like, you know, eat, sleep, take care of myself and see the people I love. In the mean time, let's have a little look back at August...

Empties
After powering my way through 5468761 empties last month, I feel like I've not done very well in August! This little lot looks pretty pathetic by comparison...
August-Empties
Will Repurchase: Organic Surge Brightening Hot Cloth Cleanser | This smelt gorgeous and my skin seemed to really like it - it was left feeling soft and clean, and my blemishes did seem to clear up beautifully whilst I was using it. // Organic Surge Citrus Mint Shower Gel | I love the fresh scent of this body wash for waking me up in the morning, and it's SLS-free so it keeps my temperamental eczema-prone skin happy. That's basically all I ask in a shower gel! (I don't know why this tube looks so grubby in the photo - I promise it wasn't!)
Might Repurchase: Forever Living Aloe Bath Gelée* | As I mentioned in my review, I've been using this as a shower gel as I don't have a bath, but it worked well - lathered up nicely, smelt quite pleasant and was gentle on my skin. I do think it's expensive for what it is, and it's not my favourite Forever Living product, but I'd consider treating myself.

Sample Sachets
I've managed to use up quite a few samples this month; I've been trying to have a bit of a clear out again! I seem to go through phases of stockpiling them, and then a few weeks where I'm pretty good at fishing a sachet out of my sample box to try out, and then I fall out of the habit again...
August-Samples
Tresemmé Beauty-Full Volume Pre-Wash Conditioner & Shampoo | Wouldn't buy due to SLS and silicons - I had such a bad break-out on my chest and shoulders after a couple of days of using haircare samples with silicons in. No thankyou! (Conditioner £2.62/290ml here, shampoo £2.62/500ml here) //  Aveeno Daily Moisturising Lotion | I didn't realise Aveeno used Mineral Oil in their products, I was quite disappointed to discover that - and predictably, my skin hated this. (From £3.79/200ml here) // FOREO Day Cleanser | This was nice but nothing special; like the night version, I was pretty underwhelmed by it, especially given the price point! (£25/100ml here) // L'Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Clay Re-Balancing Shampoo & Conditioner | I loved the last samples of these that I used and was gutted that the shampoo contains SLS, but this time around they didn't seem to work half as well for me - which I'm kind of glad about, as I feel less like I'm missing out! (Shampoo £2.89/250ml here, Conditioner £2.89/250ml here)

August Goals
If you missed my August goals you can catch up on the whole post here, or read on to see how I went on with them...
• Complete Total Warrior in 90 minutes or less. Well this went horribly wrong! It was all going so well and I was on track for my target - I don't really know what happened but around 6km round the 10km course I started to feel really, really sick and my legs turned to jelly. I walked most of the last 4km to finish just under 2:15 which was a lot slower than I was hoping for. I'm proud to have finished because I really did feel dreadful, but I'm so disappointed I didn't get even close to my target! I actually had to get my boyfriend to pull over on the way home and we sat in a lay-by for about 20 minutes because I really thought I was going to be sick.
• Keep running even after Warrior. I ran Warrior on the Sunday and was back out running again on the Tuesday! Success. I actually felt really good on my Tuesday run - really strong and comfortable, which was annoying. I literally don't know what went wrong in the race! But I've managed to run at least twice a week since which I'm happy with.
• See friends at least twice. As well as the reunion with Warrior friends, I had a pub night for my friend's birthday, and a walk with one of my best friends - I hadn't seen him since about April so it was nice to have a catch-up, even if we did get rained on!
• Spend as little as possible. Working so close to Asda has turned out to be a bit of a curse - it's far too easy to pop across in my lunch break, and I have ended up buying a few things I didn't strictly need - magazines, cupcakes and a new top. Apart from that I think I've been quite restrained though. And the top was only £6 in the sale so it hardly even counts right?!
• Catch a Jigglypuff. After weeks of desperately wanting a Jigglypuff, I caught two in one day - in Asda's carpark. My boyfriend had desperately been trying to catch one before I did so he was less than impressed, but I was excessively happy. Just look at its little FACE! Ohmygosh so cute.

Jigglypuff
August Loves
Rachel from No Space For Milk posted about her experiences with the contraceptive pill, which rang so true for me and the struggles I've had with various pills over the last seven years or so. I really do think the side-effects of the pill are something we need to talk about more - I went on it at 17 with no real grasp of the impact it could (and would, it turns out) have on my mental health.
Elizabeth at 'Ice Cream', Whispers Clara shared five things she's learnt from CBT which was a really interesting read for me, particularly given that my new job will feature a fair bit of CBT. I love Elizabeth's blog and her post about her adventures in the Lake District was another favourite for me - I love that she lives so near to me!
Michelle from Thou Shalt Not Covet posted about the MAC Star Trek collection and I became a little bit obsessed with the Trip The Light Fantastic Powder; I'm not a Trekkie by any stretch but this is just too stunning for me not to, well, seriously covet it!
Amongst my own posts, favourites include my Harry Potter-inspired makeup for the #BeautiesOnFire Collab and my MAC Lipstick Collection, so do head on over and check those out if you missed them.
MAC-Lipsticks

August in Summary
A funny old month indeed, but I feel like I'm getting settled into my new job now, so hopefully I'll be able to get back into some kind of routine as we head into September! It's felt like a very long month in some ways, yet in other ways it seems to have flown past. How has your month been? Have you been up to anything nice?

xo
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Tuesday, 16 August 2016

What's In My Photo Prop Box?

A few weeks ago I posted a Photo Prop Wishlist of bits that I'd like to add to my blogging prop box; you know those little bits and pieces that add a bit of interest to your product shots and flat lays? I try to keep mine all together in one box so that they're handy when I need them, and I don't have to spend ten minutes rounding up trinkets for a blog photography session. Let's have a look at what's in my box!
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Magazines
I have a fair old heap of magazines - I buy one or two most months, depending on the freebies (have a peek at this month's magazine freebies!) so I build up a little stockpile, and every so often I rotate them, recycling any that are looking a bit worse for wear or I haven't been using, to make room for new ones! I find magazines make a great background for product shots (it's nice to have a few to choose from depending on the colours/style you're after etc.) as well as featuring in lifestyle-type photos.
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Stationery
As if I need an excuse to hoard stationery! I keep a selection of pretty notebooks and pencils, along with this weekly planner pad and a little notecard, in my box - I do also use my day-to-day planner and an assortment of fineliners on occasion, but I use those in everyday life so they don't live in this box.
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Crockery
Side plates and coasters are a bit of an obsession of mine - these are all from Sainsbury's except the glittery square plate, which was Home Bargains, and none of them cost more than about £4. If you follow me on Instagram you'll have seen the patterned side plates popping up on a regular basis as they make a fab background for product shots.
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Candles etc.
Various candles, candle holders and the like sneak their way into my photos, and I'm very enamoured with my Jo Malone matches at the moment - the poshest matches in the world?! I've not used them in any blog photography yet, I'm biding my time, but I do think they look lovely and luxe! They'll be perfect for lifestyle shots.
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Bits & Bobs
I keep a random selection of ribbons, twine, paper flowers and other similar miscellania to hand, as again these can be lovely to add a bit of interest to your photos. Anytime a giftset comes with a ribbon tied around it, it ends up in my prop box! Things like rings, necklaces, hairclips, and brooches are also fab for adding colour and texture to your shots. And potentially the biggest essential of them all - Blu Tack. I can't believe how long it took me to cotton onto this, but it is ideal for stopping lipsticks, mascaras or anything else that's round from just... rolling out of shot.
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Blu-Tack
I wish I could afford to buy fresh flowers each week to use in my blog photos but until then, I'll be making do with this little lot! What are your favourite blog photo props? What's missing from my box of tricks? I'd love to hear what you add to your blog photos!

xo
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Sunday, 14 August 2016

Ten Thoughts You Have In The First Week Of Your New Job

I may have mentioned (once or twice or three thousand times) that I started a new job at the beginning of the month - I'm loving it so far, it's pretty much exactly what I want to be doing and I'm so happy! However, as with any new job, the first couple of weeks have mainly been about settling in, finding my feet and getting to know who everyone is. Here are ten things I found myself thinking in my first week...
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[Photo credit: CGSCreative; Edited by me.]
#1. I know it only takes 40 minutes to drive, but the traffic might be bad and I might get lost, so I'd better give myself an hour. Or an hour and a half? Yeah, better safe than sorry...
#2. I'm legitimately 45 minutes early. Will anyone notice if I just sit in my car in the carpark for half an hour...?
#3. These people are all so nice!
#4. This lady is lovely but I have no idea what she's called and I've already asked twice...
#5. I... I'm not going to remember any of this by tomorrow morning.
#6. Is it too soon to have another cup of tea?
#7. Why don't these people have name badges?
#8. No, Darren from IT, I've only been here four days, I don't know who's desk that is. Or whether they use the phone. I'm sorry. I don't know.
#9. When will I start feeling like I can actually do this job?!
#10. Look at my new email signature, though! That's me!
A photo posted by Jess Smith (@jesssrawr) on

So yeah... My first couple of weeks have seen me forgetting a lot of people's names, wondering where things are a fair bit, and being thoroughly unhelpful when Darren from IT came to rearrange all the computers while I was the only one in the office. Good times!
Is there anything you'd add to my list? What are the best and worst things about starting a new job?

xo
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Thursday, 11 August 2016

#BeautiesOnFire Week Four | Book/Movie

I can't believe we're onto Week Four of the #BeautiesOnFireCollab already! This week the theme chosen was Book/Movie, and I knew straight away what I would end up doing... My choice falls neatly into both camps, although I'd definitely choose the books if I had to pick. Harry Potter has been a huge part of my life since I was seven years old, so it was an easy choice for me.
#BeautiesOnFire-BookMovie
I have actually done Harry Potter-themed nail art in the past and, as I didn't have a lot of time on my hands again this week, I decided to do something similar with eye make-up to what I did for the Disney Princess theme last week. As I'd obviously be in Gryffindor if I went to Hogwarts (I think my owl must have got lost, still waiting for my letter to arrive...) I wanted to use their house colours of Scarlet & Gold.
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The Gold I used is 'Marzipan' from Too Faced's Chocolate Bar palette, which I packed on all over my lid over a cream shadow base to make the colours stand out a bit better. Unfortunately I don't own any true Scarlet eyeshadows, so I had to go for a more burgundy shade - MAC's 'Cranberry', to be exact. I used this in the outer half of each eye and winged it out a little, as well as running it under my lower lashes.
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And... That's basically it. I quite like how it turned out, though, so it's all good! I would have liked the red to be a bit... redder, but in terms of working with what I've got, I'm happy with this. It actually kind of puts me in mind of Fawkes the phoenix from Harry Potter, too, so it's doubly on-theme, I guess!
Gryffindor-Eyeshadow
Don't forget you can find out what the #BeautiesOnFireCollab is all about in Elisabeth's post here, see my previous posts here, and check out this week's post to have a look at what the other ladies involved have come up with - I've got a feeling it's going to be a very varied week! Do you like my Gryffindor eyeshadow? What book or movie would you choose for this theme?

xo
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