This time of year is bad for everyone with all the bugs going round and the flu and all sorts of versions of these that seem to appear in schools and anywhere with a big group of people. I don’t get out that much so it seems like I should be able to avoid them but it seems like any time there’s something in the area I catch it, and sometimes two at once which is always fun. I never used to really have this problem, I would get a chesty cough thing for a month or two every year but it was never bad enough to stop me going to school and it seemed to keep everything else away. Since ME it’s pretty much the opposite, I don’t think I’ve had the same cough since I’ve had ME which in some ways is good I guess.
This is a mini recent purchases because I think these four things are all ones I’m really excited to try so wanted to do a sort of first impressions before I do a proper review after playing around a bit with them. I made a couple of orders, one from Boots and one from John Lewis for presents and things and got these too, one is kind of a treat for finishing my course as I have been wanting any of the Naked palettes for ages and it seemed like a good reason to get one.
Fortune Cookie Soap is a company that I’ve reviews products from in the past, they’re based in America and sell bath and body products. They have a box of samples they release as a preview for each of the collections they release in the year and you can sign up here for future boxes, the Christmas one will ship on 2nd November. These boxes have a range of products in sample sizes as well as two full sized products, sometimes new product types are introduced in them. This box was a separate collection to the normal subscription and is for Halloween with a Zombie Survival Kit theme. I like the names and product scents in their collections, they normally have a range of scents and the names fit well with the theme.
I normally find that the Halloween scents and collections are some of my favourites, there’s always some mulled fruit scents and spicy smells that I really like. Zombie Survival Kit seems like a great theme, and it’s more specific than just Halloween. The added extra this time was a plaster, though I don’t know what colour it is it looks like it’s a dark one with maybe a pattern on. I’m keeping it for if I ever need it, it’ll be a bit different than the normal coloured ones I have.
In the spirit of new starts and finding things to do I have recently found that I really want to de-clutter everything, I may also have been influenced a bit by all the beauty YouTubers I watch who are de-cluttering recently. I tend to get this feeling every six months or so that I need to sort out my drawers and cupboards and move things around because they seem to be in the wrong place. It almost always ends up in failure because I empty drawers out before there’s space to put the stuff in the new place and then I have piles of bits on my floor and half way through I run out of energy and the last few piles get shoved into a bag at the bottom of my wardrobe or one of the empty drawers.
This time I am going to be better at pacing myself. I don’t have any OU work to do so I can just have days where I simply sort things out rather than having to work it around that. I do have my business plan to work on but I can timetable better when I don’t have to rush and finish an assignment and recover from it afterwards.
Today’s review is the Thick and Fast mascara by Soap and Glory. I am definitely a fan of the Soap and Glory makeup I’ve tried so far, though it’s mainly the eyeshadows, lip glosses and a few of the lip colours. This mascara is another that was a favourite for a couple of years, also it’s sort of middle of the field with prices of the ones I own at the moment as it’s £10 and around Christmas is often included in the big Soap and Glory set or one of their other makeup offers, where I’ve got them the past few years.
This is the original version, and I have had it in my drawer since Christmas, it was the only one they did at the time but now it’s the superjet black one that’s on the Boots website here. I have never seen the others but I might look into them when my mascara stash is finally low enough.
I’ve heard a lot about Konjac sponges, all the different versions out there and I finally gave in and thought I’d try one a month ago when I bought one in the Asos sale. I got the pink heart sponge from the Konjac Sponge Company, who seem like the best place to buy one in the UK, I’m not sure if they sell worldwide though. The link to the one I actually bought is here though it says it’s out of stock so I’m not sure if that means it’ll be back in or if it’s gone forever from Asos. On the Konjac Sponge Company site they still have the heart one at £8.99 though the same pink clay one in a normal round version can be found here for £7.99 which I’d probably go for next time.
There are a few varieties available for different skin types, the pink one says it’s for tired devitalised skin which doesn’t really fit my skin type but I read somewhere else that it’s good for sensitive skin which definitely fit for me. I’ve been thinking about changing my skincare routine because the face wash I use is expensive when I factor in the customs charges and it goes out of stock fairly often so something I can get in the UK is always a good thing. I also liked the sound of being able to use it with or without products, I can still use the face wash at times if my skin plays up but otherwise there’s enough in the sponge itself and it lasts for three months according to the packaging.
Author: Eoin Colfer
Year written: 2009
Publisher and year: BCA, 2009
ISBN Number: 978-0141042138
This is another of those books that’s been on my shelves for years, though not as long as the last one. I think I pre-ordered this one so it must have been 2009 I got it, though I haven’t been able to read it properly until now. I remember starting it but didn’t get that far so this time I’ve given it a proper go. It’s still available on Amazon for £8.99 though I don’t think I paid that for it new so might be worth looking around if you want a copy.
And Another Thing… is written as a sixth book in the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Or Hitch Hiker’s, as some of the originals have on the cover), series by Douglas Adams written by Eoin Colfer, who I had heard of because of the Artemis Fowl series. I can’t remember the last time I read the five originals by Douglas Adams so it may be a direct follow on, it does start at the end of the world in a small club in London which I think is the end of the previous book having glanced at the last few pages.
This is probably another not really ME post but it kind of is. As I’ve said in a few posts (sorry if it’s a bit repetitive) I have finished my degree, the official cut-off for the final project was noon on Tuesday and now it’s just the waiting for the result. It’s a bit of a weird feeling having finished something that took 6 years of my life, it’s a bit of a ‘what now?’ kind of feeling. Then there’s the really great feeling of a new beginning and actually being able to do things again.
I think the next few weeks Monday posts might be mascara, I’ve got five or six I want to review and this way we don’t have a week of just mascara and it breaks up the palettes. I’ve had some of these sitting there for months and never touched them so I just want to see if they’re any good. So today it’s the turn of my current favourite that’s been going for months now and running out, the No7 Extravagant Volume in Waterproof black.
This is only available in Boots and costs £12.00 so it’s one of the more expensive ones in my collection, however I have found this set that has this and two others (the red one is in my collection to review) so if that’s available in the future it might be a good way to buy this as it’s £18.00 for the three. It claims to help increase volume and length, something which it seems all mascaras are claiming at the moment. I think my expectations for mascara might be a bit high as I find that a lot don’t do what I expect them to so I’ve just given up on these ‘lengthening’ or ‘volumising’ claims as they never seem to come true.
I’ve finished my degree! Woo! This past week has been a bit of a blur of working so I didn’t really post as much as I’d want to because my brain couldn’t take any more time looking at the screen after working on the project. This post was originally going to be done on Friday, so tomorrow it’s going to be the post that was meant for today, hopefully anyway.
Most of this order arrived a while ago, I posted about the one album in my August favourites post and I’d had it about a week then so that shows you when they arrived. I made the order from KPopTown.com at the beginning of August, the first part with the two albums and the two beauty bits arrived three weeks later which seems like a reasonable time to me from South Korea to the UK. They sent me an email about the earrings not being in stock and then when they were dispatched and there was no extra postage, they took another three weeks to arrive and everything was very well packaged so as far as how good they are as a store I would definitely recommend them.