Review: Boots Precision Blending Sponge

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Over the past couple of years I’ve seen quite a few posts about the various beauty blender style makeup sponges but I don’t think I’ve seen any posts about the Boots own brand ones. I didn’t even know they did them until I was having a look on the Boots website for the Real Techniques one and this popped up as a search result. It’s definitely a different shape and, at £3.50, I think it’s the cheapest one I have seen around so I thought I’d give it a go. They also do one that’s a larger one with a more hour glass type shape like some of the other brands do. This is the Boots Precision Applicator Blending Sponge, which doesn’t have the catchiest name but it tells you what it’s designed for.

I will be reviewing the Real Techniques one too, and I do plan on buying the original at some point but I wanted to see what these were like before comparing them to the one that normally seems to come out on top and if this one at around a quarter of the price would do a good enough job, especially as they recommend replacing these sponges every few months. That is one thing I would like to ask anyone who uses these kinds of sponges; do you actually replace them that often or is it still ok to use them beyond that if you wash them carefully?

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Review: The Original Sleek i-Divine Palette

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I realised that, when going through my palettes to review, I have done quite a few Sleek palette reviews but haven’t done one yet on the Original. I have had this one for years and I know that the packaging itself has changed but I checked and the formula is still the same (as far as I could find) so I thought I’d do a post on it today. I bought this not long after the Storm palette came out so it’s been a few years and it’s still the same quality as when I first got it. One of the reasons I bought this palette was that Sleek don’t test on animals, this particular palette is suitable for vegetarians but not vegans.

This palette has twelve 1.1g pans of eyeshadow with eleven of them being shimmers and one matte. There’s a wide range of colours, I don’t think there’s any particular colour theme, it’s mainly brights on the top row with blues, greens and purples and the bottom row being more neutrals with an olive green in there too. It costs £8.99 and can be found on the Boots website or the Sleek Makeup website. Most Sleek palettes are also available from Superdrug but I couldn’t find it on their site, it’s probably in stores if your local has a Sleek section as it seems to be in the ones I’ve been in most of the time, the same with Boots stores.

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ME, Myself and I: Graduation Tips

It’s graduation season, or it is here in the UK, and as the ceremony thing for my degree is coming up I thought I’d post about the things that have been suggested or are going to be in place to make the actual ceremony easier. If any of you are graduating congratulations! It’s a big achievement and, although it seems a big day and a lot to do on the day, it can be a great way to celebrate the fact that you’ve finished along with others who have done the course though it is a bit intimidating with everything that you have to do on the day.

Since finishing my degree I’ve been kind of nervous about the actual ceremony, whether I’ll be up to it, whether it’ll be too much and I’ll end up feeling ill part way through or become dizzy or something when I’m going up to get the certificate. Also the fact that I did this all at home, through the Open University, it’s a bit more detached than it would have been in a brick and mortar university. I have to say that the people in charge of the special circumstances for these events with the OU have been great and have suggested all these things I wouldn’t have even thought of.

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Review: Soap and Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Nudes Collection Lipsticks

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I haven’t seen the Soap and Glory Sexy Mother Pucker collections until last week so I think they’re a fairly new release. There’s three separate collections, one for pinks, one of reds and one that’s all nude colours. Each collection has eight colours in it and these include three different finishes; satin, matte and shiny. I have a feeling I will be getting more of these but to start with I got two from the Nudes Collection, a matte called Super Nude and a shiny finish called Barely Pinking. Unfortunately the first time I opened the Super Nude I managed to drop it and the tip broke before I could photograph or use it, don’t you just hate it when that happens?

These lipsticks are similar to the Sexy Mother Pucker lipsticks that have been available for a while, I think each of these finishes was available too. At the moment these are included in the buy one get one half price offer at Boots and they cost £9 each. I’ve only had these for a few days but I’ve given each of them a proper try with eating and drinking and seeing how well they last.

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Recent Purchases: Boots.com

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I know I did another recent purchases post earlier this week, I would have saved this one until next week but I’m not sure how long the Soap and Glory tin is going to be available and I think it’s a pretty god offer so wanted to show you guys what’s in it. I did go into a Boots store earlier this week and there was a display for the Soap and Glory Sweet Ten-Tation but someone in front of me got the last one as I walked through the door so if you want to get one in store you might want to be quick or just order it online may be easier as you can still pick them up in store. I got all of these things on the Boots website.

I didn’t realise that Boots had done their version of the Beauty Blender, or kind of anyway, and with the price difference I wanted to try it and the Real Techniques sponge as I’ve been recommended it in the past. Also, getting these things I now have enough Boots points to get the original beauty Blender with them anyway so I can compare them in the future some time. I also didn’t know about the Soap and Glory Sexy Mother Pucker lipsticks, there’s a Nudes Collection, a Pinks Collection and a Reds Collection with eight colours in each with three different finishes. I am definitely going to be getting more in the future but I thought I’d go with two from the Nudes Collection to start with as they’re buy one get one half price at the moment.

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Recent Purchases: Holland and Barrett

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Before this year I didn’t really buy anything in Holland and Barrett, but after finding the Dr Organic Snail gel range I’ve ended up trying other things from there more. I did a small order, mainly to replace the Dr Organic things but I saw some other bits I wanted to try, I did manage to forget the face masks I originally meant to order as they have some really nice sounding ones on there.

Apart from the two Dr Organic things I haven’t tried any of these before and I haven’t actually heard of any of them before doing the search on the Holland and Barrett site. A while ago I did a pot about travel sickness and someone recommended the ginger sweets from Holland and Barrett so I got a pack of them, the chewy ones as they were the cheapest and said they’re for travel sickness. I also thought I’d give some of the hair care products as I’ve always had a flaky scalp and will always try a new thing for that as most of the others don’t seem to work at all. The couple of beauty products are ones I’ve never heard of seen before but I was intrigued by the one and am trying to find a good foundation. It’s a bit of a mix of everything in here.

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ME Awareness Week 2016: Things I Wish I’d Known

I’m going to keep this post short, though I seem to always say that, as I know how hard it can be to read a wall of text if you’re not feeling good. I don’t think I’ve done a post like this before really but I thought that, as well as saying what ME is and sharing a bit of how it feels I’d share some of the main pieces of advice I wish I’d had when I was first ill. Over the years I’ve heard a lot of different things and these are the ones that I think would have helped me more when I was first diagnosed.

Some of these may seem slightly negative but I don’t think they really are, overall I think I’m pretty positive about life in general but at times you have to be realistic and I think in the beginning, when I was first diagnosed, I didn’t realise some of these things and was looking at the short term which did not help my health in the long term.

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Fortune Cookie Soap Soap Box: Just Keep Swimming

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I don’t really subscribe to any other beauty boxes but I do get this Soap Box from Fortune Cookie Soap, they release a box four times a year which has smaller products and samples of the scents for the seasonal collections not long before they release them. Fortune Cookie Soap are a cruelty free company from America who sell bath and body products and perfumes. The Soap Box includes eight products, two of them are full sized, and cover all of the scents in the upcoming range.

This season’s theme is Just Keep Swimming which is inspired by Finding Nemo and I think this may be one of my favourites yet. I love the packaging for the products and the names really go with the theme and the more well-known quotes or characters. As these arrived on Friday I’ve had a bit of a play around with everything and used everything. This collection will be released on May 20th 6pm CST, which I think it around midnight in the UK.

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ME Awareness Week 2016: Some Symptoms

Another ME Awareness Week post, and I realised that I haven’t actually said what ME is in this week. I think I did a post about it last time, or early on in the blog, but I thought I’d do a post about some common symptoms as it isn’t just the chronic fatigue, which is probably the most obvious to anyone who knows people with ME or who has heard the other name Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

I think that a large percentage of people with ME tend to first become ill with ME after having some kind of infection or bug, it seems a lot of people I have talked to over the past twelve eleven and a bit years seem to have had glandular fever but it’s often after a time when your immune system was weakened due to illness. There are lots of debates and different research reports out there about the various reasons why certain people get ME when others don’t but no one can agree really so I’m going to stay away from all that and suggest you look up for yourself if you want to know more, there are new theories popping up all the time.

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ME Awareness Week 2016: Parallel Worlds

This may seem like an odd way of explaining it, but hopefully it will make sense by the end of the post. As the theme for ME Awareness Week, at least in some places, is the idea of understanding what it’s like to have ME I thought I’d do a post of how it feels like, or rather this post is sort of more how it felt like to start with, this feeling does sort of go away after a while but it still sometimes sneaks up on me again.

I’m not sure how much sense this post will actually make, my brain is rather fuzzy, and it’s definitely not the only aspect of my life with ME, I might do a post on something else later in the week as I did think of including more aspects but it got a bit long and like a wall of text, so this is just the parallel worlds, two lives kind of thoughts I’ve had. Also I will say before I start, these are just my experiences, obviously it won’t be the same for everyone, maybe no one else feels like this at all but I think at least some people might be able to agree with me or know what I mean with this post.

It’s weird, when I was first ill I wasn’t really sure what it was that was wrong, which is obviously a bit scary when suddenly you can’t do anything that you could before and lots of people thought it was either just me being over the top after being ill and not wanting to go back to school or that I wasn’t actually feeling as bad as I was. As I was so ill I didn’t really have the energy or concentration to think of much, the first few years are mainly a blur of staying in my room broken up with events that I went to that I was probably too ill to go to and I can’t really remember properly anyway like seeing bands live or school events.

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