It feels a bit odd not doing anything Halloween this year, though I honestly ended up kind of forgetting about it in the lead up recently for some reason. I love Halloween decorations and movies and it somehow managed to creep up on me. I’ll probably end up watching movies and playing horror games for the next few weeks instead, November can be creepy right? Here’s a nice cute, fluffy Pusheen Christmas gift set review instead.
With the lead up to Christmas and so many gift sets out there I found a few that I wanted to try for myself and review for you guys. This is a small gift set with three bath fizzers in it from the Pusheen range at Boots and costs £6. It’s in the three for two offer they have on all of their gift sets around this time of year and this was the one I got free. I mainly bought it as I don’t have any bath bombs at the moment and was making a Boots order. I also may have a slight weakness for all things Pusheen and saw this after putting the nail art set in my basket. I’ll be reviewing that one later this week, or maybe next Monday depending on how long the nail varnish itself lasts.
This bath bomb set has a scent described as sweet and fruity so I was intrigued to see what that would be like, and how these bath bombs would work considering it’s a set for £6 and franchise products aren’t always the best quality for these kinds of things.
Since getting the semi-matte lipsticks from Models Own I wanted to do a comparison to the Sleek ones that were released early this year. I don’t have all of the colours from both ranges but I do have some and wanted to see what they were like side by side. I have compared everything I could think of to compare, though I have done actual reviews for each of the colours I have, you can find the Sleek ones here (the original colours) and here (The Whimsical Wonderland colours) and the Models Own ones from the Dare to Bare collection here.
At the moment the only Models Own colours I can find in this range are the Dare to Bare collection colours, though if they’re popular I would imagine that their range will increase in the future and I’m not sure how permanent the Dare to Bare collection is. Sleek currently have twelve in their permanent line alongside three in each of the two most recent collections.
I think this is something that happens to everyone at some point, whether you have a chronic illness or not, when you don’t have a schedule or things you have to do with certain time scales it’s easy to lose focus. I always find I work best with deadlines, whatever it is, even things that aren’t work, like shopping, I find that if I don’t have a focus, something to aim for, I get a bit distracted and can end up coming home with things I don’t need or didn’t plan on getting.
Since having ME most of the time I’ve had some sort of goal, some time scale to aim for. Until this time last year I was pretty much in some form of education or other for most of the time and the breaks between were a few months and pretty much planned in there to have an aimless few months and recover energy and have some kind of social life (not that it was all that successful on the second part most of the time but oh well). Since finishing the degree and now having nothing to aim for I have found my focus disappearing at times. I didn’t even really notice it until recently.
I did a post about the things I took in my makeup bag for travel over a year ago but I thought I’d do another after going away last week. Some of the things I didn’t use but it’s going to be the same things I’m taking away for family meetups and things in the lead up to Christmas so it seemed like a good time to post one anyway. I’m not normally too bad at packing light when it comes to makeup but I was surprised when I unpacked it all how much I took this time. I tend to go for taking only a few kinds of products but a range of colours in them.
I think that most of these things I’ve posted a review for so I’ll link it if I have so there’s a more in depth post on them and proper swatches if you’re interested in them. Almost everything is still available in stores, I think only the eyeliners might be hard to find but I haven’t found any that I like as much, I am on the lookout for a nice soft bronzey or gold colour if anyone has any suggestions though.
I love sheet masks, they’re just so convenient and fast to use, especially when they’re the ones you just massage in the residue afterwards rather than washing off. The only negatives about them, here in the UK, was that they were hard to find without either paying inflated prices or going to eBay, though more highstreet companies seem to be doing their own versions and I recently found some in Boots. I’m not sure how long they’ve been doing them but it’s the first time I’ve seen them in any physical stores. I picked two but tried this, the Boots Ingredients Sheet Face Mask Charcoal and Willow Bark Cleansing and Purifying mask. The other mask I bought is the Lotus Flower and Tiger Lily Radiance and Brightening mask, you can find the review here, which is aimed more at moisturising and for drier skin so if that sound more like your skin type then that might be worth looking at instead.
These masks cost £2.50 each and each pack contains one mask, though at the moment there’s an offer with selected Boots Ingredients face masks being two for £3 so it’s almost buy one get one free. It’s a great time to try a couple if you want to give them a go. Although they’re easy to get, even if it’s online rather than in store, there are only four to choose from which isn’t a great range but I think they cover some of the more common skin problems.
I’ve not been here for a few days, the past couple of posts were scheduled so sorry if I missed any comments or replies. I’ve not been great about keeping up with blogs I’m reading, I’ll get better at that I promise. I’m back now and going to be doing a few posts on the small holiday in Scotland as we went and saw a few things. As you can see Duff House and Huntly Castle are two of them, will post more on them another day but they’re both worth looking at if you like wandering around castle ruins or old houses with lots of art. We also went and saw the Kelpies and the Falkirk Wheeel and saw some small towns and villages. Nothing to do with any specific thing we saw but they had the Iron Broo Rock and I love Irn Bru so I had to try it. I will do more or a post, or posts, next week but it took a lot out of me so it’s going to be a few days of resting to get over it all. I do love visiting new places but it does take a while to get over it afterwards. These posts will probably be up the middle of next week when I’ve got all the photos uploaded and remembered where everything was taken!
Another reason for this post was that when I was away I passed my two year anniversary for this blog! I can’t believe it’s been 2 years I’ve been posting on here and thanks to everyone who reads my post Some! There’s over 200 people following me, I think I missed posting that milestone, and it might not seem like many to a lot of you but to have that many people think my blog is worth following is great so thank you! And here’s to another two years (or more)! 😄
It’s definitely feeling like autumn and with these cooler days it’s the perfect weather for long hot baths. I’ve recently finished off the last of my bath bombs or bubble bars, I think this may be a first since I started buying them properly seven years ago, and mum picked one up as a present for me on her way home from visiting my grandparents. It was the Fantasy Island Blaster from Bomb Cosmetics, it’s a fair sized bath bomb at 160g and it was £2 at the service station mum went in, though it says they’re £2.99 online on their own store. I know they have stands in a lot of stores near me, mainly garden centres it seems, so the prices may vary from store to store or how long the stock has been there.
The ones online appear to have clear red balls on the top rather than the solid ones on the blaster I have. I’m not sure if this is something they’ve changed in the product since the photos were taken online, if this is an older batch that I got one from or if it’s just hit and miss with this.
I went shopping today so I thought I’d do a post on the things I bought, though a few of the things from Boots are repurchasing old favourites that I have reviewed in the past I did find a few new things that I am really excited to try. I also went to Matalan and managed to keep it down to three things from there, I could have bought so much more and I found a jacket that I will definitely be buying online as they didn’t have my size in store. I did also go to Pets at Home so I’ve included the few gerbil things I got there too, I wouldn’t normally but I figured it’s not an extra post and it’s something different.
Title: Something Fresh
Author: PG Wodehouse
Year written: 1915
Publisher and year: Arrow Books, 2008
ISBN Number: 978-0-09-951378-0
I bought this book as part of a set from The Works a while ago, I think maybe some time last year, as it was in an offer as a set of four. The RRP for these is £7.99 though I think that’s around the amount I paid for all four of them, though they don’t seem to be available from them any more. There are a lot of versions of the Blandings books published throughout the years, I only realise when writing this that it was written over 100 years ago, so you can probably find it available for cheap online or in second hand book stores.
This is the first book from the Blanding series. I’m not sure how well known it is as a Wodehouse series, until a year or two ago I hadn’t heard of it and the only knowledge I have is from the BBC TV series with Timothy Spall and Jennifer Saunders. There are nine books in the series in total and this one introduces the characters and the setting itself for future stories, though Lord Emsworth and his family don’t feel like the main characters in this story it is a good introduction to them and the society that they live in.
Models Own recently released the Dare to Bare collection, one full of products with neutral colours. These include Hypergel nail varnishes, an eyeshadow palette, semi-matte lipsticks (I reviewed a couple of them here) and a finishing powder. I love nude nail varnishes, especially in autumn, and I bought three out of the five nail varnishes available. The three I chose are Deep Tan, Skin Deep and Emperors Clothes, mainly because these three were the only ones available on ASOS at the time. These are available, along with the other two in the collection, on ASOS where they’re currently in an offer at £3.50 and all five can be found on the Models Own website where they cost £4.99 each.
Not to do with the nail varnishes but I bought these from ASOS, one arrived broken as you may see the remains of the nail varnish itself on the bottles. I have to say that the customer service I got was great, even when the form accidentally sent twice so I ended up with two conversations for a while. I got a replacement ,though unfortunately the wrong one first try so had to have a second one done, and it was all sorted within a week. Basically thumbs up for ASOS when it comes to sorting problems and I’d recommend them over Models Own due to problems in the past.