22 November 2013

I Shouldn't really be shopping but....

Over the past few weeks I've accumulated a few new bits and bobs, some bought myself and others given as birthday gifts from the grand old turning 24... I had a lovely birthday spending most of my actually birthday with my lovely dad then a nice dinner with my family minus the big brother. I did get a new bag from the older sibling but sadly the handle broke off it on Saturday morning - boo Zara - so that has been returned and another is on it's way.

H&M Basic tops Ranging from £4.99-7.99 

H&M Basic tops are my favourite. Affordable, always a plethora to choose from and the fit is normally pretty good. I tried to serve black as much as possible but the over sized t shirt came in colours that I just didn't get along with so I had to go for black! The striped vest comes in a black with white as well which I shall be snapping up also. Why not, if I like it! 

Porcelain Reindeer Melstock & Quire. Orange House Plant in Ceramic 

My first Christmas decoration of the year bought, I got this adorable little reindeer ornament from a gorgeous shop in Morningside, Edinburgh. It was about £2.99 which I think is an absolute steal. It is so cute.

The plant I bought from my work simply because I love the orange shade of the flowering part and it is a nice little addiction to my room without being over powering. And it was reduced... 

Topshop Treggings - £28 

Already owning a similar pair of trousers in a white with black pattern I knew snapping up a second pair would be a good move. They are the comfiest trousers and are perfect for the winter time as they are thick. 

                                   Cath Kidston Notepad and Lunch in Paris by Elizabeth Bard

I love keeping a journal. I find it so therapeutic especially being a serial worrier, writing things out tends to help me along a little. Of course I can't write these things down in any old thing so while my laptop was off getting fixed I treated myself to a new diary and a sneaky new novel. I was immediately drawn to this book it features Paris - love - food - love - and a whole load of romance... it is beautifully written.

                                         Zara Coat - Birthday Present so not sure of prices

This was my 24th Birthday present from my mum and dad. I needed a new coat badly, my old coat was about 5 years old so a new one was needed. This coat is beautiful. Perfect cut, sits nicely... just perfect. Zara I love you ... apart from my new bag breaking that is.

Happy Friday!

20 November 2013

Being an avid black liner fan I am always on the look out for a new product that will provide the smudgy, smokey look the so desire. While browsing the make up stands in Superdrug I found my at the Rimmel stand - not a stand I found myself at all too often but I was there so I figured I would have a little rummage around to see what I could find. On my rummage I came across the Scandaleyes waterproof kohl kajal. At first I was dubious, waterproof products and myself don't always get on but for £3.99 I figured what the heck!

My first impressions of this eyeliner are all raving reviews. This product is amazing. Smooth, creamy with intensity in the colour. It doesn't smudge or fade although a little top up through out the day is always nice to freshen up the look. I like to smudge out my liner with a black eyeshadow and angled brush which compliments this eye liner perfectly. For £3.99 it is definitely worth having a look at if you enjoy an intense black liner. Amazing product. Probably one of my favourites of the 2013... Sweeping statement...

Happy Wednesday

19 November 2013

Life: Absent without Leave.

I've been a little absent without leave recently. Well for quite a while actually. I have my reasons well one main reason actually and that is I work more hours now so am quite busy and normally when my days off roll around they are spent in leggings, vest tops and hoodies... not so glamorous. Or blog worthy.

I want to get back into blogging regularly so am attempting to make an effort to produce some content at least 3 times a week so expect to see some more of me around here again!

Happy Tuesday!

12 November 2013

Skincare: Back to Basics

Following a rather nasty eczema break out - is that the right term?!- on my eyelids & top lip, think swollen, puffy eyelids that were bright red & a crusty top lip, I had to re-evaluate my skin routine. What I was using clearly wasn't beneficial to my skin.

The suspect being Garnier Soft Essentials Complete Cleanser for Dry Skin. I know what you are thinking, it is for dry skin so how did it make you skin more dry?! That I do not know. Removing make up with this cleanser night after night left me dry and flaky with a nasty bout of eczema. Action has to be taken as my skin was painful not mention I looked less than alluring...

Following a trip the the Pharmacy to get some strong cream for my eyelids, I embarked on a skin mositurising spree. I wanted to keep everything simple. I thought on it for a while & did a little research into products eventually settling for a few products aimed at babies & rich creams to keep my face hydrated.

Once my breakout finally calmed I decided to have a route around for some new products to aid in removing my makeup. As a first cleanse I like to use baby lotion. If it is sensitive enough for baby skin then it must be sensitive enough for my sand paper skin. It works at treat as a initial cleanse which I then follow up with the Botanics Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm. I like to use this with a face cloth rather than the cheap cloth that comes with the product. This product is amazing and a total steal. It cleanses the skin while giving it a wee bit of TLC without a hefty price tag attached - smells gorgeous too! This is followed by a rinse with some spot fighting facial wash depending on the condition of my skin. Normally I reach for the Neutrogena 2 in 1 Wash & Mask.

What are your core skincare products?

11 November 2013

You Are Now An Adult.

As of June 2013, I am a graduate. I have the letter BA(Hons) after my name. Once the expected high of said event had worn off and several hours of applying for jobs, phone interviews (the bane of my life), actual interviews and waiting around for the rejection became my reality I realised that looking for that perfect graduate job isn’t actually much – if any – fun.

The job market is a toughie. Of course people have a better degree result, have done more extra curricular activity than you have but there has to be a light at the end of the tunnel somewhere… right?! Saying this I have compiled a short list of some of the most annoying things that have come to my attention since entering the ever exciting & time consuming world that is job hunting,

Number 1:
Places not getting back to you post interview if you haven’t been successful. It is just good manners. And they cost nothing!

Number 2:
Places not even acknowledging your existence when you do apply for a job. Again, good manners. A basic email that everyone gets, saying thank you for your application. Not difficult.

Number 3:
“You are the perfect candidate for this role but you don’t have enough industry experience I’m afraid” HOW AM I GOING TO GAIN SAID EXPERIENCE IF YOU WON’T GIVE ME A ROLE?! (This could possibly be the most annoying one of all.)

Number 4:
Interview stages that looks a little something like this ….
One- phone interview
Two – Interview with Team Leader
Three – Interview with HR & another Team Leader
Four – Short presentation
Five – Interview with Managing Director
After these 5 repetitive & mind numbingly dull interview you might get the job or you might be rejected at stage 3…

Number 5:
Employment Agencies. Sure they are doing they’re job and getting you interview but a twist of the truth about what the job actually is or entails benefits no party. Neither does a fancied up job title which in essence is a cold calling, sales job.

Number 6:
Offices being so difficult to find you end up in either a housing estate or an industrial estate with the word FEAR printed in invisible ink across your forehead. (This has happened to many times to me!)

So that is just 6 of the most annoying things I have observed and experienced through these past 5ish months of being a graduate. Worst comes to worst, I am going to make myself off to a busy spot off in this fair (adopted) city of mine with a rather charming Hire Me! sign around my neck. Needs must & all that!