Sunday, 31 January 2016

So Susan Lip Love Bag Review, January 2016

I'm a sucker for a beauty box. I cancelled my Glossybox subscription before I went travelling, but I decided this month was the perfect time to re enter my addiction of getting surprise beauty products sent through the post. I looked around for a bit and decided to go for the So Susan Lip Love Bag because the December's one looked really good. I also liked how all of the products were make up rather than other things like hand cream or the dreaded perfume samples that often crop up in beauty boxes!  My January subscription arrived this week and I wasn't disappointed!

I'm really impressed with the little pouch that the items come in, when I had my Glossy Box subscription I always ended up with a million boxes lying around gathering dust so it's nice to have something that will be easy to store! And look at how cute it is! By the looks of it every month's bag has a specific theme and January's,very befittingly for the new year, is the "I love myself" bag, which a quote on it that says "To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment" 

It also has a mermaid on it, what more could you fish for? (I'll show myself out.)

The items I received are as follows;

Jelly Pong Pong, Jello Shot

According to the blurb, this is a "gel stain hybrid formula infused with Heat Shift technology that transforms into a healthy, rosy flush upon contact onto your skin according to your body temperature"

I love the idea of this product, but when I applied it I found it slightly too bright on my skin for an every day look. Generally I prefer blushers to give me a healthy but subtle flush, but I could see me using this on a night out when I'm wearing more make up.

So Susan, Liquid Powder Shadow Palette

I haven't tried this yet because, again, I probably wouldn't wear these darker colours in my every day make up. I  did however sample a few of the shades on the back of my hand and they glided on really nicely so I'm looking forward to giving it a go.

Jelly Pong Pong, All Over Glow

I'm a massive enthusiast for all highlighters so I was delighted to get this in my bag. It's a lovely peachy, golden shade that gives my skin a pretty glow and since trying it out, I've used it every day in my make up routine.

Trifle Cosmetics, Lip Parfait in "Guilty Pug"

This is a dark nude which isn't a colour I would normally go for, but I really liked how it looked on. Also, look at the packaging! I'm not a massive fan of pugs (I prefer my dogs to look giant and fluffy) but this is irresistible.

Lip Parfait in Guilty Pug
All in all I'm pretty happy with the products I got and the worth of the bag adds up to a lot more than the £14 I paid for it. I'm looking forward to see what I get next month!

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Failed Hobbies of 2015

As we all unfortunately know, it's January - AKA the dawn of new resolutions coming into play with an ardent enthusiasm that may or may not continue for the next 11 months. I figured it was therefore the perfect time to give a shout out to the numerous hobbies I took up that didn't quite make the cut for 2016. Or past the first month that I tried them.


This is one that you might remember if you followed my instagram right at the start of this blog when I occasionally posted photos of my Sunflowers. Looking back with the benefit of hindsight, this venture was always going to be doomed to failure. Namely because I don't like dirt, I severely dislike manual labour and, being completely honest, I don't really like gardening itself. It was never going to work out.

 I started off with the usual enthusiasm that I have whenever I'm starting something new. I got some pretty gardening gloves and a pink trowel, planted my seeds into little pots and put them in the conservatory. Things went pretty well for the first few months (if you can count watering them sporadically whenever I remembered as well), but took a downward turn as the summer months hit. In my gardening naivete, I thought I could just leave the the pots inside and watch a beautiful greenhouse style paradise bloom before my eyes. Wrong! A second reading of the back of the packet actually indicated that my budding flowers were now ready to be planted outside.

Long story short, I grumpily transferred them to the garden, half heartedly attempted to attach them to wooden sticks that I found lying around to keep them upright and then tried to forget about the whole thing. A few weeks later the dog's ball landed in amongst them a few weeks later and he cheerfully trampled them all, along with my hopes and dreams of being given my own gardening show.

The culprit!
Jewellery Making

After deciding that I wanted to take up an indoor activity, I decided to turn my hand to jewellery making. This sounds like an easy enough hobby, but in my mind I had great aspirations that were obviously never going to be realised. At one point I genuinely believed that I was going to start churning out bracelets and selling them in a wildly successful online shop. I made about three bracelets, wore one out, it broke on the middle of nightclub dancefloor and another great business venture was promptly shelved. My amazon wishlist, however is still full of charms and ribbon.


This was another one that I envisioned as a potential career move. Showing no signs of learning from my bracelet making scheme, I thought I would take up crochet, make the world's cutest animals which would all sell out and allow me to have a job I could do while sitting infront of the TV. Long story short I made a mouse head, a mouse body, couldn't really work out how to join them together and that was the end of that!

Reading all of The Perfect Library list

This is another one that people who have followed my blog for a while might remember. Basically my local library compiled a list of all the books that they felt comprised the "perfect library" and I decided I was going to read them all within a year, even though after putting it off for a few months I would basically have to read several books a day to even have a hope of completing it.

To be fair, I kind of stand by my decision to abandon this one. Feeling pressured to read books that I wasn't massively interested in was starting to take the fun out of reading for me and was horribly reminiscent of being back at school. I did discover a few amazing books, so it wasn't a total loss and I may well go back to my list when I'm looking for a recommendation, I just won't force myself to try to read the whole thing. (Especially because Twilight is on it.)

So that was some of my massively failed attempts to broaden my horizons and try new things (and I haven't even mentioned them all, there was a horrendous four week Photoshop class that I signed up for that I'm trying to block from my memory.) I don't regret any of them because they were all (borderline) fun at the time, so here's to trying my hand at some more in 2016!

Sunday, 10 January 2016

2016 Goals

Happy New Year, everyone! Hope your holidays were all filled with fun and festive frolics! Bit late on this post but better late than never and it's still January so I reckon it's all good! Behold my massively unambitious goals for 2016:

1. Do more during the week

I try to plan a lot for the weekends so there's always something to look forward to, but during the week the temptation to come home, throw on my pj's and hit netflix is too high. Just before I finished work for Christmas I had a really busy few weeks with going to the cinema (hello midnight Star Wars viewing) going for meals and going to gigs (Whitesnake and Def Leppard, you were amazing) and it was really fun, so I'm going to put more effort into evening activities - especially with the evenings starting to get brighter.

2. Blog more 

Ha! I think we all saw this one coming! When I first started blogging I was actually pretty good for posting 2 or 3 times a week and then it fizzled out, so I'm going to make a real effort to at least post once a week. I'd also like to start doing more book reviews posts, I read about 3 books a month at least so it makes sense to blog about it more!

3. Go back to Florida

If you've read my blog for a while you'll know that the best year of my life was spent working at Disney world in Florida. I've been dying to go back ever since and this year I'll finally be going on holiday to say "hi" to Mickey Mouse, aka the best boss I have ever had.

4. Cook more

I am really lucky. My boyfriend loves to cook and is really good at it, so he basically makes every evening meal for us but I'd really like to try my hand at cooking at least one night a week. I have a massive pinterest board full of recipes that I really want to at least give a go. (And there's always dominos a phone call away if it turns into an unmitigated disaster.)

5. Move city

I really, really, reaaaaally want to move to Manchester! We've been back from travelling for about 9 months now and I feel like it's time for a change of scene. Manchester is my ideal, but I would also love living back home in Scotland too.

6. Sort out my wardrobe

Seriously, right now it's a big jumbled mess. Basically this is because whenever I've done washing and I have to put my clothes away I just shove them into my cupboard wherever they'll fit and then when I go to wear them again they're, unsurprisingly, massively crumpled. I really need to get rid of the things I don't wear any more, then hopefully I'll have room to put things away properly and all my clothes will be hanging up all pristine and ready to be worn. In theory.

So that's my top 5 goals anyway. I'm also going to try to eat a bit healthier and exercise more, but I think that's always a bit of a given for January after all the Christmas feasting! What are your resolutions? Let me know in the comments!