Current Playlist #1 “Go Fuck Your Selfie”

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Yes, this playlist is heavily inspired by Life Is Strange (the name itself is a direct quote, not just me swearing for fun, even though I am known for that), that game is up there with some of my top favourites of all time, the story and characters really pulled me in and threw me around on an emotional ride in the best way but boy, that ending… talk about pulling at your heartstrings! Aside from the epic story and classic teenage drama, the soundtrack was perfect, meshing together scenes and emotions seamlessly, very hipster some might say but I loved it regardless of any cliche.

ANYWAYS, I could talk about Life Is Strange (or any game in my library for that matter!) forever but this is about my current playlist! I am so poop about compiling playlists nowadays, just chucking everything in there, never knowing when to stop! When I was a teen it was all I did, creating the perfect start to middle to end, getting it to flow as if it were story. In most cases, they were a story, a story I was going through or wanted to be immersed in. I was also pretty ace at road trip playlists too, if I may say so!

Summer time is ending for most of us and whilst in the tub last Sunday with the sun streaming through, I created this playlist to suit until I was pruney. It’s not perfect and only a small slice of what I listen to but here we go, a “chill out in the sun, driving with the windows down, indie-hipster-folksy what have yous (I’ve never been good at genres)” playlist.
Enjoy!

P.s. Anyone else excited for Life Is Strange: Before the Storm prequel?!

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Syd Matters – To All of You
The Front Bottoms –
Peach
Elle King –
Kocaine Karolina
The Lumineers –
Flowers In Your Hair
Barry Louis Polisar –
Me and You
She & Him –
Why Do You Let Me Stay Here
Fleetwood Mac –
Go Your Own Way
Conor Oberst –
Empty Hotel by the Sea
Coconut Records –
West Coast
Peter von Poehl –
The Story of the Impossible
Tegan and Sara –
Burn Your Life Down
Coconut Records –
Back To You
Stars –
Your Ex-Lover Is Dead
The Shins –
Simple Song
Modest Mouse –
Float On
Say Anything –
I Want To Know Your Plans
Hellogoodbye –
Betrayed By Bones (Ukulele Version)
Rusty Clanton –
Ribs (And Things That Resemble Ribs)
T. Rex –
Mambo Sun
Iron & Wine –
Such Great Heights
Bright Eyes –
Lua
Death Cab For Cutie –
A Lack of Color
Des Ark –
The Subleties of Chores & Unlocked Doors
Bob Dylan & Johnny Cash –
Girl From The North Country
Bright Eyes –
First Day Of My Life
Milky Chance –
Stolen Dance
Metric –
Gimme Sympathy
Iron & Wine –
Upward Over The Mountain
Sufjan Stevens –
For The Widows In Paradise, For The Fatherless In Ypsilanti
Golden Youth –
Where’s Your Heart Gone

 

– L x

 

First Impression: Garnier Micellar Gel Cleanser

It’s first impression time! This week, it’s going to be about skin care, the other love of mine right up there next to make up. I will be doing an overhaul post of all the products I use in rotation, my can’t-live-withouts, holy grails and whatnots but today, we’re getting down to basics. Cleansing! More specifically, with the Garnier Micellar Gel cleanser.

I’d heard about this product through Instagram and I’ll admit, I totally fell for the ‘Micellar’ tag that seems to be on everything these days. So whilst in Boots picking up other essentials, I came across this cleanser and knew I had to try it out. Plus, it was on an introductory offer. Bonus! Like the micellar waters, they have the pink original cleanser and a green one for combination skin. I already am an avid user of the micellar waters, owning the original pink and the oil one which do a great job of taking my make up off ready for the second cleansing but this time, I decided to go for the green as I do actually have combination skin. The green cleanser promises a mattifying effect and I can say yes, it actually does and without drying my skin out!


I quite like the simple packaging. It matches the waters so it would look cute and matchy in your bathroom but what I really like is that it has a pump which is so much more hygienic and easier to control how much product you are using. It’s a clear plastic bottle so you can see how much cleanser is left which is handy. It’s pretty sturdy and durable so it should hopefully survive in my case as I plan to take it with me when I travel to Disneyland Paris.

So how does it do, cleansing-wise? I’d say pretty great! I put it to the test to see how it would fare against a full face of makeup and it passed with such ease. My make up melted off just as well as it would with my usual cleansing oils and balms. I’ve used it both morning and night and both times my face felt refreshed, mattified and clean without being dry. It’s super easy and quick, just one pump is enough to do your whole face and neck so I can see this lasting a while.

Would I recommend? For sure! If you’re in the market for a simple all over cleanser without the price tag then this is for you. Especially if you’re already a fan of the micellar waters.

Thanks so much for reading and let me know of any new skin care products you’re loving at the moment!
– L x

Catch Up Time!

Make yourself a drink, grab a snack and relax, this is gonna be a long one.


Where, oh where have I been? Nowhere, to be honest with you, but all over the place at the same time. I guess I took an unplanned break for an unexpected amount of time. It ended up being a very stressful couple of months, as you’d expect from the holidays but it took a toll on me that I wasn’t prepared for. Something I don’t really talk about is my struggle with mental health (depression, anxiety disorder) and my physical health (fibromyalgia). All of these like to mingle with each other and rile each other up leaving me exhausted. It’s like being a parent with 3 toddlers demanding attention, kicking up tantrums and arguments with each other and I’m left trying to put one in a timeout in the corner whilst the other 2 run wild again, endlessly repeating myself. I’m still coming to terms with the fibromyalgia but the depression and anxiety have been side kicks of mine since pre-teen. I never know what to say about these things and never explain myself because I feel like I can’t quite word it right but I’ll try.

My depression has been up and down for the longest time but I’ve gotten quite good at keeping it at bay, believe me when I say I’ve come a long way since my teenage years. The fibromyalgia, however, is something the doctors reckon I’ve had for a long time but it’s such a hard illness to diagnose, often hiding itself within others so I’ve never had time to get used to it. There’s no real explanation on how it developed and there is no cure. There’s also a lot of people who like to tell you it’s all in your head and to get over it. I tried. FOR YEARS. But in the end, it got to the point where enough was enough and it needed to be addressed. Fast forward a year later after my diagnosis, my pain management still isn’t great. I should probably explain a bit about what fibromyalgia actually is, in case you want to know.

Fibromyalgia, also called fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS), is a long-term condition that causes pain all over the body.

As well as widespread pain, people with fibromyalgia may also have:

– increased sensitivity to pain
– fatigue (extreme tiredness)
– muscle stiffness
– difficulty sleeping
– problems with mental processes (known as “fibro-fog”) – such as problems with memory and concentration
– headaches
– irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) – a digestive condition that causes stomach pain and bloating.

Taken from the NHS website, you can read up more about the symptoms in detail here.

I’ve still had no treatment on how to cope, no graded exercise classes, zilch. Just a lot of painkillers and prescriptions. I self-help as much as I can from the internet (yoga, walking, diet etc) but I’ve been told by doctors that I’m not doing things correctly for myself and my needs in which case I am to see a professional to get an advice on what to do as everyone is different BUT this is still yet to happen a year on. I’ll admit, it defeats me from time to time and it did in December. I caught a cold and damn, it got me bad. I could hardly move, barely get out of bed. You can only imagine how depressed that would make you feel, now add that to someone who already suffers from depression. It’s a very precarious balance, my depression. It’s always there, lurking, using anything to be a reason to rear it’s ugly head. I lost all inspiration and just focused all my energy, what little I had left of it, into trying to get through the day without wanting to put my head through a wall. I also wanted to be there for my family the best I could and I’ll admit, I took on more than I should’ve. In my family, you work hard and I suppose you could call us perfectionists. We set goals too high for ourselves and over work to achieve it and by that point, you’re too tired to see the end result. We’re not competitive or anything, just a very high work ethic. You can only imagine how mad this drives me since I physically cannot do this. Maybe that’s a saving grace, who knows, but it makes me feel small and pathetic when I can’t keep up with them because “my legs are causing too much pain to walk” or “I can’t even pick up a coffee cup.” or I am literally knocked out for the count because I get the worst fatigue that completely incapacitates me.

ANYWAY, this is not a therapy session. I have been feeling guilty about abandoning the blog for a while, I tried but I wasn’t even at home for a good two weeks around Christmas and that in itself was stress central. Trying to be in two places at once was a killer. I’m too much of a people pleaser (thanks Mum :P). I’m back home now, things are slowly settling back to normal and even though things aren’t where they should be which is giving my anxiety a free pass for a rave in my head, I’m getting there. I’m focusing on what’s in front of me, what I want to happen and how to get there. I’ll be back blogging, for sure. I’ve got a few ideas floating around my head, so we’ll see what comes of those.

I’m not sure what the point of this post is as I’m not trying to make any excuses but it feels like a small weight has been lifted off my shoulders just talking about all of this a little and I suppose, lets you guys know me a bit better as a person. I’m more than happy to talk to anyone who suffers from any issues mentioned or is just interested and wants to learn! I’m not used to speaking publicly about topics like this but I think that should change this year.

If you’ve made it this far, thank you. I truly mean that. I know this isn’t like a normal post for me, quite the opposite really, so thank you for reading this long wordy one. I appreciate every single person who stumbles across this blog and takes the time out of their day to read anything here, it’s awesome to see and communicate with you all!

Much love to you all, – L x

 

MOTD: Birthday Gifts Edition

Hello lovely readers! So, whether you know or not, it was my birthday the other week! It was full of good food, thoughtful gifts and beautiful loved ones, so not a bad way to welcome in my 22nd year. Of course, make up was gifted to me as I suppose it’s a standard go to present for me, ha! But I’m not complaining. Just more to play with and more looks to create for the next year. I was lucky enough to receive the Grande Hotel Cafe set from Too Faced, the Moondust eyeshadow palette from Urban Decay and some products from the ColourPop x Hello Kitty line! (Apparently, the family took a look at my wishlist post!)

So, as an everyday look, this is what I came up with using my gifts. I think it would look great for the upcoming holidays but it’s a pretty versatile, so could work in any season to be honest. It’s quite simple but I like that as it sets off the metallic lip well (because seriously, look at it!!!) but there’s nothing to say you couldn’t add to it, have fun with it!

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Products Used:

NYX Studio Perfect Photo Loving Primer in Lavender
Bourjois City Radiance foundation in the shade Ivory Rose
NYX HD Studio Photogenic Concealer in the shade Fair
NYX HD Finishing Powder in the shade Mint Green
ColourPop x Hello Kitty Super Shock Cheek in the shade Coin Purse
Benefit Ka-Brow in 04 Medium
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Original
Too Faced Eggnog Latte palette from the Grande Hotel Cafe set
Frosty Nog all over the lid up to the brow bone
Skinny Latte in the crease blended out with a fluffy brush
Cold Brew on the outer corners
Iced Coffee on the bottom lashline
Eggnog Latte in the inner corners
KVD Tattoo Liner in Trooper
Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara in Intense Black
ColourPop x Hello Kitty Ultra Metallic Lip in the shade Surprise
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Marine Boosting spray to set makeup

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There we go, hope you like it. I received 3 compliments within 30 minutes of wearing this lip, I think it’s a stunning shade that’ll suit anyone so if you can get your hands on it, I definitely suggest you do!
Be on the lookout for more make up looks in the future/run up to Christmas/NY. I’ve been creating a lot with these palettes and can’t seem to stop, apparently!
Thanks for reading!
– L x

First Impression: Etude House Bubble Tea Sleeping Pack!

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Hey guys, it’s time for another first impression! I love these posts, reading them and writing them. This time, I’m delving into Korean skincare and I’m so excited! I’ve heard so many good things about so many products but couldn’t decide until I came across this cute product in TK Maxx, of all places!

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So, what is it? This is a sleeping mask, meaning you apply the product onto a clean face and then simply sleep with it on. In the morning, you rinse if off with warm water to reveal beautifully moisturised skin and depending on which Bubble Tea Sleeping Pack you bought, either glowy and plump (black tea), clean and clear (green tea) or healthy and dewy (strawberry).

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As you can see, I’ve got my hands on the black tea pack which is said to promote elasticity in the skin and deliver moisture which in turn will help with skin texture. I’d say this particular sleeping pack would work for most skin types as it’s pretty much the standard.
So, the big question; how did I find it?
Honestly, a bit weird but much better than I was expecting! I have been testing it at the perfect time too as my skin has gotten so dry, flaky and red due to the weather changes and indoor heating. My normal moisturisers and serums were not cutting it nor did a few of my face masks, so clearly my skin was calling out for something like this. After my nightly cleanse and tone, I scooped out some gel and a “bubble” with the spatula provided and popped the bubble, mixing it into the gel as explained by the packaging. You can use two bubbles for extra moisture or none if you feel your skin doesn’t need as much since the gel is effective on it’s own.

I then massaged it into my skin, letting it settle into a film-like layer and went to bed. I can say, there’s no worries about it transferring to my pillow or bedding as it dries down a fair bit. In the morning, there was a little bit of product left on my skin so, as the directions say to, I rinsed my face with warm water and voilà, beautifully soft plump skin without a dry patch in sight!
Now, would I recommend? For sure! Who couldn’t use a bit more moisture added back into their skin? Who doesn’t want plump, smooth skin especially in this weather? It’s so easy to use and I reckon this pack would last quite some time, even using it a couple of times a week. As I mentioned before, I got mine at TK Maxx but you can order internationally from their website here or you can find it on your usual marketplaces like Amazon/Ebay.

Thanks so much for reading and if you do happen to try this product out, let me know!

– L x

My 22nd Birthday Wishlist!

Hey lovelies, so my birthday is fast approaching and I love seeing other peoples wishlist, I think it’s a great way to get to know a person, so I thought I’d do little post today showing what I’m hoping for!

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Make Up:
Urban Decay Moondust eyeshadow palette is something I’ve wanted since it was first announced but still haven’t gotten! I’m a massive fan of the single Moondust eyeshadows and all things glittery, shimmery & duo-chromed. This palette would work great for the upcoming holidays and I think I could make the shades in the palette could work all year round. Who doesn’t want to add a bit of sparkle to their life?
More on Urban Decay, I’m also lusting after the Razor Sharp Liquid Eyeliner. I would love to own all of them in due time of course but the shades I’m particularly loving are Fireball (a red peach with a pink shift), Snakebite (a metallic copper bronze) and Zodiac (smoky black with blue-green shift). I love a good eyeliner and love to swap out my usual black for a colourful one.
Finally, Too Faced’s Grande Hotel Cafe. This is everything! I know it’s not Christmas yet but I want this before so I can get lots of use during the season (that’s my excuse for not being patient). Three scented palettes, 18 eyeshadows, 2 blushes and a bronzer plus a deluxe size of their Better Than Sex mascara, all housed in this adorable hotel! What more could you want?

 

Skincare:
Peter Thomas Roth’s face masks have become a essential to me (a luxurious one at that!) but after buying a set of minis back when I was in Florida, my skin has fallen in love and is now demanding full sizes! The Cucumber Gel Mask is my absolute favourite with the Irish Moor Mud in a very close second. Honestly, these masks are beautiful and worth it.

 

Games & DVDs:
So, if you didn’t know this about me but I love games. Normally, I’m always on my Xbox One playing Fallout ect but sometimes it’s nice to play a casual game. I’m a Simmer and I adore The Sims 4, have all the expansions, game packs and stuff packs so it was a given that I would be wanting the City Living expansion pack. This expansion is so big it’s like having a standalone game by itself. If you’re not into The Sims, then it’ll probably sound weird to hear someone so excited to be getting apartments in a game but I really am so damn excited! Plus, there’s a new career that centers around social media haha!
I’ve recently gotten back into playing my 3DS and take it everywhere with me and a game I discovered not that long ago was Disney Magical World. I adore Disney but I did worry that the game would be too childish but turns out, there’s more to it than described! If you’re into your hardcore gaming then I wouldn’t recommend but if you like Animal Crossing, RPGs and relaxed gaming then definitely! It’s so adorable and there’s lots to it, I can’t get enough which is why I was so excited to see that the second has just come out. Perfect timing! The other 3DS game I want is Pokemon Moon which is the newest Pokemon game in the series. Back in the day, I did play a bit of Pokemon on GameBoy but it wasn’t until I got together with my boyfriend that I got suckered into it and now I’ll admit, I’m a fan of Pokemon. I’ve already put a deposit down at Game, the UK gaming store, so I’ll definitely will be getting it whether someone else gets it for me or more likely, me treating myself. Can’t wait!
Lastly, I really would like New Girl Season Four, I love this show and relate to the main character Jess so much. I’ve seen all the episodes but it’s something I could re-watch all the time, it’s so funny and you can’t help but love all the characters. Plus I need season four to add to my collection!

 

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Last but certainly not least, I am hoping to go to the Harry Potter studio tour. I have been meaning to go every since it opened but every single time, plans fell through. So, I am making it my mission to go! Harry Potter is a huge part of my life (yes, I do have a Deathly Hallows tattoo) and I’ve been to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Islands of Adventure and the counter part Diagon Alley in Universal Studios, FL. quite a few times now and love it way to much but haven’t done the studio tour in my home country?! I only live about an hour away so it’s kinda crazy how I haven’t been yet but that’s me, does everything backwards haha! Going to this tour would be the icing on the 22nd cake, so I really hope I get round to it!

So there you have it, hopefully you know me a little bit more now. Thank you for reading and tell me, what’s on your wishlist for your birthday or Christmas?
Love to you all!
– L x

NYX Haul!

NYX has finally arrived at my local Boots store! I couldn’t be happier and my wallet couldn’t be lighter. Just the other day, my friend and I were moaning about how we have to order online to get it since our Boots kept delaying the stock but now, we have beautiful corner dedicated to this awesome brand.

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Now I can finally start building up my collection and above is what I’m starting with!
So, here’s a quick rundown of what I picked up.

NYX Ombre Blush in the shades Code Breaker and Mauve Me
Ombre products have this tendency of drawing me in and this was no different. I couldn’t actually swatch either of these blushes so I had to go purely on the packaging, daring, I know 😉 But all went well and I’m really happy with both. I’ll probably get more use out of Mauve Me as it’s just the perfect natural flush on me but that’s not to say Code Breaker won’t get any love! As long as I apply it lightly, it looks amazing and really brings my face to life!

NYX High Definition Finishing Powder in the shade Mint Green
I often get redness around my face and since I loved their loose finishing powder it was a given that I should try this! I love that it’s in a sleek compact that makes it easy to take around in my bag for touch ups. It also doesn’t give that sickly green hue to my skin either which I’m so thankful for!

NYX HD Photogenic Concealer in the shades Lavender and Fair
I actually got the Lavender shade first and after falling in love, I went back and bought Fair. I’ve never owned a lilac concealer before but after seeing Grav3yardgirl use one in a make up video of hers, I fell in love with how much it brightens your under eye! The consistency of these concealers are quite thick but very easy to blend and the coverage is medium to full but still natural looking. I also got the Fair shade to actually replace my all-time favourite Collection Lasting Perfection concealer *gasp* I know. It’s that good.

NYX Studio Perfect Photo-Loving Primer in Lavender/Anti-Dull Skin
I’ll be honest, I’m a total sucker for primers. I never used to use them as I didn’t see the point but that soon changed after getting a sample size of Benefit’s Porefessional. Now, I’m a bit of a hoarder and have primers for all occasions. This was one of those times where I was stood there trying to convince my boyfriend that I needed this one as I don’t own a purple one?! Duh. Needless to say, I bought it and I’m pretty happy with it. It does slightly brighten my skin, does fill in my pores quite well and provides staying power for my make up.

NYX Pro Foundation Mixer in shade White
I have the hardest time finding foundations in my shade because apparently, I’m Caspar the friendly ghost’s cousin. My beloved Too Faced Born This Way foundation is slightly too dark for me now we’re no longer in Summer and until I can get my hands on the new palest shade, I’m stuck. This is where this foundation mixer comes in handy. It helps you adjust the shade of your foundation to suit, so in my case, to lighten. There are other mixes in this line that can also help darken the shade, adjust the tone or finish. Pretty awesome, right?

NYX Wicked Lippie in the shade Cold Hearted
This was bought for Halloween but I’m so wearing it throughout the coming months. Some people have even said that it’s similar to Kylie Jenner’s KyMajesty lip kit, I don’t know how true that is since I don’t own any Kylie lip kits but I can see the resemblance. Either way, I’m pretty stoked to have silver shimmer black lipstick in my collection!

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in the shade Transylvania
Always wanted to try one of these much talked about matte lip creams but could not for the life of me decide. I knew I wanted something dark, vampy and purple toned if possible so I told the boyfriend this and he picked this out. I am in absolute LOVE with this product! It’s so comfortable to wear, colour payoff is awesome and he couldn’t of picked out a better choice. I will say, if your lips are chapped like mine are in the photo swatch below, it will cling and be patchy. I’d recommend using a lip scrub before to exfoliate and as long as you don’t forget the chapstick like me, you should be good to go!

NYX Vivid Brights Eyeliner in the shade Blossom
Tell me this isn’t such a pretty colour? I saw someone with lilac (there seems to be a theme here!) cat flicks and lots of mascara and thought it was just the cutest! It really brightens the eye area so you look wide eyed and awake, something I’m often not. I’ve started doing my usual black cat eye flicks and then layering this eyeliner on top for a double cat flick and it looks pretty good, if you ask me! Also, I’m pleased to say that it lasted a good 10 hours, which was when I took it off, and didn’t transfer or smudge at all despite my oily eyelids.

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I’m telling you now, this will not be the end of my NYX collection, this is only the beginning. I’m totally in love and I’m pretty sure the counter at Boots is going to get a lot of attention from me! Have you bought anything from there or think I should check out another brand? Let me know!
Love to you all ❤

-L x