Monday, 26 November 2012

THE most inspirational chocolate cafe ever...

It's actually a post from my other blog, but I wasn't sure if the people who view this blog have seen it... I mean, you need to! It's the best place in Sheffield... Best place, like, EVER!!!!

Sunday, 11 November 2012

Fashion post: New leather autumn boots

Product review: Nice 'n' Easy hair dye

One, two, three!

I dyed my hair myself for the very first time, normally I get my Mum to do it or a housemate, but as no-one was really here and I dyed my house mates hair for her the night before I thought I could do it. It turned out way better than I expected!

I used Nice ‘n’ Easy… And it truly was that. It was very easy to do straight onto dry hair. At first I thought it wasn’t going to cover my whole head because I’ve never dyed onto dry hair before, but I ended up having extra so massaged it in everywhere to make doubly sure I didn’t miss anywhere. The colour’s great too!

I definitely recommend the colour ‘dark brown’, my hair was fading back to the ginger I had dyed it before, and Nice ‘n’ Easy covered it so I was very happy with that! It was a bit darker than I was expecting but I guess that’s down to the fact that I’ve not used this brand before and the picture on the box was more accurate than I expected.  Added bonus of super soft hair afterwards too! :D

My past few weeks in pictures

So for the past four weeks I have been on placement, I have another six weeks to go and I have a case study to do on top of a nine to ten hour day. I get alternate full days off for study time, so I'll be filling those days up with my case study pretty soon... So in conclusion I haven't had much time, nor will I have gain much more, in order blog... Not until my placement's over really.  So for now I'm just catching quick snaps with my camera/phone, just so I don't feel like I'm neglecting my blog! However, I have just written you a super quick product review… Check next post!

Topshop stole my heart when I saw this extract from Bram Stoker's Dracula on the window

For a city we have a fair bit of water
Breakfast with my parents
Falling in love with the plants in the Botanical Gardens
The warmest fluffiest shawl worn as scarf - a saviour in this weather
Lots of evening-time treats to keep me going through the past 4 weeks
Winter jumper, winter coat and Remembrance Poppy <3 br="br">
Batman themed night! Got to wear my self-put-together Catwoman outfit

I've been getting my crafts hat on too ready for Christmas
More crafts
Rolling in fresh bedding; it's the simple pleasures in life

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Friday, 12 October 2012

Christmas shopping: 10 weeks to go

Christmas will start for me in 10 weeks time. I have 10 weeks on placement for my degree before I get to go home on 21st December. So that means I only have 10 weeks of Christmas shopping, which would be plenty of time normally but as I'm going to be working 8-4 most days as well as working on a case study at the same time, I don't really have that much spare time to shop.

I've already started absent-mindedly trawling on Ebay hoping something would hit me... Something I could get for my sister and my father. I can always figure my mother out, and I struggle to buy something other than bodywash for my sister and my father, well, he's the worst person to buy for. He never needs anything, or wants anything and if he does, he gets it himself.  Last year though, I managed to find two awesome Star Trek pieces, a bookmark and glasses lenses wiper. I truly doubt I'll think of anything as original like that again this year.

But Christmas shopping on a whole is just so exciting! I'm more interested in the decoration, the baking, the music, the tree, the dinner and the Christmas Day TV than the actual presents. But I have a slight shopping addiction as I'm sure anyone who reads this blog may know, so I feel really out of my comfort zone when I can't find the right thing when shopping.

My family are mostly practical when it comes to Christmas, so I try to find things that they'll need but not necessarily buy themselves. So why oh why is this so difficult this year? I guess it has to do with the fact that I'm away at uni and I don't actually know what they need. Last year my sister had just got her first car, so car accessories were appropriate, but this year I'm not sure what she needs. But at least Beth and I know what we're each getting Mum... I only have to worry about Beth and Dad now, and I'm totally lost.

Monday, 8 October 2012

Vintage fair

So about two weeks ago now, I went to the Sheffield Vintage Fair and I bought a few little treats, which can been seen in my Lookbook above. I wore my flat cap round the flat for the rest of the day and refused to take it off, I love it that much! Can't wait to get a film and get that camera up and running, should produce some nice classic photos on those special occasions. <3 br="br">

Sunday, 7 October 2012

Product review: Aussie Dual Personality - Heat protection +

So I've been having a week of natural hair, no rollers just smooth straight hair, with a little help from my curling iron to stop it from flicking out on my shoulders. I love my hair at this length.

Smooth, elegant and no frizz!
Even looks great with a flat-cap ;)
The Aussie stuff is great! It leaves my hair silky smooth with no frizz from heating. I find that this product is better than my other Tresemmé heat protection when it comes to straightening hair. As my hair's naturally very straight, I use hot iron more to curl the bottoms under to create a bob effect and to straighten out the front of my hair which can be a bit wispy after sleeping on wet hair. And an extra plus side is the smell, keeps the hair smelling fresh all day!

5 out of 5 

Sunday, 23 September 2012

Fashion post: Vintage and Crafts Fair at St Mary's

 Faux fur hat £2.50

Synthetic navy handbag £5.00 

Yesterday my house mates and I went to a Vintage and Crafts Fair. There was a lovely collection of household items and accessories such as hat, headbands, bows, gloves, handbags etc. It was like being in an Aladdin's cave of little vintage gems. They even sold tea and cake, I was very tempted by the cake but managed to resist! And I was told the tea was great (I don't drink tea myself however)!

I got two things at the fair, the faux fur hat and the navy handbag (which I actually got it half price because it wasn't actually leather, thanks to my friend Rosie!). I really enjoyed the whole atmosphere of the place, every stall owner was friendly and very helpful, as well as being quite open to offers you make, which I think is idealistic at vintage fairs as sometimes certain items can be overpriced, especially in comparison to prices of the same things on ebay, and at car-boot sales.

I'm very happy with my two little bargain buys! And they look great just sat on my desk,  I feel like such a girly girl!

After all the excitement, I treated myself to yummy Nesquik then settled down with my house mates to enjoy a night on the sofa watching Doctor Who and then the film Everafter. <3 br="br">

Friday, 21 September 2012

Thursday, 20 September 2012

Shopping trip!!!!

Both dress £10, and both from A New Shop in Sheffield

I am so wearing the purple and blue check skirt today!!! I shall have to post picture of how the both look on me later. Expect a Lookbook post soon!!! <3

I also got the most amazing bin ever, as my current boring grey one had a massive crack in the bottom and side.


Product review: Soap and Glory's Supercat carbon eyeliner

Oh. My. Golly. Gosh.

Before I've only ever used 2True's liquid eye liner pots and I liked them because they had a sponge stock applicator, which I felt held more liquid on, so gave the better coverage. But I saw that S&G was on offer, and I have a superhero night out soon and I'm going as Catwoman, so wanted to be able to perfectly, almost professionally, do some feline eye liner.

I tried it the other day, as just a simple day look, no fancy smoky eye effects just a nice gentle flick at the end. It was so so easy to apply, I've never used an eye liner that's been so smooth! The colour is nice and bold, in one single sweep you can get the perfect, quick drying flick (unless you shake like me, I always take it slowly instead!). It's also very easy to wash off, or wipe away with a damp cotton bud if you make a little slip.  I don't know what else to say about it, other than it's definitely worth the try!

Monday, 10 September 2012

(Advice post?) 'Mind over matter, body and soul...'

I've gained so much confidence over the past year, a lot of which I gained during late spring and summer, but either way I have come far. Though the road is long and I still have much ahead of me. The way I look effects how I feel greatly, I've grown from a little grungey 13 year old into a blossoming lady at 19. My fashion tastes when I was younger were very much of a ' wanna-be' type. I have always loved my rock music and my grungey music, and the friends I made at my first secondary school I attended were of the same 'scene'; it became a competition to be the best, to fit in. And I had the grumpy attitude to match as I had crazy hormone levels during puberty and it was before I was put on the pill to control them and my spots. But after moving to my second secondary school I became more 'me'. It was a country school, the people were more relaxed more friendly and loving. I found that I didn't want to try to be anyone else but me... But who was I?

So during my GCSEs and especially during college, I grew up, I changed and I slowly began to discover myself.

During school I started to get a taste for fashion, but it was mild and calm. I dressed appropriately but had a stupid haircut that made me look butch because I couldn't style it as I was clueless back then! Haha! To be honest, I've only just discovered a curling iron/wand.

 (See ^these^ awful pictures of me from school, see how my hair was layered wrong and just flicked out? 
Not a good look, right? Back then I didn't/wasn't allowed to wear make-up so I always looked ill, especially with the unkempt hair - Look so much worse compared to my beautiful Lizi [last pic])

 (Things kinda improved for Prom however, though my hair drop instantly as it was a wet day and my hair was too clean)

But it was during college when I struggled the most emotionally and mentally; the stressed built up and I withdrew into myself, lost my appetite and with it a lot of weight, struggled to connect with my friends any more and just worried too much about my subjects that I was struggling in... I was even told by my Doctor I had depression and gave my a trial of anti-drepessants. Now I'm not trying to tell you a sob story, far from it, I'm just trying to express how my fashion has changed over the years, how it's reflected who I am and why. During college I wanted attention but I didn't want people to constantly see my woes, so I always wore things like skinnies and pretty blouses, to make me look taller and even skinnier; I wanted people to compliment me, give me something positive to think about... Give me confidence. It worked for a bit. But I still didn't feel like me...

Then, I'm not sure how it really happened but I slowly slipped into the more elegant side of fashion, skirts, fancy underwear, heels, bigger heels, day dresses, day boots, doing a mini No.7 course at work, learning all about make-up, I was growing my hair out too so it made me look older, and I felt more and more like a lady! Night's out when I turned 18 had a big influence too, I hated being seen in the same dress twice on a night out, so I shopped more and got the taste for it... (Been addicted ever since).

But as I found this new love for lady-like fashion, I thought I'd dip back into my love of my favourite history area; World War Two. And then it hit me... Vintage was my little gem. I've always loved history, WW2 in particular, I love pottering around antique shops, I was growing to love charity shops, and I loved the dresses and hair of the era but never thought about feeling comfortable in it myself! But I bought a skirt from New Look that looked 1940 inspired, and I never really wore it out as I thought it was too 'dressy' for normal wear. But now... Now I don't see it that way, it makes me feel good, people look at me when I'm dressed up in a full vintage inspired outfit, but I no longer worry that they're laughing at me, rather I feel that they're just a little impressed maybe... And the older generations love it, especially my grandparents. I don't wear purely vintage outfits and I don't wear vintage/vintage inspired clothes EVERYDAY. But I do like to put a little bit of history into each of my outfits, and I always try to look smart. I feel sexier, more confident and happier when I look smart. So a bad hair day or no/bad make-up, for me is genuinely like the end of the world!

Moral of the story: It takes years to find your own style and a lot of the time you have to go soul searching and find yourself before your find your fashion style... And then when you do be happy with it, and you'll shine!!!

Saturday, 1 September 2012

Product review: Lady Gaga's new perfume! The Fame!!!!

Oh my! Have you smelt it? No! Why not, Ladies?

It's very different... At first I thought it smelt like a weaker version of Diesel's Loverdose, which I love but can be too sickly sweet on my skin. But then after letting it sit on the testing card for a bit longer, it started to smelt a little like strawberry Calpol and licorice... So, as I'm sure most or you know, though some of you may not, perfume smells differently on each person's skin.

So the first time I tried it on my skin, I sprayed it onto the backs of my hands and rubbed it in as I was already wearing YSL - Parisienne on my wrists and neck. And oh my it was so gorgeous!!!

I put some on again today at work and I can still smell it! And I've had it on all day! I still say that it's kind of like a lighter version of Loverdose, but it's sexier; it almost adapts to your skin and changes smell throughout the day, so each time you smell it you get a waft of some other undertone/scent. I seriously love it! Even my Mum likes it!

The only thing that worried me was that it was black. As awesome as that may be I was scared it would mark my white clothing. But my colleague said she even tested it by spraying it onto the corner of her work shirt and it didn't mark (I have yet to try this myself). The best way to make sure that doesn't happen is if you don't spray too close, because then it has time to magically turn clear as it leaves the bottle, and it did look slightly grey on my skin when I sprayed really close. So ladies, do it the old fashioned way; spray and then walk into it. You'll get head to toe coverage and it'll give it time to turn the perfume clear, and make you smell sexy all day long. ;)

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Monday, 27 August 2012

300 page views at last!!!

Wooop! I just reach 300 page views! This is very exciting news for me, considering no-one ever normally looks at things I post!

I was trying to think of something special to post to celebrate but I've ran out of time so I'm going to give you a great big kiss <3

Lots of lovely love,
Cookie & I

Sunday, 26 August 2012

Product Review - Spot on!

Spots! We all get them, big ones, small ones, lots of tiny ones all at once, or some time a few brutes that just won't go away!

I used to have really bad blackhead around my nose and on my chin, as well as a new brute of a spot each week. They'd be big, red, painful and in THE most obvious places, like right in the middle of my forehead or right on my chin... I tried tons of products! Clean and clear, witch hazel and tea tree, clearasil... You name any typical teenage spot treatment product and I've probably tried it once!

So I guess the real question is what did I finally settle on?

At 15 years old I started taking the pill, this helped to normalise my hormone levels which helped reduce the number of breakouts I had. However I am still prone to spots, and my daily diet is reflected on my skin so I have to constantly try and be healthy. However we all know that this is not possible; a teenager eating healthy everyday? No. Just no. So I invest in a fair few products to treat my spots and prevent breakouts when I can feel them coming.

Spot on!

Right now I have three 'corking' great big spots, which all feel like bruises and bite more than spots.
Unfortunately these three brutes surfaced very quickly, so I couldn't try my usual prevention treatments. But I'll tell you what I would normally use:

Germoloids cream... Sound gross? Maybe. Yes, I use hemorrhoid treatment on my face! But I honestly swear by it! It's great for shrinking those big bruisers before they surface! Don't ask me the mechanics of it, I just know that it works for me! It's always great to use as an eye cream (I wear it overnight as it dries funny and makes your skin very very white) to help reduce baggy eyes and gives them a little pepping. 

Constant attack of blackheads a problem? Blackheads always clogging up further and turning into full on spots? Solution = Quinoderm! (Haha! I sound like a TV advert!)

Now, Quinoderm is a very powerful over the counter medicinal cream. It contains Benzoyl Peroxide, which is a chemical that helps lift dead skin cells off your skin, promotes new skin to grow and reduces bacterial levels on the skins surface. Now as this is an over the counter medicine it should not be used incorrectly, over-used, misused, nor should it be used if you don't really need to, if you have other methods that work try them first!!! I used this because I constantly get spots and I only ever use Quinoderm when I feel my pore are clogged up more, that I have more blackheads than usual, or when I have some spots that have surfaced. And when I do use it I only use it two or three times a week. Your face MUST be clean before applying it, and you mustn't put anything on top of it, and it's for this reason that it's probable best to use it at night.

I would recommend using a 5% rather than the 10% I use, as it can kinda sting your face a bit (please don't get it anywhere near the eyes! It hurts so much!). And as it is a medicine I would recommend maybe researching into it more or speaking to a healthcare advisor or pharmacist at any chemists. But aside from all the warnings I'm giving you about how strong it is and how careful you have to be using it, I honestly swear by it! I even had to buy some for my mum and sister as they kept using mine! It's that good! But as always if a spot wants to surface, even after using Germoloids and/or Quinoderm, it will. Just let it surface, let it breathe for a night or two if you can then maybe try treatment again. 

Now, not all spots are the same... So what about those super annoying ones that are empty of all that Sebum, or 'white pus' as many of us know it as, and then they scab up and dry out? They're still there but they're just not as angry as before. You want to get rid of them but everything else you have is tea tree based, exfoliating, chemical and drying... So what can you use next? I use something that was advised by our family friend in Australia. It's very expensive, but I'm sure if you check it out and check there other products you could easily find an alternative (or just fall in love and buy some). It's called Ella Baché. The particular product I have doesn't seem to exist any more, but I use Ella Baché's Soin Purifiant Intensif - Créme Intex nº2. It's a purifying cream, it's moisturising and ph balancing... It's reason why my friend from school always used to stroke my face because it made it baby soft.

The product I had was from the classic range, and the two nearest one I can find to it are the Baume Purifiant and the Crème Intex No.2.

Other products I sometimes use: 

  • Avon Clearskin blemish treatment (no longer made however), and Boots Skin Clear stick, both of which are anti-bacterial, so are great to use throughout the day after accidentally rubbing your face with dirty hands. 
  • I use Sanctuary's Daily Face Wash and Soap and Glory's Scrub Your Nose In It to help keep my skin clean and soft (both featured in previous post 'Soak It Up Sunday'). 
  • I also use No.7 Pore Refining serum (when I remember to) to help prevent pesky blackheads around my nose! And I use, practically everyday, No.7 Calm Skin to reduce that red glow I get especially after using Quinoderm the night before!

Links that might help:

Shopping: Recent purchases!

Going to have a lazy day soon and watch these DVDs as well 
as Memphis Belle, and then raid my Dad's old wartime DVDs.

(Because you always need new tights)

Half price on No.7 make-up (not skincare or foundations however)

Because I'm using old trainer socks which aren't exactly the best