Saturday, 22 August 2015

Bad beauty habits ♥

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♥ Keeping beauty products for long. This is so bad because i'm pretty sure the makeup becomes decayed or crawling with bacteria. 

♥ forgetting to use a heat protector on hair. Girls don't realise how much damage straighteners can actually cause. Protect your hair!

♥ Not washing makeup brushes enough. You need to be washing your makeup brushes at least once or twice a month...they do actually collect bacteria which you are then spreading to your face.

♥ peeling nail polish off. This is not the end of the world, and i'm sure we all do it. However walking around with half chipped nails can make you look a bit sloppy and untidy. 

♥ Biting dead skin off lips. This is probably the biggest guilty pleasure of mine, and it needs to stop. Drinking a lot of water and investing in a good quality lip balm is the solution girls. 

♥ picking mascara off eyelashes. This is actually bad because sometimes you can actually pick your poor eyelashes out :(. Mascara is already bad for your eyelashes as it is, because of it's hard consistency and lack of moisture. 

♥ Not getting trims. We all want long locks but you have to get rid of the split ends that form in order to retain length. If you don't trust the hair dressers then use the "search and destroy" method yourself every couple of weeks. 

♥ touching spots and pimples. I hate spots, but luckily only get them around a certain "time of the month". Touching spots could irritate them and make it worse, by spreading the bacteria from your hands. 

♥ sleeping with makeup on. Most girls are probably guilty of this one to be honest. What they don't realise is that this is an actual cause of spots. Your skin needs to breathe, and your pores need to be free of foundation/powder during the night. 

   what are some of your bad beauty habits?

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Thursday, 13 August 2015

Dear Diary...♥

So today I thought that I would do a diary style post. After all I did create my blog to focus more on my life and memories during my younger years. Yeah I do sometimes post reviews on beauty products and brands but lets be honest girls...I'm hardly a beauty guru and I don't claim to be. So this post is a word for word entry copied from my actual diary today. No names will be mentioned for privacy reasons,a letter code will be used instead. 

Dear Diary, 

today I had a day off work from all 3 jobs so I was happy. I started off the day by making some pancakes. Then I did some of my Amadeus training, went food shopping and booked a dentist appointment. I'm literally dreading going into work tomorrow because it will be hell. I can't wait to hand in my resignation in September. Sticking to just the events work is better for the final year of uni as I can just work every now and again. Oh and It will also stop me getting taxed if I drop one of the jobs. 

Paris is coming up in a couple of months I can't wait. The filthy summer air in London always breaks me out. So I can't wait to go on a beauty haul in Paris, and stock up on some quality beauty products. It's my first solo trip so I'm kind of nervous. People that don't study on my degree seem to think It's weird that I'm okay with travelling somewhere solo. But to be honest why do you always need someone to hold your hand just to hop on a plane and explore?. It's probably going to be really uncomfortable eating alone in restaurants...especially as I don't speak french. But everything is a learning curve so who cares it should still be fun. "J" even said to me today that it is better to travel while i'm young and able. So I've kind of got plans to go do a day trip to Belgium, and a few days in Portugal or Rome in December. 

Come to think of it this summer has been different to the rest. Usually I've spent my summer out with friends drinking all day every day. But this summer I have just been focused on working and making money. It's weird because all my friends are still doing the same things (drinking all the time), so naturally I have become a bit distanced from them unintentionally. It's not that I don't want to's just that everything has to be done in moderation, and I feel like sometimes it is just a waste of time. I would rather work an evening shift at a wedding or corporate dinner and earn money....rather than spend it drinking and then waking up with a headache. My priorities are different now, I'm working to save money because there is so much that I want to do. Anyway I have I have to get up at 5am for my shift tommoro. Kind of sad that "C" is on holiday and we usually work together on Thursdays. Now I am stuck with "S" who is a lazy cow who will spend the whole shift hiding in the corner of the cafe to avoid serving customers. The pressure is on...

                       Rant over...goodnight

                           llondon leopard


Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Rituals home and body cosmetics ♥

Rituals is one of the few brands that I am happy to over indulge in, and the price tag becomes pretty much irrelevant. They sell things such as candles, creams, shampoos, diffusers. But they stand out because their products display a connotation of a sort of upper class oriental theme. I love the aroma of their spicy floral scents, and the welcoming entrance to the store with free samples of freshly brewed green tea. 

I have recently come in to contact with rituals more than usual as you can see from my purchases below...
Organic Mandarin & Mint Hand wash
Organic Mandarin & Mint Hand wash
As a female living in a cold country, I've acknowledged that hand wash is important. It is something that is overlooked and people assume that you can wash your hands with anything as long as it cleans the dirt off. Well a bad hand wash can actually contribute to chapped crusty hands. To be honest the ingredients in this hand wash are not the greatest as it contains sulfates which actually strip the hair and skin of oils. So I guess it is something to be used occasionally. What makes it nice is the smell and feeling it brings. It starts off smelling like citrus, and as you continue to rub you start to smell the mint coming out. Your hands are left feeling tingly for a few minutes which is pretty refreshing.   

(from top) Qi stress relief serum, free SPF 30 sun cream sample,  nail polish corrector pen. 

                  Qi stress relief serum
I picked this up as I think that I'm gonna need it, as my final year of university will be commencing in a few months. This is a roll on balm that comes in a green tube. I like the idea as you can rub it anywhere that you want, although the directions recommend the temple area. It has a minty scent mixed with spicy chai tea, and of course leaves a tingly feeling which is supposed to stimulate a relaxed feeling. I guess it does work but the tingly feeling does not last long as it dries out. It would be a lot better if it had an oily consistency, as it would last longer. 

           Nail Polish Corrector Pen
this thing is amazing, especially for someone as clumsy as me(I don't know how I haven't been sacked as a waitress). It is connected to a small brush which releases oily liquid. You literally just brush over the bits of nail polish that you may have smudged on your skin. I know some people may think the cotton bud with nail polish remover is just as effective, but this is a cool alternative.       


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