Tuesday, 20 March 2018

CYO Make Up Review

Ever since I was aware that there was a new make up range out I knew I had to try it, well after I found out Seventeen are being discontinued sad face :(. They suggested a mascara by CYO so I did my research and I finally found the range in a London boots store on Oxford Street.

If you've not heard of this range before here are some important facts:
1.They don't test on animals or use animal ingredients
2.CYO stands for create,colour,call it your own let's make it up together.
3.The range is reasonably priced.

Long Lasting Foundation Lifeproof in 102
This foundation goes on well,gives a nice smooth coverage and doesn't look cakey. I got the 2nd lightest shade in 102. It is difficult to really know what shade to get but I do try and a get a light-ish shade not too dark. I like the feel of it and it lasts all day which is what you want! it cost £7.50 which is pretty reasonable if you're on  a budget/just starting using makeup. I use 1-2 pumps and either use a beauty blender or a foundation brush to blend.

Meet Your Matte Face Powder in Fair
I normally use the rimmel wake me up face powder which is still a favourite but I thought I'd try the cyo one. I got this in the lightest shade which is fair as that's the right shade for my skintone I never get the next one up. This powder feels nice,gives a nice coverage and again doesn't look cakey! it also lasts all day.

Shimmer Eyeshadow in This is Fantasy 
If I'm honest I wasn't too keen on this eyeshadow it didn't seem to on as well as others and it took some blending!. I like the shade as I normally buy brown/bronze shades but this one I just didn't like.It cost £4.50 which I think is a lot for one little eyeshadow! when you can get a whole palette for the same price!.

Volume Mascara The Thick of It in Black
My go to mascara is the seventeen blackest black in the yellow tube but seventeen is being discontinued but I don't know when. I read it on there instagram a while ago now but it's still in boots. Anyway I thought I'd try this cyo mascara I'm a bit fussy when it comes to mascaras anyone else like that? I like the brush on this one it's my sort of brush,it goes on well and gives long lashes.

Thanks for reading and let me know if you've tried this range.

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

11 Beauty Hacks

I thought I'd share a few beauty hacks as I know how expensive things can be! I hope this post is helpful. Leave a comment if you have any hacks you swear by.

1.You don't need to buy expensive cotton pads to remove makeup ever since a Lidl opened up in my town. I decided to there beauty range and have been impressed. The good thing is they're only 48p! If you don't have a Lidl,Primark have some cheap pads for 50p.

2.Cotton buds dipped in micellar water to remove mascara/eyeshadow smudges.

3.Use makeup brush cleaner (FYI you don't need to spend loads!) or a mild shampoo to clean your makeup brushes/blenders. I clean mine on a rubber cleaning mat which I got online and then lay on a towel to dry.

4.Baby wipes as makeup wipes these are much cheaper than actual makeup wipes,although I do tend to buy simple micellar wipes when they're on offer. If not then I buy baby wipes whichever ones are on offer.

5.Storage pots for brushes I got mine from B&M but you can use anything such as a old candle holder cleaned out or a mug you don't drink from.

6. Have a sort out of your makeup get rid off the old,give away things that you don't want to friends/family.

7.Wipe your mascara around the rim with baby wipes this will get rid of bacteria, you can also wipe your eyeshadow palette to get rid off any excess.
8.Use a anti bac wipe to clean out your makeup bag this will help keep it fresh and get rid of any dirt etc.

9.Keep your makeup out of the sun,try to store it in a drawer or in a basket away from direct sunlight.

10.Label products with the date you got them so you know how long you've had them.

11.You don't need to spend loads on razors try to look out for the cheaper ones or look for offers. I do sometimes buy the venus ones when they're at least half price, but I never buy refills because they are ridiculously expensive.
Thanks for reading.

Friday, 9 March 2018

Job Interviews

Job interviews are just so hard these days and I thought I would share my experiences and general thoughts.

The thing with job interviews is that you have to be this confident, outgoing person which I'm not and it's all for a job in a shop (or whatever job you're going for) on minimum wage. Why should we change ourselves just for a job we probably don't really want but need the money?

I do find it harder because I have Fragile X which is a learning disability I find things such as answering questions difficult and I can come across as shy/quiet which I am but I still think it's unfair to not be considered for a job based on personality.

I can't be someone else that's not me anyone else feel like that? job hunting has changed a lot of to be honest it seems a lot more difficult to even get a job these days because you need at least 10 years experiences,a car,a degree lol etc.

I've never had a permanent job in my whole 27 years :O yes I know I'm shocked to! I've only had Xmas jobs or temp ones which I hate both!. They're not fair you get all the crappy hours and days and then when it's over they get rid of you.

Interviews have never been my strong point and I just hate going to them because they ask such hard questions and I don't know how to answer. I can do the job but I think it's how I come across but like I said I'm not changing myself. I know I'm not the most confident person in the world and I have gained some but I still find things hard. I do think it's unfair these days with applying for jobs.

I had an interview on Wednesday and I got so stuck on most of the questions and I just know I won't get it, he kept going on about one question about fitting rooms with how would you do that and I really didn't know the answers. It was hard and I hate interviews, I know it's experience but I still struggle.Even if I didn't have Fragile x I'd still find it hard because I'm not outgoing and confident.

Thanks for reading.

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

6 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Give Up

1.I know things can be difficult sometimes and they don't always go right but one thing you shouldn't do is give up.Things will get better soon I promise so keep your chin  up!.

2.Believe in yourself because you CAN do anything you put your mind to.

3.Things will pick up soon enough I know it might not seem like it right now but they will.

4.If you are having problems/issues then talk to someone such as your best friend, mum,dad,sister etc.

5.Surround yourself with positive,motivational and upbeat people who bring out the best in you.

6.If you're unemployed (which I currently am) try and job search everyday, apply for what you can and be organised for interviews. I wrote a blog post on interview tips here.

I hope this post is helpful and thanks for reading.

Thursday, 22 February 2018

27 Life Lessons

I've seen a couple of these kind of posts going around so I thought I'd give it ago and write my own.

1.You don't need to drink/smoke to fit in

2.People will leave your life/forget you whether you want them to or not.

3.You won't stay in touch with people from school/college.

4.You don't have to have everything figured out.

5.You don't have to be married/have babies etc.

6.It doesn't matter what your job is.

7.Don't worry about the people who bullied you in school/college. They're not worth your time or effort.

8.You can't please everyone.

9.Things won't go your way all the time but it's ok.

10.You will make mistakes but it's ok we all learn.

11.You're unique so STOP comparing yourself to others on social media especially instagram that's the worst.

12.You're allowed bad days/down days you can't be happy all the time

13.Your Mum is always right.

14.So called friends will leave you out of things.

15.You will always need your family no matter what.

16.It doesn't matter if you're single you don't need a man to be happy.

17.You don't need to own all designer things or any just because others do.

18.It doesn't matter if you haven't had sex yet.

19.You're allowed to spend time alone.

20.You DON'T need to go on any diet you're beautiful the way you're.

21.You don't have to be a sociable butterfly.

22.That guy who broke your heart isn't worth your time/tears.

23.Remember to look after yourself you're important and so is your health.

24.Don't do anything if you're under pressure.

25.It's ok to stay in and watch Netflix and enjoy your own company.

26.Don't trust anyone.

27.Never give up.

Thanks for reading.

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

5 Ways To Keep Busy When You're Unemployed

If you're like me and currently unemployed then you'll know how hard it is to keep busy and find things to do. I do have my blog which I started in 2014 to write posts etc.I also volunteer 2 days a week in a charity shop but sometimes I get bored.

Today I thought I'd share 5 simple ways to keep busy.

1.Write a to do list for the day so put the most important things at the top and then work your way down. You could put things like tidy room,write blog post,go food shopping.

2.Find some new hobbies-such as drawing,baking or start a blog/youtube channel if you haven't already!. (I keep saying I'm going to make videos but I'm too much of a woss)

Get Organised.
3.I love organising so this is right up my street! organise your clothes/makeup/shoes and donate what you don't want to charity.(btw only donate unused makeup/if it's still in its packaging) Also put on your favourite songs/playlist and you'll feel more motivated to get things done.

Get Outside.
4.Go for a walk/run/any form of exercise you enjoy. It's good to get outside sometimes for some fresh air. Also you'll feel loads better and have more motivation.

Watch Documentaries. 
5.I'm into crime/prison/murder documentaries and there's many shows on Netflix/YouTube but if they're not your thing then there's many other films/documentaries to watch. I also like TV series such as the Big Bang Theory,Charmed and Sabrina the teenage witch.

Thanks for reading.

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Life Update

It's been a while since I posted a life update so I thought it was about time I updated you on what's been happening and my general thoughts.

Job Hunting
I'm still looking for a job but I recently had an interview that I wasn't organised for it at all! but I'm putting it down to trail and error and I will do better next time!.I'm still unsure as to what I want to do but I'm not worrying about too much. I'm still at volunteering for the time being until I either leave or get a job.

The Greatest Showman Soundtrack 
I'm still very much obsessed with this soundtrack ever since I saw the film it's the best soundtrack I've downloaded!. If you haven't seen the film go see it and then buy the album!.I never knew that Hugh Jackman was a singer either!.

My blog is doing well and I reached 41,000 all time views! I don't get a lot of comments or followers but I'm trying to remind myself it's not about numbers as such and that I enjoy sharing my posts.I do have a few goals I want to reach one is 100 likes on my Facebook page which I post regularly on and I'd really like it if you gave it a like I'll link it below. I also want to reach 400 instagram followers but instagram is very crap lately but I hope it picks up again because right now it's garbage!.

Facebook Page


Thanks for reading.

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Olivia Hale Primer Review

I found this primer in home bargains for 99p yes that's right! my sister uses it and I recently went there and they had one left. I normally use the Rimmel fix and perfect primer with the blue lid it's £6.99 which is a lot for a primer. I've tried others in the past as well such as wilko and natural collection but I didn't like the feel of them.

 It comes out clear which is ok, a little goes a long way and it does go on well you can't see where you've put it but most primers are either white or clear. There's not much information on the tube or the packaging it came in which I find a bit annoying as sometimes it's good to know certain things such as the ingredients.

I didn't really like the feel of it when I put it on but it did feel alright with foundation on. It lasted all day but like I said I didn't like the feel of it much. I know sometimes cheaper makeup can be good but not always like I've discovered here! Don't get me wrong I do like trying new cosmetics and it was only 99p so it's not going to break the bank but I just won't buy it again.

Thanks for reading.

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Affordable Things To Do In London

I thought I'd share a few affordable places to go in London if you're looking for something new to do. There's many tourist attractions from Madame Tussauds to the Tower of London which are expensive but if you're on a budget then this post is for you!.

I recently went to Madame Tussauds with my mum as we collected the free tickets from the Sun paper I did like going but it's not worth £35 each (Adult prices) price tag!. If you don't get the Sun paper then it's worth getting as they have other attractions from Chessington world of adventures to the London dungeons. You can also get a booklet/leaflet of 2for1 deals in and around London some of the places I recommend are in there which I'll put a * next to.

The Clink Prison
Nearest Tube-London Bridge (Northern Line)
Opening Times-
Summer July-September-10:00-19:30
Winter October-June-10:00-19:30

The Old Operating Theatre
Under 18-£3.50
Nearest Tube-London Bridge-(Northern Line)
Open daily 10:30 am-17:00

Churchill War Rooms
Nearest Tube-Westminster (Circle Line)
Open daily-9:30 am-18:00
Last admission 17:00
I know this one's more pricey but if you're interested in the war and Winston Churchill then it's worth going.

The Cartoon Museum 
Nearest Tube/stations-Kings Cross (Victoria Line),St Pancras International,Holborn or Tottenham Court Road (Both Central Line)
Open-Tuesday-Sunday 10:30 am -17:30

Pollocks Toy Museum
Adult £6
Children £3
Opening Times-
Monday-Saturday 10 am-17:00
Last admission to the Museum is 4.30 pm
Closed Sundays and Bank Holidays
Nearest Tube- Goodge Street Station (Northern line)

Nearest Tube-Monument (Circle Line)
Opening Times-9:30-17:00
Beware there's 311 steps to climb!.

Brands and Packaging Museum
Children 7-16-£5
Under 7's-Free
Concessions-£7 (include over 60's and students with valid ID and freedom pass holders.
Opening Times-Tuesday-Saturday-10 am-18:00
Closed Mondays but except bank holidays
Nearest Tube- Ladbroke Grove (Circle and Hammersmith Lines)

Thanks for reading and I hope it helps.

Thursday, 1 February 2018

12 Ways To Save Money

I'm quite good at saving money, you're probably thinking a 20 something saving money?!? don't get me wrong I do spend money on makeup,clothes,shoes etc but I know how hard it is for young people to save up. Today I'm sharing 12 ways to save money I hope this post helps you and feel free to share it if you know someone who might need it.

1. Start a money tin for any loose change you have it'll soon add up.

2.Only buy things you actually need such as if you run out of a certain skincare or makeup product then only buy that!.

3.Look in charity shops I know they aren't for everyone but you really do find some good things I've been volunteering for the past 7 years and I've found some great things.

4.Try not to go out for meals,drinks etc as much unless it's a special occasion then maybe put some cash away for that. If it's a friends birthday you could always make a gift such as a little pamper basket.

5.Cancel any subscriptions such beauty boxes,magazines,cinema card etc you've got that you don't like anymore the extra cash will definitely help. You can always rejoin later on.

6.Depending on what you're saving for try and put some cash away each month instead of buying a pointless coffee on the way to work or your lunch.

7.Take your own lunch to work! make it the night before and leave a note to get it out the fridge in the morning.

8.Go through your clothes and have a clothes swap party with your friends/family.

9.Check your bills and see if you're paying too much and see if you can get them cheaper.

10.Sell some of your old things on Ebay or any of these other selling sites to help your funds grow.

11.Have friends over instead of going out,make some food such as chilli or pizza and watch a film.

12.When you go food shopping try and only buy what you need and not any extras!.

I hope this post helps and thanks for reading.

Saturday, 27 January 2018

Volunteering Update

As many know I've been volunteering for the past 7 years at Each but sadly it's changed now because my manager Bradley has handed in his notice to start a new job as cabin crew with BA. I am sad he's leaving but I know he has wanted to leave for a while and I hope his new job works out. It won't be the same without him but I am glad he's going back to what he loves.

He has helped me gain more confidence in myself and become less shy, I've come out my shell a lot and I can't believe I've been there for 7 years!. It's really helped me and I'm grateful for him helping me. I've had many good times like when me and Brad ate loads of crumpets lol!,dressing up for Halloween,going to the WI barn dance and dressing up as a Christmas tree for his new year party. so many things can't name it all!. We've had many good laughs there and I know it won't be the same but I am going to give it a chance and see how the new manager is. If I find a paid job in the meantime then I'll see if I can still volunteer but if not then I'll leave.

Thanks for reading and
I'll be back soon with updates.