September Monthly Round-up

On the blog this month there’s been style…

Alternative 80’s & 90’s Film & TV Style Icons  the first in a series.

Street style in sorbet shades

A softer rock-chick look 

Beauty reviews…

Younique amazing Moodstruck fibre mascara, mineral pigments & lip gloss

Orly polish in Sheer Nude

Murad Rapid Collagen Infusion

And of course lifestyle…

Are You Being Too Nice  where I ponder how constantly being a good person can sometimes be a bad thing!

Foods Which Reduce Inflammation came from my own health concerns but seeing as inflammation can be the cause and the symptom of many different problems, I thought I would share foods to introduce and to avoid.

I try my hand at crafting with the simplest kit I can find and I actually enjoy it!

I’m so gutted to hear that Company magazine has been cancelled and they will only be online from now on. I liked the feel of the semi-matt paper and I thought the graphic art work made the mag resemble an art students journal. I’m keeping hold of my last copy and wish I’d kept the rest now!

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I donated a bag of stuff to the Manchester women’s shelter – well their head quarters. It started off with clothes and shoes me and my Mum were taking to the charity shop and her saying she wished she could just hand it to people who really needed it. Then I realised I had a massive amount of spare products like moisturiser, exfoliator, body butter etc. that had either been sent to me for review or didn’t suit me. Women’s Aid also accepts barely used make-up to cover bruises and help women feel confident in interviews. Then a toothbrush got added to the bag and some socks and so on, until we had a massive bag! We have a basket under the living room table now to put anything in we don’t use.

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The Bloke found this Waterfront Merlot – a combination of plum, black cherry and dark chocolate – on sale in Tesco. He knows that I like reds which are slightly sweet with a little spice and rich flavours. This was delicious but rather heavy so I only had two glasses.

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I watched a good indie film called Blue Ruin about a homeless man that left his family in tragic circumstances. He’s out for vengeance but soon realises this entails so much more than he first thought. The film has a relaxed pace at first but the it picks up as the story is revealed. There is action throughout but this film is more of a character study, which I liked.

Alt 80’s and 90’s TV & Film Style Icons #1 Matilda from the film Leon

Indie 80's and 90's TV & Film Style Icons

I’ve cheekily replaced Matilda’s stripy green and yellow kids shorts with black ones to make the whole look more coherent and grown up.

I’m going to be posting this feature every Sunday in future.

Which alternative/unexpected 80’s & 90’s film & TV style icons would you like to see?

The Perfect Nude Polish! Orly ‘Sheer Nude’

When I saw Cosmopolitan magazine where giving away my fave polish brand I grabbed a copy quick! There’s gold, red, hot pink and this nude to choose from. I’ve been trying to find a good nude for a while that doesn’t have a solid candy finish.

Orly Sheer Nude nail polish

 

As the name suggests this is very sheer and you just need one thin coat to get a subtle French nail effect. Any further coats will look odd. I know, I tried.

Orly 'sheer nude' nail polish

 

Positives

Classic colour and finish

Fills ridges surprisingly well

Quick drying

Has a really mild scent so no complaints from other people in the room

Negatives

it’s only sample sized :0(

 

Are you being too nice?

Most of us are taught from an early age that we should be nice to people and not deliberately exclude anyone. When we grow up however, we have to WANT to be generous, helpful and sympathetic to a person, otherwise trying to be ‘nice’ can come across as patronising or obviously fake.

On the other hand…

Being overly nice isn’t going to get everyone to like you and it can easily come across as desperate or even stalker-ish to new people!

With friends and family if we are always overly generous and forgiving with everyone, eventually, even the most well meaning of people will start to take advantage of our nice nature.

How many of us have been long time friends or partners with a seemingly outgoing person who’s always in the middle of some drama? It’s easy to become the person who just provides them with constant attention and an ego boost, which gets thrown back in our face the minute we stop.

Being too nice can mean we are accidentally flirting! If someone fancies us or is having a bad day and feeling unloved and then we are suddenly really nice to them, they might easily take it the wrong way. Then what happens? We don’t correct them because we feel bad about being mean because we are too nice! Awkward.

There are times when our nice nature can breed our own resentment. I know we shouldn’t just do a favour to get one in return but when we knock ourselves out to be considerate and helpful but don’t get that same level in return, it can be rather depressing. Which leads to one of these conversations “You are so ungrateful! All the things I do for you…”

We need to understand sometimes other people are too busy to have the time to reciprocate or too stressed maybe to notice. It’s never a good trait to deliberately be a martyr and hold it over everyone anyway.

Still, constantly being, doing and thinking things for others – even with the best of intentions – can be exhausting and frustrating. We need to put ourselves first sometimes without feeling guilty.

Anyone else do some of these?

So the question is: Exactly how nice are we meant to be?

Foco Coconut Water with Mango

Foco coconut water

I’ve tried quite a few brands of coconut water, from artificially sweet to undrinkable and bitter, this is the best by far! It contains only pure coconut water and mango juice and quenches your thirst much more than water. I bought this from Tesco, where they also stock the Raspberry and Lychee flavours.

You will probably have heard people mentioning the fact that coconut water is wonderful  because it contains electrolytes. Here’s what that actually means.

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Cheaper, more refreshing and without masses sugar which sports drinks have. It does need to be refrigerated once opened though, which isn’t great for the the gym but perfect for a hangover.

Review: Murad Rapid Collagen Infusion. Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture for eyes. Blemish Treatment Concealer.

 

 

 

I discovered an offer to get two sample sized and one full sized freebie when purchasing anything from Murad. I’d been looking for a medicated concealer for a while so I pleased to learn Dr Murad is a leading Dermatologist covering all areas, with an extensive problem skin range.

Murad Rapid Collagen Infusion, Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture for eyes & Blemish Treatment Concealer.

Rapid Collagen Infusion ‘reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in 2 hours’. Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisturiser ‘Immediate hydration that firms and awakens the delicate eye area.’ Both part of the Age Reform range. Blemish Treatment Concealer. I also received a full sized Intensive-C Radiance Peel, which I’ll review separately.

Before

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Ok I know it says ‘fine’ lines and these are more like crevasses (I was hung over and quite bloated) so it was quite an extreme test! I was angled slightly to the side but that isn’t exaggerating these babies, I assure you!

After

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2 hours later and I’m impressed! There is a definite softening and plumping of the lines. So much so, The Bloke just asked what magic makeup I’d used and (apart from a little concealer on the centre of my forehead) I was bare-faced! I really hope the radiance peel is as effective. I’m glad I got the other items free as the concealer in ‘Medium’ turned out to be a shade too light for my pale olive/yellow toned skin and that’s the darkest they do! I love the creamy consistency of it though and It’s not too oily or too drying like some others I’ve used, so I would recommend it.

Docrafts Sew & So On Christmas

I don’t do much crafting but my sowing skills are good enough to mend mine and The Blokes clothes, so I thought I’d get crafting for Christmas.

I chose the Sew & So On, Star & Tree Decorations Kit from Docraft which makes 2 Stars & 2 Tree ornaments.
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Pack contains:
6 X Fabric Pieces
4 X Buttons
4 X Ribbon
Filler
Thread
You will need your on sowing needle and glue (if you choose to use it).

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The photograph instructions are really easy to follow and are universal. You need to remember to put the loops on the inside of the decoration (which will become the outside when reversed). The threads on the canvas are very raw around the edges so it’s a good idea to make the seam around a centimetre wide, so it won’t fray.

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I decided to put the little buttons on the top of my trees like stars. I used the canvas and the check cloth for each of my stars as I thought the check was really pretty.

*I was sent this kit from docrafts for review purposes.