Archive for May, 2012

May 31, 2012

Advantage Card Points Shopping!

So..I have one more exam tomorrow, and then my degree is over! Scary stuff. Anyway, I realised the other day that I have about £34 on my Boots Advantage Card and I thought I’d treat myself once I’d finished my finals. I’m going to go to the huge flagship store on Oxford Street so I’ll be able to get basically anything they sell!

I can’t decide what to buy – £34 seems to be just over what I’d need to get one expensive thing, or enough one and a half pretty nice things…anywho, here’s my wish list! If anyone has any thoughts or recommendations, please tell me! These are just all the things I want or need from Boots, regardless of price.

Real Techniques Brushes, the Core Collection – £21.99
Vichy Aqualia Thermale Light moisturiser – £16
Clinique Even Better foundation – £22
Lancome Teint Idole – £27
Origins High Potency Night-a-mins Night Cream – £32
YSL Touche Eclat – £25 (might get one of the new cheapie versions of this one though, I’m curious to see how good they are!)
YSL Teint Radiance foundation – £31
Some kind of exciting eye palette, depending on what I see when I’m there.

I wanted to get more expensive things rather than lots of smaller cheaper things because, as my long-suffering friend pointed out (I always drag her around when I’m shopping for makeup!) I’ll probably end up buying the smaller things at some point anyway, and I want this to seem like a treat!

Any thoughts? 😀 yay for the end of university! Terrifying but exciting!

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May 25, 2012

Vichy Cleanser Love!

White/blue tube of cleanser

image from chemistdirect.com

This cleanser costs £11 from Boots, and at first you might, like me, think that’s pretty steep for something that’s basically just taking off your makeup and is on your skin for under a minute. But I was after a cream cleanser, and I like Vichy, and…it just happened. Later that evening when I used it, I was SO happy that it did!

It’s a light creamy cleanser which smells gorgeous but not overpowering. It takes off my makeup extremely easily (though I don’t wear waterproof mascara so I don’t know how it’d work on that – I guess it’d do well). It says on the tube that it cleanses, takes off makeup and tones the skin; I don’t know exactly what that means, as I have no idea what it’d feel like without the ‘toning’ part! Still, my skin feels wonderfully comfortable and soft when I’ve just used this, so maybe there’s something in it!

My skin seems to love this cleanser, to the extent that if I go away and don’t take it with me, my skin ‘misses’ it after a day or so. Nothing hugely noticeable, but when I get back and use it again, I can definitely feel the improvement immediately! I haven’t touched any of my other cleansers for ages now, and I have no real reason to – definitely repurchasing this baby when I run out (not that I will for a while, with 200ml in the tube)!

Total 5 star hit! Recommended.

May 24, 2012

Oh My Gosh It’s Summer And My Legs Look Like This

…yeah, no, there’s no way I’m putting up a picture of my legs! But figuratively speaking, my legs look like *this*. Ie., awful. Last week it felt like the depths of winter and there was absolutely no motivation to start preparing for summer, and then BAM. Sunburn and shorts all round.

I’ve always had a thing about my legs; I just don’t like them. They could be as slender as you like and I’d probably still worry that someone was looking at me and thinking “ooh, she should NOT be allowed out in shorts”. Some of this is down to my mother’s eager encouragement of ballet when I was a little girl, and my own eager cycling habits; my calves are irretrievably muscular. Anyway, the point is, if I want to wear shorts without feeling self-conscious I have to work HARD. So this is what I do!

For four weeks, I follow this set of exercises for my legs. This is basically the only thing I’ve ever done where I’ve been able to see visible and encouraging results from exercise, so I know it works (at least for me – don’t sue me!) – it’s just a combination of squats and heel raises:

1. 20 squats with my legs about hip-width apart.
2. 20 heel raises, as above.
3. 20 squats with my legs close together.
4. 20 heel raises with my toes turned inwards about 45 degrees in order to work the outside of the calves.
5. 30 squats with my legs as wide apart as is comfortable and sensible(!) – this works the inside of the thigh.
6. 30 heel lifts with my toes turned out as far as is comfortable (in ballet this would be 1st position).
7. 20 squats with legs hip-width apart as #1.
8. 20 heel raises as #1/2.

This only takes a couple of minutes to go through and, if I do it every day, does significantly improve how my legs look and feel. Obviously, if anyone feels like trying this or something similar, don’t hurt yourself, don’t do anything that feels weird, and don’t blame me – goodness knows I don’t know what I’m talking about. There, disclaimer disclaimer’d.

The reason I do 30 of a couple of them is because they are the most effective (I feel) and so I want to get the most out of them.

I also try and run as much as I can, but when it’s this hot it’s hard..!

All this plus some Garnier body lotion with self-tanner stuff in means I actually managed to leave the house today in something shorter than knee length! Hooray for summery weather!

What do you guys do to prepare for summer? Or are you all perfect all year round? 😛

May 24, 2012

Aaaand…I’m Back!

Oh my goodness, I am SO sorry. I disappeared so rudely and for so long, haha! However, it’s the same old reason – EXAM TIME. I am revising until my eyes hurt and my nose becomes sore from being pressed to the page! It’s so unbelievably intense…these are my finals, the exams that my whole academic career has been leading up to! (And don’t think my father will let me forget it!) However, on June 1st it will all be over. I will be propelled, kicking and screaming and slightly dazed, into the Real World, outside education. Scary stuff!

So that’s my excuse. Also, the dog ate my homework.

Anyway, excuses and apologies aside, I am back. Although my exams are still in full swing, I’ve been missing blogging so much that I’ve decided to allow myself to return – during my set study breaks, of course!

I’m going to write a proper post in a minute – I wanted this to just be my apology post without sticking a load of other things in too.

Also, isn’t the weather LOVELY?! (That’s mainly addressed to my UK friends, though I hope it’s sunny for everyone else too!)

😀

May 5, 2012

I’m Sorry I Disappeared!

I’m revising sooo hard for my final exams at the moment, I just haven’t been able to post – I’m really sorry!

However, today I did go to Boots and pick up a couple of nail varnishes that I’d been eyeing up for a while. I had some Advantage card point vouchers too, which was all the more incentive!

First, I got Rimmel’s Lycra Pro polish in Peppermint:

Sorry I had to take this photo on my knees! The lighting was really dodgy, it took loads of attempts to get the colour to show up properly.

The other Rimmel polish I picked up was a lovely nude toffee brown called Caramel Cupcake.

Sorry about my horrible nails..!

Finally, I got a Revlon polish that I haven’t tried out yet. It’s a pretty, but fairly standard, pink. However, it’s not standard to me – I have to be really careful with my polish colours, because my hands have a tendency to be a bit red/pink whenever it’s cold. It’s not very attractive! It also means that I can only really wear cool-toned colours on my hands, to cancel out this effect; otherwise, it makes it a lot more obvious. This pink is just about cool enough:

I’m definitely going through a nail varnish phase at the moment. Sometimes I don’t do more than file and buff them for ages at a time, but right now I’m loving pretty pastel colours and Spring shades!

Again, apologies for my absence – it’s not just laziness, believe me!

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