Poetry – Pain

Pain is a funny thing that everyone encounters

Emotional

Physical

Both hard to deal with and yet both completely different.

The gauze that hangs over everything. The bleakness…..grey, damp, cold, lonely.

When lulled into a false sense of security, pain creeps up and stabs you in the heart and stomach slowly pulling you apart.

You can cry until there are no more tears, fall asleep and find courage in the blankness of sleep, ready to go through it all again tomorrow.

The wort part isn’t the excruciating pulling its the nothingness, the numbness, no feeling.

The worst pain is no pain at all

HJSA

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Reviving review

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I have had the Monuspa Reviving mist for a couple of months now and i absolutely love it!

I got it just before i went on holiday to Spain as the spray was really refreshing and it smells really nice. So when your all hot and bothered and might not be feeling the freshest spritz a little of this onto your face, back of neck and body and it leaves you feeling much better!

It is also great t set your make up, one spritz of this keeps your make up there all day!

The product its self i got from a beauty box subscription and just haven’t managed to tell you guys about how amazing it is! This is a full sized sample and you can pick it up for £11.95.

“The perfect pick-me-up for dull days and stressed skin, to leave you feeling calm, comforted and in control. Created using a blend of zesty essential oils. A blend of zesty essential oils from Lemon and Rosewood to Sandalwood, Petitgrain, Geranium and Clary Sage. This invigorating combination will leave skin feeling deliciously cool and refreshed whilst providing an irresistible fragrance to tantalise the senses.” – Glossybox

Here is the website so you can buy your own!

Glossybox review

So currently i am a subscriber to Glossybox which i love. Its like getting a little present every month even tho its not my birthday! Its awesome!

In the box you get a number of gifts… well not really gifts as there is a subscription fee of course…. but you get either samples or full size products to try out.

Some are products that you may have heard of and some that you wont, but they are always in my experience been good quality(mostly).

So this picture shows how beautifully packaged it is. They have shown that there is a lot of effort gone into each box and it isn’t something that just gets thrown together with little thought.image

Starting on a negative…I was a little disappointed with this So Susan Rose Quartet, it’s in a cheap looking black plastic container and the texture of the product itself feels a little cheap. Like the sort of stuff that you would get in a princess magazine when you were like 6…with those crazy plastic glittery heels and a wand…same thing. This was the only thing in the box that didn’t hit the mark with me. Other people may have loved it.

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My favourite thing in the box. Its a tinted lip butter which comes in this very cute little box, very art deco. The lip butter itself feels really nice on and the colour is really pigmented which is always good. I’m not into wishy washy lip shades.image

Shinier, stronger, thicker, smoother, more supple, frizz-free, heat and humidity-proof hair – All you hair problems sorted at the same time. It smells great. In the box it was advertised to be around £9.99 to buy however I’ve seen it body care for £5. Still for the cost of the box and whats in it, still great quality for money!

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This may seem a little strange but this razor is the best one i have ever used. Not because of the actual razor head itself, but when you put it down on the side of the bath, the head doesn’t touch the side…so it dries properly…it doesn’t get rusty… its amazing.image

With a colour palette inspired by that film, this mineral powder-based eye shadow is 100% natural and highly pigmented so it packs a punch. Mineral eye shadow’s are always good! This one is no different. Great colour, great texture, lasting power. Thanks Glossy box another smasher 🙂

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Even got a little sweet treat of love hearts in here as well seeming this is the valentines day special box.

I’d definitely recommend finding a subscription box to people that are interested in beauty products. It gives you the chance to find out about new stuff without having to pay big bucks for them.

Perfume

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Perfume is the indispensable complement to the personality of women, the finishing touch on a dress,

Christian Dior

For me scent is one of life’s most joyous creations. It probably is to you too. Maybe not in such an obvious way, you are probably thinking, there are a lot more important things in life than the way i smell. But is there??

On a very basic level, scent defines who your attracted to. Before perfumes, before how clean you are or even how unclean you are. Without even knowing your body uses the smell of someone to tell if they would make a good mate. If they are strong, fit, If they are genetically viable to produce good offspring. So pretty important huh?

Smells are around all of the time. Sometimes they are there and you don’t notice. Until years later and you smell that smell again and your transported back in time. Reminded of a close family memory, your first day of high school or of a past lover. Whatever it is, its unintentional, its innocent and its unavoidable.

The way something smells can bring out a wave of emotions, happy, sad, loving, longing.

That new book smell, cut grass, cinnamon and just after it rains are my personal faves.

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In a more materialistic way it can also tell you a lot about some one. If they have money, what brands they buy into. If you get good enough at it, you can pretty much know the wearers personality.

Also the way each perfume sits on the wearers skin is different from person to person. It may smell great on one person and smell awful on someone else. It really is a personal thing. It may not be a priority of mine to get the latest perfumes or the most expensive, but when making memories, smells play such an important role.

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Happy new year!!

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My new years resolution in place, however I’m not going to tell you what it is! Ha Basically, I don’t want to set my self up to fail. Nothing worse than hearing people go on about their new years resolution until they get to week 3 and then all goes quiet. But they are definitely worth having! But if you do want to change something about you or your life. You don’t need to wait till January 1st to do it. Choose now. This minute, this hour.

So anyway I hope everyone has had a pleasant 2015 thus far. I have gone 10 days without alcohol for the Dryathlon that cancer research has put into place. I’m not doing too bad. I’ve lost 9 pounds through quitting alcohol. So if my new years resolution had been to lose weight I would have smashed it out of the ball park with that. The scary thing is i’m not exactly a heavy drinker! I would probably have one bottle of red wine a week, that’s not even in one sitting, id have one glass with food a couple of nights a week. But hey if it helps me shed some extra weight without much effort, i’m up for that.

Anyway… So yea i’m not drinking for the whole of January and i’m doing it for charity!! Woo. Oh sorry you want to sponsor me?? That’s awesome thanks a bunch! You can donate to my justgiving page…which is Here

New job and Christmas things :)

Sorry I haven’t posted for a little while. I have a new job and I have been putting a lot of effort into that and trying to get things right. It’s a job I’ve never done before and it has been tiring and when I’ve got home I have just wanted to chill and veg out on the sofa 🙂

However things are now in some sort of routine, i’m settled and I am ready to carry on letting you guys in on my life 🙂

SOOOOO it’s nearly the end of November! How the heck did that happen?? Take your eye of the date to get your brain sorted and a month flies past you! Crazy…

I also have a confession to make… Our Christmas decorations are up 🙂 Eeek so excited for Christmas. It’s mine and Andrew’s first home Christmas so we got things set up a little earlier than we might have but I love the whole thing. Cosy nights, twinkling lights and frosty mornings 🙂 Heaven.

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Things to look forward to in my up coming blogs…. THIS WEEK!

-How I reduce stress.
-My review of Some books I’ve read.
-My November best buys 🙂

Anything you want me to blog about let me know. Woop Woop.

The GLAMOUR beauty power list 2014

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So through the world of WordPress I discovered beauty boxes. Well now I’m really impressed. I had a look at a few but one that caught my eye was £83.47 worth of stuff for £15.99, you get some full size products AND it’s actually stuff you have heard of.

Alessandra Steinherr Beauty director of GLAMOUR magazine has hand picked out 7 products from the 2014 beauty power list, for us to try.

What’s in the box…

Philip Kingsley Daily defence conditioning spray

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Firstly…It smells AMAZING!!
I adore the smell, it feels great on my hair, doesn’t feel sticky or greasy which is a big plus! It comes in 60 ml bottle so depending on hair length you could get a few uses out of it.
It’s to be applied when hair is wet and once it’s in style hair as normal. It protects your hair against mostly anything you can throw at it!

Nude Maybelline color sensational lipstick

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So this colour isn’t quite a nude shade for me as my lips are naturally a little pinker however it’s still a beautiful shade and looks especially great this time of year. It doesn’t have a weird taste and isn’t drying at all. Thumbs up all round 🙂

Laura Mercier foundation primer

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Ok so as per previous posts I’m no primer expert but this feels nice on my skin, smells great and does what its supposed to. The only other primer I’ve used is by make up revolution and in comparison to this product feels quite greasy and maybe there are better products out there but this feels and smells great 🙂

Eyeko mascara off eye makeup remover wipes

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So with these you get 10 cotton wipes in the sample packs, I believe in a pack to buy you get three packs of ten wipes. They smell fresh and fruity and i love the way they actually get all of my eye make up off my face… especially waterproof when I’ve spent many a time worrying about what my eyelashes would look like if I ever actually managed to get it off.

Bourjois volume 1 seconde mascara

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By FAR my favourite product in the box. I’m such a mascara snob and this goes on amazingly. 360° volume and you only need to apply it once. My husband actually asked if I was wearing fake lashes. They make my eyelashes look amazing! Well done Bourjois! It’s worth £15.99 on its own.

Liz Earle cleanse and polish hot cloth cleanser.

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So this product is a treat. Now I say that as someone that’s lazy… so it smells great being eucalyptus essential oil and feels luxurious wiping it off with a hot cloth after slathering the cream all over your skin, but your supposed to use this day and night… now thats fine…However I’d much rather just quickly wipe off cleanser with a cotton pad. I don’t get my arm covered in water and it’s quicker, although only about 10 seconds granted.

James read sleep mask tan

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So unfortunately this is one product I won’t be reviewing. I’ve used too many fake tan products that have gone horribley wrong on me. I have gone cheap and expensive…I just don’t think the stuff agrees with my skin. And as someone that likes to go outside I thought I would give this one a miss. If you have tried it tho let me know 🙂

You can find this box on Here

Also add Alessandra Steinherr on Instagram @alexsteinherr

Like and Follow me if you liked this post 🙂

Much love,

Helen x

LIEBSTER award :)

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Thank you so much to Lilli for nominating me for the LIEBSTER award. I hope i prove myself worthy!

So I have done everything i was supposed to. If you want anything expanding please let me know. I just didnt want to over load everyone with a million bits of information all at once 🙂

The rules of the Liebster award are these:

– post the award on your blog

– thank the blogger who presented this award, and link to their blog

– write 11 random facts about yourself

– nominate 11 bloggers who you feel deserve this award and who have less than 200 followers

– answer 11 questions posted by the presenter, and ask your nominees 11 questions

The 11 Questions:

1. What do you like to do in your spare time?

In my spare time i like to cosy up in front of the TV with Andrew IE: the husband. I love shopping and as Andrew is like my personal Gok Wan (Ginger Wan) i just tell him what i’m looking for and off he goes and finds me exactly that. I also love reading, I haven’t read as much lately but hoping to get back into it soon.

2. If you could only chose one place to visit, where would it be?

America! My biggest goal is to drive down route 66 with a bit of meatloaf blurring out. I also want to get married by Elvis… #justsayin

3. What is your favourite dessert?

Easiest question of all Tiramisu. I LOVE IT! ❤

4. If you could have your own show, what show would you like to host?

Hmmm host no, but i would love to be on QI. Its my favorite show, I went to watch it live in London with Andrew. I Love love love Stephen Fry he is fantastic! He is so smart and witty and i really do admire everything that he has achieved.

5. What do you usually order first at a restaurant, food or drinks?

Drinks, i guess i may possibly order garlic bread or something like that with my drink but never actually been anywhere that asks you for food first.

6. What is your guilty pleasure?

Brie… yes as in the cheese. I cant say no. It tastes so good… Nom

7. Do you follow any fashion trends, or do you wear whatever you like? Which trends?

What ever it is that my fella picks out of on a rack. If i like it i get it, if i dont i wont. I guess i do follow some sort of fashion trends, i just dress depeding on my mood. Sometimes i can be dressed in black jeans, a band tshirt and boots and other times i am in a pink and blue dress with birds and hearts on it wearing bright red shoes. I really am the sort of person that is only out to wear my feelings haha.

8. Are there any awesome products you have tried and would like to recommend?

Coconut oil… Its natural it makes your hair feel amazing. Put it on your hair and leave it on as long as you feel suitable. If you want to add some heat wrap a towel around your hair and just sit like that for a while. You may have to wash it twice to get all the oil out but it leaves your hair feeling lovely and soft. Also like argon oil you can run a small amount through your hair after conditioning that works too but just make sure you don’t put too much on or it might make your hair greasy.

9. Do you do exercises regularly? What are they?

I power walk to work and back everyday which is 1.2 miles each way. I have just joined the gym next to my work so hopefully i will actually get a chance to go at some point.

. What would you like to receive on your upcoming birthday?

To go somewhere. I’m not the kind of person that likes gifts. I would rather go on a train journey somewhere and have the whole day out. Rather than get a load of stuff. If i wanted the stuff i would just go out and buy it myself 🙂

11. If you had to cook dinner tonight, what would you cook?

I love cooking with pasta and its always so easy and tasty. So i would probably make pasta with loads of veg, bacon, chicken, pesto and mozzarella. It tastes amazing!

Eleven Random Facts about me:

  1. I got married when i was 22
  2. I adore beards…they just so sexy
  3. Me and Andrew went on a 5 month honey moon
  4. I hate cycling…
  5. My favorite colour is yellow
  6. When i was little i tried for hours to make things move like Matilda
  7. My fave Starbucks drink in Egg Nog Latte
  8. I get overly excited about Christmas
  9. Pigeons terrify me
  10. I feel really bad about poor little Pigeons with dodgy legs 😦 (Yes even though they scare me!)
  11. I wish i could each Avocado’s all day everyday.

Okay so i am new to this blogging thing but i am already following quite few amazing blogs so i will nominate a few people now:

  1. MISSLUXME her blog is awesome she has such an awesome style. You can find her blog HERE
  2. Walden ideas. I find this blog really inspiring and opens up your mind. His blog is HERE
  3. Pretty drastic moves this is a blog that i really aspire to. So much beauty information found HERE
  4. Brazenrouge is one of the first Blogs i started to follow. I love all of her post. Really helpful to me. Found HERE

So for now they are the 4 i will be nominating. As i have to go get ready for work now. However if you want to nominate yourself go ahead and go for it. Make it your time to shine!

Thanks for reading 🙂

My own beauty products

So in this post i am going to talk about everything that i have, what it is and what i think about it. Some of my beauty products i have had for a while now and once they are all used up i will expand into other ranges.

So i got this little guy as a gift from my husband. I came home after work feeling sorry for my self, all tired and grumpy and Andrew had been to Lush and got me this to make me feel better 🙂 I absolutely love him (both of them)

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So firstly this is my random mixture grouping, a bit of everything and nothing from any one specific company.

So i will start left to right:

My No:7 Palette from boots i got this as a gift last Christmas, I’ve used most of the creamy white powder a lot of the brown and pink but not much of any of the others. I have quite a low brow and i have to be careful not to put too much dark powder on my eyes or it can make my eyes look tiny, especially as i wear glasses it can look a little silly, on me anyway.

Then we have my Rimmel waterproof gel liner in aubergine, i love the colour but i think it was more of an impulse buy as it really doesn’t look good on me 😦 I’m not all that good at applying gel liners yet, but practice makes perfect.

Max factor False lash effect mascara, i find this is really wet, it goes everywhere and is a nightmare to take off. I wont be buying this again.

Superdrug pearl lip balm, goes on really well, although it looks a little strange on me as it completely whites out my lips, i think if i was a little darker it would look really nice. When i wear it i put a little bit on my bottom lip and smudge that everywhere, rather than applying some to each lip.

Max Factor red lipstick, i do actually believe this belongs to my friend and i happened to have stolen it many moons ago, it is a beautiful colour the shade is 135.  It is a little drying and smells a little funky but i think that is because of its age… It is ATLEAST 3 years old ha ;/

Barry M in shade 52 i got his a few weeks ago. It is a really bold outstanding summer colour. It is matte and can be a little drying, so make sure your lips are well moisturised before you apply.

Sleek in papaya punch, this again is a matte colour and can be quite drying, it is rather orange but i think it would look good on most skin tones.

Rimmel Eyebrow pencil in Hazel 002, So this is well basically an eyebrow pencil, it isn’t anything special and i’m not 100% keen on the shade but it does the job, as long as your not really heavy with it and use the little brush on the lid it will all work out fine if you just fill in the gaps in your eyebrows.

Max factor lip gloss in polished fuchsia it was really good at first however now its a few months old i think it has become really sticky and rather gross.

 

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All of the products in the below picture are from make up revolution. I got these on a whim and i really really love them. The primer is really good, i feel that my make up goes on much smoother blends in with my face and makes my make up look lovely and smooth. I do have to admit that i am new to primers so it really could be really rubbish in comparison, but i will give it the thumbs up for now ❤ woo.

The first Palette on the left is called the salvation palette, Welcome to the thunder dome. there are some really good shades with this 6 in matte and 12 that are shimmery, It has a big mirror and is awesome if you are doing your make up on the go. 🙂 The second palette is redemption palette romantic smoked in 12 different colours. Both the palettes were under £10 each and are awesome. they go on really well and don’t crease or smudge all that much. For the price they are definitely worth the purchase.

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So this is all the stuff i own that has come from Avon. Now i am in 2 minds about Avon products, sometimes they are amazing and sometimes they are just plain awful.

From left to right:

Ideal Flawless pressed powder in fair. This when applied too heavily makes me look really hairy… I mean it sticks to all the hairs on my fave and makes me look like a big hairy mess…so in conclusion, it is good stuff you just have to apply it with a light hand.

Colour trend lipstick in Amethyst. The colour when applied isnt quite true to the colour of the lipstick itself. It appears a little “washed out” Like maybe a tinted lipbalm not a strong colour as you would assume.

Colour trend Lipstick in vino disco. Its called Vino Disco….enough said really. It goes on really well and looks and feels great 🙂

Avon in pout. I love this colour. When you dont really want a colour on your lips but you want them to feel nice and give your make up a bit of a boost this is what you want. In my opinion…its awesome 🙂

Colour trend concealer in light. It works really well, sometimes it is quite easy to put a little too much on but again with a light hand it does everything that you want and need it to.

Colour trend in sequin i love the colour however i do find it hard to match it with anything. So with other makeup or clothes it can be a little difficult.

Colour trend in pink sunrise, i’m not really sure on the naming of this particular colour as it is more of a nude shade, this can cling to dry bits quite a lot so maybe it would be better if you apply a lip balm or something first.

Finally true colour eyeshadow in vivid violet…i just don’t think that this works all that well.. The colours are really nice but they don’t go onto the brush very well and seems a little bit pointless in general.image

My only two products from Bourjois. I love this brand… I just dont love the price. It can be a little bit of a nightmare when your favorite products are expensive but anyway, My red lipstick that i adore and waterproof black eyeliner. Does everything you need it too.image

These are two products that i got from The Body shop one is a mascara and the other is to help get rid of spots that are threatening to take over my face. It is a tea tree gel that stings like a mother when you put it on  but i think that is just a sign that it is working 🙂 The mascara is really good and it is the one i am using the most at the moment.image

These are a company called B. From Superdrug. Its all animal cruelty free and i am all up for that. I know that i am just one person but if i can make the conscious effort to buy more stuff that is better morally, i will do.

So this is the foundation that i use at the moment. There isn’t much left and the bottle is in a bit of a mess but i guess that just goes to show that its loved 🙂 The colour is rose ivory and that sits on my face perfectly. Not too heavy and matches my skin color pretty much exactly, which is what you want out of a foundation 🙂

Next there is a lipgloss in smokey pink. The colour is really good i just don’t dig lip glosses that much. I only got this because there was a special offer on at the time buy one B product and get another one free. I don’t know why this took my fancy over everything else but it did and well that’s now history.

At the front there you can see my gel eyeliner in black. It came with a little brush which wasn’t really that good. So i have replaced that and although it is better i’m still not enjoying it very much. It may be that way as i am still not used to using gel liners all that much.image

So yea that’s all my own beauty products i hope you have enjoyed reading and i hope to hear any comments or quesstion’s down below.

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