Saturday, 29 June 2013

All Used Up, Baby #1

I've seen this sort of thing on quite a few blogs that I follow so I thought I'd give it a bash. As I said in my last post I want to give myself a few 'core' posts that I can come back to time and again, so if this is a hit, it might become a regular thing. All items are linked to Boots or Superdrug.

Alright, let's get this show on the road. I tried out the Nivea In-shower Body Moisturiser Skin Conditioner this morning, and I've got to say I was quite impressed. I tend to get dry patches of skin dotted about on my arms, and when I dried myself off they were nowhere to be seen. It's now 4PM and the dry patches are slightly visible, but this has worked a lot better than I expected. 
Would I repurchase? I would definitely buy it again if I was going on holiday, as I think it's a nice thing to add when you don't want a heavy moisturiser. 

I've worked my way through the Garnier Simply Essentials Soothing Toner simply because I couldn't justify buying a new toner until this was all gone. I am quite the newbie when it comes to toner, and I'm not sure if I was just expecting a bit more from this product. I really wanted to like it, but I don't think it's made a difference whatsoever.
Would I repurchase? No. There's too many toners out there for me to choose from to go back to this.

Garnier InvisiMineral 48hr Non Stop Anti-Perspirant Calm - what a mouthful - was an awful product for me. I really hated it. I have quite sensitive skin, so I thought this might be good for it but boy, was I mistaken. I physically couldn't finish the tube as it was making my underarms all red and itchy, which isn't a good look.
Would I repurchase? Noooo.

Well, don't I sound like a negative Nancy? Luckily, Original Source Daily Scrub is next and I really loved this. The smell was wonderful, the 'strength' of the scrub was perfect, I really did use it every day and I didn't need to worry about hurting my skin. I always come back to Original Source as there always tends to be a special edition or a 'flavour' I haven't tried. 
Would I repurchase? I already have a Lemon body wash waiting for me in the shower!

I really wish I'd had more samples of this to try, as the L'Oreal Hair Expertise EverRiche Nourishing and Taming Shampoo seemed really promising to me. I do love L'Oreal's haircare ranges, as there always tends to be something for me and my barnet. My hair did feel slightly nourished, but as I'd just dyed the ends of my hair, I suspect it would be better for less abused hair. My hair didn't put up as much of a struggle to brush through though, so that can only be a good thing.
Would I repurchase? Yes, if only out of curiosity.

As soon as I saw my Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Gel was running low, I hit panic mode. I have used this religiously for years as my mix of sensitive, oily and dry skin really need looking after. The gel really sinks in so easily, and that is why I prefer this to the cream.
Would I repurchase? Already have, baby. 

So that's it for one month. 
If you could suggest a better toner for me, I would be hugely grateful! 

Chelsea x

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Wondering on Wednesdays.

I don't know about you, but I tend to do all my thinking in the shower. You know how it is, you're lathering your hair up and your mind just tends to wander. Anyways, in my most recent shower, I was thinking about whether I should start blogging about my favourite products or what I've used up or something along those lines. I'd like to do a regular post, as I think that will help me become more consistent with my blogging, instead of disappearing for weeks on end and then coming back with a load of nonsense. 

So, in the shower, I thought I'd do a weekly post on a Wednesday. Sadly, I had my shower about eight hours ago and since then I have forgotten what the Wednesday post would be about. Wednesday Wonders? Wednesday empties? Wednesday 'I've-just-gotta-tell-you-about-this'? I've no idea. I'm pretty sure I thought it was the best idea ever, but alas, it is lost forever.

Still wanting to gain some consistency, I decided I would still blog today and I can tell you all about my new sunnies! You may have noticed that I am a spectacle wearer, and I'm pretty damn short-sighted. Basically that means if I don't wear my glasses I have to squint at everything, and that ain't an attractive look. I've never had prescription sunglasses before but seeing as I'm currently learning to drive, I thought it would be a good idea to get some so that I can eventually drive and see in the sunshine!

I tried to get a nice photo but I still don't understand my cameras settings. Every time the image looks perfect a green light flashes and it won't let me take it?! Help!
Aren't they pretty? They're Red or Dead frames and I really love them. You can't see it so well, but the red splodges should be roses. I quite like colourful frames, my first non-child glasses where purple and my current ones are like ombre purple, and I've also dabbled in a tortoiseshell style and lastly navy. Phew. I thought you might want to see some action shots of me wearing the glasses so I immediately dragged the family out for some 'quality' time taking pictures of me together.

As it turns out, I don't really photograph well, so I thought I better fill up some space with my cute boy and dog. I don't know if you can tell, but I also tried, and failed, to lighten the ends of my hair a bit more. I'm not sure if it's because my hair had previously been dyed, or if it was just rubbish but something went wrong. Ah, well.

If you've got any ideas of a weekly/monthly/fortnightly post I could do to gain some stability, please let me know! 

Chelsea x

Monday, 24 June 2013

Festival Wishlist!

Although I'm not a total festival novice, I definitely feel like I need to get my act together and find some goodies to take with me. It's not too bad though, as unlike the lucky lot that are going to Glasto at the weekend (which is ridiculous as I live twenty minutes away!!!) or have been to the Isle of Wight festival, my festival isn't until mid September. Plenty of shopping time, I hope!

So yes, I need to get my butt in gear as we don't even have a tent yet. Of course, this isn't going to be a tent wishlist, although I'm sure someone out there might enjoy that, right? As the festival I'm attending, Festival Number 6, isn't til later on, I'm hoping that we get another one of those 'Indian Summers' and the weather isn't too bad. (I hate to brag, but isn't that a corker of a lineup?!)

I already have some ankle wellies, but really, if the mud goes past my ankle I'll be pretty screwed. I have been looking at the holy grail of wellies - Hunters - and although I would love a pair of these, they are a bit out of my price range. For the sake of the wishlist, I have included them as, well, what's the point of a wishlist if you don't have something extremely out of your budget?! Don't you just love that minty shade?

So, as I already have some clothes, I didn't want to bore you with things like tshirts and nightwear - as it gets so bloody cold, even if it's been 25 degrees during the day, and even colder if it's been raining - and have only included things that I don't really have. This pinafore is so on trend right now, and I desperately need one for my wardrobe. Like a trouper, I have a nice grey knitted pinafore but that really shouldn't be part of anybody's summer attire. I really love the light denim and the button detailing, which I think makes it look more expensive than it really is. You've gotta love Primark, amiright?

The jumper is also from Primark, all accessible via ASOS of course, and I really, really love it. At £8 it's a bloody steal as well! I imagine it's quite thin, so it would be perfect for throwing on over a vest top if you think the weather is a bit murky and easily removed if the sun shows up. Plus it has everyone's favourite mice on, so that makes it doubly essential in my opinion! 

H&M are good for so many basic items, so if Primark fails me in any department, I know I can head there for something roughly the same price and slightly better quality. I really love the aztec feel to these shorts, and they would go perfectly well with a jacket I already have. Plus, I love that the colours are quite dark, so if you fell over in the mud - it could happen! - then it's slightly less noticeable. A good trait to have when going to a festival, yes?

Would any festival wardrobe be complete without a floral headband or crown? I think not, so I've gone for this burgundy number. I love being a bit awkward, and as summer is generally pastel shades and whatnot, I thought this would really vamp it up a bit. Plus, I think I'd look like a bit of a wally with lemon roses on my head, and slightly less so with this lovely wine shade. Speaking of pastels, I had to give these Happy Socks a nod, as they do some superb socks. They're a Swedish brand, and I really love their wacky patterns. 

So there we have my basic 'starter pack' guide to festival attire. Like I said at the start, I'm not a novice and hardly an expert, but I think these would all make a nice contribution to my wardrobe anyways...

Did I miss off anything essential? Let me know!

Chelsea x

Thursday, 20 June 2013

Book lovin'

Okay, so I've been missing for a few days, but never fear as I have returned! I've just come back from a short and sweet trip to London, so expect to hear more about that in another post when it isn't looming at bedtime o'clock. I wanted to do this little 'this or that' tag as a way to let you all know that I am alive. Unless you follow me on twitter or instagram, in which case I have been updating a hellova lot more than blogger. I'm gunna blame blogger, as it goes mental on my phone app and I hate using it.

I'm deviating, back to the tag! I found this on Callie Rose and was immediately drawn to it. I love how much books reveal about a person - probably why I'm studying Publishing at university...


Audio books or books in hand?
Books in hand, for sure. I have no idea when I would listen to an audio book, maybe on the train I guess. I used to have Winnie the Pooh on tape, but that's going waaay back!

Soft or hard cover?
I really don't mind this, although if it is a series I like them all to be the same.

Fantasy or real life?
Hmm, probably fiction as I'm not one for autobiographies - well, until Morrissey gets his book out :D

Harry Potter or Twilight?
No, just no.

Kindle, iPad or other?
I have an iPad but I hate reading books on it. I love turning pages and having a real life bookmark. Also, one of my modules was about how evil kindles are and it just makes me hate amazon more.

Borrow or buy?
Um, both? I used to love visiting the library, and I love lending my books to others. Sharing is caring!

Book store or online?
As you may have guessed, I'm not one to order from amazon. I really love book stores, and I think everyone should have a favourite! If you're ever in London you should visit the Big Green Bookstore as it is amazing, and they do comedy nights and book signings and other cool booky stuff.

Standalone or series?
I really enjoy getting to know a character and going on a 'journey' with them. I also enjoy putting a book down and knowing that I don't have to wait half a year to find out what happens next.

Monster read or short and sweet?
I love books of all sizes, I don't discriminate! Haha Angela Carter is a pro at short stories, so she is probably my favourite short story writer - her and Beatrix Potter!

Starry eyes or full of action?
What does starry eyes even mean? Like, day dreamy? I like a book I can follow, so probably somewhere in between. I don't really like it when all the action happens in the last ten pages, mind!

Curl up in your snuggie or lay in the sun?
Curl up, more than likely, but that's due to the lack of sun we have in dear old Blighty.

Hot chocolate or latte?
Tea or hot chocolate, I think. It depends if I have to make it!

Read the review or decide for yourself?
I love reading Becky's reviews, and because of her I am currently reading The Hundred-year-old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared. Other than that, I usually pick up books for myself because I fancy reading them or I know the author - not personally, for shames.

So there we have it! Some stuff about books! Feel free to also do this tag if you're a book lover or maybe even if you hate books, I bet that'd be a spicy read ;)

Chelsea x

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Silent & Grey - OOTD

It is safe to say that I have had a bit of a stressful time. I honestly thought that I would have to leave the blogging world behind as I felt that I had so much to 'fix' in my actual life. Luckily, I have had a bit of good news so I won't dwell too much on the bad things and hopefully this stage will pass. Or something to that effect!

I also wanted to show you that I caved in and dip-dyed my hair. I was quite surprised that my hair is still in quite nice condition, but I'm guessing that's more to do with the conditioner I'm using as it took a hell of a lot of bleachy nastiness! As well as showing off my hair, I thought I might as well sneak an outfit post in as I've been wanting to branch out and show you a few things. I was going to dig out my Summer Clothes from my little storage box, but it seems the weather has turned grey again and now I can't look summery without also looking shivery. This is so typical for me, as I actually ordered myself some fancy prescription sunglasses and now it looks like we won't have anymore sun for a loooong time!

I do love an awkward pose, my hands look veeery strange! However, this is pretty much the only decent enough photo with my newly dyed hair in it. Honestly, in one photo I look a bit like a chipmunk so it's probably best that I didn't include that one. My dress is from H&M and I can't for the love of god find it on their website but there is a lot similar and I think it might still be in store.

What I really love about this dress is that the design is dyed on to each dress individually, so no two dresses are the same! Pretty cool, right? I also like how the fabric lies on me, as I'm a bit... lumpy... and this seems to hide it well.

So, a little outfit post for you guys, hope you like it! :)

Saturday, 8 June 2013

Dove Summer Glow - a review

 *warning, if you don't want to see some really awful leg photos, look away!*

Now, I don't really do review posts - well, I did a book review but that's not really the same thing. With the British weather being a temperamental old thing, I wasn't sure how much sun we would be getting this summer. So I thought I would try Dove's Summer Glow Nourishing Lotion. 

I've got to be honest, I've been using gradual tanners on and off for about six years, and I think this is my first time of using Dove, which claims to be the "No. 1 Gradual Self Tan Body Lotion in the UK". A big claim, if you ask me, but did it deliver?

With flash, I think it just makes me look a bit dirty...
Well, no. No it did not. On so many levels, it really didn't. First of all my legs look awful, it looks so slapdash, and even worse when I had a shower it pretty much came off onto my fluffy white towel. I'm pretty sure it isn't meant to do that, and even so I didn't have a shower straight after applying it, I had it much later on the evening. Another problem was that it was sticky and smells like biscuits. Not good when you're on a diet and all you can smell is biscuits! Hell, I'm not even a biscuity kind of gal, and this was torture! The fact that it was sticky was another huge problem for me, it claims that it will sink in and nourish your skin, but for me it just sat on top and created a horrible residue. 

Yes, that is a circle of untanned skin. How is that even possible?
I really wish I had waited for the sun to come out to tan my legs, as now I am quite ashamed to have them out in public to tan properly due to the patchiness. I can honestly say that with my history of using gradual tan this has never happened to me, even when I was a lather-it-on-like-no-tomorrow teenager. 

Obviously, a lot of people will disagree with this, if it really is the UK's favourite, so I feel doubly worse that it has been so bad for me. 

Have you tried Dove Summer Glow? Is there a gradual tanner you'd recommend?

Chelsea x

Thursday, 6 June 2013

Another Thankful Thursday!

Hello everyone, just a bit of a quick post today really as it isn't going to be Thursday much longer! I've got to say the good weather has influenced my mood massively and I feel thankful for quite a lot.

- getting more good feedback at uni 
- Dylan and his crazy bathtime hair
- bbqing in the sunshine
- baking cakes that I can eat, feel like I haven't done this in a while
- landing myself the role of editorial assistant for a university journal - a highly coveted role! 
- having another successful driving lesson, really helps with the confidence building
- being able to get my legs out in summery clothes
- doing one bit of exercise which clearly means I'm totally gunna do more, right?

So yeah, I'm thankful for all of that really. I'm pretty sure I've missed something out so no doubt I will wake up at 3am and remember haha :)

Hope you've had a great week, I'd love to hear about it!

Chelsea x

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

A Homely Wishlist.

Now that uni has finished for summer, I'm sure most students are jumping for joy at the idea of four months off (or longer if you've completed your final year!) I, on the other hand, am a complete bore and the idea of having nothing to do for four months fills me with dread. I've been looking for a job to fill up some time, but that search has been a bit fruitless.

Of course, when trailing on the internet to find a job, I have been sidetracked and looking at ideas I would love for our home. Semi-inspired by the wonderful Amy of Cocktails in Teacups, I have decided to do a little room-themed wishlist. The room I wanted to focus on for this post, is the bedroom. Since we moved here (many months ago) our bedroom has been rather neglected and constantly looks a mess as half of our storage is still in, erm.. storage. 

Storage Boxes | Vase | Cushion Cover | Bowl all from Wilkinsons
 Okay, so I numbered these and I'm not entirely sure why. I never usually think of buying homely things from Wilkos, as I tend to only pop in there for really odd things like curtain hooks or to buy a cheap bottle of pop while in town - I'm such a class act. I'm really quite impressed with what they have to offer so maybe I'll give them a chance when I get to decorate!

The first item is the glorious storage boxes which would be ideal for putting make up and hair things in. My nail varnishes currently live in the Pearl Lowe designed Glossy Box so I think these patterns would blend in quite nicely. I actually love most of the designs for these boxes, but picked these as they match my bedding. The little pink vase is very cute and I would love to have that in our room. We have a fake fireplace thing in our bedroom, without the fireplace (does that even make sense?) so I think it would sit nicely on the top of the mantle.  The cushion cover is just lovely and reminds me of the art deco trend that's flying about at the moment. I do like the little bowl, but I'm not exactly sure if it would fit with the other items. Or what I'd do with it, but I guess that would depend on the size.

Saturday, 1 June 2013

Book Club #1 The Pirates! In an Adventure with Moby Dick

Now, I don't know about you but I have some serious love for The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists. I love the film so much, when I found out there were a series of books I knew I needed to buy them. The film is aimed at children, but the books definitely are definitely not one for the kids. There isn't swearing or anything sexual but the writing is is just too witty and I'm sure it would get lost on my toddler or even on my younger brothers!

The Pirate Captain and his luxurious beard
I would really recommend reading reading the first book The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists as it is completely different to the film. I mean seriously, the only connection is the fact that Charles Darwin is in it. It actually shocked me how different the film and book were, but I guess I probably need to get a life! 

This is the version I have, quite pretty.
Okay, so back to In an Adventure with Moby Dick. Gideon Defoe really does have a wonderful writing style, and throughout the book there are little sleeve notes to tell you exactly what a Sea Sponge is or why Victorian men would hold doors open for ladies. In an Adventure with Moby Dick kicks off where the first book left off and joins the Pirates as they're bobbing about in the ocean, bored out of their wits. I'm sure Piracy was an exciting life by all means, but once you've plundered some ships or spent a few weeks in tropical paradise, it all tends to get a bit samey. Due to their busy lifestyle, the Pirates decide to buy a new boat from Cutlass Liz - who is as deadly as she is beautiful - and this is where the madness begins. 

Obviously, I don't want to give too much away here, but I really loved this book. There are five in the series and I'm definitely going to buy book three, four and five! What I love about these books is that I can pretty much pick them up after not reading for a few days and just sink back into it. It was a perfect book to read on my commuting to uni, although I did embarrass myself with giggling a few times. As a busy mum/student hybrid, I really don't get to read as much as I like, so I really appreciate a book that can fit around my life.

Okay, so that was my sort of first book review! 
What did you think? Are you gunna sing a shanty or two?

Chelsea x
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