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Cleaning a Beauty Blender in the Microwave?

I’ve tried everything, EVERYTHING, to try to efficiently¬†clean my beauty blenders in the past, but I never thought I would resort to using my microwave.

Today I’m testing a new hack in which you clean your beauty blender by putting it in the microwave.

I saw a few different pages testing this hack on Instagram, but still felt a little sceptical as it all looked too easy, so decided to try it for myself.

I grabbed my oldest beauty blender, a Primark Beauty Blender, as I didn’t want to try this using my Real Techniques Beauty Blender just in case it went wrong, a glass and some liquid dish soap.

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I filled up the glass about halfway with some water, added roughly a teaspoon of soap and mixed it together.

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I then placed my beauty blender inside the glass and put this into the microwave for 1 minute – with the microwave at 650W.

Upon taking it out of the microwave, I was surprised to see that the water had changed colour, but assumed that was just due to the quality of the beauty blender. It also didn’t look particularly clean either.

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Regardless, I emptied the pink water and ran the sponge through some cold water until it had cooled down. In case you do try this, be aware that the beauty blender will be VERY HOT, so don’t try to squeeze all the hot water out straight away, or even after only running it through cold water for a few seconds as you will still get burned – trust me.

After this, the beauty blender did actually look much cleaner. It wasn’t perfect but it was a lot better than before.

Here are some before and after pictures, bearing in mind the obvious size change.

Overall, this wasn’t too bad. It was pretty quick and didn’t require anything that I didn’t already have in the house. It might not have done the best job, and I don’t know how great Fairy Liquid is for your skin, but it’s definitely cleaner than it was before.

If anyone gives it a go, let me know how it went for you.

P.S Try not to burn yourself ūüôā

xoxo

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Organisation

How to Stay Organised

Hey there,

It can be difficult trying to stay organised in such a busy world. I’ve been going between using the calendar app on my phone, to writing it down in a notebook, to creating my own journal, to sticking post-it notes everywhere. I think I’ve finally found what works for me though, and I’m going to share it with you. However, people deal with a busy schedule in many different ways, so I know this might not work for everyone.

1. Go Shopping

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Okay, so I don’t recommend you spend too much on this, especially considering¬†you might only be feeling motivated for a couple of days. A simple pound shop visit will suffice. Grab yourself a planner/diary that has a page for every day, even better¬†if you can find one with a page for each day and a monthly overview page also.

While you’re there, stock up on coloured pens, highlighters, stickers etc., anything that’ll get¬†you in the mood for organisation.

2. Time

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Set aside some time to set up this journal, and then find a bit of time every day to just sit for a minute, think about what you need to do for that day/ the next day and write it down in your journal. Consider having different colours to represent different things, for example, you can see in mine that I used the first page to create a key, with a different colour for different aspects of my life. Remember, this doesn’t have to be perfectly neat regardless of how much you may want it to be, so don’t get caught up on any mistakes you might¬†make. This is for your eyes only to scribble down any thought you might have.

3. Goals

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Each morning I like to set different goals for the day, considering different tasks that I want to have achieved by the end of that day. This is a great way to motivate yourself to get the things that you need to do done.

4. Maintenance

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Take your new journal everywhere with you, and a set of the appropriate¬†pens. Try your best to keep up with your journal, filling it in every time a new event/plan occurs. This will be so beneficial to keeping you stress-free and will ensure you don’t miss out on anything.

5. Chill

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Always make sure to give yourself some time. You might get carried away with filling in your journal, making sure every second of every day is filled with you doing something, which is great in a way as you will make the most of your time. However, it is so important that you leave yourself some time in the day, whether that’s the morning or just before bed, to relax, and have a minute, preferably an hour, just to yourself. This is more important than anything else to keep you from getting stressed. Leave yourself some time to chill, read a book or watch a film and just relax – because you deserve it.

 

Hope this helps someone, and I hope I actually manage to keep this journal filled in myself for one.

xoxo

 

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A Year On (ish)

Hey there,

I’m pretty sure I told myself that I was going to stick to this blog, with new posts every few days. Evidently not. I’m generally not very good at sticking to things, which is probably why I’m still planning on starting a diet tomorrow, something I’ve told myself practically every¬†day of my life. And I’ll make an empty promise again to try and stick to it now, but I think we both know that’ll never happen.

Regardless of the fact nobody has actually asked for an insight into my life, I’m going to tell you anyway. I’ve spent that last few weeks looking at the people around me, noticing how much they’ve all changed – mostly for the better – in this past year, realising that I haven’t changed in the slightest. They’re all working harder, in preparation¬†for final exams, after just finishing their ‘going out every night’ phase, which I’ve never had. They’re all in very stable relationships, while I’ve spent the year flitting between a guy who constantly breaks my heart, and a guy who’s far too good for me. You get the picture. But today, rather than dwelling on the not-so-great things, I decided to reflect upon the good things. Okay so I may not have been on any reckless nights out, but my grades couldn’t be any better right now. I might not be in a relationship, but I’ve realised that you don’t need a relationship to be happy, and I’ve just stopped letting myself get hurt by the same guy every time, and yet always going back to him to let him do it again. I’ve got a job, that pays well. I’ve got friends that stick by me no matter what stupid things I do. This isn’t me boasting about my life, cause it’s far from perfect. This is me telling you to stop for a second. Don’t compare your life to anyone else’s. You are in control of your own happiness, nobody else. And nobody else should have a hold over who you are.

I hope anyone reading this is doing well, and if not, know that you can change that. You are in control.

xoxo

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Testing out Poundland Matt(e) Lip Colour

170854¬†I’m a sucker for a good Matte Lipstick, and also pretty broke. I’d read a couple of reviews online for Poundland’s Make Up Gallery Matt Lip Colour and they mostly seemed pretty positive which honestly surprised me for such an affordable lip product. So I headed down to my local Poundland and bought the lip colour in my preferred shade which was this nude colour with arguably a slightly pink undertone. In case you were wondering, it was only ¬£1. Immediately I appreciated how it didn’t look outstandingly cheap – as if only bought from a pound shop. Upon opening it, I noticed the delightful scent of a vanilla like flavour which increased the appeal of the product as t may be expected for such a cheap product to smell quite chemically and off-putting but this was quite the opposite.

I used a lip scrub before I began to get the best results I could when testing this product.

I first tested it without anything else on my lips.

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It had a very creamy, thick consistency but actually looked quite thin when applied and so I felt a few layers were required to do the product justice. True to it’s name, it did have a matte finish but not the kind where you had to wait for it to set which I do like but they take much longer whereas this was fortunately just instant. As this is something that didn’t have to set, I fell like it wore off relatively quickly compared to other brands I’ve worn. However, they were all at least ¬£10 and considering this was 10% at the most of those other products, it wouldn’t exactly break the bank if you had to reapply this throughout the day.

I also tried this lip colour but with a lip pencil underneath first as a base.

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I felt like this meant that I didn’t need to apply as much of the product to begin with and it also meant that it lasted a bit longer throughout the day so I would recommend using a lip pencil with this product if you have one. I used one of the ¬£1 Primark Lip pencils in the closest shade to the Matte Lip Colour that I could find in order to keep this all cheap. Despite the price, I thought both products did an incredible job, especially together.

But you can judge for your self, would you buy this product? Even if you’e insure I personally believe it’s worth it considering how affordable it is.

Let me know if you try it and what you think of it and if you have any other products that you would recommend/ think I should try.

Thanks,

xoxo

Fashion

Primark Longline Duster Jacket Coat

After finishing all six seasons of Gossip Girl within the space of about 2 weeks, I was greatly inspired by the glamorous lifestyle and high-end outfits worn by all of the characters throughout the show. Not only was I inspired to dress ‘better’, it also lead me to getting a job so I could actually afford all of the new clothes I wanted. Of course, no job at my age at least could help me to buy all the Valentino dresses and Elie Saab¬†coats I desired. So, I had to search for cheaper alternatives within my budget.

Primark has always been a favourite of mine. This is due to the incredible prices and pretty great quality of clothes. Of course, it is no Dolce and Gabbana but I believe it is great considering the affordable prices. For example, I have been buying the same leggings for years from there which are currently ¬£2.50. One may argue that if I bought from a different brand and spent more money on them then I wouldn’t have to buy as many pairs but I generally can’t afford to branch out on a pair of leggings which are usually worn as lounge wear anyway.

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One item that I’d been saving up for was the¬†Longline Duster Jacket Coat which was ¬£25 in my store. As clich√© as this may sound, I fell in love with the coat the second I saw it, found my size and proceeded to the changing rooms.

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With around ¬£2.40 in my pocket, I knew I was torturing myself but I just couldn’t restrain. Taking it off the hanger, I put the coat on and felt the wealthy, powerful feeling I’d been waiting for. It all seems a little extreme for a coat but I stupidly believe it changed my life. I got home and searched the house for spare bits of change: under the couches, in old bags, coat pockets. I managed to scrape together roughly ¬£11 which was still ¬£14 from what I needed. On my search however, I did find an old¬†20 dollar bill from a trip to New York and so, on my way to Primark, stopped at the exchange shop and bagged myself a further ¬£14.67. I didn’t feel like the shop assistant would appreciate ¬£11 of my money being in 5ps and 10ps so I took my money to the bank and put it on my card to pay like that. I got to the shop, found the coat section and of course, the jackets were there, but my size wasn’t. Devastated. Truly devastated. In my desperation after coming so far, I got on the train and went to the next closest store which was 3 stories more that my closest Primark. I arrived and lo and behold it was there! I ran (not literally obviously – store rules and everything) to the checkout and bought the coat, ripped off the tags and wore if immediately. I glided through town, coat on, Starbucks in hand, feeling on top of the world.

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You may not even think it looks that good on me and frankly, I’d agree. But, considering how I felt wearing it, I don’t think that really matters.

If you haven’t gathered – I would highly recommend this coat. Not only is it affordable (for most) and stylish, it may also make you feel as great as I did. If this isn’t your style, then my message to you is this:

Find something you love, something that inspires you and makes you feel like a better, stronger person and fight for it until it is yours because, honestly, nothing beats a bit of happiness.

xoxo

Seasonal · Uncategorized

Easter

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So it’s finally the day for the failure of diets, time with friends and family and reflection upon the real reason for Easter for some of us. However, to most it’s just another excuse to eat chocolate and is one of the very few days where it’s acceptable to eat a Creme Egg for breakfast (I’m not complaining).

Sadly, it is also leading to the end of the selling period of Mini Eggs for this year which just so happen to be my favourite of all Easter delicacies so I’m going to stock up while I can. I recommend the same to you as well but maybe on quality time with those important to you – rather than small, ovular pieces of chocolate (or both). It can be rare sometimes for us to really appreciate the people in our lives and lately I’ve realised that you don’t truly understand what you have until you lose it. So I advise you to really cherish these moments – whether with family or friends or whoever you love in your life. Easter is one of the perfect times for this as it is a reason to meet up and eat loads of chocolate – what more could you want?

So that’s it from me for this entry, have a happy, safe and holy (if you celebrate for religious reasons) Easter and I’ll see you soon.

xoxo

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Welcome

Hey!

Okay so I’ll be honest, this may just be my latest thing or niche if you will just to keep me going in life. Alternately, this could be the beginning of a future and I guess no body really knows what’s gonna happen. This is basically just going to be about the three most important F’s – Fashion, Friends, and Fu…n times with makeup (I may have pushed the boat out a little for that last one). I’ll essentially be posting things that have inspired me or that I just admire, as well as a couple of life stories incase anyone needs anything to read to make them feel like their own life is better.

I hope you stick around for whatever this becomes, thanks!

xoxo

p.s I’m totally stealing that from Gossip Girl (sorrynotsorry)