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Beauty Fave's

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I'm not really the most richest person, but what money I have I like to buy really affordable beauty products! So these are my best buys so far: 


The Body Shop slection from left: Body Shop facial brush, Body Shop Vitamin E Facial wash and Body Shop warming mineral mask.

I really love using the vit e face wash, I use it with the facial brush my skin feels really nice and refreshed after using it. I don't have really bad acne prone skin, however I have really big pores and I wouldn't say this combo combats it. Ideally I would love to try out the Foreo Luna with this face wash and see if that could help. I've heard so many great things about the Foreo, sadly I'm not able to afford it as it's almost £200!
Foreo Luna
The warming mineral mask is amazing; I was super doubtful when trying this but I quickly changed my mind when I put the first bit of warmness silky-clay on me' face! It was such a bizarre feeling, but it was really relaxing I mostly use once a week when I want a bath. It kinda leaves a kinda grey cast on your face after but a good moisturiser will get rid of it.  

Mixed selection from left: homemade face moisturiser, Garnier Miscellar cleansing water and St Ives apricot scrub invigorating
I'm really unlucky when it comes to finding something that suits my skin type, I have both oily/dry skin, it's usually really oily around my T zone and dry around my mouth. So I decided that I would make my own; I'm still testing it out but so far it's been amazing! I'm going to give you a sneak peek into its ingredients: it has both Aloe Vera and Vitamin E toner. This potion I have made has left me with a super moisturised face, and it feels softer and a hell of a lot firmer! I will be giving a more detailed update in up and coming weeks! A dream buy would be Kiehl's Ultra Face Moisturiser but I also can't afford that =(, I tested it last month and I completely adored how it felt, it felt like having a primer on my face! 


I'm just going to say wow, where has miscellar water been my whole life?!? Until now I've been using face wipes *hides face in shame* which as you all know it's not particularly good. I've been using miscellar water for about a week now and I'm amazed of how soft it leaves my face; it's literally like washing your face with water, except it actually gets eye makeup off!!! I don't think I will ever go back to anything else! I bough this at Boots for £3.42 it was on special offer it's really nice size too for what you get. Can I say that the packaging is so beautiful too, reminds me off an actual water bottle but don't drink this one! My last beauty fave is St Ives facial scrub, I've been using this since I was about 16 and I love it, I've never used anything else so it's hard to compare it to anything else. It's really good at smoothing out my face and exfoliating it. I recently came back from my holiday and unfortunately my tan began to peel =( I used this to help get rid of my peeling skin! So those are my top beauty faves!! Also if anyone knows anything to shrink pores let me know =)

The Explorer

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             The Explorer

The Explorer by zowealice featuring watercolour paintings


Tis' the season to travel, (if you have the money of course) and I'm going to talk you through finding your dream destination, booking,  packing process, traveling and exploring the country! Here are my best tips when going it alone:  


What's the perfect place to Explore?

So you've been working your ass off for months to save for a holiday and now you want to choose where exactly you want to go. The best way to choose is to make sure you're aware of your budget, how long you want to stay and how you would like to travel there. The best thing to do right now is to research, research and research!  If you want a cheapish holiday, but still want a good time maybe type in your search engine 'cheap holidays'. Once you've found a reasonable place to go for the price, say you've chosen Berlin, Germany; you now have to note what exactly you want to get from your holiday; do you want to party? Relax? Explore a different culture? All the above? Research more into what your destination can give you, if none of the criteria fits then it's not the holiday for you. Let's say that yes, Berlin is exactly what you want and you want to explore and party.



Make that booking

Time to book, maybe think about either booking through a holiday agency to find all inclusive deals  or do a little more research maybe find a room to rent for your stay. Most of the time it's cheaper than staying in a hotel. If you think you're barely going to be at your accommodation, why not try a hostel? So you've decided not to go through a holiday agency and you've booked a flight for £65 and found a room to rent for one week. You need to decide how you will get to your accommodation wether by coach, asking the owners' of accommodation to pick you up or get a good ole' taxi.  I would say since you've found a reasonable flight and accommodation, why not treat yourself to a taxi ride!


Packing Away your life

As you've decided on how long you're staying on holiday your suitcase should more or less mirror that. If you're staying a week up to 10 days, maybe having a small suitcase would do you. But If you're staying for two weeks a medium sized suitcase, only and I mean only if you're staying 4-6 weeks take a large suitcase. Under no circumstances should you be packing a large suitcase for one week! Large suitcases can put you in danger of being overweight when checking-in, please be careful as being a kilogram over may cost you up to £20 pounds!!
So you've decided to bring a small suitcase and one reasonable size hand luggage, well done! Now here's how to know what to pack; know the sort of weather you're going into, you don't want to pack t-shirts and shorts and it's freezing! So research into the current weather and pick clothes that are suitable! Don't pack 4 pairs of similar shoes, try to pack a variety of things that you can wear on many occasions. For example you have a lovely little black dress that can be worn out casually or to party, accessorising outfits is key! Remember less is more!



Travelling 

So you're nearly there all you have to do is get to the airport and on that plane! Make sure you know how you are getting there, travel blunders aren't that great! If you're booking a cab/taxi make sure you book in advance, also if you're slumming it and taking transport be sure to miss rush hour, you definitely do not want to miss you're plane because the tube was late!! And please do not forget to bring your passport and ticket! Key note: always and I mean always check to make sure your passport has not expired before you book a holiday!



OK, time to Explore
You're finally here, you've made it to Berlin now you want to explore and party, but you're not sure how?!? Think about the way you'd like to travel around, do you want to rent a car, a bike, take local transport. I would least recommend taking a taxi as it will make exploring very limited as you're relying on someone else. Which ever you choose establish you have the correct documents and money at hand! So you've chosen to use transport, now get familiar with using a map! Since everyone these days has smartphones, ensure you've got googlemaps app! I'm sure googlemaps has saved a couple lives already. Another app which may come of use is a translator app, they may not be the best but you can ask simple questions when the going gets tough! The last thing you want is to be totally flabbergasted with the inability to communicate to others! Remember english isn't everyone's first language! Now once we've got over that maybe make a to-do list of what you want to do everyday, be realistic don't list ten things you want to check off, recognise that you will get lost a few times and you won't be able to do everything because of it. Instead list a few things you can achieve within the day; go shopping, visit cathedrals and then at night, party!  Here's a few suggestions of things to do: find out more about culture in that area; try local delicacies, visit museums, go on embarrassing tours! Just don't get yourself bored! Try and make a friend when you go out, it might be helpful to ask them good places to go!

All in all just try to enjoy yourself, it's a holiday so be free, be you and stay safe!



  
          





October/November Haul

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I usually never have any money whatsoever to do hauls and even this is a very small haul. So I begin with my first purchase of October, I blogged about it on my day with Grazia magazine but on that same day I bought a Zara perfume. The perfume is called Zara with Love, I actually smelt it at the beginning of the year but didn't have the money to buy it then. The bottle smells overly sweet with hints of romance and love, I know how can something smell like love and romance? But seriously it does, it smells like the sort of perfume you would wear on a date (inside secret: my boyfriend loves it). When it comes to buying high st perfumes, I literally only shop at Zara; they have the best non-designer scents ever! Zara with Love is also such a bargain at only £12.99 for 60ml!
Zara with Love


 Mid to ending of October I bought three Model's own beauty products, there was a special offer at their pop-up shop I think the deal was buy six items for £20, so me and my friend split it I bought three she bought her own three. I picked two nail varnishes and a mascara! I haven't bought nail varnishes in ages I think the last time was about a year and half ago maybe more. The last nail varnish I bought was a black Barry M one, but you could say I was in need of an update! I chose two very nude colours because they are very on trend at the moment and they look very luxxxxx ;) The two colours I got were Hyper Gel Naked Glow and Nude Beige they usually cost £4.99 so I think major bargain!!! To round off the deal I bought a mascara, right I haven't bought a mascara since 2010 (eeeekkk) I know I have broken the beauty no owning beauty products for more than a year code! Heck if I had money to throw away I would totally obey but poor ole me can't, but back to the story I bought the mascara and it's actually not that bad at all! It's called Mascara Big Brush and that is exactly what it is, it's really quite handy for really pushing the length of your eyelashes! The mascara is marketed at £5.99 so getting three products for ten pounds aint that bad at all!

Models Own mascara and nail varnishes 

As that day was sort of like a beauty product day I also got this Mac lipstick called Retro, I absolutely adore Mac lipsticks I now own five shades; retro is a really nice dark mauve colour, I initially went in for Velvet Teddy but I found it was quite similar to a colour I already have. I really love their matte range because I have big lips already I find glossed lipsticks make mine look very strange, so when I bought Retro I was slightly two sided because it's not matte but I was surprised how I could work it. To make it a bit more matte I add some eye shadow and bit of lip liner. All Mac lipsticks cost £15.50 but they are genuinely worth every penny!  
Mac lipstick Retro Shade
That was all the the things I bought for October, so bring on November Haul! I have been patiently awaiting the Alexander Wang X H&M collab since I heard about it in april, so fast forward to beginning of this month you could say I was sooooooooo excited! Now, even though I desperately wanted to buy something I am not by any means one of those people who would camp outside the stores until they open the door to chaos. HELL NO! So the next best thing is shopping online, now have in mind I've never bought any designer colabs from H&M before, so I didn't have a single clue what to expect while shopping online. I had a kind of idea what I wanted to buy and a few backup ideas too, so the night before the official launch day NOV 6th I set my alarm for 8.30 am, because of the excitement of the night before I slept through my alarm and awoke to a glorious 9.14 am! I shot up like a bolt of lightening and dashed to my computer. As soon as I got on the H&M site it kept crashing, I was literally like WTF!!! This was not what I was expecting at all so after an hour of refreshing and waiting very impatiently all the things I wanted were sold out
:( except my last option my yoga mat! So I bought it, it cost £39.99 but I was absolutely disappointed I couldn't get my first options which was the Wang scuba top and the Wang T-shirt dress. 

Alexander WangX H&M yoga mat

But I was really happy at least I was able to get my yoga mat! It's really great qualty and the case is amazing and just look at that strap! But anyway on the same day I went on Ebay just to see how much people were selling the other things I wanted,  I was quite depressed when I saw that scuba jumper was bidding at £100+ I even saw one for £250, my heart dropped so fast, I then checked out the t-shirt dress and that was fetching for £80+ and my heart dropped even further. Both the jumper and t-shirt were both selling for £34.99 so I was a bit defeated to see those scoring prices! Moving on since last year I've been pining for a pair of Nike Air Sky Hi Revolution, but they are as expected very very very very pricey at £110 for a pair, as you know I aint no rich bitch so I've been waiting for them to go down in the sale. So I got my chance on Nov 10th when I saw Office selling them at £66 but they only had them in a size 8, I'm a size 7 usually but I had read that the sizing were sometimes smaller so I went ahead and bought it. When these babies arrived I was soooooo happy that they only had a size 8 left because surprise surprise they fit perfectly! I'm actually in love with them, they are super comfortable and I've gone to work in them and worked all day and gives you that extra bit of height. My only problem was that they are white and it's such an effort to keep them that colour, thank god I've got baby wipes handy lol! 

Nike Sky Hi Revolution 
  
So last but not least I go back to Alexander Wang, as I was feeling super sad about not getting not a single item of clothing from one of fave designers; I was moaning about it one sad evening to my flat mate. Just to show her the sort of prices people were selling the merch as, I spotted the t-shirt dress selling for £45!!!! WTF!!! I literally just saw someone win that exact same one for £90 and I was like this has to be a mistake! With my friends approval I quickly bought the t-shirt and I'm still in shock that I actually scored it for £45 only a mere £10 more than the original selling price!!! I've got to say good things happen to those who wait! It looks soo amazing on and now I can finally say I own something from Alexander Wang... well two things actually! So that's it I've broken my bank and I won't be doing any shopping for a long time! 
Alexander WangX H&M T-shirt dress

Tell me what you think about my purchases?!?   

My session @Grazia Magazine with Holly Peacock!

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For me to tell you about this amazing experience I had today, I have to begin at the very beginning!
For the past few months I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect stepping stone job; the kinda job that will enable me to use my creative mind (I’m almost 99% sure I have), something I can boast to my family about (they don’t quite understand the dream I have) and of course something that is challenging yet enthralling… well lets just say I haven’t found it. I have spent months and months applying for the ‘perfect’ internships/job and have been pretty sadly unsuccessful with all my endeavours. All I’ve accumulated is a long list of rejection letters (if I even got one). So you could say I’ve been feeling sort of like a failure.
 FACT: I’ve been rejected more times than accepted and I should be a little callus but it still hurts none the less.

So fast forward my doom and gloom days to October 2nd, I thought I’d have a check up on a really good opportunity site for the youngins’ Go Think Big; from time to time I have a look sometimes I find really find great opportunities. So I think this is where I slot what Go Think Big is:

·      A website that was launched by o2 to help the next generation get jobs in the media industry: they work with big brands at BauerMedia Group like: Heat, Grazia, Mother and Baby etc.
·      They have jobs/internships/sessions with media brands (pretty awesome)  
·      All in all a great place to check out!
So back to the story on the 2nd of October I saw an opportunity to attend a session/talk at Grazia magazine with their social media community editor Holly Peacock (a position that didn’t exist until recently). So I thought ‘OMG I have to apply!!!!!!’ so I checked out how long I had left to apply (a great countdown clock GoThinkBig use on all their opportunities), I had 9 hours! So I quickly applied (not thinking I would get it because it was so last minute).

A few days had passed and I was speaking to my mum on the phone telling her how down I was feeling about my stagnant career. Then I heard a ping from my phone and I looked at it instantly I thought another email about getting 20% off something I can’t afford…but it wasn’t that at all! I looked at it and saw the words ‘Delighted’ (a word I haven’t heard in a while) ‘Offer’ and ‘Grazia’, that was it and I starting yelling down the phone to my mum who couldn’t quite make out through my screams and random Gollum noises I was making what I was so happy about. So I explained to her that no it’s not a job offer but a insight session at Grazia! So to speak it turned my frown upside down, it was just the thing I needed at that precise moment.
 After speaking to my mum I read the email clearly, one thing in particular that stood out in the email was this part:
I know it may seem slightly immature but that little line cheered me up so much, it felt like I had just received the golden ticket!

The days flew by and boom came the 14th (also my nephews birthday) and I was on my way to the event, I have to be honest I was slightly nervous it was almost like going to an interview. Arriving at Endeavour House was really exciting and going up to the 1st floor and meeting the secretary and getting my name ticked off was a little AMAZING! I was slightly late due to the fact of getting lost, but I sat down quietly and nervously meeting the other 18 girls who had also beaten out a few people for this chance! I sadly missed the icebreaker so I don’t know any of their names.
Then Holly started her presentation; she began with a mini biography noting she wasn’t a Londoner but a true Gordie and that she had went to university and what she had studied. She then gave us a little insight of how she got her job detailing all the paths she went down to get there.

A few things I learnt about Holly through her presenting herself to us:
1.     She’s adventurous
2.     Takes advice from her father
3.     Honest (it’s so fresh how honest she can be about her life)
4.     She loves BeyoncĂ©
5.     She’s gone down different career paths not related to the one she has now.
6.     She’s a feminist (Hell yeah!!!)

I really loved how open Holly was about herself, she didn’t try to glamourize her story, she didn’t water it down or talk down to us she was just simply honest. It was just really refreshing to see someone in a position like hers and still be humble, funny and kind! Holly then gave us a small task of listing 3 things we wanted from a job, 3 things we didn’t want from a job and 3 jobs we could possibly apply for. I stupidly forgot my sheet of paper at Bauer (face palm) but fortunately I think I can remember what I wrote:

3 things I want from a job:
1.     To use my mind creatively
2.     Be able work with great people
3.     To enjoy what I do

3 things I don’t want from a job:
1.     To wear a suit (eeekkk)
2.     Not being able to move up
3.     To be depressed

3 jobs I could apply for:
I kinda left this blank because I was slightly unsure what to write. After that Holly discussed with us our answers and when no could give her job they wanted to apply for Holly told us we just wasn’t thinking out the box! Agreed Holly!

As we got talking we moved on to the second task which was pitch ideas to Holly about forthcoming events at Grazia (sorry guys have to keep it hush hush),
 I found this part really helpful because it allowed me to pitch my idea to my team and discuss how we could execute it.
To tie up the event Holly asked us to write down one thing we were good at and one thing that needed improving, this was probably the most interesting part! I wrote the first one, which was being good at coming up with ideas and then wrote what I needed to improve on which was then executing my ideas due to my lack of confidence and self-doubt. We then went round in a circle discussing our points and what was strangely in common,  I wasn’t the only one who lacked confidence! It made me wonder why so many girls and woman don’t feel confidant enough in their selves it almost disables us from progress. I looked at the great diverse bunch of girls surrounding me, and I thought how was it possible for such a great bunch of people who had beaten out competition of other girls to be here lack confidence? It was slightly dumbfounding but it also reminded me that I’m not alone! By the end Holly made every single one of us feel very confident in ourselves and made us tweet out the point we were good at (sadly my network was down so I couldn’t tweet mine).
photo taken by Holly Peacock!


So the session was finished and I was feeling a little sad that I could spend longer *weeps* but I felt so empowered and inspired that I could do absolutely anything!! On the way back to my side of London I went to pick up my nephews present and bought a perfume from Zara and came up with an idea for this article, I was slightly doubtful in myself for actually putting it out there but I remembered what Holly had told us and had no choice!!!


perfume I bought!!



I would like to thank the very talented people at Go Think Big and of course Grazia Magazine for spearing Holly Peacock for the few hours! It was the sort of cheering up day I needed! Thank You!!!

Ohh I also got this week's Grazia mag for FREE (HELL YEAHHHH)!!!

Style Finder in ma pocket...

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Sometimes when it comes to buying clothes online it can be frustrating especially when all your favourite online stores are not all under one roof! Well, finally there is an app that helps find what you want when you want!


What app is that you wonder?!? It's called Mallzee, (a nice little moniker well suited to it like Mall and 'zee' bringing the digital side of it) it's free and it fits perfectly in your pocket. What more do you want? Plus sides of the app: it notifies you when items you like have gone into sale, you are able to create 'style feeds' where you can put together looks tailored to your style, choose options such as the colour, price range and brand and then share it. Downside to the app: you can't filter searches through sizes and not all brands are associated with this app but with growth; of Mallzee I can see brands flocking to get involved in the future! Download the app @ http://app.adjust.io/umerqp for totally 0 money!!!

Life before the app:

A cold and sad existence full of having many tabs open trying to find the perfect black maxi dress (weeps) it was a sad day in technology history (my darkage)...


Life after the app:
 (Happy tears) I can shop on my phone and shop on all my favourite stores! Omg this is not real life!!!


Some Mallzee shopping tips:

1.Find a look that interests you:



 2.Press buy which will then link you to the brand site:



3. Make 'Style Feeds' by filtering products by colour, cost and brand:

October Fright Month

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So the count down begins till 31st of october, if you're like me that means 'put on those classic spooky movies'! I mean the time for trick and treating has passed my twenty-two year old self but doesn't mean I can enjoy myself with a good horror fest eh? Unconsciously all three picks have kick-ass female leads:


1)    What Lies Beneath  

When it comes to good thriller/horror movies they don’t get better than ‘What Lies Beneath’, it has a very good storyline and it’s also very believable that’s the scary part. Imagine you’ve been in accident and you found out something that put you in that accident and you recovered from your accident but now you don’t remember the steps that got you into that accident. What Lies Beneath is a woman’s search for the truth and the haunting of a woman who brings her to find the truth. This movies stars Michelle Pfeiffer and Harrison Ford.
 Fright score (4/5)



2)    The Craft

There’s something so sinister about The Craft that makes me get crazy goose bumps on Halloween. It’s not only about teen witches it’s about all the stuff that’s attached to being young and not quite aquatinted with yourself, it’s about finding out who you are in this case the being a witch symbolic to rebellion. The story is thrilling yet so dangerous and feeds you subliminal messages you’re not entirely sure if it’s right. I think The Craft has to be one of my favourite Wiccan movies, although some wiccans say it’s load of stereotypical trite, I think it made witches and being a witch more desirable that Sabrina the Teenage Witch ever did. Look out for amazing performances from Fairuza Balk she really put the D in demented, it also stars Rachel True, Robin Tunney and Neve Campbell.
Fright Score (3/5)



3)    Ginger Snaps

A story about two sisters who are so close they almost think like one brain. These two sisters have an obsession with death and all things morbid. They also have an amazing bedroom, which has a similar look of an orphanage and an obsession with suicide. So imagine now you’re pubescent and your body is going through a bunch of weird things and bam on top of that you get bitten by werewolf. You start getting noticed by the opposite sex and you enjoy it at first, but then you realise you’re a werewolf and you’re turning and there’s no way to stop it. Well this is exactly what is happen in Ginger Snaps plus a whirlwind of many other things that makes this an ultimate watch for Halloween. The whole story is literally an scary tale of growing from a girl to a woman! This film stars Emily Perkins and Katherine Isabelle. 
Fright Score (3/5)




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