Sunday, 18 October 2015

Hair Removal: What I Do


Although I have by no means got my hair removal routine down, I thought I'd make this post as I always love reading this kind of thing (maybe it's just me???). I feel like I should apologise for being TMI, but if you've clicked on this post you should be ready for that!

I shave my armpits and legs using the Gillette Venus Classic Razor, but I currently have the Divine refills for this. I'm not totally satisfied with this and I think that when I run out of refills I will probably purchase something with some kind of moisture pad next to the razor, like the MoistureRich line, but definitely something that's on offer. I just use my normal shower gel to shave, but something that I've been doing recently to combat ingrown hairs is to exfoliate my underarms first. I've been using the Body Shop's Raspberry Body Scrub (this line is discontinued) and I think it has helped to a certain extent.

I wax my bikini line, which isn't as scary and painful as it sounds! I just feel like it's the only option that works well for me. I used to use hair removal cream which is OK as it's completely painless, but the smell isn't great and it only removes the hair from the surface and doesn't go to the root. If I ever shave - generally if it's my only option - I get so many ingrown hairs and everything is just so itchy!! So I wax, but I haven't found the perfect way to do this. I was using the Boots Smooth Care Bikini Wax Strips, which I really liked, but for some reason I then bought the Nair Argan Oil Wax Strips, which I really don't recommend. For a start, they are huge, meaning if you want to use them for your bikini line you have to cut them up, which is a little annoying but nothing major. Then, I don't know how to explain this, but I always find that they rip when you peel them apart, leaving half the paper on one side of the wax, so you can't use them. And aside from this, I just don't find them at all as effective as the Boots wax strips - they hardly seem to get any hair at all.

I have a mole on my chin that hairs grow out of, so I always pluck them out whenever I notice them. If I ever get a stray dark hair on my face or body that I'm not happy with, I'll pluck that out as well. I don't pluck my eyebrows because I'm pretty happy with the shape and don't want to mess that up.

I would really love to try epilating. I think it would be so perfect. I'm not afraid of the pain and especially after Lily Pebbles has talked about and encouraged using it I'd love to give it a go. The problem is how expensive an epilator is. The Braun Silk-Epil 9 costs £150 and as much as I want to, I'm just not prepared to shell out that much on something I may not get on with.

Thanks for reading! Which methods of hair removal do you use?

Penny xxx

Sunday, 11 October 2015

The worst question someone can ask me


There is a question that is asked a lot - by friends, colleagues, strangers - and you never know when it's coming. And that question terrifies me.

I can't answer it! I don't feel like I have any hobbies! Does that make me boring? Does everyone else have loads of hobbies? I have some things that I do in my spare time, but mostly they're not things I like telling people about.

For example, obviously this blog is a hobby of mine, but it's something that only one person in my real life knows about, because I don't really like talking about it. I think I portray a different side of me in this blog and I guess I'd just feel exposed if people read it. And if you're talking to older people, they just don't understand wanting to share your life and interests with strangers on the internet.

So I just used the word interests. That is also a word that scares me usually, but I guess it's true. I do blog about my interests - makeup and beauty stuff and um me? These aren't things I want to have a conversation about with a complete randomer though!

I love watching YouTube, and if I'm talking to someone my age I may mention this as it's fairly likely they'll understand, but when talking to someone above the age of 20, it's more probable that they'll just stare at me with a confused look on their face and write me off as a lunatic. Also, watching stuff on YouTube isn't really a "worthy" hobby. People want you to say you enjoy crafting or playing netball, not that you sit in front of your computer every day.

I'm hoping that planning and decorating my planner will become a hobby for me, as I love watching videos and reading posts from people in the planning community. I don't think I can ever make a planner as beautiful as some people's, as I'm just not that dedicated, but I like to decorate a bit to encourage me to use it.

But basically what I'm trying to say is that when someone asks me that question, fear grips my heart and soul. WHAT DO I DO IN MY SPARE TIME??? I wish that people didn't ask this, because it always makes me feel so awkward and useless. I don't do anything useful with my free time. I often end up saying spending time with friends, which is a complete cop out because who doesn't do that?

Thanks for reading! Does anyone else get freaked out by this question?
Penny xxx

Sunday, 4 October 2015

How To Make Delicious Chocolatey Brownies


I've loved making these brownies for ages now. It's a recipe from Mary Berry that I've changed a little and I always get compliments on how delicious they are. I hope it works just as well for you as it does for me!


200g-350g dark chocolate (as much as you have!)
225g margarine 
2 teaspoons instant coffee
2 tablespoons (ish) hot water
3 eggs
225g caster sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
75g self-raising flour


  • Preheat the oven to 190°C or 375°F.
  • Melt the chocolate and margarine together in a bowl above hot water, stirring occasionally.

  • While that's happening, mix together the instant coffee and hot water and then add in the sugar, vanilla essence and eggs. 
  • Gradually add the chocolate mixture into the bowl with the egg mixture, stirring as you go.
  • Fold in the flour.
  • If you want you can add lots of fun things like chocolate chips or nuts, but I think this is yummy enough on it's own!
  • Put the mixture in a large tin (around 12x9 inches) lined with greaseproof paper or non-stick sheet.
  • Place in the pre-heated oven for around 40-45 minutes - to check it's cooked you can put a knife into the brownie and if it comes out clean, it's cooked.
  • Cool on a wire rack, cut into pieces and EAT!
Thanks for reading! If any of you try this out, let me know and tell me how it went.
Penny xxx

Sunday, 27 September 2015

How I'll be planning when at university


After always having a planner provided at secondary school and sixth form, I knew I needed to have something for university. This is just a template - maybe it'll work, maybe it won't, but I thought I'd tell you guys about it as I love the planning community. I got into it from Elle's Planning 101 video and since then I've watched far too many videos and read too many posts!

I'm going to be using this academic wall planner, which I printed from Organise My House here - mine doesn't look quite like the picture as it turns out that my printer doesn't like greyscale! At first I was put off by the fact that it's black and white, but it's actually pretty good as you can use colourful pens and highlighters. I'm going to use this for dates to do with university, like term dates and due dates of big projects.

I bought this notebook for £1 from Tiger to use as a planner. If I use this enough I'd like to have a more expensive planner in the future - I love Plum Paper Planners, but the shipping is so expensive and I'm scared of customs charges, or maybe I'll go down the Filofax route. I've put patterned tape down the side to mark out different sections and make it look a bit more interesting.

I found these month on two pages free printables from Scattered Squirrel - she has so many and is very generous with her printables. These are the ones that I used and here is the same style for 2016.

I've called the first section Daily, but it's become more of a To do list. I'm decorating the whole planner using mostly this washi tape, which you might think isn't very good quality because it's so cheap, but it's pretty great if you ask me! I also bought this tape, which I wouldn't recommend, as it's not washi, so can't be easily removed, and threads have come off a bit, so it's not the best quality.

The next section is where I'm going to write all my assignments and tasks down. 

This tab is kind of an "any other business" jobby - the first page has a list of meals I can cook for dinners, after that is a "presents for others" one, which I haven't taken a picture of as you never know who could see this post!! Then we have books to read and a wishlist, neither of which are very full.

Then we have the notes department, where I write anything that doesn't fit in another one. I think I've been overusing this though and should start using the Daily/To Do section more.

The last segment is all about this blog, so I haven't got a picture of that because *SPOILER ALERT*. It's kind of a catch all thing, with lists of ideas for future posts, dates when I'll publish different things and more detailed plans for in-depth posts.

Thanks for reading! Do you plan?

Penny xxx

Sunday, 20 September 2015

What's in my shower


Today I'm going to give you a little tour of my shower, which may be a bit silly as I'm about to move into university accomodation, so it's going to be a little different there! Ah well, I guess I could say it's for the memories..?

Dove Nourishing Oil Care Shampoo - I actually bought this shampoo accidentally, as I wanted to get the conditioner, which was extremely annoying when I realised I had 6 shampoos as back up! I do quite like it, it's a fairly nourishing one and it definitely has a yummy scent. I'm not super into haircare, so I probably wouldn't repurchase this as I prefer to save money and buy things from Poundland or Alberto Balsam.

Alberto Balsam Coconut and Lychee Conditioner - I like the scent of this and absolutely love its sister shampoo (review here), but I probably wouldn't buy this again as I don't find it super conditioning, which is what I tend to look for in a conditioner!

Tea Tree and Witch Hazel Exfoliating Face Scrub - I'm not sure how much this actually does in terms of improving my skin, but I love using it when my face feels all clogged and oily (often after a late night for some reason) and it feels really satisfying.

Alberto Balsam Pomegranate Shampoo - I don't use this at all, as I'm using the Dove one at the moment, but for some unknown reason it's in my shower. I do like this quite a lot; it really cleans the hair - some would say it's stripping, but I quite like my shampoo to be very "cleaning" (clarifying?) and the conditioner to add the moisture back in again.

Soho Soap Papaya Shower Gel - Couldn't find this online, but I'm pretty sure it's still available in Sainsburys. I really love the scent of this shower gel. I don't know if I should be judging shower gels on anything more than this, but I don't think so... It probably is a little expensive for what it is though (I believe it costs £4).

The Body Shop Raspberry Body Scrub - No longer available, but probably will be in the future. I wasn't super keen on this at first because of the packaging (first impressions here), but now I'm enjoying it a lot. You've just got to make sure to store it flat, like this or it's just too difficult.

Shower Puff - I love using this to put on shower gel, as I find you use a lot less because it lathers up so much more easily.

Gillette Venus Classic Razor - A girl's gotta shave! I'm going to be talking about shaving, waxing and all that jazz in a couple of weeks.

Thanks for reading! Am I missing something important in my shower?

Penny xxx

Sunday, 13 September 2015

I'm starting university in under a week


So, I got my A level results about a month ago and I was so pleased with them - I got 3 As, which means that I got into my first choice university to study French and German. It wasn't until about a week later that reality set in. University wasn't a joke anymore - I was actually going to have to leave all my friends and family and live alone for the first time, all at once having to make loads of new friends. Oh and also study.

For a very long time I couldn't even look at the word university without feeling completely panicked and stressed. I would stop friends and family talking about it as much as I could because the feeling was just so horrible. I think this was partially because I was mainly speaking to a group of friends and my best friend who were all also worried about the idea of university and/or moving on somewhere else in life. I'm not even sure what the panic was all about - it was just a fear of change I think, but blown out of proportion so much.

Since spending a night with a different group of friends, I'm feeling a lot more positive about going to university. I think this is because we didn't just talk about university as a concept, like I had with other friends, we talked about specifics and the fun things we'd be doing, like getting free entry to a club on my third night, getting together with people from my halls to have drinks and going to a free screening of lots of films like Frozen. These friends were also nervous, but something about talking everything through with them made me feel so much more relaxed.

Don't get me wrong though, I am still extremely sad when thinking of everyday life without all of my greatest friends. A very close friend is spending the year travelling, and knowing that I can't see her until Christmas at the very earliest makes me upset. She has also pointed out how our group of friends has spent most of our time as friends seeing each other every day, so our friendship will never be the same again. Saying goodbye to my best friend of seven years just over a week ago was completely heartbreaking.

However, as she has now spent more than a week at university, I feel I have less to worry about. Apart from a few moments of homesickness, she has enjoyed every minute and can't stop telling us all that we will all love uni. She seemed to make friends very easily, which is what I expected as literally everyone is out to make friends.

So in conclusion, I think I'm in the right frame of mind now about going to university. I definitely feel nervous, which is of course completely normal, but it isn't overpowering now. I would for sure say that I am looking forward to my first few days of getting to know new people and possibly drinking a little more than I should!

This means I've tried to write some posts in advance, as I think I'll be pretty busy settling in for a while and won't want to worry about my blog. I hope this means there won't be any change in the usual schedule of a new post every Sunday, but I might not manage it every week.

Thanks for reading! Does anyone else start uni soon? Or maybe you're already there?
Penny xxx

Sunday, 6 September 2015

Dry Shampoos Reviewed


Now I am a big fan of the concept of dry shampoo. I like to only wash my hair every three or four days, and by maybe the third, but definitely the fourth I am in need of something to keep the grease at bay. So I thought I'd write some mini reviews of the dry shampoos I currently have on the go.

V05 Plump It Up Dry Shampoo - I'm not sure why, but I can only find this on the V05 website, so I hope it's still available in most places. This is the best dry shampoo I have tried in that it soaks up any oiliness there is and it doesn't leave any white residue! Plus, this doesn't smell too strongly, which is something quite important for me. HOWEVER, there is a big problem in that the can doesn't last very long at all! It's not very expensive, but I would think twice about buying it again because of how quickly it was gone.

COLAB Dry Shampoo London - After so many beauty bloggers have been raving about this dry shampoo from Ruth Crilly, I was ready to be wowed and it just didn't happen. I've found that you have to use so much of it to make your hair look any less greasy, and even then, if you try to comb your hair it will go straight back to looking completely unwashed. It doesn't leave any dreaded white cast in your hair and the scent is nice and subtle, but I don't think this is the one for me. I will definitely continue to use it though and hopefully I'll be convinced.

Batiste Cherry Dry Shampoo - Batiste must be the best dry shampoo for just getting rid of that grease. There is nothing that it can't handle! It does leave white marks in your hair, but I don't find that a huge issue, as you can fairly easily brush them out. The problem I have with this is the smell. I can't deal with how strong it is. I know there are people who love it, but not me. I think once all of these are finished I will buy a different Batiste shampoo that doesn't have such a strong scent. I don't think I'll go for a coloured version, as I've heard the colour gets everywhere and looks disgusting. I'm tempted by the Nourish it range, as it sounds very interesting.

Thanks for reading! What do you think about these and other dry shampoos?

Penny xxx