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

Sunday, 30 August 2015

Bodycare Empties


Here is the last post in my Empties series! You can read the first post, about skincare empties here and the second post about hair and makeup empties here.

Nivea Invisible Deodorant Roll-on - This deodorant is OK as an average anti-perspirant - I tend to look for the cheapest available on this kind of thing, so if this was in the sale I would buy it again.

The Body Shop Raspberry Shower Gel - As I mentioned in my haul post, I think this line has been discontinued, but The Body Shop seem to bring back old scents so I wouldn't be too disheartened. I like Body Shop shower gels and they always smell delicious, but my advice is to wait to be bought them or buy them in a sale!

Simple Shower Gel - This is just a really boring product as it has no scent and because of this I didn't use it for ages, so it went off, meaning I couldn't actually finish it as you may be able to see. 

Along Came Betty Body Scrub - I can't find the exact product online, but I did quite like this scrub as it was extremely gentle, which I'm a fan of as I like to use scrubs in sensitive areas like my underarms. I didn't like the scent of it at all though as it reminded me of an old lady smell.

Palmolive Black Orchid Shower Milk - I didn't particularly like the smell of it, but I would buy from the range again as it cleaned and moisturised me!

Soap and Glory Travel Size Flake Away - I found this scrub quite abrasive, which obviously some people like, but it's not what I look for in a body scrub, so I wouldn't repurchase. The smell is as always delicious though!

Creightons Avocado and Almond Body Butter - I looooved this body butter, which you may be able to tell by the fact that I cut it open to get any more out! I'm also extremely pleased that I reached my goal of finishing a body butter by the end of the year, that I set in this post

Thanks for reading! 
Penny xxx

Sunday, 23 August 2015

Latest in Beauty Awards Winner's Box


I really like the concept of Latest In Beauty - I don't want to sign up for a beauty subscription service because you might get lots of things you don't like and they seem to include more samples than full size products, but with Latest In Beauty you can just buy an individual box that you like. I recently bought the Awards Winner's Box, so I thought I'd tell you guys about my initial thoughts. The box costs £21.50 and is worth over £84.

La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo + - I've thought about buying this in the past and it sounded so good, so it was probably one of the main reasons I bought this box. I've only used it a little bit so I definitely can't say anything about long term effects with respect to reducing scarring, but it feels nice and moisturising on the skin. I think it can be used as an everyday moisturiser (as I have oily skin), but I'm not entirely sure, does anyone know anything about that?

Burt's Bees Soap Bark and Chamomile Deep Cleansing Cream - I hadn't read any reviews of this before I used it, so I was a bit surprised by it! It contains menthol, which means there's a definite tingle when you use it. I wondered if this might mean it's not great for sensitive skin, but apparently it's not a problem - definitely not for eyes though. I'm quite enjoying using this cleanser, but I haven't tried removing makeup with it yet as I don't tend to wear face makeup.

Philip Kingsley Elasticizer - I've never used a hair mask in my life so I'm looking forward to trying this one out.

Dr Organic Snail Gel Facial Serum - I was extremely intrigued by this serum due to the unique ingredient! I've used it a couple of times and I have to say the dispenser which I thought looked great is a bit more difficult to use - it seems to blast the product for miles. The smell really puts me off using it. It's kind of like toilet cleaner to me and I find it really lingers. I can't say much about the lasting effects, but as it claims to be anti-aging and I'm only 18, I'm not sure it will help me too much.

Zoella Beauty Fresh Fizz Fragranced Bath Fizzer - I haven't tried any of Zoe's beauty products before and I'm excited to have a go with this one, but as I don't have baths very often I haven't had a chance yet.

Burt's Bees Lip Crayon in Hawaiian Smoulder - First off, I love the packaging with the honeycomb cut-out! I didn't think I was going to like this colour as it looks quite out there, but it's actually really wearable. It feels quite moisturising when you put it on, but dries to matte. It doesn't last that well, but fades quite nicely.

The Body Shop Wild Argan Oil Miracle Solid Oil - This solid oil sounds great for moisturising dry areas all over the body. I haven't used it yet as I'm half planning to give it to my friend who is always using Vaseline to moisturise, so I think she needs an upgrade!

COLAB Dry Shampoo in Monaco - I'm not totally convinced by COLAB dry shampoos, but it will be very useful to have this one in a travel friendly size. The scent is very fresh and almost lemony.

Eye Of Horus Brown Mascara (but the box available now has the Brown Eyeliner) - I'm not sure how much use I'm going to get out of this mascara as I like to use black. However, I used this on my bottom lashes the other day and it really lengthened them, plus it's a fairly dark brown so I will for sure try it out on my top lashes as well.

Thanks for reading! How do you feel about beauty boxes and Latest in Beauty in particular?
Penny xxx

Sunday, 16 August 2015

Hair and Makeup Empties


So I could have really called this hair and mascara empties, because really, who ever uses any makeup products other than mascara up? Not me. This is the second in a small series of empties posts, here is the first one, about my empty skincare products.

Alberto Balsam Coconut and Lychee Shampoo - I really liked this shampoo. It nourishes my hair a lot more than the pomegranate version of this (empties review here), but it doesn't make it at all greasy, like some richer shampoos can. I didn't really think I would like the scent of this, but it's actually one of my favourite things about it!

Jelly Pong Pong Fairy Lashes Mascara - I don't think the one linked is the same as mine, as it's called Fairy Lashes Curl, but anyway, I don't think it's worth the fairly hefty price tag of £17.50, as this one wasn't cracked up to much. It just wasn't anything special, so with so many good drugstore mascaras, I really wouldn't bother with it.

V05 Plump it Up Dry Shampoo - I really liked this but it ran out far too soon. I've got a more detailed review in this post.

Maybelline Falsies Mascara: Waterproof and Very Black - I love this mascara - I have even been asked if I was wearing false lashes whilst wearing it! I was so annoyed when I accidentally got the waterproof version instead of the normal one at first, because it's so hard to get off! I've never really understood why you would want a waterproof mascara - please comment below if you know!

Dove Therapy Nourishing Oil Care Conditioner - I don't know much about conditioner, so all I can really say here is that it made my hair feel very soft and the smell is pretty delicious.

Thanks for reading! What recommendations for haircare and mascaras do you have for me?
Penny xxx

Sunday, 9 August 2015

Fashion and Beauty Haul


I feel like I never get enough stuff together to do a haul, but recently I went a bit wild so now I have lots of things to share with you guys!

The Body Shop Early Harvest Raspberry Body Scrub - I've just had a look online and this doesn't seem to be in stock any more in the UK (I found a US link) - it seems like The Body Shop release and discontinue lines quite a lot, so I wouldn't be surprised if it came back one day. I like the scent and scrubbiness of this so far, but I find the packaging really inconvenient. A word on buying from The Body Shop - I wouldn't bother unless you get a good deal. These scrubs are usually £13, but with the sale and an online discount I got this for £3.90!

Witch Blemish Stick - I like to have something to use on spots if I get them and I've heard that this is pretty good, so I thought I'd give it a go as it definitely doesn't break the bank,

Dove Silk and Shine Conditioner - I think they're probably discontinuing this as I bought it in Poundland and not many places online seem to have it in stock - I think this will be my new place to buy shampoo and conditioner!

Garnier Express 2 in 1 Eye Make-up Remover - Although I love my Simple Eye Makeup Remover, I thought I'd give this a go as it sounded pretty good. I've used it once and although it removed makeup pretty easily, it didn't feel wet, which I tend to like (OK, just me).

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in Beau Brun - I basically really wanted to buy a lipstick that day, and I do slightly regret getting this one as it's a little on the pricey side and not a shade I love. Ah well, I will definitely still wear and enjoy it.

H&M Jersey Skirt in Dark Grey - I've wanted a skirt like this for a while and as I was feeling spendy I went for it! This feels quite good quality, so hopefully it will last me a while.

H&M Jersey Playsuit in Blue/Floral - Although online this hasn't been marked down, I got this in the sale for £5, so I'm pretty pleased with my purchase! I like that the pattern is a bit different - and also it's just so comfy! Plus it has POCKETS!

Fivepoundtee Celtic Stag Sweater - I've wanted a sweater for ages that I can just throw on when it's cold and I don't want to think about my outfit. I really like this, as it'll go with anything, it doesn't have any words on it, as I'm not really a fan of slogans on tops, but it's not boring. 

H&M Short Sleeved Top in Grey - A very exciting purchase by me! Not very much I can say about this, it's just a top that I can throw on with anything.

H&M Jersey Top (Not sure if the top linked is the right one as no colours match this) - I think this will be great for a casual look.

H&M Patterned Top (can't find this online at all, but there were lots of this and this style in store) - I absolutely love this top as it can be smart or casual and goes with pretty much everything. I also really love the shoulder details, but this does mean that you have to wear a strapless bra with this top.

Botanics Facial Oil - I've used this a few times so far, some with my night cream and some on its own and I think it's already helping my skin. It seems to have helped some red marks where I recently had spots fade. Even though I have broken out a bit since using it, they haven't been difficult spots at all, so I think it's just that my skin isn't used to a rich oil yet. 

Thanks for reading! What do you think of my purchases?
Penny xxx

Monday, 3 August 2015

Skincare Empties


I've been collecting empty products for ages now, so I've now got so many it would be one ginormous post, so I decided to split them up. These are the skincare products I've used up since my last empties post

Soap and Glory Fab Pore Mask - I suspect this has been reformulated since mine, as the packaging is different, so I'll keep the review brief! I liked using this and my skin always felt soft after use, but I didn't notice any significant improvements.

No. 7 Protect and Perfect Night Cream - Another one where I'm not entirely sure it's still the same product... I liked this night cream, but didn't think it was anything special.

Boots Vitamin E Night Cream - Finally, something that definitely still exists! I felt that this night cream left my skin feeling... not exactly greasy, but definitely unclean, which isn't something I love when I'm trying to sleep. It almost felt as if it had never completely sunk in. However, after having a look on the Boots website, all of the reviews are very positive and many mention that it's good that the cream doesn't leave your skin sticky. So maybe it's just me! I have oily skin, so this could work better for you. 

Botanics Shine Away Mattifying Day Cream - I liked this moisturiser a lot. I think it probably helped to keep shine at bay, although obviously no cream can do that perfectly. My only gripe with it is that when you put it on it didn't feel as hydrating as I would have liked, but this could be partially because I kept it above my towel rail, so it was often warmed up a bit. My favourite thing about this day cream is that it has SPF 15, which is really useful throughout the year. 

Simple Eye Makeup Remover - This must be a holy grail product for me at this point. I've repurchased it so many times and I still love it. It's so gentle on my eyes, which often become irritated by other makeup removers, such as micellar water. Saying this, I have now bought a different eye makeup remover, which you can see in this haul post.

Thanks for reading! Have you tried any of these products? What have you used up recently?
Penny xxx

Sunday, 26 July 2015



I felt it was high time to tell you guys about what I've been up to and enjoying recently. I don't have a schedule for these posts, but maybe I should - let me know!

Currently listening to:
Shut up and Dance - I just love it after a trip away or an event with friends, like a holiday or prom, there's always a song that reminds you of it. For my recent holiday in Menorca with my friends, the song was definitely this one. 

Currently watching:
Dead Air - This is a comedy short film written by the Radio 1 DJ Greg James. I absolutely love his humour, so I knew I would enjoy this and I do. 
Rosanna Pierce - I love Rosi's personality so I really enjoy watching her weekly vlogs. Her makeup videos are so impressive as well - I would never be able to recreate any of them, but I wish I could.

Currently reading:
Life with Sprinkle of Glitter - I recently finished reading this and I'm not completely sure what to think of it. I absolutely love Louise and I definitely enjoyed reading it, but I felt I just got through it too quickly and there wasn't really anything completely original and WOW about it. I've heard reviews from people saying they didn't like it as it seems to be aimed at a much younger audience, but, as an 18 year old I felt I could enjoy it and there are also quite a few tips for mothers. I really liked that all the pages are so beautifully decorated, but I don't like the cover at all, I think it makes it look like a children's Barbie book, which it isn't. She's definitely been mindful that a lot of her audience are younger, but it was still enjoyable to read.

Currently using:
Body Shop Satsuma Body Butter - Since this post about my collection of body butters, I have been slowly trying to use them up, and surprisingly really enjoying it! This body butter has such a summer scent for me. It sinks into the skin really quickly, so that's brilliant. As a sidenote, something I didn't realise about Body Shop body butters is that they all have a recommended skin type - this one is for normal skin (although the website says normal to dry) and I have another one that I believe is recommended for Very Dry skin, which takes ages to absorb. Just something to check out before you buy!
L'oreal Superliner Perfect Slim - This is the first eyeliner I've tried that I can get anywhere near a slim line with, so I'm loving using it at the moment.

Currently loving:
Ice cream making - We had loads of strawberries left over after a weekend with the family, and I had only recently remembered about our ice cream maker which we'd had stashed in storage for about 10 years, so I put two and two together and got YUM. The ice cream I made tastes exactly like the kind you get in little pots at the theatre. I can do a post about how to make this (or another) very simple ice cream, if you would like that.

Currently doing:
I've just finished two weeks of work at an English learning Summer School, where I had a really fun time, even if having to be the most enthusiastic dancer at the discos was extremely embarrassing! 

Currently wanting:
To wear my leather jacket again - although there was no dress code at the summer school, I felt wearing a leather jacket wouldn't be entirely appropriate, so I held back on that, but today I'm looking forward to getting back in my favourite item of clothing.
I'm still after a facial SPF, as I mentioned in my last Currently post. This time around I'm lusting after the La Roche Posay Anthelios Anti-Shine SPF 30.

Thanks for reading! 
Penny xxx

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Travelling Hand Luggage Only: Toiletries and Makeup


So recently I had a weekend away for my cousin's wedding in Dublin and I had an amazing time, but something more challenging about the trip (other than the hangover...) was packing my toiletries with the hand luggage restrictions, so I thought I'd show you guys what I packed.

The Liquids
  • Simple Oil Balancing Moisturiser - I really enjoy this day cream, it feels so moisturising when you put it on, but it does keep the shine at bay throughout the day
  • Essentiel Elements Rosemary Shower Gel - My parents brought this shower gel back from a hotel and it's got much more of a minty smell than a rosemary one the name suggests. It's OK, but not something I would buy.
  • Simple Eye Makeup Remover (in a travel container) - I love this eye makeup remover... is there any more to say?
  • Maybelline Eraser Eye in Light - I really love this concealer under the eyes - it's a bit too orangey for me, but it's a much better match after my recent holiday to Menorca!
  • Dove Silk Dry Deodorant - A nice smelling deodorant that dries fairly fast.
  • Botanics All Bright Night cream (in an old film canister!) - I'm not too keen on this night cream as I find it's not particularly moisturising
  • Vaseline - I've talked about this enough on this blog to annoy every single one of my readers, as it's no longer available (although I did spot it in the back of a Boots the other day, so keep your eyes peeled if you're interested!)
  • Creightons Raspberry and Pomegranate Body Butter - A lovely body butter with a delicious scent!
  • Elizabeth Arden Advanced Eye Fix Primer - I've got to keep that eyeshadow on my eyelids somehow! I didn't look on the evening of the wedding, but I looked in the morning (oops I kept my makeup on...) and at least one eyelid had held up fairly well, so for nearly 24 hours I don't think that's too bad!
  • Maybelline the Rocket Mascara - Definitely not my favourite mascara, but I can still use it fairly successfully and I want to use it up now as it's been open for so long.
  • Superdrug Vitamin E Eye Cream (no link online, but definitely in stores) - I don't quite know what to think of this yet, it's quite hydrating, but possibly not as much as I'd like it to be, especially for something aimed at normal to dry skins.
  • Simple Cleansing Lotion - I've been really enjoying this recently and I feel that with cleansing twice daily (with Nivea once and this once) my skin is improving.

The Non Liquids
  • Sleek Contour Kit in Light - I didn't use this at all, but I brought it in case I wanted to bronze up a little.
  • Collection Eyes Uncovered Palette in Nude - I'm not in love with this eye palette as I feel it's a bit boring really, and the colours are pretty similar to each other, but it's a good option when you don't have much space and it's got really great pigmentation, plus it's so cheap!
  • Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Honey - A great natural lip option.
  • Miss Sporty Glossy Eyeshadow in Gold Almond - I bought this in the hope that it would be a dupe for something like the Kiko Eyeshadow Stick, which I couldn't find a single suitable shade of (they seemed to only have blues and greens in stock in Cambridge), but it creases very quickly. I've only tried wearing it once, so I will report back when I've used it a few more times, in different ways.
  • Revlon Photoready Concealer in Light - I realise I said I didn't like this in my Disappointing Products post, and I'm still not completely convinced, but I occasionally like to wear it on blemishes, applied with the accent brush.
  • Topshop Kohl Eyeliner - I wanted to have the option of something more dramatic on one of the days that wasn't the actual wedding, but it turned out that I went makeup free on every day except the Saturday.
  • Brushes: Elf Complexion Brush, Elf Stipple Brush (without a handle - it's fallen off and I didn't want to reattach it as that means extra bulk when I was a bit strapped for space, Deluxe Crease Brush, Base Shadow Brush, Accent Brush, Pixel Point Eyeliner Brush, Brow Brush from the Real Techniques Starter Set, Real Techniques Shading Brush - a couple of the Real Techniques ones aren't in the picture for some reason.
The Boring Bits
The Boring Bits
  • Loofer
  • Shower Cap
  • Flannel
  • Jewellery (OK it's not toiletries, but that's where I keep that kind of thing)
  • Hairbrush
  • Contact lens travel container and normal container
  • Paracetamol - forgot to put this in the picture!
  • Razor (Gillette Venus Classic with Divine refills)
  • Toothbrush (I shared toothpaste with my parents) - oops I forgot to photograph one too!
  • Hair clip (I should have also brought a band or two)
  • Primark Cotton Pads
To see the look I went for on the wedding day, take a look at my leaver's ball post, as I wore exactly the same clothes and makeup!

Thanks for reading!
Penny xxx

Sunday, 12 July 2015

My holiday reads


On my holiday last week, I really enjoyed having the chance to read some books. I can safely say that due to exams I have definitely failed my 2015 reading challenge to read 50 books, so I just loved being able to finally relax with some good novels. I don't actually have pictures of two of the books as they were from the villa where I was staying.

My bookshelf at home

The view from the balcony!

The Queen Of The Tearling by Erika Johansen

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It's set in a strange universe that I never fully understood, with references to a 'crossing', I imagined from Europe to America, but also mentions of things like elecricity, which is no longer available, but it's clear that it used to be. This is definitely meant to keep the reader guessing and it's no surprise to me that this is the first in a series, as I'm sure more will be revealed in the next books. There are elements of magic, historical fiction (although it seems to me it's set in the future) and who knows what else! It did take me a while to get into this book, but I can safely say I will be reading the sequel.

Blind Fury by Lynda La Plante

I found this book really rewarding and enjoyable to read. It's a fairly typical "whodunnit" type book, but nothing is kept from the reader so it's as if you are Anna, the main character. I found out partway through reading it that it's the sixth installment in a long-running series, but I felt there was no issue with reading it as a stand-alone novel.

Ice Cream Girls by Dorothy Koomson

This books was just so horrible. There wasn't a single page which made me in any way happy, as it's full of abuse and injustice. There were also some parts of the plot that didn't really add up for me, such as why the girls were branded in court as having "seduced" the much older man, when they were both under 16 when the relationships started, meaning it was definitely his fault. Although I was gripped by this book, I wouldn't recommend it at all as I found it very upsetting to read.

I also started reading When God Was A Rabbit by Sarah Winman and so far I am enjoying it, but I'll have to wait until I can get it out from the library to continue reading it.

Thanks for reading! Do you have any summer reads recommendations for me?
Penny xxx

Sunday, 28 June 2015

My leaver's ball


As I told you in my last post, I have now finished my exams, so I recently had a leaver's ball (like prom, but in the UK prom is at 16 and I am now 18). I had such a great time with all my friends and it was a pretty momentous occasion as it marked the end of my two years at my sixth form college. I took some photos so I thought I would share them with you and tell you about the dress and makeup. I'm not particularly happy with any of these pictures, but unfortunately I can't go back and take more now!

My dress is from the Elise Ryan brand from ASOS - it was one I saw on there and then it kept coming up on my adverts and in the end I just knew I had to have it - link. My shoes are wedges from New Look, as I can't be dealing with proper high heels for comfort purposes! I bought them over two years ago though so they won't be available any more sadly. Something that may be a bit TMI, but that I think I should put in is that I needed to buy a non-padded strapless bra to go with this dress as there is a lot of padding in the bust area. I would say that this dress stays up very well until you are dancing a lot! Which is slightly unfortunate as obviously there was a lot of dancing at the ball, but I didn't mind holding it up too much.

The products I used were:
Collection Eyes Uncovered Palette in Nude - a mixture of Buttercream and Biscuit on the lid and a mixture of Chocolate Milk and Brown Sugar in the crease
Maybelline Eraser Eye in Light under my eyes
Revlon Photoready Concealer in Light on blemishes (not my favourite but the best option I had)
Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in Fair on a blemish on my chest and in the inner corner of my eyes
Maybelline Brow Drama in Medium Brown
Maybelline Rocket Mascara on the top lashes
Benefit Roller Lash Mascara to extend and separate my top lashes and on the bottom lashes

I had Rimmel Rita Ora Nail Polish in Glastonberry on my fingernails and toenails. I didn't want to have something similar to the colour of my dress!

Thanks for reading! Have you had a prom recently?
Penny xxx