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