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What I've Been Watching & Listening To Lately

Friday, 24 May 2019

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I haven't done one these posts for a while and I've definitely been watching a fair few things that I just need to talk about. I've also been listening to some new music as well as some old faves too which I thought I would share too. I've decided I'm going to skip out on the whole "reading section" of this post because I'm half way through two books right now and I'm still unsure how I feel about both of them, so maybe I'll talk about them in my next post.

First up I've got to talk about Derry Girls which is literally one of the funniest things on TV. I binge watched the first season last summer one night when I couldn't sleep. It's set in the 1990's in Derry (obvs) and it follows Erin, her cousin Orla and their three friends Clare, Michelle and Michelle's English cousin James. They attend a Catholic all girls school where you'll often find Sister Michael who basically doesn't give a crap about the students and has broad, sarcastic opinions about everything. Which is probably why she's one of my fave characters in the show lol. It follows the gang through both the good and bad experiences of teenage life and and I just highly recommend it if you fancy watching a show that will literally make you laugh out loud.

This is kind of bittersweet but I've been watching the final season of Jane The Virgin which has made me cry multiple times already because of *that* character returning (you'll know who I mean if you watch the show). I'm so gutted that Jane The Virgin is ending this season but I'm also looking forward to seeing how it ends and hopefully it will all work out for Jane in the end. If you're not familiar of the show then it's on Netflix (in the UK) and it's about Jane who is a devout Catholic and virgin at the age of 23. She has promised her grandmother that she will remain a virgin until she is married - hopefully to her Detective boyfriend Michael. However whilst at a routine check up at her gynaecologist she's accidentally artificially inseminated which obviously throws her life into chaos. To make matters even worse the baby's father is no other than her boss at the hotel where Jane works. It's a very dramatic OTT show but it's so funny and but it can also be quite sad too.

Dead to Me seems to have been the talk of twitter a few weeks ago when it arrived on Netflix and oh my god what a good show! It's a dark comedy and mainly follows Jen Harding whose husband has recently been killed by a hit and run driver. Jen is obviously still completely thrown off by the fact her husband is dead but she tries not to show that she's still in bits in front of their two kids - Charlie and Henry. She attends a support group for the first time for widows and people who have experienced loss which is where she meets Judy. Judy comes across as a very friendly woman who has also experienced a loss. They both become close friends in a short space of time but all is not what it seems with both of them. They've both got big secrets and there's a lot of twists of turns throughout the whole show. The episodes aren't super long either so you can easily get through the show if you're not a big fan of binge watching TV shows. 

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is another show which I enjoyed watching last month. I watched Part 1 when it was released last year. If you think it's anything like the original Sabrina the Teenage Witch then you're wrong. It's a lot darker and more horror story-like instead. I'm looking forward to seeing what happens next in Part 3! I don't really want to say much else because I don't want to spoil it for anyone who hasn't watched it yet.

Another TV show that I've just started watching is The Spanish Princess. I watched The White Princess a few years ago which was about Henry VII and Elizabeth of York and then it's followed onto the next generation but the new series The Spanish Princess is about Catherine of Aragon who we all know was Henry the VIII's first wife but I don't think we're really taught that much about the wife's of Henry the VIII as it's always more about his story and life in TV shows or films. The series is loosely based on what really happened in their life together as it is dramatised for TV purposes which I get, but it's pretty good. It's not as good as Reign or The Tudors but if you're into history and the Tudor Monarchy then you might like it. It's currently on STARZ Play which you can subscribe to on Amazon Prime (you get a 7 days free trial and then it's £4.99 per month onward).

For music I've mostly been listening to Foals new album Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost which I knew would be featured in my next "What I've Been Watching & Listening To Lately" post. Whenever they release a new album I basically become obsessed with it. I've been a fan of Foals since the very beginning and they are one of my fave bands. My favourite songs on the new album are - Cafe d'Athens, In Degrees, Sunday and On The Luna.

I came across BLOW on Spotify when the appeared on a random playlist and I've been listening to them quite a lot. I find their music really relaxing and easy to listen to but still has a good beat if that makes sense. If you do give them a listen then you'll probably know a few of the songs as they're used on adverts often including You Killed Me On The Moon and Don't Wait For Us.

I'm also a big fan of Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds latest song Black Star Dancing and Blossoms latest song I've Seen The Future. I can't wait to hear more new music from them both!

And lastly I've been listening to Cults who are a band I've liked for quite a few years now ever since I heard their song "Go Outside" on an episode of Gossip Girl. They popped up on my Spotify recently and you know when you remember a band who you haven't listened to for a while and become obsessed with their songs all over again? Well, that's what happened. I've been really enjoying listening to the songs Were Before, I Took Your Picture and Never Saw The Point. 

What have you been watching and listening to lately?


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My Thoughts On Glossier's Bubblewrap Eye + Lip Plumping Cream

Tuesday, 21 May 2019

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I thought I'd do a mini review of Glossier's latest release which is the "Bubblewrap" Eye + Lip Plumping Cream. I haven't done a stand alone Glossier review for a while and I just had to get my hands on this product when it was announced because now that I've turned 25 I've been feeling more worried about fine lines and wrinkles as I've already noticed I've started to get a few fine lines under and around my eyes which literally just makes me want to weep to be quite honest.

Glossier claim that their Bubblewrap product will moisturise, smooth, plump and increase the skin's ability to hold water. It contains the likes of hyaluronic acid, squalane, avocado oil, antioxidant-rich blueberry extract and a super lightweight texture. 

So what do I think of the product? Now that I've used Bubblewrap pretty much daily over the past two weeks I've got to say I really like it. I prefer to use it on my under eye area as opposed to my lips just because that's where I see more of a difference. It doesn't do anything for my dark under eye circles but then again, Glossier never claimed that it would do anything for those pesky dark under eyes anyway. However I can definitely see that it's does plump and hydrate the area. I've found that it mainly makes my under eyes look more refreshed and lifted which is always welcome because most of the time I look completely exhausted. For an ultimate eye care session (which literally contains two products) I use the Pixi DetoxifEYE Depuffing Eye Patches which I've found actually help to lift out some of the darkness under my eyes and then I pop on the Bubblewrap Cream. Now that I've found the It Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye Concealer which is definitely heavy duty, I'm not as worried about my dark circles anyway. But I do still use the two eye care products anyway just to refresh and hydrate the area. 

Although it does work in the same way for my lips and it does plump them up a little too, I've found that the product feels a bit weird on my lips. It kind of feels like I've put a mattifying moisturiser on my face and accidentally caught my lips and left it to settle. It's not a great feeling to be honest.

Overall I really like it as a eye cream but I don't like it for my lips. I'd rather use one of those tingly lip plumping gloss instead if I'm being totally honest. If you'd like to try the Bubblewrap Eye + Lip Plumping Cream for yourself or if you're planning a lil Glossier haul then use my link to get 10% off and free delivery! (affiliate). 

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A Spring/Summer Makeup Shakeup

Sunday, 19 May 2019

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It's that time of the year when I switch up my makeup to more of a Spring/Summer ready look so I thought I would talk about what's made it into my current makeup bag and what products I'll be using and wearing a lot over the the upcoming months.

First up is obviously base products, now I know a lot of people like to go makeup free or foundation free in the Spring/Summer but because I have quite oily and acne prone skin, I like to make sure that I have some coverage to just make me feel more confident I guess. 

If I want a lighter coverage then I'll either just dab on some of my Barry M All Night Long Concealer which is my current fave drugstore concealer (I definitely prefer it over Collection Lasting Perfection!). Or I'll use my most recent foundation discovery which is the L'Oreal Nude Magique Cushion Foundation which is available from Fragrance Direct. It gives you a lovely skin-like finish but it feels like you're not wearing anything on your skin, which I really like. I do have to powder it down as it's very dewy for my skin type but I just love it. If I need a heavier coverage then I'll either opt for my old fave which is the Revlon ColourStay 24hr Foundation* or the It Cosmetics My Skin But Better CC Cream in the Matte version which I got for my birthday recently. I feel like I have a good selection of base products which all sit well on my skin, last a good amount of time and won't break the bank when I need to repurchase them.

If I feel like I need more coverage on either my under eyes or any blemishes then I'll go in with the It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer which is a complete game changer. It does sound quite pricey for a concealer at £24 but you literally only need a teeny amount as it's quite thick and it really goes a long way.

I also recently picked up the new Barry M Brow Wand which has a angled brow pencil on one end and then a tinted brow gel on the other end. The angled pencil is quite chunky so it has been a little difficult to get the hang of but I've started to really like it and the tinted brow gel is great and keeps my brows in place for the day. I even sometimes just wear the tinted brow gel when I'm having a minimal makeup day.



I decided to buy the new mascara from The Body Shop a few weeks ago which is called Happy Go Lash Mascara. I'm not going to lie, I think the packaging is what drew me in the most because I mean, look at it! It's cute, right? But I also thought the brush looks very similar to the L'Oreal Paradise mascara which I bloody love. It is very similar but I feel like the Happy Go Lash gives more of a natural look and the L'Oreal Paradise looks a little more bolder. However I do still like the Happy Go Lash mascara and it's great for more of a minimal makeup day.



Talking of lashes I've also been using Lash Wizard Eyelash Serum from Flawless Cosmetics* which has definitely helped my lashes out and has given them a bit of a growth boost. It claims to start showing visible results after just 14 days of use but I definitely saw a change in my lashes within about a week. I tend to pop it on in the evening before bed so it can work it's magic on my lashes whilst I sleep. It's created with Biotinoyl Tripeptide which is responsible for strengthening eyelash fibres and follicles and it's also fragrance free, paraben free, cruelty-free and hormone free. The only one thing that I'm personally not a big fan of when it comes to lash growth serums is the eyeliner brush to apply it with just because I find it a bit fiddly to manoeuvre. So I've been using disposable mascara wands instead as I find that they work better. However I still would recommend giving it a try because I've definitely seen an improvement in my lashes. 
The Flower Beauty Lift & Sculpt Contour Palette is a gorgeous palette which I've started to use more lately. The highlighter is stunning and very glowy, the blush is quite a bold pink and is a little different to what 
I would usually wear so I do tend to apply it very lightly and the contour/bronzer is quite warm but I can just about get away with wearing it. Overall it's a great palette and I'm definitely planning on buying some more products from Flower Beauty soon. I kind of wish they'd release a more toned down version of the palette though.
Glossier Play Niteshine Highlighter in Pale Pearl is a newbie in my makeup bag. I wasn't totally blown away by the Glossier Play range when it first launched but then I saw Lucy Jane Wood's youtube video reviewing the range and I was impressed with how the highlighter and the vinylic lip lacquers looked so I decided to buy them for myself. You can read my full review of both of them 
here.

Lastly is lipstick and my current go-to lipstick is definitely the Zoella X Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip in Little One. It's literally what I would call a perfect nude shade and I love Colourpop's Ultra Matte Lip formula in general so it's a great combination. I also have the shade @ Me which is more of a pink-purple mauve shade but I don't wear it as much as I'm still not 100% if it suits me if I'm being totally honest. I've also been liking wearing Glossier's Generation G lipstick in Leo which is a brown-nude shade.

What are your go-to makeup products for the Spring/Summer?

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New In From Alpha H! The Clear Skin Blemish Control Mask

Saturday, 18 May 2019

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If you are a regular reader of my blog then you'll probably know how much I love skincare and the fact my skincare stash basically overtakes the cupboards in the bathroom. I just really like trying out new products and different brands on a regular basis. A brand that I've been meaning to try for a while is Alpha H because I've heard so many people rave about their products. So when I got the opportunity to try out their brand new Clear Skin Blemish Control Mask* I obviously said yes!

The Clear Skin Blemish Control Mask* is clay based (with White Clay) and contains all of the good stuff when it comes to clearing up your skin including - tea tree, eucalyptus and aloe vera. If you have a oilier skin type or spot prone like me then you'll know that those things are basically lifesavers. It aims to calm and reduce redness or inflammation and it can also be used as a spot treatment too. It has a very lightweight formula so you only need a thin layer for it to get to work. I personally really like that about it because it means it dries down quicker and it's also easier to remove. To remove you just massage the mask with wet fingers to soften and then remove with a warm damp face cloth/flannel.

I've found it to be a great quick fix kind of mask and I've used it both as a full face mask and also a spot treatment. Is it going to make your spots disappear overnight? No. But it definitely helps to reduce inflammation and redness and it works well on those horrible under the skin spots too. I've found that it helps to bring them up to the surface so you can get rid of them or sometimes they go back to wherever they've come from. The mask is priced at £23.95 (for 100ml) and is available to buy from Cult Beauty and Look Fantastic. 

Trying out the Clear Skin Blemish Control Mask has just made me want to try out products from Alpha H even more! Here are some products by them which have caught my eye. 



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Trying Out All-Natural Brand Beesline Apitherapy

Monday, 13 May 2019

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Beesline Apitherapy are a natural cosmetics brand that use the ancient science of Apitherapy. Apitherapy is otherwise known as "bee therapy" and they use the Honey, Beeswax, Royal Jelly and Propolis and combine it with fresh botanical extracts to safely and effectively take care of your skin. Their products are all about moisturising, repairing and protecting the skin and are super affordable too. I've been trying out four products from them over the past few weeks and in today's post I'm sharing my thoughts on all of them. 

The Beesline Ointment Skin Balm priced at £9.99* is aimed at dry and rough skin types. It's a multi-purpose balm so you can use it for various different things. I've really been enjoying using multi-use balms lately as I mentioned in this post just last week. They're really handy to have on a day-to-day basis for both in the house and if you're travelling. The ointment balm can even relieve skin conditions such as eczema due to it's moisturising and antimicrobial properties, which I think is great for such an affordable product! I've been using this mainly on my hands, cuticles and also my heels. If you have a drier skin type then you could also use it as a face moisturiser too.


The Beesline Soft Beeswax Balm priced at £7.99* is an unscented multi-purpose balm which comes in a tin which makes it great for travelling and for popping in your bag. It's very similar to the Ointment Skin Balm but it's in a solid form instead instead of a tube but it's still very easy to use. With it being a multi-use balm it means you can use it for various different things and I've used it on my lips, cuticles and hair so far and it's great when you need some extra hydration urgently. I've been popping in it my bag often so I can use it when I'm out and about.

The Beesline Lip Balm priced at £3.99* is my current go-to lip balm, it packs a punch on the hydration front and it seems to last a good amount of time on my lips too. I also like that the packaging is bright yellow so then I can find it easier (I have a tendency to lose things very easily lol). 

And lastly is the Beesline Beeswax priced at Cold Cream £9.99* which I would probably say is my fave out of the four products I've been trying out. I think it's because it has a scent unlike the other products. The scent of the Cold Cream is Damask Rose which I really like in general anyway. It's aimed at dry and normal skin types and can be used on your face and body. I've been using it as a hand cream mainly, just because I really like the scent. Although I have an oilier skin type I have actually used the Cold Cream on my face. Because I have been using some foam face washes over the past couple of weeks to calm down my skin as it's been acting up and breaking out, I've been getting some dry patches - particularly around my nose. Unfortunately I find it's the down side of using foam based face products. So to hydrate and soothe the area I have been popping on some of the Cold Cream on the areas where it's dried out which has definitely helped to re-hydrate and soothe the areas. It also doesn't leave a horrible greasy feeling either which is fab. 

Beelines Apitherapy products are available to buy from Fragrance Direct

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