Monday, 30 April 2012

Monday Summary


Just thought I'd pop by for a catch up with you all and reignite my love for Monday Summary Posts. I've been super busy and had a lot going on over the last month or so, a lot of which has been difficult to contend with. When going through a difficult time, blogging as regularly as I'd like is the first thing that seems to slip. I'm a little cagey about plastering my problems all over the internet (I like to ask myself what would Victoria Beckham do lol) so choose instead to take a backseat until things don't seem so crazy. I'm happy to report however that things seem to be on the up.
It amazes me sometimes just how much people live their lives on the internet, it seems the blogging world has made every day living almost like a virtual reality. Pretty much every element of peoples lives is either blogged about, vlogged about, tweeted about, instagrammed, and photographed. I'm not saying that this is necessarily a bad thing, but I think it's easy sometimes to question whether what you have to say really has any value anymore, and to feel a little bit insignificant compared to other bloggers, vloggers, tweeters, you name it.
I've been blogging for over 3 years now, and in the time I've met so many wonderful people, some who have become friends, and had lots of wonderful opportunities, but I'd be lying if I said I didn't miss the way blogging once was. At the same time I think its a good thing that people have discovered a platform to express themselves in their own little corner of the internet. Despite all of this times have definitely changed and the blogosphere has become almost completely saturated, and although it doesn't massively influence me, it is a shift that I have noticed and wanted to acknowledge.

Wow. I got deep man :)



Moving on, I've downloaded "Insanity" For those of you who havn't heard of this its basically an extreme workout dvd that you do at home. When I say workout dvd I actually mean TORTURE. It's supposedly the hardest workout dvd ever released, but promises serious results in just 60 days. I'm hoping to get started this week and give it a serious go, I've been doing pretty well as of late on the old diet and exercise front. I rejoined WeightWatchers a few weeks ago, and have been out riding my bike at every opportunity. So now it's time to take it up a notch. I'll report back (if I'm still alive) and let you know how I get on with it.

Stay tuned for a few posts this week, and for more traditional less rambly Monday Summary's in the near future :)

Outfit:
Dress: Primark
Blazer: Zara
Floppy Fedora Hat: Topshop
Large Cross Necklace: Topshop



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Tuesday, 24 April 2012

World Book Night 2012



Last night I took part in World Book Night. It was this time last year I first found out about World Book Night when I was on the tube in London and a volunteer came up to me, told me about it and gave me a copy of The Spy Who Came in from the Cold by John le Carre. It was after this I vowed I would volunteer this year to raise awareness  of World Book Night and share the love of books.

In a nutshell World Book Night in the UK is where "20,000 passionate readers gift 24 copies of one of their favourite books to encourage those who don't regularly read to fall in love with reading. In addition World Book Night will be giving a further 620,000 books over the course of the year directly to the hardest to reach readers through prisons, care homes, hospitals, sheltered housing, homeless shelters, libraries and through other partner charities."


My chosen book was The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella. I chose this as I thought it was an easy book to read for someone new to reading, and last night I went out in the rain and gave away my Wold Book Night books. I gave them away in the train station, hotels, my local Waterstones in Bradford, and of course outside shops.



It felt really good getting involved and doing my bit, and I will most defintely volunteering again next year. If you want to get involved head over to the World Book Night Website and sign up :) Big thanks to my boyfriend for carrying the huge box of books around with me in the rain. 
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Monday, 9 April 2012

Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow Foundation

A couple of weeks ago I attended the final stop in the Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow roadshow in Manchester with Nicola and some other fellow bloggers. I'm sure most of you have already heard about Benefit's latest foundation offering, but after using it for a couple of weeks I thought I'd share my two cents.
With possibly one of the longest names ever Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow is Benefit's first real attempt at providing a good all rounder foundation, and I for one really like it. Despite the foundation being runny in consistency it still provides a very buildable light to medium coverage, blends like a dream, is oil free and contains the all important SPF Protection.
The foundation comes in 9 shades and I was matched by Lisa (Benefits Head Make Up and Trend Artist) to Believe in Me Ivory which is a perfect match. The foundation gives a lovely dewy finish, feels light on the skin, and most importantly hasn't broken me out. Overall I give it a huge thumbs up and I've been really enjoying using it.
At the event we were also lucky enough to receive a little extra beauty treat in the form of Cabana Glama, the most adorable little travel kit that I have found myself reaching for quite often. The eyeshadows in particular are gorgeous (I'm wearing them in the photos) and you can't go wrong with Hoola bronzer.

Have you tried Hello Flawless? Have you been Wowed?
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Wednesday, 4 April 2012

I'm back


Hi all. Thought I'd better show my face ;) I've been without internet at home for a few weeks (we changed broadband providers) but I'm back in action now and have lots to blog about such as a few new foundations I've been using (and loving) my new bike, and my favourite false nails. I know I know its exciting stuff haha. Hope you're all well xx
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