Saturday, 20 September 2014

A Quick Wander Through Holt

My parents are staying in Sheringham over the weekend, ready for this year's 1940s weekend, so Thursday evening I went out to the caravan and spent some time there. Friday morning dawned nice and foggy and we decided to have a quick mosey to Holt. We didn't stick around for long as the weather was pants but I took a few pictures that I thought I'd stick on here...

Shel x

Monday, 15 September 2014

Avon Purifying Rhassoul Clay Face Mask

I love a good face mask - who doesn't? It's not just the benefits that you can get from using one, but the ritual of applying it and relaxing, the whole thing feels like a luxury and is the perfect de-stressing treat. My two usual 'go - to' masks are Origins Intensive Moisture Mask and Lush's BB Seaweed mask but I figured it might be time to add another to the fold.

Before I went on holiday this year, I spotted a Turkish 'thermal baths' mask in the Avon catalogue. Having visited the mud baths in Turkey previously and the fact that I was visiting there shortly made me feel inclined to give this one a whirl and see if it had any of the positive benefits that they say you reap from the Turkish thermal baths. 

This mask comes in fairly standard packaging, a squeezy tube so it's easy enough to use and comes out dark brown and a relatively thick consistency. It's still malleable and you can blend it over your face easily though. As it dries on your skin, it becomes lighter and harder but you don't need to scrub it to wash it off, just a gentle rinse with water will take it off. I really like the smell too, which is a bonus.

All that being said, I don't honestly feel that this mask makes any great improvement to my skin. After using the other two in my collection, I feel as though I can notice results right away. Even if I can't see the difference I can usually feel it but with this one... nothing. Maybe it is doing a little good but if it is then it's doing it slowly and in a way that's naked to the human eye and touch. 

It was around the £5 mark, so it's no great loss, however I would personally spend another pound and get myself a new Lush mask next time. If you want a face mask that's purely for the relaxing routine, then give it a whirl. For instant results, you might be disappointed. That being said, everyone's skin is different so what doesn't work for me, could be the knight in shining armour to someone else but this damsel in distress wasn't impressed.

Shel x

Monday, 8 September 2014

My Weekend in Pictures - Trip to Bournemouth

This weekend I went to visit one of my best friends who lives in Bournemouth. I used to go on holiday to that area a lot as a kid, so it's a favourite place of mine anyway, with lots of good memories. We didn't get up to too much, mainly catching up and mooching about at the beach, but here are some pictures. Hope your eyeballs enjoy!

On my first morning in Bournemouth whenever I visit, the first thing we do is head to a café called Boscanova where I get the 'Lumber Jill' breakfast with the tastiest pancakes ever. I'm drooling a bit just thinking about it!

Then we did a little shopping, wandering around the town before heading down to the beach for a little paddle. I seem to have become a bit of a paddle fiend lately, first at Sheringham, now at Bournemouth!

Of course, you can't go to Bournemouth without a quick stroll through the gardens as well!

After a fairly chilled out day, we headed back to Christy's place and chilled (ok, slept) for a bit before getting ready for a night out and heading out to meet some friends. We went to Aruba which is on the front of Bournemouth Pier. It's quite a large bar and kind of beachy inside, with lanterns strung up across the ceiling. The best bit (if you can brave the smokers) is standing outside on the balcony, which over looks the sea and the rest of the pier. It was quite enchanting in the moonlight (the mood may also have been helped along by a drink or two). Apologies for the posy picture below!

The next day we treated ourselves to a lay in. More out of necessity than anything else. After dragging ourselves out for some hangover food, we took a walk by the river, taking in the boats winding down the waterways. Jeans were a massive mistake that morning as it was boiling!

After a quick change into some more weather appropriate shorts, we headed down to the beach (which is only about a five minute walk from Christy's house. Jealous). We had a little amble and yes, another paddle, then promptly fell asleep.

Yes, we were wearing matching outfits. That's just how we roll.

Shortly after that it was time for me to pack up and begin my five hour drive home, leaving my best friend behind.. till next time..

Shel x

Monday, 1 September 2014

Seaside Trip

I'm lucky that where I live is pretty close to several different beaches / sea side resorts, so when my friend and I decide that we've had enough of the same old scenery we can take off and thirty minutes later be by the sea.

Sunday was one such day and we spent a glorious afternoon, basking in the sunshine on the (not so comfy) pebbles of Sheringham beach. When we parked we were immediately drawn to the old school steam train that all the local enthusiasts were cooing over and I figured that I might as well take a quick snap while the dude had his head peeking out of the window.

We then took a wander around the town, through the cute little streets lined with the stone encrusted buildings and bunting. We gradually made our way (after a de-tour through a pub to listen to a seriously catchy jazz band) down to the sea front where the sea walls were lined with chalk art, some of which was created by local kids!

We meandered our way down to the beach where we had a paddle (yes, it was very cold) and even spotted a marriage proposal! 

After pretty much nodding off on the beach, all that was left was to climb the annoyingly large amount of steps back to reality and head home!

Shel x

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Rimmel BB Cream

The whole 'BB', 'CC' and presumably 'DD' cream thing baffles me a bit. Is it a tinted moisturiser or a foundation? My general understanding is that it's a hybrid of the two, packed with some good shizz for your face. Right? Who knows.

Anyway, I don't really care what it is, so long as it actually works. Rimmel's offering is billed as a 'fresh take on the 9-in-1 skin perfecting super make up, in a matte formula'.  They then go on to describe and champion the product with seven points - what happened to 9 in 1?

So, it's meant to minimize the appearance of pores, mattify skin and control shine all day, smoothe and soothe the skin and conceal dark circles. Oh yeh and prevent blemishes. Blimey, surely they'll need a police task force for all that?!

I used this predominantly while I was away on holiday, which meant it was hot and a full face of heavier foundation wasn't all that appealing to me. Also, my skin was loving a bit of vitamin D from the sun so it was looking a lot nicer and I didn't need such a full coverage.

 I absolutely loved using this on holiday. I felt like it glided onto my skin, was easy to blend and gave just the right amount of coverage that I needed. That said,  I was expecting it to be more like a tinted moisturiser in consistency and it's definitely thicker than that. 

I've used it a couple of times since I've been home and the weather has cooled off and just haven't been as keen on it. If you have particularly oily skin, I wouldn't rely on this solely to keep your skin looking matte and I honestly didn't notice it massively mattifying my skin on application. I can't say much for the other properties either, I've not worn it enough times in a row to comment on it's blemish fighting abilities and maybe it does smoothe and soothe skin but not so majorly that I've put it on and fainted with joy.

My over all feeling is that for me, this is very much a summer time product - that's just when it suits my skin the most. It also has SPF 15 which makes it ideal for busting out on sunnier days. For the colder months, I think my skin will either need something a little more, coverage wise and also maybe something a little hydrating - especially once we all start putting the heating on (if you haven't already).

At £6.99 it's fairly inexpensive and I think it's last a reasonable time but I think I'll be keeping it as something to bust out mainly in the summer. Or, if you're younger and just getting started with make up then it might be a great product to experiment with.

Shel x

PS. If you are beady eyes, then you will have noticed the random duck face in the corner of the picture. It's a shower radio in the shape of a duck that my niece loves to play with. It snuck it's way in there!