Saturday, 31 January 2015

Beauty | Products That Didn't Work For Me

So today I'm going to be covering a slightly different beauty topic and talking about products that didn't really work for me.

Please bare in mind that this is personal experience and these products make work wonderfully for you, but these are just my experiences.

I'm going to start with the product I'm most conflicted about. I love Barry M nail polishes and I buy far too many because I love their colour range and the different ranges such as the textures polishes. However no matter what base and top coats that I use these polishes will chip, or just completely peel off my nails within a day or two and I've never heard anyone have this problem before so maybe it is just me. However I will continue to battle with these polishes.

BB Creams
I know I'm not the only person who has struggled with BB Creams but this is a fight I have truly stopped fighting. No matter what brand, and I have tried many, all turn me ridiculously orange, leave me looking incredibly shiny, or just look patchy when applied. My last hope is to try a Korean BB Cream, however there are now so many on the market and difficult to buy I think I'll just pass.

I think I picked up this moisturiser when I ran out of my usual moisturiser and was unable to get it for some reason, so I just grabbed this. It states it was oil free and for oily to combination skin, well it definitely didn't do my skin any favours it broke me out awfully and just left me looking shiny all day, the main thing I want from a moisturiser for oily to combination skin is something that can control my shine.

Oh my god this product was a huge let down. I can't complain too much because I received it for free for completely an online survey, although honestly I cannot remember completing that survey. I hated this product, well I hated the formula. I found it to be too wet and it just clumped my lashes together, also the brush was too big for me to work with and I ended up with mascara all over my eyelids. I have been really wanting to write a review on this product, however I just cannot bring myself to do it.

This probably isn't a surprise as I have already written a review on this product explaining why I disliked it so much, and you can read that hereLong story short I hated how my hair was left feeling after I used this product, and I'm not quite sure where all the hype surrounding this range has come from. It does seem to just be me on this one though.

Again, this is probably not a surprise that these are featuring on this list of products that didn't work for me, please read my review here. I'm not sure why I bought these twice when I really didn't like the first one I bought, but hey you continue to try.

Like I said earlier my views of these products are purely based on my own personal experience and I know a lot of people who really enjoy some of the products that I have included, but for me they just didn't work.

Have you ever had a product that just didn't mean your expectations and just didn't work for you? Let me know below!

Friday, 30 January 2015

Friday First | Gone Girl

How do I review a film without giving too much away? Seeing as I've already reviewed two films on my blog you'd be forgiven for thinking I should know how, don't worry I thought the same. The problem is with Gone Girl is that you can't really discuss it without giving away the plot completely, but I'm going to give it a good try.

I hadn't heard much about Gone Girl at all, all I really knew about Gone Girl is that it is a book that has now been turned into a film. I know Ben Affleck, although I'm not overly familiar with his work and I didn't really know any of the other cast. So that was nice, in a way that you weren't sat watching the film just watching someone you knew really well in another role, it was like watching a newly discovered actor/actress.

The film left me genuinely confused, but I can't discuss this without giving away the storyline. All I can say is that following some online research, this seemed to be the general consensus of most people who watched the film.

I still want to read the book, I know a lot of people can't do this once they have watched the film as they feel that they know the storyline and it would ruin the book for them. However I think there is a lot more to take from the book that wasn't delivered in the film.

Despite all of this, I would still highly recommend that you go and watch this film, it was still a good film and I genuinely enjoyed it.

Would I recommend Gone Girl? I would, I think it's a film that you definitely need to see at least one.
Would I re-watch Gone Girl? I'm not sure, it definitely won't be a film I reach for straight away.
Overall score out of 5? I'd give it a 3, I think there is a lot more to be gained from the book and I was left confused. I don't like thinking too much during a film, I like easy viewing but that is just me.

Have you watched Gone Girl? Is it something you'd consider watching? Have you read the book? Let me know below.

Monday, 26 January 2015

Life | Jongleurs Comedy Club

Me and Ryan are always looking for something different to do, whether it be for a date night or just for fun. As you would imagine, it turns out that a comedy club is a really good night out, date night or just for fun.

We went to Jongleurs last year with a night out with Ryan's work colleagues and ever since we went last year we have been wanting to go to another night. This weekend Ryan treated me with tickets after not seeing each other for a few weeks due to commitments, and I just hurt from laughing. Which is why this post is going up a day late, but I didn't want to have to write a rushed blog post!

We went to Jongleurs in Leeds, but if you look on the Jongleurs website you can look at the locations and find your closest one if your looking for a chance to go to Jongleurs yourself.

If you've never been to a comedy club the best piece of advice I can give you is go with an open mind cause you're going to see a lot of different comedy styles, some which you may not like, but be polite and just enjoy the show. House rules do apply at comedy clubs, however these are explained to you once you get there and they're super easy to remember. Just enjoy yourself, I don't know anyone who has been to a comedy club and hasn't had a good time!

So Friday night we saw Simon Bligh as our compare
Sam Avery opening the show
 Followed by Robert White
Then Monty Burns, who was trying out his set for Jongleurs
And Jimmy McGhie was our headline act.

It was a fantastic night, my jaw and stomach hurt from laughing and it reminded me exactly why I couldn't wait to go back to Jongleus, and why I can't wait to go back again!

If you ever get the chance to go to a Jongleus comedy night, or any other comedy night, I would highly recommend it!

Friday, 23 January 2015

Friday First | Beauticology Sweet Gingerbread Body Wash

So another Christmas present that I received was the Baylis & Harding Beauticology Gingerbread House Gift Set which two bottled products and a body scrub. For the purpose of Friday Firsts I'll be reviewing both products separately, starting with the Sweet Gingerbread body wash.

Being completely honest the Sweet Gingerbread body wash is a product that I have wanted to use for a very long time and I was so excited when I opened this gift set that I finally got to try a product that I had been lusting over for ages.

So this body wash smells exactly how you would expect gingerbread to smell, which I absolutely love and it is a scent that I do associate with the autumn/winter months. If you're not a fan of a gingerbread I really wouldn't suggest that you buy this product. I was disappointed once I got out the shower though, because for such a strong smelling product the scent does not last and I like my body washes to leave a scent, even if it's just a subtle scent.

One of my main hates with beauty products is when glitter is added for no apparent reason. I couldn't initially tell if there was glitter in the body wash, but I then realised there was. Unfortunately I only realised this when I'd put it on my body scrub so I then had the fear that I was going to be covered in glitter for the next few days. Luckily this wasn't the case, even though glitter seems to be scattered throughout this product there is no trace left behind. 

Another issue I had with this product is that I had to use a lot, it didn't seem to lather up. I had to apply more product and ended up having to use more product than I normally would.

I'm conflicted with this product and slightly disappointed. I absolutely love the smell of gingerbread and but this scent doesn't last and I had to use more than I usually would. I will continue to use the rest of this product as I do like the smell when it's in the bottle and when it is first applied to my body scrub, plus I hate wasting a product that I don't completely hate.

Will I continue to use 'Sweet Gingerbread body wash'? As I said above, I will use up the rest of the bottle as I don't have a huge problem with the product.
Would I repurchase 'Sweet Gingerbread body wash'? I don't think I would, it was a product I really wanted to try and it let me down.
Would I recommend 'Sweet Gingerbread body wash'? I wouldn't. The body wash didn't lather up which is something I like in body washes and I had to use twice as much as I normally would.
Overall score out of 5? I'd give it a 2, purely because of the scent product when it's in the bottle. It hurts me how much this product hasn't met my expectations.

Have you ever used the Sweet Gingerbread body wash? Have you ever used any Beauticology products? What was your opinion of either? Let me know below!

Friday, 16 January 2015

Friday First | The Jersey Boys

This weeks Friday First is a film review for you. My mum and me finally got round to seeing Jersey Boys, it was a film that we both wanted to see as soon as we heard it was being released but we never got the chance. But my Dad being super amazing bought it my Mum on DVD for Christmas, so the minute we got a spare moment, of course we stuck it on.

The film, directed by Clint Eastwood, is based on the Broadway stage show and tells the story of The Four Seasons. If you've been reading my blog long enough you'll know that back in June I went to see The Ragdolls UK, a tribute band and that I loved every moment of it.

I'm a huge musical fan, and this is just another musical that I loved. It wasn't a typical musical, as it is based on real events, but I promise you that when you watch this you will be singing along to every song, because who doesn't know any of the songs by Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, and who can't resist singing along?

I loved this film, and I love the fact that Frankie Valli even worked on the film it made me feel that it would be even more truthful and realistic to how events happened. I now just want to see the Broadway show even more!

Full of music, laughter, a few tears and everything in between The Jersey Boys is a definite one to watch!

Would I recommend The Jersey Boys? I really would, for anyone who loves a good musical this is a fantastic film to add to the list of films to watch.
Would I re-watch The Jersey Boys? Oh I will, it'll definitely be watched time and time again. I have a huge guilty pleasure for Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons music.
Overall score out of 5? I'd give it a 4, I was slightly heartbroken that a few moments weren't included as they're my favourite moments and songs, but it was just as fantastic without.

Have you watched The Jersey Boys? Is it something you'd consider watching? Have you been lucky enough to see the stage show? Let me know below.

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Life | Growing Up

So for the past few months I have been realising more and more that I'm actually growing up, and kind of becoming an adult. The smallest little things show me this, such as favourite bands letting me down and not filling me with the excitement they once did. Which sounds absolutely ridiculous I know, but just trust me on this. I look forward to coming home, getting into my comfy clothes and throwing on my slippers after a long day on placement. A cup of tea sounds much more appealing than any alcohol, and I'm determined to not eat my body weight in chocolate before my holiday.

But more than these little things, ever since we entered the new year I seem to be asked the question "What are you going to do when you qualify?" on almost, well what feels like, a weekly basis. I can't complain too much because people are only taking an interest and it is actually making me start to think about what I want to do when I finish uni and where I want my life to go, but holy crap it's also the most terrifying question I could be asked right now.

Truth be told, right now I don't 100% know what I want to do when I qualify, I have a very good idea but I cannot be certain, job interviews are a thing that exist. I know the general direction that I want my life to go in, but growing up also means learning to accept that you have no control over what direction anything goes in.

Short but sweet post for today, but these are the thoughts that have been occupying the mind of this overtired and busy student nurse.

Friday, 9 January 2015

Friday First | Avon Glimmerstick 'At The Flicks'

So it's the first Friday First of 2015 and to kick it all off today I'll be reviewing a product that I got for Christmas, an Avon Glimmerstick Flick 'At The Flicks' which is a retractable eyeliner whilst comparing it against my normal Seventeen gel eyeliner, usually applied with an angled brush.

So here is the finished look, on the left eye is my typical eyeliner look using my Seventeen gel eyeliner, compared to 'At The Flicks on my right eye, featuring the clumpiest eyeliner in the world as my mascara decided to all of a sudden dry up. I'm aware my eyeliner isn't symmetrical, I go with the saying of 'their sisters not twins' for my eyeliner.

'At The Flicks' was a lot easier to use that I actually expected, I'm not sure what I expected from this eyeliner. I was a little worried about how easy it would be to create a 'flick' with the eyeliner with it having a very square end, but this didn't effect it at all. 'At The Flicks' was smooth and easy to work with. My only criticism is that it doesn't leave a line as crisp as my gel liner does, but that is just me being a complete perfectionist, but it also claims to be easily blend-able although this isn't something I look for in a product I can imagine it would be great for someone who likes a smudged look.

I think the name is one of the best names for a product that I own, but I'm also a sucker for names that can be classed as a 'pun'. Overall 'At The Flicks' left me with a softer looking eyeliner, and the opacity is easily build-able depending what kind of look you're going for. When I finished this look my mum actually couldn't tell the difference between my two eyes. 

I'd probably wear this look when I still want to wear a liner look, but I want a softer look instead of the harsh look I can get with my gel liner. I absolutely love this retractable eyeliner and I'm so happy it worked out for the best.

Will I continue to use 'At The Flicks'? I definitely will, it's a product that I was so excited to use the minute I opened it, and I'm so glad it worked just how I wanted it to.
Would I repurchase 'At The Flicks'? I would, although I'm not sure when I'll need to. There seems to be a lot of product within the eyeliner, and I have high hopes for the eyeliner lasting a while.
Would I recommend 'At The Flicks'? I would. I think it's a perfect product for someone who is just starting out and experimenting with a winged eyeliner look, or for someone who regularly wears a winged look but wants either a new product, or a way to wear a softer wing.
Overall score out of 5? I'd give this product a solid 4. I like the softer look that it gives and it's not as opaque as my gel making it more of a daily wear, however my only concern I have with this product is if it will dry out and how fast this will happen.. I'm sure I'll only find out in time.

Have you ever used a product similar to 'At The Flicks'? What was your opinion a product like this?

Sunday, 4 January 2015

Life | The Liebster Award

Can we call this a tag.. Well for this blog post, I'm going to! Anyway, I'm doing the Liebster Award. I was tagged by the lovely Kyla from Kyladelilah to take part and I honestly can't thank her enough. If I'm honest I've actually not heard of this, but I think it's such a great idea, I couldn't not take part! This might be a little bit of a long post,  but it's a bit of fun, so stick with me.

So the rules of the Liebster Award are quite simple:
If you have been nominated for the Liebster Award AND YOU CHOOSE TO ACCEPT IT, write a blog post about the Liebster Award in which you:
1. Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog.
2. Display the award on your blog - by including it in your post and/or display it using a "widget" or a "gadget". (Note, the best way to do this is to save the image to your own computed and then upload it to your blog post).
3. Answer 11 questions about yourself, which will be provided to you by the person who nominated you.
4. Provide 11 random facts about yourself.
5. Nominate 5-11 blogs that you feel deserve the award, who have less than 1000 followers. (Note that you can always ask the blog owner since not all blogs display a widget that lets the readers know this information!)
6. Create a list of questions for the blogger to answer.
7. List these rules in your post (you can copy and paste from here). Once you have written and published it, you then have to:
8. Inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster Award and provide a link for them to your post so that they can learn about it (they might not have ever heard of it!)

So here are the questions that I was given to answer!
1. If you had to design a new perfume, what would the bottle look like and what would it smell like?
This is such a good question! Let me think about the scent first, I think vanilla would be the undertone, and I'd maybe have roses or lilies as my main scent. The bottle would be either an owl, for no reason other than I love owls, or a very simplistic tall, thin bottle with maybe roses or lilies cascading up the front of the bottle in white.
2. Favourite concert you've been too?
I've been to so many concerts/gigs in my life I don't know if it's possible to chose. The Maine would be one of the best gigs purely because of the memories that I have connected with that gig, the first time I saw The Gaslight Anthem, The Academy Is.., but then I loved seeing Twin Atlantic and Arctic Monkeys at Leeds Fest.
3. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
I want to travel to so many places. I actually want to explore so many places with so much history, places like Rome, and Greece. I just want to see the world.
4. Favourite TV show as a kid?
I was slightly obsessed with Barney The Dinosaur...
5. What's your zodiac sign?
I'm a Libra!
6. Who is your favourite blogger?
I cannot chose one, I have a few favourites and I love their content but I also love their honesty. I like bloggers who aren't afraid to be truthful and admit if something is crap.
7. Do you want to get married and have children in the future?
I definitely do.
8. Favourite accent?
The UK Northern accent because it reminds me of being back home and my boyfriend, but I love the Welsh accent and the Italian accent.
9. Are you excited for the Christmas holidays?
I got sent this before Christmas but I'm answering this in the New Year, but I always say that I'm not and that I don't feel Christmassy but I promise that on Christmas Eve I will be bouncing around like a small child and then Christmas morning, try and stop me waking up and running around the house waking everyone up.
10. Least favourite holiday?
I can't really say, holidays aren't that much of a big deal in the UK. I actually couldn't chose.
11. Why did you start your blog?
I love reading blogs, and I've always looked at blogs for product reviews because I find them to be honest. I loved the idea that came with owning your own blog and getting to be productive. I've always been a person who likes to share her opinions if I've found something that I really like, or something that I don't and I like to be able to help people make informed decisions. It also acts as a release for me, writing my blog posts allows me to escape from whatever is going on that week, usually uni work. It's just a hobby, but I absolutely love it!

And now time for 11 random facts about me!
1. I have 3 middle names, which in turn gives me a really long name.
2. My name is spelt differently to the traditional spelling of Rebecca. People think it's the biblical way, which it is, but my mum didn't get it from the Bible.
3. I was going to be called Samuel if I was a boy.
4. Me and my best friend always joked that I'd move back north when I was older, and now my boyfriend lives up north.
5. I was such a good pupil at school I never once had a detention, the thought of one terrified me.
6. I can play the flute.
7. I have a really bad habit of binge watching TV shows, I'll quite often watch one series in about 1-2 days.
8. I have a terrible addiction to The Sims.
9. If you know me, it's common knowledge that I'm terrible addicted to Harry Potter.
10. Maybe not a random fact, but I'm a student mental health nurse due to qualify in August!
11. So many people are jealous of my natural nails and don't believe me that I used to bite them till I was 13..

The blogs I will be nominating are:
1. Jamie-Lee over at Glitter Infatuation
2. Leah and Rachel over at Beyond The Velvet
3. Tasha over at Hello-Freckles
4. Alice over at Tea Party With Alice
5. Georgia over at Georgia Vanilla
6. Paula over at Thirteen Thoughts
7. Alice over at The Velvet Black
8. Dana over at Darling Dee Dee
9. Toni over at Lemon Freckles
10. Samantha over at Halcyon Velvet
11. Emily over at Dear You, Love Em
These are some of my favourite blogs and I think that you should all go and check them out.

The questions that I want these lovely ladies to answer are:
1. What do you hope that 2015 will bring for you?
2. One of your most treasured memories?
3. Who was your first crush?
4. Worst gift you've ever received?
5. So although it's January, what is the best costume you've ever worn? (Halloween, costume party, or anything else!)
6. What is your favourite thing about blogging?
7. What is the last book you read that you loved?
8. Who is your favourite fictional character?
9. If there was one food/drink you could live on for the rest of your life, what would it be?
10. Describe your perfect day.
11. You now rule your country, what is the first thing that you change?

I hope you all enjoyed reading this as much as I enjoyed completing this blog post and go check out all of my nominations!

Thursday, 1 January 2015

Life | Dear January

Dear January,

As I write this to you it is snowing outside, which made me chose this picture because I thought it was appropriate! However I doubt you'll look like that when I post this..

I should say welcome to 2015! I have no idea what this year will hold for me. Most importantly this is the year that I qualify and will be able to practice, that is a scary thought. But I'm just going to take things a month at a time and just enjoy everything.

I don't know what you hold for me January, I don't have anything planned as of yet for you. I'm still on placement and I have two uni assignments due this month so you seem to be dedicated to uni for me, sorry January.

I really want to get back into shape, I did well last year before I went on holiday but I had an incentive. I don't really have one this year, but I want to do it for myself. Let's see how well I do shall we?

I have a lot of products to work my through and I can't wait for those! I was spoilt rotten at Christmas and received so much so I need to make sure that I make time to just relax and pamper myself.

A short but sweet letter to you January, I'm sorry I didn't have much else to say.

I'm going to take each day one day at a time and just make the most of it. Let's make 2015 a good one..

Beka. xo