Throwback Tuesday

OK to be honest this whole week is likely going to end up being a total throwback when it comes to music.

It started on Monday with an office game of trying to incorporate 80’s song titles into our work without people in other departments realising. We had an outright winner – one guys worked about 12 different song titles into his weekly report! This spilled over onto Facebook last night with hilarious results.

So yesterday meant a significant amount of time looking at 80’s songs and well obviously this resulted in singing a lot of them – a Spotify playlist with over 400 80’s songs on it went down well.

The 80’s songs continued this morning on my drive into work Total Eclipse of the Heart on full volume – perfect start to a Tuesday morning! However the playlist included a little Michael Bolton. Now I don’t mind admitting that when I was much, much younger I loved Michael Bolton. What terrified me was that when two different songs came on I still knew pretty much all the words. Now it must be well over 20 years since my liking of Michael Bolton was eclipsed by my love for Mariah (that’s a whole other post) and Michael simply became a distant memory that I wasn’t keen on admitting as an adult.

And that’s what I love about Spotify because as I sit here typing away I’m listening to Michael Bolton’s greatest hits. The Michael thing won’t last beyond today (I hope) and he will again become a distant memory.

I will say that I’m eternally grateful that I’m now working in a department where if I need to block out the office noise, I can put my headphones in and listening to some music while I work. Previously music only got a look in on my short drive to work and then only at home if I was in the mood. I’m discovering all my old music again and loving it.

To me life without music is not a happy life and if I could, I would sing all day every day (pretty sure my colleagues would kill me quickly if I did!)

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Channel 5 Shocker

Ok so I know I’ve posted a blog today but I felt compelled to post this (I’ll keep it short).

So I’m snuggled up on the sofa watching TV and I see Channel 5 are showing Made of Honour (I’ve seen it before but who cares).

15 mins in they play Gold Digger by Kanye West. But they play the original which contains the N word at least twice at 5pm.

Then as if this wasn’t enough on returning from the advert break they give an offensive language warning – at 5.25pm!

Not good Channel 5! So I bought it to their attention on my private Twitter account – let’s see if I get a response.

Saturday Antics

So I’ve mentioned that I love beauty but one of my other loves is football. So you will regularly find me on a Saturday afternoon freezing my butt off watching my team lose (yes, lose!)

I support Blackpool FC and putting it bluntly we’ve had a pretty crap season so far with last weeks game seeing us go from leading 2-0 at half time to losing 7-2!

So it was pretty safe to say none of us were expecting much yesterday but we only went and won 1-0. It still doesn’t take us off the bottom of the table but it closes the gap a little. It wasn’t a great game to watch and our pitch looks like ploughed field but a win is a win right.

And when I say freezing my butt off I’m not joking, I had leggings under my jeans, super thick socks and walling shoes on, a long sleeve top, football shirt, fleece then waterproof coat plus two hats, scarf and wool lined superdry mittens and I was still freezing! You do end up feeling a little like the Michelin Man when you go to football in the north west of England in January but It was dry.

Now despite the fact that I was simply going to football and not a glamorous party afterwards you might call me crazy for the contents of my tiny bag. I had some basic makeup but where the word crazy comes in is due to the number of lip products I take with me. I love my lip products and a girls gotta look good! So this is proof of the lip products I took with me – I needed options!

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Puffy Eyed Lady

So after my last post I was hoping my eyes had settled but no such luck. Yesterday I used a couple of products that I’ve used many times before but hadn’t used them for a couple of months. The culprits were the Garnier Gentle Eye Makeup Remover (the one in the purple bottle) and the Garnier Micellar Water.

I then woke up this morning with one puffy and red eye so back on the anti-histamines and no eye makeup today (I’m still not happy without mascara on as i have very blonde eyelashes). I’m going to be really upset if I now can’t use these two products as I like them both and I also bulk bought them both so will have many bottles to hand out to welcoming friends and family.

I’ve decided I’m going to keep a daily diary of everything I use on my face, day and night, so I can trace the source of the problems and work out what products I can and can’t use. It will likely be sods law that loads of my expensive products will cause a reaction, at which point I shall revert to a state of mourning and wear black 24/7!

I may also have to take the decision to throw out all the open mascaras I have and once my eyes have settled start with a new one. This again may induce tears as I have 6 mascaras currently open (yes, it’s a lot I know) but luckily they are all Maybelline ones so nothing too expensive.

I’m still waiting for my referral to a dermatologist to come through and i am known for having no patience so I’m finding it very frustrating all this waiting.

Attack of the Rash!

Some of you might have read in my last blog about not being able to use all of my new beauty products because my dermatitis has flared up. And it’s really starting to annoy me!

I went my entire life without having had any skin problems (other than the normal spots etc) but 4 months before my 34th birthday I developed a rash around my neck and on my eyelids. So off to the doctors I trot to find out what this, hoping to be given a cream and for it to be gone in a couple of weeks. But no, I get told the rash on my neck is eczema and on my eyelids it’s dermatitis. I also get told its stress induced and so the doctor gives me some cream and sends me on my way.

Stressed? Me? No, definitely not. However when I get home and tell my husband he asks me what I do when I get home from work every day. I vent, I rant about the day. But surely this is just me telling him about my day? Turns out this is all it takes to be considered stressed. Great, not much I can do about it as it’s my job. However 3 months later, I’ve moved to a new role and have become a lot less stressed and I’m loving my work and the people I work with.

But still the rashes don’t go away. They do indeed go down but never completely disappear. So another couple of trips and I get told it probably never will go away and I just have to live with it. Aaarrgghh so infuriating. Almost 34 years without problems and I get hit with this.

I guess I’m just going to have to get use to it. My neck doesn’t bother me as it has gone down a massive amount (at one point the guy in the Post Office asked me if someone had tried to strangle me – nice!) but my eyelids are stopping me enjoying my love of beauty. They are either dry and flaky or look really red and either way eye shadow looks pretty crap.

So I’m experimenting with eye creams and eye gels to try and find one that will moisturise and reduce redness as the creams from the doctors aren’t that great and leave everything looking really white! I’ll post later with some reviews and how I get on with them.

If anyone has any suggestions, tips or advice it will certainly be welcome.

Haul Time

If you read my previous post you might have picked up on a pattern that i love beauty products. This is absolutely true, i have masses (although not as much of the YouTuber’s i follow) of make-up and skin care. I love trying out new products and even more i love it when i find a product i love and that works – these are the times i end up bulk buying!

For a change me and my husband went away for New Year (never done it before) and the chosen destination was New York. This excited me so much as i love the shop Sephora and i knew my husband would be patient enough to allow multiple, lengthy visits during the 5 days we were there.

I think i did pretty well in only going in twice but still managed to spend most of my spending money. I stocked up on a couple of products i love, one of which is discontinued in the UK (Dior – what were you thinking, Creme de Rose is an amazing lip balm!) plus i had a whole list (yes i made and printed a list so i wouldn’t forget what i wanted) of products i was keen to try and couldn’t justify buying out of normal monthly wages.

I feel the best option is to just post a picture of my ‘haul’!

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It might not look a massive amount to some but to me this was a lot. What this doesn’t include is the numerous bottles of fragrance i bought from Victoria’s Secret. I love the fragrance Love Spell that they do so bought 6 x 30ml bottles of perfume and 6 x 250ml bottles of the body mist. I know you can buy this in the UK now but it is so much cheaper in the US so it made total sense to buy there.

Now i’d love to be able to tell you how awesome all of these products are but unfortunately for the past couple of weeks the dermatitis on my eyelids has flared so i’m having to be really careful what i use. I could almost cry about the fact I’ve only been able to use my Naked 3 palette once!

However i will say that the Tangle Teaser is awful. I have long, thick wavy hair and this just doesn’t cut the mustard. It’s not too bad on wet hair but useless otherwise.

Second Post – Confession Time

OK I have a confession – I love shopping on QVC!

There I said it.

Not that there is anything particularly bad about my confession but it’s something I’m trying to stop as I spend way too much money. Luckily since the beginning of the year there really hasn’t been much I want to buy and I’ve found myself watching QVC less and less.

Since January 1st 2015 I’ve not bought anything from QVC which means I’ve been able to resist TSV’s (Today’s Special Value for those not in the know) from Laura Geller, Decleor, Gatineau and Alpha H (do you see a pattern!)

Also I’ve had one item not arrive but they no longer have stock (boo hoo as I actually wanted it) so I’ll be getting a refund on this and I’ve got to make a decision today as to whether to send back a Kipling bag I bought as I just don’t think I’ll use it very much plus it cost £70!

So my aim is to make it until the end of the month without buying anything and in future only purchase items if I already use them and have run out (or about to run out as I don’t need the panic of actually completely running out of something). I’m pretty sure if I can make it until the end of the month I’ll be able to continue to resist temptation.

This will be much to the relief of my husband, oh and the local Hermes delivery man.

The First Post…

So this is my go at my first post. I’ll make it clear up front – i’m not a master writer, i’m not a grammatical expert and i don’t have any writing qualifications. I’m just a girl putting my thoughts into words to someone to read (hopefully).

I’m a 34 year old southerner living in the north.

Outside of my full-time work i love beauty, books, television (mostly american shows as we Brit’s just can’t seem to hit the jackpot when it comes to TV) and i’m trying my hardest to get into being healthy, enjoying exercise and trying to lose weight.

You won’t find any life changing revolutions on my pages but you might find something that interests you, inspires you or makes you laugh.