Thursday, 17 October 2013

tonight I'm gonna dance for all that we've been through

For the past few months I haven't really been myself, feeling down and unhappy most of the time. I won't go into too much detail because it's personal, buuuut I will say that I finally feel like I'm becoming myself again. I spent a lot of time alone, making excuses to avoid going out with my friends to parties or stuff like that, instead of just going out and having fun. And while I was alone I spent all the time wishing I wasn't, and thinking about how everything seemed to be going wrong. Thankfully, it seems to be coming to an end and I feel genuinely happy right now. I've been thinking about this past year a lot and how it has been the best and worst year of my life ever, and how much I miss some people or moments. Most of the time, I sit and wish the past would come back, but I've finally realised that I need to stop looking back and just move forward. If you're going through a hard time at the moment, just carry on and everything will sort its self out, I promise!
I usually hate new year because I hate change, but I really can't wait until 2014 comes so I can have a fresh start and *hopefully* make it the best year ever.
This is pretty much rambling, but the point is, I finally understand the phrase 'Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened'. Even though somebody is gone from your life, it doesn't mean you have to be sad. You should try and remember the happy memories with that person and be thankful that at one point they were part of your life, rather than dwelling on the past and being upset by it.
I hope you're all having a good week!
Love, Laura 

Ps: this was my favourite song a year ago and listening to it now, it seems to make a lot more sense. I hope you enjoy it! 

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Amy and Rogers Epic Detour

Have you ever read a book that completely changed you? That's exactly the affect that 'Amy and Rogers Epic Detour' had on me. I'm not going to lie, when I first found the book I thought it would be really childish because of the title, but I ignored it and decided to just give it a go. And I'm so glad I did because it is one of the best books I have ever read. I completely understand the phrase 'never judge a book by its cover' because it is not childish at all and is actually very.. mature. Basically, you wouldn't want your 10 year old sister to read this book but it's something that even your Mum would enjoy. I was shocked at how many 'real life' issues this addressed, like drug addiction, death, sex and depression. But that doesn't mean the book is depressing, it's actually quite funny and it left me with a really positive outlook on life. 
Seriously, it played with my emotions in a way that no book has before, one minute I was crying, the next I was laughing and by the end of it I just felt.. changed. While some books seem boring the second time you read them, this one is the same every time and you still go through all the emotions you did the first time.
I cannot rave about this enough, and I don't even want to include details of the storyline because if you do buy this book, I want you to really get into it. 
The blurb and the cover made me want to put it down, but once I gave it a chance I discovered a story that has stayed with me since I read it the first time. (I've read it 6 times since then and I still love it!)
If I can convince you to do one thing, buy this book, download it, borrow it from a friend, take it out at the library.. just read it.
I'm currently looking for more books to 'change my life'. If you recommend any please comment them below!
Love, Laura

Saturday, 12 October 2013

Review: Quick Fix Facials

A while ago I posted a Boots Haul, and a few people were interested in seeing a review on the 'Quick Fix Facials Face Masks'. I wanted to wait until I had used the products enough to post an honest review on them, and the time has now come.. That sounds very dramatic.
I found these while browsing the Boots website and the reduced price drew me in. These were new products at the time (they're still fairly new) and didn't really have any reviews for me to judge them on, so I just took a chance and added them to my basket (how adventurous).
I love the packaging, it's cute but simple and each mask has a different colour scheme, and they have a very large collection. You get a lot of product for the price which is great and they both smell quite nice.

Exfoliating Scrub Mask for blackheads and blocked pores
To use this mask, you're supposed to apply it to damp skin and massage it into problem areas, before leaving it for five minutes. However, I couldn't leave it on my face for more than 30 seconds. It felt like my skin was burning and once I washed it off, the only part of my face that wasn't bright red and dry was my nose. For this reason, I only use it on my nose and it really does work in reducing blackheads.
 I think the reason I reacted so badly to it was because I have very sensitive skin, so if you're the same then I wouldn't recommend it. However, if you have non sensitive, blackhead prone skin then I think this product could really help you.

Brightening Peel Mask for dull and uneven skin tone
Although my skin isn't good at all, it isn't exactly dull or uneven. Having said that, I am quite interested in brightening masks and I was curious as to what they would be like. This mask has a kind of gloopy consistency which wasn't really that fun to apply to my skin. However, once it was on it felt very cooling and it didn't burn or itch like the other one. My favourite thing about this product was peeling it off, you can't deny how satisfying it feels.. or do I sound like a weirdo now?.. probably. I can't say that I noticed a big difference after using this, but as I said: my skin isn't really very dull to start with (that sounds like bragging but don't worry, my skin has many more problems). If you do suffer from dull and uneven skin this might really help.

So although I didn't love both these products, they were okay and I will continue to use them. Let me know if you've tried any of the other masks in the collection as I am quite curious as to what they are like!
Thankyou for reading!
Love, Laura

Sunday, 6 October 2013

This week..

I decided that every Sunday from now on I'll write a recap of my week. This way I can balance out the personal and beauty posts and I love reading this kind of thing! Also, it's nice to look back on these 'update' posts to remind you of that time.

On Tuesday I had a day off, so me and two of my friends went into Leeds for some shopping and a TGI's (a tradition of ours). Unfortunately the 30 minute wait for a table drove us away so we decided to find somewhere else to go. This is how I found my new favourite restaurant, 'The Handmade Burger Co'. It has completely replaced TGI's (sorry!) and ever since I went I've been dreaming of it.. I will return soon. I ended up having a really good day, even though my feet ached by the end of it.

The rest of the week has been filled with rainy days. This year has actually been quite dry so I guess we were all expecting a downpour sometime soon. I've spent most of my time at school sheltering from the weather inside which is where the internet connection is the worst. Since our school has started allowing use of our phones at break and lunch, we've been battling with the terrible wifi.. I swear they do it on purpose.

I found out my predicted grade in English is an A, and since 'realising my potential' my English teacher hasn't left me alone and is constantly asking 'What do you think about this, Laura?' It's gotten to the point that I practically have to hide under the table to avoid having to awkwardly stammer a sentence about the relationships of the main characters in a book. Am I being too dramatic?

This weekend my cousins came to visit from London which is always nice since I only see them 2-3 times a year. We spent most of the day looking through photographs and sharing funny stories from when we were younger. Then we ate loads of food and set off some fireworks in memory of my Grandad. They also showed me the photos from their holiday in Florida making me extremely jealous. I'm currently trying to persuade my parents to take us next year.

I hope this was slightly interesting although most of you have probably stopped reading by now..
Anyway, good luck tomorrow! I know Mondays aren't everybody's favourites..

Love, Laura

Saturday, 5 October 2013

Soap and Glory Face Brush Review

As you will know if you follow me on twitter or read my blog regularly, I talk about my skin a lot. I've been struggling with it for a while now but recently it's really been improving and I wanted to share some of the products that have been helping.
On Tuesday I was casually strolling through Boots in Trinity Leeds (just setting the scene for you, get a clear image..) which is much bigger than my nearest ones. Because it's a lot bigger, there's a lot more variety of products and I always seem to find things that I haven't seen before. That's basically how I stumbled across the 'Soap and Glory Face Brush'. I tried to find this product online, but it isn't listed on the Boots website or the Soap and Glory website, so the only option if you're interested, is buying it in store.
I've always been very interested in facial brushes and exfoliating sponges/pads (etc) because quite frankly I just love using them! I find it strangely satisfying to exfoliate, but scrubs such a St Ives just don't do it for me and seem to dry out my skin. I've previously used The Body Shop's facial brush which was too harsh on my sensitive skin and didn't seem to help in cleaning or exfoliating either. This made me very wary when it came to trying out others because anything that dries or irritates my skin obviously isn't going in my good books.
However when I saw this brush for only £6 (just £2 more than The Body Shop's version) I couldn't resist and promptly popped it into my basket (has anybody noticed how many alliterations I'm using today? I don't even know why). One of the things that really attracted me to this brush was that one side was the traditional brush and the other was rubbery (I'm not the best at describing, but you can see this in the pictures).

As always when I buy new products, I was really excited to go home and use it as I'm sure you all are after a trip to Boots. When I read the tag that came on it, the instructions read that the rubbery side I thought was just another way to cleanse your face was actually a massager! I've read into facial massages before but I've never purchased one because I didn't think I actually needed one, so I was quite excited to try it (despite never venturing into these types of products before).
When I use this, I firstly remove my makeup using Bioderma. Then, I dampen my face and apply a cleanser. It really doesn't matter what type of face wash you use, but I get a lot of satisfaction out of using a foaming cleanser and creating loads of bubbles... So mature.
Then I slightly wet the brush head and sweep it over my face in circular motions, concentrating more on my forehead, chin and nose when my skin is slightly oiler and spot prone (however I still use it on my cheeks to remove dead skin). I then rinse the remaining product off of my face and the brush and slightly pat my face down with a towel.
This is when I flip the brush over and massage my face, again in circular motions, using the massager side. After that I apply moisturiser and I'm done.
Just adding this to my skincare routine has brightened my skin up and I've noticed that most of the blemishes I had have disappeared. I love that it really makes my skin feel clean without drying it out, which is a problem I always seem to have.
I was a bit sceptical about using this daily (which is on the instructions) because I didn't want to irritate my skin but it's working absolutely fine!
So basically, I would recommend this to all skin types, and it's definitely become one of my holy grail beauty products.
I hope you enjoyed this review, let me know if you've tried any facial brushes before!
Thank you for reading