The Lourdes Experience

This a picture of my friend Annabel and I holding banners about to walk in a procession! I was utterly terrible at holding it up right.... I find it hard enough to balance myself to be honest never mind a 12 foot pole!

This a picture of my friend Annabel and I holding banners about to walk in a procession! I was utterly terrible at holding it up right…. I find it hard enough to balance myself to be honest never mind a 12 foot pole!

 

 

Recently I went on a pilgrimage to Lourdes (the result of my fundraising hair cut! you can view that post HERE!) I can honestly say it was an experience like no other. While it still fresh in my memory I have decided to document it on my blog and share the experience with you all! ūüėÄ


Lets begin with the 27 HOUR COACH JOURNEY SHALL WE? ūüėČ

In order to keep costs at a minimal (well¬†either that or¬†our Teachers enjoyed this torture and felt the need to put us all through it… damn I knew I should’ve handed in that maths homework) we¬†did the entirety of the trip via coach but had a ferry journey from Dover to Calais.

The actual journey went surprisingly fast! The tips I can offer you in order to have a fairly fun coach journey include;

  1. Keeping hydrated!¬† Drink a lot of water but not so much that you need to pee every 5 minutes, if you do plan on drinking a lot or if you just have a week bladder sit in a seat that near the toilet. There’s noting worse than having to stomp down a coach and wake everyone else- that is a one way ticket to everyone hating you on the coach, trust me on that! ūüėÄ

  2. Wear comfy clothes, something that you are happy to lounge about in but also that you can also remove if you need to…. LAYER THEM CLOTHES! I wore this slouchy jersey top and long vest top- both from h&m…. Both inexpensive and practical. I pared them with a pair of leggings and brought some tracksuit bottoms to change into.¬†You can view what I wore by clicking on the item listed…..(I’ve been all¬†snazzy and hyperlinked them you see!) ūüėÄ ¬† The jersey shirt…… The long vest top…… the leggings….. The tracksuit bottoms……

  3. ¬†Sit with someone that you like! Time goes so slowly in bad company!! I sat with my friend Nieve but we agreed that we’d swap half way through the journey so that we didn’t end up killing each other…. a lot of people did a similar thing. If you really want to push yourself sit with someone you don’t really know that well and get to know them! Who knows? you might have more in common than you’d think ūüôā


    Once we arrived in Lourdes we were all shattered but a day of activities beckoned. Lourdes was a non-stop journey right from the go!

    This is my friends and I  on the first day! Functioning on 4 hours of sleep :D

    This is my friends and I on the first day! Functioning on 4 hours of sleep ūüėÄ


     

    The Activities!

    Throughout the trip our days were jam-packed with activities.  For example this is our first day activities timetable!!

    HOW WE DID ALL THIS ON VIRUTALLY NO SLEEP IS BEYOND ME......

    HOW WE DID ALL THIS ON VIRUTALLY NO SLEEP IS BEYOND ME……

    After each day we had reflection and ended up going to bed at about 11/12….. each night we were lucky to get 6 hours sleep! Despite our pilgrim deciding on the 2nd day he¬†no longer wanted to be looked after by my group anymore we were all left stranded and had to leech onto other groups. I fortunately knew one of the pilgrims as he baptised me so I was still fully able to participate. Throughout the activities we reflected upon what we’d done then collectively at the end of each day had the so aptly named ” Reflection”¬†in which some pensive music was played and we prayed and what not. Now I am not particularly religious but being in Lourdes really opens your eyes to all the aspects of religion rather than just church and praying seemed less like a chore and more a time to be alone with your thoughts.

    As a school we did a lot of activities, much more than the 11 other schools that went. This meant we didn’t socialize with the other schools that much, this was something we were all very upset by. Through talking to people from my school that previously went to Lourdes and knowing that through the experience they made life long friends it was a¬† massive shame that we didn’t have the same experience.


    The Baths

One of my favourite memories of the activities was from the Baths. The story of Lourdes is (in a nutshell) that a young girl called Bernadette saw an apparition of Mary who told her to drink from the water in a dirty grotto, when she did this the water became pure and a spring arose from the ground. People were stunned and slowly one by one begun to drink from the spring; in doing so their illness were cured and the disabled were able. The baths are now a massive attraction at the heart of Lourdes.

Queuing up for the baths¬†somewhat resembled queuing for a ride at a theme park, there was a similar buzz of apprehension, anticipation and excitement through the air. ¬†Lots of the girls were a bit uneasy at the prospect of the baths as we are told that in order to get the most out of the experience we were to go into the frightfully cold baths, NAKED.¬†Now I personally wasn’t bothered by the *ahem* nakedness or the cold (as I used to train in pools of a similar temperature). As we were getting ready to go into the baths I will admit that I was nervous, I don’t know why but there was this feeling in the pit of my stomach a nagging pull in my gut, like butterfly’s but stronger turning my thoughts and making me slightly uneasy.

The actual sisters there are lovely and respectful and took great care of us all. As it was my turn I was determined not to be phased by the cold and stepped onto the first porcelain step. The cold coursed up through my foot, into my leg and seemed to constrict my chest and really took your breath away.  I waded through the water to Mary and said a prayer before sitting down in the bath. (I say bath but it was much more majestic than your tub at home I can assure you- it was like a porcelain hole carved into the ground, quite beautiful) The feeling was quite hard to describe. There is merely one word that comes to mind to describe it, Ominous. The feeling that there was something else there. All my senses seemed alive, alert and awakened. After submerging I found myself laughing, not a hysterical, manic laugh but a laugh of joy and confusion I guess. It was truly one of the most wonderful experiences I have ever had.


The Torchlight Processions

On a couple of occasions we were able to participate in the Torchlight processions one of which we allowed onto the main altar, it was a beautiful, beautiful sight and experience.

A little collage of my favourite pictures of the procession. These pictures don't nearly do it enough justice.

A little collage of my favourite pictures of the procession. These pictures don’t nearly do it enough justice.



My Friends/ The Emotions

Lourdes is a very emotional journey. It challenged my thoughts and reawakened some things that I myself hadn’t thought about in a long time. Feelings of supressed emotions, things I preferred to block out all rose to the surface. Feelings so powerful or overwhelming that I was reduced to tears on a few occasions. I hardly ever cry in front of other people but I found my eyes welling up on many occasions (as did many other people from my group). We were all each others own support and friends, even people that I wasn’t that close to became friends that you could talk to. My friends I am indefinitely much closer to emotionally and have a stronger bond with. The most enjoyable, fun moments were at the dinner table….. I’m pretty sure I developed a six pack from all the laughing. (mainly at my food as the waiters didn’t seem to understand the term “sans lactose”…. anyone for boiled potatoes and bread?)

MEAL TIMES WERE THE BEST TIMES

MEAL TIMES WERE THE BEST TIMES



 

AND AFTER ALL THAT EMOTIONAL SHIZZ I THINK ITS ABOUT TIME FOR SOME PHOTO’S….HERES A COLLECTION OF MY FAVORITE SNAPS FROM THE TRIP! ūüėÄ

A Picture Says A Thousand Words

Outside the basilica taking a group selfie on the floor-- oohh yee

Outside the basilica taking a group selfie on the floor– oohh yee

Myself and Annabel at the Torchlight procession

Myself and Annabel at the Torchlight procession

OOOH CREATIVE SELFIE

OOOH CREATIVE SELFIE

At the "regular" café enjoying there signature glass of tap water

At the “regular” caf√© enjoying there signature glass of tap water

Day 22 of Lourdes and Becky is still taking selfies outside the basilica ;)

Day 22 of Lourdes and Becky is still taking selfies outside the basilica ūüėČ

I look oddly out of proportion on this.... Myself and Grace :)

I look oddly out of proportion on this…. Myself and Grace ūüôā

AFTER THE TEACHERS MADE US WALK 7 FLIGHTS OF STAIRS TO GET TO OUR ROOM WE REBELLED AND TTOOK THE LIFT! Muhahahhaha :D

AFTER THE TEACHERS MADE US WALK 7 FLIGHTS OF STAIRS TO GET TO OUR ROOM WE REBELLED AND TTOOK THE LIFT! Muhahahhaha ūüėÄ

We greeted our friend Terrence like this after we all beat him to the 7th floor :P

We greeted our friend Terrence like this after we all beat him to the 7th floor ūüėõ

Looking far too happy with myself at a procession

Looking far too happy with myself at a procession

Doing our best cringey poses

Doing our best cringey poses ūüėÄ

The face myself and Annabel makes when we see a nice looking derriere! Say hello to the "Dat Ass" face

The face myself and Annabel makes when we see a nice looking derriere! Say hello to the “Dat Ass” face

The face in action!  DAT ASS!

The face in action!
DAT ASS!

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That banner really brings out my dimples ūüėÄ


So that just about concludes another post guys! The journey of Lourdes was truly one that I hope I never forget, the tears, the love and the friendships. The sense of belonging and hope. The feeling of pushing myself to try and do new things and putting my all in. I grew so much in the space of one week as a person and really changed my outlook on life.

I wish you all the best in whatever your doing today, I hope that you enjoyed that somewhat emotional post and that if you ever get the chance to go on a pilgrimage or do something a little out your comfort zone you seize the opportunity ūüėÄ

See you soon, Becky x

My List of Priorities- 15 year old Teen

This is what I hope to be a little list of my priorities. The picture above is of my last ever sports day at school- a thought that scares me very much and makes me consider how I have changed as a person.

This post will consist¬†of things that are important to me presently and explain them in an honest way. I hope that I will be able to do more of these in the future and each time I do one that they have changed order or changed entirely. A sort of physiological timeline if you will of things in my brain…… Hope you enjoy the inner clockwork of my brain!


“Sometimes as a person you lose your way. Whether it be through being swayed by others or losing sight of what’s important we stray from the path that we should be travelling on, I personally have no clue as to whether I am wandering down the right path or not but I’m intrigued as to where it‚Äôs going to take me.”¬†


1.Getting the grades. Getting the right grades are so important. In order to keep my options open for the future I need to have the basic grades that allow me to fulfil my potential; well at least that’s what school keeps telling me. I personally do not believe grades are the “be all and end all”, the things that truly control my life. I prefer to think of grades as a good pedestal to boost me up into the big world and help we achieve. Grades aren’t the thing that determine whether you do or not become happy or have a good job. I mean come on, Isaac Newton was failing his tests and Bill Gates was a college dropout. GRADES DO NOT DEFINE YOU AS A PERSON, or so I keep telling myself.

2. ¬†Finding myself as a person. Big issue! At 15 I find I give myself brain ache thinking about what I want for my tea; the prospect that I may have to one day consider my career scares the absolute living jebeebles out of me. I don’t know who I am. I have a pretty good idea that I want to do something that helps others in the future and am very interested in the film industry but god knows where this will take me.

3. What people perceive me as- ¬†The one thing¬†that out of¬†that list really stands out is that I care what people perceive me as; as much as I like to say that I don’t care what people think about me, I do. Its obvious that I don’t care quite as much as your standard 15 year old girl but it affects me somewhat when someone makes a snide comment about a friend to me, it makes me wonder what people say about me behind my back. If I was asked to define myself in 3 words I would say I’m caring,¬†kind and wise. Sometimes I find it difficult to be around my friends¬†who sometimes have trivial¬†problems but blow them entirely out of proportion but I will always offer them advice¬†and a shoulder to¬†cry on¬†but I feel as if sometimes people take me for a given and that when I in return ask for help from others they brush it aside. I will always be there for people to talk to them and guide them but sometimes it would be nice to not be taken for given.¬† There’s so much more to a person than what they choose to show in there exterior and I feel as if I could show¬†more of myself as a person but I find its easier to conform to what others already see you as than to make them take you (oo-er!) in a different way.


So that just about concludes this post. I have as kept my word and written multiple posts but simply not had the access to publish them so expect you subscription box to be flooded soon! ūüėÄ

Posts soon to arrive include:

The Lourdes Experience

My Summer Favourites

Styling short Hair

Dealing With Acne

My Accutane Story

The Duke Of Edinburgh Award (D of E)

My Music- Songs that change your life

My Films- Films that change your life


See you very soon guys- Becky x


Cutting off My Hair (Times to look back on)

Hello again Bloggettes!
I’m sticking to my word and once again doing another post! (despite being drowned in science revision!).
From the title you are probably a bit confused as to what this post is about? (and the more observant among us may have also noticed the plug from my last post in which I briefly motioned it!- you can view that HERE) and hair cut may just suggest  just a nip down to the Hairdressers and a quick snip to shake off the dead ends, however; this quick snip is 16 inches of my hair.

Around 2 years ago I was watching le television and I saw an article on the news that intrigued me- an article about a girl who had cut her hair off for charity. I instantly was captured by the selflessness of this girl, most women’s most prized possession is their hair yet this girl donated hers to a child who’d she’d never met in hope it might make them more confident or happy. I told my parents that that was what I was intending on doing, they dismissed it of course not taking 12 year old Becky seriously and we all forgot about it.

Such a BRAVE lady- shaved her hair on LIVE television- Jessie J... I really do salute you!

Such a BRAVE lady- shaved her hair on LIVE television- Jessie J… I really do salute you!

A while later I watched Red Nose Day and once again something caught my eye, this time it was Jessie J who was shaving her hair. For anyone to shave their head they have to be so brave and especially a high profile celebrity who’s hair has been a part of her image since she started her career in the mainstream. I was totally In awe of her. I carried on watching and Jessie described¬† how she was doing it for the little princesses trust; a charity that makes wigs for children with illnesses that make you loose your hair, I looked into it more and saw all the amazing story’s of amazing people who’d cut their hair (or shaved) for charity, I once again told my parents that I wanted to cut my hair and this time they started to realise I was serious about doing it. I have since been growing my hair for the sole purpose of cutting it off for charity.

Now that brings us to the present day! This year I’m going on a annual school trip to Lourdes. This entails looking after sick or elderly people and helping them get around Lourdes and do what they need to in order be happy. Now if you want to know more about this in detail I’ve attached a print screen of the information sheet (with my schools name removed) –

Sorry about the green boxes and gaps but I preferably do not want my school involved in my blog- my little space on the interwebs means no inference from le school!

Sorry about the green boxes and gaps but I preferably do not want my school involved in my blog- my little space on the interwebs means no inference from le school!

 

By no means am I saying that every women with hair should go and cut it off- this post is rather selfish frankly. Its to remind myself of why I did it and record it as a bit of a landmark in my teen life. I think that sometimes as people we forget to appreciate all the things around us and how lucky we are to have what we do. This post is to remind myself to give back and not be so involved in my appearance and stressing if my hair doesn’t curl the way I want it to or if my eye make-ups a bit naff. Its for me and anyone who feels a bit insignificant to remind ourselves that the smallest of things (such as cutting of your hair) or making someone smile- those are the things that make our lives significant. The times when we’ve effected someone else’s life through what may seem kinda trivial at the time; through a simple smile or a quick compliment a person can totally change up someone else’s day.

Le Cheveux et moi :)

Le Cheveux et moi ūüôā

At the end of the day my hair WILL grow back- whether it take 2 years or 5, I know that me doing this will be so worth it.

So that just about concludes this post! I will be sure to do another soon (or when the hair is g-g-gone!).

See you soon guys!

Becky x

 

 

The Return to my Blog (The Value of time and Making stupid bets)

Hello again guys!

Now I’m not going to do the whole clich√© blogger thing where they come up with a gazillion excuses as to why I’ve been away and apologize constantly so I shall be straight up honest; I have been EXTREMELY lazy. Now I could say “ah yes I have been busy revising and going out with family and friends” but the general fact of the matter is that it would have taken me a matter of 5 minutes to sit down and write this post but alas; I have spent my nights watching cake boss and scrolling through my Facebook news feed and watching YouTube videos.¬†Once again this may sound (or read) all to familiar to you seeing as many a You Tuber have vlogged about “Procrastination” and how its taken “over their lives(!)” so I shall simply not try and explain it, however I have linked my favourite videos that have (danisnotonfire-‚ÄúHow To Procrastinate Like a Pro‚ÄĚ IISuperwomenII-‚ÄúHow I get Work Done‚ÄĚcharlieissocoollike-‚ÄúStop Procrastinating‚ÄĚ) I am perfectly aware that a little procrastinator manifests within all of us even the hardest of workers sometimes just need to watch some brainless TV (as I like to call it) and listen to the Kardashians discuss their family struggles (oh to be a first world millionaire!) or watch Buddy from Cake Boss dirty ice a hundred cakes and follow the twists and turns that the bakery face (!) Sometimes as people we just need that downtime!

Recently I’ve been thinking about a lot of things, mainly the fact that my GCSE’s are coming up and I feel totally unprepared. Now, I know its going to happen and im going to sit the tests in my school hall in less than a year yet I still cant seem to get myself together to revise; its as if my brains purposely trying to spite me like “oh so NOW you want to revise, well tough because¬†I‚Äôm going to¬†make you think of everything apart from photosynthesis…. like what is the meaning of life”- not cool brain; not cool at all.

I’ve only recently realised the value of time, for example; the fact I waste 40 minutes in the morning travelling to school then another forty back or that I waste hours upon end watching TV or films, its like this revelation. So I have decided that seeing as almost indefinitely cannot concentrate on diagrams and what not whilst being thrown about on a bus I will use the time wisely and come up with drafts for my blog posts or lists of things that I need to do; just general bits and bobs I can do to be more organized. As for the¬†hours I spend watching TV? well they’re non-existent. I’ve decided to utilise those hours either revising or watching YouTubes “Blogilates” as I’ve begun this whole being fit thing.

We Can Do It!

I have tried to become fitter before but totally lacked motivation but recently while in a lesson this boy I was sat next to was bragging about his 6 pack and being a generally narcissistic twonk and for some reason one thing led to another and I made a bet with him that I could GET A SIX BACK IN 6 MONTHS?! Now I’m not exactly the type that would seem to have a six pack so this should be tr√®s int√©ressant*slow clap for Becky*I mean I even bet ¬£10.00 s0 if that isn’t going to motivate me I don’t know what will. I will fo sureee get back to you on that and let you know how I’m getting on; if anything me publishing this to THE WHOLE OF THE INTERWEBS should be fairly motivating. at the end of the day I’m¬† the only one who controls me so if I do fail I have no-one to blame apart from myself; well maybe also my mums ginger sponge puddings.

I’m hopefully going to be a lot more dedicated to this blog and really everything in general. I have plenty of ideas of things to write about ranging from completing the Duke of Edinburgh award (D of E) to dealing with exam stress…. soooo yeah! that’s that. I am sorry this post has been so crappy but I assure you business will return as normal soon.

A little Posey Picture of me! Really gunna miss my hair *sighs*  BUT MORE ON THAT LATER! :D

A little Posey Picture of me! Really gunna miss my hair *sighs*
BUT MORE ON THAT LATER! ūüėÄ

Ba bye for now blogettes!

Becky xx

Teen Life?…… Growing up with social media

Hello again guys! 

From the title you can probably tell this isn’t going to be a beauty post, its just a little nugget of my thoughts on teen life and the internet.

A rather flattering picture of me on my first day of school (By the way i do not have a glowing yellow eye...That is just a side affect of my mums fantastic photography!).. .. JAZZ HAANDS!!

A rather flattering picture of me on my first day of school.. ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†also beginning “teen life” (dun dun duuuhh) ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†….By the way i do not have a glowing yellow eye…That is just a side affect of my mums fantastic photography!)..
.. JAZZ HAANDS!!

In case you didn’t know I am currently age 14, dead in between what i’d class as childhood (4-12) and adulthood (18 upwards). To me teen years are some of the most testing and odd years of someones life. ¬†I do think that times have changed a lot since (for example) since my parents were at school, lots of things we have to deal with now and that are considered a “normal” part of teen life today(or just things that our parents or people older than us just simply can’t understand) seem alien to others. I think the main change has happened ¬†in the short space of 2 years. ¬†On ¬†February 1, 2012 a social media site called Facebook was launched to the public.

Facebook was one really big when I started high school. My friends would say “get Facebook! its great” or “did you see what Boris put on Facebook last night?!” . I felt secluded from them and as if I was missing out on a lot because I didn’t have Facebook. I wasn’t entirely sure on what it entailed and what Facebook was but after months of nagging at my parents they agreed for me to get Facebook. ¬†I said the main reason I wanted it was to keep in touch with some people I met at an audition so my Mum said “yes”. ¬†When I first got Facebook I was really underwhelmed and thought it was rather crappio but unfortunately after weeks of going on it, it was becoming addictive. Obviously if I would of said this to a person 20 years ago, (that I was pretty much addicted to a social media website) I would’ve been called nutty. ¬†This is partially because¬†Geocities, (supposedly one of the first ever social media sites) was created¬†in 1994, this would mean that 20 years ago social media didn’t even exist. ¬†In fact 32 years ago in 1989¬†British engineer Tim Berners-Lee began work at CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research, in Switzerland), on what was to become the World Wide Web. ¬†The world wide web itself is only (technically) 32 years old!

Why does Social Media affect Teens most?

Personally I think that Social media really affects teens most because we have grown up with it. There’s sites like ¬†tumblr where things that we view daily and what we consider normal, another person wont. For example the concept of fan “shipping” or “fandoms”. ¬†I personally don’t see the harm in doing this but when I tried to explain it to my mum she just thought it was an absurd thing to do or be a part of and I know its the same with a lot of my friends parents. ¬†I’m not saying every person over the age of 30 is a total dummy when it comes to internet concepts but I would say that a lot of ¬†adults don’t understand things as much as teens or are as accepting of it. ¬†The effect of this is that our views on whats normal is really different to that of say 20 (or maybe even 10) years ago. ¬†We also have sites like twitter that allow us to talk to celebrity’s (or “tweet” them). ¬†This is a thing that is good and bad. For as many good fans that there are there is a handful of people who purposely set out to send “hate messages” to people, (celebrity or not). These people are commonly known as “internet trolls”. We also then have people who are “catfish” (who pretend to be someone there not via a social media website). The Internets a wonderful but scary place.

We view swearing, hate messages and general harshness on a day to day basis and we consider it normal or just a part of being on an internet site. I’m sure if you told an adult about all this they would simply say “delete your account if it bothers you” but the fact is after a while, it doesn’t bother us, we just accept it and “keep scrolling”. ¬†We are also easily influenced by things we see and people we see. Sites such as instagram allow people to share pictures. Celebrity’s also tend to have instagram. They may post a picture of themselves in a bikini or in swimwear. The photo itself is probably edited so much that the person looks nothing like they do in real life but we still look at them and see them as role models and “perfect people”. Obviously not all people are like this and neither are all celebrity’s but again there are a heck of a lot of people who do.

Having Socail media in the  palm of your hand... with great responsibility comes great need to stalk Johnny Depps twitter account...

Having Social media in the palm of your hand… with great power comes great need to stalk Johnny Depps twitter account…(the mans a legend.. how can you not?!) ūüėČ

 

Basically….

I think that social media is a fantastic thing to have WHEN USED PROPERLY. You may also be thinking what made me want to write this post in the first place? Well, this week was the school holidays and i noticed that at the start of this week I was wasting my evenings scrolling through Facebook and peoples twitter feeds, it just made me think of what life would be like 20 years ago, what would I have been doing then? who knows, I may of actually ventured out my room into the outside world? ūüėČ

I know that I really have just barely scratched the surface of what social media is but I think that no matter how many blog posts I do I will probably never be able to explain or get my head around the internet. I personally love social media sites like Facebook because they allow us to talk to and keep up with our friends (which is what facebook is supposed to be about) but I think it is difficult to grow up in the “social media age” because of how vulnerable it makes us to the public and how easily you can find so much out about people. ¬†but of course we don’t NEED to get Facebook or any social media sites and they are there to be used properly, just some people don’t.

My advice?

Don’t get too caught up in the world of social media. If you don’t like what you see or what someones saying to you, you don’t have to listen. Inactivate your account or (if on Facebook) block or delete the person. Who actually cares if you don’t get 50 likes on your profile? If someone isn’t friends with you because you don’t have over 300 hundred Facebook friends that’s just sad on there part. ¬†Having so many likes on your profile picture wont get you a GCSE and similarly stalking Johnny Depps ¬†twitter account wont help you pass your math test (sad but true). ¬†My advice? keep calm and give yourself a break from social media. Don’t let your phone rule your life. In fact I challenge you to not go on Facebook (or any other social media site) (except bloglovin of course ūüėČ ) and just have a break, go out and socialize or pick up your revison book. do something today that future you will thank you for!

I spy with my little eye...  A floating yellow person without a body....  !SMILEY!

I spy with my little eye…
A floating yellow head without a body….
!SMILEY!

 

¬†(: —————————————————————————————- ūüôā

SO THAT JUST ABOUT CONCLUDES THIS POST!

I hope this has been helpful to at least one person!

Xxxxxxxx See you all soon, have a great bonfire night guys! xxxxxxX

Autumnal Ramblings/My Holy Grail of Skin Care :) (WINTER SAVIORS 2013)

Autumnal Rambles!

Why hello there Bloggettes. As you can probably tell from the title of this post, I’m going to be doing my beauty necessities. The 101 survival guide on how to protect and help your skin survive even the toughest of winters.

An introduction to “Sweater Weather” and general Rambles!

!!!SMILE!!!

(If you don’t want to read my rather insightful winter rambles¬†and¬†want to get straight to my Holy Grail of¬†beauty… scroll down to the red writing) ūüôā

Seeing as the weather is changing from the rather unusual (but pleasant) warm(ish) Summer and heading through¬† to Autumn/ Fall. Its time to crack open your Carmex and smother your Vaseline all over your lips because right here, right now is when our skin is tested the most. Personally I love the colder seasons (or the sweater weather seasons as I like to call them) , there’s nothing nicer than having a hot chocolate when its raining outside and your all snuggled up in your duvets, warm and comfy, watching the world go by.

Unfortunately if we do wander out the comfort of our homes in the sweater weather seasons, we easily forget all about our facial skin. We wear coat, scarves and snugly socks. Its very rare you’ll see someone journey out the house (at this time of the¬†year) wearing hot pants, toms and a strappy vest top from Primark. We cover ourselves up to keep warm and to protect from the cold harsh winter winds. More often than not we just simply cannot be bothered with makeup or SPF (sun protection factor) in the wintery months and therefore our skin suffers due to our¬†general sluggishness.¬† You’re probably thinking, “SPF when its raining… you mad person why would I need that now?!”. Well my dearies, quite simply because even went we cant see the sun there are still harmful rays lurking about ready to strike a poor defenseless¬†SPF-less face. Its better to be safe than sorry my bloggettes. Just pop a bit of SPF tinted moisturizer on there and were good to go. Do something today that future you will thank your for. Even something as small as that may have a big difference the skin..

 

and *breathe*…AUTUMNAL RAMBLES OVER…. BEAUTY BITS SHALL BEGIN!….

MY COLD WEATHER “LITTLE BEAUTY” SAVIORS”!… (products I just couldn’t live without..)

THE BEAUTY BIT. …Be ready for the wind!

I have been loving many a product thought the many winters I have faced and a majority of them I couldn’t of faced without these products on my face……FACE (is it just me that thinks the word face is starting to sound weird now anyways.. )*ahem*

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot cloth cleanser….

I’ve been using this on my face for almost a year now, I can honestly say after trying many cleansers from many brands) I have come to the conclusion.. Liz Earle is the holy grail of makeup removing and general cleansyness. I’ve used a¬†variety of different cleansing products that range from Clinique’s¬†3 step Anti-Blemish Solutions to Simples kind to skin Face washes and cleansers¬† and none of them are a patch on the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish. It removes every morsel of makeup from your skin and leaves it clean and (I think) visibly clearer. ( I may or may not do another blog post on the Cleanse and Polish?)

"I don't see nothin' wrong with a little cleanse and polish" Oooh err!

“I don’t see nothin’ wrong with a little cleanse and polish”
Oooh err!

It comes in¬†¬£13.00 a tube so I ask you this. If you haven’t tried it,.. WHYY?! they’re even doing festive packaging! ūüôā http://uk.lizearle.com/cleanse-and-polish-limited-edition.html—- festive packaging (limited edition)

http://uk.lizearle.com/cleanse-and-polish-hot-cloth-cleanser.html¬†¬†——The¬†original

http://uk.lizearle.com/liz-earle-for-men-cleanse-and-polish.html¬†—- one for the males

Rosy lips Vaseline..

Again I cannot stress to you how much I love this!

Vaseline is available world wide and is basically petroleum jelly adapting to certain smells and “flavors” (e.g. the coca butter Vaseline that gives off a faintly chocolatey aroma) The Rosy lips Vaseline (as well as moisturizing the skin) also tints it a slight pink colour. Its truly a great product! I also tend to use it as a highlighter above my (slightly non-existent) cheekbones.

THE “MARILYN MONROE” ¬†TREATMENT

Another little tip… if you’re going to a¬†special event or just fancy¬†a change to your usual daily¬†skin care regime. ¬†Marilyn Monroe was a big fan of ¬†doing this this… ¬†This is believed to be what gave Marilyn her dewy glow. Apply some original Vaseline all over your face and use it as a kind of protective film/ night¬†moisturizer on your facicals that will protect it (briefly) from the harsh¬†winter winds … It works wonders. Marilyn used to apply a layer of powder then Vaseline..and repeated.

****IF YOU SUFFER FROM OILY SKIN OR CLOGGED PORES I WOULDN’T RECOMMEND PUTTING LOADS OF VASELINE ON YOUR FACE****

 "Pink, it's my new obsession  Pink, it's not even a question,  Pink, on the lips of your lover  'Cause Pink is the love you discover" Ooh sneaky Aerosmith Lyric!

“Pink, it’s my new obsession
Pink, it’s not even a question,
Pink, on the lips of your lover
‘Cause Pink is the love you discover”
Ooh sneaky Aerosmith Lyric!

  At £2.00 for a tin you really cant go wrong! Just give it a go!

http://www.superdrug.com/search?q=rosy+lips+vaseline—– all the Vaseline your heart could ever want..

My Liz Earle Colour Sheer Skin tint (with SPF 15)

WITH

Clinique moisture surge CC cream (with SPF 30)

Now I did purchase these products separately but I must say they work rather well together! I have fair skin and auburn hair so obviously its always going to be hard to find a base to fit my needs. Unfortunately I also have blemishes and therefore always believed foundation was the answer to cover up, that a heavy foundation was required. Oh how wrong I was! Its not how much you put on, its how you put it on! The reason I mix these products (that do work rather well by themselves) together is that I have a very odd skin tone. Its quite an uneven skin tone, some parts with yellowish undertones and others with pinkish ones. Mixing these together (seeing as they both have different undertones) they create the perfect base.

a little bit of CC cream to the left A little bit of Liz Earle to my right

a little bit of CC cream to the left
A little bit of Liz Earle to my right

Now they are quite pricy but they’re very much worth it, especially if you feel like having a lazy makeup day… slap some on and your good to go! ūüôā

http://uk.lizearle.com/sheer-skin-tint-spf15.html¬†—— Liz Earles Sheer Skin Tint

http://www.clinique.co.uk/product/1599/25255/Makeup/Foundations/NEW-Moisture-Surge-CC-Cream-SPF-30-Hydrating-Colour-Corrector/index.tmpl¬†——- Clinique’s CC cream

MOISTURISERS!!

Now as the wintery months fall our skin gets dryer.. I suffer from Excma and dry skin so I find that moisturising is basically my winter staple product…

Oliatum—– is mainly for my Excma, it clears it up really well and reduces dryness

The Daily Smooth‚ĄĘ Body Lotion By¬†Soap and Glory smells glorious—–,¬†(I suppose the typical S&G smell) and does the job beautifully.

Hand Food, also by Soap¬†& Glory—— is absolutely¬†fantastic and is by far the¬†best high-street¬†hand cream (in my opinion) . It smells gorgeous and leaves hands luxuriously soft! what else could you ask for?

Garnier Intensive 7 Days Daily Body Lotion with nourishing¬† MANGO OIL¬† for Dry Skin—- (bit of a mouthful) is also¬†a body moisturizer. Whereas The S&G body moisturizer smells gorgeous and has a thick consistency and the Oilatum has a odd smell and ultra thick consistency the Garnier has a light consistency and still smells fab. All of them are very different products but the Garnier is the CHEAPEST and at ¬£3.14 you cant really go wrong!

and lastly my Liz Earle Skin repair LIght moisturiser—- This was absolutely free as I got it as a sample. I can honestly say its worked wonders on my face! Its free and a fantastic product.. You cant really go wrong…

(From left to right) Oliatum, garnier,Liz Earle, hand food, daily smooth!  *****To be honest I'm a bit of a moisturiser hoarder*****

(From left to right)
Oliatum, garnier,Liz Earle, hand food, daily smooth!
*****To be honest I’m a bit of a moisturiser hoarder*****

and im not putting a link to the Liz Earle face cream because you can just go to your nearest Liz Earle shop and ask for a sample, the worst they can say is no! My sample has lasted me around a month(ish)

http://www.boots.com/en/Oilatum-Cream-Pump-500ml_981685/—- Oilatum– smells odd–does the job

http://www.soapandglory.com/the-daily-smoothtm-body-lotion¬†—-Daily Smooth-smells fab–slightly pricy

http://www.soapandglory.com/hand-food-trade-mini¬†—- Hand Food–smells amazing!–cheap as chips-an all round good egg!

http://www.boots.com/en/Garnier-Intensive-7-Days-Daily-Body-Lotion-with-nourishing-MANGO-OIL-for-Dry-Skin-250ml_1189087/¬†—– Intensive 7 day body lotion–smells lovely–ridiculously cheap

Gel de douche

( a more entertaining way to say shower gel)

I know it sounds trivial but the little things in life are what really counts. Doing a seemingly normal thing like having a shower can become so much more! Also women (on average) spend 136 days in there LIFETIME getting ready! 3,276 hours in a girls lifetime is spent  applying make-up, having a shower and dressing up! So in my opinion we may as well waste our lives in style! (haha). So yeah basically, I really find these shower gels do an uber good job, they re all by original source who have brilliant ethics and equally good products, my personal favorite is the mint and tea tree oil one. It leaves your skin tingly and soft (plus the scent is amazing!)

(from left to right)  Tingly (aha) tea tree and mint, Luscious lemon and tea tree (reminds me of lemon curd!) And last but by no means least.. Sweet Vanilla and Raspberry!

(from left to right)
Tingly (aha) tea tree and mint,
Luscious lemon and tea tree (reminds me of lemon curd!)
And last but by no means least.. Sweet Vanilla and Raspberry!

http://www.mysupermarket.co.uk/Shopping/FindProducts.aspx?Query=Original%20Source%20Shower%20Gel%20mint%20and%20tea%20tree¬†— The tea tree and mint Shower gel! This scent never goes out of fashion! I really think its an year rounder product! It also has 7,927 mint leaves in, has natural fragrance, is recyclable, tested on the creators and has a tingly sensation when lathered onto the skin!

http://www.mysupermarket.co.uk/Shopping/FindProducts.aspx?Query=Original%20Source%20Shower%20Gel%20vanilla%20and%20rasberry¬†—- The Raspberry and Vanilla shower gel! 82 brittish sunrises went into making on bottle! Its a strong, sweet fragrance. Its tested on humans, is recyclable, made in the UK and is vegan! Its also a moisturising¬† shower gel which is always a bonus for your skin!

http://www.mysupermarket.co.uk/Shopping/FindProducts.aspx?Query=Original%20Source%20Shower%20lemon%20and%20tea%20tree¬†— The Tea Tree and lemon shower Gel! 10 lemons were packed into one bottle! Its tested on humans, has natural fragrance and the bottle is recyclable! has a zesty fragrance and has an uplifting scent..

ALSO DID I MENTION ALL THEESE 250ML SHOWER GELS ARE £2.20 FROM ASDA?! ()R UNDER £3.00 at OTHER RETAIL SHOPS)

I TRULY CHALLENGE YOU TO GET ONE RATHER THAN BUY THEM YUM YUMS FROM GREGGS, SAVE UP! YOUR BODY WILL THANK YOU!

And lastly!!!!…..

SMILE!!!

There is no better accessory than a smile! I know the winter months can be gloomy but keep your chin up and smile, enjoy the winter months because soon enough they’ll be gone and we’ll be back to complaining its too hot (ha not likely)… But seriously!¬† Enjoy it! and have a great October guys! ūüôā

AND THAT JUST ABOUT CONCLUDES THIS POST!

xxxx !See you all soon! xxxx