Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Accidental Boots haul

Lets talk about the economic crisis and how inflation is affecting everything...

Okay, let's just leave it at how prices are going up for make up and it's rather depressing.

I have been ever faithful to my lovely Bobbi Brown foundations and powders for years. However, checking on the website, I saw that the foundation is now £30 for 30ml and the powder is £25 for 11g. Pretty sure it wasn't that 6 months ago...

I will need new foundation soon and it's just not possible for me to buy from Bobbi Brown any more. Maybe a treat occasionally, but it's just too painful seeing 10 hours work leave my bank account like that!

When I was on my lunch break on Sunday, I went into Boots to enquire about foundations and left with all these goodies! I was only going to look!

So much for my spending ban. But this was a fab deal! All of this for about £28! Bargain!

The assistant, Emily, wiped off my make up, applied this mousse foundation, then the powder. It gave such a soft, light finish, I was in love! She then applied my usual blush, but applied this honey coloured blush on top. It gave a natural looking glow to my skin which looked so pretty.

I then picked up another one of my favourite eyeliners. Since receiving it in one of those Christmas goodie bags, I am a little bit in love with it!

Emily then found me a £3 off make up voucher, so with the buy one get one half price deal and the £3 off, it came to £25! I then came back the next day and got another eyeliner to add to a pile for a little giveaway I am planning on having! *spoiler alert*

Honestly, I cannot believe how relaxed I felt during and after the experience. I felt like I had a mini pamper on my lunch break, which was well needed!

Oh, can't forget that it was 10 points per £1 when you spend over £15 at the weekend too! Woop!

I am very excited to try this foundation, as I want to have a natural, daytime look for when I go to university. There's no need for that awkward "trying a new foundation out" look within the first few weeks of meeting new housemates!

If anybody is near Hempstead Valley Boots, see if Emily is on the No.7 counter! She is FAB!

Does anybody else have high-end make up blues sometimes?

A change would do you good,
would do you good
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Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Me time

Words are currently failing me.

Night shifts, with a lack of sleep have sent my body into a state of confusion.

To at least soothe my poor sore body, here are the products that I am treating myself with today.

Paul Mitchell Shampoo Two - My favourite shampoo. It deeps cleans and yes, I do use it every day. I NEED TO! ;)

Paul Mitchell Super Strong Daily Conditioner - Aaaaand this is where I replace any lost moisture from my shampoo.

Epsom Salts - We buy in 5kg amounts as these are fab for all our injuries in this house! They relax muscles and soothe aches. A mug's worth in a bath does the trick for achy backs. Half a mug in a bucket for sore feet...

Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish sample - Giving this a go to save my Dermalogica Dermal Clay Cleanser for a bit longer

Champneys Spa Indulgence Bubble Heaven - Oh my this smells good. Very relaxing.

Body Shop Vitamin E Eye Cream - Not sure how good this is compared to other brands actually.

No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Day Cream - Think this will aid my tired face. A lack of sleep and long work shifts are making my skin look awful.

Soap & Glory Righteous Butter - The ultimate treat for me, as I can only use this when my Mum is out! She HATES the smell of S&G products.

All this whilst watching The Great British Bake Off...lovely!

What are your pamper products?

Say a prayer for me now, 
Save it til the morning after...
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Monday, 19 August 2013

Hickstead August 2013

I love a tradition.

My family doesn't really have any. I guess it's because you never know what is round the corner.

However my Mum and I always use the free tickets for Hickstead which come with Local Rider every July and August. For years now we have done this and we love it.

When we first started going, we watched a fair bit of the Dressage and Dressage warm-ups, but to be honest, we love the showjumping more. This is probably because Candy, our horse, is an ex-showjumper.

Mum and I spend a lot of time watching the jumping warm ups. It's amazing how you can pay extra money to see the likes of the Whittaker family jump a *little* bit closer, yet you can watch them warm their horses up a metre away for free.

Mark Todd
Mark Todd

We watched Mark Todd and Shane Breen (one of my favourite riders) warm up their horses, then walked round to the main arena, to see them jump the course, then wandered back to see them cool the horses down!

Shane Breen
Shane Breen
Shane Breen
Shane Breen
Shane Breen
It's so much more natural as well, you get to see them have the same problems as you...they also need someone else to do up their girth for them!

There's always plenty of shopping to be done, which is a great time to talk to different brands and do some research. Simple System were there for the first time so it was good to talk to them about what we feed Candy. Feedmark were there as well, we normally pick up something from them too!

I also got my 21st birthday present from my Grandma whilst I was at Hickstead too...a pair of Ariat Windermere boots which I am a little bit in love with. I may have to dedicate a separate blog post to them!

Then we have the typical wistful horse box shopping...

Look at all the chrome! (There's Mum having a lil peek at the back!)
We even had an excited moment where we saw a horse that had the same suffix after it's first name like Candy. (Like a surname.) We went rushing after it, going to the warm up area to see it be cooled down. I had my doubts as I didn't think it was quite right. Either way, Mum still chatted to the groom, spoke to the rider (a lovely French guy!) and I took a photo of them together.

When we got home we realised that the horse was not related to Candy like we thought. (We thought they had the same Dad.) Mum was a bit disappointed, but then we found that they were related, just a lot more distant than we thought. Regardless, it was still amazing to meet such a wonderful horse! He also came fourth!
Kevin Staut riding Taran de la Pomme
Kevin Staut riding Taran de la Pomme
Kevin Staut riding Taran de la Pomme...fourth place!
Kevin Staut, my Mum and Taran de la Pomme

Hickstead is always such a good experience. I hope Mum and I will always go together for many more years!

Apologies for a photo heavy post today, I just really wanted to share some happy memories! It's nice spending the day with your best friend.

You and me,
we're invincible together.
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Saturday, 17 August 2013

De-clutter, storage and playing with pretty make up.

Oh I do love a de-clutter.

Finding forgotten products, forgotten memories, forgotten...stuff!

Seeing as I am leaving for uni in about 5 weeks, I figured now would be a good time to think of some new make up storage. I pondered the classic #bblogger clear acrylic storage, but it just doesn't suit me and my needs. However, my big hessian bucket just isn't working for me.

Mum remembered the box in the loft which she used to store nappies in when I was a baby. (Sounds pleasant eh?!) I have decided to store all my favourite make up in it now, so that I am used to it for when I am at uni. The great thing is, EVERYTHING fits in there, so I can just close it up and pop it back under my desk when I have finished with it. Only thing is, I am having to use it now, as I will never get used to it when I am in Reading!

I have put eye shadows in one bag, lip products in the bee bag, concealers and mascaras in another. Half of my nail varnishes are in the little box; these are my darker colours as it will be Autumn/Winter when I am at uni.

At the top are my face products. I will store my brushes in their jars on my desk or will pop them in the bottom.

That means that I have lots of spare products, which I have popped in a drawer, ready to be replacements.

I also sorted through all my make up,  freebies and samples and decided to chuck away all this:

I have my favourite gold eye shadow in here...which I have had for nearing on 10 years now. It's time to say goodbye. *sob!* There are also a LOT of Avon perfume samples which I will never wear and some Avon face products which will not suit me.

Doing this has made SO much more room on my dressing table and my drawers, which I am loving. A clearer dressing table can help me focus more.

I am about to wash my make up brushes too. Ahhh I feel a lot better now!

I don't know about you but I LOVE storage posts and organising posts, so it was about time to do my own! Please send me links to your storage posts, I love them! Comment below or tweet me @AshiTheseDays.

(P.S. If you want to see any of these products reviewed, please feel free to ask me to!)

Black velvet on that little boys smile,
Black velvet and that slow southern style.
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Monday, 12 August 2013

No regrets.

I'm not one of those people who tweets or posts a status after something happens, which should be kept private. You know the ones, when people reply with, "what's up?" and what comes back is something along the lines of "nothing" or "PM me." Like, really?

I'm not one of those people who blogs about something with deep hatred either.

A few months ago I blogged about my break up and how I was dealing with it. In that time, I realised that I had no hate in my system; a little bit of sadness maybe, but what surprised me was that I was happy to be dumped! I missed my friend terribly, but I was happy that the pain we were putting each other was over with.

30 minutes ago, Jamie left my house. He dropped my stuff off and we talked everything over.

I guess I just want to put words down, showing that I feel relieved that I still have my friend. Not all relationships have to finish sour.

It's time to keep going now. I can smile a little more.

No regrets, they don't work.
No regrets now, they only hurt.
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Wednesday, 7 August 2013

July Empties

Oh it feels so good seeing all those full sizes empty.


Avon Naturals Superfruit SoufflĂ© Hair Masque 
Nyahhh...eghhhh.....Review HERE
Would I repurchase? No

Herbal Essences Seductively Straight Sleekening Intensive Mask
Oh I miss this already.
Would I repurchase? No, because it costs like, a tenner! Silly discontinued lines. Review HERE

Facial Skincare

Bobbi Brown Concealer
This was the only concealer for me. Then I met the Collection one...
Would I repurchase? Maybe

Barry M Lash Modelling Mascara 
I opened it, I hated it. I persvered, I love it!
Would I repurchase? Yes, I stopped myself buying this today!

Facial Skincare

Kleenex Shine Absorbing Sheets 
Addicted to these! Leaves make-up intact and makes me look less...damp. Winner! Review HERE
Would I repurchase? Already have done, found them in 99p Store!

Ginvera Green Tea Exfoliating Marvel Gel
Nyahhh...eghhhh.....Review HERE
Would I repurchase? Yes, why is this not in my life again?!

Avon Clinical Eye Lift Pro sample
I think this works.
Would I repurchase? Very tempted.


Garnier Intensive 7 Days Moisturiser
To be honest, nothing compares to this line of moisturisers.
Would I repurchase? Probably.

Champneys Vitamiracle Rejuvenating Hand & Nail Cream
Such a lovely hand cream. Smells like orange yoghurt (in a good way.)
Would I repurchase? Maybe, I have others that I would buy over this though.


Lady Million sample
Would I repurchase? Very tempted, every time I see this in the stock room...


Boots Cotton Pads
Not as good as other brands to be honest.
Would I repurchase? Nah

2 x Dove Invisible Dry Compressed Deodorant
I don't think these suit me anymore.
Would I repurchase? Maybe. Review HERE

Sure for Men Invisible Ice
Okay, let me explain. Jamie left this behind and I hate wasting things. Especially when cans are half full.
Would I repurchase? I already have and it's working pretty well!

Elmo shower gel
A present from Mum. got to say, I really enjoyed it. Lil watermelon-y smelling monster! ;)
Would I repurchase? I might do!

Have you tried any of these products?
Anybody here love Elmo too?!

In the day we sweat it out on the streets of a runaway American dream,
At night we ride through the mansions of glory in suicide machines
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