Ahhh, I am so behind with blogging at the moment. I am trying, I am, but I’ve hit the tiredness wall (now 35 weeks pregnant) and have found myself waddling around and generally in a bit of pain in the mornings, even though my bump is not that big compared to some other women’s, I am definitely feeling it!
Last week I turned another year older, only marginally wiser, and maybe this is just me, but at a certain age I stopped looking to organise big parties and celebrations for my birthday, and I just like to relax with my nearest and dearest on the day. We had my favourite Thai food (Spicy duck salad and Chicken Pad Thai) and just generally hung out together, explored the Christmas markets and I bought a few little treats for myself as we walked around…I actually don’t do much ‘real’ shop shopping any more, I am always online and searching for bargains!
First, I went to Lush. Now, I go to Lush about once a year, because I just
A. Find the smell of the shop overwhelming
B. Am scared of the Sales Assistants who tend to follow me around
C. I don’t really spend much time on body type pampering and
D. I don’t like stuff that dyes the bathtub because who has to clean it? ME.
Anyway, I rarely have baths because they use SO much water, and because your dead skin cells swirl around the tub. There’s a photograph of legendary photographer Lee Miller in Hitler’s badewanne (bath) which for some reason got to me and I was thinking, imagine being covered in Hitler’s dead skin cells. No really…I used to think about this and it put me off bathtubs.
BUT – with my pelvic and back pain lately due to pregnancy I have been taking baths, with candles, hypnosis birth CD and hey – it is really relaxing! Clearly I have been missing out (thanks for that, HItler). So I went and bought some bath things (Lush have gone up in price, no?) and bought Ickle Baby Bot for H (a bath time fizzy bath bomb), Karma Bubble Bar (smells like Satsumas) and Granny Takes a Dip bath bomb because a very sweet but stalkers SA followed me around the shop encouraging me to throw it into a tub of water so I could see how it fizzed…
All I could think was, Do I have to pay for it if I drop it in the water? I wasn’t sure? But she made me do it readers, and I can confirm that i stood there like a moron watching this psychedelic bath bomb fizz away in the shop (it took forever) and leave swirls of purple, blue, pink and green whilst the SA talked to me about how cool the colour was (MY WHITE BATHTUB). I bought one anyway, and I didn’t have to pay for the one I fizzed. If you are feeling destructive, you can find a bowl of water in your local Lush store which is just for you to demo a bath bomb, if you are that odd.
I bought some make up too – I’ve had my eye on some Shu Uemura glitters, and chose a white gold and orange which works well as a top coat under a creamy base. I need to get a little case for these. I also got a Charlotte Tilbury eye pencil in Amber Haze – I was actually quite underwhelmed by the eye crayons in person but I had got it in my head that I wanted to try one for my birthday so Amber Haze it was.
I have a few products from Charlotte Tilbury (I love her as a Make Up Artist by the way, she has an infectious personality on her YT videos) – I got a lipliner, gloss and lipstick for Christmas last year and in all honesty, I didn’t think any of the were exceptional, certainly not to justify the price. To charge a premium, I think the product should be well packaged, or have an amazing texture, or be a great colour or have SOMETHING about it.
The Colour Chameleon eye pencil in Amber Haze is recommended for brown eyes. I am actually put off by the way that certain eye pencils in this range are recommended for certain eye colours – obviously you don’t ever have to follow them, but I found it distracting somewhat. The SA naturally told me that Amber Haze is better than Golden Quartz for me because I have brown eyes, but hey, I’ve always liked green eye make up! It’s not like many people buying CT make up are going to be make up newbies or beginners anyway.
I went with Amber Haze as I know it’s a safe shade for me to wear. I nearly went for Golden Quartz is which a deep khaki green with lots of sparkles but then I decided the sparkles were a bit too much for now.
I’ve used this a few times and I have no complaints about the texture which is smooth, or the longevity, or the overall finish. I wish it was retractable to save the hassle of sharpening as this is the kind of product I would carry in my small make up bag in my handbag.
I kicked myself a bit at first as this colour looked quite boring – like many of the eye crayons I already have (I am an eye crayon addict!):
It’s saving grace is that Amber Haze has a beautiful golden shimmery finish, which comes out the more you blend and also when the lights hit it. It does separate it slightly from other eye crayons I have, and makes it short of borderline day wearable but evening sparkly, so I do like it and I might get another colour at some point in the future.
I also got MAC Lipliner in Soar and lipstick in Brave – I am ashamed to say I was influenced by a lip stick one of the Kardashian sisters wore (the on with the lips who swears she’s not had fillers). I quite like this mid tone pink look actually, makes a change over my nudes.
Here is a look with Nars eye paint and the orange glitter pressed on top, then the MAC Soar Lipliner and Brave Lipstick:
Let’s talk about the lips.
Both Soar and Brave are dry textured to me – the lip liner is great, a versatile dusty rose, and Brave is a satin that feels quite dry and matte and works well with it although overall, the lip finish is quite ‘dead’ – like a almost greyish dead dusty rose on the lips. In that sense, it’s quite a grown up and serious lip, if you’re feeling tired or looking a bit sallow, this isn’t going to perk your complexion up any time soon.
On the side, it definitely makes your lips look HUGE, like Kylie Jenners pout, and it’s also very long lasting – it only faded at the very end of the day for me once I had had some food to eat so that was impressive.
Overall though, I still prefer a perkier pink/rose colour which looks more lively and wakes up the face.
As we looked around the Christmas markets (which are nice but are pretty much identical year by year) I got a shooting star charm for H (I also got him a Kent foldable comb! I am growing out his hair so I need to sleek it to the side these days!) and myself a tiny Paperchase notebook (£2.50). I actually preferred a different design but most of these had blank pages (WHO WRITES ON BLANK PAGES ANYWAY?!) and since i can’t write in a straight line I had to go for lined.
My local Paperchase has been done up and they are over staffed – I know this because 5-6 times I was asked upon entering the store if I needed help. The poor staff had nothing to do, OR they had been told to take a different approach cos I never used to get stopped in Paperchase, but this time it was just overwhelming. I think in a Stationery store, really, most people just want to browse in peace.
What I ate…god this is a bit of a tradition as I am obsessed with Thai food. I haven’t eaten much through a lot of this pregnancy, I tend to lose my appetite but in the last week or so I seem to have picked up the, er, eating bug.
Duck spicy thai salad is SO DAMN GOOD. It makes my eyes and nose water as it has this extremely hot but clean chilli in it, I love it;
I also became obsessed with restaurant Chicken Pad Thai (I find ready made meals far too acidic or vinegary, even good old M&S’s version) – this version is nutty but the sauce is sweet, it’s very comforting to eat and different to any kind of Chinese noodles (Mother Candy is not into Thai food AT ALL, whereas I just can’t get enough, I love Thai spices and flavours);
The evening was Birthday Cake time and I was so utterly exhausted I just collapsed in bed whilst H played with some new soft bricks with his Daddy. That’s how birthdays are these days, and I am happy with it.
So just a little rambly post…not much longer to go now before Baby no. 2!