Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Feather Print Trousers

Blazer: Topshop
Top: Sainsbury's
Trousers: ASOS
Shoes: Miss Selfridge
Satchel: Brand Village

This is what I wore today to start my new job*. I'm very excited to be starting my career, even though I still have another year left at Uni! I had a good first day, although I spent it researching local restaurants/foodie places on an empty stomach which was a bit painful!

These trousers feel a bit pyjama-y but I think they look alright with a nice top and a blazer. I could do with a proper shirt to wear with them but I can't find one that's the right balance between comfortable and smart!

Tomorrow I'm off to Beach Break festival in Newquay to work as Artist Liaison, I'm not entirely sure what the job involves as the information they gave me was a bit vague but I'm still excited. Last year I really didn't enjoy working at Beach Break, but now I've been offered a non-stewarding position I'm willing to give it another go!

Also, don't forget to follow me via Bloglovin'! I don't really understand all this business with Google Friend Connect, I've been a bit out of touch recently! Luckily I already use Bloglovin' to stalk follow all my favourite bloggers, I'm so ahead of the game ;)

*Technically it's not a new job as I was the work experience girl last year, but now I'm on an official contract with wages and holiday allowance and everything which I am incredibly happy about!

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Sleepy Time!

I was recently contacted by Mediayeti on behalf of Silent Night, the bed company, who are conducting research into sleep accessories, and if they actually help you to sleep or not. Apparently 75% of adults do not get a good night's sleep, and I definitely agree that I am one of them! In my student house there are eight of us, which can get pretty noisy, and also my bed is incredibly uncomfortable!

I was offered to try this Avon Sleep Therapy spray (on offer at the moment so definitely worth a look!). I had one of these when I was a lot younger and I thought they'd stopped producing it. I think it's just the best smell in the world. I'm not a massive fan of lavender, which seems to be the main component in most 'relaxing' health/beauty products, but this one is different. I'm awful at describing smells, I guess it's quite fresh but strong and heavy(?) at the same time. It makes me feel cozy and relaxed, and after using it for a while I now associate it with 'sleep time' so I've conditioned myself to get sleepy when I smell it!

My sleeping pattern for the past few months has been atrocious, before my exams I would sleep all day and stay up all night revising, so that my housemates would be in bed and couldn't distract me, and now that I've finished Uni I don't bother getting out of bed until way after midday because I have nothing to do! I'm moving back home tomorrow and I start work next week though, so hopefully will get my routine back!

My best advice on getting a good night's sleep (although slightly hypocritical) is to spend as much time OUT of your bed as possible. Avoid doing Uni work, watching TV and especially eating in bed. If possible, do these things in a completely different room. It helps if you only associate your bed with sleeping, or at least relaxing, and if you can't sleep, go for a wander around the house, don't lie in bed stressing about it.

If anyone is looking for more information about Silent Night or considering buying a new bed, here is their website and list of stores local to me (West Midlands and South Wales) :)

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Lush Cardiff Blogger Event

I was lucky enough to be invited to a VIP blogger event at Lush in Cardiff this evening; we were treated to mocktails, demonstrations, lots of advice and samples and even a full-sized tub of Angels on Bare Skin, Lush's top facial cleanser.

Normally I don't shop in Lush as I always walk past and find the smell a bit overpowering (I have a very sensitive nose!) but I got some samples at the CDFMeet and was really impressed by the quality of the products, and also, on further research, by the values of the company.

So with some of my favourite blogging buddies I went around sniffing and poking all the little sample pots, and giving in to the 'try me' stickers on pretty much everything! And I didn't sneeze once ;)

Cheeky photo of me amongst the bath bombs, and gift boxes with my name on! Hello :)

I was so impressed by Lush's make up range, the colours are incredible and so versatile! Each little pot can be used as mascara, eyeliner, lip colour, blusher, even hair mascara (as demonstrated by/on Stef from Cowbiscuits)! There's a little app on the website where you choose the three colours from the range that stand out to you the most and it tells you what they say about you, my answers were surprisingly accurate!

Expect a bumper post of Lush reviews in a week or two, I've got so many samples to try (namely Eau Roma and Tea Tree Water toners, Ultrabland cleanser/moisturiser, Fair Trade Foot Lotion and of course Angels on Bare Skin) that I'm really excited about! I also bought myself a pot of Mint Julips which I've heard lots of good things about; I've only used it once so far and am already loving it!