Pamper Session

Pamper SessionHi everyone! How’s your week been?

Last weekend I took it upon myself to have a much needed ‘pamper session’ after getting over my dreadful cold. I had a lovely time primping and preening and I thought I’d share what I got up to.

1. Eyebrows

I started with plucking my eyebrows. They’ve been pretty good lately but there were a few stray hairs that needed taming. I don’t find plucking eyebrows as painful as I used to. A good tip is to do it straight after a bath or a shower as the skin is warmed up and the hair follicles are open. I used to do mine after a shower but if I don’t have time it’s just as easy to do them whenever I need to.

2. Hair

Next I had a shower and for some reason I enjoyed that shower. Normally I see showering as just another mindless task and something I have to do but something about that one was relaxing and didn’t feel like so much of a chore. At the moment I’m using Sunsilk Damaged Hair Reconstruction shampoo (which smells divine) and Sunsilk Perfect Straight conditioner. I was using matching shampoo and conditioner but ran out and I like to change my shampoo + conditioner up regularly so my hair doesn’t become too accustomed to the same product. For the past few months I have been using only shampoo on the top of my head and only conditioner on the length of my hair – it makes hair less greasy. It also means you go through less product.

3. Face

Before I delve into the next part of my pamper session I should mention that we recently got a new range of skincare products at work and I was fortunate enough to bring some home and try them out. I loved the look of the mud mask so I bought that home along with an After Mud moisturiser. I’ve never done a face mask before, let alone a mud mask but my first experience didn’t go too badly. The product had a pleasant smell (not mud luckily) but I found it hard to apply an even layer to my face. Some parts were more covered than others. (I had planned on sharing a picture but I wasn’t brave enough to upload one). The mask however did feel very nice on and was easy to wash off. I noticed how smooth my skin was instantly after removing it. I don’t think I would end up buying the product myself but it was fun to try something new. I would seriously consider looking at finding a face mask to apply on a regular basis though.

4. Nails

The final part of my pamper-thon involved me doing my nails! Painting my nails is something I really enjoy and I think my nails look nicer when they’re painted. I went for a bright, girly pink from called Bubblegum from Revlon’s scented range. The smell is closer to watermelon but the promise of a colour that pops certainly delivers. The formula of these polishes are silky smooth and I’m a fan of the thin brush. My nails and hands are quite small so a thinner brush helps to minimise mistakes.

Hope you enjoyed reading this post and do let me know what you like to do to pamper yourself!

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No Eye-dea

No Eye-deaHi everyone! Today’s post comes to you in the form of a semi-rant and sees me rambling about eyebrows (if you hadn’t guessed from the title of the post).

Eyebrows are not only used to channel sweat, rain and moisture away from the eyes but they’re essential for nonverbal communication and expressing emotion.

Lately it seems eyebrows have become a major part of people’s makeup routines and beauty regimes. At the moment the trend seems to be big, bushy brows and I feel like sometimes eyebrow shaming goes on. If your eyebrows aren’t shaped a certain way or don’t look a certain way it’s almost like you’re judged because of it. There can be so much pressure to conform and some people even go as far as dying their eyebrows or getting them tattooed on.

Personally, I don’t do a lot with my brows at all. They’re naturally quite dark and bushy but there’s no real shape to them and don’t even talk to me about filling them in because I have absolutely no idea what to do where that’s concerned! Over the past year or so I have been taking more notice of my eyebrows and trying to keep them tame. I pluck them and don’t find the pain too bad.

My philosophy when it comes to brows is to wear them how you want (thin, bushy, filled in, natural) or find a style that suits your face shape. There are plenty of grooming options out there and you shouldn’t feel pressured into something you find painful or do it because ‘everyone else does’. In a lot of ways I’m proud of my individuality and the fact I don’t follow a lot of beauty trends. (Most of the time it’s because I have no clue what I’m doing).

I would love to be like thousands of other girls who have perfect eyebrows and I admit I do get brow envy and feel a pang of jealousy. I also want to point out that I don’t have a problem with people who enjoy doing their brows and people who put effort into doing them. This post is aimed at those of us who are more brow challenged.

If you’re as clueless as me about your brows, read this article. I came across it while writing this post and some of the tips are really useful!

How do you style your brows and what are your go-to products?

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Week In Review: October 6 – October 12, 2014

I post an update here every Sunday giving an overview of my week. Accompanying photos from my Instagram are also included. Here’s the latest:

Pink nails and plannerI started the week off by painting my nails. I opted for a bright pink (Revlon #360 Bubblegum) then accented my index fingers with a simple glitter polish (OPI Pink, Yet Lavender from the Mariah Carey Collection). This photo also features my Hot Pink Filofax, I love how it matches my nails.

Nails

This image was taken on Friday. You can see how well my nails held up throughout the week.

This week I launched a new ‘Meet the Blogger’ section. To read about how you can feature on the blog and see my Meet the Blogger post click here and here.

On Friday I was very excited to see I had reached 100 followers, again a massive thank you! My current follower tally is 105. The blog has also had over 800 hits in four months so I’m really quite proud of what I’ve managed to achieve so far.

Over the weekend I completed my 30 day sit up challenge which I started after completing Jen Selter’s 30 day squat challenge last month. I ended up doing 140 sit ups, 7x as many as day one (20). In a weird way I enjoyed doing the challenges and plan to keep on doing a mixture of squats and sit ups through a regime of my own.

Shane Filan - My Side of LifeShane Filan released his autobiography ‘My Side of Life’ on Thursday (09/10/2014) and I ordered my copy today. I was reading the previews and it sounds like it’s going to be a thrilling read! I’m currently reading The Road Code so I need to get my butt in gear and finish that before Shane’s book arrives. I hate starting a new book without finishing the one I’m reading first.

Be sure to let me know what you achieved this week!

Chanelle x