Drugstore Make Up Hauls – Featuring E.L.F. and Rimmel London

Hi my lovelies,

I have been on a bit of a spending spree lately. If you follow me on Instagram, then you’ll know this already! I placed a couple of orders from EyesLipsFace (E.L.F.) UK, and another from Rimmel London. E.L.F. is a drugstore cosmetic company based in the US, which up until recently had a UK distributor, selling all of their products from their warehouse in Wales. I realised this only when I sat down to place my first order, and was faced with this:

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What Do You See When You Look At Me?

What do you see
When you look at me?
Do you see the tears
I’ve been hiding for years?
The pain in my heart,
That’s shattered apart?
Or do you see my smile?
It hasn’t been real for a while
Although I can’t explain why
Without beginning to cry
But I don’t want your pity
Or for you to tell me I’m pretty
I just want time to go back
To before I lost track
When it all made sense
And things weren’t so tense
No worries, no stress
No sins to confess
Life was simple and free
Just you and me

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Dealing With Dry Lips

I’ve had dry lips for as long as I can remember and they are dry all. year. round! Lips can become dry and chapped for a number of reasons, including extreme weather conditions or dehydration. Licking lips or picking at them will only irritate them, and dry them out even more. Regular use of a lip balm will help to retain the moisture in our lips, and prevent them from chapping. Lip balms contain petroleum or beeswax to seal in the moisture, and act as a barrier against the wind and sun. There are many varieties available; in a pot or in stick form, different flavours/scents, medicated, offering Sun Protection Factor (SPF), to name a few.
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When I Was Just A Little Girl…

As a child, I used to curl up next to my dad while he was watching television or reading the paper. I used to watch my mum get ready and admire her Elizabeth Arden makeup and her Chanel No.5 perfume. When my parents were eating, if there was something they knew I liked, they would save it for me, even though they liked it themselves. They always wanted the best for us, their children – they encouraged us to study, taught us right from wrong, made us independent and confident, and even though they were quite strict about us going out too much – it was all for our betterment. I used to have nightmares when I was younger, usually being chased by something or someone, and [in the dream] I would keep running until I got to my parent’s bedroom, where I would immediately feel safe and no longer scared.
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L’Oréal Color Riche Lipsticks: Lip Swatches and Review

I got my first L’Oréal Color Riche Lipstick as part of the L’Oréal free gift promotion, at Boots during the Christmas period. I was really impressed with the packaging and the quality of the product itself, and made a mental note to purchase more from the same range.

Fast forward to last Friday (March the 27th) and it was the 30th “birthday” of L’Oréal’s Color Riche Lipsticks so for one day only they were reduced to £3 (normally £6.99) at Superdrug. On top of this fabulous offer, Superdrug also had a ‘3 for 2’ on all L’Oréal products. So what did I do? I ordered six lipsticks for the wonderful price of £12 – it was a no-brainer really (which I had to explain to HD whilst placing the order, judging by the look of confusion on his face as to why I needed more lipsticks)! For once my procrastination actually paid off, and I made a saving of nearly £30.00!

The shades on offer were the Color Riche 30 years shades, so a lot of the newer, more popular shades were not a part of this promotion. My parcel arrived yesterday and as you can imagine, I was very excited. Here are the six shades I purchased, along with my original one:

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Quick & Easy: Tomato Pasta – Not A Jar In Sight

I can’t remember when I first made this pasta. I think it was over ten years ago, on a day I was craving tomato pasta but didn’t have any jars of pasta sauce at home. I used whatever I had at home and came up with this recipe, and have never looked back. It’s a big hit with children and adults alike, and is my go-to for play dates, or as a side dish when we have guests over. When I’m pressed for time, I know I can make this and my boys will eat it with minimum fuss or mess. The best thing about it is how quick and easy it really is, I make it at least once a week. I have been asked for the recipe a few times (once today, in fact!) so I thought I would share it with you all.

Preparation and Cooking Time: 15-20 minutes             Serves: 4

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Love Isn’t Always Perfect

“Love isn’t always perfect. It isn’t a fairytale or a storybook. And it doesn’t always come easy. Love is overcoming obstacles, facing challenges, fighting to be together, holding on & never letting go. It is a short word, easy to spell, difficult to define, & impossible to live without. Love is work, but most of all, Love is realising that every hour, every minute, & every second was worth it because you did it together.

– Unknown

Love isn’t a fairytale. We grow up hearing, reading, and watching super-romantic love stories, which instill unrealistic expectations in our minds. One of my recent posts (click here to read), got me thinking about my own love story and how I got where I am today. Over the last ten to fifteen years, I have seen a lot and learnt a little, and I wanted to share some things with you.

1. Women Do NOT Need To Be Rescued

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