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Garnier Pure Charcoal Black Tissue Mask | Review


If there is one thing I love the most, it is a nice pamper night with wine, chocolate, a good tv show or film and a face mask! If you have been following my blog for a while now then you would know that I am very much into my skincare and making sure I can get the most out of it. I have been a huge fan of Garnier and their skincare products, I also love their Moisture Bomb and Hydra Bomb Tissue Masks, so when I was in Superdrug a few weeks back I had to pick one of these up to try it out - The Pure Charcoal Black Tissue Mask. 

The Garnier Pure Charcoal Black Tissue Mask is a thin, all in one sheet mask that is perfect for all skin types, even if you have very sensitive skin but is mainly targeted towards people who have enlarged pores. The mask itself is infused with serum that has been enriched with Black Algae Extract, LHA and Hyaluronic Acid to make it an ultra hydrating, pore tightening and purifying mask and it has been said to reduce shine which is perfect if you have a more oily skin type. When applying the mask you simply remove it from the packaging - that has serum inside - and pop it on your face, making sure you adjust it to sit correctly and comfortably on your face. Once applied, you can pop your feet up and have a cup of tea and wait 15-20 minutes for it to work its magic. When the mask is on you will notice that the mask is drenched in serum and I actually really enjoy this because once you remove the mask you are left with plenty of serum that you can rub into your face until it has been absorbed and personally, my skin is definitely getting all of the benefits. There is a slight scent to this mask but it is a lovely fresh smell that is not too strong when it's on your face. The mask stays nice and cool on your face which keeps it refreshing and it also doesn't tingle either, which is perfect for me because I have such sensitive skin. 

I got some really good results from using this mask and I have to say I am very impressed. My skin felt super moisturised afterwards and definitely not oily or shiny at all and my skin was really soft and smooth. I have to admit I didn't see a massive difference or improvement in my pores after using this, however, the next day, when applying my makeup I did notice that my pores weren't as visible as they normally are, so I would say that it does tackle those annoying pores. I am a huge fan of this face mask and will definitely be picking up more to keep on hand. They are super easy to apply and they don't slip off or make a huge mess and for just a few pounds in Boots and Superdrug, you cannot go wrong. 


Confessions of A Starbucks Barista


Photo taken by Jordan Elms.

Before I started working at Starbucks, I was in there a lot, nearly every Sunday with my stepsister. I went in that much that during my interview, the manager recognised me. But even as a Starbucks regular, I never really knew what went on behind the scenes. We all interact with our baristas a lot, but not many people really know what it is like to be wearing that green apron. And to be honest, I never truly appreciated the people behind my daily latte until I had to work one of the famous 5:30am opening shifts. Or the numerous times that I have spelt names wrong on cups that customers were planning to Instagram. We have to rock the classic Starbucks uniform during every shift. We have to wear black trousers, black shoes, a black polo with the logo on it and a green apron. This can get really boring so I loved it when we got to wear the red aprons at Christmas time. I have been working at Starbucks for about 6 months now and I thought I would do a little post on some of things that happen behind the scenes and some little confessions you may not know about. 


An Open Letter to My Friends and Family This Valentine's Day


So, today is Valentine's Day and I thought I would write a little post about sharing the love this Valentine's Day, even if you are single or have a significant other. I have never been in a relationship on Valentine's Day and honestly, it's been such a relief. I don't really like it and honestly, it's just a made up day that is over-commercialised for the stores to get more £££. However, I am not trying to rain on anyone else's day, so if you want to enjoy it with your loved ones or partner then please do, I will be celebrating mine with my Mumma. 

Valentine's Day is mainly focused on people who are in relationships, however, the day is all about the people you love, so let's not just limit it to relationships. My family and friends have shown me a lot more love and support over the years than any man has done, so far anyway. So, this is a little post dedicated to my friends and family who have been my rock over the past few years.


Time To Talk - Mental Health


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There are too many people who have mental health problems and are made to feel isolated, ashamed or even worthless. Time to Talk Day is a chance for all of us to be more open about our mental health and to talk, listen and change lives. 


New Look Blush Perfume - A Coco Chanel Dupe!


I will be honest, I don't tend to look at the perfumes in high street stores like New Look or Next but I am honestly so happy that I did because I found this little gem. This is from New Look and it is called Blush. First of all let's look at what New Look have to say about this perfume... 
'A delicately fresh, oriental fragrance with a heart of Jasmine and Rose. Combined with a blend of Patchouli and Vetiver to create a scent that embodies the ultimate expression of femininity. A light citrusy, sophisticated fragrance for a sexy captivating woman.'

The thing I love the most about this perfume is that smells exactly like the iconic Coco Chanel Mademoiselle (one of my favourite scents of all time). I love, love, love Mademoiselle as it was my nan's favourite perfume and every time I smelt it, it made me think of her but it is super pricey. With the New Look perfume being so similar, I decided to have a peak at the ingredients of both the fragrances and found that both Blush and Mademoiselle contain base and middle notes of Rose, Jasmine and Vetiver and also Patchouli so that would explain why they smell so similar, is that even legal haha? Another plus is that Blush, surprisingly is an Eau De Parfum, so it contains a higher concentration of perfume oils than an Eau de Toilette which gives it its staying power. I like to think that Blush is the little sister to Mademoiselle. The colour is a subtle pink/blush colour which again, is like the Mademoiselle one. I am partial to my high-end fragrances but this is definitely a perfume that I will be repurchasing over and over again. I am actually tempted to stock up on this just incase it gets discontinued. But, this is such a fab Chanel dupe without the huge price tag attached to it. I like to spray quite a bit of perfume so I do go through it quite quickly and that's where Blush comes in handy, it's so affordable and I won't have to limit how much I use! This is just £8.99 for a 50ml bottle and you can pick it up in store or online here. You can also pick this up in a 100ml bottle or a 10ml handbag sized bottle. 

What is your signature scent?


What I Got For Christmas 2017


Hi! I hope you all had an amazing Christmas, I cannot believe that it is over already, it has gone so fast!! I always get sad when Christmas and New Year is over because it is one of my favourite times of the year. Christmas hauls and 'What I got for Christmas' posts are one of my favourite posts to read and watch around this time of year and I absolutely love reading everyones posts about what they received. It is a shame though that these posts need to have a disclaimer - I am in no way bragging about anything that I have received. I love sharing all of things that I got and I hope that it inspires other people if they might be stuck for gift ideas throughout the year. I haven't included every single thing that I got for Christmas and I would be here all day showing you all of the funny little gifts that I got that I love. I appreciate every single thing that I got. This is my first year doing this post as last year I was a little scared to do it as I was new to blogging and was not sure how it would go down. I also want to say that my parents are separated so I do get presents from both my mum and my dad and step family, so that is the reason why it seems like I get a lot! I thought I would also include who got me what as they all deserve credit for the amazing gifts. 


My MAC Lipstick Collection 2017


I have to be honest, MAC lipsticks hold a little special place in my heart as they were the first 'proper' lipsticks that I owned, I felt like such a grown up when I bought my first MAC lipstick. I have noticed that recently the prices of these lipsticks have slowly started to creep up, however they're still in the middle of high street and high end prices. I also remember that people thought these lipsticks were the be-all and end-all of the lipstick word and I have to admit that unfortunately that isn't true, there are so many more affordable and sometimes even better lipsticks out there. However, there is something about MAC that always seems to draw me back in.

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