Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Beauty Review: Nip + Fab Dragon's Blood Fix Set.

I bought the Nip + Fab set in my local Tesco over Summer because I kept hearing about Dragon's Blood being amazing for dry skin. It is, fortunately, from a tree and not an actual dragon because not even amazing skin is worth getting near one of those with a needle. Hypothetically, of course because this isn't Harry Potter. But this turned out to be almost as magical.



The set came with the Dragon's Blood Fix Plumping Mask which is what I went to originally buy, and the Dragon's Blood Fix Cleansing Pads. My excuse being that the set was only a couple of pounds more expensive and I'm a sucker for trying out anything that might help my skin.



I'm going to start with the eh product before I rave about the mask. These cleansing pads have all sorts of claims, like cleansing out pores and reducing redness, but they've been regulated to when I don't want to use my face wash. I just don't see any stand-out effects from them and the exfoliation aspect can irritate my skin sometimes.

But, I'll use them up for when I don't want to go through the rigmarole of face wash. All I have to do with these is wipe them over my face and rinse a couple times. Maybe I'm using them wrong and that's why they don't work for me but I hate the feeling of not rinsing after using this product, it just feels icky.



The mask on the other hand, hoo boy. I was sceptical when I first saw the clear gel after years of using the thickest emollients I could find, but when I put this on my face, I fell in love. And I just keep falling deeper and deeper. I'm almost out of it now and this is one of those rare times where I will make sure to buy a new tube before I run out because I can't do a day without it.

It has all sorts of great sounding ingredients like hyaluronic acid for hydration, amino acid for brightening and the dragon's blood for protection from the environment. But what matters to me is that it just works.

I have super dry skin. It's my payment for never having acne I think. So anything that claims to help, I will buy. And even though this claims to be a ten minute mask, I use it as an everyday moisturiser. I did the same with the Origins Drink-Up as well. Give me all the hydration. It's a gel texture that leaves a tacky feel to my skin but doesn't look greasy, and my makeup applies over it amazingly. When I wear it overnight, I wake up with a glow and no dry patches in sight. Actual magic.

In short, this is a dream for anyones Winter skin but I'm going to use it year-round in gallons. I want to bathe in this. The very definition of a holy grail product for me.

Have you ever tried any Nip + Fab products? What should I try next?

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Books I Read in November!

I spent the majority of November listening to The Fellowship of the Ring on audiobook so I didn't get much reading-reading done. In fact, I went a whole week without picking up a book as Frodo left the Shire, that story is just addictive and I didn't want to leave Middle Earth for anything. But these are the book-books I read last month.



Shakespeare's Champion by Charlaine Harris
I read the first book of this series in October as part of my Autumn TBR, then took a short break to pace myself. And I spent at least half the book trying to figure out if I had forgotten a plot point from the last book, which isn't ideal. I hadn't, it was explained later. Lily- the main character, kept referring to an event that as a reader, I didn't know about, as if I should. This isn't something Harris has done before so I hope the trend doesn't continue in the rest of this series.
Apart from this, it was an enjoyable cosy crime novel. There was some slut-shaming and some questionable racial terms but nothing DNF-worthy. I liked that Harris approached the issue of black people being murdered in small Southern American towns and police involvement. Something we know from the news as realistic.
"-Darcy said in that jocular tone some men reserve for insults they don't want you to take them up on."


The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid
You can read my full review here!

What did you read in November?

Friday, 2 December 2016

5 Things I Learnt from an Unsuccessful NaNoWriMo!

I lost NaNoWriMo. I think it was pretty clear that was going to happen after Update 1, and definitely after Update 2. I'm still excited about the story, and I'm still going to write it even now that November is over. And I learnt a lot from the experience and that's good enough for me. So here are the 5 Things my unsuccessful NaNo taught me..



1. Not editing is the key
Editing is built into the way I write and turning that off was a tough lesson. Heck, I edited that last sentence before I finished it. But sometimes it's good to turn that off and just see what happens. It can be good, it can be bad, it can be literal garbage but it's worth it for the few times that something really magical gets written.

2. It might not be for me...
I was a mess trying to balance NaNo with my degree work, classes, and blogging. My health problems, physical and mental, reared their ugly heads. I don't think I'm in a place right now where I can do without the small flexibility that I allow myself of not writing.

3. Co-Writing is hard
Do you know what's harder than organising one persons life to add everyday writing? Doing it with two people. Then add different timezones, personal lives and a busy month. But- it's worth it. I love writing with Ashley and I think we've started something great. It just might take longer, we're shuffling zombie writers rather than 28 Days Later zombie writers.

4. Failure isn't the worst
I have to keep drilling this into my brain because it's hard for me to believe. The way my education worked, failure was the worst possible thing on the planet and if you didn't do well then your entire life would be miserable. But there are worse things. And everyone learns from failure. I just have to keep reminding myself of that.

5. People who complete NaNo are warriors
Seriously. 50,000 words is a lot! And people were writing that much and surpassing it. Everyone who took part in NaNo is brilliant, even if you don't win. But 50,000 words... Warriors! And I can't wait to read the books I heard about while they were being written last month.

Did you try NaNo? How did you do?

Thursday, 1 December 2016

My Christmas List!

This morning, I woke up with my Christmassy powers returned. Then I remembered that for the first time in three years, I hadn't written my Christmas list post in advance. It's not that I forgot, just that I have literally no idea what to add. This that definitely been a theme in past years. In 2013 there were 14 things on my list. In 2014, there were 10 on the list. Last year, we were down to 5. And now...



I'm torn between Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon. On one hand, Pokémon Sun has a feline legendary. On the other, Pokémon Moon follows the trend of me having the blue toned games, and I'm not a fan of the actual sun. But kitty. I can't decide on which but I do know I want to add this game to my collection.

Is it one of my Christmas lists without a pair of Snooki Slippers? I can only find this pair on US Amazon but I just love the blue leopard print. I just love Snooki really!

And is it Christmas without a boxset? As a kid I remember my older cousin getting Friends DVDs every year and now I just love growing my 90's TV collection. This year it's between Home Improvement and Golden Girls! I only want one because both might be too much TV- even for me. So if you have a preference, please tell me.

And that's it really! My current method of dealing with my hoarding tendencies is to just not bring in more things so yeah. Keeping it low-key.

What's on your Christmas list?

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