travelling circus

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

You may have heard me talking about my saggy bags before. Sorry, that sounds so gross I know! I have wrinkly eye bags, which I often have to rather cheekily airbrush out of my pictures. Don't judge me! In recent months I have got increasingly fed up with them, and have been trying to find ways to manage/reduce them. Rather straightforwardly, lots of people suggested using a decent eye cream morning and night, as dehydration can play a big part in leaving your skin looking tired. Makes sense, no?

Anyway, when shopping with Kat a while back she recommended the Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream after hearing good reviews. At £31 it aint cheap, but I rarely invest in high-end cosmetics or skin care, so the odd splurge isn't too painful! I've used a Simple Eye Cream in the past, but if I'm entirely honest after a while I fell out of the habit of using it after not seeing a huge difference. I'm only in the first few weeks of using the Bobbi Brown cream, but am really impressed already. It is super hydrating (as the name suggests) but doesn't leave my skin feeling heavy or greasy, and makes a great base for concealer around my eyes. Rather than the concealer appearing dry and sticking to the wrinkles around my eyes, this allows it to glide on smoothly and look fresh. I may only be 26, but now is the time to start taking care of your skin! As they say, it's a lot harder to reverse the signs of ageing than it is to prevent ageing. 

Do you use an eye cream?

stealing moments

Monday, 21 April 2014

Ah, the last weekend of the Easter holidays... for every teacher/student, it is a time of great woe. To take my mind off the pending doom of going back to work (and the huge pile of marking that will amass on my desk by end of Tuesday), I made sure I kept myself busy and filled the Bank Holiday weekend with fun things. Luckily, I had two birthdays to celebrate - first up my good pal Mel's, with our now traditional annual BBQ. Not exactly warm (unlike last year where I remember getting sunburnt and wearing far fewer clothes!) but lovely to catch up with all the girls and boyfriends. As you can see, Mel and her family set up a pretty impressive outdoor play pad with blankets, lanterns and treats galore. Props to Kat for the marshmallow gorgeousness!

And secondly, my lovely nephew William's second birthday! Thomas the Tank Engine themed (naturally), with all the family and a tea party fit for a king. He fell down the stairs earlier in the day so was feeling a little delicate, but loved playing with his new skittles and xylophone! Such a cutie. I attempted to make a three-story rainbow cake, but the colours didn't come out quite as planned... damn you Pinterest and your false promises! Sigh. Nonetheless, my bitesize carrot cakes went down a storm - recipe to follow soon, of course. Wish me luck for tomorrow!

bookworm #25

Sunday, 20 April 2014

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

A little while ago I was signed off work for a few days and needed something to take my mind off things - my current read just wasn't hooking me (Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn - anyone read?) and when buying a few bits in Sainsburys I picked up this. I'd seen a bit of a buzz surrounding it, but knew nothing about the story line or even what genre it was. Now I've read the book and know a bit more about it, I keep seeing it everywhere! They've made a film adaptation which will be hitting British cinemas in June this year. 

The Fault in Our Stars is a story about a girl, Hazel, who meets a boy, Gus. The truth is Hazel has cancer, and they meet at a support group. Gus is a cancer survivor with something to show for it - a prosthetic leg. This tells their story, and boy is a rollercoaster of emotions! As always, there are no spoilers here, merely a recommendation. I really enjoyed this read, and whizzed through it in a brief three days, something of a record for me! I loved Hazel's obsession with An Imperial Affliction, a story that somewhat mirrors her own, and her search to find the author to complete the ending for her. This is not a rosy, idealistic account of a cancer-sufferer - it is sad, raw, frustrating... and lovely, all at once. It shows that sometimes life (and its actors) is a bitch. Prepare to shed a little tear, folks.

Have you read The Fault in Our Stars? I'll be interested to see how the film turns out, and whether they Hollywood-ise it at all. It really isn't that kind of story. Let's see!