Wild for Washi


I purchased an Erin Condren Life Planner back in April. As it turns out, this was a terrible time to pick one up because I had a pretty uneventful summer aside from blogging and YouTube. With few appointments to keep up with, no due dates looming overhead, I did not make the most of my ECLP.

September’s come (and almost gone!) and I’ve been determined to turn that around. Inspired by the #plannerenthusiast tag on Instagram, I’ve slowly started collecting washi tape and printable sticker files to print on label paper…all this in hopes of encouraging myself to use my planner. (It’s working!)

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The Importance of Going Barefaced

No makeup. No retouching. Nada.

This might be a bit of an odd post. It doesn’t feature any products or techniques, and in fact discusses a bit of a polarizing topic: going barefaced.

Remember on Facebook a few months ago when the whole No Makeup Selfie thing was circulating? Donation controversy aside, it was then that I realized how many of my friends really do wear makeup on a daily basis. Some of these friends would wear foundation and concealer so brilliantly sneakily that I didn’t notice they even had it on.

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The Final Rite of Passage into Adulthood

Business Cards

I’ve always wanted business cards. They seem so professional and grown-up.

The fact that I revere them as professional and grown-up probably means I’m inherently not ready for them, but no matter because I have them!

I chose a glossy finish to really make the purple pop. I wanted to keep them simple but not boring, fun but not childish…particularly because I now have 100 of them.

In case you’re curious, I ordered them from Vistaprint. They shipped quickly, were inexpensive, and often have discount codes if you poke around the web.

How I Wash “the Delicates”

Soak Laundry Detergent

Today’s post is a bit of an odd one. It isn’t about hair or makeup or nails, but laundry detergent.

You all probably know by now, though, that I wouldn’t bore you with details about a run-of-the-mill laundry detergent.

Soak is actually a hand-washing detergent made to care for your delicates. However, it can be used to wash almost anything. The best part about it is that you don’t have to rinse.

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Book Review: A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire Book 3)

A Storm of Swords Audiobook on iPhone 5 read by Roy Dotrice

There’s a joke on the interwebs that goes like this: George R.R. Martin, Joss Whedon, and Stephen Moffat walk into a bar. Every character you ever loved dies.

After reading A Storm of Swords, I can confirm this to be true; however, some characters that you absolutely despise also die. It’s a storm of double-edged swords, one might say. Ha. Ha.

I can honestly say that I found this book to be the most exciting and interesting one so far simply because of the body count. It sounds morbid, but so many characters are dead, which really adds excitement and tragedy and satisfaction (in some cases) to the book. I seriously couldn’t put this book down…figuratively speaking.

I say figuratively because I didn’t read a physical copy of this book; rather, Roy Dotrice read it to me. I got into audiobooks about a year ago after lamenting that I never feel like sitting down to read a for-fun book because I do so much reading for school. My solution was to start downloading audiobooks and listen to them whenever I got the chance: on the bus, while walking to class, while painting my nails, on the way to get groceries, anywhere.

The result has been highly entertaining. I’ve found myself with my mouth open in shock at the grocery store, crying on the bus, laughing to myself while trying to push through a crowd on the way to class. I’m sure people think I’m crazy, but this system works for me and I’ve probably consumed 5+ books this way, so I don’t care.

That being said, thar be spoilers ahead. If you haven’t read A Storm of Swords or you’re currently watching the Game of Thrones TV series, you’re going to not want to read on.

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The Blogmopolitan Quiz

Blogmopolitan Quiz title

In the spirit of confession, I will admit: I read Cosmopolitan magazine.


I started out reading it sarcastically and mentally making fun of the things – kinda like I started watching Sex and the City. But, like with SatC, somewhere along the line, I started to genuinely enjoy it, despite the blatant sexism and patriarchal nature of the magazine.

The celebrity quiz is always a fun part. Two Thirds Hazel made up the blogger equivalent: the Blogmopolitan quiz! I found it through The Vixen Bombshell – both their answers are really fun, so you should go read those when you’re all done here.

Anyhow, on with the quiz!

The Blogmopolitan Quiz

On the Aerie Real Campaign

Screenshot from Aerie's website. A screenshot from Aerie’s website for the Real campaign.

Aerie is American Eagle’s little sister lingerie company, and it’s a store that I actually quite like. The prices are a bit high, but when you catch them on sale, you can get some cute stuff. Their main products are bras and underwear, like many lingerie companies. They don’t make my size of bras, but they sell amazing undies at really reasonable prices, and I probably bought 30 pairs of them over the summer.

This week, Aerie announced that they will no longer be using supermodels in their ads, and they will no longer be retouching the models they do use. They’ve branded this the Aerie Real campaign.

I think this is a small step in the right direction. In an industry that is attempts to make consumers feel insecure in order to create a market for their product (the “you’re inadequate, but if you buy our pushup bra you won’t be” effect), it’s neat to see more positive marketing.

However, I don’t think that this whole campaign is positive, nor do I think that Aerie deserves the massive kudos that they’re being slathered with.

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When Life Gives You Links, Follow Them!: A Blog Hop


This weekend, I’m co-hosting a blog hop with one of my new favourite bloggers, Nykki. She’s got a really cool blog with a writing style all her own. When I first started blogging a few months ago, Nykki’s blog hop helped me connect with cool new bloggers and get my name out there in the blogosphere. (That’s a thing, right?)

Now, Nykki’s offered a me spot co-hosting her blog hop. I had so much fun with it, and I hope some other people will get a chance to find some neat bloggers in the process!

Each Follow Them blog hop has a featured blogger, and this time it’s Skinsweet.

The rules of the hop are:

1. Be a subscriber of my blog… and add your blog links.

2. Check out at least 3 of the links before you come back next week to start again.

3. Check out the Featured Blogger — skinsweet.blogspot.co.uk

4. Check out your co-hosts!

5. If you’d like to receive notifications of this blog hop, subscribe by email below! 🙂 

If you’d like to be the featured blogger for Nykki’s next blog hop, head over to her blog to find out how!

My 2013 Non-Beauty/Geeky Favourites!

This was a great year to be alive in the geekosphere, friends. I read lots, watched lots, and fangirled lots. So without further delay, let’s hop to it!

  • Favourite book: 2013 was an excellent reading year for me, so it’s hard for me to pick just one book. I adored Neil Gaiman’s American Gods, as I’ve said before. I also started the Song of Ice and Fire series, which I would recommend to anyone who likes scifi-fantasy-Tolkienian books.
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