The Konjac Sponge – What is it?

Hey guys, today I wanted to share a product with you that you’ve probably never even heard of. Now don’t get me wrong, there won’t be a happy ending to the review, but don’t let that fool you, this product is brilliant at what it does and I do recommend it to you!

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It’s the Konjac Facial Puff Sponge, which is made of ‘100% natural vegetable fibre’ claims to act as a ‘mini facial everyday’; sounds great right? Because it is! This sponge is completely biodegradable, and is free from chemicals, colourings, additives and irritants. The company are also certified by the Vegan Society and are also Cruelty-Free – what more could you want! I received this as a present from my parents about a year ago, but only just got around to using it, so I hope that isn’t what caused my problem…

The sponge that I received specifically is the Green Tea enriched sponge, which is said to be the one for purifying the skin, and helping to fight against ageing skin. They also have a wide range of other sponges, such as French Pink Clay, Charcoal and Chamomile.

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Onto the good stuff! I often get flaky skin around my nose, that no matter how many times it gets moisturised, will always pop up not long after. I was thinking ‘Nah this won’t do ANYTHING to remove that!’ – oh how I was wrong! See the thing is that when you first take it out, it is hard as a rock – because to use it you need to wet it until it becomes more sponge-like. Now it still isn’t the same feeling as an actual sponge, but once completely wet it feels ever so soft, and does not feel harsh at all on the skin. You also don’t need to use a cleanser to go along with this – it does the work for you! Although you can add one to aid the sponge and make its effects go further.

I absolutely loved the results it gave me! After using it for a minute my skin felt so soft and smooth, and the skin around my nose was gone – no trace of it left. I thought ‘this is great, I can’t believe I waited this long to use it!’, and I looked on the website to read more about it and found out about all the other sponges as well – great stuff.

BUT – I was only able to use this for a pitiful 4 days. Yep. My skin reacted BADLY, like to the point where it was red for a week, and then left it feeling dry and scaly. My theory is that my skin is allergic to green tea – nothing to do with the actual sponge itself. See my skin is not really sensitive, and so something like this happening was such a shock, that the only explanation I can think of is that it was an allergic reaction. Do not let this discourage you though, as you can get the sponge without anything added to it instead!

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I do suggest that you give the website a good look at, as they have a lot of products to choose from! The only (other) downside is that since the sponges are natural, they only last for about 2-3 months at a time, and so if you were really happy with the results you’d need to repurchase about 4 a year. I personally would have done this – and still might if I find a different one that I don’t end up being allergic to. For now I am going to give my skin a long time to get over this very scarring time of my life, and just focus on the things I know don’t irritate my skin!

Have you ever heard of this company before? Do you seem interested in trying it?

As always,

Love, Emily x

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Songs I Could Cry To

I don’t think I’ve seen anyone do a post like this before, but I thought it would be an interesting one to do, as music is so personal and I think that there is still a stigma around crying. I cry for many reasons: I feel ill, I’m sad, I’m upset, I see a sad advert on tv, or sometimes none of these and my body just wants me to cry!

Music is something close to me, and I do feel it in my heart and soul (cringe). So sometimes certain songs evoke emotions in me that I can’t control! Anyway, I wanted to share with you a list of songs that I know I either could cry to, or already have done. For some of them I might give a lil backstory as to why they make me feel like crying, and I wonder whether anyone else might feel the same.

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Songs I Could Cry To

  • The Night We Met – Lord Huron
  • Curveballs – The Wombats
  • Give It All – Foals
  • I See Fire – Ed Sheeran
  • I Will Follow You Into The Dark – Death Cab For Cutie
  • Money Power Glory – Lana Del Rey
  • Somebody That I Used To Know – Gotye
  • I’m With You – Avril Lavigne

Song I Have Cried To

  • 5AM + I Found – Amber Run
  • I Know You Care – Ellie Goulding
  • The Harold Song, Dancing With Tears In My Eyes, Praying + Spaceship – Kesha

With Praying, I don’t cry because I relate to the song, but mostly because of one lyric that I find hard to sing. ‘I’m proud of who I am’ is what gets me. She sings it with her own emotion, and whilst I know she believes it, I don’t believe myself when I sing it. Sad story I know, but I just don’t feel proud of myself, and it’s almost like I’m lying by saying it.

  • Just Tonight + You – The Pretty Reckless
  • Hello Hello – Paramore (unreleased demo song I found on YouTube)

Oh baby, I listened to this on repeat a lot when I was younger, and I specifically remember crying to it when my ex ”broke up” with me as a way of getting my feeling out. I was also playing the Sims at the time, just cause that’s what I did back then.

  • Entire Acoustic EP + You And I – PVRIS
  • The End Of All Things – Panic! At The Disco
  • Part Of Me – Katy Perry
  • Joanne – Lady Gaga
  • Beacon – Two Door Cinema Club

I can tell you when I cried to this, like two weeks ago. I was just driving home and as soon as it got to the end of the song where he sings ‘I’m coming home’ on repeat I somehow lost it and started crying. Really have no reason for this one!

  • Fear and Loathing, Lies, Teen Idle, Numb, Obsessions + Happy – Marina

Please, if you have not heard ‘Happy’ before, go listen to it. I think it was slept on a bit but I really think other people should listen to it at least once to see if you like it as much as me. Now the reason why I have cried to this is because if I’m not in a ‘happy’ mood at the time, singing it feels like such a cheat when I feel the complete opposite. I do truly appreciate it though and find some peace with it.

  • A LOT of Taylor Swift songs

What can I say, I went through a Taylor Swift phase! The majority of crying for this was when I ”broke up” with my ex (the first bloody time), and so ya know, it’s what had to be done. Notable mentions are ‘Sad Beautiful Tragic’, ‘Should’ve Said No’, ‘You’re Not Sorry’, and ‘Haunted’.

  • Taro – Alt J

PLEASE PLEASE GO LISTEN TO THIS! It is such a beautiful song with a captivating story behind it, even leading us to name our dog after the song. It is one of my most favourite songs in the world, and whilst it is extremely sad, if you understand the story behind it you’ll see how they almost bring the characters together in the end. Please listen!

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Okay I think I’m done, and for the most part I bet you’re thinking ‘what a bore’. Yeah I know, but I had to do it for myself, and to show others that it’s good to know what makes you cry, and also why. Being in touch with your emotions, or being a ‘sensitive’ person is in no way a bad thing, and actually makes you a more understanding person in the end.

Have you heard any of these songs before? What songs make you cry + why? I’d really love to see how everyones’ music tastes differ!

As always,

Love, Emily x

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New Favourite? Zoeva Graphic Lash Mascara

Hiya! Since I started only buying cruelty-free makeup I’ve been on the hunt to test out a few different mascaras to see if I can find one I really like. So far I’ve tried Urban Decay’s Perversion mascara, and their Troublemaker mascara, which I have a review on hereWhilst I liked Perversion, I don’t want to simply settle on a mascara when there are so many others out there that could suit me a lot better. So I was very interested to try out Zoeva’s Graphic Lash Mascara, and I have to say I am very happy I did!

 

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This mascara retails for £9, and it claims to ‘thicken and lengthen lashes’ and offers ‘instant natural volume’, and whilst I wouldn’t say it is as voluminous as it probably could be, it definitely did more than I was expecting it to! I think a lot of my views were based on the packaging, as the design is just so sleek and simple that I was expecting a simple mascara, but I was wrong for sure. Zoeva themselves just have elegant and simple packaging, yet they have products that work really well, such as their eyeliners and lip pencils!

The formula is quite thin, but it can be built up to add more volume; it isn’t much but it’s noticeable. Like most mascaras it can start to get clumpy if you apply too much, but it does not make your lashes look spidery in any way, and that’s a win from me, as I personally hate the look of spidery, clumpy lashes.

 

What I will say is that it will rub off your lower lashes onto your eyes after a couple of hours of wearing, however this could also be because I don’t typically set my under-eyes due to them being quite dry, and so maybe if I had set them the transfer wouldn’t happen*. I don’t think I would recommend this as an all-day mascara, say if you’re going to be out of the house for 12 hours or so, but if you’re going out for a few hours and want your eyelashes to pop then it would be great for that!

*Can confirm! I set my under-eyes before going to a concert at the o2, and even through all of that there was minimal smudging compared to the amount I would have if I hadn’t set them at all!

 

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If I don’t find another mascara that makes my lashes look as luscious as this, I will definitely be repurchasing, but for now I am still in my testing phase, and will keep you updated for sure!

Have you tried this before? What other cruelty-free mascaras would you recommend?

As always, love Emily x

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Dear Bra Companies: We Need To Talk

A little bit of a rambling post today, but alas still a somewhat serious one too. The topic at hand is ‘bras’; and why I have various problems with the way brands go about creating them, advertising them, and even catering to everyone who has boobs.

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Sizing

So, let’s start off with bra sizings, where they get it right, and where they get it wrong. Firstly, I have no beef in regards to actual lingerie companies and the sizes they create, as I know that I will be able to get my size from them without much hassle, and that most do offer larger sizes that hopefully do cater to a lot of people out there. Secondly, I personally know that sometimes different brands vary even when you buy the same size, but I will come to that later.

As mentioned, this first problem is not aimed at lingerie companies, but more so at clothing companies who want to release their own range, but fail in being able to cater to everyone. A lot of brands offer bralet’s in clothing sizes, not actual bra sizes, and this is a highly unreliable way to gage what your size will be. For example, I have seen a particular company only offer sizes up to a UK12, which I find very annoying, as even thought I am a 34D, I can just about fit into that sizing, but again it depends on the brand and whether they size small, large, or true to size. In any case it is not acceptable. Either offer everyone the chance or just don’t bother, because it’s not fair that a lot of people are excluded simply because they have bigger boobs, and you’re too lazy to cater to them as well. If more brands did I’m sure they’d get a better profit too!

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Padding

My pet peeve; extra padding. I understand that a lot of people appreciate having an extra boost, but nowadays I find it really hard to choose a bra that doesn’t come with padding, and at worst it can’t be removed. I still have a problem with padding that can be removed though, because I find that it’s a waste of fabric that I will ultimately end up throwing away because I didn’t want it in the first place, and I have no need for it at all.

If you are searching in a store then of course it is a lot easier to tell which bras have padding and which ones don’t, but ordering online? Bad luck. I’ve found that they don’t mention in the descriptions that there is padding, and at the same time they don’t show any photos of the inside either, so how the hell am I supposed to know which ones are standard and which ones have padding. Of course I know that push-up bras have padding, and that’s why I don’t buy them. But if I see one that says t-shirt bra, and it comes with extra padding? I’m pissed. Just tell me specifically before I buy, please!

Oh also, can we have some nice patterned bras without padding too? Because I would like to buy some super cute or sexy looking ones without having to either deal with the padding or send them back.

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Inconsistency

You’d think that if you are a 34D in one brand, that you’d be the same in another? Or that if you fit that size in one style, surely you’d also fit the size in a different one? Nah. I bought two bras from the same company, slightly different styles, one fit okay, and the other one had a smaller back band, to the point where I felt like if I tried wearing it I would break it. I just don’t understand who such discrepancies can occur like this, surely the back band should remain the same even if the style if different, seeing as I both bought them in the same bra size as well?

It’s similar to how jean sizes differ WILDLY between clothing brands, but when that same piece of clothing comes from the same brand, I expect sizes to remain consistent. If you want my money, I want to know that I get what I am expecting, and nothing else.

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You know what we still haven’t talked about? Goddamn SPORTS BRAS! Why is it so hard to find a good fit without my boobs either trying to escape, or still continuing to move as though I wasn’t wearing one at all? I need help, severe help, and my boobs aren’t even that big compared to a lot of people, and so if I’m having trouble finding a good size, I feel sorry for anyone else who have a limited choice in what they can buy.

The real problem is that at the end of the day, they are lumps of fat hanging off of our bodies that we have no control over, so why do we get scrutinised based on how big they are? All I want is to be able to move a bit more rigorously without feeling like my chest is going to rip off because of the unavoidable weight I am carrying. Just me?

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Does anyone else share my pain – or am I just complaining? Let me know!

As always, love Emily x

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Review: e.l.f. Instant Brow Lift Pencil

Hey guys, another review here for you! Last year I made an order from Eyes, Lips, Face, commonly known as e.l.f.! One of the items I bought was their £3 Instant Brow Lift Pencil in the shade ‘Taupe’, which is a good shade for my hair colour, and at such a low price point it would have been silly to not even give it a try. So without further ado, let’s get into the nitty-gritty shall we!

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For the price, you get a decent amount of product in this, coming in at 0.18g. Comparing it to the NYX Micro Brow Pencil, which has 0.5g, it doesn’t seem worth it, but bear in mind the NYX pencil costs £9, and so when you look at the price difference it works out roughly the same.

The pencil itself is quite thick compared to a lot of other pencils, and so it is not great for drawing precise lines or individual hair strokes. What I like to use it for is filling in the larger gaps that I have, such as at the top of my brow where it lacks structure, I can easily draw the line where I want it and fill in it quickly without spending too much time on it.

If you have relatively thick brows and only need a little bit of definition I would say this isn’t for you, but if you are someone who needs a product that will fill in your brows nicely then this will do! I wouldn’t say this is the best pencil on the market and that you should rush out immediately to buy it, but at £3 a go it will hardly break the bank just to give it a go and see if you could find a use for it? If not it could also be used as a coloured eyeshadow base or an eyeliner if you don’t mind re-purposing it!

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What are your favourite products from e.l.f.? Have you tried their brow products before?

As always, love Emily x

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Colourpop’s Ultra Blotted Lip: My Thoughts!

So sometime last year or maybe slightly before that, Colourpop came out with a new formula of liquid lipstick: Ultra Blotted Lips! I got the shade ‘Zuma’ which is described as as being a warm nude, but I think personally that it leans more towards a nude pink than just a nude. After trying it out, I thought I would share my views on it, as I did not know what I was really expecting, and I was pleasantly surprised!

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On the website, these Ultra Blotted lip are described as being a ‘soft, diffused just-blotted look’, which I wholeheartedly agree with. When I applied it, it felt similar in formula to their other liquid lipsticks, but it wasn’t as pigmented with one application, so it definitely needed building up. Personally that doesn’t bother me, as it gives me more time to get a clean line around my lips, instead of having loads of product that keeps moving around.

The formula does feel thinner though, which is also nice as it means that when it dries down you really don’t notice it on your lips that much. I think that I will purchase a couple more colours of this in the future, maybe when I finish some other lip products up! I think that for me as well it cuts all the right corners, as when I use the Ultra Matte or Satin I find that a lot of the time I end up blotting them anyway because it feels like too much on my lips, and so the Ultra Blotted is actually perfect for me!

 

 

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Have you tried this formula from Colourpop yet? Let me know what you think of it, or what you think of their other formula’s as well!

As always, love Emily x

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Don’t Forget Your Sun Cream!

As the warmer weather draws nearer, I just want to remind everyone (and myself!) to make sure to apply sun cream, even if it’s just a little bit to shield your face. I’ll admit I don’t wear it as much as I should, even in the summer when it’s burning hot, mostly because I hate the feel of the majority of creams on the market, and after I’ve applied it I have to wash my hands to get the sticky feeling off them! Just me?

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Since I will apply normal cream on my body, I don’t need to worry about that, however one thing I absolutely HATE is applying that same cream on my face. The heavy feeling it gives and the stickiness is just horrible, and so I wanted to find a different cream that would be suited to my face, yet still offer me good protection.

Last year I scouted out the Body Shop Skin Defence Multi-Protection Essence, which is a lightweight lotion that sinks into your face as if there’s barely anything there, and provides a subtle glow too. It has SPF 50 to help defend against those pesky UVB rays, which damage your skin’s surface, and also has PA++++, which protects your skin from UVA rays, the rays that penetrate your skin deeper and speed up the ageing process; not fun for anyone I’m sure!

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It does seem pricey at £17 for a 40ml bottle, or £21 for a 60ml bottle, but the Body Shop has sales all the time, often ranging from 25% to 40%, and they also offer a student discount too! I think it is worth the money, as you only need a small amount to cover your entire face, as the formula is so thin that it just spreads easily. I’m sure that there are other brands that offer a similar thing for cheaper, but I haven’t really explored too much into this area yet, and so I can’t offer any thoughts on that!

 

No matter what you use, just make sure to use it, especially with these rising temperatures which are slowly killing the planet! All we can do is try our best to do our parts, but make sure you look after yourself along the way too.

Have you tried this particular sun lotion before? Or tried out some similar ones from other brands? Let me know so I can look into them if they’re good!

As always, love Emily x

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