Sorry if you have been popping back to my blog and wondering why I haven’t written a blog post for a while. The next few weeks have been crazy, to say the least. After graduating and applying for jobs for months, sometimes not hearing a peep, I secured my self a full-time job at a Legal Brokers doing Copywriting, Marketing, and Social Media.I am also in the middle of learning to drive and as my instructor cannot fit me in during the week this means most weekends my time is spent driving. The past week or so I have also been very poorly too which has left me resting in bed. I would really like to apologise for my absence on my blog. I have really missed sharing my reviews with you about beauty products but in the next few weeks, I promise I will make more of an effort to fit blog writing in my new routine as I have bought lots of lovely new things with my first wage!
A while ago I took a trip to my local Lush store and purchased BB seaweed fresh face mask. Now months after I decided to give my honest review of this product. Lately I have suffered from dry skin and a few spots which I thought was stress related. However on closer inspection by the doctor I had a form of mild acne. This meant I stopped using my weekly dose of facemask treatments from Lush for a while until the situation had settled down.
Usually every Friday night has become my relax haven and it is known as pamper night (Since not being a student I have ditched the alcohol and my dancing shoes) which I hope this means I am not suffering a mid-life crisis of some sort because although I currently present on 96.5 Bolton FM and have had amazing blog opportunities lately I am still unemployed (It really sucks)
This week I turned into a baking diva and made some homemade chocolate chip cookies and a Victoria sponge. Whilst literally sticking my head in the fridge, there it was staring at me and looking rather unwanted (My BB seaweed face mask). Of course, Lush fans know you have to keep them in the fridge to keep the fresh ingredients from rotting.
Lush say, “Relaxing, Reviving- mineral-rich mask to cleanse, soften and beautify. Fresh nutritious seaweed, cleansing kaolin, antiseptic honey, calming aloe vera and rose absolute makes this a great mask for everyone.”
Tuesday night became my pamper night this week, I ran my- self a lovely hot bath, plonked the last of my comforter bubble bar in and covered my face with well erm… seaweed. It was a rather odd thing to put on my face but once I got past my worries it felt lovely. The Seaweed face mask doesn’t have a very strong scent which is great because I didn’t want to aggravate my sensitive skin. However unlike other Lush face masks it lacked that bit of oomph for me I’m afraid. After I removed the mask, apart from soft skin I didn’t really notice much difference unlike Catastrophe Cosmetic but I was using my Catastrophe on a weekly basis and since I don’t need to use a cream for my mild acne anymore I haven’t tested my BB seaweed mask on a weekly basis.
I would rate BB Seaweed face mask 3.5/5, it isn’t a bad product but it isn’t my one of my favourites out of the Lush face mask range.
Months ago after I had finished my degree, I started to brainstorm what I could possibly do as a treat for my 21stbirthday and for finishing my degree. I racked my brain for a while and remembering I had previously looked on Alt-Studio, a Manchester based photography business who specialise in Pin-up, Burlesque, Boudoir, Vintage and Tattoo shoots I knew I had to book my place.
I paid a £30 deposit which was redeemable on photos at the end which was perfect and a very reasonable price to pay to secure my day. To be honest for a month or two I almost forgot about my nerves and I used Pinterest to help me create mood boards of what look I wanted to create. I absolutely adore the Vintage look and I usually dress vintage a lot of the time which meant my wardrobe was already set for the big day.
The week of my photo-shoot finally arrived and photographer Simon Hunt phoned me to discuss my ideas. He really put me at ease before my big day and even mentioned how confident I sounded which meant by the time Friday August 2nd arrived I wasn’t even nervous, I was bursting with excitement.
I also took along my boyfriend on the day as he really helps me relax and was an absolute godsend when I had to change my outfit 5 times. Also, when choosing my photos at the end he helped me decide his favourites too as photo framed presents are always one of my favourites to give him on special occasions.
I emptied my full to the brim case of Vintage clothes and showed Simon and make-up artist Gina the Magnificent what they had to work with. Within 5 minutes I was rushed through to the hair and make-up hot seat where Gina made me look like a Hollywood star. I felt pampered and primed to perfection and for the first time I wore false eyelashes which are now my new found favourite to wear on a night out. Throughout the day I had 3 hair and make- up changes and whilst applying my make –up Gina also gave me tips and products to use if I wanted to re-create the look again which was a lovely extra. Gina made me feel at home and was really chatty which helped my confidence levels before I entered the photo-shoot room.
I was really nervous when I first walked into the room, the lights were shining down and all attention was on me. Simon was a real professional though and helped me to get into posing positions in no time. I was a bit worried my photos wouldn’t look great as I kept blinking a lot throughout the shoot due to my new eyelashes but Simon always made sure he was happy before moving on to the next outfit.
After finishing the shoot, I had an hour to grab some lunch while Simon prepared my photos for me. I was so excited to see the end result and when I walked into the room I was stunned. He made a small video of a good 55 photos from the day. At this stage he told me just to admire the photos and don’t be worried about picking my final few until I was ready. After carefully picking the final 5 I spent around £230 which was worth every penny. Alt Studio offers a range of packages for all budgets and while deciding I was never pressurised into buying extra photos which would go over my budget.
I had such a good time that I am hopefully booking another photo-shoot soon when I get some more money together. It’s such a confidence boosting experience and Alt Studio made my dream come to life.
For all you lovely blogger readers Alt Studio is giving you the chance to win a £30 redeemable voucher towards your very own photo-shoot experience. To enter just comment on this blog post saying why you would love to do a vintage photo-shoot and also follow @MissVintagevibe via Twitter.
Last week was crazy! I had my graduation ceremony on Monday 21st and on Thursday 24th July I turned the big 21. It was a mix of emotions all week as I was quite sad to leave my uni town Huddersfield fully and also happy to move forward in the future and enjoy my 21st celebrations. The week was jam packed with lots of buffet food which has gained me a few pounds.
As a treat I designed my own cake from Slattery’s in Whitefield, Manchester who specialise in creating cakes for all occasions including birthday cakes and wedding cakes. I have been an avid fan of Slattery’s for years and I was incredibly impressed with how they turned my idea into a lovely cake. I chose to have a traditional jam sponge birthday cake and chocolate cupcakes. The cakes never fail to be absolute delish from here although (I honestly never want to see another piece of cake for a good while) I love cake but after continuously eating a slice a day for the past week has made me feel rather bloated.
For presents I received a Body Shop tea tree facial set which I will be reviewing soon, some owl earrings from my lovely boyfriend, chocolates and more beauty products. I also received a lump sum of money from parents which I am intending on using to pass my driving test. I also received money from relatives which I have already spent on perfume, a playsuit and a big faux fur vintage jacket which will be featuring in a fashion post soon.
I would like to thank everyone who sent me lovely messages last week, I had an amazing time but for now it’s back to my job search.
What are your memories of your 21st birthday?
Yesterday was one of the biggest moments of my life as I managed to graduate from The University of Huddersfield with a 2:1 in Journalism. At times I thought I wouldn’t have made graduation day and my mother even said yesterday the same thing as I’m the only one in our family to attend university. The day was a mix of emotions, of course firstly I was extremely happy to gain my degree and for the stress to be over but yesterday also gave me time to reflect on my next challenge ahead and to be honest I miss education already. I have been so busy applying for jobs, and organising my 21st birthday I haven’t had much me time which includes blogging and considering other options, such as studying for my Masters or a PHD. For now I am going to enjoy this week of celebrations and also forget about the mess in my bedroom which I still haven’t fully unpacked whilst moving home. I am also very happy to announce that I am back with my boyfriend, after a whirlwind of 6 months apart; we have both decided to give our relationship another chance. Now that I am back home it is a lot easier to see each other and the 6 months apart gave us both an opportunity to develop as people and realise what our goals are in life. I’m very glad I was able to share my happiness with my parents, my boyfriend and my friends at university.
To finish the day, I enjoyed a celebratory curry with my parents and boyfriend back home in Mancunian land.
Have you recently celebrated your graduation day?
A few weeks ago I took a trip back to Mancunian land to get my hair done and after I took myself on a mini shopping spree to Lush to get some face masks and bath bombs to indulge on weekends when I am wanting a bit of TLC.