Visiting The Harry Potter Studios |My Photos & Thoughts

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Tris and I decided a couple of years ago that we weren’t going to give each other material, tangible gifts anymore; presents would either come in the form of an experience of some kind, or a trip away…you get the gist! So when my birthday rolled around this year in April, I didn’t have to mull it over for too long; it had to be the HP studios. And yes, April was half a year ago, but availability didn’t quite match up with our schedules because of the popularity of the studios, so here we are, in October, and we’ve finally been!

This isn’t going to be a review as such, because, in all honesty, reviewing things other than books and beauty products isn’t really my forte, shall we say! I just wanted to share some of my pictures, and a few of my thoughts.

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The special effects department was amazingly interesting. It’s quite difficult to explain without you going yourself and actually seeing the machinery, sculptures and technology they used, but the work that went in to each creature, goblin, insect, CGI-built scene is extraordinary.

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I think the thing I took away from the studios most is not only a heightened love for all things HP, but I now have an understanding (and appreciation) for the intricacy and hard work that went in to every single little detail. For just one example, the huge mounds of rubble that we saw in the deathly hallows films were each individually painted and sculpted pieces of polystyrene, and took over 20 days to complete.

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This was really surreal for me – not sure why. It’s quite obvious when you think about it, but I’d never thought about it; that most of the sets we see in the films are just sets, and are all each individually located in one studio set. I loved seeing the Gryffindor Common Room – it made me feel so emosh. The studio, by the way, is actually just like one mahoosive warehouse!

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My Top Tips For A Productive Blogging/Work From Home Day

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Working from home is tougher than it looks; luckily, I have a few tips for upping productivity levels (when sluggishness begins to creep in), which have worked in my favour over the past year or so!

Structure your day, and keep to a semi-flexible routine – Admittedly, sticking to an uncomprising, regimental-like schedule is fairly impossible as a freelancer as your work load differs from week to week, but I do think structuring your work days as you would in an office for example, is the best way to ensure maximum productivity. And however tempting it may be to leisurely wake up at 9am every morning, I find that waking up early is one of the best ways to make the most of your day, and to rid yourself of any sluggish tendencies. Structuring your day is also incredibly important if some tasks on your to-do list rely on certain times of the day; for example, some of my freelancing jobs revolve around content creation, and so I reserve 9am until lunch time for photography because that’s when the light is the easiest to work with.

Use a weekly planner – There are so many free printable weekly/daily/monthly planners available online, and so there really is no excuse for at least trying it out. Weekly printable planners really are my saving grace, and they just mean that I can clearly see my weekly workload, which is such a huge help. Continue reading “My Top Tips For A Productive Blogging/Work From Home Day”

Inside The Look Fantastic ‘Indulge Me’ Box |October 2017

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*PR sample. I’m sent these boxes monthly, but there is no obligation to feature them!

Last month saw my first experience with and introduction to the Look Fantastic beauty subscription box service and if I’m honest, I was a little underwhelmed. The Eve Lom cleanser ended up disappointing me, and the eyeshadow quad included in the box just gave me nothing in terms of pigment. And while I wasn’t all that enthused over last month’s offerings, it didn’t dampen my excitement for this month’s box; subscription boxes can be so hit or miss, particularly when you’re not choosing the products yourself, can’t they?  Continue reading “Inside The Look Fantastic ‘Indulge Me’ Box |October 2017”

New In Beauty Releases/Blogger Mail I’m Currently Trialling

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I’ve been kindly sent some really beautiful new releases throughout September, and so I thought it’d be nice to compile all of them to share what’s new to the market and what you can expect to see reviews of on my blog in the near future! All releases are now available, and have been released within the last few days or so.

Claudia Schiffer Makeup – This is the release I’m most excited about. I think the packaging and whole makeup line is so well thought out, and has been curated with real focus and consideration. The packaging is timeless, and I particularly love the blush compact; it feels so reminiscent of a vintage compact that you’d display on your dressing table permanently. In all honesty, I secretly don’t really want to use the blush; I want to keep it pristine and have it as a sort of collector’s item! The blusher is £29.50 and the lipstick is £17.95. I was really disappointed to learn that the collection is limited edition, but I think sometimes that makes a collection all the more special. Continue reading “New In Beauty Releases/Blogger Mail I’m Currently Trialling”

Busting A Few Skincare Myths

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I find myself rolling my eyes/gritting my teeth so often at the sheer amount of misinformation and marketing ploys being spread around the beauty-sphere, that I thought I’d write up a few of the most common ones I see floating around, and sort of debunking and dispelling them!

Alcohol is bad in skincare; it will dry out the skin.

Only sometimes! There are so many different variations of alcohol in cosmetic formulas. Yes, some are drying, but some are fatty alcohols and are great for the skin and can even be emollients. Denatured and SD alcohol are examples of drying alcohols, but cetyl, stearyl, and cetearyl alcohol are perfectly fine for the skin.

Oily skin ages better than dry skin.

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Four products that really disappointed me.

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*This post contains PR samples

In all honesty, I’ve become fairly disillusioned with the blogosphere as of late; I’m so happy to see it progressing, but I feel as though with all the PR gifts, sponsorships and brand relationships, honesty is being lost along the way. This blog post isn’t an attempt to rain on anyone or any brand’s parade, but is a way of being 100% honest and transparent, and substantiate the ‘I will always be honest, regardless of whether something is a PR gift etc’ claims that I always like to make. I think that if you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you’ll know that I’m always honest, but with the distrust of bloggers that is currently going on, I think it’s important to continue to share the products that just didn’t work out for you. I love so many things from all of these brands, but these products just didn’t cut the mustard for me.

Eve Lom Cleansing Balm – Although I don’t hate this product, it was the biggest disappointment for me of the bunch. The hype surrounding it, paired with the extortionate price tag left me confused. The full size of this post costs a whopping £55, and sadly, I just don’t think it’s good enough. I’ve heard a lot of bloggers say that they’re OK with it being formulated with mineral oil, as it washes off so they’re not overly bothered, but I think for £55, formulating your cleansing balm with a base of cheap mineral oil is an insult to your customers. I respect that Eve Lom was the pioneer for cleansing balms, but I think so many other cleansing balms now completely override this one. The main reason I don’t like this cleansing balm is the consistency; it doesn’t luxuriously melt as a balm to oil cleansing balm does, Continue reading “Four products that really disappointed me.”