Sunday, 7 February 2016

Weekly Reflect #73

It's Sunday so as per usual, it's time to reflect on the past week!

Daffodil

This week . . .

. . . began with the welcoming in of a brand new month! I spent Monday morning - which I remember to be beautifully sunshiney - spring tidying my bedroom. I love rearranging things in it every now and then and I'm so happy with the current layout. Although saying that, it's gradually starting to get messy again as I'm horrendous at maintaining a tidy room. I've come to realise that while I do like my stuff to have order & place, I am a messy person. I'm not sure I could ever do the whole minimalist thing either!

Bedroom shelves

On Tuesday I posted my first ever book review. I thoroughly enjoyed writing it but I never expected the author Carole Matthews to actually be one of the first to read it & she even tweeted me! That amused both me and my mum, who also read it and I was thrilled to bits when she said she enjoyed the review too. I have the intention to buy a bunch of books from a charity shop and work my way through reading & reviewing them. If you have any recommendations please send them my way!

Wall art
Also this week I got some lovely mail in the form of a pen pal letter from Shona. She is such a wee gem & we're very similar in many ways, one way being we both share a love for pretty stationery! How cute is that envelope? I'm can't wait to get a few minutes of peace & quiet to sit down and pen a reply!

Envelope
One day in the week, as it approached lunch time I started to get hungry. Standard. However that hunger somehow lead me to get the phrase "thinking 'bout lunch" stuck in my head, to the tune of the first line "thinking out loud" in each verse in the song Truffle Butter by Nicki Minaj, Drake & Lil Wayne. That in turn lead me to rewrite the lyrics of all three verses and make them all about food. It was a fun little (unexpected) challenge and I'm half tempted to record it, maybe even make a parody video of sorts! Maybe haha.

Sylvanian Families
And that brings us up to yesterday! I was awake super early and so was able to go with my mum, granny & auntie to do the weekly shop which I enjoyed. As well as the usual groceries I picked up a couple of magazines to flick through, partially influenced by the fact Kim KW is looking so good on the front of Cosmo, partially influenced by the fact you can get a free Ciaté nail polish with InStyle this month. There's a couple of different shades to choose from but I went for Iced Frappe, a gorgeous mauve colour I can't wait to get on my nails!

Once we'd finished in Tesco we all went to a close by cafe to have some tea & scones; my treat. Then we nipped into the pharmacy to get a few things and of course I had to have a wee browse of the Wet 'n' Wild stand in there! I ended up coming away with a new mascara and an eyeshadow palette, which I've no doubt I'll share my thoughts on with you sooner or later. I'm excited to try my first products from the brand!

Kim Kardashian Cosmo magazine & InStyle flatlay


So that was my week! Now it's time for you to get involved in the comments below and let me know what you've been getting up to recently!

How was your week?

Thanks for reading,
Maeve
x

Saturday, 6 February 2016

Cool creatives I follow on Instagram

Instagram. I love it. For me it's an infinite stream of inspiration I can scroll through any time of day. I follow some really cool creative people on there and today I want to take the opportunity to share some of my favourites whose photos, whenever I see them always ignite my imagination!

Cool creatives, artists & illustrators on Instagram

@dallasclayton

I've been following Dallas for quite a while now - he's an author & an illustrator and his creations vary from intricate, busy patterns to simplistic outlines accompanied by annotations. I seem to really connect with them as they're relatable as well as thought-provoking - sometimes even motivational. I really want to get myself a mug or t-shirt or something from his shop so that I can have a piece of that creativity in physical form. I'm even thinking of getting his signature 'reaching arms' tattooed on me. Just a thought at this point in time!

@marcmartinillo

Every single time I scroll through my Instagram and see a photo of Marc's illustrations I want to get my watercolours out and paint. I don't think I've ever been artistically inspired in such a strong way by anything else. Seriously, what he does with watercolour is on another level! He mainly paints people, animals, vehicles & buildings but still manages to maintain a constant flow of something unique every time. He has such an incredible talent!

@jean_jullien

I've only recently started following Jean's account but from the very first glance at his art, I knew it was my cup of tea. The way he incorporates illustrations alongside everyday objects takes his creativity up another couple of notches. For instance, once he placed two twenty pence pieces on a page and drew bodies on the paper under them to make it look like they were attached to the heads on the coins. He has an interesting view of the world, that's for sure!


Well those are just three people on Instagram that inspire me creatively and I really recommend you check them out! There are lots more cool creatives out there and so many different ways to be creative too. Now I want you to get involved in the comments below and tell me who your favourite creative people are!

Who inspires you to be creative?

Thanks for reading,
Maeve

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Serozinc by La Roche-Posay review

I don't know about you but when there's hype around a beauty product, I usually tend to wait until that's subsided then think about trying it. Serozinc has been hailed as a 'skin saviour' for so long now and the praise doesn't seem to be fading. Always looking for new additions to my routine, I decided to give it a try and today I'll be sharing my review!

Serozinc by La Roche-Posay review
A little bit of background info about my skin to preface this review would probably be handy! I have combination skin so some parts of my face get oily while other parts have dryness to deal with. I feel lucky to have never had to deal with big problematic breakouts (so far anyway, touch wood) but I do often get a few small spots appearing here and there which, needless to say, are never welcome. I do my best to prevent them but sometimes they're just inevitable and there began my hunt to find something that would help get rid!

I ordered Serozinc, my first dabble into the brand La Roche-Posay almost two months ago when it was on offer on Feel Unique. It usually costs £8.50 which I initially thought was a wee bit steep. How wrong I was. Having discovered the effects I now consider it to be absolutely justified. I seriously hope they don't ever bump up the price due to it's popularity! Anyway, onto what it actually does.

SO HOW DOES IT WORK?

It's a simple solution of water, zinc sulfate and sodium chloride. Yup, salt. You spray the toner on and it works to both fight/fix blemishes while also soaking up excess oil and let me tell you, it shrinks spots like nobody's business. No faffing around, it just gets to work. Obviously it doesn't make spots disappear instantaneously (wouldn't that be lovely) but I've found that using this twice a day when I'm dealing with spots means it halves the amount of days I usually have to put up with them!

Serozinc by La Roche-Posay review
The nozzle itself is also pretty good at it's job - it dispenses an evefine mist when sprayed from a distance. If your skin is just outright oily then I'm sure you'd benefit from spritzing it all over but because of my skin's dry tendencies I prefer to concentrate the spray on where I get oiliest & spots regularly pop up. Sometimes I'll direct it straight onto my face, sometimes I'll spray some on a cotton pad and apply it that way so I can get at specific places. What I'm trying to say is that you can work with it even if you do have dry patches!

Serozinc by La Roche-Posay review
WHAT DON'T I LIKE ABOUT IT?

To be honest, not much apart from the fact it can be drying. I think the bottle is a good size and it's great value for money. Will I repurchase? Most definitely!


So those are my thoughts on the ever-hyped Serozinc. Go ahead and get involved in the comments if you have any questions about it! I'd also love to know if you have any other La Roche-Posay product recommendations!

Have you tried this?

Thanks for reading,
Maeve