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25 Nov 2013

My 21st Birthday

Yesterday, it was my 21st birthday. This year I decided to celebrate my birthday the day before my ACTUAL birthday, as my actual birthday was on a Saturday and there's not much you can do on a Sunday, and I wanted to spend my actual birthday in my father's house.
I went to Chiquito's for dinner and then in the evening went to Penthouse which was really good. It was made even better by the fact that I got a free stamp, which enabled me to get free entry into the club. #FunTimes
Kim Kardashian Eat Your Heart Out #Contour&Highlighting
  I got my makeup done at MAC Brixton. I've never been to MAC Brixton to get my makeup done before, as I usually go to the one in Selfridges, (Oxford Street). I had my makeup done by MAC MUA Bumni. We had a bit of a problem with my eyebrows, as she had pencilled mine in really thickly and in a McDonald's M shape which was too awkward for words. After 3 failed attempts, I decided to concealer an outline of the shape I'd like my eyebrows to follow, which worked out perfectly in the end. My makeup was really good, especially in the eye department, however Bumni matched me to NC44 as she said the MAC Studio Tech foundations come up darker, however I feel a MAC NC45 foundation would have been better suited to my skin colour. I'm not sure if you can see it in the pic, but my face is a noticeably different colour to my face.
I didn't get to take much pics as my phone's bat was super low, but I've captured a few moments below:

The contents of my face

The Finished Look

Mocktails at Chiquitos
The customer service in Chiquito's Croydon was appalling. The staff were very ill-mannered and only few were helpful or nice :/

The Hummingbird Bakery's Famous Rainbow Cake
Although I spent a small fortune on my 21st, and planning the event was extremely stressful, and I didn't get to take any pics on the night as my phone's battery was half-dead, it was a joyous occastion and am happy that everything worked out well in the end!
I actually can't believe I'm 21, I feel so old haha :)

If you guys would like a full make-up product list to be added, do let me know via the comments section and I'll update this post accordingly :D 
As always until next time, stay blessed and beautiful dolls xoxo

19 Nov 2013

Quote of The Week: When Life Gives You A Lemon...

'When Life Gives You A Lemon, Make A Lemonade' 

On this day, two weeks ago, I was having a very bad Tuesday. Granted we all have bad days every once in a while, but this was pretty up there in terms of bad days for me. You know when one thing goes wrong, then another and then another, and then you just feel like, do you know what I don't even think I wanna do this anymore? Yeah that! That was me like 2 weeks ago! Previously, I had managed to secure a one week work experience at Bournemouth’s local Christian radio station ‘Hope FM', so excitedly booked a coach ticket to Bournemouth.
Rather ironically I watched Patricia Bright's video: 'Tips For Dealing With Disappointment' in the early hours of the morning, not knowing or appreciating the significance or impact her words would have later on in my day.
Unfortunately I missed my first coach, so had to book another ticket for 12pm on Monday, which I then ended up missing because I mixed up my coach times. I then tried to amend my ticket, but was told that as my 12pm coach ticket was a fanfare (discounted) ticket it was non-refundable, and amending my ticket would be a pointless venture, as the price it would cost to do that would be more than the cost of a new ticket. So feeling very irked I purchased another coach ticket, and my new departure time was 1pm.  Having arrived at Victoria Coach Station with 10 minutes to spare, I managed to get lost, and by the time I arrived at my departure gate, I saw my coach just leaving. So again I had to amend my ticket for an additional cost of £5, which meant that the cumulative cost of three tickets were practically the same price as a train ticket! Considering, I was supposed to be saving money, I was not too pleased. When amending my tickets, I was told that the 3pm coach was full, and would have to wait until the 4.30pm coach before my journey could begin.
Credit: zazzle.com
At this point I was beyond angry, and just felt like if I ended up missing another coach, I'd just go home as I was just not in the mood anymore. I was so angry that I wanted to cry, scream, vent... y'name it! I wanted to cry not because I was upset or sad, but y'know when you're just too frustrated that all you actually wanna do is cry. I couldn't even vent about it to anyone as my phone's battery was really low, and I needed to save it, so I could let my friend Steph know when I'd finally arrived (as she was picking me up). After wallowing in my misery for a minute or two, I decided I didn't wanna be stressed anymore, and was going to see the silver lining in my cloudy day. After all, what would being stressed and annoyed solve? It wouldn't enable me to time-travel, so I could have got my first initial coach. Nor would it help me with the 2.5 hour wait that I had to endure whilst waiting for my next coach. IF anything, it would just wind me up further, and trust me I didn't need any more winding up.
Credit: inkhappi.com
And d'you wanna know the funniest thing, when I decided to actually let go of the anger and annoyance, I actually didn't think it was such a BIG DEAL and I felt so much better. I immediately felt less stressed and relieved, and did not feel angry at all!
Why? OK yes, I had missed three coaches, yes I had an additional 2.5 hour wait until my next coach, and yes my phone was about to die at any given second, BUT, I was still going to Bournemouth, I'd still get the chance to do my placement, I'd still get to see my old friends, I was still living and breathing, so why die and cry about something I was powerless to change? Why not just let it be?
So that's exactly what I did!
What did this experience teach me? Sometimes the going gets tough, but when the going gets tough, you've just gotta get that little bit more resillient. So, life decided to throw some lemons into my jug of life, well I decided to turn those lemons into a lemonade.

In the comments section below finish this phrase for me: "When life gives me a lemon..."  

As always until next time, stay blessed and beautiful dolls xoxo

16 Nov 2013

#ELAF- Magazine Freebies December 2013

 Hi Dolls,

So this December the freebies in the magazine world are looking very interesting.

My fave pick is actually not the BEST deal, but is still my fave, so is the one I'll show you first:
Credit: Jennifer Dixon from My Mummys Pennies*
Glamour Magazine £2
Cover Star: Katy Perry 
Freebies: Nails Inc Nail Polish 10 ml*
Available in Soho Silver, Uptown Glamour, New York Noir, and Big Apple Red
Worth £11 each
* + Mag Insert (The Body Shop Giftcard preloaded with either £3, £15 or £100)
Rating 5/5 (FAVE Deal)

Credit: Dami Olonisakin from Simply Oloni via Twitter
Elle Magazine £4
Cover Star: Candice Swanepoel
Freebies: Benefit Lip Gloss 6.5ml (sample size) *
Available in Hoola, Dandelion, and Coralista
Worth £6.20 each
* + Mag Insert (25% off Kurt Geiger Gift Card- Valid on full price items in-store and online)
Rating 3/5

Marie Claire Magazine £3.90
Cover Star: Scarlett Johansson
Freebies: Rituals Fortune Scrub 150ml (freebie is only available in selected stores)
Worth £10
Rating 3 or 4/5*
*Depending on which mag you get!

Tatler Magazine £4.10
Cover Star: Grace Kelly
Freebie- Markus Lupfer Mini Clutch Bag
Worth £8
Rating 5/5 (BEST Deal)

Cosmopolitan Magazine £3.60
Cover Star: Miley Cyrus
Freebies: Orly Nail Polish 5.6 ml (sample size)
Available in Country Club Khaki (Neutral Hue), Hair Band (Glittery Gold), Naughty (Vampy Red), Star Sprangled (Ruby Red),
Worth £5 each

As always until next time, stay blessed and beautiful dolls xoxo

15 Nov 2013

Superdrug Lewisham Review: Is being black a crime?

 Today's #BlackFriday post is one I've been 'umming' and 'ahhing' about writing about for some time, but I finally decided to bite the bullet, and just go ahead and write it. On Thursday 25th July 2013 my cousin and I went to Superdrug Lewisham to pick up a few bits and bobs. Upon entering the store, we noticed the security guard was just dossing around and not really doing his job. As soon as he saw us he suddenly became very alert and started following us around 'discreetly'. From the way he was following us around it was very obvious that he thought we wanted to steal our items.
 My cousin Hannah had been previously telling me about the Maybelline 24Hour Lip Colours, as she has recently discovered them and is in super in love with the product. She was so in love with her new best friend, she'd even put some on her lips that day. We were looking for the exact colour she had on her lips, but couldn't see the lip butter anywhere in the Maybelline aisle. As we couldn't find it Hannah brought out her lipgloss to let me see the name, so we could see if it was in store. As soon as she put HER lip butter in her bag, the security guard charged over saying: "I saw you put something of ours in your bag". To which, Hannah replied: "Yeah my lipgloss. I put it in my bag because it was mine."
 At this point the security guard clearly felt embarrassed as he had let his suspicions and pre-judgement of us cloud our true character and actual actions, which meant he was unable to do his job properly. This post could end up being very long-winded, so below I will break down and bullet point all the key stages at which Superdrug failed my cousin, and I:

Superdrug Lewisham, SE13 6JL

* Security Guard- The security guard was extremely unprofessional and rude. Here are a few of the insults which were directed at us: "I will not tell you guys my name, because you are not worthy"
"Is the hair on your head even real?"
 May I add, that as if the verbal results weren't enough, he actually pushed Hannah, and at one point I actually had to stand in front of her bodyguarding her, and raising my arms in a shield-like movement as I was scared he would actually hit her or worse.
*Laura + Rose- 2 Superdrug emloyees discussed the scene with other customers in the shop, and NEVER at one point did anything to help.
*Muhammad- A Superdrug employee who was on tills at the time, was the only memeber of staff that behaved as if he had been given customer service training, and apologised to us for the aggravation, and gave us Head Office details when asked.
*Gifty- The Store Manager escalated and aggravated the situation further, by deciding her beloved security guard, who had worked in the store for 8 years was right, without looking at the cameras!
Sue Tipler- Customer Care Tem Rep. assured me she was chasing up the matter, when she did nothing of the sort.
*Miss Wan- Head of Customer Operations promised me call backs, and assured me she was treating the matter appropriately and seriously. This was a LIE!
*Regional Manager- Kamila Dajnowska told me although she was Regional Manager, she didn't cover the Lewisham store in particular, so offered no help. Granted she could not directly help, but she could have at least pointed me in the direction of someone who could help.
*Other RGMS- Lynne Gunner, Karen Turner, Sarah Berry, James Rumsey- Collectively did NOTHING despite the numerous emails and phone calls I made.

 We called the police at the time of the incident and were told the matter was under investigation, but I bet you can guess how helpful they were without me having to tell you? (CLUE: As helpful as a hole in the head).  We (as in Hannah and I) obviously contacted Superdrug's Head Office and requested a written apology and compensation for the incident. After numerous emails with one of the customer care representatives, (Sue Tipler) offered me and my cousin an apology email and a £5 Superdrug gift voucher which she proposed me and Hannah should share. The fact that we don't have the written apology we requested is insulting enough, but the cherry on the cake is that Sue seems to think awarding each of us £2.50 (by terms of compensation) is even more so insulting!

**UPDATE** After refusing the £2.50 gift voucher, by way of apology, we were then awarded a £10 gift voucher each. I decided to not accept this, but my cousin requested hers, and received NOTHING! As a result of this, although I may visit OTHER Superdrug stores in future, I have no wish to speak about Superdrug from this point further on my blog, so if I do make any future purchases from the store I will not be naming where I've obtained them from. I'm sure you guys understand :)
 I'd be very interested to hear what you guys' thoughts on the matter are, so do let me know if anything similar has happened to you in any store (although I'd be especially interested to know if this has happened to you guys in other Superdrug stores or even the Lewisham branch itself?

As always until next time, stay blessed and beautiful dolls xoxo
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