Monday, 3 June 2013

Jar Jar Jar


Speaking of Saturday's reusable theme, I wanted to show you another reusable thing.

Yankee Candles.

Once they're burned out, you can freeze them for a few hours, crack out the remainder of the candle, wash the jar, and voila:

I have these all over my house. They store train tickets, first aid, make up, cotton ovals - the lid's the limit.

Long live reusable packaging.


Saturday, 1 June 2013

Saturday Good Things


Like most of us, I want to do good things. Things that improve myself, my attitude, things that help others and things that make at least a little bit of the world a little bit better. So, I am starting a series that I will post every week called 'Saturday Good Things'. I hope to challenge myself to do something good every week. Sometimes it will be one positive action, sometimes a donation of money or time, sometimes it will be a change in my behaviour. I will share these activities with you in the hope that maybe some of you will be inspired to join the challenge and do a Good Thing or two. I'm not trying to preach, there's enough preaching out there already, and I think it's time for some action. So here I go. I am a Lime of Action.


This week, my Good Thing will be one of the most well advertised Good Things slogans of all time. Again with the originality today. 

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.

I love fruit flavoured water. Love. Possibly even cherish. But it comes in these unfortunately unfriendly plastic bottles. This week, I will go without them. 

Instead, I will go with this. Anyone remember this photo from 5 minutes ago?

So my Good Thing Challenge: I will Reduce my plastic bottle consumption to zero. I will Reuse my handy reusable water bottle. And I will Recycle the plastic bottles I used before this challenge began.

Green transport to the recycling bank also appreciated. 


May Favourites


I have seen this in video form many times in YouTube land and now, I bring it to you in blogger. 

Please, rejoice in my lack of originality:


May Favourite 1: Victoria's Secret PINK Water Bottle. This was my first purchase when PINK opened in London. And it is big. Because everything is bigger in Texas. America. London. 

May Favourite 2: A pair of things, Vichy BB Creme and Garnier Perfect Blur. I have very pale, pink toned skin and every foundation, BB Creme and CC Cream in the universe is too yellow or too dark for me. Until now! Thank you, France, people who have to look at my face during the day appreciate it.

May Favourite 3: Filofax Malden A5. This Filofax is not new. I have used it religiously for a year and a half, and have used Filofaxes in general for about a decade. I have achieved a lot in that decade and if it wasn't for Filofaxes I probably wouldn't have got anything done. (Filofax tour pending)

 May Favourite 4: LeighAnnsays' colour blocking and tri-accent nail art. I have been wearing this most of the month and she just posted a tutorial. I have been loving Rimmel Silver Bullet as a base, Revlon Colourstay Sequin for the tri-accent and Topshop's Boy Next Door for the colour blocking. Boy Next door definitely wins nail polish colour of the month. Please forgive my broken, crooked fingers.

May Favourite 5: Garnier Ambre Solaire Light Glow No Streaks Bronzer for fair skin. Like most people, coming out of a long (snow in April?) winter, I need a little bit of colour on my legs before I wear shorts or I could be considered a blinding white visual hazard. As a pale human I have always been a little fearful of fake tan, and as a cheapskate I have always avoided the £30 tins that pale humans normally have to shell out for if they don't want to turn orange. This Garnier spray gives the tiniest bit of warmth and colour without going overboard. But, one layer is enough. Two layers is overboard.

May Favourite 6: Lush Happy Hippy Shower Gel. Grapefruits. Delicious grapefruits.

May Favourite 7: Odd numbers. Even numbers unwelcome.

Happy June!


Thursday, 30 May 2013

Haul: Soap and Glory


Soap & Glory have been around for a while now but these are the first things I've bought myself from any of their lines. I smelled a few of the products when they first appeared in supermarkets and didn't like any of the scents, so I wrote them off. But I will buy anything citrus scented so when I heard about Sugar Crush I had to go to Boots, one more time.
I am on board with the sweet lime scent.

It was 3 for 2, and I cannot say no to a sale, so I smelled half the bottles on the shelf and found Smoothie Star. I have some weird obsession with lotion in pump bottles so into the basket it went. Also, it smells like cookies. Everybody wins. It said on the side to pair with Rich and Foamous, so I picked that up - and it smells just like Vanilla Cupcake Yankee Candles. They're a holiday release and I've almost burned through mine so I picked up Rich and Foamous as my free item to tide me over when it's gone. 

My last items were the Clinique Liquid Facial Soap in Mild and some cotton ovals. Both staples.

This June I am going on a 30-day no-buy. For the entire month of June I will not spend money on anything except food items and train tickets. The idea is to get a little distance from the consumer rat race and stop wasting time and money on shopping. Irony time: That decision spurred this shopping trip. Nobody wants to run out of shower gel and cleanser on a 30-day no-buy.