Sunday, 24 September 2017

The Best Netflix Originals To Catch Up On This Autumn

Some of you may know that I'm working on my degree lately and that means practising my Spanish and trying to take on board as much vocab as humanly possible. This, as it's turned out, means watching a lot of Netflix. That isn't me procrastinating, for once, but rather a tactical way to learn the language as most Netflix originals often have both audio and subtitles in other languages - so, I've finished a fair few Netflix originals in the last few weeks. As such, I feel as though I can start to discuss some of the best offerings that Netflix have put out there with their own name attached to them.

1: You Me Her
I had to put this at the top because I finished both seasons and then ended with that fantastic feeling that something was sorely missing in my life now that I'm done with it which, as we all know, is the true sign of a good TV show. This is a really heartwarming show about polyamory, coming to grips with a new relationship and the effects that it can have on the world around you, and the relationships within it. There's also a very interesting contrast between the concept of sexual idolisation and relationship realism here - and though it isn't perfect, I certainly don't feel as though it falls down that trap that Netflix Originals all too often do of being not well enough researched. This is definitely one to binge watch on a rainy weekend.

2: The Good Place
This is bizarre, and I really like it. It's sort of an elaborate show that depicts a version of heaven and the very blunt effects that karma can have on your life. It's funny, it pokes fun at some ideas that many of us hold, and it's genuinely just one of those shows that you can stick on in the background and go about your daily business. Is it going to be my new favourite programme? I mean probably not, but it definitely is good, and I will be looking forward to a new series. If you like The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, this is probably a pretty solid choice when you've finished up all of the episodes that you might have left.

3: Casting Jonbenet
I don't really know where to start with this one because it's just such a good documentary. I can't wait for the actual documentary that this is casting to come out, but I almost feel as though it won't be as good as this offering. In essence, this is a lot of people looking to be cast within a programme about Jonbenet Ramsey's murder, all from her hometown. Not only is this a look into how people think about documentaries on true crime, but this also looks much deeper into the case, and the beliefs of the people who lived within the area at the time. Eye-opening, frank and almost scary - this is one not to be missed, for sure.

4: Coin Heist
This is a kids version of a real heist movie, and I actually really like it. This is targeted at young teenagers, but don't let that put you off; it's clever, full of tense moments and it has the added aspect of humour - it's definitely a good adaptation of the traditional heist that we've become accustomed to. It's got a good cast, a nice little romance plot, a cool school prom and a lot of random additions to the plot - definitely worth a watch if you want an easy film.

5: Death Note
Last but by no means least. I know so many of you out there are screaming at me that 'IT'S NOT AS GOOD AS THE ANIME AND THE MANGA' and I don't disagree, but it feels so different that it deserves a place on here. It's dark, confusing and exciting to watch - and if you've ever seen the anime or the manga, it's definitely a lot easier to catch up on and keep up with. It's a film rather than a series which I feel lets it down a bit, but the story is definitely there, and it's definitely a good enough one that I'm recommending it to you, here!

As always, if you have favourite Netflix Originals, please do let me know!

Sammy xo.

Monday, 18 September 2017

A Story About Kat Von D Lock-It Setting Powder

If you read the introduction to this in the voice of the Jane The Virgin narrator, I assure you that it will be considerably funnier than reading it in your own voice. Trust me on this one. If you do it in the voice of Lemony Snickett in the new Series Of Unfortunate Events, that would also work.

Whilst reading this review, you may be fooled into thinking that it's a positive review; you may even be fooled into thinking I like this product. Rest assured that this is not the case. In the way that the fact you're not suited to your partner sometimes creeps up on you in the form of a three month itch, this literally caused me a reaction that I wouldn't like to repeat anytime soon. Nevertheless though, I'm getting ahead of myself. To understand, you need the full story - and so let's start with me ripping this open whilst we were decorating. By the way, as I've realised reading back I didn't tell you, this is about the Kat Von D Lock-It Setting Powder.

I love a good baking powder - I usually use Vichy Dermablend, but I'm open to any suggestions that don't cake up and so, when I opened a tiny version of this I was absolutely thrilled; although, a little pensive as this thing is hella yellow, and as you might be aware, I'm quite pale and very, very pink. Nevertheless, I set to work with this and it's pretty solid - it's not as yellow as it first appears, and it definitely does seem to be translucent. A little bit of this seems to go a long way towards a bake, something I'd expect for $30 per pot, and it's easy to use, brushes away nicely, and is thick without being cakey - which is just about everything I want in a powder. It's sifter is also in the shape of a star which is just so cute.

This has a slight smell, which reminds me of real old fashioned cosmetics - it's not offensive or particularly strong but, especially when you open the tub, it is noticeable. Having said that, you can't smell it when it's on your face, and so it's definitely not a deciding factor for me, though it is worth noting if you're sensitive to things like that. I put this on with a wet sponge, which seems to work really well. Though I can't vouch for it's use with a brush as I avoid them whenever possible, I would imagine this would be harder to really pack onto the eye - but again, that's more a preference thing.

So, Sam, what is the aforementioned problem! I hear you shout from the back rows. Well, let me take you back to Manchester airport, which is the first time that the issue really dawned on me. Find me in the queue of terminal 3, gate 54 with my antihistamines in hand, eyes streaming and snot free flowing - and find yourself in the midst of my lightbulb moment. What I am suffering from, and what I have been suffering with on and off for the last few weeks, is not hay fever that is suddenly cured by taking my make up off - it's an allergy to the best powder I have ever used. Since, I have tested this theory and - sadly for me - this does seem to be the case. I'm not a particularly sensitive person either, so definitely be aware of this.

So there you go, a sad tale of my allergy to the best powder ever. If you've had issues with this I'd truly love to know!

Sammy xo.
Contains PR samples/items gifted to me by companies - however all opinions are my own. Please view my disclaimer for more information.

Sunday, 17 September 2017

(Just Shy Of) 48 Hours In Paris

Katy and I are the queens of the short trip. We like to city hop, fit in as much as we can into tiny amounts of time and then fly back and head back to work like it was nothing but a slightly long dream - but Paris was stretching it, even for us. With travelling, the flight times and everything else that we had going on, we barely had 48 hours to enjoy Paris and get as much of it done as humanly possible (or at least the things we had in mind that we really wanted to), and that's a bit of a challenge even for the most seasoned traveller. So, without further ado, here's what we got up to in 48 hours during my first trip to Paris.

We had to do about an hour of extra travel to get from our airport (Paris Beauvais) to Paris city centre, and so after this it was already after 5pm on our first day - so we head straight to do the big things whilst it was still light. We got an uber straight to the Eiffel Tower just as the weather was finally clearing up, and got some great photos, took a wander round and uploaded our first Instagram pictures. From here, we decided to make the most of the already slightly fading light and head off to the Arc De Triomphe (my first time in Paris definitely called for all of the tourist sites). Again, we got a lot of photographs, stored some future Instagram pictures and head off to the Champs-Élysées, which we knew was both close and had a Paris Saint Germain shop which Katy wanted to sneak a peek inside of.

We actually ended up spending most of our night walking the Champs Élysées - the shops here stay open pretty late and so it's definitely a great option if you're getting I pretty late like we were. We ate sitting on the street side, wanted through the biggest Sephora I've ever seen and marvelled at Louis Vuitton and Cartier (which was closed off as a celebrity was inside. How fucking glamorous.) I've never been anywhere quite like the Champs Élysées, and I definitely could have spent more time there, but around 9pm we head off back to our hotel which required heading to Disneyland and then back to the Kyriad on a shuttle bus. Luckily for us (and you, if you're heading to Disney but going to Paris first!) the RER A Line that we needed goes straight from opposite the Arc De Triomphe, and you just need to stay on until the last stop.

After getting to the hotel, we saw the goats (the Kyriad is a Disney partner hotel and has a farm!) and then head to bed for an early night, because the next day we spend the whole day at Disneyland. We saw both parks and went on all of the rides that we wanted to in one day; get there for opening and don't leave until closing to get the most of your money and make sure that you get everything that you want to do, out of the way. We ate in the park, which meant that when we got back we could pack, throw some pyjamas on, sleep and get ready to head back to the airport, which we pretty did immediately the next morning, doing the same journey in reverse (back to Disneyland to get to the station, then the RER A back to the Arc De Triomphe), and then spent an hour wandering through Porte Maillo, where we got our coach back to the airport from.

48 hours in Paris was magical, crammed full and still much too short - but if you only have 48 hours, a lot can definitely be done. Please do let me know what you'd do in 48 hours in Paris so I know what to get done next time!

Sammy xo.

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Battling Cold Weather Chapped Lips With Balmkind

Where I live, it feels like we've skipped Autumn completely and landed slap bang in the middle of Winter. Okay, okay, I'm being dramatic - but we've definitely hit a seriously cold snap that has me bundling it and plying my skin with as many moisturisers as humanly possible; and so when Balmkind offered to send me their lip balms, I jumped at the chance. In hot weather and cold weather, my lips are always the first parts of my body to really suffer, and so I was happy to put something billing itself as being intended to, 'nourish, soothe and protect' to see if it could help to tide me over through the winter.

First we have to talk about the packaging - perhaps the least significant part of this post, but always good to know if you're going to be pulling this out in front of your work friends day in and day out (this is quickly reaching innuendo levels, my bad). Think dusty pink, high end, and a tube like the gel version of Carmex; they're definitely bordering on looking high end, and for £14.50 you would definitely want this to look high end, but it's just so pretty that I felt as though it was probably relevant to mention this. The applicator, however, is that slanted top with a hole in the middle - I know some people don't work with these very well, and so that's worth taking into consideration if you're looking to purchase this.

Balmkind have put all of their eggs into one basket with this product, and it's the only thing that they currently sell; however, I really don't feel as though this is a bad thing at all. All of the focus from this brand has gone into one product, and though it's expensive at £14.50 for a lip balm, I almost feel as though it deserves to be. These are suitable for vegetarians, not tested on animals and packed full of good ingredients, and the focus taken to make this the best lip balm it can possibly be means I wouldn't at all be pissed to lay down £14.50 on this. I can read and understand most of the instructions, I feel as though it's been well thought out and beautifully designed.

I have to say - there's one fatal flaw for me, but its definitely a personal thing and that's the rose scent (Well, actually, Alpine Rose and Lysine). I find this to be just a little too much, I find rose a powerful scent and not one that I really like to smell or, in this case, taste. Having said that, I can almost forgive the scent because I'm so fascinated by the product. As a long term Carmex user, finding something that sinks into my lips and genuine seems to cure that quenched feeling, as opposed to that petroleum sitting-right-on-top-of-the-lips feeling, something really special. I feel as though this does what a good lip balm should, and it took me trying it a few times to realise that although this is exactly what I envision a lip balm should be, I can't think of any that are even vaguely similar in feel.

All in all, I have to say that I'm actually pretty excited about this; which is something that I didn't see myself saying about lip balm. Instead of applying lip balm that feels greasy on my lips every hour in winter, I might be able to throw this on every few instead and get a much better effect. I have to say, this is worth the money and Balmkind are definitely a brand to keep an eye on (though please, guys, come out with a scent other than rose!) As always, if you've tried the product or have any alternatives to share, please do so below.

NB: Not an important part of the review, but kind of nifty. These guys send the box flat packed next to the lip balm so if you want it, you can slip the product in when you assemble the box (it just needs popping into place) but this means that the package can fit through most letterboxes, so you don't need to make an annoying trip to the post office if you're not in to get it!)

Sammy xo.
 Contains PR samples/items gifted to me by companies - however all opinions are my own. Please view my disclaimer for more information.

Friday, 15 September 2017

How To Visit Disneyland Paris Without Breaking The Bank

Katy and I have wanted to visit Disneyland for a pretty long time and, as you'll know if you follow either of us on any of our social media - this week, our dreams came true and we made it into the happiest place on earth. As you also might know; Katy and I pretty much live off of one low paying wage, and so we've had to keep the trip on the cheap - so, I thought that I'd share the tips and tricks that we took to allow us to spend three amazing days in Paris (and one beautiful day within the Disneyland Park!).

1: Find the cheapest transport
This sounds obvious, but was only obvious to me in hindsight. We personally flew into Beauvais, which is around an hour away from the city centre. Though the flights were cheaper flying slightly further out (and it is really only about half an hour further out than Charles De Gaulle) we then had to pay around £50 in return coach fares to get the shuttle into Paris, and so this didn't really work out any cheaper than paying for the 'better' (read; closer) airport. Definitely make sure that you've looked at the options fully, and book anything that you can ahead of time, because this usually also works out a little cheaper and, after all - every little helps!

2: Stay in a partner hotel
I would recommend, for any Disney trip, to stay somewhere with transport links; you have to get up early enough to make it in the park for the 9:30/10 opening time in the morning, and there's no point prolonging your transport links. Having said that, look into partner hotels - they'll usually still have these transport links, be Disney endorsed (providing an assured amount of quality for the most part), they'll be fairly close, and they'll often be much cheaper than a typical Disney hotel. It's true that you don't get the extra magic hours, but getting in there for ten does allow for plenty of time, and the money that you save can be well worth it.

3: Consider a packed lunch
Leading on from the above; most of the partner hotels also offer breakfast included in your package (bonus!) and they also often offer ready made packed lunches to take into the park which can save around £30 per couple, per counter service meal. It also means that you have to take considerably less time out of your day to get your meal, which is good if you're only in the park for a short while. Similarly; if you can't get a packed lunch, or you're determined to grab some food on Disney soil - definitely opt for the counter service restaurants, that can save a small fortune per head compared to sit down meals, or cart food like hot dogs etc. can also be a great option, and you don't have to sit down at all to eat them.

4: Buy at the end of the day
It can be so tempting to step into the shop right by the gate entrance and grab the first cuddly toy that you see because you're 'SO IN LOVE WITH IT'. However, reign it in - some shops hold things that no other shops do and so you want to check them all out first, allowing you to buy only the things that you really want; it's also pretty twofold as you probably don't want to take those huge blue bags on the rides with you and try to cram them between your feet alongside your backpack and everything else. Hold off on buying - you'll thank yourself for it when you come home with money in your pocket (Katy and I actually did, believe it or not!)

5: Consider just going for a day
It's a lot cheaper and you really don't have to scrimp on most things. Admittedly, we didn't get to meet minnie and mickey or the princesses as these queues were too long for just one day; but we did get to do all of the rides that we wanted to - and in fact some we even did twice. You'll nearly always save money when it comes to going for just one day, and it's definitely enough to get a big chunk of both parks out of the way. Conversely, if you're going for more than three days, definitely consider an annual pass, and that means that in the future, any extra trips will be a bonus that almost work out free, depending on the option that you pick.

All in all - Disneyland really doesn't have to break the bank; and including spending money for Paris, the parks and transport, as well as our flights, transfers and hotels, I spent around £800 for two people for three days. It's never going to be the cheapest holiday out there, but it also can be done within a budget. Need it to be lower? Just take spends and buy less merchandise; taking almost £450 off the price above; simple.

If you have tips for keeping Disneyland Paris costs down, do let me know!

Sammy xo.

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Crabtree And Evelyn Overnight Hand Therapy

A few months ago now, I got a package off of Crabtree & Evelyn which was filled with products from their La Source range - the smell of which is fantastic. Though I've used the traditional hand cream and the eau de toilette a fair amount since then, it seems as though the overnight hand therapy got lost somewhere and was only rediscovered when we shifted all of the old furniture out in order to get the new carpet fitted; and I have to admit, I was intrigued. Isn't an overnight hand therapy going to be a really thick cream on my hands? That surely can't be comfortable to drift off to sleep to? In the end, I was dreading the idea of using it so much that I simply had to try it to see if it was as bad as I had built it up to be in my head.

This isn't in the typically crabtree and Evelyn plastic-that-looks-like-metal tube with an angled cap but rather, a white plastic tube with a clean, round, blue cap. This looks like the more elegant, older brother of the daily hand creams and truly, I'm not against it - it falls in between the size of the small and the large hand cream tubes, and the packaging in general is just neat, mature and well thought out (this is a much more matte feel, which is what you need when you're going to be slathering hand cream, on; no slippy plastic!) This is the perfect size and style to look neat on your bedside table - it's very old-american-film esque, like it should be next to a powder puff and a decorative pot of face cream - but it's got to do more than look good, especially if you're shelling out £19 to buy it.

So, is it worth it? Surprisingly, I'm sort of a fan. This does go on thick and oily, but it settles in much more quickly than the name would have you think - this isn't an overnight deal, a small bit will sink in in less than 5 minutes and will leave hands shiny, soft and rejuvenated. These aren't the oily hand creams that I used to put on as a teenager that stopped me doing anything other than sleeping, or the ones I used to have to wash off because they felt so gross - this is thin, light and leaves my hands feeling like no other hand cream. I probably won't be using it in place of my actual hand cream, mainly because of the price, but you definitely could, if you were in a pinch, without it leaving you with things slipping out of your hands left, right and centre like you're in a Tom and Jerry cartoon.

These are available in four different scents, but there's something about La Source that just has me that little bit obsessed with it. It's the smell of a beach in a foreign country somewhere, when the salt hits the air - which sounds really specific, but honestly, trust me on this one. I find it to be a really clean, fresh scent; something that I would definitely opt for over fruits or flowers, especially if I was going to be wearing it and smelling it all night. I know one of the other variations is Pomegranate,  Argan and Grapessed, which I think would also be lovely, however I imagine due to the additions of grapeseed and argan this may be slightly more oily.

All in all though, it's definitely worth the £19. You need a tiny bit to make your hands feel amazing, and it definitely doesn't have to be limited to wearing it at night; especially if, like me, you work at an office so have the time to let it try (I mean obviously when typing you'll rub it off your fingertips, but you get my drift). If you've tried any of the other variations, I'd love to heard how they are!

Sammy xo.
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Wednesday, 13 September 2017

My Favourite Planner Sticker Shops

It's been a long time since I've spent nearly all of my free time scouring etsy - but, it seems that that fixation is back. I made the huge jump to buy a real, expensive planner a few weeks ago; something that I'm definitely going to need when it comes to starting university, keeping up with a full time job, my blog and the events. So, with a new planner comes a lot of new planner videos, and watching those planner videos has lead exactly to... well, stickers. So many of them - full week spreads to make your weeks go faster or look cooler, right dow to functional stickers (you'll see). So, I thought I'd share the love for my favourite etsy creators and give you some links in case you need something to spruce up your planner for September/October (or anytime, I suppose) - with each, I'll show you pictures of my favourite creations in the pictures, whilst discussing the shop more generally underneath.

1/2: Oddloop
I almost never use two spaces to showcase one shop/creator in my wishlists, but I'm just so in love with Oddloop as a concept, and the artwork is just something that I wish that I could have in my planner every single week. From Nighmare Before Christmas weekly kits to Princess weekly kits, it seems that Oddloop has something for everybody, and they're the masters of a bright coloured, high energy kit. I should say though, these things aren't cheap (though really not expensive for a small business with such high quality, especially for the amount of stickers you get) at £15.63 each for something that's only supposed to last a week, but this is something I might fork out for in the future because I haven't stopped thinking (or talking) about them since I first saw them. Naturally, however, I will have to make sure to add a lot more bits to my basket to justify the £5.88 shipping from Etsy....

NB: These sticker kits are ideally made to fit inside vertical Erin Condren life planners.

These guys specialise in little tiny bubble people called munchkins, and they're so cute I can't cope with them. You can find them doing all sort of functional things like washing, changing bed sheets, shopping and doing work - perfect to stick into your planner in order to represent whatever you're doing that day. Keep an eye out as it gets closer to holiday season as these guys find halloween outfits (there's a Wednesday Addam's one that I'm pretty in love with right now) and become cuter than ever before. These cost around £2.66 - £3.68 per sheet and shipping will knock you back another £4.20, and they're so cute that they're definitely worth stocking up on. Also, if nothing else, definitely check out their wacky holiday stickers to see what bizarre days fall in that month and when.

I watch Tesia over on her YouTube channel and the enthusiasm that she has for her shop and business is infectious. She creates the cutest, most beautiful stickers that tackle everything from everyday tasks, to more humorous introvert cacti and subtle jokes. Tesia has a gentle pastel colour scheme with a real bang in between in the way of deep burgundy, fiery orange and mustard yellow as we get closer to Autumn and Fall and I just love everything about this shop. General sized sticker sheets come in around £3.09 with a hefty £7.05 for shipping - but it's definitely worth it, and once you see the site I think that you'll definitely agree.

Planozo are definitely a go to shop when it comes to functional planner stickers, and they/re always on a thick, good quality sticker paper than almost borders on a vinyl. These are definitely the company I'd go to for blog planning stickers - but they offer many other options, from weight lose and exercise stickers right through to hobbies and food. These stickers will cost you anywhere between £1.50 and £3.50 with £1.50 shipping and, mark my words, even if your planner is completely functional and non-decorative, you'll probably find a sticker for your over on their etsy site.

So there are my favourite sticker shops but please do enable me by leaving yours in the comments! No sticker shops have paid me to be here, I just love a good sticker.

Sammy xo.

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Charlotte Tilbury Unisex Healthy Glow

I'm so pale that I constantly glow, but never in a good way - more in the way that Casper The Friendly Ghost has about him, you know that gentle, neon, luminescent glow. For me personally, fake tan has never worked - nor have spray tans, and I burn way too easily (and am way to conscious about skin cancer) to ever consider going on sun beds or getting a sun shower. Still though, I do always wish that there was a bit more of a natural, sun kissed glow to my skin - and so when Charlotte Tilbury offered to send out a Unisex Healthy Glow for me to try, I jumped at the chance - in theory, this was everything I wanted. Glowy! Natural! Strangely named! (isn't all makeup technically unisex?) and so, I put this to the test.

This essentially looks like the the Wonderglow Primer, but in an opaque tube rather than a transparent one, but even hitting the skin this doesn't look world's apart from the aforementioned primer - until you start to rub it in of course, when it explodes into a deep tan colour which, as it's rubbed in, lightens considerably and turns much more glowy (truly, borderline glittery). A small bit of this goes a long way, which is something you want in a product that's going to set you back £35 plus shipping, but is it all it's cracked up to be, and is it worth splashing the cash on in the first place?

Well the answer really depends on your complexion in the first place. Does it make you look slightly more golden and glowy? Yes, it genuinely does - it seamlessly seems to melt into skin giving it a gentle glow which doesn't look patchy (a big plus, as you'll know if you've ever tried a facial tanner before; it's a risky business). Does it work for me though? No, it really doesn't - it makes my skin look disproportionately tanned compared to my neck and my body which just looks strange if I'm not wearing make-up - it's a beautiful product but, like most types of makeup I've tried that are intended to 'mimic my skin tone', this just comes out that tiny bit too dark for me.

Which brings me to my final point which is; I just don't think that this can meld to any skin tone. Presumably, if this is too dark for my skin, it's also going to be much too light for a multitude of skin tones - and I feel like this could easily be resolved by offering a few more variations to cater for some more skin tones. For £35, this definitely isn't the cheapest facial tanner on the market - but for giving such a natural tint with a real glow, this is something I would definitely consider buying for when my skin wasn't awful; only that this one is something that I definitely couldn't get away with with no other makeup on; which sort of defies the object of why I, personally, would be wearing this.

So all in all - this is a good product, and if you would normally fall within the 'medium' range of skin tones, I would certainly recommend this as a nice summer holiday type tint - however, if you're any lighter or darker than that? Probably hold off to find something more suited.

Sammy xo.
  Contains PR samples/items gifted to me by companies - however all opinions are my own. Please view my disclaimer for more information.

Monday, 11 September 2017

5 Reasons That Porto Is Underrated

I don't tend to head out on a Summer holiday - I go away over Summer, but typically not to a beauty type place where I have to battle the sun and try to protect my very, very pale skin. Having said that - this Summer we did adventure out to Portugal, but we managed to avoid the resorts and hotels and instead head to the beautiful city of Porto. Due to cheap flights, Porto is definitely on the up as a holiday destination, but I'm here to tell you the five reasons that I think that Porto is under-rated (and the five reasons I definitely think that you should book the flights to go out there right now).

1) It's a beach holiday and a city break all in one
Can't decide whether you want to laze on the beach or head out to adventure round the town? With Porto, you can easily do both. Head down to the beaches to laze on the sun, stand on boulders and do Moana impressions (just us?), play with dogs loving the hot sand, and head up to the adorable churches that tower over the seaside, and when you're bored? Simply head back to the centre of town and lose yourself down deceptively modern streets, marvel at the buskers and head to escape rooms and the very book shop that JK Rowling reportedly based Hogwarts on. It's the perfect cultural mix, and there's something for everyone that you're with.

2) Their public transport is second to none
Top your card up for around €6 in any of the metro stations, and then head all around the city, as often as you need to, within the next twenty four hours - just tap your card on the way in, and the way out. Don't be thinking that their metro is like ours here, enjoy regular trains that are nearly always on time, late night trains (all night through the weekend) to get you home after a good party, and more importantly; you get wifi, signal and air con in most of them, to keep your comfortable whilst you travel. Forget what you think you know about public transport, get rid of your uber app, and as long as you're close enough to walk to a metro station; definitely make good use of it.

3) They have so many fantastic spiritual places
From an incorruptible body of a saint that the citizens offer candles in the shapes of limbs to, to a church on the beach that people rumour also has links to witchcraft - Porto is beautiful, and full of regligion and spirituality. Wherever you walk, you can find catacombs, beautiful churches and cathedrals covered in blue and white tiles, a church that's almost completely gold on the inside - even for the most non-spiritual person, there are some things in Porto that will take your breath away. You could use a seven day trip just visiting religious sites and you would likely not see all that the area has to offer; but definitely take the time out to see some one-off amazing spiritual places.

4) It's cheap
Not incredibly cheap, but definitely cheap enough to make it worth it. Shell out €1.50 in nearly any bar in the city centre and they'll give you a plastic cup full of Super Bock or Somersby Cider for you to take out and wander the streets with. Whether you opt to shop, sightsee or travel; you won't be paying too much to do it, and certainly much less than you typically would in other parts of the country. Your flights and accommodation are going to be on the cheap site, so is your shopping and you can definitely save some serious money on eating out; so if you're after a cheap one? Look no further.

5) It's so authentically Portuguese
From the markets full of tiles and cork and bread shaped like penises (peni? And we don't know why the bread is shaped like that, either, really), to the fact we only met one other English traveller - Porto just felt so authentically part of Portugal, untouched by holiday resorts and huge chain hotels (neither of which are a bad thing, it's just strange not to see them). From tiny, heavily decorated little shops, to brand new glass buildings and old fashioned trams; everything about Porto is fantastic, authentic and beautiful - definitely get those flights booked.

Sammy xo.

Sunday, 10 September 2017

The Past 12 Months

I know that this is such a cheesy, cliche thing to say - but isn't it made how life can surprise you? This time last year I was setting up to head to university, going through a (not all that heartbreaking) break-up and totally unaware that in 3 months time from that point, I would be a few days off being engaged. The last year has gone so quickly; it's been nearly a year since I got back with Katy, nearly a year since I moved in here, and nearly a year since we got engaged (which is so crazy in itself, it feels like it can't possibly have been that long). So, I want to take a little time now to reflect on the past twelve months, and everything that's changed.

In the past twelve months I went to university, sat in lectures I hated, found my subject way too triggering and so I dropped out - I also decided what I want to do in the long term. So, now I am right on the edge of starting at a new university, much closer to home, doing a subject that I actually care about. I've also travelled, like - a lot. In the past twelve months alone we have travelled to Krakow, Riga, Poznan, Porto and Nuremberg; and in the next twelve we already have Paris, Prague, Lublin and Boston planned - so with work, travel and university, the next year is certainly going to be a lot hectic than the one that's just gone.

Which nicely brings me to the next step - because in the last twelve months, I got a job! That's right, my therapy finally did me a solid and gave me the confidence to put myself out there and earn some money; admittedly, I sit at home on my computer - but it's a job nonetheless, and it's enough to keep up with that aforementioned travel. I've also started blogging more regularly, in the last few weeks, and expanding out to travel blogging, and so that's pretty cool. My waistline might have gotten bigger in the last year, but so has my wealth of experiences; and I know which one I care about more (hint, it's not the size of my jeans).

In the last year Katy and I have also spent most of it living together, as a couple, engaged. That's so strange to say now when I think how I was a year ago - but I truly feel like this is something good; we are both more independent, both more conscious of our futures separately and together; I am healthier, and stronger, which makes so much of a difference to the whole thing. I don't feel I'm dragging people down with me now, but rather asking them for a hand up - and that's a situation that I really didn't think I was going to be in at this point in my life.

The last twelve months have changed me - they've softened me, made me kinder, they've allowed me to work harder than ever, to see the world and to find my footing. I am different because of them, and I'll be eternally grateful - here's to the next twelve.

Sammy xo.

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Rossi Uvema Tea Tree and Witch Hazel Face Toning Mist

I've reached the point with my problem skin now where I am willing to try absolutely anything - I feel like when I clear one patch of ugly, swelling blemishes up, new ones spring up elsewhere, and I honestly can't remember the last time that all of my skin was completely clear. So, there are certain words that will always make me buy, or agree to try, a certain product - and two of those words (okay, actually, both are 'terms') are 'Tea Tree' and 'Witch Hazel'; after all, they're the two OG blemish clearing ingredients. So, when Rossi Uvema offered to let me try the Tea Tree and Witch Hazel Face Toning Mist - there was no way that I could turn that down; especially because it comes in at £14.25 and the whole company are vegan - making it a steal if it's as good as it seems.

The packaging for this is heavy and glass with a pump spray, and for the most part I really like it - it works well, and it feels really sturdy; I personally don't really like a spray toner, but that's definitely a personal preference type issue. To give this a fair chance, I spent a few weeks trying this spraying it directly onto my face, and then another few spraying this onto cotton pads to see if either made a huge, noticeable difference, or if either worked better for me personally. I did find that, as you might imagine, press cotton pads with this sprayed onto them into the blemishes definitely did a better job of drying them right out and helping them heal faster. Though the spray is more refreshing, it didn't have the same effect, or it certainly didn't dry them out to the same extent - so maybe if you're using this preventatively, spray it, and if you're using it directly on spots, use cotton pads.

I will say; this thing is pretty strong, as you'd expect from the ingredients that are included. That's in no way a bad thing, especially for me; I feel like I need something that belongs in an apothecary with 'xxx' written on the front of a brown glass bottle, but it is something to consider if you've got sensitive skin. I did try this consistently for a fair few weeks, and it was fine for me, but it did dry around my nose; something unusual for me as I have such oily skin - so it's definitely worth considering swapping this out for something much gentler when you have gotten rid of spots, or using it in conjunction with gentler products if you're using this preventatively. Again; I can't stress enough that this isn't a bad thing, just something worth considering in terms of how you personally might use it if you purchase the product.

The one thing that does let the product down in my opinion is definitely the smell, which is seriously potent. There's not much to be done about this; it just is the mix of smells - there's no perfume added in any way, it's just the mixture of tea tree and witch hazel - but some days it feels like it's probably enough to take my breath away. This isn't so obvious when you're wiping it onto your skin (though make no mistake, you definitely can still smell it), but when you're spraying it onto your skin, you're going to want to make sure that you don't breath this in too much, as it really is strong. It's not so bad that it counteracts how good the product is, but definitely worth considering if you're sensitive to certain smells, as it's pretty unavoidable.

All in all though, this is a hero product - it's something I've been consistently reaching for when my skin is bad. It hasn't halted spots in their tracks, but I eat cheesy chips a solid twice a week if not more so I didn't really expect it to, but it really does dry out ay that are already swollen and red. It's affordable, vegan, and definitely something you should have on your skincare shelf.

Sammy xo.
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Friday, 8 September 2017

Preparing To Travel To A New Place

I travel a lot, and as we book more spur-of-the-moment trips, we have more trips where I truly have no idea of what the city holds before we go. Having said that, we're usually only staying for a short amount of time, and so I like to put in the legwork to look into this, to make sure that we make the most of our short breaks and see as much of these cities as possible, knowing that we might not go back in the future, instead favouring new destinations. So; with that in mind, I have a tried and tested system that I like to use to make sure that I'm fully prepared when travelling to a new place - so, if you're travelling and don't know where to start? Look no further.

1) Check Tripadvisor for the more common tourist things to do
Normally we like to stray beyond this list of things to do, but it's good to know that you can fit the big things in; there might be huge, world famous things where you're going that you didn't even know about - and you wouldn't go to Paris and avoid getting a picture of the Eiffel Tower now, would you? This is usually a pretty good jumping off point; you have an idea of the big things and know when you need to travel out of the centre (if at all) to fit them all in, I tend to use this as my framework for the rest of the things I look into.

2) Plan your route to and from the airport
If you're flying in in the day and you're getting the train or a taxi from the airport - try and work out if you can stop at any of the big things on the way to where you're going; especially if they're a 'grab a photo and go' sort of deal, of which there are usually at least a couple in each city. It might be completely fruitless and you might not pass anything worthwhile, but if you do, it's a good way to ensure you don't waste your first afternoon in a city just getting back and unpacking.

3) Look on Atlas Obscura for some less common tourist things to do
As people from the community can pop their favourite bits of their holiday on here, you'll nearly always find something outside the norm to take a look at; from cool buildings to incorruptible corpses, from the prettiest beaches to the most hidden of book shops. In my experience, these have always been how we've found the cooler things to do, the things you want to put on Instagram - but as a word of warning, if things say free on this site, it's always best to double check as we've found quite often that this might not be the case.

4) Figure out your area on google maps
On more than one occasion we have been caught out paying for taxis only to find out on the last day of the trip that, actually, we were just around the corner from where we wanted to be anyway; so now I always try to get a feel for the area using google maps before we go. This way I know if there's a shop by us, where we need to go to hit the centre of town, and whether we have been walking around in circles and called a taxi to go about ten metres down the road (which we accidentally did in Riga, it was embarrassing).

So there are my top tips!

I know there are much more basic things like checking the currency you need, booking flights and accommodation, but these are the big things to do that I never really thought of doing until we started travelling more regularly; do share any preparations you take that make travelling easier.

Sammy xo.

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Smashbox Photo Finish Mattify Primer Stick

I wear make up so little these days - it's definitely a downfall (or a perk?) of working from home; there's no point in pulling of a sick smoky eye if nobody is going to see it except your IKEA Malm Drawers now, is there? This has definitely made me a lot more picky about which make up I use, because if I only get to transform my face one or two days a week, I definitely don't have time to have any kind of mediocre beauty day, ever. The one things that always contributes to a shit makeup day for me is definitely the sheer amount of oil that I always seem to have my skin, and the fact that I always look like a greaseball about four hours in. So, when Smashbox offered my the chance to try their Photo Finish Mattify Primer Stick, I was all up for testing whether this could help to keep those oils at bay.

You all know that I have one single saviour that really seems to work when it comes to keeping my face as matte as possible, and that's the Murad Matteffect Blotting Perfector - so it's safe to say that this tiny, unassuming stick of clear product definitely had big boots to fill. I have to say though, this does come in at ten quid cheaper than it's Murad predecessor, and will cost you only £22, which definitely gives it the edge when it comes to saving some money; but does it deliver the 12 hours of oil control promised? I decided to put it through some rigorous testing (read; I tested this a few weeks ago in a period of a few weeks where it was so hot, and so humid, where I live).

So I guess the most important thing for this one is did it work and keep oils at bay, and the answer is yes - I have to say that I did feel considerably less oily when I was wearing this. It's definitely not a 12 hour oil free sort of deal, but instead of getting greasy throughout the day, I feel as though I just got a natural sort of gleam; which still isn't ideal for me, but is a vast improvement so I'll let them have it. My main issue with this isn't when it's on, or at least it does do the job that it's supposed to do for the most part - it's getting it on, and how crap it makes me look.

This reminds me for all the world of when you put too much Benefit The Porefessional on, and if you've ever done it? You'll know exactly what I mean. When putting this one, it makes my face feel chalky and seems to highlight any imperfections, from the tiniest of pores to the biggest of spots, by clinging around them, and then if you use any sort of vaguely more than tiny amount, this starts to uncomfortably ball up on my skin - so then it's clinging to all of my imperfections for my foundation to gather around when it I put it on, and if I don't brush it all off well enough, it's also leaving tiny lumps on my skin. There's no doubt that this looks good when it's on, and to some extent it definitely does do it's job; but not nearly well enough for me to spend 20 minutes in the morning getting this to look presentable, for that reason alone; this is a no from me.

If you've tried this and have tips on how to make it look good, please let your girl know!

Sammy xo.
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Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Travelling As A Member Of The LGBTQIA+ Community

Now let me start by acknowledging my privilege in that I get to travel. That's not to say I don't work hard to go on trips, I work all of the hours under the sun, but, I still am privileged when it comes to my ability to take the time out to travel etc. Now that's been acknowledged, I want to get into the body of this point; the point, if you will - and that is, travelling as part of the LGBTQIA+ community can be really hard. It's not always hard, and as a white cis femme lesbian with a white cis femme girlfriend, I know that again, this shows a level of privilege above many others; but I want to note the difficulties that we have, as a lesbian couple, travelling to different countries.

I have to say that I have never had an inherently bad experience, in that it was so bad that it ruins my holiday, however - this is something that regularly impacts what we do on holiday, how we act in certain places, and how safe we feel when we are out alone. It's something that I regularly think about when we go to new countries; checking their views on same sex relationships, acknowledgement of marriages etc. That's not to say, however, that we don't travel to these countries, or even that we have faced more prejudice in these than countries that do recognise same sex marriage - but this is an extra step that I feel I need to take to get a full view of our safety in new countries.

There are four holidays that stand out as ones where we faced examples of what I am trying to describe; in a manner of different ways. We have been in Krakow, with parents having their children point, laugh and shout when I pecked Katy on the cheek when adventuring through the city at night, on a subway in Portugal where a woman moved to stand up rather than sit in a seat opposite us, where we regularly faced stares in the street. We have been in a tiny village in Spain where three boys followed us all the way home, shouting about our sexuality in a threatening manner, and in Riga where we had to actively stop ourselves holding hands due to the way they perceive same sex relationships. We have been in situations in many countries where we felt uncomfortable or unsafe due to our sexuality.

LGBTQIA+ relationships are still illegal in more countries than I can begin to list, and in some of those; they're punishable by death. There is a huge chance that in my lifetime, there are so many countries that I will never be able to visit; or at least not with my girlfriend or future wife - there are so many countries that we won't be able to choose to get married in purely because they wouldn't accept it, or the idea of us marrying is considered illegal, the act of us being together is considered illegal. Travelling with Katy is bittersweet; I always want to see the world with the person I love, it's something that is so integrally us, and yet we have to research where we go, be careful, judge reactions to us. We have to put up with thinly veiled homophobia, or sometimes open homophobia, we have to be that slightest bit more careful, purely because we love each other.

This isn't to say I don't enjoy travelling, but this is just to note what travelling can be like for people within the LGBTQIA+ community. As always, though and stories are welcome below.

Sammy xo.

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Philips FlexCare Platinum Connected

Many of you may know that I have a huge incisor tattooed on my forearm (mum, if you're reading this - it's not actually huge, I'd use the word 'substantial') and that's not just because I love teeth; more, I love my brother who loves teeth, given that he's a fully trained dentist. I feel as though through pure duty to him as my personal dentist, I have to keep an eye on my teeth, making sure that I'm keeping them clean and taking good care of them to the best of my extent. This is, it has to be said, a real bore; two minutes cleaning whilst staring at yourself in the mirror is the least enjoyable time in the morning for me - so when Phillips offered to send me one of their FlexCare Platinum Connected brushes I jumped at the chance. This isn't just a sonic toothbrush - but one that connects to your phone via bluetooth to tell you what you're doing wrong, or missing.

I have to say that this might be a gimmick, but it works so well as a gimmick that I'm not even mad about it. All you really need to get the most of this brush is a smartphone, and the handle itself; which admittedly, doesn't come cheap at £250, but might just be worth the money if you have it, or can put it aside. There's no doubt that this is a luxury - especially when a manual brush comes in as cheap as 50p from all major supermarkets; but should you wish to indulge, is it really worth the money? It's intuitive, sure, but how good can a £250 toothbrush really be, at the end of the day.

Well, the answer surprises me too, but it is pretty damn good. You can set up your own tooth map depending on where you may see blood, have fillings or damage, and then you're ready to get started; by connecting the brush to the app, and then pressing brush. This isn't a solely 'collecting data' type job; but rather your tooth map will pop up on the screen, giving you real-time updates and tips to make sure that you get the best of your brushing - and best of all, it's easy; you just brush where the map tells you to, taking care to move the brush to change the space you are looking at from yellow to white, targeting both the front and the back of the section of teeth. Once you've done this for two minutes, any pieces showing as not cleaned to the correct extent will be shown on the app, and you will have a timer to go back in and change these.

It's a very rigid, structured and timed method, and this really works for me. When I'm watching the screen to see where I'm moving to next and how I'm doing getting my teeth clean, I feel as though I'm putting some effort into it, getting a better clean than I probably would have done without the app. I don't think particularly it's that the app and the brush are providing a better clean, but because of the person that I am, and that this makes it seem almost like a challenge, I am making sure that I am brushing better than I was before. With handy tips popping up along the way telling me to use less brushing motion or less scrubbing, I do feel as though if nothing else, I'm learning to brush my teeth better. I can also set myself challenges based on what I want to achieve with my teeth, whether less plaque or whitening, and I can see all of my progress lined up neatly on one screen.

Like I say though - I don't think it's that the app is particularly genius, I think more than anything, it just makes me more conscious of what I'm doing whilst brushing my teeth which, in turn, ends up meaning that I get a much better brush in the end. With a long life battery and a carry case, this was clearly designed with easy of use in mind, and that really works; and with UV cleaners for brush heads included in the package, and a notification when you have used the brush heads to the extent they need to be replaced - it seems as though the company have put a lot into developing a toothbrush that works for most people's busy lives. Does it make my teeth cleaner? Yes. Is it probably because I'm taking more notice to the action of brushing itself? Almost definitely. If you're looking to get one though; I would definitely suggest just one handle and multiple brush heads, as they're interchangeable anyway; it doesn't make it cheap, but might make it that bit more affordable if you're looking to get yourself one.

If you've tried any of the connected brushes, I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Sammy xo.
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Monday, 4 September 2017

My Shifting Priorities

If I called the last three years anything less than a shambles then I would definitely be doing them a dis-service. They have been amazing and gruelling in equal amounts, depending on where you fall on the timeline when you're looking into it, but they've swung rapidly from thing to thing and my priorities have changed with each dodge of the pendulum. For the last year; my focus has been on fun - it's been on seeing the world, on having fun and working on finding who I am. It's been a fun run, I love seeing the world, I hope it will continue for a long time; but now? It's definitely changing; it's going to have to - because something else has to be my priority now. My future.

I've gone round in some considerable circles since I left school, I have lost myself so many times I couldn't count even if I wanted to (I don't). Now though, I have a path forward - I know what I want to do with my life, and I know that the road is going to be one of the hardest that I've ever trodden. It's going to take a full time job and a full time degree, it's going to take balancing two languages from scratch, it's going to take a year alone in a country I don't know. Everything about what I want to do scares me, pushes me right to the very edge; and that's how I know that I'm picking the right thing. I'm exhausted, frightened and overwhelmed, and everything in me wants to push forward anyway - I think that's how I know this is the path that I'm meant to be on. None of the bad, and it seems pretty bad right now, seems to outweigh the good.

So I'm going to do my best to keep on top of everything; two new languages, hispanic studies, work, travel, my blog, freelance, blogging and Game Of Thrones (in that order). I'm going to try and see the world still, but know that I might need to reign it in in order to understand some parts of the world further in the future, in order to have the life that I want in the future. I have four years of hard graft ahead of me, then hopefully a masters in translation. I have more work than I have ever known laid out in front of me, and I'm excited to get started, excited to work harder than I ever have done before, excited to make something of myself.

This feels like my last attempt at doing it right. I know it probably isn't, but something about it just seems like that - like a last ditch attempt at something. I feel as though I need to put everything into this now, so if I don't come out well on the other side? At least I can honestly say that I tried as hard as possible, I can hold my head up high and know that I did everything I could to get to where I want to be. So here's to the future, and my shifting priorities. Here's also hoping that I manage to keep on top of everything, because I really want to watch the last season of Game Of Thrones.

If you have tips for keeping it all balanced, please do let me know!

Sammy xo.

Sunday, 3 September 2017

The Satisfyer - An Instagram Worthy Sex Toy

We all remember those traditional sex toys right? You know the ones, you still see them in porn - flashes of bright pink rubber, shaped (vaguely) into genitalia, with so many veins decorating the side that if your partners penis really looks like that, you really should advise him to seek help. Katy and I have some in our collection because we came to accept a long time ago that, though sexy, most sex toys aren't really very attractive. The Satisfyer are out to change that perception, and not only are their sex toys something a little different in how you use them, but they're also a little different in how they look. So, buckle up, you're about to learn about some sex toys that work and are going to look great on your instagram (you know, should you wish to put them on there).

We need to talk about the idea of The Satisfyer first - because this is a sex toy that for all the world feeling as though it sucks on your clitoris. Is it painful? No, but it definitely is intense. There are currently 5 different designs based around the same idea in varying shapes and sizes, so there's a perfect fit for most people. From toys that can fit in your handbag, to toys that can take pride of place on your bedside table; it's undeniable that these are very pretty - with not a single fake plastic vein, or fluorescent pink colour in sight.

I got two of the toys, but we'll start with the more classic shaped option which is the Satisfyer Pro Deluxe. This is definitely the prettier of the two, with enough white and rose gold to make any blogger happy before it even touches your clit, but it's actually also my least favourite of the two. This is shaped like a pebble and is supposed to fit easily in the palm of your hand but I personally find it quite difficult to manoeuvre as the opening that you need to 'match up' with your clit is right in the centre. For me, this just feels bulky and far too much hassle; as pretty as it is, I definitely wouldn't be opting for this one again if it broke in the future.

The second toy I received is the Satisfyer Pro Penguin and, though much less aesthetically pleasing, this is a much better toy, in my humble opinion. This is, as you'd imagine, a toy that looks like a penguin with a tiny pink bow tie, and though much less cool, it really is the more effective of the two toys. This is more a 'use a handle to move me around' type deal, which makes it much easier to make the hole to the slot (no pun intended) as need; and it's good, it applies just the right amount of pressure to make it pleasant without being too intense, there's a number of different settings, and it's not really something that I can compare to any other sex toy that I've tried.

Both are charged with magnetic, USB chargers which is a bonus, as you're never going to have that taking-the-batteries-out-of-the-remote situation to get your rocks off, and more than anything they're small, unusual, and just generally a great addition to a sex toy collection - even one as big as mine and Katy's. Bonus, they're also waterproof and quick to recharge. The old Pro Penguin retails for around £36, and though I don't have prices for the new one, that's something I would definitely pay for this sucker (literally).

If you've tried a Satisfyer below, let me know, or let me know your favourite sex toys by all means!

Sammy xo.
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Saturday, 2 September 2017

Too Faced Sketch Markers

I'm all about a good winged liner - but the thing about black is that it's just so unforgiving. It can make a clean, sophisticated line, sure, but it also means that you can see every single mistake that you've made along the way; which, when you're as bad at eyeliner as I am, is an absolute nightmare. So, when Too Faced sent me two of their Sketch Markers to play with, I was pretty excited to see that one was their pink shade ('Candy Pink') and one was their yellow shade ('Canary Yellow'). Admittedly, these aren't colours that I would typically opt for - but, nevertheless, they are beautiful and I was excited to give them a go and see how they'd hold up.

I'm used to playing with coloured eyeliners, but they tend to be on the darker side; but trying out these has really opened my eyes to how amazing lighter colours can be (no pun intended) and, in fact, I've come to reach for Candy Pink more than you might imagine. My one worry was that I always do eyeliner last, and I didn't expect such light, bright colours to show up against darker colours, but I was pleasantly surprised; these are a lot deeper and less fluorescent than you'd imagine - a downside if you're looking for bright, standout colours, or an upside if you're looking to wear them daily and need them to show up. They still are very bright colours, but they're at least two shades darker than the pen barrels would have you believe, in my opinion.

These are supposedly based on Japanese calligraphy pens and this really shows. I've used brush tips eyeliners in the past, but these are slightly different, seemingly longer and fatter in the brush itself - and that makes them much easier to use than any that I have tried previously. It's fairly easy to get a wing in one easy swipe, and as these are considerably lighter than their black counterparts, any mistakes are much less clear anyway, which is a nice bonus. I will say though, you'll have to be pretty talented with an eyeliner to get a smaller wing with these; but if you're into a bigger, more dramatic wing, then these are definitely a good choice.

The one thing that I was really surprised about though? I have to say that these last amazingly. You know that I have really watery eyes if you've been round here for more than about two minutes, and so staying power of eyeliner is a big niggle to me; but these definitely pass the test. I mean, I know you'd expect some serious staying power for £17, but they definitely don't let you down, they're pretty much sweat, tear and sex proof (which seems to be the new marker for measuring staying power) in my experience. They've definitely done better by me than the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner, I'll tell you that for nothing.

They're good, but are they worth the price? If you're ace at eyeliner, and your eyeliner stays on well regardless of the brand, probably not. But, if like me, you need something easy to use, and you need something that's going to stay on well and for a long time? It's definitely worth shelling out the £17, in my opinion, and I will be buying a black one in future to add to my collection. If you've tried them, do let me know your thoughts below!

Sammy xo.
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