Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Applying the Finishing Touch… Estée Lauder - Double Wear Foundation

Never before have I had a make-up feature on my blog. Why? You ask. Well, it's not because I don't use any cosmetics. In fact, it's seeing that since the launch of my online diary nothing new I've tried has impressed me enough to comment on it.


 I like to keep my make-up routine as simple as possible by using a few dots of foundation, a flick of mascara and a swipe of lipstick combined with a balm over the top (to make the colour last longer).

A little while ago I was scrolling through the Magic Freebies website where there was an advertisement for a sample of Estée Lauder's Double Wear Foundation, and to be honest, if I could only have one beauty product it would be a cover-up for my skin.

It is stated that customers with oily skin, which I am not a sufferer of, have applauded this certain selection. To be fair my natural complexion isn't too bad, apart from the odd spot that nearly everyone gets and the faint sign of a couple of grey circles under my eyes (from going to bed a little too late - oops).

Where I have always had quite light skin the lady at the Debenhams store matched me with the shade Pale Almond 2C2, though once I had applied it I felt that it was one shade too dark. This was easily fixed by dabbing a bit of moisturizer on top to then get the finish I wanted.

Famed as 'The UK's NO. 1 Foundation' and priced at £31 to buy, I expected nothing less than a flawless completion. Having a 15-hour staying power and not changing in appearance through heat are meant to be some of the perks to this specific product, which they were. I can also relax knowing that this item has SPF 10 in its mixture and that I only needed a small amount out of the bottle.

The only hindrance I came across was that you have to rub the liquid in almost immediately. You can't walk off into another room and then come back to do so, like I often do. Otherwise, streaky lines are what will be waiting in the mirror to meet you. 
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Sunday, 17 July 2016

Reserve at the Library... The Other Alice by Michelle Harrison

Magical. This was the word that instantly popped into my head when my eyes first met with the book ‘The Other Alice’. This was half because I link that female name with the fictional character that had more than a few stupendous adventures in Wonderland, but the summary of the story was very much spellbinding too. 


Youngster Alice is a keen writer, and an extremely skilled one at that. The stories she pens are so incredible that they almost seem real. There is a catch that comes with being a wordsmith however. If she doesn’t finish what she is working on, everything on her pages literally do come alive and into the human world.

This wouldn’t be so much of an issue if the personalities of those she had created were all friendly, but the inclusion of at least one baddie is a must for any proper tale. Meaning that when Alice vanishes with her chain of events incomplete, only she knows some of what is about to follow…

Midge, appreciates the inventive mind of his sister, Alice, and is fascinated by riddles. When the oddest things begin to take place, this individual knows that he doesn’t just want to find his relative, but he has to. 

Having located Alice’s secret book that might contain the vital answers he needs, witnessed a couple of the imaginary figures traipsing around the nearby area and with a talking cat in tow, an epic search is about to start.

Midge is intent on discovering the whereabouts of his older sibling ahead of the villains and giving this unpublished piece its final closing chapter.

There have been many of times when I have had writer’s block, I think that we all experience it at some point. Usually it is best to walk away and come back to it when a few hours have passed, or even after a day or week has gone by. To the disadvantage of Alice, this doesn’t actually play well with her, and doing so can have ruinous consequences.

Michelle Harrison is a prize-wining author most recognised for her debut novel ‘The Thirteen Treasures’ and her prequel collection to this. Again, she has formed something purely unputdownable, with readers itching to learn what happens at the end, as much as Midge.

‘The Other Alice' is publicly released 28th July 2016 and available to purchase from most UK retailers. *

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Thursday, 7 July 2016

Time to Take a Visit to... The Big Cat Sanctuary

The Big Cat Santuary in Smarden, Kent is home to a variety of over 50 wild felines. 

Managed by the Wildlife Heritage Foundation (WHF) since June 2000, this 38 acre site enables all different types of cheetahs, leopards, lions, tigers and more to live in solid quietude no matter what their age. 

That is the direct aim of the registered charity (NO. 1104420) who are proud to have helped many big and small cats in the European Endangered Species Programme (EEP), by welcoming them into a suitable environment like their original habitat.

With conservation work needing to be done frequently it is essential that the funds are continually available to complete these. 

In respect of the animals well-being this organisation chooses to open the site to the public just once in every twelve months, and for the rest of that duration, relying solely on donations and the assistance of volunteers to maintain its upkeep.

Last year my family and I attended one of the four open days. Entry tickets were reasonably priced and the car park was also free. Although we didn't stay until the closing time, four hours was enough for us to get to see all of those well cared-for cats and find out more about them too through the scheduled keeper talks.

A Birds of Prey display, arts and crafts stools and a bouncy castle were also nearby, as was plenty of hot and cold food options. The same goes for drinks too. All money spent over the Thursday to Sunday events is put straight back into the charity to allow them to carry on making a vital difference.

While donations can be made throughout the entire year there are other ways to contribute to not only this project, but to others similar around the world too. Adoption Packages, Be A Ranger for the day, Photography Workshops and a Luxury Overnight Lodge Stay (although the cost made my eyes water for this one) are a few examples.

2016 Open Days:

 Thursday 21st July - Sunday 24th July
11:00am - 5:00pm

Tickets are priced at £12.50 per person and must be pre-booked here.
 Under 5's are free.
(Please note that Saturday and Sunday is sold-out)
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