Benecos Cosmetics Package Review.


Disclaimer: this was sent to me to review at my own request. What follows is my honest opinion. Thank you to Ingrid Hume at Pravera!

Imagine this; it’s a rainy day, you’ve been drenched, and drive home in a bit of  a sullen mood. You start to blog, seemingly in a miserable mood, but then the postman arrives. (He’s more drenched than you, by the way.) But he has a package for you!

That was me on a Wednesday afternoon.

Benecos is a brand that I read about over at Kimberly Jessica; I also really liked its USP, in having certified organic and natural cosmetics. (After all, our skin does have to breath, and it doesn’t always benefit it, coating it on make up that has been lumped on.) Needless to say, that was something that I was sold on instantly.

I received….

  • Natural eyeshadow in Matt.
  • Lip brush.
  • Eye shadow brush.
  • Natural concealer perfect coverage, light.
  • Lipstick, peach.

You can see all of these products together as above.

Packaging:

Fistula, for the two brushes, I felt that the packaging was a little bit excessive. Quite simply, it dwarfed the actual product, and whilst opening the lip and eye brushes, I was at risk of mangling the bristles a little bit. (You open up the package from beneath, which expands the plastic pocketing the brush is in.) To be honest though, this was my only real criticism.


Design:

For me, things have to be functional, as well as pleasing to the eye. The products fit the bill in this respect; I live the feel of the brushes, they are very soft. They are also shaped well enough to be twirled about etc., when applying make up. The eyeshadow also has a really nice case, meaning that any excess powder can be caught. The casing for the lipstick is also pretty. The concealer was the only one which could be adapted slightly; the brush is not as flexible, meaning that blending the coverage is not really as possible as it could be. (I used my fingers in the end-not that I advise you to-but it is a good product.

See….just look at this brush!!

I’ll get to the product part of the review in a minute, I promise. Bit a brand that promises to be natural and organic, as well as having a pretty design, is what I love best. Because, well, who wouldn’t?!

But they are jeer than the averge , relatively cheap brush as well. When applying the eyeshadow, the brush really does glide well. And in terms of cosmetics, that’s needed, in order to get a very smooth application, surely? It worked for me.

Although isn’t matte spelt like matte, not Matt? (I’m not sure, that’s a genuine question. Any answers I’d love for you to leave in the comments below.)

Product:

I’ll go by each product, one at a time, for this section, because I can be more logical, as well as chronological, in that order:

  • Natural Eyeshadow Matt.

Now, as somebody who is very shortsighted, I do have trouble applying eye make up, or anything related. But this eyeshadow is soooo nice! Glides on easily, highlights my eyes, and generally stays put. I love it, quite simply. And I think that any blog reader would love it also.

  • Lip brush.

I’m not really sure what to make of this, really. It feels nice, and the lipstick glides on, but it doesn’t seem to pick up much pigment. And it also needs to be really cleaned after.

  • Eyeshadow brush.

I love this brush! It works really well with the eyeshadow, and is designed well enough, meaning that it can be used effectively.

  • Concealer.

The brush in this is not flexible at all, meaning that you can’t actually really blend any of the liquid. This is a pity, because although it looks very orange at first, it blends really well, and is quite light on my skin. I’ll definitely use this for any acne breakout!

  • Lipstick.

I live this product best of all! It smells good, has a thick and creamy texture, and lasts reasonably well.

What do you think of these products? Click here to find out more about the brand involved, and maybe purchase a few.

Lydia

XO

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Sylvia Plath And The Haunted Reader By Gail Crowther; Review. 

Disclaimer: this book was sent to me from Fronthill Media, the publishers, in exchange for an honest review. I wanted to read this book, and asked to review it. What follows constitutes my truest thoughts.

As readers will know, I am an avid fan of Sylvia Plath ; I have been that way since about the age of thirteen, having been introduced to her via (the now defunct) Company Magazine. (Because wonders will never cease!)
There is a rather stereotyped image of Plath, which I think is now partially down to her committing suicide. But she was not just this image of a Depressed wife, seemingly stuck in  shadow of her husband, Ted Hughes. Rather, she was vibrant, seemingly dancing to the beat of her own drum; she wrote almost as with this electric energy. And if anyone sees me reading one of her books, they always raise their eyebrows, making ‘oh’ noises as the perceived content.

At the time of writing this post, I have yet to finish the book; I’m sort of muddling through, due to other commitments such as revision. I’m not sure I necessarily understand it as much as I should, in spite of the fact that it has been coached from an easy writing style. I’ll let you know how I get on with it.

I also think this book is quite radical in its thinking-in the sense of being a new way of thinking about Plath. Rather than being a mere academic subject, she is personal to every reader, meaning different, vibrant, and almost as if alive in our own heads. And I’m grateful to Crowther for doing this, as it’s a brilliant concept.

Score: 11/15

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This time next year tag

This is a post that I’ve seen floating around for a while-you can see the exact post here. So, here’s my version:


Firstly, you have to thank the person who tagged you-so, maybe over social media. Next, write and set yourself  goals for next year, as well as how you intend to achieve them. Tag five or more people. Then, once a year has passed, write about how you achieved these goals. Simple, right? Here goes…

Goals for the next year:

  • Pass the NTCJ diploma course, with a decent standard of grades achieved. (This is something I have been wanting to undertake for a while-and I would love to achieve something good from it.
  • Keep blogging, and start to earn from it!
  • Have at least one story-well, copy-published in a magazine. Because this is something that I have tried to achieve for a while.
  • Get paid for articles!
  • Have at least one great interview, with somebody who is really current-I’m thinking Ed Sheeran, Emeli Sande, Amy MacDonald, Stormzy, Bones, and people in that vein. Because ambition isn’t a crime, right?
  • Start to write my book!

I tag Lauren at This Stuff Is Golden, Katie at CountryKatieUk, Kimberly Jessica at Kimberly Jessica, Faz from Like A Parisienne, and Freya from Freya’s Nook. Be sure to comment when you write your own!

Lydia

XO

 

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Let’s Have An Honest Chat About Aspergers Sydrome. (A note to fellow Aspergians like me…)

Let’s just have an honest chat, shall we? From the ‘aspergic’ blogger whose blog you’ve been reading, to you, the presumably neurotypical reader. (Or maybe you’re a fellow ‘Aspergian’-in that case, welcome! You are among friends here 😃)

Having Aspergers Sydrome is hard; over on Twitter, I saw one parent saying that her son refers to it as “my trouble”. The problem is that we are often in our own worlds-the comforting place inside our heads, where we can escape, almost. It’s the outside world that intrudes in, I feel-those sudden load noises, horrible sensations, and not understanding what your classmates are trying to convey. (Believe me, it is so difficult. And although I could probably count my friends on both hands, it is those that be deciphered that are scary.)

Questions are hard to interpret.

Conversation is hard to maintain.

Noise is hard to bare.

Sticking to the social code is hard.

And that’s just the beginning.

Aspergers is something complex, complicated, but at its core it’s caring; all the ‘aspergic’ people I have met are some of the most brilliant minds there are. They care in different ways for you. And they are so incredibly loyal. These are the people that I take strength from, and who this post is on tribute to. They are the best in human nature.

And if you’re reading this, as a fellow ‘Aspergian’, I want you to know that you aren’t as ‘bad’ as sometimes made out to be; you have so much potential, and the ability to move to a higher plane. Forget these so called popularity contests at schools-they don’t reflect the real world. Keep your friends close. And you’ll be fine 😁

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Having It All….At What Price? Guest Post By Lisa Kallas, Sugar Loaf Dreamer.

This is a guest post by Lisa Kallas, over at Sugar Loaf Dreamer. (Click here to visit her blog.)

When my mum was leaving school you were encouraged to stay at home and be a housewife and mother. If they did work it was in retail, nursing and light duties work. When I was leaving school you were encouraged to attend university and get agood job. Some of us never saw the inside of a university or college and went straight into work. At that point if you were lucky you found yourself a good provider and worked part time, able to have the choice to either work or stay at home when you became a mother. When my daughter was going through school university became more of a necessity to get a good job, a lot of women delayed getting married and having children as they were forging their careers and by the time they do decide to settle down it takes two incomes to just get by…….sound familiar???

In this the 21st century women can be anything they want no longer just holding down retail or admin jobs, they are becoming CEOs and entrepreneurs pushing the limits of those glass ceilings. We have cracked a lot of them, however we are still struggling for equal pay with men but that’s a whole other blog!!
So here you are mid career, maybe married trying to fit everything in. Your work, gym, socialising with the girls, shopping, cooking, cleaning all the incidental jobs traditionally held by women……you almost have to schedule a date with your partner in your diary just to fit it in. Then along comes baby……now what? How many times have you heard a newly pregnant lady say “I haven’t got time for a baby”? Well that’s when you have to take a step back and prioritise.

Believe it or not men, now more than ever want to be hands on with the child raising process. As far as jobs around the home go, men don’t always notice what we women do, so it seems they are lazy or unhelpful. This is not necessarily the case, most times if you ask they will help. So learn to delegate around the house. Put a time limit on the amount of work you bring home, I know you do….most of us will spend some personal time checking and answering emails, trust me, just because you may have your pjs on and a glass of wine in your hand it’s still work, so maximum 1 hour and then its family time, even if that family consists of only a partner or a dog. Cut it back.

At work, especially if you are the manager or CEO delegate, delegate, delegate. No one can do it all alone. One of the easiest ways of running a successful business with a happy team is inclusion. Teach them what you know, that way you won’t have to worry if you are absent from work….others now know how to run the joint without you. Trust me, that delegation bit, I struggled with that for years and then I became ill. Learning to share the load at work made such a difference to not only my happiness but the satisfaction of my team. It will also allow you to spend less work time when bub comes along.

It is a very personal choice whether to be a working parent or not, again I stress, some of us don’t have that choice and need to continue working while parenting. If that’sthe case make time, try to do a little housework each night and free up your weekends as much as possible for your family. Be there 100%, time with your children passes so quickly, they grow so fast, don’t miss it.

We can have it all if we wish, we can do anything a man does if we want to, we study and work for it. As someone that continued to work while parenting it is with experience I say make time, the years go so fast and unfortunately you can never get that time again.

Through all of this you also need to find some ME time. Burnout is a killer of many things, careers, marriages, friendships and people. Never be afraid to to ask for help, there is no sign of weakness in admitting you need it. Breathe in life and exhale love, that is what we need to do daily.

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Hippeas Puffs Review.


Disclaimer: This post is a review of a PR sample. What follows is my honest opinion.

Now, I will confess; I do not really enjoy trying new things. I know what I like, what I dislike, and I’m quite happy that way, thank you very much. But when I saw Hippeas Puffs, I was intrigued, and wanted to try them. Needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised.

These are essentially crisps-more a ‘puff’-made from what I understand to be chickpeas. (But I’m not sure about that!)

Branding:

We need to talk about the yellow. On a supermarket shelf, yellow stands out, particularly something that is not too gaudy, and not too like a canary. I love the branding of these Puffs-simply because they are cool, and more than just a little bit edgy. Plus, look at this box. What’s not to love?!


There also is not a lot made about the fact that these are chickpeas; for a lot of other vegetable-based brands, there is a big deal made about that some ingredients are ‘veggie’. Now, I don’t particularly like vegetables, but I eat them as part of a healthy lifestyle. Why would I want to have this continually put in front of me? This is why I like Hippeas; they make vegetables cooler than most other brands.

The product:


Talk about Voluminous!

There are several different flavours to try:

  • In herbs we trust.
  • Sweet and smokin’
  • Far out fajita
  • Pepper power

There’s something for everyone here! (Even me, the fussy vegetable eater…) My first piece of feedback would have to be that the actual bag can sometimes be a little bit empty; additionally, several people who I shared these with commented on the same issue. For a snack that is so light, there could be more put into each bag-because believe me, that’s not necessarily going to abait hunger! (No one would judge you if you took a second bag, right?)

My favorite flavours would have to be Sweet and smokin’-just like me, ha ha!-and Far out fajita. These are by far the best flavours, I feel, simply because they have enough flavour to satisfy you; they are not too overpowering, neither are they too strong. In Herbs We Trust by contrast-what a great name!-was a little bit too smelly for me, which put me off a little bit. I also initially liked Pepper Power but it was too strong for me a day later, having had a large glass of water. (The smell and the semi burning feel!)

So, I guess the Jury is out.

But I’ve found one of my new favourite snacks; and these have got to be better than something sugar based, right? (I’m not sure, so be sure to check this-the question was rhetorical.) I’m going to put one of these in my handbag whenever I know that I’ll be out and about, without a lot of time for food. They are convenient, yummy, good for you. I’m on board!

Rating: 13/15

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Interview with Henrik Jeppesen, the man who travelled to every country prior to his 28th birthday! 

For someone who has visited every country in the world, and prior to his 28th birthday, needless to say I felt inspired.

Credit: HenrikTravel.com.

You visited every country in the world before your 28th birthday; What inspired you to carry out such a feat?

It’s such a difficult question to answer. I love many countries for different reasons. Italy and France for the food. South Africa has a lot to offer for travellers while Iran probably has the friendliest people in the world.

In countries that may be dangerous, how do you manage risk? 

Do a lot of research is very important before going to one of the “so-called” dangerous countries. Finding local contacts you can trust. Tour operators, hotels and/or expats.

Credit: HenrikTravel.com

What is your favourite country you’ve visited and why?

Watching TV and foreign films about the different countries around the world. Then I set a goal of visiting 50 countries and then 100 countries. I decided to go for all of them as I became more comfortable travelling.

How do you plan to carry out your goal of visiting every territory ? 
Taking them one at a time and write to people that might be able to help me reach the difficult destinations.

Credit: HenrikTravel.com

For anyone who wishes to follow in your footsteps, what would be your advice?

I believe it is possible for almost everyone to travel the world. Even without money. Accommodation and transport are the biggest expense when travelling. Couchsurfing Stay with local people for free around the world. I have stayed with many locals around the world and never had an issue, but keep in mind things, of course, can happen. Make sure to check the reviews and don’t stay at a place with no reviews. Hitchhiking I have hitchhiked with more than 1,000 cars with no issues. It’s a great way to experience the local culture wherever you go completely free of charge. Travel On a Low-Budget It’s a bit easier to travel if you have a bit of money. Airbnb is a much cheaper alternative to hotels. The best tip for transport is to use low-cost airlines and low-cost buses. Sign up for their newsletters to get notified when they have promotions. Low-Cost Airlines Includes AirAsia, Air Arabia, EasyJet, Fastjet, Jetblue, Jetstar, Ryanair, Spirit Airlines and Tiger Airways. Low-Cost Buses Includes Boltbus, Eurolines, Greyhound Express, Megabus and Peter Pan Bus Travel Light One important rule to take advantage of the low fares is to travel light. No check-in luggage as it can cost you more than the ticket itself. Airlines have different rules, but try to keep it to a maximum of six kilogrammes and 55x40x20 cm in size. Focus on cost-saving Meals at supermarkets for less than a dollar in many countries.

Random question:What do you prefer: cats or dogs?
Dogs by far. I still miss my dog that died nearly six years ago while I was in India.
To find out more about Henrik, please visit Henriktravel.com

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