It might seem awhile ago now we are in the second week of January but I do hope you all had a lovely winter break. I spent mine with my lovely family and generally taking a break from everything!
If you read my Facebook page then you'll know that the beautiful new logo by Chiichanny is up but the new site layout isn't - in fact is went so horribly wrong that the old layout is gone as well and page is now being displayed in a rather boring, plain, default white blogger theme! Several things went wrong - the layout I had chosen and spent quite a while working on wouldn't allow me to use the logo or add a banner of any sort, and instead wanted to use a rather ugly text description. Those of you that use blogger know that the template layout allows you to add in boxes for widgets/headers/content etc, for what ever reason, that I still can't work out, it just wouldn't work. After realising and spending quite a few hours trying to make it work, that it just wasn't going to happen I did try and revert to the old template, and this is where the fun began - the back up I made before fiddling with anything doesn't work. There's absolutely no reason for it not too as it will open fine, it just won't upload. If you can imagine me, sat in front of my laptop, with an error message, a site that looks like utter crap with various multiple colours everywhere and a broken template, you can probably imagine my face, in fact, here's a pretty accurate representation:
So, with the above in mind, the only thing I could do was switch it back to a default template, which is what I did. I still don't know why it didn't work or why the back up is corrupt and why blogger is so dang restrictive! I've come to the conclusion now that it may be time to switch to self hosted and move away from blogger entirely. This is looking like it will be going a head in the. Next few weeks - it'll take me a little while to sort as I need to figure out how to use something like Wordpress to build the site and sort the hosting.
So in the meantime I'll keep the site the way it is and work to something better! I'll still hopefully be updating regularly and I have some great plans for tutorials and posts this year that I'll hope you'll enjoy!
Thank you for reading my little blog for the last year! I wish everyone of you a happy Christmas and a wonderful new year!
The site will mostly not be updated over the festive season, but should return to it's usual scheduling in January - for more updates you can check out the facebook page here , twitter here or instagram here!
But now for a super fun and amazing announcement! The site is getting a total make over with new logo, layout and formatting! This will most likely be implemented before January! This is something I've been wanting to do for awhile and I'm very excited that I can now make it happen!
It's that time of the year again, the days are shorter, the wind is up and the temperature has dropped in gloomy England! Winter has definitely arrived, and with all the super fun weather the skin on my hands has started to dry out and become quite sore and painful. Unfortunately for me this is a regular occurrence for me ever winter season. On the upside though it does mean I get to try and bunch of different hand creams as I get through them so often to try and avoid my skin splitting! (Yes this does happen if it gets to dry *sob*).
So one of the creams I decided to get this year is Tony Moly's anti-ageing peach hand cream - The picture of this online showed a cute little peach shaped pot and promised to leave my hand softer and younger looking - sounds good right? I bought the cream for somewhere around £4-5 online.
Here's what arrived! How adorable is this? I wasn't really sure how much the pot would look like the picture but it definitely looks like a peach - my second surprise was how big this tub was - it's slightly smaller than a tennis ball! I'll admit I partially bought this on how it looked and thought it would look pretty on my dressing table.
When you split the peach in half you find a half is filled with cream - there's quite a lot in here and it smells just like peaches, it's a really lovely scent. The tub did have a little seal to stop it leaking in transit but I forgot to take a photo of this. (It was identical to the blueberry lip balm in one of my previous posts, if you are curious).
The cream itself is a pale peachy/pink colour, quite thick, but spreads very easily. I found my skin absorbed it very quickly - I was pleasantly surprised by this as some heavier creams take quite a while to soak in. My hands were left smelling of peaches too - the scent didn't really fade until I washed my hands - even then it still lingered, just not quite as strongly.
All absorbed! My skin was left feeling very soft, hydrated and supple. I was very impressed with this and will be buying a second pot to keep on my desk at the office as it works so well. I really like the scent of this too, its rather different to most of the floral scents usually associated with most hand creams.
Have you tried this cream out before? Are there any creams you'd recommend to me to try out? Let me know in the comments below!
I've been super busy recently creating some lovely presents for Christmas! I recently taught myself to crochet using a magazine! This is a big thing for me as I've tried soooo many times to crochet and failed miserably (not quite as bad as my attempts at knitting though which always end up triangular!)
The great thing about crochet is once you get the hang of it you can make things pretty quickly - it took me a little while to get used to the double crochet stitch - I still haven't quite got the idea of reading a pattern or other stitches yet but I'm really happy I can do this now!
I started off making a few very boring, single colour scarves to practice the stitch. I then tried making a single colour snood and following the success of that I tried out a purple snood for my beautiful friend in America to go in her present box.
Then I tried making a Sailor Moon inspired snood for myself. My youngest sister like it so much that she asked me to make her a Chibi Moon scarf! By this point I'd more or less got the idea of what I was doing and felt more comfortable winging it!
The last few things I've made as gifts I love so much I'd quite like to keep for me! Especially the turquoise and glittery pink snood! The colours are so bright and cheerful.
Can any of you crochet? How about knitting? Do you like to make presents for your friends too? Let me know on the comments below!
Oh my gosh! Where has the time gone?! It's been a two weeks since I've had the time to sit and write a post for you all!
I thought I'd give you a little update about the last few weeks and the up coming weeks. So lets start at the beginning - I've been plagued by migraines for the last month or so which have lasted for weeks at a time, this is one of the main reasons posting dropped down to just one a week. I didn't want to take a break as I've worked really hard over the last year at posting regularly so I've tried to keep it going - until last week where I had to take a little break (Hopefully the last one of the year!). I've been umming and ahhing over whether to give the site and logo a make over, I feel the current layout isn't working so well and I'm just not as fond of it as I was.
Last month was also my birthday! I was totally spoilt by Mr Lock, my family and also my lovely work mates.
I even made a Rilakkuma cake for the occasion - it was vanilla and chocolate inside with little Rilakkuma chocolates!
I've also sold my motorbike! This is something I never, ever thought I'd do as I loved my bike very much, but as this year has gone on it's become more and more uncomfortable for me to ride. The riding position is lent quite far forward and I've had surgery on my wrist twice so it can be quite painful. This means I'm not looking for another one - I'm quite picky so I get the feeling it might take awhile to find what I want which is a shame as the Reading Toy Run is coming up soon!
So, upcoming in the next few weeks is Hyper Japan's Christmas Market! I cannot wait for this! I had a really good time at the last Hyper event (despite the crazy amount of scalping) and I'll be attending on the Friday on behalf of Cyten but also with my youngest sister again! But, But but! There's more! I'll finally be cosplaying!
This is something I've been working really hard towards this year, after seeing photos of myself from the last Christmas market, I've lost over 50lbs! (Hopefully more by the time Hyper hits) - I'm by no means done with this but I'm very proud of myself for my efforts and will carry this on into next year - but weight loss means that I feel more comfortable with cosplaying now, I've nearly finished my costume!
So there you go, in a nut shell real life has been keeping me super busy!
Do look out for me if you are going to Hyper Japan - I'd love to meet some of my readers!
Those of you that know me well know I try rather hard to look after my skin - it's quite rebellious and often has its own ideas about what it's going to do! I have combination/oily skin which can lead to blocked pores and a just a general icky feeling after a long day - even more so if I've been wearing a lot of make-up. I recently came across the company Skin Watchers on a Korean Beauty group on Facebook and took a look at their website - everything looked so good and professional! I was given the opportunity to try out some of the products from the range and I'm so, SO glad I did as I've found a new favourite brand!
Here are all the products I tried - Skin Watchers is based in South Korea so the packaging is in both Korean and English which I find brilliant! I can't read Korean (yet, it's on my list!) so this is very helpful! Check out the beautiful logo and very stylish packaging for the products. I'm still keeping everything in the boxes as I like them so much - they look great on a shelf together!
This is an Aloe Vera soothing gel - this is one of my favourites! Look at the pretty green packaging, it's a very big tube that's easy to dispense the product from, the instructions for use are also on the back of the tube which is handy. You can also put the tube in the fridge for a cooling effect too! I think this would be fantastic on a hot day in the summer.
The gel itself is clear (Fantastic! No added colourings!) It smells very fresh and of aloe. As a gel it's quite thick but its absorbed very easily and a little goes a very long way - I can use a small pea sized amount for both my face and neck! I felt this gel left my skin feeling very soft, supple and soothed after removing make up after application.
Ceramizing Essence Toner - this toner is great, its very easy to apply and left my skin feeling very hydrated.
The scent of this was very clean and fresh, again it was easily absorbed and didn't make my skin feel clogged or heavy.
Now this is something I've never, ever seen before! It's an Enzyme Powder Wash - rather than a liquid this comes in a bottle but it's powdered!
All you need is a little amount of the powder, add a little bit of water and it foams up to make this very luxurious wash - I was really, really impressed with this as it left my skin still feeling soft but squeaky clean as well. I found it very easy to use and even if you pour out to much powder you can put it back into the bottle which you can't with a normal liquid. I would definitely purchase this again.
Galactomytes Whitening Esscense - This is a lovely big bottle with a dropper for measure application - I'm not entirely sure on the application on this as the instructions are in Korean - but from the website I worked out that a couple of drops should be applied after cleansing and toning skin.
The essence contains a lot of vitamins and also brings elasticity to the skin. I found this left my skin looking brighter, healthier and spongy - It didn't leave my skin feeling sticky or oily which is fantastic.
This is one of the set of Green Snail Intensive products - I've never tried any snail products before, but have friends that swear by them. I really love the cute little jar that this came in.
Inside the box was the jar of cream - it has a little stopper to make sure that the cream doesn't leak in transport/keep it fresh.
I love this cream and I'd totally buy this again too, it's very thick, smells lovely and is absorbed so easily! I was really impressed by that as it's such a thick cream - and a little goes a long, long way. This left my skin feel fabulous!
This is the second in the Green Snail Intensive set - an emulsion.
I love the design for this bottle, it makes dispensing the emulsion very easy. This is to be used after cleansing and a toner/essence.
The scent of this was lovely- it's not over powering and is somewhere between being a clean scent and a light floral. This was quite thick, but again like the other Skin Watchers products was absorbed very quickly. It left my skin feeling super soft and light.
This was the third in the Green Snail Intensive set - a Toner. This was another of my favourites and I will most likely replace it when it runs out. Again this utilises a useful pump bottle - its really sturdy and feels very expensive! Like the rest of the range this had a very pleasant scent which wasn't over powering at all.
A close up of the bottle top.
This toner is to be used after cleansing, it's a clear runny liquid and whole pump covered my whole face, you can see here how smooth and soft my skin looks - I thought it left it looking brighter too!
Check out this Natural Deep Cleansing oil! I've always been a little dubious about using oil cleansers on my skin what with it already being oily, but the packaging says you can use a regular cleaner after this for an extra fresh feeling.
Look how pretty this colour is! All you need is a small amount to clean skin.
This is a very runny oil - it smells very fruity and cleans excellently - I didn't find I needed and extra cleanser afterwards as it didn't make my skin feel any oiler than normal. I really rather like this one too and will likely buy another.
Skin Watchers Original Facial Oil - this was another that didn't have english instructions, but I tried it out in the same way I did with the Galactomyces Essence. This bottle too has the helpful little dropper.
This is quite a liquid oil, my skin absorbed it very quickly and left my skin very soft. It has quite a lovely fruity scent.
UV Success Sun Block - SPF50+/PA+++ - I adore this! I've been trying to find a suncream to wear under my makeup for a very long time - everything I've tried has felt heavy and greasy - I also burn very easily so it was something I really needed! This comes in a handy bag sized tube and recommends using after cleansing before applying makeup.
This is a very thick cream which had me a little worried incase it was going to be like the others I had tried - I was pleasantly surprised to find it was very easily absorbed, didn't feel sticky/greasy or heavy and actually made my foundation easier to apply! It had a very nice light scent as well!
Oh my gosh, this whitening water drop is so much fun to use! I've never tried anything quite like this before - essentially this cream is for brightening and hydrating your skin by forming water drops to lock in moisture!
This came out as a relatively thick cream but the second I started to rub it in it turned into the picture on the right - You can actually see the little water droplets!
Like the rest of the Skin Watchers products this was absorbed very quickly and you can see in the picture my skin looks brighter, so soft and moisturised! I'm very impressed with this too!
I really, REALLY love this range and I'll definitely be re-purchasing some of the above. My favourites have to be the Green Snail Intensive, the Enzyme Powder Wash and the Soothing Aloe Gel. Skin Watchers thrive on knowing that their products are loved and I can see why people love them!
If you'd like to check out Skin Watchers for yourself you can do so here on the link below - they handily offer shipping to most of the world.