2007

A Very Belated T-Day Celebration

The more observant among you may have noticed that I haven’t exactly been on the ball with the ole blog-posting lately, and this is because it’s turning out to be a very long December indeed. Why is it, I wonder,…

Friday Five Photo: Before I Was Butch

OK, Friday Five, that’s it – you and me are through. I tried to make this relationship work, I really did (well, I tried twice, but who’s counting), but the thing is, Friday Five: it’s not me, it’s you. I…

Review | Tweezerman Slant Tweezers

If I had to choose just one beauty product to take to a desert island, I’d choose my tweezers, absolutely no hesitation. And if I had to choose just one brand of tweezer to use for the rest of my…

Review | Maybelline Pure Makeup foundation

This foundation was actually an emergency purchase for me a few months ago. I was on holiday and noticed that my regular foundation was running low, so I picked up this in the supermarket to tide me over until I…

‘Tis the season to spend a lot of money

Not to sound like one of those freaky, super-organised people who buy all their Christmas gifts in the January sales, but we have bought all of our Christmas gifts – and by “we” I obviously mean “Terry has done it”….

Jelly Pong Pong Cheek Stain

With Pout preparing to stop selling cosmetics (boo!) there are going to be a lot of women out there looking for a good Flush Blush alternative. One pretender to the Flush Blush throne is Jelly Pong Pong’s cheek stain, as…

Review | Coastal Scents Silk Cover Mineral Foundation

This is only my second foray into the world of mineral makeup, and although the first attempt wasn’t particularly successful, I’ve been much happier with it second time around. I used Coastal Scents’ Silk Cover Mineral Foundation in ‘Fair’. I…

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THE SIN BIN

Rubin writes… I don’t know, sometimes it’s like a dog can’t do nothin’ right, you know? It’s like: I pee on the washing machine, and that’s WRONG. So I pee against the side of the couch, and THAT’S wrong too….

Review | Benefit’s Benetint Lip Balm

Now, I’m not going to lie to you: as lip balms go, this isn’t a great one, especially when you take into consideration how much it costs. ($20, since you ask). It’s not particularly moisturising, and it does indeed give…

Review | Coastal Scents Glossi Glaze lipgloss

If you’ve read this site before, you’ll already know about the never-ending trial I have finding a lip colour I actually like, so I was very pleasantly surprised by Coastal Scents’ Glossi Glaze. I tried ’50s Twist’, which looks very…

Should we name and shame blog spammers?

Back in September, I talked a bit about the increasingly large number of spam comments my blogs had been receiving. While spammers will no doubt always be around, though, lately I’ve been noticing more and more so-called “respectable” companies who are…

Coach Lipsticks to pop into your Coach handbag!

One for any label-lovers among you: these new Coach lipsticks all come with the designer logo stamped into the lipstick itself. Now, I’m really glad the lipsticks I wear don’t do that, or I’d be scared to use them and…

Marc Jacobs ‘Daisy’ solid perfume ring

So, it looks like beauty products disguised as jewelery are big this Christmas, hmmm? The latest such product to catch my attention is Marc Jacobs’ ‘Daisy’ – a solid perfume in a pretty, daisy ring case, which comes complete with…

Stila has a warehouse sale!

Eeek! I just did a little dance of joy after reading about this over at Bella Sugar. Yes, Stila is having a virtual warehouse sale, and if you’re thinking it’s going to be one of those sales where the discounts…

3 for 2 on GOSH cosmetics at Superdrug

  GOSH is a brand I’ve been meaning to try more of, ever since their £4.49 kohl eyeliner became a permanent fixture in my Sephora train case back at the start of this year. Well, it looks like now might…

Things I Have Not Been Doing Lately

Yeah, so it turns out it’s really freakin’ hard to get spilled sherbet off wood floors. And off desk chairs. And, you know, off your clothes. And it’s really, really disconcerting when you go to get ready for bed of…

Get 50% off makeup at Pout!

“Everything half price” – it’s music to a beauty addict’s ear, which is why I literally gave a little squeal of excitement when I found out that Pout are currently having a 50% off sale on all their cosmetics. I…

Imju Fiberwig revisited – and a revised opinion!

  When I last reviewed Imju’s Fiberwig mascara, I wasn’t too impressed with it, the main problem being that, although it did lengthen my lashes fairly well, it pulled the curl right out of them. After writing yesterday’s review on…

Review | Tweezerman Fastlash

Continuing with my quest to get lashes so long I almost trip over them, I decided to forget about lengthening mascaras for a while and try Tweezerman Fast Lash instead. This isn’t a mascara. Instead, it’s a concoction of tiny…

Review | Too Faced Lash Injection mascara

Too Faced’s Lip Injection may not have turned out to be the plumping gloss of my dreams, but that’s no reason to neglect the rest of their line,  so I bought their Lash Injection at the same time, optimistically imagining…

I See Stupid People In My Inbox

GOD. As if it wasn’t enough that we have to fight them on the beaches, in the fields, streets and outside the doctor’s surgery, now the Stupid People are freakin’ EMAILING ME. Last week this flooded into my inbox: —–Original…

When Tights Attack

Last night, Terry and I went to an engagement party. As is my usual way with these kinds of things, I used it as the perfect opportunity to dress like a homeless person. See, I couldn’t be bothered fake-tanning my…

The Grey Lady

Last night as I got ready for bed I opened my wardrobe to stroke my clothes and was hit by a sudden, hideous realisation. It was this: almost everything I have bought in the past couple of months… is grey….

Friday Five – Stuffed Animals

Last night Terry and I watched The Freedom Writers on cable. It was great, and kind of made me wish I was a poor ghetto kid living in the L.A. projects, so I could write a book about my experiences,…

Friday Five – an experiment

Because answering questions about myself makes me feel important, I’ve decided to start taking part in the Friday Five. And hey! You should too! I’ve even set up a whole new category just for this which means that I will…

Hair We Go Again

I need a haircut. Before I get a haircut, though, I need a hairdresser. This is traumatic. Hold me. The thing is, I already have a hairdresser – or, rather, I had one. She is a friend of the family,…

Link exchange etiquette for bloggers

As our blogs have become more popular, I’ve noticed a dramatic increase in the number of people looking to take advantage of them by using them to promote their own sites. So there’s been an increase in the number of…

Are freelancers really happier than office workers?

HR World have just published a really interesting list giving 101 Reasons Why Freelancers Do It Better – with  “it” being happiness, apparently. They claim that us freelancers enjoy better lifestyles and greater levels of happiness than our office-working friends, and…

Review | DuWop Lip Venom – lip plumping gloss

As well as being a mascara junkie, I’m also all about lip plumping gloss. Long has been my search for the perfect plumper, and after my experiment with DuWop Lip Venom, I’m afraid the search continues, because it didn’t make…

Review | Imju Fiberwig mascara

Being the mascara whore I am, Fiberwig has been on my wish list for a while now. Why? Well, this is one of Japan’s top-selling mascaras, and it’s said to create a "false eyelash effect", making your lashes look long…

The state with the prettiest name…

So, I had intended to do a little update every day this holiday, but as time has gone on and the wireless network in the house has become dodgier, I’ve found myself thinking “to hell with that” and heading off…

A journey through my blog referrers

So, occassionally I like to amuse myself by taking a look at the things you crazy kids type into Google to find this here blawg. Here are some of this week’s, which provide a handy insight into the wrath behind…

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Now Facebook hates redheads too!

Q: Why do redheads take the pill? A: Wishful thinking. Q: What do you call a good looking man with a redhead? A: A hostage. Q: What do you call a redhead with large breasts? A: A mutant. Stop me…

Hair Product Review: V05 Mud Miracle Intense Masque

Well, my conditioner-only washing experiment may not have been a success exactly, but I’m still on the hunt for something that will return my hair to its soft, shiny former glory, and this week I think I may just have…

Holidays and the freelance writer

For the first couple of years of my freelance writing career, I just didn’t take holidays at all. To be fair, that wasn’t just because of  work: my husband was on kidney dialysis at the time (this was the reason I…

How NOT to ask for freelance writing work

“I am a student journalist and would like to be writing articles to be published in your presitigious magazine. I will therefore be very grateful if you could send me a copy to my postal address below so that I…

Five Myths About Working From Home

People tend to make a lot of assumptions about working from home, and what it’ll be like. Some of them, such as the “you’ll save time on commuting” one, are absolutely true. Others  – well, not so much, really. In…

Red Weals II – Return of the Weals

Yesterday, for only the second time in my adult life, I went out without my makeup on. (The first time was years ago, on holiday in Florida, and my dad made me do it because he wanted dinner and didn’t…

Redheads! Recommend me a lipstick!

Well, it had to happen sooner or later, didn’t it? My trusty old lipstick finally got continued, and when I say "old" I’m really not kidding here. You see, my lipstick of choice (it was a cheap Boots No. 7…

Conditioner Only Washing Day 2

Well, I have to admit I wasn’t quite as impressed with Day 2 of my conditioner only hair washing experiment as I was with Day 1. By the time I went to bed last night my hair had started to…

Conditioner Only Washing Day 1 – It works!

I have to confess I was really, really sceptical about this. You see, my hair needs to be washed every day. If I don’t wash it every day? Oil slick city. I was pretty sure that conditioner-only washing just wouldn’t…

Back to School. Not.

August tomorrow, then, folks – almost the end of the summer already. (WHERE DID IT GO?!) Soon I’ll be sharpening my pencils, packing up my satchel and putting on my blazer and tie, ready for another new school year. Except,…

Review | Benefit Speedbrow tinted eyelash gel

Given that this site has become my own special place for embarrassing myself , I may as well admit that, as well as meeting above my nose (if I don’t tweeze them every day), my eyebrows are also long and…

Copyright theft and blogging

Copyright theft is a problem for all types of freelance writers, but when you write for the Internet, you become particularly vulnerable to it, as most professional bloggers will probably be able to testify. Although most of my income these…

More red flags in freelance job adverts

A while back, I posted about red flags and how to spot them. Today I think I found another one – and it’s one that’s cropping up with worrying frequency at sites like Craigslist and others of it’s ilk. “Looking…

A “unique” style of writing

I don’t switch Instant Messenger on very often. The reason? Every time I do switch it on, something like this happens: unique girl says: hi unique girl says: asl plz? unique girl says: r u freelancer? unique girl says: i…

Red flags in freelance job adverts

More and more often recently I’ve been noticing ads for freelance writing jobs in which the applicant is required to submit some kind of “test” along with the usual resume and clips. I came across two of these today: one…

Pet Peeves # 2: Should of/Would of

This really should be Pet Peeve number one, such is my hatred of it, but the top spot has already been claimed by our friend excessive punctuation, so this week, ladies and gentlemen, please give a warm (or, indeed, not-so-warm)…