Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Abbijo: Where have I been?

Ok so I spoke about how I haven’t blogged in months because I’m sorting my life out and so I just thought I would write about what is going on with me now.

So my sister got engaged and I don’t think I had actually mentioned that yet, but she did. She has now had both of her engagement parties and is nearly completed in planning and organising her wedding.
Cocktails at my the family engagement party :)

 She is getting married in May in Venice, I’m super excited for the wedding and she has asked me, in all her wisdom, do her makeup for the wedding which means we will actually shortly be attending a class just so she is fully confident in my doing the makeup for her! On a side note, they asked us to bring all of our makeup with us to the class so that they could teach us using products we already have and therefore we can recreate the looks they show us exactly, in theory this is a really good idea but like many things in practise I’m not sure how this is going to work. I have a lot of makeup and this class is in London, which means that I’m going to have to take a suitcase just for my makeup and that means I won’t have much space for my clothes for the visit. Maybe the class is meant for people who aren’t like…well…me!

The next thing that happened to me I guess was my Graduation. On July 18th, exactly one month before I turned 21, I graduated with honours from Bristol. This was possibly one of the happiest moments of my life as I had been through a lot in my second and third year and it had got to the point where I was unsure on whether graduation was on the cards for me, however someone was looking out for me somewhere and I managed to graduate!

Then came the summer and I decided that I would mostly have the summer off from everything and just relax, however in the summer was my 21st birthday and I had a brilliant time, going out for cocktails with my girlfriends, having a big family dinner and going clubbing with a group of friends later on. Not to mention my brand new Ted Baker suitcase and Michael Kors bag! I pretty much have the bag where ever I go and if I travel anywhere my new suitcase comes with me because it is just so beautiful.

September hit and I just didn’t feel like working anymore, I was applying to courses but half-heartedly and I just wanted to continue doing nothing but traveling back to Bristol to see my university friends and hanging around with my other friends back home. It seemed like the perfect life. However my mum got to me eventually like they do tend to and I decided to apply to a course locally in Chester that would hopefully lead me to my goal of Hong Kong. Funny story the Chester School of English Language is not in Chester, UK but in Madrid, Spain. So, yeah, I’m off to Spain for a month in February with little to no Spanish language skills. Here’s hoping I’ll be so bogged down with work that I won’t be able to get myself into any trouble while I’m over there.
My Christmas was fantastic and New Year was decent too, but I haven’t done much since then apart from plan for my trip to Madrid. 

So that pretty much sums up my life since when I stopped blogging.

I hope you enjoy reading a whirlwind description of the past months of my life.


Abbijo: A review on Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water

So it has literally been months since I last blogged but I have been in the process of getting my life post university in order and that has been intense. I have graduated and got myself set up on a course in Madrid which will eventually enable me to move to Hong Kong (hopefully). However recently I came across a product that I fell in love with so much I just had to write about it.

I was in Boots a couple of weeks ago and for a while had been considering buying a cleanser that I could leave at my boyfriend’s house since I stay there sometimes. I have a moisturiser there and I like to keep up a skin care regime as much as possible. When I’m home I tend to use either the Sulwhasoo Gentle Cleansing Oil or the Guerlain Secret de Purete Cleansing Milk and I really love them, in the mornings I wake up and feel my skin looks beautiful, however they are both cleansers that you take off with water and my boyfriend lives on the floor above his bathroom making it inconvenient to head down when we are going to bed. So I decided I wanted a cleansing water that I wouldn’t need to wash off afterwards. I had heard Garniers Micellar Cleansing Water so I grabbed it when I was in Boots and bought it without much research.

Picture taken from Feel Unique

The first time I used it I liked the feel of it on my skin and it did a good job on removing the dirt. I was impressed because it is so cheap (I paid £4.99 but now it is on sale for £3.33) in comparison with the products I usually use on my face. It is very light and refreshing and perfect if you want a quick easy cleanse, or if you are new to skin care regimes. A couple of nights later I decided to use it to take off my make-up too, but I was very sceptical. On a normal day I would use Lancome Bi-Facil to remove any eye make-up, this retails at £15.75 for 100ml in comparison with the 400ml of Garnier Water.

I put a little more of the water on a cotton pad then I normally would with Lancome, however it took my face make-up off easily and my eye make-up wasn’t a problem either. I didn’t find myself rubbing my eyes as many times to get the mascara off which is always a positive note. And to add to that the Micellar Water is both dermatologically and ophthalmologically (to do with the diseases of eyes etc) tested. I just don’t think it could get any better.

But it does! It is a natural product that is fragrance free and hypoallergenic…

In case you’re wondering what micellar water actually is I shall try to explain now, however I am not a scientist so my knowledge is not flawless. So the solutions of micellar water contains a molecule called micelles which are a type of lipid that form themselves into a spherical shape which is perfect for trapping dirt and removing makeup from the face. Thus they have become very popular in make-up removers and cleansers.

While I can realistically only speak for myself and how I find this product, I do believe that it works and is worth trying out for yourself, at £4.99 you can’t afford not to! For me I am thoroughly impressed with this product and will definitely be continuing my use of it, I may even test other brands micellar water products to see if they offer the same results as the Garnier one.