My Milan Mini-Break

If you follow me on twitter you’d have seen that I have just come back from 4 days in Milan. Here’s what I thought of the city that is famous for Fashion!

I only took about 3 weeks to plan this trip, my mum and a family friend were going so Jonny and I just tagged along, because winter sun, cheap flights and Italy what is not to like?

Transport:

I (Jonny flew out on the evening flight, I hadn’t lost him!) flew with Ryanair from Stanstead to Milan Bergamo Airport. When I first saw the flights they were only £28, but by the time my boyfriend faffed around they had g0ne up to £88. So naturally I was a little pissed I’d missed out on the bargain! Once in Milan I  simply hopped on the coach that was leaving the soonest from outside the terminal, it was only €5 (N.B. check the electronic boards as they will all say they leave next and even then they may not leave on time). I walked the 45 minutes to our hotel, not realising how simple the underground was to use.

Over the few days we were there we mainly walked, however it is worth looking at using the underground, especially at night. It’s only  €1.50 per journey or you can buy a 24/48 hour ticket for €4.50 and €8.25 respectively – allowing you unlimited travel on all forms of public transport in Milan. CityMapper was great for working out the quickest way to get around the city. I only used the underground, however I helped my mum and her friend book a few overground train tickets before I left, this was super easy – the machines can all be used in English and a lovely conductor also explained how to register the tickets, in the yellow machines, on the platforms.

On my way back I caught the bus from outside Milan Centrale Station, these leave every 20 minutes or so during the day, I’m not sure how often at night. Again they were only €5, everyone will tell you theirs is leaving first, but in reality they leave when they are full. Ordinarily, I’m terrible for time keeping, but when an airport is involved I have to build in lots of contingency time.

Accomodation: B&B Hotel Milano Censio Garibaldi

We were super lazy and simply went along with the 3 star hotel my mum and her friend had booked. They got it for the bargain price of £35 per night plus €3/night city tax on one of the comparison websites (I forget the one, I know #BadBlogger). We were not so lucky, however a little research and a search around found it was cheaper on the hotel’s own website. We paid €172 in total, everywhere else was over €185. Small but nonetheless a saving.

I have to be honest at £50 a night I was not expecting much from this hotel, but the room was fantastic. I could not fault it, it was just what we needed; clean, bright and comfortable (so comfortable I fell asleep fo 6 hours on arrival). There were no frills, but the wifi was free and the staff were very attentive and kind. Even the toilet roll had paper wrapped around it! I would compare the room to a Premier Inn in the UK.  The location was not as central as I would have chosen, however we were right opposite a metro station and could get to town in under 15 minutes or walk it in around 35 minutes.

Food & Drink:

One of the main selling points for me with Italy is the fantastic food I love pasta, gnocchi and pizza. The first night I ate alone as the others had not arrived yet, I wandered the city with absolutely no aim but to enjoy Milan and waste time. I stumbled across a lovely pizzeria near the centrale station and ate a delicious Italian sausage pizza washed down with a Peroni!

The others arrived to a messy scene. I was being followed by a man and was only made aware of this by a kind local restaurant owner, who I’d chatted to earlier that day. He told me to wait inside and the man would pass in 5 minutes. He did not leave so while the restaurant owners used some force to remove him from the area, my mum and her friend arrived and with my boyfriend just moments away it seemed sensible to use this as a meeting point. We grabbed a few beers and a few more, the weary travellers some food. Well we all nearly died when the bill came in at €235 – it turns out it had been €13 a pint, but seen as we had seen the force they used earlier and they had rescued me. We decided it was probably best to pay it.

The second night we ate at a restaurant called La Cantina Del Giannone it was incredible. We knew it was ging to be good as it is rated 22/6,558 restaurants in Milan. We had the Beef Tartare and Mozerella with ham to share for a starter and I had Il Filetto alla Rossini – filet steak topped with foie gras for main. The others had pudding’s I had a coffee and wine! Our waiter helped us with the wine choice and found us one that was not on the menu for €25, which was sublime. For all that it still only came to about €180, I was blown over, I’d consider flying to Milan if the flights were still cheap in the future just to dine there!

As was to be expected the all the food was incredible, including this spaghetti carbonara I had overlooking the Sforza Castle.

I cannot help but mention how insanely good the coffee was in Milan, even at the gate to my flight I had to stop off for a final one before I left.

Activities & Culture:

As I said earlier I had not really explored Milan too much before everyone got there as I had been sleeping and the night had not been the best impression of what Milan had to offer. First thing the next day we headed to the Cimitero Monumentale di Milano as our hotel was just the next street along. This place was incredible, the memorials ranged from a simple plaque on a wall to a whole monument – with everyone seemingly wanting to outdo one another!

Next was the Duomo di Milano – the cathedral in the centre, it is breathtaking the detail is incredible. Queues to go inside can be very large and it is recommended you book fast track tickets, but there is still a long wait for these, so we didn’t bother. Milan on the weekends is not what I would describe as a relaxing break – there are lots of pickpockets and street traders about, so you have to constantly be on the look out for trouble (this is especially rife around the cathedral). Next door is the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II – one of the oldest shopping malls in the world and a sight to behold it really allows you to get a feel for this city of fashion.

Finally we visited the Sforza Castle this was beautiful and absolutely steeped in history and bloodshed, the sheer size of it gives you and idea of the power that came from occupying this vast fortress. There are many beautiful frescoes were plastered over in order to convert it from a palatial residence to a military barracks. It is free to enter and use the outside space, there are other special exhibitions to explore. Unfortunately we did not have time to take a look at them on our whistle stop tour!

We also took a brief trip up to see the San Siro Stadium at Jonny’s request. Other than that there was nothing too memorable we got up to, as there simply wasn’t time due to the short time we were there and staggered return flights. We did do a lot of walking and taking in the slower and calmer Italian way of life.

Overview:

Despite all of Milan’s stresses and woe’s I am glad I went, it was an experience in itself. I won’t be hurrying back to Milan, but I do want to go and do Modena, Verona, the lakes and St. Moritz, which are all a stones throw away. So maybe I’ll go back in passing. I did notice a dramatic decrease in pickpockets and street vendors during the week, so maybe it is worse on the weekends when people come in for city breaks, I don’t know. What I will say is the hotel was fantastic and I will certainly be considering them for any other trips I plan. All in all, I think the most important lesson I learnt was to plan ahead and do your research, that way you won’t be as disappointed when your unsubstantiated assumptions don’t come true!

Let me know in the comments if you have ever been to Milan and what you thought of it? Or if you are planning to go, what you are looking forward to doing?

An Ordinary Soldier

I read this book a while back (August/September time) and it has been on my list of posts to write ever since, so please forgive me if I miss a few bits out or am inaccurate in any way, I’m desperately trying to remember the key parts.

After having studied history for 3 year I love to read first-hand accounts of practically anything, but in particular abut the military. Normally I stick with the Royal Navy, but I thought I’d branch out on this one!

This is just the kind of book I would have read while writing a completely unrelated essay at uni and (because I’m a major geek), afterwards I would set myself the challenge of working it into my current essay. So without the opportunity to do that, I thought I’d write a little review.

 Firstly throughout this book the author, Doug is incredibly modest, he’s assertive as would be expected of any Army officer, yet with a refreshing reserve that what he did was simply his job. His humility can be seen before you’ve even opened the book, from the unassuming title An Ordinary Soldier. Equally on the front cover you can see this book will be about someone rather extraordinary, as Beattie holds the post-nominal letters MC, a third-level military decoration.

Beattie’s account is admirable, he’s not afraid to be judged by the reader, taking you on a journey through all the major turning points in his life that led to his presence in Garmsir. He doesn’t attempt to justify his actions and decisions too much, instead trusts that the reader can connect together the information they’ve been given and make their mind up on him as a leader and a soldier.

A few pages before the end Beattie sets the story straight, when he drops the modesty for the first time and tells the reader that whatever you may think of him, when called upon he was brave and did his duty:

“Did I get everything right? Perhaps not. Did I break some rules? Probably yes, But at least I made my choices. In the heart of the battle, when I was consumed by fear, when all I wanted to do was turn away, I made my choices and I got the job done.”

I think this is an important statement for Beattie to make, for a society so quick to judge the actions made by members of our armed forces and often forgetful of the life-or-death situations they are deployed in. Doug’s simply requesting that the reader remembers each soldier lives with their own battle scars, without others scrutinisng their actions.

I did find this book hard going at points and even a little dull, but my mind was changed in the last chapter when it becomes apparent that Beattie didn’t write this book to be praised for what he did. He wrote this book for his family, to explain the unexplainable and because the action of writing healed him, which in turn helped return him to the father and husband that his family needed.

I would recommend this book if you want something interesting to dip in and out of, without having to worry about losing your place.

Have you read this book or any other about the war in Afghanistan? Have you ever read a book and thought you didn’t like it until you finished?

10 Best Things About being A Student

There are many negative things about being a student… the essays, having no money, the housemate dramas amongst many others. However, all in all, I loved it and thought it was the best 3 years of my life. So for those of you suffering from the 18-month hump, 3rd year blues or even just a bad hangover here are some of the best things about being a student, that you’ll miss when like me you have to grow up and pretend to be an adult who has their shit together.

  1. All the free time – there is so much time and it is all your own to use how you see fit, whether that is doing 12 hours a day in the library or like me, a couple in the library then 3-4 dedicated to Netflix and the rest of the time in the pub!
  2. The learning – I loved my course and all the things I learned, my main problem was I couldn’t stop doing the reading so never left myself enough time to do the writing.
  3. The people you meet – I met the most amazing people whilst at uni, from the slightly creepy guy you always see on a night out, who you’re sure graduated 3 years ago to the amazing friends who will always get you home even if they have to throw you over their shoulder to do it!
  4. The independence – You are for the most part totally independent. Even if you have housemates who are almost a surrogate family, they do not need to be informed of your daily whereabouts, especially if it has no effect on them.
  5. Having no money – no one expects you to get a massive round in or ever eat healthily, as you can simply claim “I have no money!” or “I’m a student!” and no one will ever ask you again.
  6. The student loan – the relief of having someone deposit some money in your bank account to ease the classic student poverty. So for one week you can take a break from the 18p noodles and pasta, maybe even treat yourself to a ready meal.
  7. The interest-free overdraft – when times are hard and you realise in week 3 your student loan is only going to last until Tuesday next week. You have a buffer before you are thrust back into the humdrum of taking packed lunches and a flask to the library, instead of your current baller wandering around with your Starbucks cup and a bagel!
  8. The discount – Nearly everywhere you go you can whack out the student card and receive 10% off. While claiming to your mates you hardly every use it owing to the embarrassing photo taken on your first day at uni after the most amazing summer where you really “found” yourself.
  9. Those free student cheeseburgers at MaccyD’s – no explanation necessary.
  10. Hungover days – knowing you can go hard on a night out without the consequences of sitting at your desk the next day staring at a screen trying desperately not to chunder and look like you’ve got a grip on everything. Instead, you can dedicate a whole day to Netflix and your duvet justifying to yourself that it’s for the greater good. As you didn’t have to be anywhere or do anything, but meet for a survivors breakfast and a debrief of the events at deliberately scheduled for 14:00 when you might actually start to feel human again!

Round Up 2016 Goals & 2017 Goals

I know I’m a bit late to the party with this post, especially seen as we are nearly a week into 2017, but life has been a bit hectic recently with work and the festive break. I blinked and realised we were in 2017.

First things first, let’s have a look at how I got on with last years goals.

Personal:

  • What I have achieved: get at least a 2:1 in both my dissertation and degree – I got both a 2:1 in my dissertation and my degree overall and get a job for after uni –  you can read about it here.
  • What I have not achieved: Get on to Project Hermes –  I couldn’t complete the process in time as I caught chicken pox just before my medical and increase my fitness – Like every year this started off well, but then took a downturn.

Blog:

  • What I have not achieved:
    • Publish 2 posts a week – this didn’t happen and in fact I stopped blogging for 5 months.
    • Utilise Hootsuite properly – when I was blogging I used it to great success, but I completely ignored it when I wasn’t blogging.
    • 100 followers on Bloglovin – 67.
  • What I have achieved:
    • 800 followers on Twitter – 875.
    • Better blogger interaction – even when I was not blogging I still maintained interaction within the blogging community.

Goals for 2017:

Personal:

Career:

  • Apply to the Royal Navy.
  • Find a permanent job in London in the mean time.

Fitness:

  • Get back into Fencing.
  • Get into yoga.
  • Run my mile and a half in under 12 minutes.

Lifestyle:

  • Have a morning routine.
  • Be more organised.
  • Be better at keeping in touch with people.
  • Read 3 books a month.
  • Read the news every day.

Blog:

  • Publish 1-2 posts per week.
  • Twitter 2,000 – interact more, host a twitter chat.
  • Instagram – 250, 2-3 photos per week.
  • Bloglovin – 250.
  • Improve my blog photos.

So there you have it, my goals for 2017. I’m hoping I am going to have more success with them this time round as I have set up a spreadsheet to help me break them down into manageable chunks and track progress along the way. If this system does turn out to be successful then I will share it with you, but for now, I am going to use a bit of trial and error.

What are your goals for 2017? Please let me know how you keep track yours and any tips you may have for me.

 

 

A Letter to 2016

Dear 2016,

Let’s be honest you were a bit of a bastard!

Full of mixed emotions, some of my greatest moments happened in your 365 days and some of my worst.

I’m not quite sure how I feel knowing you have come to an end. I grew so much and learnt more about myself in your 12 months than I could ever have imagined.

January and February passed in a blur of alcohol and hangovers, in these 2 months I made the best friends, cementing friendships I hope will last decades if not a lifetime.

March you were a low point, writing my dissertation in 4 days was by far the most stressful time of last year. However, it was in these 96 hours that my friends really rallied around me, showing me which people are keepers and those who are just temporary and will eventually just silently drift away. Also in March, my mum was diagnosed with Stress, quit her job and became a very different person because of it. I thought I knew all about stress and how it affects people, but like many my concept of it was jaded and old-fashioned. So you gave me the added challenge of getting to grips with the world that is Mental Health.

 I’m a great believer that you should never close doors to people even if they are fleeting and at some points toxic. Everyone deserves another chance and I feel blessed that however fleeting their friendship may be, they chose to spend that time with me. I have learnt so much from those friends who have now passed through my life and I will remain forever grateful to them, for those invaluable lessons that can only be learnt through abandonment or disappointment. They taught me who not to be and what I expect from both my friends and myself.

April brought my 21st birthday, which I enjoyed whilst sailing through the Baltic gaining my RYA Competent Crew Certificate. I also discovered on my birthday what I then thought were 50 gnat bites all over my body, I later discovered that I did in fact have chicken pox. It’s ironic that I had managed to go 21 years without catching it and then on the day I was supposed to become an adult I caught a child’s disease. Typical Katie.


Yet again the move into May was a haze of alcohol at the annual Oxford tri-service May Ball. Shortly followed why my final all-nighter to complete my last university essay. To celebrate the end of uni my friends and I spent 2 weeks out partying every night and spending all day having the time of our life together in Oxford. These are the nights I will never forget.

June came tinged with sadness as I said my goodbyes to Oxford and headed back to Cornwall. I think I had been back for about 48 hours when I hatched a plan to run away back to Oxford. Next came my graduation, which was a complete washout, but also an absolute blast. The next day came to the cold shock of the real world, it was awful (and on top of that came the news Britain had voted to leave the EU!). No more running away it was time to grow up and start being an adult.


All change came in July when I moved to London to live with my boyfriend, got my first real job and left my friends behind for good. It was a brutal shock moving away from the people who had become my family and I spent most of every day with for the last few years. I still talk to them all most days and see them whenever I can, but I can no longer knock on their front door when I yet again burn my dinner or need some company to watch Netflix or fancy a drink in my favourite bar. I now understand Monica in Friends reaction when Chandler moved in, I think mine was pretty similar!

August was the lowest point the sad realisation that life would never be the same I’d no longer have my days to myself, there would be no student loan to come and bail me out and very soon all my besties would be back at uni and I wouldn’t be there to join in the fun. I know these problems are nothing compared to the shit storm some people have had to face in 2016, but for me, they were as bad as it could get.

September was better every weekend was spent in Oxford with those amazing people and knowing I wasn’t enjoying London they visited as much as they could. New friends were made and old ones reappeared. All these late nights and early starts played their toll on me, I caught tonsillitis, which then developed into quinsy. A telling off from the Doctor and an ambulance trip later, you taught me I am not invincible, my boyfriend is amazing and real friends don’t go anywhere if you don’t see them each week.

When October came you allowed me to travel more and enjoy London. I discovered I wanted to keep learning and filled this desire in every foreseeable way cramming as much information in as I possibly could and growing so much with it. I also realised I had started to loose my way and was beginning to disappoint myself.

So in November I decided to take ownership of my actions and change for the better. New members of my friendship groups arrived and asserted their place, which was great.

December was full of parties, out most nights and learning I definitely cannot handle my alcohol. I knew needed to try harder to keep up with the positive changes I had made in November.

2016, I’m not sorry for calling you a bastard at the start, as it was only by facing all the difficulties and challenges you threw at me I grew and learnt so much.

Through fighting my own battles in 2016 I learnt that it is important to remember everyone is struggling with something and the most important thing you can do is be there for them.

Now the number of parties have started to calm down. Here’s to 2017 being full of fun, learning, growth, adventure, success and lifelong friendships, but hopefully not quite as bigger rollercoaster as 2016.

Thanks for all the memories 2016!

Katie xxx

How I Landed a Job in the City in a Week!

First things first lets get this straight, I am by no means trying to show off I know plenty of people, my boyfriend included who struggled to land a job in the city even with months of looking. So I am definetly under no illusions that I was the norm, I was very, very lucky that the right thing came up at the right time.

However as I am such and anomoly I feel duty bound to impart some of the lessons I learnt when looking for a job (which I know I am by no means an expert in with only one weeks expertise).

Life has been pretty hectic recently, after graduating I was planning to move in with my boyfriend, but he through in a last minute curve ball that I needed to have a job first! Despite loving the country and being at home I knew forsure that I didn’t want to move back to Cornwall and be so far away from my friends.

I set to work on landing a job as quickly as I could, taking advantage of my free time during the long summer days of unemployment, by thinking of applying for jobs as a job in itself working on applications and job searching 9-5. (Not much more than this though, as I didn’t want to burn myself out.)

This was quite intense but I quickly worked out that my skill set was not uncommon, a recent graduate with a good grade form a good uni. However I had the added problem of never having had a job before.

This is not to say I had nothing to put on my CV, I had been busy with the URNU (University Royal Naval Unit) among other worth while experiences. I simply had never worked in an office before.

In order to combat the vast competition for the jobs that appealed to me/were applicable to my skills, I made sure I was applying to a high volume of jobs. A minimum of 5 a day, my record was 10 in one day, but I wouldnt recomend it as I felt more stressed that day than I did writing my dissertation in 4 days!

My boyfriend works for a recruitment company in London and offered to give them my CV, something I was petrified of at first, however in hindsight it was great idea as that way you have somone else looking for jobs for you at the same time you are applying for roles. In the end it was through this recruitment company that I landed my first job in the city.

A job I wasn’t sure about as I felt it was a bit of a long shop for me. I wasn’t the best qualified and it was working for a large company thats in the FTSE 250! So pretty big. My boyfriend was really keen though he thought it was a grest opportunity.

I wasn’t the best prepared for the interview, I had been away with my friends all weekend I had taken some articles with me to revise, but I hadn’t really looked at them. I did some cramming on the Sunday night and had the Interview at 10am on the Monday. I was shitting myself going in as the more I had read about the company the more I wanted the job.

My first hurdle on my way to the interview was on the tube to Liverpool Street Station and the central line had delays, but I was lucky and got there with 30 minutes to spare. Next I walked out the station and had forgotten the map I had printed off, frustraitingly I could see the company name reflected on a sign, which only added to my confusion.

I checked all the information maps and still couldn’t locate it, so I bumbled around until I eventually found it. I sat outside and revised the few notes I had brought! I walked in to the amazing building, gave my name at reception and waited.

I met my interviewer who was lovely, she instantly made me feel at ease so the interview was more like a chat than a formal interview. I then went and met her boss who was equally as friendly. After I left I text my boyfriend telling him how much I loved it and said I would be over the moon if they offered my the job!

I called the recruiter and told her what they had asked me and that I would accept it if they offered me the job. I wandered around London a bit and then about an hour later I took a call form the recruiter saying I had the job and could I start on Thursday?

I was overjoyed! I couldn’t wait to start, plus I proved all those who ever doubted me. Especially my Lower Sixth Biology teacher who told me after the disaster that were my AS Levels “you’ll never amount to anything and will be a constant failure!”. Well I’m laughing on the other side of my face after graduating with a 2:1 and quickly landing a job in the City!

I think I shocked everyone with the speed of which I landed my first job, even myself. I am so pleased that they chose to take a chance on me and I promise that I won’t let them down and am eager to learn as much as I can. The job is a temporary role for three months, but I’m hoping to prove to them that I am a crucial part of their team and the role needs to become perminant.

So my tips to anyone looking for a job out there would be:

  • Spend as much time as you can spare looking for jobs
  • Get in contact with a few recruitment agencies
  • Apply to a few wild cards – you never know someone might be willing to take a chance
  • Don’t get dishartened if no one replies – many of the jobs I applied for had over 50 other applicants
  • Look smart and arrive in plenty of time for your interview incase there are delays or you get lost like me!
  • If you get short listed for something remember to pat yourself on the back even if you dont get the job
  • Finally, smile – not too much, but don’t let them know that secretly your palms are sweaty and there are a swarm of butterflies doing their own rendition of Tchaikovsky’s Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy.

Let me know in the comments section how your job search is going or how you landed your first job?

March Blogger Beuaty Box

Yes, yes I know its July, but back in April, when the box arrived I had Adult Chicken Pox, which I will write about in another post some time soon. Plus I have been super lazy with my blog of late, I could blame the tardiness of this post on the sensitivity of my skin post pox, but that wouldn’t be completly true.

Also as usual this box was too good not to post about and the lovely Vicky from Vix Meldrew deserves a huge shout out for tirelessly working to put these £10 boxes together for eveyone! This brilliant box was bursting with products – four full sized and three samples.


The first product I tried was the JR Naturorganics Balancing Moisturiser as I loved the facial mist and clensing milk that came in the February Blogger Beauty Box. Both were very helpful in calming my skin during and after my chicken pox. This moisturiser was very nourising on my skin which was particulary dry while I was unwell.

It’s not something I use everyday now my skin is back to normal, but I will be keeping it close at hand for times when my skin needs a little more TLC. Another thing to note with all their products is the amazing smell it’s so relaxing, I’m 100% guilty of opening it up for a good sniff here and there.

While writing this article I tried to have a look at the price, but couldnt find it on the website or how to buy it, I will look in to this some more. As far as I can remember it was around the £20 mark, for the full size version.

The next product I tried  was the Sass Intimate Perfect Skin Concentrate, which I now could not live with out. In fact I have no idea how I shaved my legs before I was introuced to this bad boy. As dramatic as it sounds, I noticed results from the first time I used this product. I felt I could leave it an extra day before I re-shaved my legs and it left them feeling silky smooth.


Any product that extends the time between shaves is a winner in my book, so this cream will firmly be staying in my “regular” products and I think it will be hard to beat any time soon. It’s RRP is £12 so possibly a little pricy, but the results are undeniable. I’ve tried a range of products that claim to do similar things and none of them have worked half as well as this one.

I recieved the BeeBio Active Manuka Honey and Royal Jelly Facial Creme, which claims to actively hydrate and repair skin using Royal Jelly and medical grade Manuka Honey to prevent wrinkles and other signs of aging. I’ve been directly applying manuka honey to my dry skin for years so was naturally keen to try using this ingredient in another way.


I would not have otherwise bought this product due to the high RRP of around £50 depending on currency conversion rates. After researching when the best time to start using antiaging creams I realised that I am late to the party, therefore am desperately trying to catch up. I love this product and currently use it everyday, it feels so rich and luxurious on my skin, making my early moring starts much more bareable.

The sting (excuse the pun) of the price of this cream is reduced as a little bit goes a long way so and the benefits of preventing wrinkles by starting treatment early. I think the quality of the packaging lets it down a bit, the pot is made of cluncky plastic and feels a bit cheap. Though I’m glad its not glass, beacuse I think that can be dangerous especially as I am so clumsy and drop things all the time.

Next up was the MOA Aphrodite Facial Oil I have to say again I wasnt keen on the packaging of this product, especially if I had paid the £20 RRP for it. It was relatively easy to use: just massage it in to your face after clensing.


The first time I tried it I was headed on a long drive from Ascot to my home in Cornwall, I thought I’d use the time productively and release my inner goddess during the journey. This was a mistake as I really don’t like the smell of the product and by being in the car with it for 5 hours is not the time to find out.

However despite the smell I loved the results of the product so I tried it a second time, I put it on just before bed. This made a difference as once I got over the initial smell when I was trying to get to sleep I no longer had to put up with it afterwards and my skin felt incredible in the morning.

All in all I won’t be buying this product again as I still don’t like the smell, but it has convinved me to the benfits of a facial oil every now and then, something I would have not have otherwise thought of using.

I still haven’t tried the Faults Awake and Asleep Potions as I haven’t needed to use them yet, but im sure the time will come over the coming months. Another reason I have not tried them yet is I am cautious about using things like this as sometimes the ingredients can be banned in some competitive sports. So I am holding off on using them until I have checked out the ingredients. RRP £6.


The Maya Styling & Curling Creme, I also haven’t tried yet as I don’t often wear my hair curly other than my natural waves, but I can’t wait to use it sometime soon. It also smells and feels great on my hands. I’m hoping it will have the same effect as mouse as the application sounds simliar, but without the weight and crunchy feeling. Its only £8.75 for 55ml.


There was also a sample from Merumaya, a brand I have fallen head over heels for over the past few months with every product I have tried impressing me. Stupidly I moved this out of the box and as I have been trying a few of their products lately, I can’t remember which one it was. However I urge you to go and try their products as they are really lovely to use, my personal favourite is their eye makeup remover.

So all in all another bargain box with products totaling around £100. Let me know if you have used any of these products or want to know any more about any of them.