Friday, 19 September 2014

A new domain... whatever that means!?

It's Friday and I'm sitting here eating a banana... seductive. I'm a beacon of health and prosperity at the moment; and by that I mean I'm about 80 percent certain that I haven't worn 'proper' clothes in two days and by all intents and purposes, I'm sick. Not sick, sick, but the kind of sick where your head feels like it's lost a fight with a toilet bowl brush and you're not entirely sure who you are or what you're even doing right now. One would assume that the general consensus would be that I shouldn't even turn on my laptop, let alone be let loose on the keys and, God help us all, the public - or whatever tiny, but lovely fraction of the public that even reads the shite that seems to grace these pages, but I've been known not to take the advice of people more informed than myself from time to time and I guess today is just one of those occasions. 

First and foremost, I've only gone and got myself a cheeky custom domain haven't I! Cast your peepers upwards folks. I'm now officially www.effortlesslyexcessive.com and in a passionate speech that would rival any self-respecting politician and their frilly, Better Together undergarments, I declared to Scott that this technically means that I am now a, ''brand.' Yes, I give you permission to snigger. Okay, I really don't believe most of that. I suppose having a domain that is all my own makes me feel like I have that little bit more ownership of my blog; although I suppose I owned it before anyway. Maybe the moral of this story is that you shouldn't make big blog decisions whilst you're pumped up on Ibuprofen and Vitamin C tabs or maybe you should?. Either way, my blog has dug its heels into the ground a bit, like the stubborn arsehole that she is and there's been some 'interesting' behavioural signs thrown around. One of which was to reshuffle a few of my draft and published posts as well as re-publishing one of my old posts right here. It's her prerogative I guess and if anything, it's gained me a couple more page views today so I suppose I should really be grateful. 

If you follow me on Twitter then you may have noticed that I'm travelling to Estonia this weekend. (If you don't follow me on Twitter then you should because Twitter is UHmazing. I'm over here *waves hands emphatically*) Scott and I are heading to Tallinn which is the capital city of Estonia and we will be spending the night in a beautiful spa hotel where I will no doubt be spreading my germs and migraine spores all over their plush interior. You just can't take some people anywhere. In fact, the only reason we're even going away this weekend is because I had a major diva moment the previous weekend because spending three, whole weeks in the same place, counting stripes on my wallpaper, about drove me to the brink of insanity. So yea, spa weekend! Also, I've heard whispers that Tallinn is uber cheap compared to Finland so I'm going to be scouring the place for any beauty counter bargains I can pick up whilst I'm there so pop your suggestions of stuff I need to buy on a postcard folks or alternatively just leave them in a comment below. Thanking you. I'll also be travelling to Tallinn via ferry if anyone is interested in my mode of transport. I can't say I'm enthused, but needs must. 

Has anyone got any exciting plans for the weekend? I'm gonna leave you guys with this because this completely sums up how I feel about crisps, or chips if you're across the pond:



Happy weekend everyone!

To the serial unfollowers...

Followers that unfollow the minute you follow them. Why do you do this? As a matter of fact, every. single. person. knows why you do this. It's mostly because you're an asshole; but some small part of you must think that this is a really excellent way to get followers or something. Maybe I missed this part of social media class? 

I think we'll call you, 'serial unfollowers' or Swollowers for short - Not Swallowers, because that's just a little bit weird and, well... you know! The thing is swollowers, I know your game and I'm super sorry to disappoint you, but I'm just not playing along. You see swollowers, we live in what's called, 'The 21st Century' where great things have been invented; like robots and I presume, beer pong, but most importantly, apps. What would we do without apps, eh? A bit naively, I started out this blogging malarkey thinking that those who followed me on the likes of Twitter and Instagram, did so because they wanted to... silly me. But soon I clocked on to your sneaky, sneaky ways and invested in clever little things to reveal all of you lovely swollowers to me. I mean, it would have been an awful shame for your crafty little display to have gone unnoticed. 

Some of you swollowers have really great content out there, which is such a pity because, well you know the saying; 'Once an asshole, always an asshole.' I'm not entirely sure if this is really a saying but it should be. I feel a little bit sad that we got off on such a wrong footing. I want to like you and your beautiful Instagram pictures, but I haven't quite mastered the skill of being able to forgive and forget. Perhaps this is something I need to work on so excuse me for coming across a little bit defensive. My point is that we're never going to be friends... and it doesn't really matter how many times you re-add me and delete me again, things just wont work out between us. It's not me, it's you. Really sorry about that.

Thursday, 18 September 2014

What's on my face?


Is it just me or does that seem like a lot of slap? I count fourteen products in total. (Insert a blushing face emoji right about here.) It's pretty much common knowledge that the more effortless and natural you want your make up to look, the more products you end up smearing on your face. Does anyone else find this? Here's what my fourteen product face looks like. 


I apologise if you were hoping for something more spectacular. Perhaps I should have started this post with a disclaimer of some sort. Anyhow, here's what's gracing my face today - in list form, because I'm handy like that. Also, I've linked up some products to reviews I have written - These will appear in pink. 

- Simple Kind to Skin Hydrating Light Moisturiser

- MAC Prep + Prime Skin Base Visage


- YSL Touche Eclat Radiant Touch Shade 2 - Under eyes



- Makeup Revolution | I Heart Makeup #SELFIE Eye Shadow Palette - Check us in under arch of brows, Chocfix on lids and Share this in the crease/corner

- Maybelline Master Shape Brow Pencil in Deep Brown

- Maybelline Brow Drama Sculpting Brow Mascara in Dark Brown

- Benefit Bad Gal Waterproof Eye Liner in Black

- MAC Opulash Mascara in Bad, Bad, Black

- MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural Bronzer in Medium Deep

- MAC Mineralize Blush in Warm Soul

- Rimmel Lasting Finish Colour Rush Lip Crayon in Drive Me Nude


Happy Thursday everyone! (Checks calendar just to make sure it's actually Thursday.) 

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

I have never...

If you've ever been to university, been 18 and irresponsible or in fact, 26 and irresponsible, then you may have heard of the drinking game, I have never. Basically, everyone takes it in turn to state something that they have never done and if you have done the usually heinous act in question, then you must take a swig of your cheeky vimto, or whatever beverage you are currently killing off your brain cells with. Well today I thought I'd play a little blog version of I have never, minus the alcohol because alcohol and I are going through a rough patch in our relationship. I'm not necessarily saying it's over between us, but the three day hangover that I have suffered with recently has really left a bitter taste in my mouth... quite literally. It's safe to say we won't be hanging out any time soon, believe me. 

So, back to the topic at hand. Here goes a bunch of stuff that I have never done... seriously *cough*

- Buttered my toast with a spoon because I couldn't find a knife. 

- Cried because I'm so hungry and cried more because I'm too indecisive to choose what to eat. This didn't happen in the last few days either. 

- Tanned only the body parts that can be seen without getting nakey because I'm too lazy to do the job lot. 

- Eaten almost an entire block of cheese whilst drunk.

- Believed that Kuala Lumpur is in fact a country and that Malaysia was just sort of an area in Asia. 

- Woken up in a daze and asked my partner what colour he is feeling today. Seriously, never done that. 

- Lost a shoe on a night out. 

- Accidentally ordered 162 chicken nuggets from McDonald's. One hell of a delivery. (Yes, they deliver in Qatar) 


- Laughed/sneezed Tizer out of my nose. Do they even still make that stuff?

- Purchased the same item of clothing in an array of different colours. 

- Eaten a teaspoon of fish food as a dare.

- Miss read cooking instructions and cremated a quiche by cooking it at 400 degrees Celsius rather than 400 degrees Fahrenheit. 

- Knocked a person off a motorbike the first time I ever touched the steering wheel of a car. (No one was hurt - thank god!)

- Fell asleep in the public bathroom of the luxurious, 5-star, St Regis hotel. 

- Met a Nepalese man and expressed my love for his country and cuisine by accurately describing the contents and flavour of Nasi Goreng, a well-known Indonesian dish. 

So guys, it's time to 'fess up! Pop some things you've never done in a comment below so we can all marvel at what sensible human beings we are. 

Monday, 15 September 2014

Autumn Styling

Autumn Styling





Autumn Styling 2





Autumn 3





A not-so-lazy Finnish Sunday...

If you're anything like me, then you'll know that Sundays are for adopting an almost horizontal sitting position and heavy duty pj wearing. I didn't make the rules, it's just the way it is. However, this weekend Scott and I decided we would drag ourselves out into the sunshine and clothe ourselves appropriately. Not in that order because that would be weird; and by clothe ourselves, I'm talking yoga pants and a hoodie, (On my part, not Scott's, again... weird) We donned our gym gear so that we might take our walk around Kotka serious; as a form of exercise. Almost as serious as we would take eating chocolate brownies later, but we'll come to that. 


The first stop was what Scott and I have come to affectionately know as, 'Dogging Hill.' Rewind. This is a gun/cannon of some sort. I'm no history buff so that's about as good a description you're going to get out of me today folks. We can see this from our apartment as it's just behind where we live, on a small hill. We decided to go and take a closer look which resulted in us catching two separate couples having 'fun' in the bushes - Hence the name, 'Dogging Hill' was born. I guess some people take the concept of a horizontal Sunday quite literally. 


Scott and I moved to Kotka, approximately seven months ago. During those seven months, we have driven, walked and probably skipped past the stretch of rock face above and neither of us have ever noticed these terrifying sculptures. How creepy do they look? I guess that we won't be winning an award for observation any time soon. 

After admiring the ants, we headed across town, through the park and down to the marina/beach. Yes, Finland has beaches, who would have guessed!? 


Once we had walked through Kotka's numerous parks and got more sand in my shoes than I care to think about, we dusted ourselves off and headed in the direction of home...


I say headed in the direction of home, when in fact what I really mean is that we headed completely in the direction of our favourite little coffee shop, Arome. Throughout our morning of 'exercise' I'd had chocolate brownie on the brain and so we stopped off to replace all of the calories (and some) we had just burnt, by stuffing our faces. Needs must. 

Spinach and feta quiche
Brownie for two!
After refueling, we waddled the short distance home and put our feet up with a cup of tea where we then began to finally embrace the Lazy Sunday. 


Did anyone get up to anything exciting over the weekend? 

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Dior Addict Lipstick in Pandore



Oh Dior. How you tempt me so with your gorgeous packaging and beautiful products. I'm a die hard MAC fan but there's just something about the Dior Addict lipsticks that keep reeling me back in. They are so rich and hydrating. In all honesty, I think I prefer these over any other lipstick that I have ever tried. Fact.

This particular purchase was a Duty Free treat. At half the price of what they sell for in Finland, there was no way I was going to walk past the counters without snapping one up. After a few covert maneuvers, I managed to dodge the crazy, in-your-face sales girl and swatch a few of the testers before stumbling across number 754 - Pandore. My holy grail of red lipsticks. 


Red isn't entirely my colour if I'm being totally honest. I do love a red lip as much as the next vampy girl in sky high, patent stilettos; however I find the pillarbox reds to be a touch too harsh for my complexion. Pandore has an ever so slight touch of pink about it. It's red, but not 'woah' red. I'm aware that probably makes about zero sense but I shall give you the swatch nevertheless. 


For me, this colour is so much easier to wear than the typical brights and I absolutely love it. A word on the formula. This is probably my favourite thing about the Dior Addict lipsticks. They are a wonderful, balmy, shimmery stick of goodness. They feel so comfortable to wear and their balmy texture leaves your lips feeling smooth and moisturised, which if you're anything like me, is a major selling point. The colour is semi-sheer but you can build it up for a more intense coverage. 

Pandore is one of four new, Limited Edition shades by Dior. The others are Mirage, Aventure and Wonderland. You can check them out here. I have my eye on Mirage. It looks to be such a wearable nude shade. 

If you're looking for a lipstick that packs a serious punch, this may not be for you; however if you're a sucker for a more subtle shade, then you should definitely check this out. 

Have you tried any of the Dior Addict Lipsticks? If so, what are your thoughts and are there any shades that you would recommend? 
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