Sunday, 18 October 2015

Hair Removal: What I Do

Hi!

Although I have by no means got my hair removal routine down, I thought I'd make this post as I always love reading this kind of thing (maybe it's just me???). I feel like I should apologise for being TMI, but if you've clicked on this post you should be ready for that!



I shave my armpits and legs using the Gillette Venus Classic Razor, but I currently have the Divine refills for this. I'm not totally satisfied with this and I think that when I run out of refills I will probably purchase something with some kind of moisture pad next to the razor, like the MoistureRich line, but definitely something that's on offer. I just use my normal shower gel to shave, but something that I've been doing recently to combat ingrown hairs is to exfoliate my underarms first. I've been using the Body Shop's Raspberry Body Scrub (this line is discontinued) and I think it has helped to a certain extent.

I wax my bikini line, which isn't as scary and painful as it sounds! I just feel like it's the only option that works well for me. I used to use hair removal cream which is OK as it's completely painless, but the smell isn't great and it only removes the hair from the surface and doesn't go to the root. If I ever shave - generally if it's my only option - I get so many ingrown hairs and everything is just so itchy!! So I wax, but I haven't found the perfect way to do this. I was using the Boots Smooth Care Bikini Wax Strips, which I really liked, but for some reason I then bought the Nair Argan Oil Wax Strips, which I really don't recommend. For a start, they are huge, meaning if you want to use them for your bikini line you have to cut them up, which is a little annoying but nothing major. Then, I don't know how to explain this, but I always find that they rip when you peel them apart, leaving half the paper on one side of the wax, so you can't use them. And aside from this, I just don't find them at all as effective as the Boots wax strips - they hardly seem to get any hair at all.

I have a mole on my chin that hairs grow out of, so I always pluck them out whenever I notice them. If I ever get a stray dark hair on my face or body that I'm not happy with, I'll pluck that out as well. I don't pluck my eyebrows because I'm pretty happy with the shape and don't want to mess that up.

I would really love to try epilating. I think it would be so perfect. I'm not afraid of the pain and especially after Lily Pebbles has talked about and encouraged using it I'd love to give it a go. The problem is how expensive an epilator is. The Braun Silk-Epil 9 costs £150 and as much as I want to, I'm just not prepared to shell out that much on something I may not get on with.

Thanks for reading! Which methods of hair removal do you use?

Penny xxx

Sunday, 11 October 2015

The worst question someone can ask me

Hi!

There is a question that is asked a lot - by friends, colleagues, strangers - and you never know when it's coming. And that question terrifies me.


I can't answer it! I don't feel like I have any hobbies! Does that make me boring? Does everyone else have loads of hobbies? I have some things that I do in my spare time, but mostly they're not things I like telling people about.

For example, obviously this blog is a hobby of mine, but it's something that only one person in my real life knows about, because I don't really like talking about it. I think I portray a different side of me in this blog and I guess I'd just feel exposed if people read it. And if you're talking to older people, they just don't understand wanting to share your life and interests with strangers on the internet.

So I just used the word interests. That is also a word that scares me usually, but I guess it's true. I do blog about my interests - makeup and beauty stuff and um me? These aren't things I want to have a conversation about with a complete randomer though!

I love watching YouTube, and if I'm talking to someone my age I may mention this as it's fairly likely they'll understand, but when talking to someone above the age of 20, it's more probable that they'll just stare at me with a confused look on their face and write me off as a lunatic. Also, watching stuff on YouTube isn't really a "worthy" hobby. People want you to say you enjoy crafting or playing netball, not that you sit in front of your computer every day.

I'm hoping that planning and decorating my planner will become a hobby for me, as I love watching videos and reading posts from people in the planning community. I don't think I can ever make a planner as beautiful as some people's, as I'm just not that dedicated, but I like to decorate a bit to encourage me to use it.

But basically what I'm trying to say is that when someone asks me that question, fear grips my heart and soul. WHAT DO I DO IN MY SPARE TIME??? I wish that people didn't ask this, because it always makes me feel so awkward and useless. I don't do anything useful with my free time. I often end up saying spending time with friends, which is a complete cop out because who doesn't do that?

Thanks for reading! Does anyone else get freaked out by this question?
Penny xxx

Sunday, 4 October 2015

How To Make Delicious Chocolatey Brownies

Hi!

I've loved making these brownies for ages now. It's a recipe from Mary Berry that I've changed a little and I always get compliments on how delicious they are. I hope it works just as well for you as it does for me!



Ingredients:

200g-350g dark chocolate (as much as you have!)
225g margarine 
2 teaspoons instant coffee
2 tablespoons (ish) hot water
3 eggs
225g caster sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
75g self-raising flour


Method:

  • Preheat the oven to 190°C or 375°F.
  • Melt the chocolate and margarine together in a bowl above hot water, stirring occasionally.

  • While that's happening, mix together the instant coffee and hot water and then add in the sugar, vanilla essence and eggs. 
  • Gradually add the chocolate mixture into the bowl with the egg mixture, stirring as you go.
  • Fold in the flour.
  • If you want you can add lots of fun things like chocolate chips or nuts, but I think this is yummy enough on it's own!
  • Put the mixture in a large tin (around 12x9 inches) lined with greaseproof paper or non-stick sheet.
  • Place in the pre-heated oven for around 40-45 minutes - to check it's cooked you can put a knife into the brownie and if it comes out clean, it's cooked.
  • Cool on a wire rack, cut into pieces and EAT!
Thanks for reading! If any of you try this out, let me know and tell me how it went.
Penny xxx