Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Homeware Wishlist!

There have been exciting changes in my life recently, which is one of the reasons for my lack of posting. But, since my last post, me and my partner have found a flat! I'm super excited but it has been very stressful and tiring trying to get everything organised and in its right place! Since I lived with my parents before moving out I haven't had the luxury of decorating the house how I want to, but now I can let loose with ornaments and my style and there are so many different things I have on my house wishlist!

Constellation Globe: £29.99 from MenKind. I have a thing for stars and space and I think that this globe is absolutely stunning! I think this would look so pretty at night in the living room when we're all snuggled up on the sofa! 

Kitty Salt and Pepper Shakers: £23.51 from Etsy. As you may or may not know, I love all things cat! Even though they are rather expensive for what they are, I might have to give in and buy these beautiful little shakers for my new home! 

Black Cat Bookends: £14.99 from Attitude Clothing. Another beautiful item to add to my kitty collection! i've been looking for some bookends for months now and none have been as perfect as these!

Starry Bed Set: £25 - £55 Next. Even though not as realistic as the globe, this bed set is super cute and right up my street for bed decor. 

Octopus Candle Holder: £32 from Rockett St George. I'm all for the quirky decor, I can't wait to fill my home with curious items and as a lover of candles this would be great! Although I'm not a massive fan of the colour, it's nothing that a little lick of heat-proof paint couldn't fix! 

Vampire Candles: £4.99 4 pack from Kate's Clothing. These candles would be perfect in the octopus holder! When burning the wax turns from black to red. How cool is that?!

Until next time...

TheDarkeowl
xox

Friday, 8 September 2017

Exciting changes and taking a break...

So guys, for the past month or so I have been really struggling to keep up with my blog, and I feel as though the content I am posting is struggling with it's standards too. There is a lot going on in my life at the moment, and although all of it is good I just have to put those areas first! I've started a new job and I am settling into that, but it's 18 miles from where I currently live, so by the time I get home I just want to relax and sleep. Because of my new job I am actually moving too! Me and my boyfriend are looking for a place to stay together; and this is pretty much filling up my weekends (it is soo stressful!) so when we have got back from the viewings we are discussing what we have seen and we again, just want to relax. The other part to my busy schedule is something I have tried to share here on my blog. It is my room redecoration at my current home. It's my dad's place so I will still be staying there a lot of the time and the redecoration is coming along great. 

I even feel that this post has been difficult for me to write and isn't the greatest of quality. But I definitely wanted to make sure that I shared something with you before I just dropped off for a little while! I am super super grateful to everyone that reads my blog and I would be even more grateful if you would continue to support me and wait until I return! I hope I come back with posts that you all enjoy reading and really help you decide on things you may have been unsure on before.

Truly, until next time...

TheDarkeowl
xox

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Simple Oil Balancing Exfoliating Scrub vs. Kind to Skin Moisturising Facial Wash

Simple isn't a new company. I've been using Simple products for a few years now, and ever since I got one of their bundles which contained a cosmetics bag, their hydrating light moisturiser and a packet of their cleansing wipes, I've been using their products.

I've tried quite a few of their face washes but the two I'm going to compare today are their Clear Skin Oil Balancing Exfoliating Scrub, and their Kind to Skin Moisturising Facial Wash. I'm really pleased with the exfoliating wash and I have to say it seems that it is more moisturising than the actual moisturising wash! The moisturising one seems to make my face feel really tight and dry and I usually have to use a lot of moisturise after using it.
The exfoliating wash does seem to make my face flakier, however, but I still don't have to apply as much moisturiser. After using the exfoliating wash my face looks a lot less red than before (on account of the Witch Hazel it contains) which is more than I can say for the moisturising wash as that still leaves my skin with quite a few spots.
In all Simple products there are different nutrients and vitamins to help keep your skin healthy and there are 2 nutrients in the Exfoliating Wash: Witch Hazel, which helps to reduce blemishes; and Natural Zinc PCA, which absorbs excess oil. It also contains Pro-Vitamin B% which softens and smoothens your skin. The Moisturising Wash contains Bisabolol, to soften and moisturise the skin; and Vitamin E as well as Pro-Vitamin B5 to moisturise.


It may be that I don't have the right skin for the Moisturising Facial Wash and I am not saying that it is a bad product, I would recommend it for people with dry skin, however I would also recommend using the light, or even the rich moisturise with it to stop any tautening of the skin. I do prefer the Oil Balancing Wash and I would say that this is the better product. In Superdrug, the price fro both face washes averages around £3/£4, and there are often offers on, making them even cheaper! Great value for such good products!

Have you tried any of these face washes? What are your favourite washes to use? Let me know!

Speak to you soon!


TheDarkeowl
xox

Friday, 1 September 2017

Films Watched in August

So I apologise! This month has been a slow month for film watching! If you have seen either my Bedroom Wishlist post, or my Decorating My Room post, then you will know that my life has been chock full of decorating! So film watching hasn't really been on my to-do list! But, I have managed to scrape a few films in, so here are the films I have watched in August!

  1. The Audition: So here is another Japanese horror, but I found this to be a lot different to the others that I have watched and different to what I expected too! This film is about a man that loses his wife and a few year later decides to hold auditions for a new wife. The auditions are actually for a film (which when I first heard about the film I didn't know) and him and a colleague plan how to find the correct wife candidate. It turns into more of a mystery than a horror and like many other Japanese films, it gets downright confusing and certain parts just really don't make sense. It does become more of a horror half way through again and although the start of the film seems kind of slow, you are constantly engaged and I never found it boring. I don't think it is one of my favourite Japanese horrors but I would not say that it is a bad film. Rating: ★★★
  2. Pan's Labyrinth: One of my favourite films of all time is Jim Henson's Labyrinth, and whenever I tell people that 'I love Labyrinth' they constantly think I am talking about Guillermo Del Toro's Pan's Labyrinth, but I had never seen this until this month! I have seen The Orphanage by Del Toro previously and thought it was incredibly good, so this film had to go on my watch list! Again, this film was not what I expected. I expected a film full of fantasy and the main focus to be on the labyrinth itself, but this really wasn't the case, but I certainly wasn't disappointed by it! It follows a young girl that has to prove she is a princess of a forgotten world to a creepy fawn that gives her tasks to complete. This is set in the time of a war and also follows her stepdad, who is a captain. Although in a way, it follows two separate stories, it brings them together seamlessly and really keeps you interested and makes you feel for the characters. I was shocked that this was so different to my expectations but it was definitely worth the watch and I thought it to be an incredible film! Rating: ★★★★★
  3. Fifty Shades Darker: It took me ages to watch the first Fifty Shades film, even though I really wanted to see it and I had read the books, but I never got round to it! Well, the same is said for the second film the series! I've only watched this this month but I have to say I did enjoy it. I think it was slightly blander than the original and some of it seemed to drag and other bits seemed to rush by, but overall it was a good film! Rating: ★★★
  4. A Street Cat Named Bob: Okay, I have to say that I wanted to cry all the way through this film. I thought it was so so touching and such an amazing story. To say that Bob is cute would be an understatement! This story is about a drug addict that essentially gets saved by a cat and it is based on a true story. You follow the main character James and his struggle to overcome drugs and how Bob the cat comes along and gives James faith to carry on. Rather than being tempted by drugs, James wants to feed Bob, and Bob helps James gain popularity as a busker in the streets of London. It is a really heartwarming story and you can't help but fall in love with Bob and their story! Rating ★★★★★


New films watched: 17/101
Have you seen any of these films? What did you think of them? Let me know!


Until next time...


TheDarkeowl
xox


Tuesday, 29 August 2017

The Palette I Can't Live Without...

I think that is the most enticing/click-baity title I have ever used! But I was doing my makeup a few days ago and I realised that I pick up this palette almost everyday, no matter what look I am creating! Carry on reading to find out what it is...

Friday, 25 August 2017

Product Empties #3

It's finally time for another empties post! I thought I was flying through products the first couple that I finished, but it seems to have dwindled down a little bit, which I am not complaining about because it means I have to spend less money! But here are a few products that I have finished up over the last couple of months.

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Lipsticks I'm Loving This Summer

Since I have a ridiculous amount of lipsticks in my collection, I tend to swap my shades and formulas day to day, but of course I have some favourites. And since it has been so hot recently here in the UK I've found myself reaching for the same few lipsticks. Here are the lipsticks I am loving so far this summer...