Dear Diary… January 26th

Ahh, another week, another rollercoaster of emotions as we all sit back and watch the world burn *cue maniacal laughter*. I’m guessing you didn’t come here for politics but guess what, it’s really difficult to avoid right now so let’s just see how we get on. Here’s what I got up to the LA this week.

What I Watched

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Finally a movie-less week! You’ll be pleased to know I made up for it with a three episode Vampire Diaries binge and now I’m completely up to date. I know people have been up and down on the brothers Salvatore for the last couple of seasons but I’m nothing if not loyal so I’m balls to the wall IN THIS as we head to the series finale. I don’t know man, it’s tough watching them bounce the boys from good to bad, destined for hell to completely redeemed over and over and over but somehow, I’m completely on board again. Ian Somerhalder is just really good. I may hate myself but I love this show and I’m really going to miss it. DON’T LEAVE ME, KLAUS!

 

Where I Went

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Bit of a mixed bag this week. Saturday the 21st, I attended the Women’s March in LA. The organisers told me they were anticipating 40,000 people showing up to peacefully protest against Donald Trump’s administration. Do you know how many showed up? 750,000. THREE QUARTERS OF A MILLION PEOPLE. And that was just LA. Over 5 million people are estimated to have marched worldwide and I honestly couldn’t be more proud to have stood side-by-side with them. As the actions of this week have shown, we’ve got an uphill struggle coming over the next four years if we want to ensure and defend equal rights for all people but hey, I grew up in a Yorkshire pit village, I’m not afraid to roll up my sleeves and speak out for fair treatment of human beings. You hear that Donald? We’re in this for the long haul so you know, get a Mars bar and a can of Coke, you’re going to need the energy.

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A few days after the incredible march, we had family come to stay and so I did what any sensible human would do when introducing someone to LA. I took her to Universal Studios so we could mince around Hogsmeade and pretend we were in England. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is on the petite side at the Hollywood Universal Studios but it’s still fricking awesome. So awesome, I ended up buying an annual pass when we were there so get ready for some more Harry Potter pics, people. I’m going back this week for my wand… And yes, I am a Gryffindor, thanks for asking.

 

What I Wore

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Inspired by the march and the chilly January weather, I’ve been cosying up in this bad boy. It’s from LookHuman.com and I love it. Nothing much to say. I’m a feminist. A Gryffindor feminist who protests and reads and writes books. If Donald wasn’t worried before, I’m sure he is now.

 

Best Beauty Bits

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Please excuse my scabby bathroom (and shamefully unmade bed) and instead marvel at these two cleansing wonders. Skincare if a big passion of mine – I’m pale, I’m acne-prone and despite the thousands of pounds I’ve pumped into my skin, I’m getting on whether I like it or not so the pursuit of perfect skin gets more and more stressful every single day. For the longest time I’ve been faithful to Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cleansing Balm and their Biotech Gel Cleanser for my first and second cleanse so it takes a lot to win me away BUT Pixi’s collaboration with Caroline Hirons was a no-brainer.

I love Caroline, she gives good internet and even better skincare so I had to give this one a whirl and I’m glad I did. I don’t think I have ever used a cleansing balm that has been quite so thorough and quite so gentle at the same time. Guys, I’ve even retired my eye make up remover. I don’t need it! This balm is the bomb. The cream cleanser is also a delight but really, it’s all about the balm for me and I’m hopeful Pixi will heed the internet’s call for separate pots of each product in the future. This is a great starter kit and perfect for travel but MOMMA NEEDS MORE. Cough. Sorry. Regardless, this is a great product that does exactly what it says on the tub and is well worth the purchase price. Je suis recommending.

I’ve dabbled with Kate Somerville’s Eradikate lotion when a big old dirty pimple has raised its head in the past and appreciated its drying power but I was wary of the Eradikate cleanser. The use of the word ‘medicated’ worried me and there’s 3% sulfur in that sucker – this is a not a product that is messing around! But I needn’t have worried. As soon as I lathered up on my damp skin, I was sold. The product is almost mousse-like when applied and feels incredibly luxurious. Obviously with all that sulfur in there, the scent leaves something to be desired but do you want your face to smell like a bed of roses or do you want to get rid of your acne? Thought so.  And it doesn’t last anyway so just shush yourself.

I’m not sure about the claim to visibly minimize pores but my concern here was all to do with acne and if you’re breaking out, I’m sure you’re more worried about the big red splodge on your chin more than anything else. At $38 in the US, it’s not a bargain option but given the amount of money I’ve spent on drugstore acne face washes that have done absolutely nothing, I’d be very happy to hand over the thick end of $40 again and again and again. Thank you, Kate!

And now I have to go and watch the WWE Royal Rumble.
I mean, write a book.
I mean watch the Royal Rumble.
Then write a book.
Probably.

* Some products are supplied by brands for review, just so you know. But you did know, right? Because that’s a thing now. Cool.

 

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