Marc Jacobs: Velvet Noir Mascara

Mascara is one of the product’s I 100% couldn’t live without. For me, mascara is the key product to finishing off any makeup look, or saving you from leaving the house bare faced. If I’m not particularly feeling well or I’m in a rush, I’ll just shove some mascara and concealer on and it leaves me looking a little less shrek like.

Last week landed a very exciting parcel at my front door. After a very few frustrating days of migraines, a Marc Jacobs Beauty parcel waiting for me was exactly the pick me up I needed. The box contained a full sized, Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Mascara. Oo, suave. 

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First of all, I put this product through two very important tests..

Can Marc Jacob’s Handle a week in the office?

You bloody bet he can. Using this Mascara every day for a week, it didn’t let me down through the long hours, the tears of frustration or the stress. That calls for a bloody good mascara in my eyes (no pun intended..). Honestly though, I struggle to find a mascara that lasts all day without making me look like a panda at the end of the day, but not once did I have to refresh my face during the day which gives me so much peace of mind. You know, when you work with customers all day it’s so important you don’t look like a clown with makeup all down your face. Marc Jacobs, you’ll always have a place in my office.

Better yet, can Marc Jacob’s keep up with a twenty something partying the night away?

Marc Jacob’s; you are now my new wing-woman. Last weekend was the ultimate make-up test! After getting up at half past six (a time that should only ever be seen once in the day) my eyes seriously needed some love. I needed my makeup to last me all day through the wedding and all night through the reception, so I thoughtfully picked out which products I was going to use, which included the Velvet Noir mascara – those lashes needed to look their best! Through the happy tears watching the beautiful bride walk down the aisle to dancing the night away to Whitney Houston, I had no need to keep checking my makeup looked okay.. Of course it did, because Marc Jacobs had my back.

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But.. what were my first impressions?

This product just screamed class at me. The angled, chunky (but funky.. sorry – I couldn’t resist!) black tube was everything you want in a product packaging without even realising. It feels good, it looks good, and it wears even better. Result.

“MAJOR DRAMA.  OVERSIZED LASHES. VELVET-LIKE LOOK”

The applicator wand for me is personally one I prefer. Towards the tip, the wand thickens which makes it so easy to reach those thinner, inner lashes that so many wands make it difficult to reach. The curve in the wand and the different lengths ensure a full application, which is exactly the aim of the product.

On first application, the mascara noticeably lengthens my more than average lashes, making them instantly stand out especially when wearing full eye makeup. My first thought was that when worn, my lashes reminded me of the lash extensions I had done a few weeks ago, which is a very exciting result. To achieve the fuller, false lash look I had to apply 2/3 coats and I didn’t experience any clumpy, spider like lashes either – Marc Jacob’s.. I applaud you.

Can this product get any better you may be thinking? Well add on to this review the fact that this product is cruelty-free and they don’t sell in China.. could we name this the product that keeps on giving? I’m completely sold and will definitely be restocking this beauty!

Until next time,

Saz Sinclair

*This product was sent to me for reviewing purposes but all opinions are my own.

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Essentials for a cosy autumn day

It’s Autumn. It’s getting colder, the days are getting shorter (what is getting home from work in the dark all about?!) and for me, there is absolutely nothing better than a cosy day at home doing a whole lotta sweet nothing, especially at this time of year! I’ve put together a few pointers of what my essentials are for those cold autumn days at home..

Steal all the blankets

In my house, we’re blanket obsessed. We could make the biggest blanket fort ever with our collection (why have I only just thought of this..) and every single one is so soft and snuggly. When it gets to this time of year, you’ll always see me with a blanket or two because let’s be honest what’s better than being snuggled up in a blanket binge watching your current favourite series on Netflix? Not much in my eyes. 

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Get in cosy clothes/pyjamas

Now we’re talking – Autumn is my favourite wardrobe as I love being warm and layered up. If I’m staying at home all day, I’ll either put on some fluffy pj’s (usually Christmas themed) and that’s me set for the day. If I do need to pop out, I’ll find a big cosy jumper, choose a scarf and put on my favourite boots. I love dressing for cold weather and I love the colours I start to wear at this time of year too. For me, there’s nothing better than layering up clothes so you’re all warm and toasty when going out.

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Make a big mug of Hot Chocolate

Get that giant tub of Galaxy Hot Chocolate out of the cupboard and find the biggest mug in the house. Don’t forget those marshmallows, chocolate sprinkles and whipped cream to go on top too. Mmmm. There’s something really warming about drinking a hot chocolate whilst being wrapped up with the fire on.

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Get out the snuggly bedding

I’ll hands up admit that I am one of those girls who likes lots of pillows on their bed. Ya know, the pillows that get thrown on the floor everytime you go to bed and never *actually* get used. Those kinda pillows are essential right? I love sleeping with blankets too, so when I saw this new bedding -eeeek- I just had to purchase it. If you love blankets like me, this will be your ultimate dream.

I needed some new bedding anyway as I like heavier sheets for the colder months. When I came across this fleeced bedding from Next, I knew I was having it the moment I laid eyes on it. I mean, fleeced bedding? A duvet blanket?? HEAVEN?? I can 100% confirm that this is the cosiest, snuggliest duvet cover I have ever owned and I don’t ever want to go back to normal bedding ever again.

Netflix, Netflix, Netflix and more Netflix

Yes, I am still bloody watching so put my episode back on because I totally can not be bothered to find the remote again under all these blankets, pillows and duvets. Do Netflix really think it’s necessary to ask this question? Netflix, hun, I’m here for the long run so can you please let me binge watch 10 episodes of Suits without making me feel guilty that I still haven’t done anything all day? I’m currently in the middle of two series and have a few on my list to start next. Binge watching is kinda my thing at the minute, if you haven’t guessed!

Are there any particular things you do for a cosy day in at home?

Love,

Saz Sinclair


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Customer service based jobs can be a difficult yet very rewarding task. If you’ve ever worked in a customer service role, you’ll know that it is not a job, it’s a skill. And a bloody hard one to master at that. Personally, I feel you either have an inkling towards working with people or you don’t, and forcing this can end up in a total disaster. If you’ve never worked in retail or worked with customers, you have no idea about some of the “Oh sh*t’s” we go through all day every day. Well.. Let me enlighten you.

“Oh sh*t, not you again”

Unfortunately, there is always going to be a handful of customers you absolutely dread coming in. The ones who can talk for Britain; Those who don’t talk at all; The ones who question everything you say; Ones who expect you to have a crystal ball at hand, ya know, the list goes on. The problem is, no matter how hard you try you’re always gonna love em.

“Oh sh*t, quick”

When you have a job that requires answering phones, you can guarantee as soon as you start to do something, that phone’s gonna ring. Every. Damn. Time. Fancy a cup of tea? Customer rings. Fancy a sweet? Customer rings. Need the toilet? You bet that customer’s gonna ring. The struggle is real. I quickly found that it is 100% not do-able to answer the phone with a whole pack of strawbs piece of fruit shoved in your mouth. I do eat healthy at work, I promise..

“Oh sh*t..”

Just.. oh sh*t in general really. There is never a dull moment working in a customer service role, and the amount of times a day this phrase must come out of my mouth is phenomenal. From forgetting to ring a customer back, to a customer thinking I have a magic crystal ball (unfortunately this isn’t the case, as much as I would love to have one), you bet I’ll be “Oh sh*t”-ing about something or other.

There are plentttty more where these come from, as you can imagine. Do you or have you ever worked in a customer service role?

Ciao,

Saz Sinclair


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Cars: What you need to know

Not my normal type of post, granted but seen as though a few of you said you’d like posts on the basics of cars, I thought I’d give it a go. I am by no means an expert on cars (I’ll probably get my dad to proof read this, thanks dad) but I feel like so many young people lack even just a basic knowledge on the vehicle’s they’re driving, purely because there just isn’t anybody telling them about it.. so this gals gonna give it a shot.

Cars can be expensive, frustrating and very difficult to understand at the best of times. Before I started working at a garage a whole two years ago, my knowledge on cars was really limited. By limited I mean, I knew what make of vehicle I was driving and I knew how to fill it up with petrol. That’s all you need to know.. right?

Not so right. Cars are like needy pets, they always require attention. Today I’ll go into detail about just how important it is to keep your vehicle serviced. Bare with me, I’ll try to make it as easy as possible!

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My lil rose gold baby, isn’t she b-e-a-uuutiful

What is a Service?

A service is where a mechanic checks over your vehicle and changes the oil and the appropriate filters. Fluids in your vehicle are topped up and tyre’s are checked for wear and made sure they have the correct tyre pressure. It gives you a full picture of the vehicle, also advising on what work will need carrying out in the near future.

Why do I need to Service my vehicle when I have it MOT’d?

An MOT is almost like a basic snapshot of the safety of the vehicle. It makes sure that your car is safe for both you and other road users. In an MOT, the tester is NOT allowed to move anything, or take anything off the vehicle and all vehicles are put through the same test. A service is much more specific and thorough, as the mechanic will inspect brakes and all of the suspension parts, looking out for any noises or wear. The changing of the oil in your vehicle is one of the most important parts of your service. If your vehicle is not serviced and the oil has not been changed, it can cause some serious damage to your engine and turbo. The kinda damage you don’t wanna hear about. The breaking-the-bank kinda damage. Old oil = big no no.

How come on my MOT my brakes have only been advised, but the garage have said I need to get them done now?

This is a perfect example of why it’s important to have your car serviced as well as MOT’d. As I mentioned previously, the MOT tester is not allowed to take your wheels off to thoroughly check the brakes, so has to make a decision on just looking at them. In a service, the mechanic will accurately measure your brakes with the wheels removed and if they are under the minimum thickness, they will require changing.

Cars: The basics

Fortunately, I now know what car I drive, what fuel to put in her, AND why to service her!      (Yes, she is a her and she goes by the name of Polly..)

A general reason why some people choose to not service their vehicle is because they think they can save some money. True.. On a short-term basis. The Service also looks at things such as when timing belt’s are due, and these are big game changers in the world of cars. If your vehicle has a timing belt fitted, and these are not changed routinely, it’s possible that your timing belt can snap and then it’s.. well…… possibly end of car. Trust me when I then say that it’s a lot more to fork in out in one hit than it is in short bursts to service every year. Long term, servicing and maintaining your vehicle will increase it’s lifespan, and reduce the possibility of high cost when something goes wrong.

Did you know just how important servicing your vehicle was? Let me know if this has helped at all!

Love,

Saz Sinclair

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