The Week When I Visited All The Parks

Another week, another emotional roller coaster ride in The Puzzle of Sandra's Life London headquarters. But joking aside, last week was pretty eventful. At least in my head. On Monday I struggled with panic attacks, on Tuesday my mom prescribed me some retail therapy and I obliged, on Wednesday I 'attacked' beauty PR companies, on Thursday I went to hang out with squirrels at St James Park and got an internship, on Friday I got frustrated about opening a bank account and then went for a walk through Hyde Park, and on Saturday I finally went to check out Regent's Park and Primrose Hill. That's pretty much the summary of my week, but if you're interested in what else has been going on or want to put pictures (or should I say video) next to words, you'll have to watch the vlog below.

Benefit Gimme Brow Review

Benefit Gimme Brow Medium/Deep Review

It's no secret that putting on makeup hasn't been my top priority in the past few months, but there's one product I've been loving even on my no makeup days. Filling in my eyebrows can sometimes take me ages, because not only do I have to mix different coloured pencils or eyeshadows to get my eyebrow shade right, but I'm also very finnicky. If they don't look right, I consider my whole face makeup ruined. Having said that, sometimes (meaning many times) I don't have 15 minutes on my hands just to get my eyebrows looking perfect, so there's been an extensive search going on in Sandraland. The search for the product that will require a minimum amount of time and effort for the best result possible. I've obviously known about Benefit's Gimme Brow for quite a while. After all, Benefit always finds a way to hype up their products. But something has been holding me back from buying it. That something is the shade selection and, well, the price tag. After months of unsuccessful 'let me try to find a dupe' research, I gave in, walked into Boots and threw this baby into my shopping basket. Best. Decision. Ever.
Benefit Gimme Brow Medium/Deep Review - Brush

Truth to be told, Benefit's Gimme Brow surpassed my expectations. It doesn't give me the full blown bold brows I admit I still prefer (although if I build the product up I can get very close), but it fills them in very nicely and very quickly. And the shade I took home with me, medium/deep, is the perfect match for my eyebrows! 
Benefit Gimme Brow Medium/Deep Review - Swatch

The tinted gel does the magic of evening the tone and covering some sparse spots, while the tiny brush makes sure the application is precise. The gel is supposed to be waterproof, long-wearing, natural-looking and buildable, which are the statements I can happily agree with. The fact that I haven't been using anything but Gimme Brow for the past few months tells you a lot, I think. 
Benefit Gimme Brow Medium/Deep Review - Before

Benefit Gimme Brow Medium/Deep Review - After
After (one coat)
The only thing that bothers me about this product is - yup, you guessed it - the price tag. To spend 17.50 pounds on such a simple product is a tad over the top, but call me crazy, I now consider it money well spent. I just hope that a dupe will be out soon, because I'm not sure if I can be spending so much money on my eyebrows for much longer. Especially now that I don't have an income. Let's just hope the tube I have now will last for a while! Have you tried any brow gels yourself or maybe even found a great dupe for this one? I would love to hear your thoughs! 

The Week When I Turned 23

This has been such a strange week. I 'celebrated' my birthday all by myself, I started looking for jobs and had a few breakdowns. I don't have much to update you on, since there were no major events going on, but you can still see what I've been up to in the vlog below. Don't worry, it's not as depressing as I just made it sound, haha. 

The Week When I Moved Back to London

I'm going to keep it short today as far as the text goes, because I have two very long vlogs for you instead. But basically, I'm back in London and I'm finally done with moving, which was exhausting. I arrived on Saturday, stayed at a hotel for a couple of days, and then spent the rest of the week moving my belongings from one place to another and shopping for home essentials. There was a lot of heavy bag carrying going on and I'm tired as hell. Next time I'm moving, I'm definitely hiring a removal van. There's no way I'm doing this all by myself all over again. On public transport. Especially now that I've accumulated even more stuff. Anyway, if you're interested in the 'full report', watch the videos below! 

Models Own 'Rhubarb & Custard' Nail Polish Review

In my book, no Christmas is complete without a festive shade on my nails. I only have two requirements: red and glitter. The nail polish I've been wearing this season combines both in one bottle. And guess what? The quality doesn't disappoint either. 

'Rhubarb and Custard' is the first Models Own polish I've tried and also the first scented nail polish that touched the surface of my nails. I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised. If you're a fan of sparkle yourself, but don't enjoy the dreadful process of removing chunky glitter from your nails, this might be the nail polish you've been looking for. With its almost jelly-like consistency, it nicely distributes tiny slivery glitters between the red base and makes your nails look festive in a nice, subtle way, without making you pull out your hair once it's time for the shade to say goodbye.

The formula requires standard two coats for opacity, leaves no streaks behind and makes sure your nails are chip-free for at least a couple of days. As for the scent goes, the polish truly does smell like the sour candy you can see on the cap. And while I have to admit that I don't see much point in scented nail polish, I still think it's kind of cool. In case you're wondering, the scent lingered on my nails for two days, even when I applied my Seche Vite top coat over it. 

What are your thoughts on scented nail polish? Yay or nay? Have you tried any yourself? I don't think I'll be the first in line once new scented releases come out, but I'll definitely be picking up some more Models Own nail polishes, scented or not. 

The Week When I Went Home for Christmas

I'm writing this post from a hotel room in London, after spending the last ten days back in my home country, surrounded by my lovely family and getting fat. I really wouldn't mind staying home for another week. I would love to have a few more 'lazy days' and catch up with some friends I ran out of time to visit. But I know that I can't stay at home forever. If I did, I would be jobless, miserable and nothing but a burden to everyone around me. I'm well aware of the fact that I'm very lucky to even have the opportunity to try my luck in London, so I'll try to make the most out of it, even if that means I have to be away from everyone and everything I know. Going back to London was a lot harder for me this time around. When I set off for the first time back in October to go work as an au pair, I was feeling rather optimistic. If nothing else, I knew I would have a roof above my head and a paycheck that would cover my weekend trips to central London. But as you now already know, things didn't go as planned, and here I am, starting this 'moving to London' thing all over again. This time I have no income whatsoever and as we speak, I've also not moved in into the apartment I will be renting yet, so I'm staying at the hotel right now. Having said that, I am moving in tomorrow, and I couldn't be more excited about it. I can't wait to get everything sorted out and start looking for a job. Well, I'm not to excited about the second part, but it has to be done, haha. Anyway, enough about the future. I have a vlog for you today that I filmed during the week I was staying home for the Christmas break. I hope you'll enjoy watching it. :)

New Year, New Life

What a year! 2014 has been crazy for me. It's been by far the most stressful year of my life, but also the most eventful in terms of big life changes. I graduated from university, completed several MUD's courses in makeup artistry, had the opportunity to work at fashion week, spent my summer break exploring the beautiful island of Bali, and moved to the city of my dreams. Of course my life wouldn't be my life if things didn't go sour a few times along the way, but that's just the way it is, right? 

I'm feeling hopeful for what 2015 has in store for me. New year, new life is quite literally the description of my upcoming year. I'm a few days away from flying back to London, moving into a new place, and attempting to find a job. It's gonna be a bumpy ride, but I hope it's gonna be worth it. You know what they say. In the end, we only regret the chances we didn't take...

I'm not making any crazy resolutions this year. I'll rather see how things work out and go with the flow. I know, I can't believe I'm saying this either. The only thing I really hope to improve is this little corner of the internet. Unfortunatelly, 2014 hasn't been a good year for my blog, because it had to take a backseat due to other things happening in my life far too often, but I hope the new year will leave me with more free time and functional wi-fi to work on it. 

Thank you to every single one of you who stayed around even when my posts were very sporadical and encouraged me to hang in there when I had the worst of days. I'm really grateful for having you here and wish you all the best in 2015 and other years to come. 
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