Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Review : Inkbox Tattoo

Hey !

Before we begin I want to take you back to 2012. January 6th 2012 was the day I discovered One Direction. The reason I am telling you this is because the boys of One Direction have a small number of tattoos. One of them happens to be on Louis Tomlinson's skin, which I had sworn to get inked into my skin. But as I grew older (and a tad wiser) I realized that I shouldn't get it as it looks rather childish.

Now, as I was curiously browsing through Inkbox's selection of temporary tattoos I spotted a tattoo similar to that of Louis's so ,obviously, I got it. I, also, got a Raven tattoo from their The Mummy Collection for my friend.

SO....here is my review of the Inkbox Temporary Tattoo "Papel". In other words, a paper airplane.

This little beauty cost me $21 USD without postage and delivery, and since it's outside the EU I had to pay about 9euro to the deliveryman for VAT. The box it comes in is black with this really cool design on the side of the box, and also, the words "Let's Get Inked" in big, white letters. My tattoo actually had a smudge? on it and I was worried that , although they claimed it would be fine, that it would still ruin the tattoo. Inkbox were right - the tattoo was fine.

Inside the box you will find your temporary inkbox tattoos, Black glove, moistened cloth and an  alcohol wipe. Together with the instructions on how to apply your tattoo. Applying the tattoo is really easy and takes no more than 20 minutes for the whole process to be finished. When applying the tattoo be extremely careful not to touch the inkpad with your bare hands because it will stain for the next two weeks.

When first applied the tattoo is really light. Mine was so faded that I thought I did it wrong but it started to develop a few hours later.  In less than 24 hours it was already looking perfect. It finishes as a dark blue design on your skin.
When first applied... 
A few hours later...

The tattoo lasted me exactly two weeks. Although it was pretty faded at the end of the two weeks, it was still clearly visible as a whole design.

This tattoo looks as realistic as could be, and my inbox was flooding with "When did you get a tattoo, Aby?" as soon as I posted a selfie displaying my Inkbox tattoo. I know that it is on the pricey side but it is worth every penny. Downside of it is that you can't know for sure where you're placing the tattoo since the back of it is a large square, so you just align it and hope for the best.

Until next time, lovelies.

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Sunday, 6 August 2017

Types of Customers

Hey ! 

For the past few months I have had the 'honour' of working at a restaurant by the sea. It is beautiful on Sunny days, and I can't wait for Summer to come around so that every day is a beautiful working day by the sea. I love (most) of the people that I work with as they are all foreigners, and I feel that I get along well with them. HOWEVER, there are some people that I do not get on well with, and these are usually customers. 

As you read this post about different kinds of the worst customers, I want you to remember that I am not exaggerating and that these people actually exist and I have encountered them on multiple occasions. 

  1. 1) Customers who always complain. 

And I do not mean complain because they have a right to complain. I mean that these people go to the corners of the planet just to find something to complain about.  
As an example I am going to use a customer who comes in every Saturday night with her husband, and her two year old son. 

She ordered a small Spaghetti Bolognese because she wasn't very hungry and didn't feel like eating much…she complained that the portion was too small for her liking. 

She ordered a half rack of bbq ribs that comes with chips (fries), and coleslaw. She asked me if it is possible if we can not put coleslaw with her order, I told her that that could be arranged and asked her if she wanted salad/boiled vegetables instead. She said No….then complained that she had no Vegetables with her bbq ribs. 

This woman ALWAYS finds something to complain about.  

  1. 2) People who eat all of the food then complain that there was something wrong with it. 

What sucks about these people is that they tell me to inform the manager then he replies with "they ate it so don't tell me they complained" 
If something is wrong with your food, please let us know before you devour it all.  

  1. 3) People who change their order but won't admit it. 

As a waitress, and a human being, I am bound to make mistakes sometimes. I am grateful for clients who don't bite my head off when I admit my mistake and they have to wait a while longer. However, I am not grateful for that person that ordered a Blue Lagoon cocktail then said she ordered a Pepsi. I repeat my orders back to the customers as to see if there are any mistakes. You cannot tell me that you didn’t order a Blue Lagoon cocktail ! And if I had made that mistake you cannot tell me that you didn't notice my mistake as I repeated your order while you ,and your friends, had been paying attention to me.  

  1. 4) People who discuss their order between them when they say that they are ready to order. 

There are people who say that they are ready to order…then open their menus once again…and ask each other "so what are you having?"….then they start discussing their orders taking up valuable time then tell me to stay when I say that I can be back in a few minutes. I ,as a waitress, have things to do and other tables waiting for me so please DISCUSS BEFORE I ASK YOU FOR YOUR ORDER.  

   5) People who think that they're the only table in the restaurant.

     These are the kind of people who want something as soon as they think of it. I am most often in charge of the largest section of our restaurant, and I am most often alone. So you can imagine how frustrated I get when I am dealing with a customer who think they're royalty. 
Now, I am not saying that the customer doesn't deserve to be served, but if I have 10 tables and 14 things to do on my mental to-do list then I will simply add "See what that irritating on table 92 needs." 

Spoiler : She wanted her drinks 3 minutes after I took her order...I still hadn't put the order through! #oops. In my defense, I was alone on a Saturday night waiting on 23 tables. 

   6) People who think waiters/waitresses cook their own.
       The amount of times that I hear the question "Where is my food?" is pretty annoying. To this I would like to politely say to all of you that "I am a waitress, I do not know where your food is if it isn't in front of you. I am aware that you may have been waiting for about 20 minutes (that is when you ordered your Barbary Duck Breast) but the kitchen has other orders and I'm sure that they will finish your meal as quick as they can."

   7) Large tables that complain that their food is taking too long.

      So let me break this down for you. Our kitchen staff send up all the food of the same table at the same time, so when a table of (let's say) `17 adults and 4 children comes in, and order their food...they are going to be waiting a while. Now, where I work we usually offer a complimentary started when the order has been placed so that the customers don't completely die of starvation...but, that doesn't matter most of the time. 17 adults ordering a mixture of steaks, chicken breasts, ribs, and they expect their food to be done within 30 minutes. 

This post is a way for me to show you lovely people what it's like to be on the inside workings of a restaurant. So, the next time you visit a restaurant keep all of these in mind and I'm sure that if you are none of these customers then your waitress/waiter will love you. 

Until next time, lovelies. 


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Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Review: Lottie London Soap Star

Hey ! 

I am going to admit my biggest beauty sin right now, and I would appreciate no judgement from all you beauty lovers out there. Up until a few weeks ago, I had never cleaned my make up brushes. I know, gasp worthy right? My brushes were becoming very messy…the foundation brushes were goopy and the eyeshadow brushes had so much colour on them that they were black. So, I thought it would (finally) be the time for me to invest in a brush cleanser…and that ladies and gentlemen is how I bought the Lottie London Soap star that I am going to review for you today. 

Let me start by talking about the absolutely adorable packing that this product comes in; it is a white, small plastic container with a black and white striped screw on lid that has a pink star on it with the name of the brush cleanser. Once you open the tub, you will see a round piece of soap with a rough layer of sponge underneath it that it meant to keep the soap in place while you are cleaning your brushes.  

The Lottie London Soap Star is very easy to use as all you have to do is wet the bristles of your brush and swirl on the soap until clean before rinsing and leaving them to dry. You can take out the soap to wipe it clean, and the sponge is also removable to be able to be rinsed. Remember to let everything dry before you put them back into the container. 

This brush cleanser doesn't lather much so you don't have to worry about having a whole lot of lather seeping into your brush. Also, the ingredients in the Lottie London Soap Star are meant to clean your brushes properly and help keep the bristles remain soft. 

 I love this brush cleanser so much. I literally can't think of anything bad to say about it. It's inexpensive, easy to use, does a marvelous job, and most importantly, it is a cruelty free product. 

I would love to hear your opinions on this product if you have used it, and I would also love to hear your recommendations for Brush cleansers. 

Until next time, lovelies. 


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Sunday, 23 July 2017

What I want...


You'll be surprised how your brain decides to choose that in the middle of an important exam it wants you to know what you want in a relationship. Here is what my brain let me know….

I want someone who can handle my anxiety. I want someone who doesn't let me get away with pulling my hair. I want someone who takes NO for an answer the first time I say it. I want someone who accepts my No and doesn't try again. I want someone who accepts that I need time to adjust t having them in my life, and accept that it may take a while for me to get comfortable. I want someone who accepts that I can't trust him or her immediately. I want someone that doesn't say 'I'm not like the others' because most often they are going to be just like the others. Telling me that you're not like the others prepares me for heart break. I want someone who proves to me that they're not like the others.

I want someone not to break up with me via text message. I want someone to tell me that it's over to my face with a clear explanation. I want someone to have the balls to explain to me what is wrong and why they don't think it's worth fixing. I want to allow myself to give myself to someone without it being thrown in my face when it's over between us.

This is a shout out to my ex….for inspiring this post and for making me realise what I want and what I need. I'm not the best when it comes to choosing guys so hopefully I will keep this in mind from now on.

Until next time, lovelies.

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Monday, 17 July 2017

2017 Summer Reading List

It's that time of year again when Uni is out and I have enough free time on my hands to do some reading.

On a recent trip to London, I ended up buying eleven books ! Most of the books on this year's summer reading list have been picked up from Waterstones and WHSmith.

But the first book on my list is MY LADY JANE which I got in an Owl Crate last year. This book seems different from the other Young Adult books that I am used to reading so I am excited to read it.

Am I Normal Yet?

This book is one of the books that I was on a mission to find. It is the first book of the Spinster Club series by Holly Bourne, but it is the one that I haven't read yet. I have read the other two books in the series, and I love them. Recommend to anyone who is a Feminist.

And A Happy New Year?

This is like a Spinster Club Special so I had to get my hands on it ! I love Evie, Amber and Lottie so I needed a little extra of their presence in my life.

Girl heart Girl

I originally was attracted to the cover of this book when I saw it on Twitter a few months ago but I couldn't find it in my local book store. Waterstones literally has little sections dedicated to LGBTQ books and I might have squealed in delight.

Holding Up The Universe

Who doesn't love a Jennifer Niven book? I love her writing. All the Bright Places was such a masterpiece and I am happy to finally be able to have a copy of this book to see how her writing continues to amaze me.

If birds could fly

The first time I heard about this book was on Twitter as it was a giveaway prize. I didn't manage to win that giveaway so I decided to buy it when I saw it at Waterstones.  From the synopsis I feel like this book is going to be the perfect example of Love comes when you're not looking for it.

Summer Days and Summer Nights

Literally only bought this book because it is Edited by Stephanie Perkins.


Thanks to Holly Bourne, I have found an interest in reading books where girls stand up for their rights. It has made me more aware of things that I didn't know where a societal construct in an attempt to make girls feel inferior. This is why I picked up Moxie. It is another book where a girl uses Feminism to stand up for her rights.

Letters to the lost

Just by reading the synopsis you know that this book is going to be full of romance and drama, and that I am going to laugh, cry and swoon.  This book is going to tear me apart. I know this and I can't wait to read it. The concept of the letters being written between them makes me giddy.  Basically, it seems like it's going to be a cocktail of emotions.

The One Memory of Flora Banks

I was intrigued by the synopsis of this book. Mainly because I feel like it's going to be a good romantic read, but also because of the fact that character has amnesia but still manages to remember a kiss.

History is all you left me.

Nicola Yoon said "Will make you cry, think, and then cry some more." and at that point I was sold. I love a book that can reduce me to tears. Also, this is another LGBTQ read that I have picked up.

Orbiting Jupiter

As a love of romance novels, I am always hesitant about getting a book that gives an impression of no lovey-dovey things. However, we must all take risks in life so I bought this book. It is a book about a father searching for his daughter with the help of his foster brother.

That is all for this year's Summer Reading List and I hope that I will be able to read all of them before September but life is so hectic with work ! If you have read any of these books then please let me know what you thought about them below (no spoilers please).

Until next time, lovelies.

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