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Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Lost in Translation.

Films are something that I wish I were more educated on, I’d love to be a real film buff and know everything about all the different genres and directors but I just don’t have the attention span to sit down and watch a film anymore. Secretly I can only really really enjoy a film if I’ve seen it before. Perhaps it’s because I’m a creature of habit or perhaps it’s because I love knowing exactly what’s going to happen but when I find a film I really love, I could sit down and watch it a million times over without getting bored.

Lost in Translation is one of those beautiful films that I find very easy to watch again and again. Perhaps it’s the gorgeous cinematography or the lovely and unlikely relationship that develops between Bob and Charlotte that makes it so captivating, but whatever it is, it’s something special.

I think we've all had those moment where we 'want to be found'. When you long to meet that someone who will finally understand you & want to know you. That someone does exist and you might just find them in the place you'd least expect to, but, it won't always end up like the final few sentences of a fairy tale no matter how hard you wish it could. But that's the beauty of life; it's unpredictable, unique and something that shouldn't be wasted.


What are your favourite films?

Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Review: The Body Shop Big and Curvy Mascara.

Recently my mum has been on what seems like a never-ending search for a mascara that she actually likes. Big and curvy from The Body Shop is one that she never even got around to trying because she dislikes the smell so much. Now, I’m not one to turn down free, unused make up so I thought I might as well give it a whirl.

First impressions from the packaging were good, I mean, it’s pink – very pretty! As someone who usually loves ginormous wands, surprisingly I actually quite like this skinny one. The bristles grab on to my lashes really well which makes application super easy and that’s always a bonus. The tapered end makes it quick and easy to get right into the corners and coat even the smallest lashes evenly.

The Body Shop say: “The advanced brush glides colour from root to tip and the advanced formula fix the curl for luscious lashes. A great complex of plant and wax ingredients that gives up to 9 times more volume and incredible curl.”

Voluminous long lashes are something I crave; I have small eyes that look even smaller without a coat or two of a nice mascara. I don’t think Big and Curvy gives my lashes much volume at all. It does however give me plenty of length, which I like a lot.

The formula is quite wet but it dries super quick, which is essential for me because I’m clumsy and for some reason have to sneeze a lot just after applying mascara – just my luck that is! Two coats can very easily make your lashes look a little clumpy but that’s not something that bothers me too much. Sorry to all clumpy lash haters out there!

As you can see I have quite hooded eyelids and that combined with oily lids & watery eyes is usually a recipe for disaster when using non-waterproof mascara. Much to my surprise Big and Curvy doesn’t transfer or run at all which honestly, is nothing short of a minor miracle.

My lashes aren’t left feeling incredibly crispy and the mascara doesn’t flake off throughout the day. It does smell very strange – it sort of reminds me of some of those sprays you can get for keeping bugs from biting you in the summer time. It is quite a strong smell but it doesn’t bother me too much, after all, once it’s on your lashes you can’t smell it anymore.

Despite quite liking this there is one thing that lets it down big time & that is the price. At £10 this is way too expensive for me especially when there are pharmacy mascaras that do exactly the same job for four or more pounds cheaper. So, the million pound question is would I repurchase this? Perhaps if it were cheaper but otherwise no, I wouldn’t because I'm a cheapskate!

Have you tried Big & Curvy? What are your favourite mascaras?

Thursday, 15 July 2010

02:33 in the morning.

It’s 02:33 in the morning and I have tears streaming down my face so fast I can barely see what I’m writing. My boyfriend left two & a half hours ago and right now he’s sitting in a service station drinking overpriced coffee and eating an overpriced muffin. But he shouldn’t be there, he should be here!

It absolutely breaks my heart having to say goodbye to him knowing that it’ll be weeks before I get to see him again. Watching him drive away down the street or standing on the platform waiting for the train that will take me 300 miles away are the moments that I always dread.

I get asked all the time why we ‘bother’ with a long distance relationship and the question baffles me every time. Why would be break up when he’s the one I want to spend the rest of my life with? As hard as it is now, one day we’ll get married, buy a cute little cottage in the countryside and start a family together. So in reality, what are a few years of distance when we have all that to look forward to one day?

Until then skype will just have to suffice, but I'll continue to long for the day that the long goodbyes will come to an end.


Friday, 9 July 2010

Review: Neal's Yard Rehydrating Rose Daily Moisture.

Everything about this moisturiser appeals to me; I love the scent, I love the packaging and I love what it promises to do for my skin. Yes, you’re right, there is a ‘but’ and that is unfortunately it’s just too light for my skin. I must admit I am a little disappointed, perhaps my expectations were just a little too high but it left my skin feeling a little bit tight especially on my cheeks and forehead. I would describe my skin as normal but leaning towards the dryer side of normal. When I use this in combination with another moisturiser it works, but I’m lazy and ideally just want one moisturiser for the daytime and one for the night.

Neal’s Yard say: “Softens and replenishes normal and dehydrated skin. Hydrating ‘Hundred petalled’ rose extract and damask rose oil soften, smooth and help restore skin’s natural radiance in a light, easily absorbed, antioxidant-rich lotion.”

Consistency wise this is absolutely what they say, a light and easily absorbed lotion. One pump is enough to distribute evenly over my face and down my neck, which is great and it sinks in instantly so there's no waiting around before applying make up.

If you’re expecting the typical rose scent that you find in other products on the high street then you’re going to be disappointed. Instead this has a far more earthy-rose scent to it; it smells very natural which I really like but some may not so bare that in mind.

I have been using this every morning for 2 months and I’m not quite half way through the bottle yet so I’d say this would last me for about 6 to 7 months in total. A 200ml bottle costs £22 which does sound pricey, but I do think that skincare is something worth investing in. If you like organic products and have normal to slightly oily skin this might be worth a look.

Would I repurchase this? No I wouldn’t but only because it’s not quite enough for my fussy skin. I will however look into their daily moisture lotions aimed at dryer skin when I’ve finished this bottle. I have a sample of their Orange Flower daily moisture which so far I think is really lovely. You can purchase Neal's Yard from freestanding stores and online at NealsYardRemedies.com.

What’s your favourite daytime moisturiser?

Wednesday, 7 July 2010

Send a Wish upon a Star.

How does music just seem to accumulate? I cleared iTunes out the other day and had a few of those “oh my goodness why do I have this?” moments, ahem, does anyone remember The Cartoons, ooh eee ooh ah ah ting tang walla walla bing bang? …No? That'll just be me then?

Over the years I’ve loved everything from The Spice Girls, (I really really wanted to be Baby Spice), to Marilyn Manson. The latter was during my strange goth phase where I would only wear a pair of VERY over-sized black jeans with some sort of band tee and spiky jewellery. Yes, I’m not quite sure what I was thinking there either, it did not suit me at all, but it didn’t last long before I was into my ‘surfer girl’ phase which was by far my favourite of all the phases I went through. I was dedicated to that one, so much so I (almost) learned to windsurf. I wasn’t very good.

To some my tastes in music now will seem horrifically dull; I could probably count all the artists I listen to on one hand. Does anyone else get so addicted to something that it becomes all they listen to? I’ve had my Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nirvana, The Decemberists & Florence & the Machine addictions and I’m now I’m firmly on to Zero 7 and Sia, but more so Sia. I’m definitely a down-tempo kinda girl now.

Even if you don’t know who Sia is, chances are you’ve heard Breathe Me somewhere, most famously on the very final scene of television show Six Feet Under, which is possibly the best ending to any series ever, in my opinion. It’s super sad, yes I do blub away every time I see it, and also completely and utterly beautiful.

Sia doesn’t get enough recognition, at least I don’t think so; not for someone who’s not only a talented singer but a fabulous songwriter too. If something more up-tempo is what you’re after I’d give her new album We Are Born or a listen otherwise Colour the Small One will always be a classic and Lady Croissant will be all the proof you need that Sia’s voice is something special.

Did you go through any phases during your teenage years? Who are your favourite artists? I’d love to know!

Monday, 5 July 2010

Identity Crisis?

I think I’m having a blog identity crisis or perhaps I’m just having an identity crisis myself in general. Do you ever have times where you don’t feel like yourself? Or feel that you used to be someone else entirely and have somehow morphed into a person you no longer recognise? Deciding to leave my photographic education behind was, in hindsight, a much bigger decision to make than I recognised it to be at the time because I think that's a big part of who I was/am/want to be.

Sailboat has sort of fallen into the beauty blog category entirely by accident, I’m in no way saying this is a bad thing, but it wasn’t my intention. My very first, very timid short post, started things off on a very vague and unsure footing. I’d been reading blogs for months who had many hundreds of followers and I admit that at first I craved that. I had that feeling of being the new kid at school; wanting to blend in & make friends. Has that shaped the posts I make?  I don’t know, not really. I suppose if you start a blog on those premises it won’t be long before writing posts becomes a chore rather than something enjoyable. That hasn’t happened to me, I’m just wanting something a little extra. Everything has to have it's own unique selling point & I'd like to discover mine.

I adore make up & beauty, that’s a given, but there are also so many more things I love as much, if not more. Despite leaving my photography degree I still adore photographs and everything about photography. For someone so passionate about it I’m almost ashamed to admit that the only photographs I’ve taken over the past six months have been for my blog. Granted I do put a fair bit of effort into those photographs and I think they are appreciated by those who read my posts, but I used to photograph everything, sometimes for a concept and sometimes just because.

All my cameras are just sitting there in a box in a corner of my bedroom getting no love. The other day, for a split second, I thought about selling them and then I came back to reality. This isn’t something I should quit just like that. If anything it’ll give me an outlet for all my pretentiousness rather than emptying it all out into a blog post like this. Throughout my years at art school I’ve met more than my fair share of overly pretentious people and I think a bit of it’s rubbed off on me, oops. Filling pages upon pages of complete and utter nonsensical tosh was encouraged and more often than not counted for more of your grade than the photographs you took. This was something I never quite fully understood but I did discover a skill for writing said nonsensical tosh and secretly I think I’m better at that than I am at taking photographs.
Almost deserted.
A couple of days ago I plucked up the courage to send off my Open University application. It’s something I’ve been putting off for a while and to be perfectly honest, I’m not sure why. I’m fairly decided upon studying towards a BA (Hons) English Language and Literature degree and I’ve even picked out the individual modules I’d like to take. Perhaps the apprehension is due to a change of direction; the dreaded “eek things are changing” feelings. I’ve never been ambitious or particularly career minded. When I was 7 I wanted to be a chocolatier because I’d just seen Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. When I was 10 I wanted to be a vet because me and my mum used to watch Animal Hospital with Rolf Harris, but then I realised that the animals might not make it and I’d be really upset. When I was 14 I wanted to be an archaeologist because of, you guessed it, Time Team but then I realised I’d have to stand in muddy fields in the rain sometimes and that didn’t really appeal. Ultimately I just want to be happy & I'm still sort of hoping to just fall into some kind of career.
I’m sure I started writing this with an ending in mind, something to make all of this make sense. But I don’t have an ending and it doesn’t make sense. I think this is my (very) long-winded way of realising that I want Sailboat to be something more; more about me, my life, what I was thinking so in 6 months or a years time I can read back and remember what I was like. Beauty & make up will still be a massive part of this, think of it as expanding into fashion, photography, cinema and everything in between. This is what Sailboat started off as being, after all, Sailboat isn’t an obvious name for an entirely beauty based blog. I hope this is something exciting & I hope my little piece of the Internet will become more interesting. There are many beauty & fashion bloggers that are incredible at what they do & I wish my posts could be that interesting, but there’s just that little something missing from mine.

Honestly if you’ve read this far I’m impressed, and mildly shocked. If you did, thank you! And if you didn’t or skimmed through, thank you anyway; I understand because that would have been 10 minutes of your life you couldn’t get back. Upcoming posts include some reviews; Alva, Neal’s Yard & Naked, some summer fashion & if there’s anything you’d specifically like to see, I’m open to suggestions!

At the time of writing this I have 444 followers, which is 444 more than I ever expected to get, so I’d just like to take the time to thank you all. There are no words to describe just how grateful I am that you take the time to comment or even just read my posts. Thank you so so much & I hope you stick with me. ♥


Friday, 2 July 2010

June Favourites.

june favourites
How on earth is it July already? It feels like yesterday was Christmas and before I know it Halloween will be tomorrow. When I was younger a year felt like forever but now it barely seems to last 5 minutes. It’s strange and really quite unnerving but anyhoo, it’s time for my June favourites so here we go, as usual this will be a picture heavy post! 
elf blush and contour
Being so pale I do often find the bronzer part of this ELF duo quite difficult to wear, I just have to use a big fluffy brush and a VERY light hand. It’s worth the work though as I really like using it as a contour to define my cheekbones. The blush is a beautiful peachy pink colour that is so easy to wear I can apply it without having to think about it at all. It has some shimmer, which I love especially for the summer and I think it’ll be getting a lot of love from me over the next few months too. 
My Illamasqua lipstick in the shade Fable is easily one of my favourite lipsticks. Illamasqua is to me what MAC is to many many beauty bloggers. Illamasqua as a brand just draws me in and when I use a product from them it just feels really luxurious. Is that silly? Fable is a gorgeous bright pink and I think it’s well worth its price tag. I’ve got my eye on many more shades but for now, I’m enjoying Fable. 
loose powder
My favourite setting powder is by Beauty Without Cruelty and I use this every day to set my foundation. You get so much product in the pot that it lasts forever, I’m only just on to my second pot in about 3 years. 
elf brushes
My favourite things from Eyes Lips Face are their brushes, mainly their studio line brushes, but also their £1.50 eye shadow brush. I don’t think I’ll ever be one to spend a lot of money on a brush because I know that these do the job perfectly & I also like that they’re synthetic. They’re soft and super easy to clean – lovely!
I’ve already reviewed this salt scrub here so I won’t waffle on about it too much. This is my absolute favourite scrub ever. It exfoliates perfectly while soothing my skin and giving it an extra mineral boost. Plus it smells divine and is something I will repurchase again and again. 
alva gloss
I have a review planned for this Alva lipgloss so I won’t go into too much detail here. All I’ll say is that I adore the colour of this because it goes beautifully with all my favourite pink lipsticks yet still looks beautiful on its own. Love it! 
topshop neon rose
My Topshop cream blush has started off a bit of an addition I think. I have a wishlist of cream blushers as long as my arm but for now this one has been getting a lot of love. It’s so pigmented that you barely need any to give your cheeks a pretty flush of colour; this will last for ages so is definitely real value for money. Don’t be scared of the colour in the pan, a light hand will produce a pretty hint of coral perfect for the summer.
It’s been so hot lately in the sunny south of England so my summer dresses have been well and truly dusted off ! These are a few of my favourites; floaty, feminine and most importantly they keep me cool! 
Finally I’d like to introduce my favourite hat! Yes it is an old mans hat, and yes I bought it from the old mans section of BHS and I adore it! I got this last summer and when I was looking around all the straw hats in Accessorize and New Look etc were all silly shapes or with a tiny brim that wouldn’t have shielded my face at all from the sun. This beauty does that & I really don’t care that it’s for men.

What were your June favourites?