Maggie Bob Wears: Body Shop British Rose Plumping Mask

I’m really getting in to taking part in blog chats lately. Although the subjects don’t always feel relevant to me, it’s easy to just skip (or observe and learn!) those ones, and take part in the ones where I feel I can contribute. We Are Thirty Plus run some stonking chats, and it’s been so good to meet and chat with other bloggers on a range of subjects from exercise, to social media, to wearable tech. Recently, they joined forces with The Body Shop to celebrate the high street store’s 40th anniversary, and it got me reminiscing!

One of the things I remember fondly about The Body Shop is their bath pearls – remember them? You could go in with your meagre pocket money and come out with a oil filled bath pearl in every colour and still have enough left over for a copy of Bunty and some penny mix. Yeah, that’s pretty much my childhood extravagance summed up there – gosh how times have changed, wish I was still so easily (and cheaply) pleased!

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It was really fun to discuss with other bloggers our memories of The Body Shop, including their products past and present (their body butters are still a firm favourite it would seem), and remembering some of their stonking campaigns. I love how The Body Shop is so dedicated to animal welfare, as well as improving life for humans too.

After the chat The Body Shop got in touch to offer me some products to try, including one of their new Superfood Face Masks. There are 5 masks, each designed to target different skin types: Ethiopian Honey Deep Nourishing Mask for maturing skin; Chinese Ginseng Rice Clarifying & Polishing Mask for dull skin; Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask for blemish prone skin; Amazonian Acai Energising Radiance Mask for fatigued skin; and British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask for dry skin. Apparently these are also ideal for multi-masking, which I’m guessing is exactly what it sounds like and means you apply different masks to different parts of your face, depending on what the skin there needs.

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I tried the British Rose Fresh Plumping mask, and I’m very impressed with it. The consistency is a bit like a good jam, but it spread on my face quite easily using just my fingers. I left it on my face for… ummm… at least 90 minutes but to be honest I lost track. It’s translucent on the skin and dries in to a slightly sticky finish. When I remembered I just washed it off with warm water. My skin is fairly well behaved, but it did feel extra good after the mask. The toning element this mask promises is good for me too, as I am prone to redness.

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See how pretty fresh my face looks? The masks are all available in-store and from http://www.thebodyshop.co.uk/ from this month, and are £15 each. There’s plenty of applications in each jar, so this is a lovely little treat. Do you have any fond memories of the Body Shop? The comments below are open…

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Maggie Bob Wears: MAC Retro Matte

What I know about makeup could fill a postage stamp, but one of my dearest friends bought me a MAC lipstick a few years ago and got me hooked. Now I have a little tradition where I buy myself a new lipstick whenever I’m going through Duty Free. This isn’t significantly cheaper, but it gives me an excuse; or to look at it another way it limits my habit. As I don’t fly very often I only have 3 lipsticks in current use and I’m going to show you my most recent acquisition which I got in Copenhagen airport during my trip last month.

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Now as I’ve already mentioned I’m not a makeup person by nature. When I apply lipstick I don’t prime my lips first. I don’t use a lipliner, or apply with a brush. I simply apply the colour directly on to my lips, and if I’m not in a rush I may even blot. With this lipstick I find that’s enough. I’ve read some reviewers complain that the matte is too dry or drying, but honestly I’ve not found this to be a problem. I find MAC’s mattes to be quite slick without having the stickiness of a gloss. It doesn’t feel overly dry on my lips, and the colour is nice and strong. Best of all it lasts! I’ve included pictures of it freshly applied and after a full work day so you can see.

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This shade is called Ruby Woo. I really wanted a good proper red (my last one was ‘Relentlessly Red‘ which somehow looks more pink on), and had this one in my hands for all of 2 seconds before Tim said “Oh yes, that one!”. I’d only just started looking so I don’t think he was just bored and trying to hurry me along. Somehow he just has a good eye for colour because as soon as I applied this I knew it was the red of my dreams. I’ve worn it pretty much every day since I bought it because, as we all know, a good red goes with everything*.

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I’m going to be taking a flight again next month, so I’m contemplating colours. Do I go for something daring like a plum, or perhaps it’s time I had a good nude in my repertoire? If my makeup savvy friends and readers could leave me some suggestions, that would be great.

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*applies to wine as well as lipstick

Maggie Bob Loves: My Eyebrow Piercing

As you’ll have noticed if you follow my vain wee face on social media (clicky-click in the sidebar if you don’t, because you definitely should), I got my eyebrow pierced. It was a completely spur of the moment thing… after about 16 years of dithering that is.

See, when I was 14 my Mum, in a renaissance of youthful rebellion got her first tattoo and a belly-button piercing. She offered to take me to get a new piercing (I’d had my ears done at 10) and I wasn’t going to turn that down! I decided I was too chubby for a belly-button piercing which is laughable when I look back at pictures of my teenage self now. It was around then I developed a fascination with eyebrow piercings and eyebrows in general. If someone’s brow game was strong I would probably compliment them on it, which was sometimes a bit weird coming out of nowhere. I really wanted an eyebrow piercing but knew that would result in an immediate order from my school to remove the offending metal.

Spur of the moment eyebrow piercing… after about 15 years of wanting it! #piercing #eyebrowpiercing #selfie

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So I decided to get my nose done as my treat from Mum, as I could get away with a teeny tiny very subtle stud in there, and remove it easily enough for PE lessons. I decided that I would then get my eyebrow pierced when I left school. Thing is, as someone with recurring sinus infections, a nasal piercing was a terrible decision. I think I lasted the summer holidays before giving up on the constant gunk and clogging before I removed the stud for good. This, combined with a variety of allergies to jewellery (I couldn’t even wear watches or simple gold studs in my ears at some points) put my off getting the much longed for eyebrow piercing, and the idea faded from my mind. Except it didn’t really.

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Every so often I’d think about getting my eyebrow pierced, but the moment wasn’t right, for any number of reasons: I’d just started a new job and didn’t want to rock the boat; I was swimming regularly and the chlorine on a new piercing seemed a bad idea; I’d recently had a bad reaction to some earrings and was off the idea of jewellery; what if it made me look too ‘tough’, and so on. Then last month the stars aligned – it was pay day weekend and I wanted to treat myself, my allergies are under control, I was in good health and I was in town. I must have spent a good hour walking around town and furiously Yelping trying to find a reputable piercer, which was harder than I thought it would be. There are plenty of good tattoo studios, but most of them don’t have a piercer in residence. Luckily I was pointed towards Studio XIII on Jeffrey Street.

Even while I was sitting filling out the consent forms and picking out my bar size, I couldn’t quite believe I was going through with this. But it was something I wanted to do, just for me. With a spoonie husband and a whole bunch of other commitments I feel like I spend a lot of my time doing what I need to or should do, but this was something just for me, nothing to do with anyone else (well, except the woman sticking a needle through my face I guess). One deep breath and a few seconds of pressure lately, and I finally had the piercing I had wanted since I was 14. I couldn’t be happier. I’m healing up nicely and the swelling went down super quick. I can’t wait until I can swap the starter bar out for something more dainty, but I’m so taken with how it looks. I can’t stop examining it in mirrors and taking selfies to look at it. And talking to people about it – sorry folks!

So – do any of you have piercing or tattoos that are extra special to you? Or something like that which you’ve done just for you? Please do share your stories in the comments.

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Maggie Bob Takes: A BookSelfie

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So pictures of this T-shirt have been whizzing around twitter, leaving a few of us miffed. Aside from the fact that it should be fewer, not less, these two things are not mutually exclusive – are they?

I love to read. I love big books, short books, old books, new books, and yes, even ebooks. The smell of them, the way they feel in my hand, the stories and whole worlds tucked away inside them. And… I also like to take selfies. I am that social cliche with an Instagram full of pictures of me and my dinner. No sunsets though – I’m too busy admiring them to photograph them.

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(If you can’t read the badge in that photo, it says “I like big books and I cannot lie” and it’s from the wonderful Literary Emporium)

I’m fairly happy with myself and comfortable in my body, but selfies still make me feel good about myself. Selfies are great because I’m in control so I get to show only the bits of my day I want to. And thanks to social media I get to share those bits of my life with my friends. These selfies can validate me – here I am, important, not invisible. Some selfies are because I particularly like how I look that day, some allow me to express an emotion better than text – as the ridiculous snapchats I send to my sister would attest. Sometimes I’m showing off an achievement, even if that’s as simple as getting my eyeliner on point!

Anyway, the point of all this is that although the T-shirt is missing the point, it did give me an idea. Selfies and books: why not combine the two? So here are my #bookselfie shots with the books I’ve been reading so far this year.

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Come over to my Instagram to follow what I’m reading along with my gorgeous/gormless mug!

And as a final note, since this post has lodged it in to my head and I like to share the pain – here’s a music video for you…

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