As someone who is mildly interested in make-up, I’m often on the look-out for new products to try out. And I’m often recommended things or told to look something up, only to find out that it is practically impossible to come by in the UK. One specific brand I have in mind is Wet n Wild. People are always raving about how great their products are, but unfortunately, it’s not something you could find at your local Boots or Superdrug. So with the possible exception of big cities like London, I’d be willing to bet that this brand is not available on a High Street in UK.
However, I recently came across the Cosmetics Fairy website, and it really made my day. Not only do they have a massive selection of products, from relatively unknown to very popular brands, but their prices are also very low. The website has sections such as ‘3 for 2’ and ‘under 99p,’ as well as a loyalty scheme similar to that of Boots, where you collect four points for every pound spent on their website. But most importantly for me, they sell brands that are hard to come by in the UK like, yes you guessed it – Wet n Wild!
As I had never ordered from them before, and I’m gonna admit, their prices seemed a tad too good to be true, I decided to not go overboard and only purchase a few things. And I can tell you right now, the whole transaction was above and beyond what I expected… I placed my order on a Wednesday night, after calculating that it should arrive next Thursday, which was perfect as I’m free all day and could wait around for the delivery. I then had a long weekend at my parents house and when I came back on Sunday, it was already waiting for me at home! And since there’s no post on Sundays, I presume it came on a Saturday – 2 days after placing my order!
The parcel comes filled with little foam pieces, ensuring extra safety for the cosmetics. Each brand of cosmetics is further packaged in separate padded envelopes. So basically as far as safety is concerned, the products are as safe as they possibly could be!
I haven’t had the chance to try out all of the things I ordered, but I was very pleased with the ones I did try, so I’m certain that the rest will live up to the same standard as well! If you would like to see some more detailed posts – product reviews, I guess – I could write them, just keep in mind that I’m not a beauty guru, and any opinions will be quite subjective.
And that’s it, really. I wanted to let you know about this great website that I have absolutely fallen in love with, just in case there’s other people who are frustrated about certain brands being unavailable in your country. And since they ship worldwide, this may just solve your problems 🙂
- Breakfast in bed. It’s a classic, but it’s a nice way to start the day, and really shows that you care. Of course there are a few things to take into consideration… Firstly, observe the time your mum generally wakes up on a Sunday – you don’t want to start her day by waking her up way before she usually would. At the same time, knowing when she wakes up will allow you to time the food/tea/coffee well so that it doesn’t get cold!
- If you’re artistic – draw something! Draw or paint a nice landscape or a flower arrangement, or maybe even a portrait of your mum, or the whole family! She’s bound to appreciate the time and effort you put into it! I know for sure that this is what my mum prefers on special occasions – me creating something artistic.
- Make a plushie! Now, you may think that this is pretty much the same as my previous suggestion, but it really doesn’t take a lot of artistic ability. The picture at the top is a little plushie that I made today. It’s extremely simple, and the process is quite relaxing. No sewing required – all you need is some felting wool and a felting needle. I learnt to do it from one of my favourite YouTubers, and I will link you to her video on how to make these cute plushies (hers look way better than mine, by the way!)
- You could go all out and let her rest for the whole day! That means taking charge of making all the meals, tidying the house, doing laundry – whatever it is that she usually does on a Sunday! I can’t imagine that any mother would not appreciate that… Unless you’re really rubbish at cooking and cleaning!
- Last but not least – do give her special treatment on the day! Do not forget about it! Even if it’s just saying “Happy Mother’s Day” and handing your mum a bunch of flowers, or a cup of tea – it shows that you remembered!
- First things first, rest. Now I know everyone always tells you to take a day or two off work, or school, or whatever it is that you do, and take it easy. But we all know it’s not that simple. Nowadays, we lead pretty busy lives and feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day to finish things, so you can’t just drop everything and take a day off. And that’s fair enough – no one can make you drop everything and re-prioritise your day. And I know that because right now, I should probably be sleeping, and yet I’m not because I have so much work to do for the 2 presentations I have in the next two days. I can’t just drop it because my grade depends on it. And worse yet, my whole group’s grade depends on it. So I get it. But at the end of the day, your body repairs itself when you’re sleeping, and by ignoring your need for rest, you’re simply prolonging your illness and suffering. So my advice – rest as much as you can. Think about what could be put off for a couple of days and exchange those tasks for some rest!
- Secondly – hydration. Hydration is important anyway, but when you’re ill, it’s essential to keep hydrated. When dealing with a cold, hot drinks work best (especially if you’ve got a sore throat,) but try to avoid carbonated drinks, or sugar altogether. Sugary drinks take longer to come into effect, and it’s not like they’re good for you anyway. Go for teas with lemon, or honey, or even medicinal teas like Lemsip Max Cold & Flu lemon drink. Now personally, I absolutely hate it and it makes me feel literally sick while drinking it, but it does work, so I try to suck it up and drink at least one cup a day.
- Don’t rely on cold & flu medicine. Truth is, it doesn’t really work the way most people think it does. The only reason to use it, is to battle physical pain (i.e. headaches) or to moderate very high temperatures. Just remember that elevated temperature helps your body deal with the germs and infections, so don’t obsess over having regular temperature.
- Last but not least, eat healthily. I know from experience that illness can lead to not eating anything for days because you don’t feel hungry, but that’s not doing you any favours. Not only is it further damaging your body, you’re also not getting the vitamins that could speed up your recovery!
- Exercise more – it’s no secret that regular exercise makes you happier. And that’s the key – regular exercise. Because I do exercise, and have done for a while, but I always took the concept of exercise very lightly, and so, would only do it when I felt like it. Which basically resulted in a week of pushing myself (doing exercise every day for at least an hour) and then not doing it again for about 2 or 3 weeks because I was too busy/didn’t have time/didn’t feel like it. Pathetic. I’m going to try and get into a routine of doing exercise 3 times a week no matter what (unless I’m in like hospital or something!) to begin with.
- Drink more water – I’m really bad at that. Honestly, I barely drink any water at all! And this isn’t exactly an attractive proposition because I don’t fancy spending half of my day in the bathroom. Nonetheless, I feel like it must be done. Luckily, I drink absolutely loads of tea, so for starters, I can drink more healthy teas (green, camomile, white) and that will already be a huge step forwards. Besides that, I will start drinking more water in university, as opposed to my standard order of Caramel Macchiato (which is absolute heaven, by the way.) This will again be a massive step forwards because you wouldn’t believe the amount of Caramel Macchiatos I drink at uni. The girl who takes my order doesn’t even listen to me anymore! As soon as she sees me in the queue, she knows what to make. One time, I ordered a Latte, and she literally repeated my order back to me in a shocked voice.
- Eat healthier snacks – if I’m spending the day at home, I snack quite a lot during the day, so I think it would make a big difference if I replaced the crisps, sweets, popcorn, and whatever else I eat with fruit and vegetables. Especially since I’m a huge fan of fruit and veg as it is! I’m not saying I’m cutting these things out of my life completely, but if I ate fruit and veg instead of the sweets at least half of the time, it’d be great. So from now on, I’m going to stock up on more carrot sticks and fruits!