Friday 26 February 2016

2 Months Down, 10 To Go

I can’t believe February is almost over, it feels like just yesterday it was New Years. And now we’re two months in, this year is just flying by.

February has been the month of ghosts of boyfriends past, which is almost fitting given the fact it was Valentine’s Day this month. I’m not sure why so many exes popped up, but it severed a strong reminder that I am where I want to be. Nothing they’ve said has been tempting, it’s been kind of nice to realize all the bullshit over there years has led me in the right place.

Work has been testing; I have had my moments, but overall I’m getting there. I’ve taken a step back and in doing so, I’ve managed to take a step forward. If that makes any sense. I’m still a little “grrrrr”, but I’m doing a much better job of dropping it once I leave and actually being able to enjoy my time off.

On the blog front, I’m really enjoying the new schedule. I’m about 2 weeks ahead with my writing, which takes off a lot pressure and allows me to enjoy the process more. It also means if I get sick or I just don’t want to write, I don’t have to. It’s also meant I’ve been able to do some bonus posts, which I don’t normally do, but have brought in a lot of new readers, a lot of which are sticking around and reading some of my old posts which is awesome.

March is going to be very work focused, I have a few OT shifts lined up which means I won’t have a whole lot of time for extracurricular’s. I don’t really mind, it keeps me out of trouble and thanks to the way they’re lined up I’ll even get some sleep in. The plan for March was to get all my social media back in line, but I think that goal may have to wait until April.

Anyways, you lovely people, I am going to go and write an assy email to a company who doesn’t seem to understand when I pay for next day delivery I expect it the next day. But before I go I will leave you with this question, What is your goal for March? Let me know in the comment box below and as always stay and play safe.


The Honest Bitch 

Friday 19 February 2016

Not There

In case anyone is wondering, I may it a grand total of 22 days before I completely lost my shit at work. I’m fairly impressed with that; everyone deals with the work bullshit differently. Some people get vindictive, some shut down, some smile and go home and drink; I cry, shake it off and make a mental note to get revenge later.

Not the most positive way of dealing with things, but it works. It goes strongly against the whole “don’t feed the bad wolf” upbringing I had, but I never liked that story anyways. I also really hate the smell of smudging which is the other thing that I keep getting told to do right now. Plus, I can’t smudge the office, so that’s not the most practical advice.

I keep getting told just be Canadian, it’ll get you through. Meaning be nice and polite and fall back on my upbringing. Solid advice and I know it, but sometimes getting into the head space where you can listen to solid advice is half the battle and today, right now I’m not there.

Anyways, I’m going to go and get ready for work. But before I do, I leave you with this question, how do deal with work bullshit? Let me know in the comment box below. And as always, stay and play safe. 


The Honest Bitch 

Friday 12 February 2016

A 2016 Outlook On Mr.X

It’s two days before Valentine’s Day so it seems only fitting I do an Mr. X post; the first Mr. X post of 2016 I might add. He sent me a message, be it 3 plus weeks ago by the time you’re reading this, but I wanted to talk it out.

He started off his message by stating my blog seems to be a little tame these days. Which is completely true. I’m not dating these days, I’m focused on work and when I’m not at work I’m decompressing, so I don’t commit murder when I’m back at work.

He then went on to say he was an idiot with me and that he was sorry. I told him there was nothing to be sorry about, which there isn’t. We made peace many moons ago, that’s why we still talk and why we’re still friends.

He then said this “It wasn’t an apology. I was an outspoken regret.” and went on to say he wished he had a second chance and that we had met later in life. This got me thinking.  

I regret nothing in regards to Mr. X, don’t get me wrong, it was horrible at the time and in all honesty, for many years later. But it shaped me. I can honestly say if it wasn’t for him I wouldn’t be the person I am today.

He is the reason I am so strong, he’s the reason I will not settle, he is the reason I am so steadfast in my belief and knowledge of what I want. I’m eternally grateful for him being such a cunt to me all those years ago. I would be a very different person if it wasn’t for him.

Don’t get me wrong, I do occasionally wonder what would have happened if things had gone differently between us, but I’m fairly certain it wouldn’t have worked out. We’re very different, yet our personality traits are very similar. He’s a conservative, reserved, Mormon. And I’m a liberal, non-reserved Agnostic. We would have either balanced each other perfectly or killed each other. And given our temperaments, particular back then, my money is on one of us being in jail right now.

The idea of “what if we met later in life” is interesting, but without his influence I wouldn’t where I am today and because of that, I doubt I’d have the skills needed to deal with a personality like his. Hell, if it wasn’t for him, I’d probably would have settled, and be married by now so meeting him wouldn’t even be a possibility.

He ended our conversation with a simple question “are you happy?”. Maybe not such a simple question.

I’m not unhappy, I have what I need. I have people around me I care for and that care for me. I’m very blessed and I know that. Am I as happy as I could be? No. I bottle a lot of stuff up, I don’t really have anyone to lean on and despite having people around me, I have pretty high walls so nobody knows everything.

But would a change a thing? No. I like the person I am. And in all honesty, I like the person Mr. X has become as well. I’m not sure how much of it he can see him self, but he’s come a long, long way. He’s practically a human these days. I’m incredibly proud of him.

Anyways, that’s enough of that, I’m off to grab a nice warm bath and finish off the book I’m reading. But before I go I’ll leave you with this question; are you happy? Let me know in the comments box below. And as always, stay, and play, safe.

The Honest Bitch 

Thursday 11 February 2016

Cohorted Black Edition: February 2016

Let me start by saying I am sorry this is the 3rd unboxing you’re seeing in a row, it’s just how they’ve arrived this month and where they’ve fell in relation to my normal blogging schedule. On the bright-side there will be a shiny new post all about Mr. X up tomorrow, so those of you that don’t enjoy these unboxing have that to look forward to.

Back to the unboxing, I received my February Cohorted Black Edition box about 10 minutes ago, so I thought I’d hope on and show you what's inside. This is the most expensive box I receive and I’m currently on the fence about keeping it. I like to give a box 6 months before I cancel it, this is month 4 and it’s not looking good.

With that said, let’s see what’s inside….

Dove – True Tone Underarm Dark Mark Eraser: Two things right off the bat; one this isn’t the Pixi Crayon Combo the booklet says I should have and two; what kind of bullshit product is this? This product went from the box, to my hand, straight to the bin. Utterly useless.

Elemis- Pro Collagen Hydra-Gel Eye Masks: Good Brand, nice product, I’m looking forward to giving them a try and seeing how they compare to my favorite Skyn Iceland eye mask.

bareMinerals – Night Treatment in Medium: Not sure on this one, my skin isn’t a big fan of bareMinerals products so I may not risk it and just pass it along.

Cargo – Long Wear Lips Gloss in Tokyo: I don’t tend to like Cargo Cosmetics, that's me a personal thing, that said; the lip gloss seems ok, not too sticky when I swatched it. The problem being, it’s in a bright red shade and I’m not Taylor Swift so I’ll be passing this item along as well.

Marc Jacobs- LOLA: It’s a perfume sample, the positive being it’s a spray sample. It’s smells ok, I’m more of a sweet smell kind of girl, but I’m not heartbroken with this one.

Chanel – Long-Wear Luminous Eyeshadow in Apparition: This is a greyish blue shade which isn’t my favorite, I’m more of a brown, neutrals girl myself. I may try this as a base, but it all honestly, it felt very oily on my hand. I kind of think this may cease like bitch, but I will give it a go.

Out of the 6 items in this box, I’m looking forward to using 1 of them. Like I said, this box is on the bubble, it really isn’t my favorite nor do I feel like it’s worth the money. That said, I’m going to go and put these things away and I shall see you guys tomorrow with a non-unboxing post. As always, my dears, stay and play safe.


The Honest Bitch  

Tuesday 9 February 2016

GlossyBox Unboxing - February 2016

I thought I’d throw another bonus post at you lovely people, since work woke me up just after midnight and I can’t get back to sleep. This time it is my February Glossybox.

The theme of this month’s box is Beauty Soulmates and I have to say the box itself is adorable. Just in case you’re wondering Glossybox is £10 plus p&p a month and for that you receive 4 – 6 items, normally full sized. GlossyBox tends to have higher end items, but there’s a mix. It’s normally one of my favorite boxes to receive.

So let’s jump in shall we, in the box this month there is….. 

Nicka K New York - 24H Waterproof Eyeliner in Dark Bown: I won’t say this is dark brown, it’s definitely buildable to dark-ish brown, but with one swipe it’s fairly light. It seems to be fairly creamy, and easy to smudge out, and once it had set on my hand it was a bugger to wipe off. I personally don’t wear brown liner, but I might give it a go as an eye shadow base.

MUA- Power Pout Glaze Low Voltage Glass in Allure: It’s pretty don’t get me wrong, but for such a sheer product it is very sticky. I don’t mind a sticky gloss, it normally means the colour will stay longer, but this sticky and uncomfortable, and has a brush applicator on top of that… given how many products I have in my collection, I’m going to give this one a miss. 

The Vintage Cosmetic Company – Floral Slated Tweezers: I’ve received these in a subscription box before, I just can’t remember which one. They’re cute, they work will and I lose tweezers like you wouldn’t believe so I’m happy.

Naobay – Protective Hair Mask Volume Conditioner: It says this is a luxury size, but you may as well call this full sized, it’s 200ml and the full sized item is 250ml…. What’s 50ml between friends. It smells… like nothing really there is a faint plant smell, it has Aloe as an ingredient so I’ll assume that’s the smell. I love my Macadamia Deep Repair Mask, but since I have this I will definitely give it ago.

Wilkinson Sword – Intuition Razor: I like my Venus razor so I doubt I’ll be trying this. Nice item, just not something that wowed me.

Overall, not a bad box, not my favorite, but I definitely feel like I got my money's worth and I’m looking forward to trying on the hair mask. Anyways, I am going to go back to bed. Hope you lovely people are still enjoying these unboxing and until next time, stay and play safe.

The Honest Bitch  

Saturday 6 February 2016

Birchbox Unboxing - February 2016

I should be fast asleep right now, but the mailman rudely woke me up and for whatever reason I can’t get back to sleep so I thought I’s make the most of it and do a quick Birchbox unboxing.

In this month’s box there are 5 items and one bonus item and at first glance I’m pretty pleased with what I see. Inside this month you get....

Spectrum Collections: Tapured Powder Brush - The brush is a cute color and super soft, feel like pretty good quality. I’ll definitely use it. All and all not a bad start.

LOC- One and Done Shadow Stick in Perfect Cents: I know this product was done in collaboration with Tati on Youtube, so I was a little sad not to see her cute branding on this in the UK. That said, this shadow stick is amazing. So soft and creaming, very blendable and super pigmented, I can’t wait to use it.

Ole Henriksen: Truth Serum Collagen Booster: Good brand, good sample size. My skin has been freaking out lately, so I won’t give a try straight away, but once it calms down, I look forward to throwing it in the mix. 

Ayres – Body Butter in Patagonia: Not thrilled about this one.  It kind of smells like old lady or Jasmine and rosemary as the jar may say. I’ll be passing this one along, it just isn’t for me.

The Balm – Frat Boy: I’ve nearly bought this blush about a 100 times, but for whatever reason I’ve always changed my mind at the last minute and removed it from my cart so I’m very happy to see it this box.

L. Erickson – Grab & Go Ponytail Holder: is the bonus item, it’s a red hair tie… I have no feelings on this one. I’ll use it. So I guess that’s a win?

All and all anther great box from Birchbox. I hope you enjoyed this bonus post and I’m going to go and down a couple cans of Monster before work. But, before I go I have this question for you; what subscription boxes do you get and which do you enjoy most? Let me know in the comments below and as always stay and play safe.

The Honest Bitch 

Friday 5 February 2016

Valentine’s Day Survival Guide

I’ve been doing some reading on the notion of “surviving Valentine’s Day” when single. Let me start by saying I’m not certain there is anything to survive; it’s just a day like any other, but it does make for some hilarious reading.

A lot of these so called survival guides suggest avoiding the color red and cheesy films, and heart shaped anything. Some suggest sending yourself flowers and chocolates. Some others go as far as to suggest you shouldn’t even go out of the house or go out with girlfriends because “it’s sad and pathetic”.

I personally think the idea that your relationship status should impede your happiness is sad and pathetic, but each to their own. That said, there are some things I like to do on Valentine’s Day when I’m not romantically attached, to make the day more enjoyable and fun. 

The first and most important is to turn off my phone. There is nothing like a supposed romantic holiday to drag up ghosts from relationships past. The best thing to do to preserve your happiness is turn off your phone and avoid that drama altogether.

The next thing I like to do is have a pamper afternoon; take a long bath, do some masks. Just look after me. I mean…. There’s nobody I love more than me so why not show myself how much I care.

The last thing I like to do is have friends over, have a drink, play some games just have a giggle. Not because I don’t want to be alone, but because it’s fun and why not have fun when everyone else is out fighting because their partner forgot to get them a card.

I’ll be honest, I tend to have much better Valentine’s Day single then I ever have in relationships. Maybe that’s because romance makes me horribly uncomfortable or maybe it’s because Valentine’s is just like any other day and when you treat it special… you’re bound to be disappointed. Whatever the reason, don’t let a calendar determine your happiness.  

Anyways, I have to go and get some much needed sleep. But, before I do I have this question for you, how will you be spending your Valentine’s Day? And will you be spending it single? Let me know your plans in the comment box below. And as always, stay and play, safe.


The Honest Bitch