I recently saw a Tweet that almost made me wet myself with excitement.

It was Cosmopolitan UK, posting a review of… what was that? Poundland’s very own makeup line?!

As you know, I love Poundland. And Pound World. And the 99p Shop (oh yes, that exists). Luckily, there’s a Poundland literally a mile up the road from me, so yesterday I popped in on my way back from uni. I was not disappointed. Here’s a little overview of the stuff I picked up. There will definitely be more posts like this when I pick up the rest of the line!

Nail Polish, Base Coat and Cuticle Oil


Nail polish in “Blood Red”, “Healthy Nails” base coat, and cuticle oil, all £1


Nail polish in “Parma Violet” and “Purple Rain”, £1 each. I know they look almost identical on camera, but I just couldn’t choose between them!

I absolutely can’t wait to try out these purples – I’m impressed with how the colours are different to other brands that I’ve tried. “Parma Violet” is more of a ‘bright pastel’, if such a thing can exist, while “Purple Rain” has a gorgeous grey tone to create a really moody colour.


“Blood Red”, perfect for A/W!

I immediately wanted to try these polishes out, so I went for “Blood Red”. The end result? Less of a “Blood Red” and more of a “Squashed Raspberry”, but still lovely; I only needed two coats and the shine is impressive for a £1 product. The base coat and cuticle oil feel really nourishing. I love doubling up my cuticle oil with a hand cream; it’s totally worth the half-hour you have to sit quietly, not daring to move in case you get big greasy marks all over everything…

Pressed Powder


“Smoothly Does It” Pressed Powder in Shade 1 Translucent with Vitamin E, £1

Okay – I’m so excited for this product. I find it really hard to match powder to my skin colour – I normally get my foundation looking just right and then ruin it with orange-toned powder. This one is much cooler-toned, and will also be perfect for a Halloween tutorial I have coming up in the next couple of days… Hmm, I wonder which character has perfect pale skin? You’ll find out on Wednesday.
I wish I could have picked up some more, but it looked like everyone had the same idea as me and had stocked up, nearly emptying the shelves. I asked a shop assistant who told me they’d restock on Monday, so I’ll be popping in again then. Stay tuned for my Halloween tutorials (with accompanying video, if my video editing software falls back in love with me again), and some fashion posts coming very, very soon.


“Of course, teenage girls need role models – but not like beauty vlogger Zoella.”
Chloe Hamilton, The Independent, October 21st 2014

The media student in me came out in full force when I read this article. I initially clicked the link with a vague feeling of outrage – how could anybody say anything mean about the lovely (and incredibly gorgeous) Zoe Sugg? Unfortunately, I feel like the points Hamilton makes in her article (which is still fairly rude and unkind) are fair. Here’s why:

I’ll be brutally honest – I can take or leave Zoella. I maybe watch half of her haul videos, then realise just how much money she’s spent on peter-pan collared dresses, and find something else to do. I envy her looks and her lifestyle – but that’s about it.

I don’t watch her vlogs – her quaint and ‘innocent’ relationship with fellow YouTuber Alfie Deyes does make me want to throw up a bit. People are just too interested – there are entire blogs devoted to the legendary “Zalfie”, and the comment sections of her vlogs are just embarassing (“they NEED to be a couple and my life would be complete”), even though Zoe herself expressed her discomfort at the attention.

However; what fashion and beauty channel on YouTube doesn’t focus on appearance or beauty? It’s a package deal. Zoe’s videos don’t always focus on fashion – she branches out (tentatively) to makeup too. I was a little irritated at the protests – ‘I’m really not very good with makeup’, she says, effortlessly gliding on the perfect winged liner and nude eye.

Zoe’s work with mental health charity “Mind” is to be admired. In fact, the first I saw of Zoella was an “anxiety advice” video – she spoke frankly (maybe a touch patronisingly) about her experiences with her anxiety disorder. As someone who suffers similarly, I found myself feeling comforted. In this area at least, she deserves to be called a role model.

I think Chloe Hamilton’s article will just lead to more popularity for Zoella. She’s likeable, funny and sweet, and I hope she wasn’t upset by the publication. She’s done amazingly for herself – a book deal, beauty line and nearly 6.5 million subscribers on YouTube. She must be doing something right!

Once you get over how perfect she is – her videos are literally like looking at a porcelain doll dressed in Topshop from head to toe – you can waste a couple of hours in her land of make-believe, where clothing companies hurl free clothes at you and Superdrug lets you loose with your own beauty line.
Oh, and she has guinea pigs. So that’s nice.


I’m unashamed to say that the Pound Shop is one of my favourite places to pick up hair and skin care. This week I found a lovely little selection of stuff to show you. As you can probably tell, everything cost just £1.

GARNIER Oil Control Complete Vanishing Cream 


The first thing I picked up was this fabulous little tube of vanishing cream. Promising to instantly eradicate shine and mattify the skin, this could have quickly become a wonder product for me. Unfortunately the tube also claims to do all this without any skin tightness. Strangely enough, my skin felt pretty tight after using only a pea-sized amount of this cream.

Luckily I can use the rest of this tube on my chest and back to prevent any breakouts, and a small amount of the cream mixed with an ordinary moisturiser is starting to do my skin some good.

FUDGE Urban Dry Shampoo


I’m a dry shampoo junkie. I’ve tried everything, from Batiste (which is, in my opinion, completely overrated) to own brands. The best I’ve ever tried comes from Wilkinsons (or “Wilko” as they’re cheerfully calling themselves now), available in four or five different varieties, coming in at £1.

This dry shampoo retails for around £6 (ridiculous). It has a strong smell – something tropical which sticks in the back of your throat a bit, but if you don’t directly breathe it in, it smells quite lovely. I unfortunately breathed immediately and had to have a puff of my asthma inhaler.



I was ridiculously excited when I saw this handy little can. I was completely unaware that dry conditioner even existed, and as a die-hard conditioner fan, I had to try this one. Charles Worthington products are, to me, very reminiscent of Aussie products – they contain similar ingredients and have a similar scent.

This dry conditioner is definitely not an everyday spray. It adds shine but also a strange slippery texture – which is luckily invisible – to your hair. I’d use this on freshly-tonged hair that has been frazzled by your curlers.

EYELURE Pre-Glued False Eyelashes


I’ll be honest here. I’ve never tried using false eyelashes in my life. They frighten me.

I saw these ones from Eyelure and felt slightly more positive – no terrifying glue that could potentially seal my eyes shut, no spider legs, and no sparkles. Eyelure is a respectable brand – these lashes come in at around £5 normally.

So check out your local Pound Shops. You honestly will be surprised at the amount of brand names you can pick up in there. I’ve never bought a Revlon nail polish full-price ever in my life, and yet I have quite the collection, all of which I’ve bought at Pound Land or Poundworld. Yes, they are two different shops. Yes, I love it.


1: Name and age?

My name is Sally and I’m 20 years old. I actually started this blog on my 20th birthday!

2: Day or night?

I work best in the daytime – at night I just throw on my pyjamas and get into bed and do unproductive things like watch Netflix and play on the Sims!

3: What do you hear right now?

Very little, as I’m in my university library…

4: Do you want kids? Why or why not?

I’d love to have children because I’d love a big family. Also I’m excellent at Year 4 maths problems.

5: The scariest dream you had?

Recently I keep dreaming about massive piles of frozen wasps (I know right?!) being under my blankets when I go to get into bed…

6: How tall are you?

I’m 5 foot 2. The same height as an 11 year old.

7: The last thing you ate was…

Birthday cake for breakfast!

8. Some of your hobbies include…

Theatre, singing, dance, reading, writing, video games…

9. Something you like about your appearance is…

I have big eyes so I can stare at my enemy.
(I don’t really have an enemy.)

10. What was the last movie you watched?

I haven’t actually watched a film for aaages, so I looked on my Netflix and the last thing I watched was a Louis Theroux documentary about chimpanzees. Standard.

11. Do you look like your parents?

I look like my Dad. I have his beard.

12. Do you sing in the shower?


13. Something others have described you as…

Probably small. Shy.

14. Two of your fears are…

Looking out of windows when it’s dark, and ET (the little alien guy, I’m petrified of him. I once dropped shepherd’s pie all over myself because I was eating my tea and he came on the telly).

15. What do you study at uni?

I do Media Studies and I love it.

16. What is your favourite season?

Autumn, because I can wear hats and dark lipstick and get birthday presents and frolic in the leaves.

17. Are you an introvert or extrovert?

I’m an introvert. I tend to be scared of people.

18. How many books do you own?

At least 500. I’m a big reader.

19. What’s your must have makeup item?

Always lipstick. Bright pink, dark red, purple, absolutely anything.

20. What’s your job? Do you like it?

I currently work as a drama teacher for Stagecoach Theatre Arts. I LOVE my job (I’m very lucky).


I love a night in. In fact, I go out of my way to make all nights “a proper night in”. This means a hot bath, at least two blankets, usually a good amount of chocolate, and an early bedtime. Basically I’m an old lady. Who eats a lot of chocolate.

Tonight’s bath consisted of a cocktail of LUSH bath bombs and shower gels. The benefits of working at LUSH include a fabulous staff discount – although I’m still well within my budget of £10.


Lord Of Misrule is pretty impressive. Lord Of Misrule is the name of the bath bomb, by the way, not a fantasy novel – although it sounds like one. There’s a cheeky little cherry red bomb inside the ordinary green one, which turns your bath a blood-red colour – perfect if you want to feel like you’re bathing in the blood of your enemies.

I was pleasantly surprised by the ‘slow burn’ of the bath bomb – it was still fizzling away happily fifteen minutes after I’d got in. The pepper and patchouli oil makes your skin soft and smell like Christmas (even though it’s October).

Next up, pyjamas!


My underwater-patterned pyjama bottoms are from Tesco, and were a bargain at £4 in the sale. They remind me of The Little Mermaid. Except she doesn’t wear pyjamas.

In this picture you can just about see my favourite blanket (it’s technically a ‘throw’ but I’m not fussy), which is a gorgeous lilac and grey tartan and came in at £3 from Primark.

A good book is always a nice addition to a chilled night in – I just finished “Before I Die” by Jenny Downham and it was the first book I’ve ever cried at. No, I didn’t cry at “The Fault In Our Stars”. Unpopular opinion time – I didn’t like it!

So there’s my night in essentials! I ate my chocolate bar before I could take a picture of it. Blogger problems…