Still Here & Hanging On

Gosh! Feels like eon’s since I was in blog world, but it’s only been two weeks since my last post. Where has all the time gone?

Well, I started a new job two weeks ago and it has left me ragged and dog tired! So tired every evening, that blogging has been the last thing I want to do, but funny enough is always on the forefront of my mind. I feel I’ve neglected it. My drafts folder is so long and I hate not having the time to go through it properly and put some posts up.

But I’m sure you all know what the first few weeks of a new job can be like, so much learning to do, new systems, new people etc. All the things that leave you brain tired, but slowly seep into being general tiredness. Although I’m enjoying my new job, I’m vowing to get back to blogging in the next few weeks.

So till then, can I recommend you check out one of my favourite bloggers – Beauty Pulse – a woman in the know!

 

Image from ShabbyinSurburbia.blogspot.com

 

 

 

For my Mummies, with love

I count myself very lucky that I have lots of mummies. I have my mum, my mother in law, lots of aunties and older female cousins who at one time or the other have looked after me just like a mum would do. Yes, I was raised by the village ūüôā

I think every day is YOUR day, but in the spirit of this one day allocated most especially for you, I’m shouting out:

HAPPY MOTHERS DAY! 

image from Unity Works Art

DijasWorld in Pictures

I’ve joined the band wagon and¬†signed up for Pinterest!

It my online mood board – DijasWorld but in pictures!

Anyway, find and follow me here –Dijasworld

 

Contentment in a candle – The Gypsy

A couple of weeks ago, my new Jonathan Ward London candle arrived. I ordered The Gypsy from the Russia Collection and I haven’t been left wanting. I wanted a new decadent scent for my bedroom and The Gypsy has ticked every box. For me, a candle is much more than the smell, it’s about the feelings and images it can conjour up.

The fragrance is rich and powerful. Whenever I light this candle I imagine I’m royalty¬†in old Imperial Russia. I am a Grand Duchess reclining on a chaise longue in an opulent boudoir, somewhere in Alexander Palace in with maids fawning over me.(active imagination – work with me). It’s cold outside and I’m snuggled in a velvet blanket next to a roaring fire.

It’s a very sensual and floral scent, which I think is what makes it perfect boudoir candle. I find the mix of fragrances very soothing and enveloping. ¬†I think, if contentment had a smell, The Gypsy would be it. Within a few minutes of being lit, the beautiful scent can fill the room perfectly. Its like walking into an embrace of a long-lost love.

The Gypsy is a heady mix of fragrances – carnation, sandalwood, rose, jasmine, ylang ylang, amber, bergamot, patchouli and cedarwood. All working in perfect harmony to create a scent most enchanting. I highly recommend.

centre image from www.commons.wikimedia.org 

YSL Shocking Mascara

I think I’ve found the mascara that will change my life.

OK, that’s a bit dramatic, but I am honestly in love with YSL’s Shocking Mascara. Over the years, I have never been loyal to a particular brand. I normally just coat my lashes in whatever I touch first in my make up box. However, for the last month, I’ve been actively hunting down my YSL Shocking Mascara every day. Not that its hard to miss, in its iconic gold tube. I love how the word SHOCKING is scrawled lazily across it just for added drama.

It gives some serious volume and definition to my lashes. My lashes aren’t sparse, but I love anything that gives them a boost. It’s not quite the false lash effect, but it’s definitely a dramatic improvement.

Lashes sans mascara

A clear difference

I have to confess, that I did have some clumping issues at the start. I think it’s because, it’s quite a wet mascara. If ever there was an oxymoron, this is it. This is easily solved by using a clean mascara wand to comb out the lashes immediately after application, but when you’re up against time as I usually am, you want a product that delivers first time round. Anyway, I stuck with it and I’ve enjoyed the benefits, so I’m happy.

When I bought it (£23), the sales assistant said to me that its only suitable for one coat on your lashes. Not true, I do two with no problems and my lashes look all the better for it!

For the Love of Red

Lately, I can’t seem to get enough of red lipstick. I’ve always liked a red lippie once in a while, but ever since I cut my hair mega short, I seem to be reaching more and more for a slick of red. Maybe it’s to do with my face being more exposed and without much hair to do fancy stuff with, I’m accessorising more with my make up.

There’s something about red lipstick that makes me feel very dressed up and grown up, without me feeling like I’ve put a lot of effort in. For me, a strong bold red is a massive confidence booster as well. On a night out, I love red lipstick for the instant glamour it gives. All is well and beautiful in my world if I have a red on my lips.

I tend to prefer reds with a little bit of gloss as I find them more moisturising, but depending on the occasion a matte also floats my boat. I truly can’t pick a favourite out of my small collection. I love them all!

Are you as passionate about red lipstick as I am?

Chai Tea – My perfect cuppa

This is another one of my new discoveries.

I’m having at least 2 cups a day and I just can’t seem to get enough. For me, its the perfect combination of cinnamon and ginger. ¬†Two of my most favourite spices. I brew for 5 minutes, add a dash of milk and my world is beautiful all over again.

Are you a Chai fan?

What’s your choice of tea?

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