Packing up & moving..

.. to Tumblr (again)

WordPress, I love you, I do. I love having creative control over all the site BUT I can’t afford your prices anymore. So I’m moving to tumblr.

https://www.tumblr.com/blog/lissaahsblog

 

ta-da.

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Sukin Review: Skincare for the Low Maintenance​

Right, let’s start by saying that I am in no way good at this. It’s an already established fact. I just find things I like and chat about them until the cows come home.

This month (well, last month) I turned 25, and with that birthday came a host of fears and expectations. One of which was that I needed to start looking after my skin/body.
So, I obviously went out in search of the best skincare available and found out that looking after your skin is horrendously expensive.

Then I found Sukin. (at the risk of this sounding like a sponsored post, it’s really not. I just love what I’ve found with this brand and hey, if they wanted to sponsor me who could blame a girl for jumping at that chance!)
Sukin is an Australian brand that makes skincare super affordable and does amazing things in general. It’s free from a heap of back things (including animal testing) and the most important thing here is that it WORKS.

I’ve made a video where I ramble on and on about the brand and products I have but thought I could also hop on here while I sip on my iced coffee and chat about it some more.

Sukin 1

These 3 (of 5 that I’ve used) products are amazing. The mist toner leaves my skin refreshed as f*&K. It’s lightweight but after scrubbing the makeup off my face at night time it’s so refreshing and hydrating I kinda end up just sitting in the bathroom saturating my face with it.

I’ve almost run out of the Recovery Serum, which apparently isn’t necessary if you use oil too (I use rosehip oil) but I use it in the morning to moisturize before makeup because it’s not heavy or sticky.

The moisturiser is good, but let’s be honest. I’m not even sure what a ‘good’ moisturiser feels like. This is my first attempt at a proper grown-up skincare routine so I’m essentially a kid in a candy shop with no limit on my allowance and an impending tummyache. If I use the toner, serum and moisturiser all at once, my skin feel’s overwhelmed and like, sticky? I’m not sure if I’m just doing it wrong but, that’s what happens!

Sukin 2

The Micellar water is strange. & again, I’m not sure I’m using it right?? At first, I just assumed that it was a normal water, popped it on a cotton pad took off my makeup and went to bed. THAT WAS A MISTAKE! I woke up with a sticky eye!!

Then, after reading the instructions I realised you’re supposed to use the water, THEN wash your face with the foaming cleanser. Then it worked a lot better!
When I do this, my skin feels a bit sensitive after the rubbing of a cotton pad, but a few sprays of the toning mist and it feels fresh again.

I really recommend these products to anyone like myself that’s a bit lost on skincare or that loves a bargain. Especially teenagers I feel like this is a good place to start. So there you have it, a 25-year-old’s review on skincare. Someone that know’s nothing about skincare recommending a product to other people that probably know nothing about skincare!
Let me know if you enjoyed this post or if you try any of the products mentioned!

If you made it to the bottom of this post, I’d also love a link to your own blog so we can be friends!

Read With Me // 5th November

3pm 5th November

Initial thoughts on this book are what the fuck was I thinking?! It’s huge. How am I supposed to carry this mammoth book around with me?

For anyone reading this that doesn’t know, Illumine is a book that’s essentially a story told in documents. So when you’re reading it, you’re reading hacked files that feature top secret documents, interviews and emails. & there isn’t actually any traditional dialogue or following of the main character in their head if that makes sense?

I’ve started reading and managed to get to page 26 before passing out because I was super tired last night but so far I love it! It’s original but I feel like it reminds me of S by Doug Durst & JJ Abrams. Except for the production value of S seem’s so much better because the pages are printed in colour with any notes made in different colours ink so you can tell who’s talking. In Illuminae you can see from the way the documents are shaded there is meant to be the illusion of colour but it just makes me really aware that it’s reprinted black and white so takes away from the experience just a smidge.

It does give you blueprints and maps which really helps add to the visualisation of the world as like I said, there’s no descriptive passages or world-building outside of the documents!

So it’s like, 4 days later!! It turned out to be a busy week and I still havent got past page 26. Does this happen to anyone else? You finally get a week of quiet that you can really get into your books and boom, family end up sick, you need to work and then general chores just take priority?

I think, I’m going to have to just leave this and post a review if I ever actually manage to finish the book!
In the mean time though, has anyone reading this read it already? I mean that’s a stupid question, everyone in the world has probably read it by now? It’s been out for a while and the hype around this series is immense!
So, how did you like it? Does it get easier to get into the way the story is told? Does it get easier to carry around on the train? These are the questions I need answers to!

 

How To Fail At​ Posting Regularly

Are you ready? I’m about to impart some tried and tested ways to positively fail at posting regularly on a blog.

  1. Forget you even have a blog.
    Seriously, I have forgotten about Lissaah many, many times before. But hey, I’m here now, so that’s what matters, right?
  2. Get sick.
    & utilise all the free time off you have by coughing up phlegm & blowing your nose while binging YouTube and Netflix.
  3. Move house.
    Promise yourself you’ll document the process but get so stressed out about it that you end up having no time to even unpack let alone stop for pictures or write a post.
  4. Sit down & plan.
    But end up mostly just decorating your diary or bullet journal for like 3 days straight.
  5. Play with your new cat.
    More specifically my new kitten, Birdie.
  6. Watch movies as background noise.
    Then completely ignore the post you’ve been writing.
  7. Menstrual Cramps.
    Enough said.

Okay, you caught me, this isn’t a helpful list. This is a list of excuses that I have been using to put off writing! I think it happens to us all that life just gets in the way and we end up needing to take time for us!

Granted that’s an inconvenience when you want to be a professional writer and like need to write but even still, you always need to take time for you!

Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart // Review & Discussion

If anything, Genuine Fraud is unique. It moves backwards in time so at the start, we’re reading what would be the end? And work towards what would be the start but is actually the end. Confused yet? Don’t worry, I’ll explain why I loved and hated this.

We follow Jule, a social butterfly (kinda) and Imogen a rich girl running away from her problems & parents. We get two perspectives into their friendship, the one Jule perceived and the one Imogen actually experienced.
Both different, both a bit confusing if I’m totally honest. As we move through the book it becomes more and more obvious what’s happening, but I was still invested and managed to read this in 3 days.

Genuine Fraud is branded as a mystery/ thriller but I don’t think I’d really use those words to describe it? It’s really interesting and I was hooked from the get-go but once I reached the midpoint I was pretty sure what was happening and the suspense died a bit.

The end (actually the start) was a bit of a let down for me, I was underwhelmed and disappointed that everything happened because Jule needed rent. I was annoyed because the entire plot is written like there is a bigger purpose to Jule’s story, but if there was I failed to miss it.

The last thing I really have to say about it is that I loved the layout, and I liked the back in time thing we had going on, but I paid no attention to the time-stamp at the top of each chapter. So if you’re like me & skip on details, maybe try and pay a tad more attention to the chapter heads of this one!

I’m super interested to see if you have read this book if you want to read it & what you thought!

If you wan to purchase Genuine Fraud you can here!

October Book Haul

I don’t know what got into me this month, but I was like lets buy some books. & it started off with me just downloading one book onto my Kindle. Which was Warcross by Marie Lu and I loved it! So once I had finished that, I was on a YA kick. More specifically a Marie Lu kick! I downloaded Legend, read it in like 2 days then downloaded Prodigy which I’m currently reading.

Prodigy is a bit slower for me than Legend for some reason. I have read half of Prodigy before and just never really got into it. This time I’m a bit more invested in the characters and I’m following the plot a bit better so I’m making more progress but it’s still slow. I keep thinking I’ve read over half of it but then look at the percentage I’ve read and it’s only 28%.

Since I had bought all Kindle books, I went to Dymocks and decided to pick up Illuminae by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman. Which is fucking HUGE. But I’m excited to read it because I completely missed all the hype around it last year. Along with Illuminae I bought Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart. I read We Were Liars by Lockhart a good few years ago but I remember loving it so much I recommended it to everyone that would listen. So I’ve been eyeing it up for a while and decided to finally buy it!

Because I bought Illuminae and Genuine Fraud before I’m finished Prodigy I really, really just want to start one of them! But because this happened with Prodigy before I’m trying to push through and just get past the boring formalities that come along with the second book in a trilogy. Especially dystopian series, you know that world building part where we see how the dystopia came to be? But in an unusually drawn out way? Yeah. You know what I mean.

Annnnyway! They’re they books I purchased in October! & the ones I’m planning on reading into the start of November! I had wanted to focus on some Halloween inspired reads but I got distracted by Marie Lu and her amazing worlds. & Dymocks and their amazing sales.

What will you be reading to finish off October?

Searching For a Job & Needing to Find The Fear! 

If there’s one thing I can say that is positively soul destroying, it’s looking for a job. And as someone that directs potential employers to this blog, that’s a risky thing to say! But hear me out!

So, number one. I don’t currently have “The Fear”. The fear is when you quit your current job and that gives you more incentive to look for a new job because ya know, rent and bills.
I don’t have that. I’m just in a job that I’m tired of. I’ve reached as far as I can go in the company and I need to challenge myself and look for new opportunities. It’s not the feat but its a fear that I’m using as motivation.

So, every day after work I scroll and scroll to try and find jobs. I start with the jobs I want. In content creation, writing, blogging basically I want to be paid to do this for a living!
Once I realize I’ve applied for all these jobs, I move on to casual work that will tide me over while I apply for more content creation jobs. Which is fine! I’ve applied for clothes shops, for cafe’s & reception jobs.

Yesterday I hit a new low though. I applied for the position of document scanner. A DOCUMENT SCANNER THAT WOULD SUIT A SEMI-RETIREE.

I feel like it’s at the stage where I should be thinking about giving up. But I won’t I will still apply for everything! There is a company out there somewhere that wants to hire me! They’re just making me work for it is all..