Testing and Reviewing Aloe Products

Jamie's little sister...I say little when, in fact, she's a fully grown adult...

Jamie's younger sister, Sarah, kindly asked me to test out and review/give her feedback on some Aloe products from the Forever Living range. Of course I said yes because that is my jam. I spend all of my spare time doing 1 of 4 things. 1) Blogging. 2) Messing around and then blogging about it. 3) Playing Sims, and 4) Watching weird stuff on YouTube. (Y'all should totally check out Rob Dyke by the way. I've been having nightmares for weeks.)

Anyway, she gave me this cute little basket full of goodies to try out and so, nursing a hangover, I needed some pampering and reached for this. 

I would use the basket in every day life, for everything, just saying.

1. The Heat Lotion

The first thing I noticed was the overwhelming smell. Apply liberally should not be a thing because holy mother effing balls does this stuff work! If you have muscle ache, or sore bones etc, an actual ailment that is causing you pain or discomfort then buy this because this penetrates the skin immediately. 

Skin is left smoother and feeling like you were on fire temporarily before you rolled around in something menthol. Kind of like Deep Heat on Steroids. I would definitely buy this and use it medicinally. I instantly recommended it to Jamie because he uses Deep Heat Rub all the time for leg injuries but I don't think it's working quite as well as this stuff could for him. 

Definitely what it says on the tin. If you apply too much, shower/wash the excess off. The product still remains on your skin so definitely a long lasting product. I recommend 5p piece dollops as opposed to my handful of cream slathered everywhere for testing purposes. If you mind the smell, which I kind of did, then apply this at night because it is very powerful. If you don't care then crack on. After about 10 minutes, heating/menthol sensation subsided and my body felt more refreshed. It also leaves a stench in whatever room you apply it in so open the windows.

2. Eye Make-Up Remover 

So this was labelled eye makeup remover but I don't things by halves, mainly because I'm lazy. I applied this full face of makeup. Went out, had a good old time and then came time to remove my makeup.

I usually use makeup wipes so didn't have any cotton balls on hand. I instead used a tea towel but don't laugh...because it workedddddd.

Below are the products that I used to make my face up. This involved waterproof and provocalips which could survive a nuclear bomb, quite frankly. I applied the size of a 50 pence piece, not liberally as every package states, and then proceeded to remove my entire face.

I really like this product. It removed the makeup quickly and even when I got it in my eye (because I'm a moron) it didn't outrageously sting or cause me harm. I simply wiped it with a damp cloth and my eye was fine.

I then tackled the indestructible lips and was so surprised that it worked! No makeup remover has successfully removed this from my lips before and even makeup wipes take some serious scrubbing to get it off.

My face went from fully done to completely bare in around 15 seconds.

I'm going to quickly add that I'm not naked here, I'm wearing a strapless dress and didn't consider my angle, haha!

Afterwards my skin felt soft and refreshed like I had just done a face mask session.

I have just added this to my shopping list.

My hands felt a little sticky after but a simple wash and they were also left refreshed.

I couldn't detect any smell.

3. Forever Aloe Scrub 

This smells faintly of aloe but generically like every other face scrub which is quite pleasant and not at all overpowering.

I wet my face and applied rubbing in a circular motion until a sort of white almost foam appeared.

The micro-beads, or microspheres as they called them, buffed my skin and I genuinely feel like it has cleaned and cleansed my pores after last night's shenanigans.

Nachos, pulled pork, cheese, guac and salsa accompanied by copious amounts of lager and vodka monster. Heaven.

I have oily skin which I definitely think this product helped to subside and the redness of my spots calmed. Possibly due to the aloe ingredient.

It wasn't messy to apply although I found removing it was easier with a towel or sponge/pad than just with water and my hands.

There was a little residue left after washing it off but I found this to be beneficial as for a long time after I removed the product it was still protecting and conditioning my skin. Kind of like when you condition your hair and have nice silky smoothness for a while after is probably my favourite comparison.

4. Aloe Propolis creme

I applied this 'liberally' to my arms, legs, neck and chest area where I would usually apply lotions.

I have to say that this is my least favourite product. It's not bad, it's just not my preference for skin care products.

I found the creme very thick and dense. When applying it to my skin, it was very tough to spread out and rub in. My arms and legs felt very sticky for a while after as well because it took quite a while to dry.

I had a lot of residue on my hands after and even washing them, they still felt tacky.

The smell was far too strong, very overwhelming and generally not a nice smell. Jamie reckoned it smelled like coconuts but I think it was more like a pet shop.

Once it has settled my skin felt very soft and smooth to the touch although it was still a little tacky.

I think people with dry skin would benefit from this product as it does lock in moisture. I have since recommended it to Jamie to try because he suffers from dry skin but as I suffer from the complete opposite (I have oily skin, which do you think is worse? Oily or dry?) then the product is unfortunately not for me.

It is all round NOT a bad product though. It's all about skin types, unfortunately. 

Upon further research into creams and lotions, I came across this post which confirms what I was saying. Cremes are ideal for dry skin as lotions are droplets of oil mixed in with water and further dehydrate dry skin whereas creams/cremes are droplets of water mixed in with oil and so aid in moisturising skin long term and keeping dry skin at bay. 


Big thank you to Sarah for letting me test these products and semi-curing a hangover. All of these products are great in their own right if you find the right stuff for your skin type. I recommended two of these products to Jamie as he suffers more injuries and from dry skin than I do but loved the other two products because they suited my skin type. It is also definitely worth the money as although the packaging states to 'apply liberally,' a little goes such a long way so these products will last a very long time.

I do suggest purchasing these products and experimenting with them yourselves though!

Have you tested out these products or anything Aloe? What are your thoughts? Comment/link me below or find me on social media! 

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What I Regret About University...

Today is the day that, after much anticipation, many people will be collecting their A-Level Results. Some of these people will be selecting which Universities they are going to and Universities have opened up Clearing for others to ponder over.

University is supposed to be the best years of your life. Today, as thousands of teens and adults alike collected their results and planned for their futures, I thought that I would reflect on my University experience.

I didn't really have a University experience per say. I attended lectures and classes and that was about it. Most of my University life was actually spent in my home town, with the friends that I already had, in the pubs that I originally drank at. I didn't hate University but if I was offered the chance to do it again, now that I've matured and really thought about what I would want, I would do it completely differently.

Below, I have compiled a list of things that I would do if I went to University as the person that I am right now.

In no particular order:

1. Move there

I didn't move to University. I stayed at home with my parents in order to save money and stay close to the boyfriend that I had at the time. (Dickhead move, he was cheating on me anyway.) I had a stint where I lived in Newcastle briefly for around a month but that was also an epic fail. Maybe one day I'll write a post about that experience. I wish that I had packed my shit and moved to University. Moved in with strangers, bunked with mates. I stayed at home for the full three years and missed out on a few vital life lessons as well as everything else.

2. Explore the City

I know Newcastle better than majority of my friends because I studied their for three years. I knew public transport like the back of my hand and I know majority of the city but I never spent time just really exploring it. I live 30 miles away from it and still have the opportunity to do so but I wish I had taken time as a not-so-busy student to really absorb the place I would be studying in.

3. Attend Parties/Nights out

I used to have the odd pint and catch the last train home at night but that sucked so bad. I would see students flocking around the student union or in mini gangs going back to their residence to change for an epic night on the tiles and I was at home, with my dog, doing sweet f.a.

4. Join a Club

I have hobbies now and I had hobbies then. I wish that I had joined a club. As well as looking good on your CV, I would have made friends with similar interests and maybe done something with a hobbie. I never joined anything but I wish I did.

5. Go to Freshers 

All of your bonding, epic stories and best memories will come from the first two weeks of your University Career. I had three chances to go to Freshers and didn't bother with any. I would have attended at least one so I could have some form of positive memory/fun story to tell.

6. Be Single

I don't for one instance regret any of my boyfriend's or love interests. I met Jamie whilst I was in my third year and I have had an epic relationship for three years with that kid. At University, I had four boyfriends. I had the one I entered my first year who dumped me soon after, a guy I was with for a year and a half, the one who kicked me in the head and then Jamie. If I could go back, I would have held off on the relationships. Formed friendships, skipped the disaster that ended in a court case during my third year and build relationships with a foundation of friendship. I feel that if I was alone when I went to University, I may have opened up more, made more friends, felt more open to opportunity without the tie of what people at home were thinking or doing.

7. Work part time

I have always worked and/or been in education but the job that I had when I was at University was 30 miles from my hometown and 60 miles from my University. I worked all summer, weekends and majority of night shift. Looking back it would have been beneficial for me to find a part time job, move to the city and balance all three in one place. Not three things in three places miles apart.

8. Study a sandwich course/placement/year abroad 

It would have been a great to really work in the industry. Build some contacts, feel the atmosphere of the workplace and get some relevant work experience on my CV. Plus, a year abroad would have been a fantastic opportunity to further learn some life skills whilst still in the safety of the student status net. I did work for a magazine whilst I was at University and I loved every minute of it but I could have done more.

9. Started blogging

I dabbled in many websites and blogs at University but I could have started something and really progressed with it whilst I had all of that spare time. I didn't really find my niche until I started this blog and I didn't learn everything I know now until earlier this year. I could have invested a lot of time into growing a great space on the internet.

10. Learn to budget

I blew so much money at University. I didn't buy a yearly ticket for the train but spent £20.00 a day on travel. I would buy crap out of boredom whilst I was travelling and spend what I had left over down the pub. I also helped out family but it was more common that they helped me. Now that I've grown up and pay council tax amongst the majority of other bills I have, I recognise all of the mistakes that I made living off the three years of student loans. I also have to stretch my monthly wage even further to cover overdraft payments that are due to my student status now being a graduate one. If I'd have budgeted, I'd have had plenty of savings, no overdraft and not have to get myself out of all that debt later on after University life.

11. Visited friends at other Universities

I had a group of close friends at college and we all went to different Universities. One of them even went to mine! I didn't visit any of them even though they relentlessly offered. I didn't try and eventually those friendships fizzled and faded and became nothing more than the odd like and interaction on Social Media. If I could go back, I would have budgeted and saved and spent my weekends exploring their University life and the culture of their city as much as I could have.

12. Taken a Gap Year

I was one of the last people to have the capped fees. I missed the £9000 fees by the skin of my teeth so felt pressured to go to University when I did. Now, I would have taken a gap year, explored more universities, more courses and really researched what it was that I wanted. I didn't move there for stupid reasons and stayed close to home so that I could travel. A year out could have changed my life for the better or the worse.


That's it for this post. Saying all of the above and really reflecting on my time at University, I would have done it differently if I was going to University now but I don't regret what I did for the person that I was back then. I learned a lot of life lessons, even if they weren't neccessarily the ones that I could have learned, Jamie and I had a wonderful relationship and continue to be amazing friends. I moved out with friends and then lived as a couple, got myself a decent job and continued to meet amazing people that impacted my life for better and worse. If I had originally done everything I mentioned in this post, then I would be someone completely different. My relationships and friendships would all be different/not exist and even this blog may not exist.

I lead a good life and am thankful for everyone and everything in it so looking back, I did the best thing I thought at the time.

Here are some really awful photos from my graduation day. It has been 2 years since I graduated and I am still learning and growing every single day.

That was definitely worth the hangover.

Do you have any University advice or regrets? Are you preparing to go to University? Share your thoughts below or find me on Social Media! 

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Sims 4: Get To Work - Cowplants and Sixam

I have a confession to make. If you follow me on Instagram and maybe even Twitter then it's not much of a secret revealed but... I am OBSESSED with Sims. Sims 4 to be precise.

I don't know if that makes me lame or awesome but I'm going to go with awesome because today I accidentally found a Cowplant and Sixam. And some weird, alien pod thing.

If you have no idea what I'm talking about then this post is not for you, do a little research and then join the rest in reading onnnnnn.

So, I was watching Captain Sauce on YouTube (a new favourite, check him out here) and in his 'Life of Kevin' series, he travels to Sixam, he then traces the UFO elsewhere and defeats the Queen of the aliens who actually impregnated him whilst he was abducted. This is a snippet of the utter hilarity, go and check it out, highly recommended.

Anyway, I hadn't really done anything with my Sims. I killed them off unnaturally, I made my own retail business, I completed a load of ambitions...your usual stuff. I was aware of the Cowplants and Sixam but had never really had any luck, and patience, in successfully finding them.

I don't want to get into the background of Sims 4 because this isn't a review, more of a "look how cool this is" post but Sims 4 is basically where you can accompany your Sims to their job (there are 3 new career paths and the option to make your own retail business) and an alien 'race' is introduced. Their world is a hidden extra in this and y'all live in perfect harmony...sort of.

You can interact with the aliens just like regular Sims. They can hold down jobs, go to school, have babies (which can be hybrids that can disguise themselves) and you can add them to your family. They, of course, have powers and the ability to do stuff that your regular Sim cannot which is pretty cool.

My Sim, before I decided to go on this discover Sixam and accidentally adopt a cowplant mission, is actually dating an alien. They also work together in the detective career. It's super cute.

Another kind of fun thing to know is that when the alien is 'discovered' (I mean, y'all are bright green and blue), it actually impacts both regular Sim and alien. So my Sim usually gets the confident moodlet and the other is angry. The alien usually feels tense or embarrassed. Like ma boyf did when our co-worker totally ruined this photo shoot.

Ain't he pretty?

I'm going to also quickly mention that you can buy a satellite that can encourage alien abductions, bring aliens to your house, prevent abductions and even more fun...make your neighbours angry, piss themselves, dance until they fall down, be extremely happy or just knock them out on the spot. It's great if you're having a party and someone's annoying you. Another funny thing is to lock the bathroom door and make every need to pee. I sound really cruel here...let's move on!

Anyway, there are two usual methods to uncovering access to Sixam.

1. My method - Rocket Science Skill

I say my method like I invented it but I didn't. The method that I used was to max out the rocket science skill. If you are that impatient, there is of course a cheat but what fun would that be?

Here are some screenshots from my Sim getting her skill on and also uncovering the cowplant ... accidentally somehow. I dig it.

One of the first things you can do is purchase the books by ordering on the computer. Fast forward or have the bookworm trait and this is done pretty quickly.

Then simply have your Sim repeatedly go on missions and 'upgrade' the rocket ship until their skill maxes out. There's not much else to it.

The missions until you gain access to Sixam are typically multiple choice. It's like a fun mini game and you can return with some cool alien artifacts.

Coming back with a cool alien artifact was actually how I got the Cowplant and weird alien pod.

The cowplant grows pretty quickly and then you feed it and play with it. I haven't experienced this yet but I know from Captain Sauce that you can get eaten by your cowplant if you don't feed it enough. You can also pet it, play with it and even milk it...

It's pretty cool. As long as I don't lose my only sim to it...I may have to get her a family just incase.

A couple of 'side effects' that I noticed were that my Sim would come back naked and refuse to get dressed or be completely invisible for a while. This often fixed itself, it didn't affect her moodlets or control of her at all and was a bit funny to witness. If you click on a mirror and 'try on outfits' it usually corrected it too. In case you need to know...

Another cool thing, if you're into that, is that you can use the rocket ship for more than just exploring space...

So, after you've maxed your skill to level 10, you will have the option to 'install a wormhole generator for 1000 simoleons.

I read that all of the upgrades aren't necessary, I pretty much did all of them just to gain the skill to max it at level 10.

Method 2

I purely researched this one and haven't done this. I could have but my Sim is Captain of the detective career right now and earning a crap load of money a day and I didn't want to have to restart from the bottom in a new career which would have also taken SOOOO much longer to achieve the result that I did through the skill. If you aren't in a rush though, you should totally try maxing out a career and show me what happens!

So, according to Carl's Sims 4 Guide: "Reaching level 10 in the Scientist Career, you can upgrade your Wormhole Generator by attending work and using the Invention Constructor. You can learn all about that career in our guide, but here's what you need to know: initial construction of the Wormhole Generator requires level 6 and a scientific breakthrough along with 2 uncommon metals, crystals, and two of any elements. The upgrade itself is free to use, just requiring you to place the Wormhole Generator on the Invention Constructor and select upgrade. This is the more time consuming route between the two, but Scientist is a great Career and offers loads of money-making potential so is by no means a sink like Rocket Science."

There you have it, right from the horses mouth.

Okay, the moment we've all been waiting for...

Entering Sixam.

What I learned from Captain Sauce is that behind that 'door' is usually a bloody huge UFO. If it's not there, then check out your worlds as it will be hidden somewhere base camp style. I believe you can see it from world management/view but don't hold me to that.

This whole thing was very Avatar. The trees and plants all glowed and moved. It was pretty cool.

So, I collected a whole bunch of stuff, I haven't returned 'home' yet and planted them so I may actually do another blog post (maybe not, who knows) about bringing all the alien stuff back and planting it. I may also add the alien to my family and play as one, see what fun stuff could happen.

A quick thing, I did have a baby with an alien when I played as a different Sim which resulted in a hybrid, I then stopped playing as them because I ended up with like, 8 family members and couldn't be bothered to control them all so left them in my world as NPC's...the blue one with hair and shorts on was the baby that I created and so a hybrid!

I was going to harvest some more plants and see what the aliens were like in Sixam (see if they were any different to in the regular world) but then this happened...

Which I should have seen coming because I was on a different planet but I didn't think to book the day off work...
So this became redundant...

Aaaaaaaaaand I ended up going to work.


That's pretty much it for this post, I hope that this made sense, taught you some stuff, maybe I missed out something cool that you could teach me? If that's so then comment or link me below or find me on social media! 

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