Monday, 21 August 2017

First time going abroad without adult supervision

Hey !

This year I stepped out of my comfort zone BIG TIME. I went abroad without adult supervision. I went to London with my best friend from University, and we were alone so I was the eldest from the both of us. So technically I was the adult. I was so nervous, but to be honest, it was easier than I thought it was going to be.


I just wanted to talk about a few things that I learn whilst I was abroad.

  1. I was the adult.
As soon as we went through the gates, Becca misplaced her passport which she didn't notice until we heard her name being blurted out on the speaker. Silly girl left it at the counter at Costa.
From that point onwards, I had the responsibility of holding any important document : passports, boarding passes, Little Mix tickets, oyster cards.

2) My dislike for ticket touts increased by 1000 percent.

    Let me tell you why. Whilst Becca and I were sat outside waiting very [im]patiently for the gates to open so we can see Little Mix. This cutest little princess walked up to us and asked us if we were going to see the concert. To which we replied 'Yes', then we asked if she would be attending the concert, to which she replied 'No'. So, her nanna explained that she had tried to get tickets but the show was sold out. I mean, I wasn't surprised. 

Fast forward to the concert, and there are two empty seats next to us. RIGHT. NEXT. TO. US. I had felt so bad throughout the whole concert thinking about the little girl. Now, these tickets may have been bought by ticket touts and not resold, or the buyer of the tickets simply couldn't make it. However, I was annoyed all the way through the concert.


  1. Lush is the best store on the planet

One : it looks like a sweet shop.
Two : All the staff are always so nice.

One thing I've noticed in the handful times that I have been to the Oxford Street Lush Store is that the person behind the counter always asks me if any of the products are for me. I swear, I've been asked this every single time I've bought things at Lush. And every single time I have the sales assistants telling me that many people always buy things for others instead of themselves. To which I would like to say "TREAT YOURSELF". I don’t understand how you can NOT buy anything for yourself when you're at Lush. Am I the only person to be greedy when it comes to Lush products?

I have also become aware of a little campaign that Lush does called 'Pay it Forward'. Lush is just so nice. It encourages its staff to be kind.

I don't know her name, and I do wish that I had asked, but the lady who assisted me in Lush that day of the London Pride Parade she could have convinced me to buy everything in the store. 


ALSO, the staff LOVE working there. During the day of the London Pride Parade, Lush staff were painting rainbows on people who bought a charity pot. During getting a rainbow painted on me, I asked the lady if she's working all day, and I felt bad that she was. But she was so optimistic! She was like "Yes, but I'm here painting rainbows on people so it's not all bad." I MEAN, COME ON ! Lush staff are just really nice, really kind, and really optimistic. I love Lush staff. 

  1. Seeing Little Mix
This was obviously the highlight of the whole holiday, and the reason why we were in London in the first place. It's been over a month since I saw them on that stage but it still doesn't seem real. I see photos of Little Mix online and go "I've watched them live." So, the funny thing about the Little Mix concert is the amount of little girls that were there. There was a sense of satisfaction , and amusement, seeing little girls ,who are not even yet in their teenage years, singing Shout Out To My Ex as loud as their voices can go.

I would also like to mention that Little Mix SLAYED! Their performances, their outfits, THEM…all perfect. I cried so hard when they sang Secret Love Song. I was already in tears over the fact that I was watching Little Mix live in concert, but when Jade started introducing the song I was full on sobbing.

The only down side was that Little Mix were only on stage for an hour..less to be honest because they had 1/2 costume changes.



  1. Seeing the difference between London and Malta.
Things that I saw in London that you do not see in Malta :

   A) Parakeets flying in Hyde Park. If a bunch of green parakeets are seen flying anywhere near people in this county, they are caught. Hunting of birds is an issue here.


  B) Dogs running around….I mean, okay. When Becca and I were walking through Hyde Park all the dogs were off their leashes and running freely. You are lucky if you see that in the dog park over here ! Maltese people do not trust their dogs and keep them on an extremely tight leash !

London is always a good place for me. I simply love London. However, going to London with a friend instead of my brother was simply amazing. (Even though me and Becca wanted to throw each other in front of the tube…and she wanted to throw me into the Thames. #FriendshipGoals)

Until next time, lovelies.

~Aby


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Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Review : Inkbox Tattoo

Hey !

Before we begin I want to take you back to 2012. January 6th 2012 was the day I discovered One Direction. The reason I am telling you this is because the boys of One Direction have a small number of tattoos. One of them happens to be on Louis Tomlinson's skin, which I had sworn to get inked into my skin. But as I grew older (and a tad wiser) I realized that I shouldn't get it as it looks rather childish.

Now, as I was curiously browsing through Inkbox's selection of temporary tattoos I spotted a tattoo similar to that of Louis's so ,obviously, I got it. I, also, got a Raven tattoo from their The Mummy Collection for my friend.

SO....here is my review of the Inkbox Temporary Tattoo "Papel". In other words, a paper airplane.


This little beauty cost me $21 USD without postage and delivery, and since it's outside the EU I had to pay about 9euro to the deliveryman for VAT. The box it comes in is black with this really cool design on the side of the box, and also, the words "Let's Get Inked" in big, white letters. My tattoo actually had a smudge? on it and I was worried that , although they claimed it would be fine, that it would still ruin the tattoo. Inkbox were right - the tattoo was fine.

Inside the box you will find your temporary inkbox tattoos, Black glove, moistened cloth and an  alcohol wipe. Together with the instructions on how to apply your tattoo. Applying the tattoo is really easy and takes no more than 20 minutes for the whole process to be finished. When applying the tattoo be extremely careful not to touch the inkpad with your bare hands because it will stain for the next two weeks.

When first applied the tattoo is really light. Mine was so faded that I thought I did it wrong but it started to develop a few hours later.  In less than 24 hours it was already looking perfect. It finishes as a dark blue design on your skin.
When first applied... 
A few hours later...



The tattoo lasted me exactly two weeks. Although it was pretty faded at the end of the two weeks, it was still clearly visible as a whole design.

This tattoo looks as realistic as could be, and my inbox was flooding with "When did you get a tattoo, Aby?" as soon as I posted a selfie displaying my Inkbox tattoo. I know that it is on the pricey side but it is worth every penny. Downside of it is that you can't know for sure where you're placing the tattoo since the back of it is a large square, so you just align it and hope for the best.

Until next time, lovelies.
~Aby


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Sunday, 6 August 2017

Types of Customers

Hey ! 

For the past few months I have had the 'honour' of working at a restaurant by the sea. It is beautiful on Sunny days, and I can't wait for Summer to come around so that every day is a beautiful working day by the sea. I love (most) of the people that I work with as they are all foreigners, and I feel that I get along well with them. HOWEVER, there are some people that I do not get on well with, and these are usually customers. 

As you read this post about different kinds of the worst customers, I want you to remember that I am not exaggerating and that these people actually exist and I have encountered them on multiple occasions. 


  1. 1) Customers who always complain. 

And I do not mean complain because they have a right to complain. I mean that these people go to the corners of the planet just to find something to complain about.  
As an example I am going to use a customer who comes in every Saturday night with her husband, and her two year old son. 

She ordered a small Spaghetti Bolognese because she wasn't very hungry and didn't feel like eating much…she complained that the portion was too small for her liking. 

She ordered a half rack of bbq ribs that comes with chips (fries), and coleslaw. She asked me if it is possible if we can not put coleslaw with her order, I told her that that could be arranged and asked her if she wanted salad/boiled vegetables instead. She said No….then complained that she had no Vegetables with her bbq ribs. 

This woman ALWAYS finds something to complain about.  

  1. 2) People who eat all of the food then complain that there was something wrong with it. 

What sucks about these people is that they tell me to inform the manager then he replies with "they ate it so don't tell me they complained" 
If something is wrong with your food, please let us know before you devour it all.  

  1. 3) People who change their order but won't admit it. 

As a waitress, and a human being, I am bound to make mistakes sometimes. I am grateful for clients who don't bite my head off when I admit my mistake and they have to wait a while longer. However, I am not grateful for that person that ordered a Blue Lagoon cocktail then said she ordered a Pepsi. I repeat my orders back to the customers as to see if there are any mistakes. You cannot tell me that you didn’t order a Blue Lagoon cocktail ! And if I had made that mistake you cannot tell me that you didn't notice my mistake as I repeated your order while you ,and your friends, had been paying attention to me.  

  1. 4) People who discuss their order between them when they say that they are ready to order. 

There are people who say that they are ready to order…then open their menus once again…and ask each other "so what are you having?"….then they start discussing their orders taking up valuable time then tell me to stay when I say that I can be back in a few minutes. I ,as a waitress, have things to do and other tables waiting for me so please DISCUSS BEFORE I ASK YOU FOR YOUR ORDER.  

   5) People who think that they're the only table in the restaurant.

     These are the kind of people who want something as soon as they think of it. I am most often in charge of the largest section of our restaurant, and I am most often alone. So you can imagine how frustrated I get when I am dealing with a customer who think they're royalty. 
Now, I am not saying that the customer doesn't deserve to be served, but if I have 10 tables and 14 things to do on my mental to-do list then I will simply add "See what that irritating on table 92 needs." 

Spoiler : She wanted her drinks 3 minutes after I took her order...I still hadn't put the order through! #oops. In my defense, I was alone on a Saturday night waiting on 23 tables. 

   6) People who think waiters/waitresses cook their own.
    
       The amount of times that I hear the question "Where is my food?" is pretty annoying. To this I would like to politely say to all of you that "I am a waitress, I do not know where your food is if it isn't in front of you. I am aware that you may have been waiting for about 20 minutes (that is when you ordered your Barbary Duck Breast) but the kitchen has other orders and I'm sure that they will finish your meal as quick as they can."

   7) Large tables that complain that their food is taking too long.

      So let me break this down for you. Our kitchen staff send up all the food of the same table at the same time, so when a table of (let's say) `17 adults and 4 children comes in, and order their food...they are going to be waiting a while. Now, where I work we usually offer a complimentary started when the order has been placed so that the customers don't completely die of starvation...but, that doesn't matter most of the time. 17 adults ordering a mixture of steaks, chicken breasts, ribs, and they expect their food to be done within 30 minutes. 

This post is a way for me to show you lovely people what it's like to be on the inside workings of a restaurant. So, the next time you visit a restaurant keep all of these in mind and I'm sure that if you are none of these customers then your waitress/waiter will love you. 


Until next time, lovelies. 

~Aby 

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Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Review: Lottie London Soap Star

Hey ! 

I am going to admit my biggest beauty sin right now, and I would appreciate no judgement from all you beauty lovers out there. Up until a few weeks ago, I had never cleaned my make up brushes. I know, gasp worthy right? My brushes were becoming very messy…the foundation brushes were goopy and the eyeshadow brushes had so much colour on them that they were black. So, I thought it would (finally) be the time for me to invest in a brush cleanser…and that ladies and gentlemen is how I bought the Lottie London Soap star that I am going to review for you today. 


Let me start by talking about the absolutely adorable packing that this product comes in; it is a white, small plastic container with a black and white striped screw on lid that has a pink star on it with the name of the brush cleanser. Once you open the tub, you will see a round piece of soap with a rough layer of sponge underneath it that it meant to keep the soap in place while you are cleaning your brushes.  


The Lottie London Soap Star is very easy to use as all you have to do is wet the bristles of your brush and swirl on the soap until clean before rinsing and leaving them to dry. You can take out the soap to wipe it clean, and the sponge is also removable to be able to be rinsed. Remember to let everything dry before you put them back into the container. 

This brush cleanser doesn't lather much so you don't have to worry about having a whole lot of lather seeping into your brush. Also, the ingredients in the Lottie London Soap Star are meant to clean your brushes properly and help keep the bristles remain soft. 

 I love this brush cleanser so much. I literally can't think of anything bad to say about it. It's inexpensive, easy to use, does a marvelous job, and most importantly, it is a cruelty free product. 

I would love to hear your opinions on this product if you have used it, and I would also love to hear your recommendations for Brush cleansers. 

Until next time, lovelies. 

~Aby 

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