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A lifestyle blog by a London gal who loves plants, metal, bleaching my hair and Osaka

Tuesday 8 September 2020

8 years/ over 600 posts of CandyflossOverkill

A sunakku bar with bicycles and a vending machine next to it in Osaka
I just realised that I missed my blogaversary last year! But on the actual day, (august 18th) I was in Osaka buying records and going to cool vintage shops, so I was living my best life ;)

This past year or so has been a bit of a quiet one on the blog because I was at work and it's sometimes been a bit soul destroying and I kind of forgot how nice it is to be creative...

I love blogging- it's so nice to have your own little space on the internet with no stress about algorithms, likes etc. that comes with instagram or Youtube.
And yet, I really let it slip last year- here is a graph of numbers of posts/ year that I created bc I was procrastinating...

Don't get me wrong, I am fairly pleased with the stuff I did post- there just wasn't quiiite enough there! But without further ado, here are a couple of my favourite posts from year 7 (August 2018- July 2019) and 8 (September 2019- July 2020)of blogging!

I feel v old now omg

A sunakku bar with bicycles and a vending machine next to it in Osaka
How to keep up language learning after living abroad (Japanese)

lanterns in Shinsekai, Osaka
How I passed the JLPT N1

A goldfish tank by the side of the road in Shizuoka city, Japan
Snapshots from Shizuoka City: part 2 Chanomachi

flatlay of well used makeup products on a sheet
My updated makeup collection// I got too much makeup free with magazines oops//

Osaka side street with Daiso and fugu fish signs
大阪パリピツアー Things I want to do in Osaka

Also a couple of more serious blog posts: 
a picture of blue sky and an electricity pylon with the words Black Lives Matter

I know me saying this on my little blog won't change the world, but I didn't want to *not* talk about it as it's so important. There are many super amazing resources on this though, so rather than reading my blog post, allow me to direct you to Black Lives Matter.

My makeup collection

But although I haven't been posting that much, I was taking looots of photos, so I have lots of juicy Japan content to come <3

My new job is in London, and I'm allowed to keep having my bleached hair, so look forward to more hair dye reviews too!

I also have sooo many photos I took in Japan, so I'll keep slowly posting those too :)

Thanks for reading, stay safe lads!! 
-Amy xoxo

Tuesday 1 September 2020

It's been a little while life update/ empties #24 Lush, Philip Kingsley, Bleach London, Simple

flatlay of used beauty products including lush, bleach london, simple, directions

Ok so it's been a little while and I've still been using beauty products so it's empties o clock! Quick life update: I'm doing all right! I hope you guys are too ♡ I've managed to get a new job even in these corona times (feeling suuper lucky because it's interesting and I get to use Japanese and I'm really happy <3) but I've been sliiightly busy! So again, another long long gap in posting. Really sending you guys so much love- it is a mental time atm and now we're sort of reopening things it's almost *more* stressful navigating seeing people and going to work and wanting to return to normal whilst remembering things aren't quite there yet. Stay safe gang <3

Aaanyway, on to the empties! Because there are soo many this time, I've split them into categories

Hair dye//

Bleach London Plex Bleach// this includes alex plex so supposedly rebuilds the hair's bonds as they're being broken. I don't reeealllly know how different this is to normal but I'm not a hairdresser so ^^; my hair still lifted well though

Bleach London Total Bleach// I like this, it's a little pricier than schwarzkopf but it's lifts well too so. I love that they've reduced the plastic in this kit too- it was something that put me off buying it again before as I already own enough tint brushes so I'm glad they took it out.

Champagne Super Toner// I am going to do a whole review on this, but it was nice :)

Directions Tangerine// this was such a pretty colour and I got mad compliments on it (again, review coming soon) but it stained my hair at the roots where I put the most on and now I have a slightly orange band in my hair, love that for me. So I can't 100% recommend unless you're someone who does bright colours all the time and won't be upset if your hair is stained. 

Hair care//

Bleach Live forever shampoo// This was in the sale for £2.50 and while I do think it's slightly a lot of money at full price, it's nice and agrees with my hair and I bought two so I'm still using it atm. I might go back to using the beer shampoo next time though.

Philip Kingsley Elasticiser// This gets hyped up a lot, but I do think it's worth the money and does seem to strengthen my hair. Give it a try if you also have super damaged hair. 

L'Oreal Elvive Purple Shampoo// I liked this tbh! It's a nice enough colour and didn't dry out my hair- I still mixed it with normal shampoo to dilute it slightly. 

Tresemme Care & Protect heat protectant spray// My go- to heat protector- I prefer the spray on the full sized version, but this one is perfect for travel.


Primark overnight sleep mask//  honestly this wasn't my favourite- it didn't absorb into the skin and I didn't really feel any results that wowed me tbh. It was nice to get it as a present (thank you mama!) but I wouldn't rush to get this again. 

Simple toner// I use this allll the time, it's pretty much my go-to. But Leah Yoo (among others) have pointed out that a toner isn't suuper necessary, so I might try and go without to save money. I do like this though.

Kosé suncut sunscreen// My absolute fave Japanese sunscreen- you can tell by the fact that I cut it open to get every last scrap out (I do this with everything but usually I wait until after I take the empties photo :') ) I'll definitely get this again, for those of you that haven't tried Japanese sunscreen- even the cheaper drugstore factor 50 is just sooo much nicer to apply than British factor 50 which is often greasy and not nice to apply. 

Germolene// local anaesthetic and antiseptic cream- I put this on spots/ sunburn etc.

Simple Hydrating Gel Cream// My go-to moisturiser, it really agrees with my skin but I can't always find it in store and I don't like the green one of this- it's a little too heavy for me. I also think they've made the tube smaller :') I do really like it and keep going back to it though.

Boots expert cream cleanser// I know cream cleansers seemingly aren't so popular at the moment, but they're my fave. My go-to simple one seems to have been discontinued, so I'm on the search for a replacement atm. This one did the job, no complaints.

Body care

Lush Happy Hippy Shower Gel// I love Lush shower gels, any regular reader will probably have seen this in an empties post like 3 times now, it smells good and fresh and it's perfect if you're a morning showerer like me.

Lush Snow Fairy Body Conditioner// I liked this product in theory- it smelled great and it's a cool idea, but in practice I just felt a bit sticky. Was really nice to get it (it was a present) and I was happy to try it- I'd recommend saving it for baths/ pamper days. 


Datura lip gloss// this was free with a magazine in Japan, and while I did finish it, it wasn't my favourite at alll- it went kind of blotchy quickly and just, not my thing/ it was free so I can't really complain.

Clarins Eclat Minute Lip Gloss/ This was part of a christmas set I got as a present and was absolutely lovely- it had a really sweet scent, the colour was great for everyday on me- like a light brown-beige. 

Clarins Supra Volume Mascara// This was in that set too, and it was lovely- I got a lot of compliments. Slightly less intense than my usual Maybelline

Maybelline Collossal Big Shot Mascara (Waterproof)// I got this in Japan, but I love the Maybelline mascaras and I've been using them on and off since I was like 16. I prefer non waterproof though because it's easier to get off at the end of the day.

Barry M Base & Top Coat// This is my go-to because it's cheap, dries quickly and does the job. 

Nail Holic pink nail varnish// another one I bought in Japan- I managed to finish this up because it's a 'sophisticated' pink colour that was ideal for work when I was basically only allowed this colour. 

That's it for now- a bit of a mammoth post, but ^^; Thanks for reading!

Take care guys- please be kind to yourselves and those around you <3 

-Amy xoxo

Sustainability and beauty// Directions bright daffodil: review and before and after // How to keep up language learning after you're no longer immersed (Japanese)

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