Sunday, 23 November 2014

9 things you will discover whilst working in a supermarket

1) The most used word in your vocabulary is 'Sorry' - So I've walked round the corner into an aisle and someone rams their trolley into me and what do I say? Sorry! Obviously I should see into the future and know you'll be coming round the corner full pelt with your trolley. It's definitely my fault when the store doesn't stock the most peculiar items, for example alpaca food (yes, this has been asked for before). It's just something the blurts out after every sentence in a supermarket! 

2) Every complaint is your fault - Yes, it's your fault that the petrol station is closed for maintenance and the next closest petrol station is 2 minutes away. Yup, it's your fault that the customers wife bought the wrong gift card so needs a refund. It's even your fault that they thought the value ready meal they bought was really salty because you made it yourself. Everything is your fault. 

3) Your day will revolve around taking cardboard off shelves. That is what the supermarket is about. No matter if you haven't had a break for six hours or you have got a gazillion other things to do, the only important thing is taking cardboard off of the shelf. You will spend at least four hours a day doing this, paper cuts on paper cuts. If you value your hands, this will not be good for you.

4) Your senior manager will always overturn your decision - so where I have worked up the ladder so to say in retail, from a general assistant to a manager I have always live by the value that you stick up for your colleagues. I have always done this. So I had a colleague at the customer service desk that had a customer kicking off for a reason that went against our policy. I get called down and stick with my colleague over the customer. Yes the customer may always be right but if they are effing and blinding at my colleague they are definitely not getting anything. So they asked to see my manager and they come along all smiles and give the customer everything and more that they want. This is not how it should be, gives the colleague such a negative feeling and it makes me an angry little bear! 

5) You pretty much pay your wages back to the shop - Oh thanks for paying me, let me just give it all back to you - fact! I'll end up going round the clothing department picking out what I'll be giving my money back in for. Or it'll go straight into the coffee shop next door where you go for your stress relief times.

6) People know you, everywhere - I'd go out for a night out and go to the bar and someone would stare at me and be like 'Where do I know you from?!' Facepalm every time, unless I get a free drink from it for giving excellent customer service. But yes, very strange, you are a supermarket celebrity. 

7) Now this one might just be me but whenever you go visit other supermarkets you will judge them. Look how much cardboard are on the shelves! Look at all those queues!! Scrutiny. I am the Regina George of supermarkets. 

8) You will make conversation about anything and everything, and you will love everything they buy - My cats love that cat food, or that cake looks so yummy! The awkward checkout conversation, next time you are going through a checkout listen to the conversation that they are having as you will hear such forced conversation about everything, the weather, toilet roll, other customers, everything!

9) You will get roped into dressing up when they have events. Pirates, skeletons, Christmas, animals, and here's a treat for you, when I got attacked with blue paint for smurf day. I shall insert a snap. Obviously it's all for a good cause and the money raised goes to charity but you end up walking round the shop for nine odd hours looking like an idiot!

Having so much fun as you can tell(!)

There are so many things you will notice when you are in a supermarket as a colleague or as a customer and I wouldn't be surprised if some of you read this and think 'oh my god that's too true!', or at least I hope so! 

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Shu Uemura x Karl Lagerfeld Limited Edition 'Shupette' Range

So I was browsing the Selfridges website recently when I was looking for the Advent Calendar (sold out, boo!), and came across a Shu Uemura collection crossed with Karl Lagerfeld, or more importantly, his cat Choupette. They've aptly named the collection 'Shupette', combining the brand and the pussycat in the name.

 A) This cat probably/definitely gets pampered more than me, and B) She pretty much has a make-up line. She has her own Twitter, Instagram (definitely worth checking out if you're a cat fanatic like me, it's pawsome), Facebook and even a Wikipedia page! I love the power of cats! I picked up a few bits from the collection and thought I'd do a little review set for you all! But all in all, a little conclusion for you early, it is a purr-fect little collection, I promise I'm not kitten' (get it? Kitten'/kidding? *badum tsh*)

First of is something by Shu Uemura that I have wanted for at least a year or so, which is the eyelash curlers and obviously I had to pick these up, with a cute little stamp emblem attached to the of Choupette! I have not heard one bad review about these so knew they would be an essential purchase and to be quite honest, I'm not sure why I hadn't purchased these before! 

They came with a spare curling rubber which was a nice bonus and l must say these curlers work a treat! I used it before work today and got told how different my face/eye area looked (I also used the eyeliner pencils I shall talk about in a second). Anyway, as far as eyelash curlers go, they are easy to use and the handle and shape of the product makes it easier to get hold of even the leakiest of lash.

First of all I must say I was a little bit disappointed at the size of this, as I did think it was going to be a little bit bigger but the colours make up for it. The three colours are lovely, really smooth so apply and give a lovely shiny finish. I love that you get three very different colours in this palette. The first shade is a bright peachy-coral colour, which is perfect for adding a little brightness. The second is a dark plummy red, which I love and is perfect for A/W. The third shade is a dusky pink, which is a lovely subtle everyday colour, for work and such. I love the three shades and its a definite all seasons palette, bonus points! 

Where my lips are quite darkly coloured naturally, the colour payoff wasn't great on first application but as I layered it, it did get a lot better. Obviously the packaging is super cute, donning the sketch of Choupette herself.

The face mousse is something I wasn't 100% sure about when I read the description on the Selfridges website and to be honest I kind of only explored the range as it had cats on it, but I had been lusting after the eyelash curlers for about a year! Anyway back to the mouse, it was in shade peach (which confused me slightly as I didn't think it was coloured), so it was a very very light hue of peach when it moussed out of the bottle. It is sort of like an aerosol can, with a pressure to it I would give it a little shake before use. 

The thing that absolutely sold me was the smell. Oh my gosh it smells AMAZING! Like, toffee scented sort of? I just wanted to eat it, haha! So I rubbed the mousse in my fingers and applied it to my face. I did find it smoothed out my skin tone quite a lot to be honest, but my favourite was the feel of my skin when I put my foundation on. It was the smoothest my skin has ever felt, my foundation blended so well and just glided over my skin, it didn't attach itself to any dry patches I had before and didn't ignore my oily parts either. 

Lastly, but definitely not least is the eye pencil, which is adorned with cute little gold paw prints up the pencil itself, big tick in my book! Honestly the design of these products is beautiful and just purrfectly cute! 

Anyway, back to the pencil; it's a brown pencil with glitter flecks in it. It's great as it's not too glitzy but if it was layered on quite a lot would be a perfect party pencil. It's very smooth on application and I found I could blend it easily into my lid as well as the actual original line kept its colour well. 

So there's my little first look review of some of the Shupette collection, and I've got to say, after these initial purchases I think I will definitely be looking to buy some more of the limited edition collection! 

Philippa xx

Friday, 7 November 2014

Put yourself in their shoes...

This phrase is the one phrase that more people need to think about. I don't know if it is because I tend to put other peoples' needs before my own, but I just feel that people are so selfish, and never think that something that benefits them, may benefit someone else more. It also works when someone treats you like poop  and then expect you to be fine with it.

For example, if someone wanted to swap a shift with me for prior arrangement, and I could swap, I would. Some people will just say no to be awkward, what's the point? One day when you need a shift swap, you won't get it back. I just hate it when people expect the world to be nice to them when they're not nice to the world. 

Does it make me too selfless to think that way? Am I too much about others than about myself? I don't know. But what I do know is that it doesn't take much to be a decent natured person. 

The best way to try to solve arguments it feel is to put yourself in their shoes. If that was you, how would you feel? Would that make you angry as well? 

Best example for this is relationships. One half does something wrong, and gets angry because the other half is angry. It's fair enough if they viewed it from their eyes. If they can't see this, they're an awful person and not worth being with. ;-P (this is probably why I've been single for a year...). 

I just feel sometimes people need to step out of their own shoes and put on someone else's. Doing something to help someone else out gives me so much positivity in knowing that I've helped them out, or they can go to the concert they've wanted to go to cause I've swapped a shift. Give someone a little lift and it will go a long way!


Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Quarter-Life Crisis?

I read an article the other week from a very old Elle magazine and it made me think twice about what I'm doing with my life (kind of why I started this blog I guess). 

It basically went along the lines of enjoy your life when you're young and do what you want to do, don't settle down because you feel you need to sort of thing. Basically embrace life while your young and appreciate what you need to appreciate, I'll insert the clipping/quote here. 

This sort of kick started me into blogging I think! It's really interesting how one little quote can change your mindset or to get you motivated, but it is truth in that quote!

I enjoy writing, so I set up this blog. I'm not very good at it, but I enjoy make up, so I set up this blog.

I'm 22. I'm moved to Oxfordshire on my own, away from family and friends, for a job, a year ago today. I feel like I'm about 40. I feel my life hasn't peaked, and I've got so much of my youth left that I could do whatever I wanted, but it's never that easy. 

I'd love to move to London and write for a magazine but a) I don't have a degree and b) London is bloody expensive! I always put barriers in the way of doing what I want to do and I guess this blog is a release of the thing I would really love to do in life. Write. 

There's always going to be things in the way of doing what you want to do, but finding alternative paths is a way to do it. If you're following a route to what you want to do in life, and for some reason you take a wrong turn (a relationship gets in the way/you decide not to go to university), you're not going to get back to the pathway that easy, and you may have to find a completely different route to get to the end result.

Thinking I'm going to be 23 next year terrifies me, which, when I write it down and read it back, is absolutely ridiculous! I think I'm writing this post to try and tell myself to embrace the life I live! I enjoy what I'm doing at the moment, even though it isn't my dream job it's still great fun and the people I work with make it all worthwhile! :-)

I think this post was a sort of kick myself up the backside to stop being a negative nelly, so apologies if it seems a little depressing!

Philippa xx