Thursday, 29 July 2010

The Sanctuary Series #1

The Sanctuary Series
Sanctuary Spa Essentials Creme Souffle

Whilst sitting (in my parents lounge, using my Mum's laptop, after she'd lovingly painted my toenails for me!) trying to think of something to blog about, or something that I wanted to review, I stumbled across a good idea! My Mum is slightly addicted to The Sanctuary products - which she blames on me - and is enjoying steadily working her way through the various ranges. I am an equally big fan of their products, so between the two of us, we're going to do a series of mini reviews.

Mum's thoughts:

The Good
This product has a light and fluffy texture, sinks into the skin super fast, and is totally non greasy - cue amusing quote from Mum: "you can apply your clothes almost immediately"! Mum bought this as part of 3 for 2 offer in Boots, which is a good time to buy, and would definitely repurchase. Its a "massive pot, a little goes a long way" and Mum loves the scent - which is unique to the Spa Essentials range - although she personally wouldn't apply perfume afterwards as it may clash. Mum suffers from very sensitive skin and always been surprised that this doesn't irritate her. Additionally, when applied to the skin before going to bed, it seems to act as an effective mosquito repellent, as well as a moisturiser! This, of course, is probably an effect of the scent, which is strong yet not overpowering, rather than any specific 'mosquito repelling' ingredients, but it's a welcome bonus. In actual fact, the only time this year Mum has been bitten, was on a trip to Bruges when she wasn't armed with this trusty product.

The Not So Good
The only downside is that this doesn't have quite as long lasting a moisturising effect as the Spa Essentials Body Butter, but on the plus side it has a lighter texture and is more easily absorbed.

37 weeks pregnant - FULL TERM!

I'm now 37 weeks pregnant, which means I am ready to pop at any time basically! It seems pretty mad to think on my 24th birthday I reached the 37 weeks pregnant milestone, and that this time next year I'll be celebrating with my almost one year old baby!

Bump at 37 weeks (full term):
This picture is slightly more zoomed in than the one below, but you can see there is definite growth (according to the midwife measurements I have grown 3cm), and I think bump is dropping slowly now too...

Bump at 35 weeks, for comparison purposes:

Hopefully not long now!

Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Happy Birthday...to meee!!!


That's right, today I turn 24 years young! It doesn't seem like 5 minutes since my last birthday, but it's been *quite* an eventful year! This will be my last birthday before my life as I know it changes for good!

I'm also 37 weeks pregnant today, which according to 'those in the know' is full term - basically meaning I should have a happy, healthy, full sized and fully developed baby if it is born any time from now (although my due date is still 3 weeks away)! Wait at least a day though hey Nugget, we don't want to share birthdays :)

Bump photo to follow later!

Monday, 26 July 2010

Tasty Breakfast Muffins Recipe

My sister and I fancied a spot of baking this weekend, and had some very ripe bananas that needed using up, so decided to make some muffins. I found a nice recipe (I *think* I found this one in a Tana Ramsey book I borrowed from the library) in my stockpile, and amazingly had all of the required ingredients, so away we went!

I think these muffins make the perfect tasty 'on the go' breakfast option, or simply a nice mid morning/afternoon snack. We had ours with home made banana milkshakes/smoothies too (I had a lot of bananas to use up!), a relatively healthy treat :)


You will need:
100g soft butter
100g soft light brown sugar
3 ripe bananas - mashed (we had 4 to use up though!)
60ml milk
1tsp vanilla extract
2 eggs - beaten
300g plain flour
100g bran flakes
1tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1tsp bicarbonate of soda
200g pecans - chopped (we only had 100g)

You need to:
Preheat the oven to 190ºC and pop 12 muffin cases into a muffin tin (we actually got 15 muffins out of this mix). Mix together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add in the mashed bananas, milk, vanilla extract and the eggs, and stir everything together well (we used an electric whisk to finish off). Add in the remaining ingredients (flour, bicarb, baking powder, bran flakes, salt, pecans) and mix it all together until the mixture is smooth (as smooth as something can be with chunks of bran and pecan in!). Spoon the mixture generously into the muffin cases, and bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes (or until golden brown on top). I sprinkled some brown sugar onto the tops of mine before cooking to decorate. Once cooked, remove and put onto a wire rack to cool down.

Enjoy!

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

A Review: Imperial Leather Foamburst

Imperial Leather Foamburst
Moisture Plus

What Do I Think?
I'd class this product as a fun, novelty shower gel, almost a little gimmicky, but actually it's pretty good value for money and it does work! The obvious difference between Foamburst and other regular shower gels is the consistency, which I can only compare to shaving gel - you squeeze it out of the tube into your hand, you only need a little in its gel state, then as you rub it all over your skin it foams and turns into a deliciously scented, rich and quite luxurious feeling lather. A little goes a surprisingly long way with this, and the first time I used it I actually giggled because I wasn't expecting it to be as 'fun' to use (easily pleased?!). The 200ml bottle claims to last for 40 washes, although I think it'd be a little hard to get the exact same amount every time you use it, but I do think it would last quite a long time. Imperial Leather have this to say: "wrap and soothe your skin with this rich blend of softening Jojoba and sumptuous passionflower milk, combined with the rich, creamy, soft lather that your body deserves". The combination of ingredients creates a gorgeous, feminine scent, something that is quite different to anything else I have tried, and I really like it!

Where Is It Available?
Imperial Leather is available pretty much everywhere in the UK, so hunt around to get it for the cheapest price you can. I think there are lots of places that have it on offer at the moment too!

How Much Will It Cost?
200ml will cost somewhere between £2.00 - £3.00, Superdrug is currently selling this on offer at 2 for £3.00.

Would I Recommend It?
Yes, I didn't think I'd like it, but I actually would consider repurchasing this because it's moisturising on the skin, washes well, and is incredibly fun to use! The scent is a stand out feature for me too.

Star Rating:
4/5

*Disclaimer: I got this product for free in a Huggies kit when I purchased some newborn nappies - the kit was full of essentials for Mum and baby!

TAG: 30 Days: Day 30

Day 30
Whatever tickles your fancy

Well, the last day of this 30 day TAG! It's gone pretty fast, and I'm somewhat impressed that I have blogged everyday for a month!

I'm just about to go and have a nice soak in the tub, but I thought for the final post, a 'whatever tickles your fancy', I'd follow in the footsteps of Arlene (dressjunkie) who posted up pictures from when she was a "bonny wee lass"!

This is one of the first photographs of me, still in the hospital, all brand new!

This picture always makes me laugh, because I pretty much still sleep like this now (well, when I'm not 9 months pregnant at least - lying on my back is impossible now, I almost suffocate myself!)

Look at that grumpy face and those chubba legs...guess not much has changed ;)

I tag you all to do the 30 day TAG, it's actually been quite a challenge, but an interesting one, and I hope you've enjoyed the variety of posts!

Tuesday, 20 July 2010

TAG: 30 Days: Day 29

Day 29
Your hopes, dreams and plans for the next 365 days

For me, the next year, each and every day of it, is going to be about my baby, being the best mother I can be, and giving my baby the best first year of life that I possibly can ♥


As much as I love it being 'just the two of us', I can't wait for it to be 'just the three of us'!

My hopes and dreams are all coming true, for which I feel very lucky, and I just hope that it continues in the same way and I will embrace and appreciate every second of it

Monday, 19 July 2010

TAG: 30 Days: Day 28

Day 28
This year, in great detail

2010 so far has been spent pregnant! I think it's safe to say that 2010 has been, and will continue to be, a year like no other. Every day has seen something different, pregnancy wise, it's been a continual learning curve, journey and incredible experience, and I can only hope that this continues as I move forward into 'family life' and 'yummy mummyhood'. I feel totally blessed and fortunate to get this opportunity, and I can't wait to embrace it fully!

Given that we're not even half way through the year yet, I'm loathe to do this 'year in great detail' post, so once again, I'm going to cheat, and not do it! Instead, I'll show you my gorgeous new goodies! Nugget and I were totally spoilt at my surprise baby shower yesterday, we must be very well loved ♥ It's such a nice feeling to have so many lovely things for Nugget, I can't wait to start using everything!

Nugget will be sleeping in our bedroom in a crib for the first month or so at least, and will actually be using my old crib! Mum and Dad have saved it for all these years, and now it's all cleaned up, with a nice new mattress and Mum has 're-furbed' the old bedding for it :) It's even more special to know Nugget will sleep soundly (hopefully!) in the same crib that I did, let's hope there is less crying than when I was in it, hey Mum ;)

My gorgeous new changing bag, made by Pink Lining. This was a very generous and much appreciated joint gift from Lucy and my friends Alex, Chloe, Aimee and Jen...I really fell head over heels in love with this bag, even though it was quite pricey, and I can't wait to get stuck into using it! It comes with a padded, waterproof travel changing mat, a little plastic wallet for wipes, nappy creams etc, two thermal bottle holders and lots of handy pockets to stuff all of the baby paraphernalia into!

My friend from work Victoria (and her partner Dan and son Joshua) got us this lovely trio of storage baskets - ideal for me to organise all of the nappies/baby lotions and potions etc on the changing station - and some new baby essentials. They also got us a gorgeous frame - perfect for a baby photo - and a lovely birth certificate holder keepsake.

Lucy and Danni got Nugget a gorgeous (and super soft) playmat, which will be great for rolling practice! Lucy also got me some baby essentials - wipes and baby lotion and shampoo! These are exactly the type of things its great to have a good stock of, so I'm very grateful for them!

Mum and Dad (or should that be Nanny and Grandad?!) got lots and lots of goodies for Nugget, including a lovely bouncer - which we had great fun assembling - and lots and lots of newborn essentials, including plenty of cotton wool to taunt Colin with! There is also a lovely fleecy pram blanket, and a little 'grooming essentials' kit, including the worlds cutest and smallest toothbrush and nail clippers!

Godmother-to-be Zoe (and her husband Luke) bought us these gorgeous baby towelling robes, which are just so cute! I was worrying about not having any baby towels too, so that is something else helpfully and gratefully ticked off of the list!

These are just the wonderful things I was given at my baby shower, we have already received and been completely overwhelmed by lots of lovely gifts - including the buggy/car seat travel system from my Nanny and Grandad, the cotbed from my Grams and Gramps, all of the soft furnishings and plenty of new born essentials from Sheron and Mark, and some nice new carpet for the nursery from Mum and Dad! Lucy has got lots of little outfits etc already, and we had tonnes of clothes donated from Rachel, Steve, Kyle and Jake, not to mention all of the things we have bought too!

Nugget, you are one lucky baby!

*I've copy/pasted this from my baby blog, so apologies that names etc might not mean much to anyone else, I didn't really want to have to go through and change everything!

Sunday, 18 July 2010

TAG: 30 Days: Day 27

Day 27
This month, in great detail

I'm actually going to cheat, and not do this post properly, partly because it's not the end of the month yet, and I can sum up the month in my July 'In & Out' post, and partly because I have very exciting news to blog about!

You may recall from yesterday's 'week in great detail' TAG post I said I wasn't doing anything today (Sunday)...well, I inadvertently lied to you all, sorry! Colin told me yesterday I had to be up and ready to leave the house for 10.15am this morning, for a partial birthday surprise. He took me to the cinema to see Shrek 3D - he even remembered to sneak my cushion with him - (I'm such a kid at heart, and Shrek is one of my weaknesses, I got him to buy me the cool Shrek cup Cineworld cinemas are selling!), which I thoroughly enjoyed!

What I didn't realise was that this was actually a subtle ploy to get me out of the house, so that my sister Lucy, Mum and friends could set up my surprise baby shower, that has been in the planning (unbeknown to me, obviously) for months and months! I was certainly very happily surprised to unlock my front door and find my house all decorated with balloons and banners, and full of my bestest girlfriends :) I'm still grinning now, I was so surprised I just kept giggling and saying "'oh my gosh"!

A rather blurry shot of me arriving!

Between my sister, Mum, friends and Colin's Mum they had organised for everyone to arrive whilst Colin and I were out, and they set about blowing up balloons, arranging all the food - perfect party food, including cupcakes, jelly & ice cream, cheese & pineapple on sticks, sandwiches cut into cute shapes etc, and Barbie paper cups and plates - and putting out all the pressies for Nugget and I! Throughout the afternoon I opened all my pressies, there was lots of baby talk and funny stories, we scoffed all of the yummy treats and even played pass the parcel :)

Me enjoying the yummy Raspberry & Lemon muffins - looking very 'pregnant'!

I will take some photos of all of my pressies, and upload them, but I've still been too excited and happy this afternoon/evening to get around to it...plus, I need something to keep me busy tomorrow! I was VERY VERY spoilt, I certainly have some very generous friends and family, and am still glowing from how lucky I feel. I can't wait for Nugget to arrive and start enjoying all of these goodies! I honestly can't say enough thank you's, I'm so overwhelmed by how much effort was put in to give me a lovely afternoon, that I will remember forever - ooh, I just thought, tomorrow I can write about it on the 'baby shower' page in Nuggets baby book!

I think you can probably tell how happy and smiley I am, I've had the perfect day, and all credit to everyone involved for organising it, and keeping it a secret from me - I'm so nosey too, it's a miracle I didn't find out! I love baby showers :)

THANK YOU!

Saturday, 17 July 2010

TAG: 30 Days: Day 26

Day 26
Your week, in great detail

I've not done a huge deal this week, it's mainly been spent at home, trying to get my house in order for when the baby arrives. My nesting instinct does seem to have calmed down a little, I just seem to get occasional urges to suddenly move things, or sort out specific cupboards, rather than needing to drastically remodel the whole house or something - which just wouldn't be practical even if we could afford it, because we rent!

On Monday I saw the midwife, for my normal fortnightly check in. As usual she was pretty useless, and has actually written something down incorrectly in my notes, which really frustrated me! I was signed off work until I was due to start my maternity leave (Mon 19th, today would have been my last day) because my back pain was a lot worse at work, sat in front of a PC from 9-5, and the doctor said there was no point me putting unnecessary strain on me or the baby by enduring it. I told the midwife this, and she wrote down that my back is better now I've stopped working - er, NO IT'S NOT!!! I didn't say that, I said it was worse at work, and now I'm slightly more comfortable at home it's more manageable - better some days, worse on others! Grr! She really infuriates me, I've a good mind to cross it out and re-write it with the correct information! Anyway...after the midwife I went to see Colin's Mum and our friends little boy (2 years old), whom she looks after during the week, and we took him for a yummy picnic at a local park, that is great for adults and children alike - lots of sand/water/swings/climbing things etc for the children, and plenty of benches for the adults - all in a nice enclosed area. There were a few spots of rain and some threatening dark clouds that loomed overhead, but the weather held out and I was glad of the slightly cooler temperature I have to admit!

I have no idea what I did on Tuesday, so it obviously wasn't very exciting! I think I tackled our spare room, which has become the dumping ground and the only room that we never really got around to sorting out/unpacking when we moved in, back in March. I have been referring to it, affectionately, as 'the cupboard', because we all have a cupboard that we just throw the junk in, out of sight, out of mind! I also decided to empty out and reorganise our wardrobes, just because!

I saw Eclipse on Wednesday, for the second time, with my Mum...it's a great film, and I can't wait for it to come out on DVD so I can watch it all the time, like I do with Twilight and New Moon! I'm so sad that we have to wait until November 2011 for the first half of Breaking Dawn, and although it's frustrating that it's being split into two films, I'm glad they aren't going to try and cram it all into one, it's far too good a book to be ruined! As well as Edward/Robert obviously being dishy, Jacob/Taylor looked even hotter and the rest of the werewolves are certainly easy on the eye! I think Bella/Kirsten looked really pretty in this film too, whereas I'd not thought much of her previously. There were some really 'laugh out loud' funny moments too, I *think* it might be my favourite so far!


We also popped into town to Primark for me to buy my 'hospital outfit', and some more cheap PJ's - you really can't go wrong with Primark PJ's, cheap and cheerful! I spent the rest of the day at my parents house, had a nice lunch and dinner and caught up with my sister who has been on holiday in Portugal.

As I mentioned in my post yesterday, on Thursday I didn't do anything at all, except for have my blissful pregnancy back massage, then curled up on the sofa with Colin who had a rare day off work, and watched a few random movies. Recently we've worked our way through the first two series of UK comedy 'The Inbetweeners', which we were both a sceptical of beforehand, but ended up thoroughly enjoying, and spent a lot of time laughing so hard we almost cried! I have borrowed the entire boxset of Gavin & Stacey too, which I really should get around to watching whilst I still have time!

Also mentioned in my post yesterday was Friday, one of those 'bla', nothingy sort of days, that just kind of drifted past in a sleepy blur! I watched P.S. I Love You whilst cooking dinner though, a film that always makes me happy and smiley, even if it does make me cry too!

Today I am going to pop to Tesco's for some essentials, then spend the day chilling with my friend (who is also God Mother to be!), eating some nice food and catching up on all the gossip! Colin is off work this weekend too (not normally a given, his work involves shifts that fall at any time and day of the week) so hopefully we can spend some time together doing something nice, even if it is just watching more movies!

No plans for Sunday as of yet, but I doubt I'll be doing anything extremely exciting like jumping out of a plane or going white water rafting, so don't think you're missing out ;) So, there we have it, my week, in excruciating(boring) detail!

Friday, 16 July 2010

TAG: 30 Days: Day 25

Day 25
Your day, in great detail

I've really not done anything today, at all! The most productive thing I've done was have a bath and get dressed, half an hour ago, at 6.30pm! I've been feeling a little off colour today, so have been moping around, moving between my bed and the sofa, trying desperately to bore myself to sleep, but it's not been fruitful! Other than that I've eaten lots of toast, played Mahjong and Spider Solitaire (very addictive, thanks Mum!) and thought about the things I want to get done between now and whenever the baby arrives!

Yesterday though, I had my first of four pregnancy back massages, which are a very generous, and very much appreciated early birthday present from Colin's family. Each massage lasts for half an hour, and uses essential oils that are safe for use during pregnancy - I should have written them down because I knew I'd forget! It was incredible, afterwards it literally felt like a weight had been lifted, so much of the tension had been released and the painful areas of my back felt a lot more relaxed.

I'm trying to make the most of my time off, even though I'm slightly limited by what I can do, and how much I have the energy for, but I don't want to take this 'time' for granted, because I'm sure in a couple of months time I'll be begging for half an hour to myself - that's just the way it is!

Apologies for this epically boring post!

Thursday, 15 July 2010

35 weeks...

...that means only 5 more to go (until my due date at least!). So, potentially, if I'm overdue, I have a maximum of 7 weeks to wait! I'm feeling just a little bit...

...EXCITED!

Bump at 35 weeks*:

Bump at 33 weeks for comparison:

*I was 35 weeks on Wednesday! I'll be 37 - full term - on my birthday, eeek! Yes, that's the 28th July for you smartie pants ;)

A Review: Clairol Perfect 10

Clairol Perfect 10
Permanent Colour

What Do I Think?
Back in January, I blogged about a 10 minute DIY hair dye, from L'Oreal (Excel 10). Shortly after that a PR company contacted me, asking if I'd be interested in trying a different brands version of a DIY 10 minute hair dye, and being the eager guinea pig I am, I accepted. I am actually slightly ashamed how long it has taken me to use the dye, in order to review it *slaps wrist*! In my defence (and I'm not defending myself to the PR company FYI, more shocked at myself!) I had another couple of Excel 10's to use up. Anyway, I digress...basically, the dye was sent to me because they saw I liked the '10 minute' aspect, and I was eager to try new brands to see if they could beat the L'Oreal dye. Sadly, I wasn't blown away by the Clairol Perfect 10...yes, it did dye my hair in 10 minutes, but the ammonia fumes were so strong I nearly passed out (spare a thought for my 'mother in law' who was above me doing the dye!) and it didn't really take brilliantly on my roots or ends - although they were really bad, but still! The resulting colour was not that true to the box suggestion either. The conditioner that comes in the box with all the other paraphernalia is divine, it smells so yummy and really leaves your hair feeling silky soft. I thought this dye was mediocre after use, it didn't stand up to my high hopes, and has now gone down even further in my estimations after barely a fortnight has passed, and my hair has seriously faded, to the point it actually needs another dye.

Where Is It Available?
Clairol products are available pretty much nationwide I would assume, and you can pick up these dye's from your local supermarket, drugstore, pharmacy...you name it!

How Much Does It Cost?
I don't know the exact retail price for this, but most DIY dyes average between £3.00 and £6.00 in the UK.

Would I Recommend It?
No, I was seriously underwhelmed by this dye, for all its promises I just was not impressed.

Star Rating:
1/5

*This gets half a mark for working (sort of) in 10 minutes, and another half for the conditioner. Pretty dismal really...

A Review: Aveeno Daily Moisturising Lotion

Aveeno Daily Moisturising Lotion
Lavender Aroma

What Do I Think?
A few weeks ago, I won Nicki's blog giveaway (prizes pictured above), and along with the prizes she sent a sweet little note a few extras/samples (big thank you!). I'm all for a bit of pampering in these final few weeks of pregnancy, and I'm sure when I try and snatch a few moments alone after the baby arrives I'll be thankful for some nice products to use! I'm more than happy with my Palmers Cocoa Butter (that I keep raving about, like a broken record!), but I'd read quite a bit about Aveeno products on Nicki's blog, and was quite keen to try some things out for myself. One of the prizes was the lavender scented Daily Moisturising Lotion (with 'naturally active colloidal oatmeal'), which claims to "moisturise dry skin for 24 hours"...now my skin isn't really what I would describe as dry, but it does like a good, nourishing moisturiser, and I like something I can feel working on my skin at the end of the day. This lotion is quite a light formula, totally non-greasy, it sinks into the skin really quickly and it makes my skin feel baby soft, and although lightly lavender scented, it's not overpowering and I actually find it a very clean, fresh scent. I've not been using this everyday, but when I do use it I tend to slather my tummy in Palmers (for its 'magical' stretch mark fighting properties) and then use this on the rest of my body. I really like that you don't need to use a huge amount of product, and that it doesn't linger stickily on the surface of the skin, so it's fine to use of a morning (or whenever it is you're getting dressed!).

Where Is It Available?
For full stockist information, check the Aveeno website, but it's available in most drugstores and supermarkets in the UK.

How Much Will It Cost?
This retails for roughly £4.99 for 200ml, although I think it is currently on offer in Boots (UK).

Would I Recommend It?
Yes, this is a nice, effective moisturiser, with nothing offensive about it at all. Aveeno use 'naturally active ingredients' in their products, which help make a noticeable difference to the skin. I probably would repurchase this (although I am trying to declutter and keep my product levels to a minimum), and will most certainly use it up.

Star Rating:
4/5

*Disclaimer: I'm not affiliated with Aveeno in any way, and as I mentioned, I won these products in a bloggers giveaway, and I'm pretty sure she's not holding me hostage and forcing me to write this!

What would you do...

...if you lost your hair? If suddenly, you found yourself looking into the mirror and seeing someone completely bald staring back at you? For a woman, I can only imagine that it is one of the worst things you could have happen to you.

This post isn't to evoke sympathy or pity, this post is to ask for your support. Last year, one of my sisters best friends, Megan, lost the majority of her hair due to alopecia areata. Now at 18 years old, she is proving that being bald doesn't make you any less of a woman, I think she is an incredibly beautiful and inspiring person.

This is why I'm asking for your support. Megan has entered into the 'Search For A Simple Star' competition, and she needs lots of votes to be in with, in my opinion, a well deserved chance of winning.

If you could be so kind as to spare a couple of minutes from your day to click on the following link, and vote for Megan, it would make me very happy and mean a great deal to her I am sure.

>>> VOTE HERE <<<

She's brave enough to show the world her true, natural self, and that to me, is something worth celebrating.

TAG: 30 Days: Day 24

Day 24
Whatever tickles your fancy

I borrowed this TAG from (the very enviably gorgeous) Muhsine's blog :)

1. Would you rather go out with messy hair and nice make-up or Nice hair and no make-up?

I leave the house on a pretty much daily basis with messy hair, so that is my obvious choice! I love my hair looking nice, but as I waxed lyrical about recently, I've been favouring the simple wash and go method, and it is such desperate need of a cut/restyle that I don't think there is much my limited hair skills can do to make it look more presentable!

2. Would you rather shave your eyebrows or have your eyelashes fall out?

Nooooo, not my eyelashes, they are one of the only things I am happy with! I pull my eyebrows out (weird habit, I find it relaxing, and its more pulling out loose ones than actually yanking them out) but I most definitely would not want to shave them off! If I am forced to make a choice though, I'd lose the eyebrows, then rob an old man with HUGE bushy ones and fashion some new ones (joking!)...

3. Would you rather be forced to shop at only MAC or Sephora for the rest of your life?

Well, we don't have Sephora in the UK, so I suppose on that basis I'd be pretty screwed, and will have to say MAC! If it was available to me though, Sephora would be the obvious, sensible choice because of how many different brands they have under one roof!

4. Would you rather wear lipgloss/lipliner look or 80's perm?

The lipgloss/liner look please, an 80's perm would look horrendous on me! No offence to the 80's, I'm a child of the 80's myself, but no way would I be able to pull that off!

5. Would you rather leave the house with an obvious foundation line or overdone blush?

Overdone blush, at least it would (hopefully) fade through the day, or I could (as Muhsine said) pretend that it was supposed to be overdone. Foundation lines are a cardinal SIN, yet I see so many people with them!

6. Would you rather wear MC Hammer pants or biker shorts in public?

MC Hammer pants all the way..."you can't touch this"! Aren't they pretty much back in fashion now anyway, they resemble harem pants if you ask me?!

7. Would you rather have a bad orange-y spray tan or really weird tan lines that can't be covered?

Weird tan lines please (a tan on me is probably weird enough anyway, I'm Cullen pale!), along with those dreaded foundation lines, orange is NEVER a good look, urgh *shudders*!

8. Would you rather have a bad haircut or bad hair colour?

Hmm, I think I have a pretty bad haircut now, although that is probably because it is so grown out, but I would say a bad hair colour, which is more easily rectifiable than a bad haircut...

9. Would you rather have youtube or twitter taken away forever?

Either to be perfectly honest, Youtube I suppose would be preferential because I don't communicate with as many people on it, and Twitter is just something I use because it is there, not something I depend on.

10. Would you rather give up using makeup brushes or mascara?

It would have to be brushes, no way would I give up mascara, however shallow that makes me...I look like I'm asleep without mascara!