The First Time I

A journey through 2012

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The first time I attended a Benefit party

Last night, thanks to my friend Siobhan and her Mum, I attended a Benefit Cosmetics Party at the Benefit store in Reigate.

Six of us headed down to the Benefit Boutique in Reigate to try out their latest products, grab some make-up tips and have our make-up done by one of the lovely Benebabes.

Of course, I couldn’t resist purchasing a couple of the products.

Stay, don’t stray - stay-put primer for concealers and eyeshadows.

I suffer from dark circles around my eyes, caused by my skin being dry. I am also known to suffer from panda eyes after a heavy night! In the past I have used Benefit’s Erase Paste but Aimee from Benefit used ‘Stay, don’t stray’ and I was amazed at how much brighter and lighter under my eyes were. You also use it on your eyelids to help eyeshadow stay in place. This could easily be my new wonder product.

Stay, don’t stray

They’re Real! - Mascara

I first heard about this mascara when it launched. There were lots of quotes flying around about how great it was and how it made your eyelashes longer. I didn’t believe the hype - how silly of me! As soon as Aimee gave me a mirror after putting it on my eyelashes, I was amazed by how long they were. It really is a case of ‘They’re Real!’

They’re Real!

Thanks to the girls who stayed at work a little extra so we could have our make-up sesh - Aimee, Grace and Gemma.

Book your own Benefit party by speaking to one of the Benebabes at your local Benefit boutique. Find your local boutique here.

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The first time I ate swordfish. As a Pescatarian, I eat a lot of fish but had yet to try swordfish. Verdict? Yummy but very filling. There were leftovers which are going to end up in a fish pie!

The first time I ate swordfish. As a Pescatarian, I eat a lot of fish but had yet to try swordfish. Verdict? Yummy but very filling. There were leftovers which are going to end up in a fish pie!

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The first time I found a commemorative Girlguiding UK 50 pence piece in my change.

The first time I found a commemorative Girlguiding UK 50 pence piece in my change.

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The first time I went out in Cobham

I saw in the new year with friends in a pub called The Running Mare in Cobham.

I spent New Year’s eve in Cobham as it is the new home of my friend Bryony. Bryony and I have known each other for the best part of 12 years, since we were sweet sixteen.

It was lovely to spend New Year’s eve with Bryony, her housemate Frankie and Frankie’s uni friend Helen. I have never been out in Cobham before and fancied getting away from my usual haunts. The Running Mare was a short walk from Bryony’s house. Although we paid £10.50 for tickets (which weren’t checked, by the way!) drinks were reasonably priced and there was a great atmosphere. There was live music from the talented James Craise (@jamescraise) as well as good music and the traditional Auld Lang Syne was sung at midnight.

I am very proud of Bryony this Christmas. She gave up six days of her Christmas holidays to volunteer at the Hammersmith centre of Crisis, helping to serve food and play games with the homeless people of London. It’s not an easy task and I know that it’s really taken it out of her, emotionally and physically. Well done B - you are such a star! My plan is to volunteer along side her next year, watch out for the ‘The first time I volunteered at Crisis’ towards the end of 2012.

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The first time I ran - part two

Part two of my running blog concerns me getting up at 6am to go running. In the dark and in the middle of winter. Luckily for me it wasn’t raining or especially cold.

I briskly walked/ran from my flat to Merstham and back again in half an hour. Not bad for someone with almost zero fitness (and currently eating a Daim bar!)

I’ll be running again tomorrow. That will be the final run in Week 1.

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The first time I ran - part 1

I would be lying if I said to you that I had never run before. I have run before, just not with the aim of getting fit!

I did attend a British Military Fitness class a few months ago. It was tough work but I felt amazing afterwards. My reason for not joining was that I couldn’t motivate myself to go in the cold winter nights. I’ll reconsider it again in the summer.

Back to running. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, just never had the motivation to do so. I was inspired by Charlie Brooker’s article on the Guardian website; a tale of how he moved from the couch to a 5K run. If Charlie Brooker can do it, then I can surely.

I spent a whole £1.99 and downloaded the Get Running iPhone app a few weeks ago. I never normally pay for apps, so I’m hoping that spending £1.99 will encourage me to run.

My first run was today. I set off at midday with a warm-up involving a brisk walk for five minutes. For the next 18 and a half minutes, I alternated running for one minute, then walking for a minute and a half. The app tells you when to start running, when to stop, when you are half way and when you have ten seconds left. The last five minutes are for a brisk walk cool down and stretches.

It doesn’t seem like much but I was exhausted for a good ten minutes afterwards. It’s a wake up call to how unfit I am. It’s been two hours since I got back and I have to admit that I feel like I have more energy than normal. That’s enough to inspire me to run again on Thursday.

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The first time I blogged

It’s a crime that I haven’t started blogging sooner.

  • Words are my thing
  • I work in social media
  • I’ve been writing on websites for the last nine years.

Why haven’t I started blogging?

  • I’m a little lazy (we can all be guilty of that)
  • I’m not so strong with opinions. My gift is being able to see things from both sides.

One of my resolutions for 2012 is to start blogging. So here I am. Hi.

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