Week In Photos #18

Sunday, 29 July 2012
Trying out my new Good Things moisturiser / The Dark Knight Rises / Waiting on the bus in the sun
Our bridge in a mechanical engineering workshop / Iceberg at Dynamic Earth / Pizza
Bowling / Starbucks / Books of the week

This week has been absolutely amazing. I've been a part of the Heriot-Watt Brightest Watts summer week. So this week I've been taking part in workshops in urban studies, civil engineering, biology, mechanical engineering, physics and psychology. They were all really awesome. We even made ice cream with liquid nitrogen and it was actually really good. All of our transport and food was provided free of charge and on Wednesday we went to dynamic earth, had dinner at pizza hut and then went bowling. And I didn't even have to pay a penny! I met loads of lovely people, everyone was super nice and we all plan to stay in touch.

I also went to see The Dark Knight Rises with my boyfriend and it was amazing. I nearly cried at one bit and I'm not one to cry at films/shows. My friend's mum has also started teaching me to crochet. I  picked it up really quickly and I'm really enjoying it. I can't wait to make lots of cool things. When I get to the point where I can make really cool things would you like to see posts about what I've crocheted?

I absolutely loved Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen, I watched the film a couple of weeks ago but as per usual the book is so much better. I read about 20 pages on Friday morning and then read the rest of it in a few hours on Saturday.

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What have you been up to this week? 

A Little Trip To Lush

Thursday, 26 July 2012
On Saturday I popped into lush with my friend Sarah to check out their new make-up range, Emotional Brilliance, which you've probably heard about already. Most Lush stored held some sort of event on Friday night, I'm not sure if the Livingston store had an event and if they did I wasn't invited. I signed up in the shop to become a Lush VIP so I'll get updates about future events.
 Now this isn't Lush's first make up range, their first make up range was discontinued and everyone has been waiting for this one. It consists of two parts; Emotional Brilliance and Desert Island. Desert Island consists of products that the Lush team thought were essentials, aka what you'd want on a desert island, things like powders and mascaras. Emotional brilliance consists of little colour pots that can be eye liners, eye shadows or lipsticks. I didn't really pay much attention to the Desert Island range however.

The Emotional Brilliance range was set up in a wheel. You closed your eyes whilst someone spun the wheel and when you opened your eyes you were to pick the 3 that stood out to you the most. These colours supposedly represented your focus, subconscious want and your talent. Which is a load of crap but still a bit fun. In the photos below the first are my colours and the second Sarah's.

The sales people in lush are always so so nice. I was already wearing make up but the sales woman helping us out, I don't know her name but she had pretty damn cool tattoos, put eye liner and lipstick on my friend Sarah and she looked fab. I really wanted to buy some make up but I didn't have enough money on me as I'm trying not to spend. But I picked up the Think Pink bath bomb as I wanted to buy something because the sales woman was so nice. Which is a really bad reason to part with your money but oh well.

I was looking at the red lipstick's but then the sales woman pointed out perspective, a very neutral mauvey colour, as she thought it would go well with my skin tone. I was a bit unsure about it but I tried it on and absolutely loved it. Unfortunately I didn't have enough money on me to buy it but it's definitely on my to buy list. It's a bit expensive at £14.50 but it lasted so well and the colour isn't what I usually wear.
Photo taken from the Lush website.


LUSH Karma Bubble Bar Review

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

What LUSH Have To Say

A Karma bath is like a trip to a festival in a VW Camper Van; it will last all day and is full of smells, daydreams and anticipation of excitement to come.Are you a Karma, Karma, Karma, Karma, Karma chameleon? Do you blend into the background of same predictable scents or does Karma help you stand out and be different? If you’re a fan of this fragrance then we’ve made a whole Karma range for you - Karma soap, Karma Komba, Karma Kream, and Karma perfume!

What I Have To Say
I absolutely love the Karma scent. I have a few sample sizes of the soap that I've been keeping in my drawers so all my clothes smell nice. I've also tried on the solid perfume whilst mooching around the shop and absolutely loved it. So obviously the bubble bar was a must-try or me. The scent of  this is very relaxing and quite citrusy. Imagine some orange incense sticks and that's kind of what it smells like.

As you can see from the picture above I didn't get too many bubbles from the bubble bar. But I'm going to blame this on the water pressure in my house. It takes absolutely ages to run a bath so I don't usually use bubble bars as they're harder to use with slow running water. It has improved a bit after we had some work on the boiler done which is what made me try this out. I was actually quite impressed by the amount I got this time considering past attempts. I'm sure if you have better water pressure it would create a much better quantity of bubbles.

This turned the bath a very lovely orangey-gold colour and the scent was quite strong, not nauseatingly strong but nice strong. I found that the scent stayed on my skin for quite a while as well which was great considering how much I love the karma scent. One of the downsides I've found with quite a lot of lush products is that they often have a lot of glitter in them. I know a lot of people go crazy for glitter but it kind of annoys me, I'm not one for an overload of sparkles. This bubble bar has no glitter in it so that gets a massive thumbs up from me.

Overall I really liked this bubble bar, it's definitely made it onto my lush favourites. I'd definitely recommend it  and will be re-purchasing. Have you ever tried this? If you have then what did you think of it?


Week In Photos #17

Sunday, 22 July 2012
Ombre nails / Out for a walk / On a see-saw thing / Films of the week / Lucky charms
Nandos / Lcky charms / Nicest muffin ever / New specs / Bliss
Origami heart / Bunny / Waterstone's order / Lush's emotional brilliance / Book of the week

This week has been pretty awesome, and I have lots of photos to show for it. Monday was pretty relaxing, I took my granny to the garden centre and then had my usual spinal alignment appointment. My chiropractor is from the states and he got his brother to bring me a box of Lucky Charms when he came over to visit him after I told him how expensive they are. How nice is that? On Tuesday a friend and I took her little sister to the park, I think we had more fun than she did!

A friend from out of town came through to Livingston on Wednesday and we had a lovely lunch in Nandos and a mooch around the shops. I didn't buy anything though(trying to save up). Thursday was just a nice relaxing day spent watching House with my boyfriend. Had a nice day out with some friends and my boyfriend on Friday where we totally demolished a box of 20 chicken nuggets. Yesterday I popped down to Lush with my friend Sarah to check out their Emotional Brilliance make up range. It was really cool and the sales women were so nice to us. I plan on putting a post up next week about it.

I've only managed to read one book so far this week and I'm not even finished it yet! I'm a bit disappointed  in myself for that. But I plan to finish Crossed by Allie Condie today. I also plan to go back to school shopping(-grumbles-) with my mum and sister today and then chill out and finish off season 1 of House with my boyfriend.

I have a great week planned for next week, I'm doing a course at Heriot-Watt University. The course is designed for high school pupils that want to go into the science field but are a bit unsure what they want to do. I've signed up for workshops in biology, civil engineering, mechanical engineering, physics and psychology but they can't guarantee  that I'll get my first choices. I also plan to go see The Dark Knight Rises and get a crochet lesson from a friend's mum.

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100th Post, 100 Followers and Design Updates!

Tuesday, 17 July 2012
Hey guys, this is my 100th post! I can't believe it's came so quickly(that's what she said) ,  I remember starting my blog in January and I never imagined it to be at the stage it is today. I recently hit 100 followers about two weeks ago but I was at my dad's without a computer and couldn't post about it at the time. When I got back I realised I was very close to my 100th post and decided to wait and do both together. But in the last two weeks I have gained around 25 followers! I cannot believe it, it took me from January to July to get 100 followers and then I get 25 in a fortnight! I would just like to say a MASSIVE thank you to every that has followed my blog. I really appreciate your support and all your comments.

You may also notice that I've had my blog revamped, do you like it? I love it. My design work was done by the amazing Jess Buckley, a design student from the states. I've followed Jess's blog for a long time and it was great to get to know her a bit whilst she was helping me out, she was uber friendly in emails and extremely open to my ideas and criticism. I've also added pages to my blog including a 101 Things In 1001 Days page which I'm very excited about(I haven't actually finished the list of 101 things but shhh). I'm hoping that this makes my blog a lot more interesting and will give people more to look at. 

Once again I would like to thank everyone so much for following and commenting on my blog. I would also love some feedback about my new design and the new pages I've added(links in the sidebar). And you should go and check out Jess's blog, it's fantasic.

Just to finish of this post I thought I'd add this funny little picture from one of my favourite tumblr blogs because I just feel a post isn't complete without a picture.

Thank you all again so much.

Week In Photos #16

Sunday, 15 July 2012
Spiderman / Best sweeties / Home-made cinnamon swirls
Ombre nails / Wreck this journal  / Vanity
Favourite magazine / Books of the week / Take out

If I'm being honest this week has been pretty boring. It's the summer holidays most of my friends are somewhere else soaking up the sunshine whilst it's pouring down here. I've really enjoyed the books I've read this week though. 

The highlights of my week were going out to Nandos with my boyfriend, seeing Spiderman and having a movie night with the friends that are still in Scotland.

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Recently Read

Friday, 13 July 2012
A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby
I really liked this book. The basic plot line is that four strangers meet on new years eve whilst trying to commit suicide by jumping off a building, they talk each other out of it and it follows their lives after it. I love Nick Hornby's narrative tone and all the characters are well thought out. I would really recommend this.
 Fifty Shades Of Grey by E L James
Jumping on the kinky literature bandwagon here with this one. To be honest I was a bit disappointed with this. Everyone talking about it has been saying it's just pure filth, personally I didn't think there was that much sex in it. And considering this novel is about BDSM(behaviour & discipline / dominance & submissive / sado-masochism *ahem*) it was pretty tame. I mean a lot of heavy stuff was suggested in the book but there weren't any scenes that were too drastic. Either that or it is actually really kinky and I'm just such a kinky bitch that it just seemed tame to me. Either way I'd recommend it, it's still pretty interesting.

The Austere Academy, The Ersatz Elevator & The Vile Village by Lemony Snicket
I thought I'd just talk about these collectively as they weren't serious reads. The Series Of Unfortunate Events series was my absolute favourite when I was a child so I've been rereading them. I still think they're pretty good and every now and then I even come across a word I don't know. I can't imagine what my 8 year olf self thought at the time. I would recommend rereading them if you already have but I wouldn't recommend you go out and by them as they are children's books after all.
 A Thousand Splendid Suns  by Khaled Hosseini
Wow. Just wow. I love Khaled Hosseini. This book follows women in Afghanistan and is a real eye opener. I finished this in a day, I just couldn't put it down. I'm not going to give too much away about this. READ IT. If you never read another book again read this. Seriously it is amazing!
 The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Again Paulo Coelho had pulled it off. It's a really good book that's easy to read but still gives you things to think about. However I do think that this book is over hyped. People talk about it changing their lives and I don't think it's that good. I'd still recommend it though.

Being by Kevin Brooks
 This is one of the worst books I've read in a long, long time. I found it to be sloppily written and so unrealistic. I wouldn't recommend reading it.

Looking For Alaska by John Green
I've read this before and I decided to re-read it as it's one of my all time favourite books. It's a brilliant yet heart breaking love story that is fantastically well written. I would seriously recommend.

The Catcher In The Rye by J D Sallinger
This is one of the best books of all time. I think I've read it about 5 times and I love it. It's one of those books that is about nothing and everything at the same time. It really makes you think about things. I would seriously recommend it. Go read it. Now.
Slam by Nick Hornby
Standard teen pregnancy story. Interesting to read but not one of Hornby's best. I'd recommend it to younger readers and people that are stupid enough to think that they won't get pregnant even if they don't use a condom.

Matched by Allie Condie
Again this was another re-read for me. I recently bought the second instalment in this series, Crossed, and wanted to remind myself of everything that happened. It's a typical dystopian novel, it's a bit predictable and definitely an easy read but I enjoyed reading it all the same.
What have you read recently? 


Week In Photos #15

Monday, 9 July 2012
My Nephew / Favourite sweets / Books of the week / Cute pillow / Cookie / Ironbridge / Outfit of the day / Sales / Zack again / Kitty / Taking my cousins to the park / New Addiction / Present from my boyfriend / Pub lunch / Grumpy kitty

This has been a pretty busy week for me, I was staying with my dad in Telford. So this involved a lot of time spent on the road and a lot of time packing. Would you be interested in seeing a what's in my travel make up bag post? I also got to meet my gorgeous little nephew, Zack, for the first time. He's a month old but because of the distance I wasn't able to meet him until this week.

It's good to be back in Scotland and I have a few blog posts planned. My summer holidays started before I went to my dad's so I have lots of time on my hands to get bloggin'.

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Week In Photos #14

Sunday, 1 July 2012
New skincare / Pizza / Nails / Physics revision / Crappy book / Lush bath / Decent book / Stir fry / Packing for my dad's / Surprising the head teacher who's leaving 

I'm writing this post on Thursday night, I'm leaving to go stay with my dad in Telford(I live near Edinburgh) and I'm pretty sure he doesn't have wifi. So I'm scheduling all posts until Saturday the 7th. This week has been my last week at school before summer and I'm ready for a break. It's been my head teacher's last week at our school ever, it'll be sad to see him go! He's been the head teacher of my school since the year I was born!

As for reading this week I read The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho(not photographed but pretty good), Being by Kevin Brooks(load of crap) and Slam by Nick Hornby(not his best but still pretty good). I also took out a few books from the school library that I'm really excited to read including Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451.

I hope everyone else has had a great week, I won't be able to comment as much on other people's blog posts as much as I'll only have mobile internet and haven't worked out scrolling on mibile internet blogger yet. But I'll be replying to comments on my posts as know how to do that(technology goddess). Also check out Let's Get Gold on ITV on Thursday at 9pm, my boyfriend is going to be on it!

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How has your week been?