Tuesday, 31 July 2012

What's In My Bag?

Hello lovelies, today I'm doing a What's In My Bag post. I've been meaning to do one of these posts for ages and by ages I mean since I started my blog, which was in January so no over exaggeration there! This is the bag I've been carting around recently, it's from New Look and only cost £14.99 which is a great bargain.  I love it as it's big enough to carry all my school stuff(whoever designed the higher mathematics Heinemann textbook is not my friend). It's also available in a few other colours including black, white, blue, pink and a more tan browny colour.
As it's the middle of the summer holidays right now I obviously don't have any school stuff in my bag, during term I'll have all of this, jotters, a pencil case and a calculator. Currently I have:
A make up bag(Primark)
My ipod
My keys(chain from a market in Lanzarote)
A hello kitty pen
Whatever book I'm currenlty reading
So...? Sinful body spray
My Purse(Accessorize)
An inhaler
My glasses case
Nakd ginger bread bar 

And this is what I keep in my make up bag:
YSL compact mirror
Halls throat sweets
Burt's Bees Lip Balm with Pomegranate Oil
YSL Gloss Volupte  in Frosted Plum
Revlon Lip Butter in Pink Truffle
Hair bobble and kirby grips

So that's everything, not all that exciting but I'm very nosy and love reading these types of posts and wanted to give my two cents. If you have a post like this then feel free to link it below as I'd love to read it.

Sunday, 29 July 2012

Week In Photos #18

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? 

Saturday, 28 July 2012

Ickle Haul

Superdrug: £5.99, £7.99 & £4.49

River Island: £15
So this weekend I attempted the horrible 'back to school shop' with my mum, gran and younger sister. It didn't go too well. I was hoping to pick up a new cardigan, skirt, pair of trousers and maybe some shoes.  The trousers were top of the list as I absolutely hate the trousers I currently have for school. I searched in BHS, H&M, Topshop and Dorothy Perkins before finding this pair for £15 in the River Island Sale, I'm taller than the average girl so most of them came above my ankles! But I really love these so I'm happy. 

We only had two hours to shop and it took me so long to find these trousers and I was so intent on finding nice trousers I didn't really notice anything else in the shops so we headed to Superdrug and decided we'd leave the clothes for another day. I love my Good Things moisturiser  and really wanted to try out their face mask. I also finally lost my lip butter virginity! Woo! So far I'm loving it. I also picked up the leave in conditioner from Aussie because I'm loving their 3 minute miracle conditioning treatment.

Thursday, 26 July 2012

A Little Trip To Lush

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.


Tuesday, 24 July 2012

LUSH Karma Bubble Bar Review

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?


Monday, 23 July 2012

£100 Asos Blogger Challenge

£100 asos challenge

Dress / Lipstick / Shoes / Earrings / Stockings / Backpack
If you aren't already aware, the lovely ladies over at Discount Coder are offering one blogger the chance to win an Asos voucher worth £100. How brilliant is that? All you have to do is create a photo set(I used polyvore) for an outfit that costs £100 pounds or less.

I was expecting that to be quite easy but it's a lot harder than I thought it would be, there are lots of pretty things on Asos for lots of pennies! But I managed it and this outfit added up to £96. I think this outfit would be great for trekking around Edinburgh with friends on a warm summer day during the festival season. If you haven't been to Edinburgh in the festival season you really should, it's certainly an experience.

If you would like to enter the give away you have until the end of July to enter. More details can be found here.


Sunday, 22 July 2012

Week In Photos #17

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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What have you gotten up to this week?

Friday, 20 July 2012

Sunset Ombre Nail Tutorial

Hey girls, today's post is a tutorial for sunset themed ombre nails. Ombre and dip-dye are huge trend this summer and I think nails are a great alternative to those who don't want to go as "out there" with their fashion or hair. I really think the yellow and orange complement each other well but I have seen ombre nails with contrasting colours before and they looked just as great. Of course you can use whatever colours you want, this is just a suggestion.
 You'll Need:
A base coat
A darker colour(I used Avon's orange creamsicle)
A lighter colour(I used Avon's sunshine)
A top coat
Some sponge(tip: cut a smaller bit of sponge out of a larger sponge, it makes it so much easier to handle)
 Step 1
Paint on your base coat and then two coats of your darker polish.
 Step 2
Pour some of the lighter polish onto a sticky note(or any piece of paper) and then dab the sponge onto the end of your nails, pressing more lightly as you go up the nail to create a faded effect.
Step 3
Wait until the lighter polish is mostly dry and then apply your top coat. This helps smudge the polishes together a little and makes everything smooth out.

Wah-la! Your ombre nails are complete, pretty easy huh? I want to try this out with a few more colour combinations, I think pink and purple would look really cool. If you try these then let me know, also if you have any ombre nail posts already on your blog then let me know as I'd love to read them.

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

100th Post, 100 Followers and Design Updates!

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.

Monday, 16 July 2012

Sales Haul

Accessorize £2.50

The Body Shop £2
The Body Shop £3

Boots £2(I had a voucher)

Waterstones £7.99, £3.50

Topshop £7

Topshop £10

River Island £10

Primark £2
Have you picked up any bargains in the sales?

Sunday, 15 July 2012

Week In Photos #16

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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What have you gotten up this week?

Friday, 13 July 2012

Recently Read

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? 


Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Wednesday Wishlish #7

Wednesday Wishlish #7


Monday, 9 July 2012

Week In Photos #15

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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Saturday, 7 July 2012

NOTD: OPI Just Spotted The Lizard

I absolutely love this gold-green duo chrome from the Spiderman collection, I have received so many compliments on it. However this chipped really quickly which I did not expect from and OPI polish.


Thursday, 5 July 2012

June Favourites

 Love love love this. Blueberries are high up there on my list of favourite fruits so I find the smell of this absolutely divine. It sinks in to my skin really quickly leaving it feeling really smooth and soft.
 This makes my hair feel amazing! It also smells kind of like a sweet I used to eat a lot when I was younger but I can't remember the name of it. I also love how their isn't a lid on this. There's a hole in the bottom and the product just comes out when you squeeze, it's really cool.
 I love these bars! They're super tasty and really good for you. I have tried the whole range but to be honest these were the only ones I liked as  found the other ones were too  nutty. These are vegan and made mostly of fruit and nuts but they actually taste like gingerbread loaf and a chocolate orange, it's insane.
I love these wipes. They smell delicious, like all other products from Good Things, and they're really effective at removing eye make up.

What have you been loving this month?
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