Week In Photos #26 and 7 Things In 7 Days

Sunday, 30 September 2012

Finished my crocheted blanket / Won a giveaway / Got a new phone cover / And a new CD
Had my hair trimmed and thinned / My favourite spider survived the window cleaner / My mum packed me lunch for work :') / Pimped my pen pal letters

Hello everyone! It's another instagram update post. This week's been pretty busy but very enjoyable. I finally got Jill Jackson's new CD(well it was release in May but y'know)! She's my absolute favourite so I've been listening to it non stop! I also got a new phone case(getting a bit addicted to Amazon here), how cute are the little owls?!

And another funny story from work, a guy phoned up the shop and asked if we have any World Of Warcraft fish tank backgrounds. Just think about that for a minute.

I decided to add a new feature onto my update posts, you may have seen the 7 Things For 7 Days posts started by Sprinkle Of Glitter on another few blogs and I thought I'd share my goals for the week with you:

Pass the physics test- I have a physics test tomorrow and because I'm crashing higher physics I want to pass every test(preferably with a really good mark) to prove to everyone who told me that I'd fail that they're wrong.

Start packing- I'm going to Lanzarote on the 12th of October and I want to be more or less packed by the middle of next week so I'm not totally stressing out the night before.

Find someone to write a guest post for me for the 13th of October- Any takers?

Write all the blog posts for this week and next week- I have a few photos sitting in my documents library that need to have corresponding blog posts written about them.

Decide what aftershave to get Stuart for part of his birthday present- I'm getting him one from The Body Shop, do you have a favourite from there?

Get an envelope for my giveaway prize- I want to have the prize all packed and ready so that when I get home from holiday I can just write a letter to whoever won and sent it to them asap.

Have a date with Stuart- We never really go out a lot as a couple so I'd like to go on a date this week, probably going to drag him to see The Perks Of Being A Wallflower.

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Guest Post: Why Polka Dots Rock

Saturday, 29 September 2012

Hey everyone, don't mind me, I'm stealing a bit of internetz from the lovely Hayley today to talk about polka-dots, super indulgent stuff!  She's super sweet, when she asked me if I could do a guest blog I couldn't say no :)

If you've ever seen my blog/twitter/youtube account, you'll know I love polka dots!  I have a lot of polka stuff and like it for a lot of reasons :)  A little bit about me, I'm a makeup & lifestyle blogger, I've been blogging since January (2012) over at Makeup-Pixi3 - I have a penchant for cats, quorn, sushi, and all things shiny and sparkly :)  So, here's why I love polka dots :)

It's Different
One of the things I love about polka-dots is that it's different.  It's both feminine without being overly girly, they're awesome in so many different colours, and they fit with a really classic look.  A look which as I'm getting older I'm getting more drawn too.  Back in the day, I was what people called 'a mosher', which meant I wore seriously baggy jeans, had a few piercings and loved heavy metal.  I still love heavy metal (although my musical taste has broadened a lot), but I don't wear 'baggies' any more, and sadly, all the piercings are gone :(  

Polka-dots have been around, forever!  They used to be typically found on dresses of flamenco dancers, and if you cast your mind back to pop art and the likes of Lichtenstein he cleverly used them to create works of art in a modern pointillist way :)  All funky stuff.  But now adays, it's adopted a lot by pseudo goth's opting for that 40's retro goth look.  A trimmed sharp fringe, with either black or red hair, often red lips and drawn on eye brows, teemed with 40s style clothes - it's a nice look, not one I could pull off, but I'm definitely feeling the 40s classic style, or is that more the Hepburn look?  I do love a nice red lip, giant Chanel sunglasses and a polka top - it's a classic that'll never die, and what's more, it can be pulled off by most ages.

My Collection
So I have a few polka things in my life, it's still not enough, if I had it my way there'd be a load more!  I've built up a nice collection of polka mugs, which I really love - probably mostly because I collect mugs.  I have a couple of polka dot tops, and my cat has a polka food bowl, which I seriously love :) 

I love it as blogging backgrounds too - everyone has it in different colours to make it personal to them, my colour?  is teal - my usual favs would be black and purple, but I've moved on from that now.  I love love love it on mugs, on plates, on tea light holders, well, hell, everywhere!

Thanks for reading this, hope I didn't bore you too much?  :)  And thanks to Hayley for letting me do this too :)  

Book Review: The Perks Of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Friday, 28 September 2012

Hello everyone! I have a book review for you all today, I know it's been absolutely ages since I posted about books on my blog. I used to do 'recently read' posts but then I never done one for ages and the amount of books just piled up and I didn't want to do a post with about 20+ books on it. I do have some very exciting news for you book lovers though. I'm going to be writing book reviews for a book blog called The Bloggers Library along with a few other bloggers! I'm really looking forward to it. So if you're interested in reading more book reviews go and follow that!

Now onto the book, a few of you may know that The Perks Of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky is my all time favourite book. It's been made into a movie which is due to be released on Wednesday so I thought now would be the perfect time to review it so that I can convince you all to read the book first!

The book is set out in the form of letters written to a stranger boy a teenage by called Charlie. It's not stated in the book but Charlie has asperberger's(a form of autism) and uses this as an outlet. He talks about how he is getting on at high school and about his life. The way it's written is beautiful. I can read this book in a night, it's one of those books you just can't put down! I don't want to spoil anything for you so I'm not going to go into the details but I really really recommend it. Go read it now! And do not, on any circumstance, go to see the film without having read the book first! I've seen the trailer and I'm still not sure what I think about it, it looks like it's going to be a generic teenage movie which is very dissappointing! It's also worth noting that this  is the only book that's ever made me cry.

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Things That Make Me Happy #1

Thursday, 27 September 2012

Hello everyone! You may have noticed that on my 101 Things In 1001 Days list that I want to make a list of 100 things that make me happy. I've decided that I want to document this list on my blog so I can share the happiness with you all. I'm aiming to do these posts every Thursday(or every second Thursday if life gets in the way) and will be sharing with you things that I've found on the internet that have made me smile!

1. This cute little photo! Will be definitely doing this if I ever get another dog.


2. This little quotation. This made me smile because darling is my boyfriend's most used pet name for me and I do love to make pancakes!

3. These cute little witch cupcakes! Halloween is coming and it's my all time favourite holiday next to Christmas! Can't wait to get to dress up and do some spooky crafting/baking.

4. This avengers related photo set, I actually laughed out loud! Very fitting considering the recent  Avenger's DVD release.


5. I love finding out about words that don't exist in English! I truly believe this is one of the nicest things nature has to offer.

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6. This recipe for honey sesame chicken, looks delicious and I can't wait to give it a go.

7. This microscopic shot of a hummingbird's tongue! How cool is it?! 


8. This really awesome tattoo of a really awesome quote.
9. This really cool couples Halloween costume, I wonder if I can convince Stuart!


10.  This really cool Hunger Games skirt, would be perfect  for going to see Catching Fire!

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Week In Photos #25

Sunday, 23 September 2012
Scarf / Matching nails and body butter / Vibrator ad in Company / Ghost Knife Fish
Party / Party / Turtle at work / Finally got work shirts
Became an organ donor / My sister turned 11 / My face / Repeated photo

Hello everyone :) It feels like it's been ages since I done a week in photos post but it's actually only been two weeks! Sorry about not posting one last weekend but I was at my gran's house all weekend and she doesn't have the internet.

I've had a pretty busy week. I was at a party last Sunday night and had Monday and Tuesday off school. I was really sick on Tuesday night(over 10 times) so I actually had Wednesday off too but it wasn't a very enjoyable day. Thursday was my little sister's birthday, happy birthday Abbey! On Friday I went on a trip to the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary to tour their labs and find out more about a career in biomedical science.

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Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Hello everyone, I thought I'd share with you my usual 'work face'. I work in an aquatic pet shop and it can get really warm in the fish room considering there's over 100 fish tanks all with heaters! So I normally go really natural with face make up and a bit heavier on the eyes.

Products Used:

Urban Decay Primer Potion
Sleek Storm Palette
No7 Amazing Eyes Eye-liner
Avon Little red Dress Mascara
No7 Blusher in Soft Damson
Vaseline Rosy Lips

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Superdrug Sugar and Spice Self-Heating Mask Review

Thursday, 13 September 2012

As a few of you many have noticed I'm nearing 300 followers and I've decided that when I reach that milestone I'm going to host a give away. I decided to check out a few sachet masks as I thought that they'd be a good prize as A) Everyone loves a good face mask and B) They won't raise the postage cost too much allowing me to spend more on the prize than on the shipping. I picked up two from Superdrug and I wanted to try them out before deciding whether I would be sending them out or not. The first one I tried was the Sugar and Spice Self-Heating Mask.

This mask really stood out to me because I've never heard of anything like it before, I'm also a huge fan of spicy smells. I know that skincare is subjective to everyone but I honestly feel like pouring acid on my face would have been a better use of my time! When I first put on this mask I had no problems with it. It smelt amazing and I could feel it heating up straight away. I literally felt and looked like I was spreading warm, gooey caramel all over my face. The consistency was quite runny but this was solved by an innovative face wipe napkin to catch any drips. So far so good.

However, after about 5 minutes I got a really strong burning sensation concentrated on my cheeks and nose. The instructions say to leave this on for 10-15 minutes but I had to take it off before this because it was really hurting me. The burning sensation remained a while after I had taken this off. I was quite surprised by this as I don't have sensitive skin!

The only plus I can see to this product is that is is BUAV approved and suitable for vegans as are all of the other Superdrug masks. It cost 99p from Superdrug and I definitely don't recommend it.


Lush Amandopondo Bubble Bar Review

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Amandopondo is a strong rose scented bubble bar that creates a really relaxing atmosphere. Lush say that this also smells of lemon, however, I didn't smell any but the smell was lovely all the same. This created quite a lot of bubbles(what you can see below is only half a bar!) and crumbled really easily into the water, sometimes I feel bubble bars don't break up enough. The rose smell wasn't too overpowering like some Lush products can be, instead it was very light yet just 'smelly' enough. I used this bubble bar after a long shift at work and it really helped me unwind. It has a lovely little rose in the middle of it but I took this out because I don't like floaty bits in my bath but I'm sure this would be a big plus for some people.

Overall, I wouldn't say this is one of Lush's most exciting bubble bars but it is one of the most relaxing and would be perfect for people that like bubble baths but find most Lush products to be too overpowering. I really enjoyed using this but I don't think I'll be repurchasing it any time soon simply because there are so many other bubble bars and bath bombs I want to try. Looking forward to using the other half of this though.


Week In Photos #24

Sunday, 9 September 2012
Nails / The Hunger Games / My grandparents in the paper
Guitar class / Smoothie / Fishies
Instahaul / My friend left her Wreck This Journal at my house... / Work break

Hello everyone, can't believe another week has gone by so quickly. I've been back at school for three weeks now, although it feels like a lot longer. On the plus side I had Friday off as it was an in-service day for my area so teachers can sort out the whole curriculum for excellence hooha(techincal terms). It was the first day off I've had since going back to school as I've been working Saturdays and Sundays so it was really nice, I got to go SHOPPING!

Last night after work a few of my friends came over for a movie night. We ordered Chinese food and watched The Cabin In The Woods, which was actually pretty darn scary. I was expecting it to be a really crap film but at points I ended up covering my ears and eyes!

What have you been up to this week? 

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August Playlist

Thursday, 6 September 2012

London - Thea Gilmore

Bette Davis Eyes - Kim Carnes

Fight For This Love Cover - Jill Jackson

The Universe Is Weird - Hank Green

Gunslinger - Avenged Sevenfold

You Me At Six

What songs have you been loving this month?

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Week In Photos #23

Sunday, 2 September 2012
Pretty sky / My work got published / Drawing from my pen pal
Home made soup and croutons / My man / Waterstones order

This week's been pretty boring, it's gotten to that point where you've been back at school long enough for the 'back to school excitement' to have worn off and the early mornings feel like hell. I also got caught in ridiculously heavy rain on Wednesday at lunch time, it was so heavy that no one could hear my 5th period teacher over the noise it was making off the windows!

One of the highlights of the week was seeing an essay I wrote last year published in a local writer's magazine!  My family were all pretty proud. My favourite part was what my 10 year old sister had to say about it.
"I can't be bothered reading all of it but the first paragraph is alright."

I'm also really happy that it's soup weather time again! I absolutely love soup, I'm a pretty picky eater when it comes to vegetables so soups are good for me to squeeze in my 5 a day. This week I made leek and potato soup which is my all time favourite. I also took some to work for me and my supervisor(I've never met anyone that eats as much as he does) and he loved it. I also sold my first tank yesterday, yay!

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Guest Post: One Dress, Four Styles

Saturday, 1 September 2012

Hi everyone, I’m Millie from prettylittleenvies.blogspot.com (incase ya want to check out my blog) and Hayley has been kind enough to let me guest post on her blog, soooo I thought I’d talk a bit about the best thing known to man right now: the LRD (Little Retro Dress) which you can get preeetty much anywhere, but I got mine from Forever 21 (pictured below).

 There are a bajillion and one ways to style it so I thought I’d show you a few of my faves!

I decided to contrast the peachyness of the dress with an electric blue because they’re both colours associated with the swingin' 60’s and the quirkiness really POPS! (Very sorry about the condition of my shoes, it seems I walked through the straps at a party. Impossible? Believe me, it’s not.)

It’s always so awkward choosing what to wear for something that’s meant to be smart/casual so my advice is to always go more towards casual. I pick a lovely dress like my LRD and dress it down by layering a slouchy t-shirt or tying a shirt over it.

Here I simply threw on a lace top for a more elegant look. I’m not sure what it is that just makes the outfit, maybe it’s the unusual colour of the lace top or that they’re usually worn non-layered for a slutty look and here it’s a bit of a shock to see it look so different and classy, y’know?

This outfit is pretty much the same as the smart/casual one except I chucked on some converse to add to the grunge which contrasts the gorgeous girlyness of my LRD. Is it weird that I’m a little bit in love with oversized sunnies? Yeah probably, but you couldn’t pay me to give them up!
I hope you all liked my guest post and if you get a chance I would be soooo grateful if you could check out my blog! (prettylittleenvies.blogspot.com)
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