Things That Make Me Happy #16

Thursday, 31 January 2013

Can't believe that the first month of 2013 is nearly over! Only four months until I sit my highers, it's so scary.

1. I've never really thought about putting coconut in cookies but these look delicious!

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2.  This nail art is so pretty.

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3. This room is just so... grand!

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4. Barter books, Alnwick Station.

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5. I love this bathing suit, bring on summer.

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6. If you don't like reading then you haven't been reading the right books.

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7. I want a pet rat so much.

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8. This cake looks amazing.

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9. The prettiest bathroom I have ever seen.

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10. I love this shirt.

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One Year On...

Sunday, 27 January 2013

Hello everyone, today is my one year blogging anniversary. Yes, Water Painted Dreams is now 1 year old. I would just like to thank everyone who has supported my blog over the last year. When I started I didn't think that I'd get anywhere near as far as I have. I don't think I could have done it without my amazing followers, every time I get a new follower or a new comment it really cheers me up and I am so grateful to have such lovely readers. I really want to do a give away to celebrate this and the fact that I now have 500 followers but I have exams starting on Wednesday so it'll be a while before I have the spare time to go get a prize. It will be up sometime soon though.


I've been looking back through my archives and I thought I'd share some of my favourite posts with you all, I know a few of you might have read them all already but it's good to reminisce and I think newer followers will like it.

My First Proper Post- This is so cringey to look at, I really just put this in for a laugh. Look at how bad my photography is! I actually still have the post it note and haven't used up most of the items, oops!

Hatched Nails Tutorial- The photos on this aren't too great but I am really proud of this post. I actually really liked this nail look and looking back on it I'm tempted to do it again.

Lush Cupcake Face Mask Review- Review of probably my favourite Lush product, just wish this had bigger photos!

M&M Cookies - Hurrah, I've finally made the transition to larger photos. This has made me realise it's been ages since I've properly shared a recipe. Need to get baking.

100th Post, 100 Followers & Design Updates - I felt so proud writing this post and I still really love my blog design, thank you Jess!

FOTN & Exam Results - Not going to lie, I only like this post so much because I'm mega proud of my results!

An Edinburgh Adventure - My first proper 'life' post, take me back to summer please!

10 Day You Challenge - Loved doing this challenge, really recommend it if you're looking for a way for your followers to get to know you more.

Nestle? No Way - This is my favourite post. I'm so glad that I was able to do something really good with my blog. So proud that this is my most viewed post.

An Evening In Glasgow - Really like this post because it reminds me of a lovely evening.

50 Things I've Done - This post was so well received, everyone seemed to really like it and quite a lot of people also done their own.

Dubonnet Review - This was the first post in which I properly edited the photos so I really like it because of that. Check out that added text on the second photo!

So there we go, that's my top 12 posts from the past 12 months. Would just like to say thank you once again for all the support everyone has given me!

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Things That Make Me Happy #15

Thursday, 24 January 2013
1. French toast banana sandwich, mmmm. I think I need a personal chef.

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2. This is such a good idea!

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3. This table is so cool, I think it would look great in a library/study room.

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4. I love these tights, they're soo cute.

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5. Oh da fluffy!

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6. I love these heart jars, I'm getting a bit obsessed with DIY jars.

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7. Cheese buns, how delicious and chewy do they look?

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8. I love the bookshelves in this room although I have to arrange mine by author's last name, whilst these appear to be arranged by colour. Not cool.

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9. Everything about this photo is beautiful.

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10. I love looking at photos of squid and octopi.

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Mac Lipstick - Dubonnet Review With Swatches

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Hello everyone! I've got a pretty exciting review for you all today, my first MAC lipstick. I received this for Christmas from my friends Louise and Rachel(they also have a blog which you can read here) and I'm very pleased with it, we all went to the store and chose a shade each, best decision for Christmas presents ever. 




I decided to go with Dubonnet , a deep red colour. It's an amplified creme finish which means that it's very opaque but quite shiny.  I asked one of the make up artists to apply this for me whilst we were in the store and as soon as I seen it on I knew I had to have it. The colour is absolutely beautiful, it's not your typical bright red and it looks so complimentary with my skin tone. It's a bit more 'vampy' and definitely has some brown tones through it, whilst brown isn't the first colour I'd choose to put on my lips it looks really nice. You can work it up so that it's really dark or you can apply it lightly and add some lip balm for a lighter, more sheer shade. This versatility is a major plus. Dubonnet is a wine based drink so I think the name is very accurate, quite clever too.

The lasting finish of these lipstick are very impressive. I was a bit worried when I had it applied in the store as we were out for the day in Edinburgh and I knew I wouldn't be able to touch it up. We left Harvey Nichols and headed straight to Pizza Hut so I just figured it would rub off with eating and drinking but after our meal it was pretty much perfect! I find that you can get around 5 hours of wear with this with minimal touch ups. It really helps if you apply it and then blot it out with some tissue and re apply it. This also makes the colour a lot deeper.

Now onto the really nitty gritty part, the price. These lipsticks aren't exactly cheap considering that they're £14 but I do think that they are worth it. The lasting power of this is insane compared to any other "drugstore" lipsticks I've tried. I also have a few Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Voluptes because my friend's mum used to work for them and I honestly think that these are a lot better quality, the YSL ones bleed like a mofo!

Overall I'm super impressed with this lipstick and I'm now seriously considering adding another to my collection. At the moment I'm not too sure which one I want to go for although I've been reading a lot of really great reviews of Plumful. Have you tried this lipstick or any other by MAC? If so what's your favourite?

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Soap and Glory: The Breakfast Scrub Review

Saturday, 19 January 2013

Hello everyone, I've got a review today. The Breakfast Scrub is pretty infamous by now but I thought I'd share my thoughts on it.



This products is known for it's signature maple syrup, pancakey scent. Whenever I'm in Boots I always wander over to the Soap and Glory section and give everything a little sniff. When I first smelt this I couldn't understand why everyone liked it so much, it just seemed to be too sweet and sickly and definitely not something I wanted to rub all over by body. But I kept going back to it again and again, eventually the scent grew on me and this went up pretty high on my wishlist. I asked my granny to get it for me for Christmas, she did(thank you!) and now I'm in love with it.

The thing I like about this is that it's not too harsh a scrub like Sugar Crush but it still feels really nice and like it's actually doing something. I use this twice a week because I don't want it to run out too quickly but I believe you could use this a lot more often without it damaging your skin. The smell is something  that I love as well, now I can't go in the shower without giving it a sniff, even if I'm not using it. And as usual the Soap and Glory packaging is adorable, funny and 'vintage'. The only thing that irks me about this product is that £9 is a bit steep for 300ml, I would grudge it but I would probably repurchase this anyway. Overall, a great scrub with an amazing scent.

Have you tried this or any other Soap and Glory scrubs? I'm trying to work my way through them all, so far I've tried this and Sugar Crush, what should I try next? Also it's my birthday tomorrow, yay!

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Things That Make Me Happy #14

Thursday, 17 January 2013

1. I've only recently discovered sweet French toast as before I'd considered it as only a savoury thing. This has nutella and strawberries, says it all.

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2. This doesn't need an explanation, it's just awesome.

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3. Have seen so many amazing DIY ideas that need chalkboard paint, I need to get some. This is so cute.

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4. Innsbruck, Austria. This further adds to my craving to travel around Europe.

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5. When you think about this, it's actually really clever.

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6. Inspirational quote of the week.

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7. These apple pies look so delicious! Also a great example of food photography.

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8. I love this room, there's something about attic rooms that just seem so nice and cosy.

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9. Origami crane necklace.

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10. This is just hilarious.

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My New Favourite Nail Combo

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Hello everyone, just a quick little post to share a great new combo I've found. 


Avon's Color Trend nail enamel in Deluxe with a coat of Topshop's Gem over the top. The Avon polish was a Christmas present and I won the Topshop one in a giveaway, this combo was fate(so cheesy!). Gem is actually the first glitter nail polish I've ever tried and I'm super impressed with it. It has little fine bits through it as well as some larger circular pieces. Both the polishes applied well and I'm super happy with them. You can buy Deluxe here but I can't seem to find Gem on line.

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Week In Photos #36

Sunday, 13 January 2013
Nephew / Friends cat

I have failed majorly with the photos for the week. I've been doing so much revision this week that I really haven't had time to do anything worth photographing. I've been trying to do 3 hours per day but when I hit the weekend I failed miserably(so far I've done 1 hour since Thursday) but oh well. I still have two weeks-ish until my prelims start. And they've extended the study leave which is always a plus.

My gorgeous little (step)nephew came up from Penrith to see me on Sunday night. I haven't seen him since he was five weeks old and now he's seven months! He's gotten really big and it was great to get to see him again. Then on Friday I went over to a friend's house with a group of people and we ordered Chinese food. I shared chilli and garlic crispy shredded chicken with my friend Amy and it was delicious. We also watched The Woman In Black, I've seen it before but I was still really scared. There were actually a few times where we all screamed, although that might of just been the atmosphere and not really the movie.

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Things That Make Me Happy #13

Thursday, 10 January 2013

I just need to start off by saying that I can't believe that I've been doing these posts for 13 weeks, how time flies when you're having fun(and by having fun I mean looking at photos of food on pinterest).

1. How cool are these? I love fortune cookies and edible glitter makes me giddy, perfect combo.

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2. I love these little gift bags made out of newspapers. It's my birthday soon(to my irl friends, HINT HINT).

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3. I LOVE these drawers. They look super super cool.

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4. This cave in Italy is breathtaking.

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5. I really like this hairstyle. The model is also mega beautiful.

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6. This quote is so appropriate, my relationship has a 2/3 year age difference depending on the time of year and people always think it's mega fishy. People need to take a hike.

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7. Crispy ginger garlic chicken, I love Chinese food and also love making my own. I think this would be a big challenge for me but it looks delicious.

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8. I can't get enough of decorated jars as candle holders! 

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9. I love the way the polaroid photos are arranged hear, don't quite get the vase on the bed though.

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10. Weekly motivational quote.

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Week In Photos #36

Sunday, 6 January 2013

New years eve / Deathly hallows bracelet
Golden snitch earrings / Annoying the fish 

I've just realised that this set of photos is completely centred around me and Stuart, I promise I never wanted it to turn out this way. The first photo is from New years eve, Stuart came over to my house at about 5 and we had dinner and then watched some House, we wanted to watch The Big Fat Quiz of the year but 4od was being a bitch and we had to wait forever for it to buffer. It was hilarious so well worth the wait, I just wish they'd had someone else instead of Gabby Logan, she just didn't fit in with the rest of them.

Then at half 10 we headed to a party at one of Stuart's friend's place. It was pretty good, I didn't really know anyone but there was only about 8 people there and everyone was super friendly. It was a really good night and I slept until 11 the next day, this is so strange for me as normally I'm a morning person!

I spent all of Wednesday and Friday revising, so far I've managed to do about 18 hours of revision which is pretty decent as I go back to school tomorrow and then I'm going to be cramming everything because my prelims(or mock exams as I think they're called in England) are at the end of January. On Thursday I went to the centre to try and find a new bag for school as mine has broken and I couldn't find one so I have no idea what I'm going to do! Then I went over to Stuart's and we watched a gazillion episodes of House(are you noticing a pattern here? We've nearly finished season 3). He gave me the awesome HP jewellery for Christmas but they didn't come in time, I love them so much though. Well worth the wait.

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Things That Make Me Happy #12

Thursday, 3 January 2013

Hello everyone, happy new year!

1. Preach.

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2. I love this ring, so dainty!

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3. This doorknob is beautiful, I'd probably shatter it if I had one though.

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4. These flower ice cubes are so beautiful, I wonder if they have any effect on taste when they melt.

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5.  BANANA WONTONS!

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6. This is so true, it's hilarious.

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7. I love these shoes, they're beautiful.

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8. I love these curtain rods,  a lime green one would really brighten up my room.

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9. Double chocolate and banana scones. They're also vegan AND gluten free!

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10. Risotto balls stuffed with cheese. They look so delicious and unhealthy.

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