Saturday, 30 March 2013
I always find myself on Pinterest and Tumblr and end up burning with wanderlust. I do go on holiday quite a bit but my parents are more 'pool and beach' people whilst I'm more of a 'city gal'. Whilst I do love chilling by the pool with a good book(or should I say several, I'm capable of reading a book a day on holiday), I can't wait to be 'grown up' enough to travel myself and get to see all the amazing places the world has to offer with my friends. I thought I'd write this post to show you the top 5 places I want to travel to and to tell you a little bit as to why I want to go there.

1. London.
It's a little bit embarrassing to say I've never been to London, it's not like it's far away or anything. I could get on a train and be there in about 4 hours. But I've never gotten the chance to go there before, my mum visited as a teenager and didn't like it(I know right?!) so won't go with me. I think it would be the perfect place to start off travelling as I wouldn't have to deal with foreign money(although the English are ridiculously picky about accepting Scottish notes!) and it wouldn't be as expensive as leaving Britain. I'd love to do all the cheesy tourist things, go sight seeing and take photos of myself outside EVERYWHERE. I'd also love to see Wicked as it sounds absolutely amazing and I'm pretty sure London is the only place in the UK to see it.

2. Amsterdam.
I know Amsterdam has got a bit of a bad reputation, with the Red Light District and the weed in coffee shops and all that jazz but I think it's one of the most beautiful cities. There's something about all the little canal streets and the fact that everyone rides bicycles around everywhere that makes it so desirable to me. If you've read The Fault In Our Stars by John Green you will also understand why I want to go so badly. I'd love to just pop over on a ferry(although flying would probably be more comfortable) and spend a few days just wandering or cycling around. I'd also love to visit the Anne Frank Museum, I think it would be a very grounding experience.

3. Berlin.
Through primary school and secondary school I studied German for 7 years. Despite this fact I've never actually been to Germany or had the chance to try speaking German with a native speaker. Where better to start than the country's capital city. I've heard that there's a lot of cool street art(it's only graffiti if it's shit) so I'd love to be able to check out the historical and modern aspects of the city. I'd also love the go see the site of the Berlin wall and  visit Checkpoint Charlie.

4. Moscow.
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If you've been following my blog for a while you'll know that my number 1 dream holiday would be visiting Moscow. There's something about Russia that's just so interesting to me, I love the complexity of the language and the history is so interesting. Not to mention the architecture, do not get me started talking about how beautiful the buildings are. The only thing is that I've heard the food isn't the best and I'm a bit of a fussy eater. This would be number one on my list but this is definitely the most adventurous out of all the places, I think you have to apply for a visa to visit and it would involve getting more than one flight. One day though!

5. Yosemite.
Yosemite National Park in California is one of the most beautiful places in the world. I'm not usually a nature person but I'd really love to visit. The thing is it's really dangerous, lots of people have died there and there are bears, like actually bears. Maybe a day trip would be best instead of camping. The last time I was camping I was about 10 and I remember watching the ice freeze up the side of the tent. Yup. Day trip.

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Mars Bars Melts, My Turn

Saturday, 23 March 2013

Hello everyone, if you read my February Favourites post then you'll know that The Londoner is one of my favourite blogs. One of the things that I love about it so much are the recipes that Rosie shares and I decided to try out the one from her MarsBar Melts post. Technically this one is cheating because it includes packet cake mix... but we'll let that slide. All in the name of chocolate, heh?

All you need for this is one box of Betty Crocker's Devil's Food Cake Mix, 3 eggs, oil and some Mars Bars. I'd recommend putting the Mars Bars in the fridge for a while, this will make them easier to chop up. Mix up the cake batter as per instructions on the box but leave out a little of the water so that the batter is thicker and easier to work into cookies. Then chop up some Mars Bars, about 6 slices per bar and then roll them around in the batter. Place them on a tray and cook at gas mark 4 for about 10 minutes.

These were sooooooo delicious! They were very chewy and chocolatey. Ahh, so good. I was able to make 16 cookies with the cake batter and had some left over for some cupcakes.

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Snow Day!(and BlogLovin')

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Last night it started snowing and it pretty much hasn't stopped since. It's really deep and from what I've heard the roads are an absolute shambles. My school wasn't actually closed but my mum let me have an unofficial snow day, it takes me about 20-30 minutes to walk to school on the average day, never mind in snow this deep. Plus most of the primary schools have been closed which is a bit unfair. So this morning I just got back into bed after having my breakfast and am still to change out of my pajamas. The snow has been forecast to stay on all day until midnight, this is the Met Office forecast for where I live. So I think I'm just going to shower, get dressed, grab a hot chocolate and curl up in the conservatory reading Dracula on my kindle whilst the snow falls around me.

And on another side note, with the total hoo haa surrounding Google reader and GFC at the moment I would really appreciate it if you could follow be via BlogLovin'. I'm like 90% sure GFC is not going to disappear but I guess you're better safe than sorry. You can find my BlogLovin' here. Does it bug anyone else that blogs don't have proper links on BlogLovin'? No? Just me? I've tried using it a bit actually, I quite like that you can click next to go onto the post but that's about it. I'd rather have everything all on the one website. Feel free to leave me a link to your BlogLovin' too, I imported all the blogs I follow but if your account is fairly new I might have missed it. Oh, and I've found a petition to save Google reader, you can find it here.

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Week In Photos #40

Sunday, 17 March 2013
Cats / Mature lunch / Mars Bar melts
Mars Bar cupcakes / Snow / Boss's dog
Banana bars / Upside down time / Before and after of the work store cupboard

Hello everyone. I know, I know, I'm failing miserably at week in photos posts. It's been about three weeks but I've only taken about nine photos. 

Anyway, the last few weeks have been pretty good. We went to go see Cats at the Edinburgh Playhouse for my gran's birthday and it was really good. We also went to this reaaaally nice Italian restaurant before the show and I had the most drool-worthy pizza. Then the week after that it was my maths prelim which wasn't too terrible. I've gotten up to quite a lot of baking, recipe posts to follow. And I now have all my prelim(or mock exams depending on what you call them) results. AAAA and a B. Bit annoyed about the B but I'll work on it.

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Review: Superdrug dead Sea Purifying Clay Mask

Saturday, 16 March 2013

Hello everyone. You may remember that I reviewed another Superdrug mask a while ago. I really wasn't impressed with it and it really put me off trying this one which I had bought at the same time. It's taken me a while but I finally got round to trying it.

I love the smell of skincare products that claim to have 'dead sea minerals' and this was no exception. The added smell of lemon was really nice as well, a very good combination. This applied pretty well and there was more than enough in the sachet for a full face application. I left this on until it started to feel tight and then washed it off. It made my skin feel quite clean but I didn't notice any change in the way my skin looked after using this. All in all I thought this was an ok mask and at 99p it was good value for money but I don't think it's a wonder mask and I probably won't be repurchasing.

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Tuesday, 12 March 2013

On the 8th February I headed through to the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall with Stuart, my friend Elen and her friend Niall to see TFIOS Live. By the time we got to Glasgow we only had time to nip to McDonalds before going to the show. The venue was really nice and everyone got a signed copy of The Fault In Our Stars upon entry(it was only £12 for the tickets as well). Fortunately I was able to get tickets for the fourth row so we were very close and by some crazy coincidence, despite booking at different times Stuart and I managed to get seats right next to Elen and Niall.

Now for those of you wondering 'what's TFIOS live'? It was basically a tour to celebrate that The Fault In Our Stars is now being published by Penguin in the UK. It was basically one massive vlogbrothers video. John read some of the book, answered some questions and just had a wee chat and Hank, his brother for those of you who don't know, played some songs. The best part of the evening was when Hank asked who wanted to hear a specific song and then played The Universe Is Weird at my request! I filmed it and put it on YouTube, click here to see the video.

After the show ended by the brothers singing 500 Miles, there was a signing. They couldn't take photos with people so they told people to take photos of them in the above position and photoshop themselves into it but I don't have photoshop, someone take pity on me and do it for me? Pleeeeeease?

Everyone was allowed to take three things to the signing which I thought was pretty generous but they wouldn't sign clothing or skin. Luckily being in the forth row we got seen pretty quick, they said that based on the previous nights it would take two hours for the whole thing. It was seriously an amazing night. The brothers were so funny and it was amazing to get to meet them as well!

Blurry blurry!

After we left we decided to go to Frankie and Benny's for some desert,  I got the cinnamon waffle crunch which is one of my all time favourite deserts, perfect end to a perfect night.

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February Favourites

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Hello everyone, it's that time of the month again! Favourites time, what else were you thinking?! I've actually bought quite a new things this month so I'm pretty sure everything I'm showing you is new. Although I haven't actually been wearing that much make up this month, does anyone find that in winter they just don't have the motivation to put eyeshadow on in the morning?

MUA Liquid Liner - I've pretty much decided that I'm going to buy MAC's gel liner but it's going to be a while before I'm in Edinburgh so I decided to buy this to tide me over until I can purchase that. I was actually really impressed with this, it's easy enough to apply and it lasts all day. And it was £1?!

Impulse Very Pink - Normally body sprays aren't something I use, they're just a bit too 'preteen' and normally don't smell too great either. However, I absolutely love the scent of this. It's a 'feminine-masculine' scent, the best way I can describe it is imagine wearing a mens scent but it fusing with your perfume to make a really sexy scent. Helpful review? Nope.

Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paint in Prickly Pear - I'm not the biggest fan of Barry M's normal nail paints, I just find they take ages to dry and don't last that long. However I couldn't say no to this lovely lilac and I'm so glad I tried it. This formula is so good compared to the other ones and they look soooooo shiny!

One of the blogs I've been really loving this month is Rosie's, The Londoner. Her blog is actually the epitome of lifestyle blogging, it's actually the most popular one according to BlogLovin. When I was on study leave *ahem* I procrastinated quite a bit a bit by going through her archives. I really wish I could be her friend and just hang around London with her, she always goes to the coolest places and the food she photographs looks to die for.

Another blog I've been loving is Made In A Cup, written by the lovely Megan. I would say it's more of a mixed blog that leans towards fashion. I found it during the #bbloggers chat at the start of the month and I'm so glad I did because it's such a lovely blog and I've really enjoyed reading it.

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Review: Lush's Cynthia Sylvia Stout Shampoo

Saturday, 2 March 2013

I picked up a small bottle of this shampoo in the Lush sale after Christmas because it was half price at £2.20. I hadn't even heard of it before or read any reviews on it but I've heard good things about beer shampoos so I decided to just pick it up anyway. I went home and searched for some reviews and they were all terrible! I was just sitting there like 'omg I've just wasted my money on something that's going to make my hair even greasier'. This kind of put me off using it but I finally bit the the bullet and started using it, I was honestly so impressed!

First off, this actually smells really nice on your hair, it smells really beer-y and lemon-y(yes they are actual adjectives) in the bottle but once you've washed it out your hair you can only smell the lemons and it's really nice and refreshing. All the reviews I read said that this makes your hair feel oily but in all honesty I found it actually kind of dried my hair out. But I don't mean dried it out in a bad way, I mean it make it feel really clean and I was able to go longer without washing my hair than usual. I was so, so impressed! I've been using this for about two weeks and I'm only halfway trough the bottle.

Now onto the bad, I'm not a massive fan of spending lots of money on shampoos and I normally don't use shampoos that cost more than £1-2. This bottle is normally £4.40, the 250g bottle is £8.75 and the 500g bottle is £14.20?! Unfortunately I don't think I'll have another bottle unless someone buys me one as a present(but who buys someone shampoo as a present?) which is a shame because I really liked it but I guess it was nice to find such a nice product. I'm definitely going to be on the hunt for a cheaper beer shampoo alternative.

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