Money Supermarket's Budget Bucket List

Monday, 29 July 2013

Money Supermarket are back again with another great opportunity for bloggers. It's the Budget Bucket List competition. All you need to do is write a post about two things from your bucket list, one low budget and one high budget, and what it would mean for you to do it. One lucky winner will win £1000 to put towards their goal and four winners will get £50. Also if 50 people enter they'll double the first prize to £2000, oh my. The competition ends on the 2nd of August but if you want to find out more then please click here. I was tagged by Natalie and Hayley.

My low budget bucket list would be to see the pandas at Edinburgh Zoo. It only takes about half an hour to drive to Edinburgh Zoo but for some reason I still haven't been to see the pandas even though they've been here for over a year and a half. I think this is actually a great opportunity as there are only 41 giant pandas in zoos outside of China and they are the only ones in the UK. I really want to visit them because I think it would be beautiful to see such an amazing yet so endangered species. There is nothing stopping me going at the moment but it would be nice to have some money to put towards the tickets, transport and picnic.

Now for my more extravagant option. You may or may not have seen that me and a few other bloggers started a collab YouTube channel called Paperbacks And Beauty Facts. We have a Facebook page that we use to talk to each other and plan the videos. I really love speaking to everyone on there. We're always joking that we should meet up or go on holiday together and well, why not? If I won I'd fly us all to London, first class. We'd rent out a massive suite at a fancy hotel for the weekend and we'd just spend the weekend blogging and shopping. There's something so great about meeting other bloggers. You feel like you know them so well even though you've never actually met them before. I've gotten really close with the girls so it would be great if we all got to meet up. At the moment money is preventing us from doing this, so if I won it would allow us to do this.

And finally we have to tag three bloggers we would like to enter. I tag:

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Sloans Street Food Launch

Sunday, 28 July 2013

Hello everyone. On Thursday I spent the day in Glasgow shopping with Louise and Charlotte. I had a really great day and spent almost a week's wages in Forever 21(oops). After our little shopping expedition we met up with Morag and headed to Sloans, a bar and restaurant a short walk from Central Station, for their Street Food Launch event. I was really excited as I've never been to a food event before and I certainly wasn't let down.

We were greeted at the door and given a menu, then escorted to a booth that we shared with some other lovely bloggers. They brought out a selection of dishes from the menu for us to try. I'll admit that as a bit of a fussy eater I was a bit worried when I saw the menu but everything was really lovely. On the menu are:

Street Fries
The Cowboy- BBQ chicken wings and ribs with a blue cheese dressing and hot sauce served over fries.
The Gringo- Beef chilli, cheese and jalapeƱos served over fries.
The Mac Daddy- Extra cheesy macaroni with crispy bacon or onion rings and salsa.
Street Platters
The Soprano- Cured salami, cheese, olives, grilled peppers and bread.
The Stavros- Hummus, falafel, roast veg, olives and flatbread with feta cheese or sausage.

 The dishes are £9.95 each and designed to be shared between two people so I'd say that's a really good price. I'd say the platters would be better for having a little nibble with your drink and the fries are more for the hungry eating when you've already drank a little bit more than you should have. One of the other bloggers that we were seated with said 'wow this is the perfect drunken menu' and I have to agree.

The Soprano - Admittedly the only thing here that I like is the salami and the flatbread but hey ho, it looks great on the plate! Everyone that isn't incredibly picky said everything was really nice.

The Gringo - The fries are absolutely amazing. They've got that perfect ratio of soft on the inside and crispy on the outside. I don't like beef so I avoided the chilli but it did smell really good. Kudos to anyone brave about enough to eat the jalapeƱos.

 The Cowboy- I'm so annoyed that I didn't get an in focus picture of this. I'm sorry! This was the highlight of the menu for me. The chicken wings where so good. I really wasn't expecting to like the blue cheese dressing but it was lovely. And the hot sauce and chips combo? Ah-maze-ing.

All in all I really enjoyed the night at Sloan's and would really recommend going there if you're in Glasgow. They have a full dinner menu available for the restaurant which is upstairs. The street menu is available in the bar and in the beer garden. They also have a ballroom where they have ceilidhs. How cool is that? Also big thank you to the bar staff for letting me charge my phone. I left my house at about 11am so my phone had run dead. I felt so cheeky and I wouldn't ask normally but I needed to get home which takes over an hour of travelling. My only real issue with the pub was that none of the toilets had working locks. Or is that normal so drunk people can't lock themselves in? I'm not a very frequent bar visitor.

I swear I was smiling, I just have a case of chronic bitch face.

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My Perfume Collection

Saturday, 27 July 2013
Hello everyone! I've always wanted to do a perfume collection post but I've always had a lot of difficulty photographing the bottles. Now that I have DSLR, I finally feel that the photos are good enough to do the post. Unfortunately lately I've used up a few perfumes so I can't show you them but I'm pretty happy with my collection at the moment.

To start of with some really tacky packaging, we have NYC by Sarah Jessica Parker. Don't judge a perfume by the bottle because this perfume is gorgeous. This is a very fruity perfume. I think it's definitely a 'younger' perfume but it's great for those days where you want a boost of confidence. It's not too expensive either so is great for just wearing to school or work.

The only solid perfume that I have is Karma by Lush. This is one of my top three perfumes of all time. If you haven't smelt the karma range then you need to get your butt down to Lush as soon as you can. It's a very fruity scent that I find very refreshing. It's quite heavily based on citrus scents(I think). This is great because it's very long lasting. I definitely want to get more solid perfumes, I actually prefer them to liquid perfumes.

My go to perfume for summer days is Stella Sheer by Stella McCartney. This is a very, very floral perfume. It literally just smells like a garden, in a good way! It's very light and is perfect for summer.

The latest addition to my collection is Fame by Lady Gaga. I wrote a post about this perfume and the matching shower gel. But in short it's a very musky, sexy perfume and I love it. It's also black which is really cool.

My most luxurious perfume is Lola by Marc Jacobs. I very rarely use this as I reserve it for special occasions. This holds a lot of good memories for me because of this. I wear it for parties and birthdays etc.  It's a floral perfume but it's very 'grown up' and quite mature at the same time.

And my least favourite, Delicious Night by DKNY. I got this when I was 11, what was I thinking. It smells quite nice in the bottle but on my skin it's really horrible. I think I might actually just chuck this out. I've been trying to use it up but I've had it for ages and I've only gotten half way through. 

What are your favourite perfumes?

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Week In Photos #47

Sunday, 21 July 2013

Great CATsby / 700 followers / Strawberries / Floral nails
Nandooos / Kicked out my own bed / Cabinet of curiosities / Ikea and Boots haul
Big night in / Ice cream / Demelle / Bf went to America!
New bookshelf / Betty the pangasius / Wagamama's squid / Sam

Oh god, it's been far too long since I've done one of these posts. Look at how many photos I've got. This is definitely more than one week in photos. I'm struggling to motivate myself to write these posts recently, they always get a pretty poor reception and I never really know what to say.

My summer holidays have started and I've been enjoying spending days doing absolutely nothing. Over the last academic year I worked pretty much every Saturday and Sunday(except my birthday and exam season) so I really just needed a break. Speaking of jobs, I applied for a job at Lush. I'm so nervous about hearing back from them. I've also been taking part in the #booktubeathon this week. Since Monday I have read 6 books! I've really been enjoying reading so much but it has defintely had an effect on my blogging. I'm feeling a loss in my mojo. I have ordered a new camera it's a dslr oh my god which will hopefully bring a new lease of life to my blog.

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Recipe: Bongo Bars

Wednesday, 17 July 2013
Hello everyone. As you may have seen in my summer to do list I'm going to be baking at least one thing from my food board on Pinterest every week of the summer. I decided to try this recipe for "bongo bars". Full credit for the recipe goes to Alyssa although I have converted some of the units into a different measurement.

6oz melted butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 2/4 cup plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 packet of chocolate chips
3 eggs
2 lids of vanilla essense

1. Heat oven to gas mark 4 and grease a baking tray.
2. Combine the melted butter and brown sugar. 
3. Stir in the flour and baking powder to create a flaky mixture.
4. Add the vanilla essence and eggs and then after mixing add the chocolate chips.
5. Pour into the tray and cook for 25-30 minutes.
6. Enjoy

These were very quick and easy to make, it took me about 20 minutes to mix them up and then the cooking time. They were absolutely delicious, so gooey and chocolatey. Best served warm. In the original post  they were served with ice cream which looks absoluely amazing but I didn't have any ice cream. I have not yet grasped that food blogger skill of being able to make all my baking look delicious, but trust me, these are tasty.

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My PM Skincare Routine

Monday, 15 July 2013

Hello everyone! If you haven't already read about my AM skincare routine then please click here to do so.

A night time, I refer to use more moisturising than refreshing products. I don't use all of these every night, I use different products depending on how my skin is feeling. If my skin is feeling normal then I use my No7 Hot Cloth Cleanser(review) which is a really great cleanser. This leaves my skin feeling really soft and takes off any make up. I normally take off my make up with a wipe(shoot me) but I didn't include these as they change all the time. I'm nearly finished this and I will definitely repurchase. If my skin is feeling very dry then I'll use The Body Shop's Honey & Oat Mask. This is really good at making my skin feel really moisturised. This was a gift so it isn't really suited at my skin type so I'm trying to use it up. I imagine it'd be really good if you have dry skin but I don't. I'll finish it though. A few of you may be surprised to see the Good Things Five Minute Facial Face Mask here if you remember my products I regret buying post. I guess I owe it a bit of an apology. I'm enjoying using it a lot more now! It still stings if I leave it on for too long but when my skin is feeling oilier it really helps take that feeling away. And then I follow up with the No7 Day Cream for normal/oily skin. I know it's supposed to be a day cream but I didn't want to buy another cream for night as it would be pretty expensive. I find this works just as well at night so I'll continue to use it!

What do you use on your skin at night?

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The BookTube-A-Thon

Friday, 12 July 2013

I think we're all pretty familiar with the beauty community on YouTube, but have you heard of BookTube? It's the side of YouTube that focuses on talking about books and it's my most recent addiction. I've always loved reading from a young age and I love talking about books. Two of my favourite BookTubers Ariel and Raeleen collaborated to create a read-a-thon called the BookTube-a-thon which I'm going to be participating in. The idea is that between July 15th and July 21st you read as much as possible. They've also created some challenges which are:
-Read an average of 300 pages a day.
-Read a classic.
-Reread a book.
-Finish a series.
-Read a book that is over 500 pages.
-Read a book that's been sitting on your shelves for ages.
- Listen to an audio book.
The challenges aren't mandatory(I'm not doing half of them) but it's good if you're stuck on what to read. If you want to find out more all of the information can be found on their channels which are linked above. I don't talk about books as much as I'd like to on my blog but I thought I'd do a post about this in case any of your readers were interested in joining in. If you want to keep up with my progress you can add me on GoodReads or subscribe to my YouTube channel where I will be posting daily updates. I've also made a video talking about the books I plan to read and you can watch it below.

Are you going to take part?

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Money Supermarket's Big Night In

Sunday, 7 July 2013
I'm not much of a night owl. I go to bed between 10 and 11 and that doesn't really change if it's the weekend. Without sleep I get very grumpy and generally not very nice to be around. So I much prefer to have a night in than a night out, do you know how much of a werido you look when you leave a house party quite early? Like a very big weirdo. Especially as I work on Saturdays and Sundays, when I get home I just want to chill out and relax, not rush about getting ready. So when I was offered £50 from Money Supermarket to participate in their Big Night In competition I was really excited. The idea is that everyone hosts a night in for £50 and then one lucky winner will get £500. By no means do I think you need £50 to spend on a night in, you can do it for next to nothing but spending a little money on yourself can be nice.

I had lots of ideas: come dine with me, a house party, movie night, old board game night. Then I realised. Near enough all of my friends and my boyfriend are on holiday at the moment. Poor Hayley is all alone. Not to be deterred, I decided that I'd have a nice relaxing night in by myself? Who needs friends?Me. Also apologies for some of the photographs, night time is not the ideal photo taking time.

I decided I'd start the night off by ordering myself a Domino's.  I wouldn't normally spend that much on some pizza, but as I had the extra cash I was definitely going to treat myself. Domino's pizza is my favourite pizza, but I can't afford to have it often. 

Being the great sister that I am, I took advantage of their buy one get one free and got my sister a pizza too, I had to go to collect it but the depot is only about a 5 minute drive from my house.

I know it sounds like such a horrible combination but I love chicken and pineapple on pizzas. It's so good. I'd prefer banana but that wasn't an option. I settled down and then dug in. It was so good! I couldn't finish it, lunch tomorrow?

And washed down with a bottle of strawberry and lime Kopparberg.

Silly me decided to have my night in on a really hot day, so I cooled myself down with a Refreshers ice lolly whilst commenting on some blogs.

I decided I'd buy myself some movies. A lot of the time I just watch YouTube videos, it feels like ages since I've properly sat down and watched something. I ordered Sophie Scholl and The Perks Of Being A Wallflower. I watched Sophie Scholl first. It's a German film about a girl called Sophie Scholl who was part of the White Rose group who distributed anti-Nazi leaflets in her university. I think that films with subtitles hold my attention more as I have to focus. I really enjoyed this film. Julia Jentsch is a really good actress. Plus the man who plays her brother is very attractive! The Perks Of Being A Wallflower is my favourite book and I really like the film as well. Ezra Miller makes an amazing Patrick. 

I lit up some tea lights that I got from IKEA and set them along my window sill. I couldn't get a very good photo however as the light from the window was throwing it off.

Whilst watching the films I treated myself to a manicure and pedicure with my new nail polishes. I put Beach Party on my finger nails and I really love it, it's such a bright orange that it practically glows. I put Banana Split on my toes. It's supposed to be scented but I couldn't really smell anything, I have a cold though so it might just be me. I didn't like this ones as much though, it seemed very gloorp and was a a lot harder to work with. I think that might be the scented aspect.

I also applied my new face mask, Cosmetic Warrior from Lush. I'd always stayed away from this one as it contains egg and garlic which I thought was a bit extreme. But my skin has been really playing up recently so I thought it would be strong enough to sort it out. I really liked the way it made my skin feel and it smelt predominantly of tea tree and not garlic!

And after that I snuggled up in bed and read my new book, Amy & Roger's Epic Detour. I picked this out as I'd heard good things about it and it sounded like a very easy read. I didn't get much read because I was very tired but I did like what I did read!

So how much did my big night in cost me?

Amazon(Book, DVDs and Delivery) - £20.87
Lush - £5.95
Dominoes - £12.49
Boots(Nail polishes) - £7.50
IKEA - £1.50
Total : £48.31

It's a lot for one night, and I did feel a bit guilty spending so much money on myself for one night. But I will get many uses out of everything but the pizza, so I guess it that makes things a little bit better.

How would you spend your night in?

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Review: The Body Shop's Vineyard Peach Shower Gel & Body Scrub

Saturday, 6 July 2013

I received these two products as Christmas presents but decided I'd rather wait until summer to use them as the scent is very sweet  and summery. I'm a big fan of  The Body Shop's  body butters but I've never tried any of the scrubs so I was excited to try this. The scrub isn't as 'scrubby' as the scrubs I normally use and instead consists mainly of a lotion containing scrub particles. This makes it less exfoliating but  it also means it's very moisturising. Unlike unlike with most of my body scrubs I don't feel the need to use a body butter after using this. I've really been enjoying this but I'm not sure I like it as much as I like Soap & Glory scrubs. This is a nice product but they cost £12.50 for 200ml which is a lot of money. I'm definitely a fan of The Body Shop's body scrubs but I won't be picking another one up unless I see it in the sale. I can't say that I was as impressed by the shower gel. Quality wise it's fine, it lathers up well and leaves me feeling clean enough. But the scent just doesn't last. As soon as you squeeze it out of the bottle, the scent disappears which is really  annoying. The vineyard peach scent is well, peachy. I really like it but it smells a little bit artificial because it's so sweet. I'm getting used to it though and starting to really like it. Unfortunately it's now discontinued but I've heard there are a few floating around in the sales so if you want to buy these it's worth having a look in the shop. Both the scrub and the shower gel are available in a range of scents if something else tickles your fancy a bit more.

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My AM Skincare Routine

Friday, 5 July 2013
I think I actually care about skincare more than make up. Make up can only cover so much, the key to great looking skin is a solid skincare routine. This has been my routine for a few months and it's really working for me. I decided to split this post into an AM and a PM as I didn't want to be rambling on for too long. The PM section will be up soon. I have fairly oily skin that isn't very sensitive.  

I start off my skincare routine in the morning with exfoliating, it makes me feel very clean, refreshed and awake. People argue that you shouldn't exfoliate too often but I've been exfoliating everyday for over a year and it's done wonders for my skin. Soap & Glory's Scrub Your Nose In It is my scrub of choice. I've been using this since Christmas 2011 and it's a holy grail skincare product for me. It's got a minty scent which makes it very refreshing so I like to use it in the morning to wake me up and make me ready to face the day. I then use a couple of sprays of Lush's Breath Of Fresh Air Toner Water on a cotton pad and go over my face with this. This really helps calm down any blemishes I have and makes my skin feel even more clean. This is especially refreshing if it's kept in the fridge. Then to wrap everything up nicely I massage some of the No7 Beautiful Skin Day Cream into my face and neck. I've only recently started using this lately and I quite like it although I think I preferred the Good Things one I was using before this. It removes that 'tight' feeling you sometimes get after cleansing and stops me from getting dry patches.

What do you like to use on your face in the morning?

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June Favourites

Monday, 1 July 2013
Hello everyone! It's been a while since I last done a monthly favourites post as I just wasn't in the mood to write one last month. But I'm back! Although this month I'm not doing an empties post as I only have two products to talk about, pitiful, I know. Hey, maybe at the end of July I'll have favourites and empties to talk about. Who knows?

The Body Shop's Vineyard Peach Body Scrub has been my scrub of choice this month after finishing The  Breakfast Scrub and I've really been enjoying using this. It doesn't have as many particles in it as I'm used to in a scrub, it contains quite a lot of lotion however this means it's not harsh and is really moisturising. The scent is really nice, very sweet. I preferred the fuzzy peach scent range they used to do because this smells a little bit artificial, it's still very nice though. I just went onto The Body Shop's website to see how much this costs(it was a present) and have just realised that this is no longer available! That's annoying as it's a really nice scent.

Dainty Doll Blusher in Money Talks is a gorgeous browny-mauve blusher that I got for £1.99(see the haul here) and I've really been loving it this month. It's a really good colour for pale skin, the whole Dainty Doll range is for paler skin tones, and it makes a great contour as well. I was a little bit unsure as it looks very brown but it gives such a lovely glow to the cheeks. Normally I'm not the biggest fan of shimmery blushes but this is gorgeous. Also I could have sworn this was in shot when I was taking the photo, so annoying!

Essie's Mojito Madness is actually a shade that I've wanted since Essie first launched in the UK but I could never find it on a stand. So when I saw it on Fragrance Direct for £1.99 I knew I had to pick it up(see the haul here). It's a really nice green shade that dries really true to the bottle. The staying powder of Essie polishes is very good, I can get a week with minimal chipping!

One of the blogs that I've really been loving during June is Sophie Loves Food. Sophie is a UK based food blogger who shares some absolutely gorgeous recipes! Everything she posts looks super delicious and I always leave her blog feeling pretty hungry. I especially want to try her custard creams & bourbons, passion fruit, blueberry & poppy seed muffins and panna cotta. Sophie definitely deserves way more followers than she has so you should all go and have a little look at her blog!

Another blog run by a Sophie, Sophie Etc. I've been following Sophie's blog for a while now and I really love it. Sophie is a beauty and fashion blogger from England and she is such a lovely person. I also follow her on twitter and instagram and I really enjoy her posts there too. She's just been on holiday to Florida and I've really enjoyed her posts about that, I especially love this beach OOTD. Go check out her blog and give her some lovin', she really deserves it!

What have you been loving during June?

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