Friday, 31 January 2014

Sharpie Mugs...

Mug, Quote, Albert Einstein, Sharpie


Craft posts are few and far between on this blog so in order to mix things up a bit, I thought I would bring you a cute craft that you can do for any occasion: Sharpie mugs.

These are really, really simple to do and after spending far too much time on Pinterest, I thought I would give them a go.

Mug, Sharpie


What you need:

Plain mug (I used asda smart price - 4 for £1)
Sharpie pen

Using your sharpie draw your desired design.
Bake in oven at 175 C for 30 minutes.
Remove from oven and leave to cool.
Enjoy!

From reading around, these are not dishwasher safe (I don't have one so I can't test it out) but are perfect for handwashing.

These would make great little gifts for anytime of year - why don't you give it a go?


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Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Good things Blemish Control Gel Mask...

Ever since I had an amazing facial using Elemis products at Pure Spa Aberdeen, I have been on the hunt for a face mask that will help with blemishes. Even more so since my skin has become much worse over the past few months.

Good Things Blemish Control Gel Mask


Stumbling (maybe not quite...) into Boots one day, I came across Good Things Blemish Control Mask. I have previously tried some of their other products with great success and as a brand I find their products good value and good quality. They are also suitable for vegetarians and vegans and free from nasties (parabens etc).

Once applied, this mask does sting a teeny,teeny bit but considering it is designed for tackling blemishes, it doesn't bother me. However after a minute or so,the stinging subsides and a wave of refreshment comes over. Once this mask is removed using warm water, your skin is leave feeling lovely and any oil which was present has been cleared up.

Good Things Blemish Control Mask retails for £4.99 and is available from Boots

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Monday, 27 January 2014

Beautiful things #1...

Forth Road Bridge...

Sometimes even the simple,little thing in life can make you smile. From photographs to trying new foods, these things can all make us smile.

Here is what has been making me smile recently:

Cous Cous Salad:
I have been stuck in such a rut with ideas for lunches recently. It all gets boring so quickly eating the same thing day in, day out. especially working in an office Monday to Friday. In an effort to mix things up a bit, I came across cous cous salad and to say it was good is an understatement.

Instagram - Lewis Hamilton:
Formula 1 is a pretty awesome sport, yes? With the season on hiatus until March, I have been resorting to social media to keep up with the drivers and the teams. Lewis Hamilton is one of the drivers (perhaps the only one) I follow on instagram. His posts range from gorgeous scenary to things that he has been up to. Did I mention he also posts (a lot) about his gorgeous bulldogs Roscoe & Coco? You can find him on instagram here.

Benefit 'Cha-cha' tint:
I have always been a sucker for anything by Benefit. Cute packaging and products that work, what more could I want? Cha-cha tint is another one of their tint ranges (original being Benetint) and this one is a coral colour. I have been using this product on my cheeks daily since before Christmas and I absolutely adore it.Perfect for a winter pick-me-up.

Instagram - Kelly Rutherford:
Kelly Rutherford is perhaps best known for her portrayal of Lily van der Woodsen in Gossip Girl. As someone who used to watch/watches Gossip Girl, I primarily stumbled across her Instagram through her twitter (I believe). On her instagram, Kelly posts regularly on a variety of things: from quotes to cups of coffee (not a bad thing - I do too!) as well as fun things she has been doing. In addition, there is also some pictures of NYC which just makes my desire to visit there even stronger (maybe when I'm not so hidden underneath renovations and wallpaper samples...haha). If you're not already following Kelly, then you can do so here.

Plain Noodles with Soy Sauce:
Simple dinner and incredibly underrated.Yum!


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Sunday, 26 January 2014

Glossy Box January 2014...

Receiving my Glossy Box through the post is always a wee highlight in my month. Not sure if it is the surprise of the contents or recieving a parcel each month. Anyway, today I thought I would show you what is in the January 2014 box.




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Monday, 20 January 2014

Claire's Accessories...

As a teenager,living in a small town, Claire's accessories was my go-to place on a Saturday to spend money. I had all sorts - from barbed wire choker necklaces to a multitude of studded earrings.I think it was also where I got my first ever nail varnish (Glitz n glam quite possibly).

Recently, I had a look on their website as I was looking for a necklace I had seen instore and while browsing, I also spotted these items which I love:


1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8

Have you bought anything from Claire's Accessories recently?
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Sunday, 19 January 2014

Space NK haul...

Space Nk has recently become one of my major weaknesses - I can't resist! So when an email popped into my inbox last week advertising a sale, I couldn't exactly say no, could I?

Here is what I bought:


Have you bought anything from Space NK?

Posts from last week:

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Friday, 17 January 2014

Memories...


St Cyrus Beach,Teacups & Buttondrops
St Cyrus Beach...

Someone recently asked me this: 'If you could either lose your memories and make new ones or keep your memories and not make any new ones, which would you prefer?'. Tough one, right? For me,memories are for creating, remembering and recording. Not being able to do any of things would be in fact devastating.

When I was little, my dad had a SLR (Olympus OM-10) and he used to record everything - literally everything. There are plenty of pictures of me in questionable outfits pulling silly faces or of the various animals we had (ducks included) as well as some of my parents from back in the day. Every so often, I will go home and dig out these memories and giggle at the silly ones and remember those who are no longer here.

With most things being recorded digitally on laptops etc, it is all to easy to rely on this technology until it is too late (I'm currently typing on a 8.5 year laptop which can take some coaxing). Yes, you can back up on external harddrives etc but at the end of the day, technology moves on and things become outdated. Every time I log onto this laptop, I'm scared it will be the last time and even though I have backed up on my external harddrive,I'm still scared of losing memories.

This year, inspired by Victoria, I am going to attempt to print off all of my laptop photos so that I have them in an alternative form. I am also planning to use my film cameras a lot more too as there is nothing more enjoyable than the excitement of getting a film back from processing and seeing what has turned out.

How do you prefer your memories? Do you think technology takes over?





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Wednesday, 15 January 2014

HP Slate tablet review...

HP Slate review, tablet, Currys


Before Christmas, I treated myself to a new tablet. I already own an iPad which I love but I wanted something that was easier for me to take to work as I tend to have a lot of stuff with me. Therefore, when shopping for my Dad's ipad mini, I came across the HP Slate.

The HP Slate tablet is similar in size to the iPad mini which makes it great for work. It is android based and having owned a HTC phone prior to my iPhone, I find it user-friendly. The only downside is I keep hunting for a centre home button like the apple products which it doesn't have (it's on the screen instead).

The apps available to this device are endless. I have kept my apps on this device purely to ones I use for blogging at the moment as normally that is what I use it for. There are a couple of apps I haven't been able to find (convieniently blogger and instagram) but I did find a great alternative to Blogger which is Blogit! It is essentially blogger with a different name.

I'll admit that i've not really tested out the camera although from what I've tested the camera isn't too shabby.

One final thing that has impressed me with this device is the fact that you can wirelessly print if you have a wireless printer (not sure if it has to be a HP one) which is great for any photos you take and as far as I know (I could be wrong) that is something that you can't do with other tablets.

Overall, I really like this tablet. It is user-friendly and has plenty of apps to entertain (forgot to say it has Beats audio). It is also the perfect travel companion.I would also say that this tablet is a great starting point for anyone that wants to venture into the world of tablets but doesn't necessarily want to shell out a huge amount of money.

HP Slate Tablet retails for £178.99 and is available at  Currys/PCWorld
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Monday, 13 January 2014

Tell me about it stud...

Painting my nails is something that make me extremely happy.I don't do it all that often as I tend to think about it and then not do it (story of my life,haha!). However, this weekend I decided to paint them and did this:

Nail art, studs, Seventeen

Essie 472, Studs, nail art
Essie in 472 and studs by Seventeen

The nails studs were part of a limited edition range from Seventeen (Deconstructed I think). I'm not sure if you can still get them but I am pretty sure you will be able to find some on eBay. They apply easily by using tweezers and placing them onto wet nail varnish with a top coat to finish. Simples.

What do you think? Have you ever used nail studs before?






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Sunday, 12 January 2014

What's in my bag?

At Christmas I received a new bag courtesy of my parents. To celebrate my love for this bag, I thought I would do a 'What's in my bag?' video and show you the murky depths of my bag and why I can't carry a small bag...



 
 Cracking thumbnail don't you think?

I hope you enjoy this video and it would be lovely if you could subscribe :)
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Friday, 10 January 2014

The Lipstick Tag...

Lipsticks MAC GOSH TOPSHOP


As someone who has just a small obsession with lipstick, I had to give this lipstick tag a go when I saw it over on Jennie's blog.

001) How many lipsticks do you own?
I own 69!! I did not realise that I owned quite so many until I counted them for this tag. I really should stop buying them...

002)What was the first lipstick you ever owned?
The first lipstick I owned was Estee Lauder 'Sugar Honey'.

003)What is your favourite lipstick brand?
I like lipsticks that come from either drugstore or high-end. My favourite high-end brand is MAC as they not only smell incredible but they have an insane amount of colours.  My favourite drugstore brand is Topshop as they are pretty amazing.

004)What is your most worn lipstick?
My most worn lipstick is either 'Rumour has it' by Topshop which was originally part of the 'Smoke and Mirrors' collection and is now part of the permanent collection or 'Lovelorn' by MAC.

005)What is your favourite finish?
I have no favourite finish - it is all dependent on my mood.

006)What was the last lipstick you bought?
The last lipstick I bought was 'Sweetie' by MAC

007)How many lip products do you currently have in your bag?
I currently have 3 products in my bag: Revlon Lip Butter in 'Pink Lemonade', Maybelline Baby Lips (Intensive) and Papaya Ointment by Phytocare.

008)What is your favourite red lip colour?
Seventeen's 'Infared'

009)How do you store your lipsticks?
I currently store them in 2 small storage boxes or scattered in various bags.

010)Which lipsticks are you currently lusting after?
I'm not looking for anything in particular at the moment although the YSL lipstick packaging is pretty impressive.
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Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Through the Christmas Keyhole...

Christmas is one of my favourite times of year. I love the build-up, the shopping and the giving of presents. Ultimately, I also love spending the best part of two weeks with my family which is generally a rare occurence.

This Christmas, I was spoiled to say the least and I thought instead of showing you everything I received, I would show you some snippets.


Pink Knitted Blanket

Knitted Pink Blanket:
My super-talented friend (who also blogs here) made this blanket for me. It is the perfect lap size blanket and in some of my favourite colours.

Perfumes:

Estee Lauder Modern Muse, Valentino Valentina, Katy Perry Killer Queen

Paperchase List Book


List Book: 
My Mum is a complete gem. She picked up this notebook for me from Paperchase for Christmas. It is the perfect blogging tool (apparently why she originally bought me it) as it has a notebook, to-do list and sticky notes. Best of all? It has Coleoptera (Beetles to be precise) in it which I did my final year dissertation on in university (Geeky fact for you)

Holga DSLR lens


Holga lens for DSLR:
I  have a long-standing obsession with cameras - I think my collection is pushing 30 at the moment. My friend (who knows this) kindly gifted me this Holga lens for my DSLR. This is a brilliant little thing which you attach where your lens goes and it creates Holga-riffic effects. Bizarrely enough, a Holga is/was (not sure which yet) on my camera wish list.

Sabrina the teenage witch complete season boxset


Sabrina the teenage witch complete box set:
Hands up who was a Sabrina fan when they were a child. I was. When I came across this box set on Amazon, I had to have it. But rather than buy it there and then, I added it to my Christmas list where my Auntie was kind enough to buy me it.
Since receiving it,I have watched almost 2 full seasons out of 7 and I must say that it really is as good as I remember.
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Monday, 6 January 2014

2014 goals....

                                   

Each year, for the past couple of years, I have always set myself goals for the year at the beginning of January. Last year, I didn't do too well, however the previous year, I managed to do quite well and achieve many of my goals.

In 2014, I have set the following goals:

001) Finish my parents' website 
002) Comment on more blogs
003) Take more photographs using my film cameras and get them developed
004) Expand blog content to other areas
005) Save enough money for a much-needed laptop/MacBook/computing thingymajig
006) Be more organised - too many hands in too many pies at the moment
007) Learn to wallpaper
008) Print off photos from computer
009) Try and use up some of my beauty & hair products before getting more (this will be extremely hard)
010) Finish Les Miserables on my Kindle
011) Renovate Bathroom
012) Renovate Kitchen
013) Decorate Bedroom & Hallway
014) Make a cheesecake
015) Learn how to ice cakes properly (my skills at the moment are atrocious!)

What are your goals for 2014?



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Saturday, 4 January 2014

2013 Highlights...


In essence, 2013 was generally quite a good year for me. Yes, there were some not-so-nice bits like everyone else but you can't have a perfect, straight-forward life all the time right?

Anyway, here are some of my highlights from 2013:

Blogging:
2013 was a great year for me blogging-wise. I may not have posted as much as I perhaps would've liked to but outside posting, I've had a great time. I've been able to meet lots of bloggers in my local area and also become more knowledgeable about brands that I love.

New job:
Last year also brought me a new job. I worked hard enough on both the application and interview and I was lucky enough to be successful.  I now work in a role with a team I enjoy working with.

Biffy Clyro:
I am a huge Biffy Clyro fan and when they returned to the AECC last year, I had to go and see them play again. Biffy Clyro have been one of my favourite bands since before they were well known, so I always enjoy seeing them live.

British Grand Prix - Silverstone:
Little known fact: I am a huuuuuge Formula 1 fan. Last year, I went down to Silverstone with a few of my friends for the weekend. It was so much fun (even the camping side was fun) and we were treated to a great weekend finished off with a drama-fuelled race. Two things to note: Sebastian Vettel is a blink-and-you-miss-him type of guy - he is seriously fast (no wonder he has several World Championships under his belt at 26); the cars are by far noisier than you can ever imagine.

Reading:
Years ago, I was a little bookworm. Over time, I became one of those people who didn't read (mostly due to lack of spare time). In the past year, I have rediscovered my love for reading and I am genuinely happy when the time comes to switch off everything electronic and curl up with a good book before bed. Reading highlights last year were: The Great Gatsby (much shorter than I thought it would be), I Heart Christmas by Lindsey Kelk, Miranda Hart's autobiography (cannot remember for the life of me what it is called), Mad about the boy by Helen Fielding and Halfhead by Stuart MacBride. I'm currently ploughing my way through: A tiny bit marvellous - Dawn French, Origin of the Species - Charles Darwin (geek!), Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (surprisingly good) and Les Miserables (finding this one difficult at times).

As well as highlights from last year, I also learnt a few things along the way:

001)Eating healthily is much, much easier than it appears.
002)Living areas don't have to be cluttered; the minimalist approach is good hence why I have gutted a lot of my flat and I'm looking to revisit a few areas shortly.
003)Sitting back and watching will not make things happen, hard work and determination will. Took me long enough to find this one.

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Friday, 3 January 2014

Scottish Fine Soaps Company Boheme Body Cream...

The Scottish Fine Soaps Company Boheme Body Creme

After a bath or a shower, 9 times out of 10, I will forget to use moisturiser (oops indeed!). As part of the Scottish Bloggers Christmas Collaboration, I was given Boheme Body Creme by The Scottish Fine Soaps Company to review.

The Scottish Fine Soaps Company is based in Falkirk, Scotland (coincidently also my hometown :)) and specialises in luxurious body products. With products ranging from shampoo to soaps, The Scottish Fine Soaps Company has a wide range of products for everyone.

First thing that I noticed about this moisturiser was the smell - it has a gorgeous,almost floral scent. It is also fairly thick which is what I like in a moisturiser. Even more so, this product blends in easily and is non-greasy leaving smooth skin all over.

Boheme Body Creme retails for £8.50 and is available online from The Scottish Fine Soap Company



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