Friday, 9 December 2011

Friday Five #15

It really has been a horrible couple of days weather-wise. I almost got blown away last night when walking home from work (admittedly not my best plan, but 30 mins waiting for a bus at 9.30 at night, no thanks!) . It was wild. The pictures on the BBC website (under Scotland) just show some of the extent of the damage. My mum, who lives approx 3 hours from me had no electricity, whereas my Dad got stuck in Amsterdam returning from a business trip to Germany. He managed to get home today via Aberdeen and he popped in briefly to see me as well :).

On a brighter note, here are my Friday Five:

Jellyatric Jelly Babies:
These appeared in the delivery boxes at work today and I couldn't resist buying a few for various people. For certain people, they fit to a tee :). They are £1.49 and are available from Internacionale.

Arrival of transitional trends:
This week at work, we saw the arrival of transitional trends - the most prominent being the nautical, which has to be classed as one of my favourite trends ever. I have a few items to show in a haul post but the light is ridiculously bad so I'll have to do a separate haul post :).

Christmas Spirit:
I can't believe its Christmas two weeks on Sunday, just where has the time gone? I've almost finished my Xmas shopping and I'm looking forward to going home to spend some time with my mum and dad. I know on Christmas Eve, I will be baking mince pies and biscuits to give out to the neighbours. We will also be spending the day watching Christmas films. I think my mum was a bit disappointed that I don't want to go out somewhere, but out on Christmas Eve, you must be mad! I've worked Christmas Eve before and it was crazy!! You do get a fair few confused men who come in and the majority of customers are fairly pleasant to deal with. However, before I get to enjoy Christmas, I have two weeks of work and with that comes just about the biggest workload that we could possibly have.

Since I've moved him into my bedroom for the winter, he has probably become the most demanding hamster ever. If I open the lid of his cage, he will come running out looking for treats of some kind. I can't resist giving him a couple of sunflower seeds, although I do try and watch what he is eating as he's a Chinese hamster, therefore of the dwarf variety. Dwarfs can get big quite easily.

I've been reading a lot recently, mainly during my breaks at work, and there is nothing that I currently enjoy except from curling up with a good book. I'm currently reading 'Deadhouse' by Linda Fairstein. It's amazing. I've never read her books before until my Mum gave me a pile of crime books to read.

Monday, 21 November 2011

Parallel worlds...

I've not done one of these posts in a long while. Here are some recent adventures of mine taken by my lovely phone:

My 'bread' for my Highland Stew - really they had stuck a roll in the panini maker

Some Paperchase purchases:

Whippy ice-cream:

'Fancy a kiss?' Don't worry he's in his playpen, not his tank.

How can this puppy face not make you go awwww!

After many years, I now like mince pies. I may even try some xmas pudding this year...

Some Photoshop editing:

Nyan Cat:

Burning candles :)

My lovely neighbour bought me 6 bottles of Rose wine for looking after the cats:

Acquired ' The Big Bang Theory' dvds:

Made some Whoopies:

Crumpets with cheese:

Red Cup - Gingerbread latte if you're offering to buy ;)

I've also been rediscovering bands I've forgotten about. Today's choice is Elliot Minor. I know I have seen them play somewhere but I can't remember where or who I was with. That's the problem when you've been to so many gigs, you forget where you were.

Here is a youtube link to Elliot Minor:

The title to this post is actually the name of an 'Elliot Minor' song which sums me up at the moment - the real world vs blogging.


Tuesday, 15 November 2011

A bit of this and that...

Missed me? To be honest I've not really had much to blog about recently. I hate posting for the sake of posting. I like to spend time putting 100% effort into posts. Also I don't see how people a) find the time to post daily and b)have enough interesting things to say which are non-repetitive.Maybe I'm just alone in these thoughts? Maybe I'm just not interesting?

Anyway enough of that, here is a small selection things:

1) I finally managed to curl my hair using my babyliss curling wand.It's easy and took me approximately 15 mins to do my whole head.
2)I have become addicted to cheese on crumpets.
3)I have 6 bottles of Rose wine which were given to me by my neighbour for looking after the cats. Anyone fancy coming round for a party :p?
4) I'm slowly becoming addicted to 'I'm a celeb'. I'm not a fan of reality shows, not even X-Factor, but considering Dougie from McFly is in there, I feel the need to watch it :).

Hello Dougie!

5) Recently I have developed a strange urge to go the gym at random times in the morning - 6.30am anyone? To be honest, I like going as it gets it out of the way and at that time it is still quite quiet. The only thing I don't enjoy is walking down in the dark - I keep thinking a bad person will attack me....

That's enough for now! Any other jungle lovers out there?

Sunday, 6 November 2011

Monthly Favourites #4

I really enjoy doing these posts. It's scary to think that the next time I do one will be December...eek!! It's getting freakishly close to Xmas and tonight my Mum sent me her Xmas list....

The majority of this month's 'Monthly Favourites' are all fairly new products for me. There is one which I have re-purchased and re-purchased over the last couple of years, but the rest are fairly new.

The first product is MACs 'Prep and Prime Skin base'. This was sent as a sample when I ordered something from the website. Normally I wouldn't have considered using a primer of any sort but I decided to give it a go. Overall I really like it. A little goes a long way with this tube and it's so easy to pop some on before applying make-up.At the moment I have another primer to use after this is done, but I will definitely consider purchasing a full-size bottle in the near future.

The second product is Good things 'Bright eyes eye cream'. Let's be brutally honest here, my eyes are a mess - too many late nights combined with early starts do not do me any good and needless to say, my eyes show everything. I've been applying this cream both in the morning and also at night. I may be slightly optimistic but I think that it is doing something for my eyes. They certainly feel a lot better. This tube is only 15ml, which isn't huge, but you only require a small dot to do both eyes. Another thing that I love about this product is that it is all natural ingredients - no parabens, nothing - just superfruit extracts of raspberry and lychee.

The third product is Witch concealer stick in natural. Now I don't know about you,but I always feel guilty applying make-up over a blemish of some form. I just think that I'm making it much worse. With this concealer, I no longer have to feel guilty. It contains Witch Hazel extract which helps to heal the skin. Since I started using it,I have noticed a difference where I have been applying it. In particular certain problem areas (hello chin!) seem to be much clearer.

The fourth product is the much hyped 'Pillow Talk' lipstick from Topshop. I still really like this lipstick and have been wearing a lot. The colour is a baby pink which once applied is absolutely gorgeous. I won't go into too much detail here but you can read my post on Topshop make-up here.

The final product is my much loved Benefit 'Boiing'. I have been using this product religiously for the last 3 years or so. This is my absolute favourite concealer in the world. I can't remember how many I have re-purchased over the period of time but I would say it's at least 4+. When it says it's industrial strength, it really means industrial strength. The coverage is amazing and despite only being 3g, there is plenty of use in this small tub.

What do you think about this months favourites?

Sunday, 23 October 2011

London Montage...

I've been to London a few times this year and needless to say I haven't actually blogged about any of it. I thought I would do a little montage of the trips :). Enjoy!

The Firth of Forth at 5am

We're off to see the Wizard, the wonderful Wizard of Oz (Yes, we did see it!)

A certain mohawk rebel who likes to throw people in trashcans above :)

Some Camden town

 This man has a box on his head....

That was a lot, wasn't it? Comprised of three separate trips - Glee, Hen Weekend and the wedding (which was outside London but I still include it). I hoped you enjoyed looking at them.

Thursday, 13 October 2011

Cullen in a blur...

Last weekend, I decided to surprise my mum while she was up in Cullen with my dad and the dogs. My dad was already let in on the secret as I had to make sure that they were both in and hadn't escaped to the pub. When my mum answered the door, I couldn't have got a better reaction. The dogs were surprised to see me too and pretty much spent the next half an hour beside themselves - Barney decided to be my shadow for the remainder of the time while Alfie used every opportunity to play with me :). Overall, I had a lovely time up there with them as I haven't been up for so long, despite living much closer to Cullen than my parents.

Below is a montage of sorts:

Please excuse the serious camera shake,dodgy editing and the amount of time spent filming the dogs. I also need something else to film with as a P&S doesn't cut it :(.

Also if you wish to see a fantastic video diary of Scotland (which features Cullen), then look no further than Gem's. You can find pt1 here, pt2 here and pt3 here. Also,if you haven't already, you should look at her blog which you can find here.

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Monthly Favourites #3

Every month I seem to comment on how fast the previous month has gone, it's true - it does go fast. As we grow older, time seems to whizz by so quickly. It's insane. So without further ado I present the September Favourites.

September was a difficult month to pick as I was reusing a lot of my favourite items. I could have probably written about 20 different items, but I limited it to 5.

 The lucky five are: Superdrug's Eye make-up remover, Johnson's Cleansing lotion, Rimmel eyeshadows in both Spicy Bronze and Royal Gold and The Body Shop Vibrant Rose blusher.

This product is from Superdrug's Essential range. Originally I bought this as I had run out of eye make-up remover and being the week before payday, I had about £4 to my name. This product is only 99p and I can say it is one of the best eye make-up removers I have ever used. It is non-greasy unlike some more expensive brands (I'm looking at you, Estee Lauder), and leaves my eyes clean and refreshed. I have repurchased this since my original bottle and I will continue to do so. Normally I am skeptical about anything in basic ranges, but since trying this I may well venture further.

 This product is another one which I use daily. I was sent this by a magazine to test out. Overall I really like it and if I go away and don't take it for whatever reason, I feel quite lost without it (Wow, thats quite sad). It leaves my skin feeling refreshed and 'clean'. I'm not sure what this retails for but I think I would certainly repurchase.

Blushers are, without a doubt, my make-up downfall. Like my Friday Five posts which more often than not feature food, my monthly favourites tend to feature blusher. This month my blusher of choice is The Body Shop's Vibrant Rose. This blusher comes with a springy applicator which springs down when closed. It is fairly pigmented which means that you don't need a lot. I tend to put the tiniest bit on and blend it out with a brush. This retails at £5, although when I bought it it was a lot cheaper as it was in the sale.

My eyeshadow collection mainly consists of neutral shades for during the day. These two were a bargain at £1 each and combined together, they currently form the basis of my daily eyeshadow which I switch around frequently. I love both colours as much as each other.

What do you think of this months favourites? Are there any which you will be purchasing?