Friday, 22 November 2013

My Favourite-est Thingymagigs

Ooooooohhh I have missed doing these! It's so very nice to get together all the things that have been making you happy, even in the smallest of ways. I suppose this could technically be called an 'autumn favourites' but really it's just what I've been loving over the past couple of weeks. Seeing as I have not done one of these for a little while, there is quite a looootttt on the list!

White Chocolate!!!
Okay, hold the phone, drop the celery - it's true. I can now eat white chocolate. 'Why is this a big deal?' I hear you cry. Because I have not been able to eat chocolate for a few years due to it giving me migraines. I tried white chocolate a few years ago to see if it was okay, but it still gave me a really bad migraine. Recently I have not had a migraine for a very long time (touch wood) and so I was encouraged to see if white chocolate would be okay. Alas - it is! I am so happy because I adore chocolate so very, very much. Even just being able to eat milky bar buttons every now and again is so good!

The Gemma Doyle Book Series by Libba Bray
Eeeee I have definitely mentioned this before, but now I've finished reading the second in the trilogy. The first is called ' A Great and Terrible Beauty' and I adored it a lot. For me it was a bit like a mix between Harry Potter and Pride and Prejudice. There was literally nothing about it that did not appeal to me! 'Rebel Angels' was the second, and I have to say it was definitely on par with the first one. I am hoping to get the third and final book in the series as a Christmas present this year, so I will just have to hold my breath to see what will happen.

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
I was inspired to read this book by Carrie Hope Fletcher, and after reading the blurb, it seemed like something I would gobble up! It's a post apocalyptic novel, which as you may know, is something that I am just such a sucker for. I just can't get enough of them. It's also supernatural in the form of Mediums, Clairvoyants and the Aether which is another thing that I just cannot resist in a book. I'm about 150 pages in and loving it so much so far. Things recently have been getting in the way of me finishing it, but I'm working on it. It's so well written, and the world it creates is so amazing and believable. 

Ugly Betty
Me and Jack have been watching Ugly Betty right from the beginning again. Although I watched them all when they first aired, I have forgotten most of what happens so it's like re-discovering a whole new series again. And what a series it is. I adore each and every character - they are so well rounded and well played. There has never been an episode where I did not like what happened. Oh Ugly Betty, why do you only have 4 series?! Also I have discovered that America Ferrera who plays Betty voices the character of Astrid in How to Train Your Dragon -.... awesome.

Assassin's Creed
This is another series that me and Jack have been watching, but this time just a playthrough of the game over Youtube. I don't have a way to play it myself at the moment, and actually, even if I did I would probably be pretty damn rubbish at it. I would just panic whenever someone tried to come after me. What I really care about is the story and the characters. Watching a playthrough is a really great way of experiencing a game without playing it. If I ever get the chance to buy / play it now, I definitely will.

The Sims 3
My baby, The Sims 3. I have followed The Sims since the very first game, religiously collecting expansion packs and watching dedicated youtube channels for it. At the moment though, my game seems to be glitching an awful lot. I had to reinstall it - losing everything - which was not very awesome at all. But that apart, I love playing the game still after all these years. I can't wait until The Sims 4 is released next autumn - I just want it NOW!

Professor Layton and the Spector's Call
After completing all the previous games, I am now on the Spectre's Call adventure from Professor Layton. These games are the perfect mix between adventure, puzzle and awesome story lines. Sometimes they can be a bit slow, but if you're looking for something to relax with they are perfect. The only thing with this one, is that I kind of want it to be over so that I can play the 3DS titles of the games. Ooooo. Maybe in the new year, when I have new money.

MUA - Undress Your Skin Foundation
Recommended by MissBudgetBeauty on Youtube, I bought it because it was on offer for £3 and I really needed a new foundation. At first I really did not like it, the packaging is a flimsy tube so it's so easy to just spill a bucket load out and then you end up wasting it. At first I didn't think the formula was all that either. Now though, as it's the only one I really have, I've learnt to love it. It's a great pale-skin shade, and if you have dry moisturised skin it goes on pretty nicely with a brush. I definitely recommend it for the price.

No. 7 Starry Light's Eyeshadow
A few weeks ago I was looking at the eyeshadows in Boots, and fell in love with this beautiful, highlighting, golden yellow colour eyeshadow. When I got home and sorted through my makeup collection I found that I actually owned it, and just did not know. I'm pretty sure that it came with one of the free gifts from No 7 products a while ago. But anyway, I was pleased as pie. It's gorgeous, and I love it.

No. 7 Cleansing Balm for Dry / Very Dry
I really do not understand why this product does not have more hype - it is so, so amazing for dry skin. You can use a moisturiser too, but I find with this I just rub it into my face, wipe off any excess with a cotton pad and voila! My face is perfectly clean and moisturised, and its now completely perfect for direct foundation application. My skin is always really weird with foundation, it just never goes on right. But with this it always does, every. single time. It's amazing, and I really recommend it.

Boots Tea Tree and Witch Hazel Blemish Stick
Now I do not get spots too often, and I've never had acne (for which I am thankful!). However I get some small blemishes on my skin which have been flaring up recently. Not having experienced it much before, I'm not really an expert on how to get rid of them. This blemish stick was very cheap from Boots, and it has worked amazingly well! If I have a spot the night before, I put some of this on it and by the morning it's practically gone. It has been a lifesaver in some situations, and I am so impressed with it. It stills the spot initially - but I quite like that because it feels like it's working. Makeup can be applied perfectly over it with no problem. It's great!

Agese Oils - Face Glow
This is an odd one. I got a sample of this face oil in my Glossybox this month. I used it on a whim before going to bed once, and my skin in the morning just looked so healthy. It was a real shocker, and I'm happy I have it! It's super pricey full size though, but I will definitely enjoy using this. If you get a chance to buy it / have a sample then it comes fully recommended from me :)

Katy Perry
So, I watched the Katy Perry film documentary on Netflix on a whim, and ever since she has become one of my favourite people. She is a wonderful person, and has worked so hard to be where she is now. I also adore her music, and always have. Go Katy! PRISM, her new album, is awesome.

London Grammar
Cat from Cheshire Cat Chats posted about London Grammar on her blog, and I immediately just fell in love with them. It's beautiful etherial music, and it's calming but not depressing. It's just gorgeous. I would love to see them live. My favourite songs from them are Nightcall and Strong.

Yeeeeeesssssssssssssss. Oh yes. Oh yes. It's the Christmas season, and I love it. I just want to cover myself in glitter, go to church and sing Away in a Manger really loudly next to the vicar-who-cant-sing. I can't wait for people to open the presents I have bought them, and I can't wait until all the twinkly lights go up everywhere!

Thursday, 21 November 2013

A Little Fall of Rain

The sunset a few nights ago was breathtaking here.

Hello, hello, helloooooo. It's been a while hasn't it? I have not given up on my blog, I promise. The last couple of weeks I have been suffering with my anxiety a hell of a lot - a lot more than usual. I don't know what happened, but suddenly it was back into full swing again. As well as that, I visited my GP (which I had been putting off for ages) and they put me on medication I needed which had aside effects while your body was getting used to them. And then while that was all happening, I also got a very bad cold so I had to stay in bed anyway. I can tell you now, the last few weeks have been really, really horrible. It is, however, on the up now. My cold is nearly gone, the medication is starting to kick in and my anxiety is being worked on. It's not perfect, but its a total breath of fresh air.

The best way through this is with a positive attitude, and it's really hard. I'm will do this though, with everything I have because it is worth it. I am going to surround myself with things that make me smile and things that will keep me calm.

All that being said, my uni work is pretty much bang on track and I cannot wait to give it all in in a few weeks because it is another milestone that I would have conquered all by myself. There's not much left to do now - just the fun ending parts of my project!

I want to start using this blog as a place where I can post almost daily, just about life but with a few beauty and photography bits chucked in a long the way.

Saturday, 2 November 2013

The Making of Harry Potter

When I was seven years old, I sat on the top bunk of my friends bed while their mother told me she though I'd enjoy the Harry Potter book series. I told my mum, and she got hold of the audiobook of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, and since then this magical world has become my home. As the new books where released I waited, and I adored. I remember my excitement when I heard they where making the first book into a film, and the many times that I watched it in the cinema with different people. I grew up with my role models being Harry, Ron and Hermione, and I used this magical world as a bit of an escape. The sheer amount of times that I've read or listened to these books, now aged 20, is a number I wouldn't even like to take a guess at. The words on the page are so familiar to me, and I can find myself picking up any book and any page and know immediately what's going on.