Friday, 30 January 2015

Top 10 Friday!

1. This recipe looks too delicious. 

2. If you're a Super Bowl fan, then this is something you need to see and try.

3. NACHOS. 'Nuff said.

4. I've wanted a camera like this for AGES. 

5. An Instagram calender seems like such a good idea! I'd love one of those. 

6. I took this general idea for those with actual jobs, and substituted it for a college student. Very helpful! 

7. This video has made me think twice about exercising. 

8. 13 Glorious Reasons to Visit the Dalmatian Coast. Must go.

9. My English teacher's got me reading these non-stop.

10. ... and now I want more red lipsticks...

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Sanctuary Spa Foaming Bath Soak

I got Sanctuary Spa's Foaming Bath Soak as a gift set of three. The other products were the Cleansing Burst Body Wash, and the Silky Smooth Body Lotion. I have yet to try the body wash, and I'm afraid I don't really like the body lotion. The smell is far too strong, and causes my eyes to water and nose to burn! But, on the plus side, it is long lasting.

I decided to have a crack at the bath soak this morning, and honestly, I really enjoyed it!

The smell is similar to the body lotion, but it doesn't cause me to react in such a negative way. All you do is pour some underneath running water and watch as the bubbles form. I just wish there were more of them, as they do disappear rather quickly. Afterwards, my skin felt very smooth and gentle, probably due to the added aloe and wheat proteins. 

I really love this product, and want to order some more!

Please list below what other bath products I should try out!

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Red Lip Wishlist

I literally saw this, swatched a bit on my hand and fell in love! I've never had/tried out a matte lipstick before because I was scared that it may dry out my lips. But, the lipstick applies smoothly and felt very soft on my hand. I can only imagine it on my lips! The matte-ness seems really long lasting, and applies creamy and very quickly dries matte. I really want this!

I've heard nothing but positive reviews over Lime Crime's Velvetines. After watching review after review (after review!), I decided I really want to try one! I also want to try Salem and Wicked, but I've decided to test the waters out with Red Velvet instead. Application looks neat and mess-free which is a massive plus! And they're also long lasting. Their Unicorn Lipsticks are also very tempting... Also want.

Charlotte Tilbury make-up is once of the best in the business. This too is long lasting and applies very well. Reviews say it to also be moisturising and velvety smooth, which makes me want to try it out even more! Glastonbury is another shade I want to try, (along with all other CT products ;))

What's your favourite red lip product? 

Monday, 26 January 2015

Homespiration Monday #2!

This week I was feeling inspired by loft apartments!

 I love how small and compact they are, while still being really open and large. They look really homey and once they're filled with pictures, and lots of furniture, they look really full and warm.

My favourite between those above is the far left one. Seeing the beams makes the apartment look almost Tudor-like, and beautifully old fashioned.

Having a library in my future home is something I'm looking forward to. I relish the idea of being able to fill a home up with lots and lots of books, written by my favourite authors. I especially love the bottom picture - look at all those books!

Loft apartments are also great because you can have your kitchen, living room, bathroom and bedroom all in one giant room. The bottom one shows this better (notice the mini library in the corner! ;)) Loft apartments are really good for ease, as you don't have to travel far to get to one room. The next one is a few meters away!

Kayla Lashae did her own loft apartment tour, which I loved watching. You can check that out here!

I'll see you in the next one!

Friday, 23 January 2015

Top 10 Friday!

Another Friday, another Top 10!

1.Must. Eat. Pho. Fun fact: 'pho' is pronounced 'fuh'. Please tell me I'm not the only one who didn't know this...

2. I recently discovered Danger0usperson on Youtube and Instagram, and I'm obsessed! Her Vlogmas videos and make-up tutorials are so great to watch; I have been hooked! 

3. Following on from that, her boyfriend is in a band I'm starting to become obsessed with too. 

4. I've been making this cake since we entered 2015, and I am absolutely loving it. I substituted the raspberries for blueberries once, but they sank to the bottom :( Does anyone have any tips for that? Also, it's absolutely delicious, and goes down a treat.

6. These pancakes look too good to be true. I need to try the recipe sometime next weekend. Anna's baking posts are to die for!

7. This was very eye-opening. This is why fast food is bad for you, kids!

8. I discovered this site a couple of years ago, and literally spent way too long on it. Have fun!

9. 9 ways to feel more positive. This really helps me out a lot.

10. Set those goals, and stick to them! This comes in especially handy for those with new years resolutions or goals. Speaking of those, how are you getting on?

I'll see you in the next one!

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Beat That Cold!

When I think of January (and winter in general), I think of colds, sneezing, coughing, and just generally feeling like poop.

I woke up this new year with a pounding headache, painful throat and a persistent and annoying cough. No, I hadn't been drinking (!), I just came down with the flu. After plenty of bed rest, fluids and painkillers, I'm just now starting to feel better!

Which is why I've decided to share my tips for anyone out there struggling to overcome any flu or flu-like symptoms this winter.

1: Fluids!
Drink anything! Anything and everything. I would recommend water first and foremost, but orange juice would work very well, too. I wouldn't use this as an excuse to drink plenty of caffeinated drinks. It seems like a given, as you're bound to feel tired and groggy, but avoid those as much as possible! The short buzz you'll feel won't last for very long, and you'll end up feeling worse than before. So, try to stay hydrated with plenty of water and orange juice.

2. Warm baths.
I'm more of a shower person, but whenever I'm ill, I take that time to indulge myself in a nice warm bath. It's also times like this I wish I had some baths bombs to soak in for a long time! Baths can help with any achy feelings, which I usually get across my back and torso from all the coughing. I'd lie in there for a long time, a couple times a day, to give your muscles time to unwind and relax. Ahhh.

3. Honey, Lemon, and Ginger.
Sometimes, the traditional methods are the ones that work best. And devouring as much honey and lemon based things are just the way forward. This does coincide with the 'Fluids', but truly deserves some separate appreciation. Firstly, you can make a tea. Just boil some water and pour it over your teabag of choice (this was usually green tea for me!), and go to town with the honey and lemon. Put as much as you want, bundle up and drink it up! Next: ginger tea. This is similar to the previous one, but there is no teabag involved here. Grate some ginger over your cup to release some of the juices. Pour over boiling water, and stir in the honey and lemon. This is especially good if you have a tickly cough. Finally, the last drink involves garlic. Cut some ginger and garlic into very small pieces. Pour over some hot water (about half a cup-full) and let it boil away in a small pot for about fifteen minutes. Strain the pieces, add honey and lemon to the cup of liquid goodness, and you're all set!

4. Sleep.
Resting is so important if you're not feeling 100%. I love sleep anyway, but it's even more welcomed when I'm ill. Try to get 7-10 hours of sleep every night, and maybe sneak in a couple of naps during the day. When you wake up, you'll feel so much better, trust me! 

5. Nasal Sprays
These are so good if you're having breathing problems, especially at night. I get blocked noses a lot, and it gets solved easily with a simple spray! I also use those sticks of menthol if I'm not feeling up to spraying into my nose.

Those are my 5 best tips in helping you beat any cold you get this winter!

Thanks, and I'll see you in the next one!

Monday, 19 January 2015

Homespiration Monday #1

I find myself always browsing beautiful homes more often than not, and I've decided to make a segment on my blog called 'Homespiration' going live every Monday!

This week I was feeling inspired by beautiful New York style apartments, mostly by the ones with wide open spaces and brick walls. I love the vintage and rustic style.

I love the bath in that first picture, and also the window and view in the second one.

I love the sunlight and all-round beauty in these pictures. My personal favourites are the two middles. I'd love my own personal library, and also the winding staircase. Living there looks like such bliss!

Thanks, and I'll see you in the next one!

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Futute Notebook Junkie

I recently got a notebook as a gift from a family friend, and I've been having fun filling it in.

I write in anything, such as recipes, quotes, blog posts, and mostly to-do lists. I've become such a to-do list-er! Everything I need to have done is written into the notebook, and I'm able to easily tick it off when I've done that particular task.

I really don't know how I've managed to get by without a notebook; it makes life so much easier and I feel even more organised, which is a massive plus. I can easily see myself buying a lot of notebooks, while simultaneously filling my current one in.

Do you use a notebook? If so, what for?

Thursday, 15 January 2015

New Glasses!

So, almost a week has passed since receiving these new glasses. 

I was very hesitant when getting them, as I wasn't that blown away by the shape or anything; they just seemed a bit bland and blah.

But, almost a week later, and I've surprised even myself! 

My last pair were a more rounded square shape that covered most of my face, but these are a bit of a breath of fresh air, as most of my face is now visible! Change is good. 

I haven't has this rectangular shape in a few years, maybe since I was ten? But, I do really like the way they make my face look... I feel they bring out the shape of my face a lot more, and make me look that little bit more sophisticated.

The next hurdle now is to tackle contact lenses! 

I'll see you in the next one!

Thursday, 8 January 2015

Throwback Thursday: Westminster City

On the 1st December last year, I got the chance to go visit London for a day!

It was mainly part of my Government and Politics class, and we got to meet some politicians and ask questions and whatnot. Since everyone that came along was 16 and above, we were trusted with venturing out into London ourselves and going to meet the politicians at whatever times suited us, as long as we were in groups of three and above. 

So, my group and I stayed to listen to John Bercow (Speaker of the House of Commons), William Hague (Leader of the House of Commons), then Nigel Farage (Leader of UKIP). After Farage spoke, my group and I left the building and straight into Westminster Abbey!

...Which sat right next to the House of Commons...

I marveled at the beauty of London, and often got separated from everyone.
Trying to find affordable food was a wee bit impossible, so we took ourselves to the London Eye...

Once there, the boys went off in search of food, while the girls went all the way back and to The National Gallery. I was so in awe of all the artwork, and of course at the building itself! The only photo I managed to save from the hundreds I snapped was this one:

Whistlejacket | 1762 | George Stubbs
I absolutely loved every moment I spent in there! 

Then after the day was done, the girls and I found ourselves outside Downing Street. Literally found ourselves! I certainly didn't know where we were, then suddenly, there we were!

 On the other side of the road, there was a protest going on, and none other than Russel Brand right in the middle of it! We didn't even know he was there; only when I got home and watched the news did I see that we were literally 300 meters away from him! Unbelievable.

London was a pretty great city to find myself in, and I cannot wait to go back another time. The buildings were so beautiful; something great met your eye every time.

What's your favourite place in London?