Thursday, 29 November 2012

Things That Make Me Happy #7


1. I love these Harry Potter pillows, these would look great as throw cushions on plain bedding.

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2. These photos of a restaurant inside a cave in Italy are making me want to travel so much.

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3. This knot ring is super cute, I'm not really a fan of overly flashy rings and prefer simple things like this.

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64. Shark attack slippers! I don't think they'd be very practical or comfortable but a great novelty.

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5. Stuart and I have now been dating for a year and 2 days so this is my motto of the week.

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6. Fruit Christmas tree anyone? Would be really cool at a party.

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7. Pepperoni roll ups with a garlic butter glaze. This is what dreams are made of.

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8. More pillow lust.

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9. Adorable kitchen, I'd love to spend the whole day in here baking with the radio on full blast.

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10. I made snickerdoodles for a party a few weeks ago and these are the muffin form, wonder if they're as good as the biscuit(probably).

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Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Lush Melting Snowman Review


Melting Snowman was always a product that I avoided in the past. I don't know why, I'd never even picked it up to smell it. I guess there was just something about the way it looked that put me off and that I didn't imagine it smelling all that good. I was very very wrong. I read a few reviews of this and discovered that it actually smells spicy and Christmas-y. There's nothing I love more than warm spicy smells. At £1.95 a pop it's also one of the cheapest bath melts out there so I decided to give it a shot.

When I put this in the bath it sort of fizzed and began to 'melt'. This didn't really do much to the water, just make it sort of milky so I didn't really think it was worth taking a photo. When I bought this the guy that works in Lush said: "I love zis one but I like to mix eet een. I like zee bright colours."(I think he's French but I'm really bad at placing accents). He had a point. I think it would be cool if this had one of the hidden cores that some Lush products have. It does give off a great scent though. Very cinnamon-y with a hint of clove, perfect on a cold winter night.

One thing about this is that it's very moisturising. It contains cocoa butter(which I'm pretty is what the eyes are made of, at first I thought they were chocolate chips!) and various oils including patchouli oil and clove leaf oil. This would be great if you have dry skin and I found no need to moisturise after getting out the bath.

Overall I'm glad that I finally tried this as it's now one of my top Lush smells, I might go back and ask the sexy French guy what he likes to mix it in wish and see what sort of Lush cocktail I can make with it.

Side note: I also think that it's worth saying that Stuart and I have been dating a year today! 

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Saturday, 24 November 2012

Xmas Party Outfit Blogger Challenge

Xmas Party Outfit Blogger Challenge


Dress / Clutch / Necklace / Shoes

The lovely people over at  Fashion Vouchers are hosting a competition so 3 lucky bloggers can win a £100 online voucher for a store of their choice. All you have to do is go onto a website and choose one of the many stores they have connected to their website. Then you have to make an outfit under a £100 for a Christmas party using clothes from that store only.
I choose Dorothy Perkins and this outfit reaches a grand total of £92. The clutch is on sale and I'm not sure if that's within the rules but even if it was full price at £15 I still wouldn't go over £100 so I think it's OK. I think this is a really cool idea for a competition and if you would like to enter you can find out more about it here.
Wish me luck!
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Thursday, 22 November 2012

Things That Make Me Happy #6


1. These little guys remind me of the Lush bath bomb, how cute are they? I love finding really creative cakes/biscuits for Halloween/Christmas and thinking 'damn, why was that not my idea?'.

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2. 7 days of love. What a cute idea! A very nice cheep and cheerful gift for a partner or even a friend.

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3. This eye make up look is absolutely beautiful, I have to try it out.


4. I agree with this 100%. Don't hope for change, be the change.

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5. Moustache plasters, enough said.

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6. These are made by filling a muffin tray with pancake mix and the crater forms itself. Not completely sold? Imagine it filled with nutella.

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7. A very unique twist on the Christmas tree. Great for those struggling with space.

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8. I know skull jewellery has been done to death this year but I love this necklace.

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9. Chalkboard mugs, how cool. These would be great for remembering people's tea/coffee orders.

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10. I've always wanted bunk beds!

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Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Recipe: Jaffa Cakes

Sorry for the crappy instagram photo
It's been far too long since I've shared a recipe with you all so I'm going to share a recipe for jaffacakes I found on Narcissism Is Necessary. These were so delicious so thank you to Kimerbly! I'm in no way trying to copy this recipe and claim it as my own, I just loved the recipe so much I wanted to share it.

Ingredients

Cakes

2 eggs
50g of Caster Sugar
50g of plain flour

Topping
1 packet of orange jelly
1 tablespoon of marmalade
Boiling water
200g of dark chocolate

Method

1. Mix up your jelly according to your instructions and then add a tablespoon of Dundee marmalade(my gran insists on this, she doesn't even like marmalade, it's a heritage thing). Mix until dissolved.
2. Get a large, shallow tray and pour your jelly mixture into it, you want it to be about half a cm thick. Leave to set.
3. Beat sugar and eggs in a bowl over some hot water until pale and fluffy. Them mix in the flour.
4. Pour into greased muffin tins or use muffin cases.
5. Bake at 180C for 10 minutes.
6. Remove the cakes from the tin or peel off the muffin cases.
7. Use a circular cookie cutter to cut out the jelly and place the jelly discs in the centre of the cakes.
9. Melt the chocolate over hot water and spoon onto the cakes. I'd recommend doing this twice as the heat melts the jelly and makes the chocolate slide off.
10. Enjoy.

I honestly can't explain how delicious these are. I made these to take to a gathering with people from my guitar class during the summer and they all agreed they were amazing. Not to blow my own trumpet or anything!

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Saturday, 17 November 2012

Nestle? No way.


I've got a bit of a different post for you all today. I think I've mentioned before that I boycott Nestle but I never really went into why and in this post I am.

People all over the world have been boycotting Nestle since the 70s because of the way that they advertise their baby milk formula in developing countries. I would just like to start off by saying that this is not a post slagging off mothers who choose not to breast feed, I myself was raised on formula milk. However the marketing that Nestle use in these parts greatly undermines breast feeding and is very misleading. Nestle are full in their right to sell their formula milk wherever they please but they also have a moral obligation to make sure that it's used in a way that will benefit the children it's designed for. Education isn't exactly great in developing countries so knowledge of the benefits of passive immunity from breast milk isn't common knowledge, I think that if Nestle are going to sell formula milk they also need to make sure women know the benefits of breast feeding as well.

There's nothing wrong with the formula milk itself but it does need to be mixed with water. And the truth is that in a third world country the water isn't likely to be clean enough that you would be comfortable with giving it to any child, never mind a new born baby. Also due to high illiteracy rates and the fact that the packaging is not always in their language, a lot of parents are unable to fully understand the sterilisation instructions that come with the formula. Many people also use less formula than necessary to make the formula last longer and this is very dangerous and will affect the development of the child.

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I found out about this during my first year of high school because an RE teacher was very into it and done a lesson on it to every class. I'm actually quite surprised that it's not a lot more well known because it's so important. I think that Nestle are exploiting the poor and the illiterate and that it's very disgusting. It gets me so riled up when profit is put before people, especially children.

It's been several years since I've consumed any Nestle products and honestly I didn't find it very hard to give up. I really expected to miss a lot of the candies(jelly tots!!!!) and chocolates(kit kats!!!) but at the end of the day I'm just not comfortable with giving money to a company that's so exploitive. It can be a real pain in the butt, especially when you have to explain it to people that don't seem to understand or when someone buys you chocolate that you can't eat. But at the end of the day I'm really happy that I'm a part of this movement and I don't regret passing up a single areo.

I'm not trying to force anyone into joining the boycott, I'm just trying to raise awareness for a cause that's very close to my heart. Now that you've read this it's up to you what you decide to do with the information I've shared with you. Lots more can be found on the internet but this is a site that I find particularly helpful. Also a list of Nestle products can be found here.

I would also really appreciate it if you could share this post if you agree with the boycott. Awareness is key!


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The Beauty Bloggers Tag


I know that this is the second tag I've done this week but I was tagged by Natalie to do this tag a couple of days ago and it's very popular at the minute so I thought it was a good idea to do it sooner rather than later. Thank you Natalie!

Why did you start blogging and how long have you been blogging for?

I've been messing about with blogging on tumblr for a couple of years I had never really written at length until I started this blog in January. I started watching beauty and fashion videos on YouTube a while ago and really wanted to make my own but just didn't have the confidence to do so. Then I noticed that most YouTubers had blogs as well and decided to start my own.

Whose blog did you fall in love with first?


Most important part about doing a blog post?

To me the most important thing about my posts is that I'm proud of them and that I would like to read them if  they were on other people's blogs. I know that initially my blog is for other people to read but I think that I also blog for myself and therefore need to be happy with the blog content.

What kind of camera do you use?

A 10 mega pixel Fujifilm Finepix

What was the first blogosphere hyped product you bought and was it worth the hype?

One of the Revlon lip butters and yes it definitely was.

What are your 5 favourite things about blogging and being a beauty blogger?

1. Getting to talk to all the other bloggers during the #bbloggers chats on twitter every Wednesday and Sunday, it's such a welcoming and friendly community.
2. I've definitely gained a lot of confidence since starting this blog, I've even linked my blog onto my twitter and this means people from school can see it(scary).
3. Making good friends. I'm hopefully going to meet up with Louise and Morag in Glasgow sometime soon for dinner.
4. Being able to feel proud of myself for sticking with something for this long.
5. Getting to talk to you all through the comments and knowing that there are people out there who really enjoy my posts.

What have you learned from being a beauty blogger?

That I need to put myself out there more, if I spoke to people at school like I speak to other bloggers then I'd probably have a lot more friends(not that the friends I have aren't great, I love you guys).

Have you changed anything since becoming a beauty blogger?

My entire blog is different now from the lay out to the content. If I could go back and look at my blog the way it was in January/February I'd probably be cringing so much.



What advice would you give to a blogger just starting out?

Don't give up.
Speak to other bloggers.
Don't follow for follow.
Stay true to yourself.

You're favourite eyeshadow palette?

Either the Urban Decay Naked palette or the Sleek Storm palette.

The best beauty deal?

The £5 off No7 vouchers for sure!

Make up regrets?

Stupidly overdone eyeliner as a 12 year old scene kid.

What was I thinking?

Name your top 5 beauty brands?

1. Sleek
2. No7
3. Soap & Glory
4. Avon
5. Urban Decay

Recommend your top 5 beauty products?

1. Soap & Glory Scrub Your Nose In It.
2. The Body Shop Candied Ginger Body Butter.
3. Revlon Lip Butter in Pink Truffle.
4. Lush Cupcake Fresh Face Mask.
5. Avon Little Red Dress Mascara.

Tag other bloggers to do this tag!


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Thursday, 15 November 2012

Things That Make Me Happy #5


1. How adorable are these reindeer biscuits?! I really hope I get invited to some sort of Christmas party so I can bake some.

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2. These Yoda snowflakes are so cool, I wish this came with a tutorial my boyfriend would love them.

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3. I really like this desk area, it's made me realise that my desk is far too cluttered and I really need to organise it more.

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4. I really like this outfit, I really need to go shopping soon!

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5. Thanksgiving dinner anyone?

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6. These origami bows are super cute, I might see if I can master them in time to wrap up all my Christmas pressies.

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 7. These dark chocolate cookies contain no butter or flour, I don't quite understand how that works so I'd really love to try these out. They look so delicious and chewy.

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8. I hate to add another Christmas themed item into this already heavily festive post but these nails are just too damn cool to ignore!

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9. I'd love for this to be my room. There's something about attic rooms that just make them so cosy. My stepsister has one and I love staying over at her house.

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10. I don't think I really need to explain this one. 

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Have you got any posts like this? If so send me a link I'd love to read them.

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Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Tag: I Heart Fall


1. Favourite fall lip product?

My favourite lipstick for 'fall' would probably be No7 Stay Perfect Lipstick in Grace. It's a very deep, matte, winey colour and I absolutely love it. I either blot it out so it's not as vamp or wear it for full on effect. You can see it on in the photo of me as Hermione later on in the post.

2. Favourite fall nail polish?

O.P.I's Siberian Nights is a real favourite of mine. It's a very dark purple and goes with most of the colours I tend to wear at this time of year.


3. Favourite fall Starbucks drink?

I normally order chai tea lattes as this time of year. I never normally order the limited edition drinks. I'll also something get a signature hot chocolate if I'm feeling like a bit of a dare devil. I do actually quite fancy trying one of the gingerbread lattes this year(goal of the season?).

4 Favourite fall candle?

I'm yet to actually buy any 'spicy' candles so far but I do love Yankee Candle's Mango Peach Salsa. I plan on purchasing a cinnamon-y candle sometime soon. I also love burning incense, my favourite at the moment are jasmine and orange.

5. Favourite fall scarf or accessory?

Probably my panda hat that I got from River Island a couple of years ago. Although it's getting a bit scruffy so I think I'll go on the hunt for a beanie with a bobble.

6. Haunted house, haunted hay ride or haunted corn maize?

Neither of these are really a 'done thing' in the UK but I with they were. If I had to pick I'd probably go for the haunted hay ride or corn maize as they sound the scariest.

7. Favourite Halloween movie?

The Silence Of The Lambs!

8. Favourite candy to eat on Halloween?

I didn't really have any favourites as a kid but I did like it when people bag up bags of a selection rather than hand out 'funsize' chocolate bars. However, when people gave out mixed bags that were over 50% monkey nuts, they lost a lot of my respect!

9. What are you dressing up as for Halloween?

I went to two Halloween parties this year so I actually had two costumes. For the first I went as a ventriloquist's dummy and for the second, Hermione. 



10. What is your favourite thing about fall?

I love how much things change, I always think the trees look a lot more beautiful with orange leaves. It's kind of strange to think that everything is so beautiful but everything is also dying. And there's the fact that it's very close to Christmas and I love to buy presents for people.

I saw this tag on Laura's blog and I tag everyone who wants to do this!

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Sunday, 11 November 2012

Week In Photos #30

Corydora / Condom-esque Christmas decorations in the local centre / Old photo of my grandad
Throwing out all my old vampire books / Kiwi / Snickerdoodles
Friend's party pictures / A fish with more spinal problems with me
Dog at work / Finished my mum's scrap book / Repeat

This week's been a bit weird, one of those weeks that seems to take forever and then when you look back on it you can hardly remember it! I've been pretty busy trying to finish an essay on Heart Of Darkness(still not done) and finish my mum's scrapbook for her birthday(done). I also passed my maths and chemistry tests, only have an English NAB, a physics NAB and a physics test and them I'm done.

On Friday my friend Louise, middle photo, had some people round for her birthday and it was a really good night. I got to bake for it as well(why aren't snickerdoodles popular in the UK?) which is always a plus. I think instead of having a bring your own booze birthday party I'll have a bring your own baking party. Yes that sounds like a good plan to me. 

I had a super weird day at work yesterday. During the week someone brought in a collection of monster fish, there's a silver shark as big as my forearm. It's crazy! And then yesterday someone brought in a massive goldfish with one hell of a spinal curve. I also got bitten by an ant, have you ever been bitten by an ant?! IT HURTS. A lot!

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Saturday, 10 November 2012

October Favourites



Model's Own Beetle Juice Polish in Indian Ocean- I won this in a give away on Hannah's blog and I'm so glad I did because it's such an interesting nail polish. It's a blue-pink duochrome and looks great over another favourite of mine, Nails Inc's Bluebell(limited edition for InStyle). I've had so many people saying that they really liked it and asking me where I got it, I think they were all a little bit annoyed that there's not a Model's Own stand in our local Boots. Thank you very much Hannah!

MAC Blush in Desert Rose- This was my first purchase from MAC and can I just start off by saying that I can't believe I bought something so expensive, and I got this duty free in Edinburgh airport! Although this is a a really high quality product and I can see a bit of an addiction forming here. This is a dusky pinkish colour that gives my cheeks a nice natural glow. It's also incredibly long lasting.

17 Tattoo Me Liquid Eyeliner- This stuff is so long wearing that I can literally take a face wipe to it and it will not budge. This can only be removed using an eye make up remover with oil in it, which I didn't know until after I'd put it on for the first time(idiot). I'm in love with this now as I wear eye liner pretty much everyday and always worried about it smudging but there's no worry with this. Wouldn't recommend it if you don't have a steady hand or are just starting out with liquid liners though.

Flynx is a blog run by a lovely girl called Charlotte(my middle name is Charlotte, we're practically sisters) that I really love. To me the ratio of beauty and lifestyle posts is spot on and I really love the way she writes. I think I found this blog through the #bbloggers chat and Charlotte is always posting lovely tweets.


Courtney--xo has been one of my top favourite blogs for a long time now. I love the overall layout of the blog and the posts in general. Also major girl crush on Courtney, give me your hair please!

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Thursday, 8 November 2012

September & October Empties

I never wrote a September Empties post as I'd only used up 3 things and two of them were face wipes. I have quite a  few products to get through now. I still can't believe it's November already, where has the year gone? It's crazy to think that on the 27th Stuart and I will have been together for a year! Any way... onto the empties:


Soap and Glory's Sugar Crush is a product I've already reviewed. You can read my review here. I would repurchase.

Lush's The Enchanter is a limited edition Halloween bath bomb that I really liked using. It has quite a nice citrusy scent and turned my bath a pinky-orange colour. Only negative to this is that it left a pink stain around the edge of my bath meaning I now need to clean it, kind of cancels out the nice relaxing bath thing I had going. I would repurchase.

Sure's Maximum Protection Deodorant is hands down the best deodorant I have ever used. This really stops you from sweating and made me feel really secure about sweat patches etc. This one has the 'confident' smell and I'm not sure what it's supposed to smell like but I don't like it. I have repurchased it but in the original scent.

The Co-op's Coconut and Honey Shower Gel is completely cruelty free and BUAV approved for all my cruelty free friends! That aside it smells lovely and lathers up well. I would repurchase.

Aussie's 3 Minute Miracle Reconstructor is probably my all time favourite haircare product. This smells lovely and minty and leaves my hair feeling great. I have already repurchased.


Boot's Botanics Face Wipes weren't really all that great. I only bought them because they were on offer and I'm glad I didn't pay full price. They had a funny texture to them and they felt too dry from the moment the packet was opened. I won't be repurchasing.

Nivea's Pure and Natural Face Wipes are pretty much your standard face wipes. I liked them a lot better than the Botanics ones and I'm pretty sure they were cheaper too. I would probably repurchase. 

Lacoste's Touch Of Pink is a really nice summery perfume. It's not too strong and is great for everyday wear. I'd say the scent is quite sweet but I'm really rubbish at describing scents so I can't quite make out if it's floral or fruity. I probably won't be repurchasing just because I like to try out new perfumes.

Morrisons's Cotton Wool Pads not really much to say about these really apart from that they didn't disintegrate under nail polish remover like some pads do. Would repurchase.

Collection 2000's Lasting Perfection Concealer is probably one of the most raved about concealers out there and I think it deserves all the rave reviews. Firstly it comes in a shade light enough for my skin(super pale girl problems) and secondly it really helped cover up dark circles. At only £4.19 I will be repurchasing.(Not photographed)

Avon's Little Red Dress Mascara is a product I've already reviewed on my blog. You can read my review here. (Not photographed)

Soap and Glory's Scrub Your Nose In It is my all time favourite face scrub. I've been using it nearly every morning since Christmas and it's done my skin wonders. I don't want to say too much as I plan on doing a full review soon. I've already repurchased.

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Tuesday, 6 November 2012

LUSH Caca Rouge Review With Before And After Pictures


I've always wanted to be a red head. Red headed ladies are the sexiest ladies, hands down, and if you don't agree with me then please have a look at this blog. However, my hair is naturally quite a dark brown and I didn't really fancy ruining it with bleach. I decided that I'd settle on a nice ginger tinge instead of full blown orange. These funny looking henna bricks have always caught my eye in Lush and I decided to go with the Caca Rouge one as it's designed to give off really vibrant red tones.

Before

To use these blocks you have to dissolve as much as you need, in my case half the block, in water and heat it until it's hot enough that it's very warm but not hot enough to burn your scalp. You then apply it like a normal hair dye. The first thing I have to say is that it smells pretty funky, very leafy and not entirely in a nice way. It also looks like green mud(I'm really annoyed I forgot to take a photo). You then have to wrap your red in cling film(this keeps the heat in allowing the henna to work better) but my mum's a hairdresser so I used one of her little plastic caps. That aside it's actually a really great product and the instructions were very easy to follow. It's a really messy process but the people in the store did actually offer to apply it for me. I'm not sure if this is at any extra cost or not but I think it's a really great service to offer.

After

After leaving it on for an hour, which is the minimum time but you can leave it on for as long as you want as henna is all natural, you then simply wash it out. I would recommend washing your hair a few times as there will be little grains of undissolved henna in it. I'm very pleased with the colour of my hair now. In the light it has such a nice glossy sheen especially at the roots where the 'virgin' hair is. A few people have complimented on the colour of my hair as well which has been a nice boost to the confidence. Also because henna is natural it's almost like a conditioning treatement! My hair felt so nice when I washed it out which is the complete opposite to normal box dyes which are chock a block full of chemicals.

The Lush henna bricks are £7.95 which is great value for money as you will probably get 2-3 uses out of each bar depending on the length and thickness of your hair. This bar is one of four, there is also an auburn, a brown and a black. You can purchase them in store or online. I really recommend these, especially if you have quite light hair or you're just looking to add some tones to your hair.

Have you ever tried Caca Rouge or any of the other hennas?

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Sunday, 4 November 2012

Week In Photos #29


Henna / New school tie / Halloween nails
Got my National Insurance number / Cupcakes
Lush bath / Scrapbooking / Halloween party

Hello everyone. My first week back in Scotland was... cold. But despite that it's been a good week! I had 3 tests and 2 NABS this week. I got 97% and 90% on the NABS, 64% and 76% on two of the tests and I'm still waiting on results for the third. I'm super please with that, I studied my ass off! 

It was also Halloween, my favourite time of the year. On Wednesday night I helped a friend out with her little sister's Halloween party which was a great laugh and I ate so many sweets I felt sick... oops. On Saturday my boyfriend and his family threw a Halloween party for their martial arts group and I went along despite the fact that their 'wee warriors' group could probably beat me up. It was a great night and we went as Harry and Hermione.

Hope you all had a good week :)

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Saturday, 3 November 2012

Holiday Snaps

I can't believe I've been back in Scotland for a week already, it feels like I've been home forever. A few of you said you'd like to see my photos from Lanzarote so here they are. We were staying in Playa Blanca which is at the south of the island. It's a really beautiful area that's not too quiet but not a notorious party area either.













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