Thursday, 1 September 2016

BKLYN Luxury Knitted Hat

So autumn is fast approaching and BKLYN have been working with quite a few bloggers to produce some content about their luxury knitted hats. After corresponding with one of their PR's I decided to give one a go and he sent me this bright turquoise one.

Keep in mind that I didn't choose the design or colour but I really like the one that was sent out. It's my favourite shade and the fluffy pom pom is a really nice tawny shade which I'm also quite fond of. I looked on their site and the one that I have doesn't appear to be online but they do have many other colours available.

The hat is actually made out of marino wool which my gran used to rave on about as she has a mattress topper made out of the stuff. It's super soft and kind to hair according to their site.

Priced at £55 it is a bit of a splurge but with autumn coming soon it's a fairly sensible one if you know what I mean. It could be a staple item throughout autumn and winter as it can be worn for both seasons. Basically, you can excuse the fact that you've spent over £50 on a hat as it's something that can be used time and time again. If you're looking for quality I would recommend the brand but for those of us who are on a budget, I would consider other options. 

If you're looking for a luxury knitted hat for the coming season, check out BKLYN. They also make scarves if you're interested in buying both. They'll probably have a colour combination to fit your sense of style and if not, the bobble can be removed and switched with another as it includes a metal press stud sort of button.

So what are you guys thinking? Would any of you splurge on a bobble hat? With many celebs rocking the style recently it's obviously quite "in" at the moment. Let me know in the comments, I read every single one of them! Thanks for reading my fashion post, it's not often I post anything like this so as always, tell me if it's something you want to see more of! 

Recipe: Raspberry And Coconut Breakfast Smoothie/Shake

This afternoons post is a little inspiration for breakfast, who needs Pinterest eh? I figured that it would be best to post this for anyone who wants to try it so the ingredients can be bought the night prior to the actual making of it.  I made this smoothie, in all honesty, to use up the raspberries but it turned out quite nice so if you like raspberries it may be worth a taste!

I hope to share a few more ideas over the next few months now that I have to fend for myself in the kitchen. I enjoyed post recipes when I first got my blender months ago so let me know if this is the sort of post you want to see from me from time to time.

Anyway, let's get on with the actual post!

Ingredients:
  • Half a cup full of natural low fat coconut yogurt
  • Half a cup full of porridge oats
  • A full container of raspberries
  • Strawberries to garnish (optional)

The recipe is simple enough and you can prepare it before you go to bed and blend before you go go. I think the oats give it a nice thick texture and make the smoothie more filling. 

You could always add any supplements or vitamins that you need to take so the taste can be masked. Just add them to the mix before you blend. I recently saw Jim Chapman's vlog where he added flaxseed oil in the actual oil form to his protein shake so this would be perfect for that reason. I am, however, yet to try flaxseed oil so perhaps I should give some of that a try in the near future.

As you can see, this is actually quite a thick mixture. I don't know whether to call this a smoothie or a shake, is it more a smoothie if you you juice? I don't even know. 

I used strawberries to garnish but, as I said earlier, those are optional. I just wanted to make it look pretty and I had strawberries to use up as well. So that's my recipe post for today, I'd love to know what you think so if you fancy it or try it, let me know your opinion in the comments below! Thanks for reading, I always appreciate every single reader so say hi, I don't bite!

Monday, 29 August 2016

Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask Review

As you will already know if you have been following my blog for a while, I love Asian skincare. They're just more effective and much more fun than the products you can find here in the UK. I loved checking out the many different brands when I was in Asia and I do sometimes get an itch to try out more items.

Speaking of fun skincare, today's post is all about the Bioaqua Carbonated Bubble Clay. This is a product that my housemate showed me weeks ago, I was really intrigued about it so I bought some online to try out. If you get it from Amazon or Ebay it can be quite cheap to have it delivered which is always a plus when buying such items.

The consistency isn't exactly what the name suggests, it's less like a clay and more like a slime. It's not particularly sticky, not particularly thick and it spreads onto your face quite thinly. When applying the mask you should try to make sure that you apply an even layer or the mask won't have an even effect.

Personally the mask left my face feeling clean, though, I wouldn't say that it felt deeply cleansed. It didn't effect my pores either way but the rest of my face felt refreshed and less congested. 

The carbonated side of the mask is the most interesting thing about this mask, once it has been applied it starts to bubble up. The sensation of it was not like anything I had felt before because I could feel the mask foaming up and bubbling against my skin.

Once it has bubbled up it starts to bubble away again and leaves a very thin but sticky layer which you then just was away as it becomes like a face wash. So if I was to rate this mask I would give it a seven for the clean feeling after use and the novelty of the bubbles. I would deduct points for the lack of action against my clogged pores.

Thank you for reading today's post, I enjoy reviewing beauty products so this is a fun type of piece for me to type up. Let me know if you've tried anything similar in the comments below. Until next time, bye!

Friday, 26 August 2016

Moving Out

After months of half preparation I've finally made the big step and moved out of my parents house. Last night was my first night in the new place with my best friend and it was strange to say the least. 

I had my little sister stay over to ease the transition a little bit so I probably won't feel it until she leaves but at the moment I'm not having any issues.

It's honestly quite nice to have my own space to decorate as I please and do whatever I want with. Fortunately my housemate and I have similar tastes, our bedrooms are pretty much the same but opposites really and the rest of the house seems as though our bedrooms have bled through to the other rooms. 

Having space to set up my own features is really nice and it means that I have some where to chill out and feel comfortable. Blogging feels much easier to get on with when you're comfortable with your surroundings. I haven't ever been one to frame photos and make features out of them but I love my little arrangements.

Really I have my dad and my landlords to thank for all this as they have all put in so much effort towards setting this up. My dad has helped me whenever he has had time and I really appreciate the fact that he's taken time out of his days after long shifts to help out. 

Last night was spent using Disney references and causing Jessica to facepalm, she didn't quite inherit my love for Disney. She did, however, inherit my love for Harry Potter so I guess I can forgive her. She's claimed my nightshirt that I bought from Primark so at least I don't have to worry about her forgetting her pyjamas!

Well, that's it for today's life update. Up next is my review on a carbonated charcoal face mask for those of you interested in skincare and finding new brands to follow! Thanks for reading, let me know if any of you have any tips for me!

Thursday, 11 August 2016

Homeware HAUL: Double Duvet Sets £15 And Under

Hello everyone, so for those of you who aren't aware yet... I'm moving out soon, I don't have a date but I've started collecting the things I need so that I'm prepared for when I actually do leave my parents house.

Today's haul is just for the duvet covers that I've bought so far as I'm switching from a single bed to a double bed and I didn't have any sheets. The first one that I want to talk about is this £15 double set with a rather ethnic elephant design on it. The quality of it is quite good considering the fact that it's from ASDA George and I adore the elephant design.

Next up is this adorable monochrome set from Primark, it doesn't feel as thick as the ASDA George set but it was £14 I think. I just really like the double sided aspect of the set as I could easily change up the look. 

I bought some pale pink fitted sheets for from the same place as they will match my bedroom set and go with a lot of my furnishings as well as these duvets. Primark have quite a nice homeware collection if you take a few minutes to check it out next time you're in, they sell things like candle holders, throws, sheets and kitchen pieces which I thought were really cute. 

The third and final set that I have to show you guys was reduced at the Yorkshire Linen Company, it's from the Catherine Lansfield collection and I really just love the cut vintage look it has to it. I was looking at some softer looking designs as I seem to have gone for quite bold designs at ADSA George and Primark.

I feel like the Yorkshire Linen Company has sales quite often so keep your eyes peeled as they reduce sets all the time. I saw a few sets that I quite liked whilst I was in the store but this was the one that made me want to spend my money. Money has been a bit of a focus during my homeware shop as I don't have a lot to spend on the luxuries but I want to create myself a space where I can feel peaceful and comfortable. 

I hope you guys have enjoyed my micro budget duvet set haul, I just know that I enjoy reading similar posts so I thought that I'd share this with you all. Well, thanks for reading! Let me know what you think in the comments below.

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

My Opinion Of The 2016 Ghostbusters Remake

I'm so late to the party but last week I finally made the time to see the new Ghostbusters film. I haven't done a movie review in quite some time so just bare with me here, I'm getting there! 

So just as many other people were, I was slightly dubious as sometimes remakes can be awful, almost an insult to the originals. I also wasn't particularly sure about the female cast, I can't explain why; I guess I just didn't want the film to stray too far from the original. All four of the starring actresses are amazing, before this film I just wasn't sure how they would mesh together as a team. 

Fortunately my preconceived misconceptions were exactly that, misconceptions. The combination of the writers wit and the actresses portrayals of each of the characters made their chemistry on screen seamless. 

Melissa McCarthy as Abby Yates rang true with her acting style, it is sure to be one of her most well loved roles. Yates is a paranormal fanatic, a scientist and a total goofball and none of it seems unnatural or stale.

Kristen Wiig as Erin Gilbert started off as someone repressing her belief in the paranormal for the sake of her career as a scientist, her character became interesting when she let go of the facade and started doing something she believed in. 

Leslie Jones as Patty Tolan had me laughing through most of her scenes, "THE POWER OF PATTY COMPELS YOU!" though that wasn't all she had in her favour. Tolan brought that little bit of familiarity to the team as she wasn't a scientist but she did have common knowledge about the city. 

Kate McKinnon as Jillian Holtzmann was perhaps my favourite character, as the token crazy genius of the film she looked comfortable with her quirks and I was very happy that her role wasn't sexualised as she could have been. That part was left to dear, daft Kevin (Chris Hemsworth).

Overall I was pretty damn impressed with the casting decisions, it could have went wrong on so many levels and the film could have flopped but with the fab cast, cameos and references it certainly proved me wrong!

I don't know whether to hope for a sequel or hope that they don't push their luck. I believe that 2016 was the right time for the release as the rise in girl power and feminism is at an all time high with many issues being brought to light. Who knows whether or not a sequel would be received as well in the future?

So that was my slightly babbling review of the Ghostbusters 2016 remake. Any thoughts? Let me know in the comments!

Monday, 1 August 2016

Lists Of Four - Facebook Tag

As a general rule I don't take part in Facebook tags, I know, I'm supposed to be a social media buff but I find a lot of them a little preachy. Recently, however, I've been in a bit of a blogging slump and my friend tagged me in this so here I am typing up the answers for my blog.

So for this tag, basically there are six questions which have to be answered in four bullet points and four people have to be tagged. As always, I'll be leaving the actual tagging up to you guys so if you want to type it up for your blog just do it and let me know so I can check up on your answers!

Things I've been called:
  1. Ayms
  2. Aymie with a Y
  3. Pond
  4. Barton
Four places I've lived:
  1. Chilton
  2. Spennymoor
  3. Mansfield
  4. Kirk Merrington
Four things I love to watch on TV:
  1. The Walking Dead
  2. Once Upon A Time
  3. Game Of Thrones
  4. Agent Carter (Cancelled, unfortunately)
Four places outside of the UK I've visited:
  1. France
  2. Hong Kong
  3. Tenerife
  4. Cyprus
Four things I love to eat:
  1. Honey wheat bushman bread
  2. Chicken and mushroom pasta bake
  3. Chicken parmigiana
  4. Nando's
Four things I like to drink:
  1. Chai latte
  2. Peach Rubro
  3. Yorkshire Tea
  4. Superfood smoothies
So there you have it, my answer to the Facebook thing I was tagged in. Hopefully it's helped you get to know me a bit better if you're new to my blog or if you wanted to know a little more about me. Thanks for reading!

The Oriental Museum And The Awkward Poses

I promised awkward poses so to kick off the post I'm including a picture of my 'I totally fit in with this display' pose. So once we visited the Botanical Gardens, our little gang packed up and went to the Oriental Museum as it wasn't too far away. 

Educational and good babysitting from me and my friends, my sister leaned quite a bit from the day out. See! We're good influences, I swear! Anyway, this was another place that had a low cost admission fee and as I said, it wasn't far from our last activity so we didn't have to travel too much.

We saw exhibits about quite a few different cultures, I think that sometimes it easy to forget that China isn't the only country that falls into the oriental category. It was interesting to see both the similarities and differences between the people the exhibits were based on.

The exhibits had artefacts, trivia, costumes and more to give the public a better insight into the themes and topics of the displays. Us crazy kids, learning and stuff instead of drinking and being idiots... We all enjoy this kind of thing so it's easy for us to decided on places to go when we catch up.

I'm not too old to get stuck into the costumes left out for kids to try on... Right? Either way, I don't care because I had fun. Unfortunately most of the pictures are quite low in quality as we weren't allowed flash photography within the museum but I do still look at the photos and laugh at my awkward poses.

So that was the second half of our day, perhaps you lot should pay Durham a visit in the near visit. There's lots to do and it can all be done on a low budget if that's what you require. Thanks for reading this post, I've enjoyed blogging this morning!

A Day At The Botanical Gardens

I don't know why but I love this picture that my friend Chloe took of my sister and I whilst we were out, she always gets the good ones to be honest. We had a day out at the Botanical Gardens as we were all free and my sister wanted to tag along so we packed up a picnic and went on our way. 

I can't remember how much the entry costs were but they weren't much at all, that's all I want from a day out really... Fresh air and low prices, I'm easily pleased. I had never actually been to the Botanical Gardens before so I didn't know what to expect but I just wanted to make sure that my sister wasn't sat inside all day. 

The weather was gorgeous, the flowers were in bloom and we got to catch up. All in all it was a nice little place to visit, I particularly adored the little random features like the boots in the picture to the right. I think that even the worst photographer can get beautiful pictures when the subject of the shot is so vibrant and well lit.

I was reminded quite frequently of the Peter Rabbit books that I read as a child when I spotted some of the substituted pots and displays, though, I'm fairly sure that was my strange mind. 

I think that this was my favourite photo of the day as I don't have many of myself, Chloe and Leanne together but this one came out pretty darn well. Jess refused to be part of this picture but we got others so no big deal, the stubborn mule!

The picnic that I made for me and my sister consisted of Lunchables, crisps, chocolate and healthy juice to counteract the more... Unhealthy aspects of our lunch. I couldn't be bothered with sandwiches and I think we both prefer Lunchables, despite the fact that it's a children's snack.

Bless Jessica, though. She really wasn't bothered about the activity sheets. She just wanted to take photos and videos as we wandered through the gardens. I will quote her on this "Why the hell would I want to colour in? I just want to draw my own stuff" which isn't something I was all too shocked by. 

She's quite the artist, she specialises in cartoon animals and she does all of her own designs. I'm really happy that she has a hobby that she loves as I never really had that as a kid. I just didn't have that one thing I was super interested in like that. 

Well, that's today's post all wrapped up. I may post again today as we went to the oriental museum afterwards so I might as well share that too. We got some pretty funny photos from that one. Until next time... Bye!

Monday, 4 July 2016

A Letter To My Sixteen Year Old Self

Hello Aymie,

You're just finishing school, don't be scared of what's to come. You're going to make friends, lose friends, make good decisions and bad decisions... C'est la vie! Stop dwelling on the future and focus on the present, worrying will not help at all!

So maybe at twenty you're not a published author, a celebrity or a professional travel blogger but think of it this way... You have years and years to grow into who you're going to be. If you want something just go for it, stop looking at all the negatives. You're going to go through your fair share of ups and downs but after a down there's always an up so hold on and don't be a miserable cow.

For goodness sake, stop dying your hair. It's been many colours and in the end you're going to chop it all off and have to wait through the awkward pixie stage. It's boyish and you'll look like Sam, stay away from the bleach and let it all fade out!

Speaking of which, don't make impulse decisions when it comes to cut and colour. Whilst hair grows back, you're hair is too frizzy to end up looking like the picture you show to the hairdresser. You won't like a great number of your impulse choices when it comes to your hair, just don't complain when it goes wrong because... It will. 

You're going to see some amazing things, you're going to travel and you're going to make memories that will make you look back and smile fondly. Don't be afraid of planes, you're tough enough to handle long haul flights on your own. Even if you do get support from the random Asian couple who practically adopt you on your first solo flight...

Oh! Also, you're irrational fear of boats will also clear up. You'll have a fab time in Tenerife on the whale watching trip so don't overthink things. You'll see what I mean when you get to that part, believe me!

Maybe you should stick to something for longer than a year, maybe I'm saying that because I have hindsight but you know that I'm right. History, Journalism, Social Media... Yeah, you have a long way to go. 

Here's what you look like now you're twenty, as you can see, you've switched up your style a bit and you're looking a little more natural... It's taken a while. All I can say is just stop being so self conscious, the thing that you think are important just really aren't. 

This letter of advice is a bit all over the place but since I'm writing this specifically for you I assume that you understand that it's just how I am. Take some of my advice and remember that you have time to grow (not literally, you're still barely 5'4).

Take care,

Aymie.

Friday, 27 May 2016

Busted PIGS CAN FLY Tour Newcastle (Plus Wheatus!)

So I've been to see quite a few bands live so far this year, one that I actually planned to see and didn't buy the tickets as impulse was Busted. Since Charlie Simpson decided to rejoin the band I figured that I really should go and see them to relive some more of my childhood. 

I went with my best friend and my brother as we all love the band, though, they hadn't really met properly so I was slightly worried. Nevermind that, they ended up bullying me together all the same to be honest. I really shouldn't have worried about it at all. 

Emma Blackery and Wheatus were the support acts, Emma was good, I'm not going to lie. Though, Wheatus was AMAZING! Teenage Dirtbag is epic live and Lemonade has grown on me, it's been stuck in my head since the concert. 

The build up for the actual concert really worked me up so I was very ready for the start, I think Sam and Leanne were pretty amused by my singing and dancing. Yet another instance where I made everyone look like fools. I guess if you're having fun you should throw caution to the wind and keep going. 

I think it's slightly strange how much all three of us look related in this picture despite the fact that we're not in the slightest bit related to Leanne but hey... 

Anyway, I had been slightly dubious about Charlie's reintroduction to the band as his work over the last few years has been slightly too depressive and indie for me. Thankfully I was wrong and Busted still felt like Busted, no big productions or dance numbers were needed, it was all about the music and reminiscing about old favourites. Speaking of favourites...

When they switched to B Stage for a few songs they performed my favourite song of theirs, Who's David? I moved over a little bit so I could see a little better but it was great to see the song performed by the original line-up. 

They played the old favourites, some of their more obscure ones and some new ones. They had a nice little mix going on, to be honest. I was happy with their choices and it was an amazing night out, I love to hang out with my brother on nights like that one and having my best friend there just made it what it was. It makes my happy just thinking about it.

I mean, look how close they were! At one point James even pointed at me, I swear. It sounds pretty gross but we could see their sweat stains from where we were, just sayin'! So yeah, the PIGS CAN FLY Tour was the best thing since sliced bread and I plan on going to their next one providing it happens. 

Now is about the time I start apologising profusely for my absent blogging style as of late... Yeah, I've had a few night shifts and few long days. I'll try to be better at updating but really I can't promise anything because all I do is work and sleep. Well, thanks for reading!

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Adapting To The Sunlight: Life As A Pale Brit

Things are starting to brighten up a bit here, the sun has been shining and flowers have been blooming... Basically, Spring has finally booked up it's ideas and decided to grace us with a bit of warmth!

I don't drive, it's just something I don't feel ready to do and to be honest... I need the exercise anyway so walking isn't something I particularly dislike, I actually enjoy walking. The issue with this, however, is that it's difficult to decide which jacket to go for when going to work. My usual leather staple keeps heat in the jacket and if I keep it on I end up a sweaty mess, of course I could take it off but then I'm left carrying a jacket all the way home. My favourite denim jacket works out okay for the warm weather, the downside of this one is that sometimes the weather turns and then I'm left freezing my butt off. 

I don't know about you guys but I tend to spend a lot more when things get a little hotter, I end up treating myself to a frappĂ© or an icey cold smoothie. I love anything with caffeine and a little syrup so I try quite a few different kinds. It's almost like when I was in Hong Kong and I just "treated myself" to a cocktail on the way back to the boat most evenings. 

I've been told that I should drink a hot beverage to make my body react in a certain way, now, whilst I understand how that works... The last thing I think about when I'm overheating is a hot chocolate or a cappuccino. 

Last year when I was abroad I got so annoyed with having my hair matted against my neck all the time that I got it all chopped off. I had a pixie cut for months and I regretted getting rid of it all when I got home. Since seeing all of the Coachella pics and getting festival style inspo I've been desperately wishing for longer hair.

This leads me to the retrial of the hair extensions as all of the bleach that previously covered my hair has now been cut out and I currently have a short bob. The colour matches up quite well but since these extensions are synthetic I struggle to get the blend right. I think it worked out quite well when I pushed it all over to the side. Hopefully I'll have mermaid locks for next summer but we'll just see how long it takes for my hair to pass the stubborn "I don't want to grow anymore" stage.

As you can see in the image to the right, I've lost that nice healthy glow that I gained during last years travels. I was quite happy with my slight tan as my arms, face and legs tend to look an unhealthy pasty colour over winter. My nana brought my pastyness to my attention at the weekend when I visited her for lunch, cheers nana!

I'm going to try to build something of a colour up again but I doubt I'll go abroad until the very end of the year so I'll have to rely on a decent British Summer. If I've jinxed this for us, I'm very sorry! I know we don't get great weather in the scheme of things. 

Well, that was my nod to my kind... The pale and the whiny. If you're naturally tanned or recently sunkissed, I'll be eternally jealous of you! Thanks for reading today's post!

Monday, 9 May 2016

Disney Themed Baking (Recipe From Bero)

So what do 20 year old's do when they've borrowed their dad's caravan for the weekend? Drink copious amounts of alcohol? Have a mini party? Nah, not this one. I baked Disney themed cupcakes with my best friend. I will say now that if it was left to me the cakes would have been flat and they would have tasted like acetone but maybe one day I won't be crap at baking.

I prefer sponge to chocolate as chocolate can be a little sickly if you mess up the consistency. We used the Bero recipe for Victoria Sandwich and divided the mixture into three batches. We also used pre-made icing and added the colouring for effect. 

The ingredients used for one batch of six:
  • 100g margarine
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 100g self raising flour

Start off by pre-heating the oven at 180 degrees and then put the sugar and the margarine together in a mixing bowl and mix until "light and fluffy" before also beating in the eggs ONE AT A TIME. I was told off for adding them both at the same time but, hey, I'm not the best at baking.

As you do this just add a little flour with each egg and then fold in the remaining flour. Not too difficult as far as mix goes and all you need to do from there is put the mixture into the cases and then plop them into the tin. These go in the oven for about 25 minutes but you should keep an eye on them anyway. 

The cakes came out looking like store bought cakes and being fair, we did follow the instructions down to the letter. We ate two from this batch "just to check that I hadn't been a bad influence" and we ended up flattening out the rest so that the icing would flat our right and be easy to decorate.

It takes a few minutes to kneed in the colour and get the icing a bit more pliable and ready to be cut out for the cupcakes. We chose the colours based on the Disney princesses that we chose beforehand, my favourite being Ariel. The sole reason I want long flowing mermaid hair.

They looked fairly even and consistent in shape, we cut out a cardboard stencil for the icing using packaging for something. There's some of that blogging glamour right there! 

We had flour all over the benches to stop things from sticking and ruining how neat and well put together things seemed to be. Not exactly how my previous baking endeavours have really gone... 

Anyway, from there I crafted a mermaid tail and other little themed pieces for the tops of the cupcakes. One cupcake of each set had lyrics on and the other had a glittery themed image based on the movies. 

I enjoyed making these cupcakes as we listened to Disney songs, I think it kind of helps to keep some things from your childhood as an adult because sometimes life gets a little heavy. That's just how things are and I think that whilst I'm responsible, I do do enjoy being a little immature. 

So come on, my favourite Disney film is The Little Mermaid. What's yours? We all have one movie that we particularly loved as kids, let me know in the comments. Well, thanks for reading today's post. It's good to be back and blogging again. 

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

#NOTD - Floral Nails "Granny Chic"

Hello everyone, as unexpected as this may be... I'm back with another post. I'm just going to apologise yet again for how sparse my blog activity has been recently. Anyway, this is going to be a #NOTD post because I've had the pictures for a few weeks now. 

These aren't my best work, I'm not going to lie. The polish was patchy and the general style was a little simple but I used a product to dry the polish quicker and it messed up the consistency of the base. Without the spray these would have looked much better, I just wish I had tried out the spray on just one nail and then checked the effect before continuing.

I was inspired by the boho vibes wafting their way over from Coachella again to be honest, when I did these it was maybe three days before the actual festival started. I've never attended Coachella but I do enjoy stalking Instagram to get a good scope of the style. When I mentioned a festival theme, my friend was a little dubious. I don't know what she was expecting but I don't think the design itself was all that bad.

After a base coat I used a Nails Inc Hyper Gel in
a nude tone for the base and then a "quick dry" product as fore mentioned in the post. I still quite like the nude nail trend that has spanned over the past few years, I just kind of prefer bolder statement colours at the moment for my own nails.

I think I actually prefer the nude shades from Rimmel as they're slightly more pigmented. I think the ones I'm talking about were from last year's collection from Kate Moss. Not that any of this will make sense if you don't know what I'm rambling on about!

I then added the little half faux pearls to the nails of the ring fingers as features. They were very easy to add and I didn't even use adhesive to stick them on, I painted the backs of the pieces using the clear coat I used as a base.

For the flowers on the thumbnails were painted on using the brush side of a dotting tool. I used Primark nail polishes to create the leaves and the petals. I added the white to soften the look as I wanted it to be less big and bold.

The design is kind of reminiscent of granny bedsheets if you know what I mean... Dated and floral. Not that I'm stereotyping, I just can't think of another way to put it as a theme. The thing with this design is that you don't have to be particularly neat, you can neaten it to taste... And I would have if I hadn't been super cold and tired but hey, I enjoy having something like nail painting to keep me occupied!

Well, thanks for reading! I'll be back with more posts as soon as possible, I have loads of these backed up. Until then, bye!

Monday, 2 May 2016

Asian Skincare HAUL: Sasa Beauty

Sasa Beauty
For those of you who have been following my blog, it won't be new information that I visited Hong Kong last year. For those of you who are new to my blog, I mentioned a few times last year that I enjoyed the great amount of skincare available there. 

They have more options when it comes to skincare and they really seem to know what they're talking about. One shop in particular that I took a liking to was Sasa, it was hard not to seeing as though there was one at nearly every turn. About a month ago I watched a video by the Fashion Mumblr and found myself fascinated by one of the masks she talked about. After watching it I went straight online in search of Yeon masks and added two to my checkout.

The contents of my online basket:
  • The Yeon Juju Hallabong Energy mask
  • The Yeon Pore Gassoul Mask
  • SNP Charcoal Mineral Black Ampoule Mask 
  • Secret A Pore 3-Step total facial mask
  • Anti Acne Cleaning Mask Pack
  • Neogence PORE CARE Serum Extremely Off-Heads PH5.5 

I also got two free Neogence Hyaluronic Acid Travel Sets for spending a certain amount on the products. It took a few weeks for everything to arrive but that was to be expected as they were shipped from Asia. I was quite impressed by the fact that nothing was damaged as they were shipped from quite a distance and I've had bad experiences with companies in THIS country.

The Pore Ghassoul Mask smelled fresh and sort of like citrus, the consistency makes the mask more like a mud based product. I like how the smell matches up to the product packaging, you don't really get products like this here in the UK. The packaging is both fun and practical as it serves as a protective pot for the product.

The little spatula type thing is quite handy and providing you wash it after every use it is more hygienic and it's less likely that it will spread any bacteria that may have been on your skin. Spots have oil that can create more spots if you rub or transfer it, as gross as that sounds!

Here's another bizarre product usage selfie for those of you wondering what the consistency of it actually looks like on. I put it on quite thinly because I like to see that the product has dried before I wash it off. 

There is a slight stinging sensation that sort of comes with the mask but only where the spots are, if you know what I mean. It's not painful, you can just feel the mask working. My skin felt fresh and clean once it was washed off and that's all I really wanted, to feel refreshed after a long week at work.

Well, I hope you guys have enjoyed my little HAUL post and peak at one of the products that I tried out. I figured it would be more interesting than a post that would just say "well I bought this and "I bought that" because I know I prefer that sort of thing. Anyway, thanks for reading! 

Friday, 29 April 2016

5 Seconds Of Summer SLFL Tour (Newcastle)

Ashton Irwin image by Aymie Barton
Admittedly this post is quite late, I went to see 5SOS a few weeks ago but it's taken me a while to get around to the write up. I need to start making time for my little hobby again, I really do! I'm going to start attempting to do YouTube videos when I get time, I even have it all written down and planned out. Anyway...

The tickets were another impulse buy and I was actually really pleased that I bought them because no matter what you think of them as a band... They're super good live. For me, I guess 2016 is the year of live music as I've already seen The Vamps, 5SOS and Busted will be the next concert I see. I'm fairly certain that those won't be the only shows that I'll go to see. 

The support acts were Don Broco and Jessarae which I enjoyed but I wasn't particularly interested in, check back in with me in about six months by which time I will have gotten a song stuck in my head or something...

The 5SOS setlist consisted of some old favourites and some new ones, it was fairly mixed and even Leanne knew some of the songs that they played. That's saying something because she couldn't stand them before the concert. She did say that she was concerned about the "Asian minority" as she deemed him too red and a little tired looking. I would like to clarify that he's not Asian and Leanne has a way with words... 

I will say, the crowd was an itty bit younger and shorter than the crowd for The Vamps as we had similar seats but managed to see more easily. I was pleased for the parents taking their 10 year olds to the concerts that the band only swore once which is probably quite good for what they're used to.

Moving swiftly onwards, what I liked about the show was that despite the fact that they're a young band they didn't make it gimmicky or OTT. They played their strengths and through that they showed some fairly impressive guitar and drum skills. 

Their songs are generally catchy and easy to keep up with, they're sound is distinct but maybe not as distinct as that of The Vamps who I saw maybe a week or to prior to this concert. None of the band member seemed tipsy at this one, I thought that Brad from The Vamps seemed utterly smashed at their concert... 

Anyway, here's the compulsory concert selfie of the event... Another one to add to the growing collection! I always make whoever I'm with at the time take one with me when I see a live event and I don't know why, I guess it's habit or tradition now.

So to summarise the event, I really enjoyed myself and possibly got Leanne to tolerate 5 Seconds Of Summer. Score. The show went without a hitch, the songs were played well and even the granny who was sat next to me had a good little dance. I don't even think she was there with kids... Strange. Thanks for reading today's post, I hope you enjoyed it!