Tuesday, 28 January 2014

LOVIN' THIS MONTH

PRINKS!
This year started off brilliantly with a trip into town for New Years Eve. My New Years kiss was the beauty on the far right! We spent the first section of the night in 'Spoons, and then Varsity for the New Years count down, ending the night in a notoriously skanky club! 


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 On the 6th January I was able to enjoy a bit of lighthearted McDonalds chat with my close friend that I'm not always able to due, as I am away from home a lot. It was brilliant to catch up! As well as catching up we did some shopping, resulting in matching letter mugs, from Home Bargains for under a quid! We also talked about holidays a lot, resulting in us trying on these lovely sunnies from Primark.

Miss You :(
One of my close friends moved to Australia, and this year, for Christmas, she came home!! The morning was spent catching the train to Nottingham to go ice skating, which I haven't done in years. Although I'm sure I used to be more of a risk taker as well as being a lot quicker, I definitely enjoyed it! I had the opportunity to relive my childhood by having a Slush Puppie with all of the flavours mixed in it! In the evening I drove Amy and myself to my friends house so we could have a catch up between the three of us, resulting in a girly gossip. My friends Mum made us a delicious pasta dish, which I am determined to get the recipe of!


Me and my best friend from school finally went to the Harry Potter Studios! It was a long awaited trip which both of us seemed to put off for no reason at all. Although it was initially a huge kerfuffle as I didn't realise I was supposed to have bought a ticket due to lack of communication between us, it was sorted out and we absolutely loved it! As both of us experienced Harry Potter together, we felt the feels and it was sentimental and special to us. If you're interested in going, I'd definitely recommend going with people who are either really into Harry Potter, or into production. 


Potions!


These are our excited for potions faces!






                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
Outside Ollivander's


Ministry of Magic!


I think this part of the tour was so important and generally so overlooked. There was so many scale paper models of various concepts and visual aids. Having had to have done this for Performing Arts Technical Production, merely to measure a small stage and lecture theatre, I understand how much time and precision goes into these. I have so much respect for the production team on anything from am-dram right up to top blockbuster films. 

When I moved back to Lincoln, I had a bit of a room re-arrange. I have already spoken about this in two previous blogs, My Citrus Obsession and Our Capital . I also added new love heart fairy lights. I also did end up buying a gold Diana F+ from Lomography! I have two more photos to take, in black and white, and then I will be sending them off to be developed! I have never used this camera before, so I don't know how good or bad these photos will be. That's the beauty! I think a little bit of prior photography knowledge is needed, but a lot is explained in the manual. Mine also came with a book, displaying the amazing shots and stories explained by using this camera.


I also decided to mix up my cartilage piercing a bit, with a jazzy rainbow circular barbell instead or a regular barbell or CBR from Claire's.


I gained new horse riding jackets as well for the Equestrian Society. I got a hoodie which is lovely, cosy and warm, as well as a coat, which has the same description, but with the added bonus of keeping me dry! Both display my name, the hoodie on the sleeve and the coat across the back. 


Me and my two friends from uni decided to have a spontaneous night out, visiting two polar opposites of clubs after pre-drinking at the SU pub. 


I then had a wonderful first lesson back at riding, jumping higher than I ever had before, feeling really confident. I owe this to the horse, called Tom, really!


                                                     Just getting used to what is slightly higher than I have ridden in the past.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 Bam! Out of my comfort zone! 
I did, however, gain rider of the week!                                            

I gained a new curling toy.. I'm not proud.. But I really wanted it.. It's the Toni and Guy Deep Barrel Waver. The waves last over night, and I dare say they would last me three days! The waves become less prominent but are still visible. 

My day two barrel waved hair

Ah yes.. I dyed my hair again.. This time I went plum.. Well what was meant to be plum.. On my previously ombre'd and bleached hair. The section that was bleached took really well, but my hair is now in between purple blue and green.. It still looks okay though! I dyed it with Directions in Plum.

First day I dyed my hair
Magical mermaid hair!

My next riding lesson was a disaster! My position was consistently incorrect.. But at the same time I still enjoyed it. I was on a brilliantly sturdy but not so forward going horse, the riding was all down to me! 

Trying to do ballet instead of having a correct jumping position 

And now we're nearing the end of January, I am now starting to knuckle down in my studies.. Let's see where next month takes me!!!

Much Love,
Laura is Not...

Monday, 27 January 2014

MONOCHROME

This is an outfit I can throw on and not care about, it's just some old leggings, a top and some chunky shoes! It's perfect for winter, any scarf goes, but I prefer a tartan scarf, to add some variety. 




 Underneath the top I wear a black bandeau, as the white is fairly see through. I love the three-quarter black sleeves!




 Not everyone is a fan of wearing leggings as trousers, but I find that on  this top the hem comes down far enough at the back and front, whilst being high at the sides. I do, however, like to wear this top with black jeans or disco pants in the really cold weather. The shoes are versatile; I have been wearing them throughout Autumn and Winter, and I'd also be able to wear them in the Spring. 


To finish the look, I have continued with the monochrome theme and have used black eye shadow on the upper and lower lash-line, and white on the inner corner. Just to add a hint of another colour, I have used a light creamy gold over the lid. I went for a nude rose lip, but feel like this look could be perfect with a deep red. 


Long Sleeved Top - Vero Moda
Leggings - Topshop
Laced Chunky Shoes - Primark
Eye Shadow - Rimmel London, Glam'Eyes Trio in 710 Twilight Zone
Gold Eye Cream - Maybelline New York, Colour Tattoo in 05 Eternal Gold
Lipstick - Avon, Light Rose




Sunday, 19 January 2014

CITRUS LOVER

I confess. I'm addicted to the smell of limes, lemons, oranges, kiwis... The list goes on. 


The addiction came after Christmas whilst using Lush's Star Light Star Bright bath melt and Soap and Glory's Sugar Crush Scrub. As much as oranges are associated with Christmas, and now we are well past the festive period, I still wanted to be able to smell the citrus-y notes around my flat and bathroom. I therefore went for a hunt through my town in order to find the most citrus-whilst-not-too-overpowering smells I could. 



For Me
Of course, as a devout Lushie, my first port of call was the Lush store. I had already bought Whoosh (see my previous blog post), and so wanted something else...
I, again, had to resist the temptation of buying everything in the store, and asked for help. I smelt every citrus-y thing in the shop, but only bought the Stepping Stone foot scrub. It has a strong scent which hits me every time I go into my bathroom. I'd say it was very similar to Star Light Star Bright which is ginger and lime, yet is supposed to smell of lemon and lemongrass. To use, you simply break a bit off and it foams up a little; a little but more special than a simple pumice. I feel that my feet have been made softer by using this product. I smelt many products, but as my flat doesn't have a bath, I did not buy what I really would have liked to. However, next to I go home, I will be purchasing Dragon's Egg. (Or I may buy it beforehand to use as an air freshener..) I would also like to try Sunnyside and You've Been Mangoed bubble bars and Space Girl bath bomb.




For my Room

I was surprised with my buys, and a little disappointed that stores that I'd generally associate with  candles and reed diffusers did not have what I wanted. However, this did mean that what I purchased was cheaper than what I would have paid otherwise. 

Although it is against my contract to burn candles, I still wanted one to display with a strong scent that I do not need to burn to create a smell. I was surprised that my candle ended up coming from Primark! It is the Fresh Citrus and Ginger tin candle in olive, which burns three wicks. The tin is modern in an olive colour. The wax is not coloured, which is actually something I like with candles! The scent is quite soft and not overpowering, but it does have a slight citrus punch to it. This was £3.50. 





I then went to Wilkos. I was actually in search for a hanging mirror, but I stumbled across the reed diffusers. I bought the own brand Wilkos diffuser in Orange Grove which cost £4. There is 100ml of oil, and smells distinctly of oranges, and that's all there is to it really! Simple punchy smell. The packaging suggests that the reeds only need to be turned over every two weeks, yet I find that I am having to turn them every 3-4 days.





















Tuesday, 14 January 2014

BEST AND WORST




Shower/Bath
Both of the products are from Lush!

My disappointing product was Lush's Sugar Scrub. Although the scent was okay, I just did not get on with the solid bar for using as a scrub. I may have used the product wrong, as it just want all soggy and ended up throwing it away, but I was also not able to break a bit off to be able to use a small amount at a time. As a scrub, it did not make my skin smooth. I have therefore returned to using Soap and Glory body scrubs.

My favourite product was Lush's Sweetie Pie Shower Jelly, which, in my opinion, smells like blackcurrant jelly straight out of the packet! (Even though it's supposed to smell of cherries). It's quite a sweet scent, so may not appeal to all, but I absolutely love it. Using the product can be slippery, a lot of the time I find myself dropping the gel , but I also find that I do not need a lot of it to go a long way so wastage is minimal. This makes my skin feel really soft. Lush suggests that you freeze the gel. I have bought a small pot of Whoosh to do this with, which smells similar to Starlight Starbright (Christmas range), which is citrus-y. This is just as good as Sweetie Pie, though freezing it makes it initially harder to get out of the pot, it seems to be easier to use and less slippery.

Make Up
Both of these products are unintentionally lipsticks. This is because in the winter, I tend to apply minimal eye shadow, BB cream, and a bit of light blush, with more striking lips.

I really really disliked Sleek's Matte Me in Exxxagerate. I was looking for a deep purple matte lipstick, and after much searching, I found this. My insta-thought was FINALLY, but after applying it using the lipstick itself, the texture made me want to cringe. Due to it being slightly glittery, it did not glide across my lips, it just stuck in one place. After fighting to get it onto my lips, it highlighted the imperfections. Application is slightly better with a better outcome with a lip brush, but the best I could do was to use a base colour with the lipstick, and blend.

I cannot get enough of Revlon Lustrous Lipstick in Berry Couture 835! It's not too bright and not too dark, so I will be able to wear it throughout the year. It is a dark pink-purple colour, the colour on the lips being very similar as the stick. The texture is smooth, and there is no colour bleeding. It makes my lips feel moisturised. I use this with a lip brush as well as the stick itself, the application is amazing. I am looking forward to buying lighter colours such as Lovers Coral and Pink in the Afternoon come Spring. 


Hair
Maybe it was silly to try beach hair in the Winter, but I returned to Lush's solid shampoo bar Seanik. All it did was make my hair dry, due to it containing sea salt, and flat. The opposite of what it should have done. I have no problems with solid shampoo bars, I find them easy to use, it is simply this particular bar. The scent is not strong, but it does smell faintly of the seaside, probably because it contains seaweed.

I am probably going to stick to Bed Head Urban Antidotes in Re-energize, I use both the shampoo and conditioner. It always leaves my hair silky and smooth. The pump dispenser is really easy to use, however to get the full value I always feel that you have to cut the bottle in half - there is a lot of product that the pump straw does not get out, especially from the conditioner. I would never pay salon price for this, but finding the set for between £20-29 is generally a bargain. It seems expensive but the amount of product is a lot for £10 p/bottle, and the quality is just.. Well. Nothing compares for me!

Nails
My favourite nail product this winter has been Topshop's matte colours, specifically in Brutal. This is a purple colour. I haven't used Topshop's beauty range before, and I was pleasantly surprised that a high street shop could give such a lovely finish to nails. I don't feel that the colour is particularly matte, but it is less shi
ny than normal polish.

Some Barry M products I fall in love with, but this winter I really disliked Silver Multi Glitter. As much as the colour and application were a hit with me, as well as it not chipping easily, it did not last and it peeled off. It's great for an evening out but I wouldn't recommend if you want a long lasting polish.