Friday, 31 May 2013

May Favourites


Sports Bra - £9.99 at H&M
Liz Earle Botanical Shine Nourishing Hair Oil - £15 at John Lewis
Bare Minerals original SPF15  foundation - £30 special edition large size at QVC
I know it seems a bit weird to have a sports bra as a monthly favourite, but I have taken up running this month and this has literally been the best purchase I have ever made!
My hair does my head in sometimes (well, most of the time tbh!) but hair oil seems to tame the frizz and leaves me with super soft and less voluminous hair..definite thumbs up from me!
Now that spring/summer has arrived I've been on the look out for a powder foundation with some SPF in it, my mum recommended me the bare minerals one (as a convert herself!) so I ordered it from QVC and fell in love as soon as the product arrived. It has a kind of metallic pink lid which was nice, and gives a fairly full coverage finish and matches my skin tone nicely (in the shade fairly light). It was a bit pricey but I'm sure it will last a long time as it is HUGE!

Thursday, 30 May 2013

First Year...Check

Today I had my last exam (which went okay..I think!) so I have now finally completed my first year of university. This day now marks the start of my 3-4 month summer break which I will hopefully spend at work and catching up with my friends before starting a new chapter at chester university.
I have a whole list of things I want to get done this summer, sad I know but I did actually make a list! I doubt all of them will happen, but heres hoping...
- Climb Snowdon
- Learn to surf
- Nandos!
- Go to the beach
I also have a list of books that I want to read this summer, I don't usually read but I have decided that I would like to become a book worm, so I've created a list in the hope that it will happen!

Sunday, 26 May 2013


Today, my mum decided she wanted a day out, so we headed off for the Hollies farm shop near Winsford, which seems to be my mums favourite destination at the moment. To be fair it's a really nice and interesting place, there's this really cool barn which is full of gifts and a farm shop.
After visiting the farm shop we went to visit a posh hotel, it turns out there was a Jewish wedding going on so we got trapped in the car park along with a load of very smartly dressed wedding guests...a little annoying but we got to see a bit of a different culture, and the music was pretty good too.
On the way back we decided to go for a walk along part of the sandstone trail, it's literally my favourite walk to go on! You go down and then up a big hill through the woods, it's so peaceful being surrounded by trees and greenery, especially today as the weather was so nice. Part the way up the hill we passed a field with a load of cows in it, these cows are so friendly they let me pet their heads whilst the licked my hands and slobbered all over my jacket.
I really can't wait for the summer so I can spend more time exploring out in the sun.

Thursday, 23 May 2013

The Doors

I recently found out that Ray Manzarek has passed away, this was such sad news as the Doors have recently become my favourite and most listened to band. It was my dad that first introduced me to the band, listening the LA woman album on the numerous car journeys to/from Bangor. We listened to the same few songs on repeat for weeks and now sing along to them all! It'll be sad listening from now on but we will always remember Ray for his great musical talent.

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Tumblr Talk

I seem to have abandoned tumblr since like Christmas due to exams and what not, but today I decided to log on and wow I am back being obsessed with it. I first got tumblr like 4 years ago and used it purely to show my own photos/quotes, but then after getting at my friend Joanna for constantly reblogging other peoples posts I started doing it to. On my dashboard I'd always see really cute photos (mainly of giraffes and harry potter!) and feel obliged to reblog them all until I would reach the limit for that day! Hours seem fly by when you're just sitting there scrolling and reblogging and you find that you have wasted a whole day!
I remember when I discovered when you could press ALT and reblog to instantly reblog a post without having to go to the default reblogging page...seriously changed my life!
I'm not ususally one to blow my own trumpet but when I go onto my own tumblr page I think how can someone not love this! I have such cute pictures and a nice song in the on this occasion I will quite proudly blow my own trumpet!

Monday, 20 May 2013

Exam #2

I've got my second (and penultimate!) exam tomorrow and tbh it's pretty pointless. Firstly the module is about the lecturer's research, which is all very interesting to read about in my free time, but to actually have to answer mcq questions on seems a bit daft. Secondly, the exam is only an hour long, which means my dad has to drive me over an hour in the car, just for an hour of pointlessness. And thirdly, we have been marked 39% worth of the module already for attendance and an assignment, therefore we only have to get 1% in the exam to pass!

Rant aside, I have actually found out some pretty interesting things from the research, for example, you can prevent a decease in immunity during heavy training by taking dietary supplements and ensuring sufficient fluid intake...pretty interesting huh?
Since I was ill at Christmas I have been really interested in immune function so this has actually been fun to research and will hopefully provide a basis for my third year research project.

Thursday, 16 May 2013

Sony Vegas Pro

You may be interested to hear that I now have a new video editing software, Sony Vegas Pro. I only have the free trial so that I can test different ones out, but so far so good. I inserted my video into the software and was able to watch it frame by frame and add a recorded audio if desired. The only thing I couldn't work out how to do was add a song to the background, which was a bit annoying.
The software enabled me to upload my video direct to youtube in about a third of the time it takes to upload via youtube which was a bonus. And the biggest bonus was that my whole video was uploaded and it wasn't cut!
I'm not sure about the video quality as of yet, doesn't seem very HD to me! but so far big thumbs up to Song Vegas Pro.

New Look Youtube

I have decided to take the plunge into updating my Youtube to the 'new look', I've noticed some of my subscriptions have changed theirs so I thought I would follow suit. I guess it looks better than it did before, maybe a bit more modern and easier to navigate around. I just need to find myself some nice cover art to make it look even better!

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Youtube Dilema

I'm so annoyed, I just tried uploading another video to youtube and yet again it has been cut really short. The original video was about 7 minutes long and only 1 minute uploading..what is with that?! This has happened now to both my videos that I have uploaded.
Another thing has annoyed me laptop only has windows live movie maker, not the best but with a decent camera the quality turns out pretty good, however once I have completed my video and come to save it it decides that the format is wrong and there is an exclamation point instead of my video. Becuase of this all my work gets lost and my video won't play.
I don't know whether the problem is witht the camera I've used, with windows live movie maker or with youtube itself..all I know is that it's properly doing my head in.

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Kings of Leon

(from the top down/ left to right)
Talihina Sky - The story of Kings of Leon
Come Around Sundown
Only By The Night
Because Of The Times
Youth and Young Manhood
Aha Shake Heartbreak
A very good friend from work, John, so kindly lent me his whole collection of the Kings of Leon albums and a dvd. Since listening to them all and watching the dvd I have become completely obsessed and haven't stopped singing the songs...just like he told me would happen!
The dvd is mind blowing following the story of the band, it has literally THE best's definitely worth a watch if you don't mind strong religious views and drug use that is!

The Raspberry Kiss

I've been on the hunt for a good body scrub for a while now but no shops around my area seem to sell any. I recently went to tesco and came across the raspberry kiss body scrub..and omg it smells absolutely delicious and to make it better it's bright pink/purple!
The formulation of the product is nice and not overly course so it doesn't rub half of your skin off like some scrubs seem to. I think the nicest part of the whole product is that there is a little, I guess you'd call it poem..(or maybe quote) on the bottle..'I think this must be love..she smiled at her secret, put the letter in an envelope and enclosed a daisy chain from the meadow where she sat'
I would definitely recommend this product to anyone and it was only £2.99 so definitely affordable.

Monday, 13 May 2013


I've got my first exam tomorrow and I have been trying to revise for it for weeks but nothing is really sinking in, it's becoming really annoying. But anyway, I think i'm definitely making progress as I can now label most of the diagrams which we may need.
I decided I was ready to try the practise mcq on the vle..big mistake! Seriously none of the questions had anything to do with the content we've learnt in lectures and to make it worse my text book doesn't even cover some of it..I'm not shit scared for tomorrow and just want it to be over!
I think i'll just keep reading through my notes and keep my fingers crossed...

Friday, 10 May 2013

Backpack Retirement

I got this backpack from a little store in Spain 6/7 years ago..I saw it when I was on holiday with my family and fell in love instantly and had to purchase it. A few Christmas' later I got a little metal whale bottle opener in a cracker, which I named 'Walter'..I thought he'd look perfect dangling from my bag and so he has lived there ever since.
I remember one day when I was walking to school with my friend Joanna, I went to check if Walter was still there, but I couldn't feel a panic i ripped my bag off to check and found he was tucked inside the front pocket! Jo thought it was hilarious but I nearly cried with worry!
This backpack has seen me through high school, sixth form and my first year of university, as well as numerous holidays and 3 years of work. All that work has taken its toll on my bag though..It's filthy and has many holes throughout the lining and bottom.
It's very sad to say but I think this backpack must finally go into retirement to only be used when absolutely necessary.

fright of my life

I woke up this morning and glanced out of my window to see Jimmy sat in the middle of the garden in the exact same position as he was in last might think this is normal but Jimmy has a routine and always goes to sleep in the corner of the garden, never in the middle. I looked more closely and saw his little head was lolling onto the grass..I thought shit the little feller has died.
Heart pounding I ran down into the garden and poked his little leg..luckily he moved and woke up!
Words can't even describe how scared I was and how relieved I am that he's okay!

Thursday, 9 May 2013

Last Lecture

So today I had my last ever lecture at Bangor University, I'd like to say I enjoyed my time there but tbh I didn't! I really don't think that I'm one of those people that's cut out for living miles away from home with a bunch of seriously who would be when you can live at home and sleep in your own bed every night!
My goals for now are to get my three exams boxed off then to enjoy a relaxing summer (with plenty of work) before starting at Chester University. I really cannot wait to spend four months doing nothing..I've got so many youtube videos to catch up on and I really want to start running again. Here's hoping for a better future!

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Mally Face Defender Review

Mally home and away face defender - £45 on QVC
 I decided to order this product after watching its release on QVC and reading some fabulous reviews about it. Firstly I was a bit put off by the price, but since it is a high end product and has 5 star reviews I decided to splash out and get it.
When my parcel finally arrived I was so excited to see that all the products came in pink/purple packaging and included a snake print make-up bag...presentation was definitely a strong point.
When I first used the product I was blown away, it left my face so soft and oil/shine free all day. It was so good my mum even asked me what I was using on my face and wanted to try it out herself!
I would say the only down side is the amount of product you actually get for the money, I've only had this for about 2 months and I'm already starting to hit pan, saying that I will definitely repurchase.

Youtube Debut.

Very excited and sceptical about posting my very first Youtube video with me in many things going through my head, what if everyone hates me or even worse what if nobody even views it!
I've been wanting to start a proper youtube channel for so long here goes!

Sunday, 5 May 2013

Introducing Jimmy

Introducing the love of my life..little Jimmy. Jimmy was originally my Granddad's tortoise but now lives at my house, he is definitely the best pet/friend anyone could ask for and spends his days strolling round the garden eating lettuce!

Friday, 3 May 2013

Marvelips Review

 Soap and Glory's Marvelips double-ended colour and plump lip crayon - £8 at Boots
Firstly the packaging this product came in was gorgeous, pink and gold, definitely stood out on the shelf. On the back on the package are instructions of how to make the most out of the product, as a first timer of lip crayons I found this really useful and was really simple too!
I've tried so many different lip products recently, none of which seem to suit me or be worth the money but from the first time I tried Marvelips I fell in love. The colour was subtle and nude (exactly like it says on the packaging!) and the texture was smooth and surprisingly moisturising.
The white/highlight end of the product is really effective in adding volume to the lips and subtle depth.
Overall I love this product and will definitely repurchase and recommend to anyone!


I've had such a lovely day out with my mum today, was really lovely to spend some quality time together just me and her. We kicked off the day with lunch in Nandos..Yum! I had my usual of mango and lime chicken pitta..can't go wrong with a classic!
I decided to purchase a vintage style denim shirt/dress with plaid sleeves from miss selfridge that I have been eye-balling for weeks, I'm totally in love with it so I'm definitely glad I decided to get it.
Since I can get my mum and I in free at the pool we decided to finish the day off with a nice relaxing swim..not the best after a big lunch but was still nice all the same.

Definitely need to start revising more though since my exams start in just over a week..scary thought!

Wednesday, 1 May 2013


Okay, I know I have had a polyvore account for literally 5 years now but I have just rediscovered it, and omg I am in love and totally obsessed!
It's sad to say I had to delete all my old sets from back in the day as they were literally too embarrassing to be seen next to my about severe fashion feux pas!
To make my obsession even worse there is now a polvore app for the iPhone, so whenever I have free minute I can create sets wherever I am, usually when I'm meant to be studying!