Sunday, 25 January 2015

My Lipstick Collection | January 2015

I received this lipstick holder for Christmas because I have been wanting one for ages, I was so so pleased! I love it. I really like displaying my make-up in my room, I think it looks so pretty. So without adding lip glosses, lip balms, lip lacquers or lip crayons etc. I have 15 lipsticks to show you guys. 

Left to Right:
Bourjois | Rouge Edition | #11 (£7.99)
Rimmel | Kate Moss | #26 (£5.49)
Rimmel | Sugar Plum | #086 (£4.99)
Rimmel | Kate Moss | #107 (£5.49)
MUA | Shade 11 (£1)

Left to Right:
Rimmel | Kate Moss | #113 (£5.49)
Rimmel | Heart Breaker | #016 (£4.99)
Rimmel | Pink Champagne | #006 (£4.99)
Avon | Rich Berry (£2.99)
Natural Collection | Moisture Shine | Pink Orchid (£1.99)

Left to Right:
Rimmel | Sweetie | #014 (£4.99)
Rimmel | Kate Moss | #04 (£5.49)
Maybelline | Hot Plum | #906 (£7.19)
Rimmel | Kate Moss | #01 (£5.49)
Avon | Ruby Pose (2.99)

I love seeing blog posts of make-up collections for inspiration and recommendations and I will try to do a lot more in the future! 

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

The Soundtrack To My Life | 2015

So I seen this tag on the Zoe London blog and thought it was a brilliant idea so I've decided to do my own post. Music, for most, sets the scene to your life and the memories in it. Songs can take you back to a single moment, if you want it to or not. 15 questions, 15 songs, let's go..

Song you listen to when you're happy?
David Bowie - Heros

Song you listen to when you're sad?
Train - Drops of Jupiter

What song will you have at your wedding?
The Cranberries - Linger

What song do you dance around the house to?
Genesis - Invisible Touch

Song you play on your headphones when out and about?
Awolnation - Sail

Song you listen to when you're angry?
Matallica - Nothing Else Matters

Song you'd have at your funeral?
Phil Collins - On My Way

Song that makes you lose your shit at a party?
Lady Gaga - Just Dance

The last song you listened to?
The 1975 - So Far (It's Alright)

Your karaoke song?
Kansas - Carry On My Wayward Son

What song do you work out/exercise to?
Beyonce - Get Me Bodied

Song with the most memories attached?
Jubel - Klingande

Song that makes you cry?
Kate Winslet - What If

Song you hate the most?
N-Dubz - Papa Can You Hear Me

Your favourite song of all time?
Foo Fighters - Best Of You

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Barry M Nail Polish Collection | January 2015

I have been purchasing Barry M nail polishes for a long long time and after a beauty clear out, these beauties 
were left, have a wee look..

Left to Right:

Greenberry | Gelly | #314

Crush | Matte | #337

Blossom | Silk | #401

Watermelon | Gelly | #315

Blood Orange | Gelly | #312

Black | Original | #311

Mustard | Gelly | #437

Berry Cosmo | Original | #444

Teal | Original | #437

Out of all of them I would say the Gelly ones are my favourite although I do love the matte finish. I haven't yet found a black nail polish that is more than ok so if you know of any please tell me! 

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Room Tour | Desk | January 2015

To be honest I'm writing this post because I think my desk is cute. That's it ha. 
I've always been quite room proud, I've always had a mountain of photos spread across my walls, candles and lights everywhere, with a lot of little trinkets that own a lot of memoires. The room that I'm in at the minute is basically a box room, tiny. Nevertheless I've tried to make it as me as possible. It's still got a bit to go, I don't quite have it the way I'd like it yet. Here is a little snippet though, my bed side desk. 

I love this piece so much, it's just a glass bowl filled with lavender potpourri and white fairy lights, beautiful in the dark.

Novelty mugs make for great makeup brush and lipstick holders.

More makeup storage and a cringy photo of me on a box, it was a present, let me just make that clear haha. 

My wee candle holder, I think it's currently Yankee Candles Lavender & Lemon. 

My scentless candle that my wee mummy bought me because she said it was totes me bless her. 

I can not wait for when I have my own place to completely deck out. I'm obsessed with Home Decor on Pinterest. So, that's the lot, I'm sure it will change and I'll have to do updates but for now that's what I'm working with and I'm super happy with it at the minute!

Monday, 12 January 2015

The 12 Book List | Reading Goals 2015

A goal for 2015 I have is to read more books. I have a shelf full of them that I never seem to get through. I miss reading and just seem to get too distracted to sit down and truly get lost in a good book. I've set myself the realistic goal of reading a book each month in 2015. Ones that I've always wanted to read, been meaning to read, want to re read and ones that have been sat on the shelf for too long. Let's go..

Extreme by Sharon Osbourne
I Am Not Myself These Days by Josh Kilmer-Purcell
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo
The Perks Of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
The Wisdom Of Psychopaths by Kevin Dutton
Pretties by Scott Westerfeld 
Yes Please by Amy Poehler
How To Lose Friends And Alienate People by Toby Young
The Dirt by Neil Strauss and Mötley Crüe
The Chimp Paradox by Steve Peters
The Little Book Of Mindfulness by Tiddy Rowan

Thursday, 8 January 2015

Inspiring People | Alan Watts

I thought I would start a sort of series, for the new year, of people that inspire me and that could possibly inspire you too. I feel being able to inspire someone in a positive way is one of the greatest things you can do. Energy is contagious and these people help me remember that.
Starting off the series is Alan Watts. Born in Britain and moved to America when he was 23, Alan Watts is a popular philosopher, writer and speaker. He made the move to New York and began Zen training and has wrote over 25 books and articles that relate to Eastern and Western religion, focusing on Buddhism.
Just to be clear this isn't a post about religion, I'm not trying to preach or make one religion appear better than any other. I have simply been inspired by some of Alan Watts words that I would like to share them.

I first came across this Alan Watts when I watched 'The Greatest Speech Ever' on YouTube (a very powerful video, I would recommend watching) and one of Alan Watts videos was in the side bar.

As soon I watched this I was obsessed, I think I watched every other video relating to Alan Watts ever after that. The motivation and inspiration of deep thought is incredible. 

Another video here, made me re-think my whole university degree and the career than would inevitably come after and the 'success' it would bring.

It has inspired me to pursue more creative endeavours but even if I do end up on a completely different path I hope it's one that I love and that I'm still dancing along the way.  

This last video is about when good and bad things happen to you and how your thoughts on those events can impact your perspective on them. 

For me I just try to appreciate the good things when they happen and when bad things happen, appreciate the good things that have happened even more. Find the good in the bad. 

So there's a few inspirational words that I have found very helpful in my life and I hope you do too. I would have loved to be one of his students or attend one of his talks but I'm so thankful he put thought to paper!
If it's not for you, no worries, each to their own!

Monday, 5 January 2015

52 Healthy Habits 2015

This was an idea I came up with from seeing all the different ways a deck of cards can be used on Pinterest. The idea is to write 52 healthy habits that will help you be more proactive, productive and positive on a 52 card deck and to pick one at random each week for a year. When you have picked your card, display it somewhere where you will see it every day and try to do the thing on the card every day for a week. Add a card each week. This is in the hope that these will slowly become healthy habits over the next year because when you try to do things all at once, sometimes it can be quite overwhelming and end up not working out. Slow and steady wins the race, if it's a lifestyle change you're looking for then this is a great way to start!

  1. Wake up at 8AM
  2. Mediate 
  3. Eat an extra piece of fruit daily
  4. Eat an extra piece of veg daily 
  5. No takeaways 
  6. Get daily light exposure
  7. Avoid intolerant foods 
  8. Keep a food journal 
  9. No phone before bed
  10. Listen to more music
  11. Practice good posture 
  12. Take a walk
  13. Eat breakfast every morning
  14. Phone away when with people
  15. Warm lemon water every morning
  16. Collect loose change in a jar
  17. Floss after every brush
  18. Cook for the family
  19. Practice yoga outside
  20. Drink nothing but water
  21. Limit Sugar 
  22. Read before bed
  23. Move daily
  24. Don't drink
  25. Stick to a morning face routine
  26. Stick to a night time face routine 
  27. Count to 10 before replying when angry 
  28. Practice patience 
  29. Cook one meal from scratch daily 
  30. Only check phone when there's a notification
  31. Don't eat after 9PM
  32. Drink green tea daily 
  33. Eat a super food daily 
  34. Pre plan meals for the week
  35. Complement someone each day 
  36. Practice gratitude 
  37. Contact an old friend
  38. Don't wear PJ's outside of bedroom
  39. Limit laptop time
  40. Limit processed foods
  41. Juice everyday
  42. Practice a new sport
  43. Be present 
  44. Create a happy jar
  45. No fizzy pop
  46. De-clutter room 
  47. Learn something new
  48. Start a dream star jar
  49. Don't eat when board
  50. Plan a trip to somewhere new
  51. Make smoothie bowls
  52. Read everyday 
Obviously you can make your own list of 52 things or even 26 things and take it slower with every fortnight, whatever works best for you! Also it's the first Monday of the year which makes it the most motivational! I hope this helps in becoming a healthier happier person in 2015. 

Sunday, 4 January 2015

A-Z Review of 2014

If you haven't already check out my A-Z Review of 2013 here it was one of my favourite posts to make, so I'm doing it again, here is my A-Z Review of 2014.

This year I have been obsessed with this season, from Pinterest to fashion. I just love the fall and all the colours it brings. My favourite makeup looks are always Autumn ones, I would wear berry lipsticks all year round if I could. (and I do, yolo)

This August was my first year blogiversary and I'm so happy I kept it up, I only wish I had started sooner. The community is super great and I can't wait for the year ahead.

This year I was lucky enough to see London Grammar and Ed Sheeran. I've always loved going to concerts and next year I'm going to make more of an effort to fill in my concert scrapbook that I have neglected for too long.

This year I completed the biggest piece of work of my life. It felt like it took forever at the time but looking back on it now, I would totally do it all over again. I actually miss doing lab reports, weird.

Last years E was the same. I just love Edinburgh city, I'm so grateful to have visited this year again. I really wouldn't mind living there, I think the city is just beautiful.

Towards the end of this year I've really been thinking about the food that I eat and the effects it has on my body. A healthy body equals a healthy mind is something I've found to be very true and it's something I really need to remind myself of.

What a proud proud day. I was so happy that my mummy and granda made it over from Ireland to watch me graduate. I was so so proud of all my friends, they really did work hard all year and it was so special getting to celebrate that day along side them.

Something I've been trying to concentrate on this year is creating happiness and being happy myself, which both go hand in hand really. Radiate positive vibes.

This year I moved back home after finished university and in that time I got to explore more of my home country along with my American cousins. Although I don't feel like I want to live here for much longer I will always return, I'm sure a lot of people have those feelings about their home.

I have a really bad habit in that I take some jokes too seriously, jokes about me I mean and I only hinder myself. I get too paranoid and over think every single thing. I've tried to work on it in the tail end of this year but it will definitely be my goal next year to work towards not talking things personal or assuming.

This year I've been a bit obsessed with the 3 gates to the point where I write out a big long text message in reply to someone and end up changing it because some things don't pass the 3 gates. The gates being truth, necessary and kind. It's quite hard to hold your tongue sometimes but I would rather me think I'm right and say I'm wrong to save a friendship on things that really don't matter all that much in the grand scheme of things.

This year my best friend Tash left for Lancaster to study to be a teacher and me and a few friends were lucky enough to visit! The weekend was full of girlie fun, I enjoyed every minute of it.

I love love love meditating, I feel it really calms me down at night and refreshes me for the day. Attending classes has helped a lot because you learn a lot. Tai Chi is also amazing, it's basically moving meditation, excited for the warmer weather for the outside classes.

The little birdie flew the nest this year, my brave best friend set of for England to become the worlds best teacher. We have completely swapped places and I miss her dearly. The year will fly in and I'm loving watching her grow.

I go through these stages were I'm just in love with things, like they could be anything or anyone. This year it has been Ewan McGregor. He's just n absolute all rounder. It started one night when I came in drunk and watched Valiant, a movie which he voice acts for the main character and I just can not get over his accent. Like my husband has to be Scottish, I love that accent more than any other!

Psychology Grad Ball
Best night of university hands done. Everyone is in agreement, it was just perfect. Utterly perfect. We still talk and rave about it now. Big events like those always go so well and it is definitely a night I will remember forever.

Another obsession, thanks to Niomi Smart the youtuber. Her lifestyle is so inspiring. I can't count the number of recipes I've made of hers, she should really write a book.

This year I have got rid of tonnes of my stuff. I mean like over half my things. I always knew I had a lot of crap I just didn't know how much. Anyway I got rid of it before I moved back home and I don't miss a thing, I would highly recommend a clear out.

My darling older cousin came to see my at uni, finally, we've only been talking about it for three years! It was such a fun weekend with a lot of deep conversations. She's one of the best inspirations in my life.

Another inspiration is my little brother Thomas. He is literally the best human I know. For an 18 year old he's got his head screwed on right, he always has really. He came to visit me for the second time at uni and we had a blast. I love that he got a little bit of independent travel.

Sometimes it's all too easy to think that person is just being a poohead when they are being mean or rude but maybe it's not personal and they are only acting that way because something is troubling them in their lives. If it's a good friend I would never give up on them because I would know deep down their hostility isn't to do with me. I've came across this a few times this year and I always try my best to understand where they are coming from.

As I moved back home this September, it wasn't long before I was back to Newcastle. It was October in fact, I just can't keep away. I wonder how long it will be until the next.

This year I attended two family weddings and I adored both. I just love love love family weddings. Everyone is in such high spirits and generally up for a good time. I love dancing with all my older relatives while daring them to down some of the most strongest shots.

This will always be for my loved ones. I just like reflecting on how grateful I am to have them in my life. I'm so incredibly blessed honestly. My life is so rich and I thank the universe everyday for that.

Meaning me, soz. This year I turned 22 and to me it just seems like a you year. Like a year to concentrate on yourself and becoming the person you want to be. At least that has been my main focus and will continue to be in the new year.

Last years post was also on sleep. I still feel like I sleep too much, it's a major flaw I have. I've been trying to work hard on becoming a morning person but I'm finding it difficult. I will always keep trying though!

I hope you've had a blessed 2014 and have hope for 2015!

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