Friday, 27 May 2016

TV Shows I've Been Binge Watching

I am a notorious binge watcher and I won't even try to deny it. With a Smart TV that provides me with access to Now TV and Netflix at the click of a button, there is so much for me to choose from. Now, I've recently come to the end of Grey's Anatomy *sob* and so I needed something to catch my attention and rather than being able to find a good series with 250 episodes like my beloved Grey's, I've been flickering through an assortment of shows that have 2 or 3 seasons. It's great because I can switch my attention between a few, but also heartbreaking when you get to the end and know you haven't got any more to watch.

Jane The VirginA young, devout Catholic woman discovers that she was accidentally artificially inseminated.
I saw this being advertised on E4 ages ago and refused to watch it because it looked so cheesy and horrible. But, when I saw the first season on Netflix I decided to watch it for a bit of easy bathtime watching (yes I watch tv in the bath, don't judge) and I got utterly obsessed with it. It's easy and funny and the characters are so likeable. Although the plot is outrageously unbelievable, it's fun and you get sucked into it. I'm gutted that there's only 1 season on Netflix, but I know that season 2 is currently airing on E4.

Chicago FireThe story of firefighters in Chicago, both on a personal and professional level.
This is set in Firehouse 51 and follows the story of a group of firefighters and paramedics through their professional lives where they are saving people and putting out fires. But, it also shows their personal life which is both funny at times and dramatic. Plus, there are a lot of hot hot hot firemen, so what's not to love?

Peaky BlindersA gangster family epic set in 1919 Birmingham, England and centered on a gang who sew razor blades in the peaks of their caps, and their fierce boss Tommy Shelby, who means to move up in the world.
The first two seasons of this are on Netflix, but there are only 6 episodes in each season so it's a short series to watch. This I did find a bit hard to get into, but the fact that Tom Hardy is in season 2 spurred me on. There's a lot of swearing, violence and sex in this so not for everybody but it's really interesting to watch and I've really got sucked into the world of the Peaky Blinders.

Penny DreadfulExplorer Sir Malcolm Murray, American gunslinger Ethan Chandler, scientist Victor Frankenstein, and medium Vanessa Ives unite to combat supernatural threats in Victorian London.
This is the most recent one that I have started and it's the hardest to get into and follow. There are a lot of supernatural things in this such as witches, werewolves, vampires, etc and they are some of my favourite things to watch but this programme is quite complicated and there is a lot going on which made it hard to get into at first. It's centred mainly around Vannessa Ives and Sir Malcolm who are trying to hunt down Sir Malcolm's daughter who has been taken by vampires (I think, still unsure) and they encounter things along the way. But, it's also about Ethan Chandler who they enlist to help them and Frankenstein who is their doctor but also trying to bring people back to life. So, there's a lot going on. There's also Dorian Gray thrown in there who is an odd character indeed and likes to have sex with everyone. If you want to watch a programme that requires you to pay attention, this is it.

Unbreakable Kimmy SchmidtA woman is rescued from a doomsday cult and starts life over again in New York City.
Season 2 has just been added to Netflix and I think I watched it all in a day. It's so light and carefree and I love all of the characters, especially Tituss. It's silly, so maybe not for everyone, but there are a lot of laugh out moments. It's a perfect pick me up when you need a show to make you feel better.

These are all the shows I've currently binge watched, and when I say binge watched I mean watching until I have finished every episode in like 2 days. Not all of them are easy watches, but if you feel you've run the Netflix train into the ground I'd suggest these! Have you seen any of these? What's your favourite show to binge watch?

Til' next time! XOXO

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Book Review: Bird Box by Josh Malerman

Something is out there . . .

Something terrifying that must not be seen. One glimpse and a person are driven to deadly violence. No one knows what it is or where it came from.

Five years after it began, a handful of scattered survivors remains, including Malorie and her two young children. Living in an abandoned house near the river, Malorie has long dreamed of fleeing to a place where her family might be safe. But the journey ahead will be terrifying: twenty miles downriver in a rowboat blindfolded with nothing to rely on but Malorie's wits and the children's trained ears. One wrong choice and they will die. And something is following them. But is it man, animal, or monster?

Engulfed in darkness, surrounded by sounds both familiar and frightening, Malorie embarks on a harrowing odyssey a trip that takes her into an unseen world and back into the past, to the companions who once saved her. Under the guidance of the stalwart Tom, a motley group of strangers banded together against the unseen terror, creating order from the chaos. But when supplies ran low, they were forced to venture outside and confront the ultimate question: in a world gone mad, who can really be trusted?

I love horror books, but when I first started reading this one for some reason I gave up after a couple of pages and then didn't go back to it for months. When I did eventually pick it back up I couldn't put it back down again and finished it in a couple of days. 

Based in America, it's a kind of post-apocalyptic book that goes from present day to the past with each chapter showing Malorie's journey from the start to the finish. This managed to keep the book fast paced and interesting as you saw the destruction of the world and the people in it. Malorie is an odd character that I couldn't like in the book, but then I don't think she was made to be liked. 

At the beginning of the book, Malorie finds out she's pregnant and people start dying all over the world because of something they've seen. Soon, people start blindfolding themselves and we follow Malorie along her pregnancy as the world fights against the things outside that they cannot look at. In the future, Malorie is alone with her two young children and has decided to escape from her house and to a better place but she can't open her eyes to get there. I found the prospect of there being something you couldn't look at a lot more terrifying than aliens or monsters that go bump in the night. The sheer fact of not knowing what it was but knowing what it could do to people, or not being able to know if it was inches away from you sent a shiver up my spine. 

There wasn't any need for graphic detail or gore, although there were some, this idea in itself was enough to make me not want to open my eyes when I went to sleep after reading this. It's fast-paced and easy to read and the story is interesting throughout. For once, I wasn't disappointed with the ending and was constantly kept guessing through the story. When the author wanted something fast paced I could actually feel my heartbeat pick up as the characters became more anxious. 

If you are a fan of horror then I would highly recommend this book. I'd give it 4/5 just because of my inability to bond with any of the characters. The plot itself is truly special and I think anyone who reads this will like it. Get Bird Box on Amazon for £8.18 paperback or £4.49 Kindle.

Til' next time! XOXO

Monday, 23 May 2016

May Candle Belle #MEGAMELTBOX

Once again Candle Belle manage to wow me with their fragrances and their wax melts. The scents and sizes of the wax melts themselves never let me down, even if the actual fragrance isn't up my street. 

Home Sweet Home - cinnamon, clove, rose, ylang-ylang and freshly brewed tea. 
I am not going to preach, but we all know the hate-hate relationship that I have with cinnamon. I also really dislike clove and floral scents so this isn't a winner to me.

French Lavender - lavender complemented by bergamot, eucalyptus, citrus zest, sage, pine and lily of the valley.
Again, another scent I greatly dislike is lavender. My mum is obsessed with the scent and when I was a child I didn't sleep well so she would soak everything in the vicinity of my bed in lavender in an effort to get me to sleep. It didn't work and just left me with a hatred of the stuff. This lavender scent is very subtle and fresh.

Raspberry Ripple - sweet raspberry with vanilla ice cream, subtle coconut and toasted meringue.
This one is super sweet and I've seen people refer to this as "drumstick lolly scented" which is a pretty accurate description.

Red Delicious - a true apple scent. 
Describing this just as a bog standard apple is pretty true to what it smells like. It's crisp and fresh like an apple but there is a base note of greenery that I assume is the tree in which apples grow. It's really nice, but I can't imagine it being strong when melted.

Vanilla Chai - chai tea leaves, vanilla milk with perky ginger and cinnamon. 
I don't really like chai tea or the scent of it. It's very spicy to me and as you know, I don't like cinnamon. This one is quite sweet with the vanilla milk and so I don't totally hate it, but again, it isn't my favourite.

Loving Spell - perfume with sweet mandarin, bergamot and tangerine, middle notes of fresh peach, strawberry and raspberry, all against musk.
I don't usually like scents that are based on perfume as I find them old lady like, but this one is pleasantly surprising. I think as it's based with lots of fruit scents it makes it sweet and refreshing rather than too musky.

Baby Powder - citrus notes, soft florals and musk create this classic scent. 
There's not much to say about this one other than it is very close to the real life scent and is quite pleasant if that's the sort of scent you like.

Balmy Beaches - a balmy breeze of sweet orange flower, lemony citrus, fresh lavender and powdery musk.
I honestly don't know how to describe this one but it is pleasant although it doesn't remind me of beaches, but definitely the scent of being on holiday.

Lemon Meringue - true lemon with bakery tones to recreate the perfect buttery crust with a hint of meringue.
Now this one smells so true to what a lemon meringue smells like I almost want to bite it. It's buttery and lemony and so delicious.

I never have a bad thing to say about the #MEGAMELTBOX from Candle Belle and this month is no different. There were a couple of scents not up my street but the others were amazing quality. For £11, a month you get 9 melts and they are always top quality. I can't recommend this box enough and if you're a fan of wax melts, Candle Belle are the perfect company to start with.

Til' next time! XOXO

Monday, 16 May 2016

The £1.70 Brush Set

I am not someone who can comfortably spend £60 of my own money on a brush set. I will ask for them for Christmas/ birthdays but there's just something in my brain that will not let me pay that much myself, no matter how much I admire them. Most of the brushes I own, bar an Urban Decay eye brush here and there, is cheap and most likely from eBay. They work well and my makeup seems to do what I want it to do, so as they say if it's not broke...

I saw a post on Makeup Savvy where she does a series of eBay bargains and she featured this brush set, which is currently on eBay for £1.70. So, even if this set was absolutely rubbish and unusable, it was less than £2! Luckily, they are very much useable.

In this set, you get 6 brushes and they are mainly eye brushes with 1 that could be used for powder to set your undereye concealer. The others are an eyebrow brush, a soft pointed brush that would be ideal for eyeshadow in the crease, a large blending brush, a flat brush and another large brush that they say is a concealer brush.

Surprisingly, they are super soft and although they are artificial, they aren't at all hard to the eye and so good for people with sensitive eyes. They feel really sturdy and the handles are nice to grip with a nice bamboo style. For less than £2, I can't complain about these at all. I haven't used them too much but when I've been testing them I noticed little to no fallout, which shows they are quite good quality.

They are from Asia and so took a while to get to the UK but they still arrived before the estimated delivery time on eBay, which is a bonus in my eyes. It does say on the actual eBay page that these are so cheap due to a big sale so I don't know how long they will be available. If I were you I'd pick them up now while they're still cheap, they definitely do the job just right for people who are on a budget!

Til' next time! XOXO

Friday, 13 May 2016

9 Questions I Have At The Gym

I've been going to the gym 4/5 times a week now for around a month. I've really been enjoying it but I've got to say, you do see some odd sites. There are so many things I think to myself at the gym that I've never said aloud. Now, I could probably go on a huge tangent about things I think at the gym and things that annoy but I thought I'd first go for 9 questions I have.

Why is she wearing a full face of makeup?
Some girls are pumping away in a class or strolling away on a treadmill and they have everything perfectly intact on their face. On one hand I envy them for looking so good and on the other I wonder how they bloody do it. I go to the gym to sweat my ass off and I'm constantly wiping my face, I'd end up looking like a clown by the time I was finished.

Why are you sat on a machine but not doing anything?
If you go to the gym, you know the ones. They're just sat on some form of equipment, either not doing anything or sat on their phone. It's 5.30pm and the gym is rammed, go sit on your phone in the changing room!

Why is the man pit so scary?
Every gym has a section, most likely the weights section, that only muscly beef cakes reside and it's the most intimidating section of the gym. I walk past and feel like a gazelle in front of a pack of starved lions.

How are instructors so happy?
My main thing to do at the gym is go to classes, they motivate me and I know that it's a professional leading it so they must know what they're doing, right? I don't get how they can work all day flinging themselves about classes or on spin bikes and not even look like they're breaking a sweat. I'm dying over here!

How is that guy been on the treadmill for 40 minutes, burned 1000 calories and I'm struggling with a 10-minute speed walk uphill?
How do they do it?

Where did she get those bomb ass leggings?
I like to look nice at the gym, even if I'm gonna die and be a pink, sweaty mess. Some people look so put together at the gym, I want to be one of those people!

I wonder if the gym instructors talk about me?
I'm sure they have no idea I exist, but there's some tiny paranoid portion of myself that makes me wonder if they laugh about the girl who can't do lunges (me) in the staff room. Lunges are hard.

Why are old people so happy being naked? 
It only ever seems to be old people that stroll around the changing room naked. I was shocked when I started the gym and was trying to simultaneously remove my sweaty sports bra while not letting the towel drop to expose my boobies to everyone and then someone swaggered over to the showers completely starkers. I didn't know where to look except at my mum who looked equally as shocked. I've got used to it now... No, that's a lie.

Am I supposed to be drinking a protein shake?
As I exit the gym I see so many men and women going out with a protein shake in hand and wonder if I'm meant to be drinking one. Am I ruining my progress? Why do I not understand protein shakes?

I'm sure there are plenty more that I just can't think of. The gym is a fun and weird place, but I enjoy it. Have you ever thought any of these things while you're there? Leave some of the questions you wonder about in the comments!

Til' next time! XOXO

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

ASOS Holiday Wishlist

I am going on a lot of holidays this year and I don't say that in a bragging way, it's actually making me quite panicked. At the end of this month I head off to Portugal for 4 days with some friends from work, then in July I waltz away to Ibiza with my girls then in the October I'm going to Portugal again with my family for a week. I feel so underprepared for these holidays and I sorted through all my clothes from last year to come to the realisation that I hate them all, I know, first world problems, right? ASOS is my number one destination for clothes, always has been and always will be and their holiday selection is on point this year.

I love the pink flowy maxi dress and it would be perfect for the beach, especially over the orange swimsuit which is so out of my comfort zone but so pretty. Do orange and gingers go? I'm pretty sure they don't. I usually get my sandals and flip flops from Primark because I'm such a cheapskate but these espadrilles are so pretty & I love the colour.

What's your favourite item & are you going anywhere on holiday this year?

Til' next time! XOXO

Monday, 9 May 2016

Barry M Coconut Infusion Edition

When I first started seeing blog posts of Barry M's newest range I got very excited. I adore Barry M and around 75% of my nail varnishes are this brand and so when I read up on the Coconut Infusion range I knew I needed to try them.

These new innovative nail polishes contain coconut water and coconut oil to hydrate and nourish your nails while delivering a gel-like glossy finish. They contain Vitamins B & C to repair and replenish nails which result in a bright, healthier, long lasting finish. On the directions, they say not to use a base coat, just two coats of the polish and a top coat if desired.

The shades I chose to begin with are Laguna which is this absolutely gorgeous baby blue and Aloha which is a beautiful shade of pink that I've not seen in any other polishes. I have tried both on my nails and tried them with and without a top coat. Laguna takes 2 coats to achieve a streak-free, opaque finish and lasts around 2 days on my nails without chipping. Aloha is a bit more streaky and can sometimes take 3 coats but lasts around 2 days without chipping. Some of you might see this as a rubbish lasting time but to me, it's quite average. I work at a computer all day and my nails get damaged from picking up my bunnies from the garden and from the gym, so 2 days is average. I say it's average as it isn't really anything special and so the lasting power isn't something I would praise them for.

I really love both of these colours and I had to include a picture of Laguna even if it had to include a gross picture of my stumpy toes. I think the entire Coconut Infusion range has some truly unique shades and I can't wait to try more of these. Although they aren't they cheapest at £4.99 each, they are still budget and Boots currently have an offer on for buy 1 get the 2nd half price so you may as well treat yourself to at least 2!

Have you tried these yet?

Til' next time! XOXO

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Blog Update: Where Have I Been?

You may have noticed over the past couple of weeks that I have posted less frequently. I have made the most effort I could muster to post at least once a week but in the end, my health and wellbeing had to come first.

I recently broke up with my boyfriend who I've been with for nearly a year and a half. It was my choice in the end and I'm the one who lead the break up because it is what I wanted and needed at the time. I wasn't in the right place in my life for what he wanted and I fell out of love with him, which broke my heart because I really did want to love him. I've always been a person who knows what they want and takes action to get it. So, when I realised I didn't feel the same anymore I just couldn't be in that relationship for both myself and for the boy who I would just be pulling along and wasting his time. Although it was really tough and I came out of it feeling like an awful person, a weight has been lifted off of my shoulders and feel relaxed for the first time in months.

It's a weird feeling breaking up with someone when you have no valid reason for it. It's the hardest thing I've had to do to tell someone I don't love them anymore and I will admit, I was a chicken about it and immature in the way I dealt with it. I'm 20 years old and this was actually my first serious relationship and then my first proper break up and so I couldn't have expected it to go smooth.

My mum is also moving away, which isn't a bad thing. She upped and quit a job that she hated and decided to do agency work where she can explore parts of the UK that she's never been before and experience different things that will develop her skills in a job that she has worked her whole life for. I'm seriously proud of her for the steps she's taking and although she's struggled with demons, she is constantly fighting them.

I've been spending all my time relaxing and hiding and reading and going to the gym and my blog went off my list of priorities. It was always in the back of my mind and I have a list as long as my arm of things that I want to write about but actually sitting down to write and take pictures has been something I just couldn't do. I don't know whether it was my emotions getting in the way or the stress I was feeling that I just couldn't bring myself to write about things I love because there were things bigger going on in my life.

I still love my blog, I still love writing and venting and I hope that I can get back into the swing of things and start afresh, sort of. Because I have written about my boyfriend on here and I have just ended something, I feel like I need an overhaul of different aspects of my life. A refresher, a new start. That doesn't mean I'm going to go Britney and shave my head, but you might see a few new changes to my blog over the coming months.

I know that some people aren't so open and honest on their blog, but it feels great to get this out in the open. It feels like I'm finally writing the closing chapter to my relationship and it's sad, but it's also what I needed. Sometimes you have to be selfish and that's ok. Sometimes it's good to be on your own.

Til' next time! XOXO

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