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October Favourites

In a blur of cool air and pumpkin spice everything (seriously, I bought a PS Bailey’s for Christmas weeks ago!) October is gone and seasonal festivities are creeping up on us.

Today I’m sharing my favourites of the beginnings of autumn, and looking forward to the month ahead.

Skincare

Body Shop Tea Tree Anti-Imperfection Daily Solution

The Body Shop Tea Tree Solution

Anti-Imperfection Daily Solution

Everyone struggles with problem prone skin in their lives and unfortunately for me, and many others, it doesn’t stop as soon as you hit adulthood. The Body Shop have regenerated their tea tree range with the #ZitHappens campaign and this serum-like lightweight solution caught my attention. It works as a preventative product and has really improved the condition of my skin, making it clearer and reducing redness! Find it online here.

Travels

Manchester

The majority of my university friends live in and around the Greater Manchester area, which means they’re accessible but not as often as I would ideally like!

So I booked the sofa in my friend’s flat and spent two days surrounded by good food, cocktails and the infectious positivity of amazing friends. It was the perfect opportunity to remove myself from the constrains of my own mind and spend time with people I love.

Zoe and I

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London

Earlier in the month I visited Sarah in London. As well as getting to spend time with my sister and enjoy a high-speed train ride through the countryside (I like trains), I got to explore little pockets of London by myself. I ended up at the Victoria and Albert Museum, the world’s largest museum of decorative arts and design. I happily lost myself in there for some hours and landed myself a delicious curry for lunch. If you get chance to visit, their stained glass collection is stunning.

The courtyard played host to an Engineering Season exhibition called Elytra, described as a responsive shelter inspired by the naturally lightweight shells of the flying beetle. Sensors mapped the areas visitors congregated in, ultimately affecting how and where the canopy structure would be robotically woven. I sat on the edge for about twenty minutes in the hope my own presence would stretch the structure further!

The pavillion of the V&A with the canopy structure

The V&A pavillion is stunning

Currently listening…

Hurts – Emeli Sande

Perfect Illusion – Lady Gaga

Shout Out to my Ex – Little Mix

Angels on my Side – Rick Astley

Ain’t My Fault – Zara Larsson

#WhereIsTheLove – The Black Eyed Peas, feat. The World

Currently Reading…

The Girl With All The Gifts by M. R. Carey

 


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Bloglovin’

Hello again!

 

Although I’ve held a Bloglovin’ account for a long time it’s never actually been linked to my blog. Stupid, I know, right! But with so many blogs that I follow being across platforms I’ve finally got around to keeping up.  Thank you for patience and stay tuned while I co-ordinate myself (/my entire life).

 

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12 Reasons to Stay Alive

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1. No experience is ever wasted.

2. Listen to Brian Cox speak of the possible infinity of space. Know that you are a small and unique biological phenomenon in the complexity of uncountable galaxies.

7×10^49 atoms won’t arrange themselves this way ever again. It’s a one-off privilege. – @GoodWithoutGods 

 

3. The books that have not captured you yet, the unputdownable books, those that break and repair your heart all at once.

4. The films and TV shows that are yet to keep you awake all night.

5. To fall in love.

And you understand now why they lost their minds and fought the wars
And why I’ve spent my whole life trying to put it into words – Taylor Swift, You Are in Love

6. The cities waiting exploration.  The oceans of the world you haven’t dipped your toes in to.

7. For joy.

8. As my ancestor’s arrows into the future, and to create arrows of my own.

9. Music. That sense of united humanity that live music gives you.

10. New Year’s Day walks. The crunch of crisp leaves under booted feet on a bright winter morning.

11. Stepping out into intense heat and knowing you’re on holiday.

12. Rock bottom is the place to build solid foundations.

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August Face Favourites 

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Happy Bank Holiday! 

I believe all women are pretty without makeup. And pretty powerful with the right makeup.” Bobbi Brown

I am currently experiencing an absolute ‘mare with my skin. It’s the worst. So trying out new makeup is having the twin benefits of making me feel more confident and hiding the atrocity.
Here are my current favourites, which accidentally fell off shelves and into my hand. It would be rude not to, right?!

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NYX Dark Circle Concealer
– this little pot is a wonder for my hereditary dark set eyes. It contains moisturising coconut oil and is tinged yellow/orange to offset blue under eye hues. Just a little touch patted into place immediately brightens.


NYX Vivid Brights liquid eyeliner in Sapphire
– I bought this to practice for a fancy dress make-up. Although bright colours on eyes look amazing, I’ve never believed myself to hold the confidence to wear it. However I’ve fallen for this. It’s quite wet but easy to apply and once dry lasts really well without weighing down delicate eyelids. Use an eyelid primer underneath for extra skin protection and staying power. I’m currently using Benefit Air Patrol. 


Max Factor False Lash Effect mascara in brown/black
– Award winning bestseller and possibly the nation’s favourite. Definitely my favourite. When I last bought it I accidentally picked up the brown/black rather than the plain black but I quite like the the more natural-esque look.


Revlon Photoready Insta-Fix Highlighting Stick in Gold Light
– I had this on my mental wish list for some time and finally treated myself to it. I love the subtle shimmer to cheek and brow bones and the golden tones mixed with my hair makes me feel like a queen!


Benefit Gimme Brow in light/medium 
(similar new version linked) – I have a really mixed relationship with this. The tinted fibres adhere to easily to your natural brows. But they have to be shaped how you want before, otherwise the extra fibres can make them seem straggly. Coming from a near Liverpool, a city famous for it’s brows, I’m really trying to make an effort with mine. But when they’re en pointe, they are fierce! Current fave brow: leftie.

Which products are going to end up as your August empties?

Catch you later 😚


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Book Review: His Dark Materials

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His Dark Materials stacked books

 

Ever since a young age I’ve loved to read and can often be found with my nose in a book and, more recently, a coffee in hand.  My favourite stories have always been fantastical, and the intertwining universes of the His Dark Materials trilogy are as fantastical as they come. (Side note: plural of universe? Universes?)

 

I’ve done my very best to keep this review spoiler free. Although the first book has celebrated it’s twentieth birthday and was adapted in to a star-studded film which ultimately flopped (remember The Golden Compass?), it is my opinion everyone should read it at least once and I don’t want to spoil the story for anyone yet to experience it for the first time, because that feeling is the best.

 

Golden Compass Movie poster

Summary

The first of the His Dark Materials trilogy, Northern Lights, is set within a parallel universe whereby people’s souls live externally from their bodies as animals.  Each soul, known as their dæmon, takes a different species depending on the individual’s traits.  The story centres on a young girl called Lyra Belacqua …

When Lyra’s friend Roger disappears, she and her dæmon, Pantalaimon, determine to find him. The ensuring quest leads them to the bleak splendour of the North, where armoured bears rule the ice and witch-queens fly through the frozen skies – and where a team of scientists is conducting experiments too horrible to be spoken about.

Lyra overcomes these strange terrors, only to find something yet more perilous waiting for her – something with consequences, which may even reach beyond the Northern Lights.

Characters

Like many of the greats, each character within the series is detailed, motivated and serves a purpose to the narration and growth of the story in a beautiful way.

 

Lyra is an adventurous yet innocent rebel, making her the perfect protagonist and heroine for the story arc; humanity’s fight for the acquisition of knowledge and experiences from childhood to adulthood.

 

By The Subtle Knife, the second lead character is introduced; Will Parry is strong-willed, decisive, and mature beyond his twelve years as a young carer. Unlike Lyra, he is from our world.

 

Alongside armoured bears, witch-queens and a Texan aeronaut, he and Lyra embark on a quest, which impacts a myriad of universes.

 

DaVinci's Lady with an Ermine

Pullman used DaVinci’s Lady with an Ermine as a source of inspiration for the character’s daemons.

 

 

Plot

The plot is complex. You’ll need your basic Bible knowledge of Adam and Eve’s Fall from Grace in the Garden of Eden. While the Church attempts to retain the blissful ignorance of childhood in the people opposition forces strive to ensure humanity’s right to knowledge and free will beyond the control of a higher authority. It can take quite a bit of brainpower to keep up with which characters are where at any one time. But once you get your head around it, the intertwining character arcs manage to keep you on the edge of your seat.

 

Through tackling themes such as religion, sex positivity, free will, the abolition of Destiny, friendship, courage and the coming of age, His Dark Materials weaves a fantastical story, which by the end has the potential to be plausible; at least with a stretch of the imagination. This potential plausibility is one of my favourite things. In my opinion, it is what captures people’s hearts and minds and enable the stories to live in us forever.

 

Lyra and Will's Tree artwork

I love it when people create beautiful artwork based on characters. 

 

It’s fascinating that authors can lace concepts and characters in to enchanting stories, which can break your heart and build it all at once. This series is a prime example of storytelling at it’s finest.

 

If you enjoyed Stardust by Neil Gaiman, Harry Potter by J.K Rowling, or The Divide Trilogy by Elizabeth Kay then you’ll love His Dark Materials.

 

4 Star Rating!

I give the His Dark Material trilogy 4 stars!

 


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Foodie Favourites

Is anyone else completely clueless as to where July has gone?
As a food fanatic, today I’m sharing my two foodie favourites of the month; super simple but completely delicious!

Tomato and Mozzarella

Obvious ingredients are a must, of course. But sprinkle on some fresh basil and lashings of olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
Add a ripped up slice of bread to soak up the deliciousness and you’ve got an amazing lunch!

Tomato and mozzarella salad with basil, olive oil and balsamic vinegar

Chicken Satay

I successfully made this from scratch for the parents, which proves its simplicity. And they loved it, which proves it’s delicious!

I got the recipe from Rosie The Londoner. As well as being simply written and containing ingredients easily found in the local shops, there’s some fantastically puns thrown in too!  #Ilovepuns

Amazing chicken satay, which I served with couscous and roasted red peppers – yummy!

 

Unfortunately for me, I only discovered chicken satay while having fun in Warsaw at the end of June, so I think I’ve got some catching up to do!!

 

What are you current favourites? I’m always on the look out for new deliciousness to sink my teeth into…

I’ve Graduated!!

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Yesterday was magical!

Grad

Photography credit: Sarah Warsaw

It is a firm belief of mine that you have to earn your cap and gown – through hard work, long hours, and questionable cooking as is customary of the university experience.  After all, it is the mark of the end of your academic education and your achievement!  So now, I can finally say that I DID IT!

“…Remain humble, be passionate, and attribute importance to what you do, not what you are.”

– Honorary Graduate, Judge Cuno Jakob Tarfusser of the International Criminal Court (ICC).