Friday, 13 June 2014

Collective haul June 2014 - Primark, Superdrug, Boots and more

Hello readers, if you hadn't read my last post you may not be aware that I made a new blog, I just uploaded a collective haul on there (youtube/lookbook/swatches type stuff) so if you'd like to watch that/read that please click here - I will not be doing any proper posts on this blog anymore, and I explained why in my last post. 

Thanks for reading, if you want to see more posts then please go over and follow my new blog because I'm putting in so much more effort now :)

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

New blog????

Hello there reader :)
I said in my last post that I was considering making a new blog and I did.. in fact on that very same day and I've been busy designing it and making it look nice, also I've had exams which finished yesterday which is awesome. I just thought I would quickly say why I made a new blog so you don't feel out of the loop and you'll perhaps be persuaded to follow my new one?

When I started blogging, I was so full of energy and I put so much effort into my posts and hence my followers number increased and I got comments on most of my posts, but somewhere along the way my effort dwindled and now I see that this showed up in my posts with the relentless tags, lack of informative posts, all that jazz.. so I made a new blog in the hopes that I can rekindle my love of blogging and I'm going to try very hard to put as much effort as I can into each post.

I also wanted to change the style of my posts a bit to match my youtube videos, so rather than doing a haul in the form of a blog post, I'll do a video and then maybe attach the video to a blog post and do a look book in that post so I'm offering something more to you. I feel I should say that primark hauls will definitely still be a reoccurring thing in my blog/youtube (I'm planning on going tomorrow, in fact that's one of the reasons I decided to hurry up and write this post)

So I hope I've made it clear why I decided to make a new blog, and I hope you'll feel tempted to follow it here or if you're reading it via a mobile device and cannot access the link then here - http://bsarahoates.blogspot.co.uk/

Thanks for reading, we had a good run on this blog but I think it's time to make some better posts - don't you agree???

Monday, 19 May 2014

Music Monday #5 ♡

Hello everyone, sorry I haven't done a post in about a month, to be honest I've been so stressed out with exams and I have been lacking motivation to do a post, I'm beginning to wonder whether I want to scrap this blog and create a new one but I am unsure at this point. Anyway, I thought I'd do a music Monday post seeming as it is Monday and whilst I have been scrabbling away at my textbooks I have discovered or re-discovered some cool music so I thought I would share it with you :)

1. Breezeblocks - Alt-J



Alt-J were a band who I never thought I would like, but for some reason I decided to listen to their awesome wave album and I liked it a lot, it's so calm and soothing, I definitely recommend listening to the whole album start to finish because each song flows into each other really well, this is one of my favourite songs from the album but I also like something good, tessellate and taro :)

2. Ballad of a Politician - Regina Spektor 



I don't think this is a new song but when have my music Monday posts ever been completely new songs?? I have always liked the odd song from Regina Spektor but I have found myself listening to her more and more, I think my first experience with her was probably with Ben Folds on the song 'you don't know me' (listen to that if you haven't heard it) I also really like the song Samson and Ne Me Quitte Pas, she has a really nice voice and her songs are quite meaningful

3. The Suburbs - Arcade Fire



This song is so chilled out and I feel like the theme of it is quite relevant to my life right now (if you have a different interpretation to me though that's fine), I interpreted it to be how you are forced through a certain path in your life and you have all these hopes and dreams, then when you're an adult life takes its toll on you and damages you, and it feels quite relevant for me because here I am at age 17 being forced into this education system and all the dreams and things I had when I was younger seem so far away now.

4. Queenie Eye - Paul McCartney


This isn't a new song but it's from the past year, from the 'NEW' album which I do quite like from what I've heard. Being an obsessive Beatles fan, I had to have something Beatles related in here. I think this song is really fun and upbeat, and quite different from what he usually does because sometimes his songs can sound very similar.

5. The Headmaster Ritual - The Smiths


I'm not sure if I've used this in a previous music Monday post but I have been listening to this so much recently, I reckon it's because the end of school approaching (exams end on June 2nd but then I have to go back and start learning A2 on June 9th..) This is hands down one of the best songs by the Smiths, if you haven't heard them I would say listen to this, This Charming Man, Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now, There is a Light That Never Goes Out, and The Queen is Dead - if you still don't like them after that then there is no saving your soul. On the subject of The Smiths, has anyone heard Morrissey's new single? It's called 'World Peace is None of Your Business' which is the title of his new album, I quite like it and I'm looking forward for the rest of the album :)

Hope you enjoyed this post!
I will be back shortly with a Primark/Makeup Haul, exams are nearly nearly nearly over.. for the time being you can watch some of my youtube videos :)




Friday, 18 April 2014

TruffleShuffle Wishlist April 2014 ♡

TruffleShuffle Wishlist April 2014 ♡


Black top
$67 - truffleshuffle.co.uk


Print t shirt
$67 - truffleshuffle.co.uk


T shirt
truffleshuffle.co.uk


White top
truffleshuffle.co.uk


T shirt
truffleshuffle.co.uk



Ladies Purple Marl 90's Saved By The Bell Logo T-Shirt
$34 - truffleshuffle.co.uk


As you've probably seen in my hauls before - I seriously love band shirts and movie shirts so whilst window shopping on truffleshuffle, I saw a bunch of shirts that I would love to buy if they weren't so darned expensive - but hey a girl can dream right? 

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

primark haul april 2014 // youtube video ♡

Hello there :) so I thought that instead of doing a primark haul in a blogpost, I would do it in video form to see how it goes because in some ways I prefer doing that (despite the fact I mess up my words a lot and had to edit quite a bit out - seriously wow) but if you'd like to watch then click away and enjoy :)

I'm really sorry if you don't like Primark Hauls in the form of the video, if you'd prefer it in the form of a blogpost then please leave a comment saying so and I'll take it into consideration in the future :)

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

boys confuse me // youtube video ♡


Hello there readers! I made a new youtube video entitled 'boys confuse me' entailing me being very confused for 8 minutes, please watch, comment, thumbs up and subscribe :)



Saturday, 5 April 2014

recent eBay purchases ♡

Hello there!! So recently I've ordered a few things from eBay so I thought I would share with you what I've bought, it's mostly Harry Potter related I will warn you now..


1. Time Turner - £2.65
I actually bought a time turner keyring at the Harry Potter Studio Tour (you can read my blogpost about this here) and I was going to buy a chain so I could wear it but I saw this on eBay for under £3 and thought I might as well just buy this, seeming as this actually has the engraving on it and the one from the tour didn't. You can't actually buy this specific one from eBay anymore because that deal has finished but there are others which are under £4, and if you get it from China it can be as cheap as 99p but I didn't want to do that in case it broke on the way and I had to send it back. It also came really quickly, I ordered it on a Monday and it came by the Thursday!!

2. Hogwarts Library (inc. Quidditch Through the Ages, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and The Tales of Beedle the Bard) - £16.75
I wanted to buy this a while ago when I did a little Harry Potter Haul with my friends (you can read my blogspot on this here) but the only shop that had it was Waterstones and it was £25, I knew they had them at WHSmith but they didn't have them in stock at the time so I went onto eBay on that day and found it for £16.75 which is the best I've ever seen it. You can buy this here and now I see that it's even cheaper (that's a bit annoying) but yes, I haven't read any of it yet but I knew a true Potterhead should have read them so I will read them eventually and maybe do a review on here :)

3. Totoro Purse - 99p
I know I said before that I wouldn't want to order from China but I saw this purse and really couldn't resist, I love Studio Ghibli so much - in fact I'm watching a new Studio Ghibli film every week until my exams end. The quality isn't great, I won't lie, there are a few loose threads and you can see there's a bit of a dent at the top but I really like it and I haven't really changed my purse in years. It is 11cm x 11cm so it's bigger than it looks, I doubt it will fit my cards in too but it's really good :) you can actually buy this here and it's still 99p if you want to buy it, there are lots of designs you can get and they're all really cute but I wanted this one the most. It took a couple of weeks to deliver but it's from China so what can you expect??

Thanks for reading!!


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Thursday, 3 April 2014

why being a fangirl sucks // youtube video ♡

Hello there readers!! I've not been blogging so much recently but I filmed a youtube video today so feel free to watch that, it is called 'why being a fangirl sucks' and it's basically me complaining about being obsessive over things (like Harry Potter) so feel free to watch!!!!




Wednesday, 26 March 2014

The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath // Book Review ♡

Hello there readers of my blog, how are you on this fine fine Wednesday? I'm feeling pretty lousy, the weather is gross, and exams are coming up which is also gross however one of the things that has been getting me through at the moment is reading, and after re-reading all the Harry Potter books at the beginning of the year, I read the Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath and I finished it last night, so I thought I would do a review on this modern classic.


Book Description (taken from Amazon):

"Esther Greenwood is at college and is fighting two battles, one against her own desire for perfection in all things - grades, boyfriend, looks, career - and the other against remorseless mental illness. As her depression deepens she finds herself encased in it, bell-jarred away from the rest of the world. This is the story of her journey back into reality. Highly readable, witty and disturbing, The Bell Jar is Sylvia Plath's only novel and was originally published under a pseudonym in 1963. What it has to say about what women expect of themselves, and what society expects of women, is as sharply relevant today as it has always been."

Review:

I'm going to start off by just saying I really enjoyed this, it's short as it's only 20 chapters and it's written beautifully. I would compare the writing style to the likes of F. Scott Fitzgerald but it is maybe not quite as detailed as that, but it is word pornography. The story itself is very intriguing especially if you're interested in mental illness anyway, which I am. I'm going to say right now, if you're easily triggered be careful whilst reading it because I picked up on some subtle pro-mia and self inflicted harm, so if you are feeling triggered at any time put the book down and walk away. I found Esther's character really interesting because she's very sensitive and has always had good grades but her life takes a bit hit when she has to return back home, and that's when she really sinks into a deep pit of depression. She has some bad experiences with doctors but the ending shows that perhaps she has moved past this, and is ready to move on. I don't want to spoil the ending but I found the character Joan really interesting because she is very much like Esther but I believe she shows what would happen to Esther if she took a different path in her life, they had the same boyfriend and a similar lifestyle so they are very similar characters. 

Rating out of 5:

On goodreads I rated this book as 4/5, I rate books very highly in general but I feel this truly was a great book. It was recommended to me and I've always felt I should read it because it's a modern classic. I also went and looked up Sylvia Plath during my reading of this book because apparently a lot of the events mimic her life, and now I've become very interested in her life too which is good (her life was not good though haha). Overall, I would definitely give this a read if you're interested in mental illness and like descriptive writing because it fulfils both of those areas. I very much wanted to watch the film adaptation of it but the reviews of it make it seem terrible so I might wait until it's very cheap before buying it!!

Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed it! I quite like the idea of doing book reviews, at least for the next few months whilst I have exams and can't really go out and do things - thoughts?









Sunday, 16 March 2014

Harry Potter Haul March 2014 ♡

Hello there muggles! I haven't posted in a while because honestly I've not been out that much, I'm finding A levels quite stressful at the moment and I've just had my mocks but as a reward this week I went to Kings Cross (to go to the Harry Potter Shop) and Oxford Street to buy some Harry Potter merchandise so I thought I would show you what I got :)

1. Harry Potter Glasses (£4.99) - Harry Potter Shop at Platform 9 3/4 (Kings Cross station)


I hadn't gone into the shop intending on buying these but as we walked around the small shop I decided to pick them up so that I can be Harry, James, or John Lennon...

2. Large Hedwig Toy (£15) - Harry Potter Shop at Platform 9 3/4 (Kings Cross station)


This is something I had planned on buying because I had seen it on the website but I had not idea how small it would be in real life, it felt like quite a frivolous purchase but I had intended on buying it and I felt sad just leaving it in there, it's about 20cm so it's not tiny but it's not what I would call large.

3. Platform 9 and 3/4 ticket (£1.99) - Platform 9 and 3/4 Shop (Kings Cross)


I knew these could be bought here but I wasn't planning on buying it initially because I felt it would be a waste of money as you can print out tickets from this website but it looks really nice, it's printed on nice paper and the gold is sort of engraved into the ticket, you can buy a ticket attached to a lanyard for £5.99 which I considered because I could take it to school but I decided against it.

4. Postcards (50p each) - Harry Potter Shop at Platform 9 and 3/4 (Kings Cross)


I knew I had to pick up some postcards to stick up on the Harry Potter section of my wardrobe and these were much cheaper than the one I got at the tour (read about that here), but the selection at the tour was much better, the ones at this shop were mostly plain and moreso advertising the shop but I liked these two postcards because little Harry is adorable and I believe in house unity (I'm a gryffindor)

5. Hogwarts Pin Badge (£3.99) - Harry Potter Shop at Platform 9 and 3/4 (Kings Cross station)


I'm not sure where I'm going to pin this but I'm considering ordering some robes from eBay so I may pin it on there, I was considering getting a house pin but as I said I believe in house unity so I thought this would be nicer.

6. Badges (£1 each) - Harry Potter Shop at Platform 9 and 3/4 (Kings Cross Station)


I really like the D.A badge I got because I like to think I would've been in Dumbledore's Army (or Defence Association), I also wanted something to represent my house so I got a gryffindor badge that I can wear with pride.

7. Golden Snitch and Sticker Kit (£5.99) - Waterstones


I had seen these kits on amazon before but I didn't realise they were still being made, they had a bunch at the Waterstones in Oxford street, I haven't seen them in the smaller waterstones. They had them for time turners, hogwarts snow globes, horcrux lockets, mini Hedwig models.. I was considering getting a time turner but the one that comes in this kind of kit is chunky and doesn't look like the ones in the films that much so I have ordered one on eBay for half the price. I like this kit the most because when I make the snitch up I can put it on display next to my chocolate frog boxes from the tour, and I don't know what I'll use the stickers for, they may just be added to my evergrowing sticker collection.

If you're a tourist planning to make a stop at Kings Cross, I'm going to save you the trouble we had by telling you if you get to Kings Cross St. Pancras on the tube, LEAVE THE STATION and cross the road to the big dome and that is Kings Cross and pretty soon you'll see a mass of people lining up to take their picture at platform 9 and 3/4. We walked around St Pancras for a long time then had to ask someone where the shop was and they directed us across the street, we weren't alone though we got stopped a few times and asked by foreigners if we knew where the shop was (our house scarves, my Hedwig backpack and my Harry Potter shop probably made us look like Potterheads but who knows...) At the shop there is a photo opportunity, there is a cart half way in Platform 9 and 3/4 with a sign and you can line up and take your picture, we were considering doing this but we live so close and we didn't want to get into a queue so we've saved that for another day. The shop itself is quite small and can feel claustrophobic but it is a must-see for any Potterhead, the things in the shop range from fairly to cheap to quite expensive so I reckon you would come out with something whether it be a postcard, which is probably the cheapest, to some of the official prop replicas which can go up to £300. They do have chocolate frogs and Bertie Bott's every flavour beans but they aren't the same ones sold at the tour, the frogs are small and the only cards you can really get are Professors so do yourself a favour and go to the studio tour (or just the shop that's there because it's free to enter the shop) and buy a proper chocolate frog there!!

I got a bit rambly but when I was looking for posts about this shop I couldn't really find anything so I didn't know what to expect, so I hope I've informed you if that's what you're looking for, or I hope you enjoyed seeing what I bought!!




Monday, 3 March 2014

Music Monday #4 ♡

Hello there readers if you're still here, I know I've not made a blogpost in what feels like a long time but there is a reason, I have mock exams coming up and I can't find the time to do a haul and because my proper exams will be coming up soon I can't really make a wishlist because by the time I can go properly shopping again the things I want may not be in existence anymore.. but I have been listening to a lot of music recently so I thought I would do a Music Monday post :)

1. Lolita - Lana Del Rey


This isn't a new song but to be honest when do I ever post new songs on here? I have been listening to this song about 50 times a day at the moment, although I feel the need to change the lyrics after having finished reading Lolita a few months ago I still really like it :)

2. Chocolate - the 1975


This song is probably as new as it gets for me. I had sort of been avoiding the 1975 for a long time because I know lots of people who like them who don't have a similar taste in music to me so I assumed I wouldn't like them even after my Philosophy teacher suggested them (and he suggests the best music) but after a Psychology lesson where people on my table were obsessing about them I thought it was time I gave them a proper listen and this was the first song I listened to and I have been listening to it lots, I like some other songs by the 1975 but at the moment this is probably my favourite.

3. Teddy picker - Arctic Monkeys


Anyone who knows me knows that I adore the Arctic Monkeys and it's very difficult for me to listen to a song by them and not like it, I've been listening to the Favourite Worst Nightmare album all week because it's been reduced to £4.99 on iTunes and I want to buy it before it goes back up but I didn't know all of the songs on it and this song has just been stuck in my head for about a week.

4. Screams in the Ears - Bill Fay


Not a new song once again but I only heard this yesterday because someone I follow on tumblr reblogged it and, rather than scrolling past songs on my dashboard like I used to, I listened to it and I really like it, the intro drew me in straight away :)

5. Brick by Brick - Arctic Monkeys


The reason I've been listening to the Suck it and See album is the same reason I'm listening to Favourite Worst Nightmare, but I'm thinking I'm going to end up downloading Favourite Worst Nightmare at the moment, anyway this song has stuck out for me on that specific album. After doing some reading up about the song, I've read that it's about cocaine? I just really love how upbeat it is and then it slows down and just goes back into the swing of things. If you like Arctic Monkeys I don't see why you wouldn't like this song.

Thanks for reading! I think I'm going to be doing a lot more of these type of posts at the moment due to revision and going out less, plus I'm giving up Primark for lent anyway (and then for as long as I can stay away from it) so there probably will be fewer hauls if any. I might do some recipe or DIY posts if anyone wants those? 










Monday, 10 February 2014

Music Monday #3 ♡

So I haven't done one of these in a long time so I thought I would do a Music Monday because I have gotten into a few new songs :)

1. Cornflake Girl - Tori Amos


This was suggested to me (and my class) by my Philosophy teacher because we do recommendations from the arts each lesson, so I usually contribute a film that I've watched over the weekend but my teacher usually suggests a song or an artist and sometimes a film and he recommended this artist, and honestly I think she's great. Sort of a Sara Bareilles-Ben Folds hybrid and I quite like her, this song in particular though I love the actual music to it.

2. Eden - Sara Bareilles


I mentioned Sara Bareilles in the above so if it wasn't clear enough already, I love Sara Bareilles but I didn't like the songs on her new album that much so I didn't give all the songs a chance but I listened to this song and I really like the harmonies on it, she has great musicality and it comes across so well in her music.

3. Once Upon A Dream - Lana Del Rey


As a devoted Disney and Lana fan there was no way I was going to dislike this cover. I really want to see Malificent in the cinemas when it comes out, I'm hoping I can find someone to go with me.. I really love how this song was changed into something a bit more dark, I think it puts a nice twist on the song.

4. Come on Eileen - Dexys Midnight Runners



Let's be honest, is there anyone who doesn't like this song? It's such a great song and I'm in one of those phases where it's one of the only things I can listen to, it's so happy and lovely :)

5. Starlight - Muse


This song sounds a lot like The Script to me and I just really like it, but the accent annoys me, far too nasal for my liking but the actual song itself I quite like.

Thanks for reading, I hope you liked reading this :)


Friday, 7 February 2014

February Empties ♡

Hello there! So I've used up some products over the space of about 6 - 8 weeks, so these products aren't just from February but I thought I would show you what I've used up because I like reading empties posts as they provide a good insight on what a product is like after using it for a long time.

1. SPAtopia Argan Oil Body Butter


I don't know where this product is from as I was given it for my birthday in November so it has lasted me since then and I still have a tiny bit left, but I really love this product. It's a really thick and creamy texture, just like butter haha, and I like the smell of argan oil and it makes my pyjamas smell of argan oil which is lovely. I use a lot of this because I love it so much, I'm not sure if I'll buy it again because I don't think it's cheap but if it wasn't too expensive I would definitely buy this :)

2. Love Hearts Strawberry Cream Perfume


Another product given to me for my birthday, I really love this perfume and it was quite cheap too as I know where it was from. It was from the Perfume shop for £3.99 and it comes with a body lotion too, I'm not sure if it's still in stock though. Anyway, I really like this perfume because it smells really sweet like artificially sweet but not disgustingly artificially sweet if you understand what I'm saying. I don't think it's for everybody but whenever I wear it I get complimented by someone about it so it can't be too bad :)

3. Garnier Cleansing Lotion


I think I bought this from Savers so it wasn't expensive, I generally like Garnier products, I think they're basic and affordable and that's exactly what this product was. Nothing special but it did the job and I think I got my money worth as I believe it was under £3, not sure if I'd buy it again but if it was the same price I probably would just because it does the job.

4. Garnier Synergie Pure Deep Pore Wash


I'm not sure if this product is still being made because my Mum gave it to me years ago when my skin was too sensitive for it and it used to make my face go all red, then I started using it again this year because I've gotten into face masks but I haven't got any face masks and this exfoliates and makes my skin feel like I've had a face mask on so it's pretty close. It has little microbeads in which is good however I wish it had bigger ones in to exfoliate the skin better, it doesn't smell of anything but it does the job quite well. I use this product 2 -3 times per week. I would repurchase it if I couldn't get my hands on some face masks because as I said before Garnier isn't too expensive and it does the job.

5. Boots Cucumber Skin Freshener (toner)


I think I've used all of the Boots Cucumber skin care and honestly I like them all, I am not sure about the price as I usually buy it off my Mum if she's gone out and bought it on sale so it saves me going out but I have used the cleanser, the moisturiser and this and all the products make my skin feel lovely and fresh, I don't know if it's the actual product or the cucumber sort of scent but something is working and I quite like it so I would repurchase it.

Thanks for reading, hope you enjoyed it :)

Monday, 27 January 2014

Recipe // Sticky Chocolate Wonka Brownies (courtesy of Isabella) ♡

Hello there! Me and Isabella made brownies over the weekend and I thought I'd post the recipe because they came out really well, this is Isabella's recipe not mine but we added Wonka bar to the original recipe, I'm not sure if she made it up or found it somewhere else but  I also like making recipe posts and I'd like to do more so if that's something you'd like please comment :)

What you'll need:

  • 100g unsalted butter
  • 175g caster sugar
  • 75g dark sugar
  • 150g milk chocolate
  • 1 tablespoon of golden syrup
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon of chocolate/vanilla flavouring
  • 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 bar of Wonka Millionaire Shortbread 
Instructions:

1. lightly grease a 20cm/5 inch shallow square cake tin

2. place butter, sugar, chocolate and syrup in a sauce pan. Heat gently, stirring until the mixture is blended and smooth

3. leave to cool, beat together eggs and vanilla, whisk in chocolate mixture

4. sieve together flour, cocoa powder and baking powder and fold carefully into the egg and chocolate mixture, use metal spoon or spatula. Put in tin, add broken up squares of Wonka bar and any extra milk chocolate you may have, and cook for 25 minutes until edges shrink away from tin, leave to cool (it should be quite gooey so don't put it in for longer if it's gooey), cut up and eat :)





These were basically the best brownies I have ever had in my lifetime, I'll definitely be making them again. I thought brownies were good shopbought, I had never made them before but they are so much  better homemade, imagine chewey on the outside and gooey on the inside and there you have it. Hope you liked reading this and attempt this yourselves, please leave a comment if you'd like to see more recipe posts :)


Sunday, 26 January 2014

Collective January Haul 2014 ft. Isabella: Primark , New Look,Superdrug and More ♡

Hello there people, I have been shopping a few times in January so I thought I would show you what I have gotten as on each trip I haven't bought a great deal but together it makes a substantial haul. I went out with Isabella yesterday and got some cool stuff, we also baked brownies so I might do a separate blogpost with the recipe on there :)

1. Beatles Shirt (Primark) - £8
    Frilly Dolly Socks (Primark) - £1.50 each 
    Hello Kitty and Tatty Teddy Socks (B&M) - 99p each



I didn't buy this with Isabella but I thought I would still show it, I've had quite the obsession with socks recently because I've gotten some Dr Marten shoes which show off my socks so I've come to the realisation that I need more socks. I love love love Hello Kitty and Tatty Teddy, and I think frilly socks are nice to wear if you're wearing 'grown up' type clothes or bands shirts because then it shows you're mature but a bit childish too.

2. Pop Tarts t-shirt (New Look) - usually £12.99 but with student discount it was about £10.37 
I found this shirt in New Look and although I've sort of made a new years resolution to buy less t-shirts, I felt I had to buy this because anyone who knows me knows that pop tarts are one of my favourite things in the world, it has gotten to the point where people who I barely know in sixth form will come up to me just to tell me that they tried pop tarts, pictures are 3 types of pop tarts: chocolate chip cookie dough, blueberry and chocolate chip which were all £3.50 in tesco, one of them Isabella gave me for Christmas but I'll get onto what she gave me for Christmas later :)

3. Clueless (B&M) - £2.99
    Tatty Teddy Socks (B&M) - 99p
B&M isn't a shop I see everywhere, in fact I only know of two but if you know of one you really need to go there because you can get practically everything there at reduced prices. Even pop tarts! Unfortunately there weren't any when I went with Isabella yesterday. I picked up Clueless because me and Isabella started watching it the last time we met up but we didn't finish it and we watched the last half hour yesterday, I just thought I'd buy it because it's a good price and a film I feel I should own and it can take a place next to Mean Girls. I've already explained my newfound obsession for childish socks so I won't go into more details.

4. Baby Lips (Superdrug ) - £2.99 each but in a deal that was like buy one get one half price
    Free sample of Nivea Deodorant (Superdrug) 
I have wanted Baby Lips for what feels like forever, you can see this in one of my old wishlists. I have heard from reviews and people I know that these two are the most popular, I really like the idea of them because they smell good and tint your lips but feel more like a lip balm than a lipstick. Isabella got the peach flavour which is funny because her nickname is peaches and she picked it up without knowing it was peaches. We got offered a free sample of this deodorant too, my Mum brought up the point that it may have been offered to us because we smell but obviously I accepted it and I think it's a nice compact size so I can keep it in my bag for school or satchel for when I go out. If you want a review of baby lips I can do that so comment below if you'd like to see that :)

5. Frilly dolly socks (Primark) - £1.50
    Alice in Wonderland Socks (Primark) - £2.50
I picked up some more dolly socks (I think that's what they're called) in an off-white colour because I already have white ones, black ones, and grey ones. I figure if I can get at least 7, I can wear them everyday. I've seen loads of people pick up the Disney socks in primark and I was very tempted, they had Snow White, the Little Mermaid, Bambi, Tinkerbell and these. I would've bought them all had they not been £2.50 each because that's a lot for socks and I would've ended up spending over a tenner, but these feel so soft, I'm a little worried about whether the colour will wash out but oh well.

6. Lolita glasses (Poundland) - £1
Me and Isabella just like buying accessories when we go out even if we're not going to wear them again, these are not quite Lolita glasses because the shades aren't black but they're close enough and we were both reading Lolita at the same time plus it reminded us of Lana Del Rey who we both love. 

7. Isabella's Christmas Presents to me
I would've included my Christmas presents from Isabella and Antoinette in my Christmas Haul but we didn't exchange Christmas presents until last week but I still wanted to show you. Isabella bought me a box of the pop tarts from America, that sounds stupid because they're all from America but some of them are cheaper because they're sold in England more but these ones aren't so yay! Also she bought me a Winnie the Pooh toy and a Roo toy which is so cute, I was with her when she bought them and they are in a deal at the moment, they were like £6.99 each which is amazing for Disney toys plus they're fairly big.

8. Antoinette's Christmas Present to me
What you may or may not know is that me and my friends are obsessed with Harry Potter, especially after going to the tours (which you can see a blogpost about here) and I am completely and utterly in love with Draco Malfoy (and Tom Felton) so now I have a cushion.. with his face on.. in my bed.. which is great :D

9. Black Cardigan (Primark) - £10 but charged £5
First things first, I am a bit confused about the price of this. Before I picked it up, I thought it would be £12 or £14 like all Primark cardigans but then it said £10 which was a pleasant enough surprise, then they only charged me £5 at the counter which is such a bargain. I bought it two sizes too big so it's really cosy and baggy, I wanted one just like this as I mentioned in my wishlist so that's awesome.

10. The food me and Isabella bought.. 
Before you judge us, we really didn't eat that much from here, I reckon we were hungry when we bought it because we ended up dividing most of it up and I took it home, we used some of the chocolate to make brownies which tasted so good and I'm thinking of doing a recipe blogpost on those, if you want to see that please comment, we spent the rest of our day after shopping watching the end of Clueless and watching Ferris Bueller's day off as well as making brownies.

Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed seeing what I've bought over the last month :)

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Tag Tuesday #3: The Procrastinating Beauty Blogger Tag ♡

Hello there people of the internet!
So for the third instalment of Tag Tuesday, I have decided to do the procrastinating beauty blogger tag which I saw here. It looked like an interesting tag and I will tag some people to do these tags each week or whenever I do an instalment if I have been particularly enjoying their blog recently or would like to see them answer these questions :)


1. Name a beauty regime that you rarely do? 
I never really use eye-shadow on my eyelids, I use a bit of dark brown to fill in my eyebrows but I haven't really used eye-shadow where it's meant to be used since I was about 14. I still cringe when I think about how I used to overload on the black eye-shadow when I was 12, it wasn't so bad when I aged a bit but I think it's too much to use on a day to day basis and if I do use it it has to be neutral colours.

2. Is washing your make-up brushes something that you do regularly?
I procrastinate so much that I have even put off buying make-up brushes! Honestly though, I don't feel that I really need make-up brushes. I don't wear foundation and my concealer only goes in a few places, plus I've read lots of things saying that it makes the make-up look cakey. I can almost guarantee that if I did have some they would not get cleaned very often..

3. How long will you last with chipped nail polish?
I hate the look and feel of chipped nail polish on my nails so much that I restrain from using nail polish in the first place, if my nail polish has chipped I usually take it off within a day.

4. How long will you put off buying/replacing a beauty product, even if you need it?
Just until the next time I go out, I wouldn't make a trip to specifically buy something like mascara or eye liner because I have spares that I can turn to - that's smart thinking right there.

5. What is your worst beauty habit?
I don't have any particularly bad ones but if my mascara or eye liner has smudged and I'm in a rush I'll just use concealer to cover it because I am lazy.

6. Name something non-beauty related that you put off doing all the time?
Besides from homework and revision? (Mock results are out this week..) I put off going off my laptop in the evenings until I've spent half an hour extra on there than I meant to staring vacantly at my tumblr dashboard, I also put off changing my bed covers, I am literally so bad at changing my bed covers because they keep springing off - I've managed to get my time down to ten minutes though.

7. When going out somewhere, do you leave getting ready to the last minute?
No not at all, I hate being late and I want my make-up to look its best so I want to have time to re-do it if I have to.

8. Can you commit to spending bans?
I could but I don't feel I need to, I don't buy top end make-up and my make-up lasts me for quite a long time. I'm not too adventurous with make-up so I usually find a cheaper brand that I like (I really like miss sporty..) and stick with that, then I am usually given make-up for my birthday or Christmas that tides me over for a while.

9. How organized is your make-up and nail polish collections?
My make-up is organised sort of in a make-up bag, my nail polish is not very organised at all.. I have my make-up bag and my sprays of sorts and my nail polish in a tray type of thing so I know where it is but it doesn't look organised, I also have nail polishes in a shelf cubicle type thing above my bed (which I bang my head on a lot) but my nail polish collection doesn't feel very organised.

I tag:
Abbie
Amy

I have been quite enjoying their blogs over the last week so go and check them out :)

Thanks for reading, I am thinking of ending my Tag Tuesday series after next week because I have been doing it for 3 weeks and I'm not enjoying it as much as I hoped I would. I should be doing some sort of haul on the weekend hopefully and perhaps an empties post soon though so I'll keep you posted