Monday 30 November 2015

Things To Do By 2016

Like last year, the coming new year is fast approaching, and I have a list of things I'd like to get done or achieve before then! Last year there were 16 things which I wanted to achieve, but sadly only managed about half of that - lets see if I can do better this time! I tried to think of any goals, tasks or general 'to-do' things that I could think of.

  1. Finish Christmas shopping
  2. Re-tax my car
  3. Hit 600 Bloglovin followers
  4. Clean out bedroom
  5. Sort out my calendar/diary for the coming year
  6. Wash my car
  7. Clean the whole house
  8. Hit 180 subscribers on YouTube 
  9. Have at least one more night/day out with Nicola
  10. Wrap all the Christmas presents!
  11. Try to make it to the end of the year without any more panic attacks
  12. Save up / go on a spending ban
  13. Read at least 100 more pages of the 'A Song of Ice and Fire' series
  14. Check back over my 2015 New Year's Resolutions
  15. Have a day with my sister when she's back from Uni!

So those are all the things I'd like to get done and achieve by the time 2016 rolls around! Most are doable, and others may take a little longer! And like last year, I'll cross these out when I do them!

Are there any things you would like to do before the new year hits in a matter of weeks? Let me know! Hope you have a great day and keep safe :)

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Friday 27 November 2015

Monthly Favourites #8 - November

It's time for another monthly faves! I'm still going with my method of keeping away from beauty things and do the little categories I've chosen below!!

I bought this the second it came out and pre-ordered their new album not much longer after! I love this song and the simplicity of the video - plus black and white is uber classy. Got to love these guys and their music as much as I tried not to all those years ago...

My favourite picture from this month has to be this one I took while on a little walk back at the start of the month. The colours of Autumn have been everywhere recently and I've been obsessing over them on my Instagram. I just thought this was a nice picture, regardless of how cliché it is!!

TV Show
I have loved this show since 2005 when it first started, and I've been watching it ever since the 3rd episode aired! Now onto season 11, we're following the boys post-'Deanmon' and with the Darkness having fallen. I just love this so much!! Adding to that, Crowley and Castiel are making me laugh so much this season!

Having finally gone to the cinema for the first time in like 2 months, we chose to see the new Bond movie, Spectre. As a rating, I said 7/10 as I really loved Skyfall, and found this was a bit lackluster compared to it. It could have been 30 minutes shorter and less of the blonde woman in my opinion, but it's still worth a watch as I loved the action scenes!

Random Section
So for the random section, I've gone with this image of my General I use in my 'Warhammer' games with Cameron. He's recently introduced me to this game which is quite strategic and war themed, and I love it. So far I am undefeated with my Stormcast Eternals team and I love playing this so much. Definitely something for those who are quite geeky!

Hope you enjoyed these faves for November! What have you loved this month from each category? Let me know! Hope you have a great day and keep safe!

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Tuesday 24 November 2015

Boots Tea Tree and Witch Hazel Nose Strips | Review

Who else thinks of pore strips and immediately thinks of Princess Diaries? Probably just me! I saw these while I was shopping the other day in Boots and I've always wanted to try them. Not sure why. I'm trying to think of new skin care ideas, and this just wanted to be in my basket! I picked some up and they come it at £4.99 in Boots and the pain of taking them off is almost worth it. You get six in a box, all individually wrapped with instructions on the back.

I put one one while having a mega blogging marathon the other night and this is what happened!

I followed the instructions of the back of the packets. I cleaned my face off from all makeup and 'dirt' before wetting my nose. I took it from the packet and placed it smooth side down onto the skin and pressed it down firmly. I had to leave it to dry for 15 minutes, so I carried on typing away while I waited. You can't really smell the tea tree oils at all, which I guess is a bonus if you don't like that scent! Once it began to feel stiff, or the time was up, it was time to take off.

I was still smiling here, 5 minutes in!
Not wanting to do a Princess Mia and tear it off my face, I went for the 'gentle' approach as indicated on the wrapper. This proved to be some entertainment for my Dad who so kindly offered to 'yank it off my nose' for me. I managed to peel it off okay, albeit it feeling like it stuck down with cement! I then carefully washed the area with water and pat-dried it with a towel.

My nose felt quite soft and clean afterwards - almost like when you take of a face mask. There was no irritation or pain, which I'm thankful for! I'll definitely use the other five strips from the packet and see if regular use proves any other results!

have you tried this brand of pore strips or any other kind? What happened? Let me know! Hope you have a great day and keep safe :)

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Monday 23 November 2015

Wishlist #19

I love a good wishlist and it's never to late or early to have one up with Christmas looming over us! You never know, your friends or family could check your blog for inspiration!

Firefly Game | MAC Nocturnelle | Sneakers | Snape | Handbag

Like any of these yourself? Let me know! Hope you have a great day and keep safe :)

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Friday 20 November 2015

Zoella All That Glimmers Powder Puff | Review

You may have seen that Zoella has released a new set of products for her beauty product range, adding to the previous products from last Autumn. You can see all the available products at Superdrug! If you remember when the other range came out, I tried three products and was really underwhelmed and disappointed in the products and the scent. You can read that review here

I've got some of the new things from the Tutti Fruity range already, but now there are some Christmas products out! The Christmas products are from both the Classic Range and the Tutti Fruity one. This powder puff retails at £8 in SuperdrugI don't think that's too bad for the size of this as it's quite large and not something you'd usually see from the range.

The packaging is really cute like the rest of Zoe's products, and this colour scheme denotes it's from the Classic range. The packaging is a simple circular 'tub' with the products name and details on it - it's about the size of my palm. I had no idea what this was when I bought it off the website, as I'd not seen Zoe's video's about it by then!

Inside is a pale pink powder puff with the product already on it. It comes in a small plastic wrapper, so it's not wasted before you use it. It had a nice lace strap on it, so you can slip it over your hand to use it. You use it by gently wiping the puff up and down your arms/legs/neck and the product will settle onto the skin, giving off a nice shimmer. It smells really nice and leaves your skin feeling soft which is something I really like. 

Have you tried any of the Zoella range, past or current? Let me know! Hope you have a great day and keep safe :)

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Thursday 19 November 2015

One Direction - Made In The A.M. Reactions

You may have heard that on Friday 13th, One Direction's latest album, Made In The A.M. came out. I bought my copy of iTunes and have been obsessively listening to the songs. I done this last year when they released FOUR, and you can see that post here. My fave ones have to be :
  • Never Enough
  • Perfect
  • Hey Angel
  • Temporary Fix
  • Wolves
I've had them blaring in my car on the way to work! I made a little post over on my tumblr the other day about my reactions to the songs, so I've decided to share that post with you below!

Hey Angel

Drag Me Down



End Of The Day

If I Could Fly

Long Way Down

Never Enough


What A Feeling

Love You Goodbye

I Want To Write You A Song


Temporary Fix

Walking In The Wind



You can see I was excited about all of them! Have you heard the album yet, and which songs are your favorites? Let me know! Hope you have a great day and keep safe :)

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Wednesday 18 November 2015

Dear 18 Year Old Tania...

I've seen lots of people do these sort of posts, primarily the 'what would you tell your teenage self' ones. I'm going with a slightly different approach and going for five years ago. Back when I was a young 18 year old. Lots has changed in 5 years, and this is going to quite interesting to write! Grab a drink and snack as this could be long...

Beauty - You currently think that powder is called foundation and that yellow eye shadow looks good on you. Wrong on both accounts. Google is there for you - search what products are, and for the love of Hogwarts, step away from the yellow. COPPER AND PURPLE ARE FOR YOU. Also, don't feel like you need to copy your friend's and wear it just because they are. You've also got your ears pierced in 2011 so no more clip on ones that make you want to pass out!

Friends - Right now, you have a small group of about four best friends and ten good friends. In five years time, you will have three best friends. One of the best friends is still there and two the 'good' friends have become besties. You won't regret being friends with any of them. Your current boyfriend's sister is your best friend in 2015. You're not with her brother anymore, but the pair of you are so close now, you're practically sisters. You'll out grow some of your school friends and drift apart, and the others were only your friends because you saw them every day.
Oh and by the way, you only see and speak to two of the people in this picture now:

Family - The parents were getting divorced right about now, and as sad as you are about it - you're also happy. You can tell they're happier apart and you don't need to get upset about it. In 5 years time, they're happier as they are, and you get two houses to kitchen raid!! Your little sister who is currently 15, almost 16 is now at Uni. Tell her she's going and support her when she's deciding!! She's a smart cookie that one and you know she can do what you never wanted to.

Love Life - The guy you're currently with turns out to be a douchbag and you'll be single for over 2 years before you get with someone again. When it happens, be angry and cry about it and then move on - because someone better is on the horizon. The guy you're dating when you're 23 is that guy you liked back at school! Things are okay right now, but you have issues like most couples.

Work Life You now work at a supermarket and it has its pros and cons like all jobs but money is money and 2015 you is just glad to have a job in a world where they're difficult to come by, even though she may not be there forever!

Money - Oh young Tania, you're currently burning your way through the money you've got on your debit card. I think you forget that you have no income and driving lessons do not pay for themselves. You still need to apply for a driving provisional licence and you need money for that. FIND A JOB.

Fashion/Body - What were you thinking?? You lived in those skinny jeans and 'punk' tops until you were 19 and then you just started wearing partially see-through tops. *headdesk* However, you've started wearing heels more as you have nights out with Nicola (who is now your best friend) and you wore this damn jumpsuit EVERYTIME you went out. Please stop wearing those headbands with the bows - they do nothing for you. Please let 2015 you and Nicola know that both of you have hair that is mega long now and you've both got killer wardrobes!! Oh and you've lost weight (YAY!)

Oh my heck... Nic may kill me for sharing this!!
Music - You like Fall Out Boy. You do not love them. Stop telling people you do. At the moment you've become obsessed with J-Pop and the band Morning Musume. I can confirm you do still like them 5 years later and you can even speak some Japanese now. You also like One Direction - that hasn't changed - and you like Glee. You will grow to hate the latter by 2014. You still love Country music and you're obsessed with We The Kings.

Films - It's March 2010 and you've just seen The Losers trailer on TV and paid it no mind. A year later you're obsessed with it and it's currently your all time fave movie. Tell everyone about it!! You've now seen all the Harry Potter movies, whereas back in 2010 you still had one or two more left to go! You should have watched Star Wars years ago, and 18 year old you should be shamed for not watching it sooner. Also, google something called 'Firefly' as 2015 you is in love with it!!

General - The book you write for NANOWRIMO could be amazing, but you need to cut out like 50% of it and rename all the characters. Anytime you have a book idea, please in the name of Serenity, write it down. You're also deathly allergic to nuts which you don't yet know, so in January 2010, please don't eat that curry that Mum so nicely bought you as you will end up in A&E as you almost died. Finally, when you have your first panic attack near the end of the year, don't worry - it happens to lots of people. Sadly you still have them often in 2015, but you're getting better and calming yourself down. Tell your sister about it NOW, don't wait for a few years - she's mega helpful when you feel like the walls are closing in.

Well this was weirdly theraputic and kinda funny to look through some old pictures!! I think I've wised up a bit over the past 5 years, BUT, I still don't feel like an adult. I was 17/18 back in 2010 so I was just becoming what society classes as an adult, but I'm really not. Not even now at 23 do I think I'm one!! What things would you like to have known 5 years ago? Let me know! Hope you have a great day and keep safe :)

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Tuesday 17 November 2015

MUA Power Pout Rendezvous Lip Tint & Balm | Review

Lip products. Regular blog readers will know I'm not the biggest fan of lip products unless it's a nice ole lip stain. This was one of the 'free gifts' that came with one of my Pink Parcel's over the summer and I've only just got round to reviewing it!

Currently on offer in Superdrug for £1 - YES £1!! - or originally for £3. This is designed to moisturize the lips, as well as give it a nice colour tint. There are six other shades to choose from as well, but this is the one called Rendezvous.

The shade is a peachy/red with a nice glossy finish to it. I've tried it out and not a big fan of the colour on my lips, as it just looked like a clear gloss. It was a little tacky, but other than that, it's just about wearable for me. I wore it for a bit over two hours, during which time I had lunch and pretty much all of it came off.

I'd not go out my way to buy this at all, but I know some friends would like this! Have you tried this at all? Let me know! Hope you have a great day and keep safe :)

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Friday 13 November 2015

Christmas Stocking Fillers - Superdrug

Hello everyone!

Yes, it's not even quite the middle of November yet, and I'm already beginning with the Christmas posts! Not even sorry. So to kick off the Christmas fiesta, here is a little stocking filler gift idea post that you may find somewhat useful! These are all little gifts for friends and family and for male or female, so hope you enjoy!

I hope you liked this little post and have gained some inspiration if anything for some gifts! Have you already began your shopping, or not even thinking about it this early? Let me know! Hope you have a great day and keep safe :)

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