Friday, 2 December 2016

21 Reasons to be happy that Winter is here

And by Winter, I mean December, that just doesn't sound as catchy.

1. The shops are full of velvet, faux fur and glitter.

2. Ditto cute coats, beanie hats and blanket scarves.

3. An obvious one - CHRISTMAS

4. Going into hibernation is totally normal and people won't think you're weird.

5. We are edging closer to 2017 which means we are edging closer to Game Of Thrones S7.

6. Ice skating rinks and Christmas markets start to pop up - Plenty of opportunities to have fun, get festive and spruce up your Instagram.

7. The supermarkets have mint offers on when it comes to chocolate and sweets.

8. All the comfort food - Shepherds Pie, Sausage and Mash, Mac and Cheese...Do I really need to elaborate?

9. Everyone you meet just seems to be in a great mood, it's like fairy dust is released into the air or something.

10. Snuggly chunky knit jumpers <3

11. Shitty, horrible, miserable 2016 is finally almost over.

12. Snow. The possibility of snow, waiting for snow, waking up to snow, watching snow, seeing dogs in snow, playing in snow. SNOWSNOWSNOW.

13. Log fires will begin to roar in every pub and restaurant in the country.

14. Christmas cups and Christmas drinks. No specific chains mentioned here ;)

15. 'Moana' is released on the 2nd of December, FINALLY.

16. The sales will soon be upon us and you can finally get that one item you've lusted after for yonks but struggled to justify the price tag.

17. Glitter becomes an acceptable everyday make up item.

18. At the end of the month you get a few GLORIOUS days off to bask in the glory of Christmas (unless you're in retail or the emergency services etc then nevermind and if you are, I'm sorry but thank you, you guys rule).

19. It's the norm to have chocolate for breakfast, thanks Advent.


21. Christmas flake cakes. End of.

What's your favourite thing about Winter?

Thursday, 1 December 2016

November what I watched


Err yeah, film watching has been thin on the ground this month oops. I started the month smashing through Sons of Anarchy, got half way though season 6 then decided that it was a great time to rewatch Strike Back. So I've been watching Scott and Stonebridge fight bad guys instead of watching anything new, sorry.

I did watch a few new things though so here goes.

A divorcee becomes entangled in a missing persons investigation that promises to send shockwaves throughout her life.
Emily Blunt, Justin Theroux, Haley Bennett, Rebecca Ferguson, Luke Evans

I'm not gunna lie to you, I found this film really slow, especially compared to how fast paced the book is. It felt like the first hour and a half went along at a snails pace then the last half an hour was like wham bam thank you mam. The cast are fantastic though and Emily Blunt S-H-I-N-E-S as the alcoholic mess that is Rachel.

David Attenborough returns in this breathtaking documentary showcasing life on Planet Earth.
Narrated by David Attenborough

I've mentioned this in one of my Sunday catch up posts already but it's that incredible I felt like I simply had to include it here aswell. So far we've been treated to four episodes and each one has been as amazing as the last. beautiful cinematography, gorgeous scenery and I love the little feature at the end showing how they got certain shorts. Oh and David is the man <3

The adventures of writer Newt Scamander in New York's secret community of witches and wizards seventy years before Harry Potter reads his book in school.
Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterson, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol and Colin Farrell

So I didn't expect to like this movie as I thought JK Rowling was ruining the wizarding world by creating this spin off and trying to milk that cash cow a bit more. Turns out I was wrong and it's absolutely incredible. The special effects are out of this world, Eddie Redmayne is endearing as Newt Scamander, Dan Fogler is a hilarious no maj who's dragged into the wizarding world by him and I really enjoyed the twist at the end. I also think that the way the 'Fantastic Beasts' series is going to tie into the books is genius.

THE REVENANT (A very generous 2/5 for the gorgeous cinematography)
A frontiersman on a fur trading expedition in the 1820s fights for survival after being mauled by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team
Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Domnhall Gleeson, Will Poulter.

I've tried to watch this movie three times - THREE TIMES - and each time I've got bored and turned it off. This is really weird because I'm a HUGE DiCaprio/Hardy fan so the two of them together sounds right up my street but something about this movie just didn't work for me. When it premiered on Sky I decided I would give it another go and yep, still boring. Too much trudging around in the snow, not enough action.

I'm gunna try and watch a lot more in December and I'm hoping that with Christmas coming up there will be some great releases in the cinema and on tv. I'm really excited to see Moana so expect that to pop up in next month's post!

Sunday, 27 November 2016

Faking a trip to the hairdresser's

I go to London on today and unfortunately I didn't have enough time beforehand to get my hair cut and coloured. My hair's starting to look a bit straggly on the ends, my toner's gone a funky colour and my roots aren't looking great.

Basically I looked a bit like Wurzel Gummidge so I put on my thinking cap to come up with some quick fixes for my hair problems:

I was a bit apprehensive about using an at home toner as my Mum usually colours my hair for me (she's a hairdresser) but turns out I had nothing to worry about. The Scott Cornwall toner is cruelty free (big tick) and promises to create metallic tones to light blonde or platinum hair and it definitely delivers. My hair can sometimes go greeny blue with silver toners as it's really porous but luckily I had no problem with this at all. There's no nasty artificial smell and it leaves your hair feeling super soft - You wouldn't even know you'd had a colour treatment. My hair's definitely looking a lot perkier after using this stuff and there's enough left over for a second application in the future.

Noughty Haircare first caught my eye when I was browsing the Superdrug website as the packaging is a beautiful pink shade that really grabs your attention. So when the guys at Noughty offered to send me a sample I pretty much snapped their hand off. The leave in conditioner is 97% natural, free of any nasties and is packed with wonderful ingredients like argan oil, shea butter and sweet almond. I've never used a leave in conditioner before and I worried that this was going to make my hair greasy but it didn't. Instead it left it feeling smooth, shiny and the ends no longer feel like rats tails or like they're about to snap off. Plus it smells delicious.

With the colour refreshed and the ends all soft and shiny the only problem left to solve was the inch of regrowth that I had going on. Bleaching them takes time (time that I did not have) so the only way to solve it was too whack on some dry shampoo to soften the harshness of the root to end colour contrast then pull on a beanie hat. This one is from Missguided, only cost a tenner (although I got it in the 50% off sale) AND it's ridiculously cute. What more could you want to hide your hair woes?

How do you disguise a bad hair day?

* I was gifted the colour restore and the leave in conditioner in return for a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Promise.

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