Friday, 31 July 2015

This Month In History - July

Has it really been another month already? It's the last day of the month which can only mean a 'this month' in history post where I'm highlighting some interesting and important anniversaries of events. This month we're talking civil rights, bikinis, Disneyland and plots to kill Hitler. 

1. On 2nd July 1964, President Lyndon B Johnson passed the civil rights act to prevent racial segregation. However further action was needed to grant African Americans with equal voting rights. 
2. In the UK 4th July 1954 saw the end of rationing a whole 9 years after the end of the Second World War. 
3. Also on 4th 1976, The Clash played their first live gig and what a fab band they were. 
4. 5th July 1946 saw the introduction of the bikini, designed by Louis Reard. That gives you something to think about whilst you're off on your holidays. The bikini was created 69 years ago!
5. 8th of this month in 1965 saw the famous participant of the great train robbery, Ronald Biggs, escape from prison by simply climbing over a wall onto a ladder. He then went to Brazil and recorded this song with the Sex Pistols. 
6. In 1945 on 16th July, the first atom bomb was first successfully tested under the USA's Manhattan Project. 
7. On 17th July 1955, Disneyland opened it's gates and what a magical place it still is. (Not that I've ever been)

8. 20th July 1969, Neil Armstrong was the first man to step foot on the moon. We will always remember his famous quote, even if there are a load of conspiracy theories.
9. Also on 20th but in 1944, Hitler survived an assassination attempt known as the July Plot or operation Valkyrie. There's a highly dramatic film about the attempt starring Tom Cruise (trailer here). 
10. On 25th of the month in 1978, the first ever test tube baby was born and, of all the places, she was born in Manchester. (shout out to the north). 

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Thursday, 30 July 2015

3 Products I Always Repurchase

Although I love trying new products, there are some items that I will always repurchase and these are my top 3. The L'Oreal Infallible Matte Foundation is a new one for me. At first I didn't like it all that much but after using it for a while, I fell in love as it gives a smooth matte finish and lasts all day. On top of this I always use the Collection Pressed powder in their lightest shade. It's a staple and at £2.99 you can't go wrong. As for eyeliner, I am in love with the Maybelline Master Graphic Felt Pen. It's angled nib makes those flicks so much easier to master so it doesn't look like a 5 year old has attacked my face. These are the products I can see myself repurchasing for a long time perhaps until I find something better but can I be swayed from my habits? 

What products do you always repurchase or do you always try new things?

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Tuesday, 28 July 2015

5 Products for Long Hair

As you might be able to tell my hair is pretty long, reaching all the way down to my hips. You might think that it's hard to look after so much hair but I do it using just 5 products and seeing as my hairdresser told me my hair is in excellent condition, I think we can presume they work. 

Firstly I wash my hair every other day as washing it every day can actually do more harm than good, getting rid of essential oils. I use the Aussie Luscious Long shampoo and conditioner and every other time I wash my hair I use the Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Conditioner for a deep treatment. As we all know, Aussie products smell amazing and they keep my hair feeling fresh to the extent that I could probably go three to four days without washing my hair. Once about every two weeks I use Herbal Essences Beautiful Ends hair mask to keep the ends of my hair from getting dry and gross. This is essential if like me you hate getting your hair cut. Keeping your ends nice is key to making your hair maintain it's healthy look. Finally I use the Dove Hair Oil, for all hair types, after every time I have washed  my hair. It smells amazing and keeps my hair super soft and keeps it healthy. On top of this, I avoid using heat and any other types of hair products as they just damage my hair and make it instantly feel greasy. 

How do you care for your hair? Do you have any tips for me?

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Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Lately on Instagram

kitty tongue // cacti & new candle // 38p flowers thanks ASDA // Pretty tree // Aloe Plant/ Cheeky ASOS order // flamingo mug // healthy breakfasts / shameless selfie 

Ticking off one of my 5 Goals for July, I started working a few extra hours seeing as I have time and could do with some more money. I only did 5 days but oh wow it tired me out. Shout out to you people who do it week in week out because I really couldn't and it makes me fear becoming an adult and having to do that regularly. I've also agreed to start volunteering as a historical researcher at a local museum which is pretty cool and is giving me a push in the right direction in terms of a career (which I never want to think about - let me be a teen forever). Other than that I have been doing a whole lot of nothing and spending my money on stuff I don't need but hey what's new there then? 

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Wednesday, 15 July 2015

5 Relatable TV Characters

I have spent a lot (most) of my free time watching TV shows. Rewatching the oldies and starting new series. I think we can all agree that when watching almost every TV show, we find one character and go, "they are my spirit animal" and we find them incredibly relatable. I love this because we then look to them for inspiration of what to do in similar situations, providing us with good (usually) role models. Here are my top 5 sassy and relatable TV characters that I've been loving. 

1. Cristina Yang in Grey's Anatomy Probably my favourite from the list. She has all of the characteristics I wish to possess. She's smart, funny, beautiful and she holds a lot of the same views as me, not to mention she is a total emotional brick. Oh and she loves tequila. I feel ya sister. 
 2. Jessica Day in New Girl. I feel like most of us awkward ladies can relate to Jess. She's not great with guys, she's quirky and people don't tend to understand her. She teaches us to stay true to ourselves, even if we are clumsy, embarrassing and would prefer  a night in knitting rather than going out. 
3. Geraldine Granger in the Vicar of Dibley. The main reason why I love Geraldine is that she shows us that people like you for who you are and that a wicked sense of humour does you the world of good. Also she's a vicar so she obviously has a heart of gold. 
Source: Own Screenshot 
4. Hannah Horvath in Girls. The only way I can describe Hannah is 'real'. She is a character that you can relate to so easily. She goes through problems and situations that we've all been in or will be in and says things we all think. Even though we might not think she is doing the right thing all the time, that adds to how realistic her character is. Shout out to Lena Dunham for creating such a truthful and realistic character. 
5. Abed from Community This might be a bit of a weird one but I really wish I was as intelligent and witty as Abed. I think everybody probably has a friendship like Tory and Abed's, which makes him that much cooler. 

What TV shows have you been watching? What characters can you relate to the most? 

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Monday, 13 July 2015

Lace it up

Zara Lace up top
Primark skirt
Doc Martens Shoes

These are some of my most recent purchases from an accidental shopping trip. I've been eyeing up these lace up tops for a while and Zara decided to put this beauty in the sale so I obviously snapped it up. It will go perfectly with a suede skirt but today I paired it with my houndstooth skirt which I picked up from Primark. Last one in my size so it must have been fate, right? 

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Saturday, 11 July 2015


Topshop White Crop Jumper
Topshop Denim Skirt
Doc Martens Shoes

This is a typical go to outfit of mine at the moment. I'm really into monochrome which is funny because at some point I used to wear a lot of colour whereas now it seems to always be black, white and grey. I wear this top to death, it's so comfy and goes with almost everything highwaisted that I own and it's perfect for those chilly summer days where it's not hot enough to get your arms out. 

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Thursday, 9 July 2015

3 Ways to use Coconut Oil

I'm sure we've all heard of the wonders of coconut oil and how you can use for almost everything, from putting it in your food, cleansing and oil pulling. This version from Superdrug has a few added ingredients meaning you probably shouldn't eat it but instead it makes it much better for use on your body. Here's my top 3 ways of using coconut oil. 

1. As a shaving cream Simply dig some out and smooth on your legs whilst in the shower and use this bad boy as a shaving cream. It makes it easier to shave and moisturises at the same time without leaving you with shaving rash. 
2. As a moisturiser Smooth this over your body after a bath or shower and your skin will feel instantly softer. It's best in summer as it will leave you smelling like coconut - a key summer scent.
3. Getting rid of 'chicken skin'/KP Coconut oil is known for it's ability to calm or get rid of KP or chicken skin/those red bumpy bits you get on your skin. 

These are just few of the many things that coconut oil is good for. Why not try it as a hair mask or facial cleanser! 

How do you use coconut oil? 

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Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Introducing Forever Living

Forever Ever-Shield Deodorant Stick  £6.31
Forever Bright Toothgel £5.98
Forever Aloe Lips with Jojoba £2.99

Forever Living is a brand that I've only recently discovered through one of their representatives. For those of you unfamiliar with Forever, they are an American Brand that use only natural ingredients with most containing aloe. After going to a Forever Living party to test some of the products, I decided to order a few to try out at home. 

The Forever Ever-Shield Deodorant Stick  works like a charm. It smells super clean and fresh and keeps you from being sweaty throughout the day, minus any stains your usual deodorants leave you with. It also doesn't contain any of the harsh products that other brands contain, making it perfect for sensitive underarm skin. I was equally impressed by the  Toothgel which, although it doesn't look very appealing when you splodge it on your toothbrush, it tastes the same as normal toothpaste and almost instantly gives you whiter teeth. It sounds much better than this oil pulling trend if you ask me! Finally the simple aloe lip balm moisturises my lips more than most others I have used and definitely worth the buy. 

Forever Living also offer a wide range of other products from health drinks and weight loss products to make up and cleansers. All natural and kind on your body.

Have you ever heard of Forever Living before? Have you tried any of their products? If not which product would you like to try? 

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Sunday, 5 July 2015

5 Goals For July

It appears that I've been free for summer for almost 2 months now and I've done nothing. What better way to change this than to set some goals for this month? Hopefully I will get up off my ass and do something with my summer (or I could sleep until September).

1. Finish my book: I'm currently reading 'An Utterly Impartial History of Britain or 2000 years of Upper Class Idiots in Charge' which is essentially a chronology of the history of Britain written in a humorous way. I never get round to finishing books so I want to try my hardest.
2. Blog More: I have been a bit half hearted with blogging recently and I want to up my game, develop some better ideas and stick with it. 
3. Work More: Now that it's summer and I don't have much to do I feel I should get some more hours at work.
4. Watch More Films: Over the past few weeks I've realised how few films I have watched. This needs to change. 
5. Do more of what makes me happy: This should be an all year round goal really. I spend so much time worrying about what other people think and how situations can go wrong. I want to be more proactive, positive and do what I want to do without having to worry. 

What are your goals for this month? Do you have any film recommendations? 

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Saturday, 4 July 2015

Update #4

I feel like I've been slightly absent from blogging recently. I've been quite unmotivated and uninspired which has resulted in my posts being a mish mash of different things so here's another update for you. Having managed to pass first year with a high 2:1 (hell yeah), I've moved into my house for second year. It's so much bigger and spacious and generally a lot nicer than my old place. I will be doing a room tour once I have got it totally how I want it. I'm still waiting on a Hema order. Hopefully my new surroundings will prompt me to blog more often and fuel me with ideas!

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