Binge Watch TV!

7th November 2014

Hands up, who loves nothing more than a good Netflix binge? Yup, I’m with you. After a stressful day of work I love settling down on the sofa to stream episode after episode and escape into an entertaining bit of TV. I’m talking shows you can marathon episode after episode of and never get bored, you know what I mean. So, what are my favourite TV shows to binge watch?

RuPaul’s Drag Race

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Of course RuPaul’s Drag Race was going to make this list! I’ve watched most of the series before but there’s nothing like binge watching half a series in one whack on a lazy Sunday afternoon.

In case you haven’t seen this one before, it’s basically America’s Next Top Model but with drag queens. Yup, it’s as amazing as it sounds and, even better, all six seasons are on Netflix.

If you’re a regular watcher, who are your favourites? I’m partial to a spot of Raja, Ben de la Creme, Alaska and Milk!

South Park

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Ah, South Park, the show I started watching at eleven years old and never stopped watching! It was always on at 9pm on Channel 4 on Friday nights (if I remember correctly!) and I loved it from the first episode I ever watched (season two’s Spooky Fish Halloween special, come to think of it).

There’s nothing I can binge watch like South Park, and every single episode provides belly laughs, however many times I’ve watched it. I love American Dad and Family Guy too, but nothing beats South Park!

American Horror Story

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Without doubt, the best show on TV at the moment, and one of my all-time favourites. I can’t get enough of AHS and can never decide which series is my favourite. Me and my boyfriend are rewatching Murder House (season one) at the moment – sooo good.

Basically, any horror fans or lovers of all things creepy need to watch this show in their lives! Each season tells a different story but features the same cast playing different roles. The list of guest stars is unparalleled and the star of the show is Jessica Lange, who is absolutely captivating in every role she plays.

There’s nothing like getting completely sucked into a series and racing through it in a matter of hours…while getting totally creeped out at the same time, of course!

Bob’s Burgers

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A new discovery that I can thank my boyfriend for, Bob’s Burgers is an animated show that we always end up binge watching on a Friday while we’re having our weekly fajita night – funny little traditions we all have, eh?

Detailing the struggles of the Belcher family, who run a burger restaurant, Bob’s Burgers is absolutely hilarious and my new favourite show. It’s one of those brilliant animated shows that’s smart with its humour; the jokes are sharp, the characters are loveable, and it’s a great feel good show.

Pretty Little Liars

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A blogger favourite, Pretty Little Liars is the ultimate binge watch TV, if you’re a fan of teen dramas. With so many twists and turns it’s almost impossible to keep up, this is the perfect show to lounge around in front of, whether you’re ill, hungover, or just chilling out.

As the plot is so full of twists and gets ridiculously complicated at points (I’ve completely lost track of whether certain characters are evil or not, so I’m just going with it), this is definitely a show that’s better to binge watch.

Oh, and you’ll find yourself swooning after the wardrobes of the girls, and the faces of the guys!

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Those are five of my favourite TV shows to marathon my way through – but I want to know what your favourites are! Let me know, what else should I be watching?

My Perfume Picks

6th November 2014

Like a lot of you, I’ve got a pretty sizeable stash of perfumes. I love how different scents can evoke different memories and certain perfumes seem to go better in certain situations, so I always like to have a few on hand. I’m not loyal to one particular scent, though I do have four favourites that I’ve been using for a while now.

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First up is Ghost Deep Night, which is what I think of as my ‘evening’ perfume – if I’m ever going on a night out, this is what I’ll pick. I’ve been wearing this perfume the longest, since I was eighteen, and this is my fourth or fifth bottle, which is a gorgeous purple crescent moon design.

The smell is deep and feminine, definitely suited to night time, with notes of Indian rose, belle de nuit, orange, vanilla and amber – apparently! I’m not too hot at describing scents but the amber is definitely very prominent.

Next up is my ultimate favourite – CK One Summer (2009 edition). I fell in love with this perfume and was absolutely devastated to discover it was only on sale for one year, before it was retired for the next scent in the ‘Summer’ range. It’s described as being ‘intended to be used for a sunny day by a pool’ and contains ‘aromas of blue mint, cucumber, lime and bergamot’.

It was impossible to get hold of the exact perfume I’d fallen in love with, but my incredible boyfriend managed to find me an elusive bottle on eBay and surprised me with it last year! I use it very sparingly, maybe one spritz a week, as I’m trying to eke it out as long as possible – but it will always be my favourite perfume!

Wonderstruck by Taylor Swift is the next up, and it’s my go to ‘every day’ perfume. The scent is described as having ‘sparkling fruity tones on a wooden background’ (I definitely prefer fruity fragrances to floral) and it’s a lovely, light, girly perfume. The design of the bottle is cute, it’s pretty inexpensive and I always get compliments when I wear it.

Lastly, Flowerbomb by Viktor and Rolf is the latest addition to my collection. This was a gift from my boyfriend for Christmast last year and I absolutely love it. It feels like quite a ‘grown up’ scent, so I alternate between this and Wonderstruck on a day to day basis.

Described as an oriental perfume, Flowerbomb has notes of bergamot and green tea, as well as jasmine and patchouli.

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Aside from these main four, I have a bunch of rollerballs on rotation, and a few of my favourites are Vera Wang’s Princess (though one of my good friends wore this all through uni, so I don’t feel like I can ever really claim it as ‘my’ perfume, you know?), Lavanila Vanilla and Grapefruit and a lovely coconut scent from Forever 21 (who’d have thunk it?).

I store my perfumes on a tea tray next to my make up table, so they’re all displayed and easy to grab in the morning. It’s nice seeing everything that I have and it means I try a few different things, instead of just sticking to one.

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What are some of your favourite perfumes? And how do you store yours?

Barry M Vintage Violet and Ballerina

5th November 2014

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Barry M is a brand I always turn to when I want a cheap and cheerful make up purchase. Their nail varnishes take up a huge proportion of my stash, and I recently added two more to my collection. Two of the Autumn/Winter releases, Vintage Violet and Ballerina, caught my eye and I snapped them up a couple of weeks ago.

I did take a picture of both of these on my nails but the colours really didn’t translate well in my photos (Polly Polish has really good, true to colour pictures of both if you wanted to check them out). Ballerina is a peachy pink that brings a bit of warmth to wintry outfits, and Vintage Violet is a lovely dusky purple that looks particularly great at this time of year. As I always find with Barry M, both colours lasted really well on me and I got through four days without any chips – for me, that’s really impressive!

YouTubers You Should Subscribe To!

4th November 2014

I’ve always had a bit of an on/off relationship with YouTube. When I was at uni I started to get into make up and used to spend ages watching make up tutorials, particularly the Fowlers, who were still filming in their family home bedrooms on blurry cameras back then!

After uni I didn’t really watch many YouTubers but I got back into it a couple of years ago and now have some firm favourites, so I thought I’d share a few of them with you today.

First up, my favourite YouTuber: Lily Melrose!

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Lily has two channels, a main channel that’s dedicated to beauty and fashion videos, and a secondary channel that’s used mostly for vlogs. I’ve been reading Lily’s blog for years and years now – back when it used to be a graphics blog (yup, that long!) and when she started doing YouTube I subscribed instantly.

What I love about Lily’s videos (and her blog, actually) is that she’s 100% honest, 100% real, all of the time. I feel like everything she says it’s completely how she feels, whereas there are a few other big YouTubers who just churn out sponsored video after sponsored video, where everything is ‘sooooo nice’, who I don’t feel like I can trust.

When I watch her videos I feel like I’m sitting down to listen to one of my friends gossip about skincare and make up, which is exactly what I want from a YouTuber/blogger.

The Slow Mo Guys

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It sounds like a really simple concept, doesn’t it, filming various things in slow motion? But I promise, if you haven’t watched the Slow Mo Guys before you need their videos in your life. Informative, funny and amazingly put together, they produce some of the best, most unique content on YouTube, and you’ll want to share every video you watch on Facebook and Twitter.

Vivianna Does Make Up

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If you’re looking for someone who knows their shit, you need Anna’s videos in your life. She’s fun and knowledgeable and I always come away with a wishlist as long as my arm when I watch her videos. Plus, her collabs with Lily Pebbles are always fun, and it’s sweet to see two YouTubers who have a genuine friendship (rather than one that’s been directed by their management company – YEAH I WENT THERE).

Kids/Teens React (TheFineBros)

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A series on TheFineBros’ channel, Kids React is, well, exactly what it sounds like. Kids are interviewed about a different topic, and their responses are collated into one video. Topics range from retro gaming consoles (you know nothing, children, the NES was LIFE), Nicki Minaj’s Anaconda Video and various movie trailers. They’re always hilarious, insightful and prove that we need to stop underestimating young people.

Lily Pebbles

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I love Lily’s style. I think she always looks super chic but comfy at the same time, which is really the look we’re all after, isn’t it? I always have major knitwear envy after watching her videos and her nail varnish recommendations are always a hit. Now I’ve typed that it sounds a bit weird, doesn’t it, honing in on her nail varnish picks? But I’ve bought five or six polishes based on her recommendations and they’ve all been swell.

Epic Meal Time

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Because…duh, who doesn’t want an all bacon burger in their lives? Me and my boyfriend get a lot of joy from Epic Meal Time, and the first meal we ever cooked together was the cheese stuffed BBQ meatballs from one of their videos! Bacon strips & bacon strips & bacon strips, I swear Epic Meal Time is the reason both bacon *and* beards are so popular at the moment. I swear, seriously.

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Let me know, are you subscribed to any of my favourites? Who are your favourite YouTubers?

 

My Evening Skincare Routine

3rd November 2014

I started paying attention to my skin when I was about 25 (I’m turning 27 next month). I’ve always taken okay care of it but it wasn’t until I hit my mid-twenties that I really developed a proper skincare routine. I’ve always endeavoured to drink enough water, always removed my make up before bed and usually slapped some sort of moisturiser on, but now I’ve got a good little routine that keeps my skin hydrated and clear.

A little bit of background before I jump into the routine. My skin is on the dry side and isn’t sensitive or particularly prone to spots, though I can get a couple of the blighters when I’m a bit PMS-ridden. I tend to have a couple of make up free days every week as well, as I think it’s important to let your skin have a break from make up as often as possible.

Okay, so onto my evening skincare routine. Continue reading