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My Christmas Wishlist!

Hey guys!

I thought I’d write my Christmas Wishlist here for fun :3 I don’t expect anybody to buy me anything on this list, but it’s fun to use your imagination to think about what you’d pick for yourself if you were your own Santa! Heck, I’ll probably end up treating myself to many things on this list in the end anyways!


 

  1. Lush Eyes Right Mascara:
    eyesrightI really want to try this mascara! I love Lush’s makeup, and use the Light Yellow Colour Supplement and the Sugar Plum Fairy Lip Tint pretty much daily! I know that I would use this mascara, and the Oxford Street store has a nice version of Eyes Right that comes in a long tube with a longer mascara wand. Perfect seeing as the Oxford Street store is the quickest one for me to get to!
  2. Lush Independent Eyeliner:
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    Again, I’d just love to try more of Lush’s makeup range, because it really seems to work very well for me! It agrees with my skin for the most part, and definitely enhances my more positive facial features whilst dulling down the more negative ones. Also, I haven’t used liquid eyeliner in so long and I feel like having one from Lush would encourage me to be a bit more adventurous with my makeup! All I use at the moment is foundation (which I never used before obtaining it from Lush, and now I could hardly live without it,) and a lip tint (never used to use bold colours and again, couldn’t go without using it now!)
  3. Lush Emotional Brilliance Translucent Powder:
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    Another makeup product! I’ve heard so many amazing things about this powder so I’m absolutely dying to try it out! The packaging on the powder I use at the moment always cracks and although the colour is a perfect match to my skin tone, it leaves the texture of my face looking… Meh… I’ve heard that Lush products combine and work best with other Lush products, so I’m really excited to see how Emotional Brilliance Translucent Powder will look on top of my Light Yellow Colour Supplement.
  4. Lush Veganese Conditioner (1kg) :
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    Kinda like the above picture, only a 1kg version 😉 I absolutely adore this conditioner – in fact, it is my favourite conditoner from Lush, and thus my favourite conditioner full stop! I’d love to just stock up and have tons and tons of the stuff so that it will be more cost effective and last me longer before I next need to repurchase any. I also haven’t actually used a conditioner in my hair since… Well… A really, really long time ago (between 6 and 9 months ago…) I’d really appreciate being able to condition my hair with a quality conditioner again!
  5. Eau Roma Water Toner Water (250g) :
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    I really, really miss having a toner. Especially THIS toner. A 250g supply would last me far longer than my 100g one did. I just feel like this is such an essential product for me and I hate not being able to use it!
  6. Jason And The Argan Oil Shampoo Bar:
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    I haven’t been using a shampoo for a while – ever since my Brazilliant shampoo bar ran out about a week ago. I’ve just been using shower gel in my hair since then! I do have little bits of shampoos here and there, but I’d love a nice fresh shampoo bar 🙂 I’ve never tried Jason And The Argan Oil – but it smells SO good!
  7. A £75 Primark Gift Card:
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    Honestly, I just absolutely love myself some Primark! I find shopping there to be fairly stressful, but very, very fun. They always seem to have something I like and I’m still in search of some new pieces to replace some old items of clothing I have, so a Primark Gift Card would just be absolutely perfect for me! Who doesn’t love doing a good Primark haul?!
  8. Sony Cybershot W830 8x Zoom Compact Digital Camera (Pink) :
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    Okay, so the only camera I have really is the camera on my phone – which is decent, but not that great. I’d love to have my first adult dedicated camera! This one just has some really good reviews, and  just seems like a great choice for a first camera to me. I love taking photos and would really like to get even more invested in taking photos and videos!
  9. Casio CTK-1200AD Full Size Starter Keyboard:
    keyboardI don’t really know how to play any instruments, but I’m really interested in learning how to play one. I feel like a keyboard would be a nice instrument to begin with!
  10. Ever Us 14ct Yellow Gold 1.50ct Two Stone Diamond Twist Ring:
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    …Because a girl can dream, amiright?

So, there’s my Christmas Wishlist! Of course, I don’t actually expect to get any of these items – it’s just really fun to make a list! Don’t knock it until you try it. What an insane Christmas that would be though!

What do you want for Christmas? Have you made a Christmas Wishlist? If you have or if you do, please send me the link in the comments below – I find these so fun to look through!

– Storm

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Lush Breath Of Fresh Air Toner Water Review

Breath Of Fresh Air Toner Water (100g):

Rating: 4/5*

Cons:

I wasn’t the MOST keen on this toner water if I’m honest with you! The second ingredient in this toner is Fresh Sea Water, which contains aound 1/30th of salt. That may not seem like much, especially considering that Fresh Sea Water isn’t even the first ingredient in this toner water, however it is something I noticed with when using this product. I have very sensitive skin in general, because I have acne and also have an annoying picking habit, which made using this toner actually a little painful. Using this toner would cause a slight burning sensation on my face – not nice! If you have sensitive skin, acne or often have open wounds on your face, this is NOT the toner for you! It will hurt!

I’ve tried all of Lush’s toners before trying this one, and this is the toner that left my face with the least clean of a feeling. My face, by no means, would feel dirty after using this toner. It would just not feel fully fresh I suppose!


Pros:

This toner made an absolutely fantastic cleanser (both by itself and used after cleansing or after rinsing off a face mask, to get rid of excess residue!) This is by far Lush’s best toner for getting rid of any excess dirt, makeup or residue of any sort from the face! It is extremely clarifying and no matter how thoroughly I would cleanse beforehand, a cotton round with Breath Of Fresh Air toner applied to it would always remove extra dirt from my face!

This toner lasted me a really good long time, was very affordable and has a long time before its expiry date. My toner water was made on the 11/04 this year, and I just finished it up today on the 14/07 – so a 100g bottle of the stuff lasted me just over 3 months! I use this toner extremely regularly – twice a day, and use plenty each time! The expiry date for my bottle is 11/06/18, so you have 1 year and 2 months to use up this toner (more than enough time!)

I really like the scent of this toner. To me it smells fresh, like a beach holiday all contained in a bottle. It really does smell wonderful!

Breath Of Fresh Air does its job really well as a toner. My skin would be cleaner, my pores would appear smaller, my skin would feel less tight and my skin would appear more plump and youthful after using this toner. It really does do its job well, considering the product is mostly made from water!

Although I found the salt in the product to be irritating, salt is known to be anti-bacterial, which would actually be beneficial for spots or wounds. So, although the toner may burn a bit to use, it isn’t actually harmful towards skin problems at all.


Overall Conclusion:

Overall, I think this toner was okay. I really like the concept of it – it smells identical to the Sea Monster Fun to me – a scent that always reminds me of being on a seaside holiday somewhere warm. It also cleanses really well and overall, does its job well. It did sting my face though, and it didn’t make my skin “feel” super clean – I could definitely feel product left behind on my skin after using the toner. Also, although I know this toner was technically good for my acne, I haven’t noticed my acne being significantly better recently. In fact, very recently my acne has actually been pretty bad. I do think this toner helps, just not THAT significantly!

Overall, I’m going to rate this toner 4/5* rating. It is a decent toner and works really, really well! Incredibly so! I just hate the feeling of having product on my face after having used it.

– Storm


 

I have officially now tried all of Lush’s currently available toners! As of 14/07/17, Eau Roma Water is my official favourite, and I’ll be sure to pick up a big bottle of the stuff once I have the money to do so, as that works out as being best value for money!

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137 Days Of Summer…

It’s over.

My initial year to get onto an Astrophysics ended yesterday.

If I did well enough in my exams that I took earlier this week, my Astrophysics degree starts on 29th September, according to the University site. The 29th September is a Friday – so I can only imagine that this being the starting date of the course means that this is an induction day of some sort – or that the course ACTUALLY begins on the 2nd October, but they want to make sure all the students are at the University and are ready in time. I’m guessing the former.

That’s 137 days of Summer.

Counting today as the first day, and Thursday 28th September as the last day, I literally have 137 full days of Summer.

I haven’t arranged or scheduled to do anything this Summer – a job or a holiday booked. Not saying I won’t do those things. Maybe I will. Maybe I won’t.

Anyone who has ever been a student knows that it can be difficult to prioritise anything else in their lives while their course is running. I moved into my new flat last September, and haven’t even had the time to redecorate, or to go through our packing boxes and unpack our things. I haven’t even signed up with the local dentist or doctors yet!

Because of this, I wanted to leave my Summer open. For it to be a period of time where upon asking myself the question “Do I have the time to do X activity…?,” The answer will ALWAYS be YES, rather than the other way around! Finally, I have the time to invest in all the activities I have neglected over the past 8 months. That includes important things  like getting a job too! I intended to get myself  job in September last year, but haven’t been able to find the time to even write a damn CV!

Finally, I’m free.

Free to do whatever the hell I want.

I’ve never had a Summer this long in 5 years…

Booooooooooyah!

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I want to TRAVEL…

I want to travel.

And I don’t mean a quick trip to somewhere exotic like Thailand or India.

If I could, I’d just stop everything I’m doing, book a ticket somewhere random and just leave, never to return as a permanent resident to drab old England  – ever.

I don’t have a plan or even much idea of where I want to go. I honestly haven’t given it much thought. I just know that here is not where I am supposed to be.

I feel in my heart and in my core that travelling and seeing the world is the type of lifestyle that I’m supposed to have, and I just feel endlessly unsatisfied, bored and lifeless without it being in my life to that extent.

I feel like the type of life I’m living is not even really LIVING at all… And the lifestyles that those around me lead definitely doesn’t feel “right” to me either.

If you live in a big city then you know exactly what I mean – the main focuses of everyday life is:

1. To earn as much money as possible,

2. To spend your life on social media and trying to impress others – what other people think of oneself is of utmost importance,

3. To maintain the status quo, to just accept what is and to not be concerned with changing the dynamics of one’s life,

4. GOALS, PLANS, LIVING A SUCCESSFUL LIFE and THE FUTURE – living in and enjoying moments in the PRESENT are far less important than careful planning for the future,

5. Media, electronics and having no real human connection with other people or the natural world,

6. Having to EARN the right to allow yourself to just be free and do what the hell you want to do with your money and your life – you have to SAVE and WORK a certain amount before it is seen as acceptable for you to “splurge” and go abroad for example…

I’m too afraid to break away entirely from the life I’ve planned for myself. I can’t just up and start travelling around the world.

I do think I’m going to start making travel more of a priority in my life though – I think that if you want to travel then you have to realize a few things…

  1. There is honestly never going to seem to be enough free time to go and do it, you just have to MAKE the time (every single week, I have Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays off entirely, and have Thursday evenings off… in my opinion, even THAT is more than enough time to travel a little without having to compromise my sleep or my education…)
  2. You have to get out of the MINDSET that travel is not a priority and that you ought to be doing something more productive with your time, when there are so many benefits to travelling – it isn’t just an unnecessary luxury but something I believe truly enriches one’s life
  3. STOP USING THE EXCUSE THAT YOU CANNOT AFFORD TO TRAVEL! There are search functions on many comparison flight websites that allow you to set your destination as “Anywhere”, and some of these sites even allow you to set your outbound and inbound dates as “Cheapest Month”… I’ve seen return flights to places for as little as £13! Besides that, there are so many ways that you can go abroad and stay somewhere for practically free – in many hostels you are able to work to earn your stay, you can try couch surfing, house sitting, work remotely online etc etc etc. Travelers generally won’t just save up a certain amount, allow that money to run out and return home once it has all been used up! They will usually leave with not much and earn money / trade their skills for board or food etc etc etc. This is such an important skill for anyone who wants to travel because learning how to be self sufficient while travelling makes a traveler LIMITLESS! They can literally travel AS LONG AS THEY WANT TO.
  4. Lay off the planning for the future for a little while. What I mean by this, is that when I think about travelling, I always get this nagging voice in my head saying that this is the time in my life where education is a focus and not the time for travel. I get this nagging voice saying I shouldn’t be spending so much money and that I should be saving and investing for my future. Although thinking about the future is undoubtedly a very valuable thing to do, you also have to realize how that way of thinking usually works. You have a goal, say to save up £5k in savings. You reach that goal but even though you promised yourself that once at that point, you’d allow yourself to travel and treat yourself a little, instead you come up with a new goal – say to save up £10k. This goal-orientated way of thinking is always looking to the future and never allowing yourself to just live in and enjoy the present. Balance is healthy, and I think so long as one doesn’t completely blow all of their money on travel without any idea of how they will sustain themselves in the future, then they should be fine.
  5. You can’t travel because you don’t have the equipment to do so? Bullshit. You only need to take with you what the place you are going to visit will not be able to provide for you. Things you use everyday basically – and even a lot of those things you can buy extremely easily once you are there. All you really need is shampoo, conditioner, body wash, toothpaste, toothbrush, cleanser, any makeup you absolutely must have (concealer, face powder and eyebrow powder for me,) basic everyday clothing, a phone, a book, swimwear, sun cream, lotion, a bag… Oh, and some walking shoes. Just basically anything that is important!

    So… Who’s ready for some adventure…?

    I am!

    Do you feel an urge to just get up and travel? What are some of your travel plans? What places would you love to see? Comment down below!

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My plans for the holidays.

Summer time is the perfect time to get things done. The weather is warm, the sun it out and there is plenty of free time to do all those little things that you’ve been nagging yourself to do. There are so many things that I personally would like to sort out during the holidays!

One thing that has been on my mind a lot recently is my health. That’s not to say that I’m in a bad way, my health just needs a little maintenance! I am super unfit and get tired just walking up a flight of stairs, and I keep noticing new wobbly bits on me that weren’t there before. I would like to lose ~7lbs of weight, to begin eating healthier and I’d like to start going swimming for a few hours every week to help myself become fitter. I believe that a healthy body makes a healthy mind, so I’m hoping that the healthier eating and exercise will help with keeping me cheerful and with alleviating stress too!

I’d like to sort out moving out soon too – and I need to find a college for me to begin attending this year with the courses that I want to take. I’d like to take physics and mathematics  as intensive A levels, so that I can work hard to get better at physics before heading back to university.

I am also going to find myself a job so that I can support myself over the course of the next year. I’ve quite liked working from home doing freelance jobs in the past, so I will probably try that first.

Last but not least, I’m going to be driven through several European countries in the space of around a week which will be really exciting! I love travelling. 🙂 I’m not 100% sure which countries we will be driving through yet but it will be at least 6 different countries!

– Storm

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What I got for Christmas.

Hello! 🙂

I still have loads of new things that I’ve received over the past couple of months, but today’s blog post is all about Christmas presents! I am so grateful for all I have received and this is not me boasting in any way. I am very aware that many people do not receive any presents nor have the ability to give any. I’m just innocently excited and want to show what I’ve got!

So! First up, I got a beautiful purple cover for my iPad mini. It is from the brand ‘belkin’ and comes with a built in stand. I’m so happy about this gift from my lovely boyfriend because I’ve been wanting a stand and a cover for my iPad for a while,  so that I can use my iPad in bed more easily and so that I wont be too scared to take it into classes with me! I feel as though the iPad mini is too fragile for me to be willing to carry it around with me without some protective casing on it.

Here is a photo of my iPad mini cover:

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Other features of this iPad mini cover includes a cut-out hole for the camera and an elasticated binder to keep the case on the iPad securely when it isn’t in use.

The next item I got is a ‘Power Bank’. It is an external, portable battery for smartphones/iPads that holds a full charge. To use it, you use the cable provided to charge it up and once charged, you use your phone/iPad cable to connect the Power Bank to your device. This should definitely come in handy!

Here is a photo of it:

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Next up is a ‘Mini Buddy Portable Speaker’ by ‘Kitsound’. It is a cute pink winking owl design with colourful hearts on it’s front. The cable for it is quite small so it is meant to stay close to your device. It also has a keyring attached to it, so you could carry it on your keys. It works pretty well!

Here is a photo of it:

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(I added an enhancement to this photo to more accurately show the item’s colour.) Isn’t it adorable?!

Okay, so next up is a recipe book which was a gift from one of my friends. It is a vegan recipe book, because I am a vegan! I was actually brought up vegetarian, and went on to being a vegan when I was around 13 years old. It is called ‘easy vegan, simple recipes for healthy eating’. The recipes in this book look so clean, fresh, healthy and delicious! I will definitely get some good usage out of this book when I’m back to Uni.

Here is a photo of the recipe book:

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(I have again enhanced this photo and cropped it to better show the item in the photo. I will continue to do this for all photos).

The next item is ‘Beyonce Heat eau de parfum vaporisateur natural spray’. It is the 100ml version of the spray. I love perfumes/sprays/any scents that smell good that I can use on myself! I love to smell clean and I think that most scents are perfect at doing just that. This perfume comes in an ombre red and clear bottle in an upside-down prism shape. It has quite a strong scent that is very fruity and sweet. I’m not very good at explaining scents so this will sound peculiar, but it sort of smells…fizzy… It literally smells like a delicious, fizzy, warm, berry flavoured drink haha! I think it smells lovely and was a gift from my man. 🙂

Here is a photo of the perfume:

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Next is my new coat. I had seen this coat in a popular high street store and fell in love with how adorable it looked. The only reason whyI hadn’t bought it was because I had spent quite a bit at the time on gifts for others, and because I felt as though I wasn’t allowed to almost? Because I had only just gotten a beautiful new coat a few weeks before!  It is made from a thick, fluffy material and has a pastel pink and pastel grey tartan design. It is in the style of a duffle coat in the sense that it is done up using poppers and toggles. This coat has been made extremely well! Mine is in a size 10.

Here is a photo of the beautiful coat (also from my lovely boyfriend!):

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The next item is a cute little notebook. It is a little A6 notebook with lined paper (with rounded corners), a ribbon bookmark and an elastic binder. The cover of the notebook is made of a black, thick, sort of spongey plastic. It’s in the colour black. This is a really lovely little notebook!

Here is a photo of it:

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I also got a couple of pens that I will quickly show.

Here is a photo of the pens:

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That’s just about everything! Bye bye!

– Storm 🙂