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The Sunshine Blogger Award

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Lise from Spectralised was nominated for this award and wrote that she’s happy for anyone to answer her questions and to do one of these blog posts using her questions, so here I am! I just really need to relax and do something non-exam related and stress-free for once, and writing blog posts is a great way for me to do that personally. This award is the perfect way for me to ease myself back into blogging so thank you Lise 🙂 ❤

Tag rules:

Thank the blogger(s) that nominated you in the post and the link to their blog.
Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
Nominate 8-11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
List the rules and display the ‘Sunshine Blogger Award” logo on your post and/or in your blog.

Questions from Lise

  1. Do you have a saying that you don’t necessarily intend to use but still do
    I guess I say “um” a lot and don’t mean to? It’s not really a saying but it’s the closest thing I can think of… Oh, and I say “It’s like” before explaining something to someone too. And “You know what I mean though” while explaining something to someone…
  2. What would be your ideal living situation?
    I love my current living situation, so something pretty similar to what I have now! Basically living with my partner. I wish we lived in our own mortgaged home though rather than a rented flat, and I wish we lived somewhere warmer or somewhere closer to my family. Other than that it’s pretty perfect!
  3. If you could have any non traditional pet, what would it be?
    I would have… A little baby snake… Or a ferret if that’s counted as being non-traditional… Or an ocelot. Oh, one of them Savannah cats. Or a lizard. Or a serval, or a pig. I’ve genuinely always wanted a pet pig. Honestly I love all animals to bits and I’d be happy to take care of almost any animal if I could!
  4. What would be your dream job? Do you already have it?
    I haven’t had a job for over 5 years! Terrible I know, I know. I’ve been a student since then. That’s no excuse to not work but full-time education does take a lot of work! So I definitely do not already have my dream job. My dream job would be to get paid to do something to do with travel, animals, nature, warm countries and statistics. So like an ecology statistician or something? It wouldn’t even feel like a job – it would be amazing! I don’t know how likely it would ever be though considering I’m getting a degree in Astrophysics and not in Ecology haha! Hopefully I’ll find a way 🙂
  5. What does blogging mean to you?
    Blogging is my outlet. It’s my way to de-stress, to vent… To be free really! I feel entirely free with my blog to literally express myself however I want, which is amazing. I find blogging insanely therapeutic and that’s actually the reason I started my blog – I started it up when I was in a pretty dark time in my life and just felt like creating a blog was the best way I could help myself to feel a bit better. It’s also a nice way to have some public permanence if that makes sense? Like a way for me to “define” myself in a “certain” way? Basically blogging makes me happy!
  6. Do you have any weird holiday traditions?
    Mmm… I always bring pretty much only Lush products with me on holiday, and will usually do a little Lush shop before going on holiday to make sure I have a solid shampoo and some sort of solid body wash and toothpaste etc. We also always search on Happycow to find all the local vegan restaurants, and try to visit the ones that sound the most amazing while in that country. We only really book holidays in affordable European countries… And we always seem to pack in a panic the same morning of our flight! Can’t think of anything specific though. Oh and on the flight, if we have the two outer seats I’ll always sit in the aisle, and if we have the two inner seats I’ll always sit by the window.
  7. Is there a fictional character you would have loved to meet in real life? Which one?
    Not that I can think of? Oh, any Star Trek character for sure.
  8. What are the best and worst purchases you’ve ever made?
    The best purchase is… Paying rent for this flat if that counts? If not then… God there are way too many good purchases!!! Um I’m going to go with Coalface from Lush – not because of how good the product is (although it is decent,) but because of what that purchase lead to. It was the first thing I bought from Lush and opened me up to the happy world of Lush! Worst purchase… Uhh… Once I bought a “vegetarian” samosa that actually ended up being lamb flavour or something and I only knew once I had bitten into it. That was a pretty bad purchase. I’m really frugal so I’ve never wasted a bunch of money on something to only regret it honestly.
  9. Whats the worst screw up you’ve ever had in the kitchen?
    I don’t really cook but I could tell you some kitchen horrors that Richard has conjured up! Oh, I used to toast poppadoms in the toaster and they would always end up as charcoal and setting on fire.
  10. Do you have any “useless” talents? What are they?
    I have really clicky fingers. Like I can click them all at once like most people do, but then I can go and click them all individually aswell. It’s not really a talent, just gross really isn’t it. I’m very talented at stressing out. And I can whistle. Can’t really think of any other useless talents!
  11. Has anyone ever tricked you into believing something and then you discovered it wasn’t true? What was it?
    I’m really gullible so people do this all the time, but they always tell me straight afterwards so I never had to discover the thing wasn’t true. Like people have made me believe that there are exams on a day when there aren’t etc. Only little things though.

My questions:

  1. What would be your favourite place to visit abroad during the Summer?
  2. What is something exciting that you hope to happen this Summer?
  3. What are some activities that you have planned for this Summer?
  4. What is your favourite season and why?
  5. What are some of your go-to outfits for the Summertime?
  6. What is the best holiday you’ve ever been on?
  7. What is your favourite thing about the Summer?
  8. If you had to move to a different country, where would you choose to move to and why?
  9. What are your favourite things to eat and drink during the Summer?
  10. What are some of your favourite Summertime fragrances?
  11. What are some purchases you hope to / need to make before or during this Summer?

I tried my best to make my questions kinda “sunny” and relevant to the title ‘The Sunshine Blogger Award’! I hope some of you enjoy answering them. To anyone who wants to answer my questions and who wants to be nominated – consider yourself nominated! Thanks again Lise, I’ve have fun writing this blog post 🙂

– Storm x

 

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The Beauty Tag

Hey guyyys! 😀

I hope you’re all having a great weekend! I was technically tagged by Lise over at Lushtivity, although not directly as she tagged anybody who wanted to give this questionnaire a go. She’s awesome. Go check her out.



1. Do you remember your first makeup item?

When I was probably around 6 years old, my mother took me and my two older siblings to a beauty shop and let us all pick one nail polish each – orange and yellow were my favourite colours so I of course chose the sparkly orange nail polish.

2. Describe your perfect mascara. Have you found one that fits your specifications?
My perfect mascara would make my eyelashes look super natural – like my own eyelashes only slightly more enhanced and beautiful. I love a natural look! I’d also want the mascara to be ethical and made from natural ingredients – similar to Lush’s ‘Eyes Right’ mascara (the one that comes in the long tube from Oxford Street.) It would be super easy to apply and wouldn’t get all over my eyelids. As I said, Lush’s ‘Eyes Right’ mascara is the best one I have tried so far, but it is going to take some practice to learn how to apply it without getting product all over my face!

3. What kind of coverage do you prefer from a foundation?
I like a natural medium kinda coverage from my foundation. One where after I use it my skin still looks like my own, but just with less flaws. Again, I prefer makeup that just naturally and beautifully enhances what I already have!

4. Favourite high end brand?
The most expensive makeup I’ve tried is from Lush, so I guess Lush?

5. What cosmetics brands have you always wanted to try but still haven’t?
Honestly, none. I’m only interested in Lush products now haha!

6. Favourite drugstore brand?
I actually really enjoy just using MUA products for when I want some more affordable makeup. I bought a MUA eyeshadow palette recently and have been using one of the powders on my eyebrows every single day since. It works amazingly and was super affordable!

7. Do you wear false lashes?
Nope, never have. I’d like to try them just to see what they look like – just for fun. I’d never be into wearing them frequently though. Don’t like the idea of sticking random bits of plastic to my body too much.

8. Is there any kind of makeup you can’t leave the house without?
I can leave the house without any makeup, so long as I’m not going to be seeing many people at all on that day. I can’t leave to go and have a normal day at Uni without foundation, setting powder and eyebrow powder. I’d also be fairly miserable if I don’t have my lip tint on too. The rest, meh. I usually just do my foundation before I leave and pack the rest of those items in my Uni bag – I do most of my makeup whilst commuting on the train!

9. What is your most cherished beauty product?
Probably my ‘Light Yellow Colour Supplement’ from Lush at the moment. It’s basically a foundation. Really not sure what I would do without it!

10. How often do you shop for makeup? Do you like to pick up an item here and there, or get lots of goodies at once?
I never really shop for makeup apart from when I have run out of something that I use daily. If I do need to stock up on makeup though, I do prefer to make any purchases I need to make in one go.

11. Do you have a “beauty budget” or do you spend freely?
I don’t have a beauty budget but I am extremely frugal. So technically I spend my money on beauty products freely as I don’t really keep a close track of it, but it’s still rare that I’ll buy any beauty products for myself.

12. Do you utilize coupons, reward cards and sales when you shop for cosmetics?
No. I just get what I need when I need it!

13. What type of product do you buy the most of?
I get through toothpaste quite quickly… And also shampoo. I strangely have loads of shower gels though, even though I get through them super slowly. I’m going to go with shampoo.

14. Is there a brand you absolutely can’t stand?
Um, not really. Any brands that test on animals or are absurdly overpriced. I’ve also always had a negative perspective on super popular, hyped up brands like Mac.

15. Do you avoid certain ingredients in cosmetics, like parabens or sulfates?
I’m a vegan so I do make sure any beauty products I use are also vegan. I also like natural products – the more natural the ingredients the better! I’m honestly not that fussy at the minute though – again, I tend to stick to trying out Lush products and for the most part they seem to do more good than harm thus far!

16. Do you have a favourite place to shop for makeup?
Again, Lush… If I can’t afford Lush at the time though, I’ll go take a look in Superdrug!

17. Do you like trying new skin care products or do you keep a certain routine?
I love trying new skin care products. Once I’ve found something that I really love though, I’ll not stray from using it (like my ‘Veganese Conditioner’ and my ‘Eau Roma Water Toner’ from Lush.)

18. Favourite bath and body brand?
I’m so tediously predictable. LUSH!

19. If you could only buy from one brand, which brand would you choose?
LUSH!

20. What brand do you think has the best packaging?
Lush… Only because they use recycled plastic to make their pots and have a really good recycling scheme. I also think their packaging looks quite funky.

21. Which celebrity always has great makeup?
I have no idea. I’m not really a fan of celebrities. I’ll say Rihanna just because she mostly seems to go for a fairly natural look that really enhances her natural beauty, which is what I like my makeup to look like.

22. Do you belong to any online makeup communities?
No.

23. 5 Favourite beauty gurus:
Meh, none. I nominate myself to be a beauty guru. There, now I can vote for myself!

24. Do you like multi-functional products like lip and cheek stains?
If that’s their primary purpose and they have been made specifically to be one just as much as the other, then sure. That sounds pretty neat. But, I tend to find that products advertised as being multi-functional usually have one primary function, and then a secondary, not-so-good function. So I guess I like them if they are ACTUALLY multi-functional!

25. Are you clumsy at putting on makeup?
Yes. I’m terrible at putting on liquid eyeliner – although I’d absolutely love to get good at it. I’m also pretty bad at applying mascara around 75% of the time – there is the odd time that it comes out pretty darn good. I always accidentally smudge my lip tint over my lip line too, and it takes a while to perfect the outline. So, long story short, yes.

26. Do you use makeup base/primer for the eyes?
I use just a regular facial primer all over my face – including around my eyes.

27. How many hair products do you use on a typical day?
On a typical day I use shampoo and conditioner. That’s it. I used to use a hair moisturiser daily too but I used it all up 😦

28. What do you apply first, concealer or foundation?
I just use a foundation!

29. Would you ever consider taking makeup classes?
Probably not. I really enjoy learning my own way around applying makeup, and how to apply it in such a way that works best with my unique skin, facial features, tones etc.

30. What do you love about makeup?
I love that it gives a person confidence in how they look, where they might feel completely unconfident otherwise. I love that it provides every single person in the world the opportunity to look the most conventionally beautiful that they possibly can. I love that makeup enhances an individual’s unique natural beauty, and really makes a person shine from the inside out. I love that it gives everybody the opportunity to look “on fleek” and like all of them beautiful models and celebrities they see. It gives us power to change our physical appearance and how we are perceived by others pretty damn easily. It’s pretty magical stuff.

I tag:
Whoever wants to do this questionnaire!

 


– Storm

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Guilty Pleasures Q&A

Hey guys! I originally found this blog post idea here from Meg over at Mystic Mogwai, and really wanted to give it a go myself! I hope you enjoy 🙂



1.TV Show.
Um, does “Britain’s Darkest Taboos” count? I do feel guilty watching it because of how dark the show is, but I just find it so interesting at the same time, which makes it really hard for me to stop watching!

2. Book.
Um, well I have this awesome book called “Star Trek Vault: 40 Years from the Archives”. It’s like, a really big book that is just absolutely jam packed full of Star Trek facts and information about how the show was made etc… I *might* feel a bit silly or embarrassed reading this in front of other, more “normal” women my age, but… I really love my Star Trek…

3. Song.
Selena Gomez – Fetish. I know what you’re thinking – “Why is that something to feel guilty about? She’s so popular that she’s the most followed person on Instagram!” Yeah, well, that’s exactly the problem. I come from an extremely alternative upbringing, so, listening to Selena is… Well, enjoying her music isn’t an opinion people close to me will share, let’s just say that! I just really like how much that girl feels her emotions, and how her lyrics often reflect that!

4. Band.
Blackpink… Okay, so this is a Korean pop band. I can’t even understand what they are saying. But, these super cute girls have super cute dances and videos to their super cute songs. I mostly like the dance factor – I think that almost every single Korean pop song has a dance that goes with it, and I really enjoy dance so…

5. Purchases.
Ugh, clothes from Primark… I think when you’re just looking out for yourself, you generally feel more “guilty” for purchasing temporary items. I know that I used to feel really bad whenever I’d buy food, drink, beauty products and anything else that could “run out” basically. Now that I live with my partner and we pay for the bills and food costs in proportion to how much income we each have, I generally feel more guilty to buy myself more long lasting items. Any money that goes on those things is less money that I have in my account to go towards those important, temporary things that we need to pay for, if that makes sense? I’ve recently spent a LOT of money (at least, a lot for me) on clothes from Primark – a brand that so many people believe is a waste of money to even spend £1 on! But, I absolutely love what I’ve bought, and really enjoy buying clothes that make me feel really confident – especially at such an affordable price!

6. Activity.
Um, spending all day browsing Youtube videos?

7. Habit.
Smoking… I don’t actually smoke very much at all, and wouldn’t even label myself as a smoker honestly. It isn’t like if you spent 24 hours with me, you’d witness me smoking 10+ cigarettes throughout the day or anything like that. I just sort of have the odd one when I feel like it. It makes me feel bad because I know it makes you age faster and is really unhealthy, and I also feel like a hypocrite for all the times I’ve complained at my partner and my parents for doing it! But, I do really enjoy it – so long as it remains somewhat under control and doesn’t become a full-blown addiction or anything!

8. Movie.
Hahaha, “The Talented Mr Ripley.” It’s such a classic, and really isn’t the type of thing a teen or young adult would be obsessed with. But, I just absolutely love it, and have since I was around 16 years old. Oh haha, “Teeth” and “Perfume” are two other really good ones – but ‘The Talented Mr Ripley” is definitely my favourite. It’s a really weird movie. It’s about a man who pretends to be someone he’s not, and ends up becoming really violent and… I dunno, it’s just crazy. It’s Matt Damon – watching him in movies makes me laugh a lot. Great movie!

9. Game on your phone.
I don’t actually really play games on my phone, but I used to play Pokemon Go quite avidly, and would be completely down to start playing it again so long as my partner does too. I mean, it’s Pokemon, and when you’re out in public you look like a complete loony using your phone to try and catch invisible creatures. I used to love watching Pokemon as a kid, and now that I’m going on 24 it just doesn’t feel quite right for me to be still enjoying it!

10. Website.
Instagram. Why? Well, because I don’t actually use my Instagram, and haven’t even followed anyone on my account I don’t think. I just sort of… Look up old friends, to see what they’re up to… I know, sounds super creepy right? I just find it really interesting to see how much old friends have changed over the years – the type of people who just wouldn’t even speak to me anymore!

– Storm

 

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Harry Potter Obsession.

Hey guys!

I’ve been thinking a lot about good ol’ Harry Potter recently. No, not the character, the story. I think this new obsession has stemmed from noticing an increasing number of Harry Potter themed items in Primark.

I’ve already taken the Pottermore wand, Ilvermorny house and Patronus tests, and have a Chestnut wood wand with a Unicorn Hair core 10 1/4 inch and Brittle flexibility, got into the Pukwudgie Ilvermorny house and have the White Mare patronus.

Now, I wouldn’t want to be reppin’ the wrong house, so of course, I had to take some Harry Potter House tests. Basically, they concluded that I’m a Slytherin. Slytherins are pretty epic, there’s no doubt about that, but they’re not really “me”. If any of you have taken the Pottermore House test recently, you’ll notice that not only is the quiz very different to how it used to be, but the questions also seem rather… Random? I don’t see how a lot of them would even relate to a house, and I honestly have no idea how I came out as a Slytherin. I always used to test as a Hufflepuff, and always play acted being Susan Bones when I’d play Harry Potter with my siblings.

I’m going to do a Harry Potter. My response to the sorting hat saying that I’d do well in Slytherin is “You’re Wrong!” I’m a Hufflepuff. A Slytherin would never even want to be a Hufflepuff. PLUS, if you want to get REALLY intense about the whole thing, I believe in MBTI personality types more strongly than I do the Pottermore sorting hat quiz, and each type generally corresponds to a house. In general:

Gryffindors are: ENTP, ENFP, ESTP and ESFP.

Slytherins are: ENTJ, ESTJ, ISTJ and ISFJ.

Ravenclaws are: INTP, INTJ, INFJ and ISTP.

Hufflepuffs are generally INFP, ENFJ, ISFP and ESFJ types.

See, I’m a bloomin’ Hufflepuff! How could anyone resist their cozy, sunlit common room, full of lively plants? I think if I weren’t a Hufflepuff, I sort-of wouldn’t want to be a Hufflepuff. They’re nothing outstanding, they are just pretty passive and observant, and like to keep the peace. If I were a Slytherin, surely I’d be far too ambitious, leader-oriented, competitive and insensitive to want to be a Hufflepuff? If I were a Gryffindor, surely I’d be too competitive, enjoy being in the spotlight too much and be too much of a leader to want to be a Hufflepuff? If I were a Ravenclaw, wouldn’t I be too academically orientated and too competitive to want to be a Hufflepuff?

I dunno. I’m having a little identity crisis here guys.

I think I’m a Hufflepuff.

I have the Hufflepuff socks to prove it.

From Primark obviously.

Have you taken the Pottermore House test? Which house did you get?! Do you agree with your house? If not, why not take the test real quick and comment below what you get – you just have to quickly make an account, and then answer 10 simple questions to be sorted into a house 🙂 C’mon 90’s kids, where ya’ll at?!?!

– Storm

P.S. I’m a Hufflepuff, not a Slytherin.

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The Lush Tag!

I found this tag on YouTube (boxes of foxes) and thought it would be something fun to do on my blog! I tag any of you people who love Lush (if you haven’t already made a Lush Tag post!)

I hope you enjoy!


1. What is your favourite product? Hmmm, this is a difficult question! I’ll have to take a look at my past Lush reviews to refresh my memory…

Okay, so I’m going to have to say a cleanser, because I just find Lush’s facial cleansers to be absolutely incredible products in general. I’m quite stuck between whether the winner is Let The Good Times Roll or Aqua Marina… Aqua Marina was my favourite for about a year, but now I’m not so certain! Aqua Marina made my skin feel super soft, while making it appear absolutely gorgeous! Let The Good Times Roll just made my skin FEEL absolutely amazing, but many other of the aspects of LTGTR were better than that of Aqua Marina – for example the scent, and the fact that little bits didn’t get stuck in my hairline!

I think I’m going to have to say that LTGTR does it’s job a little bit better than Aqua Marina does – it is just so great at truly clarifying the skin! So my answer is Let The Good Times Roll Fresh Cleanser 🙂

2. What is your favourite Bath Bomb? Okay, so Bath Bombs that I have given a 5/5* rating on my blog are Cheer Up Buttercup, Intergalactic, Butterbear, Pumpkin, Blackberry, Think Pink and Tisty Tosty. Yep, I generally just love Lush’s bath bombs.

Man, this is such a difficult choice to make! I think I’m going to say… Okay, so it’s either Intergalactic, Butterbear or Pumpkin Bath Bomb. This is SO difficult guys! If only they had a bath bomb with the frothiness and scent of Pumpkin, the moisturisation and cuteness of Butterbear and the appearance and name of Intergalactic!

I think it is between Butterbear and Intergalactic, and ultimately I think that Intergalactic is my winner! It just has such an amazing concept and is absolutely beautiful in design!

3. What is your favourite Bubble Bar? Rose Jam Bubbleroon! Honestly, I haven’t tried THAT many bubble bars, because they take me so long to get through! Out of the ones I have tried though, Rose Jam Bubbleroon is definitely my favourite!

4. What is your favourite Bath Melt? Honestly, I’ve only ever used Boo Bath Melt, so I guess he has to be my favourite!

5. What is your favourite Soap? Okay, my 5 star rated soaps from Lush so far are Snowcake, Yog Nog and Sunrise Soap. I think my favourite of the three has to have been Yog Nog soap. Both me and my partner just absolutely loved that one!

6. What is your favourite Shower Gel? Rose Jam Shower Gel! Honestly, I haven’t used that many of Lush’s shower gels, so this was an easy question for me to answer. Okay, so I actually have TRIED a lot of their shower gels, but haven’t used up many, and so have only really formed a full opinion of a few. Rose Jam is amazing!

7. What is your favourite Limited Edition item? My favourite Limited Edition items are Cheer Up Buttercup Bath Bomb, Snow Fairy Body Conditioner, Jumping Juniper Shampoo Bar, Rose Jam Shower Gel, Snowcake Soap, Yog Nog Soap, Sunrise Soap, Celebrate Lotion, Butterbear Bath Bomb and Pumpkin Bath Bomb.

 know that’s a lot of products, but it should be fairly easy to cut down seeing as a lot of these products have already been mentioned in previous questions. Out of the Bath Bombs, I liked Butterbear Bath Bomb best and out of the soaps, I liked Yog Nog Soap best.

So, now it is out of Snow Fairy Body Conditioner. Jumping Juniper Shampoo Bar, Rose Jam Shower Gel, Yog Nog Soap, Celebrate Lotion and Butterbear Bath Bomb. I’m going to say either Snow Fairy Body Conditioner or Celebrate Lotion, because I think those are two very special items indeed!

I think my favourite of the two is probably Snow Fairy Body Conditioner – I was absolutely mind blown by how amazing that product was!

8. How many Kitchen products have you had? I think only two actually! I own Tropical Jungle Body Lotion – which has sadly almost run out and is one that I should be reviewing sometime within the next couple of months or so. The other item is Love Soap – I cut in half horizontally that that I could have 2 heart shaped soaps to use up. I’m currently using one in a soap dish by my kitchen sink 🙂

9. How long have you been a Lushie? I’ve been a Lushie for a short while now! I first got into Lush just after a holiday I took in Rome in August 2015. So I’d say around the start of September 2015 – around a year and 7 months 🙂 It doesn’t sound too long, but boy am I a hardcore Lushie! I absolutely LOVE the company, and already have had to place bans on myself because of how insanely huge my collection is becoming!

Feel free to do this tag too!

– Storm