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Thank You, Wherever You Are!

  1. Thank you to those of you in the United States for viewing my blog posts a total of 1,109 times! It means the world to me and is so interesting that my posts are being viewed most in a country that isn’t even where I’m writing my posts from! Thank you all!
  2. Thank you to my fellow United Kingdom dwellers, for a total of 676 views on my blog! You guys are great and it really means a lot to me to know that what I write is of some interest to my fellow peeps.
  3. Thank you to those of you who reside in beautiful Canada! 225 views have come purely from you guys, which is amazing! Gosh, how I’d love to visit Canada… Thank you guys!
  4. Australia! Thank you for the 199 views I’ve received from you. Literally from the other side of the world! Anyone who knows me well knows that to live in Australia is a massive dream of mine. You guys are living my dream! Thank you for all of your visits to my blog from down under 🙂
  5. >For all of you in Norway, thank you for all 149 views on my blog! Again, another country I’d love to visit (those beautiful Northern Lights and jaw-dropping scenery!) Thank you all for viewing my blog 🙂
  6. You guys in Singapore are responsible for 117 of the views on my blog! How amazing is that?! Thank you!
  7. To those of you in Germany, you’re responsible for 99 of the views on my blog. Thank you for visiting! I actually visited your country around March this year (to Berlin) – it was great! The vegan capital of the world… Such delicious food and such a fascinating history. Thank you for all the love from Germany!
  8. Those of you in Denmark are to thank for the 82 views on my blog! How lovely, thank you guys!
  9. This one truly amazes me – 76 of my views are from the Philippines! Wow, that’s absolutely amazing! You guys live somewhere so incredibly different to where I do. Imagining the life you lead really inspires me to visit sometime! The Philippines has always been toward the top of my list of places I feel the NEED to visit. Thank you all for visiting my blog!
  10. 72 of my views are from you who reside in the Netherlands! Thank you all so much for visiting!
  11. 52 of my views are from Belgium. Thank you for all of those views, it means the world to me that my writing is interesting to individuals people from all over the globe!
  12. 48 of my views are from Spain! I have been really wanting to visit Spain so, although it isn’t the mainland, me and my partner will be visiting Mallorca for 12 nights very soon! I am so extremely excited to visit such a beautiful part of the world, so full of culture. Thank you for your visits to my blog!
  13. I have received 39 views each from India and Croatia. How wonderful! Thank you all so very much!
  14. 36 of my views are from Honk Kong SAR China, and 36 of my views are from Italy! Thank you for your views!
  15. Those of you in beautiful Indonesia are responsible for 34 of the views on my site! Thank you all so much for visiting!
  16. You guys in Sweden and France are each responsible for 30 views on my blog. Thank you both so much!
  17. Ireland – you Irish are responsible for a total of 28 of the views on my blog. Thank you guys so much!
  18. New Zealand27 of my views come from this beautiful country! Thank you all for your views, it means so much to me!
  19. Portugal26 of my blog’s views have come from here! Thank you all so much for visiting my blog!
  20. So that this post isn’t too long, I’d like to thank the visitors to my blog from all the other countries in one big go! Your views mean just as much to me as every other!

    Thank you guys from Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Switzerland, Malaysia, Japan, Romania, Chile, Greece, Mexico, South Africa, Brazil, Austria, Vietnam, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, South Korea, Qatar, Slovenia, Egypt, Macau SAR China, China, Bosnia & Herzegovina, European Union, Poland, Turkey, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bulgaria, Russia, Latvia, Kenya, Puerto Rico, Bahrain, Lithuania, Serbia, Bolivia, Venezuela, Ukraine, Estonia, Taiwan, Slovakia, Pakistan, Argentina, Myanmar (Burma,) Sri Lanka, Nigeria, Bangladesh, Brunei, Sudan, Macedonia and Nicaragua. 

    Wow, so many different countries – 404 of my views are from you guys! Thank you all SO much! It means the absolute world to me that so many people from different walks of life find my blog posts to be of interest. I’m excited to see which other countries I will receive views from in the future!


    So, I love Statistics, I love demographics, I love geography and travel and I love being appreciative of what I have. So, I felt the need to write this blog post. I find how my views are divided between different countries of the world absolutely fascinating, and really quite incredible!

    Diversity is amazing. YOU are amazing!

    For the billionth time, THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH!

    – Storm

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Summer Would You Rather Tag.

Tagged by Karalee at Tales of Belle.


Would you rather…

  • Live in a tree house or a castle?
    I would much prefer to live in a tree house! I love nature, so living in the trees in some epic forest sounds pretty awesome. Castles are overrated!
  • Be able to sing beautifully or dance beautifully?
    I’d much prefer to be able to dance beautifully. I absolutely LOVE dance!
  • Ride a horse or a camel?
    I’d love to ride a camel. Something new.
  • Know a fairy or a unicorn?
    I’d way prefer to know a fairy. Again, unicorns are overrated guys! What’s all the hype over unicorns these days?! When I was a kid, I used to pretend to my best friend that I had a secret fairy – my own personal fairy that nobody else knew about. Would be so cool if that came true!
  • Have a backyard that was a huge bounce house or a huge ball pit?
    I’m pretty lazy, so I’m going to go with the ball pit (as long as it wasn’t an insanely deep one obviously.) It sounds fun to just sort of lay back and chill out in a ball pit, under the nice lovely sunshine.
  • Travel or stay home?
    TRAVEL! TRAVEL! TRAVEL! Although I LOVE home, I just HAVE TO see the world! Travel!
  • Be able to fly or be able to breathe under water?
    Fly. Terrified of the sea honestly – I wish I wasn’t, but, sharks. And drowning. And being alone in the middle of the ocean. Many nopes. Also, I’ve always wished I were a bird. Birds are almost limitless in terms of where they can go – at least the ones that fly are. They can fly around, walk on land and many can bop around on the water and eat fish. Lucky things!
  • Know where you’re going or have it be a surprise?
    I don’t really know. I like the idea of things being a surprise, but… I think if it’s something small, I prefer it to be a surprise. If it is something big and important to me, I’d much rather know about it!
  • Be on a boat or on an airplane?
    Boats are fun but scary, airplanes are fun but scary. The upside with planes though is that you get to see all the water AND all the land below you, all in one big go! Pretty amazing!
  • Be able to see in the dark or be able to never get tired?
    Well, I do love my sleep. Seeing in the dark sounds sort of creepy though. I have a fear of the dark (or rather, what might be in the dark,) and I’m not sure I really want to find out what it is that I haven’t been seeing up until now! But, I love my sleep! I’d choose neither – if I had to choose then I’d choose to never get tired – get to be more productive that way!
  • Go on a vacation to the beach or to the mountains?
    Somewhere with mountains and beaches in close proximity 😛 Okay, well I generally would prefer to go to the beach. I love the coast – gives me a sense of freedom 🙂
  • Have picnics in the forest or in the park?
    If there were several people in the forest, then the forest. I’d find it fairly creepy if me and my partner were just sat in the middle of an empty forest. Otherwise, the park!
  • Swim in the ocean or swim in a pool?
    Prefer the ocean, although I am also scared of the ocean. But I still prefer it to a pool!
  • Be a dolphin or a cheetah?
    Cheetah. Fuck living in the sea.
  • Be able to make people laugh or be able to make people trust you?
    Make people laugh. The people who don’t trust me are the people who I don’t really want in my life, so I’d rather be able to make the people who I love and am happy to have in my life, laugh!
  • Be surprised by a present or be able to pick what you get?
    Ooh, tough one. I love surprises, but at the same time, I know what I want! I think I’d prefer to give a general idea of what it is that I want, and then the present-buyer person to pick the specifics. E.g, if I really wanted some new Lush, I’d be happy to give my wishlist to anyone who wanted to give me a gift for my Birthday, and then they pick what it is from the wishlist that they want to get me!
  • Eat popsicles or watermelon?
    Watermelon! Natural wins over artificial sweeteners, colourings, flavourings…
  • Go camping or stay in a hotel?
    Okay, so camping sounds a lot of fun, and is something I did A LOT as a kid. I haven’t been camping anytime recently though, so I’ve sort of become attached to the luxuries of a hotel – a lovely private shower and bathroom, lots of private space… I’m going to say a hotel in general, but, I would love to go camping every now and then!
  • Do art or read?
    Art 🙂
  • Experience an epic waterslide or an epic zip line?
    Ooh, see, I did an epic zip line recently over some chasm thing. It was really cool! I’m going to go ahead and say a waterslide, just because I haven’t done much like it recently (plus it sounds REALLY fun!)

I nominate whoever feels like doing this tag!

The Questions

  1. Live in a tree house or a castle?
  2. Be able to sing beautifully or dance beautifully?
  3. Ride a horse or a camel?
  4. Know a fairy or a unicorn?
  5. Have a backyard that was a huge bounce house or a huge ball pit?
  6. Travel or stay home?
  7. Be able to fly or be able to breathe under water?
  8. Know where you’re going or have it be a surprise?
  9. Be on a boat or on an airplane?
  10. Be able to see in the dark or be able to never get tired?
  11. Go on a vacation to the beach or to the mountains?
  12. Have picnics in the forest or in the park?
  13. Swim in the ocean or swim in a pool?
  14. Be a dolphin or a cheetah?
  15. Be able to make people laugh or be able to make people trust you?
  16. Be surprised by a present or be able to pick what you get?
  17. Eat popsicles or watermelon?
  18. Go camping or stay in a hotel?
  19. Do art or read?
  20. Experience an epic waterslide or an epic zip line?
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Lush Trichomania Solid Shampoo Review

Trichomania Solid Shampoo (100g):

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Rating: 5/5*

Cons:

This shampoo bar can be a little bit messy. It is a solid product, and you buy it “naked.” This means that it can leave behind residue wherever you set it down after washing your hair. It also means that this bar changed shape and texture over the course of its life, due to absorbing moisture. This solid shampoo is particularly soft to start with, so it becomes sticky and leaves behind  residue/changes shape/texture even more so than other solid products that Lush do. If you just aren’t a fan of the concept of Lush’s solid products in general, this one is no different – so steer clear!

This shampoo smelled like nuts to me, almost like peanut butter actually. It smelled closer to how I’d imagine almond butter would smell though – peanut butter’s sweeter cousin. It was a nice smell to me at least, but some people might really hate it!

This product seems to run out pretty quickly.

I find this shampoo to be more moisturising than most, meaning that my hair would get greasier quicker than usual whilst using it. I had to wash my fringe daily whilst using this shampoo because if I left more than a day between washing it, it would look pretty damn greasy!

This is an extremely simple looking product. It just looks like a chunk of cream coloured soap. If you are after an exciting looking product than maybe this one isn’t for you.


Pros:

This shampoo made my hair SO soft. Like, the softest a Lush shampoo has ever made my hair, without doubt. EXTREMELY soft!

This shampoo moisturised my hair. I have had so much less static since switching from Cythia Sylvia Stout to Trichomania, and I am SO GLAD for it! My hair feels really lovely after using this shampoo.

Even if my fringe (and sometimes my roots) would get greasier quicker than usual whilst using this shampoo, the rest of my hair wouldn’t. This shampoo was almost like a miniature treatment for my hair – it really nourished it and kept it looking and feeling so much healthier than usual!

I thought the smell was pretty nice! I love nutty smells 🙂

This is obviously a solid product, which makes it super travel-friendly 🙂

This shampoo lathered up SO WELL! It produced a lather extremely quickly whenever I went to use it, and the lather itself would be frothy and extremely creamy.

This shampoo always cleaned my hair so well!


Overall Conclusion:

Overall, I honestly loved this shampoo guys. It is so incredibly underrated – why is it so underrated?!? I honestly wouldn’t have tried this shampoo out for the longest time had I not been randomly sent some as a sample with one of my Lush samples. I think because the Solid Shampoo Bars are so popular, the Solid Shampoos just get given far less attention. This shampoo is a real game changer though.

My hair is very fine, quite long (below shoulder length,) blonde, thin and straight. It is also all natural and is completely unprocessed. My hair gets greasy pretty quickly but at the same time, the majority of my hair (anything that isn’t either my fringe or my roots) is pretty dry and lacking in moisture. I find fine, thin, straight hair is not only more prone to oiliness due to how easily oils can spread around the hair, but that is also more prone to dryness due to how difficult it is for this hair type to retain moisture. Basically, this sort of hair is the equivalent of combination skin – both dry and oily at the same time 😀

I’m going to have to give this product a 5/5* rating. It was pretty amazing, and I’m genuinely sad that I used up my piece. Usually I’m actually happy when I use up a product, because it means I get to write a review on it and that I get to try something new instead. I really miss it though!

I would HIGHLY recommend trying this shampoo out. TRUST me! It is absolutely wonderful!

– Storm

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Lush Jungle Solid Conditioner Review

This was a product I had wanted to try for the LONGEST time! It sounded amazing in theory – let’s see how it performed in reality!


Jungle Solid Conditioner:

Rating: 1/5*

Cons:

The scent of this solid conditioner is extremely pungent. It definitely isn’t a subtle scent, and is one that I think a lot of people won’t be into. The scent also smells almost perfumey, chemically and artificial when the product in sitting in your hair before being rinsed out. Definitely a bit of a turn off for me myself!

This conditioner is… well… I don’t know about my final opinion of this conditioner just yet, but I do know that it had a lot of negative traits. One of those traits being that while applying this conditioner to my hair, combing it through and while rinsing it out, I’d just  find my hair sort of… falling out… really easily. I’m not even kidding. I don’t know if it’s because the conditioner tugged at my hair and that my hair is very fragile or what it was. All I know is that I’d end up having lost quite a bit of hair after every shower where I had used Jungle Solid Conditioner! I’d just constantly find loads of strands of my hair on my hands and body throughout my shower… SO BAD!!!

This conditioner doesn’t do the best job at conditioning one’s hair. My hair would never feel fully conditioned after using this conditioner, and I’d have to turn to my R&B Hair Moisturiser for my hair to feel fully moisturised. Not a great one for dry hair!

The scent itself is somewhat of a masculine scent in my opinion. It smells very green and salty, very much like how you’d imagine a humid tropical jungle to smell! That might be your kinda thing, but it might not be!

A little does NOT go a long way with this conditioner – despite what anyone says!!! I have extremely fine hair so if the general idea is that a little bit goes a long way when it comes to solid conditioners, that should certainly be the case with my type of hair – right? Wrong. This conditioner ran out SO QUICKLY and even then, my hair never felt fully conditioned once it had dried – unless I had used my hair moisturiser!

This conditioner is kinda messy. Toward the end of my bar, it broke into loads of little pieces. The only way I managed to use those pieces was to smush them up in the palm of my hand to form a uniform paste, and then to apply that paste to my hair. I still lost some product down the drain though.


Pros:

I personally think the scent is super exciting – it makes me feel like I’m living in some tropical location using this uber natural scented, local conditioner. It smells really good to me, and the scent really brings adventurous thoughts to the forefront of my mind. I know it probably sounds bizarre that a scent could do this, but for me, it really does. It makes me just want to explore and live close to the tropical jungles and rain forests around the world… It is a perfect scent for those of you who are super adventurous at heart!

The conditioner is green, which makes me feel more like it is very natural. I really like the thought of using a natural conditioner in my hair – one that doesn’t contain silicon to create the illusion of well conditioned, healthy hair. I prefer my hair to be truly nourished! If you are interested in more natural products, perhaps give this conditioner a try.

I haven’t personally travelled with this conditioner, but I can tell it would be extremely travel friendly. You could just pop it in a sandwich bag and then straight into your backpack or suitcase, without worrying about any leakage, the quantity you are allowed to bring with you and without worrying about the hassle of re-bagging your conditioner when going through security at an airport. If you like to travel around, try this conditioner!

Although this product didn’t condition my hair THAT well, it definitely did condition my hair at least slightly. This conditioner definitely made my hair feel a little less dry.


Overall Conclusion:

Overall, I love the CONCEPT of this conditioner, but I really don’t like how it actually works in my hair – like, at all. I think it makes for a pretty terrible conditioner in fact. A really, really terrible conditioner (probably not as bad as Big Solid Conditioner though!) It has literally caused me to lose quite a bit of hair, and never conditoned my hair very nicely. The scent is also very artificial when applying the conditioner in the shower. I think it is an incredible shame because truly, the concept of this conditioner is amazing – a travel friendly, tropical and natural smelling conditioner, that inspires adventure in whoever uses it!

Unfortunately, I’m going to have to rate this conditioner a 1/5* rating. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter how brilliant the concept of a product is. If it is going to cause you HAIR LOSS, it simply isn’t worth it!

If you think the idea of this conditioner sounds nice, I would recommend you try Sugar Daddy-O Solid Conditioner by Lush. It still smells delicious and is extremely travel friendly, but it also works really, really well and leaves your hair looking absolutely amazing!

– Storm

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30 Blog posts I want to write.

  1. How I’m doing on my Astrophysics course.
  2. How I’m changing up my appearance.
  3. My visit to Rome.
  4. My visit to Paris.
  5. My visit to Kas.
  6. My visit to Berlin.
  7. My visit to Glasgow.
  8. What life where I live is like – London.
  9. Life in Bulgaria.
  10. Dealing with metal health crap.
  11. My drive through Europe.
  12. MORE LUSH REVIEWS on every product I have used up!
  13. How I’m doing with my Birthday goals.
  14. Why Astrobiology and Astronomy resonate with me.
  15. How Science has always been what I’ve been best at.
  16. A post about my hobbies.
  17. The story of me and my partner.
  18. My travel dreams and wanting to relocate.
  19. Get ready with me – blog style.
  20. My entire Lush collection and some background on my Lush items.
  21. Why veganism.
  22. If I was limited in the number of places I could visit, where would I choose to go?
  23. My trip to the opticians – again.
  24. Best ways I have found to use FUN bars from Lush.
  25. How I use Lush Solid Conditioners.
  26. How I use Dusting Powders from Lush.
  27. Tattoos, piercings etc.
  28. Outfits.
  29. Keeping healthy.
  30. Why I love Lush.
    That’s all I can think of for now that I would like to post about!

    – Storm

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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!