Monthly Archives: July 2015

Quote: Bryan Adams

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bryan-adams-240x320‘I’ve only ever trusted my gut on everything. I don’t trust my head, I don’t trust my heart, I trust my gut.’

‘There’s a saying, ‘It’s easy to write songs, but very difficult to write great songs.’ I’m going through that right now.’

‘I like the idea of helping people help people.’

‘I got in trouble with the police, and that was a rude awakening. That was it. I’d seen the bottom of the pit, and it was time to scrape myself out of it.’

‘I’ve never been enamoured by the idea of being a celebrity.’

‘I watch everybody every night, from sitting down to being on their feet at the end, and I feel a sense of reinvention, of caring, presenting these songs in their purest form.’

‘I always just wanted to be the singer or the bass player in the band. I’d love to have a band, where I was obviously the singer, but where it wasn’t me, it wasn’t my name.’

‘I like to be able to present myself in two or three different ways because I’ve never really wanted to rest on my laurels and be something that people expected. ‘

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Disclaimer – I do not own the above image, it is from: https://www.bryanadams.com/

Book: Love, Tanya

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516ogI2SeAL._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_YouTube and the YouTube culture has increased dramatically in the last two years with many popular YouTubers being accepted into mainstream entertainment. With this has come the opportunity for many individuals on the platform to write and publish their own books in conjunction to their channels.

Now being a fan of many YouTubers myself, I have bought and read the books of some of my favourite YouTubers. Today I’m recommending Tanya Burr’s Love, Tanya.

Tanya Burr is a beauty and lifestyle blogger and YouTuber online. She also films the occasional vlog and uploads them to her channel. I find that Tanya is very similar to Fleur DeForce (whose book I recommended back in April) and as much their books are very similar, but as a fan of both I thoroughly enjoyed each book and eagerly read one after the other.

Tanya’s book provides a range of content similar to her online work. This includes fashion, beauty, love, friendship, relationships, baking, confidence, happiness and her own life. Much of this content is beauty related but this book is perfect for any fan of Tanya, since it includes autobiographical chapters and advice on anxiety and confidence, which allows Tanya to take her own anxiety as a positive thing to help others in the same position. Even without being a fan of Tanya and her channel, t71Tf3zlVuQLhe book offers top tips on so many different things including relationship tips such as date ideas and wonderful baking recipes.

love tanya 2While reading the book I found that I never wanted to put it down and kept reaching for it at every opportunity. The book is just brilliant; it is aesthetically pleasing with a lovely hardback cover and many of Tanya’s own photos are laced throughout. I also enjoy the professional photoshoot photos at the beginning of each chapter.

Tanya really worked hard on this book and made it for her fans and that is so obvious to see when you’re reading her writing. For me personally, it’s great to see more about the woman on the other side of my computer screen and really get to know her further.

Please go and check out Tanya’s book and channel (click here).

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Disclaimer – I do not own the above images, they are from: http://www.unitedcakedom.com/2015/03/love-tanya-by-tanya-burr-book-review.html, http://www.amazon.co.uk/Love-Tanya-Burr/dp/1405921404 and http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2901810/Tanya-Burr-latest-YouTube-star-land-book-deal-unlike-Zoella-admitted-ghost-writer.html

Film: Jurassic World

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jurassic-world-own-raptors-posterThe Jurassic Park trilogy, released and most popular in the 90s and early 2000’s, has recently been joined by a fourth film, a sequel, Jurassic World.

22 years after the original Jurassic Park failed, Jurassic World sees the original idea working rather successfully and encouraging more and more guests at all times. However, the park’s previous popularity has led to the decline in its ‘wow-factor’ as people are getting bored of standard dinosaurs. The owners of Jurassic World look towards years of genetic research to engineer a new breed of dinosaur, mixing dinosaur genes with the genes of all manner of different animals to create a super dinosaur, if you will. As the film gets into motion, what else would happen but the dinosaurs go crazy, escape and threaten the lives of the millions currently on the island and everything goes horribly wrong.

In amidst all of this, we follow Claire, a career driven woman with little time for family, and her nephews Zach and Gray, coming to visit Jurassic World. Then joins Owen Grady, a dinosaur trainer and their best hope of survival.

Starring Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, this film has more than dinosaurs to offer. It has an incredible cast including Jake Johnson (New Girl), Vincent D’Onofrio, Judy Greer, Irrfan Khan, Katie McGrath, Ty Simpkins, Nick Robinson, BD Wong and Omar Sy.

Chris Pratt was my reason for watching this film, I’ll be honest with that one. I never really watched the Jurassic Park trilogy properly; I only caught bits while my Dad was watching it. After seeing Chris Pratt in Guardians of the Galaxy, I, like many others, fell in love with him. Not only because of his lookjurassic-world-posterss but also because he happens to be an amazing actor. For me, he was a perfect pick to play Owen Grady and I really enjoy his chemistry with Bryce Dallas Howard too. Their inevitable romance, however expected or perhaps clichéd, was a really great element to the film. Also, I’d like to add, I really enjoyed Jake Johnson’s character and liked what he added to the film.

I really enjoyed the film (as you can tell); I thought the dinosaurs were great, the storyline was amazing and the character development, however similar any of it was to the previous films, was also brilliant to watch.

It’s safe to say that if you’ve enjoyed Jurassic Park or Chris Pratt’s acting in the past, Jurassic World is a perfect film for you. If you haven’t yet seen it, go and check it out!

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Disclaimer – I do not own the above photos, they are from: http://www.fourzine.it/2015/06/jurassic-world-non-solo-un-parco-a-tema/16153 and http://screenrant.com/jurassic-world-trailer-2-poster-indominus-rex/. Parts of the above synopsis were taken from IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0369610/?ref_=nv_sr_1 and therefore I cannot and will not claim that it is entirely my own.

Beauty: Elizabeth Arden Make-Up

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Let’s talk beauty…

Recently I was gifted thElAe beautiful Elizabeth Arden’s All Day Chic make-up set and I figured since I’m enjoying it so much I should recommend some of the products here.

What comes in the set is; four lipsticks, two lip glosses, two eyeshadow and powder palettes, a mascara, two lip pencils, two eye pencils, two brushes, a make-up remover and of course the bag it all came in.

The lipsticks come in the colours Desert Rose, a light shimmering pink colour, Breathless, a plumier coloured pink, Ultra Violet, a deep purple colour, as the name suggests and Red Door Red, a wonderful blue toned red. I haven’t yet used these all too much to suggest their staying power and moisturising/drying effects but they certainly go on well and have rich colours.

The lip glosses come in the colours Passion Fruit, a shimmering hot pink with a plum undertone, and Precious Petal, a shimmering peach tone. These are thick lip glosses and will stay on a while. They feel moisturising rather than drying, however, they are more of a sticky consistency, as many lip glosses are, so if you’re not a fan of that texture these won’t be for you.

The lip pencils are in two brown toned colours, Bare (a clay colour) and Sugared Kiss (a red based brown). These I haven’t used these on my lips since I don’t get on well with lip pencils but oddly, I mistook one for a brown eyeliner and used it on my lids. It was a great base for an eye shadow of a similar colour and kept on my lid all day. The eye pencils also have great deep colours in Gun metal and Smokey Black especially for people like me who like their black eyeliner.DSCF1307

Next is the mascara, which I have totally fallen in love with, it extends the length of your lashes amazingly and, when accompanied by the Smokey Black eyeliner, looks incredible.

The two eyeshadow/powder palettes include a range of colours and you can see from the pictures in this post exactly what is included in each one. The two palettes each contain 8 eye shadows, a blush and a shimmer powder. These include really great everyday colours suitable for everyone’s personal preferences and include colours suitable for contouring, blush, highlights and obviously eye shadow. However, these colours are very sheer and are not very pigmented. My particular favourite of the two palettes is the Nude Shimmer powder (from the gold palette) which I think is a beautiful colour and can be used as a highlighter.

Lastly, the set includes a round head brush and an angled brush for applying your makeup and a make-up remover (All Gone Eye and Lip Makeup Remover). These are all super good quality and work effectively.

If you want to look at the make-up set yourself and possibly gift another with it, you can see it here.

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Disclaimer – The image of the box is not taken by me, it is from: https://www.catchoftheday.com.au/product/elizabeth-arden-all-day-chic-color-collection-18-piece-set-327976/

Ps. The second image above is one that I shot and edited. It was edited so that the background of my room in the mirror couldn’t be seen.

YouTube: Strawburry17

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tumblr_nm1vcj6Z2z1riibkgo1_500Today I’m recommending the YouTube Channel Strawburry17 for a second time (to see my first blog click here). This is because the channel has recently released new shows and new seasons of shows after an intense shooting block. Over the past few years Meghan, Strawburry17, has been working hard to make her main channel a high quality production with a whole team working behind the scenes to make her content as good as possible. With this new season of Strawburry17, the hard work has paid off, creating awesome and unique new shows.

New shows include: Appy Hour, Kawaii Cookin, Cooking, Something New and Kyoot Toy Show. Appy Hour is hosted by Meghan and her brother J.D. to recommend their favourite apps right now. Kawaii Cookin sees Meghan using really cool sets, found in Little Tokyo L.A, to make cute little key chains or sweets. Cooking sees Meghan make something cool and edible using a pop culture reference, such as Doctor Who, Inside Out and Nintendo, as her inspiration. Something New sees Meghan tested to try new foods, or new objects, that she has never seen before, as picked out by her production team. She has been seen to try different types of Kit Kats, frozen dinners, sriracha foods and disgusting looking canned foods. Finally, Kyoot Toy Show sees Meghan unbox or create certain ‘cute’ toys and sees her demonstrate their uses in a short skit.

Some examples are below:

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Disclaimer – I do not own the above image, it is from: http://sosohappyofficial.tumblr.com/post/115074048915/selfie-time-with-strawburry17-aka-meghan-camarena

Music: Top 5 Videos

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Tinie Tempah feat. Jess Glynne – Not Letting Go

Major Lazer and DJ Snake feat. MØ – Lean On

Rixton – We All Want The Same Thing

Echosmith and Lindsey Stirling – Bright

Nick Jonas – Jealous

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Food: Cookie Dough Bites

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DSCF1295Everyone loves cookie dough right? Like the type out of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream… It’s my favourite type of ice cream but sometimes I think I just want the cookie dough pieces on their own… Well, I found exactly what I was looking for.

At my local B&M store I found Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites which are literally the cookie dough pieces in the centre of a layer of chocolate. They are delicious as you can imagine if you too enjoy the ice cream I mentioned above.

Not very healthy of course, but a nice little treat for those of us with a sweet tooth.

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