Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Five day blogging break

Hello lovely readers, 

By the time this post goes live I will be on my way to the channel tunnel (I'm scared) to go to the Belgian Grand Prix, so I will be taking a few days out of posting. 

I considered scheduling something or getting guest posts but I won't have a chance to tweet or respond to comments so it seemed pointless. 

I'm so excited to be going to Belgian, I've wanted to go to Spa-Francorchamps for years and I'm pretty excited that I'm going to be spending my birthday there. Though that does mean my family won't be there and there'll be no cake *sad face*. 

I'll be back late Monday 25th so blogging will start up the next day - don't worry I have something scheduled, not that I can possibly sleep-in anyway as I'm back at work on Tuesday. Joy. 

Enjoy your summer bank holiday UK peoples! 

Speak soon, 

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

6 ridiculous reactions to Taylor Swift's Shake It Off

Yesterday Taylor Swift released her new single Shake It Off and ridiculous comments ensued. 

During a Yahoo live stream Swift revealed her new single and new album (called 1989) details and confirmed that it will be a pop record and some people just can't handle that. 

I scoured the internet to sum up the reactions to her new 'sound'. A lot of people love it but talking about that would be no fun, instead I'm looking at people over-reacting. 

'Zomg twerking! She's Miley Cyrus.' 
Have you ever wanted to be Miley Cyrus? The good news is you can become Miley Cyrus in the comfort of your own home, or office. All you need to do is twerk badly, approximately once, and TA-DA, you are now Miley Cyrus. 

She also did ballet, amongst other styles, in the video yet no one is saying 'OMG SHE'S TURNING INTO MARY HELEN BOWERS.'. 

You're the parent, you have a lot of control over what your children see. Granted you can't control everything your children see but maybe you just don't show them the video? I'm sure those parents complaining are the same parents who took their little darlings to see Miley Cyrus and then complained about her lack of clothes and twerking. 

'If she wins a country award I'm moving to Canada'
Stop packing your bags - 1989 will be a pop album (inspired by 80s pop - I can't wait) so I doubt she'll be picking up any country awards. 

Anyway, what's wrong with Canada? I'd love to go to Canada. 

'Make it stop!'
See that little 'x' button in the corner of your screen there? Yep, that one. Better?

'RIP Taylor Swift' 
Shake It Off has gone to number one in some countries literally over night. I don't think we need to say any more here. 

'Did she run out of ex-boyfriends to talk about?'
Probably not, I mean she has got a new album coming out. 

What do you think about Shake It Off? Personally I love it and I'ma be dancing to it all day, even at work. 

Monday, 18 August 2014

Burial Rites - Hannah Kent | Book review

Burial Rites - Hannah Kent

Some spoilers

Title: Burial Rites
Author: Hannah Kent
Pages: 314 pages
Genres: Historical fiction, mystery

Description from Goodreads: 'Set against Iceland's stark landscape, Hannah Kent brings to vivid life the story of Agnes, who, charged with the brutal murder of her former master, is sent to an isolated farm to await execution. 

Horrified at the prospect of housing a convicted murderer, the family at first avoids Agnes. Only Tóti, a priest Agnes has mysteriously chosen to be her spiritual guardian, seeks to understand her. But as Agnes's death looms, the farmer's wife and their daughters learn there is another side to the sensational story they've heard.'

Burial Rites has been on my radar for a long time and after seeing the cover in Waterstones a couple of months back I had to have it. It's so pretty! 

Friday, 15 August 2014

Discuss: my experience with university

Over the past couple of days teens across the country have found out whether they got into university or not so I wanted to share my experience with university and start a bit of a discussion. 

I'd spent two years at college studying Forensic Science and was planning to go to university to study Forensic Science. I didn't really think about whether or not I wanted to go to university, I just thought I had to do it. 

One year and a half later I found myself quitting and starting a marketing apprenticeship. 

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Simple chocolate cheesecake | Recipe

Chocolate hazelnut cheesecake
Chocolate hazelnut cheesecake

This one is not healthy at all, I'm not even going to pretend it's healthy but we all deserve a treat occasionally and this is a delicious one. 

Last week I came across a Nutella cheesecake recipe on Vintage Teapot. Cheesecake contains my two food Achilles heels; cheese and biscuits, so I couldn't not try it out. 

The recipe was very simple but I made two minor adjustments to it;
- I used one 350g jar of Aldi hazelnut chocolate spread instead of Nutella.
- I put all the nuts on top of the cake because I forgot to put them in the base mixture - the base still worked fine. 

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Let's bust mental illness ignorance

The death of Robin Williams earlier this week has sparked many heartfelt posts about dealing with mental illnesses. I'm not going repeat what so many people have put perfectly, instead I'm asking for a bit of common sense when it comes to talking about mental illnesses. 

Over the past couple of days I've seen an increase in uninformed comments (and even jokes :|) about depression which most of those people probably made because they just don't know much about it. 

On occasion I've confronted people who joke about mental illnesses or treat it as something cool and the majority of the time people apologise and say it was a silly mistake. 

Whether any harm is meant or not they can be disheartening for someone with a mental illness because they feel they won't be taken seriously if they try to talk to someone or get help. It makes it easier for people to suffer in silence when they should be getting the help they deserve. 

According to UK charity Mind, 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem every year, so you know at least one person who's affected by this, whether you're aware of that or not. Don't be the person they're scared of telling because they think you will judge them or treat it like a joke. 

What I'm asking for is a bit of common sense and empathy. 

Mental illnesses are spoken about more than they used to be but it can still be hard to seek help because you feel weak, but having someone you can trust and talk to can make it a huge difference and make it a little easier. 

The chances are that if people who joked about mental illnesses found a loved one coming to them for help, it wouldn't be funny anymore, they would be concerned and helpful. But making jokes about it in front of people who are suffering makes sufferers feel awful, weak and like they have no one to turn to. 

The death of Robin Williams has encouraged people to talk about depression and other mental illnesses, so this is a good opportunity for us all to educate ourselves. 

Most importantly though, think twice before you make a comment about a mental illness. Is it worth getting a few RTs over stupid joke? Not really. 

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Quick Fix Facials - Exfoliating Scrub Mask | Review

Quick Fix Facials Exfoliating Scrub MaskQuick Fix Facials Exfoliating Scrub Mask swatch

Last year a couple of blackheads popped up and I picked up a tube of Quick Fix Facials exfoliating scrub mask specifically for busting blackheads and blocked pores.  

A bit about Quick Fix Facials
They aren't a brand I see mentioned often so here's a quick introduction. Quick Fix Facials are a UK based company who sell a line of facial products. 

The product
The packaging is bright and clean and I like that it's in a tube because it's clean and more hygienic. 

It contains pink rose clay to carry out a deep clean, glycolic acid for balancing out your skin tone and pomegranate extract with contains antioxidants and anti-aging properties. 

The mask itself is pinkish, smells a bit like play-dough (that's not a bad thing as far as I'm concerned), is fairly thick and has plenty of exfoliating granules in it. 
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