16 September 2014
Growing up in Scotland, becoming an independent country has always been a thing of myth here.
My whole life there was always whispers, hopes, worries but more than anything disbelief that it would ever become a possibility.
I remember in school, in a history class, whilst we were studying the history of Scotland, someone put their hand up and asked the teacher if we would ever be an independent country again and her words were 'Not in our lifetime'.
And no matter how long I've known that this referendum for Scottish independence was going to happen and no matter how many arguments I watched on TV and things I've read in the papers, I still can not get my head around the fact that this magically, awesome thing that most past generations of Scottish people including myself have been told that we would never ever be allowed, is actually happening.
And what a crazy beautiful thing that is.
A chance without fighting, without violence and war to decide for ourselves what we, the people who live in it, want for our country.
It blows my mind when I hear some people say that they can't wait till the whole things over, I have never felt more excited to be part of something and to witness and create history. No matter what you believe, it is such a privilege to be given this decision when so many countries in the world are torn apart because they can't have this thing that we are getting given on a plate.
I just wish all of you could be here and feel the excitement with us. It feels like a really special place to be right now, like we can all feel that we are on the cusp of something and we are all just waiting, sitting, counting down the minutes until it happens.
Please don't believe the hype that you may see and hear on the TV about our country being divided. I have never felt Scotland be more united over something, yeah so half of us may disagree with the other half but we have joined together in the fight to become aware and informed, we have all become engaged in something together, we discuss it, argue it and sometimes even shout it but we have all joined together because of the love we have for our country, because at the end of the day if we didn't care about where we came from we wouldn't be so damn passionate about what is going to happen to it.
I know this isn't the normal type of post I would write on my blog and to be honest I didn't know if I should address it or not and then I realised that it is such a big part of life at the moment that it would be weird not to.
I don't mind at all what your opinion or vote (if you have one) is on the referendum. In fact I love hearing what people think about it.
I think this is such a wonderful experience to have been able to be a part of and I can't wait to go and help history happen by ticking that wee box on Thursday.
12 September 2014
I thought I would just do a really fun look today.
When I was younger I used to use every colour eyeshadow under the sun and I always had on a colourful eyeliner to match and I feel like as I've gotten older I stick to my got-to golden eye with black flick.
I seem to shy away from using as much colour on my eyes so I wanted to try and create a look that used colour but still looked a bit more grown up and less like I'd stuck my face in a rainbow.
I kept my lid eyeshadow free and just did a slick of black gel liner along my top lash line ending in a flick.
I then took a black eyeliner pencil and rimmed my water line and my inner top lash line so my eyes looked really defined.
I then drew quite a thick line underneath my bottom lashes with the black pencil, I smudged it with my fingers so that it looks really smoky and messy, its ok if it looks a bit dark and gives the impression that you've never sleep in 10 years and the next step calms the darkness of it down a bit.
Take an eyeshadow that is a really strong pop of colour I choose THIS which is called Asphyxia and it's from Urban Decay, It's a strong colour but also has an iridescent feel to it. I also knew that tone of purple would work well with the black, a green would also work great too.
You then just brush a thick line of eyeshadow under and into the black smudgy line you have created, make sure you blend it altogether and make the colour go as far down under your lashes as you like.
And that's it.
I like the pop of colour being under my eyes rather than on my actual eye socket where I used to always put it as I think it defines your eyes a bit better and makes you look less like your going to a school disco, if you know what I mean?
I hope you like it, let me know what you think and if you've got any questions leave them in the comments below or give me a tweet HERE.
P.S. I've just had a google and the eyeshadow I have used to create the look is in the sale HERE for £8.40
11 September 2014
I have this song on repeat at the moment. I just love it....
It's makes you wanna dance when you listen to it so be prepared....
I'm off to buy MisterWives new EP and you can buy it HERE on Amazon too for £3.99 - Bargain!
Let me know what you think?
10 September 2014
"Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything?
Imagine if she hadn't forgotten the book. Or if there hadn't been traffic on the expressway. Or if she hadn't fumbled the coins for the toll. What if she'd run just that little bit faster and caught the flight she was supposed to be on. Would it have been something else - the weather over the Atlantic or a fault with the plane?
Hadley isn't sure if she believes in destiny or fate but, on what is potentially the worst day of each of their lives, it's the quirks of timing and chance events that mean Hadley meets Oliver...
Set over a 24-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver's story will make you believe that true love finds you when you're least expecting it."
I should just start off this review by saying this book is pretty perfect. It's one of those books that after I'd finished it all I thought was 'ah I really wish I had wrote that' it is such a simple yet beautiful idea for a story that my inner (wannabe) author just longs to be able to write.
This was set over the period of 24 hours which I just adored too. The book is really short and it does leave you desperate to read more but you don't have that feeling of being left without an ending. Everything that really needs answered is there and even though its set over a day it doesn't feel like too much has been crammed into it like others I've read in that same time frame have felt.
My favourite thing about this book was the dialogue and relationship between the two characters. It's the same reason why one of my favourite ever books is Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist and why I was so in love with the Eleanor & Park book too.
Conversation is all that really takes place, nothing really happens other than you get to hear about the inner workings of the characters, no tragedies, no vampires, no spaceships or worlds ending just people. That is the kind of stories that I love and The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight is a perfect example if that.
I think it's such a special thing when an author can write two people so beautifully that you feel truly inspired by their story after you've read it and that's exactly the way I felt after I had finished this book.
I would really recommend this to anyone who likes the above books that I mentioned or anyone looking for a short but ultimately pretty perfect read about falling in love.
You can buy it on amazon HERE for £3.86
Or get it on your Kindle for the same price.
Let me know what you think if you've read the book too?
Oh and P.S. All the way through reading this book all I could think was this would make the most amazing film and I'm so happy to have found out that they making it into one. I think it could become a classic Rom-Com the story is that awesome. So quick, read it before the movie is out!
8 September 2014
I thought today I would show you my new make-up storage!
I don't have a big space to keep my make-up in, I don't have a fancy dresser that I can sit those beautiful Perspex storage boxes on with the make-up in it, that so many bloggers have.
I have been needing a new solution for a while as my make-up was getting in such a mess as it was all basically in one bag and a basket and it was just so hard to find anything when I needed it quickly. I used a Muji travel pouch as my make up bag as I loved the size of it and that it was clear too. My plan was to buy a load of them and put my make-up in them, but they had discontinued the one I wanted and it would have ended up costing a lot of money to buy as many as I wanted.
Then one day as I was doing my work on my computer, with QVC on in the background (seriously, this is how I work best, no one can understand it, but I really do find QVC weirdly soothing to have on in the background, same if I can't sleep at night I find if I put this on I just drift away to sleep) and all of a sudden up popped these 'travel envelopes' I couldn't believe it, they looked so perfect, they were the exact thing I was looking for and were so much cheaper than the Muji ones, so I ordered them straight away.
They are from the Amanda Lamb collection on QVC, Amanda was the presenter of many travel programmes (Seriously I could watch 'A place in the sun' all day, why do they never buy a house at the end though, ahh so annoying) so she has put together a collection of travel accessories as she has travelled so much over the years and feels like there is a gap in the market for certain items.
I was so excited when I received all my little bags, you get 7 of them in total and I have only managed to fill 6 with my make-up.
They are obviously intended for use when your travelling but they are beyond amazing as make-up storage and I'm sure they would work for so many other things too.
They are really thick plastic, so your not scared your stuff will break through it, The zips are great and don't stick. Overall I would say they are really amazing quality and I couldn't be happier with them.
I separated my make up into the following to make it easier for me to find everything-
It's so easy now to find all my make-up and I love having all the bit's and bob's separated into different bags, so much quicker for doing my make-up.
These are perfect if you don't have much space for your make-up as these are just amazing to keep it all contained in a small space, whilst still making it pretty and super accessible too.
The bags come in either Black or Pink and you can get all 7 bags for £13.95 ....Bargain!
Buy them from QVC HERE