Monday, 14 November 2016

Blank Notebooks

I vow to fill a whole notebook.

I always wander through Paperchase and swoon over the beautiful notebooks. A5, hardback, spiral bound, soft bound, patterned, plain. And I always wonder, if only I had something to fill up one of these beautiful notebooks with.

I've tried keeping diaries, secret ones with locks on them that I would attempt to write secret things in, until I realised I didn't have anything personal to write. Writing about the weather and my school lessons was not very exciting. At aged 9, your life isn't really diary worthy.

I then tried to have a year diary. I bought one a few years ago, vowing to write down every university deadline, meetings and important things in it. Again, this lasted a few weeks, as I realised it was easier to write them on a big A4 sheet of paper that I stuck next to my mirror so I wouldn't forget. But somehow, I still managed not to notice it.

Then the craze of bullet journalling came along. My bloglovin timeline and instagram full of beautifully created pages. It wasn't until I somewhat started one that I realised that I wasn't creative enough to make the pages look beautiful. If I carried on trying, I would rip all the pages out in fustration as they didn't look pretty enough.

But, I was determined to change. Armed with my £5 birthday Paperchase treat, I marched straight over the notebook area and picked one on.  settled on a blue one, with yellow raindrops in it. And I vow to fill it up. I've realised it's not about being perfect. It doesn't have to look beautiful. I started by writing out what happened in my day. It turns out my life as a 22 year old isn't any more exciting than my 9 year old days. So I quickly stopped that.

I'm now using it for lists: What books I've read, what films I've watched, blog post ideas, favourite blogs, favourite instagrams, favourite songs. Working in a theatre means I have many a tickets to stick in, using the washi tape I purchased but never found a use for. I write down recipes of things I've made as I knew I would never remember the webpage I found it from. I even sat in an evening and wanted to practice some hand lettering. That went in the book.

Who knows, in years to come, I'll wonder what all the fuss was about. Why did I need to fill up this notebook with such mindless and useless infomation. But for now, I like it.


Friday, 11 November 2016

Chocolate Crackles

I am loving baking at the moment. I try and make something new every weekend if I have nothing else planned. Although, the lack of flatmates means that I end up eating more than usual!

This week I was looking through my Great British Bake off baking books and and found a recipe for Chocolate Crackles and they looked divine!

100g dark 70% cocoa chocolate 
100g butter
150g caster sugar
1 large egg
Vanilla extract
175g self raising flour
Icing sugar

1. Melt the chocolate in the microwave or over a saucepan with simmering water
2. Once melted, stir in the butter until the mixture is cooled. 
3. Add the sugar and mix into a paste and leave for 5 minute to cool.
4. Add the egg, vanilla extract and flour and mix into a dough
5. Leave to cool in the fridge for an hour
6. Pour some icing sugar into a plate 
7. Shape the dough into spheres and coat with icing sugar. Place on a greased baking tray
8. Cook for 10-12 minutes on 200 degrees. 


Sunday, 6 November 2016

Lush Cosmetic Warrior Review

I was a total Lush virgin.

In an attempt to sort out my skin, on the recommendation from twitter, and the lovely people who work in Lush (seriously, they are all so lovely and cool), I took the plunge and purchased a Cosmetic Warrior fresh face mask.

I was told about the different ingredients and a little bit was put on my hand whilst she was talking to me about my skin to see if there would be any reaction. It was so nice to be able to sit down with someone who knew what they were talking about, and so that you know you are getting the right product for your skin. I went in on a Tuesday lunchtime and it was pretty empty, hence them having enough time to sit down and properly talk to me.

The first thing that surprised me was how small the pot was. But, you do get a lot of product as it is pretty thick. I was told it would do about 6/8 applications. I definitely got more on the 8/10 scale!

Because it's fresh, it needs to be kept in the fridge, and it only has a month's use by. I know that the ingredients are fresh, but this is a bit of a downside to it, as it cost almost £7 and only lasts a month. But it's nice to know exactly what is in there, plus who made it which is pretty cute.

Yes, the rumors are true. It smells bad. I am getting used to it, but boy did it take me by surprise. With garlic, tea tree, eggs and grapes I believe, it is bound to smell a little fishy. But power through, the smell doesn't really linger.

I haven't seen a huge transformation in the way that my skin looks. It is slightly less red, but has broken me out a little bit. Maybe that's it doing it's magic. I have now got to the end and it hasn't completely transformed my skin. I use it before I go in the shower as it is quite hard to wash off by itself, and I don't really fancy my wash cloth to smell like the face mask. It is also very chunky, which feels really weird as you have bits of grape skin on your face.

I may purchase another pot in a month or so, just to have another go, but for now, it's back to the drawing board in the hope to get clearer skin!

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