My Lifestyle Lately – July


Random Stuff

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I made a Geek Blogger Tag and no one joined in with it *whaaah!* :o(

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This is one of those books that is so well written, with a protagonist who’s so easy to like and a premise so interesting that you don’t want to finish reading it. You always want it there to dip into when you want something easy and familiar, like an old favourite TV show who’s repeats are always on some channel, somewhere. Sometimes I actually read quicker when I don’t like a book as I’m impatient to get rid of it, but I want to make this one last.

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I bought this from Topshop because it’s totally functional so I don’t spill my coffee and it’s refillable. Would I actually take it into Starbucks? No. Do I even frequent Starbucks? No.

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Very glad to see a fat furry bumble bee! He had a snack and flew off out the window again.

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It’s been torrential rain on and off for days. It’s ended the unbearable humidity which I am pleased about as I don’t feel faint anymore and my hair is frizz-hallo free.

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I’ve really gotten into gaming again with Metal Gear Solid V. I found the previous one to be very dark but this is much more entertaining. It’s the usual kind of open world RPG where you can roam around randomly or select missions. It also includes a hat shaped like a chickens head which you can wear if you want to be a metaphorical chicken and not have your enemies see you; A device which extracts enemies from the area by suspending them from a balloon and whooshing them away, including various animals which is equally cute and hilarious; Cheesy 80’s pop songs blasting out from your helicopter and an option to detach your robotic hand and send it scurrying around after your enemies.

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This is my new iridescent laptop case by Skinny Dip London. I love how the colour changes completely in different lights and from different angles. From silvery pastel shades to glowing sea green and hot pink. The creases in it show up quite a bit but that’s just the nature of the material so I’m sliding my laptop out and trying to keep the case as flat as poss.

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It’s always good to appreciate the everyday things so I wrote this.

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It’s my back yard, it’s so pretty and I can’t take any credit for it at all, ha! So glad my Dad likes plants and flowers.

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We went to Bundobust again for gluten free beer and Indian veggie street food. We both have old school Nokia phones so if we want a photo we need to use an actual camera or iPad but we were too busy scoffing our scran!

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For my cheat day one Friday I had a Mediterranean roasted veg and feta pizza and added some extra pesto and a little Gouda cheese. So good!

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I got another free-from food haul (from The Vegan Kind shop and Holland & Barrett) and I reviewed all of the products here.

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I’ve discovered more cheese flavoured dairy-free crisps which are so tasty and won’t have any ill effects on me.

Style

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I’ve continuing with the cute rocker chick combo – black tops, plaid skater skirt/kilt and black boots. Does anyone know where I can find a black mesh top with full long sleeves? I’ve had to give my old one to charity because it started feeling too coarse because my sensory issues have gotten more er, sensitive.

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I swapped the white laces for black as I thought they went better with my Hello Kitty Vans and added some lace jewels because, cute + black + sparkle + Vans = Awesome.

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Finished customising my leather jacket (or pleather? I can’t remember) with a gorgeous little ‘Up all night’ pin from Milk and Moon UK. I don’t get to sleep until between 1.00 – 2.00pm, plus this is my ‘going out out’ jacket for evening.

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I bought something by Disney. Normally I’m a Tim Burton, DC Comics, Studio Gibli type of fan girl but it was affordable, teal/turquoise and fantasy themed so it won me over. If anyone has any other quirky-cute Disney suggestions then please let me know.

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If Disney made fortune cookies. Seriously though, I genuinely found this in my fortune cookie xoD

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The Bloke, dyed my hair Cyan again. We made a joint decision to put it all over my hair this time to make it darker in general. I much prefer my hair dark to a sun lightened mid-brown. You can read my 12 Tips For Dying Hair Easily here.

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I put together a Pastel Goth outfit I was really pleased with. Although these boots are made for walking, symmetrically patterned tights are not – unless you want to faff about matching them up again every 15 minutes.

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I put this together for those people who still want to look glam on Summer evenings and not like they just walked off a beach in Cyprus. Plus as you can tell, I love shiny things!

Beauty and Skincare

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I reviewed Arbonne’s Calm range here and absolutely loved it along with their shampoo and conditioner. I reviewed their Advanced range and got a horrible allergic reaction from two of their products. I was asked astonishingly to amend my review by their client who insisted that my unbearable itchiness, glowing red skin and sudden burning temperature was just how the products work! Ah, no. I mean one of them was a night cream FFS!

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I reviewed these two lip colours by Soap & Glory with both positive and negative thoughts about them both. You can read it here.

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I reviewed this natural shampoo to tame frizz with surprising results. You can find it here.

Always lovely to read your comments as they are always lovely comments, ha! No, but even if they weren’t quite so lovely it’s still nice hear from you all.

Chrissie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Faith In Nature Coconut Body Lotion Review

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I’ve tried Faith In Nature shampoos and not been remotely impressed; I’ve tried their shower gel and been rather apathetic toward it, but this Coconut Body Lotion is absolutely heavenly!

Made with organic coconut oil it’s amazing fragrance is all natural. I even had an attractive bearded shop assistant comment on how ‘lovely and tropical’ I smelled. Bonus!

This product is perfect for either warmer months or when you are trying to wriggle into skinny jeans and need a moisturiser which work well but also sink in quickly, without feeling tacky or greasy.

Where has this body lotion been all my life!

Rating ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

How to Brightly Colour Your Hair – Tips & Tools

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Your dying tool kit:

  • 2 X Gloves! Some dyes come with those giant plastic gloves but I find rubber gloves easier…Unless you have some of those tight kinky latex one’s. *snap*
  • Vaseline – for your face! Or any other thick grease to cover your ears, neck and just below your hairline.
  • A comb (preferably a tail comb which makes it easier to section off parts of the hair).
  • A tint brush with the end of a tail comb makes the whole process so much easier if your dye comes in a tub/tube.
  • Hair bobbles if you want to section off hair. I love these plastic/rubber no-snag ones as they are easy to manipulate with gloves on. DO NOT USE metal clips or one’s with metal springs as they can react to chemicals in the dye!
  • A damp soapy rag to wipe dye off your face, hands, work tops, walls, the dog etc.
  • A thick flat plastic bag to put your dye and tools on. It’s good to make a waterproof designated area so everything is to hand exactly when you need it.
  • A timer (I use an old kitchen one as I’m not bringing my phone or iPad anywhere near wet dye).
  • An old towel or at least one that’s the same colour as your dye to dry your hair with afterward.
  • Old sheets/towels/clothes

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How To:

  1. Don’t waste your time and money on trying to dye brown hair a lighter or brighter colour if you have not pre-lightened it first. Not only will it not show up properly but it might not even take at all. I recommend getting it lightened at a hairdressers to get the tone of blond correct and too make sure you don’t frazzle your hair. It’s also important to note that a lot of dyes can turn out several shades lighter than the colour on the packet (like in the photo’s above).
  2. Always do a patch test underneath, near the scalp 48 hours before. Even if you’ve used the dye before as formulas can change as can our sensitivities.
  3. Read the instructions thoroughly and don’t assume anything. Some dyes should be applied to wet hair, some to dry etc.
  4. Change into your old/black clothes.
  5. Cover up everything surrounding you, including the back of the chair and the floor, even if it’s vinyl like in the kitchen or bathroom. Sometimes no matter how much you clean it and what you use to clean with, you will still end up with permanent modern art on your floor if you don’t.
  6. Smear the grease over your ears and neck and just below your hairline.
  7. Put the gloves on BEFORE opening the dye – trust me.
  8. Clock what time you started at.
  9. Considering what areas are being dyed, either section off the hair with the tail comb/tint brush and fasten back with the bobbles or just comb hair flat and then paint on with tint brush.
  10. Remember hair strands are multi-dimentional so cover all sides with dye, especially if have very thick hair.
  11. Bairing in mind what time you started putting dye on, set the timer for how long it needs to develop. The longer you leave it, the more extreme the depth and vibrancy of the colour. So bear this in mind if you want a natural look. As a teen, I once aimed for ‘Auburn’ and came out a vibrant ‘Ginger ninja’. Quite a feat considering I didn’t pre-ligten my hair first.
  12. Before rinsing off, put fresh gloves on so you can really wriggle your fingers into the roots of your hair and loosen all of the dye. I looked like a character from Frozen a few weeks ago, with my blue finger tips and nails. Then wrap hair in the designated towel and your done!

Chrissie

 

Gluten & Dairy Free, Veggie Foodie Review

As most of you will know by now I’m a vegetarian with food intolerance to gluten, egg white and dairy. Dairy makes me ‘go’ and wheat and eggs put a swift halt to that, making me incredibly full and bloated. Sometimes if I’m careful they can balance each other out, like eating a thin crust pizza with lots goats cheese on or making an omelette with a layer of Cheddar cheese in the middle for instance. However, 90% of the time I stick with free-from foods as it’s simpler and much kinder on my body in so many ways.

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Gusto, Firebreath Oil

I know this isn’t exactly free-from but I bought it as a contrast to egg free mayo/garlic sauce for when I want a versatile spicy dressing and can’t be bothered reading endless ingredient labels in shops and having the fridge full of condiments. It’s perfect for pizza, pasta, salad and sauces.

Terre Vegane, Egg Free Omelett Mix

I’m getting a lot better at using this now. Pan well heated with a little oil, fry some onions or mushrooms a little first. Pour in mixture and swirl around pan, add salt and pepper. Leave it alone to cook then tease the edges loose and shake pan until omelett slides around. Flip over quickly and leave to cook again. Quick, simple and tasty, once you get the hang of it.

Rebel Kitchen, Mylk Banana 

This really should be called ‘Banana and Chocolate’ as it tastes just like banana and chocolate Chupa Chups. It’s coconut milk based rather soy which makes a nice change for dairy substitutes. My only complaint is the plastic straw as they never biodegrade but I s’pose if if your kid has a dairy intolerance/allergy what are you going to do?

Vego Whole Hazelnut Chocolate Bar (large)

Are these really the holy grail of dairy-free choccy bars? Yup! They taste like the outside of Forrero Rocher. Nommmmm. The Vegolino Fine Nougat Pralines taste like the centre of Forrero Rocher by the way but I find them too sickly.

Primal Strips Texas BBQ

I think these are even more divisive than Marmite. You either start craving them or you literally can’t chew them. Made from soy protein (non GMO) they are sort of squidgy and have a grain to them. Because of my Sensory Processing Disorder I crave stimulation when it comes to textures and flavour. As a kid I would demolish Peperami’s in seconds like some little wild cave-child so I love these! However, I’ve heard some people describe them as similar to eating an eraser and an old leather boot so…

Geo Choco Peanut Butter

I have to mix peanut butter with strawberry jam otherwise it feels like cement in my mouth. I ignored this fact when I bought this, thinking the chocolate would be runny and slippery enough. It’s not. I’ve started adding this to banana and almond milk smoothies instead of putting it on my grainy Genius bread. Maybe if I tried it on thin white bread it would be better.

Free & Easy Cheese Flavour Sauce Mix

I mix this up in a jug with sweetened almond milk, a little salt and some smoked paprika. Then I pour it into a pan of drained pasta and heat it while stirring constantly until it’s really thick. It makes some pretty good Mac n’ ‘cheese’!

Bouja Bouja Hazelnut Chocolate Truffles

I’m so glad I don’t have a nut allergy! These are little squares of heaven. They are dusted with bitter chocolate powder but are soft and sweet on the inside – the perfect balance once you bite into them.

Bute Island, Creamy Sheese, Cheddar Style Spread

This tastes exactly like their solid Cheddar style cheese. Similar to real cheese but slightly sweater, a lot like Wotsits or Cheese Poofs.

The Foods of Athenry, Belgian Chocolate Biscuit Bar, Caramel Rocky Road

THE BEST CHOCOLATE BAR EVER! This had caramel, marsmallow, biscuit and chocolate. It did not last very long. Nommmm

OMBAR, Centres, coconut and vanilla

This is the lightest, most refreshing little chocolate bar.  It tasted similar to a dark Bounty bar but with a smooth texture.

GranoVita Mushroom Pate 

Subtle savoury flavour, lovely on warm crusty bread or on crackers with cherry tomatoes.

I hope I’ve inspired you to try something a little different or maybe filled a gap in your dietary preferences, if you’ve been struggling.

What do you think of these?

Chrissie

 

Soap & Glory, Gloss Stick and Matte Lip

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Soap & Glory, Gloss Stick in Nudist

This is super glossy and does make lips look bigger but there is very little colour payoff, which I was really disappointed about. It’s non sticky which is a bonus but as a result doesn’t last particularly long. I just use it as a clear gloss if I want to make any of my matte or silk lipsticks shine for a change (as I don’t have all colours in all finishes). Oh, almost forgot to mention, it smells like marshmallows.

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Soap & Glory Matte Lip in Chocoberry 

This is the kind of half-matte lip product I like as it’s non drying, glides on easily and it doesn’t dry down to a dull flat kind of look. The pigment slowly and subtly fades over a number of hours and lasts through drinks but not a meal. The problem I have is the colour, which is very berry but without a hint of chocolate. It’s really bright! I’ve started dabbing a brown moisturising lipstick over the top to get the colour I want but obviously that doesn’t last as long as the matte colour underneath. At least it brings out the light green in my eyes I s’pose.

Rating ❤ ❤

Chrissie

 

Geek Blogger Tag 2017


I really love joining in with blog tags and reading other bloggers answers, so I decided to make one of my own. This is for absolutely any one who wants to join in! ^_^

What is your earliest memory of liking something un-mainstream or geeky?

The live action film of Marvels Howard The Duck in the 80’s. Pretty sure that film wasn’t meant for little kids but I loved it!

What is your fave geeky item of clothing or accessory?

Has to be my Count Duckula tee from Truffle Shuffle.

What guilty purchases do you treat yourself to sometimes?

Funko Pops! Hardly original, ha!

What are your favourite geeky or unusual books (including comics or graphic novels)?

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, Little Big by John Crowley and The Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger and The Crow by James O’ Barr.

Which geeky/alternative character do you identify with most and why?

Jane, the best friend of Daria in the 90’s TV series Daria. She was alternative in an edgy sort of way, plus she was sarcastic and observational but more optimistic than Daria.

What are your favourite hobbies other people consider geeky?

Keeping a rough scrap book full of mood boards or ticket stubs or anything else you can glue to a page that’s interesting. Keeping an optimism diary complete with cute stickers.

What are your favourite retro games (tabletop or console/PC)?

Idiot Box from the 90’s full of questions on film and TV. Dingbats which was full of those say-it-as-you-see-it cartoons which describe well known sayings. C64 games like Rainbow Islands, Bounder and Manic Miner.

Who is your geeky inspiration IRL?

Jennifer Lawrence. She falls, a lot (she’s won me over already) but she also says inspirational things in her usual un-sanctamonious way.

What would your superhero/vigilante name be and what would your power/special skill be?

Wenchetta and my special skill would be Jeet Kune Do which uses your opponents moves, weight and momentum against them, while you stay relatively still using the least energy possible.

What 3 geeky TV series have you gotten into lately?

Westworld OMG it’s amazing! Lucifer, why does no one ever talk about this series, it’s been on forever? Elementary, a US version of Sherlock Holmes with Johnny Lee Miller and Lucy Loo which actually works really well. I have a huge crush on Miller as Sherlock. Rick and Morty, how have I only just come across this wonderful madness!?

Don’t forget to add the logo and a link back to my blog in your reply post to join in! Let me know if you do in the comments so I can pop over and have a read ^_^

Chrissie

Arbonne, Calm Range Review

I’ve only recently discovered Arbonne, traditionally a skincare company developed in Switzerland in 1975 and I’m impressed with the purity of their products and the ethically sourced botanicals they contain. Their products – now ranging from skincare and makeup to nutrition – are vegetarian, free from animal products or by-products, artificial flavours, artificial sweeteners, benzene, formaldehyde donating preservatives, mineral oil, parabens, petrolatum, phthalates, sodium laureth sulfates (SLES), sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), synthetic dyes and talc and gluten.

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I have mild heyfever so my skin gets irritated easily in spring and summer, so I need lighter, gentler products making the Calm range perfect for me.

Soothing Facial Serum

• Aloe vera (Aloe barbadensis) soothes Aloe vera (Aloe barbadensis) soothes and moisturises
• Cucumber (Cucumis sativus) helps soothe skin
• Liquorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) softens and soothes skin
• Mallow (Malva sylvestris), rich in vitamins, softens and soothes
• Chamomile (Anthemis nobilis) contains antioxidant properties
• Sea mayweed (Matricaria maritima) calms skin
• Japanese green tea (Camellia oleifera) helps soothe skin

It’s been so humid lately I’ve not needed to use any moisturiser (my skin sucks up the moisture out of the air so well) but my skin did need soothing and balancing, which is exactly what this serum achieved and without any oil slicks around my T-zone in the evening. I’m going to carry on using my usual serum for Autumn and Winter as it contains vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid and retinol (which I know some people can be sensitive to so it’s understandable this wouldn’t be a suitable ingredient for the Arbonne Calm range).

Gentle Daily Cleanser

• Aloe vera (Aloe barbadensis) soothes and moisturises
• Cucumber (Cucumis sativus) helps soothe skin
• Liquorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) softens and soothes skin
• Mallow (Malva sylvestris), rich in vitamins, softens and soothes
• Chamomile (Anthemis nobilis) contains antioxidant properties
• Sea mayweed (Matricaria maritima) calms skin
• Japanese green tea (Camellia oleifera) helps soothe skin

I think I’ve worn makeup twice this whole summer but when I did, it was a full face. This gentle cleanser removed all of my makeup (although I wasn’t wearing water proof mascara) and left my skin feeling clean, refreshed and nourished.

Soothing Eye Gel

• Aloe vera (Aloe barbadensis) soothes and moisturises
• Cucumber (Cucumis sativus) helps soothe skin
• Liquorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) softens and soothes skin
• Mallow (Malva sylvestris) rich in vitamins, softens and soothes
• Chamomile (Anthemis nobilis) contains antioxidant properties
• Sea mayweed (Matricaria maritima) calms skin
• Japanese green tea (Camellia oleifera) helps soothe skin

I have to confess that I’ve been upping my salt and water intake to help me cool down in the heat and my gosh has it made a difference to my giant puffy eye bags! After using this gel (which I keep in the fridge and apply by gentle taping with my ring finger) my bags weren’t visible AT ALL. Can’t get any better than that!

Gentle Daily Moisturiser

After some gentle exfoliating with a fruit peel my face needed some moisturiser but I was dreading the feel of it on my skin and wondering if it would be too heavy. My skin absorbed this moisturiser immediately and any redness from exfoliating had subsided within five minutes. I also used some on my hands which were rather dry as it was to hand (please excuse the pun) and it worked really well. I would recommend this as a basic moisturiser to everyone, no matter what their skin type.

Overall Rating ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

Chrissie

 

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30 Random Things I Appreciate


As this hot weather is kicking my chronically fatigued arse – no matter how much salt and water I have and no matter how many cans of energy drinks and jars of coffee I go through – I thought I’d write a simple list post. A positive reminder to value the simple things in life.

  1. Having someone kind enough to go out and buy almond milk to make me iced coffee
  2. Caffeine in all its wonderful forms
  3. Feeling alert and awake
  4. Cold shoulder tops and strapless dresses which don’t fall down (I might as well add unicorns and mermaids here)
  5. Quiet neighbours
  6. Friendly neighbours
  7. Dairy free White-Russian’s
  8. The ambient music on the main screen of the PS4 as it helps me concentrate more than silence
  9. The fact I have a laptop so my hands and neck don’t cramp up after ten minutes of typing
  10. Lots of natural light pouring inside
  11. Shade from trees outside
  12. Having a cool shower on a stiflingly hot day
  13. Cucumber sticks and humus
  14. Ben & Jerry’s Cookie Dough ice cream
  15. An appetite, clearly
  16. Giant bolster cushions from Ikea
  17. Vans and Converse trainers
  18. Someone to watch sci-fi, superhero and fictional detective TV shows with
  19. Those pretend-felt blankets from Ikea
  20. Gluten free beer
  21. Bloody Mary’s (best hangover cure, ever!)
  22. A strong and constant wifi signal
  23. Awesome people I chat to regularly on social media or through my blog
  24. Offers of collaborations from some lovely brands
  25. A partner who’s into gaming at the same level as me
  26. Having a terrible head for figures but knowing the value of things
  27. Well grilled ‘cheese on toast’ with black pepper
  28. Hugs
  29. Restful sleep
  30. People reading all of this list

Chrissie

If You Like It Then You Should’a Put Some Bling On It!

If You Like It Then You Should'a Put Some Bling On It!

 

There’s always a way to incorporate sparkle into every outfit, for any occasion.