Unpopular Opinions Makeup Tag

My lovely friend Heather from Just Geeking By tagged me in this a while ago but because my iPad has decided to put the keypad right in the middle of the screen so I can’t see what I’m typing!? So I have to use my laptop for blogging, (which I keep at home) on days I don’t have brain fog.

Popular Makeup Product You Don’t Like

Brow kits. Unlike Heather, I have found shades which work for me (usually more ashy tones, oddly) but the wax just isn’t strong enough. My brows grow along and downward. I had to brush them through with hairspray on a spooly to stop them looking like Hagrid’s! I’m so glad I wear glasses now which cover them, and eye bags too.

Popular Makeup Product/Brand That Everyone Else Seems To Hate But You Love

The Body Shop. I’ve used their products since I was 12 in the 90’s and still rely on the Lipbalm from their Hemp range, everyday. I didn’t buy from the brand during the time they were owned by L’Oreal.

Yes, it can be annoying having their reps creep into your DM’s but I don’t consider them to be one of the aggressive and greedy MLM’s that screw over their reps (which is bigger concern for me).

I’m staying out of the whole JK Rowling debacle on both sides.

Makeup Collab You Didn’t Like or Weren’t Interested In

I have to agree with Heather on this one, I’m not that interested in who has designed the product as long as what it does, works for me. I really like Soph from Soph Does Life but I didn’t rush to buy her makeup because I have far too much makeup already.

Popular Makeup Step That You Never Do

Primer as it clogs my pores terribly. Stupidly I don’t use eyeshadow primer either, even though I have very oily lids, then wonder why my perfectly blended makeup looks muddy after half an hour. Yup, I need to buy some!

Popular Beauty Influencer You Don’t Subscribe To/Watch

People like James Charles as I think their unnatural look and the amount of layers they use is more along the drag side of makeup. I prefer to still look like myself, even with a full face of makeup on. No shade thrown to anyone.

Popular Makeup Product/Brand That You Dont Use/Support Anymore

Max Factor, L’Oreal because they STILL disgustingly test on animals (and sell in China). They also buy up cruelty free brands (simply to get the competition off the market), with no intention of becoming cf companies themselves but they still profit from well-intentioned shoppers who don’t want to support cruel companies.

Makeup Trend That You Have No Interest In Trying

Cut-creases. I know they are more of a wildly used technique than a trend these days. My skin is so soft (because of Hypermobilty Syndrome) and I have such little space between my eyes and brows that’s it’s almost impossible, unless I used a dark, narrow, almost graphic line. I tend to graduate colour sideways along my eyes and then go upward at the edges.

Makeup Product That Worked Better In Theory. Either Swatched Better or Worked Better On Others Than You

All over illuminator under/over foundation, specifically Charlotte Tilbury, Hollywood Flawless Filter. It showed up ALL of my flaws! If you already have very even, smooth skin with tiny pores then it will make you look even better. If you are like me, it will throw the textures and different depths on the surface of your skin into stark contrast with each other, oh and settle into your pores too. Gold pores – awesome.

So let me know what you think of this post and if you want to join in then please do!

πŸ–€βœ¨Chrissieβœ¨πŸ–€

The Stuck at Home Blog Tag

The Rules

β€’ Thank the person that nominated you (I found this tag on Cranky Autistic and decided to join in!)

β€’ Answer all the questions below

β€’ Pingback to the creator: Ellyn at Allonsythornraxxbooks

β€’ Nominate five other book bloggers to do this tag (or just leave it as a free-for-all)

What Are You Currently Reading? 

Tina Turner’s autobiography My Love Story. She writes like she’s having a chat with a friend, with all of her personality coming through.

What’s Your Favourite Can’t Leave The House Activity?

Connecting with people through blogging and social media. I don’t have a smart phone, so can’t do this out of the house, unless I’m in a free wi-fi area. I want to be fully engaged in the moment outside the house anyway.

A Book You’ve Been Meaning to Read?

The Velveteen Rabbit. I watched a cartoon film of it as a little kid and it was the first story that made me feel a crazy amount of emotions. “Whaaaaaaah!” “Yaaaaaaaaay!”

An Intimidating Book on Your TBR?

The last two books in the Otherworld series by Tad Williams. It’s very thick and pretty trippy and also disturbing in places so it was giving me vivid, hyper-real dreams of that nature. So literally and literary intimidating!

Top Three Books on Your TBR?

The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman (prequel to film Practical Magic)

On The Come Up by Angie Thomas (an urban drama about an up and coming female rapper)

Astragal by Albertine Sarrazin (Patti Smith loves this book)

Recommend a Short Book

Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosley. A gritty neo-noir detective novel, covering race, the American dream, status, trust and self respect.

Recommend a Long Book

His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman. An amazing multi-layered story. The film and TV adaptation missed out entire plot lines which were vital to understanding the thing as a whole. Please just read the book instead.

Something You’d Love to Do While Stuck at Home? 

Get into baking but have someone else shop for ingredients, take it out of the hot oven and then tidy up and wash up afterward. So I’d be chucking stuff into a bowl, mixing and awkwardly rolling/folding and messily filling/icing, all the fun stuff basically! I’m heavily playing the Dyspraxia and chronic fatigue card here aren’t I, hehee!

What Book Do You Plan on Reading Next?

A comedy-drama about three more-mature women going on a road trip together through Italy, having fun and discovering lots of surprises about themselves and each other. Can’t for the life of me remember who it’s by or what it’s called! It’s my light summer read for when I’m brain fogged in the heat (appropriate vague answer then I guess).

Hope you found my (slightly random) answers interesting. I’m not tagging anyone as I don’t want them to feel pressured in this weirdest of times, so if you want to join in, then just join in!

Tag me in your post so I can have a read of your answers and please make sure you mention the original creator Ellyn (link above).

πŸ–€βœ¨Chrissieβœ¨πŸ–€

The Ultimate Film List Challenge

Put an emoji against each film you’ve seen, count them up and see how you did!

I got 162 out of 225

The Revenant πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Rocky Horror Picture Show πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Grease πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Pirates of the Caribbean franchise πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Harold Lloyd Safety Last πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Footloose

Fight Club πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Parasite

Maze Runner franchiseπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

The Great Gatsby πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Neverending Story

Blazing Saddles

Airplane πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

The Princess Bride πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Anchorman πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Crazy Rich Asians

A Few GoodmenπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

In The Line of FireπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

How to Train Your Dragon films πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Napoleon Dynamite πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Labyrinth πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Saw

Step Brothers πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

White Noise πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Some Like It HotπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

50 First Dates

The Princess Diaries πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

The Nightmare Before Christmas πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Scream franchise πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

The Dark CrystalπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Ginger SnapsπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Edward Scissor HandsπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Superbad πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Million Dollar Baby πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Harry Potter franchise πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Resident Evil πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

The Wedding Singer πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Lilo & Stitch πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Finding Nemo πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Finding Neverland πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Jurassic Park films πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Signs πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

My Neighbour Totoro πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Coralline 😱

White Chicks πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Butterfly Effect πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

13 Going on 30

iRobot πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

AIπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Universal SoldierπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Lemony Snicket: A Series Of Unfortunate Events πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

The Devil Wears Prada πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Deep Impact! πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

The Gridiron Gang πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Never Been Kissed πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Meet The Parents πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

10 Things I Hate About YouπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Mean Girls πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

A Knights TaleπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

KING KONG

The Terminal πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

The Sisterhood of the Travelling PantsπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Baby Driver

Dumb & Dumber πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Final Destination franchise πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

HalloweenπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

The Ring

Bad SantaπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Hitchcock’s Rear Window

Mrs Doubtfire πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Rock of AgesπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Practical Magic πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Chicago πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Ghost Ship πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

From Hell πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

HellboyπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Secret Window πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

I Am Sam πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

The Truman ShowπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

The Day After Tomorrow πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Hunger Games franchiseπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Child’s Play

Seed of Chucky

Bride of Chucky πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

P.S. I Love YouπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Just Married πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Gothika

Sixteen Candles

Coach Carter πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

The Grudge

The Mask πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Bad Boys franchise πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Joy Ride

Lucky Number Slevin

AvatarπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Alien Franchise πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Ocean’s Eleven πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Ocean’s TwelveπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Ocean’s ThirteenπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Howls Moving CastleπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Bourne franchiseπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Bond franchise (new)πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Black Swan πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Kingsman: The Secret Service πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

The Princess and the Frog (Disney)πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

The Mummy franchise πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Predator franchise πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

The Fog πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Ice Age franchise πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

The Best Exotic Marigold HotelπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Independence Day πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Cujo

A Bronx Tale

Darkness Falls

Christine πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

ET πŸ’—

Children of the Corn

Leon πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Maid in Manhattan πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

War of the Worlds πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Rush Hour franchise πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

The Best Bet

How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

She’s All That πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Calendar Girls

Sideways πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Mars Attacks πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Event Horizon

Ever After

Wizard of Oz (original)πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Forrest Gump πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Big Trouble in Little China πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

The Terminator franchise πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Ant Man πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Ant Man and the WaspπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Die Hard franchiseπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Spider Man franchiseπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Batman franchiseπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Blade RunnerπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Jeepers Creepers

Jeepers Creepers 2

Catch Me If You Can πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

The Little Mermaid πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Freaky Friday πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Reign of Fire

The Skulls

Cruel Intentions πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

BurlesqueπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Shrek️ franchiseπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Swimfan

Miracle on 34th Street πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Old School

The Notebook πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

K-PaxπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Krippendorf’s Tribe

A Walk to Remember

Kidulthood films πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Boogeyman

The 40-year-old Virgin

Little Miss SunshineπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Lord of the Rings franchise πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Indiana Jones franchiseπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Basketball DiariesπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Hostel

Do the Right Thing πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

House of 1000 Corpses

Devils Reject

Elf πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

HighlanderπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Mothman Prophecies️

American History XπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

The Jacket

Kung Fu Hustle

Shaolin Soccer

Night Watch

Monsters Inc πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Titanic πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Monty Python and the Holy Grail πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Shaun Of the Dead πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Legally BlondeπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

High Tension

Club Dread

Hulk πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Dawn Of the Dead πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Hook πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Mad Max (old or new)πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

28 days later πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Ghostbusters franchiseπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Phantasm

Water World 🀣

Kill Bill Vol 1 πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Kill Bill Vol 2 πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Mortal Kombat

Wolf Creek

Kingdom of Heaven πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

The Hills Have Eyes

Miss Congeniality πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

The Last House on the Left

Re-Animator

Army of Darkness

Star Wars franchise

Joker

The Irishman

The Matrix franchiseπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Evil Dead1

Evil Dead 2

Team America: World Police

Red Dragon πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Silence of the Lambs πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Hannibal πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

The Breakfast Club πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Fast Times at Ridgemont High

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Grown Ups

Dazed and confused

Natural Born KillersπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Pretty in Pink πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Sweet Charity πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Polar Express πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

American Werewolf in London πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Fantastic Four πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Leprechaun

The Blindside πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Inside Out

How did you do?

Let me know your score and what you want (or don’t want) to watch! I’ve got The Irishman, Joker and Inside Out on my watch list. I have no intention to watch any horror films – ever.

πŸ–€βœ¨Chrissieβœ¨πŸ–€

Have You Ever… Blog Tag

A bit of geeky, PG fun in this time of craziness.
Have you ever…?

🏎 Driven or been driven at 100 miles an hourNo but that sounds fun!

βš”οΈ Learned a possibly deadly skill – Axe throwing?

🚁 Ridden in a helicopter- Yes for my 21st but it was a bit boring
πŸ™€ Gone zip lining – No because it was closed! *sob*

🏈 πŸ’ Been to an NFL game or Ice Hockey – Yes (Manchester Storm)

πŸ‘½ Watched Dr Who – Yes, because Peter Capaldi was the Dr

🍁 Been to Canada – No but I’d like to live there
🏰 Visited Disney – Nah

πŸ— Visited an actual castle – Many times on holidays in Wales

🎲 Visited Vegas – No
🍽 Eaten alone at a restaurant – No, unless you count cafes

🎹 Played an instrument – Saxophone (badly), Electric Guitar (a bit better)

🏍 Ridden a motorcycle – No, sadly
πŸ‡ Ridden a horse – Do Blackpool donkeys count?
πŸ’‰ Donated blood – Not yet. My blood pressure is all over the place because I get tachycardia easily.
πŸ‚β›· Been skiing/snow boarding – Not but I’d love to try snowboarding

πŸ• Gone camping – Once, it was cozy.

πŸ‘©β€πŸŽ€ Gone to a festival – Beatherder. The 1st time, we won The Golden ticket and got in for free and got Β£100 beer money and free merch and it was warm and sunny. The 2nd time was a total, freezing mud bath.

πŸš— Driven a stick shift -Yes, 3 lessons, never again! My instructor who I got on brilliantly with asked me to reconsider driving!
πŸš“ Ridden in a police car? – Taken me home a few times
🚀 Driven a boat – I was on a boat and we rescued another little boat that was sinking.
🐌 Eaten Escargot – No!
🚒 Been on a cruise – No
πŸŽ₯ Been on TV – No

πŸ“° Been in a paper/book/magazine – A few times, winning competitions. I got to ask actress Saroise Ronnan and (my idol at the time) Juliette Lewis questions. I also won a huge goodie bag (the middle shelf of Cosmopolitan magazines beauty cupboard) for best outfit. I got the below photo published in Festival Annual (and therefor got a free copy of it).

🍣 Eaten Sushi- Yes all the time (avocado)
🌌 Seen a UFO – Maybe?
πŸ— Been Bungie jumping – OH HELL NO!

πŸ¦” Rescued an animal – A hedgehog outside a theme park. Everyone was just staring and photographing it so I picked it up with my hoodie and put it in some bushes across the motorway (where it was heading).

🀩 Met someone rather famous – Erm, Eddie Izzard, Hurley from Lost, Craig Charles

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Okay, your turn, just copy and paste the questions and include a link to the blog where you found it.

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Hello lovely people, I can’t wait to read your answers!

πŸ–€βœ¨Chrissieβœ¨πŸ–€

Would You Rather tag (with bonus christmas questions)

I came across this on the awesome Hunida’s blog. It originated with The Newbury Girl Β (I think) but I wanted to keep the chain going so I joined in!

1. Would you rather lose all of your money or all your sentimental items?

When I first read this question I immediately thought I’d want to keep sentimental items (I do have a giant shoe box as a β€˜memory box’) but having no money would take away all of my independence and make me totally reliant on others. So it would have to be the items *sob*

2. Would you rather experience unrequited love or never love at all?

I don’t think I’d like to be incapable of love. The guys I’ve loved haven’t loved me back to the same extent and vice-versa. So to never be madly, intoxicatingly in love again would be okay with me!

3. Would you rather own your own business or work for someone else?

I don’t have the executive functioning to be my own executive (bad Aspie joke) and I’ve actually liked a lot of my bosses, so I’d work for someone else.

4. Would you rather give up television (including streaming/YouTube) or reading?

I get eye strain really easy when reading and I love that I can watch telly with people and chat about it.

5. Would you rather give up sushi or tacos for the rest of your life?

I’d give up tacos. The ones in the UK are really hard and crispy and just break in half as soon as you bight them. I love veggie sushi, it’s so refreshing but filing.

6. Would you rather live in your hometown and never travel anywhere, or live in another country but never visit home?

I have lived in my hometown all my life and love Manchester but it would be cool to live somewhere else and have my Dad visit me (he loves travelling btw).

7. Would you rather live in the desert or live in a frozen tundra?

Hmmm, extreme heat fatigue probs or terrible circulation probs. I’d be unconscious with the heat so frozen tundra it is.

8. Would you rather eat dessert (but never dinner) or dinner (but never dessert)?

I’m such a salty person – so to speak. I find a lot of deserts too sickly after a while.

9. Would you rather run a successful blog or a successful YouTube channel?

Blog! I hate the sound of my voice as my Dyspraxia means my pitch and tone can accidentally be a bit over the top (too dramatic) or really monotone (too sarcastic sounding), plus when I’m fatigued I sound a bit pissed, ha!

10. Would you rather give up all makeup/cosmetics products or give up β€œdressing fashionably”?

I need skincare but I actively try to avoid wearing anything that happens to be in fashion at the time. So I’d bin fashion (or the idea of things being in or out of fashion) in general actually.

5 Bonus Christmas Questions!

1. Christmas jumper or Christmas Jewellery?

These 5 are my questions so I can cheat and say both jumper and jewellery, and a Crimbo scrunchy and pin badges and socks and…

2. Classic or Contemporary Christmas Songs?

Contemporary as in Stay Now by East 17 and All I Want For Christmas by Mariah.

3. Christmas dinner with ALL of your family or dinner cooked by your fave chef in a restaurant?

Well seeing as my Dad is going on holiday and he’s my only family, it would have to be a restaurant in this scenario. There’s a really fit Asian chef that was on Celebrity Masterchef this year.

4. A big surprise present or five things off your wish list?

As I’m (just about) financially stable and can’t buy my own stuff, I’d love a big surprise! Maybe a trip to see The Northern Lights.

5. Snowball fight outside or ice skating at a rink?

I tried to ice skate once, for fifteen terrifying minutes. I’m ace at snowball fights though, tactical and ruthless!

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Please feel free to join in with this tag and include your own photos of your choices if you want, or just comment instead!

πŸŽ„ChrissieπŸŽ„

The Geeky Girl Tag

I know I’ve done this before but it was quite a while ago and likes and dislikes change over time, so I’m doing it again! I noticed this recently on A Geeky Gal and those are the questions I’m using today.

What is your must-have tech gadget?

It has to be my iPad. Here’s a pretentious thing to say – if I didn’t also have an iMac, I’d be lost without my iPad. Urgh, I know right!? I realise I’m very, very lucky to have both but I can’t choose between them as often they are my link to the outside world and company during the day, rather than just house plants and delivery drivers.

Which house do you belong to in Hogwarts?

I’d have to say Gryffindor because it’s summed up by courage, honour, courtesy, justice, and a readiness to help the weak. I am a very full-on person when it comes to standing up for myself and calm when navigating possibly dangerous situations. I’ve always stood up for others too and have a very strong sense of fairness and justice.

Who is your favorite Doctor?

Has to be Christopher Eccleston, mainly as I fancy the arse off him.

If you could have dinner with any fictional character, who would it be?

If you look at how Spock behaves when he’s been on the Enterprise for a long time and how he logically thinks about problems but how he cares about others welbeing, I’m sure he’s an Aspie (although no one has ever officially confirmed this).

What is your gaming system of choice?

Playstation is what I had then and its what I have now, with a mostly ignored XBox in between.

If you had a super power, what would it be?

Teleportation. I would go on clothes shopping sprees (where I’d get to try stuff on, rather guessing sizes online) and buy free-from veggie food for lunch from my fave places. I’d visit cities and national parks around the world. I’d go on beach holidays but only for ten minutes at a time because of the heat. I’d do some superhero stuff too, of course but only after I’d finished my Humingbird cupcake from New York’s Magnolia Bakery.

What is your favorite fantasy world?

Rivendell. Just look at that architecture and nature!

If you could be any fictional race, what would you be?

This is a bit of weird answer but I look very different from most English people and from my family. I’m also an Aspie so I don’t get a lot of what people do. For instance in Manchester people say “Y’oright?” but they aren’t actually asking “Are you all right?” It’s just a way of saying “Hi”. But I find myself thinking they must be concerned about my health if I’m having a wobbly/fatigued day and genuinely answering them – doh! Also when people say “Yeah, we’ll have to catch up sometime.” I’m like “Ok, when?” then I realise they didn’t actually mean that either. So a lot of the time I feel like I’m already from some other race, from some other planet anyway.

Star Trek or Star Wars?

Star Trek as I think the new Star Trek Discovery series is engaging, well written and well acted and because Jason Issacs.

List your top 5 geektastic movies or TV Series.

  • Westworld
  • Jessica Jones
  • Elementary
  • Santa Clarita Diet LOL
  • Extant
  • List your top 5 favorite video games. (26 years of gaming!)
  • Spyro The Dragon/Sonic The Hedgehog
  • Metal Gear Solid – The Phantom Pain/Titan Fall
  • Teken/Mortal Kombat
  • GTA/Any Winter X game
  • Devil Dice/8 Ball Pool

Hope you found my answers interesting and feel free to join in!

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My Lifestyle Lately – May 2017


Obviously as I’m Mancunian there has been one big event for me which has separated May from any month surrounding it. The terrorist attack. I have so many things to say about this, how upset and angry I am, the social and religious politics, the possible ramifications and what actions could be taken now, but I’m emotionally exhausted by it so I won’t. What I will say is that the resilient and empathetic spirit of my fellow Mancs and the support from people around the world has been amazing. I’m actually writing this to the sound of The Courteeners concert drifting over from Old Trafford Cricket ground and they are doing a cover of Oasis’s Don’t Look Back In Anger, with all of crowd singing their hearts out. Aw shit, I’m filling up now. I really do love Manchester.

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Food & Drink

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Have you been drinking lots of water but still feel more thirsty, brain foggy or fatigued because of the heat? I’d give this a go. It tastes like blue ice pops (you can get other flavours like strawberry and tropical) and because of the aloe (i.e electrolyte) content, it hydrates better because our bodies use it more efficiently, rather than just rushing it through our system like it would with water.

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As the weather has been so warm I’ve only been able to manage very light meals. I’ve discovered that Original Sheese spread can be broken up and used as a creamy feta cheese alternative.

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I’m starting to see why people mistake me for a vegan but it’s actually my wonky body that can’t cope with dairy and egg white for gastro and auto-imune reasons. I miss having omelettes though so I was pleased to come across this. If you use it with a small amount of say, mushrooms and are sparing with the cooking oil and leave it alone to cook, rather than harassing it with the spatula, this comes out brilliantly! Unfortunately I was too hungry to take a photo of my perfect first time attempt. Then I fracked it up something terrible the second time – doh!

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At the begging of the month it was my birthday so me and the bloke hopped on a bus and then a tram and went to our fave Indian restaurant of all time, Lilly’s in Ashton-Under-Lyne. You can read my review of Lilly’s here. We also got a lot of takeaway which lasted us for around three days!

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I’ve been making cold mocha’s every evening so there is one waiting for me as soon as I get up. I actually take it back to bed with me. 1 heaped tspn dark cocoa powder (mixed with a little cold water), 1 heaped tspn instant coffee, 2 rounded tspn sugar, 1 tspn vanilla essence, a little hot water to mix, fill up beaker with unsweetened almond milk. Chill.

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I compiled a dairy and gluten free shopping list and reviewed each item to make it easier for people who are feeling a bit overwhelmed with this kind of dietary transition.

Fashion & Style 

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I put this Romwe wish list together right at the start of the month and managed to resist buying anything for myself. op

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It’s funny that in the same month that I’ve stopped approaching any brands, two brands have asked me to collaborate with them on Outfit Of The Day outfit reviews. However, the items (around six of them) are taking ages to arrive so those will be live on the blog next month. I’ve also ordered stuff from EMP, yet again and opted for everything to arrive together but apparently it’s not all available (even though they weren’t ‘Out of Stock’) so that hasn’t arrived either. Only just realised last week that my fave jumper works really well with my fave skirt, both of which I’ve had for ages, ha!

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Even though I don’t rent a place I can call my own, I still love compiling homeware posts every now and then like this In The Tropics one.

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I made a Stylish and Sensible Summer Shoes post because I like alteration and not falling over when I walk in summer.

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No, not me going for a job as a waitress at a sports bar but me melting in this fracking horrendous heat. My feet still get cold in the evening though due to circulation issues, hence the Uggs. I actually love this basic look but haven’t been brave (crazy?) enough to leave the house in it yet. I’m managing to keep weight on these days but my muscles tone is disappearing fast so I’m getting a cross trainer for less fatigued days (I’m being very optimistic here) as it will give me a whole body work out but the machine gathers it’s own momentum quickly so you can put as much or as little effort into it as you want.

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I’m a firm believer in wearing what you want no matter what size or firmness you are so I gathered together the 15 best shorts. There is a style here to suit everyone. I’ve bought the denim scalloped hem one’s from H&M and wear them with very sheer black tights and they look great! I keep meaning to get some black fishnet tights to wear with them and with my ripped jeans for a grungy feel (like I used to in the 90’s) but I keep forgetting.

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I would stagger around blindly in summer if it weren’t for my sunglasses. Some of these are off-the-shelf but some are designer so they should be widely available in options if you need prescription lenses like I do. I suggest getting polarised lenses to decrease glare if you are light sensitive.

Random Stuff

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As a fellow geek I decided to join in with the The Geeky Girl Tag after I enjoyed reading other bloggers answers.

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I wrote this post as I wish my parents would have come across something like this when I was a kid as they and they and my paediatrician and my teachers where clueless as to why I was struggling so much and therefor how they could help me to help myself. Actually my Paediatrician barley noticed. *giant face palm* As a child I was very aware that I was different. Things didn’t come easily to me, yet the other kids magically seemed to instantly know what to do and how to do it, without constant mishaps. As a teen I realised I had a rather different thought processes going compared to my mates as well a lot of the time. Like what is the point of over analysing the way that cute guy said “Hi” to you for hours. Just be glad he said it and maybe even have an actual conversation next time. Reading something like this would have made me feel a lot less like an alien from another planet.

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I made a Funko Pop! of myself, which I’m pleased with.

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May has been Ehlers Danlos Syndrome awareness day, which is so important as it’s one of the most misunderstood and miss represented genetic disorders out there. I’ve been given a verbal diagnosis of EDS but several Rheumatologists are still refusing to put it in writing on my medical records. Preferring instead to say instead “Christine is having it that she has EDS” er, I’m ‘having it’ because I was TOLD that I have it FFS!?!? It’s important to mention that all of this stubborn ignorance and arrogance from specialists (and I do use that term lightly) makes dealing with EDS so much worse as it’s a constant battle with people who’s actual job it is to know better. It really does make us emotionally exhausted and just adds to all the other shit we have to deal with. I’m so lucky to have received support from an amazing online community of fellow zebra’s here, otherwise I would have been questioning my own sanity.

Beauty and Skincare

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I reviewed e.l.f. Studio Tone Correcting Powder and Studio Flawless Foundation and was impressed with both products. In fact their foundation was the best I have ever used!

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I arranged my lipsticks in colour order and had a general makeup clear out. I just kept on buying the same 3-4 shades of lippy over and over again, having forgotten that I already own them. I’ve thrown out any shade that needs mixing with another to create the colour I bought it for in the first place and any lipsticks which are either too drying or slide off after ten minutes. Same with foundations as I don’t have the time, storage space or patience to have to mix several together to get the right colour or consistency. No more making-do with crappy makeup.

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I reviewed Soap & Glory Perfect Ten Shadow Palette but wasn’t that impressed with it for some unexpected reasons.

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I finally found a use for my old metal heart cage. Storage for all of my mini’s and free samples.

Well that was quite a catch up! Let me know if there was anything you found interesting.

❀ Chrissie ❀

 

5 Fandom Friday: 5 Fandoms I Couldn’t Get Into

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No you’re not mixed up, it is Thursday. I’m answering a question that I missed because I don’t watch podcasts (way behind I know) and I don’t have any geeky/fandom habits as I’m genuinely quite random. So here are the fandoms I couldn’t get into.

Dr Who

I tried watching this when Christopher Eccleston was the Dr as I thought it would be a lot darker and although I found it fairly entertaining I didn’t find the threat, er, very threatening. I think they were evil angles or robots or possibly robot angels, whatever.

Peaky Blinders

After watching two series of this I liked it but then there was yet another rape in series three. A character being raped should never be used to progress the plot in, what is essentially an entertainment show. How is that entertainment?! The excuse of “it happened a lot back then” is no excuse. It happens a lot now. That’s why the term ‘rape culture’ exists, because rape is so prevelant in our own modern culture. I understand there is some place for a rape story line if it raises important relevant issues and is helpful in some way but unfortunately, in Peaky Blinders (as in GOT) it’s purely their to create drama and suspense.

Star Treck

I’ve never had a love for rubber aliens or people wearing rubber alien prostetics. This was the main reason I wasn’t buying into the whole Trecky thang. I have however come to realise that Star Treck was the first TV show to have a multi racial cast – just because, not because it was essential to the plot. I also realise how important Spock was as a character, him not understanding the social norms of the crew and seeming to value logic and reasoning over emotion and empathy, although it becomes apparent he feels just as deeply as anyone would (Asperger’s anyone?) Maybe if they started a new Star Treck series I might watch it actually!

Terry Pratchett’s Disc World

Quite an old choice now, I s’pose. I never got into these as I’d already gotten into darker fantasy novels and graphic novels like LOTR and The Crow and Joss Whedan’s stuff before I’d ever heard of Disc World. If I’d have read these when I was around 12-13, maybe I’d have liked them.

D & D

Me playing a character in a pretend fantasy world, with a straight face would not be possible. Plus, dungeons and dragons seems to go on forever! I love the idea of the cards and the dice and everyone getting together and a 50 year old man pretending to be a little dwarf wielding his powerful orb…..Aww, crap, I just can’t LOL

❀ Chrissie ❀

5 Fandom Friday – Things In My Bag At All Times

5fandomfridayI’m one of those wenches that has a Mary Poppins bag – the kind that seemingly contains everything you could possibly need. I’m pretty sure McGiver could make some incredibly cool escape device out of it’s contents. I don’t have the memory for taking things in and out of it or swapping bags much so I stick with this owl satchel most of the time (which also seems to go with everything).

Β The Trusty Owl Satchel

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Where ever you are in the room it looks like they are looking at you.

Teeny Tiny Torch

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The bloke randomly bought me this and it’s surprisingly light weight and bright, plus it has a great battery life.

Mathew Williamson Purse

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This folds out to fit a massive amount of club cards and notes and change are easily accessible and countable. It’s feminine but not kitschy and I’ve never found a purse that is so dyspraxia friendly before or since.

Two Pens

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One that’s great for fidgeting around with when I’m bored/waiting for something and a magic one with ink you can erase. I found the latter at a bus stop but don’t worry I sprayed it with Detox!

Lip Gunk

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Moisturising lipstick (Neil’s Yard) a balm (Sleek) and a gloss (Neil’s Yard) because my pout dries out so quickly so these are utterly invaluable! My lips are naturally really pale compared with my medium/yellow skin tone and because I don’t want to look like I’ve aimed for a tacky 80’s make up look these are all in warm colours.

Two Notebooks

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A tiny one for important stuff and a big one for general ideas. The tiny one is from The Great Orme in Wales and the other has a cover made from recycled car tyres.

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I should throw in a few safety pins, hair bobbles and my strawberry Tic Tac’s, to be sure.

Chrissie xx

5 Fandom Friday – 5 Ways You Grew/Changed/Evolved in 2015

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  1. I’ve started trying to be more empathetic. Trying not to take other peoples moodiness too personally and also giving them some quiet time or recognising if they are struggling emotionally. It’s easy to take others moodiness personally but we don’t always realise how much stress they may be dealing with and how much it’s actually effecting them.
  2. Β I’ve learned to accept my limitations and not to push myself until I’m exhausted and therefore going from one fail to another. I’m not a super-human and it’s ok to say “I don’t have the time/energy to be able to this, I’m sorry but it’s not going to happen.” Also to do half of the things well and enjoy them rather than trying to get all of the things done in a rushed and stressed out manner.
  3. I’ve learned that even though I can struggle to find the right words for things and keep my thoughts in order, I can actually be confident, articulate, emotive and put my point across in a very specific way in front of strangers in a court room. All thanks to taking the department of work and pensions to tribunal.
  4. I’ve realised it doesn’t mean you have failed or are shit at something (ok maybe a little) if you need to ask someone to help you with something. There is persevering, practicing and learning and then there’s struggling needlessly as a result of foolish pride!
  5. I’ve started taking care of my health on a daily basis but not worrying about what may happen in the future. I mean no one really knows for sure. I love chaos theory, ha! There is no point spoiling the moment you are in worrying about the moments ahead. If I just chill and go with the flow then not only am I going to be happier and have more laughs, I’m not going to be emotionally exhausted when/if I do need to tackle a problem.

One other weird thing….I felt like I had grown a few inches and lost a little bit of weight. Turns out I’m still the same as I was before!? I have been consciously (my god, I actually spelt that right first time) working on my posture so maybe that’s it.

Any points here that resonate with you?

Chrissie xx