Tuesday, 30 December 2014

NEW VIDEO // CHRISTMAS PRESENTS.

I, like a lot of YouTubers, and YouTube loving people, like to watch, and nose about what other people and members of the YouTube community got for Christmas, and I'd been planning to film this since Christmas day (But having been bitten by something and now on antibiotics to bring down the swelling, I didn't feel like filming!) but having seen Helen Anderson (previously Melonlady) film what she got for christmas, I just had to go ahead, and I filmed 3 videos today, and got two edited, one of which is now up on YouTube! 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9NbkRALN9PI



Enjoy :)


P.S Would you like me to film a Disney haul? I spent a lot of my Christmas money on new DVDs for my collection, and whilst I have every intention of filming a Disney DVD collection video one day, I was wondering if you'd like to see a haul? If you would, just +1 this post on google+, or leave a comment!

Love,
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Monday, 29 December 2014

2015 RESOLUTIONS // 2014 REFLECTIONS.



2014 has been quite a good year, it's as always had its ups and downs, but overall, it's been an improvement on 2013, and I feel quite contented. 

My resolution for 2015:
(I've scrubbed out options which aren't as related to me, and highlighted others which are/have been)



It makes you think about what you do with your life, and that you really need to live it more. Having been ill, I started living in a bubble, and although I've come a long way, I do still feel like I'm not myself enough yet. In 2015, I want to get back to Zumba evenings at the venue that I loved, I want to get back into swimming (I used to swim in events and galas as a child, and was always a very good swimmer, but gave up in later years), I'd like to eat better (being wheat intolerant and not eating fish makes me a fussy eater, so finding quick and easy food can often result in me eating bad food), and lastly, I'd like to get to university and settle in happily. 


One of the most valuable quotes in life is: 

"When life gives you lemons, make lemonade"

and whilst I feel like I've learnt how to do this, I feel like it's time to start making better products out of lemons....


I'm also going to try and curb my excitability. I get really animated sometimes, and it's not really true to my character, to be honest, I'm more of a quiet person than a loud one, but my excitability can lead others to think otherwise. 

Anyway, what are your NYRs? I hope that 2015 brings you every bit of happiness that you deserve. I hope that you find contentment in the New Year, and know that I'm very grateful that you have visited here today.

And because I'm still listening intently to this song...
What Is Love - Rio 2.

Love,
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Wednesday, 24 December 2014

MERRY CHRISTMAS ONE & ALL // HAVE A WONDERFUL TIME.

I just wanted to take the chance to personally 'say' (well write) Merry Christmas to each and every one of you. Whilst some of you may not celebrate Christmas, I'd like to wish you a wonderful time, nonetheless, even if I cannot see you to say it to you in person. 

Tonight we're celebrating with friends so I'm very excited for this evening. 



Managed to somehow get an allergic reaction to something as the left side of my face and neck have bloated up like a balloon so I have gained a double chin (haha) so I'm a little bothered by that, so antihistamines will hopefully cut in soon.

Stay safe everyone, and be with your loved ones. 

No, I'm not about to post a Christmas song, we all know every piece of Christmas music ever written.
Instead, a 4 hour meditation piece, that I love to listen to, and reminds me of 'The Last Airbender' film. (I loved the series as a child, and the human adaptation film is incredible, and well worth a watch over the festive season!)

Traditional Chinese Meditation Music.

Love,
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Friday, 19 December 2014

THE BEST OF WINTER SCENTS // LET ME TAKE YOU TO RIO.

So I figured it was about time that I posted this as I have been meaning to write this post for a very long time!
(If you feel like your soul needs some warming, since afterall, this weather is getting a lot colder, here is the perfect music to listen to whilst you read this):

Ester Dean - Take You To Rio.

Today I'm going to be sharing my three favourite Winter scents/candles that I love to have burning over the festive season, and into January! 

So, without further ado, here are my top three picks:

Number One. 
Primark Cinnamon & Maple Scented Candle.
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I truly do not believe in spending a fortune on candles (yes, we all would be very happy to buy a Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir candle, but who can actually even afford them? Certainly not students or the average person! Same goes for Diptyque, you need to take a separate mortgage out just to cover your candle obsessions ladies!)
So, I present to you, the humble Primark scented candle. This wee beauty smells like heaven in a container. As mentioned in my Christmas Primark Haul on my YouTube channel, this reminds me of baking with my grandfather's wife Elizabeth (also called Grandma, but she passed away when I was ten, rather than the most recent, when I was sixteen), Elizabeth and I used to spend what seemed like hours in the kitchen making cinnamon cookies together, for any time of the year, and my heart feels all warm and fuzzy again when I smell this candle. It brings back so many happy memories, and it's the ability to do so that makes me feel completed again.

Price: 80p.
Packaging: In an attractive, small glass 'bell jar', with a stopper lid. Very attractive on display.
Burn Time: 12 hours.
Overall Rating: 9/10.

Number Two. 
Primark Warm Winter Berry Candle.
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I genuinely do not know what possessed me to buy this particular candle. Having been a huge fan of the majority of the Deluxe Primark candles, I thought I'd love this one as much as some of the others that I've sampled, my favourites being (in order of best to good) :  Red Berries & Orchid (I bought about six of these!), Fresh Citrus & Ginger (soooo good), and Vanilla & Coconut Creme (mediocre, but a bit too vague a scent for me to truly enjoy). I truly thought this would live up to my expectations, but sadly it has fallen slightly short of them. It does smell nice, but the fragrance is far too delicate, a bit like Vanilla & Coconut Creme so that it doesn't really fill the room with a warming fragrance. 

Price: £2.
Packaging: The traditional small square glass that all the Primark deluxe candles are presented in. Very attractive on display, as both the tinted glass and labels compliment the colour of the candle wax.
Burn Time: Up to 30 hours.
Overall Rating: 6/10. Good for those who like very delicate fragrances.

Number Three. 
Dunelm Mill Gingerbread Man Extra Large Candle.
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Now this candle is a contender against big brands and truly gives them a run for their money. Having shown you the small 99p Gingerbread man candles from Dunelm Mill in my Christmas Primark Haul, this candle is the King of all candles. Retailing at £4.99, it's very similar to a Yankee candle, but at a fraction of the cost. The scent is strong, and really evokes powerful memories, it's soul warming, and makes the house smell like Christmas baking. Truly, this has to be my favourite scent of Christmas.

Price: £4.99
Packaging: In a highly attractive, minimally labelled, extra large bell jar.
Burn Time: Unfortunately this product does not have a listed burn time. However, I would estimate it having one of about 60-75 hours.
Overall Rating: 10/10.

So there you have it, three of the best winter scents to make your house warm and delightful smelling, and to fill your heart with warmth, and memories.

Love,

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Tuesday, 16 December 2014

WINTER BERRY OOTD // I'M FREE TO BE WHATEVER I LIKE.

Today's post is just a simple OOTD (Outfit Of The Day for any who don't know what the abbreviation means) of some things I've been loving to wear again recently. Whilst I post this, I am sitting, enjoying some Jordans Raspberry Muesli with Yeo Valley Raspberry yoghurt (word to the wise, this is the best yoghurt ever!) and also listening again to Greek Fire - Top of The World. I'm also rendering my latest video for my YouTube video onto my computer, so that should be going up hopefully tomorrow *Fingers crossed*. 



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Hat:


River Island (*)
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Bag:


River Island (*)
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Scarf:


Topshop (*)
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Cardigan:
Primark
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Boots:


River Island.
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Dress:


Primark.
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Tights:

Super Cosy At Primark.
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Necklace: (barely seen)

H&M
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Well, I hope you are all having a lovely run up to Christmas, my house officially looks ready for Christmas! I really must go now, otherwise I'm going to be late for my bus. and I've still got to get ready!

Best Wishes,
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