Archive | June, 2013

Finding my ‘zen’…

24 Jun

I’ve got to say I’m the ultimate stresser and worrier, and the past few weeks with assessments and revisions I’ve probably been my most stressed in a long time. Recently my two friends decided to pick yoga as their sporting activities for their DofE work, I didn’t do DofE because I’m not into the whole camping in the middle of nowhere and walking until my feet are red and raw but I came along with them anyway just for fun. I really needed something to do after taking a break from my dance club due to so much work at school and yoga is meant to be relaxing which is a bonus for me.

So, I went along to the first class not completely sure what to expect, all I really know about yoga was on Wii Sports and I wasn’t completely sure if that was real life. We ended up setting up our mats at the front of the class as everyone had got there super early and were just lying around, but that will be the  last time we go at the front! So then the instructor came and introduced himself (yes, it’s a guy) to us, and he was so nice and talked us through what the class involved. Then he says, ‘This class is intense but I expect your fitness levels are very good anyway’ (We nod whilst nervously glancing at each other, if you call unable to do one sit up ‘very good’ then well that is us.)

We got into the class and I tried everything, apart from the odd move. We were the youngest there considering you don’t think about yoga being a teenage thing, and I was so amazed and jealous of how fit and flexible these about 50+ women were! Hopefully if I do this for a while I’ll be as pro as they all were. I’ve never been so relaxed and so in pain at the same time, which sounds slightly weird, but if you’ve done it or do it I think you’ll completely understand!

I’ve taken from the class some really useful things that I can use in my everyday life and will really help me handle my stress during exams, such as breathing and helping my self zone out, and relax. I think yoga really helped me find my ‘zen’ (I don’t know what zen actually is, but it must be a good right?) I totally recommend it!

Some examples of yoga positions.

Some examples of yoga positions.

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Review of Barry M Confetti Nail Varnish…

23 Jun

The majority of nail varnish Barry M bring out I love but even if I don’t I buy them anyway just to test them out. Recently I picked up the Confetti nail varnish in ‘Dolly Mixture’, which actually reminded me more of sprinkles than confetti and it’s kind of appropriate at the moment as I’ll be working in a wedding shop soon, and I’ve got to say I’ve fallen in love with it and is my favourite Barry M effect polish so far! I love pastel and vintage colours, and the ‘Dolly Mixture’ polish will add a vintage feel to any polish.

Barry M Dolly Mixture Confetti Polish

Barry M Dolly Mixture Confetti Polish

I decided to go along with the pastel colours and go with a light purple colour that I already had which was a Miss Sporty Quick Dry polish, I’m not completely sure if they still do it because I’ve had it for over a year now, but most cosmetics brands do pastel polishes which will look great with ‘Dolly Mixture’. I was just taking a guess with the colours would go with it but there are bluey purple confetti pieces in the polish so I thought a light purple will pick it out and I think the Dolly Mixture packaging is purple, but I’m not completely sure as I’m not too keen on them!

Barry M Dolly Mixture and Miss Sporty purple polish

Barry M Dolly Mixture and Miss Sporty purple polish

What I loved about it was it was so super easy, I painted on a base coat, then the colour, then you just brushed on the confetti and it went on really evenly. I only put one coat of the confetti on because I wanted it to look more like sprinkles but it would be easy to build up the layers so the nails were completely made up from the sprinkles, with one layer it dried in about 10 minutes. Personally I hate painting my nails and having to sit doing nothing for hours because you don’t want to ruin them, but I found mine were completely dry in just over half an hour which was a bonus.

The completed confetti varnish look

The completed confetti varnish look

Even though textured nails and matt are very ‘in’ right now, I just can’t bare them, personally I just love a really high glossy finish to a nail varnish, I thought this varnish would be quite textured and bumpy, but when the top coat was put on the nails were basically completely smooth apart from the odd bump and still had a shine to the nail. Overall I really recommend this colour, it’s so versatile and could be build up to create a complete confetti look or will just work over any colour, I’m completely in love with this effect! Thank you Barry M, I am very, very impressed.

And a close up of the finished look...

And a close up of the finished look…

The last 6 months in pictures…

23 Jun

So we’re basically half way through the year now, which is crazy because it seems like yesterday it was Christmas and my birthday and now it’s (meant to be) summer. It also means in a few days time I’ve had my super amazing camera (a Olympus STYLUS SP- 820UZ if you were wondering) for 6 months and in this time I must of taken hundreds of photos because wherever I go, my camera comes with me. So I thought I’d put together in this post all my favourite photos from the past few months to show you all, enjoy!

One of the first photos of 2013, managed to use the sparklers without burning my hand off!

One of the first photos of 2013, managed to use the sparklers without burning my hand off!

A really fat big that refused to move on a farm in the Cotswolds! Considering they were making this breed of pigs into sausages in the shop a few metres away, I wouldn't be a happy piggy either!

A really fat pig that refused to move on a farm in the Cotswolds! Considering they were making this breed of pigs into sausages in the shop a few metres away, I wouldn’t be a happy piggy either!

This park is my favourite place, the woods were so beautiful in the snow

This park is my favourite place, the woods were so beautiful in the snow

My friend lauren on the snow day up the park in her 'blue' outfit! Such a great day, this photo just summed it up and was the last photo before my camera battery went! Typical!

My friend Lauren on the snow day up the park in her ‘blue’ outfit! Such a great day, this photo just summed it up and was the last photo before my camera battery went! Typical! I like this photo because it has a sort of vintage and old fashion look to it.

Oh I do like to be beside the seaside, especially when the beach houses are painted like Dulux colour charts!

Oh I do like to be beside the seaside, especially when the beach houses are painted like Dulux colour charts!

My next door neighbours cat makes a great model.

My next door neighbours cat makes a great model.

It's finally getting a little bit summery and my photos are getting brighter, these flowers are just gorgeous!

It’s finally getting a little bit summery and my photos are getting brighter, these flowers are just gorgeous!

Here's another flower in my front garden.

Here’s another flower in my front garden.

One of my favourite things is my Great Grandma's jewellery tree, which I've filled with earrings (and a guitar pick) at the bottom and my favourite rings on the tree.

One of my favourite things is my Great Grandma’s jewellery tree, which I’ve filled with earrings (and a guitar pick) at the bottom and my favourite rings on the tree.

I've been going through a 'let's take a photo of every pretty flower I see' stage...

I’ve been going through a ‘let’s take a photo of every pretty flower I see’ stage…

I did a photoshoot for my friend Lauren (featured earlier in the snow) for some headshots and this is one of my favourites that turned out really well and just so pretty.

I did a photoshoot for my friend Lauren (featured earlier in the snow) for some headshots and this is one of my favourites that turned out really well and just so pretty.

This wasn't meant to be blurry but it think it looks pretty cool.

This wasn’t meant to be blurry but it think it looks pretty cool.

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