Friday, 26 October 2012

Have you read it?

 Thank you so much for your kindness on my last post, I promise I'm ok was just unsure if I'd made the situation worse or not... anyway on with business!

I'm so gutted, I have a pile of new beauty stuff to show you guys but the light in my room is so poor I can't really get any photos of it! have to keep trying!

In the meantime thought I'd share this with you, I'm sure its been floating round a while and I'm a real bookworm so thought it might be fun.

These are the 106 books most often marked as "unread" by LibraryThing’s users. I've read the bold ones, I've put a question mark beside the one's I've never heard of and an exclamation mark beside the book if I loved it.

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

Anna Karenina

 Crime and Punishment


One Hundred Years of Solitude

Wuthering Heights

The Silmarillion

Life of Pi: a novel

The Name of the Rose

Don Quixote

Moby Dick

Madame Bovary

The Odyssey

Pride and Prejudice

Jane Eyre

The Tale of Two Cities

The Brothers Karamazov

?Guns, Germs, and Steel: the fates of human societies

War and Peace

Vanity Fair

The Time Traveler’s Wife

The Iliad


The Blind Assassin

!The Kite Runner

?Mrs. Dalloway

Great Expectations

American Gods

?A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

Atlas Shrugged

Reading Lolita in Tehran: a memoir in books

Memoirs of a Geisha


!Wicked: the life and times of the wicked witch of the West

The Canterbury Tales

The Historian: a novel

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

Love in the Time of Cholera

!Brave New World

The Fountainhead

Foucault’s Pendulum


The Count of Monte Cristo


A Clockwork Orange

Anansi Boys

The Once and Future King

The Grapes of Wrath

The Poisonwood Bible: a novel


Angels & Demons

The Inferno (and Purgatory and Paradise)

The Satanic Verses

Sense and Sensibility

!The Picture of Dorian Gray

Mansfield Park

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

To the Lighthouse

Tess of the D’Urbervilles

Oliver Twist

Gulliver’s Travels

!Les Misérables

The Corrections

?The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay

!The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time


The Prince

?The Sound and the Fury

Angela’s Ashes : a memoir

?The God of Small Things

?A People’s History of the United States : 1492-present



?A Confederacy of Dunces

A Short History of Nearly Everything


?The Unbearable Lightness of Being



The Scarlet Letter

Eats, Shoots & Leaves
The Mists of Avalon

!Oryx and Crake : a novel

?Collapse : how societies choose to fail or succeed

Cloud Atlas

?The Confusion



Northanger Abbey

The Catcher in the Rye

On the Road

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Freakonomics : a rogue economist explores the hidden side of everything

?Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance : an inquiry into values

The Aeneid

!Watership Down

Gravity’s Rainbow

!The Hobbit

?In Cold Blood : a true account of a multiple murder and its consequences

White Teeth

Treasure Island

David Copperfield

The Three Musketeers

Looks like I've got some more books to add to my to read list! If you guys have done anything like this I'd love to see it.

Sunday, 21 October 2012

A Story

Hi all,

I just wanted to ask your opinion on something that happened to me the other day. I don't know if I overreacted or what and just wanted to share really. Normal makeup service will resume shortly!

I've recently taken up archery and there was a girl there who is an undergraduate psychology student. She asked me why I was shooting sitting down and why I was on crutches. I explained that I had RSD and that I was in constant pain and also that my brain found it very difficult to move my leg. She then told me that as a psychology student she knew a lot of neuroscience and knew that the brain didn't work like that so I must be making it up. She then suggested that I had munchausen syndrome!

I have to admit I lost it! I didn't swear thankfully, but  I did strongly suggest that if she thought I had managed to fool all the specialists I'd seen and was really making it up then what did she think she was doing learning psychology. Her response was to stop the NHS being taken advantage of by people like me! Then I really did lose it, told her she was a disgusting human being and that I hoped she never graduated as she was obviously not fit to work in any role with vulnerable people. At which point she stormed off and at the rest of the session made a point of staring at me and talking loudly about how I was an attention seeker and a fake.

I'm not sharing this for any sort of sympathy or pity. I just want to know if I reacted ok, did I make the situation worse by what I said? How would you react?

Friday, 12 October 2012

Makeup and Me

What does makeup mean to you?

I’ve seen this tag around occasionally and it’s been lovely to have a little insight into the minds of people whose opinions I respect so much, so I thought I’d give it a go myself.

It’s funny because if you asked my friends or family who was the most likely person to start a beauty blog it certainly wouldn’t be me they thought of.
I never wore makeup when I was younger, all through school I was the girl with the glasses and hair in a bun, preferring to have the extra 10 minutes in bed than worry about what I looked like. I was bullied too so, although I’m no psychologist maybe I thought that I really was ugly and makeup wouldn’t make any difference.

This changed a bit when I met my boyfriend (although we’ve been together 4 years now and talked marriage etc. so I don’t know if that upgrades him to partner??!) I started to realise that maybe I was attractive and got a bit more interested in makeup , although that was nothing more really than a bit of eyeliner and mascara, enough to accentuate my natural features but nothing major.

I really came to makeup when my RSD came out of remission, nearly a year ago. I spent a lot of time in hospital and lying in bed and for someone who ran and baked and drove and wore jeans and heels everywhere this was a bit of a shock. Makeup was something that I could do, something that made my day a bit more varied and as much as this is a cliché made me feel better!

I’m not claiming to be an expert and I’m definitely not saying that I do a full face every day and there aren’t today where I’m in trackies and glasses without a scrap of makeup on and I’m fine about that! However, I am  saying that I am so thankful that I have makeup in my life now, it gives me the power to be who I want to be and to show that, I take great pleasure in turning up to hospital appointments in full face, I’m not the sick girl and I have makeup to thank for that!

Ok ramblings over, I’d love to hear your stories about makeup and you if you care to share?

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

How much is your face worth?

I've seen this tag around a lot and thought it'd be interesting to do it myself especially as I don't think I own or wear a lot of high end makeup.

  • Naked Palette £36
  • MUA Mosaic Blush in English Rose £2
  • Max Factor False Lash Effect Mascara £10.99
  • Estee Lauder Daywear BB Cream £32
  • Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer £4.19
  • Bobbi Brown £24
  • No.7 Perfect Light Pressed Powder £11.50
  • 17 Mirror Shine Lipstick in Belle £4.79
  • Bodyshop Carbon Eye Definer in Brown £9
Total: £134.47

This is much much higher than I thought it would be, I was expecting a sort of £90ish figure.

Slightly scary how much I've spent on makeup when you think this is only a small part of my collection.

How much is your face worth?

Saturday, 6 October 2012

My room

As you guys may or may not be aware I've recently moved back to uni to finish my degree, so I thought I'd give you guys a little tour of my room.

(I don't have much storage space so please ignore the little messiness of the place!)

 This is the main storage space in my room, you can see my folders with my work in and on the shelves are all my mugs, books, cooking stuff and of course makeup! The three bears on the shelf are very special, the teddy bear was my dads when he was a baby, the giraffe in the middle my little brother gave to me for going back and Mandeville was given to my by my boyfriend at the paralympics when I met my hero Danielle Brown!
(also you can see my crutches which tend to get dumped anywhere!)

 Here's my bed complete with Primark duvet and baby animal posters. The two bears were also given to me by my boyfriend, the larger one when I was in hospital and the small white one for our first valentines together. Also there is yet more mobility equipment!

 Here we have my very messy desk piled high with work, its nice that its there because there is a beautiful view of the old buildings that make up my univeristy
This is the last side of my room and tis mostly decorative with my bears and ornaments on the shelf.

Hope you enjoyed the tour!

Wednesday, 3 October 2012


Just thought I'd show you what I'm wearing today, not doing anything fancy just doctors and then at home but I quite like the way it looks and the contrast between the dark dress and the light tights so thought I'd share!

Dress is Dorothy Perkins in the sale and picked up the tights in boots of all places!

 Please excuse the slightly rubbish photos, its dark in my room!