Friday, 29 August 2014

AUGUST FAVOURITES// TV PROGRAMMES

August has been a pretty packed month for me therefore there are SO MANY favourites I've come across. While compiling a little list for an 'August Favourites' next week I realised there's a few TV programmes I've become addicted to that need a mention in their own little post!


Source: Reveal.co.uk

First up...

Made In Chelsea NYC
Channel 4

I have been a huge MIC fan since series 4 and 5 (which then led me to buy the box-set and watch the entire thing before series 6 started last year - I found out, finally, who 'Caggie' was). So I was quite late on the Chelsea bandwagon, assuming it would be as awful as the other regional reality shows, but now I'm completely hooked.

Is NYC better than Chelsea?

I particularly love the NYC series and feel it came at exactly the right time. It's nice to be introduced to new characters like Billie and Alik and have a break from the usual 'Spencer Matthews show'. The locations are obviously beautiful at times but I do miss the Chelsea bar scene!

Best storyline?

It's safe to say I am super happy that Binky finally chucked Alex, despite his beautiful looks. I am glad this is over, probably along with the rest of the country, because it became extremely repetitive!

I am most looking forward to the Billie/Stevie/Spencer love triangle.
#TEAMSTEFAN

Best character?

Absolute favourite character no matter where they are - Lucy Watson.
She's an absolute ice queen, she is fabulous in all the right ways and very real and doesn't stand for nonsense. Glad to see so much of her in this series, particularly being single and happy! +Girl points.

Overall I'm really enjoying the series, do you think it's a good change for the show?

Source: Pinterest


The Great British Bake Off
BBC One

So. Much. Drama.

It has been one hell of a series already and we're only at desserts week! The entire #BINGATE scandal was so extreme I just had to include this programme in my favourites this month.
I used to watch it with my mum and sister when I lived at home and now I've moved out, I've managed to get my flatmate absolutely hooked!

Star baker?

Richard. 100%
He's so focussed and keeps to himself and most of his bakes have been amazing.

My flatmate adores Martha. She is pretty good to be fair, she just makes me feel bad because at 17, she has more patience and skill than I have at 22.

The Metro article about #BINGATE is great if you get chance to read. It had me in hysterics.
Read it here.







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Dance Moms
Lifetime

My mum got me into this and for that I thank her greatly.
Having a background of dance myself I absolutely love this programme. Even if you have no dance knowledge, the girls and their dance teacher Abby Lee are hilarious to watch and some of the dances are just spectacular.  

Favourite dancer?

Chloe. She's the epitome of 'the dark horse' in competitions and I love that. She isn't a favourite of Abby's but I think that makes her overall a better dancer because she dances for herself. She is a beautiful ballerina and in my opinion the best actress in the group too.

Favourite moment?

At the open call auditions in New York and the mother of one of the auditionees challenges Paige and her abilities. It is such a petty thing for a grown woman to make a young dancer cry. What a bitch. Then when Abby puts Paige against her daughter, Paige absolutely excels and everyone is cheering for her and it is such an amazing moment because it shows the grown woman how wrong and how idiotic she was. Paige is such a fantastic dancer.

I know the season has finished in the US so I'm extremely looking forward to the next one!









Saturday, 23 August 2014

LEEDS FESTIVAL//



Leeds Festival was my first proper camping festival and I won't ever forget it.
I've been to...
2009
2010
2012
2013
and finally, just the Friday this year.

I think I've sort of grown out of this festival now, if you're a Leeds local it is known for being a lot of people's first festival and therefore every year I return, the older I feel! I would HIGHLY recommend it to a newcomer and usually the line-up suits everyone.



I chose a pretty simple outfit because i had NO IDEA what the weather was going to do!


The kimono and wellies I wore were featured in my GLASTONBURY// post so check those out in more detail!

In addition I wore:
Grey t-shirt - Primark £8
the comfiest t-shirt ever from Primark (i actually own two of the same, they are that amazing.)

Blue denim, skinny jeans - Primark £12
They are super comfortable, nice light denim for summer and go with pretty much anything.




Having been used to camping for the whole weekend (or even from Wednesday - Sunday with Oxfam!) I usually have a LOT of things to pack and take with me. However, because this year I only had a Friday ticket with my work mates it was nice to have one bag!

Below are my day essentials:


1. Bandana - I actually took this to give to my friend at the festival because she wanted to try out the look without committing to buying one herself! However, they are a staple accessory at the minute, I saw a crazy amount of 16 year old Axl Rose wannabes.

2. An extra layer! - It's all well and good with your levi shorts and crop top but what happens when it gets chilly after the sun goes down?! A cardigan/jumper/parka is essential because after you've left the thousands of other sweaty bodies around you when the headlining band have played their last note, you then have the unfortunate walk back to camp or the shuttle bus and believe me, you will be COLD.

3. Sunglasses - And not even if it's just sunny. At a festival, protocol is that anyone can wear shades anytime they like. All the cool kids are doing it.

4. Waterproof poncho - These are something I wish were acceptable to wear on a daily basis in bad weather. They are an absolute life-saver, and it my opinion better than a pac-a-mac or cheap raincoat.

5. Tickets! Including festival ticket if you are held responsible and any travel tickets you need to get you there.

6. Rucksack - This one I borrowed from my best friend because I don't actually own one but I think I might keep it if he doesn't notice! So handy and the perfect size.



You might notice there is no food or drink.

Only going for the day meant I wanted to have a greasy meal in the middle of the field and make the most of it, so I didn't pack any food! And some festivals, like Leeds, don't actually allow alcohol or opened drinks bottles into the arena site. It makes sense because they make a lot more money from the bars this way but I think it's another reason I prefer and open arena like Glastonbury.


Overall I had a fab day with the guys, I'm pretty gutted festival season is almost over :(

Let me know which festivals have been your favourite this year, or where you plan to go in 2015!




Sunday, 10 August 2014

HOLI ONE//


So yesterday, my best friend Danny and I went to our first HOLI ONE festival experience at Harewood House in Leeds and it was brilliant! I bought the tickets a while ago as a birthday present for this weekend for him and he said he had a great time, so I did my job as a bezzie!

The events are all over the UK this summer and are inspired by the traditional Indian Holi festival (festival of colours). Thousands of people wearing white clothing throw coloured powder at each other to create a stunning spectacle and meet loads of new people and just have a fantastic time.




It was a lot smaller than I imagined it to be but that made it so much better. The crowd was great and it was the best atmosphere (the glorious sunshine also helped!) The music was great, particularly GOODLUCK who were the perfect soundtrack to this sort of festival.

The only negatives were the usual at any festival - the lack of bar staff and toilet queues!

All in all, it was a great day and something different to do. I would definitely recommend it to others and I'm planning to get a huge group together for one next year!


BEFORE


AFTER ;)


Find out if there is a HOLI ONE festival on near you!





Friday, 8 August 2014

JULY FAVOURITES// miscellaneous

Everything seems a huge rush and a lot of effort at the minute. The main issue is my boiler being broken and really, I've realisd one of my favourite things this month and in fact, in life, is a hot shower.

Other than that though, I've put together a few thing that have made me smile throughout July :)



Don't judge me too harshly but I saw the film first...
I know, I know, what a sin for a book lover, but truthfully I wouldn't have ever got round to reading the series if I hadn't seen the film first!

Brilliant characters and a really interesting concept if you're into The Hunger Games/The Maze Runner-esque plots. I fell in love with Tobias Eaton in the film (because Theo James is a stunning specimen) but more so in the book, he is an absolute dream, flaws and all. Each book as good as the last in my opinion which is very rare for a series like this. The last book had me completely hooked and is (debatably!) a fantastic ending...




I first came across this magnificent store in Manchester and I momentarily got lost in a world of cushions, buddha statues and kitchen utensils.
This is by far the best home-ware shop I've been to and recently I found out they have one in my city!
I dragged the other half in and he described it as 'an organised charity shop' which pretty much sums it up. It's basically a jumble sale of anything from candles to three-piece suites. A lot of the stock I love is imported from Thailand and India which makes them so unique and beautiful, plus the prices are VERY reasonable as well as always having a huge selection of stock clearance items which are a bargain.
If you enjoy home-ware shopping and like to decorate your home with beautiful things, visit. Now.

(HomeSense haul to come soon!)




So as I mentioned, I've not had hot water in my flat all week. I've stayed at my parent's house a couple of times just so I could use the shower HOWEVER dry shampoo has been my absolute best friend in between hot/cold morning showers!
I included this in my Glastonbury Beauty Haul and it will always be a favourite.
I bought a couple in 'blush' because it has a very fresh, sweet scent but I don't particularly mind any in the Batiste range.


I am always late on the app bandwagon because I have a Windows phone. I absolutely love the Nokia 920 don't get me wrong but I am well aware Apple have the monopoly on app compatibility.
However, in the last couple of months I finally upgraded to Instagram BETA for Windows and I've become a bit obsessed. I was so certain I wouldn't be sucked in, yet now I find myself snapping my cup of tea or my bowl of spaghetti and I'm not even sorry.

I check it as religiously as Twitter or Facebook and it now has a permanent place on my home screen.

@lezbianne_


Not Eating Chocolate

I'm writing this about an hour after eating a bar of Guinness flavoured caramel chocolate but I swear last month this worked for me! Whilst at Glastonbury I didn't have any sugary foods really, living on noodles and tea and grilled halloumi.
Since then, I haven't craved dessert or chocolate at all and my skin is thanking me SO MUCH for it.
It's said time and time again but it is so true, eat healthily! Of course I still have fast food, takeaways, the occasional bag of sweets but the difference in my skin since cutting back on sugar is great. Way fewer spots and blemishes and I just feel a lot better for it.

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

SLEEK MAKEUP//

BEHOLD.
Two essential parts of my life have joined forces.

Boots now stock the Sleek makeup range.

The beauty gods have listened and now not only can I get some bloody beautiful makeup I get
4 points per £1 on my Boots Advantage card as well. Hallelujah.

I'm not sure how or when this occurred but I found out a couple of weeks ago when I was browsing. I've been meaning to replace my old contour kit I originally bought from Superdrug and got a bit overexcited when I came across Sleek by accident in Boots.

Prices differ on pretty much everything in both drugstores and both have FAB offers on at alternate times but Sleek is the same price in both (£9.99 - bargain) and if I'm completely honest, I'm biased towards Boots having worked there in the past - and you get coupons, who doesn't love a good coupon?!

My absolute favourite palette is the
Sleek Face Form in Fair/Light

The old and well-used palette (left) is the
Face Form in Light 373.
I LOVE the matte bronze for contouring on a daily basis but I usually only use the highlighter shimmer if I'm going on a night out. The blush is a great all rounder and has a shimmery finish as well.


My new palette (right) is actually 
Face Form in Fair 372
and I didn't realise until I opened it before blogging (fail). However, when I checked in store the colours look extremely similar and I'm pretty sure I'm going to be equally as happy when I start using this one instead!


They are FANTASTICALLY pigmented, great value and if you're new to contouring, it's a great introduction palette. I already know I'll be expanding my sleek collection to the blush palettes when I've saved up my Advantage points too!