Sunday, 28 July 2013

25 Things To Do Before I Turn 25

It feels like things have been a little confusing lately. I've kinda lost my direction in life and I feel like I need something to focus on and work towards - so, with my love of lists I came up with this- a list of '25 Things To Do Before I Turn 25'. 
There's no real order to them and they're a bit of mixed bag. Some are silly, some are about breaking bad habits, some are about changing my attitude for the better, some are as simple as finally passing my driving test (I've failed twice) and some I've already achieved in this last year - but I feel like this could be a really positive thing for me to concentrate on.
Me looking hungover stood on the Brooklyn Bridge new year's day 2013
No.20 done!

I turn 23 this coming December so I have a good 2 and a half years to complete the list, which I think makes the whole thing more feasible. I don't want it to be a race against the clock or anything!! Here goes.. 


1. Finally visit somewhere I've always wanted to 
(Canada, hands down. This needs to happen)

2. Move out on my own permanently

3. Become self-sufficient financially

4. Meet someone who's work I admire/I am a fan of

5. Lose people who're holding me back, keep those close who are friends for life

6. Be more impulsive

7. Take more pictures

8. Read my writing and name in print

9. Learn to play the guitar

10. Watch all of the Star Wars movies back to back


11. See my favourite comedian perform live
(The very talented Lee Evans)


12. Go watch QI be filmed and get Stephen Fry's autograph

13. Keep up my blogging regularly

14. Start a Youtube account

15. Become medication-free

16. Become a pet-parent

17. Pretend I'm getting married and try on wedding dresses 
(HA)

18. Pass my driving test

19. Visit every continent

(4 down, 3 to go)


20. Spend New Year's in New York

21. Become competent/fluent in a foreign language

22. Find a job that I enjoy

23. Stop stressing so much!

24. Leave my hair alone for at least a year

25. Write more letters 
(emails are so boring and unexciting)


I'm aiming to post whenever I can strike a goal off the list. Stay tuned!

lovelovelove Catt xx

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

OOTD - bleached denim & crosses

[Bleached Denim Shirt - American Eagle, Black Crop Top - Topshop, Crosses Pattern Black Leggings - New Look, Ballet Pumps - Topshop]
[Rings L to R - Camden Market, Accessorize, 18th Birthday present, RiverIsland]
 [Bracelets - All Topshop]
[Ear Cuff with Cross - River Island, Black Beads - Primark]

lovelovelove Catt xx

Monday, 22 July 2013

thinking aloud - Do You Mind The Gap?


The latest fad of the eating disorder-variety, the 'thigh gap' is increasingly worrying as it is fascinating. Countless blogs have sprung up worshipping a space between a girls thighs as beautiful and something to achieve. And before looking too much into it, na├»vely understood that a thigh gap was something any of us could get giving that we stood a-hips-width apart. No. 
Its the gap that appears between the top of one's legs when you stand with your feet together.
But, other than the obvious of this not necessarily being a 
natural body feature, what makes it so supposedly 'attractive' ?
It's not exactly nice to look at, its kinda almost Barbie doll like - which is perhaps where the obsession lies.

Indeed in society today, body image from one extreme to another is shoved in our faces through celebrity diets, 'thinsporation' blogs, and countless programmes in the vein of 'Supersized versus Super Skinny'.
Thigh gaps, along with other unattainable 'ideal' body features are showcased by models, craved by teenage girls and fan-girled over on tumblr sites like this.


Despite the practice of airbrushing being all out in the open now - what we see on billboards and magazines is still held up as desirable.
The thoughts of "Wow, she looks amazing. I want to look like THAT" are still thought.
Regardless of the fact that she probably doesn't quite look like that.

It makes me wonder what girls who crave the thigh gap are thinking -

When I achieve this I'll be happy, I'll look more attractive.
?
I think everyone has 'body dysmorphia' to a certain degree. Sometimes I feel like I'm looking into a funhouse mirror or that my body looks different from one day to the next. 

I very rarely weigh myself, other than when I get a check-up with the nurse every six months - and from that I know that my weight is pretty steady. 

But it tends to be more the way clothes fit that can be the most obvious sign for girls. That pair of shorts fit a little snugger or a little looser than they used to etc. 


I've always been on the slim-ish side– supported by a busy dance obsession, a fast metabolism and a picky eating habit. But that kysty* attitude to food has always included the gooood stuff (or bad, depending on your view).
As I'm writing this piece, I'm on my second glass of wine, absent mindedly feasting on a bar of Dairy Milk, having just had a generous slice of apple pie after my evening meal. I like food, or a good majority of it - too much to ever cut it out completely or drastically.



Before this 'thigh gap' business came to my attention, I can't say I ever really noticed that area of my figure. My thighs have always had muscle on them from the exercise regular dancing gives you.  Plus I'm a keen walker what with not having one of those pesky driving licence thingys.

But the fact is, any form of exercise will surely add muscle or bulk up your legs - so the inevitable for most girls is, to under eat and be underweight.

I'm not slamming skinny ladies. I've been there, I've had the
 "You're very thin, aren't you? What do you eat?" comments.

 For some of us, this might just be the way your pins look, and a body feature you naturally possess.

But I'm talking about girl's living unhealthy lives in pursuit of such nonsense.
Some of us are naturally slim, curvaceous, some are leggy, others are a little vertically challenged - but, realistically, we're not all size 6 models who're 6ft tall with legs up to our armpits. That's just how it is.



Regardless of what body shape we own - we shouldn't be striving for the improbable. We should be striving for what is healthy and making the most of what we've been given. If you've got a good bum, boobs, great legs - flaunt them!
 Girl's beating themselves over the head because they don't behold a body feature is what is wrong with today's society.
Before going too far down the 'LOVE YOURSELF' road, I'll just say this -
 it'd be a very boring world if we all looked the same! Difference is beautiful.


l
ovelovelove Catt xx




*kysty (adv.) squeamish or fussy [Cumbrian Dialect]
Images taken from weheartit.com

Friday, 19 July 2013

FOTD - raspberry pout

 Just a quick one - my makeup today using my new POWER Pout Colour Intense Tint & Balm from MUA.
Liquid eyeliner, full lashes and a pop of colour on the lips is my most favourite look.
Other Products used  :
-Garnier Roll-on Anti-Dark Circles
-Rimmel London Wake Me Up Foundation (100 Ivory)
-Max Factor Creme Puff (Translucent)
-NYC Cheek Glow Powder Blush (652 West Side Wine)
-Rimmel London Professional Eyebrow Pencil (002 Hazel)
-Barry M Kohl Pencil (White)
-Collection2000 Fast Stroke Eyeliner (Waterproof Black)
-L'oreal Paris Volume Million Lashes (Extra Black)


lovelovelove Catt xx

my favourite products - HAIR

** Warning - long post!

Anyone who knows me, will know that I'm an absolute nightmare when it comes to my hair. Naturally, I'm dark blonde, but I've been dying it from the day I turned 13.
 I've been brunette, black, blonde, white - but I do always seem to come back to blonde.
 And - the lucky girl that I am, despite constantly hammering my hair with the dye, I actually still have it all and the hairdresser always seems to say "Ohh it's in SUCH good condition" - so I must be doing something right?

A selection of the products mentioned
So, without further ado, I thought I'd give a run down of my favourite products to use on my hair.


Shampoos
Schwarzkopf Bonacure Color Freeze Silver Shampoo
Pro:voke Touch of Silver Twice a Week Brightening Shampoo
Pro:voke Touch of Silver Daily Maintenance Shampoo
 Clynol Reflex Colour Shampoo
Aussie Colour Mate Shampoo
Bristows Silver Shampoo
Gliss Hair Repair Liquid Silk Shampoo

Conditioners

Creightons Perfect Blonde Intensive Care Conditioner
Pro:voke Touch of Silver Daily Nourish Conditioner
Clynol Shimmer Colour Conditioner

Hair Lifesavers

Elvive Total Repair 5 Restoring Masque
Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Sachet
Argan Secret Hair Oil
Schwarzkopf got2b Volumising Style Powder

I should mention that I only wash my hair every other day - its good to give your hair a rest and personally my locks still look pretty good the next day, so why bother?
I mix up the shampoos/conditioners/lifesavers depending on what my hair craves. For instance - if it's feeling a little dry or flat I'll whack on some super silky soft Gliss Shampoo and then probably some of the 
Elvive Total Repair 5 Restoring Masque or the Aussie 3 Minute Miracle sachet (also available in a bottle).

Alternatively, if I feel like my blonde is starting to look a little brassy any of the silver/purple shampoo and conditioner products will help to tone this. I don't really have a particular favourite of these, but the Pro:voke Touch of Silver ones are brilliant considering how cheap they are!
With all the heavy dying I've inflicted on my hair, its important to protect it - especially from heat. I always ALWAYS put a pea-sized blob of the Argan Secret Hair Oil on before blowdrying or straightening etc. Not only does it smell lush, it keeps hair looking sleek too!

Dry Shampoos
Batiste Dry Shampoo Original
Batiste Dry Shampoo Light and Blonde
Bristows Dry Shampoo Original

Hair Sprays

Schwarzkopf got2b Sexy Collagen Lift Effect Hairspray
Schwarzkopf got2b Sparkling Shine Hairspray

As I do only wash my hair every other day - dry shampoos can be a saviour. Not only in keeping your tresses looking and smelling fresh, but also by giving them some extra volume. I've found the Batiste ones to be the most reliable - especially when the come in those mahooosive cans.
From top -
Blow Drying Brush, Back Combing Dress Out Brush, Tangle Teezer
Brushes
Paddle Brush
Tangle Teezer
Back Combing Dress Out Brush
Blow Drying Brush

Cannot recommend the Tangle Teezer enough. I bought one initially when I had Cinderella extensions (as it doesn't pull the hair), but still use it on my own hair now - great if you have thick or really long hair too. I usually buy all my brushes from Sallys Hair Supplies. 

Home Dyes
Clairol Nice n Easy Colour Blend Technology Permanent
L'oreal Paris Casting Creme Gloss Semi-Permanent

Box dyes are a tricky one. I'm a bit of a home dye veteran and Clairol Nice n Easy is the best I've come across. Its a good price (there's usually some offer on 2 boxes for 1 etc) and it comes in all the shades under the sun basically - not only that, but the Colour Seal Conditioning Gloss it comes with smells AMAZING (apricots I think) and keeps your hair healthy after dying.

Although I find this product easy-peasy to use - I would say, if you're not sure what you're doing - GO TO A HAIRDRESSER. Home dying may be a quick and cheap option, but its never worth it if you mess up.

Be careful and look after your hair!
Despite what I put it though, I want to keep mine and keep it healthy for as long as I can!


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Hope people enjoyed this post - sorry it was a longggg one! Lots of information to get in and products to mention!
lovelovelove Catt xx

Thursday, 18 July 2013

New Purchases - perfume & pout

Picked up a few things in town today, and I've fallen in love with two in particular.

Firstly, the POWER Pout Colour Intense Tint & Balm from MUA. As I've probably mentioned a few times in previous posts, lipstick is my vice - so I'm always on the look out for any new ones to add to my ever-growing collection. 

I regularly pick up things from MUA, I've had a few of their nail polishes and blushers in the past, but I noticed this new product when in Superdrug and the £3 price tag just about sealed the deal for me.

Power Pout in shade 'Broken Hearted'
Image from muastore.co.uk

It comes in six bold shades ranging in pinks, reds, purples oranges and nude. I picked up 'Broken Hearted' which is a lovely pink raspberry shade. Other than the cute colours, I also liked the way the lip tint was a pencil shape letting you simply draw on to your lips for quick and easy application.

My lips feel full of colour, shiny and moisturised. IN LOVE.

Check it out here

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Secondly, I bravely bought myself a new perfume..
I don't know whether I'm alone in this - but perfume is something very personal to me. I feel like the scent I wear represents me, and whenever people might smell it - they would think of me? (sounding like a crazy lady now I know). But as I've worn Paul Smith Women's since I was around 15 - this feeling is probably justified - anyone who knows me, will know my perfume.

Unfortunately, I can get a little spray-happy with it and tend to run out all too soon - and as we all know, perfume purchasing can be an expensive biz. So I made the decision to buy a 'day scent' - something perhaps on the cheaper side, that I can wear more everyday and leave my Paul Smith to special occasions.

My Mam works at Marks & Spencers and, despite knowing how picky I can be, she suggested we looked there as they offer quite a few scents at a really reasonable price. 
'Bird of Paradise' eau de toilette
Image from marksandspencer.com

EVENT-U-ALLY, I chose an eau de toilette called 'Bird of Paradise' from the Per Una collection. The description reads -
"This tropical fragrance is a journey for your senses, a lush floral scent combined with a fruity touch of peach and a green spark of jungle ivy."
 I can definitely smell the peach. It actually smells yummy and just really fresh. I love it.


For a 30ml bottle at £7.50 (minus mother's staff discount), you can't really complain. Apart from the price, other pluses include - it was made in France (ooh lalaaa), it is NOT tested on animals (go M&S!) and the scent is pretty strong so one spritz and you're set MEANING its sure to last you! Yey!

Check it out here



So now that I'm smelling pretty with a pout to go with it, I'm off for a Pimm's in the garden. Check that out for alliteration.


lovelovelove Catt xx

p.s. apologies for stock images, currently having camera problems. nighmaaaarish :(