Crabtree & Evelyn Pomegranate Argan & Grapeseed Conditioning Hand Wash

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I kindly received this six months ago from Crabtree & Evelyn but I wanted to wait before reviewing it to show you the extraordinary amount of time it would last. The fabulously shaped bottle (£15) holds 250ml. I only need to use a tiny blob every day and as you can see, it’s not even half way used yet. This is because it’s so thick, foamy & fantastic! It does contain SLS (Sodium Laureth Sulfate) but the pomegranate, argan and grape seed oils are so incredibly moisturising it’s not remotley harsh on hands and is PH balanced.

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Now the pomegranite scent, wow! Since using this I’ve started drinking a lot more pomegranate juice to settle my cravings, haha! The Bloke adores the scent as well, which is a small miracle as he hardly ever likes my ‘smellies’.

I’m going to take advantage of the 2 for £20 offer on their website as I’ll want another when this eventually runs out and one as a gift for my Mums birthday.

John Rylands Library Photo Story

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John Rylands Library

John Rylands Library

John Rylands Library

John Rylands Library

John Rylands Library

John Rylands Library

John Rylands Library

John Rylands Library

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John Rylands Library

John Rylands Library

John Rylands Library

John Rylands Library

This building is absolutely stunning! There is such incredible attention to detail and little dragons hidding in every corner. It reminded me of a beautiful Gothic church – although there was the odd student surrounded by piles of books, tapping away on their lap top. The light in there was really magical and made it difficult to get many perfect shots – which I quite liked, to be honest.

‘The John Rylands Library was founded by Enriqueta Rylands in memory of her husband John Rylands. In 1889 the architect Basil Champneys designed the striking gothic building, which took ten years to build and was opened to public readers on 1 January 1900.

The Library became part of The University of Manchester in 1972 and currently holds the Special Collections of The University of Manchester Library. Mrs Rylands’ memorial to her husband is now part of the third largest academic library in the United Kingdom, and the Deansgate building houses over 250,000 printed volumes, and well over a million manuscripts and archival items.’

Article taken from The University of Manchester website.

Style: Alternative Summer

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Style: Alternative Summer

Yay, it’s so warm!..Ooh it’s a bit chilly in the shade…Dam, I need some of those cool transitions lenses, it’s too bright. Yup, it’s that sought of weather, so this is that sort of outfit. Still channeling the same 90′s grunge from last year but with less layers and I’ve finally got my legs out.

90's grunge S/S 2014

90's grunge Spring/Summer 2014

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Nourish Protect Smoothing Hand Lotion

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This has a really refreshing scent and is antibacterial due to the presence of citrus oil. The aloe vera, shea and (omega rich) sunflower and borage oils work together to make an increadibly hardworking hand lotion that sinks in well without any greasiness. I’d started to get dry flaky skin around my nails but this sorted it out really quickly. I’d watch out for the strong pump though as I ended up squirting it across my bathroom!

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At £12 for 100ml this is a little expensive but I personally think it’s worth the price conscidering it’s 94% organic, soil association and BUAV approved.

Rating 5/5

Barry M Silk Effect Nail Paint

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I’ve given myself the length of Spring to ease myself into pastels, or as I like to call them ice cream colours. As soon as I saw this range I knew I’d start with my nails. I’m still sticking with my safe blue/green pallette but the colour is a lot softer and prettier.

Barry M Nail Paint in Meadow

This goes on exactly as if you are using emulsion paint so it’s best to do two thin coats and be very aware of your brush strokes. It dries to a beautiful matt opaque sheen that looks incredibly elegant and sophisticated. It’s also incredibly long lasting and takes ages to remove. This colour will really pop with my tan this Summer.

I’m going to buy blossom next, a lovely pinky peach colour.

My Mission: To Keep ‘Normal’ Hours

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I’ve unsuccessfully tried to keep ‘normal’ waking and sleeping hours since I left college age 19. I managed (with the relentless help of my Mum) to keep different 9-5 jobs, the longest being a year before getting sacked for being late too many times.

The second part age 27-28 away from home I got insomnia for an entire year. I survive the work day on a cocktail of pro-plus and Red Bull. On the bus home I’d be barley conscious then once home, I’d fall asleep sat up (sometimes with my tea on my lap) for an hour or two, then I’d be wide awake until around 4:00am or until the sun started to make an appearance. Then at 7.00am I’d get brutally jerked into consciousness half way through a sleep cycle by my alarm and actually feel hungover. Then with a sinking heart I’d realise I had to do it all over again.

I’ve got better over the last 5 years, now I sleep deeply and I feel physically refreshed upon waking up naturally.

These things are still messed up though:

I find it difficult to switch my weird and varied thoughts off.

My dreams are either based around a frenetic uni life (I never had) or an Indiana Jones style adventure, leaving me mentally exhausted upon waking.

I honestly don’t wind down until 12.00am

I don’t actually do enough in the day to tire me out but doing too much exhausts me into a stressed mess.

I’m having to stay up because I’ve eaten too much, too late.

My Mission

Wake up before 9.00am

Get my ass out of bed before 10.00am

Remember to take phone to bed with pretty jingly-jangly alarm on.

Have a vague idea what to wear so I’m presentable in under 30mins.

Eat breakfast an hour after getting up – no later.

Start exercising early evening before I even think about parking my arse in front of the telly.

Eat light evening snack before 10.00pm

Switch off all screens an hour before bed.

Go to bed before 12.00am

Spend around 15 mins thinking about my day and the next day, then just concentrate on my breathing instead of being all wired and creative.

So…

Ignoring my iPod before bed will be a serious test!

Getting to sleep without going over random scenarios in my brain or asking myself deep questions will be tough. I’m at my most creative in that in between stage.

The waking up shouldn’t be a problem, having the will to haul my ass out of bed however…

Wish me luck!

Has anyone got any tips?

Why Should A Women’s Appearance = Her Value?

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I hate the fact that people instantly (and often harshly) judge women on their looks – even other women. Making huge assumptions about wether a stranger is gay or straight or bi, wether or not to even bother acknowledging their presence or listening to their opinions. Ultimately judging their value based purely on appearance in an instant.

I’m lucky to have got to know a diverse range of people over the years who are compelling, imaginative, kind and supportive, precisely because I’ve withheld judgment and made the effort to get to know them – properly.

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I’ve always been inspired by women like Joan Jett, Shirley Manson, Patti Smith, Karen O, Juliette Lewis and Skin from Skunk Anansie. These are all strong, intelligent women who have their own very individual style, who are attractive precisely for those reasons.

Massively famous celebrities like Beyonce, Angelina and Drew Barrymore are all naturally pretty but they are also inspiring for their charity efforts, their support of other women and the fact they are amazingly canny business women. This often comes across in glossy magazine interviews but those interviews are often bookended by impossibly perfect, airbrushed photo shoots and advertisements.

So it’s not surprising that the supportive feminist message isn’t quite getting through to our subconscious on a daily basis.

Most days I look like a uni-student, an emo, a rock chick, a bit of a slob even. I have long wild hair, I’m not obsessively arsed about the exact amount of hours my foundation stays in place for and my eye liner is permanently smudged.

I love playing COD, chatting about fantasy and sci-fi series and watching extreme sports rather than fashion vloggers on You Tube. I say ‘dude’ and ‘awesome’ way too much and you will never catch me describing something as ‘amaze’ or ‘totes fabs’. I don’t gush over cupcake designs on Pinterest or give a crap about who designed which medieval torture devise pair of high heels.

According to the opinions of a vast majority of society all of the above must mean women like me are a) Too laddish and not interested in being feminine b) Therefor a lesbian, or c) A clueless girl to be pitied and patronisingly taken on as someone’s project d) Fine to be the butt of a snide comment.
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Ok so it’s not the end of the world and we all know to ignore strangers idle or rude opinions on our appearance. But if one chooses to calmly walk down the street wearing their shirt as a skirt and their trousers as a top whilst wearing a cat on their head – it shouldn’t matter!

It’s ridiculous that women are required to look perfectly preened in order to be taken seriously by other women. When we do this to each other, we are really only doing it to ourselves. The notion that we must constantly act and dress overtly femininely to be worthy of male attention is also ridiculous. If I’m nipping to the shops, I’m most likely going in my tracky bottoms and The Blokes jumper, to be honest. However a person chooses to look does not give passing groups of men or bitchy women a license to judge harshly – or at all.

So next time we catch ourselves making lazy assumptions, lets stop and try to see with more than just our eyes.