Weird and Wonderful Links – Geeky & Fandom (small voice) ‘mostly…’

I know I usually do a weekly or monthly round-up post and include any links I wanted to share in there but I’ve bookmarked that many I figure I’ll just give them a post of their own.

Superhero Art Twisted

Post Punk Icons Reimagined as Marvel Heroes I think Robert Smith as Night Crawler has to be my fave!

11 Disney Princesses Re-Imagined As Pop Culture Heroines Which brings us nicely to the next category…

Disney Art Twisted

Disney Princesses as Badass Tattoos 

Disney Princesses Reimagined as Men and Vice Versa  Esmerelda remindes me of a young John Barrowman.

If Disney Princesses Had Mums  Pocahontas made me laugh out loud.

There Be Dragons

Drift Wood Dragons and Beasts 

Scrap Metal Sculptures  The fire sculptures look amazing!

What Are Dragons Doing Nowadays?

General Superhero Stuff

Marvel Heroes Height Comparison Chart So Tony Stark should be a lot taller than Robert Downey Jr. unless it’s the suit that does it. Not sold on that one.

15 Superheroes on the Big Screen in 2015 I can’t wait to see Jason Momoa as Aqua Man, a much better choice than Adrian Grenier.

Reassessing The Plot Now We Are Older

12 Things That Don’t Sit Right or Make Sense in Harry Potter

Was Buffy The Vampire Slayer Really Sending Such a Powerful Feminist Message? 

GTA, GOT and Obnoxious Actors

11 Actors Who Everyone Hates To Work With  I think adding Julia Roberts to this list is rather unfair under the circumstances.

20 Alternative Ways to Have Fun in GTA 5

New Game of Thrones Season 4 Blooper Reel

Funnies

24 Apology Notes That Are So Clever You Just Have To Love Them Sorry not sorry.

11 Hilarious Misheard Lyrics About Food I hear stuff like this all of the time and just keep on singing it whenever the songs come on the radio.

Illustration & Graphic Design

Sad Animal Facts That Are The Cutest Way to Ruin Your Day D-awww!

The Secret Lives of Cats 

Dream-like Fantasy Drawing Done With Pen and Pencil

Happy Little Moments in Everyday Life (beautiful animated illustrations)

Very Minimalist (almost 8bit) Illustrations of Pop Culture Icons Your brain will fill in the rest!

There Are Two Kinds of People You will definitely be either one or the other in each scenario.

Chrissie xx

P.S. Let me know if you got the one word film quote at the end of the tittle ;o)

Roots & Rituals Deep Conditioning Hair Oil

“You put oil on your hair? Seriously!” “Of course, before I shampoo…” “Ah right, I see!” “And whenever starts to get too dry.” “Weird!” I’ve had similar conversation many times – even with people who have frizzy hair. Weird.

Who are Roots & Rituals?

Roots and Rituals are a small independent company who see hair care as pampering time for your head and not just a necessity. They use natural ingredients and their products are silicone, mineral oil, SLS, paraben and artificial fragrance free.

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About The Product

Deep Conditioning Hair Oil £15.99 (cost and postage) 100ml ‘Pure and carefully selected ancient hair oils to create a truly effective ritual for both hair and scalp. Coconut, olive & avocado oils penetrate deeply into the hair shaft to lock in moisture. Amla, almond and sesame oils nourish and hydrate the scalp to help promote optimal hair growth. Argan, hibiscus and basil oils condition and repair the cuticle (outer layer of hair strands).’

How I Used It

I waited until I had an hour to myself and gave myself a soothing scalp massage with the oil. I also gently rubbed plenty into the very dry ends of my hair. I washed my hair as normal and then let it dry in the sunshine. When my hair was still damp I rubbed a tiny little bit between my palms and gently rubbed it onto the ends of my hair.

My hair is still damp in places

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Now my hair is dry

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Result!

I didn’t use any heat styling products or balms or curl cream. I was seriously impressed! I apologise that the bottom picture is slightly out of focus my Mum took it and she’s not used to my camera. It’s the first time I’ve not needed to flatten fly-away hairs at my roots with small hair straighteners. My hair is still like this two days later despite really bad humidity. In this climate I usually end up looking like Monica from that episode of Friends or Cousin IT or Side Show Bob from the Simpsons!

Good points

  • Wonderfully effective mixture of oils
  • The push and tip lid distributes one drop of oil at a time so you won’t spill it
  • I think the packaging looks cute and quite bohemian

Bad Points

  • The lid can be pressed open when the product is in the post but the packaging is so secure it won’t leak outside of the envelope.
  • I really didn’t find the scent appealing but my hair only smelled of the oil for a few hours and if you’re applying before washing only, then it won’t matter anyway.

Rating 4/5

Chrissie xx

Learning To Recognise & Truly Feel ALL Of My Emotions

I’m typing this tipsy – not because alcohol is my essential coping mechanism or because it’s fun to obliterate a bad memory or feeling but because I simply enjoy getting rather tipsy. Four years ago and for the first time in my life I learned to drink for fun. We all naturally lean toward some kind of copying mechanisms whether it be demolishing a big block of chocolate, shopping for yet more things we don’t need or fishing that packet of fags out of the bin that we said we’d quit. It could even be by being overly bossy and controlling of people or situations.

From age 13 I made it my aim to drink a litre of strong white cider every Friday. That was my day which kept me going through a week of repressing my feelings. That was when I stupidly thought that I could really feel my emotions and let loose. I was doing that but I wasn’t processing them or understand them unfortunately. It was more “Let’s have a laugh and forget about all of the crap – woo whoo!”

Forward a year age 14 and now I’m on to drinking quart bottles of vodka because the cider just isn’t doing it for me anymore. I have to drink it quickly because it has to take effect but then I have to sober up somewhat because I need to get the bus home at at 10.00pm.

I realise now I was always blocking out negative comments from others, negative feelings about myself and generally not allowing myself to feel. Maybe I naturally felt too much as a kid and decided it was sort of scary. Maybe I was made to feel by a relative that someone else was in greater emotional distress so I was to play down any anxieties as if they were of less importance. Maybe I felt I always had to be in control so that I didn’t cause a scene.

Basically the reason doesn’t really matter. It was the fact that by my teens I would do anything before I would actually feel anything. By my early 20’s it was cigarettes for when I was stressed. Sex for when I wasn’t feeling in control (“well I’ll soon change that!”), beer to let my ‘real’ personality out (witty but pretty wild) and dancing while loosing time in alcoholic oblivion so that all I was thinking about was the beat and the base.

What happens when the club shuts, you’re on your own, you’ve run out of booze and fags and you’re starting to feel again? I mean you are sobering up and that uneasy, lost, bewildered feeling is starting to creep back in.

Luckily by my late 20’s I had The Bloke. He ‘left me’ to go to the 24/7 supermarket, he hadn’t dumped me in the way that I misunderstood. Afterward he scrapped me off the floor and basically rescued the sweet, kind, closed off, bitchy block of stone that he’d been going out with for 3 months.

That’s when I learned to actually feel my emotions again.

I say feel – not deal with. Two very different things those.

I was raw and adorably childlike yet frustratingly childish in my neediness.

It was a long difficult road but fast forward 5 years and I like embracing my emotions now. Emotions fill us with joy or sadness. It doesn’t matter – what matters is that we have them and we should embrace them as that’s how we can learn to cope with them – even appreciate them.

Now I’m in my mid 30’s I don’t automatically decline a hug when I’m sad because “I’ll loose it and start crying” because that’s ok. I don’t have this awkward pretend empathy because I don’t know how it feels to go through a particular emotion. I don’t have a silent rage inside of me anymore or a feeling of unjustness that I need to burry.

I feel everything and it’s freaking fantastic – even the really crappy bits.

Guess what? I’ve lost control quite a bit and done some ugly crying (you’re crying for god sake, who cares whether you look pretty) and I’ve had mini emotional meltdowns where it’s all felt too intense. Embracing your emotions really takes some getting used to! However, I’ve not completely fell apart. I’ve not been disowned by everyone (one person yes, but that says more about them than me).

Even if I was left with no one and had to start all over again it would have been the right choice. NEVER EVER FEEL LIKE YOU SHOULD BURRY YOUR FEELINGS DEEP INSIDE. We are humans. We need to feel. This is what separates us from robots. It’s what makes us truly unique. It’s okay to cry and let it out. You don’t need to be ashamed of this either. If you learn to feel then you learn to accept those feelings and you learn to cope with them over time. They are part of you. The joy and the despair – it’s all you. It’s what makes you you.

Love and giant bear hugs.

Chrissie xx

P.S. A few days later – I learned some rather alarming news about my health in a series of letters from my Neurologist to my Dr that I’d requested (for ATOS) and I looked up the three (yes three) conditions online on very specific professional sites . What I found out really worried me but I was busy reading the specifics of each one and the fact that one is very rare and I couldn’t find a reason for the other erm..Then I found that two conditions can at least be slowed down by drugs – phew! Then I was late and had to rush. I didn’t process it properly and spent the next few hours calmly explaining it my loved ones and looking on the bright side. Then A couple of days later I burst out sobbing for around three hours because what the bloody hell this is some seriously scary shit! It was classic – I did exactly what I warned everyone against. I guess it’s hard to see the wood for the trees sometimes. So yeah, I need to head the advice I’ve written above a lot more basically. 

 

AA Skincare – Eye Gel & eye makeup remover in one!

I’ve not come across AA Skincare before but I’m glad I have as they have over 30 years experiences of sourcing essential oils and natural ingredients and their products are cruelty free (of course) and affordable.

Seaweed & Aloe refreshing Eye Gel £6.96 50ml

 

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When I read that this contained seaweed and Aloe – two of my favourite natural and effective ingredients – I couldn’t wait to try this. I also love the fact that this is a cleanser as well as just an eye gel. I’ve been applying it to under and around my eyes with gentle taps using my ring finger (I keep the bottle in the salad crisper in my fridge) for four days and here are the results.

Before on the left and after on the right.

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I haven’t noticed a difference on the firmness of the skin on my brow bone (I guess that’s just the shape of my eyes) but as you can see it’s definitely helped my saggy bags! Who else besides me has ‘cheek bags’ seriously? I still have little grooves in the corners put no where near as much puffiness. I’ve started using this gel as a face cleanser when wearing very light make up and I like the cooling refreshing feeling. The cleanser wiped away my (non waterproof) mascara easily and didn’t sting my very sensitive eyes at all.

  • The pump dispenses the perfect controlled amount
  • Refreshing, soothing and toning
  • Removes light makeup and mascara
  • Huge value for money
  • Gentle for sensitive eyes and skin

Rating 5/5

Bergamot & Chamomile Cleansing Face Gel £5.94 for 100ml

I used this with my electric facebrush and I was pleased to see that it cleansed without massively foaming up. I noticed that I had less redness and dryness than I have in the past after using some other cleansers.

Rating 5/5

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Bergamot & Chamomile Moisturising Face Lotion £6.96 for 100ml

I used this after the cleansing face gel. This is a very light lotion which I really liked as it didn’t swamp my pores or make my skin feel tacky, plus I could apply foundation over the top as it sunk in quickly. It also combatted any remaining redness I had. The only problem I found after using the two products together in this humid UK Summer weather, was that by teatime my skin looked and felt greasy. The next day I used a primer on my T-zone and the problem was solved. Best for normal or mildly combination skin but not in heavy humidity!

Rating 4/5

 

Get Some Kicks Out Of Life

Get Some Kicks Out Of Life
Even the token white pair has some colour on it, ha! Never boring!
Which one’s are your faves?

Posh Pickles and Preserves yummm…

If you look in my fridge you will find that’s it’s 80% full of sauces and pickles. I get a lot of takeaways or fresh food that I eat that day so I’ve ended up being a bit of a condiment queen instead! So I was pleased to review a big selection of little jars from independent company Posh Pickles and Preserves.

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The company consists of Steph and Rob who grows some of the ingredients on his allotment. The range includes jams, chutneys, pickles and sauces with 12oz & 80oz jar sizes available, plus they also do delightful little wedding favours with traditionally printed cloths and bows.

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Sa va Turong ot (I’m sorry I’ve massacred the pronunciation but I don’t know how to do the accents over the letters) this is a Vietnamese sauce that would work brilliant as a base for stir fry or a marinade. The complex flavour is tangy and unique, yet traditionally Vietnamese.

Raspberry and Redcurrant Jam OMG this is heavenly! Ate it all, with a spoon – yup.

Salsa Borracha – Drunken Sauce This a classic Spanish cooking sauce which is seriously hot! I love hot food but oh my gosh! I would only use a little of this in place of an actual chilli. I think The Bloke best handle this one.

Claret, Red Onion, and Balsamic Relish For a moment I thought this relish was rather plain and then a wonderfully deep and rounded flavour became apparent. Not too sweet and not too sharp. Perfect on my spinach and riccotta pizza!

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Balsamic Shallots Tiny onions in balsamic vinegar, perfect for posh salads, with cheese and crackers or on a sandwich. The balsamic vinegar is sweet and less harsh on the tongue compared to some other vinegars used for pickling.

Fiery Chilli Extra Jam I love the name ‘Extra Jam’ and it is definitely extra. The Bloke asked me if this was more fiery or more jam. I’d say it’s a 50/50 split. This reminded me of a spicy sweet tomato chutney. Steph and Rob suggest this will go well with mature stilton or as a base for sweet and sour sauce.

Bloody Mary Chutney I got as far as putting this on one piece of toast and then I just had to dive in with a spoon! This tastes exactly like a Bloody Mary cocktail and not a virgin one either. I loved the big chunks of tomato in this – I just wish that I’d had some celery to dip.

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Steph has had kidney failure so Posh Pickles and Preserves donate a £1 from the sale of each Tangy Braeburn Apple Chutney to the National Kidney Federation. I think is a wonderful idea, one which more companies should do in their own way.

I’ve been gifted these items for review, which in no way effects my opinion – as always.

Which one’s do you fancy trying?

Chrissie xx

Competition & Review of Clariel by Garth Nix (fantasy)

Clariel is the fourth book in Garth Nix’s popular Old Kingdom trilogy. I haven’t read the others but as this is a prequel to the other three so I found it didn’t matter. Scroll down to win a copy of your own!

 

 

About

Sixteen-year-old Clariel is not adjusting well to her new life in the city of Belisaere, the capital of the Old Kingdom. She misses roaming freely within the forests of Estwael, and she feels trapped within the stone city walls. In Belisaere Clariel is forced to follow plans, plots and demands so she must question the motivations and secret hearts of everyone around her – and it is herself she must question most of all. It seems that the city itself is descending into chaos, as the ancient rules binding Abhorsen, King and Clayr appear to be disintegrating. With the discovery of a dangerous Free Magic creature loose in the city, Clariel is given the chance both to prove her worth and make her escape.

My thoughts about the story and characters (no spoilers)

I read Clariel for five hours with only tiny breaks in between. This is the longest a book has ever captured my attention! I love fantasy as long as it’s not too cliched with cheesy dialogue and too many elves and dwarves running about the forest. Clariel is set vey much in it’s own time and land so the characters, the city and the story have a timeless – at times almost contemporary feel. Nix has a way of effortlessly creating a scene in the readers mind that does not interfere with the pacing of the dialogue or the progression of the narrative.

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Clariel is a strong and determind protagonist but she also has her flaws (some of which she is even aware of) so she becomes an increasingly complex character. At first I wasn’t sure if the book had a fairly week premise: Catch creature, return home a hero but I was as naive as Clariel at that point! The supporting characters range from the sweet and surprisingly brave Bel, the cold hearted Guildmaster Kilp, Clariels strong willed mother and the slithery Moggart. There is magic all through this book which lies within people, swords and stone rather than wands which I was pleased about if I’m being honest. I also liked the way this book dealt with good and bad intentions and how the line between such opposites can easily become blurred. Here’s what other fans thought.

To sum up

Warning: There are no ‘real’ dragons featured – the cover is cleverly deceiving. This is a YA (young adult) book but I’ve leant it to my bloke who’s really looking forward to reading it. I really don’t think it matters what age you are as the narrative doesn’t stay in the classroom for very long before it escapes outward to places far beyond.

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I was gifted this book to review which does not shape my opinion of it.

Dr Cabello Argan Oil Treatment

If you regularly read this blog you will know that I have thick, coarse and rather wild hair, if not, you do now. Dominican Haircare were kind enough to send me a big tub of Argan Oil Treatment to try out, which as you can see looks rather like custard but smells wonderful! It contains essential fatty acids, Omegas 3 & 6 as well as Vitamin E.

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You can use this as a deep conditioner and leave in for ten minutes with hair wrapped in a turban or shower cap as I did and you can use a little sparingly on very damp hair as a curl cream. I did both. I used a blob a quarter the size of my palm in the shower, then a slightly smaller amount worked into very damp hair where it’s dyed as it’s naturally frizzier anyway.

Before using the treatment

(It was due for a wash so there’s some natural oil, rather than the usual fluff I get straight after washing)

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After using the treatment

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I couldn’t believe how defined my waves looked (my hair is completely dry in these photo’s) and it was so soft and shiny! I’ve also noticed that I’m not shedding as much hair as I used to throughout the day so my hair must be stronger after just one treatment. I only need to wash my hair every two weeks so this 16 oz tub will last me ages!

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Rating 5/5 

 

Chrissie xx

 

Simple ‘Mexican Hummus’ Recipe

I know that lemon humous is really refreshing with salad on hot days but for anyone experiencing cold or cloudy weather, here is some spicy ‘comfort hummus’.

Gluten and Dairy Free

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Ingredients

200g Chickpeas (standard tin when drained but save water for later)

1 small Lime

1 teaspoons of Garlic Paste

1 teaspoons Ground Cumin (not essential)

100ml Tahini

5 tablespoons Chickpea Water

4 tablespoons Virgin Olive Oil

2 teaspoons Smoked Paprika

1 1/2 Pinches ( measuring spoon ‘pinch’) of Salt

1 Pinch of Sugar

Method

Chuck everything into a blender and blend until smooth.

Scrape hummus of the blender and put into a container, which will take longer than making the actual humous!

To Serve

With bean falafel, roasted yellow peppers and tomatoes, warm pita, crackers, bread sticks or biscuits. Basically anything that’s heavy on the carbs or your version of comfort food.

Enjoy!

Do you have your own version of hummus?

Chrissie xx

Wedge You Say?

Wedge You Say?
If you want a little lift there’s a wedge here for every occasion. The flowery one’s are my faves because they are cute, quirky and I could walk in them!