Tuesday, December 31, 2013

TipTuesday #12


I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and are ready for the NEW YEAR!! 
I can not believe that 2014 is 24 hours away? When? How? What did I miss?

The year always goes to fast for my liking! This New Years eve I am spending with some really lovely people. 

As it is one of the biggest nights for a lot of people to go out, celebrate the new year, and forget the past year, a lot of people suffer from tiredness and sleep in their New Years make up. I am a culprit of forgetting/ being to lazy to take my make up of when I get in for a night out, I admit it. I know it's a bad thing to leave on your make, it clogs up your pores and can break you out in the following days. 

Face wipes aren't the best thing for your skin but it sure is a lot better for you to take it off quickly than it is to leave all that gross, sweaty make up on over night.

I hope you will have a lovely New Years, and bring it in in style how ever you spend it, enjoy :) 

 Happy New Year!

Lottie xo

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Life update | Review of my 2013


Where the hell have all 12 months gone????????? I mean, I remember January and then I do not remember anything of any of the other months, up until November. 

2013 doesn't really feel that there has been enough time to make up an entire year but I guess, like every other year, it's just ran past me. 

January: This was still my first year of university, and I guess I was still getting used to it. I remember the two hours it took for me and my dad to get to Nottingham and I only really remember this because I felt so nauseous about going back. I believe this just to be anxiety and nervousness but oh my gosh I hated that feeling. But of course the moment I was back in my room, and saw some friends all those feelings went away. Now I do not remember what we did at uni but I guess that goes to show how fast it went. 

The next month I remember is April: of course we all went home for Easter. I was also my mums birthday so it was nice to get to spend time with my family. Another thing that makes April stand out is that April 19th (?) I think, was the day that we moved out of our home, and my parents started their journey up to Scotland. Safe to say, the worrier that I am, was thinking about my folks travelling up the country I got a phone call around 7pm on the sunday from my dad. They managed to get up to Scotland safely and needed me to google map the location of the holiday cottage they had booked for the week. 

Now I remember a bit of the summer, but like every summer holiday away from education, it went by way to fast! So midway through June my parents (and the dog) drove down to pick me up. You know that holiday cottage I mention earlier, well they were still living in there so they picked me up, transferred pieces of furniture and items over to the new house which I would be moving into for my second year of uni. slept the night in a hotel and then all four of us, started the 8 hour journey up to Scotland and to the cottage. 
Once we had gotten up there, slept the night and sorted my stuff out to go into storage, I did what a lot of other students might have done. Without a job I found myself starting this blog (which I am still enjoying by the way) and watching a lot of Youtube videos..... Yes I got slightly addicted watching other people have amazing summer vacations and times with friends. June turned into July and as well as us finally finding a place that we can take from 'house' to 'home' in time and all I remember was finding myself pondering about Youtube, and whether I could/should start one for myself...
For the records I'm still doing this... 

Then September: heading on back down to uni, thankfully and generously, my dad drove me down. Not before having a bit of a tear feast with my mum and then our next door neighbour. Bless. 

There was obviously projects that we did from September to November but in all honesty it's turned into a bit of a blur. 

November, wow, this was the start of my placement and I am truly upset about how fast it went. TAKE ME BACK NOW! Thoroughly enjoyed it and it opened up my eyes as to what I could be doing. Even though I'm studying theatre design and do amazing projects, sometimes you forget and get a bit of a 'glaze' over your eyes as to what you are really working to. Placement was a bit of a windscreen wiper, clearing up my thoughts and making me re-realise what I am in this for. 

And now! We are almost at the end of 2013, it's December 26th as I write this and after the excitement of Christmas day, time to reflect has been what today has mostly been about. 

It's time to forget the past and look forward to the future. 2014 I hope to make you more interesting and valuable than 2013.

Hope everybody, whether you celebrate Christmas or not, I hope you all had a lovely day yesterday, a calm day today (unless you chose to go boxing day shopping, then you crazy fool) and I hope the new year has something for us all to look forward to!  

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

It's a Jolly Holiday Christmas Tag

Q: Favourite Christmas Movie?
   - As a kid, my favourite Christmas Movie had to be...Santa Claus the movie
   - Now I think it has to be Elf of course (love it for its wit and sarcasm!) 

Q:  Have you ever had a 'White Christmas'?
   - Well there has been snow on the ground a few time, but it's never snowed on Christmas day unfortunately (although it's christmas eve right now and it could be possible that it might snow, the weather outside is frightful)

Q: Where do you usually spend your Christmas?
  - The front room. We are only a family of three and we don't have family that live near by so normally it's just the three of us. Which is nice, normally there's always one person missing.

Q: Can you name all of Santa's reindeer?
   - :( no i loose it around the fourth or fifth one. 

Q: Do you open any presents on Christmas Eve?
  - NO! I didn't know that was a thing?

Q: Is your Christmas tree real or fake?
   - REAL!! The smell of the tree makes Christmas for me! Love it!

Q: What holiday tradition are you most looking forward to?
   - Well normally the best thing to do at Christmas in my eyes, is going out on a chilly evening with my dad to pick a Christmas tree.

Q: Be honest, do you prefer giving gifts or receiving them?
   - Giving 100%, I hate being a centre of attention, and the look on someone's face when they open and realise what they got is so exciting!

Q: Show us your tackiest Christmas attire!
   - I don't actually own anything Christmas-y and tacky, just a Santa hat.

Q: What would your dream place to visit for the holiday season?
   - When I was younger I always wanted to visit Scotland to see a 'white Christmas'. Guess I got my chance this year, and for the foreseeable future!

Q: Are you on the Naught list or Nice list?
   - Well I hope I'm on the nice!  *flutters eyelashes*

Q: How's your wrapping skills?
   - L.O.V.E it, all has to be sharp and neat, that is until you have to wrap a bottle of wine or something annoyingly shaped. 

Q: Most memorable holiday moment?

  - Wow that's a hard one. I guess the one that stands out the most, probably when I was between the ages of 7/8, my grampy had brought me a Snow White dressing table, with light up stars around the mirror! It was all plastic and I spend most of the day building it with my grampy and then pretending to do my make up and hair in the mirror. Yep, that's the most memorable. 

Q: What made you realise the truth about Santa?
   - Dad and I picked my mum up from town one day, I was in the back and pulled the arm rest down. There was a little latch that you could pull and you can see into the boot. I saw a board game called Mouse Trap, of course I received this for Christmas and, as the Little Sherlock in training my thoughts were correct, suspicions revealed and that was it.

Q: Do you make New Years resolutions? Do you stick to them?
   - I don't really understand the New Years resolutions, I don't see why if you want to change anything, why you should wait until the New Year? I have in the past and to be completely honest, I'd make and plan resolutions, but a week in, I'd already forgotten them. 

Q: What makes the Holiday's special for you?
   - Not sure to be honest, December is special to me because It's cousin's and my birthday, which is on the same day. But besides growing another year older nothing is particularly special about it to me. I enjoy spending time with my family and I love watching people opening presents.

Q: What is your favourite colour scheme to decorate the tree in?
   - Gold, just gold. 

Q: Mince pie?
   - No thanks. Not a fan, which does mean, there's more for other people!

Q: Do you open presents before or after lunch?
   - Pleaseeeee, we don't have the patience to wait, Ok my parent do, I don't. Sorry. 

Q: Christmas day fashion?
   - Well we don't go all out but we don't stay in our pj's all morning. Just something cosy and comfy.  

TipTuesday #11


Ok so not a beauty tip but a very useful tip I have learnt over the years.

My dad is a late christmas shopper. I mean late, he has sometimes come into work on Christmas eve asking... 'Which one do you think your mother would like?' Oh dad!! 

I am a huge worrier, you are going to think I am completely crazy, but..... I tend to start getting Christmas gifts for people around about July... I don't like to stress and last minute Christmas shopping is s stressful as it gets!

Now if your family are like my dad, the thing I have found really useful is to make a list of the things you think the people you are buying for would like. A little secret that I haven't even told my dad, is I tick the things that I know wont be sold out come Christmas eve and then leave those things to my dad and get the more meaningful, speacil things around mid November beginning of December. Sometimes this works, sometime it doesn't. 

I hope this little tip helps you destress and have a more relaxed Christmas! 
And with that I hope you all have a great, relaxing, joyful and spirited Christmas day!!

Hope it helps,

Merry Christmas

 Lottie xoxo

Monday, December 23, 2013

25 Facts About Me

1.  My memory is so short, I have to pause a lot to rethink what I'm doing.

2. The sun instantly makes me happy and I do like the rain, I love watching it (It's the best when you are inside and you don't have to venture outside the front door)

3. I hate having my haircut, I never know what I want and it takes forever for me to get used to it again.

4. With all these Christmas Adverts, it's made me think I can't wait to have my own family and give them a magical Christmas. ( not for at least another 7 years - hold your horses)

5. I look forward to the summer... for strawberries

6.  I used to do country dancing, tap dancing and modern in primary school

7. Although we have a dog( who I love to bits!) I don't think I can say I'm 100% a dog person or a cat person... 110% an animal lover, covers all animals! (except........)

8. Three things that scare me are Spiders, being in open water (Sharks!) and sometimes heights

9. When you first meet me, I can come across as quite, but as soon as I am comfortable around you, you' will probably think I am a complete weirdo! Weird is good though, isn't it?

10. Autumn is my favourite season, the leaves change colour, the weather can be unpredictable, Halloween, Bon Fire night and Christmas are all things to look forward to!!

11. I am quite fussing when it comes to food, I will try things but I tend to stick to what I know.

12. I over think, a lot. (it's a bad habit, I do not recommend it)

13. I am a very awkward person, I cringe at almost anything that we girls are meant to sat 'aw' at, all that lovey-dovey, gushy stuff (I just can't handle it!)

14. I like the idea of baking, and making cakes and delicious dishes. I like the idea, up until the hand whisking and the moment when you look at your creation through the oven window and see that it's as flat as pancake. Then you taste it, and it's as dry as a bone and as solid as a rock. That's when I realise, I'm a crap baker.

15. I am a List maker.

16. I sing all the time when I'm alone but would never properly sing in front of anyone, I'm sure the kitchen. bathroom and my bedroom are hopefully sounds proof. 

17. I'm a magpie. Anything that sparkles grabs my attention.

18. I procrastinate. A lot. *hangs head in shame*

19. I love films, (who doesn't) especially Disney ones. My favourite Disney films being The Little Mermaid and Hercules.

20. My family and I have just made a big move to Scotland.

21.This year I turned 21

22. I love going on road trips and absolutely love being in the front passenger seat whilst my mum or dad drives at night, as it means I get to look out at the city lights and stars over head. 

23. I am short sighted, but only ever remember to wear my glasses when I need to drive somewhere.

24. I'm in my second year of university

25. I am actually a very sarcastic person, all thanks to my Dad for his words of wisdom and perseverance.

And maybe one for luck....

26. For a while now I've been thinking about Youtube and whether I could do it or not... Fear gets in the way of a lot of things. Does it for you?

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Christmas Jumpers!

I just want to bring up one thing, where and why have all these Christmas Jumpers come from?

Out of the blue, and all of as fast as a heavy snow fall covers everything, it seems that Christmas jumpers have become popular. Now I'd probably want to say that it's all Mr Darcy's doing, from Bridget Jones Diary. However I feel that it's been a fair amount of time since that lovely Reindeer jumper graced our eyes. And if you've forgotten the one I'm on about, I thought I'd add a picture just to remind you. 

So I don't know about you, but maybe it's because I'm a student and in an art based building, but before leaving uni for Christmas there was a substaintual amount of those, sometimes festive, sometimes cheeky and all together smile enforcing jumpers. 

Another reason I'm bringing it up is because whilst I was out in the city today, people, every way you looked were sporting a Christmas jumper. Ok yes, yes I can hear you now; 'it's only 4 days until Christmas, and if you can't wear a xmas jumper now when can you?' Well I haven't a problem with them I just can't get my head around it as to where they have come from? What made them acceptable and desired so much this year?  

If anybody knows, please, please tell me, I can't figure it out! Who started this festive craziness?!

So I thought whilst thinking about this I might add a few other jumpers that I've spotted out and about and share them with you. Whether garish, rude, cute, cheeky or classic here are three of my favourite Christmas jumpers.

None of these pictures are my own. 

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

A Christmas Carol at Lakeside 2013

It's that famous story that we all get told from such a young age, combined with the child-like imaginations that we unlock when the power goes out. 

This brand new adaptation incorporates the original story of the Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol, in a modern day style but still with a classic twist! Three siblings, two brothers and their younger sister, Andrew, James and Vicky go spend Christmas together in their aunties cottage. Whilst Andrew's hoping to spend Christmas stuffing their faces and watching good old Christmas TV, James and Vicky are thrilled just to be in a place that holds all their childhood memories. Plans change when the weather takes a turn for the worst and cuts the power and reception to the house!

The show is suitable for children 4 years and older, with special effects that make the children say wow and heart warming moments which takes the cast on a flight around the world, makes you forget where you are and just enjoy the entirety of the story. Not only are the cast amazing, with one actor playing no less than eight characters but the set design helps bring the idea that these characters had an amazing time in their aunties cottage when they were younger, playing exciting games of hide and seek and celebrating the holidays. 

With Andrew being a bit of a humbug, only wanting to watch the Christmas special of Doctor Who and nothing else on a cold, snowy Christmas eve. James and Vicky use all their excitement and energy to tell the tale of A Christmas Carol, slowly and surely luring Andrew into the story. The three of them discover the true meaning of Christmas - generosity, family, friends, love and sharing. 

So if you looking for something do, sat at home, putting off the idea of going to another panto, or fed up of the kids saying they are bored. Then I recommend you pop down to the Lakeside and visit the gallery and the show itself for a lovely day out.


Box office: 0115 846 7777

The show runs up until December 29th and if you can get down to Lakeside in Nottingham this Christmas, then I highly recommend it, with tickets on sale at £8.50 it's enjoyable for all the family and for any age.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Time for a break

Time for a break from uni that is! Not blogging, think I've had too much of that!

It's that time of year when schools finish, university students catch the break that they've been looking forward to and that time of year that moods improve and purses and wallets empty pretty fast.

It's Christmas Time of course!! I got home on Saturday, and to be perfectly honest all I've done is slept. Slept a lot. 

For the last four/five weeks I have been on placemen. I was working for a Christmas Carol at the Lakeside Arts Theatre in Nottingham. I really enjoyed the placement and to be perfectly honest after working solidly on it for four/five weeks and now having finished, and gone home, I am on a bit of a low. 

This last week was the tech week, meaning long hours and quick work needing to be done between breaks! As busy as the first few weeks were, I don't feel like they were as tiring as the last week, something drained my energy, that's for sure! Regardless, with the energy I used for the last week I feel that it was probably the best week of my time spent there. Seeing things come together is one of the things I love to witness and find most satisfying, and like magic everything everybody had been working towards, came together! 

Yes, there was a few technical hitches and problems, but soon sorted with a bit of elbow grease from everybody! Yes, there was a lot of things to do in such a short amount of time. And, yes, things it was so satisfying to see things take shape and form!

The show it's self I'll tell you about in another blog, I couldn't possibly say it all in this post, it wouldn't be able to save the entire thing! So for now, I will leave it at that, I thought it might be of use to give you a quick update on where the hell I've been for the last few weeks. Keep an eye out for the Christmas Carol post!! 


Monday, November 25, 2013


WOW I'm sorry! It's been a looooong time since I was last able to get on here! 

Life has been a bit crazy these last three months! Going back to university, starting second year, city installations and then starting a placement! It's just been... well manic! 
I started my placement on the 4th of November and to be honest it felt like I only started yesterday!! With a deadline looming, a show to put on in under 11 days,  and loads on making and dressing a set as well as making sure everything is ready for the actors to use and an audience to watch, it's all hands on deck!

I'm working on a Christmas Carol, a show that's been designed for children aged 4+. I haven't worked in a professional working theatre, helping out a designer and being on a design team, so I didn't really know what was/ is expected of me. I have, however been in a theatre group where we had to audition, raise funds, buy the script rights, rehearse, building the set, buy and design the brochures and put on an 1.5 performance. Also it was a lot of work, it was a good experience and really fun when everything was going well. It was a lot of responsibility and commitment, I think I got out of it, and it was worth the time and effort. Something I will not ever regret doing.

So placement is basically taking over my life at the moment, a 9:30am to 5:30, or whenever I've  completed the task that I'm doing at the end of the day. Which I know isn't a bad day, and a lot of people do it, but I don't actually know a day when I've ever actually finished at 5:30. 

Thing's are going well at the moment, prop hunting in charity shops for all sorts of set dressing, making little dolls to take the place of the children in the film introduced as 'Want' and 'Ignorance'. Christmas decorations, like a Christmas tree and wreaths, as well as ,my lovely little tasking this evening of sorting through the Christmas lights to make sure we knew which ones worked, this also involved me untangling the miles and miles of string lights to tidy them up and make it easier for when we come to dress the set. 
A lot of things have gone on in these last three weeks and I can not remember half of it! Later this week, the main bulk and body of the set is being delivered and assembled in the theatre. Sounds like there is a lot to do and not enough time, same old same old. 

The Christmas Carol's first night is on the 6th of December and that is the last day of uni before Christmas! As much as I am looking forward to the show and seeing all the hard work of everybody come together, I am very excited about going home for Christmas. It's been a long 10 weeks and I can not wait to get home and see my family and the dog, I've very much been missing them.

So to cut this short, I apologise for my absence, I feel like tuesdays have gone into a black hole and then all of a sudden it's monday again?! I promise I will get right back on the horse, hopefully with more exciting things to tell you, my life will inevitable calm down and the rest of the week will reappear as if it was never gone.

I hope all is going well for everybody, and I will be back soon!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

TipTuesday #10


Curling it up? It's sliding down?

Ever curled your hair before going out somewhere, only to look in the mirror a before leaving and seeing your hair has dropped a fair bit? I have, and after all that hard work, it's a bit of a ergh moment.

Well the first thing I have to say is....

Find yourself a GOOD hair holding spray! I brought a cheap one, and I don't know what I expected, but it didn't hold my hair at all.... me being cheap there.
A good hair spray will give you that bit more time and keep your locks shape and curl.

The other thing I have to say is to make sure, that when you are curling your hair, if you have had a shower, make sure that your hair is completely 100% dry. If you curl your hair when it's that little bit wet doesn't work. Wet hair, is heavier hair,. the curls will not stay in the shape you want and will fall out. Also using a heating iron on wet hair?! Have you not heard that sizzle, the little scream your hair makes when you are effectively frying it? It's not good to use a hot hair iron on wet hair, it will damage your hair. 

Make sure you use a heat protection spray when using a curling wand or straighteners  it will keep your hair looking healthier and limit the amount of split ends your appliance could make.

Hope it helps,
 Lottie xo

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Film | Ever After: A Cinderella Story

Production Year : 1998
Certificate (UK): PG
Running Time: 121mins
Directors: Andy Tennant
Cast : Drew Barrymore, Anjelica Huston and Dougray Scott, for more on this film click here.

'Once upon a time there was a young girl who loved her father very much' is how most fairytales begin. This one however begins with an elegant old lady, talking to two young men, she proceeds to inform them of the 'real story' of the glass slipper. 

Our tutors asked us to read some books over the summer and one of the books was called.... Collection of Grimm Tales by the Brother's Grimm. It is one book with several versions of lots of different classic fairy tales. The Cinderella story in the book however is called 'Ashputtle'. 

Cinderella is a strong character, not meek or polite as we would probably expect in this film. Drew Barrymore, plays Danielle de Barbarac, is smart, polite, loyal and strong. In fact the first time she meets the Prince she infers that he is 'arrogant'.  A very different meeting than Grimm and Walt Disney's interpretation. Although it does have a slight playfulness to it Cinderella is more witted and far less 'girly' and 'meek'.

Ever After: A Cinderella Story

 The Prince is put across to us quite differently again. He is introduced quite early on, he is the one who is in the wrong place at the wrong time, slightly accident prone. One main aspect of this film that interests me most is that the Prince seems to be as big of a character as Danielle de Barbarac (Cinderella). Regular fairy tales seem to introduce the Prince later on in the film, show him as a small part of the story and he is really, properly shared with the audience once the female character grows as a person and realises she can do things for herself, instead of for others. 

'Ugly Step Sisters', 'tweedle dee and dum' as some have referred to them as, are slightly different from what we would expect. For example in this story there are a few variations for the stories we all might have heard  1. they aren't ugly, 2. they are as thick as how they are portrayed in the books and 3. they aren't the same in personality, one is more sympathetic and kind whilst the other seems to have gained all the jealousy and 'ugly' heart. Marguerite is favoured by her mother, perhaps this is why they are different in personality. Jacqueline is a fresh relief for this story, she appears to have a better understanding than her sister and even her mother. Jacqueline isn't blind to her mothers actions, she appears to be a bit sympathetic to Danielle. 

a bird may love a fish signore but where will they live?...."than I shall just have to make you wings"...

I feel that the way in which this film has been taken is rather enjoyable, I enjoy the twist on the classic fairy tale. It is stuck in a time zone however which I feel that Walt Disney's version isn't restricted too. I love the concept of this Cinderella and think it is a good balance to the character. The costumes were beautiful, even when Cinderella wear's her servants clothes.
I like the film and I could sit down a watch this again, however I do not feel, for me anyway, that it is a film I could watch over and over again. I would watch it again but instead of having it on DVD I'd rather enjoy it whilst it's on TV.

The pictures are not my own, the links as to where I found them can be found below the pictures as a hyper-link.

Lottie xo

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

TipTuesday #9


Quick tip for today...

When applying blusher, place two fingers on the side of your nose, resting on your cheek.

Where the side of your fingers end, this is where you should apply your blusher.

And that's it folks. I've gone overboard before so hopefully you can learn from my embarrassing red face or should I say very pink face!

Hope it helps,
 Lottie xo

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Film | The Breakfast Club

Production Year : 1985
Certificate (UK): 15
Running Time: 97mins
Directors: John Hughes
Cast : Emilio Esteves, Judd Nelson and Molly Ringwald, for more on this film click here.

Last night we watched the much heard of; The Breakfast Club. Now anybody that knows me, knows that I am useless when it comes to popular and classic films. I studied Film Studies back at school and quickly realised how little I actually knew about film or about the films that almost everybody else has either watched or knows of.

The Film Society is probably one of the easier choices that university life offers. Another thing that people who know me, also knows that I really struggle with sticking to things and let be honest if I can't stick to this, well that just super lazy and I need to get my act together.

Anyway.... The Breakfast Club (1985)

A group of teenagers, all from different stereotypes in school, brought together on a Saturday , for a day of detention. (Naturally we should all be able to picture the scene so far, I'm sure.) The group commit to there stereotypes, looking down at those not in their clique. 
They soon find out that they aren't all that different and that they have more in common than they'd ever thought. 

It was a simple idea, I personally do not think that the trailer for the film did it justice. I wasn't not particularly interested by my first look at the trailer, however, sticking to it and watching it from beginning to end changed my mind. I enjoyed the film, looking into the lives of the characters and it made me smile, thinking back to my time in school. I recommend the film, perhaps, if you are like me, maybe sit down and watch it, on like a rainy day and when you know you have the time to enjoy it. 

Sit back and relax, pop your popcorn and remiss. 

Lottie xo

TipTuesday #8


If you suffer from oily skin and your hair suffers too don't fiddle with it! I do this all the time, a long day at work or university and I find myself running my fingers through my hair, pushing my fringe out the way. 

I've always suffered with this problem, and now, in this weird summer heat that we here in England have actually had this year, means that things are a bit worse. I've resolved my problem with just putting my hair up and out the way. The only thing is, if we are going out somewhere and I want to do something to my hair I have to keep my fingers away from it. Grease from your fingers tips transfers the oils and ruins any styling you may have done. If you want voluminous hair don't touch it, retain yourself, and the easiest way I deal with this, is just to pin my fringe out the way, easy and there are tons of hair styles out there on the internet that can show you different ways to do this with all sorts of hair lengths!

Another thing is to try and avoid washing your hair on a daily basis! Washing your hair takes away the natural oils and in-turn your scalp makes more oils to replace the ones you have just washed away. In the past, for me, I've found the more I wash my hair, the quicker it gets greasy again. Not what I want! So now I try to wash my hair every other day, probably not the best for it, but that's just how I am dealing with it right now. 

Hope it helps,
 Lottie xo

Sunday, September 29, 2013

I Am Sorry.

It's been a whole two weeks since I last posted anything on my blog, in fact I even missed Tip Tuesday! What am I doing???! I am sorry, I know a routine and a schedule is the best thing for any kind of person and lately my routine has been scrunched up, torn into little pieces and throw out of the window. 
And why is this... I am back in my university city. 

I planned and organised and was ahead of schedule. Until plans changed. Now that we have moved house I am now seven hours away by car and my dad was lovely and drove me down, helped me unpack, set up my new room in the student house and just helped me settle in. 

I think we left Scotland around 11:00 am and luckily only came across one traffic jam which was due to road works by a roundabout which had us and all those other commuters in a standstill for about 45 minutes. Which in all fairness isn't too bad for a 400+ mile car drive, so I guess we were quite lucky there, especially as it was a Saturday we went down. We arrived around the 6:30 7-ish so it was getting a bit dark when we arrived. 

So now I am moved in, settling down and all my housemates have turned up and settling in too, I am beginning to feel that things are calming down and I can begin a new schedule and find the times I need to get back into what I love doing, as well as fitting in food shopping, homework, work experience which I have to do some time this year and all that other good stuff like washing up,washing my clothes and trying not to sleep in or nap! A bad habit to get into and it's not a good idea to start now!

I am starting my second year of uni and I am looking forward to getting back into it and learning new things, I was in university owned student accomdation last year and now me and a group or friends have moved into a student house. It's nice, worth the money (so far) and it's somewhere to look forward to coming back to after a long week of 9 till 5 days. 

So this post has been a bit of a weird one and I do apologise that it's been dead on this tiny corner of the internet, but I promise I will try my hardest to get back into a good healthy routine, and even if I don't have anything new to post about I might just give you a little update here and there.

I hope people are doing well, time from a new term and hope everything goes smoothly from here. 

Lottie xo

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

TipTuesday #7


Exfoliate before applying fake tan. A simple thing I know but I've seen a few girls wearing fake tan around. You know how I know they are wearing a fake tanning lotion.... blotchy knees! Not a good look...

You can easily buy exfoliating gloves from places like Boots, The Body Shop and even local super market, although the quality does vary. 
Exfoliating also helps out your skin, getting rid of the dry to reveal the new, fresh and well rejuvenated skin.

You shouldn't just do this in the colder month's were we like to fake tan, but in all of the months! It just make's you appear cleaner, brighter and healthier.

Hope it helps,
 Lottie xo

Friday, September 6, 2013

Essie | We're in it Together Review

Essie is all over the blog scene and a lot of people rant and rave about it. The colours are delicious, the bottle is tasteful and the price, well the price isn't very appealing. At £7.99 I would not buy it with out testing it cheaply first. 
I am a huge believer in 'You get what you pay for'. It's true definitely, but I was not about to shell out that amount of money on yet another nail polish, which I must be honest about, I do not really need. So after reading a post by MissBudgetBeauty talking about a website I had not heard before (http://www.fragrancedirect.co.uk/) I decided to check it out. 

Oh my goodness, I had to restrain myself from going over board! They had some really good prices and some amazing things which I loved and would have loved to have brought! 

I managed to restrained myself (slightly) and only brought four things.
Ok I could have done better and brought one thing, the nail polish I originally wanted to check out, which by the way, I brought the Essie We're in it Together for £1.99!!!
But none-the-less I'm sorry I will try better!

So back to Essie. There are some many gorgeous colours to choose from, which is another big thing, I am not a good decision maker, so to have so many options is NOT a good idea to confront me with! Fragrance Direct however only had four colours to choose from, thank goodness, the decision was still a bit tricky because they didn't look like colours that I didn't already have or did not like. I can not remember the colours names but there was two bright oranges a brown like colour and a pink. 

After a bit of Essie colour research, you can get reviews on any beauty product these days and a few helpful beauty bloggers really made my decision easier! I went for the pink, obviously, and the research really helped, it turns out that We're In It Together has a slight blue tint to it. 
I guess I kind of brought it on a whim but I felt more satisfied with finding out other people's reviews and thoughts about it!

So you know that blue tint I mentioned earlier well, it does something strange and magical, in day light it is a cute candy pink polish with a tiny amount of sparkle and in shadow or inside it kind of turns a bit neon, I'm not sure if that is the best way to describe it but I really can not think of how to verbally describe it. Also another thing that made me say 'oooohhh' is that in the shade inside my house the blue in the nail polish seems to make my skin appear more tanned... I must be really pale for it to do that but I loved the feeling and well got a bit excited! 

So I liked the colour when I first applied it and it grows on you so now I love it! The Blue sparkle is magic and the price was amazing!

There are only two things I wasn't too keen on. 

1. It took me three layers to get the coating perfect.
2. In total I put five layers on my nails, an under coat, three layers of the Essie polish and one top coat to try and protect it from chipping, however It's chipped and scratched. 

and If i had paid the actually price I wouldn't have been greatly impressed by the number of coats it took to create an even colour.

I feel that this post is a bit about Essie nail polish and a bit about the website Fragrance Direct. & I know what people might think, is it a trusty website, I thought the same when I was reading MissBudgetBeauty post about her recent purchase, but she has brought from them and I have & I didn't have any problems. 

Personally if you haven't jumped on the Essie nail Polish band wagon and are unsure about the price, maybe check of Fragrance Direct, they might have different colours in stock so be sure to check back with them if the colours they have don't appeal to you. For £1.99 how can you go wrong, it's better to be sure than to waste money which could go towards something important.

(I removed the nail polish this morning, and to be honest, glitter is the worst thing to remove from your nails, but whether my nail varnish remover isn't great or strong enough, this polish is almost as difficult to remove as the glitter!
The polish lasted for just about a week, there was a fair few chippings and god my nails grew like there's no tomorrow so a big gap revealed its self at the bottom of my nails. It took two cotton pads and a hell of a lot of nail polish remover, which now means that my nails are a bit ... erm... tight I guess is how I explain it but also very dry which is not good!

Over all, not a great experience with the Essie We're in it together from beginning to end, but I've experienced worse nail polish! The colour was adorable but the application, chipping and removing it wasn't great. But for £1.99 I can't be too annoyed.

Lottie xo

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

TipTuesday #6

Wow I'm sorry I haven't blogged anything for a while, the last week and a half has been crazy busy and I almost missed the fact that it was a Tuesday today!!


Wearing white eye liner widens the eyes. It also makes the eyes appear just that bit further apart from one another. Don't go crazy with the white eye liner thought, it will probably look a bit creepy, just a little layer can work miracles.

White eye liner can also reduce the appears red in and around your eye. 

Simple :) 

Hope it helps,
 Lottie xo

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

TipTuesday #5


 So today's tip is a quick one...

Do you ever wake up from a really heavy sleep and fine you have red lines all over you arm or even your face? I have, and because I was not fully awake it thought I'd been scratched on my arms and face by like a cat! ( We don't have a cat, so you can see how awake I was!) 

Well apparently having a silky pillow protects you skin from these lines, which can cause wrinkles! Now I'm only in my twenty's, but if this work's I am all for it! I was watching TV the other day and a lady who declared herself 82, had AMAZING skin!! I was shocked, this was just a real lady! Not a celebrity, just a normal grandma to somebody. I was shocked and I will say, a little envious!

I don't want to get old, but inevitably, old age is coming at me, so if this silky pillow helps my skin of course I am going to try it out!!

So not fully tested tip, which I'm sorry I can't really try out and give a full review, because let face it, it would take years. But I can definitely see the logic in this.  I will give is a try and hopefully others can give this a try too!

Sweet Dreams :)

Hope it helps,
 Lottie xo

Sunday, August 25, 2013

A 24 Hour Musical


So moving to Aberdeen was a huge move. And my tutors at university asked us to 'go out there and try and see as much theatre as you can!' Well I would have loved to but unfortunately it all costs money, and time and that was a tight thing over the past four months. We moved up in April, but unfortunately we couldn't get the house we originally wanted, so we ended up staying in holiday cottages and cabins for three months but moving about every week. We finally got our house we have now and we were able to take more advantages and explore a little more. So as a surprise my parents had booked tickets to see 'Strictly Confidential' which I LOVED! and you can read more on that here

Well, I decided to book something I had never heard about before. I though the concept was interesting, and on some level didn't quite believe it. A 24 Hour Musical? Could that happen?? Well apparently it can, and it can go really well. I have experienced working as part of a theatre group for 6 years and we lucky enough to be able to direct five nights of performances. It was only an amiture theatre group but to be able to direct was a dream I had ever since I went to my very first show by the very same group, which I later joined, once I built up my confidence to join of course.  

So the group I was apart of took all summer to audition, learn more about the characters, learn the lines, rehearse in the auditorium, build and paint the set, collect together the casts costumes, and of course find the props. That is just the things the older members of the cast worked on, the directors had to deal with buying the scripts, raising the money for the renting of the rooms, learn the locking up and of course design, order and pay for the programs. It was quite a big thing for me, I really enjoyed it and looking back I can't believe myself and my co-director did all that at 17! Again I repeat this took an entire year to organise and a summer to rehearse and perform to a paying pubic! 

Well this 24 Hour Musical... After talking to the director of the group I found out, the cast learnt the name of the musical at 7:30pm on the 9th of August 2013, rehearsed all night and right up until 7:30pm on the 10th of August! To think that a lot of the cast probably didn't get much if any sleep before the show, and it was a 2 act performance, I felt the cast did extraordinary well! The first act was really good, and enjoyable, the introduction to what they were performing was made (High School Musical by the way) and of course I grew up with HSM so naturally, I knew all the words haha (should I be ashamed? It was a good film for my age when it came out! & who doesn't love Zac Efron?) 

The cast definitely had the adrenaline and so did the audience! There honestly could not have been a better vibe in that auditorium. The second act held a few pauses, a few forgotten lines but it just made the audience laugh, it was accepted, which it should be with only 24 hours practise. 

The dancing, the singing, the set, costumes, everything was well done, even down to Sharpy's pink locker. I haven't anything horrible to say about the entire night! Well, ok I have one thing... unfortunately it was the last 24 hour musical that the group are doing. I wish I moved sooner! I am a bit gutted that I never got to see any of the other performances of 'Anything Goes', 'Grease', 'Oklahoma' or 'Hello Dolly'. 

I enjoyed the whole experience, would love to sit down and enjoy another one, and I think the idea of a '24 Hour Musical' is fascinating. If another theatre group start doing this kind of thing anywhere else in the country, I would definitely consider going and watching it! 

To find out more about this or the people behind it visit http://www.justcauseproductions.co.uk/
The picture is not my own.

Lottie xo

Friday, August 23, 2013

Pinterest Nails

So I've been on Pinterest for what feels like forever now and I still remember seeing a pin of somebodies nail varnish, as you do these days. I can not find the one that I had originally discovered back in the day but this one is very similar.

nails nails nails

I love the colour and the little hint of glitter at the end of the nails. I had always been resistant to try it until yesterday, there wasn't much going on and I had a lot of spare time on my hands so I decided to give it ago.

My nails are no where near as nice as the ones in the picture above but I am pretty pleased with the out come, seeing as I can not do a thing with my left hand, except of course holding a knife or fork, It just does not feel right!

So here is my attempt at something I've seen from Pinterest!

It's not the same colours as above because I don't have them so instead I decided to try it with a pearly pink base by the brand make 17 and then use a Barry M glitter polish around the top of my nails. I like the effect and I'm especially please with the fact that I tried to copy something from Pinterest and it worked!  

Barry M - Pink Silver Glitter
Natural Collection - Champagne
Barry M - Base coat, Top coat and Nail hardener - Clear

The image was found on pinterest, it is on this link: http://pinterest.com/lolaq92/hair-and-beauty/

Lottie xo