Sunday, 31 January 2016

So Susan Lip Love Bag Review, January 2016


I'm a sucker for a beauty box. I cancelled my Glossybox subscription before I went travelling, but I decided this month was the perfect time to re enter my addiction of getting surprise beauty products sent through the post. I looked around for a bit and decided to go for the So Susan Lip Love Bag because the December's one looked really good. I also liked how all of the products were make up rather than other things like hand cream or the dreaded perfume samples that often crop up in beauty boxes!  My January subscription arrived this week and I wasn't disappointed!


I'm really impressed with the little pouch that the items come in, when I had my Glossy Box subscription I always ended up with a million boxes lying around gathering dust so it's nice to have something that will be easy to store! And look at how cute it is! By the looks of it every month's bag has a specific theme and January's,very befittingly for the new year, is the "I love myself" bag, which a quote on it that says "To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment" 

It also has a mermaid on it, what more could you fish for? (I'll show myself out.)

The items I received are as follows;

Jelly Pong Pong, Jello Shot

According to the blurb, this is a "gel stain hybrid formula infused with Heat Shift technology that transforms into a healthy, rosy flush upon contact onto your skin according to your body temperature"

I love the idea of this product, but when I applied it I found it slightly too bright on my skin for an every day look. Generally I prefer blushers to give me a healthy but subtle flush, but I could see me using this on a night out when I'm wearing more make up.

So Susan, Liquid Powder Shadow Palette

I haven't tried this yet because, again, I probably wouldn't wear these darker colours in my every day make up. I  did however sample a few of the shades on the back of my hand and they glided on really nicely so I'm looking forward to giving it a go.

Jelly Pong Pong, All Over Glow

I'm a massive enthusiast for all highlighters so I was delighted to get this in my bag. It's a lovely peachy, golden shade that gives my skin a pretty glow and since trying it out, I've used it every day in my make up routine.

Trifle Cosmetics, Lip Parfait in "Guilty Pug"

This is a dark nude which isn't a colour I would normally go for, but I really liked how it looked on. Also, look at the packaging! I'm not a massive fan of pugs (I prefer my dogs to look giant and fluffy) but this is irresistible.

Lip Parfait in Guilty Pug
All in all I'm pretty happy with the products I got and the worth of the bag adds up to a lot more than the £14 I paid for it. I'm looking forward to see what I get next month!

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Failed Hobbies of 2015


As we all unfortunately know, it's January - AKA the dawn of new resolutions coming into play with an ardent enthusiasm that may or may not continue for the next 11 months. I figured it was therefore the perfect time to give a shout out to the numerous hobbies I took up that didn't quite make the cut for 2016. Or past the first month that I tried them.

Gardening



This is one that you might remember if you followed my instagram right at the start of this blog when I occasionally posted photos of my Sunflowers. Looking back with the benefit of hindsight, this venture was always going to be doomed to failure. Namely because I don't like dirt, I severely dislike manual labour and, being completely honest, I don't really like gardening itself. It was never going to work out.

 I started off with the usual enthusiasm that I have whenever I'm starting something new. I got some pretty gardening gloves and a pink trowel, planted my seeds into little pots and put them in the conservatory. Things went pretty well for the first few months (if you can count watering them sporadically whenever I remembered as well), but took a downward turn as the summer months hit. In my gardening naivete, I thought I could just leave the the pots inside and watch a beautiful greenhouse style paradise bloom before my eyes. Wrong! A second reading of the back of the packet actually indicated that my budding flowers were now ready to be planted outside.

Long story short, I grumpily transferred them to the garden, half heartedly attempted to attach them to wooden sticks that I found lying around to keep them upright and then tried to forget about the whole thing. A few weeks later the dog's ball landed in amongst them a few weeks later and he cheerfully trampled them all, along with my hopes and dreams of being given my own gardening show.


The culprit!
Jewellery Making

After deciding that I wanted to take up an indoor activity, I decided to turn my hand to jewellery making. This sounds like an easy enough hobby, but in my mind I had great aspirations that were obviously never going to be realised. At one point I genuinely believed that I was going to start churning out bracelets and selling them in a wildly successful online shop. I made about three bracelets, wore one out, it broke on the middle of nightclub dancefloor and another great business venture was promptly shelved. My amazon wishlist, however is still full of charms and ribbon.



Crochet

This was another one that I envisioned as a potential career move. Showing no signs of learning from my bracelet making scheme, I thought I would take up crochet, make the world's cutest animals which would all sell out and allow me to have a job I could do while sitting infront of the TV. Long story short I made a mouse head, a mouse body, couldn't really work out how to join them together and that was the end of that!

Reading all of The Perfect Library list

This is another one that people who have followed my blog for a while might remember. Basically my local library compiled a list of all the books that they felt comprised the "perfect library" and I decided I was going to read them all within a year, even though after putting it off for a few months I would basically have to read several books a day to even have a hope of completing it.

To be fair, I kind of stand by my decision to abandon this one. Feeling pressured to read books that I wasn't massively interested in was starting to take the fun out of reading for me and was horribly reminiscent of being back at school. I did discover a few amazing books, so it wasn't a total loss and I may well go back to my list when I'm looking for a recommendation, I just won't force myself to try to read the whole thing. (Especially because Twilight is on it.)

So that was some of my massively failed attempts to broaden my horizons and try new things (and I haven't even mentioned them all, there was a horrendous four week Photoshop class that I signed up for that I'm trying to block from my memory.) I don't regret any of them because they were all (borderline) fun at the time, so here's to trying my hand at some more in 2016!



Sunday, 10 January 2016

2016 Goals


Happy New Year, everyone! Hope your holidays were all filled with fun and festive frolics! Bit late on this post but better late than never and it's still January so I reckon it's all good! Behold my massively unambitious goals for 2016:

1. Do more during the week

I try to plan a lot for the weekends so there's always something to look forward to, but during the week the temptation to come home, throw on my pj's and hit netflix is too high. Just before I finished work for Christmas I had a really busy few weeks with going to the cinema (hello midnight Star Wars viewing) going for meals and going to gigs (Whitesnake and Def Leppard, you were amazing) and it was really fun, so I'm going to put more effort into evening activities - especially with the evenings starting to get brighter.

2. Blog more 

Ha! I think we all saw this one coming! When I first started blogging I was actually pretty good for posting 2 or 3 times a week and then it fizzled out, so I'm going to make a real effort to at least post once a week. I'd also like to start doing more book reviews posts, I read about 3 books a month at least so it makes sense to blog about it more!

3. Go back to Florida

If you've read my blog for a while you'll know that the best year of my life was spent working at Disney world in Florida. I've been dying to go back ever since and this year I'll finally be going on holiday to say "hi" to Mickey Mouse, aka the best boss I have ever had.

4. Cook more

I am really lucky. My boyfriend loves to cook and is really good at it, so he basically makes every evening meal for us but I'd really like to try my hand at cooking at least one night a week. I have a massive pinterest board full of recipes that I really want to at least give a go. (And there's always dominos a phone call away if it turns into an unmitigated disaster.)

5. Move city

I really, really, reaaaaally want to move to Manchester! We've been back from travelling for about 9 months now and I feel like it's time for a change of scene. Manchester is my ideal, but I would also love living back home in Scotland too.

6. Sort out my wardrobe

Seriously, right now it's a big jumbled mess. Basically this is because whenever I've done washing and I have to put my clothes away I just shove them into my cupboard wherever they'll fit and then when I go to wear them again they're, unsurprisingly, massively crumpled. I really need to get rid of the things I don't wear any more, then hopefully I'll have room to put things away properly and all my clothes will be hanging up all pristine and ready to be worn. In theory.

So that's my top 5 goals anyway. I'm also going to try to eat a bit healthier and exercise more, but I think that's always a bit of a given for January after all the Christmas feasting! What are your resolutions? Let me know in the comments!

Sunday, 13 December 2015

How to: The 12 Pubs of Christmas


I missed the 12 pubs of Christmas last year because I was in Thailand. I am in no way at all complaining about this (especially whenever I look out my window and see the torrential rain and remind myself that this time a year ago I was on a beach), however it does mean that I was raring and ready to tackle 12 pubs with a wild enthusiasm. (To be fair, I'm always ready for the pub with wild enthusiasm but this was a whole new level.)

For anyone who has never heard of this wonderous event before (and it was new to me until I saw it all over facebook last year, correct me if I'm wrong on this but I think it's an irish thing?) it's basically just a glorified pubcrawl in Christmas jumpers.

It's not unlike pub golf actually. (Infact, you could say it is entirely similar to pub golf.) Basically our friend mapped out 12 pubs, along with specifications of what drink to do in each pub ranging from pints or spirits or shots of doom. Guaranteed to be a really good night, right?!

Having successfully (and surprisingly) made it to all 12 pubs I thought I'd share my little tips and tricks for how to have an amazing night:

Plan a route before you go

If you only take away one piece of advice, make it this one. This is not a night to casually ramble about and see where the night takes you. Plan out your pubs with military precision, making sure they're all relatively near each other. If some of your pubs are slightly further away start with them first and finish on a run of pubs that are as close together as possible.

Finish on a good pub

Potentially a no brainer, but I figured I'd mention it anyway - make sure your last stop is a good one because you'll be spending the rest of your night there. It's also worth considering what places will be easy to get into in terms of strict bouncers etc because by this point you'll have had 11 prior drinks and may be slightly merry.

Take all of the photos on one person's phone

We took a photo outside every pub, however we made the rookie error of taking them all on different people's phones, meaning it was a lot more effort to then assemble all 12 photos together in a nice little facebook album (infact I'm pretty sure we're probably still missing some of them). Choose your friend least likely to drop their phone in a ditch and take all of the photos on that saving yourself the hassle of an ill advised picture treasure hunt the next day.

Don't do too many pint rounds

Unless you're planning on starting early try to limit the number of pints you have. If you have a lot of time on your hands by all means go for it, but if you're trying to complete 12 pubs in a brief window of time pints are not your friend.

And on that note...

Make sure you have a few shot rounds

In. Shot. Out. Boom! A pub done!

Wear a Christmas T-shirt

That way if you get too hot in your Christmas jumper you're still dressed in an appropriately festive manner, smart eh!?

I was going to add a last point here about trying to be sensible, but then I figured that you've kind of passed the point of all smart decision making the moment you decide to even attempt the 12 pubs of Christmas in the first place so I'll just settle for saying have fun and just remember, everyone else is drinking at the same pace so you'll likely just be a bunch of fools together.

In other news Have The Town has had a bit of a Christmassy makeover, let me know what you think!

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

This is Halloween

This is Halloween! (Pumpkins scream in the dead of night!) Halloween is one of my favourite times of year so I thought I'd do a quick blog update with some of my halloween snaps. I didn't take that many because, you know, rubbish blogger but here's some of my favourites:

I'm ridiculously proud of this Pumpkin

Labyrinth anyone?

We had a party before heading out to a night out in a castle. Spook-tacular!

Monday, 2 November 2015

October Favourites

It's been ages since my last monthly favourites post ( June actually?!) so I thought I'd let you all in on the products I was loving in October.






Make Up Revolution Ultra Blush Palette Sugar & Spice

I bought this palette for going on holiday to Rome in September and have been using it non stop ever since. My favourite shade is the peachy one second from the right on the bottom row - it's perfect if you're looking for a gorgeous, healthy flush.

Make Up Revolution Awesome Felt & Kohl

This is my favourite eyeliner of all time. Seriously, I'm in love. I've been searching the world  (Superdrug and Boots) for a good eyeliner for ages and I've finally found one. It's technically a dual eyeliner, but my focus has been on the felt tip end. The point is brilliantly precise and it glides on like a dream, no patchy lines or drying out, perfect for doing a cat eye flick (if you're good at that kind of thing...) If you buy one product based on my recommendations, this has to be it! I can't believe it's only £3.50, I've tried so many other more expensive brands that are nowhere near as good as this one.

Barry M Speedy Quick Dry, Kiss Me Quick

I love pastels and this pretty pink shade is my favourite. True it's not the most Autumn-y of colours, I'm sure everyone else is wearing oranges and maroons right now, but I really don't care! I was sporting this through October with pride.

New Cid Cosmetics, I-tense Mascara

I got this free with a magazine and I've really been liking it. The big brush is perfect for creating a voluminous look and it's really easy to remove. If I'm being honest, I still prefer my trusty Miss Manga but I've been enjoying this one for a bit of a change.

Uniq One Hair Treatment

My hair is a bit unruly at times and this product has been perfect at taming it.  The smell is a bit overpowering, but I've noticed such an incredible difference in my locks that I've been using it obsessively.

Simple Face Wipes

Another purchase for Rome, I got these because I didn't want to take a big bottle of make up remover in my case and they were such a dream for getting every last bit of mascara off I've been using them ever since.

Let me know about any of your favourite products in October and I'll check them out!

Saturday, 24 October 2015

Roman Holiday, Part Two

If you read last time's thrilling instalment of my holiday blog series you'll know that so far I've arrived in Italy, checked in at the hotel, had some food then gone to bed. Riveting stuff! Here's where it (hopefully) gets more exciting!


Saturday morning our alarms went off at half 7 (not gonna lie, this was a slight struggle) and we made our merry way into Rome. I did think about vlogging some of this, but I tried recording myself the week before and I could hardly bare to watch it back, so any plans for youtube might have to be on the backburner for a while (or, you know, forever.)

All excited on the train into Rome
We went to a gorgeous little bakery recommended by my trusty guide book, which we found very easily by the description (this was setting us up for a fall as things with the guide book took a horrible turn later) and chomped our way down to The Spanish Steps, past a delightful fountain.


The Spanish Steps are, main clue being in the name, a flight of steps which rose to fame in the Audrey Hepburn film Roman Holiday. We stayed there for a while, perched on the nice fountain at the bottom while we watched a fat pigeon taking his morning bath. Stephen also refilled our water bottle, not from the fountain itself but from the little bit off to the side. (We realised several hours later that we may actually have been drinking filthy pigeon water, but it was too late by then. OH WELL!)


Next we stopped by the Trevi Fountain which, despite largely resembling a building site thanks to the construction that was underway, was definitely worth a view!



We decided to go for a light lunch before heading to The Vatican and spent about half an hour looking for a mysterious pizzeria described in the guidebook. Frustratingly it even said in the book that it's "hard to find" so why there weren't more specific instructions is beyond me! After walking down the same street four times we just gave up and headed to The Vatican because the tickets were pre booked and we didn't want to miss our slot!





Some Vatican Advice:

Buy tickets online to avoid queueing (I got mine here)
It's basically impossible to see everything (unless you have a spare four years) so work out beforehand what you're most interested in seeing or if you're not fussed just go for a wander, taking it all in
The Gardens are a really pretty place to sit and take a breather 
If you want to see the Sistine Chapel be prepared for a long wait
Wear appropriate clothing, your shoulders and knees have to be covered

After the Vatican we were knackered, but ploughed on to the St Peter's Basilica, which is one of the largest churches in the world. This was maybe my favourite part of the day. I'm not particularly religious but I love Cathedrals. (If you're talking UK York and Durham are my favourites.)

The queue to get in always looks pretty long but it actually moves really quickly and is only for the bag check area, once you're past that you're laughing.

We paid extra to go up to the dome at the top (and paid extra to get the lift, which turned out to be a very good life decision since there were a ridiculous number of steps) which was well worth it because the view over Rome was amazing.







We then headed back to Frascati and went out for food at a restaurant called Al Gusto and honestly had some of the most beautiful food I've ever tasted in my life.

Ravioli with smoked cheese and Asparagus flowers, the stuff dreams are made of!
I'm now going to leave you with my favourite snap from the day. I'd just like to say that we didn't eat in McDonald's because you would have to be literally mad to want to eat there with all the delicious Italian food beckoning, but I did take this quality photo that I just had to share :



Lobster, in McDonalds!? The Italian's even do cheap nasty take away food better than we do!