30 Oct 2013

My Bulk Beauty Buys








Meow by Katy Perry - Lush Snow Fairy - John Frieda Frizz Ease Dream Curls Styling Spray
Kate Moss for Rimmel lipstick in 01 - Collection Lasting Perfection concealer - Simple light moisturiser - Simple Toner
I think everyone has those products that they just revert back to time and time again or stock up on when they're on offer. These are just a few of my 'staples' when it comes to beauty - they're some of my most trusted products that I'll stick to for the foreseeable future.

Meow by Katy Perry is one of my favourite perfumes which I find myself mentioning time and time again. My boyfriend got me it for my birthday two years ago and I soon fell in love. Not long after it ended up being something ridiculous like a tenner in Boots so I bought another two bottles. I've since finished one - it's pretty rare for me to finish a perfume!

Snow Fairy is one of my favourite Lush products which again I have mentioned numerous times. I stock up on it every Christmas so that I don't have to go without during the summer months! At the moment I have two small bottles at home then a small bottle and a medium bottle at university... it just smells too good.

John Frieda Frizz Ease Dream Curls Styling Spray is a bit of a mouthful. If you've ever watched any of my Paperbacks & Beauty Facts videos (which I've been severely lacking on lately - sorry!) then you will have probably heard me rave about this. It tends to be on 3 for £10 in bigger Tesco stores so I pretty much always pick up three bottles when I'm in unless I need a new shampoo & conditioner too. It's also handy to have so many of these because I'm forever losing the lids so if I need to stick one in my bag for travelling I have a spare lid to try and reduce any leakage!

Kate Moss for Rimmel lipstick in 01 is my perfect red lipstick. Being totally honest, this didn't actually start as a bulk beauty purchase. When I bought my first one of this shade the lipstick was all smashed up so Rimmel very kindly sent me three to apologise. I stupidly gave two of them away to people as I thought I'd never wear it, however I ended up buying another two as I think that when you find your perfect red lip it's a good idea to buy a couple just in case they disappear from circulation.

Collection Lasting Perfection concealer is a pretty standard product in any blogger's make up bag. It's the best concealer I've ever tried and a total bargain. I only started using these in the summer (WHAT) but as soon as I tried it I knew I had to get my hands on some more - especially as my local Boots seem to have a lack in my shade.

I'm a massive fan of Simple products and the Simple light moisturiser & toner are no different. I'm lucky in that despite having a bit of trouble with spots in my early teens my skin has cleared up pretty well after using the Simple range and now Simple is more than enough to keep my skin in tip top condition.

Some of my other staples include Boots Coconut & Almond leave in conditioner, Bourjois Magic Nail Polish Remover and Avon Advance Techniques Argan Oil but at the moment I split my collection between home and university so that I have some at both... it felt a bit stupid including them in my 'bulk beauty buys' when I really only have one to photograph!

Do you have any beauty products that you buy in bulk? Right now I'm so glad I've stocked up on these as I'm starting to run out and so is my student budget...
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27 Oct 2013

Desert Island Essentials #16


Imagine you are stranded on a desert island in the middle of the ocean without a person in sight, however not to worry, as this island is pretty luxurious compared to some others! I’m asking a different blogger every week what their desert island essentials are, and this week it’s Edie from Navy Watermelon.

On your lovely little desert island you find an iPod, however it can only hold 5 songs - which five songs would you choose?

Counting Stars by One Republic
You Make Me by Avicci
Icarus by Bastille
I Don't Care by Icona Pop ft. Charlie XCX

Can't Hold Us by Macklemore

Surprisingly, there is also a TV on the island! But, you can only pick one movie or TV show to watch for your time here, what would you choose?

Wow this is tense. I'd have to say Friends because it never gets old and I've laughed every time. As for movies, Pitch Perfect FO SHO!!!

Before you were stranded you were carrying a book, what one book would you want to have on the island with you?

Definitely Going Vintage by Linsey Leavitt, I've read it three times and regret nothing.

Obviously, you’re not going to be left to starve. If you could only have 1 meal and 1 drink a day what would it be?

I tend to eat chocolate chip cookies and drink lemonade when I'm watching movies, it's kind of a tradition so I'll go with that!

When stranded on your island what would your must have beauty essential be?

Eau Roma Water from Lush, it hydrates your skin so would be useful on a desert island!

Everywhere has WiFi these days, right? Well your island does! However you are limited to one blog and one YouTube channel - who would you choose?

If I'm allowed to post on my blog too, then probably www.elliesfavouritethings.com, I've been looking at it a lot recently. On YouTube, danisnotonfire. Yep, the classic!


If you want to be part of my Desert Island Essentials series e-mail me at coloursandcarouselsblog@gmail.com with the subject ‘Desert Island Essentials’ and I will add you to my list. <3
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23 Oct 2013

October Playlist


Not so much of a playlist this month, more of an 'album review' type post. If you didn't already know I'm quite a big fan of Katy Perry - to the extent that I bought the biggest bottle of her latest perfume without actually smelling it first. Yeah...

Anyway! PRISM is Katy's long awaited third (technically fourth...) album which came out this week. You've probably all heard the first single, Roar, which I for one played on repeat for a good couple of months. This album was touted as being 'darker' than Teenage Dream which I think led some people to expect something a bit more rock-y however it is still the pretty standard Katy Perry pop sound. Personally, I think it's a lot more raw than Teenage Dream. The songs feel like they have a lot more emotion and pain in the lyrics which is a bit of a given based on her divorce.

They're not all doom and gloom though, there's still some classic happy 'pop' songs which I can't stop singing. Thinking back to Katy's "grungier" phase with her purple hair and 'The Craft' inspired outfits I think you can hear some strong 90s influence especially with tracks such as 'Walking On Air'. 'This Is How We Do' felt a bit S Club like to me in that it's quite noughties teen pop but I still love it, S Club were my childhood. I still have their entire discography on my iPod...

Basically, if you're a Katy Perry fan you need this album. Hey, even if you're not this is still an amazing album.

Favourite tracks: Legendary Lovers, It Takes Two, Walking On Air, Roar, This Is How We Do (I love the entire album bit if I had to pick five it would be these)
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20 Oct 2013

Desert Island Essentials #15


Imagine you are stranded on a desert island in the middle of the ocean without a person in sight, however not to worry, as this island is pretty luxurious compared to some others! I’m asking a different blogger every week what their desert island essentials are, and this week it’s Becky from Becky Bedbug.

On your lovely little desert island you find an iPod, however it can only hold 5 songs - which five songs would you choose?

Lots of mid-00s emo! 
Brand New- Me vs Maradona vs Elvis
AFI- This Time Imperfect
My Chemical Romance- Demolition Lovers
Taking Back Sunday- The Ballad of Sal Villanueva
Funeral for a Friend- Juneau

I'm going to be pretty miserable on this island, judging by the music! Mind you, the battery probably won't last that long...

Surprisingly, there is also a TV on the island! But, you can only pick one movie or TV show to watch for your time here, what would you choose?

There's an electricity supply! I'm starting to like this island. Means I can charge the iPod too! 
Oliver! I could never get bored of that film. It makes me so happy, so I guess that will counteract the depressing emo music.

Before you were stranded you were carrying a book, what one book would you want to have on the island with you?

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. Oh no, now I'm going to get depressed again. One of the central themes is loneliness, so I'll be able to relate to it (assuming I'm on this island alone... How did I even get here?) 

Obviously, you’re not going to be left to starve. If you could only have 1 meal and 1 drink a day what would it be?

I could eat chicken every day so I'd definitely have some sort of chicken-based dish. Maybe a roast dinner. Om nom nom! I'd wash it down with Diet Pepsi. What else?

When stranded on your island what would your must have beauty essential be?

I'm on this island alone, so I'm not trying to impress anyone. Unless, you know, Alan Rickman drops by. I don't want to get burned though, so I'll have to go for factor one billion SPF. Or at least the closest I can find.

Everywhere has WiFi these days, right? Well your island does! However you are limited to one blog and one YouTube channel - who would you choose?

Ok, my one blog would be Oh! Leona (http://www.ohleona.blogspot.co.uk) because I could tell her I'm stranded on the island and she could rescue me. Also because she's hilarious and my blog BFF. 
My Youtube channel would be Hello Ella because I love her Welsh twang, she makes me laugh constantly and she loves cake. What more could I want?

This was fun! Can I get off this island now, though? I need my bed!

If you want to be part of my Desert Island Essentials series e-mail me at coloursandcarouselsblog@gmail.com with the subject ‘Desert Island Essentials’ and I will add you to my list. <3

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18 Oct 2013

Exploring Aberdeen






I hadn't been out with my camera in a while and after seeing Islay's post about her amazing A Level photography project I was feeling a bit inspired. I've been here a whole month now but I feel like I've not seen too much of the city, so I decided to give myself a little 40 minute break and go for a wander. I didn't take too many photos, these are just a couple of my favourites. Aberdeen certainly has some impressive architecture - they don't call it the Granite City for nothing!

Any Aberdonians got any tips on where to visit? I'm guessing that if I get a job I'll be spending my weekends in Aberdeen more often so I'll be needing things (apart from Netflix) to keep my occupied! Speaking of weekends, home again tonight. I'm excited really, this is the longest I have been away from my mum in my entire life. Yup.
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16 Oct 2013

OOTD - We don't care, we're driving cadillacs in our dreams

Dress - Hollister (it's the only Hollister item I own please don't disown me)
Cardigan - very very very old school New Look
Primark Super Cosy tights aka the best invention ever
I'm not your typical 'Hollister' girl, but when I saw this dress in store in June time I knew I had to have it. I was torn between this turquoise colour or the green version but decided turquoise was more my colour. Luckily, my constant inner turmoil over the price (it was originally about £60) meant that by the time I decided to buy it had ended up in the sale! Love moments like that. I wore it quite a lot on holiday, it's definitely more of a summer dress, but I couldn't resist pairing it with some super thick tights and a cardi when I went on a little double date when my boyfriend visited Aberdeen over the weekend. I actually had such a good night, spending my first proper weekend in Aberdeen wasn't as bad as I thought it would be.

At the moment it's the longest I've been away from home so I can feel the homesickness creeping up on me again, but I'm back this weekend for one of my best friend's 18th birthday and I can't wait! My dad ended up being in Aberdeen last night so I got to have dinner with him which was a nice surprise. I have a couple of job interviews this week including one tonight which I'm really excited, but nervous, for so fingers crossed something will come of them. It is looking like I'll need to spend my Christmas in Aberdeen at the moment which is a bit sad but I'm sure it'll be fine. It'll probably be worth it to get some more work experience and money to spend! I'm having some serious withdrawal symptoms from shopping right now, and being in a class full of very fashionable people just makes me want to shop even more.
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14 Oct 2013

My Winter Essential

cold weather fashion

I also considered titling this post 'An Ode To Fluffy Socks'. Just thought I'd share that.

Each year there's a new 'winter essential', be it a berry lipstick; tartan dress or even just a good ol' lip balm, but every year without fail I have one true winter essential. Fluffy socks. Maybe your winter essential is a good pair of heeled chelsea boots, but what's hiding under those chelsea boots? You guessed it. Socks.

Fluffy socks are under rated. Especially the cheap as chips Primark two pack of fluffy socks. Seriously, these two little bits of fuzzy goodness rarely leave my feet. Obviously not just this one pair, I do have multiples and I do wash them - promise. They're like shields of warmth for my teeny tiny feet. I'm funny about feet, I hate having them out where they are very vulnerable to the cruel, cruel world full of people who might try to - god forbid - tickle them.

Something I've noticed since moving further north is that it gets cold. If there's one thing I hate more than having my feet touched it's being cold. As much as I would love to hibernate in my bed for the entire season, or relocate to sunnier climates, it's not all too practical or affordable. The cold weather brings out another one of my least favourite things - Reynaud's syndrome. If you don't know what that is, it's basically a circulation issue that (for me at least) comes about when your body is cold and causes the small blood vessels in your fingers & toes to spasm quite painfully. It's a bit of a bitch, especially in my toes. Fluffy socks to the rescue once again! When it starts to get a bit chilly I have a pair on my feet pretty much 24 hours a day. I'd be kidding myself if I said these weren't a staple piece of my wardrobe for me come winter time.

So what's your true winter essential? C'mon, think about it carefully - is that statement necklace really an essential or would you much rather have a nice hot bowl of soup?
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13 Oct 2013

Desert Island Essentials #14


Imagine you are stranded on a desert island in the middle of the ocean without a person in sight, however not to worry, as this island is pretty luxurious compared to some others! I'm asking a different blogger every week what their desert island essentials are, and this week it’s Morag from mo'adore.

On your lovely little desert island you find an iPod, however it can only hold 5 songs - which five songs would you choose?

Feeder - Insomnia
Green Day - When I Come Around
All Saints - Pure Shores
Savage Garden - Affirmation
What My Age Again? - Blink 182

Surprisingly, there is also a TV on the island! But, you can only pick one movie or TV show to watch for your time here, what would you choose?

I am a massive fan girl for both The Vampire Diaries and Hollyoaks (I love to analyse them like a film major with whoever will listen, anyone keen?) but I reckon I'll pick the 'Oaks because it's a regular soap so there's always a new episode.

Before you were stranded you were carrying a book, what one book would you want to have on the island with you?

I only tend to read books once - even my favourites - so this is going to be difficult. I'm currently reading The Purity Myth by Jessica Valenti, so we'll go with that.

Obviously, you’re not going to be left to starve. If you could only have 1 meal and 1 drink a day what would it be?

Toast and apple juice, fo sho! We'll pretend a bottle of Goldshlagger washed up with me. ;)

When stranded on your island what would your must have beauty essential be?

Sounds like I might need some serious sunscreen out there! Don't want to burn my pale skin.

(If sunscreen isn't considered beauty then we'll go with the Caca Rouge Henna Hair Dye from Lush - don't want my roots coming through!)

Everywhere has WiFi these days, right? Well your island does! However you are limited to one blog and one YouTube channel - who would you choose?

Am I allowed to say my own blog so I can update it? If I'm allowed to update my own one but still read another I'd say The London Lipgloss - I'm always changing my favourite blog but right now it's her blog I'm checking in with regularly.

As for YouTube, hands down Zoella!

If you want to be part of my Desert Island Essentials series e-mail me at coloursandcarouselsblog@gmail.com with the subject ‘Desert Island Essentials’ and I will add you to my list. <3
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11 Oct 2013

My Lush Christmas Favourites



Snow Fairy 250g - £6.85
Candy Mountain bubble bar - £2.65
I know, I know, it's only October - but when I spied Lush's Christmas range in store (already!) I just had to pick up two of my all time Lush favourites.

Snow Fairy is a pretty classic Christmas staple for me (and quite a lot of other people) when it comes to Lush, I always stock up when it comes in to stores so I actually had a small bottle left from last Christmas but I decided to treat myself to the medium sized bottle which should hopefully last me until Christmas as I like to switch up my shower gels on a daily basis. If you haven't already tried Snow Fairy you should definitely at least give it a sniff - the gorgeously sweet scent lasts for hours and makes me think of snowy Christmas evenings.

Candy Mountain is my all time favourite bubble bar from Lush. I can't rave about it enough. I was slightly heartbroken when I realised that they had changed it this year, to me it was already perfect! Despite not actually having a bath I picked one up anyway so I could give it a go back at home. Ultimately, it's not that different. The main difference appears to be the addition of glitter as well as the colour change, but the scent is the exact same albeit a bit less strong. It still gives a great amount of bubbles and a lovely pink bath but the candyfloss scent really was my favourite thing about Candy Mountain, so I think The Comforter has moved up to grab the top spot now.

Do you like the Lush Christmas range?
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10 Oct 2013

University: First Impression


Being brutally honest here, moving out for university is hard - in fact the whole experience of starting university is hard.

I always knew that moving away to go to university would be a massive change but I don't think I realise just how massive it would be. Moving out totally knocked me for six. I'm not going to lie, I'm quite dependent on my parents - I mean I'm capable of doing my own washing and I can cook and clean but I just like to be around them. They're my security blanket I guess.

To be thrown from home comforts in to an alien city living with six girls that I had never met before was a bit of an intense situation to say the least. I'm lucky in that my flatmates are absolutely lovely, I've heard some nightmare stories about horrid flatmates freezing people's cutlery in bowls of water... but that's definitely not the case in my flat. I've been quite lucky with my accommodation, I was pretty worried about it because the accommodation shown on the open day wasn't the nicest, but mine is actually quite decent. If you fancy having a peek at my room I posted a little room tour on Friday.

Homesickness got me and it got me good. I constantly felt so sick that I couldn't eat and barely slept, I dreaded having to go back to Aberdeen after being at home for a few days and I cried almost constantly. It was a time where all I wanted was to be at home with my family. In my first two weeks in Aberdeen I spent the bulk at home which I think made my homesickness worse when I did eventually go back up. For me I think a big factor was the fact that my classes hadn't started yet and I didn't really have anything to do. After I'd met more people, made some friends, had my first induction, joined some societies and explored the area I started to feel a lot better. Having things to do seems to make the world of difference and I'm starting to feel a lot happier and more comfortable here.

Obviously it's totally normal to feel homesick and everyone is in the same boat, but I think I didn't quite expect that level of homesickness which probably made me feel even worse. At the end of the day I'm glad I moved, my course is amazing and the opportunities it's providing are priceless. Aberdeen might never feel like 'home' but I'm sure in time I'll learn to love it like I love Glasgow. 

Plus the shops are pretty good.

I knew that starting university would be a massive change seeing as I'd been doing pretty much nothing since February time but I completely underestimated the work load. I'm lucky in that I don't have a very intense timetable however a fair bit of my course involves work outside of classes. In comparison to other courses I really don't have that much to do, but I think it's just the sudden change after a pretty easy first couple of weeks that's making it seem like a hell of a lot more than it actually is.

Basically, the moral of this post is - homesickness is normal, have fun, get out there and work hard. It'll be worth it in the long run!
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9 Oct 2013

GIVEAWAY: Brilliantly British Fashion Bloggers


Islay - Ellie
I'm not usually one for posting twice in one day but I couldn't resist sharing this today! If you follow me on Instagram you might have already seen these but a little while ago I was involved in a project with Stylefruits to put together a pack of top trumps featuring some 'Brilliantly British' fashion bloggers. I for one think it's pretty awesome! Anyway, the lovely people at Stylefruits were kind enough to send me an extra pack of the cards to giveaway to a reader so if you fancy grabbing these limited edition cards head over to my Facebook page to find out more.
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The Baking Beauties Tag


Being keen bakers and bloggers alike Hayley and I decided to create a little baking tag for all you lovely bloggers to take part in! Anyone is welcome to take part, you don't need to use the above picture but if you want to and you can't get it from my blog (the right click doesn't always work) then there should be one on Hayley's post or you can e-mail me at coloursandcarouselsblog@gmail.com and I'll send you a copy! We would both really appreciate it if you could link it back to our blogs too.

1. What is the first thing you remember baking?

I seriously do not have a clue... I have vague memories of making the little Barbie cakes that came in the box kits but I could have quite easily just imagined that!

2. What was the last thing you baked?

I've not baked in such a long time, but I think the last thing I made was some rocky road which I have a pretty good recipe for here. I've not had a chance to bake anything in my flat yet because I don't really have any baking stuff so I'll need to get my hands on some!

3. Something you've always wanted to bake?

I've always wanted to try making macaroons, but aside from that I have a whole board on Pinterest of things I want to bake and cook. Right now I fancy making these Kit Kat brownies, they look quite easy to do and probably absolutely delicious.

4. Tell us about a time you baked something and it went ridiculously wrong.

For a very long time I wasn't really trusted in my kitchen because I started making cupcakes but totally forgot about them once I'd put them in the oven... yeah... I also have a scar from burning my wrist during a particularly awful home economics practical test when I went to put the tray back in the oven but accidentally dropped it on my wrist. Despite royally screwing up that practical I actually still got a 1 because they had given me the wrong recipe. Every cloud!

5. Be honest, do you lick the spoon?

Definitely.

6. How often do you bake?

Nowhere near as often as I would like to! I went through a phase where I was baking a couple of times a week but recently it's been more like once or twice a month. I'd really like to get back in to baking at least once a week but it's just finding the time and the money for the ingredients really.

7. What baking success are you most proud of?

Probably either my Curly Wurly Pie or this cake shaped like an Xbox controller that I made for my brother last year. It's a little rough around the ages but it took me hours and I was so proud of it at the time! He liked it too which was the most important thing.

8. Do you tidy up as you go along or leave one big mess until the end?

I try to tidy as I go but I always end up leaving one big mess that I try to deal with while it's in the oven or cooling. I am also very guilty of forgetting about the mess and leaving it for my mum or dad to deal with...

9. Do you use recipe books or get them online?

I have a couple of recipe books that I use for basic recipes but I get most of my recipes & inspiration online, pretty much entirely from Pinterest. The food section could make me hungry even if I was eating while I was on it...

10. Do you stick to the recipe or do you experiment a little?

I like to experiment a tiny bit, usually if I don't have enough of something, but I'm not majorly adventurous with my baking. I think baking is a lot more exact than cooking so there's less room for experimenting, but a bit of extra chocolate can't hurt.

11. Who are your favourite food bloggers?

Becky from milk bubble tea posts some amazing recipes, as does Rosie from The Londoner and Gem always takes some amazing food photos if that counts?

12. What is your favourite thing to bake?

Probably rocky road, it's really easy and insanely yummy. I could eat a whole batch of that by myself.

Anyone is free to do this tag on their own blog, but I personally tag Jean, Islay & Sophie
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8 Oct 2013

FABB Glasgow














I'm sure you'll all have seen plenty of posts about the wonderful FABB Glasgow hosted by Ray & Tor last Saturday, so I'll try and not bore you with too many details. It was a lovely afternoon and I got to meet so many amazing bloggers and brands as well as catch up with some old faces. I also finally got to meet the absolutely lovely team behind Mallzee, who very kindly gave me a chunk of the fudge that I kept hanging about for...

It goes without saying that the goody bag was amaaaazing - it'll hopefully keep my shopping habit at bay for a while! I can't quite believe the sheer amount of stuff crammed in to the bags, lots of shiny new products to try out. My mum has nabbed a few bits and bobs already, and I don't fancy risking the fake tan in my university halls so it'll be a while before I try that one but expect to see a fair few reviews popping up over the next few weeks!

Going to events like these reminds me why I got in to blogging in the first place, not only do I have somewhere to spill my random splatterings of thoughts but I've also been able to be a member of an amazing community of lovely, like-minded people. Scottish bloggers are the best! I always come away from these events feeling very lucky and motivated to work even harder! Sadly uni work is slightly taking over at the moment, going from eight months of nothing to a degree, three societies, the magazine and - hopefully at some point soon - a job is proving difficult! I am enjoying having something to do though.

If you want to read more about FABB Glasgow there's an abundance of posts which can be found using the #FABBGlasgow tag on Twitter! Massive thanks to Ray & Tor for the insane amount of work they must have put in to create such a fantastic event. <3
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7 Oct 2013

OOTD - I'm not giving up, but I'm giving in



Dress - Primark
Necklace - Sister Vintage (post here)
Lipstick - Kate Moss for Rimmel 107
I've noticed that a big downside of having ombre hair is that when I occasionally decide to go for a pleated headband it's a completely different colour to my actual hair... Oh well.

I saw this dress a few times before I actually picked it up, partly due to my lack of funds but partly because I wasn't too sure about it. I'm still not 100% but does make quite an easy outfit which is perfect for my 9am start on a Thursday (aka hell) which I'm reaaaaally not used to. It's been a very long time since I had to get up that early.

I was home again this weekend but this time it had been planned for quite a while as I was attending FABB Glasgow on Saturday, it was a great wee event and it's always nice to meet new bloggers and catch up with ones I'd already met previously! I'll be popping up a post about the day tomorrow if you fancy having a peek at what we got up to.

As of this week I'm on my full uni timetable - which if I'm honest isn't really all that full. I'm only timetabled for 12-16 hours of classes a week but there's a decent bit of work outside of classes. Seeing as I've not got such an intense timetable I've joined quite a few societies and signed up to work on the university magazine which I have my first meeting for on Wednesday - can't wait to be doing lots of things! I think having eight months of not really doing very much has made me want to throw myself in to lots of activities at once so we will just have to see how that turns out...

If you didn't already know, I'm a massive fan of CTFxc - a YouTube channel run by Charles & Alli Trippy who have vlogged every single day for over four years now and also hold the Guiness World Record for longest period of consecutive daily vlogs. Last week, Charles was told that he had a form of brain cancer and now needs to have chemotherapy. It's a bit stupid for me to be so attached to a stranger on the internet and feel so gutted by this but Charles & Alli are a total inspiration to me and if you haven't already checked out their channel then you really should.
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6 Oct 2013

Desert Island Essentials #13


Imagine you are stranded on a desert island in the middle of the ocean without a person in sight, however not to worry, as this island is pretty luxurious compared to some others! I’m asking a different blogger every week what their desert island essentials are, and this week it’s Lily from Trainers and Tiaras.

On your lovely desert island you find an iPod, however it can only hold 5 songs- which five songs would you choose?
1. Don't You Forget About Me by Simple Minds
2. Don't Stop Believing by Journey
3. Asleep by The Smiths
4.  Little Bit by Drake featuring Lykke Li
5. F For You by Disclosure
All are some of my favourite songs and I could listen to them over and over 

Surprisingly, there is also a TV on the island! But, you can only pick one movie or TV shows to watch for your time here, what would you choose?

Definitely Gossip Girl!! Loads of episodes and I'm yet to see the last series so it will keep me busy.

Before you were stranded you were carrying a book, what one book would you want to have on the island with you?

I'll go with Les Miserable, not my favourite but it's been sat on my shelf half read for 2 years now, maybe I'd get through it. 

Obviously, you're not going to be left to starve. If you could only have 1 meal and 1 drink a day what would it be?

For drink Coke, always! For meal macaroni cheese.

When stranded on your island what would your must have beauty essential be? 

This is so difficult, but I'll go with concealer incase someone decides to visit. I'll need to look presentable. 

Everywhere has Wifi these days, right? Well your island does! However you are limited to one blog and one YouTube channel, who would you choose?

Blog I'd choose She Might Be Loved as she posts regularly and it's always interesting and YouTube would have to be Shane Dawson.

If you want to be part of my Desert Island Essentials series e-mail me at coloursandcarouselsblog@gmail.com with the subject ‘Desert Island Essentials’ and I will add you to my list. <3
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5 Oct 2013

Recently Reading: Doctor Sleep by Stephen King

Doctor Sleep (aka The Shining Part 2) by Stephen King - available on Amazon
I would definitely include The Shining as one of my favourite books of all time so it's safe to say I was pretty excited for the 'sequel' which was released at the end of September.

Doctor Sleep follows Danny Torrance and his life as an adult after the events of his stay at The Overlook Hotel. Danny isn't the only main character in this book as it also follows the path of the 'True Knot' and a very special child called Abra.

For me, Doctor Sleep answers a lot of questions left after reading The Shining - for example it goes further in to explaining what said 'shining' actually is. Personally, I'm not really seeing this as a sequel, as if you have read Stephen King's work previously you may know that he often makes reference to events that have happened in other books. For example, a lot of his books are set in the fictional town of Derry, Maine, and many characters are imprisoned in the infamous Shawshank Prison.

Despite not serving it's purpose as a sequel as such I still found it to be a very enjoyable book, it's not my favourite of his but it was just as gripping as King's previous work and had me desperate to get to the end. If you're a fan of Stephen King I would wholeheartedly recommend this, especially if like me you have read and loved The Shining. Word of warning though, if you've not read the book and only seen the film adaptation then you might be a bit confused as the book has a fair few differences (I'll leave it at that).

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4 Oct 2013

University Room Tour










Soooo this is my new room! It's pretty nice, and a lot bigger than I had expected it to be. I'm loving having a double bed and an ensuite all to myself. I've still got a few bits and bobs to put up like photos and things on my pin board and some posters on my walls but I'm quite happy with how it's looking right now. It's definitely starting to feel a bit more homely! I put up my own curtains which make the room feel very pink but they're a lot better at keeping the light out than the awful flimsy curtain that was there originally. The only downside right now is that I still haven't got my wifi sorted! Hell on earth for someone as addicted to social media as I am. I'm in the process of trying to sort it out or just get a longer ethernet cable so I can watch Netflix in bed but for now I'm coping without. I'm only about a ten minute walk from the city centre, probably less but I like to dawdle, so it's pretty handy for my bus stop and of course all of the shops. It's about a 30 minute walk to the beach but the day I went I was walking very slowly and probably went a complicated way, it's nice to know that I have it so close by though.

It's already a total mess compared to these pictures... but that's to be expected from me!
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