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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Bristol Aquarium Visit


A couple of weeks ago I headed to the aquarium with a friend I hadn't spoken to in years but wanted to reconnect with. I'd always wanted to go to the aquarium in Bristol and it was such a nice day out & a great opportunity to whack out some gold sparkly shoes (which I defo need to blog about soon).



The fish were so cute & I love them all. There was a little octopus but I didn't manage to get a picture of him since he was hiding, which sucked. I've been to an aquarium before in Plymouth, but I can't remember it all too well. Anyway, the one in Bristol was really nice & they had stingray, and sharks, and seahorse and a creepy eel and a load of other things too.




I managed to get a nice blurry picture of me swimming with the fishes. Well... I poked my head up inside a little hole in the tank anyway. Shame I'm pulling a weird face. Shame you can't even see my face anyway.





I'd defo recommend Bristol aquarium for a day out! It's so close to the centre of Bristol so you can go shopping afterwards, or go to @ Bristol, or whatever you want really, since it's a great location. It'd also be good for kids because there's lots of facts on the walls and stuff, and a lot of the children I saw seemed very excited about identifying the different fish.

Friday, January 22, 2016

My 2016 Chill Music Playlist


I am a huge lover of music and always have been. The first casette I ever bought (yes I'm genuinely THAT old that casettes were a thing. Or tapes. What were they even called?) was a Fast Food Rockers single. The first CD I bought was S Club 8's album, which I listened to on repeat every single day for a good year. But I think my music obsession started when I began listening to Linkin Park, Billy Talent, and The Used. Still love them all, but my taste in music has certainly changed since then.

Keeping up with new music is hard. So I listen to music which I can chill out to, and just enjoy it rather than keeping track of all the new releases like I used to. Honestly, I have a handful of artists I'll just listen to on repeat, because I find it hard to find new music that I actually love.

In case you have a similar music taste to me, I thought I'd do a little post which might introduce some people to some artists they like, and maybe you can tell me some of your favourites in the comments too. I'm going to list the artist with a song I'd recommend listening to, but the chances are, I listen to their whole album all the time.

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1. Troye Sivan - The Quiet. I've been watching Troye on YouTube for a while. Not religiously, but sometimes. His music, however, I absolutely adore. When he released Happy Little Pill, I swear my whole body set on fire. Since then, he has not disappointed me with a single track. I've been listening to his album a lot lately and loving it, but The Quiet probably sticks out to me the most. I'd image you've heard his stuff before if you're reading this, but if you haven't you should. It's got a very chill, electronic, sort of sad feel to it... but in the best way possible. The emotIONS.

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2. Chvrches - Afterglow. Obsessed with this song. Lauren Mayberry has the most gorgeous voice in the world. It's cute, and she's got a great accent too. Chvrches are my perfect artist, to be honest, and since I first heard their music a few years ago, I've been hooked. I think I've now seen them live four times. I also love the songs where Martin Doherty sings just as much. I'm sure you'll know the songs Recover, and The Mother We Share, since I think both were played on the radio a lot two Summers ago. Their new album is even better.

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3. Lights - Child. I've loved Lights for YEARS. I used to be active on the forum, I've made some great friends through the fandom, and I go to concerts and see people I know purely through seeing them at concerts before. The Lights UK fandom is insane. She's a hell of a lot bigger in the US and Canada, so I'm sure it's a lot different there. She's features in songs by Owl City, Bring Me The Horizon, Kaskade, Shad, Seven Lions, and more. She does great covers too, and I feel like her music is endless. I'm always discovering old gems from the past. Honestly I could write a dissertation on Lights, and I don't want to spill my feelings for her out too much because it's A LOT. But she's incredible, and you need to listen to one song from each of her albums. Like now. Lights is her name, by the way. Not a band. Yep, her real official name. And her baby girl is called Rocket. So is my car.

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4. Ellie Goulding - I Do What I Love. You've definitely listened to Ellie before. I feel like I Do What I Love is a song which maybe a lot of people wouldn't think of as their favourite song, but I adore it and it's my favourite from the album. I love Ellie, and I've loved her since Bright Lights.

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5. Purity Ring - Sea Castle. Purity ring are sort of similar in vibes to Troye and Chvrches, and I love them. Very chillable. I'm all about the electronic vibe.

So that's a top five for the moment, and all time, really. I'm also listening to Ariana Grande, Bring Me The Horizon, The Darkness, The Struts, One Direction, Selena Gomez, Die Antwoord, 5SOS, All Time Low, and a lot more. So... my music taste is pretty varied.

Tell me your favourites in the comments, and if you like any of these artists too!

P.S. I've probably used the picture at the top before but I've left my camera lead at uni so can't upload any at the moment!

Thursday, January 07, 2016

How To Dye Your Hair Pink From Dark Brown



Ever since I was a young sprout / scene kid, I've always wanted to do fun things with my hair. Recently I decided I'd just do it, because soon I'll have a job and pink hair will probably become inappropriate (I really hope it doesn't though). In this video, I show you how I got this pink colour and review the Bleach London The Big Pink hair colour.

If you want details on how I went from dark brown to silver, check my post here. If you want to know what I'll be using to maintain my pink hair, check my post here!

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Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Pink Hair Essentials


I've recently been changing my hair up quite a bit. It was dark brown, then I went silver, then I bleached it a few times, and now it's pink! I'm going to be putting a video up on my YouTube channel of dying my hair pink. This post is all of the things I'll be using to maintain my hair while it's pink! It's also sort of a Boots haul because they were doing 3 for 2 on professional haircare (which I'm pretty sure is still on) and I just couldn't say no.

The dye I used is the Bleach London The Big Pink. It's a really, really bright pink if you start out with bleached hair. If your hair was a light blonde (but not white bleached) colour, I think it would turn out as a peach colour. I used it just as it is, but for a lighter colour you could mix it with conditioner. I also used the Total Bleach Kit and it took me all three packs to cover my whole head, so if you're looking to use them, I would definitely recommend having a spare on hand in case it runs out, especially if your hair is long. In all of their bleach kits, you get the Reincarnation Mask which is absolutely incredible and the best hair mask I've ever used! Would  completely recommend buying it if your hair is damaged or dry.


To keep my hair healthy between washes, I've been using the John Frieda Frizz Ease Leave-In Conditioner. A leave in conditioner is essential in my opinion. Lou Teasdale (One Direction's hair stylist and author of The Craft) said that she would even recommend putting a bit of conditioner on the ends of your hair after you've washed it and not rinse it out. The roots are all good for me as my hair gets pretty oily, but the ends don't get any of that at all so it's good to give them a little helping hand. 

A dry shampoo is also essential, and I've been using this Lee Stafford one. Just remember not to use it too much because dry shampoo is not good for frequent use.

Rest assured, I'm going to be using hair masks every time I wash my hair and that leave-in conditioner is going to be my new best friend! I can't say my hair is in great shape currently. Admittedly, it isn't terrible, but it could definitely be better. It isn't crispy yet, which is good??

Life is too short not to dye your hair!


Sunday, January 03, 2016

BRB



Just editing my blog theme, so if you happen upon my blog and it looks a bit off, you know why.