Saturday, 31 October 2015

Life | Twin Atlantic

So if you follow me on social media anywhere you'll probably already be aware that I saw Twin Atlantic last Saturday, and if you know me at all then you'll know just how much I love this band and how much they mean to me.

I first saw Twin Atlantic at Leeds Fest in 2014, and I think I've just somehow missed every other chance to see them live. As soon as we find out that Twin Atlantic would be playing at Brudenell Social Club in Leeds we all jumped at the chance; I peronsally was dying inside like an excited kid on Christmas Morning.

Brudenell Social Club is one of the best venues that I have ever been to for a gig. It was comfortable enough to hold what I'd say wasn't even 100 people, but small enough for the perfect intimate gig. I've had to stand on many chairs at many gigs in my time due to being so tiny, but never have I been so comfortable doing it than I was on Saturday.

Twin Atlantic were the best I have ever seen them, including personally seeing them with my own eyes and so many TV performances. They truly were on top form. The setlist was perfect and amazingly I wouldn't have made any changes. The only thing that truly threw me was the Sam wasn't wearing his trademark leather jacket or rain jacket, which he is known for.

If there is one thing Saturday reminded me of, especially as I haven't been to one in a long time, is that intimate gigs are always better than any other gig.

Friday, 30 October 2015

Friday First | Anew Clean Cleansing Water

You know you're a blogger when your Mum tells you that she doesn't really like a product that she's tried and you automatically steal it off her to try for yourself thinking it will make a great product review!

That is exactly what happened with this Anew Clean Cleansing Water. My Mum bought it from Avon however she found that it was irritating her skin slightly, so I stole it off her with the intentions of trying it for myself and reviewing it for everyone.

First of all I'm in love with the packaging. For me the packaging makes this product which is so fairly priced look so much more expensive than it actually is. The cleansing water itself is alcohol free and therefore is meant to be suitable for sensitive skin. There is a very light fragrance, but I personally don't find this strong enough to cause irritation. My Mum found that this cleansing water was irritating her eyes, after looking through reviews I haven't found anyone else saying this. However, I know that my Mum is overly sensitive to products, especially around her eye area.

I'm probably using this product completely wrong, but whatever I'm doing seems to be suiting my skin. In the morning I use this product to refresh my skin and remove any left over makeup after washing my face in the morning before I go in with my moisturiser and everything else for the day, and at night I use this product in place of my micellar water to remove my makeup. This is where I'm convinced I'm using this product wrong, but it's fantastic at removing my makeup and it helps my skin to feel refreshed at night too.

I don't think I'm going to replace my micellar water with this cleansing water, I think I'm going to use it alongside. The cleansing water has toning properties which is a step I have skipped in my skincare for many years and I think it might be step I put back in now that I have discovered this cleansing water. However, I'll use my micellar water to remove my makeup as normal and this cleansing water to remove any makeup I've missed and to refresh my skin before bed.

Will I continue to use the Anew Clean Cleansing Water? I will. I don't have to use a lot of product so I think it's going to last me a while, especially if I introduce it alongside my micellar water.
Would I repurchase the Anew Clean Cleansing Water? I think I will, it's a fairly priced product for what it does and I haven't found a product that is similar.
Would I recommend the Anew Clean Cleansing Water? I think I would. If you are looking for a product to help refresh and tone all while being anti-ageing then this is definitely that product.
Overall score out of 5? A 4. My skin has been feeling really nice since I started using this product, however I'm still waiting to see and work out how I'll see the anti-ageing property of this water. However I'm really enjoying it and it feels great for my skin.

Sunday, 25 October 2015

Life | What I Got For My 22nd Birthday

So again just like when I posted my 'What I Got For Christmas' blog post I have been debating a lot whether to post this or not. However, these blog posts are some of my favourite to read so I'm going to.

I'm not posting this blog post to brag about anything in anyway. I am extremely grateful for everything that I received.

Your eyes do not deceive you; for my 22nd birthday I received a teapot and matching mug. I can't remember when it started, I feel it may have been while watching Gogglebox, but I've always love teacosy's and I've never had my own teapot to have a teacosy for, but now I do! My main gift off my parents was my beautiful Pandora ring which I am so grateful for. I feel so lucky that they bought me one and I cannot wait to wear it, I'm sure you'll be seeing it in many Instagram pictures. You're also not going mad if you think that you can spot highlighters and post-it notes. I've always been a stationary addict and for me these are very safe presents, they were also the presents that made me laugh the hardest when I opened them.

Of course I received some scarves and some PJs, what birthday would be complete without them? The same with some of my favourite chocolates and sweets! I also received some new bedding which is gorgeous and I cannot wait to get it washed and put on my bed and a colouring book, which is different to the typical adult colouring books and I've already started work on it and it is one of the most stressful things ever, but I love it.

I feel like I was spoilt for my birthday and received so many nice gifts. I'm absolutely in love with everything, and I love how well my friends and family know me that post-it notes are a very acceptable gift!

Friday, 23 October 2015

Friday First | Traces Of Me

So when I stumbled across this book on Bloggers Required and saw the description of 'a modern day Bridget Jones meets Fifty Shades' I jumped at the chance to review this book. I've been looking for new books to read as lately I seem to have been sticking to all the same genre and I needed something new to keep me interested. I have a really bad habit of wanting to read books due their covers and I can honestly say that the cover of Traces Of Me wouldn't have grabbed me and I had I been looking either in a bookstore or online I would have completely overlooked this book.

The book is a really short book; in total the PDF I was sent was on 77 pages, and only 75 of those are the story. Due to the length I managed to read this book in a couple of hours on night whilst I was watching TV with my mum, I really am able to get stuck into a book really easily.

I don't want to give too much of the story away, but let me give you the central spine of the storyline so that you can gain a feel. The story is focused around April who is approaching her thirtieth birthday. April meets someone new and as her happiness grows, her confidence within herself grows too. Her new confidence means that she starts wearing makeup, she has an entire new wardrobe and she faces up to the parts of herself that she wasn't entirely happy with. However, as her new man tells her that he preferred the old her April needs to decides what is more important to her; her new confidence and happiness or finally being in a relationship.

I found this part of the story really easy to relate to. We've all got parts of ourselves that we're not entirely happy with and that we wish we could change, wether this be with makeup, a new wardrobe, or more drastic measures. However, we all crave the love of another person and want to be happy with someone. I found April easy to relate to, she was a real character and I could definitely pick parts of myself out in her and I could definitely pick out the Bridget Jones vibe from her. It was refreshing to read a book with a main character who was so realistic and relatable.

As for the Fifty Shades aspect to the book. I felt this wasn't needed at all and there were quite a few scenes which went into detail about April and her sex life. For me this didn't add anything to the book, and I actually found myself skipping through these parts as quickly as I could. Not because I was embarrassed or blushing, but because they just didn't add anything for me. In fact there was one sex scene which I actually wish hadn't been added into the book at all as I felt it completely went against the core message of the book and it was uncomfortable to read.

What I loved about the book more than anything was the message that it sent out. I think many books try to push the message of being happy in yourself before being happy in any other part of your life, but I think Traces Of Me just did this in such a realistic way and this quote 'Because the beauty of time is our ability to heal, to forgive and forget, and today I am an entirely stronger person already than I was yesterday' proves that perfectly. Unfortunately for me the book moved too quickly and I sometimes found myself backtracking a few paragraphs or even a page just to make sure I hadn't misread something or skipped something completely.

Would I recommend Traces Of Me? I think if I knew someone was looking for a book that was different to something that they would normally read then I would. I'd also love to recommend this book for the core message that it sends, but due to the sexual nature I'd have to be very careful who I recommended it too.
Would I re-read Traces Of Me? I don't think it will be. The story moved too quickly for me and at times I felt like I'd missed something. Although I was able to connect with April really well I struggled to connect with any of the other characters.
Overall score out of 5? A 3. It wasn't terribly written and I personally think there were aspects of the book that could have been completely left out and it wouldn't make any difference to the book. The story moved too quickly for me as well and I felt like bits were missing.

Have you read Traces Of Me? Is it a book that you would be likely to read? Let me know below.

I was sent this product for free in return for a review. All opinions are my own, honest and have not been influenced in any way. I have not been paid for this review.

Sunday, 18 October 2015

Beauty | Beauty Rules

I hold my hands up, I am the kind of girl that seems to ignore every beauty rule out there. I know they exist, and I know what I should and shouldn't be doing.. But who seriously has the time?

Out of those outlined above I probably stick to two on a good day; I moisturise every day that I'm leaving the house, I have a terrible habit of not doing so when I'm at home and not wearing makeup and I do take my makeup off before bed on most nights, but there is still the odd night where I'm so tired that I just crawl into bed and basically die straight away.

We'll ignore the rule of sharing makeup. My mum always taught me this was an absolutely no go, and I've never done it. Apart from telling my teachers that me and my best friend had shared an eyeliner and both got conjunctivitis to get out of swimming... Every other rule I break. I don't wear suncream daily, I try to at least wear it on my face daily but I fail.

I ignore my eyebrows far too much, I tend to pluck them once a month and that's usually when I look in the mirror while doing my makeup and think "yeah I can't avoid these anymore".

I am hopeless with my skin type, I know I have combination skin with an oily t-zone and dry cheeks and the occasional dry patch but do I dehydrate my skin more? Could I be using a more hydrating moisturiser? I just don't know!

Just like every other girl will admit, I don't wash my brushes as much as I should. I wash my foundation sponge at least once every two weeks and even then I know that's not enough. My excuse? They take too long to dry and I need at least two days in a row of not wearing makeup to allow them all to dry.

Thinking of rules that aren't mentioned about that I just ignore; I brush my hair when it's wet. I'm too impatient and use heat on my hair too much. I don't exfoliate enough. I don't use a face mask often enough. I don't drink enough water. I pull the skin around my eyes when I'm applying eye makeup or doing my eyeliner.

I think I'm not alone in pointing out that no one follows every single beauty rule that they have been told in life, in fact if you do then I salute you! But we shouldn't beat ourselves up about them. Also don't take beauty rules seriously, writing this post actually made me laugh thinking about all the things that we all get told that we should and shouldn't do when it comes to hair, beauty and makeup.

What beauty rules have you always been told that you just don't, or can't, follow? Let me know below!

Friday, 16 October 2015

Friday First | Timotei Golden Highlights Shampoo

You know those products that you'd never normally pick up and it's actually by pure accident that you end up with them? This weeks post is definitely one of those.

When my parents went on holiday a couple of months ago my Mum realised that she'd forgotten to pack shampoo and had to run out and buy some. With her being on holiday for only a week she didn't want to spend too much money on a shampoo and ended up picking up the Timotei Golden Highlights Shampoo.

Timotei is a brand that I've heard of but never tried much from, but I was really interested in this shampoo. Any shampoo that claims to be specifically for golden highlights is something I am willing to try with having bleached hair.

Being completely honest however I am always incredibly sceptical when products claim to bring out the blonde in highlights and brighten them but I will always give anything a go at least once. I was pleasantly surprised with this shampoo and it is definitely something that we'll be repurchasing.

I can definitely say that this shampoo did brighten my blondes, I can only say that it bought my blonde back to life. I have a really bad habit of reaching for my touch of silver shampoo when I want to re-tone my hair and sometimes add that platinum and grey/blue/purple tint to my hair, but for those days when I just want to re-brighten my hair, this is the shampoo that I'll now be reaching for!

The only downside to this shampoo that I found was after using it for around three days in a row my hair did feel as though there was a huge product build up going on and I just wanted to wash my hair again. My mum hasn't complained of this problem, however she has short hair and is able to get away with only washing her hair every two-three days unlike me who washes her hair every single day.

Will I continue to use Timotei's Golden Highlights Shampoo? I will. It won't be a shampoo that I reach for on a daily basis, however it will be a product that I reach for on those days when I just want to refresh my hair and put a new life into my blondes.
Would I repurchase Timotei's Golden Highlights Shampoo I'm already looking at where I can pick up this shampoo as it's become a staple for my Mum and me, so yes it's definitely going to be repurchased.
Would I recommend Timotei's Golden Highlights Shampoo? If you have blonde hair and sometimes want to refresh and re-brighten your hair without having to tone it and do too much, this is the shampoo for you!
Overall score out of 5? A 3. I personally can't use this every day without my hair feeling like I'm suffering from extreme product build up. But it does brighten my blonde and refresh my hair without me having to do too much.

Have you ever used this shampoo before? Is it a product that you would be interested in trying? Do you know any similar products? Let me know below!

Sunday, 11 October 2015

Life | Time To Change Champion

So yesterday was World Mental Health Day and yesterday I decided to become a Time To Change Champion. I wrote a blog post on World Mental Health Day last year and if you want to read that then please feel free to go back and read that. I wasn't really involved in the blogging community last year so I never really saw how the community came together for World Mental Health Day, but yesterday I was incredibly moved and incredibly proud of how everyone seemed to be talking about mental health and how I seemed to see #WorldMentalHealthDay everywhere.

If you know me then you will know that mental health is a subject that is very close to my heart and it's a subject that I strive to raise awareness for. I wrote last year that I want to raise more awareness for mental health, and this is something that I still stand for. As you know I took part in the Time To Change Campaign in February whilst at university and raised awareness by getting as many people as possible to have a five minute conversation, but I still want to do more. This isn't just because I'm a mental health nurse; this is because I have personal experience with mental health, I know how mental health effects people and more importantly I know just how much stigma can affect people too.

I'd somehow never heard of being a Time To Change Champion, however as soon as I saw it mentioned on Twitter earlier today I jumped on board. I absolutely love the idea of being a Time To Change Champion and what the idea stands for. I have always said that the best people to teach about mental health and end mental health stigma are those who have experience, nobody else will ever be able to tell you what it's like. I love the idea that I will be able to have access to the Time To Change materials to be able to hand out if I have a chance or to be able to hold a coffee morning to raise awareness and end stigma. The coffee morning is something that me and my Mum are already starting to talk about and organise and I'm pretty sure I'll be blogging all about that when that happens.

I encourage people to ask honest questions about mental health; there is no such thing as a stupid question, only a poorly worded question.

I'm not pushing anybody to become a Time To Change Champion, I'm much more for the idea that people should speak about their mental health experiences if they feel comfortable enough to do so; after all it is an incredibly sensitive topic. If you do want to become a Time To Change Champion you can do so here, and please let me know if you do!

Friday, 9 October 2015

Friday First | Laghmani's Heart Perfume

Hands up, who wants to scream and shout about their new favourite perfume but suddenly realised at she sat down to write this that she has no idea what the scent is? Oh that's right, me!

I really wish I was joking. My parents bought me back this perfume from their holiday and it has quickly become one of my favourite scents, but despite all my research I cannot find what the scent is anywhere.

My Mum told me that she picked it up for me as she was told that it was a copy for Daisy. That doesn't bother me, I'm all for copy perfumes. Especially as I'd be crying handing over £40 for one bottle. The scent is really familiar to Daisy, but it's also so different. I can't quite put my finger on how, I think it's a little bit sweeter but also a little more sophisticated. Does that even make sense?

Also can we talk about how pretty that bottle is? I know not everyone will like it and some will see it as cheap and tacky but I absolutely love it. It really stands out against my other perfumes and it really is a centre piece.

So I feel like I have written the most pointless review, but I'm useless with describing scents. Even more so when I'm not even sure what notes I'm meant to be picking out! Remind me to never take perfume developing up as a career. It really has quickly become my favourite perfume though and I just want to tell everyone about it.

Will I continue to use Laghmani's Heart? I'm currently wearing this perfume on a daily basis and it doesn't seem to be going anywhere, the perfect sign of the best perfume so definitely. It has suddenly become my daily scent without fail.
Would I repurchase the Laghmani's Heart? I'm already looking at places where I can repurchase this perfume for when I finally run out, so it's safe to safe that I will.
Would I recommend the Laghmani's Heart? I think perfume is something that is very difficult to recommend as it's such a personal thing for everyone. I definitely want everyone to be able to smell this perfume though.
Overall score out of 5? A high 4. It would be easier for me if I knew what scents I was meant to be picking out from my perfume, but I still love it so much!

Monday, 5 October 2015

Life | Fall Out Boy

So if you know me at all, or if you've been following LittleWorldOfBeka for a while then you will know that live music and gigs are basically a huge part of my life. You'll also maybe know that Fall Out Boy are one of my favourite bands..

On Saturday night Ryan and I saw Fall Out Boy in Leeds; I've known that we were going since Ryan booked the tickets in January and they're a band that I cannot get enough of seeing. It was my second time seeing Fall Out Boy, and the atmosphere at Leeds was just electric and I can't really explain why.

I loved everything about the setlist; as a fan who doesn't really enjoy American Beauty/American Psycho (I'm so sorry, please don't kill me!) I was actually grateful that there weren't too many songs off that album, I don't want to ruin anything for you but I loved the stage set up and of course I just loved the boys. Believe me, nothing is cuter than Patrick Stump acting all sassy on stage and then pleading with the crowd to sing along if they know the words. Also, can we just appreciate that cute little face of his!

Fall Out Boy fans at any show are just incredible; we all look out for each other and like I said last time I saw Fall Out Boy, there is nothing better than just standing in a sea of people all singing their hearts out to the four most incredible people in a room. It's also pretty awesome watching so many hundreds of people all just lose their shit at the same time to the same song. I'm so heartbroken that it's all over and it just didn't last forever.

I can only apologise for the photography, they were all taken by me during the show and no official photos have been released yet! And also what gig is complete without a hilarious selfie during?

If you're seeing Fall Out Boy at any other UK date then enjoy every single moment of it and just make sure those four boys feel your love. They are one of my favourite bands to see live, purely because they are always just so appreciative of their fans singing back every single word. I am insanely jealous that I don't get to see them at another date, although I might see if I'm able to convince Ryan that Manchester on Friday really wouldn't be a bad idea...

Friday, 2 October 2015

Friday First | True Detective

Again, all aboard the latest train ever. Me and Ryan finally got around to watching True Detective, season one that is, although seeing as it was aired at the beginning of 2014 I don't feel like we're that late to the game.

I've been wanting to watch True Detective since I first heard about it, and with it only having eight episodes we were able to watch the entire first season in one day. Oops, have I ever mentioned that binge watching series is a terrible habit of mine?

I don't want to give too much away for anyone who hasn't watched it yet, however I feel like it took me around five episodes to actually work out what the hell was going on. It wasn't in a bad way though, it was enough confusion to keep me coming back for more because I definitely wanted to find out just what was happening, also the storyline that runs throughout the season is brilliantly written.

I know both McConaughey and Harrelson from different roles and I like them both as actors. I can definitely say they work fantastically together in True Detective and both of them are just as brilliant as they are known to be.

Would I recommend True Detective? I can honestly say apart from Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead, True Detective might just become the new series that I shout about from the rooftops and just tell everybody to watch at least one episode.
Would I re-watch True Detective? As well as binge watching series, I also revist and rewatch some of my favourite series. I think season one will definitely be one that I rewatch at some point.
Overall score out of 5? A high 4. It took me a few episodes to really grasp the concept of it but it wasn't enough to put me off, in fact it kept dragging me back for more. I also loved the ending of the series and I was definitely hooked right until the last second.

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Life | Dear October

Dear October,

I realised as I started writing this to you that I've actually kept up with these letters for an entire year. I'm proud of myself for keeping them up for this long, I'm a person who would love to keep a diary but struggles when it actually comes to doing it.

So we're back round to the month when my birthday falls. This year I actually don't have too much planned, it's not really a special birthday like last year and I have a feeling that I might end up working on it. I don't want to do too much for it if I'm being completely honest, I'm perfectly happy with a family meal and then a meal just for me and Ryan.

Again this time last year I was so excited for Halloween. I'm struggling to be excited for Halloween just yet because I'm not sure if I'm working on it yet or not. I suppose this is the reality of growing up and being a responsible adult now.

This month I get to see two of my favourite bands; Fall Out Boy and Twin Atlantic. I get to see Fall Out Boy at the start of the month and then Twin Atlantic at the end, two perfect ways to both start and end the month. I always love seeing my favourite bands live and I always enjoy seeing them with the best company.

Is it wrong that I'm excited because you'll be my first month where I'm working properly and earning properly? I am so excited for that first wage slip as an actually qualified nurse, it almost doesn't seem real!

I hope you're just cold October, I can layer up and wrap up warm but I really don't like the rain. Be kind.

Beka. xo