Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Primark Buys

Tomorrow, I get the keys to the house that I'm sharing with my friends for the next year of University so I'm moving out for a bit. Since today was my last opportunity, I nicely asked my mum if we could go to Primark - only the best store in the world ever - because she buys me nice things and I'm always penniless throughout the school year. She didn't want to go but gave me her credit card to go and buy some new clothes, score! So, Broseph (that's brother) and I, set out to Bristol to go to the amaazing Primark store they have there.

I have a hard time spending money, even when it's not my own, I have no idea why - I just don't like spending large amounts of money. I could easily drop £40 on Nail Polish in a fortnight over 8 different occasions, but spending a big chunk at once doesn't come naturally to me - I'm sure there must be a psychological reason behind that but whatever.

So, I ended up buying:
a Cardigan, a T-shirt, a Mini Dress, two Skirts, a Pair of leather gloves, a Necklace and a Bag
I came away absolutely gutted that I had someone else's credit card and only bought 5 items of clothing. HOW?!

Anyway, here are the gloves and necklace

I saw these gloves here a while ago and NEEDED them from that instant. So when I spotted them today I knew they would end up in my basket.

I like to buy a new bag at least every term for school. This one's not very big so it may become obsolete within a few days of accumulating paper and books but in that case, it will also serve me well as an everyday bag!

What were your last Primark purchases?

Monday, 30 August 2010

I went to see it again!!

GAH! I just love this movie more than anything right now!
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
I went to see it last Friday with some friends but since my brothers wanted to see it, I went with them today too!
Before this year I'd never once seen a film at the cinema more than once. This year, I saw Eclipse twice - because I kind of betrayed one of my friends and went to see it with someone else, so then had to go and see it with her - and now Scott Pilgrim.

This is one of my favourite bits from the movie!! 
Oh, and I ♥ Brandon Routh.

Saturday, 28 August 2010

Yum Yum, SOTM (Snack of the Month)

This month, I have been crazy in love with Pineapple and Grapes. Stick them in a bowl together and you've got a little taste of heaven!

I love eating this so much but preparing pineapple is such a PITA but it has to be done since the pineapple from a can doesn't even come close to fresh.


What's your favourite fruit?

Friday, 27 August 2010

I give up! And my TOTW (Tune Of The Week)

Okay, I officially give up on the 30 day tag!
There are only a few days left and it's so hard to remember the last month, let alone the last year, in detail, plus I don't think it would be very interesting even if I could remember every detail.
So from here on, I will be posting anything random I feel like writing about but doesn't really belong on The Nailasaurus.

So today I went to see Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. I've been really psyched up to see this for nearly 3 months from when I first saw a trailer and it doesn't disappoint! It's funnier than I expected in a kind of dorky way and the action sequences are AMAZING.
But mainly I wanted to share an amazing song from the movie. It's originally by Metric, but the version featured in the film is slightly different with a different singer.
All the youtube videos I could find have embedding disabled so here is a link.

Have you seen Scott Pilgrim vs. The World? Did you like it?

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Day 26 - My Week, In Great Detail

I'll start at last week and work my way towards today. Assume that I also painted my nails each day!

Wednesday 11th August
I was on a camping holday in West Wales with my family and we went in search of a beach called Freshwater West to do some surfing. My dad was confident he knew how to get there but we'd been in the car almost 1 hour when I typed it into the sat-nav on my phone (Nokia ftw) the only result was Freshwater East so we headed there figuring it wouldn't be far from Freshwater West or we could at least find some pointers.
When we got to Freshwater East, we asked some people for directions to West but no-one seemed to know where it was - they had all heard of it but noone knew how to get there! At this point, I was convinced it was a mythical place.
We eventually got there. It was a beautiful beach, but parking was a nightmare and the walk to the beach was treacherous so we just headed back to our tents. Later, we heard from the people we were camping with, who'd made the trip down to the sea, that the waves were amazing and it was the best surf they'd seen all holiday. BUMMER!

This was my Dad's birthday so instead of the requisite fried camping food we had a chinese takeaway and cake for dessert :D
My mum, who was not with us on the trip, drove down to surprise him - I knew she was coming but managed to keep it a secret all day. Amazingly, she got there just as it was time to carry in the cake so I gave it to her to surprise Dad. After that we just chatted, played games then went to bed.

Thursday 12th August
I've written about this day in full here as part of the 30 Day Challenge. But in summary, it was the day I returned from the camping trip. We left the campsite about 2pm and got home at 5. In the evening, I mostly sat at the computer catching up on blogs and writing some of my own posts as well as doing my nails!

Friday 13th August
I was supposed to spend this day revising for an upcoming exam but I mostly lazed around doing not much at all. I was mostly tidying up and packing away everything from the camping trip. I think I popped to the Supermarket for some bits and bobs but that was about it.

Saturday 14th August
Not much toreport here, this was such a boring day. I did nothing other than revise all day for the exam.

Sunday 15th August
I was supposed to spend Sunday revising for my exam which I did for most of the day until I found out my auntie has a new Old English Sheepdog puppy called Bowie due to his different coloured eyes! So I went with the rest of my family to see him for a bit in the evening.
When I got home I stayed up reading for my exam until 2.30am.

Monday 16th August
This was the day of my resit exam for 'Principles of Business Managment' which I failed in January. I woke at 6am after 3.5 hours sleep and left the house about an hour later to drive to Cardiff, where I go to University. I read in the car until I went into my exam near 9.00.
After the 2 hour exam, my friend, and future roommate, Sam (as well) and I went to the shops just across the road. I bought some nail polishes - all bargains of course - to cheer myself up after the dreadful exam, and some sandals from primark that were reduced to £1 a pair. Such a bargain - I already had one pair and I love them - I should have bought more!!

I got back home at about 3.30 and had to blog about my new buys! I thought I would blog and watch Mad Men then go to bed, but I ended up staying at the computer until near 7pm when I had a quick nap before we had to go out for a meal. To celebrate my Dad's birthday, we went to Preview in Bristol - an all you can eat with all types of food! We ate a lot, as my little brother will show you...

Tuesday 17th August
Today I got up to go and see Toy Story 3 but that was postponed so I spent the morning blogging and watching Mad Men. The goodies from my nail swap arrived today so I spent some time playing with them too. We saw the 4.00 showing and it was sooo good! But if you haven't seen it yet, take tissues because I cried at the end! After that we got a McDonalds and came home where I am sitting writing this.

Friday, 13 August 2010

Day 25 - My Day, In Great Detail

12 August

This post was supposed to be the 10th in great detail, but I got mixed up and thought it should be the 12th so I made notes all day. That day was the last day of my camping holiday in West Wales.

I woke up at about 7 o' clock and went to the bathroom then sat in the tent andspoke to my auntie for about 10 minutes then decided to go back to bed.

I woke up again at 9.00 and went back up to the bathroom to queue for a shower.

I packed up all my stuff and lazed around for a bit. Before breakfast I picked balckberries with a 3 year old girl called Carys from one of the families we were camping with.

After breakfast we al started packing up the tents - taking the insides out and getting everything in the car.

We left the campsite at qabout 2 o' clock and stopped at Mcdonalds on the way home for a Mcflurry - I had Crunchie :D

We finally got home at 5.00 because there was some bad traffic on the motorway so we took the scenic route for the last part of the trip.

When I got home I had a letter waiting for me about my car tax so I renewed that online for £125!!! :o Extortionate!

Then I did my nails nice! But then the dog stole a big lump of chocolate cake and I had to try and pry it out of her mouth and ruined my nails :( So I just did them again.... and then again!

At 8.30 I had to drive the 'Bus' (we have a people carrier which we use for camping and moving around big items and such which we call the Bus) to my Dad's workplace because he shares it with his friend who needed it to buy some building materials. On the way home we got a takeaway - Kebab, yum.

Then I sat at my computer for most of the evening, catching up on blogs, watching Mad Men and writing my own posts.

Thanks for reading and I hope this wasn't too boring for you.

Sunday, 8 August 2010

Day 23 - A YouTube Video

Newport (Ymerodraeth State of Mind)

I don't know if you've seen this but it's epic. I live very close to Newport so it's extra great for me! It has over 2 million views now! I hope you like it.

I'm going camping this week so the remaing days of my 30 Day Challenge will be posted when I get back!

EDIT: Argh, they've removed it due to some objections by the original songwriters! But you can watch this response by Goldie Lookin' Chain who you may know of if you're from the UK. They even mention my home town in this one!

Just a random bit of information - I saw one of the guys from GLC in the Tesco Extra car park in Newport a few months back. He just walked past my car and I just thought to myslef - 'Oh, that's the guy from Goldie Lookin' Chain'!

Saturday, 7 August 2010

Day 22 - A Website

Todays Big Thing

This is an absolutely amazing website. Every day, there is a funny/cool video posted in each category:
Funny Videos
Cute Animals
And a picture in Pictures!

If I haven't checked the site for a while, it can occupy me for hours! I recommend you take a look :D

Friday, 6 August 2010

Day 21 - A Recipe

Hair Protein Treatment
2 eggs and the juice of a lemon

I used to dye my hair on a very regular basis - sometimes up to three times a month. I've had it blonde(ish), black, red, orange and all shades of brown. All this processing made my hair weak, dry and basically ruined.
After some research, I came to the conclusion that my hair was over porous which means all the cuticles are raised so moisture escapes very quickly.
In order to solve this problem, or if you just want some extra conditioning and lift, you can make a home remedy consisting of ingredients that will replenish the protein in your hair and seal it in.

There are varied opinions all over the internet about what you should use but I just use 2 eggs for protein and the juice of a Lemon to really cleanse the hair and scalp. You can also add a bit of oil like lavender or coconut for a nice scent.
I mix it up in a mug then use a funnel to get it in to an old shampoo bottle.

I shampoo my hair then apply the mixture and wrap it in cling film (saran wrap) for about 30 minutes.
I just rinse the mix off but you can finish it off with a bit of conditioner.

This immediately gives my hair more body and shine and keeps it free from grease for a longer period between washes.

Thursday, 5 August 2010

Day 20 - A Hobby of Mine (other than everything nail related!)

Hula Hooping

I recently got in to Hula Hooping. My mum somehow found out about it and got interested so I went to one of the classes she found that a lady called Emma Kerr runs. She's amazing and you can watch her on her YouTube Channel. She runs classes in Bristol and Cardiff if you are interested yourself - check out her Facebook.

I went to an all day workshop which, amazingly, she ran just up the road from my house. There, I made and decorated my own Hula Hoop and now practice a lot in the garden. I can do plenty of tricks and am getting better every week. It's so much fun but also great exercise at the same - sooo good for your abdominals!

Wednesday, 4 August 2010

Day 19 - A Talent

A Talent...

That's a toughy...
I'm good at Sports and Singing.
I would say those are the only things I am naturally good at, which would make them talents I suppose.

What are your talents?

Monday, 2 August 2010

Day 17 - An Art Piece (painting, drawing, sculpture etc.)


I'm not a very arty person. I like taking photographs and enjoy the occasional exhibition but nothing has ever stuck out for me so I will tell you about the first 'artist' that comes to my mind.

Banksy is a notorious graffiti artist from Bristol, the city where I was born ☺. You might have heard of him but no-one knows his true identity. What he does is essentially vandalism and against the law but people love it.
Although I've never lived in Bristol, I still live really close so I visit the city all the time and have seen a few original Banksy's and was lucky enough to go to his exhibition at Bristol Museum.

The piece below is the one I've seen the most and you can see it from Park Street. He put it up in 2006 and the council put to a vote whether it should stay up or be cleaned off. 97% of people voted that it should be kept.

Click the picture to go to his website
Ironically, this was defaced last year (like a lot of his paintings are) and the council have cleaned of the graffiti that was done over this graffiti.

Have you heard of Banksy or seen any of his work?

Sunday, 1 August 2010

Day 16 - A song that makes me cry (or nearly)

Craig Armstrong - Finding Beauty

This doesn't make me cry everytime. But I find it's great to listen to if you want to let out some emotion!