Wednesday, 30 July 2014

2 Stars & A Wish #8

2 Stars & A Wish #8
Wednesday, 30 July 2014
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I hope everyone's having a good week! Today has been an odd sort of day for me. Have you ever had one of those days where the world speeds up around you but it feels like you're wading through treacle? That's the day I've had today. I woke up 10 minutes late and it just went downhill from there. I ended up having a freezing cold shower before slamming the door shut on my finger and missing the bus. The week is really dragging but in the words of the great Jon Bon Jovi 'OOOOH WE'RE HALFWAY THERE!' There being the weekend! (Sorry! Regular readers will already know I'm super lame. Newbies: Welcome to Lolarocknroses, I'm superlame! You have been warned!

My first star this week goes to Barry M's Gelly Hi Shine in Almond. 

The (beauty) world loves, adores and worships the ground this polish walks upon and for good reason. A beautiful greige - I have been waiting forever to use that word!- it's really neutral and understated but also really pretty. Being Barry M it has the gorgeous, thick and creamy but totally manageable, easy to work formula we've all come to know and love. It goes on lovely and smooth and only needs two coats to be opaque (although I like to use three just to make sure.) I'm not really a huge fan of neutral shades, don't get me wrong I like them but I do love my brights and like my nails to pop. Having said that I can see this one becoming a firm favourite. I've heard, on good authority, that Almond is a dupe for Portchester Square by Nails Inc. Portchester Square being one of the few Nails Inc polishes I haven't tried I don't know if that's true BUT having seen some swatches online I can see that the colours are incredibly similar with the price being the only real difference, it doesn't get much better than that!

My Second Star this week goes to Percy & Reed's Quite Frankly Flawless Finishing Polish 

Now when it comes to haircare I am fiercely loyal to the brands I love. I tend to stick to what I know purely because I know them and I know what they do. I know what works for my hair and because my hair is so incredibly difficult it doesn't really leave much room for any experimentation. But every now and then an adventurous streak comes over me -it happens every couple of months or so when I suddenly think it would be a really good idea to do a JLaw and get a pixie cut. Which, realistically, I would never, ever do! I could not pull it off - Anyway every now and then I will occasionally shake up my haircare routine a little bit. I picked this up during a moment of hair madness ages ago, and have had it so long now that I can't even remember where, when or how I got it. But none of that matters because I'm using it now and I love it. I've been using it everyday in an attempt to tame my hair and calm  the frizz. My hair can't cope in this heat and goes full on crazy in the humidity.  It is not a good look! Since using the Finishing Polish there has been a slight but definitely noticeable difference in my hair. It's less frizzy and easier to manage. The product is really lightweight with a smooth, creamy consistency that doesn't leave the hair looking greasy or crispy. It also somehow manages to hold it's own against my wild curls and I love it for that. 

My Wish this week goes to MUA Luxe Velvet Lip Lacquer in Funk 

I bought this a million years ago and promptly forgot all about it until I rediscovered it lurking (sounds so sinister) at the back of my dressing table earlier this week. MUA is a high street brand that I like quite a lot, the make up is really good quality for the ridiculously low price you pay, although it can be a little bit hit and miss. This was definitely a miss. Now because I only paid £3.00 for this I was obviously not expecting perfection BUT I was expecting/hoping for a better formula. The formula is the main problem because I love everything else about this product. It is a really gorgeous blue-toned fuschia pink, the colour pay off is fantastic and it has a doe foot applicator so it's ridiculously easy to apply. Even the packaging is quite nice and suggests that it cost more than it actually did. However, the important bit, the formula really, really lets it down. Being a liquid lipstick with a matte finish some dryness is kind of expected, particularly when the product is this cheap. However the formula for the Luxe Velvet Lip Lacquer is so drying that it actually irritated my lips to the point where they started to peel, which didn't hurt but was so gross and gave me the puckered pout of an old lady.  It also doesn’t last very long and needed to be reapplied a lot. By lunchtime it was really starting to get on my nerves and I wanted to take it off but, ironically, it was really difficult to remove and took me ages to get it off my lips. All in all I'm really not disappointed. It was so close to being amazing but the formula falls short. 

So those were my Stars & Wish for the week? What do you think? Do you agree? Disagree? Did anyone else have any problems with the MUA Luxe Velvet Lip Lacquer? I want to know. Let me know either by commenting below or on twitter, using the #2StarsandAWish hashtag. If you do comment I do always reply so be sure to check back :) 

Anyway guys I'll be back on Friday with Friday I'm in Love #7 but until then you can follow me on twitter, facebook. BlogLovin, instagram & pinterest for your daily dose of Lolarocknroses :)

Love love love 

Monday, 28 July 2014

Inside July's Birchbox!

Inside July's Birchbox!
Monday, 28 July 2014
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I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend and didn't suffer too much in the clammy, humid heat! On Friday I said that today's post would be all about How I met your Mother but, and I'll be really honest here, I am still way too pissed off about how it ended to talk about it, as sad as that is. So instead I will be telling you all about this month's magical box of make up delights that I received in the post from the wonderful people at Birchbox -I'm a subscriber, I didn't get it for free unfortunately! I actually got July’s Birchbox a couple of weeks back but haven’t had the time to write about it, but having given most of the products a thorough testing and July nearly being over I thought the time was ripe to share the contents of my Birchbox with you lovely people

(From left to right: Whish - Three Whishes Lavender Body Butter, Models Own in Magenta Diving, Benefit - The Porefessional, Laqa & Co Lip Lube in Menotaur, Balance Me Wonder Eye Cream and Filosofille Buffer)

Whish - Three Whishes Lavender Body Butter

I'd never come across the brand Whish before but I'm really glad I know about it now.  Containing all organic ingredients including: shea butter, raspberry butter, aloe vera, seaweed extract and rice bran oil the Body Butter promises to moisturise, firm and purify the skin, hence the name three wishes. I've only used it a couple of times but from what I can tell it actually works. It  has a lovely, thick, creamy texture and smells absolutely gorgeous. Normally I'm not a major fan of lavender, I find it a bit too old lady for me under usual circumstances but this smells beautiful and not at all like the elderly.  

Models Own Nail Polish in Magenta Divine

Now you will be surprised to know that before this month's Birchbox there was not a single Models Own Polish anywhere in my vast and unending nail polish collection. But what a way to start my obsession. Magenta Divine lives up to it's name (being both magenta and divine). It's a really pretty pink glitter. Usually I'm not a massive fan of glitter polishes because among other things they are impossible to remove but I really like this one. The glitter is really fine which means I'll be able to resist picking/chewing it off my nails however that does mean it takes quite a few coats to build up a decent layer of glitter. But overall I like it. 

Benefit The Porefessional Pro Balm Primer

I have wanted this for absolutely ages so when I saw it in my Birchbox I literally jumped (and squealed and clapped) for joy. The Porefessional Pro Balm promises to 'minimize the appearance of pores & fine lines for smoother-than-smooth skin' and it delivers. I used it underneath my make up for graduation (what with those pictures being kind of a big deal) and I thought it was absolutely amazing. It was really lightweight, felt really nice on the skin and kept my make up in place all day. I had an awful cold on the day I graduated and even though I was sneezing and having to wipe my nose pretty much constantly it kept my make up, particularly my foundation, in place all day. Winner. I found that it dramatically reduced the appearance of my pores and drastically increased my make up staying power. It is amazing and the packaging is gorgeous, so cute and vintage-y. I love it. 

Laqa & Co Lip Lube in Menotaur

Laqa & Co is yet another brand that I had never come across (I'm something of a noob to this make up stuff!) before but after trying it I really like it. Like the Clinique Chubby Stick that, probably, came before it, it is super moisturisng on the lips but has a matte finish which I LOVE.  It's really pigmented but really wearable. Now I am no stranger to a bold lip but even I was a little intimidated by the colour but actually it's a really lovely purple toned pink. I love it. It's been a staple in my handbag ever since. 

Balance Me Wonder Eye Cream

Containing cucumber oil, witch hazel, lemon, chamomile and a whole host of other lovely natural ingredients the Balance Me Wonder Eye cream promises to brighten and revive tired eyes. Having gotten my hands on a sample of the eye cream before I was already a fan so I was over the moon when I saw this in there. Now I have really messed up sleeping habits, even though I have to be awake every morning by 7, at the latest, it is very rare that I get to sleep before 2:00 am so bags under my eyes were something of a permanent fixture. Whilst this doesn't completely get rid of them it does make a really big difference and it feels really soothing on the delicate skin under my eyes.  

Filosof Fille

The Filosof Fille buffer was included as the lifestyle extra this month. Again Filosof is another brand I knew very little about but after a quick google search I discovered that it is a French brand (duh!) specialising in beauty accessories that are good quality, affordable and redonkulously (yeah! I just said that) cute. This buffing bar is adorable and has made it's permanent residence in my handbag.

So that was July's Birchbox and I must say it was amazing. If you have yet to subscribe to Birchbox you can do so here. For all you bargain hunters out there *raises both hands...and a foot* there's  currently a deal on LivingSocial  where you can subscribe for 6 months for £30 plus £8 postage, which, including postage, works out less than half price. Bargain! All you subscribers out there what did you think of your Birchboxes. Let me know in the comments below or on twitter @lolarocknroses. I love hearing from you. If you do leave a comment I do reply so make sure you check back! 

Anywho I will be back on Wednesday for 2 Stars & A Wish #8. Until then check me out on twitter, facebook, BlogLovin, instagram & pinterest for your daily fix of me! If you need one that is ;) 

Love love love xxx

Friday, 25 July 2014

Friday I'm in Love #6

Friday I'm in Love #6
Friday, 25 July 2014
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IT'S FINALLY FRIDAY! Is it just me or has this week really dragged? Anyway it's Friday, and I adore Fridays for 2 reasons. 1. DUH it's Friday and that means it's the weekend! and 2. I get paid weekly so Friday = Payday! Winner!

Due to my absence -I'll stop mentioning it now, I promise!- I have loads of loves this week. So many in fact that I'm not sure I can squeeze it all into just the one post but hey ho I'll give it a try. 

L'Oreal Paris True Match Foundation in Vanilla Rose

Rumour has it that the L'Oreal Paris True Match foundation is a dupe for the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk foundation. Now I haven't tried it so I don't know if that's true or not, but I can tell you that this is my absolute favourite foundation, and the reason it's my favourite is because it's amazing. It's really lightweight and blends so easily but gives really good coverage which can be built up. The colour perfectly matches my skin tone and leaves a flawless finish. I love it 

Rimmel Match Perfect Concealer in Soft Beige 

I was in dire need of a new concealer and had heard some good things about Rimmel's Match Perfection so I thought I'd give it a try. It's yellow toned so reduces the appearance of redness making it excellent for spots which is something I suffer with from time to time. The coverage is really good and it comes in a squeezy tube with a brush tip which I kind of love but don't really use, preferring to dot the concealer onto the skin and then blending it out with my Real Techniques setting brush. I like it a lot. 

MAC Creme Amplified Lipstick in Girl About Town 

I bought this 13 days ago and in  the last week alone have mentioned it no fewer than 3 times, because it is that amazing! If you want to know more on my thoughts about this lipstick read about it here and here. But all you really need to know is that I am obsessively in love with it. 

Sleek Face Form Contouring & Blush Palette in Fair

(Sorry the swatch picture is a bit naff)

In the past few weeks I have been taking my first tentative steps into contouring using this pallet and the Real Techniques contouring brush (I'm a bit obsessed!) and have somehow managed, by some miraculous twist of fate, to not go out looking like, well like this...

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The pallet contains a contour powder, a highlighter and a blush. I was a bit wary at first because the actual contour powder is quite orangey in tone but after a lot of practice and blending it actually works quite well. The highlighter is a bit too shimmery for my taste but I really like the blush. It's a really pretty shimmery gold toned pink that looks lovely on the skin and really warms up the complexion. I still find contouring quite scary and am scared that one day I will go massively overboard and will end up looking ridiculous but this pallet makes it a lot easier and I like it a lot.

Real Techniques Brushes 

(From left to right: Contour, Blush, Buffing, Setting, Pointed Foundation & Concealer)

Ahh the Real Techniques Brushes aka my new obsession. I've been building up my collection over the past couple of weeks (I bought the Stippling brush on amazon not two hours ago) and I have to say I am very impressed. My personal favourite is this bad boy (read about it here)

(the Buffing Brush)

But I have been using them all on a daily basis. I've been using the contour brush with the Sleek Face Form pallet to define my (non-existent) cheek bones and it is awesome. The setting brush has been used in conjunction with the concealer brush to buff in my concealer and they both give really good coverage for those pesky blemishes that I just can't rid myself of. Overall they are  really good brushes. They're synthetic so they don't soak up too much product and they are so ridiculously soft it feels like I'm applying my make up with a kitten! Which I admit is an incredibly strange thing to say but I think I've made my point. They're amazing. Before this my make up brush collection consisted of a Bobbi Brown set and a Ted Baker set I got over two Christmases ago. Don't get me wrong I still love them BUT they are a bit on the knackered side so it makes a nice change to be using the Real Techniques brushes. 

Wax Lyrical England Highly Scented Tealights and Candle in the scent Couture.

Firstly Wax Lyrical has to be the best name for a candle company ever! Secondly they smell incredible. I bought the tealights in Tesco a couple of weeks ago and went through them in like a week, so I just had to go back for the candle. Couture is my favourite because it smells amazing. It makes my room smell absolutely gorgeous without being overpowering. I always find it so difficult to describe scent but this kinda smells like vanilla and baby lotion - in a good way, it smells incredible!- mixed with fresh washing. The overall fragrance is divine. Plus the packaging is gorgeous!

And now for my SOTW: 

My First Song of the Week this week is High Hopes by Kodaline.


To say I am obsessed with this song is a major understatement. I don't know where I was or what I was doing when Kodaline were becoming a thing last year but I am so glad I have found them now. This song is so moody and sad (which is my favourite kind of song) and I just love it. It's awesome. I have downloaded their album and I have to say I am rather enjoying it. 

My Second Song of the Week is Broken by Jake Bugg. 

Until recently I didn't really get Jake Bugg. I didn't like him, I didn't dislike him just thought he was alright but not someone I would go out of my way to listen too. And then I saw The Fault in Our Stars (read my review here)and heard the song Simple As This  and loved it, then me and my best friend were talking about music, as we so often do, and she played Broken for me. And DAMN that boy can make some beautiful music. His voice is so sultry and smokey and moody. I have listened to this song more times than itunes can count which should tell you everything you need to know. It's so good. 

This was just the tip of the music iceberg, in the past few weeks I have listened to (and loved) loads of music. So much in fact that it's been really difficult to limit myself to just 2 Songs of the Week! So with that in mind I was wondering if anyone would be interested in reading a music post? Let me know below or on twitter using the hashtag #LolaRocks! 

So those were my loves for the week? What do you think? Agree? Disagree? Let me know via twitter, using the hashtags #FIIL or #FridayIminLove. I am also on facebook, BlogLovin, instagram & pinterest if you fancy checking me out and giving me a cheeky like/follow ;)

Right lovely people I will be back on Monday with a new post all about my very mixed feelings about the season finale of How I met your Mother. Until then I hope everyone has a lovely weekend. 

Love love love xxx

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

2 Stars & A Wish #7

2 Stars & A Wish #7
Wednesday, 23 July 2014
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I'm back and ready to hit the ground running on my return from my break that wasn't really a break (read bout it here and here). It's Wednesday and that can only mean that 2 Stars & A Wish is making it's long-awaited return (just kidding!) to it's tiny corner of the internet. So without further ado let's get started.

My First Star this week goes to the Real Techniques Buffing Brush.

This brush is something of a cult favourite among beauty bloggers and for good reason. So when I got paid a couple of weeks back, I immediately found myself clicking over to Amazon and ordering The Core Collection Kit, containing a concealer brush, a pointed foundation brush, the buffing brush and a contour brush, and whilst I have thoroughly enjoyed using them the buffing brush is my absolute favourite. It's... amazing. I've been using it every morning to apply my foundation and I love it. It picks up the perfect amount of product and blends it into the skin so easily. It makes foundation application effortless, leaving a faultless base and it does all this whilst still managing to be ridiculously soft. I love it. I have since added the Real Techniques Blush and Setting brushes to my collection and have my beady eye on the Stippling brush, the Starter Kit and the Travelling Essentials Kit. What can I say? I think this is the beginning of a beautiful relationship. 

My Second Star this week goes to MAC Amplified Creme Lipstick in Girl About Town 

This is the most beautiful lipstick to ever exist in the world ever. A bold statement I know but just look at it! Gorgeous! I got this about two weeks ago when me and my bestie went to London for the day (read about it here). After hours of deliberation, in which I'm pretty sure I swatched the entire MAC counter onto the back of my hand, I settled on Girl About Town in the Amplified Creme finish. As you can see it is the most stunning blue toned fuschia. Not only is the colour beautiful but the formula is really creamy, moisturising and long lasting. Although it did need to be reapplied after eating and drinking, but being that the now iconic packaging is as stunning as the lipstick itself this is hardly a hardship. Buying this lipstick has only added fuel to the fire that is my MAC obsession and I WILL be buying more as soon as pay day rolls around. I am in love with it. 

My Wish this week goes to Collection's Super Size Fat Lash Mascara. 

I was really struggling to think of this week's wish, almost to the point where I was thinking sod it! I'll just have 3 Stars (it's been an incredibly positive couple of weeks make up wise) BUT then I came across this whilst I was rummaging through my dressing table in search of a wish... that sounded way more magical then it was. Don't get me wrong it was pretty magical (I do love sorting through my make up collection) but not like Disney magical. Anyway this mascara was a free gift with a Collection Smokey Eye Pallet (which I love) I bought around Christmastime last year. I'm incredibly picky when it comes to mascaras. I like mascaras to lift and separate the lashes whilst curling, lengthening and volumising, which I don't think is too much to ask from a mascara. Whilst this one promises, and I quote, "Super Sized Fat Lashes" it just doesn't deliver. The formula is really watery and takes a good 3 or 4 coats to build up even a mediocre layer of coverage. The brush is a medium bristle brush which leaves the lashes looking really clumpy. All in all this mascara is just a bit meh and is usually only reached for on days when I'm in a manic rush to get to the bus stop and it's the closest thing to hand. It's just a bit pants.  

Anyway those were my Stars and Wish for the week. What do you think? Do you agree? Disagree? Let me know using the hashtag #2StarsandAWish. Alternatively you can tweet me @lolarocknroses, and while you're there you may as well check me out on facebook, BlogLovin, instagram & pinterest and give me a cheeky follow/like for your daily dose of Lolarocknroses. I'll be back on Friday with Friday I'm in Love #6 where I'll be talking about the make up and tools I have acquired over the past 2 weeks (it's a lot!) 

Until then,

Love love love xxx

I'm baaaack... Part 2!

I'm baaaack... Part 2!

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I'm back from my break, although I'd hardly call it a break it having been the busiest and most exhausting 10 days of my life but anyway. So I thought for my second post in almost as many weeks that I would give you a a more detailed account of what I've been up to. So let's begin at the beginning:

 Friday 11th July 

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After a long, tiring day at work me and my mum were called to my sister's for a chocolate strawberry emergency - yes, that's a thing!- that required our immediate attention. Now I feel like this needs to be explained because having read it back it does sound completely insane. My sister is really good at planning parties, like really good, so she was enlisted to plan and organise her best friend's mum's hen tea party. Subsequently my mum was drafted in to make chocolate covered strawberries which are something of a specialty for her. And I was called up for chocolate melting duty being both the baker of the family and the only one of us patient enough to actually allow the chocolate to melt. My mum's an amazing cook but doesn't have the patience for desserts and my sister organises the hell out of everything -mostly- together we're a cracking (and incredibly loud) team.  Everything was going swimmingly until a mishap with some freshly whipped cream and melted ganache (warning do not mix cold cream with boiling hot melted chocolate, the cream will split!). After a mad dash around Tesco looking for emergency ganache - who knew there was such a thing?!- we returned, the strawberries were dipped and delicious and we celebrated by ordering a curry, which was also delicious.  Friday was a good food day. And now to Saturday.

Saturday 12th July

On Saturday me and my bestest, quite impulsively, decided to spend the day in London and caught a 20 minute train to the Big Smoke for a day of shopping, sunshine, awesome cookies, excellent theatre - we saw Once- and some quality best friend time. Being British and therefore used to the temperamental (read dreary) British summer time we'd both checked the weather and brought jackets and umbrellas with us due to the 'stormy rain' that had been promised. As fate would have it it turned out to be a bit of a scorcher in the capital so we ended up carrying our jackets around all day. Ah the curse of the overly cautious and prepared. 

We got into London around 10:30ish and headed straight for the TKTS stand in Leicester Square -when we do a day in London we do it properly, and that means taking in a show!- to get tickets for Once. I've already seen Once and thought it was incredible, which it is, and had to share it with The Platonic Love of My Life (she'll get that, no one else will) so I convinced her. And because she is a human woman and Once is about a gorgeous, heartbroken, guitar playing Irishman -be still my beating heart!- she also loved it. But more about that later.

Once we'd got tickets we headed straight to the MAC store in Covent Garden, where I simultaneously managed to be in make up heaven and too intimidated by the very heavily made up salesmen to actually buy anything. So to Selfridges we went where I actually was in make up heaven and no less intimidated. However I somehow managed to overcome my very real fear of the impeccably made up sales people and bought a lipstick. Not just any lipstick either. I bought my very first MAC lipstick (shocking I know how did I not own one already?!). After what felt like hours of near constant swatching I had made my decision and came away with the MAC Amplified Creme Lipstick in the shade Girl About Town - it seemed terribly appropriate- which is the most beautiful blue toned fuschia. It is so very beautiful in fact that I couldn't actually wait to wear it and had it out of the box and on my lips within moments of purchase. 

Isn't it gorgeous?!

Following my minor spending spree in Selfridges it was nearly time for the matinee of Once so we took a casual stroll down Regents Street. Where my new lipstick was immediately tested by the purchase and immediate consumption of the single most amazing thing to ever pass my lips. I am  talking about the glory that is the triple chocolate Ben's Cookie. I had never tried a Ben's Cookie before with them not being readily available in the fashionless backwater from which I hail. But it honestly tasted as if it had been made in God's own oven. Ben, whoever you are, you are a cookie genius! 

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After we saw Once, which I loved just as much the second time around, we wondered aimlessly - it being far too hot to do anything with any sense of purpose - down Shaftesbury Avenue in search of food and shopping. Instead we found Forbidden Planet AKA Nerd Heaven. For those of you who don't know Forbidden Planet is the most amazing comic book store. Now I am no comic book nerd BUT I really love a lot of the things associated with the art of comic book nerdery. I'll give you an example I love The Simpsons, Doctor Who, pretty much every Marvel film and even some of the DC ones as well and that is just the tip of the iceberg. So whilst I am not a comic book nerd I could appreciate that Forbidden Planet was awesome, even though it was quite clear that some of the clientele hadn't showered in, well, ever. Here are just some of the hidden treasures we found. 

These are the greatest things I’ve ever seen.

I’m not sure that this is necessary 

We also found the most terrifying action figure of Amy Pond, which I refused to photograph because honestly it will haunt my dreams forever. When we left Forbidden Planet we headed back to Covent Garden towards The Shake Shack for Burgers and Crinkle Fries but the queue was ridiculous so after an idle hour of window shopping -in which I scratched the face of my Marc Jacobs watch (sob) when coming out of Dior - we decided to head home for an early-ish night. All in all we had an amazing day in the Big Smoke! I just wish I had got more pictures.  But here are some of the photos I did take. 

I took this purely so I could send it to my friend who’s last name is Reid. Because that is how cool I am!

This is both terrifying and amazing

Sunday 13th and Monday 14th July continued pretty much as usual, although I came down with a really bad cold which couldn't have come at a worse time due to a very important event that took place on Tuesday 15th July, which I touched upon in yesterday's post (read it here). 

Tuesday 15th July. The day I graduated from university. 

Me and my step-dad Terry, in one of the few pictures that survived my graduation... it's a long story. To sum up Terry doesn't know how to use an iphone so took about 50 pictures of my graduation without taking a single one. He was pressing the home button instead. My mum went  ballistic! 

I woke up with a blocked and snotty nose, a sore throat and a temperature but in true Brit fashion kept calm (I didn't) and carried on (barely). After my sister did my hair I got dressed all fancy like and me, my mum and step-dad piled into the car and headed to Bedford for my graduation ceremony. I think the fact that I was ill sent me into a disassociative state because I didn't even register that I was graduating until I had the cap and gown on and was rushing into the ceremony. Where my mortar board would just not stay put, falling off no fewer than four times. Despite being really ill I had such a good day. The highlight of which was when my former flatmate (and bestie, though he'd deny it), the forementioned Mr. Reid, came and found me for a quick chat before he headed home to Newcastle. I was so touched, bless him.

Wednesday 16th and Thursday 17th July

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 I was so ill that I had to call in sick from work and spent the days in bed, moaning and feeling awful. There is nothing worse than being ill in summertime. 

Friday 18th July  I attempted to go back to work but was sent home ill. 

Saturday 19th July was my uncle's wedding. 

Me and my cousin/bestie Jade, we were pulling those faces on purpose! For any Friends fans out there these were our Chandler can't take a good picture faces!

I was still ill - hence the glassy eyes and red nose,-  but managed to make myself look and feel somewhat human (although you can't tell in the picture, hehe). It was such a lovely day. It was so nice seeing all my large and mental family in one place. We are quite the clan. I also got a mention in the best man's speech congratulating me on graduating which was a bit embarrassing but nice as well. Sunday 20th July was spent in a pub garden with the aforementioned family. 

The past 10 days have been so busy but really nice, apart from the days when I was ill. But I am back now and will be posting on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays as normal. So I will be back tomorrow with 2 Stars & A Wish #7.

Until then check out my twitter, facebook, BlogLovin, instagram & pinterest for your daily dose of me... if one is needed ;) 

Love love love xxx

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