Wednesday, 29 January 2014

The Beauty Wishlist!

Hi guys! Happy Wednesday! I hope you are all doing well as always. :) As a beauty lover, I have a long list of products I need to have in my collection, and I fawn over for months and months, that if I came into a sum of money, these would be among the first things I'd buy. Most of these have been on my list for months and months, and have not left my list because of the cost, and I can find cheaper dupes that do the job, but I would still love to get my hands on these. These are just a few from my list that stand out the most. :)

Irregular Choice Flopsy's.
The number one thing that is on my list. I have been absolutely besotted by these shoes for around a year now. I have probably wrecked my friend's heads by now just obsessing over them! They are over €100 and very hard to find. But look how pretty! I would never take these babies off. Even to bed. Perfection in a pair of shoes.

MAC Face and Body Foundation.
Max Factor lasting Performance is my absolute Holy Grail foundation, and I'll never cheat on it again. But I got my make-up done for my boyfriend's graduation, and I absolutely adored this foundation on my face. I used NC15 on my face, the palest shade the make-up artist had, and it brought me up, 2 shades darker. that will tell you how pale I am! Yet, it seemed to match my skin tone absolutely perfectly. It lasted untill 3pm and still looked great at 7am after a night of drinking! I would definitely save this for special times and going out. I just wish I could justify the €37.50 price tag. :(

POREfessional
If you've being reading my blog, you'll know how much I absolutely LOVE POREfessional. See here. It's a hefty €34, buuuuut, I got fantastic news last week. I finally got a part time job! Yaaaaay! :D So, out of my first wages, I am treating myself to POREfessional! In Benefit Tullamore, you can get the full tube of POREfessional, a mini That Gal primer and a mini It's Potent eye cream, for the same price, so I have that put by, after months of just looking at it and wishing. Celebrate with make-up. ;)

Browzings.
Sticking with the Benefit theme, Browzings also made the list. I've gone to a few Benefit masterclasses and events, and Browzings is always used, and not only does it make such a difference to the eyebrows, it changes your face! It's €35 but it lasts two years. There's an eyebrow wax and a powder to set the eye brows in place, a pair of tweezers and two angled brushes. I would love this in my collection soon! 

Dandelion.
The last Benefit product on the list. I got a small sample of this along with Gimme Fever in the Groovy Kind A Love set. I loved it, especially with my pale skintone, it suited me down to the ground. It's a long lasting, soft pink blush that gave a gorgeous look of radiance to the face and it can be built up to achieve your desired effect. It had golden undertones with a lovely subtle shimmer. There's something so beautiful about the Benefit blush boxes, all of their packaging is beautiful, in fairness.

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion.
The last on my list. A product that I'll probably never get. I really cannot justify the price at €44. I could find plenty of high street dupes that could do the job just as well. The claims on this moisturiser are just absolutely fantastic and it seems like it would be perfect for my skin type during the Winter. The Clinique moisturiser claims to be light, effective, really hydrate skin, make skin radiant, amazing for sensitive skin, and last a long long time. I can't see this coming off the wishlist anytime soon. :(

As always, thank you all for reading. Let me know below what is on your wishlist. :)
Stay fab xo
Kim. :)

Saturday, 25 January 2014

The DMC Tag!

Hi guys! Happy Saturday! I hope you are all doing well. Earlier in the week, I was tagged by Sinead from Dreaming Again (http://sineaddreamingagain.blogspot.ie) to do the DMC (Deep Meaningful Conversation) tag. I love doing tag posts. They give us a glimpse into other bloggers lives and I love personal posts. So let's get started!

How old would you be if you didn't know how old you are?
Probably an OAP, haha! I know I would be older than 20, anyway. I've done a lot of growing up, especially in the past year. I'm not obsessed with going out all the time like many my age. I'm happy enough chilling at home. I do go out, but I love my downtime. :)

If happiness was the national currency, what kind of work with make you rich?
Running my own all night coffee shop with live music and my own baking! That's my dream job. I would also love to do professional blogging on the side too. :)

What's one thing you have not done that you really want to do? What's holding you back?
Since I was seven, I've wanted to travel the world. It's my ultimate dream in life. What's holding me back? Money. I've started saving a quarter of my money each week a year and a half ago, it's not alot, but it's something.

If you had a friend that spoke to you in the same way you sometimes speak to yourself, how long would you allow this person to be your friend?
I would have told them to piss off a long time ago, to be honest. I really thought about this question alot since I saw it the other day. It made me sad, and realise I should be kinder to myself. I can be very harsh on myself. Why would I talk to myself like this, but not let others talk to me like that? We are our own worst enemies.

What is the one thing you would most like to change about the world? 
My ultimate motto in life is ''Don't do onto others what you wouldn't want done onto you''. I would love to change the way people would change those different to them. And the way animals are treated.

If the average human life span was 40 years, how would you live your life differently?
I wouldn't have gone to college or repeated the Leaving Cert. I would have set off travelling the world then, and try get work in the countries I went to to pay for my gallivanting. :P

You're having lunch with 3 people you respect and admire. They all start criticising a close friend of yours, not knowing she is your friend. The criticism is distasteful and unjustified. What do you do?
I realise people are entitled to their own opinion, and fair enough. As the criticism is unfair, I would stand up for my friend and try and change their point of view on the friend. If they continued on with it, I would walk up and leave.

Would you rather be a worried genius or a joyful simpleton?
A joyful simpleton! No amount of knowledge and brains would make up for the fact that I am unhappy. A simpleton can always read and learn.

Would you rather lose all your own memories or never be able to make new ones?
I would be so sad to lose all of my old memories! I have so many great experiences behind me, so many things I would never want to forget. But I also have memories I'd rather forget. I would rather lose all of my old memories. What would be the point of life if you could never make new memories?

What would you do differently if you knew nobody would judge you?
Nothing. I do what I want now, I don't really care who has to say about anything I do. The ones I care about what they have to say about me are my family, my close friends and my boyfriend. Very supportive people so I would change a thing. :)

I really enjoyed doing this tag! It was really fun to fill and and it got me thinking! I'm going to tag some bloggers below and I hope you get the chance to do so :) If you do, comment underneath so I can read the blog! :)


http://tashaandhermusings.blogspot.ie/

http://amysodyssey.blogspot.ie/

http://beautyandthebakerblog.blogspot.ie/

http://makeupbycandlelight.blogspot.ie/

http://theimperfectbeautyqueen.blogspot.ie/

Thank you all for reading,
Stay fab xo
Kim. :)

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

My Maltesers and Baileys cheesecake recipe :)

You know those desserts that are comforting, sweet, messy and addictive? This is my Maltesers and Baileys cheesecake. Not to brag (Well, brag a little, it's amazing), but I've made this a good few times and it has become a firm favourite with friends and family, and myself! In fact, at my best friends 18th, a good friend of mine, slightly drunk, came over and asked me if I made the cheesecake, when I said yes, all he could do was hug me! If that's not a compliment to the chef, nothing is, really. It's so so so easy to make, you can't go too far wrong! Simple and sweet, what more could you want? I have a few recipes I am very reluctant to part with, this being one of them, so make one, and enjoy!

Recipe:
For the base:
100g butter
3/4 pack of digestives 

For the topping:
300g Philadelphia cream cheese
150g caster sugar
100g icing sugar
250g whipped cream
30ml Baileys
box of Maltesers

Method:
1) Crush up the digestives untill it's like sand and mix in the softened butter and press the mix down into a cheesecake tin.

2) In a clean bowl, mix together the caster and icing sugar with the Philadelphia cream cheese.

3) Mix in the whipped cream.

4) Add in the Baileys and the crushed up Maltesers. Add some Maltesers on top.

5) Add the topping to the digestive base and set in the fridge for 3-4 hours. Continue to lick the bowl.

6) Cut yourself a slice, a cup of tea and fuzzy socks in tow and pat yourself on the back on your culinary skills.




See? I told you it was simple! It's the perfect dessert to serve for your friends or family, they will love it! What I love about this recipe is its versatility. Don't like Maltesers? (Don't answer that...) add any chocolate of your choice, any! M&M's, Snickers, Magic Stars, Buttons, Minstrels or just plain chocolate! I made a cheesecake last week, and I opted for Toblerone. :)


All I have to say is, thank god I get exercise everyday and usually eat healthy, or else I would have to be rolled out the door! I hope you all have the chance to make this, you won't regret it. ;)

Thank you all for reading,
Stay fab xo
Kim. :)

Monday, 20 January 2014

Body Image, my own thoughts and ramblings.

Hi everyone, I hope you are all doing well. Today, I'll be writing about something different. I've wanted to write about this pretty much since I have started blogging, but it's a broad and intimidating subject to write about that I feel has to be written with honesty, sensitivity, and my own personal experiences. This blog will be on body image.
From a young age, we were all thought the same phrase: ''Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me''. This couldn't be further from the truth. Words will always hurt more than any hit, kick or punch. Scars will fade but words will stay with you. Nasty words and taunts has the same impact as a blow to the face. Someone who doesn't think their comments through and say them on a whim may forget what they say in a day, but it could stay with the person for years. These words define our self of self, and indeed, our own body image.

When I first thought of writing this blog, I hoped I wouldn't have to write about my own personal experiences, I didn't want to take the focus off the bigger picture, but I do want this post to have a personal touch and I feel it is important, to show that I know what I am talking about and that I'm not just shooting in the dark to what someone with body image issues feel like. Throughout my whole life, I have been slagged, bullied, teased, had nasty comments made about my height. I'm 20 years old and I am 4ft 11''. I was always the smallest in a group and not just by a little bit. I have heard every height related name and comment thrown my way. Freak, midget, dwarf, Oompa Loompa, so many other names I could write a list, and the ''How's the weather down there?'' comment got old, fast. I was always made to measure myself against a taller person and it gave everyone a great laugh. I was always the butt of everyone's jokes. In Primary school, I was constantly sent to doctors all over Ireland to find out why I was so small. I was tested for everything possible, and everything came back negative. At the end, it was assumed that because my parents were small themselves, my height was put down to genetics. It got me thinking though, what was so wrong with being the height I was? Was I abnormal? The freak I was told I was? What was wrong with me? Secondary school, in particular was one of the worst experiences in my life because of this. I barely had the stomach to go in there everyday, and when I did, I had nothing but knots in my stomach. This complex I developed at a young age over my height stuck with me all my life, and it's still somewhat there, though it's gotten alot better. It made me wonder if that's all people saw in me when they first met me, as more often than not, the first thing people said to me was a comment on my height. As a teenager, for years my self-esteem was at an all time low. I barley looked at myself in the mirror, went out my way to avoid mirrors, and if I did look at myself in the mirror, I would burst out crying. To myself, I was always two inches tall. I was constantly comparing myself to others. I thought not only was I upset over my height, everything about me was ugly and I started having issues with my weight aswell. When I was around 18, I became so used to comments on my height, they just didn't bother me anymore, and that gave me the chance to pull my self-esteem up. Today, my body image has changed for the better and I am nowhere near as bad as I was. I still have bad days where I am down about myself, they they always pass, everyone has those days though. But I see my size in a better light.

The thing you have to remember I suppose, even though it's really hard to see it sometimes, and maybe hard to believe, is that the people who truly love you, will always look past your insecurities and only see the good things in you. We are our own worst enemy and noone is as harsh on us as we are on ourselves. Hold on to those people who love you, they will always bring out the best in you. Those people will focus on the great things about you, like your humour, your friendliness, your creativity, your cleverness, and how kind and how wonderful you really are. The most beautiful people on the inside and the outside I have ever known were very cruel in the way that they talked about themselves. Talk to those people, they may help you see your insecurities in a different light.
When I had no self esteem, I found some ways that I could feel a bit better abut myself. What do you like the most about yourself? Find ways to accentuate what you love about yourself. Do you like your legs? Wear shorts and skirts whenever you can. Is it your lips? Make them the most dramatic part of your make-up, draw attention to them. Is your favourite feature your hair? Take really good care of it and try out new hairstyles. No matter how much we think we dislike ourselves, there is always something in us that we love. If you want to change aspects of yourself, go for it, just make you're doing it for yourself and noone else. Don't let others put you off from wanting to change parts of yourself. Going to the gym and exercising and adjusting your eating habits if you wanted to lose weight isn't a bad thing and neither is plastic surgery if you really felt like you needed it. If you feel like it would help yourself esteem, I say go for it and don't listen to what anyone else thinks. It's your body, your choice. Let the people around you see that you are more than what's on the outside, let your personality, inner fab, kindness and humour shine through.


Probably the biggest setback to having a healthy view on how we see ourselves is media and magazines. Such trashy magazines like ''Heat'' ''Hello'' and ''OK'' I have always seen bikini clad actresses and models on the front, they put one woman with a little extra weight on her and talk about how bad she looks and focus on every little lump and bump. Yet, right beside that photo, they have another photo of a slimmer woman and ''worry'' about how slim she is and throw around claims of having an eating disorder, like it's no big deal. But guess what? Claiming someone may have an eating disorder is a big deal, and no laughing matter. It should not be thrown around so easily. Those sort of magazines have headlines and articles telling us how how accept ourselves and love ourselves, but flip to the next page, they give us instructions on how to lose 10 pounds. Hypocrisy at its best. They really zoom in and focus on celebrities bodies and the readers of these magazines are usually young and vulnerable and they make us question our bodies from a young age, comparing ourselves to those in these magazines, giving us a skewed view on body image. These magazines are not journalism, they are trash, whose writers wouldn't even be good enough for the Daily Mail, and that's saying alot. They will berate a slimmer person, yet berate someone with weight on them. If someone is perfectly fit, they'll feign worry for how long they spend in the gym and wonder how long they will look like this for. How are we supposed to look? However the hell we want! Do yourself a favour, and throw out those magazines.

Now moving on to diets. They.do.not.work. You will be up and down like a yo-yo. Cutting out food groups from the food pyramid such as carbs, does not work. There's a reason they're in the food pyramid. Our body needs them to function correctly. Depriving our bodies of a certain food, vitamin or mineral, can be highly dangerous for us, and can lead to vitamin and mineral deficiency, anemia, bone problems, and organs not working correctly and they could end up failing on you. (Believe me. I did Nutrition in college as part of my course, I know what I'm talking about). Depriving ourselves of certain foods makes us more likely to binge and gain weight. The only successful weight loss I have ever seen is through exercise healthy eating and not depriving our body of anything, including our favourite junk food! It's all about everything in moderation.
A trend I've seen in the past few years, with the popularity of Tumblr and Twitter, which really pisses me off, is the glamorisation of 'Ana', Anorexia and 'Mia', Bulimia. You know the accounts I mean. The ones with ''Goal weight: ___'' ''Starting weight: ___'' and ''Ultimate weight: ___'', in their bio. Those with similar accounts try and encourage each other to eat less and exercise more. To me this is nothing short of disgusting, and sad. They show these really serious eating disorders in a good and positive light, thinking it is a beautiful thing. The people behind these accounts see these disorders as a lifestyle choice and a thing of beauty. Those who genuinely have either eating disorder will tell you that it's nowhere near as ''glamourous'' as these accounts make it out to be, at all. That it's a serious psychological condition. I condemn these accounts. They are horrible and making light of serious issues.

Another thing this topic makes me wonder about. Why is it that telling someone to put on weight not seen as hurtful and offensive? If it was the other way around, believe me, there would be absolute uproar if someone was told to lose weight. At the end of the day, you're still insulting someone's body. Why has it suddenly become acceptable to hate on those with a slimmer frame? Build and metabolism is outside our control. I am forever seeing photos saying ''Meat is for the man, bones are for the dog.'' No. No. No! Just because someone may have curves, it gives you absolutely no right to insult those who don't. Curves don't make you Marilyn Monroe, either. The last time I checked, to be a woman, all that was required was lady parts. Women are all the same. Mary may be a size 6, and it makes her no less of a woman than Mia, who is a size 16. It's one of the most disgusting phrases I have ever heard. ''Skinny'' can have the same impact on someone who is slim as ''Fat'' might on someone who has weight on them. Choose your words carefully. We are women, regardless of weight, build, appearances, sexuality, race, religion, creed, interests, lifestyle, they way we choose to look, anything. Look at the curvaceous Marilyn Monroe, she is just as beautiful as the slim beauty, Audrey Hepburn. I have so much hate for the phrase ''Real Women''. ''Real women do this, real women do that...''. Every woman is real, and they can do as they please.

To wrap up this post, just let me advise just be careful of what you say to someone. You have no idea how your words may affect others. Think of what you don't like about yourself. Would you like someone saying something like you may say to them, but to you? Try and put yourself in other people's shoes. If you have nothing nice to say, don't say anything at all.

TL;DR? You're fucking fabulous and don't let anyone tell you otherwise.
Well, I was really nervous putting this up, so I all hope you really liked this blog.
Thank you all so much for reading,
Stay fab xo
Kim. :)

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

My picks for best dressed at the Golden Globes 2014.

Hi guys! I hope you are all doing well. :) I am so excited to write this post, I absolutely adore clothes and fashion, but I rarely get to write about it in my blog! So as I am watching the Golden Globes right now, I thought I would take the opportunity write up a post on my own choices for best dressed at the 2014 Golden Globes. I always look forward more to the Red Carpet on E!, where they interview the celebrities and ask them that very famous question ''Who are you wearing?'' Anyway, here are my choices. :)

Jennifer Lawrence

The dress that sparked off dozens on Twitter to cover themselves with a duvet and two belts, and in some cases, their pets. I adore Jennifer Lawrence's dress! She kept it simple with white and I love the two black sashes on the dress, it makes the dress more interesting. The small addition of black makes this gown even more elegant and classic. I like how she kept the jewellery interesting and I love the lip colour too. The Dior gown is a great fit on Jennifer Lawrence, who snapped up a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress for her role of Rosalyn Rosenfeld in American Hustle.

Kate Beckinsale

My absolute favourite dress of the night! Kate Beckinsale wowed everybody on the red carpet by wearing a super flattering, figure hugging Zuhair Marud dress. I love everything about this dress, it shows off Kate's fantastic body, the sweetheart neckline, and the fishtail hemline, which bombarded the 2013 Golden Globes. I love the futuristic feel to this dress, this gown is like liquid on Kate. She paired this dress with a black box clutch, stunning diamond earrings. She had her hair styled into a messy, yet polished side bun, and the make-up featured a smokey eye, a flawless complexion, and a natural lipgloss. Well done Kate! Amazing look!

Camila Alves

Matthew McConaughey took his gorgeous Brazilian model wife, Camila Alves to the Golden Globes (Sure who else would he take if he didn't want to sleep on the couch?) Camila wore this stunning and flattering Dolce and Gabbana black sequined floor length guna. This dress hugs Camila in a the right places and it really accentuates her phenomenal curves. This dress was meant for her. I am a massive fan of the colour black and because it's completely covered in sequins, the lights really hit off it, making it perfect for an awards ceremony. I adore this dress. :)

Cate Blanchett

This dress is perfection! I love the black, the lace, the way that it's not completely opaque, the hemline and the neckline. Cate picked a dress that thought outside the lines and it looks absolutely AMAZING on her. This suits her so well. My favourite thing about this stunning Armani Prive dress is the lace and the transparency. Cate, who walked away with a Golden Globe for Best Actress for a drama in Blue Jasmine, wore this dress with simple diamond earrings, red lipstick and a soft curl up style. The hair and make-up put with this dress, gives a beautiful, old Hollywood feel.

Olivia Wilde

At a first glance, I had no idea Olivia was pregnant. It seems like there was alot of pregnant women on the carpet this year I noticed, haha. Olivia wore a stunning sequin floor length deep green dress by Gucci. I think it's quite similar to Camila Alves Dolce and Gabanna dress. First of all I adore that deep green colour, it goes perfectly with her ombre curled hair. Olivia looks nothing short of beautiful and it's a very flattering dress for her shape. The light hit the sequins perfectly when she was up on stage. The silver clutch is gorgeous, especially with this dress.

Margot Robbie

Dress aside, how stunning is Margot Robbie?! The flawless, natural make-up and the simple up do is beautiful. The natural look really goes well with this very pale pastel pink (I thought it was white at first). The plunging, floor length, high slit Gucci dress. If you look closely, you'll see a pair of deep green peep toe heels, which added a unique edge to a natural and polished look. Margot looks fantastic! 

Kelly Osbourne


As much as I loved Kelly O's gorgeous Escada gown, the dress is not the reason that I picked her as one of my best dressed. The hair, the make-up, the nails and the rings is why I loved her on the red carpet! I think it all brings the outfit together. Her hair is styled into a really nice slicked back wet look style. Her make-up was done by MAC, giving her flawless skin and a tidy thick eyeliner. The nails are black and gold to match the dress. The rings, she has one on almost every finger. I love this look altogether. It's edgy and fun and that definitely stood out to me!

I really loved and enjoyed writing this post! Hopefully I'll get to write more like this in the future.
Who were your Golden Globes best dressed? 
Thank you for reading,
Stay fab xo
Kim. :)

Sunday, 12 January 2014

Review - Lush's Grease Lightning and Mask of Magnaminty

Hi guys! I hope you're all having a good weekend. :) On Monday, myself, my mam and sister went up to Dublin for a spot of well deserved retail therapy, and I bought quite a bit. As usual, I went to Lush, and I bought 2 products there I heard very positive things about, and it seemed like my skin needed them! So I bought Mask of Magnaminty and Grease Lightning! My skin type is normal to combination. I don't get too many spots (thank god) but when I do, do they stick around and take 2-3 weeks to leave! In the end, I get frustrated and try to get rid of it, leaving some scarring. When I explained this to one of the Lush workers, he recommended Grease Lightning, a spot treatment. I looked up Mask of Magnaminty myself, and it seemed like the best kind for my skin. 

Mask of Magnaminty
A face mask packed with some fantastic and soothing ingredients. Peppermint oil to stimulate blood flow and gets dirt and debris out of your pores. Crushed up aduki beans to exfoliate, vanilla to calm redness, honey to soothe and primrose oil for healing dry skin. Mask of Magnaminty claims to fight eruptions and breakouts, leaving skin in tip top condition. I think this mask is absolutely amazing! The best mask I've tried from Lush. I have noticed it made my skin look alot calmer, fresher and it really woke it up. It calmed any redness I had, and it made me feel alot more awake in the morning time. It also left it soft and radiant, not only for an hour or two afterwards, but a day or two after. It's hydrating and made my skin alot healthier looking. The aduki beans gave it a coarse texture, but not rough. It's a green colour, it's very easy to glide on the skin. When it goes on, your skin with feel very cold, and very, very tingly. The smell is gorgeous, very fresh and minty. It might not everyone's cup of tea, but I love that feeling, it feels like the mask is really getting in there and doing something. At €12.75 for 315g, it's absolutely worth it! As it has an expiry date of four months, I would watch out for that. I use this three or four times a week. 10/10.




Grease Lightning
A powerful vegan spot treatment. Full of natural ingredients that won't irritate your skin. Aloe Vera to soothe and moisturise, seaweed, thyme, rosemary and tea tree herbs work as an antiseptic, grape juice to cool and calm the skin, and witch hazel helps broken blood vessels shrink and contract. Grease Lightning claims to get rid of blemishes and spots before they pop up and stop spots in their tracks. For ages now, I have been looking out for a decent, affordable spot treatment, and I finally found it! I pop this on every morning at night as part of my cleansing routine. When one for those spots that stay around for 2-3 weeks popped up, I applied some of this on, and I noticed the redness had disappeared and the size had halved overnight! I kept putting it on, and in about four days, the spot is almost gone, delighted! You won't notice an instant result, but over a few days, it will be gone if you get the same stubborn spots as I do, you will be very happy! The treatment doesn't interfere with the skin around it either, a bonus. Something I really like about this treatment is that it's clear and it's not noticeable at all. The texture is quite jelly like and gloopy, which can be slightly awkward to apply sometimes. The smell is antiseptic and the strongest smell in it would be the aloe vera and the tea tree oil, which I love. Grease Lightning comes in a pump bottle, which to be honest, I am not a huge fan of at all. You can't just pump out a little bit at a time, it comes out in one spurt, which is more than I need. I don't quite remember the price of this, but it costs roughly around €8 something, which is so well worth it for what is does and for 45g. Because there is mostly fresh ingredients in this, it has an expiry date of one year, which isn't too bad at all. I love this and I would definitely buy it again! 9/10.  




I hope you all liked my Lush reviews, and I realise I have yet to get a decent camera for my blog photos, I have to shop around for one in my budget. :)
Thank you all for reading,
Stay fab xo
Kim. :)

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

The Best Of 2013.

Hi guys! I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas and a great New Year! I know this blog is late, but I really wanted to write my best of 2013 up, and I've been away from blogging for longer than I intended. I wanted to be back last week. I won't lie, that's laziness on my part. However, I am very happy to be back on the blogging scene! Without further ado, here is my best of 2013. :)

Favourite movies of 2013: 
Thor: The Dark World - A fantastic sequel to the first movie, which was brilliant! The movie opens showing the Dark Elves trying to bring the universe into darkness by using a weapon called the Aether. Warriors from Asgard attempt to destroy the Aether, but as it can't be destroyed, it's kept hidden. In the present, Jane Foster discovers a portal between the nine realms, and is sucked into it. She is reunited with Thor and finds out that the Aether has entered her and they keep her safe in Asgard. The Dark Elf Malekith, seeks out the Aether. Thor must enlist the help of his adoptive brother, Loki, after being punished for his war crimes on Earth (The Avengers). However, can Loki be trusted? For me, this was the best movie of the year! Very interesting, fantastic production values and the end will play on your mind! It's the perfect set up for a next movie! Not so patiently waiting for that! 10/10.

The Great Gatsby: The movie adaptation from F.Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, sticks to the book perfectly. Set in the Jazz Age in the Roaring 20's. Nick Carraway finds himself caught up in the rich and decadent life of the mysterious and wealthy Jay Gatsby. However it's Jay who needs Nick's help when he wants to rekindle his romance with Nick's married socialite cousin, the beautiful Daisy Buchanan. A movie truly laced with glitz and glamour, with a fantastic soundtrack with the likes of Jack Black, Lana Del Ray and Florence and The Machine, and Leo Di Caprio as leading Jay Gatsby, it's a fantastic and well done movie! 

Most listened to music of 2013:
Rammstein: I got into this band on Christmas day last year! A German industrial metal band known for their pyrotechnic performances and theatre dramatics, this band is right up my street! My most listened to songs by Rammstein would be: Sonne, Mein Land, Feuer Frei and Du Hast. 

Oasis: A very nostalgic band for me, I grew up with this band. In fact, I had two fish named Liam and Noel Gallagher! Around February, I got back really into this band. They bring back fantastic memories and make me feel happy. My most listened to songs by Oasis would be: Supersonic, Roll With It, Live Forever, She's Electric and Champagne Supernova. 

Greenday: Another band I grew up with, they bring back childhood memories, but I have been listening to them even more this year than any year beforehand. They were the first rock, or whatever genre you think they should be in, that I got into, and they paved the way for me discovering heavier music. The songs I would play alot by Greenday would be Basketcase, St.Jimmy, Jesus of Suburbia, Holiday, Good Riddance and Wake Me Up When September Ends. 

Avenged Sevenfold's Hail To The King album: The sixth studio album by Avenged Sevenfold, it gets my vote for album of the year, A7x truly blew me away with this album! It's heavy, catchy and... everything I could possibly want in an album. I saw A7x live in December, and they did not disappoint! They played alot off the Hail To The King album, they were truly brilliant! My favourite songs off the album have to be: Crimson Day, Shepard of Fire and This Means War. 
  

Do I Wanna Know? - Arctic Monkeys- Admittedly not an Arctic Monkeys fan, I love this song so much, and I have played it at least once a day since October, and it's on my 25 most played on iTunes.


Spaceman- You know when someone says ''This is my song''? This is mine. I don't know how it got to be my number one most played on iTunes out of 850 songs, but it has. It's very catchy and reminds me of the Summer just gone by. 

The Best t.v of 2013: I'm a big t.v fan, so I'll try and keep it short. :)

My Mad Fat Diary: Set in the 90's (I was hooked just on that point). The show follows Rae Earl, a funny, music loving 16 stone, sixteen year old girl. After reconnecting with her old best friend Chloe, she makes friends with Chloe's gang. She tries to hide the fact that she has body and mental issues and spent the past four months in a psychiatric hospital. 

Awkward. - In the first episode, the central character, Jenna Hamilton, a seemingly invisible girl, receives a ''carefrontation'' letter, telling her that noone would miss her if she was gone. But who wrote the letter? After having an accident, it looks like she tried to commit suicide and gains a social stigma, and becomes well known to her peers, and through her own personal blog. 

Game of Thrones- This show is my ultimate obsession of the year! I'm not joking when I say obsessed. It took over my Summer. The characters are so intricate and complex, it's very easy to get hooked on this show. Set in the fictional continent on Westeros, it follows seven noble houses in a civil war for the Iron Throne. Where Winter is severe and can last a decade, mythical creatures from the North, an exiled price vowing to do whatever it takes to claim his rightful throne. Game of Thrones explores: corruption, social standing, loyalty, religion, war, sexuality and crime and punishment, power and influence. Definitely give Game of Thrones a try, you will be hooked from the very start!  

Two Broke Girls- Set in the Williamsburg area of Brooklyn, New York, Two Broke Girls follows an unlikely friendship between funny, street smart baker, Max Black, and disgraced, business minded rich girl, Caroline Channing, who work in a diner and decide to put their skills together and open up their own cupcake shop. As an avid baker, this show is right up my street. It's both hilarious and heartwarming and has a hilarious supporting cast too. 

My favourite products of 2013: 
To avoid this post becoming long winded, I will post the links of my favourite products below, as I already have a detailed blog post written up on the products, and if you want, you can read my opinions on them there. :)


Ocean Salt- 

Kate Moss Lipstick Range- 

Bourjois Cream Blush- 

Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser with Shea Butter- 

The POREfessional- 

Well, I hope you all like my first blog of 2014 and I hope it wan't (too) long winded I will be back at the weekend with another blog, to make up for lost time *guilty*
Thank you all so much for reading,
Stay fab xo
Kim. :)