Monday, 16 November 2015

Christmas-Themed Nail Polish Collection


Christmas growing nearer is a great excuse to get creative with bright and glittery nail varnishes! I've rooted through my collection, and selected a group of nail vanishes which colours go with the Christmas-y theme. Hopefully they'll give you a few ideas - I'm sure most of your everyday nail polishes will definitely hit the Christmas criteria! I'll insert some photos below of the ones I've selected.

The first is this coral/pink polish by LA Colors. Even though this could be classed as a summer polish, it's definitely okay for all year round. I think it would pass perfectly as a Father-Christmas-red - it's not too harsh and bright, a bit more subtle and light. Sprinkle some glitter over the top (or use a polish like the one below) to inject some sparkle and add to the festivity.

I think that this Rimmel polish might have actually been my very first nail varnish - or it might have been one of the Claire's varnishes (which I'll come to next!). Either way, I've had this one for a very long time and I love it. The glitter, mixed with the clear polish, comes in different sizes, so that there's big bits of glitter mixed with tiny specs. It looks really special on your nails, but isn't too eye catching - it just looks pretty when it catches the light. I like the way that you can build up the layers, depending on how sparkly you'd like your nails to look.
Like I said above, this nail varnish was one of the, if not the, first nail varnishes that I owned. I love this one because it's a pale purple, but it's glittery which adds a shimmer. With this polish, it's a good idea to add a pale base coat - it gets a bit tricky to remove without one. I thought that this would qualify as Christmas-y mainly because of the glitter - but it also kind of reminds me of frost, the shimmer and colour... but that's probably just me! I got this from Claire's/Claire's Accessories.

(sorry about the picture quality)
This one here is actually one of my favourite nail polishes - it's probably my go-to nail varnish, if I want to quickly add some colour. I like it so much because I love the brush on it - it always looks really smooth on your nails and the nail varnish dries super quick. Like the first, this would look lovely with a sparkly top coat, some glitter or a sharpie pen design.
Next, is probably the most Christmas-y of them all. It came in a set, which I actually as a Christmas present last year. You don't need a coat under this nail varnish - the gold is so thick that you can't see through it. It looks really special on your nails. I think that it would look perfect with this on one nail of each hand, with the rest in a red nail varnish, like the LA Colors one at the top.
Don't forget - Sharpie Pens will be your best friend when your painting your nails. So long as you have a coat of nail varnish on, you can draw on your nails with the pens. I talked about this in Nail Art & Drawing Hair (one of my first ever posts!!). You could do some amazing designs - snowmen and Santa Claus would look great.


What are your favourite nail varnishes?
Do you like to experiment with nail art?

Thursday, 12 November 2015

Bunny Home Tour



I realized I haven't introduced my rabbit here! This is Benji, a very cute, one year old, mini lop rabbit. I got him as an early Christmas present last year. He started off as an indoor bunny - but, early this year, he ventured into the outside world! He lives in a sturdy hutch, with a big run attached for him to stretch his legs in the day-time. He has had an adventure before when he managed to escape... Luckily, we managed to catch him - but I think he had fun (whilst we chased him round the garden!) hiding behind sheds, and running across the lawn. As time's gone by, I think he's collected quite a collection of toys and activities in his hutch - so I thought I would show you around!

A Warm Welcome
Ft. Upside down plant pot - great fun, in Benji's eyes, to climb on.
 When you pay him a visit, Benji usually is very excited to see you and runs up in greeting. He will stand on his hind legs and place his paws on the bars - making him look unbelievably cute. I usually give him a stroke, rubbing his nose, before getting inside.

The Hutch

I pull back the netting and climb into the run with him. He usually bounds up to you, wanting to play. Sometimes, I'm in there to clean his hutch. It's very thick and sturdy - warm and protected for the winter. Benji has a litter tray - this definitely has to be cleaned everyday!! I also clean his bed, which is full of hay (he actually doesn't use it to sleep, though; he prefers to sleep in front of the wire mesh door - not such a good idea when it's wet and cold outside!) and he has a separate section with newspaper (which he has fun tearing up!), food and water.


Playtime & Cuddles

Benji likes to have his ears, neck and nose rubbed best!

- Tunnels


Benji absolutely loves his tunnels. He has two: one short, which has a bell, the other long, with different holes along the sides for him to dart in and out of.


- Shelters


He has two shelters - one plastic, one wicker. He's had a couple before, and usually doesn't use (or destroys!) them. These, however, (especially the wicker one) he loves. The plastic one is just a bendy, plastic container - the wicker, a wicker basket - both with a door shaped entrance cut into them. They're good because he can play with them both, and take shelter from the rain. (Just be careful with the plastic - watch that your bunny doesn't chew it.)

Food Games & Treats

Before, Benji has had treats from pet shops which he's really enjoyed. He also love to have a leafy branch cut off from our apple tree - he likes to eat the leaves and rip the bark off the branch. Alongside the treats, he loves his Harrington's rabbit pellets and likes fresh vegetables and nibbling hay.

Neighbors

In a hutch next door, lives my lovely guinea pig, Rose. She and Benji have met - they both played together in Benji's run. Benji loved her company, but he was a bit too lively for Rose, who is an old piggie. Rose is elderly now, and her lovely sister Lola passed away a few months ago. Rose is a very friendly and chatty guinea pig, who likes to squeak while I pick her lots of grass and dandelion leaves. Benji has also encountered each of our three cats - it's funny, because they're all a bit scared of him! 

Have you got any pets?
Please comment below, because I'd love to hear about them. 



Sunday, 8 November 2015

Got any plans for tomorrow?

Hi everyone,

Today, I'm going to do a 'day in the life' sort of post. I thought that I would talk you through my typical school/week day. So - picture this: in the morning, my alarm will ring, and I get up. The first thing that I will do, is go out to check on my pets, and then make some breakfast.

Once I've eaten, I get washed, dressed and log into the computer. Because I'm home-schooled, I learn at an online school. My lessons usually last a couple of hours -  so afterwards, I either take a break, or work through any homework.
I then make some lunch, and, by this point, it's usually between twelve and one o'clock. In the afternoon, I usually go for a walk.There's a short-cut near me, across a field, which brings you out by some shops, so it's useful to cut through there.

I usually have afternoons free from lessons, and have time to do...

- art and crafts (I recently got this colouring book, which is fun to do and packed with stunning illustrations).

 - YouTube videos. I recently discovered Carrie Hope Fletcher - her singing is incredible.

Colouring book/ft. headphones

- Messaging/seeing friends.

 -Dance.

- Blogging!

Late afternoon, I clean out my rabbit and guinea pig, eat tea, watch the soaps, and have a bath, usually using The Comforter bubble bar!

So, that's my day done. Because people reading live in different parts of the world, and will be doing different things each day depending on where they live, I thought that it would be interesting to ask you all...

Got any plans for tomorrow?
Please tell us about your typical day in the comments. 

Thank you so much for reading,
From Beth :) x 









Friday, 6 November 2015

Stars & Sparklers

Hi everyone!

I hope you all had a good Bonfire Night.

(skip forward for sparkler photography :) )

Bonfire, Guy Fawkes, or Fireworks Night, is a celebration we have here each year (on November the fifth.)

   Remember, remember!
    The fifth of November,
    The Gunpowder treason and plot;
    I see no reason
    Why the Gunpowder treason
    Should ever be forgot!


The tale is that a group of men plotted to kill the king. Their plan was that they bought the house beside the Parliament building, which had a cellar positioned right underneath it. They planned to leave gunpowder in that cellar to blow up - destroying Parliament, and the King. The soldiers found Guy Fawkes in the cellar, and he was taken to The Tower of London. The King decided that each year, on November the Fith, we would celebrate his survival.

We have bonfires and fireworks across the UK each year to celebrate.
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Sparkler Photos...

 This year, we had sparklers. They are really fun to do, and look so special as they burn in the dark. I've seen lots of people taking stunning sparkler photos - and including instructions of how to do so. Mostly, they seemed to use cameras, and adjust the settings to different shutter speeds. I hoped that there might be an easier way to take them - and with a phone camera. And there was!

- Download an app.

The only issue with phone cameras seem to be the shutter speed. You want to be able to adjust this so that you can capture the shapes that your sparklers make. I downloaded a really good one called Long Exposure Camera 2, but I'm sure there will be lots of similar ones. I liked this one because it's really simple to use, and it's free on Google Play.

- Adjust the settings.

Once you've got your app, change the exposure time. For names, I used about fifteen seconds, but you might want a bit of a shorter time for smaller shapes. On my app, you can just tap the screen if you finish early. Also, make sure that you are on LightTrace.

- Take your picture.

You could prop your phone up or use a stand, but I actually just held mine, or asked people to hold it for me. Just press the button as soon as your sparkler is lit and you are ready to draw a shape.



And don't worry about writing backwards - you can flip your photos at the end!

I hope that you had an great Bonfire Night - and that, if you had a go, you had fun capturing a picture!

Please comment with any of your ideas of snapping a sparkler picture!

Thank you so much for reading,
From Beth :) x





Monday, 2 November 2015

Review | Girl Online on Tour

Hi everyone,

Before I start, I'd just like to say, to avoid any confusion, that I've changed my blog name from Beth's Blog to Beth May. 

Today, I wanted to talk about Girl Online on Tour by Zoe Sugg, aka Zoella. Zoe is famous from her blog and hugely successful YouTube channel, both named Zoella. I read (and loved!) the first Girl Online book and so was desperate to get my hands on the sequal. As soon as I got the book, I started reading and had finished in less than two days. I think that the thing that drew me into both of the books was the way that Penny, the protagonist, was so relatable. I was completely hooked within the story!

Picture credits to girlonlinebooks.com

My favourite Girl Online on Tour quote:
'Turn that internal compass of yours upside down and backwards and in circles so it doesn't know which way is up.'

One of the things that appealed immediately to me about the book, was the cover. It's stunning: a bright purple background, filled with pictures - hinting at the plot. I love the way that they are like Instagram pictures, and how the tickets and backstage passes suggest themes in the story. I love the lights that border the cover. For me, they look like movie star lights, making me think of fame and stars.

I'm going to try and describe the beginning of the plot to you - attempting to avoid giving away and spoilers! The story starts with a blog post from Penny, aka Girl Online. She signs off from her post with 'Girl Offline... Never Going Online xxx' which definately made me want to read on. After an exam, Penny heads off to see Noah - he's supporting the Sketch in Brighton, and then Penny is going to join him as he goes on tour. There is a bit of a disaster when Penny watches him perform. She drops her phone in wild audience, getting swallowed up in the crowd as she searches. She has a panic attack, and is shocked as to who comes to her rescue... She goes on tour with Noah, but faces a few issues along the way. With threatening fan mail, struggling to get along with Noah's band members, loosing patience with Noah, and missing her blog, family and Elliot, life on tour really doesn't seem to be working out. How is Penny going to manage?

I absolutely loved it. The more pages that I turned, the better the story became. It was stuffed full with twists and turns - I can honestly say that I found it very unpredictable. I was gasping at every chapter, wanting to know what would happen next.

If you're considering getting this book, I would definitely recommend that you go for it. If you enjoyed the first, you're going to LOVE the sequel.

Please let me know in the comments what you thought of this book, and which books you would recommend.

Thank you so much for reading,
From Beth :) x
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