Sunday, 3 April 2016

Love Tanya - Book Review





Before recieving 'Love Tanya' for Tanya Burr as a gift for Christmas I had never really ventured into reading non-fiction or lifestyle books. However, after reading this I am completely converted to this genre of reading. A book that covers life, health, food and a book that also gives advise without being patronising is something I thought would be a hard find but it definitely hasn't been the case with 'Love Tanya'. You can tell how much effort Tanya has put into the production of the book and every fine detail has been perfected, from the cover, fonts and the pictures inside. One thing I have to say is that even if you are not an avid reader of Tanya's blog or a viewer of her YouTube channel, the book still has the friendly, bubbly bursts of Tanya's personality engraved throughout. My favourite section of the books was the abundance of recipes created by Tanya as they all seem like so much fun to make. I am also a massive fan of the photography as it is clean cut, full of God lighting and overall it is aesthetically pleasing to see. 

I would without a doubt recommend this book to a people of all ages and I hope you enjoyed this little review as I really enjoy writing them.  

Sunday, 10 January 2016

What i got for Christmas 2015

Hey guys!

I always see a lot of these floting around at this time of year and the last time i did one was over 2 years ago. I thought i would do the What i got for christmas post as these are some of my favourite types of posts to read as well as watch. Obviously i am not posting this to show off or anything like that i just thi=ought that some of you might be interested in what i got for christmas.

       *Soap & Glory travel miniatures set

                                                            *Sex and the city perfume

                                                         *candles

                                                           *Mac cremesheen lipstick in Hue.

                                                                     *Minnie Mouse hair turban towel.
                                                                      *Primark socks
                                                                    *Sephora shower gel, perfume, mask.
                                                                       *Heart  bath fizzers.
                                                                      *White Grace perfume set.
                                                             *Jack Wills trio of body sprays.
                                                                 *Topshop birthstone necklace.
                                                        *Primark Pyjamas.
                                               *Millie Marotta Tropical Wonderland colouring book.
                                                               *John Lewis earmuff headphones.
                                                    *Zoella Beauty diffuser.





Lots of pictures i know! I am so thankful for all of these gifts so thankyou to my friends and family for buying them for me! i hope you enjoyed this post and make sure you let me know what you got for xmas!

Lots of love...

El | Makeup and Other Junk

Saturday, 9 January 2016

The Single Girls to do list by Lindsey Kelk

I read this book a while ago now but i thought that it was never too late too tell you all about it! I adore the I heart series by Lindsey Kelk so i kind of already knew that i was bound to fall in love with this novel too.

Rachel Summers loves a to-do list:
• Boyfriend
• Flat
• Great job
NOT on the list:
• Being dumped
Best friends Emelie and Matthew ride to her rescue with an entirely new kind of list – The Single Girl’s To-Do List. Rachel doesn’t know it, but it will take her on all kinds of wild adventures – and get her in some romantic pickles too. And then it won't be a case of what but who she decides to tick off…
• Mr. bendy yoga instructor
• Mr. teenage sweetheart
• Mr. persistent ex
• Mr. deeply unsuitable
The Single Girl’s To-Do List gives Rachel the perfect heartbreak cure – and proves love is out there if you’re willing to take a chance.

i really loved this book and it was such a rollercoaster it made me laugh it made me cry so if you love books like this then be sure to give it a read!

Leibster Award #2


Yay!

What an amazing start to 2016! Happy new year! Some have you may have seen  that the lovely Kate from The Adventures of Kate nominated me for a Leibster award which I am so pleased about. For the last year or so I've felt a bit insecure about my blog and feel that it could be a lot better so I am so thankful for Kate for noticing my blog and then liking it!! Anyway on to the actual post:


Leibster awards are great as they recognise blogs who maybe don't have the following they deserve so here are the rules:


1. thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog.
2. Display the award on your blog!
3. Answer 11 questions about yourself, which will be provided to you by the person who nominated you.
4. Provide 11 random facts about yourself.
5. Nominate 5 – 11 blogs that you feel deserve the award, who have less than 1000 followers.
6. Create a new list of 11 questions for the blogger to answer.
7. List these rules in your post (You can copy and paste from here.) Once you have written and published it, you then have to:
8. Inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster award and provide a link for them to your post so that they can learn about it (they might not have ever heard of it!)

Random 11 facts:
1. I am obsessed with garlic! Garlic bread is the best thing ever! But always have a tic tac after!
2. I cried when I saw Taylor Swift at the 1989 World Tour during Shake it Off because I was so sad that it was ending as Taylor is one of my favourite people in the world and I felt so lucky to finally be at one of her concerts after so many years of admiring her.
3. This year I am seeing Tori Kelly, Mariah Carey, Ellie Goulding and Little Mix.
4. I turn 18 in June this year.
5. My friends are my rock.
6. My go to Starbucks drink is a White Chockate mocha frappicino in summer and a gingerbread latte in winter.
7. I have two dogs called Reggie and Ronnie.
8. I would love to live in London one day.
9. I am obsessed with Corries (dizzybrunette3) videos and her blog.
10. I think I'm the only person who hasn't seen every episode of friends but I do love it!
11. I love travelling and would love to go to Nashville someday as I love country music. 

And now onto the questions that Kate has asked!

My 11 Questions

1. What made you decide to start blogging?
In August 2012 I started watching Tanya Burrs YouTube videos after coming across them on YouTube and I instantly became obsessed and then in July 2013 I finally decided to make my own blog so that I could be involved with this amazing community. I loved how inspiring I found it watching videos and reading posts and I finall felt like I belonged somewhere and found a hobbie I really didn't want to give up!
2. If you could visit one place anywhere in the world, where would it be?
At the minute I would love to go to New York as I love how it looks at this time of year even though it's absolutely freezing.

3. Go-To beauty staple?
Probably concealer and mascara as I really can't live without them. I really feel like my face looks so much better when I've put mascara on.
4. Where are you from?
I am from a little village about 30 minutes outside of Manchester. 
5. Favourite animal?
Definitely either a dog but if it's a wild animal then I love tortoises!
6. What did you want to be as a child when you grew up?
I think I probably wanted to be a pop star! I was obsessed with S club 7 and the X factor and I loved pretending I was on the show!
7. If you were a cocktail, what would you be?
I would have to be a Mojito because it's very sweet but has a little bit of mint!
8. If you could tick something off your bucket list today, what would you choose?
Learn to play a musical instrument.
9. What would your last meal be?
Oooh, I think I would probably have either lasagne or a roast dinner!
10. If you were stuck on a desert island what would you take?
I would take my phone, camera and clean clothes.
11. Which blogger started you on your journey?
Definitely Tanya Burr!

Ok so the blogs I would like to nominate are:
 
And the questions I have for you are:
1. Who are you favourite bloggers?
2. Who was the last person you saw in concert? Or if you haven't ever been to one who would you like to see? 
3. Do you have any pets?
4. What's your favourite part of blogging?
5. What is the best advice you've been given about your blog?
6. Favourite song?
7. Favourite film?
8. Favourite quote?
9. Tumblr or Instagram?
10. If someone got to play the part of you in a film about your life who would play you?
11. If you could have a dinner party or meal with five famous people dead or alive who would it be? 

Please let me know when you've answered the question I can't wait to see your answers!
Thankyou for reading and thankyou for Kate for my nomination!
Love El | Makeup and other junk


Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Life update

Hi everyone,

I think it's fair to say that my last blog post definitely wasn't the most upbeat but today I am feeling a lot more optimistic and better about what is happening in my life at the minute.

So, last Monday I finally sent of my university applications! I decided to an Englisb and Media combined joint honours course and I've applied for; Lancaster university, Bangor University, Nottingham Trent university, Brighton university and Lincoln university. The worst part was definitely waiting for the replies to come back telling me whether I was being offered a place or not. It was getting towards the end of the week and I still hadn't heard anything from any of them and then I got  flute offers in a day! Which is really crazy and not something I was expecting! Haha but I've not got offers from all the universities I applied to which I am so happy about. But I now have to decide my top two choices and I am definitely choosing Lancaster as my first choice and I need to get AAB in my exams to go there which is a lot of work but I am determined to do it! 

In other news I've now finished for the Christmas holidays and I've had a few nights out with friends to celebrate and I am so ready to have a few weeks off college so I can concentrate on my blog for a bit so hopefully there will be some new posts soon! 

Thanks am for reading 
Love Ellie | Makeup and other junk 

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Choosing a uni...

Dear UCAS,

As some of you may know next year I will leave school and I am hopefully heading for university. But, what scares me the most is that I have no clue what I will be doing yet and I have less than a few days to decide. My sixth forms deadline for UCAS was last Friday and I am not usually one for missing deadlines but to me it didn't feel right to sign off my future just because I had to. I am only 17 years old, how am I supposed to know what I want to be doing with the rest of my life. Physically, I am seventeen but emotionally and mentally I still feel like I should be running around a playground playing hopscotch without a care in the world. Life was so much simpler when I was younger. I have so many questions regarding which uni I should choose that in reality only I can answer. At the minute the worst thing for me is seeing all my friends send off their applications and already getting back offers, when I am still on my sixth draft of my personal statement. But, this is really bugging me, along with a few other things I wont go into on here, but I am always known as the happy one in my group at college who never gets pissed off or upset but lately I have been anything but. How am I meant to know how far I want to go away from home when I have never been away for more than a few days, let alone three years. How am I supposed to know what courses I want to do when I now can't stand the subject I thought I wanted to do. I guess what I am saying is that I just don't know anymore. I don't know what to do. Sometimes I think I am just going to go to uni because I have nothing else to do if I don't go, yet I felt the exact same way about going to sixth form. But, sixth form has probably been the best thing that's ever happened to me. I've made the best friends that I have ever had and I don't want to leave. It's been the best two years of my life but I guess I am just not ready for it to be over. So, I am sure that I will be fine and whatever choice I make will be for the best and we'll see what happens from there.

Friday, 17 July 2015

Buying Books

It has to be said that I am such a bookworm and buying new books is so exciting as for me it's another world to escape into and find out about. My mum has always encouraged me to read as hashes a big reader herself so all my life I've consistently been taken to libraries and charity shops to buy books. So as this is a part of me that I've only ever shown briefly on my blog before I thought  I would show you some books I've bought recently.i
I've always loved the 'Hunger Games' series ever since I saw the first film and I'm annoyed that I didn't read the books first. So my mum bought me the first one and I enjoyed it so much I had to buy the next two. The books are so well written and in my opinion a lot better than the films.



I bought this in WHsmiths as it was on offer and I've always been intrigued by the plot of this book and I've not seen the film. I'm not sure yet if I will enjoy as some of my friends weren't too keen.
Fan girl is a book that looks so good so of course I had to buy it. I have starts this book but so far I just can't get into it but I'm really hopeful that it will get better soon.


I hope this post was ok. I feel a bit rusty as I've not written in so long - sorry!
But as always thank you so much for reading and comment if you have any book recommendations for me.
Lots of love 
Ellie x