Monday, 29 August 2016

Vegan Cream Tea - Wool


Having a car to practice driving in means I can actually travel! It's so confusing being places that aren't my bed or work! Recently, we drove over to Wool as I'd seen on a local vegan Facebook group that there is a tea room that does vegan cream teas, and the man knew where the it was!


The cafe in question is Ruby's and it's on the left, just before the train crossing when you come into Wool from the Wareham side. Upon arrival the staff were friendly and warm, and I was pleasantly surprised by all the vegan cakes and doughnuts lined up on the counter - I wanted to eat everything!! The place itself is quite small but people were there enjoying what looked like afternoon tea (I didn't want to study their tables too much because I didn't want to freak them out - "Oh hey. I'm just going to stand here and watch you eat your food." Yeah, that's not weird at all...) and there is tables outside in the garden which is lovely. 



We ordered my vegan cream tea and plopped ourselves down on a bench outside. In no time at all my tea arrived. I panicked a little when I realised no sugar had come with it, but it turns out the tea was so nice it didn't need any - definitely not my usual cheapo bargain tea! I believe it was Dorset Tea. They have quite the range of local and loose leaf tea which I'd like to explore one day. I got super excited about my cool cup and saucer. Felt well posh!



After some tea slurping and watching the chef running to and fro (why does he run everywhere? It's so funny!) my scone arrived! Huzzah! It was a good size and of course, came with cream and jam. The cream was not vegan clotted cream but like buttercream icing... so, so lush! The jam was raspberry and super scrummy. The preserves at Ruby's are local and seasonal - these things make me happy! I'm not sure what the "butter" was but it was good too, melted gorgeously on the warm scone. I opted for one half Cornwall method and one half Devon - Cornwall totally works better!

The cream tea was lovely. I get why so many people come to the pub for them, now - it's because cream teas are tasty, not because people are bastards. It was so filling that I struggled to finish it and couldn't fathom buying anymore baked goods. I will definitely be visiting Ruby's again for some cake and hot chocolate complete with vegan squirty cream and marshmallows!

I hope to be trying out more vegan cream teas while practicing driving! Do you have any recommendations?



Friday, 5 August 2016

2016 Resolutions Update - August | aka I HAVE A CAR

Hey, everyone!

Meet Dru:


Well done if you've found your way here considering I've had no energy for promotion lately! Let's look at those resolutions now we're halfway though the year shall we?


Spend Less Money

Sort of! I had a bit of a spring/summer shop with my step-mum while on the hunt for perfumes, got a few cheap bits of make-up.... oh, and had a couple of complete and utter benders.... but mostly I am being much more sensible with my money. Late night, high on fatigue ebay sessions may have happened but only twice or something - much less regularly than before.

Turns out if you let your boyfriend buy you a car that you agree to pay him back for, you don't have any money to waste!


Use Things Up

Yes! I've also decided to throw away things I can't rehome. Getting through my facial exfoliating scrubs before buying an acid toner is making me damn impatient!


Lose Weight

Oh, when I feel well enough I lose weight - when I don't, I pile it back on. I've been hovering around 14st 5lbs for a while. If MyFitnessPal could sync with S Health this would  probably be easier!


Bring The Joy

I highly doubt I've been doing this as much as I was during the first part of the year. Things keep happening to make me more ill, which makes me super down, mopey and whiny. I know some of this has leaked onto Twitter, but not as much as before! So that's some progress, yay!


Waste Less Time

Oh yes!! Learning to drive, trying to fit in studying and blogging and drawing and zine writing while working is leaving me with hardly any time to procrastinate. Yay!

Start A Journal

Obviously, I started a journal so this one is done. I have also been inspired by all this bullet journal buzz to do a Lisa style knock-off bullet journal. This includes weekly goals that get a stamp if I achieve them. I'm hoping it'll help me get stuff done and feel happier by helping me do things I love. I may write about this in more detail if I have time.


~ The Other Stuff ~


Health

For a short while my thyroxine levels were okay and I felt great! Well, great for someone with chronic fatigue at least. However, over the past couple of months my fatigue has got extra bad and symptoms from when my thyroid first fucked up have returned. It makes sense for this to be caused by my hypothyroidism getting worse, but it's been two weeks since I had my bloods done with no phone call from the doctor. I'm a little concerned. Definitely need to get on the surgery for a follow up appointment with my GP. I just want to get better, not worse!


Dog School

GoFundMe target reached! Next two years paid for! Reading? Getting there! I'm so excited that everything is sorted and all I need to do now is read books and find transport to my lessons! The book I'm currently reading begins with the evolution of dogs which is so, so boring to me. I can't focus for more than 20 minutes at a push so it's taking me forever to read, but hey - I'm on the right track! Woo!


Driving

Lessons are going slow but well, and I now have a car to practice in!! Would you like a post on my car? Is that interesting? He's green!! I booked my theory test last night so I better start trying to fit in using my brain more each week now. Driving is fun and terrifying all at once! Dru is fabulous. Thanks to him I might actually pass my test one day!


So that's basically what's been going on :) Let me know in the comments below if you want a detailed post on my journal set-up or my awesome green car! Hope you're having a great day.










Thursday, 28 July 2016

Pretty Everyday Summer Make-Up

I've been wearing this pretty, nude-esque look to work a lot lately. It's super quick and easy to slap on and looks lovely, if I must say so myself. It feels really light too which is great for hot, sticky, sweat days!


For my base I use Arbonne's CC Cream as it's a multitasker (full review here) and really easy. It's much easier and quicker for me to apply a bit of this than colour corrector and foundation.

I move onto my eyes next, with a base of Barbara Daly eye primer in Vanilla - the e.l.f eyeshadow primer is the best, but this is very nearly as good. For eyeshadow I use the gold in the Makeup Revolution Iconic palette. This is palette is a cruelty free and vegan dupe for Urban Decay's Naked palette, so the shadow is the dupe of Half Baked. This goes all over my mobile lid and in the crease, then is blended out. Under my eye I pop a little of the eyeshadow to the left in the same palette ( the dupe of Buck) in the outer 3rd and smudge it out along my lash line.

Next comes lashes, because my logic appears to be doing the absolute essentials first in case I run out of time! I use Barry M's Waterproof Lash Vegas because I need a legit waterproof mascara. It's a bonus that it does a good job of the other mascarary stuff, too! People are always asking me what mascara I wear, it's this.


After applying some mascara to my upper and lower lashes, I pop some concealer (currently using Collection Lasting Perfection in 2 Cool Meduim, but it's vegan status is currently in question so like, idk) under my eyes over the more blue bits of my eye bags. While it dries a little I quickly fill in my brows with Arbonne eyeshadow in Sand, then blend the concealer out once it's more tacky as it keeps the coverage where I want it.

Once the concealer is blended I pop some Arbonne Setting Pretty setting powder all over because it actually works. My make-up stays on my face with this stuff! Unlike every other setting powder I've tried ever. Well good. Anyway. This greats a nice powdered base for the powder products that follow! It's like, science or something!

Those powder products are highlighter and blusher. For highlighter these days I'm going for a softer, more natural glow that may be seen from the top of a big hill, but not from space. To achieve this I use another Arbonne eyeshadow for something other than added shadow to my eyes. The shade Linen creates a beautiful highlight. This one has been discontinued but it's basically a light shimmery nudey colour. Like a highlighter! ;) I pop this on the top of my cheek bones, along my brow bone, in my inner eyes, etc, etc, etc. Highlighter places.

Blusher of choice for this look is e.l.f.'s Studio Blush in Twinkle Pink. It's a slightly peachy, corally pink that reminds of ballet shoes of the same colour and is lovely, light, shimmery and pretty. It really compliments the lipstick that is applied after, being...

...e.l.f. Studio Mineral Lipstick in Nicely Nude. A gorgeous nude pink with a hint of coral hiding in there. It's super easy to apply and hydrate your lips too! So they look pretty and won't dry out in the summer heat :)

With all this done I spritz some Makeup Revolution Setting Spray (whichever was on hand when I popped it in my bag) on ma face and ta da, make-up done!


I'm sure that as it's summer, bronzer should be added but I don't have time for that most of the time so forget about it. What looks do you go for in the summer? Would bright, colourful eyeshadow be a good idea? Let me know in the comments below :)

Have fun!




Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Aromi Matte Liquid Lipsticks

Liquid matte lipsticks have been big for a while now, and being new to make-up, especially lipstick, I wanted one for Christmas season at work. I'd heard these liquid matte thingies stayed on your lips, so thought I'd have a look for some on Etsy. I like to support small businesses if I can, and can't afford Kat Von D or Jeffree Star lippies! 


Excuse the scruffiness - they are handbag essentials!

I came across Aromi after a search for vegan matte lipsticks, and they had the best reviews by far. People were raving about these lipsticks for all the same reasons my friends were recommending more expensive ones. Being a fan of indie and vegan I went ahead and ordered the red that looked the most me and Christmas - Power Red.


Power Red

Aromi is a tiny business run by chemist Hannah over in America. They make lipsticks and perfumes (purchased their cologne in Douchebag for the other half for the name, and it smells bloody laaaavely!) and their range of liquid lipsticks is both big and beautiful. Everything is handmade in small batches and eeeeverything is vegan and cruelty free. Yay! If they were based in the UK and air miles weren't required to get them to me they'd be 101% perfect!

As for the lipsticks. Oh my. They are everything most of the more well-known, good, liquid lipsticks are, as far as I know. They are super easy to apply, are highly pigmented, dry quite quickly and stay on for hours. They even smell good! Oily food removes some when eaten, but that happens with every matte lipstick I've tried. I love applying lipstick at the start of a shift and finding it's still there at the end! Simple things, eh? The lipsticks feel nice on the lips and don't dry them out - well, not mine at least. I make sure I apply Ultrabalm every night and pop some lip balm while applying make-up and after removing it. 


Black Cherry
- and my terrible application -

After falling in love with Power Red (I feel like such a powerful woman in it) and favouriting the odd shade of theirs every now and then, I purchased Black Cherry for my step mum to wear for her gigs. Being a singer she finds it hard to find lipsticks that stay on for her whole set. My plan worked and she has been wearing it so much since! She sings under bright, sweat-inducing lights for hours and it stays on the whole time! Plus it looks rad - totally recommend it for those with darker skin. I may have to get some for myself when autumn comes along. It was also the first one I received in the new branded bottles! Are they bottles? Who cares, they're sleek and lush and pretty.

For my next purchase for myself.... I dived headfirst into this baby:


Desert Taupe

It's one of their bestselling lipsticks and I can see why. It's so on trend with both the nude lip thing and the 90's, grungey, browny lip thing. It's a grey/ beige, or greige  shade, with hints of lavender and even a dark, dusty rose in some lights. It's fucking gorgeous. I love it. I want to marry it. It goes with so many looks! It's name be Desert Taupe.

I can't wait to try more of their collection, I'm lusting after a fair few of their liquid lipsticks - Toasted Almond, Miss Mauve, and Red Dahlia have particularly taken my fancy. I'd like to try more of their perfumes, too! In fact I would happily buy everything they have to offer if I had the funds. Their official website has more items than the Etsy store so do check it out before ordering anything!

The only downside to Aromi is that for us UK citizens, the postage is around £8. Which, to me, is no issue as I don't mind paying a bit more a quality product made ethically, but if you can't afford it, maybe stick to bigger brands or those wonderful Sleek lip creams.


Thursday, 14 July 2016

Pokéventures 1: Durlston Country Park

I can't decide if Pokémon Go is a blessing or a curse for my illness - the fresh air is great, but the extra walking could be detrimental! However, when my chum, PokéMaster Lee offered to drive around together in search of Pokémon, I was over the moon! A buddy to search with! Walking with someone else is always slower for me, so less strenuous, and the car bit is an utter bonus! So we found some time, got in the Pokémobile and set off to our first location: Durlston Country Park.



It really did feel as though we were Ash and Misty, wandering through the woods, tracking pokémon, and being ridiculously excited about it all. I even wore shorts and a crop top to get more into it.



As usual at this time of year, the orange fly-things were having orgies on the long grass.


While Lee was on a serious Golduck tracking mission, my beloved Vulpix appeared in my Nearby along with my not quite-so-beloved but definitely near the top of favourites list, Bulbasaur. I almost wet myself!

We spent a good while stomping across fields, losing internet connectivity, relaunching the app and trying desperately to find Golduck, Vulpix and Bulbasaur. Upon finding ourselves back near the car, Lee decided to train at a gym for the first time.


~ Exciting Action Shot ~


He won his training battle! Victory! If he wasn't Team Instinct, I'd be happy :P

We gave up on the 3 glorious beasties and headed to the Castle and Globe, two more Durlston gyms. Signal/data was even more of an issue here for me, so I took photos.


~ Durlston Bay ~


~ Attempted panoramic ~


~ Slightly better: The Local and The Tourists ~

It didn't take us long to give up here, too. I caught a Magikarp, but nothing else was loading. Even the Pokéstops were being dicks. We needed to head back to civilisation for any luck catching pocket monsters.


~ I thought this was quite pretty~


With the PokéNav set up, we set off into town. A Hitmonchan appeared but we couldn't find him, then gave up and went home because it was late all of a sudden. Who likes Hitmonchan anyway?

That was my first, proper Pokémon adventure with Go - I don't count wandering around on my own haha. I hope for so many more! This game has made my life so much more exciting I can't even explain! I've been outside way more since getting it, seen more friends, hung with more cats, saw a badger for the first time in yonks, sat on some brambles for the first time in yonks, and HAVE A FUCKING GROWLITHE WOOHOOOOO! Here's to more fun! *raises glass*

Are you enjoying Pokémon Go? Who's your favourite Pokémon?



Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Shark Leggings! | 2nd Hand Fashion

Welcome to the first of a few Outfit Of The Days using 2nd hand clothes from a dear friend of mine. Living ethically in the world of clothes was a lot easier when I was a size 10 because charity shops here cater well to the smaller lady. As a 18-20? I look stupid in old lady clothes and can't afford ethically made garments. Thank fuck my friend had a clear out! So, SHARK LEGGINGS:



Sun face.


These are amazing and beautiful and well made and I hope they last be forever. I've never had patterned leggings before so learning to style them is proving fun! I've chosen a long vest with control pants underneath for a super easy and comfortable look. For outside adventures I don my trusty not leather jacket and sexy, comfy boots. This is my everyday "look at my shark leggings" outfit.

I'd include product details you can get that shit anywhere and most likely from more ethical places than Primark or New Look.


Well hello there, change of lighting! Don't you make things look different!


I fucking love sharks. Last year I discovered Hungry Shark Evolution, have been addicted ever since and have learnt a fair bit about sharks! If you like sharks too there is some super rad shark apparel (including leggings!) at Sharktopia. Their proceeds go to marine conservation organisations, so not only are you buying ethically kinda (supporting an artist and the sea... American Apparel), but you get cool shark stuff! Don't be surprised if I end up head to toe in shark gear one day.

Oooohhhhh! And if you want a crash course in basic shark knowledge there is a series called Shark on Netflix narrated by Phwoar [Paul] McGann!

Anyway, I love these leggings. Yay for 2nd hand clothes!




Thursday, 23 June 2016

My England Game Make-Up

I haven't really been into make-up during an international Football event yet, so this year I thought I'd have some fun.


All I really did of interest was use a red lip liner for eyeliner on top of some white, shimmery eyeshadow, and slapped one some bright read lipstick! Product list below:



Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in 1 Fair over blemishes, and 2 Cool Medium under eyes
Arbonne eyeshadow in Sand to fill in eyebrows
A shimmery white eyeshadow (2nd row from left) from the e.l.f. 150 Geometric eyeshadow palette all around my eyes and one of the neutral tones from the same palette as a transition shade.
Barry M lip liner in Red on upper lids as eyeliner and on the lips
Barry M Lash Vegas Waterproof mascara
Barry M Natural Dazzle bronzer in the usual places
The pinky-toned highlighter in the middle of this Makeup Revolution Go! to the City palette on the top of my cheeks, inner corner of eyes, brow bone, nose etc.
e.l.f. Essential Lipstick in Fearless

I enjoy looking like this quite a lot! COME ON ENGLAND!