Tuesday, 12 August 2014

DIY: homemade lip scrub

 I don't know about you but I am very prone to dry, flaky lips - especially during hayfever season when my nose is blocked and I'm breathing through my mouth, drying out my lips. Something that really helps are lip scrubs. Sure, Lush's are fab but isn't it more fun to make your own?

This lip scrub is really easy to make - it took me less than ten minutes and I had everything I needed in my kitchen cupboard. It also tastes amazing and works like a dream! You should definitely give it a go.

What you'll need:
 >Olive oil
>Sugar of any kind
>Golden syrup
>Flavouring (optional) - I have vanilla extract
>Food colouring (optional) - stick with pink or red because it can stain your lips and no one wants dark green lips.
>A container of some description to hold your lip scrub

Method:
1. Add the sugar - about a table spoon will do!

 2. Add the olive oil. Try about 2 teaspoons. Mix the mixture until the sugar is sticking together.

3. Add about two to three teaspoons of golden syrup. Mix this all together.

4. Add a few drops of your flavouring and your food colouring if you want to and mix them together.

5. Put your lip scrub into your pot.

And there you have it. Give it a go, let me know how it goes!

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Daisies, stalls and ferris wheels

Jeans - Asda
Swimming costume - Motel Rocks
Cardigan - charity shop
Belt - charity shop
Shoes (which you can, like, totally see...) - Topshop
Not something I agree with but I kind of liked the chalk and the scratchy appearance of it, I don't know?
 I went into town to do a bit of shopping the other day. I decided to wear my daisy print swimming costume as a top with my high waisted jeans and a holey cardi. I bought the swimsuit to take on holiday because I'd been absolutely lusting after a low backed swimsuit forever. However, when it arrived, not only did it have a very low back, it also had very low sides and I felt far too exposed to wear it in the pool with that amount of side-boob going on so I decided to keep it as a top and wear it with a cardigan over the top. 

I had planned on hitting up the Royal Mile to see the Fringe and watch some of the street performers after I'd shopped but by the time I'd battled my way past the crowd and made it past the stalls I was feeling sweaty and tired and decided just to come home. I'm so boring sometimes, gawd.

Friday, 8 August 2014

Beaches, camp-fires and haribos


The other day my friends and I took a spontaneous late-night trip to one of the beaches nearby us. We left at about half nine, just in time to catch the sunset, as you can see above. The beach we went to is underneath the Fourth road Bridge and the Fourth Rail bridge which link Edinburgh and Fife. It's really very scenic and it was lovely sitting with a fire as it got dark admiring the lights of the rail bridge. It's been one of our favourite places to go since some of us have learned to drive and you can get the most amazing ice cream there during the day!

It did get fairly chilly after a while and I found myself with about 8 layers by the time we eventually went home and since it had been raining it was really hard to find dry wood to keep our fire going so it kept dying out. We salvaged the flames we had to toast marshmallows and make s'mores and we sang loudly to our heart's content (until we realised it was one in the morning and there's a house on the beach where people were presumably trying to sleep!) and mourned the fact no one had thought to bring a guitar.

A good night.

Do you ever have late night beach trips? 

Saturday, 2 August 2014

Botanic gardens and Edinburgh Fringe

Yesterday my boyfriend and I went to the Botanical Gardens here in Edinburgh, where we live. We've both been loads of times before but not since we we were little. The gardens are a really beautiful place to walk and there's tonnes of space to picnic and just mess about on the grass. We had planned to take a picnic but the weather was looking dodgy (as it so often does in Scotland ha ha ha) so we ended up just going for a walk. Admittedly, we did get a little bored after an hour or two but we enjoyed ourselves for the most part. My boyfriend was particularly excited by the enormous leaves and kept telling me wished he could "pick one of the leaves and charge around with it." He was so excited he asked me to take a photo of him next to them, as you can see above! He also proceeded to twerk on the smaller leaves next to them "because they're rubbish".

Once we were done in the Gardens we headed into town to check out the first day of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. If you haven't heard of it, it's the biggest arts festival in the world and every year, thousands of people come from all over the world to see some of the hundreds of shows, exhibitions and presentations that are put on. We met our two best friends (who also happen to be a couple) and we wondered down the Royal Mile to see what was going on. Usually on the first day you can get loads of free tickets to various shows but we had no such luck yesterday and instead opted to see one of the un-ticketed free Fringe shows. However, on arrival at the venue we were told no under 18s were allowed in despite the brochure stating the show was 16+. So, that part of our day was basically wasted but all in all, we had a good day being tourists in our own city!

Have you ever visited the Fringe Festival?