Saturday, 14 May 2016

Instamonth #April

Ok so it's two weeks into May I know but I actually love putting together these posts so I don't care how late it is! I've realised how much they show me the good things that have happened in the past month. Something I can look back on when I'm feeling low.

I hope you liked the guest post brought to you by Cristina last week, uni has taken over my life, as expected. Science is what I want to do with my life I think... I'm so close to finishing now! One more exam... then I'm gonna sleep for like a week. I'm not posting as much to instagram or twitter as well as here, obvs, I just don't have time or energy to, but I've been updating sporadically and according to my insta it's been a good month!
me as Tinkerbitch for a Disney themed 21st || all hail vegan pizza || funky 80s night out
bedroom at my parents has been redecorated finally! || dissobitch || me if I was a watercolour of Rosalind Franklin
soya cappuccinos getting me through disso || graveyard walks || newish reads

Remember the painting of Rosalind Franklin I shared? Well now thanks to Snapchat you can see what I'd look like if I was actually a painting of Rosalind Franklin. Thank you shapchat for bringing light to these dark days.

The books were new reads like a month ago... but I've now read them all so can highly recommend! My mam and sister bought me the Happiness Is... book because I'm a miserable bitch they know uni is stressful and are always cheering me up! Bigger thank you to my mama for always being there for me! The Lovely Bones is a ... depressing book for lack of a better word, but it is. I liked reading it though. The Kind Worth Killing is awesome! You think from the blurb, and the start of the book its about one thing but then it all goes to shit and you're like WHAAAT IS HAPPENING?! It was better than many of the thrillers I'd read, but still not the best.

I finally said goodbye to my dissertation/project. Over a year of work and its gone, in 5,000 words, a poster, a CD, and a presentation. The two months spent in the lab in France doing the actual experiments was by far the best part!

I hope you're all having a lovely May, miss you all, *hugs*

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Wednesday, 4 May 2016

4 simple ways to make the most of your health & looks

Do you feel that spring is taking over your body? Do you want to feel natural, beautiful, energetic and confident about yourself? The Sun is finally out and you have this overwhelming feeling that you need a fresh new start. The easiest way to feel amazing and show off your natural beauty is when you do things that make you fulfilled and above all, happy. 

How strong is your hair?

One of the first steps to feeling gorgeous is to have a haircut that fits your face shape, avoid chemical treatments, keep it natural and cut off dry ends. Keratin works wonders to your hair, since it is full of protein which will help your hair grow healthier and stronger. Make a hair mask with natural ingredients, or just take a quarter of a cup of warmed coconut oil, apply it to your hair and leave it for at least an hour, wash it off and you will see the results.

Why should only Twilight characters glow?

One of the most important things we should pay attention to is our skin because it directly reflects our age and health. If we take a look at a face mapping technique, we can find if there is anything potentially wrong inside our bodies. Wash your face first thing in the morning and then use a good moisturizer that suits your skin type. Have you ever tried making your own natural face mask? Mash one half of a banana, mix in a tablespoon of orange juice and tablespoon of honey, apply it to your face and wait for 15 minutes. Wash it off with lukewarm water and you will see the healthy glowing results.

Do you make excuses?

The prime time of your “beauty sleep” should be from 7-8 hours a day. If you sleep less, it can reflect on your skin and of course on your energy level. A good night sleep prevents sagging and wrinkles, it gives a glowing complexion and removes puffy eyes. Start your day with a healthy breakfast. A good combination would be carb, fiber and some protein.  Sounds like a cliché but oatmeal is great because it contains beta-glucan which can help you to lower cholesterol as well as your blood pressure. One of the healthiest meals you could prepare would be tofu with added organic calcium which has 205 mg of calcium that helps your overall body stamina.

More vegetables and fruits are full of vital nutrients and combined with at least 6-8 glasses of water flushes out all the harmful toxins from your body, and it can increase your skin's elasticity. Going to school or work on foot is great for boosting your circulation, improves your sleep and affects your mental health. On your “lazy day” take a bike and just ride along. 

Is it really that bad?

Time to put on your running shoes and go outside! The weather is great and you will feel much better. Go to a nearby park and do couple of exercises. Do squats, push-ups, pull-ups, jump a rope as a great warmup exercise before any workout. Park bench step-ups are also good for your abs and legs. Put your right foot on a bench, step up and down with your left foot and put it next to your chest, and then you can do the same with your right foot, repeat it for 20 times and that’s it!
Have goals and be concentrated on what you want and what makes you feel happy and healthy. Don’t forget to smile and laugh a lot, because it is healthy and it can boost your energy and happiness to the maximum.

This post was brought to you by Cristina - thank you!

Thursday, 31 March 2016

Instamonth #March2016

I'm completely losing my blogging mojo - totally overwhelmed with all the tips and shit to do to make it all perfect etc. I'm trying to go back and re-work old posts and do that thing where you choose a niche that I've been completely avoiding. But I can't keep up with a general lifestyle blog 'cos I'm too busy and it's just not important enough, so I'll be writing less but hopefully, eventually writing more about the important shit that means something to me. 
new charity shop top in leopard print || baking vegan chocolate lava cakes! || clashing prints
playing with paints again || I made a ladybug friend! || Rosalind Franklin (shut up it totally looks like her, K)
posing for photos in the sun! || boyfriend-girlfriend nerd mugs || second selfie of the post omg #vain

#SorryNotSorry for being so sarky... this was a loooong month. Feels like its been at least three since my last Instamonth post. I had a poster presentation/research day where I presented my thesis along with all the other biological science 3rd years. It was actually fun, except the sweat, and lack of soy milk for coffee. The first draft of my thesis was due the day after so that's in too now I'm just waiting for feedback to polish it up. First and second years - enjoy having a life while you can! I wish they did at my uni. The library is always crammed with annoying little firsties like WHAT R YOU DOIN?! You has no work? Man, they are gonna regret it when they get to third year ahahaha...

I've been painting to chill out again. It's easier now to put on the radio and put everything down and focus on painting. It's not something I care about being perfect at or even 'good enough' at 'cos its just for me! I'm reading The Dark Lady of DNA about Rosalind Franklin - mate, Watson and Crick were DICKS! My lecturers always played down what they did as an 'accident' but oh my days were they sneaky bastards. Not to mention were they bitchy and petty as hell to Rosalind (yes we're on first names now #BFFs) but ofc, no one could take a woman seriously, god no. There's so much more to her! Did you know she hated England and loved France?! Just like me, yay! So I painted her, lost the will with the background clearly, but I love the colours. Totally symbolic of how there was so much more to her that people didn't know.

So thanks for reading my five minute ramble, if you did. If you didn't I really don't care either tbh. I'm in one of those "fuck it" moods, in case ye hadn't noticed.

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Tuesday, 22 March 2016


I don't have much to say to be honest, but wanted to share the girl power playlist I'm working on! I'm playing this and nothing else on repeat and loving it. In other news I did my poster presentation for my thesis and handed in my first draft! Hurtling towards the end of third year and having a graduation-related meltdown. Or I'm sensing the impending melt down when I really finish uni and have no structure to my life oh my stars...

Let me know if you like the playlist, and recommend some of your faves. I need to add some Nicki Minaj and Missy Elliot goddamnit.