Saturday, October 14, 2017

My Anti-Bucket List

Hey everyone!

Did you know that this is my 150th post? Me neither, until I looked at the numbers. I lost track of how many times I’ve posted and 150 has just come out of nowhere, you know? I’m not doing anything special to celebrate, though, since I’m so busy with uni stuff (which I’m currently procrastinating from doing by writing this. I’m still being productive, right?). I’m a bit scared of doing a giveaway because I’m not entirely sure how they work and I also have nothing to give away nor any money to buy something to give away. Instead of that, I thought I’d tell you about some things I never ever want to do in my entire life. An anti-bucket list, if you will.

    1.  I never want to go skydiving.

I don’t see the appeal in jumping out of a plane. I am a generally anxious person and putting me in a situation where I could die heightens it beyond belief. What if the parachute doesn’t work? What if the plane crashes? What if I land weirdly and injure myself and/or die? Why would you jump out of a perfectly functional plane when you can just, you know, not?

    2.  I never want to go bungee jumping.

Why would you willingly throw yourself off a bridge? That does not sound like my idea of fun. I know some people find this very fun and exciting, but what if the rope snaps? What if you drop too far and hit your head at the bottom?

    3.  I never want to lose my love for reading.

That would absolutely crush me. I would hate to hate reading and struggle to understand the people that do. I already know people who hate Harry Potter, which makes me really sad. I also know people who don’t read. One of them said, “What’s the point of reading if there aren’t any pictures?”. Also, I was just reminded of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone movie where Hermione says, “Honestly, don’t you two read?”.

    4.  I never want to go to prison.

Not that I’ve done anything to get me there, but I’d hate to imagine little tiny me in a prison with big scary lawbreakers. What would I even do to go to prison? I’m one of the most goody-goody people I know. I’d probably end up going to jail for something really stupid. Or straight up murder. For hating books, obviously.

    5.  I never want to watch a horror movie.

My mind already assumes everything that goes bump in the night to be a demon. I don’t need any more nightmare fuel thank you very much. I hate being scared and I jump at a lot of things, even if they’re not scary. I also don’t like seeing blood and gore all that much, and would much rather watch a Disney movie, or Harry Potter.

    6.  I never want to have to worry about money.

I want to be able to live comfortably without having to worry about if I can afford things. Of course, at the moment I have it pretty sweet. Living with my parents and not having to worry about anything, but it won’t always be that way. I want to be able to support myself once I move out of home (which I hope to do before I turn 25).

    7.  I never want to get a tattoo.

I’m not even that good at deciding what to order at a restaurant, so deciding what to have permanently inked on my skin would be impossible. Also, I have a very low pain tolerance so it would be absolute hell. If I was to get a tattoo, it would have to mean a really lot to me. I’m not gonna go and get my significant other’s name on my bicep, then later have to cross it out when we inevitably break up. I don’t have anything that means enough to me that I want to permanently display on my body.

And that’s my anti-bucket list. I do hope you enjoyed it!

Do you agree with me? What do you never want to do in your life?

Love, Nicky x

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Spring Morning Routine

Hey everyone!

Seeing as it is now spring, I thought I would share with you how my morning routine has changed from winter to spring. Where I live, spring is pretty much skipped over straight into summer. Last week we literally had three days in a row with maximums over 30 degrees Celsius and we’ve already started having summer storms. Because of this hot, summery weather, my skin has been breaking out a bit more than it did in winter. Anyway, here’s my new morning routine!

The first thing I do when I wake up is scroll through social media apps on my phone for about fifteen minutes, depending on how much time I have before I leave for university. Then I get up and have a shower. Once I’m in the shower, I wash my face with Simple Spotless Skin Triple Action Face Wash or the Garnier Pure Active 3 in 1 face wash if I have a breakout of pimples. Then I get my Lush Snow Fairy body wash on a loofah and wash my body. 

Once I’m out of the shower, I get dressed (obviously) into a light dress or crop top and skirt, since spring and summer are synonymous where I come from. I probably should moisturise my body, but the truth is I forget to. I have so many barely used body moisturisers sitting on shelves and in drawers all around my room. I don’t even really moisturise my face, but I’m more likely to moisturise my face than my body. I only do it if I notice that my face is dry. If I do notice this, I use the Formula 10.0.6 Picture Perfect Day Gel Moisturiser which also has SPF in it, which is great especially for the summer time.

After maybe moisturising my face, I go to the kitchen and make some cornflakes for breakfast and take my puffer (since I have asthma). I watch some YouTube videos on my phone while I eat. I only get time to watch one or two videos, but it’s something at least. After breakfast, I brush my teeth. Ever since I got my braces off, I have been doing my best to keep my teeth as clean as possible; I don’t want to ruin what I’ve waited so long for, after all.

Next, I brush through my hair with my Tangle Teezer and put my hair up into a ponytail. The height of the ponytail depends on two things: (1) how hot it’s going to get in the day and (2) how cooperative my hair is. If it does not cooperate, I end up going with a low pony. I don’t bother with makeup much at all unless I’m doing something important that day. I don’t deem university as important as I kind of just get in there, take notes, then go home. I like to think that it’s because I’m so confident in my own skin but mostly it’s that I can’t be bothered.

After doing my hair and not doing my makeup, I pack my bag (unless I did it the night before) with whatever I need that day like notebooks, pens, my laptop and things like that. I then go to the kitchen to fill up my water bottle and cut up an apple, since I’m always home by lunchtime so I can just take a snack and be okay. I then go back to my room and put on some deodorant so I don’t stink up the place, and if I remember, I’ll put on some perfume.

Then I pick up my bag and heave it onto my shoulder, bid goodbye to anyone still in the house and hightail it up the street to the bus stop.

Do you like my morning routine? What’s yours?
 Love, Nicky x

Saturday, September 30, 2017

September Favourites

Hey everyone!

Again, we have made it to the end of the month. Only three more to go this year. There are less than 100 days until Christmas and I’m already ready for it to hit me like a one-horse open sleigh. September gave me a lot of stress. There were three assignments all due in one week, and none of them were easy. I finished them all, thank goodness, and am currently on my uni break. Its only one week, but at least it’s something. I have spent the majority of this week watching movies and spending time with my friends, but Mum keeps hounding me to get a head start on the assignments due in the coming weeks. As of yet, I have done exactly zero work on any assignments, but I am reading a book for one of them so that counts, right? Anyway, on with the favourites for this month.

I started rereading the Harry Potter books right at the end of last year (Goodreads says I started Philosopher’s Stone on the 16 of December and finished it on the 18th). Overall, I finished the first three books before the end of 2016 but didn’t finish the Goblet of Fire until late July because of uni. The final three took me until mid-September to finish and I loved every moment of them. I cried a lot more than I thought I would. Considering I usually never cry over books, crying over Sirius, James and Lily was a lot for me. I can’t explain how much these books have changed my life. I grew up trying to be like Hermione and learned the power of love and friendship. I love the world of Harry Potter – so much, in fact, that I dreamt I was a witch the other night – and get pulled right into the world whenever I open the books.

Since I had a week off uni, I decided I would marathon the Harry Potter movies (as if I couldn’t get enough from the books). I have not yet finished the marathon as Mum wants me to do work. I have one more left to watch, but having seen them all a billion times, I think I can speak with authority on this subject. I love the movies just as much as I love the books. Admittedly, there are a lot of inconsistencies between the books and the movies, but for the most part, everything is perfect. The movies are a lot easier (and faster) to get pulled into as they go for around 2 hours each, whereas a book can take up to (in my case) six or seven months to read. I think the total run time of the movies is 19 hours and a bit, but I consider marathoning the movies to be at least 2 movies per day. Once, Mum and I watched them back to back to back and managed to finish the series in two days (and I cried at every death, even Voldy’s – I may have already been crying from Harry’s death though). I can’t put into words how much I love the world of Harry Potter, but I do love it very much.

It makes sense that this month’s favourites are very Harry Potter-centric, seeing as September 1st this year was ‘19 years later’, the day Albus Severus (still not okay with that name) Potter got on the train to his first year at Hogwarts. I don’t really have any other favourites from this month, as I’ve been so busy with uni and Harry Potter that I haven’t had time to try new and different beauty bits.

Do you love Harry Potter as much as I do? What things did you like in September?

Love, Nicky x