Thursday, 31 January 2013

New scrummy Baking Tin!

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

(Early) february wishes

Yes I am aware it's not February yet (lol) but I want to do this early and leave time to actually grant my wishes in the upcoming month :) That and I'm already pretending it's pancake month, for breakfast's sake!
So I'll whip out my maple syrup and ring in the month with some decorative goodies from my wishlist...
Friday, 25 January 2013

Message from a Snowed Under

Dear readers, gosh, how I need one of these right now...
I am here, melting, in the delicious warmth over a nice chocolatey kinder bar.
I've done a few snow posts before but nothing compares to what we got today: absolute chaos! A blizzard decided to descend upon my small town and I am completely buried in. I realized there was actually no point on wearing makeup in the snow; for one, it would have quickly dissolved under the amount of snow that blew in my face. For another, there was no need: the fast blowing flakes stung and whipped my cheeks redder than MAC’s Frankly Scarlet! I spent the afternoon today reviewing two lovely conditioners, which I can't wait to post tomorrow, but my glossy locks have since been frizzified – is that a word? – by the weather. Hair plus blizzard = definitely nicht gut!
I've also been fiddling about with HTML again and now have a set of lovely social buttons at the top right! I've just discovered Bloglovin and really like it - I'd be the happiest girl online if you could take the time to follow me on there! :D I promise to follow back of course!
Hehe don't get me wrong, I love the snow! Just in smaller, more manageable proportions.

Are you Bloglovin too?
*Picture credit WeHeartIt
Thursday, 24 January 2013

Elemis Freshskin Face Wash

Happy Thursday everyone! Time for some mid week TLC me thinks, with Elemis' Freshskin Face Wash...
Tuesday, 22 January 2013

As the day is fading, on White Houses

These silly little wounds will never mend, I feel so far from where I've been
So I go, and I will not be back here again. I'm gone as the day is fading, on White Houses...
I love a sunny day in January because the sky looks all pearly and lit up and everything feels fresh. Maybe a promise of spring?
Monday, 21 January 2013

What's in my shower?

Hello Neffi! ♥

There's only one of Neffi's kittens left now and she seems a bit down, even though she still has squawky little Merlin for company! I found her sat on the banister looking out of the window. I don't think she was in the picture taking mood as she eventually got bored and sloped off upstairs. That's cats for you! :)
Friday, 18 January 2013

TBS Atlas Mountain Rose Oil ♥

...And breathe. A beautiful name for such a little bottle of loveliness.

"Escape to the valley of roses. A concentrated perfume oil infused with Atlas Mountain Rose. This bright, dewy blend of floral accords was inspired by dawn in a field of blossoming roses."

Thursday, 17 January 2013

Tag, I'm it! ♥

Just let me keep pretending that I've won an Oscar for a few moments longer...
It is the wonderful Charlie Rose I have to thank for tagging me in this award. I've been tagged once before but never got round to it, but am making a big effort this time. All part of the wonderful blogging experience!
As I'm coming up to 200 followers I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank everyone for reading, following and commenting! It means a lot and I owe all the success of this blog to you... :D
But now enough of the soppy speeches! xD
The Liebster Award is for lovely bloggers with less than 200 followers;
If tagged you then list 11 facts about yourself
answer the 11 questions set by your nominator
come up with 11 questions for the people you nominate
Make sure to let them know you nominated them!

11 Random Facts about Me:
1. I love mint humbugs
2. My favourite place is Regents Park in London
3. I cannot stand milk or yoghurt!
4. I love anything cinnamon
5. I'm a Northerner :)
6. I have three siblings
7. I believe in ghosts
8. I'm a total Whovian!
9. I love historical books and dramas
10. I'm Buddhist but I'm not religious
11. My birthday's in August

11 Questions answered:
1. Is your blog mainly makeup, fashion, thoughts, all or other? A colourful mishmash of everything really!
2. Have you made any true friends through Blogger? I've made many friends in my followers! Thanks so much for supporting me!
3. Which blogger inspired you to join Blogger? A number of great bloggers! I originally made my blog to be in with a chance of joining the starblog team on stardoll. I was lucky to go on and achieve this status and here I am today! 
4. What is your blogger goal for the end of February? To maybe reach 300 followers :D
5. Which brand is your favourite makeup? I trust Max Factor the most but often mix and match
6. Describe your blog in one word? Artistic
7. What do you take more pride in? Hmm... I'm arty so I find it really fun making special graphics for my blog!
8. One thing about yourself that you dislike? My anxiety and how shy I am
9. How often do you blog? As much as I can, whenever the Great Thoughts appear!
10. Do you see yourself blogging this time next year? Yes but maybe on a tighter schedule due to lots of revision
11. One thing you can't live without? Love - or the world would be a cold place

My 11 questions:
1. Describe yourself in one word?
2. Long hair or short hair?
3. Your three favourite beauty products at the moment?
4. Your favourite Disney movie?
5. When did you first make a blog?
6. Why?
7. What colours are you wearing today?
8. What did you have for breakfast?
9. What's your favourite name?
10. Your favourite writer?
11. Finally - ice cream or cookies?

And my nominees...
11. You - reading this now! You are very much nominated to try it yourself :D

Thanks so much for reading! ♥
Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Soap and Glory Moisture Mist

If I can squeeze a quick update in here... today is a bit of a sad day for me as I have to let go and sell one of Neffi's beautiful kitties. One of the seal points is going today and the new owner is coming round later for him. Sad to let him go but happy that's he's going to a good home! Now to cheer up I have a rather pretty pink post for you today, in reviewing S&G's lovely 'Girligo' Moisturizing Mist.

Top Five Products to Pin ♥

This month's wishlist.... smells of milkshake, cookies and roses ♥
Sunday, 13 January 2013

It's Snowtime! ♥

Finally got snow up here in the Lake District! It's been snowing on and off since lunchtime, at first in sleet and then big fat flakes. It's settled a bit but if it's anything like last year probably won't stay put! I'd take proper pictures but it was dark by the time it started to settle. 
Some people hate snow as it's cold and dangerous on pavements but I think it makes a nice change to the gloomy January weather. As long as it doesn't stick around for months like a grubby Christmas decoration and goes when we want it to xD It would be nice if it could stay all magical and fresh while it's around :)

Thursday, 10 January 2013

If I were a... ♥

If I were a gemstone I would be rose quartz
If I were a scent I would be hot fudge
If I were a pair of shoes I would be worn and loved
If I were the weather I would be thunderstorms
If I were a facial expression I would be content
If I were a time of day I would be late morning 
If I were a month I would be March, when spring is just coming
If I were a place I would be Regents Park
If I were a liquid I would be flavoured water
If I were a taste I would be cinnamon
If I were a sea animal I would be a seal 
If I were a food I would be a hot doughnut
If I were a colour I would be white
If I were a musical instrument I would be pan pipes
If I were a flower I would be a rose
If I were a song I would be something by Vanessa Carlton
If I were a planet I would be the moon because it’s almost a planet
If I were an object I would be a painting
If I were a fruit I would be a strawberry
If I were a sound I would be the sound of birds
If I were a day of the week I would be Friday, because you wake up in a good mood

Got the idea from, feel free to use and repost! :D 

What would you be?
*Picture credit WeHeartIt

Philosophy's Cinnamon Buns


If it had been gingerbread or even candy cane I may have kept calm and carried on, thanks to the hefty price tag on Philosophy products. But because it was cinnamon curiosity got the better of me. I'm really glad it did!
Not just cinnamon, it smells like icing and cake and cinnamony warmness! That's the best way I can describe it :) The bottle even has a cute recipe on the front for baking cinnamon buns - how brilliant! 

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Someone lend me a pen... ♥

Now. I'm so excited about this find! 

"I do not want to be good at drawing. I think I just wanted to create a ‘new wave’ that did not exist previously"

 says amazing Korean artist Hajin Bae (aka soulist-aurora) And a felt tip has never been used so beautifully...

A winter afternoon ♥

By the fire...
Anyone noticed that the nights are starting to draw out again? It's much lighter in the afternoons here, even with bad weather. This always makes me excited about spring, but then it usually snows and feels more wintry than ever!

I wanted to post another ice cream picture here but feel that it may be unsuitable due to the cold weather outside. There's a freezing fog outside as I write. So instead I have filled it with lots of cosy kitten pictures!
Once they spotted the camera they became insanely interested with the string on the end xD

Monday, 7 January 2013

January Favourites ♥

It's a grey Monday but I seem to be running on a pink theme for this month's favourites, mostly as all of Lee Stafford's products seem to bear the same fluorescent pink hue. It does make them much easier to spot in an aisle at Boots though! Going from left to right...
1.  'Rebel Angels' by Libba Bray - Still on my creative writing buzz and love picking up on other peoples writing techniques! Writing is an art form itself and reading can help you pick up styles and techniques to use in your own work. Plus I love historical novels! 
2. Lee Stafford Hair Growth Range - Using these as a bid to help my hair grow faster as I had it cut shoulder length during the summer. It is now back to mid back length! I've been using the treatment since Octoberish and the shampoo/conditioner for the past few weeks. I think the treatment has much more effect than the other two though. I quite like the conditioner but the shampoo is quite drying. Would probably give 3.5 stars for each and 5/5 for the treatment :)
3. Max Factor FaceFinity Foundation -  Got a sample of this in a magazine recently and couldn't stop using it. It's supposed to be a primer, concealer and foundation in one and is a light formula that doesn't make you look 'caked' with foundation. Smoothes skin very well and even counters for pale shades! (With previous foundations I've always chosen the lightest shade but still looked like an oompa loompa!) This is brilliant :D
4. Soap and Glory 'Hand Food' - One of the most reviewed and raved about hand creams on the web; I tried out a mini size and was not disappointed!  Very moisturizing, non greasy and smells amazing! ^^ 

I took this picture thinking I would love to do a desk tour at one point. I've re-tidied all my ethnic decor and would love to do a 'Boho interior style' post sometime :) 

Kitten Pic Time! 
They are now nearly nine weeks and almost ready to be sold. So if you fancy a very friendly Siamese cross kitten with diddy white paws let me know! ^^

Nicknamed, from left to right: Moscow, Polar and Merlin - all winter kitties! With Mumma Neffi getting squished and Aunty Cho at the back.
Sunday, 6 January 2013

New Year update! ♥

Dear readers, I would love to start by slathering all over this very lovely ice cream here.

But I first have to apologize for missing out a whole month in my archive! I've been rather stuck with the winter blues this Xmas, what with starting a new medication, having to have a blood test and coming down with an awful flu bug -.- But I've also been coming up with my entry for a yearly writing comp that runs in my area. The closing date is tomorrow and I'm really excited about it! Last year I was lucky enough to come second in the whole of my county so I'm excited to see if I can do as well - or better - in 2013!
That was my first resolution of the year.
Next to pick up my lovely blog where I left off as I didn't want to abandon it. I decided to give it an update for the new year - so welcome to '"Ice cream" whispers Clara.' It's a bit of a strange name, having been plucked out of my favourite Helen Dunmore story, but in my buzz for creative writing I wanted something different. 'Ice Cream' btw is a lovely short story by Dunmore with such beautiful imagery!

 ‘Then there is a breath of wood-strawberries, a burnt aroma of coffee, the silk-sweet innocence of vanilla, the spice of ginger, the ice-green tang of lime. The waiter lowers his platter to the table and places it before Clara ...’
Read an extract here

Have also fallen in love with Lee Stafford's hair growth treatment range and have been very much impressed with the amount of hair growth since I started the tub in November! Would love to do a full review and 6 months 'before and after' to measure up.
There is also a new series of Miranda *cheer* that shows on BBC1 every week or so. I feel cheered up already :)

Happy 2013 resolutions:

. Give more to help people
. Grow my hair more
. Watch more Miranda to combat tiredness from revision
. Score a good placing in my writing comp
. Post more ice creamy pictures...

Haha! What are yours? :D

*Picture credit WeHearIt