August Wish List 2015

3 Aug

I’m not going to lie. I’m skint. Not like “Oh my god I have noooo money!” Like seriously, I’m poor. Help?

So I really shouldn’t make a wish list this month, but I would feel weird not to. This is definitely a wish list as I can’t really afford anything on the list. I’m going to try and go on a spending ban until I get a better job as I only recently realised how I’m getting by on next to nothing in my current job.

But, as I said, I can still make a wish list and not buy anything that’s actually on said list. Can’t I? :)

  • Yankee Candle Salted Caramel Small Jar.

I’m kinda running low on my Yankee Candle’s at the moment. But to be honest unless I REALLY want a certain scent, or their on sale or have money knocked off, then I’m not buying any anymore. This is in sale for £4.00 and I’m tempted to stock up on them to keep me happy for a while. I have liked the scent of this candle for a while, but I’ve just never caved in and bought it and whilst it’s cheap I am really tempted… But alas, I do need to save money… Sad times people, sad times.

  • Nintendo New 3DS XL (Animal Crossing Happy Home Designer Limited Edition).

This isn’t out in the UK yet (and I’m not even 100% sure if it WILL be coming out in the UK!) but it is out in Japan tomorrow and I’m pretty jealous of them right now. This is the limited edition New 3DS XL that is coming out to accompany the new Animal Crossing Game, Happy Home Designer. I’ve already pre ordered my copy! I would like to get my hands on the new 3DS in the future and if I can get one as cute as this, I don’t see why I shouldn’t.

  • Jeffree Star Liquid Lipstick in Abused.

I want to first of all say, apologies for the name of this lipstick… I didn’t name it. The name of this is causing a stir with people, especially due to the shade it is too. Personally it doesn’t affect me but I can understand why it is upsetting a lot of people. That aside, I do really want this shade. I’ve wanted one of Jeffree’s lipsticks for ages now and this is my number once choice. When I was younger I used to wear blue lipstick all the time! I got bullied for it terribly and ended up stopping wearing it, and now everyone is wearing it. What a joke… This is a gorgeous navy blue, which you could get away with if you wanted to get a shade close to black. I bought a black lipstick recently and whilst I love how it looks when on, I feel to scared to wear it out of the house. However, I would love wearing this, especially during winter. It’s not cheap though, so I’m going to wait until I can find it at a decent price.

  • iPhone 6 Case.

As you have probably seen in the image above, there’s an iPhone there. So of course with a new phone, comes a new case. I need a case like this for work to ensure if I drop it, it would remain safe and unharmed. I wanted something a bit different to my current red one for my iPhone 5, so when looking around eBay for something different, I found this one. I love The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, so I knew this would be perfect. What makes it better is it’s cheap as chips for £3.00 something.

  • Lush Rub Rub Rub Shower Scrub.

Although I said I need to save money, this is something I’m probably going to pick up pretty soon. Not because I want it, but because I need a good scrub and I’ve had my eye on this one since I finished my Sugar Crush scrub. I’ve tested it in store before and it really did feel like it was scrubbing my skin without irritating it. It also smelt amazing, which you can never complain about. OH and it foamed up a little too, which is something I always look for in a body scrub. I would also like to try Ocean Salt Face and Body Scrub too, as I have used a sample of it now and as a multi purpose product it got two thumbs up from me. Gosh, like I haven’t bought enough from Lush this past month! :P

  • OPI Nail Lacquer in Visions of Georgia Green (Coca Cola Limited Edition Line).

I really liked the Coca Cola collection that OPI came out with a year ago, and own some of the shades from the first collection. A couple of collections later and OPI are bringing out another to symbolise Coca Cola being around 100 years. They’ve brought out a green and a silver shade, I’m talking about the green shade, Visions of Georgia Green here. It’s a beautiful green metallic shade with shimmer running throughout. Looks gorgeous on its own, and I’m sure it’ll look lovely applied over a green or black shade. I wouldn’t like the big bottle, but either way if this ever goes down in price I’ll be picking it up.

  • Apple iPhone 6 in Gold.

This is the last thing I’ll be talking about on my wish list, because it’s totally the best one! I’m hoping to get a new iPhone in a week as I’m due a new contract deal. It’s not that I don’t like my iPhone 5, it’s just I want my own phone. One that’s actually mine. My previous one broke due to being faulty in manufacturing and instead of being given a new one as a replacement, I was given a crappy refurbished, second-hand one. Which also didn’t work. So then I was given my phone now, which is perfect! I guess it’s an excuse as well to get the new one. I already have an awesome and cute case for it (the Eevee one mentioned here) and everything. So I just want to get one now, so I can say I have one and show it off and all that jazz. When I get it, I’ll make sure to write a post relating to iPhone’s. ;)

So that was my wish list! I can’t believe it’s August already, can you? What things are on your wish list? Make sure to let me know in the comments.

Until next time though, take care all and have a great week.

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July Favourites 2015

1 Aug

Wow hello August, where did you come from? July went by super quick and I was sad about it passing by so quickly, what with London and everything. It’s also been a stressful month money wise. It’s been a real mix match of good and bad, and I can safely say I’m happy to have August upon us. I really want this month to be the start of a new start for me.

Throughout July I’ve loved loads of products, but I can only really talk about five… So it was tough to only pick this many!

  • Aussie Shower Gel in Shower Smoothie.

I bought this shower gel whilst it was on offer, and I also wanted to pick it up for when I went to London. It smells so yummy, just like the shampoo, a very unique scent, and a gorgeous one at that! I haven’t used this loads, but for how much I did use it, I know I’ve loved using it the times I did last month. It’s creamy, lathers up beautifully, and just smells gorgeous. It also leaves me feeling soft and smooth after use too, which is always a bonus. From memory this is the only shower gel that smells like the shampoo… But don’t quote me! I picked up the big bottle on offer for £2, so I recommend stocking up on these whilst they’re on offer, as whilst they’re amazing shower gels and worth every penny, nearly £5.00 for a shower gel that isn’t a high brand is a bit cheeky…

  • Tarte Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder.

I stopped using this a couple of months back as for some reason the screw on the pot went funny, and so did the filter area too so I grew too paranoid to use it. As my MAC finishing powder is coming to an end, I decided I would start using this again, and I’m so glad I did because I forgot how damn amazing it is! This is a light finishing powder that really does go a long way, and leaves my skin looking matte and oil free. I don’t even need to top this up either throughout the day, which is great of course. The only problem with it is the packaging, but I think I just got a dodgy pot, sad to say.

  • EOS Lip Balm in Blueberry Acai.

I’ve owned this lip balm well over a year (which I doubt is a good thing!) and I loved it when I first picked it up… But I soon began to fall out of love with it and the hype behind EOS soon disappeared. However I’ve started using it again recently during pole dancing classes, whenever I just need to pop out the house quickly to run some errands, and especially before bed. This stuff alongside The Body Shop’s Lip Butter in Coconut has really helped my lips recently. I seem to be getting a lot of cold sores, which sucks but these have both really helped. I especially love the scent and taste of this lip balm. EOS really aren’t worth all the hype, nor the price but they do the job and are cute to pull out of your handbag when out on the go.

  • Marc Jacobs EDP in Oh, Lola!.

I bought this perfume a year ago in Bristol and whenever I use it, it always reminds me of there. This is also a must have scent for summer as it’s fruity, yet a warming scent. It’s definitely one I would have lived in during my teen years. It’s a light scent too, which makes it perfect for evenings out with friends. I took it to London with me and wore it loads when out and about, especially in the evening when we went to see The Book of Mormon. It’s just been a handbag staple whilst the weather has been nice. I think this was a limited edition perfume too, as I was having a look for it recently online and hardly any retailers sell it now, which makes me sad.

  • MAC Lipstick in Pink Pearl Pop.

A new MAC lipstick, yes and it was a bargain at £5.50! I bought this from a blog sale recently and it’s been one of my wish list MAC items for a couple of years now. I was worried when I first applied it to my lips that it was too bright for my skin tone, but since the first wear I have delightfully discovered it’s the perfect shade for me and a staple for summer! I’m hoping to go away on holiday again in November/December so this will probably be my go to shade when I go!

So those were my favourites for July! What products did you love using last month? Make sure to let me know in the comments below.

Until next time all, take care and here’s to another month!

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2015 Movies I Can’t Wait To See!

26 Jul

This is a really spontaneous post but after having a nose on what is coming soon on my local cinemas website, I felt the urge to make this post… As well as a list for myself of what films are coming out that I want to see, and when.

I have five on this list, one that I have already watched online but am desperate to watch in the cinema. I’m not going to hang about when writing this post, I’m just going to dive straight in. I’ll post pictures of the posters for each film, as well as a trailer for it.

Inside Out – Release date for UK – 24th July 2015 Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it’s no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions – Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness. The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley’s mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley’s main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school.

This is probably the highest film I wish to see on this list… But that being said, I’ve already seen it. Yes I did the naughty thing and watched this online as soon as I found a half decent copy. Although I have seen it mind, I want to watch it again, properly. It’s officially been out a couple of days in the UK and at the time of writing this I’ll either have been to see it the day it came out, or I’ll be off to see it next week at some point. I love Pixar, so this is a must have to watch in the cinema for me. As I write this post I’m currently watching it online and it’s just such an amazing film. I hope I could write a full review for it in the future, but she shall see! It’s just a typical Pixar film that makes you think, and will make you cry too.

Max – Release date for UK – 7th August 2015A precision-trained military dog, Max serves on the frontlines in Afghanistan alongside his handler, U.S. Marine Kyle Wincott. But when things go terribly wrong on manoeuvres, Kyle is mortally wounded and Max, traumatised by the loss of his best friend, is unable to remain in service. Shipped stateside, the only human he seems willing to connect with is Kyle’s teenage brother, Justin, so Max is adopted by Kyle’s family, essentially saving his life. But Justin has issues of his own, such as living up to his father’s expectations for him; he isn’t interested in taking responsibility for his brother’s troubled dog. However, Max may be Justin’s only chance to discover what really happened to his brother that day on the front, and with the help of a tough-talking young teen, Carmen, who has a way with dogs, Justin begins to appreciate his canine companion. Justin’s growing trust in Max helps the four-legged veteran revert back to his heroic self, and as the pair race against time to unravel the mystery, they find more excitement – and danger – than they bargained for. But they each might also find an unlikely new best friend…in each other.

This is one I have been looking at on and off the past few weeks. It’s not something I am super excited about, but it does look like a good cheesy movie to have a cry at. I thought my boyfriend would love the look of this due to the dog being a breed he wants, but alas he isn’t that fussed either. However if we want to go watch a film and can’t think of anything we wish to watch, I could imagine us going to see this. It just reminds me of Marley & Me, which ironically shares the same producer as Max does. I don’t know if this is based off of a book, but it just looks like a good tearjerker.

The Diary of a Teenager Girl – Release date for UK – 7th August 2015 A teenage girl begins a complex love affair with her mother’s boyfriend in this whimsical American indie drama. Minnie (Bel Powley) is a 15-year-old living with her mother in 1970’s San Francisco. With her sexuality blossoming, the teenage artist begins an affair with her mother’s boyfriend, Monroe (Alexander Skarsgard). Minnie’s mother, Charlotte (Kristen Wiig), meanwhile, is an ageing hippy, gleefully indulging in a hedonistic lifestyle with her wayward daughter. But despite all of Minnie’s misadventures, it’s the middle-aged Monroe she keeps coming back to… Adapted from an acclaimed graphic novel, this innovative indie drama bubbles with visual ingenuity and quirky characterisation. First time writer/director Marielle Heller’s movie about the hedonistic attitudes of the 1970s party scene has been wowing audiences in the States, with Indiewire calling the film “genuine, poignant and hilarious”.

Oh my, this definitely my sort of film! I love drama style films aimed towards young adults as these sorts of films are always ones I loved watching when I was younger and make me feel really nostalgic. This one is about a young girl who starts to think about sex and soon finds herself falling for her mother’s boyfriend, only to have sex with him (I think…) and she documents her experience with sex and how it makes her feel. It just looks like a great coming of age story and right up my street!

Absolutely Anything – Release date for UK 14th August 2015Absolutely Anything follows a disillusioned school teacher, Neil Clarke (Pegg) who suddenly finds he has the ability to do anything he wishes, a challende bestowed upon him by a group of power-crazed aliens (voiced by Cleese, Gillam, Jones, Palin and Idle), watching him from space. As he struggles to deal with these new found powers and the events that subsequently arise, he calls upon his loyal canine companion Dennis (voiced by Robin Williams) to help him along the way. Mishap after mishap finally leadds him to the ultimate conundrum that all men dread and at which many have failed…should he choose the girl…or the dog…?

I totally forgot about this film until I found it on the coming soon page! This is a film I have been excited for since just after Robin Williams died. Not only does it star him (I think it’s his last film role…) voicing a dog, but it also stars Simon Pegg, who is one of my favourite actors. It’s one I know me and my boyfriend will go and watch as since the first trailer came out we loved the idea behind it, and especially Robin Williams’s amazing voice acting for the dog. I cannot wait for this to come out!

Paper Towns – Release date for UK – 21st August 2015Adapted from the bestselling novel by author John Green (“The Fault in Our Stars”), PAPER TOWNS is a coming-of-age story centring on Quentin and his enigmatic neighbour Margo, who loved mysteries so much she became one. After taking him on an all-night adventure through their hometown, Margo suddenly disappears–leaving behind cryptic clues for Quentin to decipher. The search leads Quentin and his quick-witted friends on an exhilarating adventure that is equal parts hilarious and moving. Ultimately, to track down Margo, Quentin must find a deeper understanding of true friendship–and true love

This is a film I have been excited for since it was announced. I love John Green and after how well The Fault in Our Stars did in the cinema, I can only imagine this one will be as just a good a success! I haven’t read the book yet, but I hope to get it read in time to go and watch the film. If not then I won’t be so bothered to be honest and I can just read it when I’ve watched the movie. I won’t lie though, I’m not as hyped up for this movie as much as I was for The Fault in Our Stars… I don’t know if that’s because EVERYONE hyped up that movie. But to be honest, I’m super excited about Looking for Alaska being turned into a movie as that’s probably my favourite John Green book. I would like to go and watch this film with someone I know has read the book besides myself, but I can’t see this happening, sad to say.

Snoopy And Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie – Release date for UK – 25th December 2015Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, and the rest of the beloved “Peanuts” gang make their big-screen debut, like they’ve never been seen before, in state-of-the-art 3D animation. Snoopy, the world’s most lovable beagle ­ and flying ace ­embarks upon his greatest mission as he takes to the skies to pursue his arch-nemesis The Red Baron, while his best pal, Charlie Brown, begins his own epic quest. From the imagination of Charles M. Schulz and the creators of the ICE AGE films, THE PEANUTS MOVIE will prove that every underdog has his day.

I remember my boyfriend sending me a 30 second trailer for this film months and months ago, probably around Christmas last year and I was so excited! Every time we have been to our local cinema and seen adverts and posters for it, we’ve realised it’s out soon and get even more excited about seeing it. However only prior to writing this post did I actually look up a trailer or two for it. At first I was a tad meh about the trailer and film in general, not feeling it too much, but when I watched the trailer that I’ve here and I’ve safely fallen in love. Peanuts was a huge part of my childhood and Snoopy is a big love of mine, so this movie is definitely something I need to watch when it comes out. I’m unsure about the release date, considering that’s Christmas Day… But I can work with that if that is the case!

So those are the movies I am excited about for the rest of 2015! There will probably be some more that pop up but I’m just going by what I found on my local cinema website as I stated earlier on in this post. These are just the main ones I’m looking forward to this year.

So, what movies are you wanting to watch in 2015? Make sure to let me know in the comments down below!

Until next time, take care all and I hope you’ve had a great weekend.

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Hyper Japan 2015 Part 2

22 Jul

Well here it is, part two of Hyper Japan, as well as me showing more of what I bought.

After we had rested up at the hotel we got ourselves ready in some fresh clothes and headed back out. We decided we would get dinner at Hyper Japan as we hadn’t yet properly visited the Eat Japan section and were excited about all the food we would be able to try.

When we arrived we decided to go back into the Game & Anime Park to see if we missed out on anything, which is where we finally got to have a go on the Sword Art Online game, which once again, was awesome.

As well as that there was someone cosplaying as Jolteon, which was amazing considering the position they would need to stand in all day! They got a huge crowd, including us and were having pictures with people too, which of course I did.

We had some time to kill before we could go and pick up the picture we were having drawn of us both so we walked around the other areas again for a while. We had heard that there was a stall set up where people would have a Domo Kun around to take pictures with, something we had wanted to do previously in the day, but had missed. However we didn’t miss the second time and made sure to get in the queue for a picture. The guy who took our pictures took loads and they’re all amazing!

The person in the Domo Kun costume swayed back and forth between us so it looked like he was leaning on us, which is incredibly cute! I love Domo and have a largish plush of him in my room, I just wish I could have a life-sized Domo as a friend… Sad nerd is sad.

I wanted to give some of the bubble tea at Hyper Japan a go so eventually when the stand went quiet, I went to get some. I’m not going to lie, this wasn’t the best bubble tea in the world BUT the tapioca pearls were amazing! Very soft and squishy and definitely some of the nicest ones I’ve had. But although it wasn’t the best, it did the job and was very yummy.

As we had a further look around we found a stall that was writing your names in Japanese, as well as another stall that was making badges with your name on in Japanese. We of course got one of these each, and these are mine. We also found a travel stall that when you filled in a survey you got a free cute eraser, we of course did one each. These little cuties are now in my room.

There was only one (but a very good one) Japanese beauty stall in there that we had visited before leaving to go back to the hotel the first time around, but I forgot to mention it in part one. But I picked up this hair styling tool that is used to curl your hair whilst you dry it. If it works for Japanese hair, then I don’t see why it won’t work for mine! I still need to try it out properly and will do Friday before I’m off down south for a BBQ. I’ll make sure to update how it goes! The one thing that appealed to me the most about this is that it is plastic, not ceramic and therefore won’t do any damage to my hair. It was only £3 which I thought was a bargain!

Finally it was time to go and pick our picture up and I was so excited to see what the artist had done. So when she handed it to us I was really taken back. It’s one of my favourite things from Hyper Japan, London in fact. When we visited Comic Con in Birmingham we had our first manga picture of us together drawn and I loved that, but we did get a lot of comments saying that the drawing of me on it looks nothing like me, which if anything was upsetting. So the fact that with this picture everyone is saying this one actually looks like me, it makes me really happy! The artist just got all our details, including the plait of my hair, my bow necklace, my boyfriends sunglasses, and cap, etc. I’m just so happy with it.

After this we decided to get some food. I’m not going to be positive here, but I’m being honest. The selection of food at Hyper Japan was rubbish. There weren’t many stands and even so there wasn’t much on offer. We ended up having loads of chicken and vegetable gyoza’s, as well as some fried noodles that my boyfriend had as they made me feel a bit ick (I HATE bean sprouts!).

We ventured around taking in anything we may have missed and eventually we were told we needed to leave. Since Hyper Japan one of the sellers there has uploaded a video of the weekend onto YouTube and who is in the video? My boyfriend! It’s at 6:07 and you can see my boyfriend walking past the dancers. We were looking around the stall when they were dancing and it’s here we were told we needed to go, which sucks as we wanted to sort of blend in with whatever fun they were having.

After this we decided to go and claim our free pina colada’s from Malibu and they were delicious! It was pina colada day on the 10th July so we decided to take advantage of the free drinks.

When we were walking away from the O2, I took advantage of getting plenty of pictures of how gorgeous it looked at night. We got our train and then the DLR back to the hotel and had a lovely bath together and went to bed. We were shattered and it’s safe to say our legs were killing us the next day. Even though we went out for more adventures!

Before I wrap up this post I’m going to just talk about the negatives since Hyper Japan, as over on their Facebook page there has been nothing but people moaning about this years event. Saying it was too big, it was too public, the food range was awful, people kept getting lost, the list goes on.

I agree with some of the things that people say, the first one being that cosplayer’s were on show to the public which is true. If I was in that position I would feel incredibly anxious. Another being about the food and drink selection being rubbish, which it was in all honestly. My friend who has been for years even told me herself that side was rubbish. I was very disappointed. Another complaint was that the staff that Hyper Japan had hired were rude, which they were! At one point towards the end we bought a beer to share but we had to stay in the Eat Japan section to drink it, although people were drinking beer in the section we wanted to go into, which was extremely annoying. You would ask them questions and they would snap at you, which wasn’t nice at all.

Somethings that people are complaining about that I don’t agree with is how much room there was to walk, I didn’t honestly mind the walk and neither did my boyfriend. We put this down to how crowded and horrible Comic Con Birmingham was in November. I also don’t agree with the rantings about queuing either, we never had to queue much and if we did it wasn’t for long to be honest.

Either way, we loved Hyper Japan and I would love to go again for the Christmas Market in November, but it depends on money. We didn’t spend as much in Hyper Japan as we thought we would which is good, but I think that’s down to the fact there wasn’t really MUCH on offer for us to buy.

I recommend it, especially if you’ve never been like I never had. It’s definitely a different experience and I recommend any Japan  lover to do it at some point.

Have you ever been to Hyper Japan? What did you think? If you haven’t been before, would you like to? Make sure to let me know in the comments.

Until next time though, take care all and I hope you enjoyed my Hyper Japan two-part post.

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Hyper Japan 2015 Part 1

21 Jul

I have struggled to start this post because I just didn’t know how to start it, and due to that it’s actually a day late… Oops! I’m literally just going to throw myself into it and ramble on about things in the order they occurred on the day, which I’ll warn you was long and also picture heavy! I also bought quite a few things at Hyper Japan or was given plenty of freebies, which you can see above, but I’ll go into more detail about those throughout the post.

This post is actually going to be split into two parts, because as I’ve been writing it, it’s just appeared to be WAY too long! So I’ll have part one up today, and part one up tomorrow!

Although we were shattered, we were ready for Hyper Japan and made sure we got up bright an early to get a big breakfast and then head over to the O2 where the event was happening. I’ve never been to the O2 in London before so I was in shock when I saw how big it actually is. But to get there we took the cable cart over which was pretty cool, although I was really anxious when we went over the first time, damn anxiety!

We arrived and the queue was ridiculous… However we had paid a little extra to get fast registration tickets, so we were lucky and didn’t need to wait in that queue. I later read online that it took people an hour to just over it to get into the arena. Not good! We had a bit of trouble waiting in the queue but for once my anxiety didn’t hold me back from voicing my concerns and I spoke to a member of staff about what was happening. Basically, people were pushing in and then laughing at us all who they had pushed past. Me raising these issues got us to the front of the queue, which we couldn’t complain about.

When we finally got inside we were even more excited! The O2 wasn’t that busy but it was sure heaving with restaurants. It just meant if we didn’t wish to eat at Hyper Japan, we had some choices around us.

There were various places you could visit at Hyper Japan including, Eat Japan, Hyper Fringe Market, J-Culture, Hyper Kawaii, Hyper Live, and the first place we visited, Hyper Game & Anime Park. This was probably one of the funnest places for us so it being the first place we went into was pretty awesome.

As the name suggests the Game & Anime Park was of course full of those. Nintendo was of course the main gaming event in there with loads of different demo areas for various different games, as well as a huge stage where members of Nintendo were talking people through new and upcoming games, as well as some cool events happening. We went there to watch about the latest game from Animal Crossing, Happy Home Designer (I’ve already pre ordered it!). I’m a huge Animal Crossing fan so I was super excited when we were told that event was happening on the stage. We watched the whole thing and due to being such awesome people, we were given a free Mario Kart 8 keyring, which I gave my boyfriend.

As well as that there was also a Playstation 4 console where people could demo the new Sword Art Online game, which is coming out in autumn this year! Exciting news for Sword Art Online fans like me and my boyfriend. We both had a go on the demo which latest about ten minutes and it was a pretty straight forward game. There was a huge queue when we first went into the Game & Anime Park so when we went in for a second time, that’s when we got to have a go.

Of course due to Nintendo being there, they also had some of their Amiibo items on display for people to look at, which of course we did. The ones I got most excited for were the yarn Yoshi ones, which have come out to accompany the Wii U game Yoshi’s Woolly World. They come in three colours, my favourite of course being the original green Yoshi. These are made out of real wool so not only do they look like little woolen figures, but they actually are!

Going back to Animal Crossing and the new game Happy Home Designer, these are coming out alongside it so it was nice to have a look at the cards that will be coming out for it. You use these cards to call different villagers and people in the town then and there instead of waiting ages for them. It was also nice to discover that Nintendo are bringing out an add on for old 3DS, and 2DS ‘s where you can use the cards, instead of needing to but the new 3DS.

Not long after the event where the people of Nintendo were talking about the new Animal Crossing game, a Pikachu suddenly waddled past us and over to the main Nintendo section. We followed it to discover that you could have pictures with it, so we got in the queue and got our pictures taken! It was so adorable and I wish we could have gone back and had some more pictures of it. But alas, we had things to do.

Before we left the Game & Anime Park I had a quick picture (or two!) with a massive Colossal Titan head that had been blown up with air for people to take pictures with. It’s from Attack On Titan, one of mine and my boyfriends favourite manga/anime. My boyfriend didn’t bother having any pictures with it, but I made sure to take advantage of it, as it was pretty awesome and the picture I got of me with it is definitely one of my favourites from the day.

We picked up a few bits and pieces from the Game & Anime Park and my boyfriend was lovely enough to buy me a handbag. I had my eye on it since the seller announced they would be selling them at Hyper Japan over on their Facebook page. When I told them I wanted to buy one they were lovely enough to let me look over the bag I got to make sure it was okay and such, which of course it was. It also came in a dust bag which I love! I keep it in there when I’m not using it to keep it nice and fresh looking. It’s a dupe of the Samantha Vega handbag which I’m fine with, as it’s a nice dupe and when I’ve used this bag since me getting it, it’s amazing quality and is really sturdy and great! I’m super pleased with it, and for £35 it was well worth the money. My boyfriend also bought me some green tea matcha Kit Kat’s, which were only 80p each! By far the cheapest ones in the whole of Hyper Japan.

We moved over to the other areas of Hyper Japan and probably spent most of our time there looking around all the various stalls and stands.

This is the Tofu Cute Candy Festival and something we visited twice because we loved it so much! For just £6 we got all these treats to eat and try, so we got two of these. There were various things we got from Pocky, Kit Kat’s, chocolate, sweets, and as you can see on this picture, a green tea matcha mochi, where was delicious. It was a great way to sample things before buying them in the shop next door. The shop was so busy too, it was probably one of the busiest stalls of the day.

As the Saturday Hyper Japan day is split into two separate events people are told they need to leave for half an hour whilst the event is swapped around so before we headed off we ordered a picture to be drawn of us together, as well as picked up a picture of me that someone had drawn in the Fringe Market.

We also decided to grab some food from the Eat Japan section. We bought some tuna onigiri, and to the Japanese onigiri is like a sandwich to us, which I LOVED! They were two for £6, which wasn’t cheap for but for how filling it was, it was really nice. I think we’re going to try and make these ourselves in the future.

Then we headed back to the hotel as we were pretty shattered and wanted to drop off some of the stuff we had bought, as things were beginning to be quiet heavy. The queue for the cable cart was long! But luckily we were alright and soon got into a cart with some people. I felt a lot more relaxed the second time we rode it and I would love to go on it again in the future.

And whilst I was going to continue talking about Hyper Japan, I’m going to stop for today and call this part one out of two. This post is just turning out to be way too long to fit into one post without it not beginning to be boring.

So tomorrow I shall talk about the second half of Hyper Japan in part two!

What do you think of my first Hyper Japan experience so far? Did you go to Hyper Japan? Let me know in the comments.

Until tomorrow, take care all.

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The Book of Mormon Review and a Mini Haul

18 Jul

Image taken from bookofmormonlondon.com

Hello… My name is Elder Coffee and I would like to share with you this amazing musical…

Okay, that wasn’t cheesy and awful at all now was it? But OMG (yes I just said that!) this musical is amazing and if you haven’t seen it yet, I will tell you to as soon as you can because it is one everyone must see.

I’m not the biggest fans of musicals, I reckon this is down to how many cheesy ones have appeared the past five to ten years so I have been put off. I wasn’t really keen on watching this one when my boyfriend first asked me if we could go, but after he told me who wrote it and what it was about, I was soon persuaded. Good boyfriend!

So he booked our tickets and a month or two later we were on our way to London and excited for our first evening there for the musical. I would say my boyfriend was a hell of a lot more excited than me, considering he has wanted to watch this musical since it came out nearly five years ago! Our friends as well as my boyfriends brother had already been to see it, so my boyfriend hearing of good reviews from them made him want to go all the more.

A little bit of background information about The Book of Mormon… It’s written by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the guys behind South Park, and Team America. They also got some help from Robert Lopez who also wrote songs for Frozen.

We decided to dress up for the evening and wore smart clothing. I was meant to get pictures of my outfit, but alas this never happened. We got a couple of pictures together however that show off our outfits a little. The second picture is my favourite however, even though it is a little blurred.

We arrived just in time to get in the queue to go in, and get ourselves some drinks before getting to our sits and getting comfortable for the first half. The theatre itself was really nice and the staff were equally as nice and lovely to chat to. When we bought some goodies the girl who served up was really helpful and chatted to us about the actors in the original cast, which was awesome.

The musical started and the first song you hear is “Hello” and it is a perfect song to kick off the musical with. It’s just perfect, and very catchy. Me and my boyfriend haven’t stopped singing it since we watched it. Infact we’ve been like this with a lot of songs from the musical, including “I Believe”, “Joseph Smith American Moses” and especially “Hasa Diga Eebowai” which is probably the most offensive song in the musical… Maybe ever infact!

The meaning of “Hasa Diga Eebowai” is explained of course during the performance of it, but I will say what it means here. It means “Fuck you God” which is highly offensive… But with the way it is sung it does make you laugh and relate to why the African villagers are singing it in the first place.

Throughout the musical there are a lot of factual things in there, especially about how the mormon’s came to be which was really interesting for myself as I didn’t know about it until the musical to be honest. As well as that the musical overall was just really well written with all the songs being really catchy and not sounding cheesy. I found that one or two of the songs could be cheesy, but personally I feel that this was done on purpose due to what was being sung about and who by.

The actors, actresses, and the band all did such an amazing job and for how much my boyfriend paid for us both to go it was so worth the money! We already want to go again to see it, and hopefully will soon.

My boyfriends purchases from London, of course you can see his The Book of Mormon purchases here…

Of course we picked up some merchandise whilst we was there. We didn’t even know they would have any! I had mentioned before heading to London how I wanted to buy my boyfriend the soundtrack so he could listen to it during work which he ended up buying for himself. He also picked up a t-shirt for himself and a program. I wore my t-shirt earlier this week after we got back home from London and it’s one of the most comfortable ones I own, and I’m not just saying that either. It’s a V-neck for the women’s which is very different and not a style I own at the moment, so it was a nice change. As you can see my boyfriends and the men’s is orange, which is pretty cool. You may have also noticed that they say “Hasa Diga Eebowai” which I have already told you means “Fuck you God”. I won’t lie, I was really worried when I first wore this t-shirt out as I was paranoid someone may know what it meant and stop me in the street to say something, but alas I was lucky. This is one problem I am having with this meaning and me wearing it on a t-shirt. I don’t feel that way personally, and it is just a t-shirt I’ve bought after watching the musical. So I just wanted to get that out there, that whilst I’m not the most religious person in the world, I don’t personally feel this way about God. So yeah… Anyway…

The soundtrack is amazing! I have a copy on both my iPod and my iPhone and it’s something I haven’t stopped listening to. One of my favourite songs being “Believe” as I just love singing it. The big book I also picked up is amazing! It has loads about the before, during, and after process of the musical, as well as the script and lyrics for it in the back of the book, something that I really wanted it for. It’s huge too! It wasn’t cheap to be honest, but it was well worth the money and will be something that I’ll put on my bookshelf once we move out.

Andrew Rannells (Girls, and The New Normal) who originally played Elder Price and Josh Gad (Olaf in Frozen) who originally played Elder Cunningham both did an amazing job and whenever I listen to the soundtrack it just makes me smile so much, I would just love to watch the original version with them in. Although there is a naughty copy on YouTube, it’s rubbish quality so I couldn’t bring myself to watch it.

The only thing I really want now is for The Book of Mormon to come closer to home. Many of the greats including The Lion King and Wicked have both come to Birmingham now and I just want this one too as well. I would probably go and see it way too much mind and it’d cost me so much money. In the meantime though, me and my boyfriend are hoping to go again soon as we just enjoyed it so damn much. Even arriving there in the daytime to have a look at The Prince of Wales Theatre I felt so excited, so when we went in the evening when it was all lit up I just felt in heaven. But of course, it was even better when we left and it was darker outside so the whole building was lit up like a Christmas tree. I just died when I saw it and pestered my boyfriend to take loads of pictures. I’m surprised I didn’t take any myself and I’m sad that I never.

Alongside Hyper Japan, this is one of the best things I have done and one of the things I have really enjoyed doing so far this year. I just had an amazing evening out with my boyfriend, had a laugh watching the musical, and it just really did kick start our weekend in London.

Have you been to watch The Book of Mormon, if so what did you think of it? If not, would you like to? Make sure to let me know in comments down below.

Until next time take care all and have a lovely weekend!

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Lush Oxford Street and Haul!

16 Jul

I don’t even know where to start with this post other than saying how cool the Oxford Street store was. It was bigger than I thought it was going to be and really easy to navigate around. It also wasn’t as busy as I thought it was going to be, which I’m really pleased about.

I sadly didn’t get any pictures inside the store, although I think my boyfriend took some video footage… But don’t quote me! I wanted to take pictures but I was so excited about sniffing things, buying things, and being quick due to wanting to look around the rest of London that I forgot… The only images I have at this moment in time is my bag of goodies and the wrapping of them… At the time I hadn’t taken things out of the packets so there aren’t any pictures of what I bought… Although I will attach a picture of each item as I talk about it briefly (luxury bath oil images taken from Coal Harbour).

Lots of purchases!

I do apologise that I can’t show anything off but I took these pictures at my boyfriends house and I didn’t really wish to open anything until I got home. I will be reviewing each item as and when I use it however so keep eyes peeled in the future for those.

Overall I spend £30.50 and I wanted to ideally spend £20-£30 and as my dad gave me some spending money for London, I was able to put that towards these purchases. For all I got it is a lot of money, but due to my sensitive skin I don’t use a lot of product in each bath anyway so this selection is sure to last me months! Probably up to Christmas!

SO! Let’s go over what I picked up.

The first products I’ll be talking about are the luxury bath oils, which were something I was rather excited about, due to these little bad boys being new to Lush. They’re exactly the same as the luxury bath melts, only smaller and with a lot more variety to choose from. I can imagine these will replace the bath melts at some point considering two of the bath oils I picked up are exactly remakes of the bath melts.

Floating Island – “Float away and clear your mind. Let your troubles melt away with sandalwood and lemon essential oils.” This isn’t one I thought I would pick up, but I remember the bath bomb version of this and it always smelt so amazing! This is available as a larger version of the bath melt, which I can see me trying in the future. This reminds me of vanilla ice cream, and I honestly cannot smell the sandalwood and lemon, which is odd.

Mmmelting Marshmallow Moment – “Sweet treat for silky skin. Moisturising marshmallow oil whipped up with cocoa butter and almond oil.” When I saw that Lush had made this popular bath melt into a bath oil, I wondered what the point in it was. However when I smelt it in the store me and my boyfriend fell in love and I bought one for myself, and for him. We gave this a go the second night we stayed in London and its probably one of the nicest Lush bath products I have used in quite some time. It smells JUST LIKE Snow Fairy, which is a favourite of mine and left us smelling gorgeous and feeling soft and silky. I wish I could have bought more of these, but it’s definitely made me want to try the bath melt version.

Double Vitality“Zing zing zing went my heartstrings. Revitalising peppermint and lemon awaken the sense and put a zine in your step.” I hadn’t really thought about looking at this bath oil until my friend Mali (over at maliberrymakeup) reviewed it on her blog and it didn’t just sound lovely, but it looked lovely too when used in the bath. It smells so delicious! You can definitely smell both the peppermint and lemon and it’s just so refreshing and perfect for refreshing and waking you up in the morning. I can’t wait to try this one! I was going to pick up two, but I left it.

Shark Infested Custard“What’s yellow and dangerous? Not this! Full of luxurious butters, oils and irresistible fragrance you’ll be heading jaws first into the bath.” This was a bath oil I had ummed and ahhed over as I wasn’t sure whether or not I would like it. However when I smelt it, I fell in love. It’s a gorgeous vanilla/custard scent that just reminds me of when I was little. My parents have always loved vanilla flavoured things and that is something that has rubbed off on me. This will be nice to use in the evenings when I just want a chilled out bath.

I was pretty excited for what the Oxford Street exclusives were when it came to bubble bars as they just appeared to be more varied than the bath bombs. Two of the bubble bars also carry the same scents as two of my all time favourite Lush products that have now been discontinued, so I was pretty excited for those two. I could have probably bought more, but I was good.

Milky Bath“Hot milk? Don’t cry over spilt milk – bathe in it! Made with fairly traded cocoa butter for softness.” Out of all the products this is probably the one I am worrying that I won’t like. But that being said, once again my friend Mali reviewed this and made it sound exactly how I hoped it would be… So I guess I just need to try it out and see how I feel about it. It does look gorgeous though, like a little baby milk bottle. This comes in a soap too, but I didn’t look at that.

Supertramp“Oh I wood! A bath with this mossy number is like getting down and dirty in the undergrowth.” I loved Tramp shower gel when it was out and literally as I started to fall in love with it, Lush took it away and discontinued it, now only to charge a fucking fortune through the Lush Kitchen. Something that honestly annoys me about Lush… But that’s for another post. This is a huge bubble bar though, the same size as The Comforter and yet for a pound cheaper! This will last me AGES, probably six baths at least. I love the strong scent that this has of sandalwood as it really clears my head and reminds me of late spring and autumn. Seriously Lush, bring back Tramp shower gel!

Cherry Blossom“Pops your cherry! Pop your bathtime cherry with the sweet scent of Majorcan almonds and decadent pink bubbles.” This is the other Lush product that reminds me of a discontinued one and shares the same scent with the ever so amazing Happy Blooming bath melt. It smells of yummy cherries and almonds and really does leave me feeling comforted and full of happy smiles and awesome! Lush really annoyed me that they took ages to release Happy Blooming after announcing it and then they only had it out for a couple of months before taking it away. I call bullshit that it wasn’t selling well as everyone I know who loves Lush loved this. It has since been released as a shower jelly, but I missed out. So this will have to do! It was the most expensive thing I bought at nearly £6.00 but I hope to get loads of baths out of it for the money…

Big Bang“It started with a bang. Start baths off with a lemon myrtle bang. Lie back and think of the universe.” This is a new scent and one I hope Lush keeps using in other products as it smells so lovely! It’s very citrusy without being too strong as it contains grapefruit and lemon, which somewhat reminds me of Whoosh shower jelly, but honestly as I said, it isn’t that strong. This will be nice to use in the summer evening to keep the day bright and especially nice in winter. It just looks gorgeous too! Reminds me of something that would come out for Christmas.

Finally I have one product left which is a bath bomb… One lonely bath bomb… I won’t lie, I found the majority of bath bombs for the exclusive products very samey. They were either very citrus, floral, or woody smells. When I was walking around giving the majority a sniff I didn’t really feel like there was anything unique there… Some reminded me of previous bath bombs, and some just weren’t to my liking. I feel that a majority of the bath bombs out in the exclusive collection are aimed towards men, or at least people who like manly smells. I love these, don’t get me wrong… But I dunno. I feel very meh about the bath bombs in the collection. I’m sad about that to be honest. I wanted some mind blowing scents! But I guess Lush will do that when it comes to Christmas this year…

Intergalactic“Blast off into funky. This awesome mix will have you hooked on a feeling. Be the guardian of a galaxy as it explodes in your bath.” Something I’m rather excited with about this bath bomb is that it contains popping candy! How awesome is that, huh? This being said, a majority of Lush’s products contain popping candy now… So it’s not really something to get so excited over anymore. Anyway… This reminds me of Double Vitality with it’s peppermint and lemon scents, two things I really like together. I can’t wait to use this, hopefully soon!

So those are all the products I bought from the Oxford Street store! I really enjoyed my experience there and it was really good. The staff were lovely and helpful and the store was laid out perfectly too. I will be writing a post of products I regret not picking up but I know in the future I will get these. I know I will.

I will of course be reviewing each product as and when I use it with more pictures etc.

Lush announced that these won’t stay exclusive products for long, and I hope that’s true… I can’t keep traveling to London to get my fix!

Have you visited the Oxford Street store? If so what did you think, and what did you buy? Make sure to let me know in the comments.

I hope everyone is having a good week so far, and until next time take care.

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