harry potter studio tour!

Friday 16 March 2012

My apologies for the extremely picture heavy post!

Last Sunday I was lucky enough to be able to get free tickets to the brand new Harry Potter Studio Tour, which has opened up near-ish to wear I live (its close to London). 

I have to say it is literally the coolest place on earth for a massive Harry Potter geek like me- yes I cried at the last Harry Potter film, it was just so emosh! After the final film coming out and the magic seeming to end, this brand new museum/tour is the closest thing there is to the magical world of Hogwarts, except the theme park in America, which I am determined to visit one day!

I don't want to spoil the actual tour too much for any of you keen people like me who are going, but lets just say there are lots of lovely surprises! From drinking butter beer to meeting dobby the house elf, every little detail was covered and it was fascinating seeing the ins and outs of the filming and behind the scenes sets. The workers there were lovely (one of my best friends actually works there, lucky thing!) and they were so clued up on Harry Potter inside information they should have been in the movies themselves!

The best part by far was a magnificent structure of Hogwarts which changed from day to night every 4 minutes; it was ridiculously huge and ridiculously beautiful- I want to go to Hogwarts! And I even discovered a table with all the makeup they used on set... lets just say I hung around there quite a bit!

Overall it was a fantastic experience and apart from the overpriced gift shop and wanting it never to end, there's really nothing I can fault with it! If you get the chance to go - go

guest post; organic makeup helps cancer sufferers.

Thursday 8 March 2012

Recently I was contacted by Jackie Clark (her blog's here!) who works for Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance, raising awareness about a rare type of cancer that occurs in the thin layer of cells lining the body's internal organs. Her motto is every woman should feel beautiful no matter what situation they are in, her exact words being 'I would like to share with your audience the reality of cancer and how women can say 'YES I have cancer', but I am no less beautiful than I was before my diagnosis.' Her message was so strong I jumped at the chance of her guest posting on Beautylishious, so I hope you find her article informative and interesting... 

There are many instances in a woman’s life where she is tempted to go organic. The local farmers market is full of organic fruits and vegetables and local supermarkets are increasing their supply of organic produce and other products for the public. Organic items, as a whole, are much better for women than products and foods that are not created organically. Buying organic is a nationwide epidemic that is a good one to have. Aside from food, there are several different products on the market that are created organically, including makeup, which is always a feel good tool for women. 

Women that are facing a rare form of cancer, such as mesothelioma cancer are likely in need of a feel good tool, which is where organic makeup comes in handy. The thought of going through cancer treatments is one that is intimidating and scary to many women; it is also something that can quickly remove a woman’s sense of confidence and power, leaving her feeling exposed and out of control. Something that is of crucial importance for women that are suffering from cancer is that they feel good about themselves. Feeling good is a way to improve the quality of their life, which is something they must do to improve their mood and increase their positive reaction to their cancer treatments

One way that never fails to make a woman feel more confident and beautiful is to put on makeup and make an effort to be the fabulous woman she was before she was diagnosed with cancer. Organic makeup is something that can make women feel even better about themselves because it is better for their skin, better for the environment and it is all around healthier and safer. Not only will wearing organic makeup make them look and feel more gorgeous, beautiful and confident, it will make them feel better as a person because they are doing something good for the environment by going organic. 

Additionally, another benefit of organic makeup is that it is good for a woman’s skin. Using organic makeup means not using harsh chemicals and additives on a woman’s skin, which means her skin will be healthier, more natural and more gorgeous as a result of the makeup she chooses to wear. There is no downfall to switching makeup brands and going organic.

There is nothing that makes a woman feel more powerful and strong than the way she looks. While it is no secret that cancer can make a woman feel badly, she doesn’t have to look bad. She can regain her confidence and her strong persona by using organic makeup to make herself feel better. Feeling better is a great way to beat cancer.

Please excuse the totally unrelated picture, let my massive teddy make you feel better... because what's a blog post without a picture!?

the tiny skulls.

Friday 2 March 2012

I bought these beautiful gold and silver bracelets a couple of weeks ago from Etsy, a recent website discovery of mine- it sells stunning handmade and vintage items at low prices.

These dainty little bracelets were actually bought after I fell completely in love with this bracelet by Iwona Ludyga, which has been making the rounds on tumblr lately, but with the £200 price tag, I was on hunt for something a little more inexpensive.

After a major google search, desperately trying to find a dupable piece, I discovered the above bracelets for just £9.71 each here and promptly fell in love, enough even to order both colours of the bracelet to share with my sister. They arrived in about a week (from Korea!) in a beautiful hand made box and the seller even threw in a free pair of pearl earrings- perfect!

I am completely obsessed with the dainty, subtle skulls and I have literally not removed the silver version from my arm since receiving them! I will definitely be ordering a whole lot more from Etsy in the near future!