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Sunday, 25 January 2015

Weekly Round-Up #25

Baked:  Mum's birthday cake


It's only been three weeks since I made my Dad's birthday cake, so I wasn't really feeling like chocolate fudge was an option, so after a quick poll on Twitter I decided to make carrot and walnut with cream cheese frosting. It's ridiculously easy to make, but was one of my favourite cakes ever, either pre or post vegan. I've had some interest in posting about how I make my cakes so easy, so next time I go shopping I'll be sure to get what I need a write a post about it. You'll see that I cheat A LOT.

Bought:  Lip Tar storage


I've got a few Lip Tars from OCC and the entire Loud Mouth collection from Barry M, but rarely reach for them because they were hidden away in a drawer and the rest of my lipsticks are on my dressing table. So I bought this lipstick holder with 12 compartments that fit the liquid lippies perfectly. Hopefully I'll get more use out of them now I can see what I have. It only cost £2 something from eBay, and is also available in a larger size (which I also have).

Loved:  Going out for Mum's birthday


Having a birthday on a Monday sucks, there's very little to do, especially in Wales, so I made plans with Mum's best friend and we took her to the cinema and Pizza Hut. My local Pizza Hut is great when you tell them you're vegan, they double check everything and always add extra toppings and sauce to make up for the lack of cheese. I really wish more restaurants were like that, I don't feel safe eating out very often because I've had so many slip ups in the past but I never have any worries going there.

The film we went to see was Exodus: Gods and Kings, and to be honest it really disappointed me. I love the idea of the film; all about Moses and his life, but it just didn't live up to expectation at all. I won't spoil it for you in case you haven't seen it yet, but there's one part that I was really looking forward to seeing, and they didn't even show it. The one big thing that I expected to see and they just glossed over it like 'hey, it's no big deal', that really cheesed me off. The one huge thing that really bugged me right from the start were the subtitles, I totally understand the need for subtitles in some films; if they're in a different language or if you're in a viewing for the hard of hearing, but when it's an English speaking film with English subtitles, that just doesn't make sense to me.

Liked:  Getting free flowers


White tulips have been one of my favourite flowers for years, but I rarely have them as they seem to be pretty hard to come by now for some reason, so when I saw some in Sainsbury's the other day I made a dash for them. I also picked up a bunch of baby daffodils (which are the national flower of Wales), and when I got to the till I was told I could have them free of charge. Apparently they were about to be thrown out because they're old and have been there for ages, so I didn't get charged for either bunch. Thank you very much kind sales assistant.

Loathed:  Getting a migraine

It's not very often I get a headache, but when I do it's a doozy! I went out on Friday for lunch and as we were wandering around the shops afterwards I started feeling really ill, as if my blood pressure had suddenly taken a massive jump. By time I got home I was a bit queezy so went to bed early hoping to sleep it off. I woke up Saturday with a huge migraine, so I'm in bed in a dark room with no sound, and I'm bored to tears. Thankfully I wrote most of this post as the week went on, kind of like a diary, so I only had to add this paragraph today. I'm sorry, but there won't be a Manicure Monday post tomorrow, just the thought of smelling the fumes makes my head spin. Hopefully I'll feel a lot better in a day or two, otherwise there won't be a post on Wednesday either.

Beauty product of the week:  Too Faced Melted Peony


I've been after Melted Peony since it was released, but with a price tag of £19 I wasn't in any rush to get it. This week I finally gave in and ordered it from the Debenhams website. It's a slightly different shade of pink than I was expecting, but I like it nonetheless. I won't be writing a full review of it because there are about a million of them already, but don't be surprised if you see it pop up in a
favourites post at some point.

YouTube:  Fun For Louis (link)


The vast majority of channels I'm subscribed to on YouTube are hosted by women, weather they're beauty, lifestyle or anything else, I just generally prefer videos that are made by women. This week though I've been watching a lot of Louis' videos, and they're amazing. He's a vlogger with, seemingly, one of the best lives imaginable. He loves to travel and try out scary activities so that's what you'll find a lot on his channel. He's so chilled and easy to watch and it makes such a nice change to watch a vlogger who does something different from shop/cook/complain.

Edit: Since I posted this I've found out that Fun For Louis started as Food For Louis, a channel where he'd do eating challenges. These challenges included eating spiders and live goldfish! I will not be watching the channel in the future.

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