Friday, January 29, 2016

The One Where I Answer 73 Random Questions

No word of a lie, I've got 58 draft posts saved at the moment. I've decided that this is the year I'm going to actually start finishing (and posting) posts. I'm determined to clear that draft folder! This has been saved for so long that I've forgotten what it's called or where I came across it but I really wanted to get it finished and share it with you.

1. What's your favourite movie? This literally changes weekly. Maybe Uptown Girls?

2. Favourite movie in the past 5 years? Gravity.

3. Favourite Hitchcock film? I've never seen any.

4. A book you plan on reading? Vivienne Westwood is next on my list.

5. A book you read in school that positively shaped you? I honestly don't think any school books had any lasting effects on me. 

6. Favourite TV show that is currently on? Ooh, this is a tough one. Possibly Castle. 

7. On a scale of 1 to 10 how excited about life right now? A solid 6.

8. iPhone or Android? Either.

9. Twitter or Instagram? Instagram (@queeninge_). Although I'm much better at Twitter (@queeninge_). Cheeky plug! ;)

10. Who should EVERYONE be following right now? I find myself wanting to retweet everything @KirstieLouiseS tweets so she's a definite must

11. What's your favourite food? Pasta

12. Least favourite food? I don't know if this counts because I'm a vegetarian and I've actually never tried it but I could literally never eat Tuna. Like, what is with that smell??
Other than that, I'd go with cucumber. Absolutely hate the stuff!

13. What do you love on your pizza? The only topping I like is cheese and tomato but only with tomato sauce, I don't like tomato slices.

14. Favourite drink? Black coffee. But I'm really picky with my coffee so it has to be Douwe Egbert's dark roast

15. Favourite desert? Swedish Glace Smooth Vanilla Ice Cream

16. Dark chocolate or milk chocolate? Dark. Morrisons Value is my absolute favourite right now

17. Coffee or tea? Coffee

18. What's the hardest part about being a mum? N/A

19. What's your favourite band? Fifth Harmony

20. Favourite solo artist? Taylor Swift

21. Favourite song? Stars from Les Mis

22. If you could sing a song with anyone who would it be? I'm the definition of tone deaf so I'm more than happy to just listen to other people sing.

23. If you could master one instrument what would it be? Guitar. 

24. If you had a tattoo, where would it be? I have a tattoo and I started with the wrist but I've got lots more planned. 

25. To be or not to be? That is the question!

26. Dogs or cats? Cats. I really want to go to a cat cafe.

27. Bird watching or whale watching? Neither. If forced, I'd probably go with bird watching because I'm scared of the sea and I feel like you can probably only whale watch from a boat.

28. Best gift you've ever received? My mum took me to see Wicked for my 18th. That was pretty good one.

29. Best gift you've ever given? I'm pretty boring at present giving I'm taking my mum to London for her birthday this year to see The Lion King so probably that.

30. Last gift you gave a friend? I honestly can't remember.

31. What's your favourite board game? Monopoly.

32. What's your favourite country to visit? I haven't been outside England in about a decade but I do love France (*cough* Disneyland)

33. What's the last country you visited? France. I went to Strasbourg with college in 2009. That's legit the last time I went abroad.

34. What country do you wish to visit? Canada.

35. What's your favourite colour? Black.

36. Least favourite colour? Yellow.

37. Diamonds or pearls? Diamonds.

38. Heels or flats? Flats.

39. Pilates or yoga? I'd go yoga because it's the only one I've attempted. I do love seeing pilates pictures of celebs using weird contraptions to stretch on Instagram.. Is that weird?? RosieHW and EmmaRoberts. I've never tried it though. 

40. Jogging or swimming? Jogging. 

41. Best way to de-stress? Jigsaws. 

42. If you had one superpower, what would it be? I'd love to be able to read minds.

43. What's the weirdest word in the English language? I can't think of any. I've even googled to see but that's no help

44. What's your favourite flower? I like sunflowers. They're actually on my tattoo wishlist. 

45. When was the last time you cried? About 10 minutes ago whilst watching Troll Hunters. 

46. Do you like your handwriting? No haha. It depends on the pen.

47. Do you bake? I used to quite a lot. I'm too lazy at the moment but I'd quite like to buy a vegan baking book to get back into it.

48. What is your least favourite thing about yourself? Social anxiety.

49. What is your most favourite thing about yourself? I'm always on time.

50. Who do you miss most? Uni friends.

51. What are you listening to right now? Troll Hunters is on tv.

52. Favourite smell? The Christmas Memories Yankee candle.

53. Who was the last person you spoke to on the phone? My mum. I don't really do calls, they make me anxious.

54. Who was the last person you sent a text to? My sister.

55. A sport you wish you could play? Gymnastics! I'm way too tall though.... I'd love to be able to ski (is that sport?? I think it is). Somebody teach me? 😚

56. Hair colour? Ginger.

57. Eye colour? Blue.

58. Scary films or happy endings? Happy. I don't really like scary films.

59. Favourite season? Autumn.

60. Three people, alive or dead, that you would like to have dinner with? Van Gogh, Scott Mills and Daisy Lowe.

61. Hugs or kisses? Neither. I don't do physical contact.

62. Rolling Stones or The Beatles? The Beatles.

63. Where were you born? Cumbria, North West England.

64. Where is the farthest you have been from home? Spain.

65. Sweet or savoury? Sweet.

66. Lipstick or lipgloss? Lipstick. I don't gloss.

67. What book have you read again and again? Most of the books I've finished I've gone back to. A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby is my favourite book so probably that

68. Favourite bedtime story? I don't think I've got one.

69. What would be the title of your autobiography? Same.

70. Favourite sound? Rain (Cliché much? Haha!) Killian Donnelly singing

71. Favourite animal? Moose. Or sloths. Mainly moose.

72. Who is your girl crush? Who don't I have a girl crush on? I'm currently a bit in love with Amber Heard.

73. Last photograph you took? *Spoiler alert* It was for an upcoming product review. I say upcoming but the rate at which I'm getting these posts up, it could be months.

If any of you know who came up with these questions then please do let me know and I'll link back to them. Also, I'd love if you attempted and left me the links to your answers.
Nikki x
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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Best Dressed : Golden Globes 2016

I bloody love awards season. 
So. Much. Fashion!

The Golden Globes kicked off the season with a bang and seemingly no end to the list of amazing looks.


My ultimate look of the night went to Amber Heard who looked flawless in Gucci


Lily James looks like she's stepped out of a fairytale with this Marchesa gown. She also wouldn't look out of place on a runway with that supermodel pose. Working the red carpet like a pro(haha)


Emilia Clarke wearing Valentino. I totally tweeted when I first saw this that I couldn't work out whether I loved or hated this and I've decided....I love it! She looks like the leader of a coven.

Amy Adams wearing Atelier Versace. Would this really be a best dressed list by me without an Amy Adams appearance. Okay so I might be a little biased because I'm somewhat obsessed with her but I seriously do love this dress. I love that she is never afraid to rock colour. I love how simple the dress is and yet it still looks totally classy and A List.

Zendaya wearing Marchesa. I don't feel like there are many best dressed lists that Zendaya isn't on. I'm obsessed with how she always manages to pull off classy without dressing older than her age.

Who were your favourites?
Nikki x
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Thursday, January 14, 2016

2015 Favourite Products: Face




Primer This Works in transit camera close-up
This is the first year I've really bothered with primers, I just never saw the need. I have, however, accumulated quite the collection over the years. I'm assuming most of them came from beauty subscription boxes. I've tried a fair few this year and whilst I'm still not 100% convinced that it does anything to the longevity of my makeup, this definitely makes a difference to the appearance of my pores. I've been noticing them a lot more around my nose in recent months and this stuff smooths over them so that my foundation doesn't look daft. I'm nearly at the end of my current one but it's definitely on my repurchase list.

Foundation L'Oreal True Match
I hit the jackpot with this foundation. I find it fairly watery (? I'm not sure if that's the word I'm looking for) when you first apply it. It's quite a bit thinner than any of my other foundations. It's fairly lightweight and easy to blend. Then it seems to settle to an almost powder finish. I know I'm not doing the best job at describing it but this is the best foundation I've ever tried and I find myself coming back to it time and time again. I haven't tried it since the packaging changed so I really hope the formula is still the same.

Concealer Kryolan Camouflage Creme DQ1
I'm still not sure what came over me to spend so much money on a concealer. I know this isn't necessarily a 'high end' price, but for me it's a splurge. I think a major part of the reason I love this so much is that it is a palette and so it contains different shades. I can use the lightest shade to brighten around my eyes and then one of the darker shades to cover any redness. It's super convenient for traveling as well because you only need the one product. Add to that the fact that I use the darkest shade in this palette to contour and it's absolutely worth the money.

Powder Rimmel Stay Matte transparent
This oxidises, there's no two ways about that. For that reason, I can only really wear this when I have a tan. Luckily, I've been tanning a lot more this year so I've managed to get a lot of use out of this stuff. I think I've probably only tried three different powders in my whole life so I'm not really an expert but this is amazing. It's only around the £4 mark which is nothing and it sets my makeup for the day.

Blush Emite make up artist colour powder blush 108
I had never heard of this brand before I received this in a Glossybox but it became my new favourite blush after just one use. I would never have gone near anything as brown toned in a shop as I just always veered towards pinks thinking they were the best thing for my porcelain skin. This year has been a massive learning curve for me in terms of experimenting with different shades and not just sticking to what I think works. You never know unless you try it, kids.

What were your favourite face products this year? Also, does anyone have a primer which makes their makeup stay put longer?
Nikki x
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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

2015 Favourite Products - Eyes





Lashes Urban Decay Perversion
I get bored of mascaras too easily, I have way too many on the go at any one time but I definitely find myself reaching for specific ones more than others. This was my standout through 2015. The fat brush gives loads means you get loads of volume and it is super duper black. I don't use this for my bottom lashes as I find it can smudge but I have no problems with the top lashes.

Liner Maybelline Master Ink Black Matte
I'm definitely more of a fan of kohl but there's a fine line between looking great and looking like you haven't washed your face in a week. For work, liquid seems like the way to go. Some days I think this is too dark on me. It's so black it makes me feel like a goth queen. The main reason for my love is that once it is on, it is not going anywhere. I have oily lids and I find that a lot of liquid liners fade to grey throughout the day...not this one. 

Brows 
Rimmel Brow This Way Medium Brown
This was a hand me down from my sister but her loss is my gain :) I don't use the gel side (she did the damage to that) but I'm loving the powder. It's really pigmented and lasts all day, even on days when I forget to set it.

What were your favourite eye products of 2015?
Nikki x
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