Friday, 24 October 2014

Art || developing style

I'm not posting these 'cos I'm gonna be like "ooohh come compliment my art please" and "oooh I suck at art" *cough* fishing *cough*. Yeh I'm not gonna do that 'cos art is art and I think it's about enjoying it rather than how good someone is at it, you just have to find a style that suits you. I love drawing because it's peaceful and gives me something I have to focus on. And the end result feels like such an achievement. I got back into drawing only last year and started doing silly sketches with pencils, like those pug birds above. Don't even ask, I don't know where the idea for pug birds came from haha.

I always drew animals because I know I'm terrible at drawing people, especially people's faces. I can't get expressions at all. So I figured if I wanted to draw people I'd have to come up with another way of doing it. And my lovely mama also bought me art pens. And I remembered how much I love drawing in pen!

There is no way I'd be able to get the face shape or any shading right! So doing a silhouette type drawing like this actually works for me! I also realised that if I do want to do shading, I can use a fine pen to make tiny dots. Such a classic GCSE "technique" to be using but it works for me!

Totally unfinished haha. I always get bored of the same drawing so my sketchbook is full of unfinished everythings.

I haven't much time at the moment to do any drawing, or much else. But once I've settled into a routine with the amount of work I have I'll be getting back to quick pen sketches. And I have watercolours now yay!

This post is basically 'cos lots of people like art, but not everyone has the time to spend ages working on amazing pieces. It's kind of a back seat hobby. But there are ways to still produce things you like, just by playing around and finding what you are able to draw, and finding different styles to draw the things you can't draw.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

10 things I've learnt from living with guys...

1. They actually are messy. But when they clean, they really go for it. They're also perfectly happy to tackle the garden and any really gross jobs like getting rid of maggots from under the bin.

2. You get a lot of bruises from who knows what. Possibly from the bb-gun, or from being dragged around in an ASDA basket.

3. They don't talk anywhere near as much as girls do, and they also seem to have a limit on how much chatter they can listen to (don't let it offend you - they're trying).

4. When they do talk it's usually in nonsense. Just random words and questions. It makes absolutely no sense.

5. They eat a lot of meat.

6. You feel good about being able to eat a whole large dominos pizza to yourself.

7. Boys t-shirts are very comfy.

8. They're good at looking after you when you cry. I can't remember if the boys had to get used to me crying loads, or if they were just already ok with it when we moved in. They just seem to know what to do.

9. Sometimes it's like having children in the house. But huge children who are much bigger than you. In a non-creepy at all kinda way...

10. It's so much more fun. If you're into the kind of fun that involves a game of roulette with a bb gun and  vodka...

Monday, 20 October 2014

This week happiness is... #15

Going on a night out for the first time in three weeks. It was only with a small group but I made it through the whole night and didn't go home early, and had a really great time!

Hungover takeaway pizza.

Ticking a lot of things off my to-do lists. I've been writing one nearly every day 'cos I have so much to remember at the moment and it feels so good to cross lots off.

ASOS sale! I'm a poor student but I bought Hello Kitty tights (omg omg the excitement for these to arrive!) and some over the knee socks.

Birthday sequins! It was two of my housemates birthdays last weekend which they both went home for, but we still got them presents and I made them cards. And I went a lil overboard scattering birthday sequins around the house. I keep finding them in my socks...

A quick decision to go home and stay with the fam. It's been a hectic week and I've had no time to myself and I really needed that peace and quiet and alone time that I can get while I'm here. It's also the best to see my family, and get to see my little sister before she went to Venice yesterday!

A pink Clueless inspired checked skirt waiting for me at home. My sister bought it but it didn't fit her, so she got another size and kept the other one for me to have! Yaaay we can match! (She really won't be happy if I wear it at the same time she does hehe).

And new patterned tights waiting for me at home! I think my fam got a bit over excited about me coming to visit, I feel spoiled!

Mam bringing me up a cup of tea in the morning :) I always make my own, obviously, but at home my lovely mama always brings me up a cup to wake me up.

Sorry this went up a day late, I didn't have my camera at my parents and wanted a picture included. And like I said, it's been one of those weeks. How has your week been? xo

Friday, 17 October 2014

Beauty review || Burt's Bees lip balms

So I'm not a beauty blogger at all, I have reviewed a few pieces in the past when it's something I love a lot I feel inclined to share that love. Aw. I'm pretty sure I've included this Burt's Bees mango lip balm in a post before... but I still love them so will share them again 'cos I'm so freaking lovely.

These lip balms come in different types - at the moment I have the mango one and the ultra moisturizing one (this is why I'm not a beauty blogger I can't even name them properly) but I've also tried the weird minty one. The mango one I always buy it's my fave, I think I only bought the minty one 'cos they're almost the same colour! They were on offer the other week and I'd just run out of the minty weird one so I bought the mango one and the ultra moisturizing one, otherwise they're so expensive. But still something I buy every time I need new balm.

The mango one is pretty standard, mango smelling lip balm. I find a lot of lip balms actually dry out my lips, or feel too sticky and uncomfortable. Don't even get me started on Vaseline. These really don't and yes they're more expensive but oh my stars so niiiiice. The ultra-moisturizing one is weird. Instead of swiping my lips a few times I just use this once, and even then sometimes it feels a little much. I only use this one when I haven't for a while and if my lips are feeling ultra dry. The mango one comes with my everywhere.

I used to try out loads of lip balms, as teenage girls do, but I think when you find something that really works at what it does you hold onto it. I wouldn't mind a cola flavour Burt's Bees lip balm though.