Sunday, 31 July 2016

The Deep and Space Centre - Week Notes #4 (31/7/16)

This week has been pretty great! The first week off of the summer holidays for me; I have finished my placement and can relax until it is time to go back to university in September.

"BUT WAIT" you say! What about that essay you have to do? Well I have already finished it and I am so so happy to have it complete. I actually wrote most of this essay on Monday so I will not have to think about it for the rest of my time off now.
On Tuesday I went to The Deep and had a whale of a time! (See what I did there?) As we went in the summer holidays there were lots of children and families which meant patience was required to see a lot of the tanks but it was still a great day as most people were equally patient and kind. I really enjoyed the way that the aquarium was set up, you start at the top of the building and work your way down through the exhibits. The 'centre' of The Deep is 'Europe's Deepest Viewing Tank' which has lots of interesting animals such as rays, sharks and two saw fish! One of my favourite parts was the staircase which has a viewing deck into this tank on each level. You can even see the very top where staff are monitoring the tank!

As you can probably tell I also loved the 'Cold Seas' area which featured lots of jellyfish glowing in the dark! The picture above is a small tank filled with tiny jellyfish surrounded by mirrors so when you look in you can see yourself and it looks there are millons of jellyfish! Incredibly cute and cool.

Then on Friday I went to the National Space Centre in Leicester which we thought would be a quick visit but actually took us four hours! We could of spent even longer if we had done all the interactive attractions and astronaut training. However, again, there were quite a few families so we decided to let them do these instead of queueing up, especially as these were more geared towards children.

My favourite part of the National Space Centre had to be the Sir Patrick Moore Planetarium Show called 'We Are Stars'. This show told the story of how the Earth began and how we are all connected to stars. It was incredibly interesting and even though I knew most of the science behind it thanks to A Level biology, I throughly enjoyed watching the show. The effects we amazing, especially projected onto the spherical ceiling of the planetarium.

After the Space Centre we managed to go see Finding Dory at the cinema, a film I would highly recommend to adults and children alike! Yes, I did nearly cry but I managed to hold it in. There are a surprising number of plot twists whilst also sticking to the plot line and keeping you engaged. I really cannot speak highly enough of Finding Dory.

What have you been up to in the summer holidays?


Wednesday, 13 July 2016

My Most Used Brushes

most used brushes

Brushes are something I use everyday but rarely talk about them on this blog! So I thought today I would take the chance to tell you my five most used brushes.

First up is the Zoeva Face Shape brush which I use to blend in concealer (when I don't use my complexion sponge) under my eyes, around my nose and on my chin. The Zoeva brushes are so soft and this brush makes quick work of blending in concealer, especially compared to the much smaller brushes usually advertised as concealer brushes.

After I've blended in my concealer I set it using a powder and the Real Techniques Setting brush. I never though about using a separate brush to set concealer but it really helps in preventing creasing under the eye; a problem I really used to struggle with. All the Real Techniques brushes are soft and well made without the super expensive price tag.

Going along with the setting brush is the Real Techniques Blush brush which I use with a powder to set my whole face. I personally find this too big to use for blush but the perfect size for face powder  as I find the bigger powder brushes do not properly set my face.

top five brushes

Another brush from Zoeva is my beloved Wing Liner brush which is perfect for using with a brow pomade! Unlike many other eyebrow brushes it is not as dense, therefore providing light realistic strokes rather than a harsh block of colour, which can easily happen when using a brow pomade.

Lastly, an eBay bargain brush! This came in a set of four brushes, which can be easily found just by searching on eBay, and I love using it to blend out eyeshadow in the crease. The angled shape means it slots into the crease and makes it simple to soften any harsh edges.

What are you most used brushes?

Harriet x

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Sunday, 10 July 2016

Reasons To Look Forward To Summer

Although it is now July (where has the year gone!?) summer has yet to reach England so while I'm still feeling hopeful I thought I would tell you the reasons I'm looking forward to summer.

  • Reading a good book in the sun
  • Wearing comfy shorts
  • Not having to be bundled up in a coat or scarf
  • Being able to wear sandals and flip flops
  • Lighter, brighter, longer evenings
  • Taking evening walks
  • Being more productive because sunlight motivates me!
  • No work for a few weeks (for me anyway)
  • Watching my tortoise stroll across the garden
  • Eating fruity ice lollies!
Why are you looking forward to summer?

Harriet x

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