Thursday, 16 June 2011

Playsuits aplenty!

Today I had the urge to buy some new clothes. I don't get this urge often, I often want new clothes but when it comes to actually spending the money I can think of a million other things I should rather be spending it on. So I hit my city's vintage shops with my friend, as all the highstreet stores here are ridiculously over-priced (Topshop over here is literally twice the price as in the UK!). The vintage/thrifty stores here are a bit strange, the charity shops are cheap but the other shops that sell second hands things are really expensive! So I only ended up getting two things, and they're both playsuits. I've never realised how clever these are before, they're perfect for dancing as skirts can end up being a bit...hazardous.

I really need to work on my camera face...

I think the second one might be good for my holiday in August, although I'm not sure I could get away with wearing just a bikini under it...I shall have to see. It has a zip on the stomach area that I think is meant to be hidden, I think I'll be able to iron it so that the fabric hides the zip, I think it looks a bit strange otherwise. It's also missing a button, which is why I was holding it in place. I thought I'd have to find one to go with it, but then I saw that there were two buttons fastened in the trouser leg so I'll just have to sew one on :) It's also a little brighter than what I'd normally go for, I usually wear more earthy tones, like the first playsuit, but I thought since it's summer I should go for something colourful!
The playsuits were both around £30, which is a lot for second hand, but still half the price of what I'd pay in Topshop here!


The Poor Man's Clarisonic?

I might have done a teensy bit of shopping today. I bought a couple of clothing items (post coming after this one, as soon as I find the tripod) and a couple of things from the Body Shop.

My friend, whom I was with, spotted the facial brush and showed it to me, and I immediately thought that it was like the Clarisonic, only obviously not electronic. Since it wasn't too expensive we both picked one up and I hope it'll work similarly to the Clarisonic, which I don't think I can get over here and even if I could, it's dead expensive. I paid around £3.00 for the brush, which isn't too bad. I'll use it for a few weeks and then tell you what I think about it. It also comes with a lid, so the bristles shouldn't get too bent.

Last night I decided that I wanted to get a face mask. I was thinking about ordering the Liz Earle Deep Cleansing Mask or whatever it's called, but to be honest it's a bit expensive, so I might just get a sample size of it to test for fun. Instead I decided to go for the Body Shop's Tea Tree face mask as my skin has been very blemishy and awful these past few months (I have an appointment at the dermatologist's in August). On a side note, I tried putting toothpaste on some of my blemishes last night and was surprised to see that it sort of worked! I used on the spots that hadn't formed a head yet and found that they'd lessened slightly. I don't think I'll be doing it often though. Anyway, I'm going to use the face mask tonight and might to a small post on my first thoughts tomorrow. I've had this one before and I remember liking it, although it was a few years ago and I think the thing I liked was that it was like a proper green face mask!

I'll go look for the tripod now and then take a couple of pictures wearing the clothes I bought and post later tonight or tomorrow. :)

Hope you're all having a good week, it's Iceland's independence day tomorrow and I'm working (actually v. happy since I get overtime/holiday pay for it!).


Thursday, 2 June 2011

Summer Goal: Learn Turkish

As I've mentioned a few times (I'll stop going on about it now) I'm only working every other weekend and my friends are all working during the week. At first I wasn't too bothered, I just relaxed, post exams, reading and watching programmes/stuff on youtube (does anyone watch Doctor Who? I can't wait for the next programme!). However, I soon realised that if I continued doing this all summer I would a) go crazy and b) realise in a couple of months that I did nothing with my summer. 
So I decided to set myself a couple of goals. One of them is to learn Turkish.
Tweetie saying 'I don't speak Turkish' - I'm so clever, aren't I?

I've always enjoyed learning languages (except Danish, I can't stand it - sorry to any Danes out there!) and being bilingual I find it easier than most to learn them.
As I'm sure I've mentioned I'm going to Turkey in August. In my school it's a tradition for the graduating year to go on a trip together (although we go the summer before we start out final year) and we vote on the place we want to go to. I'm really looking forward to it. These graduation trips are usually just an opportunity for people to get extremely drunk in a foreign country. I'm not sure what it's like in your countries, but in Iceland (and I might be portraying my country's youth very badly here, they're not all like this!) people just seem to love to get drunk. I'm not talking about enjoying a couple of drinks with friends, but drinking to the point where they don't remember much of what happened the next day. I personally don't drink, mainly because I don't like the idea of being off my face, but I might enjoy a cocktail or two while in Turkey.
Anyway, my point is that I won't spend the entire trip being drunk or nursing a hangover, instead I'll be going on various daytrips too see what the country has to offer. I'm really excited to see Pamukkale (pictured below), the ancient cities and islands.

Pamukkale (taken from Google Images)

Whenever my family would go on holiday together we'd always stay away from staying in the touristy areas, instead staying in small villages or towns where not many people spoke good English. We'd always make an effort to learn the language of the country we were visiting, just basic stuff to get around, and I really enjoyed that. So I've decided to try and learn a bit of Turkish during this summer. I'm not expecting to become fluent in the language, but want to be able to ask for things and understand a bit of what's being said around me. We'll be staying in a touristy area, so I'm guessing people there will speak English, but it's always nice to be able to take care of yourself (also, should I be kidnapped or something I'll be able to cry for help - Taken has scarred me for life!)

A peek into my notebook
Anyway, I just thought I share this with you, do you have any goals for the summer? I'd love to hear about them! :)

See you later! Or sonra görüsürüz as I'm sure I'll be saying in a few months ;)

Operation Hydration: update

Yesyes, I only started yesterday, but I still wanted to write an update.
I forgot to mention yesterday another symptom of my dehydration: dry lips. My lips are always dry, they have been for years and years. I apply lipbalm a few times over the day (my lipbalm of choice is the cherry carmex in a little pot) but this doesn't make much difference if I haven't been drinking enough water.
So far I've just finished my third glass of water today, and I had half a glass of yummy homemade apple and orange juice earlier as well.
I think I'm going to aim to drink four glasses of water throughout the day and then whatever I drink with my meals.
I haven't noticed any difference yet (and I didn't expect to), but I have noticed that I'm a lot thirstier than I have been these past few weeks. It's like when you don't eat anything for a long time and you sort of forget to feel hungry and then when you finally do eat something the hunger kicks in.

taken from weheartit

Coincidentally the Liz Earle newsletter appeared in my inbox today and in the 'Letter from Liz' she talks about the importance of staying hydrated! I found that quite amusing and actually enjoyed reading it as it talks about how much water is recommended we drink a day (1.5 litres) and the (misinformed) stories that went around on the internet saying that it was bad to reuse plastic water bottles because they had cancer-causing chemicals in them. Go read it, it's interesting. :)

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Operation Hydration

Just too cute! Taken from weheartit

I have always had a problem staying hydrated. I think this stems form the fact that I don't drink fizzy drinks and never have, when I was younger my friends would buy half-litre bottles of coke/something similar and I would get juice, which was until recently (in my country at least) only sold in 250ml cartons or 1 litre cartons. So I usually wouldn't drink as much and didn't really think anything of it. 
Recently I think I've discovered a connection between the behaviour of my skin and how much liquid I'm consuming. At school I stayed very hydrated because we had a drinking water machine (which was basically just tap water, only cooler) and we'd go get a glass of water between classes. This stopped for a while after a practical biology lesson when we were supposed to take samples from around school and see what bacteria grew in them and my group (cleverly) took a sample from the water machine (the bit were the actual water came through). A couple of weeks later we saw the horrible amount of bacteria that had grown from the sample, and, although I am fully aware that the bacteria would die once in the stomach, I just couldn't bring myself to drink from the machine for the rest of that term. During the Christmas holiday they took the machine away to be fixed and I convinced myself that they'd cleaned it as well and managed to start drinking the water again.
Wow, that was a bit of a pointless tangent, anyway my point is that during school term I drank lots of water and stayed hydrated and my skin was in ok condition, although I had blemishes.
Right now my skin is incredibly oily, I mean seriously oily. A couple of hours after applying my makeup my forehead is shiny and the sides of my nose are very oily. 
And what's changed?
I'm not drinking as much water. It just doesn't occur to me during the day. I'll drink water or juice when I get something to eat, but then I'll only drink about a glass and sometimes won't even finish it. 
The way I think it when your body doesn't get enough water the skin on your body becomes dry, but the skin on your face and head (which has the most sebaceous glands) produces more sebum to make up for the lack of water, and this leads to oily skin and an oily scalp, both of which I've noticed have increased lately.
So what am I going to do?
Drink more water obviously!
However, I need to be careful not to drink too much, too much water intake can mess up your electrolyte  system and can even cause death (obviously in extreme cases). Also, I've found that when I gulp down large quantities of water at a time it just exits my body shortly later.
My plan, then, is to drink small amounts of water over the day (maybe half a litre over an hour for a few hours a day) and see if my skin improves at all.
I might even take pictures of my skin without makeup and a few hours after applying it, just to see how it changes (it it changes, maybe I'm just making things up here!)
I'll write a new post with my results in two weeks / a month, however long it takes to get results (or not get them).

Oh, and incase you're wondering why I'm making such a fuss about this and writing a post and not just getting on with, the answer is simple - I'm bored. I need something to fill up my time during the day. :)

And on that note, I'm done. Stay happy, healthy and hydrated :)