3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge | day one

I did this challenge a couple of years ago, and I was nominated again by Louise from A Little Fool Reads, so thank you very much for nominating me!

The Rules

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote each day).
  3. Nominate 3 new bloggers each day.

Image result for francesca zappiaFor day one, I’ve chosen this quote from Eliza and her Monsters by Francesca Zappia:

I think [writers] always do [have an ending], somewhere in our hends, even if we don’t seriously consider them. Like life, what gives a story its meaning is the fact that it ends. Our stories have lives of their own – and it’s up to us to make them mean something.

ELIZA AND HER MONSTERS by Francesca Zappia 

To me, this quote is really powerful, and I truly love it, especially the final two sentences. It means a lot to me, and really hit me in the chest when I first read it. I had to pause and reread the quote a couple of times, and after I finished the book I typed it up on my typewriter and carry it in my journal with me, and it takes a lot for a quote to rattle around my brain constantly like this one does.

I nominate:

Thanks so much for reading, and make sure to check back tomorrow for another quote!

Until then,

Hannah

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Experimenting in New Makeup and Hair Styles

I am an experimenter. I would imagine (okay, perhaps if pressed for every adjective) that people might describe me with that, basically because it’s true. This time around: an experiment in makeup and hair styles! Why? Because I have a lot of capability with what I can do with my hair, and I have makeup that I’ve never used! So, basically: why not? 🙂

From Wednesday – Wednesday, I am going to be experimenting in different makeups and hairstyles and blogging (and vlogging!) about them. My video will be posted at the end of the post. There’s a master list of products at the bottom too. Changes of what I did compared to normal are emboldened.

I should probably say that normally, my hair is either loose, or in a half pony tail. My face wears concealer, powder, eyeliner/eye-shadow, and mascara, often with a lip balm. 🙂

The Experiment

Day 1 – Wednesday

Today I wore all my usual makeup – eyeliner, mascara, concealer and powder. However, today I added in a Highlighter and Pink Matte Lipstick!

I’ve worn highlighter (not the florescent ones you use on paper, although I have also had those on my face…) before, but I’ve always rubbed it off because it seemed too glimmery and shiny. Today, though, I took the plunge and wore it all day! The lipstick has similarly been worn before, but never out because the matteness, I won’t lie to you, scares me a little. It kind of stung my lips because my lips are a mess, but it was actually really nice to wear!

I also straightened my hair, which was an adventure! It didn’t actually take as long as I expected, and I really liked the finished product. It really highlighted how much my hair has grown (and how uneven it is…) but I don’t know, I just really liked it!

Overall? Day 1 = success!

Day 2 – Thursday

Today I thought I’d try something very different – I put my hair into a faux ballerina bun! I used the tutorial Dodie Clark put on YouTube. I’ve never (maybe ever?) had my hair in a ballerina bun before, so it was completely new to me! However, I really liked it, and so did other people – I got so many compliments and apparently I look very different with my hair up!

My makeup was also really rather different. I wore a fairly light purple eye shadow, as well as a dark pink lip crayon from No7. I got a lot of compliments on my lipstick as well! The eyeshadow, I thought, came out really well, and because I was wearing a purpley-grey jumper, the whole outfit came together too!

I really enjoyed wearing this. Thursday was actually a really ‘bad day’ mental health wise, but I although I felt like nothing all day, I think that making myself up actually helped to take the edge off. I wasn’t feeling self conscious, but more confident with my hair and kept my head up because I knew I looked good. I’m really happy with Thursday’s look.

Day 3 – Friday

I decided to give my lips a rest today, so I’m not wearing any lipstick. The new thing? Purple eye liner! I feel like this is quite a bold thing to wear, as it’s really not usual, but when I put it on it’s actually quite subtle; you can only really tell it’s purple if you look closely. I really, really like it, and will definitely wear it again!

However, my hair is a ruddy nightmare. I don’t know how to describe today’s style except as an elven half pony tail. I took two strands from the front of my hair, and wound them in curls before pinning them at the back. Whilst the right side of my face looked really good, my hair was so poofy on the left that half way through the day I ended up wrapping another strand up behind. I felt much more confident.

Overall? Hair = not a failure, but not a success. Makeup = love! ❤

Day 4 – Saturday

Today! I curled my hair. 😀 It took a while and didn’t actually come out very curly so I think I need a lot more practice in the whole curling thing but I was really happy with it! For some reason, even though it’s in my face as much as when it’s just down and poofy, when I’ve curled my hair I accept it getting in my eyes a lot more.

Anyway – for make up, I filled in my eyebrows. Ha! What a joke. It didn’t really work at all and I didn’t like the feeling of it anyway. Speaking of, I also wore liquid eyeliner! This actually went on really well and didn’t look half bad (if I say so myself) but it felt horrible and itchy and blagh I didn’t like it. (‘Though, I will probably wear it again.)

Day 5 – Sunday

Today… I was makeup less and I also didn’t do anything to my hair (except for tie it in a half pony tail when it got a little unruly). Not part of the experiment? Yes, perhaps. But the fact is, I know that you are meant to give your face a break and all, but aside from that, I remember telling a friend I was wearing more makeup and she said, “Just remember to still love your face even when it’s makeup less!” In spirit of that – no makeup.

And to be honest, I’m just running out of hairstyle ideas.

Day 6 – Monday

Today I wore my hair in a high ponytail which I haven’t done in ages! I really liked it, especially because it’s so much longer now!

I wore eye shadow again, with eyeliner! I haven’t done this combo before so that was something really new! I also a No7 Lipstick in Cameo which was quite a pink-y colour, but I really liked it. This look was really casual but I felt really pretty in it, so that was a positive.

Day 7 – Tuesday

Okay! Today, I, once again, put my hair up in a ballerina bun because I loved it so much when I did it on Thursday! I really liked this one again. It’s definitely one of my new favourite hairstyles!

And my makeup… I went a bit different and went minimalist. I guess. I just wore my regular makeup, sans eye shadow and/or eyeliner! Just mascara. 🙂 I also wore the No7 Lip Crayon I wore a few days ago.

This look felt really relaxed but I did kind of want an eye shadow, because I think it works really well with the bun. Ah, well.

Day 8 – Wednesday

The last day of my experiment! Today I didn’t wear any unusual makeup; just (a lot more) concealer, powder, and mascara, because I was going climbing and didn’t want anything to run. I also discovered today that I need a new mascara because I’ve had mine for over 3 months now and my eyes are starting to sting… ugh.

I wore my hair in a French plait which actually tied itself up rather nicely!

So there we have it: experiment? Done.

What I Learnt

  • That eyeliner gets better with practice. No, really. So don’t worry if you looked like a panda that one time.
  • That hair is really rather versatile, but if it poofs, it poofs.
  • Also: don’t be afraid to try something new! Something I wanted to try in this experiment but didn’t was purple lipstick, because I had a VERY bad experience with it once and wanted to try again. I didn’t try it… but I will in the future! (Maybe tomorrow??) Anyway. I wore my hair differently, and people loved it!
  • Sometimes putting on your makeup and doing your hair can make the day a lot better. ❤
  • I really want to experiment more in the future!

Video Evidence

So not only have I blogged this experience, but I also vlogged it. Hope you enjoy the video! ❤

Thank you guys for reading my post! Let me know if you want to/have experimented in your own look yourself! (And let me know if you enjoyed this post because I really loved making it!) 


 

Master List of Products Used

Makeup (* = worn every day)

  • *Lasting Perfection Collection Concealer – 1 (Fair)
  • *Collection Pressed Powder
  • *Generic face / powder brush I stole from my mum (seriously it’s the softest ever)
  • *Extra Super Lash Rimmel Mascara
  • Blackest Black Glimmerstick by Avon
  • *Highlighter Stick by Seventeen
  • PS… Velvet Matte Lipstick Crayon (Ballerina)
  • Emphasise eye palette by Seventeen
  • No7 Matte Lip Crayon in Raspberry Wine (?)
  • MK Signature Eyeliner in Violet
  • BYS Eyeshadow
  • No7 Stay Perfect Liquid Eyeliner
  • No7 Lipstick in Cameo

Hair

  • BaByliss Pro NaNo Straighter 200
  • *Remington Power (Hair) Dry[er] 2000
  • BaByliss Curling Wand Pro
  • Silvikrin Classic Hairspray (#2)
  • Hairbands
  • Hair slides

Drabbles

Okay, so let me begin by saying the title is actually a thing. And it’s a thing you can do easily!

A drabble is a 100 word story. Some people say it has to be exactly 100 words, and some people say it’s just anything exactly or below 100. The former group of people say that anything below 100 words is a ficlet or a snippet (as well as other words). But to be honest, in my opinion, it doesn’t really matter.

Anyway. Drabbles were started as short stories but many fanfiction writers have taken them on. Challenges have been created that you can find quickly online, that you can easily take part in.

Why should you write drabbles? Well, whilst they can take a long time if you do them ‘right’, you can do them pretty quickly as well. Why not knock one up right now, during the ad break of the TV show you’re watching, or once you finish that chapter of your book ? Even jot one down when you’re boiling the kettle for a nice cuppa.

And they can be super fun! 😀 Try a fanfiction, or just a snippet of one of the moments your character lives through.

So I propose a challenge. Write a drabble and post it in the comments!

Good luck & have fun! 

The First One {Short Story}

The First One

TW: Drugs, murder.
Word count: 994

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The tea was steadily getting colder, but still remained untouched. The marshmallow had been mutilated to the point that it probably wasn’t a marshmallow any more, and parts of it lay scattered on the saucer.

Fingertips tapped on the table top. Hard, blue eyes stared, watching various people go about their daily business outside.

Inside the coffee shop, there was a general buzz of content as the first flakes of snow fell.

A young man passed her by and sat opposite a pretty woman. He laughed and reached over to hold her hand. The woman’s eyes flitted to hers, and the girl stared, almost unseeingly, back at her. Shifting uncomfortably, the woman dropped her gaze.

The bell above the door rang as it was opened by a boy, no older than 16. He kicked grit from his boots whilst his friends passed him. They were jostling and laughing, but that wasn’t what made the girl smile.

Pushing tousled, brown hair away from his face, the boy’s gaze met hers. It dropped a split second later, and a hint of red appeared over his cheeks. Brown, intelligent eyes were enhanced by bright, white teeth, and he followed his friends to get drinks. With a skip in her heart as the handsome one looked at her again, the girl watched as the group sat opposite her table.

The book that had been used as a prop was ignored, and the girl put her full attention on the boy opposite. He sat, slouching but still managing to look interested in what the others were saying. He took small sips from his hot chocolate, pushing the hair from his face every so often.

Now and then, he would glance up at her, and she would pretend to be watching someone else, or would stare down at her book, feeling when he looked away.

Eventually, the three boys stood. The brown haired one turned her way one more time and smiled, before following his friends out of the door, which clanged shut behind them.

The girl stood. Leaving her untouched tea behind, she picked up a heavy duffel bag and opened the door, silent save for a light ringing of the bell.

For once, her tiny frame worked to her advantage. She followed the boys in a practised manner, waiting outside whilst they went into shops, always pretending to be engrossed in something else, making sure they didn’t notice her too much.

Long, loose hair flowed down her back like a white waterfall. Rubber soled boots made no sound on the concrete. Her leather jacket kept the rain off when a few drops decided to fall.

Finally, the boys split up. The girl followed the handsome one as he went this way and that, down the small alleys that no one else went down in the city. She watched carefully as he bought something from a dodgy looking guy, and, once again, waited outside as he disappeared into a club for an hour.

It was nearly 2AM by the time she caught him alone. He seemed sober and his eyes were clear, although she suspected he was under the influence of something or other.

What’s a pretty girl like you doing out so early?” he asked, stumbling upon her leaning against the wall just outside. She shrugged and batted her eyelids daintily.

Waiting for a handsome guy like you to come along, I suppose,” she twittered falsely. The boy smiled, almost warily, and she thought she saw a hint of recognition in his eyes.

Didn’t I see you earlier? In Mrs J’s?” he asked. The girl uttered a high, fake laugh.

Oh, perhaps. Weren’t you the handsome one that came through the door?” She stroked his arm, and the boy looked more at ease.

Perhaps,” he smiled. “Can I walk you home, then?”

The girl felt a rush through her veins. “Oh, yes please. It’s a little scary out here at night, what with all those strange men around.”

The boy nodded, and she reached down to pick up her duffel bag. “Oh here,” he said, “let me carry that for you.” She shrugged, and passed it to him; he bent momentarily over the unexpected weight, before straightening, and passing it to his right hand, so he could walk with his left to her. “Blimey, what have you got in here?”

Oh, just some…books,” she said, saying the first thing that came to her mind. “Shall we go, then?”

Casually, the girl walked off, and the boy hesitated for a moment before following her sashaying hips.

Street after street passed them by as the boy tried to make small talk. The girl answered in short sentences, still trying to keep the pretty tone to her voice. A small alley came up on her right, and she halted.

Oh, I know this place! This is a short cut,” she lied, holding out her hand for his. He took it without thinking, and she tugged him down the gloomy passage.

They met no one. Heard nothing. It seemed as if they were in their own little bubble. Perfect, the girl thought, a sly smile on her face.

So, where does this lead to?” the boy asked, peering back over his shoulders as the darkness engulfed them, taking them away from the comforting, orange street lights.

Somewhere special,” she replied vaguely.

When she felt sure that no one would see nor hear them, she pulled the boy towards her before pushing him against the wall. He dropped the duffel bag in shock, and they both heard the clanging of metal.

Frozen, the boy stayed tight against the wall. She reached down and slowly unzipped the bag. Drawing a knife from its depths, she held it up, so it glinted in the slither of moonlight that came from between the buildings.

This was it.

The first one.

The first boy she would ever kill. 

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Thanks for reading! Feedback appreciated! 🙂 

To Draw or Not To Draw…?

Hallo! Who here is a good artist/likes to draw?

Because I would absolutely love to be able to draw all of my characters!

So, what’s my challenge for Christmas day? Be able to draw my characters with a pretty good degree of skill! Ha! This is gonna be a heck of a challenge. 😀

But, you know, I’m looking forward to it.

And I think that my main challenge is going to be the hardest: I want to be able to draw Matt Smith before, or on, Christmas Day with pretty good skill for a ‘Goodbye Eleven’ for Doctor Who!

Can’t wait.

Keep writing – NaNoWriMo finishes tomorrow! How are you guys going for it?

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