Sunday, 31 March 2013

Happy Easter 2013

Hello there!

HAPPY EASTER EVERYBODY

So because it's Easter Sunday, and the Easter Bunny has been doing his rounds, I'd thought I'd share a photo of my Easter bunnies have a cuddle and washing each other. 

Left: Petal    Right: Cookie      

I also thought I'd share some joy by showing this picture of an Easter card that my brother made a few years back that always makes me smile. 




This doesn't really explain the death and resurrection of Jesus

Are you having an Easter Egg Hunt?

Hope you have a fantabulous day and stuff you're faces full of yummy chocolate. 
(The diet starts on Monday, right?)

Ciao for now, G x


Saturday, 30 March 2013

Spring Scent Shuffle-Up - What Fragrances to Wear for Spring? - Hollister, Escada Magnetism, D&G No.3 L'Imperatrice Reviews

Hello There!

So today I'm talking about switching-up fragrances for Spring. Just like changing you're wardrobe from jumpers to dresses, and switching from lighter to darker in cosmetics, Spring and Summer bring with them different requirements for scents. Whereas the winter requires more musky, heavier scents, Spring is all about newness, freshness, lightness and that should reflect in your fragrance.

Think fruity, fresh, floral.


 Hollister, Escada Magnetism, D&G No.3 L'Imperatrice
These are my selected suggestions
for the Spring/Summer Shuffle.

Hollister Ryder PerfumeD&G No.3 L'Imperatrice Perfume

Left: Hollister Ryder (Review):  This is my favourite fragrance of my whole life (and I've been through a lot of fragrances). However, while I was researching for where you could purchase it, I found that it's been discontinued which is an absolute tragedy! It is the lightest, coolest, softest scent ever (think cucumber and maybe jasmine?) So, if you already have it, whip it out for Spring, and if you really really want it, it can be bought for extortionate prices on ebay and amazon. It does last forever though - I've had the bottle in the picture for nearly 3 years. 
£100-200 (yes it's ridiculous)

Right: Dolce & Gabbana No. 3 L'Imperatrice (Review): As you can see from the image, I use this as my everyday perfume most of the year. It's very fruity but there is a musky undertone, so that's why it works for most of the year. I was surprised when I was researching about this perfume that it contains watermelon and kiwi! But when you think about the smell you can detect these scents. They obviously explain the fruity overtones of this perfume... So yes, this is a great daytime perfume for the Spring/Summer. Only available in 100ml, ebay, amazon, boots. But again lasts forever. I have used this perfume every single day for 18 months (cumulative), so worth the price tag.
 £30-£40


Escada Magnetism Perfume


 Escada Magnetism (Review): Although it is Spring/Summer (the weather suggests otherwise) and everything is supposed to be light and fresh, it still helps to have one heavier, maybe muskier scent for the evening/parties/colder days, and my choice would be this gem from Escada. I have always been complimented when I've worn this perfume. Need I say more? No, But I will. I think it smells reminiscent of candy floss, but nobody else seems to smell that.  It's sweet so you can almost taste it, but not sickly because it's musky - understand? It's got a more leafy smell than flowery (in a good way), making it more of an evening scent.

It lasts on you for ages, like the whole day/evening with only a few sprays, and even if you overspray it still seems to balance itself out really quickly, so it's not overpowering. 


50ml or 75ml bottle. Available at ebay, amazon. £30-£40


As you can see from my wishlist, I want the DKNY Be Delicious, which is also a fabulously fruity scent (think Golden Delicious Apples) and it is P.E.R.F.E.C.T for Spring (although maybe I'm slightly biased because I'm head-over-heels in love with it...?)
Available from ASDA for only £22. 

I understand that £30/£40 can be quite a lot of money just for a smell.. For some it isn't but for some it is. What I would say, is that for me these scents have been an investment that quite frankly has paid off. They have lasted me forever, and it's going to be a long time before I need to repurchase any of them. And if something as small as a fragrance can make you feel more confident then I think it's worth every penny. 


Maybe hint to your partner, or parent, or friend that you'd like a fragrance instead of an Easter Egg this year!


Hope that this post has inspired you to shuffle up your scents this Spring.


Ciao for now, G x 

Friday, 29 March 2013

March Minature Mayhem


Hello There!

There's Miniature Mayhem. 
Everywhere I go, everything I do, I feel bombarded by things in miniature. 
It's probably because everyone else on the entire planet is going on holiday this Easter. Ok, so maybe that's a slight exaggeration, but I think you'll understand my envy since I haven't been on holiday since I was 10. I can't physically remember a time when I was away from the UK, but I have covered most of England and Wales which I don't take for granted. Anyway, I digress. Back to miniature. 



So this is most of my collection of miniature. I do understand that it is slightly strange to have these given that I haven't been on holiday in forever. But I do travel a lot, and for some reason people keep buying me them. 

Hey - but who in the world doesn't like things in miniature, everything's cuter in mini....
Humans, Animals... and shampoo :)

Batiste & Sure

These are my handbag essentials. I always have both of these just in case. For some reason I feel like I have to justify myself for this - deodorant should explain itself, but the Batiste - yes I do wash my hair. I just think it's a must-have for people with fringes. For some reason, my fringe will look greasy 5 seconds after I've washed it, so I always have a bottle with me just in case. 


The Body Shop - Mini Body Butters

I really like The Body Shop, and I find these travel-size pots really handy. I like to have one in my handbag, and switch between the different flavours. They are included in most giftsets from The Body Shop and I've collected quite a few. Here are my favourite flavours because they have really distinct smells that last a long time. They are specialised for skin types, (coconut for dry skin), but I haven't really seen the difference, so just choose my pots by smell instead!




So yes, everything is cuter in miniature, but it's also more of a rip-off. Lets face it, the reasons you buy things in smaller sizes are either because you're restricted by space (or liquid allowance) or just because they're cute. And shops know this. 

So if you want to save money from buying miniature (apart from aerosols), I'll be posting soon about what you can do to save money on travelling with skincare and cosmetics. 

Have you been bombarded by the miniature mayhem?

Ciao for now, G x

Thursday, 28 March 2013

What Can You Buy On Ebay? Ebay Spree... Part 1: Earrings

Hello There, 

So, today is all about Ebay, YAY. 

Basically, I've been transitioning my jewellery collection to a more 'mature' me, I guess. Well basically moving from frog earrings to pearls is the gist of it. So I can actually wear them. And while I've been doing this, I decided to check out ebay, to see if there were any pieces that would add to my collection or if I could find the same pieces at a cheaper price. And I was very pleasantly surprised. There is a mountain of cheaper jewellery on that website. There are conditions - it's obviously not amazing quality, there's a 4-week delivery estimate and the item may not be exactly as it says on the tin. But lets face it, 99p is hardly a bank-breaker, and I've very rarely been dissatisfied with a purchase.

Check out my post on How Not To Be Scammed On Ebay here.

Another plus - I enjoy the post - who doesn't? I don't know a single person who doesn't get excited when they get post (except bills obviously). And because of the wait time, anything between 2-4 weeks, what you buy is a nice surprise when it does arrive because you don't know the exact date it will arrive. 

And I've bought heaps of stuff. Who wouldn't? At 99p a piece its hard not to. So much in fact, that it is impossible for me to document in one post. 
Therefore, today's post is - EARRINGS
Every seller I mention, I have given a 5-star review.

Enjoy.


I had been looking for white roses initially, but when I saw them on ebay, I couldn't resist buying the red and black as well, as they were only 99p. I was so caught up in looking at the colours, I didn't even realise that it was BuyOneGetOneFree, Yay! I bought them from here, but there aren't that many colours left in stock. So I would also suggest here and here for alternative colours and styles.  AND, bonus, they're in the UK so you won't have the 2-week wait!

















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Left: Coffee Bean Earrings. Part of my professional, going to work/lecture/posh evening out looks. Available from here. Right: My favourite earrings of all time. I only bought the white pair initially, but loved them so much I immediately purchased the black pair as well. Available from here

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These earrings are for a more 'dressy' look ie. night out, posh do, dinner, dancing etc.
Left: I think these are better suited to people with ear piercings are the bottom of the earlobe, if you catch my drift. The extension to the pearl isn't long, and they don't dangle properly if you have high ear piercings. But, only 99p so worth a try? Available here.
Right: Lovely, simple and slightly unusual design, taking a twist on traditional flower dangling earrings.  The original seller no longer sells them, but I have found an alternative which is slightly more expensive, but is based in the UK, so delivery will be much more convenient. Available from here
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I liked these earrings because they were a look that I hadn't really seen before. I thought they were a really interesting design, and I thought I'd give them a go. And I love them! Definitely something that none of you're friends will have. Just to say - they say they are in yellow gold, but actually more of a rose gold. Available from here
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These are my 'Grown Up, Pearl' additions to my collection.
Left: Actually heart shaped, although not that obvious in the picture. Available from here.
Right: Yes, there are two left earrings in this picture. I've contacted the seller today about it. But, they are still lovely earrings, and you have to remember that these companies are run by humans and humans do occasionally make mistakes. Available from here.
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I really love both pairs of these earrings and really think they've added to my collection.
Left: Available from here
Right: Available from here
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Ok, so these are my almost 'Pat Butcher' earrings. Warning: They are HUGE. Especially on the left. But they're still lovely. As you can see, obviously. 
Left: Available from here
Right: Available from here

Hope you will all treat yourself to a pair for Easter. You deserve it!

Ciao for now, G x

How Not To Be Scammed On Ebay (Or Just Online Shopping In General)

Hello there!

Welcome to Technology Tip Thursday - Hopefully once a fortnight I'll be able to share a technological tip with you, fingers crossed, hope it helps!

So today, it's all about ebay - yes ebay.  Before you say anything, I love ebay. I think it's genius. I've said it before. Especially for small businesses. And as long as you know how to exercise caution online you won't be disappointed. So here are my top tips for buying off ebay and online generally (and I've never been scammed). 


Tips for Using Ebay, How Not To Be Scammed On Ebay

1. Check the delivery. - where it's coming from, how much the postage is, how long it will take. Check it will come to your country! And be realistic about delivery times. If it says 4 weeks don't expect it in 2 weeks. 

2. Check seller reviews - I would say that 99% upwards, don't hesitate. Anything above 95%,  should be ok. Anything below, approach with caution... Read any negative feedback to see if past buyer's problems could be applied to your product or not. But don't just take a bad review as everything - 95% is still a lot of happy customers. 

3. Check product reviews - Make sure that you've done you're research, even if you're not on ebay, for online shopping in general. If you're not sure about a product, check the seller's policy on returns, this will be in the returns section of the description, or in the description itself. Check the description - is it new/used/for spare parts. Make sure you know exactly what you're getting!

4. If you can - use PAYPAL. It is so much better because it provides security for you, the buyer, and if there are problems - Paypal will fight for you to get your money back. 

5. If in doubt, ask. There is a 'Ask a Question' section on every product page on ebay (and a Contact Us on other websites). It's very quick and should qualm any fears you have about a purchase. Lovely jubbly, job done. Simples.

6. Cause a Fuss  Ok, So that sounds worse than it is. If you are unhappy with a  purchase - DO SOMETHING. Contact the seller. Most sellers just want you to have a good experience. If something has gone wrong they'll probably want to help (especially if you haven't yet given feedback). Just use the contact seller option again. You'll probably be given the option of refund or replacement. Sorted. 
However, if the seller is not so accommodating, as long as you are still within 45 days after purchase, you can open a case with ebay against the seller. Then they'll have to do something to make it better. 

7. Google. Not ebay related. If you're buying off a new website that you haven't seen before, take 30 seconds to do a quick google. Yes, a google. Type in the name of the website into google and see what other people have said. There will usually be a unanimous decision - scam or genuine. Literally 30 seconds to avoid being scammed, definitely worth it I would say. 


Phew, that sounds like a lot of work, just to buy one thing. But if you get into good habits then it becomes second nature. And you should use these tips on other websites so you avoid scams. Then in the end, using these tips can only be a good thing. 

And, if you're super-excited about buying from ebay now, check out my posts on what you can buy off ebay: here

Hope this helps
Any questions just ask ;)

Ciao for now x

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

A 'Simple' Skincare Experiment (& Review)

Hello there!

Today I am reviewing some items from the skincare line 'Simple' (hey, get my witty title?)
So, without further ado I'm going to start the review!

Actually, no, I think I'd better just mention that I have the dodgiest skin in history (FACT)
Mainly, it is the driest, most sensitive and unpredictable skin ever. I also have a lot skin allergies and eczema (I know gross)... Anyway, basically it means that I have my work cut out when finding skin products that work for my skin. So I have tried a LOT of products. BUT, if they work for me, my bet is they'll work for most people.  


So, No.1 item is: Simple Kind To Skin Moisturising Facial Wash

 Simple Kind To Skin Moisturising Facial Wash
Simple Moisturising Facial Wash, 
 £3.59, 150ml, here


Ok, so I've used this cleanser a couple of times, and yes it does clean my face, no it doesn't react with my skin, yes it does remove make-up effectively. But I haven't fallen in love with it. But to be fair, I'm not really a cleanser person. With my skin, it's clean face as quickly as possible and moisturise again.  But if you're looking for a reasonably priced facial wash, then I don't think this will do you wrong. 

I would recommend this cleanser for normal/combination skin (+sensitive). Not for oily/acne-prone skin - use something specialised (preferably containing salicylic acid.)


No.2 item is: Simple Kind To Skin Rich Moisturiser

Simple Kind To Skin Rich Moisturiser
 Simple Rich Moisturiser,  
£3.89, 125ml, here


As much as this moisturiser says that it is a 'rich' moisturiser - it is, but not rich enough for me. It's got a light texture, and couldn't possibly be described as a 'heavy' moisturiser. It absorbs really easily and doesn't leave you feeling greasy so it's a nice product to use. I wouldn't advise it for oily skin because it is oil based, but it has no fragrance making it good for sensitive skin. 

I would recommend this moisturiser for normal/combination skin (+sensitive skin) for daily use, especially if it is prone to drying out slightly. 


No.3 item is: Simple Kind To Eyes Eye Make-Up Remover

Simple Kind To Eyes Eye Make-Up Remover
Simple Eye Make-Up Remover, 
£3.39, 125ml  here


I LOVE THIS MAKE-UP REMOVER! I have thus far been left in agony by eye make-up removers to the point where I just didn't remove eye make-up (just wiped away the panda -eye in the morning) which I know is terrible for the skin. But no such problems with this. No eye-irritation, no make-up left on, doesn't dry out skin. AND it lasts forever, I've had this bottle since October. An all-round lovely daily eye make-up remover. 

I would recommend this make-up remover to anyone and everyone. There are no downsides to it. At All. BUY IT!


No.4 item is: Simple Derma Intensive Relief Cream

Simple Derma Intensive Relief Cream
Simple Derma, 125ml, £4.05 / $6.50, Amazon

(Ok, yes my pot looks worse for wear)
I would recommend this to anyone with dry skin, even as a just-in-case for the bad days. Or as an everyday thing. If you've got dry skin - you'll understand, you can never have too much moisture. Even if you just get dry skin in the winter - GET THIS MOISTURISER!!!! The only downside to this product is that I've only seen it in 50ml in the store (don't confuse with the lotion). The upside is that it is available from amazon.com here and amazon.co.uk here and if you sign up for the Amazon Prime trial you can get it next day, YAY. So now there's no excuse. 


What I would say with Simple, is that it's always worth a try because you're not likely to be disappointed. And there are often offers and deals for these products in drugstores and supermarkets. And otherwise most of the products are under £5, so it's not too much of s stretch just to try a product out. Also, if you have different skin types, Simple do other ranges specialising in oily skin, anti-ageing and radiant skin, so there's something for everyone. 
I hope you've all been inspired to try something new. Have a great day!
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Ciao for now x

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Dolce & Gabbana Make-Up | Secret Eyes Mascara | Crayon Intense Eyeliner

Hello there!
So, today I'm reviewing a Dolce & Gabbana make-up gift set. 

D&G Dolce and Gabbana Make-Up Boxset


It contains 3 items of make-up, 'Secret Eyes' Mascara, 'Crayon Intense' Eyeliner and D&G Eyelash Curlers. All of the contents can be purchased individually from a D&G counter or shop.


D&G Dolce and Gabbana Secret Eyes Mascara
D&G 'Secret Eyes' Mascara

So first I'll say this  - I love this mascara. I have tried at least 40 mascaras and this one I can just pick up randomly and love again. I've had it before and always go back to it. Here's why:

Most of the other mascaras clump easily for me - not a problem with this one. And I hate nothing more than looking like I only have 5 lashes. It's a lengthening mascara, and it does what it says on the tin - it lengthens. I also love the separation of the lashes that you get, giving a wide-eye effect. It seems to reach lashes I didn't even know I had! But if you're looking for really voluminous look you will have to apply a volume mascara over the top to get really long really thick lashes, (which I have done occasionally). 

It also doesn't have what I call a 'wet' look (ie Maxfactor false lash effect / Benefit 'They're Real') whereby if I look up within 5 minutes of applying the mascara, I have an imprint just below my eyebrow. This really gets to me and so I can't use those mascaras daily, but I can use this one everyday, yay! 

It's also really easy to remove. I know that sounds like it doesn't stay on for long - and that's not what I mean. I often find that I have a battle with mascara's to remove them and still end up with a panda eye the next day. Even with an oil-based makeup remover. Not the case with Secret Eyes! AND even though this isn't a waterproof mascara, it does last me the day and I don't have to top it up through the day. 

So that's a thumbs-up all round from me :)

D&G Dolce and Gabbana Secret Eyes Mascara
D&G 'Secret Eyes' Mascara, Black

I have to point out that it looks really good as well. I think that D&G really do spend the time to make their products look designer and the look really does make me spend that little bit more (as shallow as that sounds, we all have the inner gollum!). I've been really excited about this review, because I haven't seen many people talking about it yet,  and I haven't been more satisfied with a mascara. 

Having worn the mascara for the
whole day  (& through rain)

This mascara retails via the internet here for £23.50 + £5.95 delivery (yes I know it Harrods) but otherwise its available in D&G stores. 


D&G Dolce and Gabbana Crayon Intense Eyeliner
D&G Crayon Intense Eyeliner, 5, Black

Ok, so not such a hefty review for the Crayon Intense Eyeliner, just short and sweet. It's almost a kohl pencil, but not quite. So for me, its the perfect combination. I have some serious issues with eyeliners not staying put, and I will contest that this doesn't buck the trend for me. BUT, it's really nice to apply, very smooth application and goes where you want it to, and I have been very pleased with it. It also has a smudger thing at one end which I always find a useful addition. It's available in a variety of colours for £18.00 + delivery from here


The eyelash curlers are good quality, but nothing special if I'm honest. I haven't been able to find them online, but I'm sure they're available from a D&G counter or shop. 

I hope I've persuaded you with the Secret Eyes Mascara - you won't be disappointed!
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Ciao for now x


Monday, 25 March 2013

Les Lolitas Nail Polish Review

 Hello there!
So my post for the day is about a brand of nail polish called Les Lolitas.
I love this nail polish!

Les Lolitas Nail Polish by Cosmod, In Colours: Navy, Peach, Turquoise Tropic, Black, Bronze, Orange, Purple
Navy, Peach, Turquoise
Tropic, Black, Bronze, Orange, Purple

So I discovered this brand in October when I bought the colour 'navy'. 
And I was SO impressed. So impressed that I bought 8 more colours. I have never had so many compliments about a nail colour. 'It looks like an expensive nail polish.' It is so so so shiny and the colour lasts for-ever. I am the queen of chipping nail polish, and have tried all sorts of different brands trying to make a colour last more than 2 hours. If it can be chipped, I will chip it. But, as long as I let this dry fully (put on before bed) I can get a good 4/5 days of unchipped nail polish after 2 coats. And I have been just as impressed with all the subsequent pots I've bought.

Les Lolitas Nail Polish by Cosmod in Colours: Navy, Peach, Turquoise
Navy, Peach, Turquoise

These are my favourite colours so far. Obviously I love the navy, and have worn it several times. There seem to be two types of nail polish, glittery and glossy.
So the bronze and the turquoise are glittery, whereas the others are all glossy. 

Les Lolitas Nail Polish by Cosmod in Colours: Navy, Turquoise, Bronze
Navy, Turquoise, Bronze

So, where did I get this miracle nail polish from? What is the designer price tag?
Well, I hope to surprise you all. 

Ebay - £1.39

That is all. The seller is 'graciousonline16' (its not me) and I have always given them a 5-star review. 
The packages always arrive quickly and the nail polishes are bubble wrapped for safety. 
Now, I see people's faces when I say I bought something off ebay, but I want to stress how many amazing small businesses there are starting out on ebay, who just want to give great service. You just have to look out for them, and I'll do my best to show you them.

So, treat yourself to a new nail polish for Spring (or three)

Ciao for now x

Saturday, 23 March 2013

'Basic' Beauty Buys (MAC, MUA & Collection 2000 Reviews)

Hello there!

I decided that my first post would show my progress so far in to the beauty world. 
I've just been getting serious about make-up and have been learning new techniques, so I have gradually built up my 'basics'. So, without further ado here are my 'basic' investments. 

Basic Starter Brushes from Asda Walmart
Brushes £10, Asda (Walmart)

I decided that my first purchase should be into a relatively good set of brushes. I was looking for the softest brushes that I could find (think like a cuddle for my face), but found that testing them was hard because they tend to be in impenetrable plastic cases so you can't feel them. I rejected these brushes when I first saw them, but received them for Christmas and I love them! They're supersoft, don't fall apart on my face, are easy to clean, and provide a good application. So that showed me didn't it (book, cover and all that). I was particularly impressed that they were from a supermarket. I think that in the future I would like a wider range of shapes, particularly larger brushes because there's only one brush for bronzer, blush, highlight and contouring... 


MAC Eyeliner, MAC Mascara Zoomlash, MAC liquid eyeliner

My second 'purchase' is actually a series of purchases. I succumbed to the hype about Mac products and wanted to try them.  I bought these on ebay, so that I could get a taste of them without the designer price tag. However, there is a mountain of fake MAC products on ebay, and it is near impossible to tell what is real and what is fake. I am confident that the eyeliners I bought are genuine, but I do believe that the mascara is a fake. Or I hope so. Otherwise I am very underwhelmed about the quality of MAC mascaras. That is the zoom lash mascara in the colour plushblack - first check for fake MAC products, check the colours are available in that product. ie. Zoom lash is only available in the colour Zoomblack, thus a fake. But a simple visit to the Mac website will highlight that mistake for me next time. Apparently it's much harder to spot fake pigments and eyeshadows, so maybe buying genuine products at the Mac counter is worth the extra money. 

MUA, Heaven and Earth, Available from Superdrug Stores or Website
MUA, Heaven and Earth, £4, Superdrug

My third purchase was an eyeshadow palette. I have never been a big eyeshadow person, but I decided that I wanted to have a go, and try something new and so I researched into palettes and found that the Naked palette by urban decay was popular in blogs and vlogs. However, at £25 I thought that it was slightly pricey for an experiment. I heard about this MUA palette called 'Heaven and Earth' which can be used as an alternative to the Naked palette, so I decided to buy it. I have only tried some basic looks on this, but I really like the mix of colours on the palette. Although to a rookie like me there seems to be quite a variety of colours in the palette, I do think that there should be a darker colour, maybe even a black so that you can do more of a smoky eye. However, MUA have just released a similar palette called 'Undress me too' which seems to have a few darker greys in, so I think I will be popping to Superdrug soon. 

Shimmer Shades Palette, 'Way To Glow', Collection, £4.19
Shimmer Shades Palette, 'Way To Glow', Collection, £4.19

My final 'basic' investment was into this palette which I heard about from SprinkleOfGlitter's  video about her daily makeup routine. Once again, contouring and highlighting was a new thing for me and so I didn't want to spend tonnes of money if I wasn't going to like it. And I have been pleasantly surprised by it, and I love this palette! I use A's mixed together to contour and B to highlight, as seen from the video above. They are not quite my colour, so I will probably be experimenting with different products in the future, but I would recommend this to anyone. 

Phew, that was a long post, but I feel that I have to explain everything that I've done now, otherwise future blog posts will not work without a background.
So, if you have read to the end of this post, then yay I've not bored you, and I'll be back soon!

Ciao for now x



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