Sunday, December 30, 2012

Laziness with revision -_-

I'm back guys with another vlog *cue cheering* yay about my difficulties in revising. I mean hey it is holidays isn't it but still I got exams the 1st or 2nd week back in January, so its got to be done, if I want good grades. Anyways there was a little bit of the video which wouldn't work. Basically I explained how it I wasn't able to sort/clean out my make-up drawer and show you guys my progress with that because I knew it was going to be a lot of mess and a lot to sort out. Anyways I couldn't do that because my dad was fixing this one wall in my room that was slightly cracked. I shall do it tomorrow if the room is sorted out because my dad had to move my wardrobe and stuff. If it's not sorted out then I will do that on Sunday. Oh and I'm sorry if there's random black slides at the end, I couldn't figure out how to remove them -_-
Looks like this is gonna be uploaded after midnight, the video is taking forever to upload -.-

Okay, I started writing this at 11.30pm and now it is 12.07am, wow!
Oh and one last thing, I want you guys to tell me (via Twitter: @redintoxination or the comment section below) on what type of videos do you want to see, makeup/hair tutorial, hauls, ottds etc.

So now it is 1.50am and I want to sleep so I shall sort this video uploading process tomorrow!

This is really annoying. I used this fancy video editing software and made it all cool looking then it wouldn't upload here so I have now finished the editing on Windows Movie Maker at 2.37am so I shall attempt to put it up now because I want to sleep.


I'm sorry if colour is off, still trying to figure out how to use my new camera, so bear with me.
Bye guys, talk to you soon xxx



Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Another One2Five Update...

Hi guys I'm back with a  new music post, whoop!
I mentioned in the last post that I wanted to do a music post, but wasn't sure what about. Finally I have settled on doing another One2Five update because about a week or so ago a big news was given to us by them. A really exciting news!

ONE2FIVE IS GOING TO LA!!!!

They will be working with major producers, management company and a record label who have worked with Chris Brown, Beyonce, Leona Lewis and Justin Bieber! But it's too early for them to tell us who exactly it is they will be working with.

All I can say is that I am so proud, I am so proud that I can't even express in words how happy I am. They put up a video on YouTube and I wasn't on Facebook much that day, so I didn't see any updates from them. So late at night I was in bed, I casually decided to check out if any of my subscriptions have new videos, and I saw One2Five had a video called "ONE2FIVE Announcement Video". I got really excited because I remembered out of the blue that there was going to be an announcement video. So I quickly clicked it and watched it. When it was announced, I couldn't exactly scream because my sisters were sleeping so I literally cried from happiness, I think I cried till I fell asleep. So yeah, that's the mini story of how proud/happy I am/was with this news. Below is their "Announcement video"


Anyways, they are going they will be going Los Angeles between 6th January 2013- 20th January 2013. 

There's a little article I found through Farhaana Kapasi on her blog: http://one2fiver.blogspot.co.uk/

It can be translated to English, or other languages thanks to Google Translate so if you want to see it here you are: http://jmini.se/nyheter/4320/jonkopingsbandet-kan-sla-igenom-stort?fb_action_ids=10200267321069479&fb_action_types=og.likes&fb_source=other_multiline&action_object_map=%7B%2210200267321069479%22%3A308640812579708%7D&action_type_map=%7B%2210200267321069479%22%3A%22og.likes%22%7D&action_ref_map=[] 

Erm, I think I'll just mention a little bit of it here, what it says in the article (Kind of rephrased it so it makes sense):
"The band, at the moment unsigned, are very excited.  There are people who worked with Justin Bieber , Chris Brown, Leona Lewis and Beyonce to name a few. So there are some of the largest in the industry, says Adam, a member of One2Five."
"The guys will not pay for travel. The people who want to meet them will be arranging it all. This is where it starts for real, says Samuel. It will be really exciting!"
"Over two million views: One2Five was formed as recently as last spring, but has already enjoyed tremendous success on Youtube. Over two million views in five cover songs can not be summarized in any other way than success."
"We live in a new time. Internet and social media plays an extremely important role and Facebook, Twitter and Instagram enable us to always keep close contact with our fans, says Michael. 
early as 13 days after releasing her first cover was first published interview with the band in the press and shortly thereafter started both the media and record companies to get in touch."
"One2Five consists of members Johan Hammenfors, Simon Samaeng, Adam Lundgren, Michael Lee Cheung and Samuel Danielsson.
The songs they did covers of the Maroon 5 - Payphone, Chris Brown - Do not wake me up, Justin Bieber - All around the world, Taylor Swift - We are never ever getting back together and One Direction - Kiss you."
^Above are just snippets I picked out from the article, some I altered to make more sense other bits was straight up copied. To read it properly use the link above :)
Before I dismiss myself to go off and sleep, I would just like to say One2Five mean a lot to me, even though I haven't known them for long. They are such a inspiration and I wish them the best for the future!
Goodnight, good morning, good afternoon, wherever you guys are. I'll talk to you peeps soon :) x
P.S. If you would like, check out their Twitter accounts (Below) and their Facebook accounts (Below) Not pressurizing you guys in any way, just putting it out there, if you want to contact them or stay up to date with their latest stuff, you can check out their different social networking accounts. They have Instagram too, but I don't want this post to be too long so if you want you can find their Instagram accounts, they can be found from their Twitter or Facebook!
Individuals: I don't think you can add Samuel and Simon as they have reached the limit. I know so sad, I couldn't add them either :'(
Michael's Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MichaelLeeCheung?fref=ts
Johan's Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/johan.hammenfors?ref=ts&fref=ts

One2Five Twitter: https://twitter.com/One2Five  Samuel's Twitter: https://twitter.com/SamDanielsson
Johan's Twitter: https://twitter.com/johanhammenfors Adam's Twitter: https://twitter.com/adamlundgren125
Simon's Twitter: https://twitter.com/SimonSamaeng and Michael's Twitter: https://twitter.com/MichaelLeeC

Monday, December 24, 2012

Birthday Haul...

Hey guys, I'm so sorry I'm late... again.
I've been ill again so I haven't been able to do a new post.
I think it's the 24th December, by the time I post this so yeah, yesterday was my birthday and I really wanted to do a music post but I didn't know what about so I did a birthday haul/outfit of the day video in one.
A little "disclaimer" I guess it can be called that, I did mention it like twice in the video anyways, I am not showing off any of my presents or anything it's just that I had nothing else to do for a new post so out of the blue I decided to do this.
I'm sorry that the lighting is off really bad, I just used my camera phone but do not fear, I am getting a new camcorder today so yay, better quality videos.
One last little thing, my 10 year old sister was shooting the video for me so its a bit shaky and I think i'm cut off at some points because she got excited and started moving the camera a little too much lol
It is a little long, probably because I blabbered on a bit too much but hey it's all there so check it out below!



Hope you enjoyed that and I have decided to do vlogs, ottds, hauls etc more often so stay tuned for that. Bye guys, talk to you soon, or should I say sooner this time :D xx

P.S. I'm sorry that I'm kind of weird in this video, I was hyper -__-

Sunday, December 09, 2012

Skincare routines are important....

It's been 7 days since an update :o
So sorry, I've been real ill the past 4-5 days, on Wednesday I came home from school because I felt sick and dizzy and in pain pretty much and that day I wanted to do a update, but my mom stopped me lol. Doesn't matter though, I'm back!
As I promised, I'm here with my skincare routine yay! So I'm just going to go straight into it.


Step 1: The most important aspect is a facial wash, whether you wear make-up or not you should ALWAYS wash your face morning and night. I use the whole Tea Tree range from TheBodyShop. I have been using this range for roughly a year now, and I like it quite a lot. This particular face wash is called "Tea Tree Skin Clearing Facial Wash" which was designed to give people with blemished skin, clearer skin when it used daily. It removes excess oils without over-drying the face, helps to remove impurities and is clinically proven to give clearer skin. At first I wasn't convinced at all as a lot of products do give such 'promises' but they never worked. I bought it anyways and it has worked for me. My skin cleared when I began to use it regularly. So I know its pretty basic,    
how to use it but I might as well explain how I do it. So when I wake up, I like to splash cold/warm (depending on how I'm feeling that morning) on to my face. I then squeeze a small amount of the gel onto my hand and apply it to my face, avoiding precious eye area and mouth. Now I use a cool little brush to do a daily exfoliating. And here it is, on the left. I  make it damp with warm water and move it on my face in circular motions to gently exfoliate my skin. It is really gentle on the skin but can easily break away dead skin cells, so thumbs up for me! This is not important for everywhere as we all have specific needs, but I know, specially during the winter months, I get dry skin near my nose so I like to gently exfoliate everyday. Once I have exfoliated, I rinse the cleanser of my face and then dab it dry with a face towel/flannel. You can use a facial sponge as it is more gentle on the skin. Facial flannels or towels can scratch the skin, but I'm pretty much used to them so i use them carefully. Instead of wiping the face vigorously I tend to just dab.
For a while I used a cleanser called "Tea Tree Skin Clearing Foaming Cleanser" which was really soothing as it was a foam cleanser. When it finished I used the other one mentioned above, as I got it with a package deal thingy that TheBodyShop tend to do a lot. It is good to switch up your cleansers from time to time so your skin doesn't become immune to one type of cleanser very easily. But you shouldn't change dramatically  As you can see I just changed from a foaming cleanser to a regular gel-like cleanser.


Step 2: Now this isn't necessary but I have learnt to add this in to my routine as it is beneficial as it can give your skin all the "water" it needs. I'm not going to lie, after using it, it feels that your skin has drunk loads of water. The one I use is simply called "Tea Tree Facial Toner". It i said to be a refreshing toner which gives a matte, shine-free toner and I agree with it because it really does that, after continuous use of course. It removes any traces of make-up and/or impurities still left after cleansing and mattifies to leave your skin shine-free, which I have already mentioned. Okay so this is how to use it. My toner in particular has mattifying powders right at the bottom of the bottle which means I first have to shake the bottle to activate these powders. Most toners probably don't have this, but I guess it just depends. So once I have shaked it, I grab a cotton pad and squeeze a generous amount of the toner to it. I then sweep it across my face, avoiding the eye area. Once I am done, most days I look at the pad I do see traces of oil or make-up on it but I think with full on continuous use this stops, but I'm not sure because I get lazy sometimes and leave it out, which is bad I know, but I have promised myself to use it religiously as if it is my holy grail product, in a way I guess it is lol.
Step 3: This is the "Tea Tree Oil" itself. I sometimes use this on actual blemishes during the day or night before applying moisturizer. I just dab a little onto a q-tip/cotton bud or cotton wool and then put it onto the blemish and let it dry a little. This is good to use on blemishes as it has anti-bacterial properties and is soothing therefore will not irritate your blemishes even more. If you apply it over-night as it has more time to take effect, so I do tend to apply it before sleeping but sometimes I do apply it during the day. When I wake up, I have seen big red spots from last night, reduced down massively so its a big thumbs up for me.


Step 4: Moisturizing is the key. I use "Tea Tree Skin Clearing Lotion". I mentioned in my last skincare post that it is important whether you wear make-up or not. It is portrayed as being a light, non-oily moisturizing lotion for blemished skin. It provides lightweight hydration, is easily absorbed, has shine control for a matte finish and has antibacterial action. So I squirt a bit into the palms of my hands and then I apply dots all over my face using my index finger. After that I smooth it all out across my face and neck.



So that's pretty much what I do for my skincare but at night there are a few things I add or take out, here they are.

Right after cleansing but before toning my face, at night I use the "Tea Tree Blackhead Exfoliating Wash". I use this 2-3 times a week. It is said to remove trapped dirt, oil and dead skin cells, gently exfoliates and leaves your skin feeling soft. I totally agree. From continuous use my skin does feel soft. Now that it's winter and I've just recovering from a cold, I have a lot of dry skin, especially around my nose so I will be using this tonight I think and a lot this winter. It's really simple to apply. Just massage it onto wet skin, paying attention to the problem areas, for me that's the nose, chin or forehead. Then I use my little facial brush and brush it over my face to gently exfoliate. Then I just rinse it off with warm water, simple!

Instead of the normal moisturizer, before I sleep I like to use "Tea Tree Night Lotion" because it is made to wear at night lol. It is made to replenish moisture overnight, leaves your skin matte and has antibacterial action. I do pretty much the same as what I do with my normal moisturizer. I squeeze 1 pump of the lotion onto my hand, put dots of it all over my face then blend it out all over my face and neck.





So guys that's pretty much my routine. Remember you do not need to have this many products, you could have more or less. It just depends on your skin type and what your skin needs. Just look around and see what YOU think will suit your skin best.
I still hope this was helpful and I shall be back, this time quicker, with a new post. I feel like doing a music post because I haven't done one in some time. Now I need to find something to do it about. Hmm I'll have to get thinking. Talk to you soon guys xxx

Saturday, December 01, 2012

Homemade is the best way...

I'm so sorry I'm late with the blog post again. I know I was meant to do my skincare routine post but I kind of forgot. But before that I decided to talk about face masks. In particular homemade ones. I love using shop-bought masks, when my skincare routine is put up then you shall see I use a variety of them. But I love making my own at home because you know what's going into it as you're making it yourself.
I do make quite a few, but I'm kind of lazy to put too much effort in so I made this one after at least 2 months.

I learnt most of the homemade mask from my #1 YouTube beauty guru, Bubzbeauty. She is awesome, been following her videos for about 3 years and most things I know are thanks to her.
The mask I made is called a chocolate face mask.
Here's what you need:

  • Coco powder or butter: even though chocolate is real fattening and bad for our teeth, cocoa is actually really moisturizing therefore increases skin hydration. It is also high in anti-oxidants which help to fight free radicals, protecting our skin from pollution and sun damage. 
  • Honey: It is a ingredient which has been used for thousands of years to achieve glowing skin. It rejuvenates the skin and repairs skin cells and it is also hydrating and nourishing. Just like cocoa it is high in anti-oxidants. It tightens skin and is able to treat acne and inflammation, so it's perfect for me as I do have acne. 
  • Natural Yogurt/whipped cream (I like to use yogurt): Natural yogurt has loads of benefits, the list is just endless. A few of the benefits are; it hydrates the skin, brightens complexion, treats blemishes, fades scars, reduces redness, tightens pores and much much more and if I list them, this post will be like 3 pages long. 
So here we go. I have pictures of the steps that I did. I was going to make a video but my mom kept walking in and out of the video and disturbing me so I took pictures instead.

Step 1: Grab all your things. The three main ingredients plus a bowl and a old foundation brush.









Step 2: Take 1 desert spoon/table spoon of cocoa powder/butter. I used to use Bournville dark chocolate but the smell was strong so now I just use the average Cadbury's one. Once you've got the spoon of cocoa powder put it into your bowl.







Step 3: Then take 1 spoon of honey and pop it into the bowl too.










Step 4: Mix it up with the old foundation brush. I had difficulty with the brush so I did it with a clean spoon instead and it worked like a charm!









Step 5: Now add 1 spoon of the natural yogurt and mix it all up. Mix it up it up real good until it's all combined together. 









Step 6: Once it is all mixed it should look like this. I like to chill it in the fridge for about 2-3 minutes so it can feel refreshing when I apply it.









Application process:
A little heads up, it can get quite messy so I suggest wearing something dark. I tend to do it in my PJ's if they're going in the wash that day. 
Now time to apply. Once again I would've made a video, but I looked hilarious so I didn't. Now using a old but clean foundation brush, apply a generous amount of it to your face avoiding your mouth and the delicate eye area. 
Then you let it set for about 20-25 minutes. In this time, do anything to keep your self occupied. I applied my hair mask in this time and watched T.V. After 25 minutes, it's time to rinse it off. When you rinse it off you'll actually feel the cocoa powder exfoliating your skin, I'm not lying here either, I really felt it. After you've washed it all off, pat your face dry. 
After treatment:
Straight away my skin felt hydrated and refreshed. But remember to still tone and moisturize your skin to lock in the moisture gained from this mask. 

Your skin feels tighter, firmer and smoother. This is one good detoxing facial and I'm going to try and do it at least once very 2 weeks. 
So you can pump your skin with chocolate but without the calories, kind of like dessert but for the face! 

This post is in very brief details. If you want full details check out my beauty guru Bubzbeauty below and subscribe to her if you like it! :D


Thanks for reading guys and I hope this helped. It's kind of late now, so I'm going to do my skincare routine tomorrow because I just want to sleep. Night, talk to you soon xxx

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Time to talk about our skin and its importance....

I've been waiting to do this post and seeing as it's Friday I have loads of free-time to do it.
Now I'm sure most of us want perfect skin but I've got to admit, I haven't really seen many people with perfect skin and if they have got it they were either blessed with this or natural and medicinal techniques/treatments. But the most important thing above those is to have healthy skin, follow a skincare routine to keep your skin clean from make-up, dirt or oil and most importantly hydrated.
So I shall be telling you tips I have learnt from a fantastic site (I will put link to their website and Twitter below) and maybe my own skincare routine. Here we go with the tips I have learnt:

1) The most important thing is to wash your face morning AND night. Washing your face in the morning removes dirt and oil from your face that may have gathered onto your face whilst you were sleeping. Most of you may already know this but the oil can come from your hair or if you sweat at night. Now here is one big tip I learnt, I really didn't know this but I follow it religiously now: Make sure you use your facial cleanser AFTER shampooing and conditioning your hair. Now when I heard this I just thought, why would it make any difference, then I figured it out when I read further on. A lot of shampoos and conditioners include ingredients that once rinsed out of your hair, seep onto your skin, and can clog your pores and irritate the skin.  Cleansing after will remove any of this hair product build-up from settling on your face. It is even more important to wash your face at the end of the day because our skin comes into contact with so many things everyday. We all touch our face, mobiles are on our face and all the bacteria can transfer so you must wash your face. The skin is renewed overnight therefore you need to get rid of any residue on your face before you sleep. I've got to admit, some nights I'm so tired that I just use a make-up wipe/cleansing wipe and then sleep, but I would say do not make this a habit, it's not bad to do it sometimes but you really shouldn't all the time. 

2) Exfoliate at least twice a week, for sensitive skins, once a week will be enough as you do not want to irritate your skin too muchExfoliation is the removal of cellular buildup (dead skin) by use of gentle skin polishing beads. The best time to exfoliate is in the evening before bed, when your skin can have time to breathe and be restored.  Exfoliating can also occasionally cause mild redness on the skin which is painless but caused by the friction of the beads being worked in a circular motion against your skin. Because of the redness that can form you shouldn't exfoliate for a big event a few hours before it, if anything I feel you should do it the night before as whilst you sleep the redness will cool down.


3) Moisturizing is the key! You must keep your skin hydrated 24 hours a day. Whether you wear make-up or not, everyone, and I mean everyone, even guys, should moisturize their skin because your skin needs hydration and without it your skin will pull oils, bad oils i.e. sebum, to the surface in attempt to hydrate the skin as the skin is clever enough to realise that your skin is dry. These bad oils can cause more breakouts to happen than usual. Using a fragrance-free moisturizer will balance the moisture of your skin, which in turn, eliminates bad oils from creeping their way out of your skin, therefore less breakout. An oil-free moisturizer is best to use twice a day. Only those of you with severely dry skin may want to look into using a moisturizer infused with oil for the night time, but then continue using an oil-free moisturizer during the day.



4) This next one is a big one, which I know I don't follow myself either, which is bad. We should all have at least 8 hours of sleep. Our skin restores/renews itself when our body rests therefore it is vital we take this step seriously. I will admit, most nights I get roughly 6-7 hours sleep and that will be because I do school work till 12am-1am becuase I 
Procrastinate after school time i.e. between 5-8pm. Basically meaning I'm lazy and don't do my school work in that time, when I have the chance. I am hoping to change that this coming school week, so wish me luck guys lol. But yeah, on weekends I tend to get more than 8 hours sleep. I stay up working, talking to friends etc till roughly 2am then eventually knock off around 2.30am then walk up at 12pm the next morning, or should I say afternoon. Studies show that getting enough sleep at night reduces wrinkle formation and cell turnover is 8 times faster at night than during the day. Your body and skin temperature is higher as well, which allows age-fighting and acne-fighting products to seep deeper into your skin at night.


5) I'm sure everybody has heard of the phrase "You are what you eat". Well stupid as it may sound, trust me I used to think the same as you, it's 100% right. Before getting to the main facts, I would first like to say there's a purpose to the 1st picture on the left, it's not to make anyone feel bad about themselves, but for everyone of us to understand whether our diet is correct. Now many teenage girls do the wrong thing, by going on crash diets and eating something as small as half a apple, as shown in the picture, but it is wrong. You can become severely ill by this, causing you to be underweight, near to or pretty much anorexic or even worse, hospitalized. From someone who is underweight, myself, not from my diet but I just lost a huge amount of weight compared to my height as I am very tall maybe in a another post I'll explain. But the point is, I hate being this skinny, but I've been told I've got fast metabolism which means I'm burning calories at a higher rate than average therefore have trouble putting on weight. But yeah my point is that you don't have to eat less meals, you just have to eat the right foods aka a balanced meal in moderate amounts. The dietician told me I could eat roughly 4-5 very small meals a day, but mainly she told me to stick to 3 meals a day at a moderate amount of food, which I do try and do. Sorry for going off point there a little. I kind of felt the need to point out/explain that 1st picture. Now to the facts. What you take into your body will exude through your skin so eat lots of fruits, veggies, and lean proteins like fish and chicken. Many of these foods have essential vitamins and nutrients that our bodies need to boost our immune system, fight off infections, and keep our skin looking good. Avoid processed foods that are loaded with an excess of sodium, sugar, and fat. These foods can clog your pores, make you feel lethargic, and show negatively through your skin.


6) Another obvious one, which everyone must have heard all they time. We need to hydrate. We are meant to drink 8 glasses of water a day. I think I'm slowly working to that goal, hopefully will reach 8 glasses a day soon. Water will keep your skin more hydrated and flush toxins out of your body more quickly, reducing your acne breakouts and fine lines and wrinkles. Drinking water compared to sugary or caffeinated drinks will give you more balanced energy throughout the day and keep you more alert and healthy.





7) Lastly I would like to say excercise. We should excercise 4 times a week. I'm really bad with this, other than walking to and from school and PE in school, I don't do much excercise. I used to go to the gym, then I stopped all of a sudden, so I really need to start up again. And now for the facts. Besides keeping you fit and healthy, working out allows your body to sweat out all the toxins that would normally take longer to diminish. It promotes good circulation, which in turn opens your pores, freeing the trapped oils and debris from your skin.


And that is all the tips I have. I hope these helped and hope you have enjoyed reading them. Tomorrow's post will be my skincare routine. So good night, good afternoon, good morning, wherever you guys are. Talk to you soon x

Credits go to:

This is where I learnt this information and other skin related stuff, most of the time it's from here, if it isn't I will mention it in that post.


Thursday, November 22, 2012

One2Five Update...

Hi guys. I know I only just did a music post just a while ago but I really felt the need to get this post out before I forget to do it.

From the title of the post you may have discovered that this post is about my all time new favourite YouTube stars ONE2FIVE! I am totally in love with them, their music, their swag, their style, their personalities, just about everything about them is amazing.

Update @22nd Novemeber at 6.50pm:
I'm so sorry, the day I was actually doing this, my laptop closed down and after that I completely forgot about this post. Either way where was I. Oh right, I am in love with One2Five now. Big things have happened to me to do with them since my first post about them. Here we go.

On the 8th November I wrote on their Facebook page the following;

I found you guys a few days ago. I think I'm addicted. I've been listening to your covers, Adam's and Sam's covers everyday for the past week for like 3-4 hours each day. I think that's kind of bad lol But I can't stop listening to your music, I just love it too much! You guys are amazing singer, have awesome style and are a great boy group. Please do a new cover soon, I can't wait! :) xxxx
And they liked that post that very day :O It was so big for me because something like that has never, ever happened to me. I was gobsmacked. Since that day a lot of things happened and I just got excited every time and loved them even more each time something happened.
Then on the 10th November SamDanielsson aka Samuel from One2Five, FOLLOWED ME on Twitter. I was so excited, I literally screamed.
A few days after I found out that the One2Five boys have their own individual Facebook accounts so I thought I'd subscribe to all 5 of them, then I decided to risk it and add them too. I added Adam and Johan because Simon and Samuel had the maximum amount if friends so I couldn't add them and I couldn't find Michael for some odd reason. I didn't expect them to accept my friend requests but they literally did. The next day I come home from school and I have a notification on my phone that says "Adam Lundgren accepted your friend request. Write on his timeline." and the same for Samuel. I literally cried, I can't even explain how happy I was.

On top of it all, the 18th November, last Sunday was their 6 month anniversary of being a boy-band together so I decide to do what everyone was doing, post it on their wall congratulated them, I never got a like on that but I wasn't fussed because I knew they were out on a lunch and preparing for a live chat on Twitcam that evening.
On Sunday I had my bath, did all my homework and everything before 5pm. I had to be prepared. That whole day I kept saying "Only blahblahblah hours left till live chat ahh" I swear I must of annoyed my family so bad.
Anyways when the chat started, I was sitting in the living room, headphones on, volume up and all pumped up. I screamed and laughed and really enjoyed it. It was so awesome to watch them live, it was my first Twitcam chat as well so yeah it was a pretty big thing. If any my blog followers have me on Twitter or Facebook you would have seen that I filled them both up with the link to the Twitcam and when they released their new cover One Direction - Kiss you at the end of the chat, I shared it like instantly and so many times, I think my followers on Twitter and my Facebook friends may have found me a bit weird, oh well though, I was happy and enjoyed the cover so much that I wanted to help them reach as many views as possible.
Check out their cover below:



I loved it and I hope some of you guys will too.
I shared it everywhere like I said and I guess that got their attention because their joint Twitter account One2Five followed me on that very day of the cover release.
Well anyways, 2 days ago i found Michael's Facebook, added him and he accepted so yeah another happy moment. 

Now I think I'm to the end of the post, all I can say is that if any fellow 125ers are reading this or the guys themselves, I shall keep giving random updates about One2Five and I love you 5 awesome guys. I love your covers, your music, your style and everything. You guys have literally changed my life, it may sound a bit "over dramatic fan" type but I mean it I am addicted to you guys and I'm not ashamed to admit I actually am
in love with all 5 of you. You have changed my life completly, I listen to your joint covers and Samuel's and Adam's videos on repeat every single day. My day feels weird if I don't listen to you guys.

Anyways that is all I would like to say, so thank you for reading this long post and talk to you soon xxx


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

New Boyband Discovery....

Terribly sorry guys. I haven't updated for like a week or so. I've been mega stressed with college applications and stuff so I'm sorry. But I'm here now so I decided I should do a music post. I got a mention on Twitter by someone called @cassideeremi saying to check out a new cover. But I kind of forgot about it. And remember yesterday I think. Anyways I clicked the link and I discovered it is a French boy-band this time (last time I found a Swedish boy-band). So I checked out one of the covers it was called "Don't pass me by" Rough Mix and I totally did not recognise the song so I just ignored it and though must be some French song or something. But today I decided I should listen to the song and give it a chance when I saw that they recently uploaded a cover of "Little Things" One Direction. So I decided to "review" that song as I am familiar with it anyways. So I listened and let's just say I loved.

I mean it was fantastic. The two boys, I'm sorry I don't know their names, their voices together = Magical! They have wonderful voices which I love about them. I love boy-bands/groups that have angelic voices which harmonise and mix well together. This is totally the case with them. I can't say I love them as much as I love One2Five because at the moment I am addicted to them and anything to do with them. If you follow me on twitter: @redintoxination you'll see I tweet about them a lot, but maybe after listening to a few more covers of them I may love them too, who knows. But at the moment they have some talent with awesome vocals. 

To check them out, you can click on their latest video below:


To be completely honest, that is all I can say about them. I know this is a very short post but I'm sorry, I don't know what else to say about them. I have loads of ideas for beauty or fashion posts but I've kind of run dry on ideas for music posts, so if you do have an idea for me or a YouTube star you want me to check out, comment below on this post.

Thanks for reading guys. I'll catch up with you soon. I think I'm going to do a beauty post on skincare routines and the importance of it as I feel that is a strong point of mines so yeah, keep a look out for it. Remember to follow my blog to keep up to date. Bye guys xx


Tuesday, November 13, 2012

The Perfect Red Lips....

Hi guys! I told you I shall be back with the way to achieve the perfect red lips.
So I learnt this somewhere on YouTube but I can't find it otherwise I would've linked it below.
I decided to do a step-by-step for you with pictures and text. I would've probably done this with a full make-up look but it's night here in the UK and I haven't been wearing red lipstick for at least a month. So since I put up the last post about red lipstick, I thought I would do this now. You will see the last picture of a full face view, I don't have much make-up. I would usually have eyeliner on but since I was going to take the make-up off after doing the pictures for the post, I decided to leave my eyes and not do anything. So let's start now!

Step 1: Always remember to moisturise your lips before hand. Use Vasaline or any lip-balm you can find. I used a tinted lip-balm from Body Shop. One little tip is make sure you DO NOT have chapped lips as the red lipstick will make them stand out. Therefore if you can exfoliate your lips before hand. It's Winter so I get really bad chapped lips, but for the sake of this post, I wore the lipstick with chapped lips, stings a bit so that's why you should have smooth lips, if possible. Leave the lip moisturiser on for at least 2-3 minutes, you can do the rest of your make-up routine in this time. I obviously was only doing this so I left it on for a minute whilst I gathered up my stuff and then wiped off any residue still left.

Step 2: After moisturising, you should powder your lips with your typical everyday powder. You do this to remove the natural colour of your lips, mine are a mauve/purple type colour so it was hard to conceal with a powder. If you have successfully concealed the natural colour with powder, move straight onto step 4. If not, don't worry I have a tip, straight to step 3.

Step 3: Use foundation or concealer. If you were not successful with powder use your everyday foundation or concealer and smear and blend it all over your lips until you cannot see the natural colour. As well as covering your natural colour, it creates a base and acts as a primer for the lip colour. After using the foundation or concealer, cover your lips with your powder foundation, to set the liquid foundation/concealer. 

Step 4: Grab a lip liner that matches your lip colour. The one I used was from Avon called Glimmersticks Lip Liner in Red Brick. That was the closest one to my perfect red lipstick. It's kind of like colouring in a colouring book just stay in the lines. Draw around your natural lip line. If you want you can expand the bottom or top lip just slightly, which can make it look like you have got fuller lips. Once you've outlined your lips, fill them in with the lip liner.

Step 5: Once you've filled it in, it should look like this. If you can tell, it looks really bright on me, but don't worry I sorted it out afterwards. But this is all prep for the actual lipstick.

Step 6: Now you have found your "Perfect Red Lipstick" grab a lip brush, and apply a bit of the lipstick onto it. My perfect red lippy is Avon Ultra Rich Colordisiac lipstick in Rose Addiction. If you don't have a lip brush, you can buy them very cheap and standard high street stores such ass Boots. But if you want, I did this, apply the lipstick the normal way being careful not to go outside the lines and then use a brush to fill in any bits needed to do so. Once you've achieved enough colour, I do a bit more than I usually wear you shall see why a few steps later, move onto the next step.

Step 7: Now we all know this step, hopefully. You blot. Blot as much as you need to till you get the desired colour. And this is why I apply a lot of extra lipstick so I can get just the perfect amount after blotting and don't have to reapply after the blotting. Clever tip, right? Probably not lol.

Step 8: I'm sorry this is not very clear, but this is the best I could get it to be. Basically you get a thin sheet of tissue, lay it over your lips, grab a powder puff/sponge and start dabbing powder onto the paper. Now you may be wondering, how is this going to help? I shall tell you that it helps to make sure the colour is long-lasting. Don't ask me how because I honestly have no idea, all I know is that it works, it does work for me. I learnt it from another YouTube beauty guru, Bubzbeauty, I think. But yes do, this I'm being honest this works. If you want, try yourself!


Here is the final look. Lol the glasses picture was just for fun. I love those cool big 3D glasses. Anyways as you can see the colour isn't too light or too dark. I would feel totally comfortable wearing that colour which is a good sign. 

Thank you for reading this post. I hope these steps have helped you. These can be used for any lip colour but I only tend to use it for a red lip as I have a natural purple lip, which is strange lol but yes I do, so it's hard to just put the red colour on therefore I use this long but worth it process. 
Talk to you again soon guys xxx

Update @9.44pm 
P.S. I would like to say thanks to my little sister who took all the pictures, I feel sorry for making her do that, she took each of them like 2/3 times before getting the perfect one. Please check out her blog too :)


Choosing A Classic Red....

Today's post shall be on make-up, my speciality. Well I feel it is lol
I wasn't sure what to start of with a classic that every woman/girl needs in her make-up bag. RED LIPSTICK. Now you may be thinking, I can't pull off red lipstick. But trust me you can, I have a medium-dark skin tone and I wear a red lippy when I want to add a little pizzaz to my make-up. You just got to find the perfect red. Another thing you may be thinking "It's going to take me ages to find the perfect red, so what's the point of even trying?" You are wrong! With my little tips I hope you will be able to find your perfect red, just like I did.

I think I shall start of by saying the "red" products I tend to use.
I use a lipstick from Avon called Ultra Rich Colordisiac lipstick - Rose addiction. I'm not sure what the price was because I got it quite some time ago, and it's lasted so long. But knowing Avon prices, I don't think it was too expensive roughly £3-£4 but that's probably because I got it right at the beginning. But I heard that it''s getting discontinued :O
That's shocking, I'm going to have to go through the "Perfect Red Lipstick" search again. But that aside time to talk about red lipstick and how you can find the right one for you.

When choosing a red colour, you have to consider the undertone as they can have a cool, warm or neutral undertone. For e.g. a red with a warm undertone, worn on someone who has a warm undertone of skin, the colour instantly looks brighter. But if a red with a cool undertone is worn by someone who has a warm undertone of skin, then the colour will not shine. Therefore warm reds look better of warm backgrounds. In the same case cool reds stand out on cool backgrounds. 

So you must be thinking how do I find out if I'm a cool undertone or a warm undertone. Now I have learnt a few methods from the wonderful Michelle Phan. If you want to watch her detailed video, you may click on it below, or if you want quick steps you may read what I write. It's up to you!


So if you want the easy steps here they are.

The jewelry method:
You take gold jewelry and silver jewelry. Then try them on and see which one looks better on you, which one stands out against your complexion. If silver compliments your skin tone, you are have a cool undertone and if gold compliments your skin tone, you have a warm undertone. 
If you are a cool undertone, you would need a red lipstick which has a more blue hue to it. A perfect red with a blue hue, in my eyes, would bAvon Ultra Colour Rich Brilliance Lipstick in Rouge Luxury. But there are many reds with a cool undertone, you have just got to keep searching. I'm sure I still haven't found my absolute perfect one so it just takes time. If you're willing to go on this search then I say you go girl! :D

White clothes method:
I found this method a bit confusing, but here goes. If you do get confused, watch the video above, it may help. Look and compare if a true white clothing or a off white clothing looks better on you. If off white looks better on you, you have a warm undertone. If true white looks better on you, you have a cool undertone. 
If you are a warm undertone, you would likely have a yellow undertone that gives your skin your golden look. So you shall need to find a red lipstick with an orange undertone to it. From personal experience I know that my lipstick (Ultra Rich Colordisiac lipstick in Rose Addiction) is good for warm undertones, so long as you don't "over apply it". But if the lipstick looks orange/coral like it would work. I did find that Maybelline have a coral/orange lipstick. It is The Popsticks by ColourSensation in Citrus Slice. But once again, choosing a perfect red lipstick is a work in progress, you have to find what you are comfortable wearing. You have to wear the red lipstick, not the red lipstick wearing you. 

Wrist Method:
The last method is the wrist method, and I personally find this one the easiest. Make sure you are outdoors for this as you need natural lighting for this method to work. Look at your wrist and closely at your veins. If the veins look blue, you have a cool undertone. If they are olive it means you have a warm undertone. This i because when yellow is mixed with blue, which is the colour of your veins, it turns green aka olive.

If you cannot tell the colour of your veins and you tend to look good in both gold and silver jewelry, then you have a neutral undertone. You are real lucky because you can wear both warm and cool red lipsticks.

Just one tip, try and keep the rest of your make-up simple, especially eye make-up, when wearing red lipstick as you are playing up your lips, so leave the rest of your make-up understated.

I hope these tips have helped, they are not my tips, they are just what I have learnt and I wanted to share with you guys. Good luck on your journey to finding your perfect red lipstick, remember a red lip never dates, it is always in!

Thank you for reading. The post straight after this will be on the perfect way to apply red lipstick. It may sound basic, but many people do not know these tips. I know this from personal experience. So hope you would check that post out too! Bye guys xxx

Friday, November 09, 2012

Musical Moments...


In today's music I couldn't think of a specific artist, single or cover artist to talk about so I thought I will talk about my own "music experience" if it can even be called that.
Yesterday, Thursday 8th, I had a singing class after school with the music teacher and a singing voice coach who trains school choirs, she helps us too. I've been doing this for a few weeks now. But I find it kind of awkward. Why is that you may be thinking? I am the oldest one there! The group varies from pupils from years 7-11 but I'm the only one from year 11 there so it's kind of weird. But I am loving it because there is so much variety of voices. I have been told I have a more high pitched voice and I have realised that myself over the years. So I love the fact that there are a lot of girls who have deeper voices like my little sister and her friends. It feels so good that I can sing well with the variety of the voices. Also there are a few girls who sing high pitched like me. Best thing ever! I used to feel so uncomfortable because I thought I might the only one, but very obviously I am not, so yay. You may have seen that I have been saying "girls" and that's because there really is only girls there which isn't the best. It would be good to have boys too, the blend of the voices would be awesome. But either way I joined to help with my range, to learn to sing deeper the correct way without hurting myself and also to sing high, how I already do, but without straining my voice which is what I sometimes tend to do and it really hurt the diaphragm, I mean I can feel the pain. I know that it's not good that I'm straining my voice isn't good because it can ruin the voice and damage the diaphragm. This is why I decided to attend this. Plus in college I want to do Musical Theatre and they are going to expect me to have attended something and since I do need "extra-curricular activities" I decided I should do something I enjoy and help me with my college choices. 
So instead of going on and on I think I should get to the point lol. Well firstly we start of with vocal warm-ups. I wish I could insert them in, but if anyone who is from Saltley School is reading this, follow the steps below to reach them. If you are not, you may skip these steps. An up-side is that you can always find vocal warm-ups on YouTube!
Saltley Readers look below:
  • Log into the Frog thing
  • On the right hand side where it says "Classsroom" click on the button that says "Subjects" 
  • Then click on "Music"
  • Then you will see a title that says "Saltley Singers" underneath that are voice clips of some of the vocal warm-ups we do in the class
Hope that helps up there. You should really do these warm-up before singing as it will relax your voice, stop you from putting any unneccisary stress on your vocal chords, reduce or removes the cracks and  breaks between registers, makes it easier to reach the extremes of your voice and on a long term basis will strengthen your singing voice. 
So after we did this, this week we went over the following songs:

  • Sing - Military Wives and Gary Barlow
  • Read All About It Part 3 - Emeli Sande
  • Hall of Fame - The Script ft Will.i.am
  • Happy Ending - Mika
I can't remember any others but I was pretty pleased with the song choice because there was low and HIGH bits! I made sure my voice was heard, just I excel my voice out or what. One of my friends came in to wait for her sister who was in the class, and she said she loved it because she could hear my really high bits.

Anyways I just wanted something to talk about for the music post so I did this. I hope you've enjoyed reading. Talk to you soon guys! x

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Fall/Winter Must Haves 2012....

See! I told you guys, I always keep promises. I've been waiting to do this post for a few days, but with the exams, that was kind of impossible. Since tomorrow is the last one, I shall do this post now.
Fashion time! I thought I would start of the fashion posts with "Fall and Winter must haves for this year" but of course, these don't have to apply just to 2012, maybe in the future too. I don't tend to follow the trends hugely because I really can't be bothered and afford to change my entire closet every season. Trends are always coming an going and I feel if you have just one or two pieces it's enough. I have a really weird "style". I'm very much a "dress and leggings" type of girl. But now that it's winter I feel I need to upgrade to something more warmer? more winter acceptable? Either way here are things I feel are my clothing must haves. Some of these I may already have (I will state that) and others are on my wish list.

  1.  Over-sized/Boyfriend Cardigan (Picture will be below) - I got to admit to admit the price for the cardigan I want isn't the most reasonable and whether I will buy it or not isn't confirmed but it is on my wish list. This exact cardigan is £45 from RiverIsland. I found it online on their website, it's exact name is "Cream Aztec Strip Cardigan". I really love big over-sized cardigans but for some reason I can never find any that I like. I really love the Aztec print on this particular cardigan and if I was to purchase it I would buy a size 12-16 as that would be 2 to 3 sizes bigger than my size, therefore creating the perfect over-sized cardigan with the best print ever! I have got a boyfriend cardigan, not that it can be classed as one but here is the story. My mom had a beige coloured cardigan from Primark and it's a size 16. Since I'm a size 8 it was huge on me, but my friends loved it because they thought it was a boyfriend cardigan. Then my mother had to go along and put it in the tumble-dryer  and it shrunk to the perfect fit, which is not what I want. I do still wear it a lot though. I'm actually wearing it right now. Anyways over-sized cardigans are a must, whether an actual over-sized cardigan or a few sized bigger than your actual size, it is an essential for anyone who has a very cold winter, like myself here in the UK. It's just so comfy to cuddle up on the sofa on a cold evening with your over-sized cardigan.
  2. A good pair of jeans - Now this is gonna sound really weird, but I really hate jeans. I can't stand them. I only have 1 pair of jeans in my wardrobe, red skinny jeans and I've only wore them once. I feel really uncomfortable in them, it's like they stick to me. I'm not going to even complain saying I'm fat and that's why I feel suffocated in them. But since it's getting cold, I'm going to either be cold or be uncomfortable. And I have decided I don't want to be cold. I've decided I wanted to invest in chinos or boyfriend jeans. From what I've heard they would be good for someone like me. I really like the ones from RiverIsland, which is beige, and kind of looks like a pair of chinos I already have. The price is reasonable this time, for £15 the "Beige Organic Boyfriend Jeans" seem really cool. I also saw a pair on the NewLook website called "Blue Denim Placket Front Boyfriend Fit Jeans" for £24.99. I feel that is pretty reasonable for a pair of jeans. I really thinks jeans are essential all the time, but especially in fall/winter as it's easier to stay warm in jeans compared to tights or leggings.
  3. Leather Jacket - This is a definite for me especially. Leather jackets just add a whole load of edge to an outfit, but it can make or break your outfit, so you have to be careful what you pair it with. Personally I used to have a leather jacket but it got small for me so I do need a new one, haven't found one I like though. But as I mentioned above I usually wear dresses and leggings. So I would pair the leather jacket with black leggings, a floral print dress and cute boots. I think that would work, well for me it does. I really love the stud detail in NewLook's "Parsian Black Quilted PU Stud Collar Biker Jacket" is a good one only downfall, the price is not in my budget as it is for £49.99 which is pretty expensive, but then again for a leather jacket, I guess that would be reasonable. 
  4. Beanie - I love beanies for winter but not your typical beanies I love ones that are very loose and hang off your head. I love deep colours such as purple, black, navy etc so the fact that plum is very in this season. So yay!! I found some on RiverIsland. There are so many choices but to stay "on trend" I decided to share a plum coloured beanie. The picture will be at the bottom of this post but it's called "Dark Purple Basket Weave Beanie", which is for £13. I think that is a little high for a hat but I couldn't find any other ones I liked, and I couldn't remember any on the top of my head. But i think this is essential, not only do they look good, they keep your ears warm on those winter days! 
  5. My last must have is going to Uggs/Boots. I love boots, i practically wear them all year round. But in fall and winter I sometimes like to switch them up for Uggs. I have got a pair of black Uggs and I wore them all winter last year and kind of wore them out. I don't remember the exact shop I got them from, but I got them for around £20 price region. I don't think the price was bad for how long they lasted. I may wear them again to be honest because I loved them that much. They were so comfortable. I love ankle boots but would never buy a a pair of boots with heels because I'm pretty tall so I feel weird in heels lol. But I do like ankle boots especially NewLook's Black Shearling Cuff Double Buckle Ankle Boots for £24.99. I think I would get these boots, they are my style, just the way I like it. The pop of fur on the cuff is really nice and the rest of the boot is like faux leather or something like that and that means it's waterproof, good!! I feel boots are essential as they go with anything and everything, jeans, leggings, trousers, shorts, skirts, e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g! 
Thank you for taking your time to read this and I hope this gave you an insight into my style and ideas for yourself. Bye guys, talk to you soon x
Look below for all the pictures:


    
Cream Aztec Stripe Cardigan - RiverIsland - £45









Beige Organic Boyfriend Jeans - RiverIsland - £15










Blue (Blue) Blue Denim Placket Front Boyfriend Fit Jeans | 265986340 | New LookBlue Denim Placket Front Boyfriend Fit Jeans - NewLook - £24.99

Black (Black) Parisian Black Studded Biker Jacket  | 269574101 | New LookParsian Black Quilted PU Stud Collar Biker Jacket-NewLook - £49.99

Dark Purple Basket Weave Beanie - RiverIsland - £13

Black (Black) Black Shearling Cuff Double Buckle Ankle Boots | 261017401 | New LookBlack Shearling Cuff Double Buckle Ankle Boots - NewLook - £24.99