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2014 IN A NUTSHELL

An end has come to my very first year of blogging. Time for an end-of-year recap, I think, and how better to do that than with 14 Things About 2014? Seven hits and seven misses that stood out for me this year.

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7 Things Which Annoyed Me In 2014

1. People still Using “series” rather than “season” to describe a year’s worth of TV.
Every time I read “series finale” in reference to a beloved show, I have a miniature heart attack. I’m no fan of Americanization for the sake of it, but using “season” would prevent confusion– and isn’t increased clarity is always preferable? Come on, folks: let’s get it together and stop scaring people for no good reason except a desire to cling to archaic and unclear terminology.

2. Restaurants that decide for you how meat is to be served.
No. Every individual should always have the final say regards what goes in their mouth. No amount of culinary training trumps personal taste or desire, especially when money is changing hands.

3. Forced “digital detoxes”.
If I can’t bring my phone, I’m not going. If there’s no wifi, I don’t want to be there. Surely adults should have the right to decide for themselves whether or not they want to use their communication devices? A ban on those which cause distraction for others is absolutely fine and totally understandable, but why would anyone want the choice to be taken from them when it affects nobody else? Absolute nonsense.

4. Regional content restrictions on media.
Come on, now, it’s nearly 2015: everyone’s online, and everyone’s talking. Do you really think people outside of the USA are going to wait, eyes and ears covered, for content to become available in their location? No; they’re either going to be spoiled by internet discussion and thus not bother with it, or they’re going to pirate it so they can watch it before they’re spoiled. I understand that there are long-term country-specific contracts behind rights restrictions, but companies who want to increase their goodwill among customers would do well to prioritise getting out of those as soon as possible, and commit to not entering into any new ones once their current contract has expired. One world, one service. Let’s move towards that in 2015, please.

5. Limited editions.
These set my blood to boiling. Why produce much-desired, much-requested products in limited quantities and then refuse to make any more? Why, god, why…? It’s an unnecessary cruelty foisted upon us by this modern world.

6. Online trolling.
One of my resolutions for 2015 is to just not read comments on any articles, and to keep away from discussion forums and places where people gather to be horrible. Reading it doesn’t educate me or make me happier, so I’m just going to give the whole thing a wide berth in the new year.

7. My limited attention span.
This is something which has become a real problem for me, and it’s something I’m really going to have to work on in the new year. How? Well, to be honest, I’m not sure yet. But it definitely has to be done!

 

7 Things Which Made Me Smile In 2014

1. Travel.
I went to the Canaries twice and to Atlanta once this year, and had a ball on each trip. Here’s to seeing more places and people in 2015!

2. The World Cup.
This was an immense surprise to me, but I rather enjoyed following the action this year. I’m no great fan of watching sports (I’d rather be playing them), but the level of play was so impressive that it was just a joy to engage with.

3. Learning new things.
This year, I learned how to sew (poorly), use CSS (less poorly), and I’m working on learning how to use Final Cut Pro X at the moment. I also discovered the benefits of biological peels, and learned a whole lot about makeup application techniques, especially for the eyes!  I love learning new skills, and it’s something I’m looking forward to doing more of in the new year.

4. Arts and crafts.
2014 is the year I made all kinds of things. I painted a clock, I reupholstered a stool and a headboard, and I upcycled a battered old truck into something new and shiny. I’ve learned that I’m far handier than I ever realised I was, and I have all kinds of exciting projects planned for the coming year.

5. Shopping.
Shallow, predictable, and still entirely true. I got some wonderful things in 2014, and I’m looking forward to getting more in 2015. I’ve been eying some Mac brushes, to start with…

6. Improving my cooking skills.
I’ve never been the worst cook (well, okay: not since I moved out of home, anyway), but I’d gotten really complacent in the things I prepared and ate over the last couple of years. This year, I made an effort to introduce healthy new ingredients to my diet, and I’m really glad I did. It’s made a difference to both my skin and my overall health, and it’s always nice to expand the range of dishes you can make when you find yourself either with unexpected company or with a lack of desire to go grocery shopping. I hope to be able to continue expanding my repertoire in the new year, and beyond.

7. Blogging!
2014 was the year I started blogging, and it’s been a great experience. I’ve met some lovely people, read some wonderful things, and learned a lot! I’m super excited to continue doing it into 2015: to try out more of the things I learned and purchased this year… And to write about some new things, too.

I had a little bit of a shaky period during the summer where I slacked off, but I’m going to try really hard not to skip posting in 2015, and make a concerted effort to get a post up every other day as I have been for the last couple of months!

I just want to say thank you once again to everyone who takes the time to read and comment on my posts; you guys are great, and without you, this would probably feel a lot like talking into the wind! I hope I’ll be able to continue to provide interesting content in the new year, and I’m looking forward to what all of you guys have to post about, as well.

Happy New Year, everybody. I’ll see you in 2015! ❤

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A (NOT SO) TINY TECH RANT

There have been some reports recently raising hysteria over the possibility that Apple build planned obsolescence (the idea that the product will fail after a certain period of time, thus forcing you to purchase a new one) into its offerings. I find this a little irritating, because quite honestly: all manufacturers do this, otherwise they would not be able to keep releasing products and staying in business. Here’s why I think we should ease up on the complaints about this:

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HYDRALURON: A HORROR STORY

I’ve posted previously about my love of Hydraluron, and that hasn’t changed. I still think it’s essentially a miracle product that’s made an enormous difference to my skin. I do, however, have a warning for anyone wanting to travel with it in their suitcase: Hydralyron is basically the Houdini of skincare products. Think I’m kidding? I bloody wish.

On a recent trip, I filled up my miniature container with Hydraluron in the same way as I packed the others with moisturiser, cleaners, etc. I screwed the lid on tightly, popped it into my waterproof baggie, and assumed there wouldn’t be a problem.

Except there was a problem. Unlike every other product I brought with me, and despite the lid being screwed on tightly, somehow the Hydraluron escaped the container and smeared itself all over the other containers. I examined the pot for cracks, but there didn’t seem to be any. I assumed I’d put the lid on wrong, but I hadn’t. And then I began thinking. This wasn’t the first time that some of my precious serum had escaped its container. No matter how careful I am to put the cap back on the tube properly, without spilling any product into the outer ring of the cap, every time I pick up my tube of Hydraluron at home, some has managed to worm its way in there.

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See? The cap has a clear ring of product in it. Only… Here’s the funny thing. It never seems to fill up. The level of product that manages to get out there seems to remain the same. If I wipe it out, when I come back to the tube next, there’s the same amount. If I don’t wipe it out, it doesn’t get any bigger. It doesn’t matter how tightly I screw the cap on, this continues to happen. Maybe this doesn’t happen to everyone, but I thought I would draw attention to this just in case anybody else was thinking of using this on their holidays: make sure to put your closed container inside another closed container to be sure of preventing spills!

Is this some side-effect of the manner in which it draws in moisture to the skin? Is my tube haunted? Has this ever happened to you? Drop me a line and let me know!
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CLOTHES: A HORROR STORY

Jesus Christ. So, remember the Zara leggings I had on in my OOTD? These things are three years old and Still. Leaking. Dye. The worst part? It’s leaked it all over my body. The last time I wore them, my hands ended up dyed navy. I thought I had the problem licked after a doubt wash with Vanish. Apparently not, and this time? It was far worse.

As I was taking them off in the dim light of my bedroom, I noticed that there was a faint purple sheen on my legs. I immediately scurried into the bathroom to discover it was a bit more than a “faint sheen”.

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I was basically Violet Beauregarde, minus unfortunate expansion problems. It took a twenty-minute exfoliation and the ruination of my shower gloves (they’re now purple, and it won’t come out!) to restore my skin to its usual human colour. I’m so frustrated! What do I need to do to get these things to stop leaking dye? Should I just give up and accept that they’ll never stop?

Does anyone have any tips or tricks to share? Drop me a line and let me know!

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A LITTLE RANT.

As a general rule, I believe in keeping my blog positive and spending my time talking about things that make me happy rather than things that annoy me. There’s two reasons for this:

1. I don’t like hurting anybody’s feelings, and
2. I think there’s enough negativity on the Internet out there already.

However, I’m going to talk about this issue because it doesn’t apply to any one person, product, or company, so it’s not attacking anyone directly, and also because I haven’t seen anyone else complaining about this yet, which astonishes me. What is this thing? Limited Editions.

If there are two words guaranteed to turn me off a product, it’s the words “Limited Edition”. There are only two reasons a brand brings out a limited edition of anything: because they don’t think sales will justify inclusion of it in their full-time lineup (i.e., it’s a bit pants), or because they want to force people to buy it now, right now, immediately, or miss out forever (i.e., they’re strong-arming their customers).

I don’t like being hassled into making a purchase without being able to take time to research the product and decide whether or not I want to buy it, and I like to be able to choose when I buy something in accordance with when it fits into my financial schedule. I’m also leery of buying a product when the company behind it doesn’t seem to have much confidence in its marketability. Lastly, I absolutely despise the notion I won’t ever be able to replace it if –despite these shortcomings– I do happen to fall in love with the product.

Honestly, what is the point of that? Isn’t repeat business the cornerstone of all business? I already hate it when something I love is discontinued, and that’s unavoidable– with Limited Editions, you’re setting yourself up for disappointment either way. Either you’re not sold on the product and it was a waste of your money, or you love it but will never be able to get it again and it’s a source of heartache. There’s no winning there!

Consequently, I try to never buy Limited Edition versions of anything. Any time I ever have, I’ve either immediately understood why it was a “short term offering”, or I loved it and became so intent on using this “irreplaceable thing” sparingly that I never really got any enjoyment out of it.

Someone tell me I’m not the only person out there who feels this way. Do you avoid Limited Editions? Do you collect them, secure in the knowledge that the brand’s next LE offering will replace it in your attentions as soon as it’s finished? Or do you hoard, Gollum-like, multiples of ones you love for years and years in the hopes that one day something similar will be released? I’m really curious to see where other people stand on this issue.

Drop me a line and let me know!
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