Friday, 26 April 2013

50 Things about Me

I have a day off, so I thought I would blog again – twice in 1 week, so unlike me! This tag was floating around a few months back but I have read some recently too, so I thought I would join in. :)

  1. My full name is Wendy Catherine Carr.
  2. My birthday is on the 3rd of April. I really like this date. It sounds nice.
  3. I don’t really have a favourite colour, but I've been liking orange a lot over the past few years.
  4. If I were a boy, I would have been named Andrew. (Andy…Wendy… Pretty similar!)
  5. I am currently working my 6th season at Glenfiddich Distillery as a tour guide, giving tours in English, German and French. I love this job, but this will probably be my last season there. :(
  6. I sing aaall the tiiime. It must be so annoying.
  7. Even though I grew up in a small town in the NE of Scotland and the locals have really broad Scottish accents and often speak 'Doric' dialect, I don’t sound local at all.
  8. My favourite part of my body is my eyes.
  9. I had braces for over 3 years.
  10. I love Disney.
  11. My ears are each pierced twice.
  12. I play the violin, piano and orchestral percussion.
  13. I would love to be a mother one day.
  14. I’ve never had my hair cut really short.
  15. My best friends are dotted about all over. Mainly in the UK, but one lives abroad (always changing).
  16. I don't have a certain style; I wear what I like, and this varies day-to-day. Some days I'll be all rocker-chick; other days I’ll wear pearls and pastel colours.
  17. I dyed my hair blonde over the summer of 2009. I didn't really suit it.
  18. I then dyed my hair bright red for a few months. I suited this more, and I really liked it, but it was too much work to maintain!
  19. I don't have a favourite genre of music: there are too many to choose from!
  20. I love shoes.
  21. I have the awful habit of 'plooking' myself and others! (i.e. squeezing blackheads and spots. Gross, I know.)
  22. When I was younger, I was obsessed with Britney Spears.
  23. I had a twin before I was born. (He/she was miscarried, but I clung on!)
  24. I try to have a positive outlook on life as much as I can.
  25. Even though I have a big personality, can be quite loud and of course have no problem getting up on stage to perform in front of hundreds of people, I can actually be quite shy. Especially in some social situations, like meeting new people: I just don't know what to say and it gets very awkward, making me even more nervous.
  26. I have the best family ever.
  27. I'm moving to London after the summer and I can't wait!
  28. The move to London is because I start an intensive 1-year Acting Course, and I can't wait even more for this!!
  29. My milk of choice is skimmed (red).
  30. I love tea. (Specifically very milky Earl Grey.)
  31. I would like to learn sign language.
  32. My favourite ice cream is Haagen Dazs Pralines and Cream (but I'm also quite keen on Ben and Jerry's Chocolate Fudge BrownieAria's influence!).
  33. I have such a sweet tooth. It's crazy how much junk I can eat.
  34. Even though I have a sweet tooth, I am actually really fussy when it comes to some chocolate and cake: if either is what I consider 'fake', then I probably won't like it.
  35. My favourite actress is Jennifer Lawrence (if you haven't figured that out yet!).
  36. I hope to take after my mum and look as good as she does at her age!
  37. I was a fitness fanatic as a child. I won the cross country at school, got an exercise bike and gymnastics mat for Christmas, and I remember going to Argos to enquire about the minimum age for using dumbbells. It didn't last…
  38. I am a trained Classical (opera) singer.
  39. I would describe my belly button is half-outy, half-inny. It sounds gross, but it's not!
  40. I love cuddles.
  41. One of my best friends, Charlotte, and I went to get our belly buttons pierced at the same time (when it was all the rage), and we each paid for the other's. Friendship-piercings if you will.
  42. My favourite perfume is Beyoncé Heat, or Armani Diamonds (but it's a coincidence that Beyoncé was in the adverts for it. Honestly!).
  43. I have a fear of spiders, being in the sea and big things like massive cathedrals and the propellers on the Titanic. The idea of being near a blue whale freaks me out.
  44. I like dancing, but have no idea if I’m any good at it!
  45. I am short-sighted so need to wear contact lenses or glasses all the time.
  46. My favourite meal is one of dad's home-made curries. Can't choose which though.
  47. I like sparkly stuff. My dad still has a memory of getting a Christmas list from me asking for sparkly shoes when I was little! It's still on my list to this day. :(
  48. Sometimes I just watch my niece sleeping and try to commit her image to memory.
  49. I have a weakness for ridiculously expensive chocolate!
  50. I love love.

So that’s 50 random things about me. I thought it would be difficult to come up with as many as 50, but it turns out it's really easy to talk about yourself! Haha. I tag you all to do the same, and let me know when you have! I like making new friends (<that's number 51!).


Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Films in 2013 I Can't Wait to See

I love films, and there are a few that I am really looking forward to seeing this year.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
I saw The Hunger Games twice in the cinema last year and loved it so much that I ended up reading the trilogy twice (having not properly read a book in yeeears – so bad, I know).  I loved the books even more and now cannot wait for the next movie installment of the trilogy. Plus, as you know, I'm a huge Jennifer Lawrence fan (actually triggered by The Hunger Games movie), making the wait even more difficult!

(Spoiler coming up!)

Basically, Catching Fire continues Katniss's story after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games in the first book, but not in the way that the organisers want, putting her in a very dangerous place and them in a very powerful one. She has to fight again, all the while unaware that many of the others have a much bigger battle in mind…

UK Release Date: 22nd November

The Bling Ring
After my big Hunger Games Trilogy obsession, I decided that it was about time I should read all the Harry Potter books, so I read through them all, watching the film adaptation after each book. This resulted in a bit of a girl-crush on Emma Watson which didn't last too long, but still makes me want to see her performance in the movie of the Bling Ring – the nickname for the group of (mainly) teenagers who stole somewhere around $3million's-worth of goods from a bunch of 'A-list' celebs including Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan. I like the idea of the story itself being adapted into a film too, even if it is unfortunately based on a true story!

UK Release Date: 5th July

Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World
My sister and friend Adam got me into the Marvel films about the Avengers, so I've seen them all now, and love Avengers Assemble, so naturally I am looking forward to seeing these. Iron Man and Thor are my fave characters out of the lot (Robert Downey Jr. is fantastic, and I could listen to Chris Hemsworth's voice all day), so I wonder where their stories will go next. Obviously, as Iron Man 3 is out in just a few days, I've seen the trailers, and it looks AWESOME. Can't wait to see the full thing.

UK Release Date: 26th April and 30th October

(All pictures taken from Google Images.)

These are the main ones, but here's also a quick list of other possibilities I might fancy:

The Great Gatsby (didn't like the book, but Baz Luhrmann's one of my favourite directors, so I’m willing to give it a go!); The Hangover Part 3; Despicable Me 2; Monsters University; Kick Ass 2; and This is the End (looks hilarious, and it's a great concept).

Which films are you keen to see this year? Let me know if you have any other suggestions! I'm trying to widen the genres I watch, so I'm open to anything! Well, except horror! :)


Sunday, 7 April 2013

Things I am Loving at the Moment: April

Neutrogena Visibly Clear Pore and Shine Daily Scrub

I am no skin expert so I don't know all the technical stuff that goes on with my skin or the reasons, but I can tell you that I love this facewash! I read Hollie from Good Golly Miss Hollie's post on this facewash a few months back and as my skin seemed to be looking and feeling worse and worse, I thought I'd finally give it a go. I have oily/combination skin so have quite a few blackheads, can get a few spots (I have mild scarring from some spots) and have general imperfections all of the time. I was using a combination of Dirty Works (a Soap and Glory copy I think) Blemish Buster 2-in-1 Scrub + Mask and Neutrogena Visibly Clear Pink Grapefruit Cream Wash, and my skin was starting to feel like it was never clean, even straight after washing.

But after using the Pore and Shine Daily Scrub, I literally saw and felt a difference from the first wash. It felt like I had washed my face for the first time in months. My pores were smaller, my skin felt and looked smoother, I'm not as shiny, I've hardly had any spots since using it and within 1 week my skin went from gross to near perfect (well, as near to perfect as my skin can be! I don’t think my blackheads are going anywhere soon). My make-up goes on and stays on better, and is less noticeable as my pores are so much smaller. If you have oily or just dirty-feeling skin, I'd say "give this a go!"

Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation

Having watched a few of Zoe of Zoella's videos, her glowing report on this foundation swayed me to buy one about 2 months ago. And I am so glad I did.

As the lighting in Boots can be awful and therefore misleading when trying to find the right skin-colour match, previously causing me to purchase 2 Maybelline foundations at least 1 shade too dark for my skin, therefore leaving quite a noticeable difference between my face and neck, I got my sister to help pick the correct shade with me. I bought 100 Ivory and have been very pleased with the results. I would say it has medium coverage but is also buildable (so occasionally I will put a second layer on my forehead and cheeks) and as the shade is such a good match for my skin, the fact I am wearing foundation is hardly noticeable. I now hardly need concealer (another of Zoe's recommendations, Collection 16 hour Lasting Perfection Concealer in no.1 FAIR) so only use it under my eyes and on the rare especially bad spot. As there is the 3 for 2 offer across make-up in Boots at the moment, I invested in another 2 bottles the other day as part of the offer, but as it is very affordable at £8.99, I'd be happy to buy is full price anyway! Fantastic recommendation Zoella; I'm so glad to have bought it!

Being at home/Birthday at home

I am at home now to work at the wonderful Glenfiddich for a few months. I love the job and it is so nice to be back with my immediate family again (except my mum stays in Aberdeen through the week, booo) and it was lovely to be at home with them for my birthday this year. I was working in the day and in the evening we watched films  and dad made us curry (which is incomparable to any other), and although we ended up having cake at stupid o'clock, it was a really relaxed, lovely evening and I loved it. The next day Weez, Aria and I went to Elgin as I had a day off, and we went out for lunch then ten-pin bowling. And tomorrow night we’re going out for dinner as my mum will be back and I want to do something including her too. SO, I am just soaking up all this lovely family time and making the most of it while I'm here, as even though it will be the longest I'm home in about 5 years, I know the time will just fly by!

Disney's Tangled

Anyone who knows me knows that I am a big Disney fan. I am 25 and I love Disney. I am not ashamed or afraid to admit it. I want to be a Disney Princess. End of.

(Taken from Google Images)
However, for some reason I was prejudiced about Tangled and I never really cared to go and see it when it was in the cinema. It's been on DVD for almost 2 years now, and as the BOGOF offer is back on Disney DVD's at Tesco again, Weez bought it (mainly for Aria to watch). So a few days ago (on my birthday) I finally watched it. And the verdict? I. LOVE. IT.

I cannot believe I waited this long! It has fast become one of my absolute favourite Disney films, having watched it 4 times in 4 days. The individual characters are exactly that: individual. Each personality is so detailed and believable and different and interesting. Mandy Moore does an amazing job as the voice of Rapunzel and really encompasses her quirky character, so much so that Rapunzel is up there with Belle as one of my fave princesses (yes, I am that sad that I have a running order). Flynn/Eugene is again completely unlike any other Disney hero; Mother Gothel is wonderful as the 'bad-guy' (Donna Murphy does such a great job as the voice); Maximus the horse is hilarious; Pascal the Chameleon is awesome (and so cute); the 'ruffians' are again so funny and the best part in the whole film is right at the end when one of the drunks is floating (attached to lanterns) as cupid… If you don't know which bit I mean, then you will just have to watch the film!

It is absolutely hilarious, the storyline is wonderful and the visuals and always beautiful music (by the incredible Alan Menken) make this film an absolute MUST-SEE if you're a Disney fan. And even if you're not a Disney fan, go watch it. Right now.

Anyway, those are my current general favourites, if you've posted about yours recently, let me know!