Short Story: The Life of a Liferaft

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The chemical composition of love is C8H11NO2+C10H12N2O+C43H66N12O12S2, supposedly.

In the common tongue, that’s dopamine, serotonin and oxytocin.

Apparently, it’s easy to synthesise and manufacture. Morally ambiguous scientists in white lab coats are probably doing so right now. But overdosing on any single of those elements can cause schizophrenia, extreme paranoia, and insanity. Continue Reading

Short Story: Light Me Up

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I’m a pick-me-up. They pick me up with their trembling hands and their mustard nails and set me down with their hearts racing and mind stable. He, Ashley, will clutch me with his angst-clumsy fingers, slide me off the counter, slip me from his pocket.

And then he’ll put me down, often carelessly – amongst a clattering clutter of keys and change on the counter in the hall, or perhaps just leave me smothered in the swathes of his jacket pocket. Once he left me at Cole’s house for almost a fortnight and I came home to find a cheap plastic imposter, no doubt from the Londis down in Mornington Crescent, filling my place.

Today is different; today is a bad day.

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7 Beauty Wants for the New Year

1. EOS Strawberry Sorbet Lip Balm

EOS Strawberry Sorbet Lip BalmCreating a lip balm that is 95% organic, 100% natural, and paraben and petrolatum free is mighty impressive. I can see why EOS is so popular (see: Miley Cyrus – We Can’t Stop Music Video). They come in 6 lovely flavours but I think the Strawberry Sorbet variety sounds like the most kissable.

Available from Selfridges for £6.50



2. First Aid Beauty Eye Duty Triple Remedy

First Aid Beauty Eye Duty Triple RemedyDuring the term time, I honestly survive on not enough sleep and too much caffeine. While I’m going to make a sterling effort to catch some more Zs, I’m hoping this little beauty will be a nice pick me up for when I have designer bags under my eyes.

Available from Selfridges for £26.00This Works 1



3. thisworks In Transit Camera Close-up 

This Works In Transit Camera Close-UpI’ll be the first to admit, I’m lazy when it comes to my personal beauty regime insofar that I have none. An item that claims not only to work but boasts that it is a “mask, moisturiser and primer in one” sounds heaven sent. My interest on the thisworks In Transit collection was piqued a little while back but seeing Eleanor Calder (of The Trend Pear) with a bottle on her beauty shelf settled me.

Available from thisworks for £30.00 



4. thisworks In Transit Muscle Therapy

thisworks In Transit Muscle Therapy

Muscles in my shoulders, back and neck are a big problem for me. I’m no genius but I’m guessing it derives from high stress levels and a mattress like a cattlegrid. As much as I’d like to visit a massage therapist for every knot and twinge I, unfortunately, have neither the funds nor time to spare. So, the next best thing seems to be this balm muscle therapy balm.

Available from thisworks for £18.00




5. REN Glycomatic Radiance Renewal Mask

REN Glycomatic Radiance Renewal MaskI received a sample size tube of this from those cute little welcome packs you receive on long haul flights. My roommate and I decided to try it one evening just to treat ourselves and I was actually incredibly impressed. I thought the smell of it was a little hinky, but the result was a really clean, fresh feeling and it’s time to invest.

Available from Marks and Spencer for £32.00



6. Bumble and Bumble Good Tidings The Surf Gift Set

Bumble and Bumble Surf Christmas Set

I’m from Cornwall so I’m always looking for a way to recreate perfect beachy waves when I’m living the London hustle. I’ve tried a few variations of salt and surf sprays but keep coming back to this Bumble and Bumble set. This special edition Christmas set also has and extra large spray and includes a miniature shampoo and conditioners for the full effect.

Available from feelunique for £15.40 


7. Tom Ford Lip Color in Vanilla Suede

470436_vanilla_suede_1_18Ever since Emma Watsons flawless Burberry Autumn Winter 2009 campaign, I’ve been searching in vain for the perfect nude lipstick to recreate her look. Apparently the makeup industry wasn’t quite on my wave length. So when I was perusing the Harvey Nichols beauty section and stumbled across this little gem, I knew my dreams had come true.

Available from Harvey Nichols for £38.00




Here’s to a beautiful new year.