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Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Lush Spot Treatments | Review

My skin has broken out A LOT recently and it's making me feel utterly rubbish. After browsing the 'Spot Treatments' section of the Lush website, I plumped for a small bottle of Tea Tree Toner Water and a Cosmetic Warrior Fresh Face Mask with rather high expectations.

Sunday, 1 December 2013

Christmas Wishlist

It's the first of December and if you ask me, you're never too old for an advent calendar. What better way to wake up than with a little chocolate boost? Okay so i'm slightly overexcited to begin poking open the little doors but the countdown to Christmas is by far the best part of the year! I absolutely love all the beautiful decorations and lights and songs and FOOD. I've had to draw a line at stuffing my list up the chimney for Santa, so I've decided to share my wishlist with you instead. I don't know about you, but I like reading this sort of post to get gift ideas other than the usual Superdrug gift sets and chocolate.

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Song of The Month | November

This month I've been enjoying Ellie Goulding's track Explosions, from her late 2012 album Halcyon. Most of you are probably over this hype by now but I'm still not over what a beautiful song it is. Her voice is so pure and sweet that the lyrics make me feel anger towards whoever inspired the song by hurting her. If you need a good cry, this song will make you feel less alone. If someone as gorgeous as Ellie feels down sometimes then the rest of us stand no chance! It honestly gives me shivers.

Love, Anna x

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Review: Fudge Urban Texture Blaster

I have super flat, flyaway hair. Sigh. I had a little (okay I was was there for ages) browse through the hair product section in search of a product to liven up my hair a bit. Having never tried out the brand Fudge Urban before, I took a chance and picked up a can of their promising looking Urban Texture Blaster (£6.99).

Monday, 28 October 2013

Song Of The Month | October

My favourite song this month comes from an artist relatively new to the UK, Lorde. Unless you've been in hibernation lately, you're probably familiar with her debut single, Royals. Despite looking about twenty six, she's actually only sixteen. Even more impressively, Lorde wrote the lyrics herself. This gives me a huge sense of failure as i'm seventeen and my closest achievement to date is receiving a smiley face sticker in year two for a stick people drawing of the royal family, *sigh*.

She has such a unique vocal that seems to appeal to a variety of music tastes. Not only is the tune both catchy and calming, the lyricism is fantastically truthful and down to earth. An unusual topic for a song, she sings about the unnecessary extravagant lifestyle of modern celebrities. Let's just hope she stays true to herself and doesn't do a Miley Cyrus.

Have a listen here if you haven't already.

Love, Anna x

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Being Seduced By Alex Turner | AM Review



For some years now I've been a huge Arctic Monkeys fan. In early September this year, they released a new album simply titled, AM. I've unashamedly not done a lot with my life other than listen to it solidly for the last two months.

From the first listen, Do I Wanna Know has been my definite favourite track because Alex Turner's voice is even more seductively moody than usual and his lyricism is sublime. The riff is a close rival to those in older songs such as I Bet That You Look Good On The Dancefloor and makes me want to move to Sheffield, wear copious amounts of leather, learn guitar and be cool (something i've sadly not yet achieved). 

I really cannot fault the album and I'm so happy R U Mine is included because that has of course been one of my favourite ever songs since its release early last year. I recommend Snap Out Of It if you're having a bit of a down day because if a cheeky portion of apologetic Alex Turner doesn't make you smile, nothing will. Also worth a mention are Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High, Arabella and Knee Socks - all perfection! For a change, the whole album has a fairly continuous tone and the transition between songs is deliciously smooth. Dare I suggest that AM is the first Arctic Monkeys album where not a single track lets them down? If you've not yet bothered to listen to the whole album (seriously what have you been doing?) you should probably do so immediately, you owe it to your ears.

While i'm here, I can't help but express how utterly gorgeous Arctic Monkeys' cover of Drake's Hold On We're Going Home in the Radio 1 Live Lounge was. I didn't expect much from it as I'm really not into Drake at all. However, Alex Turner made it sound like some sort of beautifully composed piece of art. I'm so obsessed with this cover I now know a Drake song off by heart which is a bit embarrassing...

I'm sorry for unleashing my inner fan girl but sometimes these things can't be helped.
Love Anna x

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Maybelline Colour Tattoo Gel Cream Eyeshadow | Review

As usual I am absolutely skint. However, that's no excuse to miss out on a new season of makeup, so I decided to browse the high street for a cheap fix. Of course I marched straight into Superdrug (student discount anyone?). Since it's Autumn I felt I needed to to bring some warmth into my daily makeup routine, any shade of brown or burgundy has my vote and you can't go wrong with a smudge of glitter!

After seeing beauty bloggers rave reviewing Maybelline's Colour Tattoo Gel Cream Eyeshadow, I simply had to try it out. I'm not overly adventurous with make up so I plumped for the shimmery On and On Bronze, £4.99 - Bargain! I absolutely love this product already because the pigment can be applied lightly to give a delicate, natural glow yet is strong enough to be built up for a night out. A natural bronze eye suits absolutely all skin tones and hair colours and is perfect for a cosy yet glamorous look. It's also so easy to apply, I don't use a brush as I find it smooths on easily by finger. It claims to last for 24 hours. but that's a little longer than I care to wear make up for, so I can only report back that it stays put and crease free for a good 12 hours. I definitely recommend this product if you're searching for budget beauty this season.
Love, Anna x

Sunday, 6 October 2013

Leather Jackets

Autumn/Winter 2013 and leather jackets (faux, of course) are again a massively hot trend. Not only do they keep you snug and dry in the predictably rubbish British weather, they also compliment almost any outfit to make a statement. I've waited all Summer for it to be cold enough to wear mine again and my love for it is back and stronger than ever! If you haven't invested in one yet, you're really missing out so here are my top three from the high street.

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Twenty One

Recently i've seen the '21 facts about me' tag floating around the blogosphere a lot and i'll probably join in on this at a later date. However, for now, I thought sharing my twenty one all time favourite songs with you would tell you enough about me. It took a lot of intense trawling through my iTunes library but after much deliberation I finally managed to narrow it down. *Dermot O'Leary voice* In no particular order, here are the winners!

I definitely think I have a song for every mood here; some I can sing my heart out to whilst dancing around home alone, some I can listen to peacefully when I can't sleep and every situation in between! They also span over a few decades from 1982-2013 which is interesting. Comment below if you share any of my favourite songs. :)

Love, Anna x

Monday, 30 September 2013

Photograph Your Day

I've seen a few bloggers lately doing the Photograph Your Day tag so I thought I'd have a go myself. Today was spent studying for my A Levels at sixth form (a 2 mile trek away - ugh), visiting my dad, going to Pizza Express for a friend's birthday and starting a new book.

Love, Anna x

Thursday, 26 September 2013

Song Of The Month | September

This month i'm massively into Alt-J. Until recently I only really knew one or two songs but after stumbling upon their debut album An Awesome Wave, i've realised their utter brilliance. Alt-J are one of the few bands whose instrumentals are as beautiful, if not better than the vocals. The album has the perfect mixture of upbeat, catchy songs and more mellow, peaceful songs. After much debate, I think I can say that Taro is my favourite track. I seem to listen to it anywhere up to ten times a day because I can't get enough of the Indian style instrumental, it just makes me want to take up bollywood dancing or skip joyfully through the centre of town! Enjoy!

Love, Anna x

September Favourites

So it seems like Summer was a million years ago now we're settled snugly into Autumn, but before the Winter blues arrive there's time to squeeze in a few over sized jumpers, crunchy leaves and cinnamon lattes! As much as I've enjoyed lazing in the sun for the last couple of months, Autumn is my absolute favourite time of year. With 89 days left until Christmas, the festive spirit is already growing inside of me and i'm ticking off the days so are the products i'm stocking up on this September. (I apologise again for the poor quality of the photographs, i'm working towards a better camera.)

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Song Of The Month | August

This month I have two songs which equally have the most number of plays, coincidentally they're both by the same band. I have no idea what's got me back into them as I haven't suddenly developed an emotional connection with the lyrics or anything but this month's most played songs are retro numbers from when i first got iTunes back in 2007. 

I'd forgotten about them for quite a while but I've now rediscovered my love for The Pigeon Detectives. In my humble opinion, their best songs are Take Her Back and  I Found Out from their first album, Wait For Me. I don't really have a reason for loving them so much but they make me want to dance around my room like a lunatic which is generally a good rule to go by. The lyrics are a bit cheeky while the tune is just brilliantly catchy and lively so take a listen! 

Love, Anna x

Thursday, 8 August 2013

Imagine Dragons

Lately I am absolutely LOVING indie rock band Imagine Dragons, you may know them from their most popular song, Radioactive. I'd describe their style as the lovechild of Bastille and The Killers, powerfully rhymic with emotional undertones.

Thursday, 1 August 2013

Purple Shampoo For Blondes

I began having my naturally blonde hair highlighted after becoming bored of it's dull tone. Although I love the look when I first leave the salon, I find that after a few weeks, my new colour loses it's shine to a brassy, yellow blonde. 

Sunday, 28 July 2013

Song of The Month | July

Song of The Month is a new series i'm introducing to my blog. As you've probably guessed, i'll be sharing my most listened to song with you guys at the end of every month. Hopefully i'll be able to give you something new to listen to or remind you of an older song you used to love. My taste varies in style so there should be something interesting for everyone.

My most played song this month is by far Let Her Go by Passenger. It has such beautiful lyrics which you'll pick up within minutes and I don't know a single person who doesn't love it. In contrast to many other songs on Passenger's debut album All The Little Lights, it has a much softer and more emotional melody, so grab your tissues!

Love, Anna x

Sunday, 7 July 2013

Summer Plans

With only one week left of collage, summer is temptingly close and my expectations are as high as ever; pool parties, day trips to the beach, BBQs, festivals, basking in the sunshine and going out every night.

Thursday, 30 May 2013

Cute Bedroom Accessories

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Since moving house in Summer 2009, I've had to make the most of a teensy little box bedroom. This means it can be quite a challenge to decorate the space without it appearing too cluttered. However, I have acquired a few lovely pieces which I think add a more homely, personal touch to the room. They're a mixture of hand made gifts and shop bought items i've picked up on my travels. As i'm in the process of swapping beds, I haven't posted a photograph of my whole room as a temporary mattress bed kind of ruins the effect! Here are some of my favourite accessories anyway.

Saturday, 25 May 2013

Bastille - Bad Blood Album

So recently I was introduced to the amazing British band Bastille and became obsessed with their refreshing mix of dramatic, yet soothing, electronic melodies. Shortly after, I purchased my own copy of their debut album, Bad Blood, for a reasonable £9. I think that alone goes to show how much I love them as I willingly spent money when I could have downloaded the album from YouTube for free (immoral and illegal, although often necessary due to surviving on a student budget).

Thursday, 11 April 2013

About Annatations

I'm Anna, a sociology graduate who can usually be found lingering in a coffee shop. I'm a lipstick hoarder, F.R.I.E.N.D.S junkie and firm believer in snacks. I'm also a feminist and vegetarian. I'm your gal for cruelty free beauty recommendations and anything from vegan recipes to menstrual cup reviews. Annatations began as Collections of Imperfections in 2013 and now features lifestyle, beauty, food and general first world ramblings.

I'm always open to feedback and business enquiries, so please get in touch at or tweet me @TheAnnatations if you have any queries. You can also find me on Instagram @TheAnnatations and check out my foodie account @ABarnardWright. If you'd like to read more of my musings, you can find me at Radicl Mag, The Tab and Witty Title Here.

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Love, Anna x