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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*.

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Being Seduced By Alex Turner | AM Review

 





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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.

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 Songs

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!


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.)

Salted Caramel Yankee Candle
This thing smells so delicious, words can't give it enough credit. Without even being lit is fills my entire house with a warm, winter smell of home baking.

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 | Night Visions

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.

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.

Thursday, 30 May 2013

Cute Bedroom Accessories

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.

Monday, 1 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 barnardwright@googlemail.com or tweet me @TheAnnatations if you have any queries. You can also find me on Instagram @TheAnnatations and check out my foodie account @AnnaBarnardWright. 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