Video: JUNE/JULY FAVOURITES

Hey guys! Today I talk about what I’ve been loving for the last couple of weeks – half of which I’ve started loving in July and the other half I loved in June – so why not make a combined monthly favourites video? I talk about beauty, gaming, clothing, homewares and my adorable pets!

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What I Got For Christmas 2014!

What I Got For Christmas 2014

Christmas has come and gone for the year, and once again I have been incredibly lucky to have received the amazing gifts that I did. Naturally, I’d love to share these gifts with you, but first it must be noted that I am very aware that my family gives expensive gifts, and others aren’t as fortunate. I am extremely grateful for all of the time, effort and money that went into my gifts, and I in no way asked for my family to spend so much. However, they chose to do so, not me, so please refrain from any “you’re spoilt” comments or anything similar. Christmas is the season of giving and the people around me just felt like giving quite a lot! So, without further ado:


Wii UWii U (shared gift)

This gift was a shared gift between my brother and I – both of us are born and raised Nintendo kids and have owned nearly all Nintendo consoles that have been released – I hadn’t wanted a Wii U all that much until such amazing games were released this year! My brother wanted it to play Super Smash Bros. U, whereas I wanted it to play Hyrule Warriors, The Wind Waker HD and Mario Kart 8. Mum surprised us both by giving us this one, I certainly didn’t expect her to spent so much on us! The Wii U package she bought came with Mario Kart 8 pre-installed, too!

Wii U Games

The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Warriors (Wii U)

I’m a giant Legend of Zelda fan, and just had to have the newest game!

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (Wii U)

I never owned a Gamecube so I never got to play this adorable game – until now!

Super Smash Bros. U (Wii U) (shared gift)

My brother and I are both into Super Smash Bros., him especially. My boyfriend and I played the Wii version of this game constantly, and we’ll be doing the same with the newest one!

A Link Between WorldsThe Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (3DS)

Nearly the only reason I bought a 3DS early 2014 was to play this, but I never got around to buying it! Thanks mum for buying me this game, I haven’t had a chance to try it out yet but once I’ve finished Pokemon Y I will definitely have to give it a go – this is especially great because I can take this up to uni whereas I’ll have to leave the Wii U at home! I’ve never actually played a non-N64/Wii/Wii U Zelda game before with the exception of the Ocarina of Time remake, so I’m definitely interested in playing a mobile-console based game.

Peter Alexander Pyjama ShortsPeter Alexander Pyjama Shorts x2

I’ve never owned “nice” pyjamas and seeing as next year at uni I will be seeing friends in my pyjamas a lot more often I thought it’s time to ask for some decent ones! I definitely didn’t expect Peter Alexander pyjamas though! Mum got me the front lacy pair and Nana and Pop got me the back pair. They’re so comfortable and fit so well, too! I love the lacy ones so much, they’re definitely something I’d wear all the time. The other pair is still really nice, too, and I’ve already worn both of them to death despite only getting them a few days ago. This is definitely only the beginning of my collection of cute pyjamas.

SunshadeCar Sunshade

This was a pretty basic gift but definitely something I’ve needed all year, especially since my car sits in the sun all day every day when I’m up at uni.

Magic Bullet

Magic Bullet (shared gift)

I haven’t had a chance to blog about my healthy eating I’ve been doing this month but I’ve been really into making fruit smoothies with our old, dodgy blender that would always leave chunks of fruit no matter how long I blended it. Mum being the infomercial sucker she is bought me (and herself) a Magic Bullet so finally my smoothies will be chunk-free! The smoothies just make it so easy to eat healthy and lose the uni weight I gained this year while still getting my sugar fix (I’m a bit of a sweet tooth). I know infomercial products don’t always live up to expectations, but from what I’ve seen of it so far, it actually works just as well as it does on the infomercial!

Pandora CharmPandora Charm

Mum bought me a beautiful Pandora Christmas charm to fit with the blue-theme of my Pandora bangle I got for my 18th birthday in June – it’s the dark blue charm second from the left! I love it so much and it’s officially the first actual Pandora charm on my bracelet!

Revlon Brushes

Revlon Makeup Brushes

Okay, I’m a bit of a makeup noob – I have a foundation brush and that’s pretty much it. I definitely need to get better at applying more makeup and now I have decent brushes I might finally be able to.

Eyeshadow

Eyeshadow Palette

I only really owned dodgy, cheap eyeshadow, so this was the year to ask for some decent quality ones. Pop did a good job in the annual adult Secret Santa to get me this! I’m not too into harsh, bright colours either, so the browns and darker tones in here will definitely be used often especially when it comes to my second Vet Ball, so I’ll finally not have to borrow friends’ makeup!

Jewelled Brushes

Jewelled Brushes

This was the second half of my Secret Santa present from Pop and includes a few more brushes that didn’t come with the Revlon brushes mum gave me. Not too sure about the jewels (I am an adult after all) but I’m sure Pop meant well. Thanks anyway, Pop!

Earrings and RingSilver Stud Earrings + Matching Ring

These beautiful presents were from my wonderful boyfriend Sam. This gorgeous matching set is my new favourite thing! The ring was bought slightly too big ( 😦 ) so I have to get it resized, but the stud earrings do this really cool thing where you can slip the ‘outer ring’ off the earrings to turn them into smaller studs! Big props to Sam for picking so well (with the help of an old high school friend who worked at the jewelry shop), I love them!

Link Commission

Framed Watercolour Link Painting (Commission from Katie Cook at Supanova Brisbane 2014)

As soon as I saw Katie Cook’s tiny watercolour paintings at Supanova, I loved them. However, there weren’t any paintings on the table that I loved enough to buy. Little did I know that Sam, who headed into Supanova on a second day without me to collect another commission, commissioned this cute Link painting from Katie for me! He even framed it for me, it’s so cute!

Alpacasso AlpacaAlpacasso Purple Stuffed Alpaca

I saw girls carrying these all around Supanova and thought they were so damn adorable. Adorable stuffed alpacas?! Yes! They were a little on the pricey side though, especially since I already spent heaps at Supanova. Sam managed to buy one of these for me when he went into Supanova on day 2 and somehow hid it in his backpack the entire rest of our week-long trip! I have no idea how he did it but he definitely pulled it off and surprised me on Christmas Day 🙂

Papercraft Zelda

Papercraft Christmas Zelda

As you’ve probably guessed by my already-huge Zelda haul, I’m a huge Legend of Zelda fan. Sam spent countless hours making this huge papercraft Zelda figurine for me and lost so much sleep Christmas Eve because of it! I love it so much, that boy is definitely very talented when it comes to handmade gifts. I would never have the patience to do this myself! Doing papercraft involves such little tiny paper pieces and such intricate cutting and gluing… I’ve only ever done papercraft of small figurines let alone attempting a huge one like this! It’s so Christmas and Elsa-like, too. I definitely appreciate the effort Sam put into this!

The Sims 4The Sims 4

I’m completely aware that I wasn’t a huge fan of TS4 when it was released, and I even blogged a first impressions review of it based off information online about it. However, EA has since patched a lot of the features missing from the initial release and I’ve watched so many playthroughs by my favourite YouTubers that I decided to give it a go – especially thanks to AmazingPhil and danisnotonfire‘s TS4 series on their gaming channel. The game is actually pretty good – goodbye social life!

Body Butter

Body Butter from The Body Shop

My aunty Tash got me these little body butter samples from The Body Shop, and they seem like they’re from a Christmas collection. The flavours I got were Glazed Apple, Cranberry and Vanilla Brulee (not pictured). I never take care of my skin so this body butter is a great place to start.

Movie Tickets

Movie Tickets

I deliberately asked Sam’s family not to get me anything for Christmas, but they just had to get me something so they got me some movie tickets. I love getting movie tickets as presents, up here seeing a movie costs nearly $20 a ticket! With snacks and a drink, it ends up costing a lot of money so movie tickets is honestly such a help.


So there it is, my 2014 Christmas haul! I’m so so grateful for all of the gifts I received and I’m so glad I got to spend the day with my family, Sam, and his family – this was our fourth Christmas as a couple but the first we’ve been able to spend together so it was really nice 🙂

I apologize for the post delays lately, I’m house sitting my aunt’s place with Sam for ten days so I don’t really have much time to sit and write a blog post lately! I have so many posts lined up waiting to be written that just won’t make it to 2014 but I’ll put them out as soon as I can!

I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas, have a Happy New Year!
Sarah May xxx
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November Favourites ♡

November Favourites

November is already over and there is only one month left of 2014! It’s been a rough month for me sitting my final exams, but it has certainly ended in a great way now that I am on holidays! As per usual, this is what I have been loving throughout the month of November:


Dan and PhilAmazingPhil & danisnotonfire

I’ve been subscribed to Dan & Phil for quite a long time now, but early this month I had a weird dream involving them (I forget the details), which prompted me to go back and watch their older videos from before I subscribed to them. This was such a bad idea – I had exams the next week and I just couldn’t stop watching! I do enjoy Dan’s videos (and his face), but I definitely prefer Phil’s videos a lot more. He’s such a creative guy who deserves much more attention for his videos than what he gets! Subscribe to Phil’s channel by clicking here, I promise it’ll be worth it (and subscribe to Dan too, while you’re at it [and their combined gaming channel too, you might as well do it])

SUPERFRUITSuperfruit

Once again, I have been subscribed to Superfruit for a while now. And, once again, what prompted me to watch their older videos was a dream (even though I’ve already gone through and watched them all!). You’ve probably heard a bit about them this month – they recorded a mashup of all the songs from Taylor Swift’s 1989, which went viral. Really, this November favourite should just be “Mitch Grassi”, but that’s kinda creepy and I really have been loving Superfruit’s videos (although, Mitch is an extremely attractive and sassy man with an amazing voice). Subscribe to Superfruit here to see more of Mitch and Scott’s attractive faces!

Mango

It’s mango season!!! Mangoes are my absolute favourite fruit and it’s so good that they’re back in supermarkets again, and of course I’ve been snapping them up when they’re cheap enough! They made as a great study snack earlier this month and an even better dessert now that I’m home!

After by Anna Todd

Yes, this is a tad embarrassing to list as a favourite, but earlier this month (or late October, possibly) I read on my Twitter timeline that a One Direction fanfiction had signed not only a book deal, but a movie deal. Curious me was like: “a fanfiction about a boyband being turned into a movie? Man, it has to be a good fanfiction, I’ll check it out”. And that is how I, as a non-1D-fangirl, got sucked into reading a smutty fanfiction about a band I barely care for. 300 chapters later, and a lot of study time wasted… however, good on Anna Todd for the success of her fanfiction, it was definitely well deserved! You can read After on Wattpad here, or now you can even buy the first book from most bookstores.

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

This game was my entire childhood, as I owned not one, not two but three Nintendo 64 consoles (and still do) and two copies of Ocarina of Time. When its 3DS reboot was released, I was still undoubtedly excited despite the fact I can still play it on the N64 and didn’t own a 3DS… so for some reason, I purchased a 3DS purely to play the reboot. I would never do something like this for another franchise (such as Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, as I owned Ruby, Sapphire & Emerald on the Game Boy Advance as a child), but the Zelda franchise is different. The Majora’s Mask reboot is being released next year too – and I still own a copy for the N64 – but I will no doubt be purchasing it. Since I finished uni for the year, I have gotten back into playing Ocarina of Time determined to complete the game for the first time ever (I was scared of Ganondorf as a child, okay?!)

Super Smash BrothersSuper Smash Bros. (N64 & Wii)

This is always a must-play when my boyfriend comes over – and we always alternate between the classic N64 Super Smash and the Wii-released Super Smash Brawl. I like to think I’m good at this game but realistically, the CPU players beat us both when they’re only on difficulty level 4. I usually change up my characters all the time, but I like to play as Kirby, and Sam always plays as Captain Falcon. Every. Single. Time.

Glasshouse CandleCandles

Having just left college for the year, where I couldn’t light candles (due to the risk of the fire alarm going off), I’ve been going beserk since I came home. On my desk right now is a Frangipani fragranced candle, a Glasshouse candle in Montego Bay scent (Coconut Lime), and another candle mum gave to me that smells like it might be vanilla scented. Although I haven’t had a chance to yet, I’m planning on having my first bath in 9+ months surrounded by these amazing scented candles and reading Paper Towns. The excitement is real.

Solitare

Don’t judge me. I downloaded a solitare app for my phone and have been playing at least once a day, completing every daily challenge that is available so far. It sure was a great time-thief during exams!


I had so many favourites this month, oh my! I’m sure I’ll have even more for next month, too! Thank you, everyone who is reading. I’m currently in Brisbane with my boyfriend for our first ever holiday together, yay! It should be a lot of fun, we’re here for five nights and are attending Supanova while we’re here (keeping my fingers crossed I can meet James and Oliver Phelps aka Fred & George Weasley from Harry Potter). It’s so nice to be able to get away!

Sarah May xxx
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Childhood Nostalgia Games!

WARNING: This post includes no mention of Playstation games – my childhood consisted of Nintendo consoles and an Xbox!

I was an unbelievably boyish child – while girls my age were playing with Barbies or *shudder* Bratz dolls, I was playing video games. The consoles that consumed my earlier childhood were the good old Nintendo 64, and my trusty Game Boy Advance. It was a good childhood, and the games that I played as a child remain with me today – I doubt that I’ll ever really sell them!

Note: Most N64 games in this list were bought second-hand, and therefore were fully completed prior to playing. 

Super Mario 64 (N64)

This game was so unbelievably fun to play and run around in. Despite the game already being completed, I loved being able to run everywhere and play every level back to front. My favourite part of this game was the free reign I had – I didn’t have to be completing a level to play, at that age I was happy to run around outside Peach’s castle. Although, I was never able to beat the final Bowser boss as a child.

Mario Kart 64 (N64)

The classic Mario Kart began my love for racing games. My younger brother and I would play this game together all the time (and I would always win), and even now when I play it with my boyfriend, I can still completely dominate him!

Pokemon Ruby, Sapphire & Emerald (GBA)

I owned the Sapphire edition GBA, and my brother owned the Emerald edition GBA. The third generation of Pokemon featured in this game is easily the generation I can call a favourite (yes, even over the original!). I bought Pokemon Ruby to complete my collection and my Sapphire edition has all three legendary Pokemon at level 100, including nearly all third generation Pokemon. As a nine year old child, it was a pretty great achievement!

GoldenEye 007 (N64)

I was too much of a scared child to attempt the more difficult levels, despite my Dad unlocking them all, but I still loved completing the earlier levels with basically all possible cheats to prevent dying, and the multiplayer component was great!

Mario Party (N64)

What a great party game this was! However, it would take way too long. The mini games in this version of Mario Party were fantastic, and my house was always the house of choice to party at when I was in primary school, purely because of this game.

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (N64)

Honestly, I did not appreciate the pure amazingness of this game until I was much older. As previously mentioned, I was much too scared of dying in video games, so I used to run around as young Link in Kokiri Forest, talking to all the little characters. If I was brave, I would venture out into Hyrule field and ride Epona around and visit Kakariko Village to, once again, just talk to the villagers. Despite my fear, though, it’s such a timeless game that deserved its 3DS reboot.

The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask (N64)

Yet again – terrifying as a child. This game was so much darker than Ocarina of Time, being given only three days before a moon falls and destroys the world isn’t exactly cheery. In terms of interesting side characters and locations to run around in (so, basically, no gameplay actually occurred), I much preferred this game. My home N64 lacked the expansion needed to play this game, but my grandmother’s N64 had it so it was definitely a privilege to get to play it!

Banjo Kazooie / Banjo Tooie (N64)

loved these games! Such cute characters with free reign to run anywhere I wanted. The levels were still pretty good, too, and mostly wasn’t too scary for my little mind – although, Banjo-Tooie possibly scarred my young mind forever from a certain scene in Jinjo’s Village 😦


The Sims / The Sims 2 (PC)

A big thank you goes to my grandmother for having The Sims 2 and a few expansion packs, and for letting me borrow them and install them at home to play. As a child who was significantly older than other children at my grandmother’s during school holidays, I liked to escape and play The Sims 2 every single day.

The games I played as a kid are ones I’d happily play again today, and I’m lucky to have owned physical copies of what are now classic games, and some are very expensive to acquire today! I don’t regret my childhood one bit, especially because it was this awesome!

There are plenty of Nintendo 64 and Game Boy Advance emulators for those wanting to try out these classic games – I myself use Project64 and Visual Boy Advance, shh!

Until next time,
Sarah May xx