Monday 11 April 2016

Nineteen And None The Wiser

So this post is about how I celebrated my 19th birthday on Wednesday. I'm not into big parties so I usually do something low-key. This year me and my best friend (who's 1 day, 4 & a half hours older than me!) decided to go out and celebrate, which is what I'll be talking about today. 

The outing: 
Firstly, by going out and celebrating I don't mean going clubbing and getting drunk; I don't drink and I'm not into dimly lit venues with loud music and loads of people. Alright, now that we've established I don't party like the stereotypical university student, I'll tell you what I actually did: I had lunch at Wagamama, bought some shampoo and conditioner, bought bras that actually fit me, and got a haircut. Yes. That's as exciting as it gets on this post, so if you've had enough of me then Bye! I hope I haven't wasted too much of your time! 😛

For those of you that are still here, Wagamama is a Japanese restaurant and they do really good food and they give quite big portions. I had a chicken and prawn Donburi ( without the chicken because it wasn't halal) and chilly squid. My friend had a vegetarian Ramen, which is noodles, soup, vegetables and tofu and I think it's vegan but don't take my word for it! 

I didn't take any pictures of the food because 1. I'm very low on data so I couldn't post anything on Instagram or Snapchat & 2. I was too busy enjoying my meal and company to capture digital proof that I actually went there; so you'll just have to take my word for it that Wagamama is worth it. Also, you can just go on the website and see what they look like. Oh, and I also used my ZoomMax magnifier to read the menu (there's a quick demo of how I use it below). Overall the meal was good, very filling and we did a lot of catching up whilst we ate.

So that's quick demonstration of how I use some of my equipment in public but I also took my binocular (to see things from afar) and my symbol cane (so people know I'm visually Impaired).

Next we went into a Lush store. We passed it along the way to Wagamama and I couldn't help but feel happy at the sight of it; so obviously I'm going to go in, take a peek and buy my first Lush product!

Once in the store we looked around and I couldn't stop smiling. I've watched a lot of Lush Haul videos on YouTube and seen products on their website but I've never bought anything BECAUSE IT'S SO EXPENSIVE & I'M A CHEAP STUDENT!....until now. 

I had one of the employees test out the Cup O Coffee face and body mask on my hand (I love the smell but the product is a little too much for me because I don't have the patience to wash it off properly so it's not for me). I also tested the Mask of Magnanimity face and body mask which I loved and got a sample of. She then showed me the solid shampoo bars and recommended the Soak and Float one for me since my scalp can get dry and I have a little dandruff. Also these bars are supposed to last up to 70 washes, so quite a long time. I also got the Veganese Light Conditioner;since I have soft and silky hair I didn't want anything heavy. Oh, and I bought a tin to keep the shampoo bar in. As expected from Lush, these products smelt amazing! And I think they actually work too!

This is the sample of the Mint face and body mask. It smelt great and left my skin feeling soft. I think the sample will suffice for a few more uses but I'm not sure yet if I'll get the actual product (it costs £5.95 for 125g and £9.95 for 315g).

This is an image of the soak and float shampoo bar and tin. A word of warning: don't get the tin as the shampoo bar WILL get stuck and it'll take a lot of shaking and whacking to get it out. I only got it because I realised I wouldn't have been able to see the product clearly in the shower. Oh, and the lady lied to me by saying it wouldn't get stuck- It did! Maybe it'll be useful if you go travelling? Currently, I've managed to get it out of the tin and am going to keep it on the lid part from now on by turning the lid upside down so it'll be easier to take and place the product when I need it.
Here's a video on how to use it, but I like rubbing it in my hands when it's wet and lathering it in my hair. The shampoo bar costs £5.95 and the tin is £2.50.
 This is a picture of the Veganese Conditioner. I love the smell and I like how you only need to use a little bit for it to do it's job. I think it'll last a long time! It cost £4.75 for 100g.
As you can tell I enjoyed myself at Lush and splurged since I spent a total of £13.20 on these products!

Shopping at Next & Dorothy Perkins:
This shopping trip was very successful. I found that I was wearing the right bra size but I needed to buy 'full-cups'. If you have big boobs those are the ones for you! I'm not going to show you a picture of what I got because it'd be awkward for both of us and they're not that sexy or eye-catching- just simple. Also, I learnt that you're supposed to change your bras at least once a year and to not start from the last strap but to do it gradually as time goes on when the elasticity wears out. 

By the way you get a pack of 2 for £20 from Next. We also went to Matalan but those didn't fit me well, so Next is the store for me.

After getting that done and dusted we went to Dorothy Perkins because there was a sale and my friend got some clothes that look great on her. I decided to only buy what I needed from now on. Also throughout this experience our friendship reached a new level. Overall the shopping was a success.

Lidl Pastries:
After leaving Matalan we went into Lidl to buy some cookies... I ended up getting 1 big cookie, a maple and pecan twist and a cinnamon swirl all for £1.50 (I gave this to my brother and ate what he didn't want).

The Haircut:
To finish off my birthday I had my friend cut my hair; it was thinning, falling out and I couldn't be bothered to go to the hairdressers and pay £10-£20 for a haircut. Don't judge me, I did say I was a student and cheap AF. Anyway, she did a fantastic job and I love the way it turned out. Also, it's hard sitting still, standing over a bin and not breathing! A lot of work went into this ok!

My before (on the left) and after  (on the right).
We then took some selfies, she showed me my gift and then my dad drove her home with me in the car.

The gift:
My parents gave me money to spend as I please on my birthday, so that was gladly appreciated!  

What me and my friend do is we give each other a pre-decided number of books (we give each other a list and decide on the amount) and a few small things along with the books. 

Here's a picture of what she got me: books, bath products and chocolate

To relate this post to the tittle, although I'm physically getting older, there are things I'm still learning along the way. I don't know it all so that's why I'm nineteen and none the wiser.

Also,  hopefully I'll see Wicked the musical in the near future (it's a present from my sister and brother in-law), which I'll definitely write about. 

That's all for this post!