Saturday, February 25, 2017

Sensationail- Polish To Gel Transformer Starter Kit Review.


From previous posts I am sure that you all know I love Acrylic Nails... Always have, however my love affair turned sour in Dublin when I caught my nail on a chair and literally lifted my real nail off the nail bed. Fast forward three week I am left nailless and decide that Acrylics are a thing of the past. 

As an avid Acrylic nail wearer for almost two years this took a lot of getting used too... My nails were weak, brittle and so short.  I needed to look at ways to strengthen my nails. I'd tried other nail polishes that were hardening, but none seemed to work then I cam across Sensationail- Polish to Gel Transformer Starter Kit retailing at £49.99. There are two ways that you can use this kit, one being to turn a nail polish into a Gel Polish and the second is to use the Gel Polish as a top layer to seal the nail colour and add strength.



I chose method two as it was the first time using this kit as I didn't know how it would turn out. You paint your nails as usual, ensuring that they are dry and then add the Gel Polish as a top coat making sure you go around the rim of your nail to really seal the polish. Ensure that your nails are 100% dry as if they are not you end up with Orange Peel nails which isn't a good look... I made this fatal mistake on two nails and had to redo them, but I believe this is a fault with myself and not actually with the kit. Place your nails under the lamp for 15 seconds, however I chose 30 seconds to ensure that they were cured properly. You then use the Gel Cleanser and Lint Free wipe to remove the sticky topcoat and....

Hey Presto! You've got lovely Gel Nails. 


I would highly recommend this kit for strengthening your nails and is a must have for those of us who continuously chip their nails. Mine have lasted for 7 days and haven't chipped at all... My nails feel stronger than ever and I can truthfully say I am converted to Gel Nail polish as the new acrylics. 

Until Next Time
Tori xo
















Wednesday, February 22, 2017

LONDON



On Monday I was lucky enough to be offered a place on our Universities London trip to the Old Bailey, where many serious cases are heard before arguably the greatest judges in the United Kingdom.  After an early start and arriving at Lime street station for 7:20AM we had the joyous trip of a Virgin Train to London, with really awesome sliding doors that you literally tapped and they would open. Probably not that great if you see this everyday, but as someone who gets the Northern Train Line to university (those trains are seriously like they have found the oldest and most disgusting bus they can and then have welded it onto wheels suitable for a train track- They also have the cheek to charge me £5.10 for the privilege of requiring hospital levels of sanitisation after the journey. Absolutely joyous) this was a luxury I rarely see. After a rather pleasant two and a half hour journey we arrived at Euston and it was time to tackle the tube... A trip that I am so glad was at 10:30AM as I do not like the idea of being a sardine in a tin can. I think we ended up in Tottenham station, but truthfully I have no idea as I am hopeless at navigating my way anyway. I simply followed Laura and hoped for the best. 

After a short walk we ended up at the beautiful building you see above; commonly mistaken as the Old Bailey, however is actually the Royal Courts of Justice. This is where many commercial cases are heard and some rather lucky Barristers earn anything from £1,000-£2,000 an hour. We jokingly looked around to bag a man, but unfortunately the area was devoid of any humans other than us and our tour guide Tim. Tim told us a great deal about the Courts history and we all touched a lucky pineapple that apparently granted whatever you wished for. I virtually killed half the cohort to be the person who touched this bloody pineapple... Quite frankly it was worth the effort as I did considerably well in Obligations A and actually exceeded my own expectations for EU Law (that is a story for another day though). We saw the official written transcripts of the Guy Fawkes Trial, which was by far the most interesting part of the tour which Tim didn't even mention. We also saw many judges gowns and the outfits of Barristers, I believe I will look extremely fetching in a Wig and Gown... Well maybe the Gown. 




We then moved onto one of the prettiest Barristers Chambers I have ever come across... If you follow me on Instagram then you will know how much I fell in love with this place. It contains probably the only piece of grass within Central London and contains a pretty cute fountain. I can't imagine a nicer place to work if I'm completely honest! Then it was off to the Old Bailey itself or as it is otherwise known the Central Criminal Court. Tim told us an interesting story about how the statue at the top of the building holding the scales had soaked a judge in a storm one day. The scales had collected the rain water and a gust of wind had tipped them causing the Judge to get a bath. He was infuriated by what had happened and extremely embarrassed so he ordered two workers to climb to the top of the building and drill a hole in the bottom of each scale to prevent this happening to anyone else. 





The Old Bailey is a rather underwhelming Court. There is very little Grandeur about this building other than the iconic symbol of modern justice. The courts themselves are rather old with a few modern touches and are rather underwhelming compared to the Royal Courts of Justice. Perhaps this is why TV reporters chose to report on cases outside those Courts as opposed to the Old Bailey. The Court case we saw was probably the best piece of litigation I have ever been lucky enough to witness. The case virtually fell apart and from what I've read today the Jury deliberated for an hour and fifteen minutes, which is a relatively short period of time. I am hoping I can find out the actual outcome of the Case at some point tomorrow, but the Court systems of England and Wales have so far failed to make the transcript public.... despite Scotland managing to do this for all their Cases overnight. A grievance if you're a Law geek like me and also desperate for answers. 

Next up was a well earned cup of coffee. After arguing the legalities of said Case with the other members of our cohort and debating whether or not you think the Case will be dismissed it was time to head into London itself and by that I mean get lost, not exactly end up where you really wanted to be and rush in time to squeeze yourself onto a tube to get back for 7:30PM. 






London is undeniably a beautiful city and was rather quiet for the busy hustle and bustle you're usually told about. We encountered relatively few individuals on our journey. We managed to stop and reflect on life and future careers. I'd always wanted to be a Barrister or Judge never really fancied becoming a Solicitor, but LJMU make all their events based upon becoming a Solicitor, probably because this is the most common route students take. They had swayed me and made me change against my original plans, which I suppose is good in some aspects, however being in London and seeing Barristers in action made me realise that maybe that is where I belong? I have the chance to do something extraordinary with my degree and wayyyyy beyond my expectations and my families, but as I looked at this beautiful city and looked across the River Thames I realised maybe, just maybe I could achieve my dream instead of settling for something I wasn't 100% set on. I suppose I should thank Donna and Ester for virtually saving my Legal Career and thank the amazing Barrister who inspired me to follow the dream I had believed to be unobtainable. 

I guess the Big Smoke reminded me of what I really wanted in life... A good teacher once told me 'Reach for the moon and you'll end up amongst the stars' So maybe if I don't achieve my goal of Barrister there is hope for a high flying Legal Career. If you ever get the chance to go to the Old Bailey or any Crown Court I really recommend it. Not only, because it's interesting, but it reminds people that Lawyers and Barristers aren't money grabbing thieves. They are highly trained individuals whose main goal is to achieve justice... 

Until Next Time
Tori xoxo























Sunday, February 19, 2017

Walks with Ambi Bambi to Loggerheads



As all Dog lovers/ Dog Owners will know owning a Fur Baby comes with great responsibility. By great responsibility I mean the need to exercise your little one on a regular basis. Having a smaller dog, such as a Cavazu (King Charles Cavalier X ShiTzu) usually means that little legs, as pictured above, becomes exhausted after a slight five minute toddle down the road. 

Usually being the operative word there. Meet Amber, my wonderful little fur baby or as she is known to the family 'Ambi Bambi, Mopatop, escape artist hoo-dini'. Ambi Bambi for short or as my dad sometimes calls her 'the Yorkshire terrorist' I wish I knew how that name came about... as she's A) not a Yorkshire Terrier and B) Has not been involved in any terrorist activity other than holding the household socks for ransom in exchange for treats... Amber enjoys walking, but honestly I feel she walks the equivalent of a doggy marathon every time we take her for a walk. She just has boundless amounts of energy. 

So on a very cold and blustery Winter morning me and Andy decided that the best thing to do was take Amber to Loggerheads. I have been coming here for the occasional family ramble for as long as I can remember. It is honestly a beautiful place that has such a calming effect on me. We usually head to Moel Famau walk to the top, have some hot soup, head back down and then onto Loggerheads for a less strenuous stroll. Having our Fur baby with us meant we took only the Loggerheads route. This place is notoriously muddy, especially for smaller dogs who end up stomach deep in certain areas. Amber hates water but loves mud so we always have a challenge whenever we are required to get her clean after her walk. I can proudly say that she is finding her confidence within the water and managed to have a little adventurous swim which is such a breakthrough for her. 

After a walk up what seems to be never ending steps we finally made it to the top and the view was absolutely stunning. It is such a wonderful place to sit and think, you feel as if you are on top of the world and completely at peace. Life below exists and the stresses continue, but they can't seem to reach you whilst sitting here. After a little while we decided it had gotten too cold and that Amber needed to get home, plus Man United were playing and as all Football Widows know the whole world revolves around those bloody men in red shirts. 

The only thing bad I have to say about this lovely little day out is the issue of parking. On busy days, such as bank holidays the parking is chaos. I know this happens in all places, but I would advise planning your trip for a non busy period or parking further down the road. There isn't much room to turn around if there are no parking spaces and as we found out this can lead to madness during a bank holiday. All in all we had a lovely trip out and got some much needed exercise after the Christmas and New Year period. All in all this is a great place to take the kids or Fur Babies for a cheap day out and a good way to de-stress from the hustle and bustle of daily life. 






Until Next Time
Tori xoxo






















We are back with a BANG...


 We are back with a BANG...


I can only apologise for the ridiculously long break that Legally Brunette took... I think in total I have had approximately a year and a half break with the occasional spur of blogging and then nothing. I wanted to bring Legally Brunette back so many times, but I guess like a phoenix rising from the ashes she required more work than I was able to commit too. Moving house is a stressful process and even though we've officially been moved in for seven months each day is still a learning curve... From fixing the electrics when you manage to blow the flat up to changing a bulb (who knew LED ceiling lights died with such an aggressive bang?) I think adjusting to another persons company 24/7 and in a flat can be rather challenging. Especially when they are so laid back and I'm a little bit hot headed. We're the human versions of Yin and Yang...

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