Google+ Little Bird: November 2011

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Bionic Contact Lenses?!?!

Technology is ever evolving. We are forever finding new levels of convenience- sometimes I find these to be pretty impressive, other times I don't see the point....

In this case- I really don't see the point..

Apparently a group of scientists are working on developing a rather special contact lens. They intend on creating a lens which would allow the wearer to visualise information, i.e. we could read texts, emails or be used with computer games, or perhaps the better (read: useful) option of being able to read glaucoma levels (i.e. pressure levels within the eye)- the only way I could see this piece of technology being of scientific use.

One interesting reason put forward as to the usefulness of this technology is how it could be of use to the hearing impaired. It could provide warnings (whatever they may be) which could significantly help, however, this would involve wearing these lenses all the time surely? Plus, how expensive will they be?- I'm going to go with VERY.

Oh and I guess there would have to be rules put in place about wearing them while driving? Surely it would be dangerous if a text suddenly pops up in your field of view? DISTRACTING MUCH?

I love science, especially when it comes to science of the eye (kinda my job..) but this just seems a little silly. Do we really need this? Is it really going to make receiving information any more convenient? To be honest I would find it annoying and probably pretty uncomfortable.
Let's stick to funding research into ways to help the visually impaired....

What do you think?

You can read the article on BBC News here or read the scientific paper here.

H x

My song of the day shall be 'Passionflower' by Jon Gomm. This is beautiful, incredible, and beyond impressive. Gorgeous.

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

My Little Vintage Find

Now, I'm not normally a brooch person, I used to never see the point in a brooch- I always preferred other forms of jewellery- namely a pretty necklace. But I was having a rummage through my jewellery box and I came across this gorgeous little thing. I totally forgot I had it (shameful!). I dont normally wear gold as I am not a fan of gold jewellery but I inherited this little dude when my nana passed away about 16 years ago,along with some other vintage jewellery and I cant believe I havent been rocking it! So it went straight onto my outfit!

Recently, there seems to be a lot of vintage inspired fashion ranges (with a modern twist) around, so I thought I would have a look at some other brooches and I have found some gems that would instantly lift any outfit! I tend to internet shop, so have decided to look for the more unusual items that couldn't be found on the highstreet :)

This little 1950's inspired poodle is only £9 from!

Love this!

Or how about this GORGEOUS teapot and teacup brooch by Jodie Anna on, it's only £9.99!

Weird and wonderful!
Or how about this rather unusual elvis pin!! £5.81 by Skull Candy Designs on

Or even this gorgeous little anchor pin! £6.45 by tracisallymaxx on

I adore swallow jewellery and this brooch is just lovely. £6.50 by Lucie Ellen at .

Nice little vintage inspired christmas gifts I reckon...

H xx

Think my song of today has to be the quirky Jerry Reed with 'She got the goldmine (I got the shaft)'.

Monday, 14 November 2011

The Hunger Games Official Trailer!!!

Cannot express how excited I am about this film, and the trailer is finally here!!!!!!!

Thanks to hypablevids on youtube, who uploaded it.. Literally so happy!

Happy days :D

It looks fantastic, the characters look incredible! Really wanted to see what the cornucopia looks like but I guess I will just have to wait until next year! Oh dear!!!

Get reading the book if you havent done so yet, trust me, its worth it.

My song of today is Which Way Now- Carefree ;)

H xx

Thursday, 10 November 2011

The Hunger Games

For this post I wanted to briefly talk about my favourite set of books- The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins. These are quite possibly the most amazing novels I have ever read....EVER.

The first book in particular, I could not put down, not for a minute. It was the quickest I have ever read. My heart was pounding all the way through it- it makes you want to laugh and cry and panic the whole way through- the most intense read.

The story is set in a post-apocalyptic North America- known as Panem. The country is split into 12 districts and the capital city, aptly named the 'Capito'l, constantly assert their authority over the districts in an attempt to prevent another rebel uprising. In particular, the Capitol is responsible for holding the horrible annual televised event known as the Hunger Games in which one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 are chosen at random from each district and forced to fight to the death in a massive arena for the whole of Panem to watch- there can only be one winnner.

The story follows Katniss, a 16 year old girl, and her life and experiences in Panem. It follows her in the Hunger Games and is just so gut renching all the way through!

The novels explore the effects of war, violence and poverty on an adolescent and Suzanne Collins does an incredible job of portraying the struggles and emotions that each character are experiencing- I would recommend this book to anyone!

They are also making a film of it, which I am beyond excited about!!!!!! Here's a wee teaser trailer that was released:

Will leave this post with my song of the day, which is the amazing Karnivool with 'Set fire to the hive'- an incredible song :)

H xx

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Dreamy Dermalogica

If you haven't heard of GlossyBox, then what is wrong with you?! OK, so I may have only discovered it a couple on months ago, but still.... it's amazing!
Every month you get sent a beautiful little box of wonders. Its full with some top of the range samples to try and is a fantastic way of discovering new products :)

Pretty little box :)

So, pretty sure I fell in love my october box, and here's the reason why... DERMALOGICA!! October's box came with a delightful picnic of dermalogica products from their AgeSmartTM range and they are just lovely! OK, so I maybe be only in my early twenties, but there's no harm in preventing the signs of ageing skin right?!

Yummy :)

This product is such a treat for my skin cells! Its a cross between the Body Shop's vitamin C microrefiner (discontinued) and an old warming facial scrub Neutrogena used to do (I believe). As soon as you pour some onto your hand you can feel it working as you can feel the heat it gives off! Just washed with warm water for a few mins (the heat from the scrub feels amazing) and my skin felt noticeably smoother and cleansed!
I am always cautious when trying out new skin products as my skin is dry and sensitive due to having eczema :( ... however, this product was gentle on my skin and didnt dry it out and I felt no sensitivity, despite the fine particles in the scrub! Happy days!

Massive fan of this one! This face mask is full of antioxidants to help the skin stay protected daily. Once again after using this I straight away noticed a difference in the feel of my skin! I put this mask on for about 15 minutes (looked a little jaundiced due to its orangey colour, but hey, when do girls every look sexy with a facemask on!!) and then washed off with warm water and then rinsed with cold. My skin feels amazing after use, cleansed and even moisturised and it leaves a nice healthy glow. Probably best for use once a week (and works even better after a good scrub with the Thermafoliant!)

MASSIVE FAN! This is probably my favourite product from the box this month. Its just ACE! I had pretty sore lips from this damned cold weather we're having in Scotland. BUT, Dermalogica to the rescue!! This lip treatment left my lips noticeably better after about 2 days! It's not too sticky, it dries in well, I can wear it under lipstick or on its own and I love it I love it I love it :). Hence why I could not take a pic of my own sample of it as it has been used to death!

Anyways, links are in the text if you fancy checking any of the products out. If not you should still check out, highly recommended!

I leave you with my song of the day today.... Fair to Midland - 'Musical Chairs'

H xx