Saturday, 28 May 2011

Weekly Love - Week 69

+ My Mummy's birthday. I got her these tulips, and my Dad and I took her for a lovely meal at Deeson's British Restaurant.

+ Gala Darling gets a Japanese Calgel manicure. It takes 3 hours, lasts 3 weeks, but is bloody amazing!

+ Amy asks if blogging is just about selling your lifestyle?

+ Amy also has written a fantastic post about surviving your first year at university.

+ Getting my hands on my Superdrug points card. I love loyalty cards - they save so much money in the long run, and this one has a mirrored surface for quick makeup touch ups!

+ Carlinn has posted the most incredibly colourful outfit and makeup post I've ever seen.

+ Playing around with some of the products in the second wave of the new Benefit b.right skincare collection at the Benefit counter.

+ These songs: She Wouldn't Be Gone, Honey Bee
+ Having a full fruit bowl on my desk to snack on. When my Mum saw me she said I'd lost some weight off of my face. Apparently this is good, and eating only fresh fruit and Graze Boxes rather as snacks really works! Though, she did bring me these Hotel Chocolate treats that were lovely!

+ Charlotte Jane has written a really thought provoking post about staying in contact with people.

+ Watching The West Wing in my study breaks.

+ Coco Rocha has Tumblr.

+ Extremely alcoholic chocolates.

+ More from Gala Darling: I love this documentary about her and her blog.

+ Having some lovely conversations with Gem the many times I ran into her this week!

+ Taylor Swift's new music video 'Story of Us' - I went to a school like that!
+ Finishing school for good. Every. No school. Ever, ever again. I can't believe it. Obviously I still have to go back for exams and graduation, but.... wow. We had a wild time on the last day. Yes, that is a first year wrapped in cling film. 

+ Having the last ever day of Saturday school in my life. I've had to go to school on a Saturday since I was 7 years old. That is the last 11 years. The concept of a weekend has been totally alien to me up until now, and it's such a good feeling I'll never have to do that again!

+ Doing jigsaw puzzles with my English teacher's three year old.

+ A history of the red soled shoe.

+ Katy Perry is making a music video for 'Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F)' - it's my favourite song of of the album, so much so I even asked for the O.P.I nail shade named after it for my birthday!

+ 31 ideas for a blog post.

+ Getting my giveaway package in the post from Jess. The parcel disconcerted me for a moment - our handwriting is scarily similar!

What have you guys been enjoying this week?

Thursday, 26 May 2011

What To Do With Laddered Tights

I don't even ladder my tights or get holes in them as much as some people, but as I wear a pair of black tights almost every day, I find I'm always throwing pairs away, and sometimes if I've been unlucky after wearing them only once. No, my tights are at least £2.50 a pair, usually more, and to even get them at this price I have to buy them in big, pricy packs. So, a while back I decided to start playing around with my old tights and see what I could make out of them: and it was then when I struck gold. 
These, as pictured above, is the reason that except for a pair of French ruffle luxe scrunchies, I have not bought any hair ties etc. for the last two years. Once laddered, I put my tights back into the wash and then cut them up into scrunchies. 
Literally all you'll need to do this is your old pairs of tights and a pair of sharp scissors. 
They have brilliant stretch and hold your hair up really well with minimal ridges. Also, if you cut from further up the leg where the tight leg is a bit wider you can make hair hands to keep your hair out of your face when washing or applying makeup. Most of my tights are 40 denier, and these work okay, but I find 60 denier tights make the best, longer lasting bands with more stretch and hold. 
I never really measure the sections I cut, but they need to be this sort of size. You'll get about 3 sections out of each leg, but don't use sections with holes or ladders in, cut around them. 
Once you have your section, just gather it together into a hair tie shape and you're done!

You can also used your old tights to make bath bombs, air fresheners and as scrub cloths. You can take a foot section, cut a sock shape and fill it with dried lavender, oats, grated soap, any mixed to make your bath smell good, tie a knot in the open end and drop it into the hot water. Similarly, put lots of nice smelling things in and pop it in your sock drawer to make everything smell good! I take a clean section of these hair ties and, stretching it over my fingertip dip it in olive oil and use my tight covered finger to gently exfoliate and remove dry skin from my lips. I also do the same on dry skin areas of my face, very gently, while wet and using a foaming cleanser. 

Have you found any fun or useful things to do with an old pair of tights? 

Monday, 23 May 2011

Places To Eat In Canterbury: Deeson's British Resturant [Now Closed]

For my mothers birthday yesterday my Dad and I took her to Deeson's British Restaurant on Palace Street, Canterbury. 

Saturday, 21 May 2011

Weekly Love - Week 68

+ Getting my hands on the 'Young Hollywood' issue of NYLON - best issue ever! Also, the new edition of Company. 

+ Watching 'An Education'. It was such an incredible film, that spoke to me in so many different ways. If you've never seen it, watch it.

+ This documentary filmed about Jazzabelle's Diary.

+ Getting sweet, lovely emails from readers. If you have a moment, send a quick tweet or email to your favourite blogger, let her know how much you love her blog and appreciate her posts, and make her day! 
+ Carrot, seed and cream cheese muffins.

+ This week I reviewed Michael McIntyre's autobiography over at Judging Covers - I could not recommend it more!

+ Spending some of my birthday book vouchers on paperbacks I've been wanting to read to take on my two French trips this summer. First: One Day by David Nicholls, Room by Emma Donoghue and American Psycho by Brett Easton Ellis. I know, what a combination!

+ Buzznet interviews Taylor Momson about her style, her music and what she'd name her pet unicorn - I've actually started to really like her since I went to a Pretty Reckless gig last year...

+ My Mummy bringing me a bag full of juicy strawberries, grapes, bananas, chocolate and fresh bagels. I love her so much!
+ My GlossyBox arriving on Thursday!

+ Thanks for all of your wonderful suggestions for what do do about my really dry feet on my post about the Lush Fairtrade Foot Cream - I'm gradually working my way through them, and I'll let you know how I get on!

+ Listening to a lot of Blake Shelton.

+ Julliette talks about blogging platforms beyond Blogger. She also mentions me in this post - thank you!

What have you all been enjoying this week?

Thursday, 19 May 2011

Introducing: Glossybox

When I read Jess' post about Glossybox, and after seeing the similar Birchbox on some American and Canadian blogs, I decided to treat myself to the first ever Glossybox. Basically, for £10 a month you get sent a box full of deluxe samples of new products from high end brands.
My box arrived this morning. I literally could not be more excited about opening it up. 
The box is really pretty, and sturdy, and has a lovely inside too. I don't own any myself, but being my mothers daughter I can certify that this box is better quality than a Jimmy Choo shoebox. I will be keeping my GlossyBoxes to store things in! 
When I opened the box the beautiful packaging prevailed. I also got a glimpse of the menu and saw the word 'Nars'. Then got very, very excited. I've been wanting to try their products for absolutely ages! The little white square you can se under the menu is a 20% discount card for one of the products inside. 
Yes more amazing packaging. Think about how much gift boxes like this cost in Paperchase, and you've got your £10 with the packaging, let alone with the product!
I've been wanting to try Nars Orgasm Illuminator for ages, and this sample is absolutely huge! And the full size, about twice the size of this retails at £21.50 - already a bargain for the box! I'm going to post some separate reviews for the products in the box, but I promise this one will be the first up as I'm so excited to try it! *edit* (1/06/11) You can read my review here!
I'm a big lipstick girl so I was also very excited to find this All For Eve bright red lipstick in 'Eve Red'. It looks very fluorescent in this photo (sorry!) but it is actually what looks like a bright true red with a bit of darker under pigment. The photo did not come out very well, but I scribbled a little bit on the back of my hand and the darkness of the red comes out a bit - I can't wait to try this, and hopefully I'll be reviewing it too!
I'm not really a cleanser girl, but I'll give this Bionova Bioactive Cleanser a go because you never know about a product until you've tried it!

*edit* (19/05/11) I tried some of this with water, and it did not foam much but it did leave my skin very, very clean. However, it left it a bit funny smelling (the product itself is funny smelling), and feeling very very dry. My skin still felt dry after my usual Clinique Moisture Surge, so I had to use a heavier moisturiser afterwards. 
I was also very excited about this Caviar Anti-Aging Colour Hold Rapid Repair (hair) Spray from Alterna, as I'm on a constant quest for products that help me maintain my salon finish.  My hair damages easily (I don't eat dairy so I don't think I get enough calcium) and my hair is partially coloured, so this seems like the perfect product!

I tried a bit of this just now, and it smells absolutely incredible. It also makes my hair much glossier and finer, does exactly what it says to do on the bottle - my hair does look instantly revitalised. I could really see why it is for coloured hair; I have partial head highlights, and the coloured sections looked more vibrant and healthier. My only problem is that it appears to come out a bit heavy and clump a bit on my hair, but then again my hair already has had leave in products put in it since I last washed it - I'll be sure to try it again on untreated hair. 
This is the product that comes with the discount code, and I'm always on the hunt for moisturisers and lotions that deal with my dry skin. This one smells very, very strong in the bottle, but nice, which can be a good or a bad thing, we'll see (reminds me a bit of Molton Brown), but I'll let you know how I get on!

*edit* (19/05/11) This moisturiser has a gorgeous, silky and moisturising texture. I really love it. However, the scent is so overpowering, I don't really like this product in spite of its fantastic formula. 

Has anyone else received a GlossyBox? Is anyone going to sign up for the June one? I don't think I'll get one every month, as it will get expensive, but I'm getting one in June and I'm going to save it to open after my last exam as a gift to myself!

Monday, 16 May 2011

The Vamoose

Ever since I reviewed their collection for N.E.E.T magazine, I've been head over heels in love with The Vamoose, a UK based jewellery company who craft their pieces out of the finest metals, fabrics and semi precious stones. 
I really want one of their gemstone piece pendants, but I have not found one that is the right length for me yet. 
I also love these simple but stylish bracelets that can be worn on their own or in a stack, for day or for night. 
I'm waiting for there to be some pomp pom necklaces like these in stock, but as bibs rather than pendants, because I just really love how cool and quirky they are! 
I'm also a big fan of their simple pendants - I really want this gold coral piece. They do adorable little acorns too! 

What are your favourite pieces from The Vamoose?

Saturday, 14 May 2011

Weekly Love - Week 67

+ Sitting in the garden, studying in the sunshine with a couscous and falafel salad for Sunday lunch.

+ I've added some more items to my blog store (including goodies from Lush and Benefit), and I've moved it to a new and easier to shop page!

+ I have an idea for doing an exciting little blog project, so I'd really appreciate if any bloggers based in Los Angeles who want to get involved could drop me a quick email

+ This weeks blog of the week: Meredith Noelle!

+ Introducing Amy to Blake Shelton. Apparently I know know more about country music than she does. This fact scares me somewhat...

+ I had a particularly yummy Graze box this week (click here to try one for free!) with Pina Colada (dried mango, pineapple and coconut), pitted greek green halkidiki olives with basil & garlic, Korean chilli rice crackers and Billionaire's Shortbread (belgian milk chocolate, almonds, cranberries and fudge)!
+ Writing motivational phrases on my arms to get me through a bad week.

+ The coaches from NBC's The Voice performing 'Crazy' together at the beginning of the show. Christina, Blake and Cee Lo are all great, but how amazing is Adam Levine?!

+ Making summer plans. 

+ Rocking out to The Pretty Reckless. I love the poster I got at their gig. I could not find one when I went to see Maroon 5, so I have just got one off of eBay!

+ There is a Sims meme Tumblr. My life is complete.

+ Alcoholic Ginger Beer. Best summer drink ever.

+ If you use the code E14972 at the checkout and spend over £15 at Eyeko, you can get a free London Lips Lipgloss, and if you make your purchase on or after the 16th you will get a free pot of their tinted cream for a golden glow!
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+ Becoming increasingly addicted to Fashionlista while waiting for Blogger to start working again.

+ Hayley has posted a brilliant sugar scrub recipe for your lips I'm going to try when I run out of my Lush Sweet Lips sugar scrub!

+ Hellcats. Marti & Julian. That is all.

+ I've reviewed Ruler of the World by Alex Rutherford over at Judging Covers!

+ Listening to country music. What on earth is happening to me?!

+ I need a box of Great Gatsby matches in my life.

+ An epic group Twitter conversation with Zoe, Meriel, Tristan & Lucy - sorry to all my followers for the spam on Thursday night! Its what happens when I'm driven mad by the lack of Blogger!

What have you all been enjoying this week?

Friday, 13 May 2011

How To Save Money On Makeup

After reading Jennie and Alyse's posts about how much their makeup costs, it really made me think about how much I spend every year sustaining my Clinique and Benefit makeup and skincare habits, neither being particularly cheap brands, and both being where almost every single thing in my makeup bag and bathroom cabinet is from. I currently use £389.15 worth of products on a daily basis. This is a figure that needs some serious thinking about. 

I thought about it for a bit, and there is no way I'm going to be giving any of my favourite products up for cheaper options any time soon, but there are some smart shopping tips I can employ to help save a bit of money on what I do buy. 
Bonus Time

If you buy products in Clinique, you can utilise their bonus time feature they run in all of the big department stores where they are stocked. I know Estee Lauder and Lancome run this sort of promotion too. When you buy any two products, you get a free makeup bag filled with lots of Clinique sample sized products. Popular in these are eyeshadows, lipsticks and samples of their cult High Impact mascara. This is the black mascara I use, so it means that I have to buy it less often having so many samples, and I can also always carry one around in my handbag for touch ups when I go out. All of the products and tools int he picture above I have received via bonus time. I have never, ever had to buy a eye tool, I have been using 7 Day Scrub for about 3 years and I've only ever paid for one tube, and I have been using Moisture Surge for about 2 years now and I have only just bought my first ever full sized pot. *edit* (16/05/11) You can find out which stores are running Bonus Time in the next few months on the Clinique website
Promotional Codes

Make sure you sign up to the mailing lists of all your favourite brands so you don't miss out on any of their promotions or money off codes they may be running. I love Benefit, and they hardly ever give out any samples, so I always try to buy my products when I know there is an offer on. On my last order I took advantage of the free shipping throughout April and the 15% off Royal Wedding discount code, both of which I found out about from being on the Benefit mailing list. 
Magazine Samples

Buying magazines just because they happen to have a free gift with them is stupid, and will do nothing to save you money unless you actually want to try the product on offer, but be sure to look out for when your favourite products come as free samples. Even if you don't actually read the magazine, the sample is usually worth more than the actual title. In the picture is a full sized Clinique Superbalm, and the same gloss as a sample I got with Elle magazine. Smaller, but still does the job. The big tube cost £13, and the magazine cost £4.50. I've also had Clinique samples with Glamour magazine in the past, and Glamour only costs £2 - they have some great gifts throughout the year including products from Benefit and full sized Nails Inc. polishes at Christmas. 
Saving Empty Packaging

Above you can see the MAC lipstick I use almost every single day (satin in 'Brave') and the eyeliner I'd almost be lost without. I get through loads of these. You can also see my favourite red MAC lipstick (satin in 'Captive') which I got for free. I did this by collecting 

Lush also do something similar when if you bring back 5 clean Lush pots they'll give you a free Fresh Face mask. 
Duty Free

Though this one is a bit of a no brainer, stock up on your favourite products at duty free where they will be cheaper. Also, many brands do duty free special product bundles where you'll make even more savings. This sample stack of my Clinique Moisture Surge face cream and All About Eyes eye cream, as well as this All About Eyes serum under eye roll on came with my full sized Moisture Surge as a special bundle, and I saved about £30 pounds on product. 
Collecting Samples

They may be small, and you may only be able to use them once, but collecting sample sachets of your favourite products from the makeup counter is also a great way of getting to try new products without having to spend money on them, and to get small amounts of your staples to take with you in your handbag or when you're traveling. 

What are your tips for saving money on high end brands?

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Book Review: Angel Kiss by Laura Jane Cassidy

I was very, very excited last week to receive an advanced copy of fellow blogger and writer Laura Jane Cassidy's first teen novel, Angel Kiss. While I usually reserve writing book reviews for Judging Covers or for The Guardian's Children's Books website, as this book was so good and it's nice to give a shout out to others in the blogging community, I've decided to review it here as well! 
Jacki King is fifteen and adjusting to her new life in a small village. She's missing Dublin but she's making new friends: artistic Colin, feisty Emily - and Nick, gorgeous yet unavailable. 

But no sooner is Jacki settled than the torturous headaches and nightmares begin - followed by strange visions, voices and signs...

Jacki refuses to believe that something paranormal is happening. But the she hears about the unsolved murder that happened in the village years before...

So, basically, Angel Kiss is a teen novel about a city girl who has been taken to live in a small country village and it not happy about it, but still manages to settle in. There was so much about Jacqi I could relate to: the country city difference (I'm a country girl, but since going to a inner city boarding school I've fallen in love with city life and there is no going back), how she feels in relation to her friends, how she feels when she meets the gorgeous Nick for the first time... Laura has somehow managed to create a teenage girl, a little younger than me, that I and I think every other teenager out there can relate to.

I used to read a lot of supernatural fiction as a kid, as well as a lot of murder mystery. This book is both, and I'm happy to report that I've never read a book before with a protagonist who has the same ghost seeing powers as Jaqui, and I thought I guessed who did it, and I was proven totally, 100% by surprise and I really did not see who there murderer was coming!

A special mention has to go out to a place in the book I wish was real and near me, or near wherever I'm moving to in September: The Cupcake Cafe. Cute, with great smoothies and cupcakes, Mac computers for the internet - bliss? Can Angel Kiss become Harry Potter famous so Cupcake Cafes can open up everywhere please? 

I've never known someone who has published a book for teenagers before, which is exactly what I hope to do. Reading Angel Kiss and realising that if Laura can do it, why can't I? has really spurred me on, and I'm already quite a way into the polished version of the book I have been writing in pieces for years - thank you Laura for giving me the boost and inspiration to get me writing again! 

Everyone, even if Angel Kiss does not really sound like your cup of tea, I urge you to go out and grab yourself a copy - you won't regret it! (You can also order it from Amazon and Waterstones!) This post was more of a more 'thoughts and feelings' type of review, for something a bit more proffesional and book review-ish, be sure to look out for my review of Angel Kiss on The Guardian Childrens Books site!

Sunday, 8 May 2011

Product Review: Benefit b.right Skincare Range

When I did my recent Benefit order I decided to pick up the limited edition sample set of some of the products from their new b.right skin care, having already fallen head over heels for the Refined Facial Polish in my review
The set includes a sample size of their It's Potent! eye cream, Foamingly Clean face wash and Triple Performing Facial Emulation. 
I'd already tried some of the eye cream on the back of my hand at the counter and was not too sure about it, but decided to give it a go to see how it held up against my all tome favourite eye cream, Clinique's All About Eyes. It has a creamy texture and a bit of a strong smell, but seemed to do the same job, more creamy that Clinique's offering which is more like a gel. It works, and I'm totally in love with the little glass jar it came in, but I still think I prefer using gel products around my eyes. Also, after a few days my eye area started to feel dry and raw which is what happens when I have an reaction to a product. I usually don't have problems with Benefit products, so I was really surprised at this. 
Next I tried the Foamingly Clean face wash. I really liked how creamy it was, and how well it foamed (it lives up to its name!) It also had a pleasant scent but personally I still prefer the facial polish because I don't like the tight, squeaky clean feeling my face was left with, but that is a personal preference, and this is a really good product and my skin felt much cleaner, clearer and brighter after using it. 
Finally I tried the face lotion: Triple Performing Facial Emulation with SPF 15. Again, this product does its job, smells okay but is not to my personal preference, being just a moisturiser that reminds me of Clinique's Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion - not buttery or gel like enough for my liking, but still has been holding up as well as any other products I regularly use over the last few days. 

The whole collection claims to leave your skin looking brighter, and all these products do do just that (especially when you use them together). My skin looked better, healthier and brighter and I really loved the effect. I will be replacing my Clinique 7 Day Scrub with the Facial Polish when it runs out, and I've tried the b.right face cream on the back of my hand at the counter, and I think it might be a strong contender for my new face cream, and I'm still not completely happy with the thicker creams I've tried from Clinique to compliment my everyday Moisture Surge routeen. 

Have you tried any of Benefit's new b.right range? What do you think of it? 

Friday, 6 May 2011

Weekly Love - Week 66

+ Getting dressed up for dinner. I took this photo following my friends to drinks. Left to right: Charlotte is wearing Whistles, Ally is wearing Topshop and Steph is wearing H&M.

+ Sunday morning  brunch that I did not have to cook or pay for!

+ Laughing my head off in H&M at the fact that even wearing some pretty substantial wedges the down the the floor maxi dresses are still taller than me!

+ Anyone who is at all a history geek will find these Next Top Model themed posts from What Would Anne Boleyn Do will find these bloody brilliant.

+ Rocking out to my special summer playlist.

+ The literary geek in me really wants to place an order from Out Of Print. It is going to take a lot of self restraint not to order this Bell Jar tee.

+ Kokopelli Blu's street in London had the most amazing street party, and she posted photos! Very jealous right now! I did not have as nearly as much fun at the fete I went to!

+ There is a new feature on the side bar of my blog - blog of the week! I can't wait to start showing some of my favourite bloggers some love up there!

+ Garance Dore talks about her Coachella experience - a very funny, very informative post!
+ My Golden Snitch necklace from Wallpaper Rose - so many people have stopped me to ask about it!

+ I wrote a guest post over at Where Are My Knees? about healthy drinking this week!

+ That happy feeling I had when I realized I have a Clinique High Impact Black mascara sample in my handbag when I thought I'd run out!

+ Something very exciting, and very top secret is going to be happening, hopefully by the end of June on my and a few of my wonderful blogger friends blogs. It's a secret, but I will be giving you a few clues on twitter and in these weekly love posts, if you want to try and guess in the comments! Clue no. 1: On Sunday, I put 'It's Sunday' in the subject line of a big group email I wrote.

+ This may be an article from a politics website, but it is essential reading for anyone who uses Twitter for self promotion. 

+ It now being warm enough to be able to slip into my bright pink Havaianas originals flip flops to just dash out for food or to cross campus.

+ Laura has written a beautiful piece about her blogging journey.

+ Watching the election results roll in.

+ Finally finding a tinted moisturizer that I can't feel on my face - Moisture Surge Tinted Moisturizer by Clinique!

+ Munching on my Mum's homemade chocolate chip cookies!

+ An American teen fakes a 6 month pregnancy for a school project and social experiment. Wow. (via Amy)
+ Sorting out my bad hair day with Lush's Jasmin and Henna Fluff Eaze.

+ Finding a shop in town that stocks Mountain Dew. it does not taste the same as the American original (not nearly enough sugar!) but it will do to sustain the habit I have developed (for now!)

+ This week I reviewed Between Shades Of Grey by Ruta Sepetys on the Guardian Childrens Books website - a must read for anyone of any age, not just young adults!

+ Dry Special K (the fruit one) in a bowl and eaten as nibbles.

+ I really want the new Mulberry book!

+ Really getting into country music. 'Need You Now' by Lady Antebellum is one of my favourite albums right now, and since checking him out when I had no idea who he was on The Voice I'm really liking Blake Shelton too (but I'll always be #teamadam!) Sugarland are good too!

+ Taking life lessons from song lyrics. I'm turning into Amy Claire Thompson.

+ A photo of an amazing florescent pink bird. I want one as a pet.

+ Helping other people out with their blogs.

+ Ron Weasley's email inbox. Priceless.

What have you been enjoying this week?

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Life Without Social Media?

The other day Michelle from Daisybutter was asking me some questions about my views on social media while she was writing her dissertation, which really got me thinking about the way I use social media platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter and even my blog, and where I think social media is going in the future. 
In the summer of 2008 just before Twitter got really big I remember sitting in the head London offices of Airlock, a web design company when I was working on my Battlefront campaign at Channel 4, and they were explaining Twitter. I did not, and I think most of the people with me did not understand the appeal of 140 character updates, even when shown case studies of how Twitter had become useful in activism. I did not get into Twitter until about a year later when people I wanted to connect with, like bloggers or fashion magazines started to use the platform. I'm a complete politics junkie, but I have found that instead of reading newspapers and most politics magazines following MP's, political parities and news outlets has become a substitute for paper reading, and even my Times Online subscription - I just read the articles that take my interest linked from Twitter and news channels 'Breaking News' feeds have replaced watching the News. That, and combined with following my friends, fashion bloggers I love and a few fashion magazines has created a feed of all I even need to know about and is, aside from my Bloglovin' which aside from following other bloggers I follow a few fashion and politics news sites in, is my only stop online for news. I Tweet either fro Tweetdeck, an application that causes new Tweets @ me or from the people I follow to appear in the top corner of my computer screen whatever page I have open at the time, and from Ubersocial Twitter client for Blackberry.

I don't think Twitter is going to evolve in itself much more, but it is going to expand in what applications its streams into. I'm curious about Foursquare, but after reading a piece in Company Magazine about security using it, and combined with the fact my Blackberry internet is patchy in my city I'm wary to try it! Social networking is moving off of our computers and onto our smartphones - the future of social networking is in apps not websites! I do have a Facebook account, but I don't use it much, mainly because anyone I would want to talk to I see all the time, has Twitter or Skype (which I practically live on!)
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I think social networking does make you think about how you're portraying yourself, from the person who only wants positive things to be seen about them online in their electronic footprint because they now know universities and employers are trawling networking sites, or bloggers who want to cultivate their online brand.

What do you think? I'd be interested to know what social networking platforms you use, how you use them and what you think the future of social media is!