Friday, 5 February 2016

Why 2016 Is Going To Be Great!

I won't lie, the first month of 2016 has been tough. In more ways than one, but it's made me more determined that ever to make 2016 the best year yet!
I've a number of things I'm already looking forward to this year. So essentially I'm writing this post not only has something for me to look back at when I find things beginning to get hard. But it's also for you, I've always found that writing things down makes everything seem so much more real and therefore make hard times so much easier to pull through from.
In chronological order: firstly it's not only 6 days until I'm back home to Kent for a week. I feel like it's not long since I left home after Christmas, but this semester has already proved it's going to be tough, and I'm really looking forward to going home for a week off doing absolutely nothing with my parents and younger sister.
Secondly in June my younger sister is turning 18, and at the moment I think I might be more excited than she is, but I've gotten the best present idea that I know she'll love, because that little one means a lot more to me than she'll ever know.

Thirdly at the end of July, me, my parents and my sister are off to Mauritius for our last family holiday as the 4 of us. These are times that I will miss so much, some of my best memories with my family have been whilst on holiday and I've been incredibly lucky to have jetted off to some of the destinations that I have and for that I am eternally grateful to my parents. However next year will hopefully see me in my first full-time graduate job (which sounds very scary) and potentially looking to 'properly' move out of my parents house.
Finally, in October I will be turning 21! I can't quite believe I'm no longer a teenager, feels like only yesterday I was celebrating all the other milestones such as 13, 16 and 18! 21 seems so much more grown up, so I like it might actually be time for me to grow up - still with absolutely no clue how taxes or a mortgage works, but thank god I'm kick ass at algebra...

Saturday, 9 January 2016

Christmas Gifts | Pallets

Without Flash
With Flash
This colour is great! I've found it to be a very natural looking blusher and is therefore very easy to wear. I've only recently discovered Charlotte Tilbury and have been thoroughly impressed with the quality of her products. I love wearing blush however have never really found a shade that has suited my skin tone how I want it to until I found this. 

Without Flash
With Flash
I recieved this pallet for my 20th back in October, so technically this isn't a Christmas gift. However, this month is when I've really started using it. This being because I've never been a real lover of eyeshadow and always worried it didn't suit me. However I've now grown to love this selection of colours, my current being 'Dust' as it's extremely pigmented and super glittery. I would highlightly recommend the naked pallets to everyone and I'm looking to expand my collection to the Naked 2 pallet.

Without Flash
With Flash
I'm in love with this duo, the pair complement each other in the most gorgeous way imaginable. I've raves about my Bourjous Bronzer and have used it for years, however it has currently been taking a backseat to this beauty. I've nothing negative to say at all, the two blend together so nicely and are just the perfect pigmentation to complement to skin tone. Also the way the light hits the highlight is 'lush'.

Christmas Gifts | Lipsticks

L-R Nude Kate, Rouge Scandal, Love Liberty
L-R Nude Kate, Rouge Scandal, Love Liberty
This is a very pretty nude colour that's extremely easy to wear, whether that be day or night. These are the first Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks I have owned and I have since found that they're incredibly long lasting and I've nothing by praise for this collection. As a force of habit I continually re-apply lipstick throughout the day, however with these if I didn't want, I would not have too.

This is the 3rd YSL lipstick I've owned, (I wrote a review of those here) however this shade is from a different collection. This lipstick is one that I've found myself wearing the most throughout the Christmas period. It's a really sweet berry colour, that I've found to suit my complexion perfectly. This although comes across as more of an evening colour is actually great for day and night. It is such a long lasting, very wearable lipstick, that only requires minimal 'top-ups' throughout the day.

This shade is a gorgeous deep berry and therefore gives more of a statement lip compared with Nude Kate. However, the wear is very much the same extremely long lasting and incredibly easy to apply. This is a shade I will probably favour for an evening occasion, however it is a colour that could be paired with a dark outfit to give it a burst of colour.

Do you own any of these? Or have an shade recommendations?
Thanks for reading!

Happy New Year

Happy New Year, I'm back, dusting off the cobwebs from my blog.
Firstly it's been a very long time, I'm sorry, but I've decided to make it my New Years resolution to continue to update my blog more recently that I have been lately. I thoughally enjoyed updating you all on my new purchases, sharing pictures and generally just writing.
I received a few make-up bits for Christmas that I've been loving and I'm very excited to share them with you.
A little update on my life as it stands at the moment, I'm still studying for my degree in Events Management and IT Management for Business at the University of Chichester. I'm now prepairing to start the second semester of my second year and I'm still very much loving my degree, the people I'm surrounded by and the city in which I live. This Christmas marked the half way point of my degree, which is quite frightening. Time is flying by and the thought of graduation and having my first 'real' job is very daunting, University so far has been the best year and a half of my life and I'm not ready to say goodbye to that. This past October also saw me turn 20, another landmark saying farewell to my teenage years :(
Some of my 2015 highlights include; obtaining an overall 1st in my first year at University, flying out to Sunny Beach, Bulgaria for a week with my best friends, witnessing my cousin pass her 11+ and getting into her chosen selective grammar school, moving into my house with 3 of my closest friends and completing numerous Events Management placements with positive feedback to aid my degree.
But cheers to the New Year and new starts! 2015 was a great year for me and I'm more than ready to make 2016 even better.

What were your highlights of 2015 and do you have any New Years Resolutions?
Thanks for Reading!

2015 saw me and this bunch move out of our University Halls and into our first homes.
2015 saw me become more involved with the UoC Netball Club

Friday, 6 March 2015

I'm Still Here | Update

Hello! Firstly, yes I haven't posted in months and I do apologise, however I had an insanely busy summer and moving to university was a huge shock to the system.
Just to fill you in a little bit, I'm unfortunately not in studying in North East England at the University of Lincoln. One of my A Levels didn't go quite to plan and so I slipped a grade. I did however get into my insurance choice of university, down here in Chichester, West Sussex. (for those of you who don't know where that is, it's on the south coast in between Portsmouth and Brighton). 
Results Day came and I won't lie it was one of the worst days of my teenage years, I thought my world had come tumbling down, I was in tears and on hold with UCAS all day. This all amounted to nothing and it was set I was off to the University of Chichester, I thought I'd get here, hate it and have dropped out before my birthday in October.
I was wrong
I've fallen in love with this city, the people here, my course and the university itself. I look back on August and think how stupid I was. My mum has being saying to me the whole time everything happens for a reason and I'm so thankful she convinced me to at least go and try out university.
Moving out was extremely hard, I'm so comfortable at home with my parents and having to do everything for myself seemed quite daunting. But I'm so much more independent because of this, and I now realise how much my mum actually did for me (thanks mum!). If you're thinking of applying for university, I would strongly recommend moving into Halls, they're one of the best things about your fresher year! An even bigger recommendation for Havenstoke House if thinking about the University of Chichester.
The course down here is exactly what I wanted, Events Management and IT Management for Buisness is so rewarding and an excellent insight into my hoped future career pathway.

University of Chichester, Netball 7s, 2014-2015
I'll try not to leave it so long before I'm back to my old blogging schedule.

Sunday, 29 June 2014

The 'Miracle' Cream

I'm sure you've heard about this product or seen an advert, but Garnier's Miracle Skin Cream really does work 'miracles' on your skin. Firstly this product does have anti-ageing formulas in it and i'm only 18, so don't want to/can't comment on that side of things.
However when you dispense it out of the tube, it's white in colour and as soon as you begin to blend it in, it perfectly matches the colour of your skin! It's also super lightweight to wear, which I found made a huge difference in the current climate and has an spf of 20, so is perfect for the weather we're currently experiencing (and the weather I'm hoping to get when I go on holiday on Monday!)
At the moment (I think) it's only available as Superdrug and they're currently offering your money back if you don't witness the miracle (until the 31st of July 2014). Superdrug also offers 10% student discount so full price at £8.66 minus the discount, you really can't go wrong!

Have you tried this 'miracle' cream? What were your thoughts?

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

MAC Alluring Aquatic

I'd heard only good things about the new MAC collection and really wanted to try it, especially the bronzer as the one I previously owned, really wasn't doing it for me. So I brought it in the shade 'refined golden' and was loving it. 
Then two weeks ago my parents gave me a card and gift as a good luck for my A2 examinations and the gift was the bronzer this time in 'golden' and the lipstick in 'siren song'. 
Having now used both bronzers, I much prefer the shade 'golden' as it's more easily blended into my face and there's a lot more shine, which personally I prefer. 'Siren song' is a really pretty nude colour, once it's applied it sits on the lips like a gloss leaving them very moist with a really nice shine.
The packaging of these new products is also amazing, the faux water droplets add extra dimension, making these products completely irresistible! The mirror in the bronzer is also a perfect size.

Have you tried anything from the MAC Alluring Aquatic collection? What were your thoughts?