Wednesday, 13 January 2016

What's in my bag

Wednesday, 13 January 2016
what's in my bag 13/01

Here are the top 6 items I've been lugging around in my bag as of lately:

Impulse - Charli XCX (rock & love) - got this little spray in my stocking and it smells so amazing. It's an oriental scent, featuring a mix of fresh and fruity fragrance notes, including amber and orange blossom. Great for freshening up as I go about my daily mishaps.

Marble iPhone case - I know marble has been all the hype lately but I just couldn't resist this case. It makes my phone look so much more beautiful and is so sleek and high quality. I can't find the exact same one online but the one I've included comes pretty close.

Hand and Nail Cream - Laura Ashley - this little hand cream is an absolute dream. My hands feel so hydrated and smooth after I've used it which is great for me as I always get dry hands throughout the colder months.

Black Oversized Tote Bag - Dorothy Perkins - I love this handbag. I received this from my brother for Christmas as I was in need of a new bag that would fit my macbook and notebooks for university and this does an amazing job.

Grey Zip Purse - Michael Kors - this present came from my boyfriend for my birthday and I love it. It actually has a similar texture to handbag which is great and the silver hardware makes it look so smart and sleek. The only downside to this purse is that I like carrying a lot of cards and it only has slots for 3. It's definitely big enough inside to fit more so I may have to buy a cardholder to slot in.

Velvet Teddy - MAC - this has been my go to colour for a long time now so it always ends up in my bag so I can top up when I'm out. Lately I've been suffering from pretty cracked lips and this wonder doesn't dry them out any more.

Unplug Every Day 365 Ways to Log Off, and Live Better - one of new years resolutions is to switch off more. I'm constantly glued to my macbook or my phone so carrying this little book of wonders in my bag nudges me to have a technology detox for a few hours a day. Each page has a different idea and has space for you to note when you completed it and reflect on how you felt.

Alongside these, I typically carry my keys, my student planner, a notepad and pen, chewing gum, throat soothers, chapstick, my makeup bag, earphones, a hairbrush/mirror compact and all those random receipts and crap that most bags accumulate.

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Sleek Face Form | Review

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

This Sleek contour and blush palette is an absolute dream. Being able to have this little kit in one neat compact is ideal for those on the go and the minimalists among us. I love how I can just chuck this my handbag without the pain of carrying three separate products.

Being quite pale in complexion for the majority of the year I decided to opt for the Fair palette. This is also available in shades Light, Medium, and Dark, however the medium and dark come with a bronzer rather than a blusher. If I manage to gain myself a tan by the end of my holiday I'll most probably purchase it in light or medium too as I just love it so much.

The Face Form palette is very similar to the Sleek Contour Kit but with the added bonus of a blusher/bronzer. I also find that this palette is a lot more pigmented in comparison, but with a light hand and the right tools each powder blends seamlessly into your skin to create the perfect contour. I've been using this religiously and have not even come close to hitting pan, which just goes to show that a little goes a long way. 

Priced at £9.99, you can't really go wrong. A perfect drugstore palette for all skill levels and especially good for those beginners that are new to contouring.

Friday, 17 July 2015

Friday Favourites

Friday, 17 July 2015
friday favourites 17/07

Here are some of my favourite things that I've been loving this week:

Fashion: Tasseled Paisley Ladder-Back Cami from Forever 21
Product: Red Berry & Jasmine Glass Candle by Primark
Recipe: Mango, Feta & Avocado Salad with Fresh Lime Juice by Lorraine Pascale
DIY: 1 Hour Terrariums via Saved by Love Creations
Book/Article: Before I Go To Sleep by SJ Watson
Youtube Video: All About That Bass by Postmodern Jukebox
Song: Rain At Night by Oh So Quiet

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

How To: Survive a Year Abroad When in a Long Distance Relationship

Wednesday, 1 July 2015
If you're planning on studying abroad for a year or even if you're already there, and you're leaving your boyfriend/girlfriend at home, you might start to worry. Will you make it through? Will they find someone else? What if they forget you? What if you forget them? Long Distance Relationships (LDR) can be incredibly difficult. I'm not going to tell you it's easy, it's going to be a real struggle at times, but if you're both committed to making it work, it will.

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First things first, calm down! Seriously, it took me a couple of weeks to do this before I left but if you're panicking and worrying it really isn't going to make things any easier. Run yourself a bath, listen to some music, binge on some Netflix, just do whatever you need to do to relax.

Now that you're calm, get together with your other half, pop the kettle on and sit down with a cup of tea. You both need to talk it through and decide on what each of you need to make it work, some ground rules. You need to be realistic with this, if one of you sets some hard rules, such as texting each other constantly you're going to crack. You also need to know if this is really what you both want. Some people just don't bode well with not seeing their partner in a very long time, if this is the case don't blame yourself, or them for that matter.

If you do decide you're going to give it a go then I'm going to let you in on a little secret: communication is key. Heck, communication is key in any relationship, but it is especially important in an LDR. Make sure you keep in touch regularly, but also give each other space. Remember that they have things to do too so don't get mad if they're not available when you want a chat. Plan chats ahead, set out times that you'll Skype or FaceTime when you know you'll both be available. Utilise what is available to you. WhatsApp and iMessage are also good forms of sending free messages from different parts of the world. Send fun and cute little Snapchats so that they know you're thinking of them.

One app that I found really useful is Couple. It's an app that's made especially for two people to keep in touch easily. You can send messages, photos, timed photos, stickers, audio clips, your location, draw a picture or draw together and send little 'thinking of you' clouds and much more. I think my favourite tool is the thumb kiss, it sends a notification to the person your account is linked to then you can both put your thumbs down and follow each other around the screen. It's nice to know that you're both interacting at once. You can find out more and download the Couple app by clicking here.

If you don't have a smart phone to use these apps or can't get onto Skype then how about reverting back to the good old days and send a postcard. I feel that postcards and letters have a lot more thought put into them and you can read them when you're feeling down and missing them. It's always exciting to receive nice mail in this age of technology and bills.

Make sure to plan visits and things for the future. It keeps you looking ahead to when you'll see them next and have something to look forward to rather than mulling over the past. When I was living in the Netherlands we made sure to see each other often and to take it turns on who travelled. If there's something that you both like to do when you're together in your home country, try to find somewhere you can do it in your host country. Being abroad gives you both the chance to visit new places together and use your host university as a base. We were able to visit Amsterdam and Paris and little cities along the way.

Don't see your year abroad as an obstacle in your relationship, see it as a challenge. If you make sure you both put time and effort into making it work, it will work, and it'll all be worth it when you get to the other side. Just think, if you can make it through a year apart, you can make it through anything together.

I wish you all the best, feel free to drop me a line if you ever need some advice on this or if you have advice and tips of your own to share.

Monday, 22 June 2015

Festival Ready

Monday, 22 June 2015
It's official, I'll be heading to Glastonbury festival once again this year! After attending the festival for the first time last year I have become a convert. I am slowly starting to imaginarily pack my rucksack in my head. I always end up overpacking for music festivals which is why I'm going to attempt to cut back this year by being more organised. If you'd like to see my checklist from last year just click here.
Now, for the outfits. I haven't entirely figured it out just yet but I have a rough idea and I'll probably end up picking up a few new things too. This year we're driving up a day early so that means I need 6 days worth of clothes (including what I'll be wearing there).

Wednesday - this is the day we'll be driving up so I want something relatively comfy, I also plan on wearing a chunky knit and raincoat to save space in my rucksack so I'm hoping it's not super sunny this day. Not that I'd complain if it was, but please God save the sun for the other days.

Thursday - there's not a lot on this day so it completely doesn't matter what I wear, maybe I'll go for something really nice as I tend to look worse and worse as the days go on so let's start high.



Sunday - need a little pick me up here, it's the last day and I'll most likely be flagging from going too hard the previous nights. This needs to be an outfit that I don't need to worry about or feel self-conscious in, just a simple something that'll cheer me up.

Monday - I am going to be a hungover mess this day so super comfy is an absolute must if I plan on getting home in one piece.

My usual attire is shorts and something but I'm thinking of fitting in a dress day and my friends are trying to convince me a super shiny crazy tight catsuit is a good idea.. we'll see.