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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.

Photo taken from weheartit.com


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.

Friday

Saturday

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.



Sunday, 26 April 2015

Groningen with friends

Sunday, 26 April 2015
So for those of you who don't know, I'm currently studying abroad for a year at Groningen University, which is in a lovely little city in the Netherlands that rains so much I almost forget I'm not in Wales. However, for the past couple of weeks we've had some bouts of sunshine which was amazing timing because my friend from back home came to visit me for a few days. It was lovely to see her and catch up and it gave me an excuse to do all the touristy things I hadn't yet done.



First things first, breakfast. I live on a little canal boat and one of the biggest perks is that I have this amazing pancake ship on the other side of the canal that does the most delicious pancakes. The last time I visited this place I had a savoury bacon and cheese pancake so this time I decided on something a bit more sweet and opted for a banana and apple pancake with powdered sugar.



In order to walk off breakfast, we visited De Prinsentuin, which translates as the Prince's Garden. A lovely little gem hidden in the city.
 

We then climbed the Martini Tower which has a total of 260 steps and 62 bells. From here you can see all over Groningen which is a beautiful sight. 520 steps later, we finally reached the bottom again and decided that called for a pit stop. Right outside the Martini Tower is a little coffee and tea house called De Kostery. Here I had a fruit smoothie and a little cake.
 

That night we had dinner at a lovely little restaurant and bar called De Uurwerker which do amazing pizza. If you ever find yourself in Groningen I would definitely recommend you check this place out, and also a pub called Belgisch Cafe De Pintelier which have an assortment of over 100 beers.
The next day we took the boat out as it was a beautiful day. We did manage to run out of petrol in the middle of a canal but luckily we were right near a petrol station. I guess it all adds to the fun, next time I will definitely be taking a jerry can full of gas.

The rest of our time was spent kicking back in the sun and catching up between Groningen and Amsterdam. I really enjoyed myself and it was lovely to show her around my favourite places. She did a year abroad in Dublin so I bet it was really different for her to see where I've been living.



Friday, 17 April 2015

Friday Favourites

Friday, 17 April 2015

Friday favourites 17/04

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

Fashion: Silver Deer Antler Necklace from Forever 21
Product: Bubblegum Lip Scrub from Lush
Recipe: Carrot, Cumin & Kidney Bean Burgers via A Girl Called Jack
DIY: Simple Mug Art via the perfect line
Book/Article: Clothes Purging ~ How to Let Go via Org Junkie
Youtube Video: A Full Body Workout via Blogilates
Song: BLOODSHAKE by peace 

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Amsterdam with Motherbear

Saturday, 28 March 2015

This past week has been absolutely wonderful, seriously! My lovely mother came to visit me in Amsterdam for a few days and I had such a nice time. I've been feeling a tad homesick lately and she cheered me right up.

We stayed in the lovely 4* Best Western Amsterdam Couture which was a dream and spent our days relaxing and catching up. We walked and trammed around the city being big tourists and foodies.


As she didn't arrive until the evening we had quite a chilled first night. I met her at the airport for a good ol' cuppa and then we set off to our hotel. Once we checked in, we decided to go for food nearby and after checking TripAdvisor, found ourselves in Ron Gastrobar by Ron Blaauw, a former 2 Michelin star chef. My mum went for the Wagyu burger with patatas bravas and tarragon-sorrel cream and I settled on soft shell crab with red pepper, paksoi and shrimp dumplings. The food was delicious to say the least and presented so beautifully!


The next day we wandered around the Museumplein (museum quarter) in the morning and had brunch at the Lunchkiosk. After this, we visited the Bloemenmarkt (flower market) and Waterlooplein markt (a little flea market in the centre).

Then onto Museum Het Rembrandthuis, where the famous Dutch painter, Rembrandt lived and worked until he went bankrupt in 1656. It was really interesting to see how the house looked when he lived there and also to see some of his etchings and paintings of his contemporaries.


We then visited De Foodhallen, located in Amsterdam's Oude-West Hallen-Kwartier. I am so glad we took the trip out to visit this place because it is absolutely amazing and I highly recommend you take a look if you're ever visiting Amsterdam. This indoor food market is in one of the halls of what used to be a depot for the maintenance of the city's first electric trams - and you can still see the tram lines running through the middle of the building. With 20 food stands full of delights to choose from, this will be any foodies dream. The slow cooked beef steak & mushroom pie and the spinach & feta pie from Wild Moa Pies were to die for and so rich in flavour. I also had to introduce my mum to beef bitterballen with truffle sauce from De BallenBar by Michelin starred chef Peter Gast. Within De Hallen-Kwartier there are also many boutique shops which sell such beautiful items.

On our final day we visited the Albert Cuyp Markt (another street market), Dam Square and The Nine Streets for a spot of shopping and browsing.

After I waved my mum off at departures I was so sad to see her leave but it was a lovely break from revision and has really motivated me for my exams next week. Really looking forward to finishing these exams and looking forward to summer. Fingers crossed I pass them all!


Thursday, 12 March 2015

Hi... again

Thursday, 12 March 2015
Jeez Louise! I knew I was bad at updating and posting but I didn't know I was this bad! It's been almost 8 months since I last made a blog post and a lot (and I mean a LOT) has happened. So, lets just jump straight in and get you back up to speed.

First things first, I moved to Groningen in the Netherlands at the end of August last year. Big shocker there, but as part of my degree I decided to do a year abroad. I've been here about 7 months now and I have roughly 3 months left. Where has the time gone?! Aghh. It's been a bit of a rollercoaster to say the least, but all in all it's been pretty enjoyable. This year has given me a lot of opportunities and helped me become a lot more independent. I'll most likely do a blog post about this in more detail soon!

Secondly, I turned 21! Yes, you heard right eeek! I really don't feel it, at all, I mean, I still get ID'd for energy drinks and lottery tickets.. Anyways, I had the most wonderful 21st spent in the city of luuurv (aka Paris) with my boyfriend. We got to visit the Notre-Dame, the Louvre, the Arc de Triomphe and of course the Eiffel Tower. There was a lot of sightseeing, a lot of shopping and a lot of amazing food. I was absolutely spoilt rotten but hey, I'm not complaining.

Christmas flew by, too fast if you ask me. It really is the most wonderful time of the year. It was so lovely to be home and have the whole family altogether. I get so homesick when I'm out here so it felt extra special this year. And I got to spend time with some friends I hadn't seen in a long time due to everyone being off at different universities. Aw, this is bringing back my post Christmas blues, let's move on!

Right, so after Christmas it was back to the Netherlands for me. I had exams 2 weeks after I got back which sucked but it was good to get them out the way. Then in February, my boyfriend came up to visit for a week. It was so lovely to see him and he managed to organise it so that he was here for Valentines Day. We don't typically go mad for Valentines Day so we decided just to stick with cards this year and have a lovely day out in Amsterdam. Luckily the weather held out for us so we had such a nice day wandering around and visiting art galleries and markets. We then had the most beautiful meal in a cozy little restaurant that we stumbled upon to end the night.

His visit made me really miss home so I decided to book an impromptu trip home to see the family for a week or so. I even had a chance to stop in to see my aunt in London too for a couple of days. It was lovely to see everyone and I so wish I could have packed them all in my suitcase to take with me. I've just this night got back so I'm pretty darn tired. I've got a lot of university work to catch up on so I'm going to be swamped this coming week but I have a few nights booked in Amsterdam with my mum soon too look forward to.

Sorry I've been in hiding for so long, I'll try my very best to post every week or so. Now that I have exams coming up again I think this is the perfect project to keep me procrastinating instead of studying.


Ps. I'll add in some photos soon when I unpack my camera lead. There's also some photos of all these happenings on my Instagram in the side bar :)