Sunday, 1 February 2015

Monthly Mashup - January

The first month of 2015 has come and gone already! I can't believe it really. This month has been pretty great to be honest, I bought in the New Year with my family and then headed back to university on the 3rd. For some reason this month has been very reflective for me, and I have been constantly feeling very blessed for where I am today and the amazing people I have around me. I'm hoping to do this 'monthly mashup' style posts every month, with some random photos that I've taken as a monthly summary. It'll be great if I can look back at each one at the end of the year and be reminded of the little things that made each month so special.

This month saw the return to the gym, after being so ill over christmas it felt nice to be able to workout again. I've also been loving doing my nails recently - January has seen a matte red to a verging on spring like purple manicure. January has actually been pretty hectic for me, I am involved in quite a few societies - one of which is the uni glee show choir. Every Sunday 10-5 is taken up with rehearsals for our spring showcase, which is proving so much fun and I've met some really great people through it. I've also had a couple of deadlines looming, meaning I'm often hidden in piles of books and journal articles - but hey, it's all super interesting stuff! This month also involved a very special addition to my life, one that I'm not going to talk about too much on here for now. 

The top picture in this month's collage was taken on a spontaneous walk that me and two of my flatmates decided to go on as the sun was setting. It was great to be able to take some decent photographs and it really made me appreciate the university I'm at. To be able to literally walk out of my flat and see that view, is something very special to me. Thank you January, you've been good to me! 

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Fitness Fashion

Did I ever think I was going to be the type of person that got excited about fitness attire? Definitely not. But ever since becoming to uni I have become much more active, meaning I have needed to pick up and grow my work out clothes collection. The three main types of exercise I do are running, badminton and going to the gym. When it comes to bottom half I'm much more of a three quarter length girl than long bottoms as I find I don't get as hot. H&M is a haven for sports wear, everything is so cute and affordable. The grey marl bottoms in the photo are from H&M and the black ones are from M&S. 

In terms of running, I do like to wear a long sleeved base layer, mine above is from Sub4 and really comfy. As well as the base layer I wear this thin running jacket from Do Running, which being so bright means it's safe to run anytime of the day. This is really light and breathable and has detachable sleeves, meaning it can be transferred into the summer months. Trainers wise, I now own two pairs, one for running outdoors and one for indoor activities. I highly recommend going to a running shop where they can assess your running stance and advice you on the right shoes to support you. My purple pair are from the brand Asics. My indoor pair are much cheaper and not as supportive, but then they don't need to be as much. I adore the neon colours on my New Balance shoes, and they are nice and soft which makes them very comfy. 

Do you have any fitness fashion recommendations? 

Thursday, 15 January 2015

My (In Progress) Mac Palette

When I first got into watching youtube videos many years ago, MAC was one of the most talked about brands. I soon decided I wanted to build myself a MAC eyeshadow palette, and today I thought I'd share my progress with you. It may seem strange that I haven't filled it all after such a long amount of time, however I frankly didn't / don't have the money to go and buy 15 eyeshadows, the palette and an insert all at once. Also, at some point I would like to change my palette to the new style ones with the clear lid - however at the moment I am still using the old style one. 

From the top left we have Shroom - a gorgeous yellow toned cream shimmery shade. I tend to use this as a subtle inner corner highlight. Next is Brule, one of if not the most loved shadow in my collection. I use this everyday as a brow highlight, because it's matte and really creamy it provides a bit of brightness and makes a slightly more perfected brow look without being OTT. Phloof is one of my most recent purchases, I also use this in the inner corner however this is more shimmery and noticeable than Shroom, hence why I tend to use it when I'm wearing a bit more makeup than normal. Finally on the top row we have Naked Lunch, a lovely shimmery pink shade which really awakens the eyes when washed all over the lids. 

Onto the next row down we have more brown toned shades, mainly all used for different crease colours on different occasions. Omega is a cool toned light brown, and as well as a gorgeous subtle crease shade I've also been using this to fill in any sparse areas of my brows. Because it's a couple of shades lighter than my hair colour it means I can have full brows without them being too in-your-face! Era is one of my oldest shadows, but it's still a goody. This is a nice crease colour however it does have some slight shimmers in so I often use it as a simple wash all over the lids colour. Similarly Patina is a great all over colour, with more of a greeny brown undertone - another one of my most recent purchases. At the end of this row there is Cork, a warm toned matte brown. Great crease colour, or popped in the outer corner for a bit of definition. 

The bottom row consists of Satin Taupe - a beautiful purple brown shimmery colour which is the most amazing shadow for a smokey eye. I lusted after this shadow longer than any of the other shadows in my palette and I could not recommend this one more! Another great smokey eye alternative is Sable, which I actually picked up in Prague when I was on holiday. This is much more of a traditional brown shade with some berry undertones, super super pretty. Last but not least, my build it yourself palette would not be complete without a matte black, in the form of Carbon. Don't think much more needs to be said about that! My MAC palette is something I have loved saving up for and slowly building it up, I'll be sure to update you on any more progress! 

Have you tried MAC eyeshadows? Which ones would you recommend?