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Tuesday, 30 May 2017

LIFE UPDATE


Wow, long time now speak! Amazingly I've not actually posted since 2016 *shocked face emoji*. I've always struggled to keep up with blogging while at university but believe me there was no chance I had time to post after christmas! January to March I was on my final placement for my degree. It was a wonderful experience and I thoroughly enjoyed it, however I was driving for about 2 hours a day, and so evenings involved preparation work and early nights! Also throughout placement I was helping to organise my uni's showchoir annual showcase. This is something I've been involved in for all three years I've been at uni, and it was such an amazing experience. I was very lucky that my boyfriend and dad were able to come and watch the show. There were a lot of tears shed when it was over, and a lot of celebrating the following weekend! 

Then it was onto the easter holidays, which seemed to fly by. I managed to spend time with my family which was nice. To be honest, I spent a couple of days in easter completely relaxing, colouring my adult colouring books and updating my bullet journal (which I may do a post on soon!). I also made a good start on my dissertation over easter. 

Getting back to university after the easter holidays has involved working on my dissertation pretty much everyday! Thankfully it's now been submitted *yay* which is a big relief. I actually really enjoyed having one large project to focus on, and am very proud of the end result. In the time that I've not been typing away, I've been getting into a good fitness regime (including a personal trainer!). I'm going on holiday in a few weeks so I've been trying to tone up from my podgy pizza figure. I must admit I've seen so many good changes in my body over the past few weeks, I generally have more energy throughout the day, and things aren't as jiggly anymore! I still have a long way to go towards being fully happy in my body, but for the time being things are heading in the right direction. I'm thinking of popping up a few recipes that I've discovered recently that are super tasty and also nice and healthy! 

Life for the next few weeks is going to be strange, I have a couple of lectures left at uni, a couple of PT sessions booked in, and a big move ahead! During early May I was offered my first job upon graduation, which is so exciting! I will officially be a Speech and Language Therapist. It's worked out quite well as I'm going to be moving in with my boyfriend and his parents, which is both exciting and nerve-wracking at the same time. Although I have discovered my new found hobby of building IKEA furniture, so that's all fun. I'm hoping these next few weeks I'll have the time to get some photos and posts up on this blog, which will be 6 years old in June!!!! And thanks to my new Pipdig theme, I'm ready and raring to go. So I hope to speak to you all very soon. 

Photo cc: From Roses 
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Friday, 28 October 2016

NORWICHBLOGGERS COCKTAIL MASTERCLASS







A few weeks ago I met up with the lovely NorwichBloggers at Warwick Street Social to take part in a cocktail masterclass! This is something I've always wanted to do, so I was so so excited! The aim of the evening was to choose a cocktail as our welcome cocktail for the christmas meal. We made 5 cocktails in total, a classic mojito, a bramble, a candy cane, a pumpkin spiced one and a gingerbread cocktail! It was so fun learning how to make each of the cocktails, although I can't remember all the recipes off the top of my head now!! (Should have made notes). I love the way each of them was so different, with such different flavours and presentations for each one. 

Each of the cocktails was explained to us and then we got the chance to make one in pairs. I made the bramble cocktail with christie, which was going really well under the bartender smashed the glass while trying to get it out of the shaker! So we got 2 attempts at making it!! The whole evening definitely gave me lots of ideas of my little pinterest cocktail cart that I'd like in my house one day. Also, the cocktails on the menu of Warwick Street Social (specifically the Lemon Meringue) were divine. I really need to take my boyfriend there next time he comes to visit. 

We were in our own separate part of the pub, with a mini bar presenting all the alcohol and ingredients needed to make the cocktails. Personally my favourite was a tie between the Bramble and Candy Cane. I do love a sweet cocktail so this is probably why I liked these the best. We also got some chips to nibble on throughout the evening, which were super delicious! After a long day at uni, this was definitely a really enjoyable evening, and I'm looking forwards to seeing the lovely norwich bloggers at the christmas meal in a few weeks time! Have you ever been to a cocktail making class? 

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Tuesday, 6 September 2016

WEDDING GUEST MAKEUP LOOK




At the weekend I was invited to my boyfriend's cousins wedding reception! Now I love weddings, there's just something about them that's so special. So inevitably I got very excited about what I was going to wear and how to do my makeup! I practised quite a few times to decide how I wanted my makeup to go, and this is the finished look. I also wore false eyelashes which is a first for me, but these lovely ones were sent to me by the lovely Esqido to try out. 

First step I did was apply a moisturiser to my face to make sure my skin was prepared for foundation. I'm one of those people who always does eyes before face, so then I primed my eyelids with Urban Decay Primer Potion. For my first eyeshadow crease colour I used MAC's Omega. This is a great first crease colour that isn't too intense and helps ease the blending process. Then I moved on and applied MAC's Quarry all over the lids. This is a matte purple taupe colour which I've used more as an all over lid colour more and more recently. To darken the outer corners of my eyes I first blended some of MAC's Satin Taupe onto the outer edge of my lids, creating a darker more smokey look. To really add definition to my eyes I applied MAC's Mystery, a matte dark brown which I applied with a small angled brush to create a v shape into my crease. All blended out with a fluffy brush created a lovely purple toned smokey effect. To add some shimmer I used some MAC Fix+ and KIKO 04 eyeshadow right on the inner corner on my eyes. This really helped brighten my eyes and add that pop effect. For eyeliner I used the Collection Extreme Felt Tip Liner which is the best eyeliner for noobs like me! After a small coat of mascara, Max Factor's False Lash Effect, I applied the Esqido Mink Eyelashes. I used the Esqido Eyelash Glue which made the process of applying the lashes really easy. To finish the eyes I added some Avon Glimmerstick to my lower lash line and waterline, and Avon Supershock Eyeliner on my upper waterline. 

For my eyebrows I used my favourite brow duo at the moment, Archery Brow Pencil by Soap and Glory, followed by the Benefit Gimme Brow in Shade 3. I never wear anything but these two on my brows these days and I'm so happy with how they make my brows look. My skin is something I wanted to keep pretty natural looking, so I used my Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation. This was applied with my beauty blender, and gives a skin-like layer of foundation that allows your freckles to peek through. It also lasts really well on my skin. To add some colour back into my cheeks I used the Max Factor Cream Blush in Soft Pink, which is a newly discovered old favourite. It looks so natural on the cheeks and adds the perfect healthy glow to your skin. I added a bit of bronze to my face with NARS Laguna Bronzer all over my face, and and Benefit Hoola Bronzer to add some fake cheekbones to my moon face. To complete the look I used my Burberry Kisses Lipstick in Nude Pink, which is slowly running out and makes me so sad! I really need to buy the full size of this as it seriously goes with any makeup look, and is the perfect light pink nude shade for my skin tone. The last step was setting everything in place with MAC Fix+. I'm really happy how this look came out, what do you think of how I did my makeup?
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