Thursday, 28 July 2016

BOOTS AND SUPERDRUG HAUL


Yesterdat I popped into town to spend my Boots vouchers and birthday money. I decided that it was time to treat myself to see beauty bits as I haven't really bought anything like that in a while. I had a rough idea in my head of what I wanted to pick up but also may a few unexpected purchases as well. 

The first thing I knew I wanted to pick up was some new shampoo and conditioner. I used these Mark Hill products before and they made me hair so lovely and smooth. I spotted that they were on offer in Boots so decided to pick them back up to hopefully get my hair back to a better condition. The next thing I thought I wanted to get was the Benefit Gimme Brow. I've actually had HD brows done for the first time today and decided it was time to pay special attention to my brows after years of leaving them to their own devices. The benefit girl tested the shade 3 on me and it's a perfect match to add a little bit of definition while still looking natural. Then she told me there was a free goody bag if  you bought 2 benefit products, so after wondering round the stall for a good while I made the choice to try the infamous Hoola Bronzer. Sadly my body shop bronzer is steadily hitting pan more and more so I was in need of a new matte bronzer in my makeup stash. This is slightly more warm toned than the body shop option however I've tried it on my skin and it really warms my pasty completion up which I'm happy with. 

Next I took a trip into Superdrug because I was after some new Real Techniques Brushes to add to my collection. Since I've become very into contouring and highlighting this summer it seemed only right to add the sculpting set to my collection. I have nothing but good things to say about the RT brushes, they're always so so soft, never shed and wash like a dream! The sculpting set is priced at £20.99 which for 3 good quality brushes isn't bad at all. The set contains a setting brush, which I plan to use to set my under eye concealer, a fan brush which is perfect for pushing highlighter on the top of the cheeks and lastly a sculpting brush which I've tried using with Hoola bronzer and so far I'm happy with the results. I also picked up the Superdrug Vitamin E Radiance Moisture Cream as my daily moisturiser was running low and this was a bargain at under £3. The rings in the picture above were sale items from H&M, a bunch of simple gold midi rings that glam up any simple outfit. So that's what beauty bits I bought, let me know if you're tried any of these products or what you've picked up recently in a comment below! 

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

LIFE UPDATE


Hi! Long time no speak. Last time I posted on here was way back in March, how time flies. I thought start getting back into the swing of things by sitting down and having a little catch up. So sit down, grab a cup of tea, and lets get talking. 

So what's been happening since March? Well after the Easter holidays I went back to uni to have a week of placement preparation lectures before embarking on my first clinical block placement. I was so so nervous but ridiculously excited to put all the theory I've learnt over the past 2 years at uni into practise. I was placed in a stroke and neuro rehabilitation in a hospital. This meant I had to live away from my humble abode in Norwich for 8 weeks. The accommodation I stayed in was actually really nice as it had just been refurbished! It also gave me the chance to get to meet and know some more fellow health professionals, both from my uni and others. Towards the end of placement, the 2nd to last week to be more precise I had an unexpected trip to A&E. 

I'd come back from placement and been having severe stomach cramps all day, nothing like I'd ever felt before. After ringing NHS 111 and being referred to a local doctors, I was then sent to A&E where I sat waiting for 4+ hours before finally being seen by what felt like 1 million different professionals. At around 1am on 1st June, I was admitted to hospital with appendicitis. Totally unexpected. The senior surgeon came to see me at 2am and told me I could either have surgery to remove my appendix or be sent home with antibiotics (with the risk of my appendix bothering me 20% for each year of the rest of my life). So I decided to go with the surgery. It's funny because I'm naturally a very anxious and nervous kind of person, yet I was so so calm all day waiting to go up to surgery. However definitely lying on the surgery table about to be put under anaesthetic was terrifying. 4hrs later I was back downstairs in my hospital bed, surrounded by my parents and boyfriend (who all found my drugged up rambling very amusing). 

I ended up staying in hospital for a following 6 days as my appendix was so inflamed they also had to remove a tiny bit of my bowel (sorry TMI). This meant I was feeling the affects of surgery more than others who have keyhole surgery to remove an appendix do. After being discharged my dad very kindly helped back up my placement accommodation room and drove me home to Yorkshire for recovery. For around 3-4 weeks I felt so so drained and tired all the time, even by walking upstairs or focusing hard on conversations with friends. But now I'm feeling fine and dandy again! Although I do still have my nice big scar right down my tummy. 

Since then I've had a mini break in London, had my 20th birthday, and sadly lost my grandad. So safe to say I've not had the smoothest of months recently. But now it's the summer holiday (although I'm going back to complete my placement late august {super exciting!}) and I'm so happy to be back blogging again. I've got quite a few posts lined up for the next few weeks at least, I'll be putting a new post up every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday! Hope you're doing well, let me know what you've been up to recently in the comments below! Lots of love xox 
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Friday, 25 March 2016

SPRING WISH LIST


Spring is finally here, and on a gloriously sunny good Friday I thought I'd bring you a spring wish list. Now being a student means I very rarely go shopping for beauty and fashion anymore, and any spare money tends to be spent on train tickets and food! So occasionally when I'm in the mood for shopping I make sure I plan things out first and do lots of research, especially if it's beauty products I'm thinking of buying. I can go months without getting a craving to go shopping, however recently I've had the real urge to splurge. Maybe it's because I've got back into blog writing and youtube watching, or maybe I'm just in need of a spring update. So here is what's on my wishlist this spring. 

1. Topshop Cami Tops: The one in the photo is actually from River Island, but Topshop have a gorgeous range of double strap cami tops in a huge range of colours. I'll probably stick with black or navy, I know these aren't typical spring colours but my idea is to wear these on nights out or occasions where I want to look a bit more fancy but still keeping it casual at the same time. At only £16.00 each, plus my handy student discount on top these are a great cheap basic. 

2. Jelly Bean Yankee Candle: Yankee Candle's are by far my favourite of all candle brands. I love that the jars are so huge, meaning they burn for hours on end! Sadly I used up my deliciously smelling Summer Scoop candle at uni just before I left for easter, so it's time to get my hands on a new one. The jelly bean candle is meant to smell amazing, plus who wouldn't want their room to smell like jelly beans?! 

3. Updated Skincare Products: I'm so bad when it comes to my skincare. Gone are the days where I had a lovely box of products on my shelf to ensure my skin was smooth and moisturised day and night, and instead I get by with any cleanser I can get my hands on (either borrowing mum's or one dug out from my unused beauty stash) and the nivea soft moisturiser. I'm starting to notice my skin's texture not being as great as it used to be so really need to get back into a good skincare routine. One of the products I'll be grabbing is the La Roche Posay Exfoliating Toner, which helped transform my skin a few years ago and kept it feeling smooth and looking clear. 

4. Short Sleeved Tees: I go on my first ever clinical block placement after the easter holidays (eeek!) and looking in my wardrobe I don't actually have too many short sleeved tops that I will be able to wear. The hospital has a 'bare below the elbow' policy meaning I'll be living in short sleeved tops when on the wards. I'm sure I'll be able to pick up some smart-ish basic tops from somewhere but if you have any shop recommendations I'd really appreciate them! 

5. Colorpop Makeup: Colorpop seems to have hit the beauty world big time recently, I first heard about it through their collaboration with KathleenLights and have since been craving their beautiful looking eyeshadows. As much as I adore my MAC palette, sometimes I wish I had a few great colours to amp up my makeup with. Their eyeshadows are meant to be super creamy and pigmented, and the shade range is to die for. As well as their eyeshadows, their liquid lipsticks have been receiving plenty of praise. I've never really tried liquid lipsticks but after watching Nikkie Tutorials and Lily Harper it's really made me want to try them out! Again, another shade range to die for. 

6. KIKO Makeup: I now own three of the eyeshadow sticks from KIKO, and a lipgloss that I managed to get in the sale last summer, and it's left me craving more. Again with the eyeshadow cravings, their water eyeshadows look so gorgeous for a shimmery eye and I can always do with more of the eyeshadow sticks. I bought myself MAC's Fix+ a while back so really fancy trying an eyeshadow wet, it's something I've never done before but from googling swatches online (for hours) it seems to make the eyeshadows really pop. I was over the moon when I noticed there was a KIKO store coming to the shopping centre where my boyfriend lives, so safe to say when I'm next down visiting him I'll be dragging him in there! 

So that's my spring wishlist, have you been craving any beauty products? Or maybe you're after a spring wardrobe update too! Let me know in a comment down below.