Sunday, 26 October 2014

Moving Out

A few days before I moved out of my parents home and into my university accommodation I was a nervous wreck. I'd done my big ikea shop, I'd planned out which clothes I was taking and yet I still couldn't actually imagine not living at home anymore. This post is going to be about my experience moving out and how I've coped. 

Being an only child means I'm really close to my parents, and my cat. I moved to a university about 5 hours away from home which meant I knew I wasn't going to be going home every weekend to see them. One thing that has helped me not miss home was taking some of my special memories from my room to bring to uni. My penguin ornament as well as some plastic caps both came off my shelves at home and onto my shelves at uni. I also made sure I bought plenty of pictures and my polaroids on my walls and notice board so that my friends and family are always just a glance away. 

Cooking for myself has not been too bad, I don't think my cooking skills are too shabby but sometimes it's hard to find the motivation to cook a proper meal at the end of a busy day. Making sure I have enough fruit and veg in my diet has been really hard but I always feel so much better for it. Mainly I have been eating rice or cous cous with some kind of meat for tea/dinner or pasta for more lazy days. Laundry has also been interesting to conquer, but definitely a skill that has made me much more aware of fabrics and colours and what shouldn't be washed with what. It's been a month since I moved out from home and yet I call my uni halls my home now, because I'm happy and settled which is a blessing for both me and my parents. To anyone moving out either from their parents or to a new home I wish you luck, I understand how it feels and I hope all goes smoothly as it did for me. 

Sunday, 19 October 2014

What's On My Face #9

It's been a long time since I've done one of these! But today I will be showing you what's on my face. I didn't really have a set look in mind when doing this but it turned out slightly autumnal. 

I always start with my eyes, so I made sure they were primed for shadow with Urban Decay's Primer Potion before applying M&S's eyeshadow in Taupe all over the lids. This is such a simple easy colour to wear all over the lids everyday. I then blended a tiny amount of the Maybelline Mono Eyeshadow in Chocolate Chic in the outer corners for a bit of definition. No surprise which mascara ended up on my lashes as it's the only one I buy these days, that being the Max Factor False Lash Effect Mascara. I did pop a bit of the Rimmel Scandaleyes Eyeliner in Nude on the lower lash line to cancel out any redness. 

Generally a pretty simple face look, I took one pump of the Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation in Light Porcelain and did some blending work with my fingers to even out my complexion. Bit of powder through the t-zone using Soap and Glory's One Heck Of A Blot and the Real Techniques Powder Brush. Still have an ongoing love affair with my Stila Colour Me Pretty Palette, as the eyes were quite neutral I added the end shade Petunia for a brighter pop of colour of the cheeks. Finally I finished everything off by swiping on the Revlon Matte Balm Stain in Elusive which is a gorgeous neutral but slightly darker pink and is a great way to transition into the really dark fall lip colours. 

Have you tried any of these products?

A Staple Stripe

Another rare fashion post here on Beauty Babbles today, showing you one of the staple prints that's always in my wardrobe. Stripes are a classic and are so easy to pair with jeans, skirts, coats, scarves, need I go on?! 

The three staple stripes that have made their way into my wardrobe this fall are this blue and white stripe long sleeved top from H&M. This is perfect for days when the sun is out but it's not quite t-shirt weather, those awkward times where you want to be covered up but not full on coat times. I love the soft material of this and my go-to outfit is simply this and black jeans. Easy, done. 

Next up is another H&M buy, something a bit more smart. Although on the picture this looks black and white it's actually navy and white striped and has gold buttons on the shoulders. You really can't go wrong with a simple stripe tee like this, and it's great for days when you want to look a bit more on the smart side without going full shirt and blazer. 

Finally a lovely cozy stripe jumper in the form of this grey and white top from Gap. I love the ribbed sleeves of this, and the thickness just makes you feel so nice and warm for the much colder days. Gap are so underrated I think as a shop and I find I often manage to bag some great bits from there. I can't wait to where this when the temperature drops and feel all toasty. 

Do you have a staple in your wardrobe?