Tuesday, 23 August 2016

20 THINGS BEFORE I'M 20 UPDATE


Way back in July last year I published a post called '20 Things Before I'm 20' detailing 20 things I wanted to achieve before I reached the age of 20. A year and a month on, I thought it was time to bring you an update on how I got on! 

I'm sad to say, not as well as I hoped I would! Looking back on the list I've only completed 3 fully, and 1 on a sort of level. The first one I completed was going to the beach. Me and my boyfriend made a short drive one day to a beach near where I live at uni. Although it was pretty cold, we did see a seal and had a picnic in a warm car. I love being by the sea, I find it so calming so this was a nice trip, and something I'm glad to cross off my list. The next one I completed is own a Pandora Ring. This was something I received as a christmas present, and there's very few days where you'll find me not wearing it now! The final one I completed is see more live music gigs. In October (?) I saw Scouting for Girls, which was a great night filled with singing along to songs of my teenage years, and in March I saw Gabrielle Aplin, one of my favourite artists of all time. I will never ever forget how magic and happy I felt when the whole venue was shining lights and singing along. I sort of completed meet more bloggers after going to an event hosted by #norwichbloggers around Halloween time. It was really nice to meet other bloggers in my area, but it's something I still want to get more involved in. 

Unfortunately that means the other 16 were left incomplete. Most of them are still things I want to do, and have plans to do in the near future. These include: read 10 books - must really get back into reading again, as I miss falling into a world in a book so much, lose/maintain weight - this became difficult after my emergency operation leaving me with a big scar in my tummy and no energy! But hopefully come the new academic year I'll be fighting fit and ready to get active again. Take part in a flashmob - something I'll hopefully be able to do in my 3rd year of uni, play the ukulele more, be on the radio - again something I hope to do at uni in 3rd year, find a church that inspires me, go rollerskating, go to the theatre more, write more, grow some herbs, run 3k - this is sometime I'm determined to do when I'm back at uni, I just need to gradually build my stamina up again, own a really stunning high end makeup product, have a plant in my room and not let it die, do a cocktail making class - booked onto another #norwichbloggers event in October which is a cocktail making class, and last but not least appreciate life. This is something I know I haven't done over the past year, as it's been such a rough year for me. From personal problems to illness to family losses, I've forgotten to sit back and look at all the amazing people and things I have in my life. This is a big goal of mine for the coming year, no matter what life throws at me. So goodbye teenage years, hello a new adult life, filled with motivation, happiness and appreciation. 

Thursday, 18 August 2016

BENEFIT GIMME BROW REVIEW


Earlier in the week I posted about my HD Brows Experience. Since then I've really been trying to keep on top of my eyebrow routine and make it a staple part of my makeup application. I wanted a product that made my brow routine easy, but still enhanced what I've got. I decided upon the Benefit Gimme Brow. Today I thought I'd share my thoughts and ramblings about the product. 

Since the revamp of packaging, Gimme Brow now comes in a small silver bottle with a tiny tiny spooly brush dispensing product inside. I got matched the shade 3, which is the darkest shade of the range I think (?). The shade is a perfect match for my new darker dyed brow hairs, but would also suit slightly lighter brows than mine as well. When applied to the brows it adds a tiny bit off colour while also defining each hair and setting them all in place. Some days I opt to use this on its own, some days it'll come after using my Soap and Glory Archery Brow Pencil. This is just the product I was looking for to allow my brows to look groomed but require very little time or precision to fill in in the morning. One of this products best features is the fact it sets my brows in place without giving them that horrible crusty feeling that I despise. Natural full brows is what you get.

At 30g for £18.50 I can't say it's the most cost effective brow purchase I've ever made, however I am really enjoying using it. I'll be interested to see how long this tube/bottle lasts me for with use everyday, as I think that will be the deciding factor in whether I repurchase this again or not. So far so good, and I'm in love with my brows! 
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Tuesday, 16 August 2016

FASHION SNIPPETS


I've mentioned in the past how un-fashion-conscious I am sometimes. I stick to what I like and I know, and I'm okay with that. I rarely do fashion posts because frankly most of my days are spent in jeans and t-shirts, so nothing revolutionary. However this summer I've had some clothes and shoes that I've really really loved, and that I thought I'd share with you today. 

First on the top left we have my grey dress from H&M. This dress is really simply but I find really flattering on my figure (heavy up top). It has an elastic waist which helps to suck you in for that hourglass looking figure. It also has pockets which always makes a dress 10x better in my opinion. Being from H&M this was a great price, no more than £7.99 if I remember rightly. The grey is versatile to wear in the day as a casual dress for really warm days, with a bomber jacket for cooler nights, or paired with heels and some nice jewellery for a more put together look. 

Next on the top right is my bargain Topshop vest from a while ago. I bought this for £7 in the Topshop sale, I think back in September time. Generally I'm very conscious of being too busty to wear vest tops, but this sits perfectly on me and doesn't have too low of a v shape at the front. I've been wearing this both on really hot days with shorts, and slightly cooler days with jeans and a cardigan. The material is so soft making is really comfy to wear, and the bright blue geometric patterns makes a nice change from my monochrome stripes I so often wear. 

The vest in the bottom left corner is from Boohoo, but I actually got it from ASOS. As you can see this has the most beautiful embroidery on the front, with a cord tie at the top. This vest is slightly less comfy to wear than the former Topshop option, only due to its material and the fact it is more fitted. This for me is a night wear vest, or when you're doing something a bit more fancy than usual. I've never actually tried anything from Boohoo before but I do really like this piece. Like I said as I tend to wear monochrome tops this adds a pop of colour perfect for the warmer months. At £10 this is a lovely staple for my wardrobe. 

Finally are probably my favourite fashion purchase in a long time, my block heels from Dorothy Perkins. Since my sixth form prom (2014) I've been craving a pair of heels just like this. Something that can be worn both casually and dressed up, not too high, with a strap around the heel. And just before my birthday I stumbled across these beauties in DP. I wore these with a demin dress on my birthday, and I felt fabulous. Being a short human (5 ft 2) wearing heels makes me feel more 'normal' sized, and so much more confident. I've also worn these with jeans and a pretty top for evening meals out. So that's some fashion snippets from my summer wardrobe. Have clothes have you been reaching for recently?