Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Falling For Red

 Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain in New York Scene
 Maybelline Colour Drama Lip Pencil in Light It Up
Topshop Rio Rio Lipstick

The winter approaches, and with it brings the urge to pull out the red lip products. This year I've been loving reds more than before, and I've also found I've collected a range of finishes which have been gracing my lips. First up is a glossy red lip, now some may not be a fan of this but I love the deep red berry shade of the Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain in New York Scene. I am a massive lover of Revlon lip products, this is no exception. It stains the lips really well, and applies nice and smoothly to the lips. 

Next up is a more satin finish red which comes in the form of Maybelline's Color Drama Lip Pencil in Light It Up. These have been compared to the NARS Lip Pencils but I've not tried those so I cannot comment on that. This also glides onto the lips really well, and is nice and creamy which is lovely for a pencil. The colour is more of a true red as opposed to the more berry tones of the first. 

Last but not least is a matte red that I've loved and used for years now. Topshop's Rio Rio lipstick was the first makeup product I purchased when the Topshop makeup range came out. Even though it has a matte finish it is not at all drying, and has more of an orange red tone. This lipstick makes your teeth look lovely and white, and when applied in thin layers stays on the lips for absolutely ages, even through eating and drinking! So those are my three reds which I've been loving this year. 

Are you a red lip fan? 


Sunday, 28 December 2014

14 Amazing Moments from 2014

  1. Getting into my top choice university 
  2. Going to Croatia on a music tour 
  3. Reaching 496 followers on my blog - I love you all!
  4. Meeting one of my favourite bloggers Jess (Jessica Beautician
  5. Going to the McBusted tour, and reliving my childhood 
  6. Settling into uni much quicker than I thought I would 
  7. Seeing my cat again after being away at uni for the first term 
  8. Staying in a building with no electricity or running water with my family 
  9. Meeting some incredible people at university
  10. Finishing my first term at uni, and managing to sit my first exam
  11. Winning a trophy from my high school for my A Level achievement 
  12. Passing my driving test (even if it was the 2nd attempt!)
  13. Getting to see and meet the amazing Lauren Aquilina in concert
  14. Making it through A Levels, the hardest months of my life so far
I cannot believe how fast this year has gone. When I look back, so much has changed since January. I no longer live at home with my parents but in halls of residence at a university a long way from home. I'm studying to become a Speech and Language Therapist. There has been so many brilliant parts of 2014, which is why I wanted to put this post together. Here's to 2015 being just as amazing!! 

What are your highlights of 2014? 


Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Christmas Nails

It's got to that time of year again when I have my go-to stash of nail polishes which I pull out in the christmas season. It does mainly consist of glitter, but there are occasional plainer colours I like to go for. Last year I was obsessed with the Barry M Textured Effect Nail Polishes, and this year has been no different. The colours Lady (the white) and Duchess (bronzy pink) have been gems for me, they apply so easily and obviously look super christmasy due to their sparkly texture. Along the glitter lines the Rimmel Precious Stones Polish in Diamond Dust is actually something my amazing penpal and fellow blogger Sophie (from Sophie Said) sent me a while ago. This is more of a grey with some blue flecks of glitter in, super pretty. 

I did make a sneaky Essie purchase a while ago, which will have a blog post of it's own soon. I bought the duo called Twinkle Twinkle Little Star which comes with Bobbing for Baubles and Set in Stone. They look really nice on their own, or layered for something a little different. On the topic of layering polishes, one of my favourite combinations is Barry M's Lychee Polish underneath Maybelline's Brocades Polish. This makes a really shiny fairy lights look on the nails, and is beyond perfect for this holiday season. Finally sometimes I strip it all back and go for a simple red, something like Butter London's Come To Bed Red which is a lovely pillar-box red. 

What are your christmas nail picks? 


Sunday, 21 December 2014

What I've Learnt From The First Term of Uni

First term at university done! Crazy times. I thought I'd just put a little post together to tell you just a few things that I've learnt from my time at uni so far. I may not have masses of experience, but I've certainly learnt a lot during the last 12 weeks. 

1. Freshers flu is inevitable 
When I went to uni, I was determined that if I took vitamins and ate lots of fruit I would manage to avoid the infamous 'freshers flu'. No chance. Every person I met at uni in the first two weeks had freshers flu, with all the new germs and bacteria floating around from all over the country (and world) your body will become ill to become immune to all the nasties. Deal with the fact you will get it. 

2. Get involved and you will meet some amazing people
I was worried about meeting new people and finding friends at uni, but I'm so happy I joined so many societies. Some of my friends I've met through being in the uni choir and being part of the badminton society. Societies are a great way to meet similar people to you as well as introduce you to a range of different people without clinging to your flatmates. 

3. Don't let people change you, but at the same time discover who you are
Since being at uni I feel like I've discovered a bit more about myself. I've definitely become more confident, going to societies on my own for the first time forces you to throw yourself in at the deep end and talk to people you've never met before. I'm not a big drinker, and I'd like to think I've not lost that part of me. But at the same time I've learnt to enjoy going out more, and it doesn't stress me out as much nowadays. 

4. Southern people have a lot of slang words which take a while to understand 
Even though I was born down south, I moved up north when I was 5. This means I am not overly used to the many different amusing words and phrases which I've been exposed to in the last term. Although you may look silly not knowing what they mean at first, they'll soon become normal to you (even though they might still be a bit strange!). Just to name a few; 'peak' 'butters' 'kekkers'...

5. Evernote is the best app for note taking in lectures 
I started off taking paper based notes, however I've since changed to using Evernote to take notes in lectures electronically and writing them up as part of revision later. You can import powerpoints and then make notes underneath so everything is all in one place. Another bonus of the app is that you can create notebooks, which helps keep different subjects/topics in separate places along with their relevant notes. Also, it's free - what is there not to love?! 

It has definitely been one of the fastest, biggest, most amazing 12 weeks of my life. I hope this post was some-what interesting, I thought it might be nice for those who are anxiously checking their UCAS applications or those who want to relive some first year first term uni memories. The first term may be over, but boy am I excited about the rest to come! 

Have you started uni/been/applying? 


Thursday, 18 December 2014

The Necklace With Options

H&M has become one of my favourite shops in the last few months, mainly because the one in my uni town is waaaaay bigger than the one back home which means much more choice. In terms of my jewellery tastes I tend to go for quite simple things, so when I spotted this gorgeous necklace I was already in love. When I discovered it came with 8 changeable options I was sold. This comes with 8 different coloured circles which can be switched out really easily to create many different combinations, whether you have a favourite colour or change it depending on the outfit you're wearing. 

The colours are really pretty, you can see in the photo above it comes with a black, gold, dark blue, light blue, maroon, white, green and pink charm so I now never have a problem with finding the right necklace to go with my outfit. As someone who does like to have some sort of theme to my outfits I've been having so much fun deciding which to pair with things each day, and it's quickly become my most work piece of jewellery. 

Do you think this is a good idea? Would you buy something similar? 

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