Thursday, 22 January 2015

FITNESS FASHION


Did I ever think I was going to be the type of person that got excited about fitness attire? Definitely not. But ever since becoming to uni I have become much more active, meaning I have needed to pick up and grow my work out clothes collection. The three main types of exercise I do are running, badminton and going to the gym. When it comes to bottom half I'm much more of a three quarter length girl than long bottoms as I find I don't get as hot. H&M is a haven for sports wear, everything is so cute and affordable. The grey marl bottoms in the photo are from H&M and the black ones are from M&S. 

In terms of running, I do like to wear a long sleeved base layer, mine above is from Sub4 and really comfy. As well as the base layer I wear this thin running jacket from Do Running, which being so bright means it's safe to run anytime of the day. This is really light and breathable and has detachable sleeves, meaning it can be transferred into the summer months. Trainers wise, I now own two pairs, one for running outdoors and one for indoor activities. I highly recommend going to a running shop where they can assess your running stance and advice you on the right shoes to support you. My purple pair are from the brand Asics. My indoor pair are much cheaper and not as supportive, but then they don't need to be as much. I adore the neon colours on my New Balance shoes, and they are nice and soft which makes them very comfy. 

Do you have any fitness fashion recommendations? 

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Thursday, 15 January 2015

My (In Progress) Mac Palette




When I first got into watching youtube videos many years ago, MAC was one of the most talked about brands. I soon decided I wanted to build myself a MAC eyeshadow palette, and today I thought I'd share my progress with you. It may seem strange that I haven't filled it all after such a long amount of time, however I frankly didn't / don't have the money to go and buy 15 eyeshadows, the palette and an insert all at once. Also, at some point I would like to change my palette to the new style ones with the clear lid - however at the moment I am still using the old style one. 

From the top left we have Shroom - a gorgeous yellow toned cream shimmery shade. I tend to use this as a subtle inner corner highlight. Next is Brule, one of if not the most loved shadow in my collection. I use this everyday as a brow highlight, because it's matte and really creamy it provides a bit of brightness and makes a slightly more perfected brow look without being OTT. Phloof is one of my most recent purchases, I also use this in the inner corner however this is more shimmery and noticeable than Shroom, hence why I tend to use it when I'm wearing a bit more makeup than normal. Finally on the top row we have Naked Lunch, a lovely shimmery pink shade which really awakens the eyes when washed all over the lids. 

Onto the next row down we have more brown toned shades, mainly all used for different crease colours on different occasions. Omega is a cool toned light brown, and as well as a gorgeous subtle crease shade I've also been using this to fill in any sparse areas of my brows. Because it's a couple of shades lighter than my hair colour it means I can have full brows without them being too in-your-face! Era is one of my oldest shadows, but it's still a goody. This is a nice crease colour however it does have some slight shimmers in so I often use it as a simple wash all over the lids colour. Similarly Patina is a great all over colour, with more of a greeny brown undertone - another one of my most recent purchases. At the end of this row there is Cork, a warm toned matte brown. Great crease colour, or popped in the outer corner for a bit of definition. 

The bottom row consists of Satin Taupe - a beautiful purple brown shimmery colour which is the most amazing shadow for a smokey eye. I lusted after this shadow longer than any of the other shadows in my palette and I could not recommend this one more! Another great smokey eye alternative is Sable, which I actually picked up in Prague when I was on holiday. This is much more of a traditional brown shade with some berry undertones, super super pretty. Last but not least, my build it yourself palette would not be complete without a matte black, in the form of Carbon. Don't think much more needs to be said about that! My MAC palette is something I have loved saving up for and slowly building it up, I'll be sure to update you on any more progress! 

Have you tried MAC eyeshadows? Which ones would you recommend? 


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Tuesday, 13 January 2015

My First Mac Lipstick - Plumful




The excitement was real when I made this purchase. MAC lipsticks are something I have coveted for the longest time, but there was always so made shade names thrown around in the blogger community I never knew which should be my first. In the end I decided as it was the colder more wintery months a deeper colour would be more appropriate, so it seemed only right that Plumful was to be my first ever MAC lipstick. 

It's a cremesheen finish meaning it glides smoothly onto the lips and leaves a healthy sheen, meaning no dry cracked lip alerts. This is a beautiful pink berry shade, which is so perfect for this time of year. The smell of the lipstick is slightly sweet, but nothing overpowering which is good. Obviously being my very important first MAC lipstick this takes pride of place on top of my muji drawers and has been a lipstick that I've gravitated towards in the last few weeks, paired with a simple matte eyeshadow combination. 

Which MAC lipsticks do you own? 


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Sunday, 11 January 2015

The Carry All Pouch


A few months ago I began my search for the perfect little pouch. Something that would carry the essential cards, a bit of money but be pocket size and travel friendly. While browsing the shelves to what seems to becoming my favourite shop H&M, I found this beauty for a bargain price of £4.99! Now that I'm at uni I rarely use the (way too many) loyalty cards I have accumulated over the years, meaning I no longer have the need for a big zip up purse. 

The reason I love this so much is the simplicity of it. With no fancy pattern or shape, this goes with any bag, any outfit, and fits just the right amount of stuff. The bits I always keep with me nowadays are my student card, NUS card, bank card, ID, and my laundry card (how thrilling, I know!). Surprisingly this pouch can fit quite a lot of change in, I did manage to fit about £17 in silver coins in from my work tips a few weeks ago! This has just become my favourite understated little carry all pouch, and I'm sure I'll be loving it for a long time to come. 

What kind of purse do you carry around day to day? 

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Thursday, 8 January 2015

The Body Shop Strawberry Hand Cream


Christmas may be over but unfortunately in the UK that does not mean the weather is getting any warmer. Since being at university and having to wash dishes by hand, I've been craving a hand cream which is moisturising, not sticky and smells nice. Luckily I've found my knight in shining armour through the Body Shop Strawberry Hand Cream. 

When I saw the Body Shop were releasing a range of hand creams in the amazing array of scents they already have in the shop I was sold. Now, I'm a lover of the sickly sweet scents as opposed to anything floral or neutral so this strawberry scent is right up my ally. The packaging makes it so easy to squeeze every last drop out of this baby, so no awkward cutting the top off and scraping the last drops out. I find this really moisturising and use it throughout the day whenever my hands feel all dry and horrible! The Body Shop, you've done it again - you've produced a divine product to fit my needs *runs off to apply some hand cream*. 

Have you tried this hand cream? What other hand creams would you recommend? 





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Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Essie Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Duo



Since being on a student budget, there are few times that I see something which I just buy there and then. However, this purchase was just that. The Essie isle in Boots is always a dangerous territory for me, the names of the polishes and the colour selection often ends up in a purchase happening. This time I fell in love with this duo - which works out pretty cheap considering the polishes on their own are £7.99 - called Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. 

I've been sporting this both over christmas and new year, it's just the perfect duo for this festive season. The colours which come in this duo are Bobbing for Baubles and Set in Stones. A beautiful deep navy blue and a full on silver glitter, I tend to have one accent finger nail dedicated to the glitter which is personally the way I like to incorporate glitter into my manicures. Although they're not your typical festive reds and greens I've really been loving this duo and will continue to wear it until I decide it's time to pull out the spring pastels...

Have you tried Essie polishes before? 


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Sunday, 4 January 2015

My New Years Resolutions


When it comes to new years resolutions I've never been one to make myself a massive list and stick to them everyday of them year. Instead, I tend to create some general rules which try to influence my life a bit more in that coming year. The lovely January calendar in this photo is courtesy of www.chantelemma.com

Become Healthier 
In body and mind. By healthier in terms of body I do not mean losing pounds upon pounds and becoming a new looking person, I simply mean slightly more toned and more physically fit. Term one at university saw a big change in diet for me, and I really want to keep an eye on what I'm eating still to make sure I get a balanced diet. In terms of mind I'd like to be in a more balanced place, and stop comparing myself to others. 

Continually Improve
There are a couple of things I'd like to become better at this year. Staying calm when the work gets tough. Improve my badminton skills. Learn some more sign language and be able to hold a simple conversation in it. I'd like to improve many skills, rather than simply plodding along at the same stage. 

Go Above and Beyond
I don't want to be someone who just cruises through university, I want to do well. I also want to expand my knowledge of the field, so whether this means reading articles or going to optional talks then this is what I aim to do. There are so many opportunities at university, and I'd love to make the most of them while I have the chance. 

Remember What Life Is All About
At university it's quite is easy to get lost in a world of work and socialising, but this year I want to keep remembering why I'm here and the path I'm on. Remember what's important to me in life, my family, my friends, and my health. 

What are your new years resolutions? 

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