2014 | Review

Saturday, 27 December 2014

How have we come to the end of 2014 already? I remember sitting down last year and writing a post on my goals for the year. This year has been full of ups and downs, I graduated, began a very happy relationship, moved back home, started a masters and sadly lost loved ones. Whilst it hasn't all been happy memories I do have some momentous occasions to look back on, but how did I get on with the goals I set myself?

1./Graduate with a 2.1 or a 1st
I remember so clearly writing this goal last year and wanting to achieve a 1st in my degree so badly, but believing it was impossible as my grades hadn't been so good in my second year. However, I said that I wouldn't give up hope and that I would continue to work hard and that is what I did, so in July I was so proud to graduate from the University of East Anglia with a First Class Honours Degree in Psychology. 

2./Decide what to do next year
This time last year, my head was all over the place as to what I was going to do once I finished university. I liked the idea of a masters in forensic psychology, but wasn't sure I could cope with the workload so I also thought about travelling or going into the beauty industry. A year later and I'm 1/3 of the way through a masters in forensic psychology, Although I achieved this goal, I'm still having doubts about it as the course is a lot of work and I'm not enjoying it as much as I thought I would. Having said that, I know I made the right decision because if I hadn't taken this course, I'd always wonder 'what if?' and I think I'd regret it.

3./Get another piercing
I think this is the only goal I didn't manage to achieve. So many times I went near piercing shops and even enquired about prices, but I always found something better to spend my money on. I still want another piercing in my ear, possibly my cartilage, but I've still yet to get it done.

4,/Watch Titanic
I FINALLY got round to watching this film after having had it on DVD for about 5 years. I watched it one evening with Emil when I was still living in Norwich. I think it was the perfect time to watch it as we weren't together and so it'll always remind me of that exciting time in our lives as we were beginning to get to know each other. 

5./Get more involved in blogging
I like to think I've achieved this one. Although I'm still not in the place where I want to be with my blog, I've done a lot better this year. I completely changed the design, which I'm really pleased with, I've joined Bloglovin and I've started publishing my posts on social media sites. There is still a long way to go, but I know it all takes time and I just have to learn to be patient with it.

I think I've done pretty well with most of my goals this year, I'll be posting my goals for 2015 soon, so keep an eye out for that post.

December Favourites

Sunday, 21 December 2014

Things got a bit crazy towards the end of November and so I didn't manage to get a 'November Favourites' post done, so apologies for that. However, here's what I've been loving in December.

1./Soap & Glory - Supercat Eyeliner
For the past few years, I've been loving L'Oreal's Superliner, but I'd read so many good reviews about this eyeliner from Soap & Glory that I had to give it a try and I'm so glad I did! I think it's definitely the best liquid liner I've used. It's a bit like a felt tip so allows more precision than the Superliner from L'Oreal and lasts throughout the day without smudging - I love it!

2./BarryM - Rockstar
This was a birthday present from my beautiful friend, Sarah. I love nail polishes and was forever buying new ones, however, I haven't bought one in ages so I was delighted when I opened this on my birthday. It's perfect for this time of year as it's so glittery and is a really lovely colour, I love BarryM nail polishes and this one is no exception.

3./Urban Decay - Naked 3
I wrote about this in my Urban Decay Haul last week, but I couldn't not include it in my favourites as I have been absolutely loving it this past month. The shades are just so beautiful and as I've said so many times before, the Naked palettes are so pigmented and long lasting. I know they're quite expensive but they are so worth it.

4./Body Shop- Advent Calendar
I was very lucky to be given this advent calender this year and I am absolutely loving it. Although I've still got the classic chocolate advent calender, it's so nice to have something different and as I'm sure most of you are aware of my obsession with The Body Shop it's the perfect advent calender for me. I've had some really lovely products out of it, some I've tried before and others I've wanted to try for ages. I will be doing a blog post about my favourite products from it, so keep an eye out for that!

5./Geordie Shore, Series 9
This is definitely one of my guilty pleasures, I get so excited every time a new series is on as it's such a relief to take a break from my busy life. It never fails to make me laugh and can always guarantee to make me want to go on a night out, I definitely think this has been one of the best series so far.

What have you been loving in December? Let me know in the comments below.

The Christmas Tag

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

I saw this post on Becky's blog and as Christmas is fast approaching, I thought I'd give it a try.

1. What is your favourite Christmas Movie/s?
It has to be 'Love Actually' I know that is so predictable and about 1000000 other people's favourites, but it's a classic! It's not Christmas until I've watched it.

2. Do you open your presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning?
Christmas morning - always! Since we were little, my brother and I always wake up early, wait for our parents to get up and we all come downstairs wearing Santa hats, ready to open our presents!

3. Do you have a favourite Christmas memory?
When we were younger, my parents would always put a piece of coal from the fire on the floor in the lounge to look like Santa had knocked it off on his way down the chimney and they'd leave a carrot top on the drive that Rudolph supposedly discarded, it really added to the magic of Christmas. 

4. Favourite festive food?
Chocolate and Christmas dinner, minus the brussel sprouts! 

5. Favourite Christmas gift?
I've been so lucky over the years that I really can't think of one that I would be able to class as my favourite. One year I got a Robotic Dog which was THE present of the year and I know my grandparents had to hunt high and low to be able to get them for all the grandchildren.

6. Favourite Christmas scent?
Christmas tree! Every year we get a real one and I don't feel like it's Christmas until I've smelt that scent.

7. Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions?
Both my parents normally work Christmas eve, so we don't really do much, but we always go to Midnight mass in the evening without fail, which is such a lovely service.

8. What tops your tree?
A big glittery silver star and there's always arguments over who gets to put it on the tree!

9. As a kid what was the one (crazy, wild, extravagant) gift you always asked for but never received?
It's not that wild or extravagant, but I always wanted a TV for my bedroom, every year it would be on my list, but I was never allowed it!

10. What's the best part about Christmas for you?
Spending time with my family. I have quite a large extended family and so we don't get to meet up very often, so Christmas is very special for all of us. I love the silly games that you can play at Christmas as it's always a guaranteed laugh. 

I tag anyone who hasn't done this tag yet - I'd love to see your responses.

Urban Decay | Haul

Sunday, 14 December 2014

I was very lucky to receive a gorgeous box filled with Urban Decay beauties for my birthday from Emil (boyfriend points!). I've left it a couple of weeks before publishing this post because I wanted to try the products out properly in order to give a fair review and this is what I found:

My two favourite everyday mascaras are MAC's Studio Fix Boldblack Lash and Maybelline 'falsies', both of which I have raved about in many blog posts, however, I may be as bold to say that I've found a new favourite. At first I found that it was a bit clumpy, but I know now to make sure I scrape the product off the brush before applying it to my lashes and it really is amazing. Not only does it curl as it claims to do, but the volume is really good too. I only have a small one, but I will be sure to purchase the larger size once this one runs out!

I saw this in Urban Decay a few months ago and loved the sound of it. I'm forever reapplying make up on a night out and I end up having to carry around so much make up in my bag, so this sounded like the perfect solution. Emil kindly included this in my package and it really is good! I've read a lot of reviews about it on different blogs and I must say, I do agree with all the positive comments. Although I haven't worn it that much yet, I can see an improvement in how much longer my make up stays on at night. The best thing about it is, you really don't need a lot and so I feel that this bottle will last a very long time!

One thing I love about Urban Decay is that they are forever giving away free samples and so in my Naked palette that I got earlier in the year I got 4 samples of their different eyeshadow primers, but my favourite was their original 'Eyeshadow Primer Potion' and this was also part of my birthday present. I've used it pretty much everyday since I got it because it really does work and keeps your eyeshadow in place all day.

Anyone who vaguely follows the world of beauty or blogging will no doubt have stumbled across Urban Decay's naked palettes. As mentioned before, I treated myself to the first one 'Naked' earlier this year and have absolutely loved it, it's pretty much been my staple for eyeshadow. I was looking at buying the 'Naked 3' palette a little while back, but I didn't and luckily Emil included this as part of my present too. I am absolutely in love with it, it contains more 'pinky' shades whereas the 'Naked' palette is more neutral colours. What I love so much about these palettes is that they are so pigmented and so long lasting, I could go on for ages about how amazing they are, but I won't because I'm pretty sure most of you will know already.

I absolutely love this eye pencil, normally I wear Mac's eye kohl in 'Smoulder' which I normally wear on my waterline for a night out, but I was excited to give this one a go. It really does what it says on the tin and 'glides-on', it's a very soft pencil that is quite long lasting and doesn't smudge easily. I really do love it. 

So yes, I was very lucky and thought I would share what are now some of my beauty favourites, What do you love from Urban Decay? Let me know in the comments below.

I'm Feeling 22 | Birthday Night Out

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

As mentioned in my post on Sunday, it was my birthday last week and as I managed to fit so much into one day I've decided to split it into two posts. After having had that amazing breakfast at 'The Duck and Waffle', Emil and I met up with my brother and his girlfriend as they had come home from university for the weekend and went shopping in Croydon. Afterwards, we went home and started to get ready for the night out. My mum had bought me a gorgeous dress from the Topshop concession in Selfridges which I teamed with my heels from New Look, but later had to change into my wedges from H&M. I used rollers in my hair to add more volume and will be doing a post on the make up I used soon so keep an eye out for that! 

Once we were all ready, mum, dad, my brother (Ben), his girlfriend (Izzy), Emil and I went out for the most amazing meal ever at Karnavar. It was an Indian restaurant in South Croydon, but didn't serve the British curries that we're used to, but rather more modern Indian and European cuisine. To start I had Kerala Poached Egg Masala (which tastes so much better then it sounds) and then for main I had Salmon Recheado which was salmon with a roasted oat crust with Goan fish curry sauce. I was then served a traditional Indian desert with a candle in whilst everyone sang to me! After this lovely meal, Ben, Izzy, Emil and I went to the 'Slug and Lettuce' where we met up with lots of my friends, and then we went to 'Bad Apple' where I was able to meet up with more friends. I had such a lovely night, catching up with lots of different friends from school and work as well as others who I'm close to. It was so nice to go out and celebrate my birthday properly as I've been so busy lately that I haven't had the chance to have a good night out, so thank you so much to everyone who was able to come and celebrate with me, I hope you as good a night as I did!

P.S. Sorry about the quality of some of the photos, I only took my point and shoot out with me and the lighting wasn't great in the club

I'm Feeling 22 | Birthday Breakfast

Sunday, 7 December 2014

As many of you will know, it was my birthday last weekend and it's safe to say, I managed to fit a lot into one day! I've decided to split the day into two blog posts so I don't end up rambling on and people getting bored half way through. So here's the first instalment about the amazing breakfast we had at the 'Duck and Waffle'. 

Emil text me a few weeks ago and told me that he had booked a place for us to have breakfast in London on my birthday, but that I couldn't know any more about it. So on my birthday we woke up early and jumped on a train, I love surprises and so I was extra excited as I wasn't even allowed to know what station we were going to. However, after a train and a tube ride we ended up at Liverpool Street station and started walking along Bishopgate. The next thing I knew Emil had dragged me into this tiny door way and into a lift (at this point I thought I was being kidnapped!) all I had seen on the door was 'The Duck and Waffle'. As we went up in the lift (which went so fast) we were able to see the beautiful sights of London - my favourite place ever. Once at the top of the Heron tower, we left the lift and walked into the most amazing looking bar. We looked right out over the Gherkin and Tower Bridge was also in sight, I was so overwhelmed by how amazing everything looked, the sights as well as the restaurant. As we were a little early, we had a the most amazing fresh orange juice whilst watching the sun start to rise before being led into the main restaurant once our table was ready. We were lucky enough to have a window seat and so could continue to admire the view of London. The choice on the menu was incredible, I didn't know what to choose, but eventually opted for the 'Bananas Brulée' which was waffle with caramelised banana, home made nutella, vanilla ice cream and crushed peanuts, Emil opted for the English breakfast. I think it's safe to say that both of us thought that it was the best breakfast we had ever had. Everything about the experience was perfect, the views, the food, the service, the company (sorry cheese alert!). I would definitely recommend the 'Duck and Waffle' to everyone, I love eating breakfast out and have tried many little cafés, but nothing comes close to how amazing this was.

After breakfast, we looked around Spitafields markets before heading back home to celebrate the rest of my birthday with my family. All of which I will share with you on Wednesday.

Apologies for the quality of the photos - I forgot my camera and so had to use my phone!

Christmas Party | Outfit Choice

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

I recently discovered Invaluable which is one of the worlds largest online auction market places. They sell lots of different items, including jewellery, watches, antiques and collectables. I was looking through the watches and I really liked the look of some of the mens watches. This year I've got my first ever work Christmas party and so I've put together a look that I would wear for my Christmas party with one of their watches as my feature piece.

This is the look I've compiled. I love watches with simple faces and straps and so I selected the Omega stainless steel chronometer wrist watch which I think is timeless and as a mens watch, would look really lovely on a female figure. I'm loving velvet dresses at the moment and this berry skater dress from Boohoo is the perfect colour for Christmas. I wanted to keep the accessories quite simple, to keep the watch as the statement piece. I chose these gorgeous heels from Miss KG by Kurt Geiger and teamed them with a cluth bag from French Connection. The silver chain embellishment would pick out the silver in the watch and would help complete the look.

What are you wearing for your work Christmas party? Let me know in the comments below.

What I'm Wearing | Winter OOTD

Sunday, 30 November 2014

Coat - Topshop
Blouse - Topshop
Jumper - Topshop
Skirt - H&M
Tights- Primark
Shoes - Topshop

There's no denying that we are now well and truly in Winter. My winter coat is out, the nights are drawing in and it's getting colder and colder. During the winter months, my fail proof outfit is a collared blouse teamed with a jumper and leggings/skirt. I've lost count of how many blouses and jumpers I own now. Unfortunately, all of my clothes in these photos are last season as I haven't had a chance to update my wardrobe this year, but I know the skirt and tights are still available. This is probably one of my favourite outfits. I absolutely love my studded collard blouse, it was actually a Christmas present from my brother (sibling points!), I think the studs help complete the look. I wore it with a pretty simple quilted jumper from Topshop and the fail proof black jersey skirt from H&M of which I've owned about 5 and I think every other girl has too! I discovered these tights from Primark last year and actually incluced them in my Winter Essentials last year. They have a super soft and warm woollen lining inside, so they are perfect for when it's really cold. I completed this look with my red t-bar shoes from Topshop. I think they're so super cute and add a bit of colour to the outfit to help brighten the Winter months. 

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