September Favourites

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

It only seems like last week that I was writing my August Favourites, but somehow we're at the end of September and I've now started my masters degree. Anyway, here is what I have been loving this month:

1./Maybelline - Baby Skin, Instant Pore Remover
Until about a year ago, I had never used a primer as I was a bit apprehensive about them clogging my pores. However, I tried the MAC Skin Base Visage for nights out and loved it, so thought I would try a slightly cheaper one for everyday. This primer from Maybelline is perfect - it does exactly what it says on the tin, erases the appearance of pores and maintains my make up all day. I'm still cautious about wearing it everyday so save it for days when I won't be able to touch up my make up, but I'm still loving it a lot!

2./Garnier - BB Cream
This is something that I had never tried before and wasn't too sure what it did. I don't like wearing foundation everyday, but having such pale skin I need something that makes me look more human. Normally I just use a pressed powder as I can top it up throughout the day, but working in a shop doesn't allow that. I started to look up BB creams on the internet and this one from Garnier consistently came out as being one of the best. It is really light on the skin and it claims to be a 'miracle skin perfector' which I would say it is to some extent, however, by the end of the day a lot has disappeared from my face. Having said that, I do love it and it definitely is a much better alternative to foundation for everyday use.  

3./Clarks - Griffin Monty, Black Patent
If you saw my What I'm Wearing | Topshop OOTD post you would have already seen me mention these shoes so I won't go into too much detail about them here. However, they have been my fashion favourite for this month and I have worn them non stop. They are so versatile as they go with trousers/skirts/dresses etc - I just love them!

4./Orange Is The New Black
I know I am ridiculously late with this one, but seeing as Suits has now finished for the season, I needed something else to watch. I've been so busy lately that I haven't got very far with it, but what I have seen, I absolutely love! I won't say much about it because I know so many people have seen it or want to see it, but it's sooo good and I definitely recommend that you watch it!

What have you been loving this month? Let me know in the comments.

Things That Made Me Happy | September #4

Sunday, 28 September 2014

I can't believe we're now at the end of September - where has this month gone?! Again, this week was another really busy one for me (no surprises!), but now that I'm about to start university again, hopefully I'll have more structure in my life and it will be less crazy! However, I still had plenty to be happy about this week.

I had a friend over in the evening which was really lovely as we ordered domino's pizza, had a few drinks and watched a chick flick. It was so nice to relax and chill after a busy day at work.

Having done a lot of 9-5 shifts lately, it was nice not to have to start until 11, which meant that I got a really lovely lie in!

I went to Kent for my first induction day. It was great to meet people who would be on my course and to gain an insight into what this next year entails. I stayed with a friend I went to UEA with as she too is studying forensic psychology. In the evening we went out with her flat to a bar/club on campus and had such a great night. It was great to go on a uni night out again as they are so different to just going out at home.

Thursday was a difficult day for me, not only because I was really hungover, but also because I had a full on induction day specifically aimed at forensic psychology students. I was really overwhelemed with the amount of work that I will face this next year and am really beginning to question the path I've chosen to take. Even after this year, I will have a lot more studying to do in order to get to where I want to be and even then, I'm not sure it's truly what I want. Nevertheless, it was good to meet the lecturers and it really made me appreciate how well I had done to get to where I am now.

Work was really busy which was good as the day just flew by. It was nice to be back doing something that I felt confident about, unlike Thursday where I felt like I was drowning in information.

It was the freshers welcome prom at UEA on Saturday night and seeing as we're still utterly in love with the place, Becca and I went back up to Norwich for it. We were staying with our old housemate Emine and so, the three of went shopping for outfits and then out for dinner. In the evening, we went to the welcome prom and I had the best night I've had in such a long time.

As we were all feeling a bit delicate from the night before, we went out for brunch at my favourite place - Cafe No.33. I'm never going to get bored of that place. As usual, it was really sad leaving Norwich, but I'm looking forward to starting my masters tomorrow.

So that's the end of the series 'Things That Made Me Happy | September'. I hope you enjoyed reading it, I really enjoyed writing this style of blog post as it challenged me to appreciate the small things that make me happy and often, they get over looked.

A Day Out To Cambridge

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

The other week, I had a rare two days off in a row and didn't want to see them wasted. I'd wanted to visit Cambridge for a long time and suggested to Emil that we visited there for the day. We walked around the shops and through the cobbled streets where we stumbled upon some sort of Tudor procession and then went for lunch at Byron Bugers, again, a place I'd wanted to try for a long time. The burgers were absolutely incredible, having only recently gone back to eating meat, I was really impressed with them and the mac 'n' cheese was amazing! After that, we walked around a few of the colleges at the University and watched a few punters on the river. I'd never seen punting before and whilst I really wanted to have a go, I don't think it would have been as fun with just the two of us, I think it's something that is more enjoyable with a group of friends. It was such a beautiful city and I instantly fell in love with it. One of my best friends from uni lives there, so we met up with her for a coffee which was really lovely. I took my new camera with me and took loads of photos - we went a bit over the top and believe it or not, this is only a small selection that I've shared with you. I definitely want to go back and do some more exploring.

Things That Made Me Happy | September #3

Sunday, 21 September 2014

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I had planned for this week to be a quiet week, but as is always the case with me, I ended up having a really busy week which meant spending a lot of money that I didn't have!

On Monday morning I went to my Zumba class which I haven't been able to go to for ages due to work/other commitments. I used to go at least twice a week and so have really missed it lately, but it was great to go back, even if I did ache a lot after!

I had a day off on Tuesday which meant that I was super productive doing little 'odd jobs' that I had been putting off doing. Also, I got my haircut which was much needed as I hadn't had it done since my graduation!

I had the house to myself in the evening which was really nice as I needed the peace and quiet after a busy day. I cooked dinner, made a green tea and drunk it whilst watching 'Coronation Street'. I don't even care that I sound like a 70 year old woman, it was the perfect night in.

I met up with one of my favourite people, Lucy, on Thursday. We both lead really busy lives so it can be difficult to find a time when we're both free, but we managed to fix a date and had a lovely meal and catch up at Pizza Express.

My graduation photos finally arrived! It's been about 9 weeks since I graduated and I was supposed to receive them after 6, but there had been a problem with them so there was a slight delay. I was quite apprehensive about how they would look as I'm not a massive fan of photos of myself and this is such a special one. However, I'm quite pleased with how they have turned out.

It was the registration weekend at my new uni so I went down to Canterbury to officially register as a masters student at the university of Kent. It still hasn't really sunk in that I'm going to be doing a masters, but it was fun to look around the campus and see where I'll be studying from next week. Also, I had a walk around the city which is really beautiful and had a really lovely lunch in a hipster cafe. 

On Monday, it's Emil's birthday, but I won't get to see him as he'll be back in Norwich and I'm working all day, so we decided to celebrate it together on the Sunday. We had such a lovely day and went for a classic pub lunch where we ate our weight in food. It was really lovely to be able to finally give him his presents as I'd been so excited about buying them all and spent so much time wrapping them up. 

What's been making you happy this week? Let me know in the comments below.

What I'm Wearing | Topshop OOTD

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Jumper - Topshop
Jeans - Topshop (Joni)
Shoes - Clarks
Bag - Topshop
Earrings - Vintage
Necklace - Primark
Ring - H&M
Watch - Michael Kors

It's no secret how much I love Topshop, so I thought I would share with you my current favourite outfit from there. I have worn this cropped jumper quite a lot lately and have received an abundance of compliments about it, it's such a lovely colour and the laced trim is really pretty and definitely makes the outfit. I love my high waisted jeans as I find normal jeans can be a bit boring. Also, I'm not a massive fan of getting my stomach out so wearing high waisted jeans with a cropped top reduces the amount of stomach on show. So many people have been surprised when I have told them my shoes are from Clarks. I think there is a lot of stigma around Clarks shoes and their target audience, but lately they have got some really lovely shoes in, which is making it increasingly hard not to spend all of my wages on them! I fell in love with these buckled shoes as soon as I saw them come into the store and was lucky enough to get a pair. They are so comfortable and whilst I have teamed them with jeans in these photos, they also look great with a skirt/dress and tights.

Things That Made Me Happy | September #2

Sunday, 14 September 2014

This week has been very busy, filled with work and a trip to Norwich and Cambridge, so I've had plenty to be happy about.

I worked 9-5, but my friend Rach came into the shop with her mum to buy some boots. I love it when friends come and say hi to me at work. I can't always stop and have a catch up, but it's nice to see a familiar face and it really breaks up the day.

I ordered a choker on ebay at the weekend and it arrived on Tuesday. I love ordering stuff online because I often forget about it and then it's a nice surprise when it comes in the post.

As both my parents work late on a Wednesday, I offered to cook dinner. However, once I'd finished work I had a text from my dad asking if I'd like to get a Chinese take away instead. I'm not quite sure if that's because he couldn't face my cooking or not, but either way, it was a lovely treat and a perfect end to a busy day.

I drove up to Norwich after work and went out for dinner at TGI's which is one of my favourite restaurants. Having spent the last 3 years of my life in Norwich, I really do miss it now that I'm back home so it's always good to go back.

I spent the day shopping in Norwich and went for brunch at my favourite cafe - cafe 33. It's such a shame that there is no where like that in Croydon because it's such a cute place to meet up with friends.

I had such a fun - filled, happy day on Saturday. Emil and I decided to spend the day in Cambridge which was really lovely as I'd never been there before. I actually fell in love with the place, it's so picturesque and we had such a great day there. My friend Fiona from university lives in Cambridge so it was the perfect opportunity to meet up with her and have a good catch up as I hadn't seen her since graduation.

I finished my shift to find my friend from work had left me a bottle of water and some caramel shortbread in my locker. After a busy shift, it was just what I needed as I was so thirsty and hungry. It really made my day.

What's been making you happy this week? Let me know in the comments below.

University | My Top Tips

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

It's the time of year again that students are returning to university or just starting for the first time. I remember my first day at university and how daunting it seemed. Not only are most people moving away from home for the first time, but often, it involves living with people they've never met before and adjusting to a whole new chapter in their lives. Once freshers week is over, you start to settle in and those who are returning to university for their 2nd/3rd/4th year will often feel a lot more settled than those who are just starting out. No matter what stage you are in your degree, it's often helpful to hear tips from others who enjoyed their time at university in order to maximise your enjoyment, so here are some of my top tips from my university experience.

1./If in doubt, pack it
There's nothing worse than being away from home and suddenly realising there's something you wish you had brought with you. Yes, you could go and buy another one from the shop, but you're a student, that money should be used on alcohol and hangover food. 

2./Talk to anyone and everyone
This is the only time in your life where everyone is out to make friends. In the first few weeks of university, you will meet so many people and probably forget all their names, but talk to them anyway. Try and talk to as many people as possible because it will really help you to form your friendship groups and will keep you from feeling lonely and homesick.

3./First years - enjoy yourselves
Obviously this applies for those returning to university too, but especially for first years as for most courses, the first year doesn't count so it is important that you make the most of it. Obviously you need to work hard still as it forms the foundations for your degree, but it's also important to fit in lots of socialising and to enjoy yourselves as the workload increases as you progress through university.

4./Take every opportunity that is thrown at you
This follows on from the previous point, but university is one of the only times in your life where there are so many opportunities available to you. It ranges from societies to sports teams as well as getting involved with your SU. I think it's important to try at least a couple of societies/sports teams as not only is it a great way to meet people, but also you may learn a new skill.

5./Take lots of photos
This may seem like a bit of a random one, but university is such a unique experience that you're very unlikely to have again. Taking photos is a great way to capture the memories, I was often labelled 'the camera lady' whilst at university, but now I'm really grateful that I did that because I have a whole range of photos to reminisce over when I'm missing university. 

6./Pre drink
Before I started university, I rarely pre drank before a night out. We'd have a few drinks in a pub and then go onto the club. However, at university you're away from judgemental parents so make the most of it. Drinks are so expensive in clubs so always drink before you go out. Also, it's a great way to get to know your flatmates or other friends as you can engage in different drinking games to learn things about them.

So there are my top tips for university, they may be a bit controversial, but they're things that really helped me whilst I was away so I hope they can help some others too. If you have any top tips for university, let me know in the comments below.

Things That Made Me Happy | September #1

Sunday, 7 September 2014

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Having spent the last 3 years of my life at university, I have become accustomed to enjoying the high life; lie ins, no responsibility, independence and lots of socialising. However, the last month or so, I've come crashing back to reality with a full time job and adjusting to living back home with my parents. I began to feel really fed up and wasn't appreciating the good things around me, such as seeing friends after work and spending time with my family. So, throughout September, I'm challenging myself to find one thing a day that really made me happy or made my day. Far too often, I think we take life for granted and get hung up on the negatives without paying attention to the positives, so here are the things that made me happy this week.

I had a really busy weekend last week and having worked 9-5 on Monday, I was so grateful for a quiet night in. My brother went back to uni and my parents were out, so I had the house to myself. As sad as this sounds, I was really happy to have a bit of piece and quiet. I put my feet up, watched corrie with a mug of green tea and just chilled after a busy day at work.

I went out for dinner with a group of friends from work which was really lovely. I haven't been working at Clarks for very long, so it was a great way to get to know my colleagues and have a laugh outside of work.

After work, I met up with a friend who I used to work with before I went to uni. We hadn't seen each other in about 5 months due to work/uni commitments and so, it was great to have a proper catch up with her and update each other on our lives.

I had the day off work which was really lovely, though it meant doing chores around the house. However, I went out for drinks in the evening with some friends who I went to Sixth Form with, I haven't laughed as much as I did that night in such a long time. It was so lovely to see them all again and it really cheered me up after a busy week at work. 

Having worked 9-5 on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, it was really lovely to just do a morning shift on Friday. It meant I could come home and clean my car, which was in desperate need of a wash. Also, I cooked dinner for my parents which I really think they appreciated, it was nice to be able to give them something back as they're always cooking for me/cleaning up after me.

Mum was at a friends wedding so I came home from work to a three course meal cooked by my dad. It was such a lovely meal and nice to just chill with him as we rarely spend any time just the two of us. After dinner we watched 'Rain Man' which was really good and I painted my nails - a perfect Saturday night in.

Although I worked in the afternoon, I went out for dinner with a group of friends. Some of them are going back to university to complete their degrees so it was nice to have a final goodbye. We always have so much fun together and it was good to catch up with them after a busy week at work.

What has been making you happy this week? Let me know in the comments.

Favourite Real Techniques Brushes

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Anyone who vaguely follows the blogging world will have heard of Real Techniques make up brushes, even those who don't, but are into make up, will have undoubtedly heard of them, so sorry if this is a boring post for you, but I thought I would share a few of my favourites from the collection. If you've never heard of them before, I suggest you go to Boots or Superdrug or click on the above link and buy some as soon as possible, they will revolutionise the way you apply your make up and you will never look back!

1./Expert Face Brush
This is the newest brush that I have added to my collection and probably my favourite, it's perfect for applying foundation and blends it in really well, giving the foundation a more flawless, natural look.

2./Base Shadow Brush
Pretty self explanatory, but this brush is perfect for applying eyeshadow to your eyelid, it's ideal either for a base shadow or to help blend in another colour into the crease of your eyelid. I used to have a very similar one from No.7, but it never applied eyeshadow as evenly as this Real Techniques one.

3./Deluxe Crease Brush
This follows on from the previous brush as the two kind of go hand in hand. I always use this brush after I've used the base shadow brush. It is perfect for blending eyeshdow across the top of your eyelid and into the crease. Quite often I use a darker colour through the crease of my eyelid and this brush effotlessly blends it in so that I don't end up looking strange with two block colours on my eyes.

4./Brow Brush
It sounds really silly, but this brush has definitely revolutinised my life. Being quite fair, my eyebrows can often disappear underneath foundation or powder. However, this brush is the perfect shape for my brows and so I just place a bit of brown eyeshadow on it and then fill in my eyebrows. I think that eyebrows are so important because they can definitely make or break a make up look, so it is important that you get them right.

5./Contour Brush
Last, but not least, is the contour brush. I had never really contoured before I got this brush and even now, I only really contour my face when I'm going out in the evening. It's the perfect shape for my cheek bones and so I use it to contour just under the apples of my cheek, in the hollows of my cheek and then for highlighting across the top of my jaw bone. It's amazing how a little bit of contouring can really shape your face.

These are just a few of my favourites, whilst I don't have that many make up brushes, I'm slowly, but surely adding to my collection. Next on my list is the Blusher Brush and Powder Brush because the current brushes I'm using are getting really old now. What I love about the Real Techniques collection is that the brushes are so soft on your face and the hairs from the brushes never come out whilst applying make up; there's nothing worse than perfecting your make up look, just to find hairs all over your face from the brushes!

What Real Techniques brushes are you loving? Let me know in the comments.

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