My Everyday Make Up Routine

Sunday, 8 March 2015

I'm finally happy with my everyday make up look, after many years of practice and so I thought I would share it with you.

Benefit Porefessional PrimerI'm fairly new to using primer and don’t quite know how I've managed to last this long without one. I love this one from Benefit because it feels light on the skin and helps to keep my make up in place all day.
Garnier BB CreamIt depends what I have planned for the day because if I've not got a lot going on, then I’ll skip this step, however, if I'm working or at university all day, I apply this to my skin as it’s a much lighter alternative to foundation.
Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer I use this for the bags under my eyes and any blemishes that I have. I love this concealer as it has a really good coverage without feeling too thick.
Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed PowderI've used this product for years as I absolutely love it! It helps to give my skin a flawless finish and covers up any remaining blemishes.
Bourjois Délice de PoudreIn the winter I just use this to contour my cheek bones to help to give more definition to my face. I don’t like to use too much bronzer in the winter because I don’t have a tan to compliment the look.
MAC Mineralizing SkinFinish in Lightscapade  – This is one of my favourite products at the moment. I only used to use a highlighter on a night out, but recently I've started to include it in my everyday make up routine. I use a bit along on the top of my cheekbone and it leaves a lovely glow along my cheek when it catches the light.
MAC Powder BlushThe last product I use on my face is this blusher, from the apples of my cheeks and along my cheek bone. I'm really loving this shade at the moment because it’s a perfect pinky/peachy colour for this time of year.

Maybelline 24 hr Colour Tattoo  in Pink Gold I start my eyes with this colour tattoo as it provides a lovely base and helps my eye shadow to stay in place.
Urban Decay NakedPaletteI have lots of different make up palettes, but this is my favourite one for everyday. I particularly like to use ‘sin’ across the whole of my eyelid and then blend ‘buck’ in the outer corner of my eye and through the crease to add some definition to my eye.
Soap & Glory Supercat EyelinerThis is my favourite eyeliner at the moment as it is so easy to apply and is helping me to master the art of winged liner.
Urban Decay SuperCurlLashI am forever changing my mascara, but this is the one that I am currently using as it adds a lot of volume to my lashes and as the name suggests adds a lot of curl to them without being too clumpy.

MAC Eyeshadow in Omega – I'm so bad with my eyebrows and am really lazy with them too. However, I apply this eyeshadow to my eyebrows using an angled brush as it’s really quick and easy and helps to define them.

The Body Shop Lip Butter in Coconut This is my holy grail of make up, I take it everywhere with me along with my phone and bank card, I can’t live without it. I usually apply it just as I start applying my make up as it helps to moisturise my lips ready for my lipstick/lipgloss.

I don’t have a lipstick that I use everyday as I'm forever mixing them up, but some of my favourites include, Revlon Lip Butter in Strawberry Shortcake, Tanya Burr Lipgloss in Afternoon Tea, Clinique Lipstick in Fresh Watermelon, Clinique in Candy Pink and Rimmel Apocalips in Celestial.

Although it seems like a lot of make up, it really doesn't take me long to do at all. What’s your favourite make up product for your everyday make up routine?

A Weekend in Cambridge

Thursday, 5 March 2015

They say the friends you make at uni are friends for life and for the most part, I believe that to be true. Whilst at UEA, I had the best three years of my life, although there were stressful times, they were often made better by three very special ladies; Anna, Harriette and Fiona. All of us did psychology and were friends throughout the three years, often meeting up for dinner or going on nights out. Some of my happiest memories from university involve these three. However, since graduating in July, we haven't all been in the same place at the same time as we live quite far apart. Fortunately, this was rectified at the weekend when we all met in Cambridge for shopping, lunch and a night out.

Fiona lives in Cambridge so she showed us around. When we first met on Saturday morning, we started out by doing some shopping and planning our outfits for the night out we had planned. However, as we hadn't seen each other in so long, we ended up stopping in the middle of shops catching up and getting in everyone's way, so we thought it was best that we grabbed some lunch and have a proper catch up. As is tradition with us, we ended up in an Italian restaurant, this time it was Zizzi's, and over a 3 course meal and about 4 hours, had a proper catch up, filling each other in on the goings on in our lives. After another trip to a few shops, we headed back to Fiona's house.

Unfortunately, Anna then had to head back home, but Fiona, Harriette and I, grabbed some dinner and started drinking in preparation for our night out. We spent ages getting ready, comparing make up, finding the best mirror with the best lighting, comparing outfits and just generally having a lot of fun. Some of Fiona's friends from school came round and joined us before we all headed into town. We went to a club called 'Fez' which was really lovely inside, although very expensive as is to be expected from Cambridge! Unfortunately, we weren't massive fans of the music and so left a little early and finished our night in style - in McDonalds!

The next morning, I woke up to Fiona making pancakes (which were incredible)! After a lazy breakfast, we all went our separate ways, promising to not leave it so long before we met up again. What I enjoyed most about the weekend is that although we hadn't seen each other in 6 months, it was as if it had only been a week. We all get on so well and have so much fun together that I can't imagine my life without these girls. I hate how little I get to see of them, but cannot wait for what the future has in store for our friendship.

Hope you all had a lovely weekend too.


Monday, 2 March 2015

As many of you may be aware, I'm a forensic psychology masters student and am currently in the process of gathering data for my dissertation. The only problem is, I can only use MALE participants who are very hard to recurit. I know most of my readers are female, but if you know any men that are willing to partake in this study, please direct them to the link at the end of this post. 

The study aims to identify how quickly males respond to images of males and females and whether this differs between online and offline conditions. Also, it aims to determine whether or not scores on reaction time tasks are affected by self-report sexual interest questions.

It only takes 15-20 minutes and there’s 3 PARTS, a questionnaire, a picture task (which may take a few minutes to download) and then a final questionnaire, if you start the study, please ensure you complete all sections. Please note that it can take a while to download the programme 'inquisit' to complete the picture task. Please be patient, it may say program not responding, but it is fine, it just takes a little while to download.

I would be so grateful if anyone could spare the time to take part.

All you need to do, is click this link

Thank you so much.


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