Six Things I've Learnt Since Graduating

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

It's been a year now since I graduated from the University of East Anglia with a degree in Psychology (check out my Graduation post if you haven't already) and I thought I would share with you the things I've learnt over this past year.

1./You still won't know what you want to do with your life
I've spent this last year studying for a masters in Forensic Psychology as I didn't want to enter the working world as soon as I finished my degree as there was still so much I wanted to learn about the subject. Having studied it for a year, I now know I don't want to stay in the field of Psychology, instead, I'm now looking at going into research. However, whilst a lot of my friends are in full time employment, they still aren't convinced it's the job they want forever and very few people stick to their first job after uni. So it's absolutely fine if you're still worrying about what career path to take as no one expects you to have all of the answers as soon as you graduate.

2./It's no longer acceptable to stay in bed all day
Gone are the days where you had no lectures or you were so hungover that a day in bed watching Netflix was totally acceptable. Living at home with the parents ensures that this is something I can never get away with, even if you've moved out, it's likely that a full time job prevents you from being able to laze in bed all day.

3./You now have a tonne of responsibilities
You now have to think about career prospects, saving to move out, cooking and cleaning etc. At uni, you had free money every term, you just had yourself to worry about so pasta for dinner every night was totally acceptable and let's face it, no one cleans a student house. 

4./It's not okay to get drunk on a daily basis
Okay, even at uni I didn't get drunk on a daily basis, but even if you did, it was fine, no one judged you. Although I started to go out less as my time at uni went on, I went out on average 2 times a week. If I did that now, my parents would be seriously worried about me!

5./You make lifelong friends
Although I don't see my uni friends as much as I'd like, I know that I have friends for life. Over the three years we shared so much together that we're always going to get along and when you do catch up, it's like you saw each other yesterday. 

6./You no longer have free time
I am constantly busy, whether it's work, masters work or seeing friends, I never have any free time. Whereas at uni, although I went out a lot, I lived with my friends so we didn't have to meet up as such and I'd spend the evenings that I wasn't out, just chilling and watching TV - something I rarely have time for anymore.

What I'm Wearing | Holiday OOTD

Sunday, 19 July 2015

Dress - Topshop
Sandals - New Look
Bracelets - Pandora & Tiffany & Co.
Ring - Tiffany & Co.
Earrings - Tiffany & Co.

Whilst I was on holiday a couple of weeks ago, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to shoot an OOTD post, the beautiful scenery, hot weather and amazing sunsets were too good to miss. As it was so hot in Turkey, it made outfit choices a lot easier to plan as I didn't have to think about layers and often I didn't bother with accessories either. I featured this dress from Topshop in my Spring Wishlist post and not long after publishing it, I decided to treat myself to the dress on pay day. I wore it to Radio 1's Big Weekend back in May, but hadn't had many other opportunities to wear it so decided to save it for my holiday. I teamed the dress with some black sandals from New Look that I bought a few weeks back, I hate buying sandals as I always struggle to find ones I like, I always see people wearing such lovely sandals, but then can never find any myself. After an exhaustive shop, I finally found these in about the 3rd New Look I went in. This was definitely one of my favourite holiday outfits as I absolutely love the dress.

June Favourites

Sunday, 12 July 2015

It feels like ages ago since I wrote a 'favourites'post, so apologies for that, but here's what I've been loving in June.

Most of the lipsticks I own are pale pinks and being so fair, nude or really bright shades don't suit me so I always stay in my comfort zone. However, for my holiday I wanted to try something different and fancied more of a coral colour. I'd never tried one of Kate Moss' lipsticks, but had heard a lot about how good they were, so when I saw this one in Boots, I couldn't resist. Although it is a coral colour, it definitely has more of a pinky undertone to it than an orangey one, so I haven't quite broken out of my comfort zone, but it's a step in the right direction I guess!

I have a real issue with my eyebrows. I got them done professionally for the first time last month and vowed to keep on top of them and to maintain the shape, but that hasn't really worked! I like to fill them in with an eyeshadow using an angled brush, but I find that they don't always stay in place all day. When I heard about Maybelline's 'Brow Drama' I knew I had to get my hands on one and see what all the hype is about. I bought the transparent one because I wasn't brave enough for the dark blonde one as I thought it would make my brows too dark, but this transparent one has been amazing. I use the brush to shape my eyebrows and then apply eyeshadow on top to fill them in. I have definitely noticed an improvement in my brows. 

This was the first ever foundation I bought and only ever used it for nights out. However, a few years ago I stopped using it as I had found other foundations, but Maybelline had a 3 for 2 offer on in Boots and I couldn't resist buying an old favourite. I bought a slightly darker shade so that I could use it once I had got a tan on holiday. As soon as I used it I remembered why I loved it so much, I know a lot of people prefer more of a dewy finish from their foundation, but I'm much more of a matte girl. The coverage from this foundation is incredible, definitely the best I've ever tried. I will definitely be repurchasing this old favourite again soon.

I'm forever trying new mascaras and thought I'd purchase this as part of the 3 for 2 offer I mentioned above (hence why this is a heavily Maybelline filled favourites). I may be as bold to say that this is my favourite drug store mascara ever! It lengthens and volumizes my eyelashes so well and the plastic applicator means that it catches of all the lashes and coats them equally. Although I haven't tried Benefits 'Roller Lash', from what I've read, I imagine it would be a good drugstore dupe.  

If you're a regular follower of my blog, you'll know that I'm on a never ending quest for more volumized hair. I saw this brow dry lotion from VO5 and had never tried anything like it before, coupled with the fact that it was on offer in Boots, I couldn't resist putting it in my basket. I have been really impressed with this product. I spray it on towel dried hair and then dry it using a hairdryer, afterwards I do notice an improvement in the volume in my hair, the only thing that lets it down a little is that I'm not 100% convinced it is as long lasting as I'd like.

What have you been loving this month? 

Holiday Beauty Essentials

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

I finally got an opportunity to relax and chill from my crazy life as I went away to Turkey last week, so I thought I'd share with you my beauty essentials from my week away.

1./Sun Screen & After Sun
It goes without saying that these two are holiday essentials, but they're even more important for me as I'm so fair skinned. This year I bought products from the Hawaiian Tropic range as they were half price at Boots and having used their Sun Screen and After Sun before, I knew how incredible they smelt. The only thing that I didn't like was that I couldn't get SPF 30 in a spray in any shops (and I tried a lot of Boots stores!!). I'm not a massive fan of a lotion and much prefer a spray, but seeing as I couldn't get hold of it anywhere, I settled for the Silk Hydration Lotion Sunscreen as it smells incredible. For the After Sun, I decided to try the Body Butter Exotic Coconut as I'd never used an After Sun Body Butter before and I thought it would be more moisturising than a normal lotion. For my face, I like to use the Oil Free Matte SPF 30 from Dermalogica as I find a usual sun screen is too heavy and clogs up my pores. 

2./Waterproof Mascara
When I'm on holiday, during the days, I never wear make up. Not only does it feel heavy on my skin in the heat, but I'm forever in and out of the pool that it would constantly get washed off. However, I normally like to get my eyelashes tinted to make them look darker and make me look a little less scary without make up on, However, this year I didn't have the time to get them done so I decided to take a Waterproof mascara as it gave me that little bit of extra confidence without my make up. I know this is really bad, but I found an old Rimmel one in my draw. I know you're meant to throw mascaras out regularly, but I've barely used this one so I thought it would be fine. (I did try to find the link for this, but I think it's so old Rimmel have discontinued it - whoops!)

This is one that I actually used before I went away. Being so fair, it takes a lot for me to tan, therefore, I have to try every trick in the book to try to get as tanned as possible, Exfoliating is a great way to maintain your tan because it gets rid of any dead skin cells and so it's the new skin that tans and therefore, it lasts longer. I love the body scrubs from The Body Shop as they all smell incredible, this year I used one of their raspberry ones.

4./Translucent Face Powder
I always find it hard to get my make up right on holiday. As I've already mentioned I always avoid it during the day, but in the evenings I like to apply a little to make me look a little bit more human. However, I find foundation too heavy when it's hot and you end up needing about two different shades as the tan gradually builds. Therefore, I always rely on my trusty Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder in Transparent (over a primer) because it helps to cover any blemishes, but isn't affected by any tan/sunburn I've managed to obtain. 

5./Cooling Foot Spray 
I hate having hot and sweaty feet, especially on holiday. So I always take The Body Shop's Peppermint Cooling Foot Spray away with me to help cool my feet down in the evening. Sounds weird, but feels amazing. 

What are your holiday essentials? Let me know in the comments below. 

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