22 June 2012

In Which I Worry.

A warning: in this post, I deviate hugely from my usual style. I am feeling very confused and a bit disheartened at the minute, and this is my outlet; I hope, in venting here, I don't alienate those of you who have no interest in my dispirited musings.

I am no longer a student. I finished my exams last week and have since been coming to terms with the fact that my life is now in a sort of limbo- I haven't graduated but I am not a student any more.
Generally, it's a nice feeling that I don't have revision and work to do for the time being. but it is also absolutely terrifying. I have no idea what I want to do with my life and where I want to end up.

When I started university, I was convinced I was going to go into Law as a profession. I wanted to do Human Rights law and help everyone who had been left without a voice. However, I soon realised that I was in the minority with my dreams to help others, and most people saw a career in law as a way to make themselves- and, often, big companies and extremely wealthy people- rich or even richer.
I, on the other hand, still want to help people, but I've realised that the way I can do that may have to be reassessed.

I'm still very much interested in the possibility of Human Rights and have investigated avenues of further study, but everything is so confusing at the minute. I am still to get my final results and a lot of what I may do is dependent on those and the degree classification I end up with.
Really, what I want is to somehow land a job which I love which helps people, earns me enough to live on and makes my parents proud of me. Everything is so up in the air at the minute that I find it hard to focus, and I worry about getting a 2:2, never ever finding a job, my parents being disappointed and having to do another long-distance year with my boyfriend.

I know this has been quite negative and rambling, and I hope I haven't annoyed too many of you! I just wanted to get some thoughts down, and I also wondered if anyone else felt this way too. I know a lot of people are in the same boat as me, so if you are and would like to talk, please do get in touch!
I hope you are all well, and much less worried than I am!

7 June 2012

Marvel Avengers Assemble- at last!

I finally had a bit of free time this week after the pressure of exams eased up a bit, so my boyfriend and I went to see The Avengers last night. I've been looking forward to the film since last summer so I was excited about finally being able to see it.

Everything got off to a great start when one of the trailers was for the new Batman film, which is due out this summer. My excitement levels were even higher after seeing that!

For those who haven't seen the film, The Avengers are a group of superheroes who are called to action after Loki, the god of mischief, steals an energy source to unleash hell on earth so he can take control. It sounds far-fetched but it really works and isn't a complicated storyline with lots of jargon.

As for the film itself, it was amazing. Everything about it was just fantastic. The story was well-done and gripping, the characters were really well developed and the action sequences and special effects were just stunning. I loved every second of it and I'm so glad I got to see it on the big screen.

I was also really impressed with the handling of the Black Widow character. Played by the beautiful Scarlett Johansson, I was worried the character herself would be reduced to nothing more than a pretty face or a love interest for one of the male superheroes. However, she was an extremely intelligent, strong, brave and talented hero in her own right, which I was so pleased about.

I enjoyed this film more than I can say! It really was excellent and I can't recommend it highly enough!

5 June 2012

Barry M Limited Edition

I picked up this Limited Edition Barry M polish in Boots a few weeks ago. There was an offer on meaning you saved £1 if you bought 2 polishes. I was already going to buy my friend Raspberry, which is my favourite Barry M polish of all time, so thought I'd treat myself to this little lovely to take advantage of the offer.
The polish is a gorgeous lilac with great colour payoff- I'd previously bought Berry Ice Cream which I really liked in the bottle, but I felt it wasn't bold enough on my nails. This, on the other hand, was great. It's really bold and bright and a lovely summery colour. 

 As with all Barry M polishes, it's really impressive. I needed two coats for full opacity and the polish dried really quickly and lasted around five days without chipping, and even then the chipping was minimal. Overall, I love this polish. It's a beautiful bright colour which is perfect for the summer.

I bought the polish about a month ago so I'm not sure if it's still on sale in Boots stores, but you can still get it from the Boots website and it costs £2.99.

3 June 2012

A Change of Direction (Sort Of)

Up until now, all I've really blogged about has been beauty products and occasionally I'll throw in the odd wishlist post. However, when I started this blog my original plan was to cover all sorts of areas that interest me and review things and pass information along, part of the reason I chose the name Second Hand News.
 Unfortunately, I started blogging right before the most important exams of my life which meant I couldn't really devote a lot of time to the blog and was unable to make it as diverse as I wanted. Now, thankfully, I've finished my Law exams and have a little bit of time before my next set of exams, so I can finally get round to adding more to my blog and covering more topics.

I'm hoping to be able to do reviews and provide information on a host of other things now, especially books and films which I've had to neglect a lot recently while I've been revising. So hopefully you'll enjoy the new direction I'm hoping to take!