25 October 2012

Reasons to be Cheerful #1

Hello hello! Now the weather is getting chillier and gloomier, it's really hard to get good lighting to take pictures. I will endeavour to take get some nice snaps soon though.
I thought today I would do a little post on things that are going well and making me happy at the minute. Sometimes I get a bit down because I feel swamped with work or worried about the future so I think I'll make this a regular post so I remember the good things in my life.

1) Driving Lessons: I recently started learning to drive and it is going surprisingly well. I was so worried at the start and the first few lessons I could not go in a straight line AT ALL. Today's lesson was really good though and he actually said it was a 'pleasure to teach me today' so I was really pleased about that.

2) Planning: My boyfriend has finally booked flights to come and visit me so now the countdown is on and there are less than 4 weeks to go! I won't lie, long distance can be so, so difficult sometimes but when we are together everything is so lovely. Hopefully we will be able to live in the same place in the not too distant future, but until then we make the most of the time we do have together.

3) Job Hunting: I know it's difficult and sending out reams of CVs and applications aren't really that fun, but part of me really loves trawling through jobs and imagining what it would be like to work in that position and live in that city. I've also applied for some temporary jobs while I'm studying for my LLM so hopefully I'll bag one of those to help me out and buy some lovely Christmas presents!

I am also really enjoying this song as well- it's so cute and lovely to sing along to.

What sort of things are you all happy about this week? I am so nosy so let me know!

12 October 2012

Lust List #2- Autumn Edition

The nights are getting longer and the weather is grim right now! So, on this chilly autumn evening, I've put together a little wishlist of some things I'd like to get to help endure the oncoming colds, dry skin and frosty footpaths that I envisage!

Lust List # 2- Autumn Leaves

This jumper is from Dorothy Perkins and looks like it would be nice and cosy on cold mornings on my way into university. I don't really have many jumpers at the minute so I'll have to start building up my winter wardrobe before the cold really hits!

When I purchased Benefit's They're Real mascara, the girl on the counter also filled in my eyebrows for me. I've always been too scared to do it before in case I go a bit OTT but I loved the look- it was subtle but definitely made a difference. She used the Browzings kit in Light on me, and I'd like to try it myself to make my brows stand out a little more.

My skin is generally slightly oily but the cold and wind of winter can really dry my skin out and make it a little painful. I'd like to invest in a good, rich moisturiser for the evenings to help replenish my skin. Clinique are renowned for their skincare and their Moisture Surge is available for oily skin as well, so I'd like to give it a try this winter.

When I went to the Urban Decay counter, the girl there used the Super Saturated Lip Pencil in Firebomb on me and I loved it. I can't really make up any autumnal excuses as to why I want it- I just really loved the look of it and feel like I need to own it!

Finally, there's nothing better than snuggling up all warm and toasty on a cold night, preferably with a good book/film/TV show. When Buffy the Vampire Slayer was on first time around I was a huuuge fan, to the point of going to conventions! (Please, do not judge. I was 14 and she was kick-ass.)  I'd like to relive my Buffy-love all over again and get myself the box set to watch.

What are you lusting after to keep away the chill this autumn? 

9 October 2012

New In: Beauty Bargains

Everybody loves a bargain, don't they? I certainly do; I use my student discount at every opportunity and am constantly looking out for sale and special offer signs. This is a collective haul of various beauty products I've picked up in the last month and I haven't paid full price for any of them, which could be why there are so many here...

The last thing on this earth that I need is another mascara, but recently Debenhams had 10% off all their beauty departments. Benefit are giving you the opportunity to pick up the normal They're Real, with a little travel-size tube thrown in for free. Usually £18.50, I picked this up for £16.65. I haven't tried this out yet- I really, truly have too many mascaras so I'm aiming to use some of those up before I try this out, but pretty much all the reviews I have see of this have been positive, so I'm looking forward to trying this out.

 After I picked up 'They're Real', I wandered out of the Debenhams Beauty Hall so I wasn't tempted any further, but I was approached by a woman who worked on the Urban Decay counter who was offering free make overs. As I said, I am a sucker for a bargain, so off I went to get made up.
The girl was so lovely, chatting to me about all the products she was using and she wasn't pushy in the slightest, which I loved. She tried the new Naked Skin foundation on me and I loved the look, so I picked this up in shade 5.0. This is usually £27 but I got 10% off this too. I still haven't used this yet either as I'm waiting to pick up some Real Techniques brushes first to make the most of it.
 Also from Urban Decay is this Afterglow Glide on Cream Blush in Crush. It is shocking in person- a very, very bright pink, and when I saw it in the light of my bedroom I was horrified by how bright is really was! But now I've gotten used to it, I think it will be perfect for the autumn/winter flushed cheek look that I am aiming for.
I think these cost £16 and I'm going to have a look at some other colours as I love how they apply and blend with the skin.

In my local TKMaxx I saw these OPI polishes in a set together for £9.99! Given that a single OPI polish is about £11, I couldn't resist. The green colour is Mermaid's Tears from the Pirates of the Caribbean collection and the pink is Come to Poppy.
The Revlon polish is Tropical Temptation which I got for a snip at only 99p in 'Discount Brands NI', which I had originally popped in to to find some stationery- but this was much more exciting!

I found this Anatomicals cleanser in a boutique shop one afternoon when out with my parents. It was half price and I was a bit naughty and opened it in the shop and OH MY WORD, it smells amazing. So off I went to the till to snap it up. I had a look online and it's still available, just in different packaging, which I presume is why it was half price. I haven't used this enough yet to review it properly, but I'll do so once I've given it a proper bash.

 Aaaand finally, there is this. This is the Illamasqua Alter Ego Mystery Selection Box. For £26.60 I received £91.50 worth of Illamasqua make up. Every box contains the gold cream eye shadow (which smells so great, just by the way) and the neon pink nail polish, while the other gifts remain a mystery until you open the box.
I was pretty happy with what I received- I love a good red lipstick and the blush is something I wouldn't have normally tried myself but I'm glad to have it now. The eyeshadow is perhaps a bit much for me, but I'll definitely give it a try!

So there you have it, my bargain buys of late. Have you tried any of these items yourselves? Or have you got any tips on where I can get more beauty bargains?!