16 November 2012

Reasons to be Cheerful #2

I made my first of these posts about a month ago and it was quite nice to read back on and see what I have to be happy about, so I thought I'd make another!

1)Impending Visits: Pete will be arriving next Wednesday and I can't wait to see him. He's only staying for a few days but it's better than nothing and we are trying to arrange for him to come over for New Year's Eve, so if we manage to get that sorted then it will be great. We've been together for 3 and a half years now so we'll also hopefully get to go for dinner or to the cinema while he is here as a mini celebration. I miss him very much when we aren't together but I love how easily we go back to normal when we see each other. Anyway, enough of mushy ramblings!

2)Having a Job: Yesterday I started work in Waterstones! I have always loved reading and applied for a job there when I was 16 but didn't get it. I'm so happy to a) have a job and b) have a job in a bookshop. A friend from school has also started there too so it's nice to know somebody, but everybody I've met so far has been lovely too.

3)Catch Ups: After work yesterday I met my friend Andrew and we had a little walk around town before going for dinner. We hadn't seen each other for a little while so it was nice to have a good talk. We then went to see Argo and it was truly excellent. It's really exciting and tense and, although some of it has obviously been a little exaggerated for the film it never felt unbelievable. Also, Ben Affleck looks pretty good in it, as well as doing a sterling job as actor AND director, but that is a minor point, and it really is an excellent film!

Have any of you seen Argo? What's making all of you smile lately?

12 November 2012

Lust List #3- Autumn Leaves

It's undeniable- autumn is most definitely here. I've realised that I have a distinct lack of suitable autumnal clothes (I probably don't, to be honest, but that's never stopped me...) and have been loving some of the new autumnal bits and pieces in the shops at the minute.

Lust List # 3

I love the bird print skirt from New Look. At only £14.99 (with a bit more off with student discount!) I think it's a really affordable piece which you could dress up or down. I also want to wear skirts more so this is a simple piece to work into my wardrobe.

These Topshop Acton boots in burgundy and black are so beautiful! I love the cut out detail and buckle detail and the heel looks sturdy so seems it would be really comfy. They cost £78 which is a bit pricey but they seem like really good quality. My only problem is that I can't decide which colour I like most!

These Essie polishes are a perfect way to incorporate autumn colours. Priced at £7.99 each, Angora Cardi and Stylenomics are two lovely colours which I can imagine loving all year round as well.

I own 4 Topshop lipsticks already, and this new shade, Wicked, would be a nice new addition to that collection. A deep red shade, I think it would look lovely against simple make up and would fit in with the autumn days perfectly.

What are you lusting after this autumn?

11 November 2012

Liebster Award

I have actually been nominated for the Liebster Award twice. A few months ago my lovely friend Melissa tagged me when posting her version of this. I started making my own post then but it has been left languishing in Drafts for quite a while now. I was recently tagged by Alexia Jade which gave me the boot up the bum to actually complete the post!

As per the rules, I first have to tell you all 11 facts about me- hopefully this won't be too boring...

  1. I have a degree in Law and German from Cardiff University. Getting a 2:1 in my degree is one of the biggest achievements of my life so far.
  2. I can speak German, but unfortunately not as fluently as I'd like to. I also lived in Germany for a year during my 3rd year of uni.
  3. I have a lovely lovely boyfriend called Pete and we have been together for 3 and a half years. 
  4. I am mixed race but definitely don't look it. My Grandad on my mum's side was from Pakistan.
  5. I am a feminist and am also really interested in human rights, politics and social justice.
  6. Sometimes I get really scared there will be a snake in the toilet when I go to the bathroom. I have no idea why and I'm not even really that scared of snakes.
  7. I am scared of sharks, even though I have never come across one in my life. Even in the sea at home (that is, the Atlantic Ocean) I am scared a shark will appear behind me.
  8. I have never ever had any colours in my hair, not even semi-permanent ones.
  9. I'd love to travel but have so far never left Europe. I definitely will one day though, hopefully in the not too distant future.
  10. I love to read.
  11. When I grow up I want to be Beyonce.
Alexia Jade has set 11 questions for me to answer.

1. How old are you?
I'm 22. My birthday is April 18th.

2. What is the reason for starting your blog?
I was supposed to be preparing for my final exams and thought this would be a good way to procrastinate. Very naughty, I know.

3. Can you speak any other languages?
I can speak German. I'd love to know Greek and Swedish as well.

4. Whats your favourite season, and why?
I like them all for different reasons! Maybe spring but I'm not sure at all.

5. Favourite make up/beauty brand?
Ooh, this is hard. I like Barry M for nail polish and I also really like Topshop's make up range. Maybelline do some good foundation too but I like to sometimes reward myself with brands like Chanel. I guess I don't have a favourite!

6. Drugstore or High end?
I like both. I use mostly drugstore brands, especially for day to day use, but I have some Chanel and Urban Decay bits that I love too. It just depends on the product I guess- if it's good, I'll use it no matter what range it's from.

7. Favourite guilty pleasure TV show.
I have absolutely no idea! I used to watch TOWIE when I was in Germany but I don't any more. Maybe those random shows sometimes on BBC3 that are 'documentaries' but they are about odd things sometimes.

8. Where is your favourite place to shop? (clothes wise)
I loveeee Dorothy Perkins' dresses! They are so so lovely. They also do some good jeggings.

9. How did you come up with your blog name?
It's the name of one of my favourite songs, by Fleetwood Mac, and I also thought it was good because I was passing my opinions on to people 'second hand' I guess.

10. What is your favourite drugstore brand of makeup?
Barry M for nail polish and Collection for mascara and eye make up.

11. What do you enjoy most about blogging?
Seeing all the cool things there are and finding a new product that I end up loving!

My Questions for You!

  1. Where is your dream travel destination?
  2. Can you speak any other languages?
  3. What is your proudest achievement?
  4. What is your biggest regret?
  5. What beauty product do you love the most?
  6. What is your favourite thing about yourself? Choose one physical and one non-physical feature.
  7. What would be your dream job?
  8. Who is your guilty celebrity crush?
  9. Do you have any favourite bloggers?
  10. If you could have one thing bought for you, money no object, what would it be?
  11. Where do you see yourself or hope you'll be in 5 years time?
I tag all of you who haven't done a Liebster post before. Let me know in the comments if you make a post so I can check it out- I am so nosy and like to read about people!

2 November 2012

October Empties

Hey everyone! I've finally amassed enough products to justify my very first empties post. There's something really satisfying to me about squeezing out the dregs of a product and I'm making a conscious effort now to try and use things up so I don't have to chick them out when they go out of date.
I've managed to collect 6 empties this month which I know isn't much but hopefully they'll grow in months to come.

L'Oreal Elvive Nutri Gloss: This is one of my favourite shampoos. This formulation is for hair that gets greasy quickly which is a problem for me, but I also try not to wash my hair every day if I can help it because that can strip its natural oils away (or so I have often read!) I find with this that I can get away with washing my hair every other day and it feels really fresh and clean on in-between days which I love. I'd definitely buy this again.

Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Oil Free Moisturiser: I love this stuff! It makes my skin feel so soft and moisturised, without leaving a residue and I really feel it's helping improve my skin. This tube was 30ml and came in a set with cleanser and toner (below), costing £30 but I've already repurchased a larger tube. It costs £18 usually but I found it in an outlet store for £11. I'd definitely buy it at full price- a little goes a long way so it would last a good while.

Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Clarifying Lotion: I'd never used toner before this but it was part of the set. I really liked using it and it made my skin feel really fresh but not tight. I haven't repurchased this yet but I almost certainly will. A large bottle costs £16 I think but it's really big so it'll last me a long time.

Technically these aren't 'empties' but they're all eye products that I've been using for over 6 months. I am so paranoid about something happening to my eyes and the last time I used the Clinique mascara I got a sty on my eyelid so I knew then they had to go!

Collection Extreme 24 Hour Felt Tip Liner: This is the third or fourth one of these that I've bought. It's really cheap at £2.99, so easy to use and lasts for ages on the eyes. It does smudge a bit if I get really warm on nights out and things but it's not too noticeable and it's a tiny drawback when weighed up with the benefits.

Collection Collagen Curl Mascara: I liked using this. It has a funny little spoon brush which makes it easy to apply but I don't think it's dark enough for me. It does make lashes much more curled and defined though, and I love the packaging!

Clinique High Impact Mascara: I got this free with a magazine in April and I love it! It applies so easily and makes eyelashes so dark and defined, as well as really long. If I didn't have so many mascaras already then I'd definitely repurchase this, and I probably will do in the future when I narrow down my mascara collection a bit more!

So there you have all my empties for October. Have you tried any of these products before? What do you think of them?