Term Time Resolutions.

I’ve been lacking inspiration for my lifestyle posts recently, despite having a pretty exciting week. I started a new job, on Thursday, my old job had an amazing staff day out: Go Ape in Delamere Forest, Sapporo, and Alma de Cuba. Go Ape is kind of like an assault course but up in the trees (ending with amazing zip wires!): the meal in Sapporo Teriyaki was incredible and anybody in Liverpool that hasn’t been to Alma de Cuba (and has a decent size budget) I would advise you to get down now! Saturday was a friends 21st in a new 24 hour casino that opened. So, pretty good all in all.

1. Go Ape Treetop Adventure. 2. Sapporo Teriyaki. 3. Cocktails.

But now it’s that time where I have to settle down, do some work, and try to be a responsible student for my last (eep!) year of education. I got the inspiration for this from Hannah’s wonderful blog. Like she says, I’ve made these resolutions every year since I started my GCSE’s, but this year it really counts. Uni couldn’t have made it any easier for me to laze around with my 4 hours a week timetable (full time, yeah right!). These are my aspirations for the year:

1. Get most of my project done in Semester 1.
Due to my lack of actual lectures in this term, I have plenty of time on my hands. Instead of using it to stay in bed, shop, go for lunch with friends (as I spent the entire of my second year doing), I will go to uni, and work hard at getting my work done. One year of hard work – maybe I’ll miss it when it’s gone so why not do something productive, instead of doing nothing (*cough* playing on The Sims). 

2. Get fit.
I never appreciated the effect 13 years of ballet had on my body, until I quit two years ago. Now my confidence is low and I need an overhaul that doesn’t feel like a chore. Joining the uni gym sounds like a good idea – having Lauren as a gym buddy will make me more likely to go! And I want to get back into swimming. Also, eat more healthily.

3. Spend my money wisely.
Getting into the habit of buying things out of boredom is never good…also, find cheaper alternatives to going to Topshop all the time. Forever 21 cannot open in Liverpool fast enough.

4Travel.
This relates to after I finish really, but starting now! I go to Poland for a few days next week (history, water park and vodka), and am planning a shopping trip to London soon too as I am completely in love with the place. Instead of Christmas presents, my boyfriend and I are looking at going on a short break somewhere which would be lovely.
But the big one is my plans for after exams/graduation. I’m not ready for a serious career; I haven’t lived and found what I really want to do. Me and Lauren are planning to go somewhere after exams for a couple of weeks (tropical and beautiful!), then Glastonbury with a few others, then Crete for her 21st. Feel like it would be scary, but I think would make a huge difference to how negative I’ve felt for the last few years.

5. Write a lot.
This has already started here, and I’m also writing for a new student website/magazine in my uni, as well as a creative writing module at uni. With experience, comes interest and hope, and I always have hope that one day something brilliant will come to me. And I’ll get a job on Cosmo magazine and everything will be amazing. (maybe). 

Do any of you guys make resolutions at the start of uni/school/college as well as new year? Also, how do you like these kind of posts compared to my beauty posts? Let me know, opinions welcome and appreciated!

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September Glossybox!

Today, I received my first Glossybox in the post! I was mega excited to get home and open it, and I was NOT disappointed. Firstly, this gorgeous packaging, which was specially designed by Maggie Li this month.

I will definitely be using this for storage, like so many fellow bloggers! So, when I opened it up, inside the luxurious tissue paper and black filler was:
Lady Gaga: Fame Fragrance 
Rodial: Glamoxy Snake  Serum (x2)
Rodial: 5 minute Facial Clay Mask (x2)
Balance Me: Wonder Eye Cream
Vichy: Idealia Day Care Cream
Maghrabian: Hair Oil
Obviously I haven’t had a chance to really use any so far but I do already own the Balance Me eye cream, as I got a sample with Glamour magazine a few months back. I probably wouldn’t repurchase it, but I do use it because I like the cool feel of it! So I’m glad to have another.
The Lady Gaga fragrance is so much nicer than I anticipated! It’s quite subtle, and reminds me of a more toned down version of Fantasy by Britney Spears (I could just be totally making that up though!)
I’m quite excited to try out the Rodial products as I haven’t heard of them before – I’ve given one of the Snake Serum samples to my mum to see if she finds any noticeable difference with reducing frown lines, and I’m going to try out the clay mask as I love them! I have high expectations of this.
The Vichy cream comes in a gorgeous 15ml pot, so I think it’s going to last me for a while! It’s a lovely pale pink colour and smells/feels really luxurious! I have also never tried a hair oil so quite looking forward to having a go of this sample.
Does anybody like/recommend any of these products in particular?! I feel, for my first Glossybox, it’s a really good load and has definitely persuaded me to order another! As usual, would love to hear what you think or read any of your reviews, hope everybody else likes it as much as me!

Exciting update: new boots and film set near me!

This is a very quick post about two things I’m excited about!

1. I finally picked up my new boots!

Pull and Bear, £29.99

I really love Pull and Bear clothes – it’s part of the same company as Zara, and their clothes are really affordable: it’s my go-to place for summer bargains usually! For a while now, I’ve been searching for a pair of boots I really love (I’m pretty picky) and these aren’t too expensive. Plus they do free delivery to the store within 5 days 🙂
They feel comfy and best of all, don’t make my feet look ridiculously long! They’re only size 5, but recently, I tried on some grey boots in River Island and they made my feet look stupidly out of proportion! Only time will tell if they’re good quality to last through the rain, but they’re seeming pretty sturdy so far.

2. There are ACTUAL REAL FAMOUS PEOPLE around the corner from my work.

The trailers of Keira Knightly, Kevin Costner and Chris Pine!!

Apologies for the bad quality photo – it involved me going up to the roof of my work and climbing up a latter to be able to see over the top (cinemas are very tall….). But yeah, they’re filming ‘Jack Ryan’ around the corner so keep closing off roads around here, and my boyfriend saw a fake NYPD van hanging about. Exciting and so tempting to casually walk by.

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This post probably seems very random to most of you, but wanted to express my happiness at how this day has been! Hope you all have a lovely weekend and any comments welcome 🙂 x

The Positives of Winter.

love summer. I love it being light late into the evenings. I love not having to worry about taking a jacket out. I love getting to lie in the sun. I love driving with my windows down and not having to worry about ice on the roads. I love going on walks through the woods.

If you’re in the North West (and maybe the rest of the country too?), you’ll have noticed that summer has disappeared and autumn has come in with a (freezing cold) vengeance in the last couple of days. My mood has been somewhat dampened by this, being a full time sun/heat worshiper. Given the slump in my mood, I thought I would write down some positives about winter that will make me feel better about the upcoming months! Disclaimer: all photos are my own.

1. Everywhere looks pretty.

I’m unhappy to admit that I’ve started waking up, and groaning when I see the snow. For someone who has to drive to work/uni pretty much every day, snow is a nightmare. Especially around where I live where it’s full of little country roads that turn into cunning death traps. But it makes it worth being cold when everywhere looks this pretty, and I’m going to try my best to appreciate that instead of complaining about it!

2. My Birthday/Christmas

                             

 

My birthday is November, which makes a usually dull month have something to look forward to! This year I’m 21, so hopefully am going to be planning something exciting and a little bit different! Christmas is also exciting, and buying gifts for people is one of my favourite things. TV is awesome, you get a holiday from work/uni, and you get to give and receive lovely things (can you tell I’m not religious?!)

3. Clothes and shopping

          

As much as I love summer, I have one gripe: I’m not a huge fan of summer clothes. I don’t really go for loads of floral prints and candy colours that are typically in. Winter clothes are much more my forte – dark reds are my favourite – and September/October is my favourite time to shop. Plus you can cuddle up in massive jumpers and woolly hats/scarves. Ohhh, the shops are calling! Even better when they all have their Christmas offers and displays up – perfect. Boots gift sets? Hell yes.

4. Christmas Songs/themes.

Cliche maybe? But who doesn’t love it when a bit of Slade comes on the radio? I know for a fact, when we play the Christmas CD in work, we all get much happier than usual! Ditto shops playing festive tunes. By ‘Christmas themes’, I mean little markets and stalls that spring up. Every year in Liverpool, they have a market along Church Street, and a Christmas style fair in Chavasse Park (on top of Liverpool ONE). The smell of gorgeous food wafting over while you shop – heaven.

5. Food

Continuing with this theme, winter means the arrival of Mr Kipling’s seasonal cakes: mince pies, festive chocolate cakes mmmm. Yule Log, Christmas Pudding. Special edition hot chocolates and gingerbread latte’s in Starbucks and Costa. Having a steaming hot cup with you on your walk to lectures makes you forget about the cold, just a tiny bit. And you can eat all you want because you’ll be hidden in jumpers until at least March. See below for the amount of chocolate they already have in the shops….

 

 

 

There’s quite a lot to look forward to really. It’s much more satisfying to come home to a warm house when it’s been freezing outside, and watch a Christmas special with a hot chocolate. While going dark early is a pain, it just means that the Christmas lights around town can shine for a little bit longer. And writing this has actually made me quite excited!

Do you love/hate the winter? What are your favourite parts of it?

Somerset by Alice Temperly

After reading about this John Lewis exclusive collection, I just had to get down there to check it out. This dress, I have seen in every magazine article I read about the collection. It’s beautiful, amazing and way out of my price range at £160.

(Photo from John Lewis website)

It comes in animal print which I’m really NOT a fan of, black which I quite like, but this white one just captured my heart totally! Silk and lace is completely luxurious. Cannot explain how much I love this dress. I can NEVER afford this dress. Unless I win the lottery. So I may just sneak into John Lewis and try it on.

Do you love this as much as me? Or any other favourites from the Somerset collection? Let me know, I always love to read your comments 🙂 x

TAG: How much is your face worth?

I’ve really enjoyed reading these posts lately! So, here is my version – I have a horrible feeling that it’s really going to shock me! I’ll do this for my usual everyday look now, but it might be interesting to see how much more expensive it is on a night out!

Face

Simple Kind to Skin Hydrating Light Moisturiser: £3.79
Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream: £6.99
Benefit The POREfessional: £23.50
YSL Touche Eclat in 2: £25
Benefit Erase Paste in No2 Medium: £19.50
Benefit Sun Beam: £18.50
Benefit Benetint: £24.50

Eyes

Benefit Smokin’ Eyes: £28.50
BareMinerals Prime Time Brightening Eyelid Primer: £16
Urban Decay Naked2 Palette: £36
Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner: £7.99
Maybelline Colossal Volum Express Mascara: £7.99

Lips

Simple Kind to Lips Intensive Lip Moisturiser: (I got this in a set, so I’m going to estimate around £1.50)
I also use Benetint on my lips when I want a bit of colour!

Total: £219.76

I’m slightly horrified at this total! I always thought I didn’t use that much make-up, but looking at it listed here, it’s actually a fair amount! Think I need to ban myself from buying any more Benefit products, this seems to be where the most expensive stuff is! In fairness however, most of these things I have bought on offer, or have in sample sizes, so I probably won’t have actually spent the full amount on them (pheww). 

My total on a night out would probably be around £300 as I use more eyeshadow, lip colour and also my Clarins Beauty Flash Balm.

It’s been really fun doing this, hope you enjoyed reading it! I’m tagging SmokeyBlush, and hope to see her version soon! 🙂 x

First Beauty Haul!

I’ve been incredibly happy to finally get to shop in the past week! I was going to do a series of reviews of products I’ve bought, but it was suggested that I did a haul overview first. I think this is actually my first one! I also ordered my first Glossybox which I’m mega excited to get!

1. Maybelline Dream Fresh BB in Medium: £7.99

This is the BB cream I reviewed on my last post (see here) but in a shade darker! So hopefully it wont make me look a bit more tanned. I’ve also been out wearing it since my review, and I’m pleased to say it gives a flawless looking photo finish! The foundation that I would usually wear makes me glow white in pictures usually, so I’ll definitely be using the Maybelline BB cream in the future.

2. Maybelline le Colossal Volum Express Mascara: £7.99

This mascara is actually a repurchase: I originally had this a couple of years ago. I loved it. It dried out. I moved onto a different brand and forgot about it. But there was an offer in Superdrug (still is I think!) on 2 for £10, so thought I may as well go for it! And I still love it just as much as before.

3. bareMinerals Prime Time Brightening Eyelid Primer: £12

This was the first thing I have ordered from feelunique.com! I needed an eye primer, and figured as it was on sale, I’d give it a go! I found this quite disappointing if I’m honest. On one hand, it DID keep my make up on all night (a rare feat I will admit) and I’m tempted to keep it because of this. However, I didn’t really get the clue from the ‘brightening’ that it was actually white. And didn’t really fade. This wasn’t too much of a problem for my eyelid, but it did show through my eyeliner on the bottom lashes, which I’m not really a fan of.

4. bareMinerals Eyecolour in ‘Beautiful Autumn’: £10.50

I have been excited to get this colour for a while now. Every time I went into Debenhams, I would go and swatch it but they NEVER had it in stock 😦 so I got it from feelunique.com instead. This was harder to apply than expected (I used the double ended Urban Decay brush from the Naked2 Palette) but it did give a gorgeous colour and really brightened up my eyes.

5. Illamasqua Powder Eyeshadow in ‘Machine’: £8

I bought this from the sale on ASOS on a whim. I did blend with the Beautiful Autumn colour on the outer corner of my eye, but it takes quite a lot of colour for it to actually stay put. It’s a dark grey-black colour with a hint of sparkle, but just comes across quite light grey when applied: this is my first experience with Illamasqua eyeshadow and I was quite disappointed. But I am going to persevere and try it out with a really smokey eye, so I’ll let you know the results.

6. Nspa Body Lotion in Jojoba and White Jasmine: £1

Aaaaaand finally – this was on sale in Asda for just 1 pound! I bought my friend some Nspa products for her birthday and they smelled so gorgeous, I just had to buy myself this. It is the smaller size (75ml) but I have quite a lot of other body butters and lotions to use up, so I’m going to carry this around in my bag to combat winter dry skin!

So that’s it for my first haul! Hope you liked it, and if any of you have any other products to recommend, I’d be happy to hear it! You can follow me on GFC at laurasbeautyheaven.blogspot.co.uk