Birthday post – where do I want to be in 10 years?

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(Yes, this was my birthday cake, thanks mummy!)
So, I am now officially 21 as you all probably gathered as I keep going on about it. My birthday was one of the loveliest times this year (not that we’re that far into it!) and I’ve been spoilt rotten, especially with the amounts of food I have consumed within my birthday week.  But turning into a full grown adult (not according to my mum, though) made me realise that I am nowhere near where I thought I would be at 21 when I was 10 years old. Do I own a house? No. Am I married? No. Thinking about kids? Occasionally but then I remember that in my brain I am still a kid myself. So, how do I sort my life out? Here is a list of things I wish to achieve and look back to when I’m 31.
  1. Travel more. Everyone I know loves travelling or at least talk about how much they love it. I am going as far as to say that I… like traveling. I was never tempted to go anywhere further than Europe and that already would stress me out. Being the anxious person that I am, I have to have every little detail of my trip planned, going as far as having the exact bus timetable of the town on my phone, downloaded before I even get there. Being in new, unknown places scares me. Meeting new people, not being able to communicate, getting lost are just a few of my fears. I would like to see myself go past this and explore what the world has to offer without doubting my every move.
  2. Get married and start a family. I know some of you are probably screaming at the screen. This isn’t the sense of 21st century woman’s life, except.. it is for me. Ever since I was a child all I ever wanted to be was a ‘mummy’. I dreamed of a big, white wedding and my charming prince on a horse (exaggeration, I know, the love of my life is nowhere near the royalty!) and that feeling never quite went away. To think about getting married and starting a family in the next 10 years is scary; it really doesn’t sound like a long way away, at all! But bearing in mind that I think I have already found the one, it shouldn’t be this difficult, should it?
  3. Flourish in my career. I reckon this will be the trickiest one of all. I am not a one to settle for a job; my boyfriend always jokes how I would always find something to dislike about any career path I could ever choose. I am currently training to be a Primary School teacher. Do I love it? Nope. Should I? Probably! I just don’t see myself doing it for the rest of my life. But.. beside from singing, do I really see myself doing ANYTHING for the rest of my life? I think this thought of this far commitment really scares me and makes quite unhappy. I want to learn to love my job, enjoy it. Is this even possible?
So yes, these are my main points of what I would love to achieve in the next ten years of my life. Will I? Maybe yes. Maybe not. But that is what life is about; I heard a saying once that if you wanted to make God laugh, you should tell him about your plans and that is possibly very true which is a lesson I learned while planning my life out at 10 years old. However, I do still keep my hopes up (should I sign my boyfriend up for horse riding lessons? :))
Are there any goals you wish to achieve in the future? Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Are you completely opposite to me? Let me know, I would love to hear from you!

What make up did I get for my birthday?

Hi guys!

So yes, it was my birthday. I am now officially an adult in all countries; I am 21. Still feel about 16 though, anyone feel me?

Today I wanted to show you all the make up I was kindly gifted by my family and friends. Part two of my birthday gifts will be coming soon with all the remaining birthday gifts that didn’t quite make it into the make up category. I am beyond excited to start using all of this!

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Anastasia Beverly Hills – Modern Renaissance Palette – £41.00
Sigma Beauty – Tapered Blending Brush (E40) – £12.75
Zoeva – Luxe Classic Shader Brush (232) in Rose Gold – £8.99
Zoeva – Luxe Highlight Brush (105) – £12.99
Zoeva – Soft Concealer Brush – £8.99
Anastasia Beverly Hills – Dipbrow Pomade in Dark Brown – £15.00
Anastasia Beverly Hills – Brow Wiz in Dark Brown – £15.50
MAC – Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Soft Ochre- £16.00

 

Honest Review Sunday: NYX Lip Products

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Hi guys!
Today, I’m bringing you a review of my favourite products to use one every day basis. These include liquid lipsticks, lip glosses and lip liners all from the brand NYX. So, let’s get into it! Are they worth the money?
Name: NYX Professional Makeup Soft Matte Lip Creams, NYX Professional Makeup Mechanical Lip Pencil, NYX Professional Makeup Butter Gloss
Brand: NYX
Price: £5.50 – lipsticks and lip liners, £5.00 – lip gloss
Tested on animals: No (yay!)
What I liked:
  • The products are all very pigmented and give off very intense colours. The colour range is great, you can choose from 34 shades so anyone can find something for themselves. You can easily mix and match different shades of lipsticks, liners and glosses to achieve a perfect lip for you. If you’re looking for the perfect nude, I really recommend the lip liner in the colour Natural combined with the lipstick in the shade Abu Dhabi.
  • They are cheap! Compared to other lip products on the market they are a really low price and a good quality for that. They are comparable with other lip products that are a much higher price, so it’s a win situation really.
  • The lip glosses have the prettiest shine to them and make your lips look really plump. They aren’t too sticky and feel lightweight on the lips. They look just as pretty on top of a lipstick as well as on their own. I wasn’t always a lip gloss fan but these are certainly worth the hype.
  • They aren’t too big in size and so are very handy. You can pop them in your handbag, pocket etc, which I sometimes struggle with when, for example liquid lipsticks, are a bit chunkier in size.
  • The applicators are good. It is a little sponge for both the lipsticks and lip glosses which fits nicely on the lips, even the very narrow ones like mine. The products glide on smoothly and the formula allows the easy application as it does allow some drying time so that you can correct any mistakes you make.
What I didn’t like:
  • They are a bit drying, especially the lipsticks. If you suffer with really dry lips then a lip scrub will be a must and the products certainly won’t help. You may not get away with just wearing the lipstick on its own and may need to use a gloss. Whether this is due to the brand or whether it is just the curse of liquid lipsticks, is up to you to decide.
  • They don’t last awfully long; well, at least not for me. They look great but I find I have to reapply them often, especially when eating or drinking. As soon as my lips touch a glass of water, the products will immediately start wearing away and I also do find I have to put on another layer of the gloss at least every hour. This doesn’t bother me as much, as I really love the products, but if you’re looking for something really long lasting you may want to spend a bit more money.
Overall rating: 4/5. I really love these products; they are one of my favourites and I often use them daily and yes, they are always somewhere in my handbag. Although slightly drying and not so long-lasting, for the price I really don’t think this is an issue. There is a great colour range and you can find something for every occasion, starting from the perfect nude ending on the staple red. If you haven’t yet tried them out, it would certainly be something I would recommend.

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Oily roots and dry ends; hair advice

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Hi, hope you’re all well!
I suppose that if you have stumbled upon this post it has either popped up on your Reader feed or you are one of the fellow, unlucky people who struggle with the worst kind of hair; oily roots and dry ends. I say the worst (yes, I may be exaggerating but come on, we all think we have it worst!) as there seems absolutely nothing there could be done about it. You try to moisturise your hair? Your roots become a greasy mess. You try to use clarifying shampoos? Dries out your ends. You try to not wash your hair everyday so that the natural oils can get to the ends of your hair? Better not leave the house!
However, despite all of the obstacles I somehow manage to wash my hair twice a week (Tuesday and Saturday to be precise!) and, I mean you can ask around, I think it looks rather acceptable. So, what do I do?

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  1. Train your hair to be washed less often – I hated this tip. I heard it everywhere and would never thought it could work for me. I tried it a couple of times when I was ill and stuck at home but my hair would still become a greasy mess after a day and I would eventually just give up. I thought they were all a bunch of liars. Turns out, they’re not so I do apologise for swearing at you in my head if you do preach by this rule. One time I just decided to go for it and wash my hair twice a week. It was terrible for the first two months. Yes, two months of pony tails and hats. But it was so worth it in the end. My hair is now bearable even three days after washing and in much better condition.
  2. Use a good shampoo. After 4 days of non-washing, my scalp gets itchy and that’s when I know it’s time for a wash. The shampoo I use is a lifesaver (you can find it here!) and manages to clean every little bit of dirt and disgustingness from my hair. I honestly swear by it.
  3. Moisturise your ends but don’t use too much product on your hair – Kind of contradictory, right? However, honestly the products in the pictures are pretty much the only things, except for an occasional spray of dry shampoo, I have been using on my hair in the last few months and my hair has never been better. I use my trusty Bleach Reincarnation Mask not as a mask at all but as a conditioner and after towel drying my hair, I apply Rosehip Oil to the ends (be careful as it’s really easy to apply too much!). Too much product weighs your hair down and leads to it becoming oily faster.
  4. Use dry shampoo sparingly – Yes, I know, dry shampoos are amazing. Yes, I know they save so much time in the morning and that they’re great for greasy hair. Except… are they? Dry shampoos often lead to itchy scalps; they dry the natural oils in your hair which at the end of the day, moisturise your hair and your scalp. They can also lead to hair loss. I use them occasionally, when I’m in a real need and of course, you can use it too however, if used daily then it may not always do you good.
  5. Tie your hair back when appropriate – When you’re at home and not having to look fabulous; tie your hair back. It won’t tempt you to play with it, touch it and it won’t fall into your (in my case oily) face. When in a shower, invest in a shower cap. If you’re going through a transition period and trying to hide oily hair from the world, then I would definitely recommend trying out dutch braids or boxer braids if your hair is long enough. They are absolutely amazing; look cool and save you from having to wash your hair. A winner.
What type of hair do you have and what tips would you recommend? Hope you enjoyed!

Honest Review Sunday: Benefit POREfessional Primer

Hi guys, I hope you’re all doing great!
So, this is my attempted at starting a weekly series on my blog. Let’s see how this will work out, eh? So, every Sunday I will attempt to review a product for you. This may not be of interest to some of you but it may help out some of the people that are debating whether to spend money on a particular product or not. Today, we are taking on the very much loved Benefit POREfessional Primer. Let’s go!
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Name: POREfessional Primer
Brand: Benefit
Price: £26.00
Tested on animals: Yes (boo!)
Ingredients: Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Isononyl Isononanoate, Silica, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Isododecane, Phenoxyethanol, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Cyclohexasiloxane, Tocopheryl Acetate, Fragrance (Parfum), Mica, Iron Oxides (CI 77492), Limonene, Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Iron Oxides (CI 77499), Triethoxycaprylylsilane, BHT.
What I liked:
  • It kept my skin less oily throughout the day which was a definite bonus for me. My skin tends to get really oily throughout the day and I have definitely noticed a reduction in oil excess appearing during the course of the day.
  • Provides a nice matte finish underneath your foundation which is great if that is what you are looking for. Makes your foundation last a lot longer as well which is a big plus if you have to go without touch ups all day.
  • It is really gentle on the skin and doesn’t make you break out. At least it didn’t make me break out.
  • The smell. It doesn’t really have one and I like that. My skin being sensitive and prone to irritation doesn’t like anything that is overly scented.
What I didn’t like:
  • I’m going to be honest. My skin is really problematic and we all know that by now. I feel like this had dried my skin out slightly. So, if like me, you sometimes struggle with dry patches then this would definitely be a no from me as it seems to dry them out even more. It’s purpose, however, is to control the oiliness and it is predominantly meant to be used by people who suffer with oily skin. Me having a combination of two always seems to be an issue.
  • Texture. I know a lot of people are going to disagree on this one as when applied to my hand it seemed to make it smoother than ever. However, again possibly due to my dry patches, when applied to skin it just felt drying. I do believe however, that this could just not be a fit for my skin type.
  • I don’t feel like it minimised the appearance of my pores amazingly. After hearing so many spectacular reviews I was really excited and quickly became disappointed. It does slightly, but surely not fully.
Overall rating: 3,5/5. It is a good primer and I’m not saying otherwise. There are good reasons why others love it so much. However, it’s just not a fit to my skin and if you’re anything like me, it will not be a match for you. I love how it controls the oiliness and makes my make up stay in place throughout the day, however, the fact that it slightly dries me out sometimes puts me off using it, especially on extra dry face days. For the money, I would probably opt to buy something else, although I enjoy having it in my collection.
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Have any of you used this primer? If so, what did you think of it? Are you one of the lovers? Also, do any of you have a good primer recommendations? I’m always on a lookout for something great and am willing to try anything out.
Julia x

Valentine’s Day Outfit

Valentine’s Day is an awkward time for me. It’s my birthday the week after and our anniversary falls at about the same time too so we never really do much to celebrate it hence why I am not putting any hopes up of getting a present on the day! However, if you are looking for an inspiration on what to wear to your Valentine’s dinner or a girly get-together, I am coming to a rescue.
This outfit, I feel, is very girly yet edgy. The combination of the baby pink (which I absolutely love by the way!) and the leather is definitely something I am very into at the moment and provides a classy yet effortless look. The over-the-knee boots just add that little bit of femininity. Hope you enjoy!

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(skirt – topshop, top – zara, boots – boohoo, watch – fossil, bracelet – pandora)

What’s in my bag?

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Hi guys! I love reading ‘what’s in my bag posts’ and watching Youtube videos with the same content. Do I just love being nosey? Probably! I thought, however, that these kind of posts are really interesting to make and so, here I am and this is my bag. I have ordered it recently from Boutique of Molly due to its uncanny resemblance to Louis Vuitton bags that I can’t afford. When I received it, I didn’t think much of it. It was pretty but I didn’t think I would be reaching for it a lot. How wrong was I?! This bag has soon became a favourite of mine; it is honestly one of the handiest bags I have ever owned and made me ditch my long loved Topshop backpack. It has so many handy pockets, the size is just right and the make is very detailed.
But what do I carry in it, you may ask?

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Everything and yet is seems like nothing at all? 🙂
  1. A water bottle – because you have to stay hydrated throughout the day, right? I can’t imagine not carrying a water bottle with me everywhere I go so this is a definite essential, especially with my current ‘trying to be heatlhy’ lifestyle.
  2. Tangle Teezer – in pink, of course. I need a hairbrush in my bag, it is a must, as my hair does tend to get quite tangly and flat throughout the day and a brush always helps a lot.
  3. A matching purse from Boutique of Molly – A matching purse isn’t always a must but I couldn’t resist! It look very pretty and fits everything in the two sections provided; one for coins and one for cards/notes. Just the right size.
  4. A diary – with cats on and in pink. Two of my favourite things put together, so it had to be this one, right?! I always try to get into using a diary and it never works. I am not going to lie, I use it sporadically and no matter how many times I tell myself to use it more often there are usually just assignment deadlines and special birthdays mark in it. But it’s cute and I always want to start writing in it so it does indeed find a place in my bag. Am I just making it unnecessarily heavy?
  5. Glasses – from Mango. (Yes, they do have a case but it just didn’t fit the photo.. blogger life?) I have them because I am shortsighted; pretty self explanatory, right? I don’t think I wear them enough, so the wrinkle on my forehead from all the squinting I do isn’t yet going anywhere (if you’re shortsighted, you feel my pain!)
  6. NYX Lipsticks and Lip glosses – These, pretty much, are left laying around my whole house so you are bound to find some in my bag. I use them basically every day and dump them in my bag when I leave the house and never take them out.
  7. A book – Stranger Child by Rachel Abbott, a psychological thriller that I am unable to put down. I love a psychological thriller; they’re my favourite kinds of books and movies so this one, has really caught my attention. It pulls you in from the first chapter. I carry it in my bag, as I travel quite a lot and end up sitting on buses for quite a while, so instead of staring out of the window I’d rather do something to stimulate my brain, like reading.
  8. Make up bag – except, there’s no make up in as there is no way I will be touching up on my make up throughout the day (lazy girl problems). But what is?

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  1. Tampons – because I am a woman, nothing more to say about this one.
  2. Hand sanitiser – As I said, I travel quite a lot on public transport. Ever tried holding onto a handle on a bus just to find that it was wet and sticky? Yeah.. hand sanitiser is a must.
  3. Hand cream – because hand sanitiser dries my hands out. This is a Body Shop one that I got for Christmas. It has a really lovely smell and is really moisturising. And just the right size to fit in my small make up bag!
  4. Bobby pins – I have long hair with a form of a fringe at the front (I say ‘form of’ as.. it’s not really a fringe, it’s just shorter at the front?) so when my hair is in a ponytail a bit is bound to fall about and annoy me for the whole day. Hence why, these are a necessity in my bag.
  5. Plasters – I can’t be the only person in the world to have such a difficult relationship with shoes? Literally, no shoes other than trainers are ever kind to me. I end up with terrible blisters literally every time I wear any kind of a heel, ballet flats, sandals and because I can’t have a unflattering shoe ruin my outfit, a need plasters ALL. THE. TIME.
  6. Zoella Mist – in Sweet Inspirations scent? I got a set of these for Christmas and this is by far my favourite. Because I can’t be bothered to carry my actual perfume with me as it’s big and I constantly worry about smashing it, this mini version of the Zoella mist is just perfect for my bag. Just when I need a pick me up smell.
Hope you enjoyed looking into my bag and the things that are actually in it. What do you carry in your bags? Anything that is a necessity for you?  Let me know! Hope you have a lovely week ahead of you.
Julia x