January Favourites

This hedgehog is cheering for you because you can do anything!

Motivational hedgehog to begin a post nothing to do with motivation? Personally I appreciate all the inspiration this hedgehog gives me so early on in the week (please weekend, come quickly). 

Back on topic though, January Favourites. January is my least favourite month of the year, post Christmas blues, shitty weather, unrealistic resolutions being broken and people feeling rubbish as a result... so I've been filling January with lovely things in an effort to counteract its negative effects on my mood/life! So here goes, my first favourites post I think ever!! 

The Crown
If you haven't seen The Crown yet, go now. Don't finish reading, just go watch. No need to thank me. Those who have seen it, isn't it great!! I literally love Philip and I don't know why because he can be a bit of a twat, right? I also love Stranger Things but not as much as The Crown. My next binge will be The Man in the High Castle, an Amazon Prime series based on a book by Philip K. Dick which I have just started reading.

Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer
I'm on to my third pot/tube... very unlike me to stick with a product so long as usually I want to try something new! But this is hands down best concealer ever. Apart from the doe-foot applicator which I refuse to use because the idea of bacteria build up inside the tube scares me haha. But it conceals without being cakey, is just extremely pigmented. You can get it on ASOS with free delivery and student discount. 

Desert Island Discs & PanDolly Podcasts
My two favourite podcasts. Desert Island Discs, I think most will have heard of but if not 'Desert Island Discs was created by Roy Plomley in 1942, and the format is simple: a guest is invited by Kirsty Young to choose the eight records they would take with them to a desert island' (thankyou Google). I particularly liked Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson, Caitlin Moran, Bruce Springsteen and Dustin Hoffmans interviews to name a few. PanDolly is a pop culture podcast hosted by two lovely, hilarious and relatable gals from the Sunday Times. I genuinely look forward to this one every week. 

New Topshop Cain Jeans
Cain jeans?! What is Cain... I don't know, they're new but I love the fit!! They are highwaisted (obvs) and cropped at the ankle. I will probably review them at some point. 

Couchsurfing Guests
This month has been a month for Couchsurfing guests! Two lovely Argentinians stayed with my auntie for just over a week and I got to hang out with them loads which was so much fun. They're backpacking around Europe, couchsurfing and house sitting as they go to save money on accommodation, just like I did in the summer. I then had a lovely Frenchman to stay. He is doing the coastal walk around Britain and his company was also really enjoyable! These guys make me want to travel and couchsurf again because I love meeting new people, in my experience they've all been so blinking lovely!!

And that is it!! Hope you've all had a decent January... bring on Feb!! 

High End Makeup Haul

A haul!! Haven't hauled in ages. Have not been on a spending ban so not sure why. I could do a catch up haul I suppose? Am obviously having haul withdrawal but didn't realise. But anyway... today I have a high(ish) end beauty haul to share with you. Some bits I got for myself, some for Christmas but all have been tried and tested over the last few weeks so I'll tell you what I think about them!

Firstly the powders, The Body Shop Honey Bronze Bronzer in 03, Mac Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Medium and Urban Decay Naked Skin Finishing Powder in Naked Light. I have heard/read endless good reviews about this Body Shop bronzer, I'm sure you have too. So I decided to try it out as my beloved Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Bronze and Glow is now all glow and no bronze. Honey Bronze had big shoes to fill and surprisingly it kind of has. Considering the price this is the best bronzer I have ever used. It isn't too dark for me or too warm toned and goes on really smoothly. The packaging is practical, has a big mirror and doesn't feel like it is going to fall apart. So big thumbs up and deffo recommend. 

The Mac Skinfinish was a present from Silv (mentioned many a time but here is a link to her blog if you're new!) for Christmas so thanks!! I've wanted to try this ever since Sharon Farrell (youtube/blog) started using it to set her foundation. Being a mineral powder it is super glowy and skin perfecting, it makes my skin look fresh and awake if that makes sense! Very different to my usual studio fix powder. Lastly the Urban Decay powder. I haven't heard a lot about this powder but thought I'd give it a go as I quite liked the concealer from the same collection. But I'm not a massive fan, I find the shade too yellow... I realise I picked the shade so that could be entirely my fault! However, it is finely milled and sits really lightly on the skin.

Now for the lip products! Firstly, the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil in Manic. I blinking love this lip pencil. It actually does just glide on, 10x smoother than the Mac lip pencils. I love the colour as it is very similar to my natural lip colour so great for over lining slightly without it looking ridiculous and it stays put for a good five-six hours. I also have the matching lipstick in Manic, this is also really nice in terms of texture, wear etc. but I prefer the pencil on its own with some lip balm. It looks natural and is more wearable in the day time. 

Lastly I have a Dior Addict Fluid Stick. I'm not a huge fan of the packaging, much prefer something a little more slick but of course it's what's inside that counts! As as you'd expect from the pricetag ut us pretty amazing! It's not sticky, lasts ages and wears off evenly. Beautiful colour payoff and feels moisturising and creamy on the lips. My friends Grace and Rose got this for me so thanks gals, I lovee! And that's it, hope you enjoyed this haul! x

Self Love

We all have a little Samantha, Miranda, Charlotte and Carrie in us. And I don't think that was a mistake on Candace Bushnell's part (such a clever clogs) because it makes all of Sex and the City so bloody relatable! And for this post, Samantha's 'Hello my name is Fabulous' quote is particularly appropriate because I'm going to be talking about self appreciation and self love! I recently made a decision which resulted in someone important to me being cut out of my life because, well... I wasn't getting enough from our relationship and it was getting me down. Potentially I am a little hard to please, I don't know... but there's nothing wrong with that! And there is nothing wrong with prioritising yourself. If you don't, who will?

I'm not claiming to have all the answers or even the slightest bit of wisdom (at the grand old age of 21 haha). However as it is generally recognised that showing yourself some love is beneficial, I wanted to reiterate and emphasise how important I think it is! We should spend more time on ourselves, on self development! Even if that just means mentally acknowledging how great you are. Or realising you deserve to take an hour a week to have a proper bath bomb bath! If you're putting more into a relationship (friendly or romantic) than you're getting back, fix it because you deserve better! Respect yourself, hold yourself in high esteem and others will do the same. Confidence, self appreciation and self love are important. I love Samanthas unabashed confidence, it makes for cracking nineties/noughties TV.  

Two Must Read Books

It has been a while since I posted about a good book! So here are two good'ns for your lovely selves. Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier and One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, complete opposites but equally as captivating. If like me, you studied Rebecca at college or school then I might have a tricky job convincing you to give this a re-read because repetitive scrutinizing can definitely ruin a book. But you should! Take a step back and appreciate the literary smoothness of Du Mauriers writing, especially the description of Manderley in the dream (my favourite part)! Rebecca is about a girl who marries a widow, the secrets she uncovers in his and his late wife's home and the pressure she feels living in the shadow of the memory of the late wife. It is exciting, sad and at times unsettling and almost disturbing. Greeeeaat combination. Very famous book, definite must read!

One Hundred Years of Solitude is another very famous book and a bit of an epic. It spans 100 years, focusing on the Beundia family and, I think is based in Colombia but that is never specified! The story hints with lots and lots of symbolism at general Latin American history so if you've read it let me know your interpretation of the location of Macondo. Anyway, the humour is dark (my favourite kind!) and the story is sad but also enlightening. Marquez incorporates fantasy/magical themes into the story which, alongside the almost historically accurate parts makes for a really interesting combination. Enough that I had to research (well... Wikipedia but still) the history of Colombia and Latin America to find out what actually happened. 

Out of the two books I prefered the latter but loved both and recommend both! And to be totally honest I only picked them up because of the beautiful covers (bet some of you guessed that already!) but aren't they amazing! Here are the links for the correct editions Rebecca One Hundred Years of Solitude

A Rambly Chat About Life

I am sitting on the train back to Falmouth for my final semester of university, quietly contemplating life, half of the time. Quietly moaning about being hungry the other half. But I realise I should probably start focusing on the life bit because, well... it is about to get real and I have no freaking plan. Yet for some reason graduation is not something I am dreading, by any stretch in fact. I am excited to see where the next stage of my life will lead.

I am considering Erasmus work placements in Berlin and Vienna, normal work placements in London, actual paying jobs in London for that matter! I am also thinking about the opportunity I have to meet all my family in New Zealand and work/travel there! I'm pondering over the idea of a masters and whether I could get in to the Royal College of Art or whether I'd like to do a masters abroad, maybe somewhere it is free to study, and save myself some money. And then I start thinking about how this change will bring new people into my life, potentially important people that could help shape it/be in it a long time! I am massively rambling but do you get what I am saying? I feel positive and happy and even though I don't know what is going to happen, I look forward to whatever does. Over and out x