Friday, 28 November 2014

Makeup Revolution Awesome Dual Eyeliner - Line and Flick


So I'm back with another beauty review! This time with the Makeup Revolution Line and Flick awesome dual eyeliner. I picked this up for £3.50 from Superdrug.

Following lots of beauty blogs, I saw how everyone was loving Makeup Revolution, so when I saw that my local superdrug stocked it, I couldn't wait to try some products! 

I have been trying liquid eyeliner for a while. I was previously using the Collection 24hour Felt tip liner, but felt it was way too thick and could never get it right. I thought I would try this one, and with a kohl liner on the other end, what could go wrong? 

This is so so easy to use. The first time I practised and was very happy with the result. Of course, this doesn't happen every time (I am too rubbish and makeup to not have this happen to me!) but it is so much easier to use due to the smaller nib. I used the liner when going clubbing on a night out, and it stayed put. Good job. 

The Kohl eyeliner is okay. I use it occasionally, but am still using my MUA intense Kohl liner to tight line my eyes, but nevertheless, this product is now going to be a staple in my makeup bag. Plus, due to the dual nature, I just put it in my bag for a night out so I can top up on the go. 

I don't know if the liquid eyeliner pen is sold separately at all, but I will definitely repurchase this. It is so easy to use and the price for two eye liners, you can't complain. 

I will definitely be buying some more makeup from Revolution! Any suggestions on what to try next?

xxxx
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Tuesday, 25 November 2014

The Christmas Tag!

Via Pinterest


IT'S ONE MONTH UNTIL CHRISTMAS!! *squeals*

The Micheal Buble Christmas CD is a firm favourite in my uni flat at the moment and the christmas films watching has begun! I break up from university in 11 days, so we always start Christmas celebrations a little earlier than some people like. But now, I feel it is acceptable to go full out Christmas. (wow, Christmas was written a lot of times in one sentence!)

I saw this tag on Shannon from Shannonstacey and thought I would answer some of the questions too!

1. What are your favourite Christmas Movies? 

Is it possible to say them all?! My absolute favourites include Love Actually, The Holiday, Elf and A Muppets Christmas Carol and The Santa Claus (but I will watch pretty much any Christmas film on TV!)

2. Do you open your presents Christmas Eve or Christmas day?

We open them all on Christmas Day, some in the morning and some after lunchtime.

3. Do you have a favourite Christmas Memory?

All my Christmas's blur into one really, but I do remember one Christmas when my great grandma was in hospital. My mum and aunty went down there and literally told the nurses that she was coming home with us for the day, they were really angry, but my grandma had the best time!

4. Favourite Festive food

All of it? Okay, probably the copious amounts of cheese and biscuits and pigs in blankets!

5. Favourite Christmas Present? 

I have had some great presents over the years, but I can't really remember one that has been my favourite. I get quite practical things nowadays!

6. Favourite Christmas Scent?

Another apple or cinnamon! I am still on the hunt for the best Christmas Candle!

7. Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions

In recent years, I usually spend Christmas Eve at my Dad's, either cooking or watching films.

8. What tops your tree?

A Red star that I am still not tall enough to put on without standing on a chair!

9. As a kid, what was the one gift you always asked for but never recieved?

I always asked for an inflatable sofa (because of course I needed one of those!) and a puppy!

10. What is the best part about Christmas?

Ever since being a university, coming home has been the best. I am back early enough for all the Christmas things to be up and I can really cherish the time that I spend with my family!


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Sunday, 23 November 2014

Songs to sing when home alone

Here is a post for all the theatre nerds out there. 

I find myself home alone quite a lot, especially at uni. And goodness knows how, but I can spend hours listening to instrumental or karaoke versions of sings which I will then sing to myself (please don't tell me that I'm the only person who does this!)

So here is a pick of my favourites to blast out when I am home alone.

Let it go

What else? This song is so high, that I would never sing it in public, but home alone, I pretend I am Idina Menzel and can hit those high notes. Alto problems! 


Defying Gravity 

Yet another Idina Menzel song, yet another song that I can't really sing, but in my shower, it sounds amazing. 


Don't forget me

Any SMASH fans? Come on, there must be some other people! Megan Hilty is an absolute goddess, I can't sing like her, but boy can I pretend to! 


 So much better

This song is particularly brilliant when you have had a bad day. 


What are your favourite songs to blast out when no one is at home? 

Happy singing! 
xxxx

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Friday, 21 November 2014

Eating more fruit and veg without changing you diet (too much!)

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Eating healthily, the bane of my life.

I know I should eat better. Ever since turning 20, I feel like I am having a bit of a quarter life crisis which has caused me to be more conscious of the things I am putting in my mouth (okay, so not that conscious to cut out chocolate all together, don't worry!). It has made me wonder how easy it could be to get up to at least 4 of my 5-a-day fruit and vegetables without really changing what I eat drastically.

So over the past week, I have given myself the challenge, and I think I have done pretty good. I will definitely continue with this as it wasn't a huge amount of effort... so I still have days when I eat a packet of cookies, but I do feel good when I know that I have had some fruit and vegetables in my diet.

1. Eat a piece of fruit and a glass of orange juice with every breakfast

My morning breakfast usually consists of some cereal/crumpets, a banana and a glass of orange juice with a cup of tea afterwards. There we go, already two portions done.

2. Have some sort of fruit at lunch

As I go to uni most days at lunch, I pack and make my own lunch box to save some money and to know exactly what I am eating. I now always add lettuce/cucumber to my sandwiches as well as some fruit or veggies at lunch. I usually take something like pepper or carrot sticks.

3. Hide vegetables in your dinner


So I haven't changed my eating habits too much at all. I still pretty much live of fajita's, pizza and curry, but hiding and adding extra vegetables can actually be pretty tasty.

For example - if I make a curry, I'll add pepper, carrots in with the chicken and sauce. (I want to try and add some green beans in soon!). Curry sauce makes everything taste so good, trust me!

With Pizza, I usually add extra tomatoes and peppers on top as well. And with fajita's just add in loads of peppers!

I know that these are pretty easy, but they are really effective too. You don't need to change your whole diet to add more fruit and vegetables in, just add some in! And, it isn't that expensive. Buying frozen veg (such as carrots, peas and sweetcorn!) is pretty cheap from places like Iceland and it doesn't require any peeling and chopping! 

Happy Eating! 
xxxx




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Sunday, 16 November 2014

Theatre Review - Dreamboats and Miniskirts!


If there is something that you should all know about me, it is that I LOVE musicals. I really love them. So of course, I jumped at the chance to go and see Dreamboats and Miniskirts this weekend with some friends.

'Dreamboats and Miniskirts' is the sequel to Dreamboats and Petticoats which I didn't actually see when it was on in the west end a few years ago. Nevertheless, it was pretty easy to pick up who the characters were and what had happened.

The first thing we noticed was that a group of 20 year old's was not the main demographic audience. However, we got into the full spirit and had a really great night.

It was a jukebox musical with songs from the 60s such as "I only want to be with you", "Twist and shout" and "Pretty woman". The cast had amazing voices that really suited the songs, and as soon as I went home I immediately tried to write down which songs were in it so that I could sing them when I am home alone! (life of a theatre kid!)

The story was slightly predictable and so cheesy, but hey, it was a super fun night and that's all we needed after a week full of deadlines!

xxxx


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Friday, 14 November 2014

A Student's Guide to keeping warm

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It's mid November.... November! I remember it being August not too long ago, and today I have woken up to grey and rainy skies, lovely. 
Don't get me wrong, I adore autumn and winter (just check out my Pinterest boards.. do you see ones for summer?). But, let me tell you, student houses are so cold. Gone is the warmness of your own home or halls and what you are left with is an extremely cold place where you can see your own breath. 

So here are my top tips for staying warm, without increasing your gas bill... 

1. Layer up
I cannot stress this enough. If that includes multiple socks, jumpers, blankets whilst you are working, do it. Even fingerless gloves help for those late night essay writing sessions. I am even considering buying thermals... yes, I know.

2. Candles
Ah the humble candle. I am not talking about tea lights here, I am talking about big fat candles that may actually let off a little bit of heat. Also, they are pretty good too at having a cheeky hand warm up. 

3. Tea, tea and lots of tea
... Just because

4. Stay in the kitchen after you have cooked
Make sure you have a lovely warm meal at the end of the day. Shut the kitchen door whilst you are cooking and absorb that heat. Once you have finished cooking, turn off the oven and leave it open ever so slightly. The kitchen will stay toasty for a while, so bring your work into the kitchen for a little extra warm time. 

5. Blanket under duvet
I am sure that if you are living in a cold house, you will definitely have a blanket (if not... get one!). I have a fluffy throw from BHS from a few years ago, but Primark do some lovely ones. Okay, so here is the real game changer, sleep with your blanket under the duvet instead of over. Who knew? 

6. Electric Heater
So this is maybe defeating the point a little bit with saving money on bills, but, it is so useful when there are only a few of you in and want a quick warm up. Because my room is so small, it only takes 5 minutes to heat it up for a little moment of bliss. 

7. If all else fails, head onto campus
Especially if you have a day off and you are home freezing, head onto campus, or alternatively a coffee shop or library and heat up for a while whilst doing some work. 

Enjoy the cold! 
xxxx

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Tuesday, 11 November 2014

COLAB Dry Shampoo Rio Review

So I am one of these people that beauty bloggers/gurus will tell me I am doing wrong. I wash my hair every day. There I said it! Even on days when I know I will probably be in most of the day, I still wash my hair. 

I have tried Batiste Dry Shampoo before and hated it. It left my dark blonde hair look grey and even my lifeless that before - and with a fringe, I felt dirty and icky. 

I picked up the COLAB dry shampoo in Rio from Superdrug when it was on offer last week. I tried it out on second day hair (which was a weird situation for me to be in!) Whilst I don't think I will be changing my hair washing habits drastically any time soon, I was pleasantly surprised. 

The smell... oh my goodness the smell. I would repurchase this again just for this! I sprayed this under my fringe and around the front of my hair and could smell it for most of the day!

Now onto how it actually faired. I still didn't feel comfortable having my fringe down, so I french plaited it back, and it didn't look too bad. I am not sure that I would want to have my hair scraped all back, but my hair did feel quite silky and soft. 

I was going to attempt to not wash my hair for a third day, but couldn't bring myself to do it. But compared to Batiste, this one doesn't give a grey hue and the smell is a lot lot better. My flatmates hadn't noticed that I didn't wash my hair the night before, so I suppose that means it worked right!

I think I would repurchase again, for days when I can't be bothered or before a night out for example, but I still don't think I can rock second day hair. 

xxxx

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Sunday, 9 November 2014

Baby You're a Firework





Apologies for the cheesy title - but who can resist?!

Last night I went to the fireworks display at Kennilworth Castle which is apparently the biggest in the West Midlands! I ended up going with one of my really good friends and a few other people who I didn't really know very well, but we ended up having a great time and everyone was so nice. 

The fireworks were amazing. I am a huge sucker for festive things and cute moments that I will remember, and this one I seriously won't forget. 


But, the only downside was that it was spectacularly muddy. I mean so muddy that stewards had to help us down the paths because people were slipping and sliding everywhere. I also ruined my boots, so I will be attempting to sort those out today, not what I wanted to spend my Sunday morning doing! 


I hadn't been to a fireworks display for probably 10 years, and it was so nice to do something a little different, explore a new area around where I go to university and meet some great new people. 

What did you get up to fireworks night? 

xxx
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Friday, 7 November 2014

Friday Favourites #5

It has been so long since I have done a Friday Favourites Post... actually, I don't think I have done one since I got to university which has now been 6 weeks (how time flies!) 

As expected, things have been pretty busy here, I am currently procrastination of writing the other half of an essay right now! But, there are a few things that I have loved over the past few weeks of term... and here are a few for you! 

1. Candles




Okay, so I have never been one of those girls who have candles in their room, but boy am I one of those girls now. As my house is so cold, I have a trusty £2 pillar candle from Primark on hand to warm (or burn) my hands whilst I sit and type into the night. Plus, it is so damn relaxing!

(I would have taken a picture, but my candle is looking a little icky. I cut it down using scissors which has now resulted in a jagged edge which is slightly sad. But will definitely splash a little more for the next one - yankee candles, I am looking at you! - so instead, have a picture of some lovely tea lights that I took!)

2. Statement necklaces 



I am loving these necklaces right now. If I can't be bothered to get changed or get dressed up for drinks or something (it is an everyday struggle!) I just stick one of these on and instantly feel glam!
These were both £3 from Primark!
(Am thinking of potentially doing a fashion post about these beauties? Let me know what you think!)

3. Maltesers Teasers Chocolate
Okay, so whilst I am trying to be more healthy (eg hiding more vegetables in my dinners!), sometimes, you just need some chocolate to get you through an essay or just general life. This is where this beauty comes in!

(I didn't take a picture of this one... because I have eaten it all!)

4. Doctor Who



So it is hard enough to catch up and watch TV series at university with the amount of work/lack of TV license. However, how good has this series of Doctor Who been? I won't post any spoilers about last Saturday's episode, but I finally caught up last night and OH MY GOODNESS!!! I am so excited for the series finale. Plus, Jenna Coleman's clothes are to die for in the series.


Thanks for reading - what have your favourites been this week? 
xxxx

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Wednesday, 5 November 2014

One Lovely Blog Award

Last week I was nominated by Hannah from Hannah's Chapter for the 'One Lovely Blog Award' which was so lovely - so thank you very much!

The rules!

- Add these set of rules
- Write seven facts about yourself
- Thank the person who nominated you and leave their blog link
- Nominate seven other blogs and leave their blog links
- Inform the nominees that they've been selected
- Inform the person who nominated you once you do this post
- Enjoy and have fun!


My 7 facts about me!

- I taught myself the guitar a few summers ago - I can only do a number of chords, but am pretty happy with that!
- I am loving Taylor Swift's new album! (seriously who isn't!) 
- My favourite Disney film is Beauty and the Beast or Tangled
- I drink way to much tea (but we have run out of sugar at the moment and it is too cold to go and get some more!)
- When I am home alone, my favourite soundtrack to sing to is the Wicked soundtrack - it's just too good an opportunity to miss! 
- My favourite food is fajitas! 
- Topshop kind of scares me

Okay, so now I have 7 people to nominate... 

1. Nati from Artdicted
2. Dee from Prompts By Dee
3. Jessica from The Pyreflies
4. Chloe from Chloe's Concept
5. Haley from Bows and Buttons
6. Kaylie from Kickz-n-Giggles
7. Emma from Essays and Wine

Thanks so much for the nomination! 

xxxx


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Monday, 3 November 2014

University Food Diary + Bacofoil Student Cook 2014 Competition!

Cooking at university is hard... I mean super hard. Trying to think of meals every night usually ends up with a trip to Iceland and chucking in some chicken and chips into the oven, with a few vegetables if you are lucky.

This week, I am trying to be a lot more healthy, cooking more nutritious meals and making sure that I have vegetables with every meal.

So I thought I would do a food diary for the week, to maybe give you some inspiration of food to cook. Yes, some nights are worse than others, but I'm a university student, what can you expect?

Day 1 - Peri Peri chicken, Mediterranean rice and Corn on the Cob
Okay, so tonight was one of those nights where I put stuff in the oven, but the corn on the cob was so good!

Day 2 - Chilli con carne and rice
To save time, I used a jar sauce, but I did put in extra tomatoes and peppers to make me feel like I am eating a little healthier!

Day 3 - Chilli con carne and rice (leftovers) 
Leftovers are your best friend, especially if you can't be bothered to cook. Just chuck it in the microwave and eat. Yum!

Day 4 -  Vegetable and chicken curry and rice
Instead of just using chicken in my curry, I now add carrots and peppers and a few tomatoes just to bulk it out a little bit and add some vegetables.


Day 5 - Pizza 
So I couldn't really keep up the somewhat nutritious meals and had to have pizza that night. Admittedly, I had to take dinner on campus with me, and cold pizza is just perfect!

Day 6 - Chicken Fajitas
An essential student dish. I must have fajitas about once a week. Add it extra peppers, an onion and tomatoes with the chicken and spice, add some salsa (or make or own if you are extra fancy) and serve with tortilla wraps. Perfect!

Day 7 - Vegetable and chicken curry and rice
Again, another leftover dish!

So there is my typical evening meals for a week at university. I pretty much live off curry most of the time, but I am feeling so much better with putting (or hiding!) vegetables in my dishes. 

Think you can do better than I can? 





I was recently contacted by Bacofoil who have launched their 'Student Cook of the Year' competition where students can win £1000 worth of groceries! 

If you are a budding chef, check out their website for all the details and send your dishes on twitter using the hashtag #BacofoilStudentCook before the 31st December 2014!

Time permitting, I will be hopefully putting up some recipes or even entering my own dish into the student cook of the year! 

Happy Cooking! 

xxxx












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