Feeling productive

Hi everyone!

So it’s been a couple of weeks since my last blog post, and I thought it was time for a little update on what’s going on in my life…

This week, I finally got to see my personal tutor at uni to discuss me taking a year out. All it took was completing one little form, and that was it! My year out is now official. A year out should really be an exciting opportunity for most people, however for me that’s just not the case. I have been suffering with anxiety for the last few months, with financial worries on top of that – not a great combination! So my year out is going to involve me working – when I actually get a job. I have been applying for jobs every single day since the New Year and so far have had a massive 0 interviews! I am trying to stay positive about it though, and hope that someone will just see my talent shining through and offer me work 🙂 Well, one can only dream.

With the paperwork completed yesterday, I moved all my stuff back home! Can I just say that I am quite impressed that I managed to fit everything into my room at home. I have a tiny (no exaggeration there!) room, which had bags and boxes full of my stuff overflowing in it today. But I spent the entire day organising everything, and it looks fab now!! I have to say that I LOVE the drawer organisers from Ikea – I think they are called SKUBB? You get 6 in each pack (2 of each size) for £6, so they are a bargain too. I have them in almost every drawer now and they just make life and organising so much easier. If you haven’t already figured it out, I am a bit of an organisation freak – I just like everything to have a place, and to stay in that place until I decide to move it. That’s not unreasonable at all is it? 🙂

So a very productive day was had today.

My priorities during my year out of university are:

1) To get a job and start earning a good wage. I also want to pay off some of the debt that I have accumulated from being a student! Just a heads up guys – credit cards are BAD! They are the root of all evil! 😦

2) To enjoy my own company and get to know myself a bit better.

3) I hope that I can find the love for my course again. I completely fell out of love with it toward the end of last year and just had no motivation whatsoever to continue on with it. So I do hope that will come back before the year is over. If not, I may have to re-evaluate that :/

4) And lastly, my New Year’s resolution which was to get fitter. I have been doing really well sticking to my healthy eating plan so far, just having a couple of days “off” to enjoy myself! I have a couple of exercise challenges that I am going to start very soon, so I shall keep you updated on how that goes. Me and exercise don’t usually go together, but I need to get my backside moving, so I will just have to suck it up 🙂

I know it’s not really much of an update, but nonetheless it was needed!

I’d love to know how your New Year’s resolutions are going, if you are still keeping up with them? And I would love to hear from anyone else who has taken a year out of college or university! What did you do in your year out? Travelling/working?

For now though, let me leave you with my favourite quote of the day:

“Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it turned into a butterfly” 🙂  xoxox



Hi everyone!

I hope 2014 is treating you well so far?

I went shopping today! Ok, so I only bought 3 things, but I thought I would do a little blog on what I got and what I think of them. Can I just say that I have never done this kind of thing – beauty blogging. I am very much an amateur (as if you can’t guess!), so this is simply me giving my reviews of what I have purchased.

Ok, so the first thing I want to mention was actually a present I got for Christmas. My best friend got me the Benefit Groovy Kind-a-Love gift set. Firstly, I LOVE Benefit’s packaging!! The tin looks like this:

Benefit gift set


Just lovely! 🙂 And inside, we have:

Benefit Gift Set


Lots of little miniature goodies! If you haven’t seen this set, it comes with the Porefessional primer, Benetint, Dandellion and Gimme Fever blushers, a blush and eyebrow applicator, They’re Real mascara and four eye shadows, which are just stunning! I have now used everything in this set and I just love it, it is a fantastic gift for anyone to get a taste of Benefit products. For me, this is the first Benefits products I have owned, so was very excited when I opened my present! A special mention to the Porefessional, which is fantastic at diminishing pores. I have a lot of open pores on my face, particularly by the sides of my nose, and when I have this on they look so much better, and my skin looks that little bit more flawless. I would definitely recommend trying this out if you are worried about pores.

The next product I want to talk about is the Estee Lauder Double Wear Light foundation. I have been desperate to get a better foundation, but I’m the type of person who like to finish a bottle before I move on – waste not want not and all that jazz! I had read/heard some great reviews for this, so I really wanted to give it a try. I was a little bit apprehensive at the price of this (£28.50), as I’ve been used to drug store foundations. I spent a bit of time with one of the Estee Lauder consultants making sure I was getting the right shade for my complexion (I went for Intensity 1.0). This foundation is just lovely!!! It is a light foundation (does what it says on the tin), has great coverage and it looks very natural when applied. You don’t need to use a lot of product to get good coverage either, so it will last.

The next two products I purchased are from the Collection range (used to be Collection 2000). After hearing so much about the Lasting Perfection Concealer, I just had to get it and see what all the fuss was about. Really, at a mere £4.19, it really can’t go far wrong! I got it in shade 3 – Medium. This concealer definitely earns the great reviews it has had. It does have great coverage! I tend to have days where I get really bad blemishes, and this covers them up so well (I am currently having a few bad blemishes days, so it’s a great test for the concealer!). It doesn’t appear cakey at all on my skin, and it stays in place all day! What more could you ask for? I also purchased the Collection Bronze Glow in shade 01. Sunkissed. I haven’t heard/read anything about this bronzer, but I thought it looked rather lovely, so wanted to give it a try. It looks like this (with the Lasting Perfection concealer beside it):

Collection bronzer


I tried it out on my skin today, and it is lovely. It has a nice but subtle shimmer to it, which just gives you a lovely glow. I don’t use a lot of bronzing powder, but I will probably use this a lot as it looks so nice on the skin! It was around the £4 mark also, so once again I am not going to make any complaints about it at that price 🙂

So those are my reviews of what I bought, I hope they may be useful to some of you. As it is my birthday next week, I may be doing a bit of shopping after that, so I may do a haul blog, or maybe even a haul vlog! So watch this space – if I do a vlog, I will post a link to it in this blog.

So, yeah, that’s about it from me for tonight. I hope you enjoyed reading this and hearing my reviews! I will speak to you guys soon 🙂 x

Hello 2014!!

Happy New Year everyone!

I hope you all had a fantabulous Christmas and New Year! I have to say, I had a very quiet Christmas and New Year, but enjoyed them both very much.

So now, it’s that time of year again where we all make New Year’s resolutions that we will most likely not stick with for the next 364 days of the year! 2013 was not a great year for me. Uni had been very hard, I lost some people who I thought were my friends (not sad to have them out of my life though, I must admit!), my dad was diagnosed with prostate cancer (he had an operation though and has now recovered, and it looks like they got rid of all the cancer – yay!), I put on quite a bit of weight, and I ended the year with pretty bad anxiety issues and also retaining my single girl status! I am a firm believer in new year, fresh start however, and have my resolutions ready and raring to go. So here they are:

Stop looking for love! – I have been single for almost 9 years now after my ex-fiance broke it off, it was very upsetting and completely out of the blue so I did take it very badly. I am the kind of feel that has felt like I’m not complete without a significant other in my life, and I have been on dating sites/gone on blind dates to try and find Mr Right. Well, after having a couple of “close-calls” last year, where I thought things were going well – then the guys turned round and basically said they couldn’t commit to being more than friends, and me being hurt again, I have decided that I need to take time out from looking! I have deleted my accounts from the dating sites. I want to learn to be happy on my own, and intend to do some soul searching this year instead…see my next resolution.

Year out – I have officially told my university that I need to take some time off from my course, due to several reasons! Around the middle of January, I will be moving back home and looking for work. My plans for this year out are to work (obviously, as I just said that!), do some soul searching and “find myself”. I feel like I completely lost myself in 2013 and I don’t really know who I am anymore. I know the kind of person I would like to be, but I need to discover who I am, and experience living like a single girl! Maybe even go off exploring on my own (when I am working!). I don’t have many friends, in fact I don’t have any friends at home who are single, and so I don’t see them often. So, if I want to explore I really should enjoy doing it, whether I have someone to go with or not! I have wanted to visit London for so long, so maybe I can accomplish that this year?

Get fit and healthy – Ok, so this is always one of my resolutions, and I have never stuck to it. However, I am now the heaviest I have ever been and if I am completely honest with you, I cannot stand to look at myself anymore. I should not be the size I am, it doesn’t feel right and my health is suffering because of it too. So I need to get serious about this. I plan to start exercising 5-6 days a week, taking it easy to begin with. Maybe just making sure I go out for a walk every day, then build up exercising gradually. I feel far too embarrassed to go to fitness classes just now, but would like to start going when I have lost a bit of weight. I also intend to start cooking regular healthy, homemade meals. I have never been a big cook, and I am a picky eater too, so I would like to discover some tasty yet healthy recipes I can enjoy cooking. I plan not to weigh myself every week, I will maybe try to do this either fortnightly, or once a month, and I will also monitor my body measurements too. This time next year I hope to be a much healthier, lighter woman!!

Fun one 😉 – One that I have chosen to do for fun this year, as I am a big photography geek, I am going to be doing a Photo-A-Day challenge, which I will be posting on my Instagram and Tumblr pages. I usually always have a camera on me everyday anyway (you just never know when you’re going to have a great photo opportunity!), so I thought this would be a nice fun challenge for me to start.

So those are my resolutions! I really hope that this time next year I can look back on this and say “yes I accomplished everything (or nearly everything) I wanted to.”

I’m sorry I didn’t do my vlog for Christmas – I would like to attempt vlogging at some point, but maybe now just is not the right time for me.

I hope you all had fantastic Christmasses and New Years, and I would love to hear what you got up to, what you got for Christmas, and what your resolutions are for this year.

For now, take care and I will speak to you all very soon 🙂 x