July Favourites ♥

July has been a pretty hectic month for me! I have been working at my new job, been away for a week with my family to Centerparcs, had my graduation ceremony and graduation ball and been on holiday to Budapest! So this monthly favourites is going to be more travel based.

1) Simple Kind to Eyes Eye Make-Up Remover

£3.39 at Boots

I bought this from Boots but you can pretty much buy it at any supermarket and toiletary store like Superdrug. I used this after grad ball to get my smokey eyes off! What I do is put a little bit (so it covers the middle of the make-up pad) onto a make up pad and wipe my eye lids with it. My eyes are really sensitive to certain face wipes and make-up but this product doesn’t irritate it at all. It is perfect for your holiday as well (especially if it is hot and your make up smudges).

2) Bio-Oil

Depends what size you get as to price. It is sold at toiletry stores like Boots and Superdrug and at supermarkets like Tescos and Asda. I try to use Bio-Oil once a week all over my skin to re-hydrate it. I used it on holiday as a substitute for after sun when my skin was burnt. It really eased my sore skin after being in the sun all day! I would recommend taking the smaller one for travelling. Bio-Oil is renowned for helping to fade scars and stretch marks too so it is wonderful stuff!

3) Sephora mattifying compact powder – clair light 20

This pressed powder was perfect for my holidays. It evened out my skin tone but also made my skin appear non-oily. It is really easy to apply (I usually apply it with Sephora’s precision powder 59 brush). It goes well over my foundation or just on my bare skin.

4) Victoria’s Secret Mango Temptation Fragrance Mist

Mango Temptation Fragrance Mist

£9.30 or Special 3/£16.60 or 5/£19.92 from Victoria’s Secret Online Store

I love Victoria’s Secret body mists for summer because they smell so fresh. I always buy fruity smelling fragrances from there. This bottle is perfect to have in your handbag in case you want to freshen up. The smell is not too strong and I quite like using body mists as opposed to sprays!

5) Vaseline

Good old vaseline. I always pack this with me on flights as well as have one in my handbag with me everywhere I go. It was perfect in Budapest because the temperature was so so hot and I didn’t want my lips to burn. I use the pink one so it has a lip gloss effect but the plain one works just as well!

On My Wish List…

This mini perfume set from Victoria’s Secret – £29.88

Eau de Parfum Gift Box

35 Things I learnt in my final year at university

Every year it has been a sort of tradition that when my university year comes to a close I write a list of all the random silly things I have learnt along the way!

If you fancy reading the list from first year click here or if you want to read the list from second year click here.

Here is the final year’s list…

  • Having my feet dangling over the edge of a plane 13000 feet up made me laugh not cry

  • Never ever ever ever will I have another chilli vodka shot as long as I live
  • Even after three years the Yorkshire accent is still a novelty to 99.9% of people
  • And even after three years the midland’s water doesn’t taste any better
  • Tabata fitness classes hurt so bad (but are so worth it)
  • Cycling on campus is actually quite fun
  • Having my own en-suite for the first time is the best
  • Work experience at one of the top UK newspapers gave me a taste of the busy London working life
  • MAC and Sephora shopping sprees are very addictive (and also an expensive habit)
  • The fireworks at Regent Street Christmas lights switch on were amazing
  • Having a takeaway after a night out in Paris means chocolate crepes (which I could get used to)
  • Being a librarian is awesome

  • The best bookshop in the entire world is situated in Carlisle, Cumbria
  • It’s still acceptable to dress up for Halloween (even if it is as a zombie school girl)

  • Third year means the nights out (although lesser )are bigger, better and crazier
  • Dark purple lipstick is chic
  • Working in a job with your best friend is never dull

  • My homemade cottage pie is now perfected
  • The notebook made me cry more than any other film EVER
  • Neo-Victorianism is one of my favourite book genres
  • Zoella’s vlogs are addictive
  • Dissertation takes over your life but you learn to (secretly) love it
  • There are no sport facilities like my uni’s (skyping on a treadmill say whaaaaat?!)
  • Pigeon Detectives and Professor Green are fantastic live
  • Having a chocolate fountain in a club is a genius idea
  • Receiving my degree certificate was the proudest moment of my life

  • Visiting London, Liverpool, Paris, Prague and Budapest all in my final year was incredible!
  • My parents surprising me at uni on my 21st birthday was the sweetest thing!
  • Liverpool is the place to go for a class night out

  • Having five inches cut off my hair in one go was definitely for the greater good
  • The novel Dracula is now one of my all-time favourites ever!
  • Leaving university was the saddest thing I have ever had to do

  • After three years at uni I am now a pro at packing and unpacking in record time
  • Arthur Conan Doyle’s publishing history is really fascinating
  • Loughborough will always be my second home

My Graduation Ball

Following on from my graduation day post (if you would like to read that the link is here). The graduation ball’s theme was Las Vegas. It was voted that by the students – so the dress code was glamorous. I bought a beautiful nude dress from River Island which was covered in lots of hand sewn pearls and beads. It is the most gorgeous dress I have ever worn in my entire life! It was super heavy! I got ready with my mom – I did my make up simple – contoured, foundation, blush, smokey eye with lashes and bright pink VIVA GLAM MAC lipstick.

I went to my best friend’s house for ‘pre-drinks’. There have been a group of us at uni from my university halls that have gone out with each other on many nights out over the years – we have had some amazing times. We had a few drinks then walked to the union which was about 5-10 minutes away.

The student’s union was completely transformed! The iconic fountain outside was lit up with beautiful colours. Inside there was a place where you had your photos taken, a chocolate fountain, a casino room, a stage where an Elvis impersonated was doing his thing, women on stilts wearing red feathers, an acoustic set and a concert room for the main acts. Outside there was a silent disco, a pink Cadillac car, a fake wedding chapel, roller coasters and a fire works display. The Pigeon Detectives and Professor Green performed which was amazing!

The night was incredible! Freshers ball in first year and graduation ball in my final year were definitely the best nights out in my life! I had an amazing night with all my friends and danced until my feet killed!

My University Graduation

Firstly I apologize for not writing a post in a while! I have had my university graduation and have been on an amazing get away to Budapest! (but more about that later!). I thought I would write two posts on my graduation day and ball because it has been a massive mile stone for me! Graduating university has been an ambition of mine since I was a little girl. It was such an incredible day for my parents and I!

We set off early to travel back to my university which was so strange! I have been home officially from uni now for about two months so it felt strange not going back with the car packed full to the brim with all my stuff! We arrived there and were staying in my old room. I was quite fortunate to have a big room with my own en-suite for my final year. We got ready for the ceremony then travelled onto campus!

There was a shuttle bus to take us to where the ceremony and gown collection was because my uni campus is huge! (It actually is one of the biggest campuses in Europe apparently!) I went to collect my gown and register. The gown itself was so warm! It is catered to everybody’s height so fit well. I saw one of my old work colleagues there too which was lovely. We then went to have the official university photos taken (where you have a scroll and wear the traditional hat). First I had one by myself then another with my parents which was really nice!

I then met all of my friends at our department because the English department had organised a hog roast picnic for before the ceremony. It was so great to see my lecturers and my friends again! I was super nervous though for the ceremony!

The ceremony itself didn’t take that long – it was only an hour and a half! We were ushered to our seats then the procession started which included important people from the uni such as the Vice Chancellor who were going to sit on stage. One of the procession worked with me at the library so when I was on stage I gave her a big cheesy grin! We had a few speeches and a video about my university’s achievements this past year then the ceremony started. It was so nerve wracking going up on stage but I didn’t fall over! I was so happy and relieved to get my certificate!

After the ceremony closed me and my friends dashed to the iconic places for photos on campus (the fountain and the Loughborough sign). We clambered onto the sign for photos in our heels and dresses! Then we handed our robes back and I went for a meal with my parents.

The day itself was so much fun. My parents really enjoyed themselves too. The weather was really nice and sunny as well which was great!

Love/Hate Tag

I have been invited by the lovely https://bapalaya.wordpress.com/ to do the love/hate tag. Her blog is fabulous full of beauty and interesting travelling posts – definitely check it out!

Here are the rules: List 10 things you love and 10 things you hate. Nominate 10 people for the tag.

10 Things I love

1. Visiting new places. I love to travel to new places and countries. I love experiencing new cultures, getting lost in the different histories and just being in places that are out of the ordinary to me. I definitely caught the travelling bug a long time ago!

2. Having really long conversations. I love just staying up all night/ going for long walks and getting lost in conversation with my favourite people.

3. Doing crazy sports – sky diving, zip lining, rock it ball – you name it if it’s a crazy sport I will give it a go. I love the feeling of being daring and trying new things. The feeling of accomplishment (especially of something you never thought you’d do) is incredible and gives you such a buzz.

4. Applying make up. When I was at school art was definitely one of my favourite subjects and I see make up as a kind of art. I love mixing different shades and experimenting with new looks. I don’t wear make up very often either so when I do I find it a really fun and calming experience. Plus whenever I wear make up it’s for a special occasion so I associate it with excitement!

5. Watching my cousins grow. I am the oldest cousin and I have four cousins younger than me (now they are 16, 14, 11 and 8). I remember each one of them being born and I love watching them accomplish great things. They are all so different and I love spending time with them – whether it’s watching their school plays, having sleepovers or just eating fish and chips/dominoes on a lazy Friday night.

6. Baking and cooking. I find it so relaxing! I love it when I know that people have really enjoyed what I have baked/ cooked for them. My favourite thing to bake is chocolate fudge cake! My favourite thing to cook is mexican food.

7. Reading Rom Com novels. I love to read a good love story, I always end up crying but I love those sorta Nicholas Sparks type books.

8. Laughing until I cry. My mom and I recently went shopping and on the train back we made an inside joke and could not stop laughing. I am talking about the can’t-breathe-mascara-running-red-face kinda laughter. In my family we act silly all the time – we’ve always had a lottttt of fun and laughter in our house.

9. Yorkshire. Going to uni really made me realise how much I love where I live. Yorkshire people are super friendly and will practically become best friends with people they stand with at the bus stop. The views are incredible – I love the Yorkshire moors. The water is amazing (if you have ever tasted Yorkshire water you’ll know what I’m talking about). And the accent just feels like home.

10. My best friends. I feel so lucky to have best friends who will always be there and make me laugh. I have had some of my best memories with them!

Ten Things I Hate

1. When people make rude/horrible comments about Jewish people. Having gone to Auschwitz it really really makes my blood boil when I see someone being awful about Jewish people.

2. Cheaters. It baffles me as to why people don’t end relationships before they start something with someone else.

3. Tuna – dear god it is horrid. I once had a warm tuna sandwich *shudder* (which clearly scarred me for life) and from that day on never ever ate tuna again.

4. People that walk sooooooo slowly when you’re in a rush. I swear every time I am in a rush to be somewhere I end up just chilling behind people that could only have been a sloth in their past life.

5. Guys that wolf whistle/make comments at me and think it’s okay to come up to me and get in my face. I think it is so disrespectful to catcall. I have never heard a story where a woman is minding her own business and a guy shouts something like ‘DATT ASS’ (yeah that really was said to me) and the woman stops and says ‘Oh my god I want to marry that guy’.

6. People who bikini shame women they think are ‘too big’ to wear bikinis. Women can wear what the hell makes them feel like a sass queen and it isn’t right to rain on their glam parade.

7. When you smudge your nail varnish after just applying it (or even worse spill dark purple nail varnish all over your new £50.00 beautiful bedding *cries inside*).

8. People who are against women boxing *Amir Khan I’m looking at you*. Women boxers are incredible – I’ve sparred and trained with some crazy talented girl boxers who would no doubt send men face first to the canvas. Just because they are women does not mean that they are any less strong or skilled than men.

9. Rude people. It doesn’t cost to hold doors open/ say please or thank you. It is literally one of my biggest pet peeves.

10. When people can see the bus/train/any transport is getting full and people are standing but still insist that their Wilkinson’s carrier bag deserves a seat more than an actual human being. Maaaaaaan that grinds my gears.

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Weddington Way Glam Dresses Turned Day Style

I remember when I first wore my college prom dress, I thought it was that gorgeous I wanted to wear it every single day. I wore it to as many events as I could (including my 18th birthday party as seen below). When I saw it in the store on the mannequin it had a thin belt wrapped around the waist and purple tights. This showed me that you could turn an elegant beautiful dress into something you could wear (dare I say it) casually by changing the hair style/ make up/ accessories and shoes you wore it with.

This gave me an idea – if you could turn prom dresses into an everyday look then surely you could do that with Bridesmaid dresses too?

I came across the company Weddington Way who have some absolutely stunning Bridesmaid dresses. Here are some of my favourites…

Weddington Way Olivia

Coral Kiss Weddington Way Olivia

Alfred Sung D522

Alfred Sung D522

Alfred Sung D586

Alfred Sung D586

Weddington Way Date Outfit

Alfred Sung D488

I saw this dress – Alfred Sung D488 on their website and I love it! The colour is absolutely gorgeous! Here is what I would wear with it if Joe and I were going on a date to our favourite restaurant then cocktails afterwards.

I would wear the Authentic Trucker Black denim jacket from Levi’s.

Authentic Trucker

Some simple black platform court heels from New Look.

Black Platform Court Shoes  | New Look

I would wear Pieces Elopa Multilayer Chain Necklace from ASOS.

Pieces Elopa Multilayer Chain Necklace

Teamed with a daytime white watch from Swarovski.

Swarovski Daytime White Watch

I would have my hair scraped back into a messy bun.

My make up would be pretty simplistic using nude colours.

Have you ever turned a glamourous dress casual – let me know if the comments below!

xox

June Favourites ♥

June has been such a great month for me! I have moved back home from university and started my new job! I have also been to Prague, rejoined the gym and done loads of fun stuff with my family! I have bought a load of new products too and here are my favourites…

1) Barry M Brow Kit 

You can get this from Boots, Superdrug and even River Island! My cousin recommended this to me a while ago and I saw it whilst waiting to pay at River Island. It is amazing – it has a white shadow for under and over your brows to make them look more defined, as well as two shades of brown for your brows. It has a two sided angled brush as well as some mini tweezers which are actually pretty good! My brows always look natural when I use the kit. I personally find it a lot better than an eyebrow pencil because it lasts a lot longer and also looks more natural once applied.

2) Too Faced Cocoa Contour 

I bought this in Sephora from Prague and I really wish I had bought about five of these because it is honestly the best contour kit I have come across! Some contour kits can make it look really obvious that you have contoured whereas this is really subtle but still does the job. There are two dark shades, one light shade and a shimmer shade to highlight your cheekbones further! It comes with a little brush too which is really handy! I use that brush for the dark shading and just a regular powder brush for the lighter colours!

3) Foundation Sponge

I bought this from BB Beautique. It is incredible! My foundation brush literally just moved my foundation around my face but this sponge really rubs it in. It is perfect for over my contour because I can use different sides to rub over the dark and the light which is useful. Also the tip is really useful for detail work especially around my eyes and hair line. They are super cheap – I think this one was only three pounds.

4) Sephora’s eyeshadow – ‘Hollywood’s Calling 82′

Another Sephora product I am in love with! I love the golden brown shimmery shade! It stays on and the glitter doesn’t spread over my face either. It can be applied on the lid or in the corners or below your eye. I love it!

5) Norwegian Hand Cream

You can get this at pretty much any drugs store like Boots or Superdrug. I bought it to go on my desk at work to moisturise my hands during the day. It is so good and smells great! It leaves my hands feeling so soft! It was really cheap too – less than three pounds!

On my wish list for July… 

Sheen Supreme Insanely It MAC Lipstick

 Sheen Supreme Lipstick