Monday, 28 September 2015

♥ MAC Haul #3

Autumn is upon us and obviously, that called for a new lipstick. That inevitably meant I spent a small fortune on MAC and I don't regret a thing (maybe one thing, but we'll get to that)! Autumn seems the time where a bold berry toned lip is most acceptable, so I needed a few bits and pieces to make my makeup collection seem more wintry. After seeing Lily Pebbles rock Plumful a few months back in her vlogs, I was positive I'd love it. I bought Mehr on her recommendation and that did not disappoint and I've pretty much gathered that we have a similar skin tone and the things that look ace on her might very well look good on me, too. So Plumful found it's way into my basket and the rest is history. To go with that, I slipped the Beet lip liner in. Its a lovely, dark, pinky red liner and I can only imagine how beautiful this will look underneath Plumful. Annoyingly, I popped Captive into my basket, too. The website says that this is a 'pinkish plum' shade and it looks a much darker purple on the website than it does in the bullet and it's super similar to Plumful so I'm thinking I'll probably return that. Along with the lip products I purchased two shadow pans. I bought the shades Malt, a lovely neutral beige and Sable, a plummy coloured shadow with a golden shimmer to it, to complete my quad palette.

I also bought Fix + and a foundation pump (neither are pictured) after finding out the MAC pumps fit onto Estee Lauder Double Wear - perrrrfect! I know I did go to town with this order and I'm really disappointed I'm going to be sending something back, but I did work really hard through summer and I won't have a chance to spoil myself for quite a while now that I'm back at university!

What do you think of the bits and pieces I picked up, and did you know that MAC pumps fit onto the wonder that is Double Wear?! Crazy!

Em x

Sunday, 27 September 2015

♥ Weekly Roundup #2

It's been a mad old month for me. I saw Foo Fighters live and had the best night of my life. I finally finished my sleeve, after two years of getting bits and pieces of it tattooed and I got a rather beautiful piece on my sternum. I got gifted the brand new Urban Decay Smoky palette - how big of a darling is my boyfriend?! - and I also had a lot of 4AM starts for work and the hassle of moving back down south to Cornwall was thrust upon me. Life is much,much quieter now I'm back down south and without a job so be sure to hear from me a lot over the coming months.

The posts I've been loving recently include Georgia's new MAC products, she bought Syrup and now I'm totally lusting after the shade. I've been loving Becca's relaunched blog. And on Youtube, I've been loving Jamie Oliver's channel, FoodTube. He incorporates his television shows, a little bit of vlogging and uses content from loads of different chefs to create such a vast collection of recipes, you're sure to find something that you want to try. I am a huge Jamie Oliver fan so this channel is like a god send for me, as embarrassing as it is!

I've been reading Elizabeth Is Missing by Emma Healey and finding it so sad that I happen to be making the book last quite a while. I think it's quite emotionally draining and the subject of dementia is a really raw one, to me. It's beautifully written and very sensitive of the subject and I hope the ending of the book does it justice. On Netflix I've switched back to watching Gossip Girl for around the fourth time. I find I get bored of tv shows really quickly but there hasn't been much else to watch. I went and watched Paper Towns in the cinema. I totally fell in love with the book when I read it and I can't quite decide whether I prefer this over Looking For Alaska, but the film adaption absolutely blew me away. I detest The Fault in our Stars. so I never went to the cinema to see it but I knew I would enjoy Paper Towns. I've purchased the book again since seeing it (I gave my original copy to a friend and never got it back) and purchased the soundtrack and watched it online. I know it's one of those films I'm going to watch over and over and I'm really happy with the direction it took and how true it stayed to the novel.

Em x

Friday, 11 September 2015

♥ What Second Year Taught Me

In a week or so I head back down south to Falmouth in Cornwall to start the third and final year of my degree. I can't quite believe I've made it this far and I do think the experience has taught me a hell of a lot. I ended up being back and forth between Cornwall and Birmingham a fair bit in second year and I had to take quite a bit of time off from university because my Mum got very, very ill in February. That meant I spent a lot of time at home with my family and a lot of time on the phone when I was in Falmouth instead of at home. I ended up feeling very anxious about being so far away, and didn't really get to enjoy the academic year. With all that in mind, though, I still had a lot of fun in my second year of university!

Living in a house with no parents is weird.
Our university only provide halls for foundation students and first years, so come the end of June we were homeless. In the February of 2014 we'd found our house share. With five bedrooms and being only a ten minute walk from the town centre and with a bus stop practically on our doorstep, it's quite ideal. It's still weird living in an actual house though, with real communal areas that everybody has to live in. The kitchen is sometimes gets into a right state with piles of washing up, and it's awkward when everybody wants to cook dinner at the same time, but it's bearable! We decided the house was good enough to keep for third year, so we didn't have all the fuss of moving into another place this year. It really does feel like home.

Even with deadlines, you can still have a good time.
For some reason, my course deadlines are always a little bit later than my friends... One Thursday night in January (three days before deadline day) everybody was in our house, pre drinking for a wild night at Falmouth's one and only Club I. I was in bed, miserable and writing towards a brief I wasn't particularly enjoying. I decided there was no point in being miserable over the work I had a few days to do, so I got my gladrags on and joined in. I still got pretty decent marks in my work, too! I think it's really important to be able to have a good time, and I still had a few days to get through the workload. It ended up being one of the best nights out of the year, too, so I'm glad I went. And after attempting to restrict myself to my workload, I still got the work for the deadline done.

Family comes first.
Like I already mentioned, in February my Mum's already bad health took a turn for the worst. My dad hesitated to tell me, but after a few days of no improvements he told me it was best I come home, as they were starting to fear the worst. I didn't know what to tell my friends or my tutors, but they were all so supportive. The head of course told me to just go home and not let the pressure of university get to me - everything would be taken care of and my absence would not be an issue. It was scary, having to travel ten hours home not knowing the state she would be in when I finally got there, but I had to. Luckily, she pulled through and my time off hasn't effected my studies at all. All my housemates and friends were super understanding and helpful throughout the difficult time and I knew I could rely on them for anything.

You need alone time.
Living with four of your best friends is really fun, but I enjoy my own company and will often turn down nights at the pub for a hot chocolate and an evening of Netflix. I am quite a lone wolf, I enjoy my own company and I like my own space to just wind down, stick on a face mask and watch KUWTK. I'll often just go for a stroll down to the beach on my own just so I'm out of their hair, too, if that's what I feel is needed.

Be stricter with your budget.
Last year my budget kind of went out of the window. Come the end of first term I was living in my overdraft and that's pretty much how it stayed. Come summer, I eventually earnt enough from working at home to break even and vowed to try and stay out of my overdraft for the entirety of second year. I'm doing really well, there was one point I dipped into it (those Foo Fighters tickets were a necessity, promise!) but now I've got my rent money in a different account, I managed to pay for my summer holiday and I'm now saving for another.

Three years isn't as long as it sounds.
I'm still pretty shocked that I'm two thirds of the way through my degree now. There's just one last push and then I'll be sent off into the real, working world. That is both the most satisfying feeling in the world and it makes me incredibly sad. I don't feel comfortable with how fast these next few months are going to pass us by but I need to knuckle down and really try and get the end result I want from this entire experience. It's weird to think that this time next year I won't have university to fall back on and I'll be in the real working world and (fingers crossed) paying rent for a place of my own.

Em x

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

♥ All the Bright Places | Book Review

I love to read, but more often than not it seems like I just don't have the time to pick up a book and read it for my own pleasure. While I do actually read a lot, (due to the nature of my creative writing degree) a lot of the texts I'm reading aren't ones I particularly enjoy or would choose of my own accord. So when I started making long commutes to and from Milton Keynes on the train, I knew I had to buy a few new titles to keep on my Kindle and read on the journeys I was making. I'd had Jennifer Niven's All the Bright Places in my wishlist on Amazon for a really long time and then hearing Zoella talk about it and how touching the story was, I just had to go for this one. It follows Theodore Finch, a boy who is struggling with mental illness and suicidal thoughts and Violet Markey who's still pretty messed up from her older sisters death. The two are an unlikely, but perfect match and they end up building a beautiful friendship and helping each other out quite a lot... Or it certainly seems that way. Finch shakes up the narrative continuously and makes for an interesting and exciting read. For me, the characters seem real and raw and while the novel is about the ways in which young people are dealing with feelings and coping with mental illness, these illnesses are not the be all and end all of the narrative. They are obviously spurring on the story, but they are not constantly referred to - like cancer was approached in John Green's The Fault in Our Stars. The book really is beautifully written and if you've read any John Green or Rainbow Rowell novel I think you'll really like it! Be warned, though, it is a tear jerker.

Em x

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

♥ Rome Photo Diary

Mid August I jetted off to Italy with one of my closest friends. I got to see some truly beautiful things while I was in the Eternal City and I took a pretty ridiculous amount of photographs. These are just a few that I thought I'd share with you. This post features some of the highlights of the trip including the Vatican, Pompeii, Mount Vesuvius and the Colosseum. Here's my little Rome photo diary. All photos were taken on a Samsung NX3000.

Em x

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