Sunday, 19 May 2013

Battle of the OOTDs - Topshop, New Look

Hey!
I have two outfits to show you all but I am unsure which I prefer and would love to hear your opinion!



Look 1:
Leather Jacket: Ebay
Dress: Topshop
Tights: Primark
Bag: CMD



Look 2:
Blazer: Topshop
Dress: Topshop
Tights: Primark
Bag: New Look

Would love to hear which outfit you prefer and why.
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See you soon - have a Lush review coming up and hopefully a review of a Topshop lipstick and more OOTDs.

Thursday, 16 May 2013

Tips For Starting College/Sixth Form

















I know many people who are starting college this year and it reminded me of when I started college and how I felt. I know I watched a lot of Youtube videos giving tips for starting college and, to be honest, I was super nervous so I have compiled a list of tips for those starting college in September.

-Make the most of the first week when everyone is searching for a friend and no-one knows anyone as after a few weeks they will all be in friendship groups and it will be slightly more difficult to make friends - although I did make friends about half way through the year.
-Smile even if you are shy because then people will not mistake your shyness for pride or rudeness and try to be social - even if it is only saying hello to the people in your class.
-Join an extra curricula club as they are a great way to meet people with the same interests as you.
-Make sure your phone always has charge, credit and the numbers of people who you will be hanging out with as I found it was easy to get lost and college and spend the whole of lunchtime walking around looking for your friends.
-Choose a place to meet with friends at breaks and lunch and have that as your meeting place everyday and base where you meet if you cannot find eachother. I found on the first day that I arranged to meet at the reception and so did everyone else and there were so many people I couldn't find my friends so make sure you decide to meet somewhere different to everyone else in the college.
-Wear clothes you feel comfortable in or you will feel awkward all day but if you feel good in what you are wearing others will recognise this in you too.
-Buy a big, sturdy bag for your books as you will have to carry a tonne of them and I wouldn't advice spending too much on it as bags carrying that amount of weight tend to break easily.
-Manage your time wisely - don't spend all your free lessons in McDonald's else you will regret it when you get to exams and find you have a load of revision you need to do.
-Don't take your money to college if you can help it else you will end up spending it all in Primark and on Ice Tea.
-Make a good first impression, especially on the teachers, because you have to spend the next 2 years or more with these people.
-Work out a route to and from college before you start and do a practise run of travelling there and seeing how long it takes else you will be unprepared on your first day.
-Take subjects you enjoy, not just the subjects your friends are taking, because you may not be put in the same class as your friends then you will be stuck studying something you dislike.
-Don't be put off of languages because of the speaking element - even if you lack confidence in your speaking they will support you throughout and help you become more confident.
-Make the most of your time at college and value the friends you make there because you may all go different way after college.

If you are starting college do not worry about it, it will be fine, and I wish you the best of luck!
Be sure to comment below your experiences and if you would like to see more of these kind of posts.
I will be uploading a fashion post shortly - promise!!



Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Christianity, Judging Others & Fashion


 Christianity: Judging Others & Fashion


I see sometimes within the Church people are so quick to judge others as soon as they find out that they are Christian. As a Christian I find myself watched, and watching others - I must admit, a lot more than if I were non-religious. I see that people watch Christians and if they stub their toe and accidentally swear then they declare 'WOAH! You are a bad Christian!'. I am not saying that the Church is bad - I love the Church and people coming together and supporting each other in their relationship with God and their growth as a Christian - but there are sometimes people who do judge and judge more as soon as you say you are a Christian. Jesus taught us not to judge others for we all make mistakes and no person is better than another so no-one should take the moral high ground and say 'oh, look, he went to a party last night! He must just be a Sunday Christian!' I understand that Church is important for supporting each other and really instead of chatting to others about the boy who parties we should be talking to him and seeing if this is either just a social thing or if it has a more significant cause behind it which may need to be discuss with someone professional within the Church - like someone on the pastoral team or the Youth Worker. Idle gossip will not help those who may need our support.
I can relate to this as, although I have never really encountered criticism of how I act as a Christian, I have criticised myself a lot recently. I have found being interested in fashion and beauty alongside my love of God and following the messages within the Bible quite challenging. It could be said that my love is fashion is simply consumerism and I am materialistic and I am committing the sin of coveting. Yet I have come to feel like if I were to chuck out all my clothes and dress very plainly I would be losing part of myself. Of course, this links to Jesus saying that you should throw away your possessions and follow Him and I find that challenging. I can live without shopping, as I have done for over 4 months when I was saving, but creating new looks to convey ideas and personality is like a creative outlet to me. I am sure many of you will find flaws in my arguments but I do not feel that being interested in fashion is wholly sinful. I think fashion is not worshiping brands and clothing trends but can inspire people and help people who are different to show that and not hide their personality by wearing what everyone else wears. It is a means by which people can show the personality and soul God has given them and come to accept themselves and help others to accept them too.
I do still find this quite challenging and would love to hear your opinions.
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Hope you're all well!




Saturday, 11 May 2013

My Favourite Beauty Products

Hey everyone!
I thought instead of doing a rave on every product I like which would take quite a while I decided to create one big post on all my favourite products and tell you why I love each of them.


Herb Garden Lavender Essential Oil:
So, I have been using this for a while now and love it! I first got into lavender oil when I stayed at my auntie's as she uses it too so we just picked some up from Wilkinsons. I use mine to dot on my pillow as it is soothing and helps me to get to sleep easier as I am not one of these people who can just lie down and drop straight off. Apparently lavender oil also stimulates hair growth if you just apply it to the roots but I am too scared to try it in case it makes my hair fall out or something. This was quite cheap and has lasted ages now.



Cyclax Aloe Vera Hand Cream:
I am given this every year as a gift from my Nan and it is probably my all time favourite hand cream. I have no idea where it comes from or how much it costs. All I know is that it is super effective at softening my hands and sinks in quite quickly. It also smells lovely and fresh. I expect you can get it from Boots or Superdug.



Simple Light Moisturiser:
I have done a review of this in an earlier post so if you want more info on this product be sure to check that out but I just couldn't do a beauty favourites and leave this out!


Gucci Flora Perfume:
I have also done a review of this in an older post so if you want more info on this product have a read of that!



Natural Collection Powder - 'Warm':
I first found out about this powder from a friend on a camping trip last year as she wore it through the week and after about the third day I gave up with make-up because it was so warm but she told me her powder was perfect as it was easy to apply and a simple thing to cover any redness from sunburn and to cover the sheeny look of suncream. I then went and bought some and it was super cheap from Boots. Rather embarrassingly I dropped it at the till and it smashed in half so the lady on the till had to go and get me another - awks. Anyway it is really great and not too dense.


Rimmel Match Perfection - 100 Ivory:
I originally bought this because it was on offer in Wilkinsons for £5 which I thought was a good offer and I was just using my Stila Tinted Moisturiser from TKMaxx at the time and wanted something a bit different. I really like how this covers the redness on my face and it is quite light and sits nicely. It is a bit dewy so I always use powder over the top of it. I use it every day and it has lasted a while.


Glam Eyes Day 2 Night Mascara:
I bought this after seeing it on Voussontbeauetbelle's Youtube channel and, also, because I needed a new mascara and I really like this. I always use both the length and volume bit for every day and it is quite effective in lengthening and volumising my lashes. I also got the waterproof version as in England it does rain a lot and I did not want a pair of black waterfalls on my face but I did not like it as much as I liked this.


Accessorize 'Berry Rose' Lipstick:
I was just milling around in Accessorize when I got this on a whim as I don't tend to buy makeup from there but this caught my fancy and I had just discovered 10% student discount so I got it. I'm not too sure how much it costed but I think it was about £4 or so. I love the colour of this as it is a happy medium between a light, wearable colour and a bright colour and for that reason it is my go-to lipstick.



17 'Showbiz' Lipstick:
I love the colour of this lipstick as it is so bold - like a deep red. It is great for a night out and has served me well for a fair while now. I'm not sure of how much it cost but probably not a lot. It is quite long lasting as well as it stays on the lips for quite a while.


Clinique Tinted Moisturiser:
I got given this product as a present and it is great! It gives great coverage but is light as well. Clinique is a bit pricey but the product is so good but I am unsure whether I would repurchase it due to the price. I have it in Shade 1 which is quite light as I have fairly pale skin.


Dior Foundation:
I was given this foundation quite a while ago as a gift and have loved it. As it is fairly pricey I only use it for special occasions for instance I wore it at prom. It is fairly thick so is perfect for the colder months but is perhaps a bit thick for summer. It gives excellent coverage and is just amazing, really.

So, those were all my favourites! I hope you enjoyed this post and I would love it if you would comment what kind of post you would like to see from me in the future. As I got a lot of interest on my earlier No More Page 3 post I have been thinking of doing more posts like that but I would love for any ideas or views.

Hope everyone is well!












 









Thursday, 9 May 2013

No More Page 3


This is a subject which has been really playing on my heart recently as I feel it is something really important and I urge you all to get involved with it.
Basically, No More Page 3 is an internet based feminist movement about trying to stop the publication of naked women in family newspapers like the Sun and I am a avid supporter of this campaign.
David Cameron recently responded to this with telling people that if they dislike it the can 'turn the page' but it isn't enough. It isn't enough to silently disagree and not buy the paper as by not standing up to what you feel is wrong is basically allowing it to carry on. So many people are affected by Page 3. How can men co-exist with women in society when, at one time, they are objectifying women by looking at the these kind of images in the paper then, the next, they have to see them as equals. It suggests that everything women have fought for like getting the vote was futile as women still aren't respected but are objectified. When you are in your teens and have to sit on the bus and see people openly oogling at the papers and the girls around them and it just makes you feel like there is not much point. What is the point in going through education to get degrees when, at the end of it, society will still only see your body and not see that inside you are actually not just some submissive bimbo but have a voice and a personality and are someone who is actually trying to make something more of themselves. Women are so heavily affected by this. How can we be expected to live up to these airbrushed images?  There is such a huge problem with body confidence among young girls and aneroxia is so common but it is not surprising as women are expected to look like the images they constantly see before them. Moreover, the government put into practise so many safeguards to protect children but papers like the Sun are still displayed at eye level and no-one cares that young children are seeing these kind of images. Surely, if it was acceptable in our society parents would feel fine for their children to aspire to be like these models. Girls feeling that they cannot be lawyers, teachers, MPs or anything else as the only way to be someone is to be desirable and it is clear that feminism and opinions are not going to get you a husband so you need to just lock them away in your pretty little head and just smile. That is not the mindset we should let our children have so why is Page 3 still around? It is outdated, sexist and it objectifies women.
So, be sure to sign the petition!
Have a look at their Facebook page to read their points in a better expressed way!

NMP3 FACEBOOK PAGE:
https://www.facebook.com/#!/NoMorePage3?fref=ts







Simple Light Moisturiser Review


Hey everyone!
So, last year I had just finished my first bottle of this and then found that I recieved an abundance more Simple moisturiser for my birthday. I literally had about 6 bottles! Which, of course, I was hugely grateful for. So, now, a year later I am now finishing the same bottle of moisturiser I started last May so I thought it was a perfect time to do a review.
You may have guessed from this intro that I have just a bit of love for this product and it has been my moisturising companion for over a year now and I feel sad that our relationship could not have lasted longer.  Anyway, I will now get onto telling you why I love this product.
So, I have quite sensitive skin and when I first got into moisturiser I just used some we had lying around in cupboards and the first one I used, I think, was Nivea but I found that I really didn't like that. It felt kind of tacky on my skin and just felt too thick and it took too long to soak in. Then I went out and got a bottle of this and fell in love with it. It is designed especially for sensitive skin and I only use it after a shower on my face as the heat of the shower makes your skin dry and you need to re-add the moisture to your skin. After I apply it, as I shower in the evening, I then leave it to soak in over-night and in the morning it is always soaked in and my skin feels much softer and it does not lead to redness which the Nivea sometimes did. I think this is because it is a light moistuiriser that I like it so much as it is not too thick or heavy and soaks in quite quickly. Moreover, you don't need to use a huge amount and it lasts ages.
So, overall. I just adore this product and would recommend that you buy it if you are looking for a good moisturiser.
See you soon!

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

OOTD - Primark & New Look




Dress - Primark
Bag - C.M.D
Denim Jacket - New Look
Sunglasses - Primark
Tights - Primark

Hey everyone!
This is what I wore today. It was one of those days after it has been sunny for a bit then it turns a bit cooler. Annoyingly in the sunny spell I wasn't able to wear any summer clothes as I am lame and thought I would be too cold. So I was there in jumper and jeans whilst everyone else was in shorts and vest tops - awks. But today I took a leap of faith and decided to wear a dress. The dress was a bit odd, really. In the shop I tried on my normal size and it came up too small to fit a vest top underneath so I got a size up which I never have to do and it came up a bit big but the pattern is so nice I couldn't bear to take it back. Just thought as I wrote that of Helen Burns in Jane Eyre saying 'it is silly and weak so say you cannot bear what is your duty to bear'. Yup.
By the way, that is my freundling Zara in the 2nd picture and I am hoping to involve her in more posts in the future - keep your eyes out for her!
Hope you're all well!

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Primark Haul May 2013 & a few other bits



Primark
Floral dress - £13

Primark
Bag - £8
Primark
Sunglasses - £2.50

Lee Cooper @ Sports Direct
White speckled tee - £6.99

Poundland
Mellor&Russell Hair Repair Mask - £1

Superdrug
Charlie Shimmer spray - 89p

That is everything I bought on my recent shopping trip! Hope you enjoyed this post and I will be back soon with another post! I will hopefully do a review of the hair mask and feature some of the other items in a future lookbook or OOTD.

Sunday, 5 May 2013

TAG Beauty and Brains

 Hey! So, this tag was going around on Youtube a while ago and thought I would have a go at it. I love the idea that it is showing people that if you are interested in fashion it doesn't make you an idiot and shows there are more to people than perhaps meets the eye. Yep, rant over...I will get on with it!

- Favourite book
I have 2 favourite books which are absolutely amazing and I highly recommend - these are Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte and Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I love that these women do not just fall into the arms of the man. In P&P Elizabeth doesn't like Darcy at the beginning and doesn't change her mind over the matter of wanting an eligible husband. And Jane in JE leaves Rochester on a matter of principle as she doesn't want to be his mistress. And they have happy endings! Yay!!

- Favourite quotation[s]
I am yet to find a favourite quote but I do like a quote from Eleanor Roosevelt which is 'The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams' and I love this - especially in relation to Roosevelt's achievements of being the first female pilot (definitely knew that before watching Night In The Museum 2...).

- English or Maths?
English without a doubt. Although I do enjoy doing linear equations I just fail at anything maths related.

- Science or Art?
Tricky one. Hhmmm. I think Art would win by a smidgen because Science I always found kind of boring but I was never good at Art but I did enjoy it more than Science.

- Name five albums or musical artists that changed your life.
I wouldn't say that any albums or artists have changed my life but I do have a few that I do really love.
1- King Charles (Loveblood)
2- Tay-Tay Swift (Speak Now, Sparks Fly)
Ermmm, I also love a handful of Christian artists like Matt Redman, Vicky Beeching, Chris Tomlin etc etc.

- Favourite & least favourite subject at school
Favourites were probably English Lit and History because they were interesting. I disliked (not because of the teachers which were fab) PE, Maths and ICT mostly. So glad to no longer have PE. Cross country was horrible. Coldest, rainiest, muddiest day of the year running laps around a field in shorts. I always came last, generally purple, and felt the clasp of utter humiliation.

- Favourite 'Celebrity with a Brain'
Mat Baynton (from Horrible Histories) is amazing - as are the rest of the HH cast. Miranda Hart is hilarious.

- If you could study anything anywhere, what would it be?
Germany would be amazing. Cologne?

- What is your 'nerdy little secret'?
So, as I am learning German at the moment, my nerdy secret is that I sometimes think in German. That is really weird, isn't it? Awks.

- Favourite beauty guru[s] who you admire for more than their love for beauty/fashion.
I have 3 favourites then loads others - they are Youtubers though. Soz. Here we go: Sprinkle of Glitter, Zoella, Voussontbeauetbelle. I love how life affirming their videos are and they are just great really.

- If your channel couldn't focus on beauty/fashion, what would it be?
Maybe religion or learn German??

- Name some things that you're obsessed with that other people would find strange or geeky.
I really like Harry Potter - it is so cool! I love how it brings such great values such as bravery and friendship.

Hope you enjoyed it!
See you soon!
I tag you all!    

Gucci Flora - Product Rave!




Hola, chicas!

As you may have guessed from the title I am going to 'rave' right on about my favourite perfume - Gucci Flora. Whoo!

So, I got this perfume ages ago - Christmas 2011 to be very precise *she says lowering her glasses half way down her nose and peering through them with a furrowed brow* and it has served me extremely well. Just under two years later and after using it every day I still have more than half left - so good value for money, I would say. Speaking of money I had better let you know how much I spent on this baby - it was between £30 and £40. It pains me to even write it.  But it is lovely. It has the most delicious smell - it is quite light and floral and is just a encompasses everything that symbolises Spring for me. I loves it, I does. It lasts for so long and is not too overpowering but, at the same time, is not too weak a scent. Perfecto-mondo!
However, that little bow thing that is on the bottle is the most irritating thing to ever exist! It is 7am in the morning, you are late, you run to grab your perfume and quickly spritz and that thing falls off and you have to scramble around trying to get it back onto the bottle. Yes, I have considered getting rid of it. No, I have never been able to throw away something that came as part of something I spent £30+ on.

Hope you're all well and enjoying the sun!
See you soon!