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Sunday, 29 March 2015

FOTD #1



Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser SPF 20 'Natural'
Mac Pro Longwear Concealer 'NW20'
Rimmel Stay Matte Powder 'Transparent'
MUA Undress Your Skin Shimmer Highlighter
Benefit Hoola Bronzer
Sleek Blush 'Pomegranate'
No7 Stay Perfect Smoothing Eye Shadow 'Nude'
Mac Eyeshadows 'Antiqued', 'All That Glitters', 'Vanilla'
Soap & Glory Archery Brow Tint & Pencil
L'oreal Super Liner So Couture
Benefit They're Real Mascara
Mac Lipstick 'Twig'

LBS: The Little Black Shoes




Nothing beats a pair of black shoes you can wear with nearly everything. These are my favourites, the three I wear the most. All from New Look, where most of my shoes are from, mainly because I have fat feet and need wide fit shoes for practicality. I need to branch out in colour really, but black is just so much easier. It works with everythinggg...  



Tuesday, 24 March 2015

"Sincerely Yours, The Breakfast Club..."



"Saturday, March 24, 1984. Shermer High School, Shermer, Illinois, 60062."

It's a bit of a cliche for a teenage girl to love 80's movies. But, I really do and always have loved 'The Breakfast Club'. John Hughes and his brat pack created a timeless movie about rebellion and the joys and troubles of being young. It's sadly true that we'll all turn in to our parents despite our best wishes not to. It's also true that you can have a strong bond with someone one day and not speak to them or acknowledge their existence the next. There is a lot more to a face or stereotype than you realise. However, there is no guaranteeing Judd Nelson will kiss you in a car park and no brilliant power ballad for the end of detention. The detention that took place today, fictionally.

As five teenagers discover things about themselves in Saturday detention, they face a villainous principal and break through their stereotypes just for a day. It seems that, the students have very little in common and all dislike each other instantly. However, they eventually bond over the issues of parental expectations and peer pressure. They manage to confide in each other, emphasize with each others struggles and come understand that they are more alike than different.

"...and these children that you spit on, as they try to change their worlds are immune to your consultations. They're quite aware of what they're going through..." Changes // David Bowie

So I'm celebrating this legendary movie, it's undying nature and my undying love for it.

"Dear Mr Vernon, we accept the fact that we had to sacrifice a whole Saturday in detention for whatever it was we did wrong. But we think you're crazy to make us write an essay telling you who we think we are. You see us as you want to see us - in the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions. But what we found out is that each one of us is a brain, and an athlete, and a basket case, a princess, and a criminal. Does that answer your question? Sincerely yours, The Breakfast Club."

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Time To Change

Well, it's time to talk about health and fitness. I'm not happy with my body. I never have been. I am in my eyes very overweight and unhappy because of it. I know there are plenty of people who would argue with me about my decisions and the way I see myself however, in the end I think it's all about making yourself happy first. I'm sick of moaning and feeling sorry for myself, it's time to change. This is quite personal to me but my body is my body and I am proud of what I'm doing to change it. 

Today's breakfast! Poached eggs on wholemeal toast with salt and pepper, 
spinach leaves with balsamic vinegar, lemon tea and water. Nom nom nom.

In order to be healthier (and therefore stronger, happier and more confident) I have set myself small targets and guidelines. You have to keep it realistic though. I am fully aware and have accepted that I will never be, 1.) a Victoria's Secret model 2.) size 8 3.) completely happy with the way I look. But that is okay, as long as I'm doing something positive about it.

To begin with I've started exercising more often. I'm always busy, even more so with work and exams but, I'm finding time to go for a quick walk. To begin with, that's enough. I will eventually get stronger and be able to do more but at the moment, gentle exercise is okay. Anyone who knows me would just laugh because I'm certainly not the most active of teenage girls in the country, I have never been good at sports. But I'm trying really hard. I don't think there is realistically any way I will ever step into a gym however, I'm walking and cycling as well as going to a dance fitness class once a week. It's such a relaxed form of exercise and it really is a laugh. I'm always getting it wrong but everyone does even those teaching! No matter what I've done, I feel like I've accomplished something afterwards. 

I'm drinking or trying to drink a lot more water too. It's so good to flush out bad toxins and keep you going and make you (and your body) happier. I'm also getting better sleep which is hard for me because I don't sleep well anyway and have a tendency to do my coursework, read, text or blog in the until early hours. But I need more sleep if I want the energy to change.

Food wise I'm just cut out all the crap without depriving myself. I've said goodbye to processed foods like cakes, biscuits, chips and crisps. I've banished fast food even though I hate McDonalds anyway. The only thing I struggle to part with is pizza, but I guess that's just my cheat meal. I've spent so much money on fruit/vegetables, bought lower fat milk  and even started cooking for myself. I'm being sensible though. If I want a cookie, I will have a cookie bu it's all in moderation.

I think what I really need and lack is motivation, so I made a fitblr! You can see what my fitblr is here. I love it because it's so chilled and positive that if I can't be bothered to work out or want to binge I just remind myself of the benefits and my goal.

Of course this is just the beginning of a lifetime goal. I know it won't happen instantly, I know I'll get distracted and lose my way slightly. In the future I'd love to try yoga, pilates or areobics too. I'd love some advice from those who have started being more active and their motivational methods.

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Soap & Glory Favourites


I love Soap & Glory. A lot. The puns, the pretty warm shades and the black and pink packaging. I have not found a Soap & Glory product I have been disappointed with. So many of their products could be high end. These are a few of my favourites that I use nearly everyday.


Archery Brow Tint & Precision Shaping Pencil
My eyebrows have no in between. They're either shaped well and stay put or straggly and all over the place. This product is my favourite brow product ever, it makes them look so natural, in line and shaped whilst totally avoiding the drawn-on look.

Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick in 'Nudist'
I love this sooooo much. The product reminds me of Clinique's Chubby Sticks just 10x better. It's such a subtle, pretty, pinky colour. It doesn't dry my lips out or make them overly sticky either. It's slick and adds so much shine and volume. I pretty much take it everywhere with me now. It nearly went through the wash in my jeans the other day and I might have cried. It also has a really nice subtle vanilla smell (think MAC lipstick).

Trick and Treatment Concealer
Tired? Bags? Dark circles? This concealer is so brightening for the under eyes and so nice to blend. It's quite a thick formula but doesn't feel it and doesn't budge for a good few hours.



Solar Powder
A cult drugstore bronzing classic. The super blend-able, complimentary shades are really nice and warm with my skin tone yet still so subtle. This is really nice for contouring cheekbones and so easy to use. 




Supercat Liquid Black Eyeliner Pen
I only ever use eyeliner pens or gel liner. I can never work with messy products, I need quick and convenient. This one is probably one of the best eyeliner pens out there. It's long lasting and doesn't budge like so many others do after 10 minutes. It's so good for a cat flick because it's nib is just the right thickness.


Lid Stuff Eyeshadow Quad
I wasn't expecting a lot, I just really liked the shades in this quad because I'm such a neutral shade girl. Wow. There is so much pigmentation on these colours. They're super blend-able and all work so well together. It's quickly becoming my everyday quad, this one is again, always in my makeup bag. And there's no stupid spongey eye shadow stick because Soap & Glory think you'd prefer to use 'a proper eye shadow brush'.




Sunday, 15 March 2015

OOTD #2: Monochrome & a Pop of Colour


Leather Jacket - Dorothy Perkins
Grey Knitted Dress - New Look
Tights - Primark
Brown Boots - New Look
Scarf - Ebay

Happiness Is When Your Mother Is One Of Your Best Friends








The woman who has always supported me, shares my pain, my thoughts, my laughs and my tears is my wonderful Mother. All my wrong choices, my stupid worries and my hard work she has helped me through. And though I am a very difficult person to deal with on a day-to-day basis, she never once gets fed up with my emotions. Now more than ever, I am realising just how much I need her, just to get through my day. I know she would drop anything for me. Despite the cheesy things I get tagged in on facebook, she can't embarass me as hard as she tries. She really is the strongest, most caring woman I know with such understated beauty she doesn't even know she has. My rock, my best friend. Mum, I love you and I promise not to delete your comments on this post. Happy Mother's Day!

Saturday, 14 March 2015

The Happiest Place on Earth | Disneyland 2015


Disneyland. The most magical place in the world, the happiest place on earth, where dreams come true. My most favorite place in the world. Ah. Once again, I got to run around Disneyland Paris like a child with the excuse of a 3 hour media conference. Oh how educational!



We spent most of the first day travelling. We were split into teams, Team Tigger (whooo), Piglet, Eeyore and the unfortunately named Team Pooh and we wore colour co-ordinated hoodies for comfort and to spark team rivalry. We had our own chants, our own jokes and roll-calls. Our coach driver Neil, four teachers and around 30 students took coach, euro-tunnel and foot to reach our Hotel. The euro tunnel itself was a challenge as after climbing through 25 sets of air-lock doors to the toilet, we were asked to return to our vehicles and my friend and I ran. I kept thinking that it felt like something out of 'Divergent' with all the carriage jumping and running as the countryside rolled along the windows. We made it back in time anyway. Just.



We stayed at Hotel Cheyenne, a Wild West/cowboy themed hotel complete with boot shaped lamps. It was sweet and our cabin, 'Cochise 12' was home to our whole group. That's where our group of misfits or '11 Assemble' was formed. Charlotte, Shannon and I had a room adjoined to Lily and Ishy. Opposite us was Ellie, Rosa and Jess and next door to that was Sam, Sam and Dale. Our rooms were spacious and homely and though we all tried to stay tidy, with people running in and out, it didn't stay that way for long. The only complaint about the accommodation was the lack of towels and Ishy's suspected-bin-hiding-hair-band-stealing-maid.


We were all starving by this point, so headed out to Disney Village for a meal at Planet Hollywood. After a very short wait, and saying the number 11 which would be uttered in every queue for the rest of our holiday, we were shown two tables. We're still not sure if we skipped the line accidentally but, we received lots of glares from couples and families waiting. Let's just say 11 pretty much guaranteed us a space every time. However, I picked the short straw and my table was served second so we waited whilst our cruel friends moaned about how good their pasta and burgers were. After our walk back to the hotel, we had a giggle or two and went to bed drowsy.



Not many of us slept well the first night. I blame the excitement. But after a breakfast which consisted everyday of bread, making lunch from the buffet for later, confused tourists, broken WiFi and repetitive announcements we headed down to Disneyland Park.








The walk past vintage shops, boutiques, flowers, and stalls is wonderful; all paving the way to Sleeping Beauty's palace. Le Ch√Ęteau de la Belle au Bois Dormant. (Thank god for our Disneyland to Chav translator Lily). The pink and blue palace is so beautiful I nearly cried. Cuteness aside, the first ride we chose was one of my favourites, 'Big Thunder Mountain'. 








Frontierland was not open when we arrived so we waited, ready to run for a shorter queue. I'm not proud of the way we pushed past small children and lost a few of us on the way but in the end we all made it to the ride. There, our roll-call of 11 was born and we allocated each other numbers so we could make sure we were all together. I was number 7. Numbers  5 and 8 proved the most challenging as they were always distracted, lost or didn't hear. The ride itself was brilliant and we only waited for 5 minutes. The same happened for Indiana Jones and Pirates of the Caribbean. 




Between the running to and from rides, we always managed to get stuck in the middle of parades. I nearly cried when Mary Poppins walked past me (I love Julie Andrews so much). But, we also managed to get trapped by every single 'Goofy's Garden Teaparty' which stopped us from going where we needed to go. Breaking hypothetical Disneyland laws and escaping before we got closed off, we looked like idiots. 



We also experienced 'Peter Pan's Flight', 'Lancelot's Carousel', 'Mad Hatter's Tea Cups', 'Buzz Lightyear Lazer Blast' (which I was terrible at, congratulations Sam Langridge) and 'Star Tours'. Unfortunately, my favourite ride 'Space Mountain' was closed and this broke our hearts. We were also traumatised by 'It's A Small World' (Lily in particular). There's something creepy about dolls singing the same words over and over again in different languages. 













The actual parade at 5.30 was amazing, despite Charlotte's disappointment that Ariel was not invited. Yet again Mary Poppins was flawless. We headed straight for Pizza Planet then, which was an all-you-can-eat-buffet, worth the $20 we had budgeted. It was a disappointing interior though, honestly. 











Then we emptied our purses in every shop in Disney Village and headed towards the castle for some amazing fireworks. Despite the rain, we were all amazed. I love the Disney Dreams! show, especially the Aladdin and Tangled parts. It's so clever and magical! We then trekked back to the hotel. It's safe to say, we slept a lot better that night. It could've been that we were knackered or the fact that my Mother had packed two sachets of calpol in a first aid kit and Charlotte and I wanted to sleep better. It pretty much knocked us out instantly. All hail calpol.


In the morning we yawned through another breakfast of lunch making (seriously there were so many rolls). Although Rosa lost her park ticket which was traumatic yet expected from one of us. My favourite rides (ever) were 'Aerosmith/Rock 'n' Roller Coaster' and 'Crush's Coaster', both of which are high-adrenaline, thrilling, dark and fast. We also went on the 'Twilight Zone Tower of Terror', which made me question out loud if I was dead. But, even Ellie who's scared of heights and Lily who's pretty much terrified of everything survived. Aerosmith is so good, and the queue was so short that we went back for more.


Then it came to the downer of the day, the Media Live conference. But really, the conference was quite interesting, with various speakers sharing expertise and anecdotes. But, no matter how interesting the conference was, we were clearly eager to head out to the park again. 



Our last few hours in Disneyland involved, another trip to 'Aerosmith' and 'Crush's Coaster', a surprisingly good McDonald's wannabe and frantic last minute shopping. We had a later curfew than usual seeing as it was the last night. But all we really wanted was to be together in the rooms. 





So at around 8.30, we hit up Starbucks and walked past people selling us voice changing sweets and glow in the dark toys. We went to the bus stop and I'm glad as the bus journey was a lot quicker than walking. After showers and pyjamas, our group of 11 assembled in our room to watch the Cheetah Girls (the crap one without Raven), French Masterchef and a cartoon about Zebras whilst adding our own subtitles. After that, the boys got thrown out and we stayed up talking about the random crap teenagers always do. The journey home was long and depressing but most of us slept all the way back to England.



There were so many more memories and so many things I've learned. I've formed friendships with people I never thought I would. I had such an incredible time full of private jokes and 10 other wonderful people to share them with. I love Disneyland an unbelievable amount and I really want to be there right now.