Friday, 22 June 2018

Let's Reflect: Second Year of University


Today's post is a little reflection post on my Second Year of University! I did one after finishing First Year which you can read here if you fancy it!

Second Year has been a whole new adventure, a whirlwind of emotions (and water in my uni house's case). The main difference between First Year and Second Year is definitely the fact that I felt so much more settled this year than last year. During First Year, I realise I did feel very lost and disorientated in terms of where I belonged.

In my accommodation, the main person I connected with was my flatmate who was a Masters student and therefore I spent a lot of time socialising with her and the friends I made through her, but as they were masters students, majority of them did not return when I started Second Year in September. As I was a first year student and they were masters, I did feel a little out of place sometimes even though they were absolutely lovely and looked after me well. My anxiety was very bad and I was adjusting to everything, meaning I didn't socialise much with others and probably missed out on the friendship making part of first year. Looking back now, I can see that a lot of my first year was spent seeing everyone else's experiences going so well and fun (and the year before when I was on my gap year.

Therefore, prior to beginning my second year of university, I was extremely motivated and extremely ready to make the most of my time and do more.
And Second Year actually made me feel a little more comfortable in my surroundings. I made new friends and new housemates and even though living in our student house hasn't been the easiest, I can look back and cherish the memories. I think that's been the key and happiest part of Second Year and it's definitely something I'm grateful for. They say some people come into your life for a reason, and I feel like my housemate definitely did.

The first half of the year was probably the best part, as I do love that time of the year anyway, but I got to spend Halloween with my best friend who came to visit and my housemates as we had a Halloween party which was very enjoyable! Halloween was probably one of my best Halloweens I've ever had as I actually got to celebrate it not once but twice.
I also somehow managed to visit Chester to visit my best friend at uni and also met the SacconeJolys that weekend! I'm still really, really, proud of how I did that weekend as I've mentioned that travelling is not the easiest for me but I honestly had a fabulous time and managed well.

Futhermore, I also got to go to the Christmas markets and see the Christmas lights turned on with my boyfriend which was a lovely memory, as Christmas is probably my favourite time of year! It's something I'd like to do this year too!

Socialising can be a hit and miss for me generally but I'd say I managed better at the start of 2nd Year to be more sociable and did enjoy a fair few social events!

However, towards the end of the year I have definitely lost myself a little. I was full of enthusiasm and optimism in the first semester and gradually things did slide a little.
I'm not sure if it was losing my Gran around the Christmas season and attending her funeral in January, but I've mentioned losing her was very difficult but I believe there's more than one reason.
Generally, I've always put a  lot of pressure on myself to socialise more and do more and make myself happy, but the pressure didn't always pay off and it just came to me feeling unsatisfied.
I attempted to blog about it but couldn't quite get the confidence to publish it.
Dealing with different things at one time can be overwhelming.
I'm a very emotional person and it just overtakes me sometimes which I need to work on. I also worry so much about other people which can further exhaust me!

February did have more events though, me spending my first ever Valentine's Day with my boyfriend and also my best friend visiting and staying the night in my uni house. It was a very busy yet fun week for me!
Another thing which hindered my actual socialising for roughly about a month, was I was struck down with scarlet fever during February/March. This was hard for me as I'd had loads of plans which I'd been excited for and one by one they disappeared and it was pretty disheartening. I was ill for a couple of weeks before getting my antibiotics but I couldn't drink on them so it was pretty annoying!

In terms of grades, mine have slipped a little this year, but my main aim was to get a First in at least one module per year as I got a First last year in one of my projects, luckily I managed to get a First in one of my modules which I was grateful for. Fingers crossed I can get a First somewhere in 3rd year too! In two of my essays, I felt like I had a lot more points to talk about which I need to remember for 3rd year, to have a good think about multiple points before choosing an essay topic!

I even managed to survive a flooding!

Despite all that, I managed to attend a second Final Fling, which is my university's end of year celebration event, which although wasn't as warm as last year, was pretty epic! I decided to go all out with the sequins and glitter this year and wore a blue sequin crop top from Pretty Little Thing. I also wore glitter on my face and eyeshadow. I loved how it looked and I literally am so glad I finally found that top from PLT, as I'd been looking for a while to find something I'd want to wear! I really enjoyed the day and got to see the Vengaboys, Tinchy Stryder, Kelli-Leigh, Sigala.

Moving onwards, I really don't want the uni experience to end as I have definitely grown so, so, much since I started in September 2016. Knowing in September I'll be going into 3rd year, genuinely terrifies me, but I hope that I can keep my life under control and make more positive memories! I recently got in contact with Mind and am in touch and hopefully working on my mental health so hopefully this helps me achieve this! Definitely need to try and get the stressful situations out of my way as it's definitely had a negative effect on my health, hopefully I can learn ways to help myself!

I'd love more than anything to get on top of things, make the most of everything and have loads more happy memories.

Love & hugs,

Claire xxx

Sunday, 10 June 2018

My Fave Places To Buy Clothing!

Hi everyone!

Today I thought I'd share with you my favourite places to buy clothing! Over the past couple of years I've definitely got more into fashion and been a bit more experimental with my clothes buying and my outfits. Time to discuss my favourite shops, carry on reading to find out...

Dress from Boohoo, Shoes from New Look

Boohoo has literally become a staple place for me to look for clothes. They have such amazing clothes and so many choices and the prices are extremely good too! My wishlist fills up so quickly and I'm always impressed with what I buy!

Primark (no website unfortunately!)
Primark is pretty much a shop I'm ALWAYS in and always buying things from. I've bought so many amazing things from Primark, to playsuits, lingerie, onesies, pyjamas and more! They have everything and the prices are fab as well.

Pretty Little Thing
I haven't bought too much from PLT, but they have some absolutely beautiful clothes and the ones I have bought are amazing and I don't regret buying from! I've also never had any delivery problems (touchwood) so far either despite what I've heard from others! They serve some amazing looks.

New Look
New Look's clothes are always very stunning and they are a high street shop which I'll always dip into whenever I'm in town! New Look don't disappoint with the styles they offer and I've also recently got into their shoes too! Definitely one of my favourite shops!

Even though I've actually never bought from Missguided, I absolutely love some of the clothes I've found on there! There's a huge selection of dressier clothes which I love and I'm sure one day I'll end up buying something from them!

George @ Asda
George at Asda may not be some people's first thoughts for clothes, but their clothes are such good quality! I've bought my black jeans from there a few years ago and they've stayed black and stayed in excellent quality!

I love Amazon for clothes, the reason being you can find loads of clothes that you might not find in regular shops, more quirkier and less conventional. I bought my Lemonade jumper from Amazon and I wasn't let down, I think they are a great place to invest in something a little out of the ordinary.

LOTD is a website I've only just become aware of, so I've not bought there yet but they have so many amazing clothes and for super, super cheap prices! I'm really tempted to invest and have a try of their clothes as some of their prices are as little as £5!

So there are my favourite places to shop clothes! What are yours? Let me know in the comments below!

Love & hugs,

Claire xxx

Friday, 8 June 2018

Makeup Revolution Reloaded Newtrals 2 Palette Review


Today's blog post will discuss the (Makeup) Revolution Reloaded Newtrals 2 Palette. I've been playing around with it recently and thought I'd give you a little insight into what I think of it.
Ultimately, this palette boasts a gorgeous collection of warm toned shades, with a mixture of shimmer and matte. These range from oranges, reds, browns, some of which I was intrigued to try as normally I tend to stay towards browns, silvers and neutral shades.

Although initially, this palette wasn't one I'd looked into much, whilst ordering my glitter shadows mentioned in my May Favourites from Superdrug a few weeks back, I found that buying something £4 or over would contribute to me getting free delivery, (it seemed a better offer than just spending almost as much on postage!)

So, a little apprehensively, I added this to my basket and thought I'd give it a go. I'd wanted to try some warmer tones and it seemed to be a great opportunity to go try this, as I own a Makeup Revolution palette already and knew it was amazing quality!

Revolution never seem to disappoint with the exceptional quality of their eyeshadows in addition to the price. The pigmentation is insanely good for the price of £4, you honestly would not expect them to be that price at all if you look at the formula.

The brand executes another fantastic product and proves once again to me that Revolution is a fantastic drugstore brand. 15 shades for £4 of that much quality is just unreal! As you can see you're given a variety of different shades and finishes, enough to give yourself various looks whether you're aiming towards a pink toned look or an orange one.

Although I've found that some of these shades don't really suit my eyes, the ones that do really make them pop and I love how they look. Another thing I'd say is that two of the brown toned shades are very, very similar. They are probably my two negatives over the palette, as everything else was great with it. The shades also don't have names but it's not too big of an issue.

Generally, I'd say it's definitely worth a buy, they are so easy to blend and such beautiful shades, for only £4, even if you aren't 100% sure about warm tones, I recommend you give this a go to have a play around with! That's what I did and I don't regret it!

Have you tried any of Revolution's eye palettes?

Love & hugs,
Claire xxx

Sunday, 3 June 2018

May 2018 Favourites


Welcome back to my blog and indeed to another edition of my monthly favourites. I cannot believe I'm writing my May Favourites as literally it feels like the start of the year was only last week! And also I can't believe my second year of university has ended (stay tuned for an upcoming reflection post on that!). But for now, here are my monthly favourites for May!

Revolution Refill Pressed Glitter - Glisten Up
I bought these as I knew I wanted to go as sparkly as I could for my university's end of year send off and the blue shade matched the top I was wearing. They were reasonably easy to apply and lasted so well for me! I may have to invest in the palette! For this pack you receive 5 different pressed glitters but I used two of them! There are some gorgeous shades in both sets! I'm lowkey tempted to purchase Glisten Here as well!

Herbal Essences Camomile Moisture Balance Shampoo
I'm fairly sure this has entered my favourites before, but I absolutely love the scent of this shampoo! It's so gorgeous and fresh! I'm not entirely sure if it's still sold as I've bought it in Bargain stores when I've recently purchased it, but I really would like it to come back!

Pretty Little Thing
Pretty Little Thing has been slaaaying with their new stock recently, my wishlist has slowly been building and building upwards! I've also bought two tops from them recently too and they are so cute.

Lisa Scott-Lee - Lately
Riot Act - California Soul
Artemesia - Bits + Pieces
Rita Ora, Charli XCX, Bebe Rexha & Cardi B - Girls
Nicki Minaj - Chun-Li
Sugababes - In The Middle
Jennifer Lopez ft Cardi B and DJ Khaled - Dinero
Keri Hilson - Intuition

Love Island (S1 and S2)
Hell's Kitchen

Vienna Mini Ice Creams
Tesco's Peppermint Tea
Aloe Vera Drink

Thank you for reading this post! Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

Claire xxx

Sunday, 27 May 2018

Get That Glow - Revolution's Vivid Baked Bronzer Review

Hi everyone!

So as we're approaching the summer months, there comes a time where a lot of us want that glowy bronzed look, especially if you're like me and you don't tan very easily, you either burn or stay pale!

This post will discuss the Vivid Baked Bronzer in the shade 'Ready To Go' by Makeup Revolution (Or Revolution as they are now known).

I think you will probably know a little about how I feel about this bronzer as I'm fairly sure it made it into my Favourites post a few months back but I thought I'd give it it's own post!

Upon buying it, I went out with not much to go on, wanting a high street bronzer, but nothing that was too full on as I know some bronzers don't suit me.

I gave Ready To Go a go (no pun intended) and instantly fell in love with it! As far as bronzers go, it's quite a shimmery bronzer which I think looks better on me because anything too deep looks a little strange on me as I have a very pale skin tone.
I find the fact it's shimmery takes away some of the boldness of the colour which I personally like.

Only a little goes a long way and it lasts a good few hours as well and is actually wearable on me without looking like I've caked myself in mud or something!

Definitely giving me a gorgeous glow, which is what I was going for.

It really impressed me and the price is only £4, it's a definite bargain! There's two other shades as well 'Rock on World' and 'Golden Days'.

I honestly think it's actually made me like bronzer, as I'd previously been quite apprehensive in case it didn't suit me! If you're pale but want a bit of a glow in the summer months, I'd really recommend this!

You can buy it here from Superdrug online.

Have you tried the bronzer? Let me know in the comments!

Love & hugs,

Claire xxx

Sunday, 20 May 2018

20 Significant Songs Tag

Hi guys!

I'm not sure if this is already a tag or not, but I thought I'd write about 20 songs which are significant to me in some way, either through memories or through their lyrics or something else. As I have a big passion for music, I thought it would be a fun way to include both interesting things about my life and songs that have significance. I hope you enjoy reading some of the significant songs to me!

* Girls Aloud - Can't Speak French
Can't Speak French was a song that got me through a difficult patch during 2008, I am pretty sure I played it every single day for months. It's one of my favourite Girls Aloud songs and holds such a place in my heart. It's hypnotic and a classic, despite not charting as highly as I believe it should have.

* Red Hot Chilli Peppers - By The Way
This song reminds me of summer holidays with my family, when I was younger as I vividly remember hearing it a lot in the car. Whenever it plays I do feel very nostalgic.

* Beyoncé - Freedom
This song is a hugely significant song for me. It's angry toned, vocal delivery.
The lyrics hit a chord, I feel like I can relate to it in my own way, in my own anxiety, freedom is what I crave and this song just makes me feel very empowered. Beyoncé is also one of my favourite artists and Lemonade is arguably my favourite album by her.

* Little Mix - I Won't
This song really stuck out to me whilst at the Little Mix Get Weird tour in 2016, my experience hadn't been the best due to anxiety and arguing parents behind me, as a lot of standing issues meant that people couldn't see, but this song seemed to clear my head and got me properly thinking and since became a major boost track for a low mood. My mood at the concert changed when these lyrics sat with me.

* Jess Glynne - Don't Be So Hard On Yourself
This song was prominent in a very hard time in my life, I would play this religiously to give myself a bit of a boost. I love it and feel like it's a very important track. It's still a track I play when I need a little bit of a boost.

* ATB - 9pm Till I Come
This used to play on many occasions whilst on my way back from my grandparents house in earlier years, as we used to travel back during a radio show which would play dance anthems and this is one of the ones I remember mostly. It makes me think of travelling in the car in the dark and feeling peaceful and nostalgic.

* Scooter - Posse
This is one of my favourite songs from my childhood as me and my brother listened to Scooter a lot when we were younger. Posse was always my favourite and it makes me feel very nostalgic and happy yet ready to party. I still love it today and would love to hear it on a night out. I still hope for that to happen!! I refuse to die until I've raved to this in a club.

* Michael Jackson - Thriller
Thriller has a place here because it brings back good memories as I go to Blackpool most years with family and one of my favourite illuminations is the Haunted House which plays Thriller amongst other horror related songs. We always spend time outside it.

* Five - Everybody Get Up
I put this in here because it weirdly got played at two of the events I went to at my university's SU. It therefore reminds me of them and First Year in general!

* One Direction - Best Song Ever
Best Song Ever takes me back to 2013 which was one of my favourite summers, I spent a lot of it with my best friend and we were very One Direction obsessed then and I have really good memories of that summer, we went on walks and basically chatted for hours. I miss that time in my life. Best Song Ever's music video is also iconic and still makes me smile and laugh today. Leeroy is life.

* The B52s- Love Shack
This track reminds me of Leavers Ball 2015, when me and my best friend danced to it on the dancefloor and I was feeling really good and really enjoyed myself. It brings back good memories.

* Christina Milian - When You Look At Me
This song screams nostalgia to my childhood. I must have heard it at a lot of kids' parties back in the day and I still love it to this day. Christina Milian made some fab tracks.

* Ellie Goulding - Your Song
Ellie Goulding's version of Your Song has a big significance to me because one of my best friends recorded herself singing it for me and also performed it in public too. She's still one of my best friends to this day and I would always feel very proud hearing of her singing progress and whenever she sent me videos of her singing. Caroline, shout out to you ;)

* The Saturdays - All Fired Up
Very similarly to Best Song Ever, All Fired Up reminds me of a very good summer. It also reminds me of good times within the Sats fandom and it's also still one of my favourite Saturdays tracks.

* Pharrell Williams - Fun Fun Fun
This song is so happy and cheerful, not only is it from Despicable Me series, which I like, but it also reminds me of my dad because he's a big fan of this song and some of Pharrell's tracks.

* Aaliyah - One In A Million
I chose this simply because the lyrics are so precious and it's the title track of my favourite Aaliyah album too, which makes it more significant. It's one of those songs that would be perfect for a wedding I feel.

* Dua Lipa - New Rules
This has 2 big significances to me, one being it reminds me of when I first started Second Year and me and my housemate put this on a lot, but also I have a very funny video from my 21st birthday when I snapchatted me and my friend singing along to it and the DJ noticed and called us out on it and you can hear it in the video.  

* JLS - Outta This World
Outta This World is a very significant song to me as it brings back memories and the feelings of little 13 year old me (crying) at my very first concert, when JLS came out and were right in front, in the air above in the air, literally right there. It was my first ever concert experience and I was obsessed with them at that point and it was a good time in life when that album was also out. The song just reminds me of the sheer surreal feeling I had at that point. It was the first song I heard them perform live.

* A-h-a - Take on Me
I don't think of this song the same way anymore, after my little hamster Humphrey when he was little, stopped and was seemingly mesmerised at a performance of the song on the TV. He literally just sat and stared in the direction of the TV and since then I've joked on numerous occasions that it was his favourite song. Also, sadly Humphrey passed away this week, he was just under 2 and a half years old. (RIP Humph x)

* Coldplay - In My PlaceThis is another song which just makes me feel very nostalgic every time I hear it and reminds me of when I was younger.

* Jennifer Lopez - Ain't Your Mama
Another one me and my housemates have played to death in the living room TV this year, you can't go wrong with a bit of JLO. There's a certain number of songs which are always played in our uni house haha!!

There we have the songs! Did you enjoy this post? In the comments, please let me know a significant song to you!!

Love & hugs,

Claire xxx

Saturday, 12 May 2018

Purple Makeup Look // Collab With The Diary of Ellie

Hey everyone!!

Today's post is actually a collab with Ellie from The Diary of Ellie.
We both decided to do purple makeup looks, as we both love the colour purple very much.
I feel like it was a very exciting look to do! Please note that I'm not the best at makeup, (in fact I'm pretty shit!) I don't claim to be a makeup artist or anything, I just thought I'd show you what I created! I've never really done a post like this before, so it's new to me!

All products will be listed below!

Maybelline Colour Tattoo: Crème De Rose
NYX Love in Paris/Parisian Chic Palette (Shade 4)
Morphe 360 35P (Plum Palette)
Benefit They're Real Mascara
Rimmel Match Perfection (Light Porcelain)
Millie Macintosh Luxe Glow Face Illuminator
Sleek Solstice Highlight Palette
Sleek Cream Contour Kit (Light)
MAC Honeylove

In terms of the Morphe palette, I used them in this order (5 on my lower lash line and slightly in the centre of my lid)

Thank you so much for reading! Let me know what you think!! And thank you so much for the collab Ellie! If you'd like to read Ellie's post which shows her purple look, you can do here!

Love & hugs,

Claire xxx