7 things about life after graduation.

Good Morning on Friday, June 30th. 

I wanted to do something a little different for this post as the last couple have been product reviews so I wanted to write one on the things that people don’t tell you about life after graduation.

1. A world without semesters. All your life, you’ve been accustomed to regular turnover. Nothing lasts more than a few months — so even if you hate your psych professor, you move on after four months and it’s no sweat and I mean I’ve been in full-time education for near enough 17 years. But this doesn’t happen when you have a job and live in something that’s not a dorm. You can’t just move or quit every few months to freshen things up, it’s time to make some decisions about what you want do for a career and get ready to enter the adult world of work.

2. How Much?! You thought you knew what all the expenses would be, but I swear, there were some our parents just kept from us and you’ll feel a little betrayed by how much it costs just to be alive every day. Like who knew phone bills and actual adult groceries (produce, not frozen pizzas) were so expensive?

3. Bedtime…what bedtime? It is literally not possible to exist on the student sleep patterns of 4 hours or pulling multiple all-nighters.  You can try, but you’ll literally feel like you’re dying all day long if you don’t get a healthy seven to eight hours every night. No more all-nighters, which is a huge relief.

4. Doesn’t time fly?. I thought the weeks leading up to graduation and deadlines went quickly but after that final exam when you get that sense of freedom time seems to speed up even more. When time is measured by the two-week period between paychecks instead of the four month period of a semester, it goes by wayyyy faster, and you all of a sudden get what your parents meant when they said, “Time’s going by way too fast.”

5. Maybe that last glass of wine wasn’t the best idea after all. After graduation not only do hangovers become exponentially worse but showing up to work hungover is no longer as charming as it used to be (and let’s be honest, was it ever really charming?) Sure, you used to be able to roll out of bed, go to a class or two, and head home to sleep it off, but working a 9-to-5 with a hangover is a whole different story.You may also find yourself relishing the nights you spend sober and by yourself, rather than wanting to go out every night (congratulations, you’re an adult!).

6. Savings. Emergencies happen all the time, and the last thing you want is to have to move back home just because your bathtub overflowed and flooded your apartment, and the repairs bankrupted you. I always try to transfer £100 at the end of each month which I can then draw on for rent or car maintenance if it is still a while until my next pay day. 

7. Completely and utterly lost.  This is probably the stage I am at now where university is done and now its time to find a proper job to make some money whilst trying to figure out what you want to do for the rest of your life. But what nobody tells you about life after college is that everybody is just making it up as they go along.  You’re not the only one endlessly sending resumes and subsisting on fast food and ramen. The great news? It only gets better from here.

As always I hope you have found this somewhat interesting  and that you all have a good weekend whether you are working, treating yourself to a lie in or binge watching the latest series on Netflix. 

Until next time, 

Emily xx 

Jeffree Star cosmetics- Liquid Lipsticks

Good morning on Wednesday, June 28th. I hope you are all having a good week so JeffreeStarCosmetics-VelourLiquidLipsticks-REVIEW-SWATCHES-34171far and if not well we are half way through the working week now so not that long until the weekend- I’m off to see Rick Astley! Right now I am in the middle of sorting out the rest of the things I have brought home from uni as well as attempting to organize and book a holiday, find a job and get ready for graduation in terms of finding the perfect dress/ shoes etc.  So I thought why not squeeze in a blog post both updating and sharing with you my thoughts on the Liquid Lipsticks from Jeffree Star Cosmetics which have become a firm favorite.

I love the formula of this product as I have been a long time fan of liquid lipsticks and so images (2)am always on the hunt for something that will stay put for a considerable amount of time without flaking off or going patchy. In terms of the consistency these products are kind of a mixture between a lipstick and gloss but at the same time they are not shiny drying down matte and are not uncomfortable or sticky. My favorite shades are Rose Matter which is a really pretty corally pink color which is perfect for summer, Leo which is again a very pretty dark nude and finally the limited edition Manny MUA Velour Liquid Lipstick in the shade I’m Shook which is a deep rose color. I also love the applicator for this product as the wands are fairly short and chunky, they have a largely sized doe foot applicator and pick up a good amount of product.

These aren’t the easiest to get hold of in the UK needing to either ship them from the US or I have ordered mine from Beauty Bay retailing at £16. Whilst this is more expensive than those available in the drugstore I think that you are more than pairing for the formula and the quality of the product. Overall if you are a fan of liquid lipsticks then these are something that you should check out and the shades are incredible.

As always I hope you found this interesting- the plan is that there will be a post every Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday from now on depending on how things go so keep your eyes peeled !!

Emily xxx

The Ordinary

Good morning…well afternoon on Friday June 23rd 2017,

Whilst powering through the tonne of stuff shipped home from university started download (2)yesterday I thought I would share with you my thoughts on one of the most talked about affordable skincare brands on the market right now and the few products that I have tried from them that I love. If you don’t know The Ordinary hit the market with a big bang back in 2016 created by Brandon Truaxe the founder of many other gorgeous skincare brands such as NOID, The Abnormal Beauty Company, Deciem, Hylamide and many more. The Ordinary aims to be honest and provide good skincare with ingredients that are proven to work at a very affordable price.

I have only tried a couple of products from them so far and I really like all of them so fardownload (3) and I cant wait to try some more although they are not that easy to get hold of but, when they are in stock I usually order from ASOS. The first thing I really like is the Advanced Retinoid 2% at £8, I’m not going into the science as while I understand some of it I am nowhere near an expert and therefore will leave the link to the website here  where you can go and read more about the retinoid as well as the whole range. This emulsion I use at night after cleansing and my acid toner but before my moisturiser- only a few drops as you really dont need much and during the day I do make sure that I am using some form of SPF. I like this product because it is really light and absorbs into the skin quickly not leaving m face feeling sticky.

Alongside this I use the Salicylic Acid 2% solution £4 for 15ml, I apply a few drops to imagesfreshly cleansed skin to help prevent any spots but I may also target this on specific blemishes as needed. As a beta hydroxyl acid, this product exfoliates the skin and offers to fight the appearance of blemishes as well as visibly better skin over time and continued use. Again I really like this product however out of all of them this is the one that leaves my skin feeling the stickiest and you really don’t get very much product but my current bottle has lasted just over a month and I am needing to re-order pretty soon.

The last things that I have tried from the range are the primers, having tested out both images (1)the high-spreadability fluid primer which comes in a bottle similar to the one above and my favourite the high-adherence silicone primer. This uses advanced adaptive silicones to act as a matte, hydrating, blurring primer for makeup that looks higher in definition and adheres for longer.  This does have that thick silicone feel so of you don’t like that then this is not the product for you and I love how my makeup looks using this primer at £4 I think this is definitely worth the money!

As always I hope this has been of some use to you but definitely go and check out the website as that is much better at explaining what everything does and this is definitely the range to try out if you are just getting into skincare.

I hope you all have a good Friday and weekend!!

Emily xx

 

 

Dior Addict Lip Tattoo and update

Good morning on Thursday June 22nd,

I hope you are all well and have enjoyed the gorgeous weather we have had here in the UK although right now it is raining but at the same time, it is almost the weekend !!!  I thought I would quickly update you as I have found out that I am graduating in the summer with a 2:1 and now all I need to do is find a job and everything will be on track. Having moved back home there seems to be stuff everywhere and that is more than a little stressful but after I have written this post I am off to sort through the mountains of clothes that seem to have just appeared. I also wanted to share a new purchase which has very quickly become one of my favourites. I realise that this is a  bit of a mess but recently I have really found it difficult to focus enough to sit down in front of my laptop and right a post for you but at the same, I have really wanted to focus on my blog and getting it how I want it.

I want to talk about is a new release from Dior, the lip tattoo range particularly in the colour cherry which is my current favourite. These products are actually the first long wear lip tint by Dior, with it’s 10 hours hold. I love the comfortable and light formula of this product combined with the no-transfer finish which means that you don’t have to worry about smearing this everywhere which is a constant worry for me when wearing any lip which isn’t a nude. I also really like the sheer colour of this product which I think that these products are great if you do want to the brightness of a liquid lip but rather enhances our natural lip colour. It also doesn’t take that long for these products to “dry” as just a few seconds after application, the formula adheres to the lips with an incredibly comfortable no-makeup feel- perfect for summer.

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The lip tattoo comes in a range of 6 colours going from a pale nude to a very summery berry meaning that I think that there is a shade for all skin types. The shade Cherry 761 has been identified as being the most universal colour and it is easy to see why as it is a bold pink which again makes this colour really great for summer but I can see myself continuing to wear this into the fall.

At £25 these are high end and I do want to attempt to find a dupe for you but I highly recommend that you head down to your local counter and have a play, this is one of the most expensive lip products I have purchased being much more a drug store girl but I think this is well worth the money.

I’m sorry for the lack of photos but for some reason I can’t get them off the camera and onto my laptop which is probably very close to death right now so I just have the one, hopefully, we will be back up and running for next time.

I hope you all have a good rest of the week and there will be another post hopefully over the weekend so keep your eyes peeled!

 

 

 

aeroplane essentials

Good Afternoon everyone, 

I hope you are all having a good weekend so far and here in the UK it finally feels like summer with the weather being amazing! Today was also my last week at my placement and it was really sad to say goodbye to all the children that I have come to know and love  but as I am also moving out of my university house it was no longer practical to keep going but I have made some good friends and I hope to stay in contact with all of them! As I am currently surrounded by boxes and there isn’t much else to update you with combined with the ever looming summer holidays I thought I would share with you some of my holiday which I have taken on holiday before and will continue to do so this year. Due to the amount of stuff I have decided to make this into a couple of posts starting with this one going on to cover sunscreens,  top clothing picks, shoes, skincare, and make-up.  

The Plane 

  1.   Earplugs, eye mask etc: Depending on the length of your flight you might want ear plugs, a toothbrush and toothpaste and an eye mask. If I am going on a long haul flight then I also like to take a couple of face masks as your skin becomes dry on the plane and also it helps to pass them time. Whilst some airline do offer these products I think that it is better to take your own just in case and really they don’t take up a lot of space in your carry on.
  2.  Painkillers and anti-bacterial: Planes are full of germs as everyone breathes in the same circulated air and more often than not I have ended up with a cold or really irritating cough on the way to my holiday destination. I always pack painkillers as they already feature in my daily bag but I take both Paracetamol and Ibopurafen primarily to help with headaches more than anything else as the last thing I want to do is spent a good couple of hours in a high-pressure environment with a pounding headache. I also make sure to take antibacterial hand gel or a spray as well as hand wipes as again I really don’t want to catch anything and it’s easier than getting up to wash my hands. I really like the Soap and Glory hand gel at £2.50 which doesn’t completely dry out your hands and smells real good!
  3. Moisturiser– Hydration will literally be sucked from your skin whilst on a flight so take a thick and nourishing cream such as Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Cream (£70) to lather on when your face feels a little dry. I know this is a total luxury and there and great ones on the highstreet but I have found this great for those long haul flights. As I am heading over to Portugal this summer I wont take anything like this as it is just too hot, but instead decant a little of my L’Oreal Hydra Genius if I really want to.  
  4. Hair- Currently I have bleached hair which is actually going lighter in a few weeks and so I do have a couple of must have things to protect it but that is another post. I always travel with my hair up either in a messy bun or a ponytail but usually plaited just to keep it out of my face. A couple of grips, spare hair bands and a brush always have a place in my carryon luggage. 
  5. Swimming costume- Over recent years I have found myself slipping a bikini into my bag to take on the flight just in case something happens to my case or I really just want to head straight down to the pool- this way there is no need to hunt through my case. I am planning to do a whole post on bikini and beach wear but my current favorite is the Scallop Edge Bikini from Warehouse which I brought in the stunning purple color through ASOS at £34 for the set.
  6. Sunscreen- If you take only one item on holiday, let it be this. There is nothing more important when it comes to health and beauty than taking care in the sun. I don’t use anything lower than SFP 30 and pack both a  body sun cream and a face SPF. Whilst these usually travel in my main suitcase I do take a small travel mini in my bag either for top up whilst away or for that first hit on hot weather. One of my favourites is the PIZ BUIN® Ultra Light Dry Touch Face Fluid SPF30 50ml at £9. Taking this on the plane means that everything liquid needs to be under 100ml and already adding an SPF into my daily routine means that I don’t think I will bother this year. 
  7. Sunglasses- Putting on your sunnies as you step out of the plane really makes you feel on holiday and whilst I take more than one pair I defiantly have some in my carry on. Currently, I am loving the River Island Flat Lense Metallic Sunglasses at £14 through ASOS as well as the Jeepers Peepers Flat Lens Cat Eye Sunglasses at £24  again through ASOS. 8. Entertainment- Having something to do in an essential on any flight and whilst I do take plenty of books away with me, more often than not I turn to music or my iPad on flights either binge watching my current series at it is now possible to download Netflix and Amazon prime. My current favorite is Blood Line whilst I await the return of Suits and Supernatural although I have gone back and watched right from the beginning more than once! I also make sure that I have a plug charger as well as portable one to make sure that I don’t miss out on anything whether it is the stunning scenery or tense ending to an episode.

    That’s it for now as otherwise, I think this post could go on for a really long time! I hope you found it somewhat interesting to read:D

Until next time,

Emily xx

Monday June 12th 2017

Hello everyone,

I didn’t  really know what to write about for this post so it has kinda turned into a mixture of things. As Ikem-chong-nang-la-roche-posay-anthelios-xl-ultra-light-fluid-spf-50-50ml-10-768x538 am writing this I am travelling back home for a few days although since finishing university all I seem to be doing is travelling back and forward between Nottingham and Home and whilst this does only take  2 hours on the train  the ever changing bed and darkness of the room has completely thrown off my sleep patterns which I have to say are pretty bad anyway through the all nighters of a dissertation to binge watching on Netflix. I am in no way complaining about being able to have a staBle roof over my head as I know there are plenty of people who have it far worse than I do but combined with finishing off my placement and packing up the flat I feel (and look) exhausted with the dark circles under my eyes only getting darker !!

Along with this fascinating update about my life I thought i would tie in a product review  as entering my 20s I made the decision to really set up and work on a skin care routine moving from just using a foaming cleanser and micellar water  I have no a 5 step routine in the evenings and I am always looking to change and try new products which I want to share with you as I discover new favourites or those that just didn’t work out for me. So moving into products such as Retinoids and acids art night it is really important that you use a good SPF not every day if you are not spending any time in the sunshine and here in the UK the weather seems to be changing all the time. As we move into the warmer weather I thought I would share my current SPF favourite which is great both as part of an acid based skin Clare routine but also if you want to build another layer of protection underneath your everyday make-up routine.

The product that I want to share with you today is the Anthelios XL Ultra Lights Fluid SPF 50+ by La Roche-Posey. This is a  high broad-spectrum protection sunscreen fluid which has a very light texture which is very different to the classic sunscreens that I was used to which are often ver thick and heavy but the smell always take you back to your holiday and I use the version for normal to combination skin. This product is really easy to apply and doesn’t leave my skin feeling sticky which is what I really like about this product as well as the fact that there is no odd looking white cast and it does sit well under foundation. I also love that this product offers broad, and photostable UVA/UVB protection with an optimal SPF of 50+ which means that I don’t have to worry about using multiple products to ensure that I am covered and the fact that it is water resistant helps too. However,  are spending long periods of time outside in the sunshine you do need to reapply regularly.

Overall I really like this product and will definitely repurchase it, the only thing I would say if that I don’t bother with it if I am spending the day in front of my laptop and only popping out to the local shops because it really isn’t necessary but for those days relaxing on the beach or in the garden this is one of my favourite products and it is easily built into your existing routine.

I hope you enjoyed this mixture of things, as I am still moving forward and backward over the next couple of weeks I think I will keep it like this and then re-evaluate from there. I also really want to do a couple of posts on holiday essentials so let me know if this is something you would be interested in.

Until next time,

Emily xxx

Something new- A product review

Hello and welcome back,Pixi-Caroline-Hirons-Double-Cleanse-Review-2-800x727

With my exams finished and being home for the week I thought that I would actually concentrate and work on my blogs so I am starting p this week with something totally different and not at all related to university as I want to share with you my latest skincare love. Having been a long time fan of balm based cleansers I was more than excited to try the Double Cleanse collaboration between Caroline Hirons and Pixi.

If you are unsure of the double cleanse process it is basically where you cleanse once to remove your make-up before going in again to cleanse the skin. This product as an oil based step one which starts as a solid balm and then transforms into an oil as you work it into the skin breaking down all make-up from red lips to waterproof mascara. I then remove is with a warm flannel, dry the skin before moving onto step 2. The oil doesn’t leave any residue as feels really good to just remove everything at the end of a long day.

Step two is a cleansing cream which again I work into my skin and it is this side which you can use in the morning however especially in the warmer where we are currently experiencing in the U.K. I prefer to just use a micelles water in the mornings with anything else being a little too heavy.  The cream feels really soothing but st the same time like you are giving your skin a really good clean readŷ for the next day. Both sides are un fragranced which and gentle with no nasties so this product is great for any skin type. I would say the only issue would be if you have very oily skin then this might still be too heavy but again you do wash everything off so maybe not.  The cleanser is paraben free, fragrance free and it’s not tested on animals. It’s really non-offensive but also completely effective at the same time!

Once you have removed your make up with the oil  and wiped with an obligatory flannel, a market which Caroline has single handedly kept a float with her advice, it’s time to move on to step 2. The thick and luxurious cream cleanser promotes cell renewal and elasticity with Arginine which Vitamin C boosts collagen and a Peptide Complex helps tackle fine lines. As the cream cleanser is so thick, it feels like a luxurious treat to the skin after removing the days makeup and grime. It feels like a nice pampering treat at the end of a hard day. Neither the oil nor the cleanser leave you feeling greasy. The skin is ready to move on to the skin care products you choose without fuss. Personally, I follow this double cleanse with Pixi’s Glow Tonic which is anothet of Caroline’s recommendations and has quickly become one of my favourites and I do use this both at night and in the mornings. After the tonic I apply a small amount of the Salicylic Acid 2% solution by The Ordinary either all over the face or targeted on specific spots, following with again The Ordinary’s Advanced Retinoid 2% (only in the evening). I let both of these sink in before finishing my routine with L’Oreal’s Hydra Genius Aloe Water which has a really light and cooling gel consistency  which is pefect for the summer months rather than a heavier moisturiser and really helps to moisturise my skin with Hyaluronic acid (a review coming soon)

I am onto my second jar of this product and think that this will continue to be my favourite for a long time to come. If you are in the market for a new cleanser this retails in the UK for £24 which I think is totally worth it and is available online as well as in M and S.

This is something different for my blog but I have really enjoyed writing this and please leave me a comment if you would like to see more reviews or a full skin care routine including SPF.

I hope you have all had a good week and enjoy the weekend!

 

Emily xxx