30 Nov 2014

The 'Make-up' Tag

The lovely Jessica over at Judy Rudy Beauty tagged me in her  'make-up tag' post, and I loved reading about her day-to-day make-up and skincare habits, so I thought that I'd follow through with the tagging and divulge a little about my own. 

I'm in no way an expert beautician or aesthetician, and I've only really started looking at what I'm putting on my face closely in the last 2...ish... years? And I had an overhaul of my skincare with going to Korea, not quite at the legendary 10 step routine yet... but there's still time. 

Anyway, if you want to answer these questions, please do!!! 


27 Nov 2014

Grey Skies (OOTD)

h&m black skinny jeans (the £9.99 ones, similar here)
primark longline thick knit cardigan

'Tis the season of essays and deadlines and copious amounts of tea and (de)motivational posters to remind me that Sleep is for the Weak. Which means jeans and longline knits and t-shirts that are easy to wear and go with anything. Simple outfits. Cropped tees, though. I like to feel that I made some sort of effort during the day (even if I haven't at all and my hair is a mess and no don't look at me like that please.), who cares if it's a 'crisp' 5 degrees C outside. 

I'm not going out anyway. Too busy researching.

p.s. Happy Holidays to those of you across the pond, 

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25 Nov 2014

The Sheffield Style Show

Not a lot happens in Sheffield, in all honesty. Or if it does then chances are I've probably missed it because I heard about it too late *insert super sad face*. But when the Sheffield Style Show rolled around this month, (Nov. 23/24) I jumped at the chance to go.

Staged in the stunning Royal Victoria, the Style Show provided small boutiques and online stores based in Sheffield to showcase their Autumn/Winter collections. A couple of local beauty experts were also invited to showcase products they sell too, for a well-rounded, perfectly bloggable opportunity. Despite being only a small venue, and a bit hard to get to, there was a really good turnout for the first day.


23 Nov 2014

The Party Dress

'Tis the season of sequins and sparkles. Ish. It will be very soon, anyway, and all our favourite stores are bringing out their especially bedazzled outfits. Plunging necklines, stunning open backs, glitter and iridescence everywhere. 

This season can also be especially fraught and a bit of a hellride to find that perfect party dress. So many shops to trawl, so many designs to toss onto that 'nope' pile. So many times that you find one that could be a contender, and it's horrifically out of budget...

But there are those that offer regular discounts, or dresses at amazing affordable prices, so I thought I'd share some of those with you today.

Now, onto the dresses!


21 Nov 2014

Winter Outfit Inspiration

With the sun setting at what can only really be described as mid-afternoon up north, the nights getting longer, and everyone mutually curling up in blankets in front of  the fireplace (or curling up in your duvet with candles and fairylights), I think it's safe to say winter is upon us. Some more than others (stay safe America!), but most definitely here.

So I've put together 3 winter-inspired outfits that I think are really cute for the coldest of seasons, following along a couple of the trends from this years fashion weeks and some of my favourite items I've seen when out window shopping.


17 Nov 2014

6 Important things being at Uni has taught me (so far)

I was originally going to do one of these sort of lists at the beginning of the academic year, when everything is new and fresh and exciting - but then I thought it'd be better to use it as a motivator for when the honeymoon period has worn off and the hard work starts.

Uni is tough. Not just in the step up from whatever courses you took before starting, but also in the fact that you're (possibly) away from your parents for the first time, there is, generally, a lot more responsibility on you as an individual. New places, new people, new experiences. It's OK to admit that it's hard, it's also definitely OK to admit that you might not be doing as well as you thought, or even that you're doing better than you expected. I'm two-and-a-half years into my degree now, and I've certainly picked up a couple of major life lessons, plus a few lesser things that are definitely going to help me when I eventually have to stop being a student and become a 'functioning' member of society.

Sort of.


15 Nov 2014

Sister times in Durham

After my Aunt and Uncle came to see me last weekend, I thought I'd do a little bit of travelling myself. Usually, as many of you know, I'll jump on a train to London, but this time I decided to go the other way, up to Durham to see my younger sister. She's just started studying at the university, the clever girl, and since I haven't been to Durham for years, I thought it'd be nice to go and pay a little visit while catching up and spending some long overdue sister-time together.

Clearly, the weather didn't much agree. It chucked it down for the majority of the day, and my train was 55 minutes delayed getting there. Yay. But get there I did, and the joyful bundle that is my little sister greeted me at the station so we could go and explore Durham. After food. And seeing her college.


13 Nov 2014

What I'm reading

In the time I have been at university I can't even count the number of times I have picked up a book that wasn't related to my degree course on one hand. And that's not because the number is so large that I have forgotten, or that, in general, it is an impressive amount. Nope, it's because that entire phrase indicates that there is a quantity, however large, that would be counted. The opposite also implies that there is a quantity, however small, that would be counted. I'm quite ashamed to say that I have no quantities to be counting. I haven't read a book that I haven't had to reference for about 2 years*.

*no, the F&*k I'm in my twenties book doesn't count as it's an interactive journal. 

Which, when you think about it, is really sad. Then again, none of my modules at uni have been worth less than 20 credits, and each 20 credit module is equivalent to 200 hours of effort. So that's 600 hours per semester, factor in sleeping, eating, socialising, essay writing (+ referencing), societies and other hobbies... and well, you've not got a lot of time left for curling up with a good book.

So I have decided to set myself a challenge. I shall read one book recreationally by the end of this year. Just one, since there aren't many weeks of this year left and biting off more than I can chew wouldn't be ideal.


11 Nov 2014

A blushing review: Pink Cloud, Rose Gold, Pixie Pink & Pink Apple

Until this year, I have never owned a blusher. Never. It's not something that I've felt the need to own, despite being very much in the camp of #teamGhostSkin, and having to battle with 'Oh are you not feeling well?' etc. questions every single winter. I guess the main reason is that I've never really felt like adding colour to my face, scared that I'd get it wrong, or that people would still ask if I was unwell purely because I had more colour than usual.

Now, I am a lot more confident. I'm still not a pro at application, but I do have 3 very pretty, dusty pinks, and one that was definitely an impulse buy, in my make up collection. Just to add a little bit of colour to my cheeks in the winter time.

The blushers that I'm going to review & swatch for you today are:

- Sleek's   Rose Gold
- Sleek's   Pixie Pink
- Natural Collection's  Blushed Cheeks in Pink Cloud
- Nature Republic's   Botanical Apple Dome Blusher in 01 Pink Apple


9 Nov 2014

Tiny desserts and All The Food - U buffet Sheffield

My Aunt and Uncle came up to Sheffield for the weekend as a 'little surprise', since they haven't seen me properly (as in, not via skype) for over a year. And that's actually a really long time and I missed them immensely. Their little trip also brightened up what has been quite a stressful week for me, but I got to show them around my Uni city, go and see Stomp!, and chat over a wonderful meal -- which is what I'm going to talk about today. U buffet.

U buffet has only been open since July, so it's really new. I see it every time I walk into the city centre, and I've honestly never seen it without diners... well, dining. I've wanted to try the food there for a while now, so my Aunt and Uncle coming to visit was the perfect 'excuse'. Although I don't need an excuse to go.

The location is great if you're a 'Uni Of' student, It's on West Street, opposite Walkabout, and I think the closest tram stop is City Hall. The restaurant itself is absolutely massive, which, for some places, can be a blessing and a curse; you get a lot of patrons in, but it becomes really, really noisy. U buffet doesn't suffer from this, it's large, the tables are quite close together in some places, but you can still have a conversation without raising your voice. The size is also quite handy, because U buffet provides its diners with possibly one of the largest menu choices I have ever seen. Ever. Ever ever.


7 Nov 2014

New Boots!!

I have been looking for the perfect pair of heeled Chelsea boots for the longest of times. It's a thing that's pretty much been a permanent feature on my Birthday/Christmas/Treat list, and I was losing hope of ever finding some that would strike that particular wish from the list.  I can just be really, really fussy about my shoes.

But then I walked into New Look, only really in the mood for browsing, until I walked into the shoe section and I saw a pair that were so absolutely, perfectly me that I had to have them.

Oops that I'm ~not supposed to be buying things~.

They're so pretty though. It's justified. I'm not at all trying to convince myself.


5 Nov 2014

What I'd wear: boohoo.com 'new in' november

AW 2014 is in full swing now, transitional pieces have mostly made their way off the shop floors and web-spaces to make way for the new collections. I find it really interesting how the high street adapts the runway trends to make them more accessible to the everyday person, especially the online retailers as their stock changes more rapidly than a traditional bricks and mortar store.

So, if you hadn't guessed at all yet by the title, I've spent far too much time on the boohoo website, doing a bit of window shopping in their ridiculously extensive new in tab. There's a lot going on in there -- pretty much all trends you could be rocking this autumn/winter are covered. I'm pretty sure there's something for everyone.

I am also very aware that my wardrobe this season needs a colour injection asap. But hey, black and white goes with everything.


2 Nov 2014

Halloween 2014

I love halloween. Sure the actual concept of the holiday has been pretty much lost now -- it's much less about celebrating festivals or remembering the dead in most places that celebrate, and more about how ace your costume looks. Also sweets. Also alcohol and parties.

And a brilliant chance to play with makeup and create some amazing looks.

So what did I decide to go as for my first halloween party this year?

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