Sunday, 6 August 2017

Lifestyle | Finishing Second Year!


The exams are over, the results are in and I can happily say I have finished the second year of my law degree with a 2:1! I am so immensely proud of myself considering how much I struggled with certain aspects of the year, and the day my results came in I certainly did celebrate.

The beginning of second year wasn't too bad, and I settled into my seminar group quite well and enjoyed working with them. First term seemed to go by so fast, probably because I only had 2 essays due right at the end of the term, so it didn't seem like a whole lot of my year counted for those 3 months.

However, second and third term especially nearly broke me. Second term seemed to release an essay every other week, and in third term I had a deadline or exam every week for 6 weeks in a row. Safe to say I was exhausted and slept VERY well in the weeks following my exams.

Second year was a lot tougher than first year, which probably sounds like quite an obvious thing to say. As well as the content itself being harder, the fact I knew this year counts for 40% of my overall degree terrified me slightly. I think that fear helped my motivation though, and my exams didn't go as horribly as I expected them to, and so I am very happy with the grade I have finished on.

Although this year was more difficult, I definitely enjoyed it more than first year. I've really settled into our university house and I am so happy we are keeping it for next year too. Thinking beyond next year terrifies me so we won't go there just yet! I am, however, looking forward to third year - I can't believe I only have one year left!? Eeek!

The main thing that got me through this year was my friends & family's constant support - I really am the luckiest girl!

Did you finish a year of university this year?

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Beauty | Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation Review

I have always been one to use drugstore foundations simply because of the prices. Before my current foundation, the most I had ever spent on one was around £10. However, that all changed when I tried the Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation. I had heard so many good things about this foundation online that I knew I really wanted to try it. So, when I got an essay result back as a 2:1 I decided to treat myself.

 I have been using this since December last year, and I can honestly say it is the best foundation I have ever used. That may sound bold, but it's true! I don't use it everyday as I simply do not need a heavy level of make up every day but when I do use it you can definitely tell. That said, it isn't cakey and is completely a 'natural' foundation. You can do a thin layer if that's all you require, or can build it up for a more heavy coverage. Personally, I use the Real Techniques buffing brush with this. It's quite a thin consistency, so I found the Real Techniques sponge soaked up too much of the liquid to work well.

Regarding the packaging, I would say you can definitely tell this is a high-end beauty product. The bottle is a heavy glass and the lid is plastic, however as you can see it is very shiny and silver so still looks high quality. A downside to this is it can be quite heavy to transport. But, as I said, I don't wear this everyday so I don't feel like I need to take it with me if I go away for just the one night. It will weigh down my holiday bags though!
 The next thing to pick up on my wishlist is the Naked Concealer to match this. Hopefully with the two of those together I can have a flawless face! (Miracles can happen ok!)

Have you tried this foundation?

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Disneyland Paris September 2016 - Photo Diary

In September of last year, myself and three of the girls I live with at university took a trip to Disneyland Paris, and it was one of the most magical holidays of my life. It is honestly the happiest place on earth, and spending time there with three of my favourite people made it all the more special. We went from September , meaning we had just missed the summer season and we got to see the slowly setting up for Halloween and all the decorations looked so good. We did all the rides we wanted to, and also met so many characters - something I was so looking forward to, and I'm glad we had such great interactions. Some of the highlights was meeting my number 1 favourite - Ariel - and having Rafiki bow to me when he read my '99.9% sure I'm a Disney Princess' t-shirt! We were also the last people on Main Street, and watched the fireworks and Magic on Parade every day. Without further ado, here are some of my favourite photos from the trip, and I have been uploading loads more on my Instagram!

When was your last Disney trip?

Saturday, 31 December 2016

On 2016.

2016 was an interesting year.

It's been full of ups and downs, as many years are. Round up posts are some of my favourite to read at this time of year, and so I could think of no better way to ease myself back into the blogging life.

January was spent revising for my very first university exam, and then recovering from said exam through 'refreshers week'; a few nights out that our university put on to bring us back into university life.

February was cold, cold, cold. I saw Eliza and the Bear live with two friends from university, which was so much fun. I also spent many afternoons out with friends and family, and an afternoon tea with Grandma never goes amiss.

If I thought February was cold, March was something else. We had snow in York during March, which sounds as ridiculous as it was. Watching the snow fall from my seminar rooms was surprisingly calming; although it was nice knowing my warm bed was only a matter of minutes away. There are some things I miss about living on campus!

April was mostly spent at home for my Easter break, and I spent it prepping for exams to begin in May. My first year of university seemed to fly by; it was truly terrifying! Home-cooked food is something that I miss when I'm not home though, and it is nice to be treated when I'm home.

May was spent revising and taking exams. I only had three, but they seemed to drag on and it got to the point where I couldn't wait for them to be over. This was the first time I felt truly homesick whilst at uni, so I took some days off and surprised my family with a trip home. I got to see my sister's football team win their final cup match, and I couldn't be happier.

June was the beginning of summer; and it was a long time coming! We had our formal night at university, and it was lovely to spend time with all of the friends I have come to love dearly before we all separated for the summer. I also saw Busted live this month; something I had been waiting for since I was 8 years old. It was an incredible night - and I cannot wait to see them again in February this year! I also cut my hair off this month, and raised £400 for charity - one of my proudest achievements!

July was a month of work experience (boring), shopping (not boring) and Jamboree (definitely not boring)! The Essex International Jamboree is something I look forward to for four years, and this year definitely did not disappoint. Guiding is so special to me, and I'm lucky that I've made so many friends through it, and it is times like this that remind me.

August brought our yearly family holiday. This year we spent a week in the villa in Spain and then a week on Harmony of the Seas - the world's biggest cruise ship! It was really incredible and I had the most fun I've had in a while.

September was overruled by one thing - DISNEYLAND. I was lucky enough to go this year with three of my closest friends from university; and I could not have had a better time. I spent the four days we were there smiling more than I have in a long time, and I know that we all want to go back. Truly the most magical holiday ever. I also returned to university this month for my second year - absolutely mental!

October was mostly spent easing back into university. We had many nights out, days shopping and some work was done... I think? It's so lovely to be living in a house this year with my best friends, luckily we all still like each other enough ;)

November was the month I left my teens for good! I spent my actual birthday quite hungover (I blame my housemates) but I also had friends from school come to visit the week after, so we went birthday bowling and did sparklers and overall I had a great time.

And now... December. A month of Christmas (although we put our tree up mid-November) and catching up with friends from home while I'm here. It's crazy to think that tomorrow a brand new year will begin.

New Years' is one of my favourite times of year. I love knowing that I can just draw a line under all the bad things that happened this year and push myself to be better. Although, looking at the above, I can't really complain about what I've done!

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Lifestyle | March Favourites

I can't believe we're in April already, this year is going way too fast for my liking! March was a pretty chilled out month for me, as I was home for most of it for Easter. I loved being able to have time to just chill out with family and friends I hadn't seen in a while. April will be a busier month, with my final assignments due in at university and beginning revision for exams, so I'm enjoying the chilling out while I can. Without further ado, here are all the things I loved in March...

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Tag | The Liebster Award

Hello All!

The lovely Jemima from Another Ranting Reader has nominated me for the Liebster award, so today I thought I'd answer the questions she set. Thanks for nominating me Jemima - go and check her blog out if you haven't already!

Friday, 18 March 2016

Catch-up | Easter, Shopping and Cravings

Hello All!

On this lovely(ish) Friday morning, I am bringing you an update/catch-up with my life this week!


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