Repurchasing my face at NARS

Posted in Life
on August 1, 2016

P1060564 (3)For a while I was a little addicted to MAC studio fix fluid foundation – it was my go-to and the foundation that I purchased over and over as soon as one was close to emptying. However, I also know that I had this love-hate relationship with it. Some days it was perfect and other days it just wouldn’t blend into my skin and dried in orange patches. I found it quite a dry foundation that clings to dry patches and it was really getting on my nerves. I looked into a few different foundations and stumbled upon Nars Sheer Glow a lot so I bit the bullet and decided to treat myself. I mean, I was in Ireland and it was my birthday so it would’ve been rude not to.

I can safely say that Sheer Glow has become my new favourite. It’s not quite as good coverage as MAC, however that’s nothing a good concealer can’t fix. This foundation seems to brighten my skin, it blends ridiculously easily and also my face doesn’t feel quite as dry when I remove it. I don’t find it as orange toned as MAC either which is one of the reasons I wanted a change. I have definitely got myself a new go-to foundation and I love wearing it.

Whilst there I also bought a few other things (oops) but I love each thing I bought equally and I know it’ll last quite a long time so really is it not an investment? I picked up the pressed powder that matched my foundation which was the shade Eden and also this beautiful bronzer (Laguna) and it’s perfect for my skin tone. P1060573 (2)It’s such a nice shade of brown and can be built up with as much or as little as you want to wear. I personally only like to wear a little bit for everyday use and this allows that perfectly. I really don’t need too much for my everyday make-up and so with the amount I wear I can see this lasting quite a while.

I’m now on the hunt for a nice highlight that will compliment this, cos why not. *gulp*P1060570 (2)

I’m not really an eye-shadow kind of person purely because I’m pretty crap at applying it. I wish I could’ve gone for one of thier really bold pallettes but I know I would really make a mess. This duo was recommended for my blue eyes and I really love it. It’s the shade Kalahari. The left side is such a beautiful brown with like a bronzed gold glitter and the right side is much more matte with only a slight hint of glitter. The two compliment eachother really well and stay on my eyes without the use of a primer which is a win-win.

Finally, I bought two lip products: one of the velvet lip liners (lip liners being something I’ve never actually worn before *shock horror*) and a lipstick that I just couldn’t walk away from.P1060575 (2)The lip liner is in the shade Patong Beach and I also use it to fill in my lips a little before the lipstick as the one I bought is quite sheer. The shade is quite a dark dusky pink but is also incredibly neutral. I’ve fallen in love with it already.

P1060577 (2)The lipstick is the shade Dolce Vita and I adore it. It’s sheer but can be built up to be a much bolder colour, especially when worn with the lip liner. It’s such lovely shade to be worn any occasion whether dressed up or just casual. It’s definitely made me want to go back to a Nars counter to have a look at their other lipsticks.

This is pretty much everything I will be wearing on my lips for the next few months (until I get bored, buy something else and then return to it again and be thoroughly shocked I ever departed from it – story of my life).

Anyone wanna go find NARS?

Writing with writers block

Posted in Life
on July 27, 2016

P1060672 (3)P1060677 (2)  I’m definitely experiencing some sort of writers block because I have about a gazillion (slight exaggeration) photos editted and ready to insert into a blog post but every time I sit down to write, the words never appear. I just sit here with a cursor blinking at me and then I just give up and watch One Tree Hill. Because, you know, One Tree Hill might just give me some inspiration – that’s what I tell myself anyway.

No joke, it’s taken me about 15 minutes just to write that one paragraph…

I don’t even know where this post is going *gulp*. I had no plan and figured it all might flow naturally, damn it.

How about getting out of a writing block. YES, I knew something would hit me eventually if I kept babbling on like I knew where I was going with it.

A writers block is definitely something I’ve experienced before but never quite as bad as this one. Last year I posted on here 2-3 times a week and so even when I didn’t particularly feel like writing I posted anyway. However, this year my blogging schedule went a little tits up, and I mean the year didn’t exactly start out amazingly but I finally feel like I’m a little bit back on track, perhaps a bit rocky, but it’s better – a LOT better than before.

As mentioned in this post, I’ve made a few changes to my life. I finally got round to changing those things about myself that were holding me back and making my self confidence plummet. One of them is something that I’ve hated about my appearance for a long time and despite people telling me there’s nothing wrong I just know there is. It’s all I ever see. But since making some steps toward changing that I already feel like I can take on a bit more. I feel ready to get back to blogging and moving on with my life a little bit. (Maybe a seperate post for this, if the words ever form themselves).

I think writers block is something you’ve got to push through and just write write write until something finally clicks into place and everything just comes naturally to you. If you’ve been following my blog for a while you’ll know I participated in NaNoWriMo last November and actually managed to write 50,000 words in one month. Now I look back on that achievement and wonder how the hell I did it when it’s taken me about 6 months to just write a couple of blog posts. What. I edited my NaNo draft twice and 50 pages into my third draft I just lost all motivation to continue editing. Even now I still haven’t continued which obviously I need to do if I ever want to become an author. Preferably a best selling one, who lives in Ireland, and is all profesh (but any kind of author will do).

My final idea to overcome my writers block is to just write something, whether big or little, everyday. Even if it’s just a snippet of my day or a full blown blog post – just something that gets me back into the rhythm of things. That’s the bad thing about taking a break from writing/reading, it takes me so long to get back into it due to the bad habits I’ve formed in the meantime (like getting addicted to a new TV series. 90210, I’m looking at you).

Anyway, this is my first step into beating a massive hole in my writers block so I can climb out and be all “TA DAAA”. I’m hoping to get back into a little blogging schedule and produce some good content that is less of a jumbled mess – like this blog post. Well done if you read this far.

My goal for the summer is to finally finish that pesky Draft 3 of my NaNo project. Perhaps a little update on that later.

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PS: how cute is my little writing buddy. Note the broken fence because he chews his way through when he tries to get to the tortoise. You gotta love him though cos’ LOOK AT THAT FACE.

What are your goals for the summer?

 

3 books from my Summer TBR

Posted in Books
on July 23, 2016

P1060596 (2)Despite having a gazillion books already on my TBR, here I am with another tab open searching for new books. My amazon basket currently contains four books with 170 items saved for later – the book obsession is bad.

This Summer I’m hoping to get on top of my goodreads challenge because my attempt this year is pathetic, especially considering that this time last year I’d already completed it. In order to achieve it I’m going to need to read like 4 books every month so that’s fab (no, seriously. It is).

At the moment I’m reading Happy People Read & Drink Coffeee by Agnes Martin Lugand, a book I picked up in Dublin a couple of weeks ago. I can’t say it’s amazingly written but I’ve managed to read the majority of it pretty quickly and I’d still say it’s fairly good. I’m loving most of the characters and the plot is really heartbreaking. I may have cried a few times in the 175 pages I’ve read so far.

The other books on my TBR are probably books that I’ll continue to put off as new books bump them down my list. I bought Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre last month I think after visiting the Bronte Parsonage and Haddon Hall (where the film is set). Shockingly I’ve never actually read anything by the Bronte’s despite visiting the Bronte Country quite a lot. Jane Eyre is one that has always been on my TBR along with Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights. I started reading Jane Eyre a while ago but my reading slump was bad and a 500+ page book was just too daunting.

Whilst buying Jane Eyre I also bought The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison which is supposed to be an incredible book. I’ve wanted to read some of Morrison’s books for a long while so I’m chuffed that I finally went to Waterstones and didn’t get distracted by all the other pretty little books in there. This book sounds so touching and heartbreaking and with it only being pretty short I reckon it’ll be a great one to read to get me that one step closer to my goodreads goal.

Finally there’s See Me by Nicholas Sparks because what is summer without a Nicholas Sparks novel? I’m really hoping I pick this up and read it soon because it’s been so long since I read one of his books. The last one being The Last Song which I read like 4 years ago so I’m looking forward to delving into another.

Notice how this blog post is called “3 books from my TBR” because I have that many. I’m also hoping to read Beth‘s recommendation of When We Collided after I 100% failed at our readathon (sorry Beth, I’m finally getting round to it!!) and also The Reader on the 6.27 by Jean-Paul Didierlaurent because I spotted it at the checkouts in Waterstones last time I was in there and I was SO close to buying it if my total hadn’t come to over £40. Ooops.

What books are on your TBR? Have you achieved your goodreads goal?

 

Twenty

Posted in Life
on July 8, 2016

P1060299Celebrating my birthday in another country is something I never thought I’d do. I’m such a homebird and love spending my birthdays with my family at home but this year I stepped outside of that comfort zone. Today I’ll be spending my twentieth birthday in Ireland, my most favourite place in the world, where I will be waking up to that same view in the photo (obviously I forgot that I changed the photo last minute. I woke up to a view of Dublin, not to a bunch of false tulips). I feel so lucky.

Turning twenty is something I’ve been dreading since I was about seventeen, and now all that seems like such wasted energy because lets face it whether I worry about it or not, it will happen anyway. Weeks, months, years fly past and every milestone will be reached eventually if you’re lucky enough to have the chance and sometimes I forget that. I forget that it’s such a privelidge to reach yet another year older when so many people don’t. In this world we take so much for granted but today, and everyday, I’ll be spending time with the people I love and appreciating all that I have.

And instead of fretting over the fact that I’m no longer a teenager, I hope to be making lots of plans and set new goals. Twenty will be the year things start looking up and I’m going to push my comfort zone in order to make sure that happens. I want to write amazing things, build this little blog, and do things I never thought I would.

I look forward to it.

Changes

Posted in Life
on July 7, 2016

P1060028 (1)Just arrived in Dublin ready to celebrate my birthday and it’s all so exciting, especially since my blog name has finally changed over as you’ll probably realise from the link. I figured since I turn twenty tomorrow I should have a fresh start with everything, including my blog. I wasn’t exactly happy with the way it was before and 2016 didn’t exactly provide many blog posts either, and I seem to have only just got my motivation back.

I’ve made quite a few changes to my lifestyle recently, some that I’ll only talk about towards the end of the month as I’m afraid I might jynx it, but they are all things I’m super excited about and I know will make a big difference to my everyday life and confidence. I’m taking a few steps to becoming a happier version of myself, not that I’m an unhappy person by any means but just basically changing the parts of my life that I want to be a little different. I think we all know the things that make us unhappy, whether that’s people in our lives, the way we look, or something else entirely, and while I don’t want to change everything I’m unhappy about I’m going to learn to accept those things instead.

By expanding my comfort zone, reading a few of the right books and speaking to the right people, I’m hoping that things will begin to change.

This will be my last post as a nineteen year old (sad, right?). I hope you all stick around on my “happily-bek” journey.

Have a lovely week. xxx