Uni Update

IMG_4779Hey everyone, sorry for not posting for absolutely ages. I had a great summer and then moved to university and started all of my assignments and wanted to fully settle into university life before writing this post.

I am in my first year studying Marketing Management at University of Lincoln and I’ve now been here for just over 9 weeks. To start with, I was extremely home sick and didn’t think I would end up staying at university. I am very close to my family and even though I could Facetime them, I found it very difficult learning to live with new people away from home. Fortunately, my flatmates are really nice and I’ve also become really good friends with some of my coursemates and also Charlotte’s flatmates, Ellie and Morgan, who I will be living with next year. Last week, we paid the deposit for our new house and we are so excited to live together away from student accommodation!

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I am really enjoying my course, I find it so interesting. I am currently studying 4 modules: Principles of Marketing, Marketing Professional, Organisational Behaviour and Analysis of Business Data. The only module I’m not so keen on is Organisational Behaviour because I just find it so confusing but I think most people studying this module are feeling the same. I recently sat my first exam which was for Analysis of Business Data, I can happily say that I managed to score 48/50 in the exam which I am so, so happy with! I have also completed an essay for Principles of Marketing, as well as a group report and presentation for Marketing Professional. I have three more assignments before I come home for Christmas on 15th December and then 2 exams in January.

The nightlife in Lincoln believe it or not is actually much better than Norwich! The two night clubs I have been to, Home and Moka, play really good music and sell cheap drinks. Also in Lincoln, they have student night on a Tuesday and a Thursday which works well for me because I don’t have to go into uni until 12pm on Wednesdays and Fridays so I am able to go out. As well as this, Lincoln has a Bierkeller which Norwich doesn’t and we always end up in there around 2am until it closes at 3am, after we’ve been to Home. They sell Steins of cocktails which are full of alcohol and make you so drunk but taste good. The concept of Bierkeller is basically standing on benches singing to classic songs, such as Come on Eileen. It’s so much fun and everyone enjoys it! When people told me that uni turns you into an alcoholic I just laughed but now I understand as we go out at least twice a week!!

My accommodation is really good for the price I’m paying compared to most other universities. I get a 3/4 bed, massive desk and en-suite. There is a lot of space and the kitchen/lounge is a decent size too. The only downside is that I couldn’t bring my IKEA Alex Drawers as there isn’t space for them, but I bought new makeup drawers that I can put on my desk. My accommodation is the furthest from the city, probably a 20 minute walk, which is annoying after a night out as I either have to walk back alone, sleep at Charlotte’s or get my friends to walk me back but apart from that it’s perfect!

I have 4 weeks left until I go home for 5 weeks for Christmas. At first, the weeks went on for ages as I was so homesick and didn’t have much to do to distract me so I planned to visit friends or go home each weekend so I didn’t get bored and lonely. However, now that I have lectures, seminars and assignments due, time is going much faster and I can’t believe how little time there is until I go home for Christmas! I have visited Jack in Sheffield 3 times now, as well as going home 3 times, having family visit and having Jack, Bron, Charlotte, Talia and Liv all visit, too.

I hope you enjoyed my university update, and hopefully I will be able to write some more posts as soon as possible as I have some new makeup items that I want to write about!

Lots of love,

Erin x

 

Past Four Months

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Hey, I’m back! Sorry for not posting since February but I’ve had my A Level exams that I’ve been madly revising for. I have been so focussed and haven’t had any spare time to write a blog post. I had 12 exams all together which started on 11th May and my opinions are varied on all of them.

I am so glad the exams are over. I go to Budapest next week with some of my best friends, then Magaluf with my best friend and then a road trip around Spain with my family. I’ve decided to do some Travel Guides for each trip with some main attractions to see. I will also be doing beauty posts soon but I thought it was best to start the blog up again with this type of post.

I hope you’re all well and I’ll speak to you very soon.

Erin x

Val Di Fiemme Ski Trip 2017

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Yesterday I got back from a week holiday to Val Di Fiemme, Italy with my school. Unfortunately, we had to get the coach to and from Italy which took 26 hours each way; however, everybody became friends which made the journey much more bearable. In total, we skied for 5 hours each day for 5 days with most days in different resorts.

Our first day we skied in Predazzo, second and third day was spent in Belamonte, fourth day was in Pampeago and the final day in Cavalese. All resorts were beautiful but my personal favourite was Belamonte. The snow was good but in the afternoons, it became very icy and sometimes slushy which isn’t the  best conditions for skiing.

I thought I would post some pictures below of the trip to show you what it was like. Overall, I would highly recommend visiting Val Di Fiemme if you like skiing/snowboarding or just genuinely for the most beautiful views.

Have you been skiing before? If so, where? Let me know!

Erin x

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Best Products for a Full Coverage Base

ueddkrbqSome people like to have a light coverage base but every once in a while, it’s fun to have something with a bit more coverage. I use 4/5 products if I want a long-lasting, full coverage base.

PRIMER

My current favourite, everyday primer is the L’Oreal Infallible Mattifying Base. It’s a gel formula and provides you with a matte base which lasts throughout the whole day. However, this doesn’t keep the skin as matte as another primer I own, the Make Up Forever Mattifying Primer, which is more expensive but really mattifies the skin and keeps the whole look matte.

FOUNDATION

My favourite foundation for a full coverage look is the Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Foundation. This has so much coverage but doesn’t look cakey at all. It blends beautifully and stays matte for the whole day. Another advantage is that it doesn’t have any flash back.

CONCEALER

My all time favourite concealer is the Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer. It reminds me of the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer but is less drying and doesn’t break me out at all; however, it doesn’t have a dewy finish – it stays put throughout the day. The coverage is high and can easily conceal any dark circles or blemishes that you have.

POWDER

For powder, my all time favourite is the Studio Fix Powder. It can be used as a foundation on its own but I like to set my liquid foundation with this to seal everything into place and give an extra bit of coverage. This is the best powder I have tried yet to keep my skin as matte as possible.

Have you tried any of these products? Which products are your favourite?

Erin x

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz vs. Brow Definer | The Review

anastasiaAnastasia Beverly Hills is the place to go to get your brow products. There is a wide range of brow products that all come in great shades; the only downside is that there is no Anastasia counter near to where I live.

I bought the Brow Wiz in ‘Taupe’ and ‘Medium Brown’ after hearing a bunch of good reviews about it. The pencil is very thin which allows you to be very precise when filling in your brows. Both of the colours I purchased are very natural and have no red undertones. The spoolie on the other end of the product is very good at taming the brows before and after application. The main negative of this product is that it runs out fairly easily; however, for such a well known, great product, £15.50 is such a fair price. (0.085g/0.003 Oz.)

On the other hand, the Brow Definer is £16 and contains 0.2g/0.007 Oz. worth of product which is considerably more than the Brow Wiz for just 50p more. The packaging of the Brow Definer is thicker and the pencil is angled instead of being a thin point. The spoolie that is included is bigger but works just as well as the spoolie on the Brow Wiz. I bought the Brow Definer in ‘Medium Brown’ and it works perfectly for me. My brows are quite short and sparse so the Brow Definer helps me to perfect my eyebrows really easily. I use the wider end of the pencil to brush up through my brows and softly fill in the sparse areas and then use the thinner end to elongate my brows. I was quite worried that the pencil would be too big and wouldn’t allow me to be as precise as I am with Brow Wiz but I haven’t had any issues with this product.

Overall, I prefer the Brow Definer as it is much quicker for me to fill in my brows and it allows me to fill in the front of the brows softly without harsh lines that are left from the Brow Wiz. In addition, you receive more than double the amount of product in the Brow Wiz so works out that you get more for your money. I will definitely be repurchasing this when I run out and I would 100% pick it over the Brow Wiz. However, I do believe that the Brow Wiz is a great product and I would recommend both! The Brow Definer would work best for people that don’t have very full brows and the Brow Wiz may be easier for those with fuller brows.

Have you tried either of these products? What is your favourite brow product?

Erin x

2016 Make-Up Favourites

ezza2016 has been a weird year and I think that most people would agree. I am hoping for a better year from 2017 but today’s post is all about my favourite make-up products from 2016.

The outstanding product from this year is MAC Studio Fix Powder. I have had trouble finding the perfect powder for a few years now and I believe that I have finally found the one. It sets my make-up so well that I have minimal shine throughout the day and my make-up actually lasts. It gives you an extra bit of coverage which I will never turn down and it really completes the base make-up before adding any contour, highlighter etc. It’s not a cheap product but it’s totally worth the investment.

I have really enjoyed using two L’Oreal products this year, L’Oreal Infallible Mattifying Primer and L’Oreal Infallible Setting Spray. I have tried so many primers in the past and I usually think that high end products will work better but for £7.99, you cannot beat this primer. It helps my make-up to last and keeps the shine at bay. The setting spray works alongside the primer to keep my make-up on my face all day and I truly love it. I have now been through three bottles of it because I swear by it and I have to use it every day. Becca Champagne Pop Highlighter is the most full on highlighter I own and I love it. It’s perfect for any party, meal, night out etc. and looks so good on the tops of the cheekbones.

The Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Foundation has been a favourite ever since I purchased it in Florida last Christmas, and sadly I’ve almost ran out. It provides excellent coverage, a matte finish and lasts throughout the whole day. The Lorac Pro Contour Kit contains excellent shades for every skin type and despite using it daily, I’ve barely made a dent in the main shade I use. Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Bow ‘n’ Arrow is my absolute favourite lipstick of this year and I haven’t been using anything else; it’s my perfect shade.

Of course, I’ve been loving MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Painterly simply because it’s the product that prevents all creasing on my eyelids. The L’Oreal Ombre Pure Eyeshadow in Nude 204 is beautiful in the inner corner of the lid and has been loved ever since I purchased it at the beginning of the year. Finally, the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara has blown me away with the amount of length and volume it provides you with. I have been surviving off the travel size for too long now and tomorrow, I am venturing into the city to purchase the full size version.

The Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer has quickly become a firm favourite after using Brow Wiz. It’s the perfect shade for me and so easy and quick to use. Alongside this, I have been LOVING the L’Oreal Brow Artist Plumper because it keeps my brows in place all day.

So there’s all of my favourite products from 2016, what were yours? I wonder what 2017 will bring in terms of all things beauty related. See you again for the same post this time next year?

Erin x

 

Make-Up Of The Day

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At the weekends, I usually wear more make-up as I never have time to put much make-up on during the week due to going to sixth form. I thought I would start a series of Make-Up of the Day posts every so often including images of my make-up and a list of products that I have used.

This weekend, I went for a champagne shimmer all over the lid and then used a matte brown through the crease with a darker shade in the outer corner. I completed the eye look by putting black eyeshadow on the lash line and adding lots of mascara. 

For the base, I mixed two foundations, used a mixture of cream and powder contour and used a powder highlighter. The lips were done using a liquid lipstick in a classic nude shade that I love. 

The products used:

BASE:

  • Tarte Clean Slate Poreless Primer
  • MAC Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation (NC20)
  • Marc Jacobs Remarcable Foundation (22 Bisque Light)
  • Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer
  • MAC Studio Fix Powder
  • Natural Collection Loose Powder 
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Cream Contour Kit
  • Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder (Deep)
  • Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow (Bronzer)
  • Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed (Champagne Pop)

EYES:

  • MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot (Painterly)
  • MAC Warm Neutrals Palette (Vanilla Extract – lid, Hey – inner corner, Honey Lust – outer 2/3 of lid, Saddle – crease, Unwind – outer corner & Dance in the Dark – lash line)
  • Tarte Gifted Mascara

BROWS:

  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer (Medium Brown)
  • L’Oreal Brow Artist Plumper (Medium/Dark)

LIPS:

  • Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick (Bow ‘n’ Arrow)

Do you have any of these products? Which make-up products have you been loving recently?

Erin x

Autumn Trends 2016

autumn-trendsEvery year, there are new trends that are released into the world of fashion and beauty which eventually almost everyone knows about. I have done some research and found out which products and pieces are all the rage this season. I’ve decided to start this for Autumn because it is by far my favourite season because it isn’t too hot and isn’t too cold!

BEAUTY

Deep Berry Lips

When I think of autumn, I think of berry lips, but this year, the trend is heading towards even darker berry shades as the first choice of lipstick. Louis Vuitton and Dior were seen presenting deep berry lips in their shows, with added gloss on top.

Luminous Skin

Autumn weather can make the skin look much more dull than the warmer months, so using luminous primers and a bit more highlighter can brighten up dull skin.

Graphic Liner

You must have seen the new instagram posts being uploaded of braided eyeliner and patterns on top of the eyelid. This is a new trend that has been published by Altuzarra and Kenzo. The most common colour for this trend is black but Fendi created looks using a wide range of colours.

Glitter

Glitter is becoming more and more popular and wearable. Usually worn for festivals and shows, it is now being seen as more normal to wear glitter when going out for a meal or party; even if it is just glittery eyeshadow. 

 

FASHION

Puffer Jackets

These are making an appearance once again this year to provide comfort and a chic look. They are available in most stores and come in a range of different colours.

Statement Choker

Chokers were the big thing a few months back, and this season they are becoming more of a statement. Instead of plain black chokers, this season brings gold, silver and glitter chokers.

Velvet

Velvet items of clothing are making an appearance this season with almost any item of clothing becoming available in velvet. Plain velvet camis, velvet jackets, velvet dresses, you name it. 

Statement Furs

At the moment, they are one of the best items of clothing you can buy. They can be very expensive but totally worth it for the comfort, warmth and easiness of matching with outfits. 

Will you be copying any of these trends for autumn? 

Erin x

 

A Question For You

 

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I just thought I would quickly write a blog post to upload today, before my main blog post is published tomorrow to ask all of you a question. I was just wondering what blog posts you would like to see from me? Do you have any suggestions of preferences? Certain product reviews or makeup looks? Also, would you like me to start making YouTube videos again?

It would be really helpful if you could let me know!

Thank you, 

Erin x

Tarte Tartelette In Bloom Palette

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L-R: Charmer, Jetsetter, Rocker, Smokeshow, Flower Child, Smarty Pants, Firecracker, Activist, Funny Girl, Sweetheart, Rebel, Leader

I have owned this palette for 9 months now and I love it just as much as I did when I spotted it in Sephora. It is one of the most beautiful palettes I have seen and it has shades to suit everybody. It cost me $45 and retails at £33 in the UK. You receive 12 shades, all of which are all 0.053 oz. The shades are:

  • Charmer – off white
  • Jetsetter – warm taupe/light brown
  • Rocker – shimmering taupe/grey
  • Smokeshow – black brown
  • Flower Child – peachy nude
  • Smarty Pants – tan
  • Firecracker – bronze
  • Activist – deep brown
  • Funny Girl – champagne
  • Sweetheart – peach
  • Rebel – chestnut brown
  • Leader – aubergine

The palette looks stunning from the packaging and the contents; the front of the palette is pink/purple with gold writing and allows the product to look so luxurious. Also, this palette contains a large mirror which is great for travelling! One thing I noticed as soon as I bought this palette, I realised that there is an amazing scent that comes from the eyeshadows which smells very similar to MAC lipsticks (vanilla). As for the formula of the product, the eyeshadows are so blendable and have just the right amount of pigmentation. Out of the 12 eyeshadows, I would happily use every shade on offer and so many different looks can be created from this palette. I also like that this palette is a mix of matte and shimmer shadows as the original Tartelette palette only includes matte shadows. 

I would definitely recommend this product because I believe that it is such good quality for the price and all the colours are definitely wearable, blend well and are pigmented. The packaging is also another factor that will tempt many people to purchase this product. If you would like to see some different looks that can be created from this palette, let me know. Have you tried this before? What do you think?

Erin x