Friday, September 19, 2014

A NARS Splurge

So, I'm back in Bath - and that means one thing - Space NK! I don't have a local store back at my parents house in Kent without heading into central London, so having one on my doorstep again is ideal (and probably a tad expensive). I popped in to have a quick browse, as one does, and remembered that I really, really needed to get my hands on another tube of the brilliant NARS Creamy Concealer (£22) - having run out way back in April and mixing mismatching concealers on my face ever since. Tragic. So, in the basket that went, and on my way to the till I spotted something I've been waiting for ever since I learnt about it's release - the NARS Duo Eyeshadow in Dolomites (£25) - a stunning plum and terracotta mix that has my heart skipping a beat. Right - that was it - I refused to spend any more money on makeup when I have a million and one things left to buy for university. And I didn't. Whilst chatting with the lovely MUA we got onto the topic of my recent travels, and when I mentioned that I was gutted for missing out on my annual Space NK birthday gift, she popped this cute mini NARS Satin Lip Pencil in the colour Rikugien into my bag. Happy belated birthday indeed - gotta' love the girls at Space NK!  So, I've got my monthly dose of NARS and I couldn't be happier. Got any of their products on your wish list? Let me know!

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Keeping on track.

To tell you the truth, I've never been a fitness buff or even remotely interested in sports - surprised? I've struggled with my weight throughout my twenty-one years on this earth, and due to never being a particularly 'athletic' person, I find it hard to stick at anything. When I was talking with a friend back in April, she brought up this app - 5k Runner - which is designed to get you from never having run in your life to running 5k in 8 weeks. 8 weeks is the shortest amount of time you can do it in (unless you run more than the suggested 3 times a week), but as I'm not actually planning to run a 5k anytime soon, I've been taking my time - only advancing to the next run when I'm happy with the one I'm on. There are 3 runs designed per week, each one going up in either length or intensity, until you are up and running like a pro.

How it works is you start up with a run that is formatted like this: 5 minute walk to warm up, 15 minutes of 1 minute run, 1.5 minute walk (repeated 6 times) and then 5 minutes cool down walk. Like I said, it progresses as you go along - so right now I'm stuck on Week 4 Day 1 which is; 5 minute walk to warm up, 24 minutes of 4 minute run, 3 minute walk (repeated) and then 5 minutes cool down walk again. I've really found this app incredibly useful for improving my stamina, as you can progress at your own speed and the step up in between runs isn't too hard. I also love the fact that it tells you when to run/walk, even when listening to your iTunes, and it also tells you when you're halfway. There's also a 10k app for if you want to start at the beginning, but reach the goal of 10k instead of 5, which the app claims you can do in 14 weeks if you progress onto the next level every time. I've been using this app since May (with a slight break when Madrid got too damn hot) and I am a huge fan of it. I'm fine with the fact that I haven't completed it in 8 weeks, as for me it's just about improving my fitness, but I'm sure if you are really willing to push your limits and reach that 5k in that time, it would be a great companion. 

What are your favourite fitness apps? Let me know in the comments ;) 
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Monday, September 15, 2014

A/W PREP: Makeup

Return of the seasonal favourites -
Eg. burgundy, vampy, bronze shades

You don't need to abandon your summer glow yet - just tone it down, Lighter bronzer and a lighter hand will help to transition your summer tan to a winter glow.

Invest/reintroduce waterproof favourites to avoid becoming a mess during autumn showers.

You don't have to say goodbye to all of your brighter summer shades - you can express them through a brighter nail or a bold lip.

Try to keep things light and not too matte -
Dry winter skin and a heavy, cakey base is not a good look. 
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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Why it's amazing to have blogger friends...

1. They most likely have a similar passion (read:obsession).
2. They actually know who you're talking about when you bring up other bloggers/YTbers.
3. The blogging world can be so alien from the rest of your life, so it's nice to have someone to discuss the latest news with who actually cares.
4. You always have people to go to events/meet ups with.
5. You can get a personal, in depth review of the newest products over coffee. 
6. You have someone to fangirl squeal with when you bump into a popular blogger.
7. You have an amazing shopping buddy who can help you save money on overhyped products, but who can be a serious enabler at times (usually in the Selfridges beauty hall).
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Thursday, September 11, 2014

The New Diary

God I enjoy this time of year - stationary is like my legal high and there's nothing like a brand spanking new diary to get you ready for a new academic year. I face the difficult decision of which diary to choose every year, and although this soft cover Moleskine number (£15.99) looks fairly unassuming, I think I've hit the jackpot this time. I'm usually more of a digital gal, but I have to have a diary to keep all of my university work in order. The selling feature of this diary for me is the fact that one side of the page is the week, and the other side is blank lined paper for all of my notes/assignments. Before I would have to squash all of my work in the Sat/Sun section, but now I have a whole page for the (presumably) mountain of essays and projects I'm going to get bombarded with in my final year. I'm not a huge fan of the fact that's it's an 18 month diary (you know I like to get a new diary every year!), but the page layout is totally worth it, plus I don't have to use it until the end of next year if I don't want to. It may be slightly more expensive than the usual WH Smith diary I usually pick up, but it also comes with a useful 'Timetable' page, a section with random information like timezones and measurement conversions, and these fancy stickers in the back pocket of the diary to mark important dates. I can definitely say that I am one happy bunny due to this recent purchase, and - although I can't believe I'm saying this - I'm looking forward to getting my first assignments just so I can write them down!!

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