What’s In My Make-up Bag?

For me make-up isn’t just a tool for confidence, it’s also a hobby of mine. I thought I’d share with you what’s in my make-up bag and which are my favourite items.

Face Products

  • L’Oreal Paris Infallible Total Cover foundation (shade 10 Porcelain)
  • NYX Full coverage Concealer (shade 01 Porcelain)
  • Collection Lasting Perfection Ultimate Wear Concealer (shade Fair 1)
  • Collection Pressed Powder (shade 01 Candlelight)
  • Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser

I’m not really too fussed on having an amazing primer, just something that hold my make-up well and creates a smooth base for my foundation. It’s cheap and available in pretty much every drug store, if you’re looking for a cheap and good value primer, look no further.

I have tested so many foundations in the past but I’ve finally found one that compliments my skin type. I have oily/acne prone skin so it’s hard for me to find a full coverage foundation that isn’t heavy and doesn’t cause anymore harm to my skin. The L’Oreal Paris Infallible Total Cover foundation is a lightweight creamy consistency which leaves a matte finish behind. This foundation is the best full coverage foundation I’ve ever used due to the fact it doesn’t feel so heavy on my skin. I would highly recommend it if you have the same skin type as me.

The NYX full coverage concealer used to be my baby however it started to cling to my dry areas and my spots after a few months. I’m not sure if they changed the ingredients but it wasn’t the right product for my skin anymore. I still use this concealer but only use it for cleaning up my eyebrows after filling them in. The concealer that replaced the NYX one was the Collection lasting perfecting ultimate wear concealer. I used this before however it started to sting my under eyes so I stopped. I recently repurchased the concealer and I’ve had no problems with it (so far). The concealer is a good coverage and wears so well under the eyes, very impressed with it considering it cost £4.99.

I don’t really like the Collection pressed powder at all. This is mainly due to the fact it’s not light enough for my skin (I’m very pale) but I will continue to use it reluctantly until I invest in another one.

Eyebrow Products

  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer (shade Soft Brown)
  • Revolution Bulletproof Palette (Medium to Dark)
  • L’Oreal Paris Brow Artist Plumper (Medium/Dark)

I bought the Brow Definer back in February when I went to New York and it’s only just run out so I’m so impressed with how long it’s last. This item is by far the best eyebrow product I’ve ever used, it’s so easy to use and gives amazing results. The Revolution Pallet is actually an extremely good pallet, it comes with 4 powders, 2 waxes, 1 highlighting concealer, 1 highlighter and 2 small eyebrow brushes. I’ve had this pallet over a year so it probably needs to be replaced but I use the powders to fill in gaps that my brow definer hasn’t (which is very rare) but hardly use it anymore. I use the Brow Plumper daily (or whenever I do my make-up) it’s so easy to use and holds the eyebrows in place all day.

Highlight and Contour Products

  • Mary-Lou Manizer Highlighter
  • Sleek Face Contour Kit (Light)

The Mary-Lou Manizer is my absolute baby, the best highlighter I’ve ever had and would highly recommend it as it’s such an affordable price. The Sleek Face Contour kit is a small compact with a contour powder and a highlighting powder (which I don’t use, not my kind my colour).

Eye Shadow Products

  • Morphe 12 Shade Pallet (12NB)

I have other Eye Shadow pallets but this is my natural one that I would use if I was going for a casual look which is why I keep it in my make-up bag. The pallet is small so you can easily travel with it and put it in a small handbag. It has 4 shimmery/glittery shades and 8 matte shades, all of which range from light shades such as cream to dark browns.

Setting Spray

  • Rimmel London #Insta Fix & Go 2 in 1 Primer and Setting Spray

This isn’t the best setting spray I’ve ever tried but it does the job, you get what you pay for. After a few day the spray jammed and instead of spraying the product onto my face it not squirts. So I will be investing in a new one. If anyone can recommend a good and affordable setting spray please leave a comment down below, I would really appreciate it.

I’m leaving my Lip Products for another time as my collection is never ending! Let me know what your favourite make-up items are so I can start expanding my make-up bag.

See you soon,

K x

 

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Honest Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Review

In July I decided to go ahead and buy a Polaroid camera that I had been dying to buy for months. I was debating it for weeks due to the fact everyone has commented it was “so expensive” or “not worth it”. Personally I think it’s the best item I’ve ever purchased and I’m going to tell you why.

What is the Fujifilm Instax Mini 8?

So basically the Fujifilm Instax mini 8 is a instant camera which develops photos as Polaroids using Fuji Instax film which measures 62 x 46mm (about credit card size). Many people are buying these cameras because they are so easy to use and the photos look really cool.

The Fujifilm Instax mini 8 has a lens on the front which you pop out with a button next to it to turn the camera on. It has 5 exposure settings, the camera will light up the correct setting you need for the photo and all you have to do is turn it to the correct one (settings for different types of lighting e.g. sunny/cloudy). The features are pretty basic, on the hand grip there is a camera trigger to take the photo, on the back of the camera is the viewfinder. However there is no auto-focus so you have to make sure you’re up close. And yes, the camera requires 2 AA batteries but that’s no hassle.

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The camera isn’t exactly pocket size but you can buy cases to keep it in, I think the size of it just adds to the novelty and how pretty it looks anyway. I went for the white one so it can get grubby quick but it’s easily cleaned.

Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Costs

I paid £59.99 for the Fujifilm Instax mini 8 with 10 shots in Argos in the colour white, this does seem pretty expensive for only 10 photos but I have to say it is so worth it. The camera does come in other colours; Raspberry (redish colour), Grape (purple), white, pink, blue, yellow and black.

When I have run out of shots I repurchase a pack of 20 film from amazon (cheapest place I’ve found them) for £14.99. This is a great deal as they can cost £10 for a pack of just 10 shots! Buying things in bulk is always better value for your money.

You can purchase a protective case from Argos which I believe is £14.99 as well. These are great as you can buy the same colour to match your camera and so handy if you’re using your camera on a day out.

Pro’s of the Fujifilm Instax Mini 8

  • Easy to use
  • Retro looking pictures (more sentimental)
  • Cheaper than other Polaroid cameras

Con’s of the Fujifilm Instax Mini 8

  • Cost of Instax film
  • Results of pictures can be mixed if not used on the right exposure setting
  • Quite bulky to carry around

My Honest Review

Personally I believe the Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 is the best purchase I’ve ever made. The photos are so much more sentimental than simply taking them on an iPhone. By using the film sparingly the film lasts longer and it isn’t really that expensive at all.

I haven’t really had a problem with selecting the correct exposure level as the camera has got it right every time bar one photo (which was probably my fault due to picking the wrong setting). The photo didn’t come out awful it was just a little too dark, however I have read that this can be a common occurrence with the camera so be careful you select the right one.

The only thing I’m not in love with on the camera is the fact you can’t see what you’re taking if you’re taking a selfie with other people. This is where you can start wasting film if you haven’t captured the photo properly. My top tip is to get someone to hold the camera without moving so you can look through the view-finder and stand in position ready for the photo. However to save the hassle of making sure you’re in the right position you can buy a mirror to clip onto the camera so you can see what’s in shot and what isn’t. I am 100% going to invest in this.

I’m in the process of organising all my Polaroid photos and putting them into an album. For me the photos are so much more sentimental as they have kind of a retro look to them and there is room at the bottom of the photo for a message or date. The money I have invested into the camera is so worth it and I will continue to buy more film for as long as the camera lives.

The Fujifilm Instax mini 8 is extremely easy to use and a lot of fun. It’s easy to capture good photos as long as you accept in the beginning you will mess up a few as you’re getting used to the exposure settings and only a rear view-finder. If you have the money and you’re willing to invest in this product I would highly recommend it as it’s so much different than just uploading a photo to Instagram or Facebook.

For me this camera is a 5/5 and I’m so happy I bought it, it’s worth the money trust me.

See you soon,

K x

September Goals

The start of September could only mean one thing.. September goals! This blog post is going to be all about what I would like to achieve out of September. I’m starting university so would it’s almost like it’s a fresh start. New year and all that.

Health

  • I would like to gain some more weight. I can get back to the gym and start toning up and building muscle which has always been a goal of mine just I’ve never actually got round to doing it. For me gaining weight has always been a difficult thing mostly due to my parents and family being slim but no matter what I eat I can never gain weight. I would like to be able to maintain a healthy weight and have a balanced diet which I am going to make a priority this month.
  • I am due to see a dermatologist to treat my acne and spots on my face. I have been on the waiting list since May so fingers crossed I will be seen soon. I’ve always struggled to fix my skin, from a very young age, probably the age of 13/14 I developed acne. Since then I have never been able to fix it, so I’m hoping a dermatologist can help me out.

Blog

  • I am planning new ideas to blog about, make my site more interesting and enjoyable for my readers. So keep your eye out for new content over the next couple of weeks…
  • I hope to start blogging more often. I have found that blogging is something that I really enjoy so I will make sure I create some time for sitting down and blogging in the future.

University

  • So, I start university this month! I plan to make an effort to make new friends, find people who share the same interests as me and enjoy my time in university.
  • I also plan to complete work whenever it is set and stay on top of everything. Good time management hasn’t always been a strong point of mine so I’m hoping to improve it this time round.

I’m hoping to try and accomplish all these goals this month, I will keep you updated!

Wish me luck,

K x

An Anecdotal Guide To Further Education Success

Sorry for being absent for a week or so i’ve been so busy with work and getting things ready for university, it’s been manic!

Ok, so I thought I would write about my desired future career and why I have chosen to undertake this as my goal in life. Throughout this blog I will be giving some advice on how I figured out what I wanted to do with my life after school. Hopefully people who are stuck with what they want to do can learn something from this blog.

A-Levels

After I finished my GCSE’s I pretty much knew I wanted to go to sixth form and what I wanted to take for A-level. My decisions were based on what I enjoyed and what I thought I was good at. For AS I chose English, History, RS and Welsh Baccalaureate. English was a subject I had always enjoyed and knew it was a subject I could succeed in. At GCSE I loved history and it was probably one of my favourite subjects, not only did I enjoy it, it was a subject I was actually good at. RS however was not a subject I typically enjoyed it was purely because I had no other subject I wanted to take and somehow managed to get a B at GCSE so I thought why the hell not. If I had any advice to give anyone if you are picking A-levels I would be to chose subjects you enjoy and not something just because you had nothing else to pick. Not only will you not enjoy it you will also find is difficult to succeed if its a subject you don’t like (take this from personal experience).

Deciding on a career

For me this was probably one of the most difficult things I’ve ever had to do. It took me years to figure out what I actually wanted to do with my life when I finished school. Throughout school we were always told we should know what we wanted to do probably from the age of 16. At 16 I thought I knew I wanted to be a English teacher (I loved English at GCSE) however a month or two passed and I had already changed my mind I now wanted to be a history teacher instead. I settled on this decision for months until history proved to be a difficult subject for me at A-level. Finally I managed to decide what I really wanted to do and that was to be a Scene of Crime Officer/Forensic Investigator (someone who collects evidence from a crime scene, fingerprints etc). For years I had been a huge fan of crime shows such as Criminal Minds or NCIS and loved the idea of it. My mind was fully settled on this career when I went to a university open day and looked at the Criminology course. I would highly recommend that you go to a few university open days and check out your subject. Universities have different facilities/apparatus and some universities will be better than others for your course.

My Advice

Be sensible when picking your A-levels, you want to pick ones that are relevant to your desired job/university course, don’t pick subjects just because you’ve got nothing else to pick. From my own experience I feel like I wasted an AS Level and I could have chosen something I really enjoyed and probably would have got a better grade than a U. Through research I was able to see what A-levels were necessary I had to chose in order to take criminology. Luckily for me there was no certain subjects I needed but for other courses its highly likely you’re going to need an A-level in your chosen university course.

Research. This is one of the key elements that helped me decide what career I wanted to go into after university. There are so many websites that give you details on where your chosen career can take you and what entry requirements you need etc. The main website that I used was ‘http://www.prospects.ac.uk’. This website was of great help to me as it showed me which careers were available when I have completed my criminology degree.

Most of all, don’t be disheartened if you don’t get the grades you wanted. There are so many options available for you if you didn’t get the grades you were aiming for. Some university’s can lower their offer so you still may be able to go to your chosen university. Clearing is a great option for those who didn’t get the grades you needed, this process shows you which universities have your chosen course and spaces available there. So even if you don’t get the grades you need to get into your dream university there’s a high chance you will still come out with a university place. If worst comes worst there’s always the chance of resitting the year by taking a gap year. It’s not the end of the world, with patience and determination you can achieve what you want and you will succeed, no matter how long it takes you. Don’t doubt yourself.

See you soon.

K x

 

 

Stationary For University

If any of you know me you will know I am a stationary freak, if you aren’t interested in stationary I suggest you look away now.

I thought I would write a blog post about my ever growing selection of stationary I have bought in preparation for university. Although I have been told I won’t actually need that much stationary I decided I would go ahead and fulfill my obsession (this is also not all of it, oops).

The day of results I decided I would spoil myself to something for getting good results. However, I’m not your typical girl and didn’t treat myself to shoes, make-up or clothes. I treated myself to stationary (I know).

The first piece of stationary on my list to buy for university was pens. After carefully browsing through Tesco (local supermarket) I settled on the Paper Mate Ink-Joy ballpoint pens, in black obviously. When it comes to pens I am extremely fussy and i’m only interested in the good ones. For highlighters I obviously had to get the standard classic Staedtler pack of 4 colours.

Now when it comes to notebooks/paper you have to do the ‘paper test’. Is it soft? Is it thin? My typical choice of notebooks would be the Oxford Campus Notebook. Not only because the paper feels nice but they also come in different colours. I have plenty of different folders and organizers that I can use during university so I opted out of buying folders until I saw the Pukka Pad bundle. The bundle comes with 1 A4 lever arch file, 1 200 page refill notepad, a pencil case with a few bits in it and 5 folder dividers. The price of this bundle was only £6 so I thought it is good value for my money.

For my university course Criminology one of the books that was suggested we bought was over 1000 pages long (I know right). Therefore I decided to buy some sticky notes and index tabs just to mark where key bits of information are in books. All of this stationary came to just over £15 so I don’t think it was too expensive. Fortunately this isn’t the only pieces of stationary I will be buying for university as I’m sure I will find other bits I “need”.

Results Day 2017

21/08/17

After a seemingly unbearable 2 years, I finally received my A Level results and thought I’d document my slightly less than expected painful experience.

For AS Level I chose to take on English Literature and Language, History , RS and Welsh Baccalaureate. Throwing it a year back I was disappointed with my AS results when I achieved DDU (welsh bacc doesn’t get marked until year 2) at the end of the year. I’m still not entirely sure how I managed to get a U in RS as I thought the exams had gone well (obviously not). After a long debate I decided to enroll for my second year of sixth form and resit my two D’s in English and History and drop RS.

The second year of sixth form was for me the most challenging. Throughout the year I was achieving D’s/E’s in both my History and English assessments and many teachers began to question whether I was ready. When it came to applying to University I knew exactly where I wanted to go and that was The University of Gloucestershire to Study Criminology.  I applied for 5 different universities; University of Gloucestershire, University of South Wales, University of West England, Bath Spa University and Swansea University. My top two choices were University of Gloucestershire and University of South Wales, I chose these two because they are closest to home. I wasn’t prepared to move out and put myself in even more debt when i could just travel everyday.

During December I achieved an unconditional offer from the University of Gloucestershire, I already knew I wanted to go here but having an unconditional offer helped to consolidate my choice. However my motivation to achieve ‘good’ grades slowly reduced throughout the rest of the year and I too bothered as I already had my university place. However, the morning of collecting my A Level results I was a nervous wreck.

The day I had dreaded for the past 2 years had arrived.

I don’t remember sleeping very well that night (also due to the fact my boyfriend took up the entire bed) but mainly due to the fear of results the next morning.

I started to feel the pressure after my boyfriend obtained his university place with amazing results that morning. We hurried down to my school to collect my results, hurried back out and stood outside to open them together. I chose to let my boyfriend see my results before I did and I was shocked to see his reaction when he opened the envelope. I had managed to achieve BBD in my final A Level results.

Honestly I was so shocked to discover I had achieved a B in History, WHAT?! All throughout the year I doubted myself but somehow managed to obtain 3 A’s and 1 B in my History exams! The only grade I was disappointed about was my English grade, if I’m honest the exams were hard and I tried my best which is all that matters.

The lesson I have learnt throughout my past 2 years in sixth form is to never doubt yourself. I predicted myself to come out with CCD but I am so pleased to say I have exceeded my own expectations and I’m so excited to start studying Criminology at the University of Gloucestershire in September.