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Personal and Beauty Review of 2017

Hello my lovelies! I am back with another blog post! This blog post is all about this year- a mini review of how this year has been for me personally but also I am going to be sharing with you what beauty products I have been loving this year and that I will be taking with me into 2018! I will link all the products after I have spoken about them! I don’t know how fast this year has gone! I feel like July was just yesterday! But for now lets get this blog post started!

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How do I even begin to describe 2017?!  I’d say that this year has been about dreams being achieved, goals been set and achieved, ending a chapter with university and Leicester! But not forgetting starting a new chapter in my life-the working life in a secondary school in London! Making new friends and meeting new people! Learning so much about schools in London, the curriculum, marking and having my own form group and getting to know them individually and as a group! It has also been a family orientated year-I’ve spent so much time this year with family that I don’t see that much and it’s felt so good! Had one close family wedding too and that was amazing too! I think the best thing this year has to be hands down is graduating from university that is a day I will never forget! I am not going to lie and say it’s all been good I have had a few bumps in the road and you know what those testing times have taught me a lot and pushed me to do better! I am going to add here that if it wasn’t for my family and friends I wouldn’t of got through those testing times. It also goes without saying following people that are positive and that share positive vibes and give you those reminders throughout the day it would be impossible to get through those times- so I would like to thank Kaushal and Vex King for sharing their positivity and once again thank you for card and bracelet you had sent me! Now let’s go onto the beauty side of my review!

 

So starting things off the beauty industry this year has been amazing we have so many launches some of those things I haven’t even managed to get my hands out because it’s sold out or not as easily available here in the UK! I think on the top of my list has to be hands down Rihanna’s Make up Line Fenty Beauty! I managed to get my hands on her highlighter called Trophy Wife and I love it! I love the glow it gives you and the colour, the pigmentation! She has done amazingly well and hopefully I can get my hands on the rest of her stuff!

I really want to get my hands on the Urban Decay Heat Palette, NYX Total Control Drop Foundation, The Ordinary Serum Foundation, Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink Liquid Lipsticks, Kat Von D all her products, Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Beauty Light Wands, Anastaia Beverly Hills Subculture Palette and so many more but I am not going to bore you with my super long list!

Nivea Men Post Shave Balm! So your probably thinking why is there is a men’s product in her beauty faves! I have been using this as a primer on a day to day basis because its cheap and cheerful but also works very well as a primer! I find that I am buying primers 3 or 4 maybe even 5 times a year and if you add it up it works out to be quite pricey! Whereas the post shave balm is a lot cheaper a little bit goes a long way which means I am not having to repurchase it so much!

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L’Oreal Paris True Match Foundation and Concealer! Right I don’t know about you but I find it so hard to find the right shade within the high street  makeup brands either I have to buy two different shades and mix them together or resort to buying a more expensive makeup brand for the right foundation shade! But the makeup gods listened and L’Oreal Paris brought out a True Match Range of the foundations and concealers! The foundation is available in 23 shades and it gives you a flawless base that isn’t cakey! Or heavy! It’s got buildable coverage and so affordable! The concealer is actually called True Match The One Concealer! Again it’s easy to use, it doesn’t crease, its lightweight with a good coverage! I can’t enough of these two products that make mornings so much more worth it and saves me a lot of time!

Maybelline Instant Anti Age The Eye Rewind Concealer! I use to use this in 2015 and stopped using it once it ran out and I brought it again this year and I can’t begin to tell you how many times I have re purchased it especially when it’s on 3 for 2 at Boots! Its lightweight, doesn’t crease, creamy and use to whack on in the mornings- I just can’t live without it!

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Soap and Glory Kick Ass Instant Retouch Powder. I use this for setting my concealer and in flash photography it blurs out your skin it makes it look airbrushed when it isn’t. It does have a yellow undertone to it which brightens up your skin which is what I love about it plus it doesn’t break the bank.

Rimmel Insta Fix & Matte Powder! If your an oily girl like me then you will need some sort powder to take away the oiliness off your skin and I love the Rimmel Insta Fix & Matte this instantly takes away that oil and makes your skin matte. The plus side to this is that its affordable so it doesn’t break the bank.

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Charlotte Tilbury Dolce Vita Palette! So I brought this palette because I heard so many good and raving reviews! I love this palette you can do many many different smokey eyes for parties, weddings, a night out you name it! It came as quad, the colours are to dying for plus they are super pigmented so a little bit goes a long way! Its a copper bronze palette and I wore it to my Christmas Party and I got asked so many questions on my eye makeup!  It is pricey at £39 but I know that this palette will be used a lot for nights out, birthdays and weddings!

L’Oreal Paris False Lash Sculpt Mascara. What do I say about this mascara?! This does amazing things to your eyelashes! Makes them long, lifted and so curled! I use to love the Maybelline Lash Sensational but this has taken over! The wand is amazing and I always buy two or three at once so I never run out. I love the wand of it and the fact that its easy to use even when you are half asleep in the morning!

L’Oreal Paris Super Liner Perfect Slim…. I’m not perfect when it comes to doing top s eyeliner but this eyeliner by L’Oreal makes it so easy to do it’s unreal. I think it comes down to the pen and eyeliner tip itself it’s not too thick or too thin its the right size and I would highly recommend this one!

L’Oreal Paris Le Khol by Super Liner….. I think it is really hard to find a good kohl pencil in the high street brands but L’Oreal came out with his one and I love using it when I’m doing a smokey eye as it adds that smokeyness on your lower lash line! It is affordable and lasts long and does not make eye watery.

Freedom London Pro Strobe Palette! If you’re looking for a powder contour palette then look no further this is so pigmented-it has every shade you need, travel friendly and affordable it’s easy to use as well. I have used it for so many weddings and parties and I just love it!

NYX Sweet Cheeks Blush Palette! I cannot get enough of this blush palette, it’s easy to use, has every possible colour shade you need for the year, it’s easy to travel with and so affordable! It’s pigmented and there is not enough words for this palette to describe how amazing it is! At £17 you can’t go wrong with blush palette that you can use all year round and travel with very easily!

Makeup Revolution Ultra Pro Glow Palette! I have found a highlighting palette that I can travel with, that is super pigmented for a high street brand and that gives you that glow! I have no words for how amazing this highlighting palette is I use it way too much and I still haven’t hit pan! What I do love is the colours, the glow it gives and how pigmented it is and it does not break your bank!

Benefit’s Hoola! I love this product its a bronzer and contour powder in one! Its easy to use, comes with a handy brush you can do the quickest nose contour with it and easy to travel with! It is affordable I mean its not super expensive it is £24.50! It is available in a lot of stores and online beauty stockists.

So Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Lips Liquid Lipsticks! So I got my hands on the shade Charlotte Darling! Which is a creamy beige nude and I absolutely been love it! Its matte but it’s not drying on your lips and so comfortable and lightweight which is what I love in a liquid lipstick! It is slightly pricey at £24 but I feel like the formula and how long it wears justifies the price!

 

NYX Soft Matte Cream! I wear one of these shades at least once in the week! They are creamy, lightweight, pigmented and affordable! They have a big range of colours from inks, nudes, browns, red, purple you name it they have every shade! NYX are killing it and I brought 4 or 5 of my staple liquid lipsticks in this range because I love them that much and at £6 you can’t go wrong!

NYX Liquid Suede! As I was blown away by the Soft Matte Lip Creams I wanted to try the Liquid Suede Liquid Lipsticks! I have two shades and I am stopping myself from buying more currently. Anyways, these are creamy, light weight, matte, easy to apply, its slight shinier compared to the soft matte lip cream but I love them! It is infused with avocado and olive oil! They are worth the price and the two shades I have I love I own Tea&Cookies and Sandstorm. The Sandstorm shade is a true nude and Tea&Cookies is a muted tea rose pink shade.

NYX Matte Lipsticks! I love these they have so many shades to suit everyone’s skin tone and if you have that little bit extra courage to wear the bolder colours then these matte lipsticks you will love! They are cheap but wear very well, extremely pigmented, easy to put on when your on the go and fits into any size bag!

NYX Lip Liners! What do I say about the NYX Lip Liners they are freaking amazing they are so pigmented, non-drying, affordable and easy to apply! I have so many different colours in my makeup draw and in my everyday makeup bag! If you are looking for a lip liner that it affordable and easy to get hold of get to your nearest NYX stand now!

Primark Lipsticks! Yes Primark have a makeup line if you didn’t know this then where have you been?! For £2.50 you can get a matte lipstick with a good colour pay off! They do not have a major selection of colours-hopefully in 2018 they bring out a wider range of colours in the lipsticks and liquid lipsticks!

Barry M Lip Liner! I have never used Barry M as a brand none of there products have really caught my eye! I have been loving the pink lip liner I think its a dupe to Mac’s whirl or soar lipstick. It’s matte, it’s affordable, it’s long lasting but I find it makes my lips drying.

 

Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner! I love this lip liner! They are cheap, pigmented, long lasting and they double up as a lipstick on those lazy days! I can’t rave enough about them whenever I go into Boots or Superdrugs I buy 3 or 4 just so I have back ups of them. My two favourites are Eastend Snob and Red Diva! Eastend Snob is a my lips but better pink and Red Diva is that classic red that you can’t go wrong with!

Bourjois Rouge Velvet Edition Lipstick! If your looking for a liquid lipstick that is  hydrating has a decent colour selection, that is mousse like texture to it, non drying and that lasts a long time the head over to your local Boots or Superdrug now. I love these I have five shades but I have backups because they are that good! I own Cool Brown which a really nice light brown shade, Don’t Pink It which is a beautiful pink shade that you can wear all year around its that pink which is my lips but better shade. Then I own the So H’appy Pink! This is slightly brighter in the pink shades this is more of a summer shade that you wear during the day when your out and about. I own a red which is called Red-volution and this I love wearing on top of my NYX Soft Matte or my Rimmel Lip Liner! I also own Nudeist which is a nudey pink and I wear this under a nude lip liner or when I am wearing a smokey eye as it gives your lips a slight colour that isn’t overpowering!

L’Oreal Color Riche Matte Lipsticks! If you want a matte lipstick that isn’t drying, the colour pigmentation is amazing, has a wide range of colours and that is affordable then L’Oreal Paris has you sorted girl! I love their range and they have every colour you need plus they aren’t like typical lipsticks that run out quickly I can say I have used my lipstick a lot and it hasn’t broken or finished which is what I love about L’Oreal they give you what you want and their products last!

Wish by Chopard! I have worn this quite a lot as I have had quite a few special occasions this year whether that is a wedding, a birthday party, a night out I have been reaching out for this perfume I love the smell of it and it wears for a long time. It is strong scented  but it is fresh scent! It is slightly pricey in some stores but I got it off Amazon for around £16!

Makeup Revolution Pro Hygiene Sanitising Solid Brush Cleaner! I was unsure whether to put this in the blog or not but I thought I should! As all of you should be aware is that you should clean your makeup sponges, Beauty Blenders and makeup brushes. Why? Because they get filled with bacteria and then your putting that onto face which can cause acne you should clean your makeup tools after each use that way you know they are clean and no bacteria is going onto your face and one less reason to have a breakout.  I have been using this solid cleanser and my god do I love it- its cheap, easy to get a hold of and it cleans my sponges and brushes quickly! Its a dupe for the BeautyBlender Solid Cleanser and I have stocked up on this as I wear makeup to work or when I’m going out with friends I this finishes quickly I mean it does last me a month or so depending if I cleaned my brushes with it or not! I highly recommend this if you are looking for a cheaper alternative.

I was going to put my skincare products in here but I did a post on it already so if you want to read it head over there as I did review them. Click Here

And that’s all my favourite beauty products for 2017! I can’t believe we are going into 2018! I hope you all have an amazing start to 2018 with family and friends. And I hope that in 2018 you achieve your dreams and the goals you have set! I cannot wait to see what 2018 holds for the makeup and skincare industry but also the fashion industry and the journey I myself am going to embark on. It’s the start of not only a new year but a new chapter, a journey to achieving goals and dreams. I want you to set yourself some goals for the year if you haven’t already and work at them everyday! Let me know in the comments below what posts you would like to read in 2018 I have already started writing down my ideas but I would like to hear yours too!

Hirali xoxo

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Beauty, Skincare and Haircare

My Skincare!

Hi guys! I know it’s been a while but I got a job and let’s just say life has been hectic! Anyways I am back with a blog post! It’s all about my skincare and my skincare routine!  I am not going to waste time and jumping straight in so grab yourself a snack and enjoy reading!

If you know me you know how problematic my skin can be but there has been one brand that my skin loves and cannot live without which is Arbonne the particular range I use is the Clear Future range…… Kinda says it all doesn’t it for blemish prone skin. I use this every day without fail twice a day! The range itself comes in a set with four of the “main” products the set retails at £125 you may think this is pricey for a skincare range but I have tried so many different products and brands and finally found something that works for me. In the set you get a Deep Pore Blemish Cleanser I use this in the morning and in the evening every day. A little bit goes a long way I use a drop for m whole face, in the evening I will do a double cleanse if I am wearing makeup.

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After cleansing depending on my skin if I am having a breakout I will use the Exfoliating Blemish Pads for that extra TLC so when I am having a breakout I will use it twice a day after cleansing otherwise if my skin isn’t in a breakout I will use it twice in the week usually in the evening as I won’t have any make up on before bed.

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So once those two steps are done I finally moisturise my skin with the Mattifying Blemish Lotion it makes my skin feel soft and matte. If I am having a breakout I will use the Intensive Blemish Calming Lotion and this calms down and gets rid of any blemishes appearing! In the mornings I usually leave it on for about five minutes before taking it off with a cotton bud!

 

At night I add in one step to my skincare regime which is the Arbonne Intelligence Genius Nightly Resurfacing Pads I use this after cleansing if I have a breakout then I use it after using the Exfoliating Blemish Pads. These pads help reduce the appearance of any blemish scars, reduce the look of dark spots and fine lines.

Then once I have used the Genius Pads I finally use my Mattifying Blemish Lotion it makes my skin feel soft and matte. If I am having a breakout I will use the Intensive Blemish Calming Lotion and this calms down and gets rid of any blemishes appearing! I intend to leave this on overnight as it does work wonders overnight!

 

Within the Clear Future Range there is a Soothing Overnight Mask I use this twice week if I am having a breakout if I am not I use it once a week! If I am using the mask I just cleanse and then put this straight on and wait for it dry and then sleep the night away!

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That’s it for my skincare routine I hope you enjoyed reading this blog post!

I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and stay safe wherever you are in the world!

Hirali xoxo

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20 Tips To Keep Positive

Hi my lovelies! I’m sorry that it has been a while since I have posted the start of June and the end of May was crazy busy for me! From moving back home to my birthday and all sorts of family functions! But I’m sure this post that you have all been waiting for makes up for it.

Trying to stay positive can be hard at times. I was negative before I used to think why did this happen to me? What have I done wrong to deserve this? I changed my mindset, people I surround myself with, I read more books and I really changed a lot about myself because I wanted to succeed and be the best version of myself. I did not like the negative thoughts or the way I was talking myself down. I am going to be sharing with you my top 20 tips to stay positive. Before this blog post does go on I will just like to say that the things I have done have not happened overnight it has taken me time and I took small steps to become positive and keep staying positive. And I am a big believer in the law of attraction, which is where a lot of the tips have come from. If any entrepreneur, mind coach, or public figure have used these tips that I am sharing with you I would like to credit them because I am sure somewhere along the line I have picked up these tips from them. Three people I will like to credit because I know I have picked these tips up is from their posts is Kaushal, Vex King and Rhonda Bryne.

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  • First things first remove negative people from your life. This is probably one of the hardest ones as those people can be friends, family or work colleagues. You don’t know who is negative and bringing negativity into your life by the ways of talking.

 

  • Secondly it is important to surround yourself with positive people. It may seem easy but the people that are always motivating you, supporting you, encouraging you and helping you to achieve your goals and dreams are the type of people you want to be spending your time with. This can be family or friends or people who are generally positive that you have connected with.

 

  • Every morning when you wake up say ‘today is going to be a good day’ start your day with a positive thought and keep saying it throughout the day this attracts positivity and helps start the day right. This one small thought in the morning can change your day.

 

  • I personally think it is important to exercise to stay healthy and fit but also it helps us feel better about the day. Now I am not saying to do an hour’s workout everyday but it can be something like a 10-minute walk or a run around the area you live in or a quick 10-minute cardio workout. If you do like going to the gym and doing a workout do that or if you like swimming go to the pool regularly if like cycling get o your bike everyday and go cycling for half an hour or even an hour.

 

  • This may seem hard but mediating helps you focus on yourself and your breathing. Start slow and build this up. Every evening switch your phone off for 5-10 minutes and build that time up to 15-20 minutes. In this time focus on your breathing, forget about everything that has happened or anything you need to do for the next day put on some meditation music and just focus on your breathing and relax. I will link some links to the meditation music I use right at the end of the post.

 

  • Get out of comfort zone. I think this is important because after you have done whatever it is that is outside of your comfort zone you feel so good about yourself and makes you want to achieve much more. If anyone knows me knows I hate cycling I don’t know why but I have never really liked it even as a child once I managed to get a hold of the bike I managed to cycle around my area and I felt so good afterwards and I knew if I could get on a bike after an odd 10-15 years I can achieve so much more.

 

  • Smile! Smiling is the best thing. I cannot even say how much smiling helps. Smiling is contagious if you smile at someone in the streets that person will feel good about themselves and it make you feel good and happy.

 

  • Set yourself goals! Setting yourself goals that you want to achieve help with positivity these goals can be career focused, money focused, personal life focus anything. Setting yourself goals help you to work harder your mind is then driven to achieve these.

 

  • Read more! Reading helps extend your vocabulary but it also helps your mindset. By reading a book whether that is fiction, non-fiction or something to do with personal development your helping your mindset be the type of you want to be. You’re educating yourself and your mind.

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  • Have notifications turned on for people you follow on social media. A lot of us use Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat as platforms of communicating with people turn on notification for positive people that you follow whether they are celebrities or not they people will help you keep positive throughout the day. These positivity reminders will help you and keep you positive. I have notifications on for some of my friends, family but also celebrities such as Vex King, Kaushal, Zoella, Louise Pentland, Niomi Smart these are a few I am going to name. I will just like to add here as it links to two of the people I follow Kaushal and Vex King have positivity bracelets that you can buy- I will link the site at the end of this post but those bracelets get me a reminder throughout the day when I can’t reach my phone for whatever reason.

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  • Have a routine! This may seem like a weird one but having a routine helps you be more productive with your day, which helps your mind but also helps you keep positive. I always have a daily routine of getting up making the bed and then going down for breakfast this means that a lot of the small daily tasks are done and I can focus on my meetings and other various things I have to do during the day.  By creating yourself a simple routine you are creating a better you, which helps you, keep positive.

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  • Going with the idea of having a routine you should have a proper sleep. This may seem weird and you’re probably thinking how does having sleep help with keep positive? Well if you have the recommended amount of sleep (7 to 8 hours) this will not help you be productive but you will be well rested to ensure you can be extra productive during the day.

 

  • As mentioned before that am I a big believer in the law of attraction. A vision board is the next thing that helps me stay positive and keep positive. Create a vision board put your goals and dreams on the board, no matter how big or small the goal or dream put it on there, put the board where you can see it every day. This will keep you positive and it will be a daily reminder of what you are doing and why.

 

  • Look on the bright side of everything. Whenever something bad happens or negative like you don’t get that job you applied for or that car you wanted you couldn’t get. Think positive that these negative things that happen make us a better person and lead us to something better.

 

  • Self-love. Self-love is one of the most important things when it comes to keeping positive. Loving yourself will allow people to love you the way you love yourself including your flaws even Beyoncé has flaws no-one is important. Loving every part of you including the journey you have been on will bring you a lot more and will keep you positive.

 

  • Let it go. As Queen Elsa said *Let it Go Let it Go* just let it go don’t let anything bring you down nor take anything to heart even if it’s something negative. Any difficult situations you have been in don’t let it get the better of you in fact do the opposite, everything you go through or have gone through allows you to be a better version of yourself.

 

  • Eat Healthy. Eating healthy is just as important as having enough sleep. Maybe wondering how does eating healthy help with keeping positive? If you’re eating the right food for your body you will feel good not only from the inside but also on the outside. Which means a more positive you.

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  • Believe in yourself. Believing in yourself is very important. If you believe you can do whatever you set your mind and heart to you will receive the results you want through self-belief. Believing in yourself will keep you positive throughout the day.

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  • Avoid social comparison. We all compare ourselves to people on social media whether that is celebrities, friends or family social comparison will bring you down. Avoid comparing yourself to others on social media!

 

  • Judge less. Again, with idea of avoiding social comparison you should judge not only yourself less but also others around you. By judging less, you will bring positivity into your life.

 

 

Here are some useful links:

Meditation music: https://www.youtube.com/user/DrNepal

Apps: Breathe, Headspace

Vex King’s and Kaushal’s positivity bracelets: https://shop.bonvitastyle.com/

The Secret by Rhonda Byrne: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Secret-10th-Anniversary-Rhonda-Byrne/dp/1847370292

Free E-book of Vex King’s Make Your Dreams Your Reality: http://www.bonvitastyle.com/ebook

Other links: http://www.bonvitastyle.com/10-daily-habits-that-will-improve-your-life

http://www.bonvitastyle.com/23-simple-ways-to-practice-self-love

http://www.bonvitastyle.com/why-you-should-surround-yourself-with-positive-people

http://www.bonvitastyle.com/5-simple-ways-to-deal-with-toxic-people

Kaushal’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/KaushalBeauty

Kaushal’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kaushalbeauty/

Kaushal’s Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KaushalBeauty

Vex King’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/VexKing?lang=en-gb

Vex King’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/VexKing/

Vex King’s Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vexking/

Bon Vita Style website: http://www.bonvitastyle.com/

Bon Vita Style Twitter: https://twitter.com/BonVitaStyle?lang=en-gb

Bon Vita Style Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bonvitastyle/

The Secret Twitter: https://twitter.com/thesecret

 

Comment below with your tips to staying positive and lets all share our tips and make our lives more positive.

University

My Graduation Story

Hi my lovelies. In this blog post I am going to talk about my graduation everything from looking for my dress to buying it, and then everything from my hair and make up to how the day went. Can’t believe it’s been a week already!

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If you thought that buying a prom dress was hard then think again buying a dress for graduation was equally as hard. I tried on so many different styles, colours, prints and patterns in so many different stores. At one point I felt like giving up on looking for the dress. So firstly I decided I should set myself a budget this way I can look for something within my budget and it would make it easier when I go into stores I had a budget of £50 I then decided to look online see what’s in fashion and what things I actually liked whether it was the colour or the style and what was in my budget this helped me loads as I narrowed down my choice. After this myself and my sisters went into Westfields in White City to try on styles and colours I liked that were in my budget I slowly started to narrow down my search even more there were colours that didn’t suit me or styles that didn’t compliment the body shape I am I then managed to narrow it down to three dresses I went away and had a think about what dress I felt most confident in, the most me and most importantly the dress that complimented me in every way. The dress I decided to go for was a Lipsy London lace top bodycon dress in the colour cobalt. The dress screamed my name and made me feel like me and I wasn’t spending time adjusting anything that’s the last thing you want to do on your graduation when walking the stage.

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Once I found my dress I had to think about my hair and makeup. I knew straight away I wanted to curl my hair there is something about curls that make your special day extra special so that what I went for. My makeup look was quite easy to decide, as I wanted something to compliment my dress so I went for a soft smokey eye using browns and beige colours with a nudey pink lip. I was originally going to do my hair and make up by myself but my younger sister told me not to take the extra stress and I had asked my sister-in-law to do it and my god was I relaxed in the morning I had told her what I wanted and what I liked and disliked as I knew what suits me and what doesn’t but also I had a vision of what I wanted and she created that vision and I can’t thank her enough! I have linked all the products she used at the end of the post (she mainly used NYX and Mac products) the curls she created with using a curling wand.

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The day itself was so overwhelming its unreal after we parked up we went straight to campus centre to collect my robes and to get the family and individual portraits. Once I got my gown it hit me that this day is not only here but also its actually happening! A dream that was on my vision board for years was finally coming true! Once we did the photos we walked towards the marquee which was next to the Venue were our graduation was taking place. We walked through a park which is on campus called Castle Gardens where we took loads of photos big shout out to my younger siblings for taking all the photos!

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Once we were in the Venue and left my family to go to my seat nerves kicked in! It was such a pleasure to see everyone on the course that I have spent the last two years working with (some of them was right from the start) and to celebrate all of our hard work, effort and achievement. Walking down the stage and collecting the most important piece of paper was emotional but I am so proud of all the obstacles I have overcome and everything I have learnt. Once I came off the stage I had a tear or two (yes my make up still stayed put and none could tell that I cried!) all I can say is everything I have done and learnt in the last few years has been amazing and I don’t think I can ever forget it. Once the ceremony was done I took a lot more photos with my family. And then headed back to my uncles house where I took another 100 photos and had a nice meal with my family.

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I can’t believe I have a degree in Drama and I am one step closer to achieving my dream of becoming a drama teacher. It’s a day I’ll remember forever. I’ll just like to say a big thank you to everyone that has been apart of my journey and has given me all the love, support, encouragement and motivation I couldn’t of got my degree without any of you!

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Dress: Lace Top Bodycon Dress- Lipsy London (Available at Next)

Heels: The Collection Black high stiletto heel court shoes Available at Debenhams

Make Up:

Base: Mac Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15 Foundation in shade NW35 and NC15

Concealer: Mac Pro Longwear in shade NC20

Eye shadow: Antiqued, Sublime Nature, Blonde Minx

Eyeliner: Blacktrack liner

Mascara: Extend Play Mascara

Blush: NYX Sweet Cheeks- The dusty pink shade

Lips: NYX Nude Pink lip liner

NYX Tea Rose Lipstick

Nails were CND Shellac: I think that shade was either no 11 or 21

Thanks for reading! XO

University

Moving Back Home!

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It’s hard to think that my time at university is over….. It was such a journey I have learnt so much about life and myself the experience will be unforgettable! I was emotional is the time up to leaving Leicester it became my second home and the place I got to grow up and learn so much more than I had imagined.

 

As I started to slowly pack my flat up I realised how many memories I have in my flat, around Leicester- the pubs, bars, clubs, and various other places. My room started to feel empty I started to feel that a big part of my life was quickly ending I hated the feeling but I kept reminding myself that I will be coming back and everything good has to end for a reason. This was a chapter in my life that I wrote and that will be with me forever but life has to move on I will learn new things, meet more people, achieve my dreams and goals that I have set.

 

The day that I was moving back to London was awful weather raining heavily, cold and windy one minute and the next it was sunny and blue skies- what do you expect in England hey?! My mum and dad drove up that afternoon to pick me up and every minute I felt so much more emotional! I managed to take over half of my stuff back to London the drive down wasn’t too bad. We didn’t get stuck in much traffic but due to the rain we did have to slow down a few times because it was so heavy! We got to see a few rainbows in the sky which made the drive back a lot better!

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Before we drove back to London we drove to my nan’s house and we stayed there for an hour or so. My aunt had asked me to buy a vanilla buttercream cake from Brucciani which is an Italian café that sells pastries, cakes, ice creams artisan breads and much more. If you ever happen to be in Leicester you need to go to one of the café’s both are in the city centre. She wanted the cake to celebrate me finishing university and achieving everything I have achieved not only this year but over the three years!

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Being back in London for this last week has been quite nice maybe the weather is playing a role in that but organising my room and wardrobe has to be the most enjoyable experience. I have spent time with my mum, dad and brother. When you haven’t been home for long you forget about the evenings in which you have family time, or eating dinner as a family. Being home is relaxing and I have managed to spend a lot of time with my family.

 

If any of you are moving back home from university any time soon or moving to university this year or moving house in general you should wear an outfit that is comfortable and easy to move around in. I think the outfit I wore helped the process of getting things out of my room and into the car so much more easier I wasn’t wasting time adjusting anything. I have linked all clothing items down below. I did wear an oversized denim jacket on top due to the rain the jacket was from Primark and I believe I was £15 which I try to link below too.

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Adidas Original 3-Stripes T-Shirt £21.99 from Footasylum – https://www.footasylum.com/adidas-originals-womens-3stripes-tshirt-104964/

Adidas Essential 3-Stripes Tights £17.99 from Sportsdirect- http://www.sportsdirect.com/adidas-essential-3-stripe-tights-ladies-678110?colcode=67811040

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Puma No1 Logo Hoody £22.0 from Sportsdirect- http://www.sportsdirect.com/puma-no1-logo-ladies-hoody-664178?colcode=66417840

Converse All Star Low Black Canvas £44.99 from Office- http://www.office.co.uk/view/product/office_catalog/5,21/2413100347

 

Thank you for reading xo

University

My University Experience

IMG_9882I started De Montfort University, Leicester (DMU) in September 2013 studying Drama! It feels like a lifetime ago now! To sum up my first year I would say that I made a lot of friends on the course and on other courses. I had a lot of fun, nights out some of which I don’t remember, exploring Leicester and enjoyed the student life. I lived in halls and it was on campus so I could roll of bed, get dressed and leave ten minutes before class. I lived with four other girls and we shared a kitchen, I had a double size bed and en suite. I would say my first year was fairly easily and it was a journey from living with parents to living on my own and having to do everything for myself including the shopping- I realised how expensive some essentials really were! I’d say we had a fair share of problems in the flat- anything from your music is too loud (because the walls are super thin) to its your turn to take the kitchen bin to even arguing about the cleaning of kitchen and the corridor! I know we were all age 18 and arguing over petty things! After my first I decided to take a gap year your all probably thinking why would you do that?! I felt that I needed a break because I didn’t know what I wanted to really do after university I was unsure about whether I wanted to go into teaching or if I wanted to do theatre/film/TV I took this year out to help me make my decision, in the year I did make the decision of going into teaching in secondary school.

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My second year I think I was excited and scared when it started, after a year out going back into education was scary but I was excited to get back into education in order to start teaching. I lived in private student accommodation in a studio flat I made friends within the accommodation and they made my second year memorable and fun! The flat was about a twenty-minute walk away from campus. I have to say that my second year at my DMU was one of the most difficult years. My grandmother was seriously ill and was in and out of hospital. With the help and support of my family and friends both university friends and friends back at home I finished my second year with flying colours. I learnt how to balance stressful situations at home and keeping fighting through everything at university deadlines, reading, performances and rehearsals. Towards the end of my second year I learnt so much about myself and how to keep fighting but I also learnt about who I should trust and who I shouldn’t. I think the highlight of my second year would be Leicester winning the Premier League everything was mental. The atmosphere, people, I lived pretty close to the stadium- can I just say it get really noisy! I was really excited about third year and the modules I had chosen I couldn’t of been happier with them one of my modules allowed me to work at a secondary school and this was in a step in the right direction.

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My third and final year at DMU was stressful but a lot of fun too. With two of my best friends by my side motivating me, supporting me and cheering me on I finished my university experience. I lived in private student accommodation with a really good friend that I made in second year. We stayed in two beds flat and shared the kitchen. I loved my room it was big and spacious and is probably one of the quietest student accommodations I have either been in or lived in. It was a ten-minute walk away from campus so it was just perfect for all those late night library sessions. I think my third year was the best year ever! Why?! Because I had the opportunity to work at a secondary school in Leicester, and I learnt so much whilst I was there about teaching and it was an experience I can’t forget. I enjoyed every moment of working there my colleagues were all so supportive and welcoming. They were always there for any advice I needed and supported any decisions I had made or advice I had given them. Another reason why I would say this year was the best is because it made wiser decisions, I learnt to manage my stress levels, stay focused, motivated and positive through the whole year. I had two really supportive friends who were there for me no matter what and always kept me positive, I did not go home as much but I think that helped in fact because I was able to spend my weekends in the library studying. I would say that when I went home for Christmas I was so excited to see my family and spend time with them all. I didn’t go home for Easter but that was because I need to stay in Leicester and do my work. I’m sad to be leaving university and Leicester both I really don’t want the university experience to end nor do I want to a quiet city with beautiful historic buildings! But as they say all good things have to come to end!

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Overall, I have enjoyed living in Leicester it has been nice living in a small city compared to London. I have become so much independent I have grown so much as a person too I have started to make wiser decisions, I have learnt how to deal with stress, how to budget, how to have a balance in life and most importantly I have learnt how to stay focused. I would say university has changed me not in a bad way but in a good way its given me vital life experiences and has allowed to have opportunities that I wouldn’t have received if I was not here. But for now this the end of this chapter of university and the end of this blog post!

Thank you for reading! XO

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