Travel Wish List


I've always be interested in visiting places different to what I know, whether that's going to the seaside, as I live in the middle of the countryside, or going abroad, or even just visiting a new city. I love travelling, well I love being in other places, the travelling part of travelling isn't as fun! 

Between finishing my A Levels and going to Uni I had a gap year, I worked full time for most of it and managed to save up enough money so I could spend three months backpacking up the East Coast of Australia with my best friend. I had the best time and it spark my need to travel and explore. Once you've gone backpacking your next destination is all you'll think about for years!

Travelling, however, costs money, in some cases a lot of money! So to try and fill my need for travel without spending any money, I've created a Travel Wish List. This list isn't full and there are so many other places I'd love to see, but at the moment these are the top of my list. 

Italy
Venice, Rome, Pisa, Naples and everywhere in between. A country filled with history, culture, amazing food and amazing sites, big cities and beautiful coastlines. Italy has always been a country I've longed to visit,  to experience the bustling cities, see the Colosseum in Rome, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the canals of Venice and the ruins of Pompeii. Taste the amazing food, the country of pizza, pasta and ice cream, what more could I ask for?! And a little bit of shopping wouldn't hurt anyone I guess!  

New Zealand
This is a country I am dying to visit and backpack around. Visiting cities and driving through the country in a camper van. Skydiving here is a must as well. The scenery in New Zealand is also beautiful with such a vast range of landscapes from mountains and glaciers to lakes and coastlines. From what I've heard as well the people are lovely and it's a really fun place to visit. 


Greece
Although as a kid I spent some holidays on one of the Greek Islands, (which one it was I can't remember) I've never visited mainland Greece, and I still need to truly explore the Islands. My reasons for wanting to visit Greece are similar to why I want to visit Italy, the history, and food. Also the gorgeous beaches don't put me off either.


Peru
When my dad was a child for a while he lived in Peru with my grandparents, and for that reason I'd love to go and visit the country. It is also a country with so much culture and history, with ancient ruins like Machu Picchu which I'd love to see while doing the Inca Trail. It's also a totally different culture and environment to what I'm use to and I'd love to push myself out of my comfort zone and experience something new. 

Wales
A country a little closer to home but one I've still never truly experienced. I have a few friends who live here and they couldn't speak more highly of the country. Castles, hikes, beaches and valleys just a few hours away. It's definitely near the top of my places to visit list, and hopefully I'll be able to make use of my friends in the countries and get my own private tour! 

Hopefully I'll be able to tick some of these places of soon. What countries are on your travel wish list? 

My Everyday Makeup


I love reading posts or watching youtube videos about people's everyday makeup. I think it's the best way to hear about some great products, as usually if people are wearing them every day they must be good. So I've decided to talk about the products I've been using on my face recently. I'm a lover of makeup, but I'm also a poor student, so basically all my products are from the high street.

Witch Mattifying Moisturiser 
Simple Kind to Skin Hydrating Moisturiser
Witch Anti-Blemish Skin Clearing Primer
Benefit The Porefessional 

Starting with prepping my face I've got a few products I use. As someone who has oily skin and suffers from spots I've been trying to use products that will help combat the oil and minimise the breakouts. I use the Witch moisturiser on my T Zone where I get oily, and my Simple one on the rest of my face. I'm not sure how good of a job it does at mattifying as I still get quite oily, I'm unsure on the primer as well as it hasn't seemed to stop my breakouts. I like to use Porefessional on my oilier areas when I want my make up to last that little bit longer. 

Collection Sheer Loose Powder in Barley There
Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Concealer in Ivory
Maybelline FIT me Concealer in 15
Maybelline Dream Pure BB Cream in Light
Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder

For my everyday makeup I like to use a BB cream as I don't like a heavy converge and as this Maybelline one is designed for oily skin I find it works nicely on my skin. It is slightly too dark for me, but  its workable and as it's already the lightest shade I have to make do. For concealer I love Maybelline FIT me, I love the consistency and find it a good coverage and colour for me. I've also been using the Dream Lumi Touch for under my eyes as it's a highlighting concealer, although it works I haven't been blown away by it and will probably try something new when it runs out. As an oily skinned girl powder is a must, and at the moment I've been using the Collection loose powder to set my make up and then the Rimmel Stay Matte over my oily areas to help keep me looking less like a disco ball. 

Sleek Face Form Palette in Light
Natural Collection Blush in Peach Melba 
The Body Shop Honey Bronzer in 01

The Body Shop Honey Bronzer is a new purchase of mine and I absolutely love it. I'm a pale girl so sometimes find bronzers can be too dark on me, including the one in the Sleek palette, however this one is the perfect shade, great for contouring and a really subtle colour, without any shimmer or shine. My favourite blush that I really like using is the Natural Collection one, I'm not a huge blush fan and can get a bit intimidated by some of the brighter colours so this one is perfect as its a dusky peachy pink shade that seems to work great on my skin colour. Although the bronze in the sleek palette is a little bit too dark for me I do like the blush and the highlight, and I use the highlight most days to brighten up my face slightly as I usually go for a matte look across my face to combat the oil. 

MUA Eyeshadow Palette in Undress Me Too
Maybelline Master Shape Brow Pencil in Dark Blonde
Maybelline the Colossal Go Extreme Volum' Mascara in Very Black

This MUA palette was the first eyeshadow palette I brought and for £4 it's such a great bargain. It mostly consists of shimmer eyeshadows but it works perfectly for so many looks. My favourite colours are Shy (top row, third from left), Tranquil (bottom row, first from left) & Wink (bottom row, fourth from left). The eyebrow pencil works well enough for a drugstore item and I'll probably repurchase. My favourite makeup item is always mascara and as I have quite long and full eyelashes Im quite fussy with my mascara. This one I recently brought and have been trying out, as I've previously used the Colossal mascara I thought I'd like this one too, however I find it really wet and struggle to get it on my lashes without it clumping. I'm hoping it will improve and will be giving it another go, but it doesn't live up to my expectations. 

Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick in Nudist

This lip product is one I wear almost every day. It's the perfect nude and gives your lips a lovely shine without a lip gloss feel to them. It smells lovely and goes on smoothly. When I'm wearing my every day makeup I rarely wear anything else on my lips as I like to keep it simple, and this item is always in my handbag. 


So this is the final look. It's nothing special, but that's why it's my everyday makeup. I like to look natural but still cover my imperfections whilst keeping it simple and quick. 

I'd love to hear any make up recommendations you guys have for oily or pale skin. If you've done an everyday make up post or video please leave me a link so I can check it out as I'm super nosey and love seeing what makeup people use!

Healthy Living #5 Exercise For Beginners



An important part of a healthy lifestyle is exercise. It's recommended that we do at least 30 minutes of exercise a day, and although this really isn't much it can be really difficult to fit these workouts in if you're just starting out.

Personally I've never been big into fitness, (hence being overweight and unable to run for more than 30 seconds!) but I know it's really important both for loosing weight and for being healthier, also if there is ever a time when I need to run, I want to know that I'll be able to run without collapsing and dying. 

As I've just started, once again, to attempt exercising, I figured an 'Exercising For Beginners' might be useful for some people. Obviously as I beginner myself it's not a perfect guide, instead just a few tips I believe are important in starting out exercising and  also hopefully allowing you to carry on longer than a few days! 

Structure & Routine
Sticking to a new routine of exercising can be really difficult, and therefore it's important to have a structure. This could be in the form of a timetable, organising what activities or exercises you do each day, or it could be setting an alarm for an hour earlier than normal and going for a run each morning. Whatever you decide to do, make sure you structure it around your normal day to day activities and you stick to it. Once exercising becomes a routine it becomes a lot easier. 


Don't Over Do It
Although having a structure is important as it may force you to exercise when you might not really feel like it, be sure not to be too enthusiastic and over do it. Starting a new exercise routine can be difficult and shock your body. You don't want to burn out too quickly and loose all enthusiasm when you're knackered after a few days. Ease yourself in and gradually build up your fitness level. However that doesn't mean not to push yourself, it can be easy to tell yourself you're too tired and you can't do your work out today but remind yourself how important it is and get your butt into gear! Although make sure to look after yourself, and if you really need a break make sure to take one. 


Pick Something You'll Enjoy
This can be a difficult one, as those who are beginners at exercising often don't enjoy exercise or are unfit and can struggle to see the enjoyment in feeling like you're dying whilst sweat pours down your face (myself included).  However picking a workout/activity you enjoy is important to help you stick to it and not give up. These are some options that I think are great for beginners; 

The Gym
This is one of the first things people think of when they think of exercising, and for some people it's the best option. The fact it has to be payed for can often motivate people into going to the gym, it also has lots of different options for working out with treadmills, cross trainers/elipticals, rowing machines, weights, and sometimes swimming pools included.  The gym is great for people who need to get out of the house to exercise, and can be good to do with a friend as you can motivate each other. However for a newbie it can sometimes be quite intimidating and joining a gym can be quite expensive. 

Gym Classes
Classes can usually go along with gym memberships, but can also usually be done without paying for a full membership. They are a great way of trying different exercises and there is a class for everyone. Popular ones are Zumba, Spinning, Boot Camp and Pilates. These are great for people trying to get into a routine as they usually happen weekly, they're also great fun if done with friends and you have the added motivation of other people watching you and the instructor encouraging you.

Workout DVDs
A more inexpensive and less intimidating form of exercise is workout DVDs. These are great as they can be quick and easy, you can do them at home when you have a spare 30 mins to an hour and there are so many options. One of my favourite DVDs is the 30 Day Shred by Jillian Michaels. This work out focuses on cardio, strength and abs and is also only 30 minutes long. It's great for those on a busy schedule, and also those who struggle to stick to a work out as this one has 3 stages each lasting for 10 days. Work out DVDs can usually be found cheaply online via amazon, or for free on youtube if you have a cheeky search. 

Youtube
Speaking of youtube, it can be a really great resource for starting up a new exercise routine. There are so many helpful videos and channels, whether it's tips and advice or quick work outs. It's also great if you want to focus on specific types of exercise such as muscle training and abs or yoga and pilates. My favourite fitness youtube is Blogilates , she has short, easy to follow work outs. She also has a Beginners Calendar where she tells you what videos to do for those just getting started into exercising. 

Couch 2 5K
Running is a great way to exercise and for lots of beginners it can seem really daunting, however the NHS has a great programme for those just starting to run called the Couch 2 5 K. It's a week by week plan that coaches you through your running via an app or podcast you can download and listen to while you run. It aims to build you up from not running at all to being able to run a 5K within 9 weeks through running 3 days a week. It's a great idea for people who can't commit to exercising every day, or can be a good change from work out dvds or the gym. The NHS also has some other great fitness ideas on their page to check out here.


And finally; 
Track Progress/Reward Yourself
I think It's important when starting out exercising to track your progress. Whether this is through tracking the time it takes you to run a certain distance, or how you feel after your work out each time, or just tracking how often you worked out each week. This will encourage and motivate you to keep going and stick to the goals you've set. It's also important to reward yourself when you see some progress or are proud with how well you've done. Exercising can be a struggle when you're just beginning so be proud of how well you're doing, and soon you'll start to want to exercise and it won't be a chore any more. 


I hope these tips and ideas have helped you out if you're just getting into exercising. If you're just starting out, or if you're a exercise fanatic let me know some of your tips for sticking to exercise, or give me some ideas about your favourite exercises to do. Heres hoping I can listen to my own tips and stick to my new exercise routine! 

Reminiscing: Second Year of University. Part 2

After looking back over the first semester of year 2 in my post here, I've finally got round to doing a post all about second semester. 

January

After a great Christmas break, which ended on the 1st January when I headed back up to Preston and spent the first two weeks living in the library attempting to finish my assignments. However these weeks were made better by Josh as we spent a lot of time together and eventually made our relationship official! 



January also meant 'Re-freshers' and therefore lots of nights out and parties. Including a 'no cups' themed party where you had to bring something inventive that wasn't a cup or a bottle to drink from. I chose a pink glittery cowboy hat, which was incredibly hard to drink from and meant I drank a lot of glitter! 

['no cups' themed party]

[Seeing my home friend on a night out in Preston]


[First night out as a couple]


Another highlight of January was my Canadian best friend Megan coming over to visit! It was so great to see her as it had been about 6 months since I'd last seen her. We had some pre drinks and then went out, and it was a rather messy night. Including me falling over and someone accidentally pouring their whole drink onto my face. Luckily by this point I was too drunk to care, and after a quick touch up and hair drying my face I was ready to dance the night away. 

[Megan and I]


[All my girls, and one of my boys]

[Me after being drenched by a vodka coke]

February 
This month was one of my favourite months of the year so far. I went on a night out with my housemates for next year, got my grades back from first semester, and celebrated my 21st birthday. 


For my 21st my mum, nan and grandad came up to celebrate with me, we went out for a nice meal the night before and then on the day drove to the beach and had a wander along the coast before heading home for cake and presents. Then I got ready and had a few drinks with my housemates before my friends started arriving for a party at mine.

[Birthday cocktails at dinner]

[Selfies with mum]

[Grandad at the seaside]

[The amazing chocolate cake made by mum]




[Drunken dancing with Prince Harry]

March
We started March off with a well deserved girls night. I have a lot of boy mates so we felt we needed a night for just us girls. It involved cocktails, dancing, glitter eyeshadow done by a women in the club that was painful to take off, and the highlight of the night... strippers!

[My girls <3]


[Those abs tho?!]


[Matching painful glitter eyeshadow]

March was also when I received m surprise birthday present from my housemates. They'd kept it secret and arranged something and I had no clue to what it was. The put me on a train, walked me around a village, got me on a bus and arrived at the place and I still had no clue. Finally it clicked and I realised they'd brought me to CENTRE PARCS! We had an amazing day riding around on bikes, playing basketball, and doing the high ropes which was my idea but I absolutely freaked out! It was a great present and I had an amazing day. 



[Biking action shot]



Me and Josh decided we needed a weekend away, and in mid March we went off for a few days to the Lake District. I wrote about our stay in a blog post which you can read here. We had a great time and the weather was beautiful. The views were stunning and we had some great food.




March was also the month this blog was born! I wrote my first two posts in March and I'm so happy I decided to start a blog. Although it's been a struggle sometimes as I haven't always been consistent in posting, I've really enjoyed it and can't wait to see where it takes me.

April
The month when deadline hell began. I went on one night out and went home for a few days to see some friends. Other than that I spent most of my time either not doing work and procrastinating, or sitting at my desk writing. In fact this is the only real photo I have to represent April, who doesn't love a seflie. I did manage to blog a bunch in April tho, and this is what I spent a fair amount of time doing.

[Always time for a selfie]

May
The final month. After 3 weeks of working my butt off to try and finish all my assignments, my last week was spent shopping and also a night out to celebrate my film course friends wrapping their second year film. I also hit 250 followers on bloglovin which was just amazing and made me so happy. 

[Roses from Josh]

[Hitting 250 Bloglovin followers!]

[My outfit for the Film Wrap Party]

[My lovely girls]

My final semester of second year really was amazing. I had some great times, got together with my boyfriend, turned 21, received some great marks and started this blog. Now I've just got to hope the rest of my grades are good, and start preparing for my final year of uni!

I really enjoy looking back over the past few months, and I hoped you've enjoyed having a look at what I've been up to.