Wednesday, 14 December 2011

MUA

I'm sure I'm not the only person who got a litttttle bit over-excited at the launch of the MUA website a couple of weeks ago and spent way more than they should have... Well anyway, my order arrived this morning. It has taken a while to get here but MUA emailed me to say they'd had a lot of orders and would be including a free bag with my order to apologise, and then again to say they were out of stock of one of the items I'd ordered, asking if there was anything they could send me in the meantime to say sorry. So I'm not complaining, fab customer service! So, here is what I bought:

Nail polish in Shade 03; Blusher in Shade 02; Trio Eyeshadow in 'Passion'; Quad Eyeshadow in 'Smokin'; Dusk Til Dawn Palette. The Lipstick is Shade 02, which was what I asked for when they emailed to see if there was anything I'd like as the Nail polish in Shade 22 was out of stock (This will be sent to me when they've restocked). MUA also had on an offer where if you spent over £8 on their website, they sent you the Immaculate Collection palette for FREE!
Here's a closer look at my goodies:
    

    


As you can see, the blusher is a lovely peach-pink with a slight shimmer. It's really well pigmented and goes on nicely.

The Eyeshadow Trio (£2.50) comes with a Mini Masterclass on the back which tells you how to apply the colours. Again, they're really well pigmented and I'm very happy with them, although there's quite a bit of fall-out.


Lipstick with and without flash. This is a nice dark-pink shade which goes on nicely and lasts quite well.


The Immaculate Collection contains 24 Eyeshadow shades, a mixture of mattes and glittery numbers which will be great for the festive period! As a freebie this is amazing and even at the RRP of £8 this is an absolute bargain. I've not had chance to have a play with any of these yet but I'm looking forward to it! Again, there's a mini masterclass on the back with a suggestion on how to apply some of the colours for a 'Green Smoulder' look.

And finally, the nail polish shade 03 is another nice bright pink - this is two coats and that's all it needs to be opaque. It's a little tricky to apply because of the teeny tiny brush but as long as you're careful it's fine, and well worth the £1 I paid for it!
I've just realised I totally forgot to take photos of the Smokin' Quad - whoops!
When my order arrived, there was something missing - I'd ordered two of the Dusk Til Dawn palette so I could give one as a Christmas present, but MUA had only sent me one. I emailed them and got a very quick response asking whether I'd like the palette sending on once they've re-stocked, or whether I'd like something else instead. I opted to wait for the re-stock and asked to have it sent to my home address (instead of at Uni), which they were more than happy to do. Like I said, can't fault their customer service!
Overall, despite a waiting a while for my order and a couple of glitches, I'd be more than happy to order from MUA again! Did any of you guys order soon after the website launched? Did you get the free Immaculate Collection? What do you think?

xo

Friday, 2 December 2011

Lilac Fantasy

One of my favourite forms of procrastination is painting my nails. Currently, they're covered with Models Own 'Lilac Fantasy', a lovely pearlescent lilac colour as you can see below.

 
Much as I love this colour, what you see is five (yes, FIVE) coats and it's still not opaque. I'll put up with it because it's so pretty.
I'm thinking about getting another bottle of this for my brother's girlfriend for Christmas but can't decide if it's the sort of shade she'd wear or not..
Do any of you own Lilac Fantasy? If so, what do you think of it?

xo

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Tuesday.

It's Tuesday lunchtime. I'm still in my pyjamas despite having been up since 7.30. My excuse for this is twofold; one, I went out last night so it's allowed, two, it's too cold to take my pyjamas off to put real clothes on.
Last night was night out with housemates, something possessed me to wear heels, which would have been fine had the SU Club night not been cancelled, requiring me to walk halfway across Sheffield to find somewhere that was open on a Monday night, that wasn't Corp or Plug (we can never agree on somewhere to go...). This resulted in me removing the aforementioned heels and thus ruining my pretty new tights. Bad times.
Today I have made Roasted Tomato and Pepper Soup, which I'm currently hugging a bowl of. It is beaut so I thought I'd share the recipe - adapted from one my friend and I used for a dinner party about three years ago so I can't remember where it originally came from.

I used eight tomatoes, a red pepper, two cloves of garlic and a handful of basil leaves. I also threw in half a yellow pepper and half an onion that were hanging round in the fridge looking like they needed using.
Basically, peel your garlic cloves, slice your tomatoes in half and your peppers in quarters, onions into big chunks, and chuck in a roasting tin. Drizzle liberally with olive oil and give everything a good shake to make sure it's covered. Put in the oven at 180°C for 20 minutes or so, then turn over all the veggies - I used a big plastic spoon for this. Return to the oven for another 20 minutes before spreading the basil leaves out on top and popping back in the oven for another five minutes. Meanwhile, prepare a stock cube in about 150ml boiling water in a large bowl. Spoon your veg into the bowl and whizz up with a hand blender (obviously you can use a jug blender should your kitchen be so equipped). I've served this sprinkled with a little bit of grated cheddar and another basil leaf. Half is my lunch today and the other half will be going in the freezer for a lazy lunch some time.
I'm planning a bit of a bulk-cooking day, I'm gonna make a curry and a chilli as well so that I've got some meals ready made to save on time for the next couple of weeks, letting me (hopefully) get lots of work done!
Let me know if you try this guys, or if you have another easy go-to soup recipe!

xo

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Accidental Haul..

I went into town this morning with the intention of buying a pair of jeans. I got home and realised that hadn't quite gone to plan and I had not one but two pairs of jeans, plus some new tights, a throw, a dress, two rings, two new eyeliners, new foundation and shower gel.. In my defence I've nearly run out of shower gel and foundation so this was actually economical as I've saved myself another bus ticket into town. That's what I'm telling myself, anyway!

 Primark: Black skinny jeans, £9; Black patterned tights, £2.50; Red fleece throw, £3.

Dorothy Perkins: Butterfly wing ring, £4; Stones ring, £7.50. (DP currently have buy one, get one half price on everything and one of these rings must have been reduced as I only ended up paying £7 (or £6.30 with my NUS discount) altogether - and I got a third ring for my Bloggers' Secret Santee as well!)

Republic: Purple skinny jeans, £29.99 (£26.99 with student discount!)

 Select: Turquoise jumper dress, £14; Beauty UK Pearl Eyeliner in Shade 5, £3.49. (shown below)

Boots: Lime shower gel, £1; Collection 2000 Soft Kohl Eyeliner in Shade 02, Birdy Song, £1.99; L'Oreal Matte Morphose Foundation in Shade 110, £10.29. (The Boots goodies were paid for with my Advantage points so they don't really count, right!?)

L-R: Beauty UK Pearl Eyeliner 05;
Collection 2000 Soft Kohl Eyeliner 02.
And as I mentioned I also got a couple of bits and pieces for my Secret Santee which I won't be sharing, just in case ;)
Have you guys been treating yourselves lately? Hope you're all well!

xo

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Stolen Thunder

I noticed a banner for Stolen Thunder on Laura's blog, and given that I'm currently procrastinating in a major way (cleaning bathrooms>writing essays. Sad but true) I couldn't resist having a bit of a peek. Now I'm wishing I had resisted because I cannot afford all the lovely things I want.
HOWEVER, if you like Stolen Thunder on Facebook, you can sign up to their newsletter to receive a £10 voucher, and enter a competition to win £100 worth of goodies - sounds good to me!

Wooden Kite Necklace
Kite Necklace, £23
This necklace is just adorable and I can see it working well with a plain top or dress, I love it!
babushka face stud earrings
Babushka Earrings, £10
I'm also currently cursing my stretched ear piercings because how cute are these earrings!? 
Gold Rose Ring
Gold Rose Ring, £41
This ring would be perfect with a little black dress or something sequined for the party season.
Damn my student budget! Is there anything you guys have your eyes on at the moment? Please share and help make my need to win the lottery a little stronger!

xo

Monday, 21 November 2011

Sparkles

Last week I was at home for my reading week which featured a trip to Asda to take my Gran shopping. Actually this ended up involving me and my mum leaving her to it while we went and tried not to buy everything in George - they have some lovely stuff at the moment.
The task of not buying anything was made easier by the fact that what I wanted most - these shoes - they didn't have in my size. Much as I tried to squeeze my toes into a 7 (okay, yes, I have massive feet) it just wasn't happening. So now there is a beautiful-sparkly-shoe-shaped hole in my life.
Sparkle Peep Toe Shoe

In a fit of unprecedented organisation, I've actually started my Christmas shopping today - I've ordered a couple of books for my mum and brother off Amazon. I've had the genius idea of having everything delivered at home rather than in Sheffield, saving me carting a ton of presents back up with me in a month's time. Well, I thought it was a good idea! I've yet to get anything for my Bloggers' Secret Santee (still doubting that's an actual word but who cares!?) and am having minor crises over what to get my dad but other than that I'm feeling like things are going well so far...
Have you guys started Christmas shopping yet? If anyone says they've finished I'm going to hunt them down and make them teach me planning skills!

xo

Monday, 7 November 2011

Waffle. Sadly not the Belgian kind.

I still don't really have an awful lot to talk about so I'm sorry if this seems waffley and forced, but I'm trying to get back into the blogging habit as it's something I've really missed the last few weeks!
First of all, if you're taking part in the Blogger's Secret Santa organised by Rani at Cupcake Couture (I think I mentioned it a while ago and I've had the link in my sidebar for ages) then you've probably received an email telling you who your Santee (is that a word!?) is by now. I've had mine and I've got a few ideas, I'm really looking forward to picking some lovely things, making everything look pretty, and posting it off to hopefully put a smile on someone's face!
In other news, doing my weekly shop at Tesco this afternoon I happened to notice a lot of paperback fiction on two for £7.. I tried to resist, I really did, but somehow ended up treating myself to 'One Day' by David Nicholls and 'A Desirable Residence' by Sophie Kinsella writing as Madeleine Wickham.
A Desirable Residence

I've heard a lot of good things about 'One Day' so I've been meaning to pick it up for a while. The Sophie Kinsella number was a bit of an impulse choice, I've only read a couple of her books and none of the popular Shopaholic series. I'll be honest, I was just interested to see if her style is any different writing as Madeleine Wickham than it is as Sophie. On a side note, I don't really get the point of using a pseudonym if you're then going to tell everyone who you actually are? Anyone enlighten me there?
Finally, Glamour magazine at the moment comes with a free nail polish from Nails Inc. in a choice of four shades, worth £11. I went for Basil Street, a pretty nude-y beige type colour, as I had something similar to the other shades, and I have to say I really like it and am wishing I could justify spending £11 on a nail polish... Not to worry eh? But I do highly recommend picking it up if you like the look of any of the shades.
Also, I have developed an addiction to Nature Valley crunchy granola bars, they are AMAZING.
Have any of you guys read these books, picked up one of the free shades with Glamour, or are you taking part in the Bloggers Secret Santa?

xo

Thursday, 3 November 2011

On Brains and Boredom

I'm a terrible blogger, it's true. I'm sorry.
Today's post is yet another 'I must do better' catch-up type post, this time inspired by an email off the lovely Leanne over at A Slice of my Life, telling me that I've won second prize in her 300 follower giveaway! This is basically the highlight of my week so far, I'm very excited! Congratulations again to Leanne on three hundred followers - epic achievement!
Currently I'm eating homemade sausage and vegetable stew (it's amazing) and procrastinating in a major way as I have a case study, five essays and a research proforma for my dissertation to be doing...
Nothing of consequence has happened since my last post, I mentioned I was going home for my best friend's 21st, which was a lovely night and I managed to catch up with some friends I haven't seen in a couple of years.
Last Saturday I went out for another friend's birthday with a Marvel/DC/Made In The 80s theme... I have the worst imagination you have ever encountered and eventually decided I would be Marty McFly (from Back To The Future). As you might have guessed, no-one had a clue who I was meant to be and I was thoroughly outshone by the birthday boy as Beast as well as some other amazing costumes. Despite my crappy costume, I had an awesome night out and took full advantage of the extra hour's drinking time!
Other than that, the last couple of weeks have mostly been made up of Uni, a ton of reading, trying to eat more healthily, running, going to the gym, and getting excited to go home next week - I'm seeing Imelda May in Manchester next Saturday, and going shopping beforehand with my best friend. Also will be seeing the family!
And today I got possibly the geekiest post anyone has ever received... 'The Human Brain Colouring Book' (seriously, it's amazing) and this bad boy:

I am literally loving my Neuropsychology module!
Anyway, hope you guys are well and your lives are a bit more exciting than mine is currently...

xo

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

'Release the Kraken!'

Hey guys.
I've not been posting much lately, sorry. I've just had nothing to say and, to be fair, very little time to say it in!
Just a quick update here, lately I have been:
  • Entering pub quizzes with the team name 'Release the Kraken'. We won a tenner which is £2 each... Still exciting!
  • Going out for the first time in three weeks - I know, call myself a student! No idea what I'm doing in this photo.
  • Having meetings with my dissertation project supervisor, the first half of which she spent trying to talk me out of including EEGs in my project, which was the main reason I wanted to do that project...
  • Doing a lot of reading about the effects of depression on cognitive functions, EEGs and how to read them and what they mean, the effects of various drugs on various brain systems (including the mesocorticolimbic system, which sounds impressive!) and child abuse, amongst other things.
  • Spending an obscene amount of money on printer ink.
  • Listening to Blink-182's new album and being not-massively-impressed. It's okay...
  • This weekend I'll be going home for my best friend's 21st and seeing family. Happy times, I've not seen any of them in nearly six weeks now!
And that's about it, I'm afraid to say! Hope you guys are all keeping well.

xo

Sunday, 9 October 2011

Sunday Songs #11: Breathe Carolina

A song that was recommended to me recently by a friend and which I immediately fell in love with. This is taken from their album 'Hell Is What You Make It', which I am intending to buy ASAP! Hope you guys like it.

Saturday, 8 October 2011

Remember The Stars

I had a horrible night last night. Nothing happened to bring it on, I just felt terrible. I spent the evening cheering myself up with inspirational stories and decided I'd go and get the tattoo I've been wanting for years, today. So I did!


I got the heart nearly two years ago now, it's very personal and means a lot to me. I've mentioned To Write Love On Her Arms before, and that's basically what it means. They're an organisation offering hope to people suffering with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide. You can read more about them here, and also read the story from which I got 'Remember the stars'. It's about how, no matter how crap things seem, we always have hope. Sometimes I need to be reminded of that.
It's hard for me to talk about this actually, I might be studying Psychology but it's very different when it's so personal. Anyway, I just wanted to share my new tattoo with you guys. I'm absolutely in love with it. I got it done by Ricky at Feline Tattooing in Sheffield and they were really good, the highest of recommendations from me!
Hope you guys are all well!

xo

Thursday, 6 October 2011

Ten Facts

Hey guys!
I don't have much to talk about at the moment I'm afraid, my day has involved a lot of rain, a seminar and a lecture at University, going to the post office to collect a parcel (my new shoes!), doing a lot of reading for my Clinical Psychology module, eating ice-cream to help my sore throat, curry, and a trip to the gym shortly. Exciting stuff, eh!?
So I thought I'd do a 'Ten random facts about me' type thing again, just to let you guys know a little bit more about me. I'd love to hear a random fact about any of you in the comments so feel free to share!

01. I live with two boys and yet I'm the one everyone runs to, screaming, upon finding a spider/moth/wasp/other insect in our house. Seriously, is it so hard to open the window and let it out!?

02. I'm in my final year of my Psychology degree now and I'm doing modules in Addictive Behaviours, Atypical Child Development, Clinical Psychology and Neuropsychology, as well as my Research Project/Dissertation. So far I love them all!

03. I'm an obsessive sticking-things-on-the-wall person. It's therapeutic to do and therapeutic to look at and means I know where all my photos, gig tickets, train tickets, business cards etc. are! It does, however, mean I go through an obscene amount of Blu Tack...

04. I have serious attention problems. I can't concentrate on one thing for more than about ten minutes - this afternoon I've been making notes and I don't think I've written more than about five lines in a go before I've decided that it's crucial that I reorganise my wardrobe/clean the kitchen/check my Facebook/you get the picture. This is okay at the start of the semester but once deadlines begin looming (as deadlines are so fond of doing) it becomes problematic. I tend to alleviate this problem by avoiding such distractions, and this is why you will find me in the Library at Uni at 9am tomorrow, even though I'm technically off all day. Dedication or what!?

05. I like cooking, particularly of the experimental variety. Prime example: Once I fancied bacon sandwiches, and Rob was craving curry... So we made bacon curry and had it in sandwiches rather than with rice. It was actually really good!

06. I find travelling on trains calming mostly, although they have also brought on panic attacks in the past, weirdly enough. They don't even have to be busy, sometimes I just don't seem to be able to deal with them. It's really strange.

07. I don't know what I want to do with my life. At the moment I'm considering several options: Clinical Psychologist, working with addiction sufferers, something to do with neuroscience, working with children/teaching, and some kind of sports psychology. These change regularly and it doesn't help that now I'm in third year, every other day someone tells me I ought to be planning The Rest Of My Life. Eek!

08. I have ridiculously massive feet (no, seriously, I'm a size eight) and really short legs. Somehow I manage to look in proportion most of the time but I cannot find trousers to fit. This isn't helped by the fact that my thighs are stupidly out of proportion with the rest of me - if trousers fit over my thighs, they are huge on my waist. If they fit my waist, I can't move my legs. Argh!

09. I'm unsure of my natural hair colour. I've dyed my hair since I was about 13 and I've had it black, blue, various shades of red, purple, pink, blonde/orange (only for a few days at a time when I've bleached it though!) and brunette. I'm bored again and thinking of going blonde even though it will most likely look horrific.

10. I have an (apparently unhealthy) obsession with leopard print - we're talking shoes, tights, socks, skirts, tops, sunglasses, head bands, earrings, bangles, scarves, brollies, dressing gowns, purses... I'm considering a leopard print tattoo down my shoulder. I can't explain it, it happened overnight and now I love it!

And here are my new shoes. They're nothing too exciting, just to replace my sadly worn-out Osiris trainers which I've had two years and which now leak like you wouldn't believe. I say replace, I'm not actually planning to throw them away, they'll merely be relegated to Sunny-Day-Footwear ;)


Hope I haven't bored you too much with these & that you're all doing well!
xo

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Handwriting

I saw this last night on Gina's blog and thought it was really cool, so I decided to steal borrow it to share on here! Let me know if any of you guys give this a go, I love having a nosey at people's handwriting!



Questions:
1. Forename and name of blog.
2. URL of blog.
3. Write 'The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog'.
4. Favourite quotation.
5. Favourite song.
6. Favourite music artist(s).
7. Anything else you want to say.

xo

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Cheerful Tuesday #10

091. Johnny Depp. How can anyone not be cheered by such a man of beauty?! Mmmm.

092. Beautiful Autumn skies. I don't know how long I've spent taking photos of the sky over our street in the last few days. Good job the neighbours already think I'm mental...


093. Zebra print nails. My new favourite! (Models Own Peach Puff & Models Own/Wah Nails Nail Art Pen)

094. My beautiful new screwdriver set. I feel like a man - it's great!

095. Ireland. I had a week there with some friends the summer before I started University. It's such a gorgeous country!

096. Glitter. Who doesn't love glitter!? And what's wrong with them?

097. Rivers. The sound of running water is really calming, I love walking next to rivers.

098. Hedgehogs. So cute!

099. Autumn colours.

100. Matching underwear. It's the little things...

xo
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