Thursday, 26 March 2015

Fashion | Primark Haul

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This weekend, I found the time to pop into town for a quick browse. I am on a serious spending ban, due to barely having enough rent money, honestly where does it all go?! But having seen this necklace on Jess's instagram, I knew I had to find it, and considering it was from Primark I also knew it wasn't likely to break the bank - we have to treat ourselves sometimes! I walked through the doors with shutter vision, literally blocking out everything around me so I wouldn't be tempted - but I can say that Primark is really pulling it out of the bag this season, I couldn't help having a glance around and everything looked so gorgeous and summery! Considering it just snowed at home I'm not ready to hang up my winter coat just yet but when I do, and when I have some money, Primark will be one of the first places I go! 

I was lucky to find the necklace hidden away among all the other jewellery, it's such a perfect minimalistic piece which will go with everything - and cost £1.50 which is an absolute bargain! I also couldn't help trying on, falling in love with, and consequently buying this lovely stripe top - it's got a high neck, and is a kind of fine knit material which I love and it'll be perfect for the warmer months! Sizes were running low, and considering it was £5 (yes, £5!!) I can see why.

Hopefully I've satisfied my shopping cravings for a while, but I wanted to share this little haul - it'll be the last for a while I think!

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Lifestyle | Sunday Summary

 photo SundaySummary_zps4hdj0bh0.jpg This week saw me at my desk, trying to make words appear on paper for my dissertation. I swore I wouldn't let it consume my life, but it's strange how it happens - I guess because you're writing about something you've chosen yourself and are really interested in. It might be hard work but I do enjoy researching for it!

I was looking back through my photos and found a few from Brussels (where I spent half of my year abroad) still on there. This was taken at the Royal Greenhouses of Laeken - beautiful greenhouses next to the royal palace in Brussels, and open only for a few weeks every year! This year it's between the 17th of April - 8th of May, so if you're in the area I recommend taking a trip!

Today I did possibly one of the last things I would ever have pictured myself doing, and also one of my biggest achievements - I ran a 10k! I was always the person who would avoid doing the 800m in school, and the treadmill used to be my biggest enemy, so to manage to run the whole thing was great in itself, but I managed to do it in under an hour which I'm so proud of (I was fully expecting more of a 1h30 kind of time!).

And this, my bed, is where I plan to spend the rest of my day! Cosy, warm and snuggled up under blankets watching The Bachelor.

What have you been up to this week?

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Review | Benefit The Porefessional

Benefit is a brand I have loved and lusted after for a while now, however tend to be a little bit outside my budget. I've raved about their They're Real mascara, and loved using the Porefessional when it was included as a sample size with Glamour ages ago - so you can imagine how happy I was when I won a full size tube of the stuff on Twitter a few weeks back!

Anything which promises to minimise the appearance of pores and make your skin look "smoother than smooth" is fine by me, and this does not disappoint. With quite a thick consistency, this comes out looking a bit like foundation. You need the tiniest amount, and simply apply it to wherever you feel you want to minimise your pores/smoothen your skin - this is a wonderful makeup primer, so I imagine applying it all over the face would be a good option! Personally, I use this on my nose and cheeks. The moment you apply this to your skin it almost smooths away into a kind of velvety consistency, and the effect is visible immediately - my skin literally appeared so much smoother and has a more blurred effect to it after popping on a little bit of this! Applying foundation over it is a dream, as it really does provide the perfect base and just adds a certain something. Good preparation never goes amiss, and this is one of those instances where that really is true!

I can see this tube lasting me absolutely ages, so from that point of view it's definitely pretty good value for money. I haven't tried much from Benefit but so far they've never failed to be anything less than amazing and this is no exception.

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Lifestyle | Pinterest Inspiration

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I will be the first to admit that recently, I've been lacking somewhat in the inspiration department. With the end of term approaching at a much more rapid pace than I'd like, and dissertation/essay madness begining to take its hold, it's been hard to see past that university bubble at times. Whenever I'm feeling a bit uninspired, I turn - as I'm sure most of us do! - to Pinterest for some excellent procrastination and motivation. I can see a few of these kind of moments coming up as the workload intensifies, so thought I'd start a weekly roundup of what I've been inspired by recently! This week clearly has a very summery vibe running through, despite the horrible freezing weather - the fact that after exams, Summer will soon arrive is quite a motivating thought!


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