151. Monthly Favourites | May

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Monthly Favourites post seem to come around so quick, its insane to think that its June tomorrow and we are half way through the year already, where has the time gone? I have a lot of make-up favourites this month, after my splurge in Rome and the lovely beauty swap i received last month I've been trying out a variety of new products.

Tango Invigorating Shower Gel in Cherry
As soon as i saw these Tango shower gels in the shop i was smelling them all to see which was best and it was a hard choice but this Cherry one was the best. I love using this in the shower; aside from the obvious of it making my clean, it lathers up nicely and the scent lingers on the skin which i really like.

V05 Refresh Me Quick Dry Shampoo
I'm pretty sure this has been in my favourites before or at least I've mentioned it on my blog at some point. Since having a fringe put it I've been using this a lot more especially on days when i can't be bothered washing my hair because lets face it there is nothing worse than a greasy looking fringe. It smells really nice and it does its job well. It can leave a white/grey look to the hair but it's easily solved.

I reviewed these lipsticks on my blog a couple of days ago and i have nothing but good things to say about them. They're like lip butters; they have the pigmentation of a lipstick, the shine from a gloss and the moisture of a lip balm and i bloody love these. This shade is my favourite out of the two i have and the one I've found myself wearing the most, its just the perfect everyday shade.

Elemis Fresh Skin Skinglow Exfoliating Face Wash
This is a really gentle exfoliator and i really love using it on my face. It leaves me skin feeling really cleansed and refreshed and i like to use this mostly when I'm having bad skin days as i feel like it makes a difference to it.

Nyx Blush in Summer Peach
This was one of the things i got in my US beauty swap and i really like this, its a gorgeous pinky colour with a hint of gold shimmer to it - its such a pretty shade, the shimmer doesn't really transfer too much so there isn't a chance of being a glitter ball it applies the right amount. It's really pigmented and I've been reaching for this a lot lately.
Firstly, the packaging of this won me over it so cute! I wasn't expecting this to be as good as it is, I'm so impressed! Id definitely say its on par with Benefit They're Real Mascara, it makes my lashes so long, adds volume ands i can't not say enough good things about it.

YSL Touche Eclat Radiant Touch
When i got my Benefit Fake Up Concealer i thought that id reached holy grail status and nothing was going to out do - but then i made an impulse purchase on the plane and bought the YSL Touche Eclat and oh my it's amazing. Whilst i still love the Benefit Fake Up I'm currently smitten with my Touche Eclat, it's retailed as a highlighter but it does cover up my dark circles and brighten up under my eyes really well. Love it.

Sephora Contour Eye Pencil 12hr Wear in Tiramisu
I hadn't used eyeliner to tightline or to line my lower lash line for ages, up until buying this.. Tiramisu is a deep brown shade, Ive been wearing this almost daily and it creates a really nice smokey kind of look - some days i don't even pair my felt tip liner with it because i also love how it looks alone. It glides on really nicely and it barely smudges on my like other eyeliners do. It lasts ages on the eyes too, I'm not sure if its the full 12hrs it claims but its definitely longer than some others I've tried.

Kiko Super Gloss in 109 (Mat Pink)
When I've not been wearing my Ultra Glossy Stylo lipstick, I've been wearing this. I'm quite fussy with lip glosses - i can't stand it when they feel thick on the lips and they're really sticky and i just don't like it. This, however is nothing like that, it's creamy and feels comfortable to wear and it doesn't make my lips stick together either. It's a winner in my books - i love the colour of this too, it's a nice nude pink, my favourite!

Les Miserables
I watched this at the cinemas twice in three days when this was released earlier this year and loved it, i preordered the dvd back in April and I'm so happy to have it. I love the story, the music, the actors just everything about it. I wished I'd gotten to know the story of Les Miserables earlier than this film but better late then never eh! I love it, and would recommend anyone who hasn't seen it already to go and do so!

& my last favourite... is finishing university.
I handed my work in on the 10th May and it's been so nice not having to spend all day everyday doing my work and stressing out over it all. All i need to do now is graduate and it's officially done.

What's some of your monthly favourites?
Natalie xx
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148. Inspect-a-gadget | MoneySupermaket

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Philips Esee HD CAM295BL Camcorder*

Moneysupermarket have recently undertaken a new mission: Inspect-A-Gadget; their mission is to find cheaper alternatives to all those holiday gadgets (Ipods, Ipads, Kindles and that kind of thing) to prove that you really don't need to spend an arm and leg on them. When i first read about this project i was really keen to get involved because i think its important that we know more about the cheaper alternatives out there, so many products are overshadowed by the more expensive ones that not everyone can afford, so I was super excited when they emailed me back!

I was given the choice to choose from 5 different gadgets that retail around the £50 mark: Mp3 Player, E-book Reader, Tablet, Portable DVD Player and a Camcorder. I decided to go for a camcorder as i have a few of the other gadgets and it was the item i was most intrigued to try. I love the idea of capturing memories and moments and i thought this gadget would be perfect for that.

I'm really impressed with this camcorder; not only does it record videos but you can take pictures too and it's good quality. Its really ideal for travelling; its very compact and light so it wont be taking up tonnes of space or weigh you down having to carry it around and there is a sneaky little USB tucked away at the bottom of it that you plug into your computer to charge so you don't need any wires or plugs taking up your well needed luggage space. I loved that its super easy to use, i find some gadgets really over whelming with their million and one buttons where it this is nice and simple, it's also a touch screen and the pull out screen/view finder can be flipped around so you can use it from either side.

The only negative thing about it is that the memory space isn't that great but its nothing a memory card can't solve - the lovely people of MoneySupermarket also provided me with a memory card for it too! (Thanks guys)

I'm over the moon with this little camcorder and i genuinely wish i had it when i went to Rome back in April as id have been in my element filming all the amazing things i saw, its definitely something i will take away on any future holidays or adventures i have and who knows maybe now with a camcorder in my possession i may even venture into the world of youtube!

I just want to say a massive thank you to MoneySupermarket for their generosity and also for allowing me to be involved! See how you can inspect-a-gadget here

Natalie xx
*This item was either gifted to me or sent for review.

146. Review | Kiko Cosmetics Ultra Stylo Glossy Lipsticks

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814 | 803
I bought theses Kiko Ultra Stylo Glossy Lipsticks whilst i was away in Rome, Kiko Cosmetics was one of my favourite shops there. It was all really well priced and every time i went in i would leave with a bag full. I picked up the shades 803 and 814 - it really annoys me that they don't have names, just numbers! - They do have the names on the website though, which I've only just discovered. (However, why they don't have them on the packaging is beyond me)

 The formulation of these lipsticks reminds me a lot of the Revlon Lip Butters, they're pigmented lipsticks with the formulation of a lip balm and the shine of a lip gloss all rolled into one little bullet of heaven. They have a pretty nice scent to them too! They are fairly long lasting; I'd say 803 (Pink Flamingo) isn't as long lasting as 814 (Glam Magenta) but that honestly doesn't bother me, due to the balm like formulation i like to apply these more frequently anyways so it doesn't really matter to me. 

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803 (Pink Flamingo) is a nude pink shade, i think the shade is quite similar to Mac's Creme Cup. I find myself reaching for this a lot on a daily basis recently, it's just such a pretty shade and it's so easy to wear as well.

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814 (Glam Magenta) is more of a purple/pink magenta shade, it's quite a bright shade but I've find it really wearable. This particular lipstick really reminds me of the Gosh Soft 'n' Shine Lip Balm in Perfect Plum except this one is much brighter.

I really like these lipsticks and i really wish I'd picked up more shades in them - i love the creamy formulation and how moisturising they feel on the lips. I believe i paid 3.90euro (i don't know what the symbol is for euro? #fail) so they were such a bargain. Kiko Cosmetics have a UK website so you can actually buy there products online including these Ultra Stylo Glossy Lipstick and they retail for £4.90 which i still think is a really good price, as these are really lovely lipsticks and I'm so glad i picked some up!

Have you tried any products from Kiko Cosmetics?
Natalie xx
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142. You're your own limitation

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Since finishing Uni, I've been having frequent panics about what the heck I'm going to do next. As I'm sure many of you are aware - lets face it, I've complained about it enough - i disliked uni and i hated my course so during my final year i decided that once i graduated i wouldn't be going into the career I'd studied for. So I'm literally back to square one.

I've been out of employment for a while - i left my last job because i wanted to live out in my second year of uni so travelling to and from for my job would have been difficult so i made the decision to leave it - worst decision ever. I hated living out and moved back home as soon as my uni year was over and since that day (about a year ago) i have been searching for a job. I'm literally looking for anything, just something that will provide me with income just til i know what i want to do next.

Particularly this last month, I've upped the job search and have been applying for a lot of jobs but during this process I've also avoided some job vacancies not because I'm being fussy just because i doubt myself and i don't think id be good enough for them. I've also been trying to think of what i want to do with my life, because i don't want to be stuck in some dead end job but when i think of the type of careers i wouldn't mind having i find myself thinking of reasons why i can't do them, i find excuses as to why i can't.

and i realised... that we are our own limitation and by that i mean that we can only achieve something by going out there and doing it, if you want something to change only you can change, if you want something only you can get it. My constant doubt in myself and this constant thought that i won't be good enough or that i can't do something is limiting me.

I'm terrified that this doubt i have is going to stop me from achieving all that i can. I don't really know why I'm writing all this in a blog post but i just wanted too, the expression you are your own worst enemy is so true - i doubt myself beyond belief and I'm going to be the only reason i won't get anywhere. I'm not going to sit here and tell you that enough is enough and I'm going to change and everything will be hunky dory because lets face it, those bunch of words don't guarantee anything.

but I'm going to say this, that i will at least try.
If anyone knows of any magic cures to stop constant self-doubt and assumption that you'll fail at everything, please let me know!

Natalie xx

141. Review | Manshiu Longlasting Eyelash Extension Volume Length Curling Mascara

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I bought this back in January from Ebay when i had a little splurge on some Korean make-up products. I had a few mascaras to use first so I've only started to use this particular one this past month. I originally paid £3-4 which is already a really good price but it's gone even cheaper now and is only £1.99 so it's very bank balance friendly and the postage is also free, it does come from Hong Kong so it did take about 3-4 weeks to arrive but that doesn't really bother me.

I wasn't too sure what to expect from this mascara, as before buying it I'd never even heard of it let alone seen any reviews but i was sucked in by the packaging - I'm sorry but how could anyone resist this? I'm not actually that much of a cat person (sorry) but when i saw this mascara i just had to have it, the design is so cute and the cat has a little dickie bow - how could i not?!

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As a mascara itself well it definitely did not disappoint, it gives my lashes some serious length - i did  not expect it to be as good as it is, especially for such a cheap price, i thought it might have been one of the products where the packaging was gonna be as good as it gets but this it has definitely proved me wrong. It adds volume, adds a curl to the lashes (i still use my eyelash curlers but i could get away with using them) and as you can see from the photos it really does add length to my lashes. I found it very long lasting and it didn't smudge on me either. Can this mascara do no wrong?

On the Ebay page (linked above); it says that the mascara is good for sensitive eyes, has an oil free formula and is suitable for people who wear contacts too - I don't have sensitive eyes nor do i wear contacts so i can't offer a review for those but they can only be a good thing?

Overall, i am seriously impressed with this mascara and I'd definitely recommend checking it out. It doesn't quite replace Benefit's They're Real as my favourite mascara but it's definitely up there with it, and it's definitely one i would repurchase over and over.

What's your favourite mascara?
Natalie xx

140. Review | Natural Collection Blush In Peach Melba

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You know when you read about a product being mentioned on a few blogs and hyped up and you just have to try it - well this is one of those products. The Natural Collection Blush in Peach Melba (£1.99) Natural Collection is a Boots own brand and is dirt cheap, so its ideal for people starting out and people on a bit of a budget - It's also perfect for make-up obsessives like myself.

First impressions; the packaging isn't anything amazing - it's cheap looking and i don't know why but i hate the screw top style packaging like this for blushes, it's also quite plain and boring but at £1.99 you get what you pay for. One good thing about this packaging is that it's quite a nice compact size so its good product to keep in your handbag or take travelling with you as its won't take up too much space.

I was really looking forward to trying this out, especially after reading so many positive reviews and just look at that shade its so pretty but if I'm honest the first time i tried it i just didn't get it nor understand what's the hype?  I may have not wasted a fortune but i just didn't get the whole hype about it, i found the pigmentation to be kind of weak unless i built it and it's not that long lasting either, after a couple of hours its barely visible.

Sometimes i think i might have a dud one because so many people love it and say its really pigmented but i just don't see this? I have found a way to work with it (I'm trying to be more persistent with products i don't like and trying to find ways to get along with them so I've not wasted money) I use my ELF Stippling Brush with it and build up the colour on my cheeks and i can't deny that the shade gives a pretty peachy flush to the cheeks.

I did try and get a photo of me wearing the blush but the camera didn't pick it up - whether it's the blush or just my camera i don't know but i did try! I wouldn't not recommend this blush but i wouldn't say its amazing either. I will still use this blush, but I'm really disappointed and don't really understand the hype around it - like i said maybe I've got a dud one but id love to know if you've tried this blush and what you think of it?
Natalie xx

138. Review | Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette

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Foxy | Half Baked | Bodycall | Chopper | Tease | Snakebite

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Suspects | Pistol | Verve | YDK | Busted | Blackout

Well aren't i late on the bandwagon with this one? I know you're probably sick of reading reviews about them but i thought id throw my 2 cents in anyway.

I've wanted the Naked 2 palette for a while to go with my others and i also wanted to see how it compares to the Naked 1. I wasn't in a rush to buy it as i had so many neutral palette but they were selling it on the plane and along with duty free it had they had a summer sale on which was an extra 10/20 % off (i can't remember exactly what percentage it was) but it was at a price i just couldn't refuse. I paid for mine in euros so i don't know the exact price that i paid but it was less than £30.

They've changed the packaging of this palette and it comes in tin-style container so its alot more sturdier than Naked 1 - it also comes with a dual ended brush and mini lip junkie lipgloss in the shade naked. The Naked 2 palette is filled with more cooler toned shades than the Naked 1 palette which is more warmer shades. It has 12 shades and contains a mixture of matte and shimmery shades so there is something to suit everyones taste. Like all Urban Decay eyeshadows; these are fantastic quality with excellent pigmentation and the lasting power is brilliant.

The combination of shades I've been wearing the most from this palette is Bootycall all over the lid, Tease in the crease and a bit of Busted in the outer-corner and taken underneath the eye and blended out - it's a very subtle eye look but its one that I've really been enjoying wearing on a day to day basis.

Overall, i think this is a fantastic palette. They are a little steep in price to buy but they really are worthwhile investments - i think its £36 that they retail for but they really are worth every penny. I reach for all of my Naked Palettes (both Naked 1, Naked 2 and Naked Basics) quite a lot. You don't necessarily need to own them all but regardless of which one you choose to get you will not be disappointed.
Do you have any of the Naked Palettes?
Natalie xx

137. 101 Things in 1,001 Days | Update #4

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Everytime i complete 10 things on my 101 things in 1001 days, i like to do a little update and let you know how its going. This 10 has been completed so quick compared to the last update which seemed to take forever but I'm really happy that I've managed to accomplish so many of them..

Onto the '10 things'....

31. Leave an inspirational note inside a book for someone to find
I wrote an inspiration quote i came across inside a book and then i donated it to a charity shop for someone to find. I wrote it in pencil so they can remove it if they want because i know i hate writing and marks in books.

32. See Olly Murs Live
I went to watch Olly Murs in Liverpool back in March and he was incredible - i did a full post here, if you'd like to see some photos and read a little more about

33. Give up something for Lent
Every year i give up something for lent and every year i fail, this year however i did it! I gave up both crisps and chocolate, it was really hard because i love to the two but I'm so proud of myself for doing it!

34. Go to Rome
Ahh, i still can't believe that one of the things i have been, I've been dreaming of going to Rome for so long that i still can't believe it happened. If you'd like to see my photos then check out my two posts i did - here and here

35. Visit a Sephora
It really bugs me that the UK don't have Sephora so as soon as i knew i was going to Rome i intended to track the nearest one down, and it was really nice! I only picked up a couple of things from there but i loved going in and being able to see some of the brands that i don't have access too and the staff were really lovely too!

36. Eat Pizza in Italy
I'm a big pizza eater and one of the things I've always wanted to do is try real Italian Pizza and we did, we went to a little cafe near the Trevi Fountain and it was one of the most disgusting things i have ever eaten.

37. Make a wish in the Trevi Fountain
This is one of my proudest achievements. I don't know what it was that made me want to see and and make a wish in it so much but its something I've always wanted to do and it's one of thee most beautiful places. If you ever get the opportunity to go, please do! & don't forget when throwing your coin - stand with your back to the fountain, coin in your right hand and toss over your left shoulder otherwise it doesn't come true! 

38. Go to Hardrock Cafe
Ive never been to the Hardrock Cafe before and went to the one in Rome whilst i was away. The food was delicious, it a little on the expensive side but it was really tasty and we was on holiday.

39. See the famous ‘Through the Keyhole’ View
This is one of those 'off the beaten path' tourist places that i came across whilst researching for places to visit in Rome and it was quite spectacular - it wasn't what i originally thought it would be but it was beautiful in its own right.

40. Do a Beauty Swap
I've wanted to do a beauty swap for ages, especially with someone from the US so i could try all those brands that i constantly seeing the American bloggers/vloggers talk about and it finally happened. Not only have i made a lovely friend in Chelsea who i did my swap with but she sent me a whole load of amazing products! You can see what i got here.

Now to complete another 10!
Anyone else doing the 101 things in 1001 days, id love to see your lists and updates?
Natalie xx

136. Review | Topshop Lipstick in Brighton Rock

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I picked up this Topshop lipstick in Brighton Rock (£8.00) back in March after it was recommended to me on twitter. This is the first Topshop lipstick i own so i was looking forward to trying it out, as I'm constantly seeing people talking about them on their blogs and in their youtube videos and i wanted to see for myself it they are worth it.

I was recommended to check out the shade Brighton Rock which is a bright pink lipstick - it's quite barbie-esque, it almost reminds me of Mac Chatterbox Lipstick. Its so pretty that i knew i wanted it as soon as i picked it up in the shop. The lipstick itself is really nice to wear, the shade is very pigmented, it has a really creamy formula and its very long lasting - i wore this the night i went watching Olly Murs and i only reapplied it once and it was still as bright at the first application when the night was over. The creamy formula of the lipstick also means its not drying on the lips, and its really nice to apply and to wear.

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That hair that's fallen over my face is really annoying me - i don't know how i didn't notice it when i took the picture!
I love the packaging of Topshop Make-up and this lipstick is no exception. I'm really glad for the recommendation of this lipstick as i really like it. It's great quality, a gorgeous pigmented colour and really long lasting and i definitely want to check out more shades that they do.

Have you tried the Topshop Lipsticks?
Whats your favourite shade?
Natalie xx

134. 5 Blog Goals

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Since I've now returned to blogging and I'm not long distracted with uni work, i can spend a lot more time working on my blog and trying to make it better so i thought id share with you 5 blog goals that i have. These are just things id like to do or id like to happen at some point or other - also, i don't want anyone to take any of these goals the wrong way, I blog because i love to do so, these are just things that id love to happen or id love to do.

Buy the Domain
As bloggers start to get more serious about their blog they usually buy the domain and this is something i would love to do. The only issue i have is that the whole process confuses me and I'm not quite sure how i go about it - help or tips, would be much appreciated.

Reach 500 GFC Followers
I love all the followers i have and I'm grateful for each and every person that follows me - so please don't take this goal the wrong way but i would love to hit 500 followers on GFC especially before it''s given the boot (if it is actually going)

More Make-Up Look Posts
When i first started blogging, i used to do more beauty make up looks on my blog and face of the days and i really want to start doing more of them, especially now i have some more time on my hands.

Improve my Photos
This is kind of one of the reasons i think i don't do make up looks as much - my photos are a hell of a lot better than they were when i started but I'm still not satisfied with them. Eventually, i really want to invest in an SLR Camera - it will be many moons away until i can afford one but one day ;)

Attend a Blogger Event/Meet-up
Technically this is one has been completed because i went to a Benefit Event, but id really like to attend another one or go to a general blogger meet up and meet more bloggers.

and that is the five goals i currently have for my blog - like i said these are just things id like to do or id like to happen at some point or another.

Do you have any goals for your blog?

Natalie xx

133. 10 Things Ive Learned About Uni

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Although, it probably doesn't seem like i left really thanks to my good friend Mr Schedule - i really needed that bit of time to concentrate on my uni work which is now all handed in (I'm Free, BABY) and those few days to just chill out, it was just what i was in need of. I have missed blogging like you wouldn't believe - I've really missed posting and I've found myself itching away to get back at it!

On Friday 10th May 2013, i handed in my last ever uni project and it was literally the best feeling ever - however, now roll on the tears, tantrums and panic attacks of figuring what the hell I'm gonna do next, I've been applying for jobs left, right and centre and I've barely heard back from any of them and the one that i did hear back was from turned out to be completely misleading and nothing like they had advertised - so for now it back to the waiting game!

However, i thought i would share 10 things that I've learned about uni - firstly, i just want to say that i disliked uni very much so these may not be very positive but i want to emphasise that i don't want to upset or scare anyone who's planning on going to uni in the future as my experience will be completely different to yours.

1. Debt is a Bitch...
and by that i mean, not only do you have debt in terms of your student loan hanging over your head, but your maintenance loan - its so expensive to move out to uni, i only moved out to one year and ended up in my overdraft and its been a constant vicious circle to get out of it because everytime i got a new instalment it would wipe it clean until and id end up right back in everytime - I'm still stuck in this cycle because of that one year i moved out.

2. It's your responsibility...
Literally everything is down to you. Back when i was in college tutors used to do everything, print everything, give us the sheets and all those little things and uni is so different, its up to you to have all the right things/times/places/sheets etc....

3. Its not as organised as you think...
This might not apply to all uni's but with mine, id only find out things the night before and always over facebook - the organisation was shocking.

4. It costs a fortune...
 With my course i was constantly needing to buy boards, pay for printing (proper A3 prints), buy sketchbooks, dissertation bound etc... I know this is partly what our loans is for and its me being petty but the amount we pay already is ridiculous! It also really infuriates me that we have to pay to hire graduation gowns - we are paying them a fortune for those three years (some people are paying even more than i am because i was lucky and missed the tuition fee rise) surely, they could provide the cap and gown.

5. You will be pushed outside your comfort zone...
My tutors were constantly making us present things and get up and present our ideas in front of everyone and always push us out of our comfort zone - some people will probably look at this as a good thing but i hated it, i hate presenting things and having to get up in front of everyone and talk to them.

6. It's Time Consuming...
My project were constantly ongoing and there was always work to be done. It took up so much of my time and id literally spend weeks in my room working all day, everyday.

7. It's Exhausting...
This links with number 6, its exhausting constantly doing so much work. With my last project i was literally on the verge of cracking up because i was having to spend so much time doing it and i just felt like i was trapped.

8. Rather than encouraging my dream, Uni killed it...
I went to uni with the dream of being a graphic designer and left wanted to run as far away as possible from it as i can. During my three years, uni made me hate the subject that i loved - the environment that's supposed to encourage the dream/goal i had, made me loathe it.

9. It doesn't guarantee you a job...
It doesn't guarantee you anything, so don't be leaving with the expectation of walking into a job because its highly unlikely.

10. It's not the be all and end all...
Some people are convinced that going to uni is the be all and end all - my mum is one of those people but honestly, yeah it might look better on your CV but people get carried away and think that having a degree makes them the bees knees and that's its going to make life 100% easier. Well it doesn't, in fact out of all my friends the one person who has got the best job and the best pay is the one that didn't go to uni -  so don't think that going to uni is the be all and end all because it really isn't and truth be told given the chance again, i don't think id have gone.

Like i said, these are just my opinions and won't apply to every person and every university. Your experience is probably much better than mine!
Natalie xx

132. Review | Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation

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I bought this from Sephora (it needs to come to the UK) whilst i was away in Rome - I'll hold my hands up and say i bought this quite impulsively, i actually went in with the intention of buying Naked Flushed Palette but my sister complained that i already had enough blush and id just bought another one, so i picked this up instead. Before i actually tried this out (i waited until id got back home) i came across a review of this foundation and it was quite negative saying that this foundation clung to the dry patches of her skin and emphasised them, so i was quite worried that id just wasted quite a bit of money on this.

The first time i tried it, i instantly noticed what she meant - i don't have dry skin but i do get a few dry patches and my skin was in awful condition from the travelling and being away that this foundation did me no favours and i almost wanted to cry, but i decided to stick with it and as my skin started to clear i found that it wasn't too bad - it still clung to the dry patches but i was determined to stick with it and make it work for me somehow.

Third time lucky?! I decided to try a primer out underneath and see if that would make any difference to it - the primer I've been using is the MUA Matte Perfect Primer - and it applied so nicely, the primer made a nice base/barrier on the skin so it no longer clung to those little dry patches and actually became a nice wearable foundation. If you have really dry skin, i would avoid this like the plague - i only have a few dry patches and without the primer it really highlighted it.

I've been loving wearing this foundation since wearing it with the primer underneath, the shade matches me really well and i prefer using my Essence Make-up Sponge (a beauty blender style sponge) to blend this in as i think it look much better than when i used a brush with it, this sponge blends it in really nicely. The consistency isn't my favourite thing because it's quite runny and it unnerves me a little bit but i can look past that as i like the finish it gives to the skin - it's so lightweight and gives a really nice, natural finish to the skin. Id say the coverage is quite reasonable considering how light it feels on the skin, it's the perfect amount of coverage for me and i definitely think it's quite buildable for people who require more.

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Make-up I'm Wearing:
MUA Matte Perfect Primer
Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation in 1.0
Benefit Hello Flawless Custom Powder Cover Up in Gee I'm Swell, Ivory*
Benefit Dandelion Blush
MUA Undress Your Skin Shimmer Highlighter
Etude House Brow Pen in Black/Brown
MUA Eye Primer
Urban Decay Naked Basics
Topshop Magic Liner in Engraved
Collection Skyscraper Mascara
NYX Lip Cream in Pinky Nude

I hope the photo shows gives you a good idea of how it looks on - i was disappointed initially but after persisting with it and finding a way to work with it, I'm really loving using it and I'm glad i didn't waste my money on it.

Have you tried this foundation?
Natalie xx

130. 100 Things That Make Me Happy (#3)

 **This post was written and scheduled a few days ago, as many of you are aware im taking sometime to finish my uni work and just to have a little time to myself**
**All Photos are NOT mine

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21. F.R.I.E.N.D.S
It never fails to make me laugh, regardless of how many times I've seen it.

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22. Bubble Baths
They just make a crap day feel better.

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23. 50s Fashion
It's all so pretty, i just love the style they had.

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24. Buying Make-Up
I get so overly excited when buying it and i just love it.

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25. Comments off you guys
Now, these always make me smile!

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26. Red Hair
I don't why, i just think it's so pretty. I really miss have red hair.

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27. Irish Accents
If you speak Irish, i could listen to you talk all day - i just love the sound of it.
(Sorry, for the choice of photo i didn't really know what else to use?)

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28. Girly Films/ Rom-Coms
I'm obsessed. I just love the whole girl meets boy and lives happily ever after thing.
i guess I'm a hopeless romantic.

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29. Catching Up with People I Haven't Seen for Ages
It's even better, when it's like no time has passed at all.I hate missing people so
catching up is always fun.

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30. Marilyn Monroe
I've always liked her, but in the past few years I've learned more about her and it's just made me love her even more.

I'm really enjoying doing this series, so i hope you enjoy reading them just as much!
What things make you happy?
Natalie xx