Tuesday, 17 October 2017

ASOS Autumn/ Winter wishlist

Hey guys! I hope you are doing well! Today I am showing you my ASOS wish list! I really love these posts as I find them really useful and I hope you guys do too! So without further ado...

Firstly, these chunky over the knee style boots. I love over the knee boots they are back again in fashion for autumn and winter this year! These are actually in the sale right now for £36!

Another pair of shoes in the sale I love are these black ankle boots. Ankle boots are my absolute favourite and i think they go with every outfit! These are down to £28.
Another thing I am loving is this gorgeous jacket! I think it's perfect for winter as it looks so cosy! It is £55.

I am obsessed with ribbed top at the moment and this plain white high neck ribbed top really caught my eye! I think it would look so nice with a pair of jeans or tucked into a skirt! it's £17

A jumper that I am loving is this chunky red knit. Red is everywhere at the moment, it is really in style and I love jumpers in the winter time! I think this would be a really good way to wear red! It is £40
I am really loving skirts at the moment and one that caught my eye in ASOS is this embroidered denim skirt! It's £24.99 and i think the white ribbed top would look really cute tucked into it!

A top that I really like is this  black cropped top with some nice lace detailing! I think it looks really comfy and casual for autumn!
A bag I really love is this nude little bag! I think it's so cute and would go with any outfit! it is £39

And that is everything for my wishlist! I hope you enjoyed this post!
Lots of love,
Eleanor x

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Top 5 Under £5

Hey guys! I am feeling a little bit swamped right now with uni work and I thought about maybe not posting this week, I really did not feel like doing the post I had scheduled in for this week. But then when I decided to change the topic to something I actually felt like writing I felt instantly better. I think for a while my posts might be quite random as I just pick whatever the hell I feel like writing about on the day! I really don't want to lose interest in blogging now that I'm back in my third year!

Anyway, that aside, I wanted to show you my fave 5 products under £5. I love a good bargain and to be honest the majority of my makeup is quite cheap or drugstore! I love it when I find really good makeup for cheap and since most of my makeup is super affordable it was actually pretty hard to narrow it down to a top 5!

1) My first favourite is the essence luminous matt bronzing powder in the shade sunshine. I love this bronzer so much! It does a really lovely job and is not orangy or glittery in the slightest which you can often get with cheap bronzers. If you are quite pale like me I would really recommend it! This costs £3.

2) My cheapest item in this list are the MUA £1 lipsticks! I have raved about them quite a lot on here and on my Instagram, but I love them! I have three shades which are all quite summery but they are really creamy and last for a considerable amount of time on my lips!

3) Another Lip product and another MUA product are the MUA velvet lip lacquers. Again, I have three shades of this and I really like them. Reviews are quite mixed because they are a little drying, but I personally think they last for a really long time on the lips! These are only £3 each which is such a bargain.

4) The most expensive item on my list is the Makeup revolution brow pomade. So I kinda cheated here because it's technically £6, but the Freedom brow pomade ( a sister brand of Revolution) is £5 and that is supposedly exactly the same, so if you want to save yourself a quid go for that one! But I have the revolution one but just pretend its the Freedom one for this post! This is quite a recent find for me and I am obsessed with it at the moment. It is the only thing I want to use on my brows and it's an amazing dupe for the Anastasia Beverly Hills brow pomade.

5) Last but by no means least is the Collection Eyes Uncovered eyeshadow pallet in Nude Rose. Such a gorgeous selection of eyeshadows that are such a steal for £3.99. They are super pigmented and easy to blend and I think you can create many good looks from it! It's really light and easy to travel with too.

I hope you enjoyed this post! If you did let me know and I will do a top 10  for under £10 too!
Lots of love,
Eleanor x

Monday, 2 October 2017

October Goals

Hey guys! I hope you are doing well! Today is my first day back properly at university which feels a bit surreal, I am definitely not feeling prepared for all the third year work I'm going to be doing! I have never done one of these posts before but I really wanted to do my goals for October since it's quite a big month for me! And who knows maybe I'll do some more of these throughout next year!

1) My first goal is to get ahead on uni work. I know it's only my first day back but it's such an important year this year and I do not want to fall behind! I already feel like everyone has their dissertation sorted out and I'm far behind so I definitely want to start knuckling down soon and getting to work!

2) Enjoy my last year of uni. It is really important for me to get working but this month I also want to keep in mind that it's my last year of university and to remember that and remember to enjoy myself too!

3) My third goal is to try and push ahead with my volunteering! I really want to get into my volunteering more and to try really hard with that!

4) My fourth goal is to blog once a week. I know that now I'm back at uni it's going to be really hard to keep up blogging so much but I really would like to try and blog once a week still, even if it's just a small post or a tag, I definitely don't want to stop!

5) My fifth goal is a bit strange but I really want to start taking more time to get myself together in a morning and take more pride in what I am wearing! I love Autumn fashion so much and I would really like to start putting myself together a bit more in the morning!

6) Drink lots of pumpkin spice lattes! This is a silly little goal but PSL aren't around forever and I need to make the most of them while they are here!

That is all my goals for October! I actually have a wedding coming up this month and I am really excited to be able to go out for Halloween too and get dressed up!
Lots of love,
Eleanor x

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Pros and Cons of being an adult

Hey guys! I hope you are okay! I am back to uni now to start my third year which is really crazy! I can't believe I am in my final year it doesn't seem like three minuet's since I was a fresher! Since I have lived independently for a while now I thought it would be a good idea to write a post on some of the pros and cons I have found while being an "adult." Not that I feel old enough to call myself that though at all!

- Freedom. This is like the most obvious pro with getting older, you have more freedom which can feel really nice. Even while living at home as an adult there is still an obligation I feel to my parents to let them know where I am and what I'll be doing and when to expect me home etc but living independently it means I have a lot less "ties."

- Responsibility. This may seem like a strange one to some people but I actually really enjoy some level of responsibility now that I am getting older. I genuinely like to be in control of my money and to be more independent and to accept all the responsibility that comes with it. I (weirdly?) enjoy having to be more organized and to look out for myself.

- Satisfaction. Related to the last point, there becomes a lot more satisfaction when living on your own about doing certain things, and I genuinely feel proud of myself for things like remembering to cook and stuff. Like at first it seems like a pain but at the end of it I feel good about myself.

- Fewer worries about certain things. As you get older your worries start to switch. As I have gotten older I have found myself caring so much less about what people think of me and I am more ready to speak up for things I believe in.

- Confidence. This is another massive thing that I have gained while getting older and become more of an adult. I have a lot more confidence for things like phone calls and traveling alone and even just in social situations.

- Expensive. Okay, getting older is expensive! There is so much that I took for granted that my parents paid for and now that I am older honestly money worries are constantly at the back of my mind. Who knew tea bags were so expensive!

- New worries. So I got rid of some old anxieties but gained a few new ones too. There are a lot of new stresses in my life at the moment, worrying about bills and considering my future more and more everyday.

- Responsibility. There are some responsibilities I don't like. Some small parts of adult life that I took for granted when I was younger such as remembering to buy loo roll and bin bags and stuff that can seem a bit overwhelming at times!

-Freedom. Freedom can be a bit of a blessing and a curse. It means that there's no one to check you got out of bed or that you're eating right and it can be hard at the beginning to keep yourself in check!

I hope you enjoyed this post!
What pros and cons have you found as you have gotten older?
Lots of love,
Eleanor x

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Collection loose powder review

Hey guys! So recently I went into Superdrug and spotted some loose powder by collection. It is £2.99 and I wanted to try some loose powder so I thought I would give it a go. I haven't really seen any reviews of this so I thought I would review it for you guys. This powder comes in two shades, "translucent" and "barely there" but honestly I couldn't really notice the difference between the two shades, to be honest.

The powder comes with 20g of powder, a little sponge, and a sieve. But I don't know if I am being an idiot but I can't work out how to get the powder to come through the plastic sieve thing like I don't understand! Anyway, I had to take that little plastic thing out and I just sort of tip some of the powder into it which is super messy! On my skin tone, the powder is not pale enough to bake with really since it has some orange undertones and isn't any lighter than my skin tone so I just use this to set my face. I would not recommend this for people paler than me really, I think I just about get away with it but any paler and I think it would come across as really orange.

I do use this powder all over my face but it is better to set under the eyes I think as I have quite dry skin in places thanks to my acne medication and it does collect a bit on my dry skin. For me this powder doesn't look heavy on the skin but it feels heavy. I wear a heavy foundation so it sort of feels a bit mask like for me.

I really like the way the powder looks along my pores, it blurs my skin and looks really smooth. it does settle down what little oiliness I have but since my face doesn't really get oily during the day (i very rarely need to powder for oiliness really) I can't comment on that too much.

For me the biggest downfall really is the packaging it's extremely messy and I wouldn't dream of traveling with this powder or doing it on the go it would be a disaster. I would say to be careful as the packaging makes it hard to control the amount so you just have to be careful with it. When I tried to remove the sieve for the first time I actually spilled a load of the product down me just by opening it, and even just by putting it on my face I get powder everywhere.

The powder also says it can be used on its own too without foundation if you are looking for some light coverage for school maybe! It does have a funny old lady smell which I am not overly keen on to be honest and it is quite strong.

Overall despite it's smell and the awful packaging I do quite like this powder. I think it gives a nice finish to the face and a nice blurring effect. I just won't be traveling anytime soon with this powder.

Have you tried this? What did you think?
Lots of love,
Eleanor x

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Under Rose Tainted Skies- Louise Gornall book review

Hey guys! This post is going up a bit later than normal but I have had a fun few days in Manchester with my friend! Since I am going back to University this weekend I will be posting today and tomorrow for this week and then I am not sure how often I will be posting! I am entering my third year now and so I imagine my posts will be going down to one post a week quite soon. Today I am doing another book review. I had never heard of this book before or the author but I spotted it in my library and fancied a read! I also really love the pink cover of the book and I thought the plot sounded interesting.

Norah suffers from OCD and agoraphobia and finds it extremely difficult to leave her house. Luke is the new boy who moves next door and Norah really starts to fall for him and he, her.
I can't help but compare this book to Everything Everything which I read recently too as it has quite a similar premise although really they are not that similar!

This book has a really good portrayal of mental health, and Norah's struggle is shown on every single page. Although Luke does help Norah to start to recover, he is not the contrived hero love interest I was worried he would be. Norah starts to get better for herself, it is not like he comes along and suddenly her illnesses are forgotten or anything so obnoxious. He is a really nice character and is supportive of her throughout and really tries to understand what she is going through. I do think this book is one of the best accounts of mental health that I have ever read in a YA novel. The way anxiety attacks are shown in this book are realistic and I think this book is actually quite informative for people who want to know what it's like to live with OCD and agoraphobia.

"Mental health is usually the last place people go when they think about someone being sick"

I liked Norah as a character, she is sarcastic and funny despite her illnesses, and is a quite relatable character. I loved this closeness she has with her mum who is trying her best to stay positive about her daughter. I liked that it is talked about how Norah knows she is being irrational, but at the same time just can't get herself to fully believe it which is a good portrayal of OCD.

The ending was incredibly tense I was on the edge of my seat reading it! I didn't really expect the book to go in that direction and it was quite random. This event changes Norah and her perspective of the scary world. She proved to herself she can go through difficult situations and that when all the things she fears happens (including strangers touching her, being in a germ-filled environment ect) it actually doesn't end up being as horrendous as she thought, so I see why she choose to end the book like that.

"See, anxiety doesn’t just stop. You can have nice moments, minutes where it shrinks, but it doesn’t leave. It lurks in the background like a shadow, like that important assignment you have to do but keep putting off or the dull ache that follows a three-day migraine. The best you can hope for is to contain it, make it as small as possible so it stops being intrusive. Am I coping? Yes, but it’s taking a monumental amount of effort to keep the dynamite inside my stomach from exploding."

I am putting out a a trigger warning of self harm.

I hope you enjoyed this post! Have you ever read this book? What did you think?
Lots of love,
Eleanor x

Friday, 15 September 2017

The Ultimate Harry Potter Tag

Hey guys! I hope you are well! Today I am going to be doing the Ultimate Harry Potter tag. I sort of missed this tags hype when everyone was doing it but as an avid Harry Potter fan I really wanted to do it! Plus it feels like it's been a while since I've done an actual tag like this!

1) Favourite book?
Goblet of fire for sure! I really do love this one, I think I love the first 4 books the best.

2) Least favorite book?
I really love all of the books so this is quite hard! I guess the Order Of the Pheonix just because that is when things start to get a bit darker and Harry really pushes away his friends.

3) Favourite movie?
Philophosers Stone is probably my fave film, it's such a classic heart warming film.

4) Least favorite movie?
I'm not sure, I enjoy most of the films, to be honest. Maybe Half Blood Prince, they miss out a lot of stuff that was in the book, lots of Voldemorts life story.

5) Favourite quote?
" Of course it's happening in your head Harry, but why on earth should that mean it's not real?"

6) Favourite Weasley?
The twins! Can't pick between them

7) Favourite female character?
Has to be Hermione of course, she's clever and brilliant.

8) Favourite villain?
Probably Draco Malfoy, I like a good smarmy villain that comes round in the end!

9) Favourite male character?
Probably Harry which is a bit boring but I really like Harry as a protagonist. Or maybe Ron, his character makes me laugh quite a lot in the books.

10) Favourite professor?
McGonagall! I love her so much, one of my favorite characters in the series.

11) Would you rather wash Snapes hair or listen to Lockhart talk about himself all day?
Ugh... I would not want to wash Snape's hair, can you imagine how awkward that would be! But it would be quicker than listening to Lockhart I guess...

12) Would you rather dual an elated Bellatrix or an Angry Molly?
I mean Bellatrix died fighting an angry Molly so I think I would take my chances with Bellatrix!

13) Would you rather travel to Hogwarts via the Hogwarts express or flying car?
Definitely the Hogwarts express! I want to try some of the food! Plus I prefer trains to cars and I would rather not get expelled from Hogwarts...

14) Would you rather kiss Voldemort or give Umbridge a bath?
I hate Umbridge but I do not want to kiss a gross old man so I would probably give Umbridge a bath I guess?

15) Would you rather ride a hippogriff or a Firebolt?
The Firebolt I think! I would be too scared on a Hippogriff! Also I really want to fly a broom

16) Is there a character you felt differently about in the films than the books?
I don't think so!

17) Is there a movie you prefer to a book?
No! I love the books so much and they have a lot more detail in so!

18) Richard Harris or Micheal Gambon for Dumbledore?
I don't know! It's hard to tell as Harris only got one film so I don't know how he would have continued. I think probably Micheal Gambon though, I think Richard Harris looked a bit too frail for Dumbledore.

19) Your top think that wasn't in the movies but was in the book?
Easy! All the stuff in the Goblet of Fire about Ludo Bagman and Winky and Barty Crouch! There was a lot more there in the books!

20) If you could remake any Harry Potter films which would it be?
I probably wouldn't remake any to be honest! I loved the films although I do think there should have been a few bits of information that could have been added here and there!

21) Which house was your first gut feeling you would be part of?
Hufflepuff! I could just tell that was the house for me

22) Which house were you actually sorted into on Pottermore?
Hufflepuff of course, I am the most Hufflepuff person you will ever meet.

23) Which class would be your favorite?
I think I would really enjoy potions actually as long as Snape didn't teach it (he would definitely scare me)

24) Which spell would be most useful to learn?
Expellliarmus maybe? Seems to work pretty well for Harry! Also, Alhohamora would be useful to open doors and Accio too, so I don't have to get off my butt if I want something!

25) Which character would you be instant friends with?
I think I would get on pretty well with Harry actually.

26) If you could own one of the three Hallows what would it be?
Definitely the cloak! That would be amazing.

27) Is there any aspect of the book you'd want to change?
I talked about it earlier but I really don't like that Harry pushes away all his friends in the 5th book! Also basically all the deaths!

28) Favourite Marauder?
Sirius! I love Sirius and I would love to see what he got up to when he was younger!

29) If you could bring one character to life who would it be?
All of them!! I am so sad anyone died in these books I loved them all! I would probably say Dumbledore though or Fred.

30) Hallows or Horcruxes?
I would pick the Hallows I guess, sounds less painful that splitting your soul!

That is all 30 questions! I hope you enjoyed this post!
If you want a go please feel free.
Lots of love,
Eleanor x