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Estee Lauder - Double Wear

Sunday, November 22, 2020

I want to make sure that my blog doesn't turn in to a 'book blog' because I have lots more passions and hobbies, but right now I'm obsessed with reading! 

Today I thought I would bring you a review of my all time favourite foundation. I've got a cheaper alternative which I'll share soon but currently this is my favourite high-end foundation. It's definitely worth the price tag. 

So this will set you back around £33 and you can buy it in Debenhams, boots or online. I find that I always end up buying online because it's just easer and sometimes there's deals or sales on where you can save a few pounds. 

The reason this has been my go-to for the last 6 years is honestly the consistency and the staying power. When you apply this is feels very light and then quickly it will dry. It's one of those, you'll love it or hate it, as you can feel it on your face. It almost feels like a mask but I guess that's how it stays all day. 

I do not put this around my eyes as it will sink in to every crease, but not in a flattering way, so I make sure I use concealer around my eyes. 

I mostly apply this with a buffing brush for a light coverage, but if I am going on a night out, or just dressing up then I apply with a beauty blender as you get very high coverage. It's great because the product is very buildable so it's great for most occasions. It's definitely going to be my wedding foundation on day.  

I find it will sit on my skin and it look perfect all day, it won't dry up, it won't go flaky, it won't go shiny, or transfer on to any clothing. 

The downside is the lack up pump, but I can look past it for how amazing this foundation it. I don't want to sound like a 'hype-girl' but this was a game changer for me. I have spotty skin, and always have so foundations have never given me the payout that I've wanted, but this ones does it flawlessly.

Thanks for reading, 
Sophie 

Happy birthday | I'm 26!

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

I don't normally post midweek, but it's my birthday so I wanted to share it! 

We are in lockdown and I'm fine with that, I'm a home body and I'm okay with that. 

I've got a few things planned for today to make it special. Me, Ibby and Tilly are going for a nice long, wintery walk this morning, I'm hoping we will then make some brownies, watch some Christmas films and then make a tasty lasagne for dinner. 

I really wanted to reflect on my life at 26. It will be so interesting to look back on next year.  

I honestly can't believe I'm 26, it's so weird to say out loud. 26?! I still feel 20. 

I am just so proud of how far I've come. When I was 23 I was a mess, I hated life and I had no drive, no passions and nothing much to enjoy. I was desperate to get married and have kids, but I've come to realise that's not what I want right now. I'm not sure I ever wanted that, I just had nothing else on my mind.. I still want to get married but don't we all? 

That got deep quite dep quite quick lol. I managed, with the support of my boyfriend to turn that around! 
In the last 3 years I've completed a year of Open University and I'm literally living out my dream of being at university studying law full time and working towards that goal. I am living in Bristol again after nearly 4 years of being away and I'm lucky enough that we have our dog, our guineapig and the beautiful flat we live in. 

I can honestly say for the first time a long time, I am genuinely happy and content in life and not worried about being 4 years away from 30. 

It took me a long time but my life is finally going down the right track! 

Thanks for reading, 
Sophie 

Book review | Cosy Canal Boast Dream - Christie Barlow

Sunday, November 15, 2020
     

I am really enjoying writing book reviews at the moment, so be ready for a few! Today I am bringing you a review of the book which has honestly made me cry the most, it's been happy tears, and sad, but for me this will be one of those books I will always remember. 

Not only is it set in a beautiful little marina, but this is somewhere I would genuinely love to live! It's what attracted me to the book initially.

I've only just realised this is by the same author as my previous book review of Love Heart Lane. I can say I do really enjoy the way she writes, you feel and go through all the emotions of the characters with them. 

This book it's based around an idyllic marina, 'little rock marina'. Nell lives on a boat and she's really struggling towards the start of the book. Throughout her journey we're taken along when meets a beautiful Cornish man, who potentially could be the perfect man for her. Nell goes in to a business venture and the last chapter or so is just so genuinely beautiful. 

I don't want to say anymore and ruin the book but it will honestly bring a tear to your eye. 

Nell seems to be the type of character where everything has gone wrong for her, but when it 'works out' it really does work out. You can't help but feel so much happiness.. but also relief for her!  

I would highly recommend this book if you're looking for a book to completely lose yourself in. 

I have had Kindle Unlimited, 7.99 a month to read as many books as you want, and this one is available there. The majority of the books I will review will be part of this. (I had to unsubscribe to concentrate on uni work, I'm sure it won't last long) I've got a post coming on the 29th with my recommendations so keep an eye out! 

I would gives this book 5/5 stars - it's just impossible to put down. 

Thank you for reading! 
Sophie 

University | Why I chose to go at 25

Sunday, November 8, 2020

Why did I choose to go to university at 25? A lot of my friends are buying houses but here I am, quitting my job and choosing to become a student. 

In all honestly I've always wanted more as job, I've always been unsatisfied by working in a call centre, in a restaurant and in admin jobs. I remember going over to speak to the legal team in my previous job and just envying how 'important' their job was, they had a career, they had reason to work after 5. 

It sounds weird by typing this down but I wanted something more than an underpaid admin role when literally anyone could do the job. 

It hit me at 23 that this was my life, and it would probably be like this forever, plus a few kids down the line but my 'job' would pretty much be the same, and I wasn't happy with that. I literally cried on my 23rd birthday at my nans house when they gave me my birthday cake. I wasn't mentally in a good place either at the time but it all was getting to me. 

I started off with Open University, part time for 1 year to see if I was going to get on okay. It had been several years since I'd studied so I wanted to make-up sure it wasn't too much for me. Thankfully I loved it. 

I went on to apply to go to the University of the West on England in Bristol, and I got in! I am there now and it's amazing. The work load is insane but I chose to study a law degree so I really did choose this life. I am really enjoying engaging my brain every single day, and challenging myself. 

I think the main thing I really want to say, is that if you have dreams, go for them. I was sat in my seminar on campus last week and honestly It felt so surreal, I was finally there, finally on my way to something I've always wanted to do! 

You can be anything you want to be, just set your mind to it! 

Thank you so much for reading, 
Sophie