Thursday, 26 November 2015

My Bucket List

Having recently been reminded how precious life is, I thought I'd share my bucket list with you.


Graduate university with at least a 2:1
Become a chartered forensic psychologist
Visit Tokyo
Ride in a gondola in Venice
Visit the Acropolis in Athens
Visit the Vatican and tour Rome
Sleep in a treehouse
Go travelling round Europe
Go for a Lord of the Rings tour in New Zealand
Spend Christmas in New York
Find a man
Get married
Have a child/children
Have a family holiday to Disney World
Go skydiving to raise money for a charity close to my heart
Meet my favourite celebrities (Idris Elba/Michael Ball/James Bay/Alexa Chung/ Jared Leto)
Change at least one persons life for the better
Read at least one play by Shakespeare
Visit London and see a show on the West End
Visit New York and see a show on Broadway
Buy my own car
Buy my own house
Purchase one item from Burberry
Have a helicopter ride
Attend a weekend music festival
Visit Alcatraz
Go snorkelling
Buy one really expensive pair of beautiful shoes
See James Bay live again
See Tom Odell live again
See 30 Seconds to Mars live
See Foo Fighters live
See Muse live
See System of a Down live again
Watch all of the films on IMDB's top 250 list (52/250)
Attend Comic Con



Monday, 14 September 2015

My Everyday Make Up Look

Recently, I've found myself sticking to one make-up look that I wear everyday. It's a pretty straightforward look which is easily re-createable and compliments pale skin tones like mine. The base is very simple with just foundation, concealer and powder, a light contour and highlight with a light blush on the cheeks, a pink/purple toned eyeshadow look and very subtle pink lips. 

Prep




Firstly, to moisturise, I use the Body Shop Vitamin E Aqua Boost Sorbet, follwed by the Body Shop All-in-one Instablur primer. To prime my eyes, I use the George at Asda Eye primer.

Base














For my base, I use a mixture of two foundations. I start by using Max Factor's Skin Luminizer Foundation in Light Ivory, then as I find it a little thin, I do an extra layer of foundation using the Illamasqua Skin Base in the shade 3.5. I apply both with a Real Techniques expert face brush. I then move onto concealer, using the Collection Lasting Perfection concealer, applying in a V shape under my eyes and blending it in with the Real Techniques miracle complexion sponge. I then go ahead setting the concealer with the Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder, using the Real Techniques arched powder brush.

Contour and cheeks









For my contour and highlight, I use the Sleek contour kit in light and I apply both products with a Real Techniques blush brush (albeit not for the right purpose) and then I go over the highlighted cheeks with the Revlon highlighting palette in Rose Glow using a Real Techniques tapered blush brush.

Eyebrows











I find that you can never go wrong with eyebrow products from Benefit. They are such good quality and a perfect match for my light coloured eyebrows. I firstly use the Brow-zing's shaping kit to create the colour and shape of my eyebrows, and then I comb through the gimmieBrow gel to make sure all my brows stay in place.

Eyes














I own so many Makeup Revolution eyeshadow palettes but I think the Iconic Pro is the best of all. To create my pink/purple eye look I use the shade Luna as a base colour all over my lid, the shade Enigma in the inner corner sweeping towards the middle of my eyelid, the shade Fade as the crease colour, gradually adding more layers of it and blending it in nicely and the shade Afflicted as just a pop of darker colour in the outer V and underneath my eye, still blending the colours together nicely. I then go ahead and add a little of the shade Need on my eyelid to add a little sparkle and then finally I use the shade Ghost to highlight my brow bone and right in the inner corner of my eye. I then use the Rimmel Glam Eyes liquid eyeliner to create a line and a flick, and finally I end up my eyes by curling my eyelashes and adding L'Oreal Paris Volume Million Lashes Mascara to my top and bottom lashes.


Finished look

As the weather starts to get colder and more autumny, my makeup will start to change 
slightly as I tend to go for a more warm toned golden eye look with a darker lip, but I'll save that for you until later in the year. 

Let me know if you enjoyed this post, I could start doing more makeup posts if you guys like this one!




Monday, 15 June 2015

Recent Purchases: River Island

I love River Island, there, I said it. The only clothes I've brought in the last few months are from River Island, and I didn't actually realise that until I last shopped in there and felt like a piece of walking merchandise. I just think all their clothes are so well made and ever so classy. I brought these two lovely items the other day from the newly refurbished store in Birmingham (which is absolutely gorgeous) and I knew as soon as I tried them on that I had to buy them. 

Top: River Island
Shoes (my own): Topshop

Jeans (my own): River Island Molly Jeggings




Thursday, 21 May 2015

My First Year of University

Yesterday I sat my last exam in my first year of University and I thought I'd write a little post about my university experience so far. 
In case you didn't know, I study psychology at Birmingham City University. But, this wasn't my original plan. I studied English Language, Classical studies and Psychology at A level. I formerly applied to study Ancient History and sent my application to three Universities and I got acceptance places from all three as long as I got the grades I needed. I needed ABB for the University of Birmingham and I needed BBB for Cardiff University. I knew the university of Birmingham was a bit of a long shot because I wasn't expecting to get an A as I've never really been that clever. 
It came to results day and I was actually on holiday in Burnham-on-sea with my ex-boyfriend and his family at the time. I woke up early to check UCAS and I found out I didn't get into either of my universities and I got BBC in my A levels. Long story short, I was devastated. I was stuck on my choice on studying Ancient History so I rang round loads of universities to try and apply through clearing, in which I got no luck. Until I got a call from my Mom who went to pick up my A level results, and she told me that I got a few marks of an A in my psychology A level and I started to think that maybe psychology was a better course for me to study as I did pretty well in A level. I was definite that I wanted to stay local to home as I don't like being away from my family. So I applied through clearing to study psychology at Birmingham City University and I was told on the phone straight away that my application was successful and that BCU was where I would be studying in September. I was still a little sceptical as even though I was good at it, I never really enjoyed psychology in sixth form but I thought that if I didn't like it, I could drop out and maybe take a gap year. 
When I started University, I immediately loved the course. I find a lot of the topics we study really interesting and I now know that I want to go into the area of Forensic Psychology for further study. So far I have done quite well in all my modules, getting 1st's in all of them except one. Although I enjoyed the course, the social aspect was not as positive. As I live at home, I commute to University every day so everyone that lives in accommodation had already made friends with each other so in the first few months it was really difficult to make friends as I only saw people in lectures in seminars. But, I made friends with one of the guys in my seminar group and he is now my best friend. He invited me out with him and his flat mates and I made friends with all of them, some more than others, and I now feel really involved and they are all my really good friends. As I didn't experience freshers last year because I had no one to go with, I am really excited to go with all my friends in September at the start of our second year, The first year of university has gone so quickly and I will miss all of my friends over Summer! 
Here are a few photos from my first year at University.



















Monday, 30 March 2015

My Nail Story






I've never been really into doing anything to my nails before, I always just didn't see the point. However, in January my sister dragged me along to one of her nail appointments and because I was there, I decided to get mine done. And now I'm hooked. 
I get shellac nail paint over my natural nails which have really encouraged them to grow and now they're the longest and strongest they've ever been. I go to my nail technician Nails By Alicia (who is the loveliest person you could ever meet) every two weeks to keep my nails in tact. I would highly recommend shellac to anyone who is thinking of growing their nails because normal polish tends to chip really easily. 

Do any of you have a nail story, I'd be interested to hear them :)




Tuesday, 24 March 2015

My River Island Wedding Guest Wishlist

My River Island wedding guest wishlist

My River Island wedding guest wishlist by abigailsusanmiles

As many of you might know after reading this post that my cousin is getting married on Easter Sunday. Instead of heading straight to the shops, I decided to peruse the internet for inspiration. At the moment, River Island have got an amazing collection of dresses perfect for any occasion and these are the three that I love the most. Can't wait to go and try them on! All outfit details can be found on my set on polyvore.



Saturday, 21 March 2015

My Music Obsession: James Bay





I've wanted to write a post on this guy for ages, and now I've finally got around to doing it.
James Bay is the latest musical sensation who is tipped for big things this year after bagging this years Brit's critics choice award. He is a singer/songwriter whose songs have a blues-rock feel, which is made even more intense by his wonderfully husky voice. His look of shoulder-length brown hair, the wide-brimmed hat (which he seems to never take off) and his perfectly chiselled cheekbones seems to have created a signature for him, so much so that it landed him a performance at Burberry Fashion Week in September last year.
I first saw him perform live in February 2014 when he was supporting Tom Odell in Wolverhampton. I absolutely loved his performance and I started listening to his music. I brought his first two EPs (The Dark of the Morning and Let it go) and literally did not stop listening to them for a good couple of months. I then went to see him on his first solo tour in Birmingham in November and was given the privilege of meeting him. He is such a genuinely nice guy who deserves all the credit he has been getting over the last few months. So far, he has released three EPs and has an album coming out on Monday 23rd March, which I am extremely excited for. His newest single 'Hold back the River' peaked at Number 8 on the UK singles chart.
This guy has big things coming this year, and he undoubtedly is poised for greatness.



Friday, 20 March 2015

The Hen-Do






Dress: H&M
Necklace: Topshop

Last Saturday evening, I went out to Birmingham for my cousins hen-do. It was my mom's first time out clubbing since she was my age but she loved it! We went to a bar called reflex which plays really cheesy music and serves really good cocktails. I love the dress that I brought from H&M, it's really fitting to my figure and is suitable for a night out without being too revealing. The photos all came out really nice and I had a really great time. 
If you want any details of what the other girls wore, ask and I'll let you know.




Thursday, 5 March 2015

Loving: H&M Activewear



As you might have previously read, I'm focusing on being more active lately. It's not that I want to lose any weight, it's just that I'd like to be able to run for more than 30 seconds without losing my breath and feeling like I'm going to die. My main aim of keeping fit is to build up more muscle and have a bit more definition to my body. 
Through the course of my blog I will be writing about my development and I will be posting photos and quite possibly videos of my fitness routine. If this is something you guys would be interested in seeing, let me know and I'll make more effort to write posts of this style.
Since I have made an effort to be more active, I thought why not treat myself to more active-wear? I didn't want to splurge out on anything expensive like Nike or Adidas so I thought I'd head to the highstreet. H&M have a lovely sportswear range with loads of different items specific to the type of activity you're doing, such as yoga-specific, running-specific and outdoor-specific. I brought a lovely low support sports bra (which I'm pictured in above) for £12.99, this patterned sports top for £7.99 and these sports tights for £14.99. I love all these items, they fit perfectly and they serve the purpose for the type of fitness I do. 
All I need now is a good pair of trainers. Any recommendations?





Wednesday, 25 February 2015

My 5 favourite recent beauty buys











Over the past few weeks, I've been indulging in beauty buys rather than clothes (probably because my mom keeps insisting that I can't possibly fit any more clothes in my wardrobe). 
These are my five favourite products I've brought recently, all that you can buy for under £35.

L'oreal Paris Studio Secrets Primer - £14.29
I've never really found a primer that I really love and that I can use everyday, but I brought this after recommendation from my sister and I do really love it. When applied after moisturiser, it creates a really flawless and matte base for foundation. It levels out the surface of your face and makes your pores look pretty much non-existent. It is an ideal product for those of you, like me, that like a matte finish to your face.

Illamasqua Skin Base foundation - £32
This is quite possibly the best foundation I've ever used. I've been struggling for a while to find a foundation that is the right colour for my skin and that has an ample amount of coverage. This foundation has just that. It has a really natural look for everyday, but if you want a more heavy look for a night out, the coverage is buildable and it's so easy to transform the look as it's super effortless to apply and blend without looking cakey (which is the worst foundation look ever!) 

Schwarzkopf got2b Guardian Angel heat protection spray - £3
I haven't used heat protection spray for at least 5 or 6 years. My hair was in such bad condition that I didn't feel like I needed to use it, and I have always been under the impression that hair products weigh hair down and make it look greasy. Recently, however, I've had my hair cut short again and it's in really good condition (finally) so I feel obliged to myself to keep it that way. I just brought this on a whim really, just looking for a heat protection spray and this one being the first one I saw but I've really grown to like it. Instead of just being a protection spray, it makes hair look shiny and feel really soft (and it smells really good!) The best thing about it is that the heat protection goes up to 220 degrees, which is over the heat of my straighteners.

Maybelline Coloursensational Lipstick in Tantilizing Taupe - £6.99 
I got brought this lipstick as a birthday present from my sister last year and I loved it so much that I used it all and I just had to buy another one. Naturally, I am pale and I thought that a colour like this would make me look even paler, but it's subtle pinky tones make it just look perfect on my skin tone. I also love the fact that it's really creamy but has a matte finish which makes it the perfect lipstick.

Lush Bath Bombs- Tisty Tosty and Phoenix Rising - £3.35 each
I love baths, and I love bath bombs. Tisty Tosty is scented with orris root powder, rose and lemon and leaves seven rosebuds floating around the bath after it has dissolved. It has a really delicate subtle scent and left my skin feeling really soft after.
Phoenix Rising is gorgeous. It has a spicy cinnamon scent but it isn't too strong. It contains a blend of cocoa and shea butter which leaves the skin feeling so soft and it turns the bath water a lovely purple colour.

Have any of you tried these products? Or are there any other products which you can recommend for me?