Archive | March, 2013
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Flashback to the 50’s!

27 Mar

Flashback to the 50's!

Have any of you ever loved an outfit of yours so much that you just want to wear it over and over again? That totally happened to me yesterday! The grey skater skirt is from Matalan and was £8, and the dark, distressed denim shirt is actually menswear and is from Tesco! I wore this with black tights and combat boots during the day, but once I was pottering about the flat, I popped on some rose gold studded flats. I also had red lippy on and my hair in a little bouffant! 😉
Hope you all are having a wonderful day!
Christie xoxo

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bareMinerals ‘Bright and Beautiful Kit’ in ‘Light’.

27 Mar

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I recently ordered for the first time from feelunique.com and picked up this bareMinerals kit that included a huge 8 FULL SIZE products from bareMinerals for….£22.85. Oh yes. 8 full sized high-end products for £23. I was shocked too. Let’s get into the products! (This will be a picture heavy post!)

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Prime Time Brightening Foundation Primer – £17.85 for 30ml
feelunique.com

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Swatched in natural daylight.

This primer is nice, it reminds me of a thinner version of Benefit’s ‘The Porefessional’. I do have a problem with the packaging though, as the nozzle squirts product out at such a force that it actually went all over my face as I was trying to swatch it. I know it’s going to go there eventually, but I want to control the amount a bit better! This could just be my bottle though.

Total so far: £17.85

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Prime Time Brightening Eyelid Primer – Roughly £60 for 8ml
All websites offer only 3ml for £16, which comes out to £5.33 per ml.

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Swatched in natural daylight.

I LOVE this primer. It’s beautiful! It’s a champagne colour, easy to blend out and in lovely packaging. bareMinerals doesn’t actually sell this in the size it came to me in. This is 8ml, and the ‘full size’ on the website and feelunique is apparently 3ml. I don’t have a problem with that! The amount you get is amazing. This is gonna last me a while! 🙂

Total so far: £77.85 (!!!!!!)

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Original Foundation SPF15 in ‘light w15’ – £25 for 8g.
bareminerals.co.uk and feelunique.com

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Okay, this is not my skintone. I don’t think that the company thought this through, because this is INCREDIBLY yellow and not really light at all. I don’t mind though, as I do my friends’ make-up a lot and my friend Emily has more yellow-toned skin that’s a little darker than mine. However, beware if you only need this for yourself. Try to pop into a Boots that sells bareMinerals and do some swatching. If you have pink tones in your skin though, this probably won’t be for you. It’s nice to blend though, and very finely milled and soft.

Total so far: £102.85

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Mineral Blush in ‘Vivacious’ – £19 for 0.85g.
bareminerals.co.uk and feelunique.com

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Oh this is yummy! This is a perfect rosy pink blush, very nice to apply and would probably suit all skin tones. It has shimmer, not glitter, and again, is very finely milled. I love the packaging too.

Total so far: £121.85.

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Eyecolour in ‘Alive’ – £14 for 0.57g.
bareminerals.co.uk or feelunique.com

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Okay well this is ridiculous. Definitely not a shade I would use all over my eyes, like they are suggesting. The ‘deep’ shade selection of the Bright and Beautiful kit actually had a beautiful bronzey coloured shadow, which I would have appreciated a lot more than a magenta-pink. That said, it’s the same situation as the other two, very soft and fine, nice to apply.

Total so far: £135.85
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Swatched in natural daylight.

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Big & Bright Eyeliner in ‘Plum’ – £13 for 0.35g.
bareminerals.co.uk or feelunique.com

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This eyeliner is a lovely, creamy consistency and it glides on to the waterline or tightline and smudges nicely. I actually love the colour too! It’s a plum shade, but one that isn’t too far away from black, so only someone very close would notice. It’s a nice way to start experimenting with colour if you’re afraid to wear it around the eyes! I know that I’m a sucker for black liner and neutral shadows, but you never know what might work. This looks lovely.

Total so far: £148.85
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Lipgloss in ‘Lollipop’ – £14 for 4.2ml.
bareminerals.co.uk or feelunique.com

This is so nice! It’s a very sheer, medium pink gloss with subtle silver flecks. I say flecks because they’re definitely not glitter, just shiny. I’m not too fond of the smell, but I like the feel of it on my lips. It’s quite sticky, not as sticky as a Bourjois or Mac lipgloss, but getting there. It also has a brush applicator, rather than I doefoot, which I like. I wish there were more brush applicators on lipglosses!

Total so far: £162.85
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Swatched in natural daylight.

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With flash at night.

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Limited edition dual-ended brush – not available.

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This is a nice brush. It’s not really anything special, but it’s nice. The pencil end is not as dense as I want it to be, and the shadow end is perhaps too dense, but they do a nice job, and I always love to add to my brush collection.

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So…for all of that separately it would have cost you £162.85.

THAT IS MENTAL.

I’m really glad that I picked this kit up. It’s still in the ‘Outlet’ section on feelunique.com, so if this caught your eye, run, and I mean RUN, and pick it up. You won’t be sorry.

Do you own anything from bareMinerals? What would you love from this kit?

Christie xoxo

Beauty Blogger Tag!

23 Mar

I’ve been reading some beauty blogs here on wordpress, and it seems there are quite a few tags going around! I wasn’t tagged by anyone to do this, but I want to! Here we go!

 1. Is your hair naturally curly or straight?
Naturally very curly. More like crazy waves really.

  1. What’s your natural hair color?
    Probably a dirty blonde. I dye my hair dark brown.
  1. Do you dye it yourself or go to a salon? 
    I dye it myself! A lot of the time, my mum helps, but since I’m at Uni now, and my roots were becoming terrible, I actually dyed it yesterday alone! It went well, so yay!
  1. Do you wear the same style every day or do you change it?
    It really depends. I like loose fitting clothing, and I LOVE leggings. Thank goodness for the invention of leggings. I’ve always found jeans super duper uncomfortable. I’d call my style casual, but I love to wear a chiffon top during the day to dress up a casual outfit a bit. 🙂
  1. Do you do your own mani/pedi or go to a salon?
    I do my own, ain’t nobody got time for a salon! 😉
  1. How often do you change your nail polish? 
    Around once a week. Sometimes, if my week is quiet, I’ll do it a few times. The whole process can either be relaxing or stressful for me!
  1. Do you polish your toes in the winter or just the summer? 
    Hardly ever, and if I do, I like nude and baby pink polish. I love wearing boots, and with boots you wear socks and people can’t see your nail varnish through socks!
  1. How long does it take for you to put on your makeup? 
    It depends. Today I was in a pinch to go out for a friend’s birthday meal, and I had 40 minutes to curl my hair, get dressed and put my makeup on. I struggled. My hair’s a bit of a mess, I skipped my foundation and eyeshadow (+primer!) and went for mascara, eyeliner, lipgloss and concealer. I hated it. I like to have an hour set aside for my makeup. I know to some people that seems like a lot of time,but I really enjoy the getting ready process, even though I’m not a morning person!
  1. What do you do first, face or eyes? 
    Face of course! I usually wear neutral shadows, so I don’t get terrible dark fallout either.
  1. Do you “collect” makeup or just buy what you need when you need it? 
    I’m definitely a collector! I have multiples of things, things I will never use, and things I forget about! That’s why I love shopping my stash so much! I always find things I didn’t know I had!
  1. How often do you wear false eye lashes? 
    I have literally worn false lashes once in my life; on my eighteenth birthday!
  1. Do you do a full face of makeup every day? 
    No! I like to give my skin one or two days a week where I have a clean face, and maybe another one where I just wear mascara and concealer. 
  1. Do you wear makeup when you are home alone, or with family? 
    Home alone sometimes. For example, next week, my flatmates are all going home for Easter break, and I’m here for a few more days. I’ll apply make-up anyway, because I like the practice and I feel better about myself with it on.
  1. Will you leave the house without makeup?
    I literally did that two days ago! It’s not my favourite thing, but if you feel comfy doing it, then why not? A woman’s face is beautiful when it’s natural, and make-up in my eyes (at least everyday makeup) is just meant to accentuate that.

    15. How many high-end products do you have? 
    Eeeep. I own a few Benefit goodies, my YSL foundation and lippy, plus a Clinique blush and lippy. The balance of what I like best is about 60/40 in the drugstore’s favour.

  1. Do you plan your OOTD every night or decide when you are getting dressed? 
    I am so terrible at this! I usually try and plan in my head, try it on, hate it, then throw on something out of disgust!
  1. How often do you change your handbag?
    I have a Uni bag, which is big enough to put my laptop in, a couple of little clutches for going out, and a bag for shopping or something. I actually need to clean that out, it’s super duper gross at the mo.
  1. What time do you get up and go to sleep? 
    I’m a uni student writing this at about 5am. This question is impossible to answer.
  1. How often or when do you work out? 
    Next question? 😉
  1. Left handed or right-handed? 
    Right handed!
  1. How tall are you? 
    Tall! I’m around 5’10”. At 18 that’s pretty tall! 🙂
  1. Do you speak a foreign language? 
    Yep, I speak French and a little bit of German (but that’s VERY rusty). My degree is actually in French and Drama.
  2. How many pets do you have? 
    None 😦 When I live on my own, I want a little dog though.
  1. How often are you on blogger?
     I check WordPress around once a day, and usually click on various blogs every other day or so.
  1. Do you read comments posted on blogs? 
    Yes! That’s the best bit about blogs! Learning and then feedback!
  1. Do you keep a list of products to try as you see other posts? 
    I don’t. I probably should. I have a mental list?
  1. How did you come up with your blog name? 
    It’s an homage to the wonderful Nickelodeon programme, The Amanda Show (starring the now unfortunately derailed Amanda Bynes). There was this sketch that was my absolute favourite, called ‘Totally Kyle’, hence Totally Christie.
  1. What kind of camera do you use for photographs? It’s a Nikon Coolpix. It was cheap for a camera, but expensive for me!
  1. How often do you clean your house? I clean my room at uni once every two weeks or so. It’s due for a cleaning, but I’m not actually dreading it! Gonna put on some fun music and dance about tidying!
  1. What is your favorite color? 
    A dark green. It became my favourite after a shirt I bought from a shop in Brussels that was dark green became my favourite. I think that trip in general might have done it.
  1. Do you swear? 
    I’m not big on swearing. Usually, if I swear, it will be mild curse words like ‘bugger’ or ‘damn it’. I do say that s word occasionally though.
  1. What are you doing with the rest of your day?
    I am just about to go to sleep. I’ll probably wake up somewhere around midday, and take pictures in the light for my blog. Then I’m going to dance/tidy. I might do a quick jobsearch, and then write a blogpost on the new exciting thing I got through the post today!

    Please please feel free to do this tag! If you leave me a comment saying you’ve done it, I would love to read it!

    Have a wonderful day,
    Christie xoxo

FOTD: YSL Touche Éclat Foundation – March 2013

21 Mar

Hello lovelies!

Got a kind of FOTD/review post today for you!

Recently, I’ve been trying out the new(ish) YSL Touche Éclat Foundation, and trying to figure out whether it does anything for my skin or not.

Couple of things you need to know about my skin. I have dry/combo skin, especially if I don’t moisturise x2 a day. I have relatively clear skin, only the odd spot every now and then (though usually in very noticeable and obvious places) and some natural redness on my cheeks. The most important think about a foundation is that it covers the deep pores I have on my nose. I think this might be a family thing, as all the women in my family have the same  kind of problems. I like a light/medium coverage, though usually erring on the light side. I hate feeling like I have foundation on my face, and I like for the foundation to sink in like a good moisturiser would. Probably too much to ask for!

So, the Touche Éclat. I couldn’t tell you how much I use. It changes day to day. It has a very light, unoffensive cucumber scent. The packaging is YSL, so obviously it’s going to be gorgeous! I’d call it a light coverage foundation, in that it covers up some of the redness on my cheeks but everything else stays the same.

Here is my little FOTD. The first picture is me sans maquillage and the second is what I wore to a full day of classes on Tuesday, wearing the foundation and (quite a bit of) the Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer.

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After routine.

(On my lips is the Revlon Just Bitten Lipstain and Balm in Frenzy. The only dud I’ve ever tried from Revlon, I usually love their lippies. The colour is actually an incredibly dark burgundy, and dried up within 1 use!!! I love you Revlon, and this is a great product in theory, just not in use.)

I hope you can see that it does a good job of evening out my skintone!

Verdict: 3.5/5.
The pricetag is what gets me on this one. Coming out at the £28 mark on the UK market, are YSL goign to be able to beat the more affordable dupes from Boots or Superdrug. A nice luxury product though, and something that I may ask for as a gift for my birthday in a few months or my one treat item when I get my student loan through.

Have you tried the YSL Touche Éclat foundation? What do you think of it? Leave me a comment with your opinions or thoughts for new posts, I’d LOVE to know!!

Have a wonderful day,
Christie xoxo

MUA: Trio Shadow – Review

19 Mar

ImageRecently, I went to a HUGE Superdrug at Westfield Stratford and purchased two of the MUA trios. MUA is a brand exclusive to Superdrug and the MUA website (muastore.co.uk), and prices are usually really, really cheap. These trios come in a range of shades, but I picked up the ones in ‘Innocence’ and ‘Pink Sorbet’.
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These little trios are priced at £2.50 a pop.

I’ve been using them for a few weeks now, and I’ve got to say, I think it all comes down the the application. These shadows just do not do well with brushes. They don’t get on. I actually feel like the powder is so fine once loose that it can’t stick to any surface on your eyelid. I have tried using it with all the primers I own with brushes, and it doesn’t seem to work. The magic of these shadows is when you apply them with your fingers to your eyelids.    They appear exactly as they do in the swatches here, beautifully pigmented and ever so slightly shimmery (they’re definitely shimmer, not satin.)

I adore the gold in the ‘Innocence’ trio and the dark plummy colour in the ‘Pink Sorbet’ trio.

Verdict: 3/5
You get what you pay for if you use brushes. If not, you have some gorgeous highlights and strong evening colours that apply nicely with your fingers to your lids. The thing is, that all seems a bit of a faff doesn’t it?

Hope you’re having a wonderful day!
Christie xoxo
P.S. Please please leave a comment if you like the picture quality! I have a lovely shiny new camera and I spent a while snapping away today. 🙂

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There is no problem bigger than the solution love carries.

19 Mar

There is no problem bigger than the solution love carries.

Every now and then, a post from Sevenly’s Facebook will pop up on my dashboard and it will be an image like this one. I actually posted about Sevenly around this time last year, and that post gives you all the info you need about the company/charity and the amazing things they do to help a different cause each week. Sometimes when I’m having a ‘rough’ day I just scroll through the pictures and quotes on Sevenly’s Facebook page and it makes me feel better and put my life into perspective! Hope this little picture might inspire you or make you feel better, and don’t forget to check out Sevenly and the wonderful work they do.

Coming up I have a few product reviews with my new camera and a couple of great TV, Youtuber and film recommendations! 🙂 (I also just did a bit of sneaky shopping on the feelunique website. Did somebody say bareMinerals?)

Have a wonderful day,
Christie xoxo

TotallyChristie TotallyRecommends: TV Shows

15 Mar
The cast as of Season 7.

This is (obviously) not a photo I took or that I own. All copyright goes to ABC/Grey’s Anatomy. 🙂

Hello lovelies!

Today I’ll be making another little TotallyRecommends post, but this time, it’s about a TV show!

I’m a huge TV addict. You name it, I’ve heard of it aaaaaaand probably watched an episode. You could say I have too much time on my hands.The problem is is that my favourite programmes change all the time, and sometimes shows don’t do as well as I hope they will, or they get cancelled by their networks. In addition, there are some shows that just come to a natural finish. The problem with shows like those are that I ALWAYS WANT MORE. 

After that long winded intro, the TV Show I am going to recommend is……..
*drumroll*

GREY’S ANATOMY
I love this show for several reasons.

1. There are nine seasons. So far. Nine. That makes for great character development, intricate storylines, lots of episodes to rewatch and an established presence in the online media.
2. The characters are flawed, but incredibly likeable. There have only been a few characters in those nine seasons that I have disliked for their entire time on the show. There are currently 2 characters I dislike, but have you seen that cast?! It’s a huge ensemble. 2 out of that many ain’t bad.
3. Continuity! Something that a lot of shows seem to disregard nowadays is continuity. Grey’s knows its history. 
4. Long episodes that are both dramatic and comedic. Usually comedy comes in 22 minute bursts from networks. Just think of New Girl, Big Bang Theory, Modern Family. Drama is usually so long that I get bored of the storyline of the week halfway through. With Grey’s Anatomy, you get both. (Well, in the earlier seasons anyway.)
5. Final reason (that I can think of) is that it makes me really, really emotional. And that’s what I want in TV. Something that will make me laugh, cry, shout, scream, smile.

And the best bit is that it’s. still. going. 
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Disclaimer: Start watching this show at your own peril. It’s totes emosh. You will need tissues.
Oh, and hot guys galore by the way. You’re welcome. 😉

Hope you enjoyed that little recommendation! Let me know if there’s a show that you’d totally recommend, or if you watch Grey’s Anatomy/watch an episode after reading this post!
Hope you all have a wonderful day/night!
Christie xoxo

Just a quick update!

7 Mar
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Does anyone else do derpy faces like this? Nope? Just me? Okay then.  Also look at my poor cracked Stila eyeshadow 😦

Hopefully better quality photos will follow on this blog soon! As much as my iPhone 3GS tries, she just can’t compare to an actual camera! In order to keep you occupied until then, here is a funny picture of me doing my make-up yesterday! WOW 😉

Have a wonderful day my lovelies!
Christie xoxo

Christie gives advice: Applying to university.

7 Mar

My university! Doesn’t it look like Hogwarts?

Yet another of hopefully what will become regular features on this little blog.
As a university student, I have been through the entire ‘applying to uni’ process, and let me tell you, it was not easy for me! First, I’ll tell you a little bit about my experience and then I’ll give you the top 5 tips I’ve come up with for sixth formers, either who have already applied or are thinking about what to do at university.

Okay, so I’m currently a student at Royal Holloway, which is one of the colleges of the University of London. At the end of my degree, I’ll have the same qualification as places such as Queen Mary’s or UCL. I took 5 A-Levels to full course, which is relatively out of the ordinary, from what I can tell. Most colleges or sixth forms offer three or four A-Levels, with the option to drop one after AS. Seeing as I passed all of my AS levels, I carried on with all five. I will say now that that was probably a mistake, and I should have dropped one (cough cough Religion, Philosophy & Ethics). The A-Levels I took were English Literature, Theatre Studies, French, History and Religion, Philosophy & Ethics. I emerged from a reputable school sixth form with 5 full course A-Levels, but at a price. I got 2 B grades and 3 C grades. I had been predicted 2 A grades and 3 B grades, so I under-performed  but now that I look back on it, I really did work very hard in school, and I think I just took on too much.

I had applied to universities that expected those higher grades too. I applied to Sussex, Birmingham, Kent, Royal Holloway (UoL) and Warwick. The course I chose was French and Drama. This definitely limited the places where I could apply to, as it’s quite an eclectic course that not many universities offered at the time. Eventually, I chose Royal Holloway to be my firm choice, and Kent to be my insurance. Both offers were ABB (including French). I actually received BBCCC and a C in French. You may be thinking, ‘How on earth did you get into university then?’. I shall tell you.

I was saved by my extra-curriculars. 

I was not always the most academic student, especially towards the end of my time at school, but I was a bit of a busybody! Throughout my time at secondary school, I was part of the selective school choir, school council, charity team, prefect team, and I was made Head of House (a bit like deputy head girl in role, not in title). I also played some sports when I was younger, trained as a junior life-guard, had two jobs, two music qualifications and stage managed and acted in three school plays. I was definitely an over-achiever, and that was what set me apart from my fellow students. Even though they were incredibly intelligent and worked hard, they did not attend after-school events or help with charity functions. But that’s the thing, it’s impossible to maintain an incredibly packed academic, extra curricular and social life, so something has to suffer. 

And that brings me to today, where I am a first-year French and Drama student at Royal Holloway.

Going through the university application process can be tricky. There are so many thins you have to consider that it can be very overwhelming. Here are a list of tips that I hope will help you, whether you’re just starting to think about university, or about to go in September. 

1. Choose A-Levels wisely. 
If you love science, choose science. If you love art, choose art. Do not choose something because your friends are in the class or because it seems like a bit of a doss, because when it comes to choosing a degree (where you have to pay for your education), you’re not going to have your friends and you will have to pay for subjects that don’t really interest you. For example, most universities ask for History A-level if you want to do a History BA, so make sure that you have History if you know that’s what you want to do!

2. Go on as many visit days as you can.
You don’t get a feel for a university, especially if it’s a campus university, if you sit at home looking on the internet. You have to visit if you’re thinking about applying or if you have applied. I visited four universities, and I knew straight away when I stepped onto Royal Holloway grounds that it was the place for me. 

3. Before you apply, think about what kind of living environment you enjoy.
If you’re a very quiet person who doesn’t enjoy clubbing or late nights, then halls probably won’t be your cup of tea. If you love to socialise and hate long journeys, you probably need to live on campus. A university will offer places to live on and off campus that accommodate your best interests. Perhaps give private housing a look too. In addition to that, do you want to stay at home?

4. Think about whether you actually want to go to uni.
I had friends who didn’t apply to university and ended up regretting it, and friends who applied then decided it wasn’t for them. It’s not always possible to tell what you want to do for the next 3/4 years, but have a good long think about where you see yourself in the near future. If it’s not at university, save yourself the aggro and thousands of pounds worth of debt! 🙂

5. If you get to uni and change your mind, don’t be afraid to tell someone.
Whether you hate your course, your tutors, your flatmates or your university in general, you must talk to people about it. You can change course quite easily once at a university,or at least tailor your current one. If you dislike your flatmates, then contact campus housing (you’ll get a mass of paperwork and fliers on your first day that will probably end up in the bin barring a few post-its) and discuss moving or room-swapping. There’s almost always more than one person in that situation. And if you hate your university, then don’t get stuck there for the forseeable future. I had a friend who spent less than 24 hours at her university of choice, decided she wanted to be closer to home, dropped out, and was at a new university doing the same course within two weeks. UCAS really does want to find a place for you, no matter how much it may seem like they don’t.

Okay, so there you go. 5 hopefully helpful tips. I hope this helped or at least was interesting to read. If you have ANY questions at all about anything to do with university, leave a comment and I will be sure to reply asap! 🙂 I remember feeling completely lost this time last year, and I had so many questions, but no-one to talk to! 

Have a wonderful day!
Christie xoxo

My life in pictures: February 2013

6 Mar

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1. Barely there nude nails with a glitter accent nail.
2. Song of the month was Fun.’s ‘Out On The Town’.
3. A trip to London for Chinese New Year resulted in my friend emerging from Primark in these fabulous sunglasses. 
4. Calling all Diet Coke addicts?
5. Outrageous selfie that really was just to show off how awesome I’d managed to get my hair to look! 
6. My best friend Andrew and I’s version of snapchatting. Us iPhone 3GS users have to work with what we’ve got!
7. I read this beautiful book by John Green in the middle of the month. A must-read for anyone.
8. First high-end blush! Clinique’s ‘Iced Lotus’.
9. My first China Glaze polish! China Glaze’s ‘Champagne Kisses’.