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Three weeks 2.0

25 Sep

It’s been three weeks since I started my new job.

The last time I wrote a blog post was six months ago (whoops), and as I tend to do, it’s been neglected because life just, well, got in the way.

Since March…

I was promoted at my job.

I finished my exams and essays for my final year of undergraduate studies.

I was offered a new job.

I quit my old job (best feeling EVER).

The company that offered me the new job went under, and I lost that job.

I got another job the next day.

I lived in a caravan, alone, for two months.

I left Legoland Windsor, and I drove away from the place that had supported me through Uni with hundreds of happy and sad memories, and despite everything, I had a little cry.

I graduated from Royal Holloway with a 2:1, something I NEVER thought I would say, type, utter, anything.

I went on a glorious holiday.

My baby (a.k.a my trusty first ever car) died.

I got a new baby, a bright green Citroen C3 named Apple. The love of my life.

I started a new job as a teacher in a primary school.

 

 

And now here we are, three weeks in…and my god, it’s hard. It’s so hard and I haven’t even seen it at its worst yet.

I spend my days in a constant state of overworked, joyful despair. My kids are wonderful, but occasionally terrible, and it’s 50% my job to fix it.

I can’t help looking at some of my Uni and school friends and feeling jealous of the fact that they’ve got the freedom to just live for a while. Just bask in the freedom from education, in that sweet spot between University and reality. When it comes down to it though, I’m pretty sure that this is always where I’ve been heading. Having spent nearly 20 years in education, this seemed inevitable.

Well, at least for a while.

Hopefully the next update doesn’t arrive in six months this time. We’ll see.

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Three weeks

6 Mar

It’s three weeks until I finish lectures at university. Three weeks, and I’ll just have exams and essays left. I can’t believe it, despite the fact that it’s pretty much all I’ve wanted for three and a half years.

University isn’t for everyone. And sometimes it is, but you make mistakes. You choose the wrong course, the wrong place, the wrong time. I think I did all of those things. I felt lots of pressure, and I still do. To make myself proud, my Mum proud, to defy the odds and be the first person in my family to go to University, to push my academic limits. I’ve found that University can completely change you, or it can affirm who you are, and who you have been for your whole life.

It’s no secret that I really haven’t found Uni helpful to me. I feel like my academic mind hasn’t changed much, and there are parts of me that haven’t changed a bit since 2012. And the things that have have been despite my studies, not because of them.

Being a working student is a rarity, unfortunately. So many people on my course, at my Uni, from my old school, or just in general skate by on money from Mum and Dad. I don’t think that this attitude will never not infuriate me. I was raised in an environment that proved I had to work hard if I wanted to survive, and so I have done from the day I stepped foot into my ludicrously expensive student accommodation. But I’ve learned so much more from work than I have from being at Uni.

Bring on these last three weeks.

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February

1 Mar

Hi lovelies!

February favourites time. I’m so glad February is over. It’s always my worst month, filled with deadlines and money woes. This is the last year though, so hoorah! (fingers crossed I pass Uni, and it is the last year) Let’s get cracking!

Bourjois Radiance Reveal Concealer – £7.99

This is a pretty new favourite for me, but it’s the best concealer I’ve tried in a long time. As someone who has pretty desert-y skin, with super parched under eyes, most concealers I’ve tried have just not lived up to the hype. Including the Nars Radiant Creamy and the Urban Decay Naked Skin. Major sad face. This feels light as air, provides dreamy coverage and doesn’t cling to any dry patches. That’s all I want! *snaps for Bourjois*

M.A.C Eyeshadows in ‘Omega’ (left) and ‘Patina’ (right)- £13 each

From ‘don’t believe the hype’ products, to ‘totally believe the hype products’. These shadows combine to make such the perfect barely there smokey eye look on my pale, pale skin. ‘Patina’ has long-been my favourite, and ‘Omega’ is such a perfect crease colour (as well as a universal brow powder, if you’re searching), and together they are perf. This combo is pretty much foolproof, not even ‘eye’ (haha, get it) can mess it up.

Also, these shadows are pretty much appropriate for any occasion. They’re perfect day to night-ers, I always just grab the duo and a Sigma E40 and buff on a bit more ‘Patina’ for night. And the pigmented, but non-creamy texture means they’re super long lasting.

Dior’s Glowing Gardens Illuminating Powder in ’01’ – £40

I hunted high and low for this baby. Like, seriously high and low. I had three other people on the lookout for it during my no-buy. And it’s still the only beauty product I’ve bought all year. I think I can definitively say that it’s my favourite highlighter of all time. Yep, I went there. I have so many highlighters, and this one is the cream of the crop. For all you fair-skinned girls out there, you just can’t go wrong with ’01’, and for everyone else, there’s ’02’. It’s silky, the perfect balance of glisten and glow, and it looks perfect. Just perfect. Look!

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*angels singing from heaven*

Too Faced Melted Lipstick in ‘Fig’ – £19

Now. When I first got this just before Christmas, I almost hated it. I swatched it and went ‘Noooooooooo!’ I remember this clearly, because about a week afterwards, I went to London for a Twitter Q+A with Tina Fey. Yeah, nbd guys, just, you know, one of my heroes. And I picked this up at 6am, and thought, ‘I’ll give it a go again, I suppose.’ Thank goodness I did, because this baby is the perfect winter pink for me. It’s not dark enough to be berry, and not light enough to be nude, it’s that perfect balance, and I just adore the way it looks.

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A very poor photo from Snapchat, but omg look how pretty right?!

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Zoeva brushes – prices vary

I’m so in love with my Zoeva brushes that I couldn’t pick just one as a favourite. I got these in the glorious 5 days between Christmas and New Year and oh my. The best value for money brush ever, the best presentation ever. Fab fab brushes, and if you’re a little wary of splashing the cash on a set (these are the Rose Gold Vol.1 Eye Set), please just pick up one, fall in love, and thank me later.

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Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

I thought this was totally kick-ass. I described it as The Hunger Games meets The Selection, which will possibly only mean something if you’re into YA. The author has just released book 2, Glass Sword, and has said there’ll be two more books. Very exciting!

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Room

I saw this at 9.30am, alone, on a Thursday morning, in an empty cinema. It’s one of those films you leave the cinema thinking about, and spend the next week turning it over through your mind, churning through thoughts and feelings about the subject matter. I’m so so thrilled that Brie Larson won Best Actress at the Oscars, she was phenomenal, and Jacob Tremblay, who you’ve probably seen owning awards season and charming the socks off everyone he meets, has one of those faces that the camera just adores. Can’t wait to see what he does next. I will think about this film for a long time.

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E.Mo.Tion – Carly Rae Jepsen

Yes, you heard right. Carly Rae Jepsen. This album is total bubblegum, and it knows it. Jepsen is no Taylor Swift, trying to sneak in little thoughtful ballads, or wanting to play with the media through lyrics. She just wants everyone dancing. I love this album, and February thanked me for discovering it. But beware, it’s pop. I mean, sickly sweet pop, so proceed at you own risk.

And that’s it for this month, lovelies. I can’t wait to get March out of the way. Once I hit the end of the month, I will have finished every single lecture of my Uni course. WAHOO.

Have a great day, or evening, wherever you are.

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Resolutely

9 Jan

Hi lovelies!

Happy 2016!

I’ve always found myself to be the worst at resolutions. But not even out loud ones. In my head, quiet, secret ones still aren’t followed through with.

So ‘beginning of the year’ posts about resolutions always make me anxious, for the people making such huge promises to themselves, and for me, because they just remind me that I’m bad at keeping my little personal promises.

So I’m going to go with some general ‘I would like to’ statements. If that’s ok.

I would like to…listen to music more

As a teenager, especially at school, I spent most of my time listening to or making music. I’m not sure, but I think if you’re a music person, you need it in your life or it starts to affect you on a day to day basis. If I don’t listen to any music in a week, I get all grumpy and horrid and moody. And all it takes to fix it is an hour alone with my headphones and a great playlist. So, more music.

I would like to…stop buying so many beauty products

I am a total beauty junkie, but I think I need to prove to myself that I don’t need to buy products to enjoy makeup. Plus, I don’t have enough money to be a shopaholic. I added up approximately how much I spent on beauty products in 2015 and the result was not pretty. I nearly cried. So, less spending.

I would like to…work hard

This is a weird one, but I am a workaholic. I love working and earning my own money, because no-one can tell you how to spend that money. And I’m a firm believer in the idea that if you work hard, then someone will notice and it will pay off in the end. So, more work, and more good work.

I would like to…write more

I’m not sure what this means, to be honest. I haven’t got an awful lot of belief in myself when it comes to my writing, but I’m gonna give it a go. More blog posts, more TV stuff, and maybe I’ll get around to writing down the idea that’s been floating in my head for years now.

I would like to…graduate

It’s my final year of Uni! I have approximately six months left. And I started this blog just before my first year of Uni started. It’s all very full circle. I’ve had such a weird time at Uni, and I can’t say I’ve loved it. I wish I’d chosen a different subject, a different place maybe. But I am proud of myself for passing everything, living alone in a foreign country for nine months, and I’ve met some wonderful people. So, let’s finish it off.

I’m pretty sure that 2015 was my best year yet. I grew so much as a person on my year abroad, I challenged myself over the summer at a horrible job, learned more, made some rough decisions, worked hard and laughed. A lot. Thanks for sticking around on this little inconsistent mish-mash of a blog. I really appreciate it.

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21

31 Aug

Hello lovelies!

It’s my birthday! On this day, 21 years ago, little old me came along.

20 has been a good year for me. I moved to a different country, discovering things I never knew about myself in the process, and I feel like I’m a pretty different person now to a year ago.

I’m going to try my best to get to 22, pass my exams, get a job and work hard to make other people feel good on a daily basis. But at this point, I’m just feeling a lot of pressure, cause Adele wrote one of the biggest selling albums of all time at this point in her life and I don’t think I’m there yet!

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That’s me, in the pink swimming costume, looking longingly at the Dougal cake that my Mum is holding. Something that’s stuck, by the way (my Dad calls me Doodles to this day). I think this is my 8th birthday.

13 years later, not a lot has changed.

I still look at cake that way.
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Hello August

6 Aug

Hi lovelies!

So. My summer job is complete.

*large sigh of relief*

For the past six weeks or so, I’ve been working at a summer language camp in Hertfordshire as an Activity Leader. I’ve never been so thankful for a job to be over and done with, let me tell you.

It’s been a rough few months for my family, but I’m determined to come out the other end of this bizarre first half of the year with a smile on my face and a determination to finish university and find a job that I love. Plus it’s my birthday month! Which means lots of friends and family round for our annual barbecue at the end of the month! 🙂

A few things that I’ve been loving lately…

The Line Up
These girls are phe-nom-e-nal. I’m blown away by the amount of talent they have, and the amount of effort they put into each one of their YouTube videos is astounding. I’m not a fan of style blogs, or even style videos really, but it’s a testament to them how eager I am to watch every new video when it’s released.

UnReal
If you’re a TV fan like I am, you’ll have heard about the summer show that has stolen the spotlight from True Detective and OINTB. UnReal is a scripted drama about the behind-the-scenes action of a reality dating show named ‘Everlasting’ – think ‘The Bachelor’ meets ‘The Newsroom’. Plus, the walk and talks are pretty spectacular and the eye candy ain’t bad either.

Pop Culture Happy Hour and Talking TV
Last year, when I came out of my binge-stupor after finishing the last episode of ‘Serial’ (true crime podcast about the murder of a young girl in 1999)  I was searching for something a little lighter. These two podcasts are the best of the bunch, IMO. Pop Culture Happy Hour is a round-table style podcast that revolves around what the participants are watching, reading and listening to. I immediately fell head over heels for the regulars on this – in particular Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson and Glen Weldon, who have been at the table since the first taping over five years ago. Head back through their feed and you’ll definitely find an episode that is in your wheelhouse. And speaking of wheelhouses, mine is pretty much Talking TV with Ryan and Ryan. These guys know what they are talking about. Full stop. It’s structured simply as a conversation between Ryan McGee and Maureen ‘Mo’ Ryan (HuffPo), two critics who really know their stuff. Download a few episodes (and bear with the ‘down a well’ quality of Mo’s voice sometimes) and get ready to be televisionlightened.

So that’s it from me this time guys. Hopefully see you soon with a beauty post. (I’ve been shamelessly buying something every time I feel down in the dumps or need a pick-me-up.)

Hope you have an amazing day or night, wherever you are!
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Summer

20 May

Hello lovelies!

I’m so happy to be back to blogging! Some little updates from the past few months.

1. I finished my year abroad placement! I left France just over three weeks ago, and finished my work placement at the end of April. Wow. The time honestly flew by, and each day I am home I miss it more and more. I do have loads more thoughts to share, but I’ll keep that for a separate post.

2. New computer and new phone! I FINALLY (after four long, horrific, slow years) got a new phone, and now I can, you know, browse Instagram at every hour of the day. Because I needed to do that. The new computer is the second one in as many months, but I’m thinking this one will stick. Eeeeep!

3. The job hunt starts. Not the real one, I still have another year before I move into the ‘official’ adult world, but the summer job hunt started about a month ago. Been to two interviews, waiting on one, and you guys, I need a job so badly. Also, a quick thing about the official adult world? Does it just involve endless paperwork? My limited experience has involved a lot less fun stuff than I expected, and a lot more forms.

4. My beauty collection has, of course, grown. I’m gonna drop the work ‘problem’ in here, cause that’s the word my mum has used several times since I returned. My sister knows better. Although, I did give away a lot and throw a ton that was expired. Now I’m just trying to justify, and we all know that’s a dangerous game!

That’s pretty much it for now!

I hope you are having a wonderful day/evening, wherever you are. Try and smile at someone today!
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My Big Move

8 Nov

Hello lovelies!

After a very long absence, I’m back. I’m definitely guilty of procrastinating…but 5 months?! I apologise! :O Not a lot has changed, apart from, you know, where I live. I moved to France! Eeeeep! For those of you who are unfamiliar with this little pet project of mine, I’m currently a university student at Royal Holloway, University of London – and studying French and Drama. Third years have to undertake a year abroad, and I’m spending mine in Bayonne, which is in the South-West of France. Firstly, it’s gorgeous. Seriously beautiful. But secondly…it’s terrifying. Oh my goodness, so so terrifying. Moving to university didn’t really phase me at all, I was so eager to get out of school that I jumped at the chance to be more independent, wherever it was. But after two years there, not only have I come to love my university setting, but also appreciate my hometown SO MUCH MORE. Has this happened to anyone else? Add a dash of homesickness to an overwhelming language change, and you get a pretty scary environment. However, after six weeks here, I can honestly say that I’m starting to feel at home. I’m working in two schools as a language assistant with kids aged 10-22 for twelve hours a week. I thought I’d share a few pictures of the area I live in – happy to report that there is a Sephora and plenty of French pharmacies around – watch out for a blog post on Sephora findings a little later in the month.

The view from my back window - not even kidding! Bayonne Cathedrale.

The view from my back window – not even kidding! Bayonne Cathedrale.

Cute little back streets on Sundays are beautiful :)

Cute little back streets on Sundays are beautiful 🙂

Parts of the cathedral - a must see.

Parts of the cathedral – a must see.

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Excuse the blurriness, but this is me and Noa, a Spanish assistant from a town about an hour from Bayonne. We went to dinner with two other assistants in a little creperie about a minute's walk from my apartment.

Excuse the blurriness, but this is me and Noa, a Spanish assistant from a town about an hour from Bayonne. We went to dinner with two other assistants in a little creperie about a minute’s walk from my apartment.

And this one. The cathedral again. I could have spent all day here, just reading.

And this one. The cathedral again. I could have spent all day here, just reading.

So there we go. A few life updates since July – I finished work at Legoland after a really long summer that was challenging and incredibly fun. I’m definitely going to be heading back there at the beginning of fourth year, there’s nothing quite like it.
I also turned twenty! Eeeeep. Twenty is a weird age. I definitely feel like I’m in adult-limbo. Someone told me I was in my twenties the other day and I nearly shouted ‘NO I’M NOT’ at them before realising that it’s true. Ergh.
I also bought my first bottle of Bioderma. Big changes guys, big changes.

So, please tell me what you’ve been loving, life updates, and what you want to see from me on the blog.

I feel like this blog can legitimately be called BonjourChristie now. I’ve got some kind of pseudo-French credibility.

Hope you’re having a wonderful day or evening, wherever you are!
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