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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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Taking some time…

10 Apr

Hello lovelies! 

It’s been a busy couple of weeks. Birthdays, MOTS, back to work, time to study…I haven’t really felt like I’ve been able to keep up. This week, I’ve made sure that I’ve taken time for myself, to take some pictures, to sort my washing out, to go food shopping, to check my budget. I’ve been feeling a bit crap, been lacking motivation for my diet and have been feeling generally a bit bleugh. However, I have found that taking a break has helped. Three days ago, I didn’t even think I could get the revision plan done. Now I feel a bit more confident that I’ll be okay. Thought I’d share my top 5 things to do when you’re feeling down or even just a bit lacklustre.

1. Catch up. 
             Whether this means with friends or family, with bills or paperwork, catching up with things you’ve been putting off can boost your mood straight away. I’ve been home twice in the last month, and I feel so much better when I’m surrounded with friends and family. I’ve also rung the tax office, done some washing and tidied up a bit. I feel more organised and so much better. (I saw Divergent over the weekend and was impressed. Maybe more impressed with the slushies that me and my bestie Andy got for the cinema….bad?)

2. Smile more. 
               Genuinely smiling and wishing people well is a wonder-worker when it comes to feeling more positive. Even if you don’t plan on doing anything more than popping to get petrol, prepping a positive attitude can change your whole outing. I recently went of a food shop and felt amazing when someone actually returned my ‘have a nice day’ (working in customer service trains you). Don’t forget, people have bad days and have to work jobs that they hate, being a good customer can make it more bearable.

3. Pamper!
              Considering this is predominantly a beauty blog, this one should have been obvious. Whether it’s a long hot bath, testing out a new face mask or just shaving your legs, you often have a clearer head and more refreshed (both mentally and physically) after a soak. 

4. Make yourself up. However you want.
                This might not work for everyone, but I’ve found that putting on make-up and actually doing my hair nicely is such a relaxing experience for me. It always perks me up! If the mood strikes, you could also take a few selfies…see below! I think that the whole idea of ‘selfie shaming’ is ridiculous, and it’s how lots of girls end up with a lack of confidence in their looks. Bare faced, totally glam, all faces are beautiful and if you feel gorgeous then you are allowed to show that. It’s a display of confidence, own it!

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5. Do absolutely nothing.
                         Yep, you read that right. Do nothing. Chill. Lay on the sofa all day. Stay in bed with Netflix and a hot chocolate. Eat Doritos like they’re going out of style. The next day you’ll feel a. full of energy and b.motivated to actually get some stuff done. 

I hope my little tips have been a little help. One more day off then back to work. Hopefully I’ll have a nails related post up for you soon!

Have a lovely (relaxed) day/evening, wherever you are… 
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A little update… + HAPPY NEW YEAR!

11 Jan

Hello lovelies!

I’ve had a rather long ‘blog-vacation’. I know…over 2 months! Although there are multiple reasons for this, the most important one is probably that I really have been busy. I had a couple of essays due in November and at the beginning of December, I applied for my British Council Language Assistantship in BELGIUM (:O), I worked throughout the entire Christmas period at a very festive Legoland Windsor (spoiler alert to those of you who are new readers or didn’t know 😉 ) and I spent some relaxing time with my family to round out 2013. What a year! I passed my first year at Uni, got myself a job, worked throughout summer, went to Prague, turned 19, worked some more, started my second year, worked some more and ended the year with some wonderful friends and my fab family. Despite all of this, it was definitely a difficult year too. Unfortunately my lovely Nan passed away in September, and I felt pretty lonely a lot of the time. However, I feel like I could be approaching the end of this stage of my life, the messy, disorganised, workaholic stage. Everyone goes through tough times, but it’s how we deal with it that truly defines us. Got a little bit deep there lovelies, hope you don’t mind. 😉

I’ve been thinking about some resolutions for this year. Not really ‘resolutions’, more like ‘things you just have to learn to do/be if you’re actually going to become a fully-functioning adult’. Fear not though poppets, my intense love of beauty products has only become more of a problem. The thing is, I feel like if I put my resolutions on this blog, then I have to follow through. The internet will totally hunt me down if I don’t…right?

1. I will keep my living space organised. Notice I say organised, not tidy…I just think that I will never be a tidy person! Tough luck inner Virgo!

2. I will take chances. 2014 involves me taking a biiiiiiiggggg step. I have to move to a foreign country, speak and learn a language and teach children. I think that it’s going to be incredible, and I can’t wait, but obviously…I’m petrified. I feel like if I take more chances then I’ll find my place over there. (I shall keep you updated on this saga in little blog posts I think.) 🙂

3. I will not be pressured into doing things that I do not want to do. One of the biggest challenges about university for me is that I am not a typical Uni student. I don’t like the clubs and pubs, I’m not a big drinker, the societies I’ve tried at my Uni haven’t tickled my fancy and I’ve only properly bonded with one or two people in nearly a year and a half (and one of those people is leaving me in June…sob…sob….). The ‘Uni life’ isn’t really for me, which I always knew but never really anticipated properly. It’s hard to learnt o stand your ground when difficult situations could mean you accidentally isolate yourself. However, I kind of like to live by the quote ‘If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything’ and I find that it helps to remember this when something comes up that I don’t like/want to do/am not interested in. I’ll find my place easier if I am true to myself.

4. I will send care packages. I’ve got three proper besties, and a couple of super-close chummys, so one of my resolutions is that I will show them how much I appreciate them and everything they do for me. I live with one who’s graduating and heading to grad school in her native US in September, and I can’t wait to send her letters and little bits of the UK so that she can hold onto this bit of her life. Eeeep! Then I can go to America and visit her at her prestigious grad school. Hoorah!

5. I will buy more clothes. I’m so terrible at this. As a curvy girl, it’s hard to find clothes that fit right, and sometimes you have to dig…and dig…and dig…to even find something that resembles cute/stylish in your size. (Side note, my sister struggles with this also and she’s a size 6, definitely not exclusive to larger ladies. Our favourite place to shop for clothes? TESCO. Oh yeah. Affordable and adorable.). If it’s a choice between £30 in Boots or £30 on a pair of jeans, I’d choose Boots all the way. My wardrobe is suffering. 

6. BLOG. New year, new name (the one I wanted at the beginning) and a new determination to blog. I can’t wait to see what the year brings me. And it means that I take more pictures, which I’m always up for!

I’ve been re-hired for next season at Legoland, so that means I’m back mid-February until August, when I turn the big 2-0. Wowowowow. I’m ready to get some teaching experience now, to see whether I like it properly so I can start tailoring my degree to what career I want. I’m also super ready to buy new brands of make-up this year (new to me). NARS, I’m comin’ for ya. I know there’s been some severe weather worldwide recently. I live 5 minutes from the Thames and drive along the river on my way to work. There was a journey home where I literally squealed with nerves the whole time because I was aquaplaning everywhere! Ah! To everyone in the UK especially, please take care. Don’t go out into dangerous weather unless you absoltuely have to. A young boy went out to take pictures of the storms a few weeks ago and was killed due to the severity of the flooding and choppy waters. Pllleeeeaassse be careful. Little mum-like warning over!

I’d also like to say a big ‘HAPPY NEW YEAR’ to you guys. If any of you have stumbled upon this blog more than once, it’s nice to see you again and I hope you’ve had a great start to January. While I have been away on this blog, I’ve been pretty active over on Twitter and Instagram. I’d love to see you there!

Hope you have a wonderful day/evening, wherever you are!
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My Life In Pictures: September 2013

2 Oct

ImageMake-up carnage on my desk /
Mum and my little sister try and cheer me up with a pout /
Toms club in Praha with Sian /
Prague drugstore /

September had a few ups and downs. I’m glad to see it go, but so grateful for the memories and support that my friends and family gave me through a pretty rough time. Big love to my besties Andrew, Katie and Sian for being there at important moments. 🙂 ❤
Hello October! bring on the chilly weather, the beginning of Christmas shopping and the new releases for A/W 2013! 🙂

Have a lovely day/evening, wherever you are!
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My Life In Pictures: August 2013

6 Sep

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My best friends and I on my 19th /
My handsome cousin Luke and his beautiful bride Beth /
Day out in Windsor /
My uni boys, Charlie and Roo on campus /

 

August was seriously the BEST. Can it be my birthday again please? Hopefully September is filled with exciting things and beautiful friends as well. 🙂
Holiday time!

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My Life In Pictures: May 2013

31 May

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1. My friend Kent riding down the hill on the scooter that was found in my boot. 
2. Beautiful Uni. Not many people see this stuff, as it’s on a hidden hill.
3. Outrageous selfie on the evening of a wonderful birthday meal out celebrating a Uni friend’s 19th.
4. Swatching. Life of a beauty blogger.
5. Oh SO PRETTY! (shame it stained though!)
6. Nandos please? My first trip without my parents or a big group. Was a lovely girls shopping day!
7. Windsor on a beautiful May bank holiday. My parents came to visit and it was so wonderful to see them after 8 weeks alone.
8. Gaming night with my guy-flatmates, Charlie, Stephen and Roo. All the other girls have left/were packing/travelling, and so we played COD. Well, I say we, I controlled the headset.
9. My little sister (on the right) and her best friend Millie. They’ve both grown up so much in the time I’ve been at Uni. Makes me sad that I missed spending the time with them, but it also reminds me that people change!

I post loads of life and beauty photos on my Instagram. My username is christieannturner if you would like to follow me!

I hope you’ve had a marvellous May! I got my first set of wages from my new job, made some awesome new friends, treasured time with family and Uni friends and bought a LOT of make-up. I can’t wait for June. Moving out of my Uni flat, into my place for the summer (don’t even get me started), a weekend at home with family and beautiful friends and hard work! 

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