One semester down, only one more to go!

My student days are quickly slipping through my fingers, I’ve turned 22 (no Taylor Swift) yet according to a very accurate Facebook test, I have the mental age (and concentration span) of a ten year old. While I’m not sure why it reckons I’m so juvenile, I’m definitely trying to keep the kid inside alive, and I’m sure many-a-student would tell you that they too, don’t want to grow up. So I’m doing extra curricular activities like I’ve never done them before and making time to do things I really love.

Ageing crisis aside, this is really helping me enjoy my final year of Uni. Something about it being the last year has me all carpe diem. I never did progress much with the knitting but I have joined the salsa team and hope to be competing next semester. I’ve used spare moments to volunteer as makeup artist at the student-run theatre on campus, and make a few links to hopefully do some shoots!

The only thing still nagging my mind is what I’ll do once I graduate. While there are so many options out there, I can’t quite decide just what I want to do as a proper adult. I chose my degree because it incorporates everything I enjoy academically (history) while indulging my fascination with different cultures and my chatty, nosy nature (languages). But I always find myself at a crossroads. I think it all boils down to fear. I’m scared I’m not clever enough to be an academic, but when I look at people who have the artistic careers I dream of, they seem so fearless. Having taken the academic route I worry that it’s too late and wonder how I could even get my foot on the first rung of that ladder.

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Back to life

Back to reality…

So many an update are well over-due, but I would like to immediately digress.

Something I figured out a while ago is that life worth blogging about doesn’t often leave time to blog about it, which is sad because so many exciting things are happening that I’d like the world to know about!

But alas, I don’t have time to retroactively recount my entire year abroad filled with adventures for you all, though I have considered it. I am way too overwhelmed with trying to keep my head above water while being hit with the crashing waves of joy that are the final year of my degree. Not only do I have translation upon translation to do, por, para and the preterite tenses coming out of my ears (in Spanish and in Portuguese) but I also have a 40 credit super nasty lofty liberal thought history module (which is actually quite interesting, if brain-pain-inducing) AND applications for anything that has grad as a prefix or a suffix. All while trying to keep the creative cogs of my brain turning by attending life drawing sessions, joining the photography society, and knitting myself a scarf (if I’m lucky it’ll be ready for next winter). Phew!

But despite all the hectic-ness, I am overjoyed about being back. Not something I ever expected to say upon return from my year abroad. While my time away was like a dream, I know that that could be my reality if I want it to, and being away made me realise just how many opportunities there are out there, but also that I can go and get them at pretty much any stage. I can’t wait to finish my degree and I’m determined to do my utmost in making this year my most academically successful. I am also determined to make it fun. As my German housemate in Chile said to me the other day, “there isn’t much point if you’re not enjoying it”, and I must say I wholeheartedly agree.

Life has proven to me that adventure can be found anywhere, and I’m ready to take it on. 

Looking back.

I wrote this over six months ago, but reading it back makes me so glad I have a year out of formal university life. It also reminds me that I can’t let things get that bad again!

It also reminds me that I’ve well and truly fallen off the blogging wagon. But I have lots to write, so keep your eye out!

 

 

Lauren

Hello!

 

 

Just a quick post saying hello!

Exams are finally over, which means I’ve been celebrating (read: going out with my friends!). It also means I’ll have more time to spend doing interesting things to blog about!

 

Stay tuned!

I’m Melting!

*wicked witch of the west voice optional*

What do we do when the temperature goes up? Strip down of course! Replacing jumpers and with crop tops and jeans with shorts, even the modest among us are showing a little more flesh now that the sun is out. But what about your face?

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Are you still wearing the full she-bang of concealer, foundation, powder, blusher and bronzer? Has your face actually felt the sun?!

While the carefree out there are frolicking sans foundation, I for one know that this is not something everyone is comfortable with. So my solution is, think light! Only wear what i really essential, and let your natural skin shine. The extra vitamin D will do it some good!

In the summer time I strip back from wearing foundation and go back to basics. A little bit of concealer to cover scars, hyperpigmentation, spots and the like, over a high SPF primer, then a quick (and light!) dusting of Mineralize Skin Finish Natural powder, with a little blusher if I’m feeling fancy.

Wearing heavy slap in the summer is not only a pain because it melts, but it can actually make your skin worse, by clogging your pores with oily, melted makeup. Which only fuels the vicious cycle of wearing more makeup to cover it!

And while we’re talking skincare, do make sure you’re wearing SPF. Even on cloudy days UV rays are damaging to your skin. I religiously wear an SPF 50 primer on my face everyday. It’s that important!

So let your skin breathe, only cover the bits you really can’t bear to see, and feel the warmth of the sun on your skin.

I promise you, its beautiful 🙂

What’s your summer makeup routine?

Eau So Cool

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Summertime is all about the sun shining, and trees swaying in the breeze.

This is reflected in our change of wardrobe, but it should also be shown (smelt?) in a change of perfume!

I’m a huge fan of Chloe usually, I’d probably say it was my signature scent, and I also love the musky, powdery scent of Vivienne Westwood’s Naughty Alice all year round, but in the summer things need a bit of a switch.

A classic summer fragrance that I can remember my mom wearing when I was younger is Davidoff’s Cool Water. Smelling it always brings back great memories! My personal favourite summer perfume has to be between Giorgio Armani’s Acqua di Gioia and Marc Jacob’s Daisy Eau So Fresh. Both are fresh, floral and citrusy, and re-emphasise that happiness that comes about when the sun come’s out!

What’s your favourite summer fragrance?

Summer’s Here!

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The sun came out yesterday, I know, but I had an exam to cram for and sit, so today was the true arrival of summer for me. It might be because I spent half of my life in the Caribbean, but something about sunshine just makes me so happy! The words of Lauryn Hill, ‘nothing even matters, to me‘ are especially applicable when the weather is favourable.

It also means I get to show a bit of skin and catch a tan if I’m lucky, so that was the pretext for my outfit today.


OUTFIT

Leopard print cardigan, Primark

White Aztec Embossed Boob Tube, Primark

High Waisted Denim Cut-Offs, Vintage Levi’s*

Tan Belt, Vintage, Mom’s Wardrobe

Watch, Michael Kors

MAKEUP

FACE

MAC Matchmaster SPF 15 Foundation, 7.5

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural, Dark Deep

MAC Mineralize Blush, Love Thing

Bronzer, Some lovely palette my friend sent me from Canada

EYES

MAC Powder Blush, Raisin

MAC Pigment, Copper Sparkle

MAC Eyeshadow, Espresso

Topshop Bold Liner, Burnish

Rimmel London Eyebrow Pencil,  Black Brown

Maybelline Falsies Mascara, Black

 * I got my vintage Levi’s from an amazing independent shop in Leeds simply called Best.

What did you do today?