Halloween 2017

Happy Halloween!

For the past couple of years, I’ve always done a small post on the 31st of October. Even if I’m just showing you my (usually very poor) pumpkins. Obviously I can’t break tradition now…

(If you missed my previous posts)

Halloween 2015

Halloween 2016

FullSizeRenderI have to admit my Pumpkins aren’t as good as they have been in past years but my excuse is that they’re small and I was rushed.

IMG_4135As always I baked cupcakes to give our to trick-or-treaters. We do also give out sweets, but I think cupcakes are just something different and they taste AMAZING. I may have ate 1 or 2, just to make sure they were good enough to give out of course.

I loved the way I decorated the porch this year. The decorations were some of my favourites. Especially those skeleton lights, ugh I wish I could keep them around the house all year.

IMG_4134I didn’t really have time to dress up this year because of college. But I have to admire my Mums effort. Her makeup was courtesy of me and I can’t say it went all to well, but at least it was an appropriate day to wear not-so-great-makeup. I have to say my happiness during Halloween (and Christmas) is down to my Mum, I just love her.

Love, Sophie

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A No Makeup Week (FAIL)

When I first mentioned to my Mum that I was going to go without makeup for a week, her reply was “But you always wear makeup?” And that was the point. I was no longer putting on makeup for enjoyment, I was doing it out of habit. Mainly so people I go to College with didn’t judge what I see as my not-great-skin.

However, I wanted to push myself (and of course do it for the blog) to see whether there were any changes throughout the week to the appearance of my skin.

Monday

As you can probably tell from the pictures, I was definitely trying to hide basically all of my face. I definitely started this week with 0 confidence.

Luckily, I was starting this challenge easy, with just having to be in College for one hour. Easy, right? It was proved to be. Surprisingly no one noticed (or if they did they didn’t point it out) that I wasn’t wearing any makeup. So I either way didn’t look that bad bare faced or I look a mess with or without makeup. It’s probably the latter.

Tuesday

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Today was my full day at college (9-4) I had to face even more people. However, even within 24 hours, I had gained a slither of confidence to just get on with it. I’m pretty sure wearing my favourite pink coat had something to do with it. Even still, I’d be lying if I didn’t think numerous times in the day ‘Damn, I wish I had some makeup on right now’

Wednesday

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Since not wearing makeup, I had to listen to my skin, in doing so I noticed my skin was slightly oily. So to sort this I made a quick Boots order and picked up ‘Cetaphil’ (it was mentioned in a Cosmopolitan article). Immediately my skin felt the benefits.

Thursday 

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This was probably my most infuriating day with my skin. I had been drinking a lot more water than I usually would, I’d rearranged my skincare to suit my skin type but still I had spots and blemishes, with even more appearing. I blamed it on the fact that it’ll be ‘that-time-of-the-month’ in a few days and just decided to get through the last remaining day of this challenge.

Friday

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On the way to College my Mum turned to me and asked “So how has your no makeup week gone?” And after having being able to evaluate the whole situation, I realised its much easier to not care about what others think of you than I thought. And just because my skin didn’t drastically improve within a week, doesn’t mean it never will. Surely wearing no makeup has done more good than harm? And if none of those reasons matter, then I’m just glad I had that extra time in the morning.

I’m planning on not wearing makeup for a little while. Occasionally,  I’ll wear makeup again for College, but only when I want to. Because that’s how it should be.

Love, Sophie

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We Need To Stop.

We need to stop taking our beaches for granted. Scrap that. We need to stop taking our environment for granted.

This is far from my usual upload, so if you’re not prepared for a rant, then feel free to click off now.  Today, I decided to take Alfie for a walk on one of the many beaches  I  fortunately live close to. As we arrived at 1 of more than 200 beaches that we have over here in the U.K, I stood aghast at the amount of waste dumped onto the sandy grounds.

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Old Christmas trees, Plastics (A LOT) , Rope and in general litter. You name it, you’d probably find it there. Plastic bottles found on our coastlines rose by 57.2% in England. Plastic litter has increased 140% since 1994. Overall, charity’s reports reveal a 34% rise in beach litter between 2014 an 2015.

And because of the state the beach was in, I decided it was clearly unsafe to walk my excitable pup who’d more than likely step on something he shouldn’t or eat something he shouldn’t.

But it got me thinking; when did our natural surroundings start to become so ruined? When did the ocean start washing in rubbish that we had dumped in the sea to start with? When did there become people who were too lazy to empty rubbish into a bin and treat the beach as one?  When did we stop caring?

 

 

 

What surprised me more than anything, was just taking a short drive down the coast-literally less than 5 minutes– we reached a long clean stretch of sand.

The intention of this post wasn’t to focus on the negatives of our beaches. But to recognise the good in them and to realise we need to hold DAMN tight onto these sandy shores. By looking after them the right way. Because its clear we have hope left, we do have picturesque beaches, we just need to make sure the rest of them reach the same standard.

Dear Reader,

I’d like to carry on taking my dog for long enjoyable walks on the beach for many years to come. And I’m sure if you have a dog you can reciprocate. If you don’t, a good walk along a beach didn’t harm anyone either. So let’s please do this together. Because if we don’t, no one else will. We can’t neglect our beaches any longer. This is just one problem to the many that we face everyday. And if we carry on the way we’re going we’ll face a lot more. This is something I’d love to know more about, so I’m basing one of my Design projects on it at A level. Hopefully, I’ll learn a way to help.

Love, Sophie

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Surfers Against Sewage

Marine Conservation Society

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Stationary Haul + My First Day at College

It’s been a crazy week and I’m just not used to having so much to do. I also had a not great week at College and wanted to share it with you all. Including pictures of my stationary I’ll be using for College. 

I seem to have more than enough notebooks. Although the blue one is for blogging. Also, I went to Tesco with the intention of buying a diary and ended up with this A4 project planner, either way I’m happy. The other two are from The Works, and I personally think these are so cute with the colours and lettering. 
I’ve had these pens and pencils for ages now and they’re so handy to have whenever I’d like to make something look pretty. Both are from WHSmith

I bought both of these today from Tesco. I think these are so asthetically pleasing. The one on the left is just a massive folder and the other is a file with 20 plastic wallets inside.
These are just a few different things I’ll be keeping in my bag, pens, highlighters, calculator..this I was not expecting to need.

Following the last paragraph, I’ll now briefly explain my first few college days. Basically, French and Photography (2 of my chosen courses) were on at the same time. This I was gutted about because these were my two favourite. I was told it would be fine because Photography had too many students in the class so they were going to split the class in two. This all went over a few days whilst I didn’t know what was going on. They then told me that Photography students were starting to drop the course so they didn’t need to split the class so I needed to pick something else. 

To sum up, I have had to change French to Psychology. I’m quite disappointed as its not what I wanted to do. I never seem to rant on here, but I thought this was necessary. The teacher sorting my situation out, told me that it costs £10,000 to split a class. But I fail to see how that’s in anyway my fault or my problem? Surely they’re supposed to be accommodating everyone. And I wasn’t told any of this when I was enrolling. 

I have been looking for french classes outside of college. So if anyone knows of any websites for open colleges etc that would be greatly appreciated.

Hope you enjoyed this blog post. Sorry I kind of left it on a negative note but I am trying to be positive on the whole situation. I might end up liking Psychology, who knows? Also have no idea how I’ll keep up two posts a week. If anyone has any suggestions to blog posts please comment. See you soon.

Love, Sophie 

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Skincare Routine 2016 

I have wanted to do this post for so long now. But I wanted to make sure I had the right routine for my skin type (I have normal to dry skin). Anyways after months, I think I’ve found a stable Skincare Routine that suits me.

Firstly, who doesn’t like Garnier Micellar Cleansing water? This is probably my 4th or 5th bottle and it’s just one of those products that I just have to have at hand. I’ll usually use this on a morning then move onto toner (this is because I tend to be lazier in the mornings).
Also, you’ve probably heard that makeup wipes are harsh on your skin and you shouldn’t use them. However, if I’ve worn a bit more makeup that day (I.e eyeshadow, eyeliner) then I like to use the Simple Cleansing wipes to ‘gently’ remove any makeup before I thoroughly cleanse.

Simple was the very first skincare brand I bought, so it definitely holds a special place in my cupboard. However, as I grew up, so did my skin and I realised it just wasn’t working. Now, I still try to include it my Skincare routine and I have to say I love this facial toner.

The Clarins Cleansing Gel has been my ultimate Cleanser since February. I’ve just started my second bottle which proves how long it lasts. I feel like this thoroughly cleans my skin and I wouldn’t reach for any other.

Again, I’ve had the Sanctuary Spa Radiance Exfoliator since around February and you can see how well it lasts. For me, I like to feel it working and with this you definitely can. I obviously don’t use it everyday, I’ll reach for it a couple times a week.

These are both recent purchases but I have to say I’m so impressed. With the price of both the Garnier Moisture Soft Daily Light Moisturiser and Moisture Restore Night Care I couldn’t be happier. Don’t even get me started on the scent of these products, they smell amazingly fresh. I have only just started using these both but so far so good.

Here are a couple things that I don’t use everyday but what I like to use on a pamper evening. I LOVE peel off face masks. Again, I’m lazy I prefer not to have to wash off a face mask. So I tend to pick up the 7th Heaven separate face masks. 
Every so often, I will use a T – Zone Clear out Nose Pore Strip. Being honest here, does anyone know how to make it not hurt when peeling off? I always wait for it to dry or whatever but I still find it makes my eyes water and I’ll be sat there waiting all night. I do really love using it though because you can tell its done the job.

Hope you enjoyed this blog post. If you have any skincare recommendations I’d love to know because I’m always looking to try out new products to see what works best for my skin. See you soon. 
Love, Sophie

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March Favourites 2016

I wasn’t going to do a favourites every month but I realised I have so many (albeit random) favourites at the minute I just had to share them!

All the Bright Places– Jennifer Niven

march 2016 2I quickly picked this up without thinking as I remember reading posts about how good it was and I think Zoella might have mentioned it in a favourites video a while back. Anyways it was on offer so I had to get it, but I haven’t been able to put it down. I just love the storyline, the characters, everything. If you have read this book then comment down below if you enjoyed it as much as I have.

Movies

march 2016I don’t know what it is but this month I have bought so many DVD’s and watched loads more. So these are basically some of my all time favourite movies. I’ve watched them all before so I was over the moon to find them. Most of them were £3 from Tesco so that was even better. I cried my eyes out at Marley & Me and absolutely loved the Intern, much more than I thought. Now I have the perfect DVD collection.

Slippers

I bought some Full Velour Slippers in cream from Matalan. And yes, they’re probably not designed for younger people like me but they’re actually the comfiest things ever. I’ve had them for about a week and they’re already dirty. It’s like forever walking on a cloud and it’s so easy to just slip them on and take Alfie out into the garden.

Clinique Pop Lip Colour Primer

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I love this colour, I’m pretty sure that this was the first lip product that reminded me its okay to wear lighter shades than just the reds. It’s really creamy and I’ve enjoyed it much more now it’s Spring. If you want to see it on, I recently posted a Spring Makeup Look.

Mike Posner- I took a pill in Ibiza

I love both the original and the remix of this song. Both have been a definite favourite of mine throughout March.

Ted Baker Mascara- Brilliance of Beauty

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When I first started using this mascara I didn’t think I’d really enjoy it as it doesn’t give the same amount of volume as I usually like. However, I’ve been trying out lighter, more pink shade make up looks. So this mascara has been perfect. I really like that it separates my lashes and holds any curl.

Pasta

This is definitely one of the weirder favourites I’ve had this month. Pasta. I’ve just been loving it. From tagliatelle, to pasta bake, I’m having it all and it’s not phasing me in the slightest.

Tricks of the Shade– Soap & Glory

march 2016 4I have started to love this palette. It’s got the best shades for Spring. And for now I’m loving it until I manage to purchase the Naked 3.

Pyjamas

I bought the best pyjamas from Peacocks. I don’t usually shop there but I just wanted some oversized, comfy, relatively cheap pyjamas. I’m absolutely so in love with them that I don’t feel right in any other pyjamas. I’m currently typing this in them right now, literally have no shame…

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water

march 2016 3I love this I’m so glad I have the full size as I use it every morning. I’ve loved using this, this month, it just means I can be lazy on a morning without putting any real effort into my morning skincare.

Hope you enjoyed this blog post, I love favourites. If you’ve posted a favourites link yours in a comment.

Love, Sophie

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2015 Memories: Part 2

So if you didn’t see yesterdays post, then go check that out after you have read this one. I don’t usually post on a Sunday, however, I thought today’s and Saturday’s post just go together quite nicely. Anyways, I wanted to share the memories I had over 2015, that I managed to capture on my phone. Obviously I have many other memories that I can’t quite keep in my gallery but enjoy…

bakingI have baked a lot more than that. But for some reason these are the only pictures I could find. And I don’t just bake cupcakes and whatever that corner picture is that I have forgotten the name of but know it tastes amazing. Over the year, I have enjoyed making lasagne, cookies, cupcakes, quiches, sausage rolls. Anything and everything.

paintballingThis tragic moment happened in April. I didn’t willingly go to Paintballing, it was for my cousin’s birthday. I did not appreciate the outfit I had to wear and if you’re wondering why I look so ‘padded’ it’s because I kept my big winter coat on underneath, along with many other layers…

Here’s where you can read my first impressions of it: Spring Holidays

WalkingI really enjoyed the amount of walks I went on this year. I discovered some really beautiful places I never knew existed…

If you want to see more of these pictures, check out the original blog posts

There are No Shortcuts to Any Place Worth Going

I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees

Every Adventure Requires A First Step

work experienceWork Experience seems like months ago, wait, it was, never mind.. But seriously I loved this because it was the point where I was overcoming so much and beginning to come out of my shell.

What I posted at the time:

Outfit of the Day #2 Work Experience

Work Experience Week

Interview Make-up

campingYou’ll never catch me camping again, that’s for sure. Even if it was just in my back garden…

Camping (Sort of)

Camping Tips

greeceI was hoping to take beautiful pictures in Greece, and I managed to, the country is breath taking…

Rhodes

polandI was also fortunate enough to visit Krakow, Poland. This place was phenomenal. I literally have no words for this country. You just need to visit.

Poland 2015

christmasI loved this past Christmas, I got to spend time with my family, which this year, I really appreciated as both my parents are working so hard  and didn’t have as much time off as they have previously. I will be forever grateful for the presents I received.

Outfit of the Day #5 Christmas Lunch

Christmas Tag Ft. A Guy Online

Christmas Boots Haul

Christmas D.I.Y

What I Got for Christmas 2015

Hope you enjoyed this blog post, I loved looking back at everything I have posted throughout 2015. Comment down below the link to your favourite blog post you’ve written or even the link if you have done something similar to this. If you haven’t already check out my 2016 Goals, I’m excited to see how well I will achieve them.

Twitter: @Sophi15Samantha

Love, Sophie

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Book Reviews: P.S I love you & Monday to Friday Man

Wow. What a week it’s been. Can’t believe how eventful it’s been. Anyways I do apologise for the lateness of this blog post. I wasn’t even going to blog tonight. However, I have my excuses, I did collapse on Thursday so kind of recovering from that. 

Just thought I’d write two quick reviews on the books I have finished reading and read in the past couple of days since I have been off and my mums forced me to stay in bed. 

Also if you haven’t read last weeks post it would mean the world to me if you did. I love the photos on that post and it would mean a lot if you left a comment as to what you thought. 

Enough of the pointless typing here’s my reviews…

P.S, I love you

  This book is amazing. I’ve never read a book that literally makes me feel all the emotions! Haha. It’s an amazing book. It’s basically about a couple and her husband dies but has left her notes for each month and it’s something she has to do, it eventually helps her get through life. Please, if you haven’t read this book, DO! But if you have comment down below what you thought of it.
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  I started reading this book today. And then I finished reading it today. Doesn’t that just prove how addictive it was?! All 400 pages I loved. Usually with romantic books, as much as I love them, they can be annoying because I sit and read like “Why does it take 1974262 pages for them to fall in love, I know it’s going to happen so just let it happen?!?” Yes I am one of those impatient people. But this story was so amazing it had me sat on the fence the whole way through I just didn’t know which character matched who better hahah. Anyways if you haven’t read it, it’s a girl trying to get over her past relationship by finding a lodger from Monday to Friday. If you have read it, please leave your comments down below or any questions you have on the books.

Hope you enjoyed this blog post, like, comment, catch me on social media: Twitter @sophi15samantha. Also I have decided on a change, seems a bit weird to type on a blog, especially at the end, but now everyday I am going to write down something positive. Let’s see how I get on during the next week. See you soon.

Love, Sophie

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Halloween Make up

Firstly, I feel like I have some explaining to do. So if you read last week’s post then you’ll know that I said I had the next three weeks of blog posts sorted, which is true but, I never actually gave myself enough time to do it all. Yesterday, I was trying to frantically pack and somehow I’d forgot to buy random essentials which is weird when I feel like I was organised last month. Anyways, I’m going to Poland tomorrow well in 6 hours, so instead of getting some sleep, doing the numerous amounts of homework I have, or even just relaxing before an exciting few days, I thought I’d blog. YAY! Better late than never…

Here’s my Halloween Make up, to be honest its more autumnal…

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Anyone else appreciate my Autumnal efforts?!? I received creepy looks off of my neighbour for them leaves…

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So I start how I would normally, with (moisturising first of course) using my No7 Match Made Concealer, then the No7 Stay Perfect Foundation, both in the shade ‘Calico’. I love the consistency of both and at the minute they’re matching my skin tone so well. I then just add the L’Oreal Brow Artist Plumper, on my brows of course. I’m sure you will have read my story into depth on my fear of making my eyebrows look like slugs, so I don’t tend to do anything with them.

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Okay, so if you really want a Halloween look then draw a cobweb on your face or something, but like I said this is more of an autumnal look without it meaning to. I wanted to focus on the eye shadow, to do this, I used two different products, the first one being the No7 palette and the second one; Soap & Glory, ‘Tricks of the Shade’. I love the latter one because it comes with the Soap & Glory Supercat Eyeliner that everyone raves about.

For the base I used a mixture of the white in the No7 and the lightest shade in Soap & Glory. I then put on the shade in the Soap & Glory on the bottom row, second one in from the middle of my lid to the outer corner. I then blended this out. Then finally, using the darkest shade of the Soap & Glory palette to go on my crease and I just blended that out.

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Then I went for winged eyeliner with the Soap & Glory Supercat Eyeliner. I love how easy it is to apply and just how great the overall look is with this eyeliner. I then use the Revlon Eyeliner to apply to my lower lash line.

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Then I curl my lashes and apply the Benefit Roller Lash. And to be honest I think I have talked enough about this mascara the past couple of months that I’ll save you from listening to anymore.

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Finally, I’ll apply this Seventeen Lip Crayon. This is the perfect autumnal shade for someone like me who’s afraid of too dark of a shade. This really just compliments the look.

Hope you enjoyed this blog post and it makes up for not having one last night. So sorry there’s no pictures of the finished look but I will try to include it in next weeks post (which will be Halloween and when I’ll be wearing this make up). Also, anything I didn’t link was because I couldn’t find it, however, I did type the full name of each product if you want to search for it yourself. But comment down below what you’re up to for Halloween, or even your blog links so I can see your Halloween make up.

Love, Sophie

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