Revision Ramblings: The Next Adventure


I am writing this because it’s 18.30 on a Friday and I am the last person sat in Queen’s cafĂ© on campus, getting myself in a tiz about my French listening exam in FOUR DAYS and Alex has just invited me to share photos to a folder on Facebook of our trip to Brussels last summer along with Teagan.

Scrolling through those photos has actually managed to get me out of my head a little. It has been so easy these past couple of months to be absorbed by this world of grades and really not see the bigger picture. Travelling makes me so happy. I don’t find the rigmarole of airports stressful or boring if anything I find it quite relaxing, the promise of the next adventure.

Anyone who studies languages will know the struggle of being graded, particularly post-year abroad, when you got your bloody NIE after three months of back and fourth to the police station in Spain but alas I misuse pronouns when writing speeches in class. I study languages because I love culture. I love learning about people and understanding the differences between our lives and how that varies from country, to region, to town, to barrio (what’s the bloody English word? Another issue). I study Spanish because I was never quite ready to give up, I tried Italian because when I applied to university I found out that with just a simple tick of a box I could, it was that easy, I later switched this to French because when I was sixteen my back up plan in life was to get a one way ticket to France, buy a phrase book and a sewing machine, sell clothes and eat croissants. I never bought that ticket so I had to pacify her with something. Sitting in a classroom is not when I’m at my happiest, wandering the streets of a new city is.

I have no idea where this post was supposed to go. But anyway, I think it’s important to think about the things that make you happy and the things you are constantly striving towards. Sometimes we can’t jet off when we want. I do want a language degree and I will get one but it’s important to remember that there is so much more out there. And to quote Oprah sometimes you have to do what you need to do so that you can do what you want to do. Or something wise along those lines.

The promise of the next adventure awaits whatever it is and I know it’s going to be a good one.


You're my Copper Valentine


Whether you plan on spending Valentine’s day with the girls and too much tequila or you have a (slightly) better half to spend it with, it’s impossible not to be attracted to all the shimmer and pink hues. Unable to stay away from soft eye shadows and peachy lips I grabbed a few of my favourite products and put together little Valentine’s make up look.

I’ve recently returned to the L’oreal True Match foundation which I completely abandoned last season as I felt my skin really needed a little extra glow. Now that it doesn’t feel quite as cool I’m enjoying this ever so slightly lighter base as it still offers good coverage. I kept my face fairly simple with a brightening concealer and some soft contour. I always fill in my brows and have been using the Seventeen Brow’s That! I picked this up for around five pounds not expecting much but I absolutely love it when I want a bit of a change from my usual pencil. The kit has a gel to line, shadow to fill and a highlighter to enhance. Okay, so it takes a few coats and it won’t replace my Soap and Glory favourites when it comes to drugstore brow products but the more I play around with it the more I like it, especially for such a low price.

I never really got over last year’s copper craze and I think it works perfectly for this time of year. I covered my lid in High from the Urban Decay Naked Smoky palette then took Chopper from Naked 2 through the crease and blended up to my brow bone. For a bit more definition I blended Dirty Sweet, Smoky, above the lash line and added mascara. For something a bit more dramatic a slick of liquid liner would look great or I’d maybe add some false lashes on a night out. I added a bold pink lip for a pop of Valentine colour. This Max Factor Colour Elixir, shade English Rose, definitely wouldn’t withstand the kiss test but it is fairly lasting and I love the shimmer.

This look is a great base for Valentine’s Day. Add a little more or change up the lip colour to work day and night depending on what Cupid has planned for you.

Products Used
L’oreal True Match Foundation
Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer

Kiko 3D Light and Glow Highlighter
Benefit Hoola Bronzer
Seventeen Brow’s That!
Urban Decay Smoky Palette
Urban Decay Naked 2
Max Factor Colour Elixir Lip Liner in 04 Pink Princess
Max Factor Colour Elixir Lipstick in 510 English Rose

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