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27 March 2016

Happy Easter!





Happy Easter Everyone!

I am spending my Easter Sunday revising, eating chocolate bunnies and watching suitable films like 'Hop' 'Chicken Little' and my absolute favourite 'Bambi'. I like to have a little themed movie day on Easter Sunday.

I've also been perusing Pinterest for the past few days and wishing I had the time to stop revising and make such lovely looking cakes, cupcakes etc!

I hope you all have a lovely Easter Weekend! 


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S x
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25 March 2016

Fitness Friday: My Cycling Goals

These past few weeks, I've been really focused on cycling for some reason. I've been wanting to get out on my bike more and paying more attention to what goals I want to achieve in it.

BUT, I didn't realise that the crash I had a few months ago was actually pretty bad and my front wheel had buckled. So, I've been cycling about on a slightly broken bike. Whoops.

My bike is off to the doctors to get the wheel fixed soon so in the meantime I will have to walk everywhere (thank goodness I live in the city centre now) and carry on my cycling for my weight-loss at the gym!


I thought I'd just talk about a few things that I want to achieve in cycling in the next year or so. 




1. Own a road bike
cycling road bike
Avanti Giro 2

Now this is not to say that I don't love my Brooke for what she is. 
She has served me well on the commute to uni and around Newcastle but she is a hybrid bike. 
I really want to get into road cycling and being able to do long distance cycling and although she has thicker tyres and a more comfortable saddle it's just not designed for long cycles. I wouldn't give her up though as having a hybrid bike is incredibly useful and more comfortable for short rides in the Dene. 
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Brooke


I've done a lot of reading up on it and consulting with people who I know know more about bikes than I do and even though i'd have to get used to a new style of cycling, a road bike for proper long cycles and training sessions is the way to go. I'm currently lusting after the Avanti Giro 2 Women's.

2. Be able to cycle to the coast.

beach cycling ride

I really love living so close to the sea and being able to go and wander down on the beach and have a bit of fun. The boyfriend does training cycles out to the coast and back, somewhere between 18 and 32 miles depending on the route he takes. Now, I am nowhere near as fit or ready for that as he is! But I would love one day to be able to just hop onthe bikes together and go this kind of distance ride together without my asthma or lack of fitness getting in the way. Our version of a romantic date!

3. I want the huge calorie burns back in my life! 

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Last summer I got really into cycling, especially at the gym and managed to get this level of calorie burn in one cycle. That's pretty good! Now that exams are almost upon me I'm always stressed and know that I need to be in the gym doing something about it as well as my fitness. So cycling is the best way to do it! 


4. Join the University Cycling Club

I had some sort of strange spurt of courage the other week and decided to message my university's cycling club so I could find out what they get up to on their rides and what the club offers. Once I found out what the rides are like I was determined to set this as my goal for September- to be fit enough to turn up to these club rides/ events and feel comfortable! 

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N.B. This is Andrew's Jersey (he's at Newcastle, I'm at Northumbria)

5. To complete a training plan!

When it comes to training and fitness, I like having a plan. I kind of can't cope without something to stick to. With cycling, I really want to be able to cycle with the uni club by September, so I started looking up training plans. British Cycling offer some great ones, with lots of help and advice for new riders or anyone who wants to train! 

I am about to start the beginner training plan next week- but in the meantime I'm going to try to daily cycle/gym just to get me ready! 

Do you have any fitness goals? What are you training for?

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S x
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23 March 2016

Lancome Juicy Shakers Launch!

Spring has finally sprung and the beauty world is beginning to share with us their new products for this season.

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Lancome have released their new Juicy Shakers and I was lucky enough to be invited down to the launch at Fenwicks in Newcastle.

These little cocktail shaker themed lipglosses have already sold out in Asia, so to get a chance to try them out early on here in the UK was a real treat!









Upon arrival we met the team who gave us really brightly coloured drinks and talked us through Lisa Eldridge's new creation. As Lancome's Makeup Creative Director she created a fusion of their best-selling Juicy Tubes and the 1945 design 'The Shaker'- creating a modern, petite lipgloss that is perfect for on the go!

I think a lot of people have Lancome in mind when it comes to older women or just expensive skin products but this new lipgloss shows that they are capable of catering to a youthful market and quite successfully!

The design is cute and modern, perfect for the young millennial generation and the bright colours and easy application are perfect for the 'on-the-go' business woman as well as the most studious of students!




We all took it in turns to look over the 13 shades as well as the limited edition '400 Mint to Be'. The shades range from light nudes to bolder reds like 'Cherry Symphony'- meaning that there is at least one lipgloss in the collection you'll love! 



Every shade has a different taste which makes it far more fun if you fancy a change from boring lip balm!

Each shade tastes of a different flavour with the 'Vanilla Pop' being my favourite!
It's a delicate rose pink that tastes of vanilla, making it a mix of all my favourite things when it comes to a product. 



The lip glosses are designed so that the more you shake them, the darker the pigment of the colour will be on your lips. You can shake once and have a nice light pink or shake it a few more times and get a deeper pink shade. 

This makes them perfect for in your handbag for when you need to go from a daytime to a night time look!

They are super hydrating- something that I loved immediately as I hate my dry skin and dry lips! 

When I applied it, it was hydrating and glossy but without that sticky feeling and it lasted until lunchtime. 


I really liked the cushion applicator as it feels light against your lips and you can dab the colour on as lightly as you would like. 










After trying them out, we explored the rest of the counter whilst chatting and trying out samples. This was one of my first blogger events so it was really nice to meet people like Helen and Amy and get to know other bloggers in the community who have similar interests! 

( Can I just mention how much I really want a bottle of 'La Vie Est Belle'- it smelled so nice!)


During the event, we were all given a piece of card a kiss, for the competition to see who had the best pout! We had to include a piece of advice for our younger selves - some of the makeup mistakes we all made were quite funny!


 I told my younger self that I should have more confidence as you had a lot to offer but always let shyness and what other people think get in the way! I look back at 15 or 16 year old me and just wish I had started blogging then or feeling confident enough to wear makeup and to enjoy playing around with it. That was the time when I had the best skin as well! 


Not only did we get to meet the lovely women of the Lancome team who work in the Newcastle Fenwick store, but we also got to meet a Lancome elite BAFTA makeup artist.


If anyone knows me, they'll know I'm obsessed with movies, films and anything to do with them. So for me, every year the BAFTA's are a HUGE DEAL!

So I was really pleased to find out that we were going to get to meet Fortunato Benavoli, the man responsible for Estee Lalonde's gorgeous makeup this year at the BAFTA's.


If you want to see more of his work, you can follow him here.

As a complete makeup novice I was nervous to speak to someone who knows so much about makeup, I was worried about my crooked eyeliner and the fact that I still don't quite get how brows should look-  but once we got chatting we barely stopped!

I was invited to his makeup masterclass that afternoon where I got the opportunity to film his work as well as arrange an interview for the future ( Beauty Journalist dream complete right there!)


Once the event had finished, Deb from CountryHeartandHome and I nipped up to the M&S cafe for a spot of lunch before heading back for the makeup masterclass!

That afternoon, I filmed Fortunato's Masterclass as well as putting together a shorter video of just the Spring makeup look using the Juicy shakers , take a look!





As for the Juicy Shakers, I was very impressed with this little product.

They retail at £18 a pop, which for a high-end luxury makeup brand really is not a bad price, making it a justifiable purchase even for us students!

The ladies at Fenwicks kindly gifted us all a small box of testers to try out products as well as booking us an appointment for one of their complimentary services.

I really can't wait to get my hands on Vanilla Pop when it's back in store.

These lipglosses are fast-selling and in high demand so get yours whilst you can!


What shade and colour is your favourite? Have you ever bought something from Lancome?


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S x
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18 March 2016

Fitness Friday: Crobars!



Hey Everyone!

I have decided to add a bit of structure to my blog especially now Easter Holidays have begun, so I'm going to start doing Fitness Friday posts! 

It's almost the end of the uni year so a perfect time for me to kick my healthy lifestyle up a notch!

I have always been a picky eater. I find trying new food to be an ordeal, especially when it comes to snacking.

My main vice is biscuits and chocolate bars, to to the point, where I'd even leave the gym and go and grab one from the shops on the way home!

But being on this fitness journey, I'm opening myself up to trying new things so I want to try all the workouts, diets and healthier foods.

Crobar kindly sent me their award-winning bars to try and they come in two flavours - peanut and cricket flavour & cacao and cricket flavour.

At first I read it and thought "no, crickets?! As in the animal?!" but when I tried them, it was quite obvious that there was no need to have any negative thoughts.

I hesitantly bit into it but after the second bite, I realised- they were yummy!
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Since being at university, my love for the planet has grown. My course has educated me about the planet, global warming and all the current issues to do with the planet, so any little bit I can do to help, be it cycling, recycling or eating better, I want to help!

So, I did a little research and found that crickets produce much less CO2 than cows. To produce 1lb of crickets only took 4 litres of water compared with 9,000 used to produce a 1lb of beef.

These are the first cricket flour products in the UK, with crickets already being used in cooking in non-western cultures around the world because they're high in fibre and Omega 3 fatty acids!

Crickets also contain more protein than beef, high in vitamin b12 and iron.

Perfect for someone like me who is trying to look after their health better as well as the planet!



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So which bar was my favourite?

It was clear that the cacao flavour was my favourite as I still get the flavour of chocolate but is full of delicious goji berries,chia seeds and cashews, making it a perfect snack for after the gym. 

I love the chocolatey taste but I've learnt I really like goji berries and it's such a nice change from pure chocolate bars that I know aren't doing me any good! 


But it was a close second for me for the peanut flavour as it is a really nutty bar, which i like.

The peanuts and sunflower seeds in the peanut and cacao flavour feels like such a healthy snack that I used it for an 'on-the-go' breakfast at uni and snacked on it during lectures.

I have previously tried energy bars and was pleased to be offered an alternative that was dairy free, soy free and gluten free making them a healthy alternative for almost everyone!

Next student loan I will be buying a whole box of these to keep me snacking healthily through exam season, you can get them here. 


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S x

*These items were gifted to me by Crobar, but all thoughts and opinions are my own*
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14 March 2016

My 'making an effort' Uni Makeup

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Most days my makeup routine consists of some concealer, mascara and lip balm as I run out the door to make it on time!

I like to cycle to uni so a full face of makeup can be a bit much but last Thursday I was going into uni to meet the Equestrian Society so we could all vote on next years committee members!

I can really see vast improvements in my confidence the last couple of months as I did something I didn't think I would do: I applied for not one, but two of the positions!

Sadly, I didn't get either of the positions that I went for, which makes sense as I'm not an active member of the society but there is hope of a new position possibly opening up soon that I've been told I'd be good for- so *fingers crossed*!

I couldn't believe I did it and the fact I even went for it shows how much more confident i'm feeling in putting myself forward for things!


But anyway back to the makeup. With the rubbish weather we've been having I had to regain some of my confidence by doing myself up a little more than I normally do.

I wanted to try out new products I had as well as old faithfuls. 

I tried my Makeup Revolution Palette out going for a nude eye and opted to try my new Maybelline 'Fit Me' foundation, giving a first impression!











Check it out below!




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9 March 2016

My First Makeup Revolution Palette

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Last month I won my first ever blogger competition!

I won this lovely palette from Amy, who is also a Newcastle blogger! A quick nip into uni to pick it up and I was excited to try it out!



So far I've found it to be a really lovely little palette with a wide range of looks available from it.

I'm not a huge beauty blogger and I only have 1 or 2 palettes that cover a few different looks but I really liked this one once I got it. 

Most days I've been sticking to just the first few shades on the left for a nice and natural eye but seeing the bright vibrancy of the pink and the purple, I've been tempted to try new things!


(Forgive my first awful attempt at swatching!)

This palette is a Makeup Revolution palette and I know for a fact that I'm going to get a good lot of use out of it. Particularly the nude shades at the end. 

For the past couple of weeks this has been my go to palette and I'm enjoying playing around with the slightly bolder shades than the nudes too!

Do you have a favourite makeup revolution palette? Do you switch between your palettes regularly or do you have a go-to one?


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S x

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7 March 2016

Stan Calvert Equestrian Competition

On Thursday, I got the opportunity to go and photograph the Stan Calvert Equestrian Competition.

This is the varsity competition between Northumbria and Newcastle University, where both universities compete in many sports against each other for an overall winner.

Northumbria have been the overall winner for a few years in a row now!

For me this was an exciting opportunity to try out my new camera and give me a starting block for my sporting event photography as well as getting involved more with my university societies! 

I turned up with my camera, wishing that I had a long lens too but tried to make the best of the restricted seating and viewpoints. However, it does give me a good starting point to compare future photos too once I upgrade my kit!

It was really exciting for me as I've never covered an event before and I got to meet two professional photographers who gave me some good tips and contacts for the future. 

It's been years since I've spent any real time around horses. I completely forgot the sheer size and strength of them (oh and the smell!) but I loved it. 

Two of my favourite hobbies and for once I felt confident being there! I've signed up to volunteer at this stable as it's really close to where I live so I can't wait to get more involved.

Sadly, Northumbria lost the equestrian competition but we won Stan Calvert overall!



stan calvert equestrian

bucs competiton




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Lets not forget this candid action shot I got of a cheeky horse fart as it left the arena haha! 


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