Ciaté London Fierce Flicks liquid Eyeliner 

In my December BirchBox I received the Ciate London Liquid Eyeliner and ever since I’ve been trailing it to see whether it’s actually worth the £15. Now, you’re probably wondering why I’ve been testing it for 2 months and I do have an explanation.. I really struggle to use felt tip liquid liners. Really struggle, it’s so difficult to master and I have by no means accomplished mastering the ability to draw liner using a product that looks like a black felt tip colouring pen.

On their website BirchBox have stated that “whether you’re a newbie or a pro, even those of us with the shakiest of hands can master all of our favourite liner looks”. They’re wrong, don’t listen to them, these aren’t the types of people you want to be friends with. I have the shakiest of hands and sometimes it’s really bloody difficult to draw a decent line on my eyelid. However, after testing this product for some time now I’ve definitely become more confident with using it and I’ve been really enjoying it.


The eyeliner is black, literally so pigmented and the colour is gorgeous and since it’s so dark it makes any eye look pop. The quality of the liner is outstanding and I’ve always been the biggest fan of the Rimmel eyeliners but I’ve converted into a lover of this one and it may just be my go to liner. I wear this with a dramatic, glam look or even a simple day time. It’s so lovely to wear and dries so quickly that it doesn’t transfer or smudge. It’s crazy long wearing and lasts for the longest time. I do love this liner but for those who are new to liner and want to try new types of applicators, I do not recommend this one at all. It was far too difficult for me and I’ve been wearing eyeliner for a long time. However, if you persevere you’ll eventually get the hang of it after throwing it in anger several times.

Overall, lovely product and it’s definitely interested me in trying more of the Ciaté London products.

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Maybelline Push Up Angel Mascara

Maybelline released a new mascara and I was interested in whether it’s actually any better than any other mascara. I personally believe all mascaras are quite simple and have specific jobs such as lengthening and volumising but no mascara has ever amazed me. Mascara isn’t something I really anticipate for the newest releases for and I don’t even have a holy grail mascara that I already repurchase. In fact, I haven’t ever repurchased a mascara because I liked it, I do always go for something new. Having seen this mascara in Superdrug and Boots I just thought I would pick it up simply because I had already planned to purchase something from Maybelline and it was in the 2 for 10 deal. 

I’m not usually a fan of the plastic and small wands but this wand is a total game changer for me. As you can see in the picture, the wand is very small and thin but has small bristles that means you can get really into the lash line and coat your whole lashes without missing areas. This is by far my favourite thing about this mascara, otherwise to me it’s just any normal mascara that adds a nice amount of length. Since the mascara does help the lashes to separate and look longer I can imagine a fluttery pair of falsies looking amazing with this mascara. 


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Unpopular Opinions Book Tag

Having been created by TheBookArcher I come across this book tag that interested me and couldn’t help but want to fill in. I found it so interesting to read other people’s tags and because i’m a follower I’ve decided to do it too! I by no means wish to offend anybody with my responses to these questions and totally understand that everybody has their own thoughts and interests. Anyway, let’s get straight into it!

What is a popular book or series that you didn’t like? 

The Maze Runner Series.

A book or series that you love but everyone else seems to hate.

Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan.

A love triangle where the main character ended up with the person you did NOT want them to end up with (warn people of spoilers) or an OTP you didn’t like.

Maddie and Rob from You’re the One That I Want.

A popular book Genre that you hardly reach for. 

Horror.

A popular or beloved character you did not like. 

Eleanor from Eleanor and Park.

A popular author that you can’t seem to get into.

Lauren Oliver – Delirium as well as The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare.

A popular series that you have no interest in reading. 

Game of Thrones

That saying goes “the book is always better than the movie”, but what movie or T.V Show adaption do you prefer more than the book?

The Mortal Instruments by Cassandara Clare.

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Smashbox Cover Shot: Smokey Eye Palette

Smashbox recently released a collection with Shay Mitchell that includes 7 eyeshadow palettes that look absolutely incredible. The collection includes a smokey palette, bold palette, softlight palette, golden hour palette, matte palette, metallic palette and ablaze palette. These palettes sell for £24 on the smashbox website and include 8 shades per palette and each palette holds 7.8g of products. Each palette is said to look unique and can create simple and bold looks. I purchased the smokey palette and now I’m here to you guys my honest review about whether it’s actually worth the money.

In the palette you have 2 large mates shades and 6 smaller shades, 5 of which are shimmery and 1 is matte. The shades included:

– Feature; A matte brown, useful for transition shade.

– Instinct; A matte cream to highlight the brown bone.

– Headline; A shimmery burgundy.

– Hell Ya; A shimmery brown.

– Rock Me; A shimmery grey/silver.

– STFU; A shimmery green.

– Slayer; A matte black.

– Big Night; A shimmery black.


I saw these palettes being used all over social media so I like many just had to try them for myself. Since trying it I realised that it’s actually not at all worth the hype that people have said. Smashbox is known for their highly reliable and good quality products and their successful base products. Having never tried any of their eyeshadows before I can say that I wasn’t at all impressed and I definitely have other palettes that I prefer more than this one.

For the price it’s definitely not worth it since the palette is so small. I paid £21 for my Morphe palette which has 35 eyeshadows, that are very easy to blend and work with. As nice of quality these eyeshadows are and the colour pay off is lovely but they definitely similar to ones that I own and I have other matte browns, creams and black that are identical if not more pigmented. I also feel that I wouldn’t ever use the green or burgundy that much unless for a bold look for nights out.

The eyeshadows aren’t anything special either, I have other eyeshadows that are just as nice to blend and work with. For me I’ll probably never purchase these palettes again but I know some people absolutely love them. They’re definitely a love or hate type of product and I neither love nor hate.

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L’Oreal Lumi Magique Primer 

So.. I’m aware that I’ve been super delayed on trying this primer. In fact definitely over 6 months delayed if not longer. I was so hesitant about trying this primer because I thought it wasn’t going to be as good as everybody claimed and eventually I gave in and decided to try it for myself. I knew I wouldn’t know whether I did like it or if I didn’t unless I gave it a go. I picked it up last month and I’ve been giving it a fair trial to see whether it’s that good. 

I don’t always wear primers as my foundation generally stays put and if I do wear them it’ll be in my T zone. However, as I’ve been trying this I’ve been applying it across the whole of my face and waiting for it to dry before applying further products. It comes out so white, it’s really brightening and highlighting. In fact it shocked me when I first went to apply it as I thought I’d picked up an unusual looking highlighter. 

To apply I just rub it against my fingers and distribute it across my face by massaging it and gently patting it in. It’s incredibly soft and don’t feel like a drugstore primer at all. It doesn’t need much work at all to blend in and it dries quickly too. However, my favourite thing about this is that it makes my skin feel so cool and soft. Whenever I apply this it always leaves me feeling like I’ve been wearing a sheet mask. It’s incredible for moisture too. 

Do I think that it makes my makeup last longer? Eh, I never really see a difference. Personally I think and actually know I can wear makeup and not apply this primer. I don’t think it makes my makeup last longer at all.

Do I think this makes my makeup look glowy and dewy? Absolutely! I always feel so highlighted and dewy when I wear this under my makeup. It leaves this beautiful glow under the foundation and I always have compliments when I wear this. So then yes, I’ll possible repurchase this for when I really want a glowing and highlighted look. 

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Update // New Years Resolutions

The new year is well under way and I’ve been trying to stick to my New Years resolutions. At the beginning of the year I posted about my resolutions for 2017 and how I want to do things that will influence my life. So, I thought it was time to update you guys on how I’ve been doing or how badly. 

Firstly, I wanted to bake more. Nope, not my under eyes but actual cakes. I attempted this by baking packet Tom and Jerry cupcakes. Baking is time consuming and expensive. I haven’t got time to do this all the time but I do think that I’ll continue to try a few more times within the next few months. Bub no means do I want to be the next British Bake Off winner but it’s more of a stress reliever. 

Next, I wanted to exercise more. For the first few weeks I definitely made a good amount of effort towards this by regularly walking and participating in short runs. I’m not a runner and I throughly disliked every moment of it. However, I’m definitely more likely to participate in exercise now than ever before. I’m happy to walk places regardless of the distance and I’m keen to do some form of exercise but running. It is not for me at all. 

I also wanted to lose some weight. So I started dieting and really struggled to keep a balance because of how restricting it is. In hopes to help my situation I weighed myself and instantly knocked me down, I gained more weight than I had realised and I was unhappy. I started Slimfast after hearing so many positive reviews and in total I have lost over half a stone! Very pleased with my first few weeks and now the weight loss has started to slow down I know I can have days off and still continue to lose the weight in my own time. I totally recommend Slimfast!

I also wanted to become more sociable and this is one of the resolutions that I can say  have stuck to. I’ve been going out more and become happier to meet new people and socialise more. I do think it’s benefiting my lifestyle and making me happier too. Win, win! The main reason for my nights out is due to the weekly socials my society host every Tuesday night. As the president of the society I am able to socialise and meet more like-minded people which is exactly what I wanted from being president. I get to help people along the way too and meet people who are just as anxious about university life and the stresses of assignments. 

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What I Eat In A Week // Dieting

As you may know I am dieting, If you didn’t well now you do. I’m heading to America for near 3 months as of June and when I’m there I want to feel my best in swimwear. In desperate hopes I’ve turned to Slimfast since nothing was working for me. I always thought Slimfast was a gimmick, that it didn’t actually work and I would probably be wasting my money. I’m currently in week 3 (having missed a few days due to emotions and hangover, student life eh) but in my first week I lost a total of 7lbs! I’m over the moon and totally motivated to keep it up for the next few months before I leave. Since I know so many people are wanting to diet but don’t know where to start, especially with Slimfast since it can be quite confusing. I thought it would be great to let you guys know what I eat during the week of dieting. 

Dieting isn’t easy and anybody who says it is, they lie, don’t be friends with them. You don’t wake up every single day completely motivated to lose weight or even want to lose weight. I definitely don’t wake up instantly feeling positive and ready to run 10 miles (those who do, I salute you). It’a really bloody hard and the best thing I find is to have motivation, a goal to pursue. Mine is NYC and to feel good in my own skin although Matt disagree’s and often attempts (sometimes achieves) for me to go off plan by teasing me with take aways and random suprise cakes that he has bought for me (best boyfriend ever). 

How does it work? Well, Slimfast is a 3, 2, 1 process. You are able to have 3 snacks a day, 2 meal replacements (shake or meal bar) and 1 600kcal meal whilst drinking plenty of water. So, if you’re really interested in what my week of food looks like whilst I diet, continue to read! 


Monday 

Depending on whether I’ve gone out during the weekend and had a few drinks I may have been off plan for a few days, therefore Mondays are usually quite well. I’ll start my morning with a shake which is normally banana or vanilla but sometimes chocolate. I’ll use the blender to mix it as I like how frothy it gets rather than manually shaking. 


On average I eat around every two hours, so I’ll then have a snack. This could be either some fruit, a boiled egg or even a Slimfast snack either the cheese bites, sour cream pretzels or the snack bar. 

After this I will have finished lectures so I’ll head back home and make myself a 600 kcal meal. I usually have my 600 kcal meal in the afternoon as I find it fills me up slightly more than I would be if I had it in the evening. As you can see, today I made a homemade chicken curry with rice. If you’re interested in a recipe post for this meal let me know. 

Again, two hours later I’ll have another snack. This time I went with the Slimfast bites because they’re my favourite. 

My final meal of the day was another shake. I probably ran out of the meal bars (they’re so good) which resulted in having two shakes that day. 

Right before bed I then had some fruit to last me throughout the night. 

Tuesday 

I like to mix the order of my food up each day to not be in such a routine. Since I did have a shake Monday morning I decided to go with a meal bar whilst heading to my morning seminar. 


My seminar is only 1 hour long so at around 11 I’ll then have a slimfast snack, those bites mhmm. 

I then decided to go ahead and have a shake for lunch (usually between 2 – 4), again blending it up because well, it’s delicious that way!

After this I then had some fruit. I’ve grown this obsession with kiwi recently and I just can’t get enough of it. 

It’s then time for my 600 kcal meal so I went ahead and made my favourite chicken, bacon and asparagus pesto pasta. As usual all homemade and healthy! 

My final snack of the day was the chocolate Slimfast snack bar and then Tuesday was complete!

Tuesday nights are EduSoc (Education Society) social nights out when we all head into town and have the best night. However, as fun as this may seem it does mean that I’m off plan and probably going to demolish a subway when I get back into bed. Fortunately, this week I avoided this by going to the sober social instead and slept peacefully knowing I hadn’t failed myself! Wahoo. 

Wednesday 

Wednesdays are quite an odd day for me since I am free all morning until midday when I have a one hour seminar and then I’m free all afternoon. So, since I was able to have a lay-in I went and made myself a shake and a green tea. I do usually like to have a green tea in the morning if I have time and since I did today I went with a mint green tea as they are my favourites. 

After this I’ll have a snack whilst at the library, running errands or doing chores it just depends where I am or what I’m doing that morning. This time I went with the pretzels. 


Around 11:45am is when I’ll make my way to my seminar so on the way I’ll have a meal bar or if I’m not feeling hungry before the seminar I’ll have it whilst walking home, my favourites are the young fruit crunch. 

I followed my snack on with some fruit a few hours later and a big glass of water to keep me going until my next meal. I like to make sure I’m keeping myself distracted other wise I’ll definitely eat out of boredom and that is when it all goes down hill. 

By the time my 600kcal meal is due I’m most likely to be starving and this time I went with spaghetti bolognese with a small amount of parmesan cheese sprinkled on top. 

By bedtime comes I’ll probably be feeling slightly peckish again so I had some fruit and headed on my way to bed. 

Thursday 

Thursdays are my quietest day of the week. I have the whole day off and no lectures or seminars. So I pretty much just hang out at home and do things that I’ve wanted to do throughout the week. Usually I’ll catch up on further reading for uni work or even a book and watch some TV shows (I’ve been loving the Fresh Prince of Bel Air). General lazy days, these are the days that I am more likely to want to snack on bad foods or get a take away. However, today I done my best!  Right now to stop my boredom I’m writing this blog post. 

For breakfast I went with a Slimfast shake and a few hours later followed by some fruit and a big glass of water. During this time I’ll do my best to distract myself. I then had my 600kcal meal to fill the gap, this time I went for chicken wraps with salad and my goodness they were delicious. 


I then had another slimfast snack and followed on by another Slimfast Meal bar and before bedtime some fruit. 

I really do struggle on Thursdays because my day is so wide and free that I’m more likely to fill my boredom with snacking on chocolate digestives or some other form of snack. If I do ever fail to resist my urges I like to go on the healthy side and have some fruit since I won’t feel as guilty for being off plan. 

Friday 

Friday! Yay, the weekends can either go two ways. 1 – So well, I won’t have drank any alcohol or had a take away and I’ll reward myself with buying some new clothes or makeup. 2- I’ve drank my little heart out, got myself a takeaway on the way home in my drunken state and then I’ve really buggered up the whole weekend because I fail to get back on it with a hangover. Fortunately for me I managed to stay in this weekend whilst being the boring student that I am so I managed to stay on plan. 

I started my Friday morning with a shake and then followed on by a snack a few hours later. I don’t have any lectures until 2pm and I finish at 4pm. During the morning is when I decide whether I’ll have a meal bar first or my 600kcal meal, it literally depends on whether I can handle not eating an actual meal before a two hour lecture of special educational needs. This time I went with the meal bar and took a snack with me to my lecture to eat both throughout, simply because after an hour or so I do start to get distracted and I’ll be able to concentrate more when eating a little snack and have a big bottle of water too. 

After 4pm when my lecture finishes I’ll head home and write up any notes from the lecture and decide what meal I want for my 600kcal dinner. If I am staying in I still may result in a take away, depending on whether I’m spending the night with Matt. Sometimes I resist the urge and other times I totally fail and have to restart again the day after. I don’t mind having 1 cheat meal a week simply because I’m human and my body needs a little bit of bad food during the week. It’s who I am and sometimes I like to demolish a big mac and feel totally guilt free. 

To challenge myself I decided to go ahead and make my own fake-away (fake take away) and make chicken chow mein at home and feel a lot less guilt free than I would have if I had made the trip to the takeaway. 

During the course of the evening I’ll make sure to be drinking lots of water to fill the gap before my snack and eat some fruit before heading to bed. Win, Win, Win! 

Saturday 

Saturday arrived and now it’s even more challenging to commit to the diet simply because everybody deserves a treat at the weekend. It’s difficult to say no when your friends are heading out for a meal and you have to politely decline and sit at home wondering why I couldn’t have just been born at the ideal weight I want now. 

I’ll start my day out with a meal bar in bed whilst catching up on any bloggers chats on Twitter, scrolling through Facebook like it’s the morning news paper and generally just enjoying my day off. I’ll then have a snack following with water (you see the pattern I have?) and decide what to do with my day. 

If I find myself getting bored I may head into town or go for a walk around my little area. For lunch I’ll then decide whether to have a shake or 600kcal meal, depending on whether we are heading out for food that evening. If we are I’ll go with a meal bar and have a snack right before I get ready so I’m hungry by the time we go out. 

Depending on where we do decide to go I’ll go online and find their menu to choose which meal seems healthiest and under 600kcal so I can stay on plan. I’ll drink water and head home after unless you know.. My friends and I decide to get white girl wasted and enjoy our night. 

At this stage it totally depends on my good decision making or bad. I may have headed home and settled in for the night with some fruit or gone out and drank too much wine and cider and got myself a take away on the way back. I know, I’m such a bad person for enjoying my life too much. 

Sunday 

Sunday, ah! the end of the week. A fresh start. Wahoo! If I happened to make bad decisions the night before it’s likely that I’m attempting to cure my hangover with chocolate and crisps and attempting to stick to plan. In this case, I did make good decisions and I was able to stick to plan completely all day since I had no hangover. Yippee! 

I started my day with a 600kcal breakfast. I went for the full breakfast with your normal hashbrowns, sausage, bacon. You name it and i’ll have it (except black pudding, that stuff is nasty). I make sure that it’s cooked in fry light rather than oil as it’s a lot healthier and I prefer it. I don’t tend to have my 600kcal meal in the morning often at all, simply because I find myself more hungry and craving actual food in the afternoons than I do at any other point in the day. However, it’s a Sunday and I really do love a good full breakfast. However, I may decide to eat this later than normal so perhaps I should call it brunch instead. 

Like normal I’ll follow it on with a snack and then have a shake for lunch but ensuring that I keep them 2 hours apart each. With the 6 hours passed I’ll then have a meal bar and followed by some fruit before bed. I do like to make sure I stick to drinking plenty of water throughout each day and I find that water fills the gap and stops me feelings so hungry. 

There you have it! My full meal plan for an entire week on Slimfast, that is if I am able to achieve it. Let me know if you liked this post and would like me to do something like this again!

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