New Year New Me?: Starting a New Chapter

I have never been one to believe in New Year’s resolutions because honestly most of the time they end up in failure anyway. I think setting yourself goals (i.e improving your grades, getting a new job, saving up for a new computer, writing a book etc.)  you want to achieve within the months to come is great but resolutions have never been for me because I’m a firm believer in continuous change. It’s your life and if you want to change something about it or change something about yourself you can work on getting that change whenever you feel like you’re ready. You don’t need a new year to do so, at least  that’s what I think. But if you’re of one the people who do like to make resolution for the new year then you do you, honey. Each to their own!

Needless to say I have never really made a list of resolutions but I do want to set some personal goals for 2018. I feel like this year is going to be an exciting yet scary year for me because I know a lot is going to change. I recently finished my BA degree and I am now waiting on my diploma, so I can apply for real grown up adult jobs. It’s been a few months since I’ve handed in my BA thesis yet I still can’t believe I’m now officially a college graduate. Sometimes it feels like I only graduated high school just yesterday and now I’m already finished with my first degree. Now I have to really figure out want I want to do with my life, find a job and look for MA programs. It’s exciting because one chapter of my life has come to an end and a new one is starting but it’s also nerve-wrecking and scary at the same time because at this point my future is entirely unknown.

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My plan for the upcoming months is to find a job or internship in my field so I can gain some experience before hopefully starting an MA degree next fall. I really want to make 2018 all about focusing on pushing myself forward in terms of work and academics. In the past few months I’ve been working in retail to make some money while waiting for my diploma and looking into possible jobs/programs. I’ve been wanting to start working on applications for so long yet most of the time I couldn’t get myself to really get into it. I think my biggest problem is the fear of not being good enough since I don’t have a lot of work experience yet other than some student jobs in retail or smaller internships. So in 2018 I want to overcome my fears and try to gain as much experience and knowledge as I possibly can. Instead of being insecure about the inevitable change I’m facing I want to embrace it and make the most of it. Change can be very good and the fact that I’ve finished my BA degree also opens up lots of new opportunities for me and I can’t wait to see what 2018 has in store.

Whether you make resolutions or set yourself goals or you just wait and see what the new year brings I wish you all lots of success and hope you get to make the most out of 2018!

Happy New Year and lots of love,

Sophie

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A Little Update & My Current Favorite Face Mask

Hey there!

I know I’ve been blogging a bit inconsistently lately but I’ve been insanely busy with exams and I’ve just been lacking the motivation to be honest. I love blogging. I really do! But lately I feel like I’ve just been writing beauty review after beauty review and as much as I love testing out new products and reviewing them here on my little blog, I’d love to switch things up a bit. When I first started blogging my main theme was still beauty but I feel like my blog used to be a lot more diverse. I used to write way more lifestyle posts or throw in a recipe or something fashion related every once in a while. Especially writing lifestyle posts was something I really enjoyed writing but since I’ve been so busy with writing papers and studying for exams I just haven’t really come up with anything I actually want to write about.

I still have a ton of beauty items I really want to review but I hope that I can go back to having  some more diverse content soon. Now since I’ve been stressing out about exams there’s one face mask that helped me relax a little while also improving my skin and it’s the Body Shop Warming Mineral Mask. My favorite thing about this mask is that it warms up when you apply it to your skin and it feels absolutely amazing and so calming.

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Since I have quite the sensitive skin many face masks sometimes sting a little bit when I first apply them. This one, however, didn’t do that at all but actually felt really good on my skin from the first second on. I’ve used it several times now and I can honestly say I’ve seen a difference in my skin. It looks a lot more clear, healthy and glowing, which I’m so happy about. My skin is usually pretty clear but lately it’s been acting up for some reason, which has been annoying me. Ever since I started using this mask my skin has cleared up a lot. The consistency is very nice as well. It’s pretty thick and creamy but not too thick, if you know what I mean.

I can definitely recommend this face mask as it feels so so nice on my skin and I’ve actually seen improvement in my skin very fast. What more could I want from a mask?

I hope that once my exams are over inspiration hits me and I will be happy with my content again.

Thanks for reading!

Much love,

Sophie

NYX Powder Blush in Taupe – The Perfect Contour for Pale Skin?

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Contouring alone can be quite tricky already but if you’re more on the pale side (like me) using the wrong shade can easily turn your attempt of defining your cheekbones into an orangey, muddy nightmare. Now, the NYX powder blush in the shade taupe is incredibly hyped up because apparently it’s the perfect shade to contour with for everyone, who is pale. Since I’m pretty pale and have a constantly growing love for the brand NYX anyway I decided it was time to finally test out the blush myself and see if it’s really worth the hype.

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First off the packaging obviously isn’t the fanciest but NYX is a high street brand and as long as you get good quality for a reasonable price I don’t mind the packaging too much. It’s still quite handy for travelling as it’s not too chunky. And in the case of this blush the price is pretty much unbeatable.

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One big plus I absolutely love about this blush is that’s it’s not that pigmented. If you contour, it can sometimes be very easy to go over the top but then having to go back trying to blend everything out can take forever and be very annoying. That’s exactly why I prefer using a product that is not too pigmented because it’s always easier to build up the contour then applying to much at once and having to blend blend blend.

The one thing that makes this blush most suitable for pale skin is the color though. Taupe is, like the name already suggest, a greyish cool toned  matte taupe shade, which creates the perfect most natural looking shadow on your face. The fact that it does create such natural shadows really does make it a great option for contouring.

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I’ve been using this to contour for a few weeks now and I can honestly say it’s worth the hype. If you’re pale and are looking for an affordable yet good product to contour with this is the one you should go for. I find myself reaching for this all the time!

Have you tried this blush? What are your thoughts on it?

Thanks for reading!

Sophie

My Love For NYX Continues

NYX is a brand I’ve been mentioning on my blog more and more frequently as I’ve been trying out and loving more and more of their products. Obviously my best friend knows this as well, which is why she was so kind to get  me two more of their wonderful products for Christmas, one being a palette and one being a lip pencil.

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She gave them two me right before we took off for London or actually more like while we were on our way to London, so I’ve had some time to try them out while I was there.

First let’s talk about this pretty little palette. It’s the Love in Florence palette in the shade 05 Sunsets with Sophia (how very fitting). You get five lovely shades with this stunner and I think each shade is equally gorgeous and they all really compliment each other. It’s nice that you get some more nude and bronzed shades for a more neutral look but it also includes a sparkling black if you want to go for something a bit more dramatic! While in London I’ve been using this for a very neutral but still shimmery eye look and it’s lasted pretty well throughout the day.

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The other item she got me is this Jumbo Lip Pencil in the shade 708 Iced Mocha. I have to admit when I first unwrapped this I thought it was an eye pencil due to the color and because they look exactly the same except for the fact that they come in a white packaging. However, this is a lip pencil even though this isn’t a shade I would chose for my lips, to be honest. The texture is incredibly similar to their eye pencils, so basically you can use them for your lips but you can use them just as well for your eyes. I did try this on my lips and once blended it actually looks really cool but it’s definitely a shade I would prefer using in summer as it gives this bronzed glow once applied.

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Just like every other NYX product I’ve tried so far I love these and I have yet to find a product by them that I dislike.

What do you think of NYX as a brand? Any products you would recommend? Anything you’re not so keen on?

Thank for reading!

Sophie

Happy New Year & a little Life Update

Hey lovelies,

let me begin this post by wishing you all a very happy new year! I know it’s already the 3rd of January and I really wanted to share a blog post earlier but you now.. life gets in the way sometimes! So, I just got back from London yesterday and then today I met up with some old high school friends just to catch up, which was really nice as I hadn’t seen them in a few months.

But now back to my London trip. It was my 4th time in London and it was pretty damn awesome. I think I just have a bit of a thing for London. It’s such an amazing place. Just like last year my best friend and I stayed there for around 5 days over New Years.

Since we both have been there several times now we skipped the typical tourist stuff and just did a lot of shopping, visited some museums, the zoo and took the subway (or tube as the English they) to explore some of the more exotic parts of London, that aren’t overly crowded by tourists.

Last year we spent NYE strolling through Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park before going to watch the fireworks down by the Thames. However, this year they closed up the area around London Eye and you had to get tickets in order to watch the fireworks. But since getting back to our hotel took us around 6 hours last year because they had closed down a lot of the big underground stations, so we got stuck for around 2 hours in front of Waterloo station, I really had no desire to go through that again. I was nearly in tears last time. So, this year we spend NYE in a bar and club in one right at Leicester Square and it was a lot less stressful and much more enjoyable.

We stayed in a hotel in the Wembley area, so to get back we just had to make our way to Piccadilly Circus and take the Bakerloo line to Wembley Central and after a 7min walk we reached our hotel. I swear, last year in comparison was an absolute nightmare. After getting stuck at Waterloo for hours we had to take own overcrowded subway after the other just to miss our train. With a ton of luck we finally managed to catch a bus out of central London at 5.30.

This time we left the club at around 1 am and were back in our hotel room at around 2,30. I wish we could’ve stayed out longer but it was my first night out partying since I got out of the hospital and since I still have to take strong medication, which makes me incredibly tired I just couldn’t go any longer. But we still had an amazing time!

Obviously I did a lot of shopping as well! I can’t even count the times I went into Boots to buy some more make up. I basically spent most of my money on make up but I have no regrets! Hopefully I manage to get a little haul post up soon. I mainly bought drugstore make up apart from some Tom Ford make up but more about that in my next post.

As much fun as I had I’m glad to be back home now as the last days have been absolutely exhausting. I’m still not allowed to practice any type of sport for a while but we basically spend all day walking around in London with hardly any breaks. Usually that wouldn’t have been a problem for me but since I haven’t been very active physically because I just wasn’t allowed to it was absolutely exhausting for me and I’m now glad to be able to sleep in my own bed again and get some rest! Plus I missed blogging and I’m excited to continuing working on my blog in 2015!

Once again I hope you guys had an amazing NYE and I hope you enjoyed reading this post despite it differing a bit from my usual posts because it’s more of a life update one.

Somehow I didn’t take a lot of pictures while in London (maybe because I already have so many) so I thought I’d just my 3 favorites with you guys!

Lots of love,

Sophie

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Merry Christmas & One Year of Blogging

Hey there!

So today is just going to be a short little rambley kind of post. First of all it’s CHRISTMAS EVE! How very exciting! We’re going to have some lovely cake later, go to church at 5pm and then have a big Christmas dinner at 8. I can’t wait! But first of all I have to get all dolled up!

This year I was actually in charge of the dinner because I made the mistake of suggesting to make turkey, which can be quite a lot of work. On top of that I also decided to try out one of the fanciest cakes I’ve ever tried so far. I don’t know what got into me. It must have been the Christmas spirit. So please wish me luck that everything will go well food wise because what would Christmas be without some delicious and festive food? Kind ruined I guess. I can’t wait to share a post all about Christmas including my outfit, make up and the dinner I cooked  for my family with some help from my mom.

But now I just want to wish all of you a very very merry Christmas! Have a wonderful and blessed few days and may all your dreams and wishes come true!

Another thing that I almost forgot because I was so busy getting excited and preparing everything for Christmas – today is actually my 1 year blogiversary. I don’t know why I decided it was a good idea to start a blog on Christmas Eve but very late on December the 24th 2013, it might have been past midnight and the 25th already, I set up my WordPress account. I’d been wanting to start a blog for the longest time and when I got a new laptop and was all happy because it was Christmas I decided to finally go for it! Yay me! Honestly, I’m so glad though I did. When I started this blog I didn’t even know about the entire community that came with it. I had no idea about anything really.

I’m so glad I stuck with blogging and it’s quite cool to see how much my blog has changed from when I first started out. Now some bloggers have thousands of followers on Twitter and Instagram and bloglovin’ but I never started my blog with the intention of going anywhere big with it. All I wanted was to create my own little space on the Internet, where I could be entirely myself and just write about whatever my heart desires, so I’m more then content with having reached 450 followers here on WordPress. At first I didn’t even know there was such a thing as followers or subscribers, so I’m more than humbled to know that there are 450 people reading my blog. Every comment and every like just genuinely makes me so happy! Also I’ve met some incredibly amazing people through blogging, which turned out to be one of the best aspects about blogging for me!

My wish for the next year of blogging is to just continue to enjoy writing up posts and sharing some, hopefully interesting, content with you!

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So once again I hope you have a merry Christmas and thanks so much to everyone who’s supported my blog! I can’t wait for the next year of blogging!

Much love,

xx

Sophie

The Christmas Tag

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The other day I was tagged to do the Christmas Tag by the lovely Emily (definitely make sure to check out her blog over here) and because I love Christmas and the weather is absolutely horrendous today and is preventing me from my plans to go out and get some Christmas shopping done, I thought why not do this tag today, so here we go!

What is your favorite Christmas movie? Great! The first one is already a tough one. Hmm… I think I have to narrow it down to two and they would have to be the Grinch and Nightmare Before Christmas.

Do you open you presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas Morning? For some reason we always open ours on Christmas Eve. Basically what we do on Christmas Eve is we have a festive dinner with the whole family, then we go to Church and when we come back it’s time to open our presents. That’s just the way we have always done it. I usually spent half of Christmas Morning in my PJ’s before I have to get ready because we usually go out somewhere fancy with the whole family that day.

Do you have a favorite Christmas memory? I don’t really think I do. When I was little Christmas was always this magical time of the year and I have lots of memories from back then but I could never pick a favorite. Maybe one Christmas that stands out to me in particular was the one I spent in Louisiana. That was definitely one of the best Christmases!

Favorite Festive Food? Not gonna lie, I’m probably the fussiest eater ever. There are so many things I don’t eat but one thing I love is turkey. This year I’ve talked my family into making turkey for Christmas and my parents said if I cook it they would order one. I jokingly said yes but now they have actually ordered one and I’m stuck with having to cook it now. I’m not sure how that’s going to work out and I hope my family won’t have to starve over Christmas because I messed up the turkey but we’ll see.

Favorite Christmas gift? That’s impossible to pick. I love every gift I receive. It’s the thought that counts anyway, right? ;)

Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions? Does going to church count?

What tops your tree? Something different every year, to be honest. It’s always fun to mix it up.

As a kid what was one of the crazy things you always asked for but never received? A tiger. Tigers were my favorite animals and still are one of my favorite animals today (though I’m terrified of cats. Not very logical, I know). I wanted a tiger so bad and one of my best friends got a little bunny, so I couldn’t understand why my parents wouldn’t buy me a baby tiger. I mean, look at them. They’re so cute and they can protect you from thieves and bad people. My parents weren’t convinced by my arguments but I eventually got a dog when I was older, so that’s cool too.

What’s the best thing about Christmas for you? Basically just being home and reunited with my family. I just love cooking together and watching movies together and getting all dressed up. Everything looks so festive and almost everyone seems to be in such high spirits. Usually most of my friends from high school are in town, so I can catch up with them as well. Christmas is just the best.

I love reading these type of posts and I love everything Christmas related, so I’m tagging everyone that wants to do this tag! Do it and let me know, so I can read it!

Have a lovely day!

Thanks for reading!

xx

Sophie