Wednesday, 21 June 2017

MY GO TO LIPSTICKS #5



'On a bad day there is always lipstick' 


One can never really have enough lipsticks, can they?  Lipsticks are something that I always seem to buy; whether that is high end or from a trip down to the local Superdrug. 

As I have been at bit absent from the blogging world lately, I thought now would be a good time to get on the lipstick bandwagon and share my current go to lipsticks, which all may look similar but all very different. 

MAC X FLEUR DE FORCE 
As already mentioned in my May Favourites, the MAC collaboration with Fleur De Force has quickly become one of my go to everyday lipsticks. If you want to read more on my thoughts then click here. 

CHARLOTTE TILBURY PILLOW TALK 
Again I got on that hype and haven't quite got off that hype yet. Somewhat similar in colour in MAC x Fleur De Force, it is the perfect nude. I know there was so much hype around the Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk lipliner, which I hadn't actually used before buying the matching lipstick, I can honestly understand why this lipstick and lip liner is so popular. Read. 

MAC SYRUP 
An oldie but a goldie, and I'm probably in need of a new one because it is getting a bit gross. Unlike the first two lipsticks, this one by MAC is much more pinky and a lot more creamy in comparison to Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk. It is one of them lipsticks that I reach for quite a lot and always seems to spend more time at the bottom of my bag, than with the rest of the collection. It must be good then.

LOREAL NUDE GOLD 
I have to admit, I had hardly worn this lipstick till a few weeks ago when I rediscovered it, when looking for a lipstick that wasn't one I wore all the time. So I picked up the Loreal Nude Gold, and it has quickly gone from hardly used, to worn a couple of times a week.

What lipsticks are your current go to's? 


Love Alicia x 

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Thursday, 8 June 2017

3 THINGS I HAVE LEARNT DOING A POLITICS DEGREE


When I went through clearing just over 18 months ago and changed from wanting to do a degree in Economics, to one in Politics and International Relations, one did not know just how exciting recent political events would be. 



When I started to write this post, no one had the slightest idea that on Tuesday 18th April, Thersea May would call for a General Election on June 8th (Today, yes I started this months ago and have only just finished it today). It's actually quite a funny thing, because my Dad predicted she would call a General Election within her first year of being Prime Minister and it is happening. 

Back in September 2015 when I started reading International Relations at university, no one would have imaged that Trump would actually get the Republican nomination let alone become President of the United States and trying to get involved in North Korea and Syria. No one thought that the UK would hold a referendum so earlier into Cameron's term, let alone be leaving the EU and Article 50 being used. Let's just not even think about the French elections. 

Now we have a second General Election in the space of 2 years. To be honest, I'm quite happy because I never thought as a teenager I would be voting in a General election as I was 2 months of off being 18 back in 2015. 

Now enough of all of that and let's actually get on to the main point: 

3 THINGS I HAVE LEARNT DOING A POLITICS DEGREE. 


Okay I slightly lie. I'm actually reading International Relations but most of my modules are just normal politics about UK politics and political theory.

1. Politics is much more than leaders having a go at one another to win a election. 
Ever heard of positional or valence models of voting behaviour. Do you vote base on class or what who your parents vote for? Or do you vote for the candidate who you think will be better at doing the job and is the most effective? Basically, how will you be voting on Thursday? 

2. Politics isn't just what you see on TV or read in a newspaper. 
Who new there were theories on different types of politics? Classical realism, liberalism, Mays Law of Curvillinear Disparity, Downsian Model of Spatial voting behaviour. International Relations also has it's own theories as well and even includes game theory. 

3. Politics is much more than writing essays. 
Quantitative politics is just as important as qualitative politics. In my first two years, I have learnt how to use statistical programmes for analysing political data. It looks good on your CV, so thats a plus side to spending hours on R studio.


On another note, have you voted yet? If not you have till 10pm to get down to your polling station!!!


Love Alicia x 

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Wednesday, 31 May 2017

25 SUMMER BLOGPOST IDEAS

Happy Hump Day!


It only feels like yesterday that it was summer 2016, however it is literally coming up to summer 2017, which is crazy. Like does time just go even quicker when you get older, because this year has flown by! Also, can we just take a moment, because Clacton actually looks pretty in the photo above! 

Anyway, here are 25 summer blog post ideas, because bloggers block can and probably will happen at same point. 

1.  My Summer Wardrobe Essentials 
2.  Summer/Holiday Haul 
6.  My Summer Holiday Skincare Essentials 
7.  5 Beauty Products You Need for Summer 
8.  The Summer Skincare Routine 
 9.  Summer Destination Guide // NYC Venice Almeria London 
10. Top Places for a Staycation 
11. Summer Holiday Throwback 
12. Your Holiday In Photos 
13. 5 Things I Want To Do This Summer 
14. What To Read This Summer 
 17.  5 Things I Love About Summer 
18.  5 Things I Hate About Summer 
19.  The Best Summer Salad
20.  How To Make The Best Cocktail/Mocktail 
21.  Summer Favourites 
22.  How To Make The Best Of A Rainy Summer Day 
23.  Favourite Summer Make Up / Fashion Trends 
24.  Summer Holiday Packing Tips 

Hope these are hopeful! 

Love Alicia x 

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Tuesday, 30 May 2017

MAY FAVOURITES 2017




The last time I posted the weather was awful; since then someone has turned up the heat in the UK and I am back with May favourites!! 


April and May were busy. I feel like I didn't stop with university work; whether that was writing essays, trying to analyse survey data or revising for an exam in parties and elections (how relevant). Now, I have no excuses to get back to blogging and I thought I would bring it back to a basic but a classic; May Favourites!! 

The Body Shop Tea Tree Clearing Lotion
Now, back in the day this was a product from the Tea Tree range that I wasn't so keen on. I mean I liked it, but I liked other products better; I never saw a result from using the lotion. However, in about the last 6/7 weeks, I have been using this lotion everyday after cleansing and toning my face and honestly my skin hasn't felt better in a long time. Yes, the tea tree is quite strong, but it has kept them little white heads away. I mean I still got some hormonal spots but I am kinda used to that on my chin, but touch wood since using this, no white heads or horrible red spots have appeared on my face. I personally use this morning and night, and make up doesn't just run off your face, which is great! 

La Roche Posay Anthelios Anti Shine Sun Cream Gel SPF50+ 
Okay, before I start, I have never purchased a suncream for my face before that cost me £16.50, but after reading reviews online and hearing people rave about La Roche Posay sun cream on instagram, I took the plunge and built up some extra Boots Advantage Card points at the same time. I have been using La Roche Posay now for quite some time, as their products really do help with redness and under the skin spots, so when I decided to pick up the sun cream I had quite high hopes. La Roche posay didn't disappoint. In the past I have had face sun creams that just make me skin look even more greasy than it is (damn you oily skin); make up runs off and my pores get blocked. This sun cream doesn't do this. Again, like the Body Shop lotion above I have been using this everyday for about a month or so now, and my skin feels better than it has done in a while. I also love the BB element, meaning I can leave the house without foundation, but still gives me some coverage. If you are thinking about purchasing it for the summer, then go for it!!! 


L'Oreal True Match Foundation 
After a time of hating this foundation I have found a new love for it, and it is going to be my summer foundation. I went off of True Match for a couple of reasons, one of which is it started to look heavy and cakey; maybe I was putting too much on, but something didn't feel right. However, I have since been using it with a beauty blender, but a dry beauty blender and about two pumps of the foundation and it gives a really flawless coverage. Perhaps when I was first using True Match I wasn't happy with my skin and maybe that was why I was putting too much on to try and get a higher coverage. I don't really know, but I am glad I went back and tried it again.

#MACXFLEURDEFORCE Lipstick 
I have been a massive fan of Fleur De Force for a long time; she was one of the first youtuber's that I ever watched, so when she announced her collaboration with MAC I knew I had to pick up the lipstick. It truly is a lovely everyday colour. It is more nude that what I would normally wear. Personally I am more of a pink type of girl, but I really do love this lipstick and can see it being a great staple.

Prison Break 
When Prison Break first came out in 2005 I was far too young to watch it. However back in 2014 all four series were on Sky Box Sets (and Netflix) and my mum and I binged watched all the episodes. I also did the same thing the following year, but please don't judge me, okay. So when the news came out that they were going to make a 5th series I was overjoyed. I love this series. Although I did have a lot of questions, which now have seemed to have been answered somehow. Like didn't Micheal die to save Sara? Anyway, I won't give away any spoilers in case you haven't seen it yet.

I'm The One & Despacito 
If you know, then you know I am a massive Justin Bieber fan and can we just take a moment to appreciate how he is completely on his game right now. I mean no promo and #1 & #2, like I clearly stan a brilliant person. Anyway I love both songs and will probably be listening to them non stop over the summer.

Chocolate Porridge 
Okay this is kinda a weird one, but have you ever tried porridge but with Alpro Chocolate soya milk? It tastes like CoCo Pops milk when you have reached the end and it has become my new favourite thing. It has also made my morning porridge healthier by not adding a heaped tablespoon of jam or nutella. Anyway, go try it!

May has been quite a sad month for some personal reasons but it has also be a great month as well, so I thought I would share some of my favourite moments from May!


  • Finishing my second year of university after what seemed to be a quite okay exam on the 20th May 
  • A rather good Mexican food catch up with friends, followed my pier doughnuts 
  • Attending the pre departure event for my year abroad - 6th May 

What have you been loving in May? 

Love Alicia x 

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Sunday, 16 April 2017

SOMETHING EXCITING IS HAPPENING!!!



I have some very exciting news! Well exciting for me anyway!


Now, if you are following me on Instagram or on Twitter then you will probably know what the exciting thing is that is happening. If you don't, then you have probably guessed it's something to do with travelling or getting on a plane. Then you guess is nearly correct. 

*Drum Roll* *Drum Roll* *Drum Roll* 

I'm going to study in Canada for a year!

Yes, I'm off on the 27th August to study in Ontario, Canada, for an entire year. My flights have been booked. My pre hotel before going to the university is booked. My accommodation (or they like to call it 'housing') deposit has been paid. My study permit payed and approved. It's all getting very real. 

I may not be going to my first choice university in Canada for my study abroad year, but i'm going to my second choice and honestly I couldn't be happier. I may be slightly terrified, but I'm also super excited about this chapter in my life. Going to live in another country and experiencing a new culture is going to be an amazing experience. Expensive, but I know it's going to be a great experience. 

Stayed tuned for Canadian content and Study Abroad content, because there is probably going to be a lot of it!

Love Alicia x

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