Saturday, 26 August 2017

I MOVE TO CANADA, TOMORROW.



'The gladdest moment in human life, me thinks, is a departure into unknown lands' 


Just two years, when my A-level grades were not as a great as I had hoped, and going from the dreaded process of Clearing, while thinking I was just going to go to University for just three years to study Economics, I had no idea I would choose a course that would take me abroad. Flash forward two years, and  studying International Relations, I am about to embark on my third year of university, abroad in Canada. 

For me Canada is the unknown, yes I have been to the US, but never to Canada; although it has always been on the bucket-list of places that I must visit. So tomorrow, I am off to the unknown/Toronto before heading off to Trent University

I would be lying if I said I wasn't shitting myself, because I really am shitting myself. As I write this, I can feel my heart rate increase. On the other hand, I am super excited about what the next year holds for me; the places I will see; the experiences that will occur; the people that I will meet; and the memories that should last with me for the rest of my life. 

Now, who knows what direction it will go, but I am hoping for the best and I'm willing to put my all into this year. Whether that is joining societies and trying out new sports; or learning something new and different. However, there still is a million and one thoughts currently going through my head. 

If there isn't a blog post, or an instagram photo of a hockey match, poutine, maple syrup or snow by Christmas, then something has probably gone wrong. Who knows what the next year will bring, but my mum excepts be to bring back a Canadian man at Christmas (and know she doesn't mean Justin Bieber or Shawn Mendes) and a have a touch of a Canadian accent, considering there is like 18 of us living on one floor!

Well it's a goodbye to England, and a hello to Canada!

Have you ever been to Canada, or studied abroad?

Love Alicia x 



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Monday, 21 August 2017

TRAVEL BEAUTY ESSENTIALS





'Travelling, it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller' 




My first long haul flight was last year, when I went to New York for the weekend, and on Sunday marks my second long haul flight; this time to Toronto. Growing up, family holidays have always been to mainland Europe, whether that was Spain, Italy, France or somewhere else. Until, I flew last year, skincare on a plane didn't bother me. I would just ignore how my skin felt and would probably apply a face mask once I reached my destination if my skin was feeling gross. 

Skincare
Over the last few years, I have realised just how important skincare is, and how finding the right skincare can transform your skin and how you feel about your skin. Now, I'm not a crazy person when it comes to inflight skincare, but I do like to remove my make-up. For this I will either use simple face wipes (not pictured) or a cotton pad with micellar water (not pictured), to try and help any breakouts from occurring. Then before the end of the flight, I like to apply The Body Shop Tea Tree mattifying lotion, which not only helps to hydrate the skin but I also know that it will help with the appearance of any pesky spots that might want to breakout. Finally, I like to apply the origins Ginzing eye cream, which is my everyday eye cream, which should sort out any dryness around the eyes. I also like to carry some samples with me, whether that is a mask; face wash or a cream of some sort. 

Make Up
Sometimes I simply won't bother with applying any makeup after a flight, because the flight arrives late at night or I know the first thing I will be doing once I got to the hotel is have a shower or jump in the pool. However, with my flight to Canada on Sunday, I need to look smart and not half died as the Immigration officer has to give me my study permit and check all my documents. Therefore, I have decided to take one La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo(+) which has a light coverage, and if anything else needs covering up (maybe them bags under my eyes), then Benefit's Boi-ing industrial strength concealer should come to the rescue. Then to make me look a bit more alive I will be applying L'Oreals Paradise mascara

Other 
For me, I don't think I have ever been on a flight without a hand cleansing gel, as planes are quite frankly disgusting and so are airports. Therefore, the Soap & Glory Hand Maid is somewhat of an essential, when you want to eat; after you have been to the toilet; before doing any skincare or makeup etc. Carrying on with the hand theme, Victoria's Secret Ultimate Hand Cream will also be used. I actually picked up this one for £1.50 in the Cardiff store back in the beginning of July, which was a bargain for a 75ml tube. I have also packed a This Works mini body lotion, which I may have pinched from a hotel room, just in case my arms feel a bit dry. 



What are your inflight beauty essentials? 


Love Alicia x 
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Monday, 14 August 2017

WHY WE SHOULD BE TALKING ABOUT POLITICS



We live in a world where we can not go a day without hearing something politically on the news or social media. In a world, where political events over the last couple of years have been huge; well any political event is huge, whether it is a local election, or an election for a new prime minister or president; new foreign tensions or foreign policy changes, politics effects everyones lives. 

In the snap general election in June, it was one of the first elections where I have witnessed the majority of younger people on social media actively engaged in politics; although some were trying to tell other people how to vote based on their personal opinions and not what others would view important to them. However, the same occurred in the EU referendum, young people are getting more engaged in politics. 

One day, our generation will be the ones running the country and the world, when you look at the bigger picture. We will be the ones that will be influencing other people, and it is important to get our opinions and ideas across. 

Whether you have a political party preference, or have no idea what political party you will be voting for again in just under 5 years at the next general election; politics is something that everyone will have an opinion on, and it's important that the young voice is heard just as much as O.A.Ps. Whether we are engaged in politics via social media; watching the news; or as a member of a political party and actively engaging in party political politics, it is still important to get the across our view point and opinion. 

Love Alicia x 
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Friday, 11 August 2017

4 SKILLS I WANT TO LEARN



The older I get, the more things that I suddenly want to achieve or new skills I want to learn. In my head I have a set of goals of things that I REALLY want to achieve, and a few things that I want to do for myself, to better me as a person. There are also a few skills that I want to learn because I never learnt them as a child and now I am 20, I still want to learn those skills for myself. 

1. LEARN A LANGUAGE | Now I may have a GCSE in Spanish, which I say very lightly because I know the bare minimum and it definitely did NOT help when we were staying in an all speaking Spanish hotel last year. Last September I signed up to learn French at university, but pulled out after the class was at 8pm on Monday evening, like no thank you. However, as I am going to a country were they do speak French, maybe 2017/2018 is the year when I pick up a bit of french that is not just the basics. 

2. PHOTOGRAPHY | I have this idea in my head that I will sign up to a photography class one day and actually learn how to use my camera, instead of keeping it on the automatic setting and hoping for the best. 

3. SURF | One day I picture myself on a beach in Oz at a surfing camp. A family friend has recently been to a surfing camp in Australia and loved every moment of it. I know it sounds a weird one to include, but it always looks like a fun thing to do, even though I will probably be shit at it. 

4. DECORATE A CAKE | Yes I know this sounds a weird one, but one thing I have always really struggled with is decorating cakes. I can bake, and if I say so myself pretty well, but decorating is a different level. I can never seem to get the icing right and it always looks a mess, even when I do follow the instructions in cook books and online recipes.

What skills do you want to learn? 

Love Alicia x 
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Monday, 7 August 2017

I SPENT MY BOOTS ADVANTAGE CARD POINTS ...


Somehow over the last year I have managed to save up £91 on my Boots Advantage Card. Honestly I am not quite sure how it happened, but it happened. 

Okay that's kinda a lie, I do know how it happened. I spend a pretty penny in Boots and the points started to add up. The Boots app is also great to add offers to your Advantage Card; as well as the vouchers they send through the post. Also the triple points day or weekend, is also a great help as well. So if you are going to go and spend £50, you can probably easily earn £10 worth of points in one shop. One time, I actually earned £15 worth of points and spent around about £50 thanks to loading offers onto my card from the app, using a voucher or two, and it was a triple point event. Winning. 

In other words, download the Boots app and start building them points up. 

For me, I didn't just want to spend my points on my normal shampoo, or deodorant, or maybe that suncream for holiday. I wanted to buy products that I probably would not buy normally. Like a little treat to myself, particularly as I wanted to get my hands on the Dior Plump and Volume Mascara, that I kept seeing everywhere. At the price tag of £25 I probably would not have normally have brought the mascara, and instead put it on the 2017 Christmas list. On the other hand, a product which I would have gone out and brought, is the L'oreal Paradise Mascara, which was all over my Instagram a couple of weeks back. Neither mascara I am yet to try out, but if they both live up to their hype, then hopefully points well spent. 

Next on my list of products that I wanted to try / actually really needed, but probably do not really need in reality, is the Benefit Boi-ing concealer. Again, this has been a product that has been splashed around social media lately with the launch of their new design packaging, but it is also a product that I wanted to try out. Is it really industrial strength? 

Did I really just spend £12 worth of points on a pair of travel tweezers? The answer to my question is yes, yes I did just spend £12. After years of seeing Tweezerman tweezers and them kinda being on my wish list, I finally picked up the travel size in pink. Okay, I mainly picked them up because they are pink and pink is just the best, okay. 

Finally, going against the concept of buying things that I wouldn't normally buy but wanted as a treat to myself, are two products that I love and adore. Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish has been a favourite and a MUST now for a few years. I mainly picked up a new bottle as a back up for Canada, and the same goes with the Origins Ginzing eye cream, as I positively sure I will be still be using both in a months time. 


Love Alicia x 


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