Wednesday, 30 December 2015

What I Got for Christmas 2015!!

Hi Guys!

I hope you all had a great christmas and had amazing food, I know I did. I have decided to share what I got for christmas, simply because I love these posts. This post is not a boast about what I got or anything like that, I just simply like reading these posts and I like to look back at what I got in previous years as well. Enjoy!

Stocking Fillers:

 I may be 18 but I still love opening my stocking presents. It is almost a tradition that on christmas morning I will open my stocking presents in my parents rooms, and nothing has changed this year either. This year I got a few things from Tanya Burrs cosmetic line, in which I used the bronzer and blush on christmas day. Benefit Roller Lash also made an appearance, but my mum did buy this in front of me so I knew I was going to get that. I also had a few L'oreal lipsticks in there as well in some really nice nude colours which will be great for during the day. My mum also picked me up so Eylure fake eyelashes, so I could wear them on christmas day. Other stocking fillers included Apple Earphones (which actually came with my upgrade a month or so a go), Boots eye make up remover, Jack Wills coin purse, Jack Wills pen, and a little handbag diary.

Under The Tree:

This year we really did spread out when we open presents. We opened most before the main christmas dinner and the rest in the evening, we never have been a family to open all our presents at 6am in the morning, even when I was younger and as I am an only child it kinda has always been that we open presents at about midday ish. My main present was my iPhone 6s, which I actually got about 3 weeks ago as my mum didn't want me to be without a phone. I also got quite a lot of other stuff as well, which I was not expecting. The biggest surprise was Chloe Love Story Perfume gift set, which I has literally no idea that I was getting, but I had been hinting at it since the beginning of June. Other gifts included a Soap & Glory Set, Jack Wills Gift Set, Socks, Justin Bieber Calendar, Justin Bieber The Key Perfume, a coat from Topshop and some DVDS.

Also sitting under the tree was the Urban Decay Smoky Palette, which I kinda knew I was getting because I just keep hinting and hinting about this before it even came out. Another beauty present was the Benefit Party gift set as well.




Love Alicia x

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Friday, 18 December 2015

CAMBRIDGE















Hi Guys and Welcome to Blogmas Day 18!

On Wednesday me and my best friend decided to go to Cambridge for the day, as neither of us had been in a long time. Apart from the trains being delayed and them missing a connection (thanks to the damn Norwich train), it was such a good day. Most of the photos were taken late afternoon, hence the darkness, as by the time we had actually got to Cambridge and eaten it was like half 3.
One of the things I love about Cambridge is all the independent shops. We actually only went into two shops (although Space NK was calling my name, but I resisted the urge), which were a lovely sweet shop called 'Hardys' and a massive book shop.
Cambridge is honestly a beautiful place, whether you go for the history and to the see the University and the churches or to go shopping.

Love Alicia x

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Monday, 14 December 2015

MINCE PIES











Hi Guys and Welcome to Blogmas Day 14!

There is nothing better than christmas treats to get you in a christmas mood, whether its a cold evening, or making food for friends coming round, or even christmas day treats. Food and home made backing feels extremely christmassy. All this week I will be sharing with your christmas food ideas that are all super easy to make. First up is mince pies!!

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Monday, 23 November 2015

What has University Taught me so far? | University Edition



I have been at university now for nearly two months and in them 8 weeks I feel that university has taught me a lot about myself and a lot about being independent and stuff like that. So for todays post I thought that I would share with you guys the top 5 things that university has taught me so far.

1. People will steal your food
Admittedly no one has yet to steal any of my food in terms that I would eat it by its self, but someone has taken quite a bit of my butter. I was quite annoyed, but I know that my other flat mates have also experienced this as well and we think we known who it is. Trust me, living at uni is great until people touch the food. Hence, why I got a mini fridge, which I am not totally sure I am actually allowed but I will find out tomorrow as I have a room inspection

2. Laundry is expensive business
As my hometown is only like 25 minutes away from my university I don't tend to do as much of my laundry at uni as other people, but I have still done it three or four times. First of all it cost me £2 just to buy the laundry card and then it costs £2.70 for every wash after. I don't know how much the dryer is because I refuse to pay any more and I have space in my room to hand my wet washing up. On top of that when you want to top up, you have to top up online and the minimum you can put on is £5. This just annoys but hey, I have to wash my clothes.

3. University tests are totally different from A-Level tests.
So far I have had two in lecture tests which I have completed and I have one take home test which I am still doing and so far they have all been multiple choice. Yes, this may seem easy to some, but when the answers are all similar it is kinda hard to pick the correct answer. At a-level I don't even remember doing one multiple choice test or mock exam.

4. Buses are expensive
If I didn't work them I probably would not use the buses. However, I do work and I have brought a years bus pass which cost me nearly £150 and that is only because I got it in freshers week. If I didn't have a bus pass it would be costing me nearly £5 just to go into town and come back to my accommodation and its too far to walk. Also, if you don't get a bus you have to walk everywhere, unless you are lucky enough to have a car.

5. Non stop reading
I personally didn't think that a government course which mean so much reading, but oh boy was I wrong. The reading is worse when you are reading about the foundations of conservatism which was written in the 17th or 18th century and you don't really understand what the author is going on about.

6. They like to test fire alarms
At my accommodation I swear the fire alarm has gone off about 10 times in the last 6 days. Also, if they are not testing the fire alarm then someone has set of the fire alarm. Yes I am talking about last Tuesday night at 11pm when I was ready for bed, the wind was ridiculous and it was fucking freezing and we were all standing out side for probably nearly half an hour by the time they worked out how to actually turn off the fire alarm

7. The Kitchen will get messy and people will not clear up their mess
In terms of the kitchen getting messy it will happen especially when their are 7 people sharing it, but it will also smell as well. In terms of people not tidying their food up after cooking on the hob is one of the most annoying things, but you have to some how look over it

8. Wifi 
Wifi seems to be a bit of a problem. It like to go off, especially when you have an essay due in at 9:45am and have to use your 3G on your phone to get internet on your laptop. Oh the joys.

9.  There is always the one person who always asks annoying questions to the lecturer and you will hear basically the rest of the people in lecture do that silent huff. 
I can probably tell you the 3 people in every single one of my lectures who always ask questions and normally the questions they ask the lecturer has already answered.

10. You eating patterns and tastes will change 
Since starting university what I eat has changed and no I am not living off junk food and pizza. Actually I have only had one pizza and that was because I got it free at freshers fair. I also make sure I included at least three pieces of vegetables in my dinner, and snack on fruit throughout the day. I have also been drinking more water as well. See that every student lives of baked beans on toast.

Love Alicia x

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Wednesday, 4 November 2015

My First Pandora Ring!

How pretty are Pandora rings? Well, I certainly love them and when the lovely people at The Jewel Hut, sent me this Pandora Silver White Enamel Ring* I was overjoyed at just how pretty it actually was. What I love about Pandora rings is just how simple and elegant they are and this ring is certainly both of them. 



First things first, the packaging that all Pandora items come in is so beautiful and it something that looks really pretty on my shelves (helps to make my university room look a bit more prettier to say the least) and just a nice keep sake. From the pretty pink bow, to the white little Pandora box. 



This pretty silver and white ring fits perfectly into my everyday style and I really enjoy wearing rings, especially when I am not wearing any other accessories, or I am just wearing minimal accessories. In the near future, I will probably purchase a few more Pandora rings from The Jewel Hut, so I can create a stacking effect. 


As this was my first ring from Pandora, I decided to use the online size guide on The Jewel Hut website. I found that this was quite straightforward and I ended up getting the right size, although the ring is slightly too big for one of my figures and slightly too small for another one of my fingers. However, I really like wearing this ring on my finger that is between my little finger and my middle figure. I do not know why this is, I just always feel more comfortable with wearing rings on that finger.



Now on to the ring!

The main part of the ring is silver, with oval shapes around the outside that are white. This reminds me sort of like snow, I do not know why, but perhaps it is because snow is round and white.  I do really like this effect and what also helps the ring is that it is quite small, so it doesn’t stand out like ‘hey I am wearing a ring’ but at the same time isn’t too small that there is no point in it being there.



I will defiantly be buying more Pandora rings in the future from The Jewel Hut. I can also see myself getting a lot of use out of the ring throughout the winter months as a simple accessory to add a little something extra to my outfits.



I am also planning to do a winter accessory look using this Pandora ring and a few other accessories that I have also picked up for autumn and winter.

Have you ever bought anything from The Jewel Hut, or own any Pandora Rings?

Love Alicia x 

*This ring was sent to my from The Jewel Hut, but all opinions and photos are my own. 
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Tuesday, 3 November 2015

October Favourites!



Another month has pasted, which means another monthly favourites has appeared on my blog. This month has really been all about settling in to uni, so a lot of this months favourites are quite old favourites, except for some lifestyle bits.

1. Real Techniques Buffing Brush
So Ihave been after this brush now for quite a well and because I got a £60 gift voucher for Amazon (thank you HSBC - student account) I decided to treat myself to some new brushes. Now normally I just apple my foundation using my hands, however in the last couple of weeks I have been applying my everyday foundation with this brush and honestly it looks so much better. I did always used to apply my foundation with a brush but then I got bored, however I probably will not be going back after using this buffing brush.



2. Tiffany necklace
Oh how I love this Tiffany necklace. This have actually been a favoruite this I was given this necklace for my 18th Birthday (you can see my 18th birthday haul here if you want to take a look) and I have been wearing it every single day. I love this necklace and I love how simple, elegant and how pretty it looks. I dont always have it on show, sometimes I like to tuck it in and other times I like to have it out. If you are ooking or thinking about getting a Tiffany necklace I would defaintly say go for it, because they are really, really lovely.



3. The Body Shop Tea Tree Range
I think it was back in February/ March time when I did a mini review on The Body Shop Tee Trea range and I did say I didn't really know if I was going to really like it or not. However, after giving it about 6 months my verdict is, is that I love this range. I prefer to use the range in the morning as more of a wake me up, as I do find that the cleanser does not remove all my make up, but I really do like using it as something I can just reach for every morning. Also, it does not break me out.



4. Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish 
I finally brought into the hype and I can now understand the hype. Compared to the Body Shop Tea  tree range, I prefer to use this at night to remove all my make up and to make my skin feel a bit more normally after a long day. This product really does remove all your makeup (halloween, this was a god send) and it also does not break me out.



5. Sweet Potatos 
So I have been at university now for just over 5 weeks and I have eaten sweet potato for about 95% of all them days. I love them and plus they are so healthy as well. If you are looking for an alternative from pasta or normal potatos I would definatly recommed them. I buy mine from either Tesco or Marks & Spencers ( yes I know I am a student but they are the same price as Tescos) and they do about 6 in a bag for about £1.50 and they last me all week.

6. Dancing 
I have loved dancing since I was very young but I have finally got back into dancing again after having two and a bit years out, so thank you to the Dance society at my university.




Love Alicia x

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Monday, 19 October 2015

OCTOBER FAVOURITES



I feel like I have them favourites that are almost unsung or 'hidden' favourites, that you don't really think are favourites but you use them all the time or really couldn't live without. So here are mine:

1. Green Tea
Yes I know I could probably live without this, but honestly I love having a cup of green tea every day. I normally have a cup after lunch and after dinner, as I don't know if does help or not, but I feel it helps with digestion and does stop me from bloating. For me, I always go for PG tops or Twinnings as I have tried other brands of tea and I simply do not like the taste.

2. Batiste Dry Shampoo
I think I have been using this dry shampoo now for around about five years now and I have to use it when I don't wash my hair, which is normally every other day. My hair does get greasy quite quickly and I find that this dry shampoo does the job of refreshing my hair and stopping it look greasy and horrible. I have actually changed the one I use now to 'Strength and Shine' as I was using the one in the pink bottle but I didn't like the smell of it and I found that it wasn't as good as what it used to be. However, this one seems to work really well. I do only spray it on my roots and yeah it works.

3. Mitchum Pure Fresh Deodorant
I was always someone that used to use Sure, I don't even remember the last time I used a different brand. However, after doing some exercise or working I felt that it didn't really work. Thats when I switched to Mitchum and for the last three months I have fallen in love with it. I had heard so many great reviews on their products and it was 2 for £4 I think in Superdrug so I decided to give up on sure. Honestly, it works so well. The only think I don't really like about it is that it seems to take ages to dry, which is kinda annoying if you are in a rush to get ready.

4. Bourjois Magic Nail Polish Remover
I can not stand normal nail polish remover as it stinks and I normally end up spilling it some where. See with this bourjois one it is just so simple. I was going to write something that about how easy it is but it sounded quite rude.  Honestly its so quick and it removes all the nail polish, it doesn't have that horrible smell and it is a good nail polish remover.

5. Soap & Glory Shampoo and Conditioner
So shampoo and conditioner is kinda a necessity to every one. Other the years I have tried quite a few different shampoos and conditioners but I have always landed back on the soap and glory ones. What I love about them is they actually do last quite a long time. I mean I wash my hair every other day and it takes me about three months to go through them. Also, I really like the smell of them as well.

Love Alicia x 

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Friday, 16 October 2015

Room Tour | University Edition

I love room tours, whether they are in the form of a video or a blog post, I love them. I love the fact that you can get some ideas if you are thinking of re doing a room, or even ideas on how to decorate your room at university. During the summer I watched a tone of university room tours on Youtube, as well as searched many blog posts on my ideas on how to decorate my room at university. I actually moved to university at the end of last month and because I didn't do a room tour post on my bedroom back at home, I decided to share a few photos of my university room. It's not the tidiest or the prettiest but it's getting there somehow. So I hope you enjoy taking a peek around my university room.











Love Alicia x

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Friday, 25 September 2015

AFTERNOON TEA IN LONDON

The idea of 'Afternoon Tea' feels so British and something that I have always wanted to do, so when I opened a card from my Auntie and Uncle on my birthday with a note inside that they had booked for me a friend to have afternoon tea I was so happy. Now I was told to take lots of photos, because they live in Australia and wanted some photos sent back to them, so I thought of the idea to also share some of the photos I took on my blog.

Please excuse the dirty mirror, but heres my OOTD!
Top: River Island | Jeans: Topshop | Shoes: Topshop 
So my best friend loves Harry Potter so we decided out first stop of the day would be the shop at Kings Cross Station. Now I am someone who has seen all the films but I have never read the books. I know its bad, but I did by the first book in the shop and have read it now. 

The wand wall was truly magical!


 We then went to Regent Street, Carnaby and Oxford street. We stopped in Hamleys, because you know its Hamleys and probably one of the best toy shops in the world. So we both got a picture with this bear. 

After doing a bit of Shopping, we then headed to Doubletree by Hilton in Holborn for afternoon tea. It really doesn't look like there is loads here, but we could not finish it. The scones were heavenly and they were warm and yeah they were amazing. 


 Why not have a mirror selfie in the Toliets. Now I am tall, but my best friend is like 6 foot and was wearing heels so I look quite short. 

We then decided that we wanted to be tourists and headed to Buckingham Palace. However, if you are thinking of changing at Bank if you are on the central line to get on the circle/district line to St. James Park, you basically have to walk like 10 minutes to get to Monument to get the circle line. Yeah, just change at Liverpool Street. It's easier. 






We then walked down 'The Mall', we were actually going to go straight to Westminster but I had a shoe crisis and we went to the Topshop on the strand so I could but some shoes and some socks. Turns out leather sandals can also rub and heart like hell as well. 


 One of the things I love the most about London is the history. 


So there you go, a day in London in pictures. Have you ever been for Afternoon Tea and where are your favourite places in London?

Love Alicia x 


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