Autumn Favourites 2017!

Wow… it’s been a little while since I’ve done a ‘favourites’ post. I tend not to make monthly favourites, purely because I’m poor, and man can’t afford enough new stuff to write about every month! Also because at this current moment, I’m making two blog posts and two YouTube videos (check out my YouTube channel here!) per month. Which may not seem like much in terms of content, but I’m happy with it.

So, to wrap up the November on this blog I thought it would be fitting to wrap up a few of the things I’ve been loving these past few months as the weather’s gotten colder (yessss), days have gotten shorter (double yessss) and the great C-word approaches (Christmas, I mean Christmas). So here they are!

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Wearing

Mustard Jumper – H&M

Ah yes, this is where I give myself away as the absolute epitome of a female blogger: the mustard knitted jumper. But damn, do I love it. It was super cheap (like £6???) and I’ve gotten so much wear out of it already. I must admit, I was worried I wouldn’t suit the mustard, but I think I get away with it. Definitely #worthit.

Tan Leather Rucksack – Accessorize

This was one of my more extravagant purchases of autumn 2017, which sounds a bit weird considering it’s a rucksack. And it’s not one of those weird super-expensive Swedish ones either. But for me, buying a bag from Accessorize is pushing it a bit. But I figured I need a good quality backpack to last me a few years of uni, and I use this every day. For uni, going to Connor’s house, and even taking to work. I’m mega-fussy when it comes to bags and purses, etc. so this was perfect. Even if it did slightly break the bank at the time.

Using

Fragrance Free Lip Balm – Superdrug

Ah, Winter. Thou art a heartless bitch on the lips and skin. Which is why I needed to find a new solution when my trusty lip balm ran out. And yes, I did actually go for the simplest, cheapest option out there, it was a good choice. A cheeky pack of two means I’m never without a quick fix for dry lips (try saying that five times fast), and they do the job.

Neutrogena Visibly Clear Facial Wash

Speaking of winter and its effects on the skin, boy oh boy does my skin HATE the change in seasons. But this has seriously helped. A combination of a good face wash every day, moisturizer and drinking lots of water helps keep the breakouts mostly under control. Also, this one smells super good.

Reading

The Shadowhunter Chronicles by Cassandra Clare

Okay so… I’ve read QUITE A LOT these past few months. Might have something to do with the fact that I have a BookTube channel all about the books I read. (and I’m almost at 50 subscribers so!!!) but yes, I’ve read a lot. However, as university work has gotten more prevalent in my life, reading has unfortunately gone on the back burner. So at the moment I’m slowly making my way through The Mortal Instruments (yes, I know I’m ten years late).

I started off not loving the world of the shadowhunters too much, mainly due to personal dislike for Cassandra Clare’s writing style, however the series and characters have definitely grown on me and I can see this series staying with me for a long time! If you want to find out about my opinions on this series as I continue reading (I’m currently on the fourth book), then make sure to subscribe to my channel!

Listening To

Harry Styles by Harry Styles

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Okay so I was never ever ever a 1D fan. Nothing against them, I just was slightly too old to love them, and slightly too young to hate them. But out of a need for new music recently (after listening to the same 4 bands for the past like 5 years), I decided to give Harry’s album a go. Even though I didn’t like Sign of the Times when I first heard it, I LOVE this album. I think Harry is by far the most talented out of the group, and his personal style truly shines through in this album. It has hints of classic rock, ballads, and even country at times, and I absolutely love it. Every song makes me want to sit staring out a train window and leave my old life behind in a turn-around montage, you know? It’s that kind of music.

Watching

Stranger Things

Come on. We all know this would be on here. If this isn’t on everyone’s Autumn favourites then they are LYING. I have not met one single person who hasn’t loved this show, and season two that blasted into my life at the end of October was everything I could have hoped for for my Hawkins children and more. I love each and every one of the characters and storylines so much, and this season truly did just expand on the Strange World and the characters I loved the first time around. It’s one of the best pieces of cinematic artwork I’ve ever seen, and I even used it as inspiration for one of my university presentations. That’s how much I love it.

The Vampire Diaries

It may have taken me eight years (this show first aired in 2009. 2009?!?!), but last night I finally finished The Vampire Diaries. And I full-on sobbed for the last five minutes of the last episode (sorry, Connor). I’ve been through many ups and downs with this show, and I can easily say it is not the best show I’ve ever seen. At times, it actually felt like I was physically being thrown into a fantasy writer’s worst nightmare, what with the plot holes and convoluted storylines, but I did feel an attachment to many of the characters, and I’m so glad it ended in the way it did. But if I think about it too much, I’ll never shut up. So let’s move on.

Miscellaneous

YouTube

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I know I’ve spoken about this multiple times in this post alone and I’m SORRY (but I’m also not sorry), but I’ve started a YouTube channel! I’m currently posting one video a fortnight, and trying to get motivated to do more (maybe over Christmas?) but I basically just talk about books! Books I’ve read, my opinions on books, and I even have a series on book recommendations for each of the Hogwarts houses!

I’m loving the whole feel of creating videos for my YouTube channel, and coming up with ideas for the future is just as exciting as seeing people commenting and enjoying them, and I can’t wait to put more effort into my channel into the future, since I’m finally doing something I’ve always wanted to do (make YT videos) while making it about something I’ve always had a passion for!

University Life

And finally, I’ve been loving uni life. While I’ve not been the typical fresher, what with living at home (check out why I decided to this here), and with not being really into the whole alcohol culture that comes with uni, I’ve been loving learning again.

I wasn’t sure I wanted to get a degree for a long time, but after deciding on what I wanted to do in the future, I knew it was a step I had to take to get where I wanted to go, and I’m going to embrace every second of it. Starting uni has given me the opportunity to keep my innocence and act like a teenager for a bit longer, something I won’t be taking for granted. I get to live at home with my family, I get to learn every day, and have spare time to spend on hobbies that I love. I’m loving university life, and I’m so lucky that this is a part of life I’m able to take part in.

So there you have it, a few of my favourite things from this Autumn. Much like everyone else in this world, I can’t believe we’re nearly over with 2017, but honestly I’m so excited for what’s coming up in 2018 as some pretty exciting things are in place already.

If you’ve got a favourites post, link it down below so I can check it out, and if you’ve been loving the same things as me then let me know, I’d love to hear about it, and also let me know if there’s any Christmas-y/Winter-y or other content you’d like to see from this blog!

‘Til next time,

Jess x

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Spring + Summer Favourites 2017

Hello hello hello…. I’m back (again) after a little escape (again) from the blogging world (again). Let’s just say things have been… busy. V V busy, in fact.

But now, hopefully things are going to calm down a bit, and I can get back into the thing I always want to spend my time on: blogging!Read More »

Everyday Winter Makeup Look // Blogmas Day 9

(I was about to say “Happy Saturday everybody!!”, then I realised that it’s Friday, and just because I have a day off doesn’t mean it’s the weekend…. result!)

Happy Friday everybody, I hope you’re doing well. For today’s blogmas, I felt like carrying on with the beauty theme from yesterday, and I’m going to be showing you guys my every day Winter makeup look, because I myself am the nosiest person ever, and I thought you might enjoy it! So without too much waffling (but let’s be honest, there will be a bit, it’s me), I’ll get right into it!

First, I use Rimmel’s Stay Matte foundation in the shade 100 Ivory as my base (I did moisturise before this, don’t have a go), and use my Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer (yes, I’m on the bandwagon) to cover my dark under-eyes and any horrific spots or red patches. Then, I’ll set this with the matching Rimmel Stay Matte powder in the shade 100 Transparent (like see-through, not like the hit Amazon series).

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With the base of my face (weyhey) done, I’m going onto brows. At the moment I’m loving my Makeup Revolution HD Pro Brows kit which I reviewed yesterday on the blog (here’s the post), and using a small and flat angled brush from a set I bought from eBay a while ago, I’m going to chuck on some brows (there’s an image).

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Next, onto eyes. In an everyday look, I don’t tend to put shadow on, which is just because I’m lazy and haven’t mastered the art yet. But what I lack in eyeshadow, I make up for in a shit ton of liner. So using my Primark P.S pencil black eyeliner I line both my waterlines (top and bottom) and smudge it out a bit (the reason why I do this is in this post).

 

Then, onto liquid liner. I’m currently using up the last of this Collection Fast Stroke Eyeliner in Black 1, but I’m not a huge fan of it. If anyone could recommend some cheap but cheerful liquid eyeliners to try, it’d be greatly appreciated! So using this, I’m gonna do a heck of a wing (just my style).DSCF1098.JPG

In an every day look as well, I don’t tend to go overboard on the face defining and contour, etc. So I’m going to be chucking on a bit of bronzer from this Makeup Revolution Ultra Sculpt and Contour Kit (which I featured in my Summer Favourites), just to add some warmth to my face.

Then adding some blush to my cheeks with my MakeUp Revolution (you’d think I was bloody paid by them or something.. I promise I’m not) Dream Blush Palette (also featured here) to add some colour.

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As I said, for every day, I don’t go overboard, so I won’t add highlight or anything too extreme, but I do like to have a little lippy, and today I was using my MUA Intense Colour Lip Liner (yes, all over my lips) in the shade Caramel Nougat, for a nice nude addition to a bit of a plain look.

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Here’s the finished look! (Apologies for the horrific quality)

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And there you have it, my Everyday Winter Makeup Look for 2016. I hope it wasn’t too average and boring. I’m thinking of creating a Christmas Party/Christmas Day Makeup Look to follow on from this, if you want to see that, please let me know! Have a great weekend, guys, see you tomorrow!

Jess x