Monday, 9 July 2012

7 Things ... for 7 weeks? || Week 1

Recently I got my exam results for the first year of uni,  a 2:1 which I'm really pleased about :) However,  between returning to uni and now I have quite a lot of free time on my hands which I want to utilise to the best of my ability to improve my mind and body, and generally enjoy the little things in life a bit more (I had a bit of a rough year last year, but that's another story all together!).

So, to enable myself to do this, between the seven weeks starting today and ending on the last week of August I'm cheekily borrowing one of the lovely Louise's ideas and setting myself seven routine goals to achieve over the space of 7 weeks (instead of her 7 days). I want to achieve each of the following things once per week from now until then:

1. Read a book for leisure: this week in my attempt to become content during summer, I'm ironically going to read 'The Winter of Our Discontent' by John Steinbeck. I've had this book on my reading list for a while but have rarely had the time to read for pleasure at uni.

2. Learn a piece of music (a song) on guitar or piano: I really want to become competent at playing the keyboard this summer, and have just ordered this to help me do it!

3. Paint/draw something: I've always enjoyed art and it was my best mark at GCSE,  so I'm not too bad at it, but I never practise it anymore. I want to change that in the next few weeks and build up a little portfolio to remind me of the summer. It might even become a little hobby of mine to help me de-stress in the years to come if I enjoy it :)

4. Eat healthily: I put on quite a bit of weight in my first year of university - I blame all the alcohol :o. I want to keep a food diary of everything I eat and try to cut out certain food groups in order to become more healthy  and to shift the weight. I'll also be partaking in intermittent fasting, as explained here by the hilarious yet informative Hodge Twins. I'll explain more on a forthcoming post!

5. Exercise regularly: I plan to go to the gym every morning from Monday - Saturday, whilst simultaneously completing the Jillian Micheals' 30 Day Shred in the evenings. To make a record my work-outs and diet I'll be using this awesome app called noom! I'll most likely be making a diet/fitness/weight-loss post at the end of every week in order to monitor my progress and share it with anyone who wants to read it!

6. Create: write or make something new every week. This is pretty vague but it can include writing on this blog, focusing on my own personal writing, or possibly even thrifting from charity shops and customising the unique pieces I find with my own hand. Either way, the goal here is to be creative!

7. Read something academic: This can be from one of the many books I have sneakily loaned from my university library over the summer, something from New Scientist, or my personal favourite magazine: Scientific American Mind. I wouldn't be a proper uni student if I wasn't trying to expand my knowledge in some way over the holidays now would I? 

Well, that's it! Of course while striving towards these particular goals I will continue to try to do new things during the holiday and make photographic evidence of it all through Instagram. 

I will also be making a weekly '7 things' post to see if I achieved my goals for that week! :)

What goals do you have for over the summer?


Sunday, 8 July 2012

Wishlist: Beauty || July '12

1. No7 Stay Perfect Lipstick in 'Classic Rose' ★ RRP £10.00 || 2. Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder in 'Translucent' ★ RRP £29.00 || 3. e.l.f. Eyebrow Kit in 'Ash' ★ RRP £3.75 || 4. MAC 266 Small Angle Brush ★ RRP £16.00 || 5. Real Techniques Starter Set ★ RRP £21.99 || 6. No7 Exceptional Definition Mascara ★ RRP £12.50||

Which beauty products are you lusting after this month?

Hollie xx

Saturday, 7 July 2012

My Cheeky Duty Free Purchase

Evening ladies,

I've just returned from my week away in the beautiful south-east of Gran Canaria and thought I would share with you what I have to show for my 5 hours in duty free (my flight was delayed - whoops!).

During the time I waited I met my perfect lipstick: matte, smooth, dusty-pink and all in beautiful Chanel packaging.

It's from the Rouge Allure Velvet collection in La Raffinée, which according to Google Translate means 'refined' ... and boy do I feel refined when I wear it! 

Swatch without flash:
above - applied once
below - applied twice
Swatch with flash:
same as above picture

On the lips

I'm totally in love with this, although it was a bit pricey even with the duty free discount (RRP £25.00) I really don't mind paying it once in a blue moon for the amazing quality that Chanel offers in it's lipsticks. If you like matte lippy like me then make your way down to the Chanel counter ASAP because this texture is exactly what it says on the tin - it feels like velvet on your lips and is truly unique in that respect. It's not too drying and even the wear is incredible, it lasts most of the day and even when it rubs of it leaves a beautiful stain to the lips. Not to mention this colour is to die for. 

What are some of your favourite matte lipsticks?

Hollie x

ps. yes I did take these photos on the plane  - I was excited!