Can You Trust Beauty Gurus?

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Nine times out of ten, my purchases are influenced by recommendations from websites and Youtube content rather than purely impulsive buys. I’m going to be honest with you and say that this isn’t always the wisest decision. As opportunity grows for bloggers and vloggers to earn a significant amount of money, the reliability of recommendation wavers.

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Mini MAC Haul

IMG_4165I turned 21 last week (woohoo!) and was lucky enough to be treated to some MAC goodies from my parents. Posts about lipsticks are definitely my most popular, so I thought I’d share with you guys the two little exciting things I got my hands on.  Continue reading

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Life Update

bright-future-quotes-5Anyone that has been following my blog for a while may be wondering if I’ve fallen off the face of the Earth. I’d like to start off by saying sorry that my posting has been so irregular this year. From today, my vow is to post at least three times a week (future Soph reading this, please take note).

One huge thing that has occurred since I last wrote is that I am officially done with university. Shortly after the huge wave of relief washed over me as I put my pen down after my last exam, I was hit with pure panic. How have these past three years gone so quickly? Am I ready to be unleashed into the big bad world?

Where there are aspects of life that will change and I’m sure to miss – some of my best friends, living close to my boyfriend, studying two subjects I absolutely love, waking up past 9am, and being able to get absolutely trollied on nights out – the future is certainly very bright and exciting. 

I thought I’d share a little list of things I’m excited for after graduating, perhaps to reassure some of the rest of you who are going through big changes in life, but mainly to remind myself of the positive things that lie ahead.

1) Getting a real job: As scary as the 9-5 is going to be, I’m really looking forward to getting into a proper routine. The thought that I’ll be able to apply some of the things I’ve learnt at university into real life is something that really excites me. Even though working day in day out will be a bit of a shock at first, hopefully I’ll meet some really cool new work friends!

2) Spending more time with my family: At times, being away from my family at university has been really stressful.  As much as losing my freedom will be difficult, I am really close with my parents and I’m looking forward to spending a lot more time with them.

3) Catching up with friends from home: When you’re super stressed at university, it’s often easy to slack on keeping up with your friends from home. Some of my closest and oldest friends are graduating too and I just can’t wait to be re-united with them again. 

4) Having more time for blogging: I love to write and in my perfect fantasy land I’d be doing so as a living. The past few months I’ve been awful at balancing blogging and university stress. I hope that when I get into a proper routine that finding a time for writing will be a lot easier.

5) Reading what I want: Studying literature and history at university has been fantastic and I have absolutely no regrets. The one down-side of being forced to read hundreds of pages at uni every week is that you lose the desire to read anything for fun. During the holidays, there’s nothing I enjoy more than picking up a good book and reading through it at my own pace. I have so many books on my list to get through and I really can’t wait to get cracking on them!

So I’m done giving you guys an insight into what my brains been thinking lately. I hope it’s been at least a little bit entertaining or useful, but even if it hasn’t it feels great to be back on the blogging bandwagon.

What have you all been up to recently? Any big news or changes in your life? Let me know in the comments below :)

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Graduation Dress Search with Ralph Lauren

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It feels really scary to announce that this time in two months I will no longer be an undergraduate. I’ve had such a brilliant time at university, and am looking forward to celebrating the end of all my hard work by buying a fancy dress for the occasion.

When Ralph Lauren contacted me about featuring their dresses, I was initially a bit sceptical. I was under the impression that all of the pieces would be super expensive and out of my price range. I was surprised to find that some of the ranges on the website were actually quite affordable for a designer brand. I don’t mind spending a bit extra for clothes that are good quality and do not age.

The range that I was most drawn to was Lauren. I love the delicate lace details, contemporary cuts and floral patterns. The collection has the perfect blend of classic and modern, so stands the test of time while still having an edge. My graduation ceremony is occurring in summer, so I avoided darker tones as I wanted a colour palette that would suit the season. 

If you want to browse more of the Ralph Lauren dresses online, click here

Do any of the rest of you have any big occasions coming up this year? Let me know in the comments down below :)

*This post is not sponsored and all opinions are my own

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Festival Fashion With New Look

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It’s impossible to be unhappy when the sun is shining :) In a couple of weeks I’m heading off to Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Norwich to see some of my favourite acts including George Ezra, Taylor Swift and Foo Fighters.

In preparation, I’ve been scouring online shopping for some outfit ideas. My favourite trends have to be denim, fringing and floral prints. I felt particularly inspired on the New Look website so I thought I’d throw together some of my favourite pieces. 

1) Light Blue Frill Trim Bardot Neck Top, £12.99

2) Cream Floral Print Lace Up Plimsolls, £12.99

3) Blue Denim Strappy Floral Print Skater Dress, £22.99

4) Navy and Neon Pink Bell Sleeve Floral Print Playsuit, £24.99

5) Pure Colour Neon Pink Lipstick, £2.00

6) Light Blue High Waisted Turn Up Denim Shorts, £17.99

7) Gold Metallic Zip Front Backpack, £19.99

Thank you to New Look for contacting me to collaborate with them on this post! To browse items in the New Look Festival Collection, click here.

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The Insomniac’s Guide to Sleep

sleepThis time last year, I was experiencing more stress than I had ever felt before in my life. The feeling of being absolutely exhausted but still completely unable to sleep was something that would haunt me for days on end. In the end, I bought some over the counter herbal sleeping tablets that would make me drowsy enough to drift off. While this was a short-term fix to my problems, it was making me drowsy during the day time and I wanted a more long-term remedy. Now, while I still struggle with getting to sleep every so often, I have picked up some tips that have really helped me. I thought I’d share them with you guys in the hope that it’ll help at least one of you that is struggling with stress or lack of sleep!

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Is being interested in beauty anti-feminist?

free_texture___background_by_katzengras84-d4poz78Can you be feminist and still support the beauty industry? It is a tension I have been debating in my mind for a while now, so I thought I would share my thoughts in a blog post.

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