AUTUMN TBR

8 Nov 2016

So it's been a while. Not intentional but a needed break from blogging and while I'm not sure when I'll get back into the full swing of things, here's a start. Blogging hasn't been the only thing that's suffered due to my suddenly full timetable to so has reading. Over autumn, I hope to change this back to how it was a few months ago and get back into reading. Here are the books I plan on reading this Autumn.

A MONSTER CALLS // PATRICK NESS

I picked this up in a second-hand bookshop just the other week. I recognised the name and, from not realising it was such a short read, I thought it offered a more creepy, gooly vibe to my autumn. The shortness appealed to the fact I have hardly any time and I felt it would be a great book to ease me back into the reading world. 

HOLDING UP THE UNIVERSE // JENNIFER NIVEN

Just because I haven't been reading doesn't mean I've stopped buying books. I've kept my eyes peeled to see this one being released for a while now so when I saw it has, I jumped to buy it. I can't go without my fix of YA and, hopefully, this will do just that. 

THE ACCIDENT SEASON // MOIRA FOWLEY-DOYLE

After seeing this sat on my shelf collecting dust, the only way I knew I would read it is to pack it up with me to uni and have it sit on a shelf with minimal amounts of books til I read it and, with the subject being fitting with this time of year, I thought this would be a great time to give this a go. I haven't read too much into the plot but I hope it, while being something different to want I normally read, will be something I will enjoy. 

HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE // J.K ROWLING

It's still my aim to read off the Harry Potter books, I just don't think it will be possible to do this in a year. The autumnal/wintery feel of these books stopped me from grabbing it over summer but as I now sat here in a cosy jumper wrapped in a blanket along with hot chocolate, I think it's about time I get back into the wizarding world that I've missed. 

MISS PEREGRINE'S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN // RANSOM RIGGS

If this doesn't show how little time I've had to read I don't know what will; I started this 7 weeks ago before starting uni and I've not picked it up once since arriving here. While it wasn't the most enthusiastic book and probably not the best one to pick up right away to get me out of my reading slump, I do hope to continue reading it and finish it before I go and see the film 

While not the most exciting post, I know, I hopefully will get back into the swing of things soon. I might go through periods of posting and not but hopefully you'll stick with me and enjoy what I write when I do. 
Is there anything you'd like to see on my blog in the future?
Hope you're doing great,
Sarah x







A CRUELTY FREE MAKE UP LOOK

16 Oct 2016



So it's been around a month since I decided to make the change to cruelty-free and it's definitely a long process but, actually, one I've been enjoying; discovering new products and brands to spend money I don't really have one has been great. While they are still a few products I haven't found the perfect CF replacement for, I finally have an all CF everyday make-up look to share with you.

Starting with foundation, I've switched out my usual L'oreal favourite for a new find; The Body Shop Fresh Nude Foundation for an everyday base. Being own by L'oreal I was hoping for a similar formula yet cruelty-free and soo far I feel that's what I've got. I'm still in the trial period but so far so good; I'll be sure to keep you updated on my thoughts! To apply this, I've been using, non-stop, my very worn B.Beauty By Superdrug Beauty Blender; at only £3 when I bought, it's an absolute steal ! Concealer has stayed the same as The Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer. This is the only product that I'm unsure whether it is CF. I read a post that said it was but I know a few people disagree. Let me know if you have any information on this or any definite CF alternatives!

Barry M was a brand I always knew was cruelty-free and, while always a lover of their nail varnishes, I hadn't delved into any of their make-up before. You may have seen me haul this(here) a few weeks ago, but the Barry M Strobe Cream Highlighter has become a staple of mine. I'd never have thought I'd be one to wear highlighter on the daily but I love the added glow it gives especially when I'm half asleep. From new to old, The Sleek Face Form Kit is, and always will be, a staple in my everyday look. It has the perfect matte bronzer along with a great everyday blush and even more highlight if wanted. I'm so glad I can carry on using one of my favorite products. Another old favourite that I recently repurchased was the Soap & Glory One Heck Of A Blot Powder which I reviewed a while back here but since then has become an all time favourite setting powder that I will always reach for. 

The same could be said for eyebrows. My highly used and highly talked/blogged about Freedom Eyebrow duo is an affordable, CF eyebrow powder that gives me enough 'eyebrow' a day. I sometimes also use the Soap & Glory Brow Archery which I would recommend if you prefer a pencil. 

Lips. One of my favourite cruelty-free finds is the Gosh Velvet Touch Lip Liner in Vintage Rose which is the perfect base for lipstick but also a stand alone lip shade that, while doesn't last forever, has great staying power and isn't too drying on the lips. While great on its own, I pair it with a rediscovery of mine; Soap & Glory Sex Mother Pucker Lip Laquer which adds great gloss to the lips. 

One aspect I've struggled with is Mascara. The ELF Beautifully Bare Lash Tint Mascara which I received as a free gift with my last order. It says what it does on the tin; a simple mascara that adds colour and a little lift. What I love most about it, is the small wand which is great for bottom lashes. The only downside is it's prone to rubbing off and leaving that panda looking black line under the eyes that looks like I've been crying. Sadly, because of this, I've been using a non-cruelty free mascara so any affordable recommendations would be appreciated!


So there's my updated everyday make-up routine that is, hopefully(if my information is correct), allcruelty-free!

Do you have any fab cruelty-free make-up recommendations?
Hope you're doing great,

Sarah x

DEAR JACOB

12 Oct 2016

Dear Jacob,

Thank you for being there- your constant comic relief was always needed even when I said it wasn't. 

In primary school, you were always the one I wanted to be the best friends with and while we were friends, it wasn't until leaving high school that our friendship really started. Both you and Jade have been the best friends I could ask for. You were there to get me out of my comfort zone after shying away from life for far too long. I finally understand why having friends is so great, so amazing. Even the small arguments and disagreements end in fun and laughter. 

With previous friendships, at any point of disagreement, I'd give up and label that friendship void. But, when it comes to our friendship, it's always worth the energy to make things right because I honestly don't know how I'd cope without you and the dramatic, funny tales and times you bring with you. 

You were always a kid with big dreams in mind, especially when it came to acting, and seeing you continue to be your own drama queen, while sometimes over the top, is one of the reasons I love you. 

You don't need you head to grow any larger but I honestly do admire you. The shit you dealt with from people in high school... and to see you now- being who you truly are, embracing who you are and not being too shy to put yourself out there. That makes me proud to call you a friend. 

When you text me saying you were gay, I didn't believe you. I thought you were joking as you had before. I told you to ring me if you were telling the truth. And you did. And I cried; cried for being proud and happy and relieved that you finally felt like you could openly be you.

I have had some of the best times with you and it's the little moments I appreciate- the puns, the jokes, even the bitching is what tells and shows me how much of an amazing friend you are. 

This is a friendship I don't want to end. I want you to feel you can still come to me when you're in a sticky situation, I want to come home and still have the amazing times we had before we left for uni. While we might go our separate ways, our friendship stays. 

Jade, you and I; the three amigos/bitchachoes. We are a like a pack of KitKat- come together and can't be sold separately!


Thank you so much for everything and anything you've done for me- you've done more than you can imagine.

Love you,

Sarah x

ADJUSTMENT

7 Oct 2016

30TH SEPTEMBER 

So I've arrived at Uni. After saying goodbye to my dad and unpacking my stuff and a few nights being surrounded by boxes of belongings I didn't know where to place, I finally feel I've got my own little space. Sharing with 10 other people seemed daunting at first(and it still is a little) but slowly I'm adjusting to a little more each day. I'm yet to have any lectures and am still wrapped up in fresher's week complete with the cliche flu-like symptoms.

Day by day I'm feeling more settled, feeling even more eager to throw myself into uni life and experience all that it has to offer.

2ND OCTOBER

So I had a little breakdown. Speaking to a friend from home made me realise where I was and the little bit of pressure it brings with it. It's been a week and I'm worried I'm not making friends, not understanding the work etc. For a minute it felt too much. But then, the next morning I got up, got ready, said hi to my housemates and then headed to a lecture where I sat and was educated on the brain. While at points I was lost and at points I was falling asleep, I know, that with a lot of work, I'm just as deserving being here as the other  250 people in my lecture and they're probably facing the same problems I am right now. 

6TH OCTOBER

I don't think I'm ever going to get the sleep back I've lost over the past couple of weeks from Freshers and the time sat up late talking to housemates and watching Chicken run among other films instead sticking my head in the crap ton of books I have to get through. The lectures are getting better and even found two today interesting. It's just now focusing on getting everything organised and being able to tackle a social life and making sure I get all the work and more done. 


I'm sorry I've been absent over the past two weeks but I will slowly get into a routine where, hopefully, blogging will return to a more regular thing again because I do miss it; I've just had my mind in other places and on other things. This is a new stage of my life that I'm excited to experience and share with you.


Hope you're doing great,

Sarah x


HOW TO MAKE MONEY AT UNIVERSITY*

24 Sep 2016



I've always, not only been savvy with my money, but eager to find any way to make a little extra. A while ago, I shared with you ways I'd found to both save money and make money while in high school and college. I've recently discovered, with the help from Team Profit* that money making art of match betting. I had heard of this in the past and was always tempted but always scared of the prospect of losing money. It is known to be a popular way of making a little bit of extra dollar for us struggling university students.

When talking to Team Profit they assured me that match betting hasn't got the same risks as betting but is almost always guaranteed to make you a profit and if there is a loss, it's only a few pennies. It works on the offers given by online betting shops to attract customers with free coupons. It has taken me a while to grasp this idea but once I understood it, I couldn't wait to share it with you, you money making lovers. It works by places almost counter bets on two separate betting accounts using the free bets you have triggered; it's almost as if you're betting against yourself so, either way, you will win something.


I'm not going to try and explain it any more than that myself as I don't feel qualified to do so. However, Team Profit provide a great free service on their website which offers free tutorials in placing your first bets as well as explaining what it is and how it works with infographics, videos and a live chat option which was very useful when I was placing my first bet due to my easy confusion surrounding anything with numbers. The team at Team Profit offer a fabulous service to make something that seems complicated that little more simple and providing all the resources you need which include a facebook group.

Once you've grasped the idea, you're able to make a little extra money from the comfort of your own room and Team Profit can really help. Their "Starting with £25" article is a perfect place to start.

Have you ever tried match betting yourself and would you consider it?
Hope you're doing great,
Sarah x

* This post contains a paid advertisement from Team Profit but all opinions remain my own* 

design by amanda inez