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Sunday, 27 September 2015

Change: Starting Uni & Long Distance Relationships

Being 18 years old means that my life of compulsory education is now over. So for the final year of school, I had to make the huge and daunting decision about what I wanted to actually do with my life. I contemplated whether to go to uni or not for a good few months, as I didn't like the idea of living away from home, so this left me with a very limited choice of universities to apply to. Then I started considering apprenticeships, but I was still completely stuck. However when I visited my local university, I found a course that I was thoroughly interested in and it sounded perfect for me.

This is the first September where I won't be returning to school. It is honestly the strangest feeling ever! Just over a week ago now, my boyfriend and I said our goodbyes (only temporary ones of course) as he moved away for Uni. Not knowing exactly when I was going to see him again broke my heart, and it was honestly the hardest goodbye I've experienced in my whole life. We saw each other most days over summer, so to now go to weeks without seeing each other is a massive change that will take us both a little while to adapt to. I know a long distance relationship takes work, but we're going to try and visit each other as much as possible and we have been using Skype almost everyday to talk. Messaging is great but actually being able to see him and hear his voice is just that extra bit more special.

Two days later, I had my first day at Uni. I felt like a year 8 again walking into the huge building and not having a clue where I was going. It was so strange looking around and being surrounded by people I had never seen before and who were probably from places I'd never visited (or even heard of) before. Luckily, I recognised a few friendly faces as people on my course had already set up a Facebook chat, so it was great to meet some of them for the first time, and one girl particularly I have become quite friendly with already which is so lovely.

Sadly, on my first freshers night out this week, one of my friends stumbled back onto my foot (in huge chunky heels) and yes, I actually broke my foot. Yay! Walking around in a massive boot is such fun during the first few weeks of uni - not! I will have to make up for all of the partying once my foot heals. So bloody typical. 

On a brighter note, my boyfriend might be coming home to visit this weekend (ahhhhh yay!) which will help to cheer me up from quite an overwhelming week. I've missed him so much! I hope everything settles down soon and I'll feel at home at uni in no time, we will just have to wait and see.

Have you experienced any change recently? Feel free to comment what's changed in your life, I'd especially love to hear about anyone's uni experiences! 

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Maybelline Color Drama Lip Pencil

As you're probably aware I love wearing a nude lip, as well as having a slight (okay, maybe a huge) addiction to buying lip products. So when I saw this Maybelline Color Drama Lip Pencil in Nude Perfection, I had to snap it up. 

The shade I chose is such a gorgeous nude that would suit pretty much anyone. It's a light brown nude with a very slight pink undertone, which is the type of nude I usually go for, whether I'm going out in the day time or partying in the evening. The product applies really well to the lips as it has such a beautiful creamy texture, so it doesn't feel too drying on the lips. Maybelline claims it to be an 'intense velvet lip pencil', which I suppose is true as it's not as creamy as perhaps your typical MAC cream sheen lipstick is; it is insanely pigmented and does feel a more velvety texture.

I actually wore this product on my lips a few days ago on a night out and it lasted really well on my lips without re-application throughout the evening. Obviously if you want your lips to stay pristine throughout the evening then feel free to re-apply, but after a few drinks on a night out I still thought it looked pretty darn good, haha!

I've read that a lot of people have struggled to find a sharpener big enough to sharpen this pencil, which I do guess is its only flaw, as it doesn't wind up like some other lip pencils do. Luckily, I have a sharpener from Seventeen at Boots which seems to fit it perfectly! So if you are struggling to find a sharpener to fit this product, I would highly recommend looking at what Seventeen has to offer at Boots. I have had this particular sharpener for a while, but I do believe that they have a similar one available.

Overall, I absolutely love this product. It lasts well on the lips, applies like a dream, and to top it all off, the colour is just beautiful - the perfect nude! 

Have you tried any of the Maybelline Color Drama Lip Pencils?
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