Sunday, 23 November 2014

Weekly Reflect | #12

Hello everyone!

I've been superbly busy & stressed this week - I honestly haven't been able to sit down at my laptop and finish a blog post at all so apologies for the lack of posts! I'm currently taking a minute and sorting some upcoming posts so not to worry.
For now, let's talk about what's been happening recently . . .

a very delicious vanilla cheesecake at Pretty Mary's, Moira on Friday night

This week:


  • . . . I went on a school trip to the Odyssey to see Leave to Remain and have a Q&A session with the director. I thought it was an amazing film - all about young refugees and the struggles they face here in the UK as well as in their home countries. What really intrigued me was that the actors weren't professionally trained, they were all people who had experienced the real situation and were taught how to act in the process of making the film. If you haven't heard about or watched it, it's worth checking out the website here as it's a real eye opener.
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    • . . . I've been cutting down on dairy because I think I'm lactose intolerant! No more milky teas for me without a sore tummy.
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    • . . . my interview day was on Wednesday! It was a mock interview for a job in marketing and boy, was I terrified. We all had to dress up for the day (£6 Topshop dress from a charity shop!) and it was split up into three parts. First, an aptitude test, then a group discussion and lastly an individual interview. The last part was undoubtedly the scariest but once I was actually there and in the swing of things it went really well! My interviewer said my gap year was probably the best thing I could do if I wanted a creative job and he was even impressed by my blog! Feedback comes tomorrow, fingers crossed!
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    • . . . I headed into town yesterday to shop for two 3 year old boys! In my school, we do a charity thing every year where we have to buy clothes/toys for kids who aren't very well off. It helps the parents out and makes a good Christmas possible for loads of families. Every tutor group (form class) gets together some money and goes out and buys the presents. I love shopping so it was a fun activity for me, plus it's for a good cause!


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    So that was my week! 
    How was yours?

    Thanks for reading,
    Maeve
    x

    Monday, 10 November 2014

    How to: | deal with chapped lips!

    Hello everyone!

    Ah, Autumn and Winter. Undoubtedly my two favourite seasons.
    I love the cold weather, the fashion, the festive atmosphere and how it's semi-acceptable to drink hot chocolate like it's water.


    What I don't love is the inevitability of chapped lips.
    With the changing of seasons, the air gets colder and drier causing skin to dry out and look dull. A lot of us have dry skin as it is, myself included, so it's important to keep up with a good skincare routine which I posted about here.
    This post, however will be all about how you can deal with those pesky chapped lips!



    1. WATER

    I'm a firm believer that prevention is key to most ailments, and one way to can prevent dry skin is to drink water and plenty of it.

    2 litres is the recommended daily amount and I'll put my hands up, I definitely don't achieve this everyday! It's something I'm going to try and do now though because the benefits are so worth it. It's not easy, but I think the key is adding it into your routine gradually. Carrying a bottle in your bag will give you that little reminder throughout the day!


    2. AVOID PICKING/LICKING

    It's tempting, isn't it?

    Picking increases the risk of infection which could make the problem worse, and licking only dries out your lips further! Try to avoid both of these habits and if you follow tips 3 and 4, you'll be far less likely to want to itch.


    3. EXFOLIATE

    To help start the healing process, you're gonna wanna get rid of that dead skin by exfoliating your lips.


    I've been using LUSH's bubblegum lip scrub for years now, and I swear by it. It tastes and smells amazing while also doing your lips a whole lotta good. I think they're about a fiver each which initially sounds a bit steep for such a tiny pot, but believe me when I say they last for ages! If you want to spend less, you could always get creative and make your own lip scrub from sugar and honey or use the toothbrush method! Make sure the toothbrush is clean and you'll be thrilled with the results.



    4. MOISTURISE

    So now your lips are exfoliated, they're all ready for a nourishing balm to soften them up and keep them that way!

    A lot of lip balms on the market can actually do the opposite, forcing you to apply them over and over so it's best to stick to something natural to lock in moisture. I personally love coconut oil as it has a nice scent and can be used all over the body, as well as on your hair! Plus, it really does sink into the lips rather than just sit there on top.


    Balms do come in handy for protection once you've locked the moisture in, and up there in my all time favourites are the Carmex tubes. This balm has drastically improved my dry lips in the space of two days since repurchasing. They add a pretty sheen while still feeling like they're getting to work. I know some people don't like the 'tingly-ness' so a nice alternative are the Nivea balms as they come in a wide variety of scents and feel very nourishing.

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    Well, those are my tips for dealing with sore, dry lips! 
    (Hey that rhymes.) 

    Let me know if you have any tips yourself and what your favourite treatments are in the comments below!

    Thanks for reading,
    Maeve
    x

    Sunday, 9 November 2014

    Weekly Reflect | #11

    Hello everyone!

    Firstly, I'll explain why this post isn't going up in the morning as it usually would.

    I just haven't had the time to write it up until now! It's been such a busy day, a busy week to tell the truth. A little bit stressful but here's how it went down . . .


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    This week:


    • . . . I got the timetable for my A Level mocks. They're in the first week of Decemember and it just so happens they fall on the day before and the day of my birthday. Great! Revision began this week which meant a few late nights but I'm hoping it'll be worth it!
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      • . . . I was asked to make a video for my school's open day. Basically, it has to include footage from all departments and aspects of the school and show it off in it's best light so I've been looking through a bunch of clips this week. One of my deputy headmaster doing the Cha Cha Slide had me in stitches . . .
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      • . . . I paid a visit to the new shop in my local city. It's beautifully decorated and sells all manner of things - cute home & kitchen ware, Cath Kidston handbags, quirky craft bits as well as tea and cupcakes! I could have stayed all day inside that place. I've also been having a few sight problems this week so I also went to the opticians to book an appointment so hopefully that will be sorted out soon!

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      • . . . this little blog reached 200 followers on Bloglovin'! It's been a massive milestone in my mind for ages - I'm so happy and I just want to thank you all so much. It's your comments and contribution that make this whole thing worthwhile.


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      So that was a little roundup of what happened during my last seven days! 
      How was your week?

      Thanks for reading,
      Maeve
      x

      Wednesday, 5 November 2014

      Hair-spiration | Going for the chop!

      Hello everyone!

      The majority of my childhood I had short hair and a fringe, up until a few years ago when I started growing it out. I fell in love with long locks and swore I'd never go back to my bob days. Swore blind. 

      However, fast forward to now and I'm craving that shoulder skimming look again.

      from my Pinterest board

      I took to Pinterest and got some hair-spiration which, if you'd like to, you can have a nosy at in it's entirety here.

      Those are the photos I'm going to be taking to the hairdressers with me, now I just have to bite the bullet and book the appointment. Easier said than done!


      What do you think?
      To chop or not to chop?

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      Do you use Pinterest?
      Share your link below!

      Thanks for reading,
      Maeve
      x

      Sunday, 2 November 2014

      Weekly Reflect | #10

      Hello everyone!
      *insert some kind of remark about how fast the year seems to be rolling in*

      Well, it was the week of mid term break and Halloween. 

      I'm not the world's biggest fan of Halloween so the time off school just meant procrastination for me, but that doesn't mean I had a boring week! I just left all my work until the last minute (as per usual) . . .


      thrift o'clock

      This week:


      • . . . I made a sweet pizza! I love making ordinary pizza from scratch but I fancied switching it up this week, so I made a sweet base, chocolate sauce and topped it off with gummy sweets and biscuit crumble! Very tasty indeed, but also very filling!
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        • . . . I got two parcels in the post. One was the unbranded makeup brushes I ordered from Amazon (which I'll review soon!) and the other was a Graze box. My favourite thing from the box was the apple & cinnamon flapjack - my mum and I couldn't get enough! If you'd like a free 1st, 3rd and 5th box, just use my code MAEVEG6JB. You're welcome!
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        • . . . I haven't been able to stop thinking about wanting to cut my hair. I'm just so bored of my long hair so I think I'll be going for the chop soon. Look out for a Pinterest/Hair-spiration post coming this week!

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        • . . . I wore OPI I Have A Herring Problem on my nails and have absolutely adored it! A dark shade is quite the change up for me as I usually say the brighter the better but it's grown on me. Swatches were included in my review of the Coloristiq service this week!


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        So that was what I got up to the last seven days! 
        How was your week?

        Thanks for reading,
        Maeve
        x