21 Things I've Learnt In 21 Years

21 Things I've Learnt In 21 Years- VL-Beauty

 I turn 21 next week and to commemorate that, I thought that I would take some time to reflect on what I have learnt about myself and life in general, over the past 21 years. 

Enjoy the little things in life. Those are the memories that you will keep for a long time. 

It's okay to let goI believe that everyone walks into your life for a reason, and not all of them are meant to stay. Let them go but never forget the lessons they taught you, both good and bad, and despite how much you might miss them, everything works out in the end.

Quality over quantity
. I would much rather have 1 great, loyal friend than 10 fake ones. 

I need some alone time. Although I love spending time with family and friends, I've learnt that I also need some time by myself to unwind. To do this, I enjoy zoning out by watching Youtube videos or reading a book.

Never google your health symptoms. It won't end well I promise. According to google, I should be long dead by now.

 It's okay to let people in. In the past I have really struggled with letting my walls down and opening up to people, in fear of being hurt. But I've learnt that the relationship will either bring me happiness or it'll teach me lessons and make me into a stronger person. Opening up to people can be scary but often it is worth it.

If I was rich, I would probably spend most of it on beauty products. Especially 
eyeshadow palettes.

Not everyone is going to like you, and that is OK. What is important is to spend time with the people who do.

Mums really do know best

Who cares what people think. The right people will love you for you.

 I worry far too much. I worry about everything and everyone. I even worry about things I have no control over so I've learnt that I need to learn to stop this and let go a bit more! Perhaps if I ever do another one of these posts in a few years time, I *might* say I've improved with this. But lets not all hold our breaths ey.

Making someone else smile is priceless.

Family is everything. They are there for you throughout thick and thin and have always got your back.

Don't take yourself too seriously. Live a little. Go crazy, forget about what other people think of you and live in the moment. Basically, be a little goofy, it's so much more fun!

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You've only got one face. No matter how much makeup you plaster over that face, you are still left with your skin underneath it all. I've learnt to take care of my skin first and foremost and invest in skincare products over makeup products.

Walk away from toxic people. Or in this day and age, unfriend or block them. Theres nothing wrong with cutting negative people out of your life if all they do is bring you misery and put you down. This is easier said than done sometimes I admit, but some people are just not worth the pain. Ask yourself this, if they bring you more sadness and stress than happiness, I think it's time you walked away.

I am TERRIBLE at quick maths. 

Food is my life. Especially breakfast. How some people 'skip' breakfast is beyond me. I wake up in the morning, open my eyes and plan what I'm having for breakfast. Breakfast is everything.

I'm such a cosy, comfy kinda girl. I love nothing more than comfy clothes, especially my fluffy dressing gown and snuggling into a cosy blanket.

I get a buzz out of helping other people

"You get out of life what you put into it". This is my mums favourite quote and she bangs on about it so much that it's most definitely drilled into my head!

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M.A.C Studio Fix Fluid Foundation Review

M.A.C Studio Fix Fluid Foundation

I've been on the hunt for a full coverage foundation for a while now and after reading so many good reviews about this M.A.C one, I decided to pick it up and give it a try for myself. I have a very fair complexion so I am in the shade NC10, which as far as I am aware is the lightest shade that MAC do, which I am just ashamed about. How can I be THAT ghosty? *Quickly moving on before I have a meltdown at how pale I am and book a spontaneous holiday abroad...*

Initially, I was disappointed with the packaging as there is no dispenser/pump for this product and I didn't want to just pour it out as knowing me, that wouldn't end well, especially as I have cream carpets at home, my mum would kill me. I decided to buy a pump from the MAC website which was £4.50 (buy here) so that I could control how much product I am using at a time. Despite this, the packaging itself is actually very good as it comes in transparent glass packaging which enables you to see the shade properly.

M.A.C Studio Fix Fluid Foundation

For me, this product offers me high coverage, that is buildable, so I tend to use two layers of this if I want a really heavy coverage. Although, even just one layer of this manages to cover up my blemishes so I am impressed with that. This product also has a very good staying power on my skin I have noticed which is perfect as I don't need to be touching it up throughout the day.

I love the texture of this foundation. It blends so seamlessly into my skin and looks very natural. I always use a damp beauty blender to blend in this foundation and I notice my foundation brush can make this look a bit streaky, but I guess thats because this foundation is thick. This foundation leaves my skin looking smooth and natural, and as it has a matte finish and I have combination to dry skin, I do have to remember to use a thick moisturiser before I apply this foundation.

M.A.C Studio Fix Fluid Foundation  NC10

However, I have noticed that after using this foundation, I have broken out. I can't fully point the blame at this foundation but it certainly does seem to correlate with one another so I only use this foundation when I am specifically after a full coverage look, such as for a night out. Therefore I am still on the look out for a good, full-coverage foundation that is good for sensitive skin so if you have any recommendations please leave a comment below or tweet me @VLBeautyx as I am yet to find my holy-grail full-coverage foundation.
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September Goals

September Goals

Where on earth did August disappear to? In fact, where has this summer gone? August for me was lovely as it was filled with lots of nice days out as well as working a lot which meant when payday rolled around, I could afford to treat myself to a MacBook Air ready for starting my third year of University in a couple of weeks. September is probably my favourite month of the year as it is my birthday month and this year especially is more exciting as I am turning 21 this month and having a huge party with all my friends and family to celebrate that! I also love that with the month of September, comes Autumn, which means cosy clothes, dark lipsticks and those beloved pumpkin spiced lattes! This month I also am moving back to University to start my third year of my Psychology degree. I have set myself various resolutions for this month in particular as there seems to be so much going on, so I am determined to make this month memorable. In order to keep track of my progress and reflect upon my goals, I thought I would share with you my goals for September.
Make my Uni room feel homely
This is my third time of moving into a uni flat and lets face it, they aren't always the cutest and homeliest of places. This year I really want to try make my uni room feel welcoming and cosy. After the previous two years of buying all the pots and pans and immediate bedroom essentials/decorations, I have more money this year to spend on other things like cosy blankets and fairy lights. I am also moving in a week before my uni lectures begin, so that means that I have more time on my hands before uni starts, to decorate my room and set it all up before its covered in piles of lecture notes.
Eat better
 From the offset, I want to try and eat a lot healthier than I normally do at uni, especially during freshers. I want to get better at cooking myself meals from scratch which is why I bought myself some simple cookery books recently. A healthier diet really makes the world of difference to my mood, so I can't wait to feel more energised and healthier.

Improve with my photography
I've never been a great photographer especially when it comes to blog and Instagram pictures and I never feel 100% happy with the pictures that I take for them, but I'd like to change that. I've recently bought a few flatly props which I hope will improve on the look of my pictures and make my content better.

This year my house is literally opposite the gym so I have no excuses but to work out as much as I can. Ideally, the goal I have in my mind is to work out at least three times a week. With the gym being to close to my house, I have the convenience and option of nipping to the gym before lectures to get a quick workout in.

What are your goals for September? Let me know in the comments below!

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Advice For Third Years at Uni & Graduates | Lifestyle

Advice For University Students

Hi everyone!

Todays post is something a little different. I asked my lovely friend Emmi who has recently graduated from uni and has bagged herself an amazing job, to share with you a few pieces of advice that she would give to final year university students and graduates. Emmi is also a blogger over at 'Just Emmi' so be sure to check out her blog and also the guest post that I did over on her blog where I gave my advice on how to survive coming to uni! I went to Uni with Emmi and also worked alongside her at our job working in the Students Union shop. Thats all for me this week I'll leave you all to get on with reading Emmi's guest post but I'll be back next Sunday as usual! Have a lovely week x 


When Vicky asked me to write this guest post about my advice for uni students in their final year I had a mini heart attack. My third year of university was hectic, stressful and the busiest time of my life. What advice could I give to a student that would actually be useful? But despite stress levels reaching an all time high during my third year, I am now a graduate so I clearly did something right… right?

University is a long process that required a lot of hard work, determination, motivation and coffee. But there are a few things you can start doing now to take the edge off and help you out.

1. Get organised
I know it sounds so simple and cliche but seriously get a planner, a diary, sticky notes, a whiteboard. Just get something to help you get organised. Use these tools to plan your day, week and month. Set out days for certain things like revision, going to the gym, reading assigned books etc. The more you can plan your day the easier it will be to keep on top of things.

2. Do stuff outside of uni
Ok so I know I said third year was the busiest time of my life, and it will be for you as well. But on top of all of your classes, assignments and part time job you also need to be doing everything you can to up that CV of yours. Volunteer, get involved in a sports club (employers love team players), start a blog. Whatever subject you are interested in find a way to do something related to it outside of your class. It will make you stand out to recruiters, give you something to talk about in interviews and might be the thing that lands you that dream job.

3. Make time for friends
It can be very easy to spend the majority of your final year in the library but taking time out of your day to catch up with your friends is just as important. You don’t have to go out drinking all night, but a simple lunch break will help you keep that balance between work and social life.

4. Start applying for jobs early
I was lucky enough to have job interviews lined up before I even took my final exams, and I came straight out of them and into a full time job. Now you don’t need to apply for jobs in December, but start looking at what’s out there and what you want to do around Easter time. Then once you know where you want to go and what your exam timetable is start applying.

5. Don’t get disheartened
When you’re applying for jobs and getting rejection letters don’t be disheartened. I remember panicking thinking I was never going to find something and I’d have to move back home with my parents. But the truth is something will come along for you. It won’t just plonk itself into your lap - you’ll have to work for it. But eventually the right job for you will come a long.

6. Don’t be a hoarder
Moving out can be such a stress free process if you haven’t got that much stuff. But if like me you have collected bits and bobs over the past 3 years and never really chucked any of it away then you better crack on. If you can spend a couple hours every month going through your things and getting rid of items you don’t wear/use or like anymore this will make moving out so much easier!

7. Start saving now
Moving out is also very very expensive. I won’t tell you how much my boyfriend and I had to pay for out 2 bedroom flat but it was a lot more than we had expected. This is why it’s really good to start saving as much as you can now if you have the chance. Even £20 a month will really help come the summer - it might mean no more nights out for awhile though. #priorities

8. You don’t have to have the answers now
I know you’ve spent 3 years at university, maybe longer, studying your set subject. But this doesn’t mean that you have to have all the answers. If you don’t know what type of job you want when you graduate that’s OK. If you don’t know if you want to do a masters or not that’s OK too. Society will expect you to know exactly what you want to do with your life for the next 30 years but don’t be pressured into anything. It’s OK to move back home. It’s OK to get a job in something completely different to your degree. It’s OK to not have a plan - I wrote a whole post on this which you can see here.

Be sure to check out my blog and social links below. I’d love to hear what you are all studying.
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Beauty Wish List | Beauty

Hey everyone!
Today I thought I would share with you my current beauty wish list. As I'm sure most of you would have guessed by now but I am a huge beauty lover! There is always so many new products being released and as a student in particular, I definitely can't afford them all. If there is something that I really want, I make a list of it in the notes app on my phone and when I can, I will treat myself to something of that list. 

This is an eyeshadow palette that everyone, but me seems to have. It has such gorgeous shades that are definitely my kind of look! I love how it contains both matte and shimmery shades too. I also love the packaging of this product, with it being pink and velvet. However, I have a few eyeshadow palettes, admitting not these shades but at £41, I'm just not sure I can justify buying it at the moment, but it's definitely top on my wish list.

Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks are all so beautiful, both the products themselves and the packaging. I've wanted a lipstick from Charlotte Tilbury for a  while and when I came across 'Very Victoria' I first initially loved the name as it is particularly fitting for me but I also fell in love with the colour of this!
I can't remember who, but I saw a Youtuber a while back use this in her inner corner as a highlight and ever since I have had this on my wish list as it looked so lovely and really made her eyes pop. I don't think it's something that I am desperate for but it's still on my wish list as it did look stunning and I am in need of a good inner corner highlight.
4.Colour Pop Eyeshadows
I've been dying to get my hands on some of these eyeshadows for agesss as they look so beautiful and pigmented but Colour Pop is such a hard brand to get hold of over here, and I can't really be bothered with the hassle and the cost of using a shipping company! However, I'm sure sometime soon that will all change and I'll bite the bullet and place an order, as everyone seems to be raving so much about these!
*I am fully aware of how late I am on this bandwagon!* Again, at £32 I don't think this is something that I would rush into buying, hence why it is has been on my wish list for about a year now if not more, but as with most things, it's the perfect thing to put on a birthday or Christmas wish list. However if I was to win the lottery, I would be rushing to buy this as it looks like the perfect highlighter and it looks like it will show up more on the skin than my M.A.C soft and gentle highlighter does.
Have you tried any of these products? If so I'd love to know your thoughts! Let me know what's on your beauty wish list in the comments below or tweet me @VLBeautyx
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