University Update #3



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Hello everyone!

I am now in my third and final year of my Psychology degree!
As my last university update was around February time earlier this year, I just thought I'd also report on how I found second year. I finished second year with a 1st which I am over the moon about as you can imagine, but with that, also comes the pressure to receive the same grade this year, and overall for my degree. I know nobody is putting that pressure on me other than myself, and in fact, a little pressure can draw out the best in me, so that's what I'm going to aim for, a first class degree!

As expected, I can report that third year is stressful! The workload has been incredibly intense this year. I started back towards the end of September and I had a 100 page portfolio worth 75% of one of my modules due for the end of October. Somehow I managed to complete that in time and I am awaiting my grade back anytime soon, but that for me was really difficult as I hadn't done any uni work since last May, so then to come back and straight away have to get started with such a big piece of work was extremely stressful. I've made a good start on my dissertation and received ethical approval to conduct my study, so I'm hoping to be making a start on that soon, ideally before Christmas. I'm conducting research into phishing emails and exploring what factors make people susceptible to becoming victims of such an attack, which I find really interesting. 


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At the start of this new academic year, I felt very down and I felt as though despite having a summer 'off', I was stressed and had a lot on my mind. This is because I spent so much time thinking about what I wanted to do with my degree and whether or not I wanted to do a masters. I spent endless days searching the internet for inspiration and even a solution to my problem. I even booked an appointment at a careers service and went there for some advice. As with most things like this, it does take time but it also requires you to stay calm and that, I am not good at. I felt as though time was running out for me to decide and I felt hopeless and longed to be one of those people who just know what they want to do. You know Suzie in your class at Primary school who wanted to be a Doctor and oh look, is now training to be a Doctor? Yeah, well that was never me. I have always been so indecisive about my future, but ever since doing my degree in Psychology I've known that's what I wanted to do, but without boring you with the details of the endless routes you can go down, the fact that there was such a rigid route to the field, made me feel under-pressure. I can't say for certain what my plans are, but I am hoping to do a masters. That's the plan, but as you've probably noticed by the rambles you've just read, I'm not too certain of anything at the present moment!

In terms of other aspects of University, my role as a Supervisor at the SU shop is going really well. I'm learning so much, not just about management, but also about myself. I've learnt how to deal with some difficult situations and remain calm in those, and learnt how to delegate and assign job roles to staff in an appropriate way. At the end of the day, most of those staff members are my friends, so I found it difficult being told to tell them what to do but I've overcome that and I am really enjoying the position! I honestly feel like come summer, when it's time for everyone to say their goodbyes and time for me to leave that job, I will be a very sad person indeed. I love working there and as soppy as it sounds, for me and my boyfriend, Jack, I think it'll always hold a special place in our hearts as that's where we met!

At the present moment, I think I'm doing alright with juggling a job, blogging and University! I've been making the most of all my spare time and making sure I plan ahead. I'm constantly using the notes app on my phone to jot down post ideas whilst I walk to lectures. 
I feel as though I can definitely put 'good organisation' down on my CV!



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Everyday Makeup For Autumn

Everyday Makeup For Autumn

When Autumn rolls around, I really enjoy experimenting with different products and using different shades of eyeshadows to create a warm, autumnal look. Around this time, I love to incorporate darker tones, golden or cranberry eyes and of course, a berry lip into my makeup looks.

Sleek Face Contour Kit



L'Oreal Blush Sculpt

I try to keep things simple so my everyday makeup looks are fairly straightforward. To start, I use the Pixi Glow Booster in Peach Gold to add radiance to my skin and follow that by using the Benefit Professional primer. I then use the Mayeblline Fit Me foundation alongside the Collection Lasting Perfection concealer to create a natural base. As this foundation is matte, I skip powder and use a dusting of the L'Oreal Blush Sculpt to finish off the base. To warm up the face, I use the Sleek Face Contour kit to which helps to add dimension and sculpt my face to give me those 'Angelia Jolie cheekbones'I finish the base off with the highlight that also comes in the Sleek Face Contour Kit.

Morphe 35F palette

On the eyes, I usually go for a berry or golden lid. For this, I love using the Morphe 35F palette, which I've coined as 'The Ultimate Autumnal Eyeshadow Palette'- see my review hereI pair my eyeshadow with a cat-eye flick and pile on the mascara. For brows, I have recently fallen back in love with the Soap & Glory Brow Archery pencil as this adds precision and creates natural looking eyebrows.



Viva Glam III by M.A.C
To finish it all off, I opt for a bold berry lip such as 'Viva Glam III' by M.A.C, to give me that 'vampy' look. This lipstick has brown and plum tones throughout it which makes it very wearable in the daytime, as well as in the evenings, 

What's your go-to makeup look for Autumn?

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A Remedy For Imperfections

Keromask review

The colder months have arrived and so has the redness on my face. 
I tend to get redness around my cheeks and on my nose and no matter what I try, it always seems to poke its way through my foundation! If you are a regular reader of my posts, you'll know that I struggle a lot with dark under-eye circles and I have tried numerous products to try and counteract them underneath my foundation yet nothing seems to work. I guess being a third year undergraduate student doesn't really help on the 'get more sleep' front either. So when I was contacted to try out some of Keromask's full coverage camouflage range, I knew I had to accept the opportunity.

Keromask is a makeup range which specialises in camouflage makeup to disguise all skin imperfections including: acne scaring, vitiligo, rosacea, scars, stretch marks, dark under-eye circles and even unwanted tattoos. Keromask can be purchased from Chemist.net, which is a really user-friendly website that makes products easy to navigate and locate.




Keromask camouflage cream

The keromask camouflage cream definitely helps to lighten up the eye area and conceal dark under-eye circles. I ordered the shade light no.1 which acts as a brilliant under-eye brightener and matches my pasty skin perfectly (sob sob). This cream is available in 25 shades which is amazing as keromask caters for all skin types and tones which is great to see in a brand. As you can see in the pictures above and below, a small drop of this cream really does go a long way and as the cream is also thick, I would be wary about applying too much as it becomes hard to blend out.

Keromask camouflage cream

I also ordered the Translucent Mineral Rich Loose Finishing Powder which is designed to set the foundation and also prepare the skin for additional products to be applied, such as eye shadows and blushers. The powder comes in four shades: translucent, light, medium and dark, which like the cream, is inclusive of all skin tones. I opted for the translucent powder. They are designed to complement the creams but I also love to use this as a generic all-round translucent powder. I use this powder on top of the cream which creates an airbrushed finish, which you can see in the picture below. There is no doubt that this powder works and works well, but I am not a massive fan of the smell of this product. I can't quite put my finger on it, but it just smells..unique and a little bit werid.

Keromask camouflage cream

I tested these products out on a dark brown mole/birthmark that I have on my leg which I can feel quite self-conscious about sometimes. I found that this cream made the mole appear less intense in colour, yet it didn't actually cover it up and disguise it, as the product claims to do, it just laid on top of the mole. 

I don't have any tattoos to be able to test this on but as I noticed with my mole, the lighter shade of this sort-of highlights the area, which is great for the under eyes, but if you are interested in using this product to cover up any unwanted tattoos, I would suggest going for a slightly darker shade than I have, obviously depending on your skin tone.


Testing these products further, I wanted to try out the products ability to disguise scars, as it claims to do. I tried it on a scar that I have on my hand from an operation that I had as a child and I was very impressed to see that it worked! As I said before, the product is so thick and pigmented that you only need a pea-sized amount, especially as I was only covering up a small area. At first I used too much cream and it clung to the creases on my hand, as you might be able to notice in the picture below. As I rubbed the cream in, it settled into the skin and I couldn't even see the scar which I am so impressed with. 



Overall, I've been very impressed with these products and am loving incorporating them into my makeup routine, as they both certainly do the trick! A massive bonus about both of these products and keromask as a brand, is that keromask is cruelty-free, meaning that it does not test on animals!
*Disclaimer: I was sent these products in exchange for a review but all opinions are my own*

Have you ever tried camouflage makeup before?  
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Ready, Set, GOLD!

Morphe 35R: Ready, Set, GOLD!
Yes I can see those eyes widen as you stare at your screens wondering why I am reviewing yet another Morphe palette and silently wondering how many of these palettes I actually own. This is the third Morphe palette to be added into my ever-growing eyeshadow collection and I am OBSESSED yet again. Morphe palettes are a cult favourite of mine as they contain a mix of matte and shimmers so the palettes are perfect for travelling as you can easily create a mixture of looks just with one palette. As always with these palettes, all the shades are soft and buttery and have amazing pigmentation. I always buy my Morphe palettes from Beauty Bay so I don't have to worry about paying customs or waiting an age for it to arrive.

The 35R palette was released earlier this year to bring the 'regal look of gold into everyday life'. It contains 35 shades ranging from rich chocolate browns to metallic coppers and stunning golds. There are 18 flat matte shades, 15 metallic and 2 shimmery mattes. The packaging is classic Morphe plastic black case with the Morphe logo on the front.

Morphe 35R: Ready, Set, GOLD!
Now onto the swatches. I just used one single swipe to swatch these shades onto my arm and admittedly, some were more pigmented than others. In particular, I noticed that the matte shades weren't as pigmented as the shimmers. Nevertheless, when applied onto my eyes, all of these shades were really easy to blend and build up. For the foiled shades, I recommend using a flat eyeshadow brush, perhaps sprayed with some Fix + from M.A.C to pack on the shadow to create an intense look. I am really impressed with how pigmented the black shade is in this palette (on the fourth row)- check it out for yourselves!

Top Row (from left to right)
Morphe 35R: Ready, Set, GOLD!


Second Row (from left to right)

Morphe 35R: Ready, Set, GOLD!

Third Row (from left to right)

Morphe 35R: Ready, Set, GOLD!

Fourth Row (from left to right)

Morphe 35R: Ready, Set, GOLD!

Fifth Row (from left to right)

Morphe 35R: Ready, Set, GOLD!

I can't rave about this palette enough as it contains a variety of cool, warm and neutral tones. I think that this palette will be perfect for Christmas time especially, as I love wearing gold shades during that season. I've experienced little to no fall-out whilst using this which is amazing and leads me to believe that Morphe have improved their formula for this palette! As I always say, £22.99 for 35 amazing eyeshadows is too good to resist!

Have you tried out any of the Morphe palettes? Let me know your thoughts!

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Autumn Lip Picks

To me, Autumn screams dark, berry lipsticks. I did a similar post to this one last year and looking back, I noticed a majority of the lipsticks I wore back then were berry shades. Since then, I’ve branched out of the rut I was in with lipstick shades and colours, and transitioned into wearing more nude shades over this past year. My autumnal lip edits for this year contain a variety of browny nudes and dark, berry shades which I will be living in throughout this season. 

L'Oreal Lip Paint/Matte in 210 Dead Lips 

This is a relatively new lipstick on the market and one I picked up around a month ago and instantly fell in love with, although I’m not too keen on the name for this! This is a typical brown-toned nude shade which looks lovely on the lips and feels very weightless. I love how the applicator for this product is slanted which allows for a very neat and precise application. This product is extremely long-lasting and certainly lives up to its name of being a 'paint'!

L'Oreal Lip Paint/Matte in 210 Dead Lips

L'Oreal Lip Paint/Matte in 210 Dead Lips

Rimmel Kate 107


I've recently fallen back in love with the infamous Rimmel 107 lipstick, which is such a popular lipstick choice for this time of year. This is a matte, bold red-wine shade which initially appears sheer on the lips but it can be built up for a more intense look. I think this lipstick is such great value for money and should be a staple for everyone around this time of year! I would say that this lipstick would suit any skin tone, not just a ghostly, pale one like mine! On a side note, as this is a matte lipstick, it can be quite drying on the lips so I always apply a clear lip balm beforehand.

Rimmel Kate 107

Rimmel Kate 107

M.A.C Velvet Teddy


I couldn't do an Autumn lip picks post without featuring the iconic Velvet Teddy from M.A.C. This is a matte, medium warm-toned nude. Although, I wouldn't notice that this is a matte lipstick, as it is so creamy! I have been wearing this non-stop recently and it's definitely one of my all-time-favourite lipsticks!

M.A.C Velvet Teddy

M.A.C Velvet Teddy

Rimmel The Only One 810 in One-Of-A-Kind

This lipstick is a stunning warm red shade that is extremely pigmented and long-wearing. The formula is slightly glossy and it sits comfortably on my lips. The packaging of this lipstick is sleek and simple, with the useful colour band at the bottom indicating the shade of the lipstick. The only issue I have with this lipstick is that it does smudge and transfer throughout the day, but I guess that is to be expected with such a dark colour, so make sure to apply a lip liner with this one!

Rimmel The Only One 810 in One-Of-A-Kind

Rimmel The Only One 810 in One-Of-A-Kind

New Look Matte Lipstick in Mocha


This is a cool-toned nude shade which glides onto the lips and feels very smooth. This lasts all day on my lips which is a must-have for those cold, autumnal days spent sipping on a PSL from Starbucks. I mentioned this lipstick in my September Favourites so feel free to read that too to hear more about this lipstick, but this is definitely an all round favourite of mine and I can't wait to try some more New Look lipsticks!
New Look Matte Lipstick in Mocha


New Look Matte Lipstick in Mocha

What are your favourite lipsticks to wear during Autumn?

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