Wednesday, 5 April 2017

I'm Back! | Life Update

Hello! Is anyone still here?

I know it’s been far too long since I’ve last posted, but life has just been getting in the way recently and I’ve been super bus. I’ve went from sitting in nearly every day and night when I wasn’t at university, to being out working, spending a lot more time with my friends and – brace yourself – going on dates!

Finding spare time recently to sit down and write a blog post and take photographs to go with blog posts has just not been happening, but I miss blogging. I really want to get back into the swing of things again, so I thought I’d start with a little life update saying as it’s been a while.

During our first semester of uni I feel like I didn't spend all that much time with my friends and I felt like we didn't talk as much because we were all settling into this new life at university. Now though, we spend so much more time together - some may even say too much! Particularly me and my best friend, Lauren, who have started seeing each other nearly every day and, most of the time, some sort of food is involved. A lasting friendship is built on a foundation of McDonald’s chips and Domino’s pizza. I think we’ve become so much closer over the past few months as well and to be honest, I think University has brought us closer together unlike many friends who stop talking after going to uni. 

As I've already mentioned, I got a job! I had been searching since last summer as I had to give up my previous job due to university. My new job is nothing special, just working as a shop assistant but a jobs a job, right? It's so good to actually earn my own money again and not have to rely on my parents to buy all of my food for me. I started on the 10th of February, which is scary because those 2 months have flown! Everyone that I work with is so lovely and it hasn’t taken me long at all to settle in.

Now onto the juicy stuff– the dates! This whole dating thing is new to me… Yes, I know, it makes me sound incredibly sad that I haven’t been on a date before I was 19, but honestly, boys just haven’t been all that interested in me before. Well, maybe they have, but they’ve just been very very quiet about it hahah! Anyway, I met a guy in February who is very nice and we’ve been on a good few dates since then. I don’t want to say too much, but I guess I’ve made my way into the dating world – finally haha!

What have you been up to recently? Let me know in the comments!

Sarah-Michelle x


Wednesday, 25 January 2017

2016 Favourites!

This post is a lot later than I had intended to post it, but I got there eventually. There were so many things that I loved throughout 2016, so I've narrowed it down to my top few favourites, which is actually still quite a lot of things...

Sleek Solstice Palette
After buying this palette during the summer, I immediately fell in love with it. The highlighters are incredibly pigmented and all of the shades are beautiful. It has become my go-to highlighter! You can read my full review of the Sleek Solstice palette here.

Naked 2 Palette
Like the Sleek Solstice pallette, the Naked 2 palette quickely became my go-to palette, particularly for nights out. I find it's great for creating a number of eye looks and my most-used shades from it are 'YDK', 'Chopper' and 'Verve'.

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara
This mascara is definitely my favourite mascara that I've ever used - a bold statement, I know. It gives my lashes length, it curls them and it doesn't leave them looking clumpy whatsoever. I can't see myself using any other mascara anytime soon!

Bare Minerals Blusher in 'Your Highness'
This blusher is a gorgeous rose-y pink shade that adds the perfect flush to my cheeks. As it's a loose powder, it's also very pigmented which means a little goes a long way with this. As it's more pigmented than some of my other blushers, I find this perfect for nights out and occasions when I'm wearing heavier makeup. 

Ardell Demi Wispies
Before I discovered these lashes in 2016, I couldn't be bothered with false eye lashes; I could never get them on, they never stuck for the whole night and they were more effort than they were worth. But these were a complete game changer for me! They look so natural on and the glue that comes with them is a-maz-ing! The lashes stay on all night without having to readjust them or reapply glue to them. No eye look I do is complete without them!

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish
After hearing every blogger and youtuber and blogger raving about this cleanser, I obviously had to try it for myself in 2016. It removes every single bit of makeup, including waterproof mascara, easily and without much rubbing at your face. I definitely notice a difference in my skin if I go without using this for a while.

Shawn Mendes
Shawn Mendes was definitely one of my favourite singers of 2016. I've loved every song that he has released and his latest album is amazing. Shawn has an incredible voice that I don't think I'll ever tire of hearing!

Fabulous Hannah
My favourite youtuber this year has definitely been Fabulous Hannah. Her videos are so entertaining and it's obvious that she puts a lot of work into them. She's also very funny and seems like a very genuine person. I feel like I know her personally just from watching her videos. 

What were you loving in 2016?

Sarah-Michelle x 


Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Hello 2017!

I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! It turns out that blogmas was a complete fail here on lifewithadash (note to self: plan all of the posts for next year well in advance), but, it's now a new year, which means a fresh start.

I'm not going to say all that new year, new me crap that most people seem to say at this time of the year, but I do intend to set myself some goals and actually stick to them. I never usually stick to any of the resolutions I've made in the past, but this year I've set myself some realistic resolutions and I'm determined to!

Here are some of my goals for 2017:

Firstly, I really want to be more consistent and organised when it comes to blogging.
Let's face it, I'm not that great at posting regularly and planning my posts in advance, am I? Blogmas was just a perfect example of that hahah! This year I want to set up a blogging schedule and actually stick to it. I want my blog to grow and not blogging consistently is obviously not going to help. 

2017 will also be the year I finally learn to drive. I've said this numerous times in the past, for example before my 17th birthday and last summer, but this time I really mean it! I hate not being able to go wherever I want when I want because I can't drive. My goal is  to be able to drive before summer so that I can actually go and do things with my friends whenever I want and not have to worry about getting a lift from my parents.

This year I intend on finding a job. I'll be searching every day for new job openings because I definitely need the money - a student loan can only stretch so far! As well as needing money to be able to live, I need money to complete my previous goal of learning to drive. I also want to start putting money away for a car, otherwise, what would be the point in learning to drive?

 I say this every year, but this year I mean it - I want to get fitter. When I'm at uni I don't lead the healthiest of lifestyles and I want to change this as I don't want to put on any weight (I refuse to move up a dress size). Also, with my sisters wedding in September, I want to be looking my best. 

Finally, I want to continue to grow in confidence and worry less about things. Honestly, this will probably be the most challenging thing on this list, but hopefully I can achieve it!

What are some of your goals for 2017?

Sarah-Michelle x 

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Saturday, 10 December 2016

Early Christmas | Blogmas Day #9

As I mentioned in a few of my previous blogmas posts, my uni flatmates,some of our friends and I celebrated Christmas early as this week was the last full week we would all be together before Christmas. 

Once everyone arrived at our house we all had a cocktail,  exchanged secret santa presents and then opened them at the same time. From my secret santa I received a really nice Elf eyeshadow palette, which I've already used a lot and can tell it will become a staple in my makeup routine, a full length mirror (we were in desperate need of one in our uni house haha) and a drinking game which may have been put to good use later in the night...

After present swapping, we started making dinner. It took a bit longer than we expected, but in the end the dinner turned out really well and we were all quite proud of it! It wouldn't be Christmas without crackers, would it? We all pulled a cracker, told our bad jokes and put our paper hats on for a picture. 

After a few more of our friends arrived, including one of my friends who I haven't seen since September as she was in England at University, that's when the party began. We got ready for going out (you can find my Christmas party makeup look here) and made use of the drinking game that I got for Christmas. All 9 of us then headed out where we had a great time dancing. Earlier in the day we learnt the 'Footloose' dance so we busted that out for just about every song we could haha. It was one of the best nights out I've had in a while with some great people!

Have you ever celebrated Christmas early?

Sarah-Michelle x 


Thursday, 8 December 2016

Christmas Makeup Look | Blogmas Day #8

It's nearly Christmas and you know what that means? It's party season! Whether it's a work party, a family party or a Christmas night out with your friends you want your makeup to fit the festive feeling. So, I've decided to share my go-to makeup look for this year with you.

Starting with the face, I like to use a long-lasting foundation with a high coverage for parties so I apply this Revlon Color Stay foundation in the shade 'natural beige' (which I'm aware is a good few shades darker than my skin tone, but it's to match my fake tan) all over my face using my damp Real Techniques Miracle Complexion sponge for an even finish. I then apply the Soap & Glory kick-ass concealer in 'light' under my eyes, on any spots, around my nose and down the bridge of it. This conceals any imperfections and helps to highlight parts of my face. Using the trusty Rimmel Stay Matte powder I set all of this in place. 

Moving onto the eyes, I apply the Urban Decay primer all over my lids using my finger and blend the shade 'Naked' from the first Naked palette into my crease. I then pack the shade 'Sidecar' all over my lid, leaving a space in the middle of my lid with no product on it. In this space I add the shade 'Half Baked'. To darken up the crease I blend the shade 'Buck' into it and gradually add a small amount of 'Darkhorse' on the outer 'V' of my eyelid I blend the shade 'Hustle'. I just continue to blend until it looks blended well enough. 

I'll then leave my eyes for the time being, and move onto contour. Using the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush I'll apply the Sleek bronzer from their contour palette under my cheekbones, my jawline, to my forehead and down my nose to make it appear slimmer. I'll blend this in using the Real Techniques brush and then to soften it a little bit more I'll use the Real Techniques sponge. To apply my Bare Minerals blusher in 'Your Highness' I use the Eco-Tools powder brush. I finish off my face makeup by sweeping a bit of the bronze shade from the Sleek 'Cleopatra Kiss' highlighter on the tops of my cheekbones, down my nose and on my cupids bow. 

 Moving back to the eyes, I apply the darkest shade 'hustle' to my lower lash line and using the L'oreal Super Liner Perfect Slim to add a small wing to my upper lash line. Using a black pencil liner I line my upper waterline and then I'll apply a set of Ardell Demi Whispie Lashes and coat my lashes with the Benefit Roller Lash mascara. For my eyebrows, I first brush through them with a spoolie and afterwards fill them in using the powder from the Barry M Brow Kit and the Eco-Tools angled brush. To complete my eye look I add a little bit of the shade 'virgin' from the Naked Palette to the inner corner of my eye and my brow bone.

And finally, to finish off the look I'll apply the Barry M Matte Lip Paint in the shade 'Obsessed'.

 What's your go-to Christmas party makeup look?

Sarah-Michelle x 

p.s. I know I missed yesterdays blogmas post and I'm really annoyed about that, but it was so busy yesterday with our early Christmas (post coming soon). Hopefully, this will be the only blogmas post that I miss!


Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Christmas Traditions | Blogmas Day #6

Hey everyone! So, it's actually 3am on the 7th of December, but I haven't been to sleep yet so this still counts as day 6, right? I didn't get a chance to post this earlier because after coming home from a day full of lectures, I had to finish an assignment, baked some mini cheesecakes in preparation for our early Christmas at uni tomorrow (more on that to come soon!) and then we may have ended up heading to McDonalds...So all in all it's been quite a busy day haha. 

We have quite a few Christmas traditions in my family. In fact, any time someone in my family suggests doing something different, me and my sister always find ourselves repeating "but it's tradition!" I'm actually really sad this year as my sister, Claire, gets married in 2017 and so won't be at our house on Christmas Eve/ Day and won't be joining us until boxing day. I was reminiscing about all of the traditions that would change after this year and  thought I'd share some of them with you!

Christmas PJs
Although we only started to do this in the past 6 or 7 years, it has definitely become a tradition now  to open a present, obviously containing jammies, on Christmas  Eve to wear that night. I'm a big fan of this tradition because who doesn't love new pyjamas?

Creating 'The Plan' 
Ever since we were younger, me, Claire and one of my brothers, David, would all congregate in one of our bedrooms to discuss the plan for Christmas morning. Of course, there's absolutely no need for this as we pretty much follow the same routine on Christmas day every single year. Nevertheless, we still do it because "it's tradition!"

Claiming the Perfect Present Spot
Santa's gotta know who's presents to put where, right? So, we claim our spot which is always the same, but every single year my brother and sister argue about who gets their presents on the fireplace haha. When we were little we actually used to leave little 'Santa leave my presents here' notes, but we don't do this anymore.

Turkey, Ham & Stuffing Sandwiches
I think this is one of my favourite traditions. After opening our presents and before we have our dessert, we'll make sandwiches out of the dinner leftovers and they are so good. A little bit of turkey, some of mi madres honey glazed ham, stuffing and bon appetite!

Disguising Presents
We have this tradition in our house which, as far as I can remember, started way back in the day when my dad decided to wrap up a turkey leg as a joke as part of my mum's present. Now, we all wrap presents up in random boxes and bags to try and make the other person think they've got something completely ridiculous. Thanks dad haha.

What traditions do you have in your family?

Sarah-Michelle x 


Monday, 5 December 2016

Music Monday | Top 5 Christmas Songs 2016 | Blogmas Day #5

This year I've seemed to stray away from the classic Christmas songs that I'd usually listen to and I've started listening to more recent Christmas songs. Of course, there are a few exceptions such as The Pogues' 'Fairy Tale Of New York', Mariah Carey's 'All I want for Christmas' and Wham's 'Last Christmas' but these are the songs I've found myself listening to the most so far this year. 

Santa Tell Me - Ariana Grande

Hoping For Snow - The Vamps

My Only Wish (This Year) - Britney Spears

One More Sleep - Leona Lewis

Mistletoe - Justin Bieber

Which Christmas songs have you been listening to the most this year?

Sarah-Michelle x 

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