Student Perks.

Student life sucks, let’s be honest.ย Exams, deadlines, all-nighters, alcohol, unhealthy food. It’s not good for you. The only perk to being a student nowadays are the discounts you get and the ‘student-focused’ campaigns from shops. However, the big chains don’t … Continue reading

August Favourites.

Autumn’s nearly here!! How gay right? So these are the products I had been loving last month! First is the Aussie Leave-in Conditioning Sprayย  Obviously as summer ends, a consequence to enjoying the sun too much is dry hair due … Continue reading

July Favourites.

I know this is super late – well it’s not that late it’s only the 6th August – but here it is!

So you guys know I was in Hong Kong for the majority of July, this resulted in me not really trying many beauty products etc, so this Favourites post is going to be a bit different. Instead I’m just going to post stuff that I’ve tried once or twice and have loved or not really meshed with but haven’t used for an extended period of time to give a true analysis for you guys.

Let’s start with the products I’ve tried and loved from the beginning:

First on my list is the Etude House Baking Powder BB Deep Cleansing Foam; I didn’t actually choose to buy this product it was given to me as a tester as a consequence of me buying so much from Etude House :’) which is what I love about Hong Kong, you get so many freebies!!!!!! โค

I absolutely love this cleanser. To the extent that I was mildly depressed for like 10 minutes that I’d repurchased my Tea Tree Cleanser from The Body Shop thus giving me no choice but to have to wait till I finish using that before I buy this. It just made my skin so cleaaaaan!! Now I don’t know whether it’s true that Asian beauty products are better for Asian skin but I feel like I have never seen my skin so clean after just one use of a cleanser!! My redness had been reduced and my skin just looked so pearly and flawless and bright and JUST SO GOOOOOOOD: that I actually just left BB cream and powder etc and just out my usual eye make up on. I don’t know if I’m supposed to use this on a daily basis or whether this is meant for once or twice a week application as I can’t read Korean but I’m pretty sure you can use this on a daily basis. The texture is quite thick – or maybe I’ve just layered it on hehe – and has little beads in it to exfoliate as you rub it into your skin. THE SMELL. I can’t even get over the smell. It just makes me want to eat my own face! It smells like those lemon puff biscuits, if some of you don’t know what that is or don’t remember it’s these:

It just smells good guys seriously.

Anyway I could write about it all day because that’s how much I loooove it but we need to move on:

The next product is also one that was given to me as a tester: it is the Etude House Precious Mineral BB Cream Bright Fit.

When it was given to me, it looked like this:

but I think it’s supposed to look like this….

Anyway, I love this BB cream, much much more than my Decleor BB cream that I raved about in a previous review! I think the tester at had a bit too much product in it because when I put it on my face it was very heavy so you can use less if you want less coverage I’m guessing. But really this has such a lovely texture (ie. it didn’t feel like I was actually slapping on make up, it felt very light and basically hardly there) , it’s not overly moisturising (thus not that oily) and seemingly has just the amount of moisture to make your skin look plump and healthy with a bit of a glow. It seemingly applies to a matte coverage but I felt it was so matte that your skin just looked dull, like I said it has a bit of a plumpy glowy thing going on. Again, it is very pigmented, when I wore this I didn’t even use concealer to cover any redness or my dark circles because it did it for me!!! I wore it for about 6 hours and it didn’t fade but I don’t know if it would’ve last all day – though I think it would last at least 10 hours but I don’t know whether that’s hope… – but I do want to mention that I didn’t even need powder to set it and it stayed that long on my face without budging. It’s just awesome, and I will definitely be buying this when I’ve tried/used the other BB cream things I’ve purchased from Laneige etc.

Another tester I was given was from Laneige it was the Water Supreme Primer Base in Mint:

I’ve tried a lot of primer, from Benefit to Maybelline to No 7 etc and I haven’t really liked them as much as I have this one. It has a nice texture, normally when I put a primer on over my moisturising cream I feel like there’s too much on my face and that my make up will slide right off but this is quite light and just goes on the skin great. I believe there are other colours for other skin types but the mint one is to fight redness so I’m quite lucky they gave me this one as a tester! It does significantly reduce redness, not so it’s completely gone but I think that’s the point due to it being a primer and not a foundation or BB cream etc. I will definitely be purchasing this primer at my earliest convenience, I still have one more packet tester for this so I’m saving it for when I really need it ๐Ÿ˜‰

Now onto products I’m not so sure whether I like or not or whether I’m trying to like it:

First is the Etude House Magic Bubble Creamy Peeling Wash Foam (thing whatever it’s called bloody hell it’s a long name)

I’ve used this once and I actually bought this thinking it was a daily cleanser but it’s actually an exfoliator that you’re supposed to use once or twice a week. I quite like the foam idea of it, it feels nice on the skin. I think I used it wrong though cause I massaged it into the skin and it was created like little bumps with I assume was it exfoliating and getting all my dead skin etc but you’re supposed to leave it on your face for like 2-3 minutes so I think I applied it wrong. I don’t know whether it was due to this that I wasn’t that impressed with it as it did exfoliate my face but not as well as the Decleor one I often use. But I will try it again to see if I was just silly and used it wrong!

Next product is the Etude House Face Conditioning Cream:

This is meant to be a primer and a moisturiser in one I think. Now I’ve read a couple of reviews for this and everyone seemed to be buzzing. When I tried it it was a nice texture and was nice to rub into the skin but it really took some rubbing in. And I don’t know whether you’re supposed to put moisturising cream on then this or just skip to this because it created little white flecks/bumps that I had to get off with a cotton pad. So I will try it without apply moisturiser to see if it will create the same little flecks but I hope it doesn’t as I really want to like this product. As to whether it helps with application of make up I think that it does to a certain extent but I haven’t really tried it enough to be like YEAH IT IS AWESOME GO GET IT.

Next product is the Etude House Precious Mineral BB Compact Bright Fit:

This sounds bad but I foolishly bought this: my cousin had suggested the BB cream but I had been lured by the concept of a BB powder. I have only used this once so I might love it after a few more uses but for a first impression, it’s very very cakey. If you want full coverage, this powder is for you! It has a really matte finish so if that’s what you want then this is perfect. It didn’t look bad, it made my skin look flawless and I didn’t have to use concealer! But I just don’t like that kinda of coverage, I might have put too much on out of excitement for new make up but I really did just not really fall in love with this and I really wish, especially after trying the tester, that I had listened to my cousin and bought the cream instead of compact instead. I wore this for a night out and by the end of the night I could see some areas that were either flaking or just looking like they needed a touch up (but I feel like if I touched it up it would’ve gone even weirder) thank god it was dark hahaa. ย All in all, I think this product will be amazing for others, but not as good for people like me who like a matte look so I don’t look over dewy but also like that plumpness to my face an a bit of a glow.

Last but not least is the Seaweed Ionic Clay Mask from The Body Shop:

I’ve wanted a clay mask for ages, and my friend and I happened to see this the other time we were in Body Shop but I never got round to buying it. I do like the texture and the mask itself is quite amusing as it dried to the extent that it feels like there is cement on your face, I know that doesn’t sound amusing but it made me giggle and it lets you know when it’s basically almost time for you to wash it off so you don’t have to keep looking at the time. For me, I don’t know whether it was due to the fact that my face isn’t actually too oily, it’s more dry/combination which causes a stinging because it was trying to suck out oils that the majority of my face doesn’t have: it’s mostly my T-zone and a little bit around my nose, but within about 5-10 minutes of putting it on, it stung so much like it was burning my face off. Now I think no pain no gain so I was happily just enduring it, it was my friend that told me to take it off if it’s causing irritation so I quickly removed it. Luckily I didn’t come up with any rashes or anything so I was relieved and I did notice some clearing of blackheads on my nose so next time I will probably either use it for JUST my T-zone or JUST my nose ๐Ÿ™‚

So yeah that’s what I’ve been liking atm – I haven’t been out much since I’ve been back from Hong Kong as I did so much stuff whilst there like we went out everyday man and I’ve missed my bed so much that I’m like:

And Tom has been in Rome for a week so I have no hibernation buddy ๐Ÿ˜ฆ He comes back tonight though – at like 11pm ๐Ÿ˜ฆ – so YAYAYAYAYAYYAYAYA.

So yeah, aside from Monday when I actually socialised, my life has been pretty lame lately…

Hope you guys have been having a good summer! RESULTS DAY SOON WTF I HAVE TO GROW UP.

Good luck to me, hopefully I get into Birmingham because the idea of being 5 hours and 3 trains away from home at Kent makes me feel ย just:

Good luck to those of you also getting your results!!

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OOTD & DDOA (Daily Dose of Adventures: Yep it’s a thing now)

Today’s family day was a what I can only describe as hectic-ly slow; my dad had a speed awareness course this morning so my mum and I were basically just trying to kill time. Though saying this she woke me up at 10am to make me take her to ASDA for flour for the takeaway haha, I know 10am seems pretty late but I hadn’t slept very well the night before due to having bites (from midgies I think) so they were driving me crazy with the itchiness. I’m so prone to bites I used to hate going anywhere but England but now they’ve reached me here!!! I clearly just need to move away to my own island where nothing can find me. Kinda sounds appealing!

Anyway so yeah after ASDA, my mum and I went to Matalan and Tesco just for a wonder and I started to get some stuff for uni, it’s only a little haul that consists of like 3 things but I’ll post that tomorrow to show you guys what I got so far in prep for my university life. This is what I wore today:

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As you can see I am still loving my crop tops! I regretted this outfit later by the way because when we arrived at Preston, to meet up with family friends that we see like every Monday (<3), it suddenly turned horrendously cold ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Anyway as I said, we went to Preston to eat dinner, we had LOBSTER, it was pretty good but I still like the way my dad cooks it the best here is a gallery of events:

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I have no idea what my fortune cookie meant but I guess I hope I don’t hear any news because otherwise it will be bad!

So that’s what happened today, hope you guys did something more interesting than me!

PS. Next door are having their roof fixed and the builders are really really creepy like:

Like seriously the kind that don’t even try and be subtle that they are checking you out and watching your every move.

So if I stop posting CALL THE POLICE BECAUSE I’VE BEEN KIDNAPPED.

PPS. I have been wanting to change my theme for ages because I realise the font is kinda hard to read (for you guys that are actually directed onto my page not guys on wordpress) but I want something pretty yet simple nothing too fancy or elaborate and I can never find something that satisfies those qualities. Just wanted to share this slightly saddening thing with you ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

LYL โค

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Today’s outfit and minor chit chat.

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Sorry for my silence, just been so busy with college and work and mother’s day! My mum ironically forgot about me on mother’s day… I was supposed to take her to lunch and she was completely adamant I never said anything of the sort… not sure whether to take my mum’s forgetfulness about me as a good thing or a bad thing.

I got my answer from Edinburgh today and unfortunately I didn’t get in, but there is a silver lining to every cloud (whatever the saying is) and this has helped me choose Kent as my firm! Before this, I had been stuggling to choose between Kent and Roehampton but now I get to choose both! I’m so excited to finally get everything sorted.

I am going to London tomorrow to go see Roehampton, a day off college is always good ๐Ÿ˜‰

Hope you guys had a lovely weekend.
Tell me if you’ve done anything interesting this weekend or how mother’s day was for you!

Today’s outfit & dark thoughts.

It was a cold dreary day in the lovely seaside town of Cleveleys so I decided I wanted something more substantial than tights to cover my legs. I like this outfit purely for its simplicity.

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You know when you have those days where everything just seems to get on top of you? Well today was one of those days for me and it was triggered by a dream I had. Since I’m in my last year of college, it is university focus time. I applied to Edinburgh, Kent, Roehampton, Birmingham and Swansea; I received all offers except one, Edinburgh. I recently found out that they are sending out the rest of their answers/replies by the end of this month. Now, since Edinburgh was my first choice and I applied way before Christmas it is safe to say that 3-4 months of worrying about it has finally drained me. I dreamt about being called in for an interview and the interviewer disagreed with everything I said, this caused a domino effect as I started worrying about everything.

For an aspiring writer of any kind, I realised I hadn’t written anything in months, the only things I have written are essays for my courses at college, word of mouth dictates that if you were really passionate about writing then you’d write something at least once a day. Which made me worry, had I been really too busy or just lazy? My exams start in June and I haven’t started solid revision yet even though I tell myself I need to set days aside, even with my teachers constantly saying ‘you need to start revising’ I don’t feel the urgency and it worries me. There is a lot to my exams this year and since I want to take Literature at university, the pressure to get good grades to get into my uni choices as well as almost proving to myself that Literature is my calling (because recently I had been getting better grades in Photography than in Literature so my parents are slightly convinced I took the wrong course) has been playing on my mind. I haven’t read anything in ages, the last book I read was at least a couple of weeks ago and before that months; which again made me wonder whether I actually don’t have time to read or whether I’m not the book-nerd I used to be.

As much as I want to believe my teachers and my boyfriend when they say I am capable, I never feel like I am, I’m not reassured and if anything I feel even less competent to even get an inch closer to my dreams. Insecurity and feeling unworthy is common and you shouldn’t sink into the abyss. That’s why even if it’s something silly, I always tell someone, no matter who it is. I’m lucky that I have close people I can rely on even if it doesn’t help, it still feels better to know that someone is listening. If you’re not so lucky to have people you can rely on. You can rely on me. Even if you feel stupid for DM’ing me on twitter (@sammicham) or inboxing me on facebook or emailing me (xo-scy@live.co.uk); I’ll be there for you, as a shoulder to cry on, a person to lean on (both figuratively) and a person that is willing to give my most honest opinion and advice. Because if you are reading this then you are just as much there for me and I appreciate that and would love to return the favour if you ever need someone.

Enough with the emotional talk!

Must be the rainy weather ๐Ÿ˜‰