Sunday, 27 July 2014

'Life in Letters' Tag

I've seen a few of these tag posts flying around the bloggersphere so I thought I'd give it a go whilst trying to motivate my blogging brain!
Life in Letters

A is for Animals
I am a massive animal lover. When I was younger I wanted to be a vet and even though I didn't take that career avenue, I still love them - just being with animals makes me smile.

B is for Bargain Hunter
I am an avid bargain hunter and very rarely do I purchase items without using some sort of discount! I love carboots, charity shops and eBay, don't knock it till you've tried it, you'll be amazed at what you find!

C is for Clothes
I LOVE clothes. What more can I say? My wardrobe staple are my skinny's and I own 23 pairs and I continue to grow it. You can never have enough clothes!

D is for Dogs
I love dogs. There has never been a large period of time in my life where a dog hasn't been present. I have a German Shepherd called Ben and a Yorkshire Terrier called Charlie and they are incredible animals. They sense your moods and emotions and they are truly man's best friend.

E is for Early Mornings
I am an early bird and unless I get up early to start the day, I feel like half the day has passed.

F is for Feet
I do not like feet. I wouldn't go as far to say I have a phobia, but I just do not like feet or toes.
G is for Get up & Get It
I believe that if you want something, it won't come around to you whilst you're sitting down - you have to get up and get it yourself.

H is for Handbags
I do love handbags. I don't have loads, but the ones I do have are lovely and I always have to peek at some when I go shopping.

I is for Improve
I have the view that everything can be improved, learnt from and used to enhance next time!

J is for Jewellery
I love jewellery; necklaces, rings, earings - anything silver and sparkly.

K is for Krusty
That is my nickname that my dad has given me and it has stuck ever since I was a toddler. There's no reason behind it,. it just rhymes with Kirsty and it's cool.

L is for Lucky
I consider myself extremely lucky. I have parents that have spurred me on to achieve and be the best I possibly can, I work somewhere that I LOVE & I have had soo many great opportunities.  

M is for Mean Girls
This film is one of my ultimate favourites. I love it. I practically know the script off by heart and no matter how many times I watch it. I can never get tired of it!
N is for Neat and Tidy
I love being neat and tidy - I definitely wouldn't be fun to live with if you're a messy person!

O is for Outings 
I love going out and doing things, whether it's going out to somewhere exciting or just to the Marina to see the ducks!

P is for Photos
I love taking pictures everywhere I go! I love the feeling of pairing memories with photos and capturing perfect moments.

Q is for The Queen
I am a massive Royalist! I love the Royals and I believe they are a massive part of our country and culture - I can never get bored of watching them or hearing about them on television.

R is for Retail
I love working in retail. You're consistently faced with new and exciting challenges where no two days are the same. Some hate it, but I love it!

S is for South Africa
When I was younger we had a house in South Africa with plans to emigrate. Unfortunately it didn't work out. but my memories of that country are amazing & I hope to go back one day!

T is for Tea
There's not much that a cup of tea can't help with.

U is for University
I have spent 3 years at Uni studying Business Management and I have just graduated! It's such a poignant moment in my life where I have learnt so much about Business but also about myself.
V is for Vegetables
I am not keen on vegetables. There are only a very few that I eat - I know- I'm a fussy eater!

W is for Weather
I always check the weather when I'm going out or planning something. I am probably what you call a classic British citizen by that remark but hey, I like to be prepared!

X is for XOXO
Like in Gossip Girl! That show was pretty much my life in Upper School. 

Y is for Yorkshire Terrier!
I have a yorkshire terrier called Charlie and I love him very much!

Z is for the Zoo!
I love animals and I love seeing them roaming around. I could never get bored of going to the zoo!

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Sunday, 13 July 2014

My Next Chapter; Graduation

If you know me, you will know that I finished University in May this year. I have studied Business Management for 3 years, completing many group and individual assignments, case studies, presentations, exams and most importantly for me, my Dissertation!

In just a couple of days, I will be graduating in my gown, hood and skull cap in my local town where I studied, collecting a 2:1 BA Hons in Business Management.
I've done my absolute best and I am overwhelmed with what I have achieved academically and personally over the past 3 years! There have been times where it's been very hard and times where it's been amazing, but I am most thankful for meeting some amazing people that have helped and shared my journey along the way including lecturers and great friends, particularly Sophia Meola!

Whilst studying, I retained my Sunday job working in retail. It helped contribute towards real life business skills and finances but my love for retail and my job has also opened my eyes to actualization of what I was studying and my future career path. I am now hoping to continue my love for retail and business with decisions that will shape my future. We shall see!

Have you recently graduated or are you just starting University? Or have you got any tips about life after Uni?!

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Friday, 4 July 2014

Barry M Nail Paint; BIRTHDAY

I have never tried Barry M cosmetics. I have never tried any of their products as I'm one of those girls who finds something they like and I never change. and makeup is no exception. I heard about Barry M's 'Birthday' polish because of Superdrug's 50th birthday promotion and whilst shopping around for a hard wearing polish for my tootsies for my holiday, I thought I'd give it a try!
Barry M Nail Paint - Birthday - £2.99 - Superdrug
The polish looks very pigmented and sparkly in the pot and as the pot is 10ml it's quite big which makes it easy to hold when applying even with your left hand.

When I opened the pot, the brush was a little crooked and some strands were coming out which I was a little disappointed with. Also, I was disappointed when applying it - it was quite thick which made it hard to spread and I am in no doubt this contributed to the long drying time and when the first coat finally dried, it was a little streaky. I therefore had to apply a second coat and wait for that to dry completely too. I don't know if this is standard for Barry M nail polishes but in comparison with other brands of polish this hasn't been the case.
Barry M Nail Paint - Birthday - Swatch
When dry, the polish is okay. It's cerise pink and you can see the glitter, but not as much as I had hoped. The glitter also made the coats quite bumpy - so I added a clear top coat. I had the Barry M nail polish in 'Birthday' on my toes for my 2 week holiday and it has been very durable with only a couple of chips which weren't very noticeable. I will carry on using it until it's used up, but I don't think I'll be repurchasing as I think I'll try the Gelly Nail Polishes next!
Price: 4 STARS £2.99 is reasonable in my opinion for this nail polish. Of course, you can create a similar look with a plain polish and then a glitter coat but it would probably be the same cost or even more.

Ease of Application: 3 STARS I found the polish quite thick when applied. It also took a while to dry which was a tad annoying as I had to apply 2 coats as it was slightly streaky. 

Would I Recommend to a Friend?: MAYBE It depends on what you're looking for. If you want something more glittery and sparkly- find a glitter coat, but if you're looking for something a bit more subtle - this would be fine.

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