Monday, 20 August 2018

My Beauty Buying Process in 2018


Hey Everyone, 

Todays post is going to be about my beauty buying process for 2018. I have decided that since I went on a mad beauty spending spree in 2017 that I would try and cut down my spending this year. To do this I have created a beauty buying process which I will explain to you. 

To start with I went through my makeup collection to see what I had and if their was anything I could get rid off or give away. Once this was done I assed my collection to see what I had and what I was lacking, once this was done I made a list of items I need and Items I had to many of. 

This has helped me create a buying process for beauty items this year. This process is a four step one and hopefully it means I will be buying less beauty products this year. 

Step One: Do I really need this product? 

When ever I want to buy a new product I will sit and think do I need this product. As well as this I will look at my lists and see if it is on my list of need products or ones I have two many off. 

Step Two: If I do need it see if I have any similar Items? 

If I have decided I do need the product then I will check and see if I have any similar products that I could use instead as a substitute for a while. If I do I will then put of the purchase for a month or so but if not I will move onto step three. 

Step Three: Read at least five reviews on the product

If I have come to the conclusion that I need the product I will then go onto reading reviews of said product to see if it's worth the money. I am aiming to try and read at least five reviews before I decide to purchase a product, if i can I will try and read more. 

Step Four: Make final decision on if I need the product

I will normally wait a week and have a final think on if I really want or need the product. This is due to me being really indecisive and I can change my mind like the flick of a switch. I can one minute need or want a product and then change my mind a week later so I like to give myself the time to make sure it's what I really want.

So their you all have it my four step buying process. I am hoping this will stop me making impulse purchases and buying less makeup. Their may be the odd time I make an impulse purchase around my birthday, christmas, results day or if I really really want the product, but I am hoping that will be once in a blue moon. How are you going about your beauty buying for 2018? I would love to know in the comments below! 

Thank you so much for reading,
Until next time, 
Heathers World
xoxo
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Sunday, 12 August 2018

Summer Shoe Styling - My Go To Summer Shoes



Hey Everyone, 

Welcome to today's post and if you haven't gathered from the title it's all about summer shoes. Yeah you heard right I am going to be talking all about my favourite summer shoes that I like to wear in the summer. 

I don't drastically change my shoes in the summer I just tend to switch to my lighter coloured shoes with some flip flops in their as well. So that's enough rambling and long introduction, so let's get into the post and find out my top three summer shoes. 

Valentino Rock Stud Flip Flops

This was my big purchase for the summer with regards to shoes, I have wanted a pair of Valentino flip flops for so long, So I took the plunge and treated myself to a pair. I went for the classic black as it went with most of my outfits on my holiday and I thought would be the easiest to style. 

First off lets address the comfort levels of the shoes. I honestly was dreading putting these on as I had heard that they were quite uncomfortable but I couldn't be more wrong. These are hands down some of the comfiest flip flops I have ever worn, they are so so comfy. 

Next let's address the versatility of this pair of shoes. They are super versatile, on holiday I wore them dressed down with shorts and a t shirt but also dressed up for the night time with a playsuit when I didn't want to wear heals. 
I have also worn these with jeans and a nice top since being back home as the rock studs just give them that edge. I honestly haven't found one outfit that I couldn't wear these with yet so that just shows how versatile they are. 
I also like that considering how much I have worm them they don't look that worn down at all. 

Best purchase I have made this year and they are a classic shoe that I can wear for years and years to come. I am already eyeing up my second pair and a pair of the sliders for my holidays next year. 

Havaianas Flip Flops

These are my go to summer shoe for if I am just popping to the shop or going down to my nan's. They are also my go to shoe for holiday, for me these are my go to beach or day shoe when on my summer holiday. 

Super comfy, super cute and super long lasting as this is my second year wearing these and their still going strong. There is a slight wear and tear on them but that is due to me waring them round the house a lot as well. 

Looking forward to picking up another pair for next year as well!

Ted Baker Trainers

The final pair of shoes as you can guess are my Ted Baker Trainers and they are my summer trainers. These beautiful trainers are super comfy once you break them in, until then it's ouch ouch ouch time. I love these trainers for summer due to how light they are, I also think the ribbon laces look really cute in the summer and can add to my summer outfits. 

There's not much else to say about these trainers other than how gorgeous they are how long lasting they are. I have had mine since last October so they do look a bit scuffed as I have been wearing them all summer so haven't had a chance to properly clean them, but I have cleaned them in the past and they are easy to do so!

Overall I think every woman should have a pair of Ted Baker trainers in their life as their styles are beautiful. I have even managed to convince my mum to get a pair and she adores her's as well. 

That's my top three summer shoes for summer shoe styling your outfits. If you want to see them in action head on over to my Instagram where their are you can find me wearing the shoes. I would love to know what your favourite summer shoes are in the comment's below? I hope your all having the best summer and I will see you all again on Wednesday for another post from My Tenerife Trip.

Thanks For Reading, 
Until Next Time, 
Heathers World, 
XO

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Monday, 2 July 2018

Second Year University Review


Hey Everyone,

Todays post is going to be a review of my second year of University. In this post I will talk about each term and how I found it and overall my thoughts on second year. I actually did the same post last year talking about my first year so if you want to have a nosey at that you can find it here 

So for anyone who is new to my blog I study a BA Hons Business Management and Marketing Degree and I have just completed my second year. I found out on the 27th of June that I passed my second year but not with the grades that I hoped for. So anyway now that we have that long introduction out of the way lets get into the post.

First Term

First term was a bit hit and miss for me if I do say so myself.  Second year for us meant that we had to participate in something called young enterprise for our Business Management course. I might do a full post dedicated to young enterprise as although I didn't like it I ended up taking a lot from the program which will help me in the future.

This is where the problems began for me in second year we  was put in a group with people we generally didn't speak to much and with regards to my group although we had an amazing idea cohesively we wasn't together as a group. It also didn't help that I missed a full week due to being in New York.

In terms of the rest of business we had to do a joint presentation for our assessed tutorials which went okay and the summary's weren't to bad either. We was also working towards our first essay that had to be submitted which I found relatively okay.

Moving onto Marketing, this term I found marketing relatively okay the first term was spent working towards our first essay that would have to be summated before we finished term. Ultimately I could of done better in that essay but this is what I am working towards doing so for my final year.
Aside from that nothing much of note to add about marketing, what you will see throughout this blog post is that Business caused me a lot of problems and marketing went with ease for 99% of the year.

Overall First term was a bit hit and miss I loved marketing as we was focusing a lot on social media and digital marketing which is the field I want to go into. On the other hand business was a nightmare, I didn't enjoy young enterprise in the slightest, the essay we had to work on wasn't the most interesting and to be honest I was looking forward to it being over and done with.

Second Term

Oh where oh where do I start with this term. Hands down the worst few months I have had in my whole two years in university. So let's start with Business Management and prepare yourselves this will be a long long rant.  So it started of with us having to submit our presentation that we was doing on our young enterprise experience that we would have to present in our tutorials and do summaries on the others presentations.

Then it came to submitting our project ops report which I was happy with and just missed a 2:1 by four marks. Then came young enterprise, originally we only had to present our business if we wanted to be considered for regionals but seeing as only 1 of the 10 groups wanted to they then made it compulsory because they needed two winners from our uni. In the end my group presented and won but I ended up dropping out of the group as the date could of potentially clashed with my mums procedure which was more important.

Our whole group then ended up dropping out which the uni wasn't totally happy with as we did have a good idea. I also think it didn't help that their was a lot of conflict between a group member and the rest of our group.

Fast Forward a few weeks my tutorial presentation was meh at best and I felt like second year had gone to shit pardon my language. I honestly was so done but oh no we had the wonderful management science essay waiting for us. We had been told aside from our dissertation this was the hardest essay we would do and that almost half of second year failed first time last year. Safe to say I struggled a lot with this essay which wasn't helped that our auntie from Australia was staying with us which meant I couldn't focus.

Safe to say I failed this essay with only a 32 but so had half of the year once again (I really think they need to either evaluate the essay or the teaching of this topic as a combination of both was the reason we all failed. Plus two years in a row half the year failed first time - something's obviously going wrong). I ended up having to re submit the essay but with the marks capped at 42 which is a pass. I didn't find out till results day that I actually passed my coursework thank god. I would go into detail but basically the essay was split into two small essays for two different tutors and an excel document.

So yeah that was business finished for second year, the last week or two focused on exam topics so that was the only good part of business this year as I felt like a weight had been lifted.

Now onto Marketing this term was focused on getting our consultancy report done which was worth half of our grade for that year. I put loads and loads of time and effort into my research and execution of my report but ultimately came out with 54 which I was hugely disappointed with. If am being honest am not the best academic writer am more of a creative writer which obviously is where I lost the marks amongst other things. So yeah upset with that mark but it has made me more determined to do even better next year.

Again aside from most of the term being focused on that we did a little bit of work on exam topics which was helpful.

Third Term 

For Business Management the third term was focused on revising exam topics that we could face in the exams and theirs not much else to say really. The lessons went well and yeah everything was a bit meh to be honest. Marketing wasn't much different just focused on revision as well and it went pretty okay if I do say so myself.
We was only in for like four weeks this term and it was all revision based so their's not much to tell you of note.

However moving onto exam week I had two exams on on a wednesday and the other at the same time on friday. Now I can't remember if I put it on social media but the day before my marketing exam I ended up being really ill and constantly throwing up. It honestly was the worst thing and it meant that I couldn't really do any last minute revision and had to rely on the knowledge I already had.

This impacted my exam tremendously, I am honestly just grateful that I managed to sit the exam without throwing up or coughing my guts up and honestly I would of been pleased to just get 42 so was overjoyed with 48 considering the circumstances. I know hand on heart if I wasn't ill I could of done so much better but I fell like crap the day before and in the exam so I was glad to have gotten through it.

This then impacted my business exam as I was ill the wednesday night and thursday so again couldn't do a lot of revision but I came out with a 54 so so happy with that. Again not an exam I was confident in but still passing it was great.

Overall I ended up with 54 and a C on both and this meant I downgraded my business grade but upgraded my marketing one. Second year was worth 30% and considering how bad of a year it was I was glad to have just passed- we had so many re sitters in our year we all thought we wouldn't pass.

Time to look ahead to final year. This year is worth 60% so it isn't impossible for me to still get a first it will just take a lot of hard work and dedication, some of which I am doing now by doing dissertation reading.

I hoped you enjoyed the post, sorry for how long it is. If I have learnt anything from second year it would be that even at my weakest and lowest I can still achieve if I put my mind to it and that I am a lot more mentally tougher than I thought.

Thanks For Reading,
Until Next Time,
Heathers World
XO
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Sunday, 24 June 2018

Mac Hyper Real Glow Palette - Flash&Awe Review


Hey Everyone, 

Today's post is going to be a review of the Mac Hyper Real Glow Palette in the shade Flash & Awe. Since I knew that this product was getting released I wanted to pick it up and I am so glad I did. Mac have released two Hyper Real Glow palettes into their permanent collection I believe, this one and another one called Get It Glowin. 
Today I am going to share my thoughts on the Flash& Awe palette which is the pink toned palette. 

So like I said I picked up the Flash&Awe palette which is the more pinker/rose gold toned palette as I have found this kind of highlight shade to suit my pale complexion more. The palette comes with three different highlighters; One very light shade, One medium shade and then finally a darker highlight shade. The shades within the palette are Flash&Awe which is the lightest shade, then Rosy Glow which is the medium shade and finally Light Of The Party Which is the darkest shade in the palette. 

From first swatch you can tell the palettes are going to be great. The pigmentation is amazing even on the lightest shade the pigmentation is outstanding. The formula of the highlighters are among some of the best I have tried, they are buttery soft and blend beautifully. 




What I really like is that they have included three different shades varying from light to dark which means that they cater to all complexions. For me being porcelain pale I can get away with all three, the lighter two shades look quite natural and the darker shade provides a bit more of an intense highlight. I am glad that they included three different shades as I feel like their is a shade to suit every skin tone within this palette. 
In terms of wear time they last a long time, as long as my other two Mac highlighters last which is 
around 6-8 hours which I think is pretty reasonable.




What I love most about this palette is how versatile it is. You can go full on highlight if you wet your brush first or you can go subtle glow by using a light hand. You can also mix the shades to get a unique highlight, there's just so much you can do with this palette. 

As for price it costs £35 and you get 13.5 grams of product in comparison to my Mac Soft & Gentle which is £25.50 and you get 10 grams of product, so for an extra £9.50 you get 3.5 more grams of product which is fairly reasonable. 

Overall I would 100% recommend this palette to anyone if your looking for a pink toned highlighter, if pink/rosy toned highlighters aren't for you then you might prefer get it glowin which is the gold toned palette. 

Let me know in the comments if you have tried this palette/ want to try this palette or if you think you have found a better highlighter let me know so I can check it out. 

Thanks For Reading, 
Until Next Time, 
Heathers World 
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Sunday, 17 June 2018

My Future Career




Hey everyone,

Todays post is slightly different to what I normally post about and it is going to be all about my future career. In case you didn't know I have come to the end of my second year of university (fingers crossed I pass my exams so I have completely finished and don't have to do re sits or resubmissions) with that comes dissertation decisions and also looking into what I want to do once I leave university in a years time.

I am currently studying a combined honours degree in Business Management and Marketing as it gives me a wide range of job opportunities once I leave University. My business management course covers most areas of the business spectrum including marketing, but I choose to combine my degree with marketing in order to gain more knowledge in marketing as that is the area I want to specialise in. 

I am quite lucky in the sense that I kinda know what area I want to go into after university unlike a lot of my course mates and friends.

So what area do I want to branch into? I want to branch into digital marketing and or PR. I adore marketing, I love learning about it and seeing all the different types of marketing. I also love being able to study people's characteristics in order to find a form of marketing that would appeal to that target market.

Within that select area there are so many jobs you can branch into such as digital marketing assistant, marketing manager, beauty, travel, fashion PR. The choices for me are endless. Ideally when I graduate university I would love to get a graduate job in either beauty/travel pr or as a digital marketing assistant. I would also like to continue on with my blog and even make it into a part time job if that was possible as I am so passionate about blogging and it fits in so well with my future jobs.

The goal in the wider future would be to be either a digital marketing manager/executive, PR manager, Freelance or being a full time blogger ( although I am not sure if this would suite me).
I am quite lucky in the sense that my blog is a great portfolio for me to show any potential future employees as it showcases digital marketing and beauty/travel pr in some ways. I also plan to do my dissertation about how digital marketing and the effects it has on businesses.

Fingers crossed that in a few years time I could be working in my dream job. I hoped you enjoyed this personal post. Do you have a plan for the future? Do you know what your future Career is going to be? Let me know your thoughts in the comment's down below!

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Sunday, 10 June 2018

Fenty Beauty First Impressions


Hey Everyone

Todays post is going to be my first impressions on the Fenty Beauty makeup that I picked up the other month. This is a brand that I have been wanting to try for ages so I took the plunge and picked up the three products I have been wanting to try the most which are the foundation, primer and lip gloss. So let's jump straight in to the first impressions. 


Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Instant Retouch Primer:

The lady at the counter swatches this on my hand when she was testing the foundation and I was sold. It is described as "A shine-stopping, pore-diffusing primer that smooths the way for better foundation application and longer wear with an instant retouch effect" on Rihanna's site and it defiantly dose just that. I found it helped to smooth my skin providing a soft base for the foundation to be applied onto. 

Do I think it helped with the wear time of the foundation? That I am not so sure of just yet however it did make my face feel a lot better and helped the foundation apply easier. I just need to test if it helps the wear time so I will get back to you on that. As for price the product costs £24 which is on the higher end for a primer.

I normally go for a hydrating primer so was worried this wouldn't suit me but boy was I wrong . For me this is just as good as my Laura Mercier hydrating primer. So Far So Good.

Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Soft Matt Longwear Foundation: 

I picked up the foundation in the shade 110 which is the shade I was matched to and I think I finally have a foundation which matches me perfectly. So that alone is a big plus as I always end up with one to yellow or to pink or to light or to dark and this is spot on. I was slightly weary as it is matt and I do have dry skin but it's been fine. It dosent sink into any dry patches and although it's matt it dosent give the cakey look that some matt foundations can give. 

Wear time is great around 6-8 hours but by this point I did notice some patches on my face in my nose area, but this tends to happen with all my foundations as my nose is a naturally dry area. 
Id say the coverage level is medium, it covers a lot of my redness but isn't completely full coverage.

First impressions overall are great, the shade match is outstanding and I am glad someone has catered for all skin tones and for porcelain skins like me. It is so great not being the lightest shade for once. The finish and wear time are also what I would expect of a high end foundation that costs £26 for 32ml of product. 

Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb Lipgloss:

This was something I had wanted to try since the range launched. A lipgloss that is universally flattering? I was a bit skeptical about this as how could a lipgloss that could suit me a very pale person suit someone with a deep complexion? Well apparently it can. 

This product is very similar to the Dior Lip Glow lip balms in that it reacts to your natural lip colour and provides you with a colour that is flattering to your skin tone. This is just gorgeous on me it pulls peachy and wore alone provides a little shimmer to the lips or wore over a lipstick e.g PillowTalk by Charlotte Tilbury can help to complete the look.

This does feel slightly sticky on application but that soon goes away after a little while. I found this lasted around 2 hours on me which I am happy with. It costs £16 so mid range for a lip gloss but so so worth the price. I honestly feel like this will become my holy grail lip product that I can't live without and that's a big statement to make. 

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Monday, 23 April 2018

Cheeky Beauty Haul


Hey Everyone, 

Todays post is a beauty haul. I haven't bought beauty products for a while so decided it was about time I treat myself to some new ones. Some have been on my list for a while and some are kind of impulse purchases. 

It Cosmetics CC Cream - Fair 

I have been dying to try this for the longest time and seeing as I was shopping for my summer holiday I thought it was about time to pick it up.  The spf 50 in it will stop my face from burning and the coverage seems perfect for night time. 


Mac Hyper Real Glow - Flash & Awe 

I have wanted this for the longest time so I decided to pick it up. There was two shades to pick from and I decided to go for the more rosy shades as I don't feel like gold shades compliment my skin that much. 

Bobbi Brown Cream Shadow Stick -  Truffle 

These have been all the hype these past month so I thought I would check them out and pick one up. I went for the more neutral shade of truffle as I thought it would be a good one to take to tenerife with me.  

Clarins limited edition bronzer for 2018

This was the one I debated buying the most as I still have last years edition. My main reason for picking up this years was the fact that it looked lighter than last years and the packaging is gorgeous to.  I am planning on giving last years to my mum as its more suited to her than me.

So yeah that is my little beauty haul, I plan on doing full reviews of each of the products mentioned once I have tried them out so look out for them. Let me know in the comments what was your favourite product from the haul and what's on your beauty wish list.

Thanks For Reading,
Until Next Time,
Heathers World 
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Monday, 16 April 2018

How I Revise





Hey Everyone,

Todays post is going to be about How I revise. I thought this would be useful as were coming into exam season soon, and could help anyone who needs some tips on how to revise.

When it came to revising for my first year uni exams I had to go back to the drawing board to find out what worked for me. Since leaving school in 2013 I had only sat 3 exams and they were all for one subject and therefore were the same type of exam. Also that exam didnt require much revision as it was an IFS exam which is basically an exam on finance but we pretty much get told before hand what to do for both part 1 and part 2. Anyway like I said the last time I had an exam was summer 2015 and I couldnt use that revision technique as it wouldn't work for these. 

So now after that long introduction lets jump into the post. 

Speak my notes into my phone and play them over and over again!

I first tried this last year and found it worked well for me. What I like to do is to break down my revision into little chunks, then speak them into my voice notes in my phone. I will then listen to them voice notes again and again especially when I am going to sleep as I found I soaked the information up quite well. 

Get my mum to test me!

What I like to do when learning defentions is to give my notes sheets to my mum and get her to make questions up and test me. Last year we done this 3-4 times a day and I found it to be a good way to learn the definitions as the days went on the more I would get correct. 

Read my notes twice a day!

Alongside the other two ways I mentioned above I also like to read my revision notes from start to finish twice a day. I normally do this once before I start the rest of my revision and once after. This helps me to soak up what it is all about and give some context to what I am revising. 

There, Done. That is all the ways I revise, I try not to overload my self each day and instead prefer to do little bits of revision but over a long period of time e.g 4 weeks. I found this to work really well last year so touch wood it does the same this year. I know this probably won't work for everyone but it does for me. Let me know in the comments how you revise?

Thanks For Reading, 
Until Next Time, 
Heathers World 
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Heathers' World Takes On The Big Apple!! - AGAIN


Hey everyone, 

Todays post is a little impromptu and I wasn't planning on posting this till the 19th of april but I just couldn't wait. So if you can't already by the title of the post I am taking on the big apple again in April Next Year. 

This trip was so unplanned and if you watch my Instagram story's then you will know the story of how this trip came about but I will briefly go over it in this post. 

So basically I had booked a summer holiday with a travel agents who I won't name and the final chunk of my holiday was due on Saturday. Now I normally have my money ready but I had a lot come up this past month and I don't get paid till friday. So I asked the travel agents could I have an extension till friday as I get paid and unfortunately they said they don't give them anymore. I however didn't want to loose the money I already paid so they said I could change it for a holiday that was later on in the summer. Unfortunately I don't have any other weeks of work so seeing as we had to make a decision quickly we decided to put the money towards New York in April as we knew what we was getting with that and didn't want to pick a random hotel for next summer. 

We had been thinking about going back to New York next year anyway and had said how easter would be a good time to go, so that is when we are going. We originally wanted to go in june once my exams were over but they didn't have availability for june so we are going in easter. 

My plan is to make my revision books before we go and revise on the planes and in the hotel of a night. 

So yeah we go on good friday next year for five nights six days and I can't wait. If your a long time follower you will know October didn't go to plan but I can guarantee this time will. We found out yesterday that our Auntie from Australia may meet us out there and spend the time with us.

So yeah expect lots of New York related content, I can't wait to spend easter over there and be back in the city that stole my heart. I also forgot to mention that we still are going away this summer as My Grandad is a super star and is paying for us to go away and I am paying him back before we go. I am so lucky to have such amazing family who are so so generous.

So yeah there's not much else to say apart from that 2019 is looking to be a great year and why not start it off with a trip to New York. As I hopefully graduate next year there will hopefully be more trips to come so I will announce them as soon as they are booked and we have concrete details. All I know is 2019 will be my year and will give me the opportunity to do some more traveling.

🎶"Concrete Jungle Where Dreams Are Made Of"🎶

Thanks For Reading,
Until Next Time,
Heathers World 
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Monday, 2 April 2018

OOTD Easter Edition



Hey Everyone,

Todays post is going to be an OOTD Easter edition. So yesterday was easter sunday and we went out for a family meal so I thought I would show you all what I wore.
So this look was a lot more casual than previous looks as it just wasn't a dressy kind of occasion.

Jeans 
I decided to wear my ripped skinny black Joni jeans again as I am loving them at the moment. They can be dressed up like in the last ootd or completely dressed down like in todays look. 

Top
I went really casual and wore my Topshop cropped Philadelphia panthers hoodie. This is super comfy and not tight so I can eat as much food as possible and yet brought the outfit together while still looking super casual.

Shoes 
I decided to wear my old Nike trainers as I wasn't feeling my converse or chelsea boots and again suited the more causal theme I was going for with this look.

Jewellery 
I just decided to wear my new Michael Kors watch which wasn't featured in this photo but if you want to see what I looks like check out my Instagram.

So there you have it, this OOTD was really casual and something different as I normally like to dress up when we go out for food. I liked it though simple but yet put together and it was really nice to go out feeling comfy and cosy.

I hoped you liked this OOTD, you can expect to see more of them this year as I really want to incorporate more fashion into my blogging. 
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