Saturday, December 27, 2014

Recent Films Watched

Winter is the perfect movie going season! 
I love going to the theatre to see new films, but I also love staying at home and watching an old favorite with a cozy blanket and diet coke :) 
Recently in the theaters I have seen:
Mockingjay: Part 1
Into the Woods
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
At home I have watched:
The Interview (which my family bought on Youtube here)
Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone
Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets
(My family is watching all of them in sequential order in light of our recent vacation to Hogwarts!) 

What movies have you seen lately? 
Have you seen any of these - what's your opinions on them?

Friday, December 26, 2014

Family Vacation @ Universal Studios

Ah sorry I have been virtually nonexistent these past two weeks. My family took a Christmas Vacation to Orlando, Florida to go to Universal Studios and Islands of Adventures. It has been a whirlwind and so much fun but now that I am home, things are settling in. I spent the two weeks I had in between my coming home from London and going to Orlando taking classes to get my bartending license, which I now have and am very excited about! I also have been working again at my grandfather's coffee company during the day. I had so many ideas for Blogmas but my personal life was just too hectic to give enough focus necessary to my blog. But, now I am back with several upcoming posts planned! Here are a few fun photos to show you a couple highlights from my Orlando trip - enjoy!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Concealer Comparison | Collection vs. NARS

Happy Blogmas :) Only 15 days till Christmas!
I want to do a comparison between my two favorite concealers at the moment:
Collection 3000 Lasting Perfection Concealer
vs. 
NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer
Collection 3000 Lasting Perfection Concealer
Price: £4.29 at Boots ($6.60)
Consistency: Water-resistant, creamy
Packaging: Long stick brush, lettering fades away 
Best Area: Under eyes, blemishes
My Color: Fair
Coverage: Heavy but lasts!
NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer
Price: $29.00 at Sephora (£18.50)
Consistency: Creamy, dries quickly, lightweight on skin
Packaging: Long stick brush, attractive and sleek
Best Area: Anywhere you want covered and yet brightened 
My Color: Chantilly
Coverage: Light
So there are just some of the factors about each compared. Obviously, the price varies greatly but I think for the most part, they are both great choices and definitely my two favorites out there right now.
What do you think?
xx

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Revlon Colorstay Foundation & Sephora Powder

Ah it feels so lovely to be able to afford my favorite brands again. About a month in to my London trip, I dropped my almost full bottle of Revlon Colorstay Foundation on my big toe, cracking both the bottle and my nail. My nail survived, but the bottle did not. Whilst traveling to Paris, the entire bottle, after I wrapped and taped it closed, still managed to spill open and I was forced to throw the mess away. I went the next two months foundation free, which did not prove to be better or worse for my pretty normal skin. I was going to buy the same one, which is my absolute favorite, but I was disheartened when I went to Boots to find that the price was too absurdly high. Grant it, I understand that it is an American brand but STILL this is ridiculous.

So the foundation is almost DOUBLE the price in the UK. I decided it was not worth it. So now that I am home, I have bought it again for the lovely, and reasonable, price of $9.99 at Target. 
I used it today for the first time and again am reminded that this foundation is a keeper! 
I also got the Sephora Collection MicroSmooth Baked Face Powder in Porcelain. Haven't used it yet but I bet it'll be good :) 
Have you tried either product? Have you encountered any disappointing changes in prices of cosmetics when you travel? 
xx

Monday, December 8, 2014

Happy B-day from Sephora!

So it has been a very exhausting couple of days moving back home for winter break. Living in London for a little over four months was the most incredible experience. I will do a post soon highlighting my favorite parts and giving anyone who wishes to travel some advice. 
The day after I came home, my mom, my little sister, her best friend, and me went to Sephora and then to Target - probably my two favorite places that I had missed the most. I bought several things at each that I needed after running out of in London. I figured the first post I would do should be on what I got for free for my birthday from Sephora. I am super excited about these two sample sized products because I think I will actually get a lot of use out of each of them. 
I have used the mascara once and I love the brush. I used the lipstick once so far as well and I think it is a lovely color. 
What do you think of Make Up For Ever as a brand? What is on your makeup wish list this Christmas season? 
xx

Thursday, December 4, 2014

New Makeup from Boots!


Okay so I leave TOMORROW. Things have been hectic and I am so exhausted but I am rallying on! I had to pick up my beauty wants at Boots before going home because we just don't have these products in America, from my knowledge. I have either already been using these products since being here, or they are brand new for me to try when I get home!

Collection 3000 Lasting Perfection Concealer 
Archery 2-in-1 Brow Filling Pencil & Brush 
Supercat Carbon Black Extreme Eyeliner Pen 
Rimmel London Apocalips in Apocaliptic 
Barry M Limited Edition Moonlight 
Bourjois Dèlice de Poudre DUO: Bronzer and Highlighter
Barry M Lip Liner 
Barry M Bold Silver Waterproof Eyeliner 

 Of these, I have tried the Supercat and Collection Concealer, which I absolutely adore! I also painted my nails with Moonlight yesterday and have gotten compliments. 

Have you tried any of these products? If yes, I want to hear what you think!!
xx

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Perspective

Winter Inspiration - what defines yours? I think gold is going to be my color this season!
xx

Monday, December 1, 2014

Happy Blogmas!

Ah hello! So I am going to do BLOGMAS again this December, but since my month is going to be such a whirlwind, with me moving back to the states and then two weeks later going on vacation with my family, I am going to try for most days and be happy with that :) 

I can't believe it is December already - these past four months in London have flown by and it is already almost the new year!

I have been so happy that my free time here in London lately, despite my five finals and moving process, as well as trying to squeeze in all the things I still need to do and buy, I have been blogging. Blogging can be very touch and go for me sometimes, particularly when I am feeling overly stressed, but I have had such a great fall that I haven't really felt overwhelmed, anxious, or depressed. So, here's to the future, starting with the countdown to Christmas through BLOGMAS <3

I hope everyone's December is filled with excitement and happiness!

xx

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Amsterdam and My 21st Birthday!

AMSTERDAM IS AMAZING
This post is a bit late but I figured I want to show you some photos from my birthday weekend with friends in Amsterdam! My four friends from college who are studying with my in London, as well as my two best friends from high school who flew in as well, all celebrated and had a kick ass time exploring the city. 
 This was us the day before we left - November 20th is definitely the prime time to pull out those Primark Christmas sweaters, right???
So we left our flat at 3:30 am to catch the EasyBus to take us to London Stansted Airport. That journey was around an hour and 15 minutes. Once there, we got our passports approved (because Ryanair, although the cheapest option, is such a pain with all their rules) and went through security. We then grabbed a tea/coffee at Starbucks and waited about an hour for our terminal to be announced. We went there, boarded the plane, and took off to fly into Eindhoven. The flight was supposedly around 50 minutes but it felt like 10! We got to Eindhoven, got our passports stamped, and grabbed a quick bite to eat. Then waited for our bus at the station next to the airport. Our bus, which took about an hour and 45 minutes, took us to Amsterdam! I listened to music the entire way and drifted in a weird sleep-limbo. I was exhausted. We then arrived in Amsterdam and had to walk about 45 minutes to our hostel on the other end of the city! YAY.  However, I did not mind because LOOK AT THESE CANALS. 
 We also went to the famous Tulip Market! It was MASSIVE. I got my mom a cool gift from here that I think she will really like :) 
We took many photos in front of the famous I amsterdam sign - here is a pretty decent one of me on the left!
The following were all taken on my birthday night into day (Saturday into my b-day, Sunday November 23rd). 
Mary Ellen and Mary Gael - my lifelong best friends :)
Michelle, Ron, and Ahmad - my college best friends :) 
Me looking so happy :)
We survived the night. The next day we hung out in a park and had to travel home :(
So that is it :) I hope you enjoyed the photos. We also went to the Van Gogh Museum and the Anne Frank House but you aren't allowed to take any photos :(
If you've been to Amsterdam, what is your favorite part? 
xx

Friday, November 28, 2014

Harry Potter WB Studio Tour London

I had the most magical time visiting the Warner Bros. Studio Tour in London. You get to explore all aspects of The Making of Harry Potter, viewing everything from props, sets, costumes, and even special and visual effects. It was such an amazing experience and I am even more excited now for when I go to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida this Christmas with my family :) 
I took around 1200 photos during my 3 hours there and I want to share some of the fun ones with you! I also think I might do one or two more Street Art posts but then cut it a few days short, as I have a LOT of work to do in the next week for finals before I leave. 
Enjoy the pics and let me know if you have ever been here and what you thought! Or if you just LOVE Harry Potter (like most people I would assume), tell me your favorite movie/book!