Thursday, 10 July 2014

I don't know about you, but I'm feeling... twenty-one?!

Hey guys. So on the 8th of July this year, it was my 21st birthday! 

I had an amazing birthday and was completely spoiled by my friends and family, who got me everything I could possibly want and more. Some of my fashion and beauty prezzies included a lovely bottle of Chanel No 5 perfume, a Henry Holland patent leather satchel bag, some gorgeous smelling bath bombs from Lush and a huge set of gorgeous Boots Naturals toiletries. I also got some brilliantly unique things, such as the Doctor Who comic my mam got me that was published the day and year I was born - including vintage collectible postcards! They know me so well. My lovely boyfriend treated me to a Swarovski necklace and matching earrings, (considerately colour matched to my graduation dress!), as well as the remainder of a Phillipa Gregory series I've been reading lately - I really love historical fiction. 

Best boyfriend? Best boyfriend <3

I didn't fancy a party or anything to mark this milestone birthday, so instead me and John went to Liverpool for a few days. I had never been before, and we had a great time staying in a posh city hotel, going for a nice 3-course meal at Zizzi, visiting the World Museum and Tate Liverpool and walking around a really nice city in the sun, especially the shopping area and the Albert Docks. We also went to the cinema to see 22 Jump Street, which was really funny and daft. Although presents are lovely, the thing I always treasure and remember most about my birthdays is getting to spend quality time with the people I love and care about <3

A lot has changed since last year. I spent my 20th birthday working a 13-hour shift in a stifling hot airport, chasing around after arrivals for an international summer school - not exactly my ideal relaxing and enjoyable day if i'm honest, although it was fun. In the year that's passed from then to now, I've finished my degree with a 1:1, been awarded the Best Overall Achievement and Best Dissertation awards by my University, found and secured a gorgeous house to move into (in less than two weeks now, eek!) with my boyfriend, gained a lot of confidence in myself and my abilities, become closer to my family and learned a lot about being independent and taking responsibility for myself. I know i've got a lot more to learn and a long way still to go, so i'm really excited to get on with being 21 and start having even more new and exciting experiences. 

- Natalie XOX

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Review: Clinique Chubby Stick in 07 Super Strawberry

Hey guys! Just a little note before I start this review, I got my final university grades today! I am graduating with a 1:1 which I am SO happy with. Congratulations and good luck to everyone else who's already had grades back or is anxiously awaiting them!

Now I wasn't planning to have any make-up reviews any time soon, but I just couldn't resist this. I have a postal subscription to Glamour magazine, and I was delighted when this month's issue turned up today with a free gift. The August 2014 issue comes with a choice of 2 shades of Clinique chubby stick lip colour balm (or a sample sized Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion or High Impact Mascara), which was nice as I've been curious about these for a while now but was put off by the £17 price tag. 

The shade I received was 07, 'Super Strawberry' which is relevant right now since I've eaten at least two full punnets this week alone. It's tennis season, i'm allowed! It's a very nice dark pink with a hint of shimmer, although the shimmer doesn't really show up on lips. 

My (slightly chipped now!) nail varnish is from GOSH in the shade Wild Lilac and was only £3.99 at Superdrug!
Swatched a couple of times
This is definitely more of a balm than a lipstick, and I wouldn't say it's really full coverage, nor is it especially moisturizing. It does glide on quite nicely though, and the colour is decently visible once on the lips. It doesn't look very glossy and transfers quite easily when eating or drinking. It does smell quite nice though, and the bottom twists up so you can carry on using it even after it's worn down though use. 

Overall I would say that I really like this product, but there's no way I would pay £17 for it. I prefer my Soap and Glory Gloss Stick over this, and that only retails for £8, and there are others out there too that I think are much better value. Still, well worth the £2 that Glamour magazine costs, so head out and pick one up if you fancy it! 

What do you think of the Clinique Chubby Sticks? Are you a massive fan, or do you think they're not worth the price? What other coloured lip balms have you been loving lately? Let me know below! 

- Natalie XOX