Sunday, 6 December 2015

Life Update | Graduation

There was a bigger buzz than usual around the 2015 University of Winchester Graduation ceremonies, as it was the first time the hand-shaking duty was carried out by our new chancellor, Alan Titchmarsh. 

A slightly blurry picture of me shaking hands with Alan Titchmarsh himself!

This blog post is actually slightly overdue as my ceremony took place in October, but nonetheless, it marks one of the proudest days of my life.

As I studied combined honours English and Creative Writing, I had to wait until I got there before I found out which course I would be sitting with - it turned out to be Creative Writing. I found my seat, and discovered that I knew pretty much everyone sitting near me, as we had all been in the same lectures, seminars and workshops for three years.

It was surprising how nervous I was going up on stage to collect my diploma - you always hear horror stories of people falling over - but luckily I was not one of those people. 

Throughout my three years at university I sung in multiple choirs, all of which perform at the graduation ceremonies. So, as well as being awarded my degree, I was able to sing 'Proud' with my old choir for the last time. 

Being a part of the choir gave you an extra privilege at graduation - while the choir members hang out at the back of Winchester Cathedral, out of sight, they keep track of previous members, and cheer as loud as they can when one of us is called up to graduate. 

Looking back, it seemed like a surreal experience - I started walking on autopilot when my name was called, and the cheer sounded almost deafening. Alan Titchmarsh then said: "I can see that you like music, from all the cheering," before asking me about my plans for the future.

My favourite part out of the entire day was wearing the robes. I was able to walk around feeling like I had been transported to the world of Harry Potter. I even wore them to the restaurant where I had a lovely meal with my family afterwards, and only gave them back at the last possible minute.

All in all, it was a wonderful day, and I am very happy to officially be the holder of a Bachelor's degree!


Friday, 4 December 2015

Fleur De Force Makeup Line Review

I haven't been following Fleur for her entire career - I only started watching her about a year ago, but she is still one of my favourite beauty gurus. I have her book, The Glam Guide, which I love. I haven't tried her eyelashes, as fake eyelashes really aren't for me, but when she announced her makeup line I was very excited!

The range  consists of a makeup bag, two eyeshadow quads, and six lipglosses. I didn't purchase the bag as I have too many already, and with my first paycheck I opted for two of the lipglosses (re, in Written in the Stars and Seeing Stars. Both eyeshadow quads looked beautiful, but seeing as I already have an abundance of golden/brown/neutral hues, I chose the quad in Lunar Rose - the rose toned option

Lunar Rose contains a matte baby pink shade, a shimmery rose gold shade, an almost iridescent, shimmery pale lilac, and a deep mauve with subtle glitter running through it. They are all so beautiful on the lid, the swatches almost don't do them justice. I wear these as daytime shadows, though by using the darker shade it could be adapted to suit nighttime as well! I usually apply the matte pink as a base, apply the rose gold all over the lid, use the lilac to highlight the inner corner, and finish off with using the mauve as a messy liner. The consistency is brilliant too - the shadows are pigmented, and there isn't much fallout. I'm not a fan of the brush that comes with it, but that doesn't bother me.

As for the lipglosses, Written in the Stars is a neutral, pinky, dare I say it - 'your lips but better' colour. It applies wonderfully on it's own, or over any nude lipstick to add some gloss to the look. Seeing Stars is a peachy, orangy shade which I love, it really brightens up the complexion. Despite these being lip glosses, they are actually very pigmented and stay on much longer than any other regular lip gloss I've tried. They also smell and taste gorgeous, which actually matters a lot to me - when you put product on your lips, you can't help but taste and smell it!

Overall, I think Fleur has done a marvellous job with these! I'm very tempted to purchase more of the lip colours and the other eyeshadow quad, as this makeup is all so effortlessly pretty and easy to use. The range is available exclusively on Feelunique, and is very reasonably priced at £6.99 for the lip glosses, and £7.99 for the eyeshadow quads.

Have you tried any products in Fleur De Force's makeup collection?

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