Thursday, November 27, 2014
Friday, November 21, 2014
1. Invoice Generator
Monday, November 17, 2014
Today is a wonderful day. I know, weird to say that about a Monday, butttt, One Direction have released their new album, and I'm obsessed. Because I pre-ordered about 7 years ago (feels like it), I have gotten a new song every day since last week. That means I had the advantage of falling in love a week early, but also that I got to be a bit ahead of everyone who is going to buy it today.
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Today I thought I'd stick to something really simple - my nighttime/shower routine. I've seen lots of these types of blog posts and videos going around recently and I find them quite interesting, so I thought I might as well join in! If you're a bit of a nosy rosy like me, here goes!
I'll start by saying that I've got quite dry skin that very rarely breaks out. My main problems are redness and very puffy, sometimes purplish under eyes, but other than that, I think I've gotten pretty lucky in the skin department! As far as hair goes, I've got lots of it, but it's very fine and not voluminous at all. Getting a good tease out of it is a struggle, but I'll save those secrets for a morning routine post! It tends to get greasy quite easily if I mess with it a bunch during the day, but no more than anyone else's, so again, pretty lucky!
Routine wise, I generally shower every other day, unless I've let my hair air dry, in which case I shower every day because it gets greasy. If I can be bothered, I'll usually take my makeup off with a cleansing oil/butter before I shower, but if not, I'll just hop in the shower, shampoo, shave, condition, wash body, wash face, rinse. Très simple.
I've talked about my Ponds before, but I'm still seriously obsessed with it. I swear by its magical anti redness/puffiness powers and I never want to be without it, ever. It layers so well under my makeup and just makes my skin look so much better, even on no makeup days. It's very inexpensive and can be found at most drug stores, but it's certainly worth a try if you're looking for a new moisturizer. It's incredibly moisturizing, but not oily, and doesn't feel cakey on my skin because it sinks in really quickly. Total win.
Nivea just brought out their sensitive skin range and I was all over it. I bought this when I arrived in London and I have really enjoyed it in the 2 months since. I use it in the shower either after I've used the cleansing butter below to remove my makeup, or sometimes in the morning when I want a really quick clean. It does exactly as it says, cleaning your skin without stripping it, and it feels heavenly on my skin. Even though cleansing milk sounds a bit grim, it actually does feel a lot like rubbing milk on your skin, but in the best way possible, especially because it's just so darn soft. For those of you with dryer skin types, you'll know how nice a "soft" cleanser is, and this is it.
I am in love with the chamomile cleansing butter. It sounds a bit weird, but you just rub it on dry skin, and then when you add water it soaps up a bit and gives you a really good but gentle clean. My skin feels really refreshed after I've used this, but also moisturized, not all tight and dry, like I've experienced with other cleansers. It's great on my dry skin, but I think it'd be pretty good for all skin types as it doesn't leave any trace of oil behind, and it also takes off makeup incredibly well!
As weird as it sounds, I'm already into youth serums and things at the age of 20. I think it never hurts to be proactive and treat your skin well when you're young so that it looks better when you're old, and I'm starting with the drops of youth serum. It's easy to use, I usually use about a drop and a half from the dropper right onto my finger, and you just rub it all over your face. You don't need much, because you layer your moisturizer over it, and it just helps your moisturizer to sink in and really work. I've only been using it a month or so, but I've noticed my skin is still really soft in the mornings, as opposed to dry and itchy.
Sidenote: These are the only products that can't be found at the drug store. I got them from the Body Shop, so they are a bit pricier, but I think they are definitely worth it.
Thursday, November 6, 2014
Monday, November 3, 2014
Sometimes when I tell people about my sister, they make comments about me being so happy or seemingly unaffected by it now, and I'm writing this post today because that's both frustrating and really untrue. It's not through any fault of theirs that they see that (although it is quite ignorant to think that I'll ever be unaffected by it), but more because I never really say anything about the really sucky parts. In an effort to be honest about what it's like to live after someone dies, I'm writing this post, both because I want people to know, but also because as I've said many times before, writing about these things helps me to work through it in my head. And even though it's been two years, I've just really started working through my feelings about it.
When I first started blogging, I loved writing every post and planning posts weeks ahead. These days, I miss weeks because I just can't be bothered. I feel like I get too worried about things like traffic and picture quality and what people might think when they read it (especially because basically everyone I know now knows about Sarah Smile), and I don't like it. I want to write about the things I'm loving and what I'm interested in at the moment, so even though I've got multiple travel posts all written up, today I feel like talking about my best mates…all the lovelies I get to live with while I'm here.
|The bae Finlay! Jk…we just laugh because when I uploaded our selfie to FB everyone had a fit and thought we were all coupley and commented loads of embarrassing things!|
|Some of the group! #cantstopgiggling|
|My American BFF Erin|
|Helena and Sally!|
|My best friend Caroline loves the word "Cheers," so I had them do this for her.|
|I'm obsessed with them…it's casual.|
This weekend, I've had loads of movie time, a few Fifa lessons, and spent too much time drinking hot chocolate and listening to Christmas music instead of doing coursework, but I've loved every minute of it.
|Tank Trouble is a game on the internet that I'm obsessed with. This photo was taken right before I beat both of them - at about midnight. #dedication|
|playing Fifa and listening to Taylor Swift…perfection.|
I feel so blessed that not only do I get to live out something that I've dreamed about for years and travel to places I've always wanted to see, but that I also get to spend my time with such precious people…plus, they're all total babes (; Studying abroad can be hard, and I miss my family and my friends at home so much, but I wouldn't change a thing about coming here. It feels a bit like summer camp, and I miss home, but I'm already dreading having to go.
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