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August Face Favourites 

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Happy Bank Holiday! 

I believe all women are pretty without makeup. And pretty powerful with the right makeup.” Bobbi Brown

I am currently experiencing an absolute ‘mare with my skin. It’s the worst. So trying out new makeup is having the twin benefits of making me feel more confident and hiding the atrocity.
Here are my current favourites, which accidentally fell off shelves and into my hand. It would be rude not to, right?!

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NYX Dark Circle Concealer
– this little pot is a wonder for my hereditary dark set eyes. It contains moisturising coconut oil and is tinged yellow/orange to offset blue under eye hues. Just a little touch patted into place immediately brightens.


NYX Vivid Brights liquid eyeliner in Sapphire
– I bought this to practice for a fancy dress make-up. Although bright colours on eyes look amazing, I’ve never believed myself to hold the confidence to wear it. However I’ve fallen for this. It’s quite wet but easy to apply and once dry lasts really well without weighing down delicate eyelids. Use an eyelid primer underneath for extra skin protection and staying power. I’m currently using Benefit Air Patrol. 


Max Factor False Lash Effect mascara in brown/black
– Award winning bestseller and possibly the nation’s favourite. Definitely my favourite. When I last bought it I accidentally picked up the brown/black rather than the plain black but I quite like the the more natural-esque look.


Revlon Photoready Insta-Fix Highlighting Stick in Gold Light
– I had this on my mental wish list for some time and finally treated myself to it. I love the subtle shimmer to cheek and brow bones and the golden tones mixed with my hair makes me feel like a queen!


Benefit Gimme Brow in light/medium 
(similar new version linked) – I have a really mixed relationship with this. The tinted fibres adhere to easily to your natural brows. But they have to be shaped how you want before, otherwise the extra fibres can make them seem straggly. Coming from a near Liverpool, a city famous for it’s brows, I’m really trying to make an effort with mine. But when they’re en pointe, they are fierce! Current fave brow: leftie.

Which products are going to end up as your August empties?

Catch you later 😚

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Book Review: His Dark Materials

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His Dark Materials stacked books

 

Ever since a young age I’ve loved to read and can often be found with my nose in a book and, more recently, a coffee in hand.  My favourite stories have always been fantastical, and the intertwining universes of the His Dark Materials trilogy are as fantastical as they come. (Side note: plural of universe? Universes?)

 

I’ve done my very best to keep this review spoiler free. Although the first book has celebrated it’s twentieth birthday and was adapted in to a star-studded film which ultimately flopped (remember The Golden Compass?), it is my opinion everyone should read it at least once and I don’t want to spoil the story for anyone yet to experience it for the first time, because that feeling is the best.

 

Golden Compass Movie poster

Summary

The first of the His Dark Materials trilogy, Northern Lights, is set within a parallel universe whereby people’s souls live externally from their bodies as animals.  Each soul, known as their dæmon, takes a different species depending on the individual’s traits.  The story centres on a young girl called Lyra Belacqua …

When Lyra’s friend Roger disappears, she and her dæmon, Pantalaimon, determine to find him. The ensuring quest leads them to the bleak splendour of the North, where armoured bears rule the ice and witch-queens fly through the frozen skies – and where a team of scientists is conducting experiments too horrible to be spoken about.

Lyra overcomes these strange terrors, only to find something yet more perilous waiting for her – something with consequences, which may even reach beyond the Northern Lights.

Characters

Like many of the greats, each character within the series is detailed, motivated and serves a purpose to the narration and growth of the story in a beautiful way.

 

Lyra is an adventurous yet innocent rebel, making her the perfect protagonist and heroine for the story arc; humanity’s fight for the acquisition of knowledge and experiences from childhood to adulthood.

 

By The Subtle Knife, the second lead character is introduced; Will Parry is strong-willed, decisive, and mature beyond his twelve years as a young carer. Unlike Lyra, he is from our world.

 

Alongside armoured bears, witch-queens and a Texan aeronaut, he and Lyra embark on a quest, which impacts a myriad of universes.

 

DaVinci's Lady with an Ermine

Pullman used DaVinci’s Lady with an Ermine as a source of inspiration for the character’s daemons.

 

 

Plot

The plot is complex. You’ll need your basic Bible knowledge of Adam and Eve’s Fall from Grace in the Garden of Eden. While the Church attempts to retain the blissful ignorance of childhood in the people opposition forces strive to ensure humanity’s right to knowledge and free will beyond the control of a higher authority. It can take quite a bit of brainpower to keep up with which characters are where at any one time. But once you get your head around it, the intertwining character arcs manage to keep you on the edge of your seat.

 

Through tackling themes such as religion, sex positivity, free will, the abolition of Destiny, friendship, courage and the coming of age, His Dark Materials weaves a fantastical story, which by the end has the potential to be plausible; at least with a stretch of the imagination. This potential plausibility is one of my favourite things. In my opinion, it is what captures people’s hearts and minds and enable the stories to live in us forever.

 

Lyra and Will's Tree artwork

I love it when people create beautiful artwork based on characters. 

 

It’s fascinating that authors can lace concepts and characters in to enchanting stories, which can break your heart and build it all at once. This series is a prime example of storytelling at it’s finest.

 

If you enjoyed Stardust by Neil Gaiman, Harry Potter by J.K Rowling, or The Divide Trilogy by Elizabeth Kay then you’ll love His Dark Materials.

 

4 Star Rating!

I give the His Dark Material trilogy 4 stars!

 

I’ve Graduated!!

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Yesterday was magical!

Grad

Photography credit: Sarah Warsaw

It is a firm belief of mine that you have to earn your cap and gown – through hard work, long hours, and questionable cooking as is customary of the university experience.  After all, it is the mark of the end of your academic education and your achievement!  So now, I can finally say that I DID IT!

“…Remain humble, be passionate, and attribute importance to what you do, not what you are.”

– Honorary Graduate, Judge Cuno Jakob Tarfusser of the International Criminal Court (ICC).

 

 

Snapshots from Devon

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Last week my family and I spent a wonderful seven days down in South Devon.  A spot of sunshine, plenty of coffee, and a view of the ocean and estuary kept us all happy.  Here’s a couple of photos because we had lots of fun! 🙂  Sometimes, travelling within your own country is perfect.

 

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Warsaw’s Fun Guide

Near the end of June, after dissertations and diplomas were completed, Sarah and I celebrated by using the plane tickets she bought me for my birthday and spent three days soaking up the sunshine, culture, and beer of our namesake! #warsawsinwarsaw

Here’s our Warsaw’s Fun Guide to Warsaw!

Warsaw’s Fun Guide

 1. Live like a local. Travelling on the cheap, we booked ourselves in to an Airbnb apartment and lived there. Even only for two nights! The studio apartment was amazingly compact and perfect for the two of us.

2. Sample the Cuisine. The pair of us have always been big foodies, so trying the local delicacy was a must! If only to keep holiday hanger at bay. Poland’s version of traditional fast food comes from Milk Bars, which were certainly an experience! Instant service and instant uncertainty. Delicious breakfasts were found at the café To Lubie in the Old Town; hot continental croissants with fluffy cream cheese and jam. Amazing. We returned on our second morning to try the local version too!

Amazing breakfasts at To Lubie


 

3. By foot… Walk everywhere! Seriously comfortable shoes are a must, a fact I learnt the hard way. We did manage to wander off our intended path every now and then, but always found our way back. Top sights to see include the Multimedia Fountain Park, which comes to life on Friday and Saturday nights, and Stalin’s Palace of Culture and Science!

Sarah and I


Palace of Culture and Science


 
4. By train… Avid readers of Warsaw’s World will understand how much Sarah loves a good Underground system. Warsaw’s Metro is clean, quiet, and every couple of minutes; a delight in itself, especially compared to the local rail network in Liverpool!

 

5. Play the Tourist. We picked up a phase book and gave the lingo our best shot!  Everyone we spoke to pronounced words differently, so it definitely wasn’t the easiest to get your head, and tongue, around.  But gallons of fun regardless!
Play Spot the Mermaid and keep your eyes peeled for statues of the Mermaid of Warsaw, the city’s symbol, which also decorates their Coat of Arms. We managed to find four across the city! 

What fun things do you love getting up to in new places? I’d love to know any recommendations! 


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My 21st Birthday

Back in the middle of April, my family and I celebrated my 21st birthday!!

On the 13th I started my day in my last ever university lecture and receiving first class essay marks back, before returning home for a meal with my parents in Liverpool. 

We met up in the Brewdog bar where my sister surprised (scared the daylights out of) me!! She had travelled up from London for our meal all together, which was the best! 

Reunited, the four of us visited an amazing restaurant on Rodney Street called Puschka; amazing traditional British food, and super friendly staff! We had the early bird special three-course menu (around £25 per head), which was perfect. Highly recommend from me for those extra special occasions!!


The next Saturday afternoon saw 5 of us attempt Breakout, an interactive game, in which you have to solve clue of varying degrees of difficulty in order to unlock the door!! Prices fluctuate based on number of players, but well worth the fun!!

Afterwards, my whole family joined us in Liverpool from various counties around the country. Dressed in our glad rags, we enjoyed an amazing meal at Il Forno; an Italian family owned restaurant with a welcoming and friendly vibe. We enjoyed great food from one of their set menus (around £30 per head). The same Italian family own a couple of amazing places in Liverpool, including a pizzeria and patisserie where my delicious birthday cake was made. They looked after us all so wonderfully! 

Afterwards, we ventured downhill to the newly build Clubhouse in Chavasse Park. The interior is beautifully themed as a New England yacht club, with a fantastic buzzing atmosphere. A large reserved table and a couple of bottles of prosecco to replace our bloodstreams ensured a brilliant birthday bonanza! 


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Heartbeat in Covent Garden

While in London last week, I heard about an installation by French photographer Charles Pétillion, which is in Covent Garden.

On Wednesday afternoon, we ventured into Central to see over 100,000 white balloons, each with their own dimensions and lit from within.  Entitled Heartbeat, it’s part of a photograph series called Invasions, in which these white balloons occupy unusual spaces.

Heartbeat

 

It is by Péttillion’s design that the slowly pulsating light from within the balloons, which stretch down the length of the Market Building, represents how it is the beating heart of the locality; vibrant and alive with energy!

I can certainly feel this energy; Covent Garden is one of my favourites places in the whole of London!

The installation is on display until the 27th of September, so if you get chance do check it out and let me know what you think!