Sunday, 20 April 2014

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter! Hope you're all stuffing your face with chocolate today, here's some pictures of various animals dressed as bunnies which never gets old...

Enjoy :)

Georgia x

Friday, 11 April 2014

Photo Diary

If you've been a follower for a while you'll know I've always loved Instagram. I post pictures daily, which I'm sure some people may find annoying (oops) and whenever I get five minutes I'm scrolling through liking other peoples photos. I've just downloaded the photo editing app Afterlight which I love! I was thinking of doing a what's on my iPhone post  if you'd be interested in seeing that? I saw Beauty Crush do a video on it here which I enjoyed! I'd have to work out how to do that in still photo form though, hmm I'll have a think! 
Here's a collection of some of my posts from the past few months if you're interested, follow my Instagram xgeorgia and tag me in your pictures to show me what you've been up to as well! :) I love finding new people to follow!

Georgia x

p.s. if you fancy some of those pink macarons click here,
and if you want to see more about that bronzer and highlighter click here, AND if you want to see more about the palette I used to create that look in the close up of my EYE click here! ;)

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Pastels for spring... groundbreaking

Those of you who caught the slightly amended Devil Wears Prada reference in the title, 10 points for you! Pastels aren't exactly new but it's nice to inject a little bit of colour in to your wardrobe after a dark and cold winter! I think pastels with white are a beautiful way to wear them and this Whistles clutch has been on my wishlist for quite some time!
 The Topshop shift dress is very reminiscent of Burberry for SS14 and I think it would look amazing with some metallic accessories for a night out, or with cute white sandals for daytime. 
I saw this Asymmetric hem Tshirt in Look magazine and loved it. I don't know how flattering the shape would be when it's actually on, but next time I get to a Zara I will let you know!

What's you're fave thing from my wishlist?
Have you got any pastels on your wishist for Spring?

Georgia x

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Life Update

When you're at Uni, you just assume that all the hard work you're doing will eventually pay off. That the scrimping and saving will be over and you're degree will get you a shiny new job straight away and all the money in the world... hmm.
 Older friends did warn me how hard it is but I never expected all the days scrolling through job websites, all the cover letters and applications, all the rejections. It's not a great time, but I think part of my problem is that I was being a bit picky, I was looking for jobs in London, but actually didn't really fancy the commute from my new house in Bracknell, I wanted something in a small business but I needed it to pay enough so I can start saving for a deposit for a house. 
It's all very confusing and difficult but where it turned around for me is when I contacted an agency. I applied for a job using the Office Angels website and they contacted me asking me to come in to register with them. They were so friendly and lovely and wrote down all my specifications for the type of job I wanted, as well as doing some Maths, English and Personality tests on me to boost my CV! They then put me forward for the Sales and Marketing Administrator job that I'd applied for online and organised an interview for me. They were so helpful and gave me interview tips, and I heard the next day that I'd got the job! 
I think sometimes you need an outsiders perspective to match you with the right position, and I'm very grateful to the lovely girls at Office Angels in Bracknell (who have told me they love my blog so I have a few new readers!) :)

If you are reading this right now whilst having a break from job applications, or if you're still at University and (unlike me) you're actually thinking about what's going to happen after you graduate, then here are my tips for successful job hunting:

- Get as much experience as you can, while you can afford to. 
Internships are almost always unpaid, or if they are paid, you'll more than likely spend most of it on travel, so you have to make the most of being kept by your student loan or you're parents, and go for it then! Whilst you're there, keep track of contacts, any work you have done, and keep note of your day to day tasks so you can show them off on your CV. For example if you showed a newer intern how to do something, you could write on your CV that you trained a new member of staff, which shows that you are responsible, and a good communicator. 

- Do your research on Graduate Schemes before you finish uni.
Often graduate schemes are advertised a whole year before they start, so if like me, you only consider this option after you've graduated. You'll most likely have to wait until the next year.

- Make sure you know what you want out of a job at the beginning of your search. 
If you don't know then you'll like me, apply for unrealistic jobs that you either wouldn't be able to travel to, wouldn't really be interested in or wouldn't have the skills for just because you're not clear on what you actually want. I had to turn my phone off for days once because I was getting never-ending calls from this company I'd stupidly applied for who place graduates in call centres! NO thanks, sorry!

- Remember not all jobs are listed on jobsites.
Make a list of companies that you'd like to work for and check their careers pages every few weeks to see if there are any new jobs added that you could apply for. 

- Think Salary.
If you can, work out if the salary will be enough for you before you apply. I had to cancel one interview I had in London because I realised that if I had gotten it, I would be paying more in travel every month than I would actually be earning... fail! 

- Getting help from an agency is a huge help!
I don't know why I didn't sign up before, I just presumed they only helped you find temporary work but that's not the case, they've placed me in a permanent position and it only took them four days after I spent almost six months looking! 

That's all my tips for now,
Let me know in the comments if you have any more tips to add!

Wish me luck!

Georgia x

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Morning After the Night Before Skincare

If this describes your current state this Sunday morning grab a cuppa and read on...

Throughout my three years of uni I experienced this A LOT, so developed my own patented Morning After Skincare Routine to limit the damage. Now depending on how many vodka lemonade and limes I had, I may have remembered to take off my makeup... if you're reading this with a false eyelash stuck to your cheek.. go grab some cleanser STAT!
Right, a shower can also wash away a multitude of sins and vastly improve a hangover so jump in, wash your hair and use a gentle face scrub to ensure every scrap of makeup and shame is removed. This lovely one from Lush smells like honeycomb and it's actually a cleanser with sugar and popcorn in it to help gently exfoliate the skin.

Now you're out the shower and ideally in a onesie, use a refreshing toner. This one from The Body Shophas Tea Tree in it, it feels lovely and cool on tired skin.

Because alcohol is a toxin, it can aggrivate existing blemishes and also cause more. I use this Skin Clearing Lotion from The Body Shop before my moisturiser to help with this.

I then use my everyday moisturiser which is this lovely light one from Simple which hydrates skin without being too heavy.

If the night ended in the cold or even rain, waiting for a cab, it may have resulted in some dry patches. So I use this intensive moisturiser from Liz Earle to help with those!

Now most of your face will hopefully be feeling a lot better, but eyes can be a serious hangover giveaway! I like to use a Roll on Eye lotion to cool down the eyes and reduce any puffiness. This one from Boots stays so nice and cold and feels so nice on tired eyes! It will also apparently maintain my youth so that's a bonus!

So you're pretty much done at this point, but throughout the day when you start to feel queasy, a little spritz of this Tea Tree Toner Water from Lush can really help wake you up and refresh your skin.
And one tip I can't forget to add is WATER. If you drink enough on a hangover day, it will not only help you recover quicker, but it will flush out any toxins and help prevent any hangover breakouts!

So that's all my tips, 
Go make the most of your Sunday knowing you've done your best to protect your skin!

Georgia x

Thursday, 6 March 2014

February Favourites

Hello! How are you? Hope you're all having a nice March and enjoying the sunshine! It's so nice to have not had any snow in England this year. Although I could have just jinxed it.. oops. I've turned into one of those grumpy people who hates snow apparently. I remember in my first year of uni it snowed loads at about 3 O'Clock in the morning and me and my flatmates ran down to play in it before it was ruined by cars and children! But now all I think about is how hard it is to drive in and train cancellations...
Anyway, let's crack on with my faves! 
First up it's Soap and Glory Bath Float. I have been having lots of baths recently as I always do in winter to hide from the cold! I got this for Christmas and have been loving it. It's got that distinct Soap and Glory sweet, marshmellow-y smell which really fills up the whole room. It's also a bit different from traditional bath bubbles, you scoop it out with your hand and hold it under running water, which creates really nice bubbles. I find I use less than I would if I was squeezing it out a bottle as well which makes it worth the money! LOVE

Body Shop Tea Tree Night Lotion. I've talked a bit about this body shop collection before so you can read that here if you're interested. I have combination skin, so I use this in conjunction with my other moisturiser. If you have oily skin you may be able to use the Tea Tree collection alone, but if you have really dry skin I wouldn't recommend using it at all.
I've been using it every night since mid January and it's really controlled any breakouts and blemishes. It's really calming for the skin I need to get another one ASAP because it's running out!

I have been using this loads over winter after exfoliating to deal with any dry patches and it's worked wonders! It's not the type of moisturiser I would personally use all over my face on a daily basis, only because it's quite intensive and not all of my skin needs that much heavy moisturiser. But if you have very dry skin and the cold weather isn't helping, then I would say this could be your skin saviour!

Body Shop bronzer in and Lush feeling younger skin tint
I'm sure you've all seen Tanya Burr's spring makeup look where she ingeniously uses bronzer and highlighter on the eyelid to create beautiful bronze-y bright eyes! If not, watch it here! I loved this and dug out my old Body Shop bronzer, (which I forgot how much I love!) and my Lush skin tint to recreate the look, and I've been wearing it every day since! I really love the Lush skin tint for this look because it's a creamy texture which dries completely matte, so stays put! It's also got light reflecting shimmer so it looks very subtly blue and pink with movement! Re-established love for these thanks to Tanya Burr!

Nude nail polish! In general, I have been wearing lots of nude shades this month, which is rare for me! I usually wear lots of dark colours because (don't laugh) I think it makes my hand look more grown up, they're quite small and childlike.. But as long as I wear some jewellery, they don't look to baby-like in nude polish! I probably sound mad now but there you go... loving nude nails!

That is all for this month! 
What have you been loving over February?

 Georgia x

Monday, 17 February 2014

Urban Decay Naked 3

I know what you're thinking 'Oh here we go again, yet another post about Urban Decay's Naked 3 palette, what's she got to say that's any different?' Well nothing... but look how pretty! As soon as the postman delivered this to me I immediately grabbed my camera and started snapping, I think it's the glitter, its so mesmerising that there is no beauty obsessed person alive that can get enough of looking at it! This is my first Naked Palette, I was always interested in getting the other two, but couldn't justify the price as there was so many dupes and similar palettes on offer. But as soon as this was released I knew I was going to get my hands on it somehow! I love anything rose gold and the metallic pinky hues in this palette are so pretty for day or night. I also love the matte shades for a really natural look and my absolute favourite for a night out look is Blackheart which is such a lovely sparkly cranberry shade, it's so pigmented and a perfect alternative to a black smokey eye.
Enjoy all the lovelyness in my photos below, I have linked some other blog posts that have beautiful swatches as well if, like me, you can't get enough.

What do you think? Are you persuaded?
If you already have the palette, which are your favourite shades?

If you want to see swatches click hereor here:)

Georgia x
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