Monday, 30 May 2016

The Duke Of Edinburgh Gold Award | London, May 2016


 I have been so excited to write this blog post for a little while now, but I just wanted to wait until I had finished my exams at University to be able to fully dedicate myself to writing it.  On Monday the 16th of May 2016 my parents and I were lucky enough to go to Buckingham Palace so I could be awarded my Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award.  It was a fantastic day.


To introduce this post, I am just going to provide a little bit of background on the Duke of Edinburgh's Award (DofE).  Back in 1956 HRH, The Duke Of Edinburgh founded a programme aimed at young people to help enhance their personal development, through the undertaking of several skills and exercises.  Whilst the award has developed dramatically over the years (as it used to only be available to boys), there have always been three levels to the award, Bronze, Silver and Gold.  There is a minimum age for each of the levels, 14 for Bronze, 15 for Silver and 16 for Gold.    There are a variety of sections to complete in order to gain these awards; a Physical section, a Skills section, a Volunteering section and an Expedition, all of varying lengths.  (For Gold you have to complete a five day residential trip too).  Offered through schools and other associations for young people, DofE is available to many people around the UK, and abroad too.  To obtain one or all of these levels, the activities have to be completed by the participant's 25th birthday.

When I was 14 my school notified my year group about DofE and I had a keen interest from the start. A few years down the line from then having completed my Bronze and Silver awards, I was determined to complete Gold too.  For this, I completed a four day expedition across Dartmoor with some girls from my school, a five day residential trip to a cookery course in Taunton, I volunteered in a National Trust restaurant for one year, I attended Ballet lessons for one year and I learnt to drive for six months.  I really enjoyed every single part of completing these sections, and I really feel I gained a lot of self confidence and independence throughout the process.

Monday 16th May, 2016

Getting Ready




 


The Completed Look  

 



Cropped Blazer - New Look
Floral Co-ord - New Look
Wedged Shoes - Schuh
Clutch Bag - Topshop


We entered Buckingham Palace Gardens from the Hyde Park corner entrance, along with hundreds of other people all dressed up for the event.  Altogether there were around seven thousand people in the gardens, which created a wonderful atmosphere and sense of achievement throughout the event.  We were all put into small groups depending on where we were from - I was in the Devon and Cornwall group.  There were around forty groups altogether (see picture below).  In each group there were about twenty five Gold Achievers who were accompanied by their guests who stood behind them, and opposite were representatives from the organisations which allowed the Gold Achievers to complete DofE in the first place.  My Headteacher from my old school and the P.E. teacher in charge of DofE were there in support of myself and another girl two years below me.  

(Photograph belongs to DofE, not myself)


 Each group had a celebrity guest speaker to present the certificates.  (You also receive a Gold Award brooch or pin, you can choose which, however I had already been sent my DofE Gold Award brooch which I wore on the day, alongside my pins from my Bronze and Silver awards).  To present the certificates we were lucky enough to have adventurer and TV presenter Ray Mears.  I thought that this was very apt as he could really empathise with the DofE Gold Achievers, having done a lot of hiking, exploring and route planning himself.  He gave a wonderful speech to our group lasting about fifteen minutes, which was very inspiring and made me feel incredibly proud of myself and everyone else there.  We were able to have individual photographs with Ray (which my parents and I are going to buy!).  He was genuinely a lovely and friendly man who really added to the experience.  Afterwards, we were also joined by Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex who came round to chat to all of us.  He was also very friendly and easy to talk to, who expressed a keen interest in many of our DofE stories.

Overall, I have to say it was one of the best moments of my life!  It was an incredibly well organised event, and a lot of effort was made to make each one of the Gold Achievers feel very appreciated and special, which was very rewarding.  There was also a lot of emphasis on how DofE will enhance my CV which is very appropriate for where I am in my life.  All of the people I met were so friendly and helpful, the weather was gorgeous and being able to set foot inside the grounds of Buckingham Palace was an amazing experience in itself!



I would highly, highly recommend enrolling yourself to do the Duke of Edinburgh's Award.  I got so much out of it and it is something that I will never forget. 


 

Saturday, 21 May 2016

The Beauty Tag



Thank you so much to the lovely Hannah who nominated me to do the beauty tag!  The link to her blogpost is here.  Her blog is definitely worth a read, so do go and check it out.  I am obsessed with all things beauty related so when I got tagged I was so excited to answer Hannah's questions!

What is your favourite high street makeup brand? 

I would say that my favourite high street makeup brand would have to be Bourjois.  As much as I love brands such as Rimmel and Loreal etc, I always seem to be really impressed by Bourjois products.  I always seem to enjoy using them.  It is not a particularly expensive brand, although some of their foundations can be around the £10 mark which, compared to some of the other foundations you can get on the high street, is a little steep.  However with the help of my Boots card and the fact the quality of the products is so good (in my opinion), I think it is a brand worth investing your money in.
  

What is your favourite high end makeup brand?

I don't have the most extensive budget for makeup (sad timez) but I have tried the odd product from high end makeup brands.  I am going to have to pick two brands for this as I can't pick one!  Firstly I have to say Chanel - not only do their perfumes smell amazing but the Rouge Coco lipsticks are amazing too.  I have the colour Gabrielle (linked here) which is a beautiful matte red with a slight sheen, and it is quite moisturising and long wearing too.  My second favourite brand is Benefit.  Firstly the Porefessional is amazing at providing a great base for makeup and prolongs its wear time.  I also like the They're Real mascara and I particularly like the Stay Don't Stray eyeshadow and concealer primer.  

One item of makeup you couldn't live without? 

This is a tough one!  If I had to pick just one.... I think it would have to be concealer.  I get a little bit of redness on my cheeks and my nose as well as the occasional spot and I think that concealer is just amazing for evening out my skin tone (if I couldn't use a foundation, that is).  It is also amazing for brightening the under eye area.  I am currently using the Bourjois Radiance Reveal concealer which I am loving.

What's your go to makeup look? 

I would say mainly a natural look.  Day to day I wear foundation; nothing too heavy, concealer, powder, blusher, a little bit of bronzer and a natural eye (a bit of eyeshadow and mascara).  I only ever wear colour on my lips in the evening if I am going somewhere and I will put more eyeshadow and eyeliner on.  Other than that I just wear a clear lip balm.

Do you have a skincare routine? 

I dip in and out of a skincare routine, which probably confuses my skin!  I normally take my makeup off with the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish and then take any residue off with Bioderma.  I will then use the Liz Earle Skin Repair Moisturiser and the Simple Kind To Eyes Soothing Eye Balm (whatta mouthful!).  If I am going all out with my skincare then I like to use the Boots Botanics range, including the All Bright Radiance Concentrate Serum and the All Bright Hydrating Night Cream, as well as the Superdrug Hydrating Serum.

What's the biggest makeup mistake you've made? 

I would say choosing the wrong colour foundation.  A while back I wanted to buy a new foundation and they didn't have my colour, so I just went for the next shade darker thinking it would be alright (it looked a bit like I had fake tanned my face and forgot about my body).  I use that foundation now, but only in the summer when I am a bit more tanned!

What's the most underrated makeup item you own?

I would probably say the Soap and Glory 'Lid Stuff' eyeshadow palette.  I haven't really heard that many people talk about this product, but I think it is amazing! It is the perfect little palette to put in your makeup bag.  The one I have has a beautiful cream coloured matte shade, a shimmery brown, a matte dark brown and a pinky/peach matte colour (which is beautiful in the crease).  It's only £10 and I think it's a must have for everyone's makeup bag. 

Bright or nude lip? Matte or gloss?

It depends on what I'm doing, if I am going out in the evening then a bright red or pink lip is my go to, however in the day I would opt for a nude shade.  However whether I am going out in the evening or not, I rarely go for gloss as my hair always ends up sticking to my lips and it's the most annoying thing! I much prefer a matte or creamy finish. 

And that's all the questions! Thank you again Hannah for nominating me.  Here are the people I am nominating:

Beka - http://www.bekaellen.com/

Abbie - https://abbieinwonderlandxo.wordpress.com/

Rachael - http://www.girlirae.com/


Here are my questions (if you choose to answer them of course!) :) 

What is your favourite brand of makeup brushes?

What are your three must have makeup or skincare products?

What is your favourite high street or drugstore brand and why?

Do you wear nail varnish? If so, what is your favourite one?

Do you like scented makeup products? If so, what is your favourite type of scent?

Are there any makeup or skincare products that you would pay more money for because you think it is THAT good?

Can you remember what your first ever makeup purchase was?

What do you look for in a mascara?


I hope you enjoyed reading this post! See you in the next one,
Molly x

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

A Spring Weekend

So on the 7th and 8th of May I spent the weekend in Exeter.  The weather was gorgeous so couldn't resist getting the old camera out ;)

Here are some photos of my weekend, and a little insight into what I wore over the two days, (I had just bought a denim pinafore dress at New Look hence why I wore it on both days!)

Saturday - Exeter

Myself and my boyfriend Ciaran headed into Exeter town centre.  We did a bit of shopping and then sat on the Cathedral green.  I took some photos of the Cathedral as you can see, as it is beautiful. 








What I wore: 

Denim Pinafore Dress - New Look
Shoes - Converse
Top - H&M
Sunglasses - River Island

Sunday - Exmouth

We got the train to Exmouth as they have a great beach (perfect in nice weather.)  We saw some kite-surfers, had a walk along the beach and sat in the park.  It was very relaxing.  We went to Costa for a coffee and I had my usual, a medium vanilla latte (yum!). Ciaran had a medium latte.  The train journey is only half an hour from Exeter so it is the perfect place to travel on a nice sunny day.













What I Wore:

Denim Pinafore Dress - New Look
Top - H&M
Shoes - Nike
Glasses - River Island
Rucksack - Vans
Hoodie - Leavers hoodie from school
Watch - Casio

Some of the links aren't the exact product I own, but I found the closest thing to it!

I hope you enjoyed this post, see you in the next one.
Molly x

Sunday, 8 May 2016

The Liebster Award



I am very pleased to say that the lovely Beka from Beka Ellen has nominated me for the Liebster Award!  It is an award which recognises small and upcoming blogs.  Beka has a gorgeous blog which is definitely worth a read if you are into lifestyle, food and so on.

For the award a blogger can choose a set of questions for the bloggers they have tagged or 'nominated' to answer.  So thank you very much Beka, here are my answers to your questions below.

1. What is your favourite movie of all time?

 

My favourite film of all time is probably Elf, even though it is a Christmas film! It is probably the film I have watched the most :) 

2. How do you want to inspire people?

 

This probably sounds a bit far fetched but I like to think I can inspire people through this blog.  Even though it only has a small audience, I like to think that it shows that you can achieve anything if you put your mind to it.  I am very proud of my little blog - I have a passion for make-up and I love reading other people's blogs.  I also love taking photos and I just want to share that with people.  I don't care about getting a huge audience (although that would be nice one day!), I just want to put myself out there in a way that portrays who I really am, through something that I love to do. 

3. When was the last time you went dancing?

 

I actually used to do Ballet every week.  I started when I was about 3 or 4 and didn't stop until I was 18 (I am now 19).  I finished my Ballet journey by completing the Grade 8 Award, which I am very proud of myself for doing (it took a lot of practice and hard work!).  During my second year at University I took up Ballet for about a month but I haven't done it for a while as I just got too busy with Uni work and other commitments.  I would like to take up dancing again some time - I may try something different! 

4. Describe your perfect dream day!

 

My perfect dream day would probably be going on a nice walk on the moors with my boyfriend Ciaran in the sunshine and taking lots of photos.  Maybe get an ice cream and sit with a lovely picnic.  I love eating outside in the evening when it is still a little bit warm (although this is wishful thinking with British weather!) so I would want to eat dinner outside, followed by a glass of wine wrapped up in a blanket!

5. What is the funniest joke you've ever heard?

 

I don't really have a favourite joke, however my favourite sketch by a comedian is probably the one where Peter Kay states misheard lyrics - here is the link to it on YouTube, I laugh so much everytime! 

6. Name one thing you are afraid of.

 

I wouldn't say I'm 'afraid' of this, but I really don't like the dark! (YES, I sound about 5.)  I just don't like the uncertainty of it.  I am one of those people who like to have the duvet up over their ears and I'm not sure why, I just feel more secure. 

7. Do you think you were born in the wrong time?

 

No, I don't think I was born in the wrong time.  Although it would be interesting to live at another point in time, if I was born at another point then I wouldn't know the people who I know now, and my life would be very different.  
 

8. Which emoji best describes you?


I would probably say the little pig emoji as I love my food! Haha. I can never turn down a piece of cake.

9. Would you rather be a vampire or a werewolf?


I would rather be a werewolf, because it would only be everytime there is a full moon.  If I was a vampire then I would have to be one all the time and I couldn't commit to that ;)

10. Where are all the places you have travelled to?


I am from England so have travelled a fair bit around there, I have been to Wales, Scotland, France and America too.  

11. What is your favourite flower?


My favourite flower is probably tulips, as they look stunning inside the house on the kitchen table or something, and I love the variety of colours you can get! (I also really like daffodils.)


So if you are nominated, SHOULD YOU CHOOSE TO ACCEPT IT, write a blog post about the Liebster award in which you:


  1. Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog. Try to include a little promotion for the person who nominated you. They will thank you for it and those who you nominate will also help you out as well.
  1. Display the award on your blog — by including it in your post and/or displaying it using a “widget” or a “gadget”.
  2. Nominate 5 – 11 blogs that you feel deserve the award, who have a less than 200 followers.
  3. List these rules in your post (You can copy and paste from here.) Once you have written and published it, you then have to:
  4. Create 11 questions for your nominees to answer. 
  5. Inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster award and provide a link for them to your post or this one linked here.  

For this award I nominate:


Katy from http://www.katyleighhall.co.uk/

Abbie from https://abbieinwonderlandxo.wordpress.com/

Holly from http://hollylizabeth.blogspot.co.uk/

Kasie from http://kasiebeauty.co.uk/

Ellie from http://girltalkwithelle94.blogspot.co.uk/


Here are my questions!


1. What is the one makeup item you can't live without?
2. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
3. Do you have any pets?
4. If you could have any superhero power what would it be?
5. How would you describe your clothing style?
6. What is you favourite TV show?
7. Three words to describe yourself?
8. What is your favourite book?
9. Do you have a celebrity crush?
10. Are you any good at drawing? 
11. What is you favourite season/time of the year?

That's all my questions! Thank you again to Beka for the nomination.  

See you in the next post,
Molly x          
  

Friday, 6 May 2016

What's In My Makeup Bag

I thought I would share with you what makeup I have been using recently.  I do change it up a bit every week or so but these are the products that have recently made the cut!








My Top Picks








£23






52 Vanille
£8.99






Shade 43
£26






Shade 01
£13














217
£20
I hope you enjoyed taking a sneak peek inside my makeup bag. What are your favourite makeup products at the moment?

See you in the next post,
Molly x