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Wednesday, 16 May 2018

What have I been Up to | Part 2


I promised to talk a bit more about my exams and job on here, so here it is (there's also part 1 here which was almost a year ago, yikes)! At the time of writing this, I was trying out quite a few products aswell and so I didn't want to write a bunch of reviews until I was sure I've tried the product enough times (or in the case of the Cover FX drops - enough ways) to make sure I've covered all the bases. I'm almost there now, so expect some more reviews coming your way!

Working Life


First of all, can I just say time does seem to fly past so quickly sometimes. I started my new job at the end of last summer, fresh out on University and very soon I'll be coming onto a year now. Although, this wasn't actually my first 'related to my degree' job, I did a year in industry whilst I was in University. I actually do think it was beneficial for me to have that experience because it teaches you what to expect when you start a new job, and by that I don't mean the technical knowledge or computer skills. I mean the actual adapting to the workplace environment, interacting with people in the kitchen and most of all, getting out of your comfort zone and putting yourself out there (this is still a hard one for me because I'm not an extrovert, but by it I mean thinking about what is going to help you develop in your role and speaking to your manager/supervisor about it).

Moving on to my graduate job. Graduate roles are more different in my opinion, because one they are so competitive nowadays, and secondly, this is it! For most people it will be the start of your career, so naturally you'll want to make the most of it, push yourself and leave a good impression. However, at first my thinking was that I'd start work, and everything would be sorted for me. This often isn't the case. Sometimes you'll still need to push for work, or you'll want to try something a bit different to what you have. In my case, my work is project led (professional services), so if there is a project I'm suitable for I'm put onto it, and if there isn't, then I'm not. And that's where the above comes into play. I felt like I wasn't experiencing much of a variety compared to my friends, so I actually volunteered to help out in another department more. The type of work in that department is more fast paced and deadline driven than my usual (leaving me exhausted most days), however, it's still all experience, and sometimes you have to be open to these things.

Exams


This brings me onto my exams. People did tell me these exams were going to be hard, but when you've balanced 7 modules in one term at University (and the numerous pieces of coursework and exams that they entail) you do start to think that come on, these ones can't be that bad compared to that. Well, they were! The main thing that separated my Professional exams from my University ones was that the professional exams actually cover a whole lot more content per module, and you get a whole lot less time to cover it all. I believe it worked out around two weeks to cover three HUGE modules, and the two week college time before that was just exhausting because of the sheer amounts you get through in a day. The good news (as I previously mentioned) was that I passed them, and that means I'm one third of the way there. I have the rest to get through now, but they will be after the Summer.

Activities


Me trying to be all artsy haha




I'm not sure many of you will remember, but going a few years back now, we often used to go on city trips for the day. Here's some of the posts if you wanted to have a nosey; Warwick Castle, the Manchester Trafford Centre. The thing about work is that you often feel like you're working your life away, so I'm really keen to get back into it this year, especially with it being all Summery. With the extended bank holiday we did have a walk around in Edgbaston Resovoir, some lovely views, however I wouldn't recommend it as whilst it started off really enjoyable, unfortunately there were a few dodgy people that just ruined it.


I also turned another year older (I know, I haven't updated my side bar for ages!). I went to an adult trampolining centre with my best friend and it was amazing! I'm not the most sporty person but I had SO much fun! We finished it off with dinner at Mowgli (the restaurant with the swings for anyone in the know!). It was great service, and the angry bird dish is delicious! I also took advantage of the extended bank holiday and went shopping, and found the satin dress I've always wanted (it is very similar to what I envisioned!) Oh, and I picked up a backup of the Topshop Lip Liner in Beestung (it's perfect if the usual nude shades aren't for you).

Also, a quick tip! I always find Warehouse to be amazing for work dresses (and dresses in general), although I don't think the store is as well known or popular as others. Their dresses are about £40-£60, but you can get them for a fraction of that amount as they always seem to have them on sale online after a few weeks of having them instore. I managed to bag three lovely dresses for just under £60, and they fit perfectly (I normally struggle with small sizes not fitting properly or say the top being too big, but these were almost perfect). They can be worn quite casually too, so it's a good way to build up an inexpensive, versatile wardrobe.

Skincare and Makeup


I thought the warmer weather would relieve some of my dry skin atleast, but unfortunately it seems to be having the opposite effect! My skin is drier than ever, but at the same time I keep getting horrible under the surface breakouts (which aren't that common for me). This is where all the beauty blenders come in! They are literally the one thing stopping me from looking like a cakey mess. I use them for my entire makeup now; concealer, highlighter and powder (and using my fingers to press some shimmer on my eyelids).

Products I'm using up: 
  • Lola Makeup by Perse Lash Extension Mascara: This basically adds nothing but some length and added darkness to my eyelashes. I would have binned this but I'm trying to use up products so I don't feel like I'm wasting them.
  • By Nature Rejuvenating eye creme: This is the coconut version of the one I reviewed here. It's decent, quite hydrating and I already have a backup.
  • Nars Soft Matte Complete Concealer in Ginger: At first I was having a love hate relationship with this because it looked a bit dry on, but the beauty blender and a good amount of serum and eye creme really help. This is actually around the same colour as my skintone (well a bit darker), but I find that it actually helps to cover the darkness around the eyes and chin better than concealers that are too light. I don't use foundation on a daily basis, so this has been my go-to and I'm already half way through this (I have been using it daily for 4-5 months now).
New finds:
  • Becca Shimmering Skin Perfecter Pressed in Opal: My search for natural looking highlighters has led me to this, and I love it! A detailed review to come!
  • Estee Lauder Pure Colour Lipstick in Rebellious Rose: I've been looking for a good everyday natural lipstick for ages, and I've found the one! You'll know by now that I can't pull nudes off, my natural lip colour is quite rosey, and this is just the most perfect muted rose. On my medium skin it's one of those shades that just makes you look a bit glowy, without being too much.

Phew, well done if you didn't switch off with all that text haha! I hope you enjoyed this post! What has been new in your life, new likes/new dislikes?

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47 comments:

  1. Your helping out in the other department is commendable - you'll develop better skills that way & earn the respect of others. You're young - you have all the energy. And all the best in your exams! :D

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  2. We just moved to my hometown which is big for us since we were living in the city for more than 20 years but we are so happy with this huge change!!! Good luck with your exams, you will have the summer months to prepare for it!

    Yiota
    PinkDaisyLoves

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    1. Wow that is a big change! I've always lived in the same place, and it must be strange at first to up sticks and move one day x

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  3. Congratulations on passing your exams. Working and studying is always hard to juggle. x

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  4. Yes absolutely enjoyed reading your post!. Glad to know about your current life situation. Wishing you all the best for your work and exams. :-)

    Via | http://glossnglitters.com

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  5. I feel like a lot is happening in your life right now, I'm still searching for a new job, my job is not related to my degree at all - I don't really see anything in common between dietetics and IT, but I think it's better :)

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    1. Don't worry, a lot of people do change fields, a lot of my friends are working in IT and they say it's the future! x

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  6. Congrats on getting a graduate role!! Gosh knows thousands dont haha sound like an intense time though! But true you have to push through, it'll be worth it in the end :)

    xx Sofia | SOFIAADOT

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  7. Congratulations on passing your exams. x

    www.themakeupaficionado.com

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  8. Sounds like a busy time! I hope you are well and work and everything is good :) I really want to try Becca!! Looks great <3

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    1. Thank you! I am good thanks, the Becca is lovely and the mini is a really good size to try out x

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  9. Congratulations on getting a grad job! You deserved it with all of your hard work. I wish you the best!

    Hannah the Mad Dog

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  10. Sound like you have your plate full but you are handling everything really well. Good to see you back and to read the updates on your life. And good on you for coming up to a year with your job.

    Shireen⎜Reflection of Sanity

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    1. Haha in reality I am not organised at all, but getting there! Thank you :) x

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  11. The Soft Matte Complete concealer sounds dreamy, happy belated birthday! Trampolining sounds like such a good idea as well, glad to catch up with what's been going on. Exams are such a stressor, especially with work as well, but it seems like you have a good balance going on. Enjoy the rest of your weekend xxx

    ALittleKiran | Bloglovin

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    1. It really is if you have really dark circles! Aww thank you x It was sooo much fun, a great stress breaker too haha x

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  12. Congratulations on passing your exams, that's great news! Happy belated birthday by the way! Hope you had a fabulous time celebrating - the adult trampolining sounds like so much fun :)

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

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    1. Thank you so much! It is so much fun, there's plenty of different activity sections, I couldn't stop laughing x

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  13. Congrats on passing your exams! I'm glad that things are going so well with your job too, and that things are busy but enjoyable for you :)

    Hope that you are having a nice weekend :)

    Away From The Blue Blog

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  14. Congrats on passing your exams, at least for now. Sometimes stress and change in weather can lead to breakouts and skin problems, so hopefully now, with a but more time to relax things will sort themselves out.

    Anne - Linda, Libra, Loca

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    1. Thank you! I am hoping it is just the weather, it is showing some signs of calming down x

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  15. Congratulations on passing your exams, your life seems super hectic right now, but sounds like you're handling it well :) Also, sorry to hear your skin is super dry, that's literally the worst! Hope it gets better for you soon x

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    1. Thank you so much! Haha it is a pain, but I may have brought some more primers ;)

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  16. Time does seem to fly by so quickly! Well done on passing your exams and coming up on a year at your job. Happy belated birthday as well! My life has been rather quiet which suits me just fine. Everything has been really good since we made an early payoff on our mortgage last year.

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    1. Thank you so much! Oh wow well done, that must be a great relief! x

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  17. I hope you had a lovely birthday. I am loving the NARS concealer too, it's so good! xx

    Gemma • Gemma Etc . ❤️

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  18. Sounds like you have been busy lately. I am happy to hear that you have passed you exams. And happy birthday!

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  19. Awww babe, this was such a lovely read :) I'm addicted to the Becca Shimmer perfecting Powder, this post was amazing to get to know you more <3 and congratulations again on passing on your exams <3

    Serene XO

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    1. It's an amazing highlighter, isn't it?! Aww thanks x

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  20. Good luck on your career, babe! Just always enjoy what you do in the midst of all your responsibilities and wants in life. ♥

    Hear from you soon!

    Love, Airish
    Gorgeous Glance
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  21. Ooo that Becca highlighter sounds so good. My all time fav highlighter is from Becca so now I'm really wanting to try another one from them in a different shade!

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

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    1. I can't wait to try some more of the shades too x

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  22. Such a fun read you have here dear. I love what you said about fast-paced and deadline-driven work. Indeed, sometimes we need pressure to push us through, to keep the energy flowing and drive us to be better and more productive.

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

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    1. That is true, you do sometimes gain more experience when you have a lot to do, as long as you're not exhausted haha x

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  23. I love reading life update posts because they make me feel more in touch with a blogger (if that makes sense!), I really should start doing them on my blog. You've been up to loads, well done for passing those exams! I've just got a new job so it's been a bit hectic balancing that with blogging, college and also a social life but I'm just about managing haha:)

    Emily xo
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  24. Great to read a post like this that includes talking about work experience and graduate jobs as I'm in my second year of university x

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