Monday, 27 July 2015

More Laura Factoids

So I'm into week 2 of my summer hols, and Stu has gone back to work after having the first week off with me, so I thought I'd fill some time by doing some more facts about me. I know, how riveting eh? These types of posts of some of my faves though as they appeal to my nosey nature, haha!

  • I think the last time I wrote a similar post I was still doing supply as a teaching assistant. Well I'm now a learning support assistant in a school just 5 mins drive from me (or a 15 min walk if I'm not feeling lazy, which is very rare). I've been doing this since Easter (ish) 2013 and I've worked with the same child from reception to Year 2. Sadly at the end of last term I was told I had been placed with another child, which was a massive blow to me, but I think a change will both do us some good, and I'll still see his cheeky little face around school! 

  • I live with my fiance Stuart (fiance still sounds weird) who I met online. This is quite common place now I think. The couple who's wedding I went to a few weeks ago actually met online too! After my break up in 2012, unbeknown to me, my friend had made me a profile on a dating site in the hope of finding me someone new. She then told me what she'd done after she was sick of getting messages from weirdos! She kindly gave me my log in details and that's when I had a little look for myself and found Stu amongst the creeps. He only lived about 20 mins away and seemed normal!  I think we started messaging around Christmas time and we had our first date in January, the 7th I believe, and that was that!

  • I don't have eyebrow 'game'. I'm sorry. I very rarely use anything on them. Again my apologies. 

  • My hair is naturally wavy but I have to blow dry it as it would take all day to dry naturally. This results in my hair being very bushy with random kinks. My hair is either in a low pony or a high pony. I don't tend to deviate and it's so boring!

  • I can't drink coffee as it makes me feel ill and very weird! I'm literally still feeling the caffeine 6 hours later! I used to really like the iced coffee drinks but nope, the after effects are just not worth it! 

  • My current obsession is with pancakes. The crepe sort, though I have nothing against the American kind. With bananas and Nutella I'm in my happy place! 

  • I didn't go abroad until I was in secondary school. I remember being disappointed that everything seemed so brown from the plane! Before then I had always gone camping. I haven't really been since and I miss it. 

  • I once took my hamster to my friends house in my coat pocket. I also took one on a car trip once and nearly lost him in the upholstery, 

  • I'm not mad on Disney. I like some of the films but for the most part I'm indifferent! 

  • Last night I ate a whole trifle in one go. Can't say I was that ashamed! 

  • I love lychees and anything lychee flavoured or scented. Also elderflower at the moment too. 

  • For some reason I really like it when I get a yellow birthday card. I can't explain this! 

  • Some days I hate that it's bright and sunny as it shows up all the dust and where I did to hoover in the flat!

I'm starting to bore myself now, so I'll leave it at that! I'm sure you've been gripped :P 

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

New Nude (ish) Lipsticks

So it would appear I have been suckered in by the trend for nude lips at the moment. I've never been a massive fan of truly 'nude' lips as I often find then too brown and most just wash me out. I definitely prefer more pink based ones as they are much more flattering on me. I think my favourite one is my Essence lipstick in Natural Beauty. I wanted to experiment a little lately though and I've amassed quite a few new shades.

The first shade is 'Whispers' by Freedom. It's isn't technically a nude, on me at least, as on the lips it's quite bright and pink, It's really nice though and not a shade I've worn before. Plus it was a bargain at only a quid. The second shade is the Rimmel Kate lipstick in 45- the pinkest nude in the new range. I'm still on the fence about this one. I think if it was a little more sheer I would like it more. Next is another Freedom one in 'Sooner or Later'. I think this has just the right amount of pink and brown tones. This would be the one I would use for a 'proper' nude lip. Following this is a Maybelline Color Sensational  lipstick in 'Iced Caramel'. This is the darkest of the bunch, and though quite brown, I do like it. Not a fan at all but I think it would fall under the 'Kylie Jenner' catorgory! Lastly we have a Wild About Beauty Nutrilips lipstick in 'Bobbie'. I received this shade in a YouBeauty Discovery box and was quite disappointed when I saw it! I find it too pale and brown to wear on it's own (it really washes me out!) but as it's sheer it seems to work well layered over brighter pink lippies to tone them down. I tried this with 'Whispers' to lessen the brightness and it did the job nicely. It's a shame the colour isn't me as the texture is really lovely.

L-R-Freedom 'Whispers', Rimmel Kate '45', Freedom 'Sooner or Later', Maybelline 'Iced Coffee', Wild About Beauty 'Bobbie'

Do you have any of these shades? What do you think?

Sunday, 19 July 2015

School's Out For Summer!

Cliché title but I couldn't help it! I now have 7 (yup!) weeks off before I start work again in September, In the past I've had a summer job to help tide me over but, at the risk of sounding lazy, I just don't fancy it. I work really hard during term time and I find it both mentally and physically draining, so I just want to have a summer relaxing and doing what I like.

I love a 'to-do' post but I thought I'd do a more positive one than the last, and list the more fun things I want to do with my time off.

  • Have a road trip to Bangor. I went to Bangor Uni (8 years ago now-how?!) and I haven't been back since my graduation in 2011. For the most part I had a really good time there so I'm looking forward to going back and reminiscing. Going to Menai bridge and looking at the gorgeous views along the straits is top of the list for me. I'm hopefully going to go with my friend, who I met in my first year in halls. We're both from the same place and we've stayed close ever since-she's truly lovely.

  • My birthday! It's my birthday in August and I've been thinking of ways I want to spend the day. I've already got my eye on a good restaurant we could go to in Chester. I'm also toying with the idea of a fancy afternoon tea. Anything with food really! I'm grateful for any gifts but I'd love to get the Sabrina the Teenage Witch boxset. I only thought of it the other day but it would be perfect! Harvey & Sabrina forever <3 

  • Camping. I'd love to go camping this year. I used to go on a camping holiday every year when I was younger and adored it. I think it would be a really good way to de-stress and get away from technology! Ideally I'd like to go camping near the coast but I'm open to different ideas. 

  • Trip to the seaside! Linked to the above I suppose, but I really, really want to go the beach. I find it so relaxing looking out to sea and strolling on the sand. I will keep an eye on the weather and try and plan a trip. Added ice creams preferable. 

  • Barbecue. My mum has been saying she's going to do one for ages, so hopefully we'll get lucky with the weather soon and they'll be free to do one. She does do a good spread, haha. 

  • Walks. I love going on a relaxing, scenic walk. It's good to just get outside and get some fresh air and exercise, which is much needed! I'd like to see some more places in Shropshire and Powys. Theres some pretty villages around so it would be good to do some exploring!

That's all I can think of for now, but I'm sure more will pop up!

Monday, 6 July 2015

Weekend Wedding

Hi! Hope you're all doing well. I've been pretty busy lately but the thought of just 2 more weeks in school (well 9 working days now) is keeping me going! I can't wait for a break so that I can finally get the flat sorted and tackle all the jobs I've been meaning to do!
On Saturday we went to a friends wedding in a lovely little village outside of Oswestry. The weather was gorgeous and we had a great time. It got me thinking about how I want my wedding to be and how I need to start saving. How many times have I said that on here since I've gotten engaged?! It will happen though, it has to! I was also pretty pleased that I managed to wear some proper high heels without toppling over. Quite an achievement for me! I loved the dress I chose and I'm a bit sad that I didn't manage to get a picture of myself in it but you can see it here! It wasn't the dress I was going to wear originally but I saw it on sale for 30% off in Dorothy Perkins and I had to have it. I did have to loosen the belt on it later on though thanks to the amazing hog roast and buffet!
Make up wise I stuck to what I know and used my usual Rimmel Lasting Finish Nude foundation along with my Make Up Gallery blusher and Body Shop honey bronzer. For eyes I chose my favourite combo of colours (the taupey shades) from my Make Up Revolution Iconic 2 palette, finished off with my fave Seventeen Doll'd Up mascara. I don't really know why I bother having other shadows when I nearly always just use this one! My lipstick, which I'm not actually wearing in the picture, is from Essence in the shade Natural Beauty.
I straightened my hair but as usual it got pouffy again quickly. I can never get my hair as sleek as they do in the hairdressers! Hopefully when I'm not in work I'll have the time to embrace my natural waves-it'll be much less hassle!

Hope you had a good weekend too :)