Tuesday, 31 December 2013

A Tribute to 2013

1. In Hong Kong with my boyfriend's family 2. Time's Square, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong 3. 2013 was the year of short hair for me! 4. Beautiful Metro posts in Paris 5. St. Paul's Cathedral, Macau  6. Hong Kong 7. Posing with the Seine and Eiffel Tower in Paris  8. Me and mum at breakfast in Paris, taken by an adorable waiter-- this is our only photograph together from the trip :-(  9. Made a vow to use my camera more this year, and I think I stuck to that.

This time last year I had never left England and believed that I didn't have enough power to change my own life. 2013, however, proved to be a year of enlightenment for me, beginning with my first journeys abroad. In March, I visited Hong Kong and spent two weeks completely exposed to a new culture and a new way of living-- they were two of the best weeks of my life. I even had the chance to spend a night in Macau, wandering the ruins of St. Paul's Cathedral, eating authentic Portuguese food and losing myself in the casinos of the City of Dreams.

In August, my mum and I visited Paris. Unbelievably, this trip was the first time she had ever been abroad; after all, we only applied for our passports last year. She loved every single moment of it and I love 2013 for being the year that we both had our eyes opened by travel. 

2013 is also the year I became a fully qualified Teacher of English. This is one of the biggest achievements of my life so far, but despite the amazing feeling that came after delivering lessons my kids enjoyed and the way some of them looked up to me as their teacher, I felt as though I wasn't ready for it yet. Of course, this is what then led me to make the hardest decision of my life early on in the year-- I left the profession without knowing what was coming next. Now, I work in Editorial at one of the most prestigious academic publishers in the country, and every morning when I get in to the office I genuinely cannot believe that I'm there. 

So there it is, my panegyric on 2013 and everyone and everything that came with it. 

Happy New Year.

Monday, 30 December 2013

Glossybox: December 2013

Caught up in the Christmas chaos spirit as I was, I completely forgot to post about this month's Glossybox. After opening my first box last month, I felt slightly let down by the mediocrity of the contents and considered cancelling my subscription. However, on seeing the beautifully packaged December box, with a suitably Christmassy design on the front, I was hopeful that things would change for the better.

Unfortunately, I'm still feeling slightly disillusioned. I received a Schick Razor blade for sensitive skin; a Seche Vite nail polish in Blanc; Maybelline Colossal mascara; a Beautiful Movements lip gloss; and a couple of Rich Skin Food samples.

Thoughts? As a girl with a lot of dark hair, the razor will come in useful, so that's great. I love my Seche Vite top coat so it's nice to see the brand in my box, but... who wears white nail polish? Mascara is always useful, so that was nice to see. Those samples though? ABOUT A YEAR OUT OF DATE. Glossybox sent out an email about this, and Yin Yang are offering disappointed Glossyboxers a complimentary product, but wah... I can't be bothered with the kerfuffle.

I haven't cancelled my subscription yet but I'm really struggling to hang on here. Some others seem to be getting a better selection of items in their boxes, so I'm hoping that thus far I've just been unfortunate and my time will come... soon.

Monday, 9 December 2013

Lost in the Dark.

This is me right now.

This dark-at-four-o'clock thing? I cannot. I want nothing more than to fall into a five-month period of hibernation the minute the clocks go back, and I'm sure that the people who have to deal with me on a day-to-day basis during these winter months must feel the same.

It's no secret that I hate summer (or at least, I hate the way it makes me feel) but I would give my last peanut butter cup to not have to fear for my life whilst walking to work and back in the dark; to not have to watch the sun set at 4pm; to be able to walk the rescue dogs on a warm, sunny day.

I wouldn't mind a perpetual spring, where I could still hide myself inside of coat, but have a lot more light in my life. 

Sunday, 8 December 2013

Review: Essie Luxedo and Merino Cool [Autumn/Winter Nails]

Essie Luxedo and Merino Cool
It's really happening. I'm fighting The Fear™ one day at a time and breaking out the dark nail shades; I actually wore Essie's Luxedo for  FOUR WHOLE DAYS in a row last week, which is a feat to behold  for me. Being a deep purple/black shade, I'm a big fan of Luxedo as it's a little less feminine than black polishes with berry undertones— something which I'm definitely not ready for yet. 

Another Essie polish that I've had for a while but have recently started paying attention to again, is Merino Cool. This is such a chic and unique mulberry colour, which oozes sophistication whenever you put it on. It also helps that, like Luxedo, the staying power isn't too shabby either. 

Now that I'm combating The Fear I'm pretty excited to see what else is out there for me. Maybe in a couple of months time I'll be a new woman. A new woman wearing Revlon Red. Ha!
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