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30 things I want to do before the age of 30

Despite it being 11 years away for me, there are a lot of things I’ve sat back and thought about wanting to do/achieve by the time I’m 30. I feel like 30 is a ‘good age’ where I would like to have my own home, family, etc, so maybe not have time for a lot of the things I’d like to complete after this age, however I could be wrong! Below are 30 things I’d like to do/achieve before I reach the age of 30, and I’m going to treat this just like a bucket list, and hopefully when I look back in 5 years time for example, I’m getting a lot of stuff ticked off!

  1. Go travelling of some kind
  2. Have my own house/flat/apartment
  3. Get a tattoo(s)
  4. Visit America
  5. Graduate from uni and start my teaching career!
  6. Go snorkelling/scuba diving in the ocean
  7. Go skiing again
  8. Write and publish my own book!
  9. Learn another language fluently
  10. See the Northern Lights
  11. Visit Australia
  12. Learn how to budget my money !!!
  13. Acquire a new hobby – netball or running etc
  14. Learn to cook from scratch
  15. Visit the Harry Potter studios
  16. Visit New Zealand
  17. Get a new car – say bye to Cynthia the Citroen
  18. Limit my use of social media
  19. Live abroad for at least a year
  20. Throw a massive 21st Birthday party
  21. Walk up a mountain
  22. Get my own pet dog
  23. Ideally be settled down with the love of my life ?!
  24. Go on a spa day
  25. Be able to run a half marathon
  26. Go to sleep earlier and wake up earlier every single day
  27. Do a skydive
  28. Learn to love myself and be happy in my own body!
  29. Watch a show in a London theatre
  30. Always make my friends and family proud

“Stop being afraid of what could go wrong and think of what could go right”

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My everyday makeup routine

Working 4 days a week means I do not usually wear makeup on a daily basis, as working in fast food leaves you very greasy!!! Away from this however, I thought I’d share my go to everyday makeup look and products if I’m just popping out and about shopping etc. I wear more full coverage makeup on a night out/special occasion etc and add more steps like eyeshadow and false eyelashes, so let me know if you’d like to see a full glam version!

Below is my starting face! I have a couple of big breakouts as my skin is not loving life at the moment, and I have always had dark under eye circles even though I do get plenty of sleep, so any tips for that will be appreciated!

  1. Moisturiser – Used every day without fail, ensures I am giving my face the moisture it needs to keep it hydrated as my skin is a bit all over the place at the moment! This is the Simple light replenishing moisturiser, it’s the best moisturiser I have tried and it only costs around £2

2. Primer – I use the Becca Backlight Filter primer to give my skin a radiant glow all over, and it can be seen after all the other products are put on my face. I love how healthy it makes my skin look!

3. Eyebrows – First, I use the Anastasia Dip Brow Pomeade in ‘blonde’ to shape and fill in my eyebrows. Then, I carve out my brows with a concealer (I just use my £4 Collection one) and a small concealer brush, and this helps to emphasise and define your eyebrows – such a game changer !!! After, I use a clear eyebrow gel to stick the hairs in place, and to make them look more natural so you can still see my actual eyebrow hairs

4. Concealer – I use the Winky Lux under eye concealer in ‘light beige’ under my eyes as it is one of the best lightweight and easily blendable concealers I have used (Using my sample from my Birchbox). Then I go over any blemishes and over the top of my under eye concealer with Revolution’s Conceal and Define concealer to slightly highlight my under eye area.

5. Bronzer – I use a the Kiko full coverage bronzer to bronze my forehead, temples and cheeks to give me an overall bronzed look and to give my face colour!

6. Blush – I add a light dusting of blush on the apples of my cheeks to also add colour back into my face and to make my complexion look healthy. The blush I am using is the Beautaniq Beauty bloom blush in Darling Dahlia.

7. Mascara – I always curl my lashes for 30 seconds before mascara application to make my eye lashes look as curled as possible! I switch between Benefit mascaras – today I am using the Benefit Roller Lash Mascara. Let me know of cheaper alternatives as £20+ for a Mascara isn’t cheap as a uni student!

8. Eyeliner – I sometimes add a white/nude eyeliner to make my eyes look bigger and more awake!

9. Highlighter – Adding more glow to my face, but this time only to the high points of my face where light hits, so my nose bridge and tip, cupids bow, top of my cheeks! This is the Urban Decay highlighter in ‘Sin’ which I have been using for a good 4 years!

10. Setting spray – To finish, I use a Mac setting spray to lock in my makeup (and a lot of it)!

Before versus after! I’m now ready for the day (once I’m out of my pyjamas that is!)

Let me know if you use any of these products too or if you have any recommendations for me!

“I believe all women are pretty without makeup – but with the right makeup can we pretty powerful”

Bobbi Brown
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The topic of friendship

My friends form one of the biggest aspects of my life undoubtedly. Something I have always been interested in is how friendships form between individuals, and how friendships can positively impact your life. I’d like to explore this now. Each friend I have now, I have met at a different stage of my life, never the same time, so my personal experiences have been a matter of life events and proximity of growing up with friends close to my home town, and later meeting friends at uni in the same flat, etc. Psychological research suggests we chose friends who tend to be similar to ourselves, with similar personalities, but this isn’t always the case, as other factors do play into this. I’d like to mention just a few of my friends, and the roles they play within my life:

My first friends, who I met at Reception/primary school, Hannah and Rhian, are my longest friends (16 years and counting!). Despite attending different Secondary schools, I then went to the same Sixth Form as them both so continued to see them both every day for a year. I can go months and months without seeing both of these girls even though they live around the corner from me, but when we finally see each other and have a good catch up, it is almost like we have never been away from each other! I message both of these girls every day and I will continue to do so for the rest of my life. As I’ve grew older, I have realised that you do not have to see your friends every day for them to be good friends. Good friends are honest, reliable and trustworthy and that is exactly what these two are. I have also accepted that I am always busy, and so are these two, so I value my time spent with them when I do see them! (Hence why we have the least amount of selfies)

Next, I met Chloe when I was in Year 5 of Primary school and we have been Best friends ever since. We saw each other roughly once a month despite attending different Primary and Secondary schools, and then started working together in 2017 in the jobs we are in now, and that meant we saw each other most days. I see Chloe the most often now as I’m home from uni, but when I go back to uni she will still visit and I will still return home to see her. I do most things with her (shopping, holidays, spontaneous trips, important life events) and she will be someone who will forever be part of my family. She plays one of the most important roles in my life – she knows every single one of my problems, she knows every time I am happy or sad, she gives me the most advice when I am struggling and most importantly she knows how to reassure me even when I feel the lowest of the low.

Further along my timeline, I started secondary school and met the likes of Tom, a lad who has been my friend since Day 1 of year 7 and will forever be like family to me! Even now, he always checks up on me and makes sure I’m okay, which is so important !

Moving on to Sixth Form, I met a great group of people who I quickly became friends with… Kim, Laura, Lottie, Martha, who I’d see every single day, and without fail, every single day I’d talk to them about anything and everything, and we’d always be laughing (Another really important thing!). I haven’t seen these girls since I started Uni in September 2019, but I miss them loads! They played such an important role as friends – they acted like a daily support group and safe place. Even though I hated Sixth Form, they made it 10 times happier for me!

Next, my job at Burger King when I’m home from uni does get intense, but I’m also grateful that I have made friends from this job that I started several years ago now. Ben and Harry (knew they’d love this mention) give me the life advice that I never know I need to hear until I have heard it. I’ve never met two young lads that have their head screwed on as much as these two, and I’ve also never met two lads that wind me up until I lock myself away as much as these two, but the laughter is always there. When I eventually leave this job, this will be one of the few things I miss.

Fast forward to now, since starting uni in September I have met some of the most fab people I could meet! Rhiannon has been my closest uni friend since I moved in, and she will continue to be for the next several years as we literally did everything together, and you don’t realise how much you depend on someone’s presence until they are the other end of the country!!! I shared every single problem with her and continue to do so, and she gives me the best advice and provides me with a life filled with laughter which is the only thing I can ask for. Lily has been the only person to ever encourage and motivate me enough to start frequent exercise – she made the impossible possible! These two girls have been my saviours at uni without a doubt. The rest of the girls in my group, Laura, Louisa, Sara, Jazz, have all helped at uni with any of my issues, and I can’t wait to be back with this great bunch of people in September, along with the crazy other half of our group, the boys.

Personally, I cannot stress enough how important it is for me to have such a good support network of friends. When life gets too chaotic, too intense, and too much, I know I will always have someone there for me, whether that’s in person or the other end of my phone, to contact.

Part of growing up means you grow apart from old friends and make other friendships, but that is what life is about. Each friendship I have had has been a life lesson to me, and I have taken things away from that which shape the person I am today. I am grateful for every single one of my friends that are both in my life now and have been in my life before this point.

“Anything is possible when you have the right people there to support you”

Misty Copeland
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Recently read bloggers/blog posts

Recently I’ve been paying more attention to what other’s are writing online, and not just the content I’ve been writing myself, after having a week off of frequent blogging. During this process, I have encountered some excellent blog posts of interest to me which I’d like to share with you below:

  1. The Resident Magazine – Away from WordPress, this blog provides a wonderful assortment of posts catered towards a wide audience surrounding London lifestyle, fashion, food, culture, etc!

2. Mary Chern’s Sheep Mentality in a Progressive World blog post on WordPress – an original and valid viewpoint on modern day society which we can so easily get caught up in

3. Christy B’s UK publishers, Authors, and Black Lives Matter blog post on WordPress – Racial inequality is a relevant subject which can be overlooked within the publishing/literature industry, and this blog post provides a fantastic report on this matter

4. Sandee, Comedy Plus’s Wordless Wednesday blog posts on WordPress – After looking at a few of these posts, they are simple yet effectively creative for the mind!

5. Samantha Maria – Discovered by Cosmopolitan, a beauty blogger covering travel, fashion and lifestyle (plus her website design is gorgeous!)

6. Miss Thrifty Blog – Providing the most useful life blogs, covering things that you should get taught at school but don’t!

“You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending”

C.S Lewis
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Recently brought summer items

I must admit I have gone absolutely mad with online shopping since lockdown began, mostly out of boredom and the satisfaction of trying on new items of clothings, shoes, accessories, makeup, and random things I don’t really need. Amongst this assortment however, I have purchased some stuff which have been useful for the hot summer days in the UK which I thought were worth a mention (Written 29th May so prices & availability etc may have changed):

Amazon tower fan – I recommend the one I brought due to how quiet it is at night, but this was definitely needed for my bedroom!

Metal straws – Great for the environment and super handy for the drink concoctions being made through summer (Iced coffees, fizzy drinks, cocktails and milkshakes for me!)

AirPods – I use these everyday for music during workouts, FaceTime calls, podcasts, going about the house, etc. The ones below are from John Lewis and come with 2 years warranty and a price plan to pay monthly instalments!

2020-2021 Day to day Organiser – A fab way for me to organise myself daily and a good way to plan ahead and not double book yourself like I always seem to do!

Carmex lip balm – A classic essential needed all year round to constantly keep lips moisturised

Shein bikinis – Despite maybe taking a few weeks to come as they are sold in the US, Shein bikinis have always been good quality at a good price and I recommend!

Women’s best sports bras – These good quality and well-fitted sports bras are fab for the home workouts I’ve been doing, and Women’s Best currently have 30% off!

PrettyLittleThing Denim Shorts – I struggled to find decent quality denim shorts that fit around both the waist and bum – but these are good quality, good length and have belt loops!

PrettyLittleThing cycling shorts – Love them or hate them, PLT’s extensive range of cycling shorts are fantastic, and I chose to pair mine with oversized t-shirts and trainers, simple block colours that compliment each other.

Midi skirts – My black ribbed midi skirt from Missguided is perfect for summer as it can be an outfit dressed down with trainers and a crop top, or dress out with a strappy top and heels. I cannot find it online so here’s a picture of me 🙂

Striped summer trousers – Perfect for weather which isn’t quite hot enough for shorts, but too hot for jeans! I believe I brought mine from Matalan and they’re navy and white stripes, but there are other alternatives below…

A nice pair of sturdy sandals – I own a pair of tan sandals which compliment most outfits and are similar to the first picture. They’re comfy, lightweight and a better alternative for summer sometimes than socks and trainers!

I know I’m not the only one to have gone crazy with all of the parcels – let me know your summer favourites!

“A life without love is like a year without summer”

Swedish Proverb
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Top tier items: Food + Drink

Inspired by a question proposed to me a few nights ago by my friends Harry and Toby over a game of Warzone on Xbox, this blog post contains my opinion on food and drink items which are top tier. The items below are all my favourites and are mostly in order ranking highest to lowest – let me know if you’d like to see the low tier selection!

Crisps:

  1. Sour Cream and Chive Pringles
  2. Kettle Chips sea salt and balsamic vinegar
  3. Wotsits
  4. Quavers
  5. Pickled onion Monster Munch
  6. Frazzles

Biscuits:

  1. Cadbury’s chocolate fingers
  2. Chocolate Digestives
  3. Pink Wafer biscuits
  4. Choco Leibniz
  5. Mikado
  6. Jammie Dodgers
  7. Rich tea biscuits

Chocolate bars:

  1. MilkyBar
  2. Twirl
  3. Boost
  4. Milka Alpine Milk bars
  5. Creme Egg
  6. Cadbury’s Caramel bar
  7. Cadbury’s Marvellous creations bar

Cake:

  1. Chocolate Fudge Cake
  2. Sticky Toffee Pudding
  3. Victoria Sponge Cake
  4. Swiss Roll
  5. Red Velvet Cake

Cereals:

  1. Cookie Crisp
  2. Krave Milk Chocolate
  3. Weetabix Minis Chocolate
  4. Coco Pops
  5. Frosties

Sauces:

  1. TGI Friday’s Jack Daniel’s sauce
  2. Mcdonald’s Sweet and Sour sauce
  3. Heinz Ketchup
  4. Heinz BBQ sauce
  5. Sweet Chilli Sauce
  6. Hellman’s Garlic and Herb sauce

Fizzy drinks:

  1. Fanta Fruit-Twist
  2. Coca-Cola
  3. Sprite
  4. Dr Pepper
  5. Orange Lucosade
  6. Pepsi
  7. Apple Tango

Cocktails:

  1. Passionfruit Pornstar Martini
  2. Sex on The Beach
  3. Mai Tai
  4. Gin Fizz
  5. Strawberry Daiquiri
  6. French Martini
  7. Pina Colada

“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well”

“Virginia Woolf
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My travel experiences

Who doesn’t love a good holiday? I’m writing this blog as my holiday to Bulgaria inevitably got cancelled due to everything that is going on at the moment, and obviously the priority remains health which is completely understandable. Whilst I have a lot of plans for travel in the upcoming year, I thought I’d share some of my previous travel experiences which I thought may be of interest!

Turkey 2014 – Antalya, Mirage Majesty Resort

This was a whole all inclusive family holiday back when I was 13. The resort itself and the facilities were amazing, I enjoyed the food and water slides etc, and the fact our hotel was on the beach and was also nearby to Kemer town was fab. However this quickly turned into one of the worst days of my life when I thought I was going to die on this camel which kept swerving into on coming lorries, and the not-so-lovely Turkish man wouldn’t actually stop, he just continued to take me away from my family which was not a pleasant experience to say the least!

Paris March 2015

This secondary school trip when I was 14 was a 3 day trip to Paris where we went up the Eiffel Tower and visited a WW2 memorial site (not sure where), as well as spent the day in Disneyland Paris. I have some extremely funny memories from this trip with friends.

Andorra March 2016

The day after I turned 15 I went on another secondary school trip skiing to Andorra, where our accommodation was a 5 minute walk to the cable carts to the slopes and I also remember really liking the food! I learnt to ski here in 9 days and I really enjoyed it, and the ski instructors were all really helpful. This trip was absolutely fab and I hope to go skiing again, except from the 27 hour coach journey to get there…!

Bulgaria June 2017

Following the end of my GCSE results I went to Sunny Beach with my Mum, Dad and brother. Our hotel was a row of hotels back from the beach/coastline which contained hundreds of market stalls, restaurants, clubs, bars, etc. The locals were really friendly also and we visited old Nessebar via a boat trip, an old town containing 5th-century ruins.

Disneyland Paris December 2017

In celebration of my sister’s 21st Birthday, a group of 5 females went to Paris for one night, and Disneyland Paris for 3 nights, and we visited Planet Hollywood too which was fab for food and cocktails.

Edinburgh June 2018

This trip was in aid of my Auntie’s Hen Party where the group of us 9 females stayed in a lovely HomeAway house, however it was quite far away from town. We went on a cocktail crawl on the way to our house, also to Edinburgh Zoo, shopping in the centre and Hard Rock cafe where a random man brought us a £70 bottle of champagne!

Disneyland Paris December 2018

We loved Disneyland so much we went again the following year, minus my sister! We stayed in Disney for 4 nights, and went to a nearby designer shopping mall which we spent a lot of euros.

Edinburgh March 2019

The weekend after my 18th Birthday, me and my brother went with our friends to Edinburgh where we stayed in another HomeAway house in the centre of Edinburgh (right opposite a Wetherspoons), where we went shopping, to the Edinburgh dungeons, the castle grounds, the Botanic gardens (we walked miles for that), and the Optical illusions house, and it was a fab group trip! (Minus Chloe and I falling out over dying my hair blonde)

France June 2019 – Benodet, Camping Du Letty

A couple of months later I went to France with my best friend Chloe and her family for 8 days (The camp site is brilliant). We went on a boat trip to another small island, did some shopping and drank a lot of strong French cocktails. It was a lovely holiday and we had such a fun time!

Amsterdam February 2020

Us 4 girls decided to book a city break to Amsterdam for 4 days. We did so much, ate at so many nice restaurants, went on a boat trip, the Ice bar, the Mocco museum, the Bodyworks museum, however the weather wasn’t great and we got soaked every time we went out but we all had such a laugh together and it was great to explore a different city.

My upcoming travel plans (fingers crossed) will be a Lapland holiday in January, and a girls holiday to Spain or Greece in the Summer, as well as Florida 2022 for my 21st Birthday!

“Travel opens your heart, broadens your mind and fills your life with stories to tell”

Paula Bendfeldt
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19 things I have learned during my 19 years of life

There have been times lately where I have stopped and reflected upon my life and the lessons I have learned as a result of my particular life journey. I thought I’d share some, as it may be of interest, so below is a list of 19 things I have learned, one for each year.

  1. Social media is great but can also be toxic – and just because people appear happy 24/7 online doesn’t mean they actually are genuinely happy offline
  2. Working in fast food means people will automatically assume you’re thick, and it’s always the middle-aged that are the worst, young people are the nicest for customer service
  3. Rice can actually be nice and not boring – a bit of golden vegetable rice since trying it at uni is a great replacement for chips!!
  4. If you work hard, you do get far – I never thought I would even get into uni and do the course I wanted to do as I just didn’t believe in myself at the time
  5. The Eiffel Tower has a lot of bloody stairs and I don’t think I’ll be walking back up it in a hurry
  6. I don’t need to post everything I do – things can happen without the need for it to be posted. Just because it isn’t published online it doesn’t mean things aren’t happening beyond the eyes of Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, etc.
  7. Losing friends and building new relationships are all part of life, everyone’s lives in fact.
  8. Quids In on a Monday in Cardiff – you’ll easily have the best nights out in your life their
  9. Never stop learning – keep open-minded, knowledge is power and people can be scared of it
  10. English people do actually take the process of making a cup of tea extremely seriously and it should be CV worthy if you can make a quality cuppa
  11. Qualifications do not necessarily mean you get the highest paid jobs, or that you’re smarter than anyone else
  12. I shouldn’t stress over things that haven’t happened yet, instead I should wait until a problem arises to overcome it and avoid pointless stress !
  13. Family pets can be one of the biggest parts of your life – so when they get taken away from you it can be one of the most painful experiences ever
  14. People do bad, unexplainable, surprising, pointless, crazy, stupid things – some people learn from their mistakes and some people don’t. Don’t make excuses for other people’s actions, as how they rectify their mistakes is a reflection on the type of person that they are.
  15. I’ve accepted that in life there will always be things I am not good at (the list is quite long actually), and not everyone is perfect at everything
  16. Money isn’t as important to me as I thought, but it does help a lot of the time
  17. My favourite thing to do is go out for food and I don’t think that will ever change – yes I will pay the somewhat ridiculous food prices
  18. Being honest, admitting when I’m in the wrong and holding my hands up to stuff I do wrong is a sign of maturity and growth and should be encouraged – people prefer the truth!
  19. Finally, I have learned to not take life for granted, and to live my best life with the people I love, to remove any negativity and to be kind, as life is too short and sadly, you never know exactly what is around the corner
What have you learned throughout your life?

“If everything was perfect, you would never learn and you would never grow”

Beyonce
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Top 10 film list

Quite simply here are my fave films… be sure to let me know yours!:

10. Wild Child

9. White Chicks

8. Pitch Perfect 2

7. Fast and Furious 6

6. St Trinian’s

5. Avengers: End Game

4. LOL

3. Blue Story

2. Harry Potter Films

  1. Street Dance The Movie

“Be happy with what you have. Be excited about what you want”

Alan Cohen
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My book recommendations

Reading isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, and in my generation I think it is uncommon to find people who enjoy reading and read on a regular basis! I have personally enjoyed reading all my life, and growing up I would always prefer books over everything. My challenge to you, is that is you hate reading or have never finished a book in your life, is to find a book you may be interested in and read it, and let me know what you think! If you love books like me, keep on reading and sharing your book recommendations!

Here are just a few of my book recommendations – let me know yours (All prices below are from Amazon):

  • I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai (RRP £3.99) – An insightful autobiography recollecting the events of her shooting; an inspiration read of the Pakistani education activist.
  • Harry Potter collection by J.K Rowling (RRP £4.50) – A series of fantasy novels surrounding the wizarding world, which I will continue to read for the rest of my life!!
  • Me Before You trilogy by Jojo Moyes (RRP £5.99) – An incredible love story of an ordinary woman; a book which I could not put down, and I did cry.
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (RRP £1.69) – A historical novel based in World War II Nazi Germany surrounding the life of a young orphan and their love for books.
  • The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald (RRP £2.50) – Based in 1922 New York, a man on the search the ‘American Dream’, in which the paths he takes leads him to wealth, love, and death.
  • Maus by Art Spiegelman (RRP £11.99) – A graphic novel depicting his father’s interview of his experience’s of being a Polish Jew and Holocaust survivor.
  • Cleverlands by Lucy Crehan (RRP £7.99) – A teacher’s dream! The exploration of the five highest performing education systems; Finland, Japan, Singapore, Shanghai and Canada.

“The more that you read, the more things that you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go”

Dr. Seuss