Sunday, 27 April 2014

THIS WEEK #8


Me and the lovely boyfriend during a day out to sunny Blackpool / Banff National Park in Canada - I will go one day! / Yummy egg and ham pasta salad / You can't go to the seaside without getting fish and chips! / Blackpool Tower / Fangirling over Essie Button replying to my tweet 

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

FIFTY TWO LISTS #4 - PLACES I WANT TO VISIT


We'd be here for hours if I rambled on about every place in the world I want to visit, so here's just a few of them!

America - I've been dreaming of travelling America for years now, and fingers crossed it'll finally happen when I turn 21.  I've been bugging my boyfriend and family about it for so long,  so I'm sure they'd be happy if I shut up about it. I would love to go to Texas. I want to go horse riding, visit ranches and finally own a pair of cowboy boots! Of course I'd love to go to New York too and do some shopping and have a walk around Central Park , ideally at Christmas time. There are so many places I want to visit: The Grand Canyon, Miami, Florida, Las Vegas, New Orleans, LA, Seattle, Arizona and Nashville to name a few. My heart is set on doing a two month tour of America through Trek America, but I'd need to save up £5000 for that minus spending money, so maybe one visit at a time will do for now.

Ireland - Despite living across a fairly small sea from Ireland, I've never actually been! Aside from the lovely accent, Ireland just seems so charming with all the countrysides and quaint little pubs. Some of my friends have been and gush about it whenever you ask; I think it'd be such a cute weekend away.

Canada - Canada looks like such a beautiful country. There's Ottowa, Churchill where you can see its famous polar bears, Niagra Falls on the border of New York and the Banff National Park in Alberta. The park looks absolutely stunning, with gorgeous scenery and wildlife, it'd be wonderful to cycle around! I'm thinking about doing Canada's equivalent to Camp America next Summer, which would be an amazing opportunity.

Thailand - The beaches look stunning in Thailand, and after chatting with a colleague about her time travelling the country, it was enough to convince me that I need to do it.

Australia - The Great Barrier Reef, Bondi  beach, Kangaroo island, need I say more? I love the accent, hate the spiders, but I definitely want to pack up and get over to Australia at least once in my life. 

Italy - Me and the boyfriend have been discussing visiting Italy soon, and I really hope we do.  With all the amazing architecture and history, the food (I love pizza!) Florence and Pompeii to name just a few things, it'd make for an interesting but romantic holiday.

Amsterdam - I've been planning to visit Amsterdam for a while now, so hopefully I'll get it all booked soon! I'd love to visit Anne Frank's house and I've heard from friends that have been that it's actually a really lovely place to visit. Though I don't think I'd spending much time in the Red Light District at all...

Brazil - How amazing would it be to experience the Brazilian Carnival in Rio? It'd definitely be something you'd never forget. Also I'd love to be in the midst of the celebrations at the World Cup this year or the Olympics in 2016 - I'd best get saving! Aside from that, the rain-forests looks amazing and although I'm not particularly religious, you couldn't go to Brazil without visiting Christ the Redeemer.

Mexico - I love Mexican food. So much that I might even deem it an appropriate reason to visit Mexico alone, but I would also love to experience the culture, and of course there's the historical architecture like the Chichen Itza and you'd have to go loco down in Acapulco.... sorry, couldn't resist. There's the tropical Tulum beach too!

Africa - I think it'd be pretty scary but I'd love to go on a safari and then relax on the idyllic beaches like in Zanzibar. There's also Mount Kilimanjaro which you'd just have to visit on a tour of Africa, and then make your way through Egypt and see the pyramids.


Monday, 21 April 2014

SOAP & GLORY THE SCRUB OF YOUR LIFE


I love a good body scrub; I find using them so satisfying. Is that weird? Anyway, my current favourite is from Soap & Glory, The Scrub Of Your Life (£7). I got this in a gift set at Christmas and have been loving using it since. I don't have time for halfhearted scrubs, the ones that feel ok but don't really seem to make a difference. The Scrub Of Your Life is definitely not halfhearted. 

For me, the texture is perfect. It's gritty enough for you to be able to feel it working, but not too harsh that it becomes uncomfortable. It also has a lovely scent, one that I associate with many of the Soap & Glory products, which isn't too overpowering but still leaves your skin smelling nice. I team this scrub with the Soap & Glory Smoothie Star which I absolutely love. It smells amazing, with almond, cocoa, yoghurt, oat and honey ingredients. It literally smells good enough to eat! The lotion really helps bring moisture back into my skin after using the scrub too which is a huge plus for me.

The scrub I always come back to, and have loved for years, is the Strawberry Body Polish (£5) from The Body Shop. I've got one of these ready to go, so it'll be interesting to see how it compares! The way it's looking though, I'll be repurchasing The Scrub Of Your Life.

Sunday, 20 April 2014

THIS WEEK #7


My cutie cat Pepper enjoying his morning tickles / It seems I haven't changed much in four years... A wedding in Croatia / I didn't love the Rimmel Wake Me Up foundation, which you can read a review of in my previous post / One of the items I'm selling over on my Instagram 'amyjanealice'

Saturday, 19 April 2014

RIMMEL WAKE ME UP FOUNDATION

Recently I popped into Boots as I had some time to kill before work, and was pleasantly surprised to see that there was a 3 for 2 offer on makeup. Naturally, I had to pick a few things up! The Rimmel Wake Me Up foundation had been on my 'to buy' list for a while now, and what better time to try it than when on offer? I bought the shade Ivory as I'm quite pale, but I haven't had much luck with drugstore foundations matching my skin colour, so I was a little apprehensive! 



The foundation for me was quite sheer when I applied it, though I do usually use MAC's Studio Fix which gives super high coverage, so maybe I'm just not used to anything less. Anyway, I had to build it up to get good coverage. Despite how it looks on my hand, on my face it looked quite dark - not ivory! I was so disappointed because I'd read some great reviews regarding the colour. I also found that the Rimmel Wake Me Up foundation didn't really cover up imperfections either. Maybe if I built the foundation up more it would have covered my blemishes and dark circles, but as it's too dark I just couldn't do that. As for the 'Anti-Fatigue' properties it claims to have, I feel like I still looked tired and that the foundation didn't really make a difference.  It does give a dewy look to the skin, but I do prefer matte finishes so it didn't look too great on me. I can't quite put my finger on why I looked so awful with this foundation on. I mean yes, it was too dark, but there was just something about the way it sat on my skin that just didn't look good!

I'm so disappointed because I was super excited to try it out and I wanted to fall in love with it, but I'm just not loving it. I'm going to try it out a few more times to see if I can get it to look any better and I'll take it on holiday with me to see how it looks when I've got a bit more colour myself. Rimmel also sell the Wake Me Up foundation in True Ivory which wasn't in stock when I was in Boots, so I'll give this a swatch and see if that's any paler.

What are your experiences with the Rimmel Wake Me Up? 

Friday, 18 April 2014

UNIVERSITY SERIES #10 MOVING AWAY V STAYING AT HOME

For some people, moving away is a necessity. For example, if you're going to a university miles and miles away, it may be near impossible to commute from home. However, for some people it may be a possibility. Deciding whether you want to stay at home or move out is a huge factor when it comes to accepting or declining your offers on UCAS, so it's important to consider all of your options. For some of you, you will have to make a decision on what courses you're going to accept by the 7th of May. Read my post on Offers and Replies here to see if that deadline applies to you!



You could visit the town of each university you've applied for to see how you feel there, you could chat to other prospective students of each university on sites such as The Student Room and ask what made them choose that university or you could speak to current students on open days and get their opinion. Whatever you do, make sure your decision is your own, as it's you who will be spending at least three years at the university.


I've devised a short list to give you a couple of benefits of each choice.


If you wish to live at home:

  • You may be lucky enough to not have to do all of your cooking, cleaning and washing yourself
  • You won't have to move all of your things to and from university if you wanted to come for holidays
  • You will still be near all of your family and friends
  • There is the chance of keeping a job if you have one
  • You will be starting university from an environment you feel confident in
  • Depending on your financial situation, you may have more disposable income
If you wanted to move away:
  • You will feel more involved with the university and student lifestyle
  • You are given the opportunity to grow and become more responsible
  • You will learn how to cope with adult life
  • You will have your own space
  • It is exciting and you'll be close to all the parties and nightlife
  • Depending where your halls are, you won't have to travel too far to uni (lie ins!)

I'm living at home myself, because the university with the best course for me is in my hometown of Manchester. There is no right or wrong decision when it comes to moving away, each person has different options to consider, but I hope this post may have helped in some way.


Wednesday, 16 April 2014

FIFTY TWO LISTS #3 - WHAT ANNOYS ME


1. People who chew really loudly.

2. Big headed and judgmental people.

3. When my hair just will not do what I want it to.

4. When people sniff incessantly but won't actually blow their nose.

5. Rude shop assistants. 

6. People who have a conversation on speakerphone while in public.

7. People who walk super slowly in front of you as if they have no aim or direction, especially when I'm on my way to work!

8. Having smoke blown in my face.

9. The use of bad grammar.

10. The internet connection at home. It's terrible and is constantly cutting out. (Thanks BT).


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Sunday, 13 April 2014

THIS WEEK #6



Beautiful boots from La Moda, I need them! / The (small) start of my holiday spends / A very well loved book / I hit 25,000 page views this weekend, thank you!

Thursday, 10 April 2014

LUSH OCEAN SALT FACE AND BODY SCRUB

I first tried Ocean Salt from Lush a couple of years ago now after a recommendation from a friend, and I've not looked back since. It can be used as both a face and body scrub, but I prefer to use it just on my face.


Ocean Salt has very fresh ingredients, which you can definitely smell and feel on your skin. Limes steeped in vodka, grapefruit and lashings of salt work as an amazing exfoliator, while the added avocado butter, coconut oil and seaweed help keep your skin soft and smooth. You can use the scrub on either dry or wet skin, but I prefer to use it on wet skin just because it's a little softer on the skin. Both ways you get a great result, but as use on dry skin is a little harsher, your skin is that bit better exfoliated. You can use as much product as you like, but you are encouraged to be quite generous when applying to your skin. I like to use the product once or twice a week, depending on how my skin is. I find that after use my skin feels and looks a lot clearer, and as I have quite dry skin this product really is a saviour for me. I 100% recommend this scrub and although it might seem expensive at £13.25 for a large pot of 250g, it is definitely worth it and lasts a good few months.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

FIFTY TWO LISTS #2 - FEARS


1. Deep sea water, being underwater and being in water that I can't see the ground in. Funnily enough I can swim and am fine in swimming pools.

2. Eating food that isn't cooked. I'm so scared of getting food poisoning that I usually have to burn the food just to make sure!

3.  I have a stupid habit where I worry that if I don't do something, something bad will happen. 

4. Things with more than four legs reeeally freak me out. They just move around far too quickly!

5. Not having amazing memories to talk about when I'm older. I want to do and see so much and take pictures and write journal entries about absolutely everything.

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Monday, 7 April 2014

RIMMEL STAY BLUSHED LIQUID CHEEK TINT IN SUNKISSED CHERRY

While browsing though Boots after a lovely meal with my boyfriend last week, I saw that there is currently a 3 for 2 offer on all Rimmel London makeup so of course I had to pick a few things up. I'd been wanting to try some of the new Rita Ora nail polish range by Rimmel, so I bought Lose Your Lingerie, a lovely pale pink-white colour (which I'm sure there will be a review up of pretty soon)! I also bought my trusty liquid eyeliner and to complete the offer I got something I hadn't really had in mind before seeing it, the Rimmel Stay Blushed Liquid Cheek Tint. 



 The cheek tint comes in two colours, but I picked up the more peachy of the two, Sunkissed Cherry as I think it will look lovely when I go away to Spain later on this year. I've always loved Rimmel makeup and I've seen quite a few posts on it, so I decided while there was an offer on I should pick it up. 


My first thought on application was that this definitely is not a liquid, as the name suggests; I found it to be a cross between a cream blusher and a mousse. The colour seems quite harsh when you first squeeze it out of the tube, but once applied fully it's a soft pinky peach colour. It's super easy to blend, and I like that you have a short while to play about and achieve the desired look before the blush starts to stay put. I've used both my fingers and my Real Techniques Stippling Blush to apply it to my cheeks, and found that both methods created a really natural looking colour on my cheeks. The Rimmel Liquid Cheek Tint is really pigmented and you might feel that you've applied too much at first, but don't panic and just blend blend blend. Although the tube is quite small, it will definitely last a few months as you don't need to use much product at all. I found that half a pea size (such a technical term, eh) is just right for me. It also has amazing staying power! I applied this before a shift at work on a Saturday. and those of you who also work in retail know how busy and tiring it can be. Usually, when I get home after a shift at work, any cheek products I applied in the morning have worn off slightly, but not the Rimmel Stay Blushed Liquid Cheek Tint! 

I'm so glad I picked up the Rimmel Stay Blushed Liquid Cheek Tint on a whim, as after only a few uses it has definitely become a firm favourite. I can honestly say that it's one of the best cream style blushers I've ever tried. 


Sunday, 6 April 2014

THIS WEEK #5



George's 'convincing' April Fools joke / I can't wait for my holiday! / Fave cheek product at the moment / I love Ocean Salt / FOTD / An unusually empty Market Street in Manchester / Event in Manchester Arndale yesterday illustrated by the amazing Dom & Ink / Another favourite scrub of mine / The start of my Summer holiday book collection

Friday, 4 April 2014

BLOGGING ORGANISATION: SCHEDULING YOUR TWEETS

Last week I posted about blogging organisation and I thought I'd follow on with the theme and talk about scheduling tweets. Now I know that a lot of people already do schedule their tweets, but when I first started blogging I didn't know how to until someone explained how to. So I hope this post is helpful to some of you, and maybe for those who already do schedule, you could find a new platform to use.

There are plenty of platforms from which you can schedule tweets, like Future Tweets, Tweetdeck and Twuffer but personally, and the one this post will focus on, is HootsuiteAfter writing and scheduling my post on Blogger, I come over to Hootsuite and set to work scheduling my tweets.


After creating an account on Hootsuite, which is free, this is the screen that will become your homepage. It shows your feed, mentions, direct messages and sent tweets which is useful as you can look over and manage everything at once. You can also add more than one account, so you can flick between them.


To schedule a tweet, in the top left hand corner, click the white bar next to your display picture. From here you can choose which account you would like to schedule the tweet from. Then, simply type in what you would like the tweet to say. If you are adding a link to your tweet, type it into the box below and click shrink. This shortens the link (see the picture below to see what it would look like) which saves you valuable characters. The link I would put in is the permalink from my blog post, which you can find on the left-hand sidebar when you are editing your post. Once you have finished your tweet, click the calender icon to schedule. You can also add an attachment, change privacy settings and add your location from the other icons.



Once you click the calender, this is what will pop up. From this screen you can choose the date and time of when you would like the tweet to be published. You can also auto schedule a collection of tweets, by turning the toggle on.



If you choose to auto schedule tweets, you can choose how many you want published in what time frame and on which days. This is super useful if there is a certain tweet you publish regularly, for example I would auto schedule "amyjanealice.com #lbloggers". 


I've scheduled a couple of tweets that I can show you as an example, but usually I would have a couple more. To access this screen, click the arrow on the top left hand of your homepage. The Publisher shows all your scheduled tweets and from here you can also edit and delete them. 

This post has been quite short and to the point, but his is the easiest way to use Hootsuite and it takes me only minutes to sort my tweets out for the next few days. There are more advanced things you can do, but for the purposes of this post, I wanted to keep it simple.  

I hope this post has been useful for you!

Thursday, 3 April 2014

FIFTY TWO LISTS #1 - ME


So this is a new series starting this week on my blog, and basically it's one list a week. The lists can be on absolutely everything. I've been inspired by Rose who I had a chat with about this series a while ago now, I can't believe how long it's taken me to actually sit down and do it! I think it'll be quite interesting to come up with all these lists and for you to read them, and it'll be nice when I've done them all in a year to come back and look through them. This week is ten facts about me. I don't think I've posted anything like this before so this should help you get to know me a little better!

1. My name is Amy Jane Alice, hence the blog title, but when I was younger I wanted to change one of my middle names to Louise because it seemed everyone else had...

2. I've been dying my hair since I was around 14. Currently I'm a little in between ginger and brown, but I have been black, red, purple, light brown, dark brown, blonde-ish, and copper, and there's been an array of really bad hair do's in general really.

3. I'm 19 and in my first year at university studying Public Relations and Digital Communication.

4. When I was younger I played one of the games on the kid's TV show Smile live. I didn't do very well, but I did win an MP3 player!

5. I've been with my boyfriend George for nearly two and a half years now.

6. I've wanted a cat since I was really young, and one day last year in particular I was begging my parents for one. I was told we were never going to get a cat. The next day a little black cat followed my sister home from the bus stop. Nearly a year later, Pepper is still the favourite member of the Rule family; was it fate or just a coincidence?! You can read about the Pepper saga here.

7. When MySpace was at the height of popularity back in 2009, us 'alternative' kids, or as we were called, 'moshers', used to hang around on what essentially was a huge patch of grass outside a museum in Manchester called Urbis. I always got asked if my name was a 'MySpace' name and I'd get really offended and say "No! Rule is my actual surname!" I don't know if people believed me, and the Amy Rulez jokes never got any funnier.

8. I used to pretend that I couldn't swim when we had swimming lessons in secondary school so that I could stay in the shallow end as I hated going underwater and jumping in. 

9. I love Volkswagen Camper Vans, and one day I will own one!  

10. I LOVE superhero and action films. No matter how much I love a good chick flick, I'd much rather go and watch the latest Marvel or DC release. I actually went to the midnight showing of Captain America: The Winter Soldier with my dad and my sister recently (I'm so cool).  My fave superhero is either Captain America or Superman, but there's going to be a whole post on this later on in the series...



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Wednesday, 2 April 2014

NYC INDIVIDUAL EYES PALETTE MIDTOWN MAUVE

After the #TopSecretCoffee event which you can read about here, I popped into Superdrug to have a look around and saw the NYC stand. NYC isn't a brand I've bought anything from before, but when I saw these palettes that are only £1.99(!!), I had to try them so one of the palettes I picked up was Midtown Mauve 945.

Now the Midnight Mauve palette is actually for brown eyes and mine are blue, but they're such pretty eyeshadows I really wanted to try them. At less than £2, you can't go wrong really. These colours aren't usually something I would wear, and I'm not sure if I suit them but I'm trying to switch up my make up instead of just falling back on my go-to winged liner. The Individual Eye Palettes also come with an illuminator and a primer so if you're going away for the weekend and don't want to take a lot of makeup with you, you could chuck this in your makeup bag and have everything covered!




Shadows Top To Bottom - Crease & Contour / Crease & Contour / All Over Lid / Highlighter
Creams Top To Bottom - Illuminator / Primer





I applied the all over lid shadow and then blended the darker of the contour colours into my crease after using the primer base. I found that the primer was really easy to apply and didn't drag across the skin. Although in the palette it looks quite dark, once you've patted it onto your eyelid it almost becomes clear. I found the shadows really pigmented and easy to blend into one another. The highlighter shade is perfect for the inner corner of your eye, and even though the second shade down in the palette is supposed to be for your crease, I dabbed this onto the centre of the lid just to make the look a little brighter. I think this shade would look lovely swept all over the lid with the "all over lid" shadow in this palette blended into your crease, or even with just winged liner. 

There are so many different looks you can create from this palette, and although I tend to stay away from purple and pink shadows, this has definitely changed my mind! 


Tuesday, 1 April 2014

APRIL GOALS

I've seen this feature on a few other blogs and I really liked the idea, and so here it is, introduced to amyjanealice. My goals won't just be blog related, they'll include goals for uni, work and my personal life.




1. Post content more regularly. I'm aiming for two to three times a week and in turn I hope to gain a bigger following and create relationships with more bloggers.

2. Work on university assignments more often and earlier. I don't leave my work until a couple of days before it has to be handed in, but I would definitely benefit from starting my work earlier. 

3. Save more money than I spend. This month I definitely need to start a spending ban. I'm going on holiday in June and want to treat myself to some lovely new Summer clothes, accessories and makeup. I also want to build up my savings, so this month I'm only buying the essentials.

4. Find some PR/Marketing work experience. So this is easier said than done really, but as I have a few months off university this Summer, I want to make the most of it. You can read about the experience I got last year here. 

5. Be more daring. This month I want to step out of my comfort zone and do something new. Whether that be buying an outfit I wouldn't usually bother trying on, or finally building up the courage to get a tattoo or another piercing. It could even be booking a spontaneous weekend away, which I would love!

What are your goals for this month?
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