My Top 10 Places I Want to Travel

1. New Zealand

My boyfriend went travelling before we met and he fell in love with New Zealand. As has everyone else who has travelled there. New Zealand is always top of everyone’s list of best places they have been. And I am dying to go. When I have saved enough money to do some travelling, this is where I want to be. There’s skiing, the mountains to climb, it’s lush and green.

2. Thailand

Perhaps it is a bit cliche, but I’d love to travel to Thailand and work/volunteer at an elephant sanctuary. I know it’s a classic ‘gap year’ move, but elephants have always been one of my favourite animals and I’d love to work with them. Also, everyone who has travelled there has loved it. I want to immerse myself in new cultures, try new foods and just experience new things. Thailand seems to be completely different to the UK, so why not visit somewhere totally new?

3. China

A friend of mine recently travelled to China to teach English. It looked amazing and so enriching. From the photos, it looks like such a beautiful country. I am nearly finished studying for my TEFL (teaching English as a foreign language) qualification. So I think if the opportunity ever arose I’d like to go to China and teach. In the same way as Thailand, I just want to experience a completely different culture.

4. Italy

Wine? Pizza? Pasta? I’m sold! I’ve already mentally planned a mini trip around Italy. Starting in Rome, then to Florence and finishing in Venice. Maybe with a little stop in Verona in the middle. It’s such a beautiful country and what girl doesn’t want to live out the Lizzie McGuire fantasy?

5. Machu Picchu, Peru

For years, I have wanted to hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. As weird as it sounds, I think my fascination started watching The Emperors New Groove as a child. But anyway, I’d love to hike to Machu Picchu. It’s one of those bucket list things that I need to do at some point. Sooner rather than later, hopefully.

6. Iceland

It would just be an amazing and once in a lifetime opportunity to see the Northern Lights, and you can do that in Iceland. Why would I want to go there? Plus I really want to go to the hot springs.

7. New York City, USA

Not a country, I know. But since I was in my young teens, I think I have romanticised New York City in my mind. To the point where I wanted to move there. I think it goes hand in hand with my desire to become a writer. May as well be the cliche New York City aspiring author. It’s a similar thing to the love affair I have with London. I love seeing the people, the hustle and bustle of the streets. Just so many people with such different stories in one place.

8. Australia

Again, classic ‘gap year’ country to visit. But I think it has to be done. It’s basically the UK, but with better climate. And I love the idea of having Christmas dinner on the beach. It’s got beaches, city and nature. Everything you want from a country.

9. Germany

I studied a lot of German history at school, particularly the Nazi era, so Germany is one of those places that has a lot of historical landmarks to explore. And sometimes you just need a touristy holiday. Plus I’d love to go during Oktoberfest.

10. South Africa

South Africa looks so beautiful. Especially Cape Town. There’s amazing beaches and hikes to go on. And I’d love to go on a safari. Just looks like such a picturesque and stunning country.

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I’m a Graduate!

I did it! I completed my three years at university. For those of you who don’t know, I studied English Literature and Creative Writing. It was a difficult three years for me for many reasons. But now, as they say, I have to join the ‘real world’. As if I have been living in a fantasy world up until this point.

It is a bittersweet moment for me. I’m glad to have my education behind me and I graduated with an Upper Second Class Honours. I worked super hard and I am proud of myself for doing it. I met loads of amazing people and made amazing memories.

But I’m at a bit of a loss as I write this. I moved out my uni house around three weeks ago and have been scouring the internet for a job ever since. It is honestly soul destroying.

You go from being a full time student, having a purpose and being independent, to being unemployed, nothing to do but watch day time telly and living back with your family. As much as I love my family, I’ve gotten used to doing my own thing. And that’s the brutal reality of graduating for a lot of people and for me right now. It’s devastating. It’s boring. And it’s just downright depressing.

To be totally honest, the past three weeks I have felt so low. I’ve gone from being productive every day, to literally waking up and watching tv and applying for jobs. I feel like I can’t go out and do anything, because I’m wasting money I don’t have. And I am sick to death of it.

In the past three weeks, I have applied for somewhere between thirty and fifty jobs. Do you know how mentally exhausting it is to apply for so many jobs and get so many rejections? This is meant to be easy for me, I have a degree! Or so getting a degree was sold to me. But no, it feels impossible.

I’ve given up applying for jobs that are actually to do with my degree, because despite my three years of university I feel inadequate and under-qualified for everything. These jobs want someone with experience but aren’t willing to give the necessary experience. I feel like I’m stuck in catch-22. I’ve had it.

University is supposed to open a world of opportunities for you, but I just feel like I’m not better off than I was three years ago.

I don’t regret my time spent, but I just think this is something that no one speaks about. It’s a weird and surreal experience. I hate it. I can’t wait to have a job, anything will do at this point. As much as I’d love to be using my degree, I’m feeling disheartened and not full of hope that I will at this point in time.

I can’t help but think that this period of time post-graduation has tainted the happy moment somewhat.

I didn’t intend for this to turn so negative. This is a huge achievement for me. But I told myself when I was going to write a blog I’d be nothing but honest. I wanted to share this experience, because I’m sure it’s somewhat universal. And I was always told ‘write what you know’ and this is what I know right now.

Anyway, if you know anyone who’s hiring hmu!

Lucy Jane x

Mount Snowdon

Hello everyone, it’s been a while. But I’m here with an amazing personal achievement. I climbed a mountain! Mount Snowdon in Wales is 3560ft and I climbed it, with the help of my boyfriend.It was a last minute idea to do something we have been talking about for about two years and we finally did it. The area surrounding Snowdon was something indescribable. When you’re driving up to the mountain, it doesn’t even feel like you are in the UK anymore. It is so stunning and something I didn’t expect to see so close(ish) to home.It was one of the hardest things I have ever done physically and surprisingly mentally. The hike took us seven hours up and down, including a 45 minute break at the top. We were so lucky with the weather, it was glorious sunshine all day.I have never really hiked before, so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. But it was super difficult. In my mind I just had to get to the top. I started so I needed to finish. Although my boyfriend thought that I was going to give up, never in my mind was I going to stop.And the pay off was honestly so worth it. Words cannot ever describe how beautiful it was at the top. And pictures don’t even do it justice. As soon as I was nearly there, I got a burst of energy, because I made it!(Plus I had waaay more pictures that were better quality, but currently can’t work out how to get them from my camera on my phone)It felt fantastic at the top. I was so proud of myself for pushing my limits and forcing myself to do it. The pay off was worth the exhaustion. On the way down my mood was lifted and it felt easier.Finally, I am also so thankful for my lovely boyfriend for multiple things on this trip. He planned a perfect few days away for us. We did glamping and stayed in yurts. It was a beautiful break from city life. Also he was like my own personal cheerleader and giving me that little extra push to get to the top of the mountain. He carried all the heavy things (including my water bottle and camera at points), so I didn’t have to carry anything. There is no one I’d rather experience the world with.It’s safe to say I am excited about climbing another mountain. There are two more in the UK that we have already discussed climbing. So watch this space.Lucy Jane x

LUSH HAUL!

Butterball Bath Bomb (£2.75)

 


Firstly, this smells divine. It’s not my usual favourite scent (I’m a fruity gal). It has a strange scent and oddly reminds me of food (perhaps it’s the butter). When it dissolves it leaves golden specks in the water, which eventually dissolve themselves. The golden parts are solid cocoa butter pieces. While this bath bomb doesn’t leave your bath looking Instagram-worthy, quite the opposite actually, but it has amazing after effects. It left my skin feeling moisturised and soft. This would be the perfect bath bomb for a cold winter evening to repair your skin from the harsh weather.

Sakura Bath Bomb (£3.75)

I haven’t got round to using this bath on yet. But I will! And I am so excited to do so. It has such a sweet yet fresh scent which is so so lovely.

Dragon’s Egg Bath Bomb (£3.95)

 

 



I was so excited about this bath bomb when I bought it. The lady in the shop really hyped it up for me. She told me it has popping candy in it, which I thought was really cool. So I bought it. However, this bath bomb left me feeling really disappointed. From all the hype it got, it really was underwhelming. Mine barely even fizzed when I put it in water. I had to physically hold it under the faucet in order to make it dissolve into the water. I won’t be purchasing this one again, unfortunately.

R&B Hair Moisturiser (£12.25)

 


I actually have two pots of this. This is supposed to be a leave in moisturiser/conditioner for post-shower. However, I have quite fine and naturally oily hair, so I tend to use this the night before I know I’m going to wash my hair. I’ll put it in my hair, root to tip, so my hair is covered in it, then I’ll sleep and wash it out in the morning. This way it gives my hair a little bit of extra hydration without leaving it feeling greasy. It smells amazing too. So it’s really no bother sleeping with it in. It leaves my room smelling delightful.

Mask of Magnaminty (£6.95)

 


I loved this face mask! It was such a nice little pamper treat for me. It smelled minty and genuinely left my face feeling minty fresh in the same way your mouth feels when you brush your teeth. I have no idea how that is possible. But it is true! This was such a great face mask for my acne, because the mint in it is antibacterial and helps reduce acne scars, so it works in both ways. Honestly this product is amazing. I will definitely be repurchasing.

Daddy-O Shampoo (£6.25) and Happy Happy Joy Joy Conditioner (£9.95)

So Daddy-O is apparently the OG purple hair conditioner. I haven’t actually used it yet, as I haven’t had my hair dyed in over a year. I’m not really a blonde anymore. I’m waiting until I dye my hair before I use this and when I do I’ll let you know how well this works!

The same goes for the Happy Happy Joy Joy Conditioner.  I haven’t used it yet, because they were bought for me to use together. But I cannot emphasise how AMAZING this smells. Honestly. And I am very excited to use both.

Honey Lip Scrub (£5.95)


I loooove this lipscrub. It was an impulse buy, because the lady in LUSH told me it was a limited edition product, but it’s not! This lip scrub is well worth it. I use it before I apply lipstick and it makes so much difference. It buffs away all the dead skin and just gives smoother application. Plus you can actually eat it and it’s tastes pretty amazing.

So these are the most recent LUSH products I have purchased. Have you tried any of these before? Have I missed out any of your favourites? Let me know.

Lucy Jane x

Empties/Nearly Empties!

Hello everyone. I see this style of post all the time so I thought I’d give it a shot. However, it seems that I don’t use enough products to have loads of empties, so I’ve included my ‘nearly empties’. These are products I use, but have a few more uses in them. 

I’m going to rate each product I’ve finished/nearly finished out of five, give a brief opinion on it and let you know whether or not I would buy it again! Here we go.

Firstly, I want to talk about the Nip & Fab ‘No Needle Fix’ Serum (£20). If you follow me on Instagram I have posted on there a couple of times about this product. And you can read my full review of it here.

Rating: 4.5/5

Would I buy his again? Yes! And I already have.



Lush’s ‘Mask of Magnaminty’ is up next. I love love loveeeee Lush products and this is the first face mask from them I have tried. And I’m obsessed. It has a peppermint scent and literally left my face feeling minty fresh when I used it. Like how is that even possible? I finished this product waaaay before I thought about this post, so thankfully I keep my Lush pots.

Rating: 5/5

Would I buy this again? Yes! Lush 4eva

 

img_8596Batiste Dry Shampoo in Tropical (£3.99). This is one of those products I have been buying since God knows when. I love this product. I have tried other dry shampoos, but this one is the OG. I like the tropical fragrance too, because I always get wafts of it when I move my hair. Plus this dry shampoo works super well and if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. I just also want to mention that it’s cruelty freeeeeeee! I love when my favourite brands are cruelty free and I don’t even know it. I really can’t fault this product.

Rating: 5/5

Would I buy this again? YES! I will forever buy this.
My favourite fragrance ‘Chance’ by Chanel (£62) ran out too. I absolutely adore this perfume. I tend to try and use it on special occasions only, because it is very expensive. And I feel like my everyday life is not worthy of how lovely it is.

Rating: 5/5

Would I buy this again? Yes! But luckily my boyfriend got me a new one for Christmas which I can use, so I don’t have to buy one! 


The other fragrance on my list is Calvin Klein ‘Eternity Moment’. This is my everyday perfume and I love it. I always buy it from the Perfume Shop and I’m not sure of the actual price, because it always seems to be on offer when I buy it. It’s usually around £20 give or take. This is a light perfume great for everyday and I adore it.

Rating: 5/5

Would I buy this again? Already have!

Max Factor ‘Smooth Miracle’ Primer (£10.99) is next on my list. I spoke about this primer in my ‘Everyday Beauty Products’ which you can check out here. But this is the first primer I’ve ever used! It’s great for dry skin as it’s very hydrating. Not being dramatic, but I think this product has really helped my acne, because it means my foundation and all my other products don’t seep into my skin as much. 

Rating: 5/5

Would I buy this product again? Yes! But I’ve got an ELF primer I’m excited to use first.


Max Factor ‘Masterpiece Max’ mascara (£9.99) is next. I actually got this product for free, when I purchased over £15 on Max Factor products. It came in a box with a couple of other products. I liked this mascara. It was good for a natural look. One thing I do really commend this product for is: NO CLUMPS!! It’s a really lightweight formula and does not clump. It’s quite amazing in that way. However, it doesn’t give enough volume for my liking, so I would tend to use it with another mascara to give my lashes that extra ooomph.

Rating: 3/5

Would I buy this product again? Yes, but I’m not in any rush to do so.

Lastly, I’ve got the Rimmel BB Cream (£6.99) in the shade Light. This product is a great product. It’s handy for when I don’t want to do a full face of makeup like when I go to work or when I’m feeling a bit lazy. And a little does go a long way. My only problem with this product is that there isn’t a wide range of shades, so the colour is slightly too dark.

Rating: 4/5

Would I buy this product again? Yes.

So overall, I generally really liked all my empties and would buy them again. I think it’s mostly, because if I don’t like a product I won’t continue to use it.

But let me know what you guys think of this post. Should I do it again? What are your empties this month?

Lucy Jane x

My Original Beauty Staple!

Hello everyone. Today I want to talk about a product I have been using FOREVER. Well, since I was about 11. I’m talking way before I even wore makeup and years before I even started this blog.

So what is the product I’ve been loyal to for nine years? CARMEX. Lip balm. I use it daily – multiple times daily. I always have at least one variant of it in my bag. It stays beside my bed. I always have it in my pockets at work. I honestly cannot go without it. It’s such an important part of my routine.

I can genuinely remember the first time I ever used this product. It was on a school trip and one of the older students gave it to me after we had been body boarding in the sea. The sea had made my lips dry and chapped and I put this on, It burned slightly and tingled. It was so strange. But it made my lips feel so much softer and smoother afterwards. And now I’ve never bought any other lip balms.


If I don’t put this on before I go to bed, my lips will be so chapped in the morning. Honestly it’s a saviour for me. Especially during the winter. It helps protect against the harsh winter cold. It also has SPF 15. So it helps protect during the summer too. Well, if you could even call the British summer that. But it’s a definite must when I go abroad. 

Carmex comes in various different flavours (is that what the different types are called?). The original is just plain, it has that waxy taste all unflavoured lip balms have. The cherry is my favourite, but they recently started doing a peach and mango one which is quite nice. As I mentioned, this lip balm gives a strange sensation, it kind of tingles on your lips (especially if they are chapped). It’s a good feeling, because it means it’s working! The peach and mango one is ‘tingle free’, so if the tingling puts you off, there’s still an option for you!

I have so many of these (as pictured above). I used to just solely buy the pots, but the tubes are so much more convenient for pockets, like when I’m at work or just on the go.

I just love this product. I always have and I always will I think. Unless a super amazing lip balm comes on the market that is a million times better than Carmex, this will forever be a staple for me. It’s just such a pertinent part of my daily routine. It’s so refreshing to put on after wearing a matte and drying lipstick all day. And if you ever catch me without this in my handbag, there’s something wrong. Send help.

Do you use Carmex? Is there another lip balm you use which you think does/might top it?

Also trying a different style with where I put my pictures within the blog post. Let me know what you think!

Lucy Jane x

My Beauty Wishlist

Hello everyone. I usually talk about products I own and have used. But this is going to be a little different. I’m just trying it out so bear with me.

I have so many products that I want to buy, but just don’t have the money to spend on them. As a student, running a makeup blog is hard on my bank account, so it is very difficult for me to justify spending money on makeup that I don’t necessarily need but want.

So what better to do for my makeup addiction than to write about products I am desperate to buy but just can’t? 

Firstly, the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette (£41). I’ve seen this everywhere for at least a year! And I want it so much. But £41 is a lot of money for me to spend on makeup. No matter how much those pretty pink shades call out to me, I cannot justify spending that much money on it at this point. Maybe one day, Modern Renaissance, but not today, beautiful. img_8445.jpg
The Too Faced ‘Sweet Peach’ Palette (£39) is next on my Wish List. Again, this palette is pretty much everywhere. The name itself is super cute but the colours are even cuter! I love peachy shades, so this palette is just so tempting for me. And I just want to see if it smells like peaches as everyone says it does.

img_8446Urban Decay’s ‘Comfort Matte Vice’ Lipsticks (£15.59)  are up next. I have a whole list of shades I want these lipsticks in on my phone notepad. I think ‘Carnal’ and ‘Stark Naked’ are two of my favourite shades. Plus the names are cool. As someone who is obsessed with nude lipsticks, these are perfect for me! And they’ve got bright and wild shades for those more adventurous than me.
I’m trying not to make this post solely about eyeshadow palettes, but they are so damn expensive but so pretty! It’s hard not to want every single one. Next on my list is another Too Faced product. It’s the ‘Glitter Bomb’ palette (£33). I love glitter eyeshadows. They are so cute and this palette is like a perfect combination of a bunch of different colours. Again, another palette. But this one is for contouring. It’s the Kat Von D ‘Shade and Light’ palette (£37). I am in love with Kat Von D’s beauty products. I’ve been sold every since I bought my first everlasting lipstick. It’s a cruelty free brand, so it just makes me love it even more. This contour kit has so many great reviews and I’ve been dying to buy it for ages. But alas, the student budget doesn’t allow for it at this point in time. Maybe one day. There are more products on my to-buy list. But these few are the ones I’m after the most. Hopefully I’ll be writing a blog post about how amazing and how worth the money they are soon. But until then, a girl can dream! And if you guys like this post, maybe there will be a part two!

Let me know what you think! This a new post style for me. Do you own any of these products? What are your opinions on them? What’s on your wish list? Any of these?

Lucy Jane x