What are you waiting for?

Hello my lovelies,

It’s been a whirlwind month full of new opportunities and ventures! I’ve met some amazing new people and I’m oh so very excited for what the future holds.

In short I’ve got a graduate job now and I’ve also started my own beauty business. Crazy right? I’ve never been one for doing one thing at a time. 

But I’m not here to talk about me. I’m here to talk about you. So many people are afraid to chase their dreams. They’re afraid of what their friends or family might think. Perhaps they’re afraid of failing, of being ridiculed. But what are you losing in the process?

You, and only you are in charge of your destiny. You create your own success. Don’t wait for it to come knocking, go out and grab it! If you fail so what? Pick yourself up and keep going. A favourite quote of mine from the book Girl Code is that they don’t serve champagne at pity parties. It’s a great read for anyone looking for some entrpreneur tips! 

If you see someone who is successful that you envy just know you could have that and more! The only one stopping you from achieving it is you.  

You may have to dig deep and build up your confidence but it can be done. So find your passion and run with it! 

Good luck 

Rebecca xo

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Catch up and a recipe you’ll love!

Hello beautiful people of the internet,

It’s been a while, 2 months actually…oops. But I’ve been very busy in that time, I had my final year accounting exams and I graduated from uni woohoo! Time to be an adult right? Who knows where I’ll go from here. My only plans so far are to move in with my lovely boyfriend next month, and get a kitten. Well he hasn’t quite said yes on the kitten part yet, but he hasn’t quite said no either. So it could still happen!

If you know me I pretty much always get sick and it’s always at really annoying times. Before my last exam I came down with a kidney infection and kidney stones so I couldn’t sit the exam. And now uni is all over I’ve got tonsillitis! Just perfect! So right now it’s pretty tough to eat stuff, I was seriously considering buying baby food. I know, I know, totally crazy.

Whenever I feel really ill I always crave the food I grew up on because it’s warm and comforting. But for a lack of ingredients in my fridge I decided to see what I could do. I remembered seeing a recipe a while ago that I wanted to try, and let me tell you it did not disappoint! The recipe is by Laura Vitale who you may have seen on Youtube. She has an amazing cooking channel and website.  The recipe is called pasta e piselli and is so super simple to make. All credit goes to Laura on this one it was amazing! As she says in the video it’s not quite a soup and it’s not quite a sauce. But it really is warm, tasty and most importantly soft on my throat.

The recipe is as follows:

Serves 4

Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 20 mins


Ingredients:
1 Small Onion, finely chopped
4 Slices of Bacon, chopped
2 ¼ cups of Frozen, Defrosted Peas
12 oz of small cut pasta such as small shells or tubbettini
1 Tbsp of Olive Oil
1 Tbsp of Unsalted Butter
Freshly Grated Parmiggiano to taste
4 cups of Water
Salt and Pepper, to taste

Process,

1) In a large saucepan, add the olive oil and let it come to temperature over medium heat.

2) Add the onions and bacon and cook until they develop some color, about 4 to 5 minutes.

3) Add the peas and water and bring to a rolling boil.

4) Add the pasta, season with salt and pepper and allow the mixture to cook for about 10 minutes or until the pasta is fully cooked.

5) Stir in the butter and cheese and serve immediately!

To watch Laura make this wonderful comforting dish step by step click here: http://bit.ly/2aPx5d3

The only changes I made were adding in a stock cube, and using lacto free cheese as dairy doesn’t agree with me too well. I hope you enjoy as much as I did!

Talk soon,

Rebecca

Favourite Skincare Products

Hello beautiful people of the internet,

Today I am sharing my top skincare products. Now me and my skin have a bit of a love-hate relationship. One day it will look fine, and the next day it will look a little dreary.

I’ve tried many skincare products over the years, so I’ve really gotten to know what my skin likes. I have very sensitive skin so can’t use anything too harsh or acidic. Washing my face with a face wash and water actually dries out my skin a lot, so I prefer to use a micellar water.

I use the L’oreal skin perfection micellar water. It removes all the dirt and makeup from my face, and leaves me feeling fresh and clean. It’s perfect for sensitive skin as it contains no alcohol or perfume. It retails for about £5 and lasts for ages! I apply mine morning and night with a cotton pad.

Find it here: http://bit.ly/1X6NVrZ

 

Next up is a fairly new product for me. I usually steer clear of serums as I don’t like putting too many products on my face. But I have to say I’m really enjoying this one!

The serum in question is the Boots botanics radiant youth super serum. Since using this serum my skin has looked more even toned and glowing. It must be doing something right because even my boyfriend has complemented my skin recently! It leaves skin feeling smooth and hydrated. I apply mine morning and night after cleansing. It retails for £9.99 which is a bargain considering you only need a tiny amount to cover your whole face!

Find it here: http://bit.ly/1UVkNSl

For moisturisers I have two favourites. For the mornings I use the Olay double action day cream and primer. This is a staple skincare product for me. It’s extremely hydrating and really smooths out my skin. For the night time I use the Boots botanics replenishing radiant youth night cream.

 

Find them here:
http://bit.ly/28MTrwa
http://bit.ly/28JH3vg

So that’s it from me this week. If you have any skincare staples leave a comment down below for others to try!

Talk soon,

Rebecca

Building strong relationships

Hello beautiful people of the internet,

Today we’re talking relationships. Relationships are a funny thing, almost like a small child. They need a lot of attention and care. You really do get out of it what you put in. However, it takes two to make it a success.

I’ve definitely had my fair share of bad relationships and have been lucky enough to meet someone pretty special. We’ve had a few bumps in the road along the way but the same advice helps us out every time. So I thought I’d share it with you lovely people.

Talk! Talk, talk, talk. You really do need to talk. A lot of the time people will hold in their feelings and wont tell their partner when something annoys them. Now I’m not talking about your significant other leaving the milk out for the fifth time. I mean something that really affects your relationship and where you see it going.

You cannot blame your partner for not knowing something is an issue, and not acting on it, if you never tell them. By discussing these things  you will not only resolve the situation, but learn to communicate better which will strengthen your relationship.

Secondly, spend time together doing what you like. Your friends may think you should all be going out together, but make sure to give yourselves enough quality time with just the two of you. You will spend your whole life getting to know your partner, it’s almost impossible to know absolutely everything about them, because we change and grow as we get older.

Thirdly, make sure to actually take an interest in what your partner likes. Now you don’t have to love it, but try to look somewhat engaged when they discuss their interests with you. Even better go try it out too! You never know you might actually have fun. At the same time, it is absolutely fine to have different interests. Having that individual time on your own doing something you love, is extremely healthy for your relationship. So go out and find something you’re passionate about. Then share it with your partner. Tell them why you love it and have fun.

Lastly, trust your partner. We all have a little jealousy in us and that’s fine, as long as you don’t let it get out of hand. Your partner may be working long hours or have frequent business trips. But what is the point in being in a relationship with them if you can’t even trust them. Try not to think the worst of them, especially if they have never betrayed your trust before. And if you feel like something is wrong then talk to them. Trust needs to  be in the foundations of your relationship. It’s not always easy but it’s worth it!

So that’s it from me. If you have any specific relationship advice you would like me to cover then feel free to leave a comment down below. Take your time and enjoy your relationship with your partner. Put in the effort and together you will build something amazing!

Talk soon,

Rebecca

Oatmeal Cookies

Hello beautiful people of the internet,

Today I had a craving. If you’re a student you know that while you’re revising for exams, you tend to crave pretty much anything and everything to keep you going. Baking is also a great way to procrastinate..maybe a little too good.

I was craving chocolate chip cookies but wanted something a little healthier. So after consulting the all knowing Google, and adding my own twist into it, I came up with these beauties!

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You can definitely switch to brown sugar or leave out the chocolate chips and stick with cacao nibs, but I have a sweet tooth!

Recipe:

  • 57g butter
  • 100g sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 70g plain flour
  • 70g oats
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 60g cacao nibs
  • A handful of chocolate chips

Method:

So the proper way to do it is to cream the butter and sugar together first. Then add the flour, egg and rest of the ingredients. But me being me I just threw it all into a bowl together and they came out pretty good! Bake them at 190 for 10-15 minutes. Keep an eye on them until they are slightly brown around the edges. Then remove and allow them to cool on a wire rack.

Let me know if you have any great oatmeal cookie recipes, or if you give these a try!

Talk soon,

Rebecca

Makeup Essentials

Hello beautiful people of the internet,

Today we’re talking makeup. Not just any makeup. My holy grail products that not even Channing Tatum could make me leave! Okay he probably could..actually he definitely could! But come on, it’s Channing Tatum!

Anyway back to business…

So, I’ve tried and tested many foundations over the years, some have been gs1465327-main-zoomood, some bad but none have compared to this baby. The foundation in question is Estee Lauder’s double wear foundation.

I’m sure you’ve heard many people talking about this because it really is that good! It has great coverage for those days when you need a little boost. It’s not cakey and doesn’t leave you feeling like you’re wearing a ton of makeup. It lasts on me pretty much all day and I rarely need to touch up.

It is a little on the pricey side retailing at £30 but it’s seriously worth it! If you’re unsure, go to your local Debenhams or other beauty store where they will be able to colour match you and give you a sample to try out. It will last for ages! I’ve managed to find mine in a local outlet cosmetics store for £21 which is a bargain! There are plenty of shades too and it’s silicone free which is a bonus for me. I wear the shade Ecru if you’re wondering. Find it here: http://www.debenhams.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/prod_10701_10001_123008974799_-1

Next up we have a little miracle worker that picks me up when my under eye bags are just too heavy to carry. Just kidding..or not. Maybellines under eye eraser it quite possibly a miracle worker in the form of8842653663262 a tiny bottle. It covers up my dark circles effortlessly and leaves me looking refreshed.

It’s pretty good at hiding blemishes too although with the sponge top applicator it might not be the most hygienic. I set it with a little powder and it wont budge all day! It retails at £7.99 which is pretty cheap considering how amazing it is. I wear the shade light which seems to always be sold out! Find it here: http://www.boots.com/en/Maybelline-Eraser-Eye-Concealer_1321843/

Okay, sSB_C1LC_SKUC1LC20_340o time to set all of this wonderful makeup. I tend to go between two powders depending on how I’m feeling that day. The first one is the Smashbox halo powder which is a little on the pricey side at £31. I love this powder because I literally have to use the smallest amount and it does the job great. I can leave it on all day and it will keep me matte and keep my makeup in place.

Find it here: http://www.boots.com/en/Smashbox-Halo-Hydrating-Perfecting-Powder_1465307/

I wear the shade light and although it’s pricey it did last me a really long time.

The second powder which I have recently been loving is the Rimmel stay matte powder.This is another popular product Rimmel_Stay_Matte_Pressed_Powder_14g_1366299521_mainin the beauty world and for good reasons too! I use the shade translucent and seriously it keeps me matte all day. It retails at £3.99 which is an absolute bargain! Find it here: http://www.boots.com/en/Rimmel-Stay-Matte-Pressed-Powder_1015573/

So, I hope you’ve enjoyed a nosey around into my makeup bag because lets be honest, we all love seeing what our friends use. If you have any holy grail products feel free to leave a comment. I’m still searching for that perfect brow product so let a girl know!

Talk soon,

Rebecca

What to do after graduating

Hello beautiful people of the internet,

So lets talk about graduation. Graduation is a time of excitement and relief, but also you might be dreading it justtttttt a little bit because it signifies the end of your student lives. This means its time to find a graduate job. Sounds scary right? Don’t worry we got this!

Hopefully you’ve narrowed down what kind of career you’re after. If not don’t worry, your 20’s are all about finding yourself. I’m 23 and still doing just that. Anyway, this point applies to both. Research, research, research. You need to research into the types of roles you’re interested in. Find out exactly what the role involves. What will your daily tasks be? How many hours will you be working? Location? And of course salary!

Now don’t be disheartened if nothing catches your eye straight away. There’s always more graduate jobs being posted online. I’ve found http://www.indeed.co.uk to be pretty helpful, and my uni also has a careers page with postings on too.

So, you’ve found a job that doesn’t sound all that terrifying! What’s next? You need to work on selling yourself and your skills. To do this you need to write a CV and also a cover letter. Don’t worry too much if your degree doesn’t seem to match the job title, you may have skills that are suitable anyway. A cover letter is very important as this is what employers will see first.

Here’s a link where you can download a cover letter template and some tips on what to include: https://www.reed.co.uk/career-advice/graduate-cover-letter-template/.

Try to match your skills with those that the employer is looking for. You need to demonstrate what you have to bring to the table and why you’re the person for the job!

Ok, so now you’ve made an awesome CV and cover letter you’re good to go. Start applying and remember be patient! There are a lot of graduates out there looking for a job so don’t take it personally if you don’t get a call back straight away.

In the mean time relax a little and stay positive. One way to keep busy is networking. http://www.linkedin.com is a great way to do just that. Connect with family and friends, find suitable employers and get your name out there. Linkedin allows you to build up a profile with testimonials to your skills which is great for employers to view.

Phew! Ok, so that’s it for now. Don’t worry if everyone seems like they have their lives together, because the truth is most of them are freaking out too. So good luck with you’re job hunt and remember it’s not the end of the world if it doesn’t work out. It will all be okay!

Talk soon,

Rebecca