Homesickness


Recently, I've been BEYOND homesick. I'm not sure why, as I haven't felt like this at all since I first started university (I'm in my third year now). It feels like it's been so long since I was last at home, even though it's only been a month.

Yesterday, I finally got to see my mum again. We had the most lovely day ever in York. Although it was one of my best days in October, it made my homesickness so much worse! I'm now sat in my uni flat, alone, on an incredibly uncomfortable plastic chair, in a place that doesn't feel like a home to me. Don't get me wrong, I love this little flat. But nothing beats my cosy living room at home with my mum's baking and the fireplace burning and my large TV and cuddles with my dog and (probably the most important factor) socialisation. Because I currently live alone at uni, every evening is spent watching Netflix alone. Although it's a nice way to spend an evening, the novelty wears off when it's EVERY evening.

There isn't really a point to this blog post; I'm just venting my thoughts because I don't really have anyone to speak to when I'm down, so my blog is a good distraction. I'm enjoying my modules at uni, and I'm relatively happy living here, but I miss my family and my home and I'm already counting down the days until the Christmas break where I can spend lots of time there.

This is the loneliest I've ever felt in my life, and I think that's why I'm feeling so homesick. But I'll persevere because it won't be long until I can go back home to my family and finally relax.

-bunnydiver.

How Much Is My Face Worth?

Happy Sunday! I have decided to do a slightly different type of blog post today. I'm basically going to talk about my everyday makeup items, how much they all cost and then end with how much money's worth of makeup I'm putting on my face each day! Let's get to it.

w7 Prime Magic Camera Ready Face Primer £3.99
This is the first and only primer I've ever had - and it's actually pretty good! It gives my skin the perfect base to apply makeup to, and it prevents my eye wrinkles from looking quite so prominent!

Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation £8.99
I love love LOVE this foundation. It's actually the only foundation I've ever used but I've never wanted to try different ones because this one is perfect for me. Although it's one of the cheapest drugstore foundations you can find, I do actually find it a little bit pricey for a broke student; but if you take a cheeky look in Savers or Bodycare, they sell this for £4.99!

Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer £6.49
This concealer provides extremely good coverage and adds a nice glow to the areas where it's applied. I'm always using this to brighten up my extremely dull and plain-looking face.

Maybelline Colossal Volume Express Mascara £6.99
I'm constantly trying new mascaras because mascara is one of my favourite makeup items and I really enjoy purchasing new ones to try. This mascara is fantastic, it makes my eyelashes really stand out (which is perfect for someone who has naturally short, stubby eyelashes like myself).


YBF Model's Prefer Yellow Neutralising Powder £15.99
Although this powder is difficult for UK residents to get because no-where sells it here, I love the YBF Model's Prefer range! This powder is really great, although I wish it wasn't quite so yellow because it makes my face look like I've been on a month-long sunny holiday. Although in the picture it is shown in a set palette, you can actually purchase the powder separately on eBay.


AVON Warm Cashmere Eye Shadow Duo £6.00
This is my all-time favourite eye shadow duo. They're always the ones I'm reaching for because they go with any lipstick, any outfit, and they always make my eyes look super pretty. I also want to take this opportunity to apologise for how dirty the palette looks in the picture - I definitely need to clean it after I've written this blog post!


YBF Model's Prefer Stages of Beauty Bronzing Powder £14.99
This bronzing powder is perfect for my skin tone. As it's not too pigmented, it can look really subtle on my cheeks and I can make it look exactly how I want it to look.


YBF Model's Prefer 2 in 1 Blush "Ravishing Rouge" £10.99
I promise this blog post ISN'T sponsored by YBF Model's Prefer - I just really love this brand and received a large amount of makeup from them on a cruise ship a good few years ago. These blusher colours are so pretty and also work really well with the bronzer when all blended together. They're a soft subtle pink; they make my cheeks look so lovely. Although I tend to blend the two colours together, you can definitely tell by the picture which shade I prefer the most!


AVON Illuminating Face Pearls £8.99
These are a recent purchase but I've been loving them so far! They're an alternative to a highlighter; they produce the slightest shimmer on your face but it looks extremely beautiful. I love these pearls so much and will definitely re-purchase once I've used them up.


YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Lipstick 'Nude in Private' £28
This lipstick shade is the most beautiful shade, and it suits me perfectly. The actual lipstick itself is a fantastic formula, it's super moisturising, and it tastes like fruit! This is definitely my go-to everyday lipstick, however I don't want to use it all up because it's so expensive! I'm currently on the lookout for a dupe.

Overall price of face: £111.42.
That's actually shocking! I can't believe how much money I'm spending on makeup - and my makeup items aren't even that expensive! However, I'd say that spending that much money on makeup is definitely worth it because I'm extremely happy with each product, and I personally believe that it's worth spending over £100 to make me feel better about myself and feel more beautiful.

Thanks for reading this post. Why don't you add up each makeup item you use daily and see how much your face is worth? Let me know in the comments if you spend as much as I do... or more!

-bunnydiver.

It Finally Feels Like Autumn

When I'm at uni, I find it really hard to feel festive. I think it's because I never buy any fairy lights for my room, and don't have a couch here that I can cosy up on with a blanket and watch TV programmes - I don't even have a TV here! Plus, nothing beats my mum's cooking and the festive food she buys and how cosy my family living room is. I guess I just always feel homesick at this time of year.

However, last weekend, I finally felt festive and cosy!

My boyfriend came to visit me and we went to the Sunderland Illuminations, which is a festival of lights at the beach that Sunderland holds each year. It's the perfect time to wear a warm winter parka coat and a bobble hat - which is exactly what I did. It was the most perfect evening I've had in a long time and thinking about that evening makes me so happy.


The day after this perfect Autumnal evening, my boyfriend and I booked a hotel room in Newcastle because I was going to a 21st birthday meal, and we wanted to do something special for our 4 year anniversary. Just when I thought I couldn't have a night as perfect as the one before, I had yet again another amazing evening!! The meal with my friends was fantastic; we went to The Alchemist which do the most magical cocktails (literally - you have to try it out). 


Basically, I'm just writing this blog post because I had the most perfect weekend ever - and I've had a really difficult time recently at uni due to various health issues, therefore this weekend was EXACTLY what I needed. I feel so refreshed and fulfilled, and it was the perfect remedy for me.

I'm finally feeling festive and Autumnal, and it's making me much happier :)

-bunnydiver.

The Meaning Behind My Tattoo


I recently got my first ever tattoo! It was a very spontaneous decision, but I absolutely love it and it looks EXACTLY how I wanted it to look. Because this tattoo means so much to me, I've decided to dedicate a blog post to it with some information regarding the experience of getting my first ever tattoo.

I expected it to be super painful, however it didn't actually hurt that much. Plus it only hurt whilst it was being done, but not afterwards. It was a much better experience than I expected it to be, and I already want another tattoo! My tattoo has healed extremely well and the experience couldn't have been better.

The meaning: I just recently returned from a life-changing trip to Laos in Southeast Asia where I volunteered at an Elephant Conservation Camp (more about this trip here). This trip was the scariest thing I had ever done, but I had the best time of my entire life. The elephant symbolises a development in my personality. When I returned from Laos, I noticed that my life was much happier and I was smiling a lot more. However, I realised that my life hasn't actually changed that much; what has changed is my outlook on life. My trip to Laos has made me a much more positive, chilled out person who is enjoying life a lot more. I don't worry about things or stress out as much. I've been leaving my comfort zone ALL THE TIME, and have gained huge amounts of confidence. I am actively trying to conquer my fears. I'm more motivated to succeed in life. I have overcome a lot of obstacles due to my trip to Laos and my little elephant not only symbolises my love for the creatures, but how my memories of the trip are something that I want to carry around with me wherever I go. This way, I'll always be reminded of the confident, careless person I was in Laos, and I'll always take this part of me into every situation life throws at me.

Do you have any tattoos? Do you plan on getting any? Let me know in the comments; I'd love to see the meanings behind other people's tattoos.

-bunnydiver.

September Favourites / 2017


Happy October! It's time for another Favourites blog post, which I haven't actually done since April (oops). September was a great month for me, and it's put me in a fantastic mood to start October. I hope you enjoy seeing what I've loved over September.

Avon True Nutra Effects Mattifying Day Cream



I bought this product in August because my previous moisturiser just wasn't doing the job for me. I was looking for something that would keep my skin moisturised but not add to my already-excessive oils. That's why this day cream was PERFECT for me! It makes my skin super soft and hydrated, but I've also noticed that my skin doesn't get as oily throughout the day. My makeup has lasted longer throughout the day, and I just know I'll be repurchasing this once I've finished. It's such an amazing price too; I'd highly recommend it if you have oily skin like me!

Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in 'To Nude or Not To Nude'



I've had this lipstick for SO LONG. We're talking like almost 5 years. But it's still extremely moisturising, has a fantastic formulation, and a perfect shade for my lips. It's a beautiful slightly darker alternative to a nude with a hint of shine. It's my go-to lipstick when I don't know what to wear, it's perfect for when I'm going out to events or when I'm just chilling at home. I'd go as far as to say it's the best lipstick I've ever purchased - and that's a bold statement. It stays on really well, I hardly ever reapply it, and the price is excellent! You can see how much I've loved it by how small it is now, I'm definitely in need of a repurchase.

Next Make Me Beautiful Eye Shadow Quad



I remember the exact day that my mum and I bought these eye shadows from Next over two years ago, and I've loved it ever since that day. They are the most gorgeous gold-orange shades I've ever see with a beautiful highlight shade too. Now that it's autumn, I'm going to be wearing these every day. They're extremely good quality, amazing price, last really well, and look lovely with my eye colour. I'm so impressed with these.

Watermelon Pencil Case and Notebook



I bought these from Tesco because I wanted a thin pencil case to fit into my uni bag and I wanted a dissertation notebook. These do the job perfectly! It took me ages to find a pencil case that was small and thin but good quality - and this watermelon one is exactly what I was looking for! The notebook is also a good size; not too big and not too small. Overall, I was thoroughly impressed with these and they're perfect for uni.

Happy Thoughts Notebook



I received this as a birthday present from my mum and it's the most beautiful notebook ever! I use it for its stated purpose: to write my happy thoughts in. The print is gorgeous, it's extremely good quality, and reading through all my entries so far makes me really happy and always cheers me up. It was an excellent gift idea.

How to be Confident by Anna Barnes



Words cannot explain how much I love this book. I bought it because I needed some tips on how to be more confident for my new job position, and I lack confidence in general. However, the tips in this book have genuinely helped me out and offered some great advice. Not only that, but the illustrations in the book are CRAZILY BEAUTIFUL. Each page is like a piece of art you'd want to frame and put on your wall. If you see this book in a shop, please flick through the pages and admire the beautiful images. I also bought 'How to be Calm' and I guarantee that it will be in my next favourites, but this is the one that I've read so far. It's the most beautiful book I've ever seen.

Strictly Come Dancing

I mainly started watching Strictly for Aston Merrygold (my favourite member from JLS and the world's cutiest patootie). However, I'm actually really enjoying the programme! It clashes with X-Factor on Saturday's but I've actually been preferring it, which is crazy because I've always devoted my life to X-Factor. It makes me want to join dance classes, and I love the gorgeous dresses that the women get to wear! It's such a relaxing programme too, I'm so glad I started watching it.

Hello October

New favourite YouTuber alert! I've been watching HelloOctober on YouTube for over two years, however recently I've just been completely obsessed with her videos. They're extremely good quality, they're always so positive, and her personality is amazing. Plus, she's so beautiful too. I love any video she makes! She recently moved house so her interior design videos have been a favourite of mine recently. My only request is that she would include more of her new dog into her vlogs because I'm a sucker for a cute dog. I would recommend this YouTube channel to EVERYONE (also check out her Instagram too because her posts are so beautiful). 

I hope you enjoyed this blog post! What have your September favourites been? Let me know in the comments.

-bunnydiver.

Things I'm Excited For This Autumn


As it is officially Autumn now, I've decided to celebrate the new season by exclaiming what I'm excited for! I feel like bloggers (or just people on social media in general) have been super excited for Autumn this year and it's been really hyped up - so I'm going to add to that! Here is a list of the things I'm most excited for this Autumn.

Bobble hats
Scarves
Big winter coats (I've got my eye on a lovely parka from Primark at the moment)
Rimmel Lipstick in 'Drop of Sherry' - my favourite lipstick EVER and the perfect Autumnal shade
Hot chocolate
Costa Christmas Drinks
Sunderland Illuminations (a lights festival nearby where I live that occurs each Autumn)
Christmas Shopping - it's so easy to commute to Newcastle and York where I live; perfect for Christmas shopping!
Cosy cups of tea
Seeing Collabro live for the third time
Huge fluffy slippers
CANDLES
Browsing the Christmas sections of garden centres with my mum 
Fairy lights
Bed socks
Blankets (the ones from Primark are incredible right now)
Cable-knit jumpers
Anniversary with my boyfriend
Falling asleep easily
Being warm in a dressing gown
Gold eyeshadow
Burgundy nails
Bonfire Night
Reading before bed
Wearing my new raincoat more often
Warm shoes
Autumn and Winter themed blog posts
Christmas weekend away with my mum
Crunchy leaves
Rain
Gloves
Feeling Festive

I know there were quite a few Christmas things in that list, and Christmas is in Winter, however the majority of the Christmas festivities and build-up happens in Autumn so it's completely acceptable!

I had the best Summer ever, and it's put me in such an incredible mood for Autumn. I'm feeling more like myself than I ever have done, and I'm completely content and happy with my life. I know for sure that this Autumn will be a wonderful part of my life.

What are you excited for this Autumn? Let me know in the comments below.

-bunnydiver.

University Room Tour / 2017


This will probably be my final university room tour that I ever do (unless I do a postgraduate degree). How crazy is that?! One week ago I moved into my tiny little studio flat and, as this is the first time I've EVER lived on my own, I have decorated my space to make it cute and cosy and very me. I thought I'd give you a little insight into how my room looks, and maybe you can get some inspiration for your own room if you need it!

On my bedside table, I have a Polaroid picture frame (given to me by my friends for my birthday; but I still haven't completed filling it up!) and two trinket dishes to put jewellery on. The cactus trinket dish was another birthday present from my friends (I love these girls so much), and the heart dish was from a little shop in Malta. The heart coaster was from Next.


I've used standard glass jars to display my teabags and sugar; it just makes things look a little bit more organised whilst being on a budget.


My favourite thing on my desk is my hand-drawn picture from Laos. The frame is from Wilko, and I think the two succulents on either side make it look a little bit more pretty than it already was. I'm in love with my succulents, they're like my children!


On my desk I also have two books: How To Be Calm and How To Be Confident by Anna Barnes. I LOVE THESE BOOKS. They're so motivational and extremely aesthetically pleasing. If you ever see them in a shop, please take a look the images and illustrations in these books. They are beautiful.


My bed at uni is unfortunately not very appealing... the mattress is a bit flat and I can't seem to make my bed look cosy enough! To try to resolve this issue, I've added this adorable blanket from Primark. It's the perfect blanket for me; it's super soft and it's got Winnie the Pooh on it! What's not to love?


One pretty cool and unique thing about my uni flat is this big blue statement wall. It's really random but I love it!


Although my uni flat is a little plain at the moment as I'm still in the process of moving and settling in, I really like it and I think I'm going to enjoy living here for the next year.

If you have any ideas on how I can improve my room, then let me know in the comments! How have you decorated your bedroom?

-bunnydiver.
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