Sarah Elizabeth

Monday, 13 February 2017

METOX (Like Detox but 'me'... Get it?! lol)



Well, well, well... it sure has been a hot minute. 

As I haven't blogged in forever so it seemed to make sense to update you. Serious deja vu happening here because I'm always having to 'update' you when I haven't blogged in a while. 

If you're a regular reader of my blog posts (when I do post that is...) you'll know that about six months ago I started my first teaching job in a school for pupils with severe learning difficulties. Whilst I still am LOVING it, there's no doubt it's incredibly challenging and draining. With most of my time spent either at work or keeping on top of paperwork when I'm at home, I find that looking after myself gets pushed to the end of the 'To Do' list. 

After an amazing Christmas break the thought of going back to the daily slog of werk werk werk werk werk werk was horrifying. That was when I thought enough is enough and decided to take action. 

Throughout the past month or so I've been really making an effort to try and look after myself more and I don't just mean that in terms of doing a hair mask to try and pamper myself. I'm talking mind, body and spirit kind of magic here. 

Before I can properly switch off I know that I have to get all of the things on my mind down onto paper. For me personally making lists of what I need to do means I don't need to store the information in my head as well as not having to stress that I'll forget. 

I also had to accept that putting my phone down would be the only way I would be able to properly relax. The thought of a digital detox gives me the sweats but somehow if I put my phone onto airplane mode I can pretend that I've just had no messages come through and I can then spend time on other things. 

I've been doing a lot of reading recently which is so good for taking your mind off things and escaping to a completely different place for a while; sometimes this is exactly what's needed to re-balance your mindset. 

Whilst reading is something that completely chills me out, I have to be in the right environment to be able to concentrate and my room really wasn't cutting it. After coming back from uni my room felt less like a sanctuary and more like a clutter-ary. Cue an expensive trip to IKEA and I'm now the proud owner of glossy white furniture which is an absolute dream. 

Having a place to relax is so so important for taking care of your mind. Now I've revamped my room I really feel like I have a place to be calm. Now you don't necessarily need to buy new furniture to be calm, even lighting a scented candle can make all the difference. 

Having somewhere that makes you feel chilled eases your mind, making you more inclined to pamper yourself. It's all linked together - taking care of your mind = taking care of your body. Caring for yourself is really about looking after all the elements of you. 

Basically what I'm trying to say is that it's so important to take time out for yourself, no matter how busy your day to day life is. And of course, take time to do your nails because your life will never be a total mess if your nails are on fleek. 

Much love, 
S x 








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Monday, 2 January 2017

December Highlights

Happy 2017!

I hope you’ve all had an amazing Christmas and New Year and have taken time out to relax. It’s safe to say that I haven’t blogged a lot during this month – December is always super busy. 

Today is my last day before returning to work (*sobs*) so I figured it would be a good opportunity to reflect on some of my highlights from December. Here’s what you’ve missed – in no particular order…

1.    Cambridge


One of my favourite parts of December was a mini getaway to Cambridge with my uni loves. It’s true when they say that long distance friendships are harder than long distance relationships! Since finishing uni, we all live in different parts of the country which makes meeting up regularly pretty difficult.
This weekend was just what I needed to be able to have a huge catch up with what's going on in each other's lives and spend some quality time together! 

2.    Timeflies



     This weekend was one of the funniest experiences of my entire life let alone just December.
      Myself and Tammy went down to London to see Timeflies perform. If you haven't heard of Timeflies definitely go and check them out, they're an American duo and they're one of my faves. 

The last time they came to the UK was in 2013 so repeating that night was long awaited! Timeflies definitely didn't disappoint either, the venue was really intimate and we were on the front row - I've had major withdrawal ever since the show ended.

If you follow me on Twitter (@sar4helizabeth) you may have seen my crazy tweet thread detailing the funniest highlights of this weekend. To cut a super long story short, that night was filled with getting drunk off diluted vodka, meeting my future bae from the support act Little Giants, talking to Cal Shap (from Timeflies) about Nandos and making new memories and new friends, which leads me onto number 3…

3.    New friendships 



     At the Timeflies show we made friends with Corey from Devon and his sister (also from Devon in case you wondered) and then when the night was over I launched a twitter appeal to #findcorey. We eventually found Corey and calm has been restored. 

We now have planned a rager of a night out with CFD (Corey From Devon) for this Friday so keep an eye on my twitter for a thread of that. 

    During that night we also made friends with a lovely Candian girl called Marlee which resulted in an extremely long Whatsapp phone call. SHOUTOUT TO YOU 

4. Nights Out 



       December is always filled with so many alcohol induced memories and now I've got a repeat of Fresher's Flu without even being a fresher.

 I had so many funny nights out last month where I got proposed to, spilt a drink on someone's white Ralph Lauren jumper, got invited to Ukraine and we made so many 'friends' (as ever). Honestly, if you're wanting to meet new people buy yourself a Lumee case, as soon as you turn it on people literally run towards you hahaha. 

p.s here's Katie looking fab 



5. Family Time 


And as we all know, the best part about December and the festivities is spending time with family, demolishing twice your body weight in chocolate. FYI my brother ate this entire reindeer in one sitting. 


You're all officially caught up now with my December highlights! I honestly had the best 2016 and I'm excited to carry on this positive outlook into 2017.


S x

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Sunday, 4 December 2016

'Tis The Season...

Merry December! 

It's insane that the countdown to Christmas has officially begun, although November seemed to go on foreverrrrrrr. I love love love the Christmas season; the whole atmosphere is just so magical. 

Instead of kicking off the month with a favourites post like I usually would, I wanted to get into the festive spirit by sharing one of my Christmas traditions with you. 

Christmas in Birmingham (where I live) is so special because of the Frankfurt Christmas Market which comes every year. If you've never been, picture wooden huts, fairy lights, mulled wine and the smell of amazing food and that's what the market is like. Every year it's a tradition for myself and my family to go to the German Market where we always eat way too much food. 

Today was that day. Literally my Mom woke me up this morning by singing "rise and shine it's market day" so as you can tell, it's a pretty big deal in my house. 


Not trying to be London...



You can't go to the German Market without dropping a small fortune on a chocolate strawberry skewer. 



After freezing our proverbials off at the market it was only right that we celebrate Sunday in true British style and go and get our scran on. ROAST DINNER COME TO MAMA. 



Today has made me even more excited for Christmas, so much so that I may treat you with a bonus post at some point next week! 

See you on the flip side, 
S x 
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Sunday, 27 November 2016

Autumn Obsession

Holler,

Super sorry I’ve been so MIA lately, I completely fell off the blogging bandwagon but I’m back aboard and ready to go. 

As I'm sure you're aware, we’re currently in the beautiful season of autumn but if you live in the UK like I do, the weather is more like winter. I love the theory of A/W fashion but in reality, it’s too cold to wear anything other than jeans and a huge jumper. 

Because of my same-y outfits I’ve been feeling so bored of my look lately. To try and find some inspiration I've been doing a lot, and I mean A LOT, of shopping. However, when I get the items home they don't make it out of my wardrobe again, as I don't want to reach for anything other than my thickest clothing. 

Recently something changed when I found the most perfect boots ever for looking stylish as well as ensuring your toes don’t drop off from frost bite. These boots have revamped my wardrobe and inspired me to switch up my outfit choices.



100% going to be telling my Dad that he needs to cut the grass more often...





lol @ that leg pop

I wore this outfit all day today (whilst shopping for trainers). I’m now loving A/W fashion again and have accepted that if looking good comes at the cost of feeling a bit chilly, I may just have to grin and bear it. 


Been posing long enough now, I'm off
S x 


SHOP ITEMS HERE:

Boots: 
http://www.riverisland.com/women/shoes--boots/boots/black-patent-chunky-heel-ankle-boots-686617
Skirt:
http://www.missselfridge.com/en/msuk/product/clothing-299047/skirts-299062/floral-embroidered-denim-skirt-5851975?bi=0&ps=40
Coat (similar): 
http://www.topshop.com/en/tsuk/product/clothing-427/jackets-coats-2390889/slim-fit-boyfriend-coat-5713973?bi=0&ps=20


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Sunday, 30 October 2016

Halloween Bake with Us

Anyone who knows me knows my life revolves around food. This week has been my first half term as a qualified teacher and I've gone to town with the amount of 'food dates' I've been on during my week off. 

Today marks the last day of half term, the final day of holiday before returning back to work, so I wanted to end it well and it wouldn't be momentous without food. As it is Halloween tomorrow I decided a Halloween food theme would be too good an opportunity to pass up. 




Katie and I decided that baking Halloween cookies would be a cute way to celebrate the spooky occasion in a way that was a lot less mentally scarring than dressing up as killer clowns. 

We used a generic chocolate chip cookie recipe but bought cookie cutters of a tombstone, a ghost, a cat, a haunted house, a bat and a pumpkin to make sure our Halloween theme was obvious. 

Yes this is Sarah's blog and no, Sarah is not doing any of the hard work here. Shoutout to Katie, the real MVP. 





This was the moment we realised that our bowl wasn't big enough for all of our ingredients. I feel like it's becoming very apparent that my blog is a weekly documentation of how much of a fail my life is. 


This is the first contribution I made - unsuccessfully trying to roll out the mix. I've clearly forgotten all of my playdough skills as a child because I found this harder than I should have done. 


Katie's attempt just shows why she did Food Tech for GCSE. Chef in the making. 


So earlier I mentioned about how my life is a consistent fail, right? Here's another example. The mixture was way too wet to use the Halloween cutters and when we tried to roll it out again with more flour we realised it was stuck to the table. Sound.


After what felt like hours we were finally able to properly create our Halloween cookies and get them baking. By this point we had already decided we could be a great duo for next year's Great British Bake Off so were pretty excited to see our masterpieces come out the oven.


lol. 


Happy Halloween, Witches! 

S x 






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Monday, 24 October 2016

Online Clothes Shopping FAIL!

I’ll be the first to admit that I leave EVERYTHING ‘til the last minute. Naturally, with my graduation a week away I still haven’t got around to finding an outfit so I’ve been panic buying online in the hope of finding something that makes me look a bit less like a potato than normal.

For some unknown reason, I decided that I wouldn’t shop anywhere I usually do and instead I found myself spending hundreds of pounds on Pretty Little Thing, a website I have never even browsed on before.

The first thing to note is that nude does not suit me in the slightest but in my moment of madness (my excuse is that I was online shopping at 2am so I wasn’t in a sane mindset) I decided to purchase everything in nude. Mistake number 1. But if it looks good on the model it’s bound to look the exact same on me, right? Mistake number 2.

During my agonising wait for the clothes to be delivered – I’m the Queen of patience clearly- I’d convinced myself everything was going to look bomb and I’d be able to post a great try on haul on my blog and finally achieve Instagram goals. Lol.

The order came today and I honestly didn’t even want to get anything out of the plastic wrappers it all looked so horrendous. However, I decided to be the brave girl I am and try things on. Bloody wish I hadn’t. Dreams were shattered in those few moments; lives were ruined.

I feel like I should add that I washed my fake tan off before trying anything on just in case it transferred and I wasn't able to send it back. Soz for the paleness. 

1. Catarina Nude Floral Lace Choker Bodycon Dress



Quick reminder of the title of the dress including the word 'bodycon'. Apparently not so bodycon in person. 

2. Kalli Cream High Neck Lace Detail Midi Dress



Two words: Nan's tablecloth. 

3.    Aisha Nude Satin Panel Midi Dress



Remind me never to order anything 'midi' ever again. 


4.    Freyana Rose Gold Sequin Detail Long Sleeve Mini Dress


I didn't even try this dress on because half of the sequins were sewn over the zip meaning that if you wanted to unzip it to put it on, you would literally have to rip the dress open. Smart.

5.    Azul Champagne Silky Wrap Cami Dress

God only knows what this item looks like on as it didn't even arrive in the parcel.


6.    Karlia Contrast Panelled Lace Bodycon Dress


This has got to be the itchiest item of clothing I have ever put on in my life. I couldn't even do up the back because it was so irritating on my skin. 


I hate to dwell on negativity so let's focus on the good... it's free to return the items. Now to log into my trustee Topshop account... 

S x 
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Sunday, 16 October 2016

Make up Haul - Too Faced, Sleek, NYX and More!

Having a job also means having a pay packet, something I've not been used to whilst at University. Now I'm a fully fledged adult (wishful thinking) I've been enjoying spending my money on things I definitely don't need. 

You may have seen my tweets recently (@sar4helizabeth) explaining how I've gotten rid of waaaaaay too many of my clothes, meaning I now own about 3 outfits, so today when I went shopping with Katie I was in desperate need of clothes. Which is why I only bought make up. Good one Saz. 






---- NYX ----

I've said it before and I'll say it again - bringing NYX to UK Boots shops was the single best idea ever. Unfortunately the Boots I went into was low on stock for pretty much every product, so there was limited choice which in hindsight was probably a God send for my bank balance. 

I picked up the Born to Glow Illuminating Primer to replace my Benefit That Gal Brightening Face Primer. I've heard good things about the NYX primer and when I tested it on my hand it felt so silky and gave a lovely glow, which is ideal for those colder months when your skin is looking and feeling a bit dull. 

(I'll link everything or similar products at the end of the post!) 


---- TOO FACED ---- 

I've been after the Better than Sex mascara for a while so when my other mascara ran out I jumped at the chance to get my hands on this product. 

I actually bought this mascara when I was shopping last weekend (beginning to think I may have a spending problem...) but I'm including it in this post as I know it's very popular at the moment. 

The look it creates is exactly what I wanted - drama, length and volume. I wouldn't say this is as much of a dream product as I was expecting as it's quite clumpy, feels heavy and flakes quite a bit. I rubbed my eye the smallest amount earlier and my Mom told me I looked like something out of a horror film. How rude. 


--- SLEEK ---- 

Boots now are also the proud owners of a Sleek concession *hallelujah chorus*. 

I've been after a new foundation for a while but I hate anything that looks cakey, so I've been looking for alternatives. When I found the Barekissed Illuminator in the shade Pompeii I was in heaven. This product reminds me of the Body Shop Honey Bronze Shimmering Dry Oil because it creates a really natural bronzed look that gives you such a beautiful sunkissed glow. 

This comes in four different shades and can be used alone, as a base for foundation or mixed with foundation to illumiate the skin. GLOW UP. 

I also bought the True Colour Lipstick in the shade Mulberry which is the perfect 'autumnal' colour. It's the ultimate berry colour which I love during these months. 

The moment after I took the photo of my purchases I shut the lid on this lipstick, chopping off the top of it so that's not ideal. 


---- P.S. ---- 

'Testing Primark make up' has been a popular thread that's been circulating YouTube recently and I wanted to try out a couple of their make up bits for myself. I played it safe and got two of their lip products, one which is a lipstick crayon and the other is a liquid lipstick.  

As I mentioned before, I'm loving the berry colour for Autumn so of course the two lip colours I got were virtually identical to the one I bought five minutes previously from Sleek. I'm so ridiculous. 

The Lipstick Crayon is in the shade Midnight which is actually completely different to the P.S. Lipstick shade Midnight so be wary! The Liquid Lipstick is in the shade 07 Kendall. 



- left: Sleek; centre: P.S. Lipstick Crayon; right: P.S. Liquid Lipstick. - 


---- SOAP & GLORY ----

Colour correcting is a pretty big thing right now and when I've dabbled in this technique, I've found it makes so much difference to the finished make up look. 

I'm very lucky to have good skin but when I get breakouts, it's pretty bad and the redness is hard to hide with just concealer. When I saw Soap & Glory's colour correcting range I was dying to try it out. As redness is my biggest skin complaint, I decided to just go with the green concealer, although I was tempted by the Super-Blur Imperfections Eraser! 


Seeing as I didn't get any clothes today, I'm now going to crack on with the online shopping so watch this space! 

S x 



Products Mentioned: 

NYX:
Born To Glow Illuminating Primer:
http://www.asos.com/nyx/nyx-born-to-glow-illuminating-primer/prd/6583040

TOO FACED:
Better Than Sex Mascara: 
http://www.debenhams.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/prod_10701_10001_154614000099_-1

SLEEK:
Barekissed Illuminator Pompeii: 
https://www.boots.com/en/Sleek-Barekissed-Illuminator_1750712/
True Colour Lipstick:
https://www.boots.com/en/Sleek-MakeUp-True-Colour-Lipstick_1393161/

P.S.:  
Velvet Matte Lipstick Crayon:
https://www.primark.com/en/product/velvet-matte-lipstick-crayon-in-plum,R35397119099021
Super Matte Liquid Lipstick:
https://www.primark.com/en/product/plum-matte-liquid-lipstick,R35397119134982

SOAP & GLORY: 
Kick Ass All is Calm Anti-Redness Concealer:
http://www.boots.com/en/SOAP-GLORY-KICK-ASS%E2%84%A2-ALL-IS-CALM%E2%84%A2-ANTI-REDNESS-CONCEALER_1800925/
Super-Blur Imperfections Eraser: 
http://www.boots.com/en/SOAP-GLORY-SUPER-BLUR%E2%84%A2-IMPERFECTIONS-ERASER_1800929/

OTHER PRODUCTS MENTIONED: 
Benefit That Gal Primer: 
http://www.boots.com/en/Benefit-That-Gal-primer_49605/
The Body Shop Honey Bronze Shimmering Dry Oil:
https://www.thebodyshop.com/en-gb/body/bronzing/shimmering-dry-oil-honey/p/p000807





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