Friday, 21 November 2014

Boohoo winter wants

Boohoo winter wants

I wouldn't say I'm the biggest fan of online shopping partly because I think half the fun is going into a shop, feeling the fabric, trying on more clothes than you can carry and picking out your favourites to buy (or all of it in my case) but there are a few online stores that I definitely find myself browsing fairly frequently, Boohoo being one of my firm favourites (ASOS being another). I can't deny the excitement of going to the post box to find a box of clothes has been delivered.
I was recently scouring boohoo knowing I am a poor student and so wasn't planning on buying anything (I didn't I was good) but I still racked up a long list of items I wish I could add to my uni wardrobe.

Liza embellished strap pleated layer dress in berry
Katie lace trim shorts in black (probably a good thing my size is sold out)
Catherine faux fur pom pom chunky knit beanie
Esmay check relaxed turn up boyfriend pants in black
Suzanne cut out woven playsuit in black
Lorna tiered statement floral earrings
Andie dogtooth cape
Bianca fluffy knit jumper in blue
Jenny clip buckle block heel ankle boot in black

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

October Instagrams

So while I am a bit late to posting the October photos I have decided to post my instagram photos on my blog each month (a la Sprinkleofglitter and lots of other bloggers) as I realise many of you may not follow me on instagram, @katyferenczy if you were wondering, and some of you might be interested in what I get up to each month.

1) The last day of my bleach blonde hair with the blue dip dye. It was time for it to go as autumn rolled around.
2) A beautiful candy floss sunset on the South Downs from my uni bedroom.
3) A couple of the 19th birthday presents from my parents- pink champagne and the Lord of the Rings trilogy in hardback.
4) An attempt at an artsy shot while showing my friend Laura the wonders of Brighton.

1) My bedside table in my room (as seen in my Uni details post) ft Marc Jacobs daisy perfume.
2) A Pull and Bear dressing room selfie showing off my new hair colour and some clothes which I later bought.
3) A throwback to a outfit photoshoot I did with my sister on Poole Quay in the summer.
4) My new running trainers which I bought to use in the gym. I bought the pretty ones to motivate me to exercise more which has actually worked so far.
5) One of my favourite graffiti pieces in central Brighton (before you ask I have no idea what whalefest is).
6) A beautiful lunch with some school friends at Kitsch in Canterbury. The pumpkin spice hot smoothie was the best thing I had ever tasted. It was like hot cookie.
7) Another candy floss sunset but this time on the train home from Canterbury.
8) Some stunning calligraphy by one of my favourite artists Kimi Juan (google her).
9) Brighton Pavilion all lit up while I was queuing for the Brighton Dome to go to Amity Fest. I was significantly older than most of the crowd but I had fun anyway.

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser

Now I'm going to admit I'm generally very behind on skincare, especially as when I was in my younger teenage years I never got spots no matter what I did so I used to think I didn't need to worry about my skin too much. However since coming to uni in September I have amassed a rather sizeable collection of them due to late/sleepless nights, drinking, wearing more makeup than I used to and just generally being a lazy student so I finally decided it was time to invest in my skin.
My first port of call was to buy a new cleanser. I had been using the L'Oreal Skin Perfection Miracle Cleansing Oil and it did a wonderful job of taking my makeup off (I've never been one to submit my skin to the terrors of makeup wipes) I realised recently it contained mineral oil which is supposedly not very good for your skin. After hearing many bloggers rave about this product for several years I thought it would be a safe bet and so bought a starter kit with the two cloths.
I am so impressed with this product as after only about a month of using it my skin has clearer up a lot and it just leaves my skin feeling smoother and much more hydrated (the oil used to dry it out quite considerably). It goes on feeling rather like a clay mask which confused me at first but when removed with a hot, wet cloth it takes off all your makeup and any oil on your skin so it is perfect for morning and evening use.

Saturday, 8 November 2014

Bonfire Night

On Thursday the UK celebrated bonfire night (a night to commemorate our government not having been blown up hundreds of years ago) and I had been told that the Lewes bonfire night celebrations were a must see for anyone who lives in the Brighton/Hove area so I grabbed a few of my flatmates and hopped on a train (or rather queued for half an hour to get on a jam packed train) to the nearby town of Lewes. I was not disappointed by the evening.
Lewes is a small, historical town and apparently it is best known for it's crazy bonfire night celebrations. There were parades of fire, firecrackers and canons all evening and thousands of people lined the streets to see them. Once a parade group walked past with 500 firecrackers on a string and set them all off at once which was a slightly blinding/deafening experience but fun nonetheless.
After the parades there was a massive bonfire lit in a field and firework displays all across town. We actually got hot chocolate and gingerbread men from a stall in the street and climbed up the hill to the golf course as there you could watch all the displays at once without having to pay for them. We did sacrifice the warmth of the fire though and so by the time we left I couldn't feel my feet.

Monday, 3 November 2014

November Motivation

The last six weeks have been extremely hectic and life changing for me as I moved away from home for the first time to go to uni in a completely different city. My whole world kind of flipped upside down as I left all of my friends (many who scattered all across the country (and even world)), my comfy house I lived in since I was born and basically everything I have ever known. I was nervous as I don't really think I adapt well to new situations and I find making friends really hard so having to live in a 3 storey house with 11 other strangers was a struggle at first.
However six weeks on I feel like I'm finally comfortable and at home in my university life and Brighton is one of the most wonderful places. As I feel back to normal and this is the start of a new month I really think this is a new clean slate for me. One of the things I have been focusing on since I moved is really becoming more of the person I want to be - healthier, more awake, more productive, calmer, more independent etc.
I really think I have succeeded in changing a lot for the better but obviously I still have days where I slob around on my bed with pizza for 10 hours which is why I chose this quote as I'm striving for progress in each area, not perfection as I'm still human.

Friday, 31 October 2014

My makeup essentials

Being a chronically lazy university student means I frequently forgo most makeup, especially when I have those pesky 9am lectures that I barely manage to get up for, so often a dab of concealer to cover up my dark circles from too late a night and a lick of mascara will do. However, having read beauty blogs and watching beauty youtubers since 2009 has led me to a certain fascination with makeup. I possess far to much for one person to realistically use and every time I pass a shop I have to pick up the latest suggestion from the youtube elite.
If I do have time in the morning I like to experiment with makeup but I do have some essentials that combine to make a fail safe makup look.

L-R: real techniques powder brush, unknown angled contour brush, mac 217, unknown mac eyeshadow brush, ted baker eyebrow brush, maybelline gel liner brush, real techniques expert face brush.
These are my standard brushes at the moment (I have a lot more but these are the ones I'm currently using lots). I have to confess I use the same brush for my contouring and my blush but this brush works so well and I just have no idea where it from to get another one.

L-R: maybelline baby skin instant pore eraser primer, sleek blush (923 pomegranate), rimmel stay matte pressed powder (001 transparent) , bourjois chocolate bronzer, collection lasting perfection concealer (1 fair), rimmel wake me up foundation (100 ivory).
All my face products are looking rather worse for wear because apart from the blush and sometimes foundation these never change. I have been using the same powder make since I was thirteen and it works so well. It's even Tanya Burr approved.

L-R: maybelline the falsies mascara (waterproof), maybelline gel liner (01 black), clinique eyes to go palette (all about shadow).
 My eye routine tends to change much more than my face as flip between a lot of palettes and a couple of mascaras (my other favourites are Maybelline the rocket volume express and Benefit they're real). Having said that my eyeliner tends to stay the same. I love this gel liner as it doesn't dry up quickly in the pot like a few I have tried but it doesn't budge from your lids once you apply it and it sets.

Clinique eyes to go palette in all about shadow.

In this palette I tend to only use the first four colours as I find the purple really helps bring out my grey eyes and they work so well together. The palette looks a lot better in real life so if you have a Clinique counter near you I suggest going to look at it.

In terms of lip products I really couldn't pick a favourite so I will have to do a separate post on my favourite ones. However a couple of current loves includes Mac cream cup lipstick, Tanya Burr's lipgloss in let's travel the world and Rimmel Kate Moss 107.

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Uni details

Sorry for the lack of posts guys but I'm finding it extremely hard to find a photographer her at uni in Brighton (so if you know anyone that could help me out hit me up ha) but I think I may have finally found a solution to that. In the mean time I wanted to show you a few details from my university room as I'm really proud of how it turned out and it honestly may feel a bit more like home than my room at my house because I really worked on getting everything just how I wanted it.
In terms of all the pictures on the wall above my bed they are all disposable camera photos from the last year or so (bar a few of me when I was little) and you may recognise a few from my disposable photo posts.