inverness sunset, scotland sunset

Life Update – New Flat, Diet and Summer Work

As you can tell from the title there’s fun times to be had all round here.

Uni is officially finished and as relieved as I am about that (here’s hoping I passed everything) you know the old saying, when one door closes another door opens. Except in this case it’s less “get’s rejected for a job but then finds dream job” and more “last exam is over okay now time for a few months of unrewarding work because you need the money”… “oh and it’s also time to go on a diet”.

So today was my first day at my new temporary job and, to be fair, it was actually a lot better than expected. I worked a few jobs last summer that I absolutely hated: one involved standing beside the reception desk from 9-5 every day and not being allowed to sit down or even do anything like answer the phones and another involved straightening clothes on a rack for 9 hours a day in a cold tent. So getting to sit at a desk in a large atrium and answer a variety of queries (as mundane as it may sound) is actually a vast improvement!

I have also undertaken what is possibly my biggest shift in lifestyle EVER this past few weeks. I’ve gone from eating the worst I’ve ever eaten to probably almost the best. Instead of pizzas multiple times a week I’m not having salad for lunch every day and a low calorie dinner with a LOT more exercise in between. Here’s a small sample of my new menu, not exactly instagram worthy, but maybe wordpress worthy.

healthy snack, apricots

That, my friends, is a snack I had one evening. It’s brown toast with DIABETIC JAM (i’m not diabetic, just trying to cut out sugar) and 3 apricots. Sorry for picture quality this picture was taken in the evening with only my dull lamp as lighting.

I’m really curious about what everyone else is up to this summer? Perhaps it’s a bigger change for me than most because I’m living on the academic year rather than the calendar year at the moment, so summer is really my transition time. I’m not going to keep this diet up forever, but I do want to take elements of it with me when I move back to Glasgow in September.

Speaking of which my cousin and I have secured a new flat for next year! It’s SO much nicer than the one we’re in now (aka not infested with mice) and has a large kitchen which will allow us to cook more! Here are some pictures in a snazzy little slide show:

 

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Despite not having as many friends, bars and cafes around (and not to mention less free time) being back in Inverness does have some good points. It’s bloody lovely here and I think sometimes I forget that. There’s a lot to be said for being able to walk just about anywhere and have stunning scenery all around!

inverness sunset, scotland sunset

I know this post wasn’t about anything much but I just thought I’d write a little something to signify the start of the summer 🙂

What are your plans this summer?

Until next time,

J x

Spring Highlighters

Hey! Sorry I’ve taken a bit of a break from blogging just because I was finishing up with exams and then after that I’ve basically been sleeping and/or seeing my friends and actually having some fun! The weather has, surprisingly, been really quite nice up here the past few weeks though and it’s got me in the mood to wear my makeup a little differently. One of my absolute favourite makeup items is highlighter, so I thought I’d review a couple of the ones I own today.

The first real highlighter I ever bought was:

MAC Mineralize Skin Finish in Soft and Gentle £24.50 (Link here!)

I absolutely love this product because it has a natural, peachy, pearly shimmer and catches the light very nicely without being too intense (although is that really a thing?)

mac soft and gentle highlight

This is what it looks like on (apologies for the messy bed spread). Also, side note, it’s really hard to get highlight to show up in a picture without piling it on! This was the best one I could get but as you can see it gives you quite a nice glow 🙂

My most recent “purchase” (I ordered it and it never showed up so I got a refund and then it magically came through my door, don’t tell!) was:

Sleek Solstice Highlighting Palette £10.00 (Link here!).

This is my favourite of the moment, not only is it significantly cheaper than the Mineralize Skin Finish, you get four different shades! There are three powders and one cream highlight, so surely it’s all you could need? My favourite is the peachy shade in the bottom right of the palette. It has quite a high shine and I love the way it looks on!

Again it was difficult to get the highlight to show up in pictures but this was my best attempt. All of the shades in the palette has a similar level of shine. The cream was obviously more dewy and natural looking so would be great for a hot day.

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I swatched each other shades on my hand, the far left is the MAC and the rest are from the Sleek palette.

I also own Nars Albatross, however, for me personally it comes up a little yellow on my skin (probably because I’m so pale). So it’s not one of my favourites. All three are great products though and at the end of the day it comes down to personal preference. MAC has more of a natural shimmer, Sleek a little more intense and glitz.

I hope you enjoyed this, it was just a quick one because I’m not the best at beauty posts but I thought I may as well try as I do love makeup! Please comment below telling me about your favourite makeup products and highlighters 🙂

Until next time,

J x

A Mediocre Beach in Scotland

I’ve been pretty ill (again, I know) recently with an infection so I’ve been in bed a lot recently taking antibiotics every few hours, very glamorous. Anyway we had (relatively) good weather yesterday so I decided to get outside for a while and drove my brother to a nearby beach for a walk. I haven’t seen my brother properly since Christmas and now he’s a bit older he actually wants to spend time with me again (unlike when he was in the 14 year old practically in a relationship with his computer phase. If you read this Andrew, sorry), so I thought it’d be nice to go somewhere.

Scotland is, undeniably, a beautiful place. It has stunning mountains, lochs, valleys and forests. One thing we’re not really famous for, however, is our weather… or our beaches. But what’s the fun in walking ten minutes down the road to a pretty, secluded pond that we can see any day of the week. No, we were driving at least 20 minutes whether or not the destination was worth it!

So here you have it: Nairn beach.

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The tide was out unfortunately, probably would’ve looked slightly less unimpressive if the tide had been in.

Until next time,

J x