Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Lets get organised!

Hello there fellow humans! 

Okay, you're gonna have to bear with me on this one, because the next few sentences I'm about to write sound absurd, even to me. But here goes, on the next line is a revelation I have realised in the last fortnight, that has changed my life.

I love tidying. 

Well maybe a slight exaggeration when I say "my life" but it has definitely made a massive change to my state of mind, anxiety levels, and happiness the past few weeks. And no, I'm not talking about going on a quest for the nearest disheveled pile of junk and organising that - I mean going through every aspect of my life and, tidying it up a little.

Still confused? Let me try and explain.

This time two weeks ago I was a mess. Literally. My bedroom was a junkyard of once worn indistinguishable black clothes - such a problem that you couldn't actually see the floor anymore. My wardrobe was not fulfilling its desired purpose of holding these garments, but instead was home to a huuuuge pile of discarded homeworks and folder paper which now rested in a giant lump I was too afraid to even open the wardrobe to look at. 

My college bag wasn't much better; the already heavy satchel was threatening to burst with books, scripts, pieces of unwanted paper, loose change, crumbs, and yet somehow not even one black pen. The same general descriptions could also be given for my desk, my makeup bag, my documents on my computer, my locker - you get the drift. This mess was actually causing me anxiety, I would feel uneasy and drained whenever I fought my way into my own bedroom, or when I grappled with my bag to find one book, and that was certainly not what I needed coming up to exam season! 

I eventually realised that enough was enough and I needed to stop being ridiculous. I was making myself feel worse by doing nothing and so I decided to make a change. I started with something small - organising my folders on my computer, creating a clear system where I could see where everything went. This simple task immediately made me feel a little bit more clearheaded, and I decided to take it a step further. I took a trip to ASDA (other supermarkets are available) and bought a ton of folders, booklets, wallets, dividers, stationary and other general organisey items. I then pulled everything out of my bag and arranged what I needed into three subject folders, throwing everything else away. The relief was addictive. I carried on, each task a little harder than the one before until I got to the biggest mess of all - my bedroom. 

So one Saturday morning, I decided to take a stand. I put on my comfiest, laziest clothes, plugged in my headphones, and began to tidy.

4 hours, 8 bin bags, a bottle of disinfectant, and a whole lot of blood, sweat and tears later my room was spotless, and it was the best feeling I've had in a long time. Even within the tidying, I had managed to change the layout of my bedroom to one that was more open and spacious, and now when I come into my room I can actually relax and enjoy myself, work at my desk, or spend 11 hours on my computer. 

The moral of the story? If there's a mess or a clutter in your life at the moment, tidy it. You may feel rubbish or demotivated or unproductive, and while I can't guarantee that it will make you feel amazing, it will clear your head and take away some of your stress, and practically will make your life just a little bit easier - and isn't that what everyone needs? 

The next time you feel stressed or anxious or demotivated - try organising something, or maybe just give your room a little change up, it might be just what you need. 

If you have any tips on getting organised, or a particular routine that makes you feel less stressed? Let me know in the comments, and until next time...

Lots of love, 

Evelyn x

Sunday, 13 March 2016

Getting back into the swing of things!

Hello everybody!

You may be wondering "who the heck is evelyntalks" and you would be right to do so! Its.... been a while. I'm not going to give any excuses for why I haven't been posting anything, because I don't actually have any- instead I'm just going to get right back into it! I was looking through some old files on my computer yesterday, and I realised just how happy writing these posts and interacting with you guys and your blogs made me, so without further ado I would like to formally introduce you to:

EvelynTalks 2.0!

That was nowhere near as exciting as I had hoped it would be. Anyway, as this is a 'new year new blog' (she says three months into 2016) I feel like a reintroduction is in order!

Hello. I am Eve, but you can call me Evelyn.

(This is my face.)

I am a college student, studying Drama, English Language and Psychology, and in September I hope to go to Leeds University to study Theatre and Performance (fingers crossed I get AAA!), as I like drama and acting and theatre and performance and all that jazz quite a lot. I also love singing, writing, watching Netflix waaaay too much for someone with assignments due, and makeup! 
I feel a bit like I'm writing a CV, but ah well I'm carrying on. 

This blog is where I'm going to share with you my favourite things, topics I'm interested in, writing I would like to share, and generally anything I want to ramble about! 

I very much intend to keep it up this time, as I have found writing to be incredibly therapeutic recently with all the stress of exams, and performances, and friends and all that other teenage girl malarkey, and I am going to use this little old blog to have some 'me time' and write something, and hopefully in the meantime, create some interesting posts and make some friends! So please, comment down below just saying "hi!"and lets have a chat, or link me to your blog if you have a post you're proud of, (and while you're at you could maybe follow me if you like what you see) as I really want to start a conversation with the stuff I write and meet some other bloggers who have similar interests! 

Well, I think that's it for now, if you liked this rambley introduction-ey post please do let me know - I will be back very soon with another post!

Lots of love, 

Friday, 6 March 2015

February Favourites!

Hello everybody! 

Today I have decided to start doing monthly favourites, and as it is the beginning of March, these are my favourite beauty, fashion, and just general items from February!

The Tomorrow People S1

I'm a little late to the party with this one, but I am obsessed with this show. The Tomorrow People is about an evolved version of mankind who have amazing powers, but who are being hunted by an organisation called Ultra, who want them "neutralised". Unfortunately it was cancelled after season one, but that doesn't stop me from rewatching the entire series over and over again on Netflix! The acting is brilliant, the idea itself is fantastical and Luke Mitchell (who plays John Young, the rebel leader of the Tomorrow People) is beautiful. Enough said.

Real Techniques Expert Face Brush

This is an essential for my makeup bag, and can give flawless coverage in just a few minutes. It has really soft fibres, and isn't too hard on the bank account either - £9.99 from Boots, which is very reasonable for such a quality brush! I also just love the design - I mean look at it, it's gorgeous! 

Schwarzkopf Live Colour XXL in "Mystic Violet" 

As you may have seen from some of my previous pictures, I recently dyed my hair purple, and this was the colour I used. I loved this because it took really well to my hair, giving me a vibrant bright purple colour from root to end, and giving my hair an extra shine. You can get this brand of hairdye from nearly any drugstore and as it is permanent, you get long lasting bright colour, in whatever shade you choose.

Lush's "Dream Cream" - £11.95 for 240g

This moisturising hand and body lotion has been a must have for me recently as I have had very dry skin, and a little bit of this goes a long way! I love the scent of it, (it contains oat milk, rose water and camomile oil) although my friends have split opinions on it (they think it smells like sun cream) but I think it's really clean and fresh, and I have used it religiously in the past month. 

Gosh Velvet Touch Primer

I was given this primer a couple weeks ago by my Stepmum and I wasn't expecting much, but I thought I'd give it a try. I was pleasantly surprised! The primer is a cream and so is very moisturising as well, and went on a lot smoother than my regular Bare Minerals primer, and my foundation stayed all day! I've unfortunately used this all up now, but I will definitely be repurchasing this!

Rimmel's Kate Moss Lasting Finish Lipstick in 107

I LOVE this lipstick. A pink-toned red, this colour really works well with my skin tone, and it is very moisturising, also staying consistently on my lips for several hours. An added benefit however is its scent. It has a really sweet smell of berries which I love, and I'll probably need to buy another tube soon!

So, those are my favourites from this month, let me know if you have or love any of these things or tell me what your favourites were this month! 

Lots of love, Evelyn x

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Benefit Brows, Lashes and Lips!

Hello everyone!

It's been a while hasn't it? I haven't really blogged recently as I haven't been in the right headspace, nor have I had any good post ideas. But here I am - With some of my favourite Benefit beauty products!

I'll start with brows - as these are one of the staple parts of my makeup look. An oldie but a goodie, Browzings by benefit is by far the best product I have ever used. The powder (for me it's "medium") is amazingly pigmented, and the tinted wax you apply before that, keeps the shape and colour on all day with not a hair out of place! This product is rather pricey, at £24.50, but I've been using it for three months and there's barely a dint, so this kit goes a long way! 

The next wonder product is BADgal waterproof mascara, priced at £17.50 which again is a bit steep, but I have honestly never used a mascara this good! My lashes are long but thin, and a few sweeps of this and they stand out from a mile away! BADgal has a large fuzzy applicator, which ensures fanned out large eyelashes, and it rarely ever clumps. Basically, I cannot rave about this product enough, even without the added bonus of it being waterproof!

The final product which I cannot go a day without, is the Bene-balm, a red tinted moisturising lip balm. I love this because of how hydrating it is on the lips, so whenever my lips are feeling dry or chapped I can just put a bit of this on and they're instantly refreshed! The colour is what sets this apart from other lip balms though, it's a gorgeous vibrant red, but the balm can also come in the two pink shades and one coral shade. As it is a lip tint, it is not solid colour, but a faint tint that adds colour but not overwhelmingly so, making it an everyday item. 

Although I love these products, let me know if you find any drugstore versions as these do cost a pretty penny, or let's know in the comments what your favourite makeup items are!

Lots of love, Evelyn x

Monday, 26 January 2015

My new Holy Grail lip product!

Hello there lovelies, it has been a long time since my last post hasn't it? 

To make up for the gap I bring to you a review of my new all time favourite lip product, the stila "stay all day liquid lipstick". I had been itching to try this after hearing so many good things about liquid lipsticks, and as I am a fan of a matte lip, and my lipstick ALWAYS seems to wear off instantly - this seemed like the perfect product for me. It is advertised as giving moisture to the lips without bleeding or smudging, so I was excited to see if stila would deliver, as their stay l day eyeliner is one of my favourites for staying power.

The shade I have it in is 05 - "bellissima" which as you can see from the swatch above, is a gorgeous dusky pink colour. It comes out quite generously on the applicator and is quite thick, so you don't need to build up a lot of product like with some lip stains or glosses. 

So, what was the product actually like? Well, it took a little while to dry after I put it on but that was to be expected, but after that it was going nowhere! The first picture was after I first applied the lipstick, and my lips didn't feel dry or stretched, and there were no creases in the colour when I smiled. The second picture was on my way home, after having food, drinks, and lots of nervous lip biting throughout the day - the colour still as thick and lovely as when I first applied it, with no need to put on more product!

This lipstick has now become a vital part of my makeup bag, and I am definitely going to purchase it in more colours as for £15.00 this will go a long way! A brilliant buy if you are looking for a new lipstick that can stand the wear and tear of everyday. 

That is all for this review, let me know in the comments if there are any products you would like me to review and I will see you all soon, now I am getting back into regular blogging! 

Lots of love, Evelyn x

Thursday, 8 January 2015

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime

Hello lovely people!

Just now I am on the coach back from the theatre production of the Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime at the Lowry, and to put it lightly - I am emotionally overwhelmed. 

I first read this book a few years ago and it is still one of my favourite books, so to be told I was going to be able to watch it and write my final Evaluation piece for my drama course was a dream come true! For those who don't know, The Curious Incident is about an adolescent boy named Christopher who has Asperger's syndrome, and aims to solve the mystery of a neighbours dog killed with a garden fork in the middle of the night. 

One of the reasons I love the book is because it flips on it's head the pre conceived idea of people with autism as unintelligent and in need of constant help, as Christopher is intelligent, and becomes more independent throughout. The play was also raising money to help charities aiming toward people with autism in Salford.

The play was INCREDIBLE. At times a sensory overload, it gave an insight into what the mind of a person on the autism spectrum feels like, and the set (walls and floor of chalkboard graph paper embedded with LED's) was intense and scary at times, but the conclusion of the piece (and many other moments) left me in tears. This play is only on for three more days in the Lowry and I'm not sure where else it is playing, but if you have read the book (which I advise doing) or just want to see a stellar piece of theatre, and you have the opportunity - GO AND SEE IT, it will change your outlook on the world.

My only disappointment was that because I was writing a piece of work on this play I had to make notes throughout it, meaning I could not sit back and enjoy it as much as I wanted to. Regardless of this, I loved every minute of it and would definitely go again!

Have you seen any plays live, for school or just your own enjoyment? Let me know and I'll see you all on Friday! 

Lots of Love, Evelyn x

Monday, 5 January 2015

My New Year's Eve!

Hello Guys! Today I thought I'd share with you what I did on New Years Eve, as I normally don't do anything on this night - but this year, I had a really good time.

(I apologise for the bad quality of pictures, you know how selfies are)

So on Thursday afternoon, me and my two bestest pallies all curled up on the sofa and had a night in to celebrate the end of 2014. We had planned to go out, but when it came down to it none of us were really up to it so opted to stay in and have a girly night in instead. 

The night consisted of Pizza, Netflix and at one point a really creepy doll makeover, and I'm so glad I got to spend this night with my gals, because I'm not the biggest fan of going out partying - and being able to have fun with just them meant the world to me.

One of the best things about having a night in with your chummies is that how you look isn't a problem. My makeup was done at first amd eventually it just started to rub off -but I didn't care! By the end of the night I had jammies on and a bun in and I still had a great time.

Eventually when the countdown came on we all cheered in the year together making our New Years resolutions and plans for the next year. Even if we weren't at some mad party we didn't have a problem because we were all having a laugh together!

How did you spend your New Years Eve? Did you go out partying or stay in with friends? Let me know down below and I'll see you soon!

Lots of love, Evelyn x