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31 Dec 2013

Goodbye 2013 - Hello 2014!

This is going to be a slightly different post for me. I'm aware of the fact that my followers probably don't know all that much about me, so I thought since I had a free afternoon, I would write a chit chat sort of post. I  wanted to round up 2013 in my little world and get ready to welcome in 2014 
A lot has happened this year and although there hasn't been anything major (apart from going to uni of course!) I feel like my life has changed a lot. Obviously I haven't seen my friends and family as much over the past few months and that's been a really weird change as I'm used to being at the most 10 minutes away from the people I love! I passed the 3 year mark with my boyfriend that just confirmed the seriousness of our relationship and suddenly it felt so real. Up until that point in August I did see us being together forever (soppy alert!) but it still felt kinda new. We went on our first holiday together in June and yes it was only Center Parcs but it was lovely to go away together and that was another first for us.  Next year it will be 4 years and theres something about that that seems so so much longer than 3!! 
Turning 19 was weird for me, I was so used to being 18 and I felt like it was a really fun age, plus I had really bad tonsillitis for my 19th birthday and ended up going to bed at about half 10 while all my friends carried on the party downstairs. Hopefully this years birthday will be a little more exciting for me!
As far as aims go for 2014 It's pretty simple. I want to become a much more successful blogger because I love it. I couldn't care how many followers or readers I have and although it's even so lovely to chat to some of you and I love reading your comments and replying! It's definitely the highlight of my day when I get to read through your lovely comments. Not only does it help me improve my blog and tailor what I'm writing to what you guys love but I also really like responding to your comments and checking out your blogs too! I like to get to know the people who are reading my posts! I would love to continue my Leesha Loves series and I'm hoping to fit in another series when I get back to uni. 
I would absolutely love to know if theres anything at all that you would like to see differently or any requests you have for the coming months. I'm always up for ideas and tips! 
I would also like to include more beauty reviews on my blog as again It's something that I really enjoy doing and I buy enough beauty products to be able to write as many as I can!
I need to get fit for July and that really doesn't seem like long enough! My own personal problems tend to get in the way a lot and I've been anywhere between a size 6 and a size 16 over the years! Who knows I might find a happy medium in 2014 and finally be happy with my body! That would definitely be nice! 
Then theres the simple things. I want to wear more lipstick, I would like to watch films that are outside my usual Rom Coms, British Drama's and the odd Blockbuster. I want to go for more walks and get more sleep. I want to grow my hair and always have my nails painted. 
I do want to start some sort of Love My Body series but I guess I'm half afraid of failing and then the whole series being ruined so I'm gonna have to have a think about that one. What do you guys think?
I have a lot of posts already planned for January so keep your eyes peeled and keep in touch! I will never stop loving receiving comments and emails from you guys. It blows my mind how anyone can care about what I write so I absolutely love talking to you all!

What are you looking forward to in 2014?




30 Dec 2013

Review: Nutribullet

The Nutribullet is one of those things that you see on teleshopping at 3am when you've woken up to the TV still on. I'm never usually drawn to them but this time I actually watched the whole thing!
I'd been wanting a smoothie maker of some sort for ages but could never find one that was easy and quick enough to clean. There was always a little tap or an awkward blade somewhere that needed cleaning. 

The nutribullet has one blade that needs to be cleaned and the cup that you make the 'Nutriblast' in and that's all! I really like the fact that it takes me a minute to have everything ready to use again.

As is true of every year, I need to get healthy. More so now that my parents have booked a holiday and my 'bikini bod' isn't anywhere near fit for a bikini. With little to no time to go to the gym (if I actually do all my uni work!) I figured I would have to do little bits of exercise here and there and really give my body a boot up the backside. The Nutribullet comes with a handy book with loads of recipe's for 'Nutriblasts' which contain 50% greens such as spinach or kale and then fruit with a 'boost' of nuts, seeds or dried berries. There are recipe's for different things such as 'Immune Booster' which as the title suggests, boosts your immune system. 

The Nutribullet doesn't actively claim that it will be the key to losing weight. You can't eat as you do at the moment, make some smoothies and expect to be 3 stone lighter by the following week. However, combined with a healthier diet and exercise The 'Nutriblasts' can be a good counterpart and can even be used to cleanse/detox.

In my Nutriblast I used:

A handful of spinach
1 Orange
1 cup Mango
A few Almonds
Some Goji berries
Some Hemp seed

After adding water up to the MAX line I blended it for about a minute

Just a bad quality phone pic sorry!!

It didn't look overly appetising but it did smell really good and ended up tasting really good too! If I were to recreate the same recipe I would probably use less almonds but then I'm not a fan of almonds anyway!

 I'm not sure 100% how I'm going to do this whole 'bikini bod' thing, especially when I'm at uni but I'm hoping that I can write out a plan over the next few weeks that I will share with you. I might even look at making a little series out of it so watch this space!

Anyone here got a cool Smoothie Maker/Nutribullet?

Feel free to leave me hints/tips! I need them!!!




28 Dec 2013

2013 In Pictures!

I thought I'd write a quick post with 12 memories of 2013! They're all from Instagram so since I don't instagram everything, not all of these are my 'best' memories, just some of my favourites!

1. SNOW SNOW SNOW!! Last January I woke up to this view out of my bedroom window! It finally stopped snowing in April and I never got bored of it!

2.  I bought my tortoise Eliot early February and I love him to bits! He's such a cool pet and I really miss him when I'm at uni!

3. My baby cousin Ava was born! She's such a character and I can't believe how much she's grown up over the year! 

4. My lovely boyfriend bought me a matching Pandora ring and charm for my 19th birthday. I love the colour of them and haven't taken them off since!

5. Me and my boyfriend had a lovely day out near where we live, playing mini golf and walking down the beach with an ice cream!

6. This is the most memorable lunch I have ever had! It was so yummy!!

7. The amazing pancakes I had at the pancake house when myself, my boyfriend and our 2 friends went to Center Parcs over the summer! 

8. Finding out that I had a place at Edge Hill University was definitely memorable! Especially since I hadn't slept the night before!!

9. Trying to organise my makeup took a lot longer than I thought! Was sat staring at this for quite some time!

10. I got glasses and met up with friends to say goodbye before I started uni!

11. I rediscovered my love for drawing during a boring saturday at uni

12. I met some absolutely amazing people at uni that I hope I will always stay in touch with. We've had some great nights since september!

What are your best memories of 2013? Drop me a comment and let me know!




27 Dec 2013

Review - L'Oreal Skin Perfection Micellar Solution

I stumbled across this when my usual Garnier make-up remover was out of stock in my local boots and was intrigued. I immediately thought of Bioderma and just had to see if it was up to the job. 
It claims to cleanse and tone while removing all make-up traces. I have to admit I was a little put off by this as I like to remove my makeup, cleanse using a hot cloth cleanser and then tone and moisturise so I felt like this was skipping the cleansing part as I like to feel like I am actually washing my face.

Nevertheless that night I tried it out and I was pleasantly surprised. My eye makeup did come off fairly easily, it took a few cotton pads but I'm putting that down to the copious amounts of mascara I have to wear to make my lashes even visible! I felt like it really did clean my face and left it feeling smooth without any sticky residue. It uses teeny tiny droplets of oil distributed within soft water so there is no oily feel to the product and I don't feel like a slimy mess after using it which is definitely nice!

It claims to unclog pores and although my face did feel clean I was still a little lost without my hot cloth cleanser. I think with a bit of reworking I can probably fit my usual cleanser into my routine alongside the Micellar solution because I am really pleased with how it removed my make-up.

The next morning I didn't notice any breakouts or redness so I'm assuming all is well on that front. I've read that it can breakout some people with very sensitive skin which is a shame because it does claim to be friendly towards sensitive skin. My skin isn't too sensitive but I do try to use sensitive products just in case. 

Overall, although for me it will take some getting used to as I am a woman of routine, I do think that it's a high quality product and ticks all the boxes for a make-up remover. I am still skeptical about the cleanse and tone as it will be a tough change for me but I do feel like it will be a great alternative for those nights when you just can't be bothered with your whole routine.

You can find it here!

Let me know what you thought if you tried this out!




What I got for Christmas 2013 - My Top 10!

Once again Christmas with my family was absolutely amazing! I had such a great day and I hope every single one of you did too. I was so lucky this year and I appreciate every single thing that I received!
Here's 8 of my top 10 favourites!

 I'm not going to make this too long as my aim is to get some in depth reviews done over the next couple of weeks so I don't want to go into too much detail this is just a quick post to let you all know what I got and see what you guys got too!

1. Ghost Perfume
2. YSL Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick - 14 - Rouge Feu
3. Doc Martens - Serena
4. Ted Baker make up set - Eyes
5. Magic Bullet - Nutribullet
6. Benefit It's a Love Fest gift set
7. Maroon Converse - Lo
8. James Brown Photo Fabulous Volume Haircare
9. Pandora Charms
10. Slippers

I am going to review the majority of my top 10 gifts over the next couple of weeks so I don't want to go into any detail now, plus I'm still super busy trying to see all my boyfriends family while they're up north! 

Sorry that this is such a short post, feel free to ask me any questions and I would love to know what you got too!!

Hope you all had an amazing Christmas 




24 Dec 2013

Merry Christmas Everyone!!

I thought I would drop in with a quick post to wish every single one of my followers and of course anyone else who may be reading this a very Merry Christmas! I hope you all have an amazing day with family or friends. 
I won't be posting tomorrow unless I catch some spare time at some point but I will be taking lots and lots of photos! I will be posting my Christmas Haul on Boxing day and then in the days leading up to New Year I have lots of exciting posts planned so keep your eyes peeled!

Sorry It's just a short one! I'm busy busy busy today. Left too much last minute typically!





23 Dec 2013

Leesha Loves #1

I was undecided as to when this little series was gonna start to be honest but I figured (somehow?) that now was the right time! 
My little aim is to write a weekly post letting you know 5 things that I've loved about that week. Since I post daily (unless I fancy a day off!) I thought a once a week thing would be cool.

(I might as well just write everything in brackets at this point!)

There isn't going to be a set theme, it's simply going to be things, people, anything that I have LOVED that week and after christmas I will be using my own photo's! You have that in writing!!

This is a given to be honest, especially at this time of year but even more so now I'm at uni. I really appreciate every second that I have with them while I'm at home and it's so nice to have everyone together. I do miss my family members who live away at Christmas but we keep in touch and share photos etc so it's all good!

Garnier Moisture Match
If I'm completely honest, I wasn't expecting amazing things from this moisturiser but I was very pleasantly surprised!
The cold weather completely dries out my otherwise fairly normal skin and this has been a lifesaver! 
I use the pink one for dry skin but there are 4 other types for different things so you should definitely check it out!

I'm probably the only person that LOVES being cold! I absolutely love snuggling up with a duvet or a blanket or going for walks with my hat,gloves and scarf on. I do like the hot summer weather and trust me I cannot wait to go on holiday in July but I'm also enjoying the cold (for now anyway!) and I'm loving being able to wear my onesie in comfort instead of being too hot!

I have completely rekindled my love with Bed Head conditioners and have started using the Styleshots Epic Volume Conditioner again. I have the huge one with the pump and it smells absolutely amazing! I walk out of the shower smelling like strawberries and my hair is so so soft!
I just LOVE it!

I am so happy to be home from uni just so I can sleep!! I think the earliest I've got to sleep this term is 2:30 am. Either my flatmates are up having a good time and I feel like I need to go out and see what they are doing or I just lay there not being able to drift off. It's so annoying when you're up at 8 for a 9am lecture but it seems like such a good idea at the time! I'm finally falling asleep at a normal hour and loving it!

I'd LOVE to know what you've been loving this week!! Drop me a comment below and let me know what you're in LOVE with!




22 Dec 2013

My Camera + Photography

One thing I really need to do after Christmas (other than lose half my body weight) is to start taking more photo's for my blog and to get out with my camera more!
Since starting uni I've hardly been out with my camera and I really miss it!

I own a Canon EOS 550D which looks like this:

It has an 18MP sensor and I paid £500 for it last year but i think you can get it for around £450 in most places now.

I am going to aim in the new year to take all the photos for my blog myself. It may mean that I don't quite get a post up daily because I like all my posts to have images with them and I can see it being difficult to take photos daily and manage to get all my uni work done! I will try my hardest though cause I do love daily blogging! 

I mainly shoot landscapes but also do some portraiture. I think photography is a great way to express yourself artistically whilst getting outside and seeing some amazing places! I loved getting out this summer with my camera and here are a few shots that I took over this summer

Anyone here interested in photography? I'd love to see your work! Drop me a link below and I'll definitely check it out.




21 Dec 2013

My Christmas Wishlist 2013

I just can't shake this christmassy feeling this year and I'm loving it!! Doing the Christmas tag yesterday inspired me to blog about my Christmas wishlist! Here's my top 10 picks for this year right down from 10 to my number 1 wish!!. If anyone is in touch with Santa, send him here ;) thanks!

10. MAC - Ruby Woo
I have been lusting after this for the longest time and I somehow always end up buying a different shade! At least if Santa brings it then I can't say no!!

9.  Pandora Charm
My boyfriend bought me my Pandora bracelet for my 18th birthday along with 3 charms and since then i have received one each year from my parents. I don't have any dangly (is that even a word?!) charms and I would LOVE one for Christmas this year!

8. Fluffy Slippers!
One of my favourite things to do at Christmas is curl up and watch a film with my duvet and SLIPPERS!!! The pair I'm using at the moment are looking a bit tired now so i would LOVE some new ones to snuggle up in on boxing day!
7. Doc Martens - Serena
I have absolutely fallen in LOVE with these!!! I can't say much more about the matter to be honest. How warm will these be?! I'm gonna throw this out there and be totally controversial but I really don't like wearing UGG's. They look great on some people but with my legs not exactly matchstick width they just don't look right so these are a perfect alternative. My black leather docs are my staple shoe choice and I would LOVE these!!

6. Jewel Candle
I'm already a massive fan of scented candles and i especially love the christmas scents so when I watched Mammaful zo's video reviewing these I fell in LOVE I really like the idea of giving someone a gift that's more than a candle and not knowing yourself what's really in it. I'm definitely going to be buying these for my friends birthdays now I know about them but I would love to try out the scents for myself this Christmas!

5. Perfume - Ghost Sweetheart
This is my favourite scent of all time and the price really suits my student budget! This was my first Christmas present from my boyfriend along with a necklace so not only does it smell amazing but it also reminds me of him. It's really nice as a daytime perfume and I've just used the last drop so hopefully Santa brings me some more this year!

4. Marc Jacobs watch
Ok so this is a little out of Santa's price range but I really can't stop looking at it! I was torn between the silver and crystal one and this one but I've fallen in LOVE with this one! Shame there's a budget!I think I'm gonna have to save up and treat myself next year!

3. Nutribullet
Being a student I find it really difficult to keep veggies fresh and use them all without wasting money. This usually means that I end up eating microwave rubbish or just salad for a healthy meal. I tried a juicer and a smoothie maker but nothing would get rid of the horrible pulp stuff and seeds. I really want the nutribullet as it completely pulverizes the fruit/veg instead of just blending it. I would LOVE to be able to throw all my veggies in and make a juice to take to my lectures!

2.The Great Gatsby 3D
This film was the highlight of my year to be perfectly honest. I read the book in college and loved it and the film was even better. Since we have a 3D TV I really want to watch it in 3D whenever I feel like a film afternoon/night! Definitely a close call for the top spot on my list!

1. Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette!!!!!!
You didn't think I was gonna leave this out did you?!?! I read the announcement for this during an Advertising lecture and very nearly ran to the train station to go to Liverpool and buy it! My student budget didn't quite agree with my reaction and so i just popped it on my christmas list instead!! I LOVE the colors and I'm obsessed with reviews and tutorials! This is gonna be another cheeky purchase if Santa doesn't leave it under the tree this year!!

What's on your Christmas list this year? Drop me a comment below I'd LOVE to know!!




20 Dec 2013

The Christmas Tag

Merry Christmas Everyone!!

I've had such a long day Christmas Shopping and watching movies with my boyfriend so I figured I would have some fun doing this instead of a huge post. I'd love to see you're answers so link your blogs below!!!!

1. What is your favourite Christmas song?

This is a difficult one!!I would have to say Fairytale Of New York by The Pogues simply because i have so many memories of my mum and dad singing it when i was little.

2. Which is your favourite festive drink?

Oooooo in alcohol terms it would have to be Southern Comfort....I know its not a christmas drink per se but i mainly drink it at christmas. Non alcoholic would be simply hot chocolate. I never really drink that until christmas time but i love snuggling up watching a film with a nice Hot Chocolate! With marshmallows of course!

3. Do you have a favourite Christmas film?

Oh there are so many!! Elf is a definite. Christmas doesn't start till i've watched elf! Home Alone is definitely my favourite for just sitting and watching with my family and i always seem to watch Mary Poppins too!

4. What is at the top of your Christmas wish-list this year?

I have so many things on my list to Santa! I need the Naked 3 palette so badly! Erm...Marc Jacobs watch, Kate Spade purse, Pandora charms..we'll see how all that comes along in my Christmas Haul haha...I should be so lucky!!

5. What is your favourite festive makeup or nail art look?

I absolutely love glitter top coats for my nails and a deep red/purple lip. I also really love more metallic eyeshadows and if i'm heading out then a nice bit of glitter!!

6. What is your favourite outfit at Christmas time? (LBD? Christmas jumper? PJ's?)

Christmas for me is definitely time to be cosy and comfy! I love fluffy PJ's and big chunky knit jumpers! I don't actually own a Christmas Jumper (I know!!!) but i'm gonna have to invest in one! I love wearing sparkly dresses if i go out and dressing up a little bit on christmas day too!!

7. Would you rather play out in the snow or enjoy it from inside with the fire and a cuppa?

I love a bit of both to be honest. I'm the first to grab the sledges if it's snowing but after a long day i love curling up on the sofa with a hot drink, my boyfriend and my duvet! Bliss!

8. Wrapping presents - love or loathe? 

I can't lie..I LOVE wrapping! I wrap everything for my parents too. (apart from my presents of course!) I love wrapping everything in cute ribbons and bows It takes me ages but i just sit in front of the TV for hours!

9. What is your favourite Christmassy food? 

Mince Pies. I absolutely love Mince Pies. It's that simple.

10. What is your favourite thing about Christmas? 

Family time. My parents work really long hours and with my boyfriend and myself both being at uni i don't get to see his family much normally either so Christmas for me is all about spending loads of time with family and getting into the Christmas spirit. It's the most wonderful time of the year!

I tag you all!!!




18 Dec 2013

My Uni Life

I wanted this post to be all about Uni. Where I'm studying, What I'm Studying and Why! 
I feel like when i was waiting patiently (more like impatiently!) for my results i was just spamming websites with any information on the uni that i wanted to go to. They were all helpful don't get me wrong but there wasn't a blog. I wanted a blogger to have written all about Edge Hill and why they went there. Cute photos of their room, photos of the campus, information about the nightlife etc...

I know that the chances of someone who is starting Edge Hill in September and are looking for exactly what i was last year are pretty slim but if you're that person, then i'm thinking that you're probably in the right place.

The Room

My room is in the newer blocks situated on campus (I'm not gonna say where exactly for safety reasons) and its probably one of the nicest uni accommodation blocks that I've seen and trust me i went to plenty of open days!

Excuse the Image Quality!!
One of the many things that I love about my room is the fact that it is so bright! Even on a dull wintery day, my room never looks dark and gloomy which i love. Helps motivate you to do work!!

The Campus

I absolutely LOVE the campus! I am from the countryside and the second that i walked on to the campus i felt at home. It's really helped me settle in and feel less homesick and the scenery is beautiful from little streams to duck ponds and quaint little bridges. There is a modern feel to the buildings on campus and it looks really fresh.

The Degree

This part is fairly simple...

   BSc (Hons) Marketing with Advertising

I can do a whole post on this sometime if you like, just feel like it would need a dedicated post!

The Social Life

Ok, so I am an honest woman and i feel like it would be dishonest to tell you that Ormskirk will be the best night out of your entire life. It will however be memorable. Ormskirk isn't a city centre but still has a fairly good nightlife with a range of both pubs and clubs. Its not too expensive and taxi's are £3 or a walk is easy enough so can't complain there! A train to liverpool takes 30 minutes and under a fiver though and that on the other hand will be an amazing night! Yes the drinks are more expensive if you don't go on a student night but its more than worth it!

Me squeezed in between 2 of my flatmates - Envi, Liverpool

I feel like i could put so much more information into this post but i doubt anyone could cope with the length! 
If anyone has any questions, feel free to post below and I'll get back to you ASAP!!

If you're applying to uni at the moment or waiting for offers then good luck!! 

Keep Working Hard



Lets Be Friends!!

One of the things that appealed to me about blogging was meeting people through social media. I love taking inspiration from other people and I'm sure I'm not the only one that loves to nosy around instagram.
Pop on over to my instagram via the little button on the right and give me a follow or comment below with your username.

I'll be posting daily with updates and will be running a giveaway over there soon too so keep your eyes peeled!

I need more people on my feed so i need your help!


Love Leesha


Catch up Part 1

Well after 7 long months i finally feel ready to start blogging again! What with A Levels, Uni offers and my first semester at uni now out of the way i can focus on what i enjoy!
I figured i would start off with a  few nice catch up posts to let you all know what I've been getting on with since my student budget after freshers week didn't leave me with much spare to spend on myself.

I am going to split this into 3 posts so I don't bore you all so keep on the lookout for the next 2!

In August this year i found out that i had received a place at Edge Hill University which was my first choice!!!
I couldn't be happier with my choice of uni and my first semester has been incredible. I've met some amazing people and my course (Marketing with Advertising) Is also really great.

I absolutely love my room at uni. Sometimes even more than i love my room at home! Its a lovely new fresh room and i've dressed it up with some of my favourite things like this beautiful 'LOVE' light from Primark. It was only £7 and it looks lovely and makes my room look really cosy. 

There's so much more to show you all and a few cheeky purchases to review along the way. I'm now going to fit my blog into my daily routine so i'll never miss a post again!

If any of you are at uni, which uni are you at and whats the best thing about it?

Love Leesha