Bold and daring makeup look: Shop with me!

As you can probably tell from the pictures (or lack thereof) of me, I am not one for photoshoots or bold makeup looks. In fact, this is the second time in my whole life that I’ve ever had a contoured face! Because I’m super happy with how the pictures turned out, I thought I’d share with you this bold makeup look in a “shop with me” way. Hope you enjoy a different type of post!

The Frugal Frenchie

Bold and daring makeup look: Shop with me!

All the following products are vegan and cruelty-free (which is so important to me) so let’s get into my transformation!

Preparation

I used my detox clay mask to get rid of any dry skin or blackheads that could ruin the texture of my makeup. There’s nothing worse than putting makeup on and then it being ruined by such an avoidable thing!

Bold and daring makeup look: Shop with me!

Bold and daring makeup look: Shop with me!

Bold and daring makeup look: Shop with me!

Face

After primer, the Arbonne foundation in the shade “Porcelain” was used, followed by one of my favourite products, the setting pretty powder. The foundation has got a vaccum pump, so there is no product wasted! I think that’s just so economically and environmentally friendly that it was worth mentioning.  Oh oh and I didn’t even need any concealer because the foundation just had such good coverage!

That was just for the bare basics, but Emily then added some blush in the tone “Dusty rose,” which I thought made my normally unexistent cheekbones look nice and distinguished. The last touch was, of course, bronzer which really helped my face gain definition in front of the camera.

Bold and daring makeup look: Shop with me!

Bold and daring makeup look: Shop with me!

Bold and daring makeup look: Shop with me!

Eyes and brows

For me, this was probably the most exciting part. As somebody who has hay fever, I avoid mascara during the summer and in winter… well I don’t have that excuse, I just don’t know what to do! I used to love doing eyeshadow in the past, but it was the kids’ glittery, neon colour type of look so best move on by your twenties!

I absolutely loved what Emily did for my eyes. She thankfully knows her stuff and combined several colours that I loved and suited me so well. For eyeshadow, the shades “Opal” was used on the majority of my lid, with the shades ““Sunstone,”” and “Canyon,” combined together in the corners. It gave a kind of night/desert feel and I love it!

I used Arbonne’s mascara too, which can I just say, is an amazing one, made my eyelashes super quick and I was actually putting minimal on as I hate it when my eyelashes feel clumpy or stuck! For my brows, we simply filled them in with a brown brow pencil (not sure which shade but it comes in light, medium and dark)!

Bold and daring makeup look: Shop with me!

Bold and daring makeup look: Shop with me!

Lips

For the first look, I’m wearing a hazel lipgloss and my lips are outlined by an MUA, shade caramel (I think) lip liner. In the second look, we actually combined several shades to match the jumper, but it was fun to create! You all seemed to love this shade on Instagram, although I had never seen myself in such a bright colour!

Bold and daring makeup look: Shop with me!

A massive thanks to Emily who did my makeup, if you’re in the Dorset area and need anyone for weddings or prom, then you need to check out her Instagram and send her an email!

Another big thanks to Amber who took the photos, she’s doing bargain priced photoshoots at the moment, also in the Dorset area. Here’s her page if you’d like to find out more!

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An update on my goals for 2018

With it now being the middle of the year, I thought it’d be a good time to give you an update on my goals for 2018. If you haven’t read the initial post, you can read it here, if not, I’ll get started; enjoy!

The Frugal Frenchie

In terms of the socialising aspect, I feel (for me) I’ve done pretty well! I’ve gone on two outings with my colleagues, I’ve met up with friends a few times – one of which I hadn’t seen in two years- and I met new people when I went for a photoshoot a few days ago. That’s compared to last year where the most socialising I did, was going downstairs and hanging out with my housemates for a few hours.

An update on my goals for 2018

This is a mid goal I’m going to give to myself though, take more pictures! Of all those outings, I only have one picture and I even went to a wedding yesterday and only took one of my boyfriend and I. I always think about pictures and want to take them, but I always feel awkward for asking… any tips for getting over that? I have barely any memories and regret it every time!

Concerning the blog, I feel like I have been making more of an effort. I still need to work on consistency, but I feel like my following has grown a decent amount. I’ve hosted two giveaways, written and received guest posts and I’m still working towards my first ever sponsored post.

I think the biggest difference towards blogging is my “mindset.” Instead of something massive happening and then thinking oh this could be a good blogpost, I’ll try brainstorm how I could make more mundane things into a blogpost or while looking at social media, what people are talking about etc. My photography still needs a lot of improvement, but without a “photoshoot buddy,” or good quality camera, I feel it can be discouraging so I have no shame in using copyright free images sometimes.

An update on my goals for 2018

With my business, I haven’t reached my promotion yet, in fact, I’ve put it on the back shelf for a while, but I still think it’d be a nice goal. Instead, I got another job opportunity at Primark, so job wise, there have been developments there. Hopefully, that new job opportunity will offer me new skills sets that’ll be useful in future and look impressive on my CV.

I have now finished university, and am still awaiting my score for this year; hopefully, I’ll get my 2:1! If not, I know I will be disappointed, but it’s important to remind myself that this is only 30% of my degree, and that next year I’ll just have to work twice as hard to compensate.

Are you still on track with your new year goals? How are they going? Let me know in the comments below!

Advice with Annelies: girlfriend’s depression

This series will answer people’s questions or worries, either that have been asked to me or I wanted to give my opinion on. Of course, these are just suggestions, and if the problem is severe, you should seek professional help or advice. This addition’s topic of Advice with Annelies: girlfriend’s depression.

Advice with Annelies: girlfriend's depression

This is a long one and there is a lot to approach, but you can read the whole question (from reddit) below.

My girlfriend is depressed because of her parents. from Advice

Oh gosh, where to start? First of all, can I just say how great you’re doing at looking out for your girlfriend and that I’m so glad she can confide in you- especially when she doesn’t seem to have anyone else. It’s often easier to keep such thoughts to yourself, but you’re clearly a massive support for her.

Advice with Annelies: girlfriend's depression

“…she was unable to graduate on time this year because of her depression, which only made her parents angrier. Now she’s being pressured to find a full-time job when she is trying to improve her mental health first.”

It’s such an awful situation when parents don’t understand the severity of a mental health illness and acting in anger or disappointment definitely doesn’t help. As with the job, however, mental health does need to come first, and in the grand scheme of things, taking a year out will not hinder her future in any way, so I think that was the right move.

Regarding the job, is this a “to keep you occupied” reason or a “you need to earn some money reason?” If it’s the former, there are lots of other things she can do to keep her busy, especially as it may mean keeping her cognitively challenged and giving her goals and aims for the day. If it is the latter, then maybe it’d be a good compromise with the parents, to try and ease into part-time first and then full time later on. Alternatively, if there is angst about going into the world of work, perhaps, to help you both, you could research different methods of earning money. Depending on your location, there are many possible ideas such as participating in surveys, mystery shopping or ebay reselling etc.

“Long story short, I feel helpless. I don’t know what to do, if there’s anything I can do, to help her in this situation. I simply want to take her away from them but can’t afford to.”

By what you said, it definitely sounds like she could have depression, but taking medication should also be taken alongside therapy if this is possible. It is unfair for you to take the burden, speaking to a professional may really help her; especially concerning coping methods for being at home etc. In terms of what you should do next, it is difficult because I don’t know how much power you have/your age/your living situation.

If you live at home, is there a way for her to stay if she pays rent (maybe you could go halves?) or could you maybe rent out a very small place together? In the ideal situation, you would perhaps move in with each other so she can get away from the environment that is potentially the cause or trigger of her depression. However, I realise that this may not be possible, and visiting may not be often if you don’t drive etc. I’ve left some ideas on how to help in the next section.

Advice with Annelies: girlfriend's depression

“Are there any suggestions of what I could do to help other than being a shoulder to cry on? Should I confront her parents or just stay out of it?”

Personally, I would try and encourage her to seek professional help. If she has difficulty trusting adults as a result of her parents’ opinions and reactions to her mental health, try and reassure her that not everyone is like this and that they could genuinely help her. Another thing that could help, is with her mental and physical wellbeing. Especially if she can spend days in bed, try and encourage her to maybe take a walk occasionally and make sure she is eating correctly etc. Not only is it important for her to maintain her physical health, but exercise can also help give her a goal for the day and keep her busy, especially if she is not working.

I would not confront her parents about it, especially if they realise that she is in bed due to depression etc. but doesn’t take it seriously. She is still at home, and if unless you’re sure of how they’d react, you don’t know if it could potentially make the home environment even more awkward or tense for her.

I really hope this has helped and I wish you all the best! Hopefully, their understanding betters soon and that circumstances change for you both for the better!

The Frugal Frenchie

Tips for passing your driving theory first time

Having been a week since I passed my actual driving test, this is being written a bit late! Nevertheless, for those currently learning, I thought I would give you some tips for passing your driving theory first time. Hope it’s useful!

The Frugal Frenchie

Tips for passing your driving theory first time

1) Get some experience

I know that in some countries, you’re not allowed to start driving lessons until you pass your theory, however, I found it ever so helpful to have some lessons first. Not only does it help you familiarise with road signs naturally rather than from a book, but it allows you to develop a sense of awareness to help you with your hazard test.

2) Download an app- and practice

There are many apps out there that can help you with your theory. I was personally recommended a more official DVLA one that costs £5, however being the cheapskate I am, I opted for a free one. You can get apps that are specialised in some topics over others, such as just signs/ general questions/ Highway code etc.

This is the one I used. Personally I downloaded several at first to find my favourites, but by all means, have a look around yourself. I found this one helpful as it had several easy tests and then you could go to a higher level if you wanted.

3) Observe and ask

I am now 20, turning 21 this year, however, most of my friends passed their driving test around 17-18. I had no idea that it’d be so long until I started to learn, so in preparation, I would always ask questions about “how do you know…” “what does this mean…” etc.

I think it actually helped my theory, especially as, were it not for driving with my boyfriend in the New Forest, I wouldn’t have remembered the country signs so well!

4) Watch some youtube videos

Personally, I am a visual learner. I remember things by how they looked on the page or by symbols or videos etc.

It’s impossible to practice for a hazard perception test or to know what to expect, however, the DVLA posted an example online, and there are a few driving instructors who post tips and tricks too.

5) Keep calm and use your common sense

If you’ve prepared, then you know what to expect and what to look out for. For the hazard perception test, keep your wits about you, use your common sense for the signs (sometimes we overthink in tests!) and just keep calm.

It’ll be over soon! Good luck!

My new job opportunity

A few months ago, not even a year ago, I started my job as a customer service representative at Primark. Now, I am writing this post, because a new job opportunity has arisen, which I have decided to grab with both hands, despite being happy where I was.

Today, the 29th April, was my first shift as the new official HR assistant of my local Primark branch! I’ve had two shifts of training so far, however, today was the first day I was alone and running the HR office, scary times!

My new job opportunity

In my local store, there is only one person in HR: me. It’s a big change from busy, sociable customer services, where I would talk to my colleagues and serve sometimes 100 people on a busy shift. Now, I’m alone and in an office, sorting through paperwork, checking costing, counsellings and filing, to name a few.

The job offer was very unexpected. In fact, there wasn’t even an official vacancy when I was proposed the job. It came as a result of a supervisor interview a few weeks before. Unfortunately, I didn’t get that position, but they did seem to get the impression that I had qualities needed in HR so they thought it’d be worth asking.

My new job opportunity

I was unsure whether to take it at first. My contract is now 14 hours instead of 8 (but baring in mind I’m a full-time university student that did seem daunting), I’m alone in an office most of the time, I have a lot more responsibilities, I still have to wear a uniform and I don’t get paid more. Considering I couldn’t be happier with customer services, I was sure I was going to refuse.

Asking around though, everybody seemed super enthusiastic about it, which actually quite surprised me. I didn’t think it was anything exciting, in fact, I considered it a worse deal than customer services knowing how much we had to work, however people were telling me that to be working in HR at the age of 20, sounds really good.

My new job opportunity

I did decide to go in the end, because I’m hoping that it’ll teach me new skills and open up the door to bigger opportunities in the future. At first, I didn’t see how it’d benefit me, but it’s a bit like revision when you’re young. You don’t do it for the short-term benefits, but you do it because you’ll need good grades to go into higher education and get a better job etc.

So, here’s to an exciting new time and hopefully the key to unlocking a better future! Have you ever been in a similar situation, unsure of what to do? How did you make your decision? Let me know in the comments!

The Frugal Frenchie

Advice with Annelies: loneliness

This series will answer people’s questions or worries, either that have been asked to me or I wanted to give my opinion on. Of course, these are just suggestion, and if the problem is severe, you should seek professional help or advice. Here’s the first Advice with Annelies: loneliness.

“I am 28 years old. I feel very alone and lonely most of the time. What should I do to overcome this? I don’t have friends or close relatives and am home 24/7.”

Of course, everyone’s situation is different, but to some extent, I understand how you feel. Last year, I studied a year abroad, away from family, and although I spoke to people at uni, I didn’t have anybody that I would see outside of it. I stayed at home whenever I wasn’t at uni, and only leave the house for grocery shopping.

In retrospect (because isn’t that a joyous thing) I think there are a few things I would change, which hopefully could help you.

Advice with Annelies: loneliness

“Am home 24/7.”

I really went wrong here. When in a situation of loneliness, you have to go out. It’s what keeps you sane. I realise when not at university, sometimes it can be harder to meet people and have an incentive to go out but have a look at what’s around you.

It’s important to get out of the house, even when there’s no particular motive to do so. A change in routine and scenery, is, to be blunt, good for your sanity. Having fresh air, taking a walk… it all helps relax your mind, put things into perspective, for some, it even acts as a form of meditation!

“I don’t have friends”

If you have a particular interest, look up on Facebook, or through the local library, whether there’s an association or club for it: if you like reading, see if there’s a Book Club… that kind of thing! Surrounding yourself with like-minded people is a great way to make connections as you’re guaranteed to have a common interest and a conversation starter!

Furthermore, if you work or are in education, make sure to attend as many events or trips as you can. If there’s a work do, make sure you attend, and you could use the excuse to speak to new people by asking if they’re going etc.

Advice with Annelies: loneliness

“I don’t have… close relatives”

Thankfully, we live in a world where it’s possible to keep in contact with people across long distances. If they have access to a phone or computer, you can skype them or just ring them and hear their voices.

If worst comes to the worst, you’ll just have to wait impatiently for the next letter to arrive, but it can make them feel all that more precious!

I wish you all the best!

The Frugal Frenchie