Too Faced Candlelight 'Rosey Glow' | Beauty Review & Swatches

too faced candlelight rosey glow lying on a bed next to the zoeva fan brush
I consider highlighter to be one of my 'basic' products. As in, I'll do a coat of mascara, some concealer, and highlighter if I'm just running to the shops for some emergency jaffa cakes (yes, that is a real thing).
However, being super pale means that I find it really difficult to find a highlighter that...well, highlights. Besides which, I'm a sucker for sparkle, so I tend to go for the most obnoxious glittery ones I can find.
I'd been umm-ing and ahh-ing over the Too Faced Candlelight Glow in 'Rosey Glow' online for about 2 weeks when I finally came across it in a Sephora a few months ago, and was instantly captivated as I swatched it on my hand.
too faced candlelight rosey glow swatched on an arm, which sparkles and shimmers in the light
As you can (hopefully!) see in the above pictures, the Candlelight palette is a duo, and comes with a frosted champagne shade, as well as a rosy pink shade. I always opt to swirl my brush around the palette to get a bit of a warmer glow, but the champagne shade works really well as an eyebrow highlighter on its own, too.
The formula is creamy, so easily blendable, but also has some serious staying power - I never reapply, and stay sparkly all day. A word to the wise, though: it's not a subtle option, in the slightest, so if understated contouring is your kind of thing, Candlelight Glow might not be for you.
If you are a glitter-fiend/wannabe mermaid, however, go grab it, now! I've had my palette in my every day make up bag for nearly a year and it's only just hit pan, so you won't be sorry, despite the price tag. 
Too Faced Candle Light Glow in 'Rosey Glow' has an RRP of £25, and is available from Selfridges, here.
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How to Survive your First Holiday with Friends | Travel

francesca sophia, blogger, stands with friends under an archway in barcelona
A holiday with friends can be one of the best, or worst, experiences of your travelling life, depending on how you play it. Some of it's down to luck - do you ever really know someone until you've shared a hotel room with them for 10 days in the stifling heat, with crappy dance music blasting you from the bar downstairs? No, probably not.
But, there are a few sure-fire ways to get the best out of your trip, regardless, and I'm sharing them over on Sophie's blog, today, whilst she's off on her trip of a lifetime.
Head to my guest post, here, for my tips, and be sure to leave your own!
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What I Wish I'd Known as a Fresher | Student Life

what I wish I'd known at university fresher's tips freshers tips; 6 shots from Instagram. In the first, a bunch of highlighted papers and notes on a bed, in the second a shot of Canterbury Cathedral, in the third a picture of the human brain with labels, in the fourth, francesca sophia with another girl, in the fifth an outfit lying on a bed - a black silk vest, a muted silver sequin skirt, and black t-bar heels with studs, in the final picture another shot of canterbury cathedral
It's the time of year where I start to envy everyone who's making that big, scary, life-changing step; moving to university. Don't get me wrong; making the move to university was one of the scariest things I've ever done, but it was one of the best, too.
That being said, it isn't easy, by any stretch of the imagination, and it doesn't come with any kind of handbook, so I figured I'd through together a few pro-tips - things I wish I'd known, in advance!


1. WHAT TO TAKE
I think I must've googled about a million 'what to take to university' lists when I first got my UCAS results, but I was never quite happy with what I found - so I wrote my own, here - my 'What to Take to University' list, which is still my most-read post, to date (shameless self-plugging aside).


2.  YOU'RE ALL IN THE SAME BOAT; USE IT TO YOUR ADVANTAGE
I know, it's a cliché, but clichés tend to be clichés for a reason. If you're moving into halls with a bunch of strangers, they're in the same position, and you can use that uncertainty to build bridges.
Unpack with your bedroom door open and your favourite band playing. Have an excursion to the city centre to get that one vital item everyone happened to forget (doorstops...they sold out in my university town within the first three days).


3. GO TO EVERYTHING IN FRESHERS' WEEK...
Not just the mandatory events, but the naff ones like the 'treasure hunt' that your academic department thinks will teach you the weird room system (it won't, you'll get lost on the way to everything); you can bond with the people on your course about how you'd rather be doing anything else.


4...AND DON'T SKIP THE SOCIETIES FAIR
This is sometimes billed as 'Freshers' Fair - Day Two' or something similar, but it's actually a showcase of the societies that are available on campus. A lot of people skip this, but it's a great way to hear about the societies you never would've known existed (gaming society, anyone? Forensic science society? Acapella group?).
My one main tip, though? Try not to sign up for anything just because you've started chatting to the society president, or they're giving away freebies and you feel guilty not signing up to their mailing list. You'll end up being emailed a hundred times a week, all the way into third year.


5. YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE A PARTY ANIMAL
Whilst drinking is likely to help you deal with that annoying housemate who just won't take out the bins (I'm not still bitter about mine, clearly), you don't have to be the kind of person who goes out every night to make friends; some of the best nights I had at uni were just sitting in our flat, watching movies, baking, or cooking communal dinner.


BONUS: JUST GO WITH IT
Being a student was one of the best times of my life...and one of the hardest. There'll be sleepless nights, bad flatmates (and accommodation), a few breakdowns, and the odd hangover, but it'll all be worth it in the end. 

What's the one thing you wish you'd known whilst at university?
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