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20 December 2015

Living In Leuven: Week 14 | Erasmus Law Dinner & Flying Back to Edinburgh

It's my last week in Leuven this year, and besides the obligation of having to study almost every day, my friends and I managed to fit in a couple of Christmas celebrations throughout the week. I also flew back to Edinburgh on Friday - it's a bit strange being home, but I'm enjoying catching up with my family and the comfort of my own bed, so I'm more than happy for the time being.

18 December 2015

Eyelash Extensions: What to Expect & My Experience

(what to avoid!)
I hate my eyelashes. They aren't very dark and although they are quite long, the length weighs them down and they're pin straight. Not a day goes by where I can leave the house without using eyelash curlers blasted with the hot heat of the hairdryer and lashings of black mascara. I don't mind doing it (I LOVE makeup), I'm happy to sit for an extra 10 minutes to do my eye makeup, but I fancied a change.

16 December 2015

Living in Leuven: Week 13 | 'I Survived Leuven' Party & A Day Trip to Cologne

I can't believe I'll be back in Edinburgh this time next week for Christmas - this semester has flown by! I'm actually really upset to be leaving Leuven next week, so I've been trying to make the most of my final few weeks with friends that are only staying in Leuven for one semester.

8 December 2015

Living In Leuven: Week 12 | Shopping In Antwerp & A Weekend In Budapest

Monday began with a Constitutional Law class at 9am and I then decided to travel to Antwerp on a shopping trip (very last minute, might I add). Again, with the nerves I explained a few blog posts back about travelling to Brussels on my own, I travelled an hour away from Leuven and directed myself around Antwerp without feeling anxious or apprehensive at all!

7 December 2015

Living in Leuven: Week 11 | Studying In The University Libraries & Lokomotion Party

As exams are slowly creeping up on me, I've had to devote any free time to studying, so it's a bit of a shorter and uneventful post this week unfortunately! I spent the beginning of the week catching up with my assigned readings for constitutional law- the textbook is very dry and boring to read, but it had to be done.

27 November 2015

Living In Leuven: Week 10 | The Week Where Everything Went Wrong & A Day Trip to Antwerp

I was feeling really under the weather on Monday this week, so I cancelled going to my 9am constitutional law class and spent the day resting up in bed. Of course, since I had missed a class, I spent the majority of Tuesday catching up on the reading and went to my European Criminal Law lecture later on in the afternoon. 

23 November 2015

Living in Leuven: Week 9 | Exploring Leuven & A Day Trip to Bruges

After a relaxed weekend in Leuven, I decided on Monday to venture out and explore more of the city I live in. Unfortunately, during the KU Leuven Orientation days, I was occupied with having to find my accommodation, so I missed a lot of the guided tours and organised trips to the tourist sights in Leuven. So, after my early morning constitutional law class, I decided to visit Museum M and Sint-Pieterskerk.

9 November 2015

Living in Leuven: Week 8 | Academic Worries & Strange Encounters

As mentioned in my previous blog post, I arrived back in Leuven on Sunday with a dreadful cold. Thankfully, it was a public holiday in Belgium on Monday, so I took full advantage of this and managed to rest my voice and recover for the day. On Tuesday, I caught up with all my chores (washing, food shop) and by the time I had human contact again in my Criminal Law class later in the day, my voice had almost fully returned!

4 November 2015

Living In Leuven: Week 7 | Pumpkin Carving & A Weekend in Amsterdam

As my weekends are always pretty full on here in Leuven, I always find myself spending the start of the week relaxing and recharging from the previous weekend. Thankfully, I only have a two hour class on Monday and a class every second Tuesday, so I have a lot of free time at the start of the week to catch up on sleep/grocery shopping/washing (boring adult chores!).

27 October 2015

Living in Leuven: Week 6 | Visiting the Court of Justice & A Weekend In Edinburgh

European Court of Justice, Luxembourg

As excitement levels were high regarding the trip to Amsterdam next week, my friend and I went to Brussels on Monday to search for a Halloween costume. I returned to Leuven empty handed except from a huge 150x90cm Belgian flag I picked up for my room. It's currently placed on the wall beside my bed and I'm extremely pleased with how it looks - I'm planning a post all about my residence here in Leuven, so you'll see that soon!

26 October 2015

Living in Leuven: Week 5 | ESN Events & A Day Trip to Hasselt

I've finally completed all my admin stuff here in Leuven! After sending my learning agreement to and from Edinburgh University to KU Leuven, my courses for the year are now finalised. This semester, I'm taking 24 credits in European Criminal Law, Constitutional Law of the European Union, International and European Human Rights and a criminology course in Terrorism, Corporate and Organised Crime. On top of this, Edinburgh University require for a further course in Advanced Legal Methods to be taken online. The workload isn't as much as students back home are given, but it does mean an extra few hours a week watching the recorded lectures and completing any additional written/practical exercises. I also know the dates, times and places for all of my exams up until the end of June next year - how organised is that?!

21 October 2015

Halloween Fashion | F&F Collection

With Halloween just over a week away, it's time to start planning a costume for the occasion. This year, F&F at Tesco have released an exciting and extremely affordable Halloween clothing range. F&F have Halloween clothing to suit all party desires - from casual party wear to their new signature 'Day of the Dead' costume. So today, I thought I'd share with you some of my favourite pieces from their collection to fit any Halloween event this year!

14 October 2015

Living In Leuven: Week 4 | Weekly Food Shop & A Day Trip to Ghent

The start of every week, for me, begins with a lot of errands to run. This week, I had to pop into the bank to sort my card as I didn't set it up properly (I'm blaming the non-English ATM's!). My landlord also sent me an email asking for rent to be paid the next again day, which caused a lot of panic and frantic messages back and forth to my Mum for advice on how to pay for it. Thankfully, one of her friends recommended 'Transferwise', a peer-to-peer overseas money transfer service. After a lot of researching I discovered that (in very basic terms) the company have bank accounts all over the world - if I put money into their UK bank account from my UK account, using the real exchange rate, they will put Euros into my Belgian bank account out of their Belgian account, thus avoiding international transaction fees. Clever, right?

11 October 2015

Living In Leuven: Week 3 | My 20th Birthday & A Visitor

Universiteitsbibliotheek KU Leuven

It's been another jam-packed week here in Leuven. I'm slowly beginning to finalise my course choices now - I have a list of possibilities including EU Constitutional Law and Human Rights Law along with a list of courses I'm staying clear of European Family Law and Discrimination law - too practical based for me!).

29 September 2015

Living In Leuven: Week 2 | Moving In & Classes Begin

On Sunday evening, I narrowed down my accommodation choices to two: a room in Residence Rosa Parks (part of Het Amerikaans College, 100 Naamsestraat) and Waterview Residence (Engels Plein). As I preferred to have a room in Waterview, my aim was to head there first thing on Monday morning to explain my situation to the Residence manager and hopefully secure myself a room that day. If this was not possible, I would contact the manager of Rosa Parks. After a long stressful week of 'kot' hunting, time was of the essence and it's fair to say I was pretty desperate!

25 September 2015

Living In Leuven: Week 1 | 'Kot' Hunting & Orientation Week

I left miserable Edinburgh for an equally miserable Leuven on Monday the 14th of September. The excitement and nerves finally hit me the night before and I barely slept a wink. A minor palava with my carry on suitcase (damn you Ryanair regulations!), a group of men arguing behind me on the flight about a change of seating arrangements AND my airport taxi failing to pick me up at the other end didn't exactly help with the nerves. I called another taxi and waited around for 90 minutes on my own in the middle of Brussels Charleroi airport and finally made my way to my temporary accommodation in Leuven.

11 September 2015

Preparing for a Year Abroad | Packing & Tips

I can't believe I'm leaving the UK on Monday to start my year abroad in Leuven. It's crazy thinking I had my last lecture at Edinburgh Uni back in May - this summer has flown by! I'm relieved the academic year is starting again though, because of my resit exams it has been almost impossible to plan anything over August/September and I'm craving some routine in my life again.

8 September 2015

Update | Blog Changes & Year Abroad

Let's Kiss and Makeup has had a makeover!

After years of battling with HTML coding by myself, I finally threw in the towel and decided to invest in some professional assistance. I purchased the Venture template on the pipdig website. I'm really happy with how the template looks on my blog, but I'm still in the process of tweaking certain elements and re-designing my blog banner. In a few months time, hopefully my blog should be exactly how I want it. The process of purchasing a pipdig template was really straight forward and they send out an installation guide along with the template. Normally a blog re-vamp really stresses me out, but with pipdig being easily accessible by email and twitter, the process was a walk in the park.

28 August 2015

Beauty Haul & First Impressions

I've collected a range of new beauty products since the start of the summer so instead of showing you the products the day of purchase, I thought I'd use them for a couple of months then share them with you to let you know how I've been finding the products so far. This haul is from various trips to both Boots and Superdrug over the past month or two.

24 August 2015

British Summer Clothing Haul | Topshop, New Look & Primark

We haven't had much of a summer here in Scotland this year. The weather has been so terrible that there hasn't been an opportunity to simply wear shorts and a t-shirt outside yet. My 'summer' wardrobe this year has consisted of items I wore in the spring time minus the layering, so over the past couple of months, I acquired a few more summery pieces to show you today.

2 August 2015

Visiting Leuven & Brussels

As you may already be aware, I'm hoping to move to Leuven next month as part of my Erasmus year abroad. My family and I thought it would be good to visit Leuven beforehand so I could familiarise myself with the main parts of the town and find my bearings for when I move in September. Towards the end of July, we did exactly that and spent two days exploring Leuven and a day in the center of Brussels.

20 June 2015

High Street Haul | H&M, Primark & Boots

As the summer holidays have begun, I've had a bit more money to spend from working overtime than usual. Over the past month, I've managed to accumulate a few new things worthy enough for a haul I thought I'd share today.

11 June 2015

Matte French Manicure

After picking up a matte top coat in Boots a few months ago, I've been obsessed with combining it with my every day nail colours. My go-to combination recently has been a simple french manicure topped with a clear matte nail polish on top. I think a french manicure is one of the best ways to make your nails feel really clean and I find the matte polish makes my nails look more natural too, rather than a glossy finish.

31 May 2015

Road Tripping with Age UK

I passed my driving test almost two years ago but as I live in the centre of Edinburgh, I have everything on my doorstep and a car is not entirely necessary. So, when a road trip offer comes around, I'm always the first to say yes!

Edinburgh is a very busy city with lots of shops and attractions within walking distance, so my family and I tend to opt for a drive outside the city for a change of scenery. Our favourite locations include Dunfermline and North Queensferry, as it involves a beautiful drive across the Forth Road Bridge.

29 May 2015

Spa Day, Afternoon Tea & Shopping in Glasgow

As a post-exam treat, my boyfriend surprised me with a spa day and afternoon tea date in Glasgow. I received the parcel through the post mid-way through studying for my final exam (where I was almost at breaking point!) and from that point, I was excitedly counting down the days.

22 May 2015

Update | Where Have I Been & I'm Moving?!

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I completed my second year of University! Unfortunately, this meant I was slightly AWOL during April/May as I had to study for 6 of my end of year law exams.  Thankfully, they're all over now and I have just under 4 months of free time before moving into my third year of University.

Although I've been absent from blogging for a while, I've managed to create a list of posts I'd love to write throughout the Summer, so I have an exciting few months planned.

8 April 2015

Review | Brainwavz Noise Isolating Earphones

A couple of weeks ago, Brainwavz* kindly sent me a pair of their in-ear monitors to review. I've owned a good range of earphones/headphones over the past couple of years, varying from Urbanears to Wesc products, so I was really excited to test out this product.

1 April 2015

A Day In The Life: Edinburgh University Edition

I thought I'd do something a little bit different for this week's blog post. I like to title the genre of my blog in the beauty/lifestyle category and I've felt like my blog has been dominated by beauty and makeup posts, less of the lifestyle kind. I've also been obsessed with watching a 'day in the life' style vlogs on YouTube. Since I'm not a YouTuber, I thought I'd swap video footage for photographs and show you what I get up to on a typical day at University.

27 March 2015

Everyday Makeup Storage

Although a simple makeup bag for my every makeup products is perfect for travel purposes and keeping everything compact and in one place, I found myself opting for the same makeup looks which involved using the very first products I could place my hands on in my makeup bag. I'm quite visual and like to see all my products laid out so I can decide on what look I fancy that day. I decided I would keep my makeup bag for travelling purposes only and find a storage unit for my everyday makeup products.

8 March 2015

Review | USpicy Cosmetic Brush Set

I was kindly sent a 10 piece cosmetic brush set from USpicy* a couple of weeks ago. I had never heard of the brand before, but after doing a bit of research online, they looked very similar to the Real Techniques brushes (which I adore) so I thought I'd give them a shot!

4 March 2015

Top 2015 Makeup Artist Shows You Cannot Afford To Miss

This week, I am handing my blog over to Hanna Johnson, a freelance editor currently living in Italy, to tell you all about Makeup artist shows in the UK. Thank you Hanna for this blog entry!

Credits: Gennadiy Pozynyakov
As an aspiring or professional makeup artist, you are always looking for ways to improve and hone your craft. Luckily, there are some amazing events across the UK that will help you develop as an artist. They are also lots of fun and you’re sure to meet other artists, producers and customers that are just as passionate about beauty as you are. Make sure to get your hotel beforehand because these events are very popular and usually packed with passionate artists eager to share innovations and styles! So here are the top makeup artist shows of 2015:

23 February 2015

A Weekend in Amsterdam!

Last week, my boyfriend and I jetted off on a last minute holiday to Amsterdam as life became a little too hectic and we both deserved a little break away. Taking a well earned holiday from home life is one of the best decisions I've made in a long time!

13 February 2015

Win Your Wedding | Forth One Cash For Kids


A couple of weeks ago, my Dad and his partner, Aileen, spontaneously entered a competition called 'Win Your Wedding'. Annually, my local radio station (Forth One) pay out over £20,000 towards a competition winner's dream wedding. It is a very exciting ordeal - over 300 couples apply for the competition and are then shortlisted to a final 6. There is a twist to the competition though... in order to win, each couple has 12 days to raise as much money as they can for 'Cash for Kids'. Cash for Kids is an Edinburgh, the Lothians and Fife based charity who raise money to help children who are disadvantaged through poverty, are sick, or disabled.

11 February 2015

Aqua Spinning | #SHHealthyHabits

At the beginning of the year, I was very kindly offered to take part in an Aqua Spinning class in association with Simply Health as part of their Healthy Habits campaign. I woke up to an email about 'Aqua Spinning' one morning and had to re-read the email a couple of times - cycling underwater?! At first I thought it sounded really cool, but many thoughts popped into my head. How do the bikes sink to the bottom of the pool? Does the workout hurt? To be honest, I'm not much of an exercise enthusiast. I remember visiting the gym once last year and spend most of my spare time either blogging or generally doing everything else that doesn't involve exercise, but if there's one physical activity I do love, it's to swim. 

9 February 2015

Full Coverage Foundation Routine

After battling with acne since my early teens, I've slowly began to realise which products suit my skin type best. Since my skin is oily and acne prone, I've always opted for foundations/BB creams for oily/combination skin. However, I realised one main ingredient found in 'acne-prone' foundations is 'salycylic acid', which my skin has not reacted to well at all in the past!

28 January 2015

The Netflix Tag

After recently activating my 30 day free Netflix trial, I've become obsessed with watching my favourite TV shows and films on Netflix. I noticed Annie, from 'Annie Writes Beauty', created 'The Netflix Tag' this month and I found the questions she made really interesting and fun. I'm actually planning on doing a more genre-specific Netflix post in the near-future, but as I'm still fairly new to Netflix, I thought I'd start off with completing 'The Netflix Tag'.

23 January 2015

How I Curl My Hair

I've started to make more of an effort with my hair recently. When I was 16, I discovered my hair actually looks perfectly fine au naturale without attacking it with heat tools 24/7. Since then, I've barely picked up another heat tool. Now my hair is in better condition, I've slowly started to introduce heat tools into my hair styling regime again and I'm loving it.

8 January 2015

What's In My Bag | Weekend Away Edition

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you are all well. My Christmas holidays are almost at an end, as I go back to University on Monday. But before that, I'm going away for a final getaway this weekend before my exams start and my hectic University life starts again for another semester.
I'm flying down to Essex this weekend to visit my family, so I thought I would show you what I'm carrying with me in my weekend rucksack. We decided to fly with only hang luggage, so it has definitely been a challenge for me to cut down on what I pack.

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