Top Tips For University Students

Monday, 20 October 2014

A photograph of my Top Tips For University Students

- Read, read and read some more. The second that you get that reading list you should be straight onto Amazon getting them ordered, by the time term starts it's already too late. That's right, you've not even started and you're already behind. If you're looking for ways to save, there's always secondhand websites and shops that you can look into - you can get the same books for a fraction of the price. The university will usually specify anything particularly chunky, read those first! You don't need to get them all at once, start with the first month or two and go from there. It's just important that you're getting started. Any progress is good progress!

- Do the work! You'd think this would be really simple, right? Ask most freshers and you might get a different answer - as for second years, let's not even go there. As soon as you're set a deadline, get started. Plan your work and put in the hours and you'll be so surprised by the outcome. Trust me, it's better than saving it all until last minute. Suddenly you've got three essays due in the next day and you're crying at 5am - this is a true story. Even if it's just having a glance at the reading beforehand, every little helps.
 
-Get involved. Sign up for everything you possibly can, particularly things that are outside of your comfort zone! Societies are an incredible way to meet new people and make friends but also a great way of pushing yourself and doing things that you might never get the chance to do again. Every university has millions of different clubs,  it's literally impossible not to find something that interests you. Remember that you're only here once and make your time count!

Unfortunately, I am incapable of following my own good advice but I want better for all of you. Also, never drink j├Ągerbombs, you will get pregnant and die. Thank you and goodnight!

Autumn Beauty Haul | 2014

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Before I get started (and my mum kills me), I just wanted to let you know that this is what happens when you go shopping with me. Just kidding! Well, sort of. But this was the result of several shopping trips, few online sales AND a birthday over the past month. I'm not even sure that I'm capable of doing this much damage in one go (again, just kidding!) but it was all bought with my very own money, or lack there of. Also, this is a long one. You're definitely going to need a cup of tea. Without further ado - let's get on with it, shall we?

A photograph of my Autumn Beauty Haul | 2014

There are a couple of old favourites in the mix, here's looking at you Mary-Lou. If you don't know, theBalm's 'Mary-Lou Manizer' multi-purpose highlight is about as good as it gets. Whether you're using it on your cheeks, lids or anywhere else for that matter, it's going to give you the ultimate shimmer. The vintage packaging is unforgettable and I hear her sister's pretty good too. Then there's The Porefessional from Benefit, I mentioned this beauty staple in a recent post but it's honestly too good to not talk about.

A photograph of theBalm's Mary-Lou Manizer and Topshop's Highlighter in Sunbeam
theBalm's Mary-Lou Manizer and Topshop's Highlighter in SUNBEAM

There's more highlighters where that came from. If there's one thing I can't resist, it's Topshop (who are currently throwing the phrase fifty percent off around, just FYI) but I've not really tried too much of their make up. This is one of their many highlighters in the shade 'SUNBEAM', do I need to say more? And in the search for definition, I came across this little, black box from Seventeen. The 'Define & Conquer Contour Kit' is literally the answer to all my prayers, at least it would be if I'd bought it in the right shade. Fair or medium? That is the question.

A photograph of Seventeen's Define & Conquer Contour Kit

A photograph of Seventeen's Define & Conquer Contour Kit

I also bought a shit load of nail polish. Essie's Blanc is something I've been wanting to get my hands on ever since Kate brought it into my life (gh0stparties, if you don't know - get to know) and now it's finally mine and it's everything I ever hoped it would be. Also, The Body Shop. As seen on Instagram, I've recently collected Rosy Cheeks, Oh Petal, Berry Gorgeous and Crazy For Blue. They're so shiny and so pretty and oh, oh, oh. Amazing!

These gorgeous 'Blush by 3' palettes from Sleek are every girl's dream. Pink Lemonade (left) contains two powder blushes and a cream blush in the shades Icing Sugar, Macaroon and Pink Mint (top to bottom) whereas Californ.I.A is all cream blushes in OC, The Surf and Newport Peach. This is the part where I have to talk about the Real Techniques Stippling Brush, such a game changer when used with these blushes! Literally flawless application. The different shades are all amazing and so pigmented and it's great that you can mix them together however you like. (Have I mentioned that I've never used a cream blush before? So. Much. Excitement.)

A photograph of Sleek blushes in Californ.I.A and Pink Lemonade
Sleek's Blush By 3 Palettes in Pink Lemonade and Californ.I.A

I've been loving Soap & Glory at the moment and really can't resist a good 3 for 2 so I ended up with their Archery Brow Tint and Precision Shaping Pencil (quite a mouthful) and It's About Prime which is an eyeshadow primer. I've seen lots of different version of the Archery pencil lately but this one's in 'Love Is Blonde' and it has a thin, felt tip on one end and a gel-like pencil on the other. It took quite a while to get used to but now I'm not sure I could be without it. It's About Prime comes in two colours, smokey or bright light - depending on your needs.

Apparently I've got a thing for palettes at the moment because this happened.

A photograph of Barry M's eyeshadow palettes in Starry Eyed and Natural Glow

I've been using Barry M's nail varnish for years but never thought of trying out their eyeshadow - until I saw this beautiful collection, of course. Natural Glow 2 comes with six eyeshadows, three matte and three shimmer as well as a primer. The soft, natural shades make this palette a daily essential, perfect for a subtle smokey eye. The Starry Eyed palette is a limited edition so I'd recommend getting your hands on it while you can. Again there's a mix of a matte and shimmer shades but the colours are much darker and more suitable to an evening look. Did I mention it came with a blush? These make me all kinds of happy, if like me you're just starting to experiment with eye makeup, these are a really affordable option.

I don't know if this offer is still available but when I bought these palettes they came with a free Barry M mascara. I picked up SHOWGIRL, going for extra volume rather than length. It was nothing to do with the pretty packaging, I swear. Other 'accidental' purchases include an EOS (that stands for evolution of smooth by the way, mind blown) lip balm which is quite frankly revolutionary. As well as a brand new Bubblegum Lip Scrub from Lush because my Popcorn one just wasn't cutting it anymore. Needless to say, it smells amazing.

A photograph of Topshop's Lipstick in Ditsy

What would one of my hauls be without a Topshop lipstick? Going into Autumn I thought this shade would look lovely and I'd appreciate if you ignored the fact that I have at least ten red lipsticks already. To be fair, Topshop do describe it as 'hot coral' and with a cute name like Ditsy, it would be rude not to.

If you've made it this far - THANK YOU! Hope you love everything as much as I do and definitely let me know if I've inspired any purchases! Also, it's my one year blog anniversary next month and I'm planning on a huge giveaway. Let me know what you'd like to win in the comments below and I might just make your dreams come true.

Throwing Away Old Makeup | Beauty Expiration Dates

Saturday, 4 October 2014

A photograph of old makeup to be thrown away

This is all of the makeup that I'm about to throw away and just so you don't think I'm crazy, let me tell you why - when was the last time you ate something that was out of date? I'm not talking a couple of days but a good, long while. Gone off milk, for example. Or anything that's growing something new. For most people the answer is never and if you did it would more than likely make you very sick. Well, little did I know - makeup works in a similar way. The 'best before' date is something that we usually exclusively associate with food but that's just not the case.

Take any item of makeup and look at the back, see that little pot with a number inside followed by an 'M'? That's how many months before that particular items goes out of date. I know right, who knew? Using beauty products after their specified 'use by' date can not only be bad for your skin but potentially be really harmful. I've previously used a liquid eyeliner that look absolutely fine only to be left with sore, red eyes all night long. As someone who spends quite a lot of money on makeup, I know that it feels like a waste to just throw something but it's much better than the alternative. You wouldn't eat mould just because you didn't want to waste the product, would you?

A photograph of old makeup to be thrown away

A photograph of old makeup to be thrown away

Whilst powder based makeup such as highlighters and blush can last up to three years, foundation and concealer tend to only last a year and liquid eyeliner and mascara only three months! Think about that next time you're putting on your favourite mascara. The same rules apply to skincare and toiletries. A surprising example of the importance of expiration dates is suncream, did you know that it loses it's effectiveness after a year? So, if you're using that same bottle of Hawaiian Tropic again and again it's probably not working for you anymore. Just like replacing your toothbrush, it's important to always keep on top of your makeup and skincare collection. Otherwise known as an excuse to buy more if you ask me! Basically, if you wouldn't eat it something that's gone off, please don't put it on your face.

All of this information is available online and I would definitely recommend looking it up if you're unsure of anything at all. Better off safe than sorry! Obviously I'm not an expert but these are a couple of things that I've learnt along the way, I hope you've found this post useful. If you have any questions or comments at all, please feel free to leave them below - I'd love to try and help!

September Favourites | 2014

Thursday, 2 October 2014

A photograph of September Favourites | 2014

Here's a lil' summin' summin' to get the party started - have you heard of The Porefessional? Yeah, I thought so. Well, it's back in my life and I am never going without it again. Well done Benefit, yet again.

The Body Shop have been seriously on it recently including their lovely range of nail polishes but this is an old favourite, their Vanilla Body Mist is the most gorgeous, natural scent and I literally can't get enough of it. Will be repurchasing this one again and again, particularly for Autumn.

I've been talking about Revlon's Super Lustrous Lipsticks non-stop since I first got them back in August and I can honestly say that they're the best lipsticks I've ever used. Pink In The Afternoon is the perfect day-to-night shade and possibly the only pink that I haven't been scared of. Blondes can surely sympathize with 'The Barbie Complex' - a serious issue in my life. But this just works.

A photograph of Revlon's Pink In The Afternoon

A photograph of Revlon's Pink In The Afternoon

Now, I've had so many fashion favourites this month - so many gorgeous, gorgeous clothes. So many in fact that they demand their own post, keep an eye out for a huge haul coming your way sometime soon. This mustard knit from New Look is everything I've been looking for and I've been wearing it non-stop. Seriously, my friends have asked me to stop. In fact, I want everything from New Look - always.

That being said, there's Primark. Sweet, sweet Primark. I've accidentally gone and bought their entire Bambi pyjama collection, needless to say - no regrets. They're super comfy and obviously really cute. They've also got an incredible collection of bags at the moment, I've used this little green number all month long and loved it. I don't care that you can't really fit much in it, it's amazing!

Apparently I buy myself various things from the Urban Outfitters gift section - including this Beyonce mug because who could resist?

AND IT WAS MY BIRTHDAY! YAY! I can't wait to get back into blogging this month. We've finally got internet at the new house and I intend to make good use of it (I've already finished the first season of Gossip Girl, so there's that). I'd love to know everything you've been loving this month and all your predictions for the coming season. I'm guessing berry lips and burgundy nails, after all, some things are too good to change.

Lots more posts coming soon, including a huge blog birthday giveaway! 

August Favourites | 2014

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

A photograph of my August Favourites | 2014

Favourites have been few and far between for me this month, which is hardly surprising considering I've barely had a minute to myself since July. It's been work, work and more work - needless to say, I've been having a great time. But as September rolls around I'm heading back to Brighton, back to university and a brand new house! Endless free time is on the horizon and it can't come quick enough. Students are without a doubt the only people who are always glad to see the back of summer. That being said, these are the few things that I've been loving this month and will definitely be using throughout Autumn too.

I mentioned these gorgeous products in my latest Drugstore Beauty Haul, L'Oreal's Perfection Color Riche in 856 Peach Neglige is everything I've ever wanted in a nude polish. It's the perfect combination of Essie's Fiji and Barry M's Gelly Hi-Shine in Coconut. The wear time is fantastic with barely a chip after a full week on the nails and I'll definitely be reapplying soon.Unfortunately the bottle is only 5ml, half the size of a Barry M polish. For £4.99 I'd probably prefer to save up for something from Essie but the range of colours in this collection is definitely worth a look.

Another recent purchase is this lipstick from Revlon, it's one of their Super Lustrous lipsticks in 750 Kiss Me Coral. It's so easy to wear! This colour is just as lovely worn lightly over lip balm for a pop of colour in the daytime as it is in the evening. I love a bold lip and this gorgeous orange-red is a great twist on that.

A photograph of my August Favourites | 2014

Speaking of day-to-night, that's what this monochrome crop is all about. New to New Look, (see what I did there?) it's a great, versatile piece that would give any outfit a sophisticated vibe. This is exactly what I've been looking for to take back to Brighton with me and together this is a killer combination.

Other non-beauty favourites include quite a few movies this month, I was lucky enough to get my hands on Divergent after missing the cinema release a couple of months ago. It's SO, SO good. I've already seen it several times and can't get enough of it. Unfortunately it was slightly ruined for me after a friend pointed out that Theo James otherwise known as Four is also in The Inbetweeners - if you get this reference let me know! I've also been to see What If?, Daniel Radcliffe's new movie. Would definitely recommend it, I laughed from beginning to end.

And that was August - stay tuned to see what September brings. I don't know about you but I'm hoping for a little more sunshine and failing that a lot of layers! Let me know what you thought of this month's favourites and what you've been loving recently. 
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