8 things to know about university

So it may be that time of the year when you’re deep in exams and stressed out to the max about the thought of what university you’ll be going to and what it will be like. Like I had this whole image in my head about university and it was pretty much based on american tv shows, so you can imagine my disappointment when I realised frat parties and sororities weren’t really a thing. So here are 8 things to get you ready for university:

You’re going to be referencing A LOT

This is a word every student hates hearing. It is the devil of words and means you’ll be spending 70% of your essay time referencing. Referencing is a BIG part of university; more than it ever has been. Your grades rely heavily on the quality of your referencing so I wouldn’t rush it even though it is increeeeeedibly boring.

You’re going to have no money 

Starting university is going to bring in a lot of extra costs; varying from study books, to rent, to bills, to the retail therapy you’re going to need if you leave all your work to the last minute (pfft who even does that now, right). So unless you’re planning on living off biscuits and tinned food; you’re more than likely to have to get a job.

You’ll be living without parents (probably) 

You’re probably thinking waaheeeey finally!! but it’s a lot harder than we all imagine. Like who’s doing my laundry? Who’s doing all the food shopping? Is ANYONE going to wake me up when I snooze my alarm ten times???? This gets a lot easier a few weeks in when you start becoming more independent and comfortable, but the freedom is amazing.

Your friends ‘for life’ may not be the same ones you met in freshers 

Obviously, freshers is there for you to make some new friends, as well as getting so drunk that you won’t remember anything; but don’t feel like you have to stay with the friends you made that week for the rest of your life at uni. You won’t get on with everyone and you’ll meet new people in lessons and societies etc.

You will question whether to quit

Some time in your uni experience you will get to that point of ‘I can’t do this’ and it happens to almost everyone. You will want to quit and live life on the edge, but it’s likely to just be homesickness (which is perfectly fine; it happens to the best of us). Sometimes it’s just the fact that you have to pay for printing even though you’re spending £9000 on your course. If you don’t like your course, you have the option to change it and if you’re really not feeling university after a couple months then maybe it’s not for you, but it doesn’t mean there are no other options.

You’ll realise boys AND GIRLS are sometimes horrible to live with

I feel like everyone thinks it’s just boys that are disgusting to share a flat with (I used to) but to be honest, I’ve met a few girls who obviously have never heard about cleanliness. There have been times where I’ve not even been able to go to the kitchen because it was so dirty. Maybe I have high standards but who really wants to live like a pig?? haha

You can wear pyjamas EVERYWHERE

No joke. One of the best things about uni is that you can where whatever you want. There is no ‘popularity’ at uni like there is at school; people honestly don’t care what you are wearing because, more often than not, they also want to wear comfy clothes to lectures. Plus it makes it a lot easier to wake up 10 minutes before your lecture starts when you don’t have to plan an outfit.

Unidays will become your bestfriends 

You’re going to need student discount more than ever because everything and I mean EVERYTHING is expensive. For example, did you know that shampoo and conditioner can cost like £5 each; sorry???? I would use student discount on everything that you can; you’ll get some great deals on that and it would really help with budgeting if you’re obsessed with buying clothes.

Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick Review

Oh my looooooord.

The first things that pop into my head when seeing these lipsticks.

I probably shouldn’t have spent £50 on two lipsticks when I have rent, food and bills to worry about (and my dad will never know that I did because phew would that be a lecture and a half) but you gotta risk it sometimes.

While some may argue £24 for a tiny product isn’t worth it, these lipsticks are gorgeous and it’s not just the colours. The packaging is so pretty and simple and chic; you can automatically tell they are worth something.

The two lip colours I got were…

Bond Girl – a deep berry shade; perfect for the autumn season but also a gorgeous colour to wear on a night out.

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Pillowtalk – this lipcolour is really popular and fortunately for me, it just came back in stock. It is a nice nude, pink colour that really embraces a natural no-makeup makeup look. Perfect for any skin tone.

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The formula is creamy and hydrating and it just glides on your lips unlike a lot of other lipsticks which make your lips feel like chalk. The colour lasts a long time; obviously some comes off when you’re eating or drinking a lot but nothing a little ‘reapply’ can’t fix.

The lipsticks are in a coffin shape, which, at first, I thought made it harder to apply but you get pretty used to it and by the end, you’ll be able to apply it effortlessly.

 

NEW #ABOTTLYON WATCH

So, most of you won’t know this, but I have a major thing for watches. I don’t know what it is, but a good watch makes an outfit (I have the same view about coats).

Anyway, I recently turned the big 20 and I thought I’d treat myself…or I lost my original watch and used that as an excuse to buy a new one (you can decide what one you believe).

Skimming through the internet and instagram where celebrities posted perfect shots, I came across an Abbot Lyon watch. A beautiful rose gold watch. And instantly had to buy it (there was also a 20% student discount so that was basically fate).

Ngl, I’ve never heard of them before and I didn’t read any reviews because I was being so spontaneous, but the website was so organised and smart that I assumed it was good.

I anxiously waited 3 days (side note: who here thinks that by paying so much money you should get next day delivery ’cause I sure do) and it finally arrived in the slickest of boxes.

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This watch is absolutely gorgeous – it is definitely the nicest thing I wear and it looks so classy. Some watches, which you pay an absolute fortune for, look a bit tacky and not worth the money, but this one is –  to me anyway…I’m still swooning over it 3 weeks later.

I didn’t read many reviews on it, so atm I’m not sure whether they’re great quality, but it did come with a year warranty.

I also wear the watch with a Michael Kors bracelet which matches perfectly with this watch, but the Abbott Lyon website also has bracelets that look beautiful with any watch that you want to buy; probably will be my next purchase!

Hoping this watch makes me look professional at my next internship!

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8 items on my ASOS wishlist

In the midst of revision, I’ve been going back and forth to my ASOS wishlist – probably a form of procrastination that all of you are aware of – and it’s continuously growing which, not going to lie, is not going to be great for my bank account.

* waiting for the day student loan drops in *

Here are 8 items which are currently on my wishlist for the sunny weather we keep having.

 

NaaNaa Mini Cami Satin Dress with Mesh Crop Top

This dress would be so cute on a night out with a pair of black heels or you could dress it down with some trainers and wear it during the day. It also comes with a mesh top underneath which I loveeee; it just adds a bit more to the outfit which might otherwise feel a bit boring.

ASOS PENALTY Pointed High Heels

Omg how cute?? These heels would actually go with the dress above. Pointed heels literally make any outfit smarter than it originally was.

RAID Marina Dusty Pink Mid Block Heeled Sandal

The majority of my wishlists are mainly block heeled sandals, just because they’re so cute. Like you can wear them during the day or on a night out. And imagine these heels with the white dress – how cute for a summer outfit would that be?!

Wyldr Spoken Thoughts Satin Tie Wrap Dress With Frill On Strap

A white summer dress should be on everyone’s wishlist; it is the summer outfit. Also, this dress has little frills on the straps – all about the details…                                        

ALDO Rose Gold Cuff Bracelet

I just like bracelets and I’m looking to add more accessories to my outfits when I can be bothered. I don’t really like statement jewellery, although it may warm up to me one day, so a simple bracelet like this ALDO one really works.

Miss Selfridge Ruffle Front Playsuit

I’m not actually sure I can pull this off. The majority of my clothes are black, white, grey and nude colours so bright red? I don’t know. But I do want to add some more colour into my outfits, just need to step out of my comfort zone!

Fiorelli Anouk Mini Grey Backpack

Awh, this bag is just so simple and cute. It’s a mini backpack, so for a day out, it would be perfect and would probably fit a lot more in it than my current handbag (which is literally the size of a A5 book).

Fashion Union Off Shoulder Shirt

How many bardot tops do I need, I actually can’t stop buying them, they’re so pretty and DEFINITELY give out those summer vibes I crave.

 

My summer skincare routine

So summer’s coming and that means a lot of makeup-free days (to get that summer glow on my face). The only problem is that I want my face to be clear before showing the world – how many times has someone wished that, right?

I’ve recently stuck to my current skincare routine religously and have found that it’s really making a difference. *please last* so I thought I’d share if anyone needed some ideas…IMG_8352

In the morning, I wash my face with a washcloth soaked in warm water which opens up my all my pores and helps clean them out. I then use a charcoal face scrub with an exfoliating brush – btw I would highly recommend this exfoliating brush. It’s easy to use and really brightens up your face after using it, as well as giving it a
good old clean.

After I’ve finished washing my face, I dry it with a towel and rub in a mousturising cream. Now, I know loads of people are obsessed with
buying expensive mousturisers that claim to give you flawless, airbrushed skin (me being one of those), but sometimes simpler is better. After years of using various types of cream that just made my face too oily or sticky, I started using E45 cream – you know, that cream that your parents have because it’s cheap and “does the job”. Buimg_8353.jpgt seriously, SO GOOD – my face is immediately softer and the dry skin that I used to have around my nose/forehead has gone so yay!

Then, I apply all my makeup because I’m not yet ready to face the world with my naked face. Also, I know loads of people say that the price of makeup has no effect on your skin, but I feel like it does – like obviously you don’t have to spend £50 on every single product you use, but I find that really cheap makeup items (which my 13 year old self would go crazy for) really makes my face break out and just feels heavy when applied, so that’s a no from me.

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After a long day of social media scrolling or, as what I like to call it, ‘working’,  I IMG_8354take off all my makeup with coconut oil and a washcloth- the big 2016/17 trend – who needs makeup wipes now? I find that the coconut oil really works to take everything off and I let it sit on my face for a bit because it’s supposedly good for your skin (so far, so good) and then wipe it off with some warm water. You can keep coconut oil on your skin for overnight but the few times I did, it made my face break out.

* Also, this has absolutely nothing to do with skincare, but I find that putting coconut oil on your eyebrows for about ten minutes before plucking your eyebrows really makes the hairs soft and
easy to pluck, resulting in hardly any pain * 

IMG_8351Anyway, once I’ve washed my face, I apply Pure Active Micellar Cleansing Water and my beloved E45 cream.

And that’s it! If anyone has any tips or new routines or finds out that something I use isn’t actually good for my skin (wouldn’t be the first time), please let me know! 🙂

This season’s must have bralette

 

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I don’t know about any of you, but I’ve recently become absolutely OBSESSED with bralettes to the point that everytime I see one I feel obliged to buy it (lord help my bank account).

Bralettes have become one of the biggest trends for Spring 2017 and they honestly work with anything; whether you want to wear it for someone else; under a low cut, baggy top; with a mesh top; or just to make you feel and look pretty.

This gorgeous piece was found in the busy world of Primark; a recent addition to our wondorous Uxbridge town centre.

Now, I’m not one for Primark usually simply because it’s outrageously busy all. the. time. and I’ve never been a fan of the quality in previous experiences, but when I saw this bralette I couldn’t help myself.

The deep rosey colour screams out summer and it has lovely enbroidered flowers over the mesh cups which I really liked. The bralette also comes in all white and nude and black – very tempted to buy them all, not gonna lie.

Not entirely sure about the quality at the moment as I haven’t had it for long, so I’ll keep you updated, but it is very comfortable AND is only £8 like how crazy is that?!

 

Winter skin care

I’d like to say Winter lasts around 3 months, but living in England, it’s a lot more like 7 months which means there is a greater need to look after your skin.

The harsh winter we have means our skin becomes very dry and our lips very chapped, which is not a good look for anyone and entirely ruins the makeup we spend ages applying.

BUT, on the bright side, there is plenty you can do about it…

1.Moisturise

Moisturising is the key. Literally, moisturise your face/body day and night 24/7 and don’t just do it during winter; do it all year round and you will definitely see benefits of taking care of your skin. (also it makes your skin look 100% better when you decide not to wear makeup).

2.Remove your makeup every night before going to bed

I don’t actually know how some people don’t do this? I understand sometimes like if you go out one night and you come back so late you can’t be bothered, but leaving it on every night??? It’s so bad for your skin and encourages spots to come out. And after removing your makeup, cleanse it with a toner to get rid of all the dirt inside pores etc.

3.Never leave chapstick (do we say that in England, or is that American??) behind

Honestly, what’s worse than having chapped lips – can’t wear your £10+ lipstick with lips so dry; definitely not a good look. PLUS, it’s so painful, let’s be honest. But just apply it whenever and you’ll be so grateful. I genuinely dread winter because I know I’m so prone to chapped lips.

4.Exfoliate

Scrub that dry skin away and live a happy life. I can’t believe 2 years ago I didn’t even exfoliate; like what even was I. But don’t forget; don’t go crazy like it is bad for you – you’d basically be tearing your skin off which gives you more problems than just dry skin. You’re best buying an exfoliator face wash which is gentle on your skin and helps clean out pores.

5.Drink lots and lots and lots of water

Not even being dramatic here – drink as much water as you can; 5 bottles a day if you want. Staying hydrated will clear your skin in no time and (an added bonus) will help you lose weight – if that’s also an aim for you. Really everyone should be drinking a lot of water but I remember when I was like 13 and would go a week without drinking any (horrible just thinking about it) and now I can’t go a day without it.

Banana Powder Review

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So hopefully most of you would have heard about ‘Banana Powder’. If you haven’t, it sounds a bit weird – it’s a powder to mattify your face after putting your makeup on with a tint of colour. Ben Nye does one – you may have seen/heard about Kim Kardashian using it religiously. Anyway, I’ve always wanted to try it out but the Ben Nye one is roughly £30 and I wasn’t too keen on spending that much for some powder, so I let it go.

After months and months of wandering around Superdrug to find new products to spend all my money on, I came across the Makeup Revolution section which, out of nowhere, started selling small tubs of Banana Powder for £5. Success. Bought it instantly, without any hesitation and was eager to try it out as soon as I got home.

Anyway, after using it for a few weeks I’ve found some pros and cons. The powder really finishes your makeup. Instead of using a fix spray, I used the powder to keep my makeup on all day. Also, I found that it helped make the face look more ‘airbrushed’ which excited me.

However, while it did give my foundation and matte finish, after a couple of hours it started to make my makeup look a bit patchy and made my skin look and feel dry. I’m not sure whether it’s due to the fact that I have oily skin so it just wore off a bit. When I applied it, I left it on for a minute or two to allow it to settle while applying my mascara and then I would brush it off but, due to the tinted colour, waiting a few minutes to let it settle gave off a bit of a yellowish tint which I didn’t like.

Overall, I may use it now and again, but I wouldn’t buy it again because it just didn’t work with my skin type. It was probably due to my oily skin that it didn’t stay on for long but loads of people use it so it must have some other pros!

p.s. also had to use a very small eye brush to apply it as it’s a small tub so it became very messy.

 

#Goals

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January’s over and it’s already February which means that I need to start getting my life sorted. I feel like January was just my trial month and now it’s time to actually do something. I recently discovered that I am already halfway through my degree which is absolutely terrifying and I’m still winging my life (my advice: don’t).

Basically, I want to make sure that I start doing certain things this year – as a way of starting to feel like I’m actually 19 going on 20 rather than 10 years old. These include…

Starting assignments early: 

I feel like this is every student’s goal but never actually happens? I’ve probably been saying this for years and I can, for a fact, say that I continue to leave my assignments until the day before and then wonder why I am so stressed. But I’ll give it a go anyway! Maybe I just need to buy some more notebooks and stationary to get me in the productive mood.

Actually finding a placement: 

Why is it so hard to find internships that require no previous experience? Like isn’t that the point of internships in the first place. Am I the only one with this problem – it seems like everyone else has like 10 years experience when they’re only 19. At this rate, I’ll be lucky to find a summer internship and it’ll probably entail so many rejection letters haha.

Being healthy:

Also, another goal everyone is probably thinking but it’s true. We all want that summer body to show off and after months of eating whatever I wanted, it’s about time I did something about it. I want to start drinking green tea; people seem to like it? Idk, is it just one of those things people drink because it’s healthy or does it actually taste nice? My main problem is actually cooking healthy meals and avoiding snacking but it’s so hard when I’m ‘working’. I’ll start running or something…promise.

Having more clothes: 

Is this allowed to be a goal? I want a new wardrobe (with all the money I seem to think I have); I feel like I need a new look – I tried going blonde for a couple months and now I’m bored and new clothes/accessories are a must (my dad would disagree, but when do I ever listen).

Blogging more and more:

Believe it or not, I’ve had this blog for a couple years now and I’ve only got about 5/6 posts which is awful for someone who wants to write in the future. I always find myself hating my writing and thinking no one will like it (which in some cases is true and others is not) but I’ve kind of realised that this blog is more for me – it’s to practice my writing and show future employers what I’m capable of and what I’m like in general. So, I’m aiming to write one blog post per week – more if I have enough ideas.

Start living life:

It’s such a cliché but it’s true. I want to save up and go on so many holidays (which kinda clashes with my ‘new wardrobe’ goal). I want to say I’ve done that and I’ve been there. If anything, it’ll give me more to write about and hopefully opportunities to work abroad. Basically, I want to start having enough; I’ll be 20 soon (help me) and your 20s are your fun years, right?

Makeup must-haves!

Ever wonder what products are essential to your daily make-up routine? Or even what product are a must have in your bag? These 6 products are ones that I use all the time (and don’t cost much either which is a plus).

  1. Freedom Pro Correct Palette

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This is a colour correction palette – in simpler terms: makes your eye bags and red spots disappear in just a minute. It is an absolute lifesaver! As you can probably see, I really use the orange and green colours. The green is used to cover red spots while the orange works great measures to brighten the bags under your eyes (and considering I am always tired like many students out there, it is needed more often than not). The cream goes on smoothly and doesn’t make your makeup look cakey. I apply it after moisturising my face and blend it in with a beauty blender (another must have if you haven’t got one already) and then I proceed with the foundation.

Price: £5.00

2. Maybelline Instant Anti-Age Concealer

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I have been using this concealer for ages; probably a few years by now and it’s great for coverage. I use it under my eyes mainly to brighten them up and to highlight other features of my face. The concealer blends in effortlessly and stays on all day.

Price: £7.99

3. Benefit They’re Real Tinted Primer Mascara

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This is a bit pricier than the others but I’ve been buying it constantly ever since I tried out a tester. This mascara is a primer so it goes on before putting on the main mascara. Supposedly it makes your eyelashes appear longer and thicker and I think it helps – probably works as well as other mascaras but the primer separates the eyelashes so that they don’t appear clunky. I buy it as a pair with the Benefit Roller Lash Mascara. Another plus is that you can use the primer by itself and it’s brown rather than black so it works for a more natural look.

Price: £19.99

4. L’Oréal Brow Artist Plumper

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Eyebrows are something you can’t skip out on. They’ve become so important over the years for no reason and basically finish your look. Even when I’m not going anywhere I feel like I have to do my eyebrows because they look so bad naturally (which is crazy haha). Anyway the plumper gives them more definition – it makes your eyebrows look thicker which is the main trend. I usually put it on last after I’ve finished filling in my eyebrows but you can use it without anything if you just want a quick fix.

Price: £5.99

5. Becca Champagne Pop Highlighter

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Ahhhh! One of my faves. I bought this when I visited Sephora in New York (still unreal and still insane that we haven’t got our own Sephora here in London). I would never usually buy a highlighter this expensive but at the moment in time I genuinly couldn’t help myself…no self control when it comes to buying makeup unfortunately. This highlighter, however, is so good and I’ll probably buy it again when my next student loan drops in. The highlight really stands out and stays on all day. Even can be used as eyeshadow (trying to justify buying it basically).

Price: $38 = £30.43

6. M.A.C Velvet Teddy Matte Lipstick

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Finally, my number 1.  This lipstick is by my side everyday. It is a gorgeous colour suited for any skin colour, feels great/soft on my lips and stays on without drying my lips out like many matte lipsticks out there. It is a nude colour so it doesn’t matter whether you’re going for a natural look or going out for the evening – works with anything. ALSO, it smells amazing. This product should be in everyone’s bag!

Price: £15.50