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


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


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


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


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


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


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




The time has come. I have waited months to try out Kylie Jenner Cosmetics but was often put off by the delivery fee and reviews from other bloggers. But finally, on Christmas day, I opened two presents containing an eyeshadow palette, a lipstick and lip liner kit, and the birthday edition mini lip kit.

I have heard a variety of comments (bad and good) about Kylie’s makeup line. Some saying that they are bad quality and not worth the price; others saying the makeup is long lasting and the lipsticks don’t dry out your lips (which is the main goal when buying lipstick). So when I opened these kits I was so eager to try them all out (eager being an understatement – literally took off my freshly applied face of makeup just to put it all on again with my new makeup).

The first product was Kylie Jenner’s The Bronze Palette. Not going to lie, I have used this palette everyday I want to make up on since Christmas. I can’t get enough of it; the colours are perfect for a subtle, everyday eye look. The eyeshadows blend so well together and the pigment (oh my god jasper – the first one) = perfect for that inner eye highlight; I’ve even used it as a general highlight on my face. I would definitely recommend this eyeshadow palette, especially for those who like the natural makeup look.

Price: $42 = £33.47


The second product is the Kylie Lip Kit in the colour Maliboo. Nude colours are honestly my favourite simply because you can wear them on any occasion. I’ve heard that Maliboo doesn’t suit everyone? I have yet to see someone who doesn’t suit it but it’s just a warning! The kit comes with a lip liner in the same colour as well which, for me, justifies buying it for some unknown reason. Anyway, I found the lip liner super easy to apply and incredibly smooth which was fantastic. The lipstick is also great; however, I wouldn’t apply more than one layer because I feel that it ends up looking cakey. It wears off a bit when drinking and eating, but I kind of expected that so it wasn’t much of a worry. Apart from that, it does last a long time. My problem when buying matte lipsticks is that they often dry my lips out and at the end of the day my lips look horrible (not a good look) and I regret wearing it. While Maliboo and other colours (I assume) didn’t last the whole day, it lasted longer than past lipsticks I’ve used which is a plus.

Price: $29 = £23.11

Here’s a swatch of my lip kit:



The Kylie Jenner Birthday edition is a kit of mini matte lipsticks which are great for taking with you when travelling. I found the actual packaging of the lipsticks quite flimsy – the lid often comes loose which gets annoying but it doesn’t fall apart or anything so I can probably get past that. The actually lipsticks themselves are great – they are so easily applied and the colour lasts ages (less so when eating and drinking as said earlier). This kit comes with 6 different colours mixing from red, pink and nude. I would also only apply one layer when using these for the same reason as the Lip Kit because otherwise, it won’t look as smooth. The colours (from left to right) are Leo, Exposed, Koko K, Dolce K, Candy K and Kristen. 

Price: $36 = £28.69

A swatch of the mini lipsticks:


Honestly, I love these kits – you may agree/disagree but I think they are high quality and not too expensive. If you’ve been umming and arring about buying some of these then my advice is ‘treat yourself’; they are well worth it and last ages (as long as you don’t go crazy).


Pretty BUT Poor

Honestly, having expensive taste is one of the hardest, most problematic things when you’re young and broke. I don’t know how we do it. Can you even imagine how much we must spend on makeup and clothes that aren’t even worth the price? I once added up the price of all my products from when I started buying makeup to now, mainly ranging from £10 – £50 a piece, to find out that, if I hadn’t bought all this makeup, I could probably afford my own car. Not a BMW or anything but still, how crazy is that?

I have always thought that good quality items have to be expensive; I have lived by the phrase you get what you pay for, but I’ve come to realise that this isn’t the case. When you start having to actually be an adult and save your money for essentials like food and rent, you start to realise that £30 mascara probably isn’t worth starving yourself. So here are a few ways to cut back on your spending:

Opt for cheaper brands

Most of you probably want Kylie Jenner’s lip kits, I know I do, but NYX do a similar matte lipstick which stays put for hours and only costs £6 rather than £20. They both do the same trick and by spending less you can at least make sure you’re not going to be homeless this month.

Be chic in cheap

Honestly, fashion nowadays is so chill; get a baggy t-shirt (could even be from the men’s department as they’re usually cheaper), tuck it into some boyfriend jeans and there you have it: one laid-back, street style.

Don’t throw away old clothes

Unless they don’t fit obviously. Trends come back around all the time – at one point, your parents will even be in fashion.

Get out of Sephora and into Superdrug

Sephora makeup is heavenly but it is likely to cost you an arm and a leg. Superdrug has so many brands that are definitely worth buying.

Buy knee-high boots

This is probably the best advice I can give you. Knee high boots make any outfit instantly stylish, you can wear them with anything. You can even get them for at least £25 from sites such as Missy Empire.

I’m not going to say that I’ve religiously lived by all these rules because that would be lying, but it does help knowing that there are other options.

Style on a student budget

A trip to Oxfam might just save you from a lifetime of debt.

Students often have trouble budgeting their money, especially if they have a keen passion for fashion. The self-control to stop yourself from buying new clothes every season can be extremely difficult but here are a few ways that you can stay stylish while on a budget.

Choose non-brands over brands: Despite the fact that designer clothing makes us look and feel like Kim Kardashian, we’ve got to understand that it is not as important buying Burberry when we can simply buy top quality clothing from other shops at a price that a student can actually afford. On average, a woman spends over £600 on clothes a year, roughly 100,000 in your lifetime. This number can go down drastically by simply changing your shopping style. There is no such thing as the impossible.

Love charity shops: While we all love shopping at Topshop and Miss Selfridges, buying a whole wardrobe is a big no-no! Charity shops sell clothes at unbelievable prices and, you never know, the different styles might surprise you. Caitlyn Siggs, design apprentice, age 19, said: “I have a huge love for charity shops. I even managed to buy my whole prom outfit for roughly £50 which is so good!” Don’t be put off by the negative stigma that charity shops carry or that other people have worn the clothes. Start small and next you’ll know your bank account won’t be in the minus numbers (which is everyone’s dream).

Use apps: It’s 2016; the variety of shopping apps out there is huge! Charlotte Lamb, Advertising student, age 18, says: “ShopStyle is one of my favourite apps, it allows you to browse clothes from all sorts of shops while sending you bargain alerts so that I can always find great deals.” What could be better?

Discounts: Some people can’t bring themselves to shop in charity stores so always ask whether shops do a student discount. Almost every shop has some sort of discount and there is even a unidays app to keep you up-to-date with current discounts. It may only be 10% off clothes but, hey, every little helps. Some stores go up to 75% off which means everything to those who spend 75% too much.

Think outside the box: The good thing about fashion is that what goes around comes around. Look through your old clothes or even your parent’s clothes, you might find something worth wearing. The 70’s are in fashion, after all. Ashleigh Rees, Art student, age 19 says: “The thing about fashion is that it changes all the time, what you might view as cheap and tacky might be the next trend; there’s not one style for everyone.”

Don’t feel like you always need to be on top of fashion: The fact is that, most of the time, other university students are not going to know the difference between an expensive outfit and a charity shop outfit; they may not even know what the current trend is. The average style on campus is joggers so there’s no point spending your entire student loan on clothes, which aren’t even going to be appreciated. While this attitude to take, it is definitely possible.

We all know how tempting it is to buy a new outfit when your student loan drops in but you definitely do not want to find yourself starving because you spent too much on clothes, especially when, in a couple of months, this ‘expensive new outfit’ will be old news.

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Kickstart your healthy lifestyle!

More often than not we spend a couple days trying to be healthy and then give up because 1) we don’t see any changes in our bodies and 2) it’s just too much work to stay away from those heavenly sweets. The problem is that this mindset means we will never see any changes as we’re just not patient enough. To help you kick-start your healthy lifestyle now, here are … things you can do.

Walk all day, everyday:

Okay so obviously not all day, but seriously start walking to and from places; be it university, work or shops. While walking doesn’t seem like a lot of exercise, it still has major health benefits by getting you out in the fresh air and moving around.

Start eating healthier portions:

Everyone loves food, it’s impossible not to, but eating large portions every meal and every day is horrendously bad for you. If your eyes are too big for your stomach, then invest in some smaller plates to trick your brain into thinking you’re eating a lot.

Don’t snack 24/7:

This, I know, is especially hard for students as all we want to do is snack to get us through the endless work, but try and control yourself. You will definitely regret those years snacking on chocolate and sweets so stop now; drinking water fills you up and if you need something to nibble on try healthier options such as mixed nuts, plain yoghurt and carrots.

Make dinner from scratch:

Sounds like a hassle but some people do not know how much sugar goes in ready-made meals or even store bought sauces. Studies show that “some supermarket ready meals contain almost twice as much sugar as a can of Coca-Cola”. Why eat all that extra sugar when making spaghetti Bolognese from scratch is a lot healthier and tastier? The extra time cooking will be totally worth it in the end.

Drink lots of water:

Stay away from those sugary drinks – they are absolutely not helping anyone! Fruit juice may seem like the better option; however, despite having more nutrients “it contains as much sugar…and calories as soft drinks.” Just drink lots, and I mean lots, of water and if you don’t like the taste of water, try adding a bit of lemon.


How you’re not hungry after 8 hours of not eating is insane. Dr Walji states that “if you skip breakfast, your body is operating at a slower pace” and eating a good breakfast “means you’re less likely to overeat at other meals.” Eating a well-balanced breakfast kicks off your metabolism for the day.