Wednesday, 18 September 2013

the body shop vitamin e cool bb cream

| the body shop vitamin e cool bb cream*- £10 the body shop |
i'm clearly going through a bb phase at the moment. i've gone from barely touching them to wearing them on a daily basis! the formula of this product is quite thin making it a fairly light coverage and very easy to blemd. it's very moisturising, as would be expected with all that vitamin e! the dewey finish is something that i am more partial to in the warmer months so i'm not sure how much i will use this in the winter. however with a good powder it can be transformed easily, so you never know! i also found that a little goes a long way, so don't make the same mistake as me and try to put a fistful on your face at once!  the body shop always seem to have offers or discount codes floating about so there is bound be an opportunity to try this for a little cheaper!

what is your favourite bb cream?

big ♥,

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

5 products i'm glad i didn't purchase

as a blogger it's easily to get caught up in product hype. i have a tendency to rush out and buy products that everyone is talking about without really thinking about whether i will actually use them. every now and again i resist and my life continues on... so i thought i'd reflect on the few products that i'm glad i never picked up.
1) sleek pout paints
a great idea. i'm sure i would have had great fun with them for a few weeks but i get bored easily. i like being able to get my make-up done as quickly as possible and i know i would never end up using them just to save time in the mornings.

2) naked 2 palette
i have to admit i'm still so tempted to buy this... but i know if i do i'll never use it. i have so many eyeshadows in my drawers that i don't get anywhere near enough use out of and a lot of them are very similar shades to this palette. someone please stop me!

3) chanel nail polish
i've lusted after many a chanel nail varnish but after talking to a few people about them all i've heard is how badly they chip! most nail varnishes chip pretty quickly on me anyway, so i can only imagine how quickly these would work their way off my nails!

4) nyx glitter palettes
these always look so beautiful but i only ever seem to wear glitter for fancy dress now days. i've also read a few reviews that said the glitter comes off with the top layer which is a little disappointing to hear. 

5) caudalie beauty elixir
some people claim this is their holy grail product and others have said it's nothing more than a flavoured water. i have a feeling i wouldn't be a fan on the scent and i wouldn't be too happy to spend all that money if it didn't end up working for me. i have quite a few other facial sprays in my collection at the moment so it's probably best i never bought it!

what products are you glad you didn't buy?

big ♥,

Monday, 16 September 2013

lush think pink bath ballistic & pop in the bath bubble bar

think pink bath ballistic £2.50 , pop in the bath bubble bar £2.95 - lush |
i was never big on lush. to me it always felt overpriced and as i only have a shower at uni i never really get a chance to sample the bath products but these two definitely caught my eye! as i'm heading back to uni today it felt like the perfect time to reflect on two of my most recent favourite bath time products.

the think pink bath ballistic is the most gorgeous colour. the pastel pink shade transforms in a bright pink in the bath. i looks almost like liquid raspberry jelly! the lavender scent is hardly detectable. instead i can smell what i imagine to be the tonka, with hints of vanilla. placing this in your bath is the cosmetics equivalents of getting a great big hug and for £2.50 i have a feeling i'll be picking it up again!

the pop in the bath bubble bar was something that intrigued me. i've heard so much about the bubble bars and i thought it was finally time to see how one of them works. this particular one is made in four random colour combinations so you can pick up a different colour based on how you feel. the fragrance is sweet and citrus-y, which is released when you crumble it under running bath water. it works just like a normal bubble bath creating mountains of bubbles, obviously varying dependant on how much you put it. mine lasted me a good 5/6 baths which works out at about 50p per bath. worth every penny!

what do you think about lush? anything you would recommend?

big ♥,

Sunday, 15 September 2013

sampling samples #6

pantene pro-v repair and protect shampoo
i've only used this a couple of times so i can't make many claims about it. it leaves my hair feeling clean and not heavy. i haven't seen any massive differences in my hair, but likewise it hasn't had any adverse effects.

une skin-glow foundation
i can only describe this product as okay. it's a light/medium coverage foundation with a dewey finish and a bit of a funny smell. i didn't mind wearing it but i wouldn't go and pick it up any time soon.

so...? sexy*
these fragrances remind me of my childhood. it smells sweet and floral, yet adult at the same time. i was surprised to find this is a fragrance that i'm actually looking to repurchase. it's cheap as chips and the full size bottle is the perfect size to pop in my handbag.

so...? sensual*
i'm less keen on this fragrance than the other. it's not really floral but definitely not musky. i just can't pick up the notes in at all. its pleasant but not a fragrance i would typically pick. definitely more suited for the evenings i think.

l'oreal nude magique
when i first saw this i didn't get it. how could it be nude and still give me coverage? but this may be my favourite skin product i have used for a long time! obviously i have only used one sample but i am going straight out, right this very second to go and purchase it. even my favourite foundations don't make my skin look this nice alone. it is light and feels almost like second skin. i would say the product is a strong medium coverage and it's something i would be happy to wear with nothing else on my face. (and i don't say that about many products!)

l'oreal lumi magique
i'm impressed l'oreal! i think sometimes i forget how much i love it as a brand. this foundation is definitely a heavy to medium coverage but it doesn't feel that way on the skin. it made my skin look completely flawless and i am so tempted to go out and buy this! i'm just not sure i can justify picking up both this and the nude maqique!

cargo lipgloss* 
when i saw this in my glossy box i was instantly drawn to it. the shade serengetti is a dark peachy pink with a subtle shimmer running through it. it applies fairly sheer, with a very slight colour pay off. the formula is a lot more sticky than i would hope for, but it looks amazing over a nude lipstick. would i pay £10 for a full size however? i doubt it.

big ♥,

Saturday, 14 September 2013

shake shack

a few weekends a go i had the pleasure of heading up to covent garden to get my phone fixed (fyi it's still broken and i hate you apple.) whilst i waited for my appointment my lovely friend holly and i decided to pop over to shake shack for a spot of lunch. it seems to be the go to place for every blogger at the moment and i can definitely see what all the hype is about.

hollie opted for a shackburger and a chocolate milkshake, whilst i had a shackago dog, loaded with all variety of toppings, as well as a milkshake of the peanut butter variety. then obviously we had to share some cheesey chips! the food was wonderfully fresh and tasted absolutely delicious. the milkshakes flavour wasn't too overpowering but looking back on it i wish i'd added a bit of caramel to mine! next time i pop up to london i'll have to get myself one of those shackburgers, they look amazing!

on an entirely unrelated note how amazing is this van! it was selling hair accessories just outside the centre in covent garden. i can't help but imagine how amazing it would be to travel around in one of these, stopping at some beautiful places along the way!

big ♥,

Friday, 13 September 2013

avon shine attract lipstick

| avon shine attract lipstick in happy pink*- £9 online/via rep |
the idea behind these is a clear one. offering you the benefits of a balm and lipstick, separately but yet still as one product. it immediately caught my eye and i knew i had to try it!

the shade of this is gorgeous. if offers a sheer wash of colour but still with plenty of pigment and shine. it is shimmery as oppose to glittering increasing the shine element of the product. in terms of the consistency of the product, that is great too. it is creamy and moisturising (mostly due to the balm component) but i find application can be very difficult. as the actually lipstick shade is in the centre of the product it can be difficult to manoeuvre the product all over your lips.

despite my love for the shade and formula, the application difficulties are a massive downside for me and it makes me reach for it far less. i wouldn't necessarily purchase any more for myself but if you can see past the application its definitely worth taking a look at.

big ♥,

Thursday, 12 September 2013

l'oreal super liner

| l'oreal super liner in black vinyl- £6.99 boots/superdrug |

when anyone asks me to recommend a liquid eyeliner it is an easy choice. i have a few different brands in my collection but this beauty from l'oreal is always the winner. 

the nib is quite long and fairly thin, making it easy to apply and create a nice shape. the colour is a highly, pigmented true black which provides you with a strong frame for your eyes. Perfect to complete any make-up look, particularly in the evenings. in addition to this i think the best thing about the product is that once on, it truly does not budge! on the odd occasion when i fall asleep with my make-up still on (*slaps self on the wrist*) it is still entirely intact when i wake up! you can't really hope for anything more than that!

have you got a product you always recommend?

big ♥,

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

je sourire #3

i've loved ellie goulding since i first discovered her four years ago. when she released her first album i was in love and it was definitely the soundtrack to my 2011 summer. when her latest album was released i was less excited. it wasn't songs i enjoyed as much, but the release of this song has reignited my love! (pun totally intended) and not only that she looks absolutely amazing! i can't help but want everything she ever wears!

who is your favourite artist right now? i'm currently in the process of revamping my ipod so any song recommendations are welcome!

big ♥,

Monday, 9 September 2013

cooking at uni

the stereotypical student diet is a wonderful mix of super noodles and take-away pizza but in reality it can be so different. i saw so many students come to uni with such appalling cooking skills, that all they were qualified to cook were ready meals. cooking for yourself (or others) can be so simple once you know how. it's just a case of preparation and knowledge.

i like to think i eat fairly healthy at university. obviously i have my off days. i love nothing more than a pizza after a night out and i am partial to the odd meal deal but in general i can't wait to get home and eat a salad after a long day of lectures!

i found in my first term that i was more tempted to reach for convenience foods because i didn't have time to cook properly. so as the year went on i found that by preparing meals when i have a few hours free i was able to freeze them to make quick meals. by having vegetables pre-cut, or meals pre-portioned i can food quickly and easily without reaching for a take away menu.

as well as not having time it can be easy to get stuck in a rut when it comes to food, so i took a big book full of all my favourite recipes from home. that way when i was feeling a bit homesick i just gave my mum a ring and cooked up a big plate of something homely and warming. exactly what i needed!

there truly is no replacement for good, home cooked food (not even a dominoes!) and i can't wait to get back and try out all my new recipes!

do you like to cook? what sort of food do you eat on a daily basis?

big ♥,

ps, fear not i'll be returning to my usual postings tomorrow! it's only one week until i head off to uni and i can hardly contain my excitement! writing these posts certainly didn't help my yearning to get back!

Sunday, 8 September 2013

decorating your uni room

you room at university truly is a home away from home. i spent a lot of time making my room my own  last year (see this post) but i did it relatively cheaply with only a few extra elements to me it 'me'. so for all of you planning your i have a few suggestions to make it your own.

throws and pillows
a lot of halls of residence don't have a living space within the flat so if you're like me you're bed may end up being used as a sofa instead! you can make it a lot more comfortable by bringing some pretty pillows and a nice warm blanket (you'll be thankful for it when you're feeling ill!)

photos add a completely personal touch to any room. you can also have great fun finding a unique way to display them. some people put them on their pin board. others use them to create a boarder. i displayed mine in a sort of mural on my wall and also had some in a frame on my desk, for me its a case of the more the better and i've already ordered 50 more prints for this year!

whether it's a china figurine from your gap year or a childhood money box they not only remind you of home but can also be a great conversation starter. select them carefully as too many can cause clutter.

pretty storage
practical can and should be pretty. storage is a necessity in any student room and if you can make it look nice its a bonus! ikea do some great simple boxes but i've also found some great pieces in places like matalan. 

everyone loves getting flowers so instead of waiting for a secret admirer to send me some my mum send me to uni with a baby money plant to nurture. her mum had done the same for her when she moved into her first house so it was a natural progression. a plant makes the room feel so much more fresh and alive, plus i'm sure there is some positive feng shui vibes attached to it somewhere.

the lighting in halls of residence can be quite harsh and i found that having a light by my bed was really useful. next yeah i also plan to take one for my desk for those late night revision sessions. if your looking for something a little more decorative i definitely recommend fairy lights! you can get them really cheap (sometimes they have them in the pound shop!) and with so many different varieties there is bound to be some you like.

how do you decorate your room? 

big ♥,

Saturday, 7 September 2013

my top tips for freshers

1. learn some basic cooking skillsi've covered this in my 'cooking at uni' (on the way soon) post but please god just do it.  a student budget cannot accommodate you eating ready meals and take-away pizzas every night! (and even if you can you're better off saving it for more interesting things!)

2. get involved in something. i made some of my best friends through clubs and societies. these are the elements of my uni life that have made my uni experience! i've loved getting involved in the volunteering and the sports teams. it really is all about throwing yourself in and getting involved in a new activity or an old favourite!

3. register with a gp asap. you will be glad you did when you feel so ill you can hardly pull yourself out of bed but can't go see a dr. filling in the forms can take a bit of time so have your vaccination history and you nhs number handy. if you get it done straight away it's one less thing to think about!

4. bring biscuits. biscuits and tea were my tools for luring my flatmates out of their bedrooms on the first day. no one can say no to a nice biscuit and it's a homely touch. also great for grabbing in the first few days when you're in a hurry!

5. wedge your door open. its so much more welcoming. people will feel like they can come and say hi and introduce themselves. i also found that this sets you up for the rest of the year. people soon realised that when my door was open people were welcome to pop, but when it was closed i was busy and didn't want to be disturbed. i got so much more work done this way.

6. go to the library. i found that during the exam period i couldn't get any work done in my flat. it is so easy to get distracted! so instead i would head over to the library or the computer building. once you're there it seems almost too much of an effort to walk home, forcing you to work!

7. don't sweat it. at most uni's your first year doesn't even count so missing the odd lecture isn't a big deal. make an effort but enjoy yourself. settle in, get to know your surroundings and throw yourself in. you'll get less time to do so as the years go on!

have you got any tips form your time in uni? 

big ♥,

Friday, 6 September 2013

slimming at uni

we've all heard of the dreaded fresher fifteen. well i gained the fresher twenty eight. the first term i ate badly, drank too much and managed to break my ankle, which resulted in no exercise. i found that in my first year despite my best efforts to eat well it was really difficult to shift any of my excess weight. this summer i've made a conscious effort to loose as much as i can and although i'm almost 1 stone down it isn't enough. this year i am determined to loose all the weight i gained and then maintain it in a healthy way. i came up with a list of ideas to do that last year in this post. but its time to rethink my ideas and make an action plan!

keep going to slimming world
last year i didn't really have the finances in place to do this as obviously you can weigh yourself at home, but i found that i just didn't stick to it. i feel an element of pressure when i go to get weighed at group and that is what i need to keep me on track!

join the gym
last year i convinced myself that i could save some pennies and just go running... i didn't go. i can't stand the rain and cold so this year i am signing up to the gym and i want to go at least 3 times a week as well as swimming on the odd occasion.

exercise with friends
i realised that if i organise to meet up with a friend then i can't really get out of exercising. it also helps to have a bit of support and even a little bit of healthy competition!

drink less
this is the main thing i need to do this year. as a first year i went out a minimum of 4 days a week and towards the end of the year this was closer to 6 or 7 days! i need to find healthier alternatives to the drinks i like and then the rest of the time cut back a bit. i'm hoping this will be easier with my increased workload!

have you tried to loose weight whilst at uni? any tips?

big ♥,

Thursday, 5 September 2013

what to take to uni

like every other student when i found out i'd got into university i went off searching for a list of 'what to take to university'. a lot of lists are a bit overwhelming so here is a basic run-down of what i took (give or take a few items!)

- clothes- don't pack everything. you'll probably have less room than you do at home and you're bound to pick up so stash! so think about what you really need.
- extension leads
- stationary, notebooks and folders
- printer, with ink and paper
- passport, copies of passport photos and copies of important documents inc. student finance and exam certificates
- space saving storage- plastci shelving, stackable boxes etc
- cutlery, plates, pots and pans, plus everything else you need for your kitchen- this is down to personal preference and the level of cooking you will be doing
- fancy dress- you will use it
- bedding- duvet, pillows, sheets (some may be supplied)
- alarm clock
- laundry basket
- door stop- propping your door open is the best thing you can do!
- clothes horse
- desk lamp (may be supplied)
- toiletries- don't go mental with the products!
- envelopes and stamps- you won't think you'll need will
- NHS medical number and vaccination history- you need this to sign up to your dr at uni and it's a pain to find later!
- small first aid kit- basic items like plasters and paracetamol as a minimum
- needle and thread- for sewing buttons back on etc
- weekend bag- for when you want to pop home/visit friends
- clothes hangers
- little whiteboard- i stuck mine on my room door and it provided endless hours of fun
- bluetack- you'll find things you want to stick up!
- usb pen- don't always rely on email to transfer your documents!
- pack of cards- when you want to play ring of fire no one ever seems to have any!

there are a few other bits and bobs that are personal to every person and certain uni's will provide some bits, so definitely check with them! these were just things that i take with me.

can any of you think of anything i've missed off?

big ♥,

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

budgeting/saving at uni

as a student going into my second year at university i like to think i have a good idea of how to budget as a student. my student loan doesn't even cover my rent so i've really had to learn to scrimp and save. everyone has their own areas they can make savings but here are a few tips and tricks i have picked up in my first year.

1. take food with you
one of my biggest pitfalls is buying myself food when i'm out and about at uni. whether its a sandwich at lunch time or a coffee on the way to lectures it all adds up! so i bought myself some lunch boxes and snack pots from the £1 shop and i make sure to always have something in my bag, especially when i head off to library!

2. make a spending diary
this is something i have been doing more recently and it really helps you see where all of your money is going. i realised that i was spending money on a bottle of water every time i went out, so now i keep one in my bag at all times.

3. think before you buy
do you really need it? this is the first question i ask myself before i purchase anything. can i live without it? if they answer is yes, then don't buy it. i ask the same question before i go out for dinner or a night out. have i been out too much that week? can i afford to go out again? it's all about thinking before you do anything.

4. use your student discount (or any discount for that matter)
if you must buy something ALWAYS ask if they do a student discount. a lot of places do and those who don't can sometimes recommend another way to get some discounts. it never hurts to ask!

5. shop around
it took me 3 terms to work out that tesco was the cheapest supermarket by the university, needless to say i hadn't been using it. i've now worked out that doing an asda delivery every couple of weeks is even cheaper! if you want to save even more money go to a  local market nearby and pick up all of your fresh fruit and veg here, it works out so much cheaper than any supermarket! ninety percent of the time if you're buying something you can get it cheaper elsewhere, so make sure you look around!

6. look at what you have
the amount of times i see people buy a new pair of jeans when they have another 10 pairs at home! don't buy things you already have! if you have 40 tops but no skirts then don't go buying another 5 t'shirts. in the same way think about what you have that will go with each piece. there is no point in buying something that you can't actually wear. this applies to anything you buy, not just clothes! think before you go to the till.

7. make sacrifices
sometimes you just have to go without. when i look back at all the things i wanted to do or have wanted to buy over the past year none of it was more important than needing money for food. it sucks, but don't think of it as going without. Think of it more as postponing until the future.

big ♥,

ps as most freshers will be heading off over the next few weeks i'm hoping to get up a few posts about my uni experience and my advice to anyone heading off. if you have anything you'd like me to cover please send me an email or leave a comment below :)

Monday, 2 September 2013

vaseline pro derma deodorant

| vaseline deodorant* in active fresh, aloe fresh, double invisible and derma beauty £1.86 |
i don't normally talk about deodorant... for a lot of brands it is a case of, you've tried one you've tried them all. i'd never picked up a vaseline on before and i have to say i have been impressed. with so many variations in the range i've been using different deodorants dependant on my mood. the double invisible is one i lean towards on a hot day or a night out, can't be dealing with unsightly marks on my clothes! the derma blend deodorant has the most gorgeous floral scent and is great for longer days at work when i know i'm going to have to work hard! the active fresh scent reminds me of going to the gym or doing a workout mainly because its the one i reach towards for those moments. the scent really lends itself to this. as for the aloe fresh scent it is a great everyday scent which i tend to keep hidden in my handbag for those emergency moments.  all the deodorants claim to last for a minimum of 24hrs and contain 0% alcohol. with those claims for less than £2 you can't really say no!

am i the only one who switches up my deodorant?

big ♥,

Sunday, 1 September 2013

sampling samples #5 | holiday edition

to save a bit of space in my suitcase i took a few samples with me on holiday. a cleanser, sunscreen, body butter and primer found it's way into my suitcase. everything you need for a holiday in the sun!

coola mineral sunscreen*
this sunscreen looked terrifying when i first went to put it on. after reading the small print i discovered it was marketed as a tinted moisturiser as well as a sunscreen. but to be honest i found the product too sheer to be a tinted moisturiser and lacking in sufficient spf to be a sunscreen. the formula is great but it is seriously lacking in other vital areas. slightly disappointing

vinchy normaderm tri-activ cleanser*
i was instantly drawn to this as it can be used in three different ways. you can apply it either as a cleanser, mask or scrub demanding on what you're looking for. its free from parabens and a selection of other nasty bits making it great for sensitive skin. it contains salicylic acid to revitalise the skin and the little exfoliating beads give the skin a good polish without being harsh, even when using it as a mask. it smells amazing and the clay in the formula leaves the skin feel soft and well looked after but not heavy. i'm impressed vinchy.

alison claire mango body butter*
i used this for a bit of indulgent moisturising after a day in the sun. i much prefer products with a pump as they are just so much more hygienic. the product is thick but thins upon application, making it easier to massage in. it sinks into the skin straight away leaving it moisturised as opposed to sticky. the scent is fresh but is not one i am particularly  fond of. the product is over 70% organic and i would presume that is why the scent is not quite as sugary sweet as i would hope for. overall a nice product but not one i would repurchase simply because of the smell.

murad skin perfecting primer- dewy finish*
this primer is unlike any other i have tried before. not only is it coloured it is very thin, almost like a tinted moisturiser. in fact i feel like this producted worked more as a moisturiser than a primer. it did very little to make my make-up stay on longer and i didn't feel like my complexion had any more of a dewy finish than normal. however this product did help my make-up go on smoothly, but i'm not sure i could face the price tag for only one benefit.

its such a shame that i wasn't impressed by many of my samples this time round but that's what they are for i guess! saving me a lot of money in the long run!

big ♥,
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