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27/09/2014

Love Me Beauty Box: The Revamp September 2014

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Love Me Beauty – September 2014*

Love Me Beauty has had a little bit of a revamp for this months box, in fact the whole concept has completely changed.

Now, not only do you get a choice of box but you also get to choose which exact items you put into the box. Each month you will be given 6 credits to spend in the Love Me Beauty boutique – an online store full of new and exciting beauty products. Each product is given a credit value and you simply spend your credits on whatever you like, you can also add extra products and pay for those on top of the £10 monthly fee. The Love Me Beauty website has had a complete redesign and looks very swish, when you first log in and subscribe you will be asked to complete your beauty profile – this helps Love Me Beauty to curate products just for you and give excellent product recommendations. You then go to the boutique and add products to your box and then once you have used all your credits up you checkout and your box will be sent out. Easy as pie.

Here’s what I chose this month:

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Oriflame – The One 5-in-1 Wonder Lash Mascara

Have been using this mascara every day since I received my box, it certainly lives up to it’s name. It does amazing things to the lashes – defines, volumises and lengthens! Perfect for every day use but can also be built up for evening use too.

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Malin + Goetz Vitamin E Face Moisturiser

Another fab product, this little sample size bottle has been my saviour for the last few days – my skin has become very dry whilst I’ve been suffering with Sinusitis. I’ve been applying this all over my face throughout the day and it really has made an impact on my dry skin situation. My skin feels hydrated, plump and makeup applies easily over the top of it, it also sinks in fairly quickly.

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Anatomicals – Stop Cracking Up Lip Balm

I love Anatomicals, everything I have tried from them I have loved. This lip balm is no exception, it’s a thick gel consistency and it really does smooth the lips and leaves them feeling soothed and hydrated. I’ve been applying this quite thickly on my lips and allowing it time to sink in fully. The perfect treat for lips that are beginning to dry out with the cold weather we’ve been having recently.

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Percy and Reed – Lovingly Light Foaming Treatment Mask for hair

I chose this because I love the Percy & Reed packaging, it’s just so cute and I love the fonts and the illustrations. I thought I would give this a go as I have quite fine hair and this promises to give it a boost without weighing it down. I tried this out the other day and did notice that my hair was a lot less heavy and a little more volumised. It smells good too!

I would definitely recommend that you give the new Love Me Beauty a whirl, it’s a pretty fun process and it’s quite unique in the beauty box world.

Will you be giving Love Me Beauty a go?

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24/09/2014

Autumnal Eyes with The Body Shop

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The Body Shop – Shimmer Cubes – Warm - £16*

The Body Shop – Eyeshadow Brush - £9*

The Body Shop – Eyeshadow Blender Brush - £10*

You can’t beat a bronze smoky eye for autumn can you? I’ve always been intrigued by The Body Shop’s Shimmer Cubes and the Warm palette is a beaut – four beautiful brown shades that will work wonders for green and blue eyes.

I was surprised by how easy to apply these shadows were and they blend together like a dream, the eyeshadow blender brush makes it simple. I also found that using the shadows wet made them even more pigmented and shimmery, perfect for adding a bit of drama to the lower lash line.

I will definitely be wearing the Shimmer Cubes in Warm all autumn long, I especially love the deep brown shade and can’t wait to pair it with some purple eyeshadows for an evening smoky eye.

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Have you tried The Body Shop Shimmer Cubes?

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17/09/2014

MEMEBOX: Special #16 OMG Box

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MEMEBOX: OMG Box $29* (now sold out)

MEMEBOX is a beauty box that comes from Korea, and there are lots of different boxes to choose from each month – some with make-up, someskincare and some a mixture of the two. The boxes are a range of prices depending on the contents but they are all around the $20 – 30 (£12 – 18)mark, and there are special themed boxes which are a little bit more expensive. You can choose to buy a MEMEBOX at any time but it will be shipped on a certain date, these things sell out fast so if you see one that you like the look of you best buy it quickly. The beauty box is shipped from Korea via DHL in the UK so it arrives safely to your door, and the shipping is surprisingly speedy!

This time I was sent the OMG Box which is designed to make you wonder about the items, some weird products that will turn out to be awesome. The perfect box to try out some of the more bizarre beauty products that Korea has to offer!

Unfortunately the OMG Box that I received is now out of stock but I saw on the website that there will soon be an OMG 3 box available soon.

The box contained:

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Hope Girl Night Diva Gloss (Full Size) – $22

This is a lip gloss that’s made up of two shades – orange and pink, it’s insanely glittery too. The colour doesn’t really transfer to the lips but it does leave a nice sheen. The packaging is what makes this product special though, it has a little light in the lid and a mirror on the side so that you can re-apply gloss even in the dark.

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SKINAZ Premium Vitablet (Full Size) – $46

I was definitely intrigued by this product, it’s like nothing I’ve ever seen in the UK. Vitablet is a vitamin cleanser that comes in the form of a tablet, it contains lots of ingredients that are beneficial to the skin including more than 300g of Vitamin C! To use you add one tablet to a bowl of water and then use the water as a cleanser on the skin. I then added the water to a spray bottle to spritz throughout the day as a toner.

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SKINAZ The Kissable 24H Lip Tattoo (Full Size) – $18

First up, this thing smells amazing! It smells just like the Boots Mango and Papaya body spray. It also is super opaque and really does leave a stain on the lips. To use the lip tattoo you apply a layer of it all over your lips and wait for it to dry, you then remove the dried tattoo from the lips and apply some lip balm. You are left with a vibrant colour that doesn’t budge from your lips all day!

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Pure Smile Oh! My Busty!? 3 Step Bust Care Kit (Full Size) – $6

This was probably the weirdest product that I received in this box, definitely haven’t seen anything like this in the UK. This is a 3 step process for giving your bust a treat, the Gommage exfoliates the skin, the Hydrogel pack rejuvenates the skin and the cream moisturises. I haven’t tried this yet and I’m not sure if I will! Maybe if I’m going to be baring my chest!

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Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask (Full Size) – $46

I was surprised by this product as I expected it to smell bad but it actually doesn’t really have a smell. This is a fab face mask that is perfect for deep cleansing, your face feels super clean after. It’s a bit strange when the mask starts bubbling up though due to the carbonation.

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Ladykin Aqua Exfoliator for Body (Full Size) – $14

This is another interesting product, it’s an exfoliator that you spray on! You spray it over your body wherever you want to exfoliate and then you just rub off the dead skin cells. It’s kind of satisfying to wipe away the dead skin cells (gross but true!). The product smells quite pleasant and it really does work.

Have you tried MEMEBOX yet?

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09/09/2014

University Tips: Getting Organised for Lectures

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So there will be some learning involved in your time at uni, and your first lecture will probably be in the middle of Fresher’s Week – not ideal. Depending on your degree you might have a variety of different lesson types; at my university I had lectures, seminars and the occasional tutorial.

Lectures generally happen in big lecture theatres or classrooms and there are lots of people there normally, this is where your tutor will teach you the basics of your course. Seminars are smaller and there will probably be around 15 of you there with your tutor, seminars are where you get to input your ideas and work together with the other students in your class. I only had two or three tutorials in my whole degree, and these were where there were only 3 or 4 of us with the tutor and we were able to work on the difficult concepts together. At my university it was compulsory that you attend seminars and tutorials and there would be a register taken.

Getting organised, then, for a start this will depend on how many modules your course is made up of. My degree was made up of eighteen modules in total; three for each semester. For each module I would have one lecture and one seminar a week. Ideally these would be spread out throughout the week but in reality they all turned out to be on the same day.

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To make it easy for yourself I’d recommend getting a Project Book; a notebook with different sections for each module. I used to use mine for both lectures and seminars and then I knew all of my notes were together when it came to writing essays. I also bought some of those flexible plastic wallets which button closed to keep all of the handouts for each module in. This meant that on Monday morning when I had to be in my Sociology lecture at 9am all I had to grab was my project book and the corresponding plastic wallet and shove it in my bag. You could use Lever Arch Folders but they just aren’t as easy to carry around, especially if you’ve got text books to carry too!

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I would recommend getting yourself some brightly coloured pens for your notes too, a different colour for each module or concept will make it easier to remember information when you come to revise. These Sharpies are perfect for the job – 12 different colours and they’re not going to fade away! I also found that having colourful notes made them less stressful to look at.

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Get yourself a diary, an academic one is perfect as it runs from September to August but a regular one would work too. It’s important to note down important dates somewhere, you’ll have essays, exams and important lectures to attend. It’s also a good idea to note down any reading you need to do for certain seminars and if you need to complete a task or anything. Group projects are quite common at universities and you’ll need to plan when you’re meeting with your group and who is doing what. So get a diary and keep it in your bag at all times.

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Pick up a memory stick – you’ll need one. This Flintstone’s one is so cute and if you leave it in the library you’ll know which one is yours. You will probably work on your essays in a number of different locations, your bed, the common room, the library, your university building etc. so it’s important to have a copy backed up on a USB memory stick. Keep it on your keys and you’ll always have it with you.

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And finally, invest in some Post-it Notes, I used sticky notes all the time whilst I was at uni. They are perfect for jotting down deadlines before you can write them in your diary, for noting down page numbers for essays, for marking pages in books and generally just noting stuff down in a hurry. They’re also a must for leaving notes to your flatmates when they’re annoying you…

So, my Top 5 tips for getting organised for your lectures are:

  1. Get a Project Book with sections for each module.
  2. Get some bright coloured pens to make your notes stand out.
  3. Get a diary to note down important deadlines.
  4. Back everything up on to a USB memory stick and take it everywhere.
  5. Post-it’s are a must have item.

Have you got any organisation tips?

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08/09/2014

University Tips: Advice for Freshers

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That’s where I used to live! Roeburn Hall at UCLan (sorry about the 2007 camera phone picture!)

We made this as a group in my flat and stuck it on our kitchen door – it was a good bonding activity!

 

It’s been seven years since I was a fresher at uni but I can still remember it like it was yesterday. That first couple of weeks was a whirlwind of nerves, confusion and erm vodka. My little cousin Chloe is off to uni this year and I thought it would be a good opportunity to share some of the things I learned whilst at university.

This first instalment is 5 tips for surviving your first year at uni, the things that are important to know from the get go.

  1. If you’re the first person to arrive at your flat, grab a kitchen cupboard and drawer in a good location and put your stuff in it straight away. I was the first person in my flat and forgot to do this and ended up with the cupboard under the sink!
  2. In the first couple of weeks be friendly and welcoming to everyone that you meet, you might just find yourself a best friend. Also ask people what course they’re doing as they might be doing the same as you – if they are give them your number and arrange to meet before your first lecture. Safety in numbers.
  3. Familiarise yourself with the campus before your first classes begin – you don’t want to be late on your first day. Go for a walk around and scout out where the shops, pubs and restaurants are as well – this is a good activity to do with your flatmates.
  4. Be social with your flatmates – they might not be your best friends in the end but you still have to share a living space with them. They’ll be the first people you meet too, so you’ll spend a lot of time with them in the first few weeks.
  5. Once you’ve unpacked all your belongings, leave your door open when you’re in your room – this makes it easy for people to come and talk to you! Pop a sign with your name on it on the outside too – so people remember your name

Just a bit of advice for the first few weeks in a new place, check back tomorrow for some tips for your first lecture.

Where are you off to uni?

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04/09/2014

Back to Work Stationery Haul

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Stationery shopping is my absolute favourite kind of shopping, the pure joy in buying a new notebook or pen is incomparable to anything else. Some of you might know that I work in a school as a Special Needs Teaching Assistant and that means that I get to buy new stationery every year! Bonus. This year there is a strong glitter theme to things I bought – Paperchase has lots of new bits and bobs which are glittery. Glittery stationery, can’t beat that. Pretty much everything I got was from Paperchase. But if you’d like to know where anything is from just leave a comment and i’ll let you know.

Any other stationery fans?

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03/09/2014

Nails: Pretty in Pink

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Avon – Gel Finish Nail Enamel – Sheer Love - £3.50*

What’s on your nails at the moment?

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02/09/2014

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A little peek into my life via Instagram, I always enjoy seeing these posts so I thought I would give it a go and show you what I've been up to lately.

  1. We went to see a mortgage advisor at the bank last week as we've finally saved up enough pennies for a house deposit. We wore matching Converse for the occasion.
  2. I made a little vow to myself that if I go somewhere and there is a slushy available I will be treating myself. I especially love a Tango Ice Blast - this one was from the cinema when we went to see The Inbetweeners 2.
  3. My little brother Jack came to hang out with me at the weekend, we played with stickers and practiced spelling his name out. We also did a lot of tickling. Love that little cutie.
  4. A couple of weeks ago me and the boyfriend popped to Bedford for the weekend, it's so pretty down by the river.
  5. I treated my Mum to a day out at the theatre for her birthday, we went to see Shakespeare in Love and I would really recommend it. It is very similar to the film and the costumes were amazing, I also loved the Elizabethan style music.
  6. And last but not least, I've really enjoyed hanging out with my little sister over the summer holidays. She's grown into such a little madam but is very sweet and funny! She'll be 3 next month!
Leave me a link to your Instagram and I'll check it out.