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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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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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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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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.

087

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!

075

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.

081

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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