Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Favourite Instagram accounts


I have been absolutely loving instagram recently. I have a personal one and one for the blog, and since I got an ipod touch for Christmas (where the editing features are amazingly better than my windows phone), I've been finding myself looking for more and more instagram inspiration.

Whilst I still have a long long way to go (I'm not sure that I'll ever produce wonderful photos!), I'm keen to keep snapping away. So here are a few favourites of mine:



Jemma's instagram is so beautiful and always updated Her photos make me very jealous of her Tsum Tsum collection and of her drawing skills!


Rhianna's instagram is just fabulous! Her selfies give me major eyeliner envy (seriously, how do you do it?!) and her pictures are stunning.


Just another beautiful instagram. Becky's immaculate white home creates the most beautiful pastel pictures. Her instagrams of her dog Oscar are my favourite though - so cute!


I have only started reading Carrie's blog recently, but her instagram shots are to die for. I must definitely have a thing about instagram accounts with dogs on! Whether its fashion, beauty or a starbucks cup, I'll like them every time.


I love Sophie's blog and her instagram! Her photos are so crisp and clean (is it weird to describe photos as clean?), Her selfie game is strong and I love her fashion sense so much.

Do you have any other instagram accounts I should check out?


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Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Collection #FacetheDay Palette


 I am such a noob when it comes to make up. I have followed and watched dozens of beauty bloggers after last few years, but am still no where near better with my make up skills. I also have very little makeup. My usual make up is concealer, powder and mascara - eyeliner if you're lucky.


I have quite a few parties and gatherings over the coming festive weeks, and I thought enough is enough. I should take the plunge and experiment more with my make up and hopefully it will become a more permanent thing. In desperation, I headed down to Boots one rainy morning and found that all Collection make up was under £4. With this, I stocked up on some Lasting Perfection Concealer and found this palette. On offer for £3.99, I knew I had to snap it up, as buying all the bits separately would cost me a lot more.



The #FaceTheDay palette contains a Highlighter, Bronzer, Blusher and 4 eyeshadows, which I think it amazing value. I'm not going to pretend to know much about them, only to comment that it is everything that I kind of needed! This is the ultimate lazy girl makeup palette, one item, job done.
The palette also has a little guide on the back of the best way to use it, which is especially helpful with applying the eye-shadows.

If anything, snap it up for the price at the moment from Boots. I believe it usually retails at £6.99. I'm looking forward to using this over the festive period - maybe it will help me be a bit better at doing my make up!

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Monday, 21 December 2015

2016 Blogging Goals



I can't believe that it is getting to that time where we start making resolutions again. As I am planning to get more serious about stepping up my blogging game, I thought I would set myself some goals for the new year. Let's see if this works!

The main thing that will happen in 2016 with this blog is a complete rebrand. I think I have hated the name Another Student Blog about a day after I created this blog - and seriously, who thought it was a good idea to have such a long url. Hating my 2014 self!

So, I've bought a domain name for the first time in my life and currently sorting out themes, headers and other bits and bobs. Whilst going into my last two terms of uni, it probably isn't the best time to start focussing on my blog, but I am so excited - so watch this space!

Whilst I know numbers aren't everything, I would also love to increase my readership and views in 2016:

Reach 1000 Bloglovin followers 

Reach 1500 Twitter Followers

Reach 200 Instagram Followers 

I also have a few general blogging goals

Post more frequently

Take more photos and get better with editing them

Make sure I schedule tweets for every day

Try and participate in one blogger chat a week

Comment on more blogs

Let the creative juices flow

Go to a blogger event or meet some bloggers in real life


So that's it! 2016 is going to be a big year, not only for this blog, but for my life. Thank you for coming along on the ride with me, and I can't wait to spend another year with you all. 

Also, if anyone has any advice about rebranding, please let me know!

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Saturday, 19 December 2015

What to watch on Netflix this Christmas



IT'S LESS THAN A WEEK UNTIL CHRISTMAS!! This is absolutely crazy. I swear I say this in every blog post, but this year has gone incredibly fast!

I don't know about you, but when I am back from uni for Christmas, I pretty much don't do anything apart from visiting family, occasionally seeing friends, and of course watching a whole bunch of TV. So I have put together a little list of things that I am currently watching on Netflix over the festive period

1. The Santa Claus

An absolute Christmas classic. I have always loved this film and have had a few watches on Netflix already this Christmas. I will never get over how cute Charlie is throughout the entire thing.


2. How I met your Mother

It's only been on Netflix for the past week or so, but I have started from the beginning and flicking it on when I need some background music when I am cooking, cleaning or getting ready. I forgot how much I am in love with Ted.


3. Extras

I have just finished Extras after watching it for the last few weeks and I absolutely LOVED it! It definitely is British Comedy at it's finest, with great guest stars and Barry from Eastenders, what's not to love. The Christmas special was so sad to watch, but Maggie is definitely my spirit animal. Her lines are hilarious.


4. A Royal Christmas 


So this is one of those cheesy American straight to TV holiday movies, with non other than Gretchen Weiners (so fetch) whose boyfriend turns out to be the prince of a European country. Of course it involves a training montage of her learning how to act in a royal setting and a strict mother who wants him to marry a royal, so no points for originality. It's predictable, cheesy and ridiculous, but hey, I'm a sucker for rubbish Christmas movies.

5. Chalet Girl

Ed Westwick being British for once. That is all. 

Do you have any recommendations for me? What are you watching this Christmas?



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Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Student Money Saving Tips

It's getting to the last week of term, your bank account is looking a little worse for wear as you wait for the next student loan to come in January -  but you've still got to travel home and Christmas presents to buy. Nightmare!

I will be making full advantage of my last year being able to use my student card to get money off my Christmas presents, it will be a sad day when I can't use it any more! My railcard however is something that I will definitely renew and it is perfect for when I travel home, and they last until you are 25. Good thing I still have 4 years of use!

 Having an NUS Extra card is also so useful - although it gives many of the same discounts for your normal student card, it also gives money off in restaurants, Co-op and even Amazon - so if you don't have one already, it is definitely worth checking out! Although I was always certain that I would never pay for Spotify, they are currently running an offer to have 3 months of premium for 99p. It seemed too good to miss!

TransPennine Express have put together this great infographic for ways for students to save money, which will be especially useful in the Christmas period - maybe try some of them out next term?!


*This infographic was provided by TransPennine Express* 


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Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Love Actually Inspired Fashion - The Mighty Turtleneck

Now Bonfire night is over, it is officially Christmas now, right? As soon as I got back from a firework display on Saturday, we headed home quickly, put the kettle on, grabbed all the snacks that we could find and put on Love Actually. I forgot how much I love the film as we cried with Emma Thompson, swooned over Karl and realised again how much we hated Mia. But through all the atrocious fashion of the early 00s (yes, I'm talkin about Kiera Knightly's outfits throughout the entire film), one thing stood out for me. The Mighty Turtleneck.

Yes, you know the ones that every single character owns (honestly, next time you watch it, you will notice them everywhere). From the ones you are envious of (ie. Colin Firth's beautiful jumpers) down to the questionable pastel numbers worn by Liam Neeson. Nevertheless, I too have been looking at investing in this obviously classic pieces and realised that they are absolutely everywhere this winter. 

So, in true blogger style, finding inspiration everywhere, I have put together a little list of some of my favourite Love Actually inspired turtlenecks that I will probably be purchasing over the course of Autumn/winter. 

Top Left - Newlook
Top Middle - H&M
Top Right - Newlook
Bottom Left - H&M
Bottom Middle - Newlook
Bottom Right - Topshop

And on this note, I will leave you with this fabulous Buzzfeed article which ranks the best turtlenecks in Love Actually - my favourite definitely wins. 

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Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Hack your Student Accommodation with Sugru*



Let's face it. Student housing is rubbish. Lack of matching furniture and storage space, units with missing shelves and the inability to stick anything to the walls (although we all do it anyway!) makes it hard to think of it as our home for the next 9 months.

When the people at Sugru got in touch with me about hacking your student room, I was intrigued. I had heard about Sugru before, it's mouldable glue that you can make into anything. It's not only used to fix things, but make things, so of course, I put it to the test.



Whilst I am not as creative as some people as I scoured through Pinterest for some ideas, I first started with making some hooks. I have a shelf next to my desk, and thought it would be nice to make some hooks for my keys, or necklaces so my desk isn't cluttered.

You have 30 minutes to mould the Sugru into something before it starts to set. You then leave for 24 hours and the next day, it would have hardened into rubber. Pretty cool right? It took me a while to get it into the shape that I wanted, and then attach it to the bottom of my shelf. So they don't look perfect, but it was my first try okay! Somewhat sceptical, I left them overnight. And this morning, I have hard, rubbery hooks that hold my keys and necklaces - and they're still there a week later! I then went on to fix our bathroom towel rail which was coming away from the wall!



Sugru is definitely one to check out. If you're into hacking your life, or just want to fix those hard to fix things, it is one to try.
Plus, they have loads of student tips and hacks for you to get started (check it out HERE!), including an example of a beer can table? So I'm definitely not that creative (and I don't drink that much beer!), but, I think it's pretty cool!


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Monday, 19 October 2015

What Bridget Jones taught me about life.

It's a Sunday night. I'm currently celebrating the fact that my only lecture has been cancelled tomorrow with a decaf tea, some scented candles, and watching clips of Bridget Jones on youtube. If that isn't a fun Sunday night, I don't know what is. #singlelife #foreveralone

 I'm definitely looking like this right now as I jam out to I'm every woman

Amongst all the news and pictures of the filming of the new Bridget Jones film (I'm literally googling and checking everyday, I can't get enough, I'm like a woman obsessed), I find myself going back to the film and even the soundtrack a lot. Actually, they are the only DVDs I bought with me to uni this year. So here's a few things that Bridget Jones taught me about life.

1. You'll definitely make mistakes, and that's okay.



2. Nobody is perfect and you shouldn't try to be either. It's better to accept your flaws than pretend they don't exist. 



3. Life is too short for uncomfortable underwear



4. Had a bad day? Did someone say icecream for dinner? 



5. You always need that friend who gives you the best advice



6. It's actually pretty fun being single 



7. Not everyone is an amazing cook 



8. Someone will love you just as you are... Mark Darcy, I'm still waiting 



Come on ladies, embrace your inner Bridget!! 

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Saturday, 17 October 2015

An Update - Third Year


Here, have a picture of what I was hoping would look super autumnal, instead, very limited leaves - and what looks like a cigarette - and a dirty pavement. Oops!

Well hello there. Long time no see. It feels like forever that I sat down and wrote a proper post. I have been back in my uni town for about 3 weeks, although I only properly started lectures and seminars last week. I can't believe that this time two years ago, I was starting first year, not knowing what the future held, and now the end is really in sight, and it is so scary!

The first few weeks have been spent trying to get on my feet. Luckily my house mates are amazing, and I actually live in a proper house rather than a rubbish cold flat. No longer do I have to worry about being kept awake all night by noisy neighbours. And I can actually walk around in my room without bumping into or having to walk over something, which is an absolute delight. So it's still very studenty (you know the feeling), but we have done loads to make it a proper home - which included an amazing ikea trip!

I feel like third year has so much added pressure to it. Besides studying for my degree (and the dreaded dissertation!), applying for graduate schemes and wanting to volunteer and join all the clubs as it is your final year just adds so much pressure to it all, and I'm worried that I'm going to cave. I'm scared.

In other news though, like I said on my third year bucket list, I auditioned, and got into a choir. Not any choir... but an a cappella choir. My Pitch Perfect dreams can now finally come true. Don't laugh, I know it's cheesy as hell, but man am I excited! Also, isn't the weather getting dreamy. I love the smell of Autumn/Winter. Please don't tell me that I am the only one who LOVES winter. The cold doesn't bother me anyway.

Things may be a little quiet around these parts for a little while - no longer do I have time to sit all day on twitter! But please bear with me.. and don't forget about me!

Here's to a great first term of university. And here's to hoping that my house will be warm enough that I don't see my own breath whilst sitting in bed. 



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Sunday, 11 October 2015

Edinburgh Fringe Festival!

Long time no see! If you have been reading before, you will know that I went to the Edinburgh Fringe festival this summer. I have already written a little post about it on here before, but when Enterprise Magazine asked me to write an article for their "Schools Out For Summer" feature where they asked bloggers about their best summer memories, of course, I had to write about this summer.

Check out the article HERE, or have a read below - and please let me know what you think! Even though I have been writing on here for about a year, I am still trying to find my writing style, so any feedback would be great!  

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1 City, 25 days and over 3000 shows in 313 venues. Over the entire month of August, theatre and arts lovers flock to Edinburgh to take part in the largest arts festival in the world. And of course, I was one of them.

Choosing to spend the majority of my university summer holidays in Edinburgh was an easy decision. Having the chance to see some amazing (and some questionable) theatre and meet likeminded people is such an amazing opportunity that I couldn't turn it down. However, venturing to Edinburgh for an entire month may seem to some as a relaxing holiday, but honestly, it was anything but.

My Edinburgh Fringe journey started way before the beginning of August. As the producer of a show, as soon as I got the go ahead, I was booking accommodation, renting cars, sorting out budgets and overseeing the rest of the team. Although most of my hard work was over by the time we arrived, it honestly didn't stop there! Once the festival got into full swing, myself and the rest of the cast and crew would head out for what felt like hours flyering on the Royal Mile. Trying to sell your show to unenthusiastic members of the general public was not a fun task - you have to get over the fear of rejection instantly.

The festival is incredibly demanding and hard work, something that people don't realise. I spent ever waking hour worrying about something, whether it was budget or making sure that set and equipment was being couriered to the right places. But would I have changed my summer plans? No! It was all worth it when everything falls into place.

Between busy schedules, time was allowed to see some amazing shows. My particular highlights were Christina Bianco, a youtube sensation and incredibly talented impressionist and singer. Her one woman show of Party of One described how she got into impressions, singing some of her favourite songs and telling her story. It was inspirational and I could only sit in awe of her incredible vocal chords. Additionally, Baby Wants Candy, a company from America bringing a full band improvised musical to the Fringe were equally amazing. Their improvisation skills and voices were stunning and their comedy timing was absolutely perfect. I don't think I have laughed so much watching a show before.

The Edinburgh Fringe was the perfect way to spend my summer holidays. I got the chance to hang out with my best friends and do something that I love. I would also love to get into arts management/production, so also, whilst not the most conventional way to carry out work experience, I also have something amazing to put on my CV whilst having fun.

When people come up to you in the street and say how much they enjoyed the show, commending the cast and making them feel like celebrities, walking up to the top of Arthur's Seat with your best friends feeling like you can concur anything, and when you see that piece of theatre that made you cry with laughter, you realise that Edinburgh is really the best place to be.


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Thursday, 1 October 2015

3rd Year Bucketlist




1. Go to a firework display
2. Visit Warwick Castle
3. Have a shopping trip in Birmingham
4. Visit Birmingham Christmas Marketing
5. Dress up for Halloween
6. Have one crazy night
7. Get a first in an essay
8. Keep my room neat and tidy
9. Visit another university
10. Audition for a choir
11. Go to a blogger event

What do you want to do this academic year? 

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Monday, 21 September 2015

Getting Nakd*





After my month in Edinburgh where a daily trip to the £1 pie shop for a macaroni cheese pie (yes, this is a thing!) occurred way too much, Natural Balance Foods got in contact and asked if I wanted to review some Nakd bars, I immediately said yes.

I had never had a Nakd bar before, and to be honest, I hadn't really heard of them either. When the box arrived, I was surprised at the amount of flavours that there were. In the box I received: Berry Delight, Cafe Mocha, Cocoa Orange, Rhubarb and Custard, Bakewell Tart, Ginger Bread, Cashew Cookie, Cocoa Mint, Cocoa Delight and Pecan Pie - so many to choose from!!



I was surprised when I opened one. It doesn't exactly look super appetising. But boy did they taste good! I thought as a chocolate lover that I would like the cocoa ones the best, but I think the Gingerbread, Pecan Pie or Cashew Cookie were my favourite!



They are also SUPER good for you - wheat, dairy and gluten free, plus one of your five a day? Say whaaat?! They also list the ingredients on the back, usually consisting of dates, some sort of nut or raisin and sometimes flavouring, all squished together, making it feel super healthy.

Natural Balance Foods also have loads of other products which I am now sooo tempted to try! They also have some great tips on weightloss or just generally getting a bit healthier with foods, something that I definitely need to work on - getting more protein and cutting down on the amount of bread and carbs that I eat (okay, I'm not sure that I am ready to give up tiger bread yet!). Why not have a look at their blog and articles on "Energy Foods" if you are ready to take that next step?!

I have a few bars left over which I am going to attempt to keep for when I am back at uni for my lunch! 

Have you found any good new snacks recently? 

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Monday, 14 September 2015

It's Okay To Say No


I am a firm believer that a night in can solve all of life's problems (okay, so maybe not all of them). Okay, so maybe that makes me a loner that I have passed many a night out with friends, for some quality me time and the chance to spend all night in my pyjamas. Maybe that's something that comes with my introverted nature.

I am sure there is a moment in our lives when we have a "just say yes" thought, where we believe that saying yes to things will drastically change our lives. Whilst I don't believe that sitting waiting for things to happen is the way to live your life, I don't believe that doing things that you don't want to do is the way forward either. I have often written about my experiences of university, and the expectations that it came with. Being the fun, outgoing and lively student played havoc in my first year, making my anxiety flare as I couldn't live up to these expectations that the media, friends and family, and myself had put up for me. I wanted to be that person who said yes, but I soon realised that this isn't healthy.

That's why in my second year, I forgot all of those. Whilst I increased my social aspect in some ways, I learnt to say no. Saying no to a night out for example isn't going to make you lose a friend. They may be annoyed for the night, but they will soon get over it.

Whilst they say that life is too short to sit around all day, life is also too short to do things that you don't want to do. If I want to sit in, watch Bridget Jones and crochet, then no one is going to stop me. Why is there such a stigma about just saying a simple two letter word? No.

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Monday, 7 September 2015

Uni tips - Masterpost

The beginning of term is almost upon us! I can't wait to get back, starting new modules, living away from home again and of course stationery shopping!

This time last year, I put together a number of "Uni Tips", and thought I would dig these out for the new freshers (or returning students) joining university in the next few weeks! Take a look and let me know if you read them!

1. How to enjoy clubbing sober


2. How not to act on moving in weekend!


3. Living in Halls 


4. How to budget like a boss


5. Being Organised 


If you are heading to University for the first time this September, good luck! You are in for the best 3 years of your life. Enjoy it, because it will go faster than you think!

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Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Back to Uni with Home Bargains*


I absolutely love the back to school feeling, and I am so sad that this will be my last! I love the rush, the new timetable, the new uniform (or clothes!) and of course new stationary. 

I'm not going to lie, but when Home Bargains got in touch asking if they could send me some of their new back to school stationary range, I was pretty excited. I'm the classic blogger/student who  loves stationery and always have far too much! They have loads of basics, perfect for the money saving university student, from highlighters, post it notes, rubbers, pens, and glue - always useful things to have in your student flat. I can tell these all will come in super handy not only for myself, but for my flatmates too! 



Please tell me that I am not the only one who loves buying or getting notebooks, even though you don't always have a purpose for them?! The ones that they sent me have such a girly design. I especially love the pale pink one as I love notebooks with curved edges and it is so cute. I will probably use this for all my notes whilst I am in Edinburgh next month as I will finally have a use for it! They also sent me a 3 subject notebook and a folder which I always need as I go through paper like there is no tomorrow. I also will definitely use the diary to put in all of my deadlines, meetings and extra lectures. I can't wait to jazz it up with some colours and washi tape.



Home Bargains have some great things that won't break the bank, perfect for back to school. Everything was between 49p and £1.99 which is so good. I wouldn't have even thought to go their for the stationery, but the quality was a lot better than I was expecting. Whilst perhaps not up to Paperchase or Oxford Notebook standard, it is a much cheaper alternative, perfect for my stationary fix for this new school year. 

*This post was written in collaboration with Home Bargains who sent me some of their back to school range to try. 

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Sunday, 26 July 2015

The blogger made me buy it | Tangle Teezer



I have been reading blogs for quite a while, especially beauty blogs before starting my own last summer. Whilst I wasn't, and I'm still not, a huge beauty/make-up buff, I really enjoyed reading them. I had read about Tangle Teezers for ages, and was always put off buying one because of the price. However, I recently received an Amazon voucher, so I finally purchased one.

I've been using the Tangle Teezer for a few days now. I have thick mid length hair, so I was hoping that it would help de-tangle after washing. However, I have a few problems with it. I am not sure if you can buy different bristle lengths, but the bristles on the original are far too short for my thick hair. I have to brush my hair in sections, where with a normal hairbrush, I can quickly get through it all. 

I also wasn't expecting how light it would be. The plastic makes it feel cheaper than it is, which was a little disappointing. The shape is both a hindrance and a blessing. One thing that I actually love is that it is small and light enough to chuck in my handbag, but whilst I have been brushing, it has flown out of my hand. 

Another thing that I actually quite like about it is that is causes a lot less damage. I am already noticing that I am losing less hair when I brush with the Tangle Teezer, especially with wet hair. Once I do make it through all of my hair, it does smooth out the flyaway hairs and does give it a smoother look. 

Do you swear by the Tangle Teezer? 

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Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Moving back home


I never really had a strong group of friends growing up. I was stuck in the middle of two groups, not really in either of them. At the time, I didn't really mind. I was determined to get my grades so I could move away from university and start all over again. It's not until you move back home when you start thinking about if you should have done things differently.

I recently tweeted that all I seem to be doing is watching Netflix, reading and crocheting at the moment. Some replied, saying that that sounds perfect. From the outside it does, but from where I am sitting, having a limited amount of people to meet up with at home makes it is different than it seems. Of course I am enjoying catching up with Pretty Little liars, but when I see my friends from university out with their home friends enjoying the sun, I can't help but be jealous. I wish I had those people who I could go to back to at home.

I do have friends at home, a few good friends who I see maybe once a week if I am lucky. They too have boyfriends or friends from school who I never really fitted in with. I don't get invited to their outings, and whilst I don't know if I would actually go, I sometimes get FOMO and wish that I was.

Moving back home comes with other struggles. Losing my independence, just generally living with my family can sometimes drive me a little crazy and I guess I'm just feeling a little trapped, where at university I feel so free with my amazing new friends.

I always enjoy being in my own company (classic introvert!), being alone, but not lonely. But for the moment, I am alone, and feeling just a little bit lonely. 

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Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Confidence


Someone told me yesterday that they had never seen me so confident, and I couldn't help but smile at the comment. I also did something that I never ever do, and that was to make a phone call, Without thinking, I picked up the phone. It wasn't until afterwards that I realised what I had done. I no longer felt my pulse increase and my face flush red as I dialled the number. What was happening?

Whilst shopping a few weeks ago, I saw someone who I used to work with. I didn't especially got on with them very well, but instead of pretending that I hadn't seen her, I walked straight over and said hi. It was a very brief and somewhat awkward encounter, but I wanted to show her how much I had changed in the past few years. I walked away feeling pretty happy with myself.

Looking back at even a few years ago at my 17 year old self, I can't believe how different I am. I would feel uncomfortable talking to people or doing anything by myself in fear that people were making fun of me. Yes, I still feel uncomfortable meeting new people and socialising in large groups with people who I don't know very well, but things have changed, definitely for the better.

It definitely didn't happen overnight. I used to wish that I would. I thought going to university would make me into this super confident person, who would talk to anyone and everyone and suddenly love socialising and clubbing. This pressure on myself for living up to the expectation that I had crafted hindered me, and made me feel like I was a failure, adding to my anxiety and made me feel defeated. But, you don't realise how far you have come until someone else realises. It was my mum who first told me after my first year of uni that I now stood taller, spoke with more confidence and looked a lot happier. Then I started to believe it.

 Recognising your flaws and accepting them was definitely my first step towards confidence. I started to realise that I didn't love clubbing, and that I preferred being in my own company and that this wasn't weird. Once I wasn't living the lie and accepted that the life that I wanted wasn't achievable, I felt more assured and happier with the person who I have become. Talking to people also really helped. For example, talking to shop assistants or bar staff instead of ignoring their questions or giving one word answers is so helpful. I would have a problem talking to strangers or looking people in the eye, but now, I make the effort to ask people about their day and to smile to people on the street. It's the little things that help.

I constructed this idea of the life that I wanted when I started university, now two years in, I'm so glad that didn't happen. Who knows what my life would be like. But for now, I'm just happy. I think I have finally become the person that I want to be. We get so caught up abut changing ourselves and trying to be like other people. But just be yourself, and your confidence will shine through.

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Monday, 13 July 2015

Soap & Glory First Impressions


I very rarely buy body skincare, it's always something I forget. However, I recently started using Soap and Glory's 'The Righteous Butter' as I received a sample size in a giveaway, and I knew I would want to repurchase again. As Boots currently have an offer in which if you spend £10 on Soap and Glory, you get a full size 'The Righteous Butter' free, I thought I might as well try some of their other products. I thought I might do a first impressions post. I used all the products last night, so here are some of my first thoughts on them.

"The Righteous Butter" 



After looking for some moisturiser , I remembered that I had this. It smells absolutely divine, I don't know why I hadn't tried it before! I usually hate moisturising because it made my legs feel really greasy, and the softness wouldn't last for very long. However, this is so different. I used this after shaving, it didn't irritate my skin at all and didn't have a greasy/slippery feel. I have quite a lot of this to get through now, but this is definitely my summer essential!

"Sugar Crush Body Scrub" 



This is something that I bought to bring up my total to £10. I have never used a body scrub before, as I said, body skincare is not something that I usually care about, but I was pretty excited to use it. The first thing I noticed was the smell. The lime is overwhelming, and I wasn't sure that I liked the strong smell at first. However, once applied, the smell doesn't stick around, which I was quite happy about. The whole sensation is very odd. As implied, it feels like you're rubbing sugar or sand on your body, which is a very weird sensation. I used it before shaving, and it does feel like it was a closer shave. Where I am using it is also on my arms. I have Keratosis pilaris on my arms - it is completely harmless and means that I have small red bumps on my skin. I read that using a scrub helps, so this is where I am excited to see the most usage. I also believe that a little goes a long way, so hopefully this will last me through the summer!

"Heel Genius - Amazing Foot Cream" 



Yes, I'm writing about a foot cream. I hate my feet, especially in summer, so thought this would be the perfect product to try. The directions say to wear socks after application overnight, but, if you know how hot it has been in the UK, this isn't really feasible. So I have been doing it in the evening and wearing socks until bed, so this may hinder the results a little. I am already seeing some changes, making my feet someone bearable. I wasn't expecting the cream to be blue, but it has a toothpaste like tendency. It says to use this every night, but my first impression is good!

Have you tried any of these products? 

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Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Learning to Crochet



Having finished exams over a month ago, and now having moved back home for the summer, I am finding myself a little bored. In my 'Student Summer, what to do?!" post last week, I mentioned that I have started crocheting to fill in my time *I know people will be asking why I don't have a job, unfortunately no one will hire me when I can only work for a month!*.

So far, I am absolutely addicted to crocheting. I know that knitting is seen as an old granny hobby, but it seriously isn't. Scrolling through Pinterest caught my imagination of all the adorable crochet (or amigurumi) animals that I could make. So I took the plunge. Ordering these crochet hooks off Amazon for £3.19 - an absolute bargain - and some wool from my local pound shop, I was ready to go. 


Youtube was my first port of call. I dived straight in with learning how to do a 'granny square' and found the youtube channel Bella Coco. Sarah-Jayne's videos are so simple to follow. It does take a bit of practice, especially with holding the needle and wool, and some googling, but I eventually got the hang of it and made my first squares. 



With my new skills, I turned straight to try and make 3D stuffed creations. I have given most of my first ones to friends, but I finished a Baymax today from Big Hero Six using this pattern and I am really happy with it. Because I don't have any fibre stuffing, I use scrap pieces of wool, or I cut up things that I tried to make, but went wrong!



I can't wait to find some more patterns and colours and carry on crocheting. I am completely addicted. I would love to make my own patterns and sell some of my crafts, but for now, I am happy with making my friends handmade creations. 

If anyone wants me continue with this little series, showing what I have made and maybe some tutorials, let me know! 




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Saturday, 4 July 2015

Oily Skin Products Pt 2



I am always on the look out for products that will help my oily skin, and I think I know where I have been going wrong. I look for mainly skincare for spot prone skin, which has helped reduce my spots, but I think skincare for oily skin is helping my skin even more. Have a look at my last oily skin post if you are interested in some of my other oily skincare saviours!

I have added two new products to my skincare regime and they are working so well. Of course, the first is the beauty blogger cult classic the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish. I had read a lot about this before purchasing, and I finally made the leap when I got my student loan in at the beginning of summer term. At £14, it is steep for skincare and something I never imagined buying, especially on a student budget, but I thought why not.

The first time I used it, I hated it. It made my skin feel so smooth, but made it red and irritated. I believed that it was making my skin even worse (spottier), so I stopped using it. However, for some reason, I tried it again, and now, it is working like a dream. I don't know whether it has cleared up my skin, but my skin feels so much less oily and is a great base for the rest of my skincare. I only use one pump as I don't use it to remove my makeup, and use it with my normal facial flannel. Whilst my skin still doesn't look incredible, I do really like using this. I will probably repurchase if I have enough money, but I may try a lower end one and see if that does the trick!

Second is the Simple Oil Balancing moisturiser. I am absolutely loving this! Considerably cheaper than the one I was using previously (Body Shop Tea Tree Skin clearing Lotion), this makes my skin feel so matte and definitely keeps the oil at bay. I am very impressed and I will definitely repurchase this when it runs out.

Do you have any more oily skin recommendations?   

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Thursday, 2 July 2015

Student Summer - What to do?!



If you are a university student, you're probably on your summer holidays right now. Whilst 3 months of summer sounds like absolute bliss, weeks worth of Netflix can get boring after a while. Why not use this summer to build your CV and learn some new skills. Who know's.. it could be fun?

1. Relax 
Definitely relax. Take some time to catch up with family and friends. Be selfish, have lazy days. You've earned it!

2. Learn a new hobby
Learn a new instrument or pick up something that you used to love. Having hobbies is something that no one really talks about any more and it is a real shame. I have started to get a bit crafty and start crocheting - I will do a separate blog post about this soon! Dig out those old instruments, grab some paints and get crafty! You don't know what you could discover!

3. Volunteer
Finding a summer job is hard, so why not volunteer? Learn some retail skills, work with a charity or youth club. It is great to build your CV and learn some new skills that may help you in the future. Working with people of all ages is also a plus, it shows that you can adapt into new situations. They can be a future reference or just some new friends.

4. Read
Doing a university degree that require a lot of reading has meant that I haven't picked up a fiction book for a very long time. I am hoping to change that this summer by grabbing some new books and getting reading. Going on amazon or to the supermarket means that they can be picked up for cheaper than in places like Waterstones or WH Smith. I am currently looking for book recommendations, so let me know if you have any recommendations!

5.  Clear out 
Spend a few days having a complete sort out of your room. Give away some old clothes to charity and uncover some hidden gems. We all know that finding old toys and things is so much more fun than the actual cleaning itself!

What are you up to this summer? 

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Saturday, 27 June 2015

University | Second Year

I actually can't believe that I am writing this... My second year of University is over. It seems absolutely crazy to be saying that, and that I only have another year of university to go before entering the big scary world.

This year has been absolutely incredible, as cheesy as it sounds, it has probably been the best year so far. I felt like I could be myself, rather than trying to make friends and pretending that I loved clubbing and going out. The pressure has been so much less, and this I have loved. First year was all about the pressure. The pressure to fit in, the pressure to adapt so quickly to living by yourself and university life. This year, I have drifted back into student life like it is 'old hat' rather than everything being new. My flatmates are amazing, and although the state of our student house annoys me no end, they know me so well. I don't say it enough to them, so if they are reading (I don't know, they could secretly be reading), then I love you all.

This year, the opportunities have been amazing. The society that I am a part of has allowed me to gain new skills, meet loads of new people and given me the chance to be the producer of a show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this summer. I have got to know lots of people so much better and I think that I finally have some sort of idea of what I want to do after university life, something that I had no idea about this time last year. I went to Prague, rode a segway and went to a 5 floor club with these amazing people.
Joining a society has definitely been the highlight of the year and something I would encourage everyone to do. It really opens up doors in ways that you can't imagine.

It's so weird to think that this time last year, I was finishing first year after having an awful year. My mental health got the better of me and caused me to be scared to do anything. I would ring my mum in tears most nights as I was so anxious all the time. I tried to hide it from my flatmates that only made it worse. It isn't until one of your best friends tells you that she knew how much you suffered last year, and how well you have been doing this year that makes everything better. 

Things do get better. This year has been incredible, and here's hoping I can top it next year. 

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Monday, 15 June 2015

Pinterest Success or Fail? - 3 Ingredient Nutella Brownies



Long time no see! I have decided to take a little break off blogging for a little while. I am still trying to get back into it, thinking of new ideas are hard - but hopefully once I get back home from university, I will have very little to do other than blog!

Since exams are over, I decided to delve straight back into Pinterest, and whilst searching nutella recipes (Obviously), I found these three ingredient brownies. Of course I already had nutella, eggs and flour so thought I should give them a go. But the real question - did it work? Or was it just another thing on Pinterest that we can never achieve...

280g nutella
62g self raising flour
2 eggs

Mix all ingredients in a bowl until smooth. Pour into a greased cake tin and bake on 180 degrees for 20-25 minutes. 

So the first thing I noticed was that unfortunately, they do not resemble brownies. It turned out more like nutella cake, not like I am complaining. Maybe I baked them for too long? Who knows! But they taste so good, I don't even really care that much! 

For the nutella lovers, it's definitely one to try. However, I will still be on the hunt for the perfect easy brownie recipe! 

 Hope that if you were doing exams that they went well, and if you weren't, I hope the last few weeks has been great! I will hopefully do a Life Lately or Second Year Round-up post soon when things die down here at uni and I am back in my home town not getting up to an awful lot. 

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