Sunday, 31 May 2015

May Favourites

It's May Favourites time, what is going on?! It only felt like yesterday that I was starting second year of university, and now I have finished. But more on that another time. Although I should have been revising this month, I actually do have some favourites! 

Ben and Jerry's
Thankfully, Ben and Jerry's was on offer in May, so of course I picked up two tubs which has kept me sane through revision period. A few spoonfuls every evening was a very nice pick me up! Phish Food and Chocolate Fudge Brownie are my favourites! 

Sex and The City
So I definitely shouldn't have started a new series whilst trying to revise. But, I managed to get through 3 series of Sex and the City. Oops. And I am obsessed. The show is ridiculous, but such escapism. We all secretly wish we could be Carrie Bradshaw don't we, with a walk in wardrobe full to the brim and the pick of the men. But alas, we can only but dream. Plus... in the ultimate toss up between Big and Aiden, Aiden wins every time. I will be so sad when I finish all 6 seasons! Next TV show recommendations are highly requested!

Cargo Cosmetics Vintage Escape Eye Palette 
I won this eye shadow palette from Emma from Essays and Wine's birthday give away. I was so shocked I had won, and with the other amazing prizes was this eye shadow palette. I think it is probably the nicest piece of make up I have ever owned. I can't wait to have an event to actually do my make up for, but it has served as some perfect procrastination as I attempt to put it on. I think a little more practice is needed! 

Body Shop - Tea Tree Skin Clearing Lotion
I featured this in my oily skin saviours post, and I am still loving it. Whilst it hasn't completely stopped my spots (I actually have a very hideous one coming through now) it makes my skin so matte, which is different from the usually oily mess that I usually have. It is the perfect base for make up when I wear it, and makes my skin feel so soft when I don't. No, it hasn't cleared up my skin, but it looks a whole lots better when it is on. I have nearly run out, so will definitely be picking up another one! 

What have been some of your favourites this month? 

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Sunday, 24 May 2015

Things we all did as GCSE students

1. Go stationary shopping before revision period to stock up on smelly gel pens and highlighters in every colour

2. Spend all day making a revision timetable that you were definitely planning to stick to

3. Thinking your end of year prom/event was the most classiest event of the year, and of course, you had to look your best. But your mum wouldn't let you buy heels so you had to deal with flats instead.

4. Buying revision guides for every subject, because that's pretty much all you needed to pass

5. Convincing your parents that you're going to a friends house to revise

6. And then trying to prove how much work you did, when really all you would do is watch TV and play Mario Kart

7. Flashcards everywhere

8. Freaking out about how many exams you had - 22 is a bit excessive, no?

9. Believing they were the most important exams in the world. You will be screwed your whole life if you don't get a B in Maths

10. There would always be that one kid that didn't do any work and be so cool about it the next day

11. Going on The Student Room the morning before to try and work out what would be on the paper

12. And then going on it afterwards to find out what people thought

13. Trying hard not to click on the link that someone had posted of the right answers by their teachers

14. After you've finished, believing that the hardest part of your life is over

15. Someone in your year having a house party to celebrate the end of exams. You believe this is going to be the best night ever. It never is.

Oh to be 16 again.

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Thursday, 21 May 2015

Favourite Female TV Characters #1

Finally, something that isn't exam/revision based - apologies for my readers who are't currently sitting exams, the past content must have been very boring for you!

There is no denying that I love TV - binges are my thing. I have made the worst mistake in starting Sex and The City as revision breaks (and I am loving it!) and I am constantly re-watching my favourite TV programs online. So here is a little list of some of my favourite female characters - this will be the first of a few posts, I have a lot of favourites!

1. Betty Suarez - Ugly Betty
Ugly Betty was my favourite TV show when I was in early teens. I was absolutely gutted when it ended. She went for dreams, forgetting what others thought about her and got on with it. I didn't have a lot of confidence when I was growing up, and it showed me that working hard will get you where you want to be. Sounds cheesy, I know! I was so happy when she got the happy ending in season 4, it was just perfect! Plus, Henry was totally my TV crush.

2. Rachel Berry - Glee
Another show I was completely obsessed with when it first came out. Annoying as hell, yes, but determined nevertheless. She had some pure comedy gold moments, plus Lea Michelle's voice is something else. I always wished that I could rock knee high socks and preppy skirts as well as she did.

3. Clara Oswald - Doctor Who
I think Clara is one of my favourite Doctor Who companions, smart, fearless with a dress sense on point. I am so glad that she is staying for another series!

4. Ivy Lynn - Smash
First season, I hated the character, she was a little rude and annoying - let's just say I was Team Karen all the way. However, I soon felt sorry for her, and she became one of my favourite characters. Megan Hilty is just incredible, and her vocals during "Don't forget me" - gives me goosebumps every time. If you're a musical theatre fan, then watch this show, but unfortunately, it only had two seasons.

What are some of your favourite TV characters?
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Friday, 15 May 2015

Primark Wishlist

Hands up if you are loving the new Primark Website! No, you still can't buy anything online (which is probably a good thing as their sizing is very odd!), but it's great to see what is in stock. It will definitely give my visits a bit more structure, rather than finding myself wondering around for hours.

First is this playsuit. I am still on the hunt for the perfect playsuit, and even though I am still not really comfortable doing with sleeveless things, for, £5, it's a risk I would be willing to take. I don't think I need to say anything about the Harry Potter Pyjamas. After Pottermore sorted me into Ravenclaw (seriously, what happened to Pottermore, I remember the hype was absolutely crazy!), these are just perfect. I will definitely be picking up a pair on my next visit!

Now I am not a huge bikini wearer - I rarely go on holidays to hot places and let's just say that swimming isn't really my thing, but trips to the beach, I usually put on a bikini underneath. But, with the weather so temperamental in the UK, I don't know whether I will get much wear out of this, but I think it is time for a new one. My current bikini was a Primark one that is probably about 5 years old (that just shows how much wear I get out of one!), and is a slightly too big. Plus, this has stripes which is just perfect. For £6, I can justify this as an, 'in case of emergencies' purchase!

Next up, some fairy lights, seriously, who can resist Primark fairy lights? And, these floral shorts are just adorable too, and a steal at £4! And lastly, a pink sports vest. If you have read for a while, you'll know I joined the gym this term. Buying sportswear is now my new thing, and Primark ones are cheap, cheerful and do the job. What more can I ask for?

  Have you had a browse of the new Primark Website yet? 

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Monday, 11 May 2015

Oily Skin Products

I used to hate reading blog posts on skincare, but after realising that my skin wasn't in the great condition, I find myself browsing them from time to time, and figured why not do my own!

I have pretty oily skin, and I have tried quite a few products to get it under control. I am also prone to blemishes which makes it even worse. I went to the doctors at the beginning of the year to get it under control. I was given a lotion to apply, which worked for a good few months. But I think that my skin got used to it, and it suddenly stopped working. I then bought the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish when my student loan came in. I am so sad as this made my skin feel great, but not look great. I broke out and my face looked so red.

But now, I think I have found some products that are working for me at the moment. My skin still isn't the way that I want it to be, but it is definitely improving! 

Step 1 - Face wash
I am currently using the Boots Tea Tree and Witch Hazel foaming face wash. I have been using this for years and I always come back to it. It leaves my face feeling really clean and I use this religiously every morning and night. 

Step 2 - Cleanse 
I then use the Clean and Clear Deep Cleansing Lotion. I do like this stuff, it smells a bit chemically, but I know that it is getting all my makeup off and keeping my sking clean 

Step 3 - Toner
I am not exactly sure what a toner does, I'm going to be honest. But I use the Simple Kind to Skin Soothing Facial Toner after cleansing. If anyone does know what it does, please let me know! 

Step 4 - Moisturise. 
This is where I have recently changed. I am now using The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Lotion. This stuff is great, it makes my skin feel soft and matte for longer than my previous moisturiser! I don't know whether this is clearing my spots, I have had a few pop up on my cheeks which isn't fun, but this just feels so great, I will definitely carry on using it!

Step 5 - Spot treatment 
I am just finishing my Superdrug Deep Action Anti-Blemish Gel, and want to try a body shop one soon. But for now, this seems to be doing the job. It does make my skin quite dry though. 

And that's my skin care routine at the moment. I am pretty happy with it, I will see whether this helps my skin. 

Do you have any recommendations for my oily skin?! 

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Wednesday, 6 May 2015

University Revision Tips

In my first year of university, I had no idea where to start with revision. After being spoonfed through my A-levels and GCSEs with textbooks and revision guides, suddenly I was left with nothing but a reading list and a powerpoint.

I am currently studying Sociology, so this may not apply to everyone (apologies about that, can only give advice on what I know!), but this is how I revise for essay based exams.

1. Read through powerpoints and notes
Fingers crossed you have kept your notes from the year. Sometimes, they may not be helpful, but usually, my lecturers will add in extra things that may not be on the powerpoint. Have a look through and note down some of the key points from the lecture.

2. Re-read core readings
Once you have looked through the main points, re read some of the readings. Mine are always separated into core and further readings, with the core obviously being expected that you read. Although I made notes on it when I read them the first time, I definitely recommend making notes and re reading them again. Sounds boring, but it really helps.

3. Bullet point
Instead of writing out long notes, bullet point the key bits, write down useful quotes and note down any names that you could use in your essays.

4. Try the further reading list
If you don't feel like the core reading has gone into enough detail on an area that you are interested in, delve into the further reading list. Read the Abstract and conclusion. If it's relevant, carry on reading, if not, try another one.

5. Google Scholar
Try searching for some key words. You get major props for going beyond the reading list!

6. Flashcard it
Trying to learn key words or names of studies? Write them on flashcards.

7. Past papers
If past papers are available to you, use them! Try planning them open book. Use your notes, make a mindmap of the points you would use, and the studies/information that you would put into each paragraph. Write an introduction and conclusion.

8. Keep re writing
I learn by re-writing things. Take a blank piece of paper and give yourself 20 minutes to write out your essay plans from memory. Or give yourself a list of names and write what they said on a particular subject.

9. Don't panic
University exams are stressful, yes. But they aren't trying to trick you out. The lecturers want you to do well.

10. Don't spend all day (or night) in the library
Personally, I find the library a stressful place in this exam period. Make sure you are taking breaks, having proper meals and proper sleep. There is nothing worse than feeling groggy all day.

What are some of your tips for university exams? 

Need a playlist or procrastination tips?

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Monday, 4 May 2015

The First Week | Fitness

Never did I ever think that I would be writing a post like this. If you follow me on twitter, you will know that I joined the gym this week. Wait, what? I know, it's a big step, and a big change in my lifestyle. After having a wonderful and chocolate filled easter, I knew that I would have to eat healthier, and keep on my A game for all the revision that would be coming up. So... I took the plunge.

I had my induction on Tuesday. I was quite nervous, but the instructor was great. I was showed how to use all the machines and weights. He then wrote me up a workout routine to do when I visited the gym by myself. I was actually a little fitter than I thought that I would be, so I went home, feeling pretty good.

Thursday however was a different story. I went in the middle of the day, and I was literally the only person there. I grabbed my workout routine and tried to have a go... even though I was the only one there, I felt embarrassed. I don't know why. I was worried that the instructor would be judging me or thinking I was doing it wrong, when they were the people who told me to it in the first place. Nevertheless, I did my own thing for half an hour and went home a little defeated.

Saturday, I tried my hand at Zumba. Classes come free with the price, so I thought why not. I again went by myself, which was a little nerve racking, but I soon got talking to someone who was a first time 'Zumberer' too. The instructor didn't say anything but just started dancing. The moves were hilarious, some of them resembling what I do on a night out when my jam comes on. But it was fun. I didn't feel like anyone was judging me and wowzers, do you feel good afterwards. A full 60 minutes of high intense dance workout was not what I was expecting.

So that's my first week at the gym and this fitness thing. My quest to eat healthier hasn't really gone well (eating a whole bar of dairy milk was one of my finest moments), but I have been drinking a ton of water. And whilst it is making me pee every half an hour, I hope that it is helping!

Have you joined the gym recently, or have any tips of how to get over the gym fear? 

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