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?


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!


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?


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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