Advice for my Undergrad Self

Hey guys!

It’s a new week and I’m back with a slightly different post.

With exam results day nearing in the UK for high school and college students, and many of my close friends having graduated- it got me thinking back to when I was going through it all myself.

I wanted do a post about the most important purchases and advice for prospective undergrads. I was inspired by Casper, a company that makes cool memory foam mattresses, and while I have not had to buy a new mattress, I thought this would be a fun post, as well as a great chance to reflect, so here goes…

Top Purchases

From a young age, I was always excited to move out my parents house and start living for myself – sometimes I really have to ask myself why I was so excited to grow up so quickly smh. With this is mind, I decided to pick the furthest university I could and moved to Lincolnshire *yikes*

I was so ecstatic to have a place of my own (more like a room of my own), and dreamt of doing up my room and all that stuff, but when I actually arrived in my dorm, it was reminiscent of a prison cell (bare in mind I’ve never been to prison lol).

Looking back I would get these things for myself;
-Pillows, loads of pillows! They can transform a dreary room into a homely haven in an instant.
– Nice soft bedsheets. As they say there’s nothing more satisfying then going to bed after a hard day at uni in fresh sheets
– A rug. It’s amazing what a nice rug can do for a room
– Posters/Pictures. Banish homesickness with familiarity, seeing friendly faces, despite being miles away always helps.
– Plants! A nice way to breathe life into a small room
– Fairy Lights.
– Plates, cups and mugs. For all those cheap student meals!
– Full length mirror. For all those #OOTD selfies for Instagram

These little things really made a difference to my room, and while it may not seem like a lot, they can make your room feel like a home away from home – especially if you live in dorms! It’s horrible when your housemates destroy the kitchen, but it’s nice to know that you can always escape to a clean room.

Also, once you’ve finished, you can always take these back home with you and save for when you’re ready to move into your very own apartment!

Things I’ve Learned

After spending 3 years studying in Lincoln, I learned a few things…

– It’s OK to be yourself. As much as you may want to fit in with the cool kids in the dorm, authenticity, never goes out of style. You’ll thank yourself  for remaining true to yourself later in life.
– Work hard, party harder. As much as I used to pretend that I was doing the ‘right’ thing and studying my socks off, university is a social playing ground, so play the field, just remember to pass your modules.
– Just go for it! You’re independent.
– Your housemates will get on your nerves but you WILL look back and class your university years as the ‘good old days’
– When graduation day comes, you’ll realise it was ALL worth it

Life Advice

Once you’ve graduated from university, you’d have learnt a lot of things you’ll carry with you forever…

– Experience is everything. After graduation, you’re officially a graduate and you’ll likely be looking for a job. Hopefully throughout university, you’d have completed placements and internships. The more experience you get in education, the more likely you’ll land your ‘dream’ job
– No one will hand you anything. Being proactive is everything. If you’ve got a passion you want to turn into a career, do everything in your power to make it happen yourself.
– Stay on track. Nothing worth having comes easy. It’s all about time and pressure (peep the shawshank reference lol) so keep doing you boo.

Do you have any undergraduate advice for yourself or others?

 

 

 

Monthly Favourites: JULY

Why is the year moving so quickly? Am I the only one feeling that if I blink twice it’ll be Christmas?

With that being said, let’s not waste any time and jump straight into my July favourites!

Throughout the month of July, I’ve been loving a mixture of things, I didn’t really overly indulge this month but, when I find something I love, I will use it to its death, so the first thing on my list has to be…

1.Benefit Precisely My Brow Pencil

Since purchasing the Benefit brow in late June (have you read my review yet?), the Benefit Precisely My Brow Pencil, has been my go-to eyebrow pencil! I absolutely love it. I would go as far to say that’s it the best eyebrow pencil I’ve ever bought and there have been many!👀 😅

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It just gives me the perfect brow every time, with its thin, precise tip and creamy formula, and I totally prefer it to Benefits Goof Proof Pencil.

The packaging is absolutely lush too. The only thing I would say, is that it needs to have more product *sobs into tissue* as mine ran out yesterday 😭

2. Spotify 🎧

I’ve been signed up to spotify for about a year now, but it’s only since I started driving to work (I spend about 10 hours a week in my car), that I’ve fully appreciated this app on my phone – it has every song possible -EXCEPT Statik Selektah Look of Love – like –  where can I track down this bomb ass playlist? If you know, let me know, cos I need it my life!

These are my fave playlists at the moment.

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I have to listen to something gangsta in the morning, then on the way home, maybe some chilled vibes with the soul queen – Jill Scott.

What playlists would you recommend on spotify?

3. Topshop sandals

I wasn’t meant to actually buy sandals but, as I’m such a clever clogs and decided to wear wedges into London (I mean, who actually does that) for the Blogger Hangout event my feet needed some comfort, as they were burning from all the walking, so I stopped in Topshop and found these.

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No word of a lie, these are THE best sandals I have ever bought. Genuine leather sandals for £28… it’s a bloody bargain! You know when you normally get a pair of shoes and you have to break them in, yeah… I didn’t have to do that with these.

As you can see from their sorry state, I practically live in them – I really should invest in another pair, but I love the simplicity of the design and the fact that they wrap around the ankle-which is kind of ‘in’ at the moment.

4. Pandora Sykes

I read a lot of blogs but if you’ve never heard of Pandora Sykes, please get to know. Her writing style is just amazing and in all honesty she possesses a writing style I would love to have. She discusses some great topics on her blog, and her sense of style is just ugghhhh 🙌 – check out her blog!

5. everydayisblackfriday.co.uk

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I cannot remember the last time I bought something online, without searching for a discount code.

Call me cheap, but, there really are too many savings to be had!

Everydayisblackfriday.co.uk is a website that works slightly differently. It tracks down the best deals and discount codes for you, so all you have to do is search for the item you want and buy it at a discounted rate.

They’ve got so many brands on their website, that it’s really is worth checking here first, to see if you can get it cheaper, than buying straight from the source.

As I shop a lot at ASOS, I really loved that everydayisblackfriday.co.uk post when there are discount codes that can be used on ASOS too – so f you’re like me and always looking for a good bargain, make sure you bookmark this page!

6. Harry Potter

Eeek! This is where my inner nerd comes out! 👓 ⚡️

Harry Potter came out this month, how could this not be one of my faves?

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Anyone else finished the book?

7. Tea Tree Treats

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If you follow me on twitter, you may have seen me tweet about my enlarged pores -such a nuisance. But after watching Tasha Green rave about her Tea Tree oil, I thought I’d hit up The Body Shop and treat myself.

I initially only wanted the Tea Tree Oil which was £12, but I then saw a deal with a bundle of Tea Tree Oil products for £20 so obviously went for that.

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I love that the products deep clean pores and leave my skin feeling squeaky clean and refreshed with a light tingle – am I the only one who likes this sensation?

I’ve always reacted well towards Tea Tree oil so, I’m exciting to start using these long term to see how my skin improves, but already, I’ve seen my pores reduce in size, which is always a good thing!

So, there you have it, my July favourites! Have you got anything you would absolutely recommend trying? 

See you on my next post x

 

 

Jurlique Jewels

Hiya Queens,

It’s been way too long since my last post, but during my time off (time away from blogging, life still went full steam ahead) I had the chance to fully immerse myself in a few treats the lavly people from Jurlique were kind enough to send me a few weeks ago.

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As you may already know, I was introduced to Jurlique at my first ever blogging event! Since then, I have been obsessed with their Rosewater Balancing face mist and really been preeing their website for some more products to try.

A few things have been running low in my everyday makeup bag, so I was so pleased that the people at Jurlique sent over some provisions.

As a women that’s unashamedly beauty obsessed, I’m always on the hunt for a great finishing powder. If you have oily skin, you know the struggle is real outchea. So, when I saw Jurlique’s new finishing powder in town, I had to snap that baby up.

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I’ve never really had any great luck with finding a good finishing powder, so I was excited to try this one, especially as it’s translucent, meaning it doesn’t add any more coverage- could it be my beauty saving grace?

My first impression of Rose Silk Finishing Powder (£26) was that it was quite affordable and chic. A little bit chunky to fit into my daily makeup bag, but it’s perfect for popping into my daily handbag instead. The compact was a decent size, had a nice sized mirror in the lid and came with a handy powder puff (not something I use, but, I’m sure is handy to others).

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Once opened, the powder can be found under the puff, all you have to do is tilt the product compact for product to come out. To be honest, I don’t like this design, as it’s too messy and white powder just ends up everywhere.

The powder itself, feels quite chalky, with the same texture as talcum powder. However, once applied to a brush, and the excess is tapped off, the powder instantly mattifies your makeup, without looking insanely dry and 2D.

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The last couple weeks of July have been ridiculously hot, to the point where I’ve literally been melting like a MF, but this powder has really kept my makeup on point reducing my shine. After one application in the morning, this powder keeps my makeup in place, of course my makeup does get a bit shiny as the course of the day goes on, but, reduces it so my makeup doesn’t have a nasty un-intentional dewy glow after an hour.

After using this for a couple of weeks, I’ve been loving the way it finishes my makeup, as I know I can confidently go throughout the day without a touch up. If you’re thinking of picking this product up for yourself, one thing to bare in mind, is that it can make your makeup look cakey. I would advise applying ONE thin, even layer to finish your makeup, and avoid touch ups, which can leave you looking greyish and overly matte.

Overall, this product has become a staple in my daily makeup routine, and its smell of rose is just everything!

Jurlique were also kind enough to send over two other products, their; Exfoliating Hand Treatment (£20) and Nail & Cuticle Treatment Oil (£12).

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I am ashamed to admit that I suffer from dry hands, it’s just not a cute look and unfortunately for me, my tub of Lush’s Helping Hand hand cream which keeps my hands supple and moisturised (this product is a gift sent from god, real talk), ran out.

There seriously is no substitute for that hand cream, as it lasted me 3 months, which is incredible as I use hand cream about 20 times a day lol. But as it ran out I was intrigued to try Jurlique’s Exfoliating Hand Treatment to give my dry hands some TLC.

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Now that i’m a lady of leisure…. well kind of  I try to use the treatment at least once a week – I smother my hands in the exfloiant, leave it on for 20 mins and then wash off with warm water. I wouldn’t say it works miracles, however, it does help to add moisture back into my skin, and really helps to keep them smooth. Plus, it’s a quite nice step to add into your pamper routine.

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Lastly, I was gifted the Nail & Cuticle Treatment Oil, which is what I use on my nails after the exfoliating treatment. It smells divine, and little goes a long way. Since I’ve started treating myself to shellac manicures, it’s nice to keep my nails strong as shellac can be damaging while also keeping my cuticles pretty and moisturised.

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On the whole, I’m enjoying my cute Jurlique package, and can’t thank the team enough! 

If you’re on the hunt for beauty treats, check out Jurlique if you haven’t already and let me know what you think.

See you on my next one x