Friday, 30 August 2013

University Preparation: What To Take

“Moving House” by Flickr user Nathan O’Nions
Moving to University can be daunting and you need to be organised when it comes to packing. I have compiled a list of things including the basics just to help you along. You may not need/want all these things if you already own them or are provided them in your accommodation, and depending on if you're male or female of course!

So, let's start from the beginning. The following is what I plan on taking to University/what I would suggest, so here goes!

Academic
  • Diary/wall planner/calendar
  • Notebooks for lectures
  • Stationary (paper, pens, highlighters etc)
  • Memory stick
  • Reading list
  • Old textbooks and notes

Bathroom
  • Towels (Face cloth, hand towel, bath towel)
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Mouthwash
  • Deodorant
  • Razor
  • Shaving cream (or just use shower gel or conditioner though)
  • Perfume
  • Hand soap
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Facewash
  • Shower gel
  • Makeup (+ makeup/wash bag)
  • Makeup remover/face wipes
  • Sanitary items
  • Nail polish
  • Nail varnish remover
  • Nail clippers/scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Plasters
  • Painkillers
  • Prescription medication including contraceptives
  • Cold/flu remedies (especially if you get "freshers flu")
  • Hair brush/comb
  • Other hair products (gel, wax, spray etc)
  • Hair grips/hair bobbles
  • Toilet roll

Bedroom
  • Bedding (Duvet, duvet cover, pillow, pillow cases, sheet, mattress protector)
  • Cushions
  • Blanket/throw
  • Alarm clock
  • Lamp
  • Photos/posters (to decorate room)
  • Potted plant
  • Small bin
  • Mirror
  • Clothes wash basket/laundry bag

Clothes
  • Casual everyday clothes
  • Underwear and socks
  • Comfy shoes
  • Dressing gown
  • PJ's or onesie
  • Slippers
  • Flip-flops
  • Waterproof coat
  • Warm coat, gloves, hat and scarf
  • Smart dress 
  • Smart shoes/heels (freshers ball)
  • Clothes suitable for interviews/part-time job
  • Variety of clothes and shoes to wear on nights out
  • A bag
  • Swimwear
  • Gym clothes/shoes
  • Old clothes or something you don't mind getting trashed (think paint parties)
  • Fancy dress (plan a few in advance but a lot can be constructed while you're there)
  • Small sewing kit (+ safety pins)
  • Purse/wallet
  • Watch
  • Umbrella

Documents
  • Exam results/certificates
  • Accommodation contract
  • Driving licence
  • Passport photos
  • Finance confirmation
  • NHS number
  • National Insurance number
  • Bank account details
  • List of phone numbers
  • Doctor and dentist details
  • Laptop, phone and room insurance
  • TV licence
  • Discount cards (NUS Card, Travel cards etc.)
  • Address book and email contacts list
  • CV and references

Electrical Items
  • Computer/laptop (+ case, charger, mouse, Ethernet cable, external hard drive)
  • Mobile phone (+ charger, USB lead, headphones)
  • Digital camera (+ charger, USB lead, battery, memory card)
  • Printer (+ power lead, paper, ink)
  • TV (+ TV licence)
  • DVD player (+ DVDs, SCART/HDMI lead, power lead)
  • MP3 player/iPod (+ charger, headphones, USB lead, docking station/speakers)
  • Rechargeable batteries (+ charger)
  • Hair straighteners/curlers
  • Hair dryer
  • Iron (+ ironing board)
  • Extension leads/multi plug adapter
  • Kettle
  • Toaster
  • Toasted sandwich maker
  • Mini fridge

Kitchen Items
- It's sometimes worth waiting to speak to your housemates first about these, so you don't end up with a silly amount of one item.
  • Corkscrew
  • Vegetable peeler
  • Cheese grater (I personally find the ones where the lid is the grater as the cheese then falls into the box underneath. Handy if you want to store it and save it for later)
  • Masher
  • Whisk
  • Spatula
  • Bottle opener
  • Tin opener
  • Garlic crusher
  • Serving spoon (+ slotted)
  • Pizza cutter
  • Sieve
  • Scissors
  • Frying pan (+ lid)
  • Small saucepan (+ lid)
  • Large saucepan (+ lid)
  • Flat baking tray
  • Pizza/chip tray
  • Casserole dish or similar
  • Cupcake maker (mine was given as a gift and I can't wait to take it with me!)
  • Colander
  • Measuring jug
  • Scales
  • Mixing bowl
  • Cups, bowls, plates, cutlery (best if bowls are microwave safe)
  • Glasses, wine glasses and shot glasses (double up the shot glasses as egg cups)
  • Chopping board
  • Chopping knives
  • Assortment of storage boxes
  • Sandwich bags
  • Cling film/foil
  • Oven gloves
  • Tea towels
  • Bin bags
  • Washing up bowl (can double up for when you need to hand wash clothes)
  • Basic recipe book (or instructions from parents)
  • Condiments (can be bought once there though, along with many of these items)
  • Some basic food to get you through the first few days or so... (Pasta, rice, noodles, cereal, tins etc.)

Laundry and House Keeping
  • Coat hangers
  • Kitchen roll
  • Washing powder
  • Fabric softener
  • Washing up liquid
  • Cloth
  • Cleaning equipment
  • Toilet cleaner
  • Fabreeze
  • Bleach
  • Radiator airier (to dry your clothes)

Miscellaneous
  • Pack of cards
  • Door wedge (or just stick something heavy in front of the door)
  • Storage boxes (to fit in things that wont fit anywhere else or to go under your bed)
  • Sleeping bag (for when friends come to stay!)
  • Fairy lights/lava lamp
  • Hot water bottle
  • Clock
  • Earplugs
  • Books
  • Board games
  • Bike (+ repair kit, insurance, lock)
  • Local taxi number
  • Local map
  • Local doctor/dentist number
  • Takeaway menus
  • Alcohol (to get you started and make new friends with)
  • Torch (in case of power cuts etc.)
  • Candles/matches
  • Vouchers
  • Money (+ loose change)

Don't try to buy all these items as you may want to wait and see what your flatmates bring, or see what is already provided in your accommodation. The obvious things that aren't further explained such as usual day to day clothes, and a detailed list of stationary, as this is up to you and what you'd wear/think you would need. And please don't use candles if you're not allowed!

This is the list of all the items I can think of at present, however if I remember anymore I will certainly add them on.

If you have any questions or suggestions feel free to contact me or leave a comment, and good luck if you're off to University!

Frankie x
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Monday, 26 August 2013

5 Beauty Habits I Need To Break

Even though I've now been using makeup for a few years and know all about the "dos and don'ts", I often find myself breaking these rules time after time! Here are my main beauty confessions;

Throwing away mascara after three months.
I'm terrible for this! Even knowing the reasons why you should throw them away, I still continue to do it. If there's product still in the bottle I'm always reluctant to get rid of it, especially if it was an expensive mascara. The reason why you should throw mascara away is that bacteria can build up meaning it can cause eye infections if you are not careful. Three months is typically as long as they can last, before you are risking eye infections.

Cleanse, Tone and Moisturise.
I did use to do this, however I stopped when my Simple toner ran out, and just haven't been out to replace it due to having so much on my mind lately. So why should you use toner? Toner helps remove excess oil and dead skin cells that may remain on the skin even after you have used a cleanser. I have often been astounded at how much dirt toner removed even though I had just used a makeup wipe. If you often suffer from breakouts such as myself, adding a toner to your usual skin care regime may help.

Curling eyelashes.
Okay so this isn't something you have to do, but it doesn't actually have any negative effects. Curling your eyelashes makes them appear longer and can make mascara application a bit easier. It can give off the same appearance as if you were wearing fake eyelashes, and if you're like me and struggle with those, curling is a much easier route. I do own an eyelash curler, however when I'm rushing in the morning to get ready, I usually just forget.

Cleaning makeup brushes regularly.
I'm so embarrassed to say I hardly ever do this, even though I use the brushes daily. I usually either just forget to do it, too busy, or just cannot be bothered to do it even though I know the reasons why you're supposed to do it. I know this is one I need to change quickly as it is bad for my skin as bacteria can build up in the brush. So every time you use it, you are just transferring the germs and bacteria on to your face.

Never sleep with makeup on.
Admittedly there are occasions where I do this, but usually happens if I stay at someone's house or after a party and I'm completely wiped out. Still no excuse I know! Apart from these occasions, I'm really good at remembering to take all my makeup off before I go to sleep, as sleeping with it on is really bad for your skin. It'll clog up your pores which means that dead skin cells and irritants can't be removed. Leaving it on all night is a sure way to get breakouts, and sleeping with mascara on can cause your eyelashes to become dry and brittle. Also leaving you with panda eyes when you wake up in the morning...

These are the main "rules" that I find myself breaking even though I know I shouldn't. Which ones do you find yourself breaking?

Frankie x
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Sunday, 25 August 2013

NOTD: Missguided Splash Nail Polish

Seeing as the weather is supposed to perk up for a little bit again, I decided to put some colour on my nails since they seemed a little bare. This pink nail polish (Misstify/Fuschia) is from Missguided and is the first time I've used it. I was impressed to say the least! I used a base coat of Barry M All In One (and as a top coat), and only needed one coat of the polish to completely cover the nail.

I'm really bad sometimes when it comes to painting my nails. I just love the application with the style of the brush and the smoothness of the polish, it just glided on my nail effortless without any mistakes or it looking streaky. I'm very proud with how they look and even though I've been at work all day, they still haven't chipped yet. 'Pink to make the boys wink'...a statement colour that is sure to turn heads.

Frankie x
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Friday, 23 August 2013

University Preparation: The Weeks Leading Up To Move In Day

If you're on a tight budget such as myself, only buy what you need. Write a checklist of things you already have/need to buy and stick to it, checking it off as you go along. For example, if you see a really cute homeware item in a shop, just take a moment to think about whether you actually need it or can survive without it. Instead think about how the money you are saving could go towards something else, for example a meal. If you do want to make your room look more homely while you're there, try to find things that won't take a chunk out of your budget.

If you know you need a job whilst you're at university, consider starting looking now! Don't leave it last minute when you actually start, as they may be very few or no jobs available. 

Try to buy bedding, pillow cases and towels that are the same colour, as this will reduce cost when using washing machines as you won't need to split colours. Take advantage of the space under your bed whilst at university. Consider purchasing some cheap storage boxes that will keep your room looking organised and tidy. This can also come in handy if you are leaving your room to go out and want to keep your laptop, mobile phone or any other gadgets out of sight.

Once you find out your flat details, find your roommates. This can be done through Facebook groups that the university or individuals have set up, or there are websites that let you enter your information to find others in the same flat. You should be extremely cautious using this method though, as you are giving out exactly where you live to goodness knows who, as anyone could easily set up a fake website. Once you have found your roommates it's always good to talk about what you're going to bring, in case you only need one of an item in the flat such as a toaster. Speaking in advance to people who are going to the same university will not only help you settle in quicker, but may also reduce your initial nerves on move in day and any awkwardness.

Think about pulling a little 'emergency' bag together containing items such as plasters, pain killers, emergency contact numbers etc for in times of need. If your parents are helping you move in on the day, take advantage of this and take food with you to get you through the first few days. Consider finding alcohol on offer before you go, as you can also share this with your new flat mates on the first night to get to know them better. Bring relevant documents and make sure all paperwork that is required has been filled our prior to arriving!

Optional
Fancy dress nights differ from uni to uni, however most do involve them in freshers week. The problem with this is that it can be expensive, though it can be a great bonding method, so be sure to check out eBay or charity stores. Not everywhere has fancy dress stores, but if they do they are much pricier so it's best to find out in advance what sort of fancy dress you'll need. You can find some great deals on eBay, as I have found some great and cheaply priced outfits myself in the past.

If you don't know your timetable for freshers week yet, I'd suggest bringing any fancy dress you have already including a school shirt and tie as you can be sure you will use these one night for a school night theme! Facepaint is something else you may want to bring whatever the occasion.

Learn to cook. Think about learning how to make some basic meals to get your through the first few weeks. Learning how to cook a few simple meals will help to make sure you eat well during university and your house mates may appreciate it too!

These are the main things that spring to mind for now, however if you have any more questions please feel free to comment or speak to me via the contact options available.

Frankie x
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Thursday, 22 August 2013

University Preparation: UV Paint Party

UV Paint Party @ Shuffle by Flikr user Steve Smailes
Hello my lovelies! Today I'm going to talk about preparing for freshers week at University. Yesterday I went on a job hunt and may have got distracted by all the shiny things in Primark...well who wouldn't? While I was there, I decided to do a little shopping in preparation for freshers. One of the theme nights for my University is a UV paint party, so basically you want to wear something you expect to get trashed. Sometimes it is stated that the paint used will not stain, however I am not willing to risk it.

If you're like me and have recently chucked all your old or small clothes away, you'll find you don't own anything that is suitable to wear. For a UV night you especially want to see if you can find any white items of clothes, as these will glow under black light.

For example, I managed to pick up a simple vest I picked up for only £3! Because of how the top is styled it means the sides and back of your bra will show, and as I didn't particularly want my current ones to get stained, so I decided to pick up a cheap bright pink one! Since it is a UV paint party, it wont matter if it is visible from under the vest as many others will be doing the same! This cost £5.

Next on my list was a pair of shorts! I picked up these for £5 and they're surprisingly cute and quite comfy! I think once it has paint splattered on them, they'll look pretty cool.

I'd thought I'd almost finished, however I realised I didn't have any old shoes or ones I'd be willing to get ruined. So I bought a pair of simple lace up white shoes for £3, that I don't particularly mind if they have paint on them by the end of the night. I personally think it would make them look awesome if they did!

Simple Clothes
Once you have your clothes sorted, you're almost set! As the theme is UV you may want to take some time to look on eBay for some cheap accessories!

Smiffys UV Beads - eBay
From Left to Right:
Pink Neon Tights - Matalan
UV Pink Paint - eBay
StarGazer UV Eye/Lip Liner - eBay
Neon Pink Star Earrings - Claire's
Smiffys UV Bracelets - eBay
UV Pink Glasses - Claire's
UV Body Pen - eBay
To completely finish off the look you can even buy UV nail polish, and these come in a range of colours and can be found on eBay. (I own pink and green varnish and also a UV topcoat!) Just remember to have fun, try not to slip on the floor (flat shoes advised!) and have a great time.

Frankie x
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Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Review: Benefit Eye Cream "It's Potent!"


Today I'll be reviewing Benefit's Eye Cream called "It's Potent!". I bought this a while ago but I still use it as and when I need it. So in the following pictures it obviously wont be showing a full pot of eye cream.


Background Information

Your eyes can't keep a secret...they're the first to show signs of age & stress. It's potent! eye cream fades dark circles & helps smooth fine lines for brighter, younger-looking eyes. Contains a peptide complex known to help restore elasticity & firmness, a blend of hydrating botanical extracts and loquat extract, known to help protect the skin from free radical damage

Packaging

Benefit's packaging never fails, it's so sweet and I love the cork patterned design on the lid against the cool green blue of the glass bottle. It's super easy to open too, just one twist of the lid and it opens!

However for others, issues may be that as there is no tool to get the cream out with so may find it unsanitary. Personally it doesn't really bother me, however due to the weight of the product, it can be difficult to bring if travelling.


Colour and texture

When the cream is scooped out and applied, it melts like butter and absorbs so quickly into the skin. There is no residual stickiness as well, it is very lush and feels lovely and silky.




After Blending
Before Blending

As you can see from the picture, it has disappeared into the top of my hand with ease. This just took some light patting, and then I'm left with soft and hydrated skin.

Application
Just twist open the lid, dip your finger in, take some cream out and pat it under your eye down to the top of your cheekbones, and upwards to your temple and upper eyelid. Most people usually just apply it under the eye, however eye creams are for all-round eye area protection. Just be careful not to get it too close to the actual eye itself, as from experience your eye will start to water!

Does it really reduce dark circles?
When I first bought this, I used it once in the morning and again before I went to bed. I was determined to lose the panda eyes. I love the texture of this product and just how quickly it settled in without me having to wait before applying makeup, but actually for me it made absolutely no difference to my dark circles. So now I only use it when I need to wake up my eyes in the morning.

Would I buy again?
Bottom line no. Whilst I have long given up on my dark circles around my eyes, I would still like to hope that a product lives up to it's description. Though this one feels lovely and sinks in wonderfully to my eye area, I do not feel that the price is justified.

Overall Rating 5/10



Have you tried this product before, and did it reduce your dark circles? If you know of a different product that you believe would work better than this one for me, don't be shy to comment!

Frankie x
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Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Liebster Blogger Award

I was nominated by Cynical Suzy for the Liebster award this week, which means I get to write my own post and nominate some more bloggers.

If you're like me and had never heard of it before, the Liebster award is an award given to new and coming bloggers with small followings (less than 200). It helps new bloggers connect with one another, and find each other. I'm told that the translation of Liebster means dearest/loving/sweetheart in German. Thankyou again to Cynical Suzy, and please go check out her lovely blog!


The rules:

1) Link back to the person that nominated you
2) List 11 facts about yourself (optional)
3) Answer the 11 questions given to you by the person who nominated you for the award
4) Nominate 11 blogs/bloggers who themselves have 200 or less followers
5) Think up 11 different questions for the people you are nominating to answer
6) Notify your nominees so they know and can answer and join in!

So... 11 facts about me!

1) My real name is Frances, but I have been called the nickname Frankie for many years now, however all my family members apart from my brothers still call me Frances. Though I have various other names such as Frank, Frannie, Fru, Flossie, and my most despised one, Frankenstein.

2) I have been passionate about IT for several years, and I am starting Uni next month to study Computer Information Systems. Me...a blonde, female, girl who studies computing...I know right? Smashing the stereotypes you could say.

3) I love jigsaws. I love Sudoku. I love chess. I love anything that would be "classed" as nerdy such as Pokemon, gaming etc and I am crazy enough to even own some Pokemon costumes!

*crazy cat lady strikes again*

4) I'm pretty good when it comes to baking, and whenever I make something it never lasts longer than a day. I love whipping up treats, so my next mission is to make chocolate covered shortbread

5) My favourite colour is purple, and I will automatically love anything that is this colour!

6) I am a a vegetarian, but despise anything healthy and have never liked salad. My favourite kind of foods are takeaway, specifically pizza!

7) I'm pretty decent at swimming. I was in swimming club, life saving club and waterpolo club, and used to be on 3 different waterpolo teams. These days I am now the laziest person you'll ever meet.

8) I am tiny...5'2 to be exact! And last week I even got asked for ID when buying a lottery ticket, the cheek!

9) My hair is naturally a bright blonde, not dyed! I frequently get asked what dye I use and I'm just like...no.
*resembling a lion*

10) I practically live on a farm. We have 10 chickens, 2 cats (and another practically adopted one!), 2 terrapins, a pond full of fish and we also live by a river so have swans and ducks in our garden daily!

11) I keep a journal for when I need to ramble outside of the Internet.

Now the 11 questions from Cynical Suzy:

1) How & why did you get into blogging?
Last year I started a blog, but it was more something I felt I HAD to do rather than actually enjoying it. I deleted it a few months ago and created this one earlier this week, where I now love to post!

2) What do you do in the real world?
I'm a student, starting university in September studying Information Systems, and I also have a part time job.

3) If you could only use one make up product for the rest of your life, which would you choose?
It would have to be Dainty Doll Hot Pour Concealer! It's perfect for covering up little flaws.

4) Who is your favourite YouTuber?
PewDiePie. I watch each and every video he brings out and they always make me smile. His girlfriend also has a channel (CutiePieMarzia) and she has the most adorable fashion sense, I love her! I also have a massive YouTube crush on Cry, his voice is just so perfect.

5) How do you choose what to blog about?
I blog about something that interests me or that I love, if I don't enjoy writing about something, I just won't write about it.

6) Where in the world would  you  most like to go shopping, and why?
I would love to shop and actually live in Italy, it just seems so perfect for me! The food, the views and the fashion!

7) What is your all-time favourite book?
"You're a wizard Harry". It's a classic. Though there are various other books I enjoy such as My Blood Approves, The Hunger Games etc.

8) What's the best advice you've ever been given?
"I'm not going to give advice because I know you'll do the right thing" and it's true! You should do what you believe is best.

9) What is the biggest fashion mistake you've made?
I used to wear a green body warmer or fleece every day when I was younger, when fashion didn't exist in my world.

10) If you won the lottery what would your first purchase be?
I'd pay off my costs through university! I would also share money with my friends and family. Any money left over I would use to buy a ton of nail polish and new dresses.

11) What's the worst film you've ever watched?
Epic Movie? It's so bad it's funny.

Okay so now for the blogs I am nominating! We have….

1) Marissa at http://www.marsjambelle.blogspot.co.uk/
2) Laura at http://lauras-nails.blogspot.co.uk/
3) Georgina at http://www.thousanddollardreams.blogspot.co.uk/
4) Elise at http://www.elisedopson.com/
5) Sam at http://lipstickandlectures.blogspot.co.uk/
6) Jaye at http://www.bedinthekitchen.co.uk/
7) Millie at http://hidbeauty.blogspot.co.uk/
8) Lucy at http://cheshirebeauty.blogspot.co.uk/
9) Fay at http://crafts-crazy.blogspot.co.uk/
10) Kammi at http://beautybookblog.com/
11) Ellesse at http://ellessedawson.blogspot.co.uk/

My Liebster Questions to my Nominees:

1) 3 Beauty products you could not live without?
2) Who inspires you?
3) What motivates you to blog?
4) How do you spend your free time?
5) What is your favourite season and why?
6) Name a product you heard was good, but didn't like?
7) How do you handle a stressful day?
8) What is your favourite quote?
9) What makes you smile when you're having a bad day?
10) Do you make and keep New Year's resolutions?
11) What is the first thing on your wish list?

I hope this wasn't too long, so thankyou for reading it through!

Frankie x
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Monday, 19 August 2013

Makeup Routine For Work

Since my plans for work today didn't go exactly how I wanted, I have time to chill out and write another post. Here is a picture of the final result, using basic makeup to achieve a natural appearance;

*my fringe covers practically half my face so it's easier for me to push it aside to show you*

You want to have a "fresh" look for work, so don't go overboard with makeup as sometimes you don't even want to show you're are wearing any at all. You don't want to spend your whole shift fretting about what you look like, or if you're makeup has smudged or not. If you're always running around at work like I am, it's best to keep it light. It's also handy to put a hair bobble around your wrist and pop a few hair grips in your pocket, just in case you need to put your hair up in times of need.

If you feel you must apply eye shadow, stick with neutral colours such as browns etc. Blush is optional, likewise with lipstick and it's down to personal choice what shade you choose. If you are keeping most of your face neutral you could go for a brighter colour other than a nude lipstick. Personally I stick to lipbalms myself, as when you're talking a lot to customers at work your lips can get quite dry. My favourite that I have been using for many years is The Body Shop Strawberry Lip Balm.

Today I didn't bother with eyeliner on my top lid as I was rushing, but my favourite eyeliner comes as a pen. I use Collection 2000 Extreme Liner and it looks and is used exactly like a felt tip, meaning it is so easy to apply with one swoop.

My usual basic makeup routine for work: *All Links For Products Posted At The Bottom*

Step 1:
Glide primer all over face to create a smooth base for makeup.
Step 2:
Apply foundation evenly, preferably using a foundation brush.
Step 3:
Apply concealer to problem areas.
Step 4:
I then use pressed powder to set these. (I do this now rather than at the end because in the past I would get mascara on my foundation brush)
Step 5:
Use brown or black mascara just to open up the eyes.
Step 6:
Pencil eyeliner can be worn in either brown or black, and used on the waterline or top lid!

Taadaa! 

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Clothes/Accessories Haul

I went on a small shopping trip for what seemed like the first time in aaages, and stumbled upon a few items that stood out to me! I've always been super picky with clothes and I am a pain to go shopping with as I never know what suits me. So here are a few items that I picked out, and now just need to sort out how I'm going to style them!

I was thinking about the kind of clothes I owned and realised I had hardly anything that fell into the smart casual category. I saw this cute floral shirt while I was working and knew I just had to get one for myself! It's perfect if you're going somewhere and you need to dress a little smarter.
Next on my list of "must buys" was a skater skirt. I picked up this gorgeous denim looking skirt from New Look, and what really sold me was that it didn't have an elasticated waist! (I find they can make other areas stick out more) Instead this has a simple button and zip at the back which is perfect for me.

 CHARITY SHOP - £1.50
This is a cute women's racer back vest, that caught my eye in a charity shop. I need to go over some of the stitching at the top, but apart from that it's in perfect condition. It's just something easy I can throw on with a pair of jeans if I need pop for out to the corner shop in the village etc.

I've only recently started liking pan collars, and with my picky sense of fashion I had to scour over eBay for a while before I found this dress! It looks lovely paired with some smart black heels.

NEP SKATER SKIRT - £8.00
Back to Matalan again where I decided to pick up another skater skirt, however this time in grey. It's really lightweight and although this one does have an elasticated waist, it looks good on. Perfect for day OR night!

It's that time of year when no one is really sure what to wear...and this sweatshirt is perfect for those times when the weather is confusing and changes throughout the day! It's not too thick, and is really lightweight and airy, meaning no overheating or getting chilly! The polka dots are just so cute too!

BLACK GLADIATOR WEDGE HEELS - £4.50
These heels were an absolute steal for the price! (RRP £18!) So when they first came into the store I didn't buy them straight away, even when they went to half price I was still uncertain to purchase. It wasn't until I was shopping with my brother that I found these hidden on the men's section, the very last pair in the store! Definitely my lucky day. I would provide a link however these were in the sale and are all sold out online, however try visiting your local store and check under fixtures to see if they have been hidden! Even though these heels look a little high, they're actually really easy and comfortable to wear as it has a wedge.

LEOPARD PRINT CREEPERS - £2.50
Another amazing bargain! (RRP £10) These shoes are super comfy and add a little extra height, definitely not complaining though as I'm only 5"2! These shoes were also in the sale so are not available online anymore, but be sure to check out your local Matalan store!

SILVER STAR NECKLACE BOUNDARY MILL - £15.00
To treat myself for my results, I fell in love and bought this beautiful sparkly star necklace. It's adjustable so can set where I want it to sit (which is what I always look for when buying a necklace!). I also wore this out into town to celebrate my best friend's birthday, and received many compliments.

JANE SHILTON SILVER CROSSBODY BAG - £14.70
I was on the hunt to find a silver cross body bag, and you'd be surprised how hard it is! My mum actually found this in the sale at Boundary Mill for me, and I'm so glad she did so kudos to her! RRP £49 this handy little bag can fit in all my essentials I need for a night out! The clasp is easy to use so no fumbling necessary!

I hope you enjoyed reading about my shopping haul, and feel free to comment what you think I should pair these items with! Do you like to go shopping every now and then for clothes, or save up and have one massive shopping spree?

Hope you've had a lovely weekend!
Frankie x
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Sunday, 18 August 2013

Review: Ion Colour Flash Hot Pink


Earlier this year I dyed my hair a candyfloss pink using Crazy Color. This hair dye however, because it was already a pastel looking colour, lasted about a week tops. It was really easy to apply as the consistency was quite thick, and the cream conditions while it's processing so I found the longer I left it on, the better my hair felt after! This dye as I said is like a pastel colour, and I ideally wanted a brighter pink, so about a month ago I stopped by Sally's and found Ion Colour Flash on a 3 for 2, so I grabbed my chosen semi-permanent colour (Hot Pink) and also a few hair slides to make it easier to section my hair and apply.


I always ask my brothers or a friend to help me when dying the back of my head as you can't always see if you've missed a spot, better safe than sorry! As the dye is super bright, it did dye my neck but this can be removed with a face wipe and a little rubbing! Your forehead can be protected if you apply a little Vaseline around the edges of your face. It took a little while to make sure each strand was covered as my hair is long, and in total the dye was left in my hair for an hour or so. The bottle states to leave it in for 5 to 20 minutes but for me personally, this is not long enough. I am not advising you to leave it in for longer than the bottle states, unless you know what you're doing! I then rinsed my hair in the shower (looked like a blood bath!) and as soon as I dried it, I instantly fell in love with the colour.


Amazingly this colour lasted for longer than a month and even now my hair is slightly tinted pink! I absolutely love this colour and plan to redye it again once I'm at University and have secured myself a job!

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Saturday, 17 August 2013

Review: Blogger App

In this post I will be reviewing the Blogger App, which is designed for iPhones and iPads. It is a very basic app that allows you to compose a post that you can save  to draft or immediately publish. And so, I will in fact be using this app to create and post this review from my iPhone, which I believe is appropriate.

In all honesty I wasn't expecting much from this app, however it definitely exceeded my expectations. The Blogger App has various features such as allowing you to use pictures from your phone and add it to a post, and update your blog on the go. You can switch to view your separate blogs if you have more than one, and the actual display when you go to view your blog is superb, and very easy to follow and read. You are still able to use the app to create a post even when you are not connected to the Internet, though obviously you can't publish it if you are not connected. This is quite handy if you wanted to write a draft of a post to upload at a later time.

The downside of this app is that you are unable to add hyperlinks, videos or change font etc, and you cannot view  other features such as your blog statistics. Although if you have a google plus account connected to your blog, you can view the account information and notifications from the app, which is a nifty little feature.

Personally I will be keeping this Blogger app, as it suits my basic needs to post to my blog. If I ever need any of the more intricate features, I will simply use the web version if and when I need to.

Summery: This app would be useful to those who want to write a quick, simple post to update their blog with a busy day to day lifestyle.

Below are some screenshots of the app that you may find useful;

Start up screen:

Log in screen:

Main menu:

View your posts:

View your blog:

Creating a post:

Feel free to comment your opinions of the Blogger app, or after reading this you have decided to install it, thankyou!

Frankie x
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Friday, 16 August 2013

Review: Superdrug Dry Shampoo

There have been various conflicting opinions on this product so thought it best to contribute my thoughts on it. I originally bought a can from Superdrug when it was on offer, and have recently been back to buy more (2 for £3). These were the ones I most recently bought:


This dry shampoo is Superdrug's own and is suitable for all hair types. It comes in lots of different fragrances, my personal favourite of the two being "Away with the Fairies".

I use this when my hair is looking a bit greasy and I don't have time to wash it or I don't want to. It is perfect for a quick revive in the mornings before work! It soaks up all the excess oils and leaves my hair look freshly washed. It is really simple to use as all you have to do is hold the can 15cm away from your hair and spray evenly. I would advise to do this near a window else you may find you'll get the taste in your mouth! You then massage your hair and brush into the desired style.

I haven't personally experienced any problems or irritations with these dry shampoos, except I find they run out quickly. As these are the first ones I have used I cannot say if it the best brand, however it did get the job done for a decent price. Some dry shampoos can even add volume to fine hair, so I plan to purchase a different brand such as Batiste on my next trip.

Have you ever tried a dry shampoo before? If so, what brand of dry shampoo would you suggest?


(2 for £3)
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Review: Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder



For those with fair skin such as myself, I cannot recommend this powder enough! It has literally saved my life and use it every time I do my makeup routine! I use 001 Transparent and apply with a big powder brush. It is perfect for getting rid of shine and sets my concealer in place.

In the past I have tried and tested various powders but they have either made my skin look horribly dry or made my complexion a little orange. However this powder is by far the best I've ever owned, and will only buy this product from now on! It is great for people with oily skin and definitely gives a long lasting "matte" finish. It is available in six shades, Transparent, Peach Glow, Warm Beige, Pink Blossom, Sandstorm and Silky Beige. (All sold at Superdrug)

Summery: Great for shine control, keeps makeup in place and is a good size to pop in your handbag!

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