Wednesday, 24 September 2014

University | Stress Free Freshers

Stress Free Freshers Stress Free Print TIps Advice University

So you're starting University? Most likely you won't have any idea what to expect apart from knowing that freshers will be one on the most memorable moments of your University life. However it does come with its up's and down's. I've been there, I know it can be stressful moving to a new place, meeting new people and trying to fit in.

So I'm here to provide you with my top tips and essential items that you need to make freshers more stress free!

Moving In

- Arrive early (or within your allocated time slot) giving you enough time to settle in and have a look around campus.

- Prop your door open. It makes it so much easier to meet new people, and at this stage it's much more important to say hello than arrange your bedroom precisely.

- Sharing is caring, and this goes for everyone in your flat. No, you cannot bribe them to be your friends, but if they are in dire need of loo roll or a tea bag, you could make their day by lending out a helping hand. They might even return the favour if you ever need help too.

- Something you can actually do before the first week of freshers is find your course mates. Many Universities set up Facebook pages so students can speak to each other before the term even starts, so keep an eye out for those! Speaking to your course mates before you attend your first lecture can relieve a lot of stress!

Find Your Bearings

- Once you've scouted around your campus, take note of where your lectures will take place because you will not want to find this out at 9am of your first lecture with a hangover (so don't forget to keep painkillers handy and munch on something beforehand even if it's a breakfast bar).

- Explore the University so you know where the nearest shop, SU bar etc. including the nearest cash point!

Freshers Fayre

- Sign up to everything and anything, don't be afraid to try something new. You don't have to be an expert, so put your name down for anything that interests you.

- There is usually a small fee to join societies however during the first week or two, the events are mostly free to participate in! Membership can be bought at any time throughout the year, so don't feel as if you will be missing out if you don't sign up straight away.

- Some sports may expect you to have some knowledge of what is required, however newbies are more often than not welcome to join and take part in the teams.

- Freebies, freebies, freebies. Even as a second year I still took advantage of the many freebies given out at the sports and society fayre! Get it right and you won't have to purchase any pens throughout your time at University.

- You'll most likely bump into lots of promoters for clubs as you walk around, so look out for wrist bands being sold for the events you want to go to - but stay aware that these should be legit and official.

Going "Out Out"

- If you don't already know this term, you will do soon! (or just learn about it here)

- Make sure you have numbers of the people you're going out with, just in case you happen to separate at some point during the night.

- Make sure you know your way around the city - or at least remember where some landmarks are to help you out.

- Store a few local taxi numbers on your phone just in case you get lost, it doesn't hurt to have a back-up plan.

- Before you leave make sure your phone is charged up, you have your ID and also a bit of loose change.

- Put a kit together (of just a few plasters, vitamins, and ear plugs etc. similar to the stress free freshers kit shown above, courtesy of StressFreePrint) for the times when you will need them the most. I have already had to use pretty much all of these since moving to the centre of town, especially the ear plugs as it's quite loud at night living next to a club as you can imagine, so they are vital for a good night's sleep).

One Last Note...

Once you say goodbye to your parents, chances are you probably won't see them again until Christmas, so you're fending for yourself until then. And yes, this means cooking and cleaning for yourself! Purchase a student cook book from a bookstore such as WHSmith, as these recipes are designed for students on a budget. It also means you will save money by making cooked meals instead of ordering takeaways (although the odd takeaway here and there isn't always a bad thing!)

My last piece of advice here applies to your entire experience at University, and that is to purchase a reliable USB stick. You're responsible of your own work at University, and they won't accept corrupted files for an excuse. So remember, back-up your work and take advantage of online storage!

I hope my tips will help you get through the start of your University adventure, as they are what I have discovered helps as I went through freshers myself.

What's your top tip for a stress free freshers?


Friday, 12 September 2014

Lush | Fizzbanger Bath Bomb

Lush Fizzbanger Bath Bomb Review Yellow

For a while now I've got into a habit of grabbing a random bath bomb from Lush to try, so I have no idea what to expect, hoping for the best! I like having a surprise when dropped in the bath, and it's safe to say I wasn't expecting much from this, as it just looked like a big, plain, yellow bath bomb. But oh did it prove me wrong!

Lush Fizzbanger Bath Bomb Review Yellow

I love to write reviews on my blog and I was intrigued to know what this one would bring, so I grabbed my camera and dropped the bath bomb into the tub. As I was on my own I put on some background music to keep me entertained, however I began to hear some faint popping sounds. I switched off the music and to my amazement the popping sounds were actually coming from the bath bomb!

Lush Fizzbanger Bath Bomb Review Green Water

It changed colour as it fizzed, crackling with popping candy as it went and released first a citrussy apple and then a cinnamon, apple pie like scent with a hint of ylang ylang. I've never had one like this before, so I was beyond excited and amused at this big yellow bath bomb fizzing and popping away. I did have a video clip to show the bath bomb in action, but I think it's something you should find out and experience for yourself!

Lush Fizzbanger Bath Bomb Review Bang Note

What really topped it off for me was a quirky, comic-style note inside the bath bomb - I love it! Retailing at £3.25, I'm definitely repurchasing the Fizzbanger bath bomb!


Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Kiss | Dress To Impress

Kiss Gel Dress Nails Wrap Review

I'm always after new things to try in the beauty world, and it came as a shock to me when I realised I had never tried nail wraps before. These Kiss Gel Dress Nails seemed rather simple going by the instructions, so decided to give them a shot. This design in particular is called Fairy Dust, and I think it's really cute and definitely 'me'. I used the leopard print wrap on the accent nail for a pop of colour, however there's more than enough strips to do it the other way round as the pack includes 40 gel strips.

Kiss Gel Dress Nails Wrap Review

As a newbie, I did struggle applying the full wraps on my first attempt; however that's probably just me needing practice! The tips which I succeeded with applied quickly and effortlessly, perfect if you're rushing out the door, but want a bit of glam on your nails. I topped up my nails with Kiss ultrashine gel-strong topcoat, for a lasting finish. However you don't actually have to go out any buy any additional products as the pack contains the gels strips, mini file, manicure stick, wipe & shine pad plus a handy instruction sheet.

Kiss Gel Dress Nails Wrap Review Ultrashine Topcoat

The nail wraps and topcoat, courtesy of Kiss, were really easy to manage and apply, I'm very impressed with them! They last up to 1 week with a regular top coat, or up to 2 weeks when used with Kiss double-up top gel and LED lamp. The best thing that I love about these wraps is that to remove them, you only need to peel them off! With so many colours and patterns to choose from, you'll be spoiled for choice! Available from Superdrug for £5.99, these are gel nails without the expensive price tag.

 If you could have any design on a nail wrap, what would it be?


Monday, 8 September 2014

OOTD | Festival Fashion At New Look

OOTD New Look Festival Fashion Outfit

OOTD New Look Festival Fashion Outfit

OOTD New Look Festival Fashion Outfit

OOTD New Look Festival Fashion Outfit

OOTD New Look Festival Fashion Outfit

OOTD New Look Festival Fashion Outfit

Festival Fashion at New Look

Summer is drawing to a close; however festival season is not over just yet! With various events happening throughout September, it's time to make the most of the good weather while it lasts - so grab a dress and some lippie and enjoy the moment. This festival look in particular show above, courtesy of New Look, is one I would wear during the evening at a festival and the tropical print is right on trend.

I love the way how fashion and music have influenced each other over the decades, and how this has evolved and influenced festival fashion. Below is a fun interactive feature that will show the history behind festival looks and fashion, and takes a look back on the festival season.


What is your favourite festival trend?


Saturday, 6 September 2014

Lush | Granny Takes A Dip Bath Bomb

Lush Granny Takes A Dip Bath Bomb Review Rings Colours

Earlier this week I moved back to Lincoln after spending a quiet two months at home over summer. It's fantastic having my own space again and feeling independant, however like last year, we don't actually have a bath in the new apartment - only showers. This meant in the last few days leading up to the big move, I had to use as many bath bombs up as I could! This bath bomb in particular was picked up as part of a haul from the Sheffield blogger meet up - it really stood out to me as you can imagine!
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