Wednesday, 17 September 2014

The £1 Polish MUA - Leapfrog

While I was browsing the shelves of Superdrug a few days ago I spotted this polish by MUA for only £1. I have a few other bits by MUA and have always been impressed so I thought I would give it a go.

The polish is called Leapfrog, which I think is such a cute name, I love it when brands take the extra time to think up names for their products. Leapfrog is a green/turquoise colour and it fitting in perfectly with the transitional period from summer to autumn which is happening at the moment. I think it's actually from their S/S collection but I think I'll be wearing this quite a bit during autumn.

I had to put two coats of this on, however I think it gives a really nice finish and no chips so far!

I am definitely going to check out some of the other polishes in the range, because let's face it for £1 you really can't go wrong.

Have you tried any colours from this range?

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Tuesday, 16 September 2014

A Guide to Freshers

So it’s that time of year again that there are a lot of people about to move to university. Four years ago this was me and since then I like to think that I have become slightly wiser, so here is some advice for all the people starting university right now. Freshers week was one of the best weeks of my life, however I am aware that I am probably looking back on it with rose tinted glasses on because in reality it is a very intense and sometimes overwhelming week.  I’m going to write a list of some tips that I have picked up during my four years at university.

The first night of freshers - Back to school

1.  If you have any fancy dress lying around definitely take it with you, you’ll never know when you might need it.

2. If you’re not a big drinker of alcohol don’t worry, you will still have a great time! I know that it can look like freshers is all about getting as drunk as you can and doing stupid things but in reality it’s about making new friends and having fun whether that involves alcohol or not. If you don’t want to drink then don’t, people will respect that, and if they don’t then find some new people to be friends with. One thing I would say though is that not drinking doesn’t mean you can’t be social, you can always join in with pre-drinks with a soft drink, make friends and then not follow people to the club if that isn’t your thing.

3. Try to throw yourself into something outside your comfort zone. Now this I know sounds terrifying and in all honesty I was very scared about going to uni, however I forced myself to join in and make new friends and now I have an amazing group.

4. If you have decided to go out drinking be safe, you will probably be in a city you have never been to before. Program a taxi number into your phone to make sure you know how to get home or at least figure out who the reps are that can get you home.

5. Drink plenty of water, it will help the hangover the next day.

6. Freshers flu is not a myth, whether you decide to drink or not you will get ill. Make sure you pack plenty of cold and flu remedies.

7. If you feel like you want a night in have a night in, you don’t have to go to all the events. I know one night my flat decided that instead of going to a club we would just have a few drinks in and it was nice to be able to sit, chat and get to know each other properly.

8. Sign up to lots of societies at freshers fair, you don’t have to do them all but chances are you’ll find something you like.

9. When at freshers fair grab as many vouchers, free pens and posters that you can carry. This should set you up for the year.

10. People will respect you if you make an effort. Every bone in your body might be telling you to lock your door and hide, don’t, get out there and people will respect you are making an effort and accept you for who you are.

11. Homesickness is completely normal, and it’s ok. It may seem like you’re the only one suffering but trust me you aren’t. Give your parents a ring, have a little cry and hopefully it will pass
12. Buy a doorstop, this will help to meet people. Everyone is in the same boat as you, and all people want to do is to make friends.

13. Work hard, play hard. It can get easy to get sucked into the cheap drinks and partying however remember you are there for a reason and at least do a bit of work! That said first year is all about helping you to settle into your subject, so don’t work too hard that you miss out on opportunities, try to find a balance.

14. Some people talk a lot of rubbish, don’t believe everything you hear in freshers week. Take a step back and wait for people’s real characters to come out, they will eventually.

15. If you don’t think you are going to get on with the people you are living with don’t despair, there is every kind of person at uni and guaranteed you will find someone you get on with. It just might not be in the first week. I was very lucky that the people I lived with in freshers are still my best friends, however this was pure luck and lots of people become friends with people from all over the place

There is so much more I could talk about on this subject, I think that for some freshers week is the best time of their lives and for others it can be the worst. However freshers week is not going to dictate your whole university experience, it’s one week and even if it’s terrible hang in there. Enjoy your first year at university, take it from me it is the only year that you will have little responsibility with lots of freedom.

If anyone has any specific questions about any aspect of university please email, tweet or ask me in the comments below.

I wish you all the best of luck with your university experience and I hope this guide has helped.

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Monday, 15 September 2014

The Battle of the Dry Shampoos - Review

Dry shampoo is one of those things that I never really want to buy, however it’s something that I would never be without. I really hate washing my hair every day, so I usually wash it every other day, however the second day my hair always needs a little freshen up. I have quite fine hair and it gets oily very quickly so dry shampoo is an essential in my drawer.  I really loathe spending my money on dry shampoo as they’re not cheap and I’m never really very impressed with the results. For a long time the only dry shampoo that was really available was Batiste, however recently lots of other brands have been getting in on the action. In this post I compare three that I have tried; Batiste, Dove and Tresemme.

1. Batiste – Dry Shampoo
This is the original dry shampoo and I have been buying this for years, it has also been steadily increasing in price. Nonetheless I still think that this is one of the cheapest out there and you can often find it on offer and stock up. You can get Batiste in a variety of scents, which is nice as you can very quickly start to dislike the smell. I usually go for a fresh or floral one, which helps to imitate that just washed smell. Batiste does a very good job of freshening up your hair and will absorb any oil, however it’s quite heavy duty and requires a bit of brushing through to make sure you don’t end up with white streaks in your hair. This is available from boots for £2.99.

 2. Dove – Refresh + Care Dry shampoo
This is probably my favourite of the three, it is slightly more expensive than Batiste but I think is a better all-round product. It has a much lighter feel than Batiste, however still does a fairly good job of getting rid of the oil. It has a nice scent and gives your hair a bit of life, especially if you’re just trying to give a fringe a bit of bounce. It isn’t as heavy duty as the Batiste so if your hair gets very oily this might not be the one for you but it does leave your hair feeling more soft and silky than Batiste. This is available at Boots for £4.59

3. Tresemme – Instant Refresh Dry Shampoo
This is my least favourite, it is a bit too light for my liking and I don’t think it actually does much to absorb any oil. I also hate the smell, it’s very chemically and it reminds me of hairspray. Maybe this would be better for someone whose hair doesn’t get as oily as mine does.  Considering this is the most expensive of the bunch I was very disappointed with this product. It is available from Boots for £5.25.

Overall nothing really gives you the great just washed feeling you only get after washing your hair, however dry shampoo does a good job of turning a bad hair day into a good one.

I’ve noticed that there are a few new dry shampoos hitting the shelves in Boots, I imagine I’ll be buying one soon to test out.

What dry shampoo is your favourite?

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Wednesday, 3 September 2014

New Additions

I’ve had a few weeks off recently and I’ve been finding myself popping into town to have a browse for the afternoon, it’s been really lovely and I’ve picked up a few new bits for when I go back to work.

Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paint – Chilli
I’ve seen some of the new autumn shades around the blogs and I just couldn’t resist picking one up since the collection includes some gorgeous colours. I bought the shade chili which is a deep burnt red, I love the Gelly Hi-Shine polishes they never fail to deliver and I’m sure I’ll be buying a few more form this collection over the coming months.

I can’t believe it has taken me this long to buy one of these lipsticks. I’ve borrowed a few from friends before and I was always impressed with the finish and the staying power. I’ve tried this one once so far and I was pretty happy with it, it’s a bold berry colour and will hopefully serve me well throughout the winter months.

I bought this off the back of a recommendation from Lily, I was really unhappy with the concealer I was currently using so I thought I’d give this one a try as Lily had given it a very positive review. I got the lightest shade I could find, and it’s good for me at the moment but we will have to see what happenes when my tan fades. It’s a really creamy formula and blends really easily, I’ve only used this a few times but I’m really liking it so far.

Witch - Anti Blemish Skin Clearing Primer
I bought this as it was on offer in my local Superdrug for £1.25, it was so cheap I couldn’t really not buy it. I’ve always liked the Witch brand and I thought this would be perfect for my oily skin. Now I’ve only used this a few times but so far I think it’s actually making my skin oilier than usual! I need to keep going with this for a while but I’m not impressed with it.

Have any of you tried any of these?

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Tuesday, 2 September 2014

The Witch Blemish Stick - Review

Today’s review features something that I have been using since I was a teenager, the Witch blemish stick. Nowadays I don’t have anywhere near as many spots as I used to, however having oily skin means that every now and again I get a little break out (don’t we all?).

 On the box it claims to help break down excess oils and fight the bacteria that cause spots, and it does this by using witch hazel which is a well-known natural astringent and benefits from soothing and toning properties. The Witch stick also contains alcohol which helps to fight bacteria, now I don’t like the idea of covering my face with alcohol as it can be very drying, however with the stick you can just dab it onto the blemish meaning that the alcohol is confined to a localised area. The smell of the stick is very strong, it mainly smells of alcohol however, the smell dissipates in a few seconds. It comes in a little plastic tube with a very secure screw on lid, you simply push up the stick and apply straight to the face.

For me this is a little wonder stick, it says it will work instantly and to be honest it really does, if I have a bad spot I dab the witch stick on over my moisturiser before I go to bed and the next morning I can really see a difference. The redness and size will have gone down and it just generally helps to quickly clear the spot up. You can buy this in places like Boots and Superdrug and it is often on offer (not that it’s too expensive anyway), whenever it is I always stock up!

This little stick is £2.09 in Boots right now which is just such a bargain. I would thoroughly recommend this product, it really works and the price is so good!

Have you tried this before?

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