Friday, 24 October 2014

Staying Motivated At Uni | Uni Guide

(I've already used this photo but shh I like it and it illustrates my point well!)

I'll be one of the first to admit, staying motivated at university/college/school can be difficult sometimes. I'm now in my second year of my degree which means I have to work a lot harder this year and I have a few tips that might be helpful for you!

1) Stay Organised
This one can be difficult but it's a lot better to be organised from the start. I am currently doing 3 separate topics so I've got 3 different ring binders so I can keep the topics separate which makes it easier to revise.

2) Go to your lessons!
I know this one seems obvious, but trust me it makes a big difference going to the lesson rather than just writing up the notes from a powerpoint. The lecturers do use power points, but they also add verbal information in whilst they're teaching and they're important too. 9am starts aren't the best but grab yourself a coffee or hot drink on the way and that makes them a little easier.

3) Do the core reading as you go
This is something I didn't do last year and it made my life more difficult near the end as I had a huge reading list to get through which was overwhelming. It's a lot easier to keep up with the reading list as you go, trust me! If you know you're up to date with the reading you'll feel more motivated to go to all the lessons.

4) Ask for help if you need it
If you're stuck with something ask your teachers for help! They are there to help you and they want you to achieve the best grade possible. If you don't feel comfortable asking for help in front of the whole class, ask them after the lesson. 

5) Take breaks and reward yourself
Don't drive yourself mad by working 24/7 so take frequent breaks. I personally find working for 40 minutes and then having a 10-15 minute break helps me the most and it means I stay motivated to keep going.

I hope these tips helped some of you, if you have any more suggestions leave them in the comments below!

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Makeup Revolution 'Heaven's Above' | NOTD 005

I've heard so much about Makeup Revolution but until last week I'd never tried any products until I bought this nail polish last week. It's a beautiful shade for Autumn and it was only £1 and as a student I'm even more drawn to bargains! This is similar to Barry M's Raspberry but more pink toned. Nail polish always chips quickly on me no matter what top coat I use and this lasted about 4 days before chipping which is good by my standards!

What's your favourite Makeup Revolution product you think I should try?

Sunday, 19 October 2014

52 Weeks Project | Week 41


This week has involved a lot of extra uni work, researching, reading and reviewing lectures. I obviously knew second year was going to include more work but I didn't expect it to be this much, this early! It really feels like Autumn now so layering up is a necessity!

How has your week been?

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Recent Beauty Purchases | Haul

I thought I'd share a few products I've purchased recently as I'm loving them. I stumbled past the Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs whilst in Tesco and it was only £4 instead of £9.99 at Boots so I knew I had to pick it up! It's a cross between fake tan and foundation for your legs and it's brilliant. I have a few scars and marks on my legs I wanted to cover up and this did the job perfectly, I'll be sure to have a full review up in the future. 

I also picked up my first Tanya Burr lipgloss in Vampire Kiss and it's gorgeous, I should have picked one up sooner. It's perfect on it's own or over the top of a lipstick. I'm definitely going to pick up a few others when I next can!

What have you bought recently?

Sunday, 12 October 2014

52 Weeks Project | Week 40


This past week marked the end of my Freshers fortnight which ended with the Freshers Ball. I know this isn't the best photo but a mix of fair rides, alcohol and a club is a good way to end freshers in my opinion, there was also a van doing Chinese take aways so what else could I really want?

This week I've been given all the deadlines for my exams, assignments and presentations and I've realised how much work I actually have to do before Christmas. It's going to be hectic, but hopefully worth it in the end! 

I hope you all have a lovely Sunday!

Thursday, 9 October 2014

My Autumn Beauty Essentials | Drugstore

W7 In The Buff // Rimmel Kate Moss Lipstick '30' // Barry M Raspberry // 17 Metallic Eyes 'Wild Nude' 
 17 Blusher 'Plum Puff' // Collection Eyeshadow Pencil 'Hot Chocolate 4'

I've mentioned this palette quite a few times now but I adore it. It's perfect for everyday and night time looks too and it's a bargain at under £6. I'd recommend this to anyone who can't afford the Naked palette but wants a palette with very similar shades in.

At the moment this is my favourite Autumn lipstick, I wear it both day and night. In the day time I just dab it on my lips to give a more subtle look and for a night time look I apply it straight from the tube. 

I mentioned this polish in my top 3 polishes for Autumn post and I still love it. It's just the perfect Autumnal shade and I love Barry M polishes, it's the perfect nail polish for me.

Seventeen Metallic Eyes 'Wild Nude'
I think this has since been discontinued but there are many similar options out there such as the Maybelline Colour Tattoos. It's a beautiful nude cream eyeshadow that's perfect to put on in a rush or as a base for an eyeshadow look.

This is my favourite Autumn blush as it's a deep plum colour (hence the name) but it's not too overpowering but it is very pigmented so needs to be applied with a light hand. I have quite a large blush collection so this wasn't an easy pick, but it's a gorgeous shade.

I've been loving using a little bit of this on my lash line instead of liquid liner, it has a much more subtle feel about it. It can also be worn as an eyeshadow, although it can crease a little after a few hours.

What are your Autumn beauty favourites?

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Autumn Tag 2014

I saw this tag done by Fee over at MakeupSavvy and I thought it was only right that I did one myself since I love Autumn!

1. Ok we're talking coffee's - what's your favourite seasonal drink from Starbucks/Costa/Cafe Nero etc?  
Starbucks is my go to place for coffee before my 9am lectures and I love the Toffee Nut Latte's and I'd love to try the Caramel Brûlée Latte this year. 

2. Accessories - what do you opt for, scarf, boots, gloves?
I love boots and I'm on the look out for some new ones this year, but boots and a scarf are my favourites. I love feeling so cosy with a scarf on and fluffy socks under my boots, don't pretend you don't do it too!

3. Music - what's your favourite music to listen to during Autumn?
I listen to the same music all year round, with the exception of Christmas music of course.
4. Perfume - what's your favourite scent for this time of year?
I'm not good at this question, I just wear the same old scents all year round! I might ask for a new perfume for Christmas though as I feel I do need a new scent.

5. Candles - what scents will you be burning this season?
I've not brought many candles to uni with me this year as I left all my packing until last minute so I forgot but I love Christmas Cookie by Yankee Candle. 

6. What do you love most about Autumn?
I love the cosy nights in with a hot drink, fairy lights, comfy pyjamas and Netflix. I also love the idea of crisp Autumn mornings where everything is covered in frost, although I'm not actually a morning person it makes getting up so early a little easier as it's pretty. I love that I can wear oversized jumpers and cosy cardigans again.

7. Favourite makeup look?
I love dark berry lipsticks and winged eyeliner or nude lips and gold toned eyeshadows. I've recently bought a purple toned lipstick too which I've worn a few times and I'm actually enjoying wearing it quite a lot! 
8. What are you looking forward to most in Autumn?
I'm looking forward to evenings staying in and snuggling in bed watching TV and making mental wish lists of all the Autumn/Winter clothes I want but can't afford. I'm also looking forward to Bonfire Night which I love!

Feel free to do this tag if you want to and if you do, let me know and I'll check it out :)