Sunday, 29 June 2014

Degree Celebrations- What my degree means to me

(Ready to party on results night)

It’s that time of the year where everyone is receiving the all important degree classifications to determine whether or not to stay at university to do a masters or enter the big wide world. After three years of hard slog and an emotional roller-coaster I received mine a few days ago and to my honest surprise I got a 2:1. I would be lying if I said I didn’t cry because I did.

I haven’t had the greatest times at university and in my first year I was so close to quitting because I didn’t click with anyone. Living away at university, even though only a short 45 mins down the road was added pressure and although I didn’t do too bad fending for myself and making food, I had no social skills what so ever. Being an only child I think didn’t help with this matter as I was used to just me. Of course I had a few friends back home but I could never really let my hair down and be wild in front of them because I had serious confidence issues. However I didn’t want this to stop me from doing what I came to university to do. I had many arguments with my parents about quitting university because they wanted me to quit too. They would drop me off at my flat after spending weekends at home and knew I hated every moment of being there because I was alone. I managed to get through my first year thankfully and after spending all summer at home, the nerves started to come back to me when September arrived because I thought what if I don’t fit in again?

I made more of an effort although it was difficult and I partied more, made more friends and actually spoke to people off my course a lot more. However in my second year I became stressed with my university work so much I made myself ill. I had already been diagnosed with a weak immune system by the doctor which didn’t help matters at all but I would come home after a full day at uni and spend most of the night doing work too. I found it hard to make proper meals at university as my budget was so tight and in the end I was ill every week. I had the flu 10 times, and other illnesses which meant I spent time travelling home to the hospital for blood tests but at the end of the second year I received a 2:1 and I was ready to finish my degree once and for all.

I remember coming back to university for the third time round and moving into a new flat again. I noticed on Facebook there was a flat party happening that night and I had been invited. I sat there and for the first time in my life I thought I’m going to this party. I had nerves of course but going to that party was the best thing I did. I made some amazing friends this year which I couldn’t last without. Throughout the whole year we made healthy meals together which kept my immunity at bay but this time I was struggling with my course. I had a lot of bad luck with many things this year on a certain project and I didn’t know if I was going to make it through.

It was the last few months of my degree and I was in serious meltdown and to make things worse my boyfriend of almost three years finished me 2-3 months before finishing my degree. People ask me if I was hurt by it because I didn’t really show emotions but I was. The first weekend in nearly three years I spent alone. I sat in my flat a big emotional mess because I felt like I didn’t have the energy or the confidence to even go outside. To be honest on the Saturday of that weekend I stayed in bed literally all day, I didn’t shower or even get up to eat I felt sick. I had always spent my time every weekend with him and now he wasn't there I was lost and felt a big empty space out of my life had been lifted when I needed someone the most. At one point I was going to defer my degree for a year because I couldn’t deal with things. I never missed university and my tutors said how well I looked because I got up every day and dealt with it as it came. It came near deadlines and I handed everything in to the best I could do with the situation. I did a few all nighters to try and finish everything to my satisfaction but when I received some of my results this year I was left a bit disappointed because I thought I could have done better.

Results day came and I nervously waited for them to load online and to my surprise it read upper second (2:1) and then it hit me like a brick. All those times I spent unhappy were worth it because from the start I did this degree for myself. Age is just a number because at 20 years old I have a degree under my belt and I’m excited to get more experience to pursue my career in PR. At the moment I am unemployed but as  I tell my parents every day I've never quit at anything and I’m certainly not going to make a habit of it now.

The biggest thing I have got out of my university experience is confidence; I can walk in a room full of people now with a big smile on my face. I can socialise with new people without even feeling nervous. I am so glad I have been given this opportunity to do a degree because not everyone has the chance to. Now four months on after my break up and I’m my own independent person. I have payed more attention to my blog and attending the gym which is what I enjoy doing. I think without going through some of these things at university I wouldn't be who I am today and I am ready for the next challenge ahead.

Have you just recently finished your degree?

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Birmingham weekend in photos

Last weekend me and a very close friend took a trip to Birmingham to get away from Mancunian land. From the start they're was lots of laughs and giggles and we knew a shopping trip was on the cards when we arrived to Brummy town.(I went a bit crazy in Selfridges and bought some Bobbi Brown make up for £75 whooops) We had planned to go on a night out after a meet up in January and the weekend was perfect. Along the way we took a few photos to remind us of our weekend. Although we unfortunately didn't have time to explore monuments so we have agreed to take a trip back there soon for more Birmingham madness.

(Review of my Bobbi Brown haul coming soon)

Monday, 23 June 2014

NOTW- Manicure Mondays- Barry M- Limited edition #Carousel #9

Morning Lovelies,

I'm back with Manicure Mondays this week with Barry M's limited edition Carousel colour. I took a break for two weeks from Manicure Mondays as I had honestly run out of new polishes to try and I didn't want to use one I have previously shown. Last weekend I took a trip to Birmingham with my high school bestie and I knew I needed a new polish. After looking online I noticed Barry M at Boots had a deal if you spent £6 on polish you could get a free limited edition polish. Admittedly I sent my mother to town to buy the polishes and I ended up choosing (Left to right) Pomegranate, Copa Cabana and of course Carousel which I chose to colour my nails with for the weekend. Barry M never fail to provide amazing colours and polishes for affordable prices. This was the first time I had used the normal nail paint without a Gelly Hi shine and I was honestly impressed. The colour looks lovely after 2 coats and didn't chip once all weekend. I shall be using the other colours over the next few weeks for Manicure Mondays.

Have you purchased any Barry M polishes lately?

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Bathtime with Lush- ‘Feel ready to soar’ with the Dragons egg

Last week I took a much needed trip home to Mancunian land mid week so I could take advantage of my student discount at my local hairdressers to get my hair dip dyed. After a lovely head massage to release any stress toxins, I decided to take a gander around Bury and the first place I stopped at was Lush.

As soon as I walked in to Lush a lovely assistant complimented me on my Topshop necklace and came over to see if I needed any help. To be honest I was after a new face mask because after trying the Soap and Glory fab pore, and being left disappointed, I knew I had to go back to my favourite brand. After trying Catastrophe Cosmetic last time, I wanted to test out a new face mask. I bought BB Seaweed and the assistant kindly gave me a few samples of Cupcake and Sacred Truth when I mentioned I was a blogger.

The smell inside Lush stores always makes me want to stay in the shop a lot longer than anticipated and after hearing many good reviews of the bath bombs I decided to treat myself to one of them too for an ultimate pamper weekend. The assistant showed me a few of their best sellers and let me have a smell of each one but I decided to choose ‘Dragons egg bath bomb’ as I liked the idea of popping candy in a bath bomb and at a respectable £3.25 I couldn’t resist.

After paying and before leaving the shop, I gave the assistant my business card so she could enjoy my reviews on my blog and as a treat she also gave me ‘The Comforter’ – bubble bar for absolutely free which made my day even better. A short while later I received an email from the manager stating she had received my business card and would love to invite me to a Lush bloggers event soon.

A day later it was time to try my Dragons egg bomb and my face mask which I will be reviewing in another post. I started to run the water and when it got slightly filled I dropped the bomb in and literally stood in awe watching it swirl in different directions and making pretty colours. I honestly watched it until no more bath bomb was left and I hadn't realised I had been filming the bomb for a whole 5 minutes. Whoopps!

The smell was absolutely divine; it was honestly like an air freshener for the bathroom and I literally dived into the orange coloured water which on closer inspection left a gold dust in the water. After a good 30 mins soak I left the bath feeling relaxed and shimmering with a hint of gold dust on my body which would be perfect to use before a night out. I would rate this bath-bomb 5/5. It’s absolutely amazing and I can’t wait to try the other bath bombs at Lush.

What is your favourite Lush bath bomb?

Sunday, 15 June 2014

The best of both worlds- Brunette vs Blonde- Dip dye trend

I have been contemplating dying my hair for the past year but after a hair disaster when I was younger I swore to myself I would never dye my locks again. From the age of 15 I went through the stage of dying my hair regular, with hair caps and foils but it took a lot of work to maintain, and my roots always showed through too soon. I did leave dying it for a while until I got bored and started experimenting with brighter colours such as blue, pink and purple but as my hair is naturally dark brunette, all of that bleaching left my hair clinging on to my head for dear life.

For years I have been a natural haired hippy, I believed in keeping my natural tresses looking their best by using hair masks and pure coconut oil. I promised myself I wouldn't dye my hair again until I started turning grey (which hopefully isn't going to happen in the near future). However with my 21st birthday and graduation quickly looming I was screaming out for a change in my hair and my wardrobe. Since the dip dye trend hit our fashion market, I was obsessed from day one the only thing that was missing was to dye my hair dip dye.

After searching P’interest, I went straight back to Mancunian land to my sacred hairdressers Saks to make the most of my last ever student discount. I decided I wanted a more natural caramel colour than platinum blonde as I wanted to keep the look sophisticated. I was incredibly excited when my regular hairdresser stated she would not be using bleach on my hair to achieve the results I wanted as I know too well what peroxide bleach can do to a girl’s hair.

One hour and three quarters later my dream hair had been achieved. I am so glad I have made the change as almost instantly the biggest change was the smile on my face. I love how I get to experience the best of both worlds now without being named a stereotypical boring brunette. I personally believe it’s all a myth; brunettes are mysterious and definitely know how to have a good time but now I’m half blonde too, it shows I have an adventurous side and my friends know I’m the party girl who’s always the last one home after a night out-Without sounding cliché- It’s always the quiet ones right?

I’m going to end with the most cliched motto ever which is always true ‘You really only live once’ so if you've had a hair hang up and have been indecisive like myself, my word of advice is to just go for it because you can always dye your hair back to its natural colour. I would recommend visiting a trustworthy hairdresser because as well as a having a bad haircut; we all know a bad hair dye can be much worse.

Have you changed your hair recently?

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Tatler magazine #julyissue- The freebie sunglasses

(Yes, I did just take a #cheekyselfie on the bus ride home from the hairdressers)

The British weather is going crazy at the moment, one minute its nice and sunny, the next it’s pouring it down but when the sun decides to make an appearance I like to be prepared with sun lotion, sandals and of course a pair of trusty sunglasses.

Sunglasses are the perfect fashion accessory to any outfit and as I have had the same pair for a year I thought it was time to invest in another pair. I was prepared to spend a good £20 on a new pair and I personally wouldn't spend over that limit unless I moved somewhere more exotic.

Last week was a lovely relaxed Sunday and as I had travelled home, it was time to make the trip back to Huddersfield to keep job hunting and make the most of my own space and freedom before I have to move back into my parent’s house. Just like any Sunday my parents take me back, I always get bought a much needed food shop (Hey I’m still kind of a student for another month) and usually my mother loves to treat me with a magazine (I seriously own every fashion magazine by the end of the month-A bit addicted to reading magazines and the lovely freebies that sometimes come with them)

I chose to purchase the July issue of Tatler magazine for the reason of the freebie which was a pair of these gorgeous sunglasses. I absolutely love the tortoise shell detailing on the side of the arms, it makes them look a lot more expensive than what they are. I am a serious Made in Chelsea fan and saw Lucy wear a similar pair in last week’s episode. The shape of the lens is very flattering and in trend for this summer and admittedly I think I am in love with my bargain buy. I love buying Tatler magazine to get inspiration for the season’s trends, although at the moment I would never be able to buy designer clothes, as much as it pains me. The magazine itself cost £4.30 which was definitely worth it for the freebie. The sunglasses also come in two other colours but I opted for a black coloured pair to go with everything.

Have you ever purchased a magazine just for the freebie?

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Soap and Glory 2 in 1 facial mask- The Fab Pore

It seems like forever since I last did a proper blogging posting but things have been hectic lately. Having just finished my degree a few weeks ago, I have been on a mission to secure myself a full-time job in PR. I haven’t been lucky in securing a full-time role in PR; however I am now doing some freelance work for a marketing agency in Leeds which means things are looking up for me.

As a treat to myself for working so hard I purchased Soap and Glory’s, The Fab Pore purifying mask and peel and I have been using this product on a weekly basis for a few weeks so I can give an honest review. I always try to make time for some me time daily, even if it’s a 10 minute face mask or a walk to park to help me relax. To be honest lately my skin has gone into spot overdrive and no matter what I do I just can’t get rid of them so I was hoping this mask would help my spots clear along the way as well as brightening the appearance of my skin.

I absolutely adore Soap and Glory products and I have been an avid user of them since I can remember. I have used quite a few of their make-up products but I have never tried their facial moisturisers and masks so I was itching to try this product to see if it beat my favourite LUSH face mask.

The S&G mask is blended with Super-fruit Yuzu & Poreshrink R complex and is a 2 in 1 facial mask and peel. Soap and Glory say you can use the mask for 5 minutes as a quick refresher or leave on for 15 minutes for an extreme clean. Personally I used the mask for 15 minutes as I think my skin needed extra TLC. The smell to be honest isn't as pleasant as I would have hoped. It kind of reminds me of how toothpaste smells, quite minty and strong and with it being a green colour and thick texture it even looks like toothpaste.

Apprehensively I slapped the green looking gunk all over my face which made me feel very attractive and I had a very relaxing 15 minutes lie down. I felt a slight tingly sensation on my face whilst the product was working its magic. When my time was up I washed the face mask off and instantly noticed that my skin appeared brighter. Of course my spots didn’t disappear but they did seem less red and smaller. Although it’s a small pot, this product really does go a long way, and after 4 uses I still have over half a tub left.

At the moment unfortunately I hate to say it as I really love Soap and Glory’s products but my favourite LUSH face mask is unbeatable due to the results, the natural products and the pricing. I payed £6.33 at Boots for this product which should have cost £10, however if I had to pay the full price I honestly don’t think it’s worth it. Overall I would rate this product 3/5.

Have you used Soap and Glory’s 2 in 1 facial mask?

Monday, 2 June 2014

NOTW- Manicure Mondays #8 #Barry M #pastels #Rosehip

Hello Lovelies, 
Manicure Mondays was off the cards last week as it was bank holiday I took a small trip away to my friends house for a relax and a catch up. This week I'm back with Barry M's Gelly Hi Shine polish in Rosehip. I can't tell you enough how much I adore Barry M's pastel colours. The polishes are such an amazing quality for a great price and at the moment they are 3 for 2 at Superdrug. Such a good excuse to stock up ladies!

 What is your favourite Barry M polish?