Thursday, 11 October 2012

The Freckle Princess' Autumn/Winter Picks #2


Well I think judging by the frost on the ground this morning that autumn/winter is definitely upon us. It’s time to break out the chunky knits and dance among the leaves.

It is around this time of year that I start to dip into my more autumn/winter appropriate coloured nail polishes.  During the summer you would have seen me wearing bright shades on my nails like Models Own Bubblegum and Hedonist from their Hed Kandi range, which I absolutely love but feel are slightly too bright next to my autumn/winter wardrobe (I will still wear these colours for nights out to bring a little va va voom). So only one question remains; what colours do I wear on my nails during the colder months? Below I will show you what colours I personally reach for come autumn/winter.
Oxblood shade:

 
This colour shading is probably the 'it' colour of the season, and one that I consider to be my favourite to wear around this time of year as I think it is very expensive looking.  It also brings a touch of warmth to any outfit and I think it looks especially nice on your toes.
 
Bright Red Shade:
 
 
This shade is ideal for those who love a bright colour on their nails, ensuring that a pop of colour is brought to any outfit.
Black Shade:


Add a little vamp to your nails with a black shade of nail polish; I personally love glittery black nails, I think it’s a chic way of doing Goth.  
Grey Shades:
 
I love wearing grey nail polish, it adds a little extra something to the nude look and isn’t quite as Gothic as black.   
 
Metallic Shade:
 
I love the effect these nail polishes can have on your nails, defiantly a must have for autumn/winter.    
 
What colours do you like wearing on your nails in autumn/winter?
 
If there is a particular colour you would like to see featured in a NOTD, Feel free to let me know.

xKx
 

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

The Freckle Princess’ Autumn/Winter Picks #1


Seeing as autumn/winter is my favourite time of year especially fashion wise I thought I would do a little mini-series of my favourite autumn/winter picks ranging from clothes-foods-TV. I plan to feature this mini-series throughout the month of October.
Pretty Polly Tights, Buy Here
 

First up I thought I would share with you my favourite tights, some of which I hope I will be sporting this A/W especially the Topshop pearl tights, Dorothy Perkins hound’s-tooth tights and Pretty Polly’s secret sock tights. Some of the tights shown I already have such as the dotty tights, ribbed tights, faux stocking tights by Henry Holland and the cable knit tights.

New Look Tights, Buy Here

Around this time of year I love looking at Primark’s tights section as they always have bang on trend tights seen in many other stores for a fraction of the price and if they get a ladder it’s not the end of the world and you’re not left too out of pocket. I love wearing tights in A/W and they come in so many colours, materials and patterns that you can really have fun with them. I recently donned a pair of black ribbed tights with denim shorts, ankle socks and booties.
Topshop Tights, Buy Here
 

 I love how tights can instantly make your summer wardrobe wearable in the colder months, just don on a pair of tights, a chunky knit and a scar and you’re good to go. It also means that you’re not left too out of pocket when it comes to your winter wardrobe.

Dorothy Perkin Tights, Buy Here

I have learnt the hard way (sadly) to ensure that I always carry a spare pair of tights with me for emergencies. Primark do a handy pack of tights for your bag which I think are perfect as they don’t take up too much room in a bag and will be sure to save you from any embarrassment. Another tip is to wear gloves when putting your tights on especially for the more delicate tights and for those with long nails, as we all know we often ladder or tights when putting them on. I have also heard of spraying your tights with hairspray to stop a ladder, also a little bit of clear nail polish should help prevent the ladder from spreading too, so it may be worthwhile to keep a small bottle of clear nail polish in your bag, any clear nail polish will do the job. For those not scared of making a fashion statement you could always make extra holes in the tights to match the one you ribbed and let on they are meant to be like that...or if you’re brave whip them off and bare leg it!!!
ASOS Tights, Buy Here
 

Do you like to wear tights in winter? If so what’s your favourite pair?

xKx

Monday, 8 October 2012

Review: Real Techniques Stippling Brush


Samantha Chapman Real Techniques Stippling Brush
  
This review is long overdue however I am glad I waited as initially I did not like this brush so if I had of reviewed it when I said I was going to it would have received a thumbs down from me. However after vowing to try the brush for a long period of time before righting it off (mainly due to the money paid for it) I can now say that I use this brush daily and I actually like it.

This year I was introduced to new ways of applying foundation/tinted moisturiser. I had always used my hands however from reading blogs and watching YT tutorials I learned of a technique called ‘stippling’ and the different tools in which to do so. I done my research to discover that Cosmo’s Beauty Blender done the same job as the Real Techniques Stippling Brush at a fraction of the price and so being money savvy I decided to opt for the cheaper option and used the spare cash on other beauty bits.   Now don’t get me wrong I love my Cosmo’s Beauty Blender and can’t envision a life without it being a makeup bag staple (dramatic I know,lol) but me being me I just couldn’t resist the urge to see what all the hype was surrounding the Real Techniques Brush, so on my next visit to Boots I picked this brush up for £11.99. The Real Techniques Stippling Brush is a duo fibre brush, meaning it has a combination of longer and shorter bristles of different types. This is what affords the stippling effect resulting in an 'airbrushed' finish to ones makeup.

A close up of the bristles
 
My first reaction was ‘ooh its pink’ which is my reaction to all things pink; honestly I’m a sucker for pink, girly beauty items and thought this would look lovely on my dresser. I couldn’t wait to try it out when I got home. Now the reason I didn’t like this brush initially was down to two reasons 1) I felt like it was ALOT of effort and slightly more time consuming than my normal routine and 2) in the first weeks use it shed ALOT of hairs. I was extremely disappointed by the shedding of this brush and due to the shedding I stopped using it after a week’s use and went back to my trusty beauty blender. However one day I was invited out unexpectedly and needed to redo my makeup though my beauty blender had just been washed (I prefer using it dry) so I had no choice but to reach for the real techniques stippling brush, surprisingly there was no more shedding and I must have been used to using this brush as my makeup took no time at all. I also received lots of compliments on how flawless my makeup was that evening so I thought I would give the little brush a second chance and since then I haven’t looked back.

Now I incorporate both the beauty blender and stippling brush into my makeup routine every day. Firstly I use the brush to apply my tinted moisturiser all over. With this brush I feel like I don't waste my foundation/tinted moisturiser, I dot in it onto my skin and then buff this product into my skin using circular motions. The product goes on my skin and not into the brush. My brush hardly looks used/dirty after using it which is quite nice as no one likes the look of a grubby brush on their dresser. I then go over the makeup I have just applied with my beauty blender to ensure a skin-like look, I also use the pointed edge of the beauty blender to apply concealer around my nose and corners of my eyes. I can happily report that I have not experienced any more shedding from the brush. I have read lots of reviews on this brush and never heard anyone saying that they experienced any shedding from it so perhaps it was just my brush??? I have also used this brush to apply cram blush and it works a treat. I love how easy it is to clean this brush and that the bristles are still as soft as ever. I would however love if I could get this brush with a bigger head but I suppose the smaller head means you get a more precise finish. Lastly I love that the brush stands on its own which is very practical and helps to keep it clean. Overall I am very happy with this brush; I would urge those who have been thinking about purchasing it to go ahead and do so and see what all the fuss is about for yourself.

xKx

Sunday, 7 October 2012

The Freckle Princess Styles: Heeled Chelsea Boots


 
These boots are the Tiziana Stud Chelsea Boots from MissGuided.com They are Faux leather Chelsea boots with pin stud detail and elasticated sides, they are currently £37.99. I have had my eye on these bad boys for a while but I am currently a little strapped for cash, so I will just have to save up my pennies for these wee gems. In the mean time I thought I would torture myself with compiling a few looks incorporating these ankle boots. Below I have shown three ways these boots could be styled.

Outfit One:
 
1 H&M Jumper 2 New Look Shirt 3New Look Jeans 4 H&M Clutch
 
I love these super soft skinny jeans from New Look, they can be dressed up or down. I love all things studded, just like this blouse with the studded collar which I think would look lovely peeking out of this very vibrant jumper. The clutch adds an extra oomph to the whole look. Something I would definitely wear if only I had the money to buy these items. Overall I think this look shouts young and edgy.
 
 
Outfit Two:
 
1. New Look t-shirt 2. International Coat 3 H&M bag 4 Black Jeans 5 River Island watch
 
For this outfit I have went for a more laid back look, teaming the boots with a simple plain tee and some black skinny’s. I added the green military jacket with PU leather sleeves to keep the look edgy. I love this H&M bag which I think is the perfect bag for shopping. Finally I added this gold watch to tie in all the gold accents of the clothes and boots.
 
Outfit Three:
 
1 H&M shorts 2 Topshop Blouse 3 Topshop socks 4 New Look hairband 5 Primark clutch 6 Topshop lipstick 7 Models Own nail polish


My final outfit is a night time look. Here I have paired the boots with some leather shorts from H&M. I decided to stick to black and white as I think it can look very classy. I added this adorable white blouse with neck tie from Topshop. When wearing shorts at this time of year where we are still able to get away without wearing tights on nights out (just barely) I like to ensure that I have a long sleeve blouse on top. Lately I am really loving frilly socks poking out of my ankle boots as I think it adds a girly edge to a tough look.  The hair band would look lovely with curly hair. I am a sucker for matching, I love when I find a good matching bag to a pair of shoes and this is what I have found with the Primark clutch. I would add a red lip and some red nail polish to finish off the look.


Is there something you’re saving your pennies for?

xKx
 
 

Saturday, 6 October 2012

Luxe For Less: Topshop Mace Ankle Boots

As said before I’m an ankle boot girl through and through-I just love them, likewise I also love all things studded so I think it’s great when my two loves are combined. I love studded ankle boots, I just go crazy for them.

I feel in love with Topshop’s Mace boots as soon as I saw them however  I didn’t have enough money on me at the time and vowed I would get them the second I got paid, sadly to my disappointment they had all sold out by the time I had enough money for them. However this sad story has a happy ending. As I was casually looking around Primark I spotted these beauties hidden in the corner.



 

I couldn’t believe my eyes, they were so similar to the Topshop Mace boots (£36) however they had added studs on the back which being a lover of studs I actually preferred and at £10 I thought ‘what an absolute bargain.’ I snapped them up immediately and they haven’t been off my feet since, I love wearing them with my black frilly ankle socks I purchased from Topshop a while ago, gives a cute girly edge to a slightly grungy boot.
Topshop Mace Boots (£36)
 

Have you found any amazing bargains recently?

xKx

Friday, 5 October 2012

The Freckle Princess Styles: The Faux Fur Collar


I adore Autumn and Winter fashion, It’s my favourite time of year. I am a big fan of layering and I just love all the cosy accessories out at this time of year. It’s my birthday soon and I have picked out a few A/W essentials as my birthday present, one of which includes a faux fur collar from H&M for £12.99. I picked this up in black as I thought it would look lovely against my new black trench coat, this faux fur collar also comes in burgundy and beige. I am so tempted to pick it up in the other colors; after all I still have two £5 off coupons.
 
Below is how I plan to style my new faux fur stole for both day-time and night-time.
Day-time Look
1H&M faux fur collar 2 bow gloves H&M 3 New Look belt 4 New Look dress 5 H&M shoes 6 H&M tights 7 H&M hat 8 River Island bag 9 New Look blazer
For day time I would team the fur collar with a printed dress and tweed blazer. I'd wear these chunky knit tights in a shade taken from the dress and flat brogues. I have kept the bag black to let the coloured tights do the talking.
 
Night-time Look
1 River Island Blazer 2 H&M faux fur collar 3 River Island dress 4 New Look heels 5 New Look clutch bag 6 Ebay Lace socks  7 Topshop Lip tattoo

For evening I would team the fur stole with a bold, eye-catching blazer, teamed with a black lace full skirted dress for classic fifties feel. If chilly opaque tights could be added, but for this look I thought I would add the lace ankle socks to add a little fun to the whole look. I love the shoes and bag, I think they give this outfit a little something extra. Finally I added the red lip tattoo to bring this look bang up to date.



Will you be wearing a Faux Fur Collar this A/W?

xKx


TAG: How Much Is Your Face Worth???


I have seen many bloggers participate in this TAG and was more recently inspired by the lovely Melissa from pretty-little-obsessions blogspot to do the "How Much Is Your Face Worth" TAG.  The objective of this TAG is for you to make note of all the products you use on your face daily for a FOTD, note the cost of each item and then total it.

1.      Cosmopolitan Beauty Blender £4.99 (Superdrug)

2.      Fräulein3°​8 Wooden Makeup Cosmetic Brushes Set £11.98 (Ebay)

3.      Samantha Chapman Real Techniques Stippling Brush £11.99 (Boots)

4.      Soap and Glory Righteous Body Butter Body Lotion £10 (Boots)

5.      Nivea Daily Essentials Tinted Moisturiser £3.39 (Gordons Chemist)

6.      Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer £4.99 (Superdrug)

7.      MUA Blusher Shade 5 £1 (Superdrug)

8.      MUA Bronzer £1

9.      Benefit They’re Real Mascara £18.50 (Feel Unique)

10.  Collection 2000 Sheer Loose Powder £4.99 (Superdrug)
The Grand Total is £43.87 not including my makeup tools (beauty blender and brushes) and £72.83 when including tools in the price.
Not too bad of a price compared to others I have seen, however I don’t have any high end branded products.

I tag you all to do it too :)

xKx


Luxe For Less: Topshop Ambush Side Zip Ankle Boots


I’m an ankle boot girl through and through-I just love them, they can be worn dressed down for a casual look or dressed up for a night on the tiles. A sleek-chic pair of black ankle boots will make many rotations in any gal’s wardrobe.   For day time I love wearing ankle boots with skinny’s and for a night time edgy look I love to team them with a girly dress.

I have been after a pair of black ankle boots more suited to day time for a while: ones that can with-still a whole working day and take you from day job to bar.
Topshop Ambush Boots (£75)

I feel in love with Topshop’s Ambush boots as soon as I saw them however the price tag was a little off-putting considering the little money I have to spend on such luxuries at the moment so I vowed to find a similar boot for a fraction of the price and I did!!! Let me introduce you to H&M’s black ankle boots for £24.99. I actually got 25% off these boots when I signed up for their newsletter which you can do by clicking here. I love the detailing at the back of the boots, makes them stand out more and more expensive looking than what they are.
H&M Ankle Boots (side view)

H&M Ankle Boots (front view)
 

They also come in brown too.

I have received loads of compliments on these boots when wearing them, they are so comfortable and go with EVERYTHING, I seriously couldn’t recommend these boots enough, I love them. These will be my A/W staple ankle boot that’s for sure.

 

Have you found any amazing bargains recently?

xKx

Friday, 31 August 2012

Mini shopping Haul: August 2012


I am a complete sucker for chemists/drug stores like Superdrug, Boots, Savers etc I am yet to walk past one without going in, it’s like an addiction. I will have to go into all of them (drives my mates crazy as they think one is the same as the next-well their wrong) I guess you can call me a chemist whore,lol I will however often feel like a cheat as I parade my shopping bags full of goodies from their rival stores,lol This month was no exception. I just had to pay Superdrug and Boots a visit. I have recently discovered Soap and Glory and am in love, I can’t wait for their Christmas gift boxes. I have very bad dark patches under my eyes and have had my eye on their Kick-Ass Concealer for quite some time and as Boots were doing this for £3 off meaning it was reduced to £7 I thought it would be rude not too – expect a review on this at some stage. Whilst in boots I thought I would pick up the Real Techniques Stippling Brush by Samantha Chapman as I am in need of a new beauty blender but thought I would give this a go and also just to see what all the fuss was about. I will try this out when applying my makeup later today so expect a review in the next week or so.
 

From Superdrug I picked up two boxes of my all time favourite tinted moisturiser- Nivea Daily Essentials Tinted Day Moisturiser as it was less than half price (less than two quid a box- bargain) and I am very tempted to pick up a few more boxes later today seeing as its on offer.  I have also informed my mate who wears this now thanks to moi about this offer and she has stocked up on 6 boxes,lol I have been using Soap and Glory’s Righteous Body Butter Body Lotion as my daily moisturiser and I am loving it as it leaves me feeling silky smooth but I’m scared at how much I’m getting though and wanted a cheaper alternative to use at night, so I thought I would pick this one up from Nivea as it was on offer and smells lovely like all their products. Whilst this product smells lovely and leaves me feeling nice and soft for a number of hours I don’t feel  that it is anything special and certainly don’t think that it does what it claims to on the bottle (meant to lock in moisture for 24hrs) and therefore I will not be repurchasing. Any recommendations on a good moisturising body lotion that is under a fiver would be greatly appreciated. I also picked up Superdrug’s own brand of Coconut Oil which is actually a solid until you rub it within your palms. This can be used on both body and hair. I have yet to try in on my hair but use it as a barrier when applying my gradual tan. I use this on my elbows, wrists, knees and feet. It works great.
 Whilst in Superdrug I thought I would stock up on some Batiste Dry Shampoo as let’s face it a girl can never have too many dry shampoos. I opted for the tropical one in large as I love the smell of coconut (yum) as this stuff is great for when I want to get an extra day out of my hair, I mainly use this one for updos. I also got the tinted one which I use more for when I want an extra day out of my hair and I’m leaving it down, it means there will be no risk of the tell-tale grey tinge to my hair from the dry shampoo. I already have the XXL one which I use to add volume for nights out but unfortunately Superdrug were out of it, otherwise I would have picked that one up too, I might see if it’s in my local Superdrug later today.
 
I can never shop in Primark without picking up a tanning mitt, its one thing I can never have too many of. I have different tanning mitts for different types of tan and I use these ones from Primark for applying my gradual tanner and to apply Sally Hansen leg makeup to my legs for days/nights when I have the pins on show. At £2 you can’t go wrong. I was out of face wipes so thought I would pick these up. I rarely use wipes to take my makeup off and would instead use them to wipe my hands when doing my makeup. These wipes are ok for hands but I tried them last night on removing my makeup and they weren’t very good so wouldn’t recommend them as a makeup remover but they work fine for what I originally bought them for-hand wipes. The wipes were £1 for a pack of two.

 
I thought I done very well on the clothes front as I spent very little, mainly due to not getting to look around the shops properly due to my mate having to be at work. However I managed to pick up some essentials. As said before I LOVE studs, I just had to have this studded clutch from Primark (I actually got the last one) it was £6 which I thought was just brilliant and far nicer than ones I have seen in other shops such as New Look for double the price. On Tuesday I went to the cinema to see The Watch (Vince Vaughn-hubba hubba) and fell head over shit on the way home and ruined my favourite jeans (sad face) so I had to nip into Dorothy Perkins and replace them. They are from the super stretch skinny jean range. I thought I would pick up a red pair too to add a little pajaz to my winter wardrobe. However due to be rushed I picked the red ones up in the wrong range and will return them later today and get the red super stretch super skinny ones.
 

I’m a girl who loves her shoes; my daytime look will nearly always consist of some sort of a pump. When I saw these I just had to have them. They are so pretty. They were £10 from Primark. I needed new slippers and just had to have these cat ones when I saw them. They are soooo comfy, I actually walked around Primark with my hands in them they were that soft. They were £3 and I will defo be buying more pairs next time I’m in Primark.
their grrrrreat ;)
 So that was my little haul this week, Have you bought anything nice recently?

xKx

Thursday, 23 August 2012

My tips for those going to University for the first time.


 
I am a recent graduate [for the second time] who has completed two degrees which meant that I had two first time experiences at University as my degrees were in two different locations.  For me I was actually more nervous the second time around as I had spent three years at my first university where I had made wonderful friends and made many unforgettable memories. I was conscious that I would be a lot older than those living in halls second time around and worried that my experience second time around  wouldn’t match up to my first. I shouldn’t have been worried as I had a great time and have made many friends and created lots more unforgettable memories. For me both experiences were completely different, which is only natural as I had done a lot of growing up throughout my first degree and entered my second degree more grown up and more focused on my degree as I was very focused on starting my desired career. So as the new batch of students are getting ready to begin another chapter in their lives by going to university I thought I would share some helpful tips that will hopefully prove useful to some of you reading this. So grab yourself a cuppa and enjoy as this post is gonna be a long one.

 

Making Friends And Trying New Things:

First off, fear not. You may feel like you will never make friends and may fear that you will remain alone-this will not happen, after all we are all the makers of our own destiny. This feeling may be more evident in those who didn’t have a great experience at school/college or who may be moving to a university where none of their friends are going. When going to university for the first time I didn’t know a soul and tbh now I’m kind of glad I didn’t as I found that my friends who moved away together clung together and didn’t make as many ‘new’ friends. It is important to remember that everyone is in the same position as yourself and will be having the same worries as you. I’ll never forget saying goodbye to my family and closing the door behind them and looking around at the three strange faces looking back at me and thinking ‘oh crap.’ On first impressions none of the girls looked like my type and I thought I wouldn’t get on with them, how wrong was I. I am still very good friends with them to this day and even lived with one of them for three years. We were sat in our kitchen on the first night feeling slightly awkward when I came up with the idea of knocking on everyone’s door to say hello and introduce ourselves-best thing we could have done as we got to meet others from our courses and arranged to meet and walk to class together for the first day. The knocking on doors resulted in a huge party in ours where we stayed up until 6am having ‘the crack’ as we say here, and the rest in history. So don’t be afraid to be bashful, go knock on doors and introduce yourself.  Also another way to meet people is freshers week, it’s time to step out of your comfort zone and join in the activities offered. I strongly recommend trying new things as it’s a fun way to meet new people; I joined in the hip hop dancing, belly dancing and fencing clubs and had an absolute ball even though I was rubbish at all three.
 

Shopping And Money:

Don’t go mad on buying things for the house. Wait until you see what others have brought with them and they you can all chip in and get the rest or divide it amongst you on who buys what. Buy cheap as you don’t want to spend lots on stuff in case it gets ruined. There are always cheap household stuff in September and October as shops purposely aim their market at students around this time of year. I strongly suggest that you invest in a decent clothes rack for drying your clothes in your room as this will last you throughout your whole time at university and beyond. Ear plugs are also handy for those evenings where you want to block out noise. A printer is also a good investment as you will save so much more money in the long run as University can charge 5p for a sheet of paper and there are always queue’s at the printer. Argos always do good printer deals for around 25-30quid.

Clothes wise, I wouldn’t suggest rushing out and buying loads of clothes as in early October [normally when loans are in] many shops like DV8, Topshop, New Look etc will offer 15% and 20% student discount. Even keep your eyes peeled for student discounts in stores such as River Island that normally don’t offer discount as they will normally have a weekend where they will offer student discount, they will time this for when loan payments are in. So save your pennies for then. I also recommend that you don’t go mad on your loan. Remember its real money that you will have to pay back so make it stretch as nothing worse than having no money and all your friends are off out doing fun things.

 I recommend that you bring clothes that are easily washed and dried. Some clothes for both day and night. It would be good to have lots of basics that can be dressed up or down. Plain tops are great for this and mean that you can create lots of different looks without looking like your wearing the same thing all the time. I would also recommend you bring some sport/gym gear for activities that you may partake in. Bring any Halloween costumes or fancy dress outfits that you own as there will be many themed nights out. Popular ones are school discos, beach parties, pub golf, tennis hoes and pros and Greek themes. Flip-flops are also great to bring as it’s more than likely you will have a communal shower. Also a hanging shower caddy is great as you can take it to the shower with you to carry all your essentials in. Another alterative if the shower is only used by a small number of people is to buy a cheap plastic drawer set or vegetable rack to store your shower stuff on. Each person can take a shelf or drawer to keep their stuff in. I also recommend that you bring a something to keep your dirty washing in as you may have to use communal washer and dryers and want something to carrying your washing in.  I would suggest for those who will have communal bills such as electric or heating bills to divide the bills equally. I wouldn’t recommend taking it turns to pay the bills as I have seen this cause arguments so it’s probably best to all put a fiver in a kitty every month etc to pay for bills. It’s probably also worth buying some food items together such as basics like milk, bread, butter etc as fridge space is limited and its pointless to  have four loaves of bread for four people. Also take full advantage of your student card for example if you produce your student card in McDonalds when buying a meal you can get a free McFlurry, cheese/hamburger or fries.
 

Safety:

Now onto safety, prepare for a lecture. Most universities would provide students with welcome packs where there will be lots of information-do read this, there are usually free condoms contained within this pack and they are often hanged out during fresher week. I would suggest that you keep a stash of condoms in your room and some in your handbag in case you find yourself in that situation-after all its better to be safe than sorry. Please be drink smart, do not get yourself in risky situations and do not wander off drunk alone as you are only making yourself more vulnerable. Personal alarms are often handed out in fresher’s week, grab yourself one and carry it in your bag. They are small and take up little room in your bag but could save you from an awful situation. Always make sure someone knows where you are going and when you should be expected to return. I also strongly recommend keeping money in your phone and keeping your phone charged.

 

Other tips:

You may not get on with everyone you meet but the good thing is unlike school you are not forced to spend all your time with those whose company you don’t particularly enjoy. A top tip I have is to always keep a spare loo roll hidden in your room. Believe me a time may come where you will need it. For those who worry about using shared loos especially where #2’s are concerned I would suggest bringing incense sticks with u to the toilet and light it to well you know,lol. Just remember to blow it out and take it back to your room with you if you don’t want anyone to know what you’ve been doing. Compile a first aid kit with plasters, Imodium, headache tablets etc as this kit will come in handy. Do gather up taxi numbers and take away menus and pin them to a board or the fridge. If in a new area I strongly recommend that you put a few taxi numbers in your phone in case you ever get stuck. It may be a good idea to have an emergency taxi fund hidden in the flat in case you get stuck and need a taxi home but have no money in your purse. Means you can run to the flat/house and get the fare from the kitty-just remember to replace any money you take out. Any snacks and drinks you do not want to risk getting eaten or drunk by others especially by those who get a dose of the munchies after a night out or want to party on I would suggest keeping this in your room. I also suggest locking your bedroom door. There will often be parties where there will be ‘randomers’ if you want to prevent your stuff being stolen then lock your room door-simples. I would also suggest making up house rules once you get to know each other better and regular house meetings is a good way to air any concerns and prevent avoidable bitching sessions or bust ups. To avoid arguments it would also be a good idea to draw up a cleaning rota. I would also suggest that you learn how to wash and iron and get someone to show you how to cook a few meals if you don’t already know how to.
 

Finally do try and stay on top of your university work and attend class. Make sure you look into what classes are compulsory as you don’t want your university experience to end due to missing compulsory classes. After all you have put the hard work in to get here. If you are struggling with university work then speak up. Go and speak with a lecturer after all that’s what they are there for. But you are seen as an adult now as are expected to speak up about such things whereas in school the teachers came to you if they thought something was up. If you are struggling with any other problems such as relationships, sexual health, money etc there are support systems in University to help you, no one will want you to struggle.
 

Finally enjoy every minute as take it from me the time flies. So buckle up and enjoy the journey.

I hope this was helpful.

xKx

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

My Current Favourites: August


 
My Current Favourite TV programme: Pretty Little Liars. Four friends band together against an anonymous foe who threatens to reveal their darkest secrets, whilst unravelling the mystery of the murder of their best friend.’I have been addicted to this programme for ages. Love the fashion and the twists and turns that occur in every episode...oh and the eye candy. Defo one to watch.
My Current Favourite Song: I have been adding a lot of music to my iPod of late especially ones from when I was growing up. One that I can’t seem to get enough of atm is R Kelly Bump and Grind-TUNE!!!
My Current Favourite Blog: Princess and the Pea. I recently stumbled across this blog and just love the girl’s style. I defo have style envy and shall be taking some style tips from this blogger.
My Current Favourite You Tube Channel: thesparkleicious, I think Avia’s You Tube videos are great as she gives her honest opinion and does really good informative in-depth reviews. I love to see on my feed that she has uploaded a new video. Avia also has a blog [click here].
My Current Favourite Shop: I was never really that fussed on H&M but lately I have found a good few wardrobe staples in store and have found myself not being able to pass by the shop without popping in for a nose and more often than not I come out with a shopping bag.
My Current Favourite Snack: Tesco’s Cheese Savouries Snacks for 90p. If you like KP’s min cheddar biscuits you will love these. I can’t stop eating them-yummy.
My Current Favourite Fake Tan: Garnier Summerbody in Deep. I love the stuff. See here for my review.
My Current Favourite Shampoo: Henara Shampoo for dark hair. Leaves my hair so shiny and smells amazing. However you could defo need to use a conditioner with this shampoo, luckily there is a matching conditioner.
My Current Favourite Body Wash/Bubble Bath: Dove Silk Glow, it smells lovely and lingers for a while on my skin. I would wear this scent as a perfume if it were to be made into one.
My Current Favourite Body Scrub: Soap and Glory Flake Away. Heavenly smell and does its job-what more could you want.
My Current Favourite Perfume: Alien by Thierry Mugler. Very strong so only need a little, too much and you’re in headache territory, it’s my signature scent and ill always wear it on a night out. I often get asked what the lovely smell is and I have had friends buy the perfume after smelling it off me.
My Current Favourite Nail Polish: Models Own Bubblegum, it’s almost neon pink and looks lovely especially on my tootsies.
My Current Favourite Foundation: Nivea tinted moisturiser. It’s cheap (often on offer for £2), looks good and I’ve received many a complement when wearing it.
My Current Favourite Concealer: Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer. Sadly I have very dark under eyes and this helps me look a little more alive.
My Current Favourite Mascara: Benefit They’re Real. I first got this as a Christmas present and wow what can I say. For me this mascara works wonders. I can’t see myself ever finding another mascara that matches up to this. The only mascara that ever came close is YSL’s mascara however it doesn’t last long as the wand is rubbish so this mascara by Benefit is my number one.
My Current Favourite Blusher: MUA’s Blusher for £1 in shade 5. Looks brighter than it is, but gives a lovely rosey glow.
My Current Favourite Lipgloss: 17 Ultimate Volume Lip Gloss in very berry. Such vibrant colour and stays on well. My go to lip colour for a night out.
My Current Favourite Lipstick: MUA’s lipstick in shade 3, perfect for daytime. See here for my review.
My Current Favourite Makeup Remover:Garnier 2 in 1 eye and face makeup remover. This stuff is amazing at removing my makeup, even stubborn eye makeup. It also leaves my skin feeling so soft that I can’t help stroking my face. Also I just saw today that Superdrug is doing two of these for £3.99 so I may stock up.
My Current Favourite Method Of Hair Removal: My Panasonic Wet/Dry Epilator. I am a big fan of epilating and this one helps keep me fuzz free and lasts longer than shaving and is cheaper than waxing.
 
What are your current favs?
Thanks for reading.
xKx