Friday, 30 September 2016

September Favourites | 2016

How is it already the end of September? I was hoping to get more posts up but this month seems to have slipped by me and now its almost October. I'm still planning on uploading more but at the moment, I have so much work to do and life just seems to be getting in the way but anyway on to the favourites. I have been wearing more make up this month but its been pretty much the same products because at seven o'clock in the morning I'm in no mood to mix up the make up. So there aren't many favourites but they are most certainly my favourites.

If there is one lip product I have been wearing , it has be the Rimmel 107 Lipstick. I know that everyone cracks out this lipstick around this time of year but I do love wearing it. I find this shade of red berry to suit my skin tone perfectly and is a long lasting matte formula. The nail polish of the month is the Barry M Coconut Infusion Nail Polish in 'Starfish' which is a light brown neutral shade. I don't normally go for such a natural colour but this is neutral shade is ideal for work and university.

I haven't been wearing a whole lot of face make up as a few spots have appeared so I've just stuck with eyeshadow this month. The palette of choice has been the Tanya Burr Hollywood Eye Palette which contains four light brown and glittery shades. I love this palette because its compact and the shades allow you to create a natural look as well as a night out glitter look. The other eye product is the Mac Paintpot in 'Groundwork' that I have been wearing pretty much everyday as a base. I know I featured this in last months favourites but I wanted to be honest and just say its been my favourite again.

What have your September favourites been?

Emily <3

Friday, 23 September 2016

The Works & Poundland Craft Haul

One of my favourite hobbies at the moment has to be craft making as I find it so relaxing and calming. So when I was in town the other day, I decided to pick up some more craft items from The Works and Poundland. I find that these stores are always underrated when it comes to shopping but they have some amazing bargains and craft essentials and I thought I would show you what I picked up.

The first two things I picked up come from The Works. Although there are quite a few stores around me, not everyone stocks the same thing so when I spotted the Fun Fair themed Washi Tape I couldn't help but pick it up. This Washi Tape pack contains one blue patterned thinner tape and a thicker tape which has fun fair tickets printed on it. As soon as I saw the set of tape, I knew it would be perfect for card making and decorating and cost £1. I also picked up a set of 29 Clear Alphabet Stamps which were also a £1. I have been on the hunt for some Alphabet stamps for a while and when I spotted this set, I couldn't resist. However I have tried these stamps and they haven't got the best quality but for such a cheap price, you can't really complain.

The main reason why I went into The Works was to see if they had any Paperstack Packs as I have seen a few bloggers talking about them. I was delighted to see that they had them in stock and pick up the Floral Happiness Paperstack for £3. These paperstack contains 24 sheets of Double-sided printed paper which has a range of different patterns, making it ideal for cards as well as backgrounds for pictures. If your looking for paperstack packs for an amazing price, I would recommend checking the The Works.

The other shop I popped into was Poundland as I saw a blogger raving about there craft section. However when I visited my local store, they didn't have the biggest section but I did find a couple of pieces. The first piece was the Pretty Pastels Paperstack which costs a £1. This paperstack contains 32 sheets with 4 x 8 designs which is smaller than the previous paperstack but includes some lovely designs. The final product in this haul is the Mini Glitter Embellishments that cost £1. When I spotted these mini glitter embellishments in the style of cupcakes, I couldn't help but pick them up.

Are you into Arts & Crafts? Where are your favourite places to shop?

Emily <3

Monday, 12 September 2016

Starting University | My Tips & Tricks

Its that time of the year again when universities begin a new year and everyone moves in. This is definitely very true for me as I am surrounded by all my belongings, trying my best to stuff at into my car boot. Although this is my final year at university, this time is different because my younger brother is off to university as well. I remember my first couple of weeks at university very clearly and as I am giving advice to my brother in bucket loads, I thought why not pop up a post about it too. So here is my top tips and tricks for starting university or for just being more adult like.

Budget & Save 
Budgeting may seem like a silly thing to point out but believe me, it really makes a difference at university. At the beginning of each week, I write down everything that requires money or bills that are due, and create a total budget for that week. If no bills are due that week, I will often take out a set amount of money for the week and I don't allow myself to take any more money out. This may seem silly but my shopping habits are out of control at times. Saving is another great thing to do at university, so that when it comes to special events, you don't have to miss out on them because you have no money left.

Don't Go Over Board On the Homeware 
When I first started university, everyone had the most expensive cooking equipment, towels and bed linen. But I quickly learnt that it really isn't worth it because they are so many amazing places that have great homeware products for a cheaper price. My favourite places include Primark, H&M, New Look and TK Maxx, In terms of kitchen ware, I would recommend Homebase as they have a massive selection at a reasonable price.

Meal Plan 
Planning your meals ahead of time is one of the most helpful things you can do at university. To some people, it may seem like the worse thing in the world and that's fine but for me, I need a plan. I normally sit down on Saturday Night and write down all the meals for the week in my planner. Crazy Saturday Night! By planning breakfast, lunch and dinner for the next week, it allows you to ensure that you don't overspend when food shopping and means you don't the issue of getting home and having to think of what to cook. I also love cooking in bulk as I normally cook in big quantities as I have a big family, so when I'm living by myself I still cook the same amount but just pop the left overs in the freezer and reheat in the microwave later in the week.

Walk & Cycle Everywhere 
I don't own a car as I don't drive, so I don't have the worry of thinking about bringing a car. However it does mean I have to figure out other ways of getting around. When discussing this topic with my brother, the idea of cycling came up. I personally don't cycle around the city I live in as I am a terrible cyclist and would definitely be run over. However my brother has fixed up his bike up and is planning on cycling everywhere. But if you have the cycling ability that I have then walking around and hopping on a bus may be your best bet. Most universities will run a bus pass scheme as well.

I hope you have found these tips useful and gives you an idea of things to do to make the jump to university smoother. Sorry I haven't been posting as much but I am planning on changing that so thanks for sticking around.

What would your tips and advice for starting university?

Emily <3

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