Friday, 21 August 2015

Student Discounts - Getting Ready For University

student nus discount

I know the start of the new University/College term may seem like a little way off yet but I thought I would put together a few posts with some student discount codes to get you ready for going to uni and some codes for things you may need when you are at uni! For the first post we are going to kick things off with things you need to prepare yourself for going to uni. All you need to do is present your NUS card to get the following discounts.

·         12.5% off Rymans stationery
·         10% off Paperchase
·         20% off Epson
·         15% off Cartridge People
·         10% off BHS
·         A third off rail travel with a 16-25 rail card. The rail card costs £30 up front but if you travel regularly by train the savings could soon add up!
·         10% off Matalan
·         10% off Firebox
·         10% off Mega Bus
·         10% off Waterstones when you register with UniDays
So there it is 10 student discount offers to get you prepared for the start of university! Keep an eye out for the next instalment in this mini series for more student offers! 
If you know any more student offers please feel free to share them in the comments below!

Sunday, 16 August 2015

Pug Love

I don't know what it is about pugs maybe it is their cute squishy looking faces but I just think they are so cute! Here are some bits and pieces that you can buy which feature these cute little guys!
 
pug dog gifts wish list mug cushion socks t-shirt purse
Pug Mug - £19.95 Emma Bridgewater
 

Pug T-Shirt -£14.99 Chicks Rule
Pug Cushion - £7.99 Dunelm Mill
Pug Socks - £3.99 New Look
Pug Coin Purse - £5.50 Claire’s
 
Do you like Pugs? Which of these is your favourite?
 


 


Body Shop Haul & Discount Code

body shop sale haul discount code
I never pay full price for items at The Body Shop. There are always discount codes floating about and the one I used this time was for 35% off just enter code 14317 at the checkout but this code does end today (16th August). Don’t worry if you do not read this post in time as I’m sure there will be more codes released in the near future!
body shop sale haul discount code
The first items that I bought were the banana shampoo and conditioner. I have heard a lot about these and I have to say they smell a-mazing! I can’t wait to give them a try.
Next up is the Body Shop BB cream. This looks different to other BB creams that I have used as it actually comes out white and blends with your skin on application so I am interested in seeing how this works with my skin and if it is a good colour match.
I have only tried a small number of cosmetics from the Body Shop so I am very excited to try this highlighter. I have actually had my eye on it for a while but have always had other products on the go so could not justify buying more but this time I had no excuse!
I have repurchased the Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Butter a couple of times but this time decided to mix it up and try the Cleansing Oil just to see how it compares. The Cleansing Butter works really well on my skin but just fancied a bit of a change!
Next is a constant re-purchase which is the Tea Tree Cool & Creamy face wash. It is great for blemish prone skin and helps to keep my skin clear and feeling fresh!
 
Have you picked up anything recently from The Body Shop? What would you recommend?

Sunday, 9 August 2015

Dry Skin Saviours

My skin tends to be quite good but the one problem I do suffer with is dryness. The skin on my face can sometimes feel really dry and I suffer with eczema on my legs so there a few products which I like to keep in stock to help combat this.
If we start with the face first I absolutely love the Origins Drink Up Intensive mask. I use this twice a week in my skin care routine but I do use it more if my skin is feeling particularly dry. It smells amazing and works wonders to give my skin a much needed boost.
A product that I use every evening in my skin care routine is the Vichy Aqualia Thermal serum. This product is also really really good! I apply it before a moisturiser and it just provides instant relief. It sinks into my skin to make it feel instantly hydrated.
Now onto the body products. I have recently been using this body butter from Korres in the scent Mulberry Vanilla….yes it is as good as it sounds! It smells so yummy. I like this as it is quite thick and after you have rubbed it in a residue is left on your skin. This may not be for everyone but I quite like this as I think it provides moisture on your skin for a longer period of time.
The last product is not necessarily the most luxurious but it is a necessity for me and that is this Itch Relief Cream from Boots. I have to have a cream like this on hand in case my eczema flares up. I literally just slap in all over my legs and will just sit with layers of cream of my legs, sexy I know. I do like this one from Boots and have been using it for a little while, it is affordable and effective.
 
 
What are your dry skin essentials?

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

What's In My Bag: Michael Kors Mini Selma

michael kors messenger mini selma bag review
I have always been a big handbag kinda girl but sometimes they are just not practical so for Christmas I asked for this Michael Kors Mini Selma (full review here).
Now this bag is small so you have to decide carefully what you need to pack. There is no room for non-necessities here!
So I whittled down what was in my previous mah-ousive bag to some little essentials that I thought I may need on a day or evening out.
First things first I have a little purse from Cath Kidston, a girls gotta have some cash….or at least cards as the case may be sometimes! This purse fits just enough in for the day to day tasks without having to carry around my big Ted Baker purse.
Next up is a sparkly pen because lets face it we all need a sparkly pen in our lives, I am a bit of a stationary nerd!
For touch ups on the go I have got a mini packet of facial wipes. These are from Halo and I think they are nice just to refresh your skin throughout the day or just to give your hands a quick wipe.
A straggly old hair tie, not much to say there! And finally a compact and a lip gloss. This lip gloss is a really beautiful shade of pink from the Rimmel Vinyl Gloss range, I think it is in the shade ‘Snog’ but the label has worn off!
Usually I will have my phone and my keys in here and that is it as it simply cannot fit anything else in. What can I say, it’s small but I love it!
 
 
What are your handbag essentials?

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

My Go-To Red Lipstick

yves rocher rouge red moisturising lipstick
Every girl needs to have at least one red lip stick in their collection which is their ‘go-to’ red and this is mine.
This is the Rouge Crème Hydratant Moisturising Cream Lipstick from Yves Rocher in the shade 101 Framboise.
yves rocher rouge red moisturising lipstick swatch
As soon as you apply this lipstick you can feel how creamy it is, it glides on with an instant hit of colour. It feels so moisturising on yours lips with none of the dreaded cracking or bleeding which is notorious with the reds!
The colour is really long lasting, being a creamier lipstick I think that perhaps it helps to tint the lips making the colour last a really long time.
yves rocher red moistursing lipstick
This really is an in your face red, bold, classic and sexy.  I think this particular shade may have been discontinued but the range is still available from Yves Rocher, and at just £7.90 I think they are a steal!
 
What is your go to red?

Sunday, 26 July 2015

100 Follower Mac Palette Giveaway!

mac cosmetics giveaway competition
Today I reached my first blogging milestone with 100 followers and I could not be happier! I just wanted to say thank you to everyone that follows you have made me one happy bunny. As a little thank you I have decided to give away this Mac eyeshadow palette from the Archie's Girls collection. This is brand new but I have got another very similar palette and do not need another one so thought it would be nice to give it to one of you lovely lot!
mac cosmetics giveaway competition
This is a UK giveaway only and the winner will be drawn from the rafflecopter on the 26th August 2015. You must follow with bloglovin' (I will be checking!), once you have done this there are plenty of other chances to get your name in the draw. The winner will be contacted via e-mail and must respond within 72 hours before another winner is picked.
Good luck!


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Thursday, 23 July 2015

The Pyjama Wish List

I love pyjamas! I think I would go as far to say that if it were acceptable to wear pyjamas out and about in every day life I definitely would! So anyway I have put together some pyjama sets which I think are so cute and would make great additions to my ever growing pyjama collection.
 
boux avenue pyjamas bed time wish list
Boux Avenue Flying Pigs Shorts Set - £18.00
Boux Avenue Midnight Rose Top & Pants Set- £32.00
Boux Avenue Sleep Tee - £18.00
 
tesco f&f disney mickey eeyore simpsons pyjamas bed time wish list
Tesco F&F Mickey Mouse Pyjamas - £14.00
Tesco F&F The Simpsons Pyjamas - £14.00
Tesco Eeyore Sleep Tee - £10.00
marks and spencer pyjamas bed time wish list
Marks & Spencer Floral Lace Pyjamas - £35.00
Marks & Spencer Silk Teddy with Rose Lace - £59.00
Marks & Spencer Floral Short Pyjamas - £29.50
 
Which of these pyjamas are your favourite?
 
 


The Drug Store Mascara You Need To Try

maybelline lash sensational budget drug store mascara
I had been wanting to try this mascara for a little while but I already had another two mascaras on the go so could not justify buying another one! The day finally arrived to try this beauty and I have to say it did not disappoint.
The Maybelline Lash Sensational Lash Multiplying Mascara, ‘Lash multiplying brush, lashes look visibly multiplied and fuller’, sound too good to be true?
First things first I’m going to put it out there, I am not usually a fan of fancy mascara brushes. I like a simple soft bristled brush which does the job. This one is completely out of my comfort zone, it has a hard brush which is slightly curved to glide through your lashes. I have to say may have been converted.
maybelline lash sensational lashes mascara drug store
With and Without Mascara
maybelline lash sensational lashes mascara drug store
Not only does the brush sweep through your lashes making them extend to the ceiling (maybe exaggerating!)  it covers them evenly in a formula which I love! It stays wet enough to really let you work your lashes to give them a great curve and elongated effect with fantastic volume.
I have always like Maybelline mascaras but this one really does stand out from the crowd, amazing quality which is amazingly affordable, can’t grumble at that!
 
What is your favourite drug store mascara?

Sunday, 19 July 2015

5 Simple Ways to Save Money This Summer

save money summer days out trips

With the summer holidays upon us I thought I would put together 5 simples ways that can help you save you money this summer.
1.       Look for vouchers – There are vouchers every where that can help you save money on days out.  For example I have just purchased a box of Kellogg’s cereal which has a voucher on the side for a free adult ticket to over 40 attractions including Sea Life, Warwick Castle and Chessington World of Adventures.  A great website that I have used in the past is Days Out Guide, this site allows you to get 2 for 1 entry to London Attractions when you travel there by train.
 
2.       Cheap BBQ food – It may work out cheaper to buy your BBQ food from the butchers. The meat is also really tasty and you are less likely to have waste as you can buy exactly the amount of food you need. In my house there are only 2 of us so the waste issue is the main concern for us, we can buy a good selection of a variety of meats at our local butchers for a fraction of the price of going to the supermarket.
 
3.       Plan your currency – Do not leave getting your currency to the last minute and certainly do not get it at the airport! Have a research to see what deals you can find. Sometimes it can work out better by getting your euros with somebody else as I know in the Post Office they give you a better rate when you buy over a certain amount of euros.
 
4.       Pack a drink! – This may seem like a very small and insignificant point but have a think about what food and drink you are going to need throughout the day on a trip out. I have seen some places charge up to £3 for a bottle of water! If you are a family of 4 that’s £12 just for water! Be prepared and pack some snacks and water to tide you over.
 
5.       Free days out – Having days out do not need to cost the earth. Visit Britain has a wide range of free or cheap days out which you can enjoy up and down the country.
 
What tips have you got to save money this Summer?

In The Style Of: The Kardashians

kardashians fashion high street
I love the style of the Kardashians, they always look gorgeous and bang on trend. Here are a couple of outfits which you can recreate in the Kardashians style on a non-Kardashian budget!
 
kourtney kardashian fashion outfit in the style of
 Rayban aviator sunglasses Glasses Now - £99.90
Black skater dress New Look -  £19.99
Lace up heels Public Desire -  £29.99 
 
kim kardashian fashion outfit in the style of
White crop top New Look - £8
Myleene Klass textured pencil skirt Littlewoods  - £23
Pink pointed court shoes Debenhams -  £20
 
khloe kardashian fashion outfit in the style of
Denim shirt House of Fraser - £22.49
Yellow tote bag New Look -  £17.99
Suede peep toe boot Karen Millen -  £90
 
 
Which is your favourite Kardashian style?

Saturday, 11 July 2015

Caudalie Beauty Elixir

caudalie beauty elixir review
The Caudalie Beauty Elixer has been a big product in the blogging world for a while. It is one of those that people either love or hate. With the slightly warmer weather I decided I would give it a go to use to refresh my skin throughout the day.
 
I have seen different ways to use this. Some people like to spray it on as a base before applying makeup, others like to use it as a skin refresher throughout the day and some people like to use it at night time. As I said with this warmer weather my skin has been getting a bit flustered throughout the day so this has been nice just to cool me down a bit.
The smell is a bit of a sore subject for some people but personally I quite like it (wierd?). It kind of reminds with the aromatherapy oils and I actually find it quite relaxing, other people absolutely detest it so I guess this is purely down to personal preference.
I think more than anything this is perhaps a luxury, treat product. It does not work wonders and it probably will not drastically improve your skin but it one of those things that is nice just to give yourself a bit of a pamper throughout the day.
As I said I do like this stuff, it fits in my handbag easily and especially if I am work I can just take a minute, spray some of this on and it just helps to refresh my skin and my mind!
 
Have you tried the Caudalie Beauty Elixir?

Magnitone Lucid Cleansing Brush & Discount Code

magnitone lucid cleansing brush review
I recently took part in the #Bloggerslve twitter party and was lucky enough to be chosen to review this Magnitone Lucid Daily Cleansing and Exfoliation Brush. I have wanted to try a cleansing brush for a while so I was really chuffed when I got the e-mail to say one of these would be on its way to me!
magnitone lucid cleansing brush review

Using the brush is really simple and easy to incorporate in to your daily cleansing routine. I have found that what works best for my skin is to use this in the morning. You simply splash your face with water, wet the brush, put your cleanser on the brush, turn it on and you are good to go! There are 2 modes to chose from; deep clean and sensitive. I have been using the sensitive setting and have found that it works great. You do not even have to worry about over exfoliating your skin as the buzzer tells you when to move on to the next section of your face. Anything that makes my morning routine easy when I’m half asleep gets a big tick from me!
Magnitone promise that using this brush will give your softer, brighter, smoother skin in 7 days. Now I am an optimist but I had my doubts about this. However Magnitone proved me wrong. Recently my skin has been playing up, I don’t know why it could be the change of weather or stress, who knows. Anyway I was experiencing some problems on my chin and some dryness. After using this even after 4-5 days I noticed a huge difference. The spots have cleared and the dryness has completely gone.
I really like this cleansing brush and compared to some other brands on the market like Clarisonic it is much cheaper. But I know how you guys like a bargain so here is a discount code for 20% off to use with Magnitone: BLOVE20 just click this link to use: Magnitone.
 
Have you tried using a cleansing brush?

Saturday, 4 July 2015

Drug Store Beauty Wish List

Today we have a wish list! This time it is all things that can be bought at the drug store. Let me know if you have tried any of these products.
 
drug store beauty wish list
 
Barry M Matte White Nail Varnish
 
Freedom Blush ‘Pro Glow Purr’
Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation
Revlon Colour Stay Stain ‘Barcelona Nights’
Revlon Colour Stay Stain ‘Rio Rush’
Bourjois Aqua Blush ‘Berry Nice’
Maybelline Master Sculpt Kit
Soap & Glory ‘Peach Party’ Blush Brick
Barry M Gelly Nail Varnish ‘Blueberry’
 
What is on your wish list?

 

50 Things That Make Me Happy

1.       Cuddles
 
2.       A hot cup of tea
 
3.       Fresh bedding
 
4.       Laughing with your friends for no reason whatsoever!
 
5.       The feeling of being clean
 
6.       Listening to the rain
 
7.       Pyjamas
 
8.       Disney films
 
9.       Warm sand between your toes
 
10.   When you paint your nails and think ‘Damn they look good!’
 
11.   Bubble baths
 
12.   Brand new stationary
 
13.   Chocolate
 
14.   Getting cute text messages
 
15.   Fluffy socks
 
16.   Beautiful shoes
 
17.   Dunking biscuits in tea
 
18.   Finding unexpected money in my purse (rare but it can happen!)
 
19.   Hot buttered crumpets
 
20.   Lie ins
 
21.   Finding a really good book
 
22.   The feeling of knowing you are going on holiday!
 
23.   The smell of sun screen
 
24.   Ice cream
 
25.   Finding a new album which you can listen to over and over again
 
 
26.   Beautiful hand bags
 
27.   Post it notes
 
28.   Cakes
 
29.   Kisses
 
30.   Harry Potter
 
31.   Barbeques
 
32.   Make Up
 
33.   The smell of the rain
 
34.   Candles
 
35.   Breakfast buffets
 
36.   Cheesecake
 
37.   The seaside
 
38.   Good skin days
 
39.   Old school cartoons (Scooby Doo, Tom & Jerry, I could go on!)
 
40.   Having a tan
 
41.   Spontaneous trips
 
42.   Seaside donuts
 
43.   Baking
 
44.   Ugg boots
 
45.   Flowers
 
46.   Roast dinners
 
47.   Slouchy clothes
 
48.   Netflix
 
49.   Highliters
 
50.   The boyfriend :)
 
I would love to see 50 things that make you happy!

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Sugar & Spice Ultra Blush and Contour Palette - Makeup Revolution

Makeup revolution sugar and spice blush palette
I had been waiting to try the Sugar and Spice - Ultra Blushand Contour palette from Makeup Revolution for a while but it was out of stock for quite a long time. When I finally got my hands on it I have to say it did not disappoint.
makeup revolution packaging sugar and spice blush palette
For just £6 you get 8 of these gorgeous blushes, that’s just 75p a blush! And the packaging is so sleek, it looks so much more expensive than what it is.
makeup revolution sugar and spice blush contour palette swatch swatches
The blushes themselves are so pigmented and they last on the skin all day. I cannot pick a favourite as they are all so lovely. I have however been particularly enjoying using the highlight shimmer pink across my cheek bones to give a bit of definition.
I just can’t believe this was only £6, it is the bargain of the century. Being a lover of pink I had to pick up this palette first but I definitely want to try a few more that Makeup Revolution sell. I guess there is nothing more to say apart from Makeup Revolution I salute you!
 
What palettes have you tried from Makeup Revolution?

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Tanya Burr Lip Gloss 'Afternoon Tea'

tanya burr afternoon tea lipgloss
I have been looking for the perfect mid-tone pink lip gloss for ages. I had one which I bought years & years ago from Avon which I loved and when it ran out I was so upset as it had been discontinued. A couple of weeks ago I was trawling through the internet and blogs as I do when I saw this little beauty from Tanya Burr’s makeup line, it looked perfect! 
As soon as pay day came I logged on to the Superdrug website (got to collect those beauty card points!) and popped it in my shopping basket. A few days later it arrived and I was so excited!
tanya burr lipgloss swatch
First things first let’s talk about the applicator. I really like it, it is a sponge which has a bit of flex to it which allows you to apply the gloss easily, precisely and evenly. When applying the gloss I noticed that is smells really sweet, I can’t quite put my finger on what it smells like but it is definitely something that I recognise. Maybe some sort of pick & mix sweet?
Once applied the gloss did not disappoint! It is the perfect shade of pink, your lips but better. I absolutely love it! And the big test for lip glosses…wind! You are now probably thinking I’m a little bit crazy but one of the things I hate about lip glosses is when you go outside, it’s a bit windy and you end up with hair stuck to your lips. This lip gloss is not at all sticky so you are safe!
I really like this lip gloss and I think Tanya has put a lot of thought into it from the formula, to the packaging and even the scent. I will definitely have to buy a few of the other shades.
Have you tried any Tanya Burr products? What would you recommend?

Designer or High Street Prom?

My year 11 ball was nearly 10 years ago (blimey thinking about it makes me feel old!), and my sixth form ball I didn’t go to as quite frankly I couldn’t be bothered but that is a different story. Anyway even from then to now there has been a huge difference in how important your school leavers ball or ‘Prom’ is. The importance of it has increased significantly in the minds of school leavers and the American prom seems to be taking over. I remember watching ‘My Super Sweet 16’ when I was younger and thinking how amazing the parties looked, the dresses, the glitz and the glamour.
 
As amazing as it all looks all of this comes at a cost. Myvouchercodes.co.uk has done some research in to how much we are spending on our Proms and the results show that some people can spend a small fortune!  15% of people asked were planning on spending more than £300 on the outfit with 26% of people asked wanting a designer frock, and that does not include every thing else! All of the results can be seen here.
I thought I would compile a couple of ideas to show the extremes of Prom, the higher end and the lower end. To show you that you can have a good time no matter what your budget.
designer prom outfit
1.Versace Gown £3829
2.Anya Hindmarch Bag £350.00

So for the very few who have can afford it we have got an outfit costing £4674. Then we have the extras; the transport, lets say a helicopter (£800), the tan (£45), the mani & pedi (£55), the hair (£40) and the makeup (£50). Totalling £5664. Now I know this is at one extreme end of the price scale but lets see how the cheaper option fairs.
affordable cheap high street prom outfit
1.Dress £5.99
2.Tesco F&F Clutch £7
3.Dorothy Perkins Sandals £17
With this option the full outfit will set you back £29.99 (Amazing value!). Just because we are trying to save money we still want to arrive in style! Splitting the cost of a limo for 2 hours (£37.50), the tan (Cocoa Brown £7.99), the mani & pedi (£3 at home). Now when it comes to hair and makeup there are so many Youtube videos with tutorials that you can do at home, give it a trial before your prom just to make sure it looks fabulous and then on the day you can do this yourself at home saving the pennies! This option comes to a grand total of £78.48.
My ball dress cost me £45, I done my own makeup and my Mum done my hair. Me and my friends split the cost of a limo and we had a really great time.
As you can see there are huge savings to be made. At the end of the day it’s really about having fun with your friends isn’t it? And that is priceless.
 
How much did you spend on your prom?