Something new- A product review

Hello and welcome back,Pixi-Caroline-Hirons-Double-Cleanse-Review-2-800x727

With my exams finished and being home for the week I thought that I would actually concentrate and work on my blogs so I am starting p this week with something totally different and not at all related to university as I want to share with you my latest skincare love. Having been a long time fan of balm based cleansers I was more than excited to try the Double Cleanse collaboration between Caroline Hirons and Pixi.

If you are unsure of the double cleanse process it is basically where you cleanse once to remove your make-up before going in again to cleanse the skin. This product as an oil based step one which starts as a solid balm and then transforms into an oil as you work it into the skin breaking down all make-up from red lips to waterproof mascara. I then remove is with a warm flannel, dry the skin before moving onto step 2. The oil doesn’t leave any residue as feels really good to just remove everything at the end of a long day.

Step two is a cleansing cream which again I work into my skin and it is this side which you can use in the morning however especially in the warmer where we are currently experiencing in the U.K. I prefer to just use a micelles water in the mornings with anything else being a little too heavy.  The cream feels really soothing but st the same time like you are giving your skin a really good clean readŷ for the next day. Both sides are un fragranced which and gentle with no nasties so this product is great for any skin type. I would say the only issue would be if you have very oily skin then this might still be too heavy but again you do wash everything off so maybe not.  The cleanser is paraben free, fragrance free and it’s not tested on animals. It’s really non-offensive but also completely effective at the same time!

Once you have removed your make up with the oil  and wiped with an obligatory flannel, a market which Caroline has single handedly kept a float with her advice, it’s time to move on to step 2. The thick and luxurious cream cleanser promotes cell renewal and elasticity with Arginine which Vitamin C boosts collagen and a Peptide Complex helps tackle fine lines. As the cream cleanser is so thick, it feels like a luxurious treat to the skin after removing the days makeup and grime. It feels like a nice pampering treat at the end of a hard day. Neither the oil nor the cleanser leave you feeling greasy. The skin is ready to move on to the skin care products you choose without fuss. Personally, I follow this double cleanse with Pixi’s Glow Tonic which is anothet of Caroline’s recommendations and has quickly become one of my favourites and I do use this both at night and in the mornings. After the tonic I apply a small amount of the Salicylic Acid 2% solution by The Ordinary either all over the face or targeted on specific spots, following with again The Ordinary’s Advanced Retinoid 2% (only in the evening). I let both of these sink in before finishing my routine with L’Oreal’s Hydra Genius Aloe Water which has a really light and cooling gel consistency  which is pefect for the summer months rather than a heavier moisturiser and really helps to moisturise my skin with Hyaluronic acid (a review coming soon)

I am onto my second jar of this product and think that this will continue to be my favourite for a long time to come. If you are in the market for a new cleanser this retails in the UK for £24 which I think is totally worth it and is available online as well as in M and S.

This is something different for my blog but I have really enjoyed writing this and please leave me a comment if you would like to see more reviews or a full skin care routine including SPF.

I hope you have all had a good week and enjoy the weekend!

 

Emily xxx

Manchester.

Hello,

This is a completely unexpected post to be writing this evening and one I didn’t think I would have to write anytime soon after the tragedy that happened in Westminster earlier this year but in light of what happened yesterday evening in Manchester, it seemed only right.  This isn’t going to be an overly long blog piece because, to be honest, I am heart broken. I have friends who go to university in the city and with my brother set to head there in Septemeber I know how beautiful it is dull of culture and community and now it seems like that has been tainted by this act of terrorism which has had such a profound effect on hundreds of people both at the concert and all of their family and friends.

For all I have written about looking into the future after graduation that all seems so insignificant with all those killed and hurt in the explosion and what does it matter when there are people who are willing to strip life rather than see it for the incredible thing  that it is. Studying Sociology and society it really makes you think whether we have really changed that much, I mean there have been some incredible things even within my own lifetime, the Equality Act in 2010 and the legalization of gay marriage and then it all comes back to fear and pain and hurt.

Looking ahead I see myself with a family of my own and I cannot imagine the pain of the parents of the 22 people killed including children who will never see their amazing future. I want a world where this pain really is a thing of the past where the threat of terrorism isn’t there and people can go and do the things that they love like seeing their idol in concert, walk through London or enjoy a good night out clubbing without the fear that they might  never go home.  As the names of the victims are beginning to be released it makes it all that much harder and honestly makes me question the humanity within the 21st century.

I know that people in this amazing city and across the world will come together in a symbol of unity against terrorism and my prayers go out to everyone and with many people still missing I know this will be in the minds of everyone for a long time to come.

Stay safe out there and we stand strong with Manchester

 

I almost didn’t recongise you there

Hello,

Crikey its’s been a long time since I’ve posted anything on here and as I am procrastinating rather than doing the things I am supposed to I thought why not finally get round to updating my blog!

This is officially my last week of my degree until graduation as my one and only exam is on Friday so I am currently cramming a years worth of revision into a week but I’m sure it will be fine. I’ve talked about staring into the void that is life after university before on this blog but now it really is here and cor blimey I’m really not sure I’m ready. On the plus side, I have finally decided that I want to train to become an early years/ pre-school teacher and have somewhat started to plan my career into this field but who knows I might change my mind in a couple weeks. I am currently reaching the end of my placement that I decided to take part in order to enhance my CV and I have totally fallen in love with the class I have been placed with and will miss them so much. I have a couple of weeks left but it just wont be the same and it was this that helped me to decide that teaching is what I wanted to venture into.

With the end of my university experience round the corner I am actually heading back home for a while and off to see TAKE THAT with my mum which I am so excited for. Looking at my calendar I am traveling home and back to my flat more so in the next couple of weeks that I do in a whole year due to the need to finish… I mean start packing up my flat and with a couple of other commitments to see to before graduation plus the fact I need a good date night as we have both been so busy!

I suppose the next thing I need to do is actually start applying for graduate jobs and I know I have promised a post on this and there is one coming I just need to get this exam out the way and then I will be able to concentrate on my blog and which I really want to work on over the next coming weeks. As it is exam season I wish all of you good luck and I hope you have a good rest of the week.

As it is likely there will be no post on Thursday keep an eye out over the weekend. Until then.

 

Emily xx

 

What to expect in your first year at university.

Hello again, 

I hope you are all well and having a good week. As I have just completed another piece of coursework I thought now would be a good time to get a blog piece up on time. As some of you will be heading to university for the first time come September I thought it would be a good idea to go through what to expect as leaving home for the first time is a pretty big step.  Making the transition from high school to university can be a daunting situation. There are a lot of expectations when you start university and of course, there are the student stereotypes of crazy freshers’ weeks, cheap beer and the occasional lecture but what can first year students really expect from their first year at university?

The first thing to note is that looking back at my first year, your student days as a “fresher” are the best as you will meet lots of new friends  who are all in the same situation as you and the opportunity to join lots of new clubs or take part in a new sport are best to do in year 1 as things will only get busier! Whilst the freedoms that come with leaving home for the first time will occupy many students’ minds, the reality of studying at undergraduate level is much different to being taught from the confines of a school classroom.

Workload- Workload in the first year of university is often a lot heavier than many students anticipate. It is a common misconception that there is very little work to do in year 1, especially considering the transition from high school or college to university. Many students (including myself) fall into the trap that because lecture slides are made available online that there is no need to go to every lecture.  Whilst this is true and something which I have used as justification often during coursework you will need to go beyond what is taught in the classroom and having extra notes will help. It is also really important to get a good work ethic started in year one which will  ensure that you meet all your deadlines. Whilst I am more than guilty about pulling an all-nighter this is not the way to go!

Money– Increased university fees are a constant worry for students. Rising prices and the idea of moving from an almost cost-free lifestyle to one where everything has a price is a scary one. It is paying for the students’ lifestyle from day to day that is the biggest concern most students myself included as here in the UK you get a maintenance loan every year which is split into three terms which is all I have to live on as I have chosen not to get a part time job.  Therefore, managing money  is really important but at the same time can be more difficult than one would expect but setting budgets and taking the forgotten extras into consideration will help you to have a better grasp on just how much money you will need.
I find it really useful to use the mobile banking apps and try to check my balance at the end of every week so that I know whether I am able to treat myself at the weekend whether it is new clothes, or a takeaway. 

Fresher’s week- It’s incredible – the best part of the year. You get to know your flatmates and meet new people, all in a great environment where everyone just wants to have a good time. You effectively become nocturnal and your sleeping pattern is completely destroyed, but it’s all fun and definitely worth immersing yourself into. You only get one Freshers’ Week, so make the most of it! 

The Freedom- The independence you get at university is unbelievable, so embrace the fact the world is your oyster. If you fancy a walk at 4am, you can do it. There’s no asking your parents, you just go. Of course, I wouldn’t advise a stroll in the middle of the night, but it’s what I always think about when considering the freedom you have. The independence on offer is an essential factor as to why the first year is so brilliant.

The Food- Now this one may surprise you. You might be thinking: ‘What will I do without my mum’s cooking?’ Well, the independence you have means that you have the licence to buy any food you want.For example, one of my flatmates loved pasta, so had it for every meal – breakfast, lunch and dinner. No joke. For me, it was all about chicken steaks, chips, and beans, but each to their own. In your first year, you will either learn to cook, eat microwave meals, or pass out (would avoid the last option).

That’s it for now I’m afraid as I look forward to writing another piece of coursework. I hope as always you have found this somewhat interesting. Leave me a comment if you are going to university in September and what you are looking forward to most.

Have a good weekend!

Love,

Emily xx

Prom

Hello again,

I hope you are all having a lovely weekend and here in England it is a bank holiday  which I am more than looking forward to even though it is really cold outside right now. I know there wasn’t a blog post on this week on the scheduled days but I have to admit I forgot needing to do 500 other things which I why  this post is going up today. As you can see from the title this post is going to be about Prom, more specifically I have been shopping around on ASOS and wanted to share my top dresses which aren’t going to break the  bank but still look amazing. For me we had 2 proms, one at the end of year 11 and again at the end of year 13 just before we all headed off to university, leave me comments if this was the same as you and where you went.

Little Mistress Midi Dress with Embroided Bodice and Tulle Skirt Asos £68. I really like this dress as it is perfect for summer and very in trend with the embroidery. There is also enough skin on show with the off the shoulder top half but then it falls low enough that not everything will be on display. I also love the colours on here and I think it will suit most people and the theme of your prom but at the same time totally wear again.

2. ASOS SALON Floral Embroidered Skater Mini Dress £75. This is the most expensive of the dresses that I have included in this post. I love the light blue colour which again is perfect for spring / summer and the embroidered flowers also make this dress look far more expensive. I would pair this with a pair of white/ silver shoes and I would wear this again. The only thing is the length which if you are tall may be an issue especially when dancing!

 

3. New Look Premium Embellished Mesh Bodycon Dress £59.99.  In case you dont want something which is pastel and very girly this is my next pick which is still very on trend with the mesh overlayer and the embellishment makes it femine but the darker colour makes it more sophisticated and perfect for evening events. You could add colour through shoes or a clutch which would stand out even more against the black.

4. ASOS Slinky Knot Back Kimono Dress £35. Again this dress is a darker colour and by far the most understated but I love the back of this one and I think that this would look stunning with nude or bright heels and a neckless. This dress is definitely one that you could wear again on a night out with the girls which I why this might be my favourite.

5. ASOS Side Cutout Maxi Dress £42. The colour of this dress is amazing and would look stunning with a tan. Again depending on the location of your prom you might want something longer and the cut outs show a little skin. I actually have had both, for my first prom at 16 I had a dark purple floor length dress that I actually still have but haven’t worn again sadly but it looked great in the photos with all my friends. Then for my second when I was 18 I had a much shorter black dress with cut outs which I have since worn for a wedding.

6. ASOS Bardot Jumpsuit with Tie Sleeve in Print. Prom may be traditionally all about the dress but there are also some really stunning jumpsuits on the market. I picked this one out not only because of the on trent off the shoulder finish but I really like the colours on here and think that this would look great teamed with a pair of red shoes ! while this may be alittle uncommon I think they can still look very flattering and would be a great alternative if you dont want to worry about your dress falling down!

7. Boohoo Corded Lace Panelled Skater Dress £35. This is another black dress but at the same time very different to the other one within this post. I love the length of this one with the mini dress underneath and then the longer lace overlay makes it very feminine and you are still showing off your body but at the same time not too much. The only thing I would worry about is the length of the underlayer as if you are tall like me it looks like it is very short.

 

8. Chi Chi London Premium Metallic Lace Midi Prom Dress with Bardot Neck £72.  This is my last pick and I think this dress is stunning especially the white lace over the darker blue body. This dress is my favourite and would also be great for a wedding as the back is just as pretty as the front.

 

That’s it, I hope you have enjoyed reading this and gained some inspiration for what to wear for your prom/wedding/ party. There won’t be a post on Monday but schedule permitting Thursday is a go.

Love,

 

Emily xx

Hello again,

Hello everyone and  good afternoon!

Welcome back to my blog, it’s nice to see you again. As you all know it has been a couple of weeks since I have posted anything on here, actually it was just before heading home for easter break. Now, I am back at university with my dissertation finished and handed in and while I have a huge amount of work still to do, I thought that as I sit here binge watching Grimm, painting my nails and eating popcorn now was the time to get back into my blog.

I don’t want to sound repetitive to other blog posts but having submitted the biggest piece of work I have done to date really emphasises the idea that the end of my university experience is right around the corner.  Although I am fully aware that I need to start looking and applying for graduate jobs I am also eager to go travelling ideally around America, or at least to New York. I feel that I want to experience as many places as I can now before I begin my career as although this may be more economically viable I think the things that you want to do in your twenties are different to those later in life.

So if any of you have ever been travelling on your own and have any advice I would be really interested to know if you have any recommendations for sites that you used or tips please leave them in the comment section below.

I know this isn’t the most interesting or helpful blog but I thought I should get something up- and so the next post is going to be talking about proms and balls- particularly dresses that I have found online that won’t break the budget but still look really good.

Until then,

 

Emily

Starting the next chapter

Hello everyone,

I hope you are having a  good week as it is Thursday already! I thought as I begin this search myself it is the right time to talk about searching and applying for graduate jobs which is one of the options available after completing a degree.

  1.  Make a PLAN- First, you need to recognise and acknowledge the pressure you are under. This pressure comes from expectations—from yourself, from friends and fellow graduates, from school tutors, and from parents and relatives. Finding your first job after graduation is a big step and can set the tone for the rest of your career, so it is important to go into the search having considered your options, but it is also just a first step, so don’t let it get so big it overwhelms you. Start with the basics and move forward from there—that’s what a plan will help you to do.
  2. Where to LOOK- Looking for the right job for you is going to be a personal process, and depending on who you are and what you want to do, the traditional routes may not be your best shot. If there is a person you really want to work for (or with), try sending them an email to see if they’d be willing to meet you for a cup of coffee or a drink so you can chat about how they got to where they are. The worst they can say is no, and many such connections have led to something bigger down the line.
  3. APPLYING-  Making a good application depends on identifying your key skills and attributes as well as and being able to demonstrate concisely how they fit in with the requirements identified in the job description.You should also think about how this position (and you, if you are to fill it) fits into the company as a whole. What is their mission statement? What are the company’s short-term and long-term goals? How can you demonstrate that you can help them get there?

    There is increasingly this pressure to use my degree in order to have a good job and make good money especially after the money I have had to spend gaining the degree in the fist place. The issue I have more than anything is having studied a subject such as Sociology it is all about decided what I actually want to do and after three years I still dont know.

I know this is a short piece that is again more about advice that I have found useful rather than a personal experience but I haven’t had the time to write a post like I usually do but I needed to get something up on time.

 

I hope you found this helpful and I am still aiming to get a post up on Monday which I have planned will go back to being far more personal.

Until then,

 

Emily

When home seems so far away

Hello everyone,

I hope you all had a good weekend, I am actually writing this on the train heading home for Easter Break with the distraction of Doctor Who in the background. For all that I go on about my time at university ending for some of you reading this, you will be finishing school in the next few months and looking forward to starting your university journey. Whether you are heading off to university, moving for work or like me facing the prospect of what next I thought I would offer some advice when you just wanna go home, which ties slightly into my last post of packing.

Especially now in the last stretch of third year I am so tired and running on about 4 hours of sleep and coffee I have never wanted to go home more. Previously I have written about the feeling of being trapped within my small village but there is something special and comforting about going home. Moving away and into a new place can be daunting and scary but at the same time you need your parents to believe you will be just fine here are  my top three tips.

  1. Don’t feel too guilty about it- Feeling homesick isn’t a weakness, nor is it something you should beat yourself up about. Missing home is something that affects most students – you’ll only make the situation worse if you think of it as something you should feel guilty about. This probably isn’t the best idea but I talk to my mum every single day for at least 20 minutes but at the same time this  might make the situation worse!
  2. Don’t spend too much time in your room- this might be tempting to treat of your room as your own little safe haven, but staying in too much will only serve to make you feel worse.Isolating yourself will make your feelings more intense, as you’ll spend even more time pondering on what you miss about home.Try to keep yourself busy by taking part in social activities, studying at the library rather than in your room, getting a part time job or getting involved in the many opportunities offered will keep you busy and at the same time you will make friends quickly with others that are in the same boat as you.
  3. Explore your new city One of the main reasons we feel homesick is often to do with being in unfamiliar surroundings, so it’s a great idea to set aside some time to explore your uni town or city so you’ll feel more at home.In fact, not getting to know their uni city better is one of the main regrets that I have as I will probably end up going back home or moving somewhere else depending if I have a job and I love living in Nottingham I just haven’t explored the city away from the centre as much as I should have.

If you have any other tips or advice please leave me a comment as I would love to know. The next post is going to be about looking and applying for graduate jobs which is what I am in the process of doing right now. As always I hope you found this interesting if not helpful.

Until next time,

Emily xxx

 

 

 

Packing for university

Hello everyone and happy Thursday,

I hope you are all well and as planned I have just about found the time to sit down and write this post which is going to show you my top things to take to university. As I was the first in my family to go I ended up taking way too much of some stuff and not enough of others and so with my university experience ending as for some it will begin in September, I thought I would share this with you.  I wanted to put in a checklist which I have used every year but depending on what comes within your flat you might not need all of this.

  • Bedroom
    •Duvet- Don’t go over thick as halls of residence get pretty hot you can always buy pretty throws to add layers
    •Duvet covers- I take 2/3 bedding sets ( one on my bed, one in the wash and one spare) these are best to be tumble dried otherwise they take up way to much space. Go for some cool colours and patterns- anything to personalise your room.
    •Sheets
    •Mattress protector
    •Pillows & pillow cases
    •Blackout blind- Here in the UK it is not always possible to change the blind if yours is not already black out- you get used to sleeping in whatever darkness is available
    •Doorstop- good for socialising with flat mates but at the same time you can shut the door if you want some time to relax alone
    •Storage boxes
    Bathroom
    •Bath towels- again you don’t many of these as you only use 1 or 2 at a  time and storage is often tight so make sure you dont end up taking loads but go from something bright and not too expensive
    •Hand towels
    •Toilet brush
    Kitchen- My top tips for the kitchen is to buy everything in a certain colour say pink  or with a pattern on it so you remember what is yours. Dont go buying anything expensive as they will go missing especially when people are moving out or will get broken.
    •Saucepans and frying pan
    •Kitchen knives
    •Chopping board
    •Colander/sieve
    •Grater
    •Potato peeler
    •Spatula/masher/slotted spoon
    •Measuring jug
    •Bowl
    •Wooden spoon
    •Baking tray
    •Oven proof dishes
    •Can opener
    •Bottle opener
    •Cutlery
    •Plates and bowls
    •Mugs and glasses
    •Storage containers
    •Cling film
    •Aluminium foil
    •Tea towels/oven gloves
    •Clothes horse
    •Dish cloths

Laundry- this kind of fits in here, make sure you know where the laudry is, I would say remember to sort out your colors from whites but in my first year I discovered color catchers which if you dont know are pieces of fabric which you put in with your clothes and will catch any color that runs from clothes. This means that I put everything in the machine altogether and don’t have to worry about ruining my white shirt with pink underwear and it also makes it cheaper as at all of the accommodation I have stayed in a wash costs around £2.20 and if you want the dryer its another £1 so throwing it all in saves time and money

Stationery– do try and start organized, I always date and file every single piece of paper as it helps when it comes to assessments to know where everything is. Use a different coloured folder for each module and I really like using project books which are already divided up.

•Paper
•Pens
•Hole punch
•Stapler
•Glue and Sellotape
•Files
•Blue tack- sticking photos/ decorations will make it seem more like home.
Computer Equipment
•Laptop- a must even if you are not planning on taking it with you every day all assessments for my subject needed to be typed and electronically handed in.
•Memory stick- Just in case something happens backup everything, I also suggest using One drive/ drop box as well
•Laptop cover/bag
•Microsoft Office
First Aid Kit- going with one of these packed is best as you are likely to come down with a cold very quickly mixing with loads of new people and all the nights out for freshers week and therefore having everything saves time and effort.
•Plasters
•Pain killers
•Cold & flu remedies
•Anti histamine
•Antiseptic cream
•Antiseptic wipes

I think i have managed to cover eveything but leave a comment if you have taken something particually usefull so I can add it  to my list. If you are going to university next year I want to a post closer to the time with my best buys and the available packages that some companies  provide but I hope you found this list useful.

This week has been super busy but I am glad to have got this up on time  even though it has taken me ovet two days to get it finished and ready to go but it is Easter break next week and althought I have so much to do I am looking forward to going  home.

That’s it for now so please leave a comment and until next time,

Emily xx

 

 

 

 

Fairy Tale Ending

 

Good Morning everyone !

I hope you are all well and  that you had a lovely weekend whatever you ended up doing. spending some time out in the sunshine that was here in the UK for a couple days or maybe just catching up with your Netflix queue. Through my window it is very grey compared to the blue skies of yesterday but to be honest it doesn’t really matter today as I am inside working and then I have to run some erands. I don’t know about you but time seems to be flying by  in this last week before easter break and more importantly the deadline for my dissertation (if I haven’t talked about it enough!)

Within my degree we are currently looking at sex and intimacy within society which has led me  to question what is love? Is it the feeling of butterflies when you see your partner or something that is subjective and love to one person doesn’t mean the same to another? Also is young love real? I mean I have a couple of friends which are in relationships where the phase ‘ I love you’ has been uttered perhaps not always with the best of timings but it had been put out there probably with the question of whether it has been said to early. I myself haven’t reached this stage just yet and it isn’t a fear of this word LOVE  the great phenomenon that is  no..its more how do you know you are in love? I’ve turned and I am so totally in love with the idea of ‘the one’ although sociology tells me different I think that the older I have become the fascinated by fairy tales and ‘love at first sight’

Maybe its just that my degree has involved looking at society in such detail that it has just highlighted the negatives and the issues it has that I want the perfect ‘happy ending’ something that my parents have- 22 years married and still so in love despite annoying the hell out of each other- is this love? I understand that sometimes love does not last and it hurts when it doesn’t but is it wrong to want it, the utterly human need for connection with someone ???

 

Of course here at university, there have been the relationships and of course the drunken kisses and which may or may not have ended up in a bed not necessarily mine but they weren’t anything big enough to take home and meet the parents but this is the goal isn’t it- to find the one? I think that the older I get the more I fall in love with the idea of fairy tales especially with the remake of the classics from my childhood. Most recently Beauty and the Beast but my personal favorite is the live action Cinderella movie that I could happily watch over and over just to see the happy ever after.

I think that there is this fear attached to the phrase ‘love’ especially as a teenager in a relationship, I mean do we really understand what love is and more so in terms of where it is too early to say it. However, there is no way of knowing what will happen from one moment to the next and although it may sound cheesy life really is too short  so I guess don’t go through life with regrets, wishing that you  said ‘I love you’ one more time and it doesn’t have to be to your boy/girlfriend but when was the last time you told your parents- I know they know it but when was the last time you actually said it?

Oh blimey this hasn’t been the most cheerful read either has it, but I have to say I haven’t had the time to write what I planned in time for today and this was a half written post for an assessment which I have just finished off  but Thursday will be a post on what to take to university (Home wear, bedding ect) which I hope some of you will find helpful.

Until Next Time,

 

Emily xx