Wednesday, 31 October 2012

October Favourites


October was a really fun month for me this year. I haven't had too much uni work and have had so many good evenings with my house-mates.  I've loved snuggling up with a mug of apple tea and my hot water bottle in the evenings, and just staying up chatting until the early hours of the morning. I've also loved:

 Indian Food 
We live really close to an authentic Indian place and they do really yummy curries in a small restuarant with a really nice atmosphere. Great price and you can bring your own alcohol - always a plus!



 Tumblr 

This month I was introduced to the wonderfully time-wasting world of tumblr. I'm tumbling (is that a word?) over at http://thelittlekoala.tumblr.com/



 Teasing Comb 
I just use this to give my hair some body at the roots and also to easily part my hair once I've washed it. Now I've got it, I don't know what I'd do without it! This one is the Denman 'dressing out hairbrush' and you can get it from Amazon.





 Handfood Handcream 
This handcream has the most lovely scent and isn't all sticky like most handcreams. It's super moisturising too.



 Cross Earrings 
I got these from River Island, I think in their sale. Being a Christian, they actually hold a meaning for me, rather than just being a cute trend at the moment. They're not too heavy (does anyone else find that even slightly heavy earrings give them a headache?) and look really nice with loosely curled hair.


I hope your October has been full of happy moments too and I'm excited to start getting festive in November!


Amy
xxx







Wednesday, 24 October 2012

How to make your Uni Room home

My current uni room

Your first few weeks after moving into your uni accomodation are crazy. There's something every day and every night and when you come back to your room alone, you can feel very lonely. Making it your little sanctury can help you relax and feel more at home. Here's my tips...

♥ Go shopping for a new duvet cover and pillow set, and pick something that you love, not that you think other people will love. Even places like Tescos do great ones for super cheap
♥ If you've got space in the car, bring some cusions to throw on your bed. They'll make the room so much more cosy
♥  Get some photos printed. I get mine printed at photobox online. If you don't have any fames, you can just pop them on the wall with whitetac (don't use blue-tac, it rips the paint off!)
♥ Bring cute little decorations that you love and place them around your room. Fake flowers in a glass bottle and bunting are some of the things I have that make my room feel like home
♥ Make sure you have the essentials which can be really annoying if you're without them - a little plastic bin, a radio/alarm clock, a desk lamp, a mirror, plenty of hangers and a pen pot

Amy
xxx



Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Clarisonic Review (and my customer service experience story)

Today I was reunited with my Clarisonic! Here's the story...

I bought my Clarisonic Mia from Amazon in January 2012. If you don't know anything about Clarisonics, they are basically an electronic skin-cleansing system, mainly for the face, which aids your skincare routine. You use the brush with your cleanser for 60 seconds, once or twice a day, to "remove 6x more makeup than manual cleansing, reduce appearance of pores, fine lines and wrinkles, and improve skin tone."


With the protective brush cap on
I didn't get it for the purpose of removing fine lines and wrinkles (yet!) but for the claim of reducing pore size, improving skin tone and I'd also heard it was good for keeping oily skin under control and therefore reducing breakouts. I'm also super lazy at removing my make-up and fine it a chore, so wanted this thing to do the work for me.

Initially I used the brush every evening with my cleanser (Garnier Skin Naturals Pure Active Deep Pore Unclog Wash), and found that my skin was getting very red, a little sore, and I was breaking out pretty badly. I'd heard about 'purging'; where the skin is being sort of deep-cleaned, so all the badness is coming to the surface, but this was awful. I started using the Clarisonic every other day instead and after maybe two weeks my skin was back to normal. I continued using it just every other evening, and I slowly began to notice differences:
  • My skin felt softer (I think due to the exfoliating that the Clarisonic does)
  • My moisturiser sank in better
  • My skin was less red, and I had less break-outs
I didn't really notice any difference in pore size, which was annoying as my pores are MAHOOSIVE. euurgh. But it really did deliver on everything else.



And then... Last month my beloved little Clarisonic died. It wouldn't turn on, it wouldn't charge, nothing. I'm ashamed to say I shed a little tear. I'd heard that the customer service from the Clarisonic people was really good though, and all Clarisonics come with a one-year warranty (as long as their bought from a proper seller), so I contacted them via email.
They got back the very next day and said they'd send me a free-post envelope to send my poor little dead Clarisonic back to them in. It took FIFTEEN DAYS for them to get that envelope to me! I'd say that's a pretty long time. Once I'd sent back my Clarisonic, It took another FIFTEEN days for my new one to arrive. Altogether a full month waiting for my replacement.

RIP Clarisonic

During this time, I did find out that Clarisonic was changing hands, the company having been bought by another, which somewhat explains how long I had to wait, but I'd say a month is still really too long.

Did I miss my Clarisonic/see any changes in the month without it?
Definitely. I used an exfoliating scrub every other day instead, but it wasn't the same at all. It took alot longer for me to feel I'd got all the make-up off, and I still evidently hadn't as I broke out a lot more. My skin felt generally oilier too.

Would I recommend the Clarisonic?
Yes! Particularly if you have a problem with oily/combination skin and want a hassle-free way to remove make-up. The UK site is http://www.clarisonic.co.uk/ if you are interested in looking at the different colours and models they do. Now it's time to start using my Clarisonic again, and whilst I'm really not looking forward to that 'purging' stage, it's totally worth it in the long run.


Amy
xxx

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Mac Mineralise Skin Finish in Soft and Gentle – Hyped Product Review


So everyone is always talking about mac mineralise skin finish, and for ages I ignored their gushings about it, passing it off as just another over-hyped product. But the little sheep inside of me finally got the better of me and I found myself pressing the add to cart button. £21 is pretty steep for 10g of product and you can’t help but think of all the other lovely things your hard-earned money could have got you. However, upon taking the first swatch, I was just as besotted as everyone else.

Oh Mac, your packaging is so srummy



Mac products always feel so luxurious, packaged up in their little cosy black boxes. I was a little disappointed at the quality of the inner main packaging though; the plastic feels cheap and the product has little weight when you hold it in your hands.



The product inside fully makes up for any other flaws. I’m sure you know exactly what it’s like by now, but it’s a bronzey-gold pressed powder, in a dome shape in the pan, highly reflective and simply beautiful.


Beatuful Gorgeousness mmmm...
For it’s actually purpose as a highlighter, this is actually the best highlighter I’ve used so far. I’m not a huge fan of liquid and cream highlighters anyway, as I find they interfere with my foundation and don’t really sit right on the skin, and this powder just blends effortlessly into your base. The effect it gives is one of sculpted cheekbones, healthiness, and awakeness! If you use it in the right way it can transform your face of makeup from pretty but dull, into Goddess!

To apply I use the real techniques ‘contour brush’, which I would highly recommend. Be careful not to overdue it, or you can look a bit too metallic!


FINAL VERDICT: The hype is not just hype! Give in and buy one!


Amy
xxx


Monday, 8 October 2012

Revision Tips

I don't think anyone actually enjoys revising. Learning, yes ok, but re-learning and trying to get a ridiculous amount of information to stick in your head somehow, no thanks.
I thought I'd share with you just a few tips I've picked up over the years of revision that hopefully might help :)

1. Organise yourself. 
Do this before you even think about started to revise. Put your work into order, or into subject/module folders. Then you can see what you're missing and also how much you have to revise. This alone normally stops me from panicking too much.

2. Get what you need.
Folders, missing work, post-it notes, some comfortable coloured pens and some notebooks with lined paper.

3. Find your best way of revising.
People really do work in different ways. I personally like to get an overview of every single topic done first and as I do them, pin or stick them on my wall. This gives me a visual aid and I can see how much I have done. Some people prefer to keep everything in one notebook (or one for each module) or to fit everything they know about one topic onto one A4 side of paper. Mindmaps (however 'primary school' this may seem are normally quite good for most people).

4. Past papers.
Ask your teachers or lecturers for these if you can't find them online. They give you practice for the real exam as well as giving you a good idea of what might come up in the exam.

5. Test Yourself/Talk about it.
I find this is one of the best ways to get facts to stick in my mind after doing the outlines and past papers. Don't let yourself look at the work until you've given a question a good go, when testing yourself. Talk over theories you have to learn with your friends (even those who aren't doing the subject) as it helps organise things in your own mind and improves your explanation skills.

6. Don't overwork.
Don't expect to sit at your desk all day! You need breaks. Don't work for more than an hour at a time as your revision won't be as effective.

7. The day before the exam...
Drink plenty of water and go to bed as early as possible. Eat a good meal, a scrummy pasta dish is good if you can. Make sure you have everything you need for your exam (including a water bottle) ready in a bag by the door (one less thing to worry about) and read over simple summaries of work so you don't panic yourself.

I hope this has been of some use to you, Good Luck!


Amy
xxx