When things don’t go to plan; Life update & Blogging Opportunities.

BloggedSo life happened and I haven’t blogged for eight weeks. I planned to have some time off during freshers to settle into my new uni. Little did I know that time would be eight weeks not the allotted two for freshers that I’d had in mind. I have several reasons for this. Despite having posts pre-written and ready to go live. I couldn’t even find the time to hit publish. I’ve been adapting to a completely new lifestyle. I’ve met hundreds of new people, started a load of new social activities and sports, and quite simply, have been enjoying myself far too much.

I’ve not been completly off the blogging radar though. I’ve been keeping up with emails as regularly as I can manage which, a few weeks ago, led me to an exciting opportunity. I’ve been toying with the idea of doing some modeling work for a couple of years now but never really had the confidence or the commitment to pursue it. So when The Perfume Shop got in contact and asked if i’d like to feature in some of their Christmas videos I was so keen. It’s crazy the amount of opportunity that can come from blogging/social media.

Last Wednesday little old me took a train to London, had hair and makeup done and went on set to be filmed. The day, although a little scary, was so much fun as a whole and definitely something I want to do again. I can’t wait to share the videos when they’re out.

The day has also made me realise how much I’ve missed blogging. So no matter how busy I am. I’m scheduling three hours a week to sit down and write blog posts. I already have loads of things planned- especially Christmas based things.

Yes Style Korean Beauty Haul

img_4371img_4372Yay Korean beauty. Way back to a couple of years ago I received a monthly subscription box of Korean beautys and it was the best. I loved trying out all the quirky, unique products that the Koreans offered. When the company closed down I was gutted, and struggled to find anything similar until recently when Yes Style got in contact. They’re an online company selling Korean beauty AND they ship to the UK yas!

I was lucky enough to be able to try out one of their beauty boxes. The first thing I noticed when the box arrived (bar the amazingly cute packaging) is that is was the fullest beauty box I’ve ever received, packed with 10 full sized products.


Included in this box (pictured top left-right, bottom left to right) is: Etude House – Collagen Eye PatchBEAUTY PEOPLE – 10 Seconds Auto Pencil EyelinerBerrisom – Oops Tint Cheek CushionEtude House – Color My BrowsBerrisom – Oops My Lip Tint PackTOSOWOONG – Blackhead & Sebum Out Nose PackLaneige – Lip Sleeping MaskEtude House – Precious Mineral BB Cream Cover & Bright FitMACQUEEN – Creamy Lip Tint, and Tony Moly – I’m Real Mask Sheet.

Having tried some of these brands before I was excited to try out more of their products and equally excited to discover new ones.The things that stuck out most to me were the lip sleeping mask; to be applied before bed time to wake up to fresh, plump lips, and the blackhead pore strips. We have versions of these in England but I’ve always found the Korean versions to be better quality.

I also absolutely love the lip tint pack. It’s like no product I’ve tried before. How it works is you apply a thick layer to your lips, leave for a couple of minutes to dry before peeling off the excess product. Underneath your lips are left tinted to the colour and I mean it when I say it last all day. Although I have a hot pink colour, because it’s just a tint I feel it’s a lot easier to pull off and have been loving wearing this.

Shop Yes Style Korean beauty products here.

*This blog post contains items gifted to me for review. All opinions are my own.

How to survive Freshers week

how to survive freshers weekAfter I hit publish on this i’m taking myself a little holiday from blogging as I go off to uni to enjoy freshers week. This is my second freshers, as well as visiting a few of my friends years previously. I know so many things now that I never thought of when I set off for my first year at uni. Freshers week can be amazing and the best start to the year but if it’s your first one, you may want to think about these few things first:

Don’t have sex with your flatmates

Luckily I don’t know this one from first hand experience, but I know plenty of people who do, and it happens A LOT. Something about being newly away from home, feeling comfortable, and needing comfort etc. It makes sense, but try to resist; unless awkwardly avoiding someone you live with for the rest of the year sounds fun to you.

Look after yourself

It’s sooo easy to get ill during freshers. With lot’s of new people, and germs around it would be easy enough to pick something up, and with the added mix of little sleep and daily alcohol, it’s really common to get ill. Hence the term ‘freshers flu. I got sick in my first year and it sucked. Having to miss out on loads of things I wanted to do was the worst. I even missed out on the sports teams trials and didn’t get to join in all year. I recommend borrocas, a sh*t tone of fruit and veg and try to get at least a little sleep each night.

You don’t have to go to everything

It might seem like if you miss 0ne planned freshers event you’ll loose out on meeting new people and making new memories but that’s really not the case. Like I said, it’s super easy to get sick. Is it really worth missing a whole nights sleep for some party that you’re not even bothered about? You’re at uni, there’s plenty more parties to come.

It’s not all one big piss up

Although it’s often made out to be, freshers is way more than getting drunk and going to clubs every evening. There’s usually lot’s put on by the student Union during the days and chances to get involved with loads of different things. As well as that it’s also a way to make new friends that you share things in common with that aren’t vodka.

I hope everyone leaving for uni this year loves their freshers, and of course the rest of the year. If you’ve already done it, let me know your freshers tips!

Short to long hair transformation with Hot Hair

img_3357If you follow any of my social media accounts you’ll know, from me plastering photos 15x’s a day (apologies) that I am blonde now. It’s a change I’ve been wanting to make for a while, a while being several years, and never thought i’d be able to pull off. After much consideration, googling, and perusing from friends I finally went for it, and, after all that, I think I just about pull it off. In addition to the blonde I decided to add to the dramatic change by getting my hair cut a lot shorter. I went from boob length hair (is there a proper term for that or?) to just below shoulder length. Although I do love this look I have been missing my long hair. After seeing one of many posts about my new look someone from Hot Hair got in touch to see if I wanted to try some of their extensions which I 100% did! I’m now sat writing this feeling like a mermaid with long wavy hair that flows past my belly button. I absolutely love the look and feel of the extensions as well as having longer and thicker hair than I ever have before. If i’d known how easy it was to mimic the look of natural long hair, I would have taken the plunge and had my hair cut short a long time ago.

Intrigued? You should be. Here’s my review of the extensions and where to buy them:

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I’m terrible with hair extensions usually but found these easy enough to get on with. They come in 3 sections. A big one for your main hair then two smaller ones to clip each side. I simply sectioned half my hair and clipped them all in before putting the top of my hair back down to cover up the clips. Because there’s only a few sections with a couple of clips on each piece, it’s easy to hide the clips. I’d find it so embarrassing to be walking around with visible hair extension clips showing but it’s something I see a lot; definitely something to think about when buying extensions.

The extensions I went for come in several different shades so it’s easy to get a colour that matches your natural hair. There’s also the option of human hair (for an extra cost) so that you can dye the extensions to perfectly match your colour.

The extensions are longer than any I’ve tried before, without thinning at the end so they look nice and natural. As you can see from the photos; my hair looks a lot longer and thicker with them in. As they’re synthetic you aren’t able to curl or straighten them, but with the perfect wavy curls they’re already in, that’s not really a problem.

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They arrived in a decent sized wrapped up box which as well as making opening seem like Christmas, it also means you have a handy place to keep the extensions without them getting tangled up and ruined. All together I thought these were decent extensions for a good price. I particularly loved how long they were, much longer and thicker than any extensions i’ve tried previous and at a similar price. They’re available to buy from the Hot hair website for. I also have a 3/4 wig from Hot hair which you can check out on my instagram and pick up for yourself here

LYDC Anna Smith Bag Giveaway

IMG_2734IMG_2733In my latest post I was talking how to find the perfect summer bag, and showing off my very own new Anna Smith bag. You can view the post here (add link) and my tips on size/style and colouring. LYDC have a huge range of bags available for summer and I have one to giveaway! This is the Anna Smith tote bag. I’ve deemed it the perfect summer bag, it’s big enough to accommodate everything you might need on a summers day, including the ‘just in case’ jumper (ugh England). View my previous post to hear about it in more detail or look below to enter via the rafflecopter form. a Rafflecopter giveaway

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