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

*Terms and conditions

“Giveaway ends September 24th at 11:59 PM. Open to Residents of the UK and Ireland only.  Prizes cannot be shipped to PO Boxes.  Winner will be selected by random and be notified by email. The selected winner has 48 hours to respond before a new winner is selected. I will make every effort to assist you obtaining your prize but cannot be liable for prizes lost during transport. The product offered for the giveaway is free of charge, no purchase necessary. My opinions are my own and were not influenced by any form of compensation.  Twitter, Google+ Instagram and Pinterest are in no way associated with this giveaway.  By providing your information in this form, you are providing your information to me and me alone.  I do not share or sell information and will use any information only for the purpose of contacting the winner.

 

SkinXL Lip Plumper Review

SkinXL limp plumperPlump looking lips are my biggest obsession right now. Lips are a huge part of your appearance and having full lips can be such a striking look.  I’ve been over-drawing, scrubbing my lips with a toothbrush, the works. I won’t lie, I have looked into lip fillers but the pain, the expense, the risk; it seems like too bigger deal. Lip plumper products didn’t even cross my mind until  SkinXL got in contact to see if i’d like to try their lip plumper gloss. Of course I did a hugee amount of research before trying (mainly because of excitement). The thing I was most excited about is the promised instant effects. If you want plump lips, you want them now, right?

So once it arrived I sat down (read the instructions) applied, and waited for my lips to grow! The first thing I noticed was the appealing fruity scent, followed by a slight tingling of the lips. This wasn’t uncomfortable but noticeable, and lasted about 5 minutes. Once the tingling had past I sat down to appreciate the results. The product itself is super glossy and makes your lips look instantly bigger before the plumping even starts, and the after effects are even better. The product works by drawing moisture in from the surrounding air to plump up your lips and give them a fuller appearance. The result is really natural and yet noticeable. I was really happy with the products results.SkinXL lip plumper before and after

The gloss is meant to work its magic for 6-8 hours which I was pretty happy with but if you want longer, it’s easy to top up. As well as plumping the product works to hydrate the lips so there’s no worry about damaging your lips, which makes me so much happier to apply it regularly. It can be used with your own lip product over the top for an even more dramatic result.

Want to try some for yourself? It’s available for purchase on the SkinXL website here.

*Sponsored content- All opinions are my own.

Why I never post more than 3 times a week

 

Ah another rambling post that may or may not have a point to it. Is it bad that these are becoming one of my favourite to write? Today’s post is a fitting one seeing as I haven’t been blogging much lately. I’ve seen an abundance of posts plastered around social media lately all based around blogging everyday: ‘how to daily blog’, ‘ideas for blogging everyday’, etc. For a while these made me feel like poo… They got me down because I know there’s no way I’d be able to daily post, not now, not ever. It seems everyone bar me manages to get daily content up, and their blogs thrive from it. For me, it’s just not realistic. Here’s why and why I won’t feel bad about it anymore:

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My Life is crazy

I’m 20 years old, have limited responsibilities and I like to think of myself as pretty spontaneous. A couple of weeks ago I planned a last minute, week long holiday. Today I decided I fancied a bit of time in London. I leave tomorrow and am yet to buy a return ticket. Have I planned blog posts? Oops nope. There’s a chance I can get a couple written up in time but if not? So what, I want to be able to enjoy myself whilst away and not fret about post schedules.

Blogging isnt not a job for me

For some people blogging is a job. As fun as that sounds and as rewarding as that probably is, it’s not for me. If your sole income comes from writing and publishing content you probs ought not to miss a couple of days but me, I can. Although I make a small income from my site it’s really more of a hobby, and who wants to force themselves into a hobby when they don’t feel like it?

It just doesn’t work out

Despite not really wanting to daily blog I have tried it on several occasions. Not even daily blogging, just 4 or 5 times a week and it still doesn’t work out. Some people may be able to tap out a new post of an idea they’ve just had in 15 minutes or so but I can’t. For example this post has been sat in my drafts for weeks before I finally found the inspiration to develop my notes into literate sentences. Rushing my writing just doesn’t work for me.

So should I feel bad about not daily blogging? No. Should anyone who blogs for a hobby? Nope. As admirable as it is that some people can hold down a full time job whilst blogging daily, it’s not something we should all do. Plenty of blogs are still popular without masses of new content. It’s about quality not quantity!