Saturday, 10 February 2018
We're already ten days into February and I've only just now made a blog post. I do have an excuse though which you may already know what it is from the title of this blog post. Third year of university is probably the most stressful year of them all and that's because it's a lot more pressure this year. By the end of third year, all the marks in my assignments goes towards my degree which is kind of the whole point of uni in the first place to get a degree.
Anyway, I'm doing advertising and media studies which many people (the ones who have no idea) think is an easy degree. It's not. It's still just as hard as any other degree. No degree is easy to get. You have to work hard to get it. I have essays and reports to write, I have advertising campaigns to make and I have to complete six advertising briefs while on top of that write a 10,000 word dissertation. All the while not trying to have a mental breakdown and I also need time to eat, sleep, socialise and of course the most important (and most needed) thing is time to relax. Yeah, third year is kind of stressful but I'm slowly getting through it. I'm actually writing this today (Saturday) still in bed (it's 09:44 in the morning) and after I've published this post then I'm going to get ready and actually work on my dissertation so yeah. I have had a relaxing morning so far so it's okay.
Anyway, I just wanted to say that if you're in university, college, school or even working and you're finding it very stressful. It's all going to be okay in the end. You can get through this. Soon it'll be over and if you are stressed just take a step back. Relax. Don't stress yourself out to much. If you're really struggling then talk to someone. Whether it's a parent, sibling, friend, teacher, lecturer boss or just someone you can trust then talk to them. They'll listen to you and they can help you.
So that's all I have to say for now. I just wanted to give you all a little update as to why there has been a lack in blog posts. I'll try to stick to posting every Friday but it is a very busy time for me in third year. Deadlines are coming up and I have assignments plus a dissertation to do which are a priority for me right now as they kind of determine my future so yeah. Bear with me. You'll get a blog post every now and then so I'm not going to completely disappear.
Stay strong because it'll soon be all over and you will finally be able to relax. I'll be back again soon with another blog post.
See you then.
Friday, 19 January 2018
This is something I never thought I'd talk about on my blog. Let alone experience myself.
Being 21 years old and never going on a date or having a boyfriend is kind of sad. I suppose I kind of thought I'd bump into Mr Right unexpectedly while I was out or I'd meet a guy on a night out and we'd instantly hit it off. Trust me I've pictured all the possibilities of how I will meet a man. One thing though that I always struggled with was online dating. I tried going on Tinder once upon a time but I just kind of got intimidated and kept swiping no to every single one because I had very low confidence and also the thought of texting a stranger just made me feel a little shy. All negative thoughts came to mind. "What if he doesn't like the way I look?" "What if we meet up and he thinks I'm ugly?" "What would we even talk about?" You know just the general fears that I assume most people get or is it just me. Who knows?
So long story short, one drunken night at home my friend signed me up to a dating app and created my profile then started talking to guys. Doing the bit I'm most afraid of. Initiating conversation. Although most of the guys started messaging me first and throwing out compliments. Which I'm not going to lie. As a woman who doesn't receive compliments from the opposite sex that often, this was just what I needed and felt so good. Sometimes you just need someone to tell you look gorgeous. Even though you've never met this person. Finally I eventually took the wheel and continued on with the conversations. Let's just say by the next morning I had several snapchats and numbers off some guys. It's quite an experience especially as I've never done it before. Although I've always wanted to know what it feels like getting messages from guys. I know it makes me sad but I suppose it's better late than never.
So yeah, I'm officially on the dating game and yes I do believe this could be the year for me. Maybe I'll find love? Who the heck knows but I'm just going to live in the moment.
Also, another thing which happened was I actually went on my first ever date with one of the guys that I had been talking to for a month and it went really well to the point where he actually stayed at my place after the date so yeah. I surprised myself actually but honestly it felt good to go on a date with a guy and everything just going really well. I've seen him twice since then so who knows what will happen.
Anyway, that's all I have to say about online dating now. Let me know if you have any tips or experiences from online dating n the comments below. I would love to hear them.
I'll be back again with another blog post soon. See you then.
Monday, 8 January 2018
As it is 2018 it's the time to start a fresh and make some changes. One of those changes might be to make yourself more productive on a daily or weekly basis. However, the secret to being productive is of course having the motivation to be productive. Now finding the motivation and actually staying motivated can be quite tricky sometimes but I am here to help you.
Here are my top tips on how to get motivated in 2018:
Sometimes just thinking about the end goal can help you to get motivated. What is the reason you need to be productive? Whether it's doing an assignment, studying for an exam, cleaning the entire house, doing your job etc. Whatever it is that you need to find motivation for. Just think about the end result. Say you're like me at university and have a assignments to do. Obviously my end goal is actually getting a grade on my degree that I know I've worked to the best of my abilities for. The only I can do that is if I do well in my assingments and to do well in them I actually have to do some work. Something like thinking of the end result of being productive can give you that extra bit of motivation you need to do your work.
Whether it's doing the dishes, laundry or tidying a room or even a section of a room. Cleaning can be the key to finding that motivation. Sometimes doing something productive like cleaning can boost my motivation and make me want to do more productive things. Even if all you do is spend some of your time cleaning a room or washing the dishes or doing laundry you're still ticking off a job that you need to do. Cleaning is a daily chore so make it a part of your routine. Wash the dishes three times a day. Hoover and polish every week. Tidy your bedroom everyday (I don't mean full on clean the entire bedroom but organise a section of your room). Just make cleaning a part of your daily routine if it's not already. You will find that motivation to be more productive if you just start cleaning.
These days everyone has their laptops and their phones so sometimes the biggest distraction is going on social media or watching YouTube videos or even just browsing the internet or messaging people. It can be a big distraction so my biggest tip is to go offline. Take your work if you can (even if it's just making notes on a pen and paper for now) offline. Put your phone in aeroplane mode or switch it off so you're not distracted by notifications and hide it away somewhere. Not having the distraction of social media or YouTube or messages can be a big help to actually getting your work done. Just think once you've done plenty of work that day then you can reward yourself with some quality phone time or YouTube time or however it is you like to spend your free time.
This tip is probably more useful for anyone who has assignments or studying to do. If you normally work in your bedroom on your bed or desk and are struggling to find the motivation to do work or get easily distracted then it's probably a good idea to take your work somewhere else. Whether it's to your local library or a cafe somewhere. Just taking it somewhere where you are less likely to get distracted and the only thing you can really do to pass the time is your work then it's perfect. Finding a suitable place to do your work is the key to motivation. Make a day of it. Make yourself some lunch and drink. Get yourself a coffee and pack a backpack of everything you need and just leave your house. It'll get you that motivation you need to get some work done.
I don't mean after doing five minutes of work to give yourself a half an hour break. What I mean is doing say two hours of full blown work then give yourself ten minutes away from your work station to get yourself a drink or eat a snack. Just a moment for your mind to refresh a little then after those ten minutes you can get on with another two hours work. It's also that little bit of motivation knowing after two hours I can just relax for ten minutes. You'll be surprised how the thought of getting a break can motivate you to do more work.
This tip was giving to me by one of my lecturers at uni and it is actually a useful tip when you have work to do because it gives you eight hours to do your work in so you have plenty of time to do. Obviously give yourself some regular breaks every two houts but it will really help you. I know working flat out can be quite daunting or stressful but if you work in a suitable place with barely any distractions then you can do it if you really put your mind to it. Just think afterwards you'll have the whole evening to relax and unwind with no stress or worries knowing you've spent the day being productive.
For me, making to do lists just helps me to organise the work I have to do that day and it's also kind of a forced motivation where I have to force myself to do all the things on the list then I can just relax afterwards. It's also a great feeling when you cross something off your list then once you've crossed the final thing off your list you can be free from your work for the day. Also when making a to do list don't put down loads of things for you to do that day. Make an achievable list with at least three things at the most five things that you know you can do. It also will seem less daunting for you when you see that you can achieve all the things on your list.
Finally, give yourself a decent reward whether it's making your favourite meal for dinner or hanging out with your friends or doing an activity you enjoy like reading a book or playing video games or having a full blown movie night. Just give yourself a reward for doing your work. Just thinking about the treat you'll get once you've done your work is sometimes the perfect motivation to get it done because afterwards you can really enjoy yourself knowing you've earnt it.
So that is all my tips on how to get motivated in 2018. I hope this was helpful to any of you out there lacking motivation. If you have any tips of your own which I have not yet mentioned or if any of these tips were useful to you then let me know in the comments below.
I'll be back again with another post for you soon so I will see you then.
Friday, 5 January 2018
As makeup has become a part of my weekly if not daily basis and I have been sstoring my everyday makeup in a makeup bag I thought why not just show you lovely people what's in my makeup bag because who doesn't love having a nose in other people's things. It's a guilty pleasure and curiousity that all of us share.
Above is my makeup bag which I got for Christmas so I'm not sure where it's from but I think's Primark. However, you can get makeup bags of a similiar style from anywhere really. This is actually a decent size makeup bag and fits all my favourites which I use on a daily basis but it's also the perfect size for travelling if I want to take a bit extra. Plus it looks very cute which is always a bonus.
Now for the contents which is no particular order. I just picked the makeup out so this may be in a random order but who doesn't love the randomness.
Now I thought I'd start of with the biggest things in my make up which are my two Makeup Revolution Eyeshadow Palettes. Now I thought I'd talk about both of these here because they are both by the same brand. The first one with all the triangle shaped eyeshadow shades is an exlusive one called the Revohollic Palette and it is from the Makeup Revolution Beauty Advent Calendar and this was the last product on day 25. Needless to say the day I got this I have been loving it. It has nude shades which I absolutely love but it also has glittery shades as well so it is perfect for everyday wear but also for those days where you're feeling fancy with eyeshadow and want to make your eyes sparkle. The second palette is called Girl Panic and again I really like this palette because it has nude shades as well as some glittery shades so it's perfect for any occasion. I would highly recommend getting these palettes and they are perfect for travel.
Now here is another Makeup Revolution product (there's kind of a theme here isn't there) and this is the Renaissance Day Paltte and this is a really great little eye shadow palette to travel with because it has all the nude shades you want and a little brush as well. It's perfect for suttle but elegant make up. The pgmentation is also really great. This is my favourite nude shade palette that I've tried and would recommend if you love a nude eye look.
I've talked about this eyeshadow duo before but it is the Natural Collection duo eyeshadow in the shade Mocha/Latte. Honestly this is such an affordable eye shadow duo and the pigmentation is really good quality as well. As you can tell from this post so far that I do like my nude shades so this is just really great. It's perfect for school, uni or even work and you can carry it anywhere with you.
Onto eyebrows now and this is the Makeup Revolution Focus & Fix Eyebrow Shaping Kit in the shade Light/Medium. I know I've mentioned Makeup Revolution a lot in this post and this is not a sponsored post but I just really love their products. They are so affordable and such good quality too it's a really great brand. As you can tell from the picture this is a well used eyebrow product because I've hit pan. It's the perfect shade if you have dark blondish eyebrows and your eyebrows do look good afterwards.
Another eyebrow product which I love is the Freedom Duo Brow Powder in the shade blonde. This is a great brow product because it has good pigmentation but it's not too much if you know what I mean. It's a suttle brow and perfect if you're new to doing your eyebrows. I don't like overdoing my brows so I really like this product as it's not too much but it's an improvement to your brows. Personally I'm someone who prefers powder for my eyebrows over anything else.
A singule eyeshadow I have in my makeup bag is the No7 StayPerfect Eye Shadow in the shade truffle. It's a really nice nude shade and it looks good on it's own. Again if you're someone who likes your nudes then give this product a try. It's a little bit shimmery but it's not too much shimmer so it'll look good for everyday use as well as for a more glamourous look.
Onto my favourite powder, this is the Collection Lasting Perfection Ultimate Wear Powder in the shade Medium. I really like this powder because it sets my concealer and foundation. It also comes with a little mirror and sponge so it's great for travelling too. You can't really go wrong with powders, I just really like this one.
Onto blush now and this is the Miss Sporty InstaGlow Blusher in the shade luminious beige and I absolutely love this blush. It's a really suttle blush and looks very natural. It has a bit of shimmer in it but it's not that obvious. It just gives a nice glow to the cheeks and I would recommend to anyone looking for a suttle blush on their cheeks.
For highlighter I like using the MUA Undress Your Skin Shimmer Highlighter in the shade Pink Shimmer. Again this a really suttle so it's perfect for everyday wear and works well with blusher. It comes out really nicely on the skin so if you're looking for a suttle highlighter then I'd recommend this.
By far the best mascara ever is the Maybelline Lash Sensational Lash Multiplying Mascara and this is the waterproof version but it is really great. It doesn't smudge and it makes your lashes look amazing. You can have really suttle lashes or you can go all out with this mascara to make them look like fake lashes. This mascara is perfect for whatever you're in the mood for with your lashes and for any occasion. Definitely check it out.
Back to eyebrows now and to set my eyebrows after putting powder on them is with an eyebrow gel. This is Barry M's Take A Brow Shape & Define Brow Gel in a clear shade (it was a clear shade but I've used it so much that it changed colour). This is perfect for setting your brows and it keeps their shape longer in my opinion. It also dries really quickly so you don't have to worry about your brows smudging.
This is another product from the Makeup Revolution Beauty Advent Calendar and it is an eye primer. I'm going to be honest I don't use eye primer a lot but when I did use this I had no complaints. It worked well and made my eyeshadow a little smoother. I don't really have a lot to say about eye primer but yeah. If you like eye primer then go for it.
I don't use a lot of eyeliner but when I do use it I like to put it on my waterline. This is the Maybelline Crayon Khol in black and it's perfect for your waterline so if you're someone who likes putting pencil eyeliner on your waterline then give this a try. I do like this eyeliner product and it's the only one I use.
If you're looking for a good concealer for under your eyes then I would highly recommend this one. It's Collection's Illuminating Touch Brightening Concealer in the shade Naked 1. It really works wonders for dark circles. You can use it by itself with a bit of powder to set it or for an extra touch then you can put another concealer above it and your under eye dark circles will be covered.
Now I know I have two of the same concealers but you can never have enough concealer in my opinion. I really like the Miss Sporty Perfect Stay Liquid Concealer in the shade Light. It's a really good concealer and works just as well as the Lasting Perfection Concealers (which is the next product). Would highly recommend.
Now, you don't need me to tell you how good the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer is because every other beauty guru in the blogging and YouTube community will tell you how good it is and they are not wrong. This is probably my most used product ever so if you have not yet tried this concealer then you really need to. It's the best.
Onto a primer now which like with the eye primer I don't use a lot or I'll use it for special occasions where I want my make up to last a while. This is the Collection Primed & Ready primer and it feels good on my face and when I have put it on my makeup has lasted a while. It's also a really affordable primer so definitly try it out if you can.
The final product in my makeup is a lip product and it is Rimmel's Lasting Finsih by Kate lipstick in the shade 03 and this is a really nice nude shade. It's moisturising and dries really quickly. It's perfect for any occasion so if you like wearing nude lipsticks then give this a try.
Anyway, that is everything in my makeup bag. I hope you enjoyed this post and it gave you some ideas on what to get makeup wise if you want some new products. Let me know what your is your favourite product in your makeup bag in the comments below.
I'll be back again soon with another post so I'll see you then.
Monday, 1 January 2018
Happy New Year!
It's the start of something new!
I can't quite believe that 2017 is over and it is now 2018. That's just crazy. For me 2018 is kind of a big year and I'm hoping it's going to be my year. I'm finishing my final year of university this year and hopefully graduating. I'm also going to be practising driving in the summer and hopefully passing my test. I'm also offically going to be an adult and no longer a student. Sad times.
Anyway, I thought I'd share with you all some of my goals that I have for 2018.
Here we go:
1. Complete university and get my degree
Now this is an achievable goal because I will be completing university this year and hopefully getting my degree at the end of it. I just thought I'd start this list of goals with something I know I can do so that at least I'll achieve at least one of my goals this year. Although I do try want to complete all of them if I can.
2. Have an after uni plan
Like so many students in university, we get hit with this question on a monthly or weekly basis. "What are you going to do after university?" and the answer which tends to follow this question is a very simple, straightforward answer: "I don't know." Now this year I actually do want to have an after uni plan that I'll be proud to tell people and also make leaving uni less frightening for me when the time happens knowing I have a plan in place for it.
I do want to travel this year and try new things. Whether it's around my very own country or abroad I just want to go somewhere different. Just have new experiences and travelling somewhere can make that happen. Whether it's by car, bus, train or aeroplane I feel like travelling somewhere new will be an experience in itself.
4. Blog More
Now I'm not going to lie. 2017 was a very disappointment year for my blog. I took a very long and unexpected blogging break. I kind of lost the motivation to blog and I felt like the blog posts I was writing were not good enough. I think I set a rather unachievable goal at the start of the year to make 200 blog posts. Maybe it was the pressure that got to me I don't know but I'm going to be blogging more. Maybe even make a post more than once a week. Who knows. However, I am going to set a goal I know I can achieve because I have done it in the past and that is in 2018 I'm going to make 100 blog posts. So this year you'll be hearing from me at least 100 times. I know I can do this because I have reached over 100 blog posts one year and nearly the year before that so I know I can do it and I will do it for you all. So keep your eyes on this blog as more blog posts will be coming at you.
5. Declutter Stuff
Now this is actually a random one but it is actually something I need to do and this year I plan to do it. As I'm moving out of my student house this year I've sort of gathered a lot of stuff and I feel like if I leave the decluttering all in May and June before I move out then I might get a little stressed and attached to things so in January and February I'm going to declutter my stuff. It's going to be during my breaks during my assingments (I know I live an exciting student life). What I mean is that I have a few bits and bobs that I've kept in my life as a sort of just in case. I have some boxes under my bed filled with a lot of these just in cases and quite frankly. I don't need them so my plan is to declutter all this stuff so that by the time moving out day comes it can be so much easier knowing I don't have much pointless junk. I recommend you to do this do. I'm sure you have some stuff that you're just hoarding just in case. Try to declutter your bedroom at least because I can gurantee you have stuff under your bed or on top of the wardrobe or in drawers that you do not use but have a very specific just in case to keep it. I may do an entire blog post about decluttering because I have some much more to say on it. Also declutter your emails too. I'm sure you get loads of promotional emails and spam emails that you always end up deleting. Declutter them. Unsubscribe from emails. That way when you get an email it won't be a pointless one and you don't have to go through the hassle of deleting them. Yet those promotional spam emails always seem to find their way to your inbox. Oh well. Try to declutter as best you can.
6. Just have fun
This one I'm going to try and make an effort to do because I like having fun and being happy. It's a really great feeling. Honestly, I'd rather have a fun life than a boring life so I'm going to try and make the effort to just have fun. Maybe even try new hobbies or actually making plans to do stuff rather than just sitting at home all day. I plan to get up and leave the house everyday. Even if it's just to go for a really long walk. At least I'm doing something. I spend way too many hours inside sometimes or even days on end and honestly it gets to a point where it becomes boring. Yet I always feel great after going outside for a walk. I feel like I'm actually doing something with my life rather than wasting. I recommend to you all reading this now to do the same. Don't waste your days on social media or inside all day. Go outside everyday. Go for a walk. Go to the shops. Go for coffee. Go somewhere. Anywhere. Maybe visit a new place. Catch a train or a bus somewhere. Do something different and unexpected. Whether you do it alone or with someone. At least you're doing something and making the most of your life. I can gurantee it'll improve your mental health and yourself. Make this year different to the rest. Make it a fun year and not a boring year filled with regret. Just start living.
Anyway, that's all my goals I have for 2018. I don't want to get carried away by setting more goals because I probably won't achieve them then I'll be disappointed. I think though this year I've set some rather achievable goals which I know I can do if I put my mind to it. It's up to me to do them and nobody else. Already by setting these goals I feel positive about this year. I can already feel that this year is going to be a very good year. As the title of this post suggests. It is the start of something new and I plan on trying new things. I already have something new that I'm trying this year which I'm excited about. I'm going to see a live stage show alone but I'm going to see my favourite YouTubers: Dan and Phil. I'm so excited for it and I know that'll be experience that I can gurantee will make a great blog post. So take my advice and try new things. Make this year count. As everyone says you only live once so live a fun life and not a boring one.
I'm also going to leave an image of my current page views (as it was when I screenshotted it on the 31st December 2017) just so I can look back at this post in a years time just to see how much my blog has grown. I think it'll be interesting to see.
All I have to say now though is: Here's to 2018!