Sunday, 15 October 2017
You know what I've always wanted to do for Christmas ever since I started watching beauty videos on YouTube. A beauty advent calendar.
I've always grown up with a chocolate advent calendar every year and I never saw any different until I watched beuaty videos now I did look into it before but they were always so expensive. I didn't really think about this year until I saw that Make Up Revolution were doing one. Now I love Make Up Revolution products. I love their products that they make so the thought of having one of their beauty advent calendars made me excited. Now originally it was about £50 on Superdrug but then they brought the price down to £30 which is quite reasonable considering you get 25 of their products. That's what drew me more to it because some calendars were only doing twelve days of Christmas and they were way too expensive. I was sure I would be getting my moneys worth if I paid for one which was about £50. That's why I was tempted to buy the Makeup Revolution one because it was £30 which is still quite expensive however you are getting your money's worth and your getting products for your face, eyes and lips so I just thought why not get it while it's on offer for £30.
Long story short. I got it and here is what it looks like.
I know it's way to early to be thinking about Christmas but this is honestly the best thing ever and I'm so glad I got it. I ordered it online and it came in like three days. The packaging is so pretty. It makes me so happy because this is my first beauty advent calendar and the fact that it is by one of my favourite make up brands makes me so happy. I can't wait for Christmas where I'll be getting not just chocolate every morning but a new make up item. How cool is that? I just have to keep it in a safe spot in my room until December 1st but honestly it's so tempting to just open all the doors now. I know I'll regret it so I'll just keep it in hiding until December 1st. I was actually thinking for the build up to Christmas that I'll make a post everyday on each of the products I get each day and do a little review. I'll make other blog posts in Decmber besides these reviews but I just thought it would be an interesting idea to do. I may even just do a round up each week or every five days and show you the five products and my review of them. Let me know if you'd like that. You have plenty of time until Decmeber 1st to decide.
Anyway, that's all I have to say now. This will be probably my only Christmas related post for at least a month as it's too early to start thinking of Christmas. We still have Halloween to go. If you are considering getting a beauty advent calendar then I suggest you start looking now as the prices will probably go up the closer we get to December so try and see if any are on special offer now.
That's all I have to say for now. I'll be back again soon with another post. See you then.
Saturday, 14 October 2017
Something happened yesterday which I did not expect but it honestly made me feel so happy and it involved this blog.
I was looking at my blogging stats and I saw that my most popular post was my Dissertation Tips post. Now I knew that already because last week it had about 100 page views (which by the way made me super happy to see that so many people viewed it). I thought that itself was an achievement. I've never gotten up to 100 page views on a post before but it made me so happy that people were taking the time to view that particular post and maybe some even took on board some of my advice. I mean it helped me a bit that my own university promoted the post so that boosted views.
Anyway, back to yesterday I was looking at the stats of this blog and I found that the Dissertation Tips post had over 2000 page views. I was in complete shock. That is crazy. I never thought any of my posts would ever get to a 1000 page views let alone 2000. It just means a lot that people actually take the time out of their day even if it's just for a minute to view a post which I have created and potentially read through it. It just means a lot. I know I'm just a little blogger who just writes these posts because it's a fun hobby to do and I like how people can read what I say. Normally, I get a sense of an achievement when over 20 people have viewed my blog post but to have 2000 people view it is just unbelievable.
I just wanted to make this post today just to say thank you to anyone who has ever taken the time to actually read a blog post of mine or just check out my blog. Whether you've been around for a while or have just arrived. Thank you so much. This just makes me want to continue making more blog posts for you all. Maybe I won't get as high page views as my Dissertation Tips post but getting at least 20 page views means a lot to me so thank you. I really appreciate it.
Friday, 13 October 2017
Believe it or not you can have a very simple make up routine in only six steps. It's very simple and minimalistic. You can use it for work or school or just days when you're not feeling like putting on so much make up but you still want some make up. It's also so quick and easy to do.
Here we go:
Step 1 - Concealer. Use the concealer under the eyes and any spots and blemishes that you may have. You don't even need foundation and this is more of a natural make up look. Sometimes I find it's too obvious you have make up on when you have foundation but with concealer you're just putting it on the parts which really need it. My favourite concealer to use is Collection Lasting Perfection concealer in the shade Fair 1. I absolutely love this concealer and would highly recommend it to anyone.
Step 2 - Powder. I like to use powder to set my concealer but also it feels like a little base but not an overwhelming base like a foundation might be. Your face can still breathe but it still feels like you're in a way airbrushing your face of all the spots and blemishes but you'll still look natural. A powder I've been loving recently is another by collection and it's thei Lasting Perfection Powder in the shade Fair. I actually really like this powder as it gives that little bit extra rather than it being a setting powder. It just works well with the concealer and would recommend it.
Step 3 - Blusher. Now after you've set your face you will want to add a bit of colour to it just so you don't look like a ghost. I prefer to use a blusher rather than a contour as it looks more natural if you add a bit of colour to your cheeks. I like to use the Miss Sporty Insta Glow blusher in the shade luminious beige because it's a natural blush colour. It's not too pink but it's pigmented that you can see a colour in your cheeks.
Step 4 - Eye Shadow. For the eye shadow I like to keep it very simple and natural. I love using a brown with a white nude colour to go with it and I just keep it simple really. I don't hassle with the whole blend it into the crease stuff. I just put the brown over the eye lid then then blend the white nude colour on top. It's just quick and easy sometimes especially if you're in a rush. My most used eyeshadow duo is the Natural Collection eye shadow duo in the shade Mocha/Latte. It's so pigmented and so affordable as well. You can get it from Boots and I would highly recommend. I used this for school but I recently purchased it in the summer and I have not stopped using it since. Definetly check it out if you're in to your nude eyeshadows.
Step 5 - Mascara. With masacara I prefer to use a waterproof mascara because it lasts a lot longer and it doesn't smudge as much. The mascara I use is one which I never really used before until this year because I know a lot of people were talking about it and it costs about £8 and I wasn't really keen to spend that much on a mascara but now I understand why people get it and it is amazing. It's the Maybelline Waterproof Lash Sensational and it is the best. I have quite long lashes but this mascara just makes them more volumising. It actually looks like I have fake lashes on. It's that amazing. It's also buildable so you can keep it more natural with one or two strokes but you can build it up to make it more volumous which is why I love it so much.
Step 6 - Lips. For lips I tend to only ever use nude lipsticks because I find over colours don't suit me plus I like some of lip products I use. I'll give you two options which I have been loving recently which I would highly suggest you check out. The first one is Makeup Revolution Rose Gold lipstick in the shade chauffeur. If you're looking for a natural nude lip which is not to OTT but still makes a difference to your lips then this is the one for you. I have been loving this lipstick and the colour. It also feels moisturising and just looks so good on. It's only £3 as well so it is a bargain. The next one I would recommend is the Collection Velvet Kiss Lip Cream in the shade caramel. If you're looking for something a bit extra but still quite natural lip colour then this is perfect. It's a mattefying lip cream and I've found it dries really quickly on your lips. It's just perfect for that little bit extra on your lips. Again this is about £3 so it is a bargain. Would definetly recommend these lip products.
I hope you enjoyed this very simple make up routine. This is something I tend to do on a daily basis so I'm happy to share it with you guys. Let me know if you use any of these make up products or maybe you have a better alternative. I wanna know.
Anyway, I'll be back again soon with another blog post.
See you then.
Wednesday, 4 October 2017
I'm officially an adult.
I can't believe that I am now 21 years old today. It's crazy how life just goes by in a flash. I still remember when I turned 18 that I thought that's when I was an adult but really it's this moment right now. A twenty one year old. I know last year I was twenty but for some reason that's not really a special birthday. It's all about being 21 years old. I suppose it's because in some places that's the legal drinking age but in the UK the legal drinking age is 18 years old. I suppose in a way it makes sense that this is my step into adult hood because this is my final year of university so in the summer I will no longer be a student. I'll be a young adult who shouldn't be relying on her parents anymore.
Being 21 means the start of my life. I need to start making the life I want to live without the reliance of anyone. I need to stand on my own two feet and just start living.
I thought I would share with you 21 things I've learned as a 21 year old. Here we go:
1. It's okay to make mistakes
2. It's okay that you haven't found love yet
3. Not everyone will like you
4. Some times you're going to have a bad day or week or maybe even a month
5. You can do things on your own
6. Forgive but don't forget
7. Try to message first because at least you tried
8. Being yourself is better than being someone you're not
9. Stop caring about what other people think
10. Stop overthinking situations
11. Stop blaming yourself
12. Do what makes you happy
13. Nobody is perfect
14. Being single is great
15. Stop looking back and look forward
16. Mums know best
17. Coffee is an essential
18. Stop chasing people
19. Impulse decisions are the best
20. Colouring is definetly relaxing and fun
21. It's my birthday. I'm going to celebrate it how I want to celebrate it.
Anyway, that's all I have to say about my 21st Birthday. I'm going to stop typing and actually go celebrate it now. As my blog is a part of my life I just kind of wanted to let you know that today is my birthday. I hope you all have a great day whether it's your birthday or not. Just have a great day. I have a favourite photo which I love posting on my birthday but honestly I should really start living my life by this quote which I am going to share with you guys.
Here's to being 21!
Monday, 2 October 2017
I know I said in my last post that I'd make a post after my lecture at two but you know I had some thoughts and feelings as well as talks with my friends about this year. Mostly about this looming dissertation which I was freaking out about. However, I've figured out a way to make less stressful and more easier than what I was originally anticipating. I thought I'd share the advice I've learned with you guys to help you as well as a reminder to myself on how to get through the dreaded dissertation.
1. Break It Down
I know a dissertation is a lot of words. In my uni, the minimum word count is 8,000 words and the maximum word count is 10,000. That is a lot of words to write and it just seems like so much. However, if you break the word count down month by month, section by section then you'll realise that it might be easier than you originally thought. For example I set a goal to get 4,500 words done by Christmas. How I broke that down is by splitting the word count for the three months. That'll be 1500 words each month. However if you split it down again for the 4 weeks and then again by the days you plan to work on it. For me I have planned to work on my dissertation three days a week. I have planned to write 375 words a week which if you split that into three days is 125 words per day. That's a pretty reasonable target if you think about it. Plus you can have days where you can write more than that so you'll be closer and closer to completing the word count. If you just break the word count up a bit it doesn't seem so bad.
2. Choose a topic you'll enjoy writing about
You're going to be spending a lot of time writing about this particular topic so you may as well make it about something you enjoy. Although once you're finished with your dissertation you may hate the topic at the end. However, just try to find a topic which you are interested in. I know you can make a dissertation about anything but honestly make it a bit relevent to your course because it'll look good knowing you're doing your dissertation which is something relevent to your course.
3. Make a schedule
Like I said earlier about breaking it down. Set yourself some goals to achieve. Like I've put write 1500 words per month and 375 words a week. I know it may seem like a lot but it's really not and you may as well do it. The deadline may be in 6 months time but it'll go by in a flash and suddenly the deadline is a week away. Just work at it and soon that word count will be going up. It's better to be one step ahead and prepared because things can happen so just get a head start. Also don't forget you have other assignments so try to fit them into your schedule.
Make yourself a little plan before your first meeting with your dissertation supervisor and have a plan. Maybe give them a list of topics you're thinking of doing and have a list of all the things you can research and develop. If you go to that first meeting with ideas then your supervisior can help you decide what topic to do and what direction to go in then you're already one step ahead because you can already start working on it and doing some research.
5. Make as much use of your supervisior as you can
Your supervisor is there to help you and they will offer you some guidance as well as look at your work. If you keep showing your supervisor that you are making progress every week then that shows them that you care about this dissertation and want to get a good grade at the end of it. Another thing is to talk to other people. Talk to your friends, family. Don't struggle alone. I know there's probably going to be a moment in this process where you'll have a mental breakdown but just remember you are not alone. There are plenty of other students who are in the same boat as you doing dissertations but also your friends and family will support you too. They don't want to see you stressed out and miserable. They will help you if you ask. Don't go at this alone because you won't get very far.
6. Hit the books
Not literally but seriously you need to get some books out on how to actually do a dissertation. These books can help you with the layout as well as some research methods which could be useful to you. Also get some books about the topic you're doing because you're going to need to know some background information plus it'll be useful to you. I know these days everything is easy accessible online but you're going to need a variety of sources so if I was you. I'd go to the library.
7. Reward yourself
It's all very well to lock yourself in your bedroom and work flatout on this dissertation but seriously it won't get it done any faster. Take breaks. Work for two hours then take a ten to fifteen minute break. Give yourself a reward like if I get 200 words written today I can go hang out with my friends or go shopping or watch an episode of the TV show I'm watching. Just give yourself little rewards as it's some motivation for you to work on your dissertation. Just do it.
Anyway, that's all the tips I have for a dissertation. Good luck to anyone who does have to a dissertation this year. We can get through this together. However, this tips can be applied to other assignments so I hope they were helpful to you reading this.
I'll be back again on Wednesday with a very exciting post as it's my 21st birthday and I've prepared a little post to publish on that day so stay tuned for that.
All I have to say now though is see you soon.
Saturday, 30 September 2017
Sorry I haven't really blogged much this week but I've been busy trying (and failing) to organise my life. As you may notice from the title I am back in university. Well, it's still Freshers Week at the moment but still I'm in my university house ready for my third and final year. I haven't really done much for Freshers Week because my housemates have placements and none of the events really interested me. On Tuesday there was meant to be a foam party with Kem from Love Island but they cancelled the foam for next Wednesday (my birthday actually) but Kem from Love Island still came for a meet and greet so I got a photo with him which was pretty cool. It's not everyday you meet someone you watched on the telly. Anyway, me and my friends still had a dance and afterwards we got food as our student bar has a burger van outside of it which is literally the best thing ever.
So yeah, I also went to the Freshers Fair and got loads of freebies which is great. Freebies is always fun when you're a student. I went to the library afterwards and got books out for the dreaded dissertation. I'm slightly freaking out about it because I found out the deadline for it and it's slowly becoming very real. I may make some notes and have a plan ready for my first dissertation meeting just so I'm prepared with a topic to research. I feel like that's the first step that you want to get out of the way is choosing the actual topic as well as actually having reasons for choosing the topic and a mini plan on what you're going to do. It doesn't have to be the exact plan you do because it can be altered as time goes on but having a start up plan which you can go by is probably better than nothing.
I'm actually feeling both nervous and excited. A part of me is nervous because I want to do well in my final year but there's also so much pressure to have an after uni plan which I currently don't have. Yeah, I may need to do some thinking in the next few weeks and just figure out my life.
It's also my birthday on Wednesday which is crazy because I'll be twenty one. Officially an adult. That's freaking me out as well. However me and my friends have made plans for my birthday which I'm excited about and can't wait to share with you. I also get a day off from lectures on Wednesdays and Thursdays which is literally the best news ever.
Anyway, that's all I have to say for now. I'll probably update you guys on Monday to share how my first lecture went. Although it doesn't start until two which again is amazing because it means on Mondays I get a lie in. How cool is that?
All I can say now is good luck to any of you who are in university, college or even school. Make the most of the academic year because you could be like me where it is your final academic year. So just make it a good one and just do your best.
I'll be back again probably Monday evening with another post about my first lecture of the year.
See you then.
Wednesday, 20 September 2017
I was just sitting at my mum's dining room table this morning. Home alone and surrounded by laundry as well as the remains of what I had for a breakfast. An empty bowl and half a mug of lukewarm coffee (which I will still drink because coffee.) Here's a picture of my current view right now.
Yeah. This is literally my view right now. It's not the standard Instagram worthy blogging photo but oh well. It's real. It may not be perfect but this is currently what I'm living as I write this. If you're wondering why I'm sitting here and not in my bedroom is because I was eating my breakfast here while on my laptop but also because I'm actually waiting for an amazon delivery which is for my friend back at university. Her birthday was in August but I'm not seeing her until I go back to university in a few days time so yeah. I'm actually writing this post on the 12th September at eleven o'clock in the morning but you won't see this post until the week I go back to university which is actually on the next Monday after this post goes up. This may or may not make sense to you but it makes sense to me. Sort of.
Anyway, I didn't necessarily want to make this post about me. Even though I kind of just did but actually I wanted to talk about blogging. Now I've mentioned many times about how much I love blogging. Just look at previous posts to do with blogging which I've done and you'll see. I mean obviously I love blogging because I'm making this random post which may not interest anyone really but I'm still writing it because this is my blog and I can write whatever I want. That's the thing about blogging. Anyone can blog about anything. It doesn't matter really. As long as the person blogging is happy with what they're writing then that's all that really matters.
For all you readers who are thinking of starting a blog or even newish blogger who are just starting out. Just go for it. Write about something your passionate about. Maybe look at other blogs for inspiration. Maybe take an idea of someone else's blog post but make it original and about you. There's loads of routes you can go down for blogging. You can start a beauty blog, a travel blog, a food blog, a lifestyle blog. Anything really. Mine is just a simple lifestyle blog but I write about all sorts of things. The main thing for me is that I'm enjoying it. I get a satisfaction when I'm typing out a blog post and it's coming along nicely. It makes me more happy to know that I've planned my posts ahead of when I actually post them. At the moment I have five blog posts scheduled to be published which makes me super happy. I used to never be this organised with my blog before. I used to just make a post then post it the very same day with no real plan for other posts.
That's a thing maybe new bloggers who are coming into blogging and all bloggers should do. Just make a few posts ahead of time and when you have a reasonable amount like five or six blog posts which are pretty much ready to be published then publish them within time then you can create more blog posts ahead of schedule. This means that if you have one of those days where you're just not in the mood to blog but you haven't updated your blog in a few days then you can just post one of your blog posts which you created a while ago when you did have the motivation to blog. Just create some back up blog posts for yourself when you have days when you don't feel like blogging but you want to show your readers that you are consistent with your blog. If you're consistent with your blog and post regularly then you'll probably get more readers because they know you are regular uploader and may just stick around to read your blog more. Try to also make some of your posts relatable to your readers. For example I'm a university student so I give my own advice and tips about university to my readers because I've experienced it and I can gurantee that some of my readers are probably students who may find my advice helpful or they are just interested in what I have to say. Just make your blog about you. It's your blog. The more personal to the writer the blog is the better. It shows originality and that you're not some blogger who posts like every other blogger. Blog some original stuff but if you are at a loss or have blogger's block then do a post which other bloggers have done but add your own take on it. Don't just copy. Be original in what you write.
Anyway, this was just a random post on my thoughts and feelings recently about blogging which I thought I'd share. There's no real purpose to it but I hope some of you enjoyed reading and maybe took something from it. Thank you by the way if you do take the time to read my blog posts. It means a lot to me that people take the time to look at my blog and read a post I've written. Just recently I saw my blog had passed over 13,000 page views which is just crazy to me but I am so grateful. I've seen that the majority of you come from the UK, USA, Russia, Germany, France, Portugal, Ireland and many more places across the world. I can't actually believe that other people from different countries have actually seen my blog. Whether you've read one post or a few of my posts. It means a lot to me and I plan on continuing to make posts on this blog for you all wherever you are in the world. I just want to say to you all reading this: Thank you. It means a lot.
All I have to say now though is I'll be back soon with another blog post. Probably on Monday as that's when I return to my university house and it's the start of my third year journey which I am both nervous and excited about. I'll definitely update you all about.
See you then.
Monday, 18 September 2017
Ah Autumn! (Or as some people call it Fall)
I just love this time of the year. As much as I love the summer break and the warm weather. I personally prefer the Autumn/Winter time of the year.
I suppose I like September because it's like the start of the academic year. It's like a new beginning and I guess I kind of like being distracted by university as I'm doing productive things rather than just barely doing anything. Although I've just realised that this will techinally be my last academic year as it is my final year of university. That actually feels so weird to me. I've been in education since I was about four and I have not had a break from it. When I finished sixth form two years ago, I went straight from their to university. I didn't take a gap year before uni so it's kind of weird that this is actually my last academic year. I suppose it might not be because I might decide to do a Master Degree later on but for now this is it. My final year of education. (Unless I somehow screw it all up and have to redo the year. Hopefully not.)
However, the start of the academic year is not the only reason why I like Autumn. It's the weather and clothing side of things to do. I'm not going to lie. I absolutely love wearing jumpers, hoodies, coats and basically wrapping up warm. It's less pressure in the Autumn about what you can and can't wear. Your fashion choices are narrowed down and it's so much easier to decide what to wear. It's also just really cosy and comfy which is what I love about them. It's also not too hot but not too cold either. The temperature is just the right amount and even if it does get cold, you can just put on a jumper.
Another thing which I love about Autumn is the fact that it's my birthday in October. It's like when September 1st begins I know my birthday is in 34 days (October 4th) which makes me super excited. I know it's the time where you get older but honestly your birthday is what you make it and personally I love to make my britdhay special whether it's doing things with your friends or family or doing stuff by yourself then I don't mind as long as I'm completely happy that day then I'll be fine. Also, I hate to admit this too but I kind of like opening cards and presents from people. Just the mystery of what's in the card or unde the wrapping paper and seeing if people actually know you that well is fun. I also tend to get myself a gift. Lucky for me my student loan arrives a couple of days before my birthday so I can actually afford to get myself something nice. I know it may be sad buying yourself a present but honestly why not buy yourself a present. The fact is that you know you'll definitely love it because you personally chose it for yourself.
A lot of people who think of Autumn think of Halloween. Personally I'm not so big on Halloween. I'm not the biggest of fans of horror movies and I'm kind of too old to go around houses and go trick or treating. Plus I don't get invited to Halloween parties and so I don't tend to dress up on Halloween. However, Halloween does play a part in why I love Autumn as it's the beginning of the build up to Christmas in a way. Although in the UK there is bonfire night which is also something I love about Autumn as it's fun to go out and watch firework displays but it's like when you see the final firework for me that's it. It's time for the build up of Christmas. I know in America you have thanksgiving but in the UK we don't really celebrate it or go all out for it. Well, I never really have so I kind of have the whole of November to start getting excited about Christmas. I actually start listening to Christmas songs in November just to get me excited for it.
Anyway, I know this was kind of a short list of why I love Autumn but at the same time I made my points so it's all good. Let me know what your favourite time of the year is and why in the comments below and I'll be back again soon with another post.
See you then.
Friday, 15 September 2017
Some of you are probably about to move in to university for the first time maybe this weekend or next weekend. As I'm about to go into my third year. I have some advice for you guys from my first year which might be beneficial to all you freshers to think about on your move in day so lets get to it.
1. Arrive Early
Now your university may be three hours away or more but that just means you have to leave your house early in the morning or arrange to stay in a hotel the night before with your parents. Whatever it is you decide to do just arrive early. If you arrive to your accomendation early then you can quickly get settled and you'll have a first pick of your kitchen cupboard, a shelf in the fridge and a freezer drawer. Plus if you're early then you can meet new people as they arrive and make friends.
2. Do a grocery shop before you arrive
Whether it's a quick trip to the supermarket to get the essentials like milk and bread. Just do a quick shop before you arrive to your university so you actually have things to put in the fridge and your cupboards so you won't starve. Another thing is to actually buy foods that you don't need to put in the fridge or freezer like Pasta and tins while you're packing for university so you don't have to do a huge grocery shop before you arrive. Just get the essentials before you arrive so you actually have stuff to eat and make.
3. Keep you door open
As much as it's so tempting to just close your door and do whatever you want in your bedroom. Locking yourself in your bedroom on the first day is probably the worst thing to do. Plus you'll have the whole year to lock yourself in your room. However, it's best to make friends with your flatmates and actually meet them. If you start off on good terms with your flatmates then you'll have a pretty good year. Also at least you'll have somebody to go to the Fresher's events during the day so you won't be completely alone on your first day.
4. Say goodbye to your parents within an hour or two
I know it may be hard to say goodbye to your parents when you arrive but it's gotta be done. You have to think on your own two feet and learn things by yourself. You can't make friends if your parents are hanging around you because it's gonna be awkward for you potential new friends. The first step to your independence in university is to let go of your parents. Just remember they are only a phone call away and you can visit them in reading week and the holidays so it's not the end of the world.
5. Go around your hall and introduce yourself
Like I said before it's tempting to stay in your bedroom but walk around the halls. There may be people in the communal areas who will be up for meeting new people. Even if they are in the year above you. Any friends are better than no friends. At least you might be able to make arrangements and do stuff that night. I know it might be difficult if you're quiet and shy (it was difficult for me) but you just gotta and at least try to make some friends in Fresher's Week.
6. Get your bedroom sorted the same day
Get unpacked on the same day as you arrive. Make it homely and cosy. This will be your bedroom for the next year so make it your room. You're going to be sleeping there the same night so get your room cosy and surround yourself with all your things. Put posters up. Unpack all your suitcases and boxes. Dedicate a cupboard for yourself, a fridge shelf and a freezer drawer. If you do this then you'll soon feel right at home.
7. Walk around campus
Have a little walk around campus. Familiarise yourself with where things are like the library, the bar, the students union. You'll also meet people along the way. Just get your bearings right and know exactly where your hall is because you may going back there at the end of the night and you'll need to know where it is.
8. Go to all the Fresher's events
I'd highly recommend you check out all the Fresher's events. Go to the welcome talk with your new fresher flat mates. Go to the Fresher's Fair. Go to the bar's events with your new friends. Just get out there a little bit. Just show yourself that you can be adaptable and open to new things. Going to these gurantees you'll make new friends and also get to grips with the university seen. Fresher's Week is the week before lectures so make the most of it because it won't last. This like the golden opportunity to make some new friends so just go for it. You'll thank yourself by the end of Fresher's Week knowing you have some new found friends for the rest of the year.
That's it for my week of university posts. I hope they were helpful to any of you Freshers or indeed returning students. Like I said in a post before that university is for only three years. It'll go by so fast. It seems like only yesterday when I was starting my university journey and now I'm in third year. I didn't even think I'd make it this far. There was a point in the first two months that I wanted to drop out of university but I'm so glad I didn't because it has been the best two years of my life and I'm already looking forward to this third and final year (apart from the dissertation and all the other assignments). Just make the most of the experience. Don't waste it by spending all your time in your bedroom, watching Netflix. Actually get out and explore your university's town and city. Try new things and be open to new experiences. It will not last long so just make your university experience worthwhile and something amazing which you can look back on. Don't be the person that hated their university experience. Try make light of any bad situations which may come your way while your at university. Become a better and improved version of yourself while at university because I'll tell you something. You'll learn a lot about yourself while at university.
I hope you enjoyed this week of university posts. Good luck to any freshers heading to university and also good luck to the rest of you university students. Let's make this year count because it'll be gone in a flash.
I'll be back again soon with another post and I'll also be back with more university posts as next week I'll be heading back to university so you can hear all my trials and tribulations of third year.
See you then 😀
My Other University Related Blog Posts:
- University Dos and Don'ts
- University Packing List
- Pros and Cons of moving away for university
- Assignment Advice
- University Study Tips
- Library Study Session Essentials
- Tips On Being A Productive Student
- How To Be Organised For Uni
- First Year University Room Tour
Thursday, 14 September 2017
It is September so I'm sure a lot of you are getting ready to go to university for the first time and are unsure as to what you actually need to pack. It's so tempting to just bring your entire bedroom or something just in case you might need it but in reality you probably will not touch it for an entire year. As I have been in university for two years now. I thought I'd give you a guys a list of what you should definetly bring to university.
1. Important Documents
There are a few important documents that you do not want to forget before going to university. Don't forget your passport and some other form of ID because you may need some ID before getting university and also you will need ID if you are planning on drinking. Don't forget any important letters you've had from the university before you've arrived (including your acceptance letter) because you may need those and it's best to keep them all together. Take your student loan forms as well as any forms involving any bursaries etc. so you know when your student loan is going in and out so you can keep track of it all. Another thing is all your accomdation forms and your contract. You've probably received letters about your accomdation and when the rent is going out. You will need these for wanting to gain access to your new bedroom. Have access to all your bank details and have your bank card because you'll probably have to sort your own finances out from now on so just have all your details in case you have an emergency. Have your National Insurance Number on hand with you because you may need it as well. I would recommend having a folder or a box file to keep all your important documents together because you do not want to lose any of them so it's best to have a store them somewhere you can easily find. Take your student discount cards like your 16-25 Railcard or NUS card because they are super helpful in getting student discounts (I would highly recommend getting a railcard because you'll want to get discount on your train journeys for when you go home.)
You're going to need some bedding as most university accomadation won't provide any so bring your own duvet, pillows, covers, sheets, blankets and a mattress protector. Just don't forget your bedding and you're on your way to a good start for university. Bring a spare set of bedding for when your other set is the wash. Always handy to have a back up.
3. Kitchen Stuff
Now while you're at university you are probably going to cook some things so you're going to need all the essentials for that. So bring the basics like a saucepan, a frying pan, a baking tray, wooden spoon, spatula, whisk, mixing bowl, measuring jug, colander, chopping board, a sharp knife, cheese grater, vegetable peeler. Bring cutlery like forks, knives, spoons and teaspoon as well as plates, bowls, mugs and glasses. Don't forget tea towels, washing up liquid, sponge or brush or clothe used for washing up as you will also have to do your own washing up. You can bring some added extras too the kitchen but these are pretty much the basics.
Obviously the whole point of going to university is to actually do work so you're going to need some stationary. You will need a notebook to take notes in lectures. It's up to you how many you bring. Me personally I prefer an A5 notebook as it's easier to carry and make notes on. You may want to bring a binder, dividers as well as polly pockets to organise your notes in if you wish. Don't forget your usual stationary like pens, pencils, ruler, rubber, sharpener, highlighter and coloured pens. Don't forget scissors, glue and sellotape as they are always handy to have. Another thing to remember is some drawing pins as you'll probably have a pinboard in your bedroom and a holepunch is always handy too. Don't forget a diary or planner to make a note of your assignment deadlines as well as post it notes as they're always good to have.
5. Bathroom Stuff
Now I'm not here to judge but honestly you'll probably make more friends if your personal hygiene is good. You should bring at least two towels, toothbrush and toothpaste as well as your 5.shampoo, conditioner, body wash, soap etc. Don't forget to bring some kind of deodrant as well so that you smell nice. You can bring bodyspray or perfume. Bring a hairdryer as well because it can be used to dry your hair as well as an iron. Also bring some other hair styling tools if you want to. It's really up to you what you bring for your daily skin care, make up, hair routine. I'd recommend bring your own toilet paper as well just in case and ladies don't forget the essentials you need for that time of the month. Pack a first aid kit with parecetemol, ibuprofen, plasters, antiseptic cream, cough medicine, throat lonzengers and condoms (the most important just in case). You may want to bring febreeze or another air freshener just so your room or the bathroom smells nice.
6. Bedroom stuff
Now I've already talked about bedding as that's kind of important but you're going to need some stuff for your room. Definetly bring a laundry basket as you will need somewhere to keep your dirty laundry and you'll probably take it to the launderette so make it easy to carry. Another thing is definetly coat hangers as you'll probably get a wardrobe in your room and the university is not going to provide you with coat hangers so definetly bring several coat hangers. Get yourself an actual alarm clock because it's all good an well using your phone but it's always handy to just have an actual alarm clock as well. Do bring some decorations for your bedroom because you're going to be living there for a year so make it your own room as it is actually comforting looking around and seeing your room decorated just how you want it. Bring decorations like pictures of your memories, posters, fairy lights. Decorations really does make a difference. Don't forget the blutac if you are putting posters and pictures up. Another thing people may not think about is a mirror. Do bring your own mirror as there may be a mirror in your bedroom but it might be too small or in an inconveniant place (like over the sink) so do bring your own. Another thing is entertainment for yourself so do bring books, dvds, games for yourself because you'll probably have a lot of days spent in your bedroom.
The most important thing to have is a laptop. It is so handy to have a laptop to do your work on. Your university will probably have computers in the library which you could use to do your work but honestly I would invest in getting a laptop to do your work because it is so handy and you don't have to rely on trying to get a computer in the library as normally most if not all of them will be taken up by other students so just get yourself a laptop to do all your work in. Don't forget to have a memory stick to back up your work on because your laptop may crash and you do not want to lose all your work. Bring a TV and maybe a game console because you may have some boring days and it can work as a DVD player plus some game consoles have iPlayers and Netflix so they are perfect for movie nights. I know this is not elctrical but do bring some DVDs/TV Boxsets to watch as well because they can fill up any boring time you might have. I'd recommend bringing a desk lamp because your room may not have one and they are handy for late nights doing work when you don't want to use the main light. Also bring an extension lead because your room may just have one or two plugs so you may want to have some more.
Anyway, that's about it for now. I'm sure there are plenty of other things you can think of too pack like grocerys and cleaning supplies (if you want a tidy room that is). I've just pretty much covered the basics which should be helpful to any of you moving in to your university accomadation.
I wish you good luck if you are heading to university soon and I have one final university related post for you guys tomorrow which will be advice for the move in day which should be helpful to you guys heading off to university.
See you then.
Wednesday, 13 September 2017
As it's coming up to the time where everyone is going back to university. There are a few dos and don'ts which you may need to know. This is just my own opinion as I'm coming up to my final year of university and here's a few things which I have learnt along the way. I'm sure there are many so let's just get on with it.
- Be yourself. If you stay true to who you are and you'll make more friends in long run and you don't have to pretend. Plus everyone likes different persoanlities and they'll soon warm up to yours.
- Be adaptable. Adapt to different personalities and try new things. Be an open book to everything and anyone. You're more likely to make more friends if you adapt but don't change yourself completely.
- Go out and meet new people. If you walk around your halls, someone will have their door open and you can go in for a chat. Hang out with people. Show that you can be a socialable person sometimes.
- Make a plan to do some work. Start researching your assignments early because your deadlines will come fast. Just get a rough idea of how much you need to do and start planning. Try to aim to get your work done a week before it's due.
- Make friends in your halls/house. Get to know someone better. If you like like someone. Try to get close with them but try not to sleep with them in the first few months. If you develop as a couple then when the time is right sleep with them (if you must).
- Put most of your loan in a savings account and budget. If you save your loan then you can budget how much you should spend. Perhaps divide your loan per month and have a budget for each month which you must follow. You're allowed to buy the odd treat but don't go blowing it all. It may be a lot of money but it's better to save it. You'll thank yourself in the long run when you're not struggling to buy groceries or pay the rent. Also try not to go into your overdreaft because that will not be fun.
- Embrace the homesickness. Accept that you miss home but it can be solved with a phone call to home or looking at old photos. Even just go find some company in a friend at uni because they'll understand and perhaps they may feel homesick too.
- Go home during the holidays/reading week. Do eventually go home because then you can catch up with your family and friends and tell them all about university. Plus it's kind of nice to go home after stressing about all your assignments. You also give yourself time in the first term to adjust at university and learn how to be independent. If you are struggling to cope in the first term then your parents are only a phone call away.
- Get a good nights sleep of at least six hours. Get into a routine. You'll thank yourself in a long run. There's no point in being tired all the time. Get the sleep you need.
- Make use of the library. Go search for books relevent to the topic you're researching. You'll find a lot more relevent info in books. The only down side is to actually finding the relevent information to apply to your assignments but honestly it will be so much. These references will show lecturers that you've actually gone out and researched in actual books. They will probably give you a better mark for it rather than the use of the sources from the internet.
- Ask for help. I can't stress this enough but do ask for help if you need help with the work. Your lecturers are there to help you as well as to teach you. If you ask them for help then they will help you and point you in the right direction. They don't want you to struggle or bring yourself down about. If you don't ask them for help then they'll think you're doing fine but if you ask them for some help then they'll give it to you. It's not a sign of weakness if you ask for help. It's a sign that you are strong enough to come to turns with that you have a problem with your work and you need some help for it.
- Make the most of university. It's only three years and it'll go by so fast. Make the most of those three years. Develop your skills as well as yourself. You will grow as a person while at university. It's your learning curve to adulthood. You'll learn how to be independent, manage money, pay bills, cook, clean and many other things which the world of adulthood will have to offer. Don't waste the three years by going out and partying all the time. Put some focus into your work to get the degree and just have fun.
- Be someone your not. It's not worth it and everyone will soon find out who you are and they might end up dissapointed in you.
- Be narrow minded. As much as there are some things that may wind us up or we may not even like. Don't judge a book by it's cover. If you're going to be fussy about different things then people may want to avoid you which you don't want to happen. Maybe share your views on what you disagree on but don't judge other people for it. Just be open to things.
- Lock yourself in your room. As much as it's tempting to just hide away in your room and watch Netflix. It's not the best thing for your university experience. There will be plenty of times where you can hide away in your room but do go out often and see people. You're not going to make friends from your bedroom. Especially in Fresher's Week do get yourself out there. Make friends with people in your halls, hang out with them and go out to the bar with them. Just get yourself some friends by leaving your room.
- Leave work to the last minute. It is not worth it. Trust me. You'll be more stressed and even if you do pass that assignment you probably could have got a better grade if you just did it earlier.
- Sleep with someone from your halls/house. Personally I've never done this but I've heard of how awkward it is. Afterwards, you'll still have to live with that person for the rest of the year and you may have formed friendships within the hall and when you all come together it'll just be awkward so try to avoid sleeping with someone from your halls/house.
- Spend all your loan in Freshers/the first month. You'll need that money for the rest of the term/year and you don't want to blow all in one go. You need money to live, buy groceries, pay rent/bills. Don't blow it all.
- Feel bad if you get homesick. Everybody gets homesick eventually. Don't feel like your a loser if you miss home. It's only natural to miss home.
- Don't go home every weekend/in the first month. I know loads of people who have done this and honestly it's silly. I know you may miss home or go home for your parent's home cook food but honestly you are missing out your university experience and you're not really learning how to be independent if you're constantly going home every week.
- Pull all nighters all the time. Every student will pull an all nighter at some stage but don't do it on a regular basis. It's not healthy and you'll probably end up sleeping for the rest of the day and wasting time.
- Always rely on the internet for sources/references. As much as it's so easy these days to find references online. These can be unreliable sometimes or biased. Plus your lecturers would rather you use a variety of sources than ones from online. You'll get more marks if you've used a variety of sources.
- Bring yourself down and struggle with work. There may a time when you struggle with the work and bring yourself down. It can be awful because sometimes you'll struggle to find the light in the situation or solution to it. Try not to get to that point and ask for help if you need it.
- Get too drunk in Freshers. Pace yourself during Freshers Week. I know it's a week to get drunk every night but try to pace yourself especially on the first few days. You want to make a good impression on your new flat mates as well as some of your new friends. They don't want to have a night where they have to look after your drunken yourself and they'll probably think you can't handle your drink so they might not invite you to go on a night out with them. Just pace yourself. If you are getting to a stage where you're drunk. Drink some water. Try to sober up a bit. You're in a new place and you'll probably want to be able to find your room at the end of the night so just be careful during Fresher's Week.
Anyway, I hope this list was helpful to any of you going to university soon. If you follow some of the things on the list then you'll definetely have a good university experience. Let me know down below in the comments if you have any university dos and don'ts which I have not mentioned which will be beneficial to anyone else reading this.
Just remember that university is only three years so just make the most of it all and have fun.
Just remember that university is only three years so just make the most of it all and have fun.
I'll be back again tomorrow with another university related post.
See you then.
See you then.
Tuesday, 12 September 2017
As you may know, this year I am in my third and final year of university and I thought I'd might set myself a few goals for me to achieve so when it comes to finishing my third year I can recap my year and whether or not I've achieved these goals over the year.
1. Get a part time job
Now this might seem really random to you all but honestly I really want to get a part time job. Over the past two years of being at university I did not get myself a part time job and I feel like that's held me back. The reason I didn't get a part time job is my student loan pretty much covered all my finances and I didn't feel like I needed the extra money. In reality though a part time job is kind of useful as you gives you experience of work as well as earning extra money. I plan to put the money I earn and put it in my savings account which will then go towards my future for life after university. I figured you need money to be able to do what you want to do for life after university.
2. Complete my dissertation a month before the deadline
Now, I know completing my dissertation is a pretty obvious one to do so that's why I've chosen to do it a month before the deadline. If you think about it there's going to be so many people just like you doing dissertations and many of them will need to use printers to print their work off and have to get their worked binded very close to the deadline so you don't want to be mixed up in all that. I would recommend you go and finish your dissertation a month before the deadline that way you have a month to get your work printed and binded up so you're not stressing and in the midst of the other students printing their dissertations.
3. Join an extra-curricular activity
I feel like I need to meet more people to gain my confidence up and work on my people skills so I'm going to join an extra-curricular activity. Whether it's part of the university or not. I'm going to take up the courage to join something this year.
4. Manage my time wisely
In all honestly, I've never been very good at managing my time wisely. I've always procrastinated doing my work and not given myself enough time to do it. This year though I plan to manage my time wisely and put my work first this time. As it is the final year and I actually want to get a good mark on my degree. However, I will manage my time to give myself some break time as well just so I'm not stressing myself out and overworking.
5. Get my degree
I figured this is something I definetly should have on my goals list because that's the point of university. Getting the degree at the end. I do want my degree and I do plan on getting it by the end of this year. That means working hard and doing the best I can possibly do in my assignments. I should definetely remember to ask for help in my assignments if I really need it and don't procrastinate my assignments. If I do that I'll know when I've finished my third year, all that hard work which I have achieved will pay off when I get my degree.
Anyway, that's all my goals for my third year of university. Let me know what your goals are for the year whether your in university, college or school and see if you achieve them by the end of the year.
Good luck and rememeber to have some fun in the year as well.
I'll be back again tomorrow with another post about university.
See you then.
Monday, 11 September 2017
At the end of this month, I'll be heading back to university to start my third and final year of university.
It is crazy that two years ago I was getting ready to head to my first year of university. Nobody lies when they say university flies by because it really does.
This is like the most important year out all of them because these assignments all add up to your degree and determines what grade you'll get. It's also about figuring out what you're going to do after university which is something I'm not even sure I know yet but I'll have to figure it out and do my research.
It's all the year of the dreaded ten thousand word dissertation which I am already freaking out about and I haven't even begun it yet. Although I have started coming up with ideas and questions to do for it. I'd recommend you do this before starting your third year because at least in the first lecture you can tell your tutor your ideas and then they'll let you know which ones are good. That way you can actually start doing your research rather than spending weeks trying to figure out a research question for your dissertation. You definitely want to start working on it as soon as possible because the year will just fly by.
One of the biggest tips I have learned is when you get back to university, on the third week after freshers week and the first week of lectures is to start doing research for your assignments. I'm not saying like flat out write all your assignments. I'm just saying start doing some research and get a rough idea on what you have to do for it. That way when you look at your lecture schedule and you see a lecture which could link to your assignment then you'll know that you have to take notes for it and you can be prepared to look back at those lecture slides for when it comes to doing your assignment.
Another big tip I can give you is to talk to your lecturers about your assignments. I know it can be scary to show your work to your lectures. Believe me I know. I started doing it in second year although not a lot. There was just one research assignment where I showed my work and asked for my lecturers advice but honestly it helped me so much. Lecturers are there to help you. They want you to pass but they're not going to go after you for your work. That's your job and honestly if you actually go to them and tell them you're struggling with an assignment or you're not sure if what you're writing is right then they can read it over and help you. If you don't go and see them then they'll assume you're fine with the assignment. You don't even have to go see them face to face. You can email it to them and they'll email you back notes or they may ask you to come and see them about the assignment. They won't yell at you or think you're stupid if you're doing it wrong. They'll actually be happy that you've come with them. It just shows them that you care about your work and that you want to get a good mark in your degree so they'll help. They won't tell you what to write but they'll point you in the right direction.
My final tip would be to have a list of your assignments in the order that they're due in because honestly you can see which assignments are due in first and which ones you may need to put in a bit more focus on. Also use your planner and write down when all your assignments are due in. I don't really use my planner much because I normally rely on the list of assignments dates as well as a wall calendar. I'd highly recommend an academic wall calendar because basically your whole year is one sheet of A3 paper and you can actually see how much time you have before all your deadlines and when each of your deadlines are due in.
Anyway, that's all I have to say about third year of university. I wish everyone good luck on whatever year they are in for university, college, sixth form or school. Make it the best year yet and just have fun. Soon you'll have to join the world of adulthood which is just as scary.
I'll be doing blog posts for the rest of the week every day for five days all about university so look out for those because they'll be useful to anyone who is going to university.
See you tomorrow.
Friday, 8 September 2017
Everybody gets a bad day and they absolutely suck. Sometimes they can happen unexpectedly and sometimes you just know when a day is going to be bad. Now I could go over all the potential scenarios for a bad day and give you advice for it but I think you could pretty much do that for yourself. I'm just going to tell you five ways on how to turn a typical bad day around.
1. Talk to someone
Sometimes just having a friend or a family member or just someone you're close with to talk to is always a good way to turn a bad day around. I know sometimes you don't want to bother people with your problems but if you actually talk to someone who you care about and you know cares about you takes a big weight off your shoulders. You know what they say a problem shared is a problem halved. It is true because sometimes another person can see things from a different perspective which you may not realise. Also if you let someone like a friend or a family member know about your bad day then they may find a way to cheer you up or distract you by getting you to do something you enjoy together. That'll definetly turn your bad day around. So maybe just talk to somebody if you can to help you on your bad day.
2. Go for a walk
Whether it's to go to the shops or just a walk in the countryside or around your neighbourhood. Just walking it out can sometimes make you feel better and give you time to think. I like to listen to my music while I walk. Sometimes just listening to your favourite songs can cheer you up. Plus you're getting a bit of exercise as well as some fresh air. If you're having a bad day just go outside and take a walk. You'll probably feel so much more better than being cooped up inside or in your bedroom in self pity. Just go out and walk.
3. Distract Yourself By Doing Something You Know You Enjoy
Distractions from whatever is making you have a bad day is always a good option. Doing something you actually enjoy doing can make you feel a whole lot better. Whether that's watching your favourite movie or tv show or YouTubers. Maybe it's reading your favourite book or colouring in. Perhaps it's a hobby you enjoy doing or even just going shopping or cooking or eating somewhere. Whatever it is just go do it and make the day a better day by doing something you enjoy.
4. Take some time for just yourself
Give yourself a bit of me time. Turn off your social media. Even just turn off your phone. Pamper yourself with a shower or bath or a face mask. However it is you like to take care of yourself. Just ignore the outside world for a bit and have a little bit of you time. Spend some time by yourself away from people. Sometimes that's all someone needs to clear their mind of all negative thoughts and just take a moment to breathe out. Just relax and have a rethink. Maybe make plans for just yourself whether it's plans to do for the rest of the day or the next day. Just plan something to do because sometimes planning something is always fun and will make you feel excited to be doing it. Whether that's to go out to the cinema or a shopping centre or a park or somewhere new where you haven't been before. Just plan something exciting for yourself and decide whether to do it with your friends or by yourself. Either way it'll be fun and exciting for you and will definetly turn your bad day around.
Like I mentioned before I love to listen to music while I go for a walk. In general I just love listening to music while I'm travelling or if I'm at home. Having the right playlist to listen to can definetly change your mood to a good one. Sometimes if you're in a good mood then that will turn your bad day around. Music is a perfect stress reliever. Just putting on your headphones and listening to your favourite songs is just absolutely perfect. Even having your own little dance party in your bedroom is fun and if you feel like singing (even if you're a really bad singer) then just do it. Let it all out. Who cares? If it makes you happy then just sing as loud as you want. Your bad day will soon be gone.
Anyway, that's all I have to say about turning a bad day around. Let me know in the comments if you have any ways to turn a bad day around. I'd love to hear them.
I'll be back again soon with another post.
See you then!
Sunday, 3 September 2017
As most of you have noticed, I did take quite a big blogging break. It was unitentional and I didn't mean for it to happen but it did so I guess we have to just move on.
Anyway, I wanted to talk about coming back from blogging after taking a blogging break. I've realised that blogging can be so hard sometimes and it takes a lot of hardwork as well as dedication to maintain your blog.
I absolutely love blogging. I love getting an idea for a blog post then writing down and creating the content of the blog post to the moment where I hit publish and let the world see my work. I absolutely love it. It's great when that happens. However, blogging can be quite hard sometimes. It's all good and well to have a great idea for a blog post but the struggle can happen when creating the actual the content for the post. Sometimes you're writing something and you just stop and think. "Does this actually make sense?" "Will my readers understand what I'm trying to say?" "I don't know how to phrase what I'm trying to say?" To the point where you hit back space and give up entirely on the post. That can happen a lot. Well, it does for me sometimes. Even during my unitentional blogging break, I sat at my desk and I had so many ideas for blog posts but I didn't know how to write the content for it. I knew I couldn't just come back with one post and say I'm back when I had a load of incomplete posts. I knew I had to be prepared for when I came back to blogging.
That's why I spent most of July and August writing blog posts. I never normally planned my blog posts but this time I knew if I actually wanted to take blogging seriously I knew I had to come up with a plan and prepare a load of blog posts in advance which is exactly what I did. The feeling of having several draft blog posts that were completely written made me feel happy and excited. I knew then I was ready to step up my blogging game and actually take it seriously for once. Before I just kind of spontaneously wrote blog posts with no plan of action. I mean I did have a plan of posting twice a week but then I would post one blog post that week but I had no plan for the second blog post. I just kind of procrostinated writing the second one but it would be too late and the next week would come along. Now though, I've had a reality check and watched a load of blogging advice videos and read other blogs for advice on blogging. Finally, I've realised I need to be organised with this blog and actually plan. Sure it's all good to come up with spontaneous blog posts as sometimes you get an idea or you want to talk about your day or something you've just experienced. I mean that's perfectly fine but sometimes it's good to actually have shall we say a back up plan. Pre prepared blog posts which you can post if you're not in the mood to actually write anything spontaneous.
Now, I know this post is kind of rambly and probably has not much advice on what to do when you come back to blogging after taking a break from blogging. The online advice I have to give you is to make a plan. Plan ahead. Set yourself a goal and fulfil it. In the summer, I had made a plan that I was going to return to blogging in September so I started preparing all my blog posts in advance and completing them. From actually doing that I came up with more ideas for blog posts which I wrote down which helped me so much. I have about 50 draft blog posts of ideas which I plan to actually publish for you all to see.
So to any of you aspiring bloggers like me who wish to make their blog worthwhile then make a plan for blog. Set yourself some goals. Take it seriously and it'll all be worth it.
Anyway, I hope you enjoyed my little blogging ramble. Let me know if you have a blog and I'll give it a follow and a read as I do enjoy reading other people's blogs.
I'll be back again soon with another post.
See you then!
Friday, 1 September 2017
I know. I know. It's been a while. My last post was back in April so having a four month break from blogging was not intentional.
I'm not entirely sure as to why I took this blogging break. I had so many ideas for this blog in the summer and I just didn't really get around to writing them down. I couldn't find the words and what I was writing I just felt like it wasn't good enough. Countless times I came back to this blog and made a post that I would write about my absence and say stuff like I've written loads of new posts ready to go up so I can get back into the blogging game but honestly I hadn't written anything. Well I've written some things but it just wasn't complete or ready to be published onto the blog. I would have been lying to myself and this blog. That's why I never posted those posts about returning to blogging because I knew in my mind I wasn't ready to come back to blogging.
It's not that I hate blogging because honestly I love to blog about my experiences and give people advice about things I've gone through as well as just talk about the things I love. Honestly, sitting at my desk writing this blog pos right now t is making me so happy. There's just something about writing down all your thoughts and feelings on to a laptop then sharing it with the world. Just the knowledge that someone has taken the time out of the day to view my blog or actually read a post means a lot to me. Which is why I feel so guilty leaving it so long without posting or updating this blog.
I don't know what stopped me from blogging. It was probably the guilt of not posting for ages but also I guess you could say I had blogger's block. I didn't know what to write or I had an idea I just didn't know how to put it into words then I'd just forget about it.
Now though, I feel like I'm ready to come back into the world of blogging. I'm ready to take this blog more seriously and start posting more regularly. So be prepared to hear a lot more from me.
I'm about to go into my third and final year of university which is both scary and exciting so expect a lot of university advice about dissertations and third year from me as well as all the other life experiences and advice which I will share with you.
So all I have to say now to all my past readers and new readers is:
Welcome to my blog!
Friday, 7 April 2017
The other day I made an order online on Superdrug and the things I've bought I've never purchased before but I was really looking forward to trying them out. Now when my ordered arrived I thought I'd make an unboxing post and tell you my first impressions of all the things I bought.
Now I was really excited when my doorbell rang and it was the postman holding my box. I just couldn't wait to open it.
The first thing that I picked out was a free sample of Sanex body lotion which was nice to have so I could try it out.
The next thing I pulled out of the box was all the things I ordered wrapped up in bubble-wrap.
I unwrapped the bubble-wrap to reveal all three products I ordered which I am so happy about.
The first thing I bought was a new concealer which is the Miss Sporty Perfect Stay Liquid Concealer in the shade 001 Light. I like using the Miss Sporty Perfect Stay Foundation so I thought I'd try out the concealer to see if it's just as good as the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer.
Next is the things which I am really excited about because I've always wanted these palettes. The first palette is the Makeup Revolution London Flawless Ultra Eye shadows. I am really excited to try out this palette. It has 32 eye shadow colors which I really like. They are a mixture of matte and shimmery colors like nudes, copper, golden and smokey which are really pretty. They would perfect to use for everyday and night makeup. I also love the way the packaging looks. It looks really high quality and professional. The mirror in the palette is also really useful for travelling because you can just take this palette and have access to a variety of colors as well as a good size mirror to apply your eyeshadow. I cannot wait to try this palette out.
The final palette I bought is one that I'm even more excited about. Mostly because of the packaging but it just looks amazing. It is the I Heart Chocolate palette. Now obviously the packaging looks amazing because it's designed like a bar of chocolate so it's really nice to look at. Also when you open it and smell it, it does actually smell like chocolate which is even more amazing. There are sixteen colors in the palette which are also shimmery and matte. I really like that it's mostly a nude colors so it's handy for everyday but the shimmery colors could be great for a special occasion or a night out. It also comes with a mirror and a double ended eyeshadow sponge brush so it is perfect for travelling with. Even if you don't like the double ended sponge brush it comes with then there's space to put your eyeshadow brush in which is super handy. I can't wait to try out this palette for everyday use as well as night life use. It's so pretty.
That is all I ordered from Superdrug. I am really happy with all three products and I cannot wait to try them all out. I hope you enjoyed my Superdrug unboxing post and I'll be back again soon with another post soon.
See you then