How to have the ULTIMATE Throwback Thursday

Happy Throwback Thursday!

Today’s post is a little bit of a different one but it’s just something I felt like sharing. Sometimes when life gets a bit full-on or I’m feeling WAY too much like a ‘grown-up’ with actual problems I do an ‘ULTIMATE throwback’ day… not always on a Thursday! It’s a nice way to reflect on your favourite memories and realise just how lovely life has been. They are the perfect things to do when you need a little self-care, a pick-me-up or are looking for something a little different with your friends!

Basically a ‘throwback’ day is just taking time to do things the younger you LOVED doing and just not caring about your current situation. It can be something small lasting just an afternoon or you can go the whole hog and have a whole throwback weekend. I started doing these a couple of years ago before my birthday, when I just did not want to turn 18.  So here are a couple of ideas of ways to have a good throwback and reminisce:

  • ALL the songs: You could go really simple and just make a ‘throwback’ playlist to listen to on a drive or your commute. You’re going to need to dig deep to find some of your favourite old tracks though! I suggest looking on youtube and just keep clicking on the ‘recommendation’ videos to find some of those treasures. Another good way to find those feel-good tunes is looking back on the ‘Now that’s what I call music’ albums on Apple Music or Spotify! Personal favourites for me include JLS, S Club 7 and McFly…. all of these are absolute CLASSICS.
  • Old school movies: Probably my favourite of ALL the throwbacks is having a High School Musical marathon- I will NEVER tire of those films, ever. Just putting on a film that use to be your ride or die will instantly make you feel better! Other options include the Hannah Montana movie or classics like ‘She’s the Man’. Obviously if you want to throw it back even further then go for some Disney movies like Cinderella or The Lion King. Hakuna Matata
  • Actually DOING something you loved: Now this one might take a little more planning but I think it’s SUPER fun, especially taking your friends somewhere you used to love or going back with family. My favourite place for a proper throwback is the zoo, I was obsessed with the zoo and ALL the animals… I still am tbh! There are so many places to go though like an amusement park, the park or the arcades- those Mario kart driving games were GREAT! You could even just play Mario Kart on the wii, or dig out your favourite old console or play sims or colour in a picture… the possibilities are endless! I find doing something like this really helps ease any worries because it takes me back to a time when my main worry was what time Hannah Montana started.
  • Eating THAT food: Do you have any food that just the smell takes you back to your childhood? Well, eat it whilst watching ‘Wizards of Waverly Place’ and you are sorted. For me, it’s tangy cheese Doritos I loved them so much my parents made me genuinely worried that I would turn orange… so I very rarely eat them now haha! I use to have odd tastes like a crisp sandwich too- eating any of these makes for a perfect, no worries ‘throwback’ session.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post- I know it’s a little different to the usual but I thought it would be a nice way to share some different ways to relax! I’ve read lots of great posts about taking time for yourself and I think that you this is a fun and creative way to do that.

Let me know what ‘throwback’ things you love doing and you loved any of things I mentioned, I’d love to know some of these things weren’t only me haha!

Amy💖

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Autumn Essentials: Clothing and Homeware

Happy Monday!

Autumn is the season A LOT of people look forward too and after the summer months I do too! I’m not completely autumn crazy, I’m more of a winter girl but it’s the closest we’re going to get for now. Now that it’s October the leaves are well and truly turning brown, so I thought it was about time I shared a few essential things to make your Autumn as cosy as possible. I’ve split these essentials into two parts with the first focusing on clothing and homeware and the second focusing on general beauty bits! So here they are:

  • Cosy Jumpers: Probably my FAVOURITE clothing of the entire year is an over-sized piece of knitwear and Autumn is the perfect time to start wearing them! So far this Autumn I’ve found jumpers in New Look and Next that I am loving. My favourite jumpers tend to be burgundy or a dark grey which seem to be quite in this year again which is good news! I think these lovely jumpers with some black jeans aren’t only comfy but I think they make a pretty outfit too.
  • Vest tops: I don’t know if this is an odd choice BUT stay with me here. I go for vest tops in Autumn because it isn’t cold enough for a jumper AND a coat but I’d be too cold in just a jumper SO I tend to layer up with a vest top… British weather really takes  a lot of outfit thinking! You don’t just have to go for a plain black one though, I think it’s a nice way to add a little bit of colour! My most used one at the moment is probably my dusky pink one or the navy one which goes nicely with denim jeans. You can get these tops in most places I usually go for New Look, Dorothy Perkins or just the supermarket!
  • Candles and Reed Diffusers: I’ve put these together because generally you just need something to make your room smell nice, simple. A reed diffuser is a good option if you’re a bit forgetful with candles and you don’t even have to think about them but they keep your room smelling good for around a month- if you get a good one! This is prime time to purchase these things because all the new scents are coming out in time for Christmas. My favourites are from Zoella’s Lifestyle range but you can get good candles and reed diffusers from LOADS of places with my other go-to options being Sainsbury’s, Next and Boots but I’ve heard Primark have some good ones too for a cheaper alternative!
  • Cute Mugs: Okay so technically you can make it through Autumn without of these… but it won’t be as cute, okay? I LOVE big cuppa tea and Autumn/ Winter is the best time for it. I recommend going for a mug almost as large as your head, that’s the best place to start. My favourites are from the Disney Store but it’s really a personal thing… there are SO many options! Even if you don’t drink hot drinks a lovely mug is great to store your make-up brushes- this will make your room look very cosy for Autumn too.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this post and that they help you have the cosiest Autumn EVER! I love this time of the year up to Christmas and these little essentials definitely are some of the reasons why I find it so lovely. Don’t forget to come back next Monday at 11am to see my beauty essentials for Autumn, but I do still have another post on Thursday!

Let me know if you think there is an Autumn essential you think I’ve missed!

Amy💖

Autumn Luxury Lust List

Hello!

Today I have pretty much the opposite of my Anti Haul: Make-up I won’t be buying and instead this is a list of things I would LOVE to buy! I tend to do these seasonly and honestly it’s tough to limit it to only 4 times a year haha! It just really fulfils those shopping desires without spending a penny. These mainly consist of new releases especially for Autumn but there are usually a couple of older products too- that I am still pining over! So here are some of the products that are on my wishful, on-going shopping list this Autumn:

  • Kylie Cosmetics Fall Collection: Kylie’s make-up always manages to find its way onto my lust lists because I just LOVE it but cannot justify the price for shipping, customs etc. In this new range the main things that have caught my eye is the Purple Palette, the lip kit in the shade Autumn and the ‘wisteria’ kylighter. These three products look GORGEOUS, I love the black packaging for Halloween too. I don’t know how often I would actually be brave enough to wear purple eyeshadow but still… I can dream, right?! Only the ‘Autumn’ lip shade looks like it would suit my complexion because it seems the most ‘nude-y’… the bright purple lips are just not for me! It’s probably not the collection I love the most out of Kylie’s releases but I would still love to give these a try!
  • Benefit’s Gimme Brow volumising Eyebrow gel, £20: Recently Benefit have expanded their eyebrow collection even further and I ALL for it! This product is probably the one I would be most likely to purchase because I LOVE a good eyebrow gel and they’re the main eyebrow product I use. I love the silver packaging and I love that it makes your brows look fuller with such an easy applicator!
  • Hourglass Ambient Light Powder in Sheer Lavender Pink, £40: I know the Hourglass hype is not as big as it once was but I would still love to try their powders! This one is more of a pinky- highlighter/ blush which is what I’m currently really into if you’ve read my September Favourites 2017. These powders look like the perfect amount of shimmer, they don’t look as blinding as some highlighters, I much prefer the natural glow! I don’t know if I will ever be able to justify £40 for one powder though… so I’m guessing this will be on my lust lists for a VERY long time!
  • Origins Active Charcoal Mask to Clear Pores, £25: Technically this isn’t a beauty item BUT I still think it’s a luxury item! I usually use LUSH face masks or I’m currently using one from The Body Shop- so using a £25 face mask would be quite the step up! This definitely isn’t a new product but I’ve been really thinking recently about investing into my skincare a bit more and this seems like a good place to start! Charcoal is supposed to really help spotty skin, so I think it would be a good idea for me to give this a try!
  • Bare Mineral’s Blemish Remedy Mattifying Prep Gel, £22: Similar to the face mask I’m looking to try to focus on the pre-make up steps at the moment! So when I was having a browse for a good primer I knew this was the one AND I’m pretty close to buying this one tbh! I just LOVE the whole concept and I’ve never really used a good primer, or even overly thought about it. I love bare minerals and already use their tinted moisturiser so think they would work nicely together!

I hope you enjoyed this post, I LOVED writing it… this list is probably top of my most wanted right now. I just love the look of it all but my bank balance says otherwise! Let me know what products you’d love to buy right now in the comments.

Happy shopping!

Amy💖

 

Top 5 Favourite Blushes

Happy Monday!

Blush is up there with concealer as my FAVE make-up product. When I watch beauty gurus a lot of them seem to miss out blusher and are all about the contour/ bronze but I can’t help but love that rosy glow. I think that blush is an all year round product and even more so in Autumn/ Winter when we’re all looking less bronzed and a little more pink from the cold! Another reason I love blush is because I am naturally very rosy-cheeked (as my blog name suggests!) so I like to use a blush to enhance my natural glow in a more subtle way. I haven’t gone for any particular order but here are 5 of my favourite blushes:

  • Benefit’s Rockateur Blush, £24.50: This blush is quite a different shade to the others on here but I LOVE it. It is more of a mauve-y, plum-like pink shade instead of the standard blush shade. I tend to reach for this more in the winter months when my cheeks flush a slightly darker pink and it has a nice sheen to it- making it perfect for parties! When I first saw it I thought it looked a little daring in the pan but once it’s on the cheeks it really blends seamlessly and ties together most make-up looks!
  • Benefit’s Dandelion Blush, £24.50: I’ve spoken about this blush before on my blog because I wore this ALL the time in Spring. It is a very pale pink that just gives  a light flush to the cheeks. It’s probably the most natural one on this list and compliments very pale skin tones. It’s cute little packaging makes it perfect for on the go and it would be great for a subtle look for school or work.
  • Sleek Make-up’s Blush in Rose Gold, £4.99: This use to be a big hit on youtube which is why I initially bought it and I think they were right! This shade is a pretty mid-pink with a gold sheen, and can be quite glittery if you build it up. It comes in nice compact packaging and for the price I would definitely recommend giving this a go because it will be perfect for Christmas parties!
  • Tanya Burr’s Chasing the Sun Peonies Illuminating Powder, £7.49: I know this is a little soon since I only purchased it last month and have spoken about it in my September Favourites 2017. BUT I think it is definitely worthy of a top 5 spot. This is the best option if you’re looking for a highlighter/ blush combo because this one really adds some GLOW. It can be pretty bold and is really suitable for all the seasons.
  • Bourjois Aqua Blush in Pink Twice, £8.99: This product doesn’t seem to be available in Boots anymore but I think you might be able to get it on Amazon or Feel Unique. I wanted to talk about it anyway because it appears to be an underrated product and it might encourage you to try a cream/ liquid blush! It comes with a pump and has a mousse-y gel texture… nicer than it sounds. I use a stippling brush to blend it into the cheeks and it gives a really natural rosy sheen to the cheeks! I’ll definitely be trying some other cream blushes to see how they compare to this one!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post and it has given you some blush-inspo for the upcoming seasons! It can add a really pretty touch to your make-up and with a light hand can look so cute. There are lots of options too, obviously mine are all quite pink-toned, but you can go for a darker shade, peach or even red! If you’re thinking the Benefit ones look expensive (they’ve gone up in price!) I would recommend buying the cheek gift sets over Christmas which is how I tried them out or you can buy the mini versions in Boots!

Let me know your thoughts on blush below and leave any recommendations- I don’t think you can ever have enough blush!

Amy💖

 

What’s in my Uni Bag

Hello, I hope you’ve had a lovely week!

Today’s post is an oldie but a goldie… or at least I think so! These are DEFINITELY up there with some of my favourite videos to watch and posts to read. I’ve never done one myself before, so I’m hoping I can live up to some of the favourites I’ve seen over the years. If you’re reading this and you go to uni then you might enjoy my Uni: Unusual Essentials or this post Tips for Bedroom Decorating! I’m about to start my second week of second year AND I commute which is probably why it might seem like I have quite a bit of stuff! I’ve not included my stationery because I’ve posted about that already which you can see here: Stationery and Superdrug Haul. Here we go:

Accessorize Quentin Shoulder Bag in Burgundy, £40: Picking my bag for the year was TOUGH probably because I over-thought about it… I just couldn’t pick the colour! I love this style though and when I saw it I knew it was perfect because it is big but not huge and has two strap options. It has a few zip pockets, then a large core with a button to keep it all together. It fits everything I need in and the colour is very Christmassy… which is my main reason for choosing it!

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Cosmetics Bag: I find a little bag like this is perfect for collecting all my junk that would usually be all over the bottom of my bag. I keep my portable charger in here which I got from Amazon and the wire I need to connect it to my phone. I keep some lip balm, tissues, paracetamol, a mini body spray and hair scrunchies in there too… like a little emergency kit!

Then I keep a large water bottle in there because although I’m only in uni for 3 days a week, they are LONG days so I end up going through this pretty quickly. I would suggest taking a little emergency purse that keeps some spare change in there which you could use for bus fare or something! I take this small purse and my card holder because I use that all the time, I have mine from Ted Baker but lots of different shops are selling them now. Another essential is headphones which if you have a iPhone 7 then be careful about the ones you take- make sure they fit your phone AND laptop. Oh and a laptop could be crucial for filling  up time in-between lectures too which I take in a case from Cath Kidston but Amazon have lots of options too. Some days I take my Kindle or I just try to read a book from my course- if you want to know more about the advantages and disadvantages of a Kindle you should read this Kindle Paperwhite: Is it worth it?

I hope you enjoyed reading about the different things I take to uni with me! I take some food too but thought that wasn’t exciting enough to include and it changes daily. Hopefully it reminded you about a couple of things you might have forgotten and most of these things would apply to a work bag too.

Let me know if there is anything you think I’m missing! 

Amy💖

Anti Haul: Make-up I won’t be buying

Happy Monday!

I wanted to start the week with an ‘Anti Haul’ to share what make-up I won’t be buying which is something I’ve seen a few other people do and wanted to give it a go. I enjoyed reading other people’s posts and watching these types of videos because I’m nosy and it can then influence my own shopping list! It’s a good way for me to fulfil my spending desires without actually having to put my card details in too haha! Obviously I haven’t tried any of these things (duh!) so I don’t know if these products are actually good… so just thought I’d say that before we get started incase you love some of these products! I’ve put the price in the US dollars if that’s where they’re originally shipped from and then the current exchange into GBP which is true for when I’m writing this. ANYWAY, here are some make-up products that I won’t be buying:

  • Maybelline Baby Balm and Blush, £5.99: I know people don’t usually include drugstore products in these BUT I just think these products are a bit weird. They come in some odd shades too like bright red which I can imagine would not be a good look for me. I get that they’re trying to progress the ‘Baby lips’ line but I think the balms are lovely so I would much rather buy a balm and then a separate blush- there are SO many pretty blushes! Maybe I’m wrong with this one but I just don’t think I would have the need to match my blush and lips so perfectly!
  • KKW Beauty Powder Contour Kits, $52/ £38.81: Don’t get me wrong I LOVE the Kardashians but I just think the shades in this are a bit off! I have pale, rosy skin so I just think the grey-toned contour shades would make me look a bit ill. Obviously there are lots of other skin tones which might suit this better but I think for me there are better suited options available. Another problem is the huge shipping costs to the UK and custom fees which, along with the palette, will just send the price of this through the roof. Overall I just don’t think the product is worth all the hassle and money when the only thing that looks appealing about it is that it’s by Kim… and maybe the highlighters but there have to be some cheaper alternatives available!
  • Kat Von D Alchemist Holographic Palette, $32/ £23.88: Some of Kat Von D’s palettes look really pretty, especially the more natural shades, but this one I just don’t really understand! It comes with 4 very pale shimmery shades including a very light green, blue, purple and pink. I never wear ANY of those shades and can’t imagine I’ll ever want a pale, glittery snot coloured green?! Maybe there are people who can pull these colours off regularly but I don’t think I even want to be one of those people haha! I mean the packaging is pretty but I don’t think a triangle-shaped palette is the most practical either.
  • Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette, $32.15/ £24: I’ve been looking at eyeshadow palettes a fair bit recently because I was thinking about buying one for the Autumn. This one is ALL mattes and has 6 shades that are very bland as they go from cream to grey/ brown and then has a black. I’m sure there are people who use these kinds of shades for a base of something, but when I was looking for a palette I pretty much immediately ruled it out. I wish Urban Decay did a ‘basics’ palette with all their most popular shades, including some of their shimmers because choosing between the larger palettes is proving difficult!

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this post, I know it’s a little bit different! Let me know if you’ve tried any of these products and think I’m being a bit harsh haha- I’d like to know what they’re REALLY like and not just my initial thoughts.

See you for a new post on Thursday,

Amy💖

September Favourites 2017

Hello!

It’s time for another favourites post- I can hear your cheers whilst I write haha! These months are going by SO quickly as it feels like I’ve only just finished my August faves! ANYWAY, I do like September now that I’m not at school because it is no longer filled with fear for the upcoming academic year… well it is a bit for uni but it is not AS bad. I think September signals the turn of the seasons towards Christmas- it is coming everyone and I CANNOT wait, I’ve already watched Elf this month and I am not even feeling the slightest bit guilty. Right back to September, here are a few of the random mix of things I’ve been loving this month:

  • Tanya Burr’s Chasing the Sun Peonies Illuminating Powder, £7.49: If you read my last haul post you’re probably thinking ‘you’ve only just bought it?!’ BUT I did buy it about a fortnight ago and have been using it pretty much every time I’ve worn make-up since. SO I think it’s worthy of being a favourite this month or at least my ‘favourite new discovery’. I haven’t used any of Tanya’s products before and VERY rarely buy any youtuber’s products BUT I thought this looked like a similar and cheaper product to Benefit’s Dandelion Twinkle. Obviously I cannot compare the two but they are both blush and highlighter combinations which was something I was intrigued to try as an alternative to a bronze glow. It is VERY pigmented and can look a little scary on swatches because it is SO sparkly pink but once on the cheeks it gives a lovely, rosy and healthy-looking glow
  • Boot’s Tea Tree and Witch Hazel Spot Wand, £4.49: I was using this product for a while earlier in the year but recently this has REALLY proven its worth. I use it twice daily as it has a two ends- one for day and the other for night. Sometimes with spot treatments it can begin to work gradual and it would take time for noticeable results BUT with this I have seen direct, quick results. When I can feel one of those angry under-the-skin spots coming I put this on in the evening and by the following morning it literally has shrunk completely and doesn’t seem like it will come through at all now! It might not be a long-term solution but would definitely give it a go if you want a more targeted treatments to prevent spots really coming through!

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  • ‘History Is All You Left Me’ by Adam Silvera: I read this book whilst on holiday earlier in the month and absolutely loved it. I was initially a bit sceptical about another YA romance but this was very refreshing a gave me a new insight into relationships that are impacted by grief. Although the topic seems quite heavy the style and characters remained light which made it a lovely read and one that I would definitely recommend if you’re looking for books similar to John Green.
  • ‘Celebs Go Dating’ on E4: If you’ve read any of my other monthly favourites posts you’ll know I’m REALLY into reality television- think Love Island, Celebrity Big Brother etc! The show takes single celebrities and sets them up on LOADS of different dates to try to find ‘the one’. It’s really funny and the dating agents really help make the show, along with Rob Beckett who sarcastically comments on the entire show! It will definitely fill the reality TV shape hole until ‘I’m a Celebrity’ starts again.

Hopefully you’ve enjoyed this post and it has given you some ideas for things to try out in the upcoming months. Let me know your favourite things about September below and what you’ve been enjoying this month!

Wishing you ALL the best for October,

Amy💖

Stationery and Superdrug Haul

Hello!

I LOVE reading and watching people talk about their recent purchases BUT in an attempt to save my bank account I’ve tried to keep them to a minimum on my blog. So this is a collection of the things I’ve bought throughout September which mainly consists on stationery with a couple of beauty bits… I couldn’t help myself especially with the 3 for 2 offer on in Superdrug! Anyway I’ll start with a few of the stationery pieces I’ve bought before the start of my second year at uni:

  • Patterned Popper Wallets: I LOVE these as a stationery item in general, usually they are completely overlooked though! I use these to carry the random bits of paper around that I end up collecting throughout the day to stop them getting lost in my bag. If you use folders then you can also get popper wallets with holes in and I would definitely recommend grabbing some of those for when you can’t find your hole punch! I picked up a pack of 3 pink and orange striped ones from WHSmiths and think they’re really cute… and practical obviously!
  • Academic Diary: I picked up my diary this year from WHSmith- I usually look in Paperchase but I think they had a limited choice because I was a little late in buying this year! The one I have has a lace design on the front with a pastel blue and pink pattern with some white on. I like the simplicity of the diary which contains pages to write your timetable, deadlines and annual overviews whilst having sections to write in everyday.
  • Notebook and Pens: I know these are kind of the boring things to buy so I’ve kind of lumped them all together. I use a large notebook to write my lecture notes and then have a smaller notebook to write about essay feedback, deadlines and to keep notes from meetings with my tutor etc. Then pen-wise I ALWAYS go for the BIC ballpoint pens in blue… controversial I know but my reasoning is that black just looks too legit whereas a nice blue seems less serious! Then I picked up some coloured BIC pens too just to add some colour to my notes- they do a pack of 4 which has both pink and purple in which is all I’m really looking for anyway!

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  • Tanya Burr’s Chasing the Sun Peonies Illuminating Powder, £7.49: I’ve not really gone for a product like this before but after hearing such great reviews I thought I would try it. I’m much more of a blusher than bronzer girl, so I’m pretty sure this is going to be a product I’ll really like!
  • L’Oreal Infallible Nudist Eyeshadow in Nudist, £5.99: This eyeshadow definitely intrigued me because of its mousse-like consistency that still sets like a powder. The ‘Nudist’ shade is a kind of like a bronze but a bit more matte. I’m hoping it will be a nice everyday product that doesn’t require much work to create a natural eye look.
  • Max Factor Colour Elixir Lipstick in Rosewood 833, £7.99: I’ve had my eye on this lipstick for AGES and not just because of the shade name! It’s a deep nude-pink mauve colour with a slight sheen to it… it’s nicer than it sounds! I love the gold packaging and am looking forward to trying out more lipsticks because I’ve been sticking to  my favourite KIKO one for years- but I’m pretty sure it’s been discontinued… which I am still in denial about.  
  • Maybelline Forever Strong Gel 130 Rose Poudre Nail Polish, £4.49: In my August Favourites 2017 I mentioned another shade from this collection that I really love, so I wanted to try another one! This collection consists of some classy nude nail polishes which are completely different to my usual colour choices! I would definitely suggest looking at Maybelline polishes if you’re looking for more subtle shades that are still opaque and glossy.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about a few of my purchases from September and that it has given you some shopping inspo. for October! I’ll be sure to mention some of these beauty purchases in upcoming posts so keep an eye on my blog to see what I think of them.

Comment below any make-up products you think I should add to my shopping list for October… not that I need much encouraging, haha!

See you on Thursday for my monthly favourites,

Amy💖

Uni: Surviving your First Year

Happy Monday,

For some of you this might have been a very daunting weekend with many students moving away from home for the first time and starting university! SO I’m going to try to give share some tips on how to get through this first year. I’m just about to start my second year so these are taken from personal experience, so they have been tried and tested! This will be the final instalment of my trilogy of uni-related posts including my Uni: Unusual Essentials and more general Uni: Advice. These tips are aimed at Freshers but obviously can still be applied to later years in your studies. Here we go:

  • Make your room homely: This will keep you busy for your first few days at uni and if you take the time to do it right then it will really help reduce homesickness later on. I mean everyone wants their room to be pinterest-worthy BUT you just really need it to feel like home. I would suggest going for LOADS of pictures of your friends, family and fave celebs, fairy lights and fluffy blankets… that is probably the best place to start. When the buzz of starting uni starts to fade and you begin missing home that’s when your room really becomes your little haven so it is definitely worth spending some time making it special.
  • Try and go for it: The key word in this is ‘try’. If you’re like me who doesn’t drink alcohol and worries about EVERYTHING then just give it a go the best you can… that’s the key advice really. I went to a couple of taster society sessions and didn’t really like them BUT the main thing was I gave it a go! I left my door open when I’d rather lock it and have a nap… and honestly these little things meant that I did make friends, had fun and I wasn’t isolated.
  • Treat yourself: If the ‘trying’ doesn’t go to plan then it is okay to binge watch a new netflix series and have a serious lie-in…after all it’s what students do best! You don’t have to be out socialising 24/7 and you’ll soon realise that everyone needs their space. SO have a bit of a pamper session or eat some Ben and Jerry’s- remember to look after yourself first and the rest will follow.
  • Stay on top of your Work: Lectures are probably the least of your worries but just keep an eye on deadlines and turn up on time then you’ll be absolutely fine! You don’t need to do ALL the extra reading in the first year and you don’t need to ace every essay… just keep everything above 40 and you’ll be wonderful! Some people get really stressed out about work but first year is just about the foundations, so just don’t stress.

I hope these very real tips help make your first year a really enjoyable experience! Obviously the main thing is to have fun, so don’t get too hung up on getting a first or having a spotless kitchen… these things happen! The first year ends up going SO quickly so try to savour every moment- the good and bad because it will all make good stories in the end.

HAVE FUN,

Amy💖

Basic Girls Guide to… Curly Haircare

Today’s post is discussing ALL things curly, frizzy haircare… A department I have a fair amount of experience with due to my own unruly mane. I am not saying that these products are THE best ever but out of the ones I’ve tried this is what works BEST for me. Unfortunately, hair (especially of the curly kind!) is very unpredictable and even some days these products cannot guarantee a good hair day for me. I’ll be sharing my favourite shampoo, conditioner and a couple of tips&tricks that I’ve learnt over the years BUT this post is also a bit of a request for other curly hair products like a serum or oil… which I will be discussing more at the end! I hope you enjoy reading:

Current Favourite Shampoo: Aussie Miracle Moist Shampoo, £4.19 I haven’t been using for ages but I know this is a goldie already! It REALLY adds moisture AND allows me to wash my hair less frequently… thank goodness! Washing curly hair too much can strip it of what little moisture it has and it’s just a chore so this shampoo is a REAL winner for me. I think this product will be a winner even if you don’t have curly hair because it’s all about the moisture not necessarily fighting frizz.

Current Favourite Conditioner: Phil Smith Be Gorgeous Curly Locks Conditioner, £4.00 I’m not sure how widely available this is because I get it from Sainsbury’s and haven’t seen it anywhere else which is a shame because I LOVE it! It is one I always go back to after trying other ones out. The main thing I want to achieve with conditioner is defined, frizz-free curls and this product pretty much does exactly that! It is very creamy so it doesn’t dry out my hair either and I love that the results last until the next wash- with some conditioners my hair is a frizzy mess by day two!

Other haircare options: 

  • Herbal Essences Bee Strong Shampoo, £3: This shampoo is a good option even if your hair isn’t curly! It strengthens your hair without weighing it down or making it greasy. It smells like honey too, which I love.
  • Umberto Giannini Curl Care Enhancing Conditioner, £6: I weirdly didn’t love the shampoo version of this because it made my hair really greasy BUT the conditioner is A LOT better. It focuses on defining curls and it does that tbf, my hair looks more curly than frizzy after using it. The reason this is not a favourite is the practical packaging which is difficult to conditioner out of because it doesn’t have squeeze well or stand upside down AND it smells of boys… I LOVE the smell of boys but I just don’t really want MY hair to have that scent!

Curly/ Frizzy Hair Tips and Tricks: 

  • I would suggest buying a clear spray bottle and just filling it with water to instantly nourish your hair both on the go and in the morning! I know it’s only water but it can change frizz instantly if you give your hair a spritz and scrunch.
  • Try to leave your hair alone as much as possible when it is drying to reduce frizz! Towel drying then leaving it naturally to dry is probably the best solution and touching it less means it can go longer between washes without looking greasy.
  • Once a week to a fortnight leave your conditioner on for HOURS like as long as you can, even overnight then wash it off. It works a TREAT and is just like a hair mask really! When you do this regularly you start to really notice the difference and I would 10/10 recommend trying this.
  • Don’t brush your hair too much because it just brushes out the curls and makes it SO frizzy. I tend to take a tangle teezer through my hair before I wash my hair and then just use a wide-tooth comb to style it daily. It might sound a bit weird to straight-haired people BUT it’s really needed. I think this is best way to maintain curls that I’ve found… sometimes you just have to live with the tangles!

Hopefully this has given you some inspiration on how to cope with that curly hair life. For me the main difficultly is getting my curls to outweigh the frizz and finding the balance because the frizz does add volume so I like a bit of it… it’s a struggle! Something the hairdressers always say is that I need to use lots of products on curly, dry hair BUT I have never found anything good enough. Everything seems to make my curls crispy or flat… it’s SO annoying. So if you have any hair serum, oil or ANYTHING to recommend please put them below!

Thank you for reading,

Amy💖