My Top Tips For Starting University

Hello. 

It's crazy to think that this time two years ago, I was about to start university. I had spent weeks buying large amounts of kitchen stuff and hours choosing what to take with me. However none of this could get rid of the nervous feeing that just wouldn't seem to go away. I am writing this post today to tell you that it's okay to be nervous, it's a huge step to be taking, but also to tell you that that nervous feeling goes away. 

Now two years on, I am about to go in my final year and those nervous feelings I had two years ago have been replaced by sadness of not wanting it to be over. I wish that I could go back in time and tell my younger self not to waste time being nervous and homesick in those first couple weeks.

I have come up with my top tips for those first few tricky hours, days, weeks! Remember no matter how long it takes you to settle in and feel 100% happy, there are always people feeling the same!  

#1- Be yourself. There is always the struggle of do you or do you not reinvent yourself. It isn't wrong to want to be someone different but I believe you can sometimes get too caught up in changing that's you put across a 'fake' image. People will always respond better to you if they feel they are seeing the real you. 

#2- Get stuck in. Whether it is going and introducing yourself to your neighbor, heading to a fresher's event or joining a society, fresher's offers you the chance to really put yourself out there and get involved. 

#3- Have fun and don't worry. My biggest piece of advice is to enjoy it as much as you can. Althiught there will be times where you are sad, anxious or nervous, I found that if I was distracted by something they went away. You are not going to be the only one who feels like this, so never worry that you are. 

I hope you have the most fantastic time at university. Enjoy every second of it, it goes WAY too fast!!!

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Autumn Loving

Summer Memories

Hello. 

So today I am curled up under a blanket, with a cup of tea, writing what is my first blog post in about four months. A huge difference from what I was doing this time two weeks ago. This summer I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to work at an American summer camp and then travel afterwards. 

This was something completely outside of my comfort zone. Although I work with children on a regular basis, I would be travelling over 3500 miles away to work with children in a different country (and also have to look after myself as well!!!!). I can't even start to explain what a rewarding experience this was. Not only was I lucky enough to work with some of the greatest children but also to make friends with people from all over the world. I was encouraged to step out of my comfort zone and try new things, as well as getting over my fear of roller-coasters!

I'm still not 100% sure what I wanted to get out of this post, but I hope it may encourage some of you to say YES to more things, take more opportunities and try something new no matter how scary it may be. 


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Summer 2015 Clothes Wishlist

Summer Clothes Wishlist




I am so looking forward to being back in some summer clothes! I am hoping to invest in some new pieces to add to my summer wardrobe. At the minute I am really loving bright prints, chunky sandals and floppy hats. Above are some of the pieces I am hoping to get my hands on soon. 

What's on your summer wishlist?

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Picking The University That Is Right For You

Hello.
So the topic today is how to pick the university that you want to go to. This is a hard topic to cover as no one will know what you want to do other then YOU! You will get so many people’s regarding this decision but at the end of the day you are the one that is going to be attending it and therefore it has to be right for YOU!
*Disclaimer: I am not saying not to listen to the opinions of your family, friends, school etc but just remember to not make a decision that you aren’t 100% okay with*
By this time you will have applied for and probably received offers from the universities. Now comes the hard part, how do you turn those offers into a firm and insurance choice?  You applied to the universities you did because you felt they were right for you but how do you now pick your top two? Below are my top tips for picking a university that is right for you! Remember these are my top tips and although these worked for me they may not work for you! I have said it once and I will say it again, DO WHAT IS RIGHT FOR YOU!
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Go and spend a day, couple of days in that place
A big part of going away to university is living in a new place. You want to be sure that you are going to be comfortable living there. You may think you want to live in a big city but actually it’s not all it’s cracked up to be. By going and spending some time in that place, it gives you a bit of time to explore and get a feeling for the place. Important things to look for:
·         Train/ bus stations- how easy is it for you to get home?
·         Where is the nearest supermarket?
·         How far are you from the nearest shops?
·         Can you take part in any sports or activities you currently take part in?

Attend an applicant day at the university
Most universities will invite you to attend an applicant day. This gives you the chance to see the university again, attend lectures, speak to current student and try the food.  You can experience what it will be like to attend the university.

Make a list of pro’s and con’s for each university
Write down what you like and dislike about each university. Although this may take some time, it is a great way to directly compare each university. There is always going to be things that you prefer about one and things you dislike about another but the pro’s balance it out!

Do your research
Everyone is different and different things may matter to different people. You may be concerned about where the universities are placed on league tables, whereas someone else may be more interested in the percentage of graduates who get a job. Researching online can help to answer any questions you may have regarding your university.

Don’t be afraid to ask
The best people to answer any questions you have are the university or people who attend that university. You can always email to university to ask any questions. Also ask your school if anyone has attended that university in previous years. Getting in contact with someone who has been in your position and has spent extended periods of time there, would give you a great basis to make your decision on.
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So those are my top tips for picking a university. These apply both to originally picking one and deciding which two are our final choices. I hope you found these useful and don’t hesitate to get in contact if you have any questions. Make sure you follow to read the next few posts in this series!


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A Guide to Attending University

Hello.
Over the next few weeks I'm going to be discussing the topic of university. When I was applying and starting my main source of information came from the university websites and UCAS. However I found these to be extremely painful boring to read. Although they covered most of the information I required, I wish I had found a blog that broke it down in a more interesting way. And so….  I have set myself the challenge of writing a mini series of posts to guide you through applying and starting university.
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So before we start I thought I would give you a bit of background information about how I got to the university I am currently at. At sixth form I took History, Maths, Chemistry, General Studies and Government and Politics. I also undertook the Extended Project Qualification. Getting good grades in my first year put me in a good position for applying to universities at the beginning of my second year. I applied to five universities, where I was going to study Primary Education (5-11 years). The universities I applied to were:
·         University of Chester
·         Oxford Brookes University
·         York St John University
·         University of Northampton
·         University of Gloucestershire

I applied to these universities for the following reasons:
·         They were all in places I could see myself living
·         I liked the look of the modules that were in the course programme and could see myself studying them
·         They all had an ‘outstanding’ rating by OFSTED for my course
·         There were NO exams on my course

At the end of my course I will be a qualified teacher, this meant that as well as the usual applying through UCAS, I was also subjected to an interview at the universities. I was lucky enough to receive interviews at all five. Once I had my interviews, I then had to wait to find out if I would receive a condition offer from the university. Once I had received all my offers it was then time to make the big decision. I picked my firm choice and insurance choice universities based on the two that I felt I could see myself at the most.
·         Firm choice: University of Gloucestershire
·         Insurance choice: York St John University

Once I had made my final choices, it was time to apply for student finance and accommodation (later posts to follow on these topics) and take the all-important exams. On results day I woke up to an email from UCAS informing me that I had been accepted by my firm choice university, this made the whole going and collecting results a hell of a lot easier.
So two years on and I am loving university. I would not change my choice for the world!

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So what I am aiming to cover in this mini-series? I am going to discuss topics covering the following areas:
·         Picking the University that is Right for You
·         Applying for Student Finance
·         Applying for Accommodation
·         Moving to University
I am also looking to write a post dedicated to your questions! Is there anything that you are dying to know? You can leave your questions in the comments below or tweet me @SkinnyJeansBlog or send me an email to LoveBeautyStudent@gmail.com.

I am very excited to get started on this new project and I really hope that I can help some of you feel more confident about starting university.

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Why I Love The Zoo (And You Should, Too!)

Hello.

So my lovely boyfriend arranged a day out at London Zoo as part of my 20th Birthday! I love going to zoo's so much (much to the annoyance of him). Although he often jokes that I have the maturity of a six year old, there is just something great about going to see animals!!!!! I had never been to London Zoo and it definitely didn't disappoint. 

*Warning, warning  heavily pictured post*
















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Collection Eyes Uncovered Palette Review

Hello.

I have been waiting to get my hands on these palettes ever since I read Lily Pebbles's review.  There are three different palettes to pick from and I picked up the 'Nude Palette' and the 'Nude Bronze Palette'. Both the palettes provide a good range of neutral colours which can be used to create a soft neutral look or smoked up to create a more dramatic look. I am really enjoying using the shade 'Golden Brown' from the 'Nude Bronze' Palette. Although they don't have the greatest staying time, with a bit of primer this is easily resolved and for £3.99 I wasn't expecting them to last forever. If you are new to makeup and are looking for a good neutral starter palette then these are for you. 




Pros:
*Very cheap and affordable
*Good range of neutral colours
*Both matte and shimmer shades
*Eyeshadow names on the back- Does it bother anyone else when products aren't named?!?!?

Cons:
*Cheap looking cardboard packaging
*No mirror- but for £3.99 this isn't a huge issue
*Slightly chalky- easily resolved with a primer

Have you tried these palettes?

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Spring Drugstore Wishlist

February Favourites

Hello.

I can't believe it's already March, this year is going far too quickly! As it is the start of the month, there is no better way to kick off this months posts then a monthly favourites. I don't actually have many favourites this month in terms of beauty products, however there are a few random things that I have been really enjoying. 


Barry M Speedy Quick Dry Nail Paint in In a Heart Beat

If you love Barry M nail paints, then you will love their new release. It has the formula and pigmentation of a normal nail paint but dries so much quicker.... what more could you ask for? This new release from Barry M comes in a range of gorgeous pastel shades perfect for the spring and summer season. I am currently wearing In a Heart Beat which is a gorgeous coral pink shade. 

Bourjois Delice de Poudre Bronzing Powder in 51

This used to be my absolute favourite bronzer, however I had neglected it recently. I used it at the start of the month and have definitely reminded myself why it is one of my favourite products. As a pretty fair skinned person I find that bronzers tend to look pretty ridiculous on me if they are too orange or dark. This bronzer give a gorgeous natural glow and it smells amazing! 

Brown Chelsea Boots from Dorothy Perkins

I love a Chelsea Boot!!!! I just find that they look great with a pair of skinny jeans and a top for an everyday look. I had been looking for a light tan coloured pair for a few months when I spotted these in Dorothy Perkins and I have honestly worn them most days this month. You can buy them here.

Tesco Candle in Damson and Pomegrante

This month I have really enjoyed burning candles. This one from Tesco has left my room smelling lovely and is never too overpowering. It has a fresh fruity scent and although I only paid £2 it comes in a really pretty glass jar. 

Other Random Favourites:
*One Tree Hill
*Tenerife Sea by Ed Sheeran 
*Pink Lemonade
*Pretty Little Liars Series 5

What have you been loving this month?

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Lush Fizzbanger Review

Hello.

A Lush review for you today. I am loving Lush baths at the minute. There is nothing better then sitting in a hot bubble bath watching Netflix on a cold night (I am very much enjoying Pretty Little Liars being on there).

Recently I picked up a Lush Fizzbanger as I had never tried it before but had always read great reviews. As soon as I dropped it in my bath, I know it was going to be one of my favourites. Who doesn't love a bright yellow/green/blue bath? The smell of this bath bomb is an AMAZING sweet scent! Once all of the colours had mixed together, you are left felling like you are bathing in a green swamp but the initial excitement of this bath bomb means that's not a problem. 





You can buy a Fizzbanger here. 

Have you tried any Lush products recently?

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January Favourites



Hello!

Today's post is all about the beauty and other random things that I have been loving this past month. This past month I have discovered a few new favourites as well as digging a few up from the past.

Katy Perry Killer Queen Perfume
This was my favourite perfume this time last year and when I ran out I didn't repurchase straight away. It wasn't that I didn't love the smell, I just fancied a bit of a change for the rest of the year. However I couldn't not buy it when it was half price in the Boots sale. It's a lovely refreshing scent which is great for both the day and night time and I will definitely be wearing it this month as well.

Barry M Gelly Nail Polish in Almond
I have always loved the Barry M Gelly polishes and own pretty much every shade. As I was on placement last month I needed a neutral shade to wear. It is a gorgeous nude colour and lasts for days without chipping. 

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara
I am a huge fan of the Maybelline Falsies mascara and so every time Maybelline release a new one I feel compelled to try it out in the hope that it is as good. If you are also a fan of the Maybelline Falsies mascara then you will love this one. It leaves your lashes looking longer and fuller without becoming clumpy. I will definitely be repurchasing. 

Collection Work The Colour Lip Butters in Vintage Rose and Perfect Plum
Last year lip crayons become huge among most beauty brands and I think the majority now have released their version of the popular trend. I love lip crayons, they are the perfect alternative to a lipstick if you want something softer and quicker to apply. These Collection ones are no exception to that. I have the gorgeous pink nude shade and the deep plum shade and will picking up the other shades in the collection. 

My random favourites
*Broadchurch Series 2
*Lush Baths
*Charlotte Crosby 3 Minute Belly Blitz
*Jolly Ranchers (specifically the Blue Raspberry Flavour)

What have you been loving the past month?
Have you got any new beauty favourites you think I would like?

I love reading monthly favourites posts so make sure to comment any links to your posts below!

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Afternoon Tea at Bill's


Hello.

A couple of weekends ago, my friends and I surprised another one of my friends to afternoon tea. We wanted to take her out to celebrate her recent engagement. We love Bill's and had never tried the afternoon tea before, so we thought we would give it a try. 

There are two different afternoon tea options and we decided to go with the £9.95 option, which came with a pot of tea to share between two. When the food came, it was presented on a gorgeous 3 tiered stand. To share between two people you got, six sandwiches , 4 different cakes and two scones. They were all amazing, although the strawberry tart was definitely my favourite. 





Scores out of 5:
Value: ****
Service: ****
Food:*****

I would fully recommend trying afternoon tea here. For under £10 you leave feeling full and as always the service is just great. 

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I Love London

Hello.

Happy New Year!!! I hope you all had a great Christmas and New Year. I was lucky enough to spend some time in London before Christmas. I love London so much and used the opportunity to take some pictures! I spent the weekend with my mum, sister and our family friends. The Christmas decorations were amazing. I spent a large amount of time staring at the Selfridges window displays. 

*Warning lots of pictures will follow* 








What did you get up to over Christmas?
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