064.JPGAfter buying my Mum a bareMinerals Mineralixirs set and finding out how much she loved the oil as part of her beauty routine I decided that I needed to get my own. After looking around I found this Vitamin E Overnight Serum-in-Oil from Body shop and decided that it was great value for money as I wasn’t yet sure if an oil would make my skin feel too greasy.

The first great part about this oil is that it doesn’t make my skin (which often gets very shiny throughout the day due to too much oil) greasy at all, it actually does the opposite and my skin seems to stay matte for longer when wearing makeup. Obviously this meant that my skin wasn’t moisturised enough and was creating extra oil to make up for any dryness, so it brought this to my attention at the same time as fixing it, which was great!

I usually use it during my night routine after my moisturiser as I feel like it locks in moisture similar to an emollient cream. Because of this I also use this oil on eczema and really dry patches – it works really well to get rid of these patches when I use it after the FAB Ultra Repair Cream and it doesn’t irritate at all. I always wake up with a more glow-like look with skin feeling refreshed and often so soft.I also think the Vitamin E in it helps to soothe and get rid of any pimples very quickly which is always a bonus to any skincare product in my mind.

You can buy it from The Body Shop for £15

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There’s a lot of lists of what you need to have while at University, and while some of these are fairly accurate I thought maybe hearing from an actual student might be better. As I’m a Marketing student I definitely need less things while learning than some, an example is any art-based course but I need think most courses will be very similar to mine with how much you need.

I think one thing is you don’t need to buy a whole Paperchase collection, and most of the things you need are fairly cheap and easy to get so instead of buying that cute floral pen buy a pack of 10 plain ones for half the price. Here’s some pointers to what you should have for uni:

Laptop – You definitely need a laptop for uni as your work is expected to be typed and printed and having to find a computer every single time you need to do either of these will be a bit of a hassle. A light one that you can easily transport is good as you can take it to group meetings and also seminars. Personally I didn’t take my laptop to lectures (I get distracted easy) but I know a lot of people who did take notes straight onto theirs. Also, most lecturers will upload lecture slides and some have started to do recorded sessions which are uploaded to the university’s online portal.

Paper and pen (maybe a folder) – I would recommend taking notes on paper as it’s a lot less likely to distract you, you can either use the refillable pads of paper and sort them into a folder when you’re back in your room – make sure you have different sections. You could buy multiple notebooks – one for each module (which is what I did – try Clas Ohlsen for good notebooks). Or buy a sectioned notebook with each section a different module.

Memory stick – This is a no brainer for when you want to work in the library or if you need to print from a university computer as you’ll need to move your documents between the computers. I don’t recommend buying a printer as it’s probably cheaper using the uni printers.

Highlighters and post-it notes – Always good for revision, I also used post-its for reminding myself of deadlines or tasks I needed to do.

Pen pot for desk – A plastic container or mug will be fine for this – you don’t need a lot of stationary but you do want a place to keep spares where it’s easy to find.

Scissors, hole punch and stapler – kitchen scissors or nail scissors will do to open packaging or remove tags. A hole punch is useful if using a folder and you need a stapler to keep assignments together when handing in.

Calculator – Check if any of your modules have any maths at all in them as you may need a calculator just in case, I know a lot of people who didn’t have one and had to borrow from people on different courses last minute and you don’t need the stress of that. Also you need one that your university allows in exams so check on your uni website to find out.

Diary/planner – even if it’s just monthly print outs or an A5 diary you need somewhere to write down your deadlines and exams so you can see how much time you have to do them. I keep mine on my desk so I can see it every day.

Textbooks – Most textbooks will be freely available in the library BUT if your module depends solely on one textbook and you have an exam for the module it might be best to buy a copy for revision purposes (You will probably realise whether a textbook is actually important by Christmas – most of my book list last year I only needed once and it’s not worth buying them all). Remember to shop around in second hand stores and on Amazon to find textbooks cheaper.

I also really recommend using RefMe to create your reference lists for assignments – with this you don’t need to learn how to reference and using this means you don’t have to spend ages at the end finding and referencing all your work.

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As someone who mainly sticks to the Naked2 Basics palette and very neutral colours on an everyday basis the ABH Modern Renaissance was not only an impulse buy but probably not the best decision for my bank balance. But I was pleasantly surprised with the fact that the majority of the palette is neutral enough to wear everyday and that the bright pink, red and orange just catch your eye a lot at first glance.

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There’s 14 shades which are all very warm colours and are extremely pigmented. And I mean extremely. I actually went to try a subtle look with the Raw Sienna shade and found that I had waay too much on my brush -which meant I had to rethink my look for the day. You really only need the smallest amount on the brush and the shades blend into each other so well.

I’m quite excited for returning to Uni as I can see myself using Love Letter and Venetian Red for a lot of different night out looks (which you can keep up with on my Instagram)- and because only the smallest amount is needed it should last me for quite a while. Tempera is a great base colour for my eyes as you can see the swatch is barely visible on my arm – I think this is great as I said before I’m a very neutral look person.

Below are some swatches of each colour, I really hope you can see the names clearly – if not just mention it in the comments and I’ll edit up some new photos.

You can buy this palette at Cult Beauty for £41.00

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“First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream is a thick, rich, emollient product that hydrates deep down with exceptional penetration. With the help of colloidal oatmeal, shea butter, soothing eucalyptus oil and ceramides, First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream provides immediate relief and visible improvement for distressed skin. First Aid Beauty Antioxidant Booster is there to defend skin from free radical damage.”

Do you ever have those days where it’s so cold you can feel your skin drying up? When I went on holiday to New York last February this happened to me every single day so when I saw this while browsing Sephora I needed it. It seems to soothe straightaway which is probably due to the oatmeal and eucalyptus oil both of which have helped my dry (and sometimes painful) skin in the past.

My skin was visibly smoothed after application which really helped when I was applying foundation as I didn’t want that awful flaky skin effect that so often happens with dry skin. I also used it on patches of eczema on my body and it worked just as well as it did on my face.

I find it’s a perfect substitute for an everyday face moisturiser when my skin is extra dry or I have flared up with eczema as it works wonders for mouisterising without irritation. If you have eczema you will know about how some creams make you want to itch even more and this doesn’t at all; it also doesn’t feel greasy or waxy like some emollients and creams which are made for targeting eczema. You also only need a small amount at a time – so if you’re only using it every so often on a tough dry patches like me then it can last for months so it’s also great value for money!

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For £7.20 you can Buy it Here with 56.7g

Or get 170g for £17.60 at Amazon*

 

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“Quickly minimize the appearance of pores & fine lines for smoother-than-smooth skin! Apply this silky, lightweight balm alone, under or over makeup. The translucent formula contains a vitamin E derivative known to protect skin from free radicals.”

I20160814_135539 bought Benefit’s POREfessional primer while I was on holiday in New York about a year and a half ago and the Benefit counter in Macy’s did my makeup for me. I really liked how my makeup looked over the top this; it was so cold that my skin was extremely dry so this primer was really good at smoothing the dry patches out.

You can wear it under or over makeup and also just on its own if you prefer a lighter coverage. I’ve used a few primers before but this is the first one where its skin coloured – this makes it easier to use on top of foundation as it blends in with my skin.

As a primer I cant really see much difference between Benefits, seventeen and an Avon one which I’ve had in the way it looks with foundation on – although POREfessional is much thinner and spreads across my skin much easier which makes a little go a long way.

Below you can see a close up and an extra close up of a before and after application on my cheek – apologies for how bad my skin is at the moment, it’s decided to have a bad week. As you can see, my skin looks more matte, the colour of the primer has slightly tinted my skin as well and (I think anyway) my pores do look a bit better and less noticable.

I cant say that POREfessional was a miracle product and it doesn’t have any ingredients which would help my pores shrink over time like some products claim but on a day-to-day  basis it works well as a base under my foundation.

For £31.50 you can Buy it Here

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