Thursday, 30 January 2014

I'm going to university.. In February!

Hello everyone! I asked on my twitter whether you wanted me to talk about me getting into university, and you guys did so here it is! I will be studying Criminology at the University of Bedfordshire, in Luton. My course starts on the 17th February 2014, which is very unusual many of you will think. I was very surprised to see how many universities offer some courses that start in January-February. Not all courses are available, I was lucky that one of my options for UCAS was available to start sooner then in October 2014. I applied directly through the university of Bedfordshire and was accepted fairly soon after.

As I type this I do not know exactly when I register nor my timetable (I should get it when I register) and I do not know 100% about my student finance. Many of my dates to get student finance was 2013 of January 2014, which worries me as I will only have £2,000 in April to last me until September/October as well as having no money until April!

As I understand it, I will not be getting a summer holiday, I will be working all the way to mid September and get 2 weeks off before my second year. I will be joining those who started in October 2013 and I have no idea whether I will get Easter off or not!

I would like to write a few more blog posts about starting university in February, there's very little information about it and I'd like to share my experiences with everyone. Even the university's website and UCAS has very little information! As I have previously said, blogs will be out when I am free and able to write them, I will have a better schedule when I get my timetable, in 2 weeks or so.

If you have any questions, ask me below in the comments. Also, let me know if you are starting university in February! It'd be great to hear of people going through the same as me!

Saturday, 25 January 2014

Beauty empties before I start university!

Hello everyone! I am now settled into a temporary home while I look for somewhere more permanent for when I start university in February. While packing at home, I came across a few empty bottles and a couple very nearly empty that I will leave at home! Since I had used or nearly used the products and have been using them for a few weeks/months, I have a good insight into them and whether I would recommend them or not!

The products I have finished or nearly finished with.

The first product is this Dove beauty hand cream. It was bought for me last Christmas and have been using it on and off the past year. There is a reason for this, I don't really like it. The main plus point is that it does smell like any other Dove original products and I love the smell. But for me personally, it goes downhill from there. I found this beauty hand cream very watery, it didn't moisturise my hands after uses so gave up with it. I recently re-discovered it and again I didn't find it much help. I have seen these in shops/drug stores for about £2-3 and to be honest, I would not recommend this at all, it is not rich nourishing as stated on the front.

Dove beauty hand cream

The next product I have is the body shop's pink grapefruit hand cleanse gel. I got given this and a sweet lemon one when our town's Body Shop had a revamp, along with a satsuma body butter and a seaweed clarifying toner! It looks like it's a full bottle but I've had it upside down to get every last drop out! Anyway back to the pink grapefruit hand cleanse gel, I am a fan of hand cleansers, but unfortunately they always smell really strong. But these are fantastic! Both this one and the sweet lemon one smell of their respective fruit! They cost £2.50 without discount for 50ml, I know you can get more for a £1 in a pound shop, but if you honestly hate the smell of hand sanitisers, I highly recommend these!

Body shop hand cleanse gel

As you can see in the next picture, I have scraped out this Nivea lip balm! I am a big fan of Nivea, especially their primer and their lip balms. You can generally find some of their lip balms in pound shops! I have already used 3 of these and one essential care lip balm. Even for £2 which I think is the maximum I've seen them in shops, I would highly recommend these! This lip balm gives a very slight tint and smells gorgeous!

Nivea lip care velvet rose

Next up is this OSIRIS nail polish remover. This costs £1 or just under in savers and it's fantastic! I've tried so many nail varnish removers costing between £1-£3 and most either don't work, or smell disgusting! But this is the best one I've come across so far, it's acetone free and doesn't smell that bad for a nail polish remover. The only trouble is it can be difficult to get hold of, I have only seen it in savers, so I try and stock up!

Osiris nail polish remover

I have been using Schwarzkopf GLISS for a few years on and off. I don't stick to one conditioner for long, I find my hair gets used to it and becomes less effective. I have used the pink, red and white GLISS conditioners and find the pink or white one the best. I generally buy these when they are £1 in drug stores/high street or in the pound shops. I won't say they are the best conditioners I have ever used, but for £1 they do a very good job, great for those cutting back on costs or on a lower budget!

Schwarzkopf gliss liquid silk conditioner
This boots zingy shower gel was also bought for me. I believe this is now unavailable as I haven't seen it in boots but I thought it was worth a review. As you may, or may not know, I absolutely love the smell of lemon! This shower gel is very similar to the original source lemon shower gel, just less potent. I have had no problems with this shower gel, I would assume the cost would be less then £3 a bottle, I would easily recommend this if it is still available to buy!

Boots zingy lemon shower gel
The last item is Alberto Balsam, those who follow me on twitter may know I love the drink apple tango! I saw this in superdrug and had a sniff and it's so strong! They were 99p each and on a deal 4 for £3, I only bought this to try it out. Unfortunately I didn't read the bottle and it says normal to greasy hair. I would describe mine as normal to dry. This does clean your hair but does make it feel a bit on the dry side! I would recommend this to anyone that has greasy hair but not those with dry to normal hair.

Alberto Balsam shampoo

That's it everyone! Let me know if you've tried some of these products out, I love to hear other people's opinions of products I've used to see if they have had similar experiences! I have to apologize with the lack of posts, I've been so busy with paper work and packing/unpacking. I hope at the end of February, once I have a timetable and hopefully somewhere new to live, things will have more of a schedule, but until then, posts will be whenever I am free!

Saturday, 18 January 2014

Lush bubble bar - the comforter review

Hi everyone! As I think I have mentioned before, my town does not have a lush, this makes me pretty sad, but I was lucky enough for my boyfriend to buy me a couple of bath bits for me for Christmas! I will be moving to Luton tomorrow (19th January) for uni, which has a lush, yay! I know you can buy lush products online but I want to have a sniff before I buy!

I'm not one for having bubble baths but I saw the comforter and loved the swirls, it reminded me of raspberry ripple ice cream! Upon having a sniff I was in heaven! I love blackcurrants, whether its in a juice or a sorbet I make in the summer.

The comforter bubble bar

I have used this in 3 baths and used about half the bar in total. The more you put in under the running tap, the more bubbles and the darker the colour of the bath water is! I was worried that the colour will stain light bath towels but I am happy to say it doesn't! Using this will make your bath water a pink-purple colour, bubble up and smell of blackcurrants, note it doesn't smell as strong as the bubble bar, but you can still smell it.

the comforter bubbles

I find using this bubble bar, as supposed to nothing, really relaxing! I honestly didn't think I would notice the difference, and maybe some wouldn't. I would recommend the comforter bubble bar, you can get 6-8 baths out of it making each bath about 60-75p each! For a more relaxing experience, add some candles around your bath! The combination made me feel so relaxed! This bubble bar has been perfect as I have been really stressed out recently with paperwork and packing for uni!

Have you tried any of Lush's bubble bars? Which ones would you recommend? Let me know below!

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

£1 nail varnish remover pen - poundland

I decided to try out this £1 corrector pen I bought when I had a poundland haul about a month ago. Nearly all of us get some nail varnish on our skin from time to time, no matter how hard we try! So what better then a nail varnish removal pen?! Well most things as it turns out...

In fairness for £1, I wasn't expecting much. The pen it's self looks like a felt tip pen, and one good comment about it, it doesn't smell! To test this I painted my nails and purposely went over, so I could remove some nail varnish. I also used 5 different nail varnishes, some more stubborn to see how it would cope.

The pen before I started to use it!

The nail varnishes I used were (left to right) Nails Inc. in Basil street, No7. Stay perfect nail colour in sunset, Rimmel London Lycra PRO professional finish in blue vogue, models own in raspberry crush and Sally Hansen Hard as Nails with NYLON in black night.

The first couple of nails was worse then a nail varnish remover. The pen is much easier to use then a cotton wool pad or cotton buds. But unfortunately, not long after this, it started to go downhill. As I ran out of space on the nib that didn't have nail varnish on it, using it led to nail varnish from previous nails starting to smudge onto my skin! This looked awful! Where I had removed blue and red nail varnish, I was getting purple skin around my nails!

The picture above, shows my nails before I used the pen. I hurt my finger hence the plaster! Below shows after using the pen. I wouldn't recommend this product to anyone if I am being honest. It's really easy to use but doesn't really function as it should for very long! I would like to try other brands of nail varnish remover pens to see if they are any better. Have you tried any nail varnish remover pens? Let me know if you can recommend me one to try!

Closer view of the purple around my finger.

Monday, 6 January 2014

Emily the strange nail varnish set

Hello everyone, happy new year! One of my Christmas presents was an Emily the strange purrfectly flawless nail varnish set as seen below.

The box and contents
This set comes with 4 nail varnishes, red, pink, blue and purple. As this was a gift I haven't looked into the price nor where this was bought, I am sure the brand does other make up, but I am unsure if they do more colours. Each nail varnish comes with a small tag/charm of a cat, which are cute but a couple were difficult to remove, which led to nail varnish on my hand!

The 4 nail varnishes
Being a brand I have not heard of before, I wasn't expecting much. But I am pleasantly surprised! These nail varnishes are really easy to apply, don't smell that strong and have a really strong colour! The only downside of these are that they take a little longer then most nail varnishes to dry, but apart from that, they are really good! I would definitely recommend these to my friends, they even last as well as Barry M or similarly priced nail varnishes.

The end result
 Have any of you tried this brand or may do in the future? Let me know!