JUNE FAVOURITES

11 Jul 2018


Here's a few little bits I've been loving this past month...

REVOLUTION PRO FOUNDATION DROPS

Let's not waste any time here. I've mentioned these already in both my SUMMER MAKE UP ROUTINE and BEAUTY ON TRIAL posts. If you want more in depth reviews I'd check those out. All I will say here is that if you want an affordable, everyday foundation that is cruelty-free and carries a great shade range, I'd definitely check this out in Superdrug! 

PIXI PETRA LIP BALM

This is another I mentioned in my SUMMER MAKE UP ROUTINE. When I bought it, I thought it would have more of a lip balm consistency but it actually is more thick like a lipstick. However, even with that thicker texture, it's still a moisturising lip that gives a lovely, wearable colour. It's something I've been throwing in my bag when I'm on the go and can top up when it's rubbing off or my lips are getting dry. It makes a nice alternative to just your standard lip balm.

VITAMIN E MOISTURISING DAY CREAM 

Another one I mentioned in my BEAUTY ON TRIAL post, this moisturiser is just your bog standard moisturiser but I think that's why I've loved using it this past month so much. For just short of £3, I feel I get a lot of the benefits from that of more expensive moisturisers if not giving more hydration than more pricey ones have given me in the past. I think this is a little pot of joy that has been really helping my more dehydrated skin over this past month. 

THE ORDINARY 100% SQUALENE SOLUTION

This product I have mentioned in a favourites before and I am not one to mention things I love in more than one favourites post. However, after trying out other serums and oils, I had put this one at the back of my drawer and forgotten about it. It was only recently that I decided to reach for it again and it's been really nice to have this back in my skincare routine. It's helped my moisturiser hydrate my skin more than it would on its own as well as giving a natural glow to my skin on make-up free days. It also helps me go to bed with silky smooth skin that feels well nourished. It feels very luxurious on the skin for something that price is less than that. 

PANIC! AT THE DISCO // PRAY FOR THE WICKED


I haven't spoke about music on my blog for quite a while but one album I was very excited to see released was the Panic! At the Disco album. No matter how much my favoured music genres change over time, I will always have a place for the fabulous voice of Brendon Urie. While I would say I do prefer his last album, this still has some great songs on it. My favourites so far are "Dying in LA", "High Hopes" and "One of The Drunks". Definitely one I will be replaying over the rest of summer. 


So there's a few bits I've been loving in June. Do you have any great discoveries you made this month?
Hope you're doing great,
Sarah 

BEAUTY ON TRIAL

5 Jul 2018


Here's some products I've been giving a go recently and my opinions on them so far. 


THE ORDINARY HYALURONIC ACID 2%+B5

One of my biggest skin concerns is dry skin and this product was something I'd been continuously recommended to try. I remember first using it and noticing an immediate change in the softness and texture of my skin. However, it was said to be one that focusses more on the long term benefits of helping draw moisture to the face over time. Morning and evening, I applied a few drops to my face before moisturiser. While it did help give me smooth skin and it felt as though it allowed my moisturiser to sink into my skin more, I haven't seen the long term benefits. After a few weeks, the effects seemed to become less apparent and it seemed to work very similar to my previously reviewed "The Ordinary 100% Squalene Solution". The textures are different but I felt the benefits were very similar. 
The Hyaluronic acid hasn't worked as well as I thoughr but as I near the end of the bottle and I am still tempted to pick it up again and continue to see how well it works. 

YESTO GRAPEFRUIT EXFOLIATOR 

The same time I picked up the Hyaluronic Acid, I also wanted something to tackle my uneven skin tone and, with this saying exactly that, I thought I'd give this scrub a go. It claims to help correct and repair uneven skin tone and enhance radiance. 
Like any scrub, I usually use it once or twice a week otherwise I find it works the skin a little too much. When I do use it, I do find that it does bring a little radiance to my forever dull skin which is great. In terms of helping uneven skin, it is a fairly abrasive scrub and so I'd think it works well for helping uneven skin and it does; at least for the first day. If I wanted my skin to remain completely uneven it would be a product that I would have to use everyday and due to it being an exfoliant, it's not one I'd like to use that often. 
It is a nice scrub with a fabulous scent that I love using in the morning or before applying heavier make up to my face. However, for something with long term benefits, I think this product lacks this and so I'll definitely be on the hunt for more products that help my uneven skin such as maybe a chemical exfoliant instead. 

REVOLUTION PRO FOUNDATION DROPS

Anytime I buy a new foundation that I love I tend to give it its own moment of glory in its own blogpost. However, I know already that this product has been cropping up over a lot on other blogs  with many singing it's praises and I know it'll be appearing in a fair amount of future blogposts by me so I thought I'd keep it short. 

When I was looking for a new foundation, I was struggling to find one that was my shade, cruelty free and dewy. When I saw this for only £7 I thought I might as well give it a go. It's been a few weeks since I've used it and it's definitely put to the test during the hot weather and 12-hour shift days.

I think this has the perfect coverage for me on a daily basis while still being buildable if needing something more full coverage. It also covers the bit of redness I have and sometimes only need minimal concealer on more probelmatic areas and a little under the eyes. I find it's best applied with a damp beauty sponge otherwise I find it to be more prone to sticking to the more dry areas on my face.

I wouldn't say it has the best long lasting ability as it is one that tends to separate during the day. However, I wouldn't say it's extremely obvious when it does and, for only £7, it could be worse. 
I did think the packaging wasn't really needed with the droplet applicator but due to it's runny texture, I think it's what works best and it makes a change from the usual pump foundation. 
Overall, this is a foundation I would recommend if you want a light/medium coverage foundation that is is great for a small budget this summer. It's one I think I will be picking up again in the future. 

SUPERDRUG VITAMIN E MOISTURISING DAY CREAM

When my usual "Superdrug Naturally Radiant Day Cream" was out of stock, I thought I'd try something new. I'm a fan of The Body Shop's Vitamin E range and so I wondered how this faired against it. 
I'd say this has much more of a cream consistency compared to the Naturally Radiant cream I usually use which I'd say is a little more gel-like. Because of this, I feel it actually brings a lot more moisture to the face in a more natural way- it doesn't give a completely smooth base, but my face feels all-round hydrated. Also, with the extra benefit of SPF 15, I can't complain for almost £3. 
To me, this is really a bog-standard moisturiser which is neither good or bad- it moisturises the face and that's all it really needs to do. 
While I think I will continue to by the Naturally Radiant Day Cream, I wouldn't complain if I had to pick this up again in the future. 
This range also has a lot more to offer and so, if you find The Body Shop's Vitamin E range a little on the pricey side, I'd recommend seeing if there's a similar alternative in this range at Superdrug. 


So there's a few mini reviews of some of the products I've been trialling lately! Have you tried any of these? Do you have any good exfoliator recommendations? 
Hope you're doing great,
Sarah 

HONEST REVIEW OF SECOND YEAR

25 Jun 2018

Prepare yourself for an in-depth review of the ups and downs of second year at University...


When I first started writing this post I sent a picture of the text I had written so far to my housemate joking which jokingly read "It sucked". It's hard to really start and put into perspective as to how this years gone but I'm going to try and break this down in, hopefully, a fathomable way.

TIME FLIES WHEN DEADLINES ARE BY THE TON

Definitely not how that saying should go. It feels like only yesterday I was moving into my second year house and readjusting to uni life. We were warned about this year from older Psychology students that it would be tough but I don't think any of us were really prepared for it. Before I knew it, Christmas exams were here and I didn't have time to prepare for the term from hell that waited around the corner. With a jam-packed second term with a deadline a week and 9am lectures on the daily, I was starting to believe that what everyone had heard about uni wasn't true. I had no time to enjoy myself. The term flew by and not in a good way. I don't think I properly breathed until that last assignment for second term was handed in. And even then, all that meant was summer exams were fast approaching. It's strange to think that next year I'll already be in third year. 

IT CAN BE LONELY

Compared to some subjects, I had something on almost every day of the week . If I wasn't in uni, I was at my part-time job in town or I was with my housemates. I kept myself busy enough to not have time to think about missing home or missing friends.  But then, the off day that I didn't have work, I didn't have lectures and my housemates were busy, it was strange to sit in my room and think. I can be surrounded by familiar, friendly faces and yet still feel a little lost amongst it all . I wrote a post years a go called "ALONE vs. LONELY" and that post still resonates with me today. Times when I'm alone I love, it gives me time to relax. But at points, it can be lonely even if you try and stay busy. I know it's something a lot of people struggle with at uni and I found it particularly hard this year. 

MISSED OPPORTUNITIES

Every uni student that has gone through Freshers knows about signing up to a hundred and one different societies and events that you think you'll definitely be going to throughout your time at university. Most also know that your attendance at these, even after countless emails, is most likely not going to happen. For me, nothing changed in second year. I wanted to make time for societies and events but deadlines took over and so did my job. It isn't really until now with the year finished that I realise how much I feel like I missed through having a job and a course that has so many contact hours. 


THERE OF COURSE WERE SOME GOOD PARTS...

It's nice to know that some hard work does pay off. While I'm yet to get my official end of year result, there were times where, throughout the year, I surprised myself with the marks on essays and reports I was getting. While my end of year results weren't as high as I would have liked, they were still good and I know I'm being hard on myself when I say they weren't good. I was scared that having a job in second year would really hurt my grades and, maybe it did a little, but I turned out pieces of work with the highest scores I've ever got. It confirmed in me that what I'm doing is the right thing and that I chose well coming to uni to do Psychology.


FRIENDS

Having a good group of friends at uni, I feel, can make or break the uni experience and, for me, I'm lucky to have met some lovely people along the way. 

You might be familiar with the first year mistake of living with the people you lived with in first year, in second year but learning to hate them along the way. Thankfully, this hasn't happened in my house. Yes, they're annoying at times, but who isn't? While we have decided to live in different houses in third year, I can guarantee I'll be nagging them for movie nights and trips out next year. We've grown a close little group that have become so comfortable with each other. Some of the best memories of this year haven't been anything extravagant but been one's where we've spent the evening curled up on the sofa talking and laughing at awful jokes and watching films. While I'm not a soppy person, If you're reading this, just a little thank you for putting up with my weirdness, listening to me babble on about things you aren't interest in and making me laugh every day of the year. 

It was also nice to have a close knit group of course friends. They were a support system going through exams and knowing and it was reassuring to know we were all at the same point when the stress level hit new heights during the year. While in third year we are all split off into different modules, there's no doubt that we'll still be meeting regularly. I'm so happy to have a solid group of girl friends that I can rely on. 

It's hard to know whether the pros have outweighed the cons of this year. I'm so lucky to have the opportunity to be at uni and to have great friends come with it. However, it's hard to know if I'm really yet to embrace the opportunity I've been given. Only time will tell, as I head into third year, if it's all been worth it. 

I hope you enjoyed this post and I'm hoping to be giving you some more uni-related posts over the coming months in preparation for anyone going to uni this September in hopes that it may give you some honest insight into uni life.

Are you a student yourself? Was there anything you found challenging about your time as a student?
Hope you're doing great,
Sarah x

BUDGET FRIENDLY SUMMER MAKE-UP

21 Jun 2018


With it getting warmer, it's time to change things up  with this lightweight, budget-friendly make up. 

While the weather is getting warmer and my skin is less dry, I still need the extra hydration so, as well as moisturiser, I always like having a moisturising base that also helps my foundation go on smoothly. The Barry M Flawless Original Primer is great for just that. It's a simple primer that helps in simple ways and that's all I need for a day-to-day basis. This also gets extra brownie points for the great packaging; it's so much easier to pump out compared to tube primers and you can get every last drop out of it. 
A new addition for me this summer is the Revolution Pro Foundation Drops in F1. It's a great lightweight primer for summer with surprisingly good coverage for how thin the foundation comes out. I do think the packaging is slightly gimmicky but I think it works well for this product due to its very runny formula. It reminds me a lot of the L'oreal True Match foundation I used to adore so it's great that I've found a similar cruelty-free alternative. Daily, when I'm in a rush,  I tend to use a buffing brush such as my ELF Foundation brush but it also works great with my Real Techniques Beauty Sponge which gives a more flawless, dewey base. 
There are always bits foundation doesn't cover as well. So for those pesky parts, the new(ish) and highly demanded Revolution Conceal and Define Concealer in C1 comes in very handy. It's great for both highlighting under eyes and concealing any blemishes the foundation didn't manage to cover.
Next, I'll usually do eyebrows and I keep it quick and simple with my Freedom Eyebrow Powder Duo in Ash Brown. They have a great selection of shades at a super affordable price. It's definitely one to check out.
Daily, I choose to just opt for an overall bronze and, for this, the extremely affordable Natural Collection Bronzer in Copper is great. It gives a decent amount of warmth while not being too orange for my fair face. I'm not usually a fan of bronzers that contain a bit of shimmer but I actually like the bit of flex that runs through this bronzer. I don't find it to be too overwhelmingly shimmery but still giving me a little something that saves me time on adding highlighter aswell. If I have time, I also like to apply this across my eyes to just add a little more colour.
Mascara is usually the step I skip during the summer months because I know that my eyes are most likely to stream throughout the day making mascara quite pointless. But, if I do, the Barry M Showgirl Mascara is a great one for length and a natural curl.
Finishing off, I've been loving this Pixi Shea Butter Lip Balm in Natural Rose. When I bought this I was expecting something similar to the Maybelline Baby Lips but it's actually much more of a thick, lipstick-like consistency. While it isn't what I expected, it's actually still really moisturising which is great and definitely a  lot better than the Baby Lips I used to own. 

So there's the make up I'll be opting for this summer when I want something more dewey and lightweight. Have you tried any of the products mentioned? 
Hope you're doing great,
Sarah x

*Disclaimer: This post contain affiliate links but all opinions remain my own*

A TYPICAL DAY AT UNIVERSITY

1 Jun 2018

Here's a "day in the life" style post about what I get up to on a usual day at uni! 



THE MORNING

The majority of the year this would be spent lounging around and avoiding doing any work as I slowly get ready for later lectures. However, it was getting close to exam season so I was up bright and early to get cracking on some revision. I had my breakfast, got dressed and headed out. It's slowly getting a lot more sunny but still a little bit chilly so I threw on these Pull & Bear Basic MOM Jeans (buy here) and then my new Pull & Bear striped jumper (buy here). I went for My Adidas Gazelles (buy here) because they're super comfy. I always take my Carhartt backpack (similar here)with me as well as it fits my abundance of revision notes, laptop and lots of snacks for the day! I've recently found working in the student spaces on campus a lot better than just working in my room at the house so I headed there with a friend. 



THE AFTERNOON

After a morning of revision, we had a lecture in the afternoon so caught the bus over to main campus where, with the weather looking so nice, decided to take the scenic route through campus. After the lecture, I headed  back home where I did some easy work before having tea and getting ready for the evening.  

THE EVENING

It was one of my friends birthday's on this day, so we decided to have a last night out before exams. I decided to wear this leather-style skirt from New Look (see here) along with this TOBI Striped tee*(buy here). I decided to wear a black bralette (found here) underneath which I felt actually added to the outfit! With it still being colder in the evenings I went for tights and black boots from ASOS (similar here) which I soon decided to change to my Black Nikes  (buy here) because, why not! 
It was a really nice night to finish on before the real exam stress kicked in. But, it didn't stop me from getting up for lectures the next day!


Hope you're doing great,
Sarah x 

All items marked with a (*) were kindly gifted to me. However, as always, all opinions remain my own! 
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