All Shook Up Cocktails!

Hi there everyone! So tonight I’m posting something a bit different, and it’s only going to be a short one.

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Image taken from www.allshookupcocktails.co.uk

I recently tried the All Shook Up pre-mixed cocktails and I just wanted to share how cute I think they are! They only have three cocktails out for sale at the moment, as they are a fairly new brand. But, here are the three they have available!

Images taken from www.allshookupcocktails.co.uk

Flamingo Colada:

This cocktail is great for you if you like Pina Coladas (and getting caught in the rain!) The Flamingo Colada is a gorgeous pink colour matching the design of the can (which is also just the cutest!) and replaces the traditional pineapple juice with Grenadine. Add natural coconut, lime and fruit juices, all shaken together with white rum, this cocktail is a delicate take on the classic and gives just as much of a taste of paradise!

Passion Fruit Martini:

This one is my favourite of the three! It takes the classic Pornstar Martini and adds passion fruit juice to make it that little bit extra fabulous! Shaken together with vodka, sugar syrup, natural flavourings and fruit alcohol, serve with a shot of prosecco on the side, you’ve got yourself a fruity and fabulous Passion Fruit Martini!

Espresso Martini:

This one is my least favourite (not to say it’s bad, by any means!), just because I prefer fruity cocktails. It still tastes great – A take on the classic Espresso Martini, this takes the hassle out of making your favourite cocktail! Simply pour into a martini glass and add espresso beans atop your ice cold beverage and you’ve got the easiest espresso martini you’ll ever drink! With coffee, sugar syrup, natural flavourings, all shaken together with fruit alcohol and vodka… you can’t go wrong with this simple classic!

 

These three cocktails are perfect for a low-key catch up with your friends, or for pre drinks before a huge night out! They would be ideal for taking to festivals, and I’m always on the look out for new and exciting drinks! These three are available in Tesco and independent convenience retailers, best to check with your local stores! At Tesco, these little cans are selling for £1.25 each and until 7th March 2019, they are 4 for 3! These are perfect and, as the website points out, the adorable cans are the perfect accessory for any outfit!

Thank you for reading! If you like this sort of content, give it a like and comment with any suggestions for new posts! I really like posting about things that are a bit different and quirky, and these have been so fun to review! I hope you’re all having a fabulous new year! Thank you again!

Imogen ❤

Skiing Skincare

So, in just under two weeks, I am heading off skiing for the first time ever! Whilst I have been worrying about ski gear, the long journey, and most importantly how to actually ski (as I have no idea!) it has also been on my mind that the harsh cold weather is going to have an effect on my skin and body. So I have done some research into brilliant super strength products and am going to list some below for you budding skiers out there! I am also going to include some of my recent favourite skin care products that I have been really enjoying!

Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish™ Hot Cloth Cleanser – £15

This cleanser has been YouTuber’s and social media influencer’s favourite for several years and a star product for the brand since it was founded in 1995. It is sold in multiple stores around the country, most easily found in Boots or John Lewis, including the respective websites. It has won over 100 awards and has been no. 1 skin cleanser, according to QVC beauty awards, for multiple years, including 2018. Containing ingredients such as cocoa butter, chamomile and eucalyptus extracts and beeswax, this cleanser leaves your skin feeling, smelling and looking gorgeous.

 

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I love this product. I had been meaning to try it out for years, but always thought it would be quite expensive! After looking at the modest price of £15, I thought it would be worth a go!   I am so pleased I tried it! It cleans my skin beautifully, not only after I have been wearing foundation or a lot of makeup, but also from all the everyday grime and dirt that it encounters from just living in a busy city! it moisturises your skin and leaves it feeling baby soft and smooth. I use it with the Liz Earle muslin cloth which delicately exfoliates and washes away the cleanser, taking with it the dirt and dead skin. I can’t wait to try this when I go skiing (not that the air in the isn’t the cleanest in the world!) but with the everyday freezing temperatures, my skin will need a little love, and the Cleanse and Polish™ is the best way to do it!

 

 

Liz Earle Skin Repair Moisturiser™ – £21

Following on from the previous product and sticking for the moment with Liz Earle, I have recently purchased their moisturiser and I LOVE it. It leaves my skin really soft and smooth, the same as the cleanser, and it smells heavenly!

 

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With extracts of Echinacea, a naturally smoothing and conditioning and avocado oils brilliant for nourishing the skin, this moisturiser leaves the skin suitably moisturised without an oily or sticky residue. It is available for normal/combination skin and dry/sensitive skin, and although my skin has been described as combination to normal, I chose the sensitive formula to battle the extreme cold temperatures in the snow. Although I’m not skiing yet, I have been using it over the past couple of weeks, and I have had multiple comments on how ‘glowy’ and healthy my skin looks! It really is great, and I would recommend, if you’re not certain to pop into a Boots and speak to the experts at the Liz Earle counter, as they can advise you on which product might be right for you.

 

 

Liz Earle Instant Boost™ Skin Tonic Spritzer – £15.50

Again! Back at it with Liz Earle! But seriously, this tonic spritzer is my favourite thing to have in my handbag at the moment. The best way I have found to use this is to apply my moisturiser and then whilst it is still soaking into my skin, I spray this four or five times over my face and it seals the moisturiser into my skin and forms a protective layer against harsh weather and air conditions!

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In the snow this will be perfect and I have found my skin to be bouncier and plumper when I use these two in combination! It has a similarly dreamy scent to it, and when spritzing this, don’t hold back! The more you apply, the better! I haven’t tried this over makeup yet, but I’m not sure that it has any makeup setting power within it, so it may not work as a replacement for your everyday setting spray!

Containing organic aloe vera, cucumber and chamomile, it really gives your skin the very best care!

 

 

Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Scrub – £9.95

Onto another one of my newer brands that I have recently begun to use; Nip + Fab! This brand is brilliant! I have also used their Glycolic Fix Night Pads Extreme, which you can find here. The Glycolic Fix range features many products with the main ingredient of glycolic acid, no surprise! Now, I have always been a bit wary of products containing any acids, so for example, hyaluronic acid, salicylic acid, lactic acid or glycolic acid. However, I have discovered these products are completely safe for use on your skin! The one thing I do note is to be careful around sensitive areas of your face, such as under and around the eyes, and to generally go quite gently with these products, as I just don’t like using too much of them. Another thing I have found is that the acid tends to clear my pores out so well that it strips them of excess oil, therefore meaning your skin produces more oil. So, around oilier areas of my skin I will only use these products lightly as I don’t want an overload of oil the next morning.

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That said, I really like using the Glycolic Fix Scrub. In a face scrub, I look for two things; a soft, finely ground exfoliant and a result that I can see and feel after one use, making my skin visibly clearer. This face scrub is both of these and clears my face of any dry or dead skin leaving behind a fresh, clean base for me to apply moisturiser. I exfoliate twice weekly and am desperately trying to stick to a continuous skincare routine, rather than sporadically applying products if and when I feel I need them. When skiing, this scrub will come with me and be part of my snow skincare routine, as I feel it will do an excellent job of removing dry skin from the cold weather.

Nip + Fab is widely available, I have found them in Waitrose, Superdrug, Boots and obviously online on their website nipandfab.com.

 

Patchology Restoring Night CloudMasque™ Sleeping Mask – £35

This moisturiser… what can I say? Although it’s called a mask, I use it as a nightly moisturiser, and it is amazing. The first time I used it, the morning after I could see instant results. My skin was more plump, bouncy, youthful and glowing with moisture. When using this, I usually complete my cleansing in the evening and then apply a thin layer, avoiding my oilier areas (I’ll explain why in a moment’s). Then I go to bed, go to sleep etc. and wake up the next morning with beautifully moisturised skin. Now, in the morning I like to wash my face by just splashing some water after using this, as this mask can leave an oily ‘moisture’ residue on the skin. Of course, this would make sense with this being a mask, as it is designed to be washed off I would imagine, although I’m sure I read somewhere it can be left the next morning throughout the next day. Overall though, this mask is brilliant.

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Its active ingredients include Hyaluronic acid, Retinol and Peptide complexes, which combined work towards hydrating your skin, restoring your skin cells and reducing fine lines and wrinkles (if that’s an issue you are particularly conscious of). With a peaceful and dreamy scent of jasmine, this moisturiser helps you to fall asleep and get your skin the well needed rest and repair time that it needs. Whilst skiing this will be great for an overnight fix after a long day on the slopes and an easy way to ensure my skin is ready to go the next morning.

 

Dr. Lipp Original Nipple Balm for Lips – £12

Yes, you read that right! Nipple Balm! So the story goes; the founder of Dr. Lipp (Pontine Paus) had eczema and researched online for the best moisturising and nourishing product and found nipple balm contained this miracle ingredient called Lanolin. This ingredient dates back to 90AD?! and mimics the skins oils and moistures perfectly. So she   decided to create her own nipple balm, which she promotes for ‘Dry Skin, Luscious Lips & Glossy Bits’. Since then, her Dr. Lipp Nipple Balm has become widely popular among celebrities and makeup artists and my attention was drawn to it after I walked into Space NK asking for the lady’s recommendation on the best lip balm they sell, and she pointed me to this! I haven’t looked back since, neither have I used anything else. It is moisturising, glossy, high shine, nourishing… it has it all. I use it as an overnight intense lip balm to help restore the skin on my dry and chapped lips in these cold conditions (perfect for skiing!) or as a lip gloss when I’m wearing makeup, or just simply, as my go to lip balm.

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The company prides itself on 100% natural ingredients, with one sole ingredient, Lanolin. This means there are no nasty chemicals, no acids, no harsh ingredients, just Lanolin.  If you want to read up on this completely natural and miracle ingredient head to the Dr. Lipp website! This will be perfect for my ski trip, where I will probably apply it as much as I possibly can, bearing in mind, the temperatures in England cause dry and cracked lips easily, so temperatures down near -15ºC are guaranteed to!

 

So there it is! My favourite products for the cold, wintery season we are currently in, and the products I will be taking with me skiing to battle the freezing temperatures! Remember, if you are going outside, wrap up warm and take good care of your skin! It needs more love than you think and taking a little extra time to look after it can make a world of difference in the long run!

Thank you so much for reading my blog, and I will hopefully be posting more frequently, so keep an eye on my Instagram and Facebook for when I announce new posts!

Imogen ❤

A Level Results Day

Hey everyone! It is 11 days until A Level results day! Yes, I am counting down the days, not because I am petrified of finding out my results but because I am excited to see where I will be heading in September! I have previously written a piece about GCSE results day, as I knew a few younger people were quite nervous about receiving their results. Now, one year on, I am waiting for my A Level results, hoping to achieve the grades I need to get into my first choice of Universities!

Lots of people will be nervous about getting their results. Some of you may know that you smashed the exams after months of hard revising and you are confident you are going to do well! Others may think the exams have gone well but are staying quietly confident that you will get the necessary grades. And unfortunately, other people will be dreading the 16th, knowing that their exams did not go as they had hoped and that they are going to need a contingency plan if they get worse grades than the Universities are offering to accept.

Even if you are one of the confident individuals and you know that you have achieved your grades, having a back-up plan can never hurt! One thing I had forgotten is that if you do better than you had expected or have achieved higher grades that will get you into a higher University than is your first choice, you can go through Clearing to apply to the higher Universities. For example, you have a conditional offer from University of Liverpool for Mathematics for ABB, but you have achieved 3 A*’s! You could now apply through clearing to go to your other higher choice of UCL for A* A* A. If they have the spaces, they should accept you, as you have not only met the requirements, but have exceeded them. Keep this in mind if you do better than you had expected!

Similarly, if you have changed your mind about your first choice University, after checking the entry grades, and knowing that you have met them, you can apply through Clearing to your new choice. If you now want to go to University of Sussex (ABB) then you could apply through Clearing (as long as they have the spaces).

Clearing (through UCAS) works by creating a new application, and therefore a new UCAS Track profile. This will become active once your application is complete and you have received a welcome email. You can apply through Clearing for a number of reasons but the main ones include –

  • You have applied after the deadline of June 30th
  • You didn’t receive any offers
  • You don’t want to accept the offers you have been given
  • You do not meet the entry requirements of your University firm and insurance choices

If you don’t get the grades, don’t panic! If you really want to go to a specific University, ring them up and explain why you want to do your course there. Don’t try to make excuses about why your grades were lower than expected, unless there is a clearcut reason (for example a grievance or illness etc.). One thing to remember is that the Universities really want passionate and brilliant students, and often, with the rising number of other options instead of University (apprenticeships etc.) Universities may even be reaching out to fill the spaces they have for a course! Be hopeful, and don’t get flustered, if you do decide to ring them, try to stay calm. If you have become upset after receiving your results, just take a moment to compose yourself before you speak to the University.

If your University doesn’t have space on the course you want, you can try a different course, for example, if you were planning to do Psychology, try seeing if they have spaces on a Psychology with Education or something along those lines. Who knows? Perhaps the course will interest you more than you think! If it really isn’t your cup of tea, once you start your course, if you request to swap to your original course soon enough in the year, they may be able to fit more people in, due to drop-outs and people declining their offers.

The other option with Clearing is that other Universities may have spaces on the course you want to do. These may be Universities you hadn’t thought of, so be open minded and think; if I really want to do this course, does it matter which University I am at? Do try and look around any Universities before you confirm your place, or at least see if they offer a virtual tour online. Failing that, try using Google Maps Street View to look around the externals of the buildings to get a kind of feel for the campus.

If the exams have gone so badly wrong that you are not going to be able to get into a University you would like to go to, then perhaps you should rethink your options. Could you take a year out? Retake a subject? Work full time until you have a clearer idea of where you want to go? Do an apprenticeship? There are lots of options and although it might seem like a huge disaster on the day when the results aren’t what you hoped for, everything will be ok in the end!

A Level Results are released on the 16th August 2018 and are usually available for collection from your school/sixth form/college. Alternatively, if you know you can’t make it there on the day, you can receive them over the phone or arrange to have them emailed to you (check individual rules for your institution). This may also be the default option for some schools, as they have so many students, emailing out the results can be easier.

Good luck to everyone who is waiting for results in just over 10 days and I hope that you all get the grades you are hoping for and if not, you are still able to find a way to study something you love!

Thank you for reading and keep an eye on my blog for more content as I move to University and blog about questions and key topics that have been requested!

Imogen ❤

 

UCAS… What next?

Hello everyone! I’m sorry I haven’t posted anything in a while, I’ve been concentrating on my courses and all the work that comes with doing A Levels, fellow strugglers, you know what I mean! I have sent my UCAS application off and have received offers back. But, I have been asking myself, what next? What do I do in this long wait between now and results day (aside from revision for my all important exams… obviously!)? And then I thought, maybe if I don’t know the next steps, others don’t either. So I thought I would do some research and compile a little guide as to your next move closer to starting University!

Of course, I know that not everyone chooses to go to university, and that’s great! Some people are suited to different styles of learning, others want to travel and work. Whatever you choose to do, as long as it is what you want to do, then it’s going to be okay! But, this post is focused on people who have applied through UCAS (hence the title) so if that’s not you, please feel free to either stay and read anyway or skip this post!

Receive your offers:

This will be dependent on a number of factors, such as how your predicted grades align with the grades the University is asking for (or tariff points if that’s the system they use). They will also consider how many places they have on offer, and if they have fewer applicants than they expected, they may offer you the place but on lower grades, which is great! They may also give you a ‘contextual offer’ if you attend an Aspiring College or Sixth Form, of which there is a list online for each University if your institution fits the criteria, or if you make that University your firm choice, then they will perhaps lower the grades too. All in all, the Universities are really searching for the people that show they want to be there and even if their grades aren’t ‘up there’ they will still be given a fair opportunity to bag a place!

Reply to your offers:

Congratulations if you have had offers back from Universities saying that they would like to give you a place! There are three responses you could have received; Conditional, Unconditional or Unsuccessful. Depending on which you have received will determine your next steps.

Conditional means you’ve got a place! That is, as long as you achieve the grades that the University are after.

Unconditional means congratulations! You’ve got a place at the University with whatever grades you get! Some people automatically assume that this means they don’t have to turn up for their exams, BUT! I would strongly recommend carrying on revising and working hard, not only because Universities can withdraw their offers, but it will also make the first year so much easier, having a strong base of knowledge at a higher level!

Unfortunately, if your application has been unsuccessful, that means you haven’t got a place at that University. But, the other 4 applications may be successful, so don’t lose hope! I have had unsuccessful applications and everyone sort of tiptoed around the topic if it came up, but the first thing I said was “Don’t worry! I’m sort of happy I got rejected… it makes choosing my top two easier!” You’ve just got to look on the positive side of these things and you’ll be fine!

Applying for Finance:

I will go into more detail about this on a separate post, but the basic gist of this is explained really well on the UCAS website, and through various emails advising you on the best course of action. UCAS will email you with the 16 digit code you need to set up a student bank account (this is slightly different to applying for finance but I’ll explain later). Other information you will need to apply is your UCAS Personal ID number, Passport number and National Insurance Number. The process takes about half an hour, and you then print a form to sign and send to the Student Finance HQ. They suggest that it will take roughly 6-8 weeks to process, but as soon as the application is in, it’s one less thing to worry about!

So there you have it, the next few steps after you have sent in your application. Of course, there is accommodation, applicant days and lots of revision, among other things, but I’m going to be writing some more in-depth posts for these bits as I think they just need their own posts. I know lots of people are quite daunted by the process, but it honestly isn’t that scary and once you do it, you feel so much better for being on top of it!

Thank you for reading and keep an eye out for new posts under the University tab on my page and I’ll be posting more content soon!

Imogen S.

First Christmas Shop

Some people might think mid-November is too early to start your Christmas celebrations, but for me, the excitement is in the build-up to the big day. The fairy lights and tinsel going up, mince pies coming out in stores, Christmas candles and of course, all the best Christmas music. I did a bit of shopping yesterday, and although not all of the products were Xmas themed, the majority of them fit the bill!

I have been buying presents for friends and family and frantically trying to think up ideas for my Secret Santa, but I have also been treating myself to a few things too, so I thought I’d share them with you. I’ll do the non-Christmas bits and bobs first, and save the best for last!

Makeup Organising:

I have been after a makeup organiser for a while now, and I knew I could get my hands on one in Tiger, one of my favourite stores. As I am starting to film more content for YouTube and some of this will be makeup themed, I thought it was about time I organised myself properly. So yesterday I popped in and looked through their collection and saw they had a small one that fits perfectly at the front of my makeup table. This, along with my new vanity box I have recently got, and now I’m quite chuffed with how it has turned out! I think this one was £7, and they had a couple that were either larger or smaller, so they have a good selection to choose from.

No.36 Sea Salt Mist Reed Diffuser: 

A couple of months ago, I bought this candle from good old Primark, but it burnt out within a few uses, so when I went back in to get another one, I spotted this and decided that it was better value for money, not to mention, you lose the danger element aka FIRE. I am really happy with it so far… it claims to last 8 weeks so I will keep an eye out for when the smell dwindles away. It was only £3 whereas a large candle was £5 and it only burned for 60 hours, which sounds like a lot but I’m sure it isn’t 8 weeks worth. So depending on how well this works, I may be sticking to diffusers from now on!

Christmas Fairy Lights:

As somebody asked me the other day; what makes a light a Christmas light? I couldn’t answer apart from saying that some of mine were shaped like snowflakes, even so, they are winter, not Christmas… anyway. I bought two new sets of lights for this season, to go with the other I purchased last year. I am much happier with the new ones, well done Primark, you’ve upped your game! They are much brighter and I love how they are smaller lights on a wire, which makes them more delicate, but they look prettier intertwined with tinsel, which is how I have displayed one of the sets. I have the 40 Copper Wire LED Star lights (£4) and 40 LED Firefly lights (£2.50), which are both 4.35m long, so ample to adorn places in your room like your desk or mirrors. Because they are much lighter weight this year, they are also easier to keep in place, by using small blobs of blue-tac. They take 3 AA batteries, so I keep them turned off when I am not in my room, but they are much brighter, as I mentioned before, and I think this is why.

Festive Slippers:

I couldn’t go another Christmas without some of these, and I saw the perfect pair hanging by the tills on the way to pay in Primark, so I threw them in the basket last minute and I’m glad I did, especially for £3.50! They are the Reindeer Novelty Footlets and they’re super comfy, perfect for popping on when watching a Christmas movie with a hot chocolate and a blanket. Nothing better!

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Yankee Candles:

I have always loved Yankee Candles and last Christmas my mum bought me one, so when I finished it the other day, I knew I wanted some new ones. I went into the store in town and bought a couple of mini ones for £1.99 each, or £10 for 12 (for a limited time only). I purchased Sparkling Snow and Snow In Love in the ‘votive’ size. Sparkling Snow is described on the website as having Top Notes of Sweet Orange, Pine Needles, Crisp Mint, Mid Notes of Evergreens, Blue Spruce, White Pine, Rosemary, Eucalyptus, Bay Leaf, Juniper Berry and Base Notes of Frosted White Musk, Fir Balsam, Sandalwood, Cedarwood, Patchouli. The Snow In Love is described as having Top Notes of Citrus, Mid Notes of Spicy, Floral, Jasmine and Base Notes of Oriental, Woody, Patchouli, Sandalwood. If you can imagine what any of that smells like, I applaud your knowledge of scents, because all I know is they smell lovely.

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The Body Shop Bath Bombs and Bubbles:

The final thing I’m sharing today is The Body Shops new range of Bath Bombs and Bubbles. I’m not going to say too much because I am planning a review of these soon! They come in 8 scents, five of which are Bath Bombs (Mango, Strawberry, Candied Plum, Vanilla and Green Tea) and the other three are Bath Bubbles (Coconut, Moringa and Pink Grapefruit). I was able to get my hands on 5 of these and I am very excited to share with you guys my thoughts on them, so keep an eye out for the upcoming blog post!

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So there you have it! Everything from the first shop of the year that truly felt Christmassy! Keep a watch for the new ‘Christmas’ tab in the menus for all exclusive Christmas content!

Good luck to anybody sending off UCAS applications in the near future and I hope it all goes smoothly! Need any help with the dreaded process? Go and watch my video I uploaded recently with some tips and tricks along with a run through of the full application to help you on your way.

Thank you for reading and have a lovely weekend!

Imogen S.

Uni Open Days

UCAS has just opened applications for September 2018 undergraduate entry for universities. Part of the fun of uni is getting to explore new places and make new friends, and it all starts with researching what you want to do and where you want to go. Part of this research is visiting universities on an Open Day. I have been to a few as part of my research, and there have been some I have really liked, and others that just haven’t quite hit the spot.

Some important things to remember when you’re looking around are:

  • You don’t have to like it! Your friend might say it’s the best university in the world, but your friend isn’t spending 3+ years there for you to complete your degree. The league tables might say that it is top in the country for the subject you want to study, but if you don’t like it then it’s going to make studying more difficult and less enjoyable for you! Make sure you like it because you’re the one that will be living there.
  • Everyone (mostly) is as confused and unsure as you are. The majority of the prospective students around you, are probably similar to your age and haven’t got a definite plan for what they want to study, let alone do for the rest of their lives. It’s great if you have a plan because you know what courses and qualifications you need to get into that career! But, it also isn’t the be all and end all of the choices. Most students change their minds during their course as they learn new areas of their subject, so don’t feel too pressured to make a decision and have to stick to it.
  • Look out for the helpers and students from the university (they’ll probably be wearing a coloured top that matches the university, or be holding a big flag etc). There are often multiple registrations and help point tents scattered around the university, so just pop over and ask for help if you need it. It’s what they’re there for!
  • Take the time to go to talks or presentations. Some of these you might need to book in advance and get tickets, or others you can just turn up and see if there is any extra room. Or, if a talk doesn’t appeal to you, head to an informal Q&A that most departments will hold all day in their respective buildings. I would recommend going to the department section anyway because you can look at the facilities and lecture halls and see what kind of environment you will be studying in.
  • Pick up as many leaflets as possible. Don’t go too crazy, but do take the opportunity to get more information about specific things that are important to you.
  • Got a passion? Sport? Music? Reading? Go take a look around the facilities, because they might offer something that will be the winning factor! You could also take a look at the library, even if you rarely touch a book, as they are often the place for computer suites and study areas.
  • Tour the accommodation and be realistic. I know the thought of sharing a bathroom with 8 other people doesn’t sound overly appealing, but universities tend to bump up the price of a standard room to ensuite by roughly £40/week if you’re lucky! Keep an open mind and remember you won’t be spending the whole time at university in halls. More often than not, students move out in their second year to external student accommodation. Then again, if you know you have the money to pay for a private student flat for £200/week, then go ahead and splash the cash!
  • Lastly, ask yourself the harsh and realistic question of; Am I going to get the grades to come here? It is brilliant to aim high because it makes you strive for success and people always get better grades if they truly believe they can. But, on the other hand, if you have got a C at AS, are you going to get an A* at A2? I am not suggesting that you completely close off the option if the requirements are slightly higher than your predicted grades, but make sure you have a backup plan. If you do love a university and their grades are high, then great! It could motivate you to work really hard all year and get those grades but it could also demotivate you and stress you out, chasing grades that are not realistic.

These are some of the things I have done when visiting universities and I have found that it tends to help to go into the day with a rough plan, so have a think before you dive straight into a place you don’t know!

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Have fun looking around new places and meeting some friendly faces that are always happy to help!

Thank you for reading and I’ll be writing more soon about the UCAS application process as I go through it myself, so keep your eyes peeled!

Imogen ❤

Student Summer Fashion

So recently, I have ventured into the unknown and bought quite a few pieces of clothing online from a website called Romwe. I had seen the site advertised on Facebook many times but wasn’t too sure whether I could trust the crazy low prices, and it not to be a scam. But I can safely say, I haven’t been robbed of hundreds of pounds from my bank account, and not only have I received my purchases, but I actually really like them, and have had quite a few compliments asking where I have got my things from. When I say Romwe, they look surprised and I explain that it might take a couple of weeks to ship your stuff, but for basics like tee-shirts and jumpers etc. it is a great site!

As I just mentioned above, I have only used them for tee-shirts and hoodies so far, as I am not sure about sizing guides for denim jeans/shorts etc., but I am excited to try other items and see how they turn out. I’ll show you some of the tops I have already received, and a couple of two-piece’s (top and shorts) that are on the way to me now.

Tee-shirts and Hoodies 

These three were from my first order, and I noticed that they all came up a bit small, but if you like a cropped tee then that’s perfect. My favorite is the blue New York embroidered top. I know some people who ordered the Pineapple top, had concerns that it would be see-through, but it isn’t too bad, as long as you wear a nude or white bra you won’t be able to notice that it is that transparent.

You can check the individual size guides for each piece of clothing online before you buy anything. The Striped top is quite tight on me, so I would definitely recommend going for a small or medium unless you are really tiny, then an extra small might just be ok! The other tops I bought all fitted really nicely, and all of them have been made from a comfortable material, nothing scratchy or horrible.

If there is one thing I might mention, it’s that with the ones with badges (like the Pineapple or the Rose), the stitching can be a bit hurried and look a bit messy up close, but it isn’t anything you can notice from a normal distance away. Chances are, no one will ever know.

The hoodie I bought is exactly the same as I pointed out on one of my previous posts last summer, I believe, and was from Topshop at around £30, so for half of that, it was a steal, and the quality is the same as the Topshop version! Bargain!

The others I have bought are below.

Two Piece Summer Sets

 These two are in the post as we speak and should be arriving soon. I am really excited to see how they look and will probably order some more for summer once I know I can order with confidence. I really double checked the sizes for these, as shorts can come up quite tight, especially on the Sunflower design as they don’t seem to be elasticated. Of course, if that proves a problem, you could always pop a couple of belt loops on and tie a belt around the waist or even add elastic to the inside of the waistline!

Here I’ll leave a list of all the products with direct links to the pages where you can buy them. Or alternatively, you can just visit www.romwe.com and browse through their whole collection.

Blue Letter Embroidered T-shirt ‘New York’

Blue Striped V Cut Cropped T-shirt

White Pineapple Embroidered Patch T-shirt

Rose Patch Knot Front Tee

White Palm Tree Embroidered Patch Crop Tee

Pineapple Embroidered Tee (Red)

Letter Embroidered Short Sleeve Tee ‘Heartbreaker’ (Yellow)

White Letter Print Hooded Crop Sweatshirt

White Crochet Trim Crop T-shirt

Sunflower Print Tiered Frill Cami Top With Shorts

Halter Neck Rose Applique Crop Top With Shorts

I really like Romwe because it is crazily cheap, and isn’t actually too bad for quality! This is perfect for students or anyone really from the age of 11-25 because money isn’t the easiest thing to get hold of, and good, cheap clothing is always a win!

Thank you for reading guys! I hope you are all looking forward to the sunny weather we will hopefully be getting this summer! Have fun and remember to wear sun cream! Burnt is not a good look, trust me!

Imogen ❤

Winter: Eyes

I am so sorry that it’s 2017 and I’m not posting until February! 1/12 of a year has passed and the 2nd is rapidly speeding by, meaning I have to get my act together and finally write again!

I am going to be writing a collection of posts which can be found under the menu; Star Items. These will be written down to what time of the year it is and will recommend a selection of products that I am loving at the time. Today I am going to share the first collection, for Winter, and this post focuses on any eye products I am using that are really standing out to me.

Shadows:

My first products are the Full Throttle Eyeshadow Palettes from NYX, in two colours, Riot and Bossy. Here are a couple of photos of each, to show you what they look like in the palette.

 

‘Riot’ is my preferred palette however, I use both together when I am wanting a stronger look, especially for a night out, a party or just for a slightly different smoky eye. I have been using the light pink shade in the ‘Bossy’ palette as a base colour, gently blending it out over the entire eyelid I then use the amber/orange shade lightly dusted to add a brighter colour to the eyes. On top, I use the dark red shade and blend this across the whole eyelid, but focussing it on the outer corner and along the lash line, creating a natural shadow, as well as then using the ocre shade to blend into the crease of my eyelid, adding depth.

I discovered something recently, that if you use red or pinky tones on your eyes, the iris’s tend to appear more green, and if you use more orange or coral colours, they appear more blue. There is an alternative to make your eyes seem darker, brighter etc. but for me, these two are closest to my natural colour.

Therefore, depending on what colour I am wanting to enhance on the day, I will either use the orange or the red more strongly. If I am going out and want to make the eye slightly smokier, I blend the dark purple shade from ‘Bossy’ into the burgundy and add the silver glitter sparkle shade to top it off. If I am going for a more subtle look, then I take my single eyeshadow from NYX in shade ‘Showgirl’ (not pictured above), which is a glittery red pigment, and dust this across the lid. Finally, I use the white glitter shade from ‘Riot’ in the inner corners of my eyes, just to make my eyes seem wider and more awake!

Mascara:

I have three mascaras I am absolutely loving at the moment, and all three do slightly different things, but they don’t disappoint! I am going to briefly outline how each is different and why I am liking using it so much!

Lancôme Grandiose Mascara:

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Although at a first glance, this mascara might seem too quirky and different to actually deliver great results (I’m thinking of the wand), after giving it a go, I am happy to share that I was pleasantly surprised. This mascara has a small, plastic (which I prefer) brush, at the end of an angled wand, designed to make getting to outer and inner corners, easier and ensuring you can get super close to your lash line. The brush, has short and longer bristles, meaning you can get to the lash line without smudging mascara on the tops of your eyelids. The effect is said to be volumising, however I would rate this higher as a lengthening mascara, not to say that it doesn’t add incredible volume to my lashes, but on me, the length is the main difference I notice. What attracts me most is not only the length it gives, but the length without the clumpiness, therefore fanning out the lashes. It does cost slightly more than your average Rimmel Scandal Eyes, at £26 a pop, but in my opinion, it is worth it for the unique wand and fanned out lash effect it gives.

Clinique Chubby Lash:

 

Clinique’s Chubby Lash mascara has become my new favourite number one for everyday use, and chances are, if you see me, I’ll be wearing it. There are several things I love about this mascara, for instance, the fact that even though it is brilliant for building layers and adding intense volume, it also provides astonishing volume with just one coat. I also like that it slightly clumps, making the lashes look bigger and bolder. It is also waterproof and sweat proof, I have tested it multiple times at the gym guys, so trust me, even though this does not claim to be a waterproof formula. This is another added bonus for me, as I find with waterproof mascara I can never get it off in the evening without a specialist remover, but because this is made to be removed easily, it is just as quick to take it off as it is to put on. At slightly less than the Lancôme, £14.75, this is an absolute steal and I will certainly be purchasing another tube once mine runs out.

Kiko 30 Day Lash Extension:

 

On the slightly lower end of the my favourites spectrum, this Kiko lash extension mascara adds gentle volume and length for an everyday natural look. I have been known to use this lots in the summer when the weather is hot and I am not feeling like a heavy day of makeup, or if I just feel like something a little softer on the eyes. Whilst it claims to revitalize your lashes over 30 days and improve their growing power, I have never seen too much difference, however this doesn’t mean I don’t like what it looks like on. It suggests that after using this, other products will look better, as it has enhanced your natural lashes, but I think this product alone is suffice, and looks beautifully natural when you just don’t want to layer up the mascara to get the smoky volumised eye makeup effect everyday. At £7.90 from the Kiko website or any Kiko store, for me, this is a bargain and something I have repurchased as it is something I like to have all the time, just in case. Not to mention, if you wanted to volumise and lengthen your lashes to the maximum, a coat of this almost acts as a primer for other mascaras and lays a good foundation for a killer false lash look.

Benefit’s Roller Lash:

 

After previously mentioning this product about a year ago, saying that it was one of my least favourite Benefit products, I have been converted, and am in love with the gentle length and curl it effortlessly creates. The thin brush and wand make it feel effortless applying it to your lashes and creating a natural curl. The thin bristles really grab every lash and pull them to curl upwards. At £20.50, although I know there is the cheaper option of the Maybelline Lash Sensational at only £7.99, I would recommend this mascara to anybody opting for a slightly more natural look, edging away from volume and wanting more length to their curl.

Everybody swaps between products, especially when you want to try different things, so I know that these might change in the coming posts, but I am enjoying these at the moment and I thought it was a good time to share it with you!

Thank you guys! You’ll hear from me again soon!

Imogen ❤

 

 

Fall Footwear

So it’s come to that time of the year where boots, coats, scarfs, hats and gloves come out, as the bitterly cold English wind cuts across the country and the leaves begin to fall. What am I talking about? Fall, of course, my favourite time of the year.

It’s not just the Pumpkin Spice Latte’s and the appearance of Christmas decorations that I adore, but fall fashion, to me, is the best of the year. I will be covering other bits and pieces as the season goes on, but today, we’re talking shoes.

Shoes for fall are absolutely gorgeous, ranging from a pair of Dr Martins, Ugg Boots or Trainers. As soon as we hit the season, new ranges and lines are brought out by each and every shoe company and the fun truly begins. Colours in the autumn are all based around the oranges, reds and browns; subtle but powerful. So there’s no surprise that a lot of the shoes brought out in fall are based around these colours, and others similar. I’m going to show you some of my favourites, including a couple of pairs I have purchased myself and some that are on my wish list.

The first I’m going to show you are the classic’s for fall. The Ugg Boots. The company Ugg has brought out so many different types, from heels to slippers, but the all time favourite is the boots. On my wish list, this year are the Bailey Bow Boots, a beautiful short boot, lined with the classic faux fur, but with a cute twist of a bow lacing up the back.

Next is the simple but classic, black heeled ankle boot. These became popular two winters ago; I remember buying mine and ended up getting horrible blisters for weeks because I didn’t break them in properly. Not only do these give the short girls a little extra height if it is wanted, but they look good with any outfit, skinny jeans and a winter coat, tartan pencil skirt and a blouse, you name it and they are bound to match. Mine were from Topshop, but I know a girl who bought a gorgeous pair from River Island, and many other stores stock them too, especially as we approach autumn and winter.

Next, we are going to look at not a boot, but a trainer. I have recently purchased the pair of Khaki green Nikes (below) and the others I had to decide between and were strong contenders for my autumn trainer. I really love wearing a pair of trainers, all year round, as they are so comfortable, they come in hundreds of different styles and colours and they last at least a year or two or full wear. If you don’t have a pair of fashion trainers, then you should really consider owning a pair, as they are brilliant for comfort but look gorgeous too.

 

Finally, my all time favourite, Timberland Boots. I bought my first ever pair last autumn and I wore them nearly every day for the whole season. They are comfortable, fashionable, keep your toes warm and go with every pair of jeans or leggings you own. As well as all of this, they are fully winter proof, being waterproof and supplying excellent support for those winter walks through the woods with the dogs.

Thank you so much for reading my latest post, and I hope I have given you some ideas for your perfect footwear wardrobe for fall!

Imogen ❤

In & Out : Hoodies & Sweatshirts

Being observant, as I am, I was wondering through the shopping centre in Brighton and noticed in lots of stores that I walked through, that hoodies and sweatshirts are SO IN at the moment! This is brilliant news, as a hoodie, even though a basic item, can bring a casual, ruffled look together, instantly.

Pair a pair (isn’t that funny?) of your favourite jeans together with your favourite hoodie, add a pair of Adidas Superstars and a throw-it-all-in handbag and this look is perfect for those days where the temperature is starting to drop. After all, the temperatures will only fall from now on as we head towards autumn and you don’t want to get chilly! Even in the late days of summer, it can get slightly colder and most hoodies, you can easily fold up and put in your bag, ready in case you need them.

There are two types of jumpers I have seen a lot of recently; hoodies and sweatshirts. I am going to show you a few of my favourites down below and some that I plan on purchasing, and if you want to take a look at prices and where they come from, hover (or click) to see more details. Or if you want to visit the website directly, click on the links below!

These ones are from Topshop and Asos, and are just a few of a huge collection they have!

Although you may be sad to part with the money for a new hoodie at the time, I know I am, after a few months, you will be very glad you indulged in your new favourite item of clothing. After all, who says a hoodie can’t be worn everywhere? Mine are worn out, at home relaxing, in bed overnight, to the gym, pretty much anywhere and everywhere!

Hoodies and sweatshirts are only two of a number of styles and there is sure to be a jumper somewhere out there that is ready to be your next best thing!

Have a browse and make sure you show me anything you buy! You can inbox me at my official address (imogensoperblogs@gmail.com) or add me on social media! I’d love to hear from you all!

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Thanks once again for reading!

Imogen ❤