Top Tips to Exam Success!

So my exam season is OVER thank goodness. But, I know lots of you aren’t even halfway through. I know first hand how stressful exams can get, even though in the end I always look back and wonder why I ever worried so much! There were a few little things that helped me get through the two weeks from hell, and they aren’t the normal; revise lots, do exercise, cliché nonsense. These are just a few bits and bobs I’ll do to just take my mind off the looming events of the next day and just make some time for myself.

  1. Have a bath. Obviously make sure you are keeping your personal hygiene up, because trust me, there is nothing worse than sitting next to somebody in an exam that smells a bit pongy. Take an hour to just relax in the bath, maybe buy a bath bomb, or light a few candles and just relax for a bit. Don’t forget, nothing is more important than making sure you are ok yourself.
  2. Try to get some fresh air. True, this can be tricky with the English weather like it is, but maybe try to sit in the garden for a bit, walk your dogs (if you have any!) or simply sit in your room with a window open. Fresh air helps me be more relaxed, and I know for sure that if I am getting stressy at college, the best thing is for me to take a walk to the Greggs round the corner.
  3. Listen to a playlist that gets you in the mood for studying. Yes, I know it sucks that you have to actually study, but when you do, if music is something that helps you concentrate, then go for it. Everyone is different so this is a personal one, but if it’s something that works then try choosing something less ‘rock’ and more ‘relax’.
  4. Get up in the morning with plenty of time to make yourself feel ready for the day. If that means getting out of bed 15 minutes earlier so you wash your hair, then try and do it. I know at the time of 6 AM it doesn’t feel like it will be worth it, but just take a few extra minutes in the morning to make yourself feel beautiful. Feeling a natural day? Wear no makeup! Feeling a little more self-conscious? Go all out and use all your makeup skills to sculpt your face until it’s chiseled to the bone! I try to wash my hair every morning because it just makes me feel more ready for the day ahead, and one less thing to worry about halfway through the hot and sticky afternoon, but if I don’t have time I tend to double braid my hair and get it up and out the way.
  5. Pack your bag the night before, making sure you have everything you could possibly need. People that know me, know that I carry practically everything with me. I’ve been called a walking pharmacy! Take rainbow highlighters, and glitter gel pens and funky Post-It Notes. When you’ve been forced to write with a boring black biro for hours, a sparkly pen can really liven things up a bit. (Not in your exam though!)
  6. If you are that way inclined, why not go for a run? I know, it’s not for everybody, but if you know exercise takes your mind off things, get up off your ass and go for a 20-minute jog, if you can’t face a half marathon right that second!
  7. If you have a job, don’t take time off! I know that sounds backwards, but I found that working gave me something to take my mind off things and let me relax for a bit, (even if it was 30 degrees and I was standing in-front of an oven for a good 6 hours!) If you obviously don’t have enough time to work and revise, then do take some time out, but really think whether you need the time off or whether you just aren’t time-managing very well.
  8. Talking about time management, take a few hours out of a busy day to get together with some friends for lunch or a coffee. Just have a catch-up, and if you are feeling really guilty for not studying, then talk about revision over your lunch. Test each other and see how well each of you know areas of the subjects you take. Make it ‘fun’, if that’s possible, so you are truly having a break from the books.

Now, don’t get me wrong, this isn’t a list of rules you should follow for success in your exams (whatever the title says), but I do find these little things just made my exams a bit less worrying. The most important thing is to make sure you are having time to yourself, and however you do that is your choice, but make sure you fit it into the schedule because revision 24/7 is draining and won’t help at the end of the day.

I wish everyone luck in their remaining exams and I’ll hopefully be back soon with some ideas on kick-starting your summer!

Thanks for reading!

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 ❤

Maybelline Fit Me

A friend once introduced me to the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer and I had a bit of a rough start with it. I found it cakey and thick, clinging to the dry patches on my skin and turning orange, even though I had the correct shade.

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6 months after I had sworn that I would never use it again, I found myself out of my old concealer and the Fit Me tube was staring at me, begging to be given a second chance. So I prepped and primed my skin using the Rimmel Fix & Perfect Primer, and dotted the concealer cautiously on my skin. To my shock, it blended beautifully and covered the redness and scarring from previous blemishes. I finally understood why my friend continuously raved about this product and I am so happy to say; it is now my everyday, go-to product.

I was in Tesco with a friend the other day browsing their limited range of makeup, and spotted the concealer and eagerly told her about my little journey with the product but how I now love it. I then looked to the left slightly and discovered they do a Fit Me Foundation. I was very excited at the prospect of a foundation with coverage as good as the concealer. My excitement heightened when I saw it was only £6! I don’t often purchase products that I haven’t had a little look online for reviews and ratings. However this time, I was too impressed at the price and rapidly made the decision that £6 wouldn’t hurt my bank account too much if it was a flop.

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I rushed home and quickly cleared my face of the day’s makeup, ready to try my new purchase. I started with my primer once again, concealer and then I applied the foundation with my normal technique, dot it around my face with a brush and blend. It blended into my face really well and had amazing coverage. As well as this, it didn’t feel heavy or thick on my face, as some high coverage foundations can do. It says it gives a natural, seamless finish and for once, I agree!

Its main selling points advertised by the company are:

  •  Mattifies and refines pores with blurring micro-powders for poreless looking skin,
  • Matches skin tone and texture,
  • Natural, seamless finish

I can safely say I agree with all three of these statements, especially the one about mattifying your skin as this was one of the first things I noticed. I have never used a dewy foundation, however some show signs of having a less matte finish than others. Fit Me has a seriously matte finish, but as I mentioned before, this doesn’t make it cakey or thick.

This foundation is recommended for people with Normal-Oily skin and I would say that the concealer is also aimed at people with this same skin type. I would highly recommend using a primer, or at very least a moisturizer, before applying both of these products, otherwise any dry skin will be highlighted and will stand out like a sore thumb!

Overall these products are the two I use for my skin, and with careful and thorough removal, neither leave your skin with endless blemishes or blackheads.

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I hope you guys will take my word on this and go out and find your new favorite products! Have fun shopping!

Imogen ❤

Primark False Nails

I have recently made an incredible discovery. I was looking to get acrylics done, but where I live, I couldn’t find anywhere that was in the price range I was looking for and was recommended for doing a good job. I then saw my friend with a fresh set of gorgeous nails and instantly asked her how much she had paid for them to look so brilliant! I was shocked when she told me that they were glued on from Primark and cost her £1 for 24!

I went and investigated myself and bought four packets for £4 and was eager to get home and try them out. When I got home, I applied the glue easily to the nails and attached them to my finger nails. A week later, they are still on and looking as good as ever. I am absolutely stunned by the quality and staying power of these nails and at such amazing value.

Here is every reason why I am IN LOVE with these nails and why I would recommend them again and again.

  1. They are incredible value! At £1 a pack, and a pack containing from 24-36 nails (don’t ask why such random numbers), you definitely get more than you pay for.
  2. With the selection from a possible 36 different nails, this offers a wide variety of sizes and they fit nicely over the arch of your nail. This means that they don’t unstick from the pressure of the nail being bent over and arch where it doesn’t want to be.
  3. They are high gloss and shine for the whole time you have them on. Regular washing of your hands helps this and gets rid of any everyday dirt that might build up.
  4. When in the shower and washing your hair, the nails don’t come unstuck and stay firmly in place. This means that you can be confident doing everyday tasks rather than flitting around and trying not to break a nail.
  5. The glue is really easy to apply and each nail is numbered for different sizes so you can make sure the two corresponding fingers on both hands are the same.

Here are some of the ones I have bought on my recent visit.

 

In summary, I am incredibly impressed with these nails and I would highly recommend them to anyone who is looking for a cheap and quick, but still good quality, nail fix.

Thank you for reading and I hope I have opened your eyes to the amazing world that is Primark Falsies!

Imogen ❤

Summer Style: Dungarees

Black Denim Skinny Dungarees  | New Look

Dungarees hey? The first time I wore dungarees was when I was a toddler, so it seems I am just wearing my old clothes again when I go shopping for the newest style. It seems to be the case with lots of new clothing ideas in the past few years. For example: Onesies, bodysuits, and dungarees. This doesn’t stop them being the most wanted style of the summer and certainly doesn’t stop them flying of the shelves, making retailers lots of $$$.

Dungarees are super easy to style, whether they are full length leg or shorts, both are the the best foundations to use to create your perfect chilled-out summer look. They come in so many different colours, more tears and rips than you can think possible and hundreds of different styles and fits. So if you are thinking, no, I tried some last summer and they weren’t right, go out and try them again! In my town centre there at least 10 different stores that would sell at least 20 different styles!  Retailers know what’s in and what isn’t and so they tailor their clothes to suit the customer. After all, we are the ones with the money! 😉

I’m going to give you three different ways to style your dungarees. I own a pair of shorts dungarees and they are my go to fashion item if I want my legs out but not my tummy!

Number 1: Stripes

You may be shocked to hear this, or not, but the easiest way to wear dungarees is with a basic plain or pattern tee underneath and a pair of fashion trainers! Most of the tee’s I were underneath my dungarees are striped and come from Primark! Not only is Primark great value for picking up all the different colours and patterns you could ever need, but the quality isn’t too shabby either. The material is soft against your skin and if you find a tiny mark or loose cotton when you get home from your shopping day, don’t take it back! (Unless it’s extreme, obviously!) The worn look goes perfectly with dungarees as denim tends to look worn even before you buy it, sometimes it’s even ripped! The t-shirts I own are plain two-toned striped short sleeve, which makes them ideal for underneath dungarees. These can, of course be worn on there own also and can look casual, laid back and are extremely comfortable. Here are some examples of stripes that are in the shops now, so go out and go shopping!

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Heartbreak Navy Stripe I Like You Print T-Shirt | New Look

These three are from New Look and are all around £10. You can find cheaper or more expensive ones elsewhere, so take your pick! All you have to do is search ‘striped t-shirts’ into any store’s site and hundreds of results will pop up.

Number 2: Off the Shoulder

Off the shoulder tops are great for summer. Okay, yes. They do cause a problem with bra straps and then when wearing a strapless bra it keeps falling down, but with the right bra, off the shoulder tops open up a whole new side to fashion. Not only are they great for getting that bronzed look on your shoulders and not causing icky tan lines, they are again an essential for summer. Coming in long sleeved and short sleeved, there is a top for every occasion, and they are so easy to style with a throw on cardigan or a jumper if it is a bit chillier. Rain macs are the same and can take the chill off the breeze during that summer shower of rain, whilst allowing you to get you tan on, all in the same day! The best ones for wearing with dungarees are soft plain material, so that you aren’t hiding any detail with the denim front. The denim straps on your shoulders are never skin irritating, unless you have super sensitive skin to denim, in which case I would stay clear of this look. The off the shoulder look also allows you to stay cooler on a hot summers day, allowing you to have skin on show but not look too revealing. Again, pair these with your favourite fashion trainers and you are good to go!

Here are a couple of examples you could wear, all found at Asos, all around the price of £10.

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Image 1 of New Look Stripe Fitted Bardot Top

Number 3: Plain w/ Edge Detail

These tops were huge last summer and I remember, when I walked into town to meet people, you almost certainly see at least 20 different girls wearing these tops. After Topshop launched their range, other stores followed, with these tops making an appearance in New Look and Urban Outfitters soon after. They are, of course, still able to be bought today and if you can’t find any in store, go online! Asos have a huge range of long sleeved tops and Topshop and Urban Outfitters still have a wide variety of short sleeved choices online. These tops are usually seen with a white main body and then with a black or coloured trim to the sleeves and neckline. This creates a pretty contrast and as a basic top, they look great underneath dungarees as you can still see the detail!

Here are a few I have found on Asos, Topshop and Urban Outfitters. They range from £10-£30.

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Image 1 of ASOS Cropped Contrast Sleeve Raglan

Grey Contrast Trim V Neck T-Shirt  | New Look

I hope that I have given you some ideas and inspiration with how to wear dungarees, as I know I had no clue when I first bought mine. But after playing around with a couple of ideas I love wearing them, and in the summer they are one of my summer go-to’s.

If you want any of the details for the photographs above, just give them a quick click, and a link will take you to the page. Go out and get shopping!

Imogen ❤