Sunday, 28 September 2014

Recent Purchases

Heart Red - Hot Red & Ember Glow - Trillion Taupe
Blizzard - Freak Out! - Sterling Silver 

Models Own 
Models Own Diamond Luxe (Heart Red).
Models Own Artstix Duo Polish (Hot Red & Ember Glow). 
Models Own Diamond Luxe (Trillion Taupe). 
Models Own Wonderland Polish (Blizzard). 
Models Own Mirrorball Polish (Freak Out!). 
Models Own Metallics Polish (Sterling Silver). 
[6 for £20 - Models Own booth at Meadowhall] 

Collection No Clumps Definition Mascara (17 Ultra Black) £2.99.
Sleek Face Form Contouring and Blush Palette (Light 373) £9.99.
NYC Cover Stick (782 Medium) £1.79. 
St. Ives Elements Fresh Skin Moisturising Olive Scrub £4.99. 
Garnier Express 2 in 1 Eye Make-up Remover £3.49. 
Aussie Miracle Hair Insurance Lightweight Conditioning Spray £4.49. 

Garnier Ultra Lift Day Cream SPF 15 £9.99. 
Garnier Ultra Lift Night Cream £9.99. 

Hello, I thought I'd share with you some of my recent purchases over the past couple of weeks. Some of them are repurchases and some are totally new to me. 

I went to Meadowhall with Ian a few days ago with the intension of just calling at Paperchase for some stationary for uni but I noticed the Models Own booth outside Claire's and decided to have a look. I bought all six of these polishes for just £20 which is pretty good going! I bought two of the new Diamond Luxe polishes in Heart Red and Trillion Taupe. I'm going to save the Heart Red polish for a possible Christmas giveaway because the colour will be so nice for the festive season! I also bought some other glitter shades for the Winter months as well as the Artstix Duo Polish in Hot Red & Ember Glow, which is a really nice mix of warm red colours for Autumn. I'm wearing it on my nails right now and love it, might just have add a snap of them to my Instagram

I really needed a new mascara and found the cheap and cheerful Collection No Clumps Definition Mascara in Superdrug. It's so easy to apply and just as it says, no clumps! I'd been wanting to try the Sleek Face Form Contouring and Blush Palette for a while but every time I called into Superdrug the Light palette was no where to be seen. Thankfully this time a very helpful fellow beauty addict, that was shopping nearby, helped me find it in one of the draws. This lady clearly knew where to look! I've tired it a few times and so far I'm impressed by the blusher and the bronzer but the highlight has a little too much sparkle and glitter for me, it would be so much better if it was matte. 

I also repurchased my favourite eye makeup remover, the Garnier Express 2 in 1 Eye Make-up Remover, it reminds me so much of the Clinique Take The Day Off but for a fraction of the price! Another repurchase is the Aussie Miracle Hair Insurance Lightweight Conditioning Spray, my hair is so long and thick now that it can be a nightmare with tangles but the Aussie spray always detangles my hair with ease. 

I also picked up my favourite Garnier day and night creams for Boots. I'm really happy that the Ultra Lift Day Cream now has SPF 15 protection. These too lovely pots are always perfect for my skin, especially in the Winter months when my skin can become so dry and sensitive from the cold wether. 

What have you purchased recently?

Claire Louise Xx


Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Autumn Wish List

1. ASOS Rib Snood - £10.50
2. OPI Nail Lacquer (Scores A Goal) - £10.75
3. Accessorize Enchanted Floral Bib Necklace - £25
4. Primark Burgundy Panel Vest - £4
5. Hunter Original Tall Wellies (Olive) - £75
6. Makeup Revolution Lipstick (Treat) - £1
7. Yankee Candle Honey & Spice Medium Jar Candle - £16.99
8. Topshop Short Padded Parka Jacket - £78
9. Primark Cold Knee Jean - £13

Hello. It really feels like Autumn is upon us, my favourite time of year. I thought I would put a little Autumn wish list together! 

Having move into a flat recently I can't wait to fill it with Autumn Yankee Candle scents! I really want to try the Honey & Spice candle jar, which sounds like a really nice warm scent for those cold nights ahead! I need a new coat for Autumn/Winter and have found a lovely parka jacket from Topshop, it looks so warm and I'm very tempted to go and try it on in store. I've wanted a pair of Hunter wellies for some time but I've never spent that much on a pair of wellies. Ian and I do go walking a lot and I know I would use them at work too, so I'm desperately trying to justify the purchase of a pair! I love the burgundy colour of the Primark vest top and think it would go really well paired with the Accessorize floral statement necklace. The colours would be perfect for Autumn, a nice mix of dark and bright shades! 

What is on your wish list for Autumn?

Claire Louise Xx


Saturday, 20 September 2014

Student Study Hacks*

Hello! It's been a while since I've done a little post about my part-time PGCE. I started the course at York St John's university in March and so far I'm really enjoying it. I completed my first school placement in June and achieved a 'good' teaching standard which I am really proud of considering I often lacked confidence and felt like I would never be able to teach a whole class. 

I start back at University next week and will be juggling working part time as well as university and my school placements so I've taken some time out from blogging recently to catch up on my university working before I go back, including my first Masters level assignment, scary! 

I thought I would take this opportunity to share with you some of my student study hacks as I was kindly sent some goodies from to help me study, as well as some yummy treats! Viking offer a wide range of stationary at really affordable prices, perfect for a student budget! 

Student Study Hacks

Create a timetable! I know this might seem tedious, your are no longer in secondary school but it can be really useful. Write in lectures, work, social time, family time and time to study. I find it useful to write in what subject I'm going to study because otherwise I spend way too much time on one subject and others get neglected. 

My Palgrave Student Planner is my best friend! This little planner is packed full of pages every student needs; to do lists, diary, timetables, assignment deadlines, book lists, library book loans, useful websites and much more. I mainly use the diary for writing down all the university work I have to do, splitting it up into easy to manage chunks through the week. 

Study hard and play hard! 
 I know its easier said than done, when that dreaded assignment deadline is looming and you've not even started right?... but if you don't let go and relax occasionally, you will only become so wound up about it that the work you do will not be up to your usual standard and silly mistakes will occur.  I often struggle with the work/life balance but if I find myself yelling at my MacBook screen I know its time to save my work, shut down and go and unwind! 

Post-it Notes
I love using Post-it Notes to leave myself little reminders and the joy is they can be stuck almost anywhere you need them, in folders, on the fridge, doors or notice boards. 

Book Flags
I love these little book flags! They are perfect for highlighting or marking text in books and tagging pages for future reference. I find coloured flags really useful if I am doing some reading for an assignment as I can tag different sections of a book with different colours for each subject or topic. 

Pukka Pad's 
Another one of my student favourites is the Pukka Project Pad. The sectioned off parts of the pad are really useful for different subjects or modules as it means I don't have to carry around four or five different notepads and all my notes are in one handy place. 

Colour Coding 
I love the Uni-Ball Signo Gelstick pens, they make my handwriting look so much neater and the different colours are useful for writing assignment plans and taking notes in lectures. I have Dyslexia and find colour coding my notes such a useful study technique. 

Tipp Ex
Tipp Ex is a must have item in my pencil case. I often make so many mistakes taking lecture notes and hate crossing out. My favourite is the Tipp Ex Micro Tape Twist Correction Tape, I simply glide the tape over the writing I want to erase and write over it, no more waiting around for the foul smelling correct fluid to dry! 

Student Support Services
Student Support has been a real blessing for me. Whilst studying for my BA I was put in contact with student support and assigned a mentor to ensure I did not fall behind with my studies because of my Arthritis. However, in my final year I was assessed and told I had Dyslexia! It was a massive help as I finally understood why I have been struggling and always needed to study harder than my friends to get anywhere near the grades I wanted. I would urge anyone who is struggling with their workload to book an appointment with the Student Support Services at your university, they have a wide range of ways to help you from mentoring to study workshops. 

Be Active!
I recently joined a gym and its the best thing I've ever done! It has given me so much more energy, not just physically but mentally and this has meant I can concentrate better on my studies! I've also found because I don't feel as drained all the time I can handle my busy lifestyle better. Another bonus is the hour I have at the gym just working out and not focusing on work or university. 

I hope you find these little hacks as useful as I have! 

Disclaimer: Stationary and treats provided by Viking ( Although these items were sent for review, my opinions are my own and 100% honest (Excludes Post-it Notes and Palgrave Student Planner). Full disclaimer

Claire Louise Xx