Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Top 5 A/W Lipsticks

(L-R//Rimmel Apocalips - Big Bang, Rimmel Kate Moss - 107 Wine, Rimmel Moisture Renew - Notting Hill Nude, NYC Ultra Last Lipwear - Berry Rich and Miss Sporty - 250 Cabaret)

In the transition between Summer and Autumn, I often find myself buying more 'Autumnal' lipstick shades so I decided to share with you my top 5 colours. I love dark, plum shades as I think they suit my pale skin, they also look lovely with either neutral eyes or bold eyes so they work perfectly for day and night.

So this isn't technically a lipstick but in my opinion it does the same job so i'm going to include this. Im currently loving having red lips at the minute and this is the perfect red. It isn't too glossy or too matte, just a perfect 'wet look' lipstick. This shade looks gorgeous with a flick of eyeliner, a 'breton' top and some black skinnies. This is amazingly pigmented and the staying power of this is brilliant, perfect for nights out as you don't have to worry about topping this up.

This is the newest addition to my A/W lipsticks and I love it, i've wanted it for a while but decided now was the perfect time. It's a gorgeous reddy, plum colour that looks perfect with a smokey eye. This is matte lipstick so it lasts for a long time, I don't find this as drying as other matte lipsticks i've tried but i'd still suggest wearing a lip balm underneath just in case. I also weirdly really like the smell of this ha! I'm looking forward to trying some more colours in this range so if you have any recommendations let me know.

Again, another new addition but one that has easily become one of my favourites. I bought this from Fragrance direct for 99p (unfortunately the don't have the shade anymore) after hearing Lily Pebbles talk about this, I didn't have any nude lipsticks in my collection so this seemed the perfect choice. The range of this shade is 'moisture renew' and they really are moisturising, the colour isn't as long lasting as the Kate Moss range but they still last a good few hours. This is an amazing 'no makeup' shade and is perfect for daily wear. I also want to try the shades electric plum and sloane square.

Another 99p Fragrance Direct bargain! Since buying this i've been wearing it none stop. I love purpley, berry shades but sometimes find that they aren't the most suitable for day wear. However, this shade is perfect. It's a kind of pink plum colour that can be built up for a more 'vampy' look or worn with one layer for the perfect A/W daily colour. This is as long lasting as the Rimmel Moisture renew lipstick and it doesn't leave you with that horrible stain around the lips as it wears off.

I've had this lipstick for around a year now and you definitely have to be confident to wear this during the day as it's a really dark, blackcurrent shade. When I wear this in the day I usually have basic face and eyes as otherwise the lips look too much and it looks especially lovely with your hair in a top knot. I love the formula of these lipsticks and think they are really pigmented and long lasting, the smell is delicious too. Unfortunately, I'm not sure if this shade is still available but definitely check out Miss Sporty's range for good, affordable lipsticks.

Here are the swatches of all the lipsticks in natural light. As you can see the bottom shade is the darkest and the top shade is definitely the brightest but I think both of these are perfect A/W shades.

Have you tried any of these lipsticks? Which lipsticks do you love?


Thursday, 5 September 2013

How To Survive University Whilst Being in a Relationship

It's that time of year again when people are preparing to go back to school, college and university and it seems that so many bloggers are doing posts on how to save money, how to survive freshers, essentials to take and different looks/hairstyles to impress. I thought I would do something I've not seen before and blog from experience and share my story and offer some tips on how to survive university if you're in a relationship and you're both going to different universities. 

(Us at the beginning)

My Story
I met my boyfriend pretty much the first week of college, we became friends for a month or so and then we decided to become 'boyfriend and girlfriend'. We had the same friendship group so we spent the majority of our time together be that alone or hanging out with our friends. By the time we applied for university my boyfriend knew he wanted to stay at home, as did I, however it turned out that Hull university (where we live) only did Primary Teaching in Scarborough (an hour away) but that is what I wanted to do so I knew I would have to move. 
As the time came nearer the fact that I would be moving sank it. We'd had the best summer ever and then we knew we were going to be apart. We were 18 and had been together for 2 years, a lot of people said we wouldn't last, we'd drift apart etc but we proved them wrong and another 2 years down the line we're still here, stronger than ever. I'm not saying it wasn't hard, it bloody was but i've got some tips for you that made it that little bit easier for us and could be the reason why we've worked so well.

One of the many freshers nights out

Tip One - Communicate
This is my most important tip, ever! Communication is key to a long distance relationship. My boyfriend and I aren't really 'phone' people, we much prefer to text rather than speak on the phone but you need to compromise. Skype became our best friend and scheduling time to fit in a skype chat really made a difference. It is also important to talk about any problems, rather than build them up otherwise when you see each other next those bad feelings rear their ugly little heads. As I had moved out and my boyfriend stayed at home, during the first few weeks I was going out whilst my boyfriend hadn't started university yet so didn't know anyone this caused a few problems but we spoke about them and sorted the issue there and then.

Tip Two - Be Considerate
This follows on from tip one, be considerate to how the other is feeling. During the first few weeks I knew my boyfriend was struggling seeing me going out and enjoying myself with all my new friends whilst he was at home not knowing any body. So I invited him to stay for a few days, introduced him to my housemates (all 32 of them!) and we went out as a whole group and had the time of our lives. Introducing each other to your new friends is a good way to avoid jealousy and gives you a better understanding of who they might be talking about.

One night in freshers with my friends & boyfriend

Tip Three - Be Interested
So and So did this, then we did that, and it was amazing... blah, blah, blah. Sometimes it's pretty hard to be interested when it seems like one of you is showing off, especially when you're not involved but just remember that there will be times when you might be showing off and your boyfriend isn't interested. So even if you're not interested, ask a few questions and then change the subject. It's so hard when you've had a shitty day and all your boyfriend can talk about is his lovely new life, not thinking to ask about you but sometimes your boyfriend may feel like that too so remember tip two.

Tip Four - Make Plans and Do Things
One thing I will tell you is depending on the location of your university, university houses/flats/halls can be pretty boring during the day. So if you've arranged a visit make sure you make plans, visit places and have fun. This is extremely important if like us, one of you lives away and the other lives at home as the person who lives at home may feel like you can't have fun together anymore if he sees you having fun with your friends during the week but then you have nothing to do when they are around. Visit new places together and create memories that you wouldn't normally have the chance to create. Make the best of a bad situation and go out and enjoy yourselves.

Tip Five - Surprises and Romance
Romance and surprises are such a lovely idea but many people aren't very romantic or find it hard to arrange things when the people involved are so far apart. During our time at university I have surprised my boyfriend a few times by travelling home without his knowledge. The first time my friends wanted to come to Hull to watch the christmas lights being switched on, so my friend said she'd take me along and pick up my boyfriend. I'd arranged with his mum that he'd be in and he was so surprised. I stayed the whole weekend and we had such a lovely time. The next time was Valentines day and this time I arranged it with his friends. So if you're planning surprises get in contact with those closest to your boyfriend and girlfriend and just think outside the box.

So this is us now, on our way to Liverpool for a night away! We only have one year left at university and then we'll have all the time in the world. If you're serious about each other then university doesn't have to be the end of the road. Yes, it's hard and yes, it takes work but in the grand scheme of things this could just be 3 years out of your entire life together and when you put it like that it really doesn't seem that long.

If you have any questions or just want a chat then feel free to email me: megan1993b@gmail.com or follow me on twitter: @studentstylexo and i'll be happy to answer anything.



Sunday, 1 September 2013

Nspa Beauty Box Review

I've been looking at changing my skin care for so long that I decided I would bite the bullet, do my research and buy some new products. On twitter and several blogs that I read the brand Nspa kept popping up. Nspa is a brand that is sold exclusively in Asda and all I knew before researching them was that they did a kind of 'bath essentials' range which smelt lovely. As I looked more and more into their products I realised that they do 4 sets of products, 1) bathing rituals, 2) beauty rituals, 3) hair rituals and 4) mum to be products. 

The beauty rituals products were exactly what I was looking for and so I headed on my merry way to Asda to get my hands on them. I bought these around 2 weeks and at the time Asda had a 2 for £8 offer on all the Nspa beauty rituals' products or this box of 4 products for £10. Two of the products in here are full size so I decided to get this and get 2 products for £2 so to speak. In the box you receive four products numbered one to four. These represent the order in which you are supposed to use the products which is a brilliant idea for those who are just starting out in skin care and would make a perfect gift. Products 1 & 2 are the two non full size products but they are a pretty decent size to try out whilst 3 & 4 are full size, you also receive a muslin cloth to use during step 2 which is pretty helpful.

I use step 1 & 2 at night time and have found that my skin is looking increasingly better. I even tweeted the other day that I could go out without foundation for the first time in a long time and i'm pretty sure it's down to these two products. I'm going to go and buy two more products to use alongside these at night one is going to be the facial oil (step 3) and i'm also going to by the night cream (step 4). This will then complete my night time skin care routine as I prefer to use step 3 and step 4 from this beauty box in the morning.

 Step One
Step one - cleanse. The product that represents step one in this beauty box is the Melting Cleansing Gel. I was going to buy this product before so the fact that it was in the box made it even better. The consistency of this gel is quite thick when applied to the face which means you don't need a huge amount. I take a grape sized amount on the tips of my fingers, rub my hands together and then apply this to the face in small circular motions. This ensures that the full face is covered with enough product to really cleanse the face. It then instructs you to add water which will turn this into a cleansing milk and then wipe off. I find this has a similar scent to all the products in this range which lingers on the skin for several hours. This specific item has grape seed extracts which gives it a more sweeter scent then perhaps the illuminating beauty balm. This does a really good job of cleansing the skin and removing all of my makeup, even stubborn eye makeup.

Step Two
Step two - exfoliate. I have read so many things about this hot cloth polish, i've seen people referring to it as a 'dupe' for the Liz Earle hot cloth polish although I haven't tried that so I can't comment. You apply this after step one to a dry face, again in small, circular motions. I use around the same size as I would the melting cleansing gel and apply it in the same way. However this product is slightly thicker so you're effectively using more product. I love this product as it makes my skin feel amazing, it gives a really deep cleanse which leaves your skin feeling fresh and clean. You then remove this using the muslin cloth provided, soaked in 'hand-hot' water. I think this gives the treatment a real expensive feel as the 'hot cloth' really soothes the skin. The hot cloth polish has extracts of cocoa butter which adds to the scent really nicely. I then follow this up with some night cream to hydrate the skin whilst I sleep.

Products 3 and 4 I use in the morning as I don't particularly they would benefit me to use them at night time. I use my Soap and Glory 3 in 1 cleansing wash beforehand to wake myself up and clean the skin. I usually don't exfoliate the skin in the morning as I never normally have time, although I am looking to buy a nice exfoliator that I can use before using these two. Both of these products are full sized so this box works out a complete bargain.

 Step Three
Step three - treat. The Illuminating Beauty Serum was the one product I didn't know very much about. I saw it on the shelf but never thought to pick it up so it was nice to see this in the beauty box as i'm not sure I would have purchased it before. I use this straight after cleansing my face and apply it in the same way as step 1 & 2. When I first used this my hands were covered in glitter however, this somehow doesn't transfer to the face and has never happened again (weird). This is supposed to give the skin a natural, luminous glow now I must admit I haven't really noticed all that much difference but this does make my skin feel smoother and has also helped  keep my makeup on a little longer. I will continue to use this until it runs out but I would be more interested in trying other the other step 3 products nspa have to offer.

Step Four
Finally step four - moisturise. Basically this is your everyday moisturiser which keeps the face hydrated all day. My favourite thing I like about this is the fact that this moisturiser has spf 15 as this is extremely important in protecting the skin. This is a lovely moisturiser to apply as it is quite thick which I think makes it feel like it's really working. My skin was beginning to get quite dry around the forehead and nose already but this has really cleared those patches up. The scent again lingers on the skin and is quite strong but not unpleasant.

Have you tried any of these products? Have I encouraged you to try any of these?

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