Saturday, 30 August 2014

Quinoderm Anti Bacterial Face Wash || Review

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Quinoderm Anti Bacterial Face Wash - £3.45*

It feels like I haven't done a review on my blog in ages, but today im rearing to go with a anti bacterial face wash. First of, the product and i'm more than happy with it. It's a blue, thin liquid when it comes out of the bottle and I just literally rub it in to my face. I use this every morning in the shower and it does a good job of refreshing and cleaning my face. It doesn't have a strong scent which is nice and doesn't overall dry your face out for too long. My face definitely feels "clean and fresh" like it says on the bottle and I also love that it doesn't lather up, my skin just doesn't agree with products that foam.

I've been using this for a month now and on a day to day basis I don't think it provides my skin with any instantly noticeable features but after using it for quite a while I've definitely seen a reduction in the size of my pores, yeyy! They don't seem to be as prominent and noticeable and I've also hardly had any black heads (gross) around my tzone area whilst I've been using this.
I'm really not blown away by the packaging at all, I think it looks quite cheap and I don't think i'd buy this if I saw it amongst other similar products in the price range. The white bottle is fine but the sticker with the branded on is a bit tacky and if you use this in the shower like me, you'll find it comes away quite easily.

Overall, this is a really nice and effective face wash that isn't going to break the bank. Yes, the packaging isn't the nicest but the product actually does deep clean your face, it isn't harsh or chemically so you can use it on a daily basis which does provide benefits to your face in the long term.


Thursday, 28 August 2014

TK Maxx Opening Experience and Haul || Kingswood, Hull

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The rather large queue// customers receiving their gift cards// the busy tills// muji style storage :)// my selfie in the fitting rooms//Alex at the opening
On Thursday 21st August, I was kindly invited by TK Maxx to attend the opening of their new Hull store. Luckily for me (not so much for my bank account) the new store is pretty much on my doorstep. I'm a big fan of TK Maxx, they have such great products at such fantastic prices so I knew i'd definitely be taking advantage of the opening event. My lovely friend Alex was also invited so we agreed to meet before hand.

When I arrived, Alex was inside but the queue was already huge half an hour before opening. TK Maxx had kindly offered £10 gift cards to the first 500 people through the doors and people definitely didn't want to miss out. I managed to miss the queue and was invited inside for a sneak peek. After having a quick chat with Evelyn about the brand and what it stands for; myself Alex and Anna had free reign of the shop (yeyyyy).

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The beautiful bags// Scarves galore// clothing// a beauty lovers dream x3// the calm before the storm// stationary for all ages// the tills before the rush
We took no time in taking a few snaps before browsing the shelves. Pretty quickly mine and Alex's (and her lovely mums) basket was filled, the accessories were such good quality and so cheap that we couldn't say no, you can see a snap of my purchases below. There's a great selection of brands and products available, all at such reasonable discounts. They had bags that were originally £100's reduced to £20 and £30, bargain!

My favourite section was definitely the beauty offerings and whilst I only picked up one thing this time, I guarantee i'll be back. We then moved on to home wear and i'm pretty sure we spent around 40 minutes searching for cute things for Alex's new house. By this time the doors had opened and the shop was pretty busy. People had baskets and trollies piled high with items and the tills and fitting rooms were completely jam packed, this wasn't a problem though as the friendly staff had it all under control.

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My new white bag// a £135 purse reduced to £25// the cutest elephant print scarf// gorgeous sailor style pj bottoms// three nail polishes for £7.99 (bargain)!

I'm so happy with the bargains I picked up and I can honestly say i'll be popping back on a weekly basis. I love how quickly the stock changes so there's always something new to look at. However, i'd definitely advise you to buy something as soon as you see it because there is no guarantee it'll be there the day after.


Tuesday, 26 August 2014

My Laser Eye Experience || Part Two

Okay, so on to the actual surgery (if you haven't seen part one, click here). So i'm not 100% sure on what was properly happening to me so basically i'm going to describe what I could feel and how I felt during the time Firstly, there was a lot of pressure on my eye, the nurse told me this would be the worst part and whilst it really wasn't painful it did feel a little uncomfortable. Imagine someone pressing really hard on your eye lid for around 2 minutes. Once the pressure stopped, the surgeon did something with my cornea but I have no idea what, this didn't hurt in the slightest and took around 1 minute. This was then repeated again on the other eye and I was ready for the laser.

I was told to lay very still whilst the laser was on and to ignore any sounds and smells because it was all completely normal. I was told to follow the red flashing light and that is what I did. You're literally under the laser for around 15-20 seconds per eye and that's it. It does smell a bit like burning but that is the gases inside. The surgeon then cleans the eye, again zero pain and then you're done. I looked at the clock which I could instantly see looked clearer and then walked back to the little office.

When I was back in the office, my mum and boyfriend sat with my asking all sorts of questions. My eyes were a little sensitive but nothing I couldn't handle. As the nurse started explaining my aftercare (2 different eye drops, applied four times a day along with Blinks drops which can be used whenever) my eyes began to feel heavy. When we were leaving my eyes were so heavy I could barely keep them open, this wasn't easy as I was trying to get out of a busy Meadowhall with my eyes closed. I got in the car and my eyes began to stream, this was a bit uncomfortable but not painful, it's like you're constantly chopping onions.

//my first selfie with my new eyes//
The hour drive home was uncomfortable to say the least, my eyes were stinging by this point and I couldn't go to sleep. As soon as I got home, I got straight in bed and fell fast asleep. I woke up at around 7pm and tested my eyes. They were slightly dry and still light sensitive, I couldn't look up to the TV properly for about half an hour but I could instantly look outside and read number plates, something I'd never have been able to do before. Because I didn't want to strain my eyes to much, I went back to bed about 9ish an slept through.

Saturday morning came and I applied my eye drops as instructed and I could see, it really was as quick as that! I could see the tv, I could see down the street and I could see my families faces properly when we were talking, it felt amazing. I had an appointment for a post-op check the day after the surgery, this was a regular eye test and I could read letters i'd never been able to see before. The optician told me my eyes looked fine and that the likelihood was that i'd have 20/20 vision, yeyyy!

One week and 4 days later, i'm typing this post without any side effects or discomfort. My eye drops have now finished and my eyes are completely normal. They rarely get dry but if they do I add a drop of my Blinks drops and problem solved. I can now wear eye makeup again which is lovely, especially now I can see properly in the mirror! I've since been back to Optical Express for my week check up and I now have better then 20/20 vision, £2500 well spent id say.

If like me, you'd love laser eye surgery but think you're too squeamish then I would 100% recommend going for a consultation. Everything will be explained for you and then if you're suitable the decisions is down to you. The build up is the worst part as the procedure and healing time is painless and quick, 24 hours after you've had it done and you feel back to normal. If you have any questions feel free to comment below, tweet me @studentstyle or email me and i'll reply asap.


Sunday, 24 August 2014

My Laser Eye Experience || Part One

I've been a glasses wearer for around 7 ish years, I remember having to wear them when I was in either year 8 or 9 and I've worn them pretty much every day since. I'm a squeamish person so the thought of contact lenses never appealed to me, i'd always been happy with the range of glasses I could afford and thought they suited me quite well. I love Specspost and their range of glasses because they are super cheap yet very fashionable. I worked with them a lot in the past and I have some gorgeous glasses from them (see here) but now I have a job, I decided to take the plunge and have laser eye surgery.

I'm short sighted and although my prescription isn't the worst, at 21 it meant that I had to wear glasses pretty much all day every day. So I booked a consultation with Optical Express after doing some research, my sister had hers done with Optical Express about 2 and a half years ago and she recommended them. I have to admit I was pretty nervous about the whole thing but I really shouldn't have been.

I turned up to my consultation and had some regular eye tests, and then a lot of waiting before going for my thorough eye screening. The optician did the usual test of my prescription to see what strength the laser would need to be and then applied some eye drops to test my pupil and the thickness of the cornea, this was all simple and fuss free. I watched a couple of videos explaining the procedure and the risks etc and then the optician discussed my options. I chose Standard Lasik laser surgery as the healing time is much quicker, however this did mean it was more expensive. Overall, I will be paying £2500 over two years which may seem a ridiculous amount but if I were to swap to contact lenses for the rest of my life it would be a lot more expensive. After all this was discussed I had to book an appointment for the treatment and I managed to get one for Friday, 4 days after my consultation.

Now, that week was pretty nerve wracking. I have to admit, the surgery consumed my every thought, I was so nervous and worried but i'm glad the turn around from the consultation to the surgery was so quick. I had to travel to Meadowhall in Sheffield on Friday morning, ready for my treatment at 12:30. Again, more routine eye tests are carried out and then more waiting, yet again. I was pretty calm in the waiting room as you see people going in and coming out whilst you're waiting which makes you feel better but as it got nearer the more I started to panic.

When my name was called, I met with my surgeon who explained the procedure to me again and really put me at ease. By this point I was extremely nervous but he explained what was going to happen and got a nurse to hold my hand. I was then taken to the surgery room where the nurse administered my eye drops and introduced me to the team. There was around 5 people in the room which again made me feel at ease (you'll understand why if you've seen Final Destination 5). The surgeon told me to look at the clock and that in 10 minutes time it'll all be over...

To Be Continued...

Friday, 22 August 2014

Soap and Glory Brow Archery Pencil || Review and Swatches

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The Soap and Glory Brow Archery Pencil - £10
I've had a love hate relationship with my brows for so long. Firstly they were too bushy, then to thin, then bushy and thin in equal measure, then to straight, to arched, you catch my drift. So that means that finding good brow products is a must for me, I have done so many posts on brow products that I could probably be a professional 'brow blogger' but hopefully you wont mind just one more.

The Soap and Glory Brow Archery Pencil is raved about in the blogosphere everywhere. So many people I know love this so I knew I had to give it a try. Leaving my beloved Elf Brow Kit was pretty tough I have to admit and i'm not fully commited to this just yet but i'm getting there. First off the felt nib is pretty nifty, it's quite wet which means you need to be really light on your strokes to achieve a natural look. I start by filling in the front by taking the nib lightly in the direction of hair growth, after I've done the front I brush it through with a spoolie. I then continue filling in the rest of the brow with the nib, following the direction of hair growth. Again, once that's finished I brush through it for a more natural look.

Then we move on to the more waxy side and i'm really not sure what this is about. I watched a video on how to apply this and realised that it was used to define the brows. I tried this underneath the brow to define the arch but there is hardly any colour payoff! I basically just use this to outline to brow and create the shape to fill in the brow. I imagine this would be really useful if you're trying to achieve thicker, fuller, more defined brows.

As you can see from the picture, this really does fill your brows and make them look fuller and less sparse. I really like this product even if it is just for the nib side. I set this with Benefits Gimmi Brow (reviewed here) and find that it lasts all day, however someone said that the nib dries out really quickly so fingers crossed it lasts for a while. For £10 i'm not sure i'll be purchasing this again, there are some much more raved about products for a few pounds more that I think i'll be trying next instead.


Saturday, 16 August 2014

Mac Patent Polish Lip Pencil || Review and Swatches

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Mac Patent Polish Lip Pencil in Spontaneous - £14.50
Another Mac product that has me hook, line and sinker. I have about 10 of these chubby lip stains from the drugstore but apart from the Clinique Chubby Sticks and the Nars Velvet Lip Pencils I haven't seen many offerings from the high end departments. So when I saw this lovely little lip product from Mac I instantly wanted to try it.

Most of the colours were sold out on Debenhams but Spontaneous really stood out to me. At £14.50 I think these are pretty reasonably priced (especially as I had my £5 reward voucher from Debenhams Beauty). The colour reminds me of Revlon's Matt Balm in Elusive
but a bit more nudey however due to its brilliant pigmentation it looks much brighter on the lips then it does in the swatch. It also has speckles of glitter running through making it look glossy on the lips whilst still being long lasting and hydrating.

Similar to the Revlon matte balms, you simply twist the bottom to get more product which is a really hygienic method I think. You get 2.3g worth of product which is slightly less then a lipstick but these are just so quick and easy to apply. I love throwing these in my handbag as i'm not worried about it breaking or cracking. They last for around a good 2/3 hours on the lips but I imagine the brighter shades will last a little longer or at least fade leaving a 'stain of colour' on the lips.

There are 12 shades to get altogether however all but one are sold out on the Mac website so definitely keep checking and pick one up when ever you can.


Wednesday, 13 August 2014

My Rock Pamper Scissors Experience

Way back in May I won a £50 voucher to use on Rock Pamper Scissors from the Leeds May Meet (thanks Hayley, you can see my post about the meet here). First of all let me explain the concept of RPS...

Basically Rock Pamper Scissors is a website designed to make booking, hair, beauty and grooming appointments online. In a world where literally everything is online, it still baffles me that we have to book hair/beauty appointments over the phone and we sometimes even have to look up the numbers in the phone book shock horror. That's where RPS comes in. Created in Leeds, the people of RPS have a wide selection of hair and beauty salons based in the Leeds area that feature on their website. Not only do they supply numbers and addresses for the salons but you can simply pick a treatment, choose your stylist and then book a date and time on the website, easy as that.

They have recently just expanded their outreach to the Manchester area too and they are developing and expanding their business as I type. I really think this is a great idea as it's so quick and simple. I also like that they supply you with user ratings out of 5 stars and they let you know any current offers and whether they offer student discount or not.

I booked a massage and a facial with my £50 voucher, originally I worried whether I would be able to use as i'm not from Leeds but my boyfriend and I decided to visit the Leeds Trinity shopping centre which was perfect. After searching the website and looking for the perfect salon for me I chose Angles of Beauty in Kirkstall and I couldn't have been happier. My treatments were amazing, I felt totally relaxed and the ladies were lovely.

Rock Pamper Scissors is definitely a service i'll be using again, it was so simple and easy and the results were brilliant. I thoroughly recommend using their website to check out offers and ratings if you're around the Leeds or Manchester area.



Sunday, 10 August 2014

Hull Blogger Box Swap - What I Received

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Ever since the Hull Blogger Meet in March, we've fancied doing a box swap. The lovely Hannah got on to the idea and at the beginning of July, after choosing our theme (personalised) and budget (£20 and then p&p) we were given our chosen 'blogger' and the buying was on. We decided to post our boxes the week beginning the 4th August, mine came pretty quickly so i'm excited to show you what I received.

The box sending was anonymous until we received the boxes so I was really happy that Joanna had got me. I met Joanna at the meet up and we clicked instantly, she's a really lovely girl and obviously knows me very well. The cutest thing was the little card she included which explained a little about each product and why she'd picked it. This was a lovely touch as it showed that she'd thought about each item and obviously did her research.

Firstly, I received a couple of French pharmacy products in the shape of the Nuxe Body Oil which looks really interesting and definitely something i'll be trying soon. I also got the Caudalie Micellar Water, Joanna included this because she'd seen a recent post and knew how much I liked micellar waters. Next up was the Bourjois So Laque nail varnish in Tangerine Fatal which is a lovely corally pink colour. Another makeup item was the Collection Crème Puff in Cotton Candy. I have the nude shade of this and really like it, I always mean to pick some more up and always forget so this is definitely something I was pleased with.

Moving on to some tried and tested Soap and Glory products. Although I have tried these products before I was so happy to receive them because I was running low on both! I love the hand cream and this is the perfect size for my handbag. And the Righteous Butter just makes my skin so smooth, this will be a permanent fixture at my boyfriends I think. Joanna also included some samples too which is fine by me. I love the REN moisturiser but I can't face paying full price for it so this is wonderful and I've heard the L'Occitane conditioning milk is beautiful so I cant wait to try that.

As you can see i'm super pleased with my box, it was such a good idea that worked so well and i'm looking forward to seeing what the other ladies received. If you want to check out Joanna's blog it's Simply Red Head, she is a lovely girl and has a beautiful blog! Thank you Hannah for arranging it, you did a wonderful job and I really hope you liked my box for you ;)


Thursday, 7 August 2014

Makeup Revolution Romantic Smoked Eyeshadow Palette || Review and Swatches

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Makeup Revolution Romantic Smoked Palette -£4

Makeup Revolution are killing it with their palettes at the minute, for the price, the wear and quality of these shades is amazing. I reviewed the Sugar and Spice Contour and Blush Palette here and today I have an eyeshadow palette for you. Yes, it is another eyeshadow palette review for you, not that I needed one but for £4 how could I leave this one? The Romantic Smoked palette has 12 shades, 6 shimmers and 6 matte which is unlike any palettes I actually own as the majority of the ones I have only have a couple of mattes (i'm looking at you Urban Decay).

All of these shades are really pigmented which is a huge positive. Usually I find with cheaper palettes that the light shades are barely worth including as their pigmentation is really lacking. The shimmers are perfect as an all over colour on the base and the mattes are brilliant as crease colours. I find myself using the mattes in this palette everyday as they just work so well in the crease. The formula of these is really creamy which is pretty surprising but it makes the shadows last around 3/4 hours without a primer.

There are so many looks you can achieve with these shades ranging from a neutral eye, to a neutral smoky eye, to an everyday wearable bright with the pinky purple shade and the blue shade. My favourite look is definitely a neutral smoky eye but I have to admit I've been trying the brights a bit more which is way out of my comfort zone.

I definitely have my eye on a couple of the other palettes, particularly the 'What You Waiting For' one and i'm sure it wont be long before it's mine! If you're looking to make an order then this is definitely worth thinking about.


Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Boots Haul


I just cannot resist a little splurge in Boots every once in a while. They always have sneaky offers that suck you in and i'm an absolute sucker for them. Let's start with L'Oreal and the 2 for £15 offer. I decided to try the L'Oreal Infallible 24 hour wear foundation in the shade 125 Natural Rose as i'd seen a picture of someone wearing this and they looked absolutely flawless. For once I wasn't the palest shade (3rd from palest actually) and this makes me look really healthy and glowy, look out for a full review soon. To make up the offer I purchased the L'Oreal L'Extraordinaire liquid lipstick in 101 Rose Melody. This is something I've wanted to try for a while now and i'm already very impressed.

Moving on to Soap and Glory where there was a 3 for 2 deal, how anyone can resist these is beyond me. I've been wanting to try the Archery Brow Pencil in forever so I finally picked up the shade Brownie Points this has literally been out of stock every time I've tried to buy it so I managed to bag myself the last one. Another product I've heard lots of positive praise for is the Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Sticks in the shade Nudist. This shade is loved so much in the blogger world, it's a kind of nudey coral shade, perfect for everyday wear. Finally my third and free product is a new launch from Soap and Glory it's their Kick Ass Blur and Brighten Concealer in the shade Light. I'm pretty sure this is the same as their original Kick Ass concealer just in pen form. I got this to try and do some serious Kimmy K highlighting, i'll keep you posted!

Another sneaky offer was buy one get one half price on Seventeen products and I had a triple points voucher when buying anything from the brand. The Instant Glow Shimmer Brick in Pink Bronze is just beautiful, it reminds me of the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Bricks but much cheaper. Again, i'll be reviewing this so keep an eye out for that. My half price product is another thing I've had my eye on for a while and it's the Eye Eye Crayon in Molton Metal a gorgeous cooper colour. They have some lovely colours and I wished i'd have picked up another couple because they are super blendable and so quick and easy to use!


Sunday, 3 August 2014

Indeed Labs Hydraluron Moisture Jelly || Review

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Another new offering for you today and this one comes in the form of a 'moisture jelly' by the much talked about Indeed Labs. The Hydraluron Moisture Jelly may sound familiar but trust me, if you own Hydralruon you still need this in your skin care routine.

Unlike the original Hydraluron, this is more of a moisturiser than a serum. Now I love Hydraluron in the winter, it gives my skin that extra hydration I need in the colder months but sometimes I find it a little too much in the summer, especially when i'm adding makeup over the top. This however is the perfect texture and consistency, the jelly is light and quickly absorbed by the skin, leaving a really smooth base to add your makeup on to. The packaging is instantly recognisable as part of the Hydraluron range, however the press down dispenser is an original idea that dispenses the perfect amount of product.

The idea of Indeed Labs Hydraluron range is to provide the skin with instant moisture that with long term use leads to long term hydration. I imagine pairing this together with the serum in the winter will leave you with perfectly hydrated, moisturised and glowing skin especially if you're a dry/dehydrated skin lady.  At the moment, I've been applying this daily, morning and night without a serum in the morning and with a serum in the evening. I've been using this for just over a week so whilst I can't give you a review on its long time effects, I have noticed that my skin is more radiant and plump after I've used this. The 'plump' feeling is down to the key ingredient of hyaluronic acid which holds up to 1,000 times its weight in water, a must for dry skin!

I really do enjoy using this and i'll be keeping you updated on the long term results but fingers crossed, i'll have my winter skin care sorted already with this!


Friday, 1 August 2014

Makeup Revolution Sugar and Spice Blush and Contour Palette || Review and Swatches

Makeup Revolution Sugar and Spice Blush and Contour Palette Review and Swatches

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Makeup Revolution Sugar and Spice Blush and Contour Palette - £6
Is this not the most beautiful looking blush palette you've ever seen? Just look at those pretty shades and that huge mirror, swoon! I've tried a couple of Makeup Revolution products before and really liked them, their Romantic Smoked Eyeshadow Palette is a constant in my makeup bag. So when I saw they had realised some more new products I headed over to the website to have a look, the Sugar and Spice Blush and Contour Palette instantly caught my eye and here we are 5 days later.

Let's start with the basics, you get 8 shades all a pretty decent size too for just £6. There are 6 matt shades and two shimmers which are baked blushes, out of the 8 shades 2 of them are contour shades however I personally think they'd look great as blushes too. The 2 contour shades are both matt which is perfect as i'm really not a fan of shimmery bronzers. As you can see from the swatches, shade one is slightly more browny/pink than the second which is a much better contour shade for paler girls like myself. I think I would get more use of shade one as a blush and shade two as a contour. Shade three is a more shocking pink which really reminds me of Mac's Full Fuchsia and shade four is a beautiful white, pink and lilac blend but i'm not yet sure how id wear this.

Moving on to the bottom row, shade five is a reddy burgundy, similar to Mac's Fever which will be beautiful in Autumn Winter. Shade 6 is a darker version of shade 3 and very similar to Frankly Scarlett by Mac. Shade 7 is the least vibrant of all and is a more coral nude shade, id say this is quite similar to Bobbi Brown's Nude Pink blush. Finally shade 8 is another baked blush featuring a mix of pinks and silvers.

All the shades are highly pigmented and are very creamy. They are super blendable and last on the skin. For the price you really can't go wrong! Most of the shades look really bright and scary but if you use a little amount they are actually really wearable. My favourite shades are the 2nd one in for contouring and the 7th one for blush. I'd thoroughly recommend this palette to anyone, especially if you're going away as there's so many blushes in one palette!


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