Thursday, 8 September 2016

10 things you'll need for uni

With September here *yikes* it's full on back to uni time. I'm getting ready to go back into my second year and with some lessons from last years mistakes under my belt. So I thought I'd share the things you'll actually need for uni.


1. A notebook or two- I like to keep mine A5 size so I can pop them into my handbag easily. I usually use the A5 ones with tabs so that each tab is for a different module and then you only carry one note book around.


2. A stapler - basic I know, but you'll use a stapler SO much surprisingly
3. A laptop - Or a PC, yes they have them in uni but they're a little slow and it's just easier if you have your own full of all the things you need. Especially if you're a typer rather than a writer.
4. A USB - if you forget your laptop or need to save something in class your USB will come in handy. Always carry your USB! (and back it up on a cloud/googledrive)
5. A diary - An absolute MUST!! Academic ones mean you can fill in your timetable too. Pop deadlines in, homework, reminders just an all round MUST for staying on top of things!! After all we have enough on our minds to try and remember.


6. Coloured pens - Not necessarily for in class, carrying them around would be a pain. But for revising coloured pens make it easier - you don't want the same highlighter all over the pages so write the things you need to remember in a coloured pen.
7. Folders - Seems obvious but pop each topic into a different folder so the notes/work is easy to find when your revising.


8. Sticky notes - Another staple item, I pop sticky notes on top of my notes with questions to trigger me when I look back or if I have a query I'll pop it on a note by the work that tiggered it and ask at the end of class and also the little page tab ones for when I'm looking for information but want to come back to it.
9. Laptop sleeve/bag - If I do take my laptop to classes I normally take just a laptop bag rather than two bags, I pop my notebook inside a pen and pencil so there's less bulk to carry. If I take my small notebook a laptop sleeve is perfect for putting it inside to stop any scratches before I pop it in my handbag.
10. Travel cup - Perfect for the early morning classes, coffee or tea whichever, on the way or in class is the perfect wake up call.

Want to be more organised at uni? Check out my other post on how to handle uni like a pro

Do you have any tips you'd give to someone starting uni? What they'll need? Or in general?

Kels

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Monday, 29 August 2016

Hair Oil Yay or Nay?

I'll admit I have a pretty big skepticism when it comes to any kind of oil, hair, nails, body, face wherever it is. Because I suffer with oily skin, oily hair UGH so the thought of adding more oil to it... yikes!

But I've been seeing more and more oil based products popping up so they must be good and here to stay right? I thought I'd give it a chance to see if they are actually any good.

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I tried the L'oreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil Mist. They also do it in a pump but part of me thinks I'll just end up with a heavy clump of oil in one area. So mist it is!

Verdict
I actually loved this, I started with just a sample first and fell in love with it so went straight to the shop to grab a fullsize one. (They have these in Home Bargains for a fraction of the normal cost) It did make my hair feel softer without being heavy or greasy. Infact no greasy or oil trace left in my hair. I'm not sparse with the spray either. It feels good, like salon fresh kinda hair. I use this now everytime I blowdry my hair or even leave it to dry itself, I feel like it just really nourishes the hair really well and would definetly recommend anyone to give it a try.

I don't think I'll be going oil crazy anytime soon but this product for me is a thumbs up. I'm still yet to persuade myself into giving face oils a try.

Are you a fan of oils? Have you tried any you loved/hated?

Kels

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Thursday, 28 July 2016

Fitbit Charge HR Review

The thought of spending £100 on a Fitbit blows my mind. It's always put me off. But being the last of the Clubcard boost I had saved up all my points for an ipad, only to find out they'd been removed from the scheme.. So I had to spend it on something else. Since it's technically free, why not try it.

I figured it'd be good motivation to see how I do on a daily basis and when I work out.

Sooo where to begin..

The colour
This was my first dilemma before even buying it. Do I get the teal, do I get the purple argh. Teal was pretty but purple would go with more everyday outfits. Ultimately purple won but it is a shame that it wasn't made with interchangeable straps. That would be perfect.

The cable
When I finally settled on a colour and it arrived, one thing I got frustrated at was the tiny charger cable. Literally TINY, never seen a cable so small.. So naturally within days I'd lost it and had to order a new one. ¬_¬

Walking
Whilst I do already have an accurate pedometer on my phone. I was a little skeptical it would be much different. But I do find I'm walking a lot more now, it's almost like a game. You can set targets of walking 250 steps every hour, so now I find I'm walking on my breaks in work just to get my steps up to hit the target. Which is great, every step counts right? But seeing it just makes it more fun.

Stairs
Living in a flat stairs are pretty much my daily thing, but having the tracker count the stairs you climb and setting your daily target it's nice to see how much you pass or need to do some more in a day. On my 'in' days I can see I need to go out and climb the stairs a few times to get my daily climb in, whereas normally I'd just have the 'in' day and hardly move.

The App
It's... okay. It's not great and needs improvement but it does the job. You can connect other apps (workout apps) which I like so it can tell you how long/ how much exercise you did but it's a bit of a shame more apps don't connect with it. I've been using Fitstar but it's one of those apps where you get 10% of the app free the rest you have to pay a subscription for...

I realise I'm sharing how inactive I am but everyone has to start somewhere
Overall
I do like it. I wouldn't pay £100 for it.. but it's a nice little gadget to play with and is quite motivating. It certainly does make you want to move being able to see the impact it has. I'm yet to test it in the gym and do a proper workout with it on.

I do however need to find some friends with Fitbits so I can make friends and (not compete) but share progress with.


Kels

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Friday, 1 July 2016

NYX Lip Cream review in Copenhagen

NYX has finally come to Cardiff! Woooo.

My first try of the NYX products is this little goodie. The soft matte lip cream in Copenhagen.

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Here it is on..

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It actually really reminds me of the Collection 2000 cream puffs I reviewed one here and still use them to this day.

Verdict
I like it. Love the colour and the finish. BUT I do find it to be a little bleed prone and it doesn't last as long as I'd like. Within an hour or two (if I'm lucky) I find myself with just a lip liner look, where its worn off all apart from the edges :(

Have you tried any Nyx products you love?

Kels

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