Monday, 9 June 2014

Life Update!

Bonjour lovelies, how are you all?

Today's post is just an update on life at the moment as I have no motivation to write about anything else. Must be the depressingly dull weather here in Scotland as it has rained from about midday!

Life has been going well so far. I've completed first year at university, found out that i've passed all the exams that ive had the results back for so far and after 6 months of unemployment and endless job applications and trying to make myself sound like a good candidate, I finally have a job!

I am so happy that I finally have a job again after so long! The last time I was employed, I worked in River Island as a temp over the festive period and since that post finished, I have been desperate for a job since. After so many job applications and endless amounts of CVs being handed out, I received what I thought was a rejection e-mail that actually turned out to be interview details for one of my favourite stores - Primark!

I know Primark doesn't sound very exciting to work for but I have been so desperate and wanting a job in the retail industry as ive worked there before plus my brother works in Primark so what better person to take me to work and bring me back! And, im really enjoying it so far.

I completed my first 2 shifts at the weekend and working on the tills is a completely different environment than working on the shop floor, and to be honest, working on tills passes more time meaning that your shift doesn't drag!

Back to my life! I recently posted my evening skincare routine and while I thought it was the perfect routine for me, I suffered from a breakout which rarely happens to me. I knew it was something new I was using and instantly suspected the Body Shop Vitamin E mist and I was right! I stopped using it and my skin cleared up straight away so i've been using the Mac Fix + if i want something refreshing to spray my face with instead.

Also, in my May Favourites post, I reported that I had no disappointments that month. I have a disappointment. The new Garnier Ultimate Blends Shampoo and Conditioner with Argan Oil made my hair so greasy its unreal! I knew that was the culprit as I am Tresseme loyal and used that shampoo as a change. It was so bad (my hair after 1 day) that I tried to dry shampoo my hair clean at 8.30am on Tuesday morning, the day of my Primark induction at 9am and I got dry shampoo on my hair, black uniform, my desk and the contents of my desk! Disaster!

I have big plans for my 1st year university series and this weather is getting in the way of me taking some nice pictures for a post I had planned. I was going to take some nice pictures in my garden but I dont know when that will go ahead because its supposed to rain all week! Hopefully the sun will come out or it will stop raining at least and I will have more nice pictures on my blog to go with my posts!

I will leave this post here as I go off to hang out with my brother, fight off this annoying sore throat/ears combination and watch my Star Plus dramas at 10 and 10.30pm :)

Au Revoir ♥

Thursday, 5 June 2014

First Year of University - My Experience

Bonjour everyone, how are you all today?

Today's post will be the first of my new series I'm starting on my blog - First Year of University. I have just completed my first year at uni and I wish there was someone to give me proper advice on what to expect so that's what I want to do for people starting this September.

This post is going to be a general overview of my own experience I had throughout first year. I have further planned more posts on different aspects such as clothing, making new friends and learning a new subject as a beginner.

P.S for privacy reasons I do not want to disclose what university I study at but it is in Scotland!

First year for me sounded like a daunting experience but it was honestly one of the best times of my life! I was independent, no longer needed to wear school uniform and I got to study something that I loved my entire time at school - languages. But, like most other students, I had one fear - not making friends in a hurry. I think it's just one of those fears everyone has but honestly, everyone is in the same situation on their first day/week/month of university in first year and eventually, you meet people in the same classes as you and you suddenly have more friends before! I will do a seperate post on making friends.

For those of you that don't know, I study French and Italian at university. French was a no-brainier for me as it was one of my best subjects and one I easily got high marks in. My French teachers were the best I could ever ask for and they had faith in me and pushed me to continue my French studies and I do not regret it one bit! Luckily for me, I knew my French lecturers from when I was at high school as my French teacher used to lecture at the uni I go to and his wife teaches me too! Italian was a bit of a different story. I always wanted to study business (must be an Asian thing!) and when I studied it in my last year at high school I loved it even more. But I know when it came to course selections I needed a back up in case I didn't get into business so I chose another language. My teacher suggested Italian as it is something different and not many people study Italian and although Spanish was another option, I liked the idea of Italian and was accepted to study French and Italian. I have never been so grateful to have been selected because I can tell you know, I hate business subjects at uni level (I also did marketing as my 3rd subject - big mistake!)

If there is one thing I want to warn you about, it is the work load! There is a considerable jump from high school to university in terms of the amount of self study you are required to do as part of your course. I remember being at school and they spoon-feed you everything but at uni, you have to read up on the work before a lecture otherwise, you are fucked!

Another warning is that, if you aren't used to travelling, be prepared to be really tired having to wake up earlier to get the bus/train and getting public transport back home if you plan on taking it. It used to take me almost an hour to get to uni as I used to get the bus to the subway station then the subway until I realised that a bus straight to the city centre was much cheaper and quicker! once you get used to the travelling, the tiredness will reduce.

Overall, I just want to say that 1st year at uni was honestly an experience that I will keep with me forever! I am so excited to start back in September for second year and I hope it will be just as fun as 1st year. Just stay calm and relaxed (not too relaxed) and it will be such a memorable experience which you can share with other people you know who will be starting university the following year.

Hope you all enjoyed this post! I have lots of posts ready to accompany this series on how to survive 1st year of university.

Au Revoir ♥

Monday, 2 June 2014

Evening Skincare Routine

Bonjour lovelies! 

I thought I'd do an evening skincare routine post because I think I've finally got a routine that I'm happy with and I wanted to share it! I'm not going to lie - I'm not hugely into skincare. I don't have loads of stuff but I'm happy with what I have!

Note - I have combination/dry skin and this tends to be my everyday evening skincare routine unless I'm feeling lazy! Ill post my lazy one at a later date.

To take off my makeup, I use the Body Shop Chamomile Cleansing Oil and take 1-2 pumps of that and massage it onto my skin to loosen all of the makeup. I then take a muslin cloth and soak it in hot water, wring out the excess and clean my face with it.

I then take the Garnier Micellar Cleansing water and put some on a cotton pad and sweep it over my face to get rid of any excess makeup that might be there and particularly my under eyes as some eyeliner might be hanging around if I had it on my waterline.

I then take the Body Shop Vitamin E face mist and spray that on my face. It's nice and refreshing and perfect for the summer months when you need cooled down. I make sure that I spray it at least 1cm away from my face because it has rose water in it and strong scents irritate my nose!

If needed I apply the Body Sop Tea Tree blemish gel to the areas where I need it. My face tends to stay spot-free but in the spring time, midgies bite my face like crazy so I need the blemish stick to help me out!

Then I apply moisturiser. At night I use the Oilatum Natural Repair moisturiser as I have dry skin so I need a thicker moisturiser that can slowly sink in over night so that my face is hydrated the next morning. A little goes a long way and it does the job perfectly.

Last but not least I apply the Boots Cucumber Eye Gel under my eyes as I suffer from hay fever in the summer so I need something cooling under my eyes to take the puffiness away. Then I apply the Nuxe Rêve De Miel lip balm onto my lips and that's the end of my skincare routine!

Usually on a Sunday night, I put on a face mask that is brightening and wakes up my skin for Monday! The one I love is the Body Shop Tea Tree Face Mask. Tea Tree is an antiseptic which is great if you have blemishes but I find the mask just makes you look great once you wash it off!

I know it seems like I might use a lot, but it really doesn't take long because I'm not one to spend ages   because I don't actually enjoy all that faffing around! You might be able to tell that I quite like the Body Shop!!

Hope yous have enjoyed this post! I'll do a morning routine one once I've perfected my routine because let's be honest - no one wants fuss first thing do they?

Au Revoir