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How to survive at university – House hunting!

It’s the thing that every student faces once there first year of university is coming to an end – moving out of halls and finding a place of your own.

It can be tricky, infuriating, tiring and uninspiring searching for the perfect or near enough perfect place to live for your second year (&3rd!) at university believe me I’ve been there and done it! Before I started university I used to have this conjured up notion in my head that finding and buying/renting a house would be so much fun as an adult (Just one of those things you see parents/adults doing as a kid and think wow I can’t wait!) but once uni came around and I had the urgency to find somewhere before the end of term I saw the realness of searching for your first property – It’s tough, but don’t worry here’s some pointers to help 🙂

  • Estate agents, private landlords and other search engines will be your first port of call, get looking early to avoid lack of properties available and missing out on some great places.
  • Look for somewhere close to uni, these are sometimes more pricey than properties further away from your university but it’s worth it when you’re super tired and can’t wait to just go home and sleep!
  • If you want somewhere further away, make sure there is good transport links or walking routes to any amenities and your university.
  • Locate the closest doctors and dentists and get signed up! Looking for a house near these sorts of practices are beneficial, no-one wants to make a long journey to the doctors when they’re sick or injured.
  • Look for a property in a safe area, if you’re in a big city chances are crime is common but that doesn’t mean you have to be a victim of it – make sure there’s locks/burglar alarms and any other security systems.
  • Remember you’ll have to pay bills now, things like electricity and water so make sure you find a place where the rent isn’t to high and you can afford to pay bills still and survive!

Anyway I hope these little tips help! Everyone is different, you may desire a house with all modern furniture whereas someone may be looking for one with all vintage and traditional decor but these are just general pointers 🙂

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What’s lurking in the water? Sharks?

The Western Australia shark cull has widely been spoken about, debated, gained media coverage and questioned inevitably sparking quite the debate worldwide, some joyous and others disgusted.

It is understandable that some agree to the killing spree of sharks along the Western Australian Coast and other parts of Australia due to the recent and frequent deaths. However it is also understandable there are mass protests against this quite simply barbaric way of dealing with things.

In my opinion and mine solely I believe that killing an already threatened species won’t make much of a change except in the ecosystem because whether we like it or not even the dangerous, ugly & weird animals are all needed to do their part and have a place in this world. After all we have came a long way, stopping finning in most countries and other harmful issues to marine life are rather big achievements compared to previous centuries but now it seems all of that has been temporarily disregarded.

Understandably some people are pro shark culling and that is purely because they see sharks as killing machines, ruthless through and through but I think if more people were shown true statistics (see if there are any info-graphics, they’re a fun way to learn stats!) then a majority would be less resentful of sharks but evidentially this wouldn’t stop shark attacks obviously, so it is imperative to provide the public and those interested with the proper information and preventative measures of avoiding a shark attack. Further to the previous point another reason a proportion of people are pro shark culling is because of the recent and tragic deaths or attacks on those within the sea, it is however deeply saddening whenever someone passes no matter what the cause.

Sharks are an amazingly strong, agile apex marine predator and are my favourite animal (who would’ve guessed! :p) so I just thought I’d throw in a little blog post because of the current situation regarding sharks 🙂

Hope you enjoyed reading it and remember it’s just my opinion! 🙂

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The Entrepreneurial Side Of Fashion, Being Ambitious In Life & Success

Something that really intrigues me is people within the fashion industry who do not just follow suit with everyone else but decide to be different and those are the ones who want the bigger picture. Usually I am on Twitter looking for new bloggers, journalists and businesses to follow and sometimes I come across a person with an essence of entrepreneurial ambition that really stands out and I hope to be one of those people soon.

I love ambition, it keeps me motivated when it feels like nothing is going right and it also gives me a buzz to know I am appreciated for doing something or being apart of something big at the end of the day. I have seen a lot of bloggers who have bigger ambitions, ones who perhaps want to be authors, fashion designers, journalists, chefs and this is really something quite great to see that they are working towards there futures using social media as a platform as it’s is one of the easiest and most helpful tools you can use.

Ambition is a word thrown around a lot by all sorts of people and it can mean different things to certain people. To some ambition is to lose weight, to others it is to get that promotion but at the end of the day it all leaves us with the same feeling, the feeling of being invincible and head strong and that’s a great mind set to have with any aspect with your life. So if you are someone who has targets, goals or ambitions then I hope you will always carry them on and succeed 🙂

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T-Zone Deep Cleansing 4 in 1 Invigorating Cooling Scrub With Tea Tree, Menthol & Orange Extract

So I thought that I would try this T-Zone 4 in 1 scrub that I found out shopping, it was half price so I thought I’d give it a go. So how would I rate this product? I love it! It doesn’t make my troublesome skin automatically disappear when I need it too but it smells wonderful and if you love the smell of orange you’ll love this scrub!

The exfoliating beads are not rough like many other scrubs and the formula is not too thick nor too runny so it seems a good balance in consistency. It’s deep cleansing and naturally anti bacterial which is always a bonus but I know with many of these products that contain salicylic acid or tea tree that many people worry their skin will dry out which of course is a possibility and believe me its happened to me before as well but its all about finding a great product that contains these ingredients but which doesn’t dry your skin out, or what I do sometimes if I like a product but it dries my skin out is to moisturize afterwards with some hydrating cream! 🙂

Overall I do like this scrub as it smells nice and its refreshing as well once applied!

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Clearasil Daily Clear Vitamin & Extracts Scrub (Avocado and Pomegranate)

Lately my skin has not been amazingly great, due to the fact I probably haven’t ate very good foods to promote healthy skin (That’ll all change though!) and I have felt a little stressed as well so my skin has suffered naturally promoting spots 😦 So when I was in Superdrug the other day I picked up Clearasil Daily Clear Vitamin & Extracts Scrub (Avocado and Pomegranate) in the hope that it would revive my skin a little!

This scrub apparently contains vitamins like vitamin E and contains avocado and pomegranate extracts which promote healthier skin with the aid of anti oxidants and exfoliating beads. The formula itself is quite thick in consistency but is not hard to rub in, I was super excited to use this product but sadly it has had no prevail to my skin, I have been using it for just about a week and have not seen much improvement, but perhaps I am hoping this is due to the fact I need to use it a little longer so I will keep on using it and see how it goes 🙂

The scrub itself smells delicious and I love the Clearasil brand as I believe in their promises and aims (Not sure why?! They just seem more reliable) but this product does not seem to be as powerful as their usual stuff which is kind of a down point. However overall I do still love this product regardless and will continue to give it a second chance 🙂

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Getting Involved In The $15 billion Pledge To End Polio

Okay so this is totally irrelevant to fashion but I thought I would share with you something I got involved in a while back. So a while back I saw an interesting story about a campaign to end polio around the world, for anyone who doesn’t know polio a very infectious virus which can cause paralysis in many people especially children. From 1988 there has been no recorded deaths or paralysis as a result of polio in the United Kingdom and much of the rest of the world can vouch for the same, however the reason the campaign is still ongoing is that some countries (around about 3 I think) are still regarded as high condition zones for polio and many lives are ruined and lost each year, mostly children as they are the most easily affected.

So when I did some research I found out that I could participate to help, now being a student I have hardly any money to donate so I looked for the next best big thing there was that I could do and this happened to be ‘The Worlds Biggest Commercial’ and simply all you have to do is add a photo of yourself to the ever growing gallery online and you’ll be added to the worlds biggest commercial. The great thing about this is every photo goes towards supporting and saving children from polio and even celebrities have got involved. Once you’ve added your image you will be added to the commercial and given your allocated time of appearance so you can see for yourself.

I thought this was a great way of helping and just thought I would share my experience with you guys 🙂 If you want to help or do the same just type in Google the worlds biggest commercial and it will come up! (everyone has to make the same sign with there hands).

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The Health Benefits of Honey

Honey – That oh so sweet golden looking substance that we all know so well! It’s good in glasses of hot milk, it’s good over toast, it’s good over porridge but what else is this golden treat good for? So I thought I would do a little post about the apparent health benefits of honey that are circulating the internet 🙂

  1. Scientists have said that honey contains strong anti-bacterial qualities which is why it has been used timelessly throughout the centuries to heal wounds, allergies, coughs and general ailments. 
  2. It makes a wonderful skin moisturizer and can reduce acne in some cases.
  3. Honey can make a powerful anti-oxidant and immunity protector.
  4. It can reduce the irritation in a mosquito bite when applied.
  5. Allegedly it can help aid gastrointestinal disorders such as colitis.
  6. It’s a natural energy booster.

So if you thought that sweet treat was unhealthy think again, there are many health benefits to honey and this is just a few of them. There are a variety of different types of honey as well with a range of flavours and aromas.

Hope you enjoyed 🙂

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Student money saving tips – From a student!

Students are notoriously broke all the time, the  media does well to remind us all that we waste our money most of the time but sometimes that’s not the case and sometimes  unexpected circumstances land us without money. So I thought a money saving post would be useful and helpful to all the students out there 🙂

  • Buy a rail card or bus card – this is prime if you’re someone who uses trains or buses a lot to get around, plus it saves you packets of money!
  • Buy in bulk – Buying food in bulk can be hard to get home but definitely worth it in the end when you have tons of food for half the price.
  • Visit fruit and veg markets – Going to local markets is cheaper than going to a major super market, food will be cheaper and sourced locally and much more healthier as well. Plus most market stall holders will give away fruit and vegetables at the end of a days trading if they have lots left over so take advantage of this.
  • Cooking from scratch – This is so much cheaper than buying lots of microwaveable meals plus it’s healthier too!
  • Grab all the discounts you can – NUS and various other student discount services make sure that us students are plied with money saving coupons so use what you can.
  • Discounts where you work – Sometimes being strategic about where you want to work can bring advantages, for example if you love fashion try and apply for one of your favourite fashion retailers that way you gain discount on all your favourite items! Or if you’re more creative and love food try to work in a bakery or somewhere where at the end of the day you are welcome to take home the leftover cakes and savories!
  • Invest in a printer – This is a sure fire way to save money if your university is one where you have to pay for printing. My parents brought me a printer to which I use endlessly to print off essays and coursework and I have saved loads.
  • Vintage fairs and Car boot sales – Going to these can prove fruitful, it’s a great way to find things you wanted at bargain prices!
  • Bad habits? – Try to kick the bad habits, smoking, eating take away regularly and drinking seem to be the biggest factors for wasting money now I know this is hard so if you cant give up then at least limit what you spend on these things.
  • Hand washing – This is something that not everyone is willing to try but believe me if you pay to do your washing then hand washing is cheaper, easier and faster and you’ll save loads.
  • Packed lunch – Taking packed lunch to University can sometimes be cheaper in the long run compared to buying food out or at the canteen.

Well these are just a few money saving  tips hope you enjoyed 🙂

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Garnier Skin Naturals Youthful Radiance Green Mint & Grape Anti-Oxidants Multi-Active Cleansing Gel Review

So the other day I was in the supermarket food shopping and I decided to take a detour down the make up and beauty aisle which is where I found this little beauty – Garnier Skin Naturals Youthful Radiance Mutli-Active Cleansing Gel in Green Mint and Grape Anti-Oxidents 200ml 🙂

I decided to buy it because it was so cheap and give it a go, admittedly I have lots of exfoliators and washes but I really wanted to give this a go as it seemed different to other face cleansers. I got home excited and happy to try out my new face cleansing gel and was pleasantly surprised by the results I got after using it, the cleansing gel itself smells amazing and its so smooth and clear making it an easy application to the face. This multi-active cleansing gel is meant to remove impurities, boost radiance and smooth out any facial lines that are unpleasant so I had high hopes, the cleansing itself is Green mint and Grape anti-oxidants so I thought this would be a nice treat for my face instead of the usual harsh exfoliators.
Overall I was pleased with the new cleansing gel that I got and it has a lot of advantages, making my face fresher and getting rid of extra impurities and make up that my make up wipes miss so I am very happy with this buy! 🙂

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Tips for living a happy life at University

Living a happy life at University is a lot harder than the media will have you believe, juggling coursework and revision as well as exams and still going to lectures and seminars is something that gets a lot of students disheartened every year. Now I’m not saying students don’t drink, party, stay out late or do stupid things because the majority do but behind that is the constant struggle to keep up with everything.
So with this article I thought I would share some tips that I have heard before! 🙂

  1. If you feel you chose the wrong course then change and as quick as you can – make sure you think through whether it is just first month blues of being a uni or whether its a genuine hate for the course itself then make the decision to change it.
  2. Make friends with people in halls and outside of halls – don’t just recluse yourself to the people you live with because the probability is you might find people that you share lots in common with outside of your accommodation as well. Also try to make friends with people on your course so you look forward to going to seminars and lectures and you wont be sitting alone.
  3. Try to meet all deadlines and don’t leave everything to the last minute – that can make even the strongest of people feel unmotivated.
  4. Try your best – If you don’t get the grade you want in a piece of coursework or exam, try again or seek some assistance as there are plenty of people willing to help you such as professors and peers.
  5. Don’t ever be pressured into something – you make your own choices, no-one is going to think you’re uncool if you don’t do something stupid and if they do then that person is clearly not mature enough and not worth your time anyway.
  6. If you don’t understand something then ask – I’ve made this mistake endlessly I’ve been to shy or high on pride to ask for help and often misunderstood the task, it’s so much easier and less cringy to ask for help than mess it up!
  7. Homesickness is a big factor – if you’re feeling homesick give home a quick call or get in touch and if that doesn’t help try to occupy yourself by hanging out with people or doing something you love like reading or gaming. Now I still get homesick and all it takes for me to feel better is spending time with my partner, ringing home or getting a motivational talk from my dad 🙂
  8. Don’t go out alone at night – this is an all round rule, one of the worst mistakes is thinking ‘nothing bad will happen to me’ because that’s when you’re off guard and most vulnerable. If it is necessary to go out alone make sure someone knows where you’re going to make sure you’re safe.
  9. Try to get a part time job – extra money = more happiness.
  10. Try not to spend all your money – I met a girl on freshers that spent all her money on clubbing and had nothing to live off for the next month or so and this is a regular occurrence  we’d all love to buy a new wardrobe but sadly at the end of the day when you haven’t even got enough for a take away or some shopping is when you regret spontaneous spending most.

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