Monday, 11 April 2016

What's going on

Hello Everyone, 
I haven't blogged in a long time, I am not exactly sure why. I guess I have just lacked motivation for some reason. I sometimes feel a bit of pressure to have the perfect blog. I worry my pictures are crap, or my grammar is awful, I guess the fun went for a short while. I feel a break was good, and now I'm ready to go again. I have also been pretty busy writing the dreaded dissertation. 

So, a little catch up on the life of Isobel - I am coming to the end of university now, which is very scary but exciting. I am preparing for some big changes in my life, getting my first 'proper adult' job, and moving to London! hmm.. the problem is I'm born and raised a bit of a country girl, and being on a tube and surrounded by SO many people does sometimes freak me out, i think i will get use to it though. Everything seems very daunting at the moment, but I cant wait to finally work towards getting my dream job as a hospital play specialist and meet lots of new people. 

I am excited for change, change is good. It keeps you on your toes. 

I have recently had a birthday, and got my first SLR camera, which is super exciting. Hopefully all my photos will be better quality now, not being taken on my iPhone. 

I don't think anything else particularly exciting has happened. I got a first today in a report for uni, that was bloody exciting. umm... other than that, no nothing i can think of exciting. 

So until next time, 

Izzy



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Sunday, 17 January 2016

10 Tips for Managing Work Load


Heloooooo,
Now I am in my third and final year at university, the work load is unreal. I have mountains of work that needs doing, so what do i do.. sit here and write a blog post (queen of procrastination). To be fair to myself, I have spent most of the day writing essays, so I have earned myself a break. I think I am now pretty experienced in how to manage my work load and not stress to much, as at the end of the day I have always got it done in time and got reasonably ok to good results.  
So here are my 10 best tips for managing work load at university (or college for the US). 


1) Organisation
This is probably most important in my eyes. I'd say I am quite organised, I have a list above my bed of all the hand in dates in order of due date, so I always know what work needs to be done throughout the year. 


2) Time management 
You only have so many hours in a day, so use them well. Look up what work needs to be done, so you spend your time effectively. You could use a day to day timetable that fits around your life, however, I don't find this hugely helpful, as I like to have control of my life and choose when I want to work. 


4) Prioritise 
This is so important when you are at university. I think the people who don't do very well at university usually have their priorities wrong, whether thats opening too much time at the gym, or spending too much time drunk. University is all about balancing the things you love. 
      

5) Work together
Don't struggle alone. Ask your friends if they want to go to the library together to work. It makes working so much less dull, and you can work together through those tough assignments. 


7) Email your lecturers 
Whenever I am unsure of what to do, or am doubting myself, I just email my tutor. I am not sure whether I have been lucky having such a lovely tutors, maybe its because I am doing a degree is Early childhood and they are all very maternal ladies. I dunno. But make the most out of having lecturers, we are paying enough!


7) Be realistic 
Don't set yourself stupid goals, if you know you can't achieve it, don't set it. I think that would just lead to feelings of dissatisfaction over how much you work you have achieved. 


8) Avoid distractions
I am really bad at this one. I always end up on Facebook or watching EastEnders when I am suppose to be working! I guess it's just having self control. When I am hugely procrastinating I just think about graduation day and how I would feel if it want the grade I am aiming for. 

9) Sleep well 
I don't know if this is just me or not, but I need sooo much sleep. After having Glandular Fever and ME I feel exhausted at the end of the day, even if I haven't done anything. Obviously being at university, there are plenty of sleepless nights, partying etc. I do always give myself a long lie-in and have an early night the day after though. Lets face it, beauty sleep is a thing.

10) Have a break
We all need a break! Don't work yourself into a frenzy. I know for some degrees there is more extra reading than others, but we all need a break and time to look after ourselves. Whether thats going to the cinema with friends, or having a long bath and relaxation. 

I would recommend buying 'The Study Skills Handbook' by Stella Cottrell. When I began university they advised we buy it, and it is brilliant for presentation skills, time management, thinking critically etc. 

How do you manage your work load?

Lots of Love, 
Izzy



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My favourite makeup remover


Hello Everyone, 
Every evening I hate taking of my makeup, it's such a tedious job that needs doing before you can get shut eye. Like most girls, I think I have tried most makeup wipes on the market, although, being a poor uni student I usually decide which makeup wipes to buy based on the deals or best price. Here I have just put together a few reviews on the different makeup wipes I have used. 









Micellar Water 

I recently bought Garnier Cleansing micellar water, and was impressed with how well it took off mascara, however, I find it too time consuming just before I go to sleep. So I thought it would be a good idea to buy the Garnier micellar makeup wipes. I was very unimpressed with this product! I don't know if it's just me, but I had to really scrub the mascara off, causing my eyes to go red. 

Johnson's 
My favourite product for removing makeup is Johnsons refreshing wipes. I find the Johnsons range soo soft and it does the job! I then use my BareMinerals oil, which removes any bits of stubborn makeup, and leaves my skin feeling really soft. 

Tesco sensitive wipes
This makeup remover is at a bargain price of £1 so you'd think it would probably be pretty shit. But I actually dont think so, I mean they dont feel amazing, but they do the job, and my skin doesn't feel sore after. So, I'd say this is great for the price!

Body Shop wipes
These wipes are brilliant, but a little pricey at £6.50 for wipes! They remove makeup perfectly, and it feels really nice of the skin. They remove impurities, cleanse, tone, moisturise and protect the skin, and are very convenient.

What are your favourite Makeup Wipes, I'd love to hear!

Love, 

Izzy
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Saturday, 9 January 2016

Benefit 12 days of Christmas Calendar

Hey Everyone, 

This is my first post of 2016, so HAPPY NEW YEAR everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year!

For Christmas, I was given a 'Benefit 12 days of Christmas' advent Calender from NYC, and as promised I have now used all the products, so will share my thoughts them. Firstly, I have to say I was so impressed with all the products inside, I thought they may have held back from placing the really expensive products, but they still had some of the well-known products, most of which I had never tried before. Although, they were small sized, they gave me an idea whether I want to buy them after its finished. 

After Christmas, I always feel a bit down, as all the excitement is over, and the diet begins, however, I had a little treat each morning from this calendar which was so lovely!

Here I list of all the amazing products included:

Hoola Ultra Plush
This is a really nice bronze lipgloss. I have worn it with a smokey eye look, and it smells really nice!

Ohh la lift
I really like using this, I have noticed a huge difference it makes to my under-eyes. I feel like I look a lot more wide awake, even if I don't feel it!

Total Moisurisure facial cream
I have really enjoyed wearing this in the morning before I apply my foundation. It is quick drying which I like so doesn't feel greasy on my skin.

Bad Gal Lash
I had never tried this before, and thought that a mascara couldn't get any better than the 'They're real' mascara. I was wrong, It is very different, but a good different. My eye lashes look a lot more natural which is nice, so I probably wouldn't wear it on a night out because I like a bit more volume, but for daytime its gorgeous! 

The POREfessional
I heard a lot about this product but have never tried it. It feels nice when I apply it, but as I haven't got large pores there isn't a huge effect, other than the fact it smoothes on the skin. 

High Beam
I absolutely love this!! I will definitely buy more when I finish this one. I had never tried liquid highlighter before, and I really like it. I haven't decided on the best way to apply yet though, I cant decide whether its best to use my finger or a brush?

Watts Up
I already own this, and love it. So having a little one is great as it fits in my bag if I need to top up in the day or on a night out. I love the champagne colour of it, and feel that you only need a tiny bit to highlight the cheeks.

They're Real
I also already own this and love it, as I previously blogged about it in the post below, however, this one I got in the calendar was in brown, which I really like. I always thought brown showed up less than black, but I'm impressed with how the brown looks - it makes the mascara look a bit more natural as I am a brunette. 

Sugarbomb ultra Plush
This is a nice lipgloss in a more pinky colour. Again, it smells and tastes really nice and is quite long lasting!

Lollilint
I haven't used this much, as I like another blush that cam win the calendar more. Its interesting using a liquid blush, I think thats something I need to get use to. It can also be used on the lips, I haven't tried that yet, but can imagine it would look great, I'll try that tomorrow!

They're Real Remover
This is a great product, it feels very luxurious on the eyes. As eyes are the first part of the body to age (so say), it's important we take care of our eyes. I feel this product does help our eyes, as its better than scrubbing away at our eyes with cheap makeup wipes!

Rockateur
This is gorgeous. The colour really suits me and my skin tone. I'd highly recommend this product! 

Have you tried any of these products? I'd love to hear in the comments below, 

Lots of Love, 

Izzy



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