MAY ROUNDUP

This month I:
  • Exercised to Davina Intense
  • Revised for most of my waking hours
  • Drank San Pellegrino Limonata
  • Ate at Almost Famous, Red Chilli and Panama Hatty's
  • Wore sandals and a floral kimono
What have you been doing this month?

THE VOLUME EDIT


Despite having thick locks already, the desire for volume is a never-ending quest.  There are a few products I've been trying out recently, and I thought it was about time to pop up an edit of the best. Everyone wants big, bouncy hair swishing around in the summer, like the women you see on shampoo adverts, but is it really possible?
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REVISION: SKINCARE FOR STRESSED SKIN


Late nights and early mornings in the library often mean that a full cleanse/tone/moisturise routine gets pushed to the back of a student's priorities. Coupled with stress, a poor exam time diet and lack of exercise this can lead to a number of skin problems. Here's what I've been using recently to soothe and hydrate my dry and breakout prone skin.

Lush Tea Tree Water is a toner water with an antibacterial effect. Ingredients such as grapefruit and juniper berry also act as astringents on the skin, and a few sprays throughout the day provide a burst of freshness.

Anatomicals Puffy the Eye Bag Slayer. And the best named product award goes to? At £6 for 3 applications these under-eye patches aren't cheapest product ever, but are perfect for a treat. Left on for 30 minutes post cleanse, they leave skin soft and hydrated and eyes feeling refreshed.

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo is a cult product that works to keep spots at bay. It's non-comedogenic, so great for acne prone skin, and it also seems to reduce the appearance of my acne scars. I apply mine everyday before or instead of moisturiser.. It's very light, sinks in quickly and doesn't leave skin feeling tacky. It's now been reformulated to Duo+ which I can't wait to try as I've heard great things about it. 

The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter is a hard cleansing balm that melts very quickly on the face, and dissolves all traces of makeup as well as leaving skin feeling smooth. It's quite heavy so remove it with a muslin cloth, but it's also very gentle on the eyes and has a lovely soothing smell, great for sending you off to sleep.

Superfacialist Rose Hydrate Intense Moisture Mask does exactly what it says on the tin. Slap this on, leave for five minutes, then rinse off for smooth and hydrated skin. Ingredients such as white willow extract and vitamin E leave skin refreshed and plump, as well as working to calm down any redness.

What products do you use to sort out your skin in times of stress?

THE WEEKLY WANT #10 ..KIMONO LOVING

Last week I finally bit the bullet and bought this beautiful kimono. Far from satisfying my cravings, it just made me want to buy more. Here are my top four..
  1. This aztec offering from New Look is a perfect statement piece (£20)
  2. Navy florals would look so lovely in the evening Oh My Love (£25) 
  3. New Look are so on point this season (£20)
  4. Boohoo offer a beautiful monochrome fringed version (£15)
What do you think of kimonos?
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THE BODY SHOP VITAMIN E RANGE DUPE


I'm pretty sure you guys know how much I love The Body Shop's Vitamin E range; I've mentioned it enough times on the blog already. However, with each product costing £10+ buying all your skincare from the range can get pretty pricey. In comes the drugstore dupe.. Superdrug have a fantastic Vitamin E range at bargain prices. Not all of them live up to the Body Shop range, but the whole range is good value for money, gentle on the skin and has an inoffensive smell, unlike some other cheap skincare.
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REVISION: TAKE A BREAK


I'm writing this post in bed, having had one lunchtime drink in the SU and then sleeping until now. A few too many late nights cramming in the library have meant I've wasted a whole afternoon in bed just because I couldn't stay awake.. It was much needed sleep, so I don't regret it too much. I just wanted to remind all of you studying hard for exams that it is important to make sure you're taking breaks from that computer screen, getting some fresh air and plenty of good food. I know that it might be your finals, or a really important module that you know nothing about, but after eight straight hours at a desk your brain is not going to absorb any new information. Plan some fun things with your friends on a Friday evening, or reward yourself for completing a past paper by doing something you love. Me and my housemates cook and eat together every night, giving us a chance to catch up whilst getting some much needed food.

I think it's really important to schedule time off for fun things that you enjoy, even really close to exams. Tomorrow I'm going for some lunch in town (recommendations please?) and then to Triumph's Stand Up For Fit event. Running all-day tomorrow and Saturday in House of Fraser, Triumph are encouraging all women to 'nip along' and get properly fitted for their bra. There will be lots of lingerie experts on hand to help and advise on all things from shape to fit, to style and colour. Experts will also be providing information on the importance of wearing a good bra; on how the right one for you can affect your health and your confidence. As well as all of this there will be competitions, 20% off and a goodie bag when purchasing.

Hope to see some of you there, it would make a perfect revision break..
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THE WEEKLY WANT #9 ..DUNGAREES

  1. Perfectly cut away from the front, these Zara dungarees would go well with a loud slogan tee 
  2. Mango gives us the classic pair: faded denim, a few rips and a turned up hem. Dungaree perfection. 
  3. Patchwork and blended colours make this Monki offering a throwback to childhood fun
Will you be rocking dungarees this summer?

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PRIMARK NUDE POLISH


I'd never normally buy nail polish from Primark, but this little nude quartet was sitting by the checkout and at only £2, who would say no? They don't have names, but I'll just talk about them from l-r.

The white polish is opaque after two coats, which isn't bad for the price. I tend to use this for nail art, for example when applying spots with a dotting tool over another colour. The second shade is a nudey pink with a hint of shimmer running through it when it hits the light. This is one of my favourites from the range as it goes on so well and doesn't even need a second coat. I'm not normally a fan of shimmer polish either, but this is really subtle. The third polish is pretty unique addition to my collection. It's a khaki grey, muddy kind of colour, which looks a lot better on than it sounds. This polish is the streakist of the set, taking a few coats to become opaque. Finally, my favourite shade is an inky blue grey, with a purple undertone. This is the darkest shade, and it's opaque with just one coat. Add a topcoat for extra shine and maybe some glitter polish on top of an accent nail and you have a perfect evening look.

Whilst most of the polishes aren't the quickest drying and require two coats, they are still better than you'd expect for 50p a polish. The pigmentation is great and a decent topcoat helps them last for a few days. These are great for travelling as they are so tiny, and would also make a perfect gift.

What do you think? Will you be picking up some Primark nail polish?