Beauty// Review: Colourpop Bumble & StingRAYE Ultra Matte Lip + UK Shipping

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Hey lovelies,

I can't explain how excited I am to sit down and write this post! As soon as Colourpop announced that they'd be introducing international shipping (July 12th 2016), I knew it wouldn't be long until I made my first order. Although I have many products on my list that I want to purchase, I decided to start off small to avoid any high custom charges.

I placed my order two weeks after their international shipping went live and as much as I'd searched around, I couldn't find any reviews on people's experience with UK shipping. So hopefully this post will be helpful to anyone considering making an order from the UK.

StingRAYE Ultra Matte - $6 (£4.59)
Bumble Ultra Matte - $6 (£4.59)

My ultimate goal is to own every shade that I think will suit me in the Ultra Matte Lip range. Right now, I have a full basket of all the shades that I desperately want to get my hands on! I'm just waiting until I win the lottery so I can go to the checkout... hopefully that'll be any day now. Ha. Also, I'm hoping to try out some of their eyeshadows and highlighters as I've heard wonderful things. I currently own 'LAX', 'MARS' and 'SOLOW' from the matte lip range, all of which I reviewed here last month. 

As soon as I tested out these new beauties, I instantly noticed a difference in the applicator wand compared to the ones that I owned previously. You can see in my last picture that the 'Solow' wand has a bit of a slope and isn't as fluffy whereas 'Bumble' is a little smaller and much fluffier. I definitely prefer the newer wand as it is easier to apply on my lips. It glides on beautifully and feels much more comfortable unlike the previous wand, which picks up a lot of excess product around the lips. 
StingRAYE/ This was probably the shade that I was most looking forward to arriving as I have wanted it for ages! I have very mixed feelings towards it. On the site, it's described as a 'mauve brown' tone. The best thing about the Colourpop website is that they include swatches of their shades on three different skin tones, which gives you an idea on which lipsticks will complement your skin tone. Having said that, SR didn't look like how I'd imagined it to be. It just looks very purple against my complexion and does not seem to have any hints of brown. I also let Ally try it on and I have to say that I was pretty jealous. Not only did it look so gorgeous on her, it looked exactly like a mauve brown. I'm over it though! This is just something that's bound to happen with lipstick. Every skin tone is different so it was a bit silly of me to expect it to come out looking identical. I'm not that disappointed with it, I just don't think that it'll be one of my go-to shades. However, that could all change with a little blending of other lippies. Overall, I do like this product as it is a colour that I've never owned before. I actually just found out that SR is being discontinued from August 12th, as it's part of a collab shade. So get your orders in quickly if it's currently on your list!

Bumble/ An absolutely beautiful dark pink tone. For me, it actually has quite a few similarities to my MUA Velvet Lip Lacquer in 'Dash' but it is a little darker. All summer I've been obsessed with wearing pinks and have really built up quite the collection.

Last Thoughts? Both 'Bumble' and 'StingRAYE' are so easy to apply on my lips. As I stated in my previous Colourpop review, I don't find the formula to be drying at all. It still shocks me at how much product stays on the lips throughout the day, even when a lot of food and drink has been consumed throughout the day... So basically perfect for me as I'm always stuffing my face! another quick thing that I just wanted to pick up on was the writing of 'COLOURPOP Ultra Matte Lip'. It rubs off so easily but I'm really hoping that Colourpop have picked up on this and found a way to make it last on each bottle.

UK Shipping? Shipping rates vary for UK shipping. I was charged $15 (£11.48) with no custom charges. I've since seen a few other people discussing their orders and I believe that shipping varies from $15 to $25 depending on the quantity of your package. I only had two items in mine so it was classed as a small package. I am aware that custom charges can be put on no matter the size of your package (I have been told that it depends on the items rather than size) but I'm pretty thankful I didn't have extra fees. The whole process was just so simple and stress free. I've never ordered anything from anywhere but the UK so I was worried that it would take forever to arrive. However to my surprise, it arrived exactly a week after I'd placed my order which I think is amazing. I was given tracking information and requested email updates so I could follow every movement of my package. I'd say that is outstanding customer service.

Are you a fan of Colourpop? Have you/are you considering making an order from the site?


*Lifestyle // How To Save Money In Your First Semester

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Hey lovelies,
This week I have another post around the topic of how to manage your money in your first semester of university with Future Finance. I've been at university for a while now and I really feel that I have learnt a lot of tips on this that I wanted to share.

For me personally it wasn't as easy I thought it would be to able to manage my money. I felt as if every supermarket offer or clothes sale was directed at me, haha. When in fact I didn't realise just how much money I was wasting on unnecessary things until I had no money left. As a student it is so easy to get caught up in all the offers. Hopefully some of these tips will be helpful to anyone starting university in the next few weeks!

1/ Get a NUS discount card: this little beaut will come in handy in most major shops, pubs and bars. So when you’re on nights out including Fresher’s week, make the most of all the money off you can get with this. The best thing about this little baby is it’s free, so you’ll be quids in, in the long run.

2/ Take out your money for the week: this is a tip I really wish I'd stuck to more often in my first semester. I use my card for absolutely everything and that's when I realise I overspend the most because I won't check my online banking in fear of how much money I've overspent by. Towards the end of my first semester I started to take out my money for the week so I wouldn't be able to overspend and it actually helped me to budget properly. This is a tip that I definitely recommend sticking to throughout your time at university, it's so helpful. 

3/ Student shopping only events: because why wouldn’t you take advantage of this? most universities will have a student shopping only event within freshers week. There are so many offers and good discounts at these events that you feel less guilty for spending. I'd definitely suggest taking my point above on board because I remember spending far too much, oops.

4/ Save money on travel: There is always a lot going on in the first semester including Halloween and Christmas which a lot of students like to go back home for. Transport is not the cheapest of things and if you like to go back and fourth from university and home just to visit or commute the money can really start to rack up. That's why I suggest investing in a 16-25 railcard (mature students can apply too) for a third off rail fares or a young persons coach card for those of you 16-26 who are full time students for also a third off your travel. Even though you do have to pay for these cards it really helps in the long run.

5/ Become a spreadsheet master: planning how much money goes out, and when, will really be key in ensuring that you don’t touch that overdraft.

Do you have any tips on how to save in your first semester?


*Lifestyle // Top Jobs To Do Whilst At University

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Hey lovelies,

I've been at university for quite sometime now. In my first year I didn't have a job and I found it pretty difficult as I'm a girl who loves all the food (chicken nuggets are my loves), clothes and every piece of makeup there is. Being a lover and over spender of all these things really took its toll, especially on my bank card. 

Last year however, I decided it would be sensible to get some form of job, so I did exactly that. I worked two jobs throughout the year one being a student ambassador job and the other being a retail worker during the periods of Christmas and the new year. I'll go into more detail along the way, but balancing your time whilst having a job/studying isn't as hard as you'd think. There are some really good sites out there to that are specifically tailored to students looking for jobs such as e4s which I've been signed up to for over a year and savethestudent also post some good opportunities over on their site. 

- Student Ambassador 
I couldn't be more thankful that I'm a student ambassador for my university. I basically get to do some pretty fun jobs like working open days and talking to people about how I'm finding my course and what student life is like, all whilst getting paid. There are so many jobs for student ambassadors and it's nice that you can take jobs around your free time, instead of feeling like you have to take every job. I'm pretty certain that most universities have paid student ambassador jobs but it honestly helped me so much last year - not even just in the financial sense but it's a real confidence booster too.

- Retail 
Oh retail. I have such a love/hate relationship with it but yet I still find myself back during the holidays. I think this is probably the most popular job for people to do whilst at uni. Yet again it's another job that you can work around your studies. Retail is a job where you know something is going to go down each shift and you'll have so much hot gossip to tell your housemates after. I've experienced a lot, from accidentally smashing a few too many nail polishes for the Boxing Day sale prep, oops! to dealing with the most difficult customers. Another which was always an absolute nuisance was customers with clearly very fiddly hands who liked to take off tamper proof labels as if I somehow wouldn't notice.. Yes ma'am, I noticed. Fresh Plaza recently posted about this with a conducted survey by Data Label around this topic with 49% of people also agreeing that they find them a pain. I do understand the benefits but it also doesn't make your job any easier when customers try to be sneaky with either switching labels or taking them off completely. All these things have made my retail experience far more interesting. 

- University Paper
I'm really not sure if it's exactly the same at all other universities but any article you write for my university newspaper that gets published gets you £10 which I think is really good. You could write a few articles for a month then maybe get three published and you've already racked up £30. I haven't written for my uni newspaper since my first year but I loved coming up with all these ideas and having my friends tell me how much they enjoyed them (thanks friends!!) it wasn't until after I had my articles published that I was made aware that I'd be paid for my contributions.

- Online(Freelance/Blogging/YouTube) 
More and more people seem to start their blogs/get into making YouTube videos whilst at university, which is so nice because you do get a lot of free time at uni and it's really nice to feel so productive. When I started my blog I had no idea that you could even be paid for doing something as your hobby. Fast forward five years and I've been lucky enough to work with some really great brands/get paid for writing about the things I love to talk about! I don't make a regular income from blogging which I'm completely fine with because I blog because I love it and not to receive any form of benefits. 

- Bar Staff
As well as retail, I think bar staff jobs are also one of the most popular routes to go down. My student union is always buzzing during the day right through to night. One of my friends currently works doing bar staff at my student union and she really enjoys it! you aren't just limited with your choices, as there are always so many pubs, clubs and bars that you could also apply to and it's just another thing to add to your CV!

Did you or do you currently have a job whilst studying?


Lifestyle // University Essentials Packing List

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Hey lovelies,
How we've already reached August is beyond me. This time two years ago I'd found out I'd been accepted into my chosen university and that by the end of September I'd be leaving the nest to make some of the most amazing university memories. A lot of people will be receiving their college/sixth form results this month and as much as it is exciting to be heading off to university in a matter of weeks, the idea on what to pack can all be a little daunting and stressful, if you ask me. I've written this little guide in the hopes that it will hopefully be seen by some of you who may be feeling a little stuck on what to bring. Now, I couldn't possibly put everything but these are things that really helped me. Remember to check out your universities 'what to bring list'.

Davpack* - I personally think the most difficult thing about packing is finding enough room to store everything. I had quite a lot of things before coming to university, and I didn't really think a van was necessary. If you didn't know, myself and Ally are twins and started the same university at the same time and I honestly have no idea how we managed to pack all our things into our mums tiny car. Anyway, boxes would have come in handy and made it easier to pack. Not just that, but you can continue to use your boxes throughout university when you accumulate more things (trust me, you'll leave with more things than your came with) and of course you can reuse them when you leave. These Davpack ones are super handy as you receive 10 boxes from small, medium and storage ones. It's perfect because whether it's your clothes or magazine collection, there is a box for everything. For anyone who may be interested in purchasing these, I was kindly given a 10% discount which you are more than welcome to use. Just pop 'STUDENT10' into the discount section.

Vacuum Bags - These babies are an absolute dream. From my blog you'll know how much I love fashion. That reflects highly on my wardrobe and shoe collection. (A post is in the pipeline) whenever I'm packing to come home for the summer or moving back to university, it takes me a ridiculously long time to get my clothes and shoes packed up. I brought my first set of vacuum bags from Argos and also ASDA and they couldn't have been more of a bigger help. If you didn't already know, you basically fill up all your clothes (I put my shoes in some too) into one of the bags, I had two sets of jumbo vacuum bags so I could fit so much in. Then you use a hoover to suck up all the air within the bag and it makes the bag smaller and so much easier to move around. There's no need to worry about your clothes getting damaged, it doesn't affect anything like that, it just helps to get rid of all the air.

Decorations - I first started off in university halls when I started two years ago. I shared a flat with six others and had my own en-suite. I loved my room, it was a good size and had a double bed. I made it feel super homely by getting some of my Instagram pictures printed out and putting them on my wall and getting other little decorative stuff like posters and the cutest little butterfly decorations that I stuck around my room. I felt pretty homesick when I first moved in but by making my room how I wanted it to be and by having pictures of family and friends up, it helped to make me feel better. Most university rooms are so bland to begin with but by adding your own touches really helps. Don't be put off thinking that it'll be expensive, eBay and Amazon are great for things like this.

Bedding - I think bedding was one of my favourite things to hunt for and purchase. There are quite a few things to include in your bedding essentials. A mattress topper, a bed sheet, a duvet, pillows and a duvet and pillow set. That's quite a few things but I purchased all of mine from Wilko & Argos. University is as expensive as it is and I didn't want to spend a fortune with buying all of this. My top tip would be to buy two duvet sets so that you can wash and switch between them both each week. You may also already be provided with a mattress topper, so it isn't always necessary for you to buy your own.

Kitchen Essentials - I wanted to save this part until the end. I think kitchen essentials are probably what most universities students spend a fortune on before even arriving and I really don't think it's at all necessary. I remember just adding so many kitchen essentials to my basket as if I was about to move into my first family home with my husband and three children, haha. I became a bit of a reckless spender and anything and everything was added. I got baking essentials.. Have I even baked since being in university? nope. As much as you want to be organised, remember to take into consideration that unless your university is up in space, you can just pop to your local shopping centre when you arrive at uni if there's thing you didn't bring but need. My university halls included a kettle and toaster which came in handy and was one less thing for me to purchase. You'll hopefully build up a really great friendship with the people you live with and all be ok with sharing some of each others things. If I could go back, I would honestly only purchase cups, mugs, plates, bowls, cutlery and trays. Remember everything isn't always needed.

I really hope you found this guide to be somewhat helpful. I looked at so many guides when I made my list of what to bring and it helped me to feel less stressed about it all.


Beauty // My Top Beauty Products For Glowing Summer Skin ft Sleek, Fashion Fair & L.A. Girl

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                                                                                        Hey lovelies,
All my previous posts have been me complaining about the 'lack of summer' in the UK, well this week has done a total U-turn and we've been experiencing 30+ degree heat and we're all basically freaking out because we just cannot handle weather that is too hot or too cold. Haha. I thought with all this sunny weather it would be the perfect time to share some of my favourite makeup products with you all that help me to achieve glowing on fleek skin!

Fashion Fair - Golden Lights Highlighter*
I was kindly sent a bunch of goodies from Fashion Fair quite a while back and it included this gorgeous highlighter in the shade Golden Lights. At the time highlighters weren't really as hyped as they are now and I for one didn't own any. A few months on and I live for the light to hit me on my face and to show off my popping highlight! I really like it compared to a lot of other highlighters because I feel like it's one that you can get away with wearing really subtly and then build it up for a more dramatic look. It's got really gorgeous hints of shimmer to it but is also quite matte.

Sleek - Contour Kit 
Everyone loves a bit of Sleek! I think the majority of girls I know/watch on YouTube own this contour kit. It's available in light, medium and as I have dark. It comes with a contour powder then two shades for blush and highlighting. It's my definite go-to kit for nights out, especially university ones. The one to the left is like a copper brown and isn't as shimmery, therefore works great as a blush too. The one to the right has quite a few similarities to my Fashion Fair highlight but you can definitely tell them apart. I love to mix and match with each especially when I want my highlight to really stand out.

L.A. Girl - Concealer in 'Toffee' 
I think this is in my top favourite makeup purchases of 2016. Now, I don't wear foundation due to the fact I find it impossible to find a shade that matches my skin tone, so I've basically just given up. #lazygirlproblems I think If I really wanted to wear it then I'd mix shades together but it all seems like effort to me. I love my skin, I really do but one thing that bugs me about it is that I have quite a bit of discolouration especially on my face. I have a heck of a lot of patchiness which shows up more than ever in the summer. I remember around two summers ago it was really getting me down and was actually quite scary at how fast the whole of my skin was just changing colour. Without sounding really dramatic I thought I was suffering with vitilligo but I went to my doctors and I found out that I was suffering with something that makes my skin noticeably lighter and patchier in the summer months. Luckily it hasn't been too bad this year. The reason I love this concealer is because with just a few swipes to my face and a bit of blending it's almost as if the patches on my face are nonexistent. Also as the shade is a bit brighter than my actual skin tone it's amazing at giving me so much brightness under my eyes. It also feels so hydrating and it's almost like a non shimmer highlighter. 

Have you tried any of these products? what are your favourite go-to products for glowing summer skin?