Wednesday, 7 November 2018

10 Things I've learnt in my first month at Uni

So I've now been at uni a month even though it feels like 10x longer. I go to Nottingham Trent, I live in Private Student Halls and I'm studying Business Management and Marketing.

Here's a few things I've learnt in my first month at Uni:

1. I have an accent

So i didn't think I had one but after getting taken the mick out of on how I said "up" I guess i do

2. Prepare for the repetitive small talk

"Whats your name, where are you from, what are you studying" just on repeat

3. Freshers Flu is real

Freshers week is insane but be prepared for the freshers flu after. As well as the cough a second in every lecture following.

4. That I'm from the middle of nowhere

Whenever people ask where I'm from I've just given up and started saying Nottingham because trying to explain a small town on the edge of Nottinghamshire is just a drag

5. Just Eat is your best friend and worst enemy

Where I'm from NO WHERE delivers to my house so coming to Notts and having hundreds of restaurants deliver (and no self control) it's where all my money goes

6. Harder to get salmonella than you think

The times I do cook I'm sending constant photos to my parents asking "is this cooked" but me being inpatient if i don't get an instant reply I'm risking it

7.  You become nocturnal

Out most nights and nap in the day, I cant get through the day anymore without a nap

8. Don't have enough going out outfits

From going out on a Saturday night to 4 nights a week you soon realise you need more clothes (perfect excuse to do a fat pretty little thing order)

9.  I love living in a city

After living in a tiny village for majority of my life I LOVE living in a city however I do just always end up shopping when I'm bored which isn't good

10. It can be overwhelming

Living on your own, meeting new people and already feeling behind on work is overwhelming but it's all good

This was a very basic post but I wanted to get something up! I'm just drowning in work and still trying to find my feet so bare with!

Sophie x

Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Best Fake Tan on the Market?!

I was lucky enough to be sent some fake tan from Australis. A brand which has recently just landed in the UK after having great success in Austrlia. They have created a new range of fake tan suited to your skin tone.

First thing i noticed is the tan is odourless. ODOURLESS! I hate the smell of fake tan which is what always put me off it but this tan is a win win.

It's suited and adapted to your skin tone so I had one suited to pale skin which was ash based.  So first applying the tan it was kind of purply which I was a bit sceptical about at first. Also, when you apply it looks VERY dark but stick with it! It gave me the nicest tan (a dark, cool brown). 

On Superdrug they added the benefits of the tan - "Added moisturising ingredients deliver an intensely hydrated, streak-free and long-lasting result. This Ash based formula compliments natural fair skin, for a dark cool-brown tan. While all base colours can be used on all skin tones, Ultimate Dark allows you to tailor your tan to your unique skin tone."

I apply one layer before I go to bed and then wash it off the next morning and you end up with a gorgeous, dark tan which lasts for over a week! Applying it was easy, I used their mitt and it was streak and patchy free.

Me, being a ginge, means I am very pale and a keen fake tanner s always on the hunt for a good fake tan and i've defo found the one im sticking with. (did i mention it's cruelty free!!!)

So baso...I'm pale af and this tan gives me a super dark, natural looking tan and it doesn't stink like normal fake tan so it's a win win

How pale I am before the tan:

me after using Australis (all a couple days after application):

Australis Tan is available in Superdrug and is currently on offer so now is a good time to try it! 

I'd 100% recommend their tanning mitt as well as it's micro fibre so means no streaks!

Thank you to Australis for sending me out their products to try and helped me find my new go to tan!

Follow Australis on insta - @australis_uk

Thank you for reading



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Thursday, 9 August 2018

BIC Pen for Girls...are you serious

So, I took A level English Language and for part of my coursework I had to write a persuasive article and I really liked this piece I wrote so I thought I'd share it.  This is a feminist piece on the BIC pen for girls which I think we can all agree is pathetic as I, very sarcastically, present in this piece (p.s I got a B for this...go me)

BIC Issue

I’ve wanted to write an article for a while but I couldn’t because I was unable to get my hands on the ‘right’ pen. But now, finally, BIC have released a pen…for girls!  After 188 years of us women using boy pens (gross, I know) we finally have a pink, girly, sparkly pen made to fit into the petite and delicate hands of girls. It’s about time really. I was worn down and weary of having to use masculine pens - thankfully, the new pens have good grip which helps due to my lack of physical strength. Not to mention, the packaging has flowers on so obviously I was drawn to them like a housewife to her hoover. Finally, a pen that matches my floral apron, how long does a girl have to wait? Now all I need is some pretty pink paper, a heart stamp and I’m all set! 💖💋💄

If only we could close the gender pay gap sooner so I could afford two pens because clearly we are happy to pay a higher price to show the world our femininity.

But this pen is a women’s sword. This gives us a tiny amount of power over men. With this mighty pen, men can only produce squiggles. They simply can’t write with it. But what happens when men are in desperate need of a pen but only a pen for girls is available? What would men do? Would their handwriting go all loopy? Would their dots over their i’s turn into little hearts? Scary thoughts.

To think I used to have to do a lipstick stained kiss as my signature before these revolutionary pens came into use.

You females reading may be desperate to know how you get your dainty little hands on these? Simple, ask a male companion to go earn the money to do so for you. Now, I must go back to writing my shopping list.

All jokes aside, Malala Yousafzai a young, Pakistani activist fought for education for women and went through hell in order to succeed - her next campaign may well be to provide a pink pen for every female? After all, how can women ever right anything of importance with a blue pen. I really hope she doesn’t hear about this as she may wonder what she was fighting for.

To uncover why its taken all this time to create a pen suitable for half the worlds population I turned to BIC’s mission statement for the company - “To connect people in business and industry with one another for the betterment of all.” What are they trying to better? If multi-national company BIC want to make “betterment” for all then I can point them in the right direction. There’s a charity for School for Justice in India. The School for Justice is a remarkable school that trains girls who have survived sex trafficking and have been forced into prostitution to become lawyers. Which, in turn means that the girls can aim to use their law degree to prosecute the traffickers, helping bring them to justice and prevent a new
generation of girls falling victim. So I say BIC, if you’re reading this, instead of making a useless pen for girls, make ‘betterment’ for those poor girls.

Don’t get me wrong, we’ve made a lot of progress towards equality: equal pay act, freedom to vote but we obviously still have a bit to go. The United Nations views gender equality as a human right yet discrimination towards females across the globe still happens every day. Only last week did I finish up my run around the village upset as I had two idiots who felt the need to comment on my body as they were driving past in their crappy Vauxhall Corsa.

To name one of many ‘sexist pigs’, Donald Trump (surely no shock to anyone) known for his many highly offensive and sexist phrases. A few of his popular phrases include “A person who’s flat chested is very hard to be a 10/10, Okay?”, “if Hillary Clinton can’t satisfy her husband what makes her think she can satisfy America?”.  And to mention just a few of the names he’s called women: dog, slob, fat, pig and disgusting animal. We have a huge way to go, if the leader of the ‘greatest free country in the world’ still writes this down. It’s one step forward and five steps back.

In the news recently, retail giant John Lewis whipped up a storm by announcing they weren’t segregating the boys and girl’s clothing department anymore. A whopping 85% of people were offended by this. What’s their problem? This shows how slowly things are changing and how segregation between boys and girls is so deep rooted in our society. A lot of people feel threatened by the idea that girls can do everything that boys can do.

Seriously though, how patronising to market a pen to women that’s more expensive because it’s pink. I can’t quite imagine Theresa May or Hillary Clinton demanding that their PA finds them a girl’s pen to sign off public policies…

P.s I haven’t yet got a female keyboard so I hope you all can understand this.

Friday, 6 July 2018

Tips for being savvy and saving money

I'm a very savvy person and I feel like this is going to help with the fact I start uni in September so if anyone else is in my shoes, here's some tips on being savvy...

1. Look on Depop before you buy anything!

If you don't know what Depop is, firstly where have you been and secondly it's basically an eBay but for younger people!

If i go into a shop and see something, I always search for it on Depop and usually I can find it for half the price! Usually the items are brand new because people have lost the receipt or missed the return deadline! It's definitely worth a check

(also sell old clothes and makeup on depop)

2.  Reduced section in supermarkets

The reduced section is my go to on my lunch break, it's only reduced because it expires that same day but if you're eating it that day then why not

Also, grab cheap food and put it in your freezer! (but don't just buy something because it's 19p and not eat it...I'm guilty of this)

3. Charity Shops

I know not everyone is a fan of charity shops but you can find some amazing things for next to nothing plus the money goes to charity, win win

4. Save your pennies

Supermarkets have machines that let you change all your copper coins so just by saving the odd penny can add up!

5. Get a student rail card

Another big one for if you're at uni and always travelling on the train whether it's home or to see Friends. A student rail card gets you 1/3 off fairs

6. Student Discount for Free?

Everyone knows the NUS card however there's a free way to get Student Discount - Uni Days. It's an app that gives you discount to hundreds of places including clothes shops, holiday booking and restaurants.

7. Find Free Food

yep, that's right, free food.

There's two apps: Olio & Too Good to Go and these tell you about food that is being given away from cafes or restaurants or sold cheaply in your area. Businesses would rather give food away than waste it so take advantage!

Friday, 29 June 2018

Amsterdam 2018

Last week I visited Amsterdam for 3 days with my bestie Beth. This is just a post mainly for memory purpose but enjoy

The Fault In Our Stars Bench

I Amsterdam Sign

Banksy Museum

 The shopping is amazing in Amsterdam!

as is the food...

The Ice Bar

 Breakfast @ Bakers and Roasters (highly reccomend)

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Last Day of School Ever

This post is just for memory purposes! On Friday 25th May, I had my last EVER day of school (haven't got my head around it yet)

(links to my outfit at the end of the post)


Thursday, 3 May 2018

Kiehls x Nyx Glow Masterclass Event

I was invited to the KiehlsxNyx Glow Masterclass event in The Hockley Arts Club in Nottingham (which can I add is so beautiful like look at the blossom trees) The lovely Kiehls team showed us a whole skin routine and let us try the products before the amazing makeup artist from Nyx showed us a gorgeous natural makeup look. 

Kiehls were sharing their new product the 'Glow Formula Skin Hydrator' which is infused with pomegranate extract. It smelt amazing and left a gorgeous glow on your skin, might have to invest!

I now want every single Kiehls and Nyx product! I've used Nyx before but never Kiehls and I was so impressed with the products and majority sounded perfect for my dry skin.

I had such a lovely evening, met loads of other lovely bloggers and fell in love with Kiehls as a brand so all in all, fab evening!


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Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Calling All Stationary Lovers | Competition

If you're a stationary lover, like me, you'll be interested in this new website - Old English Co.

Old English Co are a stationary and gift ware brand creating beautiful, hand-lettered products. 
"The art is in the simplicity of our designs. Following no particular calligraphy rules, all of our products are uniquely hand-lettered to create stylish, uncomplicated designs with messages that resonate with people."
They sell a range of gorgeous, affordable products including stationary,  gift wrap, cards, gifts (mugs and prints) and pin badges. All the products are just so simple and even the website itself is just so aesthetically pleasing. And buying them won't break the bank! I wish I could have everything so my room could look like their website, you get me?

Here's a few of my favourite products:

All the pin badges are so cute and are priced at £7! I think these would look so cute pinned onto a denim jacket or some dungarees! Click here to check them out!

To celebrate Old English Co releasing new pin badges to their collection they're giving you the chance to win 3 gorgeous pin badges.

To enter this competition, email your favourite enamel pin design from their entire range to

They'll be picking one winner at random on the 30th May 2018.

Link to competition page - here

So go have a quick look on the website and try not to fall in love with at least one thing!


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